Archive for the ‘‘aqeedah’ Category

• ibn • hajar • & • the • jew •

April 2, 2009

Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani (a chief of the court in Egypt) used to wear very nice  clothes.  Once he met a Jew wearing old /torn clothes.  The Jew stopped Al Asqalani and asked him: “Don’t you see the situation I am in and compare it with the bounty you enjoy, although I am unbeliever and you are believer?  How can you explain your Prophet’s saying: ‘Life on this earth is like a prison for the believers and a garden for unbelievers?'” Ibn Hajar answered him:  “Although you have a miserable life on earth, you will consider yourself in paradise compare to what you will suffer  in the hereafter if you die as an unbeliever.  For me with all this bounty I have, if Allah Subhanahu wata’ala will reward me with Paradise, then this life will be like a prison to me compared to life in Paradise.”  The Jew said, “If it is so, then I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad  is His Prophet.”

the hadeeth is saheeh. Narrated by Imam Muslim, Ahmad bin Hanbal in his Musnad, and in Sunan at-Tirmithee, and Sunan Ibn Majah.

• loyalty • of • the • ansaar •

February 2, 2009

In the hadeeth of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) which describes the digging of the ditch (al-khandaq). Anas said:

When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw how exhausted and hungry we were, he said (in verse):

“O Allaah, there is no life except the life of the Hereafter, so forgive the Ansaar and the Muhaajireen.”

And they said in response:

“We are the ones who have pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to make jihaad for as long as we live.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3/1043)

• futility • of • shirk •

January 11, 2009

The prophet  detailed the futility of shirk in many different ahadith. Perhaps the most explicit parable given in the sunnah is the hadith in which the Prophet  narrated a sermon that Yahya (as), the cousin of Isa (as) gave to the children of Israel.

Yahya said: the example of he who commits shirk with Allah is like that of a person who purchased a slave from his most precious money, with gold or silver, then placed him in a house and said: ‘work, and give me some of your wages.’ so the slave began to work, but gave the money to other than his master. so which one of you would be pleased that his slave act like that? verily, Allah created you and gave you sustenance, so worship Him, and do not commit any shirk with Him.”

ibn al Qayyim writes:

So in this noble and great hadith that every Muslim should memorize and attach himself to, the Prophet  mentioned matters which save a person from shaytaan, and cause him to achieve success in this world and the Hereafter. He mentioned a parable of the person upon tawheed, and the one upon shirk. The person upon tawheed is like one who works for his master in his house, and does the work his master laid out for him. and the one upon shirk is like the person who works in his master’s home but gives his income to other than his master. Such is the state of the mushrik, for he works for other than Allah, while living in the land of Allah. And he seeks to draw close to the enemy of Allah by using the blessings of Allah. And if a slave of any person were to be like this, then such a slave would be the most despised slave to his master, and he would be extremely angry with him, and seek to expel him from his service. Yet, such a slave is a created being, just like he is. Both of them are in need of external favors (ie help from Allah). So how, then, will be the case with the Lord of the Worlds who provides every single person with every single need of his? None does so except He, and none provides any good except He, and none repels any evil except He. To Him alone is attributed the creation of His servant, and the giving of blessings, and His protection, and sustenance, and forgiveness, and the caring of his needs. So how is it befitting, when this is the case, that a person equates another being as worthy of love, and fear, and hope… such that he loves this object just like he loves Allah, or even more so, and he fears it and hopes from it, just like he does from Allah, or even more so!”

– Sharh Kashf Ash-Shubuhaat

• the • najdi • scholars • on • establishing • vs • understanding • al-hujjah •

December 26, 2008

The Scholars of the Najdî Da’wah on the Differentiation Between Establishing the Hujjah (Proof) and Understanding the Hujjah (Proof)

At-Tibyân Publications

The Scholars of the Da’wah of Najd, may Allâh be merciful to them, spoke about this often. Their Fatâwâ and letters on this issue are also mentioned often, yet they are mentioned unrestrictedly without a clear explanation of what is meant. Below is one of the more famous letters of Imâm Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhâb, may Allâh be merciful to him, on this issue. Included afterwards are excerpts which help clarify what is meant by this issue.

Imâm Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhâb, may Allâh be merciful to him, stated:

“In the Name of Allâh, the Beneficent, the Most-Merciful

To the Brothers… [1]

Salâmun ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullâhi Wa Barakâtuh,

And to proceed…

What you mentioned of the Shaykh’s statement, “Everyone who rejects such and such, while the Hujjah has been established upon him” and you are doubtful regarding those Tawâghît and their followers, has the Hujjah been established upon them?

This is indeed strange! How can you have doubt about this when I have clarified it for you repeatedly?!

For indeed, the one upon whom the Hujjah has not been established:

He is the one who is new to Islâm, and the one who was raised in a distant wilderness; or this is the case when the matter is hidden, like Sarf [2] and ‘Atf. [3]

So he does not disbelieve until it is made known to him.

And as for the foundations of the religion (Usûl Ad-Dîn) that Allâh has clarified and solidified in His Book, then indeed the Hujjah of Allâh is the Qur’ân. So if the Qur’ân has reached a person, then the Hujjah has reached him.

But the source of dispute is that you have not differentiated between establishing the Hujjah and understanding the Hujjah.

For indeed, most of the disbelievers and the hypocrites from amongst the Muslims did not understand the Hujjah of Allâh though it has been established upon them, as Allâh, Ta’âlâ, said,

أَمْ تَحْسَبُ أَنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ يَسْمَعُونَ أَوْ يَعْقِلُونَ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ سَبِيلًا
“Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path” (al-Furqân, 44)

And the establishment of the Hujjah is something, and it reaching (the people) is something (else), while it has been established upon them. And their understanding it is something else. And their (falling into) disbelief is by it reaching them, even if they do not understand it.

If this has confused you, then look at his, صلى الله عليه وسلم,’s statement about the Khawârij, “Wherever you find them, kill them,” [4] and his statement “They are the worst killed under the heaven.” [5] And this is despite that they were present in the era of the Sahâbah, and a person would look down upon the Sahâbah’s acts of worship compared to theirs, and with the consensus of the people that what expelled them from the Religion is inflexibility, extremism and interpretive judgment (Ijtihâd), yet they believe that they are obeying Allâh, and the Hujjah had reached them but they did not understand it.

And likewise ‘Alî, رضي الله عنه,’s killing of the ones who believed in him (as their god), and (him) burning them with the fire, this despite the fact that they were the students of the Sahâbah, and despite their worship, their prayers and their fasting, and they believed they were upon truth.

And likewise the consensus of the Salaf on the Takfîr of the extreme Qadariyyah and others, despite their knowledge and their intense worship, and the fact that they believed that they were doing good, but none of the Salaf stopped from pronouncing Takfîr on them due to the fact that they did not understand.

For indeed all of them did not understand.

If you know this, then this which you are upon is disbelief. The people are worshipping the Tawâghît, and opposing the religion of Islâm, and they claim it is not apostasy because perhaps they did not understand the Hujjah. All of this is obvious.

And the most apparent of what has preceded is [the situation] of those that ‘Alî burned, for it resembles this.

As for sending the words of the Shâfi’îs and others, then it is not imaginable that you will be reached by more than what has already reached you. So if you have some doubts, then seek that Allâh, Ta’âlâ, removes them from you.

Was-Salâm.” [6]

And Shaykh Sulaymân ibn Sahmân an-Najdî, may Allâh be merciful to him, said, “Our Shaykh, the Shaykh ‘Abd al-Latîf, may Allâh be merciful to him, said, ‘And the difference between the establishment of the Hujjah and the understanding of the Hujjah must be known. As whoever has been reached by the Da’wah of the Messengers, then the Hujjah has been established upon him, if he was in a state in which knowledge was possible. And it is not a condition in the establishment of the Hujjah that he understands what is understood about Allâh and His Messenger by the people of faith, acceptance and following of what the Messenger came with. So understand this, as it will remove off of you many misunderstandings regarding the issue of establishing the Hujjah. Allâh, Ta’âlâ, said,

أَمْ تَحْسَبُ أَنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ يَسْمَعُونَ أَوْ يَعْقِلُونَ إِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ سَبِيلًا
“Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path” (al-Furqân, 44)

And He, Ta’âlâ, said,

خَتَمَ اللّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهمْ وَعَلَى سَمْعِهِمْ وَعَلَى أَبْصَارِهِمْ غِشَاوَةٌ
“Allâh has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering…” (al-Baqarah, 7)’ End Quote.

I say: And the meaning of his statement, may Allâh, Ta’âlâ, be merciful to him, ‘…if he was in a state in which knowledge was possible.’ Then what is meant by it is that he is not lacking a sound mind and the ability to differentiate, like the child and the insane one. Or that he is from those who do not understand what is being addressed to him, and there is no translator present to translate for him, and the likes of those. So whoever is reached by the Message of Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and reached by the Qur’ân, then the Hujjah has been established upon him. Allâh, Ta’âlâ, said,

لأُنذِرَكُم بِهِ وَمَن بَلَغَ
“…that I may therewith warn you and whomsoever it may reach…” (al-An’âm, 19)

And He, Ta’âlâ, said,

لِئَلاَّ يَكُونَ لِلنَّاسِ عَلَى اللّهِ حُجَّةٌ بَعْدَ الرُّسُلِ
“…in order that mankind should have no plea against Allâh after the Messengers…” (an-Nis’a’, 165)

So no one is excused for not believing in Allâh, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day. So he has no excuse of ignorance after that. And Allâh, Subhânahu, has informed (us) of the ignorance of many of the disbelievers, while (at the same time) clearly stating their disbelief.” [7]

And Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allâh be merciful to him, despite not being from the Imâms of Najd, nor from their time, explained this issue, so his words are included for clarity. He said, “And His, Ta’âlâ’s, statement,

فَأَجِرْهُ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ كَلاَمَ اللّهِ
“…then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allâh (the Qur’ân)…” (at-Tawbah, 6)

It is known that what is meant is that he hears it with a hearing by which he would be able to understand its meaning. As the goal would not be fulfilled by hearing phrases alone and not being able to understand the meaning. So if he was a non-Arab, it would be obligatory to have translated for him the likes of with which the Hujjah would be established upon him. And if he was an Arab, but there were uncommon phrases in the Qur’ân which were not from his dialect, it is obligatory upon us to clarify their meaning to him. And if he heard the phrase the way many of the people hear it and he does not understand the meaning, and he requests from us to explain it to him and clarify its meaning to him, then that is (obligatory) upon us. And if he asks us about a question that tarnishes the Qur’ân, we answer it for him, just as, if the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, was presented with a question from the polytheists, the People of the Book or the Muslims, which they asked about the Qur’ân, he would answer it for them.” [8]

This is best understood if we understand that there are two types of hearing, two types of intellect and two types of guidance. One of each has been negated off of the disbelievers, while the other has been affirmed for them.

About the hearing, Allâh, Ta’âlâ, stated,

وَإِذَا تُتْلَى عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُنَا قَالُواْ قَدْ سَمِعْنَا لَوْ نَشَاء لَقُلْنَا مِثْلَ هَـذَا إِنْ هَـذَا إِلاَّ أَسَاطِيرُ الأوَّلِينَ
“And when Our Verses are recited to them, they say: ‘We have heard this; if we wish we can say the like of this. This is nothing but the tales of the ancients.’” (al-Anfâl, 31)

While He also said,

وَقَالُوا لَوْ كُنَّا نَسْمَعُ أَوْ نَعْقِلُ مَا كُنَّا فِي أَصْحَابِالسَّعِيرِ
“And they will say: ‘Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!’” (al-Mulk, 10)

And about the intellect, He, Ta’âlâ, said,

أَفَتَطْمَعُونَ أَن يُؤْمِنُواْ لَكُمْ وَقَدْ كَانَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنْهُمْ يَسْمَعُونَ كَلاَمَ اللّهِ ثُمَّ يُحَرِّفُونَهُ مِن بَعْدِ مَا عَقَلُوهُ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ
“Do you covet that they will believe in your religion in spite of the fact that a party of them used to hear the Word of Allâh, then they used to change it knowingly after they understood it?” (al-Baqarah, 75)

While He also said,

وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن ذُكِّرَ بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِ فَأَعْرَضَ عَنْهَا وَنَسِيَ مَا قَدَّمَتْ يَدَاهُ إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ أَكِنَّةً أَن يَفْقَهُوهُ وَفِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرًا وَإِن تَدْعُهُمْ إِلَى الْهُدَى فَلَن يَهْتَدُوا إِذًا أَبَدًا
“And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord, but turns away from them forgetting what (deeds) his hands have sent forth. Truly, We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this (the Qur’ân), and in their ears, deafness. And if you call them to guidance, even then they will never be guided.” (al-Kahf, 57)

And about the guidance, He, Ta’âlâ, said,

وَأَمَّا ثَمُودُ فَهَدَيْنَاهُمْ فَاسْتَحَبُّوا الْعَمَى عَلَى الْهُدَى
“And as for Thamûd, We showed them the way of guidance, but they preferred blindness to guidance…” (Fussilat, 17)

While He also said,

إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاء وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
“Verily! You (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allâh guides whom He wills.” (Al-Qasas, 57)

So it is proven that the disbelievers did have some level of understanding and hearing. So it shouldn’t be understood that no understanding or intelligence is needed whatsoever. At the same time, not everyone can say that because someone doesn’t understand the Hujjah, they are protected from leaving Islâm.

For more on this topic, look to “Majmû’ Fatâwâ Ibn Taymiyyah”, Vol. 1/208-209, Vol. 7/24, Vol. 9/286-287, and Vol. 16/8-15

“Madârij as-Sâlikîn” by Ibn al-Qayyim, Vol. 1/51-58, and 518-520, publication of “Dâr al-Fikr”.

“Miftâh Dâr as-Sa’âdah” by Ibn al-Qayyim, Vol. 1/101-102, publication of “Dâr al-Fikr”.


[1] Is’hâq ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmân ibn Hasan Âl ash-Shaykh, may Allâh be merciful to them, mentioned that the ones being answered are ‘Îsâ ibn Qâsim and Ahmad ibn Suwaylim. There question was about some statements of Shaykh al-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah. Look to “Takfîr al-Mu’ayyin wal-Farq Bayna Qiyâm al-Hujjah wa Fihm al-Hujjah” pg. 32-33, with the verification of Shaykh Ahmad ibn Hamûd al-Khâlidî, may Allâh free him.

[2] Sarf: A type of magic through which a person is turned away from something that they like. For example, a man being made to hate his wife whom he loved beforehand.

[3] ‘Atf: A type of magic through which a person is made to like something that they disliked beforehand. For example, a man being made to fall in love with a woman that he hated beforehand.

[4] Narrated by al-Bukhârî in his “Sahîh”, (#5,057) and (#6,930), from ‘Alî ibn Abî Tâlib, رضي الله عنه.

[5] Narrated by at-Tirmithî in his “Jâmi’”, (#3,000), and he declared it “Hasan”. It was declared likewise by al-Albânî in “Mishkât al-Masâbîh”, (#3,485) and al-Wâdi’î in “As-Sahîh al-Musnad Mimmâ Laysa fis-Sahîhayn”, (#486). All from Abû Umâmah al-Bâhilî, رضي الله عنه.

[6] “Ad-Durar as-Saniyyah fil-Ajwibah an-Najdiyyah”, Vol. 10/93-95, 5th Edition, 1416 H.

[7] “Kashf ash-Shubhatayn” by Sulaymân ibn Sahmân, pg. 91-92.

[8] “Al-Jawâb as-Sahîh Liman Baddala Dîn al-Masîh”, Vol. 1/221-222, publication of “Dâr al-‘Âsimah”; Riyadh, 2nd Edition, 1419 H.

• difference • between • a • taaghoot • and • a • kaafir •

December 9, 2008

I read in the past a very simple rule made by Sheikh Ali Al-Khudair in how to distinguish between the Taghout and a normal Kafir.

He said in his book Al-Wijazah:

“The Tughyaan (the noun of Taghout) is every going beyond the limits. So for example the one who left the prayer is a Kafir, but if he calls to leave the prayer, and punish those who pray, he will be considered a Taghout. The same goes with the one who slaughters for other than Allah, this is Shirk, but if he calls people to it, he will be a Taghout.. and so on”.

• all • 8 • doors •

December 6, 2008

The Prophet  Said:

There is no one amongst you that makes Wudoo’, and does so perfectly, and then says, ‘I Testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah. He is alone, having no partners. And I bear witness and testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger’, except that all eight doors of Paradise are opened for him, and he can enter into it through whichever one he pleases.

Reported by Muslim (#234) and others.

• the • kufr • of • electing • legislator’s • besides • Allah •

November 4, 2008
The Disbelief (Kufr) Of Electing Legislators Besides Allah (Fatwa)
Shaykh Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Ghunaymaan

The Shaykh, may Allah (swt) preserve him, says: “All creatures are the slaves of Allah (‘ibaad Allah), the Majestic and High, and He created them so that they may become worshipers of Allah, the Majestic and High. The slave must act according to the commands of His Master and a follower of His Speech and Shari’ah (Law), and not (become) a lord or a rival to Him in the legislation (tashree’a) and the judgment (hukm) between the creation. If he is like this, (then) he becomes a competitor with Allah to the same degree that Fir’awn (Pharaoh) and his fellow greater tawagheet did (i.e. those things which have transgressed the limits of Tawheed and are worshipped besides Allah).”

He also said: “And concerning that which makes a creature, which the people establish, choose and say that ‘this act is on my behalf’ or ‘I chose this’ – after which he becomes a legislator of laws which he judges by – (then) he came with something which negates his iman (belief) and he must review himself and seek repentance so he does not fall into shirk, which is the greatest of sins.”

Those who elect legislators along with Allah claim they do so because their intention is not to make them partners with Allah, but rather reformers. The answer of the Shaykh concerning this question which was addressed to him (is as follows): “If one does an action which is the opposite of the Shari’ah, his intention does not benefit him. The one who elects the legislator and (then) he says, ‘I only elect him to become a reformer’, although the action of this legislator is to be a partner along with Allah in terms of His legislation, which is against the Book of Allah and His legislation – (then) verily, the hukm (legislation) is for none but Allah (swt). However, the intention may be accepted if the action is permissible within the Shari’ah.

He also said, may Allah preserve him, “Yes, if a person knows that he elected this person so he can become a legislator, and he knows that (the right of) legislation is for none but Allah alone, the Majestic and High, and he said, ‘I want this person (as a legislator) because I know that he is a righteous person and he will establish righteousness which will prevent the Mufsideen (those who cause corruption) from taking over, and therefore I elect this person’, that will indeed not benefit him.”

He also said, “Although he claims his intention is righteous, it will not benefit him, even if it is righteous. This is because electing him on this basis is not permissible, and due to that he has fallen into a negating factor from among the negating factors of belief (iman).”

He also said in his answer to the question that if the person enters in legislative council and said he will not start legislating and will not practice any forms of legislation, but will only take the position of legislation (what is the ruling upon such a person)? He said, may Allah preserve him: “If he enters the government which consists of legislation and laws, he is surely content with it, and being content with laws from other than Allah, the Majestic and High, is kufr (disbelief). For example, if he allowed himself to become a legislator, that in itself is not only kufr, but he also becomes one of the heads of the tawagheet; and the tawagheet are many. He is one of the tawagheet because he lets the hukm be with him and not with Allah, the Majestic and High.”

He said, may Allah have mercy upon him, in an advice he gave to the voter (for man-made law): “My advice to you is to cling to the commands of this deen (religion), and to be steadfast upon the Tawheed of Allah (swt). And if you fall short of this, (then) you must repent and seek refuge and renew your iman. And the world does not benefit you, so the person must leave these matters and renew his deen should he have fallen into one of the negating factors which negate iman.”

Regarding the validity upon praying behind those voters who elect creatures in the position of legislation, he said, may Allah preserve him: “If one has fallen into that and he knows; praying behind him is not valid. One must pray behind those who have correct ‘aqeedah (creed/belief) and have not fallen into one of the negating factors which negate iman.”

[Taken from a recorded lecture delivered by Shaykh al-Ghunaymaan entitled: ‘And (agree) that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah.’ (Aali ‘Imraan 3:64)]

Other ‘ulema (scholars) who support Shaykh al-Ghunaymaan in what has been mentioned above include Shaykh Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shinqiti, Shaykh Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Furraaj, Shaykh Naasir al-‘Umar, Shaykh al-Muhaddith Abu Ayyub al Barqawi, Imam Abu ‘Isa ar-Rifa’ee and many others. We will now cite some of what they have said:

Shaykh al-Qahtaanee said: “Because the source of (the legislation in) democracy is the people, then what remains for Allah (swt)? Therefore, democracy, which is built upon this, is definitely kufr (disbelief) which takes you out of Islam…Democracy, by the definition of its people, is clear kufr (kufr buwaa).”

Shaykh ‘Abdullah as-Sad also said: “There is no doubt that democracy is kufr (disbelief), and I ask Allah (swt) to take us away from these things…The people of democracy will not allow you to join them unless you swear to act according to their law, and this is kufr (disbelief). Those people who implement Shaytaan’s law, and who call for democracy and elections, they only want to attract the anger of the Muslims…”

Shaykh Bishr al-Bishr also said: “If anyone is given the right to make law, his is a taghut (false god) because he is calling the people to worship him.”

Shaykh ad-Deebaan said, “From what I know about the Parliament, it is a committee (gathering) of tawagheet and it is not permissible for anyone to enter this on the basis of ‘benefit’ (maslaha) for the Muslims…”

• look • to • who • you • take • your • Deen • from •

October 31, 2008

Imaam Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah) said: ‘Indeed, This knowledge Is Deen, So Look To The One You Take Your Deen From”

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Umar Bazmool (hafidha-hullaah) stated in explanation of the above statement of Imaam Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah):

Indeed, Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal) has commanded us that, when He (Azza-Wa-Jal) said: ‘So ask the people of the Dhikr (the Reminder), if you do not know’. [21:7]

Allah commanded us to ask the people of the Dzikr (the Reminder), and the Salafus Saalih have clarified that the Ulama are the people of the Dhikr.  So Allaah (Azza-Wa-Jal) specifying the Ulama as (those) to be asked is evidence that others besides them are not to be asked.  And likewise, Imaams Bukhaari and Muslim reported in the Saheehayn on the authority of Aa’isha (radiyallaahu-anhaa) that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) recited the statement of Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal):

‘It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’aan). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book [and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkaam (commandments, etc.), Al-Faraa’id (obligatory duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers, etc.)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allah.’[3:7]

(Then after reciting the above ayah), he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘If you see those who follow thereof that is not entirely clear, then they are those whom Allaah has named [as having deviation from the truth].  So beware of them'[1]

In this hadeeth is a warning against a people who give out knowledge, teach and issue verdicts.  So their condition must be known.

Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said: ”In this hadeeth is a warning against mixing with the people of deviation, the people of bidah and those who seek after the difficult affairs (of the Religion), seeking by it fitnah.  So they are not to be consented to, rather (they are to be) restrained and subdued just as Umar Ibnul Khattaab (radiyallaahu-anhu) subdued Sabee Bin Asl when he sought after the Mutashaabih (the unclear verses).

[1] Reported by Bukhaari in Kitaab At-Tafseer

• to • Allaah • we • belong • and • unto • Him • we • return •

October 29, 2008

Al-Fudhayl ibn Iyyâdh (May Allah have mercy on him) said to a man, How many (years) have come upon you?” He replied, “Sixty years.” He said, “Therefore, for sixty years you have been going to your Lord and you are about to reach (Him).” So the man said, “To Allâh we belong and to Him we shall return!” So al-Fudhayl asked, “Do you know the meaning of that (statement)? You are saying, I belong to Allah as a servant and I am going to return to Him. So whoever knows that he belongs to Allah as a servant and that he will return to him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.”

[Jâmi al-Ulûm wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab]

• inspirational • words • from • ibn • taymiyyah • and • ibn • al-qayyim •

October 16, 2008

Every Punishment from Him is pure justice and every blessing from Him is pure grace.
(Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/85)

Whoever desires everlasting bliss, let him adhere firmly to the threshold of servitude. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 1/531)

The Lord loves to be Loved. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/54)

Guidance is not attained except with knowledge and correct direction is not attained except with patience. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/40)

In this world there is a Paradise, whoever does not enter it will not enter the Paradise of the Hereafter. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Qaabil, p.69)

The one who is (truly) imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allaah and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Qaabil, p,69)

This whole religion revolves around knowing the truth and acting by it, and action must be accompanied by patience. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/38)

Worship is founded upon the Legal Law and following it, not upon ones base desires and innovation. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/80)

The more the servant loves his Master, the less he will love other objects and they will decrease in number. The less the servant loves his Master, the more he will love other objects and they will increase in number. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/94)

Perpetually is the servant either the recipient of a blessing from Allaah, in which case he is need of gratitude; or he is the perpetrator of sin, in which case he is in need of repentance; he is always moving from one blessing to another and is always is in need of repentance. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/88)

Sins cause harm and repentance removes the cause. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/255)

Bearing witness to Tawheed opens the door of good and repentance from sins closes the door to evil. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/256)

The Jihaad against the soul is the foundation for the jihad against the disbelievers and hypocrites. (Ibn al-Qayyim, ar-Rawdah, p.478)

A man will never fear something besides Allaah unless it be due to a disease in his heart. (al-Bazzaar, p.74)

Trials and tribulation are feeling the heat and the cold, when one knows that they cannot be avoided, he will not feel anger at their onset, nor will he be distressed of disheartened. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 3/289)

The perfection of Tawheed is found when there remains nothing in the heart except Allaah, the servant is left loving those He loves and What He loves, hating those He hates and what He hates, showing allegiance to those He has allegiance to, showing enmity towards those He shows enmity towards, ordering what He orders and prohibiting what He prohibits. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 3/485)

In this world, man finds remembrance of Allaah, praising Him and worshipping him, a delight that is incomparable to anything else. (Minhaj as-Sunnah, 5/389)

The objective of asceticism is to leave all that harms the servants Hereafter and the objective of worship is to do all that will benefit his Hereafter. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 14/458)

Sins are like chains and locks preventing their perpetrator from roaming the vast garden of Tawheed and reaping the fruits of righteous actions. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 14/49)

What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. If I travel they are with me, never leaving me. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey. (Ibn al-Qayyim, Al-Waabil As-Sayyib, p.69)