Archive for the ‘tazkiyyah’ Category

• the • she-camel • given • in • charity •

April 14, 2009

A sister sent me this story transcribed from one of Dr. Saleh As-Saleh’s lectures:
The Shaykh began:

“Do you want hear this real story which took place here about a hundred years ago. (In Saudi) Tayib. This is real! This is real!”

He continued: “Bismilaahi Rahmaani Raheem. This story took place here about hundred years ago and it was also broadcasted on the radio stations. It is about a man call Ibn Jad’aan. He (Ibn Jad’aan) said how during Spring times he used to go out. He would see good and healthy fat camels and their udders filled to the extent of almost exploding. Whenever the little offspring (i.e. the calf) came close to the mother camel, her milk would pour forth because of the great abundance of blessings and abundance of goodness.

So I (Ibn Jad’aan) looked at one of my she camels with her calf and I remembered my poor neighbour who had seven young daughters. So I said to myself, by Allah I will give this camel and her calf as Sadaqah (charity) to my neighbour – and he recited the Ayah where Allah said in (Surah Al-imraan: 92):

“By no means Shall you Attain piety righteousness unless you spend in Allah’s cause of which that you love”

And the most beloved from amongst my cattle, to me, is this she-camel. So I took her along with her calf and knocked on the door of my neighbour. I told him to accept it as a gift from me. I saw his face glooming with happiness and he was unable to utter anything in response.

So he benefitted from its milk and used to load wood on its back, awaiting for its offspring to grow up in order to sell them. Subsequently, he gained great good from this camel.

After the spring had passed, the dry summer came with its drought, and so the Bedouins began looking for water and grass.. We gathered our belongings and left our places looking for water and the duhool (plural of duhul) or ‘holes’ in the earth, situated underground leading to water traps underneath the ground. Their openings are on top of the ground, as the Bedouins know of very well.

I (i.e. Ibn Jad’aan) entered into one of these holes so as to bring some water to drink…

Dr Saleh continued: “and his (Ibn Jad’aan’s) three sons were waiting for him outside the hole. However he did not return. His three sons waited for him for one, two and three days and finally became hopeless.

They said maybe he was stung by a snake and died or he was lost under the earth and destroyed. They (and we seek refuge in Allah from this) waited for his destruction. Why? Due to greed in order to distribute his inheritance.

So they returned home and divided what he had left, amongst themselves. Then they remembered that their father (Ibn Jad’aan) gave a she-camel to their poor neighbour. They went to their neighbour and told him that it is better that he give them back the she-camel and take another camel in replace of it, otherwise they will take it by force and he will be left with nothing.

The neighbour complained that he would report them to their father. So they informed him that he had died. He inquired as to how and where Ibn Jad’aan had died, and why they hadn’t told him. They then explained how he entered into one of these holes underground in the desert and did not come out.

The neighbour said: ” By Allah take me to this place and take your she-camel and do whatever you do with it and I don’t want your camel in return!”

They took him and when he saw the place, he went and brought a rope, lit a candle, tied it outside the duhul (the hole) and then stepped into it crawling on his back until he reached the places whereby he could crawl and roll. Eventually the smell of moisture became closer and then all of sudden he heard the sound of a man by the water groaning and moaning.

He went closer and closer towards this sound in the darkness putting his hand out all over until his hand fell onto the man (Ibn Jad’aan). He checked his breath and he was still breathing after one week! He pulled him out covering his eyes so as to protect him from the sunlight. He took with him some dates, moistened them in water and gave it to him to drink.

He then carried him on his back and took him to his house and life gradually return to this man whilst his sons didn’t know. He then asked him: “Tell me, by Allah, one week while you were underground and you didn’t die?!”

“I will tell you something strange…” Ibn Jidaan explained: “…when I went down there I got lost and waves took me from all directions and I said to myself I’d better stay close to this water that I have reached. So I started to drink from it, but hunger had no mercy and water does not suffice. Then after three days hunger intensified on me and took me from all parts. While I was lying on my back I surrendered myself to Allah and put all my affairs in his hands and all of the sudden I felt the warmth of milk pouring onto my mouth. So I sat in the midst of the darkness and I saw a pot coming closer to my mouth. I drank from it until I took from what is sufficient and then it would go! This occurred three times in the day but the last two days it stopped and I didn’t know what happened.”

His neighbour then informed him:

“If you know the reason you will be amazed! Your sons thought you had died and they came to me and took away the she-camel which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’Aala) was giving you from its milk!”

The Muslim is in the shade of his Sadaqah (Charity). Allah stated in (Surah At-Talaaq: 2,3): “…and whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to him, he will make a way for him to get out (from every difficult)” and “…and he will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And who ever puts his trust in Allah, then he will suffice him”.


• real • reality • tv •

November 14, 2008

• backbiting •

November 11, 2008

Anecdotes on the Condemnation of gossip/backbiting

Shaykh Husayn al-Awaaishah

1 – It is reported from al-Hasan al-Basri (may Allah have mercy on him) that a man said to him: “You have gossiped about me.”
He (al-Hasan) said: “You have not reached such a position that you can control my Hasanat!”
[Translator’s Note: The Islamic teaching is that the Hasanat (good deeds) of the one who gossips will be awarded to the victim.]

2 – Someone was told: “So-and-so has gossiped about you” – so he sent him a dish of dates, with the message: “I heard that you had given me your Hasanat as a gift, and I want to return the favour; please excuse me for not being able to pay back in full.”

3 – It was reported from Ibn Mubarak (may Allah have mercy on him) that he said: “If I were to gossip about anyone, I would gossip about my parents, for they have more right to my Hasanat.”

4 – Backbiting is the hospitality of the wrongdoer.

5 – From Amr ibn al-As (radhiallahu `anhu); He passed by a dead mule, and said to some of his companions: “It would be better for a man to eat his fill from the meat of this than from the flesh of his fellow-Muslims.” [Sahih al-Targhib at-Tarhib]

6 – A man mentioned something bad about another to his friend.
His friend said to him: “Do you go out and fight against the Romans?”
He said, “No.”
His friend asked: “Do you go out and fight against the Turks?”
He said, “No.”
The friend said: “The Romans are safe from you, and the Turks are safe from you, but your Muslim brothers are not safe from you!”

7 – If you are unable to do three things, then you must do three (other) things:
if you cannot do good, then stop doing evil;
if you cannot benefit people, then do not harm them;
if you cannot fast, then do not eat the flesh of the people.

8 – The poet said: “If a man is wise and fears Allah,
This will keep him too busy to concern himself with the faults of others,
Just as the weak and sick person is concerned with his own pain
To think of the pain of others.”

• 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]

• relying • on • some • deeds • while • forgetting • others •

October 24, 2008

It is reported that Abu Ayyoob Al-Ansaari – may Allaah be pleased with him – said, “A person might do a single good deed, rely on it and forget sins that he regards insignificant, but then meet Allaah (on the Day of Judgment) with those sins surrounding him. And a man might commit a sin, but never stop fearing its consequences, until he meets Allaah safe and sound.”

– Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr, Fath Al-Baari, references this narration to Asad ibn Moosaa’s Az-Zuhd. A slightly different wording is reported by Ibn Al-Mubaarak in Az-Zuhd war-Raqaa’iq 1/170.

• 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)

• the • benefits • of • leaving • permissible • desires •

September 4, 2008

The following is taken from
Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali’s Lataa’if Al-Ma’aarif, pp. 213-214

Allaah Says,
“…All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him: the good deeds will be multiplied ten times to seven hundred times, except fasting, which is for Me and I will reward for it accordingly. He abandons his desire, food and drink for Me…” [Narrated by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

And His Statement, “
He abandons his desire, food and drink for Me shows that fasting is a means of attaining closeness to Allaah by abandoning what the soul desires of food and drink and intercourse, and these are the greatest of the soul’s desires.

The Benefits of Seeking Closeness to Allaah Through Abandoning [Permissible] Desires:

And seeking closeness to Allaah by leaving off desires when fasting has benefits.

From them: That it breaks the soul, for feeling full and drinking and intercourse with women causes the soul to become used to arrogance and heedlessness and excessive cheerfulness.

And from them: The heart becomes free to think and remember Allaah, because consuming these desires can harden the heart and blind it, and they can come between the slave and between the remembrance of Allaah and thinking, and they cause heedlessness, while emptying the stomach of food and drink illuminates the hearts and mandates sensitivity and does away with the heart’s harshness, and it frees the slave for remembering Allaah and thinking.

And from them: That the rich one will realize the magnitude of Allaah’s bounty upon him, due to His granting him the food and drink and marriage that He prohibited from many of the poor, so when [the rich one] is prevented from this in a specific time, and he undergoes hardship because of it, he remembers those who were prevented from all of those things completely, so he becomes obligated to be grateful for Allaah’s blessings upon him, and it becomes obligatory for him to supplicate for Allaah to relieve his brother who is in need, and he must comfort his brother with whatever he is able.

And from them: That fasting constricts the veins, which are the paths through which the Shaytaan flows within the son of Aadam, for the Shaytaan runs within the son of Aadam through the blood. So through fasting, the whispers of the Shaytaan are quieted and desires and anger are broken, and de to this, the Prophet, salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, made fasting a shield, due to the fact that it breaks the desire for intercourse.

And know: That closeness to Allaah Ta’aalaa through abandoning the permissible desires (like eating and fasting and intercourse with the spouse) cannot be achieved during fasting except after attaining closeness to Him through abandoning what He has prohibited in every instance, like lying and oppression and transgression against people’s blood and wealth and honor. And due to this, the Prophet, salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Whoever does not abandon lying and evil actions, Allaah is not in need of him abandoning his food and his drink” [Narrated by Al-Bukhaari #1903, #6057].

And in another Hadeeth, “Fasting is not [abstaining] from food and drink, rather fasting is [abstaining from] vain talk and indecency” [Narrated by Al-Haakim and Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hibbaan, from the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah, and it is Saheeh].

And some of the Salaf said, “The easiest fast is abandoning food and drink

And Jaabir said, “If you fast, then let your eyesight, your hearing, and your tongue fast from lying and the prohibited things, and leave [talking about] what has happened so that there may be peace and tranquility upon you on the day of your fast, and do not make the day you fast equal to the day you do not fast.”

And the Messenger of Allaah said, “”Perhaps a fasting person will get nothing from his fast save hunger, and perhaps the one who stands to pray at night will get nothing from his standing except sleeplessness.” [Narrated by Ibn Maajah #1690, from Abu Hurayrah, and it is Saheeh].

And the secret behind this is that seeking closeness to Allaah by abandoning the permissible things (like eating, drinking and sleeping) cannot be attained except after seeking closeness to Him through leaving the prohibited things. So whoever commits the forbidden things then seeks to attain closeness to Allaah by abandoning the permissible things is equal to the one who abandons the obligatory deeds and seeks to get close to Allaah with voluntary deeds.”

• benefit • of • the • day • magazine •

September 1, 2008

Ramadaan 1429


• a • benefit • from • damascus •

August 15, 2008
Ibn Abee Haatim(.328H) Rahimahullaah said
‘I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qaasim al Joo’ee (d.248 AH). I found a  group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me; and I heard him saying
‘Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time:
When you are present,you are not known;
When you are absent you are not missed;
When you are seen,your advice is not sought;
When you say something, your saying is not accepted;
And when you have some knowledge,you are not given anything for it.
I also advise you with five matters:
When you are treated unjustly,do not behave unjustly;
When you are praised,do not become happy;
When you are criticized, do not become upset;
When you are not believed,do not become angry;
And if people act deceitfully towards you, do not act deceitfully towards them

Ibn Abee Haatim said:’ So I took that as my benefit from Damascus.’

Related by Ibn al Jawzee in Sifatus-safwah( 2/200).

• six • attacks • and • ten • defenses •

August 11, 2008

The evil of Shaytaan is limited to six categories, he continues [to assault] mankind until he succeeds in one or more of them:

1) The evil of polytheism and disbelief;

2) Then innovations;

3) Next are the major sins;

4) Then the minor sins;

5) Subsequently, busying people with practicing Mubahaat [1] instead of practicing good deeds [that one is rewarded for];

6) Next is busying them with practicing deeds which are good instead of deeds which are better.

The reasons that safeguard a servant from the Shaytaan are ten:

1) Seeking refuge with Allaah from him;

2) Reading al Mu’awathatain [Surat an Nas and Surat al Falaq];

3) Reading Ayatul Kursi;

4) Reading Surat al Baqarah;

5) Reading the ending of Surat al Baqarah [last two verses];

6) The believer reading from the beginning of {Haa Meem.} until {to Him is the final return.} [Ghafir: 1-3];

7) Saying what translated means: ‘There is no deity worthy of worship but Allaah, alone having no partners, to him belongs the dominion, to him belongs all praise, and He has the ability to do all things.’ One hundred times;

8) Practicing the remembrance of Allaah a lot;

9) Performing ablution along with prayers;

10) Refraining from supernumerary (extra) looking around, talking, eating and mixing with people.

Compiled by as Sa’dee from Ibnul Qayim’s book: Badaa’i al fawaa’id, Tareeq al Wusool ila al ‘Ilm al Mawool: p.129