Saturday, July 28, 2012
So I say (Aboo Ruqayyah): The youth are not left alone to rely on their adolescence as an excuse for wasting time in being silly & foolish on non-sense, committing sins, laziness, procrastination & refraining from acts of obedience & saying: "I'm not there yet because I'm still young, but once I turn such and such age or after I get married, I will make tawbah (repentance) for these things and become more religious and serious about this Deen later in life."
This is the worst type of self-delusion, sinning excessively while hoping for mercy & forgiveness without feeling any remorse, responsibility & regret; or expecting to draw nearer to Allaah without obeying or worshipping Him, or to hope for the fruits of the Jannah (Garden) after having only planted & sowed the seeds of the Jahannam (Hell-Fire). Seeking the abode of the obedient through committing sins, or expecting a reward after having done nothing worthwhile but only transgressing & exceeding the limits.
"The delusional dreams & sick desires of the youth become the regret of the mature."
Yaa Shabaab (Oh youth) Do you hope for reward & forgiveness when you have NOT traversed its paths? A ship Doesn't sail on dry land !!
This was the advice given to Haaroon (ar-Rasheed) bin Muhammad al-Mahdee bin 'Abdillaah al-'Abbaasee al-Baghdaadee (d.193AH).
Shaykh Ahmad ibn Ahmad Shamlaan (may Allaah preserve him) mentioned thirteen mannerisms that are to be observed for the one eating the Suhoor:
1. Sincerity of the intention.
2. Saying Bismillaah when one is about to eat, eating with the right hand & eating from that which is closer to you. Based upon the Hadeeth Umar ibn Abee Salamah.
3. Gathering together upon the food. Indeed in that there's a blessing.
4. Not being wasteful in the meal & praising Allaah for it.
5. The the meal is from lawful wealth. Indeed it is stronger for the (carrying out) the act of worship. Indeed Allaah is good & He only accepts that which is good.
From Aishah, (radiyAllaahu anha), that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Indeed the devil comes to you and says, ‘Who created you?’ He says, ‘Allaah.’ He says, ‘So who created Allaah?’ So when one of you finds that [i.e., such whisperings], let him read, ‘I believe in Allaah & His Messengers,’ for verily that will leave him.”
[Silsilah 116 Hasan]
From Abu Hurairah, (radiyAllaahu anhu), who said: “The Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“The devil comes to one of you & says, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such & such? Who created such & such?’ Until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?’ When he reaches that [level], then let one seek refuge with Allaah & refrain from such thoughts.”
[Bukhaari and Muslim, Silsilah no. 117]
“The people are about to question each other, such that one of them will say,
Questioner: Mocking the religion which has been mentioned in His Saying, the Blessed and Most High, “Say, ‘Was it at Allaah, and His Aayat that you were mocking? Make no excuse, you have disbelieved after you had believed …’” [Tawbah 9:66] is it kufr in belief [kufr i'tiqaadi] or disbelief in actions [kufr amali]?
Al-Albaani: There is no doubt that this is kufr in belief–infact, this is disbelief with two horns. Because it is not possible for a believer no matter how weak his faith is to mock the Signs [aayaat] of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic. And this type of disbelief is what comes under our previous statement where we would say, “It is not permissible to declare a Muslim to be outside the fold of Islaam except if something emanates from his tongue which shows us what has settled in his heart.” So here, his mockery of the Signs of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, is the biggest confirmation from him that he does not believe in that which he is mocking. So thus he is a disbeliever who has performed kufr in belief [i'tiqaadi].
Mawsoo’atul-Allaamah, al-Imaam, Mujaddidil-Asr, Muhammad Naasirid-Deen al-Albaani, of Shaikh Shady Noaman, vol. 5, p. 522.
Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
1. It is reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basri 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 hasanaat!” 1
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 hasanaat as a gift, and I want to return the favour; please excuse me for not being able to pay back in full.”
3. It is reported from Ibn al-Mubarak (may Allaah have mercy on him) that he said, “If I were to indulge in backbiting about anyone, I would gossip about my parents, for they have more right to my hasanaat.”
قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لِجِبْرِيْلَ عَلَيْهِ الْسَّلَامُ: مَا لِي لَمْ أَرَ مِيْكَائِيْلَ ضَاْحِكاً قَطُّ؟ قَالَ: مَا ضَحِكَ مِيْكَائِيْلُ مُنْذُ خُلِقَتِ الْنَّارُ
From Anas ibn Maalik, the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said to Jibreel عَلَيْهِ الْسَّلَامُ, “Why is it that I have never seen Mika’il laugh at all?”
He said, “Mika’il has never laughed since the Fire was created.”
Sheikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said:
“If the people have no concern except to have a variety of food, to sleep during the day, and to talk during the night about things which will not benefit them–then there is no doubt that this is a squandering of a priceless opportunity which may not come again to that person in his lifetime. So the resolute man is the one who progresses in Ramadhan according to [an amount of] sleep that is fitting at the first part of the night, and by standing to pray in Tarawih, and standing to pray at the end of the night if he can, and likewise he is not excessive in his food or drink.”
48 Su’aal fis-Siyaam, pp. 19-20.
The Imaam said, “Know that ‘as-Samr,’ which is to talk at night, is prohibited in more than one hadith [reported] from him صلى الله عليه وسلم [unless it is concerning knowledge as the Shaikh clarifies].
So what the majority of people today do in spending the night awake in front of the television and things like it is from the tribulations which have afflicted the Islaamic world in the present age.
We ask Allaah for safety from all tribulations, both apparent and hidden, indeed He is the All-Hearing, the Responsive.”
Friday, July 27, 2012
My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy...
رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِى صَغِيرًا
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah رضي الله تعالى عنه who said:
‘The Prophet ﷺ said: “Indeed a man’s status will be raised in Paradise & he will ask, ‘How is this for me?’ He will be told, ‘by your child’s seeking forgiveness for you.”
(Reported by Ibn Maajah, no 3660; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1617)
وَقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّـهُ وَبِالْوَلِدَيْنِ إِحْسَـناً إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلاَهُمَا فَلاَ تَقُل لَّهُمَآ أُفٍّ وَلاَ تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلاً كَرِيمًا وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِى صَغِيرًا
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say NOT to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.”
“And lower unto them the wing of submission & humility through mercy, & say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small."
Imagine your mother or father reaching a higher level of Jannah just because YOU made dua’a for them. What are you waiting for? Make Dua NOW...
by Imâm Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Ibn Abi’d-Dunyâ mentioned that Dâwûd (peace be upon Him) asked Allâh:
“What is the least of Your blessings?” Allâh revealed to him: “O Dâwûd, take a breath.” Dâwûd did so, & Allâh told him: “This is the least of My blessings on you.”
Taken from “Uddat as-Sâbireen wa Dhâkirat ash-Shâkireen”
Explanation of the Hadeeth from 'Umar, رضي الله تعالى عنه that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
"Were you to depend upon Allaah with true dependence, He would have provided for you like He provides for the bird; early in the morning he leaves hungry, but returns at the end of the day with a full stomach."
(At-Tirmithi no. 2344, Ibn Majah no.4I64, Ahmad 1/30,52, Ibn Hibban no. 2548 and Al-Hakim 4/318) & was recorded by Imaam Ahmad, At-Tirmithi, An-Nisa'i, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, and Al-Hakim, and At-Tirmithi said, "This Hadeeth is Hasan Sahih."
The (Arabic) word (in the Hadeeth is) "Tawakkul," means to depend sincerely in one's heart upon Allaah Almighty, for bringing blessings & warding off harms, for this world & the Hereafter. If people were to sincerely trust & depend upon Allaah to bring them that which benefits them & to keep away that which harms them, & if they take reasonable, practical steps themselves, Allaah will send their provision to them by the simplest of means. Just as Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى gives the bird provision when it simply leaves in the morning, seeking its sustenance, & returns at the end of the day. Yes, it does go out to search, but it is an easy effort. Tawakkul in reality does not deny actually working & striving for provision, for Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى has decreed that we should work & it is from His ways that He gives people when they strive.
How many times have you heard in reply to the question, “What is the benefit of, or reason for fasting or praying?”, that prayer is a kind of exercise and calms the nerves, and that fasting helps to remove toxins and organize one’s eating, and many similar things, instead of the actual religious benefit of praying and fasting? The answer will obviously be – “many times”.
This brief note is a piece of advice to those who when asked about any acts of worship in Islaam, they give its worldly aspects and scientific benefits first, rather than the actual religious aspect for what it was ordained. Many of them don’t even know the religious aspect and benefits of the acts of worship in Islaam, but are only knowledgeable of its worldly/scientific benefits.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said in an answer to one of the question:
Ibn ul-Jawzi (rahimahullaah),
By Allaah, one should implement what he knows for it is indeed the greatest foundation. And the miskeen (poor) , the true miskeen is the one who wasted his life learning that which he does not practice, thus he loses the pleasures of the dunyaa (world) and the goodness of the aakhirah (Hereafter), coming forth bankrupt (on the Day of Judgment) with strong evidences against himself.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
"O you of little resolve, where do you stand upon His path?
Adam found it difficult and Nuh lamented because of it, while Allaah's Khaleel Ibraaheem was thrown into a pit of fire due to it. Isma'eel was laid upon his side ready to be sacrifices for its sake, and while upon it, Yusuf was sold for a cheap price and then falsely cast into prison for many years. Zakareeyah was sawed in half, and Yahya was slaughtered due to it. Ayyub suffered great distress, while Dawud cried copiously, and Isaa cured the wretched poor of their diseases and walked with the beasts, due to it. And how many forms of difficulty and hardship did the Messenger Muhammad face while proceeding upon it, yet you live your life through amusements and distractions!"
- Sheikh al-Islaam ibnul Qayyim rahimuallaah Al-Fawaid page 41"
1. The ruling on using perfume during the days of Ramadhan.
2. Fast what is upon you from missed fasts first.
3. The obligation of fasting even when work circumstances are not conducive to fasting..
4. Fasting after the journey has finished
5. She Fasted During Her Days of Menstruation
6. Slept on the First Night of Ramadan Before Ramadan was Confirmed.
Answers to the Questions...
by Imâm Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
A man said to Abû Hâzim:
“What is the gratitude of the eyes?” He said, “If you see good things, you speak about them, and if you see bad things, you keep quiet about it.” He asked, “What is the gratitude of the ears?” He said, “If you hear something good, you accept it, and if you hear something bad, you reject it.” Then he asked, “What is the gratitude of the hands?” He said, “Do not take what which does not belong to you, and do not hold back from paying the dues of Allâh (zakât).” Then he asked, “What is the gratitude of the head?” He said: “To have knowledge in it.” Then he asked, “What is the gratitude of one’s private parts?”
Sheikh Uthaimeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said,
“Whoever has the ability should be keen on providing people who are fasting with iftaar, either in the mosques or in any other place, because, “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person.”So when a person feeds his fasting brothers he will have a reward like theirs, thus whoever Allaah the Most High has enriched [from His Bounty] should seize the opportunity to attain this great reward.”
48 Su’aal Fis-Siyaam, p. 20.
It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“Whoever is mainly concerned about the Hereafter, Allaah will make him feel independent of others & will make him focused & content, & his worldly affairs will fall into place.
But whoever is mainly concerned with this world, Allaah will make him feel in constant need of others & will make him distracted & unfocused, & he will get nothing of this world except what is decreed for him.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2389; classed as saheeh by Sheikh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6510)