رَبِّ ابْنِ لِى عِندَكَ بَيْتاً فِى الْجَنَّةِ
'My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Jannaah'
(At-Tahreem 66:11)


Saturday, August 4, 2012

How do we smack children to make them pray?

 
Abu Dawood (459) and Ahmad (6650) narrated from ‘Amr ibn Shu’ayb from his father that his grandfather said: The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Teach your children to pray when they are seven years old, and smack them (lightly) if they do not pray when they are 10 years old, and separate them in their beds.”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’ (247).

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said in al-Mughni (1/357):
This telling and discipline is prescribed in the case of children in order to train them to pray, so that they will be used to it and it will become their habit, and they will not forsake it when they reach puberty.”

Friday, August 3, 2012

The ruling on the Aqeeqah of the Newborn Child


Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen

 
Question: What is the meaning of 'Aqeeqah of the newborn child', and is it Fardh (obligatory) or Sunnah (supererogatory)?

Answer: The Aqeeqah of the newborn child is the sacrificial animal that is slaughtered in seeking nearness to Allaah & thanking Him for the blessing of the newborn child on the 7th day after birth. The people of knowledge have differed over whether it is Sunnah or Fardh. Most of the people of knowledge hold the view that it is Sunnat Muâkkadah (compulsory). Even Imaam Ahmad said, he borrows & performs the Aqeeqah sacrifice. Meaning that the person who does not have any money should borrow the money & perform the Aqeeqah, & Allaah will take care of his debt for him because he revived a Sunnah. 

DON’T’s for better Al-Ikhlaas (sincerity)


لاَ تَعْمَلْ للِنَّاسِ شَيْئاً
  Don't do anything for the sake of people!

 
وَ لاَ تَتْرُكْ لَهُمْ شَيْئاً
 And don't stop doing things because of them!

 
وَ لاَ تُغَطِّ لَهُمْ شَيْئاً
 And don't hide anything from them!

 
وَ لاَ تَكْشِفْ لَهُمْ شَيْئاً
 And don't reveal anything to them!   

From the Abandoned Sunnan: Using the Siwaak when entering the House

            
 
• On the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “When the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم, would enter the house, he would begin with the siwaak.”[1]

• On the authority of al-Miqdaad bin Shurayh on his father who said: “I said to ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, what did the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم used to begin with when he entered his house? She said: “The siwaak.”[2]

• Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah mercy upon him, was asked:
“I heard that the siwaak is prohibited for the women, is this true?”

“Never under estimate 3 things in Life – I, Me and Myself”...

I, Me and Myself 

Ibnul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) mentions in his book Za’ad al-Ma’aad:
 It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri & Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:Might is His garment & pride is His cloak; whoever seeks to compete with Me concerning them, I will punish him.
(Narrated by Muslim, 2620)

Every Muslim should be warned of the oppression of:  I – My/Mine – I Possess
Indeed these three words are what Iblees (Shaytan), Fir’awn & Qaroon were tried with.
Iblees said: ‘I am better than him’
Fir’awn said: ‘Is not mine the Kingdom of Egypt,’
Qaroon said: ‘This has been given to me only because of knowledge I possess.’
So regarding the saying of the Slave of Allaah I– then the best that he can be described with is:
I am a slave who sins, makes mistakes, seeks forgiveness and recognizes this.
So regarding the saying of ‘My/Mine– and those statements similar to that is:
My sins, my crimes, my humbleness, my depravation and submissiveness.
So regarding the saying of ‘I Possess- then the best that he can be described with is:
Forgive me for my mistakes and what I do intentionally, in jest, or in seriousness and I possess all these shortcomings.

Wasting time is worse than death...

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Ibnul Qayyim Al- Jawziyyah said:

"Wasting time is worse than death, because death separates you from this world whereas wasting time separates you from Allaah."

Shoutd the Mu'adhin break his fast first or call to the prayer?

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Sheikh Ahmad An-Najmee (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

'We have a mu'adhin (one who calls to the prayer) upon whom the people rely on in the adhaan of Maghrib with respect to as soon as the sun starts to set.  Is it upon him to break his fast (first) and then call to the prayer, or should he call to the prayer and then break his fast due to the people relying upon him in that?'

So, he replied:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Giving Precedence to Others Over Yourself in Those Things Which Are Obligatory

Sheikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,

Giving precedence to others over yourself in those things which are obligatory is not allowed. For example, if a person only has enough water for himself with which to perform ablution and there is another person with him who needs water, he is not to give the water to the other person, the other person should do tayammum.  Because this is giving precedence to others over yourself in those things which are obligatory, and giving such precedence to others over yourself is haraam.’

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti’, vol. 15, p. 40.

How To Know if You’re Too Ill to Fast


Sheikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “What is the scale/degree of harm according to which a fast becomes harmful for someone who is ill and after which it becomes forbidden?”  

He replied, “Indeed, harm is known through feeling & it may be known by being informed of it.  As for knowing it by feel then it is if an ill person feels that the fast is harming him & making his pain worse & delaying his recovery.  And as for [recognizing that] by being informed then it is if a knowledgeable, trustworthy, doctor tells him that [it is harmful], & it is not a condition that the doctor be a Muslim.”
Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 6, pp. 328-329.

Ibn Baaz on Fasting During a Journey


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,

The traveller has the choice of either fasting or not fasting, and what is apparent from the legislated proofs is that not fasting is better especially if the fast is difficult for him, due to the saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, “Fasting during a journey is not righteousness.

Vol. 15, p. 236.

A Supplication of Abu Dardaa (radiyAllaahu anhu)


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Ibn Abee Shaybah (rahimahullaah) reported in Kitaab Al-Imaan & also in Al-Musannaf that Abu Dardaa (radiyAllaahu anhu) always use to supplicate saying:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي  أَسْأَلُكَ إيمَانًا دَائِمًا وَعِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَهَدْيًا قَيِّمًا

O Allaah! I ask you for abiding Imaan, beneficial knowledge & upright guidance.

Mu-aawiyyah Ibn Qurra (rahimahullaah) transmitted this narration from Abu Dardaa & then said: “Because there is Imaan that is not abiding, knowledge that is not beneficial & guidance that is not upright.”

[Source: Quoted by Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq Al-Badr in Al-Madkhal Li-diraasaat Al-Aqeedah Al-Islaamiyyah: Lesson 2]

Allaah Looks at your Competition & Boasts of You, so show Him Goodness from Yourselves!


'Advice from Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) to the Muslimeen':

It was authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم that he used to herald the glad tidings of the advent of the month of Ramadhan to his Companions and inform them that all the doors of mercy and Paradise are opened in this month, the doors of Hell are closed, and devils are chained in fetters

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
'When it is the first night of the month of Ramadhan, the devils and rebellious jinn are chained up and the gates of Hell are closed, and not one gate of it is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened, and not one gate of it is closed and a caller cries out: 'O seeker of good, proceed; O seeker of evil, desist.' And Allaah has those whom He redeems from the Fire, and that happens every night.'

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
"There has come to you the month of Ramadhan, a month of blessing, in which Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى covers you with grace, sending down mercy, forgiving sins and answering supplication. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى looks at your competition in doing good therein, and boasts of you before His angels. So show Allaah goodness from yourselves, for truly the wretched person is the one who is deprived of the Mercy of Allaah during this month."

Is having fear of the Jinn considered from natural fear or not?

 
Question: Is having fear of the Jinn considered from natural fear or not?

Sheikh Rabee’ ibn Haadi al-Madkhali, may Allaah preserve him, says: “Fearing the jinn; if it is the fear of the heart where he believes that the jinns can benefit or harm him then this is shirk.”
وَأَنَّهُ كَانَرِجَالٌ مِّنَ الْإِنسِ يَعُوذُونَ بِرِجَالٍ مِّنَ الْجِنِّ فَزَادُوهُمْ رَهَقًا
And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the jinns, but they (jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin & disbelief.
(Al-Jinn 72:6)

The majority of time fearing from the jinn is the fear of the heart where he believes that they can benefit or harm when in fact no one possesses this ability except Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى, not jinn nor man. And know that if the entire world was to gather together to benefit you, they wouldn’t be able to do so at all unless Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى wrote it for you. And if they gathered to harm you, they wouldn’t be able to except if Allaah wrote it upon you as the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said. The true believer doesn’t fear anything except Allaah.

A Warning from Wasting away the Prayer !!

Sheikh ‘Abdur Rahman ibn Naasir as-Sa’dee (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said in one of his Friday sermons:

“ Oh Mankind! Fear Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى, & beware of being from those who Allaah mentioned concerning them:

Then, there had succeeded them a generation who have given up As-Salat (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.] & have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell.”  
(Maryam 19:59)

They disregarded the prayer by not praying it at its correct time & were negligent concerning the juma’ (Friday prayers) & congregational prayers. They did not fear there Lord nor were they heedful of His punishments. When they offered the prayer it was like the pecking of a bird not consisting of any tranquility, serenity or hope of a reward. You would think they were being propelled when they began to pray & you see them careless about its pillars & conditions, unconcerned about its completeness. They forgot Allaah, therefore He forgot them & they wasted the worldly & religious benefits.

“Don’t get angry”


“Oh Muslims! Verily it has been authentically reported on The Messenger of Allaah  that a man said to him, Give me advice Oh Messenger of Allaah!” So he replied, “Don’t get angry,” & then he repeated it, “Don’t get angry.” Anger is an ember that Shaytan lights in the heart of the son of Adam; for that reason his jugular veins expand, his face turns red, his eyes enlarge, & his hair stands up. All of these things are from the anger that Shaytan cast into the heart until his blood boils.

Oh Muslims! If a person becomes angry then it is necessary for him to take the means that prevent you from getting angry. So, you make Wudu (legislative ablution), if he is standing sit down, & if he is sitting down lay down. If he is somewhere, then he should go somewhere else so that his anger can subside; as what came in the Prophetic statement of the Messenger of Allaah & that which he allowed to take place.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Intention: Prerequisite for fasting or not?


Question: Sometimes I fast without making my intention at the beginning of the fast. So is the intention a condition everyday when fasting or is making it in the beginning of the month sufficient?

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzan (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) answered: Fasting and other than it from actions must be based upon an intention. The Prophet said, “Indeed actions are by intentions, and for ever man is what he intended.” And in another narration, “Actions are not except by the intention.”

So, it is obligatory for the fasting in Ramadhan to have a Niyya (intention) from the night so that you’ve made your intention when the sun rises for your fast of that day. The Muslim waking up in the last part of the night and eating Suhoor (pre-fasting meal) proves their intention. Therefore it is not necessary for a person to verbalize, “I intend to fast”, for this is an innovation and not permissible.

An action that is SURE to save one from the Punishment of Allaah?

 
 
Mu'ad bin Jabal reported:

“There is no action from the action of Adam [that brings] more success for him [in saving him] from the punishment of Allaah than the remembrance of Allaah.

[Shaykh Albanee rahimahullaah graded it to be Authentic]

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Race to His Pleasure ...

Some of the Salaf used to say:             
  
Indeed Allâh, the Most High, has made the month of Ramadhân as a competition for His creatures, in which they may race with one another to His pleasure, by obeying Him. Thus, one group comes first and so they prosper and another group comes last and so they fail.

Latâ’if-ul-Ma’ârif of Ibn Rajab: page 246

The Difference between Caution and Suspicion

 
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim

One who is cautious resembles one who travels with his wealth & riding animal while being mindful of thieves. He resembles one who has prepared himself with armor & weapons to meet his enemy.
As for suspicion, it is a heart filled with bad thoughts of others, & backbiting, slander, & hatred is the result. One who is cautious intermingles with people while protecting himself, though one who is suspicious harms them while avoiding them. The former advises them while the latter despises them.
  • Transcribed from: The Soul

The content of the Qur'aan


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By Ibnul Qayyim (Rahimahullaah)

"If we look closely at the words of the Qur'aan, we will find a Sovereign, to whom belongs all Dominion & all praise & thanks are Due to Him, all affairs are in His grasp, & He is the source & the end of all affairs. He rose over His throne, & no secret of His kingdom shall ever be hidden from Him, as He is the Knower of the servant's souls. He alone is the Planner of the Kingdom’s affairs. He hears, sees, grants, averts rewards, punishes honors, abases, creates, gives, & takes life, provides estimates, judges, & conducts the affairs of man. The decrees, whether minor or major, descend & ascend by His permission. Nothing can move, even equal to the weight of an atom, except by His permission; not a leaf falls, but He knows it. 

Cell Phone VS. Qur'aan

         VS.     
 

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Qur'aan like we treat our cell phone?

 What if we carried  it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped  through it several time a day?
What if we turned  back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it  to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated  it like we couldn't live without it?
 What if we gave it  to kids as gifts?
What if we used it  when we traveled?
What if we used it  in case of emergency?

 This is something  to make you go....hmm... where is my Qur'aan?
 Oh, and one more  thing...
 
 Unlike our cell  phone, we don't have to worry about our Qur'aan being disconnected !!
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