Friday, September 5, 2014
- by Sheikh Saleh al Uthaimeen رحمه الله
O people! Fear Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى and be among those who are truthful in their worship to Allaah and in their treatment of His servants. Be sincere to Allaah in your worship, with no showing off or seeking of reputation. Abide by the commands of Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى in order to attain nearness to Him and obtain His good rewards; shun His prohibitions in order to avoid being far from His mercy and being liable to His punishment. Do not seek anyone’s praise for your worship of Allaah, for He سُبحانه وتعالى is the One Who does not stand in need of a partner. If anyone does anything in which he associates anyone else with Him, He shall abandon him to the one whom he associates with Allaah.
Be truthful to the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم without failing to follow his Sunnah and without introducing innovation to it. Be truthful to people when you deal with them, telling them the truth and explaining to them the reality. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى orders you to be truthful when He says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَكُونُواْ مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ
“O you who have believed! Fear Allaah and be with those who are true [in word and deed].”
Monday, September 1, 2014
When death befalls someone, he should know that it is an hour of serious suffering because it is a moment of severe pain, when he is leaving all objects of love, his loved ones, and to all that the horror of the throes of death and fear of where his wealth go. Then Shaitaan comes and attempts to have the slave [of Allaah] become discontent with his Lord, he tells him ‘Look at you! What made you die? Is it painful? You are leaving your wife, your children and you will be laid under the ground? So he might cause him to become discontent with his Lord, hating Allaah’s decree, making him say things that include any kind of objection, or he might make him unjust in his will, giving some of the inheritors preference over others, to on and so forth. In this case, we need to cure the whispers of Shaitaan and cure the self .
Abu Dawood reported from Abu al-Yusr (رضي اللّه عنـه) that the Prophet (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم) used to say,
أَعُوْذ بكَ أْن يَتَخَبـطَنيَ الشيطَانَ عِنْدَ المَوْت
'Aoozu bika ay-yatha khabbathaniyash Shaitaana indal Mawth'
“I seek refuge in You that Shaitaan flounders me at death." 
In that minute Shaitaan tells his assistants,
“If you miss him now [i.e. you do not succeed to lead him astray before he dies], you will never catch him again [i.e. you will never be able to deviate him at any other time].”
Sunday, August 31, 2014
“I have reflected over an interesting situation: that a calamity may befall a believer & so he supplicates, going to great lengths in doing so, but he sees no sign of an answer. So when despair comes close, at that time his heart is looked at, thus if it is in acceptance of the [many] decrees of fate, not having despaired of Allaah the Mighty & Majestic’s Bounty, then in most cases at that time the response is hastened, for it is there that eemaan is qualified, & the devil vanquished, & it is there that a man’s worth is shown.
And this has been alluded to in His Saying, the Most High,
“… until [even their] messenger & those who believed with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allaah?”
The Shaikh, the Imaam, the Allaamah, the Shaikh of Islaam, Abul-Faraj Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Ali ibn Muhammad ibn al-Jawzi, said:
“From the most interesting things is the alertness of the dying person at the time of his death–for he becomes perceptive to a degree which cannot be described, and worried to an extent that has no limits.
And he yearns for his times of old, and wishes that he be left so that he can make up for what passed him by, and so that he can be truthful in his...repentance in accordance with the level of certainty he [now] has about death.
And he–out of grief–almost kills his own soul before its [actual] death.
And if a [single] atoms weight of these things were found at the time of health and well-being, everything that is intended by doing pious deeds would be achieved.
By: Imaam Abdur Rahman As-Sa'dee رحمه الله
Edited by: Umm Hasna bint Jabir as-Saylâniyyah
The greatest and fundamental means of achieving a good life are Eemaan (certain belief) and good deeds. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى said:
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ
"Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islâmic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)."
So Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى informs and promises whoever joins true belief with good and righteous deeds, that He will give him a good and pure life in this world, and a good reward in this world and in the Hereafter.
The reason behind this is very clear. This is because true believers in Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى, have a sound belief that gives rise to righteous deeds, and mends the heart and corrects human behaviour, and makes good both this world and the Hereafter. Such a people have the basic elements that guide them in dealing with situations of happiness and joy, and situations of anxiety, sorrow and grief.