Wednesday, December 3, 2014
by Dr. Faisal Az-Zanâmi al Wâdi'ee
Taught by: Umm Hyatt al-Ameriki حفظها الله
Notes of: Umm Hasna bint Jabir as-Saylâniyyah
The book we will be studying is written by Dr. Faisal, who was a doctor in Dammaj, Yemen. He was the doctor of Sheikh Muqbil رحمه الله and has studied from both Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadee al Wadi'ee رحمه الله and Sheikh Yahya bin 'Alee al Hajooriee حفظه الله. Though he has written this book for children, it is beneficial for the adults as well. Insha-Allaah this book will teach us the 'Basics of Aqeedah, Tawheed, Fiqh & Seerah' which every Muslim is obligated to know. In fact, the question and answer format is adhering to the methodology of Prophet Muhammad صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم.
Umm Hyatt حفظها الله thereafter, advised the students that in order to fear Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى one has to have knowledge of His Creator. This necessitates that we must make an effort to gain that beneficial knowledge. Intelligence is in our hearts and we understand with our heart. The people of knowledge are those who fear Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى , they are the Ulema (Scholars).
Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى also says in the Qur’aan:
إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاء
"It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allâh."
** Why did Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى state that the Ulema have the most fear (khashya)?
Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى praised the Ulema (scholars) in this ayah, due to them having the most knowledge. They carry out all the actions in obedience to Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى with taqwa. The Ulema also leave off sins fearing His سُبحانه وتعالى's punishment. Therefore, they are the ones who fear Allaah the most.
Umm Hyatt explained that علماً نافعاً (Ilman Naafi'an) is connected to Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى and His Deen. This is khair because even an ant in its hole and the whales in the ocean make dua and send salaam for the one who teaches knowledge. This knowledge is concerning 'talabul ilm.' This is due to the benefit that is derived from theعلماً نافعاً (beneficial knowledge) as the benefit goes down even to the ant in its hole since the Ulema teach what is halaal, haraam, being good to animals, rights of animals etc.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Ibnul-Jawzi رحمه الله said:
"I think part of the test is when a believer supplicates and receives NO RESPONSE, and he repeats the du’aa’ for a long time and sees no sign of a response. He should realize that this is a test and needs patience.
What a person experiences of was-waas when the response is delayed is a sickness which needs medicine, I have experienced this myself. A calamity befell me and I supplicated and did not see any response, and Iblees started to lay his traps.
Sometimes he said:
The generosity (of Allaah) is abundant and He is not miserly, so why is there a delay?
I said to him:
Be gone, O cursed one, for I have no need of anyone to argue my case and I do not want you as a supporter!
Then I told myself:
Beware of going along with his whispers, for if there was no other reason for the delay except that Allaah is testing you to see whether you will fight the enemy, that is sufficient wisdom.
My soul (nafs) said:
How could you explain the delay in the response of Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى to your prayers for relief from this calamity?
It is proven with evidence that Allaah, سُبحانه وتعالى is the Sovereign, and the Sovereign may withhold or give, so there is no point in objecting to Him.
يَخْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاء لِلنَّاسِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
"There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think."
Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said:
Honey contains great benefits, for it cleanses impurities from the veins and stomach etc, whether it is eaten or applied to the skin. It is good for the elderly, the phlegmatic and those whose humours are cold and wet. It is nourishing, aids digestion, energizes, makes unpleasant medicine palatable, is good for the liver and chest, is a diuretic and helps to ease coughs caused by phlegm. If it is drunk warm mixed with rosewater it is beneficial for one who has been bitten by a scorpion or who has consumed opium. If it is drunk on its own mixed with water, it is good for the one who has been bitten by a rabid dog or eaten poisonous mushrooms. If fresh meat is placed in honey, it will stay fresh for three months, as will cucumbers, pumpkins and eggplants. Many fruits can be kept in it for six months.
It will also preserve a dead body, and it is known as the trustworthy preserver. If the body of one who is afflicted with lice is painted with honey, it will kill the lice and their eggs. It makes the hair long, beautiful and smooth. If used on the eyes like kohl it clears the vision. If the teeth are brushed with it, it whitens the teeth and makes them bright, and keeps the gums healthy. It opens the veins and induces menstruation. If taken on an empty stomach it takes away phlegm and cleanses the stomach, clearing away waste matter and restoring the correct temperature. It does likewise to the liver, kidneys and urethra.
As well as all this, it has no side effects and causes little harm. It may cause side effects in one who is suffering from jaundice, but that may be counteracted by vinegar and the like, in which case it becomes very beneficial for him. It is a kind of nourishment, a kind of medicine, a kind of drink, a kind of sweet, a kind of cream. There is nothing that has been created for us for a similar purpose that is better than it, or even comes close. The ancient peoples relied on it, and in most of the books of the ancients there is no mention of sugar at all and it was unknown to them, for it is something that is very new. The Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم used to drink honey mixed with water on an empty stomach, and this is the secret of maintaining good health that no one can understand except one who is intelligent and blessed.
(Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/33, 34.)