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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

“…I saw a young black boy…”

‘Abdullaah Ibnul-Mubaarak رحمه الله said:

I came to Makkah while it had been stricken by drought and the people were praying Istisqaa (prayer for rain) in Masjid Al-Haraam. I was by the gate of Banee Shaybah, when I saw a young black boy who was wearing two pieces of burlap (a thick cloth usually used to make sacks), one piece wrapped around his waist and the other tossed over his shoulder. He stood at a secluded place next to me and I heard him say, “My Lord, the faces are worn due to their sins and the evil of their deeds, and you have prevented us from rain to discipline the creation, I ask you O patient and forbearing One, You who His slaves know nothing of Him except that which is beautiful, give them rain, in this moment, in this moment.””

Ibnul-Mubaarak said, “He continued to say, “In this moment” until the sky became filled with clouds, and the rain descended from every direction, and he sat in his place making tasbeeh, and I began to cry.

When he left I followed him to find out where he lives. After that, I went to Fudhayl Ibn 'Iyaadh who said to me, “Why do you look so depressed?”

I said to him, “Someone beat us to Allaah, and so He took him as an intimate companion other than us.”

He said, “How so?”

So I told him the story, and he cried out “Woe be to you, O Ibnul-Mubaarak! Take me to him!”

I said, “There’s no time at the moment, I’ll find out more about him.”

So the next morning I prayed Fajr and I went to his residence and there was an old man sitting at the door. When he saw me he recognized me and said, “Welcome, O Aboo 'Abdir-Rahmaan. What do you need?”

I said, “I am in need of a black boy.”

He said, “I have many”, and so he cried out “Boy!” and a strong young man emerged, and he said, “You’ll have a good result with this one. He would be good for you.”

I said, “I have no need for him”.

So he continued to bring out boy after boy, until I saw the boy that I recognized, so when I saw him my eyes teared. He said, “Is this the one?”

Fatawas pertaining Christmas & the Festivals of the Kuffar

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Ruling on the Muslims celebrating at the time of Christmas and decorating their homes with balloons etc (giving or receiving Christmas cards, saying "Merry Christmas", allowing your children to take part in Activities at school, wearing Christmas jumpers, eating Christmas dinners or any of these things relating to this celebration).

What do you say to Muslims in the United Kingdom who celebrate Christmas time by holding dinner parties in their houses on Christmas or afterwards, for their Muslim families, such as preparing roast turkey and the other dishes of the traditional Christmas dinner, and they adorn their houses with balloons and paper chains, and they do the “secret Santa” tradition, whereby each relative brings a gift for one of the people present and these gifts are brought to the party to be given to the one for whom he bought it, without the recipient knowing who he is. [“Secret Santa” is a new, growing custom among non-Muslims who celebrate Christmas, and it is in accordance with their belief in the myth of Santa Claus].

Is this action regarded as halaal or haraam, if no one is attending this party except Muslims (relatives and family members)?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is no doubt that what is mentioned of celebrations is *haraam*, because it is an imitation of the kuffaar. It is well known that the Muslims do not have any festival apart from Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and the weekly “Eid” which is Friday (Yawm al-Jumu‘ah). Celebrating any other festival is not allowed and is either of two things:

either it is an innovation (bid‘ah), if it is celebrated as a means of drawing close to Allaah, such as celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday (Mawlid);

or it is an imitation of the kuffaar, if it is celebrated as a tradition and not as an act of worship, because introducing innovated festivals is the action of the people of the Book who we are commanded to differ from.
So how about if it is a celebration of one of their actual festivals?

Decorating the house with balloons at this time is obviously joining in with the kuffaar and celebrating their festival.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Stages Of Life & Death In The Dunya & Aakhirah

An emotional Khutbah entitled:

The Stages Of Life & Death In The Dunya & Aakhirah

Abu Mu'aawiyah Abdullah

-Toronto, Canada-

Listen to "The Stages Of Life And Death In The Dunya And Akhirah - Abu Mu'aawiyah Abdullaah Hassan - Khutbah" on Spreaker.

Meaning of Laa Ilaaha IllaAllaah : Its Prerequisite and Impacts on the Individual and the Society

Meaning of La Ilaha Illa Allah : Its Prerequisite and Impacts on the Individual and the Society 

Meaning of Laa Ilaaha IllaAllaah : Its Prerequisite and Impacts on the Individual and the Society

معنى لا إله إلا الله ومقتضاها وآثارها في الفرد والمجتمع
The Excellence, Importance & the Role of the Scholars in Islâm
From Whom should our Knowledge be sought?
Who are Our Scholars?

Including a Short Biography of Sheikh Saâlih Al Fawzan (حفظه الله)

By Br. Nawwas Al-Hindi (حفظه الله)

@ Masjid ad-Dar as- Salafiyyah

{Lesson 1-10 in English}

Daily authentic supplications, from the Sunnah of Muhammed صلى الله عليه وسلم.


حصن المؤمن من أذكار و أدعية رسول صلى الله عليه وسلم

From:  Darul Hadeeth

Daily authentic supplications of a Mu’min

by Sheikh Abdullah Iriyani

💥The Tribulations Facing the Ummah and the Solutions

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Question: What is your advice regarding the tribulations that one has to deal with when faced with events of a global scale, and what is the stance of a student of knowledge regarding that?

Sheikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله:

These events will not stop occurring; rather they will become more frequent if the Muslims do not return to their religion – If the Muslims do not return to practising their religion correctly; or else the occurrence of these events will increase and Allaah
سبحانه و تعالى  will place the enemies of Islam in authority over the Muslims.

O’ brothers, when an error occurred from some of the companions at the battle of Uhud, -a single error from some of the companions: when the Messengerصلى الله عليه و سلم  commanded them to stay on the mountain in order to guard the Muslims from being attacked from the back – so that the disbelievers would be unable to advance towards the Muslims from behind them.

When the battle took place the Muslims were victorious initially, so they began gathering the spoils of war. The Messenger
صلى الله عليه و سلم  had commanded (the archers): ”Do not leave the mountain whether we are winning or losing”.

But when the archers saw the Muslims gathering the spoils of war they thought the battle was over, so some of them said: ”let’s go down and participate in helping our brothers gather the spoils of war”. Their commanding general said to them: ”Didn’t the prophet command you not to leave the mountain whether we are winning or losing?!”. But they did not take heed and descended the mountain leaving only their commanding general and a few archers who ended up being martyred – may Allaah be pleased with them. The polytheists ceased the opportunity by climbing up the mountain to advance upon the Muslims from behind them. The Muslims, unaware of this, thought their backs were being guarded and were thus trapped between the disbelievers from in front and behind.

There is *NO* such thing as "Study time!"


Sheikh Saalih bin 'Abdil-'Azeez Aala Sheikh حفظه الله said, 

"There is no such thing as ”study time” for the student of knowledge! This is because all of his time is spent in seeking knowledge. In the morning and in the evening, his mind is preoccupied with the various issues of knowledge." 

 ~ Al-Manhajiyyah fee Talabil-'Ilm

How Sins can Cause you to Enter Paradise.

Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah رحمه الله تعالى said:

Indeed a slave commits a sin and enters Paradise through committing it and he performs a good deed and enters the Hellfire through performing it.’

It was asked ‘How is this (possible)?’

Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله تعالى answered:

‘A sin is committed and thus does not cease to be before his eyes (causing him to be) fearful of it, concerned about it frightened and weeping due to his regret of doing it. Feeling ashamed due to this action before his Lord The Most High, with his head lowered between his hands, and his heart broken and despondent due to it.

Therefore that sin will be more beneficial to him than numerous acts of obedience could be. As a consequence these previously mentioned matters are the cause for this slave of Allaah’s happiness and success until that sin will be a reason for him to enter Paradise.

A slave of Allaah performs a good deed and he continues to view it as if he has performed a favour for his Lord and is egotistic due to that good deed, and he is conceited, vain and arrogant due to the sin. So he says I did such and such action (boasting) causing to him to inherit the characteristic of pride, haughtiness and adopting an overbearing attitude.

Ar-Riya (Showing Off)

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Sheikh Salim al-Hilaali حفظه الله

Ar-Riya is censured in the Book and the Sunnah. From them is the Statement of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى:

"So woe to the worshippers, who are neglectful of their prayers. Those who want to be seen (by men)."
[Al-Ma'un 107:4-6]

As for the ahadith, some of them have already been mentioned in the chapter of shirk, since ar-Riya is the minor shirk. Some will be mentioned here, insha'Allaah.

Know O Muslim, O slave of Allaah, that the word riya is taken from the word ruyah (to be seen). So the one to be seen is viewed by the people as one seeking self-esteem amongst them. So at times one would seek self-esteem by one's actions in this world.

Riya is of many types and forms, its nature and tendency is that it invalidates the actions as stated in the Book and the sunnah. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says:

"Like those who spend from their wealth to be seen by men, and they do not believe in Allaah and the Last Day. Their example is like the example of a hard rock on which is a little soil, then on it falls heavy rain which flows off it and they will not be able to do anything with whatever they have earned and Allaah does not guide the disbelieving people."
[Al-Baqarah 2:264]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

"What I fear for you the most is the minor shirk, that is ar-riya. Allaah will say on the Day of Judgement when He is rewarding the people for their actions: Go to those for whom you did riya for in the world then see if you find the reward with them."

[Related by Ahmad (5/428, 429) and al-Baghawi in Sharh as-Sunnah (4135) from the hadith of Mahmud bin Lubayd, رضي الله عنه, with an authentic chain upon the conditions of Muslim]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

"Shall I not inform you of what I fear for you more than the Masih ad-Dajjal? It is the hidden shirk. It is when a man stands up for prayer, then beautifies his prayer for another to look at."

Devil entering via a Person Yawning

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The son of Abu Said al-Khudri reported on the authority of his father that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: "When one of you yawns, he should keep his mouth shut with the help of his hand, for it is the devil that enters therein."

📕 Sahih Muslim: Book 42: The Book of Abstinence & Heart-Melting Narrations) – Chapter 09: Sneezing & the Disapproval of Yawning – Hadith 7130

Monday, December 5, 2016

A common complaint.... a one of a kind answer

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Imaam Ibnu Taymiyyah رحمه الله تعالى was asked,

"What is the cure for a person who has been gripped with illness? A person who is in the clasp of destruction? What does a person do if he has been overcome by laziness? How can I be a person who is assisted by Allaah? What is the solution for a person who has been defeated by confusion, for whenever he tries turning to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى his desires prevent him and whenever he seeks to be productive, failure haunts him?"

The Imaam رحمه الله تعالى responded,

دواؤه الالتجاء إِلَى الله ودوام التضرع وَالدُّعَاء بِأَن يتَعَلَّم الْأَدْعِيَة المأثورة ويتوخى الدُّعَاء فِي مظان الْإِجَابَة مثل آخر اللَّيْل وأوقات الْأَذَان وَالْإِقَامَة وَفِي سُجُوده وَفِي أدبار الصَّلَوَات

"His cure is to turn to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and continue pleading with Him in Du'aah by learning the Du'aah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and to carefully choose the times when Du'aah is answered, like the last part of the night, and between the call for prayer and Iqaama, and during prostration, and after prayer.."

وَيضم إِلَى ذَلِك الاسْتِغْفَار فَإِنَّهُ من اسْتغْفر الله ثمَّ تَابَ إِلَيْهِ متعه مَتَاعا حسنا إِلَى أجل مُسَمّى

"He should add to this Istighfaar (asking Allaah for forgiveness), for a person who does this and is subsequently forgiven, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى will give him a life of enjoyment until an appointed time."

وليتخذ وردا من الْأَذْكَار طرفِي النَّهَار وَوقت النّوم وليصبر على مَا يعرض لَهُ من الْمَوَانِع والصوارف فَإِنَّهُ لَا يلبث أَن يُؤَيّدهُ الله بِروح مِنْهُ وَيكْتب الْإِيمَان فِي قلبه

"Let him also adopt a portion of remembrances in the morning and evening and before falling asleep, and let him patiently resist the matters that prevent and distract him from doing this, for it will only be a matter of time before Allaah will start sending him assistance from Him and will write 'imaan within his heart."

When your sleep....

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Abu Huraira (رضي الله عنه) narrated that Allaah's Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said,

"During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, 'The night is, long, so keep on sleeping.' If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allaah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and gay, otherwise he gets up dull and gloomy."

{Bukhari Vol.4 : No.491}

Monday, November 28, 2016

What is 'real success'??

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Sheikh Muammad Ibn āli al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله said:

"Success is not attaining something from the dunya, (real) success is to be saved from Hellfire and entering Jannah."

● [شرح صحيح البخاري ٢٨٩/٨]

Treat other kindly

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Imaam ibnul Qayyim (رحمه الله تعالى)

"The person who treats others kindly and thinks well of them, will find that his intention will remain true, he will feel at ease, his heart will be sound and Allaah will protect him from evil and calamity."

📘Madarij as-Salikeen 2/511

Rejecting The Truth

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قال شيخ الإسلام (رحمه الله) فإن الإنسان قد يعرف أن الحق مع غيره ومع هذا يجحد ذلك لحسده إياه, أو لطلب علوه عليه أو لهوى النفس, ويحمله ذلك الهوى على أن يعتدي عليه ويرد ما يقول بكل طريق وهو في قلبه يعلم أن الحق معه

**Sheikh-ul-Islaam (رحمه الله تعالى):

"So indeed a person may know that the truth is with other than him and, in spite of this, he rejects that due to his envy of him or due to seeking to be above him or due to the desire of the soul. And that desire causes him to transgress against him, reject that which he says by any way whilst in his heart, he knows that the truth is with him."
**Source: Majmoo al Fataawa, vol. 7, pg. 191
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