Monthly Archives: January 29, 2012 - الأحد 07 ربيع الأول 1433

Importance of Al-Qur’aan

Waalidunaa, Shaykhunaa Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab (May Allah preserve him upon good) said, when you have free time read Al-Qur’aan.  Instead of wasting your time watching sports on television, watching films and movies; read Al-Qur’aan.  He said, make Al-Qur’aan your constant companion.  Read Al-Qur’aan at all times.  If you are sitting, read Al-Qur’aan.  Take the Mushaf (a copy of Al-Qur’aan) with you wherever you go.  Memorize it, and if you cant memorize it; read it constantly.  The Qur’aan should never be abandoned. Even if you are learning or studying other sciences, never abandon Al-Qur’aan. Memorizing it, reading it, studying it.  Studying it’s Tafseer (explanation).  One should never, ever neglect Al-Qur’aan.  For verily, it is (Kalaamu Allah, ghayru makhlooq) (it is the speech of Allah, it is not created).

Translated by:  Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb

Advice from Shaykh Hasan.

Yesterday, shaykhunaa, waalidunaa Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa, hafidhahullahu ta’aalaa, advised us on the importance of Ashaabus-Saalih (righteous companions). He said we must choose companions based upon At-Tawheed. We must choose companions based upon Manhaj, because At-Tawheed and the correct Manhaj (method/methodology) are one. We must choose companions who we see are trying to be obedient to Allah. We must choose companions who remind us of Allah. Companions who remind us of His Messenger Muhammad, salallahu alayhi wa sallam. We must choose companions who aid us in calling to all that which is good and forbidding all that which is evil. We must choose companions who fear Allah.

Shaykhunaa, also advised us that we must learn and understand At-Tawheed. We must know who our Lord is. We must learn and study this. We must teach and call others to this.

Shaykhunaa, hafidhahullahu ta’aalaa later advised us to work together sincerely upon At-Tahweed. He said that we must fear Allah, and that we must not differ. Our Aqeedah (belief/creed) is one and we must not separate. He said that we must work together upon Al-Haqq (the truth) and not upon Al-Baatil (falsehood). He said once again we must fear Allah.

This was just some of what shaykhunaa, hafidhahullahu ta’aalaa advised us with. Baaraka Allah feehi wa feekum (may Allah bless him and you all).

Jazaahu Allahu khayran wa kullanaa (may Allah reward him and all of us with good). Oh Allah, we ask that you give us good in this Dunyaa (this present and temporary life) and good in Al-Aakhirah (the next and everlasting life) and to safeguard us from hell-fire.

Allah Has Granted Us Al-Jumu’ah.

Allah Granted Us Al-Jumu’ah (The Day of Gathering).
by Abdur-Raqeeb Robinson

Narrated by Aboo Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, he said: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said: ((Allah misguided/sent astray those who had come before us from Al-Jumu’ah (The Day of Gathering/Friday). So Al-Yahood (The Jews) were guided to Yaumus-Sabt (Saturday), and An-Nasaaraa (The Christians) were guided to Yaumul-Ahad (Sunday). So Allah presented to us, therefore guided us to Al-Jumu’ah.

Furthermore, they will follow us on Yaumul-Qiyaamah (The Day of Standing and Reckoning). We are last from amongst Ahlud-Dunyaa (The people of this life), and first on Yaumul-Qiyaamah)). (Muslim 856).
Translated by Al-Faqeer (the poor one) Abdur-Raqeeb Robinson.

Sami’naa (we hear) wa Ata’naa (we obey).

Waalidunaa (our father), Shaykhunaa (our Shaykh) Hasan Abdil-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa, hafidhahullah, during his reading of Sharhus-Sunnah, Al-Barbahaaree, rahmatullahe alayhe waasi’an said: Say we hear and we obey. Al-Mu’minoon (believing men) and Al-Mu’minaat (believing women) say “we hear and we obey”, whether they understand or they dont understand. As for the one who doesn’t understand, then it is obligatory for him to seek out Al-Haqq (the truth) afterwards.

This statement by Shaykhunaa, hafidhahullah, was in regards to Imaam Barbahaaree’s, alayhe rahmah statement: (knowledge is with Allah and with His Messenger), salallahu wa sallama wa baaraka alayhe. Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, hafidhahullah, says: Ad-Deen (Islaam) is tawqeefiyyah (stoppage and refraining).
Translated by: Abdur-Raqeeb Robinson

Tawqeefiyyah within the religion of Islaam, is to stop and limit ones statements and actions to what Allah said in His Book, Al-Qur’aan and what His Messenger Muhammad, salallahu alayhe wa sallama, said, ordered, did and approved upon within his Sunnah. These are our only two (2) sources of Al-Ilm (knowledge), which must be understood as As-Sahaabah (the Companions of Allah’s Messenger) salallahu wa sallama wa baaraka alayhe, understood them, ridhwaan Allahi alayhim. Without deviation, alteration or change.

Rawandan Encounter

I was traveling and stayed the night in Nairobi, Kenya. I was so excited because when living in India years ago some Sudanese and Kenyan brothers there told me that I looked Kenyan. No, I have no idea. But I was finally here. Enjoying the sites I was also looking for a technical school owned by a Muslim so the brother from Rawanda showed me the way.

For those who don’t know the amazing story about Rawanda is that during the genocide the Muslims there aided the Tutsis trying to protect them. They did not join in fighting against them which lead to many, many of them becoming Muslims. The wisdom and might of Allah. Subhanallah.

Advice from Shaykh Hasan Abdil-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa, may Allah preserve him.

Yesterday waalidunaa (our father), shaykhunaa (our shaykh) Hasan Abdil-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa, hafidhahullahu ta’aalaa, reminded us in his khutbah; that in Ad-Dunyaa (this temporary present life) we must prepare ourselves for Al-Aakhirah (the next and eternal life). Shaykhunaa said, we must live in this world in constant preparation for what is coming next. He said, we are living a life of play and enjoyment, ease and relaxation. A life or eating and sleeping. A life of neglect and negligence. Shaykhunaa said, that our books will be given to us when we stand in front of Rabbunaa (our Lord), Allah. He who is given his book (of deeds) in his right hand will enter into Al-Jannah and he who is given his book (of deeds) in his left hand will enter into Al-Jahannam. He will have no excuse because all that he did and said will be in front of him in his book, as either a proof and witness for him or against him.

Shaykhunaa, hafidhahullahu ta’aalaa, then went on to say that. We must establish the learning and implementation of At-Tawheed upon the correct Manhaj. We must know who our Lord is and why we must worship Him and Him alone. We must know and understand At-Tawheed. We must be sincere in our devotion to Allah. We must be firm in our obedience to His commands and orders. This is just some of what he advised us with during his khutbah.

After while we walked Ash-Shaykh to his car. He said to me, At-Tawheed is your life. At-Tawheed is everything to you. At-Tawheed is your living and your dying. You must give everything you have in learning, understanding and calling to At-Tawheed. He said that, your brothers in America must be sincere in their calling the people to Allah, and to His religion. You and your brothers must work together in obedience to Allah and to His Sunnah. Ad-Da’wah is not with one person or group. Ad-Da’wah is for all. You must be sincere and fear Allah. You must work together for Allah. Work together in good and in obedience to Allah. You must advise one another with sincere advice, and there is no cooperation in sins and disobedience. Establish At-Tawheed first. Know Who your Lord is and be sincere to Him.

May Allah bless and reward our 87 year old father, our shaykh with good in both lives and may He safeguard us and him from the flames of Al-Jahannam, for his continued efforts in educating and calling us to that which will benefit us in both lives.

Abdur-Raqeeb Robinson

A Big Sound, In A Small Coastal Town, In A Small Masjid

I was traveling along the coast of south eastern Africa to do a tech project and hung out with a brother who’s an Arabic teacher as he took me around to see the area where the Muslims are. This is the masjid next to his home. I couldn’t believe the voice of the brother leading the prayer. Listen for yourself. If Allah allows it I will go back and get more! Make du’aa for the Muslims!

The Meaning Of Laa Ilaaha Illallaah, Its Conditions…(ARABIC)

as salaamu alaikum to all of our IA listeners!

I’m still traveling around south eastern Africa but wanted to send this to all of our brothers and sisters in the West. It’s time for Arabic y’all! That’s right, Arabic. Please don’t run! Listen. We can do this. Trust me, if your brother, Abu Muhammad, can learn a few words so can you.

I want to introduce you to a lecture done by our Sheikh Muhammad Sa’eed Rslan (may Allah preserve him and his family). For those of you who don’t know I have lived in the Sheikh’s village now almost two years and I’m not the same person by the mercy of Allah. As a husband, brother, father and a son I am not the same person. Am I a student of knowledge? Ummm, I say no. But, over time my hope is that my Lord will raise me and you.

Ok. So what’s next? Find a Muslim who knows Arabic you trust and have him translate this lecture to you, even if he translates it 5 minutes at a time. Along with that play it over and over and see how many words you do understand. Don’t mind what anyone says about you. Don’t let shaytaan give you doubt. Just remember that this is thikr of Allah, worship. Make your intentions for Allah and listen. Simple.

One time I was with Sheikh Rslan and he told me, “Abu Muhammad make this du’aa over and over…”, he then said the du’aa in Surah TaHa 20:25-28 which is called the du’aa of prophet Moosa (alaihi salaam). I did that by the leave of Allah. I made the du’aa especially in sujood. One day I was sitting in a class about a year later and I noticed that all of a sudden his speech became very, very clear. Then I realized that I was understanding him more than misunderstanding him. More words were sticking than not and all praise and thanks are due to Allah. My Arabic is tore up, but I talk now in Arabic more than ever and I can’t wait to walk up on someone, in my travels, who knows it so that I can learn even just one word. Those who know me in Egypt can tell you that I’m the worst at learning Arabic, but Allah is God and with Him all things are possible.

So here we go. Let’s crank this one up. This lecture is one of the most prized lectures in my entire IA library due to it’s content and I hope that you will agree. Please let your children listen to it.

To visit the Sheikh’s (may Allah preserve and accept him) website go to: http://www.rslan.com/

Thanks for all of your messages and I have more news and more lectures coming n’shaa Allah!