Having a day out waiting for the family to shop I was hanging out with our taxi driver Sa’eed, may Allah have mercy upon him. We were talking and he told me a story about a conversation between a Muslim Scholar and a Priest.
If you have been practising your Arabic maybe you can understand a few words. If not maybe you can get someone to help you. How many words do you understand?
Question: Why did the Priest say that Muslims are not going to Paradise? How did the Muslim scholar in the story turn all of the points made by the Priest around?
Indeed our brother Sa’eed may not be speaking the type of fluent Arabic that you are learning in books. Nevertheless his Arabic is how you buy your bread, speak to your doctor and take a cab to the right store with the help of Allah. We ask Allah for His mercy, forgiveness, guidance and His help.
Teaching the child Kalimatut-Tawheed (Laa Ilaaha Illallah – There is no god/deity deserving of worship in truth except Allah).
From the book “Taribeeyatul-Awlaad fee Dhaw’il-Kitaab was Sunnah” (Educating the Children in the Light of the Book (Qur’aan) and the Sunnah), introduced by Ash-Shaykh, Al-Aalim, Ar-Rabbaaniyy (the educator) Saalih inb Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan (May Allah preserve him upon good) and prepared by Abdus-Salaam Ibn Abdillah Sulaymaan (May Allah preserve him upon good).
Point 12: Teaching the child the Statement of At-Tawheed (Tawheed is to single out Allah alone, in all acts of worship).
So the first of what the child begins with in speech, obligatory upon al-waalidayn (the father and mother), is teaching him Kalimatut-Tawheed, and to instruct to it.
Ibn Abbaas (May Allah be pleased with his father and him) narrates that An-Nabiyy (the Prophet) (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) said: ((Establish upon your children the first statement, Laa Ilaaha Illallah and instruct them at the time of death Laa Ilaaha Illallah)).
Umm Sulaym (May Allah be pleased with her), used to teach her son Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) to say: Laa Ilaaha Illallah (There is no god deserving of worship in truth except Allah). Say: I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and that was before Al-Fitaam (the end of 2 year suckling or nursing period of a baby from his mother).
It must be repeated in front of him, and this is pertaining to the mother and she plays with him. It then becomes habitual. To bring about understanding, she explains to him a simple explanation teaching him its meaning.
He knows that Allah is One, and He has no partner(s). He is Al-Khaaliq (The Creator). He is above the heavens, and He rises above His Arsh (Throne). He is fully aware (in sight and knowledge) over us and knowledgeable of our affairs. He hears and sees. Verily He is Al-Qaadir (His will and decree is over everything).
Trusting upon Allah becomes habitual and Allah is Ash-Shaafee (the One Who cures and gives good health). It is obligatory upon us to love Him and to worship Him. Likewise, the child is to be taught to love An-Nabiyy (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him), and to obey him. He is to be told something regarding his (An-Nabiyy) behaviour and his traits. That he loved children and played with them and similar to that of what she teaches him of their understanding.
It is repeated upon them: ((Who is your Lord? Who is your Prophet? What is your Religion?)) and ((Where is Allah?)).
He learns about love of the Companions (May Allah be pleased with them all) and the righteous (May Allah have mercy upon them). He memorises Al-Faatihah, Suratul-Ikhlaas and Al-Mu’awwidhatayn ( Suratul-Falaq and Suratun-Naas).
Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
Once after an evening class with Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed Raslaan (May Allah preserve him and his family upon good), I asked him a question regarding Manhaj. I told Ash-Shaykh that sometimes we hear in the west, a person being described as being sound upon Aqeedah, but corrupt in Manhaj or that he is corrupt in Aqeedah, but sound upon Manhaj.
Shaykh Raslaan laughed upon hearing this. He said, Aqeedah and Manhaj are one. Aqeedah and Manhaj are one. He said that if one is sound in Aqeedah, than he is sound in Manhaj, and if he is corrupt in Aqeedah, he is corrupt in Manhaj. He said, if he is sound in Manhaj, he is sound in Aqeedah, and if he is corrupt in Manhaj, than he is corrupt in Aqeedah.
Ash-Shaykh added, Manhaj comes from Aqeedah, it comes forth from Aqeedah. Manhaj is wide, very wide. But, it still comes from Aqeedah. He added, for ones’ Manhaj to be sound, then his Aqeedah must be sound. Indeed they are one.
Translated by: Aboo Abdur-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem wa salaatu was salaam ‘alaan nabiyyinaa Muhammad,
A brother, may Allah reward him, gave me this book long ago when I was living in Philly. It’s by one of the scholars in Yemen, may Allah preserve him and all our upright ‘Ulama.
Question: In this passage he highlights one of the major mistakes of the Jamaatu Tabligh. What is their mistake? Can you read and understand it? If not can you ask someone to read it to you? Barakallaahu feekum.
When I entered Islaam over 20 years ago I began with the Jamaatu Tabligh. They were the predominant group in Georgia at that time. After 2 years of being a Muslim some of their mistakes became apparent to me and Allah continued to guide me towards the sunnah. But the mistake I just posted above was never clear to me until I read it in this book, recently. Allah is truly God and truly The Most Merciful.
As Sheikh Rabee’a ibn Haadee, may Allah have mercy upon him and give him strength, said to us in his home some years back in Makkah, “How long will you allow others to translate your religion for you?” This is why learning Arabic makes ALL the difference!
I have included the beginning of the book in PDF. Very nice read for us beginners in Arabic.