Monthly Archives: February 26, 2014 - الأربعاء 26 ربيع الثاني 1435

Lessons of Tawheed Only Found In The Lands of Islaam and Muslims.

Lessons of Tawheed only found in the Lands of Islaam and Muslims.

I was riding in a micro-bus on my way to work here in Cairo, Egypt, when we passed by an accident site which involved another micro-bus and a smaller car. Our micro-bus driver pulled over and rushed to the scene, al-hamdulillah. But it was the speech of an older man sitting in front of me, whose clothing was very worn and dirty that was very valuable. He said, these micro-bus drivers drive their vans in and out of traffic in crazy like manner. Weaving in and out with no concerns. Rushing and speeding to make money, not knowing that Ar-Razzaaq has already written their Rizq (provisions) for them. He continued by saying, rushing and haste will not quicken the attainment of Rizq. Their Rizq is Maktoob (written) for them by Ar-Razzaaq. He then repeated this statement, their Rizq is Maktoob for them by Ar-Razzaaq.

Shaykh Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa (may Allah preserve him and his family upon good), once said to me, that which separates the Muslim from the non-Muslim is Tawheed. The Muslim is the flag carrier of Tawheed. This what separates us from the non-Muslims.

Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb

THE PROPHET IS SENT WITH REFINING ONE’S CHARACTER.

Allah says, “Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know.
(Al-Baqarah: 151)
Shiekh Abdur Rahman as-Sa’di commented, “
Purifying you”  means: purify your morals and souls through nurturing them upon upright traits and cleansing them from wicked ones. For instance, purifying your heart from Shirk (worshiping others besides Allah) by means of implanting the seeds of Tawheed, purifying the hearts from showing off by means of instilling humility and humbleness, and from immorality to uprightness.
Taken from: the Tafsir of sheikh Abdur Rahman As-Sa’di
Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!!

Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi said, ”

Whoever treads a path other than that of the Salaf, this path will drag him to an ultimate loss; and whoever deviates away from the Sunnah, he is actually walking away from the Paradise. Therefore, be ever-mindful of Allah and and worry yourself  over yourself.  This life must be taken very seriously; as hell-fire, falsehood, and innovation is what is left if one doesn’t embrace paradise, truth, and Sunnah respectively.”

 

The prohibition on studying the books of Ahl al-Kalam (scholasticism): 71.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

Await Allah’s Reward

Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen said, “If the person’s attitude towards ordeals follows a course of patience without awaiting Allah’s reward, a considerable amount of his sins shall be forgiven. But, if he maintains patience simultaneously with awaiting Allah’s reward, he shall reap a reward besides the forgiveness of sins. Awaiting Allah’s reward means: to believe that the patience one endures during the ordeal shall be compensated with a reward from Allah. This implicitly reflects one’s trust in Allah; Who, in return, will grant him what he besought from Him.

Commentary on Sahih Muslim: 342.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misiri.

Why Authentic Creed Is A Must?!

Imam ibn Baz said, ”

Evidence from Quran and Sunnah have decisively established that one’s actions and statements are to be valid and accepted if they are based on an authentic creed; otherwise, they are discredited if the creed is inauthentic.”

Majmoo’ al-Fatwa wa al-Maqalat: (13/1).

Translated by:  Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misir.

A Precious Hadith

Abdullah bin ‘Umar narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “O Muhajirun, there are five things with which you will be tested, and I seek refuge with Allah lest you live to see them: Never does immorality appear among a people to such an extent that they commit it openly except plagues and diseases that were never known among the predecessors will spread among them. Never do they cheat in weights and measures except that they will be stricken with famine, severe calamity and be given oppressive rulers who will rule over them.

Never do they withhold the Zakah of their wealth except that the rain will be withheld from the sky, and were it not for the animals, no rain would fall on them. Never do they break their covenant with Allah and His Messenger, except that Allah will enable their enemies to overpower them and take some of what is in their hands. Unless their leaders rule according to the Book of Allah and seek all good from that which Allah has revealed, Allah will cause them to fight one another.”[1]


[1] – Recorded by ibn Majah: 4155 and al-Bazzar in ‘kashf al-‘Astar’: 2/268. This is ibn Majah’s wording.

Hearts And The Truth

Sheikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah said, “

Hearts are created with intrinsic admission of Allah’s existence and submission to Him. However, they may encounter what corrupts them. Loving the truth is a prerequisite for seeking it and hatred for falsehood is a result of knowing it because the individual’s nature is fixed on love for truth and hatred for falsehood. Sometimes doubtful matters  and desires dilute this nature; doubtful matters hinders the soul from complying with the truth while desires hinders it from following the truth.”

Majmoo’ al-Fatwa: 7/528.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

Don’t Be This Man!!!

Allah says, “Of mankind are some who say: “We believe in Allah,” but if they are made to suffer for the sake of Allah, they consider the trial of mankind as Allah’s punishment, and if victory comes from your Lord, (the hypocrites) will say: “Verily! We were with you (helping you).” Is not Allah Best Aware of what is in the hearts of the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinn).”       Al-‘Ankaboot: 10

Ibn al-Qayyim commented on this ayah, “Allah refers to the state of who claims having faith while they are weak, impatient, and unable to face trials and afflictions. Moreover, if they are made to suffer for the sake of Allah (i.e. Allah tests His servants by His enemies and inflicts harm upon them to examine their faith), they become impatient and rush to escape, as they do from Allah’s punishment. They consider the people’s invitation to faith and obedience to Allah’s messengers as punishment. This attitude proves their lack of insight and that faith neither touched their hearts nor did they taste its deliciousness because they equalize between Allah’s punishment to the sinners and His punishment to the disbelievers. This is the state of who worship Allah as (if they are) upon an edge and who does not have a firm ground of faith. They are astray and will be punished.”

Badai’ al-Tafseer: 369.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

Retain Your Islamic Identity

Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah discusses the issue of imitation of disbelievers,

“Imitation in the superficial appearance is bound to implant resemblance, harmony, and concordance in the inner self regardless of time and place difference; imitating disbelievers in their feasts even in trivial details produces resemblance to their characteristics, which are cursed. [The rule states that] anything which harbors a potential uncontrollable harm, its ruling is automatically suspended and labeled Haram. Therefore, imitating disbelievers in the superficial appearance is a potential accessory to imitate them in their impermissible characteristics and actions, let alone their creed.

Furthermore, Imitation in the superficial appearance creates a sort of love and allegiance in the inner self and vice-verse. This matter is proven true by means of common sense and experience. For instance, if there is two men living in the same country and they happen to meet in a foreign country, you notice cordiality and intimacy between both of them. In short, if imitation in worldly matters leads to love and allegiance, how about those of the Hereafter!”[1]


[1] – Iqtida’ As-Sirat al-Mustaqeem: 1/548-550.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misir.

How To Detect Your Faults?

Shiekh Raslan said,”

How to detect your faults?

1-      To consult or study under a learned scholar who is gifted with insight in detecting character’s shortcomings. He will guide you to your faults and the means to treat them. People like this learned scholar, in present time, is rare and precious commodity. So, whoever is blessed with finding such person, he has made a discovery and should seize and relish this golden opportunity to the max and never let it go.

2-      To dig for a truthful, insightful, and religious friend who will be like his mirror that honestly and sincerely exposes his faults. Umar ibn al-Khattab used to say, “May Allah have His mercy upon the person who guides people to their faults.” Umar also anxiously asked Hudhayfah [may Allah be pleased with them both] if he is one of the hypocrites or not?

The reason lies in the fact that anyone who is increasingly conscious of reforming his character tends to accuse himself of faultiness. However, it’s very scarce to find such friend with such quality in this present time; it has become very rare to find a friend who is honest and doesn’t hold envy against you.

The Salaf loved who points out their faults to them whereas we tend to dislike anyone who guides us to our faults. Such attitude is a proof of the person’s weakness of faith.

3-      To learn your own faults from your enemies since they expose your faults out of hatred. The benefit acquired from an enemy who points out my faults is greater than a false friend who disguises your faults.

4-      To intermingle with people and avoid whatever wicked morals they have.

 “Upright character” authored by Sheikh Muhammad Sa’id Raslan; pages: 41-42 .

Translated by:  Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.