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The Principle: “Not all that is known should be said; Not all that is said should be spread.”


[Conveying Knowledge with Responsibility]

 

Imaam al-Bukhari, (rahimahullah), said:

Chapter: Selecting some people to impart knowledge to, fearing that others will not understand it.”

[stated by al Bukhari in his saheeh [1/300]

 

Anas bin Maalik (radiallahu ‘anhu) relates:

Once Mu’aadh was riding along with Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam when he said to him: ‘O Mu’aadh ibn Jabal!’ Mu’aadh replied: At your service 0 Messenger of Allaah. So he said: ‘O Mu’aadh’ To which Mu’aadh replied: At Your service 0 Messenger of Allaah, saying this three times. So the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: ‘There is no one who testifies that none has the right to be worshippcd except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah – truthfully from his heart – except that Allaah will forbid the Fire to him.”

Mu’aadh said:

0 Messenger of Allaah, shall I not inform the people and give them the glad tidings? So he said: ‘No! For they will then depend solely upon it.’ So Mu’aadh related this at the time of his death, fearing that he would be sinful [if be did not convey this knowledge].

[related by al Bukhari in his saheeh [#28]]
 

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen said about the above hadeeth:

“The permissibility of restricting knowledge to some people over others, whereby if some people were to be informed of certain parts of knowledge, it would cause fitnah (trial and discord).


Ibn Mas’ood (radiallahu ‘anhu) said:

No one relates something to a people which they do not understand, except that it puts some of them into trial and discord (fitnah).

[related by Muslim in the introduction of his saheeh [1/11]

And ‘Ali (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“Relate knowledge to people according to their level of understanding. Do you wish that Allaah and His Messenger should be disbelieved.” [al Bukhari [#197]]

 

Thus, information should be related to each person according to their levels of ability, comprehension and intellects.”

[al qawlul mufeed alaa kitabit tawheed [1/54]

 

 

Examples from our Salaf us-Saalih:
The following examples demonstrate the above knowledge-based principle:
[1]: Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“I have two types of knowledge which I memorised from Allaah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam; of which one type I have already conveyed. But if I were to convey the other, they would cut my throat.”

[Al-Bukhari #120]
Shaykh Saalih ibn ‘Abdul-’Aziz alush-Shaykh, (hafidhahullah), said:

‘He did not disclose such ahaadeeth concerning this fitnah; the hadeeth concerning the censure of Banu Umayyah, and other ahadeeth of this nature. He said the [above] saying during the rule of Mu’aawiyah (radiallahu anhu), and Mu’aawiyah had just re-unified the people after they had split-up and fought each other, the history of which is known. So why didn’t Abu Hurayrah disclose these ahaadeeth? Were they not the ahaadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)? Yes! But they were not those ahaadeeth related to Sharee’ah rulings, rather they were of another nature. So why did he not disclose them? Because he did not want to create fitnah amongst the people because of it. That is why he did not say: ‘This is a true hadeeth, and it is not permissible for us to hide knowledge.’ Since hiding the knowledge in that time in which Abu Hurayrah was speaking was necessary for him, to do, since he did not want to cause splits between the people after they had recently been re-unified in the Year of Unity (’Aamul-Jamaa’ah) – under the leadership of Mu’aawiyah (radiallaahu ‘anhu).’

[ad-dawabitush-shar’iyyah li mawqifil-muslim fil fitan (pg. 39)]

 

[2] Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu ‘anhuma) said:

“I used to teach the Qur’aan to some of the Muhaajiroon, amongst whom was ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Awf. Whilst I was in his house in Minaa, and he was with ‘Umar lbn al-Khattaab during his last Hajj, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan came to me and said: If only you had seen the man who came to the Leader of the Believers, saying: 0 Leader of the Believers, What do you say about such and such a person who says that if ‘Umar should die, I will give the bay’ah to such and such a person, and that – by Allaah – the bay’ah to Abu Bakr was nothing but a reaction, which afterwards became established. So ‘Umar became angry and said: If Allaah wills, I will stand before the people tonight and I will warn the people against those who desire to deprive the people of their rights. However, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan said: ‘O Leader of the Believers! Do not do this. For the Hajj season gathers the ra’aa (common people) and the ghawghaa (those who incline towards mischeif and evil), and it will be those who will gather closest to you when you stand to address the people. I fear that you will rise and address the people , but some of them will spread your words and will not understand them, and some will twist your words and take them out of context. So wait until you reach al-Madeenah, the land of Hijrah and the Sunnah. where you will be amongst the people of knowledgea nd understanding and the noblest of people. So there you may have to say what you wish to say, with confidence. Since the people of knowledge will understand your words and put them their correct context.’ So ‘Umar said: By Allaah! That is what I shall do in my first address to the people of al-Madeenah – if Allaah wills…”

[al-Bukhari #6830]

Al-Haafidh lbn Hajar, (rahimahullaah), said:

“In this is a lesson that knowledge is not to be taken from other than the people of knowledge; nor to relate, except to one who has understanding; and not to relate to one who has little understanding, due to him not being able to comprehend.”

[Fathul Baree 12/188]

 

[3] ‘Amr ibn Abi Qurrah – (rahimahullaah) – said:

 

‘Hudhayfah was in al-Madaa’in and he mentioned things that Allaah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say, whilst in a state of anger, to some people from his Companions. The people who heard these things from Hudhayfah would then go to Salmaan and mention to him what Hudhayfah had said. So Salmaan would say: ‘Hudhayfah is more knowledgeable about what he says.’ They would then return to Hudhayfah and say: ‘We mentioned your saying to Salmaan, and he neither affirmed it nor rejected it.’ So Hudhayfah came to Salmaan, who was in his vegetable farm, and said: 0 Salmaan! What prevents you from affirming what I heard from Allaah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam? So Salmaan said: ‘Indeed Allaah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would sometimes become angry, and would say certain things in anger to his Companions. So would you not stop until you create love of certain people in the hearts of some people, and create hatred of others in the hearts of some people, to the extent that it may lead them to differing and splitting up? You know that Allaah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave a sermon, saying: ‘Any person from my Ummah who I abused or cursed in anger, then I am one of the children of Adam (i.e. human being), and I become angry, as they become angry. However, I have been sent as a mercy to the creation. So (O Allaah) make them (i.e. those abuses or curses) a blessing for them on the Day of Judgement.’ So by Allaah! Either you stop, or else I will write to ‘Umar.”

[related by Abu Dawud #4657. It was authenticated by Al-Albani in as-saheeh #1757]

 

Taken from: http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vbe/showthread.php?t=69

 

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The Prevalence of Jealousy Amongst Students of Knowledge By Shaykh Abdul Aziz As Sadhan


 

This issue, in reality, is one of the most serious drawbacks of knowledge, rather, if you will, you can say that it depletes the many blessings (i.e. barakah) that are found in knowledge. Many of the Salaf (i.e. pious predecessors) have spoken very thoroughly and extensively about this issue. If jealousy (i.e. hasad) takes  hold of the student of knowledge it will destroy his hereafter, and the more he finds himself consumed by it, the greater and more severe the harm will be.

 
Jealousy is an obstacle that infringes on the student’s ability to seek knowledge, his ability to be present during the dissemination of knowledge and likewise, infringes on his ability to comprehend what he hears of knowledge. Many communities have not escaped this issue although the people vary as it relates to it. Some are largely engrossed in it and others are barely affected by it.

 
Therefore, it is imperative that much is said about the topic of jealousy due to its danger and the prevalence of it amid the students of knowledge, especially amongst those who are contemporary peers to one another, because it corrupts their endeavor of seeking knowledge. Allah commented on the mischief of the jealous individual in His book as well as the Prophet (Sallahu alaihi wa salam) who also warned against his ill nature. We all read the statement of Allah:

“…and from the evil of the jealous person when he gets jealous” {113:6}
And we read:

“Or are they jealous of the people because of what Allah has bestowed upon them from His bounty…” {4:54}
And we read the statement of the Prophet (Sallahu alaihi wa salam):

“And don’t become jealous of one another…”

(Collected Saheeh Al Bukhari)

 
And the statement of the Prophet:

“There is no jealousy except in two situations: A man whom Allah has given him the Book (i.e. Qur’an) and he recites it day and night. And a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in charity day and night.”

(Collected Saheeh Al Bukhari)

 

 
Jealousy has reasons and at the same time, it is a disease that can be cured. If you have some degree of jealousy in you, then you should be extremely cautious and never negligent of it, because jealousy is like vegetation, in that, the more it is nourished the more it will continue to grow and develop, so as long as the individual continues to be careless about it and neglects to rid himself of it. The hatred that is produced as a result of jealousy is more foundational with the desire than the hatred caused by anything else, as the poet said:
“For every type of hatred there is hope for its eventual love, except the hatred of the individual who envies you due to jealousy!”

 
Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“There is no human body that is free from jealousy; however the noble one conceals it while the ignoble one reveals it.”

The human being is weak by nature and is subjected to many character-flaws because of it and from these flaws is that of jealousy, especially between contemporary peers and especially between the students of knowledge.

Imam Ath Thahabi (may Allah have mercy on him) commented:

“There was no community that was free from division and jealousy except the prophets and messengers.”

 
If the jealous individual would consider his condition for a moment, he would notice that, by his jealousy, he is actually displaying his discontentment with the divine decree (i.e. Qadr) of Allah in that, when Allah bestows a blessing on one of His servants, the jealous person either physically or verbally expresses his displeasure with the bounty Allah conferred upon him.

 
This character-flaw increases the heart in coarseness and distances the slave from any hope of good. And if we were to open the door wide for sincere mutual advice to one another and request from our peers and our brothers sincere advice we would be able to avoid this evil pitfall. And it was because of this that Al Ahnaf Ibn Qays said:

“Reprimand is better than resentment!”

 
So if every one of us saw a particular fault or character defect in his brother, especially amongst the students of knowledge, and hastened to advise him and make du’a (i.e. supplication) for him, and reject any destructive criticism of him or any offensive insult or attack on his character, then many of our affairs would easily be rectified. Nonetheless, the desire of the individual pushes him to seek superiority over others by exposing their faults and thus the individual is not able to rid himself of this ignoble quality restrain it with the reins of taqwah (i.e. God-consciousness and fear of Allah) and piety.

 

[ “Millstones in the Path of Seeking Knowledge”,  Translated by Shadeed Muhammad on Sunday July 24, 2011 corresponding to the 23rd of Sha’ban 1432H in the City of Philadelphia.]

 

Related link:  Signs of Jealousy Prevalent Amongst the Students of Knowledge [Must read] – By Shaykh Abdul Aziz As Sadhan

 

Signs of Jealousy Prevalent Amongst the Students of Knowledge [Must read] – By Shaykh Abdul Aziz As Sadhan


 

These signs are minimized or increased depending on the strength of the jealousy in the individual. I am going to mention some of these signs so that perhaps the one who is tested with them can hasten to rid himself of them. I will restrict these signs only to those prevalent amid the students of knowledge.

 
The First: To rejoice at the mistake of his fellow student. 

The error of his fellow student is greater than the error of any other because his peer is the one who competes with him in being at the forefront and competes with him within the same community and thus he infringes upon his opportunity to be the elite show-off. So every time his peer errs or makes a mistake, his joy and happiness increases and he considers it a glad tiding of his own rise because he believes that the mistake of his fellow student translates into the rise or upliftment of his own pre-eminence. There are very few people who escape this particular sign. It is an internal matter of the heart that none knows of except Allah and then the individual himself. If there is anyone from amongst us who is in possession of this quality, then it is upon him to hasten with its removal and to repent to Allah from it.

 
The Second: To rejoice at the absence of his fellow student from the circles of knowledge.

To be happy at the absence of his peer from the circle of knowledge or to be happy at his lack of attendance in an affair that he could possibly debate or argue with you in. You will notice two peers from the students of knowledge, when they are together, one of them most likely contends with the other due to the possession of knowledge they both have. So when one of them is absent, the other is left to attend the circle of knowledge by himself exclusively and is able to stand out amid the rest of their peers. So he is overjoyed at the absence of his fellow student and he thinks that because of it, there is a possible rise in his level over him due to the fact that he has access to more knowledge than him.

 
The Third: It pleases him to hear someone insult his fellow student and call him offensive names.

It pleases him to hear someone insult his fellow student and call him offensive names and he actually finds himself content with this. Rather he doesn’t even try to stop the individual from back-biting his fellow student or insulting him and may even partake in or assist the individual in doing so! There is no doubt that this is haram (i.e. forbidden), as backbiting the average layman is impermissible, not to mention a student of knowledge whose benefit far surpasses just himself.

 
The Fourth: He has nothing positive to say about his fellow student when he is asked about him.

A new student of knowledge may come to the jealous student or a general questioner and ask about aparticular individual regarding something generally related to him and the jealous student will seize theopportunity to speak ill about him or to belittle his status as a student or to address him by an offensivename and there is no doubt that this sign is connected to the previous one.

 
The Fifth: To find difficulty within himself if a question is directed towards other than him or the response to a question is requested from his fellow student while he is present.

 

Two or three students may be present in a gathering and it may be requested from one of them to speak or a question might be directed towards him specifically and you will find that the jealous one is overcome by extreme difficulty and embarrassment while he tries diligently to act as if it doesn’t bother him. This is because the direction of a question to this fellow student in particular is from the most extreme calamities he can be afflicted with. If this individual would consider for a moment: This is the bounty of Allah which He bestows on whomsoever He wills, and the fact that the question was directed towards him, does not necessarily mean that he is more virtuous than you absolutely, then it would be easy for him to handle this.

 
The Sixth: To belittle the benefit or the knowledge his fellow student brings to the table.

The jealous student could possibly research an issue or the response to a certain problematic subject and turn many pages and search through many volumes and still not find the answer to his problem. On the other hand, his peer could do the same and come out successful. And when it is brought to his attention
that his fellow student did such, he belittles the effort he exerted.

But if it was brought to his attention that someone else did this, he would supplicate for him and praise him and even exaggerate the mere mention of his name!
However, if the benefit came to him by way of this particular student, he intentionally conceals his admiration for him and does his best to conceal the benefit which his fellow student was responsible for finding. This is because he considers the materialization of his fellow student’s reputation to be an infringement upon his own right to be recognized or a diminution of his own personality!

 

The Seventh: To try and find fault with the speech of his fellow student when he speaks or to criticize him when he responds to a question.

You will notice that when some of the people are in a gathering and a issue is brought up and someone responds to it, the one who has a disease or jealousy in his heart will try and find a pretentious problem in his response, rather he will try and create a mistake in his response or he will try and alter his speech from its apparent meaning or misinterpret his speech until he makes it erroneous and there is no doubt that this is the result of a disease in his heart

 

 

[ This was taken from the Shaykh’s monumental book “Millstones in the Path of Seeking Knowledge”  Translated by Shadeed Muhammad on Sunday July 24, 2011 corresponding to the 23rd of Sha’ban 1432H. in the City of Philadelphia.]

Related Links:

¶ Advice to the Students of Knowledge by Shaykh Salih bin Sa’d as-Suhaymi

¶ The Phenomenon of Common People and Junior Students of Knowledge Issuing ‘Bayāns’ by Shaykh Ibrāheem bin ’Āmir ar-Ruhaylī

¶  Advice to the Youth of Ahl-us-Sunnah by Shaykh Sultan Eeid

¶  Correcting the Statements of a Scholar of the Sunnah and Not Seeking to Totally Drop Him by Shaykh Saalih bin ’Abdul’Azeez Aali Shaykh

Leave this fitnah of Photography O Salafis

April 16, 2013 6 comments

♣Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem♣

All praise belongs to Allah alone, the Lord of all that exists. We praise Him, we seek His aid, we ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from the evil of our deeds. To whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide him and to whomsoever Allah misguides, none can guide him. I bear witness that Allah alone is worthy of worship without any partner and I bear witness that Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is the slave and Messenger of Allah.

 

To proceed,

This article mainly aims the follower of truth i.e. Salafis, about an important issue which they are well aware of but have taken very lightly from past few years. The Issue is “Use of photography in Da’wah.”

Remember we are not talking about “videos” but about “photography”.

 

Allah says in the Qur’an- And remind, for Indeed reminder help the Believers.[51:55]

And Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:  “Ad-Deen is sincerity” (الدِّينُ النَّصِيحَةُ)“[Naseehah] (Recorded by Muslim)

So, I request my brothers and sisters to take this article as a advice and reminder. May Allah reward you all.

 

 

Know that we Salafis are distinguished from others only because we follow truth and not desires even if we have to go against ourselves and our loved ones. We follow what is clear and leave all whatever is doubtful.

 

 

In the age of modern technology, many things have been invented which helped the Da’wah in many ways like through Satellite Islamic channels, Internet, videos etc. When people started video recording of lectures delivered by Scholars, many questions were asked to prominent scholars about the permissibility of it. Some said if the benefit is more then there is no harm in this while others forbade it. However, regarding photography, Scholars prohibited it unanimously except in Dire needs like a photograph for passport, ID card, Criminal records.

 

What we are witnessing from last few years is that our Salafi brothers take unnecessary photos of themselves, Scholars, audiences, speakers etc. during conferences without any need and without any benefit. We see so many photos that they form Albums. We see photos like:

  • Scholars sitting on Dais (stage)
  • Scholar delivering the lecture
  • The photo of scholar in the poster for lectures he will be delivering
  • Scholars having chat among themselves in the guestroom
  • Scholars having their meal and dinner
  • Brothers shaking hands with scholars
  • Audience listening to lecture
  • Volunteers

And so many to mention here.

Hope you understood the point which I wanted to make.

 

And I don’t blame scholars for this because many a times they are not even aware of such things.

Like our Sheikh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullah) said:

“It is not permissible to picture people whether with their consent or without their consent; and if it is with their consent then the sin is greater. And pictures with souls in them are prohibited, because the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu aliyhi wa sallam) cursed the picture makers”

Refer: “Fataawa Noor ala Darb” (Aqeedah) No.318

 

 

And I remember the Saying of Muhaddith of this era, Imam Naasiruddin al Albani (rahimahullah). He (rahimahullah) said:

“I fear that Salafiyoon one day will say- Photography isn’t picture making. You just press a button.”

[Silsilat ul Huda wan Nur 393]

SubhanAllah, Allah had given Imam al Albani great insight in matters of deen.

 

Are we not witnessing the same thing? Unfortunately yes. Today we see some of our brothers even try to defend the permissibility of photography even without any dire need.

 

The matter of photography has become so common among our salafi brothers that they no longer feel it to be from major Sin.  And therefore we see our brothers proudly posting these photos of living beings  on social networking sites and elsewhere and feel very comfortable with it.. And the reason is very simple- they have taken this matter very lightly and they try to defend “by giving the excuse of Da’wah” even though there is no benefit of these things in Da’wah.

 

I ask such brothers,

What benefit you and people get by clicking and posting such pictures?

How the Photo of Scholar helps the Da’wah? Isn’t his speech which is important?

Are you not the one who debates with Sufis and others for introducing new thing in Islam?

Are you not the one who gives up his desires just to be saved from major sins and to remain in saved sect?

Are you not the one who is always ready to accept the verdicts of Scholars without trying to find and search fatwas which suits your desires?

Are you not the one who takes every matter of Islam sincerely and seriously?

Yes, I know you are the one. But then why such leniency and carelessness in this matter which comes under major sins?

 

My dear brothers and sisters, please avoid this emerging fitnah of taking photographs when deep within your heart you know that it’s haram except in dire needs. Be a follower of Salaf as Saalih by actions and not merely by words.

May Allah guide us all.

-Dr Iftakhar Ahmed

 

Confession pages on Facebook and the Islamic ruling on it.

March 15, 2013 2 comments

Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem

Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarkatahu brother and sisters.

All praise belongs to Allah alone who is without any partner. We ask guidance from Him alone and seek His forgiveness.

Recently I have seen on facebook that many Facebook pages are being formed with the name “Confession page”. For example A-B-C Confession page or X-Y-Z Confession page – meaning people from different backgrounds who were once in same school or in Same college or university come together under that page and then they “Confess” all that they used to do “Mostly evil acts” like flirting, immoral acts they used to do at that time and, what they used to  think of some students, professors and again “Mostly evil thoughts or nicknames” etc.

Had only kafirs were involved in such things, it was no concern for us. But like every other evil, this evil act has also engulfed our Muslim brothers and sisters and it has not only engulfed rather I would say they (Muslims) are the leaders (Admin) of many such pages. May Allah save us from such evil acts.

Many of those who dont know the ruling might be thinking what is wrong in such confessions? In sha Allah we will see below from the explanation of scholars what they have said in this regard. My concern is only of Islaah of our brothers and sister who have knowingly or unknowingly fell into this.

confession_title

What is Confession?

 

Ans:

confession is a statement made by a person acknowledging some personal fact that the person would prefer to keep hidden.

The term is generally associated with an admission of a moral or legal wrong.

A legal confession is an admission of some wrongdoing that has legal consequence, while a confession in  religion  is usually more akin to a ritual by which the person acknowledges thoughts or actions considered sinful or morally wrong within the confines of the confessor’s religion. Socially, however, the term may refer to admissions that are neither legally nor religiously significant. [Wikipedia]

From the above definition we came to know that confessions means the wrong things or evil act which you did in past and is hidden till now and preferably you wants to keep hidden in future. And thats why we see in those facebook pages that whenever a confession is written, the name of the person is not mentioned but is kept hidden.

What Islam says about such things?

We all know that a Sin which Allah has kept hidden from people if revealed to people is considered a Grave sin.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid says in his fatwa on his website:

Speaking about your sin and flaunting it openly in front of your friends is haraam, and is a major sin.

It is one of the ways of spreading immorality among the Muslims, encouraging evil and tempting others to do similar things.

It also means that one does not take sin seriously and regards it as insignificant, and that the sinner is damaging his own reputation and exposing his honour to the slander of others.

Islam seeks to put people off from doing such things in the strongest possible terms, as in the following hadeeth:

Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say:

“All of my ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allaah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night,’ when all night his Lord has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allaah had concealed.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5721; Muslim, 2990).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah preserve him) said:

There is a third kind of immoral, rebellious, promiscuous person, who speaks in a boastful manner about zinaa (fornication, adultery) – we seek refuge with Allaah – and tells people that he travelled to such and such a country and committed immoral acts of zinaa with a number of women, and so on, and he shows off about that. Such people should be asked to repent, and if they do not they should be executed, because when a person boasts about zinaa, this implies that he thinks it is permissible – Allaah forbid – and the one who thinks that zinaa is halaal is a kaafir.

(Sharh Riyaad al-Saaliheen, 1/116).

May Allah save us from every fitnah and correct our affairs. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

– Dr Iftakhar Ahmed

Related Links:

 Exchanging photographs (for the purpose of marriage) via the internet By Ibn Uthaymeen(Rahimahullah)

¶ Ruling on Taking/Publishing pictures of Women on Facebook, blogs etc for Dawah purpose.

¶ Reasons for impermissibility of images(Emotions) On Facebook etc

¶ The ‘like’ button on facebook.

What is the best way for women to give da’wah? By Shaykh Al-Albani

January 12, 2013 1 comment

 

Question: What is the best way for women to give da’wah?

 

Answer:

 

I say to the women: “Remain in your homes.” [Surah Ahzaab: 33] And you should not concern yourselves with da’wah.

 

I reject the use of the word “da’wah” amongst the male youth by them making it seem like they are from the people of da’wah – as if the word da’wah has become the fashion of modern times. So every individual that knows something about the Religion becomes a Da’ee (caller to Islaam)! And this matter did not stop with the male youth until it was carried over to the female youth and housewives. And in many instances, they have begun to turn away from fulfilling the obligations of their households and their husbands and their children, turning away from these obligations towards something that is not obligatory upon them, such as establishing the da’wah.

 

The general rule concerning the woman is that she is to stay in her home. And it has not been legislated for her to leave it unless she has a dire need. This is based on the statement of the Prophet, sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: “And (praying in) their homes is better for them”, i.e. than the (congregational) prayer in the masjid.”

 

Today we see a prevalent phenomenon amongst the women in that they go out often to the masjids in order to pray the congregational prayer, not to mention the Jumu’ah prayer. In spite of this, their homes are better for them – unless there is a masjid in which the Imaam is a scholar who teaches those attending some aspects from the sciences of the Religion. So in this case, the woman could go out to pray in the masjid in order to listen to the knowledge. There is nothing preventing her from that. As for the woman preoccupying herself with the da’wah (!), then let her sit in her home and read from the books that her husband or brother or other male relatives provide for her.

 

Furthermore, there is nothing preventing her from setting a day in which she calls the women to come to her house or she goes out to attend the house of one of them. That is better than a group of women going out (to her). One woman going out to a group of women is better for them than all of them going out to her. As for her moving about and traveling, perhaps traveling without a mahram, and she justifies that by claiming that she went out for the purpose of da’wah, then these are from the presentday innovations. And I do not specify the women only with that, rather, even some of the male youth speak excessively about the da’wah and yet they have very little knowledge.

 

[Al-Asaalah, Issue #19]

 

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Exchanging photographs (for the purpose of marriage) via the internet By Ibn Uthaymeen(Rahimahullah)

December 11, 2012 1 comment

 

Question: Is it permissible for a woman to send a photograph of herself via the internet to a man looking to get married, but who lives far away, so he can see her (what she looks like) and decide whether he wishes to marry her or not?

 

Response: I am not of this opinion.

 

Firstly: Since it is possible that someone other than the person intended could see the photograph;

 

 

Secondly: Because the photograph does not portray the complete truth (reality). So how many photographs has a person seen, and when he sees the one photographed, finds him completely different (in appearance);

 

 

Thirdly: It is possible this photograph may remain with this man, even after he excuses himself from proposing to her, however, it remains with him and he may cause mischief with it, and Allaah is the Most Knowledgeable.

 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Fataawa Mu’aasarah – Page 77

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Published: 6 October 2005

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