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Praying Excessively at Night- Ibn al-Jawzi

June 30, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Iblis has deceived some worshipers to perform a lot of night prayers. Some of them pray the entire night, and they feel happier when performing night and duha prayers more than obligatory prayers. Some fall asleep right before fajr and miss the obligatory prayer. Others wake up too lazy to work for sustaining their families.

 

I saw a Shaikh from among them named Husayn al-QazwinI walking a lot during the day in al-Mansur Masjid. When I inquired about this I was told that he does this so he does not fall asleep.

This does not conform with teachings of Islam or with sound intellect:
As for logic, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Your body has a right over you, so wake up (when appropriate) and sleep (when appropriate) .

[Abu Dawud, 1369]

 
And He (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to say:

Adhere to moderate demeanor. Whoever arm-wrestles this religion will loose.”

[Musnad Ahmed 5/350, Hakim 1/312]

 
Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) entered and saw a rope extended between two poles, he said:

‘What is this rope?’ They said: ‘it is a rope of Zainab, when she feels tired she hangs unto it.’ The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

‘Untie the rope, you should work actively until you feel tired, then you should rest.”

[Bukharee 3/278]

 

And Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“If one of you feels sleepy then he should lie down until he is no longer sleepy. Because if he prays while he is sleepy he might curse himself (mistakenly) instead of seeking forgiveness.”

[Bukharee 1/271, Muslim 786]

 

As for the sound intellect:

Sleep re-energises a person, so when a person repells it, this might harm his body and mind.

 

So we seek refuge with Allah from ignorance.

 

If someone says: But we were informed that members of the Salaf  used to pray at night?

We say:

those individuals were gradual in doing so. They made certain not to miss fajr prayer and to take a nap during the day. They also did not eat much, so this worked out well for them. It was not reported to us that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) stayed awake an entire night. His Sunnah is more worthy of being followed.

 

Some of those falling for Iblis’s deception try to insinuate to others that they were up praying last night. So they would say: So and so, the Adhan giver, gave adhan on time.

 

If this person did not intent to show-off then he has made public his action, which will result in reducing his reward.

 

[Talbees Iblees by Imam Ibn al-Jawzi, page 240-242]

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Hardship Isn’t the Point by Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullah]

October 3, 2013 Leave a comment

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

“…And it should be known that Allah’s Pleasure and Love are not dependent on you torturing yourself and going through hardship, such that something is better simply on account of how hard it is. It is assumed by many ignorant people that the reward is obtained in accordance with hardship in everything. No! Rather, the reward is in accordance with the benefit of the act and how much it manifests obedience to Allah and His Messenger.

 

So, the more beneficial an act and the more obedient its doer, the more virtuous it is. Actions aren’t virtuous due to their quantity. Rather, they are virtuous due to the effect they have on the heart.

 

 

This is why when the sister of ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir made a vow to perform Hajj walking barefoot, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

 “Indeed, Allah is not in need of your sister torturing herself. Have her continue while riding.” It was narrated that he had her slaughter an animal, and it was also narrated that he had her fast.

 

 

The same applies to the hadith of Juwayriyah when she was performing tasbih using pebbles before noon, and he came back at night and found her sitting in the same position. So, he said to her: “I said four words three times that would outweigh all that you have said today.”

 

 

The point of all this is to know that Allah didn’t command us to do except what is beneficial for us, and He didn’t forbid us except from what is harmful to us. This is why Allah praises righteous acts and encourages righteousness and benefit, and discourages corruption and harm.

 

Allah forbade us from filthy things due to the harm and corruption they bring about, and He commanded us with righteous acts due to the benefit they bring about. It might be the case that such actions cannot be performed except with some hardship, such as Jihad, enjoining the good, preventing the bad, seeking knowledge, etc. So, all of this is obtained through hardship, and one is rewarded for them due to the benefit that they result in. This is like when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said to ‘A’ishah when she performed ‘Umrah from at-Tan’im in the year of the Farewell Hajj: “Your reward is in accordance with your effort.”

 

 

However, if the benefit of the act does not outweigh the hardship it involves, this is a form of ruin and corruption, and Allah does not Love corruption.

 

An example of this is in worldly benefits. Enduring hardship to make a great gain or repel a great enemy is praiseworthy. As for one who endures great effort and hardship in order to make an insignificant amount of money or to repel a very minor harm, he is just like a person who pays a thousand dirhams in exchange for a hundred, or one who walks for an entire day to get a meal while he could’ve gotten a better meal in the very town he lives in.

 

So, the legislated and recommended course of action is all about justice, balance, and moderation – which are the best and loftiest of affairs – just as the Firdaws is both the highest part of Paradise and the middle (i.e. best) part of it. So, whoever is like this will have this as his destination, by Allah’s Permission…”

[‘Majmu’ al-Fatawa’; 25/126-127]

 

Related read:

® Are We Allowed to Create New Types and Styles of Adhkaar (remembrances of Allah e.g. SubhanAllah) and Duaa (Supplications)

 

[Part1] The Heretical and Deviant Concepts Of The Bareilwi’s & Soofee’s and their Likes.

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Malfoozaat (writings) is a book of Ahmad Radha Khaan (d.1340/1921) who was the founder of the Indian subcontinent sect known as Bareilwi’s. However this word has been misconstrued and translated as Ahlus- Sunnah Wal-Jamaah which is highly erroneous. The Bareilwee’s however do not like to use this term rather they use terms, which are synonymous with soofee terminology. For example they will attribute themselves to one of the soofee tareeqah like, Qaadiree or Naqshbandee and so on. In essence they are bareilwees, which is best understood to be a subsect of soofism and it is related to the more vast classification of soofism by the tareeqahs.

 
The western Soofee sympathisers and propagators in the west like Hishaam Kabbanee, Nuh Ha Meem Keller, Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Abdul-Hakim Muraad, Gibril Fouad Haddaad and others all promote and endorse Ahmad Radha Khaan and his works, they defend him, revere him and promote him in whatever form possible, sometimes directly and most directly when answering questions. We will mention some statements from this book, which will highlight some defective and corrupt beliefs of the bareilwis. Some of these examples will clearly show some of the shirk of the bareilwis which propagate and secondly it will shed some light on the beliefs of bareilwi church father, Ahmad Radha khaan.

 

(1) Ahmad Radha Khaan was asked are their muslims amongst jinns and angels. He replied,

“An angel became muslim and she would often come to visit me. One day she did not come so I questioned her, she replied, “One of my close friends died in Hindustaan (Hindh-Early day India) so I went there and on the way I saw Iblees praying the salah.”

(Malfoozaat (1/29).

 

 

(2) Someone asked Ahmad Radha Khaan concerning the drowning of Junaid Baghdaadee when he said ‘Yaa Allaah’ (Oh Allaah). Ahmad Radha Khaan replies, “It was the river of Hadeeqah where Sayyidee Junaid Baghdadee was travelling and he started to walk on the water as he did on the land. Another man who was behind him who also needed to get across the river but there was no boat at the time. He saw Junaid walking across the water so he asked, “How may I cross” so Junaid said, “Say Yaa Junaid Yaa Junaid (Oh Junaid Oh Junaid). So the man did as he was told and he started to walk on the water as he did on land. When he reached  the middle, The accursed Shaytaan put whisperings in his heart that Junaid is saying Yaa Allaah and he said to me to say Yaa Junaid. So I also started saying Yaa Allaah, and immediately he fell into the water??? he said, “Oh Junaid im going (to die).” So Junaid said, “Say Yaa Junaid Yaa Junaid.” I started to say it again and eventually i crossed the river.” when they were both across the man behind said to Junaid, “Why is it that when you say ‘Yaa Allaah’ you walk and do not drown and when I say ‘Yaa Allaah’ I drown.” Junaid said,

“Oh childish one, you have not even reached Junaid yet and you want to reach Allaah.”

(Malfoozaat (1/131).

 

This is the belief of the Bareilwi soofees that The accursed Shaytaan put whisperings in his heart to say Yaa Allaah and you have clearly read that the soofees call the people to their worship as did Junaid here.

 

 

(3) Ahmad Radha Khaan writes,

“There were Two walee’s and they lived either side of a wide river, one day one of them made rice pudding and told his servant to take it to his friend. The servant replied “Master, how can I, there is a river in the way, how will I get across, I have no sailing equipment” the man replied “go to the river and say to it I have come from a man who has not slept with his wife”. The servant was amazed as the walee had children nonetheless he thought it was important to follow what the walee had said. He did as he was instructed and immediately a path formed between the river, he walked across and gave it to the other walee who ate the rice pudding and said “Give my salaam to your Master” the servant replied “I can only do that when I get across the river” The walee replied say to the river “I have come from the one who has not eaten for 30 years” the servant was amazed as the walee (Supposed Pious man) had just eaten in front of him, he got to the river and did as he was told and another path was formed between the river gave him way and he walked across.”

(Malfoozaat (1/131-132).

 

 

(4) Ahmad Radha Khaan writes,

“Our peer (holy men) can be present in every place in 10,000 places in 10,000 cities at one time” and he gives an example, “it was possible for Sayyidee Fathe Muhammad Quddus to be present in 10 different gatherings at once.”

 

Then Ahmad Radha gives an evidence for this which was, “Look at Krishan Kehnayyah, he was a disbeliever and he would also be present in a number of places at once.”

(Malfoozaat (1/141-142).

 

 
Ao’odhoobillah, look at this in order to substantiate his aqeedah of shirk he gives the example of the hindu mushrik kaafir god. Furthermore we thought the soofees bareilwis held the beliefs that Allaah was incarnate (hulool) and present everywhere (Wahdatul-Wajood-Unity of existence) we did not know they held the same corruptive and false belief for their holy men.

 

 

(5) Ahmad Radha Khaan says,

“The earth and heavens cannot remain in existence if it were not for the presence of a Ghauth.”

(Malfoozaat (1/142).

 

 
A gauth is a person who (according to the soofee bareilwis) has been given special rights and authority by Allaah to look after the affairs of the creation. This is clear Shirk in the Lordship of Allaah by the Soofee Bareilwis as even the Mushrikeen of Makkah did not hold this belief.

 

Furthermore we ask the bareilwis soofees a question, that if this is the case then we would like to know the name of the gauth of this time and the names of the previous ones who kept the earth in existence.

 

[Comp. & Trans: Abu Hibbaan & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari]

[Taken from: http://ahlulhadeeth.wordpress.com/]

 

O Grave worshippers! We want Answers

March 31, 2013 Leave a comment

 

10 questions for the  Grave  worshipers  (Qabarparast).

 

In Indian peninsula and else where, it is quite common to invoke a dead person for example like yaa Khwaja, yaa Ali, etc etc, for situations when they need help.

 

So here is a list of queries that such a person should be asked:

 

1.

Can the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, hear from a long distance?

 

For eg. people can invoke Khwaja Ajmeri from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, USA, Canada, etc. from all over the world.

 

Can he, i.e., Khwaja Ajmeri, can hear them from such a long distance.

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

2.

Can the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, hear simultaneously from many people at the same time (Multitasking)?

 

For eg. many people may invoke Khwaja Ajmeri from all over the world at the same time.

 

Can he, i.e., Khwaja Ajmeri, can hear them at the same time or a queue is required.

 

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

 

3.

Can the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, understand all the different languages?

 

Because there are many different languages and dialects throughout the world.

A Tamil will invoke or call upon in tamil language.

A Srilankan will invoke or call upon in sinhalese language.

A Britisher will invoke or call upon in english language.

A French will invoke or call upon in french language.

A Chinese will invoke or call upon in chinese language.

An Indonesian will invoke or call upon in indonesian language.

An Arab will invoke or call upon in arabic language.

A Japanese will invoke or call upon in japanese language.

 

Sometimes it also happens that the person (for e.g., Khawaja Ajmeri) whom people are calling upon or invoking, died as an illiterate. So is it that, after his death, can he understands all the different languages and dialects?

 

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

 

4.

Can the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, can hear a dumb person or can he hear a person who is invoking him or calling upon him in his heart?

“And Allah is Knowing of that within the breasts.” 3.154

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

5.

Whether the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, needs to sleep or take a break? Or he (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri) is ever awake and doesn’t require a rest?

 

As we know very well that Allah (Subhanahu wataala) never requires a sleep or rest as follows:

“Allah! There is no god but Him: the Living, the Eternal. He neither slumbers nor sleeps.” – 2.255

 

If the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, needs to sleep or take a break then we must have a time table so as to when we should call or invoke him so that he may not get disturbed or the call should not get unheard.

 

For instance, the person may be calling or invoking YA KHWAJA al madad, but KHWAJA might be having a nap, so no help for the poor caller.

 

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

 

6.

Can the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, solve all the problems of the people?

 

If that is the case, then what is the use of Allah (nauzbillah)? Or else if the person (for e.g., Khawaja Ajmeri) has a limitations, then in such a case, we must have a list of things that the person (for e.g., Khawaja Ajmeri), can resolve and what he cannot.

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

 

7.

Can the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, cause harm to the people or his duty is just to lend a safe hand for the people in trouble?

 

Has anyone heard that KHWAJA AJMERI causes people to be in trouble?

 

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

 

8.

Who causes the people to be in trouble? Is it the person (for e.g., Khwaja Ajmeri), dead or alive, or Allah (Subhanahu Wataala)?

 

If Allah (Subhanahu Wataala) causes the people to be in trouble and the person, dead or alive, he delivers people from their miseries then, naudhubillah, Allah (Subhanahu Wataala) would be considered as an oppressor whereas the person, dead or alive, would be considered as a helper.

 

“And if Allah afflicts you with any harm, then none can remove it except Him; and if He wanted good for you, then none can turn away His grace, He brings it to whom He wishes of His servants. And He is the Forgiver, the Merciful.” – 10.107

 

 

 

9.

If Allah (Subhanahu Wataala) is adamant on causing harm and the person, dead or alive, is adamant on relieving the caller, then who will win?

 

Allah says: “Indeed your Lord is the Doer of what He wills” [Sûrah Hûd: 107] and “(He is the) Doer of what He wills.” [Sûrah al-Burûj: 16]

 

 

10.

If someone dies, then to whom shall we call upon or invoke for salvation for that dead person?

So if you can call upon Allah (Subhanahu Wataala) after the death of any person then why not call upon Him alone when you are alive for other benefits.

 

This is a very simple task for Allah (Subhanahu wataala) but is it possible for Khwaja Ajmeri also?

 

[ From lecture of Shaikh Meraj Rabbani (hafizahullah)]

 

Hiding deeds

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Al-Hasan ‘al-Basrî said, speaking about the striving of the Salaf in hiding their deeds,

“A man would have gathered the Qur’ân (i.e. memorised it) whilst his neighbour would be unaware. Another man would have learnt a lot of Fiqh whilst the people would be unaware. A man would be praying lengthy prayer in his house, whilst he has guests, and they would not even realise. Indeed, I came across a people, there was not a single deed on the face of this earth which could be done in secret, that they ever done it in public!”
These Muslims would strive to supplicate to Allâh, and nothing could be heard from them except a low whisper between them and their Lord. That is because Allâh says,

“Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like
transgressors.” [Qur’ân – al-A`râf (7):55.]

Refer to az-Zuhd by Ibn ‘l-Mubârak (35-36).

 

 

Abû ‘al-`Âliyah said,

“I learned writing and the Qur’ân without my family noticing, and not a drop of ink was ever seen on my garment.”

Siyâr ‘l-A`lâm an-Nubalâ’ (6/17).

 

 

Dâwûd bin Abû Hind fasted 40 years whilst his family was unaware. He would take his lunch with him and give it away in charity, and would then return home for dinner and break his fast with them.

Hilyat ‘al-Awliyâ’ (3/94).

 

 

`Alî bin al-Bakkâr al-Basrî said,

“That I meet the Shaytân is more beloved to me than meeting so-and-so; I fear that I may do something for him (i.e. to impress him etc), and fall in the Sight of Allâh.”

Hilyat ‘al-Awliyâ’ (8/270).

 

Related Link: Hiding ones tears

One cannot attain the Pleasure of Allah by means of self-invented methods-Refuting Sufis

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem

We See Everyday New Methods of Adhkaar done by People  which have no Proof Either in Quraan or in Sunnah of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam. And when we stop them saying- this has no basis in Islam, they say its Bidah Hasanah while they fail to understand that there is no Bidah Hasanah in Islam( For detail click here). All we have is that Every Bidah is a Misguidance.

Imam Nawawi Comments in His Riyad us saaliheen under this hadith as follows:

Ibn `Abbas (RadiAllahu anhu) reported:

While the Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was delivering Khutbah (religious talk), he noticed a man who was standing, so he asked about him and was told that he was Abu Israel who had taken a vow to remain standing and not sit, or go into the shade, or speak while observing fasting. Thereupon Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam)  said, “Tell him to speak, to go into the shade, to sit and to complete his fast”.

[Al-Bukhari].

Commentary:

1. This Hadith makes it abundantly clear that one cannot attain the Pleasure of Allah by means of self-invented methods. It can only be achieved by ways and means prescribed in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

2. One should never vow for anything which is smeared with sin or which is not permitted by Deen. An instance of this is quoted in the above mentioned Hadith.

3. The majority of ‘Ulama’ (scholars) who do not think the expiation of such vows necessary, quote this Hadith in support of their view. They argue that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has not prescribed expiation in such cases as is evident from this Hadith.

Related Link: Are We Allowed to Create New Types and Styles of Adhkaar (remembrances of Allah e.g. SubhanAllah) and Duaa (Supplications)

The proper way to thank Allaah

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

 

If a Muslim receives a bounty or is rescued from some trial, it is recommended for him to perform the prostration of thankfulness.

Abu Bakrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reports that: When the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) received something which pleased him or glad tidings, he would make prostration in thanks to Allah.

(Abu Dawood, no. 2774;. It is saheeh, and was also reported in Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, no. 1494)

 
Ritual purity (tahaarah) and facing the qiblah is not a requirement to make the prostration of thankfulness, however, if one makes wudoo‘ and faces the qiblah, that is preferred.

(Majmoo Fataawa by Ibn Uthaymeen, 4/216.)

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