Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Al-Baqara’

Hypocrisy is a deep rooted and all pervading spiritual disease- Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

November 17, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Hypocrisy is a deep rooted and all pervading spiritual disease. A person’s heart could be overflowing with it yet be oblivious of it due to its hidden and subtle nature; frequently does it lead a person to think he is acting rightly when in reality he is spreading corruption.

 

 

It is of two types: major and minor;

major hypocrisy leads to eternal punishment in the lowest depths of the Hell [1]; it is to outwardly display faith in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day whereas inwardly one is devoid of such belief, indeed disbelieving in it. He does not believe that Allah spoke to a man amongst men who He appointed to be a Messenger: guiding them by His permission and warning them of His punishment.

 

 

In the Quran, Allah has the machinations of the Hypocrites, He has unveiled their beliefs, their qualities, and made their goals clear so that the believers can be aware of them. [2]

 

He divided mankind into three groups in the beginning of Surah al-Baqarah: the believer, the disbeliever and the hypocrites.

 

He mentioned four verses concerning the believers, two verses concerning the disbelievers, and thirteen verses concerning the hypocrites due to their plentitude and the great harm and tribulation they bring to Islam and the Muslims. [3]

 

The harm they cause to Islam is truly severe for they claim to be Muslims, they claim to aid and support Islam, whereas in reality they are its enemies seeking to destroy it from within, covertly spreading their corruption and ignorance such that the unwary thinks that what they are upon is knowledge and right action.

 

 

By Allah! How many strongholds of Islam have they destroyed;

how many fortresses have they rendered to ruin; how many signposts of Islam have they effaced;

how many raised flags have they lowered;

and how many seeds of doubt have they attempted to sow in order to uproot the religion!

 

Islam and Muslims have always faced trial and tribulation from them, wave after wave of doubts do they assault at it, all the while thinking that they are doing right,

Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.

[Surah al- Baqarah, verse 12]

 

They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.

[Surah as-Saff, verse 8] [4]

 

having agreed to abandon the revelation and follow a course other than the one directed by it,

But the people divided their religion among them into sects – each faction, in what it has, rejoicing.

[Surah al Muminoon, verse 53]

 

inspiring to one another decorative speech in delusion.

[Surah al Anam, verse 112]

 

and because of this,

people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.”

[Surah al Furqan, verse 30]

 

[Source: Characteristics of the Hypocrites, page 15-18]

 

 Footnotes:

[1] Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper  [Surah an Nisa, verse 145]

[2] They hypocrites are apprehensive lest a surah be revealed about them, informing them of what is in their hearts. Say, “Mock [as you wish]; indeed, Allah will expose that which you fear.” [Surah at-Tawbah, verse 64]

[3] As stated by Mujahid amongst others. Refer to as-Suyuti, ad-Durr al-Manthur [1/56]

[4] as Sa’di, Taysir al Kareem ar Rahman said, “It is Allah who has undertaken the task of aiding His religion, perfecting the truth with which He sent His messengers, and manifesting its light in all the regions of the earth, even though the disbelievers hate it. Even though they strive to the utmost of their abilities to extinguish His light, defeat and failure is their fate. They are like a person who blows air with his mouth in the direction of the Sun in the hope that he can extinguish its fire: never will he be able to do so, rather he just imputes his own intellect with deficiency and doltishness.”

 

Advertisements

The qualities required for those who perform Ruqyas and on those Ruqya is performed

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Question: What are the qualities required of those who perform Ruqyas?

 

Answer:

For Ruqyas to be effective, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

Firstly, on the positive side, Raqis must be good, righteous, honest persons, who observe daily prayers and other religious duties and do good deeds. On the negative side, they must not be involved in minor or major sins, in deeds considered resentful or disobedient, or in activities alien to Islamic teachings. Their earnings have to be gained from legally acceptable sources, and not from forbidden or suspect ones.

 

In this regard, the Prophets said, ―If you feed yourself from Halal (Islamically allowed) sources, your prayers will be answered.[1]―He mentioned the example of the dusty thick-haired man who prolongs his travel, and who raises his hands up to heaven praying, O, Lord! O, Lord!‘ How can his prayers be answered while he feeds and clothes himself from Haram (forbidden) sources![2] Thus, to earn prayers answered. In this respect, Raqis but could, if necessary, take only basic expenses; this makes Ruqyas nearer to being beneficial.

 

Secondly, Raqis must have a good command of relevant Qur‘anic content, such as: Al-Fatiha Sura, Annas Sura, Al-Ikhlas Sura, the end of Al-Baqara Sura, the beginning and the end of Ala-Imran Sura, Al-Kursi Ayah, the end of Al-Tawaba Sura, the beginning of Yunus Sura, the end of Al-Israa Sura, the beginning of Ta-Ha Sura the end of Al-Muminun sura, the beginning of As-Saffat Sura, the beginning of Al-Mu‘min/Ghafir Sura, the end of Al-Jathiya Sura and the end of Al-Hashr Sura. They must also have good command of relevant Qur‘anic supplications, such as those mentioned in Al-Kalim Attayyib and other books. In addition, they must be fully aware of the acts to be performed for Ruqya, such as recitation and Nafth (puffing out into their hands), and they should repeat the recitation three or more times.

 

Thirdly, the patient must be a committed Muslim and a pious, righteous person, who shuns sins, injustices and other forbidden activities; Allah says, ― We send [unto you] in the Qur‘an what is a healing and a mercy to believers, though it adds nothing but lost to the unjust,[3] and He says , ― Say: It [the Qur‘an] is for those who believe [in it] a guidance and a healing.[4] Therefore, Ruqyas are not often expected to produce the desired effects in the cases of those who are sinful, uncommitted and conceited, and the cases of those who do not properly observe prayers, and who neglect other religious duties.

 

Fourthly, the patient must firmly believe that the Qur‘an is really a healing, a mercy and a useful treatment. In other words, a Ruqya is futile if the patient is not sure of its healing effect. For example, it is considered inappropriate of the patient to say, ―Let us try the Ruqya. It may turn out to be beneficial, and if it does not, no harm done. Instead, he/she must have a firm belief in its healing power, as revealed by Allah.

Once those requirements are fulfilled, Ruqyas should be beneficial by Allah‘s permission.  Allahu-A‘lam.

 

A Fatawa by Al-Jibreen, signed by him.

Footnotes:

[1] Al-Awsat by Attabarani, Hadith No. 5026

[2] Sahih Musli, Kitab Azzakah (Book of Alms), Hadith No. 1015.

[3] Al-Israa Surah, Ayah 82.

[4] Fussilat surah, Ayah 44

I hate to be imitated in the disobedience of Allah!

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Ibn Al-Mubarak (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said:

An oppressive [ruler] from among Banu Israel used to kill people for not eating the meat of swine. He remained upon this, until he got hold of a worshipper from among the people of piety from Banu Israel.

 

The people were greatly stressed by that.

 

The police commissioner told [that worshipper]: I shall slaughter for you a lamb, so that if that transgressor orders you to eat it, then eat [and do not worry].

 

When he was later ordered to eat, he refused, so the oppressor [ruler] said: Take him from here and cut his neck.

 

The police commissioner said to him: What prevented you from eating a roasted lamb?

 

So he answered: I am a man who is looked up to, and I hate to be imitated in  the disobedience of Allah!

Then he was killed.

Reference:

[1] Al-Bassaer wa Al-Zakhaaer p. 114

 

Related link:

® Umar and the Black Stone

 

 

Is the Rock in Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) suspended in the air? Fataawa Islamiyyah li’l-Lajnah al-Daa’imah

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Everything is standing in its position by the permission of Allaah, whether it be the heavens and all that is in them or the earth and all that is on it – even the rock which you asked about. Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):

“Verily, Allaah grasps the heavens and the earth lest they move away from their places, and if they were to move away from their places, there is not one that could grasp them after Him…”

[Faatir 35:41]

“And among His Signs is that the heaven and the earth stand by His Command…”

[al-Room 30:25]

False Floating rock in Jerusalem [Bayt al Maqdis]

False Floating rock in Jerusalem [Bayt al Maqdis]

The Rock in Bayt al-Maqdis is not suspended in space with air around it on all sides; it is attached to the side of the mountain of which it is a part and by which it is supported; both it and the mountain stand in their positions because of the well-known physical laws governing the universe; in this regard it is like everything else that exists. We do not deny that Allaah is Able to hold part of His creation in space; all of creation is standing in space by the power of Allaah, as stated above. Allaah raised the mountain above the people of Moosa when they refused to follow the laws that Moosa brought them. It was held up by the power of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And (remember) when We took your Covenant and We raised above you the Mount (saying): ‘Hold fast to that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein so that you may become al-muttaqoon (the pious).”

[al-Baqarah 2:63]

“And (remember) when We raised the mountain over them as if it had been a canopy, and they thought that it was going to fall on them. (We said): ‘Hold firmly to what We have given you, and remember that which is therein, so that you may fear Allaah and obey Him.”

[al-A’raaf 7:171]

But our point here is to explain what is in fact the case:

the rock in Jerusalem is not suspended in space, completely separate from the mountain; it is attached to it and is supported by it.

And Allaah knows best.

Fataawa Islamiyyah li’l-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 485.
Taken from: Islam-qa

Dua is to be made to Allah alone

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

What is the ruling on making dua to anyone other than Allah?

Praise be to Allah.
Allah is close to His slaves; he sees where they are and He knows their situation. He hears what they say and responds to their dua (supplication). Nothing about them is hidden from Him, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Truly, nothing is hidden from Allaah, in the earth or in the heaven”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:5]

 
Allah Alone is the One Who has created us and Who provides for us; in His hand is the dominion and He is Able to do all things:

“To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, and He is Able to do all things”

[al-Maa’idah 5:17 – interpretation of the meaning]

 
In Allah’s hand alone is all goodness. When He calls mankind to something good in His Book or on the lips of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), they should obey that command and respond to it:

“O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he calls you to that which will give you life, and know that Allah comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide anything). And verily, to Him you shall (all) be gathered”

[al-Anfaal 8:24 – interpretation of the meaning]

 
Allah is Able to do all things, and He hears the supplication of His slaves. He responds to them at all times and in all places, no matter what their various needs and languages. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright

[al-Baqarah 2:186]

 
Allah has commanded us to call upon Him in secret, with humility and submission, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors”

[al-A’raaf 7:55]

 
To Allah belongs Dominion and to Him be praise, and He is Able to do all things. The heavens and the earth and everything in them glorifies Him, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein, glorify Him and there is not a thing but glorifies His Praise. But you understand not their glorification. Truly, He is Ever Forbearing, Oft‑Forgiving”

[al-Israa’ 17:44]

 
Allah has promised Hell to those who are too arrogant to worship Him and call upon Him. He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islamic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!”

[Ghaafir 40:60]

 
Dua should be made to Allah in the manner that Allah and His Messenger have prescribed. For example, Allah should be called upon by His Most Beautiful Names:

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do”

[al-A’raaf 7:180 – interpretation of the meaning]

 
So we may say O Most Merciful, have mercy on us, O Ever-Forgiving, forgive us, O Provider grant us provision, and so on.

 
When a person makes dua, either Allah gives him what he asked for or He diverts it from him a harm that is greater than the thing he asked for, or He stores up what he has asked for, for the Hereafter. This is because Allah has commanded us to call upon Him and He has promised to respond to our call:

“And your Lord said: ‘Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation)’

[Ghaafir 40:60 – interpretation of the meaning]

 
Allah has commanded us to worship Him alone, and He has warned us against worshipping the Shaytaan. He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Did I not command you, O Children of Adam, that you should not worship Shaytaan (Satan). Verily, he is a plain enemy to you.
And that you should worship Me [Alone Islamic Monotheism, and set up not rivals, associate‑gods with Me]. That is the Straight Path”

[Yaa-Seen 36:60-61]

 
Calling upon anyone other than Allah to meet one’s needs, relieve distress or heal disease is insanity caused by lack of understanding:

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘Shall we invoke others besides Allah (false deities), that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn back on our heels after Allah has guided us (to true Monotheism)?’”

[al-An’aam 6:71 – interpretation of the meaning]

 
If a person calls upon one who cannot bring benefit or cause harm, who cannot command or prohibit, who cannot hear or respond, whether that is a Prophet, a Messenger, a jinn or an angel, or a star or planet or rock or tree, or one of the dead – all of that is serious wrong-doing, and a going astray from the Straight Path. It is shirk, the association of others with Allah the Almighty.

“And invoke not besides Allah any such that will neither profit you nor harm you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Zaalimoon (wrongdoers)”

[Yoonus 10:106 – interpretation of the meaning]

 
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And who is more astray than one who calls on (invokes) besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them

[al-Ahqaaf 46:5]

 
Calling upon anyone or anything other than Allah is shirk, and shirk is a great sin, indeed it is the greatest sin. Allah will forgive any sin for whomever He wills, except for shirk, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills

[al-Nisaa’ 4:48]

 
On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will gather the mushrikeen and everyone who was worshipped instead of Him, then those who were worshipped instead of Allah will disavow those who worshipped them, and they will deny their association with Allah, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And those, whom you invoke or call upon instead of Him, own not even a Qitmeer (the thin membrane over the date stone).
If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call; and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them. And none can inform you (O Muhammad) like Him Who is the All‑Knower (of everything).
O mankind! it is you who stand in need of Allah. But Allah is Rich (Free of all needs), Worthy of all praise”

[Faatir 35: 13-15]

From Usool al-Deen al-Islami by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem al-Tuwayjri

%d bloggers like this: