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Adhering to Quran and Sunnah must for Islamic awakening – Shaikh Ibn Uthaymeen [rahimahullah]

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

 

My brothers, the Islamic awakening of today has pervaded all Islamic countries, and all praise is for Allah. It has to be understood, however, that this awakening must be established upon a solid foundation – in terms of Allah’s book and Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]. If it is not established upon these primary sources, then it will be a reckless and unstable awakening, which will perhaps destroy more than it will build. But if it is built upon the principles and teaching of Allah’s Book and the authentic Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger [sallallahu alaihi wasallam], then it will have a very positive and effective influence on the Muslim Nation and on other Nations as well.

 

Perhaps all of us know the long story of Abu Sufyan’s visit to Sham [today Sham consists of Syria and surrounding area], where he met with its ruler, Harqal, the emperor of Rome. At that time, Abu Sufyan was still a disbeliever. During the course of their meeting, Abu Sufyan related to the emperor matters pertaining to the Prophet’s worship of Allah, to his rejection of Idols, to his good manners, to his truthfulness, to his trustworthiness, to his good dealings, and to other matters that pertain to the Shariah he came with. Harqal [the emperor] said to Abu Sufyan,

“If what you say is the truth, then he will rule over what is underneath these two feet of mine.” [1]

 

Who would imagine that, at the time, even the Arabs were not under his rule; in fact, the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] has not even conquered Makkah; he was still considered to be an emigrant of Makkah? So who would imagine that a king such as Harqal, who ruled over so many people, would say such a statement: “If what you say is the truth, then he will rule over what is underneath these two feet of mine?” Did what Harqal predict actually occur or not? Did the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] rule over what was underneath the feet of Harqal, i.e. Sham at the time, Rome ruled over those lands? Isn’t it true that Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] died before the Muslims conquered Sham?

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The Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] ruled over what was underneath the feet of Harqal with his Dawah [calling and message] and not with his person. The dawah of the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] came upon this earth and swept away Idols and shirk [the association of partners with Allah in worship]. So when the rightly guided Khalifahs ruled over Sham after the Prophet’s death, they did so by his Dawah and Shariah [law of Islam].

 

 

What we are saying is that, if the rulers of the Muslim nations and those under them were to truly return to the religion of Allah, taking Muslims as their supporters, friends, and helpers, and taking the disbelievers as their enemies, then they would rule over the eastern and the western part of the earth. They would ruler over the earth not because they supported countries or personalities, not because they affiliated themselves to a specific tribe or group, but because they would establish the Religion of Allah Azza wa Jall [to Him belongs Might and Majesty].

 

And Allah guaranteed to make His Religion victorious over all other religions. Allah said:

It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it. [61:9]

 

An obvious concomitant of this Religion being victorious is that those who adhere to it will be victorious as well.

 

My brothers, if this consciousness that has pervaded the ranks of the Muslim youth today is not based on Allah’s book and the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger [sallallahu alaihi wasallam], then it will be reckless and misguided, and it is feared that it will destroy more than it will build.

 

[The Islamic Awakening, page no. 21-22]

Footnote:

[1] A portion of Hadith related by Al- Bukhari (7), which is narrated by Abdullah ibn Masud from Abu Sufyan Ibn Harb.

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Raqis without Religious Academic Qualifications

December 2, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Question:

A controversy has arisen regarding who is qualified to recite the Qur‘an for Ruqyas. Some argued that none but those who have Shari‘ah knowledge must be allowed to perform Ruqyas. Others argued that being able to recite the Qur‘an and having a sound faith, righteousness and piety are sufficient qualifications for Ruqya performance. Could you explain the Islamic ruling regarding this issue? May Allah reward you.

 

Answer:

The ruling in this regard is that Ruqyas are valid if performed by those whose faith is sound, whose deeds and behaviour are good and who can recite and understand the Qur‘an well, without having to possess knowledge or practice of Shari‘ah.

 

This can be implied from Abu Saeed‘s story of the man who treated with Ruqya a person stung by a scorpion. AbuSaeed mentioned that the man was not known to have performed Ruqyas before.

 

Also, the Raqi should purify his intention, should have the interests of patients at heart and should not be concerned with making money so that treatment can be most beneficial.

 

A Fatawa by Al-Jibreen, signed by him

Zaynab bint Jahsh: “0′ Allah’s Messenger! By Allah, I am not like your other wives”

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Zaynab [radiAllahu anha]  lived in the house of prophethood as a mother of the faithful. She was given to observing much fasting and night prayers; and she was a pious worshipper. The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] would incline to her and keep her company frequently. She would incessantly mention her superiority over other wives of the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] without hurting any of them.

 

She once told the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam),

“0′ Allah’s Messenger! By Allah, I am not like your other wives. There is none among your wives whose father, brother or family had not married her off to you except me. For, it is Allah, from above the heaven, Who married me off to you.”

[Sahih bukhari, 6984]

 

Whenever ‘A’ishah (radiAllahu anha) remembered her, she would invoke Allah’s mercy on her and describe her, especially concerning her stand during the incidence of slander saying,

“Allah protected her with abstention (i.e from wading into the matter).”

 

 

A’ishah [radiAllahu anha] also mentioned that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:

“The quickest of you to join me is the one with the longest hand.

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What did they understand from this statement?

‘A’ishah [radiAllahu anha] narrated that the Prophet’s wives would go to a wall and stretch up their hands in order to know which of them has the longest hand.

 

It would be noted that Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] was not tall but she was the first of the Prophet’s wives to die after him. It is then understood that what the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] meant by long hand was charity and generosity.

 

It is related from ‘A’isha,

“The wives of the Prophet said to the Prophet,may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ‘Which of us will be the first to join you?’

He said, ‘The one with the longest hand.’ They began to measure their hands and Sawda had the longest hand.

 

Later we understood that the one with the longest hand referred to giving sadaqa. She (Zaynab) was the first of us to meet him and she used to love to give sadaqa.'”

[Sahih bukhari, 1354]

 

And among the purest somces of income is the work done with one’s hands.

‘A’ishah [radiAllahu anha] said:

Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] was very proud with Allah’s Messenger. The Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] would frequently keep her company. She was given to performing fasting and prayer. She was a skilled craftswoman and she would give charity with the proceeds of her handiwork.

 

Ibn Sa’d reported on the authority of al-Qasim ibn Muhammad that Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] said when she was about to die,

“I have prepared my own shroud, and ‘Umar [radiAllahu anhu] is going to sent a shroud for me. So give out one of them in charity. And if you are able to also give my loin cloth in charity you can do so.”

 

‘Amrah bint ‘Abdur-Rahman al-Ansariyah had the following to tell us:

“Umar sent five Harranee cloths, each of them incensed. She was shrouded with them. Her sister, Hammah gave out the shroud she had prepared for her own burial in charity.”

 

 

‘Amrah narrated that she heard ‘Aishah (radiAllahu anha) said,

“The praiseworthy woman, the devoted worshipper and the refuge of the orphans and the widows is gone.”

 

Muhammad ibn K’ab al-Quradhi said:

“Zaynab bint Jahssh’s annual grant was twelve thousand. She took it only once and she started saying, ‘0’ Allah, do not let this money catch up with me next year because it is a trial.’ She then distributed it to her kith and kin and the needy.

 

When ‘Umar heard that, he said, ‘This is a blessed woman.’ He then sent greetings to her and said, ‘The news of what you have done have reached me.’

 

So he sent her one thousand dirham that would last her. But she treated the money as she did with the first.”

 

Zaynab [radiAllahu anha] died in year 20 A.H. at the age of fifty-three. ‘Umar [radiAllahu anhu] performed funeral prayer on her. May Allah be pleased with her and please her.

 

[Taken from: Women around the Messenger [sallallahu alaihi wasallam], pg  98-100]

 

[Must read] The ‘aqeedah of Abul-Hasan al-Ash’ari, which he died believing

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Abul-Hasan al-Ash ‘ari stated:
This is a list of the beliefs to which the followers of the Hadith and the Sunnah adhere:

 

1– Belief in Allah, His angels and His Messengers, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

 
2– That Paradise is true and Hell is true, that the Hour will undoubtedly come, and that Allah will resurrect those who are in the graves.

 
3– Allah is above His Throne as He says: ~The Most Merciful rose over the Throne. (Qur’an 20: 5)

 
4– He has two hands, but we do not discuss how, as He says: ~I have created with Both My Hands.~ (Qur’an 38: 75)

 
5– He has two eyes, but we do not discuss how, as He says: ~Sailing under Our Eyes.~ (Qur’an 54: 14)

 
6– He has a Face, as He says: ~And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honour) (Qur’an 55: 27)
7– The names of Allah cannot be said to be something other than Allah, as the Mu’tazilites and Khawarij say.

 
8– They affirmed that Allah is All-Knowing, as He says: ~He has sent it down with His Knowledge) (Qur’an 4: 166) and: ~And no female conceives or gives birth except with His Knowledge. (Qur’an 35: 11)

 
9– They affirm that Allah can hear and see, and they do not deny that as the Mu’tazilites do.

 
10– They affirm that Allah has power or strength, as He says: ~Did they not consider that Allah Who created them was greater than them in strengthvs (Qur’an 41: 15)

 
11- They say that nothing happens on earth, good or evil, except what Allah wills.

 
12– Things happen by the will of Allah, as He says: ~And you do not will except that Allah wills. (Qur’an 81: 29) And as the Muslims say: What Allah wills happens and what He does not will does not happen.

 

13– They say that no one can do anything that Allah knows he is not going to do.

 
14– They affirm that there is no creator except Allah, and that people’s bad deeds are created by Allah  and that people’s actions are created by Allah, and that people are not able to create anything.

 
15– They say that the Qur’an is the word of Allah and is not created.

 
16– Whoever suggests that the uttered words of the Qur’an are created is an innovator in their view. It should not be said that the uttered words of the Qur’ an are created or not created.

 
17– They believe that Allah will be seen in a literal sense on the Day of Resurrection as the moon is seen on the night when it is full. The believers will see Him but the disbelievers will not see Him because they will be veiled from seeing Him. Allah says: ~No! Indeed, they [evil doers] will be veiled from seeing their Lord that Day) (Qur’an 83: 15). Moses asked Allah to let him see Him in this world, and Allah appeared to the mountain and made it collapse to dust (Qur’an 7: 143), so He showed him that he could not see Him in this world but he will see Him in the Hereafter.

 
18– They do not regard any Muslim as a disbeliever if he commits sin such as fornication, stealing and other major sins; they are believers even though they have committed major sins.

 
19– In their view, faith means believing in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the divine decree both good and bad, sweet and bitter, and that what has missed them would never  have befallen them and what has befallen them would never have missed them.

 

20– Islam means bearing witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, according to what it says in the Hadith, and in their view Islam is something different from iman (faith, belief).

 
21– They affirm that Allah is the Controller of the hearts.

 
22– They affirm the intercession of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and that it will be for those members of his Ummah who commit major sins; they affirm the torment of the grave, and that the cistern is true, the sirat is true and the Resurrection after death is true.

 
23– The Reckoning by Allah of His slaves is true and the standing before Allah (on the Day of Resurrection) is true.

 
24– They affirm that faith is both words and deeds; it may increase and decrease. They do not say that faith is created or not created.

 
25– They believe that the names of Allah are Allah.

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26– They do not testify that anyone who commits a major sin will be in Hell, and they do not affirm that any individual among those who profess Islamic monotheism will be in Paradise. Rather Allah will put them wherever He wills. They believe that the matter is up to Allah: if He wills He will punish them and if He wills He will forgive them. They believe that Allah will bring some of those who profess tawheed out of Hell, according to what is mentioned in the reports from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

 
27- They denounce arguments about religion and disputes about the divine decree, and what the argumentative debate about  with regard to religious matters. They accept the sound reports which were transmitted by trustworthy narrators going all the way back to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), and they do not ask how or why, because that is innovation.

 

28– They believe that Allah did not enjoin evil; rather He forbade it and enjoined good. He does not approve of evil even though He wills it.

 
29– They acknowledge the rights of those whom Allah chose to accompany His Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam); they recognize their virtues and refrain from discussing the disputes that arose among them.

 
30– They give precedence to Abu Bakr, then ‘Umar, then ‘Uthman, then ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with them all).

 
31– They affirm that they are the Rightly-Guided Caliphs and the best of all people after the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

 
32– They believe in the hadiths which came from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) including: «Allah descends to the lowest heaven and says: Is there anyone who will ask forgiveness?» as the hadith came from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

 
33– They adhere to the Qur’ an and Sunnah as Allah says: ~And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and His Messenger. (Qur’an 4: 59)

 
34– They believe in following the early generation of imams who did not introduce any innovation into their religion for which Allah did not give permission.

 
35– They affirm that Allah will come on the Day of Resurrection as He says: ~And your Lord comes, and the angels rank upon rank.} (Qur’an 89: 22)

 
36– And that Allah draws near to His creation however He wills, as  He says: ~And We are closer to him than his jugular vein [by Our Knowledge]. (Qur’an 50: 16)

 

37– They believe in offering Eid and congregational prayers behind any ruler, good or bad.

 
38- They affirm that wiping over the socks is Sunnah and is valid whether one is travelling or not.

 
39– They affirm that engaging in jihad against the polytheists is obligatory, from the time Allah sent His Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) until the last group fights the false Messiah and after that.

 
40– They believe that supplication should be said asking for the Muslim leaders to be guided aright, and that they should not rebel against them with the sword, and that they should not fight at times of fitnah.

 
41– They believe that the Dajjal will emerge and that ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary) will kill him.

 
42– They believe in Munkar and Nakeer, and in the miraculous ascent [of Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to heaven], and in the visions seen in dreams.

 
43– And (they believe that) the benefit of supplication for deceased Muslims and charity given on their behalf after death will reach them.

 
44– They believe that there are practitioners of witchcraft in the world, and that the practitioner of witchcraft is a disbeliever as Allah says, and that magic or witchcraft exists in this world.

 
45– They believe in offering the funeral prayer for any Muslim who dies, whether he was righteous or otherwise, and that they may be inherited from.

 
46– They affirm that Paradise and Hell are created entities.

 

47– They affirm that everyone who dies, dies at his appointed time, and everyone who is killed, is killed at his appointed time.

 
48– They affirm that provision comes from Allah, Who gives provision to His slaves, whether it is halal or haram.

 
49– The devil whispers to people and instils doubt and confusion.

 
50– It may so happen that Allah chooses to single out some of the righteous for signs that appear at their hands.

 
51– The Sunnah does not abrogate the Qur’an.

 
52– With regard to children who die, it is up to Allah: if He wills He will punish them and if He wills He do whatever He wants with them.

 
53– Allah knows what His slaves will do and has decreed that it will happen, and all things are in the hands of Allah.

 
54– They believe in patience in adhering to < what Allah has enjoined and refraining from what He has forbidden; sincerity (towards Allah) in actions; sincerity towards the Muslims; worshipping Allah alongside those who worship Him; avoiding major sins, fornication, false speech, minor sins, pride, arrogance, looking down on people and self-admiration.

 
55– They believe in shunning everyone who promotes innovation.

 
56– They believe in occupying oneself with reading the Qur’ an, studying reports of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), acquiring knowledge and studying fiqh with humility and a good attitude, doing favours, refraining from causing harm, refraining from backbiting, gossip and troublemaking, and checking on food and drink.

 
57– This is a summary of what they enjoin, do and believe. Everything that has been mentioned of their beliefs we believe and follow also, and we have no help but that of Allah; He is  sufficient for us and is the best disposer of affairs; His help we seek and in Him we put our trust and to Him is the final destiny.

 

[al-Khamees, Muhammad, I’tiqad Ahl as-Sunnah As-hab al-Hadeeth Sharh jumlah ma Hakahu ‘anhum Abul-Hasan aI-Ash ‘ari wa Qarraruhu fee Maqalatihi, p. 11-171. Dr. al-Khamees undertook a study of these basic principles.]

 

Slandering the Raqi after Alleged High Payment

November 13, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Question:

Having received a Ruqya from a Raqi known for righteousness and goodness, a patient paid some fees. Later, the patient began to think that he had paid too much, which led him to slander the Raqi out of envy. What is the Islamic ruling on this situation?

 

Answer:

 

Regarding mattes of Ruqya fees, it is recommended to do it free of charge and seek Allah‘s reward through treating fellow Muslims and eliminating their suffering. The Raqi should not demand fees, but should leave it to his patients. If they pay him a lot, he should not take it all, and if they give him less, he should not ask for more. Such a moral state is conducive to effective Ruqyas. The patient, on the other hand, should not go back on what he has done once he voluntarily gives a payment as fees, a present or a donation.

 

In this regard, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says, ―Whoever seeks his gift back is like someone seeking back what he has vomited.[1]  The same image is expressed by another Hadith, but the comparison is with a dog doing that.[2] The narrator of the Hadith remarked that doing that with vomit was forbidden.

 

Regarding the matter of slandering the Raqi, it is considered an injustice, a lie and a false accusation, which is a cause for punishment, and so is the patient‘s envy. Condemning  the Jews for their refusal to believe in Prophet Muhammad‘s صلى الله عليه وسلم message out of envy, Allah says, ― or are they jealous of mankind because of that which Allah o His bounty has bestowed upon them?[3]

 

As fire burns straw, so does envy with rewards. Therefore, the patient in that situation had better repent and abandon injustice and envy.

A Fatawa by Al-Jibreen, signed by him.

Footnotes:

[1] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitab Al-Hibah (Book of Gifts), Hadith No. 2621 & Sahih Muslim, Kitab Al-Hibat (Book of Gifts), Hadith No. 1622

[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitab Al-Hibah (Book of Gifts), Hadith No. 2622

[3]  An-Nisa’ Sura, Ayah 54.

Quantity of followers was never the tool to know/test the truth- Shaikh Al-Albani [rahimahullah]

November 6, 2013 Leave a comment

 

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

“No Prophet from amongst the Prophets will have as many followers as me.

Indeed, there will be from amongst the Prophets he who had no one believing in him, except one man.” [1]

 
Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H) commented upon this hadeeth, saying,

“In this hadeeth is a clear proof that the abundance of followers, or lack thereof is not the measuring standard that indicates whether the caller is upon truth or falsehood. So even though the da’wah of these Prophets – ’alayhimus-salaatu was-salaam – was one and their Religion was one, their varied with regards to the numbers of their followers. Some of them had many and some of them had a few, to the extent that some had no one to believe in them except one man. Rather, there was from amongst them he who had not a single follower!

 
So in this is a profound lesson for the callers and those who are being called in this age of ours. So it is obligatory upon the caller to remember this reality. He must remain for a long time in the path of calling to Allaah the Exalted, and he must not pay any attention to the scarcity of those who answer him, because there is nothing upon him, except to convey the message clearly. And he has the best example in the previous Prophets who did not have anyone with them other than one or two men!

 
So the one being called upon must not despair due to the scarcity of those who answer the caller, and he must not take that as a reason for doubting in the da’wah of truth and thus abandon eemaan (faith) in it, let alone that he would take that as an indication of the falsity of the da’wah with the argument that no one is following this caller, or that only a few are following him. And if his da’wah were truthful, the majority of the people would not follow him! Allaah the Mighty and Majestic said,
“And most of mankind will not believe, even if you desire it eagerly.” [Soorah Yoosuf 12:103].” [2]

 
Footnotes:
[1]: Related by Muslim (1/130).
[2]: Refer to Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (no. 397) of al-Albaanee.

 

 

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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

 

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