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Story of Al-Khansa’ bint ‘Amr [RadiAllahu anha]

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Ibn ‘Abdul-Barr reported in his book al-Istee’ab:

 
“AI-Khansa’ bint ‘Amr [radiAllahu anha] witnessed the battle of Qadisiyah with her four sons. She addressed them on the eve of the battle and said,

‘My sons! You embraced Islam and migrated willingly. By Allah besides Whom there is no other deity worthy of being worshipped, you are all sons of one man as you are sons of one woman. I have never cheated on your father. Never have I brought disgrace upon your uncle, disparaged your esteem or altered your lineage. You know the great and abundance reward that Allah has set aside for the Muslims who fight against the disbelievers. Know that the everlasting abode is better than this transient one.

 

Allah says:

O you who believe! Endure and be more patient [than your enemy], and guard your territory by stationing anny units pennanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allah, so that you may be successful

(Qur ‘an 3: 200)

 

When you wake up tomorrow morning sound and healthy by Allah’s leave, go and fight against your enemy with sure understanding and seek Allah’s help over His enemies. When you see that the war has become tense, engage yourselves in the fight gallantly and resiliently that you may attain treasures and honour in the Abode of Eternity.’ “

 

After this statement of al-Khansa’, I or any other creature, for that matter, has nothing better to say! Her statement is beyond any comments as it is amply comprehensive.
The narrator proceeds:

“So her sons left having accepted her admonition and determined to implement her words. When the morning came, they set out on to the battlefield early and they all fought gallantly and courageously until they were martyred one after another.

 

And the news of their martyrdom came to al-Khansa’! But what did she say?
Here is where the greatness of this woman manifested most. When she heard this news, she forgot her poetry, her beauty, her place among her people and all any other thing. She remembered nothing but elevation to the peak of glory and the greatness of Islam and Eeman. She (radiAllahu anha) said,

All praise is due to Allah Who honoured me with their martyrdom. And I hope that my Lord will make me join them in the Abode of His Mercy!'”

 
It is noteworthy to add that the commander of the faithful, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab [radiAllahu anhu] used to give al-Khansa'[radiAllahu anha] the entitlement of her four martyred sons, two hundred dirhams annually, in the name of each of them, until she died.

 

May Allah have mercy on al-Khansa’, the poetess! May Allah be pleased with this believing and patient lady!

 

[Al-Istee ‘ab, vol. 4, p. 288]

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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

Everyday the earth calls out with 9 things- Anas Ibn Malik (radyAllahu`anhu)

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Anas Ibn Malik (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Everyday the earth calls out with nine things, saying,

‘O son of Adam! You strive on my surface and your destination is my stomach;

you disobey [Allah] on my surface and you will be punished for it in my stomach;

you laugh on my surface and you will cry in my stomach;

you are happy on my surface and you will be sad in my stomach;

you gather wealth on my surface and you will regret gathering it in my stomach;

you are arrogant on my surface and you will be humiliated in my stomach;

you walk insolently on my surface and you will fall miserably into my stomach;

you walk in the light on my surface and you will be in the darkness in my stomach;

and you walk with crowds and large gatherings on my surface and you will be lonely in my stomach.”

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 41-42]

 

 

Ten advises from a physician to cure the diseases of the heart

August 6, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “One day I was walking with a young pious man in the narrow streets of Basra and its markets until we reached a physician sitting on a chair and around him were many men, women, and children who had bottles of water in their hands. Each one of them was seeking a cure for his illness.

 

The young man moved closer to the physician and asked him, ‘O physician! Do you have a medicine that cleans away sins and cures the [spiritual] diseases of the heart?

He replied ‘Yes!’

 

The young man said, ‘Give it to me!”

 

The physician said,

Take ten things from me

take the roots of the tree of poverty with the roots of the tree of humility,

and pour in it the milk of repentance,

then place it in the mortar of acceptance [of whatever is predestined for one],

crush it with the pestle of contentment,

then place it in the pot of piety,

pour over it the water of shame,

then boil it with the fire of love,

then place it in the cup of gratitude

and cool it down with the fan of hope,

then drink it with the spoon of praise.

If you do all of this then it will cure you of every illness and trial in this world and in the Hereafter.’”

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 42]

 

Ten advices from Five Scholars

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

 

It is said that a king gathered five scholars and ascetics and ordered each one to give a word of wisdom. Each one spoke and gave two pieces of wisdom and thus they became ten.

 

 

 

The first one said,

“Fearing the Creator is security and feeling safe [from His wrath] is disbelief; and feeling safe from another creature is freedom and fearing him is slavery.”

 

 

The second said,

“Hoping from Allah is richness that no poverty can harm, and loosing hope in Him is poverty that no wealth can alleviate.”

advice

 

 

The third said,

“Poverty in worldy possessions does not harm the one rich at heart (i.e. contented), and richness in worldy possessions does not benefit the one poor at heart (i.e. greedy).”

 

 

The fourth said,

“Generosity does not increase the richness of the heart except in richness, and poverty at heart (greed) does not increase with richness in material possessions except in poverty.”

 

 

The fifth said,

“Taking a little from goodness is better than leaving a lot from evil, and leaving all acts of evil is better than committing a few acts of goodness.”

 

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 42-43]

 

Ibrahim ibn Adham: “Your hearts have become dead due to ten things”

July 22, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Ibrahim ibn Adham was asked about the saying of Allah the Exalted,

‘And Your Lord said, Supplicate to me and I will answer your supplication.’

 

“We supplicate but our prayers are not answered!” He said, “Your hearts have become dead due to ten things –

1– you have known Allah but have not fulfilled His right;

 

2– you have read the Book of Allah but did not abide by it;

 

3– you proclaimed enmity of Satan but made him your guardian and protector;

 

4– you claimed love of the Messenger but you left his path and his Tradition (sunnah);

 

5– you claimed love of Paradise but you did not work for it;

 

6– you claimed fear of the Hellfire but did not renounce committing sins;

 

7– you claimed that you believed that death was a reality but you did not ready yourselves for it;

 

8- you busied yourselves with the faults of others and neglected your own faults;

 

9– you eat from the sustenance that Allah provides for you but do not show gratitude; and

 

10– you bury your dead ones but do not take heed from it.”

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 45]

The simplicity and humility of Shaikh Saalih al-`Uthaymeen (rahimahullah)

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment
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