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[Dreadful] From the chapter on ‘The Fire and Its People’: Tanbih Al-Ghafileen

August 12, 2013 Leave a comment

 

There was a man whose tears would not stop rolling from his eyes. He would keep weeping until he was finally asked why he was in this state, so he answered:

“If Allah – the Exalted – had promised me that if I commit a sin, he would imprison me in a bathroom forever, then it would be appropriate for me to never stop crying. So, how should it be considering that He has promised that He would imprison me in a fire that has been burning for over three thousand years?

 

It was said:

“Verily, Hell has a pathway filled with snakes that are as thick as the trunks of trees and scorpions that are like blackened beasts.

The peope of Hell will escape from the Fire to these snakes, so these snakes will grab them by their lips and peel away everything from their hair to their fingernails, and nothing can save them from this except to jump back into the Fire.”

 

It was said:

“Verily, the people of Hell will call out to one of the angels guarding it, and he will not answer them for forty years. Then, he will say to them: {“Verily, you shall abide forever.”} [az-Zukhruf; 77]

 

Then, they will call upon their Lord: {“Our Lord! Take us out of it (Hell), and if  we were to return, then we would indeed be wrong-doers!”} [al-Mu’minun; 107], and the amount of time that He will wait without answering them will be equal to twice the amount of time that the World existed. Then, He will say to them: {“Remain in it forever, and do not speak to Me.”} [al-Mu’minun;108]

 

By Allah, after this, the people will not speak a single word, and there will not be except the inhalation and exhalation of the Hell-Fire, and their voices will be like those of screaming donkeys in between the inhalations and exhalations of the Fire.”

 

The narrator of this athar (who was one of the Tabi’in) commented by saying: “O people! Do you have the capacity to withstand this? Are you patient enough to withstand this? O people! Obedience to Allah is easier upon you than this, soobey Him!”

 

 

It was narrated:

“Verily, the people of the Fire will be tortured for one thousand years, then they will say: “During our lives, if we were patient, we were eventually given a way out of our troubles.” So,they will be patient for one thousand more years without their punishment being lightened for them. Then, they will say: {“It does not matter whether we rage or patiently endure; we have no place of refuge.”} [Ibrahim; 21]

 

Then, they will call upon Allah – the Exalted – for one thousand years to send some rain upon them out of their extreme thirst and intense torture so that they would be relieved of the intense temperatures and extreme thirst. So, after they supplicate for one thousand years, Allah -the Exalted – will say to Jibril: “What do they ask for?” Jibril will answer: “O Lord, You are more Knowing of them. They ask for rain.” So, red clouds will appear above them, and they will think that rain will pour from these clouds. Instead, blackened scorpions will pour down upon them, one sting of which throbs with pain for over one thousand years.

 

Then, they will again ask Allah – the Exalted -for one thousand years to provide them with rain, and then black clouds will appear above them. They will say: “These are rain clouds!” But instead, snakes like the  necks of camels will pour out of the clouds, one bite of which throbs with pain for over one thousand years, and this is the meaning of the saying of the Exalted: {“We will add torment upon torment for them because of the corruption that they used to perform.”} [an-Nahl; 88].”

 

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From the chapter on ‘The Day of Judgement’ From the chapter on ‘Death’ |  From the chapter of ‘Sincerity’

 

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Advice of Ibn al Jawzi [rahimahullah] for us on this Ramadan

July 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Ibn al Jawzi (rahimahullah):

“… Where are those who fast and where are those who pray by night? Where are those who obey their Lord and where are those who work righteousness? Where are those who are foremost and where are are the humble ones? Where are those who remember (their Lord) and where are those devoted to Him Where are the truthful and where are the patient? Where are the charity givers? Where are those who enjoin good, who save the troubled ones and who forbid the wrong? Where are those who heed contemplation and who listen to good advice and life-lessons? By Allah, they have indeed gone with the Salihin (righteous), returned with the Mu’minin (believers), settled with the Anbiya’ (Prophets) and taken residence with the Siddiqin (truthful ones). But us, we remain behind with the ignorant, have settled with the wrong doers and have taken the heedless as our guides…

Fasting is the shield of nations, protecting from the Hellfire
And fasting is a fortress for whoever fears that fire
Fasting is a covering for all the people of goodness
Those who fear the burden of blame and sinfulness
And this month is the month of the Lord of the Throne
A Most Merciful Lord, Who conceals the heavy sins & burdens
So therein have fasted men who thus profited
Their reward lies with the Exalted and Forgiving One
And so they came to settle in Everlasting Gardens
Surrounded by maidens, and rivers and plantations…

So glad tidings to those who obey the Most Merciful King in this month of Mercy, this month of Ramadan. They bore patience over a few days, and thus long-lasting mercy and abundant blessings came after them and pursued them. Every time you do good in this month, you shall be rewarded for the rest of your life because righteousness is a habit and evilness is mere stubbornness.

Where are you O’ fasting one, who prays by night? Come forth to goodness and you shall triumph with everlasting happiness! Trade with your Lord and you shall profit, work with Him and you shall be successful, apologise and He shall accept your apology, seek His forgiveness and He shall forgive your sins, draw close to Him and He shall alleviate your suffering, ask Him from His Bounties and He shall expand your provisions, repent to Him and He shall increase your portion (in life).

O my dear brother, in this month all faults and mistakes are concealed, all souls and hearts are softened, sins and burdens are forgiven, and Allah `azza wa jall relieves every sad and troubled one. He says to His angels, O My Angels, look at those dry tongues, how they become moist with My Remembrance. Look at those hard eyes, how they soften and weep out of fear of Me, and look at those delicate feet planted firmly at the stations of prayer out of desire for Me!’ O my dear brother, whenever you give food to others in this month for the Sake of Allah the Lord of the heavens and the earth, you shall be raised to high ranks in the lofty grounds of Paradise, and you will be clothed with complete goodness and stripped of all sin…”

[Ibn al-Jawzi, ‘Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyadh al-Sami’in’ (pg. 185-186)]

 

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Confession pages on Facebook and the Islamic ruling on it.

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

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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.

Buying alcohol for use as fuel

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Question: Is it permissible to buy alcohol (which is an intoxicant) to use it in such a way by which it will be destroyed, such as using it as fuel or in some manufacturing processes? And is it permissible to sell it to people who one is certain will use it for such purposes?

 

Response:

Selling alcohol or any other intoxicant is haraam. And it is obligatory for a person who has any of it to destroy it and not sell it, because of the general (meaning of the) statement of Allaah:

 

{And do not help one another in sin and transgression}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 2].

 

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

 

 

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts, comprising –

Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;

Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee;

Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan;

Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Qu’ood

Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 13, Page 53, Question 4 of Fatwa No.5177

 

Published: 7 May 2001

How should one treat if one’s children or family members lie?

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

 

♣Bismillah ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem♣

 

If one of the children or family members of a person lies, he should treat this issue as did the Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) treated.

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  • If he  (sallallahu alaihi wasallam )  came to know that one of his family members had lied, he would keep away from him until he repented.

(al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 2052; Saheeh al-Jaami, no. 4675)

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