Fudayl ibn ‘Eyyaad and The Elderly Man

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

One day Fudayl ibn ‘Eyyad (d. 187 AH) passed by an elderly man and said to him, “How old are you?” “Sixty years”,  The man replied. Fudayl said to him, “For sixty years you’ve been been going to your Lord scared to reach Him.” “Enna lillahi wa enna ilayhi raji’oon — Verily, from Allah we come and to Him we return”, said the man. Fudayl then asked, “Do  you know the explanation of what you said? Allah has a slave that will return to him. Therefore, whoever knows that Allah has a slave and that to Him he shall return, then he must know he’s waiting. And whoever knows he’s waiting, then he must know he’ll be questioned. And whoever knows he’ll be question, then prepare for the question with an answer.” The elderly man asked, “So what’s the solution?” Fudayl responded, “It’s easy!” The man persisted on and asked, “What is it?!” Fudayl said, “Make good of what is left for you so that Allah will forgive you of what passed. For indeed, if you transgress in what you have remaining then you’ll get what passed and what’s left.”

 

Taken from: “Jaam’i Al-Uloom wal-Hikam”, by: Ibn Rajb Al-Hanbali

Source: http://library.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?idfrom=219&idto=221&bk_no=81&ID=42

 

May Allah make us from those who benefit from their time and constantly implore Allah’s forgiveness for the transgression we’ve committed.

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

The Misdirected Focus of ‘Aqeedah

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

 

From the apparent things that have caused a weakness in ‘Aqeedah in our present time is a lack of importance given to it by many of the du’aat (callers). The Du’aat call to Islam, but what Islam are they calling to?! They don’t call to ‘Aqeedah, but they call to Salah, Sadaqah (charity), Amaanah (trustworthiness), and righteous actions; but ‘Aqeedah, they don’t pay it any attention. So how can da’wah be upheld this way? Those people aren’t callers to Islam in the correct meaning, because true callers to Islam show importance to the foundation of Islam, its origin, and its power — ‘Aqeedah.

Like that, you don’t find calling the people to Towheed (the oneness of Allah) in their syllabi, not in mention nor giving it attention. This is from the things that has caused the weakness. Rather, most of them don’t truly know Towheed with a correct understanding. That’s because they haven’t learned or studied the foundations of calling to Islam. They don’t even know the foundation of calling to Islam, nor its origin.

If you find mention of it in their syllabi, it’s done so weakly. It doesn’t figuratively fill them up and they remain hungry. They don’t go into detail, clarify, nor grant it attention. And even when they do make space for ‘Aqeedah, then usually they don’t grant it much attention. Their goal is to speak to the students, glorify Islam, praise the religion, praise whatever group or party without paying attention to ‘Aqeedah. They don’t understand it and they don’t know it. What’s important is that the student passes, even if he’s weak, and their overall goal is not for them to have firm understanding of ‘Aqeedah.

So what is obligatory upon the du’aat, and may Allah grant them success, is to learn ‘Aqeedah first, give it attention, and understand it. Also, look at the condition of Islam today and what has taken place due to a deficiency in ‘Aqeedah. Then, begin with correcting it before anything else.

Taken from: “مظاهر ضعف العقيدة في هذا العصر و طرق علاجها — The appearance of weakness of ‘Aqeedah in our present time and ways to cure it.” By: Shaykh Fowzan Al-Fowzan

 

[TN] One may think we shouldn’t be scared of the Muslims falling into Shirk (associating partner with Allah), but let’s not forget the Hadeeth of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wherein he said, “Indeed the thing I fear for you the most is the minor shirk (associating partners with Allah).” [Ahmad] To keep things in context, lets analyses who he was talking to — his companions (may Allah be pleased with them). After the Prophets, they were the best men to walk the face of this earth. So, if Al-Mustafa was scared of them falling into Shirk, rather it was the GREATEST thing he was scared of for them, and we’re 1434 years removed from them, then I think we should DEFINITELY be scared of the Muslims falling into it.

May Allah grant us a strong understanding of ‘Aqeedah and make us firm upon it with righteous actins!

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

The story of Khubayb ibn ‘Ade and how he kept his faith in the face of death!

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

 

Four months after the Battle of Uhud the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sent 10 people to a place called Rajee’ to spread Islam. Upon arrival, a tribe surrounded them and killed them, all but two — Khubayb ibn ‘Ade and Zayd Ad-Dathenah. They were sold off in Makkah as slaves due to those they killed from the non-Muslims of Quraysh in the battle of Badr.

Zayd was bought and later killed by his owner. Khubayb was imprisoned. Then they gathered to kill him and took him to Tan’eem (the closet place outside of the boundary of Makkah). Khubayb sought permission to pray two raka’ah and they allowed it. After finishing his prayer, he said to them a piece poetry which is summarized to mean: “If I die a Muslim, then I don’t care however I’m killed. And that is because it is the will of God, he will bless me if I arrive cripple and torn up.”

Once Abu Sufyaan heard this he said to Khubayb, “Would it make you happy if Muhammad was here with us, we were about to kill him, and you were with your family?” Khubayb replied, “I swear by Allah, I wouldn’t be happy if Muhammad was in the place he is now and a thorn was bothering him.” Then he was killed.

 

Taken from: “الفصول في سيرة الرسول — Chapters on The Prophets Seerah” By: Al-Haafith Ibn Kathir (d. 774 H)

May Allah increase us all in faith when faced with difficulties!

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

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Islam: Stress’ Solution

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Imam At-Tahawi (rahimaullah — may Allah have mercy on him) (d. 321 H — 935 CE) said in his book “Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”:

The pens have dried for what was created until Youm Al-Qiyaamah. What missed the worshiper wouldn’t have benefited him, and what benefited him wouldn’t have missed him.

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzan (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) said in his explanation of the book: This is the meaning of Iman (belief) in the qadaa and the qadr (divine preordainment) — to know that nothing will harm you from unless Allah wrote it for you, what happened to you was never going t miss you, and what missed you wasn’t going to happen to you.

If something magnificent (from that which displeases you) befalls you, you know surely that it was written in the Lowh Al-Mahfooth (preserved tablets) as well as you believe in Allah ‘azza wa jal (mighty and majestic).

Furthermore, if something misses you then it would never befall you. Even if you were diligent upon seeking something, exerting all of your energy, you’ll never achieve it. If you took the means, exerted everything, and didn’t achieve anything, then you’re content and believe in the qadaa and the qadr. Don’t become annoyed or get emotional or anxious. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace and salutations upon him) said, “Be diligent in those things that benefit you, seek the aid of Allah, and don’t tire. And if something befalls you then don’t say, ‘If only I had done this’ or ‘[if] it was this and that’. Rather say, ‘It is what Allah willed and what He wants happens’. For verily [the word] ‘if’ opens [the door for] the actions of Shaytan.” [Muslim] If you know this then the affair is in His hands subhaanahu (glory be to He). Yes, you take proper means and are diligent in what will benefit you, but the results come from Allah. You don’t know what’s good. Allah didn’t give you that thing because if you were to acquire it, it would be harmful for you. Therefore, Allah knows and you don’t know. What’s upon you is to be pleased with Allah’s qadaa and qadr.

In the Qur’an Allah says to His Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely.” [Surah At-Towbah (9) : 51]

And He says in response to the kuffar (disbelievers) when they said about the people who were killed on the Day of Uhud:

“If they had been with us, they would not have died or have been killed” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 156]

Allah ‘azza wa jal said:

“Say, “Even if you had been inside your houses, those decreed to be killed would have come out to their death beds.”[Surah Aali Imran (3) : 154]

So whatever is written for a person will undoubtedly materialize. Even if you try to do anything possible to resist it, nothing can prevent that what Allah decreed. He (the exalted) said:

“Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction.” [Surah An-Nisa (4) : 78]

Taken from: ” التعليقات الميسر على متن العقيدة الطحاوية — A brief  commentary on the text Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”, page 118-119

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

 

It’s all about your endgame!

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Imam Abu Ja’far At-Tahawi (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy on him) (d. 321 H — 935 CE) said in his book “Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”:

“And actions are judged by (a people’s) endings.”

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzan (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) said in his explanation of the book: A person should not rely upon his actions, even if he is the most righteous of people; rather, he should fear an evil ending. No one should pass judgement that someone is from the inhabitants of the Hellfire, due to the abundance of their actions, because no one knows how he will end. The Hadeeth of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that was narrated by Ibn Mas’ood, “The way that each of you is created is that you are gathered in your mother’s womb for forty days as a sperm-drop and then for a similar length of time as a blood-clot and then for a similar length of time as a lump of flesh. Then an angel is sent and he breathes the spirit into you and is encharged with four commandments: to write down your provision, your life-span, your actions, and whether you will be wretched or happy. By Him, apart from Whom there is no god, one of you can do the actions of someone destined for the Garden until there is only an armspan between him and it, and then what is written will overtake him and he will do the actions of someone destined for the Fire and enter it. And one of you can do the actions of someone destined for the Fire until there is only an armspan between him and it, and then what is written will overtake him and he will do the actions of someone destined for the Garden and enter it.” [Agreed upon — Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore, a person should fear an evil ending. Additionally, not pass judgment that anyone is going to have an evil ending because he doesn’t know how that person will end. Towbah (repentance) wipes away that which comes before it.

“Say to those who have disbelieved [that] if they cease, what has previously occurred will be forgiven for them.” [Surah Al-Anfal (8) : 38]

So, actions are judged by the ending. But from Allah’s generosity ‘azza wa jal (Mighty and Majestic) to his worshipers is that whosoever lived upon goodness then (Allah) will complete (his life) for him upon goodness. Likewise, whosoever lived upon transgression (Allah) will complete (his life) upon transgression. With that, it is upon a person to take proper means and have good thoughts about Allah ‘azza wa jal.

Some people say, “I’ll repent before I die.” We respond to them with: do you know when you’ll die? It’s possible that you’ll die at a time when it isn’t possible to make towbah. Also, you don’t know if the towbah will be accepted, because towbah has conditions.

Taken from: ” التعليقات الميسر على متن العقيدة الطحاوية — A brief  commentary on the text Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”, page 110-111

 

I ask Allah to make us from amongst those who have a good pious ending and constantly remember to make towbah for our sins!

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

Is having fear of the Jinn considered from natural fear or not?

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Bestower of Mercy. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Question: Is having fear of the Jinn considered from natural fear or not?

Sheikh Rabee’ ibn Haadi al-Madkhali, may Allaah preserve him, says: “Fearing the jinn; if it is the fear of the heart where he believes that the jinns can benefit or harm him then this is shirk.

“And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the jinns, but they (jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief.” [72:6]

The majority of time fearing from the jinn is the fear of the heart where he believes that they can benefit or harm when in fact no one possesses this ability except Allaah, not jinn nor man. And know that if the entire world was to gather together to benefit you, they wouldn’t be able to do so at all unless Allaah wrote it for you. And if they gathered to harm you, they wouldn’t be able to except if Allaah wrote it upon you as the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, said.The true believer doesn’t fear anything except Allaah.

“So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.” [3:175]

Meaning the fear of worship, the fear of the heart. As for being afraid of a snake, lion, criminal who might attack you for instance, then this is the natural fear that doesn’t harm the person by the permissoin of Allaah nor effects one’s creed. However, most of the time, fearing the jinn is based upon evil and false beliefs! The Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, gave you weaponry, read aayah al-kursi[1], read the mu’awwidhaat[2], protect yourself! The rememberance of Allaah protects and safeguards you from them and other than them.

Utilize the means that protect you from the jinn and every type of harm from snakes, serpents, scorpions, etc.

“I seek refuge in Allaah’s perfect words from the evil which He created”,

if you say this nothing will be able to harm you not a jinn, snake, or anything else. This of course is by having sincerity and truthfulness. May Allaah bless you.”

Footnotes:

[1] 2:255

[2] Surah Ikhlaas, Falaq and Naas

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Sh.Fawzaan: “We must define what is an Innovation…”

Question: Is it permissible to give the greetings of peace to the fanatical followers of an innovator and is it permissible to boycott them as well?

Sheikh Saalih ibn Fawzaan ibn ‘Abdillah al-Fawzaan, may Allaah preserve him, answers: “The first thing we must do is define what is a bid’ah (innovation) because the people, many of those who ascribe themselves to seeking knowledge nowadays, anytime someone doesn’t agree with them in something he says “you’re an innovator” because they do not know what is an innovation, we must define what is an innovation (firstly). This is because many of those who ascribe themselves to being students of knowledge classify things as innovations and in reality they are not innovations, that’s why anytime someone opposes them he says “you’re an innovator” and this is not correct nor is it permissible.

An innovation is inventing something into the religion that is not from it, inventing something into the religion that is not from it. As the Prophet, may peace and blessing be upon him, said: “Whoever invents something into this matter of ours, i.e. islaam, that which is not from it shall have it rejected.” And in another narration, “whoever does a deed which does not conform to our command, i.e. islaam, shall have it rejetced.”

So an innovation is the invention of an act of worship into the religion that is not supported by any proof from the Book of Allah or the Sunnah of the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him. This is an innovation. So whoever is like this then he is considered an innovator.

However it is mandatory to advise the innovator, call him to Allaah and make him fearful of Allaah and if he is mistaken or has any ambiguities, then the truth must be clarified to him, if certain matters aren’t clear to him then the turth must be clarified to him and the proofs must be established upon him. After all that, if he continues upon his ways then he will be an innovator and boycotting him becomes a must as well as warning against him and staying clear of him. And whoever agrees with his innovation(s) and follows behind him and does’nt accept the advice or remains with him (after it has been clarified to him what he is upon) then he should be boycotted like him. Whoever agrees with this individual and is pleased with his innovaton then he becomes an innovator like him and he is to be boycotted as well… yes.”

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