How does one make his intention sincere in seeking knowledge?

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).

 

If someone were to ask, “How does one make his intention sincere in seeking knowledge?” Then it would be a few affairs:

Firstly, by making your intention following the command of Allah; because Allah ta’ala (the exalted) commanded that when he said,

“So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah” [Surah Muhammad (47) : 19].

Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala (praise Him the exalted) urges knowledge, and if Allah urges something then it necessitates that He loves it and it pleases Him.

Secondly, by making your intention to preserve the Shari’ah of Allah. Preserving Allah’s Shari’ah is by way of education, memorization, and writing books.

Thirdly, making you intention to protect the Shari’ah of Allah and defending it. If it wasn’t for the scholars, then the Shari’ah wouldn’t have been preserved and no one would have defended it. For this reason, we find Shaykh Al-Islam (and other than him from the people of knowledge) repelled the people of innovation — clarifying the misguidance of their innovation — and we find that they achieve a lot of good.

Fourthly, by making your intention to follow the Sunnah of Shari’ah of Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). It is not possible to follow his Shari’ah until you learn this Shari’ah.

 

Taken from: Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen‘s explanation of ” حلية طلب العلم — The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge” by: Sh. Bakr AbuZayd

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

Being a Shaykh and be humorous … is that possible?

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).

Shaykh Wasiullah ‘Abbaas (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) teaches ‘Awn Al-Ma’bood which is the explanation of Sunan Abi Dawod (Imam Abu Dawod’s collection of Hadith) in Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah three days a week. We have reached Kitab Al-Jihad (The Book of Jihad) and there is a chapter entitled “What a man should say when he mounts (his means of transportation)”. The Hadith goes:

Narrated Ali (ibn Abi Talib): Ali ibn Rabi’ah said: I was present with Ali while a beast was brought to him to ride. When he put his foot in the stirrup, he said: “In the name of Allah.” Then when he sat on its back, he said: “Praise be to Allah.” He then said: “Glory be to Him Who has made this subservient to us, for we had not the strength, and to our Lord do we return.” He then said: “Praise be to Allah (thrice); Allah is Most Great (thrice): glory be to You, I have wronged myself, so forgive me, for no one forgives sins but You.” He then laughed. He was asked: At what did you laugh? He replied: I saw the Apostle of Allah ﷺ do as I have done, and laugh after that. I asked: Apostle of Allah , at what are you laughing? He replied: Your Lord, Most High, is pleased with His servant when he says: “Forgive me my sins.” He knew that no one forgives sins except Him. [2596]

Before getting into the Shaykh’s explanation and story it’s imperitive to explain one sentence in Arabic so that it is understood, which is, “and to our Lord do we return”. The last part, “do we return” in Arabic is لمنقلبون (LaMunqaliboon) which is an emphasized plural tense of the word منقلب (Munqalib). Munqalib is the infinitive of the verb ينقلب (Yanqalib) which is to return or also to fall down. So in summary you can understand the word LaMunqaliboon as we return or we fall down.

Shaykh Wasi explained, in summary, that this supplication is something that is necessary for the Muslim, specifically the student of knowledge, to learn and say. Also, this supplication is to be said when mounting any means of transportation, whether it’s fueled or otherwise. Additionally, someone performing an action that the Prophet ﷺ did, even if it from his nature or habits, with the intention of following the way of the Prophet ﷺ will be rewarded.

Then the Shaykh began to chuckle and said this reminded him of a story one of his closest Shaykhs, Shaykh Taqiuddeen Al-Hilaali (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) told him. Shaykh Tabqiuddeen was very well traveled and from his travels was to Iraq. There was a small stream where the water would reach about your mid calf or knees, so people would carry others across on their shoulders (as a means to make money). So, when Shaykh Taquiddeen got on the man’s shoulders he began to say the dua (supplication), “Glory be to Him Who has made this subservient to us, for we had not the strength …” This angered the man and he said (finishing the dua), “And to our Lord LaMunqaliboon (we will return)”, and he dropped the Shaykh off of his shoulders angrily. I apologize if it’s a bit confusing due to the language barrier but in a nutshell the man carrying Shaykh Taqiuddeen used the rest of the dua as a pun while he kicked the Shaykh off his back.

Upon hearing this story the entire circle started chuckling and laughing, as well as the Shaykh, so much so he had to stop for about fifteen seconds and was even chuckling while he was reading the next Hadith. But SubhaanAllah (glory be to Allah) we can benefit from this explanation and story in many many ways, and Insha Allah (by the will of Allah) I will list a few of the ways I benefited from it:

  1. Islam is a complete religion and did not leave anything untouched except that it clarified it. So much so as to when we mount our means of transportation there is a specific prophetic supplication for us to say. May Allah make us from those who truly believe and implement these affairs, Ameen!
  2. Islam was not sent for a specified time period; rather to all of mankind and until the Day of Judgement. Just because people typically aren’t riding on horseback or donkeys does not mean that the dua that we have is not applicable any longer. No, it can be applied to anything that is used in the same context.
  3. Like the companions of the Prophet ﷺ we should strive to follow the Sunnah in every possible way. Ali laughed simply because he knew the Prophet ﷺ laughed. Also, when Shaykh Wasiullah read this Hadith he himself laughed as well.
  4. There is no harm in telling stories, so long as they are truthful.
  5. There is no harm in joking, so long as it is truthful and not harmful to anyone. Shaykh Taqiuddeen was simply trying to say the supplication for riding since he was being carried across the stream and the other man became offended by it; thus dropping him angrily finishing the dua which in Arabic is a pun.
  6. Not being excessive in joking. SubhaanAllah, Shaykh Wasiullah’s natural disposition is very jovial and he constantly tells humorous stories in his classes. But he controlled his laughter and pushed on into the next Hadith as to not go overboard.
I ask Allah to make us firm upon our belief and practices of Islam, without being extreme, based upon beneficial knowledge and righteous actions, Ameen. With that I conclude by  sending peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions. 

Sh. Wasiullah ‘Abbaas’ New Website!

In the name of Allah (The One). I send the 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).

Masha Allah Tabaarik Allah, by the permission of Allah some of the foreign students studying at UQU (Umm al-Qura University) created a website for Shaykh Dr. Wasiullah ‘Abbaas. It has audio recordings of many of the multiple lectures he gives in Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah weekly as well as PDF photocopies of all of the books he has authored. For anyone who can read Arabic or knows please check out the website and share it. Jazaakm Allahu Khayr!

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Also, to read the Shaykh’s biography click here!

And the peace and blessings are upon our prophet Muhammad, upon his family and companions.

“This is how the Affair of the Student of Knowledge should be.”

In the name of Allaah, the All-Knowing, Ever-Capable. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razzaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad[1], may Allaah preserve them both, says:

“There is nothing equivalent to seeking knowledge. Here I would like to expound on the statement of Imaam Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, where he said:

“Nothing is equivalent to seeking knowledge if the intention is corrected.” It was said: “How do you correct it?” He said: “That you intend by seeking it, to raise ingnorance from [1]yourself and [2]others.”

This is the correctness of the intention. We notice this same meaning in the story of the delegation of ‘Abdul Qays, may Allaah be pleased with them all, when they came to the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, and he greeted them by saying: “Welcome! O people (or delegation) of ‘Abdul Qays! Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret.” They said: “O Messenger of Allaah! We cannot come to you except in the sacred month and there is the infedel tribe of Mudar intervening between you and us. So please order us to do something good (religious deeds) [1]so that we may inform our people whom we have left behind, [2]and that we may enter paradise (by acting upon them).”[Saheeh al-Bukhaari]

This is the correctness of the intention in seeking knowledge. They said: “So that we may inform our people whom we have left behind and that we may enter paradise (by acting upon them.)”

This is how the affair of the student of knowledge should be in his search for knowledge. It should be for these two affairs:

The first: That this knowledge that he is seeking will be a cause for him to enter into paradise. The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge thereby, Allaah will make his path to paradise easy for him.”

Therefore, he seeks knowledge in order for it to be a cause for him to enter paradise and this should be his goal and objective behind seeking it. Not for leadership, authority, fame or any other reason. Rather his goal and objective behind seeking knowledge should be for it to be a means for him to enter paradise. This is the goal.

The second: To intend to raise ignorance from the people. If we were to look today and contemplate over the majority of the conditions of the Muslims around the world (with respect to the religion), are they upon clarity in the deen (religion) of Allaah?! Are the affairs of the deen clear to them?! Or have doubts and desires destroyed them and that obedience to Allaah has plummeted severely? Misguidance and tons of other afflictions have engrossed them. So if an individual looks, he’ll find that the people are in a dire need towards legislative knowledge. Thus, this incites and drives the student to exert himself in seeking knowledge so that he can return back as an enlightener for the people. Allaah says:

“Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who stay behind) may get instruction in (islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them.”[9:122]

This is why we find the People of Knowledge when they began to seek knowledge they would leave from their countries and go to those countries that contained in them ‘ilm (knowledge), scholars, and understanding of the deen of Allaah, and return back to their lands as scholars, jurists, muftis (one who issues religious verdicts) and judges. Hence, his status and affair would be raised and there came about immense benefit by way of him. He became one who was remembered dearly with goodly words throughout time.

I ask Allaah for us all beneficial knowledge, righteous actions and guidance to the straight way. And may peace and blessings be upon His slave and messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.”

Footnotes:

[1]The title of the lecture is ‘Legislative knowledge: Its’ virtues, mannerisms and means of attaining it.’

Source: http://www.al-badr.net/web/index.php?page=lecture&action=lec&lec=923

Night Prayer: From the Mannerisms of the People of Knowledge

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

Question: Many students of knowledge today are well aware of the virtuous actions and their rewards the likes of the night prayer except that they do not practice them. Being as though they know but do not act.

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says: The actions that the texts, i.e. Qur’aan and Sunnah, has come and clarified its’ merits are of two catergories:

•Obligatory Actions: It is upon all the Muslims, whether he is a scholar or not, to observe and uphold them and fear Allaah in that like the five obligatory prayers, paying the zakaat, etc. from the other obligatory matters.

•Recommended Actions: These are like the night prayer, the duhaa prayer, etc. It is legislated for the believer to exert himself and be diligent in them. Especially the People of Knowledge and students of knowledge because they are examples for the people. If they become distracted or leave off performing them sometimes then that isn’t a problem because they are superagatory. However from the mannerisms of the people of Knowledge and the upright are that they uphold this affair and presevere therein for instance by performing the night prayer, duhaa prayer, sunnan prayers before or after the obligatory prayers, etc. from the aspects of good.

Source: Majmoo’ Fataawa vol.8

Do you want Happiness in this Life and the Next?

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

Question: I want to achieve happiness in this life and the next so what must I do to get it?

Sheikh Saalih as-Suhaymi[1], may Allaah preserve him, answers: “Allaah has clarified this to you. He says:

“Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (i.e. believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me.” [24:55]

And He says:

“Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).” [16:97]

And He says:

“They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice – those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.” [6:82]

So ponder over these verses and act upon them and you’ll -by Allaah’s permission- attain success and happiness in this life and the next. Also you can read the tremendous book by Sheikh ‘Abdur Rahman as-Sa’di, may Allaah have mercy upon him, -and we have explained it in this masjid [2] twice the last time being last ramadan- read this book. It is entitled “The beneficial means to attain a happy life.”

Footnotes:

[1] He is the former head of the ‘Aqeedah section at the Islaamic University of Medinah and presently a teacher at the Prophet’s Mosque.

[2] The Sheikh is referring to the Prophet’s Mosque.

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Those who are in the beginning of their seeking knowledge …

In the name of Allah (The One). I send the peace and blessings upon his messenger (Al-Mustafa), upon his family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until The Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Questioner: There are a group of questions that relate to people and organizations; they would like some from guidance for the small students of knowledge.

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzaan answered: Those who are in the beginning of their seeking knowledge and start off with talking about the affairs of people, “does so-and-so have this or that,” this is Fitnah (disorder). Speaking about people — about their errors and mistakes —, hinders his seeking of knowledge and could possibly stop him from seeking knowledge, especially for the beginner. So, he dislikes this one and that one, amusing himself with other than seeking knowledge and this is Fitnah. It is obligatory to leave this off! It is obligatory upon the youth to seek knowledge and to not listen to what people say about this one and that one. Listening to what people say is the first thing that will cause one to dislike and abstain from seeking knowledge.

Secondly, he will not be rewarded if he busies himself with the mistakes of this one and that one instead of seeking knowledge, which is what he will be rewarded for. So while he has good health, he should pay attention to seeking knowledge and not listen to these rumors and statements.

This was taken from a piece of an article on The Shaykh’s website: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/2032

And the peace and blessings are upon our prophet Muhammad, upon his family and companions.