Would you like to be a Key to Good?

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;

The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said:

‎”Verily amongst the people are those who are keys to good ‎and locks to evil. And amongst the people are those who ‎are keys to evil and locks to good. So Toobaa‎[1] for the ‎one whom Allaah has placed the keys of good upon his hands and woe be to the one ‎whom Allaah has placed the keys of evil at his disposal.” ‎[Sunan Ibn Maajah #237, Ibn Abi ‘Aasim in “As-Sunnah” #297, Musnad At-Tayaalisi #2082, Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan #698, and Al-Albani delcared it good in As-Saheehah #1332]

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razaaq bin ‘Abdul Muhsin Al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve them both, said:

“From the ways to be a key to good is by supplication.

Supplication is the key to every good as one of the ‎Pious Predecessors stated something similar ‎when he said: “I contemplated about the entirety ‎of good and found that it has many entrances: ‎Prayer is from good, fasting is from good, hajj ‎‎(pilgrimage to the Sacred House of Allaah) is from good, ‎the entrances of good are numerous. Then I realized ‎that all of that is in the Hands of Allaah and thus I ‎was certain that supplication is the key to all ‎good.”

You are incapable of praying unless Allaah ‎assists you in that, you are incapable of performing ‎the pilgrimage to the Sacred House, fasting, giving ‎charity, being dutiful to your parents, carrying out ‎acts of righteousness unless Allaah assists you in ‎that. For this reason, the Prophet, may peace be upon him, recited on the day of Ahzaab: “If it wasn’t for Allaah ‎we wouldn’t have been guided, nor would we have ‎fasted or offered prayer.”[Bukhari #6620, Muslim ‎‎#1803]‎

‎ “And had it not been for the Grace of Allaah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allaah purifies (guides to Islam) whom He wills…” [24:21]

“but Allaah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones, (This is) a Grace from Allaah and His Favour.” [49:7,8‎]

Due to this, if you want to be a key to good and from the people of virtue; from the noble people of knowledge; from the people of esteem and magnificence, then ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. For all of that is in His Hands, the Majestic and High. For this reason, more than one of the people of ‎knowledge have stated: “Supplication is the key to all ‎good. Hence whoever is granted success to (the usage of) this ‎key, will be granted success to good. And whoever ‎is prevented from (the usage of) this key will be prevented from ‎good.”‎[2]

Footnotes:

[1] It has been mentioned that Toobaa is a tree in ‎Paradise that a rider will travel in its shade for one-‎hundred years before passing it and that Toobaa is Paradise itself.‎

[2] Taken from the book “How can you be a key to good.”

Is it better to Mix with the People or Isolate oneself?

In the name of Allaah, the All-Mighty, All-Wise. May peace, blessings and salutations be upon our Beloved Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with them both, narrated that the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said:

الْمُؤْمِنُ الَّذِي يُخَالِطُ النَّاسَ ، وَيَصْبِرُ عَلَى أَذَاهُمْ ، خَيْرٌ مِنَ الَّذِي لا يُخَالِطُ النَّاسَ ، وَلا يَصْبِرُ عَلَى أَذَاهُمْ

“The believer who mixes with the people and endures their annoyances is better than the one who does not mix with them and does not endure their annoyances.”

[Related by Ibn Maajah with a good chain of narrators. At-Tirmidhi reported this hadeeth without mentioning the Companion]

Shiekh Saalih ibn Fouzaan al-Fouzaan, may Allaah preserve him, explains this noble hadeeth by saying:

“At-Tirmidhi reported this hadeeth without mentioning the Companion,” the absence of knowing the Companion isn’t an issue because all of them are upright and trustworthy even if they aren’t mentioned by name. This doesn’t do any harm in the science of hadeeth.

This hadeeth is about isolation and intermingling with the people. A person is sociable by nature as it has been said meaning that he cannot live alone by himself without any interaction with the creation. He needs the people and they need him likewise. However if there is evil or those who you are mixing with are upon evil, is it correct to isolate yourself from them or mingle with them?

The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, explained in this hadeeth that “The believer who mixes with the people and endures their annoyances…” This is the condition that he endures their harm and annoyances “is better than the one who does not mix with them adn does not endure their annoyances.” If your mixing with the people brings about rectification, inviting to Allaah, teaching the people good, commanding what is right, forbidding what is wrong, etc then this interaction is recommended.

Allaah says: “O my son! Aqim-is-Salat (perform As-Salat), enjoin (people) for Al-Ma’ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief in the Oneness of Allah, polytheism of all kinds and all that is evil and bad), and bear with patience whatever befall you. Verily! These are some of the important commandments ordered by Allah with no exemption.” [31:17]

And He says: “By Al-‘Asr (the time).Verily! Man is in loss,Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf) which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).” [103:1-3]

So the one who mixes with the people, corrects them, calls to Allaah, commands the good and forbids the evil, teaches the ignorant, aids the needy, reconciles between the people is better than the one who stays away.

The one who isolates himself escapes the harm and evil of the people however the one who mixes with them and endures their harms is better. This is the eplanation of this matter of interaction and isolation from the people. If mixing with them will result in good then it’s better than isolation.

But if mixing with the people is going to result in the person being affected negatively by them and not positively affecting them, then isolation is best in this scenario.”

Translated from: ‘Tasheelul Ilmaam bi fiqhil Ahaadeeth min Bulooghil Maraam’ by Sheikh Saalih al-Fouzaan

Hasten to do good deeds before you are Overtaken!

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May Allaah bless His Slave and Messenger Muhammad and raise him in rank. May peace and blessings be upon him, his family and compannions. As for what follows;

Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported: “The  Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah bless him and raise his rank, said, “Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.” Then (giving a warning) he said, “Are you waiting for poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion, or prosperity which will make you corrupt, or a disease which will disable you, or senility which will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death which will take you all of a sudden, or Ad-Dajjal who is the worst expected, or the Hour; and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter.” [Collected by At-Tirmidhi who said: “This hadeeth has a good chain”]

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy upon, explains this hadeeth by saying:

“Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.”

Meaning work and rush before one of these seven things afflict you that the Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, mentioned in this hadeeth.

Either;

“are you waiting for poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion”

Whereby a person is afflicted with poverty that causes him to forget about the rememberance of his Lord. Because poverty, may Allaah protect us all from it, is an evil cloak that envelopes the slave. If he is poor he becomes in need of food, drink, clothing, shelter, a spouse, etc. and he finds none of that. Until the point the earth (seems to) close in on him and he goes searching to find those affairs and forgets about the rememberance of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Nor is he able to perform obedience in its’ desired manner.

Likewise many acts of obedience pass him by that require wealth like zakaat, charity, emancipation, hajj, spending in the way of Allaah and the likes.

Or;

“prosperity which will make you corrupt”

Whereas Allaah enriches a person and opens up the dunya for him thus he becomes oppressive and deems himself free of need from his Lord. So he does not uphold what Allaah obligated upon him nor does he cease from what Allaah prohibited him from. Allaah, the Most High, says:

“Nay! Indeed man transgresses. Because he sees himself self-sufficient.”[96:6,7]

Likewise;

“or a disease which will disable you”

A sickness that ruins a persons life. Because as long as a person is healthy then he is energetic, delightful and the dunya is open in front of him but if he becomes sick his body weakens, and his soul becomes sluggish and restricted and he turns into one who is constantly sad and depressed and so his life becomes ruined.

Or;

“senility which will make you mentally unstable”

Meaning old-age that destroys the capability of a person. As Allaah says:

“Allaah is the one who created you from weakness, then made after weakness strength, then made after strength weakness and white hair. He creates what He wills, and He is the Knowing, the Competent.”[31:54]

So as long as a person is active and youthful he performs obedience with a zeal, perfomrs abulution with energy, prays with enthusiasm, goes out to seek knowledge with determination however when he becomes old as Allaah said about Zakariyyah:

“My Lord, indeed my bones have weakened, and my head has filled with white.”[19:4]

Meaning the bones have become weakened and he loses his strenght and he isn’t able of doing what he used to when he was young as the poet said:

“Oh I wish that youthfulness would return one day, so that I can inform it about what this old-age has done.”

“or sudden death which will take you all of a sudden”

When a person dies his actions are cut off and he is no longer able to perform deeds. How many people have died (at a time) when they thought they weren’t going to die?! How many people have died and he was in his prime, healthy in a fiery accident or the flipping of a car or the collapsing of a wall on him or heart failure, many things that a person can die from even though he may be young.

Therefore, hasten to do good deeds because you do not know, you might die while speaking to your family or you might die and you are on your bed or you might die while you’re getting ready to eat lunch, you leave out the house and say to your family “get lunch ready” but you never return to eat it or you might die while you’re in your car or on a trip, therefore hasten!

From those matters also;

“or Ad-Dajjaal who is the worst expected”

Meaning or are you waiting for the Dajjaal who is a wicked liar that will be sent at the end of time inviting the people to worship him and decieving them. Many of the creation will be put to trial by him except those whom Allaah wills not.

Due to this, we have been commanded to seek refuge with Allaah from him in every prayer. The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said: “When one of you says the last tashahhud let him say: “Oh Allaah I seek refuge with You from the punishment of Hell, the punishment of the grave, the trials of life and death and the trial of the Anti-Christ Ad-Dajjaal.”

The Dajjaal is a (human) man however he is one-eyed, evil, a disbeliever and rebellious. The word kaafir, i.e. disbeliever, has been written between his eyes and every believer will read it and not the evil-doer. The disbeliever will not read it even if he may be literate and the believer will read it even if he may be illeterate and this is from the signs of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

This is the Dajjaal who will invite the people to worship him saying: “I am your lord” so if they obey him, he will enter them into paradise and if they disobey him, he will enter them into hell. But what is his paradise and hell? His paradise is actually hell and his hell is actually paradise. However he will decieve the people into thinking that this person who obeyed him has entered paradise but it is really hell and if anyone disobeys him he enters them into hell which is really paradise, sweet tasting water, pleasant, bliss. The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said: “Indeed he is going to come with the likeness of paradise and hell, so that which he says is paradise is hell.”

But he will decieve the people into thinking that the person who obeys him enters paradise and the one who disobeys him enters hell but it is contrary to that. He will also come to people in the desert and it will be barren and the udders of their livestock will have no milk. So he will call them saying: “I am your lord”, and they will answer him and then he will command the sky to rain and it will do so and he will command the earth to produce vegetation and it will do so and they will come in the morning and the land will be fertile and their livestock will return to them with their udders full with milk, the camels humps will be very lengthy from fullness and plumpness and as a result of this they will continue to worship him however they profited in the dunya only and wasted their Hereafter and Allaah’s refuge is sought. they took him as a lord besides Allaah.

The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said about the Dajjaal that he is ” the worst expected” may Allaah protect us from his trial.

Then he said:

“or the Hour”

Which is the seventh affliction, meaning or are you waiting for the establishment of the Hour,

“for the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter”

Meaning a severe catastrophe and a bitter tasting thing. Allaah, the Most High, says:

“But the Hour is their appointment [for due punishment], and the Hour is more disastrous and more bitter.”[54:46]

So briefly, a person will not be free from one of these seven afflictions and all of them prevent one from actions therefore he must hasten now while he is healthy, energetic, still young, free, in safety and all praise is for Allaah. Let him hasten to do righteous actions before it passes him by and he becomes remorseful when remorse will be to no avail. I ask Allaah to make me and you from those who hasten and race towards the good.

http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_18211.shtml

From the Abandoned Sunnan: Using the Siwaak when entering the House

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;

• On the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “When the Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, would enter the house, he would begin with the siwaak.”[1]

• On the authority of al-Miqdaad bin Shurayh on his father who said: “I said to ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, what did the Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to begin with when he entered his house? She said: “The siwaak.”[2]

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah mercy upon him, was asked:

“I heard that the siwaak is prohibited for the women, is this true?”

The Sheikh said: “This is not true. The siwaak is legislated for everyone to use; men and women at the time of prayer, wudoo’, when about to pray, when entering the house, when waking up from sleep, etc. The Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, said in an authentic hadeeth: “The siwaak is a purification for the mouth and pleases the Lord[3],” and he, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “If I didn’t fear difficulty upon my nation I would have ordered them to use the siwaak at every prayer.”

Sheikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve him, mentioned while explaining this hadeeth, i.e. hadeeth of ‘Aaisha, in Sunan Abi Daawud:

“This hadeeth only proves the commencement of the siwaak when entering the home and some People of Knowledge have said: “Indeed this sunnah is from the abandoned sunan.”

Therefore, for a man to use the siwaak when he enters his home is something that many of the people are ignorant of and from that which very few people perform.

So for a man to enter his house and begin to use the siwaak is a sunnah that the Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to do.

And as for the wisdom behind this then perhaps, and Allaah knows best, is that so a persons breath can be pleasant and that his family gets a pleasant smell from him. And if there is anything in his mouth that could result in an unpleasant smell or the like then it will be removed by the usage of the siwaak. Perhaps this is the reason and Allaah knows best.”

• Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said when mentioning the guidance of the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, concerning the fitrah, i.e. the natural disposition:

“And he used to love the siwaak, he would use the siwaak when he was muftir (not fasting) and when fasting, when waking up from sleep, at the time of wudoo’, at the time of prayer, when entering the house and he would clean his teeth with a siwaak from the araak tree.”

Footnotes:

[1]Muslim

[2]Muslim

[3]An-Nisaa’ee

http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=129341

Busying oneself with his own Shortcomings

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;

On the authority of Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “May toobaa be for the one whose shortcomings busies him from concerning himself with the shortcomings of others.” [Collected by al-Bazzaar with a good chain]

Sheikh Saalih ibn Fouzaan al-Fouzaan, may Allaah preserve him, says:

Toobaa is a tree in paradise that will be for the one whose shortcomings and deficiencies busies him from concerning himself about the shortcomings of others. He examines his own faults and corrects them and calls himself to account. He doesn’t busy himself with the faults of the people, forgetting about his own. The one who busies himself with his faults and forsakes busying himself with the faults of others will have this noble promise of toobaa which is a tree in paradise where it has been stated that a rider will travel under its shade for the distance of one-hundred years before passing through it, it has also been reported that toobaa is paradise itself.

This hadeeth (prophetic tradition) shows the nobility and virtue of the one who busies himself with his shortcomings and corects them and not with the shortcomings of the people. Consequently it shows the blameworthiness of doing the opposite; which is busying oneself with the mistakes of others while forgetting ones own.

Translated from: ‘Tasheelul Ilmaam bi fiqhil Ahaadeeth min Bulooghil Maraam’ by Sheikh Saalih al-Fouzaan

Beware of Overeating! Sh.Fowzaan

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;

This is an explanation of a hadeeth on the adab of eating.  A look into the harms that can arise from overeating and how it can effect a person’s religion and health.

“Thus, it is incumbent upon an individual to take heed of this prophetic moral and to not be excessive when it comes to eating or his desires. In addition to this, if a person reaches a point where he is extremely greedy regarding food then it is likely that the halaal will not suffice him, hence he will set out seeking the haraam so he can fulfill his (evil) cravings.”
To read the full explanation kindly click here. May Allaah protect us from all that which will harm us whether it be in this life or the next. Aameen!