Q: Some of the Muslims take part in the holidays of…

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: Some of the Muslims take part in the holidays of the Christians so what do you advise (them with)?

Sheikh Bin Baaz, may Allaah’s mercy be upon him, answers: “It is impermissible for the muslim, male or female, to assist the Christians, Jews, or other than them from the disbelievers in their holidays. Rather it is a must to abandon this type of affair for certainly whoever resembles a people he is from them. The Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, warned us from resembling and acting like them. Therefore it is upon the believing men and women to beware of this. And it isn’t permissible for them to aid them, i.e. disbelievers, in that at all because they are holidays that contradict the legislation of Allaah.

Hence it isn’t permitted to cooperate with them in that (matter) without question nor aid them with any type of assistance, not even serving coffee or arranging the utensils or the like because Allaah says:

“Help you one another in righteousness and piety; but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is severe in punishment.”[5:2]

And cooperation with the disbelievers during their holidays is a form of cooperation upon sin and transgression.”

Source: http://ar.islamway.net/fatwa/3815?ref=g-rel

Cooperating and Assisting the Christians on Christmas

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: Is it permissible for the Muslims to cooperate and assist the Christians on their holidays, like that which is well-known as “Christmas” which takes place at the end of December? Because some people who are considered knowledgable say that it is permssible. So is this statement of theirs correct or not? And do they have a legislative proof for what they are saying?

Answer: It is impermissible to cooperate or assist the Christians on their holidays even if those who are considered knowledgable do so. Due to that which is contained in that from increasing their numbers and aiding them upon sin and transgression. The Most High says:

“And cooperate upon righteousness and piety and do not cooperate upon sin and transgression.”[5:2]

And with Allaah lies the success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

Answered by The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawa.

Source: http://ar.islamway.net/fatwa/9594?ref=g-rel

The punishment for not practicing what you preach …

In the name of Allah, all praise is to him, The One. I send peace and blessings upon His messenger, Al-Mustafa, upon his family, companions and those who followed him in goodness until The Day of Judgement (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Usamah bin Zaid (radiAllahu ‘anhu–may Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and will be cast into Hell; his intestines will pour forth and he will go round them as a donkey goes round a millstone. The inmates of Hell will gather round him and say: ‘What has happened to you, O so-and-so? Were you not enjoining us to do good and forbidding us to do evil?’ He will reply: ‘I was enjoining you to do good, but was not doing it myself; and I was forbidding you to do evil, but was doing it myself'”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

This Hadeeth is a great warning for the man who enjoins with good but doesn’t do it himself and prohibits from evil but does it. And I seek refuge in Allah!

He said, “A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection”, meaning the angels will bring him and throw him into the Hellfire. They wont enter him softly; rather, he will be thrown in as a rock is thrown into a river; consequently causing his intestines to pour forth. I seek refuge in Allah!

“And he will go round them as a donkey goes round a millstone” This is a despicable comparison. A description of it: as in old mills before they had modern machinery. They used to grind two stones together, inside the upper one the would be a hole allowing grain to enter. And inside this whole would be a piece of wood, which a donkey would have tied to it’s back; turning the millstone, grinding that what is in it.

So, the people of the Hellfire with gather around him asking him, “Whats with you?” i.e. what caused you to be here and you command with good and prohibit with evil? And he will reply, “I was enjoining you to do good, but was not doing it myself”. Commanding the people, “Pray,” and you didn’t pray; “Give Zakat on your wealth,” and you didn’t give Zakat; “Be good to your parents,” and weren’t good to your parents. Therefore, this is how you command with good but not do it yourself.

“And I was forbidding you to do evil, but was doing it myself.” He said to the people, “Don’t slander!”, “Don’t deal in interest!”, “Don’t cheat in business!”, “Don’t be corrupt in your dealings!”, “Don’t bad to your neighbors!”, and what resembles that. But he did them himself (I seek refuge in Allah): buying with interest, cheating, corrupt in dealings, and bad to your neighbors and other than them. So with that, he commanded with good and didn’t do it himself, and prohibited from evil and did it (we ask Allah for wellness); therefore, he will be punished with this punishment and shamed with this shame.

Thus, it is obligatory upon a person to start with himself; commanding himself with good and prohibiting himself from evil. Surely, the person with the most right on you after the Messenger of Allah ﷺ is yourself. Start with yourself then try to advice your brothers; commanding them with good and prohibiting them from evil, so you will be righteous and making others righteous. We ask Allah to make me and you from the righteous people who make others righteous. Verily he is honorable and noble!

Taken from: Shaykh Muhammad Salih Al-Uthaymeen‘s explanation of Riyad Al-Saliheen— Chapter 24

 

With that I close. Glory and praise be to Allah, I bare witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except He, I seek His forgiveness, and turn to him in repentance.

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Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Saffar 30, 1432 — February 3, 2011

A Few Words of Wisdom from Sheikh Bin Baaz

In the name of Allaah, The Forbearing, The One Who does what He wills. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Resurrection. As for what follows;

Sheikh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:

“This present-day era is an era of gentleness, patience, utilization of wisdom and not an era of harshness. The majority of the people are immersed in ignorance, immersed in heedlessness and preferring the worldy-life (over the hereafter). Therefore it is a must to have patience. It’s a must to have gentleness so that the propagation can reach it’s target, so that the people can be informed, until the people know, i.e. the truth.

We ask Allaah gudance for all.”

Source: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=123032

Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

“Whoever directs someone to a good, will have the reward equal to the doer of the action…”

In the name of Allaah, The Truth, All-Knower. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet and Messenger Muhammad, his family and companions. To proceed;


Benefits from the hadith “Whoever directs someone to a good, will have the reward equal to the doer of the action…” by Sheikh Abdullah ibn ‘Abdur Rahman al-Bassaam, may Allah have mercy upon him, taken from
Towdeeh al-Ahkaam min Bulooghil Maraam.
                                                                                                                                              

On the authority of Abu Mas’ood ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr al-Ansaaree al-Badaree, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: The Messenger of Allaah, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Whoever directs someone to a good, then he will have the reward equal to the doer of the action.” Muslim [1893]
 

Benefits extracted from this hadeeth:

1- The Believer is one who is a (good) example and a leader in doing righteousness and performing goodness, The Most High, says:

And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow upon us from our wives and our offspring that which is pleasing to the eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqoon.” [25:74]

And He says:

And We made them leaders guiding (mankind) by Our command…. [21:73]

It comes in Saheeh Muslim [1017] from the hadeeth of Jarir bin ‘Abdillah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Whoever introduces a good practice in Islam which the people follow him in, will have the reward like the one who has done it, without their rewards being diminished in the least.”[1]

2- This hadeeth indicates that the person who directs someone to a good whether it is pertaining to the good of the worldly life or the hereafter, he will have a similar reward like the one who performed it without their being any decrease from the reward of the doer of that action (i.e. the one who is actually carrying it out). Rather it is a (complete) reward (for the indicator of the action) because of him being a good role model and exemplar in performing goodness.

3- From the most excellent of righteous actions that are considered to be of benefit (to the people) and the fruits of those actions lasting and remaining: beneficial knowledge; which is (knowledge) of the legislation of Allaah, The Most High, from its fundelmentals and subdivisions and whatever assists one in attaining understanding of it (i.e. the legislation of Allaah).

So whoever disseminates this knowledge then he has earnestly participated in being a good example, and a guide towards the straight path and has removed the people, by the permission of Allaah The Most High, from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge, right guidance and integrity of conduct.

And he has attained by this a mighty reward from Allaah, The Most High, provided that his intention is correct, for indeed he, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, has said: “Verily, if Allaah guides by way of you one man it is better or you than the red camels.” Saheeh Bukhaari [3009] and Muslim [2406]

Footnote:


[1] Note: Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al- ‘Uthaymeen mentions in his explanation of this hadeeth as it comes in Riyaad as-Saaliheen: “The intent by ‘introduces a good practice in Islaam’ refers to the one who begins by acting upon a sunnah that has been forsaken and not the one who actually invents something into the religion of al-Islaam. Because the one who invents something into the religion that is not from it then it is rejected and it is in no way regarded as something good. However the intent by ‘introducing something’ means: He becomes the first to start it back up after it has been left off and abandoned by the people.

So in brief, whoever introduces into Islaam a good practice -be it the revitalization of an abandoned sunnah or just good practices in Islaam-, and there is no such thing as a good practice in Islaam except that which the legislation has come with, then he will have the reward of it and the reward of the one who does it after him.”

Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

Gentleness when calling to Allaah

In the name of Allaah, The Most Generous, Full of Kindess, and may peace and blessings be upon our Messenger, the one who was sent as a mercy to all mankind, his family and companions. As for what follows;

This is a translation of a small portion from the lecture: ‘Gentleness in the Religion’by our Sheikh, Doctor, Ibraaheem ibn ‘Aamir ar-Ruhaylee, may Allaah preserve him. Professor in the College of Da’wah and Usool ad-Deen, in the branch of ‘Aqeedah, at the Islaamic University of Medinah and Teacher in the Prophets Mosque.

When I was listening to this lecture I came across this part and found it very beneficial and thus decided to translate it so others can benefit as well inshaallaah. 

Sheikh Ibraaheem ar-Ruhaylee says:”And from gentleness when calling to Allaah is that the Muslim Caller treads the path of the Prophet, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, in calling to Allaah. That is by guiding the people to the good with patience and forbearance.

As for one who thinks that calling to Allaah mainly includes speaking about the opposer(s) and boycotting them if they don’t comply with your speech, severing ties with them, being harsh towards them, and speaking badly about them, then this isn’t from the guidance of the Messenger, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.

The Pious Predecessors were the farthest from this type of methodology that is attributed to them and they are free from it. However, they were harsh when it was called for, and they would boycott the people of innovation when it was time to do so.

Imaam Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, is from the most famous of individuals who was known for his strength concerning the truth and his hatred for the people of innovation but with that he would say: “Today, the people are in need of cooperation and gentleness.” He used to cooperate and comply with the people and be kind with them, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

Today, we fear for a lot of the students of knowledge, those who ascribe themselves to the way and teachings of the Prophet, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, we fear for them harshness. Because, some of them believe that there is no way to call to Allaah except by being stern. And this is something deeply-rooted in the minds of a lot of the people, that you must be stern and boycott.

So much so, some of them say: “I called so-and-so but he didn’t accept.” We say to him be patient in calling him and supplicate to Allaah that He guides him.

He says: “(However) I called him and he didn’t accept.” As though he is waiting for you to say okay boycott him because they have become accustomed to this word (i.e. boycotting).

Allaah, ‘azza wa jall, commanded us to be callers to the truth. The Prophet, sallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “If Allaah was to guide by way of you one man, it would be better for you than the red-camels.”[1] He didn’t say “if you were to boycott one or two people.”

Therefore it is incumbent (upon us) to be gentle, patient, and forbearing. And it shouldn’t be understood from my speech that there isn’t any boycotting in the religion however it must be in accordance with its legislated rules. Also it isn’t the sole method of calling to Allaah rather it is a cure for its particular situation.”

Footnotes:

[1] Hadeeth of Sahl ibn Sa’d, may Allaah be pleased with him. Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim.

Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

Islaamic University of Medinah

Al-Medinah An-Nabawiyyah

Dhul Qi’dah 7,1432-October 5,2011