Educating and Nurturing our Children

In the name of Allaah, The All-Wise, The Most High. May peace and blessings be upon the last and final messenger, Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow them upon goodness. As for what follows;

“Whoever neglects and disregards educating his child that which will benefit him and leaves him to wander about with no direction has indeed wronged him in the worst way. The majority of childrens corruption has come by way of their fathers abandoning and disregarding them along with not teaching them the mandatory and voluntary matters of the religion. Therefore they neglected them while they were young, thus they didn’t gain any benefit for themselves nor did their fathers gain benefit from them when they grew up.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

Source: Tuhfah Al-Moulood pg.200

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Sisters, you have to seek knowledge too!

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

Al-Haafidh Ibn Al-Jowzi[1], may Allaah have mercy upon him, stated in his book ‘Ahkaam As-Nisaa’ (Rulings pertaining to Women):

“The third chapter regarding the obligation of women seeking knowledge;

The woman is a responsible being just like a man. Therefore, seeking knowledge of the obligatory matters of the religion is binding upon her so that she can be upon certainty when performing them. If she has a father, brother, husband or mahram (guardian) to teach her them, i.e. the obligatory matters of the religion, and how to perform them properly, then that is sufficient for her.

However if she wasn’t one who learned and asked questions, then if she is can find a woman to teach her then she should do that and if not she should learn from elderly learned men but not in seclusion with them and she should stick to the mandatory amount (of knowledge needed). Then whenever a problem arises in her religion she asks about it and shouldn’t feel shy for indeed Allaah isn’t afraid or shy of the truth.”

Footnotes:

[1] He is ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Ali ibn Ja’far Al-Jowzi a famous hadith scholar born in the city of Baghdad in the year 1114 CE and grew up studying under many prominent scholars of his time including his uncle, Muhammad ibn Nasir Al-Baghdadi, who was a scholar of Hadith, Fiqh and grammar. He died at the age of 87. May Allaah have mercy upon him.

Reference: Ahkaam An-Nisaa by Ibn Al-Jowzi, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

“Some of the speech of the People of this Era hardens the hearts…” Sheikh, Dr. Raslaan

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;

Sheikh, Dr. Muhammad bin Sa’eed Raslaan[1], may Allaah preserve him, stated;

“Have you ever heard during this time we live in speech that softens the hearts, lightens the path, clarifies the correct methodology and speaks concerning the diseases of the heart and direct the people to traverse the straight path? Rather their speech hardens the hearts, dries up the tears in the eyes and causes conflict between (audio not clear). 

You don’t hear anyone -save he whom Allaah has mercy upon- connecting the (hearts) of the people of the earth to the people of the heavens, awakening the aspirations of the people to call on their Lord, the mighty and majestic; simple aspects regarding Touheed ar-Ruboobiyyah (singling Allaah out in His Lordship).

(Understanding) that Allaah does whatever He wills, that He is the Lord of the earth and heavens, controls the affairs, clarifies His signs, knowing that all good is from Him and He is the one who guides to the straight path.

Who is it that will return the people back to their Lord?! So that they’ll know as their pious predecessors before them said,

“The affair comes from there, i.e. the heavens, and not here, i.e. the earth.”

The affair comes from the heavens not the earth. Just as Al-Hasan Al-Basri, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:

“There is no riddance except by returning to the book of Allaah and the Sunnah.”

That is by the Prophetic way with the understanding of the Sahaabah and those who followed them in goodness, they were soldiers during the day, fearful during the night. They had the softest hearts from amongst the people, the purest souls and most intelligent minds. When it came to worship they were the true worshipers, when it came to jihad they were true warriors in the path of Allaah.

Therefore weigh it; that which Allaah established them with from the comprehension of His aayaat (signs, verses, etc) and following His messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, thus Allaah made them rulers of the dunya so much so it humbled itself to Allaah, the Lord of all that exists, His Book and the followers of His messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him.

And the latter part of this nation will never be rectified except by that which rectified the first part. Al-Yaqeen (Certainty) and following the messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, clinging to the Book and Sunnah upon the understanding of the companions and those who followed them in goodness. 

As for embarking upon each and every path then this is something that isn’t done by one who hopes for Allaah’s reward.”

Footnotes:

[1] He is from the Senior Scholars of Egypt and is well-known for teaching and authoring. His website is rslan.com

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_k7mVAos-w

 

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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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.