Friday, July 27, 2018

al-Nafs: Definition, its' different states, Du`aa

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Allaah عز وجل says:

﴿وَنَفْسٍ وَمَا سَوَّاهَا * فَأَلْهَمَهَا فُجُورَهَا وَتَقْوَاهَا * قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَا * وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّاهَا﴾

{7. And by Nafs (Aadam or a person or a soul, etc.), and Him Who perfected him in proportion;
8. Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him;
9. Indeed he succeeds who purifies his own self (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allaah ordered).
10. And indeed he fails who corrupts his own self (i.e. disobeys Allaah by doing every kind of evil wicked deeds).}
[Surah al-Shams (91): 7-10]


 Definition:

A human being consists of two parts:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah (Download)



بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah
By Shaikh al-Albaanee

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The "Tazkiyah": Where have we gone wrong?

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

🌟DEFINITION:
The word Tazkiyah is the verb of: "Zakkaa, Yuzakkee", meaning: Purification.

🌴🌴🌴

🌟TYPES:
In the Qur'aan, Allaah تعالى mentioned two types (or ideas) regarding Tazkiyah: 
1) Praiseworthy 
2) Disparaged

Monday, June 4, 2018

The opportunities that lie ahead of us

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Allaah تعالى said:

﴿وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ﴾

{And hasten to the forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous} [Surah aal-`Imraan (3): 133]

And also:

﴿سَابِقُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا كَعَرْضِ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ أُعِدَّتْ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّـهِ وَرُسُلِهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّـهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَاللَّـهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ﴾

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Definition: The Two Black Things

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Question: What are the two black things, and why are they named as such, even though water is colorless?

Answer: The two black things are: dates and water, as mentioned in the Hadeeth reported in the Saheehain.

Narrated `Urwah: `Aaishah رضي الله عنها said to me: O my nephew! We used to see the crescent, and then the crescent and then the crescent in this way we saw three crescents in two months and no fire (for cooking) used to be made in the houses of Allaah’s Messenger . I said: “O my aunt! Then what use to sustain you?” `Aaishah said: The two black things: dates and water. [Saheehain]

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #116

Preparing for the last ten nights of Ramadhaan

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter: Being generous and diligent in doing what has been enjoined, and increasing in doing more good deeds in the Month of Ramadhaan, and especially more in the last ten days of Ramadhaan.

1222 - Ibn `Abbaas رضي الله عنه said: The Prophet was the most generous of the people, and he used to be the most generous during the month of Ramadhaan when Jibreel visited him, and Jibreel used to meet him on every night of Ramadhaan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Qur’aan to Jibreel, and when Jibreel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast (rain-bearing) wind (which causes welfare).
[Saheehain]

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Qur'aan singers: From the Signs of the Hour

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

🌟 From the signs of the hours: Giving preference to the man with a nice voice to lead the prayers

The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said:
❝Hasten to (good) deeds (before the appearance) of six traits:
1. The leadership of the foolish,
2. Abundance of (corrupt) police (squads),
3. Severing ties of kinship,
4. Selling of justice (and loss of trustworthiness through bribing),
5. Making light of bloodshed,
6. Emergence of a (new) generation who will recite the Qur’aan like singing. They (the people) will sent forth a man (to lead them in prayers) even though he would not be the one who has the most understanding or more knowledgeable than them. They will not send him forth except that he sings it (the Qur’aan) for them.❞

📚[al-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (59, 60) and the wording is his, Musnad Ahmad (16040, 23970) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee. In Musnad Ahmad, the wording is: ❝Emergence of a (new) generation who will recite the Qur’aan like singing. They will send him forth so that he sings it (the Qur’aan) for them, even though he would be the least knowledgeable among them.❞]

📑 There is a difference between beautifying your voice while reciting the Qur’aan, which is recommended, and reciting the Qur’aan like singing, which is disparaged.

📑 In Faidh al-Qadeer it is mentioned that “singing the Qur’aan” means: “reciting it like a song, in which the words are stretched or shrunk, or recited out of place (while ignoring the rules of Tajweed).”

📑 Al-`Allaamah Abu `Abdullaah Ibn al-Haaj al-Maalikee رحمه الله (d. 737H) said:
“Chapter: The characteristics of the Imaam who should be made to lead the night prayers in Ramadhaan:

He should be from the people of knowledge, known for his good manners and religiosity, in opposition to what some of them do today. A majority of them send forth a man to lead them in prayer because of his nice voice and not because of his religiosity. And Imaam Maalik had said: The people, who give precedence to the man with a nice voice to lead them in prayer, in fact send him forth so that he could sing it (the Qur’aan) to them.”
📚 [al-Madkhal of Ibn al-Haaj (2/292)]

Monday, May 21, 2018

Brief Description of How to Perform `Umrah



بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Brief Description of How to Perform `Umrah

Distributed by: The General Presidency for the affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque

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Friday, March 30, 2018

The most misused/abused phrases

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

The most misused/abused phrases by the people to cover-up their mistakes:

1 "Only Allaah can judge"
2 "You don't know what is in the heart"

The statements are true but they are intentionally applied (to support) a wrong (cause). [This was said by `Alee رضي الله عنه in his reply to the Khawaarij - Saheeh Muslim]

The first statement was uttered by the Khawaarij against `Alee رضي الله عنه. The Khawaarij denied the role of man in making decisions and forming judgments; whereas, we do indeed have court systems and judges to make judgments. [See the long conversation between Ibn `Abbaas and the Khawaarij]

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Levels of al-Yaqeen (Certainty)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

🚩Al-Yaqeen has three levels:

🌟1. Sure Knowledge (علم اليقين)
كَلَّا لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عِلْمَ الْيَقِينِ
{Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge} [Surah al-Takaathur (102): 5]

🌟2. Certainty of Sight (عين اليقين)
ثُمَّ لَتَرَوُنَّهَا عَيْنَ الْيَقِينِ
{And again, you shall see it with certainty of sight!}  [Surah al-Takaathur (102): 7]

🌟3. True (or absolute) Certainty  (حق اليقين)
إِنَّ هَـٰذَا لَهُوَ حَقُّ الْيَقِينِ
{Verily, this! This is an absolute Truth with certainty.} [Surah al-Waaqi`ah (56): 95]

📑Example:
🔴1. Your knowledge that there is water in the valley.
🔵2. Seeing the water with your own eyes.
🔴3. Drinking from that water.

📑Another example:
🔵1. When someone tells you that he has honey and you have no reason to doubt him, this is Certainty.
🔴2. He shows it to you, and this increases your certainty.
🔵3. He lets you taste it, and this is the highest level of Certainty.

📑One more example:
🔴1. Our firm belief in the existence of al-Jannah (Paradise) and al-Naar (Fire) - this is Sure Knowledge.
🔵2. On the Day of Judgment, when the Paradise will be brought near to the righteous, and the (Hell) Fire will be placed in full view of the wrongdoers - this is certainty of sight.
🔴3. When people of the Paradise enter the Paradise and the people of the Fire enter the Fire - on that Day it would be True Certainty.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

There is no substitute for the Sunnah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Do not abandon the Sunnah or substitute it with something YOU might feel is “better”, nor should you abandon it only because YOU could not understand the reason behind it.

Narrated Zaid bin Aslam from his father who said: `Umar bin Al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه addressed the Corner (Black Stone) saying: By Allaah! I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen the Prophet touching (and kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Nurturing the family upon Khair (goodness) and correct Islaamic values

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated Ma`qil: I heard the Prophet saying: There is none amongst the bondsmen who was entrusted by Allaah with the affairs of his subjects and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will not even feel the fragrance of Paradise.
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (7150) and the wordings are his, and Saheeh Muslim (142-22)]

In another narration the wordings are: If any ruler having the authority to rule Muslim subjects dies while he is deceiving them, Allaah will forbid Paradise for him.
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (7151)]

In Saheeh Muslim: There is none amongst the bondsmen who was entrusted with the affairs of his subjects and he died in such a state that he was dishonest in his dealings with those over whom he ruled except that the Paradise is forbidden for him.
📚 [Saheeh Muslim (142-227, 228)]

🌴🌴🌴

🚩 Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله commented:
The intended meaning is not limited to the ruler, or his deputy, or the minister, or the chief of the tribe. Rather, also the man of the house, if he were to die while he had deceived his family, then Allaah will forbid for him the fragrance of Paradise. Those who introduce to their families to things* which corrupts their ethics and which harms their `Aqeedah (Creed), no doubt such people are deceiving their families. So, if they were to die on this condition, We seek Allaah’s refuge from this – it is feared that the fragrance of Paradise will be made forbidden for him. We ask Allaah for our wellbeing and safety.
📚 [التعليق على كتاب السياسة الشرعية ، ص35]

📑 Introducing them to things like satellite channels and cable, music and singing, indecency and vulgarity in speech and actions, etc.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Three Weak Ahaadeeth regarding Surah al-Waaqi`ah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

🚩1. From Ibn Mas`ood that the Prophet is supposed to have said:
Whoever recites Surah al-Waaqi`ah every night would never encounter poverty.
📚 [Graded as “Dha`eef” (Weak) by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Dha`eefah (289). Others who graded this as Weak are al-Dhahabee, Imaam Ahmad, Ibn al-Jawzee, Abu Haatim, al-Daraqutnee, al-Manawee]


🚩2. From Ibn `Abbaas that the Prophet  is supposed to have said:
Whoever recites Surah al-Waaqi`ah every night would never encounter poverty; and whoever recites Surah al-Qiyaamah every night will meet Allaah (on the Day of Judgment) while his face will be (shining) like the moon when it is full.
📚 [Graded as “Mawdhoo`” (Fabricated) by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Dha`eefah (290). Al-Suyootee said, Ahmad al-Yamaamee (in of its narrators) is a liar]


🚩3. From Anas that the Prophet  is supposed to have said:
Whoever recites Surah al-Waaqi`ah and teaches it, will never be recorded among the negligent, and neither he nor his family will suffer poverty.

📚 [Graded as “Mawdhoo`” (Fabricated) by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Dha`eefah (291). Al-Suyootee said, `Abdul-Quddoos (in of its narrators) is abandoned, and Ibn al-Mubaarak said that he was a liar]

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Demolition of the Ka`bah: From the Portents of the Last Hour

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet said:
Dhu as-Suwaiqa-tain* from Ethiopia (Habashah) will demolish the Ka`bah.
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1591, 1596) and Saheeh Muslim (2909-57, 58, 59)]

*Meaning: One with two lean legs

Monday, October 2, 2017

Destruction of the `Arabs: From the Portents of the Last Hour

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد


Authentic Ahaadeeth:

The Prophet said:
People will flee from the Dajjaal seeking shelter in the mountains. Umm Shaarik said: “O Messenger of Allaah! Where will the `Arabs be that day?” He said: They will be few.
[Saheeh Muslim (2945-125)]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Fiqh of passing by the graves of the Kuffaar

(And yes it means no RIP prayers for them)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Al-Baihaqee reported on the authority of `Aamer Ibn Sa`d, that his father said: A Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allaah and said: “My father used to uphold ties of kinship, and he did such-and-such (mentioning his acts of kindness), so where is he?” The Prophet said: He is in the Fire. The Bedouin found it difficult to bear. Then he said: “Where is your father of Messenger of Allaah?” He said: Whenever you pass by the grave of an idolater, give him the tidings of Hell-fire.

The Bedouin later became Muslim, and he said: “The Messenger of Allaah gave me a difficult task. I never passed the grave of an idolater but I gave him the tidings of Hell-fire.”

[Shaikh al-Albaanee said in Saheeh al-Seerah: reported by al-Baihaqee in “al-Dalaail” (1/191-192), and also reported by al-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (326), as well as by al-Dhiyaa’ al-Maqdasee in “al-Mukhtaarah” (1005) and its chain is “Saheeh” See al-Saheehah (18)]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #115

From the Etiquettes of Greeting

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

857 - Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported: The Messenger of Allaah said: A rider should greet a pedestrian; a pedestrian should greet the one who is sitting; and a small group should greet a large group (of people). [Agreed upon]

In another narration of Saheeh al-Bukhaaree it is: The young should greet the elderly. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (6231, 6232, 6233) and Saheeh Muslim (2160)]
  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The outstanding attributes of al-Firqatun-Naajiyah (the Saved Sect)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Question: What are the most outstanding attributes of al-Firqatun-Naajiyah (the Saved Sect)? And does a shortcoming in any of these attributes remove a person from the Saved Sect?

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
The most outstanding attributes of the Saved Sect are adherence to the path of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in beliefs, worship, character and conduct – one finds that the Saved Sect is distinguished in all these four aspects:

In beliefs, one finds them holding fast to what is proven by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم sincerely declaring the Tawheed (Oneness) of Allaah in matters of worship, Lordship, and His Names and Attributes.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Celebrating Birthdays (summary):

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is considered as an act of Bid`ah because those who celebrate birthdays mark it as a special occasion. [Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen, Shaikh al-Fawzaan, The Lajna and others]

People celebrate it annually, making it like a third Eid after Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adh-haa. The word Eid is derived from `Aada, Yu`eed (return, repeat). It is thus called Eid because it returns every year.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: When the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم came to Madeenah, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He صلى الله عليه وسلم asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: “We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islaamic period.” The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Allaah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice (Yaum al-Nahr) and the day of the breaking of the fast (Yaum al-Fitr).
📚 [Sunan Abu Dawood (1134) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The two days which the people marked as special days for playing games and having fun and were not considered by them as acts of worship, yet these days were replaced by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with the days of Eid.

Celebrating birthdays is like self-glorification.

It is an act adopted from the pagans. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: You will indeed follow the ways of those before you... (meaning: the Jews and Christians) [Saheehain]

It is imitating the Kuffaar. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Whoever imitates a people then he is one of them. [Sunan Abu Dawood (4031) and graded as “Hasan-Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did not celebrate his birthday at all during his lifetime nor did he ever order it to be celebrated, and nor did he teach such to his Companions.

The rightly-guided caliphs and all the Companions did not celebrate it. They were the most knowledgeable of the people concerning the Prophet's Sunnah and they are the most beloved to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

We have books of History (Taareekh) and biographies like al-Bidaayah wal-Nihaayah, Siyar A`laam al-Nubalaa’, Taareekh Damishq, in which dates of birth and death of major personalities have been recorded, which means that marking dates were done even in the past, but none celebrated their birthdays.

The same ruling will be applied on "mother's day", "father's day", "Hijaab day" etc.


And Allaah is the One Who grants success.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Laymen should avoid engaging into politics:

When politics is involved, it is better to restrain your tongues, particularly when it will lead to discord:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه:
I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allaah's Messenger . I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the second, then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. I would be killed).
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (120)]


Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
What is evident from this Hadeeth is Abu Hurairah learned two types of knowledge from the Prophet صلى الله عله وسلم. One type of knowledge is related with the Sharee`ah, which he رضي الله عنه informed, explained and propagated.

As for the second, then it was related with the Khilaafah (Caliphate). It was as if he رضي الله عنه was scared of the Fitnah (that would arise because of it) which would engulf him and others. This is why he delayed it. We do not say that he hid (the knowledge), because he did not wait till his last breath to speak about it. Rather, he had spoken about it earlier in his life, and thereafter he may have delayed speaking about it till there was no fear of the Fitnah arising because of it.
📚 [Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1/319)]


🎓 In Fath al-Baaree, Ibn Hajar رحمه الله said:
❝(The knowledge which Abu Hurairah deferred from speaking about), scholars took this to refer to those Ahaadeth in which the names of the tyrant rulers, their condition, and their era are mentioned. Abu Hurairah used to refer to some of them with nicknames, and would not speak about them openly, fearing for himself. Like he used to say: “I seek Allaah’s refuge from the starting of the 60th year (of Hijrah) and the leadership of the youth”, referring  to the Khilaafah of Yazeed Ibn Mu`aawiyah, as he came to power in the 60th year of Hijrah. And Allaah تعالى accepted his Du`aa, and he died a year before (Yazeed became the ruler).❞ 
📚[Fath al-Baari  (1/216)]