Sep 25, 2022

Effects of Evil: Weakness of the Heart and Body

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said: Acts of disobedience have ugly, blameworthy, and harmful side effects that extend to one’s heart, body, the worldly life and the hereafter; [the details] of which no one is fully aware of except for Allāh. From them is that acts of disobedience weaken the heart and the body. As for its weakening of the heart, it is an apparent matter. For it continues to weaken it until its very life ceases. As for its weakening of the body, a believer’s true strength comes from his heart. If his heart increases in strength, so does his body. Imām Ibn al-QayyimAs for …

Sep 24, 2022

Effects of Evil: Prevention from Acts of Obedience

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said: Acts of disobedience have ugly, blameworthy, and harmful side effects that extend to one’s heart, body, the worldly life and the hereafter; [the details] of which no one is fully aware of except for Allāh. From them is disengaging with acts of obedience. For the perpetration of a sin deters one from an act of obedience that could have been carried out in its stead, which consequently further repels one from the path of a consecutive act of obedience, staving off the path to a third, then a fourth [sin] and so on. Imām Ibn al-QayyimThus does the perpet…

Sep 23, 2022

The Purifying Nature of the Fire and the Divisions of Mankind On the Day of Judgement

Allāh says: وَأَقْسَمُوا بِاللَّهِ جَهْدَ أَيْمَانِهِمْ ۙ لَا يَبْعَثُ اللَّهُ مَن يَمُوتُ ۚ بَلَىٰ وَعْدًا عَلَيْهِ حَقًّا وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ‎﴿٣٨﴾‏ لِيُبَيِّنَ لَهُمُ الَّذِي يَخْتَلِفُونَ فِيهِ وَلِيَعْلَمَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا كَاذِبِينَ ‎﴿٣٩﴾‏ ‘And they swear by Allah their strongest oaths [that] Allāh will not resurrect one who dies. But yes – [it is] a true promise [binding] upon Him, but most of the people do not know. [It is] so He will make clear to them [the truth of] that wherein they differ and so those who have disbelieved may know tha…

Sep 22, 2022

Sincerity and Conformity: The Two Prerequisites for Accepted Acts of Worship

Allāh says: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيِ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ ‎﴿١﴾‏ ‘O you who have believed, do not put [yourselves] before Allāh and His Messenger but fear Allāh.’ [Al-Ḥujurāt 49:1] Imām Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said [concerning this verse]: That is, do not speak until he has spoken, and do not take action until he has commanded you to do so. Some of the pious predecessors used to say: No action, however small, should occur except that two articles are addressed, why and how? That is: Why have you tak…


Sep 12, 2022

The Difference between Someone’s Name, Their Kunyah and Their Laqab

Although these three things are used to identify a person, they achieve this differently: Name The word that is used to identify you from birth and does not usually contain the word Ab or Umm or any form of praise or insult, like ʿAbd al-Raḥmān, Ḥamzah, Yaḥyá, ʿĀʾishah, Laylá. Laqab (Nickname) Any word that usually succeeds your name in Arabic and contains some sort of praise or insult, like tall in the laqab tall Uways [i.e. Uways al-Ṭawīl], and blind in the laqab Blind Muḥammad or Muḥammad the Blind [i.e. Muḥammad al-Aʿmash]. Utilising the first type of laqab is allowed; however, utilis…


Sep 5, 2022

99 Names of Allāh on Your Hands?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Imām Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal said, “You should beware of speaking about an issue in which you are not preceded by a scholar.” A common saying among the people today is that the lines on the hand indicate 99 Names of Allāh subḥānahu wa taʿala. Our brother Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson discusses this issue…From the lectures entitled, ʿAqīdah Course- Summer Course.

Sep 5, 2022

“Follow the Religion of Ibrāhīm Ḥanīfā” (What Is Ḥanīfiyyah?)

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy In Sūrah al-Naḥl, Allāh says, the meaning of which is: ثُمَّ أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ أَنِ اتَّبِعْ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا ۖ وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ‎﴿١٢٣﴾‏ “Then, We have sent the revelation to you: ‘Follow the religion of Ibrāhīm Ḥanīfā and he was not of the Mushrikīn.'” [Sūrah al-Naḥl, 16:123] Allāh mentions Ḥanīf in His Book many times. In addition to that, in the aforementioned verse, Allāh commands us to follow the religion of Ibrāhīm Ḥanīfā. What does Ḥanīf mean, both linguistically and in A…


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