Author: Omar Abdelkader

A Brief Analysis of Some Aḥadīth Reported about Winter

The books of Aḥadīth are filled with reports about winter, and in this article, we will attempt to briefly analyse some of these reports, especially those that may be inaccessible to the Non-Arab community. Our analysis will focus primarily on: Analysing and investigating the authenticity of these reports. Analysing and investigating their meaning, even though most of them are extremely clear, then deriving some short benefits. As for the investigation into these reports’ authenticity, then you will deduce upon this article’s conclusion that not all of these reports are authentic; rather, some...

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The Ruling on Following Madhāhib (Schools of Thought)

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah was asked:1 What is the saying of the leading scholars and Imams of the religion—may Allāh be pleased with them—concerning a man who was asked: “What is your madh`hab?” The man replied stating: “Muḥammadī (i.e., I am a follower of the Prophet Muḥammad (may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)). I follow the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).” It was then said to him: “Every believer should follow a madh`hab, for whomsoever does not ascribe himself to a madh`hab, then he is a devil.” The man...

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A Profound Word Concerning the Types and General Rules of Boycotting

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – raḥimahullaah – was asked,1 “Who is it obligatory to hate, or to boycott, or are both of these actions done for Allāh the Exalted? And what is stipulated from conditions upon the one who is hating or boycotting for the sake of Allāh the Exalted? And does the abandonment of greetings (salaam) enter into the boycotting, or not? And if the one being boycotted greets the boycotter, is it obligatory upon him to respond? And does the hatred and boycotting for the sake of Allāh the Exalted continue until it is determined that the attribute due to which he is...

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Tawfīq Is from Allāh Alone

Allāh said: وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ۚ لَوْ يُطِيعُكُمْ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ لَعَنِتُّمْ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَزَيَّنَهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَرَّهَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الرَّاشِدُونَ ‎﴿٧﴾‏ “And know that among you is the Messenger of Allāh. If he were to obey you in much of the matter, you would be in difficulty, but Allāh has endeared to you the faith and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance, and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided.” [al-Hujurāt,...

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The Danger of Obsession with Worldly Pleasure and Desires

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751 AH) said: “Allāh has not allowed man to [ultimately] possess two different hearts within himself. He shall find that whatever wants, desires and beloved things enter his heart, a similar opposing want, desire or beloved thing will entice it. [It is as if] he is a single vessel in the company of a multitude of drinks. So whichever drink he allows to fill his vessel, he will find that he now lacks space to accommodate anything else. His vessel shall only be filled if empty and with what he holds to be the most bounteous of drinks. For if his vessel is already filled...

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The Condition of the Believer When Afflicted with Hardship

Imām ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir al-Saʿdī (d. 1376 AH) said: “[The difference between an individual with īmān and a person who is lacking it] is actualised through experience. If you were to contemplate and analyse the conditions of mankind, you would see a great difference between the example set by the muʾmin who acts in light of his īmān and a person who lacks [īmān]. This dīn encourages, to the highest degree, true satisfaction with the varieties of provision, bounties, and graciousness granted by Allāh. So when tested with sickness, poverty, or some other [hardship] that can afflict any individual,...

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The Dire Need of Mankind for this Dīn

Al-Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751 AH) said: “Mankind’s need for the Sharīʿah far surpasses their need to breathe, much less their need for food and drink. This is because the greatest detriment that could befall them from leaving those things [food and drink] is their physical death and thus the casting out of their souls. Whereas, were they to lose their connection to the sharīʿah, it would stipulate corruption of their very hearts and souls, and [thus] eternal ruin. Their physical death greatly differs [from this type of ruin]. For mankind has no greater need than to know what the Messenger (ﷺ)...

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Things that Nullify One’s Islām

Know that the things that nullify one’s Islām (nawāqiḍ) are ten things: The first: shirk in one’s worship of Allāh. Allāh the Most High has said: إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۚ ‎﴿١١٦﴾‏ Verily Allāh does not forgive that partners be ascribed to Him, while He forgives what is less than that for whomever He wants. [al-Nisāʾ, 4:116] And He, the Most High, has said:  إِنَّهُ مَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَأْوَاهُ النَّارُ ۖ وَمَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ مِنْ أَنصَارٍ ‎﴿٧٢﴾ Verily whoever ascribes...

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The Three Fundamental Principles

Al-Imām Muḥammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhāb (رحمه الله) said: “Know, may Allāh have mercy upon you, that seeking knowledge is obligatory, and is a cure for the hearts that are afflicted with sickness. And from the most important affairs incumbent upon you is knowledge of your Religion. This knowledge, and action upon it, is the cause for entry into Paradise whilst being ignorant of it and wasting it away is the cause of entry into the Fire. We seek refuge with Allāh for ourselves and for the Muslims from that.”1 The Four Affairs Know, may Allāh have mercy upon you, that it is obligatory upon us to learn...

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The Aftermath – What Was the Goal of the Now Failed Ṣaʿāfiqah Movement?

The noble teacher, Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis, answers the following important question: “Over the past few years, a group of youth in the West have sought to split the ranks of Ahl al-Sunnah, physically and digitally. They refer to the Salafis as Saʿāfaqah. When you were last here, you explained what this term is but what was the goal/objective of this plot which has now failed completely?” An important exposé that every Salafī should study attentively. Key points: What was the intended goal of the now failed Saʿāfiqah movement?Which Salafī scholars and callers was Muḥammad bin...

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Refutation of the Aḥbāsh

A Refutation of the Habashīs (Ahbash) by the Muhaddith of this era, al-Imām Muḥammad Nāsir ud-Dīn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿArabīc Audio: Silsilah Hudā wa-Nūr No.695: Questioner: With the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. O our Shaykh, some of the Ahbash (plural of Habashī) from the pupils of ʿAbdullāh al-Habashī took to the addressing to some of the women of this country in the way of fitrah. They addressed them for example by saying, “Who created al-makān?” So the women they answer, “Allāh.” So then the Habashī said, “So, is it possible that Allāh the Creator...

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