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TROID Islamic Academy: Boys Summer School

Boys Summer School 2022 TROID Islamic Academy This summer, the TROID Islamic Academy will be conducting a fun 4 week program for Muslim boys. Streams include Arabic, Qurʾān, ʿAqīdah, Fiqh and fun activities. Contact us today to learn more.  Limited Spaces Register Today Download the registration form and sign your boy up for the summer إن شاء الله.   Connect Your Child’s Heart to the Masjid Cultivate Your Child

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The Effects of Sin

The Effects of Sin: Distancing Oneself from Allāh The Effects of Sin: Loneliness and Isolation The Effects of Sin: Finding Difficulty in Worldly Affairs The Effects of Sin: Prevention from Knowledge Acts of disobedience have ugly, blameworthy, and harmful side effects that extend to one’s heart, body, this worldly life and the hereafter; [the details] of which no one is fully aware of except for Allāh. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [d. 751 AH] The Effects of Sin: Distancing Oneself from Allāh From them is loneliness that the sinner feels in his heart between himself and Allāh; [the pain...

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The Disposition of the Salaf in Handling The People of Innovation

Shaykh Hammūd al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1413 AH] said: “Shaykh Ismāʿīl ibn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Ṣābūnī said in [the book] ʿAqīdah Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamāʿah: ‘ They [Ahl al-Sunnah] stay far away from the people of innovation and misguidance, and take the companions of desire and innovation as enemies. They hate the companions of innovation who have attempted to add to this religion that which is not from it. They do not have love for them, neither do they take them as companions, or hear their words, or sit with them, or argue with them concerning the dīn, or debate with them. [Rather], they prefer to maintain...

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The Ruling on the Vocalising Intentions for Acts of Worship

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728 AH) said: “There is a party among the scholars of Kūfah who hold the opinion that vocalising the intention is mustaḥabb (recommended) for a person who is performing wuḍū’, ghusl, [about to] pray, or carry out any other act of worship. They claim that vocalising intentions for these acts of worship is stronger than merely an intention an individual holds in his mind. However, there are no scholars who have ruled the vocalisation of intentions to be wājib. Rather, the scholars of Madīnah have not [even] given it a ruling of mustaḥabb. Their [opinion] is correct...

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The Effects of Evil: Darkness of the Heart

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 a palpable darkness the sinner will find in his heart. He feels it like he perceives the gloomy darkness of a jet-black night. The darkness of disobedience that has encompassed his heart becomes like a physical darkness that impedes his vision. Indeed, acts of obedience are a light, and acts of disobedience are darkness. As darkness is strengthened,...

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Do Not Keep Company with the People of Innovation

Shaykh Hammūd al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1413 AH] said: “[Ibn Waḍḍāḥ] also narrates [from Al-Awzāʿī] who said: ‘I was told by several people that Asad ibn Mūsá wrote to Asad ibn al-Furāt: I warn you that you should hold any person from among the people of innovation as a brother, a person you sit with regularly, or as a close compatriot. For it has come in a narration: ‘whomsoever sits with a companion of innovation, will have [Allāh’s] protection over him removed. [Rather] he will be entrusted to himself. Whomsoever walks towards a person of innovation, he has indeed walked towards the destruction of...

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Open Shirk from the Leaders of al-Jamāʿah al-Tablīgh

Al-ʿAllāmah Ḥammūd al-Tuwayjirī said [concerning the leadership of the ṣūfī tablīghī movement]:     The leadership of the tablīghiīn is responsible for the intense ignorance of its followers, and their leaders are the reason for those who have slaughtered their own children based on visions shown to them by shayṭān. Shaykh Sayf al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad In response we add: It is a well-known principle among academics that any structure erected upon a foundation that is as faltering as the edge of a bank about to collapse, then its foundations are closer to complete destruction than what...

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The Tablighis: Misguided Dream Interpretation and Claimed Clairvoyance

Al-ʿAllāmah Ḥammūd al-Tuwayjirī related from Shaykh Sayf al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad who said: From among the most singular ramifications of [tablīghī] ignorance are the actions that have occurred from groups in Pakistan and India of men who claim dīn, steadfastness and god-consciousness. These individuals saw themselves in dreams slaughtering their own children, and some saw their children already slaughtered. This vision was especially common among those with sons, [according to them]. [Out of intense ignorance], in the morning they thought that their dream was an actual vision; a kind of inspiration...

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The Place of the Sunnah in Islām

There are some ignorant imāms who say that one should focus on the Qurʾān and leave the Sunnah for later. They think that the Qurʾān is more important than the Sunnah. They fail to realise that Allāh has commanded us in the Qurʾān to follow the Prophet’s Sunnah (peace be upon him) when He said, “Whoever obeys Allāh and His Messenger has achieved the greatest achievement.” And He also says: “Whatever the Messenger gives you take it and whatever he has prohibited you from then leave it.” In the Qurʾān Allāh commands us to take from the Sunnah, a direct commandment from Him to obey his...

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The Importance of Seeking Beneficial Knowledge

The author notes, “The Salaf would begin their books with the excellence and importance of knowledge. This would aid one in their diligence to seek after it.”  يَرْفَعِ اللهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ Allāh will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. [Sūrah al-Mujaadillah, 58:11] The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said on the authority of ʿUthmān ibn ʿAffān, “The best of you are those who have learned the Qurʾān and have taught it.”Volume 6, Book 61, Number 545 Abū al-Ḥasan said, “These...

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The 2nd Jamāʿah: Ḥalāl or Ḥarām?

From those Imāms of the Salaf who support it, one of their main proofs is the ḥadīth, ‘The ṣalāh in the jamāʿah is better than the ṣalāh by one’s self.’ And for those Imāms of the Salaf who oppose it, one of their main proofs is, ‘The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) came from the passageways of Madīnah and he found that the people have prayed, so he returned home and gathered his family and made ṣalāh with them.’ A close look at the aḥādīth, their chains and the circumstances surrounding them is mentioned. Imām al-Mubarakfooree’s...

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Reflections on Studying with Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hadī

Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik reflects on one of the best experiences of his life, studying under none other than the virtuous scholar and shaykh, Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wadi’ī rahimahullāh. He makes note of the many virtues of Shaykh Muqbil, from them the shaykh’s unwavering will and his staunch policy of knowledge that never stops regardless of the day (i.e., Jūmūʿah, ʿĪd), month (Ramaḍān etc.), or any other time of the year. Our brother also touches on the generosity and support the shaykh had for his students, especially the students from overseas. He (Abū al-Ḥasan) said, “He will meet you more than...

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Purifying Ourselves from the People of Bidʿah

The prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) most certainly warned his ummah against deviation and fabrications within the religion. Whilst this is the case, many are adamant upon distorted principles and understandings of mūwāzanāt (counterbalancing the good and bad in preachers). This is especially so in our trying times, with groups such as the Ikhwān al-Muflisīn (The Bankrupt Brotherhood) spearheading the call to such misguidance, wa-Allāhu al-mustaʿān. Our pious salaf feared misguidance, and they used to warn against Ahl al-Bidʿah, and by Allāh they were not deceived by their beautiful...

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Mistakes of the Salaf vs. Mistakes of the Khalaf

A decisive blow to the ḥizbiyyīn who love to equate the errors of the juhaal (ignoramuses) such as Sayyib Qutb, Abū al-Fitan al-Misrī and those who arose from their mucus and poisonous ink with the shortcomings of the ʿulamāʾ of the salaf. Thus, providing them with an ‘escape clause’ any time they are exposed issuing a statement that opposes the dīn of Allāh and the sunnah of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam). Such that they can error and error and error and be free from blame since they hoodwink the general folk with the idea that the likes of Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, the vanguard...

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Knowledge Before Action

What is knowledge? Shaykh Ṣalaḥ al-ʿUthaymīn says: Linguistically it is the opposite of ignorance, and it is to firmly comprehend a matter upon its reality. Its definition as it relates to Istilāḥ in the Sharīʿah refers to the knowledge revealed by Allāh to the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), i.e the two revelations, the Qurʾān, and the Sunnah, which also came by way of revelation. And that which is considered as knowledge which is praiseworthy is the knowledge of revelation. The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said ‘Whomsoever Allāh wants good for, He gives him understanding...

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Give Thanks and Praise to Allāh who Guided you to Islām and the Sunnah

The speaker stresses that they must not only thank Allāh for guiding them to Islām, but that they should also thank Allāh for guiding them to the Sunnah, because Allāh has guided some people to Islām, but not to the Sunnah.

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Examples of the Companions in Seeking Knowledge

We find in the authentic Sunnah a narration in which the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, “My Ummah will divide into 73 sects1, all of them will be in the Fire except for one, and that is the Jamāʿah.” It was said, “And who are they, O Allāh’s Messenger?” He responded, “That which I and my Companions are upon today.”2 There are numerous benefits which can be derived from this ḥadīṭh, and from them is the great desire of the Companions (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhum ajmaʿīn) in seeking knowledge and understanding of the dīn of Allāh (subhānahu wa-taʿāla); such that when the Messenger (ṣallallāhu...

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Benefits Pertaining to Knowledge from Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī

From the tremendous reminders of Shaykh Muqbil (raḥimahullāh) mentioned by Ustādh Abū al-Ḥasan in relation to ʿilm and the students of knowledge: The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said, and it is recorded in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, ‘Whomsoever Allāh wishes good for, He gives him understanding of the religion.’ The knowledge discussed in this narration is the knowledge of Sharīʿah; legislation and revelation. Both Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz and Shaykh Muqbil (raḥimahumAllāh) mention that the opposite can also be understood: Whomsoever Allāh does not wish good, He...

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Accompanying the Innovated Excursions of the Tablīghī “Jawla”

Shaykh Hammūd al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1413 AH] said: “As for the query of the questioner: Do I advise him to take excursions [jawla] with the jamāʿah al-tablīgh whether this be within our country (of Saudi Arabia) or outside of it? I respond: Truly, I advise this individual and others who possess a desire to keep their dīn safe from the dregs of shirk, extremism, innovation, and meaningless, nonsensical activities—to refrain from attaching themselves in any way with the tabīghiyyīn. Never go on excursions [jawla] with them, whether this be in Saudi Arabia or outside of it. For the most lenient opinion...

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The Rejection of al-Jamāʿah al-Tablīgh’s Claim: Allāh is Everywhere

Shaykh Ḥammud al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1413 AH] said: From among the greatest calamity of the creed of the tablīghiyyīn is their rejection of Allāh’s attribute of being the Most High. This belongs to the jahmī madh`hab who have rightly earned the label of disbelief (kufr) from many of the scholars from among the pious predecessors, and from whom they have declared themselves innocent. Imām Ibn al-Qayyim said in ‘Al-Kāfiyah al-Shāfiyah: ‘Their [jahmī] disbelief is well established by fifty times ten from among the scholars of our domain. And Imām Al-Lālikāʾī has related this from them and before him...

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The Animosity of the Tablighis for the Scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah and Their Books

Shaykh Hammūd al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1413 AH] said: Some of the scholars have mentioned that a man from among the students of knowledge in Madīnah went out with the jamāʿah al-tablīgh to Hanākiyah. The leader of this group was one of the heads of the jamāʿah al-tablīgh. During the night, this student saw one of the [tablīghiyyīn] from India jumping whilst exclaiming ‘هُوَ هُوَ هُوَ [him, him, him]’1. So he [the student of knowledge] tried to stop him which caused [the tablīghī] to leave what he was doing and remain silent. In the morning, the student of knowledge told the leader of the group what...

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The Blind Ignorance of al-Jamāʾah al-Tablīgh

Al-Shaykh Ḥammūd al-Tuwayjirī said [relating from Al-Shaykh Ṣayf al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad]: “It is indeed a true statement that the Jews of this ummah are the Shīʿah, and that the Jews [of those who ascribe themselves to the] Sunnah are the ones who blindly copy and imitate [their religious leaders]. Especially the likes of the Tablīghiyyīn, who strive in the spread of ignorance, blind imitation, and worshipping of their leaders, glorifying them and being obedient to them. They spread bidʿah among the Muslims. They [try to] obligate upon Muslims that which Allāh has not made obligatory. They prescribe...

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Al-Jamāʿah Al-Tablīgh: A Creed from the Creeds of the Ṣūfiyyah

Al-ʿAllāmah Ḥammūd al-Tuwayjirī [d. 1413 AH] said: One of the representative duʿāt (callers) in Layth wrote a treatise by hand and sent it to me in Madīnah. He said in this treatise: ‘The Jamāʿah al-Tablīgh learn this dīn upon the way of Ṣūfiyyah.’ He said: ‘Their creed is just another from the creeds of the Ṣūfiyyah. They interpret (There is nothing worshipped in truth except Allāh) to mean tawḥiḍ al-rubūbiyyah [i.e. there is no Creator, Sustainer, or Controller of Affairs except for Allāh]. They also falsely accuse the ṣaḥābah of being unaware of tawḥīd.’ Then he said: ‘I entered upon a tablīghī...

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The Dangers of Seeking Recognition from the Creation of Allāh

Imām ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Saʿdī (d. 1376 AH) said: “From among the most beneficial ways of staving off stress and worry is to build the habit of never seeking any sort of praise or recognition except from Allāh. If you behave in servitude and goodness to an individual who has rights over you or even one who does not, know that in actuality this is a service you have put forth before Allāh. So pay no attention to whether gratitude is expressed by those individuals you showed goodness towards. As Allāh says concerning the choicest of His creation:  إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ...

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The Give and Take of a Good Relationship

Imām ʾAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir al-Saʿdī (1376 AH) said: “The saying of the Prophet [ﷺ] ‘Let no believing man revile his wife [a believing woman]. If he finds himself hating one of her qualities, he will indeed find himself loving another one [of her attributes]’, offers two major benefits: The first is that it guides to the righteous way of dealing with one’s wife, close family, friends, workers, and whomsoever there exists any type of relationship or communication. It highlights that every person should fully and wholly prepare themselves for the fact that there must exist some type...

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When Is Water Considered Najis and Unfit for Wuḍūʿ?

This sharīʿah is full of wisdom and attaches rulings to reason. Some of those reasons are known to us and some are not. The prohibition of najis is linked to its impurity. Thus, whenever this impurity is found in anything it is considered najis. If impurity is not present, then it cannot be termed najis Imām ibn al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said: “Some of the scholars have taken the opinion that water is not termed najis (unfit for wuḍūʿ) except if that water has changed [in taste, colour, or smell] regardless of the amount of water present. Although...

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The Seven Doors of the Qurʾān

For He revealed His Book [the Qurʾān] upon seven ways, all of which allows one to reach the pleasure of Allāh, achieving true success by being granted jannah as long as they enact its teachings. Imām al-Ṭabarī [d. 310 AH] It has been narrated by Ibn Masʿūd that the Prophet [ﷺ] said: ‘The first book was revealed on one door, in but one dialect. The Qurʾān was revealed from seven doors in seven dialects: it forbids and orders, makes ḥalāl and ḥarām, [contains] specific and indefinite matters, and [contains] parables. So make ḥalāl that which is permissible and make ḥarām that which is impermissible,...

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Memorisation or Fahm (Understanding), Which Takes Preference?

 Questions posed to Shaykh Aḥmad al-Najmī: س52- الحمد لله رب العالمين، وبعد: فهذه أسئلةٌ جاءت من أحد الإخوة السلفيين من قطر, أسأل الله أن يوفقنا وإيَّاه لكل خير، وأن يجنبنا وإيِّاه كلَّ شر وضير؛ قال السائل: هل طالب العلم إذا قرأ على شيخٍ متنًا من المتون العلمية، وفهمه دون أن يحفظه؛ هل يكفيه ذلك، ومن ثَمَّ هل يستطيع أن ينتقل إلى متنٍ آخر أم لا بدَّ أن يحفظ المتن، ويستوعب مسائل شيخه أفيدونا مأجورين ؟ All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of the whole of the creation. To proceed: These questions are from one of the Salafī brothers in Qatar. I ask Allāh that he grant us and him success in achieving...

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Does Fasting in Ramaḍān Become Obligatory During the Day If a Legislated Exemption Ends? (i.e. Travel, Illness, Menses, Postpartum Period)

Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said: The example of the person of which fasting becomes obligatory in the middle of the day—such that this person is subjected to either fasting [immediately] or on another day—[includes]: the woman whose menses cease, a woman whose postpartum period finishes, and a traveller who returns home [during the day] whilst not in a fasting state. These are three issues to which we will add a fourth: a sick person who makes a recovery. We collectively liken this to the issue of removing that which prevents the fast during the day [of obligatory fasting]....

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The One Whom Allāh Wants Good For – He Gives Him Understanding of the Religion

A discussion on the importance of seeking knowledge. The lecture took place during the Sisters Luncheon and Lectures, June 2013. Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” [Al-Zumar, 39:9] From the topics discussed: The value of knowledge Knowledge guides and corrects It is enough to know the value of knowledge that the people of misguidance rush to feign it Are those who possess knowledge equal to those who do not? Knowledge is a key to all good Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim

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The Tafsīr of: “Obey Allāh and Obey the Messenger (ﷺ) and Those in Authority Over You”

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said: Allāh says: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا ‎﴿٥٩﴾‏ “O you who have believed, obey Allāh and obey the Messenger and those in authority over you. And if you disagree among yourselves over anything then refer it back to Allāh and the Messenger if you truly believe in Allāh and the Last Day. That is better (conduct) and (leads to)...

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The Tafsīr of: “Seek Help with Patience and Prayer”

Allāh says,  يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ ‎﴿١٥٣﴾‏ “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [al-Baqarah, 2:153] Imām Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī [d. 310 AH] said: If someone was to say to us: We know very clearly what it means to seek [Allāh’s] help with patience regarding fulfilling our duty towards Him and continuously engaging in acts of obedience. But regarding the order to seek help [from Allāh] in carrying out acts of obedience and leaving disobedient...

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Reading the Qurʾān at Night Is More Rewarding, Especially during Ramaḍān

Although reading or reciting the Qurʾān is always rewarding, doing so during the blessed month of Ramaḍān is much more rewarding since the Qurʾān was revealed in Ramaḍān. Allāh said: شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ ‎﴿١٨٥﴾ “The Qurʾān was revealed in the month of Ramaḍān.” [Al-Baqarah, 2:185] Additionally, Jibrīl would review the Qurʾān with the Messenger (ﷺ) during Ramaḍān. ʿĀʾishah (رضي الله عنها) narrated: “Jibrīl would meet Allāh’s Messenger (ﷺ) during the entire month of Ramaḍān to review the Qurʾān.” (Reported by Muslim with this wording) Therefore, reading or reciting...

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10 Plots of Shayṭān: Beware ‘O Children of Ādam

   اسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَأَنسَاهُمْ ذِكْرَ اللَّهِ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ حِزْبُ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ أَلَا إِنَّ حِزْبَ الشَّيْطَانِ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ ‎﴿١٩﴾ Shayṭan (Satan) has overtaken them. So he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Shayṭan (Satan). Verily, it is the party of Shayṭan (Satan) that will be the losers! [al-Mujādilah, 58:19] ‏ The 10 plots of Shayṭān: 17:31 Plot 01: The Call to Shirk (polytheism and disbelief) 21:16 Plot 02: The Call to Bidʿah: Innovating Religious Matters into Islām 24:00 Plot 03: The Encouragement...

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Should You Fast Whilst Travelling?

Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-Uthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said [concerning the issue of fasting for a traveller]: What is correct [in this issue] is to base the ruling on elaboration. If fasting or refraining [from fasting] is equal as far as the traveller is concerned, [we say] that fasting is better for four reasons: This was the action executed by the Prophet [ﷺ] himself as it comes in the ḥadīth of Abū al-Dardāʾ (may Allāh be pleased with him) who said: ‘We were with the Messenger of Allāh [ﷺ] on an extremely hot day—to the point where there were from among us those who needed to put their hands...

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What Is Falāḥ and How Is It Related to Fasting?

Saḥūr is the pre-dawn meal that is consumed in the blessed month of Ramaḍān prior to fasting, and it is called that because the meal is consumed at the time of saḥār which is shortly before dawn. Allāh said: كَانُوا قَلِيلًا مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ ‎﴿١٧﴾‏ وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ ‎﴿١٨﴾ “They would only sleep a small part of the night, and at the time of saḥar [i.e. the time just before dawn], they would seek forgiveness.” [Al-Dhāriyāt, 51:17-18] Ibn Ḥajr (رحمه الله) said: “Saḥar is the last part of the night [i.e. the time just before dawn], and saḥūr is the...

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The Lofty Position of Making Intention for Fasting

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728 AH] said: “There can be no doubt that having an intention for fasting is obligatory, for if one fasted without an intention, he could not expect to be rewarded. This is because reward only follows [the actions] we intend. Similarly, we will be rewarded for the [ḥarām] actions we choose to leave for Allāh. However, if it had not even occurred to an individual to actively and with pre-emptive thought, abandon an action, he would not be punished or rewarded. Just as if he intends to leave something for Allāh but engages in it due to forgetfulness; this...

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Cautioning Against Opulence and Luxury During Ramaḍān

There can be no doubt that Ramaḍān is a month of great happiness and glad tidings. It is therefore inappropriate for any individual to contaminate this month for himself through spending above and beyond his need. Outside of Ramaḍān, a person would normally consume three meals, but during Ramaḍān he only consumes two. Despite this, he spends [on food] during Ramaḍān what he would spend for the entire year. This is an erroneous outlook regarding the type of preparation one should be engaging in for Ramaḍān. It has become the practice of some people that they become very religious during this...

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The Importance of Understanding the Rulings and Regulations of Ramaḍān

We need to have an aspiration to seek out and learn the rulings of fasting. In the ḥadith: ‘Whomsoever Allāh intends good to come from, He allows him to be well-versed in the rulings of this dīn,’ there should be no doubt that knowledge [of this dīn] is from among the greatest ways a servant [of Allāh] is able to increase his closeness to his Lord, just as it is from among the most magnanimous acts of obedience. [Remember] that you currently face a season of greatness, so learn the rulings regarding fasting: its prerequisites, its recommended aspects, the mannerisms and behaviour that are...

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Ramaḍān: A Time to Revise Our Priorities

Ramaḍān is an opportunity for change: for the ones who desire to increase their īmān and improve their behaviour. [A chance for] the ones weighed down by the stresses of this dunyā, who have allowed it to busy them for prolonged periods, distancing them from their Lord and Master. The ones who [the stresses of the dunyā] have taken away from their implementation of [what they know from] the sunnah of the Messenger [may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him]. Thus, they live in this dunyā purposeless, far away from obedience to Allāh the Exalted, the Most High. This month is an opportunity...

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Should the Sick Person Fast in Ramaḍān?

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-Uthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said: We say that if fasting causes harm to a sick person, then it would be ḥarām for that sick person to fast. If someone was to say: ‘What is the measure of [this] harm?’ We say [in answer]: Harm [referred to here] is conceptualised with the senses and with that which has been related to us. As for the senses: It is for the sick person to recognise that fasting is causing him harm, [or] the causative factor of the pains he experiences, [or] obligates a delay in his recovery or anything that holds similarity [to these factors]. As for that...

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The Fasting of the Traveller or the Sick

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421] said: [Q]: Is it better for a traveller or a sick person to fast or not? [A]: We say: It is best for them both to do what is easiest for them. For if there is some harm that comes to either of these categories of people due to fasting, fasting then becomes impermissible, for the saying of the Most High: وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا ‎﴿٢٩﴾ ‘And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.’ [Al-Nisāʾ, 4:29] This āyah proves that whatever causes harm to a person is forbidden...

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Exemplifying Benefits from Sūrah al-Fātiḥah

The following collection of benefits illustrate the powerful guidance of Sūrah al-Fātiḥah (The Opening). For, truly, all of the sicknesses that affect the heart and poison it are centred around two foundations: corrupt knowledge and corrupt intentions. These two corruptions lead further towards two types of lethal ailments. They are misguidance and anger. Misguidance being the inevitable result of corrupt knowledge, and anger the result of corrupt intentions. These two illnesses are at the very root of every conceivable sickness that affects the hearts of man. Thus, guidance to the straight...

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Innovation in Islām Fundamentally Separates the People of Falsehood from the People of Truth

Narrated by the Mother of the Believers, the Mother of ʿAbdullāh, ʿĀ’ishah [may Allāh be pleased with her] said: the Messenger of Allāh [may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him] said: ‘Whoever innovated in our matter [of Islam] that which is not from it will have [what he innovated] rejected.’1 Narrated by Bukhārī and Muslim. In the narration of Muslim: ‘Whoever executes an action [in Islām] that is not from it will have [that action] rejected.’ Imām Ibn Rajab [d. 795 AH] said:“This ḥadīth is from among the greatest foundations of Islām. For it behaves as a scale that applies to the...

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The Meaning of the Ḥadīth: The Religion Is Advice

Narrated by Abū Ruqayyah Tamīm ibn Aws al-Dārī (may Allāh be pleased with him) that the Prophet [may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him] said: ‘This religion is naṣīḥah [sincerely desiring that which is good for another]. We said: ‘To whom O Messenger of Allah?’ He said: ‘ To Allāh the Exalted in Might, His book, His Prophet [may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him], to the leaders of the believers and to the general populace.’ Narrated by Muslim. Explanation Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab [d. 795 AH] said: ‘The Prophet [ﷺ] has told us that this religion is naṣīḥah. This proves that this...

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The Muslims are the Most Just Among the Religions and Ahl al-Sunnah the Most Just Amongst the Muslims

The Muslims are the most just in terms of their sharīʿah [i.e. following the divine legislation]. Unlike the Jews, they never rejected the sharīʿah that abrogated their own for the purpose of holding on to abrogated laws. Unlike the Christians, they never changed any portion of their actionable laws, or created new laws for themselves for which Allāh never granted them permission. They never fell into the radical adulation [that extended to worship] of their prophets and righteous like the Christians, nor did they completely discard the rights of [the pious] like the Jews. They never described...

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True Happiness Is Only Found in the Qurʾān and Sunnah

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim (d. 751 AH) said: “There are two matters that are among the reasons for true happiness: One of them is to have detailed knowledge of all the means of good and evil. One should gain insight into those [means] through observation of worldwide occurrences, and experimentation, both carried out by oneself and by others, and from what has been conveyed about past and current generations. The most beneficial of all [these means] is to contemplate the Qurʾān. For it is, from every conceivable angle, the most sufficient and complete disposer of this need. As it expounds on and clarifies...

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The Condition of the Salaf Before, During and After Ramaḍān

Question: What was the condition of the salaf al-ṣāliḥ (may Allāh have mercy upon them) in greeting this great month (Ramaḍān)? What was their methodology, and how was their guidance? How should the Muslim prepare to achieve maximum benefit in these upcoming days and nights (of Ramaḍān)? From the knowledge-based preparation is that we are acquainted with the rulings of fasting, that which breaks our fast, the rulings regarding that which breaks the fast etc., but some of the people are ignorant of these matters. They do not understand the affair of fasting nor do they comprehend the compulsory...

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Praying in Clothing That May or May Not Have Impurities

Al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad ibn Ṣālih al-Uthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said [concerning doubts about clothing that may have najāsah]: The correct opinion is that an individual should seek out the truth with regards to it. If it seems most probable to him that a piece of clothing is pure, then he should pray in it. For Allāh does not burden a soul more than it can bear, neither has He made it obligatory on anyone that he should pray a prayer twice [one in each piece of clothing he has doubts concerning]. If you say: Is it not possible that even with this inspection [of the clothing] that he could hypothetically...

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The Value of Giving Advice

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab narrates from Al-Ḥasan [al-Baṣrī] who said: “Some of the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) said: ‘By the One in whose Hand my soul lies, if you so will I shall surely swear by Allāh for you: Truly among Allāh’s most beloved servants are the ones who instil the love of Allāh within [the hearts] of His servants, and in turn they make the servants of Allāh beloved to Allāh. They go forth in this world spreading naṣīḥah [sincerely desiring that which is good for one another]. Farqad al-Sabakhī said: I’ve read in a few writings: ‘Beloved to Allāh is the leader who commands...

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Why Jihād Is Not One of the Pillars of Islām

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab (d. 795 AH) said: “In the ḥadīth of Muʿādh ibn Jabal [raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu], [the Prophet (ﷺ)] said that at the head of this matter is Islām. It is supported by ṣalāh. Jihād [struggling in the way of Allāh] is the apex of the climb. That is, the highest and most lofty position in it [is to struggle in the way of Allāh]. Considering this, jihād is not mentioned as one of [Islam’s] supports or pillars upon which it is built. There are two reasons for this: The first is that jihād is farḍ kifāyah [obligatory on the community as a whole] according to the consensus of the scholars....

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Understanding the Context of Qur’anic Passages that Promise Forgiveness

Fasting in the month of Ramaḍān and attending the Friday prayers continuously does not possess the strength to expiate all minor sins except if one also refrains from engaging in major transgressions. Thus, both actions together are able to expiate minor sin. How can the voluntary fasting of a single day expiate every single major sin perpetrated by a slave [of Allāh], and he continuously engages in this major sin, refusing to repent from it? This is impossible. This does not mean that fasting the day of ʿArafah or ʿĀshūraʾ does not expiate the sins of the entire year in general. Rather, these...

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The Importance of Duʿāʾ and its Prerequisites

Amīr al-Muʾminīn ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb said: ‘I do not carry the worry of the answer [to my invocations]. Rather, it is the worry of the duʿāʾ itself that plagues me. For if I am guided to make an invocation [in the right way], then the answer to it will surely follow.’ It is the intention of the slave and his meticulousness, want, and desire [that goes in to his duʿāʾ] that correlates directly with the tawfīq and help of Allāh for him. For help from Allāh descends on His slaves depending on the attention they pay to their duʿāʾ, as well as their steadfastness, desire, and fearfulness. Conversely,...

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When the Souls of the Living Meet with the Souls of the Deceased

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) was asked the following: “Is it correct that the souls meet after death? And is there a sign that they are in Jannah or the Fire?”1 The Shaykh (حفظه الله) responded by saying: Yes, the souls meet. That is like in the case when He said: اللَّـهُ يَتَوَفَّى الْأَنفُسَ حِينَ مَوْتِهَا ‘It is Allāh who takes away the souls at the time of their death…’ [al-Zumar, 39:42] This is the major death, وَالَّتِي لَمْ تَمُتْ فِي مَنَامِهَا ‘…and those that die not, during their dreams.’ [al-Zumar, 39:42] Meaning, He takes away the soul that did not die during...

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The Difference Between Islām and Īmān

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Rajab (d. 795 AH) said: “The truth regarding the difference [between Islām and īmān] is that īmān is to believe with the heart in the truthfulness of this dīn, to be satisfied with it, and to have knowledge concerning it. While Islām refers to the complete submission, humility, and humble obedience of the servant [of Allāh]. This is enacted through action and is referred to as dīn by Allāh in His Book1. In the ḥadith of Jibrīl the Prophet (ﷺ) referred to Islām, īmān, and īḥsān [God- consciousness] as dīn2. This is evidence that proves that if one of these two terms [Islām or īmān]...

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