Defending the Honour of the Muslims

Abū al-Dardāʾ (رضى الله عنه) narrated that the Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence, Allāh will protect his face from the Fire of Hell on the Day of Resurrection.”1 If he happens to attend a gathering and his Muslim brother is being mentioned with sin or being degraded, then he defends him as he would defend his own honour, because his brother’s honour is like his own. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān Explanation:2 “Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence…” Meaning: In the state of his brother’s absence. If...

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Helping Sinners Repent or Insulting Them?

In the Name of Allāh… It has been relayed that Shaykh Ṣāliḥ Āl al-Shaykh – may Allāh bless and preserve him – said: From the sayings of Abū ad-Dardāʾ – may Allāh be pleased with him – : Once when Abū ad-Dardāʾ passed by a man who had committed a sin and the people became aware of it and were insulting him because of it – and Abū ad-Dardāʾ was so keen and insightful in helping people recovering from their religious ills and reviving sickened hearts – so he said: Had you found him at the bottom of a well, wouldn’t you be helping him up and out of...

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The Manners of Companionship

Your life at the present moment is in between the past and the future. So what has preceded can be rectified by tawbah (repentance), nadam (regret) and istighfār (seeking Allāh’s forgiveness). This is something that will neither tire you, nor cause you to toil as you would with strenuous labour. Rather it is an action of the heart. Imām Badr al-Dīn al-Ghazzī (d. AH 984)   The Shaykh – raḥimahullāh– said:1 Know O pious brother – may Allāh make our affairs good – that the manners of companionship and good relationships are of various types, of which I will explain, will personify the person...

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The Status of the Arabic Language in Islām

As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islām and the language of the Qurʾān, so that this becomes a habit in the land, with one’s family and household members, with one’s friends, in the marketplace, when addressing government representatives or authority figures or when speaking to people of knowledge, undoubtedly this is makrūh (disliked), because it involves being like the non-Arabs, which is makrūh, as stated previously. Hence when the early Muslims went to live in Syria and Egypt, where the people spoke Byzantine Greek,...

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The Islamic World: The Obligation upon the Rulers, the Scholars and the General Masses

A question was posed to al-Imām Ibn Bāz (رحمه الله), asking:1 What is the obligation upon the Muslim scholars with regards to facing the trials and calamities that have befallen the Islamic world? Whatever of good reaches you, it is from Allāh, and whatever of evil befalls you, it is from yourself. [al-Nisāʾ, 4:79] Answer: From that which there is no doubt about is that sins, and being far removed from the correct Islamic ʿaqīdah (beliefs) – in both sayings and actions – are from the greatest reasons for bringing about crisis and calamities that have befallen the Muslims. Allāh – the Mighty...

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