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Audio: Some Beneficial Reminders From al-Wābil al-Sayyib of Ibn al-Qayyim

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Some Beneficial Reminders From al-Wābil al-Sayyib of Ibn al-Qayyim
As part of the seminar, Knowledge: Its Path, Its Etiquettes and Its Importance at TROID, Aug. 2017, our respected teacher and elder, Ustādh ʿAbdu-Ilāh Laḥmāmī delivers a beautiful lecture drawing upon a number of benefits taken from the beneficial work of Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh), Al-Wābil al-Sayyib.


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Benefit: A Valuable Lesson from the Life of Ibn Taymiyyah and His Student

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمهما الله) lived in a country ruled by kings, and although the country was deviant in its belief, worship, and laws, they never attacked its rulers with their swords; rather, they fought the Mongols under their country's banner.”

Source: Majmū‘ Kutub wā Rasāʾil wā Fatāwá Shaykh Rabīʿ al-Madkhalī, vol. 14, pg. 185.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Do You know Who the Deputies of Iblīs Are?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Ibn al-Qayyim (d.751 AH) said:

The deputies of Iblīs upon the earth are those who prevent the people from seeking knowledge and attaining comprehension in the religion. These kinds of people are more harmful than the devils amongst the Jinn. They turn the hearts away from the guidance of Allāh and His path.

Source: مفتاح دار السعادة
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Extending Christmas Greetings to Non-Muslims

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. AH 751) said: 

Greeting non-Muslims at the time of their religious celebrations saying: “Have a jolly day” or “Congratulations on this day” is impermissible. If extending these greetings is not kufr, then at least, it is prohibited. This is worse than congratulating a non-Muslim for consuming alcohol, committing murder, or having unlawful sex; rather, it is like congratulating him for prostrating to the cross, yet many Muslims who have weak faith do so without understanding how repugnant this action really is.

وَأَمَّا التَّهْنِئَةُ بِشَعَائِرِ الْكُفْرِ الْمُخْتَصَّةِ بِهِ فَحَرَامٌ بِالِاتِّفَاقِ مِثْلَ أَنْ يُهَنِّئَهُمْ بِأَعْيَادِهِمْ وَصَوْمِهِمْ، فَيَقُولَ: عِيدٌ مُبَارَكٌ عَلَيْكَ، أَوْ تَهْنَأُ بِهَذَا الْعِيدِ، وَنَحْوَهُ، فَهَذَا إِنْ سَلِمَ قَائِلُهُ مِنَ الْكُفْرِ فَهُوَ مِنَ الْمُحَرَّمَاتِ، وَهُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ أَنْ يُهَنِّئَهُ بِسُجُودِهِ لِلصَّلِيبِ، بَلْ ذَلِكَ أَعْظَمُ إِثْمًا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَأَشَدُّ مَقْتًا مِنَ التَّهْنِئَةِ بِشُرْبِ الْخَمْرِ وَقَتْلِ النَّفْسِ وَارْتِكَابِ الْفَرْجِ الْحَرَامِ وَنَحْوِهِ.
وَكَثِيرٌ مِمَّنْ لَا قَدْرَ لِلدِّينِ عِنْدَهُ يَقَعُ فِي ذَلِكَ، وَلَا يَدْرِي قُبْحَ مَا فَعَلَ،

Source: Aḥkām Ahl al-Dhimmah, vol. 1, pg. 441.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ibn al-Qayyim's Defence of the Followers of the Sunnah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

In defence of the followers of the Sunnah, al-Imām Ibn al-Qayyim wrote the following lines of poetry, refuting those who reject the Qurʾān and Sunnah for what their forefathers were upon.

قالوا له خالفت أقوال الشيو... خ ولم يبالوا الخلف للفرقان
خالفت أقوال الشيوخ فأنتم... خالفتم من جاء بالقرآن
خالفتم قول الرسول وإنما... خالفت من جراه قول فلان

يا حبذا ذاك الخلاف فإنه... عين الوفاق لطاعة الرحمن 
أو ما علمت بأن أعداء الرسو... ل عليه عابوا الخلف بالبهتان 
لشيوخهم ولما عليه قد مضى... أسلافهم في سالف الأزمان 
ما العيب إلا في خلاف النص لا... رأي الرجال وفكرة الأذهان 
أنتم تعيبونا بهذا وهو من... توفيقنا والفضل للمنان 
فليهنكم خلف النصوص ويهننا... خلف الشيوخ أيستوي الخلفان 
والله ما تسوى عقول جميع أهـ... ـل الأرض نصا صح ذا تبيان 
حتى نقدمها عليه معرضـ... ـين مؤولين محرّفي القرآن 
والله إن النص فيما بيننا... لأجل من آراء كل فلان

This is a brief excerpt from the 'Aqīdah series from 2007 with our brother and instructor Mūsá Richardson.


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Benefit: Nobody Shall Enter Paradise Before Purification

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Ibn al-Qayyim (d.751 AH) said:

It is not possible for the servant to enter paradise without purification. The servant is purified by way of four things in the worldly life:

1) repentance
2) seeking forgiveness
3) good deeds which wipe away evil deeds
4) calamities which expiate the sins

If these four things are not enough to purify and cleanse the servant, he is purified by way of three things in the Barzakh:

1) The people of īmān praying over him and interceding by seeking forgiveness for him.
2) The trials and tribulations of the grave.
3) The charitible actions pledged on his behalf from his Muslim brothers.

If these three things are not enough to purify him, he is purified at the place of standing by way of three things:

1) The fright of resurrection and the severity of the place of standing. 
2) The intercession of the intercessors.
3) The forgiveness of Allāh, the Mighty and Majestic.

If these three things are not enough to purify him, then the hellfire will cleanse him and purify him from his evil. He will abide therein according to the severity of his evil and how much he possess. When he becomes pure and good and the evil has departed, he will exit the hellfire and enter paradise. 
 
Source: Madārij al-Sālikīn 1/463
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Reciprocate Bad Treatment with Kindness

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) stated: "So whoever loves that Allāh would reciprocate his bad deeds with goodness, then he should reciprocate the bad treatment that he receives from others with kindness. And whoever knows that sins and bad deeds are innate to mankind, then he would not make a big deal of the bad treatment that he receives from others."1
 
1) (مفتاح دار السعادة: 2/826)

Benefit: Remember Allāh and Avoid Hypocrisy!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) stated:

The continuous remembrance of Allāh [i.e. adkhār] is a protection from hypocrisy, since the hypocrites rarely remember Allāh. Allāh said about them:

وَلَا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّـهَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا
“And they only remembered Allāh occasionally”
[Sūrah al-Nisāʾ, 4:142].

Kaʿb (رحمه الله) said: “Whoever continuously remembers Allāh is free from hypocrisy.” Consequently, Allāh concluded Sūrah al-Munāfiqūn [i.e. The Sūrah of the Hypocrites] by saying:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُلْهِكُمْ أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ
“O you who believe! Let not your wealth or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allāh, and whoever does that then they are the losers”
[Sūrah al-Munāfiqūn, 63:9].

This is a warning from the fitnah of the hypocrites who fell into hypocrisy because they failed to remember Allāh.

Questioned about the Khawārij1, some of the Companions said: “They are not hypocrites as the hypocrites hardly remember Allāh.” Therefore, remembering Allāh continuously is a protection from hypocrisy, and only remembering Him occasionally is a sign of hypocrisy.

Allāh does not test the heart by filling it with hypocrisy as He is more honourable than that; rather, the heart is filled with hypocrisy because it has forgotten Allāh’s remembrance.


[1] One of the earliest deviant groups of which the Prophet (ﷺ) said about them:
يَخْرُجُونَ مِنَ الدِّينِ كَمَا يَخْرُجُ السَّهْمُ مِنَ الرَّمِيَّةِ ثُمَّ لاَ يَعُودُونَ فِيهِ هُمْ شَرُّ الْخَلْقِ وَالْخَلِيقَةِ
“They will pass clean through the religion just as the arrow passes through the prey, and they will never come back to it. They would be the worst among the creation and the creatures.” (Saḥīḥ Muslim 1067 from Abu Dharr)

Source: al-Wābil al-Ṣayyib, pg. 80.

Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Tongue Exposes that Which Rests in One's Heart

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah:  If you want to find out that which rests in one’s heart, then look to the movements of their tongue. Indeed, the tongue indicates that which rests in the heart, whether or not its owner wills.

Source: al-Dāʾ wa-al-Dawāʾ pg. 364
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: What Possibly Can Be Worse than Murder and Adultery?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said: “Muslims agree that intentionally failing to pray a compulsory prayer is from the greatest of the major sins, and that this sin is worse than murder, adultery, stealing, plundering, and consuming alcohol, and that whoever does this is prone to Allāh’s anger, punishment, and humiliation in both this world and the next.”

Source: al-Ṣalāh, pg. 29.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

قال: لا يختلف المسلمون أن ترك الصلاة المفروضة عمدا من أعظم الذنوب وأكبر الكبائر وأن إثمه عند الله أعظم من إثم قتل النفس وأخذ الأموال ومن إثم الزنا والسرقة وشرب الخمر وأنه متعرض لعقوبة الله وسخطه وخزيه في الدنيا والآخرة

From the Completeness of a Man Is Love for His Wives

  Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawzīyyah

In his tremendous work, al-Dāʾ wa-al-Dawāʾ (The Sickness and its Cure), Ibn al-Qayyim brings the chapter: From the Completeness of a Man Is Love for His Wives. He states: 'As for love for one’s wives then there is no blame in loving them, rather it is from his completeness, and Allāh has blessed His worshippers with it (love).'

From the Rights of Tawḥīd

  Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

The point of the discussion and the secret behind it is that the servant does not see his Lord except as One continuously bestowing goodness and he does not see himself except as one who is sinful, excessive or deficient.

Ibn al-Qayyim - A Brief Biography

   

A short biography showing the tremendous virtue and status of the great Scholar of Islām, the psychologist of Ahl al-Sunnah, Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah.

Sincerity Towards Allāh

  Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

A short word from Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. AH 751) – raḥimahullāh – demonstrating that there is nothing beyond Allāh that deserves to be sought and nothing finds its conclusion with other than Him.

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