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Benefit: Keep it Real and Avoid Fake Public Tawbah

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson reflects upon the trend today of generalised "public tawbah" whereby a person uses vague speech such as "if I have offended anyone" or "if i've ever transgressed against anyone" to announce his supposed correction to the world. An encouragement is made to follow the legislated means of seeking forgiveness, and guidelines are given towards truly righting wrongs. 


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Benefit: Not Everyone Who Sits In the Gatherings of Knowledge Is Sincere - Purify Your Intention

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson discusses the reality that not everyone who sits in the circles of knowledge is sincere. A person should purify his intentions.

From the course entitled: Creed Course: Essentials of Islamic Theology during the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses

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Benefit: Self-Amazement

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

The disease afflicting the Muslim youth in our times is that when they acquire some new knowledge, they raise their heads (arrogantly) thinking that they know everything, and they are overcome with self-amazement. We fear that they resemble the statement of the Messenger of Allāh ():

"There are three destructive things: Being stingy, following one’s desires and being amazed with one’s own opinion."

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

Source: Silsilat al-Hudā wa-al-Nūr 861.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Your Manhaj Must Be Upright

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

Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī: The Muslim must combine two things: between being sincere with his intentions for the sake of Allāh, The Exalted, and following the example of that which the Prophet (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) was a upon. Likewise, it is not sufficient that the Muslim is sincere and earnest concerning his objective with regards to acting upon the book [Qurʾān] and the Sunnah, and calling towards it, rather it must be added that his manhaj [methodology] be sound and upright.

Source: Mawsūʿat al-Albānī fī-al-ʿAqīdah, pg. 286.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Bulūgh al-Maram: Exhortation to Good Character

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

The following ḥadīth are selected from Ibn Ḥajr al-Asqʿalánī's Bulooghul-Maram (Attainment of the Objective according to Evidence of the Ordinances). [Page 480+ eng. trans.] They touch on the importance of good Islamic character; being truthful, avoiding lying, the evil of a suspicious mind, heedlessness, not protecting each other's honour etc.

A good reminder to the sincere heart, that even if you have been blessed with guidance to the Sunnah and hold yourself to be from Ahlul-Ḥaqq, the Shayṭān will not leave you alone, perhaps he may destroy your deeds by wrecking your character and making you heedless and blinded by the fact that you 'ascribe yourself to the correct manhaj'. We ask Allāh to make us people of upright character, firstly with Allāh, His Messenger, His Companions, the Scholars of Islām, Our families, kinsfolk and our brothers and sisters in Islām.

1314. Narrated by Ibn Masʿūd (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Adhere (you people) to truthfulness. Indeed, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise, and if a man continues to speak the truth and makes truth his object, he will be recorded as truthful before Allāh. Avoid (you people) falsehood, indeed falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the hellfire, and if a man continues to speak falsehood and makes falsehood his object, he will be recorded as a liar before Allāh [agreed upon].

1315. Narrated Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Avoid (you people) suspicion, for indeed suspicion is the worst form of false speech. [agreed upon]

1316. Narrated Abū Saʿīd al-Khudrī (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Avoid sitting by the roadside, they (the Companions) asked ‘O Allāh’s Messenger, we cannot do without those meeting places in which we converse,’ so he said, “Well if you insist (on that), give the road its dues.” They asked, ‘what are the roads due?’ He replied, “Lowering the eyes, abstaining from anything offensive, returning salutations, enjoining good, forbidding the evil.” [agreed upon]

1317. Narrated Mu’aawiyyah (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Whoever Allāh wishes good for, he gives him understanding of the Religion” [agreed upon].

1318. Narrated Abū al-Dardā (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “There isn’t anything, which will be put on the scales (on the day of resurrection), heavier than good character.” [Abū Dāwūd and al-Tirmidhī reported it, and the later graded it ṣaḥīḥ]

1319. Narrated Ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Modesty is part of Faith” [agreed upon].

1320. Narrated Abū Masʿūd (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “One of the things people have learned from the earlier prophecies is, ‘If you do not feel any shame, do whatever you like.’ [al-Bukhārī reported it]

1322. Narrated Iyāḍ Ibn Himar (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: "Allāh, The Most High, has revealed to me that you should be humble, so that no one transgresses against another, and no one boasts to another.” [Muslim reported it]

Note: we see hear that both transgression and pride are blameworthy characteristics, it is reported in a ḥadīth that the Prophet (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) stated that transgression is one of the worst of the criminal acts that are punishable in this world as well as in the hereafter. Indeed, lack of humbleness fosters and breeds both transgression and pride.

1323. Narrated by Abū al-Dardā (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu), the Prophet (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour in his absence, Allāh will protect his face from the hellfire on the day of resurrection.” [al-Tirmidhī reported it, and graded it ḥasan. Aḥmad has something similar from the ḥadīth of Asmāʾa’, daughter of Yazeed.]

Note: If someone backbites a third person before somebody, the listener must stop him on the spot; and if possible one should mention his virtuous deeds and qualities instead.

1326. Narrated Tamīm ad-Daree (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu) Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said three times: “The religion is naseehah (sincerity).” We asked, ‘who is it (directed) to, O Messenger of Allāh?’ He replied, “To Allāh, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk” [Muslim reported it].

1327. Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu); Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “The Fear of Allāh and the Good Character are the major things that lead to Paradise.” [At-Tirmidhī reported it, and al-Ḥākim graded it ṣaḥīḥ]

Note: Good Character here includes treating people well, refraining from causes them any harm and maintaining a cheerful appearance whilst interacting with them. The Arabic word Taqwá stands for one’s compliance with the divine commands and avoiding the prohibitions.

1330. Narrated Ibn ʿUmar (raḍī Allāhu ‘anhu); Allāh’s Messenger (sallāllāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: “The believer who mixes with the people and patiently endures their harms, is better than the one who does not mix with them and does not endure their harm.” [Ibn Majah reported it with  ḥasan chain of narrations, al-Tirmidhī also reported this ḥadīth but did not mention the name of the Companion.]

Class: Explanation of al-Uṣūl al-Sittah

  Abū ʿIyāḍ Amjad Rafīq

The exceptional book "Sharḥ al-Uṣūl al-Sittah" [شرح الأصول الستة] is a short treatise outlining six great and mighty principles of the dīn of Islām through which the errors of extremists of all kinds are made plain. These six principles comprise: a) sincerity in worship, b) obligation of unity, c) giving obedience to those in authority, d) knowledge of the true scholars of the religion, e) knowledge of the true awliyaa (friends) of Allāh and f)  recognizing and repelling a doubt related to a person's ability in following the Book and the Sunnnah.

False Desires: Their Evil Effect upon Unity

   

Speaking about the affairs of religion must only be done purely for Allāh's sake. One's intention must exemplify this in calling to Allāh. The allowance of desires to disturb this pure intention only causes ruin to the hearts of people.

How Does One Attain Sincerity?

   

A brief excerpt from Imām Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn’s explanation of Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn, demonstrating the importance of sacrifice as a means to attain piety and sincerity.

Istiqāmah

  Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad ʿAli

An awakening lecture by our beloved brother Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh), where he advises us with being upon istiqāmah (being upright). Abū ʿUways reminds us that Allāh is more merciful to His creatures than they are to themselves. He further goes on to mention the meaning of istiqāmah in detail. He gives sincere advice on being straight, and not falling into the things that can take a person out of Islām. Islām is a complete way of life. It is a total program and we must enter into Islām totally. Additionally, Abū ʿUways mentions we cannot take what is in accordance with our desires whilst leaving off the rest

Seminar: Sincerity - The Mark of a Muslim

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Seminar: Sincerity - The Mark of a Muslim

Confirmed Speaker:

Ustādh Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis
Ustādh Abū IdrIs Muḥammad Khān
Ustādh Abu Ḥafsah Kāshiff Khān

Date: Fri. Jun. 14th - Sun. Jun. 16th, 2019

Location: Masjid al-Furqān (TROID) 874-A Weston Rd. Toronto, Canada

Sincerity

  Amjad Rafīq

A sermon on al-Ikhlās (sincerity), a condition for Allāh's acceptance of one's actions.

Sincerity and Sincere Advice

  Imām al-Nawawī (d. AH 676)

A superb explanation of the ḥadīth of Tamīm al-Dārī concerning naṣīḥah. This short excerpt covers all the finer points of how to be sincere to Allāh, His Book, His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-salām), the leaders of the Muslims, and the common-folk.

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.

Sincerity with the Scholars and the Sunnah

  Abū Khadījah ʿAbd al-Wāḥid

A tremendous lecture delivered in Toronto (2002) during the first summer seminar. Our noble brother, Abū Khadījah, spoke upon the topic of being sincere with the Sunnah and with the Scholars, the inheritors of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam).

Supporting a Masjid: A Communal Obligation

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
An excerpt from the a khuṭbah by Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson encouraging the Muslims to be vigilant in supporting their local masjid, being active in helping, using one's wealth and supporting the spread of Islām. He also cautions the listeners against speaking out against the leadership of the masājid, their financial affairs and questioning the worthiness of their positions. The evil and fitnah of these actions and how the Shayṭān intensifies in his efforts to separate the people as the community grows in size. The speaker cautions the listeners to record the statements of those who whisper doubts in to the community, to hold them accountable, to verify their claims and to admonish them for their rumour-mongering. An important reminder for every community - to busy ourselves with good and to leave of useless banter and ill-speech.

Excerpted from Follow up a Bad Deed with a Good Deed and Wipe it Out


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