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Benefit: Shaykh Ibn Bāz on Ordering Good and Forbidding Evil

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

"There are some Muslim sisters from al-Mujamma`ah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who say in their question: When we try to stop the spread of Namimah (tale-bearing) and Ghibah (backbiting) among people, those whom we advise may insult and become mad at us. Are we sinful for making them angry, especially if they are parents? Should we prevent them or forget about matters that are not related to us? Please, advise!"


Our Shaykh Ibn Bāz, raḥimahullāh, responded:

"Enjoining right and forbidding wrong are of the most important acts of worship, as Allāh (May He be Glorified) says: The believers, men and women, are Auliyā (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin (on the people) al-Maʿrūf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islām orders one to do), and forbid (people) from al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islām has forbidden).

So, Allāh (He may be Glorified) explains in this Ayah that enjoining right and forbidding wrong are of the qualities of the believing men and women where Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muḥammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his Sunnah] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin al-Maʿrūf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islām has ordained) and forbid al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islām has forbidden), and you believe in Allāh. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Whoever, among you, sees something abominable should rectify it with his hand, and if he does not have enough strength to do it, then he should do it with his tongue; and if he does not have enough strength to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith. Related by Muslim in his Saḥiḥ (book of authentic Ḥadiths). There are many Āyahs and Ḥadiths on the obligation of enjoining right and forbidding wrong that rebuke those who neglect this duty. It is obligatory upon you and upon every believing man and woman to enjoin right and forbid wrong, even if those whom you invite become angry or insult you. Indeed, observing patience is obligatory as the Prophets (peace be upon them) and their followers did. Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) addressed His Prophet (peace be upon him) saying: Therefore be patient (O Muḥammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) as did the Messengers of strong will. Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:...and be patient. Surely, Allāh is with those who are al-Sābirūn (the patient).

Allāh (May He be Glorified) says about Luqman al-Hakim (Luqman the wise) that he said to his son: "O my son! Aqim-As-Sʿalát (perform al-Sʿalát), enjoin (on people) al-Maʿrūf - (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief in the Oneness of Allāh, polytheism of all kinds and all that is evil and bad), and bear with patience whatever befalls you. Verily, these are some of the important commandments (ordered by Allāh with no exemption). No doubt, reforming the society and preserving its integrity are achieved by following the instructions of Allāh and then by enjoining right and forbidding wrong. The neglect of enjoining right and forbidding wrong is one of the greatest reasons for corrupting the society, tearing it apart, and exposing it to general punishment. It is authentically reported from the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) that he said: If acts of disobedience are done among people and they do not change them, Allāh will soon punish them all. Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) warned His servants against following the example of the Children of Israel in His saying: Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dāwūd (David) and ʿIsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allāh and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds. They used not to forbid one another from Al-Munkar (wrong, evil-doing, sins, polytheism, disbelief) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do. We ask Allāh to guide all Muslims, rulers and subjects, to do this duty in the best form, to reform their conditions, and protect all people from the causes of His wrath. He is the All-Hearer, the All-Respondent." (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá Ibn Bāz: 6/267)

Source: The General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Benefit: The Love of Fame

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

Bishr ibn al-Ḥārith (رحمه الله) stated: “Whoever loves fame does not fear Allāh.”

Source: Siyar A‘lām al-Nubalā’, vol. 8, pg. 492.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Sacredness of the Muslim

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

The sacredness of the believer in Allāh includes his honour, his wealth, and his life. Allāh, subḥānahu wa taʿālā, in His Legislation, prohibits any actions which infringe on the nature of this sanctity. These prohibitions include killing, beating, cursing, backbiting, slandering, and stealing. When Muslims transgress against themselves by committing these actions, do they realize the sacredness that they are violating? Our elder, Abū ʿUways, raḥimahullāh, delivers a stern reminder about the reality of this affair. Listen to this clip as an admonition, for the admonition benefits the believers. May Allāh, al-Raḥmān al-Raḥīm, forgive us and all the Muslims.


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Benefit: They Say: "We Hear and We Obey"

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

The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allāh (His Words, the Qur ʾān) and His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam), to judge between them, is that they say: “We hear and we obey” [Sūrah al-Nūr: 24:51]. Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Saʿdī (raḥimahullāh) comments: (The only saying of the faithful believers) Meaning: indeed, those whose deeds attest to their belief when called to Allāh and His Messenger to judge between them, no matter whether the judgment agrees with their desires or not. (Is that they say: “We hear and we obey”) Meaning: We hear the judgment of Allāh and His Messenger and we respond to the one who called us to Him, and we obey with a complete obedience that is free from any distress or hesitation.1
 
1) Tafsīr al-Saʿdī
Translated by Umm Sufyān Fatimah

Benefit: True "Human Rights" Are Legislated by Allāh, the All-Knowing

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

The topic of "Human Rights" is often championed in the speech of democrats. However, what are true human rights? Has not the Lord of the world decreed justices and rights for all of his creation? Do Muslims need to incorporate new, man-made concepts and laws into their belief system? Has not the religion and all its rights been laid out clearly for us by the All-Knowing? 

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Sa`d al-Suḥaymī (hafiẓahullāh) states: 

When Islām ruled the world, and when the strength and power were with the Muslims, and when Islām was in the state of superiority hundreds of years or so ago, then the world was led with justice, and the world was led with goodness, and the world was led with safety, security, and objectivity, all of those matters that the people call today "human rights," Islām gathered them, Islām put them in the proper place, Islām reserved them and preserved them without ifraat or tafreet - meaning, without exaggeration in either direction - without exaggeration in extremeness or in shortness. 

As Allāh says in [the] Qurʾān: 

"Thus We have made you [true Muslims - real believers of Islamic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) and his Sunnah (legal ways)], a Wasat (just) (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) be a witness over you" [al-Baqarah 2:143].

And the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) stated: "Give glad tidings and make things easy for the people, and do not make things hard."

And the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: "This dīn (religion) is easy, and no one goes to extremes in it except that it overcomes him." 

So he (sallʿaláhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: "Seek help by doing actions of good deeds in the morning and evening, and something at night.1"   

So were the Muslims to put into practice this dīn, were they to actually to act upon its dictates, were they to follow Qurʾān and Sunnah without any extremeness or without any type of slacking or lacking, then they would be upon that which is sound, and they could guide everyone else amongst the creation. 

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[1] Meaning: the prayers at night etc.
Taken from the audio: Advice to Those Who Want to be on the Straight Path by Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī

Benefit: We Hear and We Obey

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

If a prohibition reaches you, then refrain from it, and ask not whether it is impermissible or disliked. Likewise, if a command reaches you, then act accordingly and ask not whether it is obligated or recommended. When the Companions (may Allāh be pleased with them) were commanded by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) they would not say, “O Messenger of Allāh, did you mean it to be an obligation or was it a recommendation?” Rather they would carry out the commandment instantly.

My advice to every believer is that if a commandment from the commandments of Allāh and His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) reaches them, they say: “We hear and we obey”, and they carry out that commandment. Likewise, if they hear a prohibition, they say: “We hear and we obey” and they abstain, and take not any risks. The most compliant to the commandments of Allāh are indeed the strongest of people in faith.

 إِنَّمَا كَانَ قَوْلَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذَا دُعُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ لِيَحْكُمَ بَيْنَهُمْ أَن يَقُولُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۚ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allāh (His Words, the Qurʾān) and His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) to judge between them, is that they say: "We hear and we obey." And such are the prosperous ones (who will live forever in Paradise).

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn

Source: Liqāʾ al-Bāb al-Maftūḥ 160.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

 

Benefit: Who to Love and Trust, Hate and Suspect [Signs of Sincerity]

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

It is reported that ʿUmar ibn al-Khattâb – Allāh be pleased with him – said: We were once in a time when we did not think anyone learned the Quran seeking anything but Allāh the Exalted, but now I fear there are men who learn it and intend the people and what they can get from them. So seek Allāh with your recitation and deeds. For verily, we used to know you when Allāh’s Messenger – Allāh’s peace and blessings be upon him – was amongst us, when revelation would descend and Allāh would tell us about you. As for today, Allāh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – has passed on, and the revelations have stopped, and I only know you as I say: whoever shows what is good, we love him for it and think good of him, and whoever shows what is evil, we hate him for it and suspect him. Your secret and private matters are between you and your Lord the Mighty and Majestic..1
 
1) Al-Âjurrî, Akhlâq Hamalat Al-Qur`ân article 26.
Source:http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/index.php/who-to-love-and-trust-hate-and-suspect-signs-of-sincerity/#ixzz1Q1Vk4N77

Benefit: Women Removing Their Clothes in Other Than Their Husband’s House

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

On the Authority of ʿĀʾishah (raḍi Allāhu ʿanhā) that some women from Ḥoms sought permission to enter upon her, and she replied: "Perhaps you are from those who enter the bathhouses. I heard the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) say: 'Any woman who removes her clothes in other than her husband’s house has torn the screen between her and Allāh'". [Graded ṣaḥīḥ by al-Albānī in his ṣaḥīḥ of sunan ibn Mājah.]

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn: "If this Ḥadīth is authentic—that any woman who removes her clothes in other than her husband’s house has torn the screen—then it means that she removes her clothes in a situation where it is feared someone unlawful can enter upon her." 

Source: Fatāwá Nūr ʿalā al-Darb, Shurūh al-ʾAhādīth wa-al-Ḥukm ʿAlayhā.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Cooperating within a Community upon Birr and Taqwá

  ʿUmar Quinn

The Muslim is in a time of strangeness and in a land (the West) where he is a stranger so he is in dire need of support and assistance from Allāh, subḥānahu wa taʿālá, most importantly, and from his brothers and sisters. So it is of utmost importance to cooperate with each other upon birr and taqwá because we are in dire need of help and support from each other to maintain our creed, our religion and our morality. ʿUmar Quinn gives general advice on cooperating upon what is pleasing to Allāh and building and dealing with all the affairs of a community in a manner most pleasing to Him. (From a telelink at Masjid al-Furqān (TROID) 08/015.)

Explanation of al-Taqwá

  Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī

Allāh (subhānahu wa taʿālá) said, “O you who believe fear Allāh as he should be feared, and do not die except as Muslims." He has commanded us to have taqwá (fear) of him in numerous places in the Qurʾān. But how does one fear Allāh? And how does this benefit him in this life and in the hereafter? Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī explains.

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.

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.

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