Dec 15, 2010

The Prohibition of Anger

On the authority of Abū Hurayrah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) that a man said to the Prophet (ﷺ) “Advise me.” He (ﷺ) said: “Don’t become angry” So the man repeated (his request) several times (and each time) He (ﷺ) said: “Don’t become angry.” (AI-Bukhārī) (Shaykh Ibn Daqīq al-ʿĪd explains): “The Author of Al-lfsāh1 said concerning what is understood (from this advice of the Prophet (ﷺ), that the Prophet (ﷺ) came to know about a great deal of anger on the part of this man so, (as a result of that) he (ﷺ) favored him with this advice. The Prophet (ﷺ) has praised the one who controls himself at the t…

Nov 22, 2010

Did al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl Finish Centuries Ago?

Al-ʿAllāmah Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī said: “And the time of narrations ended in the third generation. So why did Ibn Taymīyyah raise the banner of criticism (an-naqd) and the banner of al-Jarḥ wa-al-Taʿdīl?! Likewise, so did al-Dhahabī, Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Kathīr, Ibn Hajr and others and they will continue until the Day of Judgement! As long as there is this fight between the truth and falsehood and between the guidance and misguidance and between the people of the truth and falsehood and between the people of guidance and the misguidance, then it is inevitable that the swords of critici…

Aug 31, 2010

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 it? They said, “Of course!” So he repl…

Jun 18, 2010

A 5th Century Scholar on Being Cautious and Abandoning Innovation

Imām Abū Naṣr ʿUbaydillāh al-Sijzī (d. AH 444) said: “Know, may Allāh, the Glorified have mercy upon us and you, that this section is from the most important sections of this book without question because of the calamities and confusion that has appeared [as a result of the failure to implement this] and because of what has been introduced to the people due to their negligence of this matter. This is because the affairs of the people of this time have changed and those who can be truly depended upon are scarce. How many people sell their religion for a lowly price or to endear themselves …

Jun 11, 2010

ʿAqīdah Course: The Hāʾiyyah Poem of Ibn Abū Dāwūd (d. 316 AH)

Poetry Text (1) Hold tightly to the rope of Allāh and the guidance, And do not be an innovator, so that you might be successful. (2) And practice your religion based on the Book of Allāh and the Sunan which have come from the Messenger of Allāh so you will be saved and earn reward. (3) And say: Not a created thing is the Speech of our great King, Such was the religious position of the pious ones (before us) which they clearly expressed. (4) And do not be a person who takes no position on the Qurʾān, As did the followers of Jahm, and they had been too lax (to take the right position). (5) A…


May 1, 2010

Guidelines Regarding the Texts Mentioning Kufr, a Negation of Faith or Entry to Paradise etc.

Guidelines Regarding the Texts Mentioning Kufr, a Negation of Faith or Entry to Paradise, or Punishment in the Fire for Certain Sins: Like: “Insulting a Muslim is fusūq (sinful disobedience), and fighting him is kufr.” “None of you has īmān until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” “The qattāt (tale-carrier) shall not enter Paradise.” “Whoever deceives us is not from us.” And like the āyah of the murderer (4:93) abiding in the Hellfire, and all other texts threatening of severe punishment for sins that other texts prove do not remove a person from the fold of Isl…

Apr 19, 2010

The Major Scholars of Today Clarify the Ruling on the Muslim Who Commits Suicide

This is in opposition to the Khawārij and Muʿtazilah sects, two stray groups, who say: Sinful people who enter the Fire remain there forever, and this is a huge mistake. Al-ʿAllāmah ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn BāzIn the Name of Allāh, the Most Merciful… Al-ʿAllāmah ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz Shaykh Ibn Bāz (may Allāh have Mercy on him) was asked, “If someone commits suicide because of certain situations in his life and other factors that make it difficult for him to live and provide for his family, does this mean that he will abide eternally in Jahannam (the Fire)?…

Apr 15, 2010

Description of the Supererogatory Prayer Before ʿAsr

I say: The strongest argument is the one presented by Ishāq and it is supported by the narration transmitted by al-Nisāʿī, “He would say the taslīm (salutation) at the end of the Prayer.” Shaykh Muḥammad ʿUmar BazmūlThe optional Prayer of ‘ʿAṣr is to be prayed as four rak’ah with two tashahhud just like the other Prayers that consist of four rak’ah (e.g. Dhuhr).  Tasleem should be made after completing four rak’ah. This prayer is to be performed before the ʿAṣr Prayer. From ʿĀṣim Ibn Damrah as-Saloolee, who said: We asked ʿAlī about the supererogatory Prayers of Allāh’s Messenger (ṣa…


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