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May 15, 2016
It has become commonplace when one is told: “I have a gift for you”, that he looks toward the hand of the gifter to see if he is carrying something or waits for him to reach in his pocket, forgetting that from types of gifts one can receive—which is indeed considered to be from the best, most honourable and beautiful types of gifts—is the matter of knowledge. None can comprehend the magnitude of this type of gift except those who know the [true] status of knowledge. Ibn al-Qayyim mentions: وإنما الهدية النافعة كلمة يهديها الرجل الى أخيه المسلم “Verily the beneficial gift is a word [of truth…

May 11, 2016
A questioner mentions to Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله) that she fasts every Monday and Thursday and also in the month of Shaʿbān; however, her mother prevents her from fasting in Shaʿbān claiming that it is not permitted to fast before Ramaḍān. The shaykh (رحمه الله) responded:1 Fasting [on a Monday and Thursday] is recommended, for verily, the Prophet (ﷺ) would fast on Mondays and Thursdays, and he (ﷺ) would say: ‘They are the days in which deeds are presented to Allāh, and I like my deeds to be presented [to Him] when I am fasting.’2 It is also recommended to increa…


May 7, 2016
The people of knowledge have explicitly mentioned that there is no objection in naming the people of division, pinpointing them and mentioning them with their characteristics in order to warn the people about their doubts, innovations and state/condition. Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bāzmūl, Sharḥ Uṣūl wa Ḍawābit fī-al-Takfīr pg. 281. The following was said to Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bāzmūl (حفظه الله): “There are those who say: ‘Have mercy upon Salafiyyah and do not be the cause of it’s division! So, [do not say] this one is Ḥaddādī and the other is this and the third is that, and so …

May 4, 2016
Part One This nation will divide into 73 sects. All of them are in the hellfire except for one. The Companions never differed regarding the foundations of this religion. They may have differed about the branches of the religion like certain aspects of the prayer or fasting or marital affairs. Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah said: Innovations are synonymous to splitting and dividing like the Sunnah is synonymous with unity and the Jamā’ah. So it is said Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah as it is said Ahl al-Bidʿah wa-al-Fīrqah (the People of Innovation and Splitting). Allāh forbade splitting, He s…


May 3, 2016
Part 1 The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam) said: The best of the people are my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them. Do not become disheartened by the trials the ummah faces of innovations and disunity. The end result is for Islām and the Muslims. None of the Companions were upon one particular madh‘hab rather they were upon the Ḥadīth of the Messenger. This was also the way of the Imāms that came: Imām Shāfiʿī said: if the Ḥadīth is authentic then that is my madh’hab. Imām Aḥmad said: do not blindly follow me and do not blindly follow Mālik nor…

May 2, 2016
Allāh mentions in Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt (49:11), يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِّن قَوْمٍ عَسَىٰ أَن يَكُونُوا خَيْرًا مِّنْهُمْ وَلَا نِسَاءٌ مِّن نِّسَاءٍ عَسَىٰ أَن يَكُنَّ خَيْرًا مِّنْهُنَّ ۖ وَلَا تَلْمِزُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ ۖ بِئْسَ الِاسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الْإِيمَانِ ۚ وَمَن لَّمْ يَتُبْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ “O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former, nor d…