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Feb 29, 2024
Narrated by Muḥammd ibn al-Qāsim, the servant of Muḥammad ibn Aslam al-Ṭūsī, who said: “I entered upon him four days before his death. He said to me: “Come here and allow me to give you glad tidings of the good Allāh has done for your brother: Death has descended upon me and Allāh has blessed me to possess but a single dirham for which I am accountable. So shut that door, and do not grant entry to anyone so that I may die. And know that I am leaving this dunyá without any inheritance save for my clothing, my wool [blanket], my vessel which I use to perform wuḍūʾ, and my books.” He also ha…

Feb 25, 2024
“For verily, Jesus did not set an example for you [Christians] of belief in the trinity or the opinion of intersecting spheres of existence [i.e. trilateral godship: the father, the son, the holy spirit]. Neither did he ever say that he is the Lord of all created things. Neither did he make permissible for you the flesh of the swine or other than it from impermissible [foods]. He never ordered you to leave circumcision or praying towards the east. He never ordered that you take your scholars and monks as gods besides Allāh [through taking legislation from them instead of the Gospel and Jesu…

Feb 25, 2024
A man may fulfil the commands of Allāh solely because of the creation’s gaze towards him, or out of seeking a place of high standing or repute before them. Likewise, he may refrain from engaging in that which is forbidden solely out of fear of losing his position of honour before them or out of fear of the prescribed punishments of this worldly life set by the legislator for the perpetrator of certain crimes. The actions that are carried out, and those that are abandoned by such a person are borne not out of exaltation of the orders and prohibitions themselves, nor do they come from exaltat…

Feb 25, 2024
Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751 AH) said: There is no possible cause in existence that is completely independent in its ability to exert an effect.1 Rather, all causes will cease to have any effect at all until it is joined by another cause that works in tandem with it and any preventive factor that prevents its effect is neutralised. This rule is inclusive of the causes that we see and acknowledge, those that are unseen, and metaphoric. For example, the effect of sunshine on animals and plants is predicated on many other causes. This includes, for example, the place that is exposed to that sun…

Feb 25, 2024
The Ruling of Praying Missed Ṣalāhs in Order and its Evidence The one who has missed several ṣalāh should pray them in order. For example, if he has missed all five prayers, he should pray Ẓuhr, then ʿAṣr, then Maghrib, then ʿIshāʾ, and then Fajr. The evidence of praying in order is the following: The saying of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “The one who misses a ṣalāh due to sleep or forgetfulness must pray it when he remembers it.”1 This command is comprehensive of the ṣalāh itself, the manner with which it is prayed2 , as well as its place in relation to the other ṣalāhs. So, it mu…

Feb 25, 2024
If one does not find water at the start of the prayer time but hopes to find it towards the end of that ṣalāh’s appointed time, then it is better for him to delay performing tayammum until that later time. This is because if water becomes available to him, he will pray having purified himself with it. However, there is also nothing wrong with him performing tayammum at the start of the time period for that ṣalāh and praying it. Circumstances in Which Delaying of Tayammum Is Recommended Know that this issue has several circumstances. Delaying tayammum is recommended in two of them: If one…

Feb 25, 2024
[Q]: What are the means and avenues by which the love of Allāh—which is the highest and most lofty of stations—is attained? [A]: Allāh did not create a goal except that He also created a means by which it is attained. Among the greatest means by which one may attain love of Allāh is complete avoidance of that which severs one’s connection with Him, whether in the form of speech, actions, or abhorrent, lowly thoughts. Also, it is attained by remembering Him frequently with a contemplative, present heart. Also, by deep contemplation of the words of the Most Generous and acquainting oneself w…

Feb 24, 2024
[Q]: [At work], we have an open space that has been provided for us that is approximately twenty to thirty kilometres away [from town]. My brother and I go there after ʿAṣr ṣalāh, and we stay there to pray Maghrib. I lead him in the ṣalāh. Sometimes, we also form a congregation with some of my muslim brothers and friends that join us. I am not able to go to the local masjid because all of the masājid that are in my locale belong to a certain group from among the people of innovation. They also consistently pray late and [if we were to join them], we would not be able to easily return to our…

Feb 24, 2024
Pure negation denotes nought but completion or perfection. For this reason, regarding the places in the Qurʾān that are meant to praise, negation serves two contextual purposes: complete negation of the deficiency being addressed confirmation of its opposite or antithesis This rule applies to many passages. The greatest of them is that Allāh has negated from Himself many things that are contrary to His perfection. For example, He has negated Him taking partners in many places, which stipulate His Oneness in complete perfection. That He possesses no partners in His Lordship, His right …