May 15, 2022

The Dangers of Seeking Recognition from the Creation of Allāh

Imām ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Saʿdī (d. 1376 AH) said: “From among the most beneficial ways of staving off stress and worry is to build the habit of never seeking any sort of praise or recognition except from Allāh. If you behave in servitude and goodness to an individual who has rights over you or even one who does not, know that in actuality this is a service you have put forth before Allāh. So pay no attention to whether gratitude is expressed by those individuals you showed goodness towards. As Allāh says concerning the choicest of His creation:  إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُر…

May 12, 2022

The Give and Take of a Good Relationship

Imām ʾAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir al-Saʿdī (1376 AH) said: “The saying of the Prophet [ﷺ] ‘Let no believing man revile his wife [a believing woman]. If he finds himself hating one of her qualities, he will indeed find himself loving another one [of her attributes]’, offers two major benefits: The first is that it guides to the righteous way of dealing with one’s wife, close family, friends, workers, and whomsoever there exists any type of relationship or communication. It highlights that every person should fully and wholly prepare themselves for the fact that there must exist some type of…

May 6, 2022

When Is Water Considered Najis and Unfit for Wuḍūʿ?

This sharīʿah is full of wisdom and attaches rulings to reason. Some of those reasons are known to us and some are not. The prohibition of najis is linked to its impurity. Thus, whenever this impurity is found in anything it is considered najis. If impurity is not present, then it cannot be termed najis Imām ibn al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421 AH]Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said: “Some of the scholars have taken the opinion that water is not termed najis (unfit for wuḍūʿ) except if that water has changed [in taste, colour, or smell] regardless of the amount of water present. Al…

May 5, 2022

The Seven Doors of the Qurʾān

For He revealed His Book [the Qurʾān] upon seven ways, all of which allows one to reach the pleasure of Allāh, achieving true success by being granted jannah as long as they enact its teachings. Imām al-Ṭabarī [d. 310 AH] It has been narrated by Ibn Masʿūd that the Prophet [ﷺ] said: ‘The first book was revealed on one door, in but one dialect. The Qurʾān was revealed from seven doors in seven dialects: it forbids and orders, makes ḥalāl and ḥarām, [contains] specific and indefinite matters, and [contains] parables. So make ḥalāl that which is permissible and make ḥarām that which is imper…

Apr 28, 2022

Memorisation or Fahm (Understanding), Which Takes Preference?

 Questions posed to Shaykh Aḥmad al-Najmī: س52- الحمد لله رب العالمين، وبعد: فهذه أسئلةٌ جاءت من أحد الإخوة السلفيين من قطر, أسأل الله أن يوفقنا وإيَّاه لكل خير، وأن يجنبنا وإيِّاه كلَّ شر وضير؛ قال السائل: هل طالب العلم إذا قرأ على شيخٍ متنًا من المتون العلمية، وفهمه دون أن يحفظه؛ هل يكفيه ذلك، ومن ثَمَّ هل يستطيع أن ينتقل إلى متنٍ آخر أم لا بدَّ أن يحفظ المتن، ويستوعب مسائل شيخه أفيدونا مأجورين ؟ All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of the whole of the creation. To proceed: These questions are from one of the Salafī brothers in Qatar. I ask Allāh that he grant us and him success i…

Apr 28, 2022

Does Fasting in Ramaḍān Become Obligatory During the Day If a Legislated Exemption Ends? (i.e. Travel, Illness, Menses, Postpartum Period)

Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn [d. 1421 AH] said: The example of the person of which fasting becomes obligatory in the middle of the day—such that this person is subjected to either fasting [immediately] or on another day—[includes]: the woman whose menses cease, a woman whose postpartum period finishes, and a traveller who returns home [during the day] whilst not in a fasting state. These are three issues to which we will add a fourth: a sick person who makes a recovery. We collectively liken this to the issue of removing that which prevents the fast during the day [of obli…

Apr 25, 2022

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