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The Three Types of Rulings of Allāh

The following collection of benefits describe and teach the three different rulings of Allāh. If your strength [of understanding] is deficient to where you cannot comprehend these words, then contemplate the words of ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb [رضي الله عنه] when he was reprimanded for fleeing from a plague [that had consumed a people in his time]. It was said to him: ‘Do you seek emancipation from the ordainment of Allāh?’ to which he replied: ‘We flee from the ordainment of Allāh to another of His ordainments.’ Imām Ibn al-QayyimThe Three Types of Rulings of Allāh and the State of a Submissiv…

Aug 21, 2022

The Four Characteristics of the Hypocrite

Narrated by ʿAbdullāh ibn ʿAmr [رضي الله عنهما] who said: The Messenger of Allāh [ﷺ] said: ‘Four [attributes] together describe an unadulterated hypocrite. Whomsoever possesses but one of these characteristics indeed possesses a trait of hypocrisy until he is able to abandon it: if he is entrusted with something, he breaks that trust. If he speaks, he lies. If he enters into an agreement, he violates its terms. If he has a disagreement with someone, he behaves immorally.’ Narrated by Al-Bukhārī and Muslim. Explanation: Shaykh ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir Al-Saʿdī [d. 1376 AH] said: The telling…

Aug 21, 2022

Being Patient with the Decree When Losing a Loved One

Al-Imām Abū al-Farj Jamāl al-Dīn ibn al-Jawzī [d. 597 AH] said: The cure for losing a loved one is through eight ways. The first of them is to know that [this loss] was predestined to occur. Allāh says: مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ أَن نَّبْرَأَهَا ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرٌ ‎﴿٢٢﴾‏ ‘No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being’ [Al-Ḥadīd 57:22] And then [Allāh] the Exalted said: لِّكَيْلَا تَأْسَوْا عَلَىٰ مَا فَاتَكُمْ ‎﴿٢٣﴾‏ ‘In order that you…

Aug 21, 2022

The Importance of Understanding the Qurʿān in Addition to Memorising It

Imām Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī al-Shawkānī [d. 1250 AH] related from Imām Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Qurṭubī [d. 671 AH] who said: It is necessary [for the one who memorises the Qurʾān] to learn the rulings contained therein, as this will facilitate him becoming acquainted with Allāh’s intent and what He has made obligatory on him. Thus, he is able to derive benefit from what he reads and act upon what he recites. How detestful is it that a person carries the Qurʾān [through memorisation], reciting its laws and rulings without having to consult it, but remains completely oblivious to the meaning of wh…

Aug 21, 2022

The Difference Between the Names of Allāh: Al-Raḥmān and Al-Raḥīm

Imām Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī [d. 310 AH] said: The elucidated meaning from the name of Allāh al-Raḥmān (The Most Merciful) is different from that of the name al-Raḥīm (The Giver of Mercy). For His name al-Raḥmān denotes all-encompassing mercy for His entire creation while His name al-Raḥīm stipulates mercy for some of His creation, either corresponding to all of their conditions, or some of them. There then should be no doubt—providing this opinion is correct—that the specificity of His name al-Raḥīm is continuously applicable, whether it be in this dunyā or the ākhirah, or…

Aug 21, 2022

The Two Types of Souls

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said: When Allāh the Exalted knows that the heart of one His slaves is full [of exultance and boastfulness], then this becomes the greatest means by which he is abandoned and left to his own devices [by Him] as the Most High says: ۞ إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابِّ عِندَ اللَّهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ ‎﴿٢٢﴾‏ وَلَوْ عَلِمَ اللَّهُ فِيهِمْ خَيْرًا لَّأَسْمَعَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ أَسْمَعَهُمْ لَتَوَلَّوا وَّهُم مُّعْرِضُونَ ‎﴿٢٣﴾ ‘Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allāh are the deaf and dumb who do not use reason. Had Allah known any go…

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