Fasting the month of Ramaḍān is an obligation upon all Muslim men and women who are capable of fasting. Fasting is also recommended for boys and girls who have passed the age of seven years old who are able to endure it; it is also upon those in authority over them to order them to fast if they can endure it — the same way they are ordered to establish the prayer. The principle for this is in Allāh’s saying:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ ﴿١٨٣﴾ أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ ۚ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيض…
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله) said:1
Indeed, many of the general folk think that Laylah al-Qadr [i.e.the Night of Decree] is on the fifteenth of Shaʿbān, and what will occur in the upcoming year is written in it; however, it is known that Laylah al-Qadr is in Ramaḍān. The proof for that is His statement:
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ ﴿١﴾
‘Verily, We have sent it [this Qurʾān] down in the night of al-Qadr [Decree],’
And His statement:
حم ﴿١﴾ وَالْكِتَابِ الْمُبِينِ ﴿٢﴾ إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ ۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنذِرِينَ …
Therefore, whoever remembers that his deeds are recorded, written and presented to the All Knowing, the All Aware, it is then appropriate that he takes account of himself, does good deeds and repents to Allāh for his sins and shortcomings.
Shaykh ʿAli ibn Yaḥyá al-Ḥaddādī (حفظه الله).
الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين، أما بعد:
Verily, it has been confirmed in the Prophetic Sunnah that the deeds of an individual are raised and presented to the Lord of the Worlds on a daily, weekly and finally, a yearly basis.
The Prophet (ﷺ) explicitly stated that this event …
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…
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…
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 …
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…