Tag: ʿIbādah

The Beautiful Character of the Upright Student of Knowledge

Points of benefit from the lecture From the great blessings of a youth is that he is guided to an upright scholar The righteous guided student will adopt the manners of his noble teacher Take knowledge form those who are deserving of being benefited from The young man should travel and seek knowledge, returning to his community to aid them He should follow them (the scholars), imitating them so that he may have thabāt (firmness) He will have istiqāmah (and likewise his community) if he learns, benefits and then cultivates upon it Observe caution when seeking knowledge, be sure that you know...

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Why Did ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb Select the Month of Muḥarram to Start the Islamic Calendar

Letters would come to him, and he would not know when they were written and when they were sent. Therefore, he (رضي الله عنه) set the calendar to make it begin from the month of al-Muḥarram. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) said: As for the beginning of the year [starting the Islamic calendar with al-Muḥarram], then it is an affair that was adopted in the era of ʿUmar [ibn al-Khaṭṭāb, the second rightly guided Khalīfah] (رضي الله عنه) because of the letters that would come to him from his workers.1 Letters would come to him, and he would not know when...

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Sincere Advice for the New Students of Knowledge from the Eminent Shaykh: ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz

Some people call this the Wahhābī ʿaqīdah, and they consider it a new ʿaqīdah which opposes the Book and the Sunnah, [but] the affair is not like that. It is merely the ʿaqidah which the Salaf of the Ummah preceded upon, as mentioned previously. However, the enemies have labelled it with this label in order to deter from it and its people Imām ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz Shaykh Ibn Bāz (رحمه الله) said:1 I advise the students of knowledge in the beginning of their studies to memorise the book of Allāh or that which is easy [to be memorised] from it, and to memorize Kitāb al-Tawḥīd2,...

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Brotherhood in Islām

  The Shaykh said that he is very very pleased to be here again, and said perhaps this is his fifth time he’s been here and seen the brothers and it gives him great pleasure to sit here again with the brothers; and he made du’ā that may Allāh guide us and put us on the straight path, and may Allāh keep us on that straight path and not send us towards the path of destruction and misguidance. He said that today’s word will be upon the topic of Brotherhood in Islām, and the Shaykh said that what brings us together, or what brings the Mu’min together is al-īman, and...

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The Importance of Actions in One’s Life

Statements from the lecture: “Adding knowledge to actions shows that Allāh’s favour is upon a person!” “The Salaf used to say, ‘Knowledge is not that people relate a lot, knowledge is sought in order to fear Allāh.'” “The salaf used to say ‘ the one who does not act upon knowledge is ignorant.'” “Fuḍayl Ibn Iyāḍ said ‘The Scholar remains to be ignorant until he acts upon his knowledge.'” “The two feet will not proceed on Yawm al-Qiyyammah until they are asked about four things, one of those things is ‘knowledge’...

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Advice On Dealing with Anger

The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: “The strong man is not the one who can overpower others (in wrestling); rather, the strong man is the one who controls himself when he gets angry.” Anger is one of the evil whispers of Shayṭān, which leads to so many evils and tragedies, of which only Allāh knows their full extent. For this reason, Islām has a great deal to say about this bad characteristic, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) described cures for this “disease” and ways to limit its effects, among which are the following: (1) Seeking refuge with Allāh...

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Comprehensive Guidance

…order you with five things which Allāh ordered me with: The Jamāʿah, hearing, obeying, ḥijrah (migration), and Jiḥād in the way of Allāh – the Mighty and Majestic. So whosoever separates from the Jamāʿah by a hand-span, throws off the yoke of Islām from his neck, unless he repents. And whosoever calls with the calls of the days of ignorance, then he is from the horde of the Hellfire. From al-Ḥārith al-Ashʿarī (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) who said that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: “Indeed, Allāh – The Most High – ordered Yahyá Ibn Zakariyyā with five things; that he...

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The Consequences of Disobedience

What caused Iblīs to be ejected from enjoying the company of the Angels to being debased and cursed? What caused his outward and inward form to be disfigured such that he took on the most vile of features and his inner features even worse? Alhamdulillāh wa ṣalātu wa salāmu ʿalá nabiyyinā wa habeeibnaa Muḥammad Taken from ‘al-Jawāb al-Kāfi of ibn al-Qayyim’ It is necessary to know that performing sins is detrimental and harmful to the servant. The harm that sins cause to the heart is comparable to the differing levels of harm that various types of poison cause to the body. Indeed...

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Death: The Destroyer of Desires

I also advise you – O brothers – to do those actions which will be the cause of love and affection to develop between you. Many people do not truly understand the Religion of Islām. Indeed many people think that the Religion of Islām includes certain bad traits – even though Islām in reality objects to them – because some Muslims portray a false image of Islām. Death is that harsh reality that is faced by every human who lives. It is the one thing that we will all experience – be we men, women, Muslims, Christians, Blacks, Whites or any other type of person on this earth. It is something...

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The Concise Legacy

I also advise you – O brothers – to do those actions which will be the cause of love and affection to develop between you. Many people do not truly understand the Religion of Islām. Indeed many people think that the Religion of Islām includes certain bad traits – even though Islām in reality objects to them – because some Muslims portray a false image of Islām. Al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn Indeed, all praise is for Allāh.  We praise Him, we seek His help and we seek forgiveness from Him.  And we seek refuge in Allāh from the evils within our own souls and...

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The Advice of ʿUmar ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Concerning the Incumbency of the Sunnah and Following the Salaf

Then know that there cannot ever be any innovation, except that a proof against it has already passed, and there is a warning in it. From Shihaab Ibn Khiraash1 who said: ʿUmar Ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz (d.101H) – raḥimahullāh- wrote to a man, “May peace be upon you, to proceed: So verily I advise you to fear Allāh, and to make His Command the objective, and to follow the Sunnah of His Messenger, and to leave off what people invented after him ﷺ, from whatever is confirmed as his Sunnah, and his supply will suffice you. Then know that there cannot ever be any innovation, except that a proof against...

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Let the Sunnah Go Forth

To deny for Allāh everything which He has denied for Himself in His Book, or which His Messenger denied for Him, along with believing that its fully perfect opposite is confirmed for Allāh – the Most High. Sunnah: The legal way or ways, orders, acts of worship and statements of the Prophet (ﷺ), that are ideals and models to be followed by Muslims. For some Muslims, the term Sunnah means nothing. It carries no weight in their lives nor does it inspire them to correct their actions accordingly. Through this prevailing ignorance, it has become a word which is outdated. But the...

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Concerning Those Who Do Not Rule By What Allāh Has Revealed

And the reason behind this is that kufr is of two types: kufr in belief and kufr in action, and the kufr in belief is linked to the heart, and the kufr in action is linked to the limbs. Imām Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī The reason for the revelation of the verse “the one who does not rule by what Allāh revealed…”, and that it refers to kufr in action not in belief. 2552- Indeed Allāh revealed, “the one who does not rule by what Allāh revealed then they are kāfir”, “they are ẓālim”, “they are fāsiq”. Ibn ʿAbbās said, “Allāh revealed...

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Questions and Answers Related to Taqlīd and Madhāhib

Then ask the people of remembrance if you do not know. Sūrah al-Naḥl, 16:43 [Q.1]: ‘What is the true meaning of taqlīdand what are its categories along with the clarification of its ruling?’ [A.1]: “All praise is for Allāh alone and may the Peace and Blesssings be upon His Messenger, and his Family, and his Companions.  To proceed: [i] The Scholars of Uṣūl (fundamentals) have mentioned definitions to clarify the true meaning and essence of taqlīd, and from them is the saying of some of them that taqlīd is the acceptance of a saying of a person...

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O Seekers of Knowledge!

Knowledge is one of the delights and pleasures of the world. So when it is acted upon, it becomes for the Hereafter. Indeed all praise is for Allāh, We praise Him, seek His aid and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge in from the evils of our own souls and from our evil actions. He whom Allāh guides, then none can misguide him; and he whom Allāh misguides, then none can guide him. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allāh alone, having no partner; and I bear witness that Muḥammad (ﷺ) is His servant and Messenger. “O you who believe! Have taqwá (fear) of Allāh as...

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The Permissible and Impermissible Types of Differing

Yes, whosoever opposes the clear Book and the beneficial Sunnah, or that which the pious predecessors of this Ummah had ijmāʿ (consensus) upon, opposing it without a justifiable excuse, then such a person has acted with the action of the innovators. The Definition Shaykh Ibn lbrāhīm – raḥimahullāh– (d.1389H) – said: “Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamāʿah have uṣūl (fundamentals) which are firmly based upon proofs, and upon this are built the furū’ (subsidiary issues).”1 Guidelines Regarding Differences Imām al-Saʿdī (d.1376H) – raḥimahullāh– said: “Differences of opinions that occur between the (Scholars)...

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The Ruling Concerning Music According to the Four Imāms

And from amongst mankind there are those who purchase idle talk in order to misguide people from the path of Allāh, without knowledge, and they take it as mockery. For these ones there shall be a humiliating punishment. And when Our āyāt are recited to such a one, he turns away in pride, as if he has not heard them, as if there was deafness in his ear. So give them news of a painful punishment. Sūrah Luqmān, 31:6–7  

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Why Do the Scholars Write Refutations and Do They Harden One’s Heart?

Then the aṣl of refutation is that it is something that is legislated and required because it establishes the proof whilst refuting those questions and arguments that are presented by those who oppose (mukhālifūn) the truth, the mushrikūn, or the deviant ones, each according to his condition. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl al-Shaykh  

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On the Placing of Hands in Prayer during Qiyām

To place them on the chest is what is proven in the Sunnah, and all that is contrary to it is either ḍaʿīf or totally baseless. Below is a translation from ‘Tuhfatul Aḥwadhī bi sharḥ Jāmiʿ al-Tirmidhī’ by al-Mubārakfūrī, on the issue of where to place one’s hands in prayer, (vol. 2, pp. 74+) [Start of Quote from al-Tirmidhī] “Chapter: what occurs with regards to placing the right hand upon the left in prayer ‘….and some of them were of the opinion that you place them above the navel, and some below the navel. And all of this was flexible according to them.’ [End of quote...

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A History of Ḥajj

During the Ḥajj period itself, the atmosphere around the sacred precincts of the Kaʿbah was like a circus. Men and women would go round the Kaʿbah naked, arguing that they should present themselves before Allāh in the same condition they were born. Ḥajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’. Islamically however it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Ḥajj and its rites were first ordained by Allāh in the time of the Prophet lbrāhīm...

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Imām Muslim’s Book Of Knowledge

A time is approaching in which the knowledge will be taken away, and trials (Fitan) will appear, and greed will be present. Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī Chapter: Regarding The Raising up of Knowledge And The Appearance Of Ignorance1 1856 – From Anas Ibn Mālik (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) who said, ” Should I not narrate to you a ḥadīth which I heard from the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) not narrated by any of you, nor will you hear like it? “Verily from the signs of the hour is the raising of knowledge, and the manifestation of ignorance, and the spreading of adultery/fornication...

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The Great Benefit and Virtue of Supplication

It is the weapon of the believer as is reported by al-Ḥākim in his ‘Mustadrak’ from the ḥadīth of ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) from the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ that he said, ‘Supplication is the weapon of the believer, the pillar of the religion, and the light of the heaven and earth.’ Imām Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Alhamdulillāh was ṣalātu was salāmu ʿalá nabiyyinaa wa habeeibnaa muhammad Chapter One: Supplication is a Cure [Takhreej by Shaykh ʿAlī Ḥasan with some summary] Supplication is from the most beneficial types of healing, it is the enemy...

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Why Do Some People Become Ugly?

Hence some of the salaf used to say, ‘If a person of innovation were to dye his beard every day, the dye of innovation would remain on his face.’ Al-ʿAllāmah Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728H) “The person who is righteous and honest, his honesty is manifest from the radiance on his face, and his honesty can be known from the glow that is on his face, likewise the (opposite for the) sinful one and the liar. The older a person gets, the more this sign becomes apparent. Thus a person as a child would have a bright face, however if he becomes a sinful person, adamant on committing sins, at the older stages...

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Radiant Advice to Those Who Have Repented and Come to Salafiyyah

How many people are there playing with the youth who have repented to Allāh, claiming Salafīyyah and claiming that they have knowledge?  This is only due to their lack of seeking beneficial knowledge and due to them not returning their questions to the people of knowledge from Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamāʿah. Al-ʿAllāmah Abū ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Shiḥḥī This is the translation of the treatise, al-Wasāyā as-Sanniyyah lit-Taa’ibeen ilal-Salafīyyah by the student of al-‘Allāmah ʿUbayd al-Jābirī, Shaykh Aḥmad al-Shiḥḥī.  It contains many valuable pieces of advice such...

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