Tag: Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

A Quick Look at the Acts of Sunnah for Wūḍūʿ

The following are acts of Sunnah intended to be applied during wuḍūʾ. Whoever fulfills them will get additional reward and whoever leaves them off will not be blamed. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān The following are acts of Sunnah intended to be applied during wuḍūʾ. Whoever fulfils them will get additional reward and whoever leaves them off will not be blamed. Hence, the scholars call these acts, ‘the acts of Sunnah for wuḍūʾ, meaning, the recommended practices of wuḍūʾ. Using the miswāk (a twig-like toothbrush made from the arak tree): It is to be used while rinsing your mouth with...

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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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Not Everyone Is Fit for Daʿwah

Not everyone is fit for daʿwah, and not every zealous person is fit for daʿwah, enthusiasm coupled with ignorance is harmful and does not benefit. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān Having zeal for the daʿwah is good. A person may have an ambition for Daʿwah and to do good, but it is not permissible for him to enter into the field of daʿwah without having studied, and knowing how to call to Allāh (ʿazza wa jal) and knowing the ways of going about daʿwah. He must have knowledge of that which he wants to call to. قُلْ هَٰذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللَّهِ ۚ عَلَىٰ بَصِيرَةٍ “Say (O...

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Ashʿariyyah: The Roots of the Sect (Kullābiyyah)

This is the madh′hab of the Ashāʿirah which split off from the Muʿtazilah and the Muʿtazilah split off from the Jahmiyyah, and then many more sects branched off, all having their foundation in the madh′hab of the Jahmiyyah. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān The madh′hab of the Ashaa’irah branched off from the Muʿtazilah and the name is an ascription to Abū al-Ḥasan al-Asha’aree (may Allāh have mercy upon him) who used to be a Muʿtazilī, then Allāh favoured him and he recognised the falsehood of the Muʿtazilī madh′hab. So he stood in the...

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Accompanying the Striving Worshipper Who Is a Person of Innovation

If you see a man who strives hard and long in worship, is abstemious, being continual in worship, except that he is a person of innovation, do not sit with him, do not listen to his words and do not walk along with him, since I do not feel safe that you will not eventually come to be pleased with his way and go to destruction along with him. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān Al-Imām Al-Barbahārī said: “If you see a man who strives hard and long in worship, is abstemious, being continual in worship, except that he is a person of innovation, do not sit with him, do not listen to his words...

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Who Should Speak During Fitnah?

Only the people of knowledge and understanding must speak during fitan. When the ignorant person speaks during fitan it only increases the trials, strife and discord. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān أحسن الله إليكم May Allāh give you good. كيف نفرق بين السكوت عن الفتن المذموم وبين عدم الخوض فيها المحمود ‏[Q]: How do we distinguish between remaining silent during fitnah which can be considered blameworthy and not getting involved which could be considered praiseworthy? الفتن لا يتكلم فيها الا أهل العلم 

والبصيرة ما الكل يتكلم فيها

إذا تكلم الجهال في الفتن زادت

الفتن...

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Beware of Overeating

Thus, it is incumbent upon an individual to take heed of this prophetic moral and to not be excessive when it comes to eating or his desires. In addition to this, if a person reaches a point where he is extremely greedy regarding food then it is likely that the ḥalāl will not suffice him, hence he will set out seeking the ḥarām so he can fulfill his (evil) cravings. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān In the name of Allāh, the Most Beneficent, Bestower of Mercy, Ḥadīth #1476: On the authority of al-Miqdām ibn Maʿdīkarib, raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu, who said: The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said: “No...

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Generalized Statements of Takfīr upon the Ummah

That’s absolutely not permissible, to generalize kufr upon the people hence it be said, All of the people are Muslims. That is not true. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān On Wednesday, the 22nd of Safar, 1422, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān (hafiẓahullāh) was asked the following question regarding the following saying of Salmān al-ʿAwdah, “Eminent Shaykh, some of them say, “The banners which are raised in the length and width of the Islamic world are but secular banners “1 What is the ruling regarding this saying?” Shaykh Ṣāliḥ (hafiẓahullāh) said, “This saying is falsehood, passing general...

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A Clarification of Doubts Regarding Innovation

His saying, ‘and beware of the newly invented matters, and every bidʿah is a misguidance’ contains a warning to the ummah from following the newly invented innovations, and he stressed this by saying, ‘and every innovation is a misguidance’. And the meaning of bidʿah is everything that is newly invented that has no basis in the Sharīʿah that would prove it. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

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Takfīr of the Entire Ummah: The Legacy of Sayyid Quṭb

So when there is so much misguidance, differing and disbelief and there is no escape from the continuance of this Muslim group. Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān [Q.1]: ‘Muḥammad Qutb says in his book, Hawla Tatbeeqish-Sharīʿah concerning the meaning of Lā ilāha illā-Allāh (There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allāh), that it means, ‘There is no deity besides Allāh, nor is there any ruler besides Allāh.’2 So is this tafsīr (exegesis) correct?’ [A.1]: “Allāh the Glorified and Exalted has explained the meaning of Lā ilāha illā-Allāh in His Book and Messenger ﷺ has clarified it.  Allāh...

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The Conclusive Ruling upon Jamāʿat al-Tablīgh

So in this book, he collected and explained the reality of this group from its own books and from trustworthy witnesses from its own members who attained special positions in their program and their followers, and refuted them. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān [Q]: The Jamāʿat al-Tablīgh says, ‘We wish to traverse the methodology of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamāʿah.’  However, some of them may have errors.  So they say, ‘How can you make a judgment upon us and warn against us?’ [A]: Those who traveled with the Jamāʿat al-Tablīgh and studied them have written against them.  So...

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The True Meaning of Fiqh al-Wāqiʿ

The meaning of that is the fiqh of the Religion by knowing the rulings of the Sharīʿah. This is what is required, and this is what is obligatory upon the Muslims to give attention to and know. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān [Q]: ‘I need clarification, what is the intended meaning behind ‘Fiqh-al-Wāqiʿ’, (understanding the current state of affairs) because this term is often used.  I wish to know what it means linguistically, not in the Sharīʿah sense.’ [A]: “The required an necessary fiqh (understanding) is the fiqh of the Book and the Sunnah,...

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Respect for the Scholars

If trust in the Scholars is neglected, then to whom will the Muslims refer to in a condition of difficulty, and to explain the rules of the Sharīʿah? Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān [Q]: Is it from unity to have disdain for the Committee of Major Scholars, and to charge them with hypocrisy and being paid workers? [A]: It is obligatory to respect the Scholars of the Muslims because they are inheritors of the Prophets. So having disdain for them refers to having disdain for their position, their inheritance from the Prophet ﷺ, and disdain for the knowledge that they carry. From disdain for...

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Profound Words Concerning Groups and Parties

The innovation is more severe because innovation is worse than disobedience, and innovation is more beloved to Shayṭān than disobedience because the disobedient one may repent. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān [Q]: We hear about what are called Islamic Jamaa’aat in this age in various parts of the world.  So what is the basis of this term?  Is it permissible to go along with then and assist them if they do not have an innovation? [A]: The Messenger ﷺ informed and explained to how we must interact.  He did not leave anything that brings his Ummah closer to...

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Soundness of Manhaj

So the soundness of manhaj – or lack thereof – determines a person’s entry into Paradise or the Fire. [Q]: Is entry into Paradise or the Fire dependent upon the soundness of manhaj (methodology)?2 [A]: Yes, if the manhaj is sound, then the person will be from amongst the people of Paradise; since he will be upon the manhaj of the Messenger ﷺ and manhaj of the Salaf al-Ṣāliḥ. He will be from amongst the people of Paradise by the permission of Allāh.  If he traverses a misguided methodology, then he will be an innovator in the Fire.”3 So the soundness of manhaj – or lack thereof...

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Questions and Answers Concerning Muslim Unity

Splitting up (tafarruq) is not from the Religion, because the Religion commands us with unity, and to be one jamāʿah (community), and one Ummah upon the ʿaqīdah of tawḥīd, and upon following the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ. Al-ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

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Parables from the Noble Qurʾān on the Falsehood of Shirk

Verily, Allāh is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger than it. And as for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord, but as for those who disbelieve, they say; “What did Allāh intend by this parable?” By it He misleads many and many He guides thereby. And He misleads thereby only those who are rebellious, disobedient to Allāh. Those who break Allāh’s Covenant after ratifying it and sever what Allāh has ordered to be joined and do mischief on earth, it is they who are the losers. Sūrah al-Baqarah, 2:26–27   The mushrik...

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Callers at the Gates of Hell

And the individuals who ascribe themselves to the daʿwah, it is obligatory to look into them: Where did they study? Who did they take knowledge from? Where did they come from? What is their ʿaqīdah (creed)? And their dealings and effects amongst the people must be looked into. And it must be asked, what did they do which resulted in goodness? And which of their actions brought about rectification? It is obligatory to study their conditions before becoming deluded by their statements and their outward conditions. There is no doubt about this affair, especially in this time which contains many...

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