WHO THE WORSHIP FITS

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

The submission and obedience of man to His Creator is the essence of Islam. The Name “Islam” is chosen by God (Allaah) and not by man. It is the same message revealed to all the prophets and Messengers by Allaah and which they spread amongst their respective nations. In its final and universal form it was revealed to Muhammadصلى الله عليه و سلم: may Allaah exalt his mention and save him and his message from all kinds of evil).
Allaah is the identifying name or title of the Majestic, sole and True God. This noun which is the name of Allaah applies to none other than Him. He, Most Majestic and Most High, has other names all of which follow on from His name Allaah. The meaning of the name Allaah is the ma’looh (that which is worshipped out of love, magnification, deification, and longing). He is the Creator: to Him belongs the Commandment. No worship is worthy of being given to a stone, statue, a cross, a triangle, Khomeini, Farakhan, Elijas, Malcom’s X or Y, Ghandi, Krishna, Gurus, Buddha, Mahatma, Emperor, Joseph Smith, Sun, Moon (not to that from Korea too), Diana, light fire, rivers, cows, Rama, Temples, Prophets, Messengers (Yes! Muslims do not worship Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), Saints, Priests, Monks, Haile Selassie, Movie Stars, Sheiks, etc.!! All are created beings or things.
The name Allaah is not chosen by man and it is not named after a prophet, saint or any famous man. The name “Allaah” was referred to by all prophets including Adam, Jesus, Moses, and by the last and final Prophet, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), as the One True God who deserves to be worshipped alone.
The innate nature in man (fitrah) recognizes what is good and bad, what is true and false. It recognizes that the Attributes of Allaah must be True, Unique, and All-Perfect. It does not feel comfortable towards any kind of degradation of His Attributes nor does it relax towards associating human qualities to the Creator. Many who became “discontent with God” did so because of the practices of the Church in medieval Europe and because of the claims of “god dwelling in a son”, and that “everyone is born with an original sin”. They “escaped” into worshipping a new theory called “mother nature” as well as the “material world”. With the advancement of materialistic technology others from different religions adopted the concept of “forgetting about God” and “let us live this life and enjoy it!” not realizing that they have chosen the worship of the “origin god” of Rome: The god of desire!
Today we can see that all of this materialistic progress produced a spiritual vacuum that led to complex social, economic, political, and psychological problems. Many of those who “fled” their “religions” are in search again. Some try to “escape” the complexity of their daily lives via various means. Those who had the chance to examine the Qur’an and Islam, proceed with a complete code for life which requires man to fulfill the purpose for his presence on earth. Allaah does not want for man to be enslaved to any false deity: nature, drugs, lust, money, other men, desire, or sex. He provides the proofs that he is the One who can deliver man from the slavery to any form of creation and to turn to his Creator alone.
The Creator has Perfect Attributes. He is the First, nothing is before Him. He is the Last, everything ends except Him; the Most High, nothing is above Him; the Most Near, nothing is beyond His reach and his compassing, and He is the Most High in His nearness. He is the Ever-Living, to Him we shall all return, where everyone will be dealt with in the Most Perfect and Just way. He does not beget nor is He begotten. Those who attribute Divinity to Jesus forget or ignore the fact that Jesus was in a mother’s womb. He needed nutrition; he was born and grew up to be a man. He was trusted with the Gospel (Injeel) as a message to the Children of Israel. A man-messenger calling his nation not to worship him. A man who needs to eat, walk, sleep, rest, etc. cannot have Divine Attributes because he is in need, but Allaah, the God of Jesus, is far above any imperfection.
With respect to Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Rastafarianism, etc., all are forms of worship to created beings/things in one form or another. Jews had attributed a nationalistic belonging to Allaah: “The Tribal God” of Israel. Men and women following these religions were born with the natural inclination of worshipping their Creator, Allaah. It is their parents who had driven them into their respective traditions. Once they are exposed to the Signs of Allaah around them, or in the Qur’an, or to someone who triggers their Fitrah (natural inclination to worship Allaah alone), the reverting process begins, and that is why we see a universal spreading of Islam.
There are many distortions of Islam in the media, worldwide. However, Despite the wrong practices of some Muslims (rulers and ruled) in some countries, those who seek the truth are judging Islam according to its doctrines. That is why we continue to witness a global growth in the number of people accepting this true religion of Allaah. The opposition to Islam will intensify with the spread of this truth in the world. This is not a conflict of “civilizations”, but rather the real struggle between the truths presented in the creed and principles of Islam and false doctrines and ways of worship. This is a real challenge for those who seek the Truth. Man is created for a purpose: to live a life in accordance with Allaah’s way. Why Not? Do we possess the air we breathe? Did we create ourselves or others? Or were we ourselves the Creators? So is it our right to ignore our Creator when we are all need of Him? Allaah is All-Just and All-Wise. He does not intend confusion for His Creation. The religion accepted to Him is the one chosen by Him. Its essence must be One, because He is One and only one True God. It is the religion of submission to the Will and Commandment of the One Who brought us to life, the Ever Living who will never die. It is the complete way of life for all mankind. All these qualities are chosen by Allaah in His only religion: Islam.
Reference: https://abdurrahman.org — edited by An-Nuur Press Agency

Who the Worship Fits

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

The submission and obedience of man to His Creator is the essence of Islam. The Name “Islam” is chosen by God (Allaah) and not by man. It is the same message revealed to all the prophets and Messengers by Allaah and which they spread amongst their respective nations. In its final and universal form it was revealed to Muhammadصلى الله عليه و سلم: may Allaah exalt his mention and save him and his message from all kinds of evil).
Allaah is the identifying name or title of the Majestic, sole and True God. This noun which is the name of Allaah applies to none other than Him. He, Most Majestic and Most High, has other names all of which follow on from His name Allaah. The meaning of the name Allaah is the ma’looh (that which is worshipped out of love, magnification, deification, and longing). He is the Creator: to Him belongs the Commandment. No worship is worthy of being given to a stone, statue, a cross, a triangle, Khomeini, Farakhan, Elijas, Malcom’s X or Y, Ghandi, Krishna, Gurus, Buddha, Mahatma, Emperor, Joseph Smith, Sun, Moon (not to that from Korea too), Diana, light fire, rivers, cows, Rama, Temples, Prophets, Messengers (Yes! Muslims do not worship Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), Saints, Priests, Monks, Haile Selassie, Movie Stars, Sheiks, etc.!! All are created beings or things.
The name Allaah is not chosen by man and it is not named after a prophet, saint or any famous man. The name “Allaah” was referred to by all prophets including Adam, Jesus, Moses, and by the last and final Prophet, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), as the One True God who deserves to be worshipped alone.
The innate nature in man (fitrah) recognizes what is good and bad, what is true and false. It recognizes that the Attributes of Allaah must be True, Unique, and All-Perfect. It does not feel comfortable towards any kind of degradation of His Attributes nor does it relax towards associating human qualities to the Creator. Many who became “discontent with God” did so because of the practices of the Church in medieval Europe and because of the claims of “god dwelling in a son”, and that “everyone is born with an original sin”. They “escaped” into worshipping a new theory called “mother nature” as well as the “material world”. With the advancement of materialistic technology others from different religions adopted the concept of “forgetting about God” and “let us live this life and enjoy it!” not realizing that they have chosen the worship of the “origin god” of Rome: The god of desire!
Today we can see that all of this materialistic progress produced a spiritual vacuum that led to complex social, economic, political, and psychological problems. Many of those who “fled” their “religions” are in search again. Some try to “escape” the complexity of their daily lives via various means. Those who had the chance to examine the Qur’an and Islam, proceed with a complete code for life which requires man to fulfill the purpose for his presence on earth. Allaah does not want for man to be enslaved to any false deity: nature, drugs, lust, money, other men, desire, or sex. He provides the proofs that he is the One who can deliver man from the slavery to any form of creation and to turn to his Creator alone.
The Creator has Perfect Attributes. He is the First, nothing is before Him. He is the Last, everything ends except Him; the Most High, nothing is above Him; the Most Near, nothing is beyond His reach and his compassing, and He is the Most High in His nearness. He is the Ever-Living, to Him we shall all return, where everyone will be dealt with in the Most Perfect and Just way. He does not beget nor is He begotten. Those who attribute Divinity to Jesus forget or ignore the fact that Jesus was in a mother’s womb. He needed nutrition; he was born and grew up to be a man. He was trusted with the Gospel (Injeel) as a message to the Children of Israel. A man-messenger calling his nation not to worship him. A man who needs to eat, walk, sleep, rest, etc. cannot have Divine Attributes because he is in need, but Allaah, the God of Jesus, is far above any imperfection.
With respect to Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Rastafarianism, etc., all are forms of worship to created beings/things in one form or another. Jews had attributed a nationalistic belonging to Allaah: “The Tribal God” of Israel. Men and women following these religions were born with the natural inclination of worshipping their Creator, Allaah. It is their parents who had driven them into their respective traditions. Once they are exposed to the Signs of Allaah around them, or in the Qur’an, or to someone who triggers their Fitrah (natural inclination to worship Allaah alone), the reverting process begins, and that is why we see a universal spreading of Islam.
There are many distortions of Islam in the media, worldwide. However, Despite the wrong practices of some Muslims (rulers and ruled) in some countries, those who seek the truth are judging Islam according to its doctrines. That is why we continue to witness a global growth in the number of people accepting this true religion of Allaah. The opposition to Islam will intensify with the spread of this truth in the world. This is not a conflict of “civilizations”, but rather the real struggle between the truths presented in the creed and principles of Islam and false doctrines and ways of worship. This is a real challenge for those who seek the Truth. Man is created for a purpose: to live a life in accordance with Allaah’s way. Why Not? Do we possess the air we breathe? Did we create ourselves or others? Or were we ourselves the Creators? So is it our right to ignore our Creator when we are all need of Him? Allaah is All-Just and All-Wise. He does not intend confusion for His Creation. The religion accepted to Him is the one chosen by Him. Its essence must be One, because He is One and only one True God. It is the religion of submission to the Will and Commandment of the One Who brought us to life, the Ever Living who will never die. It is the complete way of life for all mankind. All these qualities are chosen by Allaah in His only religion: Islam.
Reference: https://abdurrahman.org — edited by An-Nuur Press Agency

Know & Remember Allah

The prophet ( صلّى الله عليه وسلّم ) said:
تَعَرَّفْ إِلى اللهِ فِي الرَّخَاءِ يَعْرِفْكَ فِي الشِّدَّةِ
“Know Allah in prosperity, He will know you in adversity.” — (This is part of a longer ḥadīth recorded by Aḥmad, al-Bayhaqī, and al-Lālakāī and Shaykh Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī said it is authentic in his al-Jāmi’ al-Saghīr wa Ziyādatuh)
When a worshipper is conscious and fearful of Allah in times of ease and wellbeing, preserving His rules and paying careful attention to His rights upon him, he begins to know Allah. There is then established between him and his Lord a special relationship. In return, his Lord will remember and know His worshipper during his times of hardship. He will preserve and take care of such person’s relationship with Him in difficult times. Because of this relationship, Allah saves his worshipper from his difficulties. This special relationship brings an individual close to his Lord and ensures His love for him and His answering of his prayers.
A person’s “knowing his Lord” is of two types:
1. A general knowledge. When a person is familiar with Allah is this manner, he simply accepts that He exists, affirms correct belief in Him, and has faith in Him. All believers in general know Allah in this way.
2. A specific knowledge and relationship. When a person truly knows Allah, he turns his heart completely to Him, devotes himself to Him, and feels at ease with Him. He is comforted when Allah is mentioned although he is still shy before Him and fears Him. Those who truly know Allah focus on this specific type of “knowing Him.”
Similarly, Allah’s “knowing his servant” is of two types.
1. A general knowledge. This is Allah’s knowledge of all His servants, His observation of everything they conceal or make apparent, as He ( تعالى ) says:
” وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الإِنسَاَا وَنسََعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بهِ نسََفْاُهُ “
“And indeed We have created mankind, and We know what his own self whispers to him.” –( Sūrah Qāf (50:16) )
Another example of this general type of Allah knowing His creation is His statement:
” هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بكُمْ إِذْ أَنسَشَأَكُم مِّنَ الأَرْضِ وَإِذْ أَنسَتُمْ أَجِنَّةٌ فِي بُطُو أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ “
“He was most knowing of you when He produced you from the earth and when you were fetuses in the wombs of your mothers.” — ( Sūrah al-Najm (53:32))
2. A specific knowledge and relationship. This type of “knowing His servant” is when Allah loves His worshipper, brings him close to Him, answers his prayers, and helps him out of difficulties. This is the type of relationship the prophet ( صلّى الله عليه وسلّم ) refers to when he said that Allah says (in a ḥadīth qudsī):
لا يَزَالُ عَبْدِي يَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيَّ بالنَّوَافِلِ حَتَّى أُحِبَّهُ ، فَإِذَا أَحْبَبْتُهُ ، كُنْتُ سَمْعَهُ الَّذِي
يَاْمَعُ بهِ ، وَبَصَرَهُ الَّذِي يُبْصِرُ بهِ ، وَيَدَهُ الَّتِي يَبْطِشُ بهَا ، وَرِجْلَهُ الَّتِي يَمْشِي
». بهَا ، وَلَئِنْ سَأَلَنِي لأُعْطِيَنَّهُ ، وَلَئِنِ اسْتَعَاذَنسَِي لأُعِيذَنسََّهُ
“My servant continues to come close to Me with extra acts of worship until I love him. When I love him, I become his ears with which he hears, his eyes with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks. Were he to ask Me for anything, I would certainly give it him, and were he to seek My help, I would certainly help him.” – ( Recorded by al-Bukhārī )
Illustrating this specific type of Allah knowing His servants, there is a report that when al-Ḥasan was fleeing the oppression of al-Ḥajjāj, he came to the house of Ḥabīb Ibn Muḥammad. Ḥabīb said to him, “Abū Saī’d, is there no relationship between you and your Lord by which you could pray to Him to hide you from these people? Come into the house.” al-Ḥasan went inside, and al-Ḥajjāj’s soldiers went in after him but could not see him. When that was mentioned to al-Ḥajjāj, he said, “He was inside the house but Allah blinded your eyes so that you could not see him.”
In summary, whoever shows Allah constant, respectful fear and obedience during times of ease and prosperity, Allah will show him gentleness and assistance during times of difficulty and adversity.
al-Tirmidhī recorded a ḥadīth from Abū Hurayrah ( رضي الله عنه ) that the prophet ( صلّى الله عليه وسلّم ) said:
مَنْ سَرَّهُ أَ يَاْتَجِيْبَ اللَّهُ لَهُ عِنْدَ الشَّدَائِدِ وَالْكَرْبِ فَلْيُكْثِرْ الدُّعَاءَ فِي «
». الرَّخَاءِ
“Whoever would like Allah to answer him during hardships and difficulties then let him increase in supplication during times of wellbeing.” – ( Recorded by al-Tirmidhī (no. 3382) and al-Albānī said it is ḥasan in Ṣaḥīḥ Sunan al-Tirmidhī )
The most difficult hardship a servant faces in this life is death; what comes after it is even more severe if the servant’s final destination is not good (Paradise). So it is necessary for a believer to prepare for death and what follows it during times of ease and wellbeing by remaining constantly conscious and fearful of Allah and doing righteous deeds (during life). Allah ( عزّ وجلّ ) says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ نسََفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ”
وَلا تَكُوْنسَُوْا كَالَّذِيْنَ نسََاُوْا اللَّهَ فَأَنسَْاَاهُمْ أَنسَْفُاَهُمْ  إِ اللَّهَ خَبيْرٌ بمَا تَعْمَلُوْ
” أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُوْ
“Oh you who believe, fear Allah and let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow. And fear Allah, indeed Allah is aware of what you do. And do not be like those who forgot Allah so He made them forget about their own souls. Those are the defiantly disobedient ones.” — (Sūrah al-Ḥashr (59:18-19) )
Whoever remembers Allah while in good health, in times of ease and comfort, and prepares himself for his meeting with Allah ( عزّ وجلّ ) upon death and afterwards, Allah will in return remember him during these hardships (associated with death). He will be with the person during such difficulties. Allah will be gentle with him as He assists him, takes care of him, and keeps him firm upon the worship of Allah alone (when he dies). Allah will then meet the person while being happy with him.
On the other hand, whoever forgets Allah during times of ease and comfort (in life) and fails to prepare for his meeting with Him, Allah will forget him during these hardships (of death). And the “forgetting” here means Allah will abandon the person and disregard him.
But when death comes to a true believer in Allah, one who has prepared for it and has good expectations of his Lord, and the good news of Allah comes to him, he then would love to meet Allah and Allah would love to meet him. However, a wicked person is just the opposite of that (i.e., he hates to meet Allah so Allah hates to meet him). The believer is then filled with happiness with what he put forth before him (in life) and with what he is about to arrive at (Paradise). As for someone who is negligent (who forgot about his own soul), he is filled with regret, saying:
” يَا حَاْرَتَا عَلَى مَا فَرَّطتُ فِي جَنبِ اللَّهِ “
“Oh, how I regret what I neglected regarding Allah.“ – ( Sūrah al-Zumar (39:56) )
[1] Taken from Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī’s book Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam, an explanation of the forty-two famous ḥadīth collected by Imām al-Nawawī. The ḥadīth explained in this article is number nineteen.
Reference: AbdurRahman.Org — edited by An-Nuur Press Agency

Offering Congratulations on Eid

Praise be to Allaah.  It was narrated that that Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to congratulate one another on the occasion of Eid by saying Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa minkum (May Allaah accept (this worship) from us and from you). It was narrated that Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: When the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) met one another on the day of Eid, they would say to one another: “Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa mink(May Allaah accept (this worship) from us and from you).” Al-Haafiz said: Its isnaad is hasan.

Imam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: There is nothing wrong with one man saying to another on the day of Eid: Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa mink (May Allaah accept (this worship) from us and from you). This was narrated by Ibn Qudaamah in al-Mughni.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah was asked in al-Fataawa al-Kubra (2/228): Does the common Eid greeting that is on people’s lips – “Eid Mubaarak” etc – have any basis in sharee’ah or not? If there is a basis for that in sharee’ah, what should we say?

He replied:

With regard to the greeting on the day of Eid, which people say to one another when meeting after the prayer, “Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa minkum wa ahaalahu Allaah ‘alayka (May Allaah accept (this worship) from us and from you and may you live to see another Eid)” etc, this was narrated from a number of the Sahaabah who used to do that and allow others to do so too, and from the Imams such as Imam Ahmad. But Ahmad said: I do not initiate this greeting with anyone. But if someone greets me in this manner I return his greeting. That is because returning a greeting is obligatory, but initiating this greeting is not a Sunnah that is enjoined, but neither is it forbidden. The one who does it has an example and the one who does not do it also has an example. And Allaah knows best.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: What is the ruling on offering Eid greetings and is there a particular wording to be used?

He replied:

It is permissible to offer greetings and congratulations on Eid, and there is no specific greeting. Rather the greetings that people customarily use are permissible so long as no sin is involved.

He also said:

Some of the Sahaabah offered greetings and congratulations on the occasion of Eid. Even if we assume that they did not do that, it has now become something customary that people are used to doing, congratulating one another on the occasion of Eid and on completing the fast and qiyaam.

And he was asked: what is the ruling on shaking hands, embracing and congratulating one another after the Eid prayer?

He replied:

There is nothing wrong with these things, because people do not do these things as acts of worship intended to draw them closer to Allaah, rather they do them because they are customary, and to honour and show respect to one another. So long as there is nothing in sharee’ah to indicate that a custom is forbidden, then the basic principle is that it is permissible.

Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 16/208-210.

Reference:
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KNOWLEDGE

 

Praise be to Allah.

Allah created man and provided him with the tools for acquiring knowledge, namely hearing, sight and wisdom. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allah)

[al-Nahl 16:78]

Islam is the religion of knowledge. The first aayah of the Qur’aan to be revealed enjoined reading which the key to knowledge is. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).

He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).

Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.

Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.

He has taught man that which he knew not”

[al-‘Alaq 96:1-5]

In Islam, knowledge comes before action; there can be no action without knowledge, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“So know (O Muhammad) that Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women”

[Muhammad 47:19]

Allah warns every Muslim against speaking without knowledge, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And follow not (O man, i.e., say not, or do not, or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned (by Allah)”

[al-Israa’ 17:36]

Emphasizing the status of knowledge and the scholars, Allah calls upon the scholars to bear witness to His Oneness, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Allah bears witness that Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), and the angels, and those having knowledge (also give this witness); (He always) maintains His creation in justice. Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the AllMighty, the All-Wise”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:18]

Knowledge and fear of Allah may be attained by knowing His signs and creation. The knowledgeable are those who know that, hence Allah praises them by saying (interpretation of the meaning):

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah”

[Faatir 35:28]

Because of the importance of knowledge, Allah commanded His Messenger to seek more of it. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge”

[Ta-Ha 20:114]

Islam calls us to seek knowledge. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim, and he explained that the superiority of the one who has knowledge over the one who merely worships is like the superiority of the moon over every other heavenly body. He said that the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that the Prophets did not leave behind dinars and dirhams (i.e., money), rather their inheritance was knowledge, so whoever acquires it has gained a great share. And he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that seeking knowledge is a way to Paradise. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-‘Ilm, 10)

Islam calls us to learn all kinds of beneficial knowledge. Branches of knowledge vary in status, the highest of which is knowledge of sharee’ah, then knowledge of medicine, then the other fields of knowledge.

The best of all branches of knowledge are the sciences of sharee’ah through which man comes to know his Lord, and his [His?} Prophet and religion. This is the knowledge with which Allah honoured His Messenger; He taught it to him so that he might teach it to mankind:

“Indeed, Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses (the Qur’ân), and purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’aan) and AlHikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet (i.e. his legal ways, statements and acts of worship)], while before that they had been in manifest error”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:164 – interpretation of the meaning]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When Allah wishes good for a person, He makes him understand the religion.” (Agreed upon. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 69)

Concerning the matter of paying attention to the Qur’aan and learning and teaching it, the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The best of you is the one who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it.” (Agreed upon. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4639)

There is no goodness in knowledge which is not confirmed by action, or words which are not confirmed by deeds:

“O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do?

Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do”

[al-Saff :2-3]

Knowledge brings a great reward. The one who points the way to something good is like the one who does it. When the knowledgeable person dies, his reward with Allah does not cease when he dies, rather it continues to increase so long as people benefit from his knowledge. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When a man dies, all his deeds come to an end except for three – an ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge or a righteous son who will pray for him.” (Narrated by Muslim, 1631)

If the scholar spreads his knowledge among the people, he will have a reward like that of those who follow him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever calls people to right guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their reward in the slightest, and whoever calls people to misguidance will have a burden of sin like that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their burden in the slightest.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2674)

Proper understanding of Islam is one of the best of good characteristics with which a Muslim may be honoured, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When Allah wishes good for a person, He makes him understand the religion.” (Agreed upon).

Reading Qur’aan, learning it and teaching it, are among the best deeds, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There should be no envy (hasad) except between two people, a man to whom Allah has given (knowledge of) the Qur’aan, so he recites it night and day, and a man to whom Allah has given wealth, so he spends it (in good deeds) night and day.”  (Narrated by Muslim, 815)

 

Reference:

Shayk Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid

http://www.islamqa.info

WHEN I DRESSED TO KILL

by  ADEMOLA ABDULHAMID OLAOLUWA

Less than a decade ago, I do ask myself questions whenever I sat down at the darkest part of my room that have I really separated the chaff from the grain? Being a Muslim youth, what is my responsibility? What is expected of me to do and not to do? But now, years on and putting pen to paper, I don’t know where to start but I guess I should start from where it would be clear. I believe every step in life is like a chapter right from birth till death – Painfully, a lot of Muslim youths do not discover this throughout their youthful age and may carry this ignorance till old age.
At this chapter in my existence, as a university undergraduate where I have the privilege to meet Muslim brothers consciously and accidentally, I have been looking up to them; imbibing their ways and etiquette of practicing the Sunnah according to the Kitab and Sunnah of the prophet (). I tried my best to grab all the Islam I could get off (from) them by listening to them patiently and understudying a number of individuals amongst them. However, I came to a conclusion that heroism and mentoring could at times be dangerous, that in as much as I gained much from them, I also imbibed from some, certain not quite Islamic attitudes, which further investigations may reveal have only a shaky basis in Islam.

Today, looking back into the past and with a bit of experience, I have discovered that there is a tendency for Muslim youths who tend to rediscover Islam to blindly follow their mentors. The correct approach would rather be the approach of the prophet (Peace and blessing be on to him) which was the middle course. Allah says: “And, {moreover}, this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow {other} ways, for you will be separated from His way.” (Al – an’aam : 153)

I also had several sessions in the company of non-Muslim friends. One scene of note during one of my companies with them happened in my room. We were having a discussion on “Dressing to kill”. At this time, my array of clothes consist of well-worn Jalabiyas, good but ruffled native wears, old caps and any other cloth that was definitely ‘offensive’ to the eye and clearly unattractive. I had come to the conclusion that “to be scruffy was to be pious”. As a result, my uncombed beard was a sign of faith. In the course of our discussion, I was referred to and asked questions like “Alfa why are your trousers going up these days, hope you have not joined teblik?”, “Why is your beard not shaved? “,” Why do you stop watching film?” I answered all their questions satisfactorily, for I had learnt then to answer questions with evidences and I made it clear the subject of their question is part of my deen.

A beneficial digression now; It is quite unfortunate that fellow Muslims will sometime argue ignorantly against leaving the beards and raising the trousers. The prophet said shaving the beard is an act of disobedience to Allah (subhanalah wataalah) as expressed in his words: “closely trim the moustache, and spare the beard” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim and others). This is an explicit command which indicates that it is compulsory to grow the beards.

IBN QAYYIM ON THE VIRTUES OF FASTING THE WISDOM AND BENEFIT BEHIND FASTING

Author:Imaam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
Source:Abridged from his book Zaad al-Ma’aad [Al-Muntaqaa Newsletter: 1/9] Translator:abu Maryam

The objective behind fasting is to restrain the soul from (its) desires and to prevent it from those things, which are beloved to it. And its purpose is to control the soul’s strength, so that it can be prepared to attain what is found in it (the fast) from success and joy for the soul. Through the fast, one curbs his hunger and thirst and is reminded of the condition of the hungry stomachs of needy people.
Through fasting, one narrows the passages the Devil has inside the servant (of Allaah) by narrowing the passages of food and drink. Also, it prevents the forces of the limbs from getting too accustomed to things that are harmful to it in this world and the hereafter. And each of the soul’s body limbs and energies can cease their rebelliousness (to Allaah) and be harnessed by its bridle.
So therefore, the fast is the bridle of those who fear and obey Allaah and the shield of those wage war (against desires). And it is a garden for the righteous and devoted servants of Allaah. And it is for the Lord of the worlds, over all other actions (done to please Allaah). This is since the person who fasts, in fact does nothing. He only abandons his desire and his food for the sake of the One whom he worships.
So fasting is an abandonment of those things that the soul loves and desires, preferring instead Allaah’s love and contentment. And it is a secret kept between the servant and his Lord – no one else is aware of it.
Fasting has an amazing effect in preserving one’s outer limbs and inner capacities as well as protecting the soul from being overtaken by destructive components, which can ruin and destroy it. And it has a remarkable effect in causing all the harmful things that prevent the soul from being healthy to be emptied out. So fasting guards and protects the health of the person’s heart and body limbs. And it returns the soul all that the hands of the desires has taken from it. So it is from the greatest ways of improving one’s Taqwaa, as Allaah says: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you attain Taqwaa.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 185]
The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Fasting is a shield.” And he commanded those who had intense desires for marriage but were not able to marry, to observe fasting, making it a shield against those desires (of marriage).
When the benefits of fasting are born witness to by sensible minds and upright intuitions, one will come to realize that Allaah prescribed it as a mercy for mankind, goodness to them and a protection and shield for them. The Prophet’s (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) guidance concerning it was the most perfect of guidance, and the best for reaching the desired objective and the easiest on the soul.
Since restraining the soul from what it loves and desires is from the most difficult and hardest of things, its obligation was delayed until the middle of Islaam, after the Hijrah. This was at the point when the Tawheed and the Prayer had become firmly established in the souls of the Muslims and when they loved the commands of Allaah. So their souls were lead to its obligation in gradual steps. It became obligatory in the second year of Hijrah.
When the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) died, he had fasted nine Ramadaans in total. Originally, it was obligated as an option left to the people to choose whether they wanted to fast or to feed needy people for every day. Then that option was transferred into the final obligatory fasting. And the matter of feeding people was left only for the old men and women who did not have the ability to fast.
Fasting had three stages. The first stage was its being obligated with the option of fasting or feeding a needy person. In the second stage, only the fasting was allowed, but if the person fasting slept before breaking his fast, he was forbidden from eating and drinking until the following night. This was abrogated in the third stage. And this is the stage at which the Religion has settled with until the Day of Judgement.
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JAHANNAM (THE HELLFIRE).

By Okeyode Ajibola Hakeem – Department of Microbiology

We live in this dunya (world) as if we are going to remain here forever, we do not think about our moment of death. Many of us live as though Allah (Subhana wa taala) has given us life forever, and we live our lives without caring about our deen. We do not learn about our deen. We have forgotten that Allah said: “He has not created the jinns and men alone except to worship Him” – we do the opposite. He also said (in surah An-Noor verse 54): “obey Allah and obey the messenger (Muhammad) (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasalaam)”, but instead, we do what pleases us; we perform all forms of shirk, drink alcohol, disrespect our parents, listen to music, make images of things that have souls, trim our beards and leave our moustache, engage in courtship, shake hands with the opposite sex, commit adultery, eat ribbah, watch pornography, cheat, gossip, backbite and all other unwholesome things we do. We know them all. And we still do not do sincere istigifar and repent to Allah (Subhana wa taala).

Soon after you die, you will be in your grave and you will be able to  hear the footsteps of your friends and family as they leave your graveside. Those are the people who you turned to in this dunya when you had some distress, needed some advice or some help. They bury you and they leave, and this person, this evil soul, screams: don’t leave me! Why are you going? Why are you leaving me alone? And so, the people leave, and then all of a sudden, he sees in the distance two angels, two very scary angels approaching him. They are called Munkar and Nakir, so imagine when you have never seen these before and you see them approaching you, and you will have nowhere to run, will you? You will have nowhere to hide, will you? You will have nothing that you can protect yourself with?

So, they sit that person up in his grave, and they ask him three questions, but they are not going to ask in a polite way: who is your lord? The first question. And this person, who did not learn about Allah (subahana wa taala), who didn’t learn about shirk, who just lived his life, who didn’t care, who was too busy chasing the duniya as we are doing right now. So, he is going to answer: oh oh I didn’t know.Then he is going to be replied: what was your religion? The second question. And this person, who comes to mosque only on Fridays and prayed his Jumuah but neglected the daily obligatory prayers, who prayed his Eid Salah but after that, turned his back to prayer; who didn’t know and care about his religion, is going to answer: I don’t know.

He is going to be asked the third question: who is this man that was sent to you? As usual, he will reply: I don’t know. He’s failed the three questions from Munkar and Nakir! What comes next? The fire of Jahannam enters into his grave, and his grave squeezes him so tight until his ribs begin to squeeze on one another and he will be shown his abode in jahannam.

The coming of hell fire! Brothers and sisters, hellfire is not a pit! It’s a roaring raging beast that is held down by 70,000 thousand chains and holding each chain is 70,000 angels, there is no scene more terrifying on the Day of Judgment than that scene. Every creation of Allah, every ummah of Allah; martyrs, prophets, believers, nonbelievers; they will fall to their knees before their Lord, crying: O Allah protect us, O Allah protect us. Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasalaam) told Umar that if one do the deeds of 70 prophets, one would still be frightened.

And the hell fire is a place of the most extreme suffering, the most extreme pain; of every level that you can imagine; physical, mental, spiritual, pain and suffering and torment. The people will cry in agony for water. They will cry for a drink, something to cool them, and they will be given a drink, but it’s boiling water that will scold their faces and burn their insides. This is the hellfire. The smallest punishment there is that a person will wear a pair of sandals of fire and his brain will boil yet he will think he is having the most severe and the worst punishment of all.

The major reasons why some Muslims may end up in hellfire, if only for a “while”, is because of the sins that they take for granted. Forbidden but not major sins (like shirk) we take as unimportant, we say: it’s just a sin, it’s alright,  just a little bit, it’s just a kiss, it’s just a look, it’s just a lie, it’s just a little cheat, a little theft, it’s just once, its ok. We keep doing it, we keep repeating it, that’s the danger. We take minor sins for granted and therefore it becomes a ritual, an habit.

The guardian of hellfire, his name is Maalik, he has never smiled since the hellfire was created. He has no remorse, has no pity, and he is desensitized to all types of horror. Hellfire ya ikhwan, is something not to be taken lightly. Its inhabitants, after a lifetime of horror will be  saying: ‘O Our Lord, please take us out’, ‘take us out and let us try again, give us another chance’, if we do this again then we are truly oppressors to ourselves’, and Allah will not even reply them, Allah will not speak to them, so some people have false hope, God will forgive me, God will forgive me, Allah cannot be fooled (subahana wa taala) and they will remain there for ever.

We ask Allah (subahana wa taala) to save us from the hellfire. O Allah! keep us away from the sins that make one enter hellfire.

We ask Allah (subahana wa taala) to forgive us all our sins, he is the most merciful and we ask him for paradise and to see his face and abide with his messenger in Jannah. Ameen

 

FUNNY OR SAD?

Yes, let’s see what you think. I guess it’s time for some self evaluation. After reading through this, every sincere mind should be able to rationalize some issues concerning the everyday life of its bearer. This article is intended to open up our minds concerning some of the important but usually trivialized aspects of a Muslim’s ‘ibaadah, his reason for existence, his scrolls before Allaah and his pass mark for Al-jannah. In shaaAllaah, we’ll all have a lesson or two to learn. Cruise along…

  • Funny how a thousand naira seems so small at the entrance of Amphi theatre but so much in Awolowo hall mosque.
  • Funny how boring it is to spend nine minutes on solaah but feels so good to spend ninety watching a football match.
  • Funny how easy it is to defend the theories of philosophers but so easy to question authentic hadeeths of the best of mankind.
  • Funny how students scramble for front seats in MTH 101 class but race out the mosque right after tasleem.
  • Funny how easy we’d recite the names of countless so-called celebrities and footballers at heart but how hard we’d find it to recall the names of a few companions of the noble prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
  • Funny how we’d present our projects to our supervisors neat and spiral-bound but present our solaah to the lord of the worlds exposing our ‘awrah.
  • Funny how we wrote jambs upon jambs to obtain four years in the university but can’t afford an hour or two in daarul-hikmah class.
  • Funny how easy it is to upload pictures and videos on facebook and instagram but think twice before sharing an authentic hadith.
  • Funny how difficult it is to block the spaces between our feet on solaah but we find it way too easy queuing up for food.
  • Yea, we spent God knows how long in nursery school trying to learn letters of the English alphabet but can’t dedicate ten minutes a day trying to improve our knowledge of the language of the Qur’an.
  • Of course, we’d read through the best-selling novels in hours but the Qur’an… come on, thirty minutes is too much, aye o po. Really???
  • Some of us can’t even flinch in the presence of our lecturers but we dare to trade words with our parents?
  • And why shake hands with the non-mahram opposite sex when we can’t handle a burning coal?
  • And why drag your garments beyond your ankles against the wish of your Lord when He and He alone provided you with both the ankles and the garments in the first place. Do you not crave to see His face on that day when garments shall be of no use?
  • And why not lower your gaze for the sake of the One who provided you with the ability to see in the first place?
  • And is not the One who gave us life able to take it at any time He pleases?

 

We pray that our creator makes us see that which is right as being right and gives us the ability to follow it and that He makes us see that which is wrong as being wrong and provides us with the ability to desist from it completely.

And all praises and adoration are due unto Allaah alone and may His immeasurable peace and blessings be upon His last messenger.

(Source: Islamic texts: sahih Bukhari, Muslim.)

PRIDE: A BARRIER TO PARADISE

PRIDE: A BARRIER TO PARADISE

 

Shaykh Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee

From ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood radi-Allaahu ‘anhu who related that Allaah’s Messenger sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam said:

“Whoever has an atoms worth of kibr (pride) in his heart will not enter Paradise.” So a man said: What about a person who loves (i.e. takes pride in) wearing beautiful clothes and beautiful shoes? So he replied: “Indeed Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Kibr (pride) is to reject the truth, and to despise the people.”1

So Allaah – the Most High – informs us that the Hellfire is the abode of those who have kibr (pride and arrogance). And we learn from the (above) hadeeth that: “Whoever has on atoms worth of kibr (pride) in his heart will not enter Paradise.” So this is a proof that kibr (pride) necessitates entry into the Hellfire and prevents entry into Paradise. And this comprehensive explanation that the Prophet sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam mentioned has clarified the meaning of kibr (pride) in the dearest possible manner. So he divided kibr into two types:-

[1]Pride against the truth: This is to reject the truth and not to accept it. So anyone who reject the truth is proud and arrogant – in accordance with what he reject of the truth. So it is obligatory upon everyone to humble themselves to the truth which Allaah sent His Messenger with, and which He sent down in His Book. As for those whose pride and arrogance prevents them from totally complying with the Messengers (i.e. having eemaan or faith in them and their message) – then they are kuffaar (unbelievers) who will dwell in the Hellfire for eternity. Since when the truth comes to them via the Messengers, who explain to them the signs and clear proofs, they reject it and are prevented from accepting it, due to the kibr that they harbour in their hearts. Allaah the Most High – said:

“Indeed those who argue about the Signs of Allaah without any authority having come to them, there is nothing in their hearts except kibr (pride). They will never accept the Prophet Muhammad sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam as a Prophet.” [Soorah Ghaafir (40):56]

As for those whose arrogance and pride prevent them from complying with parts of the truth – because it opposes their personal opinions or their whims and desires – then such people are not kuffaar (unbelievers), but such an action necessitates them being punished in accordance with what they have of kibr. This is why the Scholars are agreed that whenever the Sunnah (guidance and way) of Allaah’s Messenger sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam has been explained to anyone, then it is not lawful for him to turn away from it to the saying of someone else, whoever and whatever status he may have. So it is obligatory upon the seeker of knowledge to give complete and absolute precedence to the saying of Allaah and the saying of His Messenger sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam over and above the saying of anyone else, and that he should make that the basis to which he returns, and the foundation upon which he builds; following the guidance of the Prophet sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam, striving hard to understand what is intended from it, and following this, both inwardly and outwardly. When a person conforms to this great principle, then he has indeed reached goodness and excellence, and all his errors will be forgiven to him; since his overall objective is to follow that which has been prescribed upon him. So his errors are excused due to his striving his best to recognise and comply with the truth – and this is humbling oneself to the truth.

[2] Pride towards people: This type is to despise the people, and to look down upon them. This attitude arises when a person is amazed with his own self, thinks highly of himself, and thinks he is better than others. So this causes him to have kibr towards the creation, despise them, mock them, and to degrade them through both speech and action. Allaah’s Messenger sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam said:

“It is enough evil for a person to despise his brother Muslim.”2

This is why the man asked: “What about a person who loves (i.e. takes pride in) wearing beautiful clothes and shoes?” Because he feared that this was the kibr which would be under the threat of punishment. So the Prophet sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam explained to him that this was not from kibr; since this person was one who complied with the truth, and was humble towards people, and that this was from the beauty that Allaah loves, for indeed Allaah – the Most High is beautiful in His Dhaat (Self), Sifaat (Attributes) and Af’aal (Actions), and He loves both outer and inner beauty.

As regards outer beauty, then it includes cleanliness of the body, clothes and place. As regards to inner beauty, then it is beautifying the character. This is why the Prophet sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam used to supplicate:

“O Allaah! Guide me to having beautiful manners and characteristics, no one can guide me to beautifying them except You. And turn away from me all evil actions and characteristics, no one con turn them away from me except You.”3

And Allaah knows best.

FOOTNOTES

  • 1. Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (1/65).
  • 2. Related by Muslim (no.2564).
  • 3. Related by an-Nasaa’ee (no.861). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in his Sifatus-Salaah (p.93).

FROM: AbdurRahman OrginAl-Istiqaamah Magazine. [Taken from Bahjatul-Quloobul-Abraar (pp. 156-158)]

Source: Al Istiqamah Magazine, Issue No.7 – Rabî’ ul-Awwal 1418H / July 1997