Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #114

There is good for a Believer in everything:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

27. Abu Yahya Suhaib bin Sinaan رضي الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allaah said:

How wonderful is the case of a believer; for all his affairs are good for him, and this applies only to a believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him; if something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.

[Saheeh Muslim (7138), Kitaab al-Zuhd]


Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
The author (Imaam al-Nawawee) رحمه الله mentioned the Hadeeth of Suhaib al-Roomee that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything…, meaning: the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم expressed his amazement in a good way; …for the case of a believer…, meaning: the affairs concerning a Believer. All the affairs concerning a Believer are only good for him, and this is not applicable to anyone except a Believer. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

When a man wrongs his family

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Minor sins regarding the rights of the wife, children, and neighbors are expiated through Salaah, Saum, Sadaqah, and enjoining good and forbidding evil:

Hudhaifah Ibn al-Yamaan رضي الله عنه said that the Prophet said:

A man's afflictions (i.e. wrong deeds) concerning his relation to his family, his property, his own self, his children, and his neighbors are expiated by his:

Salaah (prayers),
Saum (fasting),
Sadaqah (giving in charity),
and Amr bil-Ma`roof (enjoining what is good),
and Nahee `anil-Munkar (forbidding what is evil).

📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (525, 1435, 1895, 3586, 7096) and Saheeh Muslim]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seeking Allaah's refuge from the Fitan

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is reported that `Abdullaah Ibn Mas`ood رضي الله عنه said:
One should not say: “I seek Allaah’s refuge from the Fitan”, as there is no one except that he will be tested and put to trials. Rather, if one has to seek refuge then he should say: “I seek Allaah’s refuge from falling into dilemma or going astray because of the Fitan.”

He then recited:

﴿إِنَّمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَأَوْلَادُكُمْ فِتْنَةٌ

{Your wealth and your children are only a Fitnah} [Surah al-Taghaabun (64): 15]

Ibn Rajab said: “He (Ibn Mas`ood) was indicating that one does not seek Allaah’s refuge from wealth and children, even though they are a Fitnah, (but rather from the dilemma that arises because of them.)”

[Ibn Rajab in الجامع المنتخب (1/104) and al-Tabaraanee in Mu`jam al-Kabeer (8931). Al-Haithamee said in Majma` al-Zawaaid (11959), “it is reported by al-Tabaraanee and its chain is broken in.”]

NOTE: The purpose of this post is to indicate that the Fitnah is not always bitter. At times it can be sweet and tempting, as Allaah تعالى said:

﴿وَنَبْلُوكُم بِالشَّرِّ وَالْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ﴾

{And We shall test you with EVIL and with GOOD as trial; and to Us you will be returned.} [Surah al-Anbiyaa’ (21): 35]

And the Messenger of Allaah said: The (Hell) Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked undesirable things. [Saheehain]

The one who comes out safe from it will be successful, and the one who does not will be left confused, or misled or destroyed, as the Prophet said: Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. During (that stormy period) a man would be a Believer in the morning and an unbeliever in the evening or he would be a Believer in the evening and an unbeliever in the morning, and would sell his faith for worldly goods. [Saheeh Muslim (169)]

Contrary to the statement of Ibn Mas`ood, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم instructed to say:

نَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الْفِتَنِ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ

We seek Allaah’s refuge from the Fitan, both visible and invisible.

[Saheeh Muslim]

Monday, April 10, 2017

Types of calamities:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Calamities are of two types:

1) Affliction in the self: (And this is from the worldly perspective). This includes loss in wealth, health, live, honor, hunger, fear or any other type of physical or psychological loss or affliction. As Allaah تعالى said:

﴿وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ

{And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits…} [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 155]

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2) Affliction in the Deen: (and this is from the perspective of the Hereafter). Affliction in the Deen is far worse than affliction in the self. As Allaah تعالى said:

﴿وَالْفِتْنَةُ أَشَدُّ مِنَ الْقَتْلِ﴾

{And Al-Fitnah (affliction in the Deen) is worse than killing} [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 191]

And

﴿وَالْفِتْنَةُ أَكْبَرُ مِنَ الْقَتْلِ﴾

{...and Al-Fitnah is greater than killing} [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 217]

This includes being afflicted by Shirk, or Bid`ah, or confusion, or doubts about the Deen, or belittling the Sunnah, or giving preference to personal opinions over the Texts, or laziness in religious duties, or self-amazement, following the path of falsehood after being guided etc.

Part of this affliction also includes being prevented from carrying out the religious duties by the enemies, or persecution in the name of religion. As Allaah تعالى said:

﴿وَمَا نَقَمُوا مِنْهُمْ إِلَّا أَن يُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّـهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ﴾

{They (the enemies) had nothing against them (the believers), except that they believed in Allaah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise!} [Surah al-Burooj (85): 8]


Explanation of the Hadeeth: “I’ve been supported by awe over my enemies”

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Allaah تعالى says:

﴿سَنُلْقِي فِي قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا الرُّعْبَ بِمَا أَشْرَكُوا بِاللَّـهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ سُلْطَانًا

{We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allaah, for which He had sent no authority.} [Surah aal-`Imraan (3): 151]

He تعالى also:
﴿إِذْ يُوحِي رَبُّكَ إِلَى الْمَلَائِكَةِ أَنِّي مَعَكُمْ فَثَبِّتُوا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ۚ سَأُلْقِي فِي قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا الرُّعْبَ

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hadeeth: Fixing certain time and place for teaching women

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree رضي الله عنه:
Some women requested the Prophet to fix a day for them as the men were taking all his time. On that he promised them one day for religious lessons and commandments.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (101)]


Narrated Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree رضي الله عنه:
A woman came to Allaah’s Messenger and said: “O Allaah’s Messenger ! Men (only) benefit by your teachings, so please devote to us from (some of) your time, a day on which we may come to you so that you may teach us of what Allaah has taught you.” Allaah's Messenger said: Gather on such-and-such a day at such-and-such a place. They gathered and Allaah’s Messenger came to them and taught them of what Allaah had taught him.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (7310) and Saheeh Muslim (6368)]

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ruling on raising the hands in Du`aa after the Salaah

Du`aa is before the Tasleem and Dhikr is after the Salaah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

QUESTION Is it allowed to raise the hands (for supplication) between the Adhaan and Iqaamah and after the compulsory prayers?

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله: Yes, raising the hands for Du`aa (supplication) between the Adhaan and Iqaamah is from the etiquette of making supplication. This is because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: A supplication made between the Adhaan and Iqaamah is not rejected. [Sunan Abu Dawood (521), Sunan al-Tirmidhee (212) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

Part 4 / 4: Importance of teaching Tawheed and issues pertaining to Creed over other topics

Part 4: Double standards

For part 1, please click here.
For part 2, please click here.
For part 3, please click here.

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

If a person is an expert in swimming, will his children be Olympic champions by default?

Obviously No! Being a child of an expert swimmer does not make the child a good swimmer by default or by birth. The child maybe talented, but to become a good swimmer, he has to go through a lot of training and practice. The same goes for any other sports. 

Ruling on prolonging the final Sajdah of the Salaah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

From the Fatwa of Shaikh `Abdul `Azeez Ibn Baaz رحمه الله:


QUESTION: Some people prolong the last Sajdah (prostration) in the last Raka`ah (unit) of the prayer. They exclusively mark the last Sajdah for making Du`aa while leaving out the other Sujood. And sometimes it is the Imaam (of the Masjid) who does this, while we, the followers behind him, observe him prolonging only the last Sajdah. What is the ruling on this?

Shaikh Baaz رحمه الله: We do not know of any evidence in the Sharee`ah regarding prolonging (only) the last Sajdah (prostration) of the prayer. Rather, the Sunnah is that all the Sujood (prostrations) should be in accordance (i.e. without marking anyone of them as special), and he (the Imaam) should not lengthen it on the people (while in congregation). Indeed the prostrations of the one offering the Salaah should be moderate and consistent (with each other). This should also be applied to his Rukoo` (bowing) and his Qiyaam (standings) in the prayer.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Explanation of Hadeeth: "Importance of having Dates in the house"

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated `Aaishah رضي الله عنها that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
No household will go hungry if they have dates.
[Saheeh Muslim 152- (2046)]


Narrated `Aaishah رضي الله عنها that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
O `Aaishah! A house in which there are no dates, its people will go hungry. O `Aaishah! A house in which there are no dates, its people will go hungry.
He repeated it twice or thrice
[Saheeh Muslim 153- (2046), Sunan Abu Dawood (3831), Sunan al-Tirmidhee (1815), Sunan Ibn Maajah (3327)]

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weakness of the Hadeeth: the famous Nasheed: "Tala`al Badru `alayna…"

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Shaikh Naaserud-Deen al-Albaanee رحمه الله mentioned in al-Dha`eefah:

598 – When he (The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم) came to Madeenah, the Women and children began to sing:

Tala`al Badru `Alaynaa (The full moon rose over us)

Min Thaneeyaatil Wadaa` (From the valley of Wadaa` (one of the entrances into Madeenah))

Wajaba-sh Shukru `Alaynaa (Giving thanks is mandatory upon us)

Maa Da`aa Lillaahi Daa` (As long as there is a caller calling to Allaah).

Ruling:Dha`eef

Cautionary advice against the Israailiyyaat found in Tafseer al-Sa`dee

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Alerting on some of the mistakes in the Tafseer of Shaikh `Abdul Rahmaan Ibn Naasir al-Sa`dee رحمه الله

By Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Jameel Zino
(Professor in Daar al-Hadeeth al-Khairiyyah - Makkah)

All praise is for Allaah alone, and peace and blessings of Allaah be upon His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. To proceed:

This is a cautionary advice to alert the readers regarding some of the errors found in the Tafseer of Imaam `Abdul Rahmaan Ibn Naasir al-Sa`dee رحمه الله. This is a Naseehah (sincere advice) towards the Deen of Allaah تعالى; and to defend the honor of this great Salafi Imaam; and for freeing the Book of Allaah تعالى from some of the false interpretations and from baseless, fabricated Israailiyyaat narrations (narratives originating from Jewish and Christian traditions)[1], which oppose the Deen of Allaah – from well-established and known Islaamic principles – like the preservation of all the Prophets صلوات الله وسلامه عليهم أجمعين from falling into any sin (especially in the deliverance of the Message and Sharee`ah); and to filter out such things from this book: تيسير الكريم الرحمن في تفسير كلام المنان.

Many Mufassireen (Scholars of Tafseer) mentioned these Israailiyyaat in their respective books of Tafseer which are known to be false. These false narrations sometimes become the main point for the explanation of the Aayah in their books. So this cautionary advice goes towards their books as well. May Allaah favor us with His blessings in our time so that it is possible to highlight the mistakes and errors – as a sincere advice towards His Deen and His Book. As the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: The Deen (Religion) is al-Naseehah (sincerity). The people said: To whom? The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: 1) To Allaah, 2) His Book, 3) His Messenger, 4) To the Imaams (rulers and scholars) of the Muslims, 5) And the Muslims in general. [Saheeh Muslim (98)] 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Muhammad: The Slave of Allaah and His Messenger

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Allaah تعالى says:

﴿قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَـٰهُكُمْ إِلَـٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ ۖ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا﴾

{Say (O Muhammad ): “I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilaah is One Ilaah (i.e. He [Allaah] is alone worthy of worship). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.”} [Surah al-Kahf (18) 110]


Narrated `Umar Ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه: I heard the Prophet saying: Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised (`Eesa) the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allaah and His Messenger.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (3445, 6830)]

Part 1:
Qur’aan: “I am only a man like you”
Hadeeth: “I am only a Slave”

Benefit: Acknowledging the attributes that he was a “human” and a “slave”, and never to be worshiped. The one who is himself a worshiper can never be worshiped. The one who needs nurturing (Marboob) can never be the Lord (Rabb).

The noblest attribute for a person is for him to be Allaah’s slave, and this attribute prevents the person from over-praising as the Christians over-praised `Eesaa Ibn Maryam as they made him a deity or the son of Allaah, worshiping him and supplicating to him.


Part 2:
Qur’aan: “It has been inspired to me”
Hadeeth: “So, call me the Slave of Allaah and His Messenger”

Benefit: Acknowledging that he is also the Messenger of our Lord, so it becomes obligatory to believe in him, obey him, shun what he prohibits, and to worship Allaah only in the way he has legislated.

And this noble attribute prohibits a person to belie him , like the Jews who disbelieved in `Eesaa and Muhammad عليهم الصلاة والسلام

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So he is a Slave, never to be worshiped, and a Messenger, never to be belied.

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[Based on Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen’s explanation of Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Kitaab al-Tawheed]

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Gardens of `Ibaadah (Worship) and Adhkaar (remembrance)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله said:
There is no (true) comfort for man, or enjoyment, or pleasure (or satisfaction), or perfection except through knowing Allaah تعالى and loving Him (as such), and when feeling calm and tranquil while making His Dhikr (remembrance), and when finding joy and pleasure in trying to get nearer to Him (through obedience and worship), and yearning to meet Him. This is the Jannah (Paradise) of this worldly life. Like how there is no comfort for him in the Hereafter nor success except by being in His (Allaah's) company, in the House of Delight, in the Jannah of the next life. For a man there are two Jannah, he will not be able to enter the second one if he does not enter the first one. I heard Shaikh al-Isaam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله saying: There is a Jannah in this world, whoever does not enter it will not be able to enter the Jannah of the Hereafter.❞❞

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen (1/452)]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quote Misquoted

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

In this age of technology and social media, everyone wants to share his “two cents” and wants to be heard. This maybe in the form of notes, pictures with (their own) quotes, or videos etc. Sometimes theses quotes are correct, and sometimes they are incorrect. One such pic which I came across today had the following quote:

Quote: “Dear God, I wanna take a minute, not to ask for anything from you, but simply to say… Thank You for all I have.”

One may find such quotes as thought provoking. But this is not how we behave with Allaah. Such a thought that we should not ask from Allaah all the time is considered as having bad thoughts about Allaah. Allaah تعالى does not get angry or annoyed when we supplicate to Him. Rather, Allaah تعالى loves that we should supplicate to Him, all the time, for all our needs – big or small. When we supplicate to Allaah, we humble ourselves, showing that we are the ones in need and that Allaah تعالى is Rich - free from needs and wants.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mocking is not Naseehah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

There is Naseehah (sincere advice) and then there is mocking.

Last night a relative of mine was telling me about the sons of an Imaam of his local Masjid. Both his sons were in all sorts of vices and causing problems in the neighborhood. On being asked about the behavior of his sons, the Imaam said that he used to mock the children of other people saying: "the son of so-and-so is bad", "the son of so-and-so is up to no good", and now Allaah تعالى has put him in trials through his children.

  • So if you mock someone, soon you will be mocked at. If you belittle someone, soon you will be belittled.

  • Don't be proud if you are correct today, for one day you will be from those who erred.

  • Naseehah is about correcting mistakes, not about getting personal.

The Prophet said: O you who have believed with your tongues but Faith has not entered your hearts! Do not backbite about the Muslims or seek their faults. For whoever seeks their faults, Allaah will seek his faults, and if Allaah seeks a person's faults, He تعالى will disgrace him even if he were inside his house.
[Sunan Abu Dawood (4880) and Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2032) and graded as “Hasan-Saheeh" by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

Always remember that not all days are the same - "A DAY FOR YOU AND A DAY AGAINST YOU".

﴿إِن يَمْسَسْكُمْ قَرْحٌ فَقَدْ مَسَّ الْقَوْمَ قَرْحٌ مِّثْلُهُ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَيَّامُ نُدَاوِلُهَا بَيْنَ النَّاسِ﴾

{If a wound has touched you, be sure a similar wound has touched the (opposing) people. And these days [of varying conditions - the good and not so good] We alternate among the people...}
[Surah aal-`Imraan (3): 140]

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #113

From the signs of a person’s understanding of the Deen

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Abu Wail reported: `Ammaar Ibn Yaaser رضي الله عنه delivered to us the Khutbah (Friday sermon). It was short and eloquent. When he (`Ammaar) descended (from the pulpit) we said to him: O `Aba al-Yaqdhaan, you have delivered a short and eloquent sermon. Would that you had lengthened (the sermon). He said: I have heard the Messenger of Allaah as saying:
The lengthening of prayer by a man and the shortness of the sermon is the sign of his understanding (of faith). So lengthen the prayer and shorten the sermon, for there is charm (in precise) expression.
📚 [ Saheeh Muslim ]

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The bond between “Lying about the Deen” and “Bid`ah”

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

۞ Telling lies about/in the Deen leads towards Bid`ah in the religion.

۞ Bid`ah needs lying for its survival.

۞ and the common thing about “Kadhib” (lying, fabricating) and “Bid`ah” (innovating in religion) is that they do not stop till they drag its people towards the Hell-fire.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Importance of treating children equally and making them feel that way

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Part of good parenting is to treat the children equally and to make them feel that way. It is important that they feel that they are equally important as their siblings.

1. Treating children fairly:

Narrated An-Nu`maan bin Basheer رضي الله عنه: My mother asked my father to present me a gift from his property; and he gave it to me after some hesitation. My mother said that she would not be satisfied unless the Prophet was made a witness to it. I being a young boy, my father held me by the hand and took me to the Prophet . He said to the Prophet : “His mother, bint Rawahah, requested me to give this boy a gift.” The Prophet said: Do you have other sons besides him? He said: “Yes.” Thereupon he said: Have you given gifts to all of them like this (as you have given to Nu`maan)? He said: “No.” The Prophet said: Do not make me a witness for injustice. [or he said: I will not become a witness for injustice.]
[Saheehain]