Saturday, July 15, 2017

The outstanding attributes of al-Firqatun-Naajiyah (the Saved Sect)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Question: What are the most outstanding attributes of al-Firqatun-Naajiyah (the Saved Sect)? And does a shortcoming in any of these attributes remove a person from the Saved Sect?

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
The most outstanding attributes of the Saved Sect are adherence to the path of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in beliefs, worship, character and conduct – one finds that the Saved Sect is distinguished in all these four aspects:

In beliefs, one finds them holding fast to what is proven by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم sincerely declaring the Tawheed (Oneness) of Allaah in matters of worship, Lordship, and His Names and Attributes.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Celebrating Birthdays (summary):

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is considered as an act of Bid`ah because those who celebrate birthdays mark it as a special occasion. [Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen, Shaikh al-Fawzaan, The Lajna and others]

People celebrate it annually, making it like a third Eid after Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adh-haa. The word Eid is derived from `Aada, Yu`eed (return, repeat). It is thus called Eid because it returns every year.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: When the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم came to Madeenah, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He صلى الله عليه وسلم asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: “We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islaamic period.” The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Allaah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice (Yaum al-Nahr) and the day of the breaking of the fast (Yaum al-Fitr).
📚 [Sunan Abu Dawood (1134) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The two days which the people marked as special days for playing games and having fun and were not considered by them as acts of worship, yet these days were replaced by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with the days of Eid.

Celebrating birthdays is like self-glorification.

It is an act adopted from the pagans. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: You will indeed follow the ways of those before you... (meaning: the Jews and Christians) [Saheehain]

It is imitating the Kuffaar. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Whoever imitates a people then he is one of them. [Sunan Abu Dawood (4031) and graded as “Hasan-Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did not celebrate his birthday at all during his lifetime nor did he ever order it to be celebrated, and nor did he teach such to his Companions.

The rightly-guided caliphs and all the Companions did not celebrate it. They were the most knowledgeable of the people concerning the Prophet's Sunnah and they are the most beloved to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

We have books of History (Taareekh) and biographies like al-Bidaayah wal-Nihaayah, Siyar A`laam al-Nubalaa’, Taareekh Damishq, in which dates of birth and death of major personalities have been recorded, which means that marking dates were done even in the past, but none celebrated their birthdays.

The same ruling will be applied on "mother's day", "father's day", "Hijaab day" etc.


And Allaah is the One Who grants success.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Laymen should avoid engaging into politics:

When politics is involved, it is better to restrain your tongues, particularly when it will lead to discord:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه:
I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allaah's Messenger . I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the second, then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. I would be killed).
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (120)]


Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
What is evident from this Hadeeth is Abu Hurairah learned two types of knowledge from the Prophet صلى الله عله وسلم. One type of knowledge is related with the Sharee`ah, which he رضي الله عنه informed, explained and propagated.

As for the second, then it was related with the Khilaafah (Caliphate). It was as if he رضي الله عنه was scared of the Fitnah (that would arise because of it) which would engulf him and others. This is why he delayed it. We do not say that he hid (the knowledge), because he did not wait till his last breath to speak about it. Rather, he had spoken about it earlier in his life, and thereafter he may have delayed speaking about it till there was no fear of the Fitnah arising because of it.
📚 [Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1/319)]


🎓 In Fath al-Baaree, Ibn Hajar رحمه الله said:
❝(The knowledge which Abu Hurairah deferred from speaking about), scholars took this to refer to those Ahaadeth in which the names of the tyrant rulers, their condition, and their era are mentioned. Abu Hurairah used to refer to some of them with nicknames, and would not speak about them openly, fearing for himself. Like he used to say: “I seek Allaah’s refuge from the starting of the 60th year (of Hijrah) and the leadership of the youth”, referring  to the Khilaafah of Yazeed Ibn Mu`aawiyah, as he came to power in the 60th year of Hijrah. And Allaah تعالى accepted his Du`aa, and he died a year before (Yazeed became the ruler).❞ 
📚[Fath al-Baari  (1/216)]


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Removing the Doubts: “Not all Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir”

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Some of the Western speakers misinterpret the Aayah # 105 of Surah al-Baqarah to support their claim that not all Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir. Among such people who spread this misunderstanding are Nouman Ali Khan, Hamza Yusuf and others.

NOTE: This is a 4 part response to the claim that “not all Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir” which were posted as different posts on Facebook over the years.

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PART 1:

Explanation of Surah al-Baqarah (2), Aayah (105) by Shaikh Ibn al`Uthaymeen رحمه الله:

For those who have already watched that (in)famous 3 minute clip of Nouman Ali Khan where he used his logic to conclude that not ALL Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir, this is the response from Shaikh al-`Uthaymeen's Tafseer.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fitnah & the Muslim's stance Before, During and After it

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

In the Qur’aan, Allaah تعالى mentioned that Moosaa عليه السلام said:

﴿قَالَ رَبِّ لَوْ شِئْتَ أَهْلَكْتَهُم مِّن قَبْلُ وَإِيَّايَ ۖ أَتُهْلِكُنَا بِمَا فَعَلَ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَّا ۖ إِنْ هِيَ إِلَّا فِتْنَتُكَ تُضِلُّ بِهَا مَن تَشَاءُ وَتَهْدِي مَن تَشَاءُ ۖ أَنتَ وَلِيُّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۖ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْغَافِرِينَ﴾

{He (Moosaa عليه السلام) said: O my Lord, if it had been Your Will, You could have destroyed them and me before; would You destroy us for the deeds of the foolish ones among us? IT IS ONLY YOUR TRIAL BY WHICH YOU LEAD ASTRAY WHOM YOU WILL, AND KEEP GUIDED WHOM YOU WILL. You are our Wali (Protector), so forgive us and have Mercy on us, for You are the Best of those who forgive.} [Surah al-A`raaf (7): 155]


🌟 A) THE MUSLIM’S STANCE BEFORE THE APPEARANCE OF FITAN:

🚩 1. Supplicating earnestly and seeking Allaah’s refuge:
i)                 Beseeching Allaah for guidance.
ii)               Seeking forgiveness.
iii)             Asking Allaah for Paradise and protection from Hell.
iv)             Asking for safety and wellbeing in this world and Hereafter.
v)               Asking for firmness in the Deen.
vi)             Asking Allaah for His continuous favors and protection from His favors ever declining.
vii)          Seeking Allaah’s refuge from calamities, evil end, bad fate, and the malicious joy of the enemies. [This Du`aa is reported in Saheehain]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Feminism and enjoining good & forbidding evil

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

There is this notion that guidance given to a woman by a man is almost inherently misogynistic. Many times I find women offended at the very idea of a man offering guidance and it’s even more so if his guidance relates to a women’s issue or command that is particular to women. We, the majority of people (male and female) have ego problems that make us view advice as intrusive, uncalled for and generally, rude. We need to actively seek to overcome our Nafs in this regard. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen on following the Imaam even if he exceeds 11 Rak`aat

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen on praying Taraaweeh with two Imams in one Masjid even if they pray more than 11 Rak`aat.

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

QUESTION (806): What about the one who prayed Taraweeh with the first Imaam and leaves and says: “I will receive the reward for praying the whole night because of the Hadeeth: If a man prays with the Imaam until he leaves, that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer, because I had started with the (first) Imaam and finished with him?


Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله replied:
As for his statement: “Whoever prays with the Imaam until he leaves, that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer”, then this is an authentic which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said when the Companions had asked him to lead them the rest of the night in prayers. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم had led them in prayer till the middle (or half) of the night had passed, the Companions said: “O Messenger of Allaah! Why don’t you lead us in prayer for the remainder of the night?” So he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Indeed whoever prays with the Imaam until he (the Imaam) leaves, then that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer.
[Sunan al-Tirmidhee (806), Sunan Abu Dawood (1375), Sunan al-Nasaa’ee (1364, 1605), and Sunan Ibn Maajah (1327) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

But are the two Imaams in one Masjid considered as independent of each other or each of them is considered as the deputy of the other?

What would seem to be correct is the second understanding – that each one of them is the deputy of the other and is complementary to him. So based on this, if in a Masjid two Imaams lead the prayers, then these two Imaams will be considered as if they are one Imaam. So, the person should stay (and offer prayer) with the second Imaam till he finishes, because the second Imaam is carrying out the duty of the first one.

Based on this, I advise my brothers to follow the Imaams in (Masjid) al-Haram (Makkah) till they completely finish (the prayers). Even though there are some brothers who leave after they have prayed 11 (eleven) Rak`aat and say: “this is the number of Rak`aat that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم used to offer. So limiting oneself (to the number of Rak`aat that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to offer) is better and there is no doubt about this, but I see that there is nothing to prevent one from praying more. This is not on the basis of turning away from the number of Rak`aat chosen by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, but on the basis that this is part of the Khair (goodness) in which it is prescribed to seek more of. When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked about the description of the night prayers, he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Prayer during the night should consist of pairs of Rak`aat (i.e. pray two Rak`aat at a time and then two and then two and so on), but if one of you fears that dawn (i.e. the time for Fajr) is near, then he should pray one Rak`ah which will make his prayer an odd number for him.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (472, 473, 990, 995, 1137) and Saheeh Muslim]

So this is from the matters in which there is scope for doing more, and it preferred that a person should not leave the congregation, but rather he should follow it. In Mina, when `Uthmaan رضي الله عنه offered and completed the (Dhuhr and `Asr) prayers as four Rak`aat, some of the Companions رضي الله عنهم objected to it, yet when they prayed behind him, they used to offer it as four Rak`aat.

[TN: Ibn `Umar رضي الله عنهما narrated: “Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم offered a two Rak`aat prayer at Mina. Abu Bakr and `Umar did the same. `Uthmaan during the early years of his caliphate followed the same practice, but later on he started praying the full prayer (i.e. offered four Rak`aat). When Ibn `Umar prayed with the Imaam, he said four Rak`aat, but when he prayed alone, he offered it as two Rak`aat.”
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Saheeh Muslim and the wordings are his]]

So they offered the extra two Rak`aat so that they are in conformity with the congregation, and that they are united upon one word, and that there is no difference between them.

Agreement or uniting upon something is of major importance. Therefore, one should not follow his Madhhab and isolate himself from the congregation, while saying to others: “Either you are with me or you are with so-and-so.” This is wrong.

Based on this, as long as (difference of opinion in) the matter is acceptable (based on evidences), and as long as it does not go against the Sharee`ah, then being in compatible with the congregation should not lead to grudges and hostility against one another, as long as the matter is broad in scope, as has been reported numerous times from the Salaf al-Saaleh (Pious Predecessors), as mentioned by Imaam Ahmad and Shaikh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمهم الله.  The Salaf have already preceded us in this regards, then we should not deviate. I repeat my call towards harmony and agreement and against division in matters (in which there is valid) reason for difference of opinion based on Ijtehaad.

[Majmoo` Fataawa of Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen (14/206-208)]

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Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله also said:
As for their saying: The Sunnah is to pray eleven Rak`aat.

We say: Yes, when you pray alone, then the Sunnah is not to exceed eleven Rak`aat, or if you were an Imaam, then the Sunnah is not to exceed eleven Rak`aat. But if you are praying behind someone in congregation, then pray as the Imaam does and follow him. If he prays twenty-three or thirty-three or thirty-nine Rak`aat, then follow him and that is better, and (following the Imaam) is in accordance with the Sharee`ah, because the Sharee`ah encourages towards uniting the Muslim Ummah and in harmonizing them, and is against division and discord. And this is in accordance with the general statement of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم: Indeed whoever prays with the Imaam until he (the Imaam) leaves, then that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer.

Moreover, the Companions, even though they opposed it, yet they followed the Ameer al-Mu’mineen, `Uthmaan Ibn `Affaan رضي الله عنه, when he offered the prayers in full in Minaa (i.e. when he prayed four Rak`aat instead of two). They did this for the sake of unity and in avoiding division (within the Ummah).

[Majmoo` Fataawa of Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen (14/191)]

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Was Aadam عليه السلام a Prophet or not?

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

QUESTION:

If Aadam عليه السلام was a Prophet, then why was Nooh عليه السلام mentioned first in the following Aayah:

﴿إِنَّا أَوْحَيْنا إِلَيْكَ كَما أَوْحَيْنا إِلى نُوحٍ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ﴾

{Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Nooh and the prophets after him.} [Surah al-Nisaa’ (4): 163], while Aadam عليه السلام was not mentioned?


ANSWER:

#1: The reason for the revelation of this Aayah:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weakness of the Hadeeth: to say "Baarak Allahu feek" when a child sneezes

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Before proceeding, please note that this post is only to discuss the weakness of the Hadeeth and nothing further. Please do not assume that this post is against Shaikh Saaleh al-Fawzaan حفظه الله.

It is being circulated that Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan (May Allaah protect him and elevate his status) said:

As for the young (child), if he sneezes, it is not said to him: “May Allaah have mercy on you” (Yarhamuka-llaah) rather the person supplicates for him with blessings. Therefore it is said (to the child): “Baarak Allaahu Feek” (May Allaah bless you) because a young child sneezed in the company of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and he said: "Baarak Allaahu Feek".

As collected by Al Hafidh As Salafee

And he (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) commanded the young child to praise Allaah whenever he sneezes from the viewpoint of teaching.

[شرح منظومة اآلداب الشرعية (280)]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Scrutinize before narrating

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is reported on the authority of Yazeed bin Mujaalid al-Mu`abbarah: I heard Yahya bin Ma`een رحمه الله saying:

When you write, gather (everything); and when you narrate, scrutinize (verify it before narrating).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Anger Management

Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control


بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah and his family and companions.

To proceed:

The discussion for today is regarding one of the many characteristics which have an apparent (and direct) effect on how we deal with others and for which one needs to control (before it causes) harm. Our discussion is about anger, which is one of the characteristics of a human being, and it is divided into two categories:

1. Anger which is Praiseworthy
2. Anger which is Blameworthy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Two dangerous philosophies affecting the Ummah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد


1) Denying the authenticity of the Texts when it goes against them:

Like what Shaikh al-Albaanee رحمه الله said about Yusuf al-Qaradhawi (May Allaah guide us and guide him):

He (Qaradhawi) issues Fataawa to the people which opposes the Sharee`ah. He also has a very dangerous philosophy. If something comes to him that is prohibited in the religion, he gets rid of the prohibition with his statement: “There is no conclusive evidence that forbids it.” So therefore he made music Halaal.


2) Permitting everything under the umbrella of “Difference of opinion”.

There is no denying that there are genuine issues where the scholars – past and present – have differed and there is valid difference of opinion, each group supported by evidence.


Then there are people like Yasir Qadhi, Suhaib Webb and others, who permit things by going against the Texts and about which the scholars had clearly warned against, like: permitting the Muslims to wish the Christians on Christmas.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Three Ways the Blessings are Taken Away

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

In this materialistic world, whenever the word “Barakah” (Blessing) or “Ni`mah” (Favor) is mentioned, many people only compare it with monetary gains or possessions. For them, if a person has lots of wealth, then he is blessed. Moreover, when it is said that the Barakah or Ni`mah is not taken away except due to sins and is not returned except through repentance, the first thing that comes to their mind is financial losses. Indeed financial losses is one of the aspects, but Barakah is not limited to wealth only, nor is having more of the wealth means there is Barakah in it.

There are three ways in which Barakah is taken away from a person and this we will study with the example of rainwater.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hadeeth: The two matters that rectify the Ummah and the two that destroy it

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Allaah تعالى said:

﴿ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُوا وَيَتَمَتَّعُوا وَيُلْهِهِمُ الْأَمَلُ ۖ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ﴾

{Leave them to eat and enjoy, and let them be preoccupied with (false) hope. They will come to know!}
[Surah al-Hijr (15): 3]


The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
The first part of this Ummah was rectified[1] through al-Zuhd (asceticism)[2] and al-Yaqeen (firm Faith)[3], and its destruction will be because of al-Bukhl (niggardliness)[4] and al-Amal (false hope)[5]. 

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]