Ignorant Piety – Imâm Muhammad b. Sîrîn (rahimahullaah)

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah,

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu,

It is reported that Imâm Muhammad b. Sîrîn – Allâh have mercy on him – said:

There were people who abandoned knowledge and sitting with the scholars, and [instead] took to their chambers and prayed until their skin dried [from exertion in worship]. Thereafter they began to contradict the Sunnah and thus were destroyed. By Allâh, never does a person act without knowledge, except that he spoils and corrupts more than he fixes and rectifies.

Al-Asbahânî, Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb 3:98

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net

Islam is not a religion of equality but of Justice – Shaykh Uthaymeen

There are some people who speak of equality instead of justice, and this is a mistake. We should not say equality, because equality implies no differentiation between the two. Because of this unjust call for equality, they ask, “What is the difference between male and female?” So they have made men similar to women. The communists said, “What difference is there between the ruler and the subject? No one has any authority over anyone else.” Not even the father over his son?! So they said the father has no authority over his son and so on.Instead, if we say justice, which means giving each one what he or she is entitled, this misunderstanding no longer applies, and the word used is correct. Allah does not say in the Qur’an that He enjoins equality. He said (interpretation of the meaning):

 “Verily, Allah enjoins Al‘Adl (i.e. justice)” (Qur’an, 16:90)

“And that when you judge between men, you judge with justice.” (Qur’an, 4:58)

 Those who say that Islam is the religion of equality are lying against Islam.Rather Islam is the religion of justice, which means treating equally those who are equal and differentiating between those who are different. No one who knows the religion of Islam would say that it is the religion of equality. Rather what shows you that this principle is false is the fact that most of what is mentioned in the Qur’an denies equality, as in the following verses: “Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?” (Qur’an, 39:9)

 “Say: Is the blind equal to the one who sees? Or darkness equal to light?” (Qur’an, 13:16)

 “Not equal among you are those who spent and fought before the conquering (of Makkah, with those among you who did so later.” (Qur’an, 57:10)

“Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives.” (Qur’an, 4:95)

Not one single letter in the Qur’an enjoins equality, rather it enjoins justice. You will also find that the word justice is acceptable to people, for I feel that if I am better than this man in terms of knowledge, or wealth, or piety, or in doing good, I would not like for him to be equal to me.Everyone knows that it is unacceptable if we say that the male is equal to the female.

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen,  Sharh Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitah, 1/180-181

"… a woman never worships Allâh in the way she does when she worships Him in her house."

Women are ‘Awrah – Explained

‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

Women are but an ‘awrah (something private to be covered). A woman might leave her house without there being any problem with her, but the Shaytân seeks her out and says [to her], “You will not pass by anyone except that you will impress/please him.” A woman puts on her clothes and is asked where she is going, to which she replies, “To visit a sick person,” or “to attend a funeral”, or “to pray in the masjid”; but a woman never worships Allâh in the way she does when she worships Him in her house.

Al-Tabarânî. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Targhîbi wa Al-TarhîbVol. 1 p84.


Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

Aboo Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu) once passed by the market in Madinah. He stopped at the market and said: “O people of the market, how incapable you are!” They said, “And how is that Aboo Hurayrah?” He replied, “Over there, the inheritance of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is being distributed and you are here! Won’t you go and take your share?” “Where is it?” they asked. He replied, “In the Masjid.” So they hurried to the Masjid, and Aboo Hurayrah waited for them until they returned. When they came back, he said, “What’s the matter?” They replied, “Aboo Hurayrah! We went to the Masjid, but we didn’t see anything being distributed.” Aboo Hurayrah asked them, “And you didn’t see anyone in the Masjid?” They replied, “Indeed we did; we saw people praying, others reciting Qur`an and others studying the regulations of halal and haram.”

So Aboo Hurayrah said, “Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”

[Reported by at-Tabaraani in al-Aswaat, with a hassan chain of narrators; Al-Albanee also graded it hasan in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb, Vol 1, pg. 19.]

‘… Who is he that will lend a beautiful loan to Allah.’ – Tafsir ibn Kathir

That is a successful trade, O Abu Ad-Dahdah!

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said, “When this Ayah,

[مَّن ذَا الَّذِى يُقْرِضُ اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ]

(Who is he that will lend Allah handsome loan: then (Allah) will increase it manifold to his credit (in repaying),) was revealed,

Abu Ad-Dahdah Al-Ansari said, `O Allah’s Messenger! Does Allah ask us for a loan

The Prophet said,

«نَعَمْ، يَاأَبَا الدَّحْدَاح» (Yes, O Abu Ad-Dahdah.)

He said, `Give me your hand, O Allah’s Messenger,’ and the Prophet placed his hand in his hand.

Abu Ad-Dahdah said, `Verily, I have given my garden as a loan to my Lord.’ He had a garden that contained six hundred date trees; his wife and children were living in that garden too. Abu Ad-Dahdah went to his wife and called her, `Umm Ad-Dahdah!’ She said, `Here I am.’ He said, `Leave the garden, because I have given it as a loan to my Lord, the Exalted and Most Honored.’ She said, `That is a successful trade, O Abu Ad-Dahdah! She then transferred her goods and children. The Messenger of Allah said,

«كَمْ مِنْ عَذْقٍ رَدَاحٍ فِي الْجَنَّةِ لِأَبِي الدَّحْدَاح»

(How plentiful are the sweet date clusters that Abu Ad-Dahdah has in Paradise!)” In another narration, the Prophet said,

«رُبَّ نَخْلَةٍ مُدَلَّاةٍ، عُرُوقُهَا دُرٌّ وَيَاقُوتٌ، لِأَبِي الدَّحْدَاحِ فِي الْجَنَّة»

(How many a date tree that has lowered down its clusters, which are full of pearls and gems in Paradise for Abu Ad-Dahdah!)

{Tafsir ibn kathir} – The Encouragement to make a Handsome Loan in the Cause of Allah

Regarding Saying "Mabrook" and the Correct Way to Invoke For Blessings Upon Someone

From Shaykh Ubayd aj-Jaabiree’s Explanation of the Three Fundamental Principles : page 113-114:

“It is allowable to make a supplication for a person that they be blessed.

The correct way to do this is to say: ‘Baaraka Allaahu laka‘ or ‘Baarka Allaahu ‘alayka‘ and ‘hadhal amr mubaarak‘.

The expression that is common upon the tongues of the general people is ‘Mabrook ‘ala fulaan‘ (may so and so be knelt upon); this is a blatant mistake and in opposition to the correct usage of the word in the Arabic language.

Mabrook comes from the verb Baraka and Mubaarak comes from the verb Baaraka, so don’t use the word Mabrook; alternatively, use Mubaarak because it comes from Baaraka as we stated. The common people don’t intend by their saying: ‘Mabrook alayhi’ to supplicate that this person be knelt upon, but this expression is incorrect, as they want to make a supplication for the person that they be blessed. So it is said ‘Baaraka Allaahu alayka’… and ‘Az-Zawaaj Mubaarak’ (Allaah willing, the marriage will be blessed).”