Beware of the Evil of the People of Desires & Innovation – Shaykh Fawzān

Shaykh Sālih bin Fawzān al-Fawzān:

“…calling to the sword, meaning [calling] to fitnah.

So the fighting that came about between the Muslims, the splitting of their unity, it only came about due to the people of desires — from Mu’tazilah and Khawārij and other than them, the people of desires. They are the ones that caused fitnah.

The Mu’tazilah, Khawārij, Rawāfid, and other than them. The trials and tribulations did not come except from them. It was not caused except by them.

Who killed ‘Uthmān, may Allah be pleased with him? Who killed Alī Bin Abī Tālib, may Allah be pleased with him? Who ignited the fitnah between the Muslims after that other than the people of desires.

Who incited Al-Ma’mûn and those who came after him to subject Ahl-Sunnah to trials? To the point that they pulled their (Ahl-Sunnah’s) Imām, Ahmad Bin Hanbal, may Allah have mercy on him, and they beat him and imprisoned him. [Who] other than the people of desires.

Who imprisoned Shaykh Al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, to the point that he died in prison, may Allah have mercy on him. [Who] except the people of desires.

So we must be careful from them, because in the end, their evil leads to the tearing of the unity of the Muslims and [leads] to revolting against the Muslim ruler and to the separation of the community of Muslims, so that they become sects and factions instead of being one Ummah. Na’am”

What Did Abu Dharr Eat During His 30 Days In Makkah – Dr Murtaza bin Baksh [Video – Urdu/English]


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It was reported in Sahih Muslim that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and nights with no food or drink other than (Zamzam), “How long have you been here?” Abu Dharr said, “I have been here for thirty days and nights.” The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Who has been feeding you?” He said, “I have had nothing but Zamzam water, and I have gotten so fat that I have folds of fat on my stomach. I do not feel any of the tiredness or weakness of hunger and I have not become thin.” The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim, 2473]

Worship Allah Between Hope And Fear – Abu Uwais Abdullah Ali [Mp3|En] – [Short Clip]

Worship Allah Between Hope And Fear
Abu Uwais Abdullah Ali (rahimahullaah)
[Mp3|English] – Short Clip

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One of the most beautiful this about the concept of worship in Islaam is the truly unique way in which it incorporates the feelings of love, fear and hope within the hearts of the worshippers of Allah. Understanding how to combine these three qualities into the worship (‘ibaadah) of Allah is one of the most essential things that every Muslim must grasp

And our Righteous Predecessors used to say:

“He who worships Allah with hope only is a Murji’ee. He who worships Him in fear only is a Harooree [Khaarijee]. And he who worships Allah in love only is a Zindeeq [e.g. Soofees, Christians]. But he who worships Allah in fear, love and hope is a Muwahhid Mu’min [a believer upon Tawheed].” [4]

The fear and hope should be in equal proportions[6] but as for love, then that should be uppermost, As Fudayl ibn Iyyaad (d.187H) said: “The love is better than fear. The fear checks us from sinning, and the love makes us to do what is prescribed with an open heart.”[7]

(Read the below link for further understanding of the above statements)

Foot Notes:

[4] Quoted by ibn Rajab in at-Takhweef minan-Naar as the saying of one of the Salaf.

[5] Saheeh – Reported by Aboo Hurairah & collected in Aboo Daawood (eng. trans. vol.3 p.1365 no.4883). Authenticatd by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami (4455).

[6] This was the opinion of most of the Salaf. Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyyaad said that when one is healthy and well, then fear should predominate, but when terminally ill then hope should predominate – so that one should strive to do good when well and not despair of Allah’s Mercy when terminally ill. [At-Takhweef minan-Naar].

[7] Reported in at-Takhweef minan-Naar of Ibn Rajab. Note that some scholars hold that fear is better than love. Allah knows best.

Further Reading :

 

The Importance Of Good Character with Regards To ad-Da’watus Salafiyyah – Mustafa George [Audio|En]

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The Salafis’ Actualization and Execution Of Good Character – Abu Uwais Abdullah Ahmad [Audio|En]

The Salafis’ Actualization & Execution Of Good Character
Abu Uwais Abdullah Ahmad (rahimahullaah)
[Mp3|English]

Inspirational Litsten!!

More talk on how our religion is based upon good character for Allah and His messenger (salallaahu alaihi was salaam) and how that can make all the difference.

May Allah make us pleased with what pleases Him.

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Loving One Another For The Pleasure Of Allah (The Harm Of Differing) – Abu Uwais Abdullah Ahmad [Audio|En]

Loving One Another For The Pleasure Of Allah (The Harm Of Differing)
Abu Uwais Abdullah Ahmad (rahimahullaah)
[Mp3|English]

This lecture was done in Atlanta, GA. We are in more need of this lecture today than ever before. We ask Allah for forgiveness, guidance, safety and wellbeing.

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Dealing With The Reality Of The Dunya! – Abu Uwais Abdullah Ahmad [Mp3|Ar-En]

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[Excellent Read] Etiquettes within the Houses of Allah (Masaajid) – Mustafa George

Etiquettes within the Houses of Allah
Mustafa George DeBerry (hafidhahullaah)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Every Muslim is aware of the sacredness of the Houses of Allah. The Masjid was from the first matters of importance that the Prophet Mohammed (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) attended to upon his arrival in Madinah. It is the place where the Muslims (males) meet on a daily basis to establish the second pillar of the religion of Islam. It is the place where knowledge and wisdom is disbursed and spread from. It is the place where the Muslims receive their weekly reminders (Friday sermons) concerning their obligations to Allah, to themselves, to their families, and to the rest of creation.

The Houses of Allah contain all the above mentioned merits and endless more. With this being the case, we felt the need to remind ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Islam of some of the etiquettes and rulings pertaining to attending the Masjid (Mosque). We should keep in mind, they are the Houses of Allah, and although He -The Mighty and Majestic – is far above dwelling in them, rather, they are built and constructed for the sole purpose of worshipping Him, and therefore they should be treated with due respect and reverence by those attending them.

With this purpose in mind we have compiled this brief, summarized reminder related to some of the etiquettes for attending the Houses of Allah. We pray and hope this humble work benefits the Muslim communities and serves as a reminder for those who have possibly forgotten the sacredness of the Masjid.[1]

Merits and Importance of the Masjid

The Houses of Allah contain merits and blessings that are not present in any other structure upon the face of the earth. These merits and blessings are so numerous, that they are not confined to merely entering the Masjid, but even before one does so, if he has the intention of going to the Masjid, he begins to reap the blessings from the very moment he leaves his own home! The Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever goes to the Masjid, Allah will prepare a place for him in Paradise, every time he goes to the Masjid.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

He also said:

“Whoever performs wudoo (ablution) in his home, then leaves to the Masjid for the purpose of performing an obligatory prayer, his steps will be a means of expiation for his sins. One step will remove a sin, while the other will gain him an increase in reward.” (Sahih Muslim)

It likewise took place during the time of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), that

An individual lived a far distance, but he was very diligent in performing the congregational prayers in the Masjid. Some people mentioned to him: Why don’t you purchase a donkey, so that you may ride it (to the Masjid), especially during the night and during severe heat? He responded: I do not wish to do so. I hope that my footsteps to the Masjid are recorded (as good deeds), and also my footsteps while returning to my family are likewise recorded. Upon hearing this, the Prophet of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Allah has recorded both for you. (Sahih Muslim)

With regards to the merits obtained after entering the Masjid, the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The Angels continue to supplicate for the individual who remains in the Masjid that he has prayed in, as long as he does not pass wind. The Angels say: Oh Allah forgive him!, Oh Allah have mercy on him!” (Sahih Bukhari)

The importance of the masjid is also known by the disbelievers. If one were to read into the history of the battle between the Islamic lands and the Catholics, one would find, even up until this very day, whenever the disbelievers seek to invade or fight a Muslim country; one of the first places intended with destruction is the masjid. This is because the disbelievers are well aware of the importance of the masjid in uniting and teaching the Muslim community.

Before Entering the Masjid

1. The Muslim should keep in mind that the sole purpose of the masjid is the worship of Allah. With this being the case, it is befitting that the person establishes the correct intention before entering this house of worship.

Allah – The Mighty and Majestic – mentioned in His Glorious Book the affair of the masjid, He said:

{In houses which Allah has ordered to be raised, in them His Name is remembered. Those who are present glorify Him in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.} Surah al Nur:36

The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned concerning the masjid:

“Indeed the Houses of Allah were built for the remembrance of Allah, prayer, and recitation of the Quran.” (Sahih Muslim)

Therefore it is incumbent upon the Muslim to realize that the purpose of the masjid is not for social gatherings and conversation, but rather it is a place designated by our Lord – The Most High – for the establishment of His worship, the mention of His Name, and the recitation of His Book. The person who enters the masjid and then leaves should feel an actual spiritual uplift. After leaving the masjid, his level of eeman (faith) and taqwa (piety) should be on a higher level than when he first entered. Allah – The Mighty and Majestic – mentioned in His Glorious Book:

{Indeed prayer prevents evil and disliked deeds.}
Surah al Ankabut:45

2. It is mandatory for the person who wishes to attend the masjid to make certain that he does not possess an offending odor. This is based on the statement of Allah in the Quran:

{Oh children of Adam! Take your adornment while attending the masjid (prayer)}
Surah al ‘Araaf:31

Also the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“Whoever eats garlic or onions should not attend the masjid.”
(Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

The above mentioned proofs inform that it is mandatory upon the Muslim to make certain that he does not offend others with bodily odor while attending the masjid, and therefore, one should try his very best to clean himself before attending prayer in the Houses of Allah. The scholars of Islam also inform that the above prohibition applies even more so to smoking, due to the appalling smell which remains for a substantial amount of time on the smoker. This smell undeniably causes harm and affects other worshippers in the masjid, and it likewise harms the Angels. The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Indeed the Angels are harmed by that which the children of Adam (humans) are harmed by.” (Sahih Muslim)

3. While heading toward the masjid, the person should not rush and run, but rather he should take his time. This is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“If you hear the call to prayer you should walk to the masjid in a calm, peaceful manner, and do not rush. Whatever you catch (from the prayer), then pray, and whatever you have missed, you should complete it.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Upon Entering the Masjid

The person entering the masjid should observe the following etiquettes:

1. Entering the masjid with the right foot first

The famous companion of the Prophet Anas bin Malik mentioned:

“From implementation of the Sunnah, is that a person enters the masjid with his right foot first, and leaves the masjid with his left foot first.” (Mustedraq of Hakim)

It is also recorded that ‘Umar ibn al Khattab held a similar view. (Sahih Bukhari)

2. Supplication upon entering

This is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“If one of you enters the masjid, he should say: Oh Allah open for me the doors of Your mercy! Allahuma Iftah lee abwaab rahmatika.” (Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said:

“If one of you enters the masjid, he should send prayers upon me, and then say: Oh Allah open for me the doors of Your mercy.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

3. Praying 2 units of prayer before sitting (Tahiyyatul Masjid)

The proof for this is the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“If one of you enters the masjid, he should pray two units of prayer before sitting.”
(Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

4. Praying behind a sutra

The sutra is a barrier that shields the person who is praying from allowing someone to cross directly in front of him. The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“When one of you prays, he should stand behind a sutra and he should pray close to it. This is in order to prevent the shaytan from disturbing his prayer.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

4. Trying one’s best to obtain a place in the first row[2]

This is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“If the people were aware of the tremendous reward obtained for answering the call to prayer, and praying in the first row, they would draw straws to seek a place in the first row.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

He also said:

“The best rows for the men are the first rows.” (Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet Muhammed (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once observed some of his companions sitting toward the rear of the masjid just before the commencing of prayer. Upon seeing this he said:

“They will cease to delay (approaching the first row) until Allah will delay them (from entering Paradise).[3] (Sahih Muslim)

5. Repeating after the Muathin (caller to prayer)

This is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“When you hear the call to prayer, say similar to the Muathin.”
(Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

5. Supplication between the athan (the call to prayer) and the iqamah

The Prophet of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has informed his nation of various times that supplication is more likely to be answered by Allah. One of those times is between the athan and the iqamah. The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The supplication made between the athan and the iqamah will not be rejected.”
(Musnad of Imam Ahmed)

6. Recitation of the Quran and remembering Allah

We have already mentioned earlier in this booklet the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“Indeed the Houses of Allah were built for the remembrance of Allah, prayer, and recitation of the Quran.” (Sahih Muslim)

7. Trying one’s best to attend gatherings of knowledge

This is based on the statement of the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“A group of people do not gather in the House of Allah, reciting His book and studying it amongst themselves, except that tranquility befalls them, the Angels surround them, mercy encloses them, and Allah mentions them to those in His company.” (Sahih Muslim)

Also the general statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make his path easy for him to Paradise.” (Sahih Muslim)

Based on the above narration, it is safe to say that if a person leaves his home with the intention of praying in congregation and likewise with the intention of seeking knowledge in the masjid, he will – by the permission of Allah – gain great reward due to the fact that he has combined between two tremendous actions which are loved by Allah – The Mighty and Majestic.

8. It is mandatory that the masjids are kept clean, and the worshipper should try his best to assist. This is based on the statement of the ‘Aaisha who said that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ordered that the masjid should be cleaned and perfumed. (Musnad of Imam Ahmad)

Matters to Avoid While Visiting the Masjid

The actions of the believer while visiting the Houses of Allah must vary from his normal actions outside of the masjid. This is due to his awareness of the sacredness of this house. He keeps in mind at all times, that he is visiting a place that has been established for the worship of Allah, and therefore, that which takes place in it should be mainly focused on actions which draw one nearer to Allah.

Subsequently, the following actions are forbidden:

1. Buying and selling within the masjid[4]

This is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“If you witness a person buying or seeking to purchase within the masjid, say to him: May Allah not bless your trade.” (Sahih Muslim)

2. Speaking loudly or about matters of no real importance[5]

Al Saeeb bin Yazeed mentioned: I was standing in the masjid one day when I felt someone pocking me. When I turned around I saw that it was ‘Umar bin al Khattab. He instructed me to bring him two men who were in the masjid raising their voices. When I brought him the two men ‘Umar asked them: Where are you from? They replied: We are from Taif. ‘Umar said: If you were from this city, I would have beaten you! You were raising your voices in the masjid of the Prophet?! (Sahih Bukhari)

Sa’eed bin al Musayib mentioned:

“When a person sits in a masjid, indeed he is sitting for the worship of his Lord, and therefore he should only speak with that which is good.” (Tafsir al Qurtubi)

It is also befitting to remind those whom bring children to the Houses of Allah that they are responsible for monitoring their children and making sure their behavior is not a disturbance to fellow worshippers. The Prophet of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“All of you are guardians, and everyone will be questioned concerning those under his care.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Although this hadith is general, without a doubt, it applies to those whom accompany their children along with them to the Houses of Allah. The guardian should teach those in his care the correct manners of visiting the house of worship. He should not allow his child to run around and disturb others who are seeking nearness to Allah. If the child is too young and cannot be taught these manners, it is preferable to leave the child at home rather than cause disturbance to others within the masjid.

3. Reciting Quran loudly to the extent that it disturbs other worshippers

Abu Sa’eed al Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) heard some people reciting the Quran loudly in the masjid, whereupon he said to them:

“All of you intend to call on his Lord, therefore you should not harm one another, nor should you raise your voices in recitation.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

In the above narration we have a clear prohibition from the Prophet with regards to disturbing others in the masjid, so what is the case with those who disturb others with vain talk, music on their cell phones, laughing and joking, etc?! No Muslim would doubt that recitation of the Quran is one of the most beloved actions to Allah, and even with its great status in Islam, the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has forbidden that a person recites to the extent that he disturbs his fellow worshippers. This informs that those who disturb others with matters less in status than the Quran have indeed committed a grave wrong.[6]

4. Crossing the path of someone praying[7]

The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“If the person walking in front of someone praying knew the extent of his fault, it would be better for him to wait forty before crossing in front of someone praying.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Leaving the Masjid

1. Supplication upon leaving the masjid

This is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“When one of you leaves the masjid he should send prayers upon me and say: Oh Allah! I ask you for Your blessings – Allahuma inne asaluka min fadlik.” (Sahih Muslim)

2. To remember that one is leaving a House of Allah

We have constantly reiterated in this booklet that the person who attends the masjid should focus on the seeking nearness to his Lord. During his visit he should have prayed, supplicated, remembered Allah and he possibly heard something of Islamic knowledge which would benefit him in this life and the next. Thus, his character upon leaving the House of Allah should be more superior and distinguished. Our pious predecessors (Salaf) have informed that an indication that one’s worship has been accepted by Allah, is that the person’s actions after the performance of worship is better and more noble. If the worshipper does not feel this increase in eeman, it is possible that he is not establishing the prayer in a befitting manner and therefore he should evaluate his actions before and during performance of prayer.

 In conclusion

These were just a few etiquettes which we felt the need to remind ourselves and our brothers and sisters as it relates to attending the Houses of Allah.

Allah knows best. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, and upon his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, K.S.A
July 13, 2010


[1] Much of the narrations present in this booklet are taken from the book titled: Riyadh al Saliheen by Imam al Nawawi.

[2] This applies to males and females if there is a barrier between the two sexes. If there is no barrier, the female is encouraged to pray in the latter rows.

[3] This was mentioned as an admonition to those whom constantly delayed approaching the first row.

[4] This includes placing advertisements for the sale of products and services within the masjid.

[5] This ruling does not include raising the voice during sermons and classes.

[6] It indeed saddens us to hear some of what takes place of fighting, arguing, and even threatening with weapons, in some of the Houses of Allah in the West! This is without a doubt a grave crime and those who perform such deeds should immediately repent to their Lord and seek His pardon.

[7] This includes the Imam (the one leading the prayer), or a person praying alone. It does not include the person praying behind the Imam.

Ordering What Is Good and Forbidding What is Evil – Abu Uwais Abdullah Ali [Audio|En]

Ordering What Is Good and Forbidding What is Evil
Abu Uwais Abdullah Ali (rahimahullaah)
[Mp3|English]

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Hajj (Based on the book by Shaykh al-Albanee) – Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank [Mp3|En]

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Rites of Hajj and Umrah : Shaykh Al-Albaani

The one who intends to do a sacrifice should not cut his hair and nails from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah

The one who intends to do a sacrifice should not cut his hair and nails
from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah UNTIL the sacrifice is done.

Shaykh Al-Albaanee, may Allah shower His Mercy upon him, states in our of his works:

The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:

‘When the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah appears and one of you wants to do the sacrifice, then he should abstain from (cutting) his hair and his nails.

And in a narration:

‘Then he should not take anything from his hair or from his nails until he sacrifices.’

 – Mukhtasar Saheeh Muslim No.1251 and other than it.

Shaykh Al-Albaani, may Allah shower his Mercy upon Him, comments:

“I say: And the apparent meaning of the hadeeth is the obligation to leave removing the hair and the nails for the one who has resolved to do the sacrifice until he sacrifices … and this is what Imaam Ahmad and other than him have said.

So, let those who are afflicted with the shaving of the beard pay attention to this, for indeed shaving it (the beard) for ‘Eed has in it three acts of disobedience:

The First: The shaving in of itself, for indeed it is to become feminine and to resemble the disbelievers and to change the creation of Allah as I have explained it in my book Adaab-uz-Zifaaf Fis-Sunnatil-Mutahharah (6th Edition, page 118).

The Second: Beautifying (oneself) for the ‘Eed through the disobedience of Allah!

The Third: What this hadeeth has benefitted with from the forbidding of taking (from) the hair for the one who wants to sacrifice. And in reality, very few are those who are saved from these violations (of the religion), even some of the people of knowledge! We ask Allah for safety.”

(Salaatul-‘Eedayn Fil-Musallah Heeyah As-Sunnah, Pp 40-41, 3rd Edition, 1406/1986, Al-Maktab-Al-Islaamee, Beirut ).

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The Merits of the 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah – by Dr. Saleh as Saleh [Mp3|En]

The Merits of the 10 Days of Thul Hijjah
by Dr. Saleh as Saleh (Rahimahullaah)
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The Virtue of the first 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah (Riyaad-us-Saaliheen) – Abu Talha Dawud Burbank [Audio|En]

Bismillaah

The Virtue of the first 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah
(From Riyaad-us-Saaliheen)
Abu Talha Dawud Burbank  (rahimahullaah)
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Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen : Chapter 226
The Excellence of As-Saum (The Fast) during the first ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.” [Al-Bukhari].

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen : Chapter 227
The Excellence of Observing Saum on the Day of ‘Arafah, ‘Ashura’ and Tasu’a (i.e., 9th of Muharram)

Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about the observance of Saum (fasting) on the day of `Arafah. He said, “It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year and the current year.” [Muslim].

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best and most virtuous days of the year. They are the days in which Allaah the Mighty and Majestic – most loves the doing of good deeds. About this the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The best days in the world are the ten days.” [1]

Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) – rahimahullaah – said, “Indeed, its days are the most excellent of all the days with Allaah. And it has been confirmed in Saheehul-Bukhaaree (2/382), from Ibn ’Abbaas (radiyallaahu ’anhumaa) who said, that Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “There ore no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these (ten) days.” He was then asked, ‘Not even jihaad in the path of Allaah?’ So he replied, “Not even jihaad in the path of Allaah, except for a person who goes out with his self and his wealth, and comes back with nothing.” And it is these ten days that Allaah has taken an oath by in His Book, by His saying,

By the Dawn and by the Ten Nights. [Sooratul-Fajr 89:1-2]

This is why it is recommended to increase in making takbeer (saying Allaahu akbar), tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha illallaah) and tamheed (saying Alhamdulillaah) during these days …”[2]

The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “There are no days that are greater with Allaah, and in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days. So increase in making tasbeeh (saying Subhaanallaah), tamheed, tahleel and takbeer, during them.”[3]

[1] Saheeh: Related by al-Bazzaar (1/234). It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 1133).

[2] Refer to Zaadul-Ma’aad (1/56).

[3] Saheeh: Related by at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (3/110/1) It was authenticated by al-Mundharee in at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (2/24).

The text content is from Al istiqama magazine headed by Dawud Burbank rahimahullaah

Some Benefits from the Lessons of Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel – Compiled by Mustafa George

Some Benefits from the Lessons of Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel
(may Allah have mercy on him) Compiled by Mustafa George DeBerry
November 2011 / Muharram 1433
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

و الصلاة و السلام على اشرف الانبياء و المرسلين و على آله و صحبه و سلم تسليما كثيرا

Recently our beloved Sheikh (‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel) returned to his Lord. When this tremendous trial occurred, I promised my beloved brothers in Islam that I would try to inform them of some of the benefits that I received while seeking knowledge from the Sheikh for the time that I had spent with him. But due to life’s many distractions and commitments, I was not able to deliver what I intended in adequate time. By the permission of Allah, at this time, I would like to mention some of those benefits so that my brothers and sisters in Islam can take a greater look at the life of this scholar of Islam, in order that we may reflect upon our own lives and shortcomings and try our best to correct them. I ask Allah to bless our beloved Sheikh, and I ask Him to grant him a high abode in Jennah.[1]

A brief mention of the Sheikh’s style of teaching:

Sheikh ‘Abdullah had retired from his position as a High Judge in Saudi Arabia many years ago. This meant that he had ample time to study, research, teach and give da’wah. Sheikh ‘Abdullah’s lessons where unique in a since that each individual student was allowed to have his own face to face lesson with the Sheikh, reading from his chosen book. A specific detail of how the lessons were performed is as follows:

Fajr: Sheikh ‘Abdullah would perform fajr in congregation in the masjid across from his home. After prayer, he would sit in the masjid for a short spell of time performing his morning adhkar (supplications).

Then he would return to his home and sit in his library. A few of his sons along with 3-6 students would accompany him into his library. After sitting, one of his sons would make sure the Sheikh was comfortable, and if it was winter, they would rub the Sheikh’s feet until he was content. A few minutes later, the Sheikh would look around and instruct the first student who arrived to sit in front of him on the floor. The student would then inform the Sheikh which book he is reading to him and what page has been reached. The Sheikh himself would have his own copy of the same book in which he would always keep a record of the student’s reading. The student would begin reading while the Sheikh followed. If any comments or corrections needed to be made, the Sheikh would do so. Once the student finished the chapter or unit, the Sheikh would then clarify the complete chapter. During his explanation, he would always ask the student questions to make sure he has understood what was read and explained. After completing the explanation, the student would leave, and the next student would sit and begin reading his book. The fajr lessons would continue for a period of 2-3 hours. After every student has completed their reading, the Sheikh would take a short nap until about 10am. He would then awake, pray shurook prayer, and then return to his library for his own research and study. After asr, magrib and isha prayers, the Sheikh would basically teach the same way he taught for fajr prayer.

A mention of a few incidents which occurred in the company of the Sheikh:

1. When I began reading to the Sheikh in the year 2007, there was present in the company of the Sheikh a close student of his. This student advised me and other western brothers that we should read only Fiqh books to the Sheikh because in his (the student’s) opinion, the Sheikh is well grounded in Fiqh, and other subjects such as ‘Aqeedah and Minhaj can be studied with other scholars! Many of the western brothers ignored this advice and continued to persue the reading of ‘Aqeedah books to the Sheikh. One of the books that I chose to read was a summarized explanation of al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah by Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al Nasir al Rasheed (may Allah have mercy on him). I chose to read this explanation because several years prior to moving to Riyadh, I had attended the reading of this explanation in the presence of Sheikh ‘Ubaid al Jabiree while studying in The Islamic University of Madina. At any rate, after beginning to read this explanation with Sheikh ‘Abdullah al ‘Aqeel it was noticed the Sheikh would become very energetic whenever this book was being read with him. It’s possible that the reason for this was due to the fact that most students who sat with the Sheikh were reading Fiqh books, while very few chose works in ‘Aqeedah. Sheikh ‘Abdullah himself even would comment during the course of reading the book:

Allah granted us tawfeeq (success) in choosing to read this book!

He also said: This is an excellent explanation of al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah.

After several readings with the Sheikh from this work, I mentioned to his student who initially advised me to read a Fiqh book, I said: Do you still think that I should change my book?

He replied: No, masha Allah, the Sheikh loves reading ‘Aqeedah books![2]

2. On the morning of 1429-10-18 (October 18, 2008) after salatul Fajr, the students followed the Sheikh into his living-room for our regular morning lessons. Before beginning the lesson one of the Sheikh’s grandchildren entered the room, and it was apparent from his appearance that he wasn’t very strong in his adherence to the Sunnah. The Sheikh’s grandson informed him that he would be taking a trip to the United Arab Emirates for some sort of educational training. Upon hearing this, the Sheikh immediately said:

When you go there make sure you befriend good individuals. It’s important that you don’t befriend those who can possibly cause you harm in your religion. Be very cautious who your companions are during your travel. It is upon you to hold fast to your religion and be sure to preserve your prayers![3]

Compiler’s comment: This action of the Sheikh is in accordance with the statement of Allah in the Quran, where He – The Most High said:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا

{Oh you who believe, save yourselves and your family members from the Hell-fire} Surah al Tahreem:6

3. One evening while some students were reading their books to the Sheikh, a group of unfamiliar students entered upon the Sheikh. After the students who were to the Sheikh left the room, the unfamiliar students approached the Sheikh and requested that he grant them tezkiyaat or ijazaat (a form of recommendation). Upon hearing this, the Sheikh became very upset and replied:

Where have you come from? Who are you? I don’t know you nor have I seen you before. I don’t know your Minhaj (methodology), nor do I know anything about you!

The students stood up and left the room!

4. About 2 years before the Sheikh passed away, one of his sons died. On the night of the Janazah (burial), several family members and students visited the Sheikh to give their condolences. At the time of salatul Isha, the Sheikh normally reads from the Tafseer of Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahman al Sa’di. When I entered the masjid for prayer, I assumed that due to the death of the Sheikh’s son, that night the Sheikh would not do his normal reading from the Tafseer book. I was wrong! After the Sheikh prayed his two units of Tahiyatul Masjid (the prayer for entering the masjid), he sat and opened his Tafseer book and began to read. I was amazed that even the death of his beloved son did not deter him from seeking knowledge.

Some benefits recorded during sittings with the Sheikh:

The Sheikh mentioned during our reading of Al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah:

Things which are attributed to Allah are divided into two categories:

Things which are independent (not associated with the attributes of Allah), such as: The House of Allah, The Camel of Allah, etc. Attributing these things to Allah is done for the purpose of displaying tremendous reverence.

Things which are not independent, such as: The Knowledge of Allah, The Might of Allah, etc. Attributing these to Allah is done so for the purpose of describing Allah with His own Attributes.

The Sheikh said, while reading from a book of Tafseer (Explanation of The Quran):

From the best books of Tafseer is Tafseer ‘Abdul Razzaq. This is because the author was Sunni, Salafi.

He said, while discussing rulings pertaining to the Athan and Iqamah (call to prayer):

If the Imam of the prayer is forced to leave the congregation during the prayer, the person who steps forward would continue from where the Imam left off, contrary to the Muathen (caller to prayer) who is forced to discontinue the Athan. The person who comes forward to continue should start the Athan from the beginning.

He said on 1429.4.7 (April 13, 2008):

The way of the Salaf is more knowledgeable, wiser, and safer.

He also mentioned during the same sitting:

This book (Al ‘Aqeedatul Wasitiyah along with the explanation) is a wonderful book with great benefit.

He said on 1429.6.27 (July 1, 2008):

The goodness and fairness of Islam is displayed in the statement of Allah:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ

{Indeed Allah orders with justice and good.} Surah al Nahl:90

On 1429.10.7 (October 7, 2008) he said:

Ablution is a condition for performing Tawwaf (encircling the Ka’ba), except if one is not able to perform ablution.

On 1429.12.7 (December 5,2008) he said:

None of the Salaf mentioned that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) heard the Quran directly from Allah.

On 1429.12.15 (December 13, 2008) he mentioned:

The conditions for the validity of prayer are nine[4], but many scholars suffice with the mentioning of only 6. They hold that Islam, sound intellect, and the age of maturity are three conditions which are well known, and they must be present for any act of worship to be accepted. Therefore, some scholars do not mention them as conditions.

On 1430.2.21 (February 16, 2009) I asked him the following question:

Is it correct to say that Waraqah bin Nowfal[5] was actually the first man to believe in the Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)?

The Sheikh responded: This is correct. He believed in him to the extent that he had vowed to support and defend the Prophet if he lived long enough.

On 1430.2.22 (February 17, 2009) the Sheikh mentioned:

If a person forgets to mention the Name of Allah before performing Tayammum (purification with the usage of dust, sand, etc), the purification is still considered valid.

On 1430.2.29 (February 24, 2009) a Fiqh book was being read to the Sheikh.

The author of the book mentioned that it is not obligatory upon the wife to serve her husband. Sheikh ‘Abdullah ‘Aqeel responded saying:

This is the Mathhab (Hanbalee school of thought)[6], but there is no proof to support this opinion. On the contrary, the proofs inform that it is an obligation upon the wife to serve her husband.

On 1430.3.4 (March 1, 2009) the Sheikh commented:

The word Nushooz (conflict or dispute between spouses) is used to describe dispute from the wife, but it is also used to describe dispute from the husband. Allah stated in the Quran:

وَإِنِ امْرَأَةٌ خَافَتْ مِنْ بَعْلِهَا نُشُوزًا

{If a female fears nushooz from her husband..} Surah al Nisaa:128

On 1430.4.2 (March 29, 2009) the Sheikh responded to the statement of the author of a fiqh book.

The author mentioned that it is only compulsory upon the husband to have intercourse with his wife once every four months. Sheikh ‘Abdullah responded:

This is incorrect. It is preferred that the husband performs intercourse as much as possible. He should do so according to his ability, whether this is every night, every two nights, or once a week.

On 1432.8.8 (September 6, 2011) Sheikh ‘Abdullah returned to his Lord at the age of 95. May Allah accept his deeds from him and grant him a high place in Jennah.

Links about the Sheikh’s life and death:

alarabiya.net/articles/2011/09/06/165667.html

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Messenger Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


[1] A short biography of the Sheikh can be found on http://www.salafee.multiply.com (this site is down now)

[2] It’s ajeeb (amazing) how the Shaytan tries to distract the servents of Allah. To the extent, that he even has the ability to use a student of knowledge who thinks that he is advising his brother with good, but in fact, he advises with that which is furthest away from good!

[3] This advice is based on the statement of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “A man is upon the religion of his friend, therefore one should be careful whom he befriends.” Sunan Abi Dawood 4833.

[4] Isalam, sanity, age of maturity, removal of ritual impurities, purification of body and prayer area, facing the Qibla, entering of the time of prayer, covering of private parts, the presence of the intention from prayer. Refer back to: The Explanation of The Conditions, Pillars and Requirements of Prayer by Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Abdul Wahhab Al Ibaanah Publications.

[5] The cousin of Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her)

[6] This is an example of how the scholars of Saudi Arabia do not blind follow and adhere to a particular school of thought if the opinions are not supported by proofs and evidences.

al-Fawzan about Jarh upon Ahl-ul-Bid’ah and the Principles of Adnan Ar’ur [Video|Ar-En]

[Video|Arabic-English Captions]

Scholar: ´Allâmah Sâlih bin Fawzân al-Fawzân
Source: youtube.com/watch?v=B9jK_y4aWpE
Reference: Darulhadith.com
Translation & video: aFatwa.com

Question: We’re wondering about a few principles. We would like to hear with you whether they agree with the confirmed principles of Ahl-us-Sunnah. The first principle is “We correct without criticising (Jarh)”. What do you say about that?

Shaykh al-Fawzân: It is baseless. That principle is baseless. People who stick to that which is false have to be criticised.

Questioner: The second principle is “If you judge, you will be judged, and if you call, you will be rewarded.” What do you say about this principle?

al-Fawzân: It is innovated. It is unfounded. People who stick to that which is false have to be judged.

Questioner: The third principle is: “It is from justice to mention the good and bad sides.” The person argued for it with the known Hadîth:

“He spoke the truth to you whilst he is a liar.”

What do you say about this?

al-Fawzân: This is also false. This speech is also false. Allâh mentioned the bad sides of the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans or idolaters) without mentioning the good sides.

Questioner: Does this also apply to Ahl-ul-Bid’ah?

al-Fawzân: What about Ahl-ul-Bid’ah?

Questioner: He says that it is from justice to also mention their good and bad sides…

al-Fawzân: It’s the same thing. Their bad sides are mentioned unlike their good ones. Allâh mentioned the bad sides of the enemies without mentioning their good sides. Are these ‘Ar’ûr’s principles?

Questioner: Yes, these are his principles.

al-Fawzân: They are all rejected and false. He has been refuted in several books.

Questioner: The fifth principle is “It is allowed to say that a person is wrong but it is forbidden to slander him.”

al-Fawzân: This is just as “We correct without criticizing”. They are the same.

Questioner: He gave an example and asked why Imâm Ahmad is not condemned when making Takfîr upon the one who does not perform the prayer whilst Sayyid Qutb is condemned when he expresses himself in certain ways so that we say that he makes Takfîr upon the societies while Imâm Ahmad is not condemned when he makes Takfîr upon all these multitudes? What do you say about this?

al-Fawzân: Imâm Ahmad was incredibly learned. He knew the evidence and how they were to be used. Sayyid Qutb was ignorant and had no knowledge. He had no evidence for what he said. It is unjust to compare Imâm Ahmad with Sayyid Qutb.

Questioner: He also says that he does not know of anybody today in the world who has spoken about methodological matters such as Sayyid Qutb and that most of what he has written is correct. When he was put on the spot, he said that he with “methodological matters” meant affairs of elections and assassinations and that he with “today” meant the fifties…

al-Fawzân: He does not know. He does not know because he is ignorant. We know – and all praise is due to Allâh – that the scholars before and after Sayyid Qutb do not agree with him.

Questioner: He also says that there exists a call that consists of criticizing the people due to some mistake or unclear utterance and [unclear sound]. What do you say about that?

al-Fawzân: It is empty speech. He wants to whitewash the falsehood and defend those who stick to that which is false.

Questioner: He says that he who follows up the discord of the groups will find that the reason mostly is the character and not the creed or the methodology. Is that true?

al-Fawzân: The reasons are due to the creed and not the character. He wants to cover them up.

Question: What do you say about him?

al-Fawzân: He is no scholar at all. He came to Saudi Arabia as a craftsman. He thereafter revealed what he stands by.

Questioner: Should we refrain from going to his lessons? He is coming to Europe. Do you advise the Salafi-youth to attend his lessons?

al-Fawzân: I advise the Salafî-youth to boycott his lessons and that they do not attend them.

If you know and are sure about the deviation of a group and are able to, you must warn… – Shaykh Salih Fawzan

Al-Fawzān: If you know and are sure about the deviation of a group and are able to, you must warn……even if there is a scholar who praises the group.

The following question was posed to Shaykh Sālih b. Fawzān Al-Fawzān – may Allāh preserve and protect him (“Sahab Salafi Network” 2012):

I intend to write about some deviated groups and warn against them. However, these groups have not left the fold of Islām, and some scholars have praised them, and I fear that [such scholars] might call against me. What is your advice and guidance for me, knowing that this group is deviated?

The Shaykh replied:

Your duty (wājib) is to clarify the truth; your duty is to clarify the truth. If you are sure about their errors and their deviation, you are one hundred percent sure, and you have the ability and the knowledge to explain, then it is a duty upon you to do this.

And when Allāh took the covenant from those who were given the scripture that you must explain it to people and not hide it…  (Translation of the meaning of Āl-‘Imrān: 187)

Verily those who hide the clear guidance that We have revealed…
(Translation of the meaning of Al-Baqarah: 159, 174)

It is not allowed to hide knowledge. If you know and are sure about the deviation of some groups or sects, then clarify them and explain them for the people, so that they may be on guard against them. This is part of nasīhah (sincere concern for others; advice). The Messenger – Allāh’s praise and peace be upon him – said:

The religion is nasīhah (sincerity). We asked: “to whom?” He replied, “to Allāh, and to His Book, and to His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their masses. (Sahīh Muslim, hadīth #55)

[In doing so,] do not fear the people. You must fear Allāh – the exalted and perfect – and explain the truth and refute falsehood, and not fear people, yes.

Reference

Sahab Salafi Network online forum, September 06, 2012, Al-Allamah Al-Fawzan: whoever has the ability, and knows and is sure about the deviation of some group is obliged to explain it (Arabic), sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=122971.

Translated by Abū Abdillāh Owais Al-Hāshimī

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Sending Salutations Upon The Prophet On Jumu’ah (a forgotten Sunnah) – Dawood Burbank [Mp3|En]

Abu Talhah Dawood Burbank (rahimahullaah)
[Mp3|English] Short Benefit

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Verily the children of Israaeel were Destroyed when they Started Story Telling – Shaykh al-Albaani

One of the Reasons for the Destruction of the Jews :

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
“Verily the children of Israaeel were destroyed when they started story telling”

Shaykh Alalbani said: Said (Ibn Atheer) in An-nihaya:

Meaning they relied upon speech and left off actions. So that was the reason for their destruction. Or vice versa; When they left off actions they were destroyed and then turned to story telling.

So I (Al-Albani) say:

It is possible to say that the reason for their destruction was the importance their preachers gave to story telling and tales and not to fiqh or beneficial knowledge through which people know their religion, what would have carried them towards righteous actions. So when they did that they were destroyed.

So this is the case of many of the story tellers of our era. Those whose speech revolves around Judeo-Christian traditions, heart softeners and sayings of the soofis. And Allah’s safety is sought.

[As-silsilah As-saheehah 4/246]

Translated by Shafqath Hussain. Checked by Nadeem Ahsan Shah.
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The Path that Leads to Jannah – Abu Muhammad al-Maghribee [Mp3|En]

Given in North Palm Beach, FL
http://followthesalaf.com/
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“The Virtues Of The Month Of Ramadhaan – Ibn Baaz” – Abu Uwais Abdullah Ali [Mp3|En]

Masjid ar-Rahmah Presents: “The Virtues & Benefits Of The Month Of Ramadhaan” Lecture October 2004.  It was at this lecture that “We Need A Ramadhaan” by Abu Uwais was born may Allah reward him well for that talk. But…..here’s my favorite.  As you will hear he was sick.  This was his last lecture series he gave on Ramadhaan as Allah, The Tremendous, The Compassionate took his life the following month, raheemahullaah.

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