Understanding Worship (Fiqh ul-‘Ibadah) – Shaykh Uthaymeen | Dr Saleh as Saleh

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Contents of this e-Book

Introduction by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh rahimahullaah

Questions & Answers

The Tawheed and Belief
The Purpose Behind The Creation Of Mankind

Question 1: What is the purpose of creating mankind?

Question 2: Is there a meaning for ‘Ibaadah (worship) such that it is possible for us to know of? Does it have a general and a specific meaning?

Question 3: Would those specifically choosing al-’Ibaadah al-Kawniyyah and excluding al-’Ibaadah ash-Shar’iyya, be rewarded?

The First Obligation upon the Slaves [of Allaah]

Question 4: What is the first obligation upon the creation?

The Relation of the Shaadah with the Types of Tawheed.

Question 5: But does the Shahaadah Comprise the Types of Tawheed?

The Meaning of Tawheed.

Question 6: What is the Meaning Tawheed?
Question 7: In General, What are the Types of Tawheed ?
Question 8: What are the Types of Tawheed? Please Clarify and Give Examples.

The Importance of Tawheed Al-Asmaa’ was Sifaat

Question 9: We would like some more details about this type of Tawheed i.e. Tawheed al-Asmaa’ was Sifaat.

The obligations Towards Each Type Tawheed

Question 10: What is obligatory upon us towards each of the types alone?

The Danger in Worshipping other than Allaah

Question 11: What is the ruling on directing any kind of worship to other than Allaah, The One free of all imperfections?

The Meaning of Ash-Shahaadataan

Question 12: What is the meaning of Ash-Shahaadataan: La Ilaaha Illallaah and Muhammad Rasoolulaah.

The Meaning of The Shahaadah: Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.

Question 13: You explained the meaning of the Shahaadah: La Ilaaha Illallaah. So, what is the meaning of the Shahaadha: Muhammad Rasoolullaah

The Difference Between the Profession with the Tongue and the Profession with the Heart

Question 14: However, what is the difference between the profession of the testimony of faith with the tongue and its profession with the heart? Is it obligatory to profess both?

A Doubt and its Rebuttle
Question 15: What lead to this question is that nowadays there is a group of people when they are called to worship Allaah they say: “Allaah is the Rabb of the hearts.” We would like also that you comment on this response?

The Meaning of Eemaan
Question 16: Briefly, what is the meaning of Eemaan [faith] and its pillars.

The Relation of Eemaan to the Hadeeth of Jibreel (alaihissalam)
Question 17: Is the aforementioned meaning the same as that which came in Prophet’s (alaihissalam) answer to Jibreel’s question about Eemaan?

Question 18: If a person is asked about Eemaan, should he say that it means the attestation that obligates acceptance and submission, or should he say that it means to believe in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers as the Messenger صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم explained?

The Meaning of Eemaan And Its Pillars
Question 19: We would like to expound on the meaning of Eemaan and also know of its pillars?

How to Respond to the Dahrees
Question 20: We know that the Dahrees, who are many nowadays and who are considered from the intellect because they think and infer, are agreed upon the belief in the non-existence of Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic. So, how to respond to people like this?

The Eemaan (Belief) and its Pillars
Question 21: What are the Pillars of Eemaan?

The Belief in the Angels
Question 22: Are there other things related to the belief in the angels?

The Belief in the Books
Question 23: What about the Third Pillar of Eemaan?

The Belief in the Messengers
Question 24: What do you say regarding the Fourth Pillar of Eemaan–Belief in the Messengers?

The Belief in the Last Day
Question 25: How can the belief in the Last Day be?

The Belief in al-Qadar
Question 26: What about the pillar of belief in al-Qadar.

The Increase and Decrease of Eemaan (Faith)

Question 27: Does Eemaan increase or decrease? What are the things that make it increase or decrease?

Question 28: There are those of the opinion that Eemaan neither increases nor decreases, and that sin wipes out Eemaan entirely, and that the person who commits it becomes a Kaafir! How to respond to those people?

Denying that Eemaan Increases and Decreases

Question 29: But what is the Islamic Ruling vis-à-vis the unattestation to the increase and decrease of faith?

The Manner of Judging by other than that which Allaah has revealed

Question 30: What is the manner of judging by other than what Allaah has revealed?

The Difference Between the Thaalim (Transgressor) and Faasiq (Disobedient Sinner`)

Question 31: You mentioned, however, about the Faasiq and the Thaalim things that are close, or possibly intermixed. And it is that the Thaalim rules by that which Allaah has not sent down whilst knowing that Allaah’s Judgment is better. But that he intends to gratify his thirst for revenge from someone. So he applies a judgment on someone that Allaah has not approved of. And then the Faasiq rules while knowing the Judgment of Allaah and that it is the right Judgment, but because of his own interest or lowly desire, or due to a certain bias to fulfill the desires of someone else, he rules by that which Allaah has not sent down. So what is the difference between the two?

SOOTHSAYING (Fortune-Telling)
Question 32: What is Soothsaying?

The Ruling Regarding Those Who go to Diviners
Question 33: It would be nice if we could know of the status of people who go to fortune-tellers.

Astrology and Its Ruling
Question 34: What is astrology (At-Tanjeem) and it’s ruling?

The Relation of Astrology with Fortune-Telling
Question 36: Is there a connection between astrology and divination?

Which One is More Dangerous?
Question 37: Which one, however, is more dangerous on the Muslims?

The Reality of Magic

Question 38: You mentioned in your talk that astrology is a form of magic, so what is magic?

Question 39: What is meant by subtleness in your saying, “Magic is everything that is subtle and whose cause is hidden”?

Question 40: What is the legal judgment regarding magic and its learning?

Is There a Reality to Magic?

Question 41: Is magic a true thing, or it is just conveying doubts, and fantasies to the people?

The Relation of Divination with Magic

Question 42: You mentioned divination and you defined the fortune-teller as well as the magician. Is there, however, a connection between divination and magic?

Was the Prophet (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم ) Bewitched?

Question 43: It was reported from the Prophet (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) that he was bewitched. So we would like you to talk about the means by which he (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) was bewitched. Furthermore, is it contradictory to the status of Prophethood that bewitchment of the Prophet (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) took place?

The Reality of Ilhaad?

Question 44: What is Ilhaad–concerning Allaah’s Names and Attributes?

Types of Shirk

Question 45: Shall we then change [the topic] from knowledge concerning the types of Ilhaad to that regarding knowledge of the types of Shirk?

Defining the Types of Shirk

Question 46: We knew the types of shirk, but is there a specific definition for each type of it?

Is the relinquishing of worship called Shirk?

Question 47: It was mentioned, as in the narration reported by Saheeh Muslim, the saying of the Prophet (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم): “Verily between man and between Shirk and Kufr (unbelief) is the abandonment of prayers.” –Is the abandonment of worship considered Shirk?

The Reality of the Deen of Islaam?

Question 48: What is the Religion of Islaam?

Question 49: So should we then understand that we have a general and a particular definition of Islaam?

The Taaghut and Its Types?

Question 50: What is the meaning of at-Taaghut and its derivations?

The Creed of the Muslims Regarding ‘Eesaa (Jesus alaihissalam)?

Question 51: What is the creed of the Muslims with regard to ‘Eesaa, son of Maryam? Also what is the ruling as to the saying that he was killed and crucified.

The Division of the Ummah

Question 52: What is the extent of the split up within the Ummah after the death of its Prophet Muhammad (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم)?

The Characteristics of the Saved Group

Question 53: What is the most distinguished qualities of the saved group?

Question 54: Is it necessary that the characteristics in the four matters: ‘Aqeedah, worship, manners and transaction be totally or completely present without diminution? And in case anything of it is gets diminished, does this take the person out of the folds of the saved group or it doesn’t ?

Question 55: Is there something you want to add concerning the qualities of the saved sect?

The Correct and False Tawassul

Question 56: What is the correct and false Tawassul ?

A Fifth Kind of Tawassul

Question 57: Are there any other types of Tawassul in addition to the four that you have mentioned?

The Incorrect and Futile Tawassul and its Types.

Question 58: Having known the Correct Tawassul and its Types, then it is inevitable for us to know the Incorrect Tawassul and its Types.

The Affirmed and Annulled Intercession.
Question 59: What is the affirmed and nullified intercession?

The Creed of The Salaf with Regard to the Noble Qur’aan

Question 60: What is the creed of the Righteous Predecessors regarding the Noble Qur’aan?

The Most Prominent Rulings Regarding The Qur’anic Recital

Question 61: What is the most distinguished ruling of Qur’anic Recital?

The Recitation of Soorat al-Faatihah For the Prophet’s (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم)Soul

Question 62: As regard those who bequeath that the Faatihah be recited on behalf of the Prophet’s soul, or on his behalf by the Prophet’s grave?

Definition of Taaghut
Every Kufr is Taaghut, but not every Taaghut is Kufr
Very Important to Remember


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