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Circulating Chain mail dua’s and matters related to this…

Circulating chain mail du’as and stories by promising rewards and threatening those who don’t participate

By Ash-Shaikh Dr. Saalih Al-Fawzaan

All praise is due to Allaah, and may prayers of blessing and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad, and whoever supports him and follows his guidance. To proceed:

Indeed the question has increased regarding what has been reported in cellphone messages (i.e. text messages) of admonitions that contain various types of Thikr (words of remembrance of Allaah) done in different methods, and in a number of specific ways, and at specified times. These messages also contain an encouragement to others to read them, and distribute them among friends and companions. The messages also mention that they should be distributed to such-and-such number of people from one’s companions, and whoever does so will attain an abundance of great rewards and goodness in this life and the hereafter, and whoever does not distribute them will have a tremendous sin upon him, and punishment in this life and the hereafter. So from this there has spread a superstitious dream of the Shaikh Ahmad, the carrier of the keys to the room of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

And in facing this it is obligatory that we alert the people that receiving these messages, and acting according to them, and distributing them, and circulating them; all of that is from the matter of spreading falsehood, and distributing superstitions, and cooperating with the people of superstitions and the liars. Therefore, it is incumbent upon everyone who these messages reach to reject them ( i.e. recognize them as lies) and warn against them, and warn against their writers – those who are behind them. For verily they are enemies of the Sunnah, and enemies of the Ummah (the Muslim nation). And though they may hide behind the cellphones, they are never hidden from Allaah, the Most High.

Written from the matter of sincere advising to the Muslims

Dr. Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan, Member of the Committee of Senior Scholars

Source:

http://www.alfawzan.ws/AlFawzan/MyNews/tabid/87/Default.aspx?more=454&new_id=36Translated by Aqeel Walker

الحمد لله والصلاة السلام على نبينا محمد ومن والاه واتبع هداه؛ وبعد:
فقد كثر السؤال عما يرد في رسائل الجوالات من وصايا بأنواع من الذكر وصيغ وأعداد محددة وأوقات معينة، والحث على قراءتها وتوزيعها على الأصدقاء والأصحاب وأن من وزعها على عدد كذا من الأصحاب ينال من الأجر والخير العاجل والآجل الشيء الكثير، ومن لم يوزعها فعليه الإثم العظيم والعقوبات العاجلة والآجلة، ومن خلال ذلك انتشرت خرافة رؤية الشيخ أحمد حامل مفاتيح حجرة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم. 
 وإزاء ذلك يجب أن ننبه إلى أن استقبال هذه الرسائل والعمل بها ونشرها وتوزيعها كل ذلك من ترويج الباطل ونشر الخرافات والتعاون مع المخرفين والكذابين، فعلى كل من بلغته هذه الرسائل أن يكذبها ويحذر منها ومن أصحابها الذين من ورائها فإنهم أعداء السنة وأعداء الأمة وإذا تستروا وراء الجوالات فلن يخفوا على الله تعالى.
كتب هذا من باب النصيحة للمسلمين
د. صالح بن فوزان الفوزان عضو هيئة كبار العلماء

Islam’s War on Terror Event at Rochester Institute of Technology

To all the respected readers,

I hope that this message reaches you while you and your families are in the best of health and faith.This is to inform the readers of this blog and visitors that the Muslim Students Association at RIT will be hosting an event titled “Islam’s War on Terror” on Saturday May 12th at Ingle Auditorium. The event will begin at 6:30 pm and will go until 8:30 pm. The purpose of the event is to dispel the commonly held misconception amongst non-Muslims as well as Muslims that Islam supports terrorism and the people who carry out such crimes, the likes of Usama bin Laden and his likes. The main topic which will be addressed in this short event is the true Islamic stance on terrorism, suicide bombings, hijackings and kidnappings.For those of you who live close to the city of Rochester, NY, we hope that you will be able to join us in attending this event and we hope that you will help support this event by passing this message and the flyer on to your friends and family members.

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Lecture topics for NJ seminar

Here are the lecture topics for the NJ “Islam’s War on Terror” Seminar this coming weekend inshaAllah ta’ala 

http://www.masjidulbayaan.org/files/islamwaronterror.pdf
 

LECTURE TOPICS

Abul Hassan Maalik Al Akhdar

[1]The Deviance of the Khawaarij; Past and Present
[2]Commonly Misunderstood Ahaadeeth and Ayaat

Abu Su’aad Musa Dorsey

[1]The Deviance of the Raafidhah
[2]Da’wah to Tawheed: the Solution to the Ummaah’s Problems

Abu Ri’aayah Abdur Razzaaq

[1]The Fitnah of Takfeer
[2]The Deviance of Syed Qutb and Ikhwaanul Muslimeen

Abu Hafsah Kashiff Khan

[1]Are Suicide Bombings and Murder a Legislated Path to Success?
[2]A Biography Shaykhul Islaam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhaab and a Clarification of his Da’wah.

Abu Muhammad Naadir Al Jamaiky

[1]To be announced
[2]To be announced

Q+A with Shaykh Muqbil rahimahullah

April 23, 2007 7 comments

Questions on Manhaj¹                                                                                       

 

By Al Muhaddith Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadi                                                                    

 

Translated by Abu Abdillaah Hassan As-Somali                                                               

 

                                                                                                            

Question                                                                                                    

 

Those who were once considered to be upon the correct methodology 

and then they deviated from it, is it permissible for us to listen to their 

tapes and to read books which they previously authored and likewise 

attend their lectures?                                                                                      

 

Answer                                                                                                     

 

I do not advise that their books be read or their tapes be listened to, and 

I admire the great saying of Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah may Allah 

have mercy upon him when he said: “If Allah never created Bukhari and 

Muslim the religion would have not been lost.” For verily Allah the most 

High preserves his religion,                                                                               

 

He the most High said:                                                                                      

 

 “Verily, We, It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’ân) and 

surely, We will guard it (from corruption).” [Al-Hijr:9]                                     

 

I advise with distancing from reading their books, listening to their tapes 

and attending their lectures as they are in need of da’wah and to return 

back to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah and 

to repent to Allah the most High from that which occurred from them in 

the issue of the gulf and other than that.                                                                 

________________________                                                                                   

 

¹ Taken from Tuhfatul Mujeeb P. 209    

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Islam’s War Against Terrorism

 Reminder to all the readers about this event coming up next weekend.

Masjidul Bayaan presents

Islam’s War Against Terrorism

 

Truth of Islam and its stance against Terrorism

 

Confirmed Invited                               

Abul Hasan Maalik Al-Akhdar
[Masjid Muhammad bin Abdil Wahhab, Camden NJ]

Abu Su’aad Musa
Masjid Ahlil Hadeeth, Philadelphia PA]

Abu Muhammad Al Jamiaky
[Masjid Ahlil Hadeeth, Philadelphia PA]

Abu Hafsah Kashiff Khan
[Masjidul Bayaan, Asbury NJ]

Abu Ri’aayah Abdur Razaaq
[Philadelphia PA]

Unconfirmed Invited

Ibu Ismaeel Mustapha George
[United Arab Emirates]

Waleed ibn Haneef
[Wilkes Barre, PA]

 

Lecture Topics

1. Islaam’s Stance on Terrorism
2. Misconceptions Regarding Quraanic Ayaat and Prophetic Ahaadeeth
3. Wahaabiyyah and Salafiyyah
4. Emergence of the Deviant Khaarijite Sect; Past and Present
5. Islaam’s Call to the Tawheed of Allaah
6. Justice in Islaam

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Islam and Women

Islam and Women

Alhamdulilah, this is a small presentation taken from the recently published booklet “For the Sincere” which was compiled for non-Muslims. I thought it would be beneficial for the brothers and sisters to read it and help them develop a strong and clear Hujjah i.e. argument when they discuss these matters with their non-Muslim relatives. Especially the sisters as they have a very hard time convincing their non-Muslim female relatives the benefits of covering and the fact that she is not oppressed in Islam. If there were any mistakes made therein then it was from me and the Shaytan and I seek Allah’s pardon and if there was any good in it then it was from Allah.
What does Islam say about women?

“Allah has given the Muslim woman a very unique and distinctive role which no other religion has given her. Rather Allah addresses the Muslim woman in the Qur’an as being unique and special with His statement:

يا نساء النبي لستن كأحد من النساء

“O wives of the Prophet, (and the rest of the believing women), you are not like any other women…” (Al Ahzab:32)

The woman in Islam is regarded as a precious jewel; rather Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him) described the Muslim woman as he was traveling with one of his companions, and some of his wives were in the caravan, he said:

رفق يا أنجشة! ويحك بالقوارير

“…O Anjashah be careful! Don’t break the fragile vessels”, (Sahih Al Bukhari)

This is due to the delicate manner in which Allah has commanded the Muslim man to deal with her. And because of this, Allah has allocated for both the husband and the wife certain rights and highly emphasized their fulfillment.

Thus the Muslim man and woman are equal in this respect but their rights differ as it relates to gender. As equality between the man and the woman in every aspect of the religion is neither perceivable nor logical, but they are equal in that they both have rights which are specific to them. Allah the All Mighty says in the Holy Qur’an:

ولهن مثل الذي عليهن بالمعروف وللرجال عليهن درجة والله العزيز الحكيم

“And women have rights over their husbands similar to the rights of their husbands over them based on what is reasonable but the men have a degree of responsibility over them, and Allah is All Mighty, All Wise”, (Al Baqrah: 228)

This degree which the man has over the woman is due to many reasons, and from the most exclusive of them, is the tremendous responsibility which Allah has entrusted him with and the definite accountability which he is subject to in the event of any negligence in regard to the rights which she has over him. Even the bible alludes to this fact, as in the story of Adam and Eve when they both ate from the forbidden tree, God (As they proclaim) did not address Eve nor did He reprimand her, rather his reproach and rebuke was directed solely towards Adam.

This was because the husband is responsible for his household and his accountability is more emphasized than the woman’s and not because she was exempt from blame, nor was she considered to be the initial perpetrator as the Christians believe. In fact this dogma of “the original sin” creates a very derogatory and depreciating outlook towards woman, but they were both equally sinful as the Qur’an emphatically clarifies. For Allah addressed both of them with His statement:

فدلاهما بغرور فلما ذاقا الشجرة بدت لهما سوءاتهما وطفقا يخصفان عليهما من ورق الجنة وناداهما ربهما ألم أنهاكم عن تلكما الشجرة وأقل لكما إن الشيطان لكما عدو مبين

“So he (i.e. the Shaytan) mislead them both (i.e. Adam and Eve) then when they both ate from the tree which was forbidden to them their shame became exposed and they began to cover themselves with the leaves of paradise. And their Lord called out to them saying: “Did I not forbid you both this tree? And did I not inform you that Shaytan is an open enemy to you?” (Al A’raf:22)

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an directing His address towards the Muslim men:

يأيها الذين ءامنوا قوا أنفسكم وأهليكم نارا

“O you who believe save yourselves and your families from a fire…”, (At Tahrim: 6)

Likewise the Muslim man is also responsible for the financial well-being of the woman, as Allah the Most High says in the Holy Qur’an:

الرجال قوامون على النساء بما فضل الله بعضهم على بعض وبما أنفقوا من أموالهم

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has made one of them to excel the other and because the men spend from their wealth to support their women…” (An Nisaa’a:34)

Islam has not prohibited the woman from working but it has legislated specific guidelines to safeguard and preserve her chastity, honor and integrity, all of which Islam greatly emphasizes. The woman in Islam is considered a vital organ of the community. She is the primary nurturer and educator of the household and the future of our children is dependent upon her.

Nevertheless, if the woman adheres to these guidelines then she is not to be prevented from seeking her provision and the wealth which she acquires from her occupation is a right which she is in total control of and her husband has no right to it except by her permission. While her husband on the other hand, his wealth belongs to her, her children and their maintenance, and he is regarded as a sinner due to any intentional negligence in this. Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessing be upon him) said:

كفى بالمرء أن يضيع من يعول

“It is sufficient for a man to be regarded as a sinner that he neglects someone he is responsible for.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Islam has preserved the integrity and chastity of the woman by legislating the veil and the over garment which she uses to conceal her beauty from strangers. Those who, in the absence of this veil, consider the woman to be a piece of flesh that is to be hunted and devoured. The overwhelming percentage of sexual assaults and rapes around the world vividly substantiates this fact. However, this does not mean that the vast majority of sexual assaults and rapes that take place are solely due to the way that women dress, but it contributes to it. And because of this, Allah said:

يأيها النبي قل لأزواجك وبناتك ونساء المؤمنين يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن ذلك أدنى أن يعرفن فلا يؤذين وكان الله غفورا رحيما

“O Prophet! Tell your wives, your daughters and the believing women to draw their veils over their bodies, this is better so that they will be acknowledged as respectable women and not to be insulted and Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al Ahzab:59)

For example, in corporate America where people are generally supposed to be conservative and meet a conventional dress code, you find that many women come to work with skirts above their knees not to mention the fact that it may even be skin tight and expect a man who is bombarded with visions of naked women whether on the television, billboards even on liquor bottles and cigarette cartons, to respect her chastity and integrity?

Although Islam has legislated the veil, it has also taken into consideration the gradual process of change which is inevitable with every human being and differs from one individual to the next. As most women who hear about Islam may incline towards the general and unique precepts of the religion but they reject the fact of accepting Islam as their way of life solely based on the mere aspect of covering.

Islam acknowledges the process of change and does not regard a woman who does not cover to be a non-Muslim, as the major affairs of the religion are to be embarked upon in stages as Allah says:

إن ربكم الله الذي خلق السماوات والأرض في ستة أيام ثم استوى على العرش

“Indeed your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then He rose above the throne (in a manner befitting His majesty)…” (Al A’raf)

The scalars of Tafseer explain that Allah has the power and capability to create the heavens and the earth and everything that is in it and that which is greater than it in one word! “Be an it is “ but from His infinite wisdom He created them in this manner to teach His creation that matters of great importance should be carried out in stages!

However Allah has command the woman to conceal her beauty and adornment from the eyes of strangers. We ask the question, when you love something don’t you make sacrifices for it? For example you would not wear a work uniform as a part of your normal attire right? Rather you humble yourself to wear it only because you have to work to provide for yourself and your children but otherwise you would never wear it.

This is called sacrifice, so if a woman truly believes in the Creator, Allah, and seeks to please Him and attain what He has prepared for her of felicity in this life and the hereafter, then she will make whatever necessary sacrifices and changes she has to, as this is more important! So just as you would not reject a particular job due to the uniform you may have to wear, then likewise, don’t reject the truth of Islam due to the honorable and principled uniform that has been legislated to safeguard and preserve your honor and integrity.

Authored by : Shadeed Muhammad, Abu Az-Zubayr
Date Published: Friday, 13 April 2007
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Purification and Water

Purification and Water

Sheikh Salih al Fawzan

Prayer is the second pillar of Islam, after the Two Testifications of Faith. Prayer is what distinguishes Muslims from disbelievers; it is the cornerstone of Islam, and it is the first thing one is questioned  about when called to account ( on the Day of Judgment ). Therefore, if it is correctly performed and ( thus ) accepted ( by Allah ), all of one’s good deeds will be accepted, but if rejected, so will be all one’s deeds.

 

Prayer is mentioned in many different contexts of the Glorious Quran, stressing its various virtues; sometimes Allah commands establishing it regularly, and sometimes He demonstrates its merits; at times, Allah shows the reward for establishing it, and at other times He associates it with patience, enjoining seeking His Help through both ( patience and prayer ) in adversity. Hence, prayer has been made the comfort of the eyes of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhe was salaam in this world, as it is the ornament of the prophets, the sign of righteous servants, and the connection between servants and the Lord of the Worlds. Prayer, in addition, prevents immorality and wrongdoing.

 

Prayer is not deemed valid unless the one performing it is in the state of both minor and major ritual purity, as much as possible. The means of purification for prayer is either water ( in ablution ) or clean earth ( in tayammum, i.e. dry ablution ) in case water is unavailable. Due to the above, faqihs ( may Allah have mercy upon them ) used to start their books with handling the issue of purification. Since prayer is at the head of the Pillars of Islam, following the Two Testifications of Faith, it is appropriate to start with handling its prerequisites, among which is purification, the key to prayer as mentioned in the following hadith: ” The key to prayer is purification.” This is because a state of minor ritual impurity is like a padlock that hinders one from performing prayer. But once one performs ablution, that padlock is unlocked, as purification is the ‘key’ to prayer. Thus purity is one of the most central conditions of prayer; a condition is to be fulfilled before performing the action stipulating it.

 

Linguistically, purity means cleanliness and purification from all matters and spiritual impurities. Jurisprudentially, purity means the removal of ritual impurity as well as impure objects. The removal of impurity can be achieved by using water with the intention of purification. In case of major ritual impurity, one uses water and washes one’s whole body. yet, one only washes the four parts of ablution in case of minor ritual impurity. One can use the substitute for water ( namely clean earth ) if water is unavailable or one is unable to use it ( i.e. one can perform tayammum instead ). We will, Allah willing, elaborate on how to purify oneself from both minor and major ritual impurity.

 

Let us now point out the qualities of the water used for purification, and those of the water that is not. Allah, Exalted be He, says :

 

“…And We send down from the sky pure water.” (Quran:AlFurqan:48)

 

Allah also says:

 

“…And sent down upon you from the sky, rain by which to purify you…” (Quran : Al-Anfal:11)

 

Pure water is that which is originally pure and can be used as a means of purification. It is also that water which has not undergone any change (i.e. it retains its original characteristics), whether it is sent from the sky such as rain, snow or hail water, running water, such as the water of rivers, springs, wells, and sea, or distilled water. This is the proper kind of water to be used for removing ritual or physical impurity. However is it indisputable that if the characteristics of such water change due to an impure material, it is impermissible to use it for purification. Yet, if it is just a slight change and is caused by a pure material, it is impermissible to be used as a purifier, according to the preponderant of the two opinions maintained by the scholars in this regard.

 

 

Shaykh ul -Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) states: “There are many cases in which the       characteristics of little or much water are affected by pure objects, such as potash, soap, lote tree leaves, dust, dough, and such things that may change water. For example, water might be put into a pot containing traces of lote tree leaves that would affect its characteristics, though the water would not be completely changed in this case. Scholars hold two well known opinions regarding such cases.”

Ibn Taymiyyah then mentions those two opinions with the arguments they are based on. He supports the opinion maintaining that it is permissible to use such water for purification, saying: In fact, this is the sound opinion, for Allaah says…” But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women (had intercourse with them) and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe your faces and hands with it.”(Quran : Al-Maidah :6 )

“Water here is an indefinite noun in a negative phrase, which, in ‘Arabic, implies that “water” in the above mentioned verse includes every thing referred to as “water” in general, with no distinction between different kinds of water.”

That is to say, Allah has made ‘clean earth’ the substitute for water ( as a purifier) in case water is unavailable or one is unable to use it. The way clean earth is used for purification has been pointed out by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe was salaam through the Sunnah ( Prophetic Tradition ) – which will be dealt with, Allah Willing, in a special chapter. So,  decreeing such as a substitute for water (i.e. clean earth ) is a kind of divine mercy and a way by which Allah makes things easier for His servants. Allah, Exalted be He, says:

“…And if you are ill, or on a journey, or one of you comes after answering the call of nature, or you have been in contact with women (by sexual relations) and you find no water, perform Tayammum with clean earth and rub therewith your faces and hands (Tayammum). Truly, Allâh is Ever Oft­Pardoning, Oft­Forgiving. “( Quran An-Nisa 4:43)

Ibn Hubaryrah states:

Muslim scholars uniformly agree that purification with water is obligatory for whoever is obliged to perform prayer, provided water is available; in case water is unavailable, one should use its substitute (i.e . clean earth ), in accordance with the Qur’anic verse in  which Allah Exalted be He says ” … And find no water , then seek clean earth… ( Quran An-Nisa : 43), and ‘ …And sent down upon you from the sky, rain by which to purify you…‘ ( Quran Al-Anfal:11 )

 

This shows the greatness of Islam,. The religion of purity, and both physical and spiritual cleanliness. It also shows the loftiness of prayer which one cannot enter upon without being in two states of purity. The first is spiritual purity from polytheism, by means of testifying  the Oneness of Allah and worshipping Him sincerely and devoutly. The second is the physical purity from ritual and tangible impurities, which is performed by means of water or its legal substitutes. We should also know that provided the water is still in its original state, mixed with nothing else, it is deemed pure as scholars uniformly agree. They also agree that if any of its three basic characteristics odor, taste, and color  change due to any impure object, then water is deemed impure and it is impermissible to use as a means of purification.

Yet some scholars differ regarding the purity of water when any of its characteristics has changed due to a pure object – such as tree leaves ( like lote tree leaves ), soap, potash, or suchlike pure materials – provided that such a material is not predominant in the resulting mixture. In fact, the sound opinion is that the resulting water is still deemed pure and it is permissible to use it as means of purification from both ritual and tangible impurity.”

 

Due to the above, we can state that water is divided into two categories:

 

1-Pure Water, which can be used as a purifier, whether it is in its original state, or mixed with a pure object provided it is not prevalent enough to change the composition of water or turn it into another object.

 

2- Impure Water, which cannot be used for purification from either ritual or tangible impurity. It is also the water any of whose characteristics (odor, taste or color) has changed due to an impure object. And Allah, Exalted be He, knows best.

A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence

Sheykh Salih al Fawzan

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