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Seminar: Masjid Rahmah presents “Back to Basics” Where do we go from here?

ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY INSHA’ALLAH……

Masjid Rahmah

presents

“Back to Basics”

Where do we go from here?

2nd Annual Educational Seminar

 

Tele-link with the Mashayikh

Sheikh Saalih as-Suhaymee

Sheikh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee

Sheikh Muhammad al-Aqeel

Sheikh Sulaymen ar-Ruhaylee

Sheikh Muhammad al-Imam

 

Speakers:

Fareed Abdullah

Talib Abdullah

Abu Muhammad Al Maghribee

Abdur Rahman Al Afriki

Abul Hassan Malik Al Akhdar

Abu Az-Zubayr Shadeed Muhammad

Abdur Rahman Omaisan

Including Quraan workshop for the youth and programs for teens facilitated by Mutah Beale (formerly known as Napoleon)

Date:

Friday June 29th through Sunday July 1st – 2007

Venue:

The Sheraton Parsipanny Hotel

199 Smith Road

Parsipanny, NJ 07504

Sheraton Hotel Sold Out

(see below for details)

Rooms are averaging $95 per night.  Availability is limited so make your reservations ASAP.

Registration:

On-site

$10.00 per day

$25.00 for all three days

Children 12 and under – Free

Children 13 to 18 – 50% off

*Please note the following changes

1) SHERATON HOTEL SOLDOUT [MASJID RAHMAH GROUP RATE]

2) Alternative Hotel [Marriott Courtyard-5mins.away from venue]

3) Confirmed Tele-links with Mashayikh

4) Confirmed Speakers

5) Swimming Cancelled

6) Also,vending is very limited,all booths should be paid for by june 8th.

Masjid Rahmah has updated it’s Flyer 2nd Annual Educational Seminar [“Back To The Basics” Where Do We go From here ?] Friday, June 29th to Sunday July 1st ,we are asking everyone who plans to attend to please make reservations to Alternative hotel by June 6th,insha allah,an updated flyer regarding tele-links with the mashayikh, confirmed speakers and any other changes has been posted

For more information please contact Abu Rumaysah at 215-834-2640 or Masjid Rahmah 973-621-8833

Flyer:

http://www.authenticstatements.com/store/skin1/modules/Michispace/show_doc.php?id=134

Imaam Barbaharee on the Innovators

Imaam al-Barbahaaree (rahima-hullaah) mentions:

((The innovators are like scorpions.

They bury their heads and bodies in the sand and leave their tails out.

When they get the chance they sting; the same with the innovators who conceal themselves amongst the people, when they are able, they do what they desire)).

Reported in ((Tabaqaatul-Hanaabilah)) – Volume 2, Page 44 and ((Manhajul-Ahmad))

Sharhus-Sunnah – Imaam al-Barbahaaree

Ref: Fatwa-Online

Why Should I Study?

Why should I study?

Many years ago in Uzbekistan, a baby boy was born blind. His Mother, the strong mu’minah that she was, did not lose sight of He who had the Power to cure him. She prayed and prayed for her son’s sight. And within a few years, the boy regained his eyes.

She was widowed, the boy orphaned. She traveled with him to Makkah so that he could receive an Islamic education. She arranged for him to attend the circles of the scholars, and in those circles, he excelled in the science of hadith. He traveled to distant villages in search of the most authentic sayings of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه وسلم). He would pray two raka’at before accepting a hadith. His mother named him Muhammad ibn Isma’il. And many of us know him today by the book he compiled, the book that stands after the Qur’an in authenticity: Saheeh Al-Imam Al-Bukhari!

In another land, in another time, chilly Baghdad winds would wake up another boy. Much before Fajr, his mother would bundle him in warm shawls and escort him through the darkness, making sure he reached the Masjid safely. After Fajr, she would wait for him as he read hadith to the biggest scholars of the land. Then, long after the sun had come up, she would meet him outside, and together, they would walk home. She was a strong mother indeed, for her son grew up to become an Imam of the Muslim Ummah, an Imam by the name of Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

Dear brothers and sisters, why should we try to follow in the footsteps of these–and many other–stars of Islam? The information that we shall in sha’ Allah learn is not like anything else. This knowledge is the law of Allah and the inheritance of the prophets. It is our duty to preserve and protect the estate of Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه وسلم), something that cannot happen without there being serious and sincere brothers and sisters spending long days and nights reading, reflecting, and teaching others.

May Allah make us among those who are sincere, and whom protect the deen and inherit the inheritance of the prophets, ameen!

Written by: Ilm Seeker

Source: Manaaqib Ahmad, by Ibn Al-Jawzee

Youth and Marriage

YOUTH AND MARRIAGE

SHAYKH FAWZAAN
Taken from: Islaam’s Solution For The Problems Facing Today’s Youth, pgs. 42-44


From among the problems facing the adolescents is that they abstain from marriage. This is a big problem. The youth abstaining from matrimony produces serious harm and no one knows the outcome except Allah. They use the following alleged reasons for abstaining from matrimony.

  • Getting married at an early age diverts from studying and getting prepared for the future.
  • Getting married at an early age burdens the youth with the responsibilities of providing for his wife and children.
  • The most dangerous reason for the youth turning away from marriage is the obstacles which are placed in the path topwards marriage such as extravagant celebrations. And at times the youth can not afford the espense of these celebrations.

In my opinion, this is the biggest reason why these adolescents do not get married. The remedy for this problem is simple if we correct our intentions.

First, it should be explained to the youth that the merits, superiority, and blessings that lied within marriage outweigh the obstacles and difficulties we previously mentioned. There is not anything in this Dunya except there is a trade off. I am not saying that marriage is easy and that there are not any difficulties or hardships. There are difficulties and problems in marriage however; the benefits of marriage outweigh the problems and difficulties that occur. Consequently, these virtues make those difficulties and hardships forgotten. The benefits of marriage should be explained to the youth until they desire it. Marriage helps people protect their private parts and lower their gaze.

The statement of the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam points to this

O Young men, those of you who can support a wife should marry; verily matrimony controls the gaze and protects the private parts. And whoever among cannot afford to marry should fast .”

[Hadeeth Saheeh. Collected by Bukhari and Muslim on the Authority of Ibn Mas’ud.]


The Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam specifically instructed the youth to take part in marriage, because they are prepared for it and have the ability.

It is appropriate for the youth to get married at an early age if he or she has the ability and means to do so. Praise is to Allah – currently this is predominately the case. There isn’t any excuse for the youth to leave off getting married. The Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam explained the merits of getting married at a young age. Matrimony protects the private parts, because the private parts are very dangerous if unguarded.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:

“And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts). Except with their wives and the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess — for (then) they are not blameworthy.”

Surah Al-Ma’arij: 29-30

Matrimony protects the private parts. This is to say that marriage safeguards a person from a great evil. Marriage protects that organ and lowers the gaze. If the youth gets married, he will be delighted. He would not be looking here or there at women or at what Allah has prohibited. As a result, Allah saved this person from the haraam by giving him the halaal. By Allah’s bounty, this person was saved from adultery and fornication.

Second, marriage helps a person to attain tranquility and ease.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:

“And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect.”

Surah Ar-Rum: 21

Whenever the youth gets married his soul is relieved from agitation, anxiety and he has a piece of mind.

“That you may find repose in them.” Surah Al-Furqaan: 74

Verily, the matrimony of this youth is among the reasons for his tranquility and serenity. Accordingly, matrimony is a reason which numerous blessings spring from.

Muhammad Al-Maalikee’s Da’wah Visit to Tobago

Tobago Da’wah Trip Class Schedule

As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah

An encouragement for the readers to listen to these lectures or to catch the lectures suited to your subject of interest (i.e tawheed, shirk, sunnah, bid’ah, fiqh, islamic condemnation of terrorism, etc..), as many people might not be able to catch all the lectures during the day on paltalk. Barak Allahu feekum.

Dawah Trip to Tobago

Seminar with

Muhammad Al-Maalikee – Well Known Student of Knowledge from Jeddah

Studied under The Kibaar

June 25th to July 1st

 

Note: List of Classes are now available

on the pdf file

From the Guidance of Our Salaf (predecessors)

From the Guidance of Our Salaf:

Muhammad bin Sahm said: I heard ‘Ataa’ bin Muslim al-Khafaaf mention from al-A’maash, who said: “They used to not ask about a man after 3: who he walked with, who he entered upon, and who his friends were from amongst the people.” [Al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah (#419)]

Al-Fudhayl bin ‘Iyyaad said: “The souls are enlisted soldiers, so those that became familiar with one another (from before) will be inclined (towards each other), and those from amongst them that were opposed will differ, and it is not possible that a person of Sunnah can be inclined towards a person of bid’ah except due to nifaaq.” [Al-Ibaanah (#429)]

Imaam Al-Barbahaaree said in his Sharhus-Sunnah: “If anything of bid’ah appears in a person, beware of him, since what is hidden from you is more than what is apparent. However, if you see a person whose manners and opinion is despicable, he is wicked, sinful and oppressive, yet he is a person of the Sunnah, accompany him and sit with him, since his sin will not harm you.”

Masjid Rahmah (Newark, NJ) July Seminar

Masjid Rahmah – Back to Basics
The Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Road Parsippany, NJ 07504
Friday June 29th to Sun. July 1, 2007

Try your best to attend this seminar inshaAllah ta’ala.

View the seminar flyer by clicking on link below inshaAllah ta’ala.

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First Step Towards Seeking Knowledge

The first step towards seeking knowledge is sincerity of intention

al-Imaam Yoosuf ibn Abdil-Barr

Reference: Jaami’ Bayaan al-‘Ilm wa Fadhlihi – Volume 1, Page 118
Category: Sayings of the Salaf

‘Alee ibn al-Hasan ibn Shaqeeq said: I heard ‘Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak[1] say:

The first step towards (seeking) knowledge is the (sincerity of) intention, then it is listening, then it is understanding (this knowledge), then it is memorising (this knowledge), then it is acting (upon this knowledge), then it is spreading (this knowledge).


Footnote[1] Died 181 AH

Translator: Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry, Abu Abdullaah
Date Published: Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Excellence of the Scholars

The Excellence of the Scholars

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
Adapted from “Miftaah Daaris Sa’aadah”
Published in “Knowledge” by Sheikh Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz
© Al Hidaayah

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says in the Noble Qur’aan:

“Allaah bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but He, and the angels, and those having knowledge (Oolul-‘llm) (also bear witness to this; (He is always) maintaining His creation in justice. None has the right to be worshipped but He. the All-Mighty. the All-Wise.” (Soorah Aal-‘Imraan (3):18)

This verse shows the superiority of knowledge (“ilm) and its people; the following points can be inferred from this verse:

1. Allaah chose the people of knowledge (Oolul ‘ilm) to bear witness to His Oneness (Tawheed) over and above the rest of His creation.

2. Allaah honoured the people of knowledge by mentioning their testimony along with His testimony.

3. He raised high the status of the scholars by associating their testimony with the testimony of the angels.

4. This verse bears witness to the superiority of those who possess knowledge. Allaah does not make any of His creation bear witness except the upright amongst them.

There is a well-known narration from the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam), who said: “The upright in every generation will carry this knowledge, rejecting the distortions of the extremists, the false claims of the liars, and the (false) interpretations of the ignorant.” (hasan)

5. Allaah, the One free from all defects. Himself bears witness to His Oneness, and He is the greatest of witnesses. Then He chose from His creation the angels and the scholars – this is sufficient to show their excellence.

6. Allaah made the scholars bear witness with the greatest and the most excellent testimony and that is, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah.” Allaah, the One free of all defects and the Most High, does not bear witness except to matters of great importance and only the greatest from Allaah’s creation bear witness to this.

7. Allaah made the testimony of the people of knowledge a proof against the rejecters. Thus they are its proofs and its signs, indicating His Oneness (Tawheed).

8. Allaah, the Most High, used a single verb (shahida) to refer to His testimony and the testimony of the angels and the scholars. He did not use an additional verb for their testimony; thus he connected their testimony to His. This shows the strong link between their testimony and Allaah’s testimony, as if He himself bore witness to His Oneness upon their tongues and made them utter this testimony.

9. Allaah, the One free from all defects, made the scholars fulfil His right (that none has the right to be worshipped but Him) through this testimony and if they fulfill it then they have fulfilled and established this right of Allaah upon them. Then it is obligatory upon mankind to accept this testimony which is the means to reach happiness in this life and in their final return (to Allaah). Whosoever takes this guidance from the scholars and accepts this truth because of their testimony, then for the scholars there is a reward equal to them. And none knows the value of this reward but Allaah.

Categories: Islam, Knowledge, Tawheed

Confusion about the Issue of Qadr (Divine Decree)

CONFUSION ABOUT THE ISSUE OF THE QADR

SHAYKH AL-UTHAYMEEN

 

Source: Islaam’s Solution for the Problems Facing Today’s Youth

Pgs.51 – 53

 

Among the issues which frequent the adolescent and leave him confused is the Qadr. Belief in the predestination is a pillar of faith. A person’s faith is incomplete unless he believers in this pillar. Faith in the Qadr is to believer that Allah knows everything that is going to happen in the heavens and earth because He has ordained it.

 

Allah says:

 

70:
Muhsin Khan: Know you not that Allah knows all that is in heaven and on earth? Verily, it is (all) in the Book (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz). Verily! That is easy for Allah. [Surah Hajj: 70]The Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam has prohibited arguing and debating about the Qadr.

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam confronted us while we were arguing about the Qadr. He became so angry that his face turned red. He sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam said “Is this what I ordered you to do? Is this the reason I was sent to you? Those before you were destroyed when they argued about the Qadr. Please! By Allah, Please! by Allah; do not argue concerning this affair. [Hadeeth Hasan: Collected by Tirmidhi in his Sunnan (#2133)

Being occupied and debating over the issue of the Qadr lands a person in a maze which he can not get out of. The path of salvation is to strive for good as Allah has commanded. Allah gave you an intellect, understanding and has sent messengers to you along with revelation.

Allah says:

165:
Muhsin Khan: Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allah after the Messengers. And Allah is Ever All­Powerful, All­Wise. [Surah An-Nisaa: 165]When the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam informed his companions, May Allah be pleased with them, that there is not a single person except his place from either paradise or hell has already been written, the Companions said “Oh! Messenger of Allah, should we rely on our book and leave off performing good actions? He sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam said “‘Strive! Everyone will have his actions made easy for him.’ As for the people of happiness, the deeds of the people of happiness will be made easy for him. As for the people of misery, the deeds of those people will be made easy for him. Then, he sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam recited,

5:
Muhsin Khan: As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him,

6:
Muhsin Khan: And believes in Al-Husna.

7:
Muhsin Khan: We will make smooth for him the path of ease (goodness).

8:
Muhsin Khan: But he who is greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient.

9:
Muhsin Khan: And gives the lie to Al-Husna (see Verse No: 6 footnote);

10:
Muhsin Khan: We will make smooth for him the path for evil;    [Surah Al-Lail: 5-10]

The Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam ordered the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, to perform acts of worship. He didn’t approve of them relying on what was pre-ordained for them. This is because what was pre-ordained for a person in regards to being part of the people of Paradise will not happen except if that person does the deeds of those people. Also, what is written about a person being among the people of Hell will not happen unless he commits their actions. The person performs actions based on his ability because he knows that Allah has given him free will and the ability to perform deeds. Either he does the action if he wills or he abandons it. Let us say for example if a person intends to travel. If he intends to remain in his residence, the he will remain there. Also, if he sees a fire, he will flee from it and if he sees something that he loves, he will advance towards it. The same goes for obedience and disobedience. Either the person chooses to be obedient or he chooses to be disobedient.

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InshaAllah ta’ala, more beneficial pages from the book will be posted in the near future. Barak Allahu feekum.

Categories: Islam, Knowledge