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Eight Things I Learnt From Shaqeeq

November 26, 2008 4 comments
Author: Ahmad ibn ‘Abdur Rahmaan ibn Qudaamah al Maqdisee
It was narrated that Shaqeeq [ibn Ibraheem] al Balkhee said to Haatim [al Assam- his student]:
You have accompanied me for a long period of time, so what have you learnt?
Haatim replied:
Eight things:
The first: I looked at the creation and found that every person has something that is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his grave, his beloved would be separated from him. So I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so that they may be with me in my grave.

The second: I looked at the saying of Allaah the Elevated:

… and restrained himself from impure evil desires and lusts. [An Naazi’aat: 40]

So I strove against my self, repelling desires and lusts from it until it settled upon obedience to Allaah.   The Third: I saw that whoever possessed something valuable would keep it in a safe and secure place, I then looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

Whatever is with you will come to an end, and whatever is with Allaah will remain. [An Nahl: 96]

So whenever something of value came into my possession, I directed it to Him, so that it may remain for me with Him.   The Fourth: I saw that people return to wealth, lineage and nobility, and they are all worthless, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

Indeed the most honourable of you with Allaah are those who have Taqwaa [Al Hujuraat: 13]

So I worked on attaining Taqwaa so that I may be honorable with Allaah. The Fifth: I saw that people envy each other, so I looked at the saying of the Elevated:

It is We Who portion out their livelihood between them [Az Zukhruf: 32]

So I forsook envy and jealousy.

The Sixth: I saw them taking each other as enemies, so I looked at the saying of the Glorified:

Surely, Shaytaan (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy [Faatir: 6]

So I left their enmity and took Shaytaan as my only enemy.

The Seventh: I saw that they humiliate themselves in pursuing provision, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

And no moving (living) creature is there on earth except that its provision is due from Allaah. [Hood: 6]

So I concentrated on what was due to Him from me, and left what was due to me to Him.

The Eighth: I saw them dependent upon their trades, professions and health, so I depended upon Allaah the Glorified.
Reference: Mukhtasar Minhaaj al Qaasideen: P. 28

Take Advantage of the First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Know – baarakAllaahu feekum – that the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best and most virtuous days of the year –for both the pilgrim and those who stay behind. They are days of striving to gain closeness and proximity to Allaah and seeking His Mercy and Forgiveness. They are days of Salaah, and Zakaah, Fasting, du’aa and the remembrance of Allaah, sincere repentance, and all other virtuous deeds.

And Allaah swore by these days in His saying:

وَالْفَجْرِ * وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

“By the Dawn, and by the Ten Nights.”

And the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

أَفضَلُ أَيَّامِ الدُّنيَا أَيَّامُ العَشْرِ

“The best days in the dunyaa are the ten days.”

And the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

مَا مِنْ أَيَامٍ العَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فَيهَا أَحَبُّ إَلَى اللهِ مِن أيامِ العَشرِ
قَالُواْ: يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ! وَ لاَ الجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ؟
قال:  و لاَ الجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ؛ إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفسِهِ وَ مَالِهِ ، فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ مِن ذَلِكَ بِشَيءٍ

” There are no days during which good righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than the ten days (the first ten days of Dhil-Hijjah).” So the Companions asked: “Not even Jihaad in the Path of Allaah?” He said: “Not even Jihaad in the Path of Allaah, except for a man who goes out with his person and his wealth, and comes back with nothing.”

During these days it is recommended to increase in making takbeer, tahleel, and tamheed, and to increase in all types of righteous deeds, like prayer, fasting, giving in charity and so on.

Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah

And from these righteous actions is fasting the Day of ‘Arafah. The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

يُكَفَّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي قَبْلَهُ ، وَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي بَعْدَهُ

“It expiates (the sins) of the previous year, and the following year.”

And this fast is for those who remained behind, as fasting the Day of ‘Arafah by those who are at ‘Arafah is not from the guidance of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and his Companions. ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Umar (Radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) was asked about fasting the Day of ‘Arafah by those at ‘Arafah. He said: “I made Hajj with the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and he did not fast it, and with Aboo Bakr and he did not fast it, and with ‘Umar and he did not fast it, and ‘Uthmaan and he did not fast it. And I do not fast it, nor do I order it, nor do I prohibit it.”

The Sacrifice

Of these 10 blessed days is the Day of an-Nahr, or ‘Eedul-Adhaa. The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

إَنَّ أَعْظَمَ الأَيَّامِ عِندَ اللهِ تَبارَكَ وَ تَعالَى يَومُ النَّحْرِ ، ثُمَّ يَومُ القَرَِّ

“Verily the greatest of Days with Allaah- the Blessed and Most High- is the Day of Sacrifice, then the Day of Rest [following it].”

And know that the sacrifice is from those actions that are highly stressed upon for those who have the ability, as the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

مَنْ كَانَ لَهُ سَعَةٌ وَ لَم يُضَحِّ فَلاَ يَقْرَبَنَّ مُصَلاَّنَا

“Whoever has the means, and does not sacrifice, should not approach our musallaa.”

And the one who has the ability and intends to sacrifice an animal, then he is not to cut his hair and nails, from the first day of Dhul-Hijjah up until after he sacrifices.

And Allaah has made the days of An-Nahr (the day of ‘Eed) and at-Tashreeq (the 3 days that follow it) days of eating and drinking.

The Takbeeraat

From the day of ‘Arafah (9th of Dhil-Hijjah) up until the ‘Asr prayer on the 13th day of Dhil-Hijjah, after the Salaah, we make the takbeeraat.  Ibn Abee Shaybah reported that ‘Alee used to make the takbeer beginning after the Fajr prayer on the Day of ‘Arafah, up until after the ‘Asr prayer on the last day of Tashreeq (the 13th day of Dhil-Hijjah). As for the wording of the Takbeer, then there is nothing authentically reported from the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Rather, what we find is the ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’ood (Radiyallaahu ‘anhu) used to say:

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallaah, wallaahu akbar, Allaahu Akbar, wa lillaahil-Hamd

And Ibn ‘Abbaas (Radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) used to say:

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, wa lillaahil-Hamd.
Allaahu Akbar wa ajalla, Allaahu Akbar ‘alaa ma hadaanaa.

So it is upon us to exert ourselves in obedience to Allaah during these 10 blessed days, from their beginning till their end; increasing in our salaah, trying to fast the Day of ‘Arafah, making mention of Allaah in abundance, sadaqah, sacrificing an animal on the Day of An-Nahr or the days that follow it, recitation of the Qur’aan, Repenting to Allaah, seeking His mercy and forgiveness, and so forth. For there is no time like these 10 days:

مَا مِنْ أَيَامٍ العَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فَيهَا أَحَبُّ إَلَى اللهِ مِن أيامِ العَشرِ

” There are no days during which good righteous deeds
are more beloved to Allaah than the ten days.”

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Easy Dhikr After Salaah

November 23, 2008 2 comments
1 – Saying: Subhaan Allaah (10x), al-Hamdulillaah (10x), Allaahu akbar (10x) after the prayer.

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ – الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ – اللهُ أَكْبَرُ
Something very easy that few people do that would wipe away 2500 sins a day (combined with one other act)!

On the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father), the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:

“There are two traits that no Muslim servant guards over except that he will enter Paradise (by way of them) – Nay, they are so easy, yet those who do them are few – :

– (1) Glorifying Allaah (saying “Subhaan Allaah”) after each prayer ten times, praising Him (saying “al-Hamdulillaah”) ten times, and declaring His Greatness (saying “Allaahu akbar”) ten times – that is 150 on the tongue and 1500 in the Scale –

– (2) Declaring Allaah’s Greatness (saying “Allaahu akbar”) 34 times when laying down, praising Him (saying “al-Hamdulillaah”) 33 times, and glorifying Him (saying “subhaan Allaah”) 33 times – that is 100 on the tongue and 1000 in the Scale –

And which one of you does 2500 bad deeds in one day?!”

Collected by Ahmad, the four compilers of the Sunan, and others.

Al-Albaanee called it “saheeh” in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (#3230).

2 – Saying “Astaghfirullaah” (3x), and “Allaahumma antas-Salaamu wa minkas-Salaamu tabaarakta thal-Jalaali wal-Ikraam”
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ

اللهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلاَمُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلاَمُ تَبَارَكْتَ ذَا الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ
On the authority of Thowbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him): The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) used to seek Allaah’s Forgiveness (saying “Astaghfirullaah”) three times when finishing his prayer, and then he would say:

“Allaahumma antas-Salaamu wa minkas-Salaamu tabaarakta thal-Jalaali wal-Ikraam” (“O Allaah you are as-Salaam – the One who grants peace – and from You alone is peace, blessed be You, O Possessor of Majesty and Grace!”)

It was collected by Muslim in his Saheeh (#591).

3 – “Allaahumma a’in-nee ‘alaa thikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ebaadatika”
اللهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

Mu’aath ibn Jabal (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:  One day, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) took my hand and said:

“O Mu’aath!  Verily I love you!”

Mu’aath replied, “(I would ransom) my father for you, and my mother, O Messenger of Allaah!  And I love you!”

The Messenger of Allaah then said:

“I advise you – O Mu’aath – not to leave off saying after each prayer: Allaahumma a’in-nee ‘alaa thikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ebaadatika (“O Allaah!  Help me to remember you, thank you, and worship you in a good way!”)”

It was collected by Ahmad, Aboo Daawood, al-Haakim and others.  It was authenticated by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak (1012), and also by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood (1362).

This hadeeth is just beautiful!

From the most important benefits of it: that true love for the sake of Allaah (may Allaah bless us with it) causes those who love each other to advise each other with things that please Allaah.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

A Final Word of ADVICE

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

A Collection of Sound Advices to the Person of Sunnah

A Final Word Of Advice
[Truthfulness In Speech And Action]

[Sticking To The Sunnah And Dying Upon It Unknown]

Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah) said that Abul Aaliyah (rahimahullaah) said: ‘Whoever dies unknown upon the Sunnah is indeed a truthful witness.  It is said clinging to the Sunnah is salvation’

Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan commented on the above saying: The Siddeeq (the truthful one) is the one given to much truthfulness, and his status is at a level after that of the  Prophets; so the station of Truthfulness is a lofty station, and what is intended by it is adherence to Truthfulness in speech and action.  The Prophet (sallal-laahu- alayhi-wasallam) made known who the Truthful One is; so he said:

‘A man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a Truthful Person’

He is truthful himself and is eager for truthfulness with regards to what the people relate to him.  He does not go along with everything he hears or whatever is said, rather he verifies and is eager for truthfulness; because he is a truthful person.  He neither narrates nor utter except the truth.  This is the Siddeeq (The Truthful One).

And concerning the statement: ‘whoever dies upon the Sunnah.’

Sheikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan comments saying:  That is to cling to Islaam.  And what is intended by As-Sunnah is ‘Islaam’.   Islaam is the Sunnah, and whoever dies upon it Unknown and there appeared nothing from him in opposition to (that), then indeed he dies as a truthful person.

And concerning his statement: ‘Clinging to the Sunnah is Salvation’, that is: clinging to the Sunnah is safety from Fitan and Punishment; and for this reason he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘whosoever lives amongst you will see lots of differences, so stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Khulafaa.’

Allaah (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) said:

‘And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah, and be not divided among yourselves’[3:103]

And He (Jalla-Wa-Alaa) said:

‘And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.‘ [6:153]

This is the advice of Allah and that of His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and that is to stick and cling to sunnah.

[Source: Ittihaaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah) , Vol:2, page:313-314]

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Kickin’ it with the Youth – w/ Mutah Napoleon

November 19, 2008 Leave a comment presents “Kickin’ it with the youth” A live Q&A session with Mutah and his guests.Where you can ask questions LIVE over the web or phone to Mutah Napoleon and his Guests.

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O Allah, Keep our hearts firm upon Your Deen

November 17, 2008 Leave a comment

“O, [Allaah, the] Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Your obedience.”

Narrated Abduh ibn Abdurrahim :

“We went on an expedition to  one of the lands of Rome; and  among us was a youth of who there was none amongst us more proficient in reciting The Qur’ân than him, and none of us was more knowledgeable of fiqh and inheritance laws than him, one who used to fast the days and stand at night in prayer.

Whilst in our expedition we passed by a fort -of which we were not ordered to stop for- [guarded by many soldiers] ; and this youth stopped close to the fort as if he was relieving himself.

So he looked up the fort and he caught sight of a woman from among the women of the Romans who was looking from that fort, and she amazed him.

And as such he desired her, so he talked to her in the Roman language : ‘Tell me the way to get to you?’

So she replied:  ‘For you to become a christian, then we will open the door for you [to enter the fort] ; and I am yours.’

And he answered that call of hers, and he entered the fort!

In one narration it says : [The Muslims were not aware of the on-goings except that by the time they realized ; he was with her!]

[The narrator continues to say] Consequently we were covered in great distress and encountered hardship in our expedition because of that. It was as if each of our men took that to be as if it happened to his own child.

After some time while on another expedition, we returned and passed by this same fortified town: and there he was with that woman, and the Christians ; looking at us [from the fort].

So we said [to him] :  ‘O so- and –so  what happened to your Qur’ân?  What happened to your knowledge?  What happened to your fasting?  What happened to your prayers!”

And there he said to us : ‘Indeed,  know that;  I have forgotten all the Qura’n except His statement :

رُّبَمَا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ لَوْ كَانُواْ مُسْلِمِينَ

ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُواْ وَيَتَمَتَّعُواْ وَيُلْهِهِمُ الأَمَلُ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ

“Perhaps (often) will those who disbelieve wish that they were Muslims.

Leave them to eat and enjoy, and let them be preoccupied with (false) hope.

They will come to know!”

[Suraatul Hijr 1-2]

Source : Al-Muntadham of Ibnul Jawzee, Taarikh al-Islaam of Imaam Adh-Dhahabi under the biography of  Abduh ibn Abdur rahim, Taarikh al-Dimashq of Ibn Asaakir : 37/379

Lessons :

1. The great benefit of lowering the gaze.

2. The Importance of fighting the desires, especially the fitna between the opposite genders.

3. Loving for your fellow Muslim that which you love for yourself, and hating for him that which you see is harmful to him.  [And what is more of a calamity than seeing a Muslim leave the light of belief and choosing the darkness of shirk !]

4.The diligence of shaytaan and his allies – in their greatest goal – against the Muslims : to make them apostatize.

Especially in the times of tribulations; the true colours of people come forth. As you see, Indeed she didn’t ask him for wealth or anything else.  Allaahu Musta’n.

5. Don’t be amazed by the actions of a person, only Allaah knows the reality of the end of a person.

6. Prior to that, don’t be amazed by your own deeds!

7. The Importance of supplicating for steadfastness, and uprightness in the religion upto the end of one’s life.

Indeed the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to do so, and taught us to do so, as in the hadeeth of Umm Salamah by Shihr who said : ‘I said to Umm Salamah : ‘O Mother of the Believers, what is the duaa’ which the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) would supplicate the most while in your presence? ’

So she said : ‘The frequent supplication of his was :

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ

“O, Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Your obedience.”

And also reported by Imaam Ahmad , from the hadeeth of ‘Aisha (radhiyaAllaahu anha): ‘The Dua’ which the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to supplicate with a lot…’  then she mentioned it.

Taken from Silsilah as-Saheeha of Al-Imaam Al-Albaanee : 2091
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Reading the Qur’aan for the Muslim

November 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Ibn Baz

Question: What is your advice – O Shaykh – for those who go without reading the Qur’aan for a month, or even many months, and who have no excuse for such behaviour? However, you will find some of them reading those magazines that contain no benefit for them, and following them up closely!

Answer: It is recommended for every Believing man and woman to recite the Book of Allah often, with due contemplation and understanding. This may be done by using a copy of the Qur’aan or from one’s memory. Allaah – the Most High – said: “This is a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that you may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [Soorah Saad

And: “Indeed those who recite the Book of Allaah and offer the Prayer perfectly and spend in charity out of what We have provided for them – secretly and openly – hope for a sure trade-gain that will never perish. That He may pay the their wages in full and give them even more out of His Grace. Indeed, He is Oft-Forgiving, ready to appreciate good deeds.” [Soorah Fatir 35:29-30]

The aforementioned recitation of the Qur’aan includes both reciting and acting upon it. The recitation is to be done with contemplation and understanding of it. Sincerity to Allaah is a means of complying with and acting upon the Qur’aan, and its recitation contains a great reward – as the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said: “Recite the Qur’aan. For on the Day of Resurrection, it shall come as an intercessor for its companion.” This was recorded by Muslim in his Saheeh (no. 804). The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam also said: “The best of you is he who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it.” This was recorded by al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (9/66). Another narration states: Whoever reads one harf (letter) of the Qur’aan shall receive a good deed and ten good deeds similar to it. I do not say that Alif Laam Meem is a harf, but Alif is a harf, Laam is a harf and Meem is a harf.” [Saheeh; Recorded by at-Tirmidhee (no. 2912), who authenticated it, from the hadeeth of `Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood, radhiallaahu `anhu]. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said to `Abdullaah ibn Amr ibn al-`Aas: “Complete the recitation of the Qur’aan once a month.” He said: I am able to do more than that. So he said:Then complete its recital once in seven days.”[al-Bukhaaree (no. 5054)] The Companions used to complete the entire Qur’aan once every seven days.

So I advise all the readers of the Qur’aan to increase in their reading of it, with contemplation and understanding it, along with sincerity to Allaah in this – with the purpose of learning and benefiting from the Qur’aan. They should read the entire Qur’aan once a month. If, however, they are able to do more than this without any difficulty, then they should complete it in less than this time. However, it is best not o complete it in less than three days, since this is the least amount of time that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam mentioned to `Abdullaah ibn `Amr ibn al-`Aas. This is because if it is read in less than three days, the person becomes hasty and lacks thought and concentration… ”

[Fataawaa al-Mar`ah (no. 294)]


O Allah, You know of our weaknesses. So we ask You for help to make us from those who finish the Qur’aan at least once a month and from those who ponder and contemplate over the Qur’aan.


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