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Study Your Deen, O Youth

February 28, 2009 1 comment
It is reported that Hishâm b. ‘Urwah said, reporting from his father, ‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr – Allâh have mercy on him , “He used to say to us when we were youths, ‘Why do you not seek knowledge? Even though [today] you are the youngsters, you are about to be the elders [in the future]. What is the use of being a shaykh when the shaykh is ignorant? Four years before the death of ‘Â`ishah, I would say, if she died today, I would not feel regret about a single hadîth she had, for I had gathered them from her. I would hear that a Companion had a hadîth and would go to him. I might find that he was napping, so I would sit at his door and wait, and then ask him about it [later when he woke].’”
Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of Al-Zubayr b. Al-‘Awâm.
‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr was the son of Al-Zubayr b. Al-‘Awâm and Asmâ bint Abî Bakr, and the nephew of Â`ishah – Allâh be pleased with them all. He studied under her and was regarded as one of the senior scholars of his time. He is one of the famous Seven Jurists.

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The Perfect Investment

February 26, 2009 Leave a comment

We go through our entire lives looking for that perfect investment; whether it be our education, our jobs or our wealth. We put in so much time to gather information and to make sure that our investment will yield a satisfying return. In the end though, there is no certainty of the return on investment that we will gain, it could be 5%, 10%, or even -10%. We never know whether we will gain or lose from the investment that we make.

However, there is an alternative. The alternative is investing in the deen of Allah  In this investment, you will never lose, and that is the promise of Allah . As we all know, Allah  is the one who never breaks any promise and He is The One and Only that we can count on. So, when He promises something, you can consider it a done deal.

Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that gives (you) Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return. – [Surah Baqarah, 2:245]


Allah said:
(Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times)
In this Ayah, Allah encourages His servants to spend in His cause. Allah mentioned this same Ayah in several other parts of His Glorious Qur’an. The Hadith that mentions that Allah descends (every night down on the nearest heaven to us when the last third of the night remains) states that Allah says:
(Who would give a loan to He Who is neither poor nor unjust.)

Allah’s statement:
(He may multiply it to him many times), is similar to His statement:
(The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills.) (2:261)

We will mention this Ayah later on. Allah then said:
(And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provisions), ) meaning, `Spend (in Allah’s cause) and do not be anxious.’ Certainly, Allah is the Sustainer Who increases or decreases the provisions to whomever He wills among His servants. Allah’s wisdom is perfect, and,
(and unto Him you shall return.) on the Day of Resurrection.

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Three Posts Dealing with non-Muslim Parents

February 26, 2009 Leave a comment
BISMILLAH IR RAHMAN IR RAHIM

The following are three stories that took place at the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) that involved three of the Sahabah which illustrates the reactions of their mothers after they embraced Islam:

Story no. 1: On the authority of Asma’ Bint Abi Bakr she said “My mother came to visit me one day. At that time she was still a polytheist and there was a pledge between the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and Quraysh (one of the great tribes in Arabia that lived in al-Makkah in the pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance who used to enjoy great spiritual and financial powers). I requested the Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) religious verdict and said: ‘Oh Prophet of Allah! My mother came to visit me, seeking my help; should I keep a good relationship with her?” “Yes, keep a good relation with her,” said the Prophet. [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim (1003)]

Story no. 2: On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, who said: I used to call my mother to Islam when she was still a polytheist. One day, while I was calling her she mentioned something about the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) that I detested. So I went to see the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), while crying and told him: ‘I used to call my mother to Islam and she would refuse. I called her today and she mentioned something about you that I detested. Please invoke the blessings and guidance of Allah on her. Then the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: ‘O Great Allah guide the mother of Abu Hurayrah. So I left full of hope because of the Prophet’s supplication for my mother. When I reached home, I found that the door was partially closed. My mother heard my footsteps and said: Stay still Abu Hurayrah, then I heard the water running.” He added, ‘My mother performed body ablution, put on her cloths and hurriedly opened the door without her head-cover and said: “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is the Messenger of Allah”. I went back to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) crying of joy and told him: ‘I am bringing you good news. Allah answered your prayers and guided the mother of Abu Hurayrah. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) praised and glorified Allah and said: ‘This is good.’ I said: ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah to make me and my mother beloved by Allah’s believing slaves and make us love them.’ The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: ‘Oh Allah, make this little slave of Yours and his mother (meaning Abu Hurayrah and his mother) become beloved by your believing slaves and make the believers love them. Ever since, there was not a believer who heard of me, even without seeing me, that did not love me.” [Saheeh Muslim (2491)]

Story no. 3: On the authority of Saa’d (Ibn Abi Waqas radhi allahu anhu) who said that verses of the Qur’aan revealed his story. He said Um Saa’d (his mother) swore not to talk to him ever nor eat or drink until he renounces Islam. She said: ‘You claim that Allah commanded you to obey your parents. I am your mother and I order you to do this (to renounce Islam).’ He said: ‘She stayed with nothing to eat or drink for three days until she fainted because of strain. Then one of her other sons named Umarah gave her water to drink. And she started to imprecate against Saa’d, then Allah revealed this verse in the Qur’aan, which translates to the meaning of, “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents; but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner) of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return and I shall tell you what you used to do.” [Soorah al-Ankaboot] [Saheeh Muslim (1748)]

Also, Allah revealed another verse in the Qur’aan, which translates to: “But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that if which you have no knowledge, then obey them not; but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.”

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Light on the Tongue but Heavy on the Scales

February 23, 2009 6 comments

Virtues of ‘Subahanallahi Wabihamdihi’

Light on the Tongue But Heavy on the Scales

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon him) said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Riyad-ul-Saliheen Commentary:

This Hadith affirms that man’s actions carry weight. On the Day of Judgement, his actions will be cast into the Balance. At that time Allah will endow these actions with weight, or according to some scholars, those records which register man’s actions will be weighed. This is quite possible for the reason that Almighty Allah is Capable of weighing things without even their physical form. This discussion apart, when actions will be cast into the Balance, the formula mentioned in the Hadith, the utterance of which is very easy, will prove weighty. Every Muslim should make it a practice to repeat them frequently.

Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her) reported, the Mother of the Believers: The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (peace be upon him said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi [Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)].”[Sahih Muslim]. Commentary: The recitation of the words quoted in this Hadith is highly meritorious and rewarding because they are full of Praise and Glorification of Allah.

Expression that is most loved by Allah

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to me, “Shall I tell you the expression that is most loved by Allah?” It is `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi’ (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’.”[Sahih Muslim].

Obliterating Sins of the extent of the foam of the ocean

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “And he who utters: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’ one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the ocean.’‘[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. Commentary: Here sins mean minor sins and those which do not relate to the rights of people.

A Palm-tree will be planted in Jannah

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “For him who says: `Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him),’ a palm-tree will be planted in Jannah.”[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: Jannah is so vast that we cannot even imagine its vastness. The planting of trees in return for the Praise and Glorification of Allah is, therefore, neither something difficult nor surprising. So, there should not be any hesitation in accepting it as a fact. Some people take it is as a metaphor for a plentiful reward.

How Do You Begin Your Salaah?

February 22, 2009 Leave a comment

سَعِيدٍ أَنَّ النَّبِىَّ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- كَانَ إِذَا افْتَتَحَ الصَّلاَةَ قَالَ « سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ تَبَارَكَ اسْمُكَ وَتَعَالَى جَدُّكَ وَلاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ

Sa’eed (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to begin his prayer by saying “Glory be to you, O Allah, and all praises are due unto you, and blessed is your name and high is your majesty and none is worthy of worship but you.

Collected by Abu Dawud (775) ,At-Tirmithi (242), An-Nisa’(2/ 132) and others

The scholars who graded this hadeeth as being weak and unauthentic and why;

1.      At-Tirmithi (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “The isnad that leads to Sa’eed has been criticized. Yahya ibn Sa’eed criticized Ali ibn Ali Ar-Rafa’i. And Imam Ahmed said that this hadeeth is week.

2.      Abu Dawud (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “People say the hadeeth narrated from Ali ibn Ali on Hasan is Mursal and a mistake from Jafir.

3.      Ibn Hibban (may Allah have mercy on him) said, Ali ibn Ali  used to make a lot of mistakes in transmitting hadeeth due to the few narrations he had. Then he mentioned this hadeeth.

4.      Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (may Allah have mercy on him) said , The hadeeth with the text  that attribute this thikr to the Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him) are weak.

5.      Ibn Khuzaymah (may Allah have mercy on him) said,” The people in Khurasan use this thikr at the opening of the prayer. I don’t know any authentic narration on the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) to support this.

6.      Al-Bayhaqqee (may Allah rest him in Jannah) said,” There is another narration on Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) which is weak. It has also been reported from Aisha and Anas (may Allah be pleased with them), however the most sound narration is the one which attributes this thikr to Umar ibn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him).”

7.      An-Nawwawee (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “All the different chains of narrations for the thikr Glory be to You…are all weak and unauthentic. The only narration which is saheeh is the one on Umar ibn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him). And this narration points to the thikr as being his own words.

8.      Ibn Mulaqqin (may Allah have mecy on him) graded this hadeeth as being weak as well.

9.       Shaykh Muqbil (May Allah have mercy on him) graded a narration with these words in the Hakim’s Mustadarak as being weak, due to the breakage in the chain.

Abu Azeez Hasan Ibn Nur (from Dammaj) said, “In summary the narrations which attribute this thikr to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) are all weak, as the earlier senior scholars unanimously agree. And ironically this hadeeth is well-known between the common folk, taught at schools and mentioned in many of the books authored today. And perhaps the only reason it’s so widespread is because it is  short. It must be noted that this hadeeth is weak. We aren’t in need of it. It’s our duty to encourage the Muslims to follow and act by the authentic narrations, which agree with the Prophet’s guidance. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Pray as you see me pray”….

 

Taken from [ Mukhtasara Em’anal Nathir Lee Taqreeb Al-Masa’il Faqeehee wa Tahqeeq Al-Kabar by Hasan ibn Nur  page 71-72] this book has the forward from Shaykh Muhammad Al-Imam and Shaykh Yahya Al-Hajooree (may Allah preserve them)

·         Ahmed Najmee said” Em’anal Nathir is a beneficial book…”

Translated by: Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

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Wiping away sleep from the face

February 17, 2009 3 comments

A Forgotten Sunnah- Wiping Sleep from the Face

عَنْ كُرَيْبٍ مَوْلَى ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ أَنَّ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ أَخْبَرَهُ أَنَّهُ بَاتَ لَيْلَةً عِنْدَ مَيْمُونَةَ أُمِّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ – وَهِىَ خَالَتُهُ – قَالَ فَاضْطَجَعْتُ فِى عَرْضِ الْوِسَادَةِ وَاضْطَجَعَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- وَأَهْلُهُ فِى طُولِهَا فَنَامَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- حَتَّى انْتَصَفَ اللَّيْلُ أَوْ قَبْلَهُ بِقَلِيلٍ أَوْ بَعْدَهُ بِقَلِيلٍ اسْتَيْقَظَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- فَجَعَلَ يَمْسَحُ النَّوْمَ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ بِيَدِهِ..

Ibn Abbass (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that he spent the night at his aunt’s [Maymounah] house (may Allah be pleased with her). He said, “I lied across the pillow while my aunt and Allah’s messenger both lied on the pillow. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) slept until a little before or after the middle of the night. He (peace and blessings be upon him) woke up and began to wipe the sleep from his face with both his hands…”

Collected by Bukhari (183) and Muslim (763)

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) commented on this hadeeth saying,

  • This hadeeth shows it’s permissible to spend the night in a house with a man and his wife under two conditions:

1. Permission is granted from both spouses.

2. No hardship results from this action.

  • The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to wake up early at night, before the middle part. He would stay awake until about a sixth of its part remained, then go back to sleep until the call for Fajr. This is what he did most of the time, and sometimes he remained awake from the middle of the night until Fajr.
  • It is a legislated (recommend) act to wipe the sleep from the face when waking up. By doing so you’ll find energy. “ Sharh Saheeh Bukhari By Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen Hadeeth # 183

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Ibn Dwight Battle (may Allah forgive him)

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Eid ul-Hubb (Valentine’s Day)

February 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Assalamualaikum wa rahmathullahi wa barakaathuhu!

Question:

In the recent times there has spread the celebrating of `Eid ul-Hubb (Valentine’s Day) – particularly among the female students. And it is a holiday from the holidays of the Christians, and the clothing will be completely in red garments and shoes, and they exchange red flowers with each other. We hope from your eminence an explanation of the ruling of celebrating the likes of this holiday. What is your advice to Muslims regarding the likes of these affairs, and may Allaah preserve you and protect you?

Answer:

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Giver of Mercy Wa `alaykumus-salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh Celebrating the Holiday of Love (i.e. Valentine’s Day) is not  permissible for various reasons.
  • The first: That is an innovated holiday that has no basis for it in the Sharee’ah.
  • The second: That it calls to passion and infatuation.
  • The third: That it calls to busying the heart with the likes of these affairs that are trivial and opposed to the guidance of the Righteous Predecessors (As-Salaf us-Saalih), may Allaah be pleased with them.
So it is not permissible to introduce on this day (i.e. Valentine’s Day) anything from the aspects of holiday celebrating, regardless of whether it is foods, or drinks, or clothing, or exchanging gifts, or other than that.

It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be distinguished and noble with his religion, and that he not be a characterless person who follows everyone who cries out.

I ask Allaah, the Most High, to protect the Muslims from all of the trials, whatever is apparent or hidden of them, and that He guards over us with His care and His aid.

Written by Muhammad Saalih Al-`Uthaymeen on 5/11/1420 hijri.

Sheikh Muhammed Saalih Ibn al-Uthaimeen
Majmoo’ Rasaa’il wa Fataawaa Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-`Uthaymeen
Translated by Aqeel Walker (Posted on Salafitalk.net)