Why Does Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah Expiate the Sins of 2 years Whilst ‘Ashuraa Expiates That of 1 Year?

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:   “If it is said: ‘why does ‘Ashuraa expiate (the sins) of a year and the day of ‘Arafah expiates that of two years?’ Then it is said that there are two aspects to that:   The first of them: is that the day of ‘Arafah is in a sacred month; and before it is a sacred month; and after it is a sacred month – in contrast to ‘Ashuraa.   The second: is that fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is from the exclusive characteristics of our legislation – in contrast to ‘Ashuraa.   Hence it is doubled by way of the blessings of Al-Mustafaa (i.e. the Prophet Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam – and Allaah Knows best.”     (Taken from: Badaa-i’ Al-Fawaa-id vol 4 p.1667)

Shaikh Al-Fawzaan: Safeguard Your Children & the Youth From Misguided Ideologies & Their Proponents

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said:   “Then there is a da’wah which poisons the mindset of the youth against their fathers and their societies – as well as against their rulers. It is likewise a da’wah to corruption which they call Jihaad, it models itself with making permissible the blood of the Muslims as well as those under agreed treaties and the one whose safety is guaranteed, and bringing ruin to the building structures and the residences and the properties (possessions) by way of devastating explosives and horrifying terrorism. So upon you O Muslims is to be cautious of these hidden gatherings – suspicious meetings; and journeys that are unknown. Safeguard your children from the callers to tribulation, those that sneak in amongst them and so they meet with them and then inculcate them with those very ideologies. Then they cause your sons to become isolated from you – and so you lose them until it is announced concerning them – after they have been captured or after they are killed – after their having engaged in  devastation and aggression against … Continue reading

Beneficial Speech Regarding Utilizing the Speech & Books of the Scholars In Relation to the Blind Following of the Madhabs

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Shaikh Sulaimaan[1] bin ‘Abdillaah bin Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Wahhaab (rahimahullaah) said:   “So if you say; what then is permissible for a person to read from these authored works in the madhaahib (schools of thought)? It is said: what is permissible from that is to read them on the basis of seeking assistance through them upon the understanding of the Book and the Sunnah, as well as depicting the issues – and thus they are from the class of  books which are instrumental (as a tool). As for them in of themselves being the vanguard over the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), as the judge between the people in that which they differ in, being the one invited to judge/prevail over it without the seeking of the judgment of Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam); then there is no doubt that that is incompatibly contrary to Eemaan – opposed to it. As He, The Most High said: فَلَا وَرَبِّكَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّىٰ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَجِدُوا فِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَرَجًا مِّمَّا قَضَيْتَ وَيُسَلِّمُوا … Continue reading

Sincerity & The Purity of Intention – Readings from Siyar

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   The following are a selection of illustrations cited by Imaam Adh-Dhahabee in his book: Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa of the virtuous characteristic of sincerity and the purity of intention as possessed by the Salaf of this Ummah:   1. It was said to ‘Alqamah bin Qais: “what if you sat and read to the people and narrated to them?” so he said: “I dislike that my back should be followed (by the people) and that it should be said: ‘this is ‘Alqamah.’”   So he would remain in his home and would provide fodder to his sheep and would break it up into small fragments for them whilst he would have something with which he would strike them with if they began to butt or ram each other.   2. Mutarrif bin ‘Abdillaah said: “Should that I remain asleep (at night) and awake in the morning regretful; then it would be more beloved to me than that I should remain standing (in prayer) and in the morning be amazed.”   I say (Adh-Dhahabee): “By Allaah; the one who commends himself or is amazed by … Continue reading

10 Immense Qualities of the First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Imaam Ibn Al-Jawzee (rahimahullaah) listed the qualities and virtues of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, he said regarding them:   The first: Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic swore by them, for He said: وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ ((And by the ten nights))[1] (Al-Fajr: 2)     The second: He called them the known days, He The Most High said: وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ ((And they mention the name of Allaah on known days)) (Al-Hajj: 28) Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “they are the ten days.”     The third: The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) bore witness for them that they are the best days of the world.[2]     The fourth: He encouraged the performance of good deeds within them.[3]     The fifth: He commanded with the abundance of tasbeeh and tahmeed and tahleel within them.[4]     The sixth: Within them is the day of Tarwiyyah.[5]     The seventh: Within them is the day of ‘Arafah – and fasting it is tantamount to the expiation of (the sins of) two years.[6]     The eighth: Within them is … Continue reading

How Many Takbeers Does One Make When Joining the Congregational Prayer & the Imaam is in Rukoo’ or Other Than it?

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said:   “It has preceded that if one reaches the Imaam whilst he is in a state of rukoo’, then the author of the text (of Zaad Al-Mustaqni’) made it clear that he should make the opening takbeer – and that it requites him for making the takbeer for the rukoo’ – and that if he makes takbeer for the rukoo’; then that is better. However; if he reaches him in other than the rukoo’; such as his reaching the Imaam whilst he is sitting – or that he reaches him after he has arisen from the rukoo’, or that he reaches him whilst he is in prostration – then here he should make the opening takbeer; however – should he make takbeer for a second time or should he not make the takbeer? The answer: is that this is a point of difference amongst the scholars: The saying of the first group is: that he should descend without making the takbeer. The saying of the second group is: that he should descend whilst making the takbeer. … Continue reading

A Great Point of Benefit Regarding the Pursuits & Interests of the People – By Ibn Taymiyyah

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said:   “From the nature of the body is that when it is hungry and so takes its need from its food, it can do without other supplementary food – such that it will not eat it, if it were to eat from it; it would be doing so due to coercive reluctance and undergoing hardship, and perhaps its consuming it would actually harm it, or it will not benefit from it and it will not be a means of nourishment for it that would otherwise sustain a person’s body. So if the servant takes some of his needs from other than the legislated actions; then his desire in that which is legislated is diminished as well as his benefit from it – in accordance to that which he sought assistance from in other than it. In contrast to the one that devoted his craving and his determination in that which is legislated, for indeed; its love is intensified for him as well as his benefit of it, and so his religion is completed and his Islaam is perfected.[1] It … Continue reading