Ibn Al-Qayyim On The Journey to The Hereafter

  Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:   “The servant – from the moment he sets foot into this abode; then he becomes a traveller within it advancing to his Lord. The duration of his journey is: his life. And the days and nights are: junctures (stages). So he does not cease to navigate through it until the journey draws to an end. Therefore the one who is astute does not cease to be concerned with traversing the junctures in that which would bring him close to Allaah – in order to find at hand (present before him) what he had put forth. So the people are divergent – of types, from them: Are those that traverse it – steadily increasing in that which would bring him closer to Daar Ash-Shaqaa (the abode of the miserable: i.e. The Hellfire); by way of kufr (disbelief) and an array of sins. From them are those that traverse it – proceeding along it to Allaah and to Daar As-Salaam (the abode of peace: i.e. Paradise) and they are of three types: Saabiqoon (The foremost): who carry out the obligatory acts and are plentiful in the supererogatory acts in all their types, as well as leaving … Continue reading

Shaikh Fawzaan Responds To The Claim That The Salafi Methodology is Inappropriate For This Era

  Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) was asked:   Some people claim that the manhaj (methodology) of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah is inappropriate for this era. They utilise their proof that the principles of the Sharee’ah as deemed by Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah cannot be actualised today. The Shaikh replied: “The one who cites that the manhaj of the righteous Salaf is inappropriate for this time is considered astray and one who leads others astray. This is because the manhaj of the righteous Salaf is the very manhaj which Allaah commanded us to follow until the coming of The Hour. He (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ((For indeed; those of you who live long after me will see a great deal of differences. So hold fast to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Rightly-Guided Khaleefahs after me. Hold onto it; and bite onto it with your molar teeth))[1] This is an address to the Ummah until the coming of The Hour; and this proves that it is a must to traverse the manhaj of the Salaf – and that the manhaj of the righteous Salaf is (relevant) for every time and place. Allaah The One free of all imperfections and … Continue reading

In The Event of The Loud Speakers Failing Mid-Prayer & So The Imaam Cannot be Heard

  Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) was asked: Q: I prayed with the Imaam and entered into the prayer along with him in the opening takbeer and I heard the recitation of Soorah Al-Faatihah, then suddenly the voice of the Imaam was cut and so I did not hear the takbeer for going into the rukoo’ due to the problem with the loud speaker. So I was unable to continue following the Imaam and so I completed my prayer individually. Is the prayer correct even though I differed from the Imaam? The Shaikh answered: “The prayer is correct, if the voice of the Imaam is cut; and the person prays individually from the Imaam; then his prayer is correct – because he is excused. However if we assume that this person is praying the Jumu’ah prayer and the voice was cut during the first rak’ah (unit of prayer) and the person prayed individually from the Imaam then the person should not pray the Jumu’ah prayer. This is because he did not attain (complete) a full rak’ah; and if it cut in the second rak’ah and he prayed individually from the Imaam then he should complete praying it as a Jumu’ah prayer – … Continue reading

The Six Doors Through Which Shaitaan Enters Upon The Son of Aadam: Part II

  Shaikh Hamad Al-‘Ateeq (rahimahullaah) continues:   As for the excesses of sight; then it is that a person sets forth his sight upon that which he has been forbidden from. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: “the eye is the reconnoiterer (surveyor) of the heart, so it sends its reconnoiterer to observe; and so if it informs it of a pleasing spectacle it motions to yearning after it and in pursuit of it. Many a time it (the heart) exhausts itself as well as the one that it sends out, however; if it had restrained the reconnoiterer from search and pursuit – the heart would have remained tranquil from the inconvenience of search and purpose. Therefore whoever grants free liberty to his glances; then he only perpetuates his regret, and most sins stem from the excesses of speech and the excesses of sight. They are both the widest openings for Shaitaan, and in lowering ones gaze from that which is forbidden there are three immense benefits – and are of great value: The first benefit: the attainment of the sweetness of Eemaan which is purer and more flavoursome than that which he diverted his glance away from and so left it for … Continue reading

The Six Doors Through Which Shaitaan Enters Upon The Son of Aadam Part I

  The following is a letter written by Shaikh Hamad Al-‘Ateeq[1] (rahimahullaah) in which he elaborates upon the key factors which allow Shaitaan to enter upon the progeny of Aadam (‘alaihis salaam); and so proliferates amongst them an array of evils and harms; the text of the letter: From Hamad ‘Ateeq to the noble brother Quwairish bin Mi’jab – may Allaah, The Most High safeguard him and guide him; As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh; Your correspondence has reached us, and it pleased us with that which was within it from research which benefits the person in his religion, may Allaah make us and you from those that practice that which they learn. Know that knowledge without action is a tree without fruit; and the established proof will be manifest over its companion on The Day of Resurrection. The point of the question which came to us from you regarding the six affairs which you heard when you were with us and you requested that I write them for you; and that I explain to you their meanings. Then the answer is that Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned that Shaitaan achieves his aim from the son of Aadam through six doors; and … Continue reading

Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen’s Position On Uttering the Intention for Wudhu and Saying ‘Bismillaah’ and Doing so Whilst in The Bathroom

  Pronouncing the intention for wudhu: Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) held that the verbal utterance of the intention before performing wudhu was not to be done[1] and this is in agreement with the view of Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah who mentioned: “and what is correct is that it is not recommended to utter it, since the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and his companions did not utter it – neither in secret nor openly. The forms of worship which the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) legislated for his Ummah are such that it is not for anyone to attempt to change them or to introduce an innovation into them.”[2]   The ruling of saying ‘Bismillaah’ for the wudhu: The Scholars have differed over the ruling of saying ‘Bismillaah’ for the wudhu according to the following: The majority of the Fuqahaa from the Hanafees and the Shaafi’ees and from Imaam Ahmad (in a report) hold it to be a Sunnah from the Sunnan of the wudhu. Whilst the Maalikees hold it to be recommended and the Fuqahaa of the Hanbalees hold it to be obligatory in the wudhu and the bathing and for the Tayammum. Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) held that the saying of … Continue reading

Ten Ways to Avoid Punishment Due to Sins

  Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said: “And so sins decrease eemaan, therefore if the servant repents – Allaah then Loves him; and so his rank ascends due to repentance. Some of the Salaf said: ‘After repentance; Dawood would be better as compared to before the error.’ So whosoever has repentance pre-destined for him; then he is as was described by Sa’eed bin Al-Jubair: ‘Indeed the servant performs a good deed – and so enters The Fire by way of it, and indeed the servant commits a bad deed; and so enters Paradise by way of it. That is because he performs a good deed and so to it he directs his attention, and he is amazed by it; and (the other) commits a bad deed and so to it he directs his attention and so he seeks forgiveness from Allaah and repents to Him for having commit it.’ It is established in the Saheeh from the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that he said: ((…and verily; deeds are [decided] by the final actions))[1] If the believer commits a bad deed, then its punishment can indeed be averted from him through ten aspects:   1. That he repents – … Continue reading

An Illustration of Repelling Harm with Excellence

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said during his discussion of showing excellence:   “The second level: that you bring close the one that has become distant from you; and you are gracious to the one that harmed you. Likewise that you excuse the one that incriminated you and so is generously pardoned without there being any suppressed ill feeling, and love without ­the need to act patiently. This level is higher than the one which preceded it – as well as more challenging. For the first one comprises of the abandonment of retaliation and feigning oneself as inadvertent. Whilst this one comprises showing excellence to the one that harmed you – through dealing with him in the opposite of that which he dealt with you. Therefore the display of excellence and the display of harm between you and him become two policies. Your policy being the display of excellence and his policy being the display of harm, in example of this someone said (in poetry): If we were sick then we came to visit you; And when you commit wrong we still come to you and seek excuse Whosoever desires an understanding of this level appropriately then let him look to the … Continue reading