Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee on Tawheed & Its Actualization

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said:   “The actualization of Tawheed and its refinement as well as its purification from major shirk and from the minor (shirk), likewise from innovated dogmatic pronouncements as well as innovated deeds/procedures that are practically applied as well as from sins – is done by perfecting ones sincerity for the sake of Allaah in statements and actions and intents. This; whilst being safeguarded from major shirk – which is contradictory to the foundational basis of Tawheed; and from the lesser shirk which negates its perfection; as well as being safeguarded from innovations. Likewise from sins which tarnish Tawheed and so obstruct its perfection and thus hinder a person from attaining its effect. So whoever achieves the correct actualization of Tawheed; in that his heart becomes filled with Eemaan and Tawheed and sincerity and hence the actions attest to this in that they follow through with the commands of Allaah in obedience – turning repentantly in humility and humbleness to Allaah. Likewise one does not impair that through the continuation of anything from sins – then this … Continue reading

A Befitting Response to Every Critic & Maligner of the Companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Imaam Ash-Shawkaanee (rahimahullaah) (d.1250H) in his Tafseer work wrote some statements in defence of the companion ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu)[1] against the critical disparagement made by Mahmood bin ‘Umar; better known as: Az-Zamakhsharee[2] – who made such disparagement due to his (i.e. the companion’s) transmission of a hadeeth; which Az-Zamakhsharee did not agree with. Regarding Ash-Shawkaanee’s response; Shaikh Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah) said: “and indeed; Imaam Ash-Shawkaanee (rahimahullaahu ta’aalaa) gave an outstanding rebuttal upon him, he said in Fath ul Qadeer:   ‘As for the disparagement of the companion of the Messenger of Allaah; and the guardian of his Sunnah, and the worshipper from amongst the companions – ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu); Then to where O Mahmood? Do you know what you have done? And in which valley you have descended? And upon which side you have fallen?! And who are you – such that you should ascend to this position? And reach out to the stars of the heavens with your short arms and your limp legs? Was it not sufficient for you in your fractured quest of knowledge amongst … Continue reading

Khushoo’ in the Prayer – its Attainment & the Types of People in Relation to it

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   The meaning of khushoo’ and its importance within the prayer:   Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said: The meaning of khushoo’ linguistically is: to humble oneself as well as to have submission for Allaah, The Glorified and Most High, and the origin of khushoo’ is in the heart; and so it becomes manifest upon the limbs – such that they are tranquil; and upon the tongue – such that it is subdued. He, The Most High said:  وَخَشَعَتِ الْأَصْوَاتُ لِلرَّحْمَٰنِ فَلَا تَسْمَعُ إِلَّا هَمْسًا   ((And the voices will be humbled before The Most Merciful, so you shall hear nothing except a soft sound [of footsteps].)) (Ta-ha: 108)   Khushoo’ (humility and attentiveness) in the prayer: it the very soul of the prayer, due to this; He, The Most High stated: قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ  الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ   ((Successful indeed are the believers. Those who in their prayer are khaashi’oon [have humility and attentiveness].)) (Al-Mu-minoon: 1-2)   So when He mentioned their success – He mentioned also the characteristics which were factors in bringing about the success; and He initiated them with that … Continue reading

30 Statements and Observations on the Raafidhah – by Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah

  الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   The following selection of statements and observations were gathered from some of the works of Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) with regards to the Raafidhah Shee’ah. For the purpose of reference; each quote is followed by its source to its relevant work, this being either Minhaaj us Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah (abbreviated as MSN) or Majmu’ Fataawa (abbreviated as MF) along with the relevant volume and page number.   The origin of the Raafidhah:   1 “The one that innovated the madhab of the Raafidhah was a heretical atheist; an enemy of the religion of Islaam and its people.” (MSN 4/363)   2 “The origin of Rafdh (the Raafidhee ideology) stems from the conventions of a nation of heretical hypocrites, their intent being a disparagement of the Qur’aan and the Messenger and the religion of Islaam.” (MSN 7/9)   3 “Rafdh (the Raafidhee ideology) is derived from: shirk and atheism and hypocrisy, however; sometimes it becomes apparent from them and at other times it is hidden.” (MSN7/27)   4 “The people of knowledge have cited that the origin of Rafdh (i.e. the Raafidhee ideology) … Continue reading

Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Words on The Light Attained by The Believers

  الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said regarding the saying of Allaah, The Most High:   اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ ۖ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ ۖ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ ۚ نُّورٌ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ ۗ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ ((Allaah is The Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His Light is as a niche wherein there is a lamp, the lamp is within a crystal, the crystal is as if of star like brilliance. It is kindled from a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west whose oil would almost glow forth, though no fire touched it. Light upon light; Allaah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allaah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allaah is All-Knowing of everything.)) (An-Nūr: 35)   Ubay bin Ka’ab said: “It is like His light which is found in the heart of the Muslim.” And this is the … Continue reading

The Prophet’s Eclipse Prayer Described & Some Common Questions Concerning it

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   The following portion is a translation of the well-known treatise: “Sifatu salaatin Nabi (sallaallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) le salaatil kusoof” by Shaikh Muhammad Naasir ud Deen Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah). The Shaikh stated: …It then occurred to me that I should gather that which is authentic from the earlier ahaadeeth, for their chains (of narration) are limited (restricted), and their place in the books of the pure Sunnah have become stipulated, such that a precise and beneficial summary should be done with regards to his (‘alaihis salaam) prayer during the eclipse, and what he saw within it by way of heed and signs, and what he gave as a sermon after it by way of advice and admonition. Most of them (the narrations) are found in those ahaadeeth, and the rest of them are from what has appeared in some of their earlier chains of narration from those who reported them. However, its mention was not found there; so I have brought it here so as to complete the benefit therein. Likewise I have mentioned in the footnotes those from the Imaams of hadeeth who have reported … Continue reading

Clear Descriptions of Those That Are Upon The Truth – The Definitive Signs of Ahlus Sunnah

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   With regard to the signs and descriptions of Ahlus Sunnah (the people of the Sunnah), Imaam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) said:   “From them; is that Ahlus Sunnah leave the statements of the people for it (i.e. the Sunnah), whilst Ahlul Bid’ah (the people of innovation) leave it for the statements of the people. From them; is that Ahlus Sunnah review the statements of the people according to it; hence that which is in compliance with it; then they accept it, and that which opposes it; then they reject it. Whilst Ahlul Bid’ah review them in accordance to the opinions of men, hence that which is in compliance from it with their opinions; then they accept it, and that which opposes it; then they leave it and give it an alternative interpretation. From them; is that at the time of contention; Ahlus Sunnah call to judging by way of it – irrespective of the opinions of men as well as their intellects. Whilst Ahlul Bid’ah; at the time of contention call to the judgment by way of the opinions of men as well as … Continue reading

Ibn Katheer: It is From The Greatest of Major Sins to Secretly Leave One’s Family in Order to Join Ranks With The Renegade Khawaarij

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) said when commenting on the Khawaarij at the time when they had gathered together to fight against the rightly guided Caliph ‘Ali bin Abee Taalib (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu):   “These types of people are from the most peculiar manifestation of the progeny of Aadam, so glory be to The One that diversified His creation as He Wished, and that had already preceded in His pre-ordainment. Likewise how excellent is the saying of some of the Salaf regarding the Khawaarij, that they are mentioned in His saying, The Most High: قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُم بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا  الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ وَلِقَائِهِ فَحَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فَلَا نُقِيمُ لَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَزْنًا ((Say: Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of [their] deeds? Those whose effort is lost in the worldly life while they thought that they were working good deeds! Those are the ones who disbelieve in the signs of their Lord and the meeting with Him so their deeds have become worthless; so We will not assign any weight … Continue reading