The Legislated Principles Regarding Marriage and Divorce

  Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) was asked:   When is marriage considered to be: Obligatory Forbidden Disliked Permissible Recommended? The Shaikh stated: Marriage is: Obligatory if one fears falling into fornication and he has the ability (to marry). Forbidden if one is in a hostile land which is at war; likewise if a person intends to marry again however fears that he will be unable to exercise justice between them. Disliked if he is destitute and has no sensuous desire. Permissible if one is affluent yet has no sensuous desire. Recommended – and that is the origin.   The Shaikh was asked also:   When is divorce considered to be: Obligatory Forbidden Recommended Permissible Disliked? The Shaikh stated: Divorce is: Obligatory if one has taken an oath of abstinence from his wife (to refrain from marital relations) – and that the husband does not return. Therefore if four months have passed we would say to the husband that either you return and resume sexual relations or that you necessarily divorce. Forbidden when done as an innovation, such as the divorce being given during menstruation. Or that during her time of purity he has sexual relations with her, however … Continue reading

Backbiting is Sinful in Practice as it is to Listen to

  Imaam An-Nawawee (rahimahullaah) said:   Know that backbiting – just as it is forbidden upon the one who backbites to utter it; then likewise it is forbidden upon the listener to listen to it and to approve of it. So it is obligatory upon the one who hears a person initiating forbidden backbiting that he prohibits him – as long as he does not fear apparent harm. For if he fears that then it is obligatory that he disapproves of it in his heart and that he leaves that sitting if he is able to part from it. If he is able to disapprove of it with his tongue or that he interjects the backbiting with speech of another topic – then it is a must upon him to do so, if he does not do so then he is sinful. If however he were to pronounce with his tongue to: ‘be silent’ whilst he desires in his heart that it should continue then regarding this Aboo Haamid Al-Ghazaalee said: ‘That is hypocrisy which does not remove him of sin; and it is a must that he should dislike it in his heart.’ And when one is compelled to be present … Continue reading

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