Religious Extremism Leads to Destruction & Does Not Bring About Any Good – Shaikh Al-Fawzaan

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said:   “In it is a warning of the plot of Satan, in that he makes apparent things that are ugly to be made to appear in the manifestation of things that are good and as such the people are deceived; this is from one aspect. From the other aspect is that he implements the gradual progression/persuasion of the people – by way of one thing after another. As it was he that effected the gradual persuasion of the people of Nooh (Noah) through the means of: remembrance in worship and in vigor and in good purpose/intention. Yet he gradually progressed them towards a bad purpose and to make shirk with Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic. This is not restricted to the devils from the jinn, rather it is found amongst the devils from the humans who likewise carry out these actions. Hence the callers to evil and the callers to misguidance likewise plot against the Islamic Ummah, the like of how Satan plots:   شَيَاطِينَ الْإِنسِ وَالْجِنِّ يُوحِي بَعْضُهُمْ إِلَىٰ بَعْضٍ زُخْرُفَ الْقَوْلِ غُرُورًا ((Devils from mankind and … Continue reading

The Great Difference Between Two Groups of People From Amongst the Muslims

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said:   Allaah, The Most High said:   مِّنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ ۖ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا   ((Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allaah, so among them is he who has fulfilled his obligation [of commitment] and among them is he who awaits, And they did not alter [in commitment] by any alteration.)) (Soorah Al-Ahzaab: 23)   This is a description of the men of the religion; that of: complete honesty in their covenant with Allaah by way of the fulfillment of His Religion and in encouragement of its people and aiding it with all that is within their ability to do so, this being by means of statements and through wealth and through the body – outwardly and inwardly. From their description is absolute steadfastness upon bravery and patience, and the continuance in every means through which one can aid the religion. So from them is he who strenuously devotes himself; and from them is he who generously … Continue reading

The Virtues & Benefits of Praying Along With a Single Congregational Prayer

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalaanee (rahimahullaah) mentioned some of the virtues and benefits associated to praying in the congregational prayer, he listed them as follows:   Responding to the Mu-adhin with the intention of praying along with the congregation. Setting out early to it in its initial time. Walking calmly to the Masjid. Entering the Masjid whilst making supplication. Praying the tahiyya upon ones entry – all that being for the intention of prayer along with the congregation. Awaiting the congregational prayer. The salaat of the Angels upon him and their seeking forgiveness for him. Their witnessing of him (as being present). Responding to the iqaamah.  Being safeguarded from satan, for he flees at the onset of the iqaamah.  Standing awaiting the commencement of the Imaam or entering along with him in any condition/state he finds him to be upon.  Attainment of the opening takbeer in a like manner.  Straightening the rows and filling the gaps.  Answering the Imaam when he says: “sami’ Allaahu liman hamidah” (Allaah listens and responds to the one who praises Him).  A safeguard from forgetfulness in most cases; … Continue reading

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