Factors Which Aid a Person Upon the Performance of Worship Specifically During Ramadhaan

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما   Shaikh Muhammad bin Haadi Al-Madkhali (hafidhahullaah) said:   “There are four factors which the scholars have mentioned that aid upon the performance of worship, there are four things[1] that aid upon the performance of worship generally, and in Ramadhaan specifically, so it is upon the servant to reflect upon them and to pay attention to them. From them is the first of that which they mentioned concerning them which is reducing excessive intake of food and drink which leads to indigestion. So the person gets up and is heavy so cannot bow (in prayer) nor can he prostrate, so it is upon him that he reduces the intake of food as the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) indeed said:   ((The son of Aadam has never filled a vessel worse than his own stomach, if it must be; then [he should keep] a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breathing.))[2]   Food has for it a third, not that one should fill his stomach completely and then he says the water becomes pickled (acidifies/marinates) and the … Continue reading

Three Scholars Illustrate the Unique Status of the Fasting Person During the Month of Ramadhaan

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) said: “As for fasting, then along with it being an aspect of worship; it also halts the soul from its desires and so takes it out from the imitation of the beasts (animals) to the imitation of the Angels brought near. For indeed the soul; if it is left alone and is invited to by its desires; it merges with the world of the beasts, yet if it is halted from its desires for the sake of Allaah; the duct streams of Satan are constricted and so it (the soul) is rendered close to Allaah through abandoning its habits and its desires out of love for Him and preferring His Pleasure and seeking nearness to Him. So the fasting person leaves off the most beloved of things to him and the greatest of them in close attachment to himself from food and drink and his desires for the sake of his Lord. This is the very meaning of fasting being for Him, The Blessed and Most High, and with this the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) expounded this … Continue reading

Ibn Al-Jawzee: If it Were Said to the Inhabitants of the Graves: ‘Wish’ – They Would Wish for a Day From Ramadhaan

الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد   Imaam Abul-Faraj ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Al-Jawzee (rahimahullaah) said:   O striver; this is the season of your diligence. O seeker; these are the times of your share (portion). Awaken O negligent one from the slumber of idleness. Guard yourself O ignorant one from the doubts of misguidance. Enrich your welfare in this month before you are interned within your grave. That being before the gradual disappearance of your duration; and the lack of your own devices; and your determined expiration and the severance of your voice; and the stumbling of your feet along with the manifestation of your regret. For indeed; the duration of life is but mere hours that come to pass, and moments that swiftly cover the distance. All of it is limited in number against you – whilst death draws nearer to you at each moment. Amazing; for if it were to be put before you to drink a mouthful of water in Ramadhaan; you would not drink – even if you were beaten, and yet you cheat within it in transactions and you bid a redundancy of measure … Continue reading

Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Illustrations of Leaving Something Sincerely for the Sake of Allaah – & How it is Done Correctly

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said: “The basis of this chapter and its principle is: That whoever leaves off something for the sake of Allaah; then Allaah will replace that with something better. Just as Yusuf – as-Siddeeq (‘alaihis salaam) left the wife of ‘Azeez for the sake of Allaah and chose the prison over fornication. Thus Allaah exchanged it by: empowering him upon the earth – to engage and take charge therein – as and how he liked. Subsequently the woman herself returned to him; belittled – in a state of appeal – desirous of permissible association and so he married her, and so when he entered upon her he said: “this is better than that which you sought.” Observe how Allaah, The Glorified, rewarded him over the confined restriction of the prison with: empowering and granting him full authority in the land to take up quarters – wherever he liked. He humbled the ‘Azeez (ruler) and his wife before him. Moreover this woman herself as well as the other women acknowledged his being free of fault – and this is His Sunnah (practice) … Continue reading

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