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

30 Statements and Observations on the Innovated Sects – by Shaikh Hammaad Al-Ansaaree

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   The following selection of statements and observations were made by the Muhaddith of Al-Madeenah Shaikh Hammaad bin Muhammad Al-Ansaaree (rahimahullaah) with regards to the innovated sects and groups in warning against their deviancy and exposing their misguidance. For the purpose of reference; each quote is followed by its source to its relevant volume, page and citation number.   The Shaikh (rahimahullaah) said:   1. The Raafidhah are the hypocrites of this Ummah.[1] (2/477/5)   2. The Mu’tazilah and the Khawaarij – their beliefs are one. (2/478/12)   3. The innovators – and they are those that deny the attributes (of Allaah). They studied philosophy and theological rhetoric before their study of The Book and the Sunnah; due to this they fell into denying the attributes.[2] (2/485/70)   4. The Mu’tazilee rejects all of the attributes of Allaah. (2/480/28)   5. I entered Masjid An-Nabawee on an occasion and saw a large group sat under the great clock, so I asked one of them regarding them so he said: ‘they are the Jamaa’ah At-Tableegh.’ So I said to him: ‘what are they propagating?’ he said: … Continue reading

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Discussion on the Genuine Nature of the Prophet – The Deduction of Heraclius – Emperor of Byzantine (3/3)

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Continuing in his discussion of the true or false nature of the one that claims Prophethood, Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) cites the way in which the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was identified as a true Prophet by the contemporary ruler of Byzantine; Heraclius[1] in the second of two methods of deducing true Prophethood. He said (rahimahullaah): “The Second: the method which is associated with personal characteristics: It is that which was utilized as proof by Heraclius – the sovereign of the Romans, for when the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) wrote a letter to him in which he called him to the religion of Islaam, Heraclius sought for those who were in his precincts from the Arabs. Aboo Sufyaan had previously arrived along with a group of the Quraish for trade in Gaza, so he requested for him and so asked him of the circumstances of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).[2] So he questioned Aboo Sufyaan, and ordered the others to contradict him if he were to lie, yet it was such that he found them unanimous with him … Continue reading

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Discussion on the Genuine Nature of the Prophet – The Deduction of An-Najaashi & Waraqah bin Nawfal (2/3)

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   Continuing in his discussion of the true or false nature of the one that claims Prophethood, Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) cites the way in which the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was identified as a true Prophet by the contemporary ruler of Abyssinia An-Najaashi[1] and by Waraqah bin Nawfal[2] (radhiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) in the first of two methods of deducing true Prophethood. He said (rahimahullaah): “The First: the method which is relative or specific to the nature or type of thing: It is that which was utilized as proof by An-Najaashi regarding his Prophethood. For when he enquired from them of that which he informs them of; and when he asked them to recite from the Qur’aan and they recited it to him; he said: ‘Indeed this; and that which Moosaa came with emanate from the same lamp.’[3] Likewise before him was Waraqah bin Nawfal, when the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) informed him of that which he saw – and Waraqah had adopted Christianity and would copy out the Gospel into Hebrew. So Khadeejah said to him: ‘O son of my … Continue reading

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Discussion on the Genuine Nature of the Prophet – The Deduction of Khadeejah bint Khuwailid (1/3)

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين،  أما بعد   In his discussion of the true or false nature of the one that claims Prophethood, Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) cites the ways in which a true Prophet is to be identified from that of a false one. He then discusses the method that the wife of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) Khadeejah bint Khuwailid (radhiyallaahu ‘anhaa)[1] utilized in recognizing that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was not a man for whom Allaah had destined disgrace. He said (rahimahullaah): “No one from the liars claimed Prophethood except that ignorance and lies and immorality becomes manifest upon him, and the preoccupation of the devils over him which then becomes apparent to anyone who possesses the slightest discernment. Likewise no one ever claimed Prophethood from the truthful ones except that knowledge and truthfulness and righteousness and an array of goodness become manifest upon him which then becomes apparent to anyone who possesses the slightest discernment. The people are able to differentiate between one who is truthful and one who is a liar from a range of proofs; even amongst those that claim professions … Continue reading