The Virtues of Giving in Charity & A Glimpse at the Generosity of the Prophet & His Companions

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما   The reward of giving in charity and it being a means of purification as well as a sign of Eemaan:   Allaah, The Most High said:   مَّن ذَا الَّذِي يُقْرِضُ اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ أَضْعَافًا كَثِيرَةً ((Who is it that would loan unto Allaah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over?)) (Al-Baqarah: 245)   On the authority of Khuraim bin Faatik (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ((Whoever spends an expense in the path of Allaah; then it will be written down for him by seven hundred fold.))[1]   Al-Mubaarakfuree said: “And this is the least which is promised; and yet Allaah multiplies in manifold for whoever He wishes.”[2] Allaah, The Most High said: خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ صَدَقَةً تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِم بِهَا ((Take Sadaqah [an obligatory charity] from their wealth by which you will purify them and cleanse them.)) (At-Tawbah: 103)   Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said: “Meaning: it will purify them from sins and lowly mannerisms, and ‘cleanse them’ meaning: expand them and give an increase in their good mannerisms and their … Continue reading

Ibn Al-Qayyim’s List of the Best Forms of Worship & an Account of When & How to Perform Them

الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده، وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعد   Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:   “The best forms of worship are the actions that are in accordance to the pleasure of The Lord , The Most High, at all times – according to the requisite of that specific time as well as its purpose…   …So what is better at the time of the presence of the guest for example is to fulfill his rights and to be busied with him from the recommended timings (during the day or night designated for supererogatory forms of worship) and that is likewise when seeing to the rights of the wife and the family.   What is better at the time of directing a student aright and educating the one who is ignorant is to turn in attention to his education and being occupied with him.   What is better at the time before daybreak (the early dawn) is to be busied with prayer and the Qur’aan and in supplication and in remembrance (of Allaah) and in seeking forgiveness.   What is better at the time of the adhaan (call to prayer) is that one leaves off … Continue reading

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