The Signs of the Prophets and the Outcomes of Their Nations Attest to their Truthfulness

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Shaikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said:   “Indeed; the signs of the Prophets are from that which the intelligent ones know are exclusive to them. They are not from that which can be for other than them, so they know that Allaah does not create the like of them for other than the Prophets. Whether in their signs which occurred during the lifetime of their people, and their signs through which Allaah distinguished by way of between their followers and their beliers – with the success of these ones and the destruction of these ones – is not from that which is homogenous to what is found in the various commonalities of other than them. That is such as Allaah’s drowning of all of the people of the earth – except for Nooh (Noah) and those that boarded along with him on the ark. This – its equivalent has never occurred in the world. Likewise the destruction of the people of ‘Aad (with) Iram – who had lofty pillars, the like of which were not created in the land, despite their abundance and … Continue reading

Worshipping the Dead – 21 Grave Errors the Grave Worshippers Fall Into

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Sulaimaan[1] bin ‘Abdillaah bin Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Wahhaab (rahimahullaah) said:   Know that due to the building of structures over the graves; corruptions have occurred which cannot be encompassed in detail except by Allaah. That which causes anger for the sake of Allaah with the one who has the fragrance of eemaan in his heart, as was indicated to by Ibn Al-Qayyim and other than him.   So from them: is its habituation for prayer beside it – and the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has indeed forbidden that.   From them: is to seek out making supplication beside it, and so they say: ‘whoever calls upon Allaah beside the grave of so and so will be responded to’ and: ‘the grave of so and so is an antidote (cure-all) – tried and tested.’ Whilst this is an abominable innovation.   From them: is their assumption that it has an exclusive designation in of itself in repelling tribulation and bringing about favour, so they will say: ‘tribulation is repelled from the people of the cities due to the graves of the righteous who … Continue reading

Not Being Put Off the Straight Path Due to the People or Due to a Lack of Companionship Upon it – by Ibn Al-Qayyim

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:   “Since the pursuer of the Straight Path is pursuing an affair that most of the people turn away from; aspirant to conduct (himself) upon a path whose companionship along it are in the utmost degree of scantiness – and honour, whilst the souls have a natural propensity upon the forlornness of isolation as well as upon the amiability of the accompanying companion. Allaah, The Glorified has brought to his attention the accompanying companion upon this path; and that it is they who:   أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ ۚ وَحَسُنَ أُولَٰئِكَ رَفِيقًا   ((Upon whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace, from the Prophets, and the Siddeeqeen [true and sincere followers who attest to the truth], and the martyrs, and the righteous, and how excellent are they as companions.)) (An-Nisaa: 69)   So He appended the path to the companion[1] – those that proceed along it – and they are those upon whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace, to remove from the pursuer of guidance and the one proceeding along the path the forlornness of his … Continue reading

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Matters Which Distinguish the Optional (Nafal) Prayers From the Obligatory Prayers – and Some Rulings Pertaining to Them

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) mentioned a list of distinguishing points of difference between the optional (Nafal) prayers and the obligatory prayers – as listed below. As a point of note, in a few of the later points; due to a difference of opinion between some of the people of knowledge in the matter the Shaikh mentioned the point of difference between the two prayers, but stated that there is no difference in that particular issue between the two prayers. The Shaikh said:   1 – The obligatory prayers were obligated on the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) whilst he was in the Heavens on the night of Al-Mi’raaj. In contrast to the Nawaafil, for they are just as the other legislations of Islaam are.   2 – It is forbidden to exit from the obligatory prayers without an excuse; contrary to the Nawaafil.   3 – The one who leaves off the obligatory prayer is sinful, contrary to the Nawaafil.   4 – The obligatory prayers are limited in number, in contrast to the Nawaafil, for they are unlimited.   5 … Continue reading

What Virtues Does the Religion of Islaam Command With?

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد The following illustrations by two scholars of Islaam cite the virtuous characteristics and noble mannerisms which the religion of Islaam commands with and calls to;   Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) said:   “So the religion; its origin is having belief in Allaah; and its fruits are to proceed in all that He loves and pleases Him and having sincerity in that for Allaah. Can it be imagined that there could be a religion more excellent than it? And more esteemed and better? The religion has commanded with having belief in all of that which the Prophets were given, as well as to testify and affirm to their Messengership and to acknowledge the truth which they came with from their Lord. Likewise to not make distinction between them; and that they are all truthful Messengers of Allaah, and His sincere trustworthy ones. It is impossible that any remonstration and reproach could be leveled at Him. So it (the religion) commands with every truth; and acknowledges every truth, and determines the religious realities which have a dependence/reliance upon the revelation of Allaah to His Messengers. It … Continue reading

The Warnings of Scholars of Islaam Against Suicide Bombings & Engaging in Acts of Terror

الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد The strict Islamic forbiddance on suicide attacks   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said: “I see that acts of suicide are haraam (forbidden), due to His saying, The Most High: وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ ((And do not kill yourselves…)) (An-Nisaa: 29)   And that the one that commits suicide is killing himself so is deserving of being punished in Jahannam (the Hell-fire) with that which he has killed himself with – as has come in the Sunnah. Likewise it is incorrect to make an analogy of his action to that of the one who plunges in the rows of the disbelievers (in battle) despite the likely assumption that he will die, because this individual could survive – as has occurred many times. As for the one that commits suicide; then he is dead – without doubt, as well as if he (the individual in battle) is killed; then he is killed with the weapon of other than himself, whilst the one that commits suicide is the killer of his own self – by way of his own weapon.”[1] The Shaikh said likewise: “The saying … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Revival of the Salafi Methodology Throughout the Ages

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Muhammad Amaan bin ‘Ali Al-Jaami (rahimahullaah) said:   “From the era of the Abbasids until this day of ours; many of the people have diverged in the principles of the religion – as well as in the issue of worship, since the idolatry of tasawwuf entered into the worship of Allaah, The Most High. Hence other than Allaah was worshiped along with Allaah, and other than Allaah was supplicated to along with Allaah as has preceded. In the issue of the Names and Attributes (of Allaah) the negation of the Attributes became the initial origin of Tawheed with them, hence negating the Attributes became known as Tawheed and rebellion against the rulers became known as enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. When the tribulations intensified during the rule of Ma-moon Al-‘Abbaasi and Mu’tasim Billaah and Al-Waathiq Billaah, Allaah destined for this Ummah the Imaam of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah as well as the subduer of innovations – Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahullaah) who was harmed and beaten and so tolerated (the burdens) in the path of Allaah and then in order … Continue reading

The Levels of the People in Relation to Sicknesses & Some Words of Encouragement for Those Afflicted With Illnesses

  الحمد لله رب العالمين، وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، أما بعد   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said when speaking of the levels of people in relation to sicknesses:   “The first level: the level of annoyance/embitterment In that one is annoyed with this which Allaah has decreed, and the sign of being annoyed is that he utters an abominable form of speech, or that he commits an abominable action. An example of a form of speech; is that he says: O woe unto me! And calling out with ruin (to wail or burst into loud laments) and that which resembles that from the statements which announce annoyance/embitterment. As for an abominable action, then it is in the like of striking the cheeks and tearing the garments/pockets and to pull out the hairs as well as to leap/jump – such that he falls to the earth – and that which resembles that. This is annoyance/embitterment in action, and it is due to this that the Prophet (‘alaihi salaatu was salaam) said: ((He is not from us; who strikes the cheeks, and tears the garments and calls out with the calls of Jaahiliyyah [the … Continue reading