The ‘Aqeedah (Belief) Sources of the People of the Sunnah & the Sources of the People of Innovation and Discord – By 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 after discussing how the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) called to Tawheed and the correct beliefs as did his companions: “Thus his rightly guided Caliphs continued upon that – as did the Imaams after him, all of them giving attention to the ‘Aqeedah and would correct it for the people. They would call to Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic in light of it, and so every call which is not established upon the rectification of the beliefs – firstly – and before everything else; then it is a failed call. It will not bring about a result and will not bear any fruit, and so the varying beliefs – each has its set of beliefs by way of which it professes religiousness. These beliefs are built upon principles; some of them may be corrupt and some may be sound. The polytheists and the grave-worshippers today have built their beliefs upon blind following:   {إِنَّا وَجَدْنَا آبَاءَنَا عَلَىٰ أُمَّةٍ وَإِنَّا عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِم مُّهْتَدُونَ} ((Indeed, we found our fathers upon a religion, and we are following in their footsteps.)) (Az-Zukhruf: … Continue reading

An Explanation of The Supplication After The Adhaan – By Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen

 الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said in his explanation of the hadeeth:    من قال حين يسمع النداء:اللهم رب هذه الدعوة التامة والصلاة القائمة آت محمداً الوسيلة والفضيلة وابعثه مقاماً محموداً الذي وعدته،حلت له شفاعتي يوم القيامة ((Whoever says after hearing the Adhaan (call to prayer): O Allaah, Lord of this complete call and of this prayer being established; grant Muhammad Al-Waseelah and Al-Fadheelah and raise him to Al-Maqam-al-Mahmood (The Praiseworthy Station) which You have promised him, then my intercession will be permitted for him on The Day of Resurrection.))[1]   His saying: ((O Allaah, Lord of this complete call)) – the complete call is the adhaan because it is a call. Likewise he described it as ‘complete’ due to its being inclusive of the Greatness of Allaah and His Tawheed as well as the testimony of Messengership and the call to good. His saying: ((and of this prayer being established)) meaning: and The Lord of this prayer being established, and what is being indicated to is that which the person should envisage in his mind. This is because when … Continue reading

Some Words On Sincerity & The Purity of Intention – 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: O seekers of knowledge, you have indeed written and studied, and so if knowledge requested you in the house of action (implementation) you would become insolvent. If you were to be disputed over sincerity you would become bankrupt. The tree of sincerity:   {أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ} ((Whose root is firmly fixed)) (Ibraheem: 24).   It is not harmed by the convulsion of:   {أَيْنَ شُرَكَائِيَ الَّذِينَ كُنتُمْ تَزْعُمُونَ} ((Where are My ‘partners’ which you used to claim?)) (Al-Qasas: 62).   As for the tree of riyaa (showing off); then indeed it becomes uprooted under the breeze of:   ((Whoever used to worship a thing then let him follow it)).[1]   The riyaa of the show-offs reduced Masjid Ad-Diraar[2] to a rubbish heap and ruins:   {لَا تَقُمْ فِيهِ أَبَدًا} ((Do not stand [for prayer] within it – ever)) (At-Tawbah: 108)   And yet the sincerity of the sincere raised the level of the dirty and dishevelled to:   ((Perhaps the dishevelled and dusty)).[3]   The heart of the one you are showing off to is in The Hand of The … Continue reading

The Khawaarij Do Not Refer Back To The People of Knowledge & The Statements of The Scholars In This Regard

 الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد   The Importance of The People of Knowledge And of Referring Back to Them   Allaah, The Most High, says:   وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِنَ الأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَى أُولِي الأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنْبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَوْلا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلا قَلِيلا  ((And when there comes to them a matter of security or fear, they spread it around. If only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And were it not for the favour of Allaah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed Satan, except for a few.)) (An-Nisaa: 83)   He says also: شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَأُولُو الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ ((Allaah bears witness that none has the right to be worshiped but Him, and [so do] the Angels and those of knowledge: He Who maintains justice, none has the right to be worshiped but Him, … Continue reading

The Ruling Concerning Walking Infront of The Praying Person – & The Statements of The Scholars Regarding It

 الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد   Bukhaaree and Muslim both report on the authority of Aboo Juhaim bin Al-Haarith bin As-Sammah Al-Ansaaree that the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ((If the one who passes in front of the one who is praying was to know what is upon him; then for him to stand still for forty would be better than for him to pass in front of him.))[1] Aboo Nadr[2] said: “I do not know if it was forty days or forty months or forty years.”   Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullaah) said: Ibn Daqeeq Al-‘Eed mentioned that some of the Fuqahaa (jurists) of the Maalikee madhab divided the types of passing in front of a person who is praying, in terms of sin or its contrary into four types: That circumstance in which the one passing is sinful – not the one praying. The opposite of that. They are both sinful. The opposite of that. The First Instance: is when a person is praying to a sutra[3] and is not in a thoroughfare/walkway, yet the one who is passing has an alternative (i.e. another course), … Continue reading

Shaikh ‘Uthaimeen: “If You See Yourself as Sluggish in Regards to Good…”

 الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد   With regards to the saying of Allaah, The Most High: {وَلَكِنْ كَرِهَ اللَّهُ انْبِعَاثَهُمْ فَثَبَّطَهُمْ وَقِيلَ اقْعُدُوا مَعَ الْقَاعِدِينَ}  ((But Allaah disliked their being sent, so He made them lag behind, and it was said [to them]; “Remain [behind] with those who remain.”)) (At-Tawbah: 46)   Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said: {وَقِيلَ اقْعُدُوا مَعَ الْقَاعِدِينَ} ((and it was said [to them]; “Remain [behind] with those who remain.”))   Be careful and inspect: if you see yourself as sluggish in regards to good – then be fearful that Allaah dislikes your being sent forth in good. Look again for a second time and ask your soul to accustom itself upon patience and oblige it upon obedience – and so today you carry it out reluctantly whilst tomorrow you will carry it out obediently and so it will be light for you. What is important is that in this is a stern warning for the one who sees from himself that he is sluggish in obedience. For perhaps Allaah, The Most High dislikes that this individual should be from His dutiful … Continue reading

The Two Shaikhs: Ibn Baaz & Al-Fawzaan on The Position of Ahlus-Sunnah Regarding a Person Committing Major Sins & Not Making Takfeer of The Sinners

الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين، نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين أما بعد   Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) was asked: Does the undertaking of sins affect the declaration of Tawheed? Committing certain sins – especially the major sins; does that effect this pillar from the pillars of Islaam? The Shaikh responded: “Committing major sins such as fornication and drinking alcohol and killing someone without due right and consuming usury and backbiting and tale-carrying and other than them from the major sins have an effect upon the Tawheed of Allaah as well as in having Eemaan in Allaah – and so they weaken it. Thus he becomes weak in Eemaan; however he is not to be declared as a disbeliever contrary to the Khawaarij. For the Khawaarij render such a person as a disbeliever and so make him a permanent inhabitant of The Fire if he dies upon that and does not repent. So whoever steals or is disobedient to ones parents or consumes usury – they make such a person a disbeliever – even if he does not hold the permissibility of that (i.e. does not make the undertaking of that sin as permissible … Continue reading