Saturday, January 31, 2015

Naseehah (Sincerity of Purpose) to Allah and to the Muslims

In the Name of Allah, ar-Rahmaan, ar-Raheem…

All praise is due to Allah, and may Allah raise the rank of the Messenger of Allah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance, and grant them peace.

To proceed:

Verily it (this advice) is due to the gloomy calamities and catastrophes that have afflicted Islam and its people and the disgrace and humility that has reached them at the hands of the enemies of Islam, as they gather around them to feast, as if they were gathering around a dish to eat it.

I turn with my request to the Muslims’ scholars and educational foundations in every region of this world, and to all of the rulers of the Muslims, that they fear Allah regarding this Ummah, and that they recognize the dangers that are closing in on them, dangers that are the cause of the calamities and catastrophes befalling them. They must respond quickly, being conscious of the accountability (they have) in front of Allah to lead the Ummah away from the tribulations and afflictions that have reached them. Furthermore, (I advise them) to hasten to take every possible step that will help them to lead the Ummah out (of such calamities). At the very head of these affairs is to return to their Religion of Truth, in all affairs of beliefs, acts of worship, manners, and politics.

They must establish the correct school curriculums derived from the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and what the righteous Salaf were upon so as to educate the (forthcoming) generations with it. This must be done in masjids and in schools, at all grade levels, and in all forms of media, keeping in mind the statement of the noble Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“All of you are shepherds, and you are all accountable for your flocks.” [Saheeh: Collected by al-Bukhari in his Saheeh (#5200), Muslim in his Saheeh (#4701), and others on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him.]

They must also keep in mind the statement of the noble Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“If you perform business transactions of ‘Eenah, content yourselves with agriculture, follow after the tails of cows, and abandon jihad in the way of Allah, then Allah will send humiliation upon you, such that He will not remove until you return to your Religion.” [Saheeh: Collected by Abu Dawud in his Sunan (#3462) on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him. Al-Albaani graded it saheeh in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah (#11).]

And no doubt, the Ummah has fallen into worse than these affairs, to the point that their affair has reached this bitter state.

Additionally, they must keep in mind the Statement of Allah, the Most High:

“And it is not for any believing man, nor for any believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have made a judgement in an affair, that they have any choice on their part.” [Surah al-Ahzaab (33):36]

So know that there is no way for you to ever deliver the Ummah (from harm) other than this way. And (know) that taking other approaches will not increase the Ummah in anything except destruction and humiliation. And (know) that nothing short of taking the Ummah away from their Religion will please the enemies of Islam:

“And the Jews and Christians will never be pleased with you until you follow their religion.” [Surah al-Baqarah (2):120]

I ask Allah, the Generous, the Lord of the mighty Throne, to grant the Ummah, its rulers, scholars, and people, success in hastening to take these beneficial steps. Our Lord will not accept other than this. And may He gather their hearts and statements together upon the Truth.

And at this occasion I turn my advice to those whom Allah has allowed to follow the methodology of the righteous Salaf, that they fear Allah and be mindful of Him in all situations, open and secret. And (I advise them) to be sincere to Him in all their statements and actions, and to apply themselves fully to seeking beneficial knowledge.

And I advise the proprietors of the Internet websites to make these sites successful means of disseminating the Salafi methodology in the proper, scholastic way, with regards to everything they present to the people through these means that have been afforded them.

And let a sufficient number of the scholars of this methodology take up this task, especially those who are specialists.

So whoever is a specialist in Tafseer of the Noble Qur’an, then let him write things related to Tafseer and its sciences, and let him touch on various issues of belief, acts of worship, dealings, and manners by way of the Verses that he explains. Let him also touch on the principles of Tafseer and its various branches.

And let the specialist in Hadeeth derive his writings from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and let him focus on topics of beliefs and the other things that we mentioned for his brother, the explainer of the Qur’an. Likewise, he should also write about the principles of Hadeeth Sciences and about the biographies of the Imams of Hadeeth.

And let the specialist in Fiqh write within this field, and let him choose subjects to write about that aid the students of knowledge in understanding the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), pairing that with issues that he solves, along with their evidences.

And let the specialist in History write about the life of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the lives of His Companions, and the lives of the great mountains of this Ummah who produced outstanding efforts that aided Islam.

And let the specialist in the modes of recitation (Qiraa’aat of the Qur’an) and Tajweed write within his field.

And let the specialist in (Arabic) Language write within his field, on the condition that he stays away from that which is not recognized by the Salafi methodology, like figurative speech (majaaz) and its different types.

And (I advise that) no one takes up the task of criticizing the people of innovation and refuting their falsehoods except the people of knowledge.

And I hope that those responsible for these sites, like Sahab and its sisters, will not accept any posts unless they are signed by their authors using their real names. And (I also hope) that they will not accept (the writings of) those who write under pen names.

Similarly, I hope that the Salafis in general will shun arguments and all other causes of differing. And if some of this (differing) does take place between some of the brothers, (I hope that) they will keep it to a minimum, and not quote and place their (opponent’s) statements on Salafi websites, or on other than them, rather they refer the issue back to the people of knowledge so they can speak a word of Truth about it that will put an end, in shaa’ Allah, to the differing.

And I advise the brothers to be vigilant in spreading beneficial knowledge between themselves, and to spread the causes of affection and brotherhood between themselves.

May Allah grant everyone success in attaining what pleases Him, and may He reconcile what is between the hearts. Verily my Lord is One who answers the supplications.

Shall we [believers] inform you of those who have suffered the greatest loss?

Confidence is tranquility, and it increases with time and intuition. The heart attaches itself to one whom it trusts, thus it becomes reliant upon him. Similarly, if the heart reaches Allah, it becomes lovingly subservient to Him. Consequently, He will be the only source of aid for this heart.

As for delusion, it is produced by Shaytaan and the soul, and it is to trust one who is not trustworthy, and to depend upon a source which yields nothing beneficial. The Most High said:

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَعْمَالُهُمْ كَسَرَابٍ بِقِيعَةٍ يَحْسَبُهُ الظَّمْآنُ مَاء حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءهُ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْئًا وَوَجَدَ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ فَوَفَّاهُ حِسَابَهُ وَاللَّهُ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

“The work of those who disbelieve is like a mirage which appears to be water to a thirsty man. Though once he reaches it, he finds nothing. Allah finds him there and concludes his account, and He is expeditious in this regard.” (An-Nur 24:39)

قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا

الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا

“Say: Shall we [believers] inform you of those who have suffered the greatest loss? They are those who have deviated on earth while thinking that they have done well.” (Al-Kahf 18:103-104)

Once the veil has been removed and reality becomes apparent, they will realize that they were lost.

It has appeared in a well known tradition that if you notice that Allah the Glorified is blessing you while you continue to sin, then beware. Rather, punishment has been delayed, and the Most High has said: “Once they forgot what they were reminded of, We gave them everything and they were delighted. We then overtook them while they were immersed in evil.” (Al-An’am 6:44)

It is an utter delusion for one to believe that he deserves the grace of Allah and that the hour will not come. He is in a state of illusion concerning his Lord, himself, and the world in which he lives, and Shaytaan deceives him with his promises. The final outcome of this is destruction.

[Transcribed from: The Soul, by Ibn Al-Qayyim]

Shaykh al-Abaani´s Position on the Niqab from His Book: Jilbab Ul-Mar’at Il-Muslimah

September 20, 2013 · by dawatussalafiyyah · in An-Nisā' (The Women), The Obligation of Veiling. ·

It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that Asma bint Abi Bakr entered upon the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) wearing a thin garment. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) turned away from her and said: “Oh Asma, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it is not proper for anything to be seen of her except this and this,” and he pointed to his face and hands.”

[Sunan Abu Dawud (Darussalam Publishers, 2007), volume 4, p. 422, The Book of Clothing, chapter 31: “What a woman may show of her beauty,” Hadeeth number 4104. Classed as Da’if by Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair Ali Za’i. Imam Abu Dawud said: “This Hadeeth is Mursal. Khalid ibn Duraik did not meet 'Aa'ishah. (And Sa’eed bin Bashir is not strong (in narrating)).”]

The Hadeeth is weak by itself but authentic due to supporting narrations and is used as evidence for this matter . . . It was authenticated by Shaykh Al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Abu Dawud, vol. 2, p. 774, number 3458.

Shaykh Al-Albaani explains reasons behind this Hadeeth’s authenticity in great detail:

“. . . (The narration’s chain is) Bashir from Qatadah from Khalid ibn Duraik from ‘Aa’ishah. Ibn Adiy added that he (Khalid) once attributed it to Umm Salamah instead of ‘Aa’ishah. Abu Dawud said after citing it, ‘This Hadeeth is Mursal. Khalid ibn Duraik did not meet ‘Aa’ishah.’ Also, Sa’eed ibn Bashir is weak according to Hafidh ibn Hajar in At-Taqrib. However, this Hadeeth has been reported via other ways that strengthen it:

(1) A Mursal report recorded by Abu Dawud (no. 437) from Qatadah with an authentic chain that includes neither ibn Duraik nor ibn Bashir: ‘Indeed, once a young girl reaches menses, it is not right for her to expose except her face and hands to the wrists.’

(2) At-Tabarani (in Al-Kabir 24/143/378 and Al-Awsat 2/230/8959) and Al-Bayhaqi recorded via ibn Lahi’ah from Iyadh from Abdullah from Ibrahim bin Rufa’ah Al-Ansari from his father from (he believed) Asma bint Umays that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) entered ‘Aa’ishah’s house while she had with her sister Asma bint Abi Bakr, who was wearing wide-sleeved clothes (see the report in question for the remainder of this Hadeeth’s text) . . . There is no doubt that a report by ibn Lahi’ah does not go below the level of Hasan when it has supportive narrations, as is the case here . . .”

(Jilbab Ul-Mar’at Il-Muslimah pp. 58-59)

Therefore, we can see that the correct view is that the Niqab is recommended, and not obligatory.

Shaykh Al-Albaani’s knowledge of the Shawahid (supporting narrations in Hadeeth) was something which was uncontested to by other scholars of his day. Shaykhs Ibn Baaz and Uthaymeen even testified to this. While some Hadeeth scholars would only grade the single Hadeeth, Shaykh Al-Albaani would take into account all supporting narrations of the Hadeeth. So some Ahadeeth are authentic due to other texts with the same meaning, so please take note of this. This made his methodology more correct versus other scholars of his day.

However, wearing the Niqab is better. Shaykh Al-Albaani said:

“Whoever adheres to the obligation, it is good enough; and whoever does the recommendation, it is better.” (Jilbab Ul-Mar’at Il-Muslimah, p. 28, which is a Preface to the 2nd Edition)

What is Most Obligatory Upon a Muslim?

What is Most Obligatory Upon a Muslim?

Imaam al-Laalikaa’ee (rahimahullah) said after his opening introduction and khutbah to the book, and after testifying that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad (alayhis salaam) is His Messenger:

To proceed.

Then verily, that which is most obligatory upon a Muslim is knowledge of [the aspects of] the creed of the deen [of Islaam] and what Allaah has obligated upon His Servants including the understanding of His Tawheed and of His Attributes and believing in His Messengers with evidences and with certainty. And arriving at [all of] that and seeking evidences for them with clear proofs.

And among the mightiest of statements and clearest of proofs and understandings is:

[1] The Book of Allaah, the Manifest Truth,

[2], Then the saying of the Messenger of Allaah (sulAllahu ‘alayhi wassalaam),

[3] And of his Companions, the chosen, pious ones,

[4] Then that which the Salaf us-Saalih were unanimously agreed upon,

[5] The holding fast to all of that and remaining firm upon it till the Day of Judgement,

[6] Then turning away from the innovations and from listening to them – from amongst those things the astray people have invented.

The foundation of Islam lies upon the beliefs held by the hearts, which are represented in the six pillars of faith (Eemaan) and these form the base and foundation.

Having the correct belief is vital because the beliefs held in the heart give rise to the emotions of the heart (such as love, fear, hope), and in turn these emotions of the heart are the propelling factors behind a person’s actions. Thus, to ensure that one’s speech and action is valid, correct and acceptable to Allaah, the base and foundation, must be sound and correct.

Deficiencies, and impurities in the base and foundation will manifest themselves in what is built upon it, which are the actions of the heart and one’s outward speech and action.

All of this affects nearness or distance of a person to his Lord and the quality of his worship.

Therefore, this matter, – “knowledge of [the aspects of] the creed of the deen [of Islaam] and what Allaah has obligated upon His Servants including the understanding of His Tawheed and of His Attributes” – should be the utmost concern of a Muslim.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Purification of the Soul: The Types of Hearts

Just as the heart may be described in terms of being alive or dead, it may also be regarded as belonging to one of three types:

The Healthy Heart

“On the Day of Resurrection, only those who come to Allah with a healthy heart will be saved. Allah says:

“The Day on which neither wealth nor sons will be of any use, except for whoever brings to Allah a sound heart.” [Quran 26:88-89]

In defining the healthy heart, the following has been said: “It is a heart cleansed from any passion that challenges what Allah commands, or disputes what He forbids. It is free from any impulses which contradict His good. As a result, it is safeguarded against the worship of anything other than Him, and seeks the judgment of no other except that of His Messenger (peace be upon him). Its services are exclusively reserved for Allah, willingly and lovingly, with total reliance, relating all matters to Him, in fear, hope, and sincere dedication. When it loves, its love is in the way of Allah. If it detests, it detests in the light of what He detests. When it gives, it gives for Allah. If it withholds, it withholds for Allah. Nevertheless, all this will not suffice for its salvation until it is free from following, or taking as its guide, anyone other that His Messenger (peace be upon him). A servant with a healthy heart must dedicate it to its journeys end and not base his actions and speech on those of any other person except Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him). He must not give any precedence to any other faith , words or deeds over those of Allah and His Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Allah says:

“Oh you who believe, do not put yourselves above Allah and His Messenger, but fear Allah, for Allah is Hearing, Knowing.” [Quran 49:1]

The Dead Heart

This is the opposite of the healthy heart. It does not know its Lord and does not worship Him as He commands, in the way which He likes, and with which He is pleased. It clings instead to its lust and desires, even if these are likely to incur Allah’s displeasure and wrath. It worships things other than Allah, and its love and its hatreds, and its giving and its withholding, arise from its whims, which are of paramount importance to it and preferred above the pleasure of Allah. Its whims are its imam. Its lust is its guide. Its ignorance is its leader. Its crude impulses are its impetus. It is immersed in its concern with worldly objectives. It is drunk with its own fancies and its love for hasty, fleeting pleasures. It is called to Allah and the akhirah from a distance but it does not respond to advice, and instead it follows any scheming, cunning Shaytan. Life angers and pleases it, and passion makes it deaf and blind ( It has been related on the authority of Abu Darda that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Your love for something that makes you blind and deaf.” Abu Dawud, Al-Adab, 14/38: Ahmad, Al-Musnad, 5/194. Classified as hasan.) to anything except what is evil. To associate and keep company with the owner of such a heart is to tempt illness: living with him is like taking poison, and befriending him means utter destruction.

The Sick Heart

This is a heart with life in it as well as illness. The former sustains it at one moment, the latter at another, and it follows whichever one of the two manages to dominate it. It has love for Allah, faith in Him, sincerity towards Him, and reliance upon Him, and these are what give it life. It also has a craving for lust and pleasure, and prefers them and strives to experience them. It is full of self-admiration, which can lead to its own destruction. It listens to two callers: one calling it to Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Hereafter; and the other calling it to the fleeting pleasures of this world. It responds to whichever one of the two happens to have most influence over it at the time. The first heart is alive, submitted to Allah, humble, sensitive, and aware; the second is brittle and dead; the third wavers between either its safety or its ruin.

1. It has been related on the authority of Abu Darda that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Your love for something that makes you blind and deaf.” Abu Dawud, Al-Adab, 14/38: Ahmad, Al-Musnad, 5/194. Classified as hasan.

Love-Ibn Taymiyyah. ·

Love is a psychological sickness, and if it grows strong it affects the body, and becomes a physical sickness, either as diseases of the brain, which are said to be diseases caused by waswaas, or diseases of the body such as weakness, emaciation and so on.

[Majmu' al-Fatawa 10/29]

Loving a non-mahram woman leads to many negative consequences, the full extent of which is known only to the Lord of people. It is a sickness that affects the religious commitment of the sufferer, then it may also affect his mind and body.

[Majmu’ al-Fatawa 10/132]

If the heart loves Allah alone and is sincerely devoted to Him, it will not even think of loving anyone else in the first place, let alone falling in love. When a heart falls in love, that is due to the lack of love for Allah alone. Hence because Yusuf loved Allah and was sincerely devoted to Him, he did not fall into the trap of love, rather Allah says:

“Thus it was, that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely, he was one of Our chosen, (guided) slaves” [Yusuf 12:24]

As for the wife of al-‘Aziz, she was a mushrik as were her people, hence she fell into this trap.

[Majmu’ al-Fatawa (10/135)]

If a man is in love with a woman, even if she is permissible for him, his heart remains enslaved to her, and she can control him as she wishes, even though outwardly he appears to be her master, because he is her husband; but in fact he is her prisoner and slave, especially if she is aware of his need and love for her. In that case, she will control him like a harsh and oppressive master controls his abject slave who cannot free himself from him. Rather he is worse off than that, because enslavement of the heart is worse than enslavement of the body.

[Majmu’ al-Fatawa 10/185]

If he is tested with love but he remains chaste and is patient, then he will be rewarded for fearing Allah. It is known from shar’i evidence that if a person remains chaste and avoids haram things in looking, word and deeds, and he keeps quiet about it and does not speak of it, so that there will be haram talk about that, whether by complaining to another person or committing evil openly, or pursuing the beloved one in any way, and he is patient in obeying Allah and avoiding sin, despite the pain of love that he feels in his heart, just as one who is afflicted with a calamity bears the pain of it with patience, then he will be one of those who fear Allah and are patient.

“Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allaah makes not the reward of the Muhsinun (good‑doers) to be lost” [Yusuf 12:90].

[Majmu’ al-Fatawa 10/133]

Al-Sidq -Truthfulness

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud narrated that the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allaah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar” {Agreed upon}

And in the narration in At-Tirmidhi, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Abide by truthfulness. For indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness. And indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues telling the truth and trying hard to tell he truth until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. Refrain from falsehood. For indeed falsehood leads to the wickedness, and wickedness leads to Fire. A slave (of Allaah) continues lying and trying hard to lie, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” {Sahih}

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen said in his explanation of Riyadhus Saaliheen, in regards to Al-Sidq:

“Honesty: The original meaning is: to comply with actual news (or event). And it is about the news/information that is being conveyed. So if one communicates news about something and this news is in accordance with the actual event then, it is said: “it is true”. Example: (if it is Sunday) and the person says: Today is Sunday. Then this news is true because the day is Sunday. But if someone says it is Monday, then this news is false.

So if the news is in accordance with the actual incident then it is true; and when it opposes the incident then it is false. Truthfulness can be in speech as well as in actions.

Truthfulness in actions: It is when the internal (feeling) of a person is similar to his outer (reaction); so that if he does something, then it should be in accordance with what is in his heart.

Example: The show-off is not truthful, because he pretends in front of the people to be religious whereas he is not.

The Mushrik (the one who associates partners) with Allaah is not truthful, because he pretends to be upon Tawheed whereas he is not.

The hypocrite is not truthful because he pretends to have faith whereas he is not a believer.

The Mubtadi` (the innovator in religion) is not truthful because he pretends to be following (the Sunnah of) the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم whereas he is not a follower.

The important thing (to understand) is that truthfulness is in accordance with the actual event, and it is one of the characteristics of the Believers. And its opposite is falsehood, and it is one of the characteristics of the hypocrites – and Allaah’s refuge is sought.” {End quote from the Sheikh- Source:Ilm 4 All

Allaah said:

“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” {Surat At-Tawbah: 119}

Ibn Kathir said about this ayah:

“The Ayah says, adhere to and always say the truth so that you become among its people and be saved from destruction. Allaah will make a way for you out of your concerns and a refuge. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Abide by truthfulness. For indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness. And indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues telling the truth and trying hard to tell he truth until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. Refrain from falsehood. For indeed falsehood leads to the wickedness, and wickedness leads to Fire. A slave (of Allaah) continues lying and trying hard to lie, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” {The narration quoted above}” {Tafsir Ibn Kathir}

May Allaah make the Muslimeen firm on the word of truth and make us practise and teach these values. May His Salah and Salam be upon the Final Messenger, his companions, his wives and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.

What is Hajj (Pilgrimage)?

The word Hajj, linguistically, means heading to a place for the sake of visiting; in Islamic terminology, it implies heading to Makkah to observe the rituals of pilgrimage.

Hajj is obligated by Allaah upon every Muslim, male and female, who is physically and financially capable. It is obligatory only once during the lifetime of a Muslim. Allaah Almighty Says (what means): “…And [due] to Allaah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way….” [Quran 3:97]

The Prophet said: “Islam is built upon five (pillars): the testimony that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, the establishment of the prayer, paying Zakaat, Hajj to the House (i.e. Ka’bah,) and fasting in Ramadan.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]

The Prophet also said: “Hajj is mandated once, so whoever does it more (than that), then it is supererogatory.” [Abu Daawood and Ahmad]

Hajj was prescribed in the sixth year after Hijrah (migration) upon the revelation of the following verse in which Allaah Says (what means): “And complete the Hajj and ‘Umrah for Allaah...”[Quran 2:196]

Hajj is not a new institution introduced by Islam, rather it is as old as the Ka'bah itself. Allaah Almighty Says (what means): "Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Bakkah [i.e., Makkah] – blessed and a guidance to the worlds.” [Quran 3:96]

The whole origin of Hajj is rooted to the acts of devotion of Prophet Ibraaheem . This demonstrates that Muhammad did not innovate this institution, all he did was to clear it of all the evil practices that had crept into it. After a few centuries of the death of Ibraaheem and his son Ismaa’eel, may Allaah exalt their mention, people abandoned their teachings and gradually went astray, like all other people around them. Hundreds of idols were installed in the Ka’bah, which was built by Ibraaheem and Ismaa’eel, may Allaah exalt their mention, as a centre for the worship of the One True God. Ironically enough, idols were made after the image of Ibraaheem and Ismaa’eel too, whose whole lives had been spent eradicating idol-worship. The descendants of Ibraaheem who had himself repudiated all idols, began to worship idols. The Ka’bah was turned into a type of temple for idol-worship and superstition. This predicament lasted for about two thousand years, until the advent of Prophet Muhammad .

Hajj is rightly said to be the perfection of faith, since it combines in itself all the distinctive qualities of other obligatory acts of prayer, patience, privation of amenities of life, devotion, Zakaat (alms), slaughtering the sacrifice and supplication. In fact, the physical pilgrimage is a prelude to the spiritual pilgrimage to Allaah when man would bid goodbye to everything of the world and present himself before Him as His humble servant saying: 'Here I am before You, my Lord, as a slave.'

There are three forms of Hajj:

1. Hajj At-Tamattu': This is where a pilgrim assumes Ihraam for ‘Umrah only, during the months of Hajj, which means that when he reaches Makkah, he makes Tawaaf and Sa'i for ‘Umrah. Then he shaves or clips his hair. On the eighth day of Thul-Hijjah, the pilgrim assumes Ihraam again for Hajj only and carries out all of its requirements.

2. Hajj Al-Ifraad: This is where a pilgrim assumes Ihraam for Hajj only. When he reaches Makkah, he performs Tawaaf for his arrival and Sa'i for Hajj. He does not shave or clip his hair as he does not disengage from Ihraam. Instead, he remains in Ihraam until after he stones the Jamratul–'Aqabah on 'Eed day. It is permissible for him to postpone his Sa'i for Hajj until after his Tawaaf for Hajj (i.e. Tawaaf Al-Ifaadhah).

3. Hajj Al-Qiraan: This is where a pilgrim assumes Ihraam for both ‘Umrah and Hajj, or he assumes Ihraam first for ‘Umrah, then makes his intention for Hajj before his Tawaaf for Hajj. The obligations on one performing Ifraad are the same as those on one performing Qiraan, except that the latter must slaughter whereas the former is not obligated to do so.

The best of the three forms is Tamattu'. It is the form that the Prophet encouraged his followers to perform.

Hajj is undertaken in company with all the other pilgrims. The months of Hajj are: Shawwal, Thul-Qi'dah and Thul-Hijjah (the last three months of the Hijri calendar). One can perform ‘Umrah for Hajj At-Tamattu’ at any time within these three months (i.e. he may perform ‘Umrah during the Hajj season, and then subsequently making Hajj the same year at the fixed time, beginning on the eighth day of Thul-Hijjah).

The Makkan territory is sacred. The pilgrim enters this territory in a state of Ihraam (a state in which one is forbidden to do certain things that are otherwise permissible).

Ihraam, for men, entails wearing a special garment. A male pilgrim is not allowed to wear form-fitting clothes or to cover his head or hands with gloves, or his feet with socks or shoes. This is done in order to foster a sense of humility and a feeling of brotherhood among the Muslims.

The male pilgrim's garment consists of two sheets of white woollen or cotton cloth, of which one is wrapped around the waist and reaches below the knees and above the ankles, while the other is wrapped around the upper part of the body. The head and the right shoulder are left uncovered during Tawaaf. This attire is for males, whereas females have to cover all of their body except the face and hands.

Before donning this dress, the pilgrim is recommended to take a bath (Ghusl). A man in Ihraam is consecrated. He cannot hunt, pick plants, shed blood, or have sexual intercourse or partake in whatever leads to it.

The excellence of Hajj:

1. It is one of the best deeds:

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet was once asked: “What is the best deed?” He replied: “To believe in Allaah and His Messenger.” The enquirer then asked: “What next?” The Prophet replied: “To fight in the cause of Allaah.” He again asked: “What is the next best thing?” He replied: “Hajj ‘Mabroor’ (i.e., the Hajj that is free of sin and all its pillars and conditions are fulfilled).”[Al-Bukhaari]

2. It is a form of Jihaad:

Al-Hasan Ibn ‘Ali and his father, said that a man came to the Prophet and said: "I am a coward and a weak person. Is there anything I can do?" The Prophet replied: "You may go for a Jihaad that involves no fighting, that is, Hajj." [‘Abdur-Razzaaq and At-Tabaraani]

The Prophet also said: "Hajj is the Jihaad for the old, the weak and the women." [An-Nasaa'i]

3. It wipes away past sins:

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet said: "He who performs Hajj seeking Allaah's pleasure and avoids all lewdness and sins (therein) will return after Hajj free from all sins, just as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

4. Pilgrims are the Guests of Allaah:

The Prophet said: "Pilgrims and those performing 'Umrah are Allaah's guests; their prayers are answered and their supplications for forgiveness are granted.” [An-Nasaa'i and Ibn Maajah]

5. The Reward of Hajj is Paradise:

The Prophet said: "All sins committed in between the performance of one 'Umrah and the next are expiated and erased, and the reward of Hajj ‘Mabroor’ is nothing save Paradise." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Solution to Depression, Problems, and Personal Incidents – Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtar Ash-Shinqitee

Question: I am a young practising Muslim but I do not feel the sweetness of faith, and I always bring myself to account and perform good actions such as being kind to my parents but I always feel depressed even though I pray and I sit in the circles of knowledge and in the gatherings of memorizing Qur’an and I am aware that the problem is from myself but I do not know where this problem lies, which is always bringing me distress.

Answer: Firstly and before anything else - sadness, anxiety and depression are from Shaytaan. And secondly, do not make judgement over your Lord, for there is none more kind and noble than Allah, and He is more Merciful to you then you are to your own self.

If you are living in His obedience and you have a good opinion of Allah and hold fast to this fact; that sadness is from Shaytaan, and you do not pay attention to these feelings, then surely the plots of Shaytaan will soon vanish from you.

However if you submit to these feelings, you decide for yourself that you are overcome with grief! How many people wake up every morning, healthy in body, safe and secure in their dwelling place, surrounded by well-being, yet despite this they say: ‘I am sad, I am depressed, I am overwhelmed!’, all of this is because he led himself to believe in it wholeheartedly.

And no one assumes a bad opinion about Allah except that he is doomed. Allah has sent instruction from above the seven heavens not to be sad, and He also advised His Prophet (peace be upon him) that it is Shaytaan who places these feelings and notions, so He said:

Secret counsels are from Shaytaan, in order to cause grief to the believers [58:10]

Do not pay attention to this thing called sadness, and what are you grievous over? Are you grievous over something concerning your religion? Then know that Allah can mend all deficiencies.

And if you are grievous over something from the worldly affairs, from losing a father or mother, or some wealth or children, then with Allah is better recompense from every type of loss.

And you will not find a true slave of Allah overcome with depression as long as his heart is only attached to Allah.

What are you grieving over?, if your heart was for Allah then He would fill your heart with trust and confidence. Therefore it is not befitting of the Muslim to expose himself to that which causes grief, for if he does this then he has helped the Shaytaan against his own self.

And so the Prophet (peace be upon him) would seek refuge from sadness and he advised Abu Umamah when he saw him sitting in the Masjid, so he (peace be upon him) said, ‘O Abu Umamah’

May my parents be sacrificed for him (the Prophet), for he was most compassionate towards the people, for he saw this companion in the masjid at a time, other than the time for Salat. Look at this noble Prophet! Allah honoured him and made him the Seal of the Messengers yet he would still look out for his companions …

He (peace be upon him) said: ‘O Abu Umamah, what has caused you to be in the Masjid now?’, so he replied: O Messenger of Allah, sadness that has overwhelmed me, and debts that have crippled me!

So look what the Prophet of Mercy (peace be upon him) said to him: Should I not inform you of some words, if you say them, Allah will dispel your worries and pay your debt? He said: Certainly O Messenger of Allah!

He said: Say ”O Allah I seek refuge in You from anxiety and sadness and I seek refuge in You from inability and laziness …

See how he (peace be upon him) mentioned sadness along with inability and laziness …

O Allah I seek refuge in You from anxiety and sadness and I seek refuge in You from inability and laziness and I seek refuge in You from debts and the overpowering of men.”

He said: ‘I said these words‘ – so how good the speaker and how good is what he said, those companions who when they heard anything from the Book of Allah they believed in it and said those words with hearts that were alive and brimming with faith, they did not say, ‘By Allah my debts are too much!‘ can these words benefit?!, or ‘My debt is in the millions!’

Yes! By Allah if you had the entire world (as a debt), Allah would pay it off as long as the Prophet (peace be upon him) related that it would be paid.

You say: ‘I’m sad and grieved! Can such words benefit me?’, Yes! that is when you believe and submit, not when you become feeble and give up.

The problem is that we have supplicatios for morning and evening and you ask Allah to give you protection from sadness, from grief, from inability and laziness, but this will only benefit when you do so with your heart, not just your tongue.

So you seek His Aid, realising that these words are from Revelation and that they are from the Lord of the Worlds and there is no one more true to His Promise than Allah, then you will be sure He is able to relieve you of your problem.

And I know a man who had been afflicted with the misery of debt so I mentioned this hadeeth to him so he returned to me after a short time, and his debts were in the millions!

He said to me, ”When you told me the hadeeth Shaytaan overwhelmed me and I thought it is impossible that such a debt could be resolved with words; but after saying the du’a, Allah resolved the matter for me from where I did not expect!”

He said: ”Initially I thought it was not possible – then I knew my doubt was from Shaytaan. Allah sent His Messenger to say these words to us then He does not fulfill His Promise?! Rather I will say these words!”, He said to me: ”In just 3 days my problem was solved!”

And his debt was in the millions, some people may only wait for a day! But the matter is one of Faith and perhaps Allah may delay the response for months, due to a reason and wisdom, or perhaps a problem may linger for years so that you meet Him with higher ranks and rewards due to your affliction.

Because He is Ever-Merciful to the believer: for no sadness or trial faces a believer except that He rewards him for that! So you should believe firmly that this grief will dissipate.

Likewise I advise you to look deeply at your condition. Sometimes one is afflicted with a trial because of some injustice. So perhaps you wronged your wife, or wronged your children, or your neighbour or your colleague at work by way of lies or deceit so you did not fear Allah as regards to the people so you are afflicted with some matter from Allah.

So check yourself as regards the rights of Allah, and then the rights of His servants and resort to amending the matter, and look deeply and Allah will inspire you to find this defect.

And I recall one time whilst I was young – and I say this by way of admonition only – my father assigned me to overlook some work in the fields, however, I was afflicted with an ailment in my stomach and this was during my studies whilst I had nothing else and so I became astonished at the sickness in my stomach.

And one of the best doctors in Madinah, a friend of my father, he did not know what the problem was or how to treat it so I remained like this for some time.

So once I prayed asking Allah to relieve me of the illness and that if there was anything, to show me my mistake and by Allah, by whom there is no God but Him, it was a day in Ramadan and my father’s lesson was after Dhuhr, and I left for the fields. In these fields there were cattle with their food and crops, however the workers were not feeding them from the vegetation.

They would take paper from bags of cement and feed these animals from that paper, so they would throw the paper in front of the animals as food.

Allah is witness to what I say, and I am in the Mosque of His Messenger; that day as I left for the fields, it was as if I was being led towards those animals until I stood in front of them and as I did, it was as if they were looking at me shouting!

So I saw and noticed these papers in front of them; so I called the workers despite that it was Ramadan and became very angry at the situation. Then I ordered that the animals be given from the vegetation that was present, but all this (affliction) [was] because this was a responsibility that was given to me to overlook.

So I swear by Allah, every day from then, the sickness left me gradually until it had gone completely.

Allah never wrongs a soul in anything and if you are true to Allah to show your error, He will guide you for indeed (as the Prophet peace be upon him) said: ”If you are true to Allah, He will be true to you.”

So if you see that a matter has afflicted you, search out for the matter, look out for your companions, your neighbour, your work colleagues, perhaps a person you wronged, or did not give his due.

As for if you seem afflicted by this without any reason then this is just from Shaytaan, and upon you is to hold firm to the remembrance of Allah, morning and evening.

So if you say these supplications, Allah will surely benefit you thereby, as long as you say them with your heart and you ponder over them.

Tighten your waist for Jannah

You see Jannah is not something which you try to earn in the mosques and during the acts of worship only, but its something for which you keep striving 24X7. It is ‘Jannah’, a place which is not just awesome but stunning to the extreme level. A place of peace and serenity, how can its struggle be limited to the acts of worship? This worldly life constantly takes you away from the jannah, which means, you engage yourself 24X7 in holding on to its door(s). In your workplace, in your home, on the streets, while shopping, in the marketplaces while driving and walking, in schools and colleges, and no matter where; your journey ends in your grave and its in your grave where you take a sigh of relief.

Let’s hear these amazing expressions from an amazing scholar of Islaam about the Jannah:

“And when those of certainty came to know what they were created for and for what purpose they came into existence they raised their heads high. When they knew that paradise was elevated for them they rolled up their sleeves for it. And that the straight path was made clear to them so they were firm as they traversed upon it. And they saw that the greatest inequity is to sell that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and has not been conjured up by the imagination of any soul in an eternity that never ends for a temporal life, rather something only like a false dream, or a vision that visits during sleep, corrupted by disturbances, paired with torments. If it brings some laughter it brings much weeping, and if it causes happiness one day it causes sadness for months. Its pains are greater than its pleasures and its sorrows are many folds greater than its happiness. The first of it is fear and the last of it is ruin.

What amazement at a fool in the shape of a wise person, and an imbecile in the clothes of a person of intellect, who preferred a portion that is perishable and lousy, over a portion that is eternal, and sold a paradise that is equal to the heavens and the earth for an earth that is a constricted prison shared amongst a people afflicted by impairments and calamities. And (sold) goodly homes in gardens of Eden under which rivers flow, for a camel stable- constricted and ends with ruin. And (sold) loving virgins, equal in age, as if they are like rubies and coral (in beauty), for foul, lowly women who would take a boyfriend or commit adultery. And Hoor with restricted gaze awaiting in tents, for filthy ones who would curse amongst the people. And (sold) rivers of wine a pure pleasure for those who drink, for an impure drink that does away with the mind and corrupts one’s worldly and religious life. And (sold) the pleasure of gazing at the Face of the Al-A’laa and Al-Raheem, for the pleasure of glancing at hideous lowly faces. And (sold) the experience of listening to the address of Al-Rahmaan, for the experience of listening to music and singers. And (sold) the reclining on thrones of pearls, rubies and chrysolite on the Day of Increase for the reclining on gatherings of transgression with every wandering devil. And (sold) the calling of the caller “Oh people of paradise: For you here is everlasting bliss and no despair, and everlasting life and no death, and everlasting residence and no relocation, and everlasting youth and no ageing” for the songs of singers…

It is paradise. So how amazing is it then, how could the one seeking it sleep? And how could the one courting it not accept its dowry? And how could one be pleased with living in this (earthly) abode after hearing its description? And how has the one who desires it been able to live without embracing its virgins? And how could the eyes of those who desire it glance away from it? And how could those who were certain of it be patient at not entering it? And how could the hearts of the majority of mankind be unconcerned with it? And with what did the souls of those who turned away replace it?“

Haadee Al-Arwaah ilaa bilaad Al-Afrah’ | Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

Living a meaningful life

Most of the times we set for ourselves such plans and goals in life which are not worth to live for. Some of them are for pleasures and material gains, while others are not even worth to set as goals for life. Efforts like, “One day I will buy this car or own that type of house”, “I will one day become a wealthy man”, “I will one day gain a lot of fame and status”, “I will one day travel to that country for fun”, “I will one day go to space”, “One day I will make to the Guinness World Records”, “One day I will prove to be a super human” and so on. All of these goals, aims and plans are related to future expectations which after you will reach them, you will set another goal afterwards, meaning this will not satisfy your mind.

A Muslim (one whose will, wish, wants, likes and dislikes are as per Allaah’s will), he was given a fundamental purpose for us “to live this life as per Allaah’s wish and ignore the wishes of Shaytaan”. This was the primary purpose of human being’s creation “to worship Allaah as He has wished”.

A Muslim must set his goals straight, which does not make him linked to this life but to the next life because this life is hardly 70 years period approx. All his aims must meet and end up at two (2) common points, those are “to gain the pleasure of Allaah” and “to get admission in the Jannah”. By ‘All his aims’ I mean aims such as, “obeying those whom Allaah wishes you to obey” like parents, husbands, rulers and others. “Remaining firm upon the pillars of Eemaan and Islaam”, “spending life under the limits of the Sharee’ah”, “upbringing children in the best Islaamic ways”, “guarding oneself from the fitan (evil tempations and desires)”, “marrying a religious spouse” and so on.

There is nothing which he should take for granted in his life, rather he should be sure and reasonable for his aims. His (worldly) educational choices should be focused, his marriage should be focused, his place of living should be focused. Every step of his life should be focused and they should not cross the limits of Allaah’s Word. With the result, he will raise a focused generation whose life has a reasonable and productive puurpose to live, who don’t have goals and aims related this life.


by Ahmad Mohamedali on Friday, 10 June 2011 at 10:25 ·








Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Do Christians follow Jesus or do they follow Paul?

Extracted from the Book “Follow Jesus or Follow Paul” by Dr.Roshan Enan plus other sources.

A brief history of Paul:

Paul, whose original name was Saul, took the name familiar to us after his conversion to Christianity. Paul never met Jesus during his brief years of ministry. Nevertheless, he was perhaps Christianity's most important early convert and the first major missionary to preach the Christian gospel to non-Jewish people.

Books written by Paul in the New Testament:

Of the 13 epistles originally attributed to him, liberal scholars believe that at least seven were definitely written by Paul: 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon, and Romans. Few liberal scholars believe Paul wrote 1 & 2 Timothy, Ephesians, and Titus. There is no consensus on who wrote Colossians and 2 Thessalonians.

This list of authors of the Bible given in the traditional and modern scholarly views:


15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20T hus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' (Mathew 7:15-23)

The Status of Jesus:

The major corruption that Paul had done is that he deviated the pure monotheistic teachings (to worship one and only God) of Jesus (pbuh) towards worshipping of another being equal to God. Paul degrades the greatness of God, by giving the idea that the existence of God is equal to, and is limited in the form of a creature, and that the whole being of God dwelled in a creature of his own.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, (Colossians 1:19)

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, (Colossians 2:9)

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:6-7)

Refuted in the Gospels:

34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34) [to cry out in distress is a human weakness]

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35) (Luke 5:16) [Praying is purely a human need]

45 "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." (Luke 8:45-46) [Unawareness is a human limitation]

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it (Mark 11:12-13) [ A human body feels hunger and then searches for food. A hungry man is an angry man!!]

23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. (Luke 8:23) [Sleep is a human need, and to fall asleep is a human weakness.]

32 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32) [ The creatures may not know about the future, but the creator knows]

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1) [Devil can never attempt to tempt God, but humans]

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. (John 5:30) [A creature is always dependent on the Creator]

So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. (John 8:28) [ A Prophet is a human, and has no authority of his own]

32"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. (Mark 12:32)

"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. (Mark 10:18)

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" (Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8)

In the Quran:

Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth! (5:75)

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every - one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things." (5:17)

They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. (5:72)

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him. (112: 1-4)

And behold! Allah will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah'?" He will say: "Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden. "Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, 'worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things. (5:116-117)

God needs no mediator; He is ever near:

Paul modified the status of Jesus (pbuh) gradually, taking him as a mediator or reconcile between God and, as “Son of God” then equal to God, Finally declaring him as “God” all by himself:5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (Timothy 2:5)

20and through him (Jesus) to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:20)

10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:10)

Refuted in the Gospels:

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8)

7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

In the Quran:

Say: "If I am astray, I only stray to the loss of my own soul: but if I receive guidance, it is because of the inspiration of my Lord to me: it is He Who hears all things, and is (ever) near." (34:50)

It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein. (50:16)

When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way. (2:186)

Paul’s Opinion on the Law of Commandments :

Paul misled the way to salvation by excluding one of its essential elements, that is observance of the Law of Commandments. To be come righteous, and to achieve salvation only faith is Suddicient.

10All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law." 11Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith." 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them." 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." (Galatians 3:10 -13)

22But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.(Galatians 3:22)

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace (Ephesians 2:14-15)

20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (Romans 3:20)

know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16)

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. (Romans 3:28)

Refuted in the Gospel:

17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)

Paul’s is the author of the Doctrine “ Original Sin”:

The unreasonable concept of “the Original Sin” was initiated by Paul, according to whom, a man is a sinner, only because his father or forefather (Adam) had sinned:

12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. (Romans 5:12-14)

21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Refuted In the Gospels:

14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Mark 10:14, Mathew 19:14)

16But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Luke 18:16-17)

If the children were sinless and granted paradise, then where did the original sin go?

Old Testament:

20 The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him. (Ezekiel 18:20)

30 Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—his own teeth will be set on edge (Jeremiah 31:30)

16 Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 24:16)

In the Quran:

But how (will they fare) when we gather them together against a day about which there is no doubt, and each soul will be paid out just what it has earned, without (favour or) injustice? (3:25)

Say: "Shall I seek for (my) Cherisher other than Allah, when He is the Cherisher of all things (that exist)? Every soul draws the meed of its acts on none but itself: no bearer of burdens can bear of burdens can bear the burden of another. Your goal in the end is towards Allah: He will tell you the truth of the things wherein ye disputed." (6:164)

Resurrection of Christ, Paul’s Innovation:

Paul is the one who initiated the dogma of the resurrection of Christ as he admits himself, in his second letter of (2Timothy 2:8)

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,

The first thing we need to force into our minds is that when Paul wrote these words, there were no such things as written Gospels. This means that the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection so familiar to us, as told by these Gospel writers, were by and large unknown to Paul and to Paul’s readers (Resurrection: Myth or Reality?, p. 48)

For Paul there were no empty tombs, no disappearance from the grave of the physical body, no physical resurrection, no physical appearances of a Christ who would eat fish, offer his wounds for inspection, or rise physically into the sky after an appropriate length of time. None of these ideas can be found in reading Paul. For Paul the body of Jesus who died was perishable, weak, physical. The Jesus who was raised was clothed by the raising God with a body fit for God's kingdom. It was imperishable, glorified, and spiritual. (Resurrection: Myth or Reality?,, p. 241)

It is mentioned by the Christian scholar William Neil in the Harper’s Bible Commentary:

“the earliest written evidence of the Resurrection is not in the Gospels but in St.Paul’s first letter to 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 “

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-9 contradicts the Gospels:

(1). There was no “third day” prophecy in the Old Testament.

(2). There is no evidence that five-hundred people saw Jesus [

(3). Paul says Jesus first appeared to Peter, yet the Gospels say Jesus first appeared to women! (Matt 28:1)

(4). Peter disbelieved that Jesus was alive (resurrected).

(5). Paul describes the body of Jesus to be spiritual (1Cor 15:42). Yet the Gospels say Jesus was physical

Did Jesus Come to Die?

The Jews of Palestine expected the arrival of a Prophet who’d overthrow the Roman government and destroy the occupation, not to be crucified by them! Jesus made it clear that the purpose of his mission was to preach the Law and the Gospel (only) to the Children of Israel:

Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." (Mark 1:38)

But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." (Luke 4:43)

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. (Matthew 18:11, KJV only)

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)

But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18)

Jesus was unwilling to die:

Jesus escaped crucifixion because he did not want to die, that was not the purpose of his mission, and GOD saved him. According to the Gospels, Jesus was quite unwilling to be crucified, or even stoned:

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. (John 7:1)

Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:59)

Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. (John 11:54)

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].

(Matthew 26:39, Luke 22:42)

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; (Hebrews 5:7)

Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

God will save the Anointed:

Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;

he answers him from his holy heaven

with the saving power of his right hand. (Psalms 20:6)

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; (Hebrews 5:7)

Many early Christian sects did not believe Jesus was crucified. Jesus laughed with joy:

Wherefore he did not himself suffer death, but Simon, a certain man of Cyrene, being compelled, bore the cross in his stead; so that this latter being transfigured by him, that he might be thought to be Jesus, was crucified, through ignorance and error, while Jesus himself received the form of Simon, and, standing by, laughed at them. For since he was an incorporeal power, and the Nous (mind) of the unborn father, he transfigured himself as he pleased, and thus ascended to him who had sent him, deriding them, inasmuch as he could not be laid hold of, and was invisible to all. Those, then, who know these things have been freed from the principalities who formed the world; so that it is not incumbent on us to confess him who was crucified, but him who came in the form of a man, and was thought to be crucified, and was called Jesus, and was sent by the Father.

(The Church Father Iranaeus, Against Heresies, Chapter XXIV.-Doctrines of Saturninus and Basilides)

I did not succumb to them as they had planned. But I was not afflicted at all. Those who were there punished me. And I did not die in reality but in appearance, lest I be put to shame by them because these are my kinsfolk. I removed the shame from me and I did not become fainthearted in the face of what happened to me at their hands. I was about to succumb to fear, and I suffered according to their sight and thought, in order that they may never find any word to speak about them. For my death, which they think happened, (happened) to them in their error and blindness, since they nailed their man unto their death. For their Ennoias did not see me, for they were deaf and blind. But in doing these things, they condemn themselves. Yes, they saw me; they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon Whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons and the offspring of their error, of their empty glory. And I was laughing at their ignorance. (The Treatise of the Great Seth)

“There are also several historical sources other than the Bible and the Qur'an which confirm that many of the early Christians did not believe that Jesus died on the cross...The Cerinthians and later the Basilidians, for example, who were among the first of the early Christian communities, denied that Jesus was crucified...The Carpocratians, another early Christian sect, believed that it was not Jesus who was crucified, but another in his place”.

(Jesus Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Ahmed Thompson, 1996 (revised edition. p47)

“… Plotinus, who lived in the fourth century, tells us that he had read a book called The Journies of the Apostles which related the acts of Peter, John, Andrew, Thomas and Paul. Among other things, it stated that Jesus was not crucified, but another in his place, and therefore, he laughed at those who believed that they had crucified him”.

(ibid, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1991 edition. P. 37)

In the Quran:

That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: (4:157)


Say: "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will). (3:64)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Affair of The Believer-Between Gratefulness and Patience

From the sīrah

The sīrah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) gives us consolation in these turbulent times.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was an orphan, and so it was ordained that orphans be respected after him in every land, and under every sky.

When the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) experienced Mecca, and experienced the weakness there, and fear, and when the people of Mecca plotted against him such that they would kill him while he slept. And that the responsibility of his blood would be shared amongst the Arab tribes. When he left that night, leaving the land that was most beloved to him, he did not think that he would return in eight years, victorious, at the head of 10,000 companions.

From the Story of Yousuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him)

“That has ever been in the book inscribed.” (Al-Israa: 58)

Recognize that the hand of Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) works in Its own way. When Yousuf [alays] was imprisoned, reflect on that, Yousuf is imprisoned! When The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was asked who is the most noble of the people, he responded that Yousuf, the son of Ishaq is the most noble as he is the noble, the son of the noble, the son of the noble, the son of the Khalil of Allāh. Yet no earthquake came to shake open the doors of the prison, rather a dream was sent to the king…

“And [subsequently] the king said, “Indeed, I have seen [in a dream] seven fat cows being eaten by seven [that were] lean, and seven green spikes [of grain] and others [that were] dry. O eminent ones, explain to me my vision, if you should interpret visions.” (Yousuf: 43)

So reflect on how the hand of God was working. That no one would be able to interpret the dream of the king except the one whom He had taught the interpretation of dreams.

They said, “[It is but] a mixture of false dreams, and we are not learned in the interpretation of dreams.” But the one who was freed and remembered after a time said, “I will inform you of its interpretation, so send me forth. [He said], “Yousuf, O man of truth…” (Yousuf: 43-45)

From the Story of the Sacrifice of Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him)

When Ibraheem was laying Isma'eel on his forehead, so that their eyes would not meet. For, if Ibrahim were to lay him on his back and the eyes of his son were to meet his that might cause him an internal earthquake. And so that son, recognizing the love of his father, told his father to lay him down on his front, and said, “Oh my father due what you wish, you will find me in sha Allāh from the patient”. Did it occur to Ibrahim in his wildest imagination that as he was placing his son to be slaughtered, that in that moment, a ram was being prepared in Jannah for him to slaughter instead?

“…and we called out to him Oh Ibraheem…” (Saafaat: 104)

When he removed from himself all ego, all personal want and desire, all love of everything else..

”Indeed, I will make you a leader for the people.” (Baqarah: 124)

But what was the introduction, before him achieving that status?

“And [mention, O Muḥammad], when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them.” (Baqarah: 124)

“And [of] Abraham, who fulfilled [his obligations]” (Al-Najm: 37)

You will find in the book of your Lord, that which will give you much consolation for these times.

From the Battle of Uhud

After the battle of Uhud verses were revealed that gave the believers much consolation.

“So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.”

(Al-Imran: 139)

They are coming back from a battle in which 70 of them were killed, many of them were injured yet Allāh is saying they are superior. Superiority is not just in material means alone, but superiority is also that you be firm upon your īmān and steadfast upon the truth.

“If a wound should touch you – there has already touched the [opposing] people a wound similar to it.” (Al-Imran: 140)

They are wounded as well, but your wounds are not like their wounds.

“If you should be suffering – so are they suffering as you are suffering, but you expect from Allāh that which they expect not. And Allāh is ever Knowing and Wise.” (Al-Nisaa: 104)

If you are equal in the wounds, if you are equal in the suffering, you are not equal in your expectations from Allāh. You are expecting and hoping for reward, and they are not expecting anything. We are between two best things.

Say, “Do you await for us except one of the two best things while we await for you that Allāh will afflict you with punishment from Himself or at our hands? So wait; indeed we, along with you, are waiting.” (At-Tawbah 53)

The believer is always in a state of goodness…

When Ibn Taymiyyah was jailed, and the guard shut the door, he recited,

“And a wall will be placed between them with a door, its interior containing mercy, but on the outside of it is torment.” (Al-Hadeed: 13)

And then he said, “What can my enemies do to me, my paradise is in my īmān, and my īmān is in my chest, my imprisonment is solitude with my Lord, my expulsion is tourism and my execution is martyrdom. So what can they do to me?”

On Servitude & Hardships

[Ibn Taymiyyah] experienc[ed] the beauty of servitude in all of his conditions. The believer transforms from one manifestation of servitude to another. The station of servitude is never altered but its manifestations do.

Some of those who lived in Egypt in the 1970's lived in constant oppression and persecution. And when that environment changed they began to belittle their worship, so much so that they deemed insignificant their actions and their ṣalāh.

They did not feel that their worship was worth anything in such ease. However, the changing of environment allows the believer to transform from one manifestation of servitude to another, servitude is not only manifested in being persecuted and besieged for your belief.

Allāh requires servitude from His slaves in their times of ease just as He requires servitude from His slaves in their times of difficulty.

So when Allāh places a slave in ease, that allows for them to experience other colors of servitude; seeking knowledge, teaching others, recitation of the Qurʾān, learning a new language that when your life's journey takes you to interact with a people they find you able to speak their tongue and articulate to them the message that you carry!

When Bad Times Come

Sometimes when times are bad, people begin to direct blame at each other.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Prepare food for Jafar's family for today they are beside themselves with grief.”

This is not the time for blame, not at all. It is not the time, when a father has lost his daughter, a mother is grieving her son, that blame be cast. The companions used to find in the words of The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that which would bring them ease, comfort and consolation. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) left the family of Ja'far to mourn for three days and then came to them saying, “Do not mourn my brother after today.” The mother of Ja'far's children complained to The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) of their being orphans. Look at what The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) responded to her, look at the beauty of his consoling when he said,

“Do you fear them being orphans when I am their custodian (wali) in this world and the next?”

The first generation used to live these beautiful values.

On Personalities

It's not about personalities. Don't tie yourself to them.

Of the lessons is also that it's not about any particular person, no matter how great. The sahabah learned that lesson at the battle of Uhud as well.

“Muḥammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allāh at all; but Allāh will reward the grateful.” (Al-Imran: 144)

On the Wisdom behind the Rumors of the Rasul's Death

During the battle of Uhud a rumor began to spread that Rasul Allāh ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was killed. That rumor was a divine remedy to cure souls that were exhausted and defeated.

“So Allāh repaid you with distress upon distress so you would not grieve for that which had escaped you [of victory and spoils of war] or [for] that which had befallen you [of injury and death]. And Allāh is [fully] acquainted with what you do.” (Al-Imran: 153)

The first distress: The loss of life, wounds, loss of spoils of war and loss of victory.

The second distress: The rumor that The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was killed. How is this a divine remedy?

The first distress was an overwhelming distress, the distress of 70 companions martyred and so many injured, as well as the loss of victory and spoils of war, however Allāh sent them a rumored distress, not an actual one, that totally eclipses the first distress. The sahabah could not imagine living in a world that was not beautified by the breath of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) amongst them. Hence, when Allāh lifted the second (and greater) distress from them, the first distress no longer seemed overwhelming.

“Then after distress, He sent down upon you security [in the form of] drowsiness, overcoming a faction of you, while another faction worried about themselves, thinking of Allāh other than the truth – the thought of ignorance, saying, “Is there anything for us [to have done] in this matter?” Say, “Indeed, the matter belongs completely to Allāh.” (Al-Imran: 154)

Then after that distress, He gave them security in the form of drowsiness. Drowsiness in the environment of a battlefield is from Allāh, and drowsiness in ṣalāh and gatherings of dhikr are from shaytaan. And then some of the munafiqoun, as if criticizing the leadership of The Messenger of Allāh ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), criticizing the outcome of the battle, criticizing the loss of life and injuries, saying:

They say, “If there was anything we could have done in the matter, some of us would not have been killed right here.” (Al-Imran: 154)

Maybe some of them were of those who had advised The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that he should not have met the mushrikeen at Uhud in open battle. But Allāh belies them saying,

“Say, “even if you had been inside your houses, those decreed to be killed would have come out to their death beds.” [It was] so that Allāh might test what is in your breasts and purify what is in your hearts. And Allāh is Knowing of that within the breasts.” (Al-Imran: 154)

The affair of the believer is always good.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said,

“How amazing is the affair of the believer. There is good for him in everything and that is for no one but the believer. If good times come his way, he expresses gratitude to Allāh and that is good for him, and if hardship comes his way, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” (Muslim)

And so the believer always journeys between the two manifestations of servitude; patience and thankfulness.

On Leadership

“So be not in doubt about it.” (Hud: 17)

Do not doubt for a moment that you are upon the truth. And know that Allāh says,

“And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs.” (As-Sajadah 24)

So leadership, imamah, in the religion is acquired with the two ingredients of patience and certainty.

Monday, January 26, 2015

What To Do With A Text That You Are Not Sure Should Be Acted Upon:

“Whoever is sure of the authenticity of a text, yet is unaware of anyone using it as a proof, and he does not know whether or not there is consensus that other texts contradict it, such a situation is the same as if one were to see one evidence contradicted by another, while he does not know which of the two takes precedence. Such a person should refrain from acting upon this evidence until the precedence of either of them is made clear to him. So, he should not speak without knowledge, and he should not apply a text while he is equally unsure as to whether it is/is not abrogated due to the presence of a contradicting text or ijma’. The same goes for when he comes across a general text that he is equally unsure is/is not made more specific by another text.

So, it is a must that the evidence being used be free of any considerable opposing factors, such that it becomes certain that this evidence takes precedence over any opposing factors. Otherwise, he is to refrain from acting upon this evidence.”

[Ibn Taymiyyah: Majmu' al-Fatawa 19/126]

How to raise our children

Cultivation in Islam is very important, for indeed all of the religion is based upon upbringing. It starts first of all with of our own selves, then of our families, and then of the community at large. But this cultivation is most important with respect to our children, so that they are brought up upon the correct path of Islam.

Having children is a blessing from Allaah, therefore, it is obligatory for the parents to take care of their children as the responsibility for them is upon their shoulders. As the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “All of you are shepherds and are responsible for your flock…” [Al-Bukhaari]

The Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) encourage us to bring up our children correctly; ordering us with righteousness and good conduct ourselves as well as ordering us to prevent our families from falling into that which would result in their own destruction. Allaah Says (which means): “O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones...” [Quran; 66:6]

What follows are some practical steps towards establishing the correct cultivation of children.

Seeking righteous children:

When an individual wants to get married, they should have the intention to have righteous children and supplicate Allaah to this effect. They should seek their children with the intention to increase the number of the Prophet’s nation, and to get Allaah’s reward in this life and the Hereafter. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Marry those women who are loving and fertile; for verily I want to be amongst those Prophets who have the most followers on the Day of Judgment.” [Ahmad and Al-Bayhaqi]

If one has the correct intention at the beginning of the action, then he will have its correct fruits at the end.

Setting a Good Example:

The parents should set the best example for their children. They should hasten to do that which is good and, likewise, hasten to abandon all that is evil. Children follow the example of their parents, and they love, respect and admire them. The parents are, therefore, the first and most lasting of examples for their children.

Putting emphasis on Religion:

Parents should consider Islam the most important affair in their life. They should raise their child to know that the most important aspect of life is being upright in religion, clinging to it firmly. Allaah Says (what means): “And this (submission to Allaah, Islam) was enjoined by Ibraaheem upon his sons and by Ya’qoob, (saying), ‘O my sons! Allaah has chosen for you the (true) religion, then die not except in the faith of Islam.” [Quran; 2:132]

Parents should supplicate Allaah to guide their children and keep them upright. Allaah Says that the believers say (what means): “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our own wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Mmuttaqoon (i.e. pious and righteous persons).” [Quran; 25:74]

Besides supplicating Allaah, parents should also take the necessary steps in bringing up their children upon this religion.

Showing Love and Kindness towards Children:

The parent should treat his children with love and kindness, and should not always use harshness. However, if the situation requires harshness, and even hitting, then he should do so, as and when the situation requires it, but he should not make this his way (i.e. that he is always hard and harsh towards his children). We should not be like those people who are always hard upon their children as this may lead them towards further corruption and going astray.

On the other hand, we should not be like those who leave their children without any discipline so that they follow whatever way they like and do whatever they want.

Teaching Good Character:

The parent should aim to raise his children upon good character from a young age. He should teach them the Quran, the history of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) and that of the companions may Allaah be pleased with them as well. One should not leave his children to continue making mistakes saying that he will correct them when they get older, because indeed it becomes increasingly more difficult to correct a person when he has grown up adopting incorrect actions and bad characteristics. As a poet once said: “Whoever grows up upon something, he grows old upon that same thing.”

The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) used to train and bring up the children from a young age upon good manners and character. As can be seen in the Hadeeth of Al-Hasan may Allaah be pleased with him in which he narrates how he once took a date from the dates of charity, and the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) stopped him and told him to take the date out of his mouth. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) explained to him that the dates were for charity, and that charity was not allowed for the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) or his family.

The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) did not leave Al-Hasan may Allaah be pleased with him without instructing him; rather, he sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) stopped him from continuing in what he was doing and explained to him the correct way, in kindness and wisdom.

Being Just with Children:

The parent should neither oppress nor wrong any of his children. He should not show one of his children due favor more so than the others, by giving him more or praising him more than any of the others. Indeed this type of favoritism can be a reason for the children swaying from the correct path and developing personal problems later on in life.

Spending upon One’s Children:

The parents should be generous and spend on their children. They should take the necessary steps to earn lawful money and spend on their children in a manner that is correct. Indeed, anything that one spends on his family with the correct intention will be rewarded. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Two Deenaars (golden currency) which you spend by way of charity, or two Deenaars which you give to the poor, or the two Deenaars which you give to your family-indeed the greatest of these as regards reward is that Deenaar which you spend upon your family.” [Muslim]

In conclusion, everyone should take care of his family, for if everyone in the society was to take care of the upbringing of their families and take care of their financial needs, then this would prove good and beneficial for the society as a whole. And if everyone were to leave the affairs of their families and their children, then this would lead to the corruption of the society, and poverty would be widespread.


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