Upon The Deen

There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His last and final messenger.

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “One of the conditions for one’s du’aa to be answered is that when a person supplicates he should feel as though he is in the most dire need of Allaah سبحانه وتعالى, and that Allaah تعالى Alone is the One who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and that He is the One who removes evil. As for a person who supplicates to Allaah عزوجل whilst feeling as though he can manage without Him سبحانه وتعالى and that he is not in need of Him and instead just asks Him as a habit [of his], then such a one is not worthy of being answered.”

Fataawa Arkaan al-Islaam, p. 60.

Ibn ul Qayyim
“A person should spend his hours, rather his very breathing, seeking the highest of things and saving himself from the greatest of losses, and this cannot be attained except by devoting himself to the Qur’an through recitation, reflection etc.”

Abandoning the Qur’an makes the person blind to the very reason of his existence, lowers his himmah and makes him forget himself.

The one who is distressed or worried should know that whatever psychological pain afflicts him is not wasted, but serves a purpose in increasing his hasanaat (good deeds) and expiating for his sayi’aat (bad deeds). The Muslim should realize that if it were not for disasters and afflictions, we would come empty-handed on the Day of Resurrection, as some of the salaf (early generations of Islam) pointed out, which is why they would rejoice when misfortune struck just as we rejoice at times of ease. - Shaykh Muhammd Salih al Munajjid

Symptoms of weak faith

Shaykh Al Albani رحمه الله

Tightness in the chest, mood swings and depression,which weigh a man down and make him quick to complain about the slightest thing, these all are symptoms of weak faith. A person easily gets upset with the people around him, and no longer has any tolerance. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described faith when he said, “Eemaan is patience and tolerance”

Shaykh Al-Albani, no. 554, 2/86

The Wisdom behind Supplication after Making Wudu`

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (حفظه الله) said:

"The reason behind making dhikr and du’aa following wudu` (ablution) is to combine both physical and spiritual purity, for wudu` is a means of physical purity, whereas dhikr and du’aa (implying tawheed and tawba) are signs of spiritual purity. In this way, one becomes in the most perfect state of purity (combining both physical and spiritual purity) and becomes pure enough to be admitted to stand before Allaah in prayer, imploring Him humbly and submissively.”

[Mulakhas al-Fiqh Vol. 1, Chapter 7]

Salamah bin Sa’id:”A person is criticised for his big belly just as he is criticised for his sins.”(al-Jami’, p.519)

"Some scholars said: If you have a big belly then you should consider yourself as a disabled person until you get thin."(Ibid, p.519) {Ibn Rajab}

"May Allaah break your back"

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen:

“We should supplicate that Allah brings the people of falsehood back to the Truth, so that they can benefit themselves and others—this is justice, in opposition to what some ignorant people do who, when they see someone persisting in falsehood, supplicate against the person doing it.”

(Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, 4/146)

Jazak’Allah for sharing this.. Much needed advise from the noble shaykh.. Phenomena thats quiet rampant amongst us these days..

Only Saying Bismillaah When Beginning Food

Taken from ‘Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah’

By the Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa’ Muhammad Nasir uddeen al-Albaani

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

No. 344- From Umar bin Abu Salmah who said: I was a young boy in the house of the Messenger of Allaah-sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-and my hands used to take food from all over the dish, the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam - said to me:

‘O boy! If you eat, then say ‘Bismillaah’ and eat with your right hand and eat what is close to you.’

al-Albaani said: ‘In this hadeeth, there is evidence that the Sunnah regarding mentioning the name of Allaah when beginning food is to say, only
بسم الله

‘Bismillaah’ (In The Name of Allaah)

Likewise, there is the hadeeth of Aeysha -Radi Allaahu anhu- where the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said,

‘If one of you eats food, then he should say ‘Bismillaah’. If you forget to say it when beginning then you should say:
‫بسم الله في أوله وفي آخره

‘Bismillaah fee awwalihi wa aakhirihi’.’

[Collected by Tirmidhi, who authenticated it. It also has a supporting narration in the hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood.]

The hadeeth of Aeysha -Radi Allaahu anhu- was authenticated by Ibn al-Qayyim in ‘Az-Za’ad’ and was strengthened by al-Haafidh in ‘al-Fath’ where he said ‘It is the most clear hadeeth that has been mentioned regarding the manner of saying Bismillaah’.

He also said, ‘As for the statement of an-Nawawi in ‘Al-Athkaar’ regarding the manners of eating where he said,

‘The description for saying Bismillaah is the most important thing from those things which are necessary to know. It is best to say:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


(In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy).

However, if he says ‘Bismillaah’, then this would be sufficient and he would have fulfilled the Sunnah.’

Ibn Hajr continues: I do not see a specific evidence to support his claim of its being better.’

I (al-Albaani) say, there is nothing better than the Sunnah of the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- ‘And the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.’ Therefore, if nothing has been affirmed regarding saying ‘Bismillaah’ when commencing food except the saying of ‘Bismillaah’ only, then it is not permissible to add extra wording to that saying of ‘Bismillaah’, nor to imply that there is an extra wording that is better than saying ‘Bismillaah’ only!

This is because using this extra wording opposes that which was indicated in the hadeeth, ‘And the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.’

[Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah by Shaykh al-Albaani (No. 344)]

‘Abdu’l-Rahiman Ibn Ziyad Ibn An’um said:
‘While [Prophet] Musa (‘alaihis-salaam) was in a gathering Iblis came wearing a hooded cape that changed in colors. When the devil came nearer he took off the cape and set it down and came to Musa saying: ‘Peace be upon you. Musa replied: ‘Who are you?’ He said: ‘I am Iblis. ‘ Musa responded: ‘No greetings from Allah to you, what brought you here?’ The devil said: ‘I came to greet you because of your high godly status.’ Musa said: ‘What have I seen you wearing?’ Iblis replied: ‘I use it (the cape) to capture the hearts of the sons of Adam.’

Musa asked: ‘What is it that if a human does will enable you to take him over?’

He replied: ‘If he becomes fond of himself, and considered his (good) deeds plentiful .’ I warn you from three things:

First, never be alone with a woman that is not lawful to you. Because whenever someone does so, I personally accompany him and use her to seduce him.
Second, never promise Allah something except that you fulfill your promise. Whenever someone promises Allah something I personally accompany him to prevent him from fulfilling his promise.
And never take an amount of money to give charity except that you make sure you give it to that charity. Whenever someone takes an amount of money to give to charity, I personally accompany him to persuade him not to give it.
Then Iblis walked away saying: ‘Woe to me, thrice, I have taught [Prophet] Musa from what to warn the sons of Adam.’

[Ibn AbI al-Dunya in Maka’d al-Shaytaan, 1 1 /47]

Posted from the Book – The Devil’s Deceptions (Talbis Iblis): By Imam Abu’l Faraj Ibn Al Jawzi

Al-Albaani on The Rulers and The Masses Turning Away from the Quraan

by The Albaani Blog

"It was narrated that Talhah bin Musarrif said, ‘I asked ’Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa, ‘Did the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ leave a will?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Why is making a will prescribed for the Muslims, or why are they commanded to make wills?’ He said, ‘His final will was to adhere to the Book of Allaah.’’" [Muslim, The Book of Wills, no. 4227]

“I [i.e., al-Albaani] say: i.e., to act according to what is in it and to judge by it when disputes occur, and this great will has become virtually nullified amongst the masses of Muslims today—as for their rulers, then they have turned away from acting according to it and have followed the laws laid down by the disbelievers, and as for their public, then they refuse to judge according to it in disputed issues and have [instead] taken to the opinions of men and theirmadhhabs, becoming content with reciting it in their houses and over the graves of their deceased, for blessing.

So to Allaah we complain and from Him do we seek aid.”

Mukhtasar Saheeh Muslim, p. 259.

Abdullah ibn Masood (Radiallahu anhu) :

“Speech by itself is worthless, unless it is followed by action. Speech and action by themselves are worthless, unless they have the right intention. And speech, action, and the right intention are worthless unless they agree with the Sunnah.”

[Jaami’ al-Uloom, p. 70]

Is Isnad apart of Deen?

Imam Abd Allah ibn al-Mubarak (Allah be pleased with him) said:

“Isnad is part of religion (deen), and if it was not for Isnad, one would have said whatever one desired. When it is said (to the one who speaks without an Isnad): “Who informed you? He remains silent and bewildered.” (See: Introduction to Sahih Muslim, 1/87, al-Jami’ li akhlaq al-rawi wa adab al-sami’ and others)

He (Abd Allah ibn al-Mubarak) also stated:

"The one who seeks matters of his deen without an Isnad is similar to the one who climbs to the roof without a ladder.”

Sufyan al-Thawri (Allah have mercy on him) said:
“Isnad is the weapon of a believer. When one does not possess a weapon, then with what will he combat?.”

Sayyiduna Imam Shafi’i (Allah have mercy on him) says:

“The example of the one who seeks Hadith without an Isnad is of a person who gathers wood in the night. He carries a bundle of sticks not knowing that there is a snake in it.” (m, meaning, he gathers and collects all types of narrations, the genuine and spurious, ).

Baqiyya ibn al-Walid (Allah have mercy on him) once related to Hammad ibn Zaid (Allah have mercy on him) certain narrations that were void of Isnad. So Hammad said: “If only they had wings.”

Imam Ibn Taymiyya (Allah have mercy on him) states:

“Isnad is a unique feature of this Ummah and Islam. Then from among the Muslims, it is a speciality of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah.”

(The above statements have been recorded by Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda (Allah have mercy on him) in his excellent work, al-Isnad min al-Din P. 18-20)

From Daruliftaa.com

Ibn Barjas (rahimahullaah) said:

“O student! If you want knowledge from its sources then you should stick to the great scholars: those who have gray beards and weak bodies and have lost their power in [pursuit of] knowledge and educating. Stick to them before they disappear and take from their treasure before they take it with them. One misses the full-moon in the dark night.”

(al-’Awa’iq, p. 26)

Wrong understandings Regarding some of the Rulings of Wudu….

1 – Some people presume that it is not allowed to perform Wudu whilst being uncovered!

The noble scholar AbdulAziz Ibn Baz said:

‘Covering ones private parts is not a condition in the correctness of Wudu.’

[Fatawa Ibn Baz 10/101]

2  – Some people presume that if one precedes washing a limb from the left hand side before one from the right hand side then their Wudu is not correct.

Imam Nawawi said:

‘The scholars are in consensus that preceding the right over that of the left from washing the hands and feet in Wudu is a Sunnah, if it is opposed in washing [left before the right] then a virtue is missed out on but the Wudu is correct.’

[Sharh Saheeh Muslim 3/160]

3 – Many people raise their finger whilst reciting the testification of Islaam after Wudu.

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘I do not know of a foundation for this action.’

[Fatawa noor ala Darb 8/117]

4 – Some people think that if you touched some impurity that you have to repeat your Wudu from the beginning!

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘Stepping upon impurities while it is moist does not invalidate the Wudu, however, it is upon the person to purify that which it is obligatory to purify; meaning you only have to purify the place that was affected by the impurity.’

[Fatawa Ibn Uthaymeen 52/119]

5 – Many people find it difficult in themselves to wipe over socks which have be holes in them.

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘It is permissible to wipe over socks which have holes in them and it is permissible to wipe over thin Khuff (leather socks), because many of the Companions were poor, and generally the poor have Khuff which have holes in them.

[Fatawa Ibn Uthaymeen 11/116]

6 – Some people wipe over socks which have pictures on them of those things which posses a soul.

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘It is not permissible to wipe over a sock which had a picture of an animal on it because wiping over the Khuff is an allowance and it is not allowed with sinning.’

[Fatawa Ibn Uthaymeen 11/116]

One of the Salaf, al Imām Fudayl bin Iyād (رضي الله عنه) said,

“I learned patience from a small boy. On my way to the Masjid one day, I came across a woman beating her son at home. As he was yelling and screaming, he managed to open the door and flee. So his mother locked the door on him. When I returned from the Masjid, I found the boy after having cried and wept sleeping at the door of his home longing for his mother. So his mother’s heart softened and she opened the door for him.” Upon witnessing that, Fudayl bin Iyād cried until his beard became wet with tears, and then he said “SubhānAllāh! If only the servant was to be patient at the door of Allāh, Allāh would surely open it!”

[Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah (6/22)]