Upon The Deen

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

How is your companionship?

On the authority of Abu Musa al-Ash’ari رضي الله عنه the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

"A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace."

Bukhari and Muslim

How after Ramadhan how do we behave

How excellent are the people who have abandoned sweet dreams, withdrawing from that for which they erected their feet for. Standing up to fatigue themselves in the dark, seeking a portion of the blessing. When the night comes they stand up, and when the day arrives they derive lessons from it. When they look at their faults they seek forgiveness, and when they think about their sins they cry and feel dejected. O’ dwelling of the beloved, where are your inhabitants? O’ places of sincerity, where are your residents? O’ spot of the pious, where are your people? O’ places of nightly prayer, where are your vistors? I have, by Allaah, traveled around and found these people extinct. Those who used to stay awake at night have gone away and the lovers of sleep are left. These times have sought eating the lust to replace fasting.
[Imam Ibn Jawzi - al-Yawaqit al Jawziyya p.g 28-29]

Prophet sallallahualaiwasallam used to do raful yadain for every takbeer before rukoo as its narrated via authentic chain in musnad imam ahmad no 6175. Its declared saheeh by albani in al-irwa no 640.

Imam muhammad bin ibrahim bin mundhir made istidlaal from above hadith to do raful yadain in eid prayer (talkhees al habeer no. 692)

Imam bayhaqi made istidlaal from above hadith to do raful yadain in eid prayer (sunan al-kubra 3/292)

Imam awzaee said one should raful yafain in takbeeratul eid ( ahkaam al eid of al-faryabi 136 with authentic chain)

Its authentically established from imam malik that he was in favor of raful yadain in takbeerat al eid see ahkaam al eid of al faryabi 137.

This was also position of ataa, shafiee and ahmad.

No scholar made radd on this istidlaal of muhadditheen based on this general hadith. Tahqeeq of imam albani and imam mubarakfoori is not to be given precedence over tahqeeq of kibaar muhadditheen.


فإن الإجماع منعقد على مشروعية رفع اليدين في التكبيرة الأولى من صلاتي العيد والجنازة، وقد نقل هذا الإجماع ابن المنذر و ابن قدامة و النووي وغيرهم.
واختلفوا في رفعهما في سائر التكبيرات، فذهب الجمهور من علماء الشافعية والحنابلة والحنفية إلى استحبابها في صلاة العيدين

It is a matter of Ijmaa’, reported by Ibn Qudamah, Ibn Al Mundhir, Al Nawawi and others, that it is prescribed for a person to raise his hands in the first Takbirah of Eid and Funeral prayers. As for the rest of Takbiraat, the majority of scholars (i.e. shafie, hanbali and hanafi madhabs) said it is preferable to raise the hand in the other takbiraat of Eid.

The scholar Ibn al-Haaj said in al-Madkhal (vol. 2, 283): The proven Sunnah with regard to the Eid prayer is that it should be offered in the prayer-place, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A prayer offered in this mosque of mine is better than a thousand prayers offered elsewhere, except in al-Masjid al-Haraam.” (al-Bukhaari, 1190; Muslim, 1394). Then despite that great virtue he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the prayer-place and left the mosque. This clearly indicates that the command to go out to the prayer-place for Eid prayer is confirmed, so this is the Sunnah. According to the madhhab of Maalik (may Allaah have mercy on him), offering the Eid prayer in the mosque is bid’ah (an innovation), unless there is some reason why it is necessary to do that, in which case it is not bid’ah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do it and neither did any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after him. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded the women to come out to the Eid prayer, and he told the menstruating women and women in seclusion to come out. One of them said, O Messenger of Allaah, one of us does not have a jilbaab.” He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Let her sister lends her a jilbaab so that she may witness goodness and attend the gathering of the Muslims.” (See Saheeh al-Bukhari, 324; Saheeh Muslim, 890).

Bidding farewell to Ramadhan

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali: Bidding Farewell to Ramadan

‘Servants of God! The month of Ramadan has resolved to leave, and only a little of it now remains. Those among you who have done well in it, let them see it through till its end. Those who have fallen short, let them finish it with goodly actions. Enjoy the remaining few days and nights that are left of it. Bid it farewell with righteous deeds that will testify in your favour before the All-Knowing King. See it off by parting with it with the purist greeting of peace …

O month of Ramadan, be gentle! The tears of the lovers are streaming down at your departure and their hearts torn asunder at the pain of separation. Perhaps standing to bid you farewell may quench the flames of yearning that burn within. Perhaps a few moments of repentance and abstinence may mend of the fast all that has pierced it. Perhaps one cut-off from the caravan [of fasters] may find divine acceptance along with them. Perhaps one who was deserving of the Fire will be set free. Perhaps one shackled by sins will be liberated. Perhaps the sinner shall be shown mercy too by the Protecting Master.’

Imam Ahmad said:

"We gained this knowledge in a humble manner so we will not teach it except in a humble manner."

[Siyar ‘Alaam, (11/231)]

"The reason why im so worried about this is that my mum and brothers have become too close to them and they have not learnt their lesson as we used to know another 'sheikh' who used to sing songs and one day we were told he is deviant and is in touch with jinns. Aoodhu Billah.I know you may be busy but my mum is ill at the moment which causes her to talk to them more and them talk to her without any modesty. Please help me and reply back to this email asap,JazakAllaah KhairAsalaamualykum."

Asked by Anonymous

Allaah grant your family shifa and protection ameeen! i can get you in touch with a few shayookh this is not a problem inshaAllaah forgive my delayed response. the things you have described sound very strange and shouldn’t be done by a so called ‘sheikh’ 

What are you crying for?

✒ قال العلامة الشيخ عبد العزيز بن باز رحمه الله تعالى رحمة واسعة:
من يبكي في الدعاء ولا يبكي عند سماع كلام الله تعالى، ينبغي له أن يعالج نفسه، ويخشع في قراءته أعظم مما يخشع في دعائه، لأن الخشوع في القراءة أهم. (11/346)
📚 الاختيارات الفقهية ص.91
✒ The ‘Allaamah Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz—may Allaah the Exalted have mercy on him—said:
Whoever cries in his du’aa and not upon hearing the words of Allaah The Exalted, ought to treat himself (from this) and [instead] have Khushuu’ (concentration with submissiveness) in his recitation more than he does in his du’aa, because Khushoo’ in the recitation is more important (11/346).
📚 Source: Al-ikhtiyaaraat Al-fiqhiyyah pg 9.

Reference for a previous post.

Below narration can be found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal, and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah.

((.مر سيدنا عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه ذات يوم برجل في السوق. فإذا بالرجل يدعوا ويقول: ( اللهم اجعلني من عبادك القليل… اللهم اجعلني من عبادك القليل ..)

((.فقال له سيدنا عمر : من أين أتيت بهذا الدعاء ..؟؟ فقال الرجل…ان الله يقول في كتابه العزيز ((وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِيَ الشَّكُورُ

.فبكى سيدنا عمر…….وقال : كل الناس أفقه منك يا عمر..اللهم اجعلنا من عبادك القليل

إذا نصحت أحداً بترك معصية كان رده: أكثر الناس تفعل ذلك لست وحدي !! وﻟﻮ ﺑﺤﺜﺖ ﻋﻦ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ ” ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺱ” ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻘﺮﺁﻥ ﻟﻮﺟﺪﺕ ﺑﻌﺪﻫﺎ ( ﻻ‌ ﻳﻌﻠﻤﻮﻥ – ﻻ‌ ﻳﺸﻜﺮﻭﻥ – ﻻ‌ ﻳﺆﻣﻨﻮﻥ ) ﻭﻟﻮ ﺑﺤﺜﺖ ﻋﻦ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ “ﺃﻛﺜﺮﻫﻢ” ﻟﻮﺟﺪﺕ ﺑﻌﺪﻫﺎ ( ﻓﺎﺳﻘﻮﻥ – ﻳﺠﻬﻠﻮﻥ – ﻣﻌﺮﺿﻮﻥ – ﻻ‌ ﻳﻌﻘﻠﻮﻥ – ﻻ‌ ﻳﺴﻤﻌﻮن)

ﻓﻜﻦ أﻧﺖ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻘﻠﻴﻞ ﺍﻟﺬﻳﻦ ﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻰ ﻓﻴﻬﻢ : { ﻭﻗﻠﻴﻞ ﻣﻦ ﻋﺒﺎﺩﻱ ﺍﻟﺸﻜﻮﺭ } { ﻭﻣﺎ ﺁﻣﻦ ﻣﻌﻪ ﺇﻻ‌ ﻗﻠﻴﻞ } { ﺛﻠﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻷ‌ﻭﻟﻴﻦ ﻭﻗﻠﻴﻞ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻵ‌ﺧﺮﻳﻦ } ﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﺑﻦ ﺍﻟﻘﻴﻢ – ﺭﺣﻤﻪ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ : “ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﺑﻄﺮﻳﻖ ﺍﻟﺤﻖ ﻭﻻ‌ ﺗﺴﺘﻮﺣﺶ ﻟﻘﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﺎلكين، ﻭﺇﻳﺎﻙ ﻭﻃﺮﻳﻖ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﻃﻞ ﻭﻻ‌ ﺗﻐﺘﺮ ﺑﻜﺜﺮﺓ ﺍﻟﻬﺎﻟﻜﻴﻦ ”

When Umar bin al-Khattab radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating, “O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.’(Qur’an 34:13)” So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that
most people “do not know” (7:187),
“do not give thanks”(2:243)
“do not believe” (11:17). And if you look for
“most of them”, you will find that most of them are “defiantly disobedient” (5:59),
“ignorant” (6:111), “turning away” (21:24),
“do not reason” (29:23), and “do not listen” (8:21).

So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:

“And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)

“But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)

“In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)

Ibn al-Qayyim (ra) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

Uthaymeen “finish Ramadhan by turning to Allaah after having sinned against him”

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “My brothers, finish Ramadaan by turning to Allaah the Most High in repentance from having sinned against Him, and by returning to Him in repentance by doing what pleases Him, for no person is void of having mistakes or shortcomings, all of the Children of Aadam make mistakes and the best of those who do so are those who repent. And when He addressed him, Allaah the Mighty and Majestic urged the Prophet ﷺ to seek His forgiveness and to turn to Him in repentance, saying, ‘And turn to Allaah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.’”

Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan, p. 229

Sheikh uthaymeen a layman can be better than a student of knowledge

Questioner: I want to ask you about [the periods of] slackness [a person goes through], its causes and the cure for it, because a person sometimes feels weakness in his [practice of the] religion?

’Uthaimeen: It is not possible for a person to remain on a single uniform routine, even the Companions said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! When we are with you we take heed and believe, and when we go to our families, our women and children, we forget,’ so he said, ‘A time for this and a time for that.’

It is not possible for a person to remain on a single uniform routine, but he must try to guard his heart’s uprightness, when the heart becomes good the whole body does so too.

He must leave delving into things that do not concern him.
He must leave disputing about things that have no benefit.
He must leave partisanship which has split the Ummah, and he must turn to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

For this reason you will see that the layman is better in his belief [‘aqeedah] and sincerity than many of the students of knowledge, [students of knowledge] whose only concern is to criticise and refute, [whose only concern is], ‘It was said and he said [qeel wa qaal],’ and, ‘What do you say, O so and so?’ and, ‘What do you say about so and so?’ and, ‘What do you say about that book and about what so and so wrote?’

This is what causes a servant to become lost and takes Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, away from his heart, and leaves him without any concern except for, ‘It was said … he said …’

So my advice to every person is that he turns to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and that he leaves the people and their disagreements.

This is the best thing.”

When Umar bin al-Khattab radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating, “O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”
So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.’(Qur’an 34:13)” So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”
Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people “do not know” (7:187), “do not give thanks” (2:243) and “do not believe” (11:17). And if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are “defiantly disobedient” (5:59), “ignorant” (6:111), “turning away” (21:24), “do not reason” (29:23), and “do not listen” (8:21).
So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:
“And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)
“But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)
“In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)
Ibn al-Qayyim (ra) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

Imam Ahmed started with chains of narration

The Madhab of Athari or the importance of ahadeeth

قال عبد الوهاب الوراق : ((ما رأيت مثل أحمد بن حنبل ـ رحمة الله عليه ـ، قالوا له: وأيش الذي كان من فضله وعلمه على سائر من رأيت؟، قال: رجل سئل عن ستين ألف مسألة فأجاب عنها بأن قال: حدثنا وأخبرنا)) الطيوريات ١٠٢٦

‘Abdul-Wahhaab al-Warraaq (rahimahullaah) said:

“I have not seen the likes of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, rahimahullah.”

They said:

“And what is it from his virtues and knowledge over and above others whom you have seen?”

He responded:

“The man was asked regarding sixty thousand affairs, and he answered by saying: Haddathanaa and Akhbaranaa!”

i.e. So-and-so narrated to us, and so-and-so informed us. So Imaam Ahmad would answer every question beginning with the chain of narration leading to a hadeeth.

4603 - أَخْبَرَنَا خَلَّادُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ الْمُقْرِيُ بْنُ خَالِدٍ الْوَاسِطِيِّ، بِنَهَرِ [ص:463] سَابُسَ عَلَى الدِّجْلَةِ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبَّاسُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ التَّرْقُفِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا الْمُقْرِئُ، حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ أَبِي أَيُّوبَ، حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو الْأَسْوَدِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ مُجَاهِدٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّهُ كَانَ فِي الرِّبَاطِ، فَفَزِعُوا إِلَى السَّاحِلِ، ثُمَّ قِيلَ: لَا بَأْسَ، فَانْصَرَفَ النَّاسُ وَأَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ وَاقِفٌ، فَمَرَّ بِهِ إِنْسَانٌ، فَقَالَ: مَا يُوقِفُكَ يَا أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ؟، فَقَالَ: سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ: «مَوْقِفُ سَاعَةٍ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ قِيَامِ لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ عِنْدَ الْحَجَرِ الْأَسْوَدِ»

Rough Translation

Mujaahid reported from Abu hurayra (r.a) that he (abu hurayra) was among the army (who was advancing towards the enemy) when due to a certain news the people began to disperse (in fear or worry) and were told (then) there is nothing ! (to worry about) so they came back (in ranks) and Abu hurayra (r.a) was still standing (in guard in his former place). A man passed by and asked him : “ why are you standing (as such)?” Abu huraira replied that he heard from the Messenger of Allah that to stand in the path of Allah for a moment (i.e to guard the Muslim borders or the army) is better than (achieving) laylatul qadr near the black stone (in ka`bah)
[Ref: Saheeh ibn Hibban, 4603, saheeh by Shaykh Arnou`t and albaanee]

As for the below objection of Abu Haatim , see silsilah saheeha (1068)

قَالَ أَبُو حَاتِمٍ: «سَمِعَ مُجَاهِدٌ مِنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَحَادِيثَ مَعْلُومَةً بَيْنَ سَمَاعِهِ فِيهَا عُمَرُ بْنُ ذَرٍّ، وَقَدْ وَهِمَ مَنْ زَعَمَ أَنَّهُ لَمْ يَسْمَعْ مِنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ شَيْئًا لِأَنَّ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ مَاتَ سَنَةَ ثَمَانٍ وَخَمْسِينَ فِي إِمَارَةِ مُعَاوِيَةَ، وَكَانَ مَوْلِدُ مُجَاهِدٍ سَنَةَ إِحْدَى وَعِشْرِينَ فِي خِلَافَةِ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ، وَمَاتَ مُجَاهِدٌ سَنَةَ ثَلَاثَ وَمِئَةٍ، فَدُلَّ هَذَا عَلَى أَنَّ مُجَاهِدًا سَمِعَ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ»

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab رحمه الله said:
“A Muslim is not right in his religion, even if he rejects everything other than Allah, unless he feels enmity towards the disbelievers and makes this known to them” as Allah says:
“You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred. Those - He has decreed within their hearts faith and supported them with spirit from Him. And We will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him - those are the party of Allah . Unquestionably, the party of Allah - they are the successful.” (58:22)

[six points from Sira, Majmu’aat at-Tawhid, pg 19]