August 2010


May Allaah, with His Mercy, protect both me and you from the Hellfire. I advise both you and myself to fear Allaah. And I warn you not to turn to ignorance after you have learned, not to turn to destruction after you have seen and recognized the truth, and not to leave the (Straight) Path after it has been made clear to you. Do not become deceived by worldly people, and do not become unduly impressed by the way they strive for and greedily gather worldly things, for the terror (that will envelop them on the Day of Resurrection) is severe indeed. The danger (of the Day of Resurrection) is grave indeed, but what is more, it is near at hand. So occupy yourself exclusively with the Hereafter, and empty your heart of all other thoughts; once you have done that, work hard! Do not waste time! And flee from the world and its temptations! Travel to the Hereafter (with your worship) before you are taken there…I have indeed given you the same advice that I gave myself.

And understand that success comes from Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala). The key to gaining His help is supplication, prayer, feeling remorse for past negligence, and complete submission to Him. Your days and nights are numbered, so use the time you have left wisely, and do not be negligent in fulfilling the rights of your Lord. I ask Allaah, Who has blessed us to know Him, not to entrust us and you to our ownselves; and I ask Allaah to be our Guardian and Helper, just as He is the Guardian and Helper of His beloved, righteous slaves.

Beware of doing that which will spoil your deeds, and know that it is showing off that spoils a person’s deeds; and if it is not showing off, then it is conceitedness – for you to imagine that you are better than one of your Muslim brothers, when in reality he performs more good deeds than you do; or perhaps he performs his deeds with a purer intention than you do. And even if you are not conceited, beware of developing a love for praise. Be ever so careful not to come to love other people’s praise of your good deeds, or the respect they feel for you and bestow upon you because of your good deeds. And beware of desiring that others should help you in your personal affairs just because they have become impressed with your good deeds. You surely claim (as does everyone else), after all, that you are doing good deeds only for the sake of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala); well, then turn that claim into a reality. If you want to be less desirous of this world – its things, wealth, and pleasures – and more desirous of the Hereafter — Paradise and its bliss – then remember death frequently.

And know that you have long term hopes for this world – which one should not have — if you fear Allaah only a little or if you recklessly perpetrate sins. And one will be sufficiently regretful and wretched on the Day of Resurrection if he has knowledge but does not apply it.

  • Transcribed from: The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree, rahimahullaah, page 181-183

All praise is for Allaah who granted His servants these seasons of favors and bounties. He guided whomever He willed to avail themselves of these opportunities to increase their good deeds and actions. Yet, He (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) forsake others who turn away from taking advantage of these seasons and lose the goodness thereof. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) Alone, having no partners, the Lord of the heavens. I also bear witness that Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His Messenger and slave, the best man ever created. May the peace and blessings of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) be upon him, his family, his Companions and those who rightly followed their guidance throughout the passage of time.

O people! Fear Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) and take advantage of the seasons of goodness and Allaah’s (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) favors by building up what draws you nearer to your Lord, and beware of wasting and giving up these opportunities. If you do so, you will regret every moment you waste.

O brothers! If you do not profit in this great month, then when do you plan to profit? If one does not revert to his Lord in this month, when does he intend to revert? He who is still inactive in gaining the favors and goodness of this month, when does he think he will be righteous and successful? (more…)

~ There are no words for this, really and truly.

Fahd ibn ‘Abdil-’Azeez as-Sunaydee narrates(14):

Shaykh Talaal ibn Ahmad al-’Aqeel said: In the early evening of 27th Muharram 1420 AH, right after the Maghrib salaah, myself, Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Ujayree and Misfir al-Moosaa, went to visit the noble Shaykh Ibn Baaz at his home, in Taif. As was his habit, the Shaykh had around him 25 people who had come to visit him. Everyone had their need; this one wants to ask for a fatwa and this one wants to ask a question and this one just came to visit to extend his greetings (salaam) to the Shaykh. On that day, I saw the Shaykh‘s face was radiating with light (noor) and his happiness indicated how much at ease he was and his desire to show love to all those who were gathered around him.

So, he asked the name of everyone who extended their greetings to him, and if he knew them, he would ask them about their affairs, their family and children. Someone came to the Shaykh and he gave him (enough) to satisfy his needs, and another called from one of the Arab states to ask the extent of his ability to assist him in gaining entry to the Islaamic University in Madeenah. The Shaykh said to him: “Send (us) your papers and we will do what we are able are able to.” Another came to ask him for a fatwa regarding divorce and the Shaykh responded to his question with much composure and wisdom.

One of the Shaykhs came to extend greetings to the Shaykh on behalf of some of the Shuyookh, and he asked for the Shaykh‘s opinion regarding electric mosquito repellents. The Shaykh replied: “If it is electric, then it is (a form of) fire and thus it is not permissible to strike mosquitoes with fire.”

Then the servant of the house came with coffee, tea and bakhoor (incense) and the Shaykh continued to answer the telephone, one call after another. To the right of the Shaykh sat Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez ibn Naasir, and to his left sat Shaykh Ibn Moosaa; both of them had papers with them, each one reading one after the other to the Shaykh.

Suddenly, the Shaykh raised his voice and said: “I ask Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall to grant tawfeeq to everyone with all that is good, and to purify our intentions and to accept from us (our) sincere actions and to grant Islaam and the Muslims honour.” Then he made a long supplication while we responded by saying ‘Aameen.’ Then the adhaan for the ‘Ishaa salaah was called, and we stood and bade farewell to the Shaykh; kissing his hands, which were warm and smooth. Again, he prayed for tawfeeq for us.

This is what the Shaykh was doing during the final hours of his life.’

Footnote(s):

14) Mawaaqif Mudhee’ah fee Hayaat al-Imaam ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz – Page 95.

  • Transcribed from: Jewels of Guidance || …Gems from the lives of the three imaams, Ibn Baaz, al-Albaanee, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – may Allaah have mercy upon them all

All praise is due to Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) Who has guided us to Islaam. Had He not guided us, we would never have been guided. I praise Him, thank Him (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) for His sweet favors and hard afflictions. I further repent to Him and seek His forgiveness. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allaah Alone having no partners. I also bear witness that Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His servant and Messenger, may the peace and blessings, of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) be upon him, his family, his Companions, and everyone that follows His guidance until the Day of Reckoning.

O servants of Allaah! Fear Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) and be aware of the fact that Islaam clarified and explained every matter in this life and the Hereafter by showing us their basics and details. One of the many advantages of Islaam is that it made the Friday congregational prayer obligatory upon every Muslim except women, children, slaves, travelers, and sick people. This noble and solemn occasion is said to be the best day of the week. Adaam (‘alaihi sallaam) was created, placed in Paradise, and expelled from Paradise on a Friday. Judgment Day will begin on a Friday as well. Also, on Friday there is an  hour during which if any Muslim asks Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) for something while praying, his prayer will be answered. The nations before us were given the chance to choose this day as their sacred day — yet the Muslims were guided to choose it. So praise your Lord and fulfill on that Day what He has commanded you to fulfill. In regard to this, Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) says:

فَاسْعَوْا إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ

“Come to the remembrance of Allaah [Jumu'aah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaat (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing).” [62:9]

The meaning of aspiring for the remembrance of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) here is to be concerned about the Friday Prayer and what it entails as well as to approach it with humility and tranquility. Do not ignore it or be lazy in performing it lest it cause your hearts to be sealed after which you will never be happy. In this regard, the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: (more…)

Supplication is one of the most beneficial cures. It is the enemy of affliction, challenging and treating it, by preventing it from occurring; it removes it or weakens it if it falls upon a believer. It is the weapon of every believer, as reported by Al-Haakim in his Sahih book, on the authority of Ali bin Abi Talib (radiallaahu ta’aala ‘anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Supplication is the weapon of the believer; it is the pillar of Islaam, and the light of the heavens and the earth.”

There are three situations in relation to this affliction or trial:

First, when it is more powerful than the affliction so it drives it away.

Second, when it is weaker than the affliction, however it reduces its effect.

Third, when they resist each other and so each one prevents the other from being effective.

Abu Khizamah said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, do the incantations that we invoke, the medicine that we apply, and the preventative measures that we observe avert, in anyway, the Decree of Allaah?’ He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: ‘That is also a part of the Decree of Allaah (Al-Qadr).’”(1)

Thawbaan (radiallaahu ta’aala ‘anhu) also reported that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Only supplication averts the decree, only kindness prolongs life, and a man is deprived of provision for a fault he commits.”(2)

Footnotes:

1) Recorded by At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ibn Maajah

2) Recorded by At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah

  • Transcribed from: Spiritual Disease and its Cure | Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah)

By: Al-Hafith Abu Bakr Muhammed Bin Al Hussain Al-Ajuree (rahimahullaah)

Translated by: Mustafa George DeBerry

“Say: “Verily, my salaat, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of all the worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.”

Al-An’aam: 162

Q. A man abandoned the fast of Ramadhaan in order to earn a livelihood for himself and the children under his care; what is the ruling?


A.
If this man who abandoned fasting the month of Ramadhaan with the excuse that he was earning a living for himself and his children, did so to misinterpretation believing that just as it is permissible for the sick person to break his fast, so, it is permissible for one who cannot earn his living without breaking his fast to do so, then he is guilty of misinterpretation, and he must make up for Ramadhaan if he is still alive, and if he is dead, it must be made up for him. If the one responsible for his affairs does not fast on his behalf, he must feed a destitute person for each day on his behalf.

But if he abandoned it due to some reason other than misinterpretation, then the most authoritative view from among the opinions of the scholars is that every act of worship has a stated time, and if a person deliberately removes it from its stated time without an excuse, it is not accepted from him. So all that he can do is to perform righteous deeds and many supererogatory acts of worship and seek forgiveness from Allaah. The evidence for this is the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in an authentic Hadeeth:

مَنْ عَمِلَ  عَمَلاً لَيْسَ عَلَيْهِ أََمْرُنَا فَهُوَ رَدٌّ

“Whoever performed a deed which is not from this matter (i.e. this religion) of ours, he will have it rejected.”(1)

And just an act of worship may not be performed before its stated time, likewise, it may not be performed after its stated time. However, if there is some excuse, such as ignorance or forgetfulness, then the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said regarding forgetfulness:

مَنْ نَامَ عَنْ صَلاَةٍ أَوْ نَسِيَهَا فَلْيُصَلِّهَا إِذَا ذَكَرَهَا، لاَ كَفَّارَةَ لَهَا إِلاَّ ذَلِكَ

“Whoever slept through a prayer or forgot it, he should offer it as soon as he remembers it, and there is no atonement upon him except this.”(2)

However, the case of ignorance requires a detailed explanation, and this is not the place for it.

Footnotes:

1) Reported by al-Bukhaaree in the Book of Sales, in the Chapter: An-Najsh (Increasing the Price in Order to Cheat Someone) in a Mu’allaq form: and by Muslim in the Book of Judgements, in the Chapter: Invalidation of False Rulings and the Rejection of Innovated Matters (1718).

2) Reported by Muslim in the Book of Masjids, in the Chapter: Making up for Missed Prayers (314)

  • Transcribed from: Fatawa Arkanul Islaam, volume 2 | Shaykh Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, rahimahullaah

Q. If a menstruating woman becomes clean before Fajr, and she makes Ghusl after it has started, what is the ruling on her fast?

A. Her fast is valid if she is positive that she became clean before the start of Fajr. The important thing is that she is certain that she was clean, because some women think that they have become clean and they have not. Because of this, the women used to come to ‘Aishaah (radiyallaahu ‘anha), with a piece of cotton to show her the signs of having become cleansed of their menses, and she would say to them: “Do not be hasty, wait until you see the white discharge.”(1)

So, a woman is obliged to be patient until she is positive that she has become clean, and once she has become clean, she should make the intention to fast, even if she did not perform Ghusl until after the start of Fajr; she is also obliged to observe the prayer. So, she should perform Ghusl quickly in order to offer the Fajr prayer at its stated time.

We have been informed that some women become clean after the start of Fajr or before the start of Fajr, but they delay performing Ghusl until after sunrise, with the excuse that they want to make a more complete, cleaner and purer Ghusl. This is a mistake, whether in the month of Ramadhaan or in any other month. Because it is an obligation upon her to make Ghusl quickly in order to offer the prayer at its stated time. She may restrict herself to the (minimum) obligatory Ghusl in order to perform the prayer, then if she wishes to increase her purification and cleansing after sunrise, there is no sin upon her. The menstruating woman is like one in a state of major ritual impurity, who did not perform Ghusl until the start of Fajr; there is no sin upon her, and her fast is valid. Likewise, if a man was in a state of ritual impurity, and he did not perform Ghusl for it until after the start of Fajr, there would be no sin upon him for that. It has been confirmed from the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that Fajr would begin while he was in a state of ritual impurity due to having sexual intercourse with his wife, and he would fast and perform Ghusl after the start of Fajr(2). And Allaah knows better.

Footnotes:

1) Reported by al-Bukhaaree in a Mu’allaq form, in the Book of Menstruation, in the Chapter: The Approach of Menstruation and the End of it.

2) Reported by al-Bukhaaree in the Book of Fasting, in the Chapter: The Ghusl of the Fasting Person (1930); and by Muslim in the Book of Fasting, in the Chapter: The Validity of the Fast of the One Who is Still in Junub at the Time of Fajr (1109).

  • Transcribed from: Fatawa Arkanul Islaam, volume 2 | Shaykh Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, rahimahullaah

Q. Is it permissible for the breast-feeding woman to break her fast? And when should she make up for it? And may she feed (poor people instead of fasting)?

A. If the breast-feeding woman fears that fasting will harm her child by reducing the milk, then she may break her fast, but she must make up for it later, because she is similar to a sick person, about whom Allaah says:

وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّـهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ

“…and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allaah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.” [Al-Baqarah (2):185]

Then once the danger is past, she may make it up for, either during the winter, when the days are shorter and the weather is cooler, or, if she is unable to do it in the winter, then in the following year. But as for feeding (poor people), it is not permissible except in a situation where the thing which prevents her from fasting or the excuse for not fasting is continuous, and it is not expected that it will be removed; in these circumstances, she may feed (poor people) instead of fasting.

  • Transcribed from: Fatawa Arkanul Islaam, volume 2 | Shaykh Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen, rahimahullaah

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