December 2010

Al Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad said,

“O Miskeen! You are an evil-doer and you think yourself to be one who does good. You are an ignoramus and you think yourself to be a scholar. You are a miser and you think yourself to be generous. O foolish one! You see that you are intelligent. Your time is short, but your hope is long.”

[Adh-Dhahabi]: I say: Yes, by Allah, he has spoken the truth. And you are an oppressor and you think yourself to be the one who is oppressed. And you eat what is unlawful and you think that you are cautious and fearful (in this regard). And you are a sinner and you think yourself to be just and upright. And you seek the knowledge (of the religion) for the world, and yet you think that you seek it for Allaah.

How are men known?

[From ‘al-Fawaa·idul-Hisaan’(2/18-19) of Husayn al-`Awaayishah].

Translated by Dawood Burbank

* From Sulaymaan ibn Mus-hir: from Kharashah ibn al-Hurr, who said:

‘A man bore witness in the presence of `Umar ibn al-Khattaab -radiyallaahu `anhu, so `Umar said to him: “I do not know you, and it does not harm you that I do not know you, but bring someone who does know you.”

So a man said: ‘I know him, O Chief of the Believers.’

He said: “What do you know of him.”

He said: ‘Uprightness.’

He said: “Is he your closest neighbour; so that you know about his night and his day, and his comings and goings?”

He said: ‘No.’

He said: “So have you had (monetary) dealings with him involving dirhams and deenars, which will indicate his piety?”

He said: ‘No.’

He said: “Then has he been your companion upon a journey which could indicate to you his good character?”

He said: ‘No.’

He said: “Then you do not know him.”

Then he said to the man: “Bring me someone who knows you.”[1]

[1] Reported by al-Bayhaqee and others, and it was declared to be ‘saheeh’ (authentic) by Ibnus-Sakan, and our Shaikh [i.e.Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee] agreed; and refer to’al-Irwaa·’ (no.2637).

1] Allaah is truly the best of those respond, and He responds and answers the supplications, and he is well able to respond to any supplication before you even ask and it is in His power to do so, and He does not abandon His slaves. so never question His Ability or His Mercy, rather ponder over His Wisdom and His promises

2] we truly don’t know what is best for us, because sometimes we may think we know what is best and we may ask so much for it, but perhaps it is not as significant as we think it may be compared to something else which is so much better for us, and Allaah’s choice for us is so much better for us that what we wish to choose for ourselves. and instead of Allaah giving us what we want just like that, He does us a big favor by keeping away from us those things we may ask Him which are not good for us. He is able to give us what we want and He could then easily make us taste its evil and then we would start regretting why we ever wanted that thing, and we would start regretting why we were not pleased with Allaah’s choice for us, but truly He saves us from this humiliation many times as He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy

3] Allaah hears all of our prayers and supplications, in times of great distress and in times of joy, and we are blessed that the decree of Allaah is according to His will and His infinite wisdom, because it we always got what we wanted, we would be destroyed. but rest assured that Allaah’s promise is true, and He will answer you if you ask Him sincerely and ask Him for khayr, and many times He grants you just what you wanted and puts so much barakah in it, but do remember that at other times, there may be something better for you, so the answer to your du’aa may not always come in the form or way you wanted, but in a form or way so much better than you could have ever wanted, and surely Allaah is able to bring you that and Allaah will grant you the khayr that you ask Him for if you would just put your trust in Him as you were commanded

4] Allaah is al-’Aleem, while we know nothing, so we have to trust Him and His judgments, and believe and have certainty that He is protecting us from great harm and bestowing on us favors we don’t deserve

5] It doesn’t decrease Allaah from His Richness to give you all you ask for in the blink of an eye, nor does it harm Him, so always know that whatever He decrees for you in terms of your hopes and dreams, it is out of His Wisdom and Mercy for you own sake and for your own good



• Explanation

noun [إسم] • / tafseer / • pl.  تفاسير tafāseer explanation, exposition, interpretation; commentary (esp. one on the Qur’aan); Qur’aan exegesis.

root • فسر

In the Name of Allaah…

Something came to my mind about a question I was asked the other night about people who only mention references to the scholars of recent times, specifically: Al-Albaanee, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn Úthaymeen.

You may recall that I said that these are – of course – the greatest scholars of recent times, and we are happy to hear people mention them with goodness and attach themselves to them.

I also mentioned that some people claim an attachment to them and then contradict their teachings, and so a good and wise tactic to use in calling them to the Truth would be to mention to them what those scholars have said about that issue that they are mistaken in, so that they could accept the correction more easily.

And I alluded to the idea of those three – may Allaah have Mercy on them – recommending other scholars and warning against certain callers. And that could be a way of introducing them to or helping them establish contact with other noteworthy scholars who are still alive.

I’d like to mention a specific example of this, that is sadly too common to hear. People say, “I prefer the manhaj of Shaykh Ibn Úthaymeen over the manhaj of Shaykh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee…” Or they may say Shaykh Ibn Baaz or Shaykh Al-Albaanee in place of Shaykh Ibn Úthaymeen, or all three of them!

Let’s be perfectly clear on this issue – this is not the speech of the people of knowledge. All three of those great scholars were upon the same manhaj of Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee (may Allaah preserve him) – the manhaj of the Salaf. This is not merely a devoted student’s opinion, rather, all three of those scholars have clear and specific praises of Shaykh Rabee’, his teachings, his books, his recordings, and even his refutations.

As for the statements of taxi drivers and their students, or anonymous internet writers, that the manhaj of Shaykh Ibn Úthaymeen was other than the manhaj of Shaykh Rabee’, etc… then it is simply jahl murak-kab (compound ignorance), when a person hears a specific point of disagreement between two scholars, and assumes that it means that a major disagreement has taken place, and that they have parted ways and gone forth on two different paths! (more…)

In the Name of the Most Gracious, the Creator of all things beautiful

The following is an email sent to me from a sister – may Allaah bless her. An overwhelming messenger of truth and reminders, it proved to be very beneficial to my well-being and I hope likewise it would to yours.

i ask Allaah to give you from the best of this dunyaa and the aakhira, aameen. don’t worry about anything ukhti, Allaah has written our plans for us, so we don’t have to worry about making our own plans… and indeed Allaah is the best of planners.

baarakAllaahu feeki, Allaah made me realize that yes i should focus on my ‘ibaadah and hifdh and seeking beneficial knowledge before a time comes when time will be much more constricted for me (i ask Allaah to never bring such a time and to increase me in my free time, aameen), and i should be doing that instead of thinking about any man and wasting my time over thoughts and reviving memories in my head that have long blown away with the scattered wind and slipped through my fingers like white sand… and indeed in this is a sign from our Lord that we are approaching the Day when we will stand in front of Him, and indeed in this is a sign from our Lord that He is al Maalik, not us, and that He owns all that is in the heavens and the earth and between them, and that He possesses all quwwa and ability, and that everything will and is returning to Him and Him alone, laa shareeka lah.

Allaah tests us in different ways ukhti, and He knows what to test us with and what is hardest for us to bear… so He will test with you that which is dear to you… who was Ya’qoob ‘alayhi ssalaam tested with? Yusuf… not any of his other sons… it was Yusuf, qurrat ‘aynihi… so returning to the land of tawheed, studying there and more, these are from the things that are more beloved to you than anything else in the dunyaa right? so be assured that you will certainly be tested in them, and that is the very nature of a test, that it creates a situation that is difficult, that requires patience, perseverance and taqwaa, tawakkul, and good dhann of Allaah. Allaah is testing you, to see if you will be grateful, to see if you will still thank Him, to see if you will still persevere in worshiping Him, to see if you will be pleased with His qadr and His decision upon you… try your best to pass this test ukhti, and fight shaytaan, our enemy, because ultimately how you do in this test will matter much more than gaining that which you are seeking…

baarakAllaahu feeki. this was a reminder for myself first, then you.

أحبك في الله دائماً واللهم ألحقنا بعضنا البعض في جنة الفردوس تحت عرشك العظيم، وصل وسلم على نبينا محمد، آمين


Tamim ad-Dari (radiallaahu ‘anhu) was reciting Suraat Al-Jathiyah one night, and when he read the Verse: “Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deeds”, and he kept reciting it and crying all night, until dawn..

Spiritual Disease & Its Cure, Ibn Qayyim

Ibn Abi Dunya wrote:

“Abdullaah said: It has been narrated to us on the authority of some wise men that tawakkal (reliance on Allaah) has three stages: Firstly, not complaining, secondly, being content and thirdly, loving it (by firmly believing that Allaah always decrees what is best for His creation)”.

Tawakkal ‘Ala Allaah”, 1/47.

Abdullaah bin Mas3ood (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said:

“There will be a people at the end of times called ‘An Nataan.’ Constantly blaming one another will be the best of their actions.”

her skin graying from the lack of Middle Eastern sun. she prays, O’ Allaah, facilitate for us Hijrah to Saudiyyah, the land of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from scholars to students of knowledge.

all praise be to the creator of all things beautiful.

this place is blessed.


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