January 2011


Question: Does the wife become forbidden and (just as) the mother of the husband if he calls her “O mama” out of kindness and flirting?

Al-Fawzaan: No, she does not become forbidden for him. The expression however is disliked. He shouldn’t call her names on women whom are forbidden for him such as “Mama,” “sister,” “aunt.” The scholars say it is disliked. Na’am (Yes).

Question: Is it permissible for us to insult the one the people of knowledge insult?

Answer: Insulting, no, don’t insult, but if he has been declared an innovator and you need to clarify his matter to advise the people, then clarify. Say about him, so and so is a mubtadi (innovator). So and so has with him this and that. As for insulting, then no (don’t do it). Do not insult him. If he insults him, you don’t insult him.

If he gives a ruling on him, and it is the truth about him, and if you see people being harmed by him, then it is mandatory for you to clarify his situation until the people are warned from his evil, and they are safe from his evil.

As for insulting then no, it does not benefit.

Abu Al-Adyan said,

“I was with my teacher, Abu Bakr Ad-Daqqaq. Something inappropriate took place, and I looked at it. He saw me looking at it, and said, ‘My son, you will suffer the consequences of this look, even if in the future.’ Twenty years passed in which I waited, not suffering anything. One night, I went to sleep thinking about this, and awoke to discover that I had forgotten the entire Qur’aan.”

[Talbis Iblis]

Be sincere in your aim and you will find the support of Allaah surrounding you.

Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullaah)

Sufyaan ath-Thauree once said to some of his students:

“Do you know what the meaning of Laa Hawla wala Quwatta illa Billaah (which translates into English as: ‘There is neither power nor might except with Allaah‘)?” He then said, “It means:

(O Allaah) none can give except what You have given, and none can preserve anything other than what You preserve.”

The Biography of Sufyaan ath-Thauree, p155

On the authority of Jaabir in a marfoo’ narration (attributed to the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

If the son of Aadam were to flee from his rizq (provision) the way he flees from death, his rizq would (still) catch up with him the way death will catch up with him

asilsilah ssaheeha #952

O you who persists on mistakes and wrong doings;
O you who has turned away from what the most Loving
and Compassionate commands;
O you who obeys the falsifier of the path and the creator of calamities .
How long are you going to insist on your misbehavior?
How long are you going to keep yourself distant from your Lord?
How long will you seek from this world what you cannot have,
and keep away from the other world by that which you cannot possess?
Neither are you sure of what Allaah prepared of sustenance for you,
nor are you satisfied with that which He has commanded for you.
O my brother, by Allaah! Admonition does not seem to benefit you!
Afflictions do not seem to threaten you!
Time does not leave you and the call of death does not reach your ears!
As if, you poor man, would live forever and
you weren’t meant to expire and be forgotten?

al Bahr ad-Dumoo’, Ibn Jawzee

Goodbye; to the everlasting health we thought we had, the pearls of guidance we thought we were ever so firm upon, chaotic energy we once had. Goodbye, to the ability to prostrate sincerely, to the tattered fibres of glimmering hope to do foremost deeds. Goodbye, my time; stained with wasted hours of undoing and marked by hastened procrastination – laughing always, complaining always, talking always. Goodbye all good.

We have forgotten ourselves — moreso our Lord, and left our limbs determination to act in the perils of empty promises. Let us no longer lie amidst this destruction of negligence that we insidiously spin, with all its crippled ruins and Hell-ridden sorrows. We have time to prevent the bearer of bad news from ever reaching our left hands on the Day of Judgment. Let us flee from the dunya — be unkind to it. For in a second, all the worldly pleasures at our disposal could be removed from us when He says, Be and it is.

We may so well become blind this moment if He wishes. We may so well die this very moment if He wishes. He may so well misguide you if He wishes. He does not need us, so do not choke yourself with the pride and certainty that your heart shall forever remain upon the correct path, or that your limbs will always have the ability to move about. Or that you could sin without a second thought,  afterward, upon your deathbed, you allow the feeling of salvation to fall upon you so that you may be excused. False! False! False!

We are in need of HIM. So let not your heart grow cold; remorsefully cold. Indeed He has the ability to change something faster than the blink of an eye. That little beating of your heart could stop now. Doctors assure you of a good life based on cultivating food and exercise? You could fall apart at the seams.

It was like my beloved father (may Allaah preserve him) told us in the past: If you turn away from the command of Allaah willingly, if you are reminded of His signs …but turn your frail back to them, then He can and shall cause your heinous heart to stay black to guidance. 

May Allaah guide us and keep us firm upon the straight path.

“Beautify your time with silence, for verily silence is an adornment for the forbearing and a screen for the foolish.”

“From” and “To”

The heart’s hijrah requires migrating “from” one state “to” another. A person migrates with his heart:

from loving other than Allāh to loving Him;

from offering servitude to other than Allāh to offering it to Him;

from fearing other than Allāh to fearing Him;

from having hope in other than Allāh to having hope in Him;

from relying on other than Allāh to relying on Him;

from asking and imploring other than Allāh to asking and imploring Him;

from surrendering and submitting to other than Allāh to surrendering and submitting to Him.

This is precisely the meaning of “fleeing unto Allāh”, as Allāh (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says:

فَفِرُّوا إِلَى اللَّهِ

…Flee then unto Allāh…

[Adh-Dhāriyāt 51:50]

And indeed, the tawheed required from a person is to flee from Allāh unto Him!

Under this heading of “from” and “to” falls a great reality of tawheed.

Fleeing unto Allāh

Fleeing unto Allāh (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) includes turning to Him alone for appeal, worship, and all that proceeds from it, such as love, fear, surrender, and reliance. Thus, it includes the tawheed of Ilāhiyyah, which is the common subject among the messengers’ messages – may Allāh bestow His praise and peace upon them all. (more…)

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