November 2011


Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) says:

And the cure for this deadly illness (i.e. love before marriage) is for the person that is afflicted to realize that this love is only due to his/her own delusions and ignorance. So upon such a person is to first and foremost strengthen their Tawheed and reliance upon Allaah, and secondly to increase in worship and busy themselves with it, so much so that they do not have any spare time letting their minds wander and think about their beloved.

And they should call upon Allaah to protect them and save them from this evil, just as Prophet Yoosuf (`alayhi ssalaam) called upon Allaah and he was saved. And they should do as he did, be as he was, in terms of ikhlaas (sincerity) and remembering Allaah in abundance. This is because if the heart is filled with ikhlaas for the sake of Allaah, there will be no space left for any unlawful love to be present, rather this only happens to a heart that is empty and has no ikhlaas whatsoever.

And let such people remind themselves that whatever Allaah has decreed for them is only for their own best interests, and when Allaah commands something it is never to cause harm or misery to His slaves.

And let them also remind themselves that their unlawful love does not benefit them, neither in this world or the Hereafter! As for this world then they will be so preoccupied with their love that it will cripple them and will cause them to live in a fantasy world. And as for the hereafter, then it will cause them to be preoccupied with the love of the creation instead of love for the Creator. These people need to be reminded that the one who is emerged in something will never see its ill effects, neither will the person who has never experienced such things. The only people who will be able to relate to them are those who have experienced the same thing, but have been saved.

Such people can look back and realize how evil it is.

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ad-Daa`wa ad-Dawaa, p300

Shaykh `Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr:

When the Muslimoon become negligent in striving against their own-selves they become weak in striving against their enemies (shaytaan, etc…). As a result of that their enemies get the upper-hand over them.

al-Qutoof al-Jiyaad, p8

Proofs From the Qur`aan

The proofs for the above are abundant, we shall mention some prominent ones. First, the very first chapter of the Qur`aan.

 الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ. الرَّحْمـنِ الرَّحِيمِ. مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ. إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

 الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

All the praises and thanks be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds (mankind, jinns and all that exists). The Most Beneficent (full of mercy), the Merciful (to His servants). The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything)

In this verse we see affirmation of Allaah’s Ruboobiyyah, some of His Names, such as ar-Rahmaan, ar-Raheem, al-Maalik (the Owner), and a statement of Tawhid stating that He alone is worshipped and sought for aid.

Then we have the very last chapter of the Qur`aan:

 قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ. مَلِكِ النَّاسِ. إِلَهِ النَّاسِ

Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of mankind. The King of mankind. The Ilaah (deity) of mankind…” (An-Naas 114:3)

Here we have the Ruboobiyyah of Allaah, then a name al-Malik (the King) mentioned in another verse too, and then Uloohiyyah (the deity), and this is an indication of what constitutes Tawhid, of singling Him out as the Lord, as the only deity worthy of worship and in the Beautiful Names (and Lofty Attributes).

So we have the very first chapter, and the very last chapter incorporating the comprehensive Tawhid that is explained in detail in what is between them both of the rest of the Qur`aan.

Then there is the saying of Allaah, the Most High:

رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا فَاعْبُدْهُ وَاصْطَبِرْ لِعِبَادَتِهِ هَلْ تَعْلَمُ لَهُ سَمِيًّا

Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, so worship Him (Alone) and be constant and patient in His worship. Do you know of any who is a namesake to Him (meaning one who deserves the like of His Name)? (Maryam 19:65) 

So here we see Tawhid mentioned comprehensively, affirmation that He is the Lord of the heavens and the Earth (Ruboobiyyah), the command to worship Him alone and to be patient and steadfast upon that (Uloohiyyah), and the negation of there being any namesake for Him (His uniqueness in His Names and Attributes), and a namesake means one that deserves to have the same name (on account of having the same qualities). So again, we have the mention of Tawhid comprehensively. And then this is found often in the Qur`aan, and perhaps this is sufficient for our purposes here.

  • Selected from: Concerning Faith (Eemaan) in Allaah Part I of II, by Abu Iyaad | Aqidah.com

Wakee’ ibn al-Jarraah

Whoever is negligent and misses the initial takbeer [upon beginning the congregational prayer], then wash your hands of him (i.e. have nothing to do with him).

~

al-Hilyah – Volume 8 / Page 270

This is to single out Allaah, the Most High, with whatever He named and described Himself with in His Book and upon the tongue of His Prophet (alayhis salaam), and to absolve and purify Him of shortcomings, defects and likeness to the creation in what relates to that which is unique to Him (of Names and Attributes).

Further to affirm that Allaah is all-knowing (al-Aleem) of every single thing, that He is all-powerful (al-Qadeer) over everthing, that he is the Ever-Living (al-Hayy), the Self-Established upon which everything else is dependent (al-Qayyum), who is not overtaken by neither sleep nor slumber. He has the penetrative, effective, operative will (in His creation), and far reaching wisdom (in all that He does, decrees and judges, commands and prohibits). He is all-Hearing (as-Samee’) and all-Seeing (al-Baseer), Compassionate (Ra’oof), Merciful (Raheem).

He has ascended over the Throne, and possesses all of the dominion (of creation). He is the King, the Master (al-Malik), the Most Pure, Holy (al-Quddoos), The Flawless, the Source of Peace (as-Salaam), the Remover of Fear and Granter of Tranquility (al-Mu’min), The Protecter (al-Muhaimin), The Mighty (al-Azeez), the Compeller, Restorer (al-Jabbaar), the Supremely Great (al-Mutakabbir), free and sublime is He of what they associate with Him (of partners). And all the various other Names and Attributes that He is described with in the Book and the Sunnah.

  • Selected from: Concerning Faith (Eemaan) in Allaah – Part 1 of 2, Abu Iyaad | Aqidah.com

Aboo Dardaa said:

Of the insignificance of this world to Allaah is that He is not disobeyed except in it, while what is with Him cannot be obtained except by abstaining from it. Engage yourself in what will benefit you more. Keep away from what is in peoples’ hands you will be the wealthiest of them; do not lose hope in Allaah’s mercy lest you are disgraced; always remember Allaah’s favour on you and drive away your distress by being pleased with Allaah’s decree, for however long the night may be, it will be followed by the dawn.

Supplicate to Allaah. He will give you relief and if you are patient Allaah will provide a way out for you. Ponder over the story of Prophet Ya’qoob who lost a son for a long period and yet did not lose hope of relief from the Al-Miighty One, but rather said,

Maybe Allaah will bring them all (back) to me.

  • Selected from: Trials by Shaykh `Abdul-Muhsin bin Muhammad Al-Qaasim, SalafiTalk

Knowledge is honor, if you abandon it, it will abandon you.

If you take the task seriously, you will be given some of it, from what Allah has decreed for you.

~ Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah)

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Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said in his book As-Salaat wa Hukm Taarikihaa:

 And when he (the servant reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah in prayer) says: All praise is due to Allaah the Rabb of all the Worlds, he pauses for a short while waiting for the response of his Lord: ‘My servant has praised Me.’ Then when he says: The Most Gracious the Most Merciful he waits for the response: ‘My servant has extolled Me’ and when he says: Master of the Day of Judgment, he waits for the response: ‘My servant has glorified Me.’

It is the delight of his heart, the pleasure of his eye and the joy of his soul that his Lord says about him: ‘My servant’ three times. By Allaah! If the fumes of desire and the darkness of the soul were not upon the hearts, they would have flown out of happiness and joy that their Lord, Maker and Deity says: ‘My servant has praised Me, My servant has extolled Me and My servant has glorified Me.

  • Selected from: Imaan Builder 2: Employing Al-Faatihah As the Basis for the Development and Maintenance of Imaan, SalafiPublications

Ibn Al-Qayyim says:

Everything that is loved – if it is not loved for His sake then this love is nothing but distress and punishment. Every action that is not performed for His sake then it is wasted and severed. Every heart that does not reach Him is wretched, veiled from achieving its success and happiness.

Al-Fawaa`id

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

Trusting in Allaah in word only is totally different from trusting in Him with the heart. It is the same as repentance with the tongue while having the intention to commit sins again, and the repentance of the sincere heart even if the tongue has not said anything. For the statement of the servant: “I have put my trust in Allaah” with the intention of something else in his heart is like the statement “I have repented to Allaah” with the intention of committing sins.

Al-Fawaa`id, p150

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