Ibn Taymiyyah:

For indeed the dispraising of the best of generations, those of whom accompanied the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) is a dispraise of the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam).

Majmoo` al-Fataawaa, vol. 4, page 429

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

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia…

The High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia have stated that the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah will be tomorrow, Friday 28 October 2011, and the Muslims performing Hajj will be in ‘Arafah on Saturday 5 November 2011 (9 Dhul-Hijjah 1432), and the Muslim Ummah shall be celebrating ‘Eed al-Adhaa on Sunday 6 November 2011, (10 Dhul-Hijjah 1432), in shaa’ Allaah.

Imaam Al-Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah) said:

“And whenever you hear a man vilify the Aathaar or rejects the Aathaar or desire other than the Aathaar, then accuse him (of his Islaam) and do not have (any) doubt that he is a person of Hawaa (desires) and a mubtadee’ (innovator).”

Sharhus-Sunnah, p51

Al-Layth ibn Sa’d said:

“If I saw a person of desires (i.e. innovations) walking upon the water, I would not accept from him.”

So Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee then said,

“He (al-Layth) has fallen short. If I saw him walking in the air, I would not accept from him.”

~ reported by As-Suyooti in Al-Amr bil ‘Ittibaa wan-Nahee ‘Anil-Ibtidaa’

The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) would say,

O Allaah, make me live as one lowly and humble (miskeen), make me die as one lowly and humble, and resurrect me amongst the ranks of the lowly and humble,”(1) thereby alluding to the nobility and excellence of this station. Peace and blessings be upon him, his family, his Companions, and those who hold tightly to his rope after him.


(1) Tirmidhee #2352 on the authority of Anas and he said it was gharib, Ibn Maajah #4126 on the authority of Aboo Sa’eed, and Tabaraanee, al-Du’aa on the authority of ‘Ubaadah ibn Al-Saamit, all with da’eef isnaads, however the hadeeth is saheeh. It was also recorded on the authority of Abu Sa’eed by Haakim #7911 who said it was saheeh with Dhahabee agreeing; it was also ruled Saheeh by Suyuuti, al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer #1454, and Albaanee, Saheeh al-Jaami’ #1261, Al-Saheehah #308, al-Irwaa’ #861. cf. Sakhaawee, Maqaasid al-Hasanah #166

  • Transcribed from: The Humility in Prayer, Ibn Rajab
  • Translated by: Abu Rumaysah

Al-Hasan, may Allaah have mercy on him, said:

‘When you stand in prayer, stand in due obedience as Allaah has ordered you, beware of negligence and looking (here and there), beware that Allaah be looking at you while you are looking at something else, asking Allaah for Paradise and taking refuge with Him from the Fire, yet your heart is heedless, not knowing what the tongue is saying.’

The Humility in Prayer, Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbalee

Amongst the people are those who have faith but also possess a characteristic of hypocrisy as is reported in the Two Saheehs from ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Amr (radiallaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said,

“There are four [qualities], whosoever has them is a hypocrite and whosoever has a characteristic of these four possesses a characteristic of hypocrisy until he leaves it: when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks it, when he makes a covenant he proves treacherous, and when he argues he behaves in an imprudent and uncouth manner.”(1)

Also in the Two Saheehs it is reported from Aboo Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallaam) said:

“Faith has sixty or seventy and odd branches. The most lofty of them is the saying, ‘None has the right to be worshiped save Allaah,’ and the least of them is to remove something harmful from the road and modesty is a branch of faith.”(2)

Hence the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) explained that whosoever has a characteristic of these qualities [mentioned in the first hadeeth] then he has a characteristic of hypocrisy until he leaves it.

It is also established in the Two Saheehs that he (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said to Aboo Dharr (radiallaahu ‘anhu),

Indeed you still contain [some qualities] of the Pre-Islaamic ignorance.’(3) He asked, ‘Despite my old age?‘ He replied, ‘Yes.’”(4)

It is established from him (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) in the Saheeh that he said,

“There are four things [found] in my nation that are from the affairs of jaahiliyyah: Boasting about social status, abusing genealogies, wailing over the dead and seeking rain through the stars.”(5)

It is reported in the Two Saheehs from Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said,

“The signs of the hypocrite are three: When he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks it, and when he is entrusted with something he proves treacherous.”(6)

In Saheeh Muslim [there occurs the additional wording],

Even if he fasts, prays and thinks that he is a Muslim.”(7)

Al-Bukhaaree mentions from ibn Abee Mulaykah that he said,

“I have met thirty of the Companions of Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) all of them fearing hypocrisy for themselves.”(8)

Allaah, the Exalted says,

And what struck you on the day the two armies met [at Uhud] was by the permission of Allaah so that He might make evident the [true] believers and that He might make evident those who are the hypocrites. For it was said to them, ‘Come, fight in the Way of Allaah or [at least] defend.’ They said, ‘If we had known [there would be] fighting we would have followed you.’ They were nearer to disbelief that day than to faith.” [Ali-'Imraan (3):166-167]

So He declared these people to be closer to disbelief than belief [on that day], thus it becomes known that they had mixed faith with disbelief, and that their disbelief was stronger of the two. [Likewise] others who have mixed faith with disbelief could find that their faith is the stronger of the two.

[2.1 The Increase and Decrease of Faith]

Now, when it is known that the Awliya’ of Allaah are the pious, God-fearing believers, then [know that] the servants love of and closeness to Allaah (wilaayah) will be determined by the amount of faith and taqwaa he has. Therefore, the one who is more complete with regards his faith and taqwa is closer to and has greater love of Allaah, the Exalted. Hence the people are of varying degrees in their closeness to, and love of Allaah, the Mighty and Magnificent, varying in accordance to their degrees of completion in faith and taqwaa. Similarly, people are of varying degrees with regards their enmity to Allaah, which is determined in accordance to their level of disbelief and hypocrisy. Allaah, the Exalted says,

And whenever a Suurah is revealed, there are among them [the hypocrites] those who say, ‘Which of you has this increased in faith?’ As for those who have believed, it has increased them in faith and they rejoice. But as for those in whose hearts is a disease, it has [only] increased them in evil [in addition] to their evil and they will have died while they are disbelievers.” [At-Tawbah (9):124-125]

Indeed, the postponing [of restriction within the sacred months] is an increase in disbelief.” [At-Tawbah (9):37]

And those who are guided – He increases them in guidance and grants them their righteousness.” [Muhammad (47):17]

He, the Exalted, says with regards to the hypocrites,

In their hearts is a disease, so Allaah has increased their disease.” [Al-Baqarah (2):10]

In conclusion, Allaah, the Glorious and Exalted, has explained that a single person could have some measure of closeness and allegiance to Allaah in accordance to his level of faith and also have some measure of enmity to Allaah in accordance to his level of disbelief and hypocrisy. Allaah, the Exalted, says,

And those who have believed will increase in faith.” [Al-Muddaththir (74):31]

“…so that they would increase in faith along with their [present] faith.” [Al-Fath (48):4]


(1) {F} Reported by Bukhaaree [Eng. Trans. 1/31 no. 33, 3/382 no. 639, 4/269 no. 403] and Muslim [Eng. Trans. 1/40 no. 111].

(2) {F} Reported by Bukhaaree [Eng. Trans. 1/18 no. 8] and Muslim [Eng. Trans. 1/27 no. 56]

(3) {T} Ar. Jaahiliyyah. Technically this refers to the condition of a people before the guidance of Allaah reaches them, or the state of a people that prevents them from accepting the guidance of Allaah.

(4) {F} Reported by Bukhaaree [Eng. Trans. 1/29 no. 29, 3/434 no. 721, 8/46 no. 76] and Muslim [Eng. Trans. 3/884 no.'s 4092-4094]

(5) {F} Reported by Muslim [Eng. Trans. 2/444 no. 2033] and Ahmad [5/342-344]

(6) {F} Reported by Bukhaaree [Eng. Trans. 1/31 no. 32, 3/524 no. 847, 4/8 no. 12, 8/76 no. 117] and Muslim [Eng. Trans. 1/40 no.'s 112-115].

(7) {F} Reported by Muslim [Eng. Trans. 1/41 no. 115].

(8) {F} Reported by Bukhaaree [Eng. Trans. 1/40 chpt. 37] as a mu’allaq narration, designating it with certainty and quoted its complete isnaad in ‘Taarikh al-Kabeer‘ [3/1/137]

  • Transcribed from: The Friends of Allaah & the Friends of Shaytaan || Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah
  • Translated by: Abu Rumaysah

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.

Questioner: Is it permissible to kiss the head of a parent if he (or she) only pray sometimes or do not pray at all?

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan: This is not permissible because this (kissing the head) is from (showing) love (respect), kissing him is from love (respect). So it is not permissible to kiss him. However this does not prevent you from treating him good, (meaning) treating him good with regards to worldly affairs. As for manifesting love (respect) like kissing the head or other than it, it is not permissible. Na’am.

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