Curing the Dangers of Pornography Addiction

Curing the Dangers of Pornography Addiction

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Porn addiction is considered a behavioral addiction when a person’s desires are to watch pornographic content regularly. Years ago porn addicts use to satisfy their cravings by saving images from the magazine and storing videos, but today with the global spread of social media from Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat the images of naked men and women continues to be one of the greatest trials to hit people trying to maintain their chastity. Naked images can trigger the mind to evil thoughts, arouse evil desires, and drive a person to commit major sins. In this article, we will highlight the dangers of watching porn and the destruction it can have on one’s heart. We’ll look at the causes of this addiction and the ways to stop it.

The Prohibition of looking the private parts of the opposite sex

The Messenger of Allah[ﷺ] said: “No woman should look at the nakedness of another woman, and no man should look at the nakedness of another man.”[1]

Al-Hafith Ibn Hajr said: There is a consensus among the scholars that the opposite sexes looking each other’s private part are unlawful; if they aren’t married.[2]

This hadith supports the prohibition of watching pornography. The command to avoid looking at the opposite sexes nakedness isn’t allowed based on this hadith. Therefore the one doing it is committing a sin.

The importance of lowering the eye gaze.

Allah said: Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)[An-Nur:30-31]

Notice Allah mentioned lowering the gaze first before mentioning protecting the private parts. From this, we can infer that men looking at women and women looking men can be led to fall into illegal sexual acts.

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: Since lowering the gaze is the origin of protecting the private part Allah mentioned it first.”

Then how much more so for watching pornography! From the many cases of adultery and fornication, I’ve encountered most were related to some sort of porn addiction. The person with the sane mind must protect his private part by lowering his eye gaze.

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: The command to lower the gaze is to protect the eyes from looking at the body’s nakedness and to guard the eyes against looking at the places of on the body which stimulate desires.[3]

The eyes are the mirror of the Heart.

Whatever we see that arouses our sexual desires we tend to fantasize about it and think about. Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: Allah has made the eyes the mirror of the heart, so if the servant lowers his eyes gaze the heart won’t have evil desires or have the will to carry out its lust. On the other hand, if the eyes roam freely looking here and there at the opposite sex it will stimulate its evil desires.”[4]

Just reflect over this wisdom about the eyes and how they can affect the heart if they are left unchecked and uncontrolled. What do you think about a person who  privately sits and watches porn? Wouldn’t he and she be driven and motivated to fulfill their lusts and desires? Allah’s Help is sought!

The prohibition to look at the non-Mahrem sex.

Looking at, staring at, and watching the opposite sex which is lawful for you marry isn’t allowed in Islam.

The Prophet: (ﷺ) as said: Allah has fixed the precise portion of adultery which a man will indulge in, and which he of necessity must commit. The adultery of the eye is the lustful look, and the adultery of the tongue is the licentious speech, the heart desires and yearns, which the parts may or may not put into effect.[5]

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: The Prophet [ﷺ] began with the adultery of the eyes because it’s where illegal sexual acts begin for the hands, the feet, and the private part. He mentioned that the adultery of the tongue is by speaking which leads to kissing. He mentioned that the private part affirms everything the other body parts lead it to by committing this disgraceful act, or rejects everything the other body parts lead it by not committing Zina.

There’s an authentic hadith when the Prophet[ﷺ ] said  Ali: Do not give a second look, Ali, (because) while you are not to blame for the first, you have no right to the second.[6]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said: The glance can affect the heart.[7]

Here this section shows us the dangers of just a mere glance, so what about looking at a masculine male or an attractive female with an amazing body naked!?.

Al-Hafith Abee Bakr Muhammad ibn Abdillah Al-Aamiri[530H] mentioned a story about a righteous man who was destroyed by looking at one beautiful lady. This man was a devout servant and well-known for his worship and asceticism. He was respected to point sick people would ask him to supplicate for their health. One day a man took his ill daughter to visit him in his small room to treat her. This girl was very beautiful. When he was alone with her privately he was taken away by her looks and became attached to her. The devil came to him and convinced him he’d be safe if left alone privately with her until he committed Zina with her. After this ,the devil convinced him to kill her and bury her next to his chamber of worship. Then some people and her family came to ask about her and proclaimed that she died of natural causes, so they believed him based on his reputation. Then one day the devil informed the girl’s sisters about what really happened and told them where they could find the body. So they went there and dug up their sister and took the servant to crucify him publicly. While the servant was on the wooden pole Shaytan came to him and told him that he was responsible for everything that had happened to him and could fix everything if he made one prostration to him, so he did and died a disbeliever.[8]

A person’s evil desires lead him to humiliation

Which result in a long term trial [on the soul]

This story highlights the dangers of ignorance about Allah prohibitions and looking at non-Mahrem women in private and what it can lead one to do. Moreover, no one should feel safe and confident from the trials, traps and deception of the devil. 

 Watching porn takes a person from reality.

The person addicted to porn is detached from the realties around him which include his marriage, his children, his work, his family and his friends and most importantly; the next life and his relationship with Allah.

Imam Ibn Jawzi said: The eyes are the hearts informant and shows it everything it witnesses and conveys the images it grasp thus resulting in the heart contemplating about it, and forgetting about the things which are beneficial for the soul and the afterlife. Letting the eyes roam freely is a reason for evil desires to be planted in the heart. This is why Allah has commanded that the gaze be lowered and restricted fearing the things which result in a punishment[9].

When the eyes aren’t controlled the person is bound to fall into sin and illegal sexual acts sooner or later.

Abullah ibn Abee Al-Huthayl said Abdullah ibn Masu’d went to visit the a sick person one day and some of his family members were present in the house. A guest started looking at one of the ladies there and Ibn Masud  told him: “Going blind now is better for you than to keep staring at that lady.”

Abdullah ibn Masu’d said : The devil has a hand in every look and stare at the opposite sex.

 The severe warning agaisnt watching pornography privately

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“I certainly know people of my nation who will come on the Day of Resurrection with good deeds like the mountains of Tihamah, but Allah will make them like scattered dust.” Thawban said: “O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us and tell us more, so that we will not become of them unknowingly.” He said: “They are your brothers and from your race, worshipping at night as you do, but they will be people who, when they are alone, transgress the sacred limits of Allah.”[10]

This hadith is a grave warning against watching porn privately. He said those who transgress the limits of Allah when they are alone will come on the Day of Judgment with their deeds made like scattered dust. Transgressing the limits of Allah in general includes all of his prohibitions. In other words ,doing the things ,Allah has prohibited and avoiding the things he has commanded.

Mujahid said: “Preventing the eyes from looking at the things Allah has prohibited earns Allah’s love.[11]

Ibn Al-Jawzi said: I advise you to acknowledge that your sight is a blessing to you from Allah. So don’t commit sins with the bounty Allah gave you. Don’t look at the things Allah has made Haraam. Beware that having your eyesight snatched away could possibly be a punishment.[12]

 

The psychological impact of Porn addiction

Watching porn can have a damaging impact on a person’s character, behavior, and natural disposition [Fitra]. The people tested with this affliction mental health will worsen as time goes on.

Ibn Al-Jawzi said: May Allah grant you success! If you follow the command to lower the gaze from the beginning you will safe from bottomless trials. However, if you regularly look at prohibited things then your heart won’t be safe from a seed that once it’s planted it’s almost impossible to uproot it. Nonetheless, if this happens then the cure is easy; simply stop looking freely at prohibited things.[13]

The porn addict eventully wants to enact the things he watches. Acts which destroy the disposition until he /she behaves worst than an animal.

 

Signs a person is addicted to porn

 

  • Being unable to stop using porn or stop engaging in the behaviors associated with porn, despite repeated attempts to do so.  

 

  • Experiencing cravings to view porn. Much like substance users report feeling strong urges to use drugs, porn addicts can experience strong urges to view porn.

 

  • Becoming angry, hostile, or irritable when asked to stop using porn.3Porn addicts may deny their porn viewing or be upset when loved ones request that they stop.

 

  • Keeping all or part of one’s porn use secret from loved ones. Porn addiction has been shown to lead to increased secrecy in relationships.

 

 

  • Feeling as though one is living a double or secret life because of porn use. A person with a porn addiction may feel guilty or ashamed and work hard to hide his or her porn viewing from others.

 

  • Continuing to view porn despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or a job loss. Relationships where one partner is addicted to porn can lead to a reduction in intimacy, emotional distance, reduced sexual satisfaction, and an overall poorer quality of the relationship.1Being unable to abstain from porn during work hours can lead to disciplinary action or even job loss.

 

 

  • Losing track of large chunks of time due to being absorbed in porn use. Porn addicts may spend much of the day viewing pornography. This can lead to porn becoming a priority, with everything else set aside in favor of viewing porn.

 

  • Requiring increasing amounts or more explicit porn to gain the same satisfaction or thrill, similar to the development of a tolerance.[14]

  Some measures and approaches to stop watching porn

  •  Acknowledge you have a problem
  • Read Quran
  • Make Thikr
  • Frequently remember death
  • Limit your time on social media
  • Get married
  • Block access to porn sites on your computers/smart phones
  • Avoid using the computer privately
  • Stop doing the things that lead to watching porn. i.e staying up late at night, seclusion, not going to bed when the rest of your family does
  • Exchange your visits to porn sites with visits to other sites that offer Islamic benefits or educational benefits
  • Ask Allah to help you perfect your character

 

The benefits of staying away from watching porn

 

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned several benefits for lowering the gaze and the avoidance of looking at things that arouse sexual desires

 

  • Lowering the gaze clears the heart from the pain of grief and regret. As long as the person lets his eyes roam freely he will always fell grief
  • Looking freely at prohibited things does to heart what an arrow does when it leaves its bow. If the arrow doesn’t kill its target it damages it.
  • The heart will inherit light and this brightness will be in the eyes on the face and on the body parts. Conversely, letting the eyes look here and there causes darkness to manifest on a person’s face and in his actions.
  • Lowering the gaze from allows a person to have sound insight into affairs
  • Lowering the gaze allows the doors to knowledge to be open, thus making it easy for him to acquire knowledge.
  • Lowering the gaze makes the heart strong, firm and brave
  • Lowering the gaze allows the heart to be free from evil desires. If the eyes roam freely the heart will be imprisoned to evil lusts and desires.
  • Lowering the gaze frees the heart from being negligence.[15]

 

And Allah knows best

Written and prepared by the one in need of Allah’s Mercy

Brother, Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar

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[1] Ibn Majah: Book 1, Hadith 706

[2] Fathul Bari vol 9/338

[3] Fatawa Al-Kubara  vol1/pg 284

[4] Rawdatul Muhibeen pg 407, by Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim

[5] Al-Bukhari (6243)Muslim (2657)

[6] Abu Dawud (2149)

[7]Rawdatul Muhibeen pg 407, by Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim

[8]The prohibition to look at non-mahram women/ Page 53

[9] ذم الهوى /pg 55

[10] ibn Majah 

[11] ذم الهوى /pg 94

[12] ibid

[13] Ibid pg 96

[14] https://www.projectknow.com/research/porn-addiction/?utm_term=p_addiction

 

[15] Rawdatul Muhibeen pg 409-410, by imam ibn Al-Qayyim








Pronouncing Divorce while Angry- Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

Pronouncing Divorce while Angry

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

All praises belong to Allah and may His Peace and Mercy be upon Muhammad. The issue of divorce is a sticky topic and most cases can only be resolved before a judge in a courtroom. And even stickier is the subject of divorce while angry. Many brothers and sisters use the reason of anger at times to try a salvage their fading marriage for another chance. Many jurists have concluded that when a man is in a fit of rage and divorces his wife then the divorce is invalid. There are pieces of evidence from the Quran, the Sunnah, and the Qiyas which support this view. In this article, the opinion of Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah is discussed. He authored a complete book on the subject, “ Ighathatul Lahfan fi Hukmi Talaqil Ghadban”.

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned various proof and evidence from the Quran, Sunnah, and statements of the Salaf to support his view that pronouncing divorce in a rage of anger is not valid

The 1st proof comes from a Hasan hadith collected by Abu Dawud and others.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘There is no divorce and no manumission at the time of coercion.’ “[1]

The Arabic word in this hadith which points to Anger is,(الغلاق). Imam Abu Dawud said I think this word means anger. Also, Imam Ahmed, Al-Khalal, Abu Bakr Abdul Aziz all said this word means anger. The people of Hijaz said the word(الإغلاق) refers to coercion and the people of Iraq say it implies anger, while others say both are included.

The 2nd proof comes from the Quran.

Allah said:  And were Allah to hasten for mankind the evil (they invoke for themselves and for their children, etc. while in a state of anger) as He hastens for them the good (they invoke) then they would have been ruined. So We leave those who expect not their meeting with Us, in their trespasses, wandering blindly in distraction.[Yunus:11]

Imam Ibn AL-Qayyim mentioned that Mujahid said: This verse refers to those who make dua against their children and wealth in a fit of fury saying, ”Oh Allah don’t bless them and curse them.”

Supplicating against your child while you are angry isn’t answered. Anger is one of the things which prevents dua from being answered; because the person in a fit of rage doesn’t intend in his heart what came out of his mouth. Plainly put, the sane person would never make dua for the destruction of his child and his wealth. It is from the Mercy of Allah that this type of dua isn’t answered; as he didn’t truly intend this supplication, but rather his anger pushed him to utter those words and anger is from Satan.

The second verse from the Quran is Allah’s words;

And when Musa (Moses) returned to his people, angry and grieved, he said: “What an evil thing is that which you have done (i.e. worshipping the calf) during my absence. Did you hasten and go ahead as regards the matter of your Lord (you left His worship)?” And he threw down the Tablets and seized his brother by (the hair of) his head and dragged him towards him. Harun (Aaron) said: “O son of my mother! Indeed the people judged me weak and were about to kill me, so make not the enemies rejoice over me, nor put me amongst the people who are Zalimun (wrong-doers).”[Al-‘Araf:150]

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned that the evidence from this verse which supports divorcing while angry is invalid is Musa[صلى الله عليه و سلم ]was propelled by anger to throw the Tablets which Allah wrote, there was no benefit for him or the children of Israel in this action. Moreover, it was his fit of fury which caused him to pull his brother Harun by his beard. Therefore Allah didn’t blame or hold him responsible for his actions. Whenever anger results in the person doing an action outside of his ability to control, then this action isn’t attributed to that person.

The 3rd proof from the Quran is the verse, And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaitan (Satan) then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer, All-Knower.”[Al-“araf:200]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said: Whatever is said while a person is mad whether its divorce, cursing or so forth, is from the whispers of the devil, so he should seek refuge from him from saying something he didn’t choose.

In a hadith collected by the Bukhari and Muslim, Sulaiman b. Surad reported that two people abused each other in the presence of Allah’s Prophet (ﷺ) and one of them fell into a rage and his face became red. Allah’s Prophet (ﷺ) saw him and said: I know of a wording; if he were to utter that, he would get out (of the fit of anger) (and the wording is): I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the accursed. Then, a person went to him who had heard that from Allah’s Prophet  (ﷺ) and said to him: Do you know what Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said? He (ﷺ ) said: I know some words; if he were to say them, (the fit of rage) would vanish (and the words are): I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the accursed. And the person said to him: Do you find me mad?

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: If the devil’s whispers cause a person to say things which aren’t by his choice then the verdicts of his actions are dismissed.

Now many people today say and proclaim they were angry after they divorce their wife for the 3rd time and according to many Jurists it doesn’t count. However the issue is the definition of anger. Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned anger is divided into categories;

  • A person is angry from beginning to end and his frame of mind doesn’t change. He’s fully aware of what he’s saying and intends. The divorce pronounced from this person , the freeing of a slave, and the agreement of a contract are all valid. Especially if he goes back and forth in his thoughts for the decision.

 

  • The person who starts off calm but in the end becomes enraged to the point the doors of knowledge and free will are closed to him. He’s unaware of what he says or sincerely wants to do. Theres’ no difference of opinion here for this kind of person that the divorce is not valid.

 

 

  • The person who is between the 1st and second category. He’s considered furious but not in an extreme fit of rage to point he’s like a madman. The scholars differ if his expression of divorce is valid, or not. The evidence from the Shariah support the opinion that this divorce is ineffective.

 

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The judge (Qadi) must not pass a judgment when he is angry.”[2]

 

The 3rd evidence that divorce spoken from an enraged person doesn’t count are the statements of the companions[رضي الله عنهم ] and the Salaf.

 

  • Uthman ibn ‘Affan may Allah be pleased with him] rejected the divorce pronounced by an intoxicated person. There’s no known difference of opinion among the other companions regarding his view.
  • Abdul Malik Al-Maymoni said: I used to believe that divorce carried out by an intoxiced person was acceptable until I became aware of the proofs, then I changed my position that it’s unacceptable.
  • Imam At-Tahawi,Abu Hasan, Imam Al-Haramain, Sheikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah concluded that divorce while being enflamed with anger doesn’t happen.

 

The 4th evidence is derived from analogies found in texts which can be applied to case of an angry person.

 

  • Allah said:  Allah will not call you to account for that which is unintentional in your oaths, but He will call you to account for that which your hearts have earned. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Forbearing.[Al-Baqarah:225]

 

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said: a person is called to account for what he says based on what his heart intends.Whatever is said without the hearts intention as in a state of fury or drunkenness isn’t from the intention of the heart.

 

  • Being pressured to divorce and pushed to it is by forced. Being forced to divorce is clearer than doing it while angry;as the intention and the will are both there;however he’s being pressured to divorce his wife. Therefore this isn’t his true intention,so the divorce of the coerced person is invalid and the divorce coming from this kind of person is invalid then it’s logically acceptable that the divorce of angry person is invalid.

 

  • A mad person in his fit of rage does and says things he normally wouldn’t. Did you mean to and intend to divorce your wife ? He’d swear by Allah that he didn’t! In fact it happened without his choice.

 

  • An angry person enflamed will rip his clothes, and burn money, and utter divorce and much more without being forced to do so. If he says the wording of divorce then it’s not accepted from him.

 

  • Anger is an illness and disease of the heart similar to the whispers of the devil, a fever, and an eplictic fit all which are manifest on the body. The person in fit of rage is subdued by his anger similar to the one with a fever or having a seizure. This is a correct analogy. When a person is engulfed in anger he’ completely unaware of what he utters.

 

The cases of a pronounced divorce from an angry person

 

  1. Something from his wife happens which makes him angry. Thus he thinks he has the right to divorce her,so he does. Then later on it becomes clear that his wife his free from the those accusation. This divorce is invalid. Because the reason for the divorce in reality is nonexistent. This is similar to one saying if you do such and such you are divorced, so if she doesn’t the divorce can’t take place.

 

  1. His wife did something which made him very angry and he’ certain that she did this act;therefore he says, “I divorce you”,with the complete intention of it and is fully aware of his language. He believes that divorce is means to punish his wife. This kind of divorce is valid. If this kind of divorce wasn’t legit then most of the divorces which take place wouldn’t be valid. Few divorces happen with pleasure.

 

  1. There isnt anything in specific which makes him want to divorce his wife,but his fit of anger pushes him to do so. He becomes so angry that he is mad. This anger blocks him from being rational with a sound will and intention. In this frame of mind he’s similar to an intoxicated and crazy person. He doesn’t know the magnitude of his words. He’s judgement is blurred so he cant have a sincere intention. In this case the divorce isnt valid.

 

Translated and prepared by the one in need of Allah’s Mercy

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Battle

Doha, Qatar 1440H

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[1] Abu Dawud[2193],Ibn Maja [2046],Ahmed[6/276],Hakim[2/198]

[2] Al-Bukahri[6739] and Muslim[1717]




The Evolution of the Sheeple

The Evolution of the Sheeple 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The word, “ Sheeple “, refers to people who are compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, and easily led, or people unable to think for themselves and are followers who have no cognitive abilities of their own.

The Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم], and his companions[radi Allahu anhum], and others from the Salaf , have used words and phrases which warn against having this trait as a Muslim. It’s considered a blameworthy characteristic in Islam, therefore it must be avoided. The Arabic word that fits the English term sheeple is the word, “ الإمَّعة”, which is sometimes translated as a yes-man.

Al-Jowhari said: الإمَّعة is a person who has no opinion with others and says the same things everyone else does. Moreover, it’s incorrect to use this word for a woman.

Ibn Al-Athir said: [ الإمَّعة ] is the person who follows others in their opinions, and he hasn’t one of his own. This word applies to the person who goes around telling everyone, I am with you.[1]

So based on this word, “الإمَّعة “ and the definitions presented by the linguists of Arabic we will use the current English term sheeple for it throughout this article in the various hadith and narrations.

 

Hudhaifah narrated that the Messenger of Allah [صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏] said:

عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ لاَ تَكُونُوا إِمَّعَةً تَقُولُونَ إِنْ أَحْسَنَ النَّاسُ أَحْسَنَّا وَإِنْ ظَلَمُوا ظَلَمْنَا وَلَكِنْ وَطِّنُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ إِنْ أَحْسَنَ النَّاسُ أَنْ تُحْسِنُوا وَإِنْ أَسَاءُوا فَلاَ تَظْلِمُوا ‏”‏ ‏

“Do not let yourselves be sheeple’, saying: ‘If the people are good then we will be good, and if they are wrong then we will be wrong. Rather, make up your own minds, if the people are good then you are good, and if they are evil, then do not behave unjustly.”[2]

 

This Hadith highlights the importance of having independent thinking and the dangers of being a yes-man among the sheeple. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud[Radi Allahu anhu] mentioned who they considered sheeple before Islam and after it.

عن ابن مسعود (رضي الله عنه) كُنَّا في الجَاهِليَّةِ نَعُدُّ الإمَّعَةَ الَّذِي يَتْبَعُ النَّاسَ إلى الطَّعَامِ مِنْ غَيرِ أنْ يُدعَى و إنَّ الإمَّعة فِيكُمُ اليَومَ المُحقِبُ النَّاسِ دينَه

Ibn Mas’ud(Radi Allahu anhu): “During the pre-Islamic period we called call the sheeple a person who follow others to a meal without being invited, however today we consider the sheeple one who blindly follows people in matters of his religion.[3]

Being among the sheeple doesn’t only pose a hazard to one’s beliefs, but it also shakes up a person’s faith.

عن ابن مسعود (رضي الله عنه) ألاَ لاَ يُقَلِّدَنَّ أَحَدُكُمْ دِينَهُ رَجُلاً إن آمَنَ آمَنَ وإن كَفَرَ كَفَرَ

 Ibn Mas’ud [ Radi Allahu anhu]said: Don’t blindly follow any man in matters of your religion. If he believes, then you believe, and if he disbelieves, then you disbelieve.[4]

Since being a blind following sheep is so dangerous Abdullah ibn Mas’ud further went on to say in another narration that a person must avoid it by being one of two people. i.e a scholar or a student.

 عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه أنه كان يقول: اغدُ عالماً أو مُتَعَلِّماً ، وَلا تَغدُ إمَّعَةً فِيمَا بَينَ ذَلِك

Ibn Mas’udd [Radi Allahu anhu] said: “Strive to be a scholar or a student and don’t be among sheeple. The sheeple is one between the learned person and the student.[5]

 

Additionally,Ali ibn Abi Talib[رضي الله عنه] described the yes-man among the sheeple as one who is a confused riffraff that follows everyone and his brother.

 قال علي بن أبي طالب (رضي الله عنه)النَّاسُ ثَلاثَةٌ : فَعَالِمٌ رَبَّانِيٌّ ، وَمُتَعَلِّمٌ عَلَى سَبِيلِ نَجَاةٍ ، وَهَمَجٌ رَعَاعٌ أَتْبَاعُ كُلِّ نَاعِقٍ ، يَمِيلُونَ مَعَ كُلِّ رِيحٍ ، لَمْ يَسْتَضِيئُوا بِنُورِ الْعِلْمِ ، وَلَمْ يَلْجَئُوا إِلَى رُكْنٍ وَثِيقٍ 

“The people are of three (types): the Scholar who is Rabbani: The Scholar who acts in accordance with his knowledge and has insight into the condition of the people – so that he raises them upon the primary matters of knowledge before the more detailed and difficult matters, the one learning is upon the path of salvation, and the confused riffraff  who follow everyone who calls out – bending along with every wind – they are not enlightened by the light of knowledge, nor do they lean on a strong support.

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah spoke in detail explaining this narration

Confused riffraff: are those who are ignorant fools.

Who follow everyone who calls out: This refers to them answering everyone that calls them to something. They respond to everything without distinguishing whether it’s the truth or falsehood. The confused riff-raff has no knowledge to determine if what he’s being invited to follow is right, or wrong, thus he answers every call and invitation. These kinds of people are the most dangerous in the religion. Unfortunately, they are the majority, with little significance with Allah. Furthermore, they are often involved in every fitnah.

Ali [radi Allahu anhu] said they answer everyone who calls to something means they resemble the livestock, which is driven by their herder, so they go wherever he takes them.

Allah said:

And the example of those who disbelieve is like that of him who shouts to the (flock of sheep) that hears nothing but calls and cries. (They are) deaf, dumb and blind. So they do not understand.[Al-Baqarah:171]

This is the description that the Amir of the Believers, Ali[radi Allahu anhu] gave them. Such a person hasn’t any knowledge, any insight, or any understanding to tell the difference between the truth and falsehood. Therefore, according to him, the truth and falsehood are alike.

Bending along with every wind…Their intellects lean towards every desire and caller. If their minds were like big trees then the wind wouldn’t affect them.

Nor do they lean on a strong support… In these words Imam Ali explained why there are easily led astray. They are ignorant and lack the insight to determine between the truth and falsehood. Allah said: O you who believe , Fear Allah, and believe too in His Messenger (Muhammad ), He will give you a double portion of His Mercy, and He will give you a light by which you shall walk (straight),[Al-Hadid:28]

Whenever the heart doesn’t have the light of guidance inside it, the person becomes at loss, uncertain and helpless, consequently he doesn’t know which way to go. With this confusion the person doesn’t know the correct path and follows every caller he hears. His heart isn’t equipped to rejects the callers’ of falsehood. If the truth is firmly rooted in the heart then falsehood is prevented from entering. This is the reason why Allah called the truth, the leader.[6]

After reviewing the narrations and speech of Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim we can draw the conclusion that the harms of being among the sheeple are many and among them are they show the person has a weak personality and lacks manhood, and thus lives a humiliating life. The one who lives his life as a yes-man is ostracized and banished by Allah, and the son of Adam. Reason being, his presence in society isn’t of any true value.

Prepared by

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar© 1439H

 

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[1] Natharatun Na-eem, vol 9/pg3995

[2] [ At-Tirmithi:2007]

[3] Lisan Al-Arab

[4] Al-Iti’sam, Imam Ash-Shatabi, vol1/158

[5] ibid

[6] Miftah Darus Sa’ada 1/412-415.




The Difference between a student of Knowledge and a student of the Internet

The Difference between a student of Knowledge and a student of the Internet

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A student of knowledge is a lofty position to hold and becoming a successful one isn’t awarded to everyone by Allah. We have some people who embarked upon their studies but didn’t achieve any level, while others have advanced. All in all the ultimate achievement from being a student of knowledge is Jannah.

Allah said:

وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا

And say: “My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” [Ta-Ha:114] 

The Path of the Student of knowledge.

The Prophet [ﷺ] said: The Messenger of Allah said: “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with Allah from the knowledge that is of no benefit.[1]

The student of knowledge begins with manners and learning the etiquettes of being a student. When it comes to manners then they should be learned directly from the scholars,  and although we have numerous books that describe the way the Muslim should interact with others, learning by practical experience is better.  The first practice the student needs to acquire and understand is learning Islam is worship, so since its worship, it has two conditions. The first condition for the acceptance of worship is sincerity along with the practice the way the Prophet [ﷺ] did it. Seeking knowledge for a position in a school, in a university or in a masjid is a waste. Allah mentioned in the Quran. “Whosoever desires the life of the world and its glitter; to them, We shall pay in full (the wages of) their deeds therein, and they will have no diminution therein.They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but Fire, and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do.[ Hud:15-16]

Being a student of knowledge then rising to the rank of a scholar can be risky. The scholar is among first people to be placed in the fire on the Day of Judgment. The Messenger (ﷺ) said: The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favors and he will recognize them. [ The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I fought for you until I died a martyr. He will say: You have lied – you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: He is courageous. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Quran. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favors and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Quran for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: He is learned. And you recited the Quran that it might be said [of you]: He is a reciter. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.[2] 

The student needs to follow the way of the Salaf [The Righteous predecessors from the 1st three generations] and following their way isn’t restricted to a particular time period which doesn’t fit in today’s world.  Shadowing their path in knowledge and actions in every aspect of our religion is a must. There are some people who follow the Salaf in some things, but not in others, and this is incorrect. By abandoning the actions of the Salaf in this way misguidance is bound to befall that person. For example, you have a person who follows the Salaf in the section of Allah’s names and attributes, but not in Iman, so in this case, he’s left off a portion of the Salafi Methodology. And when he follows the Salaf for Allah’s names and attributes along with their understanding in Iman, but then acts with the rulers unlike the way the Salaf did and commanded, he couldn’t be considered a follower of the Salafi methodology.

The student of knowledge must fear Allah by obeying Him and distancing himself from acts of disobedience. Gaining the fear of Allah is done by having knowledge of Allah, His Might and ability to punish whomever He wills whenever wills.  The student of knowledge needs to be mindful that Allah is All-Aware of what he does.

The student of knowledge must learn to be patient and endure harms from others and submit to the truth from any direction it comes to him. The seeker of knowledge must maintain integrity and manliness while avoiding all types of manners which aren’t suitable for him. This includes all speech and actions. Therefore the student of knowledge avoids all gatherings where vain and idle speech is spoken and sinning is done. By doing this the student safeguards his time and instead uses it for the obedience of Allah. The student of knowledge avoids entering conflicts where there’s unrest between people and he isn’t able to determine who’s right or who’s wrong.

The student of knowledge has gentleness, but this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t refute falsehood. Before the student embarks on anything he thinks about the outcome of his speech and actions. He tries to always choose the right words before talking.

The student of knowledge chooses a scholar to stick to and learn from and selects the proper reading material. When the student meets these two requirements he gradually progresses in his studies from level1 to level 2 and so on.  He must avoid reading the extensive works until he’s grounded in the smaller books. The student of knowledge must learn the terminologies of the scholars and prepare himself to memorize texts and pieces of evidence. The student mustn’t allow himself to get bored. During his studies with his teacher and more specifically in the beginning of his studies he should avoid the issues of differing until he’s well-grounded in the foundations and principles. It’s crucial that a student doesn’t act by every book he reads until he asks the scholars of his era. The student must learn to respect his sheik. He shouldn’t irritate his teacher by asking him questions which aren’t any benefit. When questioning your sheik listen carefully so that you can comprehend the answer, thus avoid asking him again.  The most important thing a person can benefit from his sheik is manners. The student of knowledge writes and records the words of his sheik only after getting his permission.

The student of knowledge must be on alert when choosing friends. He should choose those who help him in his quest for knowledge and uphold obedience to Allah, His messenger, and the Muslim rulers. As a seeker of the Shariah, the student should plan to travel to scholars who can teach him. Travelling to learn is the way of the Salaf.[3]

The Path of the Student of the internet

The student of the internet and social media is rude and hateful. He doesn’t display Islamic manners when interacting with others over the net. You’ll notice the student of the internet rarely begins and ends his conversation with “ As –Salamu Alaykum.”

The student of the internet struggles with sincerity He enjoys writing posts which others share and like on Social media. The student of the internet is unable to remain quiet, he loves joining forums, whats app chat rooms and twitter feeds to show he has some knowledge. The time he spends studying is way less than the actual time he spends on the internet bouncing from website to website; from a Facebook page to another looking for the slips and mistakes of any and every Muslim he can find on the net.

The student of the internet prefers to follow the majority actions of others on social instead of clinging to the Salaf. This student of the World Wide Web feels a sense of loneliness with the real world; therefore on the internet, he feels accepted and has a sense of satisfaction once his post is liked and shared.

The student of the dot net, dot com, and dot.org ,doesn’t build his education on a foundation; however, instead, he fixes himself with browsing and surfing web pages to gain information on issues that can’t be fully understood and grasped without that foundation. In other words, he reads about issues and avoids learning the principles.

The student of the internet takes pleasure in the freedom of the speech that the internet provides and as a result of this he writes carelessly and is heedless that while he’s writing so are the Angels. As a consequence his level of God-consciousness is low.

The student of Social media is impatient and harms others in his fight to make others agree with his opinions in posts or the views in his references. The student of the internet enters and chimes in on forums, tweets and messages where back-biting is practiced and unfortunately he stays there long enough until his participation is record against him. This all results from him not thinking about the outcome of the letters he enters with his keystroke.

The student of the internet doesn’t choose a reputable website of a scholar to learn from, but as a substitute bookmarks webpages that mainly publish and share gossip and slander. If only the student of the internet would visit sites from the senior scholars where their recordings of classes are hosted, then sat in the comfort of his house and listened to those audios taking notes, this would much better for his education.

The student of the net gets bored with real classes and lectures. In fact his attention span for reading and studying decreases day by day. He spends approximately 3-5 hours daily off and on surfing and browsing the net. So when we add up his time spent in cyber space, then for  every 8 days he’s spent a total of 24 hours , a complete day, on the net. Imagine that! He’s wasting his time!

The student of the internet hasn’t any manners when dealing with scholars. He’s only calls or writes them to establish his an argument in his favor , so that he can rush and spread it on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In many cases he doesn’t even ask the sheikh’s permission to record the conversation, or if he asks him to record it he doesn’t get his permission to spread it. To take it step further , if the sheikh allows him to record it and spread , he’ll place his own title on the on the talk and use it for other than what the sheikh intended and Allah is a Witness to this treachery

The student of the internet is reckless in his choice he makes friends with; as befriends them through social media. Generally speaking he befriends all those who agree with him and unfriends and blocks those who don’t agree with him.

The student of the net doesn’t return his affairs back to the Quran and sunnah, rather he refers back to websites, YouTube videos and Twitter.

The student of the internet doesn’t follow any program of study other than daily site visits and when it comes to finding a fatwa, unlike a student of knowledge who asks the scholars, the student of the net prefers to hit Google, and then take it from there. So whichever website he’s redirected to based on his search he takes that answer and implements the best way he sees fit. Allah’s aide and help are sought.

Written and prepared by,

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Battle

Academic/Khateeb Qatar [1439H]

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[1] Sunan Ibn Majah 3843[ Graded as Hasan, by Imam Al-Albani]

[2] Sahih Muslim 1905

[3] Refer to Sharhu Hilyati Talibil Ilm by Shaykh Sa’d Ash-Shitri




Some Simple ways to Earn Allah’s Love

Some Simple ways to Earn Allah’s Love

The Things Allah Loves

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Love is an affirmed attribute of Allah the same way hate is, and these two attributes of Allah don’t resemble our love and hatred. Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned that complete love is included in the  worship of Allah and obedience to Him. Since Allah mentioned He loves certain acts of worship, then we should strive to attain His Love ;which will eventually lead us to remain under His Mercy, Protection, and Forgiveness, all which open our gate for entrance to Jannah.

In this article I’ve mentioned verses from the Quran and Hadith that highlight the belief, deeds and speech we must do in order to attain Al-Wadud’s Love. The Quranic verses were collected by Imam Al-Bulqeeni and I collected the hadith and then relied on the verification of Imam Al-Albani.

Shaykhul Islam Umar ibn Rslan Al-Bulqeeni[805H] mentioned there are 16 acts to do to attain Allah’s love. 8 of them are clearly stated in the Quran and the other half is understood by their opposite since Allah mentioned the things He didn’t love.[1]

Allah loves the repentant

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ

Verily Allah loves the repentant [Al-Baqarah 222]

Allah loves those who cleanse themselves. i.e [ Wudu, Ghusl, Tayammu, using Siwak, etc]

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who cleanse themselves. [At-Tawbah :108]

 Allah loves those who are patient

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الصَّابِرِينَ

Allah loves the patient [ Al-Imran :146]

Allah loves the God-fearing pious servant

Allah said:

فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ

Verily, Allah loves the God-fearing.[Al-Imran: 76]

 

Allah loves those who do all good kinds of deeds.

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Allah loves those who do good deeds. [Al-Imran:134]

 

Allah loves those who rely on Him for their needs

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who rely on Him [Al-Imran:159]

Allah loves those who are just

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who are just [Al-Hujjarat:9}

Allah loves those who follow the Prophet

Allah said:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ

Say if you truly love Allah then follow me and He will love you.[Al-Imran:31]

In these following verses the opposite of what Allah doesn’t love can be understood.

Allah loves those who judge fairly.

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ

Allah doesn’t loves those who are oppressive.[ Al-Imran:140]

 Allah loves those who carry out their trusts.

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الخَائِنِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who are deceptive [Al-Anfal:58]

Allah loves those who are humble

Allah said:

إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who behave arrogantly [Al-Nahl:23]

Allah loves those who give others their rights

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ

Allah doesn’t loves those who are transgress against others.[Al-Baqarah:190]

Allah loves those who spread justice on the Earth. i.e call to fairness, call to unity under Tawheed.

Allah said:

وَاللَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who spread corruption [ Al-Ma’idah:64]

Allah loves those who avoid acting extravagant

Allah said:

إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who are extravagant[Al-Anam:141]

Allah loves those  who worship Allah sincerely.

Allah said:

فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ

Allah doesn’t love those who disbelieve in Him [ Al-Imran:32]

Allah loves those who avoid the dunya

Allah said:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُحِبُّ الْفَرِحِينَ

Verily! Allah likes not those who are glad.[Al-Qasas:76]  

Along with  Allah’s Speech defining the acts He loves the Prophet [(ﷺ)] mentioned some acts Allah loves.

The most beloved religion to Allah

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ : قِيلَ لِرَسُولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : أَيُّ الأَدْيَانِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ ؟ قَالَ : الْحَنِيفِيَّةُ السَّمْحَةُ.

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was asked, “Which religion is the most beloved to Allah?” The Prophet said, “Simple belief in one God.”[2]

 

The most beloved names to Allah

عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى الله عَليْهِ وسَلَّمَ قَالَ : أَحَبُّ الأَسْمَاءِ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ : عَبْدُ اللهِ ، وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ.

The most beloved names to Allah are Abdullah and Abdur Rahman[3]

Regularly practiced acts of worship

وَإِنَّ أَحَبَّ الأَعْمَالِ إِلَى اللهِ مَا دَامَ وَإِنْ قَلَّ.

The most beloved deeds to Allah are those regularly practiced even if they are few. [4]

Prayer when it first comes in, then maintaining ties of kinship, struggling in Allah’s path.

عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ ، رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، أَنَّ رَجُلاً سَأَلَ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَيُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ الصَّلاَةُ لِوَقْتِهَا وَبِرُّ الْوَالِدَيْنِ ثُمَّ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ الله.

Ibn Mas’ud said a man asked the prophet about the most beloved actions to Allah? He replied by saying: “Offering prayer when it first comes in, then maintaining ties of kinship, followed by struggling for Allah’s Cause.[5]

Remembering Allah while you are dying.

عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَأَلْتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَيُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ قَالَ أَنْ تَمُوتَ وَلِسَانُكَ رَطْبٌ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

Mu’adh ibn Jabal asked the Prophet about the most beloved deeds to Allah and he replied to die while your tongue is moist with Allah’s remembrance.[6]

Visiting the Masjid for worship, prayer and classes

عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ –صلى الله عليه وسلم- قَالَ « أَحَبُّ الْبِلاَدِ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَسَاجِدُهَا

Abu Hurayrah [radi Allahu anhu] narrated the Prophet [(ﷺ)] said the most beloved places on Earth are its masjids.[7]

Faith in Allah and in His Messenger.

عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِىَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : سُئِلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ –صلى الله عليه وسلم- أَىُّ الأَعْمَالِ أَفْضَلُ؟ قَالَ :« إِيمَانٌ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ »

Abu Hurayrah narrated the prophet was asked about the most beloved actions to Allah and he said : To have faith in Allah in His messenger. [8]

The man who takes care of his dependents

  أحب العباد إلى الله تعالى أنفعهم لعياله

The Most beloved servant to Allah is the one who takes care of his dependents the best.[9]

Food which is shared

قَالَ جَابِرُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ: قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ” أَحَبُّ الطَّعَامِ إِلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مَا كَثُرَتْ عَلَيْهِ الْأَيْدِي

“The most beloved meal to Allah is that in which many hands partake from the plate”.[10]

Good Character

قَالُوا : فَمَنْ أَحَبُّ عِبَادِ اللَّهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ ؟ ، قَالَ : أَحْسَنُهُمْ خُلُقًا .

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The most beloved servant to Allah is he who has the best character and manners”.[11]

The words Allah choose for the Angels and His servants.

عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ، قَالَ : قُلْتُ : يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِأُمِّي وَأَبِي أَيُّ الْكَلاَمِ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ ؟ قَالَ : مَا اصْطَفَاهُ اللَّهُ لِمَلاَئِكَتِهِ : سُبْحَانَ رَبِّي وَبِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ رَبِّي وَبِحَمْدِهِ

O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)! Which speech is most beloved to Allah [the Mighty and Sublime]?” So he said: “That which Allah selected for His angels (to say): ‘Glory to my Lord, and with His praise. Glory to my Lord, and with His praise (Subḥāna rabbī wa biḥamdihi, subḥāna rabbī wa biḥamdihi).’”[12]

Walking to close the ranks in Salah

وَقَالَ   إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلاَئِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَلُونَ الصُّفُوفَ الأُوَلَ وَمَا مِنْ خَطْوَةٍ أَحَبَّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ خَطْوَةٍ يَمْشِيهَا يَصِلُ بِهَا صَفًّا  

The Angels offer salutations on those who join the first row in prayer. The best steps loved by Allah are those take to join the congregational prayer. [13]

Doing righteous actions during the 1st 10 days of Thul Hijjah

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم-  مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فِيهَا أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ الأَيَّامِ

The best days of year in which rightgoues deeds are beloved to Allah is the 1st ten days of Thul Hijjah.[14]

Having good thoughts of Allah and in His Qadr

 المؤمن القوي أحب الى الله

A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer…[15]

Allah the most high knows best

Prepared and arranged by

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha,Qatar 1438©

 

[1] 40 hadeeth about the virtues of Knowledge, by  Shakul islam Umar ibn Rslan Al-Bulqeeni,

[2] Source: Musnad Aḥmad 2108

[3] At-Tirmith 2843, dawud 4951

[4] Sahih al-Bukhari 5861

[5] Muslim 262

[6] [ At-Tabarani in Dua 1852]

[7] Muslim 1560

[8] Al Bayhaqi kubara 9;157

[9] Al-Bayhaqi –Shu’bul Iman 7045

[10] Musnad Abu Ya’la:2045

[11] At-Tabarani in Al-Kabir/473

[12] Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3593

[13] Abu Dawud 543

[14] Abu Dawud : 2440

[15] Muslim 2664




The Destructive Effects Of Evil Desires

The Destructive Effects

Of Evil Desires

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

One of the greatest reasons for man’s loss and the collapse of a society is found in a person following his evil desires. Imam Ash-Shatabi said: It’s called desires because is pushes a person in the abyss of Hell. Ibn Abbass said: Whenever Allah mentioned desires in the Quran its dispraised.

Allah said: They follow but a guess and that which they themselves desire, whereas there has surely come to them the Guidance from their Lord![1]

The misguided person is the one who follows his evil desires and turns away from the guidance of his lord. Therefore he oppresses his soul by rejecting the truth, since his desires has blinded him. Following evil desires is the main reason for misguidance. Allah said: Is it that whenever there came to you a Messenger with what you yourselves desired not, you grew arrogant? Some, you disbelieved and some, you killed.[2]

For that reason Allah has explained the destructive effects of evil desires. He said: Have you (O Muhammad ) seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire? Would you then be a Wakil (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him?[3]. Plainly put, desires can blind a person, take away his hearing and result in him going astray. It’s a kind of Shirk. Some of the Salaf said: The worst deity worshipped on Earth is desires.[4]

Evil Desires have Destructive effects.

Allah said: Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilah (god), and Allah knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah?[5]

Allah placed desires in every man’s disposition of love and will in order for him to achieve what he wants. The Most Wise has proportioned the desires in man ,so either he goes to the right or to the  left in his choices. When goes to right and follows the desire of love and will then we call it guidance and wisdom, but when he goes to the left it’s called desires and stupidity.

The reasons for following evil desires

  • Not controlling your desires from early age
  • A weak comprehension about Allah’s Rights
  • A love for this World and the forgetfulness of the Afterlife
  • Ignorance about the consequences of following evil desires
  • People falling short in their obligations towards those who follow their evil desires. i.e not giving sincere advice.

Whoever wants Allah’s love and to feel at ease with his mind and have comfort in his heart then he must be attached to everything that Allah loves. Therefore he places Allah’s satisfaction over his, even though it’s difficult. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: The effect of Allah’s satisfaction over everything else is a person intends and does the things that Allah is pleased with; although it makes people angry. This is the methodology of the Prophets and Messengers. From among those Messengers who followed this path was Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Essa and Muhammad.

The importance of controlling desires and avoiding evil desires

Since Allah has tested man with desires he constantly struggles with having animal behavior with his instincts. He has two scales to judge by; the intellect and the religion. Rejecting the lustful temptation of evil desires is a MUST if a person wants to attain Allah’s love and peace of mind. This is considered among the greatest struggles. Abu Thar asked the Prophet about the greatest Jihad and He replied: “The fight against your soul and desires for Allah’s Pleasure.[6]

Hasan Al-Basri said: The greatest Jihad you can perform is the battle against your desires.[7]

Sulayman ibn Dawud said: Subduing your desires is more difficult than conquering one city.[8]

Ibn Taymiyyah said: The Muslim must fear Allah and prevent his body from following evil desires. The mere thought of evil desires and evil lust has no consequence until it’s followed and acted by. When a person has the thought of evil desires then suppresses them this is considered worship of Allah and a righteous deed. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying: “The Mujahid is one who strives against his own soul.”[9]

He ordered the fighting against the soul the same way he commanded to fight the one who calls others to disobedience; however the fight against the soul has a greater importance. This kind of Jihad is an obligation on every single Muslim and the Jihad for Allah’s religion is legislated on a party, therefore if they do it the duty is lifted on the rest. Remaining patient against the evil desires is among the greatest forms of patience.[10]

The ways to cure the urge to follow evil desires

  • Take the time to think that man hasn’t been created to follow his desires and act on the spot, but he has the ability to look at the outcome of his deeds before he does them.
  • Think about the outcome of your actions before you embark on them. What can happen if you drink alcohol, watch that porn, talk to that  girl, go to the night club, or  smoke that joint?
  • Think about the urge the desires arouse then you will realize that it really isn’t anything but a temporal pleasure that lasts only for a short period of time. Once you fulfill your evil desires you still have the sin recorded in your book against you in this life tomorrow.
  • Compare the people who follow their desires without boundaries and those who restrict themselves. You will notice the one who has a higher status in the Dunya. For example look at Prophet Adam when he ate from the tree and look at Yusef when he avoided that shameful act of immorality.
  • Remember the benefit of rejecting your desires and how it safeguards your honor and earns you a reward in the hereafter. [11]
  • The only entrance the devil has into man is through the door of desires.
  • Be aware that evil desires corrupts everything it mixes with.
  • Remember that following evil desires and lusts contradicts the guidance Allah sent to the Messengers. He has divided the people into 2 categories: Followers of guidance and followers of desires. Allah said: But if they answer you not (i.e. do not believe in your doctrine of Islamic Monotheism, nor follow you), then know that they only follow their own lusts. And who is more astray than one who follows his own lusts, without guidance from Allah?[12] He the Most High also said: And if you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (i.e. the Qur’an), then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (protector or guardian) nor any helper.[13]
  • Allah has made the similarity of the one who follows evil desire like a dog. He said: but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out.[14]
  • The people who follow their desires aren’t worthy of being followed. They aren’t leaders and worthy of being taken as role models.
  • Rejecting the urges and desires gives the slaves body strength to worship Allah. [15]

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[1] [ An-Najm:23]

[2] [Al-Baqarah:87]

[3] [Al-Furqan:43].

[4] ‘Aqebahtul Ittbah AlHawa, Muhammad Hamad Al-Faqee

[5] [ Al-Al-Jathiyah:23]

[6] Hilyatul Awliyah,vol2,249, graded as sahih by Imam Al-Albani in Saheehah 3/483

[7] Thamul Hawa ,pg 23

[8] Thamul Hawa pg 21

[9] Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1621

[10] Majmu 10/635

[11] Thamul Hawa, by Ibn Al-Jawzi pg 14-15

[12] Al-Qasas:50

[13] Al-Baqarah:120

[14] Al-Araf: 176

[15] Refer to Rawadul Muhibbeen by Ibn Al-Qayyim pg 471




Fatawa from the Prophet- PT 2 Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

They came seeking guidance -PT 2. [ The section of Purity ]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Verdicts from Allah’s Messenger [ﷺ] compiled by Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

 

Can wudu be performed with water from the sea?

“A man asked the Prophet (ﷺ): ‘O Messenger of Allah, we travel by sea and we take a little water with us, but if we use it for Wudu’, we will go thirsty. Can we perform Wudu’, with sea-water?’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Its water is a means of purification and its dead meat is permissible.'”[1]

Can we make wudu from water that tampons, garbage and corpses are thrown in?

“It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you perform Wudu’ from the well into which the bodies of dogs, menstrual rags and garbage are thrown?’ He said: ‘Water is pure and it is not made impure by anything.'”[2]

Can we use the untensils of the People of the book to eat and drink with?

Abu Tha’laba Al-Khushni:

I said “O Allah’s Messenger! We are living in a land inhabited by the people of the Scriptures; can we take our meals in their utensils?” He said, “If you can get utensils other than theirs, do not eat in theirs, but if you cannot get other than theirs, wash them and eat in them”[3]

 

What do we do when we think we have annulled our Wudu during prayer?

Abbad bin Tamim:

My uncle asked Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) about a person who imagined to have passed wind during the prayer. Allah’ Apostle replied: “He should not leave his prayers unless he hears sound or smells something.”[4]

What kind of abulation must be made  for Pre-Seminal Fluid (Madhi)?

Sahl ibn Hunayf:

I felt greatly distressed by the frequent flowing of prostatic fluid. For this reason I used to take a bath very often. I asked the apostle of Allah (ﷺ) about this. He replied: Ablution will be sufficient for you because of this. I asked: Messenger of Allah, what should I do if it smears my clothes. He replied: It is sufficient if you take a handful of water and sprinkle it on your clothe when you find it has smeared it.[5]

What must be washed after the discharge of prostatic fluid?

Abdullah ibn Sa’d al-Ansari:

I asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as to what makes it necessary to take a bath and about the (prostatic) fluid that flows after taking a bath. He replied: that is called madhi (prostatic fluid). It flows from every male. You should wash your private parts and testicles because of it and perform ablution as you do for prayer.[6]

The difference between regular blood flow and menses?

Fatima bint Abi Hubaish came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) I get persistent bleeding from the uterus and do not become clean. Shall I give up my prayers?” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, “No, because it is from a blood vessel and not the menses. So when your real menses begins give up your prayers and when it has finished wash off the blood (take a bath) and offer your prayers.” Hisham (the sub narrator) narrated that his father had also said, (the Prophet (ﷺ) told her): “Perform ablution for every prayer till the time of the next period comes.”[7]

Does eating Mutton break Wudu ?

A man asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace he upon him) whether he should perform ablution after (eating) mutton. He (the Messenger of Allah) said: Perform ablution it you so desire, and if you do not wish, do not perform it.

Does eating Camel’s meat invalidate Wudu?

He (again) asked: Should I perform ablution (after eating) camel’s flesh? He said: Yes, perform ablution (after eating) camel’s flesh. He (again) said:

Can we offer prayer in a Sheepfold?

May I say prayer in the sheepfolds? He (the Messenger of Allah) said: Yes.

Can we pray in Camel pin ?

He (the narrator) again said: May I say prayer where camels lie down? He (the Holy Prophet) said: No.[8]

A Person Who Sees Some Wetness (On His Clothes) After Sleeping,but doesn’t remember if he had a wet-dream?

The Prophet (ﷺ) was asked about a person who found moisture (on his body or clothes) but did not remember the sexual dream. He replied: He should take a bath. He was asked about a person who remembered that he had a sexual dream but did not find moisture. He replied: Bath is not necessary for him. Umm Salamah then asked: Is washing necessary for a woman if she sees that (in her dream)? He replied: Yes. Woman are counterpart of men.[9]

What must be done when we find menses blood on your clothes.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said regarding menstruation blood that smears a garment, “She should scrape it, rub it with water, then wash it and then she may pray in it”. [10]

What is Wudu ?

I requested the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) to talk to me about ablution. He said, “Perform the Wudu’ well (by washing those parts of the body, such as the face, hands and feet beyond what is required, like washing the hands up to the upper-arm instead of the elbow). Cleanse the base of your fingers and sniff water deep into the nose except when you are observing fast.”[11]

What’s the description of Wudu ?

“I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! How is Wudu’ done?’ He said: ‘As for Wudu’, when you perform Wudu’, and you wash your hands to clean them, your sins come out from between your fingers and fingertips. When you rinse your mouth and nostrils, and wash your face and hands up to the elbows, and wipe your head, and wash your feet up to the ankles, you are cleansed of all your sins. When you prostrate your face to Allah, may He be exalted, you emerge from your sins like the day your mother bore you.'” Abu Umamah said: “I said: ‘O ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah! Look at what you are saying! Was all of that given in one sitting? He said: ‘By Allah, I have grown old, my appointed time is near and I am not so poor that I should tell lies about the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). I heard it with my own ears and understood it in my heart from the Messenger of Allah.'”[12]

What is the maximum amount of times the limbs are washed ?

“A Bedouin came to the Prophet (ﷺ) to ask him about Wudu’, so he showed him how to perform Wudu’, washing each part three times, then he said: ‘This is Wudu’. Whoever does more than that has done badly, done to extremes and done wrong.'”[13]

What about passing wind during prayer  ?

“O Messenger of Allah! A man among us would be in the desert and a small smell would come from him, (what should he do) while the water is scarce? So the Messenger of Allah said: “When one of you breaks wind then let him perform Wudu, and do not go into your women in their behinds for indeed Allah is not shy of the truth.”[14]

What’s the duration for Wiping over the footwear?

“The Prophet was asked about wiping over the Khuff. So he said: “Three (days) for the traveler, and one day for the resident.”[15]

Does a woman have to undo her braids for Ghusl for sexual impurity ?

Shurayh ibn Ubayd said: Jubayr ibn Nufayr gave me a verdict about the bath because of sexual defilement that Thawban reported to them that they asked the Prophet (ﷺ) about it. He (the Prophet) replied: As regards man, he should undo the hair of his head and wash it until the water should reach the roots of the hair. But there is no harm if the woman does not undo it (her hair) and pour three handfuls of water over her head.[16]

What is Menses ?

A woman asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) how he should wash herself after the menstrual period. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Take a cotton with musk and purity yourself, and the rest of the hadith was narrated like that of Sufyan.[17]

What is allowed for a man to do with his wife while she is on her menses?

“What is permitted me from my wife when she is menstruating?” The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Let her wrap her waist-wrapper round herself tightly, and then what is above that is your concern.”[18]

How long is postpartum bleeding?

He (ﷺ) said: It’s forty days unless you become clean before that.[19]

 

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Have you read part 1 yet?

 

[1] Muslim 2648

[2] Sunan an-Nasa’i 326

[3] Bukhari 5478/ muslim 1930

[4] -Bukhari 137

[5] Sunan Abi Dawud 210- Imam At-Tirmthi graded is as Sahih

[6] Abu Dawud 211

[7] al-Bukhari 228

[8] Muslim 360

[9] Sunan Abi Dawud 236

[10] Bukhari 227/muslim 297

[11] Abu Dawud 142/143

[12] An-Nisa’a 1/91

[13] Ibn Majah422

[14] at-Tirmidhi 1164

[15] at-Tirmidhi 95

[16] Abi Dawud 255

[17] Muslim 332

[18] Muwatta Hasan li Ghayri 57/1

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They Came Seeking Guidance

They Came Seeking Guidance

Verdicts from Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)

Compiled by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

He is acknowledged by many as the most influential man in history. He is a Prophet whose speech and guidance has changed the lives of billions around the World. Book after book has been written to capture the model of this man’s life from the Islamic History before and after the Hijrah. A number of books were written that distinctively discuss his rights. Imam At-Tirmith , Al-Baghawi and Ibn Kathir wrote books that talk about his virtue and  his noble character. Moreover some scholars wrote books that mention his special characteristics. In fact, one the  most unique books compiled as an educational tool is the Islamic verdicts given by Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) from Ibn  Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah.

Volume after volume has always been collected regarding the Fatawa and the verdicts of great scholars for reference. Today we find many people can quote an Imam,  a Mufti, and a Scholar, and many if not in most cases use their speech as a proof. Disappointingly, they are negligent about the Fatawa from the Imam of all Imams, the Mufti of all Muftis, and the scholar whose speech is evidence. Allah said: “Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired.”[1] This verse labels that the verdicts the Prophet (ﷺ )issued are unimpaired.

In this series I have taken some the fatawa compiled by Ibn Al-Qayyim and decided to share them with my fellow Muslims for insight based on the authentic Ahadeeth used. Thus if a situation arises in the future perhaps you’ll be able to find that a companion already asked the same question and was given a verdict. I ask Allah to reward Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah for compiling the verdicts of our Messenger(ﷺ). I ask Allah to send countless peace and blessings on Muhammad and return this Ummah to this Imam and Mufti’s speech and action for their final reference.

Can Allah be seen in the next life?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked will the believers see their Lord ? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Do you feel any trouble in seeing the moon on the night when it is full? They said: Messenger of Allah, no. He (the Messenger) further said: Do you feel any trouble in seeing the sun, when there is no cloud over it? They said: Messenger of Allah. No. He (the Prophet)then said: Verily you would see Him like this (as you see the sun and the moon).[2]

Can we stop performing actions and rely on the Qadr?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked about the Qadr ; should we not then depend upon our destiny and abandon our deeds? Thereupon he said: Acts of everyone will be facilitated in that which has been created for him so that whoever belongs to the company of the blessed will have good works made easier for him and whoever belongs to the unfortunate ones will have evil acts made easier for him. He then recited this verse (from the Qur’an): “Then, who gives to the needy and guards against evil and accepts the excellent (the truth of Islam and the path of righteousness it prescribes), We shall make easy for him the easy end and who is miserly and considers himself above need, We shall make easy for him the difficult end”[3]

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Does Allah know our inner thoughts?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked whatsoever the people conceal, Allah will know it ? He answered: “ Yes “[4]

Where was Allah before He created the Heavens and the Earth?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked where Allah was before He created the Heavens and the Earth ? He said: ‘He was (above) the clouds – no air was under him, no air was above him, and He created His Throne upon the water.'” [5]

Who was with Allah at the beginning and where was His Throne?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked about the beginning of creation ? He said : Allah was alone and His Throne was above water.[6]

Where will we be when the Heavens and the Earth change?

  • He (ﷺ ) was asked where will the human beings be on the Day when the Earth would change into another Earth and the Heavens change into other Heavens? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: They would be in darkness beside the Bridge.[7]

What is the 1st meal in Jannah?

  • He was asked about the people of Paradise first meal ? He said : A caul of the fish-liver.[8]

Who will pass over the Seerat 1st ?

 He was asked about the first people to pass over the bridge ? He said : They would be the poor amongst the refugees.[9]

What’s the first lunch  served in Jannah ?

  • He was asked about their first lunch?  He said  A bullock which was fed in the different quarters of Paradise would be slaughtered for them.[10]

What kinds of drinks are there in Paradise ?

  • He was asked about the kind of drinks they are served in Paradise ? He said : They would be given drinks from the fountain which is named” Salsabil”[11]

Did the Prophet () see Allah during the Isra& Mi’raj ?

  • He was asked if he saw Allah ? He said : He is Light; how could I see Him? [12]

Is there marriage in Jannah ?

  • He was asked about marriage in Jannah ? He replied the righteous for the righteous, the same way you enjoyed each other in this life you will enjoy each other in Paradise, except you won’t conceive children [13]

Why does a child look  more like one parent than the other ?

  • He was asked why does a child sometimes resemble his mother or father ? He said: If a man has sexual intercourse with his wife and gets discharge first, the child will resemble the father, and if the woman gets discharge first, the child will resemble her.”[14]

How are the disbelievers going to walk on Judgment Day?

  • He was(ﷺ )asked how will the Kuffar walk on their faces on Judgment Day? He replied :  He said, “Will not the One Who made him walk on his feet in this world, be able to make him walk on his face on the Day of Resurrection.[15]

Will we remember our family on Judgment Day?

  • He was asked will you remember your family on the Day of Judgment? He answered : There are three places where no one will remember anyone: at the scale until one knows whether his weight is light or heavy; at (the examination of) the book when one is commanded : Take and read Allah’s record, until he knows whether his book will be put into his right hand, or into his left hand, or behind his back ; and the path when it is placed across JAHANNAM.[16]

What is Kawthar?

  • He was asked about Kawthar ? He answered: Al-Kauthar is a river in Paradise, whose banks are of gold, and it flows over pearls and corundum. Its dirt is purer than musk, and its water is sweeter than honey and whiter than milk.”[17]

If our actions aren’t the same as the one we love?

  • He was asked about a person that loves a person but his actions aren’t  the same as his? He said: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: A person would be along with one whom he loves.[18]

What is the number one reason to enter Jannah?

  • He was asked the number one cause for people to enter Paradise ? He answered : “Taqwa of Allah, and good character.”[19]

What is the number one reason to enter Hell?

  • he was asked about that for which people are admitted into the Fire the most, and he said: “The mouth and the private parts.”[20]

What are the worst sins you can commit?

 

  • He was asked about the worst sins a person can commit? He answered : That you associate a partner with Allah (despite the fact) that He has created you. Followed by kilingl your child out of fear that he shall join you in food. Then (the next gravest sin) is that you commit adultery with the wife of your neighbor.[21]

What does Allah love most?

  • He was asked about the most beloved deeds to Allah? He answered Prayer in its proper time and in another report he said :” Prayer when the time first enters.[22]

Tasir of Surah Maryam verse 28

  • He was asked about the the meaning of this verse “O sister (i.e. the like) of Harun (Aaron)[Maryam 28] and what Prophet was between Jesus and Moses? He replied They used to name their children after the rightoues people who lived before them.[23]

Tafsir of Surah Al-Mu’minoon verse 60

  • He was asked about the verse “And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear…” he answered they are the Muslims who fear that their Fasts, Prayers, and Charities will not be accepted .[24]

Tafsir of Al-Ma’idah verse 105

  • He was asked about the verse,” O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves…” He answered: He said: No, enjoin one another to do what is good and forbid one another to do what is evil. But when you see niggardliness being obeyed, passion being followed, worldly interests being preferred, everyone being charmed with his opinion, then care for yourself, and leave alone what people in general are doing.[25]

Does using medical treatment contradict our faith in the Qadr?

  • He was asked if using medical treatment contradicts the(belief in ) the Qadr. He replied: ‘They are from Allah’s Decree.'” [26]

What will happen to the pagan children who died young?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked about the children of (Mushrikeen) pagans. The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “Since Allah created them, He knows what sort of deeds they would have done.” [27]

What charity is the best?

  • He (ﷺ)was aksed which charity is the most superior in reward?” He replied, “The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy.[28]

What are the best words one can say ?

  • The Messenger (ﷺ) was asked  which words are the best. He said: Those for which Allah made a choice for His Angels and His servants (and the words are):” Glory to Allah and praise is due to Him.”[29]

When was it decreed for Muhammad to be a Messenger?

  • He (ﷺ) was asked when did he become a Prophet? He replied when Adam was in  the process  of being molded with water and clay.[30]

Tafsir Az-Zumar verse 67

  • He was asked about the verse, “And on the Day of Resurrection the whole of the earth will be grasped by His Hand and the heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand….”, Where will the people be when this happens? He answered on the Bridge over Hell.[31]

What is a sign of your faith?

  • He was asked about faith ? He replied whenever  your good deeds make you happy and your bad deeds make you feel miserable.[32]

How can we recognize a sin ?

  • He was asked how to identify a sin? He answered whenever you have an uneasy feeling in your heart, then leave off that action.[33]

What is Islam, Imam and Ihsan?

  • Refer to the hadith of Jibril.

[1] [An-Najm 3-4].

[2][2] Al-Bukhari 7439

[3] [ Muslim 2647]

[4] [ Muslim 974]

[5] [ At-Tirmithi 3119 ]

[6] [ Ahmed 4/11,12]

[7] [ muslim 315]

[8] [Muslim 2876]

[9] [ Muslim 2876

[10] [Muslim 2876]

[11] Ibid

[12] [Muslim 178]

[13] [ Ahmed

[14] [Al-Bukhari 4480]

[15] [ Al-Bukhari 4760]

[16] [ Abu Dawud 4755]

[17] [ At-Tirmithi

[18] [ Muslim 2641]

[19] [ At-Tirmithi 2004]

[20] Ibid

[21] .[ Muslim 85]

[22] [ Bukhari 527]

[23] [ Muslim 2135]

[24] [ At-Tabari in Tafsir 9/225]

[25] [ Abu Dawud 4341]

[26] [ At-Tirmithi 2065]

[27] [ Al-Bukhari 1384]

[28] [ Al-Bukhari 1419]

[29] [Muslim 2731]

[30] [ At-Tirmithi 3618]

[31] .[ At-Tirmithi 3254]

[32] .[ Ahmed 5/215]

[33] [Ahmed 5/215]




Burying Bid’ah-1 Saying Masha-Allah when you see something that amazes you

Burying Bid’ah-1

Saying Masha-Allah when you see something that amazes you

عن أنس بن مالك ، رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : « من رأى شيئا فأعجبه ، فقال : ما شاء الله ، لا قوة إلا بالله ، لم يضره العين » . يعني : لا يصيبه العين

Anas ibn Malik (Radi Allahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Sallahu Alayhi Wa Salim) said, Whoever sees something that amazes    him, let him say, “ Masha-Allah, La Quwata illa bil lah” Hence, by doing so that person won’t be affected by the evil Eye.”

*Collected by Ibn Sunni (207) Al-Haythami graded this hadeeth as being extremely weak. (Majmu’ 5/109)Therefore doing this act is an innovation as it’s not authentically reported in the Quran or Sunnah.

Shaykh Mahir Al-Qahtani ( May Allah preserve him) said: “ Al-Manawee erred in his interpretation of the hadeeth where the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) said, “ Ask Allah to bless him . He interpreted this to mean say,” Masha-Allah La howla wa la quwata ilah billah”.  Moreover, Al-Manawee thought that saying these words repel the evil eye. Furthermore,  there isn’t any proof that the words ,” Ask Allah for blessings” indicate saying,” Mashallah La howla wa la quwata ilah billah”.

On the contrary the words,” Ask Allah for blessings” only imply asking Allah to bless him; as mentioned in the various authentic reports of the sunnah [1].

mashaALLAH

Reviving the Sunnah- Asking Allah’s Blessings when

You see something that Amazes you

The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) said:

إِذَا رَأَى أَحَدُكُمْ مِنْ أَخِيهِ مَا يُعْجِبُهُ ، فَلْيَدْعُ

“ Whenever one of you sees something with his brother that amazes him, ask  Allah to bless him.”

Collected by ibn Majah (3500) and graded as being Saheeh by Shaykh Al-Albani.

The order in this hadeeth to ask your brother for Allah’s blessings is obligatory.

It’s a must as the verb is in the present tense and preceded by the :lam لام

Which signals an obligatory order ,unless there is a context that shows otherwise.

Ibn Al- Qayyim said : The envious person has been ordered to say ,  “ Oh Allah bless him- Allahumma Barak Alayhi. This repels jealously and envy. [ Zad ]

Ibn Abdul Barr (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “ This means a person says, “ Tabarak Allah” [ Tamheed 6-234]

Shaykh Mahir Al-Qahtani (may Allah preserve him) said: This hadeeth means a person can say, “ Barakallahu alayhi, Barakallahu feehee, or Barakallahu lahu.”

Taken from Rafu’l Ghayain by Shaykh Mahir Al-Qahtani

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle Sr.

Doha, Qatar 1432

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[1]   Raf’ul Ghayin, page 48