Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pleasing My Lord Is More Important than pleasing Myself

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




Al-Aswad bin Salim said:

“To perform two rak’aahs is preferred to me than Paradise and all that it contains.It was said to him,this is wrong!

He said:’Neglect your words and listen,”Paradise will please me and the two rak’aahs will please My Lord;pleasing My Lord is more important than pleasing myself.

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Source:Al-Fawaa’id,p.299 of Shamsuddeen Ibn Al-Qayyim

Remembrance of Allaah and Gratitude by Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah)

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




Allaah [The Most High] said:

فَٱذۡكُرُونِىٓ أَذۡكُرۡكُمۡ وَٱشۡڪُرُواْ لِى وَلَا تَكۡفُرُونِ

Therefore,remember Me (by praying,glorifying,etc.).I will remember you,and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.{2:152}

The intent behind Dhikr is not merely to remember [Allaah] with one’s tongue,rather it is remembrance with the heart and the tongue.Remembrance of Allaah includes remembering Him by His Names and Attributes,His commandments,His prohibitions and His speech.This necessitates that a person should have knowledge  and awareness of Allaah[Ref 1].,belief in Allaah,belief in Allaah’s Perfect and Lofty Attributes,as well as [constantly] praising Allaah with various types of praise [i.e. based on what Allaah has legislated in the authentic texts of the Saree’ah and not by way of bidah].And this cannot be accomplished except through Tawheed [i.e. singling Allaah out in His Lordship,Names and Attributes,and devote all acts of worship to Allaah alone].True remembrance of Allaah necessitates all of this,as well as remembering the blessings and favours,which Allaah has bestowed upon His creatures and His kindness towards them.

As for Shukr [i.e. to be grateful or thankful to Allaah],it is to act in obedience to Allaah and seeking to draw close to Him through those apparent [actions of the limbs] and [deeds of the heart] that are beloved to Him.The religion is based on these two – remembrance of Allaah,which necessitates having knowledge  and awareness of Allaah,and being grateful to Him,which necessitates obedience to Him through acts of worship and [refraining from disobedience].This is the purpose behind the creation of the Jinn,mankind,the heavens and the earth.It is the reason for which reward and punishment are determined;[the reason for which] Allaah revealed the Books and sent the Messengers.It is the truth for which the heavens,the earth and what is between them were created,and what is in opposition to it iss falsehood,such as the assumption held by the enemies of Allaah that there is no purpose behind thr creation [free is Allaah from what they attribute to Him].Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَمَا خَلَقۡنَا ٱلسَّمَآءَ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَ وَمَا بَيۡنَہُمَا بَـٰطِلاً۬‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ ظَنُّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ‌ۚ

And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose!That is the assumption of those who disbelieve!{38:27}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَمَا خَلَقۡنَا ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَ وَمَا بَيۡنَہُمَا لَـٰعِبِينَ

مَا خَلَقۡنَـٰهُمَآ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ

And We created not the heavens and the earth,and all that is between them,for mere play;We created them not  except with truth  (i.e. to examine and test  those who are obedient and those  who are  disobedient and then reward the obedient ones and  punish  the disobedient)…{44:38-39}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَمَا خَلَقۡنَا ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَ وَمَا بَيۡنَہُمَآ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ‌ۗ وَإِنَّ ٱلسَّاعَةَ لَأَتِيَةٌ۬‌ۖ

And We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them except with truth,and the Hour is surely coming…{15:85}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

مَا خَلَقَ ٱللَّهُ ذَٲلِكَ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ‌ۚ

Allaah did not create this but in truth.{10:5}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

أَيَحۡسَبُ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنُ أَن يُتۡرَكَ سُدًى

Does man think that he will be left Suda [neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord (Allaah) on him]?{75:36}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

أَفَحَسِبۡتُمۡ أَنَّمَا خَلَقۡنَـٰكُمۡ عَبَثً۬ا وَأَنَّكُمۡ إِلَيۡنَا لَا تُرۡجَعُونَ

“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose),and that you would not be brought back to Us?”{23:115}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَمَا خَلَقۡتُ ٱلۡجِنَّ وَٱلۡإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُونِ

And I (Allaah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).{51:56}

Allaah [The Most High] said:

ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ سَبۡعَ سَمَـٰوَٲتٍ۬ وَمِنَ ٱلۡأَرۡضِ مِثۡلَهُنَّ يَتَنَزَّلُ ٱلۡأَمۡرُ بَيۡنَہُنَّ لِتَعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ قَدِيرٌ۬ وَأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ قَدۡ أَحَاطَ بِكُلِّ شَىۡءٍ عِلۡمَۢا

It is Allaah Who has created seven heavens and of the earth the like thereof (i.e.seven),His Commands descends between them (heavens and earth),that you may know that Allaah has power over all things,and that Allaah surrounds (comprehends) all things in (His) knowledge.{65:12}

Allaah has made the Ka’bah,the Sacred House,an asylum of security and Hajj and ‘Umrah (pilgrimage) for mankind,and also the Sacred Month and the animals of offerings  and the garlanded (people or animals,etc. marked with the garlands on their necks made from the outer part of the stem of the Makkah trees for their security),that you may know that Allaah has knowledge of all that is in the heavens and the earth,and that Allaah is the All-Knower of each and everything.{5:97}

Therefore,based on what has [already] been mentioned it has been established that the purpose behind the creation and command is so that Allaah is remembered and thanked.Allaah is to be remembered and not forgotten,and He should be thanked and one should not be ungrateful to him.Allaah [Glorified be He and free is He from all imperfections] remembers the one who remembers Him,and He is ready to appreciate good deeds and to recompense the one who is grateful to Him.Remembrance of Allaah is the reason Allaah remembers the one who does so.[Ref 2] And being grateful to Allaah is the reason behind which a person is given an increase in blessings and favours.[Ref 3]

Remembrance of Allaah is to be carried out with the heart and tongue;gratefulness is to be carried out with one’s heart – out of love for Allaah and constantly turning to Him in repentance and obedience with true faith [Islamic Monotheism].Extolling and praising Him is to be carried out with one’s tongue and being obedient to Him [by performing acts of obedience].

[Al-Fawaa’id page 192-194,abridged and slightly paraphrased]

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[Ref 1]:Knowledge and Awareness of Allaah:Shaikh Uthaimeen [rahimahullaah] said,”Marifatullaah – Knowledge and awareness of Allaah,the Mighty and Majestic ,with the heart,with such knowledge and awareness of Allaah,the Mighty and Majestic ,with the heart,with such knowledge and awareness that it makes the person accept whatever He has prescribed and laid down,causes him to submit to that,and to judged by the Prescribed Laws (Sharee’ah) which His Messenger Muhammad came with.The servant increases in knowledge and awareness of His Lord by considering the clear signs  pertaining to the deen found in the book of Allaah,the Mighty and Majestic,and in the Sunnah of His Messenger,and also by considering the signs which Allaah provided for us in the creation.So whenever a person examines and considers these signs he will increase in his knowledge and awareness of His creator and His God,who alone has the right to all his worship.Allaah,the Mighty and Majestic,says “And on the earth there are signs for those with certain belief,and also in your own selves.Will you not then consider?{Soorah adh Dhaariyaat:20-21][Translated by Ustaadh Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank (may Allaah grant him and his wife abundant mercy…Aameen)]

[Ref 2]: [فَٱذۡكُرُونِىٓ أَذۡكُرۡكُمۡ وَٱشۡڪُرُواْ لِى وَلَا تَكۡفُرُونِ- Therefore,remember Me  (by praying,glorifying,etc.).I will remember you,and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me]: Ibn Abbas and Ibn Jubayr said that this Aayah means,”Remember Me by obeying Me and I [Allaah] will remember you by granting you My Maghfirah[Ref:A]

Al-Maghfirah:It necessitates that Allaah will protect you from the evil consequences of your sins,accept [your deeds,repentance etc],grant you His pleasure and favours,show you kindness and generosity etc.[Ref:B]

[And be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me]:Imaam Ibul Qayyim said,”And being grateful to Allaah is the reason behind which a person is given an increase in blessings and favours.”[Ref C]

Question:

What are some of the evil consequences if a person persists upon disobedience,whilst he or she receives more blessings and favours from Allaah?

Answer:

Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَالَّذِينَ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُم مِّنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

وَأُمْلِي لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِي مَتِينٌ

Those who reject Our Ayat (proofs,evidences,verses,lessons,signs,revelations,etc).We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not.And I respite them;certainly my Plan is strong.{7:182-183}

سَنَسْتَدْرِجُهُم  - We shall gradually seize them with punishment – by granting them plentiful provision and respite until they think that they will neither be taken to task for their disobedience nor punished,so they increase in disbelief and transgression,and evil upon evil.And through this their punishment is increased and multiplied,so they harm themselves in ways they perceive not.This is why Allaah said: إِنَّ كَيْدِي مَتِينٌ – certainly My Plan is strong – [End of Quote][Ref D]

[Ref A: Zaadul Maseer Fee Ilmit-Tafseer by Imaam Ibnul Jawzi,Publisher:Daar Ibn Hazm,1st Edition 1422AH (2002)]

[Ref B:Majmoo Al-Fataawa 14/140]

[Ref C:Al-Fawaa’id,page 192-194]

[Ref D:Tayseer al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer kalaam al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi [rahimahullaah].abridged and slightly paraphrased]

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Written by:Abdullah Jallow for The Salafi Centre of Manchester|www.salaficentre.com

Delaying the Payment of Zakah

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful


Question:A person did not pay Zakah for four years;what is incumbent upon him?

Answer:This person has sinned by delaying the payment of his Zakah,because it is incumbent upon a person to pay Zakah as soon as it becomes obligatory,and not to delay it,because the basic principle regarding obligation is that they be fulfilled immediately.Therefore,this person should repent to Allaah,the ,the All-Powerful for this act of disobedience and he must pay the Zakah for all the previous years,and nothing is omitted from that Zakah;rather he must repent and pay it quickly,so he does not increase his sin by delaying further.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen

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Source:Fatawa Arkanul-Islam,vol.2,pp.599-600

Ruling on transferring Zakah from the place of its obligation

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful


Question:What is the ruling on transferring Zakah from the place of its obligation?

Answer:It is permissible for a person to transfer his Zakah from his country to another country,if there is some benefit in that.If a person has relatives who have the right to receive Zakah in a country other than his country,and he sends it to them,there is no objection to that .Similarly,if the standard of living in the country is high and a person sends it to the country of his family which is poorer,there is no objection to that either.But if there is no benefit in transferring his Zakah from one country to another,then it should not be transferred.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih Al-‘Uthaimeen

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Source:Fatawa Arkanul-Islam vol.2,pp.609-610

Not ready to die but Not ready to be righteous

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




Bilaal ibn Sa’d1 may Allah have mercy upon him said:

Slaves of the Most Merciful,it is said to one of us…

Would you like to die?

So he responds:”No!”

It is said to him:”Why not?”

He responds:”No until I do some good deeds.”

It is said to him:”Do good deeds”.

He responds:”I will do good deeds later”.

Therefore he doesn’t want to die nor does he want to do good deeds.And the most beloved thing to him is for Allah’s action (taking his soul) to be  delayed,while he doesn’t love that Allah delays giving him good portion of the wordly life.

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1.Bilaal ibn Sa’d may Allah have mercy upon him was an Imam from the second generation of Muslims.His father was a companion

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Source:Hilyah ‘al-Awliyaa’ wa Tabaqaat ‘al-‘Asfiyaa’ حلية الأولياء و طبقات الأصفياء (page not mention) of Abu Nu'aym|Translated by:Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee for www.mtws.posthaven.com

The Causes of The Hardening of The Heart and How to Escape This by Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)

 In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful


Imaam ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy upon him and grant him Paradise)

The Shaykh was asked:

How does a person escape the hardening of the heart and what are the causes of this?

Answer:

The things that cause the hardening of the heart are sins and disobedience,frequent heedlessness [i.e. of the  remembrance of Allaah] and accompanying the heedless and immoral sinners.All of these  corruptive [behaviours] cause the hardening of the heart.

As for the softening purity and tranquility of the heart,then this is achieved through obedience of Allaah (the Mighty and Majestic,accompanying the righteous and preserving  ones time with the remembrance of Allaah,recitation of the Quran and seeking forgiveness.

Whosoever preserves his time by [utilizing it] for the remembrance of Allaah,recitation of the Quran,and accompanying the righteous and staying away from the heedless and wicked,then verily his heart  will be healthy and soft.

Allaah,The Most High said:

“Verily,in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.”{Ar-R’ad:28}

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Source:Majmoo’ Fatawaa wa Maqaalaat Ibn Baaz vol.5|http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/1760|An exclusive translation for:Sister Upon Al-Istiqamaah

Trials and Tribulations

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Gracious,the Most Merciful




Shaykh Muhammad bin Bazmool quotes:

Imam Dhahabi –rahimahullaah- said:

“If a al-Fitn (trials & tribulations) occur then cling to the Sunnah ,adhere to remaining silent and do not delve into that which does not concern you.

Whatever you find difficult to understand return it back to Allaah and His Messenger,and refrain yourself and say Allaah knows best.”

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Source:Seera Aalaam 20/141|Translated by:Abbas Abu Yahya for www.miraathpubs.net