Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ibn Al-Qayyim's Illustrations of Leaving Something Sincerely for the Sake of Allaah - & How it is Done Correctly

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Merciful,The Bestower of Mercy

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

“The basis of this chapter and its principle is:

That whoever leaves off something for the sake of Allaah; then Allaah will replace that with something better.

Just as Yusuf-as-Siddeeq (‘alaihis salaam) left the wife of ‘Azeez for the sake of Allaah and chose the prison over fornication. Thus Allaah exchanged it by: empowering him upon the earth – to engage and take charge therein – as and how he liked.

Subsequently the woman herself returned to him; belittled – in a state of appeal – desirous of permissible association and so he married her, and so when he entered upon her he said: “this is better than that which you sought.”

Observe how Allaah, The Glorified, rewarded him over the confined restriction of the prison with: empowering and granting him full authority in the land  to take up quarters – wherever he  liked. He humbled the ‘Azeez (ruler) and his wife before him. Moreover  this woman herself as well as the other women acknowledged his being free of fault – and this is His Sunnah (practice) The Most High, towards His servants past  and present – until The Day of Judgment.

Likewise when Sulaimaan bin Dawood (‘alaihimaa as-salaam) became distracted with the horses which preoccupied him from the ‘Asr prayer until the sun had set – and so he became angered for the sake of Allaah. Allaah replaced them for him with the wind; upon which he along with his military force would subsequently travel – airborne – wherever he so desired.[1]

Likewise when the Muhaajiroon (the companions who migrated) left their homes and dwellings for the sake of Allaah, they left their homelands which were of the most beloved things to them. Allaah compensated them by opening upon them the whole world in conquests and sanctioned for them the empowerment of the east of the earth as well as its west.”

When speaking of how a person leaves something correctly for the sake of Allaah and of a person’s truthfulness in that; Ibn al-Qayyim said:

“Indeed; one may find difficulty in abandoning the things that are customary as well as the habits – that being for whoever abandons them for other than Allaah. As for the one who abandons it truthfully and sincerely from his heart; then he finds no difficulty in abandoning it- except in the initial instant – in order for him to be tested as to: whether he is truthful  in its abandonment or untruthful? So if he is patient upon that difficult for a short period, then it transforms into pleasant delight.

Ibn Sireen said: ‘I heard Shuraih swear by Allaah; that a servant never abandoned anything for the sake of Allaah; and subsequently found bereavement over it.’

As for their saying: ‘whoever leaves off something for Allaah; then Allaah will replace it with better than it’ – this is true, and the replacement can be of various types. The most outstanding of that which one can be granted replacement is that of: acquaintance with Allaah and of having love for Him and the tranquility of the heart with regards to Him along its strength and its enthusiasm and its delight and pleasure of its Lord, The Most High.

The most foolish of people is the one who strayed at the very end of his journey – and yet had neared the abode (destination).”

(Taken from: Rawdhatul Muhibbeen p.600-601 & Al-Fawaa-id p.250)

[1] As He, The Most High, said:

((And for Sulaiman [We subjected] the wind, whereof its morning [course]   was a months [journey] and its afternoon [course] was a months [journey])) (As-Sabaa: 12)


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How to be the Wealthiest, Devout and most Pious of Men

Ibn Mas’ūd (رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ) said:

“Be pleased with what Allah has allotted for you and you will be the wealthiest of men. Fulfill what Allah has obligated upon you and you will be the most devout of men. Refrain from what Allah has made unlawful upon you and you will be the most pious of men.”

Zuhd, Abī Dāwūd 139

Source:, 24/2016, 11:37 AM

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ibn Taymiyyah on Faith, Hypocrisy and their Outward Manifestation

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Merciful,The Bestower of Mercy

Outward Expression of What is Inwardly Concealed

Ibn Taymiyyah said: It has been said that what has settled in the heart of eemaan (faith) and nifaaq (hypocrisy), then what it necessitates must appear (outwardly) in speech and action, just one of the Salaf said, “No one concealed a secret (within his soul) except that Allaah will make it apparent upon the expressions of his face and the slips of his tongue.”

Majmu’ al-Fatawaa (7/620).


Source:, 1/30/14 , 2:13 AM

Random Quote of the Day

 In the Name of Allaah,the Most Merciful,The Bestower of Mercy

Ibn Taymīyah:

When a jinni shayān is beat, he resorts to whispering, and when a human  shayān is beat, he resort to lies.

Fatawa 22:608



The Cure to Deficiency Lies in Tawheed - Ibn Taymiyyah

 In the Name of Allaah,the Most Merciful,The Bestower of Mercy

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية :

فمن أحسّ بتقصير في قوله أو عمله أو حاله أو رزقه أو تقلّب قلب: فعليه بالتوحيد والاستغفار ففيهما الشفاء”. الفتاوى 698/11.

Shaykh Al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah said:

“So whoever perceives (from himself) deficiency (shortcomings) in his speech or actions or his condition or his sustenance or a change of heart, then he should holdfast to tawheed and seeking forgiveness, for in them is the cure.”

Al-Fataawaa 11/698


Concern for the Heart

In the Name of Allaah,the Most Merciful,The Bestower of Mercy

Concern for the Heart By Shaykh Usama bin Sa’ood al-Amri
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Shaykh Usama bin Sa’ood al-Amri said:

‘If you take great concern with protecting your heart, then do not take knowledge except from the one who has been testified to with this knowledge, this is the first thing.

Secondly, if you take great concern with protecting your heart, then keep away from everything that Allaah –Azza wa jal- has made Haram (prohibited), and carry out His commands.

As for when you claim that you have a great concern for your heart and take knowledge from anyone and everyone. You claim that you have a great concern for your heart while you commit sins and perpetrate disobedience and sins. So even though you have said this statement but your actions belie this statement. Therefore, a person should have Taqwa of his Lord and he should humble himself in front of Allaah – Azza wa Jal- and as we have said time and again. Knowledge is not knowing lots of narrations but rather knowledge is humility.’

[Taken from : Sharh Kitaab ‘Marhabbun ya Talib al-Ilm’ lesson number five]


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Advice about Ruqqiyah by Shaykh Rabee’ bin Hadi al-Madkhali (حفظه الله)

Advice about Ruqqiyah

Compiled By The Shaykh, the Muhaddith Rabee’ bin Hadi al-Madkhali

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Shaykh Rabee’ bin Hadi was asked about Ruqqiyah and he answered[1]:

In the Name of Allah the Most Kind the Most Merciful

All Praise belong to Allaah, and Sallat and Sallam upon the Messenger of Allaah, upon his family, his Companions and those who followed his guidance.

To Proceed:

Seeking treatment is legislated in the Sharia’ and is permissible: ‘Allaah did not send down an illness, except that He indeed sent  down a cure for it, there are those who know it and there are those who are ignorant of it.’[2]

Ruqqiyah[3] is legislated by the Qur’aan, the Qur’aan is a cure and mercy for the believers and it does not increase the oppressors except in loss.[4] There is no medicine more successful than doing Ruqqiyah with the Qur’aan and the Sunnah,[5] however there are some conditions:

1 - The sincerity of the one who performs the Ruqqiyah.

2 - The sincerity of the one being recited upon. May Allaah bless you.

3 - Being truthful in seeking refuge with Allaah – Tabaraka wa Ta’ala.

So, if both sides are sincere for Allaah –Azza wa Jal- and the Ruqqiyah is done with the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, then  there is no treatment better than this treatment, and this is well known from the scholars, they convey this and they narrate this.[6]

The Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘There is no Ruqqiyah  except for the evil eye or poison.’[7]

The evil eye is well known, it is being afflicted with the evil eye from the person who has an evil eye. This person could be an evil person, and the affliction is transferred from his two evil eyes to the person who is envied and it harms him.

So the evil eye is real, however it is with the permission of Allaah, and it has an effect of which there is no doubt, and the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘The evil eye is real.’[8]

Magic is real,[9] and it does not harm except  by the permission of Allaah, none of it can befall anyone, nor harm anyone except with the permission of Allaah.

The most successful cure for magic, the evil eye and poison, and those things which are similar  to that, is Ruqqiyah  which is legislated in the Sharia’ with the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, if they comprise of Ikhlaas (sincerity) and Siddq (truthfulness).

This is because perhaps a person does not have trust in Allaah – Subhanahu wa Ta’ala -, perhaps he has some sort of bad presumption [10] – Allaah’s refuge is sort. Perhaps the one who performs  the Ruqqiyah  is a Dajjal, a liar and does not use the Qur’aan  but recourses to trickery.

Many people put themselves forward to perform Ruqqiyah, they put themselves forward and proclaim announcements about themselves, and it becomes widespread about him that he is – Maa shaa Allaah – one who performs Ruqqiyah. Rather this is from the actions  of the soothsayers and magicians, the Dajjals and fraudsters, and it is taking the people’s wealth  with falsehood. So these type  of people do not give any benefit  to the people, and what they mostly rely upon is trickery.’

The Shaykh continues

‘Ruqqiyah can be done by any sincere, truthful Muslim, who is well known for being pious and righteousness. He can perform Ruqqiyah but he does not put himself forward and announce to the people that he is one who performs Ruqqiyah and that he goes to men and women, places which are near or far away, this is no way legislated in the Sharia.’ The Messenger did not appoint himself in this way as someone who does Ruqqiyah, he used to perform Ruqqiyah on himself,[11] and he used to perform Ruqqiyah on others[12] if the people needed Ruqqiyah.

As for the person appointing himself, and placing himself in an occupation of one who performs Ruqqiyah like the occupation  of giving Fatawa, then  this is an indication of his evil intent, and evil goal and stupidity.

Dear brother seek treatment but do not over burden yourself.

<<nor am I one of the Mutakallifun (those who pretend and fabricate things which do not exist) >> [Saad:86]

The Messenger has informed you that Ruqqiyah is done with Qur’aan and with the Sunnah, and the matters  are all in the hand of Allaah –Azza wa Jal. Strive in using the legislated means  and do not seek recourse  to trickery  and disgusting experiences and to empty speech.

Truthfully following the Messenger is done by you doing what he did in the form that he –sallaAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- did, and not to change  that, nor in the way how he –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- performed Ruqqiyah, nor in its description, nor in any way. Do as he –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- did, pray the Messenger’s prayer, and perform Hajj as he performed Hajj, and as he did every thing then do as he did.’

The Shaykh continues:

‘I advise this person who performs Ruqqiyah [in the wrong way] that he fear Allaah and that he follow the path of the Believers[13] and that he follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-, he should not appoint himself  as one performs Ruqqiyah and he should not over burden himself with these things, but he should open up the opportunity for others, and any Muslim who has good in him, and has Taqwa (piety) then he is someone who hoped that his Dua’ will be responded to.

That if that person makes Dua’, or if reads Qur’aan and Allaah answers his Dua’, and Allaah cures the sick person due to him – due to his sincerity and his Siddq- and due to the Sharia’ means which he took to cure this sick person.

May Allaah give everyone the capability to fulfil that which Allaah loves and is pleased with, and the Sallat (praise) of Allaah and His Salam be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family.’

[1] Researched by Muhammad bin Ali al-Baydaani

[2] Collected by Ahmad from the hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood from the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- with the wording: ‘….with it…’ and it is a Hasan hadeeth.

And Bukhari collected it from Abu Huraira from the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- with the wording: ‘Allaah did not send down an illness, except that He indeed sent down a cure for it.’

[3] Ibn al-Atheer said in ‘Nihiya’: ‘Ruqqiyah is an incantation  which a person suffering uses to seek  refuge from the like of poison and being possessed etc.’

[4] The Shaykh is indicating to the saying of Allaah Ta’ala << And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.>> [al-Isra:82]

[5] Ibn Qayyim said in Da’wa Dawa’: ‘Indeed Allaah mentioned about the Qur’aan that it is a cure . Allaah Ta’ala said: << And if We had made it a non-Arabic Qur’an, they would have said, ‘Why are its verses not explained in detail [in our language]? Is it a foreign  [recitation] and an Arab [messenger]? Say, ‘It is for those who believe,  a guidance and a cure.’ >> [Fussilat: 44] << And We send down  of the Qur’an that which is healing  and mercy for the believers>> indeed the whole of the Qur’aan is a cure and a mercy for the believers, as Allaah mentioned in the preceding Ayaat.

It is a cure for hearts from the sickness of ignorance, doubt and suspicion. Allaah –Subhanahu wa Ta’ala- did not ever send down a cure from the heavens, more encompassing, more beneficial, more greater and more successful for stopping an illness than the Qur’aan.

[6] Al-Khattabi said in ‘Mu’allim as-Sunnan’ when he spoke about the condition that Ruqqiyah should be in the Arabic language: ‘There has been a disliked mentioned, and a prohibition of performing Ruqqiyah in other than the Arabic language, because perharps it could use disbelief, or speech which Shirk enters to it.’

Ibn Taymeeyah said in ‘Majmoo al-Fatwa’:

‘It is not allowed for anyone to perform Ruqqiyah using ineligible  speech , let alone make Dua’ using those words, even if he knew the meaning of those words, because it is disliked to make Dua’ in other than Arabic, however it has been made a concession for the one who is not good with the Arabic language. As for taking non-Arabic phrases as a characteristic, then  this is not from the Deen of al-Islaam.’

[7] Collected by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi and others from the hadeeth of Imraan bin Hussain –Radi Allaahu anhu- who  said: the Messenger  of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said:’… & Bukhari  collected it Mawqoof from Imran.

Al-Khattabi said in ‘Muallim as-Sunnan’: ‘There is a permissibility  for Ruqqiyah in other than these two [i.e. the evil eye and poison] from illness and pains, because it is a certainly affirmed from the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- that he recited  upon some of his Companions  due  to pains that they had, and he said to the sick person: ‘Teach Hafsa the Ruqqiyah for ulcers.’

However, the meaning of ‘There is no Ruqqiyah…’ is that there is no Ruqqiyah foremost and more beneficial than the Ruqqiyah for the evil eye and poison.’

[8] Collected by Bukhari and Muslim from the hadeeth of Abu Huraira –Radi Allaahu anhu.

Muslim also collected from the hadeeth of Ibn Abbas –Radi Allaahu anhu- from the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- who said: ‘The evil eye is real, if there was anything to compete against al-Qadr it would have been  the evil eye, and if you are requested to bathe  and give the water, then bathe yourself.’

Al-Qadi said in ‘Ikmaal al-Mu’allim’ about the saying of the Messenger: ‘If there was…eye’. ‘This is an explanation  that there is nothing except that Allaah had destined it. And that everything incuding the evil eye and other than that is indeed with the destiny  that Allaah wrote and Allaah’s will. However, here it shows that the matter of the evil eye is true and the strength of its illness.’

Ibn AbdulBarr said in ‘Tamheed’ commenting on saying of the Messenger: ‘if you request… ‘he said: ‘The one who gave the evil eye  is commanded to bathe for the one whom he afflicted with the evil eye, this is obligatory  upon him, and I hold the opinion that he should be forced to do so if he refuses. This is because the reality of a commanded necessitates an obligation, and it is not befitting for any one to prevent his brother from benefitting from what he can from his brother. This bathing  does not harm the person, especially if he was the cause of the evil eye, and he was the one who committed the crime, so I hold the opinion that it is obligatory upon the one who gave the evil to bathe, and Allaah knows best.’

[9] Magic is spells, incantations and knots which effect hearts and bodies, so a person can become sick, or become killed, or be separated between him  and his wife due to magic. ‘From ‘al-Kafi’ by Ibn Quddamah.

[10] Ibn al-Qayyim said in ‘Za’ad al-Ma’ad’: ‘It cannot be denied that many sick patients do not benefit from Prophetic medicine. Rather he who benefits for it is the one who accepts and agrees to Prophetic Medicine and with the belief that it can cure him. He can only accept and agree to it with Iman and obedience.

So here we have the Qur’aan, which is a cure for what is in chests, if a person does not accept it then he will not achieve a cure for the heart from the medicine of the Qur’aan, rather it does not increase the Munafiqoon except adding more filth to their abomination and increase of illness to their sicknesses. Look how far behind medicine for the body falls in comparison  to Prophetic medicine. Therefore, prophetic medicine is only appropriate for the human bodies that are good, and for hearts that are alive.

So when people turn away from Prophetic medicine then this is the same as turning away from seeking treatment with the Qur’aan, which is a beneficial treatment, and that is not due to a deficiency in that medicine, rather it is due to the one who has an evil nature and corrupt deceit and not accepting the cure, and Allaah is the One who gives success.’

[11] As is mentioned in Bukhari & Muslim from ‘Aeysha –Radi Allaahu anha: ‘That the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- used to recite the last Soorahs of the Qur’aan and spittle on himself for the illness that he died from, when it became difficult for him, I would recite  them and spittle but use his hand to wipe him due to the blessings of his hand.’

[12] As is mentioned in Bukhari & Muslim from ‘Aeysha –Radi Allaahu anha- that a person complained to the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- about an illness or that he had an abscess or a wound the Prophet  -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- would place his finger like  this  on the ground,- one of the narrators called Sufyan placed his index finger on the ground then raised it and and then he said: ‘In the name of Allaah, from the dust of our earth, with the saliva of some of us, by this it treats our sick ones, by the permission of our Lord.’

[13] Because whoever opposes this path is on great danger. Allaah Ta’ala said: <<And whoever contradicts and opposes the Mesenger after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believer’s way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination.>> [Nisa: 115] 


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