Monday, May 30, 2011

Women are Awrah - Explained

‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:
Women are but an ‘awrah (something private to be covered). A woman might leave her house without there being any problem with her, but the Shaytân seeks her out and says [to her], “You will not pass by anyone except that you will impress/please him.” A woman puts on her clothes and is asked where she is going, to which she replies, “To visit a sick person,” or “to attend a funeral”, or “to pray in the masjid”; but a woman never worships Allâh in the way she does when she worships Him in her house.
Al-Tabarânî. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Targhîbi wa Al-Tarhîb Vol. 1 p84.

Monday, May 2, 2011

How Sins can Cause you Enter Paradise

How Sins can Cause you Enter Paradise

By Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah as-Salafi –Rahimahullaah-

Translated by Umm Yahya

Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) – Rahimahullaah- said:

‘Indeed a slave commits a sin enters Paradise through committing it and he performs a good deed and enters the Hellfire through performing it.’

It was asked ‘How is this (possible)?’

Ibn Qayyim –Rahimahullaah- answered:

‘A sin is committed and thus does not cease to be before his eyes (causing him to be) fearful of it, concerned about it frightened  and weeping due to his regret of doing it. Feeling  ashamed due to this  action before his Lord The Most High, with his head lowered between his hands, and his heart broken and despondent due to it.

Therefore that sin will be more beneficial to him, than numerous acts of obedience could be. As a consequence these previously mentioned matters are the cause for this slave  of Allaah’s happiness and success until that sin will be a reason for him to enter Paradise.

A slave of Allaah performs a good deed and he continues to view it as if he has performed a favour for his Lord and is egotistic due to that good deed, and he is conceited, vain and arrogant due to the sin. So  he says I did such and such  action (boasting) causing to him to inherit the characteristics of pride, haughtiness and adopting an overbearing attitude.

This becomes the reason for his destruction.

Thus if Allaah Ta’ala intends good for the needy slave He trials him with something in order to bring him down and to lower his neck in humiliation and to decrease his importance to himself. However if Allaah intended for him (the slave) anything other than good He (Allaah) would have left him alone  and his vanity and pride and this is the deception  which necessitates his destruction.’

[Taken from: ‘al-Waabil as-Sayyib min Kalim  at-Tayyib’ By Ibn al-Qayyim page 15]