Sunday, July 30, 2017

How to humble an arrogant person - Shaykh Abdur Razzaq Al Badr


Mutarif ibn Abdullah - may Allah have mercy upon him – who was a scholar from the second generation of Muslims – saw a man wearing a cloak and strutting boastfully.

So he said to the man: ”O slave of Allah, this is the type of boastful strutting of those whom Allah hates.”

The man replied: ”Don’t you know who I am?!”

This man was wearing this beautiful cloak, and his appearance was attractive, and he was strutting, and someone has the nerve to speak to him in this manner?! Thus he replied to him: Don’t you know who I am?! Meaning if you knew who I was you would not speak to me like this.

Mutarif said: ”On the contrary,of course I know who you are! You started as a sprinkled drop of sperm, you will end as a soiled corpse, and in the meantime you are carrying around feces (in your intestine). I know who you are!”

Thus the man went about his way and he no longer strutted. These words of Mutarif taught this man some manners.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

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Source: https://mtws.posthaven.com/how-to-humble-an-arrogant-person

Note: Audio files/PDF available to download 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Al-Fawzan on Knowing If Your Deeds Have Been Accepted


Question:

Noble Shaykh,what are the signs that a deed has been accepted  [by Allāh]?And can a person sense this acceptance, can he sense that his action has been accepted?

Answer:

A person does not know if his deed has been accepted, [knowledge of this] is with Allāh [alone]. That is why the Salaf used to have the utmost fear that their actions might not be accepted.

Those who they give with their hearts full of fear [whether their works have been accepted or not], for they are surely returning to their Lord [for reckoning].

Meaning of Qur'ān  23:60

Thus, they would do great righteous deeds, [at the same time] fearing that they would not be accepted. But a Muslim must do good works, act in obedience [to Allāh] and have a good opinion about Allāh ‘azza wa jall (hoping in His reward). As for knowing that [deeds] have been accepted, none but Allāh knows this. Thus, some of the Companions have said, ”If I knew that Allāh had accepted a mustard seed’s [of my deeds],I would wish to die. ”Because if Allāh accepts from a person, it means he has succeeded.Allāh ta'ālā said:

Verily, Allah accepts only from the muttaqin (those who fear and obey Him).

Meaning of Qur'ān 5:27

Therefore, one of the causes of deeds being accepted is taqwā. You must practice taqwā of Allāh – ubānahu  wa ta'ālā – by doing what He has commanded, leaving what He has forbidden, hastening to obey Him and staying away from disobedience of Him. This is one of the causes for [your deeds] to be accepted.

Al-Fawzān, āli b. Fawzān. Signs of the Acceptance of Deeds’ (Arabic). Official Website of His Eminence Shaykh Dr. āli b. Fawzān Al-Fawzān. Web. 14 July. 2015. Available at: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/8377.
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Source: https://owaisalhashimi.info/al-fawzan-on-knowing-if-your-deeds-have-been-accepted|Translated by:  Ustaadh Owais Al-Hashimi (حفظه الله)


Note: Posted with kind permission

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Does the Soul Go to Paradise or Hell Directly After Death - Shaykh Muhammad al-Uthaymin


Originally published on 29 Aug 2016 by DuSunnah.com

TRANSLATOR: ala al-Irānī

SOURCE: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/noor/article_691.shtml by Shaykh Muammad ibn Sāli al-Uthaymīn

Questioner:

When a person dies, do they [immediately] go to paradise or the hell-fire after their death, or do they remain in the grave until the Day of Judgement? We ask for your clarification of this matter with some additional facts  relating to it?

Shaykh Muammad ibn āli al-ʿUthaymīn:

The body of the dead will remain on earth, in the place that it was buried in, until the Day of Judgement. Allā said,

وَنُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ فَإِذَا هُم مِّنَ الْأَجْدَاثِ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَنسِلُونَ ۞

And the Trumpet will be blown (i.e. the second blowing) and behold! From  the graves they will come out quickly to their Lord. (Q 36:51)

And He  said,

وَمِن وَرَائِهِم بَرْزَخٌ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ ۞

And behind them is mediary world (barzakh) until the Day when they will be resurrected. (Q 23:100)

Therefore the body (of the deceased person ) will remain on earth. As for their soul, then it is either in Paradise or Hell

Allā said,

الَّذِينَ تَتَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ طَيِّبِينَ ۙ يَقُولُونَ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمُ ادْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ ۞

Those whose lives the angels take while they are in a pious state (i.e. pure from all evil, and worshipping none but Allāh Alone) saying (to them): peace be on you enter you Paradise, because of (the good) which you used to do (in the world). (Q 16:32)

So Allā has made clear that this statement (of the Angels) will be at the time of death, meaning that they will enter into paradise on the day of their death, and this only for the soul, not  for the body. It has also been reported from the Prophet  that he said: ”If the dead person in the grave is a believer, then a door to Paradise  will  be opened for them, and its  comfort and bliss will come to them. As for the non-Muslim, then their soul is (likewise) taken to the punishment.

Allāh  said about the people of Fir’awn,

 النَّارُ يُعْرَضُونَ عَلَيْهَا غُدُوًّا وَعَشِيًّا ۖ وَيَوْمَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ أَدْخِلُوا آلَ فِرْعَوْنَ أَشَدَّ الْعَذَابِ ۞

The Fire; they are exposed to it, morning and afternoon,  and on the Day when the Hour will be established (it will be said) to the angels): ”Cause Fir’awn’s (Pharaoh) people to enter the severest torment! (Q 40:46)

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ ظَالِمِي أَنفُسِهِمْ قَالُوا فِيمَ كُنتُمْ ۖ قَالُوا كُنَّا مُسْتَضْعَفِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ ۚ

قَالُوا أَلَمْ تَكُنْ أَرْضُ اللَّهِ وَاسِعَةً فَتُهَاجِرُوا فِيهَا ۚ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا ۞

Verily! As for those whom the angels take  (in death) while they are wronging  themselves (as they stayed among the  disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory  for them), they (angels) say, In what (condition) were you? They  reply:  We were weak and oppressed on earth. They (angels) say:  Was not the earth of Allāh spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?  Such men will find their abode in Hell – What an evil destination! (Q 4:97)

وَلَوْ تَرَىٰ إِذْ يَتَوَفَّى الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ۙ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَضْرِبُونَ وُجُوهَهُمْ وَأَدْبَارَهُمْ وَذُوقُوا عَذَابَ الْحَرِيقِ ۞

And if you could see when the angels take away the souls of those who disbelieve (at death), they smite their faces and their backs, (saying): Taste the punishment of the blazing Fire.(Q 8:50)

So this is evidence that the deceased person who is a believer will meet their reward in Paradise on the day  of their death, and the non-Muslim will meet their punishment on the day of their death. This is in regards to the soul. As for the body, then indeed it will remain on earth until the Day of Judgement, and the soul  will become reunited with it, either (being) punished or blessed, as the narrations indicate. 

For better viewing see original article here>> http://dusunnah.com/article/1008/

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Transcriber's note: edited on 2/23/2019 @ 8:09 PM, changes made as follows; Allāh instead of Allaah, ۞  added at the end of the ayah (ex. arabic texts).

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Dying upon the correct creed and methodology


On the authority of Yahya ibn Awn who said myself and Sahnoon visited ibn Qassar whilst he was sick.Sahnoon said to him”Why are you worried and anxious?

Ibn Qasaar replied, ”Death and going to my Lord.”

So Sahnoon said to him:

“Do you not believe in the messengers, the resurrection, the taking of accounts, paradise and the hellfire?

And do you not believe that the most virtuous after the Prophet in this nation is Abu Bakr, then Umar رضي الله عنهماAnd that the Qur’an is the words of Allah, not created?

And do you not believe that Allah will be seen on the day of judgment and that he rose above His throne?

And do you not believe that reviling the ruler, even if they oppress is impermissible?

Ibn Qasaar replied:

“Yes by Allah, I do.”

Sahnoon then said,

“Die if you wish, die if you wish. ”(Meaning if one dies in this condition with the correct creed and methodology then we hope good for him).


[(12/67) سير أعلام النبلاء]

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Source: https://twitter.com/uwaysT/status/495247035227181057, 8/1/14, 7:37 PM

Tests For The Believers


Tests For The Believers

Source: The Inevitable Journey (QSS)
Article ID : TZK050012 [15260]


A person life in this world is not stable. One passes through alternating periods of happiness and dismay, strength and weakness, wealth and poverty, health and sickness etc. A true believer is one  who maintains a clear level of Eeeman throughout the worldly fluctuations. He continues to remember Allah and ascribe the bounties to Him; and  he turns to Him in submission, asking for relief from his affliction. This is described by the Messenger (sallallaahu  alaihi wasallam) who said:

“Indeed amazing are the affairs of a believer! They are all for his benefit; If he is granted ease of living he is  thankful; and this is best for him. And if he is afflicted with a hardship, he perseveres; and this is best for him.” [ Muslim ]

And Allah (S) said (which means):

“Certainly, We shall test you with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient – those who, when afflicted  with calamity say, ”Truly to Allah we belong,and truly to Him shall we return. ”It is those who will be awarded blessings and mercy from their Lord; it is those who are the guided ones.” [ 2:155-157 ]

Thus, a believer shows gratitude and thankfulness for all the wonderful blessings that Allah grants him. And he displays patience and submission during sickness and hardships, hunger, or other afflictions.

HARDSHIP BENEFIT THE BELIEVER

Allah has decreed that in this life, hardships and disaster strike both believers and non-believers. For a non-believer they are inconveniences that hinder him from proceeding with his normal  involvement in the worldly life. For a believer, on the other hand, they are instances of rest and remembrance, tests that promise great rewards and indications of atonement and expiation of sins. Regardless of how little is the harm that strikes a believer, it carries with it good news of forgiveness and elevated rank (in Jannah). The Righteous Predecessors used to be pleased when hardship afflicted them seeing it as a token of Allah’s forgiveness and benevolence.

EXPIATION OF SINS

Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Hardships continue to befall a believing man and woman in their body,family, and property, until they meet Allah (Subhanaahu wa ta’alaa) with no sins.”[ Tirmithee ]

SIGNS OF ALLAH’S LOVE

Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Whenever Allah wills good for a person, He subjects him to adversity.”[ Bukharee and others ]

SIGN OF EEMAN

Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu anhu) and Ka’b Bin Malik (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“The parable of a believer is that of a fresh  and moist plant; the wind tilts it this way and that way; and so is the believer; he continues to be subject to affliction. And the parable of a hypocrite is that of a firm cedar tree; it does not shake  -  until it is uprooted all at once.”[ Bukharee and Muslim ]

SIGN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

The prophets and righteous people are afflicted  the most and their rewards are the highest. Sa’d (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“The most in their suffering among  the people are the prophets, then the best, then the (next) best. One is afflicted in accordance with his deen (faith).  If his deen is firm his affliction is hard, and if his deen is weak, his affliction is light. Indeed, one would be so much subjected to adversity until he walks among the people without any sins.” 
[ Ahmad, Tirmithee ]

EARLY PUNISHMENT

Anas (radiallaaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“When Allah wills good for a servant of His, He expedites his punishment in this life; and when He wills retribution for a servant of His, He holds his sins for Him to judge him by them on the Day of Resurrection.” [ Tirmithee ]

MULTIPLICATION OF REWARDS

Anas (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“The amount of reward is in accordance with the amount of suffering. When Allah (SWT) loves some people, He tries them (with affliction). He who then is content (with Allah’s decree) has achieved the acceptance (of Allah), and he who is dissatisfied (with Allah’s decree) will attain the anger (of Allah).” [ Tirmithee ]

REWARD FOR SICKNESS

One should not look to sickness as a gloomy episode, but should remember the great good  in it. It is one form of affliction with which Allah (Subhanaahu wa ta’alaa) tests His ‘ibaad (servants), giving them a chanceto acquire rewards,  as was explained above, as is further emphasized below.

REMOVAL OF SINS AND ELEVATION IN RANKS

Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Whenever  a Muslim is afflicted by harm from sickness or other  matters,  Allah will drop his sins  because of that, like a tree drops its leaves.” [ Bukharee and Muslim ]

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallalaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“A Muslim is not afflicted by hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression – even if pricked by a thorn, but Allah expiates his sins because of that.” [ Bukharee and Muslim ]

Sa’eed said: ”I was with Salmaan (radiallaahu anhu) when he visited a sick man in Kindah (in Persia) and he said to him, ”Expect good because Allah (SWT) makes a believers sickness an expiation (for his sins) and a period of rest. However, when a disbeliever falls sick, he is like a camel whose owner ties it then lets it loose – it does not understand why it was tied nor why it was freed.”"[ Bukharee ]

‘Aishah (radiallaahu anhu) narrated that once some pain afflicted the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) causing him to suffer and turn about in his bed, she said: ”Had one of us done this, you would have blamed him.”He (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) replied:

“An ailment is intensified for the righteous, whenever a believer is afflicted  by a hardship, whether it is a thorn  or more, a sin is taken of from him because of it, and he is elevated by one rank (in Jannah).” [ Ahmad ]

RETAINING REWARDS FOR DEEDS BEFORE SICKNESS

Usually, when a believer falls sick he would not be able to do the same amount  of good (prayer, fasting, helping Muslim etc.) that he used to do when he was well. But Allah out of His great mercy, continues to record for him the good deeds that was forced to stop because of his sickness. Abu Moosa Al-Ash’aree (radiallaahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“For a travelling or sick person, his deeds will be recorded in accordance  with what he used to do when he was resident or well.” [ Bukharee ]

Abdullah Bin Amr (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“No (believing) person gets sick, but  (his deeds) will be recorded for him in accordance with what he used to do when he was well.” [ Bukharee ]

Anas (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“No muslims body is afflicted by Allah, but He will record (his deeds) for him in accordance with what he used to do when he was well – as long as he is sick. Thus, if He takes his life, He forgives him; and if He cures him, He washes him (from sins).” [ Bukharee ]

‘Uqbah Bin Aamir (radiallaahu anhu) reported  that the Prophet  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Each days deeds are sealed with it, thus when a believer gets sick,the angels say,”Our Lord! Your servant such and such, You have restrained him (from doing good this day).”And the Lord replies,”Seal his day in accordance with his (usual) deeds, until he is cured or dies.” [ Ahmad ]

REASON FOR THE REWARD

‘Atta Bin Rabaah reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiallaahu anhu) told him,”Do you want to see a woman from  the people of Jannah (paradise)? ”He said “Yes”. He said:”It is a black woman. She came to the  Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) saying,”I have (epileptic) seizures, and I get exposed, so supplicate to Allah for me. ”He (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:’

“If you wish, be patient and you will attain Jannah; or if you wish, I will ask Allah to cure you.

She replied, ”I will be patient! But  my body gets exposed  (because of the fall), so supplicate to Allah for me that  I  do not become exposed.”And he (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.”[ Bukharee and Muslim ]

The scholars have differed in opinion as to whether a sick person will be rewarded for the sickness itself or for being patient during it, the correct opinion  is that if he is patient and submits to Allah’s will as in the above hadeeth, he would be rewarded for both the submission  and the sickness, otherwise, he would not be rewarded at all; because he resented Allah’s decree. This is what should be understood from Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalanee’s words:

“The authentic hadeeths are clear in that the rewards  are recorded once affliction strikes a Muslim as for patience and acceptance, they are virtues for which a person may get additional  rewards over those for the affliction.”

‘Abdullah Bin Amr (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“If a Muslim is pricked (as little as) a thorn in the worldly life, and he seeks its reward from Allah, some of his sins will be removed, because of it, on the Day of Judgement.” [ Bukharee ]

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Random Quote of the Day

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


‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrates that Allaah’s 

Messenger said:

“The Hour will not be established until people will fornicate on 

the road just as donkeys fornicate.”

I (‘Abdullaah) said:

“Is that really going to happen?”

He said:

“Yes, indeed it will surely happen.”

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Source: Reported by al-Bazzaar in Musnad, al-Haakim, Silsilah al-Ahadeeth al-Saheehah no. 481

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Virtue of the Shahaadah



بـسم الله الرّحمن الرّحيم

THE VIRTUE OF THE SHAHAADAH

Imaam Ibn Maajah reported in his ‘Sunan’: The Book of Manners: Chapter (54): The Virtue of ‘Laa ilaaha illallah’ (no. 3794):

“Aboo Bakr narrated to us, saying: al-Husayn ibn ‘Alee narrated  to us:from Hamzah az Zayyaat: from Aboo Ishaaq: from al-Agharr, Aboo Muslim: that he bore witness that Aboo Hurairah and Aboo Sa’eed bore witness: that Allaah’s Messenger said:

<<When the servant says ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah wallaahu akbar’ (None has the right to worshipped except Allaah and Allaah is greater), (he said:) Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – says: ”My servant has spoken the truth: None has the right to be worshipped but Me, and I am greater (than everything.)’

And when the servant says: ’Laa ilaaha illaallaah wahdahu’ (None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone), He says: ’My servant has spoken the truth: None has the right to be worshipped but Me, alone.’

And when he says: ’Laa ilaaha illallaah, Laa shareeka lahu’ (None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, He has no partner), He says: ’My servant has spoken the truth: None has the right to be worshipped but Me, and I have no partner.’

And when he says: ’Laa ilaah illallaah, lahul-Mulku wa lahul hamd’ (None  has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. Sovereighty is His, and all praise is for Him), He says: ’My servant has spoken the truth: None has the right to be worshipped except Me. Sovereighty is Mine, and all praise is for Me.’

And when he says: ’Laa ilaaha illallaah, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah’ (None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, and there is no movement  and no ability except with Allaah’s aid) then He says: ’My servant has spoken the truth: None has the right to be worshipped except Me, and there is no movement and no ability except with My Aid.'>>

Aboo Ishaaq said: Then al-Agharr said something which I did not understand. He said: So I said to Aboo Ja’far: ’What did he say?’ He said: <<Whoever is granted it at his death will not be touched by the Fire.>>

Shaikh al-Albaanee said: ’Saheeh’, [‘as-Saheehah’ (no. 1390)]

Imaam at-Tirmidhee reported it in his ‘Sunan’: The Book of Supplications: Chapter 37: What should the servant say when he becomes ill (no. 3430), and his wording ends:

“…And he used to say; <<Whoever says it during his illness and then dies, then the Fire shall not taste him. >> [Shaikh al-Albanee said: ’Saheeh’]

And the hadeeth occurs in ‘Riyaadus-Saaliheen’ (no. 914).

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[Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank]

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Source: https://alitisaambissunnah.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/the-virtue-of-the-shahaadah/ 



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Transcriber's Note:  Wrong typos & missing some letter edited today 4/21/2019 @ 3:49 AM. Kindly visit the above link for original, genuine & safe copy. Baraak Allaahu feekum.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Random Quote of the Day

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


Allaah’s Messenger said:

“Indeed, a man may pray for sixty years, and not one prayer has been accepted from him. Perhaps he completes his rukoo’ but does not complete (being at ease & comfort) his sujood, or he completes his sujood but does not complete his rukoo’.”

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Source:Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah, no.2535 of Shaykh Al-Albaani 

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