Monday, December 31, 2018

The Pagan Roots of New Year’s Resolutions





The Pagan Roots of New Year’s Resolutions
Abu al-Hasan Malik al-Akhdar

WHEN THE MESSENGER of Allah (صَلّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ) emigrated  to al-Madinah, he found the people celebrating  two holidays. He asked, What are these two days?Someone responded, “These are days we celebrated  during al-Jahiliyyah.Upon hearing the origin of these holidays, the Prophet (صَلّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ) said, “ Allah has  given you better than them: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.1 So, as we see  from the action of Allahs Messenger (صَلّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ), questioning the origins of holidays, customs, and celebrations is essential. What, then, is the origin of New Year’s resolutions?

          In ancient Rome, circa 46 B.C., emperor Julius Caesar made January 1st the beginning of his new calendar. The month was named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. The Romans believed that this two faced god looked back at the previous year  and forward to the next.  Along  with making sacrifices  to Janus, they also made promises  to him to perform good deeds in the coming year. This practice evolved over the centuries. Later, several Christian sects took New Years Eve as an opportunity to reflect upon their wrongdoing throughout the year and resolve  to change  their conduct in the new one. In recent times, this became the secular practice of individuals making resolutions to themselves to change habits or make improvements in their lives. (A recent study, however, found that only about 8% of those who make resolutions  said they see them through  to the end of the year.) Thus, New Years resolutions are rooted in paganism, disbelief, and secularism. The Muslim is free from all of this: free from polytheism, free from imitating the disbelievers. The Muslim hopes to better himself every moment of his life, resolves to change his bad habits each day through acts of devotion and obedience. Allah says,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ ۗ

Allah will not change a people’s condition until they change what is in themselves.” [al-Rad: 13:11]

Concerning this verse, al-Allamah al-Sadi (ُرَحِمَهُ الله) said, If the worshipper  turns  from his sinfulness to obedience to Allah, Allah will change his misfortune to good, happiness, delight, and mercy.Therefore, the believer is mindful to repent-daily-from every wrongdoing. He is also mindful of the power of supplication, the weapon of the believer,” as Ibn al-Qayyim (ٌرَحِمَهُ الله) described  it. The Prophet  (صَلّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ) said, “There is not a Muslim upon the earth who supplicates  to Allah except that He will grant him [his supplication] or divert an equivalent harm, as long as he does not offer a dua in which there is sin or [offer a dua] to sever family ties.2 This he said of supplication, not these resolutions. So, let the believer remain focused on prayer, repentance, and acts of obedience, things that can truly change his life and condition.


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1 See Sunan Abu Dawud (no. 1134). It has been declared authentic by al-Albani in his checking of Sunan Abu Dawud (no. 1134).
2 Collected by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad (no. 22279). It has been declared  authentic  by al-Albani in Sahih  al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib (no. 1631).

Written by Ustaadh Abu al-Hasan Malik al-Akhdar (may Allaah preserve him)

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Originally posted on 12/31/18, 11:50 PM

Friday, December 28, 2018

Random Quote of the Day




قال الإمام ابن باز رحمه الله: "الانسان قد تضيق أمامهُ الدروب وتسد
في وجهه الابواب في بعض حاجاته، فالتقوى هي المفتاح لهذه
 المضائق، وهي  سبب التيسير لها،
 كما قال عزوجل: {ومن يتق الله يجعل له
 من أمره يسراً}".

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Sh Ibn Bāz: 

A person may find that the paths before him are difficult and when he has needs, doors are closed in his face.

Piety (Taqwa) is the key to these difficulties and the means for them to be made easy. As Allāh said:

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مِن أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا

And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease.

Translated by Hassan Somali  حفظه الله

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Originally posted on 11/25/18, 7:55 PM

Be Cautious!


"It is enough lying for a man to speak of everything that he hears."

(Muslim in Al-Muqaddimah, 6; Saheeh al-Jaami, 4482)

Trans.  explains: The hadeeth means that it is enough for a man to be referred to as a liar that he narrates every that he hears .. Verify!

Translated by Ustaadh Abu Hakeem Bilal  Davis (may Allaah preserve him)


Some of The Fruits of Taqwa and Good Manners! - Imaam Ibnul Qayyim



Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) gathered between fear of Allaah and good manners because fear of Allaah rectifies the (relationship) between a slave and his Lord, and good manners rectifies the (relationship) between a person and Allaah’s creatures. Fear of Allaah makes a person deserving of Allaah’s love and good manners brings about the love of the people for him.

Source: Al-Fawaa’id: page: 89-90

Translation: The Salafi Centre of Manchester

Originally posted on December 20, 2011

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

When someone harms you look within


Originally posted on 1/29/17, 6:09 PM

When someone harms you look within

Imam Ibn Al Qayyim may Allah have mercy upon him said:

One of the Salaf encountered a man and  the man became harsh with him and harmed him. He said to the man “Stop, let me enter my home and then I will come back out.” So he entered his home prayed to Allah and repented to his Lord, then went back outside. The man asked him.”What did you do?” He replied: “I repented to Allah from the sin that sent you against me.”

Taken from the book One Hundred Pieces of Advice from Ibn Al Qayyim

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Seeking Forgiveness for ones parents


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 قال : إن الله عزوجل ليرفع الدرجة للعبد الصالح في الجنة فيقول: أنى لي هذه؟
 فيقول: باستغفار ولدك لك.
حسن/ابن ماجه ٣٦٦٠

عرفات بن حسن المحمدي

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[Seeking Forgiveness for Ones Parents]

He (The Messenger of Allah) said:

Verily Allah raises the level of a pious worshiper in Jannah. He (the pious worshiper) would say: “Why have I been given this?” Allah will reply “Because of your child seeking forgiveness for you.

[Ibn Majah. 3660]

Translated by Uways At-Taweel أويس

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Random Quote of the Day


Ibn al-Jawzi:

Understand that life has occasions. One time it is poverty, and another time it is wealth. Once it is honour, and another it is humiliation. Happy is he is who remains grounded in each situation.

[Sayd al-Khatir p. 282]

Translated by Salah al-Iranee (may Allaah preserve him


Sweet like Honey


From Amr bin al-Hamq al-Khaza’ee from the Prophet –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-

‘If Allaah wants goodness for His slave, then He (As’sala-hu) sweetens him like honey.’

It was asked: ‘What is As’sala-hu?’

The Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- answered:

‘Allaah gives him the ability to do good actions when death comes to him, so much so that those around him are pleased with him.’

[Collected by Tahawi in Mushkill al-Athaar, Ibn Hibban, Ahmad and authenticated by Al-Albaani in  Saheehah no. 1114]

The scholars say that (As’sala-hu) makes him sweet like honey, means  that he receives good praise from those around him.

And Allaah knows best.

Translation source: Miraath Publications 

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5/24/18, 6:04 AM

Benefit: Should Muslims Extend Christmas Greetings to Non-Muslims?


12/21/18, 5:56 PM

EXTENDING CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO NON-MUSLIMS

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. AH 751) said:

Greeting non-Muslims at the time of their religious celebrations saying: Have a jolly day or Congratulations on this dayis impermissible. If extending these greetings is not kufr, then at least, it is prohibited. This is worse than congratulating a non-Muslim for consuming alcohol, committing murder, or having unlawful sex; rather, it is like congratulating him from prostrating to the cross, yet many Muslims who have weak faith do so without understanding how repugnant this action really is.

Source: Akām Ahl al-Dhimmah, vol. 1, pg. 441.

Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

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Friday, December 21, 2018

“And whoever fears Allāh – He will make for him a way out."





Allāh تعالى says:


“And whoever fears Allāh – He will make for him a way out.”

Qatadah رحمه الله said regarding the above ayah:

“A way out, from the difficulties at the point of death.”


[Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal-Hikam pg. 357]


Translation: MarkazMuaadh.com | @MarkazMuaadh

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Weak Soul in front of Sins - Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azīz Ibn Bāz


Questioner:

I have a soul which loves good. However, it is weak; it is not firm in front of sin. So, every time I see a sin I become weak in front of it. Is there medicine or a cure for that which you can guide us to?

Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azīz Ibn Bāz (حَفِظَهُ اللهُ):

Yes, Allāh, the Most High, said:

and man was created weak

[Sūrah an-Nisā (4:28)]

However, Allāh gave you weapons to make you strong. He gave you weapons with which your heart becomes strong and they are obedience to Allāh, increasing in His remembrance, pondering over His greatness and the rights He has over you, and the fact that you are going back to Him and will be asked [regarding yourself].

So, by your Lord (O Muammad), We shall certainly call all of them to account. For all that they used to do

[Sūrah al-ijr (15:92-93)]

And that you are deserving of punishment due to your sins and reward due to your obedience, so ponder [over this]

and do not follow your desire for it will mislead you from the Path of Allāh.

[Sūrah as-ād (38:26)]

And know that the soul calls to evil except the one Allāh has mercy on. So, do not answer to its desires.

Allāh, the Most High, said:

But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires and lusts. Verily, Paradise will be his abode.

[Sūrah an-Nāzi’āt (79:40-41)]

So, whenever it calls you to sin, remind it that the danger is great and that it is prohibited from disobeying Allāh and that it is threatened with the Anger and punishment of Allāh unless Allāh forgives. Also, you do not know: will you die upon that? Will you be forgiven? Will you be punished?

So, strive against and remind it and beware of the [evil] consequences of being lax. So, if you are guided to this, Allāh will aid you upon it and you will be safe from the evils of this soul.


Translation: Markaz us-Sunnah

www.MuSunnah.com | @_MuSunnah

Published on Oct 30, 2018


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As long as you ask Allah for firmness upon the truth...


Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān stated:

“As long as you ask Allah for firmness upon the truth, then Allah will keep you firm.”

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العلامة صالح بن فوزان الفوزان
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Random Quote of the Day


Sufyaan b. Uyayna said:

There isn’t a virtue that Allah has bestowed upon any of the worshippers greater than making them aware of Tawheed.

Translated by Ustaadh Abu Umar Farooq (rahimahullaah)


twitter.com/abu_umarfaarooq. 21 Nov 16, 5:20 PM



Humankind [i.e. We] Are The Ones Who Wrong Ourselves


12/1/18, 6:03 PM



Allaah [The Most High] said: 

Truly, Allah wrongs not mankind in aught; but mankind wrong themselves. [Soorah Yunus: Ayah 44]

Indeed, Allaah does not wrong mankind in anything by increasing their evil deeds or diminishing their good deeds, rather the people are the ones who wrong themselves through disbelief, disobedience, opposition to the command of Allaah and other similar deeds.

[Tafseer Al-Muyassar]

Translation: Masjid Al-Furqaan [Stoke On Trent]

https://masjidfurqan.co.uk/