“Alhamdulillah that I Became a Muslim Before I Met These Muslims.”

July 14, 2022 § 1 Comment


The ʿAllāmah, the Shaikh Muḥammad Sulṭān al-Maʿṣūmī al-Khujandī al-Makkī, who some of you may know through the English translation of his book on blind-following which you can find here, said:

“One of the people who was guided and became enlightened through this Divine Light was a man from the West, from those who ascribe to Christianity. He read the translation of the meanings of the Qurʾān in English and so Allah allowed him to see the truth and enlightened him. He learnt Arabic and came to understand some meanings of the Qurʾān and thus became certain that Islam was the true religion which could make a person happy in this life and the next and so embraced it. Then he migrated from his country intending to settle in a Muslim land and so ended up settling in the two ḥarams [Makkah and Medīnah].

But when he saw those who called themselves Muslims here, and their manners, and how they dealt with people in a manner which opposed Islam and its teachings he was shocked and confused, and said to me:

Alḥamdulillāh that I became a Muslim before meeting these Muslims. This is a blessing from Allah on me. If I had seen these people before that I would have fled both from them and Islam, but I understood Allah’s address to us when He said, ‘O Mankind! …’ and I am one of mankind, and that meant that I had to fear Allah who created and nurtured me and that I must believe in His Messengers and Books, and I was certain that everyone who fears Allah, his Lord, will be happy in both abodes, and that whoever disbelieves and denies [the Truth] then Allah’s Punishment is severe, and no-one has the excuse of ignorance as long as he can understand …’ etc.!

So look how this European learnt knowledge and sought guidance, in the same way every individual from mankind has the ability to learn and understand his Lord’s Speech, that is why Allah addressed them in general terms, and ordered them to have faith and fear Him, and to follow the Messenger who He sent with the Truth, a Messenger who was sent to all of mankind as a mercy for them, whether man or jinn …

This gentleman who was guided to Islam has accompanied me since 1937 and attended my lectures. He often asks me about the meanings of āyahs from the Qurʾān and ḥadīths, and has become a good Muslim. I ask Allah, the Most High, to make both me and him and all Muslims firm in īmān, to always grant us success and to give us a good ending, āmīn.”
Tamyīzul-Maḥẓūẓīn ʿanil-Maḥrūmīn fī Tajrīdid-Dīn wa Tawḥīdil-Mursalīn, pp. 39-40.

This is Shaikh Muḥammad Sulṭān al-Maʿṣūmī al-Khujandī:

Masumi

I Don’t Know

July 13, 2022 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Qayyim said, “ʿUqbah ibn Muslim said, ‘I was with Ibn ʿUmar for thirty-four months, when asked a question he would very often say, ‘I don’t know.’’ And Saʿīd ibn al-Musayyib would hardly give a fatwā or say something without adding, ‘O Allah, save me, and save them from me.’”
Iʿlāmul-Muwaqqiʿīn, 6/134.

I Don’t Know

July 12, 2022 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Qayyim said, “One of the people of knowledge said, ‘Learn, ‘I don’t know,’—because when you say, ‘I don’t know,’ they will teach you until you do, and if you say, ‘I know,’ they will ask you until you don’t.’”
Iʿlāmul-Muwaqqiʿīn, 6/134.

Aren’t You Embarrassed?

July 11, 2022 § 1 Comment


“Imām ash-Shaʿbī was asked a question and replied that he didn’t know the answer. So someone said, ‘Aren’t you ashamed of saying, ‘I don’t know,’ when you are the faqīh of Iraq?’ So he said, ‘But the Angels weren’t ashamed when they said, ‘We have no knowledge except what you have taught us.’’” [Baqarah 2:32]
Iʿlāmul-Muwaqqiʿīn, 6/134.

Best Available Lane’s Lexicon and Hans Wehr Mobile Apps [Non-PDF]

June 29, 2022 § 3 Comments


You can find two free mobile apps at this link, one for Lane’s Lexicon and the other Hans Wehr, the distinguishing factor being that the results are not shown as scanned PDFs that are difficult to read on a mobile, here the actual text is searchable and way more readable.

The font size of the results can be adjusted to make it easier on the eye along with a few other settings:

Sample results:


By clicking on the blue box link shown at the top of the image above, instances where the word or its root occur in the Quraan are listed:


Clicking on one of the Quranic links should detect a Quraan app if you have one installed on your phone and open the listed aayah in it:

Seems like it is only available on Android.

Many thanks to the developer, Gibreel Abdullah, may Allah reward him with good.

Further resources here.

A Dream About Ibn Taymiyyah After his Death

April 19, 2021 § 2 Comments


“A man held as trustworthy by companions of ours such as Shaikh Shamsud-Dīn Muhammad ibn Ruzair and others said that he saw a dream in which a Christian man was going somewhere, so he said to him, ‘To where?’ He replied, ‘To the Messiah عليه السلام.’ So he said, ‘I have more rightful affinity to him [than you],’ and so he went along with him until they saw him and he looked beautiful.

The person in the dream then said to himself, ‘If only I could see our Prophet ﷺ so that I could in fact [really] see him and see in what esteem Īsā عليه السلام holds him.’

So the Prophet ﷺ came and the Messiah عليه السلام stood up and the Prophet ﷺ sat in his place and he looked most magnificent, beautiful in face and appearance, and the Messiah عليه السلام kissed his hand and his head and then sat next to him.

Then the Prophet ﷺ asked the person in the dream, ‘What do you have with you?’ He replied, ‘Ripe dates [ruṭab].’ So he handed them to the Prophet ﷺ who took them and gave some to the Messiah.

So I said to the Christian, ‘Look how your Prophet venerates our Prophet.’ So he said, ‘Yes.’

Then from behind the Prophet ﷺ a group of people approached, the Shaikh [of Islaam Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah] was sitting amongst them or at the front of them. When they got closer the Shaikh came forward and the Prophet ﷺ stood up and said, ‘Welcome, O Ahmad,’ then he gave him some of the dates.

Then another group came from in front of the Prophet ﷺ but he never turned to look at them. So the Shaikh Taqiyud-Din [Ibn Taymiyyah] said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! These people are from your Ummah.’

So he replied, ‘No. If they were from my ummah they would’ve been upon what you were upon.’”

Takmilatul-Jaami li Seerati-Shaikhil-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 72.

Death

March 24, 2021 § Leave a comment


Ibn Abid-Dunya mentioned, “A wise man wrote to one of his friends, ‘Brother, beware of death in this abode before you go to one where you will wish for it but won’t find it.’”

Dhikrul-Mawt, p. 66.

A Muslim Can Repent as Long as …

March 23, 2021 § Leave a comment


Abu Mijlaz said, “The servant continues to be in a state of repentance as long as he doesn’t see the Angels.”

Dhikrul-Mawt, p. 63.

“I Haven’t Envied Anyone the Way I do …”

March 16, 2021 § Leave a comment


Masrūq said, “I haven’t envied anyone the way I do a believer in the grave, relieved from the hardships of the world, safe from Allaah’s Punishment,” and in another wording, “There is no home better for the believer than the grave, relieved from the world’s worries, safe from Allaah’s Punishment.”
Dhikrul-Mawt, p. 38, ṣaḥīḥ.

“Indeed, We Sent Against them a Furious Wind, on a Day of Unrelenting Misery.”

September 4, 2020 § Leave a comment


Allaah described the Wind that He sent as a punishment to the People of Ād: “(The people of) Ād (also) rejected (the truth). Then how (dreadful) was My Punishment and My Warnings! Indeed, We sent against them a furious wind, on a day of unrelenting misery. Plucking out people as if they were roots of palm-trees torn up (from the ground).” [54:18-20]

Al-Baghawī in his tafsīr said, “It would pluck them out and then fling them on their heads, snapping and crushing their necks.”

On Thoughts of Disbelief and Hypocrisy

September 2, 2020 § Leave a comment


The Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said, “All the thoughts of disbelief and hypocrisy which cross the heart of a believer and which he hates and casts aside increase his īmān and certainty.”
Al-Fatāwā, vol. 10, p. 767.

Having Good Thoughts About Allaah

August 29, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Fuḍail ibn ʿIyāḍ said, “If Allaah put me in the Fire and so I ended up there, I wouldn’t lose hope in Him.”
Ḥusnuẓ-Ẓann billāh of Ibn Abid-Dunyā, no. 81.

Going with the Crowd

August 3, 2020 § Leave a comment


“And we used to enter into vain discourse with those who engaged
[in it].” [Muddathir:45]

Qatādah said, “Every time some astray person went astray we went with him.” Tabarī.

Yaa Rabb!

July 30, 2020 § 1 Comment


Shaikh ʿAbdul-Karīm al-Khuḍair said, “The people of knowledge say that whoever supplicates to Allaah by saying, ‘O Lord! O Lord! [Yā Rabb! Yā Rabb!]’ fives time will have his supplication answered if there is nothing to prevent it, and they used the verse at the end of Surah ʾĀli-ʿImrān as proof where the name Lord was repeated five times in the supplication of the People of Understanding and at the end Allaah the Most High said, ‘So their Lord answered them.’”

Source.

Fasting on the Day of Arafah

July 29, 2020 § Leave a comment


The Prophet ﷺ said, “Fasting on the day of ʿArafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” Muslim.

ʿUthaimīn on the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

July 25, 2020 § Leave a comment


ʿUthaimīn said, “I encourage my brother Muslims to take advantage of this great opportunity by doing a lot of righteous actions during the ten days of Dhul-Ḥijjah, like reciting the Quran, doing dhikr in its varying forms like saying Allāhu Akbar, Lā ilāha illallah, Alḥamdulillah, Subḥānallah, and by giving charity and fasting, and striving to do all good deeds. And it is strange that people are unaware of these ten days! You will find them trying hard in the last ten of Ramaḍān, but you will hardly find anyone who distinguishes between the ten days of Dhul-Ḥijjah and any other day. If a person does righteous deeds during these ten days he will have revived what the Prophet guided us to do.”

Source.

Asking Allaah for Everything

July 24, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Rajab said, “Allaah loves that His Servants ask Him for all their religious and worldly needs, like their food, drink, clothing etc., just as they ask Him for His Guidance and Mercy, because if the servant asks for everything he needs from Allaah he has shown his need of Him—and Allaah loves that.”
Jāmiʿ al-ʿUlūm wal-Ḥikam, vol. 2, p. 38.

“The Thing that You’d Like to Have with You in the Hereafter …”

July 20, 2020 § Leave a comment


The Tābiʿī Abū Ḥāzim Salamah ibn Dīnār said, “The thing that you’d like to have with you in the Hereafter, do it today, and the thing you’d hate to have, leave it today.”

Al-Maʿrifah wat-Tārīkh, 1/381.

Repentance and Having Good Thoughts About Allaah

July 18, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Baaz said, “Repentance nullifies what went before it and wipes it out, alhamdulillah, so don’t have anything [negative] in your heart about that, you must have good thoughts about your Lord, believing that He has turned in repentance to you if you are truthful in your repentance, because He said, “Turn to Allah in repentance all together, O believers, so that you may be successful,” so He attached success to repentance, whoever repents has succeeded, so you must have good thoughts about your Lord, [believing] that He will accept your repentance if you are truthful in it and regret what you did and leave doing it, resolving not to go back to it. And beware of the whispers of the devil [waswās].”

Source.

 

On the Duaa Said when Leaving the Bathroom

July 17, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Baaz said, “The wisdom in saying, ‘I seek Your Forgiveness!’ when leaving the bathroom is that Allaah blessed the servant with the food and drink that He gave him and then He blessed him by allowing him to relieve himself [lit: by allowing the things that are harmful to leave him], and the slave [of Allaah] falls short in giving thanks so He ordained that when he relieves himself after having had the blessing of food and drink that he seek His Forgiveness, and He سبحانه loves that His Slaves thank Him for His Blessings and He loves that they seek His Forgiveness from their sins.”

Source.

Muʿādh ibn Jabal

July 16, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Abū Muslim al-Khowlāni said, ‘I entered the Mosque of Ḥimṣ and saw about thirty middle-aged Companions of the Prophet , and then there was this young man sitting there with them, with kohl on his eyes and bright teeth.

Silent, not speaking.

When the people would differ about something they would turn to him and ask him. So I said to the person sitting next to me, ‘Who is that?’ He replied, ‘Muʿādh ibn Jabal, may Allaah the Most High be pleased with him.’ So I felt love for him there and then and used to stay with them until they parted.’

From Shahr ibn Ḥawshab, ‘When the Companions of Allah’s Messenger would talk and Muʿādh ibn Jabal was among them they would look at him in awe of him.’”
Ḥālus-Salaf maʿal-Qurʾān, pp. 155-156.

“O Allaah! Save us, save us.””

July 13, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Saʿīd ibn al-Musayyib used to abundantly say:

«اَللَّهُمَّ سَلِّمْ، سَلِّمْ.»
[Allāhumma sallim, sallim.]
“O Allaah! Save us, save us.””

Ṭabaqāt Ibn Saʿd, 6947.

“Do Not Cry Out Only Once for Destruction, but Plead Many Times Over!”

July 11, 2020 § Leave a comment


The Most High said:

“Nay, they deny the Hour, and We have prepared a Blaze for those who deny the Hour. When it sights them from a distant place, they will hear it raging and roaring. And when they are cast into a narrow place in it, bound together in chains, they will pray for [their own] annihilation. They will be told, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but cry many times over!” 25:11-14.

The scholars said, explaining, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but cry many times over!”:

“Your destruction is much more than for you to call out one time—call out many, many times.” Baghawī.

“Namely, they will call out hoping for death in order to escape what is even worse.” Maḥāsinat-Taʾwīl, al-Qāsimī.

“They will hope for destruction and call out for it due to the calamity that they are in. But they will receive the answer, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but call many times over!” and the ones saying it to them will be the Angels, saying: “Leave off asking for destruction only once—because the destruction that you are in is bigger and greater than that.” So the meaning is: don’t ask for destruction for yourselves just one time—ask for it many, many times, because the punishment you are in is worse than what you called out for due to how long it is and due to it never ending.” Fatḥul-Qadīr, ash-Shawkānī.

“This is to rebuke them because normally when a person cries out for destruction in this world he is shown mercy, but there they will not be shown mercy and will be told: your calling out for destruction will not help you at all so call out repeatedly. The punishment will continue.” ʿUthaimīn.

“The point of this answer is to show them that their punishment is eternal and to make them despair of any hope of receiving death which would save them from what they are in.” Fatḥul-Bayān, Ṣiddīq Ḥasan Khān.

“Said to rebuke them and to inform them that it is eternal: don’t limit yourself to mourning only once, grieve over and over again, for you deserve it.” Al-Muḥarrar al-Wajīz, Ibn ʿAtiyyah.

“‘Call many times over,’ because it is uncountable, there is no end to it.” Naẓmud-Durar.

“I am the Mother of the Believers.”

July 8, 2020 § Leave a comment


Imām al-Ājurrī said, “It is reported that someone said to ʿĀʾishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, that a man says you are not his mother. So she said, ‘He is telling the truth. I am the Mother of the Believers. Not the hypocrites.’”

Ash-Sharīʿah, vol. 5, p. 2394.

Shaikh Muqbil’s Daʿwah

July 6, 2020 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Muqbil used to travel to different villages and towns to give daʿwah to spread tawḥīd and the sunnah and teach people their religion, striving to do so to such an extent that:

“He would go to a town called Kunā on foot from morning till dhuhr time which would take five hours or more.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 21.

Taxi Fare and Dates

July 4, 2020 § Leave a comment


“When Shaikh Muqbil went from Riyad to Makkah to seek knowledge he didn’t have any money except the fare for the ride and for a few dates. So he used to work as a ḥāris [security/caretaker] at a building in Makkah until midnight and then seek knowledge the rest of the time, showing great patience. At times he used to forget some of what he had learnt due to how fatigued he would be, as he himself mentioned, may Allaah have mercy on him.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 20.

Shaikh Muqbil Buying One Book

July 2, 2020 § Leave a comment


“One time he sold some of the furniture he would sit on at home so he could buy Al-ʿIlal of Ibn Abī Ḥātim.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 20.

Shaikh Muqbil and The Dry Bread

July 1, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muqbil bore many difficulties for the sake of seeking knowledge. When he was doing so at Jāmiʿ al-Hādī, there was some dry bread which had been around for some days and on which a spider had spun a web, so he soaked the bread in some water so that he could eat it and carry on seeking knowledge.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 20.

Shaikh Muqbil Recording Quraan for His Daughters Under a Tree

June 29, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Shaikh Muqbil was eager on teaching his two daughters. My wife told me that the Shaikh’s older daughter, Umm ʿAbdullah, told her, ‘The Shaikh used to record a surah from the Quran for us in his voice so that we could memorise it. One time when he was working on our house he forgot to record it. So me and my sister went to him with a tape recorder so he took us under a tree and recorded the Surah for us, then we went back home and he went back to working.”
Nubdhatun Yasīratun min Nafīs Sīrati wa Aqwāli Muḥaddithil-Jazīrati Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādiʿī, raḥimahullah, p. 11.

Umar

June 26, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Jawzī said, “ʿUmar bin al-Khaṭṭāb passed away in 23AH. Abū Luʾluʾah, whose name was Fairūz, stabbed him. ʿUmar prayed for three days in the same thawb he was stabbed in, then passed away and Ṣuhaib led the prayer over him. The night he died ʿAlī bin Abī Ṭālib had a son and named him ʿUmar. And that same night ʿUthmān also had a son and called him ʿUmar. And ʿUbaidullāh bin Maʿmar at-Taimi had a son and called him ʿUmar.” رضي الله عنهم.
Al-Muntaẓam fī Tārīkhil-Umam wal-Mulūk, vol. 4, p. 329.

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