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 § Leave a 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.

Sajdah

June 23, 2020 § Leave a comment


ʿAlī bin Abī Ṭālib said, “One of the most beloved things to Allaah that a person can say is:

رَبِّ ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي، فَاغْفِرْلِي
Rabbi ẓalamtu nafsī, faghfirlī.
‘O Allah! I have wronged myself so forgive me!’

when in prostration.”

Ṣaḥīḥ | Mā Ṣaḥḥa min Āthāriṣ-Ṣaḥābati fil-Fiqh, vol. 3, p. 402.

“Don’t kill Frogs …”

June 18, 2020 § Leave a comment


From ʿAbdullah bin ʿAmr, who said, “Don’t kill frogs, their calling which you hear is tasbīḥ.” Ṣaḥīḥ.
Mā Ṣaḥḥa min Āthāriṣ-Ṣaḥābati fil-Fiqh, vol. 3, p. 554.

In At-Talkhīṣ al-Ḥabīr fī Takhrīj Aḥādīth ar-Rāfiʿī al-Kabīr, p. 360, Ibn Ḥajar said, “Its chain is authentic but ʿAbdullah ibn ʿAmr used to take from the Isrāʾīliyyāt narrations.”

Ibn Shaikh al-Ḥazzāmīn’s Advice to Ibn Taymiyyah’s Companions

June 15, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Abdul-Hādī, said, “And one of them [i.e., the scholars who accompanied Ibn Taymiyyah and learnt from him] was the Shaikh, the Imām, the Exemplary, the Abstemious, the Knower [of Allaah], ʿImādud-Dīn Abul-ʿAbbās Aḥmad bin Ibrāhīm bin ʿAbdur-Raḥmān al-Wāsiṭī, known as Ibn Shaikh al-Ḥazzāmīn, he was a righteous man, scrupulous … he wrote a missive to a group of Ibn Taymiyyah’s companions, advising them to stick to the Shaikh and encouraging them to follow his way and praised him greatly, and this is a copy of the letter …”

One of the things Ibn Shaikh al-Ḥazzāmīn wrote in that letter was, “We haven’t seen, in this time of ours, anyone through whose speech and actions the Muhammadan Prophethood and its Sunnah have been brought to light except this man—such that the sound heart testifies that this, this is true following.”
At-Tadhkirah wal-Iʿtibār wal-Intiṣār lil-Abrār Difāʿan ʿan Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 11-12 and 44.

Muḥammad bin ʿAlī al-Bāqir About Abu Bakr and Umar May Allaah be pleased with Them

June 14, 2020 § Leave a comment


Imām Muḥammad al-Bāqir to his Son Jaʿfar
May Allaah have Mercy on Them

Adh-Dhahabī said about Imām Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad al-Bāqir, “Abū Jaʿfar became known as ‘al-Bāqir,’ from the phrase, ‘بَقَرَ الْعِلْمَ—he split knowledge open,’ i.e., tore it open, coming to know its very foundation and deep meanings.”

Al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī, said, “… from Sufyān ath-Thawrī, from Jaʿfar bin Muḥammad who said, “My father [Imām Muḥammad al-Bāqir] said to me:

‘My son, abusing Abū Bakr and ʿUmar is a major sin, so don’t pray behind anyone who slanders them.’”
Tārīkh Baghdād, vol. 11, p. 97.

Min Rawāʾiʿi waṣāyā al-ʾĀbā lil-Abnāʾ, p. 98.

How the Shaikh of the Shaikhs of Islaam would Behave When Asked a Question

June 12, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Bazzaar said about Ibn Taymiyyah, “And he wouldn’t become fed up of anyone asking him for a verdict [fatwa] or questions, rather he would greet them with a happy face, mild-mannered, and stay with them until the questioner would be the one to part first, whether young or old, man or woman, free person or slave, scholar or commoner, city-dweller or bedouin—he wouldn’t refuse anyone or embarrass them or drive them away by saying anything that would make them feel uneasy, but would instead answer them and make them understand and show them what was correct from what was not, all with gentleness and pleasantly.”

Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 48-49.

Exactly who is Their Lord Then? And Prophet?

June 11, 2020 § Leave a comment


Niʿmatullah al-Jazāʾirī, from Jazāʾir in Iraq not Algeria the country, who died in 1112, and who the Shīʿites call, “The complete scholar,” amongst other things, and who is one of their ‘ḥadīth scholars,’ said:

“We are not in agreement with them on a God, nor a Prophet, nor an Imām. Because they say that their Lord is the one whose Prophet was Muḥammad and whose Khalīfah after him was Abū Bakr, but we do not believe in this Lord, nor that Prophet—in fact, we say that the Lord whose Prophet’s Khalīfah was Abū Bakr is not our Lord, and nor is that Prophet our Prophet.”
Al-Anwār an-Nuʿmāniyyah, al-Aʿlā print, Beirut, 2010, vol. 2, p. 243.

Twelve

June 9, 2020 § Leave a comment


“Imam Ibn Ḥajar was raised as an orphan, his father died when he was four and his mother before that. He finished memorising the Qurʾān when he was nine.

And he led the people in tarāwīḥ in the year 785AH in the Ḥaram in Makkah when he was twelve.”
An-Nukat ʿalā Nuzhatin-Naẓar fī Tawḍīh Nukhbatil-Fikr, p. 9

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Brother

June 9, 2020 § Leave a comment


Al-Bazzār said, “I never saw anyone honour and venerate the Shaikh more than his brother who was the one supporting him [in his worldly affairs]. He used to sit in the Shaikh’s presence as though there was a bird perched on his head [i.e., deadly still]. And would respect him the way you would a Sultan [i.e., a ruler].

We would marvel at that and said to him, ‘Normal custom and habit dictates that a person’s family aren’t as reserved with him as outsiders, and that in fact they relax with him more than a stranger, but we see you with the Shaikh like a student of his in your clear awe and reverence of him.’

So he said, ‘I see things from him that other people don’t, things which oblige me to be with him as you see.’

He would be asked to expound on that but would not mention a single thing due to him knowing that the Shaikh didn’t want it.”
Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 52.

Firm Resolve and Lofty Goals

June 3, 2020 § Leave a comment


When Ibn al-Jawzī was harmed and expelled to Wāsiṭ he recited the Qurʾān there in the ten readings [Qirāʾāt] to Ibn al-Bāqillānī. He was eighty years old when he did that. 

Al-Ḥāfiẓ al-Dhahabī said, ‘So just look at this lofty resolve and aspiration [al-himmah al-ʿāliyyah].’
Ḥifẓul-ʿUmar, p. 14.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Memorisation

June 1, 2020 § Leave a comment


Ibn Rajab said, “And it has reached me through an authentic line of transmission from Ibn az-Zamlakānī that he was asked about the Shaikh, i.e., Ibn Taymiyyah, so he said, “No one greater in memorisation than him has been seen in five hundred years …”

Ash-Shahādah az-Zakiyyah fī Thanāʾil-Aʾimmah ʿalā Ibn Taymiyyah, p. 36.

When Ibn al-Qayyim was Beaten

May 31, 2020 § 2 Comments


“And on Monday 6th Shaʿbān 726ah Taqiyyud-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah was imprisoned along with his brother Zainud-Dīn ʿAbdur-Raḥmān in the fortress of Damascus, and Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah was beaten and paraded around Damascus on a donkey because of what he had said about intercession and seeking tawassul through the Prophets …”

As-Sulūk li Maʿrifati Duwalil-Mulūk, vol. 3, p. 89.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Dars | Flowing Like a River

May 30, 2020 § Leave a comment


Imaam al-Bazzaar said, “As for his lessons, I wouldn’t miss them while I was resident in Damascus. He wouldn’t prepare anything beforehand that he was about to teach or present, instead he would sit after praying two rakʿahs and then praise Allāh and extol Him and send ṣalāh on His Messenger ﷺ, in a pleasant, beautiful manner which I had never heard before.

And then he would begin.

Allāh would aid him in conveying knowledge and subtle, fine, delicate points, and different specialties, and in citing narrations, and in drawing answers from verses and ḥadīths, and sayings of the scholars, examining some of them and expounding on their validity or whether spurious, clarifying his argument, citing the poetry of the Arabs as proof, at times mentioning the name of the poet too—all the while in doing so he would be running forth like a river, overflowing like the sea, and he would, from the time he started speaking until he finished, be as though absent from those around him.

Eyes closed.

All done unintentionally, speaking without haughtiness, or stopping or mistakes, but rather a divine gift bestowed on him, such that whoever was listening or saw him would be dazzled, and he would remain like that until he went silent.

I would see him during all this as though in the presence of one preoccupying him from others, and at that time he would be held in awe which would cause the people’s hearts to shudder and astonish the eyes and minds … and upon finishing his lesson he would open his eyes and turn to the people with a cheerful face, smiling, gentle-mannered, as though he was only then meeting them, and even apologizing for any shortcomings in what he may have said whilst in that state, and a number of notebooks could be written out of the lesson, and what I mention here about it is well-known, everyone present will agree with me on it, and they are numerous, walḥamdulillāh, such that how many they are can’t be counted, reciters, ḥadīth scholars, fiqh scholars, writers, and the general Muslims.”
Al-Aʿlām al-ʿAliyyah fī Manāqibi Shaikhil-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, pp. 28-30.

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