January 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

Explaining the aayah:

“And those who say, ‘Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us a leader for the righteous.’” [Furqaan: 25:74]

Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘And Al-Farraa said, ‘He [i.e., Allaah, the Most High] said, ‘a leader’ and didn’t say, ‘leaders’ in the same way that He said, “[Both of you, i.e., Musaa and Haroon] Go to Pharaoh and say, ‘We are a messenger of the Lord of the worlds,’” [Shu’araa 26:16] and He didn’t say, ‘two messengers,’ and this is the singular through which the plural is meant.’’

Ibn al-Qayyim, commenting on this explanation of al-Farraa went on to say, ‘And this is the best of the sayings [explaining this point], except that it needs further elucidation.

And that [elucidation] is that the believers, all of them, are on one path, and their deity is one, and they are the followers of one Book, and one Prophet, slaves of One Lord, so their religion is one, and their Prophet is one, and their Book is one, and their deity is One–so it is as though all of them are one Imaam for those who come after them.’

Risaalatu Ibn al-Qayyim Ilaa Ahad Ikhwaanihi, [Ibn al-Qayyim’s Letter to One of His Brothers], pp. 14-15.

A Scholar’s Humility: ‘My back is halaal for every Muslim.’

January 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

Abdur-Rahmaan al-Hirfi said, ‘And it is not known that the Shaikh [i.e., Ibn Baaz] ever sought revenge for himself. In fact, I heard a man say to him, ‘O Shaikh! I’ve backbitten you, so free me from it [i.e., forgive me].’ So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘My back is halaal for every Muslim.’ Indeed, in one of his general talks it was said to him, ‘Shaikh so and so says you are an innovator. What do you say?’ So he said, ‘He is a mujtahid scholar!’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 116.

A Scholar’s Humility: Ibn Baaz and His Guest

January 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

Shaikh Abdullaah ibn Ibrahim al-Fantukh said, ‘From that which is relevant to mention is that a guest, one of the Shaikh’s noble students, from Africa but who had acquired Saudi nationality, spent the night in the Shaikh’s house.

His eminence, the Shaikh, got up during the last part of the night to pray the night prayer.  The guest’s room was far from the place where the water was, and at that hour it was rare for anyone to be awake and the Shaikh disliked disturbing anyone [by asking them to get water for the guest].

So he went himself to where the water was with a jug, even though he was blind, filled it and brought it to the door of the guest’s room, then woke him gently [from outside] because he knew the guest wanted that.

Then he went away from the door so that the guest would not feel embarrassed, who came out quickly and saw that the Shaikh had turned away and left the jug outside his door.  And this guest is trustworthy, from the people of knowledge.’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 232.

The Youth Who Prayed Next to Ibn Baaz and what The Shaikh Advised Him With

January 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

Khaalid ibn Abdur-Rahmaan ash-Shaayi’ said, ‘In 1405ah/1984ce, approximately, when I was at secondary school, I prayed next to the Shaikh in a mosque close to his house.  So I recited some Quraan while the Shaikh was praying the two rak’ahs one must pray when entering the mosque [tahayyatul-masjid].  After he finished praying he gave me salaam and said, ‘Who are you?’  So I introduced myself to him and what I was studying so he said to me:

‘O my son!  Devote your attention to the Quraan.  Your voice is pleasant and your recitation is good.  Aspire to memorise the Quraan.  Set aside for yourself a portion to memorise and revise daily.  And see which of your friends can aid you in that.’

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 214.

Ibn Baaz when Sayyid Qutb and Others Were Going to Be Executed

January 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

Muhammad al-Majdhoob said, ‘When the tyrannical court issued its verdict on the execution of Sayyid Qutb and his brothers, the same grief afflicted Shaikh Ibn Baaz that befell all believers at [the news of] such calamities, [calamities] which do not target the lives of innocent people who have been convicted as much as they target the weakening of Islaam and its very status, by terrorising those who cling to it and by making them forsake it.

The Shaikh charged me with drafting a telegraph suitable for this situation.  So I wrote it with a pen full of fire, disgust and a sense of honour [for Islaam] and then brought it to him.  I did so while being full of certainty that he would alter its tone to make it closer to that of [the style of] people in authority than to the tone of someone admonishing/warning.

But he shattered all my expectations when he agreed with all of it, and he didn’t only suffice with that but added the Saying of Allaah, the Most High, to it, from Surah an-Nisaa, “And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.” [An-Nisaa 4:93]

The telegraph was sent that day, and it was, as far as I know, the only one to be sent from all of the corners of the Islamic world regarding this situation, inclusive of the phrases it contained which were more severe on the transgressors than the lashes of a whip.”

Ulemaa wa Mufakkiroon Araftuhum, p. 91.

How much Did Ibn Baaz Earn?

January 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Dr. Naasir ibn Misfir al-Zahraani said, “Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Atiq, who was in charge of the Shaikh’s finances, was asked, ‘Did the Shaikh ever ask you when his wage comes?  Which day it arrives? Or any such question?  And did he ever ask you about the amount of his wage, how much it was?’ So he replied, ‘Wallaahi!  He never once asked about that.

He only used to ask about other people’s wages–encouraging that their wages not be delayed.’”

Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 223.

Six Conditions for a Righteous Action to Conform to the Sharee’ah

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Righteous actions are those which conform to the Sharee’ah, and it is not possible that they conform to the Sharee’ah unless they agree with it in six things:

the reason/motive [for doing the action]
its type
the amount
how it is performed
the time and
the place [it is performed in].”

Tafseer Surah al-Maa’idah, vol. 2, p. 366.

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