“If You’re Not Pleased with Allaah, How Can You Ask Him to be Pleased With You?”

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yahya ibn Mu’aadh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “If you’re not pleased with Allaah, how can you ask Him to be pleased with you?”

Sifatus-Safwah, 4/341.

The Master Reciter, The Shaikh of Islaam ’Abdullaah ibn Idrees [d. 192 ah]

February 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “’Abdullaah ibn Idrees ibn Yazeed ibn ’Abdur-Rahmaan, the Imaam, the Great Memoriser [Haafidh], the Master Reciter [Expert in the Dialects of the Quraan, Muqri’], the Exemplary, The Shaikh of Islaam, Abu Muhammad al-Awdi, al-Kufi [d. 192 ah] …

About him Hussain al-’Anqaziyy said, ‘When death came upon [’Abdullaah] Ibn Idrees, may Allaah have mercy on him, his daughter wept, so he said, “Don’t cry, O Daughter, for I have finished reciting the Quraan in this house four thousand times.’”

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 7, p. 499.

Uthaimeen on Conforming to the Sunnah Being Better than an Abundance of Actions

February 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Conforming to the Sunnah is better than an abundance of actions; for example, performing a lot of supererogatory prayers [nafl] after the adhaan and before the iqaamah of the morning prayer [fajr] is not legislated: because he صلى الله عليه وسلم never used to do that.  Likewise if someone wanted to lengthen the Sunnah rak’ahs of the fajr prayer by reciting for longer or making the bowing or prostration longer due to the fact that the time between the adhaan and the iqaamah is a meritorious time in which one’s supplication is not rejected, we would say, ‘You have opposed the Sunnah,’ because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to keep those two rak’ahs brief.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 1, pp. 406-407.

Umm Faatimah Zainab: Teacher of Ibn Kathir’s Mother-In-Law and His Wife, and the One Whose Questions Ibn Taymiyyah Would Prepare For

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

The great explainer of the Quraan, Imaam Ibn Kathir, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “And on the Day of ’Arafah did pass away the Shaikhah, the righteous one, the worshipper, the pious one: Umm Zainab Faatimah the daughter of ’Abbaas ibn Abil-Fath ibn Muhammad al-Baghdaadiyyah on the outskirts of Cairo, a huge number of people attended her funeral, and she was from the virtuous scholars, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and standing against the Ahmadiyyah [a Sufi sect] and their association with women and boys, and she would refute their condition and the foundations of the people of innovations and others, and of that she would do what men were not able to.

And she used to attend the gatherings of the Shaikh [of Islaam] Taqiyuddin Ibn Taimiyyah and benefitted from him and others, and I heard Shaikh Taqiyuddin [i.e., Ibn Taymiyyah] praise her and describe her as having nobility and knowledge and he mentioned that she was able to recall [i.e., had memorised] much or most of Al-Mughni and that he [i.e., the Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah himself] would prepare for her due to the numerous matters [that she would discuss] and the excellent nature of her questions and the speed of her understanding, and she was the one who caused many women to finish memorising the Quraan, from them was my mother-in-law ’Aaishah bint Siddeeq the wife of the Shaikh Jamaalud-Deen al-Mizzee, and she is the one who taught her daughter, my wife, Amatur-Raheem Zainab, how to recite the Quraan, may Allaah have mercy on them all and be bountiful to them with His Mercy and His Paradise, Aameen.”

And As-Safadi said, “Faatimah the Daughter of ’Abbaas ibn Abil-Fath: the Shaikhah, the Female Scholar Capable of Giving Religious Verdicts [Muftiyyah], the Scholar of Fiqh [al-Faqeehah], the One Who Abstained from the Dunya [az-Zaahidah], the [Devoted] Worshipper [al-’Aabidah], Umm Zainab al-Baghdaadiyyah, al-Hanbaliyyah, the Admonisher.

She would ascend the minbar and exhort the women, and thus would they return [to righteousness] due to her admonition and leave off evil, groups of women benefitted from her exhortations and, after having been hard, their hearts softened towards obedience … and Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, would be amazed at her actions and would praise her intelligence, her devoutness [khushoo] and her crying.

More than one person related to me that Shaikh Taqiyuddin Ibn Taymiyyah said, ‘I remained concerned about an issue related to her for she ascends the minbar [to exhort the women] and I wanted to prevent her, so I fell asleep one night and I saw the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in a dream and so I asked him about her, and he replied, ‘A righteous woman,’ or he said something similar …’

And she, may Allaah the Most High have mercy on her, passed away on the Day of ’Arafah in the year 714 ah [1314ce].”

Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah of Ibn Kathir, vol. 14, p. 82 and A’yaanul-Asr wa A’waanun-Nasr of as-Safadi, vol. 4, p. 28.

Ibn al-Qayyim on the Severest Type of Punishment

February 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “No servant has been struck with a punishment greater than the hardness of the heart and being distant from Allaah.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 262.

Upon Entering the Mosque Pray Two Rak’ahs When the Adhaan is Being Called or Wait Till the Muadhin Finishes?

February 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “If I enter a mosque and the muadhin is making the call to prayer do I have to follow the muadhin [i.e., repeat what he is saying after him] or should I perform the [two rak’ahs which have to be performed upon entering the mosque which are called] tahaiyyatul-Masjid?

So he replied, “Apart from the second adhaan of the [day of] Jumu’ah , when a person enters [the mosque] and the muadhin is making the call to prayer he should answer the muadhin [i.e., repeat after him as is reported in the Sunnah] and then when he finishes he can perform the [two rak’ahs of] tahaiyyatul-Masjid.

As for the second adhaan on Friday then he does not follow the muadhin but prays the [two rak’ahs of] tahaiyyatul-Masjid so that he can finish and be free to listen to the sermon, because listening to the sermon is obligatory and answering [i.e., repeating after] the muadhin is a sunnah.”

Fataawaa Nurun-alad-Darb, CD.

Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad’s Website Newly Opened (Arabic)

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad’s Arabic website was opened the other day and can be found here:



Ibn al-Qayyim on the Fact that Wasting Time is More Severe than Death

February 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Wasting time is more severe than death, for wasting time cuts you off from Allaah and the Abode of the Hereafter, whereas death cuts you off from the dunyaa and its people.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 458.

The Last of The Companions to Die

February 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “The last of all of the Companions to die was ’Aamir ibn Waathilah al-Laithi in the year 110 AH.  The last of them to die in Medinah was Mahmood ibn ar-Rabi’ in 99 AH.  In Damascus, Syria, the last of them to die was Waathilah ibn al-Asqa’ in 86 AH.  The last of them to pass away in Basrah was Anas ibn Maalik in 93 AH.  In Homs it was ’Abdullaah ibn Busr al-Maazini in 98 AH; in Kufah, ’Abdullaah ibn Abi Awfaa al-Aslami in 87 AH and the last of them to pass away in Egypt was ’Abdullaah ibn al-Haarith in 89 AH.” [May Allaah be pleased with them all]

Mustalah al-Hadith, p. 55.

Ibn al-Qayyim, “Seek Out Your Heart in Three Places …”

February 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Seek out your heart in three places: when listening to the Quraan, in the gatherings of [Allaah’s] remembrance, and when [alone] in privacy, and if you do not find it in these places, then ask Allaah to grant you a heart – for verily, you do not have one.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 479.

Uthaimeen on Visiting the Sick

February 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “It is fitting that someone who visits an ill person reminds him of repentance and of the obligation upon him of having a will and that he should fill his time with Allaah’s remembrance, the Mighty and Majestic, because a person who is ill is in need of such things, and if he is at death’s door and the person who is by him is certain that death is upon him, then it is right that he should prompt him to say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah,’ as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم ordered.”

Fataawaa fis-Salaati wal-Janaa‘iz, vol. 2, p. 72.

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