Striving Against the Devil

June 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘Striving [JIhaad] against the Devil consists of two steps: that a person strives against him to repel uncertainties and doubts, and that he strives against him to repel corrupt intentions and desires.’”

Mukhtaaraat min Zaadil-Ma’aad, p. 116.

Ibn al-Qayyim on Whether the Prophet Muhammad Forced People to Enter Islaam

June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “So when Allaah sent His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, most of the people of other religions responded to him and to his Khulafaa after him out of their own freewill and of their own choosing–and he never once forced anyone to enter the religion ever.

Rather he would only fight those who declared war against him and fought him, he never fought or forced to enter the religion those who kept peace with him and had a truce with him, in conformance with the order of his Lord سبحانه where He said:

“There is no compulsion in religion.” [Baqarah 2:256]

And this is a negation in the form of a prohibitive order, i.e., ‘Do not force anyone to enter the religion.’

This aayah was revealed concerning some of the Companions who had children who had become Jews or Christians before Islaam, so when Islaam came and the fathers became Muslims they wanted to compel their children to enter it, so Allaah سبحانه forbade them from doing that, such that they themselves should be the ones who choose to enter Islaam …

And it will become clear to whoever ponders the biography of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم that he never forced anyone to enter the religion ever, and that he only fought those who fought him. And as for those who made a treaty with him, he did not fight them as long as they stuck to their treaty and did not break their covenant. In fact, Allaah, the Most High, ordered him to be faithful to the treaty between them as long as they upheld it, as He said:

“So long as they are true to you, stand you true to them.” [Tawbah 9:7]

And when he came to Medinah he made peace with the Jews and acknowledged their religion, so when they waged war against him and broke their covenant with him and initiated fighting [against him], he fought them and so was gracious to some of them, expelled some and killed some.

Likewise when he had a truce with the Quraish for ten years he never initiated any fighting against them until they themselves were the ones who started fighting him and broke their covenant, so it was then that he raided them … and they were the ones who would invade him before that just as they had set out for him on the Day of Uhud and the Day of the Trench and the Day of Badr too. They came to fight him–and if they had turned away he would not have fought them.

The point is that he صلى الله عليه وسلم never ever forced anyone to enter his religion.

Rather people entered his religion out of their own choosing and freewill, so most of the people in the world embraced his call when the guidance became clear to them and when it became clear to them that he truly was the Messenger of Allaah.”

Abridged from Hidaayatul-Hayaaraa fi Ajwibatil-Yahudi wan-Nasaaraa, pp. 29-30.

Uthaimeen Quoting Ibn al-Qayyim on Following Someone Who Sets Up His Own Principles

June 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘So whoever generates statements and establishes principles according to his own understanding and interpretation – it is not obligatory on the Ummah to follow them until they are examined against what the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم came with.  If they agree with it, they are accepted, and if they oppose it, they are rejected.’”

Mukhtaaraat min Zaadil-Ma’aad, p. 11.

Uthaimeen on Fasting in Sha’baan, the Month Before Ramadaan

June 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The people of knowledge said, ‘Fasting Sha’baan is like the Rawaatib Sunnahs in relation to the prescribed prayers, they act as an introduction to Ramadaan,’ i.e., they are like a raatibah [Sunnah] for Ramadaan, that’s why fasting in Sha’baan has been established as a Sunnah.

And the six days of fasting in Shawwaal [i.e., the month after Ramadaan] have been established as a raatibah [Sunnah] before the prescribed fast [of the coming year’s Ramadaan] and after [the Ramadaan that has just passed].

And fasting in Sha’baan has another benefit which is to settle the soul and prepare it for fasting so that it is ready for the fast of Ramadaan and so that it is easy for it to perform it.”

Fatawaa Arkaanil-Islaam, p. 491.

Ibn Baaz on Gog and Magog and China

June 9, 2013 § 1 Comment



Questioner: Are there two tribes in China called Gog and Magog [Ya’juj and Ma’juj]? And are they the ones the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم mentioned in his hadith? And if it is not them, then who are they?

Ibn Baaz: Gog and Magog are two groups from humankind in the Far East who will come out at the end of time and it is most probable that they are from those who reside in China and its surrounding areas, because they are from the Far East and Dhul-Qarnain set up a barrier between them and the people as Allaah mentioned in the Quraan in Surah al-Kahf. They are from the Children of Adam and they will emerge at the end of time after Dajjaal. Then Allaah will send an illness down upon them in their necks which will cause them to die, and this will be in the time of Jesus, peace be upon him, because when Dajjaal emerges Allaah will send Jesus, peace be upon him, and he will kill Dajjaal and it is then that Gog and Magog will appear in the time of Jesus. Thereafter Allaah will cause them to die and put an end to them, and it is most likely and is what is apparent from the Noble Quraan and the narrations about Dhul-Qarnain that they are in the direction of the east, the direction of China and its surrounding areas.


Uthaimeen on the 27th Night of Rajab

June 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It has become widespread among many people that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم was made to ascend [the Heavens] on the 27th night of Rajab—but this has no basis. So whoever introduces something into Allaah’s Religion which is not a part of it will receive nothing but [pointless] toil and hardship and his action is rejected, his way misguided, [because] the Prophet عليه الصلاة والسلام said, ‘Every innovation is misguidance, and all misguidance is in the Fire.’”

CD Fatwaa Nurun-’Alad-Darb.

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