Al-Fawzaan on the Two Types of Conveying Knowledge and Who is to Carry Them Out

October 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Questioner: How is it possible to reconcile his saying صلى الله عليه وسلم, “Convey from me even if only an aayah,” with the condition that a caller should have copious knowledge?

Al-Fawzaan: There is no contradiction here walhamdulilaah, because the conveyance is of two types: conveying the text and conveying the meaning.

The first type: conveying the text [i.e., the wording] is something everyone who has memorized a text from Allaah’s Book or the Sunnah of His Prophet can do, he can help the people memorise it … when he’s memorised a Surah or an aayah he can teach the people that Surah and when he has memorised a hadith he can teach it to the people—this is conveying the text and anyone can do it, for this reason the Quraan is taught by many people who do not have knowledge but they have memorized the Quraan and can recite well, and [likewise] people who do not have knowledge teach hadiths to the people but they are good at having memorised the hadith and teaching it to the people. Having understanding [fiqh] is not a condition for conveying a text.

The second type: conveying meanings, i.e., the explanation of these texts and clarifying the rulings and wisdom contained therein—this is the one that requires knowledge and no one should carry this out except a scholar. So there is no contradiction between the obligation of conveying and the fact that no one calls the people except someone who has knowledge of what he is calling to, because da’wah requires understanding. Conveying the meaning, the meanings of the texts and their explanations and clarifying them to the people is different to the first type which everyone who has memorized something from the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah of His Messenger can do and teach the people about, this is good … that he sits and teaches the people and makes them memorise the Quraan and memorise the hadiths and [other] texts, this is very good but we say to him: do not explain the meanings to the people when you don’t know them [yourself].

Al-Ijaabaat al-Muhimmah fil-Mashaakil al-Mulimmah, pp. 279-280.

Imaam Sa’dee and the Shivering Old Man

October 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Abdullah Aqeel said about his Shaikh, Imaam Sa’dee (d. 1956), “An eyewitness mentioned that on a winter’s day with heavy rain, our Shaikh saw an elderly man in the Jaami’ mosque shivering due to the severe cold and wearing worn-out clothes. When our Shaikh saw him in such a state he went behind a pillar so that no one would see him and took off one of his two thawbs, folded it and gave it to the man who then wore it, fended off the cold with it and who then supplicated for him.”

Ash-Shaikh ’Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee Kamaa ’Araftuhu, p. 18.

Al-Fawzaan Asked Whether Refutations Harden the Hearts and Who is Supposed to Carry them Out

October 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Questioner: Do refutations against the people of falsehood harden the hearts? Because there are people who distance us from the books of the people of knowledge that refute the people of falsehood?

Al-Fawzaan: Not refuting the people of falsehood is what hardens the hearts, because their doubts enter the hearts which then become hard. As for rebutting them and clarifying the truth then this is what softens the hearts and turns them back to the truth. So do not pay attention to such false statements which come from people who want to circulate falsehood and doubts and have no one object or refute them, saying, ‘This is freedom of opinion, and this is the other opinion,’ ya’ni, the religion has become opinions [now]? Allaah did not entrust us to our opinions and intellects, rather he ordered us to follow the Book and Sunnah and to understand and act on them both and to refute the doubts and false statements that oppose them. And if it weren’t for the rebuttals against the people of falsehood the truth would not have prevailed or become clear to the people.

But I say, and I continue to say: only the people of knowledge refute the people of falsehood—as for someone learning, and the student of knowledge, or the one feigning knowledge, it is not allowed for them to refute such issues, because maybe such a person will refute based upon ignorance and as a result his refutation will be more evil than the evil of the one being refuted, because when a refutation is not done with knowledge its [resulting] corruption becomes more than its benefit.

Al-Ijaabaat al-Muhimmah fil-Mashaakil al-Mulimmah, pp. 239-240.

Al-Fawzaan Asked Whether Refutations Split the Ummah

October 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

Questioner: There are people who abstain from rebuttals and think that it causes the Ummah to split and they may even forsake the people who do refute the people of innovation and misguidance, and there are those who hold that [one should] not delve into refutations or speak about the mistakes of the students of knowledge and callers when they make a mistake, we would like some direction in view of this?

Al-Fawzaan: Refutations are of two types, those done by the people of knowledge, learning and insight, to clarify the truth and refute falsehood, these are beneficial and essential. As for the refutations which emanate from the ignorant and students who are not well-versed, or the refutations that emanate from desires and [particular] inclinations, then these refutations are not allowed because they harm and do not benefit. As for the correct, reliable refutations which come from the people of knowledge in clarification of the truth and not based upon desires, then these are essential, because it is not allowed to remain silent about the people of misguidance who spread their misguidance and deceive the Ummah and the Ummah’s youth.

Al-Ijaabaat al-Muhimmah fil-Mashaakil al-Mulimmah, p. 239.

Shaikh Muqbil’s Daughter Talking About Her Father’s Humility

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Muqbil’s daughter said, “And he would say, ‘I’m neglectful,’ and, ‘I’m not pleased with myself,’ and he told us that after white hair started to appear on his beard he was pained at that, and said to himself, ‘What have you done for Islaam and the Muslims?’ And from his statements was, ‘We are ignorant [of some things], have knowledge [of others], we are correct and we make mistakes.’”

Nubdhah Mukhtasirah Min Nasaa’ih Waalidi al-Allaamah Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’i wa Seeratihi al-Atirah, pp. 28-31.

Shaikh Muqbil on This Shaikh is Correct … That Shaikh is Wrong … Shaikh so and so is Like this … He’s Like That …

October 17, 2013 § 1 Comment

Questioner: Noble Shaikh, may Allaah protect you, we’d like you to present some advice to your children, the students of knowledge, in Abu Dubai and the Emirates in general.

Shaikh Muqbil: I advise our brothers to be earnest and to strive to acquire beneficial knowledge and not to busy themselves with that which does not concern them, because this differing and this dissension comes about due to free time: Shaikh so and so is correct … Shaikh so and so is wrong … knowledge is not to be taken from Shaikh so and so … Shaikh so and so is like this and that. So I say: you must tell yourself to try to be like Shaikh so and so or better than him who you made yourself busy [concerning, going] from this mosque to that mosque and from this gathering to that gathering [to say] … Shaikh so and so is correct … the other is wrong …

So I advise them to be earnest and to strive and also if it is easy for them to travel … and I have been told that there are some brothers there who are strong students of knowledge so they should go to them and benefit should be taken from them, and I advise them to spread the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم according to the understanding of the Salaf, and I advise them to visit their brothers the People of Knowledge, and I advise them to invite the scholars from the land of the two Harams and Najd and likewise [those] from any country with the scholar being a Sunni, so that they [i.e., the scholars who they invite] can explain the methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah to them, [such] lectures have a benefit and their effect alhamdulillaah, is great—but they are not the equivalent of learning [i.e., going and acquiring knowledge over a long period of time].

Walhamdulillaahi rabbil-’Aalameen.

Ghaaratul-Ashritah, vol. 2, p. 103.

Imaam Sa’dee and the Blind Man’s Joke

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Abdullah Aqeel said about his Shaikh, Imaam Sa’dee (d. 1956), “He was asked one time at a large gathering about the ruling concerning a person seeing his intended wife before the nikaah so he answered stating that it was permissible and that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم had instructed that.  There was a blind man present and so he said, ‘What about us blind people, is it permissible for us to touch since we can’t see?’ So the Shaikh and those present laughed.”

[Imaam Sa’dee was also Shaikh Uthaimeen’s teacher, may Allaah have mercy on them all.]

Ash-Shaikh ’Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee Kamaa ’Araftuhu, p. 17.

Shaikh Muqbil on Blindly-Following Al-Albaani, Ibn Baaz and ‘Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on them all

October 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Shaikh of Yemen, Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’i, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “And we say: we hold blind-following to be forbidden. So it is not allowed for us to blindly follow Shaikh al-Albaani, nor Shaikh Ibn Baaz nor Shaikh Ibn ’Uthaimeen, for indeed Allaah تعالى says in His Noble Book, Follow, [O mankind], what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember, [Al-A’raaf 7:3] and He سبحانه وتعالى said, And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge.[Al-Israa 17:36] So Ahlus-Sunnah do not blindly follow.”

Tuhfatul-Mujeeb ’alaa As’ilatil-Haadiri wal-Ghareeb, p. 222.

Supplicating for Your Brothers

October 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

Imaam Ibn al-Jawzi, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “[The Companion] Abud-Dardaa used to supplicate for a group of his brothers every night.  And Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said to [Imaam] Shaafi’i’s son, ‘Your father is one of six for whom I supplicate every night before daybreak.’”

Saidul-Khaatir, p. 46.

Uthaimeen asked Whether Someone on Hajj Can Use ZamZam Water to Perform Ablution

October 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “If a person going on Hajj only has some ZamZam water with him when the time for prayer becomes due, can he perform wudoo [ablution] with it or should he perform tayammum [dry ablution] because ZamZam water is blessed and should only be drunk?”

He replied, “In a hadith from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم about ZamZam it is mentioned that, ‘The water of ZamZam is for whatever it is drunk for,’ but it has been said that from its blessings is that a person can purify himself with it for prayer, so it is permissible for him to perform ablution with it and there is no harm in that, and it is not permissible for him to turn away from that to tayammum as long as there is water present.”

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Al-‘Abbaad on the Obligation of Rebutting a Dissenter and How He is to be Treated if he is from Ahlus-Sunnah

October 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Muhaddith, the ’Allaamah, Shaikh ’Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad was asked, “What is your advice, may Allaah protect you, to the one who says that responding to someone who opposes the Sunnah [a dissenter, mukhaalif] causes disunity, and that what is obligatory is to remain silent about the mistake so that the word of the Muslims becomes united?”

So he replied, “This is not correct. This is invalid. Rather the mistake is to be explained and clarified and not left. As for the issue of leaving [off clarifying the mistake] because it causes disunity … then the disunity came about because of the contraventions [against the Sunnah in the first place] and due to leaving the correct path. So it is obligatory to clarify the truth and rebut the one who makes invalid claims.

And if the mistake occurred from someone who is not from the people of innovation, but rather he is someone from Ahlus-Sunnah and he made a mistake, then he is to be advised and treated gently—because the purpose is [to achieve] reformation.”

Sharh Sunan Abi Dawud, tape 338, at 12:24.

Uthaimeen on The Obligation of Performing Hajj As Soon as One is Able To

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “What is correct is that it is obligatory to carry out Hajj immediately if the conditions to make it obligatory [on a person] have been met, the proof is His Statement, the Most High, ‘And [due] to Allaah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House,’ [Aali-’Imraan 3:97] and [also] due to the hadith of Abu Hurairah, ‘Indeed Allaah has prescribed Hajj for you, so perform it.’ And the principle regarding an [imperative] order is that it be carried out immediately and that is why the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم became angry during the Ghazwah of Hudaibiyyah when he ordered them [i.e., the Companions] to come out of the state of Ihraam but they stalled [in carrying out the order], and [an order should be carried out straight away] because a person does not know what will befall him and because Allaah ordered us to race towards goodness and delaying doing so goes against what He commanded.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti’, vol. 7, p. 13.

Uthaimeen Asked About Performing Hajj on Behalf of Deceased Parents

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “My mother and father passed away when I was little and, bearing in mind that they were poor, I don’t know whether they performed Hajj or not, so what should I do?” He replied, “There is no Hajj on your parents in such a state and there is no deficiency in their religion which they are to be blamed for, and that is because Hajj is only obligatory on the person who is able to carry it out, due to Allaah’s Statement, the Most High, ‘And [due] to Allaah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House, for whoever is able to find a way thereto.’ [Aali-’Imraan 3:97]

But if you do want to perform Hajj or ’Umrah on their behalf, then start firstly with your mother and secondly, your father.”

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Uthaimeen on the Statement of Umar رضي الله عنه, ‘Whoever has been blessed in something, let him stick to it.’

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A very beneficial statement has been reported from ’Umar ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه which is, ‘Whoever has been blessed in something, let him stick to it,’ an amazing statement which if weighed against gold would outweigh it. Ya’ni [it means] when a person performs an action and he sees the blessing and the fruits [of carrying it out] he should stick to it. We can give an example of this through the condition of the student of knowledge who has started studying a book or revising it and who finds abundant good and finds that he is benefitting and profiting [from it], so we say to him, ‘Stick to that and finish it and don’t say, ‘This is [just] an abridged, small book.’”

Tafseer Surah Aali-’Imraan, vol. 2, p. 373.

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