Ibn Qutaibah on the Students of Knowledge of Old

December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


Ibn Qutaibah رحمه الله said, “In the past, a student of knowledge would listen to learn, and learn to act, and gain understanding of the religion in order to benefit himself and others. But now it has become such that they listen in order to [merely] accumulate, and they accumulate in order to be mentioned, and they memorise in order to overcome [others] and boast.”

Ibn Qutaibah said this over one thousand years ago, he passed away in 276 Hijri.

Al-Madkhal al-Mufassal li-Madhhab al-Imaam Ahmad wa Takhrijaat al-Ashaab, vol. 1, p. 13.

Being Too Embarrassed To Ask Questions

December 16, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person shouldn’t feel shy about asking questions, whether the topic of the question [itself] is something to be embarrassed about or because he feels embarrassed for fear of being accused of a lack of understanding. Because some students are embarrassed to ask since they are afraid that it will be said, ‘How can he ask that when this issue is clear!’ and so it is said about him, ‘How stupid he is.’ This is a mistake, asking is the key to knowledge.”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 210.

Advice Given to Shaikh ’Uthaimeen by His Shaikhs

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Some of my Shaikhs mentioned to me that it befits a person who asks about an issue to seek Allaah’s Forgiveness in abundance, deriving that from The Most High’s Statement, ‘Surely, We have sent down to you the Book in truth that you might judge between men by that which Allaah has shown you, so be not a pleader for the treacherous. And seek the Forgiveness of Allaah, certainly, Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful,’ [Nisaa 4: 105-106] because seeking Allaah’s Forgiveness in abundance necessitates the disappearance of the effects of sins which are a cause for forgetting knowledge and [a cause of] ignorance.”

Al-Khilaaf bainal-’Ulemaa, pp. 37-38.

A Question Connected to Prayer

December 12, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “‘If a man wanted to get a tissue whilst he was standing and praying, and in order to do so he bent his back like someone who is bowing and then stood up again, what is the ruling [concerning that]?’

He replied, ‘His standing [in prayer] is not valid [after that action], because he has left one of the pillars [rukn] of the prayer, i.e., the standing, so he must repeat his prayer.’”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Sahih Muslim, vol. 4, p. 661.

Weather Forecasts

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “‘We hear on the radio where they say that it will rain in a certain area tomorrow, does this contradict the fact that knowledge of when rain will fall is specific to Allaah [Alone]?’

He replied, ‘Many people find this problematic thinking that weather forecasts go against Allaah’s Statement, ‘And with Him are the keys of the Unseen,’ but the reality is that they do not, because their knowledge of such matters is knowledge which draws on something palpable. Things are linked to their causes.’”

Sharh Hadith Jibreel ’alaihis-salaam, p. 110.

An Abandoned Sunnah: Seeking A Cure By Placing One’s Saliva and Some Earth on One’s Finger and Saying the Following

December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment


Aaishah رضي الله عنها narrated that Allaah’s Messenger used to read in his ruqya:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ
تُرْبَةُ أَرْضِنَا‏ ورِيقَةُ بَعْضِنَا، يُشْفَى سَقِيمُنَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّنَا

Bismillāh.
Turbatu ʾArdinā, wa rīqatu badinā, yushfā saqīmunā, biʾidhni Rabbinā.

“In the Name of Allaah.
The earth of our land and the saliva of some of us cure our patient
with the permission of our Lord.”

[Al-Bukhaari, The Book of Medicine, nos. 5745 and 5746.]

An-Nawawi said, “The meaning of the hadith is that he took some of his own saliva on his index finger then placed it on the earth so that some of it stuck to it and then wiped it on the ailing or injured area whilst saying the above words as he wiped.” [Fathul-Baari, vol. 10, p. 208.]

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “… specifying ‘the earth’ [mentioned in the narration] to be that of Medinah or the ‘some of us’ to be referring specifically to the Prophet as Ibn Hajr said is something disputable, what is apparent is that this is something general and Allaah سبحانه وتعالى may place a cure in such things.” [Source.]

And the The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’, at the head of whom was Ibn Baaz, confirmed that the hadith is general and not specific to Medina or the Prophet , see here.

The Meaning of the Part of the Witr Supplication on Guidance

December 7, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “In the Qunut supplication [of al-Witr] when we say, ‘O Allaah! Guide me [along] with those [others] whom You have guided,’ we are asking Allaah تعالى for two types of guidance: that of knowledge and action, just as His Saying تعالى, ‘Guide us to the Straight Path,’ includes two types of guidance, that of [being guided to beneficial] knowledge and [also being guided] to action. So it befits the one reciting [such supplications] to bear in mind that he is asking for both of these types of guidance, that of knowledge and action.”

Sharh Du’aa Qunootil-Witr, p. 7.

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