Hishaam ad-Dastuwaa’i said, ‘By Allaah, I am not able to say that I ever …’

December 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Hishaam ad-Dastuwaa’i said, ‘By Allaah, I am not able to say: ‘That there was ever a single day where I went to seek hadith seeking Allaah’s Face thereby [i.e., sincerely for Allaah].’’ Imaam ad-Dhahabi said, ‘And, by Allaah, me neither.’”

As-Siyar, its summary, 2/687.

’Uthaimeen on the Heart

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The heart is a vessel, when it is filled with something no space for anything else remains [in it], so when it is filled with the love of this world it becomes preoccupied with that instead of the love of Allaah عزوجل and His Messenger and [thus] a person becomes such that he has no interest except to gain [more and more].”

Sharh Bulugh al-Maraam, vol. 9, p. 366.

’Uthaimeen on Bringing Solace to Someone Ill or Struck by a Calamity

April 1, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Part of lofty manners and praiseworthy characteristics is that when you find a person broken hearted either due to losing someone beloved etc., then you should try to bring him joy and happiness and [try to] lessen his calamity by reminding him of that which is greater. So if he lost some money, you say to him, ‘There are people who have lost all of their wealth,’ and if [for example] he is afflicted with an illness in his eye, you say to him, ‘Some people have been afflicted with blindness,’ [saying such things to him] so that you will ease his affairs, part of which is bringing solace to a person struck with a calamity.”

At-Ta’leeq alaa al-Qawaa’id al-Hisaan, p. 161.

’Uthaimeen on Sincerity, May Allaah Grant Us It

March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When the servant performs Allaah’s worship, sincere to Him in his statements, actions and intentions, not wanting anything but Allaah’s Countenance and the Abode of the Hereafter, not wanting glory nor praise from the people, nor wealth or any worldly thing, and continues in that sincere worship in adversity and prosperity, in times of difficulty and comfort—then Allaah will establish him firmly/give him authority in the land.”

Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan, p. 147.

’Uthaimeen when He would be Absent from His Assigned Duties at his Mosque and when Late for Work

February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


“An amazing example of his piety was that when he would be absent from leading the prayer at the Al-Jaami’ al-Kabir [mosque] in ’Unaizah where he was the appointed Imaam and for which he would receive a monthly stipend, he would give the money equal to his absence, even if it was only one day, to the person who covered him as Imaam.

Likewise, when he was teaching at the educational academy in ’Unaizah, if he were late to work—even if it were only a few minutes—he would write his lateness down in the [signing in] register and next to it write, ‘Without an excuse.’”

Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, pp. 24-25.

Ibn Baaz’s Tears

February 10, 2014 § 2 Comments


“He, may Allaah have mercy on him, used to cry a lot when listening to the Noble Quraan, whatever the voice of the reciter was like or however good or not so good his recitation was.

[Added some audio files to this article where the Shaikh is crying, here he was crying over hearing some verses from Surah Shooraa during one of his lessons]

And he used to cry when he would hear something from the Prophetic Sunnah.

[Here he was crying out of love for the Prophet saying that not celebrating the Prophet’s Birthday ﷺ does not mean we don’t love him]

I saw him more than one time crying when he would hear the biography of a scholar mentioned in Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah, or Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb or Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa.

He also used to cry when he would hear about the persecution and torture that Muslims were enduring in some countries.

When he would cry he would do so with a very faint sound, the effects would be seen on his face, or tears could be seen flowing from his eyes, he didn’t like that the voice be raised when crying.

He used to cry a lot when he would talk about his Shaikh, His Eminence Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim, may Allaah have mercy on him, in fact he wouldn’t be able to continue talking about him [and would have to stop].

[Here he was crying when talking about his Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim, the Mufti of Saudi Arabia before him]

He would cry a lot upon hearing something mentioning the glorification of the Quraan or the Sunnah. I remember reading the book, Al-Qawl al-Qaweem, by the Shaikh, the ’Allaamah Humood at-Tawaijiri, to him during which we came across what Shaikh Humood had said about glorifiying the Sunnah, so I looked at him and His Eminence’s tears were flowing down his cheeks.

[Here he was crying over the incident of the Ansaar’s pledge of allegiance to the Prophet ]

When he would be invited somewhere as a guest, it was His Excellency’s habit to ask someone present to recite some aayahs in order to beautify the gathering[’s atmosphere], and then he would explain them—many times I would notice him crying, [and his] tears and a change in his voice.

He would cry a lot when one of the well-known scholars or someone distinguished in their service to Islaam would pass away, he cried when Shaikh Saalih al-’Ali an-Naasir passed away, and Shaikh Hamood at-Tuwaijiri, and Shaikh Saalih ibn Ghasoon, and he also cried when the Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq passed away, may Allaah have mercy on them all.

When some of the poor and needy or some of the oppressed people would present their situations to him he would be affected by it and feel compassion and at times cry.

When he would hear news about the affliction and harshness that Muslims were facing he would cry and his voice would change.

He would cry many times when he would lead the people in prayer but he would control himself.

He would also cry when supplicating, I used to look at his face very carefully when he would supplicate at ’Arafah or at Safa and Marwah, and I would find tears flowing down his cheeks and would notice a change in his voice.

Many times he would cry during his lessons, and so would stop for a short while until what he felt had passed, but sometimes he would be overcome.

And he would cry many times upon hearing the story of the slander against Aishah [may Allaah be pleased with her], or the story of the three Companions who remained behind.

[Here is the recording of him crying over the incident of the slander of Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her]

I used to read Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi of Ibn al-Qayyim to him during many sittings, and he would cry during some of the moving parts in the book.

Dr. Muhammad ash-Shawai’ir used to read Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah to him and he would cry when he would hear what was written in connection to wars especially when it involved the killing of many Muslims.

And he would sometimes cry when he would hear moving poetry calling to virtue and excellence …”

[Crying at Minaa during Hajj in 1996]

[When relating the story of the death of the Prophet ]

[Reciting Surah al-Layl]

[The Hadith of Abu Hurairah when the Prophet ﷺ went to the Graveyard]

Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz Ibn Baaz, pp. 118-120.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi’s Epic Advice

February 9, 2014 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “So may Allaah have mercy on a man who devotes himself to his own situation, restricts his tongue, dedicates himself to reciting his Quraan, cries over his time, constantly ponders over the two Sahihs, and worships Allaah before the appointed time overtakes him unawares—O Allaah, so grant success and have mercy.”

Tadhkiratul-Huffaadh, vol. 2, p. 86.

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