“Indeed, We Sent Against them a Furious Wind, on a Day of Unrelenting Misery.”
September 4, 2020 § Leave a comment
Allaah described the Wind that He sent as a punishment to the People of Ād: “(The people of) Ād (also) rejected (the truth). Then how (dreadful) was My Punishment and My Warnings! Indeed, We sent against them a furious wind, on a day of unrelenting misery. Plucking out people as if they were roots of palm-trees torn up (from the ground).” [54:18-20]
Al-Baghawī in his tafsīr said, “It would pluck them out and then fling them on their heads, snapping and crushing their necks.”
“Do Not Cry Out Only Once for Destruction, but Plead Many Times Over!”
July 11, 2020 § Leave a comment
The Most High said:
“Nay, they deny the Hour, and We have prepared a Blaze for those who deny the Hour. When it sights them from a distant place, they will hear it raging and roaring. And when they are cast into a narrow place in it, bound together in chains, they will pray for [their own] annihilation. They will be told, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but cry many times over!” 25:11-14.
The scholars said, explaining, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but cry many times over!”:
“Your destruction is much more than for you to call out one time—call out many, many times.” Baghawī.
“Namely, they will call out hoping for death in order to escape what is even worse.” Maḥāsinat-Taʾwīl, al-Qāsimī.
“They will hope for destruction and call out for it due to the calamity that they are in. But they will receive the answer, “Do not cry out only once for destruction, but call many times over!” and the ones saying it to them will be the Angels, saying: “Leave off asking for destruction only once—because the destruction that you are in is bigger and greater than that.” So the meaning is: don’t ask for destruction for yourselves just one time—ask for it many, many times, because the punishment you are in is worse than what you called out for due to how long it is and due to it never ending.” Fatḥul-Qadīr, ash-Shawkānī.
“This is to rebuke them because normally when a person cries out for destruction in this world he is shown mercy, but there they will not be shown mercy and will be told: your calling out for destruction will not help you at all so call out repeatedly. The punishment will continue.” ʿUthaimīn.
“The point of this answer is to show them that their punishment is eternal and to make them despair of any hope of receiving death which would save them from what they are in.” Fatḥul-Bayān, Ṣiddīq Ḥasan Khān.
“Said to rebuke them and to inform them that it is eternal: don’t limit yourself to mourning only once, grieve over and over again, for you deserve it.” Al-Muḥarrar al-Wajīz, Ibn ʿAtiyyah.
“‘Call many times over,’ because it is uncountable, there is no end to it.” Naẓmud-Durar.
Yusuf’s Shirt عليه السلام
December 28, 2018 § Leave a comment
“Allaah said, “They stained his shirt with false blood. He said, ‘Nay, but your minds have made up a tale (that may pass) with you, (for me) patience is most fitting: Against that which ye assert, it is Allaah (alone) Whose help can be sought.’” [12:18] And He said, “Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he will come to see (clearly). Then come ye (here) to me together with all your family.” [12:93]
Yusuf عليه السلام sent his shirt from Egypt to his father because it was the reason for the start of his grief when they brought it to him [before], stained with blood, “And they brought his shirt stained with false blood,” so Yusuf عليه السلام wanted the end of his father’s grief to be from the same place it started, “Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he will come to see (clearly).”
So the grief in the story started with the shirt and ended with it.”
Ibn Taymiyyah on, “Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help.”
December 5, 2015 § Leave a comment
The Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Because worship and tawakkul encompass the religion in its entirety, and that is why one of the Salaf said, ‘Indeed Allaah brought [all] the revealed Books together in the Quraan, and He combined the knowledge of the Quraan in the mufassal Surahs, and He gathered the knowledge of the mufassal Surahs in al-Faatihah, and He combined the knowledge of al-Faatihah in His Saying, ‘Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help.’’”
At-Tuhfah al-’Iraaqiyyah, p. 315.
“Every Day He Has a Matter to Bring Forth.”
April 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “The Most High’s Saying, ‘Every day He has a matter to bring forth,’ [Rahmaan 55:29] He enriches the poor, and reduces to poverty the rich, He causes the healthy to become sick and the ailing to become healthy, gives sanctuary to the afraid and makes fearful those who were safe, and so on.
Allaah, the Most High, does that every day, such matters, without doubt, changing due to His Wisdom.
He, The Most High, said, ‘Thinketh man that he is to be left neglected?’ [Qiyaamah 75:36] So we believe that Allaah does not decree a matter but out of wisdom, only that sometimes we may know what it is and at others we don’t.”
Tafseer Surah Rahmaan, p. 314.
Uthaimeen On the Greater Type of Punishment
May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Many people think that being punished [for one’s sins] is only in those things that are external, like the body, wealth and children, but the reality is that the punishment of the sickness of the heart and its corruption is more severe and greater than the punishment through those things.”
Ahkaam minal-Qur’aanil-Karim, vol. 1, p. 87.
Uthaimeen on Whether a Child Born with An Extra Finger on Each Hand Can Have it Amputated
March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “If a child is born with six fingers on each hand it is permissible to amputate the extra finger, but some of the people of knowledge stated that it is forbidden justifying that by the fact that it is feared that a person whose fingers are amputated would die from bleeding, [but] this justification is disproved in the present age, and thus it is permissible to amputate the extra finger. Similarly, if there were extra flesh in the ear or the head or knee, removing it is permissible.”
Tafseer Surah Aali-’Imraan, pp. 29-30.
Uthaimeen on Beasts of Prey, Vermin and the Devils
March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “There is no doubt there is evil/harm in predatory animals, vermin which bite and sting and the devils, but Allaah’s creation of these evil/harmful things is not evil but pure good and wisdom necessitates this [fact], because it is not possible for you to know the perfection of Allaah’s Power except through the creation of things opposite in nature, additionally by creating these things there is much good in terms of the rectification of the servant and [his] turning back to his Lord and seeking refuge with Him from these evil/harmful things–and good is only known by its opposites.” Tafsir Surah Aali-Imraan, vol. 1, p. 159.
Ibn al-Qayyim on the Aayah, “… and We Made for Him Light by Which to Walk Among the People …”
January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
“And is one who was dead and We gave him life and made for him light by which to walk among the people like one who is in darkness, never to emerge therefrom?” [An’aam 6:122]
Ibn al-Qayyim said, “His Saying, “… and We made for him light by which to walk among the people …” encompasses a number of issues.
One of them is that he walks among the people with light while they are in darkness, so his example and theirs is like that of a people whom the night encompassed and who became lost and who could not find the way, and the other has light with which he walks along the path and sees it and sees what he should be wary of.
The second is that he walks among them with his light, and so they take from him due to their need of light.
The third is that he walks with his light on the Day of Resurrection over the Siraat [bridge] when the people of polytheism [shirk] and hypocrisy remain in the darkness of their polytheism and hypocrisy.”
Fawaa’idul-Fawaa’id, p. 159.
Uthaimeen Explaining an Aayah from Surah Kahf
August 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The Most High’s Saying, ‘But the enduring good deeds are better before your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope,’ [Kahf 18:46] ‘… enduring good deeds …’ are good statements or actions, like [saying], ‘Subhaanallaah,’ ‘Alhamdulillaah,’ ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah,’ ‘Allaahu Akbar,’ and, ‘Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah,’ and [are things like] giving charity, fasting, ordering the good and forbidding the evil and other such things – these, ‘… enduring good deeds …’ are, ‘… better before your Lord for reward …’ i.e., recompense and requital, and, ‘… better for [one’s] hope …’ i.e., the best thing a person can hope for.”
Tafsir Surah al-Kahf, p. 79.
Uthaimeen on This Life
June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is fitting that we do not incline towards this life and find reassurance in it, instead we should direct our energy to the abode of the Hereafter, and this is not incompatible with us taking pleasure in or enjoying what Allaah has made halaal for us, whilst being upright in our religion.”
Tafseer Surah al-Baqarah, vol. 3, p. 24.
Uthaimeen: A Person Will Be According to What He Becomes Accustomed To
March 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is fitting that a person be serious and resolute when he performs an action, carrying it out with strength and without slackness or laziness, in opposition to the actions of some people, where you will find that they face the actions [that they have to carry out] with weakness, negligence and laziness. And a person will be according to that which he becomes accustomed to, if he becomes accustomed to being firm-willed and having strength and not abandoning an action in the future then he will become resolute in his actions and will reach what he hopes for.”
Tafseer Surah as-Saafaat, p. 212.
Uthaimeen: How to Handle a Blessing or a Calamity That May Come Your Way
February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “If you are given a blessing then do not [just] take it as a blessing, becoming merry and happy. It is a blessing, there is no doubt about that, but know that you are being tested by it, [tested] to see whether you will give due thanks for it or not.
If some harm comes your way, then be patient, for that too is a trial and test from Allaah the Mighty and Majestic to test whether you will be patient or not. And if you are patient and hope for the reward from Allaah, then Allaah said, “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.”” [Zumar 39:10]
Tafsir Juzz Amma, p. 128.
They Recited, Ibn Baaz Explained and Then They Ate
February 16, 2012 § 1 Comment
Shaikh Khaalid ibn Abdur-Rahmaan ash-Shaayi’ said, “And I witnessed a Walimah the Shaikh had been invited to after ishaa. After he had taken his place he asked those present how they were and was introduced to them, he then said, ‘Who will read something from the Quraan to us?’ So it was as though everyone relied on the next person to read, and thus they gave no answer. So the Shaikh said, ‘Subhaanallaah! Why aren’t you desirous of the reward?’ So one of those there read something and after he finished reciting the Shaikh started to explain the excellence of reciting and then he explained the very verses that were recited. He then listened to some questions and answered them. After which he requested a second person to read, then a third, and he kept explaining the aayahs that were recited until the food was brought.”
Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 142.
February 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The Quraan was revealed for three things. The first: to worship Allaah by reciting it. Secondly, to ponder over its meanings. And thirdly, to take heed through it. Allaah, the Blessed and Most High, said, “[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” [Saad 38:29]
And it is not possible for anyone to ponder over the Quraan except by knowing its meaning, because the one who does not know the meaning is like the one who does not read.”
Tafsir Juzz Amma, p. 4.
January 25, 2012 § 1 Comment
Explaining the aayah:
“And those who say, ‘Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us a leader for the righteous.’” [Furqaan: 25:74]
Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘And Al-Farraa said, ‘He [i.e., Allaah, the Most High] said, ‘a leader’ and didn’t say, ‘leaders’ in the same way that He said, “[Both of you, i.e., Musaa and Haroon] Go to Pharaoh and say, ‘We are a messenger of the Lord of the worlds,’” [Shu’araa 26:16] and He didn’t say, ‘two messengers,’ and this is the singular through which the plural is meant.’’
Ibn al-Qayyim, commenting on this explanation of al-Farraa went on to say, ‘And this is the best of the sayings [explaining this point], except that it needs further elucidation.
And that [elucidation] is that the believers, all of them, are on one path, and their deity is one, and they are the followers of one Book, and one Prophet, slaves of One Lord, so their religion is one, and their Prophet is one, and their Book is one, and their deity is One–so it is as though all of them are one Imaam for those who come after them.’
Risaalatu Ibn al-Qayyim Ilaa Ahad Ikhwaanihi, [Ibn al-Qayyim’s Letter to One of His Brothers], pp. 14-15.
Six Conditions for a Righteous Action to Conform to the Sharee’ah
January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Righteous actions are those which conform to the Sharee’ah, and it is not possible that they conform to the Sharee’ah unless they agree with it in six things:
the reason/motive [for doing the action]
how it is performed
the time and
the place [it is performed in].”
Tafseer Surah al-Maa’idah, vol. 2, p. 366.
Two Different Types of Wudoo
January 5, 2012 § 3 Comments
Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “All of us perform wudoo when we want to pray. But most of the time a person does so just wanting to fulfill a condition of worship, and there is no harm in that and what is intended [i.e., being pure for prayer] is achieved by it.
But there is something higher and more complete.
When you want to perform wudoo, sense that you are obeying the Order of Allaah, mentioned in His Saying, the Most High,“O you who have believed! When you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and (wash) your feet to the ankles.” [Maa’idah 5:6] so that the meaning of worship can be realised in you.
Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 253.
You Want Greatness, Honour, Glory? Then do this
January 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Every description of glory and greatness and honour ascribed to the Quraan–every description–is also for the person who learns it. So whoever wants greatness then it is upon him to learn what is in the Quraan. And whoever wants honour in his speech, his wealth, his status, then it is upon him to learn what is in the Quraan. ”
Bukugh al-Maraam, vol. 5, p. 40.
It is You we worship and You we ask for help
December 28, 2011 § 2 Comments
Ibn al-Qayyim said, “How many times I would hear the Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah sanctify his soul, saying, “You [Alone] do we worship …” [Faatihah 1:5] repels ostentation, and, “You [Alone] do we ask for help …” repels grandeur/pride [kibriyaa].”
Madaarijus-Saalikeen, vol. 1, p. 54.
The Doctor of the Heart, Ibn al-Qayyim, on Allaah, the Most High’s, Reprimand of Those who Take The Devil as an Ally
December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Allaah, the Most High, said, “And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from [i.e., disobeyed] the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange.” Kahf 18:50
Commenting on this aayah, one of the things Ibn al-Qayyim said was:
“It is almost as though beneath this address there is an astonishing, delicate reprimand and it is that: I showed enmity to Iblees because he didn’t prostrate to your father Aadam with My Angels, so the enmity [I showed] was on your behalf, and then the final result of this enmity [which I showed on your behalf] is that between yourselves and him—you [went and] sealed a pact of reconciliation.”
Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa, p. 83.