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.
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.
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.
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.
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.