“Who is as Fortunate as You?”

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On Useless Silence and the Whisperings of the Devil

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Being in a Constant State of Repentance

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Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is not right for morning or evening to come upon a believer except that he is in a state of repentance, because he does not know when death might surprise him. [Will it be] in the morning or the evening? Or will his soul be taken when he is performing an act of obedience or disobedience? So whoever comes upon morning or evening not in a state of repentance then he is in danger, since it is feared that he will meet Allaah not repenting and thus be gathered alongside the company of oppressors.”
Lataa’iful-Ma’aarif, p. 458.

The Order in Which Dhikr is Read

May 15, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Abdul-Kareem al-Khudair, may Allaah protect him said, “Attention should be paid to the issue of reading adhkaar in a particular set order. Many people are used to reading certain adhkaar in the morning and evening, and [also] other supplications at set times, and you will find that most of these words of remembrance are done in a particular order by them, [but] no narrations have been reported saying that this dhikr is to be said before that one [etc.]. You will find them reading it in a particular order their entire life whilst saying, ‘I’m not using this arrangement as a part of this act’s worship it’s just that if I change the order and say this one before that one or vice versa I forget some of them,’ if that is their intention then there is no problem with that but sometimes they should try to [change the order and] say one earlier and delay another in the order [they are said] and not use that arrangement as a part of that act’s worship.”

Sharh Mansaku Shaikhil-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah.

Uthaimeen On Persistence in Du’aa

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “One of the most important conditions of du’aa is sincerity to Allaah عزوجل, such that in his du’aa a person feels his destitution before his Lord, and knows that Allaah تعالى will answer his du’aa, He said, “When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them) …” [2:186] … and a person needs to be insistent in his du’aa and repeat it, even if a response to it is initially delayed, or delayed a second time, let him repeat it, for Allaah تعالى might not answer a servant [of His] the first time so that he increases in his supplication to his Lord and so that he feels the need for Him even more, and it is also a test for him—will he continue asking Allaah or will he become weary and stop? So be persistent in supplicating to your Lord, brother Muslim, for He loves those who are persistent in their du’aas …”

Noorun alad-Darb.

Sa’eed ibn Jubair

April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment


Hilaal ibn Yusaaf said that Sa’eed ibn Jubair entered the Ka’bah [at night] and read the whole Quraan in one rak’ah.

Mowsoo’ah Ibn Abid-Dunyaa, vol. 1, p. 115.

Uthaimeen On Repentance

April 1, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Turning back to Allaah is by feeling remorseful at what one has done, and wishing one hadn’t done the sin, and by resolving not to go back to it in the future—it is not a condition that a person doesn’t do that sin again, the condition is that he resolves not to go back to it—then if it does so happen that his soul entices him and he does it again, his initial repentance for that earlier sin is sound, but he must repent afresh from the following sin which he has just committed.”

Al-Liqaa ash-Shahri, 37.

Make Du’aa for Every Single Need

February 18, 2016 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “You must, Yaa akhi, supplicate to Allaah for all of your general and specific concerns, both the difficult and easy ones, and if the only thing to be gained from making du’aa was the fact that it was considered worship of Allaah, it would befit a person to covet it.”

Fatawa Arkaan al-Islaam, p. 45.

Uthaimeen On What to do When One’s Eemaan Deteriorates

November 25, 2015 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “If you see yourself relapse/deteriorate, pick yourself up by repenting and seeking Allaah’s Forgiveness and by asking Him to keep you firm, and don’t become careless, and neither say, “Inshaa Allaah, my eemaan will become stronger,” [without doing anything about it], instead from right now—from the moment you feel that you are ill—you must implement the cure.”

Tafseer Surah an-Nisaa, vol. 2, p. 53.

On Your Devil

October 20, 2015 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Qayyim said, “So whoever does not punish his devil in this abode through the remembrance of Allaah تعالى and tawheed, and seeking forgiveness from Him and obeying Him, then his devil will punish him in the Hereafter with the torment of the Fire—so everyone must punish his devil or else his devil will punish him.”

Badaa’i’ut-Tafseer, vol. 5, p. 450.

When the Act of Supplicating Becomes More Precious than the Actual Need You Were Supplicating For

September 13, 2015 § Leave a comment


 

The Shaikh of Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah grant him a place in Firdous, said, “… and its equivalent in this world is like someone who is facing a most severe calamity, or acute poverty or disquieting fear and so starts to supplicate to Allaah and implore Him humbly until Allaah then bestows upon him such pleasure in conversing with Him that it becomes more beloved to him than the original need he had been supplicating for—but he could not have known that initially so as to seek and yearn for it.”

Al-Fataawaa, vol. 1, p. 28.

Seeking Allaah’s Intercession by Mentioning One’s State of Affairs

April 4, 2015 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Seeking Allaah’s Intercession by [mentioning] one’s condition is allowed, an example of which is where Musa عليه الصلاة والسلام said, “My Lord! Indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.” [Qasas 28:24] So when a person seeks Allaah’s Intercession through the condition he is in then that state [of his] is a cause for Allaah to show compassion towards him and [to also provide him with divine] providence.”

Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 4, p. 533.

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.

The Soul’s Snares

November 30, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Beware of the soul’s snares. Every time you find one [setting up] in your heart, seek protection in Allaah عز وجل, and don’t try to rationalise it [in an attempt to dismiss it]—instead first and foremost seek shelter with Allaah عز وجل. Because Allaah taught us this, saying, ‘And if an evil whisper from Satan tries to turn you away, then seek refuge in Allaah.’ [Fussilat 41:36] So there is neither refuge nor shelter except with Allaah عز وجل.”

Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 1, p. 221.

Bad Thoughts

November 29, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “From Allaah’s Blessings is that if a person doesn’t lean towards or firmly establish what he thinks about [i.e., the bad thoughts one has], he will not be called to account over them no matter how severe they are. But if the Devil does throw such whisperings into your heart then your stance is to cure them through two things the Prophet ﷺ mentioned, the first is to seek refuge with Allaah from the Accursed Devil, and the second is to terminate and turn away from that [evil thought] which occurred to you.”

Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 1, p. 373.

’Uthaimeen on Du’aa

September 1, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “One of the conditions for one’s du’aa to be answered is that when a person supplicates he should feel as though he is in the most dire need of Allaah سبحانه وتعالى, and that Allaah تعالى Alone is the One who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and that He is the One who removes evil. As for a person who supplicates to Allaah عزوجل whilst feeling as though he can manage without Him سبحانه وتعالى and that he is not in need of Him and instead just asks Him as a habit [of his], then such a one is not worthy of being answered.”

Fataawa Arkaan al-Islaam, p. 60.

’Uthaimeen: “My Brothers, Finish Ramadaan by Turning to Allaah in Repentance from Having Sinned Against Him.”

July 26, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “My brothers, finish Ramadaan by turning to Allaah the Most High in repentance from having sinned against Him, and by returning to Him in repentance by doing what pleases Him, for no person is void of having mistakes or shortcomings, all of the Children of Aadam make mistakes and the best of those who do so are those who repent. And when He addressed him, Allaah the Mighty and Majestic urged the Prophet ﷺ to seek His forgiveness and to turn to Him in repentance, saying, ‘And turn to Allaah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.’”

Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan, p. 229.

Uthaimeen on Oaths

July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “I wish that a person wouldn’t swear by Allaah frequently. If he needs to take an oath let him couple it with [a mention of] Allaah’s Will, saying, ‘By Allaah, inshaa Allaah …’ for in doing so he attains two great benefits. The first is that Allaah will facilitate for him what he took an oath for, and the second is that if he is not able to fulfil it he doesn’t have to carry out an expiation [kaffaarah].”

Fataawa Nurun-’alad-Darb, vol. 11, p. 465.

Uthaimeen on Praying in the Area where People do Tawaaf when it is Crowded

May 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


Questioner: “If the area where tawaaf is performed is crowded [such that] the people are performing it behind the Maqaam of Ibrahim, does a person have the right to pray two rak’ahs amongst those doing tawaaf, obstructing their path [by doing so] and troubling them?

’Uthaimeen: He does not have that right, because the right of the people performing tawaaf is more deserving of being respected than that of the person who is praying, because it is possible for the person who is praying to do so in an area far from the place of tawaaf, such that he prays two rak’ahs [in this area far from the place of tawaaf] having the Maqaam between him and the House—but the person performing tawaaf only has this area [where he can perform tawaaf].”

Ahkaamul-Quraan al-Karim, vol. 1, p. 347.

Shaikh Uthaimeen: It is Not Proper that the Person Praying Behind an Imaam Should Make Any of his Recitation Heard

May 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is not proper that the person praying behind an Imaam should make any of his recitation heard, not in the silent prayers or the audible ones, nor when saying Allaahu Akbar or when praising Allaah or when supplicating, because he is following and is not the one who is being followed, and because by making his voice audible he will confuse the people around him.”

At-Ta’liq ’alaa al-Muntaqaa, p. 45.

’Uthaimeen on Spending Wealth While Alive and in Good Health

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Spending wealth while alive and in good health is better, more excellent and greater in reward, especially when it is spent on a good deed that is continual, like building a mosque, fixing roads, securing [the provision] of water, printing beneficial books or buying them and distributing them to those who will benefit from them.”

Ad-Diyaa al-Laami’ minal-Khutub al-Jawaami’, vol. 4, p. 236.

’Uthaimeen: Prepare to Meet Allaah by Examining Yourself

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person must prepare to meet Allaah عزوجل and know how he will meet Allaah—will he do so in a condition that pleases Him عزوجل or the opposite?

So examine yourself and know what state you are in.”

Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 478.

Ibn al-Qayyim on Contentment: The All-Wise’s Wisdom and Mercy Behind Decreed Things that One Dislikes

March 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Indeed every decreed thing that the servant hates and does not find favourable will not be exempt from either being a punishment for a sin, so it is a cure for a disease which if the All-Wise did not remedy with the cure would hurl him into destruction, or it is a reason for a blessing which would not be attained except through that adversity—the adversity will cease and disappear but the blessing that results from it is perpetual, never ceasing. So when the servant witnesses these two matters the door to being content with his Lord in everything that He decrees and ordains for him is opened up for him.”

Madaarijus-Saalikin, vol. 2, p. 205.

’Uthaimeen on Contentment

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When a person is given contentment he will remain rich, at ease, not looking at others, and what proves this is the fact that part of the perfection of the pleasure of the inhabitants of Paradise is that, “No desire will they have to be removed therefrom,” [Kahf 18:108] the lowest of them in rank will not want to be removed from what he is in, and he will think that there is no one in Paradise who has been blessed more than him, and this is from Allaah’s blessings on a servant, [i.e.,] that he be granted the ability by Allaah to be content—whether that be concerning his residence, his clothes, his mount [i.e., transport], or children.

As for if contentment is removed from his heart, then he is a pauper [miskeen].”

Sharh Bulugh al-Maraam, vol. 5, p. 272.

’Uthaimeen: “Whenever You Fulfil the Needs of Your Brother, Allaah will Fulfil Your Needs … Do not Belittle Anything.”

March 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Whenever you fulfil the needs of your brother, Allaah will fulfil your needs, so increase in performing good deeds, increase in acts of beneficence [ihsaan]—and do not belittle anything, even if it is only a little—the Prophet said, “[O Muslim women,] never belittle any gift you give your neighbour even if it is the hoof [فرسن] of a sheep.” [Bukhari and Muslim]. The فرسن is found in the hoof of a sheep and it is something trivial and insignificant, i.e., do not even belittle this negligible thing.”

Sharh Riyaadis-Saalihin, vol. 4, p. 295.

“Everything Which Leads to Hatred and Enmity Between the People, Then Verily the Legislation Categorically Prohibits it.”

March 8, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Everything which leads to hatred and enmity between the people, then verily the Legislation categorically prohibits it—because the Islamic religion is built upon harmony, love and loyalty between the Muslims.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti’, vol. 8, p. 143.

’Uthaimeen: “When You Ask Allaah You are a Winner in Every Situation.”

March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Be aware of the fact that when you ask Allaah you are a winner in every situation, because He سبحانه will either give you what you ask for or divert an evil which is greater [than what you asked for] away from you or He will store it away for you as reward on the Day of Resurrection. So whoever supplicates to Allaah then he will not be let down—so supplicate to Him a great deal, and seek forgiveness and turn in repentance to Him a great deal.”

Sharh Riyadis-Saalihin, vol. 6, p. 52.

’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.

Suffering from Depression? Feeling Down? Sad all the Time? ’Uthaimeen Explains the Solution

February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Indeed the Legislation orders us to keep away from everything which causes regret … Allaah سبحانه said:

“Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Satan, in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allah permits.” [Mujaadilah 58:10]

And Allaah تعالى only told us this so that we keep away from it, it was not merely a piece of information telling us that the Devil wants to cause us grief, no, what is meant is that we keep away from everything which causes grief. And for this reason the Prophet said, “When there are three people, two should not converse together to the exclusion of the third.” [Agreed upon]

So everything which brings about sadness in a person is forbidden …

The Prophet ordered a person who saw a dream that he disliked to dry-spit to his left three times and seek Allaah’s Refuge from its evil and the evil of the Devil and to then turn to the other side [to sleep on] and not to tell anyone about it and to perform ablution and pray—all of this so that a person can drive away all of these things [grief etc.] …

And that is why the Companions said that we used to see dreams and become ill because of them, but when the Prophet of Allaah told us this hadith … i.e., they relaxed and no worry remained.

So the Legislator wants us to avoid everything which brings about worry, grief, and sadness, and for this reason Allaah تعالى said:

“So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj.” [Baqarah 2:197]

Because disputes make a person defend himself and his thoughts change for the sake of the argumentation, and he will became worried and it will distract him from worship.

The point is always keep in mind the fact that Allaah عزوجل wants you to be happy all the time, far from grief.

And in reality a person has three situations: a past situation, a present and a future one. A person forgets the past and the worry that it had because it and what it contained is over, if it was a calamity, then say:

اللهُمَّ أْجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيبَتِي، وَأَخْلِفْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

“O Allaah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it,” [Muslim] and forget about it.

And for this reason He forbade wailing over the dead, why? Because it renews the grief and reminds one of it.

As for the future, its knowledge is with Allaah عزوجل, rely on Allaah and when issues come to you then seek their solution, but those things which the Legislator has ordered you to prepare for then prepare for them.

It is the present time which it is possible for you to deal with, try to keep away from everything that causes worry, grief and sadness so that you can always be relaxed and have an open breast, dedicating yourself to Allaah and worshipping Him and [dedicating yourself] to your worldly affairs and those connected to the Hereafter.

When you try this, you will relax.

As for tiring yourself over what has passed or worrying about the future in a manner the legislation has not allowed, then know that [if you do so] you will become exhausted and lose out on much good.”

Fathu Dhil-Jalaali wal-Ikraam bi Sharh Bulughil-Maraam, vol. 3, pp. 532-533.

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Ibn Baaz the Worshipper

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Ibn Baaz’s son Ahmad said to me, ‘For as long as I’ve known my father he would get up an hour before fajr and pray eleven rak’ahs.’”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 64.

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