“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.

“Let’s Pray Here at Home,” So Ibn Baaz Became Silent [Lowering his Head] and then Struck the Floor with his Walking Stick, and said …

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“An ambassador had invited the Shaikh to open his fast with him during Ramadaan, and so he did along with a group of guests. Then when he wanted to pray [maghrib] the host said, ‘We’ll pray in congregation [here] in the house, O Shaikh.’

So Ibn Baaz became silent [lowering his head], and then struck the floor with his walking stick and stood up saying, ‘‘Whoever hears the call and does not come, his prayer is not valid, except for those who have an excuse,’ [Ibn Maajah, Al-Albaani said, ‘Saheeh’] get up and go to the mosque.’

So they stood up, all of them, and prayed in congregation in the mosque.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz, Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ’Ibar, p. 42.

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.

’Uthaimeen on Steadfastness and Not Relying on Yourself

December 24, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is an obligation for a person to turn to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, because He is the One in whose Hands is the dominion of the heavens and the earth, so do not, for example, rely on the firmness of eemaan in your heart, relying on [the idea that] the Devil will not overcome you and that the desires of the soul that orders evil will not infiltrate you, rather always recourse back to Allaah, the Most High, and ask Him for steadfastness.”

Tafseer Surah Yaa Seen, p. 26.

’Uthaimeen on Good Manners

December 7, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The heaviest thing that can be placed on the scales in terms of dealing with people is good manners. Good manners are something expansive and can be employed in buying and selling, renting and leasing, in everything. So when good manners are a part of [one’s] conduct, then all dealings will be good.”

Fataawaa Nurun ’alad-Darb, vol. 6, p. 107.

’Uthaimeen on Women Growing Long Nails

December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ­­­­’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “I warn some of those women whose evil deeds—leaving their nails to grow and making them long—has been made alluring to them by Shaitaan. [I warn them] because it goes against the fitrah [one’s natural disposition] and the time the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم laid down for his nation, because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم set a time [limit for the trimming of] the nails, the pubic region and the armpits, and moustaches for men, of no more than forty days.”

Fataawaa Nurun ‘alad-Darb, vol. 11, p. 12.

Uthaimeen on Displaying Rituals of Happiness or Grief on the Day of Aashuraa

November 14, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The Day of ’Aashuraa is one of the Days of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, there is nothing that has been legislated concerning it except one thing which is the fast, and yet even then the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم gave the order to fast a day before or after it in order to be different to the Jews.”

Fataawaa Nurun-’Alad-Darb, vol. 2, p. 1199.

And he said, “The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked about fasting on the Day of ’Aashuraa and so he said, ‘It expiates the past year,’ i.e., the one before it.

No part of the Eed [celebrations] have a place on this day. So just as none of the rites of Eed are a part of it, none of the rites of grieving are either—displaying grief or happiness on this day is in opposition to the Sunnah, nothing has been reported from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم concerning this day except to fast it.”

Fataawaa fil-’Aqeedah, vol. 2, p. 1121.

Uthaimeen on Fasting ‘Aashuraa

November 8, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The Month of Allaah, al-Muharram, is the one between [the month of] Dhul-Hijjah and Safar, about which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘… the most excellent fast after (fasting) in the month of Ramadan is the fast in Allaah’s Month of al-Muharram …,’ and it is established that one should fast the 10th [Thu. 14th Nov. 2013], or the 10th and the 9th [Thu. 14th and Wed. 13th Nov. 2013], or the 9th, 10th and 11th [Wed. 13th, Thu. 14th, and Fri. 15th Nov. 2013] from it.”

Sharh Riyaadis-Saaliheen, vol. 5, p. 299.

The Encouragement to Fast in Muharram

November 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


“Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that he (the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked as to which prayer was most excellent after the prescribed prayer, and which fast was the most excellent after the month of Ramadan. He said, ‘Prayer offered in the middle of the night, and the most excellent fast after (fasting) in the month of Ramadan is the fast in Allaah’s Month of al-Muharram.’” [Muslim]

Ibn Rajab said, “… And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم called the month of Muharram, ‘Allaah’s Month,’ and its ascription to Allaah shows its distinction and excellence, for nothing is attributed to Him, the Most High, except the most elite of His creation, like His ascription of Muhammad, Ibrahim, Ishaaq, Ya’qoob and other Prophets to His ’Ubudiyyah, and He ascribed His House and His She-Camel to Himself.” [See Surah Shams, verse 13 for a mention of the She-camel.]

Lataa’iful-Ma’aarif, pp. 68-70.

Supplicating for Your Brothers

October 14, 2013 § 2 Comments


Imaam Ibn al-Jawzi, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “[The Companion] Abud-Dardaa used to supplicate for a group of his brothers every night.  And Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said to [Imaam] Shaafi’i’s son, ‘Your father is one of six for whom I supplicate every night before daybreak.’”

Saidul-Khaatir, p. 46.

Uthaimeen asked Whether Someone on Hajj Can Use ZamZam Water to Perform Ablution

October 13, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “If a person going on Hajj only has some ZamZam water with him when the time for prayer becomes due, can he perform wudoo [ablution] with it or should he perform tayammum [dry ablution] because ZamZam water is blessed and should only be drunk?”

He replied, “In a hadith from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم about ZamZam it is mentioned that, ‘The water of ZamZam is for whatever it is drunk for,’ but it has been said that from its blessings is that a person can purify himself with it for prayer, so it is permissible for him to perform ablution with it and there is no harm in that, and it is not permissible for him to turn away from that to tayammum as long as there is water present.”

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Uthaimeen on The Obligation of Performing Hajj As Soon as One is Able To

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “What is correct is that it is obligatory to carry out Hajj immediately if the conditions to make it obligatory [on a person] have been met, the proof is His Statement, the Most High, ‘And [due] to Allaah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House,’ [Aali-’Imraan 3:97] and [also] due to the hadith of Abu Hurairah, ‘Indeed Allaah has prescribed Hajj for you, so perform it.’ And the principle regarding an [imperative] order is that it be carried out immediately and that is why the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم became angry during the Ghazwah of Hudaibiyyah when he ordered them [i.e., the Companions] to come out of the state of Ihraam but they stalled [in carrying out the order], and [an order should be carried out straight away] because a person does not know what will befall him and because Allaah ordered us to race towards goodness and delaying doing so goes against what He commanded.”

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti’, vol. 7, p. 13.

Uthaimeen Asked About Performing Hajj on Behalf of Deceased Parents

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “My mother and father passed away when I was little and, bearing in mind that they were poor, I don’t know whether they performed Hajj or not, so what should I do?” He replied, “There is no Hajj on your parents in such a state and there is no deficiency in their religion which they are to be blamed for, and that is because Hajj is only obligatory on the person who is able to carry it out, due to Allaah’s Statement, the Most High, ‘And [due] to Allaah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House, for whoever is able to find a way thereto.’ [Aali-’Imraan 3:97]

But if you do want to perform Hajj or ’Umrah on their behalf, then start firstly with your mother and secondly, your father.”

Fataawaa Nurun-’ala-Darb, CD.

Uthaimeen on the Statement of Umar رضي الله عنه, ‘Whoever has been blessed in something, let him stick to it.’

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A very beneficial statement has been reported from ’Umar ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه which is, ‘Whoever has been blessed in something, let him stick to it,’ an amazing statement which if weighed against gold would outweigh it. Ya’ni [it means] when a person performs an action and he sees the blessing and the fruits [of carrying it out] he should stick to it. We can give an example of this through the condition of the student of knowledge who has started studying a book or revising it and who finds abundant good and finds that he is benefitting and profiting [from it], so we say to him, ‘Stick to that and finish it and don’t say, ‘This is [just] an abridged, small book.’”

Tafseer Surah Aali-’Imraan, vol. 2, p. 373.

The Blessings of ZamZam … He Memorised Umdatul-Ahkaam, Ar-Risaalah al-Far’iyyah and the Alfiyyah of Ibn Maalik in Ten Months

September 29, 2013 § 1 Comment


The Shaikh ’Ali ibn Muhammad an-Nahraari, the Judge, the Imaam, the Linguist, the Faqeeh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said about Zamzam water, “And there [in Makkah] I memorised Umdatul-Ahkaam and Ar-Risaalah al-Far’iyyah and the Alfiyyah of Ibn Maalik [which is just over one thousand lines of poetry on Arabic grammar and morphology] in about ten months—and when memorising [if something] became difficult for me, I would drink some Zamzam water, perform ablution and pray in the area between the Black Stone and the Door of the Ka’bah and supplicate [to Allaah], and I would [as a result successfully] memorise it.”

Ad-Daw al-Laami, 3/128.

Uthaimeen on The Intention to Fast Ramadaan

July 9, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The correct [opinion] is that an intention [to fast] Ramadaan is not required except on the first night alone because the rest [of the month] follows on from that, unless he intends to break it due to the presence of something which allows him to do so, and so he does break it and then resumes fasting again during the month, here he must renew his intention.”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Haqiqatis-Siyaam, p. 170.

Striving Against the Devil

June 19, 2013 § 1 Comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, ‘Striving [JIhaad] against the Devil consists of two steps: that a person strives against him to repel uncertainties and doubts, and that he strives against him to repel corrupt intentions and desires.’”

Mukhtaaraat min Zaadil-Ma’aad, p. 116.

Uthaimeen on Fasting in Sha’baan, the Month Before Ramadaan

June 10, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The people of knowledge said, ‘Fasting Sha’baan is like the Rawaatib Sunnahs in relation to the prescribed prayers, they act as an introduction to Ramadaan,’ i.e., they are like a raatibah [Sunnah] for Ramadaan, that’s why fasting in Sha’baan has been established as a Sunnah.

And the six days of fasting in Shawwaal [i.e., the month after Ramadaan] have been established as a raatibah [Sunnah] before the prescribed fast [of the coming year’s Ramadaan] and after [the Ramadaan that has just passed].

And fasting in Sha’baan has another benefit which is to settle the soul and prepare it for fasting so that it is ready for the fast of Ramadaan and so that it is easy for it to perform it.”

Fatawaa Arkaanil-Islaam, p. 491.

Uthaimeen on How Your Islaam Can Either Stay or Vanish Completely

May 21, 2013 § 1 Comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The blessing of [having/believing in] the Islamic religion is like any other blessing: if you are grateful [for it] it will increase, become established and firm, and if you are thankless it will decrease or disappear.”

Sifatus-Salaah, p. 8.

Ibn Baaz on Throwing Leftovers Away

April 4, 2013 § Leave a comment


Questioner: Regarding leftover food, some people put it in a carton or something similar and then place it in the street so the animals can eat it but then the cleaners come and place it along with the rest of the rubbish. The question is whether it is permissible to put the food with the garbage?

Ibn Baaz: It must be given to the poor who can eat it if they can be found, if they cannot be found then it must be left in a place far from where it will be mistreated so that the animals can eat it, if that is not possible then it must be stored in a carton or plastic bags etc., and those responsible in each city’s municipality should place it in clean areas so that the animals can eat it or so that people can take it for their animals, [this should be done] in order to safeguard the food from being debased and wasted.

Majmoo’ Fataawaa Ibn Baaz, vol. 23, p. 41.

Uthaimeen Asked Whether The Presence of Dust is a Condition for Tayammum

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “Does the performance of Tayammum with the earth require that there be dust?” He replied, “According to the most correct opinion, tayammum with the earth does not require dust because Allaah, the Most High, said, ‘… then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it],’ [Nisaa 4:43] and this is general [and applicable] to all times, and it is known that people who are travelling may be on sandy land which is not dusty … they may be present at a time of rain and when the earth is wet and so there won’t be any dust.  So what is correct is that dust is not a condition.”

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Ibrahim an-Nakha’ee on Getting to the Mosque on Time for Prayer

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment


From Ibrahim an-Nakha’ee, may Allaah have mercy on him, who said, “When you see a man neglectful of the opening takbeer [of the prayer], wash your hands of him.”

Sifatus-Safwah, 3/60.

Uthaimeen on A Person Always Scrutinising Himself

March 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “It befits a person to always inspect himself as to whether he is upright or not, if he is then he praises Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and extols Him and asks Him to keep him firm [upon that righteousness], and if he is not upright he must become upright and he must change [the manner of] his progression to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.”

Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 263.

Uthaimeen on Why We Say, “[I ask You for] Your Forgiveness,” Upon Leaving the Toilet

March 2, 2013 § 1 Comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked about the statement of some scholars that the significance of a person’s saying, “[I ask You for] Your Forgiveness [غُفْرَانَكَ],” upon leaving the toilet is due to the fact that since he had been prevented from remembering Allaah at that time it is befitting for him to seek Allaah’s Forgiveness [for that upon leaving], is that correct?

He replied, “That is debatable, because the person [in question] has only been prevented from remembering Allaah due to an order from Allaah, and if it is due to Allaah’s order then he has not exposed himself to punishment, in fact [by doing so] he has put himself forward for a reward, that is why a menstruating woman does not pray or fast: when she then becomes clean is it a part of the Sunnah for her to seek Allaah’s forgiveness for not having prayed and fasted during her menstrual days? Absolutely not, no-one has ever said that.

Based upon this, it becomes clear that the significance [of saying, “[I ask You for] Your Forgiveness [غُفْرَانَكَ],” upon leaving the toilet] is that when a person has unburdened himself from something harmful to the body he calls to mind the harm of sinning, and so asks Allaah to lighten the harm done by sinning just as He has favoured him by lightening the harm to the body, and this is a meaning which is appropriate in terms of remembering a certain thing through another.”

Majmoo’ Rasaail wa Fataawaa ash-Shaikh Ibn ’Uthaimeen, 11/107.

Upon Entering the Mosque Pray Two Rak’ahs When the Adhaan is Being Called or Wait Till the Muadhin Finishes?

February 17, 2013 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “If I enter a mosque and the muadhin is making the call to prayer do I have to follow the muadhin [i.e., repeat what he is saying after him] or should I perform the [two rak’ahs which have to be performed upon entering the mosque which are called] tahaiyyatul-Masjid?

So he replied, “Apart from the second adhaan of the [day of] Jumu’ah , when a person enters [the mosque] and the muadhin is making the call to prayer he should answer the muadhin [i.e., repeat after him as is reported in the Sunnah] and then when he finishes he can perform the [two rak’ahs of] tahaiyyatul-Masjid.

As for the second adhaan on Friday then he does not follow the muadhin but prays the [two rak’ahs of] tahaiyyatul-Masjid so that he can finish and be free to listen to the sermon, because listening to the sermon is obligatory and answering [i.e., repeating after] the muadhin is a sunnah.”

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Ibn al-Qayyim on the Fact that Wasting Time is More Severe than Death

February 6, 2013 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Wasting time is more severe than death, for wasting time cuts you off from Allaah and the Abode of the Hereafter, whereas death cuts you off from the dunyaa and its people.”

Fawaaidul-Fawaaid, p. 458.

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