May 19, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr, may Allaah protect him, said, “If a person squanders the first part of the day which is the time of blessing, of being early, of excellence and the time when sustenance is sent down, then his day will be wasted, and whatever he does at its beginning will be true of and applicable to the rest of it, that is why it is imperative that a Muslim not waste the first part of the day by being sluggish, lazy or indifferent [to it].
The Salaf never knew sleep after Fajr, such that Ibn al-Qayyim said that if they were on a journey all night, in difficulty and hardship they would [still] not sleep after Fajr but would wait until the sun had risen and then sleep, doing all that in order to protect this excellent time which is after Fajr until just before the sun rises, this is a blessed time, an excellent time, and a time for the remembrance of Allaah تبارك وتعالى. The Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, would not spend it sleeping or being lazy or being half-hearted and such, but would persist in their adhkaar, in remembering Allaah, especially the tasbeeh [i.e., saying, ‘Subhaanallaah’] and other words of remembrance which have been reported in the Legislation.
And it has been reported in Sahih Muslim from Abu Waa’il Shaqeeq ibn Salamah that he said, ‘We went to Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood one morning after we had prayed Al-Ghadaah [i.e., Fajr] and we greeted him at the door, and he granted us permission (to enter). We stayed at the door for a while, then the slave girl came out and said, ‘Will you not enter?’ So we entered and found him sitting, reciting Tasbih. He said, ‘What kept you from entering when permission had been given to you?’ We said, ‘Nothing, except that we thought that some of the people of the household might be sleeping.’ He said, ‘Do you think there is idleness among the family of Ibn Umm Abd? [i.e., do you think Abdullah ibn Mas’ood’s family are heedless at that time and not remembering Allaah?]’ Then he went back to reciting Tasbih until he thought that the sun had risen and he said, ‘O girl, look and see whether it has risen.’ She looked and saw that it had not risen. Then he went back to reciting Tasbih until he thought the sun had risen and he said, ‘O girl, look and see whether it has risen.’ She looked and saw that it had risen. He said, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours to come when we are still in a state of soundness, and didn’t destroy us due to our sins.’”
Pay attention to this sentence, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours to come when we are still in a state of soundness, and didn’t destroy us due to our sins,’ when Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, said it, had the day finished or was it still at its very beginning?
Notice that as soon as the sun rose and while he was saying tasbeeh, saying Subhaanallaah, he then praised Allaah by saying, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours …’ most of the day still remains to come, he’s only at its beginning, so why did Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, say, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours …?’ Why did he make that statement?
I think the answer is clear to us all: he did so because whoever guards the start of the day then the rest of the day will be guarded for him, and that is why he said … even though he had only guarded the first part of the day with dhikr and tasbeeh until the sun rose and then he praised Allaah with this wording, saying, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours …’ even though the day is still ongoing, there is still a long time remaining, Duhaa time is still to come, Dhuhr time, Asr, a very long time still remains, only a very short time has passed, and yet he says, ‘Praise be to Allaah Who has caused this day of ours to come when we are still in a state of soundness, and didn’t destroy us due to our sins.’
From this we can derive a significant and important point of benefit: that whoever guards the first part of the day, the rest of the day will be guarded for him, whoever preserves the first part of the day the rest of it will be preserved for him. This is the reason the Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, would protect it and not waste it, the Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, knew the value of that part of the day and so they would attach great importance to it.
People in recent times don’t know the value of this time and so they are in a different state concerning it—in this day and age maybe the best time for most people to sleep is after Fajr, such that a person cannot miss it at all even if just for half an hour, even if he has to work, he must sleep for half an hour even though it does nothing to benefit him, makes his body slack, weakens it, doesn’t make him active, has no benefit attached to it, but [as we said] results in slackness, laziness, sluggishness, and yet along with that you will find that he never misses it, even though it is this time that the dhikr of Allaah تبارك وتعالى should be maintained.
So the point is that the Salaf, may Allaah have mercy on them, recognised the value of this excellent time and knew its standing, they knew its rank and so would guard it by remembering Allaah تبارك وتعالى.
Based upon that I say that all of us should learn the legislated adhkaar which have been reported and are established from our Prophet ﷺ and which it is recommended for us to say during the early morning and we should accustom ourselves to saying them everyday until it becomes something normal and habitual and which a person then feels he can’t break away from or leave, he should get himself used to that and stick to it always and by doing so he will be from those people who protect their remembrance of Allaah تبارك وتعالى at the start of the day.”
May 18, 2018 § Leave a comment
Questioner: How can a person protect his fast?
Al-Khudair: When a person visualises the excellence of fasting and the many rewards associated with it, and the greatness of opening the fast especially when it is an obligatory one, when he pictures that, then there is no doubt that he will strive to guard his fast from things that ruin it, and the Salaf used to guard theirs by staying in the mosque, since when a person is in his house or the place where he sits or mixes with other people he might be susceptible to things that could harm his fast, intentionally or unintentionally, but when he sits in the mosque—and the mosque is the house of every person who is conscious of Allaah—you can’t imagine him backbiting anyone, because he is conscious that it is a place of obedience and not sin, just as he will protect himself from harming himself in relation to things connected to his wife for example, because he is in the mosque etc., for this reason it was reported from the Salaf that they would guard their fasts by staying in the mosque.
May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Questioner: What words of advice do you direct to the Islamic Ummah concerning the month of Ramadan?
Ibn Baaz: بسم الله، والحمد لله، وصلى الله على رسول الله، وعلى آله وأصحابه، ومن اهتدى بهداه، أما بعد
Concerning the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadaan for this year 1414H/1993 I advise my brother Muslims in all places to fear Allaah, and to race to all that is good, to exhort one another to truth and to be patient in that, cooperating upon righteousness and taqwaa, being wary of everything that Allaah has forbidden, of all sins in all places, especially during this precious month, for it is a great month in which righteous deeds are multiplied, and the sins of the people who fast and stand in prayer during it out of sincere faith and seeking its reward from Allaah are forgiven, due to the saying of the Prophet ﷺ, “Whoever prays during the night in Ramadaan out of sincere faith and seeking its reward from Allaah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim] And his saying ﷺ, “When Ramadaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” And his saying ﷺ, “Fasting is a shield. When any one of you is fasting, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor raise his voice. If anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say, ‘I am fasting.’” And his saying ﷺ, “Allaah the Exalted and Majestic said: ‘Every act of the son of Adam is for him, the reward of every (good) deed of a person is multiplied tenfold, except fasting which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it. He has abstained from food and drink, and sexual pleasures for My sake. The one who fasts experiences two pleasures: he feels pleasure when he breaks his fast and he will be joyful when he meets his Lord, and surely the breath of someone fasting is better smelling to Allah than the fragrance of musk.”
And he ﷺ used to give his Companions the joyous news of Ramadaan’s arrival, saying to them, ‘The month of Ramadaan has come to you, a month of blessings, Allaah sends down Mercy in it, wipes away sins, answers supplications, boasts of you before His Angels, so show Allaah good from yourselves, for the wretched one is the one who is deprived of Allaah’s Mercy in it.’ And he ﷺ said, ‘Whoever does not give up evil and ignorant speech, and acting in accordance with it, then Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink,” reported by Bukhaari in his Saheeh and the hadiths about the excellence of Ramadaan and the encouragement to do extra [good] deeds in it are numerous.
So I advise my brother Muslims to remain steadfast during its days and nights and to compete [with each other] in all good deeds, amongst which is increasing in ones recitation of the Noble Quran with reflection and understanding and increasing how much one says Subhaanallaah … alhamdulillaah … Laa ilaaha illallaah … Allaahu Akbar … and astaghfirullaah and in how much one asks Allaah for Paradise and seeks refuge from the Fire and in all good supplications [in general].
Just as I also advise my brothers to increase in giving in charity, and in consoling the poor and needy, paying attention to producing one’s zakaah and giving it to those who deserve it, along with paying attention to calling to Allaah سبحانه, educating the ignorant, enjoining the good and forbidding evil with gentleness, wisdom and a good manner, whilst being careful of all sins and sticking to repentance and remaining steadfast upon the truth, doing so due to His Saying, ‘And turn to Allaah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed,’ [24:31] and His Saying, ‘Indeed those who say, ‘Our lord is Allaah,’ and then follow the straight path there is no fear, nor shall they grieve. Those are the companions of Paradise, abiding eternally therein as reward for what they used to do.’ [46:13-14]
May Allaah grant everyone success in doing that which pleases Him, and may He grant refuge to all from trials that lead one astray, and from the whispers of the Devil, indeed Allaah is the Magnanimous, Most Generous.
May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Questioner: Are there any particular legislated acts a Muslim should do to welcome the [arrival of the] month of Ramadan?
Ibn Baaz: Ramadaan is the best month of the year because Allaah سبحانه وتعالى singled it out by making it obligatory to fast during it and made it the fourth pillar of Islaam, and He legislated that the Muslims pray during its nights as the Prophet ﷺ said, “Islaam is built on five (pillars): testifying to (the fact) that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, establishing the Prayer, paying the Zakaah, Pilgrimage to the House (Ka’bah) and fasting [the month of] Ramadan.” [Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim] And he ﷺ also said, “Whoever prays during the night in Ramadan out of sincere faith and seeking its reward from Allaah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim]
I don’t know of anything specific to welcome Ramadaan apart from the fact that a Muslim should do so with joy, happiness, delight and thanks [shukr] to Allaah that He has allowed him to reach Ramadaan, and that He has granted him success in allowing him to be from the people who are alive to see it and who are competing to perform good deeds during it—for [even] reaching Ramadaan is a tremendous blessing from Allaah and for this reason the Prophet ﷺ would give his Companions the joyous news of its advent, clarifying its excellence and the huge reward that Allaah has prepared for the people who fast and stand in prayer during it. And it is legislated that the Muslim welcomes this precious month with sincere repentance and by preparing to fast and stand to pray in it with a sincere intention and truthful resolve.
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.”
May 14, 2018 § Leave a comment
Here is an application just launched yesterday of Imaam as-Sa’dee’s works, he was Shaikh Uthaimeen’s teacher, may Allaah have mercy on them both. It includes thirty books published for the first time and has his works on Tawheed, Aqidah, Tafseer, his sermons, da’wah, manners and so on. They have produced the app, which is in Arabic only, to a very high standard.
May 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr, said, “Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, ‘The emptiest houses are the ones most void of the Book of Allaah,’ [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah, 30024], i.e., the houses having the least amount of good and blessings in them are the ones where the Book of Allaah is not recited, which is something which wipes out the blessings of a house and draws the devils to it.”