“Cheerfully, with Formidable Desire and Intense Happiness …”

April 22, 2018 § Leave a comment


“Abdullah Ibn Abbaas said, ‘It is detested that a man stands to pray lazily, he should rather stand for it cheerfully, with formidable desire, intense happiness, for he is confiding privately in Allaah, and Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, is in front of Him and forgiving him and answering him when he supplicates,’ and he recited this verse, ‘And when they [i.e., the hypocrites] stand to pray they do so lazily.’’” [4:142]

At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, no. 1904.

On Not Being Scared that You Could Enter the Fire

April 21, 2018 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Anyone who isn’t afraid that he might be in the Fire is deceived and has deemed himself secure from Allaah’s Plan.” [cf. Quran 7:99]

Siyaru A’laamin-Nubalaa. vol. 6, p. 291.

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.

When They Threw Prophet Yusuf Into the Well

April 16, 2018 § Leave a comment


“… Ayyub ibn Suwaid narrated from Ibn Shawdhab who said, ‘When Yusuf عليه السلام was thrown into the well, he said:

حَسْبِيَ اللهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيْل
‘Allaah is sufficient for me! And He is the Best Disposer of Affairs.’

—and the water had been putrid but became pure, salty but then became sweet.’”

Mawsoo’ah Ibn Abid-Dunyaa, vol. 2. p. 220.

Searchable Lane’s Lexicon Text File

April 16, 2018 § 1 Comment


Here is an excellent website with over forty dictionaries you can search. One of the best parts about it is the fact that Lane’s Lexicon is actually searchable as a regular text file, not as a generic PDF image file, so you can actually type in an English or Arabic word and it will take you straight to it.

Try it here.

Uthaimeen on Always Thinking About the Evil Eye

April 13, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen said, “The Evil Eye is true and something established, and if there was something that would’ve outdone qadar it would’ve been the Evil Eye. What is there that can repel its evil?

A number of things: firstly, that a person uses the legislated supplications which are recited in the morning and evening. Secondly: That he doesn’t pay it attention and that it shouldn’t be on his mind, because perhaps if he does pay it attention and it is on his mind, that thought might overcome him until he is afflicted by it or starts thinking that he is afflicted by it when he isn’t. A person must be strong, reliant upon Allaah عز وجل, entrusting his affairs to Him.”

At-Ta’leeq ala Saheeh Muslim, vol. 1, pp. 654-655.

“Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah.’ So he replied …”

April 5, 2018 § Leave a comment


Ibn Asaakir reported from Abdur-Rahmaan al-Muhaaribi that he said, “A man was on his deathbed and so it was said to him, ‘Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah.’ So he replied, ‘I can’t, I used to accompany people who would order me to abuse Abu Bakr and Umar.’”

Al-Buhoor Az-Zaakhirah fi Uloomil-Aakihrah, vol. 1, p. 78.

Al-Hasan’s Patience and Humility Upon Being Abused

April 4, 2018 § Leave a comment


Awf said, “A man verbally abused al-Hasan excessively so al-Hasan said to him, ‘You’ve left things out. And what Allaah knows [about my shortcomings] is even more.’”

Al-Mujaalasah wa Jawaahirul-Ilm, vol. 8, p. 34.

When Sworn at or Verbally Abused

April 3, 2018 § Leave a comment


A man came and abused al-Ahnaf ibn Qais but he remained silent. Then he reviled him again persistently but al-Ahnaf still stayed quiet. So the man then said, “O what regret! Nothing stops him from answering me back except how worthless I am in his eyes.”

Al-Mujaalasah wa Jawaahirul-Ilm, vol. 8, p. 28.

Uthaimeen on The Heart

April 2, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When you are afflicted with a physical illness, you knock on every doctor’s door for a cure and are patient with any pain that you must endure due to an operation [if needed] and [you are also patient] with the bitter taste of the medicine [you take]—so why don’t you do the same concerning your heart’s illness which was caused by sinning?”

Aqidatu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, p. 42.

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.

On Being Deceived

March 28, 2018 § Leave a comment


Haatim al-Asamm said, “Don’t be deceived by a virtuous place, for there is no place more virtuous than Paradise and yet Aadam faced what he faced there.

And don’t be deceived by an abundance of worship because Iblees met what he met with after lengthy worship.

And don’t be deceived by a wealth of knowledge because Bul’aam Ibn Ba’ura faced what he faced even though he knew Allaah’s Greatest Name [al-Ism al-A’dham].

And don’t be deceived by meeting the righteous or seeing them for there was no one more righteous than the Prophet ﷺ yet his enemies or the hypocrites didn’t benefit from meeting him.”

Madaarijus-Saalikeen, vol. 1, p. 510.

Don’t Be Dazzled

March 26, 2018 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When you do something [good] don’t be amazed at it and say, ‘Now I’m safe from the Fire and deserve Paradise,’ because Allaah said, ‘… those expect the Mercy of Allaah …’ [2:218] so they do these important actions yet despite that their hearts are full of hope, i.e., they rely on the strength of their hope in Allaah, not on their deeds. That is why Allaah, the Most High, said, ‘And they who give what they give while their hearts are fearful because they will be returning to their Lord,’ [23:60] i.e., fearful that it will not be accepted from them.”

Ahkaam minal-Qur’aanil-Kareem, vol. 2, p. 124.

Abu Mu’aawiyah al-Aswad

May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Mu’aawiyah al-Aswad: one of the great Awliyaa of Allaah, he accompanied Sufyaan ath-Thawree, Ibrahim Ibn Adham and others, and it was said that he went blind but that when he wanted to recite the Quraan he would then, with Allaah’s permission, be able to see the mushaf.”

Siyaar A’lam an-Nubalaa, vol. 9, p. 78.

While You’re Asleep …

April 28, 2017 § Leave a comment


Khalaf ibn Hishaam, one of the reciters of the ten dialects, said, “I went to Sulaim ibn Isa to recite to him. One day when reciting I reached Surah Ghaafir and when I got to the Most High’s Statement:

“Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [Allah] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord! You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge! So forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire!” [Ghaafir 40:7]

He started crying severely, and then said to me, ‘O Khalaf! Don’t you see how great the right of a believer is? You will see him sleeping on his bed and the Angels are seeking forgiveness for him.’”

Wafayaatul-A’yaan, 2/142.

Sulaim Ibn Itr

April 26, 2017 § Leave a comment


Ibn Kathir said, “And one of the most extraordinary things is what Abu Ubaid related from Sa’eed Ibn Ufair from Bakr Ibn Mudar, [which was that] Sulaim ibn Itr At-Tujini would finish reciting the entire Quraan three times in one night and would also have marital relations with his wife three times in the same night.

When he passed away, his wife said, ‘May Allaah have mercy on you. You used to please your Lord and satisfy your family.’ She was asked, ‘How so?’ She replied:

‘He would stand to pray in the night and then finish the entire Quraan, then he would have marital relations with his wife and then perform ghusl. Then he would go back and recite until he finished the entire Quraan, then he would have marital relations with his wife and then perform ghusl. Then [again] he would go back and recite until he finished the entire Quraan, and then have marital relations with his wife, then perform ghusl and leave for the morning prayer.’

I [Ibn Kathir] say: Sulaim ibn Itr was a most distinct taabi’i, trustworthy and noble. He was a Qadi in Egypt during the reign of Mu’awiyah … Abu Haatim said that he narrated from [the Companion] Abud-Dardaa … and Ka’b Ibn Alqamah said, “Sulaim ibn Itr was one of the best of the Taabi’een.’”

Tafseer Ibn Kathir, vol. 1, p. 81.

False Hope and Wishful Thinking | 1

April 25, 2017 § Leave a comment


The scholar, the worshipper, the Zaahid, Shumait ibn Ajlaan said, “I heard my father saying:

‘Verily the believer says to himself: ‘It’s only [a matter of] three days.

Yesterday and what it contained has passed.

Tomorrow is [false] hope which you might not reach. If indeed you are from tomorrow’s people then [rest assured] tomorrow will come along with its provision.

Before tomorrow [even arrives there] is a day and night [i.e., the current day] in which many souls will perish—maybe you [too] will be one of those who do.

Each day’s worry is enough [to handle].

But you went and burdened your weak heart with years and ages worth of worry, the worry of prices increasing and falling, the worry of winter before winter even came, and that of summer before it did.

What, then, have you left for your weak heart in terms of its hereafter?

Every day your appointed term decreases yet you are not worried.

Every day you fully collect all your sustenance yet you are not worried.

You have been given what suffices you but yet seek what will cause you to transgress.

Not with a little are you content, and nor with plenty are you satisfied.

And how can a scholar not perceive his own ignorance when he has failed to give thanks for what he [already] has and is deceived into asking for yet more?

Or how can he whose desires do not cut off from the dunyaa and whose craving for it does not end work for the Hereafter?

How totally and utterly strange that someone believes in the Home of [Eternal] Life yet strives [instead] for the Abode of Deception!’’”

Qisarul-Amal, pp. 56-58.

“Forty-Five Years Have Passed Now and …”

September 21, 2016 § Leave a comment


The Muhaddith, the Allaamah Hammaad al-Ansaari, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “In reality, I haven’t met a man who, in numerous fields, possesses such abundant knowledge as Dr. [Taqiyud-Deen] al-Hilaali—forty-five years have passed now and I’ve not seen anyone like him.”

Sabeelur-Rashaad fi Hadyi Khairil-Ibaad, vol. 1, p. 6.

Ibn Baaz Called Him, “My Shaikh in Tawheed.”

September 20, 2016 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Ibn Baaz said about Shaikh Taqiyud-Deen al-Hilaali, may Allaah have mercy on them both, “My Shaikh in tawheed.”

Sabeelur-Rashaad fi Hadyi Khairil-Ibaad, vol. 1, p. 27.

Happiness

September 18, 2016 § Leave a comment


The Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person’s happiness lies in doing what he has been ordered, refraining from what he has been forbidden and submitting to what has been decreed.”

Al-Fataawa, vol. 8, p. 453.

“A Person is in Need of Knowledge Right up Until He Dies.”

September 17, 2016 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person is in need of knowledge right up until he dies.”

Majmoo al-Fataawa, vol. 6, p. 71.

Uthaimeen On Worry and Regret

March 26, 2016 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person shouldn’t open himself up to worry and regret, because that will upset him and spoil his life and maybe even his religion, that is why the Prophet ﷺ said about a person who has had something he dislikes happen to him even after carrying out all available means, ‘Don’t say, ‘If …,’ for (saying), ‘If …,’ opens (the door) to the deeds of Satan.’”

Sharh Buloogh al-Maraam, vol. 11, p. 69.

Memorising the Quraan will Be Difficult Unless …

March 18, 2016 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Muhammad Atiyyah Saalim said, “And I heard the Shaikh [i.e., Shaikh Muhammad al-Ameen al-Mukhtaar ash-Shinqiti, author of the tafseer, ‘Adwaaul-Bayaan’], may Allaah have mercy on us and him, make the following statement, ‘The Quraan will not become firmly established in one’s chest, nor will memorising it become easy, and neither understanding it, except by standing in prayer with it in the depth of the night,’ and he, may Allaah have mercy on him, would not leave his set portion of recitation during the night whether in summer or winter.’”

Tatimmah Adwaa’ul-Bayaan fi Eedaah al-Quraan bil-Quraan, p. 613.

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.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 43: Aishah’s Eating Habits and the Time She Started Crying رضي الله عنها

January 14, 2016 § Leave a comment


“Abu ’Imraan al-Jooni said that a man gave some Jawaarshan from Iraq as a gift to Aaishah. When they put it in front of her she said, ‘What is this?’

They said, ‘Something they make in Iraq which helps digest food.’

So she cried and said, ‘By Allaah! I’ve not eaten my fill since my beloved ﷺ passed away.’”
Al-Joo, p. 130.

For the narration of Ibn ‘Umar and the Jawaarshan, see here, and for No. 42, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 41: Imaam ash-Shaafi’i’s Eating Habits

January 14, 2016 § Leave a comment


Imaam an-Nawawee, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Imaam ash-Shaafi’i said, ‘I have not eaten my fill for sixteen years, except one time which I discarded there and then,’ and in another narration, ‘… for twenty years …’”
Tahdheeb al-Asmaa wal-Lughaat, vol. 1, p. 54.

See here for No. 40.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 40: They Were Slim

January 12, 2016 § Leave a comment


When asked to describe Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, Aishah رضي الله عنها said amongst other things, “… slim …”
At-Tabaqaat al-Kubraa, vol. 3, p. 140.

“A man said to al-Hasan, ‘O Abu Sa’eed! Describe Uthmaan [ibn Affaan رضي الله عنه] to us?’ So he said, ‘… he had a slim body.’”
Mu’jam as-Sahaabah, vol. 4, 329.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “… Maalik ibn Yakhaamir said, while describing [the Companion] Abu ’Ubaidah [ibn al-Jarraah رضي الله عنه], ‘He was a slim man .…’”
Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 1, p. 7.

Al-Madaaini said about the Companion Bilaal رضي الله عنه, “… slim …”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 10, p. 478.

“Zaid ibn Wahb said, ‘I was sitting with some people with Umar when a slim man came along [i.e., the Companion Ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه] …’”
At-Tabaqaat al-Kubraa, vol. 3, p. 115.

The Companion, Shujaa’ ibn Wahb رضي الله عنه who fought at Badr: ’Uthmaan al-Jahshee said about him, “… and he was a slim man …”
At-Tabaqaat al-Kubraa, vol. 3, p. 69.

The Companion, Abu Dharr al-Ghifaari رضي الله عنه, “He was slim …”
Al-Isaabah fi Tamyeez as-Sahaabah, vol. 7, p. 107.

The Companion, ’Abdullaah ibn az-Zubair رضي الله عنه: Ibn Abid-Dunyaa said about him, “… and Ibn az-Zubair was slim …”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 28, p. 245.

“The Companion, Hakeem ibn Hizaam ibn Khuwailid al-Qurashi, al-Asadi رضي الله عنه, he fought at the Battle of Badr as a mushrik and became a Muslim during the year of the Conquest of Makkah, when he would take an oath he would say, ‘No! By the One who saved me from being killed on the Day of Badr!’ ‘He was slim …’”
Taarikh al-Islaam, vol. 2, p. 484.

“Sa’eed ibn ’Ufair said about the Khalifah ’Umar ibn ’Abdul-’Aziz, ‘… he had a slim body …’”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 45, p. 133.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “’Aamir ibn Sharaaheel, ash-Sha’bi, The Imaam, the ’Allaamah of his time … Ibn Sa’d said, ‘Ash-Sha’bi was slim ….’”
Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 4, p. 300.

Al-Hasan ibn al-Hussain al-Bazzaar said about the Shaikh of Islaam, Imaam al-Bukhaari, “… he had a slim body …”
Al-Kaamil fi Du’afaa ar-Rijaal, vol. 1, p. 227.

“And [Imaam] ash-Shaafi’i was slim …”
Al-Waafi bil-Wafayaat, vol. 2, p. 124.

“[Imaam] Abu Hanifah was slim.”
Maghaani al-Akhyaar fi Sharh Asaami Rijaal Ma’aani al-Aathaar, vol. 3, p. 122.

The great Muhaddith and Imaam of the Scholars of Hadith, Ibn Hajr as-Asqalaani, “… had a slim body …”
Shadharaat adh-Dhahab, vol. 7, p. 273.

Abu Bakr Ahmad ibn Kaamil al-Qaadi said about the great mufassir, Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Jarir at-Tabari, “… he had a slim body ….”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 52, p. 205.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “’Abdullaah ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Qudaamah al-Maqdisi, the Shaikh of Islaam [d. 620 ah]: In his book on seerah, Ad-Diyaa said about him, ‘… he had a slim body …’”
Taarikh al-Islaam wa Wafayaat al-Mashaahir wal-A’laam, vol. 13, p. 601.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Zur’ah ar-Raazi ’Ubaidullaah ibn ’Abdul-Kareem: the Imaam, the Sayyidul-Huffaadh, The Muhaddith of ar-Rayy—… Abul-Hussain said about him, ‘… slim …’”
Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 13, p. 77.

Ibn Hajr said, “Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Yahya at-Tarsoosee, Abu Muhammad: well known as, ‘The weak one,’ due to how much he used to worship, and it is said he was slim … trustworthy [thiqah].”
Taqreeb at-Tahdheeb, vol. 1, p. 322.

Burhaanud-Deen al-Fazaari, one of Imaam Dhahabi’s teachers, “And he was slim …”
Al-Manhal as-Saafi wal-Mustawfi ba’d al-Waafi, vol. 1, p. 100.

As-Suyuti said, “Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Khawlaani, the Seebawaih of his time … he was slim …”
Bughyatul-Wu’aah, vol. 1, p. 174.

For No. 39, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 39: Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarraah, The Ameen of The Ummah رضي الله عنه

January 10, 2016 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “… Maalik ibn Yakhaamir said, while describing [the Companion] Abu ’Ubaidah [ibn al-Jarraah رضي الله عنه], ‘He was a slim man .…’”

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 1, p. 7.

See here for No. 38.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 38: The Haafidh, The Imaam, The Hujjah, Abu Hamzah as-Sukkari said, “I’ve Not Eaten My Fill for Thirty Years, Unless …”

January 10, 2016 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Hamzah as-Sukkari [d. 167 AH]: the Haafidh, the Imaam, the Hujjah, Muhammad ibn Maimoon, al-Marwazi, the Scholar of Merv [a city in current day Turkmenistan]. An-Nasaa’i said about him, ‘Trustworthy [thiqqah].’ Al-’Abbaas ibn Mus’ab al-Marwazi said about him, ‘Abu Hamzah was someone whose du’aas would be answered.’

Mu’aadh ibn Khaalid said, ‘I heard Abu Hamzah as-Sukkari saying, ‘I’ve not eaten my fill for thirty years, unless I had a guest.’’”

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 7, pp. 385-387.

For No. 37, see here.

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