April 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “The Most High’s Saying, ‘Every day He has a matter to bring forth,’ [Rahmaan 55:29] He enriches the poor, and reduces to poverty the rich, He causes the healthy to become sick and the ailing to become healthy, gives sanctuary to the afraid and makes fearful those who were safe, and so on.
Allaah, the Most High, does that every day, such matters, without doubt, changing due to His Wisdom.
He, The Most High, said, ‘Thinketh man that he is to be left neglected?’ [Qiyaamah 75:36] So we believe that Allaah does not decree a matter but out of wisdom, only that sometimes we may know what it is and at others we don’t.”
Tafseer Surah Rahmaan, p. 314.
October 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
“There was no difference in his eyes between the rich and the poor, the noble and the lowly, an ambassador or minister, for they would all gather at his table, and everyone who ate with His Eminence would be looking here and there at the people’s faces due to the variety [of people present] and their differing languages, ranks and colours—so you would have an Arab, a foreigner, a black person, a white one, someone close, and another distant [and so on].
One time someone who knew the Shaikh said to him, ‘O Shaikh! Some of these people don’t know the manners of how to eat properly, and it’s not right/easy to sit with them, so if it would please you to sit away from them and put yourself at ease from them.’
So His Eminence, the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him said, ‘I’m the one who put the food out for them, and they came to me, my comfort is in eating with them, and the Prophet ﷺ used to eat with his Companions and the poor until the day he died, and I have an example in him, and I will carry on like this until I die—and whoever can’t handle that and doesn’t want to sit with them, I excuse him and he can go to someone else.’
And the amazing thing was that the affairs of this clearly large number of people would become organised, and the area allotted to them would suffice them, and the transport allocated for them would take them, their food would be arranged, as would their drinks, their sleep, their ablution, prayer, leaving, coming—and the secret to that, and Allaah knows best, is the correctness of this man’s, this Imaam’s intention, and that is what is apparent and Allaah is the One who knows the [inner] reality.”
Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz, pp. 101-102.
October 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
“His Eminence would welcome the poor and would not be pleased that any harm come to them, he would not stand until he had asked, ‘Have they finished [eating]?’ fearing that if he did so he may have ended up rushing them, and he would always ask his attendants, ‘Hopefully they weren’t short of anything? I hope the food that was put out was enough for them? How many serving dishes were laid out?’ So when it was said to him that it was enough and that there was [even] some left over, he would say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah,’ and would be pleased, saying, ‘Look for some [more] of the needy, and give them the remaining food.’
And I never heard him say a harsh or crude word, in fact, he would show joy to the poor and needy even though some of them would crowd him, and maybe take meat or fruit from in front of him, and the Shaikh wouldn’t say a word and would not stand up until it was said to him, ‘They have finished eating.’
And when they had finished, they would raise their hands supplicating for His Eminence, and part of what they would say was, ‘We ask Allaah to allow you to eat from the fruits of Paradise, may Allaah forgive you and your parents.’
Jawaanib min Seeratil-Imaam ’Abdul-’Aziz ibn Baaz, p. 101.
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.
March 7, 2013 § 3 Comments
’Awn ibn ’Abdullaah, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “I accompanied rich people and there was no one more depressed/sad than me, if I saw a man with a better garment than me and a better scent it would depress/grieve me—so I accompanied the poor and [finally] relaxed.”
Al-Hilyah, Tahdheebuhu, 2/95.
February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Know that being kind to the weak, the orphans and the young places mercy in the heart, and softness, and tenderness and [a feeling of] turning to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic which none except those who have tried this can grasp. So that which is fitting for you is that you have mercy on the young, that you have mercy on the orphans and that you have mercy on the poor so that there will be compassion and affection and mercy in your heart.”
Sharh Riyaadus-Saaliheen, vol. 3, p. 89.
January 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Dr. Naasir ibn Misfir al-Zahraani said, ‘Two years ago in 1417ah [1996ce], when the Shaikh travelled to Taif from Makkah, he opened his house [to receive guests] as usual, but no guests, or poor or needy people came during the first few days and this pained the Shaikh.
The reason many of them didn’t come was because they didn’t know he had arrived.
So he said to those working with him, ‘What is wrong with the people, why aren’t they coming? Are you preventing them from coming or closing the doors in their faces? What is the reason?’
They replied, ‘O Shaikh, many of them don’t know that you have arrived, and some of them like that you rest during your first few days.’
So he said, ‘Go and tell the people, and inform the neighbours—tell them the Shaikh invites you to come, and that his house is open for you!’
Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 172.