Uthaimeen on Not Giving Reminders During Taraaweeh

May 28, 2018 § Leave a comment


Ibn Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked: Here in Kuwait we have a reminder after four rak’ahs during the night prayer, is that allowed? And if it is, how is this reminder to be conducted?

Uthaimeen: I hold that it should not be done. Firstly, because it isn’t from the Salaf’s guidance. Secondly, because some people like to come to tahajjud and then leave to go home [as soon as it’s finished]. Having a reminder hinders them, bores them, and forces them to stay to listen to it.

If a reminder is not received well then its harm is more than its benefit, and that is why the Prophet ﷺ used to look after his Companions by preaching to them at suitable times and wouldn’t make it burdensome for them or repetitive. So I hold that leaving it is more correct. And if the Imaam does intend to preach to the people then let him do it at the end, when the prayer has completely finished.

Source.

Also see Shaikh al-Albaani’s answers here and here, and another of Shaikh Uthaimeen’s answers here.

 

Excellent Phone App of Imaam Sa’dee’s Works

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.

See here for the app on Android and Apple.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“I’m a Scholar.”

December 16, 2015 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Everyone, no matter what level they have reached, is in need of Allaah عز وجل for guidance, so let no one say, ‘I’m a scholar,’ ‘I’m a worshipper,’ thereby relying on himself and being conceited, he must instead recognise the extent of Allaah’s Blessings on him in terms of the guidance that He has given him, for how many people there are whom Allaah has misguided despite their strength and intellect.”

Tafseer Surah as-Saaffaat, p. 268.

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.

’Uthaimeen on the Du’aa for Finishing the Recitation of the Quraan During the Night Prayer

July 15, 2015 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “What is the ruling concerning the du’aa for finishing the recitation of the Quraan in the night prayer in Ramadaan?”

He replied, “I don’t know of any Sunnah from the Prophet ﷺ or the Companions either connected to finishing the recitation of the Quraan during the qiyaam al-lail in Ramadaan. The most that has been narrated about that is that Anas ibn Maalik, may Allaah be pleased with him, would gather his family and supplicate when he would finish reciting the whole Quraan, and that was not in the prayer.”

Fataawaa Arkaan al-Islaam, p. 354.

Also see Shaikh al-Albaani’s answer on the same topic here.

’Uthaimeen on Opening One’s Fast with an Odd Number of Dates

June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen was asked, “I’ve heard that when opening his fast, a person must do so with an odd number of dates, i.e., five or seven and so on, so is that obligatory?”

He replied, “It is not obligatory, in fact it is not even Sunnah for a person to break his fast with an odd number of dates like three or five or seven or nine except for the day of Eed al-Fitr, for it has been established that the Prophet ﷺ would not go to the prayer on the day of Eed al-Fitr until he had eaten an odd number of dates. The Prophet ﷺ would not purposefully intend to eat an odd number of dates in other situations.”

Nurun ’alad-Darb, 354.

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.

“Every Day He Has a Matter to Bring Forth.”

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.

Imaam Si’dee and the Camel-Driver’s Pack of Cigarettes

January 21, 2015 § Leave a comment


 

“When the people of ’Unaizah bought firewood, the camel-driver would bring it inside the house and after he’d finished the household he brought it to would leave some water and dates for him. Upon eating and drinking, the camel-driver would close the house’s door firmly intending thereby to let them know that he had left. One time the Shaikh رحمه الله [i.e., Imaam Si’dee, who was ’Uthaimeen’s teacher] bought some firewood and when the camel-driver left, our father [Imaam Si’dee] came out intending to close the door behind him.

On his way to the door, the Shaikh found a pack of cigarettes in the courtyard which the camel-driver had dropped, so he took the pack, opened the door and called him, saying, ‘Is this yours?’

After some hesitation the camel-driver replied, ‘Yes, it’s mine. But, O Shaikh, do you know what’s inside it?’

The Shaikh said, “Yes, cigarettes.’

‘And you’re giving them to me, O Shaikh?’ said the camel-driver.

‘Yes, because if you don’t find this pack you’ll go and buy another one with the money you made by selling that firewood and you will then cause your children to go hungry and prevent them from getting some sustenance—and Allaah سبحانه is the One who guides.’

So the camel-driver said, ‘Bismillaah …,’ took the pack and threw out the cigarettes that were inside, saying ‘O Allaah! I turn in repentance to You and I will never smoke again.’”

Mawaaqif Ijtimaa’iyah min Hayaatish-Shaikh, al-’Allaamah ’Abdir-Rahmaan bin Naasir as-Si’dee, pp. 68-69.

Being Too Embarrassed To Ask Questions

December 16, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person shouldn’t feel shy about asking questions, whether the topic of the question [itself] is something to be embarrassed about or because he feels embarrassed for fear of being accused of a lack of understanding. Because some students are embarrassed to ask since they are afraid that it will be said, ‘How can he ask that when this issue is clear!’ and so it is said about him, ‘How stupid he is.’ This is a mistake, asking is the key to knowledge.”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Sahih Muslim, vol. 2, p. 210.

Advice Given to Shaikh ’Uthaimeen by His Shaikhs

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Some of my Shaikhs mentioned to me that it befits a person who asks about an issue to seek Allaah’s Forgiveness in abundance, deriving that from The Most High’s Statement, ‘Surely, We have sent down to you the Book in truth that you might judge between men by that which Allaah has shown you, so be not a pleader for the treacherous. And seek the Forgiveness of Allaah, certainly, Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful,’ [Nisaa 4: 105-106] because seeking Allaah’s Forgiveness in abundance necessitates the disappearance of the effects of sins which are a cause for forgetting knowledge and [a cause of] ignorance.”

Al-Khilaaf bainal-’Ulemaa, pp. 37-38.

A Question Connected to Prayer

December 12, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “‘If a man wanted to get a tissue whilst he was standing and praying, and in order to do so he bent his back like someone who is bowing and then stood up again, what is the ruling [concerning that]?’

He replied, ‘His standing [in prayer] is not valid [after that action], because he has left one of the pillars [rukn] of the prayer, i.e., the standing, so he must repeat his prayer.’”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Sahih Muslim, vol. 4, p. 661.

Weather Forecasts

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “‘We hear on the radio where they say that it will rain in a certain area tomorrow, does this contradict the fact that knowledge of when rain will fall is specific to Allaah [Alone]?’

He replied, ‘Many people find this problematic thinking that weather forecasts go against Allaah’s Statement, ‘And with Him are the keys of the Unseen,’ but the reality is that they do not, because their knowledge of such matters is knowledge which draws on something palpable. Things are linked to their causes.’”

Sharh Hadith Jibreel ’alaihis-salaam, p. 110.

An Abandoned Sunnah: Seeking A Cure By Placing One’s Saliva and Some Earth on One’s Finger and Saying the Following

December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment


Aaishah رضي الله عنها narrated that Allaah’s Messenger used to read in his ruqya:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ
تُرْبَةُ أَرْضِنَا‏ ورِيقَةُ بَعْضِنَا، يُشْفَى سَقِيمُنَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّنَا

Bismillāh.
Turbatu ʾArdinā, wa rīqatu badinā, yushfā saqīmunā, biʾidhni Rabbinā.

“In the Name of Allaah.
The earth of our land and the saliva of some of us cure our patient
with the permission of our Lord.”

[Al-Bukhaari, The Book of Medicine, nos. 5745 and 5746.]

An-Nawawi said, “The meaning of the hadith is that he took some of his own saliva on his index finger then placed it on the earth so that some of it stuck to it and then wiped it on the ailing or injured area whilst saying the above words as he wiped.” [Fathul-Baari, vol. 10, p. 208.]

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “… specifying ‘the earth’ [mentioned in the narration] to be that of Medinah or the ‘some of us’ to be referring specifically to the Prophet as Ibn Hajr said is something disputable, what is apparent is that this is something general and Allaah سبحانه وتعالى may place a cure in such things.” [Source.]

And the The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’, at the head of whom was Ibn Baaz, confirmed that the hadith is general and not specific to Medina or the Prophet , see here.

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.

On Being Struck by Lightning

December 6, 2014 § 1 Comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, was asked, “‘If a person is struck by lightning it will burn him in a moment due to it being such an enormous electrical force, is such a person, therefore, like one who dies in a fire and who is regarded as a martyr?’

He replied, ‘Yes, such a person is regarded as a martyr. Allaah تعالى wanted good for him in causing him to die in such a way inshaa Allaah.’”

At-Ta’leeq ’alaa Saheeh Muslim, vol. 4, p. 618.

Enjoying What Allaah Has Made Permissible

December 1, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Enjoying what Allaah عزوجل has made permissible without going to excess is something praiseworthy, whoever leaves off doing so without a legislated reason is blameworthy.”

Sharh Hilyah Taalib al-Ilm, p. 61.

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.

“He Has Been Buried in His Final Resting Place.”

September 17, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The statement made about a dead person that, ‘He has been buried in his final resting place,’ is haram and not permissible, since when you say, ‘… in his final resting place,’ then according to that the grave is the last thing for him, and that implies a denial of the Resurrection.”

Fataawa Arkaan al-Islaam p. 243.

’Uthaimeen on the Heart

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The heart is a vessel, when it is filled with something no space for anything else remains [in it], so when it is filled with the love of this world it becomes preoccupied with that instead of the love of Allaah عزوجل and His Messenger and [thus] a person becomes such that he has no interest except to gain [more and more].”

Sharh Bulugh al-Maraam, vol. 9, p. 366.

’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.

Duped Customers

August 20, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It’s not allowed for a person who sees someone being duped at a shop to stay silent: [he sees someone] asking about the price of some goods and the shop owner tells him that its price is a hundred but that person [watching] knows that it’s [really] fifty, rather it’s waajib for him to tell that customer that its price is fifty in the markets—and that is not regarded as cutting off someone’s sustenance, as some of the common folk think.”

Sharh Bulughul-Maraam, vol. 9, p. 315.

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