August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The greatest calamity is from an ignorant person who has compound ignorance, who argues with you without knowledge, speaks without knowledge, speaks to the common folk without knowledge, speaks to the scholars without knowledge and in an argumentative manner, and when you discuss something with him, he is the most ignorant of Allaah’s slaves.”
Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 1, p. 182.
‘If You’re Not With us You’re Against Us?’ ‘So and so is Misguided. So and so is an Innovator, So and So is a Sinner’ Are You Claiming Prophethood? Messengership? Are You Infallible? Your Opinion is Not Binding on Anyone
August 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
’Uthaimeen said, “We hold that when permissible disagreement occurs between the Muslims, and that is the type of disagreement in which ijtihaad has a place, then it is not allowed for the one who disagrees to call the person who opposes him misguided, or to declare him to be a faasiq, or to call him an innovator—for as long as it is an issue in which ijtihaad has a place, where the texts may imply this or that, then the opinion of either one of them which is based on his ijtihaad is not binding on the other.
And whoever wants his opinion to be binding on others—then he has assumed for himself the station of Prophethood and Messengership, and claimed infallibility for himself.
And that is why a person should repeatedly say:
اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ جِبْرَائِيلَ وَمِيكَائِيلَ وَإِسْرَافِيلَ فَاطِرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ
أَنْتَ تَحْكُمُ بَيْنَ عِبَادِكَ فِيمَا كَانُوا فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ
اِهْدِنِي لِمَا اخْتُلِفَ فِيهِ مِنَ الْحَقِّ بِإِذْنِكَ
إِنَّكَ تَهْدِي مَنْ تَشَاءُ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ
‘O Allaah! Lord of Jibraa’eel, Mikaa’il, and Israafil, Originator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the unseen and the seen! You judge between Your slaves concerning that wherein they differ. Guide me concerning that wherein they differ of the Truth by Your Leave, for You guide whomsoever You will to the Straight Path.’” [Muslim]
Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish-Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al–’Uthaimeen, vol. 27, p. 238.
Also refer to Shaikh al-Albaani’s answer to, ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us.’
’Uthaimeen: People are Either Excessive Extremists, Excessively Neglectful or Balanced when it Comes to Boycotting and Other Issues
August 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “Three men, in front of them is a sinner.
One of them says, ‘I’m not going to give this sinner salaam and will boycott him, distance myself from him and not speak to him.’
The second says, ‘I will go along with this sinner and give him salaam, smile in his face, invite him over and respond to his invitations, he’s just like a righteous man to me.’
The third says, ‘This sinner, I hate him for his sins and I love him for his eemaan, I will not boycott him unless doing so will lead to his rectification, if ostracising him doesn’t lead to his rectification but instead causes him to sin even more, then I won’t boycott him.’
So I say: the first person is an excessive extremist, the second is someone excessively neglectful—and the third one is balanced.
We say the same in all issues of worship and all dealings with the creation, people are either neglectful, extremists or balanced.”
Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish-Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al–’Uthaimeen, vol. 1, p. 43.
July 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The Sunnah is that a person fasts the six days of Shawwaal after completing the outstanding fasts of Ramadaan [he may have], not before that. So if he had fasts to make up but [instead] fasted the six days of Shawwaal [first] then he will not receive their reward, because the Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Whoever fasts Ramadaan …’ and it is not correct to say about a person who has some fasts from Ramadaan remaining that he has fasted [the whole of] Ramadaan, rather he has [only] fasted some of it.”
Ash-Sharh al-Mumti’, vol. 6, p. 466.
’Uthaimeen Asked: “What is Your Advice Concerning What is Happening Between the Youth in Terms of Them Confronting and Renouncing Each Other?”
July 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
Questioner: What is your advice concerning what is happening between the youth in terms of them confronting and renouncing each other?
’Uthaimeen: No doubt this division which is occurring between the upright youth, [this] declaring each other to be misguided and having enmity and hatred for those who do not agree with them on their methodology, there is no doubt that this is something tragic and deplorable which may lead to a major relapse.
Such disunity is the coolness of the eyes of [both] the human devils and those from the Jinn, because the human and Jinn devils do not want the people of good to unite on anything, they want them to be divided, because they know that separation is what causes the strength that comes about through practising and turning to Allaah, to crumble, and Allaah’s Saying shows this, “And do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart …” [Anfaal 8:46] and His Saying, “And do not be like the ones who became divided and differed after the clear proofs had come to them …” [Aali-Imraan 3:105] and His Saying, “Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects—you, [O Muhammad ﷺ], are not [associated] with them in anything …” [An’aam 6:159] and His Saying, “He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad ﷺ], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus—to establish the religion and not be divided therein.” [Shuuraa 42:13]
So Allaah the Most High has forbidden us from splitting and has explained its adverse effects to us, thus it is obligatory on us to be one Ummah, our word united. Splitting leads to corruption and disbands the affair [of the Muslims], and is the cause of weakness in the Islamic Ummah.
Differing occurred amongst the Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, but disunity and enmity didn’t, nor hatred—differing even occurred amongst them in the time of the Prophet ﷺ, an example of which is when the Prophet ﷺ was done with the expedition of the confederates [Al-Ahzaab], Jibreel came to him and ordered him to go out to Bani Quraizah due to them having breached the treaty, the Prophet ﷺ said to his Companions, “Let none of you pray ’Asr but at Bani Quraizah,” so they left Medinah heading towards Bani Quraizah and the time for ’Asr became due.
Some of them said, “We will only pray at Bani Quraizah, even if the sun sets, because the Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Let none of you pray ’Asr but at Bani Quraizah,’ so we say, ‘We hear and we obey.’”
Others said, “The Prophet ﷺ meant that we should hasten to leave, he didn’t mean that we should delay the prayer.”
This reached the Prophet ﷺ but he didn’t scold any of them, he didn’t berate anyone for his understanding, and they themselves didn’t split due to a difference of opinion in understanding a hadith of the Prophet ﷺ—in the same manner it is obligatory on us not to split and that we be one nation.
As for splitting to occur such that it is said that, ‘This person is from the Salafees, this one from the Ikhwaanis, this one is from the Tableeghis, this one is a blind-follower, this one is from such and such and that one from such and such,’ then this is a big mistake. The hope we have for this Islamic awakening will disappear if disunited groups declare each other to be misguided and discredit each other.
The solution to this problem is that we traverse the way of the Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, and that we know that this differing which is a result of ijtihaad in an issue in which ijthaad is permitted is a differing which does not have a [harmful] effect, and that on the contrary in reality it is concurrence—but how is that so?!
I disagree with you in a particular issue because what the proof that I have calls for disagrees with what you are saying, and you differ with me in this issue because what the proof that you have calls for disagrees with what I say—so in reality we are not at odds because our statements are taken based upon what we hold to be what the proof demands, so what the proof requires is in front of all of our eyes and each of us only took that opinion because it is based upon the requirement of the proof, so I commend and give credit to you because you had the courage to oppose me in defence of the proof—and I am your brother and friend—because this objection is according to the proof in your eyes, so it is obligatory on me not to hold anything against you but rather that I should thank you for taking the stance you did, and you should do the same.
And if each of us were to force his opinion on the other, my imposition of my stance on him would not be more binding than his imposition of his stance on me, for this reason I say that it is obligatory that we make this differing which is due to ijtihaad not to be a cause of splitting but harmony [instead] so that our word can be united and good can come about.
But a person might say: this remedy might not be feasible for the common masses, so what is the solution?
The solution is that the heads and leaders of the people from each group get together to think over and research the issues of discord amongst us such that we can be united and in harmony.
And during Hajj one year an issue came before me and some brothers. Two groups were brought before me, three to four men in each, each group accusing the other of disbelief and cursing it—and they were pilgrims on Hajj!
What had happened was that one of the groups said that when the other stood up to pray, they placed their right hand over the left on the chest and that this was disbelief in the Sunnah since according to this group the Sunnah was to leave the arms by the sides.
The other group said that leaving the arms by the side without putting the right hand over the left is disbelief which allows the one who does so to be cursed, and the dissension between the two was severe, but with Allaah’s Grace and then the efforts of the brothers and with a clarification of the unity that it is obligatory for the Islamic Ummah to practise, each one of them left while being pleased with the other.
So look at how the Devil toyed with them in this issue in which they differed to the extent that each of them ended up declaring the other to be a disbeliever, whilst [bearing in mind that] the issue was about a Sunnah and not one of the pillars of Islaam, not even about something obligatory or waajib, the most that can be said about it is that some scholars hold that placing the right hand over the left above the chest is the Sunnah and that others say that the Sunnah is to leave them by the side—even though the correct answer which the Sunnah proves is to place the right hand over the left arm as Sahl ibn Sa’d, may Allaah be pleased with him, said according to what is reported in al-Bukhaari, “The people were ordered that a man is to place his right hand over his left arm in prayer.”
So I hope that Allaah سبحانه وتعالى blesses our brothers who have different inclinations and methodologies in the means of da’wah, I hope that He blesses them with unity and love and goodness of heart—and when the intention is correct the cure becomes easy, as for when it is not good and when each one is amazed with his own opinion and nothing except it matters, then success will be far off.
And I want to bring to mind an important matter: if the differing is in issues of creed [’aqidah] then it is obligatory to correct it and that whatever conflicts with the madhhab of the Salaf must be disproved and that whoever traverses a path which goes against the madhhab of the Salaf in this issue [of ’aqidah] is warned against.
Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish-Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al–’Uthaimeen, vol. 27, pp. 322-328.
’Uthaimeen on Hating the Sin and Not the Person and on Dealing with People Harshly as Though You Want to Take Revenge on Them
July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When they see a person sinning, many brothers hate the sin and this is something correct, but they [also] hate the sinner, and then they deal with him harshly as someone who hates him would, like someone who wants to take revenge on him, and this is a huge mistake.
You must cure the sinner as a gentle doctor who treats a wound in order for it to heal does, he doesn’t treat the wound in order for it to get worse, so he treats this person with gentleness and a desire for good for him and out of mercy for him … this is how the scholars who nurture are, they look at the creation with a view to reform, not to seek revenge and out of hatred—I hate the sin which this person does, but this person is a believer so he is my brother, even if he fornicated and stole, he is still my brother, the believers are but brothers.”
Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish-Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, vol. 27, pp. 311-312.
’Uthaimeen: “My Brothers, Finish Ramadaan by Turning to Allaah in Repentance from Having Sinned Against Him.”
July 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “My brothers, finish Ramadaan by turning to Allaah the Most High in repentance from having sinned against Him, and by returning to Him in repentance by doing what pleases Him, for no person is void of having mistakes or shortcomings, all of the Children of Aadam make mistakes and the best of those who do so are those who repent. And when He addressed him, Allaah the Mighty and Majestic urged the Prophet ﷺ to seek His forgiveness and to turn to Him in repentance, saying, ‘And turn to Allaah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.’”
Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan, p. 229.
July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
Questioner: I want to ask you about [the periods of] slackness [a person goes through], its causes and the cure for it, because a person sometimes feels weakness in his [practice of the] religion?
’Uthaimeen: It is not possible for a person to remain on a single uniform routine, even the Companions said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! When we are with you we take heed and believe, and when we go to our families, our women and children, we forget,’ so he said, ‘A time for this and a time for that.’
It is not possible for a person to remain on a single uniform routine, but he must try to guard his heart’s uprightness, when the heart becomes good the whole body does so too.
He must leave delving into things that do not concern him.
He must leave disputing about things that have no benefit.
He must leave partisanship which has split the Ummah, and he must turn to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.
For this reason you will see that the layman is better in his belief [‘aqeedah] and sincerity than many of the students of knowledge, [students of knowledge] whose only concern is to criticise and refute, [whose only concern is], ‘It was said and he said [qeel wa qaal],’ and, ‘What do you say, O so and so?’ and, ‘What do you say about so and so?’ and, ‘What do you say about that book and about what so and so wrote?’
This is what causes a servant to become lost and takes Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, away from his heart, and leaves him without any concern except for, ‘It was said … he said …’
So my advice to every person is that he turns to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and that he leaves the people and their disagreements.
This is the best thing.”
Uthaimeen on Finding Answers in the Quraan ǀ And an Encouragement to Copy and Paste Articles to Spread them as Much as Possible
July 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
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Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Sometimes, and I’m talking about myself [here], I look for the ruling concerning an issue in the books of fiqh that I have and in the Sunnah that I know but I don’t find it, then I reflect on an aayah from the Quran which suggests an idea about the ruling concerning that issue, so when I ponder over it, I find the ruling in the Quraan.”
Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 1, p. 198.
July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “I wish that a person wouldn’t swear by Allaah frequently. If he needs to take an oath let him couple it with [a mention of] Allaah’s Will, saying, ‘By Allaah, inshaa Allaah …’ for in doing so he attains two great benefits. The first is that Allaah will facilitate for him what he took an oath for, and the second is that if he is not able to fulfil it he doesn’t have to carry out an expiation [kaffaarah].”
Fataawa Nurun-’alad-Darb, vol. 11, p. 465.
July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “We should supplicate that Allaah brings the people of falsehood back to the Truth, so that they can benefit themselves and others—this is justice, in opposition to what some ignorant people do who, when they see someone persisting in falsehood, supplicate against the person doing it.”
Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 4, p. 146.
June 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “All legislated orders and prohibitions are [in and of themselves regarded as] wisdom, and there is no need for us to know the reason [for a particular one], because we know that Allaah is Wise and that He did not legislate anything except based upon wisdom. Our stance towards [such] orders and prohibitions is but to say, ‘We hear and we obey.’ If we are able to find out what the wisdom [behind a particular command] is then that is a favour from Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.”
Tafseer Surah al-An’aam, p. 91.
Shaikh Uthaimeen: It is Not Proper that the Person Praying Behind an Imaam Should Make Any of his Recitation Heard
May 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is not proper that the person praying behind an Imaam should make any of his recitation heard, not in the silent prayers or the audible ones, nor when saying Allaahu Akbar or when praising Allaah or when supplicating, because he is following and is not the one who is being followed, and because by making his voice audible he will confuse the people around him.”
At-Ta’liq ’alaa al-Muntaqaa, p. 45.
April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “From the fruits of eemaan in Qadr is the repelling of self-amazement when one attains what one wanted, because its attainment is a blessing from Allaah عزوجل owing to the means of [attaining] good and success which He decreed, so He thanks Allaah تعالى for that and leaves self-admiration.
Expelling worry and discontent when one misses out on what one wanted or when something disliked happens is also from its fruits, because that was going to happen due to the Qadaa of Allaah تعالى to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, so it was definitely going to happen, so he has patience regarding that and hopes for the reward.”
’Aqidatu Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, p. 50.
April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Spending wealth while alive and in good health is better, more excellent and greater in reward, especially when it is spent on a good deed that is continual, like building a mosque, fixing roads, securing [the provision] of water, printing beneficial books or buying them and distributing them to those who will benefit from them.”
Ad-Diyaa al-Laami’ minal-Khutub al-Jawaami’, vol. 4, p. 236.
April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “A person must prepare to meet Allaah عزوجل and know how he will meet Allaah—will he do so in a condition that pleases Him عزوجل or the opposite?
So examine yourself and know what state you are in.”
Sharh al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah, p. 478.
’Uthaimeen on Enmity, Hatred, Conflict, Hostility, Contention, Swearing, Cursing and Fanaticism for Falsehood Among Many of the Students of Knowledge
April 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It saddens us greatly to find enmity, hatred, conflict, hostility, contention and fanaticism for falsehood among many of the students of knowledge. Issues concerning the Sharee’ah are supposed to be the object of unity, harmony and understanding, not enmity, conflict, hatred, swearing, cursing and alienating, for this is in opposition to the Legislation and in opposition to what Allaah has ordered.”
Sharh Buloogh al-Maraam, vol. 9, p. 259.
April 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Part of lofty manners and praiseworthy characteristics is that when you find a person broken hearted either due to losing someone beloved etc., then you should try to bring him joy and happiness and [try to] lessen his calamity by reminding him of that which is greater. So if he lost some money, you say to him, ‘There are people who have lost all of their wealth,’ and if [for example] he is afflicted with an illness in his eye, you say to him, ‘Some people have been afflicted with blindness,’ [saying such things to him] so that you will ease his affairs, part of which is bringing solace to a person struck with a calamity.”
At-Ta’leeq alaa al-Qawaa’id al-Hisaan, p. 161.
March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When a person is given contentment he will remain rich, at ease, not looking at others, and what proves this is the fact that part of the perfection of the pleasure of the inhabitants of Paradise is that, “No desire will they have to be removed therefrom,” [Kahf 18:108] the lowest of them in rank will not want to be removed from what he is in, and he will think that there is no one in Paradise who has been blessed more than him, and this is from Allaah’s blessings on a servant, [i.e.,] that he be granted the ability by Allaah to be content—whether that be concerning his residence, his clothes, his mount [i.e., transport], or children.
As for if contentment is removed from his heart, then he is a pauper [miskeen].”
Sharh Bulugh al-Maraam, vol. 5, p. 272.
’Uthaimeen: “Whenever You Fulfil the Needs of Your Brother, Allaah will Fulfil Your Needs … Do not Belittle Anything.”
March 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Whenever you fulfil the needs of your brother, Allaah will fulfil your needs, so increase in performing good deeds, increase in acts of beneficence [ihsaan]—and do not belittle anything, even if it is only a little—the Prophet ﷺ said, “[O Muslim women,] never belittle any gift you give your neighbour even if it is the hoof [فرسن] of a sheep.” [Bukhari and Muslim]. The فرسن is found in the hoof of a sheep and it is something trivial and insignificant, i.e., do not even belittle this negligible thing.”
Sharh Riyaadis-Saalihin, vol. 4, p. 295.
“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.
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.
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.
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Dr. ’Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Tayyaar, may Allaah protect him, mentioned a novel incident that happened to him with Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, saying, ‘The Shaikh invited me alone to lunch in Dhul-Hijjah of 1403 [Sept. 1983], then he said, ‘Do you want to bring anyone along with you?’ So I said, ‘Yes, the Vice Dean, and [also] the Dean of the Faculty of Shari’ah and it’s Vice Dean [too].’ So the Shaikh, may Allaah have mercy on him, said to me, ‘You should come at twelve dhuhr time,’ and he emphasised the fact that I should not be late.
So [when it was time to visit him] we set out for the Shaikh’s house and got there ten minutes after the set time, and there was the Shaikh leaving his house to get into his car, we caught him and said, ‘We’ve arrived, O Shaikh.’ He said, ‘You have children at home, go and have lunch with them. You did not come on time.’ So we insisted [on him changing his mind] so he laughed and said, ‘On the condition that you do not turn up late again.’’”
Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 28.
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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 ﷺ 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 ﷺ 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 ﷺ 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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’Uthaimeen and the Poetry He Refused to Listen to: Do not Correlate or Restrict the Truth According to what Men Say or Do
February 19, 2014 § 2 Comments
A student asks Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, for permission to recite some poetry before his lecture, so he allows him to. So the student says:
“O my Ummah, this night is followed by daybreak whose light is spreading throughout earth
Good is anticipated and victory is awaited and the truth, despite the efforts of evil, is triumphant
Through an awakening, may the Creator bless its course, pure, unadulterated, and untarnished
As long as the son of Saalih, the Shaikh of our awakening, is among us, through the likes of him is support and victory hoped for …”
And here Shaikh ’Uthaimeen cuts him off saying, “I do not agree with this line.”
Someone says,“We agree with it, O Shaikh.”
’Uthaimeen says, “No, I do not agree—because I do not want that the truth be linked to/dependent upon people, everyone will perish, so if we correlate the truth with people this means that when a person dies [who is looked up to] the people after him will despair.
So I say, if it is possible for you now to change the last line to:
‘As long as the Book of Allaah and His Prophet’s Sunnah is amongst us,’ then that is good.”
So then the student says the line as Shaikh ’Uthaimeen altered it:
“As long as the Book of Allaah and His Prophet’s Sunnah is among us,” but then he goes back to what he had written in his original version saying, “Ibn al-’Uthaimeen …”
To which Shaikh ’Uthaimeen says, “No, Yaa Shaikh … [then it is slightly unclear] …” then the Shaikh says, “Stop stop.”
Then the student, continuing his poetry, says, “Our faqeeh …”
So the Shaikh can be heard to say, “No, no, no, … no, no … if this is all you have then give us a question.”
Then he advises everyone:
“I advise you all now and for afterwards—do not correlate the truth with men. First off, men can become misguided, even Ibn Mas’ood said, ‘Whoever is going to follow someone, let him follow the dead, because the living are not safe from fitnah.’
If you link the truth to men, it is possible that a person can become self-conceited, we seek Allaah’s refuge from that, and then traverse a path that is not correct.
That is why I advise you now not to make the truth bound to men.
Firstly, a man is not safe, we ask Allaah to keep us and you firm, he is not safe from errors and fitnah.
Secondly, he will die, there is no one who will remain, “And We granted not to any human being immortality before you, then if you die, would they live forever?” [Al-Anbiyaa 21:34]
And thirdly, the children of Aadam are human, maybe he will become conceited if he sees the people revering him, honouring him, turning to him, maybe he will become conceited, and hold that he is infallible and claim infallibility for himself, and that everything he does is the truth, and everything he undertakes is legislated, and through that he is destroyed, for this reason when a man praised another in front of the Prophet ﷺ, he said, “Woe to you, you have cut off your companion’s neck,” or “[broken] your companion’s back.”
[Addressing and consoling the young guy who was reciting the poetry] and I thank the brother in advance, even though I didn’t listen to what he said about me, for the joy he shows concerning me, and I ask Allaah that He makes me someone he has a good opinion of or more, but I do not like this …”
The student can be heard to say, “Jazakallahu khair …”
The Shaikh continued, “… I will give you something [gifts etc.] inshaa Allaahu ta’aala, I ask Allaah to reward you on my behalf with good, and recompense you.”
Here is the audio:
February 14, 2014 § 1 Comment
“When he, may Allaah have mercy on him, needed to fill his pen with ink from the inkwell in the university’s library to use it for things related specifically to the university, before leaving he would empty the ink remaining in his pen into the inkwell because it was specifically for the university.”
Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 25.
February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
“An amazing example of his piety was that when he would be absent from leading the prayer at the Al-Jaami’ al-Kabir [mosque] in ’Unaizah where he was the appointed Imaam and for which he would receive a monthly stipend, he would give the money equal to his absence, even if it was only one day, to the person who covered him as Imaam.
Likewise, when he was teaching at the educational academy in ’Unaizah, if he were late to work—even if it were only a few minutes—he would write his lateness down in the [signing in] register and next to it write, ‘Without an excuse.’”
Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, pp. 24-25.
February 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
“Shaikh Badr ibn Naadir al-Mashaari mentions the following, ‘The Shaikh phoned one of the Shaikhs who worked in the courts [as a judge] so that he could send a personal letter to him which had no connection to the courts but was for him personally, so the judge told Shaikh ’Uthaimeen that there was a fax machine next to him to which he could send the letter. So ’Uthaimeen asked him, ‘Isn’t that the court’s fax machine.’ ‘Yes,’ replied the judge. ’Uthaimeen said, ‘How can I send a personal letter at the cost [of the bait al-maal] of the Muslims? Go and buy a fax machine so I can send you this letter,’ and so he did and the Shaikh then sent the letter.’”
Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-’Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, p. 24.