Month: September 2012

Statements from the Salaf on Ascription to the Salaf

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam al-Asbahaanee (d.535H) – rahimahullaah – said: “The sign of Ahlus-Sunnah is that they follow the Salafus-Saalih and abandon all that is innovated and newly introduced into the Deen.” [Al-Hujjah fee Bayaanil Mahajjah 1/364]

Abu Haneefah (d. 150H) (rahimahullaah) said: “Adhere to the athar (narration) and the tareeqah (way) of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and beware of newly invented matters for all of it is innovation” [Reported by As-Suyootee in Sawn al Mantaq wal-Kalaam p.32]

lbn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said: “There is no criticism for the one who proclaims the way (madhdhab) of the Salaf, who attaches himself to it and refers to it. Rather, it is obligatory to accept that from him by unanimous agreement (Ittifaaq) because the way (madhdhab) of the Salaf is nothing but the Truth (Haqq).” [Majmoo al-Fataawaa 4:149]

Imaam adh-Dhahabee (d.748H) – rahimahullaah – said: “It is authentically related from ad-Daaraqutnee that he said: There is nothing more despised by me than ‘ilmul-kalaam (innovated speech and rhetorics). I say: He never entered into ‘ilmul-kalaam, nor argumentation. Rather, was a Salafee (a follower of the Salaf).”[Siyar 16/457]

As-Sam’aanee (d.562H) said in al-lnsaab (3/273): “As-Salafi: this is an ascription to the Salaf and following their ways, in that which is related from them.” lbn al-Atheer (d.630H) said in al-Lubaab fee Tahdheebul-lnsaab (2/162), commenting upon the previous saying of as-Sam’aanee: “And a group were known by this ascription.” So the meaning is: that the term Salafi, and its ascription to them, was a matter known in the time of Imaam as-Sam’aanee, or before him.


[Source: www.salafipublications.com]

The Importance of Knowing Men–Muhaddith Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Mu’allimee Al-Yamaani

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

 

Sometimes a narration may come from someone from whom it is obligatory to accept, or from whom it is obligatory to reject, or from whom it is necessary to withhold from (until further clarification). And how foolish it would be, that that which is from the truth which the Seal of the Prophets conveyed from His Lord, the Mighty and Majestic and that which is from the falsehood that Allaah and His Messenger are free of, should be known by other than knowing the conditions of the narrators.

It is likewise for the various historical occurrences. In fact the need for knowing the condition of those who narrate them is even more severe, due to the prevalent neglect in the narration of such events and occurrences.

(And this is) in addition to the fact that being acquainted with condition of men is itself one of most important branches of history. So when it is necessary to be acquainted with the condition and state of the narrators, it is also necessary to make this known, so that everyone who knows the condition of a narrator should inform (others) about his condition, so that the people may know of it.

And this Ummah has (indeed) acted upon this obligation in the desired manner.


[Source: Ahimmiyatu Ilm ur-Rijal   (translated Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq: for further details see: www.salafipublications.com   article id: SLF020003]

 

Going to Sleep in a State of Prostration?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Indeed, Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala selected certain times to be blessed, as opportunities for the slave to put forth his righteous deeds, lest it is discovered on that Day upon the presentation of the weighing scales that the accumulation of evil is greater than good  – we ask Allah to protect us from that state. From amongst those times is the blessed month of Ramadan that arrived and departed, however no sooner does one blessed time depart that another one arrives, indeed we speak of the approach of Hajj.

Many from amongst our brothers and sisters will strive to fulfill this obligation and travel to perform the Hajj, to submit and be subservient to their Creator in humbling themselves with their worship during those limited days.

It is regarding this Hajj that we find a tremendous narration from one of the great Salaf us-Salih, Masrooq ibn-ul Ajda’ from the senior tabi’een. It is narrated that Masrooq رحمه الله تعالى performed the Hajj, and during the days of Hajj – which are only a few – he did not sleep except in a state of prostration upon his face until he returned. [Siyar ‘alaam an-Nubalaa: 4/65]

Shaikh ‘Abdullah al-Bukhary حفظه الله تعالى stated regarding this [paraphrased], “…that is because the days of Hajj are very limited and few, and the Salaf us-Salih were keen on utilising every moment in worship and obedience to Allah, hence Masrooq did not wish to waste a single moment and so even slept in a position of prostration to Allah during those few days until he returned from Hajj”.

Certainly the days of Hajj are few and limited, so let them be an opportunity utilised in the best possible manner. Indeed, our brothers and sisters who make the journey and put forth a large financial amount, do not do so for the purpose of wasting the several days available in the land of Tawheed, make the limited days a cause for goodness and follow the example of the Salaf us-Salih in their desire for worship and obedience, and do not allow them to become filled with idle speech and relaxation…may Allah give us all success.

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Our Salaf: Dhun-Noon Al’Misree- Love of Allaah

Dhun-Noon (rahimahullaah) was asked about love (of Allaah), so he said: Is to love what Allaah loves, to hate what Allaah hates, to do good and turn away from everything that busies one from Allaah.


[Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

 

Imaam Ibnul Jawzee–Whoever does not read the stories of the Salaf

Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said:

Whoever does not read the stories of the salaf and about the path they followed, then he can never follow that path.  It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual’s (character) is a thief.  If a person leaves his nature with the people of his time, his nature will steal from theirs and he will become similar to them.  But if he reads about the lives of the Salaf, his nature will join theirs and he will learn from their character. [Talbees Iblees’ page 16]


 

Our Salaf: Ibnul Mubaarak—Do you backbite the righteous people?!

Ibnul Mubaarak (rahimahullaah) said: There is no harm in Al-Mu-allaa Ibn Hilaal (rahimahullaah) as long as he does not narrate hadeeth.  So a man from the soofiyyah said to him: O father of Abdur-Rahmaan! You backbite the righteous people? So he (Ibnul Mubaarak) became angry and said: Shut up, if we do not clarify the truth, then who will clarify it

He (rahimahullaah) said:

”Whoever is stingy with knowledge is put to trial with three: [1]Either with death, so his knowledge goes away; [2]Or forgetfulness; [3]Or put to trial by the ruler.


[Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

 

 

Our Salaf: Ahmad Bin Hanbal–His gatherings used to be….!

Abu Daawud As-Sijistaanee (rahimahullaah) said:

”The gatherings of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal used to be gatherings of (remembrance) of the afterlife and the worldly things were not mention in them.  I have never seen Ahamd Ibn Hanbal speak about the worldly things.” 

 

Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said:

”The story tellers and the seducers are the biggest liars amongst the people.”


[Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

 

Our Salaf: Abdullaah Ibn Awn Ibn Ar’bataan–he had many excellent qualities

It is said that he (rahimahullaah) saw Anas (radiyallaahu-anhu).  He was from the leaders of the people of his time; in worship, virtue, fear of Allaah, abstinence from the unnecessary worldly things, firm upon the Sunnah and harsh against Ahlul Bidah.  


[Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

Our Salaf: Rayyaah Ibn Zayd–Indeed I love Rayyaah

He [Rayyaah (rahimahullaah)] was a Shaikh, a righteous and virtuous person.  Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) used to say: Indeed I love Rayyaah, I love his hadeeth and I love a mention of him. 


[Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

Our Salaf: Saeed Ibn Abdil-Azeez At-Tanookhiy–What is this weeping that occurs from you in Salaah?

Abu Abdir-Rahmaan Al-Asadiy (rahimahullaah) said: I said to Saeed Ibn Abdil Azeez (rahimahullaah): O father of Muhammad! What is this weeping that occurs from you in salaah? He said: O son of my brother! What is the (reason) for your question about this? I said: O my uncle! Perhaps Allaah may benefit me by it.  So Saeed said: I do not stand up in my salaah except that the hell fire is exemplified for me. 

Abu Mushir (rahimahullaah) said: A man said to Saeed Ibn Abdil Azeez (rahimahullaah): May Allaah prolong your life; so he became angry and said: ”rather may Allaah hasten His mercy for me.”


[Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH: Chapter: A mention of those who followed the companions in righteousness]