In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Ustaadh Abu Khadeejah (ma Allaah preserve him) wrote:
A large body of brothers here at Shaikh Rabee’s house from the UK, USA, Canada etc. Beautiful Dars by the Shaikh in the topic of Imaan. Sh. Rabee spoke about the means of strengthening Imaan: Reciting the Qur’aan, righteous deeds and Allaah’s remembrance. Shaikh Rabee stated the aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah is that Imaan is speech & action, it increases and decreases. Then he refuted the Murji’ah. He went on to establish that the affairs are in the Hands of Allaah and His Decree, so a person relies upon Allaah, fully.
Sh. Rabee said that the believer knows the affairs are decreed by Allaah so he knows no one can harm him or benefit him except by His Decree. Sh. Rabee mentioned the importance of salaah and sadaqah. Prayer upon the Sunnah of the Prophet & Sadaqa upon the generosity of the Prophet.
Sh. Rabee stated that these are the means of strengthening Imaan. And its opposite is abandonment of righteous deeds & commission of sins. Messenger said: If you partake in interest, hold on to the tails of cattle, satisfied with cultivation of the earth & abandon jihad… The Prophet continued: “Then Allaah will send down upon them humiliation & He will not remove it till you return back to your Deen.” Allaah stated: “If you aid Allaah’s deen, Allaah will aid you..” So it is not the greatness of numbers because the Companions were not many. Shaikh Rabee continued: Rather the Sahaabah were small in number yet Allaah gave them victory over their adversaries from the Romans & Persians. Sh. Rabee: That victory was due to their Imaan, their aqeedah, their manhaj, their piety. So Allaah made them victorious.
The Messenger mentioned a time when the disbelievers will take from the Muslim lands just like the guests take from the food of the host. And the Messenger explained that this is not due to the small number of Muslims in that time, rather they will be many in number, but… The Messenger cont’d: The Muslims will be like the scum carried by the flood water (even though they will great in number). Shaikh Rabee stated: This is the state of many of the Muslims today, they are like the scum carried by the flood water. So upon you is steadfastness upon the Deen, to hold to the truth and sincerity and righteous deeds – to strengthen your Imaan. Sh. Rabee ended with supplicating to Allaah to give us steadfastness upon the Sunnah and to grant us success in that which pleases Allaah. May Allaah reward the Shaykh, preserve him, protect him and make him a cause of benefit for the ummah. Ameen.