Month: March 2016

Number of terrorist suspects brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of Muslim-American Community

Since 9/11, 54 Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators were brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of the Muslim-American community, out of 188 individuals where the initial tip was made public. Another 52 individuals were discovered through U.S. government investigations. [Source: Muslim -American Terrorism in 2013′ page 4, by Charles Kurzman (Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina)]

Accompanying One Who is a Slave to His Belly

Muhammad Ibn Waasi (rahimahullaah) said: “There is no good in accompanying companions and engaging in conversations if they are slaves to their bellies (i.e. only interested in earning in order to eat and enjoy themselves); because if they are like this, some of them will hinder others from the affairs of the aakhirah (i.e. those deeds that will lead them to success in the hereafter).”
 [Reported by Ibn Abee Dunyah ‘ in ( Al-Ikhwaan, page 100)]

Abu Haazim Was Asked about Closeness (between two people) and Its Sweetness!

It was said to Abu Haazim (rahimahullaah), “What is closeness? (i.e. a close relationship between two people?); he said, “Strong love (for one another).” Then he was asked, “What is the sweetness (of this strong love)? He said, “To be in agreement (i.e. to agree on what is right and agree in rejecting what is wrong). Then it was said to him, “What is relaxation?” He said, “Paradise.”

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[Reported by Ibn Abee Dunyah ‘ in ( Al-Ikhwaan, page 132)]

[3] The Reasons That Prevents a Person From Accepting The Truth’ By Imaam Ibnul Qayyim

Fear of losing one’s status and prestige:

Conversation between Abu Jahl and His Nephew Al-Musawwar Bin Makhzamah

Al-Musawwar Bin Makhzamah: ‘’O my uncle! Did you use to accuse Muhammad of lying before he started saying what he says now [i.e. his call to Tawheed]?

Abu Jahl: “By Allaah, indeed Muhammad was a trustworthy young man amongst us and we have never experienced lying from him.

Al-Musawwar Bin Makhzamah: “O my uncle! So why is it that you do not follow him?”

Abu Jahl: “O son of my sister! We competed with Banu Haashim in nobility [i.e. which clan is more noble], so they used to feed [the pilgrims] and we used to feed the [pilgrims]; they used to provide water for [the pilgrims] and we used to provide water for [the pilgrims]; they used to give protection [to the destitute] and we used to give protection [to the destitute] until we were equal [i.e. in competing one another for nobility]. Then they said, “There is a Prophet from us”, so when are we going to get something similar to this!!

Conversation between Abu Jahl and Akhnas Bin Shuraiq

Akhnas Bin Shuraiq said to Abu Jahl on the day of Badr [i.e. the battle of Badr]: “O Abul Hakam! Inform me about Muhammad, as to whether he is a truthful person or a liar, for indeed there is no one here from Quraish who will hear our speech?

Abu Jahl replied to Akhnas: “Woe to you! By Allaah, indeed Muhammad is a truthful person and Muhammad has never lied, but if Banu Qusay take the leadership, the position of gatekeepers of the Kabah, providers of water for the pilgrims and Prophet hood [i.e. the Prophet Muhammad is from their clan], then what will the rest of Quraish have?!


[Source: Hidaayatul Hayaaraa Fee Ajwibatil Yahood Wan-Nasaaraa’ pages 18-19, abridged and slightly paraphrased]

[2] The Reasons That Prevents a Person From Accepting The Truth’ by Imaam Ibnul Qayyim

Envy:

Envy is one of the greatest causes [behind being prevented from accepting the truth], for indeed it is an ingrained disease in the soul. The envious one sees that the one he envies has been given virtue over him or has been given the likes of that which he has not been given; therefore this envy prevents him from complying with [the truth he is being called to follow by the the one he envies]. Iblees was not prevented from prostrating to Adam [i.e. out of respect, when Allaah commanded him and the angels to do so], except out of envy; for indeed when he saw that Adam was given virtue over him and was raised above him, he chose disbelief over Eemaan, even though he [Iblees] used to be in the company of the angels.

This disease [i.e. envy] is what prevented the Yahood from believing in Eesaa Ibn Maryam [alayhis-salaam], even though they knew -without doubt – that he is a Messenger of Allaah, who came with clear proofs and guidance; but envy led them to choose disbelief over Eemaan and complied with it, even though they were a nation amongst whom were Rabbis, scholars, Zuhhaad [i.e. those who abstained from those lawful but unnecessary pleasures of the worldly life], judges, kings and rulers. This [was their behaviour] when the Messiah came with the legislation of the Tawraat and he did not bring a legislation in opposition to it, nor did he fight them; rather he came to make lawful some of that which was made unlawful for them in order to lighten the burden [upon them]- out of mercy and kindness.  He came to complete the legislation in the Tawraat, but they all chose disbelief over Eemaan.


[Source: Hidaayatul Hayaaraa Fee Ajwibatil Yahood Wan-Nasaaraa’ page 18…Abridged and slightly paraphrased]

Authority Is Not Given To the One Who Asks For It or Is Keen To Have It

Narrated Abu Musa (radiyallaahu-anhu): Two men from my tribe and I entered upon the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). One of the two men said to the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), ‘’O Allaah’s Messenger! Appoint me as a governor,’ and so did the second. The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’We do not assign the authority of the ruling to those who ask for it, nor those who are keen to have it.’’ [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth Number 7149]

[1] The Reasons That Prevents a Person from Accepting the Truth’ by Imaam Ibnul Qayyim

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

[1] Ignorant of What The Truth Is:

This reason is mostly what overwhelms the majority of people, for indeed the one who is ignorant of something will show enmity to it and its people. If in addition to this reason, he [i.e. the person being called to the truth] hates the one who commands him to [follow)]the truth, harbours enmity and envy, then this [i.e. the reason behind being prevented from accepting the truth] becomes more intense.  If in addition to this, it [i.e. the truth] opposes the ones close to his heart, his customs, the one who nurtured him, the ways of his forefathers and the ones he loves and exalts, then this [i.e. the reason behind being prevented from accepting the truth] becomes even more intense.

If in addition to this, he carries a wrong perception that the truth he is being called to [will prevent him from acquiring] his status, honour, desires and goals, the [reason behind being prevented] from accepting the truth becomes very intense.

If in addition to this, he fears his companions, his family and his people [i.e. due to the harm he thinks will come from them] against him, his wealth and status – just as what happened to Heraclius, the king of the Christians in Shaam during the era of Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] – then the reason [behind being prevented from accepting the truth] increases even greater [than before]; for indeed Heraclius knew the truth and he had a desire to accept Islaam, but his people did not obey him; so he feared for himself and thus chose disbelief over Islaam after guidance was made clear to him.


[Source: Hidaayatul Hayaaraa Fee Ajwibatil Yahood Wan Nasaaraa’ page 17-18…slightly paraphrased]

To be continued…Inshaa-Aallaah