Month: August 2016

Woe to a Person Who Preoccupies Him (or Herself) In Slander and Backbiting!

Allaah (The Most high) said:

وَيْلٌ لِّكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُّمَزَةٍ

slanderer

[وَيْلٌ –Woe]; meaning, loss and destruction. And it is said [that it means] a valley in Jahannam.

[لِّكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُّمَزَةٍ – to every slanderer and backbiter]; this is his preoccupation and practice (or habit), slander and backbiting -violating the honour of the people, speaking ill of them and defaming them.  Slandering by way of speech and backbiting by way of action through indication (or gesturing). [End of Quote (Ref 1)]

Qaadhi Iyaad (rahimahullaah) stated that the word [وَيْلٌ –Woe]  carries some of the following meanings: [a] It is used whilst referring to one who has fallen into destruction. [b] It is used whilst referring to one who deserves destruction. [c] It is used to refer to destruction itself. [d] It is used to refer to the difficulty found in punishment. [e] It is used to refer to grief. [f] It is used to refer to a valley in the hell fire. [Ref 2]


[Ref 1: Sharh Ad-Duroos Al-Muhimmah Li-Aammatil Ummah’ page 27’ by Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq Al-Badr (may Allaah preserve him). Abridged & slightly paraphrased]

[Source: Quoted by Shaikh Abdullaah Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah preserve him) in Sharh Umdatul Ahkaam: lesson 2]

At all times – Whether During Weekends, Weekdays, Holidays, Day and Night- the Muslim (or Muslimah) Has Numerous Beneficial Affairs to keep Him (or Her) Busy By The Tawfeeq of Allaah

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

Allaah [The Most High] said:

لَّا خَيْرَ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّن نَّجْوَاهُمْ إِلَّا مَنْ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوْ مَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ إِصْلَاحٍ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّهِ فَسَوْفَ نُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

There is no good in most of their secret talks save (in) him who orders Sadaqah (charity in Allah’s Cause), or Ma’ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all the good and righteous deeds which Allah has ordained), or conciliation between mankind, and he who does this, seeking the good Pleasure of Allah, We shall give him a great reward. [Soorah An-Nisaa Ayah 114]

[وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّهِ فَسَوْفَ نُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا – and he who does this, seeking the good Pleasure of Allah, We shall give him a great reward].

Therefore, this is why it is incumbent upon a servant (of Allaah) to seek the Face of Allaah by carrying out deeds sincerely for the sake of Allaah in every instance and in every type of good deed, so that he (or she) can receive this great reward. [Ref 1]

Imaam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullaah) said, ”The manifold increase of reward (for a deed) is estimated in accordance with the perfection of a person’s Islaam and strength of sincerity in that action”. [Ref 2]

Some Good Deeds We Can Perform Everyday- by the Tawfeeq of Allaah- Whether During Weekends, Weekdays, Night, Day etc

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu): Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:  There is Sadaqah (charity) to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allaah) everyday the sun rises. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as Sadaqah, and to help man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it, is also regarded as Sadaqah, and (saying) a good word is also Sadaqah, and every step taken on one’s way to offer the compulsory congregational prayer is also Sadaqah, and to remove a harmful thing from the way is also Sadaqah. [Bukhaari, hadeeth Number 2989. Vol 4]

Few Fawaa’id from Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) about this hadeeth

Allaah (Glorified Be He) has not limited charity to a person’s spending by way of wealth; rather Allaah (The Most High) made it wider than this and everyone is able to partake in it.

Acts of charity mentioned in this hadeeth:

[1] To judge justly between two people in a dispute and bring about conciliation between them– by uniting their hearts and make them become pleased with one another. This indeed is a great act of charity.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

لَّا خَيۡرَ فِى ڪَثِيرٍ۬ مِّن نَّجۡوَٮٰهُمۡ إِلَّا مَنۡ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوۡ مَعۡرُوفٍ أَوۡ إِصۡلَـٰحِۭ بَيۡنَ ٱلنَّاسِ‌ۚ وَمَن يَفۡعَلۡ ذَٲلِكَ ٱبۡتِغَآءَ مَرۡضَاتِ ٱللَّهِ فَسَوۡفَ نُؤۡتِيهِ أَجۡرًا عَظِيمً۬ا

There is no good in most of their secret talks save (in) him who orders Sadaqah (charity in Allah’s Cause), orMa’ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all the good and righteous deeds which Allah has ordained), or conciliation between mankind, and he who does this, seeking the good Pleasure of Allah, We shall give him a great reward.” [Soorah An-Nisaa: Ayah 114]

Therefore, a person should not leave the people in dispute; rather it is incumbent upon him to be eager to bring about conciliation between disputing parties, especially relatives.  As for some people—and Allaah’s Protection is sought—they only bring into disputes that which will increase it.  This type of person is a shaytaan.

Also the one who seeks to bring about conciliation between the people should do that with justice; he should not oppress any of them or judge based on desires.

[2] Helping a person concerning his riding animal: To help him concerning his riding animal—whether it is a riding beast or a car—if he is weak or disabled. You help him to climb his riding beast or to get in his car, or help him carry his luggage. This is an act of charity.  Indeed, you did not give him money, but you aided him.

[3] Uttering a good word; such as greeting with As-Salaamu alaykum; supplicating for your Muslim brother etc. And a good word includes acts of worship a person does in the presence of his Lord, such as remembrance of Allaah-the utterance of Subhaanallaah; Laa-ilaaha-ilal-laah etc

[4] Walking to the masjid for the prayer: Every footstep taken towards the masjid is charity, and the farer the masjid the more reward a person gets. In this is an encouragement to attend the compulsory prayer in jamaa’ah and not to stay away from it.  To miss the prayer in jamaa’ah is a great loss.

[5]Removing something harmful from the way: Removing harmful things from the pathways of the Muslims or from the pathways of the people in general; likewise removing harmful things from the pathways of the animals. One should not place harmful things in pathways that will harm pedestrians. One should not leave a harmful thing which another person left in a pathway.  It has been reported in a hadeeth that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ”While a man was going on a way, he saw a thorny branch and removed it from the way and Allaah (The Mighty and majestic) became pleased by his action and forgive him for that.” [Bukhaari Vol 1: hadeeth number 652].  He was entered into paradise because of his act of kindness to pedestrians.

But how about those who place harmful things in the roads; such as stones, thorns, planks of woods, metals, and spilling water on the road, which may be impure and placing rubbish on the roads.  The person who does this has greatly sinned and everyone passer-by supplicates against him.  The action of this person is oppression and the supplication of the oppressed person is answered. Therefore a Muslim should hasten to remove harmful things from the path in order to receive this reward mentioned in the hadeeth. [Ref 3]

Thirdly: We should never belittle any good deed!

The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ”Do not regard any good deed as insignificant, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face”. [Ref 4]  

The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ”Guard yourself from the Hellfire even with half of a date in charity. If one cannot find it, then a kind word (uttered to others)”. [Ref 5]

Finally: As we all know there are numerous other good deeds to be done -some of which are obligatory and others recommended;

The fives daily prayers, especially in congregation;

Recitation of the Qur’aan;

The Night prayer;

The morning and evening supplications;

Salaah Ad-Duhaa;

Repeating the words of the Mu’addhid, whilst he calls the Adhaan;

Lowering the gaze in order not to look at what is Haraam;

Attending study circles;

Visiting the sick;

Fasting on a Mondays and Thursdays;

keeping the ties of kinship;

Exercising patience when afflicted with a calamity;

kind treatment to parents;

Being humble and refraining from harming others with your tongue and hands;

Kind treatment to animals

Refraining from backbiting, slander, mockery or belittling others;

Using the Siwaak;

Feeding the poor;

The Sunnah prayers etc

All these good deeds and many others can be performed- some of which have their specific times, but others can be performed at anytime, whether during weekends, weekdays, holidays etc

We ask Allaah for Ikhlaas and Tawfeeq. Aameen


[Ref 1: Source: A slightly paraphrased excerpt from ‘Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah)…Publisher: Daar Ibn Hazm’ 1st Ed 1424 (Year 2003)

[Ref 2: Jaami’ul Uloom Wal-Hikam 2/ 316]

[Ref 3 Source: Al-Minhatur Rabbaaniyyah Fee Sharh Al-Arba’een of Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) pages 213-217]

[Ref 4: Saheeh Muslim. Number: 2626]

[Ref 5: Ṣaḥeeh Al-Bukhaari  6195]

A Means to protecting the private parts from lewdness – By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him)

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Lowering one’s gaze is a means to protecting the private parts and not restraining one gaze is a means to corrupting the private parts. Therefore, if you want to protect your private parts from lewdness, lower your gaze. If you leave your eyesight roam about freely – looking at what Allaah has made unlawful- then indeed it will lead you to lewdness.


[Source: It’haaf At-Tullaab Bi-Sharhi Mandhommah Al’Aadaab’ page 87. Slightly paraphrased and abridged]

The Tongue In Times of Anger and Pleasure!

[وأسألُك كلمةَ الحقِّ في الرِّضَا والغضب – I ask You (O Allaah) to make me true in speech in times of pleasure and anger] [Ref 1]

The one who does not utter except the truth during anger and pleasure, then this is a proof of his strong Eemaan and that indeed he is in control of his Nafs. [Ref 2]


[Ref 1: Part of a supplication narrated by Ammaar Bin Yaasir (radiyallaahu-anhu) from the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). Reported by An-Nasaa’ee Number 1305 & found in Saheeh Al-Jaami Number 1301]

[Ref 2: Fiqhul Ad’iyah Wal-Adkaar’ parts 3 & 4’ page 167]

A Person Should Not Be a Chatterbox – By Shaikh Fawzaan

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Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) stated in It’haaf At-Tullaab Bi-Sharh Mandhoomah Al-Aadaab page 85: From the nuisances caused by the tongue: Excessive speech!

A person should not be a chatterbox-always talking without a benefit. This is excessive speech and a loss for him. He makes his tongue and the listeners tired with speech that is fruitless. He speaks in the gatherings and during every occasion without benefit. Therefore, a person should restrain his tongue from excess speech – unneeded speech. [Slightly paraphrased]

A Righteous Deed of Ali Ibnul Husayn at Night!

Amr Bin Thaabit (rahimahullaah) said: When Ali Ibnul Husayn (rahimahullaah) passed away and was being given a bath, they (i.e. those giving him a bath) looked at a black mark that was on his back; so they said, ”What is this (black mark)?” They (i.e. some other people who were present) said, ”He used to carry a sack of flour at night to give to the poor people of Madeenah.”


[Sifatus Safwa: 2/96]

He Was Not Handsome, But He Was a Noble Man Blessed With Sound Understanding!

Imaam Dhahabee (rahimahullaah) stated in the biography of Abdul Azeez Bin Yahyaa Al-Kinaanee Al-Faqee (rahimahullaah) that he had an unsightly appearance. Abee Aynaa said, ”Abdul Azeez entered upon Mamoon whilst his physical appearance was very unsightly, so Abu Ishaaq Al-Mutasim laughed”.  He (Abdul Azeez) said, ‘O leader of the believers! Why is this person laughing? Indeed Allaah did not chose Yusuf (alayhis-salaam) due to his handsomeness, rather He chose him for His religion and clarification (of the truth).’ So Mamoon laughed and was amazed by him”.


[Source: Tareekhul Islaam: 17/231]

Many People Leave This Worldly Life Without Tasting The Most Tasteful Thing- By Maaliki Bin Deenaar

Maalik Ibn Deenaar (rahimahullaah) said, ”The people (i.e. some of them) exit the worldly life without tasting the most tasteful thing in it”; so they (i.e. the people) asked, ‘What is it O father of Yahya?’ He said, ”Knowledge and awareness of Allaah”.

[Source: Maktabah Shaamilah- 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]

Knowledge and Awareness of Allaah: knowledge and awareness that makes the person accept whatever He (Allaah) has prescribed and laid down, and causes him to submit to that, and to judge by the Prescribed laws which the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) came with…..[For further details see: Translation of the Explanation of the three fundamental principles page 38 – By Ustaadh Abu Talhah Daawud Burbank (may Allaah have mercy on him and his wife. Aameen]

Those Who Truly Remember Allaah

Ataa Ibn Deenaar (rahimahullaah) narrated from Saeed Bin Jubayr (rahimahullaah) who said: Indeed reverential fear is that you fear Allaah until it becomes a barrier between you and disobedience. This reverential fear is Dhikrul Allaah (Remembrance of Allaah) and obedience to Allaah. Therefore, whoever obeys Allaah is one who (truly) remembers Him, and whoever does not obey Allaah is not one who (truly) remembers Him even if he utters a lot of Tasbeeh (Glorification of Allaah) and recites the Qur’aan a lot.’’


[Hilyatul Awliyaa: 4/276]

From The Effects of Knowledge on a Person – By Haatim al-Asam

Haatim Al-Asam (rahimahullaah) said: The knowledgeable one [i.e. the one who possesses sound knowledge and it truly has an effect on him] becomes more fearful of Allaah every day because every hour brings him closer to death.


[Source: Maktabah Shaamilah- (Seerah As-Salaf As-Saaliheen’ by Imaam Ismaa’eel Ibn Muhammad Al-Asbahaanee (rahimahullaah); Section: Those who followed the Taabi’een in goodness)]