Month: June 2018

‘Whomsoever performs ghusl for a (deceased) Muslim and conceals (his affairs), he will be forgiven 40 times…” hadeeth & Commentary Sh. Albani

The messenger of Allāh (sallallāhu alaihi wa salam) said,

‘Whomsoever performs ghusl for a (deceased) Muslim and conceals (his affairs), he will be forgiven 40 times…”

To attain this reward there are two conditions

1. That he conceal the dead person, i.e. he does not talk or disclose that which he has seen from disliked/unpleasant affairs (related to the deceased).

2. That he hopes and desires by way of washing the dead Muslim, the Face of Allāh, not seeking a reward or thanks or anything from the affairs of the worldly life.

Ahkhaam Al-Janaaiz Shaykh Albaani pg 69.

Hadeeth is Saheeh upon the conditions of Muslim

Should We Always Show a Friendly Face? – [A Brief Reminder By Shaikh Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)]

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

Question: Should a person show a friendly [or welcoming face] to everyone, even to the criminals?

Answer: It depends on what the situation requires, but your habit should be that you show a friendly [or welcoming face], for this is the best thing by way of which the people will be attracted to you, have love for you and approach you with their confidential affairs [i.e. to seek advice]. But if you are misrable [unfriendly or unwelcoming], the people will fear you and will be unable to speak to you.

However, if the situation requires that you [refrain from] showing a friendly [face], then do so. This is why a person cannot be blamed unrestrictedly for showing an unfriendly [or unwelcoming face] nor praised unrestrictedly for not having a friendly [or welcoming face]

Sharh Hilyati Taalibil Ilm’ page 52. abridged & slightly paraphrased

[50] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’- [Let Us Increase In Obedience to Allaah And Let Us Be Mindful of Shubuhaat And Shahawaat]

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

Let us increase in obedience to [Allaah]. Let us be mindful of Shubuhaat [i.e. affairs that are made to resemble the truth but are falsehood in reality] and Shahawaat [i.e. vain desires or impermissible desires], for indeed the Fitan [trials and tribulations] will be exposed to the hearts. Hudhaifah [radiyallaahu-anhu] reported from Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] who said: The Fitan will be presented to the hearts of the people like a reed mat woven stick by stick, and any heart  afflicted by them will have a black mark put into it, but any heart that rejects them will have a white mark put into it. Thus there will be two kinds of hearts: one is pure like a white gemstone and it will not be harmed by any tribulation as long as the heavens and earth endure, and the other is black and dusty like a worn-out vessel, neither recognizing good nor rejecting evil, but rather immersed in its desires.” [Saheeh Muslim’ Number 144]

The first type of heart: Pure like a white gemstone and it will not be harmed by any tribulation as long as the heavens and earth endure.’’

Shaikh Rabee [may Allaah preserve him] said: That is because Allaah grants them [i.e. the people with this type of heart] firmness and not due to their own power or strength; rather Allaah grants them firmness, just as [Allaah has stated in the Aayah we quoted]: Allah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allah Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter. [Surah Ibraaheem’ Aayah 27]

Allaah bestows His favour upon them by granting them firmness, so they are not harmed regardless the greatness of the Fitan.

Let me strike a similitude: I say, indeed amongst the people within the midst of these Fitan – just as Allaah’s Messenger [alayhis salaatu wassalaam] described the situation- are those who are firm like mountains; the winds, floods, hurricanes and storms come along, but they do not shake, because the Eemaan in the hearts [of these people] is like the firm mountains. Allaah keeps them away from the Fitan and makes them firm, so they are not harmed. However, there are other people who are like the trees that are moved -by the wind – to the right and the left until they finally fall. And there are others who are like feathers and the Henna leaves- flying along with the Fitan when little Fitna occurs, such as when a mild wind [blows] the fragile leaves to a far off place. We ask Allaah to keep us firm.

The second type of heart: It is described [as follows]: ‘’Black and dusty like a worn-out vessel, neither recognizing good nor rejecting evil, but rather immersed in its desires.” This is the state of the one whose heart is immersed in Fitnah. He agrees with it and does not reject it, so the Fitnah enters him gradually until his heart is worn-out and thus becomes black like a worn-out vessel – a vessel whose mouth is turned upside down, so regardless the amount of water, butter fat and other things one attempts to pour into it, it will not accept anything. Indeed, we have often experienced the affair of this category of people – whose hearts are worn-out – and regardless the [number] of proofs and evidences- from the Qur’aan and Sunnah – presented to nullify their falsehood, they do not accept that from you. This has to be the case because indeed Allaah’s Messenger [alayhis salaatu wassalaam] described such a person as one with a heart that is similar to a worn-out vessel- a heart that neither recognises truth nor rejects evil; rather it is immersed in its desires. Whatever agrees with his desires, he accepts it- not because it is the truth, rather only because it agrees with his desires. This [behaviour] is similar to that of the Yahood [i.e. those Yahood who rejected the clear message of the final Messenger], for they know the truth, but wage war against it – accepting what agrees with their desires and rejecting what opposes their desires and wage war against it. This is something rife in this era amongst those whose hearts are worn-out and thus they reach this state that has been described by Allaah’s Messenger [alayhis salaatu wassalaam]. It is as if we are witnessing this affair whilst Allaah’s Messenger describes these people -in our presence- and we can see their deeds and dishonourable stances.

Source: Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ pages 206-208. Abridged and slightly paraphrased

Replying to Non-Muslims When They Greet Us Saying, ‘Assalaamu Alaykum’ – [By Shaikh Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower
If the non-Muslims give us salaam, we return the [salaam] because Allaah [The Most High] said: When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally.  [Surah An-Nisaa’ Aayah 86]
So, if they [i.e. non-muslims] say: ‘Assalaamu alaykum [i.e. peace be upon you]’, we say clearly ‘Alaykumus salaam’ [i.e. peace be upon you], because [Allaah] states in the Aayah [i.e. Aayah 86 Surah An-Nisaa]:  Greet in return with what is better than it, or [at least] return it equally.  The only [reason] the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] commanded us to say ‘Wa alaykum’ [i.e. ‘And upon you’ without the word Salaam] is because they [i.e. some of the yahood in Madeenah used to say to the Muslims out of hatred], ‘As-Saam Alaykum [i.e. death be upon you] as occurs in the hadeeth narrated by Abdullaah Ibn Umar: “Indeed, when the Yahood give you salaam, they say, As-saam ‘alaykum [i.e. death be upon you]; so say, ‘Wa alaykum’ [i.e. And upon you].

[49] Excerpts from Shaikh Rabee’s Book Titled ‘Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm’ – [I Warn My Brothers Against Fitan And That They Supplicate a Lot to Allaah to Keep Them Steadfast Upon The Religion]

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

I warn my brothers against the Fitan and that they turn to Allaah [for help] to keep them steadfast upon the Religion. They should supplicate a lot [just as Allaah taught the believers that they say]: Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate [from the truth] after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower. [Surah Aal Imraan’ Aayah 8]
They should make this tremendous supplication often [i.e. Aayah 8 Surah Aal Imraan], and [also] the supplication which Allaah’s Messenger used to make often. Anas [radiyallaahu-anhu] said: Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] used to say a lot: “O Turner of the hearts, keep my heart firm upon your religion.” So the companions said: O Allaah’s Messenger! Do you fear for us? He said: “Yes. Indeed the hearts are between two fingers from the fingers of Allaah, and He turns them however He wills.”

Therefore, the believer does not feel secure from Allaah’s plan [i.e. he is careful of persisting upon wrong, turning away from truth and becoming complacent lest he becomes misguided]. [Allaah said]: None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers. [Surah Al-A’raaf, Aayah 99]

The believer always fears Allaah. He fears that Allaah might not accept his deeds and he is not decieved by hope [i.e. hoping whilst not striving sincerely]. The spending carried out in the path of Allaah and the streneous effort made through acts of obedience to Allaah is nothing in the eyes of the truthful believer, for they are not equal to the smallest blessing amongst the [uncountable] blessings of Allaah. [Allaah’s Messenger (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam said)]: “Glorified be You [O Allaah] and free are You from all imperfections! I cannot fully praise you, for you are as you have praised yourself. [Saheeh Muslim 486]

This was Muhammad [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] – the one whose past and future sins were forgiven, but he feared Allaah the most. He said: “I swear by Allaah that I am the most fearful of Allaah and the most conscious of Him [based on knowledge regarding His Greatness etc] than you.”

He used to stand for so long that his feet became swollen. ‘Aishah said: O Allaah’s Messenger! Why are you doing this when Allaah has forgiven your past and future sins? He said: “Should I not be a thankful slave?”

Fasting People Take Advantage and Supplicate to Allāh – Shaykh Uthaymīn

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad sallallāhu alaihi wa salam) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. (Al-Baqarah: 186)

Benefits Extracted from this Verse for the Fasting Person:

Supplicating to Allāh whilst fasting is one of the times where supplications are most likely to be answered. This is because Allāh mentioned this verse within the verses of fasting. Especially since He spoke about it at the end of His speech regarding the verses of fasting.

Some of the scholars said, There is another benefit extracted from this verse: it is befitting to supplicate at the end of the fasting day, (i.e. before Maghrib, at point of opening fast).

Shaykh Uthaymīn (rahimahullāh) said,

This is one of the best times to supplicate, as the fasting person is weak and the weaker a person is, the more softer and open his heart is.  This person is more likely to turn repentantly to Allāh and to lower and submit himself to Allāh.

1. Shaykh Uthaymīn’s Tafsīr Al-Baqarah Vol.2 Pg 344

2. Majmū’ Al-Uthaymīn Vol. 19 Pgs. 323-324