In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
I Should Distance Myself From Tricks When Clear Proofs Reaches Me
Imaam Al-Bukhaari [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Chapter: Avoiding the use of tricks and everybody will get the reward according to his intention”. Narrated Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab [may Allaah be pleased with him] that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “’The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he intended. So, whoever emigrates for Allaah and His Messenger, then his emigration will be for Allaah and His Messenger, and whoever emigrates to take a worldly benefit or for a woman to marry, then his emigration will be for what he emigrated for”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari Number 6953]
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “There is no place for trickery in Ibaadaat [i.e. acts of worship] nor in Mu’aamalaat [i.e. mutual dealings]. Therefore, it is obligatory to approach affairs through their appropriate paths. (1)
I Should Follow Evidence and Not Merely Utilize Khilaaf to Follow That Which My Soul Desires
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: The loftiest ambition in seeking knowledge is to acquire knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah- to be granted understanding by Allaah [i.e. granted Tawfeeq to acquire sound knowledge] and through the Sunnah of the Messenger, and acquaint oneself with the boundaries of the revelation [i.e. neither going into excess nor being lackadaisical]. And the most baseless ambition of the students of knowledge is to confine their ambitions in following the bizarre affairs and that which has neither occurred nor has it been revealed, or acquainting (oneself) with the differences of opinion and pursuing the statements of the scholars, whilst having no ambition to acquaint oneself with what is correct among those statements. Little is there to benefit from the knowledge of these people. (2)
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “There is no excuse in the presence of Allaah – on the day of judgement – for the one that the (authentic) Prophetic reports and Aathaar reached in a subject matter of the religion- which are not opposed by any other texts – if he turns away from them”. (3)
Imaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhaab [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “If the utterer of the statement ‘there is no Inkaar in issues of Khilaaf’ intends by way of it the issues of Khilaaf, then based on the consensus of the scholars this statement is false. The companions of the Messenger and those who succeeded them did not cease showing disapproval of the error (or the person who erred) regardless who he was, even if he was the most knowledge and pious amongst the people. When it is the fact that Allaah sent Muhammad peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] with guidance and the true religion, commanded us to follow him and abandon that which opposes him, then part of the perfection of this affair is that whoever – amongst those scholars who err- opposes his path (i.e. in any affair), such scholar is notified of his error and the error is rejected. However, if the utterer of the statement that ‘there is no Inkaar in issues of Khilaaf’ intend by way of it the issues of Ijtihaad about which there’s no one position that stands out to be the most correct one, then his statement is correct”. (4)
Imaam Ash-Shawkaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The statement ‘there is no Inkaar in the issues of Khilaaf’ has indeed become the greatest means to blocking the path to enjoining good and forbidding evil”. (5)
I Should Strive to Adhere to The Path of Ahlul Hadeeth
Al-Khateeeb Al-Baghdaadee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “It is necessary that the seekers of Hadeeth should have the most perfect (behaviour, manners, etiquettes etc) amongst the people, be the most humble amongst the people, the greatest in their impartiality and adherence to the religion, the least in (deviating from good conduct) and (being overcome with) anger, because they constantly listen to the narrations that gathers the excellent manners and etiquettes of Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him], the lives of the virtuous pious predecessors, the path of the scholars of Hadeeth and the virtues of the (pious ones and scholars) who have passed away; so they adhere to the purest and excellent (aspects of those traits, etiquettes, manners etc) and turn away from the most despised and lowly (traits, behaviour, manners, etiquettes etc). (6)
Therefore, O seeker of Hadeeth! When it is this case that Qaza is a repugnant deed, then there should be no excuse you to cling to that which weakens your character. Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “From the affairs that many people and especially the youth have been tried with, in our times, is their relentless following of Western fashion and competing to be up-to-date with the latest trends in society. They want people to look at them and recognise the fact they are wearing the latest designs and have the most fashionable haircuts. And this desire to be fashionable leads them to imitate the well-known sinners and unbelievers in society such as singers, musicians, actors, sports personalities, fashion models, celebrities and “influencers”. These followers of fashion among our Muslim brothers and sisters may be ignorant of the Sharī’ah rulings regarding garments, hairstyles and resembling the Kuffār, and others may be aware but are overwhelmed with the desire to fit in or keep up”. https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-prohibition-of-qaza-hairstyle-disallowed-by-allahs-messenger/
I Should Ask Allaah For Tawfeeq and That He Makes Me Eager to Adhere to That Which Gives The Ummah The Upper Hand
An Example of The Texts That Prohibit Imitation of The Disbelievers
Abu Hurayrah [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The religion will not cease to prevail as long as people hasten to break the fast, because the Jews and the Christians (i.e. those amongst them who deviated from the path of their Prophets) delay it”. (7)
“The religion will not cease to prevail” – meaning triumphant and lofty or manifest and clear. “As long as the people hasten to break the fast”- meaning, they earnestly hasten to break the fast. “Because the Jews and the Christians (i.e. those amongst them who deviated from the path of their Prophets) delay it”. At-Teebiy [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “In this is proof that upright establishment of the religion of pure Islamic monotheism is through opposing the enemies amongst the people of the scripture (i.e. oppose what they have innovated in the religion of the Prophets) and being in agreement with them (i.e. in their misguidance and religious innovations) damages the religion”. (8)
Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “This is a text regarding (the fact that) triumph of the religion is attained through hastening to break the fast and it is for the purpose of opposing the Jews and Christians (i.e. those amongst them who deviated, innovated in religion and opposed their prophets). So, when it is the case that opposing them is a reason behind the triumph of the religion, then the purpose of sending the Messengers is so that the religion ordained by Allaah prevails over all others. Therefore, being in opposition to (the deviated people) is one of the greatest goals behind the advent of the Messengers”. (9)
Therefore, there should be no hesitation to abandon Qaza – a repugnant deed indeed, because this article by Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] suffices: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-prohibition-of-qaza-hairstyle-disallowed-by-allahs-messenger/
May Allaah grant us Tawfeeq to hasten to everything that is beloved and pleasing to Him Aameen. Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَٱلَّذِينَ جَـٰهَدُواْ فِينَا لَنَہۡدِيَنَّہُمۡ سُبُلَنَاۚ – As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism)].
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: “Allaah [Glorified be He and free is He from all imperfections] attached guidance to Jihaad [i.e. striving in the path of Allaah]. The people with the most perfect guidance are those who [perform] a greater Jihaad [i.e striving in the path of Allaah]. And the most obligatory Jihaad is the Jihaad against the Self (see footnote a); Jihaad against [evil or vain] desires, Jihaad against shaytaan and jihaad against the Dunyah (see footnote b). Therefore, whoever strives against these four [in the path of Allaah and for the sake of Allaah], Allaah will guide him to the paths of [attaining] His Pleasure [that] leads to Paradise. And whoever abandons [this] Jihaad, he will miss guidance depending on the extent of what he neglected. Junaid said [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, ‘Those who strive against their (evil or vain) desires (in the path of Allaah) by way of repentance, Allaah will guide them to the paths of Ikhlaas’. It is not possible to strive against the enemy in the open, except for the one who strives against these enemies inwardly. So, whoever is aided against them, he will be victorious against his enemy. And whoever is made to be overcome by them, his enemy will be made victorious over him”. (10)
Footnote a: Jihaad Against The Self: Striving to attain upright guidance, adhering to it after being acquainted with it, calling to it and exercising patience when faced with the difficulties in that path [Zaadul Ma’aad 3/9-12]
Footnote b: Jihaad against the Dunyah: In a supplication, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] asked Allaah, saying: “Do not make the Dunyah our greatest concern”. [Saheeh At-Tirmidhee ) Number 3502]. Al-Mubaarakfooree [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated in his explanation of this supplication that it means: Do not make wealth and status our greatest goal or the reason behind our grief, rather direct our greatest goal or the reason behind our grief towards the deeds of the afterlife. [Tuhfah Al-Ahwadhee 9/475-477]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “There are two (types) of strengths within the soul: The strength of abstinence and the strength of courage. The reality of patience is that one makes the strength of courageousness a means of action in what benefits him and the strength of abstinence a means of action in refraining from what is harmful to him. Among the people, there is one whose patience in carrying out what benefits him and being firm upon it is stronger than his patience in refraining from what is harmful to him; so he exercises patience in facing difficulty whilst carrying out acts of obedience, but he does not exercise patience in refraining from urges towards what he is forbidden. And among them, there is one whose patience in refraining from things that are in opposition to the religion is stronger than his patience in carrying out acts of obedience, and among them there is one who does not exercise patience in both affairs. The best of people are those who fulfil both affairs. Many people patiently bear the hardship of praying Tahajjud during hot and cold nights, and the difficulty in fasting; but they do not exercise patience in refraining from looking at forbidden things. Many people exercise patience in refraining from looking at the forbidden things and inclination towards [forbidden] images, but they do not exercise patience in commanding good and forbidding evil”. (11)
What to Remind The Nafs When It Inclines Towards What is Forbidden
Imaam Abdul Ghaniy Al-Maqdisi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated in his book At-tawwaabeen that a man [may Allaah have mercy upon him] once came to Ibraaheem Bin Adham [may Allaah have mercy upon him] and said, “O Abu Ishaaq! Indeed I have transgressed against my Nafs [through evil deeds], so present to me that which will be a deterrent for my nafs and will save [or rescue] my heart”. So, Ibraaheem said to him: “If you accept five affairs and fulfil them, neither will you be harmed due to sinning nor will the enjoyment [or delight from it] bring you destruction. The man said, “Mention them to me O Abu Ishaaq”.
Ibraaheem said: “The first affair is that when you want to disobey Allaah – The Mighty and Majestic- do not eat His provision”. The man said, “Where would I eat from when it is case that all that is in the earth is from His provision?” He said, “O you! Is it right that you eat His provision and disobey him?” The man said, “No; mention the second affair to me”.
Ibraaheem said, “If you want to disobey Allaah, do not live anywhere in Allaah’s earth”. The man said, “This is greater than the first affair! When it is the case that the east, the west and whatever is between them belongs to Him, then where would I live?” Ibraaheem said to him, “O you! Is it right that you eat His provision and live on his earth, yet you disobey him?” The man said, “No; mention the third affair”.
Ibraaheem said, “If you want to disobey Him whilst you are being provided from His provision and living on his earth, then do so in a place where He cannot see you”. The man said, “How can that be when it is the case that He knows everything that is hidden”. Ibraaheem said, “O you! Is it right that you eat his provision, live on his earth and you disobey him whilst he sees you and what you do?” The man said, “No; mention the fourth affair”.
Ibraaheem said, “When the angel of death comes to take your soul, tell him, ‘Delay its departure until I perform sincere repentance and perform righteous deeds for the sake of Allaah’”. The man said, “He (the angel) will not accept that from me”. Ibraaheem said, “O you! When it is the case that you cannot repel death until you repent and you know that there is no delay when it comes to you, then how do you hope to escape?” The man said, “Mention the fifth affair”.
Ibraaheem said to him, “When the Zabaaniyah [i.e. guardians of hell] come to you on yawmul qiyaamah to take you to the fire, do not go with them”. The man said, “Neither will they leave me nor accept that from me”. Ibraaheem said to him, “So, how do you hope for safety then?” The man said, “O Ibraaheem! This is enough! This is enough! I seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent to Him.” (12)
O Mankind! The Promise of Allaah is True, So Do Not Be Deceived By This Worldly Life And Shaytaan
Let’s Supplicate to Allaah That He Does Not Abandon Us to Ourselves
Supplication of The Morning [Before Sunrise] and Evening [Before Sunset]
يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغيثُ أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِيَ كُلَّهُ وَلاَ تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ
O Ever Living! O The Self Subsisting, Upon Whom Everything Depends! By Your mercy I seek assistance; rectify for me all of my affairs and do not leave me to myself, even for the blink of an eye. [As-Saheehah Number 227]: https://salaficentre.com/2019/09/02/oh-ever-living-oh-the-self-subsisting-upon-whom-everything-depends-by-your-mercy-i-seek-assistance/
Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood [may Allah be pleased with him] reported that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: [اللهم كما حَسَّنْت خَلْقِي فَحَسِّنْ خُلُقِي – O Allah! Just as You made my external form beautiful, make my character beautiful as well]. https://salaficentre.com/2021/07/31/o-allah-just-as-you-made-my-external-form-beautiful-make-my-character-beautiful-as-well/
The Worldly Life is a Prison For The Believer!
Abandon Something For The Sake of Allaah And You’ll Have It Replaced With What Is Better
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min Ta’leeqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari’ 4/353. footnote 1. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: An Excerpt from Al-Fawaa’id. page: 99. Slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 3: I’laam Al-Muwaqqi’een 3/300-301]
[Ref 4: Ad-Durar As-Saniyyah 4/8]
[Ref 5: As-Sayl Al-Jarraar. 4/588]
[Ref 6: An Excerpt from ‘Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm 1/78’. Slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 7: Abu Dawud Number 2353. Hadeeth graded ‘Hasan’ by Imaam Al- Albaanee in Saheeh Abu Dawud. Publisher: Maktabah Al-M’aarif. 1st Edition]
[Ref 8: Awnul Ma’bood Sharh Sunan Abee Daawud. Vol 3. Pages 343-344. slightly paraphrased. Publisher: Daarul Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1419AH (1998)]
[Ref 9: Iqtidaa As-Siraat Al-Mustaqeem 1/209]
[Ref 10: Al-Fawaa’id page 97]
[Ref 11: An Excerpt from Uddatus Saabireen. page 37]
[Ref 12: At-taleeq Alaa Bawaa’thil Khilaas Min Adh-Dhunoob. Lesson 1. By Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr (hafidhahullaah). See here: https://al-badr.net/sub/369%5D ]