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A Scholarly and Truthful Response Regarding Ilmul Ghayb For The One Who Asked!

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

A Scholarly and Truthful Response Regarding Ilmul Ghayb (Knowledge of The Unseen) For The One Who Asked!

Allaah (The Most High) said: [وَعِنْدَهُ مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ لَا يَعْلَمُهَا إِلَّا هُوَ – And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He].

In his explanation of the above Ayah, Imaam Ash-Shanqeetee (may Allaah have mercy upon him] brought a number of robust proofs to demonstrate and establish that even the most knowledgeable amongst the creation- Allaah’s Messengers and Angels-do not posses knowledge of the Unseen. The Imaam [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:

Proof A: Aa’isha (may Allah be pleased with her] was falsely accused and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] did not know whether she was innocent or not until Allaah informed him, saying: [ أُولَٰئِكَ مُبَرَّءُونَ مِمَّا يَقُولُونَ- ‘Such (good people) are innocent of (each and every) bad statement which they say].

Proof B: Prophet Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) slaughtered a lamb for the angels, whilst not knowing that they were angels until they informed him that they were angels. Allaah said that the angels said to him: [إِنَّا أُرْسِلْنَا إِلَىٰ قَوْمِ لُوطٍ – We have been sent against the people of Lout (Lot). (11:70)]

Proof C: When the angels came to Prophet Lut (peace be upon him), he did not know that they were angels, and due to that Allaah said: [عَصِيبٌ سِيءَ بِهِمْ وَضَاقَ بِهِمْ ذَرْعًا وَقَالَ هَٰذَا يَوْمٌ – He was grieved on their account and felt himself straitened for them (lest the town people should approach them to commit lewdness with them). He said: This is a distressful day]. And because of this Allaah said that lut said: [لَوْ أَنَّ لِي بِكُمْ قُوَّةً أَوْ آوِي إِلَىٰ رُكْنٍ شَدِيدٍ – Would that I had strength (men) to overpower you, or that I could betake myself to some powerful support (to resist you). (11:80)]. He did not know the news the angels brought until they said to him: [إِنَّا رُسُلُ رَبِّكَ لَنْ يَصِلُوا إِلَيْكَ – Verily, we are the Messengers from your Lord!]

Proof D: Prophet Ya’qoob (peace be upon him) lost his eye sight due to grieving for Yusuf (peace be upon him), whilst he was in Egypt. He did not know anything about Yusuf until Allaah reveal news about him.

Proof E: Prophet Sulaymaan (peace be upon him), even though Allaah gave him authority over the devils and subjugated the wind in his service, did not know about the people Bil Qees until the Hud’hud came with news about them. Allaah said that the Hud’hud said: [أَحَطْتُ بِمَا لَمْ تُحِطْ بِهِ وَجِئْتُكَ مِنْ سَبَإٍ بِنَبَإٍ يَقِينٍ – I have grasped (the knowledge of a thing) which you have not grasped and I have come to you from Saba’ (Sheba) with true news].

Proof F: Prophet Nuh (peace be upon him) did not know that his son – who was drowned- was not from those members of his household who were to be saved, as Allaah said that Nuh said: [رَبِّ إِنَّ ابْنِي مِنْ أَهْلِي وَإِنَّ وَعْدَكَ الْحَقُّ – O my Lord! Verily, my son is of my family! And certainly, Your Promise is true.(11:45)]

He did not know the reality of the affair until Allaah informed him, saying:

[بِهِ عِلْمٌ ۖ إِنِّي أَعِظُكَ أَنْ تَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ قَالَ يَا نُوحُ إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ مِنْ أَهْلِكَ ۖ إِنَّهُ عَمَلٌ غَيْرُ صَالِحٍ ۖ فَلَا تَسْأَلْنِ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ – He said: “O Nuh (Noah)! Surely, he is not of your family; verily, his work is unrighteous, so ask not of Me that of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you, lest you be one of the ignorant].

And indeed Allaah (The Most High) also stated in Surah Hud about Nuh that he said to his people: [وَلَا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ عِنْدِي خَزَائِنُ اللَّهِ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ -And I do not say to you that with me are the Treasures of Allah, “Nor that I know the Ghaib (unseen)].

Proof G: And when Allaah said to the Angels: [هَٰؤُلَاءِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ أَنْبِئُونِي بِأَسْمَاءِ -Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful]; Allaah said that the angels replied: [قَالُوا سُبْحَانَكَ لَا عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلَّا مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا -They (angels) said: “Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us.

Therefore, it is very clear that the most knowledgeable amongst the creation, the Messengers and the Angels, do not know anything of the unseen except what Allaah makes known to them. Allaah (The Most High) informs His Messengers what He wishes from the knowledge of the Unseen, as Allaah stated:

[وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيُطْلِعَكُمْ عَلَى الْغَيْبِ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَجْتَبِي مِنْ رُسُلِهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۖ- Nor will Allah disclose to you the secrets of the Ghaib (unseen), but Allah chooses of His Messengers whom He pleases].

And Allaah said: [إِلَّا مَنِ ارْتَضَىٰ مِنْ رَسُولٍ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ فَلَا يُظْهِرُ عَلَىٰ غَيْبِهِ أَحَد- (He Alone) the All-Knower of the Gha’ib (unseen), and He reveals to none His Gha’ib (unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind)…[An Excerpt from ‘Tafseer Al-Qur’aan Bil-Qur’aan Min Adwaa Al-Bayaan’ pages 169-170’ Daar Hady An-Nabawiy’ 2nd ed. (1431AH -2010)]

[5] Some Amazing Affairs Mentioned In Surah Al-Kahf [One Reminder Every Yawmul Jumu’ah]

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

The Amazing Conjecture of Ahlul Kitaab

Allaah [The Most High] said:
سَيَقُولُونَ ثَلَاثَةٌ رَّابِعُهُمْ كَلْبُهُمْ وَيَقُولُونَ خَمْسَةٌ سَادِسُهُمْ كَلْبُهُمْ رَجْمًا بِالْغَيْبِ ۖ وَيَقُولُونَ سَبْعَةٌ وَثَامِنُهُمْ كَلْبُهُمْ ۚ قُل رَّبِّي أَعْلَمُ بِعِدَّتِهِم مَّا يَعْلَمُهُمْ إِلَّا قَلِيلٌ ۗ فَلَا تُمَارِ فِيهِمْ إِلَّا مِرَاءً ظَاهِرًا وَلَا تَسْتَفْتِ فِيهِم مِّنْهُمْ أَحَدًا

[Some] say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they were five, the dog being the sixth, guessing at the unseen; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say (O Muhammad): “My Lord knows best their number; none knows them but a few.” So debate not (about their number, etc.) except with the clear proof (which We have revealed to you). And consult not any of them (people of the Scripture) about (the affair of) the people of the Cave.

Allaah informed [us] of the differing between the people of the scripture regarding the number of the people of the cave- a differing that [occurred] out of guessing at the unseen, forging statements and speaking about that which they have no knowledge. Some of them said that the people of the cave were three in number and their dog was the fourth, and others said that the people of the cave were five in number and their dog was the sixth. Allaah said that these two statements are tantamount to guessing at the unseen, so this indicates that they are false. And amongst them were those who said that the people of the cave were seven in number and their dog was the eighth. This statement-and Allaah knows best- is what is correct because Allaah declared the first two statements false but did not declare this third one to be false, so this indicates that it is correct.

This differing is one that neither carries any benefit nor are the people benefited by knowing the number of the people of the cave. It contains neither a benefit related to religion nor the worldly affairs and that is why Allaah stated: [قُل رَّبِّي أَعْلَمُ بِعِدَّتِهِم مَّا يَعْلَمُهُمْ إِلَّا قَلِيلٌ ۗ – Say (O Muhammad):My Lord knows best their number; none knows them but a few]; and they are those who know what is correct and known for being upon what is correct.

[ فَلَا تُمَارِ فِيهِمْ إِلَّا مِرَاءً ظَاهِرً -So debate not (about their number, etc.) except with the clear proof (which We have revealed to you)] based upon knowledge, certainty and about that which contains benefit. As for debating based on ignorance and guessing at the unseen or about that which has no benefit- either the debater being obstinate or the affair being debated having no benefit- neither any religious nor [praiseworthy] worldly benefit, such as the number of the people of the cave and what is similar to it- then too much debate about it and continuous research regarding it is a waste of time, and it makes the hearts have a strong love for that which has no benefit. [وَلَا تَسْتَفْتِ فِيهِم مِّنْهُمْ أَحَدً – And consult not any of them (people of the Scripture, Jews and Christians) about (the affair of) the people of the Cave] because their speech regarding it is based on guessing at the unseen and conjecture can be of no avail against the truth.

This [Ayah (i.e. 18:22)] proves that it is not permissible for a person to issue a verdict when he is not worthy of it- either due to his inability to issue a verdict in that affair or due to fact that he does not care what he says about the affair because he does not possess that fear of Allaah that will stop him from speaking about affairs that are unclear to him, which may harm him in the afterlife. So when it is the case that he has been forbidden from giving verdicts in the likes of this affair, then prohibiting him from giving verdicts [in general] is of a greater prohibition. Also this ayah proves that a person maybe prohibited from giving a verdict in some affair but not in other affairs, so he gives a verdict in that which he is worthy of giving a verdict and not in other affairs because Allaah has not prohibited him from giving a verdict completely; rather they were prohibited from giving a verdict regarding the affair of the people of the cave and what is similar to it. (1)

Beware of conjecture or too many unnecessary opinions in an affair and thus the correct or stronger position become hidden or obscured to the listener! “When reporting a difference of opinion on a matter, one should accommodate the statements (or arguments or views) in that context- clarify what is sound and what is false, mention the beneficial points in that difference of opinion and its fruitful outcomes so that the disagreement and differing is not prolonged in that which has no benefit and thus one is preoccupied with other than what is more important. As for the one who transmits difference of opinion, but does not accommodate the statements of the scholars, he has fallen short because it maybe that what is correct is found in that which he left out, or he transmits difference of opinion but neither establish its proofs nor clarifies the correct statements, then he has also fallen short. If he deliberately portrays something wrong as something correct, then he had lied deliberately, and he is mistake if it was based on ignorance. Also, the one who transmits difference of opinion in that which there is no benefit or merely transmits the wording of a number of statements (views) and then summarises them in one or two statements in meaning, then indeed he has wasted a long time and prolonged engagement in that which is not correct”. (2)

Likewise, in our era, we are presented with numerous views to the extent that the readers and listeners are afflicted with information overload, lead many people to gradually miss the root cause of the problem and thus and thus they become more confused than being well-informed about the subject matter. Access to the appropriate information is very good because it aids a person to make a good judgment if he has sound principles and competency to make a judgement, but it can be very harmful when too much is presented alongside the absence of sound principles by way of which the affair is dealt with from its very root cause; rather this also opens a door for the deceitful ones to manipulate the naive and gullible. Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “If you ponder upon the statements of the people of falsehood, you will indeed find them clothed with expressions and presented in a good light with sophisticated terms, which are quickly accepted by those deprived of sound discernment-to the extent that the wicked sinners would give (good) names to the greatest types of wicked deeds”. (3)

Imaam Abdur-Rahmaan Bin Naasir As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: And what is well known is that Allaah neither loves ignorance nor doubts, neither confusion nor misguidance; rather He loves the religion, knowledge and certainty. Indeed, Allaah [The Most High] rebuked confusion, saying:

قُلْ أَنَدْعُو مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ مَا لَا يَنفَعُنَا وَلَا يَضُرُّنَا وَنُرَدُّ عَلَىٰ أَعْقَابِنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَانَا اللَّهُ كَالَّذِي اسْتَهْوَتْهُ الشَّيَاطِينُ فِي الْأَرْضِ حَيْرَانَ لَهُ أَصْحَابٌ يَدْعُونَهُ إِلَى الْهُدَى ائْتِنَا ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۖ

Say (O Muhammad): “Shall we invoke others besides Allah (false deities), that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels after Allah has guided us (to true Monotheism)? – like one whom the Shayaateen (devils) have made to go astray, confused (wandering) through the earth, his companions calling him to guidance (saying): ‘Come to us.’ “Say: “Verily, Allah’s Guidance is the only guidance.’’ [Soorah Al An’aam: Ayah: 71]

Indeed, we have been commanded to ask Him (The Most High) to guide us to the straight path and this necessitates knowledge of the truth and acting upon it, and the Qur’aan is the cure, guidance and light. The Muslims are agreed [upon the fact] that doubt and confusion are unpraiseworthy, and it is expected – absolutely- that a person who does not possess knowledge of something is obligated to keep quiet and seek knowledge via its (sound) sources. Those atheists – the most doubtful of doubters, who command the people to eradicate the truth from the hearts in order to direct the hearts to other than it – are opponents of the Book, the Sunnah and the consensus of those considered to be people of sound reasoning. They (atheists) are followers of their misguided leaders. (4)

Imaam Ismaa’eel Bin Abdur-Rahmaan [known as As-Sadee (rahimahullaah)] said: The people of shirk said to the Muslims: ‘’follow our path and abandon the religion of Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)’’, so Allaah revealed the ayah: ‘’Say (O Muhammad): Shall we invoke others besides Allah (false deities), that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels;’’ Meaning: (shall we turn into) disbelief ‘’after Allah has guided us (to true Monotheism)?’’, and so that we become like you? – those whom the devils have made to go astray in the earth.
And so that we become like you by disbelieving after believing, similar to a man who set out on a road with some people, but he got lost. So, the devils made him confused and he wandered in the earth, whilst his companions are on the (right) road. His companions started calling him saying: ‘’Come to us, we are on the (right) road”, but he refuses to go to them. This is similar to the one who follows the (people of shirk) after being acquainted with the (message of) Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). And Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) is the one calling to the (right) road and the road is Islaam. (5)

[Ref 1: Source: An Ecerpt from Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan’. slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 2: Manhajul Bah’thil Ilmi Wa Kitaabah Fee Uloom Ash-Sharee’ah. 21- 22]

[Ref 3: An Excerpt from As-Sawaa-iq al-Mursalah of Imaam Ibnul Qayyim: 2/438). Slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 4: An Excerpt from Al-adillatul Qawaatiq Wal-baraaheen Fee Ibtaali Usoolil Mulhideen. Page 15. slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 5: An Excerpt from Al-Misbaah Al-Muneer Fee Tahdheeb Tafseer Ibn Katheer. Page 428]

[1] Reality of the Shaikh they claim is the reason behind our so called Ta’assub (bigoted attachment)

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

Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] stated: All praise be to Allaah, and may peace and blessings be upon Allaah’s Messenger, his family, his companions, and those who follow his guidance. To proceed: Indeed, this book of mine was written in the year (1411 AH) to confront a new trend of Ta’assub (bigoted attachment) at that time and I believe that it had an effect on making the truthful Salafis firm upon the truth and unveiled the state of the fake ones who are swept away by blind bigoted attachment and the tides of desires. Today, it is being disseminated again in Salafi websites to treat the diseases of bigoted attachment in the hope that Allaah will benefit people who want to (seek the Pleasure) of Allaah and the home of the Afterlife through their deeds and stances – those whom shaytaan does not have power over them just as Allaah [The Exalted] stated:

إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَهُ سُلْطَانٌ عَلَى الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ إِنَّمَا سُلْطَانُهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَتَوَلَّوْنَهُ وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِهِ مُشْرِكُونَ

Verily! He (shaytaan) has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allah). [Surah An-Nahl. Aayah 99]

I ask Allaah to divert shaytaan’s plots from all believers. Indeed, the One Who hears supplication. Written by Rabih Bin Hadi Umayr Al-Madkhali. 10/2/1430 AH [End of quote] (1)

We remind those who utter the statement, “Some youth have Ta’assub (bigoted attachment) to some of the scholars” that we’ll ask them questions during this series, expose their plots and rebuke them for insinuating that we are guilty of Ta’assub due to our stances against Dr Muhammad Bin Haadi. We’ll also quote from Umdatul Abee Fee Raddi Ta’seelaat Wa Dalaalaat Ali Al-Halabi when necessary because there is no doubt that the Mubtadi Ali Al-Halabi and the Mubtadi Abul Hasan al-Maribi, and their staunch followers are the flag-bearers of Ta’assub. Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadi [may Allaah preserve him] stated, “Destructive Good Suspicion is to have a good suspicion of the people of falsehood whether are they disbelievers, innovators or evil sinners. And that which led the disbelievers to belie the Messengers, (harbouring) a severe disbelief in them and their message was due to their evil suspicion towards the people of truth (i.e. the Prophets and their true followers), and having a good suspicion of their forefathers and their religions of falsehood and disbelief. Ahlul Bidah such as the Rawaafid, the khawaarij, the soofiyyah, the murji’ah, the qadariyyah and the people of Tahazzub Al-Baatil [false partisanship] are destroyed by good suspicion towards their shuyookh and figureheads, and their corrupt creeds. On the other hand, they are destroyed by their evil suspicions towards the truth and its people. Abul Hasan Al-Maribee and his followers have a share of both this destructive good suspicion and destructive evil suspicion. (2)

To be continued….InShaaAllaah


[Ref 1: paraphrased]

[Ref 2: Majmoo 13/363-364]



Seeking God’s Blessing In An Act He Has Forbidden?!

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

Blessed For Engaging In An Act That Is Forbidden In The Unadulterated Teachings of The Prophets! The Priest and Follower Have Completely Lost Their Minds

A person asked, “Two Christian leaders agree to allow something that is prohibited in the pure teachings of all the Prophets. One of them says that he is happy that some of his brethren in faith – amongst their religious leaders – will be allowed to ‘Offer God’s Blessings’ for two people who seek a marriage contract that is forbidden in the pure teachings of the Prophets, but he will not get involved personally. Is this not absurd or tantamount to making a mockery of religion?!”

Response: Seeking God’s blessings in a forbidden deed?! There is no doubt that the Christian who condones this type of behaviour in the name of God is no different from the Arab pagans! Allaah [The Exalted] stated:

وَإِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَـٰحِشَةً۬ قَالُواْ وَجَدۡنَا عَلَيۡہَآ ءَابَآءَنَا وَٱللَّهُ أَمَرَنَا بِہَا‌ۗ قُلۡ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَأۡمُرُ بِٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ‌ۖ أَتَقُولُونَ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ
قُلۡ أَمَرَ رَبِّى بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ‌ۖ وَأَقِيمُواْ وُجُوهَكُمۡ عِندَ ڪُلِّ مَسۡجِدٍ۬ وَٱدۡعُوهُ مُخۡلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ‌ۚ كَمَا بَدَأَكُمۡ تَعُودُونَ
فَرِيقًا هَدَىٰ وَفَرِيقًا حَقَّ عَلَيۡہِمُ ٱلضَّلَـٰلَةُ‌ۗ إِنَّهُمُ ٱتَّخَذُواْ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينَ أَوۡلِيَآءَ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ وَيَحۡسَبُونَ أَنَّہُم مُّهۡتَدُونَ

And when they commit a Fahisha, they say: “We found our fathers doing it, and Allah has commanded us of it.” Say: “Nay, Allah never commands of Fahisha. Do you say of Allah what you know not?] Say (O Muhammad): My Lord has commanded justice and (said) that you should face Him only (i.e. worship none but Allah and face the Qiblah, i.e. the Ka’bah at Makkah during prayers) in each and every place of worship, in prayers (and not to face other false deities and idols), and invoke Him only making your religion sincere to Him by not joining in worship any partner to Him and with the intention that you are doing your deeds for Allah’s sake only. As He brought you (into being) in the beginning, so shall you be brought into being (on the Day of Resurrection) [in two groups, one as a blessed one (believers), and the other as a wretched one (disbelievers)]. A group He has guided, and a group deserved to be in error; (because) surely they took the Shayatin (devils) as Auliya’ (protectors and helpers) instead of Allah, and consider that they are guided. [Surah Al-A’raf. Aayaat 28-30]

Allah stated, whilst making known the repugnant state of the Mushrikoon who commit sins and attributed that to something Allaah commanded them. [وَإِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَـٰحِشَةً۬ – And when they commit a Fahisha]- Meaning, everything that is regarded to be indecent and repugnant, including when they performed Tawaaf around the Kabah whilst naked. [قَالُواْ وَجَدۡنَا عَلَيۡہَآ ءَابَآءَنَا – they say: “We found our fathers doing it]: they told the truth regarding this affair (i.e. that they found their forefathers upon those repugnant deeds); [وَٱللَّهُ أَمَرَنَا بِہَا‌ۗ – and Allah has commanded us of it], but they lied regarding this other affair and thus Allaah rebutted them for attributing this to Him, saying: [قُلۡ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَأۡمُرُ بِٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ‌ۖ – Say: “Nay, Allah never commands of Fahisha]- Meaning, it does not befit Allaah’s perfection and wisdom to command His servants to commit immorality, whether it is this act committed by the Mushrikoon or other than it. [أَتَقُولُونَ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ – Do you say of Allah what you know not?]- Meaning, what fabrication can be more severe than this?! Then Allaah stated: [قُلۡ أَمَرَ رَبِّى بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ‌ۖ – ?] Say (O Muhammad): My Lord has commanded justice] – Meaning, in acts of worship and mutual dealings, and not wrongdoing and injustice. (1)

Imaam Ash-Shanqeetee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated: Allaah mentions in this noble verse that when the unbelievers committed evil, they sought to establish it to be truth and something correct by saying that they found their forefathers doing the same, and that they have not done so, except because it is guidance and something correct. Allaah clarified in another verse of the Qur’aan that this is the state of affairs of all the nations (i.e. those who obstinately disbelieved in the Messengers), saying:

[وَكَذَٲلِكَ مَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَا مِن قَبۡلِكَ فِى قَرۡيَةٍ۬ مِّن نَّذِيرٍ إِلَّا قَالَ مُتۡرَفُوهَآ إِنَّا وَجَدۡنَآ ءَابَآءَنَا عَلَىٰٓ أُمَّةٍ۬ وَإِنَّا عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَـٰرِهِم مُّقۡتَدُونَ – And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.”] [Surah Az-Zukhruf. Aayah 23]

Allaah rebutted them for this blind following in many verses, such as His statement:

[أَوَلَوۡ كَانَ ءَابَآؤُهُمۡ لَا يَعۡقِلُونَ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَهۡتَدُونَ – Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided? (Al-Baqarah 170)]

[أَوَلَوۡ كَانَ ءَابَآؤُهُمۡ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا وَلَا يَہۡتَدُونَ – even though their fathers had no knowledge whatsoever and no guidance. (Al-Maa’idah 104)]

[قَـٰلَ أَوَلَوۡ جِئۡتُكُم بِأَهۡدَىٰ مِمَّا وَجَدتُّمۡ عَلَيۡهِ ءَابَآءَكُمۡ‌ۖ – Even if I bring you better guidance than that which you found your fathers following? (Az-Zukhruf 24)]

إِنَّہُمۡ أَلۡفَوۡاْ ءَابَآءَهُمۡ ضَآلِّينَ
فَهُمۡ عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَـٰرِهِمۡ يُہۡرَعُونَ

Verily, they found their fathers on the wrong path; so they hastened [to follow] in their footsteps. [As-Saffaat. Aayah 69-70] (2)

As for the priest who condones this deed in religion, then indeed, the likes of these people are well know. Read here:

[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Tafseer As-Sadi. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 2: Adwaa Al-Bayaan]

Golden Advice of Al-Allaamah Zayd Ibn Haadi (rahimahullah) to One of His Sons

AsSalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

I hope (and make dua) for your success and steadfastness in this life and after death- success and steadfastness in knowledge and action. This advice is for myself and for you.

  1. That you are from the ghurabaa (strangers) – those who rectify when the people are corrupted. (1)
  2. That you patiently persevere upon the prayer, (specifically) the Friday prayer and (in general) the congregational prayer- giving this affair the upmost care and concern.
  3. That you leave your beard (2) (do not trim or shave) fulfilling the obligation (upon you), reviving the sunnah of the prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa salam) and opposing the enemies of Islam, whilst recognising that we do not know if we will have a long or short life. That which is important is that we have a good end with righteous deeds.
  4. Being free of western clothing (3) …
  5. That you control your tongue and restrain it (4), except for the remembrance of Allah (5) and that which follows on from that, and that which is a must to be said (of good and sincere advice).(6)
  6. Pay attention to and observe some of the morning and evening supplications, for indeed it builds a fortress against calamities and destruction. A servant (of Allah) is weak, therefore it is imperative that he turns to his All-Mighty All-Powerful Lord, and seeks protection from His protection – The Glorified and Majestic.
  7. Always pay attention to time (7) (i.e. don’t waste it) and uphold good manners (8) (within the limits of the sharee’ah) with teachers and classmates (colleagues). You will attain the good of this life and the hereafter, because good manners brings about all good.
  8. Finally, take into account the recompense that is about to come in the presence of Allaah and put forth that which will bring you to His Pleasure. Allah is the Best of Protectors and Most Merciful of those who show mercy.

Was Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

Source: Wasiya Li-Ahadi Abnaa’ee 689-690

1. Basis of this is a Hadith which has been collected by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and other than them from the scholars of hadeeth, and it has been declared authentic by Al-Albani. In a narration, he (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Those who rectify themselves [and others] when the people have become corrupt.” Reported by Ahmad and At-Tabarāni.

2. Bukhari 5892, Muslim 260 – both narrations have within it a command to grow the beard long and trim the moustache.

3. “Whoever resembles a people is from them.” Abu Dawood 431 Authenticated by Al-Albani

4. Hadith in Tirmidhi Authenticated by Al-Albaani, wherein the Prophet says to Mu’aadh (Allah be pleased with him), “Restrain this (i.e. the tongue)…”

5. There are many aayaat encouraging with the dhikr of Allah, from them:

[يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيرًا ۝ وَسَبِّحُوهُ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلًا [الأحزاب:41-

O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon. (Al-Ahzab:41)

6. The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa salam) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day then let him speak good or remain silent.” Bukhari 6018

7. “There are two blessings that many people are deceived into losing: health and free time.” Sahih al-Bukhari 6412

8. “And behave with people with good manners.” at-Tirmidhi 1987

What is the Ruling on Affiliating with the Various Groups (jamaa’aat)? Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan:

There is only one jamaa’ah (in reality), those who are upon that which the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and his companions (Allah be pleased with them) were upon, he (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“My nation will split into 73 sects, all of them in the fire except for one, they (the companions) asked: “Which is it oh Messenger of Allah?! He replied: “That which I and my companions are upon”.(1)

He (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Whosoever lives long from amongst you, will see much differing, so upon you is my sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs, cling onto it and bite onto it with your molar teeth.” (2)

And he (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Indeed, i have left among you, that which if you were to cling onto it, you would never be misguided after me: Book of Allah and my Sunnah.” (3)

Therefore, there is only one jamaa’ah, Jamaa’ah of the people of tawheed, jamaa’ah of the Muslims who are upon the methodology of the pious predecessors.

Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) said,

And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). (Soorah At-Tawbah:100).

Therefore, it is obligatory to follow the salaf, begining of this nation and the Virtuous Generations, there is only one jamaa’ah for us, it is that which is on the truth, those who oppose them, are opposing jamaa’at, their opposition is of varying levels, some are extremely far (from the truth) and some are closer, from them are disbelievers and from them are those who are misguided.

The groups differ in their opposition, however the jamaa’ah which is on the truth is one and we adhere to this one group, so that we can be from this one group (which is saved from the fire).

Muhaadaraat fil-Aqeedah wad-Dawah; al-Majmoo’a ath-Thaaniya Vol.1 pgs. 376-377

  1. Tirmidhi 2641
  2. Abu Dawood 4607
  3. Muwatta Imam Malik vol 2 pg 899, Al-Haakim vol 1 pg 172, Ad-Daaruqutuni 4559, Al-Bayhaqi vol 10 pg 1

What Are Examples of a Calamity in a Person’s Religion – Shaykh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami

Ash-Shaykh Al-Allaamah Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami [may Allaah have mercy upon him] was asked about calamities in a person’s religion, he responded, “We ask Allah [the Most High] that He does not put us to trial in our religion. A calamity in religion is like what the atheists, the orientalists, the ba’athists, Marxists have been afflicted with and all other heretics (besides the ones mentioned). Whoever is put to trial in his Aqeedah with deviation, and put to trial in his worship with Bidah, then indeed he has been put to trial with calamities in his religion. These are (some) types of calamities in a person’s religion which (a person) must – at all times – seek refuge from, because you will be rewarded – if you were patient – when facing a calamity in worldly affairs, whereas a calamity in religion is a more severe calamity”. (1)

Shuraih Al-Qaadhiy [may Allaah have mery upon him] said, “Indeed (when) afflicted by a calamity, I praise Allaah four times: I praise Allaah for not making the calamity greater than what it is. I praise Allaah for granting me patience. I praise Allaah for the reward I hope for in that calamity and I praise Allaah for not placing that calamity in the affairs of my religion”. (2)

[Ref 1: Qurratu ‘Uyoon as-Salafiyyah bil ajwibah al-Jaamiyah pg 566. slightly paraphrased]

[Shu’ab Al-Eemaan 9507]

The Rawaafid Shia and Resembling Allah, The Most High, The All-Hearing, All-Seeing to His Creation – Shaykh Rabee (hafidahullah)

“The anthropomorphists(1) (Mushabbiha; those who resemble Allah to his creation) their origins are from the rawaafid shia(2), there are others that are labelled with resembling Allah to His Creation (tashbeeh), however the most well known were the heads of the rawaafid, Allah is Lofty and far removed from that (which they claim).”

Shaykh Rabee’s Sharh Aqeedatus Salaf Ashaab al-Hadeeth pg.32

(1) for further details see:
(2) for details on rawaafid:

How does a Muslim Discern if a Calamity is Recompense for his Sins or a Test from Allāh? – Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān

Shaykh Fawzān was asked about calamities which afflict the Muslim.

Noble Shaykh – May Allāh give you success – this questioner says,

How does a Muslim discern if a calamity that occurred to him, is due to his sins or a test from Allāh (The Mighty & Majestic)?

It is because of his sins, as Allāh said:

وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ

And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. (Ash-Shūra: 30)

And is there anyone who is free from sin?! Nobody is faultless; however the door of repentance is open, Alhamdulillāh.

Sharh Ighāfati al-Lahfān min Masā’id ash-Shaytān 18/05/1439

Manners of Giving Salaams When There is a Lesson or Gathering – Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan

When a person enters upon a gathering which has scholars, students of knowledge, laypeople and they are speaking; does he give salaams and sit, or does he go round everyone giving them individual salaams?

There is no doubt that gatherings have (prescribed) manners, so if the people enter and this gathering is a gathering of knowledge and a lesson then indeed, he sits down and listens and delays the salaams until there is a gap, likewise if the sitting was a sitting of conversing and one person is speaking and the rest are listening then also, he sits and does not give salaam until the speech stops. As for if the speech was shared amongst the people sitting then indeed, he gives salaam generally and he can single out whoever he wishes to give salaam to alone. .