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How to Be From the People of Jannah – Ramadhaan Reminder Day 8 – Shaykh Fawzaan

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Umar stayed at his house for three days then he said to him: ‘Nothing had actually occurred between me and my father from what I mentioned to you but it was that the I heard that the Prophet ﷺ said that a man would appear upon us who will be from the people of paradise so I wanted to accompany you and see what you were doing of righteous deeds.

Yet I didn’t see you perform many righteous deeds? So the man responded to Umar and said to him that ‘I do not do more deeds than what you have already seen me doing except

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Day 7 Ramadhaan Reminder – Patience when Calling to Allah – Shaykh Fawzaan

“So on the Mountain of Abe Qubais (in Mecca) he ﷺ called his people so they congregated around him, then he ﷺ said: ‘’What if I informed you that behind this mountain there is an enemy that wants to conduct an attack upon
you, would you believe me?’’

They said: ‘’We have never ever experienced from you a lie.’’ He replied: ‘’Verily, I am a warner to you of an approaching punishment’’ so his uncle Abu Lahb said: ‘’May your hands perish, is this why you have gathered us?’’

The noble Shaykh, explains how a person needs to be patient when calling to Allah, because the caller will face much opposition, even from those close to him.

The Story of the Revelation – Day 6 Ramadhaan Reminder – Shaykh Fawzaan

Being in seclusion was made beloved to the Prophet prior to his prophet-hood, this was known as laying the foundations as the early signs of prophet-hood. The Prophet would go to his wife Khadeejah (May Allah be pleased with her) and she would give him provisions enough to last for a long time for when he went to Cave Hira at the top of Mount Nur. He would sit there being in devout worship, and he would remember his Lord in this Cave at the top of Mount Nur which faced in the direction of the Ka’ba…

 

Calling The Adhaan – In Ramadhaan – Four or Five Minutes Before Fajr As a Precaution– [Brief Observations by Shaikh Uthaymeen]

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

Shaikh Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said: This precaution is not legislated and indeed the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: “The over-stringent ones are destroyed”. [Ref 1]

It [i.e. this type of precaution] is incorrect because if they [i.e. the people] take this precaution in relation to the fasting, they will commit a mistake or a misdeed. That is because many people stand up and [start] praying Fajr when they hear the Mu’addhin. Therefore, the one who hears the A’dhaan of the Mu’addhin before Fajr and starts praying, he might have prayed before the right time and prayer before its right time is incorrect. So in this regard, the Musalloon [performers of the prayer] have been wronged.

Likewise, the Saa’imoon [i.e. those who intend to perform the fast on that day] are wronged because he [Mu’addhin] prevents them from eating and drinking despite the fact that it is permissible [i.e. eating and drinking until the correct time of Fajr].  He [the Mu’addhin] commits an offence against the Saa’imoon because he prevents them from that which Allaah has made permissible for them; and he commits an offence against the performers of the prayer when they pray before the right time of Fajr and this is a nullifier of the prayer. Therefore, it is obligated on the Mu’addhin to fear Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] and that he follows- whilst aspiring to establish what is correct- that which the Book and Sunnah guides to. [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Majmoo Fataawaa’ of the Shaikh (rahimahullaah) 19/295]


Ref 1: The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’The over-stringent ones are destroyed’’: Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said: ”The over-stringent ones are those who look too deeply (into affairs) and are excessive- those who exceed the Hudood [prescribed legislated sharia boundaries] in their statements and actions.” [Source: Saheeh Muslim Hadeeth Number 2670 & Saheeh Muslim Bi-Sharh An-Nawawi Vol 16, Page 180 & page 220. Publisher Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyyah 1st ed 1421AH (Year 200)]

The Story of Taraweeh – Day 5 Ramadhaan Reminders – Shaykh Fawzaan

From that which Allah has prescribed in this blessed month (Ramadan) the filling of the Masaajid for the Taraweeh Prayer in congregation. The Taraweeh Prayer is prayed in congregation in the Masaajid, this is the Sunnah (of the Prophet ﷺ ) and if he prayed it in his house then there is no harm but the Taraweeh prayer in the Maasajid is the best and complete, for it is the month of filling the Masaajid.

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Giving Upmost Importance to Ramadhan – Shaykh Rabee Bin Hadi Al-Madkhali

I encourage you oh brothers, with giving the upmost concern to Ramadhan. with praying at night – Allah bless you – in congregation and individually. We exhort you with focusing on the Quran, reciting it night and day and contemplating over it.Indeed the salaf, when Ramadhan used to come, they would leave off teaching hadeeth and other than it, and dedicate themselves to this act of worship in this month and focus on the recitation of the Quran; Allah bless you.

Adherence to The Sharee’ah Is What Establishes Nobility And Not One’s Intelligence And Perceived Status Amongst People

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

Imaam Ash’Shaatibee [rahimahullaah] said: Know that Allaah has established this sharee’ah as a proof against the creation [i.e. mankind and jinn] – the old and young alike; the obedient and the disobedient; the righteous and the wicked. He did not specify the proof against anyone in exclusion of another one. Also all the other revealed laws were established as proof against all the other nations to whom they were revealed. The Sharee’ah is the judge- restrictedly and unrestrictedly; the [source of judgement] and the judge on all those who have reached the age of responsibility. It is the path attached to [what Allaah has ordained] and the Greatest Guide. And have you not seen the statement of Allaah [The Most High]?!

وَكَذَٲلِكَ أَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَيۡكَ رُوحً۬ا مِّنۡ أَمۡرِنَا‌ۚ مَا كُنتَ تَدۡرِى مَا ٱلۡكِتَـٰبُ وَلَا ٱلۡإِيمَـٰنُ وَلَـٰكِن جَعَلۡنَـٰهُ نُورً۬ا نَّہۡدِى بِهِۦ مَن نَّشَآءُ مِنۡ عِبَادِنَا‌ۚ وَإِنَّكَ لَتَہۡدِىٓ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطٍ۬ مُّسۡتَقِيمٍ۬

And thus We have sent to you (O Muhammad) Ruhan (an Inspiration, and a Mercy) of Our Command. You knew not what is the Book, nor what is Faith? But We have made it (this Qur’an) a light wherewith We guide whosoever of Our slaves We will. And verily, you (O Muhammad) are indeed guiding (mankind) to the Straight Path (i.e. Allah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism).’’ [Soorah Ash-Shooraa. Ayah: 52]

He [alayhis salaatu wassalaam] was the first to be guided to the Book and Eemaan, and then those who followed him. The Book is the Guide and also the Sunnah which was sent down upon him explains that guidance [i.e. the Sunnah and the Qur’aan explain each other]. All the creation [i.e. mankind and Jinn] are guided by it.

Therefore, when this is the case, the Sharee’ah is worthy of being a decisive proof against them [i.e. against mankind and Jinn] and a beacon by way of which they are guided to the truth. Their nobility is established in accordance with how far they embrace its rulings- through acting upon them in speech, belief and deeds– and not merely due to the level of their intellects or their nobility amongst their people. That is because Allaah [The Most High] has determined nobility through Taqwa and no other than it. Allaah [The Most High] said: [إِنَّ أَڪۡرَمَكُمۡ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتۡقَٮٰكُمۡ‌ۚ- Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa] [49:13]

The one who is the firmest [in his  or her] adherence to the Sharee’ah is more worthy of honour and nobility, but it is not possible for the one below this [i.e. the one whose adherence to the Sharee’ah is below that of the one who is firmest in adhering to it] to reach the highest level of honour based on his adherence to the Sharee’ah. Therefore, honour is [measured] in accordance with one’s [level of adherence] to the Sharee’ah. [Source: Al-Itisaam 3/434 slightly paraphrased]

One of The Reasons Why A Person Performs Night Prayer, Fasts And Avoids Doubtful Matters, But Patience Weakens When Soul Urges Towards Forbidden Speech!

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

Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah] quotes from Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] who stated: Disobedience [can] appear agreeable to a human being, such as Gheebah [backbiting (Ref 1)], Nameemah [tale carrying], [blameworthy] argumentation, self-praise – whether uttered blatantly or indirectly, verbally abusing the one you hate, praising the one you love and what is similar to that. The intense urge [i.e. the urge to engage in these deeds] agrees with [the soul’s desire],  then it becomes easy for the tongue to move [i.e. speak] and thus one’s patience weakens; so due to this the Messenger [sallal laahu-alayhi wasallam] said to Mu’aadh [radiyallaahu-anhu], “Restrain your tongue”, so Mu’aad said, “O Messenger of Allaah! Will we be held accountable for what we say?” He [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, “May your mother be bereaved of you, O Mu’aadh! Is there anything that topples people on their faces – or he said on their noses into the fire- other than the harvest of their tongues?!” [Ref 2]

[This urge occurs], especially when sinning through the tongue is habitual because it entices a person towards impatience [i.e. he does not exercise patience in order to restrain his  tongue]. This is why you find that a man performs the night prayer [i.e. Tahajjud, Qiyaamul Layl] and fasts during the day; as well as refrain from reclining on a pillow made of silk -out of fearing that he might enter into a doubtful affair that will affect him in the afterlife- but he backbites, spread tales and violates the honour of the people. [Quoted by Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr (hafidhahullaah) in Sharh Ar-Risaalah Al-Mughniyah Fis Sukoot Wa Luzoomil Buyoot. Lesson 1]


Ref 1: https://salaficentre.com/2019/04/do-you-know-what-backbiting-is/

Ref 2: Regarding the statement: ‘’May your mother be bereaved of you, O Mu’aadh!’’ The Arabs used this statement for the purpose of persuasion and exhortation, and they did not intend its apparent meaning, which is ‘’May his mother lose him’’; rather what is intended is persuasion and exhortation. [See ‘Sharh Al-Arba’een An-Nawawiyyah’ by Shaikh Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah). Hadeeth Number 29, page 295. 1st Edition 2003 (1424 AH). Publisher: Daarul Thurayyah]