Salaficentre Appeal 2019
Masjid Appeal 2019

Is it permissible to eat locusts? Shaykh Saaleh Fawzaan

Is it permissible to eat locusts, for indeed we find that some people eat locusts?

There is no doubt that locusts are permissible by consensus. The impermissibility of [eating locusts has not be stated (i.e. in the sharee’ah) because it was eaten during the time of the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam]. [lt has been stated] in an authentic hadeeth: “We participated in seven battles with the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] during which we ate locusts.”Locusts are permissible [to eat] and are not declared to be haraam, because they are from the Tayyibaat [things declared lawful by the Sharee’ah], and the good lawful food stuff are used as nourishment.

Shaykh Saaleh Al Fawzaan

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‘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

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5 Categories of Patience Explained by Al-Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullāh)

Patience falls into five categories as Al-Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullāh) explained in his tremendous book, ‘Iddatu as-Ṣābirīn

Patience is categorised into five: Wājib (Obligatory), Mandūb (Recommended), Maḥḍhūr (Prohibited), Makrūh (Disliked) and Mubāḥ (permissible).

Obligatory Patience is of three types:

  1. Restraining oneself from the prohibited affairs. (Muḥaramāt)
  2. Perseverance upon the performance of the obligatons. (Wājibāt)
  3. Patience upon afflictions, such as illnesses, poverty etc.

Recommended Patience:

  1. Restraining oneself from the disliked actions. (Makrūhāt)
  2. Perseverance upon the recommended actions. (Mustaḥabāt)

Prohibited Patience is of types from them:

  • Restraining oneself from food and drink, to the extent that a person dies,
  • Likewise restraining oneself from carrion, blood and meat of swine at the time of starvation is prohibited if he fears death.

As for Disliked Patience, then it is of types:

  1. Restricting oneself from food and drink, clothing and intimate relations to the extent that it harms the body
  2. Restricting oneself from intimate relations with his wife, if he has the need for that and he isn’t harmed by it.
  3. Persisting upon the performance of the disliked actions. (Makrūhāt)
  4. Restricting oneself from performance of the recommended actions. (Mustaḥabāt)

Permissible Patience:

As for the Mubāḥ Ṣabr [i.e. the patience which is permissible to act upon, but one is not blameworthy for abandoning it], it is the patience that is besides those [four types], so one can either choose to act upon it or abandon it or persevere.

In summary

  • Patience upon an obligation is an obligation and refraining from an obligation is prohibited.
  • Abstaining from the impermissible is an obligation and persisting upon the impermissible is prohibited.
  • Patience upon the recommended deeds is recommended and refraining from them is disliked.
  • Abstaining from the disliked affairs is recommended and persisting upon them is disliked.
  • And Patience on the permissible affairs is permissible.

‘Iddatu as-Ṣābirīn pgs. 36-38 Dār al-Fīḥā

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Distinguishing Characteristics and Virtues of Ramadhān – Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān

Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān said,

Indeed the virtues of the month of Ramadhān are numerous, from them are the following:

1. A Pillar of Islām is Performed in Ramadhān.

Allāh has specified Ramadhān for the performance of a pillar (fasting) from the pillars of Islām. This is sufficient to show us the nobility and virtue of this month.

2. The Qur’ān was Revealed in Ramadhān.

The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ān. (Al-Baqarah: 185)

This is a tremendous virtue, this time was designated for the revelation of the greatest book (the Qur’ān) from the books of Allāh.

A benefit taken from this is that the recitation of the Qur’ān during this month has a greater virtue than any other month. Even though it is desirable for the Muslim to be plentiful in recitation of the Qur’ān in every month, however in this month, the month which the Qur’ān was revealed in, the month wherein Jibreel (alayhis salām) would come and review the Qur’ān with the Prophet (sallallāhu alaihi wa salam), this month has tremendous virtue in reciting the Qur’ān.

All year round the reward for one letter is ten rewards, however during Ramadhān this is multiplied.

3. The Night of Decree is in Ramadhān.

This month has within it, a night which is better than a thousand months. So whosoever prays and worships Allāh upon this night, seeking his reward, then he will be rewarded with the equivalent of 1000 months. And if we calculated this in years it is more than 80 years, all of that time being as if a person was in the worship and obedience of Allāh.

4. Rewards are Multiplied during Ramadhān.

From the virtues and excellent qualities of this month, is that righteous deeds are multiplied in reward many times over, more than in any other month, this is due to the nobility of this month.

5. Tarāwīh is Specified during Ramadhān.

Allāh specified this month with the establishment of the Tarāwīh prayer -which is prayed in congregation in the masājid – and this does not take place in any other month. This shows us Ramadhān’s virtue and great status with Allāh.

6. Gates to Paradise are Open and Gates to the Fire are Closed

During Ramadhān the gates to Jannah are opened to accept righteous actions and their performers, whilst the gates of the fire are closed and disobedience and sinning becomes less during this month.

7. The Devils are Chained and Shackled.

Allāh restrains the devils from the believers during this month, therefore, they do not cause corruption to their worship, because of this you will find the people striving upon acts of worship, even those who are normally lazy and negligent throughout the rest of the year. You will see them striving upon acts of worship during Ramadhān, this is something clear (and well known).

This is because the devils are shackled away from the people of ēmān. As for the disbelievers and hypocrites, then indeed the shayātīn have authority over them in Ramadhān and other than it.

We ask Allāh (Mighty and Majestic) to bless us all, with the good and blessings of Ramadhān, and to make us all from those who take benefit from its virtues and rewards, and we ask that we are not prevented from its virtues and rewards, nor are we prevented from performing righteous actions in this month or other then it.


Abridged and Paraphrased from Shaykh Fawzāns Majālis Shahr Ramadhān al-Mubārak pgs 8-11

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People cannot Bestow Blessings Upon Themselves or Others – Shaykh Fawzān

Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān:

Allah (Subhānahu wa ta’āla) began this great sūrah (Suratul Mulk) with praise and glorification of Himself, and He is the most deserving to be praised and glorified.

The meaning of تبارك (tabāraka) is تعاظم. Allāh is the one who, when performing dhikr of him, blessings are obtained from (when done sincerely for Allāh and in accordance with the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sallallāhu alaihi wa salam)). He is the one who sends down blessings and He is the one who bestows blessings on whomsoever He wills.

This word ‘tabāraka’ does not apply except when speaking of Allāh, hence it is not allowed to say to someone “Oh so and so, tabārak upon us”, as some of the ignoramuses say.

However, as for saying to someone, you are “mubārak”, then there is no issue with it, because the meaning of “mubārak” is that Allāh (Subhānahu wa ta’āla) has blessed you and bestowed his blessings upon you.

Allāh (Subhānahu wa ta’āla) said:

‎وَجَعَلَنِي مُبَارَكًا أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُ

“And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be (Sūrah Maryam: 31)
and

‎كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ

(This is) a Book (the Qur’ān) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings (Sūrah Sād: 29).

Therefore, Allāh is the one who bestows blessings and places blessings in whoever, wherever and whatsoever he wills. As for mankind, they can not bless themselves, indeed it is only Allāh who gives mankind blessings and makes them blessed.


Slightly Paraphrased from Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān’s ‘Mā Tayassara wa Tahassala min Durūs al-Qurān fī Hizb al-Mufassal’ Vol.2 Page 6

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A Brief Reminder Regarding The Internet

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

Question to Shaikh Firkoos [may Allaah preserve him]:

It is permissible to install the internet in one’s house?

The Shaikh [may Allaah preserve him] stated: The internet is from those Wasaa’il [i.e. means] that take the same ruling as their aims. And its distinction from the television is that it is controlled based on choice, with the possibility of using a program that can prevent one from accessing sites of corruption and that which corrupts [people]. The internet is not like television because TV programs are imposed and based on a deliberate action plan- and the entire program is not without a call to debauchery, moral decadence and evil manners; [وَاللهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الفَسَادَ – And Allaah does not like corruption]. [Surah Al-Baqarah’ Aayah 205]

Therefore, the means leading to the best aim is the best means, and the most repugnant aim is connected to the most repugnant means, and there is that which is in between the two. And what remains regarding this affair is the strength of a person’s Eemaan, steadfastness and truthful determination. So, if he is strong in utilising the internet in good, then it is good; but if he fears for the weakness of his Eemaan and [fears] falling into that which Allaah is not pleased with, then he leaves it for the sake of Allaah. [وَمَنْ تَرَكَ شَيْئًا للهِ عَوَّضَهُ اللهُ خَيْرًا مِنْهُ -whoever abandons something for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will replace it for him with something better]. [Abridged and paraphrased. See link: https://ferkous.com/home/?q=fatwa-570 ]


 

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