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The Result of Seeking Guidance from Other than the Qur’ān and the Sunnah – Imām As-Sa’di (rahimahullāh)

Imām As-Sa’di (rahimahullāh) explained the following part of āyah 73 from sūrah Āli Imrān:

‎قُلْ إِنَّ الْهُدَىٰ هُدَى اللَّهِ

“Verily! Right guidance is the Guidance of Allah” (Āli- Imrān: 73)

This verse and those similar to it, show us that whomsoever seeks guidance and the correct way from other than the Qur’ān and the Sunnah, then he has become misguided and left the correct path. Because (true) guidance is restricted to the guidance of Allāh, that which he sent with the Messenger (sallallāhu alaihi wa salam).


Fath ar-Rahīm al-Malik al-‘Alām fī ‘ilm al-‘Aqā’id wa at-Tawhīd wa al-Akhlāq wa al-Ahkhām al-Mustambita min al-Qur’ān – pg 216

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Taqwa can be Attained by Fasting – Imām as-Sa’di

Imām as-Sa’di (rahimahullāh) said in explanation of Allāh’s statement:

‎{ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ }
That you may become al-Muttaqūn [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. Al-Baqarah: 183

Verily, fasting is from the greatest causes (of attaining) taqwa, because (fasting has within it) obeying the commands of Allah and staying away from his prohibitions.

Benefits of Fasting in Relation to Taqwa.

  •  The fasting person leaves that which Allāh has prohibited for him – from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse and the likes of these affairs which the soul inclines towards – seeking closeness to Allah and hoping in reward from Allāh because of his leaving off these things; this is from taqwa.
  •  Likewise from the means of attaining taqwa is, the fasting person trains his soul with the murāqabah of Allāh, so he leaves performing that which his soul desires – whilst he has the capability to carry out his desires – due to his knowledge that Allāh is all aware of what he does.
  •  Fasting constricts the pathways of the shaytān, for indeed he runs through the veins of mankind, hence by way of fasting his influence is weakened and his effectiveness in inciting people to disobedience is decreased.
  •  On the whole the fasting person is plentiful in performing acts of worship and obedience. Acts of worship and obedience are from the characteristics of taqwa.
  • And from the means of attaining taqwa, is that the rich person when he tastes the pains of hunger, this necessitates and obligates that he is charitable and benevolent to the poor and destitute, this is also from the characteristics of taqwa.

Taysīr al-Karīm ar-Rahmān fī Tafsīr Kalām al-Mannān (Dār ibn al-Jawzī) pg. 84

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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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5 Day Study Workshop in Manchester: An Introduction to Al Qayrawaaniyya | Dr Abdulilah Lahmami

5 Day Study Workshop in Manchester

An Introduction to Al Qayrawaaniyya

of Abu Muhammad ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawaani [310-389]
With the explanation of Sh. Saalih B. Fawzaan

Taught by Dr Abdulilah Lahmami

Detailed work covering faith, jurisprudence and character, belief in Allah, His Names and Attributes, the Quran, seeing Allah, punishment of the grave and events, the Divine Decree and more!

Book this date into your diaries over the Holiday Break : Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April

Schedule
Thur: Maghrib – Isha
Fri: Maghrib – IshaSat: Maghrib – isha
Sun: Dhuhr, Maghrib – Isha
Mon: Maghrib – Isha

Our brother Abdulilah will also be joining on Friday, and giving the Jumua Khutbah.

 

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[9] Excerpts From ‘Fiqhul Ad-iyah Wal-Ad-kaar’- [Beneficial Reminder From a Tremendous Supplication of The Night Prayer – (To Be Said After Takbeer And Before Recitation)]

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

The Supplication:

O Allaah! Lord of Jibraa’eel, Meekaa’eel and Israa’feel, The Originator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the seen and unseen; You are the one who arbitrate between Your servants in that which they differ. Guide me to the truth -by Your Leave – in that which they differ, for verily You guide whom You will to the straight path. [Saheeh Muslim Number 770]

 

Reminders from the supplication by Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq al-Badr [may Allaah preserve him]

 

This supplication contains At-Tawassul [i.e. seeking a means of getting close to Allaah or seeking what one desires by way of affirming and believing] in Allaah’s absolute Lordship over everything and his specific Lordship over these Angels, whom He has given the task [and the means of giving life]; because Jibraa’eel [alayhis-salaam] is given the task to convey the revelation [to the Prophets and Messengers], which is a means of life for the hearts and souls [i.e. guidance to the straight path]; Meekaa’eel [alayhis-salaam] is given the task of directing the  rain drops [wherever Allaah wills], which gives life to the earth and the vegetation, and is a source of life for the animals; and Israa’feel [alayhis salaam] is given the task of blowing the trumpet by way of which the creation will be brought back to life again after death.

[Likewise seeking a means of closeness to Allaah or seeking what one desires by affirming and believing that Allaah] is the Originator of the heavens and the earth – the one who created and brought them into existence, and [affirming and believing in the fact that] by way of His Knowledge, He is the Knower of the seen and unseen; and that Allaah [glorified be He and free is He from all imperfections] is the one who arbitrates between His servants in that which they differ, and [asking Him to] guide us to the truth in that which they differ.

And Hidaayah [Guidance] is to have knowledge of the truth, intending to [reach it] and preferring it over other things. The guided person is that one who acts upon the truth and intending [to reach it], and this is the greatest blessing of Allaah that is bestowed upon a servant. We ask Allaah to guide all of us to the straight path and grant us every good.

Source: Fiqul Ad’iyah Wal-Ad’kaar parts 3&4. pages 139 – 140, abridged and paraphrased

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Add to Your Arabic Library: [Robust Refutation By Allaamah Sulaymaan Sahmaan [rahimahullaah] Against a Caller to Shirk and Deviation In Iraq

Number of pages 496

Copies available at Salafi Bookstore [Birmingham]

 

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