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Verify and Ascertain

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

Verification is one of the most important affairs, if not the most important. Verifying what is transmitted from others is an important affair, because sometimes the transmitters harbour evil intentions, so they transmit – intentionally and deliberately – that which will tarnish the reputation of the one they transmit from. And sometimes they do not harbour an evil intention, but they understand something in a manner that is opposite to what is intended by it.

Therefore, it is obligatory to verify. So, when the proof [sound source] of the transmission is established, then the one from whom the statement was transmitted is engaged in a discussion [or his statement is examined] before a judgement is passed as to whether it is a mistake or not. That is because it may become clear to you – by way of discussion [or observation] – that the one from whom the statement was transmitted is correct. And if not, then what is known is that if a person were to immediately pass a judgement merely based on what he hears, he will transmit things [i.e. statements, views, opinions etc] from some of the scholars – those considered to be the beacons of [Sharee’ah] knowledge – that which the souls will dislike; but when one verifies, contemplates and establishes contact with this Shaikh, the affair will become clarified [or clear to him].  [Excerpt from Sharh Hilyatil Taalibil Ilm Pages 75-76. By Shaikh Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah). Paraphrased, see Arabic text below]:

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Dressing Up Smartly And Wearing What Suits Your Personality – [Brief Reminder By Shaikh Uthaymeen]

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

Shaikh Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said: If two men went past you – a mechanic who is wearing trousers and a very senior scholar [also] wearing trousers in a country  where the scholars do not wear that type of clothing, then indeed you would look down on the second person [i.e. the scholar] and not the first person [i.e. the mechanic].

The Shaikh [rahimahullaah] also said: It is not befitting that dressing up smart  becomes the greatest concern of a person. Dressing up smartly and wearing a Ghut’rah is based on [a person’s] desire [for it], therefore it should not be given [much] importance; but on the other hand, the affair should not be the opposite [such that you refrain] from giving importance to your [appearance] and your clothing. It has been mentioned earlier [i.e. in this Book – Sharh Hilyati Taalibil Ilm] that wearing fine clothing is something beloved to Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic]. Umar [radiyallaahu-anhu] said: “It is more beloved to me that I see a reciter wearing white clothing.” Indeed because it is elegance. [Source: Excerpt from ‘Sharh Hilyati Taalibil Ilm’ page 65. slightly paraphrased]

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A Mighty Affair Regarding Repentance After Sinning And a Dangerous Affair Regarding Self-amazement After Performing a Good Deed

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

One of the Salaf [Pious Predecessors] said, “Indeed a servant commits a sin due to which he enters Jannah, and he performs a good deed due to which he enters the Fire”. It was said [to him], “How [does that occur]?” He said, “He commits the sin and thus does not cease to think about it; fearing [the evil consequences of] it, very unhappy about it, apprehensive, weeps due to it, regretful, feeling ashamed in the presence of his Lord  [The Exalted], his head lowered [in submission and humility] in the presence of [his Lord] and sorrowful for [sake of his Lord].  So, this sin becomes a cause of his happiness and success [i.e. due to repentance], and until it becomes more beneficial for him than performing numerous acts of obedience due to the affairs that emanates from it- [i.e. he did not cease to think about it; fearing (the evil consequences of) it, very unhappy about it, apprehensive, weeps due to it, regretful, feeling ashamed in the presence of his Lord  (The Exalted), his head lowered (in submission and humility) in the presence of (his Lord) and sorrowful for (sake of his Lord)]- which brings about the slave’s happiness and success; and until that sin [i.e. the regret and repentance that takes place thereafter] becomes a cause for his entry into Jannah; or he performs a good deed and thus does not cease to regard it as a favour to his Lord, becomes proud due to it, [afflicted with] self-regard and self-amazement due to it; presumptuous, and saying, “I did such and such”, so this leads him to self-amazement, pride, boasting and presumptuousness which becomes a cause of his destruction. [End of quote]

Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [hafidhahullaah] said: When a person hears this [i.e. a sin that enters a person into Jannah and a good deed that enters a person into the fire], he is amazed by it, for indeed it is sin that enters a person into the fire and good deeds enter a person into Jannah, so how can a sin be the cause of entry into Jannah and how can a good deed be the cause of entry into the fire?! So, he [i.e. one of the Salaf who made this statement] clarified it.

Then Shaikh Abdur Razaaq [hafidhahullaah] said: A slave [of Allaah] sins due to being overcome by shaytaan, but then he hastens towards his Lord [in repentance], because he knows that he has a Lord who forgives and accepts repentance, so he does not stop weeping and turning to Allaah [in repentance, submission etc], increases in the performance of good deeds which he hopes will be a cause of wiping away his sin and thus this becomes a reason for his entry into paradise. On the other hand, a good deed may lead a person to the fire – not due to the good deed itself – due to the [behaviour] of the person after the performance of that good deed, such as being self-amazed and regarding that deed as a favour to his Lord. Allaah said:

يَمُنُّونَ عَلَيۡكَ أَنۡ أَسۡلَمُواْ‌ۖ قُل لَّا تَمُنُّواْ عَلَىَّ إِسۡلَـٰمَكُم‌ۖ بَلِ ٱللَّهُ يَمُنُّ عَلَيۡكُمۡ أَنۡ هَدَٮٰكُمۡ لِلۡإِيمَـٰنِ إِن كُنتُمۡ صَـٰدِقِينَ

They regard as favour upon you [O Muhammad] that they have embraced Islam. Say: “Count not your Islam as a favour upon me. Nay, but Allah has conferred a favour upon you, that He has guided you to the Faith, if you indeed are true. [Surah Al-Hujuraat. Aayah 17]

Allaah said:

وَلَوۡلَا فَضۡلُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيۡكُمۡ وَرَحۡمَتُهُ ۥ مَا زَكَىٰ مِنكُم مِّنۡ أَحَدٍ أَبَدً۬ا

And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. [Surah An-Noor. Aayah 21]

Therefore, neither think that you’ve done a favour nor be afflicted with self-regard; neither become self-amazed nor presumptuous. This behaviour is from that which will nullify deeds, such as self-amazement, presumptuousness and show off. This behaviour might occur after the performance of a good deed; for example, it may be an act of obedience which Allaah has enabled you to perform or an affair related to knowledge bestowed on you, or memorisation of [religious texts]; so the person becomes presumptuous, shows off and becomes self-amazed, which becomes a cause of entry into the fire – and Allaah’s Refuge is sought.

There a beneficial reminder in this affair and that is when a person commits a sin, he should hasten towards repentance, turn to Allaah in repentance- with complete submission, obedience and humility, and he should know that he has a Lord Who forgives. He should be eager to meet Allaah on the Day of Judgement without the burden of his sins. If he is favoured with [the ability to perform] an act of obedience or favoured with some knowledge, he should acknowledge Allaah’s Favour as well as acknowledge that he has great shortcomings, because when a person is attentive to these affairs, it will repel self-amazement. If a blessing is bestowed on a person, firstly he should know that it from Allaah; then he busies himself in thanking Allaah, and then knows that he has many shortcomings, because this will repel self-amazement from him.

[Source: An Excerpt from Sharh Al-Waabilus Sayyib. Lesson 1. By Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr (hafidhahullaah)]

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This Worldly Life Should Not Be Our Main Concern – [Admonition By Shaikh Uthaymeen]

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

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said: Indeed, whenever the people increase in opulence and it is made accessible to them, evil gains access to them. When a person fixes his sight on opulence and becomes engrossed in bodily pleasures, he becomes heedless of softening his heart [i.e. with remembrance of Allaah, remembrance of death, performance of good deeds, repentance, remembrance of the Aakhirah etc] and his greatest concern becomes [engaging] this body in opulence, whose final state will be worms and rot.

This is the calamity and it is what harms people these days. You do not find anyone [i.e. many people] except that they say, “What have we missed [i.e. of the worldly things]?” “What is our car?” [i.e. what car do you have?] “And what is our furniture?” [i.e. what furniture do you have?] -to the extent that some of those who seek knowledge [of the religion] only do so for the purpose of reaching a [particular] level or grade in order to attain the enjoyment of the worldly things. It is as if the human being is not created for a great purpose.  The enjoyable things of the worldly life are only a means [i.e. a means to fulfilling ones needs and not the purpose of this life]. Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] said: “It is befitting that a person utilises wealth in the manner he utilises his donkey for riding, and in the manner he utilises the toilet for defecation”. [i.e. only when he needs it]

Do not make wealth your greatest concern; rather you should be the one in control of wealth. That is because if you are not the one in controlled, it will control you and the worldly life will become your [main] concern.  So for this reason, we say: Whenever the worldly things are opened up to the people and they start looking at it [i.e. with much concern], then indeed they lose the afterlife in accordance with their interest in the worldly life.  The Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: By Allaah! It is not poverty that I fear for you; rather what I fear is that the worldly things will be made accessible to you, so that you compete one another for it, just as those before you competed one another for it, and it destroys you, just as it destroyed them.”

The Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] spoke the truth because what has destroyed the people at present is competition for the worldly things as if they were created for that purpose, and as if it was created for them for that purpose. [Source: An Excerpt from ‘Sharh Riyaadus Saaliheen Cassette number 17’. slightly paraphrased]

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These Seven Temporary Pleasures of This Very Short-lived Worldly Life Should Not Distract Us From The Everlasting Afterlife – [Brief Reminder From Imaam Ibnul Qayyim]

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

Allaah [The Most High] said:

زُيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ حُبُّ الشَّهَوَاتِ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ وَالْبَنِينَ وَالْقَنَاطِيرِ الْمُقَنطَرَةِ مِنَ الذَّهَبِ وَالْفِضَّةِ وَالْخَيْلِ الْمُسَوَّمَةِ وَالْأَنْعَامِ وَالْحَرْثِ ۗ ذَٰلِكَ مَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَاللَّهُ عِندَهُ حُسْنُ الْمَآبِ

Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver [wealth], branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world’s life; but Allah has the excellent return [Paradise with flowing rivers, etc.] with Him. [3:14]

Women: They are the greatest adornment of this worldly life, the most coveted thing and the greatest trial [i.e. the impious women].

Children: They are a source of honour and pride for a man etc

Gold and silver: They are a means of fulfilling one’s desires [i.e. wealth].

Branded beautiful horses: They are a source of might, pride and protection for their owners, and instruments of war, conquests etc

Cattle: They are utilised for riding, food, clothing (i.e. their furs and skins) and other benefits.

Well-tilled land [i.e. Vegetation]: A source of nourishment for them and their animals, and also a source of fruits and medication [i.e. through plants].

Allaah [Glorified be He] stated that all these things are the pleasures of this present worldly life. Then He [The Most High] urged His slaves towards the enjoyment of the Hereafter, saying:

قُلْ أَؤُنَبِّئُكُم بِخَيْرٍ مِّن ذَٰلِكُمْ ۚ لِلَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَأَزْوَاجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ وَرِضْوَانٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Say: “Shall I inform you of things far better than those? For Al-Muttaqun [the pious] there are Gardens [Paradise] with their Lord, underneath which rivers flow. Therein [is their] eternal [home] and Azwajun Mutahharatun [purified mates or wives] [i.e. they will have no menses etc] and Allah will be pleased with them. And Allah is All-Seer of the (His) slaves”. [3:15]

[Source: An Excerpt from ‘Badaai’u At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim’ Vol 1 page: 216. slightly paraphrased]

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Some Statements of The Illustrious Salafus Saaleh [Pious Predecessors of] This Ummah

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

The Importance of Knowledge

Abu Ad-Dardaa [radiyallaahu-anhu] said: “’The Scholar and the learner are two partners [i.e. in good], the teacher and the listener are two partners [in good], the one who guides to good and the performer of the good are two partners [in good]”. [Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm: 1/40]

Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu) used to say: Had it not been for two Aayaat in Allaah’s Book, I would not have narrated anything to you. Indeed Allaah (The Most High) said: إِنَّ الَّذِ يَكْتُمُونَ مَاأَنْزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَىٰ –- ”Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which We have sent down….” and that which comes after it; then he (Abu Hurairah) said: Indeed the people say:”Abu Hurairah narrates a lot.” [Source: Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm of Ibn Abdul Barr (rahimahullaah) 1/22]

It was narrated from Hasan Al-Basri (that he said) about the statement of Allaah:[وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً – And of them there are some who say: ”Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good.”[Soorah Al-Baqarah: Ayah:201] The Good in the worldly life are Knowledge and worship and Good in the Afterlife is Jannah. [Source: Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm of Ibn Abdul Barr (rahimahullaah) 1/112]

Ibraaheem Bin Adham [rahimahullaah] said: Whoever sincerely seeks knowledge by way of which he benefits the slaves of Allaah and himself, then being unknown will be more beloved to him than bluffness. This is the one who will increase himself in humility, exertion in acts of worship, fear of Allaah and longing to (obey Allaah, carrying out His commandments, keeping away from what He has forbidden and desiring to meet Him in the afterlife), and he is humble with the people. He does not give much importance to what he goes to bed with or wakes up with (pertaining) to the things of this worldly life. [Source: Shu’ab Al-Eemaan of Imaam Bayhaqqee 2/288]


Ash-Shabee [rahimahullaah] said: “Indeed we are not Fuqahaa; rather we listen to hadeeth and transmit it; but the Fuqahaa are those who act when they know”. [ Iqtidaa Al-Ilm Al-Amal: page 79]

Khalaf Bin Tameem [rahimahullaah] said: I saw Ath-Thawree at Makkah and many people came to him; so he said: “To Allaah do we belong! I fear that Allaah has made this Ummah to be lost when the people are in need of the likes of me”. [Siyar 7/275]


Rabee’ah Ar-Ra’yi [rahimahullaah]: He was from the Fuqahaa [i.e. scholars of piety and precise understanding of the religion] of Al-Madeenah.  [Imaam] Maalik took fiqh from him and he [Rabee’ah] narrated [knowledge and hadeeth] from Anas [radiyallaahu-anhu].  He died in the year 330AH.  It was said to Rabee’ah: What is Zuhd? He said: “It is to earn things from their permissible sources and spend them in their rightful places”. [Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH: Chapter: A mention of those who followed the companions in righteousness]


Khushaymah [rahimahullaah]: Al-A’mash [rahimahullaah] said: “Khushaymah [rahimahullaah] inherited two hundred thousand dirhams and spent it on the poor people and the jurists.  He used to prepare khabeed [a jellylike sweet] and food, then he would invite us and Ibraaheem An-Nakha-ee, and say, “Eat what you desire; I did not prepare it except for you’’. [Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH: Chapter: A mention of those who followed the companions in righteousness]

Remembrance of Allaah:

Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Qais [rahimahullaah] said, “Does not one of you feel shy that the beast he rides and the thobe he wears are mentioned more than remembrance of Allaah”?! [Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH: Chapter: A mention of those who followed the companions in righteousness]

Distancing Oneself From Ahlul Bidah:

Aws Ibn Abdillaah Ar-Raba-iyyi Al-Basri [rahimahullaah] said, “It is more beloved to me that I sit with monkeys and pigs than sit with a man from the people of desires [i.e. the people of bidah]”. [Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH: Chapter: A mention of those who followed the companions in righteousness]

Some Characteristics of The Truthful:

Yoosuf Bin Asbaat [rahimahullaah] said, “The truthful people are granted three qualities: gracefulness, friendliness and dignity”.

Abstaining From Desiring Leadership:

Yoosuf Bin Asbaat [rahimahullah] also said: “Abstaining from [desiring] leadership is harder than abstaining from those extra worldly things which one can do without”. [Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

He [rahimahullaah] also said, “I heard Sufyaan [rahimahullaah] saying: ‘I have not seen lesser abstinence in anything besides [love] of leadership! You see a man abstaining from food, drink, wealth and clothing, but when leadership is presented, he becomes passionate about it and turns towards [it]”. [Siyar: 7/262]


He [rahimahullaah] also said: “Purifying one’s intention from what corrupts it is harder upon the worshippers than prolonged striving in [worship]”. [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page:16]

Effect of Knowledge And Contemplation Upon The Afterlife

Haatim Al-Asam [rahimahullaah] said: “The knowledgeable one becomes more fearful of Allaah every day because every hour brings him closer (to death)”. [Source: Seerah As-Salaf As-Saaliheen of Imaam Ismaa’eel Ibn Muhammad Al-Asbahaanee: section: Those who followed the Taabi-een in goodness]

Increase In Knowledge:

Sufyaan Ibn Uyaynah [rahimahullaah] was asked: “Who are the people most in need of seeking knowledge?” He said, “The most knowledgeable of them, because their mistakes are uglier”. [Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm: 1/193]

Some Blessings Related to One’s Religious And Worldly Affairs:

Abu Sulaymaan Ad-Daaraanee [rahimahullaah] said: “There is no richness similar to richness of the soul; there is no relief similar to relief from sins and there is no wellbeing similar to the aid given to a person to reach guidance and acting upon it”. [Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]


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