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The Levels of Explanation (Bayaan) – Ibn ‘Uthaymeen from Ibnul-Qayyim

  1. Explanation via revelation – the Qur’an itself.
  2. Explanation of its meaning such as the explanation that dhulm is shirk.
  3. Explanation through action.
  4. Explanation of something asked about not found in the Qur’an, then it is revealed in the Qur’an.
  5. Explanation of something asked about via revelation and is not revealed in the Qur’an, such as the man who entered into ihraam with a scented garment and then asked the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
  6. Explanation of some rulings initiated within the Sunnah.
  7. Explanation of the permissibility of something being performed and the absence of him forbidding it.
  8. Explanation of the permissibility of something being performed through affirmation of it.
  9. Explanation of something being allowed as a pardon through remaining silent about it
  10. Explanation of something the Qur’an obligated which has conditions and preventative barriers explained by the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).


Mukhtārāt min ‘Ilaam Al-Muwaqq’een – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymīn
Translated by Abū Humayd

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How to memorise and review the Qur’ān? – Shaykh Abdullah Bukhari

Shaykh Abdullah Bukhari answers a very important question in relation to how the Qur’ān should be memorised. A much needed reminder for us all.

The question – may Allāh bless you – is concerning how to memorise and review the Qur’ān?

Firstly, memorise the Qur’ān from a teacher who is proficient, a sincere advisor and Sunnī (firm upon the Sunnah). Memorising the Qur’ān is just like the other sciences and branches from the branches of studying (talab al-‘ilm). You are to read (the Qur’ān) to a man upon the Sunnah, who is knowledgeable, has memorised, good and precise (in what he teaches).

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Do you Love Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) – Ibn Masood

On the Authority of Abdullah ibn Masood who said:

“Whoever wants to know if he loves Allah and His Messenger then let him look! If he loves the Quraan (reciting it, acting upon it), then indeed he loves Allah and His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam).”

Shu’ab al-Eemaan lil Bayhaqee 1861

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“They Thrust Their Fingers in Their Ears to Keep Out The Stunning Thunderclap For Fear of Death.”

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

Allaah [The Most High] said:

أَوۡ كَصَيِّبٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ فِيهِ ظُلُمَـٰتٌ۬ وَرَعۡدٌ۬ وَبَرۡقٌ۬ يَجۡعَلُونَ أَصَـٰبِعَهُمۡ فِىٓ ءَاذَانِہِم مِّنَ ٱلصَّوَٲعِقِ حَذَرَ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ‌ۚ وَٱللَّهُ مُحِيطُۢ بِٱلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ

Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclap for fear of death. But Allah ever encompasses the disbelievers (i.e. Allah will gather them all together).” [2:19]

Allaah [The Most High] likened the hypocrites’ share of the guidance to that of a person who did not receive any share of a rainstorm, except the darkness, thunder and lightning. He has no share of what is around that [i.e. water], which is the aim behind a rainstorm, such as the source of life it [provides] for the land, the people, the trees and the animals. The darkness, thunder and lightning is not the goal, rather it is a means to receiving the complete benefit from that rainstorm. However, due to the ignorance of an ignorant person, his observation is limited to the darkness, thunder and lightning that is found in that rainstorm, which also necessitates [the presence] of severe cold, disruption of the traveller’s journey and hindering a person from his work. He [i.e. the ignorant person] does not have that insight to make him realise the life that is brought [to the land, the trees, animals etc] and [other] general benefits. This is the affair of every short sighted and feeble minded person, whose observation of a tangible difficulty does not go beyond [what he sees so as to realise] the desirable things behind that difficulty. This is the state of affairs of the majority of the creation, except those who are given clear-sightedness.

[Source: بدائع التفسير الجامع لما فسّره الإمام ابن القيم الجوزيّة  Vol 1. Page: 101. abridged and slightly paraphrased]



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Deeds Carried Out for Other than the Sake of Allaah are a Cause of Destruction – Ibn al-Qayim

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

Allaah [The Most High] said:

مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ بِرَبِّهِمۡ‌ۖ أَعۡمَـٰلُهُمۡ كَرَمَادٍ ٱشۡتَدَّتۡ بِهِ ٱلرِّيحُ فِى يَوۡمٍ عَاصِفٍ۬‌ۖ لَّا يَقۡدِرُونَ مِمَّا ڪَسَبُواْ عَلَىٰ شَىۡءٍ۬‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ هُوَ ٱلضَّلَـٰلُ ٱلۡبَعِيدُ

The parable of those who disbelieve in their Lord is that their works are as ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day, they shall not be able to get aught of what they have earned. That is the straying, far away (from the Right Path). [14:18]

There is a wonderful underlying reason in likening them [i.e. those deeds] to ashes – due the similarity between their deeds and the disappearance of the ashes found in burning fire, the similarity between the original nature of the ashes and their deeds. Deeds carried out for other than the sake of Allaah are a cause of destruction and as a result of that the fire will be kindled for those who performed them. Allaah [Glorified Be He] will punish them as a result of their false deeds, just as He will bring about bliss and comfort for those people whose deeds were in conformity with His command and carried out for His Sake. Their deeds, the things they worshipped besides Allaah and themselves are fuel for the fire.

[Source: I’laam Al-Muwaqqi-een. 1/223-224. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]


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Severe Warning against Declaring Things Unlawful or Lawful Based on One’s Own Accord

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَا تَصِفُ أَلْسِنَتُكُمُ الْكَذِبَ هَٰذَا حَلَالٌ وَهَٰذَا حَرَامٌ لِّتَفْتَرُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ لَا يُفْلِحُونَ

And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: “This is lawful and this is forbidden,” so as to invent lies against Allah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allah will never prosper. [16:116]

Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah) said: Do not declare (this or that) to be unlawful and lawful on your own accord – lying and fabricating things against Allaah, and forging statements against Him (i.e. passing judgements or rulings that such and such is lawful or unlawful based on ignorance, guessing, assumptions, desires etc).

[إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ لَا يُفْلِحُونَ – Verily, those who invent lies against Allah will never prosper]; neither (will they proper)  in this worldly life nor in the afterlife.

[Source: Tayseer Al-Kareem al-Mannaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan. Publisher Daar Ibn Hazm 1st Edition 1424AH (Year 2003). Abridged & slightly paraphrased]

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