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Do not feel lonely- By Al’Allaamah Ahmad Bin Yahyah An-Najmi (rahimahullaah)

Al-Allaamah Ahmad Bin Yahyah An-Najmi (rahimahullaah) said:

Know that the truth is that which (has been revealed by) Allaah and (given to) His Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) in the Book and the Sunnah, even if its adherents and those who embrace it are few. What came in the Islamic legislation is the truth, which a (person) is commanded to follow, even if the majority of the people free themselves from it and those who follow it are few.

Allaah (Glorified Be He) stated:

ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاكَ عَلَىٰ شَرِيعَةٍ مِنَ الْأَمْرِ فَاتَّبِعْهَا وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

إِنَّهُمْ لَنْ يُغْنُوا عَنْكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ شَيْئًا ۚ وَإِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۖ وَاللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ

‘’Then We have put you (O Muhammad) on a plain way of (Our) commandment [like the one which We commanded Our Messengers before you (i.e. legal ways and laws of the Islamic Monotheism)]. So follow you that (Islamic Monotheism and its laws), and follow not the desires of those who know not. Verily, they can avail you nothing against Allah (if He wants to punish you). Verily, the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.) are Auliya’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) to one another, but Allah is the Wali (Helper, Protector, etc.) of the Muttaqun (pious).’’ [Al-Jaathiya: Aayaat 18-19]

Therefore, O slave of Allaah! Be eager to follow the truth; follow the straight path and the path of early pious predecessors-the companions of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)-and do not feel lonely due to the small numbers of those who follow it and the large numbers of those who oppose it; for indeed Ibraaheem (alayhis-salaam) was an Imaam on his own and with Allaah lies all success.


[Source: Irshaad As-Saaree Fee Sharh Sunnah Lil-Barbahaaree page: 47. Abridged & slightly paraphrased]

A Reminder: A tremendous reward in Jannah

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَعِنْدَهُمْ قَاصِرَاتُ الطَّرْفِ عِينٌ

كَأَنَّهُنَّ بَيْضٌ مَكْنُونٌ

”And with them will be chaste females, restraining their glances (desiring none except their husbands), with wide and beautiful eyes. (Delicate and pure) as if they were (hidden) eggs (well) preserved.”  [As-Saffaat: Aayaat 48-49]

And in a hadeeth reported by Abu Hurairah, the women of Jannah are described as follows: ‘’The marrow of the bones of the wives legs will be seen through the flesh out of excessive beauty.’’  [Bukhari: Number 3245]

We ask Allaah (The Most High) to grant us Tawfeeq to fear and obey Him as He should be feared and obeyed. We ask Him (The Most Merciful) to show us forgiveness, overlook our short comings and forgive us our sins, and enter us into paradise. …Aameen

The Month of Al-Muharram and Fasting on the day of Ashoorah

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

O people! Fear Allaah (The Most High) and thank Him for the apparent and unapparent blessings He has bestowed upon you.  He has not ceased granting you occasions of good and virtue.  The month of hajj has elapsed and now you have reached the month of Al-Muharram, which Allaah has specially chosen.

Firstly: Muharram is amongst those months in which Allaah made fighting forbidden.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

(إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْراً فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ)

‘’ Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred.’’ [9:36]

These four months are: Dhul Qida, Dhul Hijja, the Month of Muharram and Rajab—Allaah made fighting forbidden during these months in order that those who performed the Hajj and Umrah are safe in their journey to Hajj and Umrah.  However, when Islaam came—all praise is due to Allaah—safety became widespread and the disbelievers were driven away and Jihaad in the path of Allaah (The Might and Majestic) was established whenever that was possible.

Indeed this month of Muharram has virtue; the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘’The best fasting after the month of Ramadhaan is the fasting in the month of Muharram.’’  So it is desired to increase in fasting during this month.  It is the month that the companions—during Umar’s time (radiyallaahu-anhu)—chose to be the beginning of the Hijri calendar.

Virtues of the Month of Muharram

Amongst its greatest virtues is that the Day of Ashoorah is found within it.  It is a Day in which the Prophet (sallal-laahua-alayhi-wasallam) selected for the performance of fasting.  Likewise, Moosaa (alayhis-sallam) fasted on this day in order to thank Allaah for drowning pharaoh and his people.  And after the death of Moosa (alayhis-salaam), the Jews also used to fast on this day of Ashoorah.

When the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) arrived in Madeenah, he found the Jews fasting on this day of Ashoorah, so he said to them: ‘’What is this fasting of yours?’’  They said: ‘’It was the day Allaah gave victory to Moosa and his people and humiliated pharaoh and his people.  Indeed, Moosaa fasted on this Day, so we also fast. So the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: We have more right to (follow) Moosaa than you.’’

The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) continuously fasted this day and commanded the companions to fast as well.  However, the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) want us to oppose the Jews, so he commanded us to fast a day before Ashoorah (i.e. the 9th of Muharram) before fasting on the 10th (i.e. Day of Ashoorah); and it is stated in another narration: ‘’A day after it (i.e. a day after Ashoorah); but fasting on the 9th day of Muharram before fasting the 10th of Al-Muharram (i.e. the day of Ashoorah) is more established.

So we fast on the day of Ashoorah (i.e. the 10th of Muharram) in order to follow the example of Allaah’s Prophet Moosaa (alayhis-salaam), and it was the day in which Allaah gave victory to the Muslims (of Bani Israaeel).   It is victory for the Muslims until the Day of Judgement and a blessing from Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) for which He is thanked through the act of fasting.

Fasting on the Day of Ashoorah is a Sunnah Mu-akkadah [i.e. a practice the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) performed continuously).  Therefore, the Muslim fasts on the 9th of Muharram and the 10th of Muharram, and this is a Sunnah that has continued—all praise is due to Allaah—and fasting on this day is emphasized, whilst seeking Allaah’s reward and in order to thank Him.

The way of the Prophets and their true followers is that they thank Allaah for giving them victory through performance of acts of obedience and remembrance of Allaah.  However, they do not innovate anything in this affair because that was the way of the people of the Pre-Islamic period of ignorance.  It is not permissible for a Muslim to exceed the limits in this affair.

As for the shia, they make the Day of Ashoorah a Day of sadness, weeping and wailing—may Allaah disfigure them—because it was the day Husain (radiyallaahu-anhu) who was murdered.  Indeed calamity is not to be faced with wailing, sins and evil deeds; rather it should be faced with obedience to Allaah and hoping for Allaah’s reward.  There is no doubt that the killing of Husain (radiyallaahu-anhu) was a calamity, but Allaah commanded us to exercise patience and hope for His reward during calamities.  What is legislated on this Day of Ashoorah is that we fast and there should be no newly invented matters in the religion.

Likewise, there are those ignorant ones amongst the Sunnis who consider this Day as a day of happiness and some of them call it the New Year; so they behave generously towards their children, serving them food and bestowing gifts to one another.  Indeed, these affairs are innovations and newly invented matters in the religion, and they are not permissible.  This action of those ignorant Sunnis is the other side of falsehood compared to the actions of the shia! The shia grieve and the ignorant Sunnis display happiness.  Do they (i.e. these ignorant Sunni) show happiness for murder of Husain (radiyallaahu-anhu), because this ignorant act will be considered as a manifestation of happiness due to the murder of Husain (radiyallaahu-anhu) on this Day.   Therefore, it is obligated upon the Muslim to follow the Sunnah and abandon innovations in the religion.  Innovations in the religion are not opposed with other innovations worse than them; rather innovations are opposed by abandoning them and reviving the Sunnah. [source: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15019  Paraphrased and abridged]

Also see another beneficial article here: http://www.salafitalk.com/threads/1785-When-does-the-fasting-of-Muharram-begin-or-the-fasting-of-Aashooraa-begin-Imaam-Ibn-Baaz

Two Leaders Who Gave up Their Leadership in Order to Worship Allaah – As‐Saheehah (no. 2833) of Shaikh al‐Albaanee

As‐Saheehah (no. 2833) of Shaikh al‐Albaanee (rahimahullaah):

‘The Banoo Israa’eel appointed a leader  (Khaleefah) to be in charge of them after Moosaa (alayhis-salaam.) So he stood praying above Jerusalem, in the moonlight. So he remembered some things which he had done, and he departed, and he let himself down with a rope. So in the morning the rope was hanging from the mosque, and he had gone. He said: So he went off until he came to a people on the coast. So he found them striking bricks, or making bricks. So he asked them: ‘What do you take for these bricks?’ He said: So they informed him, so he made bricks along with them. So he used to eat from the wages he earned with his hand, and when it was time for Prayer he would stand and pray.

So the workers informed the chief of their town that amongst us there is a man who does such and such. So he sent a message to him, but he refused to go to him. This happened three times. Then he came riding upon his riding-beast. So when he saw him he fled, so he followed him and overtook him. He said: ”Let me speak to you.” He said: So he stood until he spoke to him, and he informed him of his story. So when he informed him that he was a king, and that he had fled from fear and awe of his Lord, he said: ”I think that I will join you.” He said; So he followed him,and the two of then worshipped Allaah until they died at the Rumaylah of Egypt.

Abdullaah said: ‘If I were there I would be able to find their graves, because of the description which Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) gave to us.

Reported by al-Bazzaar in his Musnad (4/267/3869), by way of `Amr ibn Abee Qays: from Simaak- meaning Ibn Harb: from al-Qaasim ibn `Abdir-Rahmaan: from his father: from `Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood: from the Prophet; and he said: ”We do not know anyone to have reported it from Simaak: from al-Qaasim except for `Amr; and al-Mas`oodee reported it from Simaak: from `Abdur-Rahmaan: from his father, and he did not mention al-Qaasim.”

I say: The narration of al-Mas`oodee was reported by Ahmad (1/451) and Aboo Ya`laa (9/261/5383), by way of Yazeed ibn Haaroon: al-Mas`oodee related to us: from Simaak ibn Harb: from `Abdur-Rahmaan ibn `Abdillaah: from Ibn Mas`ood who said:…, and he mentioned it.

And the two of them are supported by Qays ibn ar-Rabee`: from Simaak ibn Harb-with it, and he also did not mention al-Qaasim in its chain. This was reported by at-Tabaraanee in al-Mu`jamul-Kabeer (10/216/10370), and in al-Awsat also (2/112/1/6743), and he said:

‘No one reports it from Simaak except Qays ibn ar-Rabee’!

That is what he said! However al-Mas`oodee supported his narration, as did `Amr ibn Abee Qays-as has preceded; and even though he differed with them by mentioning al-Qaasim ibn `Abdir-Rahmaan in the chain; and their narration is more correct, even though they each had something regarding their memorization, however each one strengthens the other; and `Amr ibn Abee Qays-and he is ar-Raazee was truthful (sadooq), but made mistakes-as occurs in ‘at-Taqreeb’. So if he correctly preserved it, then it is possible to say that Simaak heard it from al-Qaasim from his father, then he heard it from his father directly; and perhaps what al-Haythumee did indicates this, as he said (10/219):

‘Reported by al-Bazzaar, and by at-Tabaraanee iin ‘al-Awsat’ and in ‘al-Kabeer’, and its chain is ‘hasan’.’

I say: So he combined the narrations of al-Bazzaar and at-Tabaraanee, despite their differing concerning their narration from Simaak. So it is as if he is indicating that there is no difference which will cause any harm between them.

And before this he brought the narration of Ahmad and Aboo Ya’laa, and he said after it: ‘And their chain contains al-Mas’oodee, and his memory deteriorated.’

And as-Suyootee fell short in ‘al-Jaami’ul-Kabeer’ (no. 6404) when he attributed it to ‘al-Mu`jamul-Kabeer’ alone!!’


The wording of the narration of Ahmad (1/451/4312) is:

‘Whilst a man from those who came before you was in his kingdom he reflected, and he knew that it was going to come to an end for him, and that his situation was preoccupying him away from the worship of his Lord. So he crept away one night and escaped from his castle, and he came to the coast, and he used to make bricks for wages. So he would eat, and he would give what remained in charity…..’ and: ‘… so the two of them worshipped Allaah-the Mighty and Majestic-together. So they supplicated to Allaah to cause them to die together. He said: So they died.’

‘Abdullaah said: ‘If I were at the Rumaylah of Egypt I could show you their graves, based upon the description given to us by Allaah’s Messenger).’


Translated by Ustaadh Abu Talhah Dawood Burbank (may Allaah have mercy upon him and his wife).

This narration was sent to us by brother Haroon Al-Banghaali (may Allaah reward him)

Our Salaf: The Night prayer-Thaabit Al-Bunaanee and Maymoon Ibn Mehraan

Thaabit Al-Bunaanee (rahimahullaah) used to pray at night and fast during the day.  He used to say: ‘’There is nothing I find more pleasing to my heart than Qiyaamul Layl (i.e. Tahajjud)’’ [Sifatus Safwah 3/262]

Maymoon Ibn Mehraan (rahimahullaah) said:

”The nobility of a Muslim is in performing the prayer in the darkness of night and not being desperate for what is in the hands of the people (i.e. their possessions) [Shu’ab Al-Imaan 3/171]


We ask Allaah to grant us the tawfeeq to follow the example of our Salaf. However, if Allaah grants you the Tawfeeq to wake up for the night prayer, do not stand up all night and then oversleep and miss fajr; rather ask Allaah for tawfeeq to wake up in the last third of the night until the beginning of Fajr.

 

Is it permissible or possible for her to teach? – Shaykh Ghudayyaan (rahimahullaah)

The ruling on studying in the mosques at the hands of one who took knowledge from the books and cassette tapes.

Question

May Allaah bestow good to you and bless you–The questioner of this question asks and she says:  A female Muslim seeks knowledge through translated books and cassette tapes and she has the opportunity to contact the scholars with regards what she finds difficult; is it permissible or possible for her to teach the female Muslims in the Masjid due to the absence of others who can teach the affairs of Manners, Aqeedah and Manhaj?

Answer

What is known is that a person is to take knowledge from the mouth of the scholars and every (type of) knowledge is taken from a person who is well established in that knowledge.  So when one wants to acquire the knowledge of the Tafseer of the Qur’aan, he takes it from a person who is well established in this knowledge, and this is how it is with all the other  sciences-this is the means.

The second means: Indeed a person reads the books; but he should not read the books and depend on them, except if he is qualified to understand them in a correct manner; because if he has deficiencies in his understanding, then indeed he will understand something in a manner other than what it is.  Thereafter, he speaks with what he understands and what he speaks with is a mistake, so people act upon what he explains to them in a wrong manner and he carries their sins.

And with regards to this woman, I advise her that she does not teach based on the fact that she read the books without anyone explaining these books to her. This is the answer to this question. [End]

– Shaykh Abdullah al Ghudayyaan


[Source: see post number 1 on this link http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=134918. Slightly paraphrased]

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Who do we take our Knowledge from? – Shaykh Fawzaan

Question

A man teaches the people the sciences of the Islamic legislation and the Aqeedah of the Salaf even though he did not acquire knowledge from the mashaayikh and the scholars; is knowledge taken from him?

Answer

As long as he does not have foundation from the scholars (i.e. did not acquire knowledge from them in person and has no recommendations for that), rather he sought (knowledge) from papers and books, then knowledge is not taken from him because he does not understand the Madhab of the salaf.  And it (i.e. Madhab of the Salaf) is not understood except by studying under the scholars.  (It) is acquired (from the scholars)–this knowledge is (acquired from the scholars) and not only through reading. It is acquired (through the scholars), but reading is only an aid and not depended on. The likes of this (person) is called a Muta-aalim* and knowledge is not taken from him.

– Shaykh Saleh al-Fawzaan


*Muta-aalim: [i.e. someone who feigns knowledge and understanding but does/did not seek knowledge directly from the people of knowledge.

[Source: See post number 3 on the following link: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=134918 paraphrased]

 

 

 

”We do not have except the methodology of the Prophets!” By Shaikh Rabee

Shaikh Rabee [may Allaah preserve him] said:

Indeed swerving away from the methodology of the prophets in calling to Allaah is a swerving and deviation towards misguidance and destruction. That is because Allaah [The Blessed and Most High] laid down and ordained this methodology for all the Prophets.

If the people have Shi-aaraat (i.e. distinguishing principles, doctrines, calls), then we do not have except the Shi-aar (distinguishing principle, doctrine, call) of the Prophets; if the people have methodologies, then we do not have except the methodology of the Prophets (alayhimus salaatu was-salaam). The Qur’aan is the greatest testimony and Allaah has often repeated these testimonies and reiterated them in many of the Aayaat: “And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah).” [Soorah An-Nahl: Ayah: 36]

Every Messenger said this to his nation and appeared to his people with this call-the call to Tawheed–and to turn away from Taghut.


Source: Al-Mulakh-khasul Jameel Fee Bayaani Manhaji Ash-Shaikh Rabee Fid-Da’wati Wal-Jarhi Wat-Tadeel. Page: 67 Vol 1

Can a menstuating woman wash a deceased person?

Is it permissible for a woman to wash and shroud a deceased person whilst she is on her menses?

Answer:
It is permissible for a menstruating woman to wash deceased women and shroud them. And from the men she can only wash her (dead) husband. Menstruation is not considered a prohibition from washing a dead person for burial. And to Allaah belongs all (bestowal of guidance and ability to perform good deeds).
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[Al-Fataawaa al-Mar’atil Muslimah compiled by Daarus sahaabah and Daar Sabeelil Mumineen with the recommendation of Shaikh Muhammad al-Imaam, page: 302 or see Fataawaa al-Lajna Ad-Daa-imah 8/369]