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[2] Benefits From Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmi’s (rahimahullaah) Explanation of Kitaab At-Tawheed

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

”And I did not create Jinn and Mankind except that they should worship Me (alone)” [Soorah Dhariyaat: Ayah: 56]

 

The worlds of the creatures with intellectual discernment are three (in number):

[1] The world of (creatures with intellectual discernment) in which there is only good and no evil, and they are the angels. 

[2] The world of (creatures with intellectual discernment) in which there is only evil and no goodness, and they are the devils.

[3] The world of (creatures with intellectual discernment) in which Allaah (gives them the freewill to choose between) good and evil, and there is more goodness amongst them. The other world (in this third category) is that of (those creatures with intellectual discernment) in which Allaah (gives them the freewill to choose between) good and evil and there is more evil amongst them.

 

The world of Jinn and Mankind are the worlds in which Allaah (allows them and gives them the freewill to choose between) good and evil, and Allaah created them to worship Him (alone).  The devils are a species from the Jinn, but they rebelled and all of them became evil.  And that is why Allaah (The Most High) said: [وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ] ”And I (Allaah) did not create the Jinn and Mankind except to worship Me.”

 

The devils are a species from the Jinn, and Allaah created Jinn and mankind to worship Him (alone), as He stated in this (above) ayah.  And amongst them (i.e. Jinn and Mankind) are those who fulfil the worship of Allaah (alone) and they are the believers, and amongst them are those who do not fulfil it; rather they wilfully turned away and became arrogant, and they are the various types of disbelievers.

 

It is sufficient for us to know that Allaah created us to worship Him (alone) and it is obligatory upon us to fulfil the purpose for which Allaah created us.   And worship is obedience alongside humility and lowering oneself in the presence of Allaah [The One, The Irresistible].  And when it is the case that the nations did become overwhelmed with ignorance, apathy and forgetfulness, and busied themselves with the present worldly life and became heedless of the afterlife, Allaah sent Messengers to every nation to clarify the purpose for which they were created and brought into existence.

 

Allaah (The Most High) said:

[وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ]

”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]

 

So Allaah informed (us) that He sent Messengers to the slaves–commanding them to worship Allaah (alone) and to stay away from all false deities.


For Further details see: Ash-Sharh Al-Moojaz: page 10 onwards

Fear of the Jinn–Shaikh Rabee

Question:

Does fearing the Jinn enter into natural fear or not?

 

Answer:

Fearing the jinn; if it is inner fear and if it is believed that the jinn can benefit and harm you, then this enters into shirk: ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the jinns, but they (jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief.’ [Surah Al-Jinn Verse 6]

And in the most part/cases fear of the jinn – and Allah knows best – falls into the fear (that is regarded to be) worship; because it is believed that by way of it (jinn) you can be harmed or benefitted, whilst no one has the ability to cause harm or benefit except Allah, neither the jinn nor the people, as the Messenger of Allah sallaallaahu alaihi wa sallam said: “Know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit with anything except that which Allaah has already recorded for you. If they gather to harm you by something, they would not be able to harm you by anything except what Allaah has already recorded against you.” (Tirmidhee Hasan saheeh)

And the true believer does not fear (anyone or anything) except Allah (The Mighty and Majestic). “So fear them not, but fear me if indeed you are (true) believers” [Aali Imran verse 175]; Meaning the inner fear, the fear (that is regarded to be) worship.  As for fear of a snake, a lion or a corrupt person – meaning he who attacks you and you are not able to resist/fight him, then this is natural fear (and) it does not harm. This does not harm – Inshaa Allah – and it has no effect on the Aqeedah.

However fear of jinn in most cases is a fear established upon corrupted beliefs!  The Messenger sallaallaahu alaihi wa sallam has given you weapons and has taught you; Read ayatul kursi, read Surah al Falaq and Surah an Nas to be protected.  The remembrance of Allah (The Mighty and Majestic) protects you from them. Use the means which will protect you from them and from every type of harm—from snakes, scorpions and from other than them, (reciting):    َعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّة مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.) (Recite three times in the evening.)  If you said this nothing will come to you (of harm), neither a jinn nor a snake nor other than them.  Nothing will harm you (by permission of Allah) and this is (when) it is done with sincerity and truthfulness.  May Allah bless you all.


Fataawa fil Aqeedah wal manhaj [Shaykh Rabee Al Madkhali]

Translated by Abu Abdir-Razzaaq Amjad

N.B everything in brackets is from the translator

[1]Benefits from Shaikh Ahmad An-Najmi’s (rahimahullaah) Explanation of Kitaab At-Tawheed

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

 

Indeed Tawheed is the foundation upon which Islaam is founded.  It is its pre-requisite by way of which (one’s Islaam) is acknowledged (in the sight of Allaah) and by way of which good deeds are accepted.  By way of it sins are pardoned and the slave is entered into paradise and saved from the hell fire.  Due to (Tawheed), there occurred the dispute between the Messengers and the polytheists, and the swords of Jihaad were unsheathed.  Due to (Tawheed), the Jinn, mankind, paradise and hell fire were created; and righteous deeds are cancelled through that which nullifies (Tawheed) and that is Shirk.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَلَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ وَإِلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكَ لَئِنْ أَشْرَكْتَ لَيَحْبَطَنَّ عَمَلُكَ وَلَتَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ

بَلِ اللَّهَ فَاعْبُدْ وَكُن مِّنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ

 

”And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad ), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: “If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.”  Nay! But worship Allah (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful.’’ [Soorah Az-Zumar: Aayaat 65-66]

 

All sins can be pardoned except shirk.  Allaah (The Most High) said: إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

”Verily! Allah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners in worship with Him, but He forgives whom he pleases sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, has indeed strayed far away.’’ [Soorah An-Nisaa: Ayah: 116]

 

And due to shirk the slave is prevented from entry into paradise and hell fire is imposed upon him for eternity.  Therefore for this reason giving concern to Tawheed is the most important affair amongst all important affairs and the greatest of all obligations.  Abandoning (Tawheed), turning away from it and from learning it is the greatest calamity.  And due to this it is incumbent upon every slave (of Allaah) to learn (Tawheed) and to learn that which nullifies and negates it, or that which diminishes it and infringes its rights.


For further details, see: Ash-Sharh Al-Moojaz, page: 5 onwards

Is Fasting During The First Ten days of Dhul Hijja An Innovation-Shaikh Bin Baaz and Shaikh Uthaymeen

Question:

Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) was asked: ”What is your view on the view of the one who says that fasting during the first ten days of Dhul Hijja is an innovation?

Answer:

This one is an ignoramus…

[Source: Majmoo Fataawaa 15/418]

Shaikh Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said:

We feel sorry for some of the people who bring doubt to the Muslims in this affair, saying that fasting it (i.e. the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja) is not a Sunnah.  Glorified be Allaah! I fear that Allaah will punish them on the day of judgement (i.e. for uttering this statement).  How can the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) say that ‘’there are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days’’ and then we leave out the righteous deed about which Allaah has stated: ‘’Indeed it (i.e. fasting) is for Me and I will reward it’’…..

[Source: [Liqaa Ash-Shah’ree: Number: 199]

The one who does not establish the true reality of Laa-ilaaha ilal Laah–Shaikh Rabee

Question:

Will the one who does not establish the true reality of ‘’laa ilaaha illa Allah” enter paradise or hellfire?

 

Answer:

It is inevitable that the one who does not establish the conditions of laa ilaaha illa Allah will enter the fire.  If he wasn’t sincere; if he wasn’t truthful; if he did not know its meaning; if he said Laa ilaaha illa Allah and explained it as “there is no creator except Allah (and) ‘’there is no provider except Allah,’’ (then even) if we were to (give) him the excuse of ignorance the least about him is that he is from the misguided sects.


Fataawa fil Aqeedah wal Manhaj – Shaykh Rabee

Translated by Abu Abdir-Razzaaq (Amjad Khan)

 

 

 

Virtue of The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

The virtues of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja

All praise is due to Allaah The Lord of the Aalameen and may the salaah and salaam be upon the leader of the Messengers.  To proceed

Indeed from the favours of Allaah is that He made for His righteous servants fixed days/time periods in which they can increase in the performance of righteous actions.  And amongst these fixed days/time periods are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja.  Indeed, the virtues of these  first days have been stated in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah

Allaah (The Most High) said

وَالفَجرِ وَلَيَالٍ عَشرٍ

By the dawn; By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijja

[Soorah al-Fajr: Ayah: 1-2]

Imaam Ibn katheer (rahimahullaah) said that the intended meaning behind this verse is the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja as stated by Ibn Abbaas, Ibn Zubayr, Mujaahid and other than them.  And this has also been reported by Imaam Bukhaari

Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said

There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in Allaah’s cause?” He said, “Not even jihad in Allaah’s cause, except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either

Allaah (The Most High) said

وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ [الحج: 82]

And mention the Name of Allah on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th day of Dhul-Hijja);  Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhu) said: They are the (first) ten days. Tafseer Ibn katheer

Ibn Umar (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) said

The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: There are no days greater in the (sight) of Allaah nor in which righteous actions are more beloved to Him than these (first) ten days; so increase Tahleel (i.e. Laa-ilaaha-ilal-laah), Takbeer (i.e. Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (i.e. Al-Hamdulil-laah) [reported by Ahmad

And Saeed Ibn Jubayr who narrated the aforementioned hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas used to strive earnestly when the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja starts…. reported by Daarimee

Ibn Hajr (rahimahullaah) said in Al-Fath: What is apparent is that the reason the first ten days of Dhul Hijja are distinguished (with excellence) is because of what it gathers of the main foundational acts of worship, and they are: Salaah, Fasting, Charity and Hajj, which are not found in other them)

What are the recommended acts of worship in these first ten days

 Salaah: Give more emphasis and concern to the obligatory prayers and increase in optional prayers, because the prayer is amongst the greatest means of seeking nearness to Allaah

 Fasting: fasting is included amongst the righteous deeds.  Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said about fasting the first days of Dhul-Hijja is strongly recommended

[3] The Takbeer, Tahleel and Tahmeed due to what has been reported in the Hadeeth of Ibn Umar (radiyallaahu-anhu) that: ‘’Increase in Tahleel, Takbeer and Tahmeed in it (i.e. during these days).  Imaam Al-Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) said: Ibn Umar and Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) used to go to the market place during the first days of Dhul-Hijja whilst uttering the Takbeer and the people also used to do so alongside them

?How is the Takbeer performed

.الله أكبر. الله أكبر. الله أكبر. لا إله إلا الله. والله أكبر. . الله أكبر ولله الحمد

 

Fasting on the day of Arafah: Fasting on the day of Arafah is emphasized because of what has been narrated from the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) that the one who fasts the day of Arafah, his (minor) sins of the previous year and the year to come are forgiven by Allaah [reported by Muslim].  However, as for the one who is physically present at Arafah, it is disliked that he should fast, because the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) stood at Arafah whilst he was not fasting

How should the Muslim approach these days of goodness

The Muslim should approach these first days of goodness with sincere repentance to Allaah, keeping away from sins and disobedience; because sins prevents a person from receiving the favours of His Lord and veils his heart from his Protector- Allaah

Likewise, a person should approach these days with all good deeds.  He should strive to benefit from them by performing deeds that are pleasing to Allaah.  Allaah (The Most High) said

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُواْ فِينَا لَنَهدِيَنَّهُمّ سُبُلَنَا [العنكبوت:69]

As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun (good doers).” Soorah Al-Ankaboot: Ayah: 69]

O brothers and sisters in Islaam! Let us be eager to take benefit from the ten days of Dhul Hijja before they elapse and we become regretful.  We ask Allaah to benefit us and yourselves in these days of goodness; and we ask Him (The Most High) to aid us to obey Him and perform acts of worship for His sake


This article was abridged and paraphrased from an article posted in the following link:  http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=132815

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The Best or The Most-Imaam Shanqeetee

Allaah (The Most High) said:

 وَهُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ وَكَانَ عَرْشُهُ

عَلَى الْمَاءِ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا

”And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth in six Days and His Throne was on the water, that He might try you, which of you is the best in deeds.” [Soorah Hud: Ayah: 7].   He (The Most High) did not say: ”which of you has the most deeds.”


[Source: Al-Islaamu Deenu Kaamilu of Imaam Shanqeetee (rahimahullaah): page 6]

The Places of Residence are Three: ibn ul-Qayyim

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan mentioned in his explanation of Kitab at-Tawhid under the chapter [The Virtues of Tawhid and that which it Expiates from Sins], “The places of residence – as ibn ul-Qayyim mentioned – are three;

The First: The residence of this world, and it is the residence of actions and gaining [good deeds].

The Second: The residence of the Barzakh, and that is the residence within the graves, a barzakh between this world and the Hereafter. The term barzakh means a “divider” or “barrier” [i.e. the life within the graves is the seperator between this world and the Hereafter], and the life within the graves is [therefore] termed as the life of the barzakh. Within it are amazing affairs; in it is blessing or punishment,either a pit from the pits of the Hell-Fire, or a garden from the gardens of Paradise. The dead remain in their graves until Allah the Mighty and Majestic wishes to resurrect and gather them for accountability and recompense…[and so] this residence is a waiting station [until resurrection].

The Third: The residence of recompense, which is the Day of Judgement, [either] Paradise or Hell; and this residence does not perish nor cease ever. If a person believes in these two abodes [Paradise and Hell], then indeed that will cause a person to perform righteous actions and [seek] repentance from sins and wrong-doing. So if he is certain that Paradise exists, and that he cannot enter this Paradise except with righteous actions – then [surely] he will act [upon righteousness]. [Similarly] if he is certain that Hell exists and that he will enter it [if he performs] sins, disbelief and evil actions – then [surely] he will be wary and cautious of that and repent to Allah the Mighty and Majestic.

Therefore, eemaan in Paradise and Hell causes the slave to perform righteous actions and to seek repentance from sins and evil actions, as for the one who does not believe in the Hereafter, then this one will act in accordance to what his desires dictate to him and what his soul craves and he will not hold himself accountable [and reflect] ever”.