Thursday, June 25, 2015
If the devil finds you to be a sinner, he will announce your demise. And if he finds you to be obedient (to Allah) he becomes fed up with you and rejects you. And if he finds you fluctuating between obedience and sin, then he comes eager to deceive you.
Talbis Iblis by Imaam ibn al-Jawzi
He who hopes to wake up in the morning will not do much at night, and he who hopes to travel during the day will travel much at night. However, he who sees death to be near works hard during his life. Allah's Messenger (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "Perform prayer as if you were departing."
Some of the Salaf said: "Beware of procrastination, for it is one of devil's strongest weapons."
A disciplined person prepares for his journey, while a procrastinator doesn't. So when it comes time to travel the disciplined person feels happy while the procrastinator feels that he is in trouble. This is how people are. Some are alert, so when the Angel of Death comes they do not feel guilty. Others are not disciplined, so they feel agony when it comes time to travel.
- Taken from "The Devil's Deception (Talbis Iblis)" by Imaam ibn al-Jawzi (rahimahullah) p.538
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
15 Points of Reflection and Benefit for Those Making Umrah
1. al-Ikhlaas (sincerity) - ‘Umrah like any other act of worship is required to be done sincerely for Allaah alone
2. There is no Ikhlaas except by shunning ar-Riyaa’ (showing off), don’t boast and take pictures (‘umrah selfies) in the middle of the acts of ‘Umrah! Don’t potentially change your intention or invent stoppages in an act of worship!
3. Stay away from tasweer (image making), especially leading up to and during the actions of ‘Umrah, make it a time to connect to your Lord not to connect to your social media ‘followers’, do not allow any chance of insincerity or showing off to enter one’s intention, ‘Umrah should not be deemed an opportunity to increase one’s ‘social capital’ (popularity) or a time for ‘humble-bragging’ (using apparently humble language to actually show off where you are or what your accomplishing)
4. Be devout in following the messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in establishing the rituals of ‘Umrah
5. Have knowledge of what the messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did on ‘Umrah and in his life in general, there is no way to follow him except to have knowledge of what he taught us
6. Knowing the virtue of ‘Umrah, the expiation of sins
7. There is no harming and no reciprocation of harm (whilst in ihraam)
8. Obey the people in charge of the Muslims, respecting and honouring the guidelines and protocols during the journey
9. Travel for ‘Umrah in a group (3 or more) preferably
10. The woman does not travel alone (without a mahram) or as a group of women (without their mahrams)
11. There should be an ameer (leader) for a travelling group and you should obey the ameer (in the affairs related to the journey)
12. Make a lot of du’aa upon the journey
13. Make ‘Umrah as often as you can but perform multiple ‘Umrah (but upon different trips)
14. Hurry home (after ‘Umrah) and take care of the affairs of your family and your responsibilities
15. Reflecting upon Sooratul-‘Asr
Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu! It has been forever since I've posted but alhamdulillaah 'alaa kulli haal. Here is a video by Abu Khadeejah on umrah which I found very beneficial for those planning to make the trip in shaa Allaah. May Allaah accept it from us ameen!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu! TROID will be hosting Abu Mu'adh Taqweem Aslam from January 29 to Sunday February 1 to come and teach us about the tafseer of Juz 'Ama in shaa Allaah. It will include a telelink with Shaykh Hasan al-Banna bi'idnillaah. If you are in the Toronto or GTA area, come out and benefit!
Also TROID is always accepting donations to fund more of these events. You can find out more info at http://www.troid.ca/media/images/TROID_SupportBrochure.pdf
Baarak Allaahu feekum!
Whoever abandons habits for the sake of someone or something other than Allaah, will surely suffer hard and difficult times. However, whoever abandons habits for the sake of Allaah sincerely from his heart, he will not suffer from leaving it except at the beginning so that his credibility will be examined. If he bears this pain it will be turned into pleasure. Ibn Sinn said, "I heard Shuraih swearing by Allaah that a servant, when deserting something, for the sake of Allaah never suffers from its loss." It was said, "Whoever abandoned anything for the sake of Allaah; Allaah will compensate him with what is better. And compensation is of different kinds and the best is to be compensated by Allaah with His love, and satisfaction within his heart, its strength, activity, happiness, and contentment.
- Imaam ibn al-Qayyim, Al-Fawa'id: A Collection of Wise Sayings
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Monday, December 22, 2014
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:
The secret of the Salaah, its soul and core is the slave’s turning to Allah in totality whilst in the prayer. Therefore, just as it is not befitting that he turns his face away from the Qiblah to other than it during the Salaah, it is likewise not befitting to turn his heart away from his Lord to other than Him during the Salaah. Rather he (the slave) makes the Ka’bah, which is the house of Allah, the Qiblah of his face and body. (Likewise) he makes the Lord of the House the Qiblah of his heart and soul. So according to how much the servant turns to Allah in his Salaah, (then this) will determine how much Allah turns towards him. And if he (the slave) was to turn away, then Allah will turn away from him. And (the saying goes): “as he lives, he is treated (accordingly).”
Source: Asraarus-Salaah, pg. 75
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
So the rulers are to be obeyed as required by the Sharee’ah if they command that which is not contrary to the Command of Allaah and His Messenger. This is because the duty upon the people is to hear and obey when the ruler commands that which is not contrary to the Command of Allaah and His Messenger. In this situation and with this condition, their obedience to those in authority is obedience to Allaah (Azza wa Jal).
For this reason, we should bear in mind that when we carry out what the state authority has ordered frommatters in which it must be obeyed, we are, in this respect, worshipping Allaah, The Most High, and drawing closer to Him through this obedience. So, bearing this in mind, our execution of the ruled matter will be something that draws us closer to Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic. It is something that we should be conscious of; because Allaah, The Most High, Says:
O you who believe, obey Allaah, and obey his Messenger, and those of you in authority.
[Qur’aan, soorat an-Nisaa’ (4): 59].
[Qur’aan, soorat an-Nisaa’ (4): 59].
Translated by Dr Saleh as Saleh rahimahullaah via salaf-us-saalih.comSource : Understanding Worship – Fiqh ul-‘Ibadah – Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen – Page 135
Shaykh Aadil Mansour said:
And it is a must, during this wintry weather that we reflect upon the effects of the winter upon the body of an Imaam who was put to trial. And it is none other than Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
When the winter arrived, his joints ached and his moaning intensified, and he remained in this condition until he died. The pain in his limbs would not subside nor would his joints. These limbs and joints which received the whip of punishment from the oppressive rulers; those who embraced the call that the Quran was created, turning the people away from their religion. Not causing them a decrease in their livelihood or their stomachs, rather it diverted the people away from their religion and their Aqeedah.
Every time the winter and the cold arrived he would moan from the effects of the punishment and inflammation and pain of his joints. And the pain would not subside until he warmed water and poured it over his aches.
During this weather, which is relished by those who enjoy it; and adorned by those who find it arrival charming; we reflect upon his experience.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee via mtws.posthaven.com
Friday, December 5, 2014
Concerning the Wiping of the Face after Salah
Taken from the Original Sifaat as-Salah
By Shaykh Muhadith Muhammad Nasir- Deen Al-Albaani
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya
"As for wiping the hands on the face after ending the Dua' in the prayer, then this is not established with an authentic narration, nor an authentic statement, nor by analogy.
This is a Bida', as for outside the prayer, then it is not authentic, and everything that is narrated regarding this is weak, some of it is more severe in its weakness than other narrations; I have researched it in ýDaýeef Abi Dawoodý (262) and 'al-Hadeeth as-Saheehah' (597), this is why al-Izz bin Abdus-Salaam said in some of his Fatawa: 'None does this except an ignorant person.'
So it is foremost that it should not be done, and restricting to what the Salaf -Radi Allaahu anhum- did, of raising the hands in the Dua' without wiping the face in the prayer. And success lies with Allaah.' "
[Taken from 'the Original Sifat as-Salah' vol 3 p.957-959]
Answer from Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen 14; Question No. 781
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on wiping the face with the hands after making du’aa’. He replied:
"Wiping the face with the hands after making du’aa’ is more likely to be not prescribed in Islam, because the ahaadeeth that have been narrated concerning that are da’eef (weak). Shaykh al-Islam (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: They cannot be used as evidence. If we are not certain or we think it most likely that this is not prescribed, then it is better not to do it, because Islamic rulings cannot be proven on the basis of mere conjecture, unless we believe it to be mostly likely to be the case.
What I think about wiping the face with the hands after du’aa’ is that it is not Sunnah. As is well known, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed for rain during his Friday khutbah and raised his hands, but it is not narrated that he wiped his face with them. Similarly in a number of ahaadeeth it says that the Prophet raised his hands, but there is no proof that he wiped his face."