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Zaid Recognizes the Black Ant ! Excellent

AsSalam Alaikum, beautiful one !!
Don’t miss it !!

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Zaid: As-Salamu ‘Alykum
Abdur-Rahmaan: Wa-Alykum As-salam…..how was your volunteer experience at the seminar?

Zaid: Alhumdullilah. But…. I worked so hard for this event but no one came to me and said any thanks or any words of appreciation!
Abdur-Rahmaan: Perhaps if you niyyah was correct, you wouldn’t be thinking like that. If only you were doing it sincerely for the sake of Allah and expecting reward only from Him. I think you need to see a heart specialist and get some x-rays!

Zaid: What?!?! But I’m not sick?
Abdur-Rahmaan: I am talking about the hidden disease of Riya. Its very hard to recognize. Imagine a black ant over a black road on a dark night; that’s how hard it is to recognize it. Riya means “to perform acts which are pleasing to Allah, with the intention of pleasing other than Allah.” You need to x-ray your heart and find the intentions behind your actions.

Zaid: Hmm … how do recognize this disease? What are the symptoms?
Abdur-Rahmaan: The primary cause of riya is a weakness of eman. When a person does not have strong faith in Allah, he will prefer the admiration of people over the pleasure of Allah. Here are some of the symptoms:

Love of Parise: You must have heard the hadith about first three people to be thrown into the fire of Hell: the scholar, the martyr and the person who gave his money in charity. All three of these people desired the praise of people, over and above the pleasure of Allah.
Fear of Criticism: Some people obey certain commandments of lslam, not for the sake of Allah, but because they fear people will look down on them and criticize them if they does not do it. eg: praying in jam’ah, woman wearing hijab at mosque etc
Lastly, if you discover that you are doing good deeds only in public, and doing evil deeds when you are alone, this is an indication that you are falling into riya! Tell me one thing–what if I ask you to volunteer, for example, in a parking lot, where no one would see you and wouldn’t know about it. Would you do it?

Zaid: Hmmmm … I guess you are right. How do I treat and cure this disease?
Abdur-Rahmaan: Here are some of the best ways:

Duaa! The prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa salam) taught the specific duaa for riya:[O
Allaah, I take refuge in You lest I should commit shirk with You
knowingly and I seek Your forgiveness for what I do unknowingly.]
Hiding one’s good deeds. Do them where nobody can see!
Reflection upon’s oneself’s shortcomings.
Accompanying the pious (and good companionship helps with many things).
Knowledge of Riya, the evilness of it.
Always ask yourself why you’re doing something, and if you’d still do it if nobody but Allah knew about it.
Zaid: Jazakallah khairan bro, any final piece of advice?
Abdur-Rahmaan: Usually when I feel like getting praised or someone praises me, I remind myself of the response of the righteous slave of Allah when they feed people:

إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ لَا نُرِيدُ مِنكُمْ جَزَاء وَلَا شُكُوراً. إِنَّا نَخَافُ مِن رَّبِّنَا يَوْماً عَبُوساً قَمْطَرِيراً

Translation: We feed you only for the countenance of Allah . We wish not from you reward or gratitude. Indeed, We fear from our Lord a Day austere and distressful. [Surah
Al-Insaan, verses 9-10]

Want to have a good death? Live a good life! Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen

O mankind, have Taqwa of Allah the Exalted and prepare for the meeting with your Lord, with the preparation of the righteous. Verily the state of man is as his Lord the Exalted said:

(يَا أَيُّهَا الْأِنْسَانُ إِنَّكَ كَادِحٌ إِلَى رَبِّكَ كَدْحاً فَمُلاقِيهِ) (الانشقاق:6)

O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure returning, so you will meet Him. (Soorah Al Inshiqaq 84:6)

O Muslims, verily the person does not know where he will die. And he does not know when he will die. As Allah the Exalted said:

(وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَداً وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ)(لقمان: من الآية34)

No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware (of things). (Soorah Luqman 31: 34)

If we don’t know what we will earn tomorrow while this is from our actions, then surely we do not know when we will die as this is from the actions of Allah the Exalted. Since we do not know in what land we will die, despite the fact that the person travels to the land by choice, and since we do not know when we will die, therefore the place of death is unknown and the time of death is unknown. We ask Allah to grant us and you and good ending.

It is not importance when the person will die or where the person will die. It is not important that he dies in Mecca or in Medina or another place from the lands of Allah. It is not important that he dies on Friday, or Monday or any other day of the week. The only thing which is important is in what condition the person will die. This is what is important. In what condition will the person die? Will you die upon Imaan (faith), sincerity, and Tawheed? We ask Allah to grant this to all of us. Or will you die upon doubt, shirk, kufr and obstinacy and ingratitude? This is what is important; this is what is important, O Muslims. But whoever wants to die upon good then let him do good. For surely Allah the Exalted is too Generous and too Kind to abandon His slave during the time of difficulty if he used to know and acknowledge Allah in times of ease.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلمsaid:

تَعَرَّفْ إلَى اللَّهِ فِي الرَّخَاءِ يَعْرِفُك فِي الشِّدَّةِ

Know and acknowledge Allah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will know you in times of difficulty.

What is more difficult than the person’s life coming to an end, what is more difficult than the person leaving this world?! Thus if the person knew and acknowledged his Lord during times of ease, by obedience to Him and drawing near to Him with worship of Him and constantly remembering Him, then surely Allah the Exalted will know him during his time of difficulty. May Allah grant us and you that. The only thing that matters is in what condition the person will die.

لحظة الموت وحياة القبر

الشيخ محمد بن صالح العثيمين

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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Benefit: The Dunyaa is like a Prison…

Benefit: The Dunyaa is like a Prison…
It is mentioned that when al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr was the chief justice (of Egypt), one day he was passing through the market with a caravan, looking well groomed. So a Jew who was selling hot oil, looking very disheveled and dirty because of the oil, accosted him by grabbing the reins of his mule saying,

“Yaa Shaykhul-Islaam, you claim that your prophet said that the dunyaa is a prison for the mu’min and a jannah for the kaafir; so what type of prison are you in and what type of jannah am I in?“

He (Ibn Hajr) replied,

“Regarding what Allaah has prepared for me in the hereafter from its bliss, then it is as if I am in prison, and with regards to what Allaah has prepared for you in the hereafter from its punishment, then it is as if you are in jannah.”

At which point the Jew became a Muslim.

(Faydhul-Qadeer: 3/546)

ذكروا أن الحافظ ابن حجر لما كان قاضي القضاة مر يوما بالسوق في موكب عظيم وهيئة جميلة فهجم عليه يهودي يبيع الزيت الحار وأثوابه ملطخة بالزيت وهو في غاية الرثاثة والشناعة فقبض على لجام بغلته وقال يا شيخ الإسلام تزعم أن نبيكم قال الدنيا سجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر فأي سجن أنت فيه وأي جنة أنا فيها فقال أنا بالنسبة لما أعد الله لي في الآخرة من النعيم كأني الآن في السجن وأنت بالنسبة لما أعد لك في الآخرة من العذاب الأليم كأنك في جنة فأسلم اليهودي
تقصد القصة التي في فيض القدير 3/546 :

Source : http://www.troid.ca , Translated by Hisham Assing

Amazing Story | Story of a Bird and Sufyān ath-Thawrī [rahimahullaah]

Amazing Story | Story of a Bird and Sufyān ath-Thawrī [rahimahullaah]

Imām al-Dhahabī mentions the following story in his entry for Sufyān ath-Thawrī:

”ʻAlī b. ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz said, Arim narrated to us saying, I went to Abū Manṣūr to visit him, he said to me,

‘Sufyān resided in this house, and there was here a nightingale belonging to my son. He (Sufyān) said, ‘Why is this locked up (in a cage)? It should be freed.’ I said, ‘It belongs to my son, and he gives it to you as a gift.’ Sufyān said, ‘No, I will give him a dinar for it.’ He said, ‘He then took it and freed it, and it would go out and return in the evening, and would be at the far end of the house. When Sufyān died, it followed his funeral procession and was flying over his grave. After this on some nights it would go to his grave, and sometimes would spend the night there, and sometimes would return back home. They then found it dead by his grave and it was buried alongside Sufyān.”’

[al-Fawāʼid al-Gharrah, 3/281]

The Story of Bula’am – Explained by Shaykh Fawzan

The story of Bula’am
Explained by Shaykh Fawzan

Student:

وَاتْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ نَبَأَ الَّذِي آتَيْنَاهُ آيَاتِنَا فَانْسَلَخَ مِنْهَا فَأَتْبَعَهُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَكَانَ مِنَ الْغَاوِينَ

And recite (O Muhammad) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away, so Shaytaan followed him up, and he became of those who went astray.
(Soorah Al A’raf 7:175)

Shaykh Fawzan:

This man was a scholar from the children of Israel. “Him to whom We gave Our Ayat”. He was a scholar from the children of Israel. And he was a person whose supplication was answered, because he knew the greatest Name. He knew Allah’s greatest Name, which if called upon with this name He will answer the supplication. He was a worshipper and he was a scholar, and he was a person whose supplication was answered. His name was Bu’laam; Bu’laam ibn Baa’ooraa’.

Thus Musa—peace be upon him—and the children of Israel fought the military campaign during the battle for Baytul Maqdis to conquer it and take it from the hands of the pagans, the likes of the Canaanites and the Amalekites.

So the enemies who Musa were fighting against came to Bu’laam, this scholar. They were afraid of the Muslims, they were afraid of Musa peace be upon him. They came to Bu’laam requesting that he supplicate to Allah against Musa and against the Muslims. They requested this from him because his supplication was accepted. At first he rejected their request. He refused and rejected them. Then they convinced him, perhaps giving him some wealth. At this point he supplicated against Musa. Thus Allah the Exalted disgraced him and removed the blessing from him.

And recite (O Muhammad) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away, so Shaytaan followed him up, and he became of those who went astray.

وَلَوْ شِئْنَا لَرَفَعْنَاهُ بِهَا

And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith

Meaning with the Ayat.

وَلَكِنَّهُ أَخْلَدَ إِلَى الْأَرْضِ

But he clung to the earth

He did not want elevation and might (from Allah)

أَخْلَدَ إِلَى الْأَرْضِ وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ

He clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire

فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الْكَلْبِ إِنْ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْهِ يَلْهَثْ أَوْ تَتْرُكْهُ يَلْهَثْ

So his description is the description of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out,or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out.

The dog always dangles its tongue out, whether it’s in the shade or the sun, if it is riding or walking; it dangles its tongue out. Thus Allah likens this man to a dog, the vilest of animals.  And with Allah refuge is sought.

Despite the fact that he was a scholar etc.; but when he threw away the Ayat of Allah, Allah removed it from him. He threw away the Ayat of Allah and obeyed the pagans, and supplicated against the friends of Allah; thus Allah the Exalted punished him. Allah punished him. This is proof that whoever obeys the disbelievers and assists and aids them against the Muslims is similar to Bul’aam; he is similar to Bul’aam ibn Baa’ooraa’, he has thrown away the signs of Allah.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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Some Points of Contention for The One Who Celebrates The Remembrance of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi’raaj To Be Aware Of : Shaykh ‘Abdul Qaadir al-Junayd

The First Point: 

No authentic proof has been related affirming the specific date of al-Israa’ wal-Mi’raaj.

Al-Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah stated, as in “Zaad al Ma’ad,” 58/1: “No known proof has been established. Neither concerning its month, which part of the month it was in nor its specific date. Rather, what has been narrated related to all of this has been narrated with conflicting narrations and with discontinuous chains of narrations and thus none of them can be affirmed with surety.

● Ash-Shareef Ibn al-Ameer as-San’aanee said in “At-Tanweer”, 7710: “It is a specific night yet nothing from the authentic Sunnah has been narrated specifying when exactly it is.”

 The Second Point: 

The scholars have differed concerning the time of its occurance and there are numerous opinions regarding this.

It is said that it is in Rajab. It is said that it is in Rabee al-Awwal, just as it is said it is in Rabee ath-Thaani.

It is also said that it is in Ramadhaan and it is said that it is in Shawwal. Also, it is said that it is in Dhil Qa’dah.

Some of them say it was in the begining of the month, others say the middle and others say the later part of the month.

Many of the scholars have pointed out these conflicting views:

From the Hanafis: al-Mulla ‘Ali Qaaree and Abu al-Fadhl al-AlooseeFrom the Maalikis: Ibn ‘Abdil Barr and Abu ‘Abdillah al-QurtubeeFrom the Shaafi’ees: an-Nawawee, Ibn Katheer and Ibn Hajr al-AsqalaaneeFrom the Hanbalis: Ibn al-Jawzee and al-’Uthaymeen.

The Third Point: 

The weakest position with regards to specifying (when it took place) is the position which posits that it was in the month of Rajab.

Abu al-Khattaab Ibn Dahiyah al-Maaliki stated in “Adaa mal Wajab min Bayyan Wadh’i al Waadh’iyoon fi Rajab,” pg. 110: “Some of the storytellers mention that al-Israa’ was in Rajab and according to the people of Praise and Criticism (Scholars of Hadeeth) this is without a doubt a lie.”

Also, Ibn al-’Attar ash-Shaafi’ee mentioned in “Hukm Sawm Rajab wa Sha’baan wa Maa Ahdatha Feehima”, pg.34: “From those who considered the hadeeth of al-Israa’ and al-Mi’raaj happening on the 27th to be weak include:

From the Maalikis: Abu al-Khattaab al-KalbeeFrom the Shaafi’ees: Ibn al-’Attar, Ibn Katheer and Ibn Hajr al-AsqalaaneeFrom the Hanbalis: Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Rajab, Ibn Baaz and al-’Uthaymeen.

The Fourth Point:

Celebrating the rememberance of al-Israa’ and al-Mi’raaj has not been narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, nor his Companions, nor the Taabi’een, nor the Taabi’ at-Taabi’een, nor was it an action of the Imaams of the well known madhaahib: Abu Haneefah, Maalik, ash-Shaafi’ee or Ahmad.

The previously mentioned individuals are the example for the individual who does not celebrate al-Israa’ wal-Mi’raaj.

However, concerning the one who celebrates it, who is his example in doing such?

Without a doubt, his example is the Raafidhah Shi’a and those who follow them from the extremist Sufis!

The Fifth Point: 

Whoever has the zeal and vigor to do good deeds and to increase in doing such, then let him ask himself:

“How many actions of obedience have clearly come in the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah and I do not do them, nor do I exert myself in trying to do so?

Verily, it is shameful that I fall short and am lazy in those acts of worship which have come in the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah, yet I exert myself in that which has neither come in the Qur’aan or authentic Sunnah, nor did the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم or his Companions who came after him do so!”

Summarized from the book “At-Tadhkeer al-Baahith bi Annhu Laa Yasihu fi Tahdeed Taareekh Haaditha al-Israa’ wal-Mi’raaj Athar wa Laa Hadeeth” by Shaykh ‘Abdul Qaadir al-Junayd.  Translated by Abu Afnaan Muhammad ‘Abdullah

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