Monday, February 18, 2013

Islam. TOTAL submission, but to who?

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu,


 “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)”
[al-Dhaariyaat 51:56]

“Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith” (Narrated by Muslim, 49) 


Islam. 
The one true religion. The total submission and surrender to the ONE TRUE CREATOR, Allah. The Lord of the Universe, The Master of the Day of Judgement, The All Knowing, The All Hearing, The All Seeing. 

La ilaha ilAllah Muhammadur Rasulullah. There is NO god worthy of worship except Allah  & Muhammad (sallalahu aleyhi wasselam) is His last and final messenger.

Allahu Akbar.

When one enters into Islam, they surrender all their emotional, lustful, evil desires and in exchange, to submit to their ONE TRUE CREATOR, Allah. When one enters into Islam, they follow the teachings and the correct way of the beloved prophet Muhammad (sallahualeyhi wasselam). They do not have a choice. This is their promise to Allah which they made when they chose to take their Shahadah.

To Proceed,

So why is it that so many Muslims who declare the shahadah , admit that there is no god but Allah, claim they love Allah and His messenger (sallalahu aleyhi wasselam) YET they are 'picker-chooser' Muslims?

Is it in the Qur'an or the Sunnah of our beloved (nabi sallalahu aleyhi wasselam) to pick and choose what we want to practice and leave the other commands that Allah ordered for us? Islam was revealed to us as an ENTIRE, COMPLETE religion. The religion of Islam is perfect. It does not consist of 1/3, 1/4,1/10 of prohibitions and commands from Allah. It completes 100% of His Rules and Commands that are designed for His creation. You do not have the right, nor do you have the CHOICE to pick and choose what YOU want to practice. Islam does not mean you only fast and pray during Ramadan. Islam does not mean that you read Qur'an and memorize it yet you have the WORST manners and etiquettes as possible! Islam does not mean pray 5 times and call it a day. I just wanted to sincerely let you all know, that when a sister approaches you and advises or corrects your faults, please, do yourself a favour for the sake of Allah, and take it as a blessing. It is our DUTY to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, otherwise how will there be any good in the world if nobody advises of the evil and wrongdoings (based upon the Qur'an and Sunnah) of others?
Living in ignorance and arrogance is the easiest way to end up in the Hellfire. It is our job as sisters in Islam to advise one another with sincerity and honesty. If non-Muslims can give each other criticism without any objections, then what is our problem? How can we say "La ilaha illa'Allah Muhammad ar-Rasullulah" yet we won't even suck up our pride and have some humility to let others help us be better Muslimahs? When will the excuses stop?


Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 


“You (true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and his Sunnah) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al‑Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden)”



[Aal ‘Imraan 3:110] 



“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful”



[Aal ‘Imraan 3:104] 

There are so many of us out there, who cry and complain why we never find a righteous spouse, or why our marriage ends up in a horrible divorce, or that we never get what we ask for...but we fail to ask ourselves, "what am I DOING that I actually deserve my duaa to be answered by Allah??" Have we even asked ourselves? Do you think submitting 30% to Islam and 70% to your desires earns Allah's pleasure? Ask yourself, do you really deserve whatever it is that you are/have been asking for?
We want a husband who wears a thobe with a big beard, who is a student in Madinah Unversity and a hafidh of Qur'an, yet we can't even leave the house without looking all beautified and alluring. We can't even refrain from sharing our photo's over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram without us posing with wide eyes and pouting our lips. Who exactly are we trying to please? Why are we wasting time listening to love songs and watching irrelevant movies of vampires and wizards and making excuses for ourselves saying it is haram? WHO ARE WE to make things halal and haram upon ourselves? Does this please Allah, The Almighty? Will this earn His Pleasure? Will our duaas be answered when we are being disobedient to Him? No. And where does it say in the Qur'an and Sunnah that adorning oneself in public and online is permissible? Please bring your proof to support your claim.

 Allah reminds us about our purpose in life. It is not to adorn ourselves, it is not to worship Him 10%, 25% or 70%, it is not to backbite others and hate upon sisters who try to help us be better Muslims. Allah blessed us with this gift, the gift of guidance. Why should we take take our blessings lightly? Again, Islam means to submit and surrender oneself 100%, whole heartedly, give up all of our desires, and worship our ONE, TRUE, CREATOR. Allah, The Almighty, The Sublime, The King of the heavens and the earth and ALL that is in between. There really is NO excuses to be made about "oh I want to take my time" or "I'm new to Islam, I want to take things slow." Well yes, the revelation took 23 years to be revealed, but what is our excuse really? Everything has been completely revealed for us Alhamdulilah. So what are we waiting for? Remember the verses: 

"By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience." ( Al-Asr 103:1-3)

So as you see sisters, we should really not be wasting any more time and making excuses for ourselves, or worse, getting OTHERS to make excuses for us. Allah sent us a gift of guidance, we should be fighting, striving, working as hard as we can to get to know Him as best as we can. The effort that we put into our makeup, or photo-taking, our idle talk with non-mahrams should really be focused on seeking knowledge and learning more about Allah. We should really be remembering Him EVERY second of EVERY day, we should also be working on that spot in Al-Firdaus. We say "I want Jannah, I want Al-Firdaus, I want to be like the mother of the believers, I love Allah, I love the messenger sallalahu aleyhi wasselam.....I'm Salafi this, I'm Salafi that.." but how hard are we TRULY striving ? We dedicate all of our precious time for the WRONG THINGS and the worst thing is, we make excuses for ourselves and we backbite and get defensive when sisters try to advise us and help us!!?

I used to be guilty of this (and still am, but at least I admit it and I am working on it), making excuses for myself not to do this and not to do that, AstughfurAllah, and even to this day I get lazy sometimes and make excuses for myself. So this post is first and foremost a reminder to myself before it seeks as a reminder to anyone else. I ask Allah to continue to keep me steadfast and upright on His deen and may He help me and all my sincere sisters who strive in His way and His way alone, that we all reach Al-Firdaus. Ameen. 

May Allah forgive me for anything that I've said that has offended you, anything good I've said is from Allah and anything bad is from my own self and I seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan the accursed. Ameen! 

Finally,

Let us reflect upon the following verses from the Qur'an and remind ourselves what exactly is our purpose here on this earth, this short, temporary world that we live in:

“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?”"So Exalted be Allaah, the True King: Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Lord of the Supreme Throne!”
[al-Mu’minoon 23:115, 116]

“We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them for a (mere) play”
[al-Anbiya’ 21:16]

“And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, for mere play.
We created them not except with truth (i.e. to examine and test those who are obedient and those who are disobedient and then reward the obedient ones and punish the disobedient ones), but most of them know not” [al-Dukhaan 44:38-39] 

Those who remember Allaah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted are You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:190, 191] 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines Day....= Shirk.


Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu,
The proof is clear and speaks for itself. 
Therefore why do we still go against the Laws of Allah to please our petty superficial desires?


 Celebrating ‘Eid ul-Hubb (Holiday of Love, or Valentine’s Day)
Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)
Question:
In the recent times there has spread the celebrating of ‘Eid ul-Hubb (Valentine’s Day) – particularly among the female students. And it is a holiday from the holidays of the Christians, and the clothing will be completely in red garments and shoes, and they exchange red flowers with each other. We hope from your eminence an explanation of the ruling of celebrating the likes of this holiday. What is your advice to Muslims regarding the likes of these affairs, and may Allaah preserve you and protect you?
Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Giver of Mercy.
Wa ‘alaykumus-salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
Celebrating the Holiday of Love (i.e. Valentine’s Day) is not permissible for various reasons.
The first: That is an innovated holiday that has no basis for it in the Sharee’ah.
The second: That it calls to passion and infatuation.
The third: That it calls to busying the heart with the likes of these affairs that are trivial and opposed to the guidance of the Righteous Predecessors (As-Salaf us-Saalih), may Allaah be pleased with them.
So it is not permissible to introduce on this day (i.e. Valentine’s Day) anything from the aspects of holiday celebrating, regardless of whether it is foods, or drinks, or clothing, or exchanging gifts, or other than that. It is incumbent upon the Muslim to be distinguished and noble with his religion, and that he not be a characterless person who follows everyone who cries out.
I ask Allaah, the Most High, to protect the Muslims from all of the trials, whatever is apparent or hidden of them, and that He guards over us with His care and His aid.
Written by Muhammad Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen on 5/11/1420 hijri.
Al-Muftee: Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen
Source of the Fatwaa: Majmoo’ Rasaa’il wa Fataawaa Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen
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Fatwa from Permanent Committee :
Question :
Some people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14 by exchanging red roses, dressing in red, and congratulating one another on that day. Some cake shops make heart-shaped cakes in red and draw hearts on them and other shops advertise special items on sale for this day. What is your opinion on:
First: Celebrating this day?
Second: Buying from these stores on this day?
Third: Shop owners who do not celebrate this day selling gifts to be given by those who do celebrate it?
May Allah reward you with the best!
Answer:
The clear-cut evidence from the Qur'an and Sunnah, upon which the Salaf (righteous predecessors) of this Ummah (nation based on one creed) unanimously agreed, confirms that there are only two Eids (festivals) in Islam: Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice). Any other festival, whether peculiar to a person, a group, an event, or any other reason, is an invented festival that is not permissible for Muslims to celebrate, approve of, enjoy, or support in any way, because this is considered to be a transgression of the Limits of Allah.  Anyone who transgresses the limits set by Allah has wronged themselves.
If we add to this fabricated festival the fact that it is one of the festivals of the Kafirs (disbelievers), this heaps sin upon sin, because it entails resembling them and is a type of support of them. Allah (may He be Glorified) forbids the Mumins (believers), in His Ever-Glorious Book, from imitating or supporting the Kafirs. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who imitates a people is one of them(Abu Dawud, Sunan, Book on clothing, no. 4031; Ahmad, Musnad, vol. 2, p. 50). Valentine's Day falls under this heading, as it is one of the idolatrous Christian festivals. It is not lawful for a Muslim who believes in Allah and the Last Day to celebrate, approve of, or congratulate people on it; it is forbidden to them. Rather, it is obligatory for them to ignore and avoid it, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger and to keep away from that which will arouse Allah's Anger and incur Punishment.
It is also Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to support this festival or any other Haram festival by any means, whether by supplying food or drinks; selling, buying, manufacturing, gift-giving, correspondence, advertising etc., because all this comes under cooperating in sin and transgression and disobeying Allah and His Messenger. Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) says:  Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment.(Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 2)
It is obligatory for Muslims to adhere to the Qur'an and Sunnah in all matters, especially in times of Fitnah (trial) when corruption is widespread. They must be sagacious enough and on their guard to avoid falling into the misguidance of those who have earned Allah's Anger, those who went astray, or the Fasiqs (those flagrantly violating Islamic law) who have no fear of Allah nor have pride in being Muslims. Muslims should resort to Allah, asking for guidance and steadfastness in Islam, as it is Allah Alone Who guides and keeps us steadfast.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and Companions!
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Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī on the Impermissibility of Muslims Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar
Questioner:
“Indeed tomorrow corresponds with the fourteenth of February which is recognized as Valentine’s Day in the West, and some of our young men and women have been tempted by this holiday. So do you have a word of advice concerning this?”
Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī (hafidhahullaah):
“This was the topic of last Friday’s khutbah (sermon), and perhaps someone from the students of knowledge recorded it, and I do believe that it was recorded in Masjid Amīr Ṣultān. I elaborated on this in detail. In brief, I mentioned that this Valentine’s Day contains seven objects of caution.
First: Its origin goes back to the Romans; it was originally called Cupid’s (Roman god of love) Day; so recognizing it is recognition of idolatry because it is imitation of the idolaters.
Second: It is blind following of the Jews and Christians, and the Messenger of Allāh (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) informed us of this, ‘You will follow the ways of those who came before you…’ it was said, ‘The Jews and Christians?’ He said, ‘And what other nation [could I mean] besides those?’[2] and in another wording, ‘The Persians and the Romans.’[3]
Third: It is imitation of the disbelievers in general. The Messenger of Allāh (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) stated, ‘Whoever imitates a people, he is from them.’[4]
Fourth: It is an innovation that has been newly introduced by the people, and whoever innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it, it is rejected.[5]
Fifth: It is an abomination, and everything that takes place in its observance is an abomination from the meeting up of young men and women, the correspondence that takes place between them, the sending of heart-shaped Valentine’s and what is similar to this of nonsense. All of this is imitation of the West, and we have been prohibited from imitating [the disbelieving people].
Sixth: Even those who are sensible among them (i.e. the disbelievers) have prohibited celebrating this holiday, until—I believe I heard that the Vatican, the distorted Christian Church, is stern in their prohibition of this matter.
Last: It is based upon a great myth—concerning what is called love and what it leads to from corruption. So love, in their view, is merely fornication and what leads to it. Thus, it is upon us to be wary of imitating these disbelieving people. I believe this answer is adequate, and as I have previously mentioned, I have elaborated on this in the khutbah (Friday sermon). So we will suffice with this, and I commend you [to Allah’s protection] until tomorrow’s lesson. May the prayers and peace be upon the our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), his family and companions.”
Footnotes :
[2] Collected in the Ṣaḥiḥ of al-Bukhārī (no. 3195 and 6897) and Muslim in his Ṣaḥiḥ (no. 4800) on the authority of Abū Sa’īd al-Khudrī (radhiAllaahu anhu)
[3] This refers to the narration collected by al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥiḥ (no. 6896) and narrated by Abū Hurayrah (radhiAllaahu anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Hour will not be established until my Ummah imitates the generations that preceded it handspan by handspan.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, like the Persians and Romans?” He said: “And what other nation [could I mean] besides those?”
[4] This refers to the ḥadīth collected by Abū Dāwud in his Sunan (no. 3494) on the authority of ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar  (radhiAllaahu anhu). It was authenticed by al-Albānī in Ṣaḥiḥ al-Jāmi’ (no. 6149)
[5] Here the Shaykh (hafidhahullaah) is alluding to the ḥadīth collected by al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥiḥ (no. 2498) on the authority of ‘Aishah, may Allāh (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) be pleased with her, who said that the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) stated: “Whoever innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it, it is rejected.”

Sunday, February 10, 2013

One Ummah.


Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu, 

The calm sun shines on the ocean leaving a beautiful reflection of a golden colour. The mountains scattered unevenly with perfection. The trees are so green you can smell the leaves from a far. The homes sit peacefully side by side, while the birds sing beautifully on the rooftop. The flowers stand tall tilting towards the sun. The weather is warm and the earth is cool. There is not a hint of pollution, nor is there a drop of garbage in the streets. Everything is so clean and just so beautiful. You wonder, how such beauty could ever be created?

The citizens of this town are calm, peaceful, and kind. They greet their neighbours with a "Assalamualykum" and welcome them as if they were family. You can hear them smiling through their speech, and their laughter so soft and gentle. Everyone is treated equally in this town and there is no such thing as segregation. Help is readily available for those in need and not a single soul judges anyone but themselves. The women dressed in their beautiful abayas with their niqab/hijab worn with perfection (and do not submit to tabarujj or make fitnah for non-mahrams) and the men in their thobes (who lower their gaze and free from any non-mahram communications), tall and strong. Though the colour of the skin on each individual is different, they all have one thing in common, and that is the light radiating from their face. The adhan is their alarm clock, and once it goes off, everything stops except for the calling of "Allahu Akbar", everyone gathers as one Ummah (community) and begins to pray. They pray on the streets, in their homes, whatever they are doing, they stop, to pray and worship their Perfect Creator, Allah.

The society is clean and clear from corruption. There is no such thing as a social ladder or a "social status". Everyone is equal and abides by the Shari'ah. Nobody questions the laws, it is natural for them to just live this way, the way Allah planned. The media does not control the people, but the people control the media. The Western world does not control the people, only Allah is the One Controller. The Muslims who live in this community believe that Islam is the way of life, and not just a religion. The Muslims truly believe that without The Qur'an, there is no way to live. The Muslims truly believe in justice, equality, and peace. Everything is halal and done properly and in the name of Allah. He is the Perfect Creator of mankind and The Muslims of this Ummah fear Allah and The Day of Judgement. Everyone fears Allah and their every thought, action, and speech is measured as if Allah was right in front of them, Watching them, Hearing them, and Knowing what the are doing. The beauty of true iman that illuminates from each Muslim leaves you speechless. The way this town operates you think to yourself, wow, is this really true?

If only there really was a town so clean and pure and precisely following the teachings of our dear Prophet Muhammad(saw). If only there was a town where all Muslims feared Allah as if He were right in front of us. If only there was a place that was not corrupt and run by man made governments causing nothing but harm in the world. If only there was such a place called "One Nation" where everyone united as one and lived their life the way Allah had Planned for mankind. If only we could make a difference in the world and spread Islam the way Prophet Muhammad (sallahu aleyhi wasselam) did, then perhaps we would then be known as a true servant to Allah.

We would be known as servants of Allah living together in one Ummah, spreading Islam as one Ummah, loving one another as one Ummah and working under one Ruler and that Ruler is Our Creator, Allah. We would be living in a world called, Tawheed.

Jealousy, is it in you?



Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu


Loving Good For Your Muslim Brother (or Sister)
Do Not Envy people for what Allaah has given them of His Bounty


Taken From: My Advice To The Women 
By the Shaykhah: Umm 'Abdillaah al-Waadi'iyyah
With the introduction and review of the Esteemed Shaykh: Aboo 'Abdur-Rahmaan Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi'ee
Pgs. 242-251

Musaddad told us that Yahya told us upon the authority of Shu'bah from Qataadah from Anas (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:      "None of you [truly] believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." (288)

Hence, in this prophetic narration you find that the one who does not desire good for his Muslim brothers, similar to the good that he desires for himself, is deficient in his belief. Al-Haafidh said, The intent behind the negation here is (a negation of) the completeness of faith, and negating the name of something conveys a negation of the completeness of it and this is understood from their speech as in the statement, "So and so is not human."  The word Khayr (good) is a comprehensive word that includes all of the acts of obedience and permissible actions related to both the worldly life and the Hereafter while excluding the prohibited things.  This is because the word Khayr (good) does not include those actions. (289) [End of cited speech]

It is also understood from this prophetic narration that a Muslim should hate evil for his brother, just as he hates evil for himself. Upon the authority of 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'Aas who narrated that the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "So whoever desires to remove himself from the Fire and enter the  Paradise, such that death overcomes him while he is a believer in Allaah and the Last Day, then let him treat the people in a manner in which he wishes to be treated." (290) So desiring good for the Muslims is from the reasons that cause a person to be removed from the Fire, as this prophetic narration indicates. Desiring good for the Muslims is something that does not occur except from a person with a sound heart that is free of contamination like envy, contempt, and pride. For this reason, desiring good for the Muslims has become rare in this time, due to the lack of purity in the hearts, which is present in many of the people, except those whom Allaah has shown His Mercy. The one who does not desire good for the Muslims is described with despicable attributes.

From them is:

1- Envy (Hasad):
   Envy (Hasad) is to desire the removal of good from others.
   Envy is from the attributes of the Jews and it is from their characteristics. Allaah the Exalted says: "Or do they envy people for what Allaah has given them of His Bounty? We have indeed already given the family of Ibraaheem (Abraham) the Book and the wisdom, and conferred upon them a great kingdom."[Soorah an-Nisaa' 4:54] Allaah the Exalted says:
"Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and  Christians) wish that if they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from  themselves, (even) after the truth has become clear to them."
[Soorah al-Baqarah 2:109]

Therefore, the Jews and Christians do not desire that good comes to any one of the Muslims. Thus, they desire from us that we abandon our religion while they know what we are upon leads to everlasting happiness and we have been prohibited from imitating them.Envy (Hasad) is from the characteristics of the hypocrites:  The Exalted says: "If some good should touch you, it distresses them, but if some evil should befall you, they rejoice at it. And if you  remail patient and fear Allaah, their plot will not harm  you at all. Indeed, Allaah encompasses all that they do." [Soorah Aali 'Imraan 3:120] Envy (Hasad) can sever even the strongest of bonds.

The sons of Ya'qoob (Jacob alayhis salaam) envied their brother Yoosuf (Joseph) because their father used to love him moreso than he did them, just as Allaah described in their story that He has presented in Soorah Yoosuf. The Exalted says: "When they said, Truly, Yoosuf (Joseph) and his brother (Benjamin) are more beloved to our father than we, while we are a group consisting of many. Certainly, our father is in clear error. Kill Yoosuf (Joseph) or cast him out to (another) land, so that the favour of your father may then be attainable for you, and after that you will be a righteous people." [Soorah Yoosuf 12:8-9] Thus, they planned to kill him because of their envy for him because of his being more beloved to their father than they were.

Similarly, Satan envied our father Aadam (alayhis salaam) because of what Allaah had given him from [His] bounties and he became arrogant as Allaah the Exalted said: "And when your Lord said to the angels, 'I will create a  human being out of clay from an altered black smooth mud. So, when I have fashioned him and breathed into  him the soul which I created for him, then fall down to  him in prostration.' So, the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together. Except Iblees (Satan), he refused to be with those who prostrated. (Allaah) said, "O Iblees (Satan)! Why is it that you are not with those who prostrate?' He said, 'Never would I prostrate myself to a human whom You created out of clay from an altered black smooth mud.'  (Allaah) said, 'Then, get out of here, for indeed, you are an outcast. And certainly upon you is the Curse until the  Day of Recompense.'" [Soorah al-Hijr 15:28-35]

Similarly, the story of the two sons of Aadam, one of them envied his brother because Allaah accepted his brother's sacrifice while his own sacrifice was not accepted. This envy led him to kill his brother The Exalted says: "And recite to them the story of the two sons of Aadam  in truth; when they both offered a sacrifice (to Allaah), it was accepted from the one of them but was not accepted  from the other. The latter said to the former, 'I will surely kill you.' The former said, 'Certainly, Allaah  accepts only from the righteous. If you raise your hand against me to kill me, I shall not raise my hand against  you to kill you, for I fear Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. Indeed, I intend to let you acquire my sin as well as your sin and then you will be one of the people of the Fire. And that is the recompense of the wrongdoers.' So his soul permitted for him the murder of his brother; he murdered him and became one of the losers. Then Allaah sent a crow who scratched at the ground to show him how to hide the disgrace of his brother. He said, 'Woe to me! Have I failed to be like this crow and hide the disgrace of my brother?' Then he became one of the regretful.   [Soorah al-Maa'idah 5:27-31] So then, the consequences of envy (Hasad) are harmful and can cause separation between two friends and between a man and his brother.

2- The envious resent of the decree of Allaah: 
Therefore, he sees himself as though he has been cheated and for this reason, he cannot feel contentment or tranquility, but rather he feels depressed and sad.

 It is upon mankind to look to those whom are below them, for indeed this is closer to recognizing the blessings (of Allaah) and being thankful for them; while looking towards those who are above them, leads to remorse and sadness and the belittling of one's self. And Zuhayr ibn Harb told me that Zubayr told us. (291) In addition, Aboo Kurayb told us that Aboo Mu'aawiyyah told us. Aboo Bakr ibn Abee Shaybah (with his wording) told us that Aboo Mu'aawiyyah and Wakee' told us upon the authority of Al-'A'mash from Aboo Saalih from Aboo Hurayrah who said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "Look to those who are below you, and do not look to those whom are above you, because it is more appropriate that you do not belittle the blessings of Allaah." (292) No matter what mankind acquires in the worldly life, none of it matters in the least when compared to the safeguarding of his religion.

3- From the examples of the envious person's resentments of  the decree of Allaah is if the envious person had the ability to remove a blessing that was given to a person whom Allaah had favoured with His blessings, he would most definitely do so.

Either by making him poor after he had been rich, or by  making him lowly after he had been honourable or ignorant when he had been knowledgeable or childless after once having many children or ugly after having been handsome or sickly after  having been healthy and other than that.

Moreover, Allaah the Mighty and Majestic censures the one who withholds resentment towards His decree and His wisdom. He, the Glorified says:
 "Do they distribute the Mercy of your Lord? It is We who appropriate their livelihood in this world, and We have raised some of them above others in degrees, so that they may make use of one another for service.But the  Mercy of your Lord is better that whatever they accumulate.[Soorah az-Zukhruf 43:32]

The Poet said:
Should it not be said to the one who was envious of me,  "Do you not know whose rights you have violated?"
He has violated the rights of Allaah with his action  because he was not contented with what he was given. So because of this, Allaah increased me (in good) and refused your supplications because of your insolence."

It is very important that the envious people be neglected as mentioned by the poet: "Remain patient upon the envy of the jealous, for indeed patience will deter them. Indeed the fire will devour itself if it does not find anything else to burn.

 Certainly, Allaah has commanded His Prophet to seek refuge from the envious one when He says:  "Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the daybreak. From  the evil of that, which He has created. And from the evil of the darkness when it settles. And from the evil of those who blow on the knots. And from the evil of the envier when he envies." [Soorah al-Falaq 113:1-5]

 In addition, Jibreel (Gabriel) recited a Ruqyaa (293) on the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) for everything that might harm him and this included the envious person. Muhammad ibn Abee 'Umar al-Makkee told us that 'Abdul-'Azeez ad-Daraawardee told us upon the authority of Yazeed (who is Ibn 'Abdullaah ibn Usaamah ibn al-Haad) from Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem from Aboo Salamah ibn 'Abdur-Rahmaan from 'Aa'ishah - the wife of the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) that she said, "If the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) used to complain of something, Jibreel (Gabriel) used to recite to him the following Ruqyaa:  'In the Nmae of Allaah, may He heal you, and from every  ailment, may He cure you, and from the evil of the envier  when he envies; and from the influence of the eye.'" (294)  

The Levels of Envy 

1- From them is the one who exerts effort to remove the blessings of the person who is envied by way of transgression upon him with statements and actions. Then from these people are those who exert themselves in an effort to acquire what has been removed from the person against who was transgressed.

2- From them is the one who restricts his efforts to removing the blessings of the person who he envies without acquiring anything from him. This is the more evil and despicable of the two. This blameworthy envy is prohibited.

3- Another group from amongst the people, if they happen to envy another person, they do not act in accordance to their envy. These people do not transgress against the person who is envied by way of their statements nor their actions.

4- Another group of people, if they find within themselves envy, they strive hard to remove it with kindness to the one whom they have envied by initiating goodness towards him and by supplicating for him, and spreading news of his good qualities. They do all of this in an effort to remove what they found in themselves of envy until this envy eventually changes because of their desire to be a better Muslim. This is from the highest degrees of belief and the possessor of this is a complete believer who loves for his brother what he loves for himself.  (295)  

FOOTNOTES: (also see below for more Qur'an and Hadith verses about Envy) 

288- Saheeh al-Bukhaaree [13/1]
289- in Al-Fath [57/1]
290- In Saheeh Muslim
291- Translator's note: As it has been mentioned previously, this symbol indicates that the text of this prophetic narration contains two different chains of narrators which are linked by the 'Arabic letter Haa. The letter Haa within this context indicates the point where the first and the second chains meet.
292- Saheeh Muslim [2275/4]
293- Translator's note: the Ruqyaa is the recitation of specific verses from the Qur'aan as well as the mention of particular authentic supplications that have been established from the practice of the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) as a means of protection against magic and sickness.
294- Saheeh Muslim [2275/4]
295- For further reference see Jaami' al-Uloom (page 306-327) and this has been selectively transmitted.



"Do not envy one another and do not hate one another, and do not turn your back on one another (in discontent) and be the servants of Allah like brothers." (Sahih Muslim) (Sahih Bukhari)


He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood." [Abu Dawood]

Hasad is a disease of the heart and it causes impurity to the heart, when Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked who are the best of people? He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) replied: "the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue." They asked: 'We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a clean heart mean?' he answered: 'It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad." [Ibn Majah] 

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "They are enemies for Allah's bounties." They asked: "Who are they?" He said: "Those who envy people for what Allah has given them of Bounty." [at-Tabaranee]

"It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in this world, and We raised some of them above others in ranks, so that some may employ others in their work. But the mercy of your Lord is better." [Soorah az-Zukhruf (43): 32] 

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Envy is allowed in two cases, in case of a man whom Allah has given the Qur'aan and who recites it throughout night and day; and a man on whom Allah has bestowed wealth who gives it away throughout night and day." [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim] and he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also explained what may be said: "I wish I were given what he was given and did with it what he did."

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "The similitude of the people of this Ummah is like four individual. One whom Allah has given wealth and knowledge, so he handles his wealth with the knowledge. One whom Allah has given knowledge but not wealth and he says, 'Lord, should I have wealth like so-and-so I would have handled it like him.' So they both have the same reward. Such a person loves to have wealth like others so he can do good like others without wishing that the others lose their wealth. Another man, Allah has given him wealth but no knowledge and he spends his wealth in disobedience to Allah. And last, a man whom Allah has not given knowledge nor wealth but he says, 'Should I have wealth like so-and-so, I would spend it in the way he does.' So, both will have the same sin against them." [at-Tirmidhee and Ibn Majah]

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Humbling Reminder.

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu.
A beautiful, eye-opening reminder for myself and for the rest of the Ummah.



“Whoever is tested with self-admiration, let him think of his faults; if he admires his virtues, let him think of his bad manners and attitude. If he cannot find any, to the point that he thinks that he has no faults, then he should realise that his problem is chronic and that he is the most imperfect of men, and he has the most faults and least discernment. That is because he is feeble-minded and ignorant, and there is no fault worse than these two, because the wise man is the one who can see faults in himself and tries to overcome them, whereas the foolish man is the one who is ignorant of his own faults.

If you admire your opinions, then think of the number of times you got it wrong; remember them and do not forget them. Think of every time you expressed your opinions and it turned out to be wrong, and someone else got it right and you were mistaken.

If you admire your knowledge, then remember that it is not from yourself; rather it is a pure gift from Allaah (swt) that was given to you by your Lord, so do not respond to it in a way that angers Him, for He may cause you to forget it by means of a problem with which He may test you, which my result in you forgetting what you have learned and memorised.

If you are impressed by your brothers’ praise for you, the think of the criticism of your enemies; then your self-admiration will disperse. If you have no enemies, there is nothing good in you; there is no one whose status is lower than the one who has no enemy. It is no more than the status of the one who has no blessing from Allaah (swt) for which he is to be envied, may Allaah keep us safe and sound. If you think little of your faults, then think of them if people found out about them. Imagine people finding out about them, then you will be embarrassed and will recognise your shortcomings.”

Ibn Hazm [Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar, p. 71]

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stand--up (Da'wah) comedian?


Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu! 

NO hee-hee and haa-ha'ing in dawah!!!!!! there are many daee's out there today who take Da'wah to another level. They mock and make their da'wah almost like a comedy show Subhana'Allah. May Allah grant us taufiq to learn how to give proper da'wah (me included first and foremost) and may He give us the knowledge and protect us from ignorance. Ameen.

Also, may I add, we do not address every group of people in the same manner...so many people say "oh so and so is too harsh and should be gentle because prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was gentle and kind.." These statement shows ignorance because rasulullah sallahu aleyhi wasselam addressed everybody differently according to the group of people !!!!!! LET US LEARN THE ETHICS OF DA'WAAH!!!

Question:

May Allah give you good, the questioner says: Is it from the means of Da'wah to utilize comedy and making people laugh in order to capture their hearts towards the religion? What is the correct method? May Allah reward you with good.

Shaykh Fawzan:

Da'wah is not by way of jokes, clowning and humor. Da'wah is by the Book and the Sunnah and preaching, it is not by humor or making the people laugh or things like this. This is not from kindness. Perhaps someone will say this is from kindness. Kindness is not joking that leads to comedy. This is from the things that trivialize the status of the caller. If they see him jesting, clowning and so forth, he will diminish in their view. He will become like a comedian, he will not be a caller to Allah. He will become like an actor. These things trivialize the significance of the call and the status of the caller. The person should give Da'wah in a serious manner, on the way of the Book and the Sunnah. And it does not appear in the Book and the Sunnah that comedy and joking is from Da'wah to Allah the Exalted. Allah said to His Prophet:

{125} ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ

Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.  (Soorah An Nahl 16:125)

With wisdom, means with knowledge; and putting the affairs in their proper places. You speak to the ignorant person with that which he will understand; you speak to the learned person with that which he will understand. You address the leader in a manner which is befitting. Every person is address in a manner which is suited for them. This is from wisdom.

Also wisdom is knowledge, thus do not give Da'wah while you are ignorant.

And beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. Comedy is not included in this. Joking has not come as a means of Da'wah. This trivializes the significance of the Dawah and this diminishes the status of the caller; and he will become cheap in the eyes of the people, because he is shameless, and distasteful. Thus we do not invent things in the Da'wah that are not from its methodology.

http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2012/10/14/using-comedy-for-dawah-explained-by-shaykh-fawzan/