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Benefit: It Is From the Sunnah to Increase One’s Fasting in Shaʿbān

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Sāliḥ al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) was asked: “Is there anything confirmed [in the sunnah] concerning fasting in Shaʿbān? [And] what is the ruling on singling out the fifteenth day of that month every year to fast?”

The shaykh (حفظه الله) responded with the following: “Yes, the Prophet (ﷺ) use to fast in Shaʿbān, and he would fast the majority of it. Therefore, the sunnah is to fast and to increase [one’s] fasting in it.”

Source: حكم صيام شهر شعبان
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Knowledge Is Amānah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ṣaliḥ ibn al-Fawzān, may Allāh preserve him, said:1 This knowledge is trust; (and certainly) not a property of yours that you amass and withhold from the people while they stand in need of it. So, it is your duty to convey it, to clarify it, and to call others to good. The Most High says: «(And remember) when Allāh took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) to make it (the news of the coming of Prophet Muḥammad, may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace, and the religious knowledge) known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it.»2
 
(1) Al-Fawzān, Sharʹḥ al-Uṣūl al-Thʿaláthah.
(2) Sūrah Āli-ʿImrān (3):178.

Benefit: Law of Physics - Matter Can Neither Be Created Nor Destroyed?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 [Q]: There is a phrase which is taught in school, “Matter can neither be created nor destroyed," whilst Allāh is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, how can we refute this?

Shaykh Ṣālīḥ al-Fawzān:

[A]: This is the speech of naturalists, those who speak regarding nature and do not believe in a Creator. The truth is, everything came to be after its non-existence, and shall perish after its existence, except Allāh, He does not have a beginning or an end.

كُلُّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ (26) وَيَبْقَىٰ وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ (27)

Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour
will abide forever
.

Source: Silsilat Sharḥ Rasāʾil al-Imām Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb, pg. 53.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Learn to Taste Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn al-Fawzān, may Allāh preserve him, said: "Knowledge is not acquired except through learning, and learning demands solicitude, diligence, effort, time, comprehension, and a conscious heart."1

 _________________

 (1) Al-Fawzān, Sharḥ al-Uṣūl al-Thalāthah.

Benefit: Loving and Hating for the Sake of Allāh

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: What does it mean to love for the sake of Allāh and to hate for the sake of Allāh?

Answer: “Its meaning is that you do not love a person except for the sake of Allāh. You shouldn’t love someone because he gave you some wealth or that he benefited you in a worldly matter, rather you should love him because he is a righteous person.

Likewise, hating for the sake of Allāh is not hating the one who has not given you anything, rather it is hating [for the sake of Allāh], the one who opposes obedience to Allāh and the one who is an enemy to Allāh. These are the reasons to hate someone. You don’t hate someone because he hasn’t given you anything or because there is a feud between the both of you and the likes of this.”

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: ما معنى الحب في الله، والبغض في الله
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Only the Truth Is Respected

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) said: “Those who say, ‘Respect all of the different views and opinions’ are wrong. Only the truth is respected.”

Source: al-Ijābāt al-Fāṣilah, pg. 27.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Patience in Fulfilling the Commandments of Allāh

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

That which is required from the servant is that he sticks to the obedience (of Allāh), even if it becomes burdensome. (Fulfilling) acts of obedience is not easy. The one who prays five times a day and stands for the night prayers needs to have patience. The one who spends his wealth (in the cause of Allāh), makes jiḥād for the sake of Allāh, orders the good and forbids the evil, and calls to Allāh requires patience upon the obedience of Allāh.

The one who does not have patience will not be continuously dutiful to Allāh; he will be active for the first and second days and then he will become exhausted, leaving off dutifulness to Allāh. If only he had patience, he would continue.

Shaykh Ṣālīḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: al-Minḥah al-Rabāniyyah pg. 191.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

 

Benefit: Ramaḍān - Is Reciting the Qurʾān at Night More Preferable?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  [Q]: Is it better to recite the Qurʾān at night or to sleep and then recite it during the day?

[A]: He should recite what he can by night or by day. But to recite it by night is better since that’s when Jibrīl would teach the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) the Qurʾān.

Dr. Ṣaliḥ ibn al-Fawzān

Source: .حال السلف الصالح في استقبال شهر رمضان
Translated by: Umm Sufyān

Benefit: Referring to Oneself as 'Salafī'

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Nowadays, the followers and sympathisers of al-Ḥalabī focus heavily on rebuking the term 'Salafī', with the intention of causing distance between the Muslims and the methodology of the Salaf, the scholars who defend it, and the people who proceed upon it. This is a carefully designed scheme to sway the unsuspecting one away from issues of manhaj and away from ascertaining the truth from falsehood, sunnah from bid'ah. They claim "upon the Qurʾān and Sunnah and the way of the Salaf...but not Salafīyyah the ḥizb!" This is their attempt to distance the person away from investigating salafiyyah, for if he were to do so, inevitably he would come to know the Salafī scholars and therefore come to know the reality of al-Ḥalabī and his companions. A term they used to defend that they now dispose of since it is no longer favourable to their interests and those whom they now cooperate with from Ahl al-Bidʿah,. What do some of the scholars of our time say about the terms 'Salafī' and 'salafiyyah'?


Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Ibn Bāz, raḥimahullāh, was asked this question: “What do you say about one who is referred to as ‘as-Salafī’ and ‘al-Atharī’? Is this a tazkiyah?” He, raḥimahullāh, responded: “If he is truthful that he is an Atharī (one who follows the narrations) or a Salafī, then there is no harm in it. (This is) a tazkiyah which is inevitable; a tazkiyah that is obligatory.”1

Likewise, the Shaykh, the ʿAllāmah, Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān mentioned it in al-Ajwibah al-Mufīdah, wherein he was asked: “What is al-Salafīyyah? And is it obligatory to traverse upon its methodology and cling to it?” He said: “al-Salafīyyah is traversing upon the methodology of the Salaf, from the Companions, the Tābiʿūn and the virtuous generations in the ʿaqīdah, understanding, and manners. It is obligatory upon the Muslim to traverse upon this methodology."2 

[1] From a lecture entitled: “Ḥaqqul-Muslim” delivered in al-Tāʿif.
[2] al-Ajwibah al-Mufīdah, pg. 103.

Translated by Raha Batts

Benefit: Requirements Concerning the Blessings of Allāh

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: How should one be thankful for blessings? And what are we—as Muslims—required to do with all these innumerous and incalculable blessings?

Answer:
That which is required is to be thankful for the blessings, and showing gratitude for blessings guarantees the continuity [of blessings being bestowed upon you]. 

Allāh said:

 وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ وَلَئِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”
[Sūrah Ibrāhīm, 14:7]


Gratitude has three pillars of which it cannot be called gratitude without:

Firstly: Acknowledging the blessings of Allāh inwardly, so that you know in yourself and in your heart that all these blessings come from Allāh, and that it is a favour from Him which he has bestowed upon you and the Muslims.

Secondly: Openly proclaim (the blessings of Allāh), Allāh mentions:

 وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ
And proclaim the Grace of your Lord
[Surah al-Ḍuḥá, 93:11]
 
So proclaim the blessings of Allāh and thank Him for it. Remind your brothers of these blessings and incite them to show gratitude (to Allāh for these blessings).

Thirdly: Utilising (the blessings) accordingly in obedience to Allāh.

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: الواجب إتجاه النعم
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Ridding Oneself of Money Earned by Ḥarām Means

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Shaykh Ṣālih al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) was asked: How can I rid myself of ḥarām money [i.e. money earned by unlawful means] if it were that it was mixed with ḥalāl money which I earned by conforming to the Islamic Sharīʿah?

The shaykh (حفظه الله) responded by saying:

Upon you is to estimate [the quantity] of ḥarām money you possess, and to be cautious [when doing so by overestimating as opposed to underestimating if it were that you were uncertain of the exact quantity of ḥarām money you possessed]. Then distribute it to the poor, not as charity, [but rather,] as ḥarām money you are ridding yourself of. So as to absolve yourself [from it], so that this money will be like money which has no owner. Therefore, it is given to the poor and needy.

Source: التخلص من المال الحرام
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Saying Bismillāh

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: Some people have become accustomed to saying "bismillāh" whenever they are about to engage in any regular affair of theirs. Is there an basis for this or is it a refutable act?

Answer:
Mentioning the name of Allāh—the Exalted and the Sublime—and saying "bismillāh" is considered to be from fortifying oneself with the remembrance of Allāh. It is legislated [to mention the name of Allāh] except in cases where one is entering places for relieving oneself, in this case one must not mention Allāh until he exits this place, although one may still remember Allāh in his heart but not with his tongue.

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: قول بسم الله
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Shaykh Fawzān - Mentioning the Good Qualities (of the Refuted One) Is Calling to Them!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Principles in the Salafī Manhaj in Dealing with Refutation and the Refuted One


The Shaykh, the ʿAllāmah, Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān, may Allāh preserve him, after he was asked a number of questions concerning the (different) groups, was asked the following question: “O Shaykh! Do we warn against them without mentioning their good qualities for example, or do we mention their good qualities and their bad (qualities)?”1

He responded:

If you mention their good qualities, then you have called to them... No, do not mention their good qualities. Mention the error which they are upon only. For you are not responsible for studying their deeds and or evaluating their personalities. You are responsible for clarifying the error which they have in order that they may repent from it, and in order that others may be warned against them. As for if you were to mention their good qualities then they would say: ‘This is the one we desire.’2

[1] كن سلفيا على الجادة
[2] Muqaddamah al-Naṣr al-ʿAzīz, pg. 8; transcribed from a tape recording of the third lesson from the lessons on Kitāb al-Tawḥīd which his Eminence delivered in the summer of the year 1413, in al-Tāʿif.

Benefit: Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān Clarifies His Statement "The Muslim Brotherhood are from Ahl al-Sunnah"

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

A Clarification From the Shaykh, ʿAllāmah Ṣāliḥ Fawzān Concerning His Statement, "The Muslim Brotherhood Are From Ahl al-Sunnah"


All praise is due to Allāh, and Ṣʿalát and salām upon our Prophet Muḥammad, his family, and his companions.

My view with regards to the Muslim Brotherhood is that they are partisans (ḥizbiyyoon) who covet the attainment of rulership; and that they do not give concern to calling to the correcting of the creed (ʿaqīdah).
 
And they do not distinguish between their followers, between the Sunni (person upon the Sunnah) and the Bid'ee (person upon innovation).
 
As for the speech (found) in an audio recording that has come from me, then it is a slip of the tongue and does not change my stance concerning them in the slightest.
 
Written By Ṣāliḥ Ibn al-Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: sahab.net

Translated by Ḥasan al-Ṣūmali

Benefit: Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān on the Methodology of Seeking Knowledge

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Do not speak without knowledge and do not seek knowledge from other than its doors. Do not take knowledge from other than its people; likewise, do not suffice yourself with reading books and then claiming to have become knowledgeable [by] memorising without understanding. Merely memorising is not sufficient! Indeed this is the way of the people of deviation; we ask Allāh for well-being. So it is upon our youth—may Allāh grant them understanding—that they give importance to this matter, that they sit with the people of knowledge, that they listen to them and take knowledge from them. Do not rely on your own understanding or your books and the likes of this, and [do not rely on] those who do not know [i.e. ignoramuses] so that they do not say:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّـهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ لَوۡ هَدَٮٰنَا ٱللَّهُ لَهَدَيۡنَـٰڪُمۡ‌ۖ
Had Allāh guided us, we would have guided you.


Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: al-Iʾjābāt al-Fāsilah ʿalā al-Shubuhāt al-Ḥāṣilah
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān's Advice to Ahl al-Sunnah In Yemen Who are Being Fought by the Hūthiyūn

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Important advice and reflections from Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān

[Q]: What is your advice to our brothers from Ahl al-Sunnah in Yemen who are being fought by the Houthiyoon (Rāfiḍah Shīʿah)? 

[A]: Upon them is to depend upon Allāh ('azza wa jal) and to supplicate to Him abundantly. They should defend themselves and their wealth according to their ability. What has afflicted them is as a result of their differing among themselves. If only they united under one banner nobody would have been able to interfere in their affairs. However, when they split, and each one wanted what he desired, it occurred to them what you see. Yes... I advise them to have patience and to carry out that which is required, and from that is to come together and not be divided: وَلاَ تَنَازَعُواْ فَتَفْشَلُواْ وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ وَاصْبِرُواْ  Do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient... [Sūrah al-Anfāl: 46] وَلاَ تَكُونُواْ كَالَّذِينَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاخْتَلَفُواْ  And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves... [Sūrah Āli-'ʿImrān: 105] So upon them is to unite. This partisanship and differing causes harm to the Muslims. Upon them is to unite as one group upon the Qurʾān and the Sunnah and they should be together against other than them. Yes...


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Benefit: Signs of the Deviant Sects

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From the signs of a deviant sect is that:

1- They hate the Salaf.
2- They hate the methodology of the Salaf.
3- They warn against them (the Salafīs).

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: al-Ajwibah al-Mufīdah, pg. 136.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Sins are of Two Types

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Dr. Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) stated:

Sins are of two types:

  1. major
  2. minor

Allāh taʿalá says:

 (( إن تجتَنِبوا كبائر ما تُنهَون عنه ، نكفِّر عنكم سيِّئاتِكُم ، ونُدخِلكُم مُدخَلًا كريمًا ))
«If you avoid the major sins from which you have been forbidden, We shall pardon your minor sins and admit you to a most noble entrance
[Sūrah al-Nisāʾ, 4:31]


Source: Sharḥ Kitāb al-Kabāʾir, Lesson I.
Translated by: Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

Benefit: Some of the Signs of Ahl al-Sunnah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  From the Signs of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah:

Firstly: that they refrain from transgressing the boundaries of knowledge, they speak with that which they have knowledge of, and refrain from speaking about that which they do not have knowledge of. Allāh mentions:
 
وَلا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ
And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge.
[Surah al-Isrāʾ, 17:36]

This means that one must not falsely accuse or say something of which he has no knowledge of about Allāh. Rather, stop at your limits, if you know something of beneficial knowledge then speak with it, and if you know not about something then refrain (from speaking about it) until you gain knowledge regarding it. This is the way of Ahl al-Īmān.

Secondly: from the signs (of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah) is that they resort to [utilising] the ḥalāl whilst doing away with the ḥarām. They utilise the good whilst doing away with the bad with regards to their foods, drinks, clothes and marriages. They confine themselves to that which Allāh has made ḥalāl for them and they refrain from that which Allāh has made ḥarām for them. Allāh mentions describing the Messenger (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam):

وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ
And makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil
[Surah al-Aʿrāf, 7:157]

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: Bayān al-Mʿānī fī Sharḥ Muqadimāh Ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī, pg.17-18.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī