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Benefit: Refutation of Those Who Say Allāh Cannot Do All Things

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

 There are some who say that Allāh cannot do away with the creation. They have no proof for what they say. In Sūrah al-Raʿd, Allāh says, “Don’t you see O Muhammad that Allāh has created the heavens and the earth in truth; if He chooses, He can make you all go away and bring about an entirely new creation" (Sūrah Ibrahīm, 14:19), and “And that would not be difficult for Him" (Sūrah Ibrahīm,14:20)

Al-Tabarī said, “The One whose mention is honourable said to His Prophet, Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), 'Allāh has brought the heavens and the earth by Himself, without any assistance. Doing away with the creation and bringing another creation in its place is not impossible for Him because He is all-Capable to do whatever He pleases.'" 

From the ʿaqīdah of the Muslims is that we always describe Allāh with complete capability, without limits. We do not worship a limited, restricted Lord.

Abū al-ʿAbbās, Mūsá Richardson

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Benefit: Religion Is the Most Important Affair

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

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bāzmūl (حفظه الله) stated: “O Muslim! Even though the worldly affairs may seem significant, they are not. Only Allāh’s religion is truly significant.”

يا مسلم كل شيء دون الله صغير، مهما عظمت أو كبرت أمور الدنيا صغيرة

Source: al-Kashkūl, pg. 271.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Excellence of Remembering Allāh

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

The Qurʾān and the Sunnah are filled with proofs and encouragements for the Muslims to remember Allāh constantly. There is no doubt that it is one of the easiest and most virtuous acts of of worship that one can perform. Our Shaykh, Muḥammad ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, hafiẓahullāh, presents a few verses from the Book of Allāh and narrations from the Messenger of Allāh, ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam, with regards to the rememberance of Allāh. This audio clip is derived from a lecture the Shaykh gave to some brothers in the West. You can find this important lecture  here. So listen to this short benefit, may Allāh make you from those men and women who remember Him in abundance.


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Benefit: The Invocation "O God Help Me!!"

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

In the West, the Muslims have learned many things from the traditions of the disbelievers. These issues range from dressing like them to talking like them. One important matter is the way the Muslims in the West reference to Allāh subhānahu wa ta’āla. Can we call Him by the name ‘God’ in our supplications? Our brother Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson answers the issue... From the series entitled, 'Aqīdah Course 2010.


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Benefit: They Say: "We Hear and We Obey"

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

The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allāh (His Words, the Qur ʾān) and His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam), to judge between them, is that they say: “We hear and we obey” [Sūrah al-Nūr: 24:51]. Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Saʿdī (raḥimahullāh) comments: (The only saying of the faithful believers) Meaning: indeed, those whose deeds attest to their belief when called to Allāh and His Messenger to judge between them, no matter whether the judgment agrees with their desires or not. (Is that they say: “We hear and we obey”) Meaning: We hear the judgment of Allāh and His Messenger and we respond to the one who called us to Him, and we obey with a complete obedience that is free from any distress or hesitation.1
 
1) Tafsīr al-Saʿdī
Translated by Umm Sufyān Fatimah

Benefit: True "Human Rights" Are Legislated by Allāh, the All-Knowing

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

The topic of "Human Rights" is often championed in the speech of democrats. However, what are true human rights? Has not the Lord of the world decreed justices and rights for all of his creation? Do Muslims need to incorporate new, man-made concepts and laws into their belief system? Has not the religion and all its rights been laid out clearly for us by the All-Knowing? 

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Sa`d al-Suḥaymī (hafiẓahullāh) states: 

When Islām ruled the world, and when the strength and power were with the Muslims, and when Islām was in the state of superiority hundreds of years or so ago, then the world was led with justice, and the world was led with goodness, and the world was led with safety, security, and objectivity, all of those matters that the people call today "human rights," Islām gathered them, Islām put them in the proper place, Islām reserved them and preserved them without ifraat or tafreet - meaning, without exaggeration in either direction - without exaggeration in extremeness or in shortness. 

As Allāh says in [the] Qurʾān: 

"Thus We have made you [true Muslims - real believers of Islamic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) and his Sunnah (legal ways)], a Wasat (just) (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) be a witness over you" [al-Baqarah 2:143].

And the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) stated: "Give glad tidings and make things easy for the people, and do not make things hard."

And the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: "This dīn (religion) is easy, and no one goes to extremes in it except that it overcomes him." 

So he (sallʿaláhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said: "Seek help by doing actions of good deeds in the morning and evening, and something at night.1"   

So were the Muslims to put into practice this dīn, were they to actually to act upon its dictates, were they to follow Qurʾān and Sunnah without any extremeness or without any type of slacking or lacking, then they would be upon that which is sound, and they could guide everyone else amongst the creation. 

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[1] Meaning: the prayers at night etc.
Taken from the audio: Advice to Those Who Want to be on the Straight Path by Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Suḥaymī

Benefit: Utilise Allāh’s Many Bounties Wisely!

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

 Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī (حفظه الله) stated: “O Muslim! You must utilise Allāh’s bounties—such as long life, good health, and wealth—wisely.”

Source: al-Liqāʾāt al-Maftūḥah, pg. 45.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Yusuf al-Qaraḍawi's Statement about the Israeli Election: A Matter of Context?

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

Is the Context Relevant When One Demeans Allāh?

During the 2011 lecture at York Univeristy entitled "Islām in Our Times," [then entire set is entitled Selected Points of Benefit from Sharḥ al-Sunnah] a questioner asks for advice on how to handle the feuding that occurs between masjids…where many of the people are caught up in the middle, a beneficial question seeking clarification about unity. Our beloved elder Dāwūd Adīb elaborates on what Islamic unity really is.

After this, a questioner asks for the URL (audio link) to Yusuf al-Qaradawi's infamous statement about the Israeli elections wherein he made the despicable statement, "If Allāh had presented himself to the people as a candidate he would not have been able to take this amount." A vile statement about Allāh, the Sublime, the Almighty. This clip serves to:

a) play the actual audio of Yusuf al-Qaradawi saying this statement (so there is no doubt about it being from him)
b) discuss the issue of "intention" or "intended meaning" or "context" and its relevance to such a lowly statement about Allāh
c) discuss the rulings of some of the major scholars on Qaradawi's statement and the obligation of him making tawbah

Recently, in order to distract some innocent Muslims from the evils of this statement and the serious errors of Qaradawi in general, some have taken to accusing Muslim speakers in the West of making takfīr of Qaradawi. Perhaps this has been done to draw attention away from Qaradawi's horrendous proclamation about Allāh and instead to gain sympathy for him. Some of the Major Scholars such as Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn and Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī (rahimahumullāh) stated that Qaradawi must make tawbah from this statement as it is a statement of kufr. This in turn has been relayed by many speakers in the West including Dāwūd Adīb and Abū Khadījah in lectures, quoting these two illustrious scholars and others. This has created a smokescreen of supposed injustice and extremism (by way of alleged takfīr from Western duʿāt who were merely narrating rulings of the scholars), thus deflecting attention away from Qaradawi and his serious errors.

Here are the statements of the two illustrious scholars:

Stated Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn after these words (of Qaradawi) were played to him, "I seek refuge in Allāh. It is obligatory for this person to repent. And if he does not he should be killed as an apostate, since he made the creation more knowledgeable than the Creator. It is upon him to repent to Allāh, so if he repents, then Allāh forgives the sins of His servants. And if not then the Wullāt ul-Amr should strike his neck (with the sword)." (Cassette Recording, quoted in Silencing the Hounding Dog, p.119).…

Stated Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī, "On this day I was informed by the brother, Ṣāliḥ al-Bakri that he heard some words of (al-Qaradawi) in a cassette that he says that this Jew (i.e. the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu) was victorious by 99% of votes and that Allāh cannot even achieve this, even if the people voted for Allāh, He would not be able to acquire 99% of the votes. These words are clear and manifest misguidance. If he wished to make a Jew superior to Allāh, free is He from imperfection, the Most High, then he is a disbeliever (i.e. apostate). And if he intended that the Jews and Christians and the worshippers of the cow and chickens and others are very many in number yet they do not vote for Allāh, then this is another matter. However it is still clear misguidance (on al-Qaradawi's behalf). For verily, our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, is not in need of voting, for He, free is He of all imperfection, is the one who says "Be" to something and it is. He is the one who destroyed Fir'aun, and He destroyed Qārun, and He destroyed many nations, from amongst those who exceeded beyond bounds and who stood in the faces of the Prophets of Allāh, the Mighty and Majestic. So he aided the Prophets and gave them victory, in this life and the next. Voting is only needed by a weak man, O Pauper!… Have you disbelieved O Qaradawi or have you brought yourself nearer?…..." (Silencing the Hounding Dog, pp.110-112).

Source: Readings in Qaradawism : Part 3 : Statements of Apostasy


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Creed Comes First...Without a Doubt!

  Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām ibn Burjiss

The Shaykh explains that the cause for Allāh's goodness and blessing is to affirm the tawḥīd of Allāh and that the root of all evil is shirk with Allāh. He also recounts how this vile act of shirk first appeared in the world.

Dhikr of Allāh

   

A knowledge-based discussion showing the falseness of the Ṣūfī practices of continually raising voices whilst performing remembrance of Allāh.

Explanation of al-Qawāʿid al-Muthlá

  Abu al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson

Our noble brother Musá Richardson goes through the famous text, al-Qawāʿid al-Muthlá, (The Exemplary Principles Concerning the Names and Attributes of Allāh) by Shaykh al-Islām Muḥammad ibn Ṣaliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (raḥimahullāh). The lectures took place during a 2003 seminar in Toronto, Canada entitled There is Nothing Stranger than the Sunnah. The book was later translated by the speaker and published: Exemplary Principles Concerning the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allaah (Revised 2nd Edition).

Hope and Fear: The Two Wings of a Believer

   Shaykh Aḥmad al-Najmī

The People of Sunnah fear Allāh the most as they are the most acquainted with their Lord. We have heard numerous examples of the fear which the Companions had of Allāh. Ibn Abī Mulaykah narrated that he met thirty of the Companions, all of them feared hypocrisy for themselves! Likewise, Ahl al-Sunnah are hopeful for the mercy of Allāh as they are the most well-acquainted with their Lord. The question then arises: How do we balance both hope and fear?

Love of Allāh and His Messenger

  Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah

When the aḥādīth about loving the Messenger of Allāh is looked at in a shallow way, it seems to imply that merely loving the Messenger will enter one into Paradise. This is not so, as there are actions attached to that love.

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