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Advice and General Questions Answered

  Shaykh ʿUbayd ibn ʿAbdullāh al-Jābirī

A general advice to the Salafīs of Toronto (June, 03) overviewing the roles and responsibilities of Ahl al-Sunnah living in this land. The noble Shaykh and Scholar of al-Madīnah quotes numerous āyāt and aḥādīth detailing these issues. After this general advice, the ʿAllāmah invited the community to pose their questions.

Audio: Speak Good or Remain Silent!

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

  Speak Good or Remain Silent!

From a dawrah with Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī, in Medinah. Here, the Shaykh explains the Ḥadīth of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) “Whosoever believes in Allāh and the last day then let him speak good or remain silent.” The Shaykh is a former student of Shaykh Muḥammad Amān al-Jāmī and is well known to the Salafī scholars. Translated by Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Davis.


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Benefit: And Turn Away from the Foolish!

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

Asalāmu ʿAlaykum

A piece of advice to my noble brothers and sisters - may Allāh have mercy upon us and you.

Let us benefit from the remaining days, minutes and seconds of this blessed month, as it may be our last. 

Do not allow the comical twitter rants and barks of the foolish consume your time, especially in this month.

Do not lower your morals or standards in responding to these people, as this is what they desire in the first place.

"And turn away from the foolish." (Al-Aʿrāf: 199)

Alḥamdulillāh, the Salafīs are busy learning the affairs of their religion, while others bootlick for scraps at the table of the people of innovation - and lately the raḍīo stations of the NOI.

أعرض عن الجاهل السفيه *** فكل ما قاله فهو فيه

فلا يضر نهر الفرات يوما *** إذا خاض بعض الكلاب فيه

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́: 20/103) said,

"The people of innovation are more evil than the people of lascivious disobedience according to the Sunnah and Ijmāʿ (consensus). Verily, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) commanded with fighting the Khawārij while he prohibited fighting the tyrannical rulers. And he (peace and blessings be upon him) said about the one who was drinking alcohol, 'Do not curse him, as indeed, he loves Allāh and His Messenger," while he said about Dhu al-Khuwaysrah, "There will come from the loins of this person a people who will read the Qurʾān but it will not go past their throats. They will leave the religion (in one narration, 'they will leave Islām') as an arrow penetrates the prey...'"


Be patient O Sunni, do not disembark from the ark in order to argue and quarrel with them.

As Imām Aḥmad mentioned among the foundations of the people of the Sunnah,

"And the abandonment of quarrelling, argumentation and disputation in the religion."

Ḥasan Ṣomali

7/24/2014

Benefit: Corrupt Character

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

Shaykh ʿAbd al-Razāq al-Badr mentioned: Whoever worships other than Allāh possesses the worst of characters. Where is the character in a man who was created, provided for, favoured with blessings, gifted health and safety by Allāh, then worships and turns towards other than Allāh? For this reason, ill character is tied to shirk. Everyone who directs worship to other than Allāh has bad manners. This is because the individual’s shirk is part of his character. Rather, it [i.e. shirk] is the most atrocious aspect of his character.

Do not be deceived by some of the good dealings you may find with some of the disbelievers because it is only for worldly gains and other objectives. They do not observe good conduct hoping to be rewarded by Allāh on the meeting day.

Source: فساد الخلق
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Draw Closer to Allāh by Honouring and Treating Your Parents Well

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

Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī (حفظه الله) said: “Draw closer to Allāh by honouring and treating your parents well, the same way you draw closer to Him by giving charity, being kind to your neighbour, giving your children a good upbringing, living well with your wife, and treating others well.”

Narrated and translated by Musa Shaleem Mohammed who heard it directly from the Shaykh during his explanation of Fatḥ al-Majīd on October 13th, 2016.
Reviewed by: Dr.ʿAbdu Ilāh Laḥmāmī

Benefit: Guard Your Tongue Even From the Innovator

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

Shaykh Rabīʿ, may Allāh preserve him was asked:

[Q]: Is it permissible for us to insult those whom the scholars have insulted?

هل يجوز لنا أن نسب من سبه أهل العلم؟

[A]: Insulting, no you should not insult. If he was declared an innovator and there is a need to clarify his condition then clarify. Say so and so is a mubtad'i (innovator), so and so has such and such with him. As for insulting then no, no insulting, do not insult if the scholars insulted him, you do not insult even if they judged him with a judgment that is rightful. If you see people being influenced by him in a harmful way then clarify his condition, so that the people can be cautious of his evil and safe from his evil. As for insulting then no, it does not benefit.

 السب ، لا ما تسب ، لكن إذا بُدع واحتجت إلى بيان حاله لنصح الناس فبين ، تقول فيه ، فلان مبتدع ، فلان عنده كذا ، أما السب فلا ، السب لا ، لا تسبه ، إذا سبه ، أنت لا تسبه ، إذا حكم عليه بحكم هو حق فيه ، وإذا رأيت أناسا يتضررون به ، فأنت عليك أن تبين حاله ، حتى يحذر الناس من شره ويسلمون من شره ، وأما السب فلا ، ولا يفيد


Original Source: http://www.sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?t=375222
Translated by: Abū Zayd Muḥammad Sheikh-Elmi

Benefit: Imām Ibn Bāz Concerning Cheating on Exams

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

From the greatest scholars of the Ummah in the last century was al-ʿAllāmah al-Shakyh, ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdillāh ibn Bāz raḥimahullāh. His firmly grounded knowledge of the religion, wisdom, and piety were characteristics that made him recognized by Muslims internationally. A collection of his rulings, al-Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́, is an outstanding example of these aformentioned characeristics. In this benefit presented by Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson, Shaykh Ibn Baz speaks about the ruling on cheating in educational settings. Listen to the short clip and share it with your friends, teachers, and classmates. May Allāh have mercy upon you.


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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

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

Benefit: Lying Is More Repulsive Than Innovation

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

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī said: O brothers, lying is more repulsive than innovation! Lying is more repulsive to the people of the Sunnah than the one who innovates (because) the innovator can be narrated from. The Qadariyyah were narrated from, the Murjiʾah were narrated from, and other than them from the various groups of innovation as long as their innovation does not exit them from the fold of Islām and as long as they were not known for lying.

If someone was considered by the people of Sunnah to be a liar, they would regard him to be from among the people of innovation. This is why Ibn Adī (raḥimuhullāh) compiled approximately twenty-nine chapters about the liars and one chapter for the people of innovation. The people of Sunnah accepted the narrations from the people of innovation who were truthful except those who called (to their innovation).1
 
[1] Source: From the lecture entitled al-Thabāt ʿala-al-Sunnah (Steadfastness upon the Sunnah).
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Reciprocate Bad Treatment with Kindness

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

Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) stated: "So whoever loves that Allāh would reciprocate his bad deeds with goodness, then he should reciprocate the bad treatment that he receives from others with kindness. And whoever knows that sins and bad deeds are innate to mankind, then he would not make a big deal of the bad treatment that he receives from others."1
 
1) (مفتاح دار السعادة: 2/826)

Benefit: The Importance of Good Character

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

Exclusive excerpt from the translator’s introduction to “Upright Moral Character” by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymīn

In the Name of Allāh, the All-Compassionate, the Ever-Merciful

All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of all that exists, and may He raise the rank of His last Prophet and Messenger, Muḥammad ibn 'ʿAbdillāh, and that of his family and Companions, and may He grant them all peace.

Upright moral character is an integral part of the correct implementation of the Religion of Islām.  In fact, it is so essential and important that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) said about it:

"There is nothing heavier in the Scales (on the Day of Judgment) than good character." 

And the Prophet (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) was our role model and the premier example of a man who displayed the finest possible character.  About him, Allāh, the Exalted, has said:

"Verily, in the Messenger of Allāh you have a fine role model" [Sūrah al-Aḥzāb 33:21].

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allāh have Mercy on him) summarized the extent of his noble manners by saying:

The Prophet (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) used to greet the children when he passed by them. Sometimes, a little girl would take him by the hand and he would allow her to lead him wherever she wanted.  He (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) used to lick his fingers after eating.  He (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) would be in the service of his family when at home.  Never would he become angry because of something personal.  He (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) used to repair his own sandals and mend his own torn clothes.  He would milk his goat himself for his own family.  He would feed his own camel.  He used to eat with his servants, sit in the company of the poor people, and personally take care of the needs of widows and orphans.  He would be the one to initiate the greeting when meeting people.  He would respond to the humblest of invitations.  He (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) lived a very modest lifestyle, a man of soft manners, naturally kind, easy to get along with, having a pleasant smile on his face, gracefully humble, extremely generous but not wasteful, soft-hearted and gentle in his dealings with each and every Muslim, lowering the wings of humility to the believers, bearing their companionship in such a gentle way.

In a time when the West pushes its deficient values and misguided moral codes on the cultures of the world, it is imperative that Muslims realize the completeness of the guidance of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace), and realize that our true honor and distinction among the nations, as well as our success in the Hereafter, lies in embracing his guidance, in all affairs of belief and action.

Based on the scholars' continual advice to the Muslim youth, combined with the specific need that Muslims in the West have to understand and implement upright moral character, the importance of this book and the need for its translation into the English language becomes crystal clear.  And what better guidebook than one based on the character of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace), authored by an exemplary scholar like Shaykh Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn, known for his outstanding manners!

1. Found in: Jāmiʿ' at-Tirmidhī (2002); Sunan Abī Dāwūd (4766); Musnad Aḥmad (6/442,446,451-452); Musnad at-Tayaalisee (1071); al-Muntakhab min Musnad 'Abd ibn Humayd (204); Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Hibbān (481); al-Mūsánnaf (25711) of Ibn Abī Shaybah; al-Adab al-Mufrad (270); al-Sunnah of Ibn Abī ʿĀsim (783); Shu'ab al-Īmān (7638-7640); Mu'jam as-Ṣaḥābah (2/251); Sharḥ al-Sunnah (3496); Sharḥ Mushkil al-Aathaar (5190); al-Jāmiʿ li Akhlāq al-Rāwī (815); ash-Sharīʿah (898); Taareekh Dimashq (57/94-95); on the authority of Abū ad-Dardāʾ (may Allāh be pleased with him). Authenticated in: Jāmiʿ' at-Tirmidhī (3/536); Kashf al-Khafá' (100); Silsilah al-Aḥādīthis-Ṣaḥīḥah (876).
2. Madaarij as-Saalikeen (3/111-112)

Benefit: The Sacredness of the Muslim

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

The sacredness of the believer in Allāh includes his honour, his wealth, and his life. Allāh, subḥānahu wa taʿālā, in His Legislation, prohibits any actions which infringe on the nature of this sanctity. These prohibitions include killing, beating, cursing, backbiting, slandering, and stealing. When Muslims transgress against themselves by committing these actions, do they realize the sacredness that they are violating? Our elder, Abū ʿUways, raḥimahullāh, delivers a stern reminder about the reality of this affair. Listen to this clip as an admonition, for the admonition benefits the believers. May Allāh, al-Raḥmān al-Raḥīm, forgive us and all the Muslims.


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Benefit: The Salafī Is Not Infallible

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

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bāzmūl (حفظه الله) stated: “A man being described as a Salafī does not mean that he is free from errors, shortcomings, or inconsistencies, for all of the children of Ādam commit sins. We say: ‘He is salafī,’ we do not say: ‘He is infallible.’”

Source: Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar al-Bazmūl's Facebook Page
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: The Scholars or the Callers?

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

Shaykh ʿUbayd al-Jābirī comments on the verse below, clarifying an existing doubt:

شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَأُولُو الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
Allāh bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Him; and likewise, the angels and the people of knowledge bear witness: He who maintains justice, none has the right to be worshipped but Him, the All Mighty, the All Wise. [Surah al-ʿImrān, 3: 18]

Present in this verse is a refutation of some of those who ascribe to the daʾwah, who say: The caller (dāʿī) is better than the scholar. They use the argument that the caller is like the rain cloud, travelling from place to place, everyone benefits from it [i.e. the rain]. While the scholar is like a well, no one drinks from it except those who travel to it. Glorified is Allāh the Exalted! Are they more knowledgeable or Allāh? Who are the ones who testify to the oneness of Allāh [in this verse], the scholar or the caller? The scholar! Who are the inheritors of the prophets? The scholars, or the callers who travel from place to place? Some of them [i.e. callers] are not even able to recite Surah al-Fātihah correctly and do not know the pillars of al-Islām.

Corrupt reasoning and misinterpetation of the speech of Allāh and His Messenger (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) is the way of the people of innovation and desires; so be warned.

Source: Itḥāf al-ʿUqūl, pg. 89-90
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: The Truth Is a Clear Path of Honesty

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

ما كان لله بقي
"What is done solely for Allāh remains" Imām Mālik (may Allāh have Mercy on him). The truth is a clear path of honesty, good and wholesome throughout. Whoever believes that trickery and deception can aid the truth is concealing a rotten and corrupt heart. There is no escape from the people's plots and plans and widespread corruption, and no refuge anywhere... except by fleeing to Allāh alone, the Mighty and Majestic.حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل  .1
 
1) Quote from Mūsá Richardson

Benefit: What Exactly Is Good Character?

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

It was said to Ibn al-Mubārak (رحمه الله): “In a few words, summarise for us what exactly is good character.” He (رحمه الله) said: “It is to avoid becoming angry.”

Source: Jāmi‘ al-‘Ulūm Wa-al-Ḥikam, vol 1, pg 363.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Who to Love and Trust, Hate and Suspect [Signs of Sincerity]

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

It is reported that ʿUmar ibn al-Khattâb – Allāh be pleased with him – said: We were once in a time when we did not think anyone learned the Quran seeking anything but Allāh the Exalted, but now I fear there are men who learn it and intend the people and what they can get from them. So seek Allāh with your recitation and deeds. For verily, we used to know you when Allāh’s Messenger – Allāh’s peace and blessings be upon him – was amongst us, when revelation would descend and Allāh would tell us about you. As for today, Allāh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – has passed on, and the revelations have stopped, and I only know you as I say: whoever shows what is good, we love him for it and think good of him, and whoever shows what is evil, we hate him for it and suspect him. Your secret and private matters are between you and your Lord the Mighty and Majestic..1
 
1) Al-Âjurrî, Akhlâq Hamalat Al-Qur`ân article 26.
Source:http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/index.php/who-to-love-and-trust-hate-and-suspect-signs-of-sincerity/#ixzz1Q1Vk4N77
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