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Benefit: Al-Tawwāb

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

 Al-Khaṭṭabī [d. AH 388] wrote: "Al-Tawwāb: the One who returns to meet His servant with acceptance whenever His servant returns to sin and repents."1

[1] Ibn Ḥajar al-Asqalānī [d. AH  852], Fatḥ al-Bārī 11/107.
Translated by: Umm Sufyān

Benefit: Be Afraid of Hypocrisy!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
No one is Safe from Hypocrisy!

It was reported that Ibn Abī Mulaykah (d. 117h) said:

أَدْرَكْتُ زِيَادَةً عَلَى خَمْسِينَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ رَسِولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَا مَاتَ أَحَدٌ مِنْهُمْ إِلاَّ وَهُوَ يَخَافُ النِّفَاقَ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ

"I met more than 50 of the Companions of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace), and not one of them died except that he had (always) feared falling into hypocrisy."

Source: Ta'theem Qadr as-Ṣʿalát of al-Marwazee (2/634)

It was reported that al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī (d. 110h) said about hypocrisy:

مَا خَافَهُ إِلاَّ مُؤْمِنٌ وَلاَ أَمِنَهُ إِلاَّ مُنَافِقٌ

"No one other than a believer is afraid of it, while the only one who feels safe from it is a hypocrite."

It was also reported that he swore by Allāh that:

مَا مَضَى مُؤْمِنٌ قَطُّ وَلاَ بَقِيَ إِلاَّ وَهُوَ مِنَ النِّفَاقِ مُشْفِقٌ؛ وَلاَ مَضَى مُنَافِقٌ قَطُّ وَلاَ بَقِيَ إِلاَّ وَهُوَ مِنَ النِّفَاقِ آمِنٌ

"There is no single believer who lived in the past or who lives today except that he was/is afraid of hypocrisy; and there is no single hypocrite who lived in the past or who lives today except that he felt/feels safeguarded against hypocrisy."


Source: Fat‘h al-Bārī (1/111)
Prepared by: Mūsá Richardson (1431/8/25)

Benefit: Don't Just Stand There!

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

Since the latecomer to the congregational prayer does not count the rak'ah unless he has joined during the rukoo', some people believe that if they come after the rukoo' there is no point in joining the prayer until the imām stands back up for the next rak'ah, even if it means standing there looking around for a long time while the congregation makes tashahhud!


Here's why this is forbidden from a four-fold textual standpoint:

1) The generality of the ḥadīth which is found in al-Bukhārī and Muslim:

‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎"The imām has only been appointed to be followed..."

2) And in one wording in al-Bukhārī (722):

‎‎‎‎‎"...So do not contraḍīct him..."

The one who stands there waiting for the imām to stand has not followed the imām, in fact he has contraḍīcted him!

3) In the same ḥadīth:

‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎"...So if he makes takbeer (says: "Allāhu akbar"), then make takbeer..."

The one who stands there waiting for the imām to rise has not made the takbeers that go with each movement, and thus has violated this order.

4) The clearest ḥadīth in the issue (if you were saying, "Well, that's not clear enough for me..."):

‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎‎‎"If you have come to the prayer and we are prostrating, then prostrate, but do not count it (as a rak'ah)..."

This ḥadīth was collected by Abū Dāwūd in his Sunan (893) from the narration of Abū Hurayrah (may Allāh be pleased with him).  al-Albānī graded it ḥasan.

May Allāh grant us success in following the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) in all our words and deeds, secret and open.  And Allāh knows best.

Compiled by: Mūsá Richardson 
Original Source:  http://salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=10&Topic=10615

Benefit: Don't Make the Days of Ramaḍan Like Other Days

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

Sulaymān ibn Mūsá [d119H] (raḥimahullāh) said:

When you fast, your hearing and sight should also fast, and your tongue should fast by keeping away from lies; and do not harm your servant. Do not let the day you fast be the same as the day you do not fast.1
 
1) Tārīkh Dimishq Vol. 22 p389.

Benefit: Fasting the Six Days of Shawwāl

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
An abridgment from one of the 2008 Fiqh classes on fasting the six days of Shawwaal. A look into the position of Imām Mālik, raḥimahullāh, and a clarification of that. The snippet also includes two questions posed to Shaykh Bin Bāz, raḥimahullāh, on this important topic.


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Benefit: Hardship Never Lasts

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

Ibn Rajab (رحمه الله) said: “Having patience while waiting for relief is a form of worship since hardship never lasts.”

Source: Majmūʿ Rasāʾil Ibn Rajab, vol. 3, pg. 155.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Keep Working

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

It was said to Ibn al-Mubārak:"Until when will you keep writing knowledge?" He responded: "Perhaps I have not yet written the word that will benefit me."1
 
1) Al-Dhahabī, Siyar Aʿlām al-Nubalāʾ, 8:407.
Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

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: Remain Seated after the Obligatory Prayers

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

Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz mentioned:

The sitting after the taslīm in the prescribed prayers is from the most important times, in which the mercy of Allāh descends (upon his slaves).

Do not hastily get up, rather seek forgiveness from Allāh, glorify Him, praise Him, and magnify Him.

Ibn Baṭṭal (raḥimahullāh) said:

Whoever has many sins and desires that Allāh remove these sins from him without burdening himself, then let him seize this opportunity and remain seated in his place after the prayer, so that he may take advantage of the supplications from the Angels and their asking forgiveness for him.
 
Source: Sharḥ Ibn Baṭṭal, vol. 3, pg. 114
Translated by: Munīb al-Sumālī

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: She Contemplates Avoiding Marriage Fearing Disobedience!

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

In response to a two-sided question posed regarding sisters who avoid marriage out of the fear that they would disobey their husbands and go to hell, and why women make up the majority of inhabitants in the Hellfire. Our beloved brother, Abū Khadījah, offers some advice based on the authentic Sunnah.


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Benefit: The Best Type of Worship

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

 Shaykh Muḥammad Amān ibn ʿAlī al-Jāmī (رحمه الله) said: “Reciting the Qurʾān is the best type of worship, even if its meaning is incomprehensible to you.”

قال الشيخ (رحمه الله): "قراءة القرآن عبادة، من أفضل العبادات؛ بل أفضل العبادات على الإطلاق، ولو كنتَ لا تفهم المعاني".

Source: كيف نربي شبابنا على الدعوة إلى الله
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

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: Time Is Running Out

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

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn al-Fawzān, may Allāh preserve him, comments:(1)

Reward and good can even be found in worldly deeds if one intends to use them as an aid upon obedience. So, what about deeds for the Hereafter? It is critical [then] not to waste time, but to use it instead for something that will benefit you..1
 
1) Al-Fawzān, Sharḥ al-Uṣūl al-Thalāthah.

Bulūgh al-Marām: The Chapter of Purification

  Abū Muʿādh Taqwīm Aslam

From the seminar, Bulūgh al-Marām: Chapter of Purification,delivered in Toronto, January 2017. Our elder and teacher, Abū Muʿādh Taqwīm Aslam, a graduate of the University of Madīnah in the Faculty of Ḥadīth Sciences, delivers a highly beneficial series of lectures going through the famous book, Bulūgh al-Marām: Chapter of Purification, by Ḥāfiẓ ibn Hajar al-Asqalānī (raḥimahullāh), drawing upon the explanation of Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzan (hafiẓahullah). Bulūgh al-Marām is comprised of chapters, each of which has several narrations which are related to that particular chapter and its rulings. The opening chapter is the Chapter of Purification, which comprises of issues related to wuḍūʿ, ghuṣl, tayammum and so on, which are briefly touched upon in these series of lectures.

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