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Benefit: Islām Is Not Class-Centric!

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

In the history of Islām and the study of ḥadīth, knowledge was sought from its people, regardless of their lineage or "class". To this day, in religions such as Hinduism, religious knowledge is restricted to those of noble lineage. In this benefit, our brother Mūsá Richardson presents a few narrations from the early generations of Islām highlighting the excellence of the person of knowledge over the general people, despite their background. An example of how Islām was 1400 years ahead of the racial debate - no distinction between the educator and the student except knowledge. It is ironic and unwarranted that some critics today attack Islām as being something unjust or archaic when the sharīʿah establised the rights of people of all backgrounds and colours, male or female. Take a listen, may Allāh have mercy upon you.


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Benefit: It Is a Sign of a Person's Love of Allāh that He Mentions Him Much

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson mentions that those who love Allāh mention Him often.

The benefits are excerpted from the lecture entitled: 14 Great Benefits of the Remembrance of Allāh, a lecture overviewing the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses, ʿAqidah Stream. Register for the courses today.


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Benefit: Keep it Real and Avoid Fake Public Tawbah

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson reflects upon the trend today of generalised "public tawbah" whereby a person uses vague speech such as "if I have offended anyone" or "if i've ever transgressed against anyone" to announce his supposed correction to the world. An encouragement is made to follow the legislated means of seeking forgiveness, and guidelines are given towards truly righting wrongs. 


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Benefit: Legislated Ranks of Wilāyah in Marriages

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
From the benefits of this short article1 is an important review of the rankings of walīs for marriage, as quoted below (read the article at the URL above for more benefit):

Legislated Ranks of Wilāyah in Marriages

Let us take a moment to be clear on the legislated ranks of wilāyah in a marriage contract. The following are the order of ranks, each of them being sound-minded adult men of the same religion:

  1. Father
  2. Grandfather (from the father’s side)
  3. Great Grandfather (from the father’s side)
  4. Son
  5. Grandson
  6. Great Grandson
  7. Oldest Full Brother
  8. Next Oldest Full Brother (and so on…)
  9. Oldest Half-Brother (from the Father’s side)
  10. Next Oldest Half-Brother (from the Father’s side, and so on…) [1]
  11. Oldest son of a Full Brother (Nephew)
  12. Next Oldest Son of Full Brother (Nephew)
  13. Oldest Son of a Half-Brother from the Father’s side (Nephew)
  14. Next Oldest Son of a Half Brother from the Father’s side (Nephew)
  15. Grandson of Full Brother (oldest first)
  16. Grandson of Half-Brother from the Father’s side (oldest first)
  17. Oldest Paternal Uncle
  18. Next Oldest Paternal Uncle (and so on…)
  19. Oldest Son of Paternal Uncle (Cousin) [2]
  20. Next Oldest Son of Paternal Uncle (Cousin, and so on…)
  21. Oldest Great (Paternal) Uncle
  22. Next Oldest Great (Paternal) Uncle (and so on…) [3]

Important: Each of the above mentioned walīs has the right to appoint someone on his behalf to act on his behalf.  So in this case, if the father appoints the brother to act as the walī, then he is the official and accepted walī, even in the presence of the grandfather, since the brother is the father’s chosen trustee and takes his place.

After these relatives have been exhausted, then a woman may seek to appoint a walī from outside her family through the Muslim authorities.

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1 Originally posted to bakkah.net
Compiled by Mūsá Richardson

Benefit: Manners of Students of Ḥadīth

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

Al-Khateeb al-Baghdādee (d.463) said in his book, Al-Jāmiʿ' li-Akhlāq al-Rāwī wa Aadaab as-Saami' (1/78): Students of ḥadīth must be the most complete of the people in manners, the strongest of the creation in humbleness, the greatest of them in purity and implementation of the Dīn, and the least of them in wrecklessness and anger, due to the constant listening they do of reports containing details of the finest characteristics of the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu alayhe wa-sallam) and his manners, and the historical reports of the select Salaf from his household and companions, as well as the ways of the scholars of ḥadīth and the good legacies of those who have passed. They take the most beautiful and best of all that and leave the lowest and least desirable of it. Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī said, commenting on this beautiful statement: "This (statement) is to be memorized and implemented!" (1427/8/15).1
 
1) Translated by Mūsá Richardson

Benefit: Mentioning Allāh in this World Is and Action Continued on into the Hereafter

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson on how dhikr is from the actions that contiunes on into the next life.

The benefits are excerpted from the lecture entitled: 14 Great Benefits of the Remembrance of Allāh, a lecture overviewing the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses, ʿAqidah Stream. Register for the courses today.


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Benefit: Not Everyone Who Sits In the Gatherings of Knowledge Is Sincere - Purify Your Intention

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson discusses the reality that not everyone who sits in the circles of knowledge is sincere. A person should purify his intentions.

From the course entitled: Creed Course: Essentials of Islamic Theology during the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses

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Benefit: O Muslimāt! Don't Mock Your Sisters!

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

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِّن قَوْمٍ عَسَىٰ أَن يَكُونُوا خَيْرًا مِّنْهُمْ وَلَا نِسَاءٌ مِّن نِّسَاءٍ عَسَىٰ أَن يَكُنَّ خَيْرًا مِّنْهُنَّ ۖ وَلَا تَلْمِزُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ ۖ بِئْسَ الِاسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الْإِيمَانِ ۚ وَمَن لَّمْ  يَتُبْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ

O you who believe! Let not a group ridicule at another group, it may be that the latter is better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter is better than the former, nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one's brother after having Faith. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Dhalimoon. (49/11)

Our brother, Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson while mentioning the explanation of the aforementioned verse, discusses the actions done by some sisters in the way the deal with others who don’t wear the niqaab; whether they don’t wear it following a specific school of thought, position of a scholar or general lack of study on the issue. This segment also discusses the affiliation founded upon garments (i.e. groups, forums, mailing lists, etc, specific for those who adorn the garment of  niqaab) Sisters! You are bound together by an ʿaqīdah and a manhaj, not a veil! This issue is further exasperated considering the majority of ʿulamāʾ historically, have not held the niqaab to be obligatory but rather recommended, so perhaps caution and care is needed when giving da'wah to one another.

From the Tafsīr Course ’07, Sūrah-Hujaraat.


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Benefit: O Muslims - Don't Sympathise with the Khawārij!

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

In a return visit to Toronto during the Fall of 2014, our noble brother Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson delivered an excellent khuṭbah in which he warned the Muslims from  the emotion-based recruiting tactics of ISIS, the false claimants to an "Islamic State" and leadership over the Muslims. He explained that they are Khawārij  (renegades) those who the Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) labelled "dogs of the hellfire". Our beloved brother stressed the fact that it is not permissible to feel sympathy for them in any way as they are the helpers of Shaytān and do not represent Islām in any fashion whatsoever.


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Benefit: Optimism Through Even the Worst of Tribulations

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

An important Quranic reminder about how even the worst of trials have good in them. Often, the ranks are purified and the snakes are driven out of the grass through fitnah. A Muslim is always optimistic and looks for the blessings of Allaah in all things.

From class 3 of our series on the Explanation of Sūrah al-Nūr with Mūsá Richardson.

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Benefit: Reciting Verses Relevant to the Khuṭbah in Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
It has been reported that Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn (may Allāh have Mercy on him) was asked:

السؤال:

بالنسبة لبعض الخطباء إذا خطبوا ، يجعلون للخطب مناسبات، فمثلاً إذا جاء موسم الإسراء والمعراج يخطبون فيه ويبينون بعض الفوائد ويعرجون على بيان بعض البدع والأخطاء التي تقع في هذا اليوم، فما حكمه؟

Regarding what some khaṭībs do when they deliver their khuṭbahs, they give their khuṭbahs topics relevant to current events, if the time of Israa' and Mi'raaj comes around they speak about it, drawing benefits from it, warning from innovations and mistakes performed that day, what is the ruling on this?

It was reported that he answered:

( هذا طيب يعني: كون الإنسان يجعل الخطبة مناسبة لما حدث، هذا طيب، وهذا هو الغالب على خطب النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- ، ولهذا إذا وقعت حادثة تحتاج إلى خطبة ، قام وخطب حتى بغير جمعة. كون الإنسان يراعي الأحوال ويخطب في المناسبات هذا طيب؛ مثلاً في رمضان يتحدث عن الصيام، وفي الحج يتحدث عن الحج، وفي ربيع الأول عن الهجرة، يعني: ينظر المناسبات، هذا لا بأس به، وهو دليل على أن الخطيب فقيه وحكيم. لكن هنا مسألة بعض الأئمة يفعلونها إذا خطب خطبة قرأ في الصلاة الآيات المناسبة لها هذا هو الذي يقال: إنه بدعة؛ لأن الرسول -صلى الله عليه وسلم- كان ملازماً لقراءة سبح والغاشية أو الجمعة والمنافقون، ولم يكن يراعي موضوع الخطبة)

This is good, meaning that a person makes his khuṭbah relative to certain occasions. This is good, and it is how most of the khuṭbahs of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) were. When something happened that needed to be addressed, he stood up and gave a khuṭbah (about it), even if it wasn't Jumu'ah. So for a person to give consideration to current situations and focus his khuṭbahs on them is good. For example, in Ramaḍān, he speaks about Ramaḍān, at Ḥajj time he speaks about Ḥajj, and in Rabīʿ al-Awwal he speaks about ḥijrah, meaning: he considers occasions, and there is no problem with that. It is even a proof that the khaṭīb has understanding and wisdom.

However, there is an issue here that some Imāms do, they deliver a khuṭbah about a topic and then read relative verses of the Qurʾān about that topic (in Ṣʿalát al-Jumu'ah). This is what is considered an innovation (bid'ah), since the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) used to keep to the reading of Sab-bih (Sūrah al-A'lā) and al-Ghaashiyah, or al-Jumu'ah and al-Munaafiqoon, and he did not used to consider the subject of the khuṭbah (when choosing verses to read in the prayer).

Source: A transcript of a tape entitled "al-Liqaa' al-Maftooh" (#155, side B)

Note: Although my (Mūsá Richardson's) consistent practice has been al-A'lā and al-Ghaashiyah, al-Jumu'ah and al-Munaafiqoon, or al-Jumu'ah and al-Ghaashiyah, I did what Shaykh Ibn ʿUthaymīn spoke of once in Toronto, in Sha'baan 1431 (Summer 2010), near the end of my stay there. I gave a khuṭbah about Ramaḍān and read the verses from Sūrah al-Baqarah about it in the prayer. At that time, I did not know anything against doing it. I would like to request that anyone who was there or has the recording should please take note of what is correct about this issue, and do not follow my mistaken practice.  And we ask Allāh for steadfastness upon His Path.  And Allāh knows best.

Translated by: Mūsá Richardson

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: Regarding the Toronto Community Making ʿUmrah (AH 1438)

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

Our brother and teacher, Mūsá Richardson, commends the Salafīs of Toronto for going on ʿUmrah (AH 1438) in such great numbers, and going with upright Salafi companions. This, he said, is from the signs of goodness in the community (Toronto). He makes duʿāʾ that Allāh, subḥānahu wa-taʿālá, brings them back to their community safe and sound and that He blesses them in their companionship, acts of worship and their visits with the scholars, and also, that He brings them back in good health, and with accepted actions, forgiven sins and raised ēmān.


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Benefit: Separating the Beds Has No Benefit If You're No Use to Her Anyway

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson discusses the wisdom behind separating the beds and how it is un-impactful in cases where the husband is not beloved to his wife and would be dearly missed otherwise. 

From the course entitled: Fiqh Course: Marriage and Divorce (الملخص الفقهي), during the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses

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Benefit: Serving the Youth on the Right or the Elder on the Left?


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

Our brother Mūsá Richardson discusses a ḥadīth in which the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was in a gathering of elders and young men.  On his right was the youngest of the people from the tribe, and on his left were the elders from the tribe.  The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) was given a drink and desired to give it to the elder on the left....did he give it to the elder on the left or did he give it to the youth on the right? Listen to find out.

A part from the series of lectures titled, Selections from 30 Ḥadīth on Raising Children - Advice for Parents and Educators.


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Benefit: Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah on Reading the Books of the Innovators

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

Our brother Mūsá Richardson, whilst reading through the book entitled, "Methods the People of Falsehood Use to Establish Their Baatil - Exposed" by Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bazmūl, may Allāh preserve him, mentioned a very important issue concerning reading the books of the innovators.  Many of us have heard the erroneous statement, "take the good and leave the bad", which in essence does not make any sense at all in this situation. This act of taking the good and leaving the bad would require a person, in advance, to have knowledge of the good and the bad to be able to filter out what would harm him.  If he had this ability he wouldn't need this source at all in the first place.

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, commented on one of the most famous explanations of the Qurʾān from the Muʿtazilah entitled, "al-Kashaaf". This tafsīr has been read by many, both in the past and the present who fell for the high level of eloquence and literature in this book. Similarly, today we find many reading and quoting from the deviant Sayyid Qutb and his misguided tafsīr, "In the Shade of the Qurʾān" (Fī Zilal al-Qurʾān).  Again, people are not basing this on its concurrence to the sunnah, but rather they are attached to the eloquence exhibited by the author.

Listen to see what Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah had to say about this book (al-Kashaaf) and those who read it - An Important Principle to Understand!


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Benefit: Should We Marry a Fornicating Couple When the Girl Gets Pregnant?

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

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson answers a question concerning a couple who fornicates and the girl gets pregnant, can they be married? If they make tawbah, are the effects of this act (in this world) removed? 

From the course entitled: Fiqh Course: Marriage and Divorce (الملخص الفقهي), during the 1439 | 2018 Islamic Summer Courses

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