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Benefit: A Valuable Lesson from the Life of Ibn Taymiyyah and His Student

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

Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī (حفظه الله) said: “Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمهما الله) lived in a country ruled by kings, and although the country was deviant in its belief, worship, and laws, they never attacked its rulers with their swords; rather, they fought the Mongols under their country's banner.”

Source: Majmū‘ Kutub wā Rasāʾil wā Fatāwá Shaykh Rabīʿ al-Madkhalī, vol. 14, pg. 185.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Actualise the Sunnah - Break Your Fast With Dates

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

Shaykh Khālid ibn Ḍaḥwī al-Dhufayrī mentioned:

We would like to shed light on an error many of those who break their fasts fall into, due to their lack of attention. It is that people have become accustomed to breaking fast by drinking. They may drink milk with dates while milk is a liquid and dates are solids. Liquids enter the stomach before dates. Therefore, what has he broken his fast with, with milk not dates. So make sure to eat, chew and swallow dates (first) so that they can reach your stomach, so that you may be one who actualises the Prophetic Sunnah.

Source: كيفية الفطر على التمر
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: Ahl al-Sunnah Are Not Harmed by Those Who Oppose Them!!

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

An important benefit from the khuṭbah at TROID (Masjid al-Furqān) entitled: The Evils of Plotting and Disunity. The noble speaker, Abū Khadījah states:

“They were once with us, in this masjid (TROID), next to us, praying with us, that (you would feel) we are united, (upon) the haqq, we will spread the daʿwah together, you pray with him, year in, year out, then a time comes, that that same individual disappears from your presence, you don’t see him again, then you realise that he is plotting against the same people that he was praying next to, foot to foot, heel to heel, fighting against them, warning against them, gathering the people against them…to harm who? The people you’ve been commanded to unite with!!! but الحمد لله ‘they are not harmed by those who oppose them or differ with them or abandon them!!’”

“We should know what unites us and what divides us…don’t allow individuals to come into your ranks that they were once with you then they divided from you and then they try to recruit you to divide the ranks of the people of Sunnah…do not allow that!”

“The haqq is one, the people (of haqq) are united, they are the ones who connect you to the scholars…they love the Sunnah…they will not compromise the Sunnah…do not sell your religion (short).”

“Do not open your hearts to argumentation, it leads a person to change his religion.”

“Do not deceive yourselves for you will only harm yourself.”

“May Allāh preserve and protect our communities, from the people of deviation, from the people of bidʿah, from those individuals who come upon our ranks to cause confusion and splitting amongst our ranks, so much so that brothers who used to love each other for the sake of Allāh now hate each other, do not be swayed, do not be like feathers in the breeze, know the truth, stick to the truth and do not compromise the truth!!!


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Benefit: Al-Albānī: May Allāh Beautify You with the Beard

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

On an occasion while Shaykh al-Albānī was ill, a doctor who was clean-shaven visited him. After giving the Shaykh his medicine and on his way to leave, he said to the Shaykh:

“Make duʿāʾ for me Shaykh!”

So Shaykh al-Albānī replied:

“May Allāh beautify you with that which He has beautified the men with [i.e. the beard]”.

Source: Min Kitāb al-Shaykh al-Albānī, Durūs wa-Mawāqif wa-ʿibar: pg.96.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: An Overlooked Sunnah - Rinsing the Mouth after Drinking Milk

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

 
‎عن ابنِ عَبَّاسٍ : أنَّ النَّبِيَّ (صلى الله عليه و سلم ) شَرِبَ لَبَناً فَدَعاَ بِمَاءٍ فَتَمَضْمَضَ ثُمَّ قَالَ : إِنَّ لَهُ دَسَمًا

Ibn ʿʿAbbās (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) drank some milk then called for some water. Once he got the water he rinsed his mouth then said, "It has fat." [Collected by Bukhārī 211 and Muslim 358] Benefits for this subject: Imām Al-Nawawī said, "This ḥadīth confirms it is recommended to rinse the mouth after drinking milk." [Sharḥ Ṣaḥīh Muslim] Abū Dāwūd mentioned this ḥadīth in his Sunnan. He wrote the chapter- Wuḍū' from Milk. However he didn't intend the technical meaning for wuḍūʿ, but rather he meant the linguistic meaning for wuḍūʿ. [Bathul-Majhud fī halee Sunnan Abī Dāwūd] Shaykh al-ʿUthaymīn said, "The reason why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) rinsed his mouth was because of the fat. It can be understood from this action that it's legislated to rinse the mouth from all foods which contain fat, regardless whether drank or chewed. It is good manners to rinse the mouth afterwards to remove the fat. If the substance is heavy in fat, then it's better to use siwak. For this reason the scholars say: it is sunnah to use the siwak to remove any fat after eating if the smell of the mouth changed. [ Sharḥ Ṣaḥīh Al-Bukhārī].1
 
1) Source: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=11&Topic=10103

Benefit: Do Not Deceive the People in the Name of the Sunnah!

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

Do not deceive the people in the name of the Sunnah! The Sunnah has become like a robe; if they wish they wear it, and if they wish they take it off.

We do not say that the Sunnah is our reign or that Salafiyyah is our reign. Salafiyyah is to return to that which the Salaf were upon. Was Imām al-Bukhārī a ḥizbī (partisan)? Was Imām Aḥmad a ḥizbī? Was ʿAbdullāh ibn Mubārak a ḥizbī? Was Abū Hurayrah a ḥizbī?

They were not ḥizbīs. Rather, they use to call to the book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).

Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādʿī

Source: Qumaʿ al-Maʿānīd, pg. 135-136. 
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī 

Benefit: How They Leave the Sunnah - Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hadī al-Madkhalī

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

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī: …This is how we find all those who split from Ahl al-Sunnah—the reason being—sitting with the people of desires and innovation! So it is upon the servant (of Allāh) to fear for himself and to distance himself from the people of desires and innovation. He should not listen to them.

For how many have we seen—who were said to be strong and firm (in the religion)—but when they sat with the people of innovation, they corrupted them! When they opened up sittings for them so they could benefit, they corrupted them! Thereafter they ended up accompanying them and being by their side, defending them.

They started by making excuses for them (the people of innovation), doubting that which is conveyed against them, saying: Who conveyed this? Who are they who conveyed this? Who told you this? Was it verified from them (the people of innovation) that they said this? Verify it, bring this to me, perhaps they meant this and that. (i.e. excuses)

Then after this, they (Ahl al-Bidʿah) become his companions, and the people of Sunnah become his enemies! Like we have witnessed in these times.

Translated by Munīb al-Ṣumālī


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Benefit: Ibn al-Qayyim's Defence of the Followers of the Sunnah

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

In defence of the followers of the Sunnah, al-Imām Ibn al-Qayyim wrote the following lines of poetry, refuting those who reject the Qurʾān and Sunnah for what their forefathers were upon.

قالوا له خالفت أقوال الشيو... خ ولم يبالوا الخلف للفرقان
خالفت أقوال الشيوخ فأنتم... خالفتم من جاء بالقرآن
خالفتم قول الرسول وإنما... خالفت من جراه قول فلان

يا حبذا ذاك الخلاف فإنه... عين الوفاق لطاعة الرحمن 
أو ما علمت بأن أعداء الرسو... ل عليه عابوا الخلف بالبهتان 
لشيوخهم ولما عليه قد مضى... أسلافهم في سالف الأزمان 
ما العيب إلا في خلاف النص لا... رأي الرجال وفكرة الأذهان 
أنتم تعيبونا بهذا وهو من... توفيقنا والفضل للمنان 
فليهنكم خلف النصوص ويهننا... خلف الشيوخ أيستوي الخلفان 
والله ما تسوى عقول جميع أهـ... ـل الأرض نصا صح ذا تبيان 
حتى نقدمها عليه معرضـ... ـين مؤولين محرّفي القرآن 
والله إن النص فيما بيننا... لأجل من آراء كل فلان

This is a brief excerpt from the 'Aqīdah series from 2007 with our brother and instructor Mūsá Richardson.


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Benefit: Is It from the Sunnah to Eat an Odd Number of Dates in Ramaḍān?

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

[Q]: I heard that the fasting individual must break his fast with an odd number of dates like 5 or 7 etc. Is this obligated?

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīnرحمه الله: 

It is not obligatory to break one’s fast with an odd number of dates like 3, 5, 7 or 9. Rather, it is not even from the Sunnah except on ʿĪd al-Fiṭr. It has been authentically established that the Prophet ﷺ would not depart for prayer on the day of ʿĪd al-Fiṭr until he had eaten an odd number of dates. As for other than this occasion, the Prophet ﷺ would not intend to eat an odd number of dates.

Source: فتاوى نور على الدرب ٢٥٤
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: The Jamāʿah Will Always Be Better

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

 Ibn Masʿūd [d. AH 33], radi Allāhu ʿanhu, said: "Whatever you may dislike about remaining with the jamāʿah is still better for you than whatever may please you in splitting from them."1

[1] al-Lālakāʿī [d. AH  418], Iʿtiqād Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah.
Translated by Umm Sufyān

Benefit: The Ruling on Listening to Unknown Speakers?

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

What is the Ruling on Listening to Unknown Speakers and Taking Knowledge from them?

ما حكم سماع أشرطة المجاهيل وأخذ العلم عنهم؟

The trials of today are very many. Innovations and mixing up innovators with the people of the sunnah and their outward call to the sunnah and Salafiyyah is widespread; for this reason, one should be cautious. ʿAbdullāh ibn ʿʿAbbās used to say, If a man said ‘I heard the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) or the Messenger of Allāh (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) said,' we [used to] rush to him and went out to seek him, listening to him, but when the fitnah occurred they began asking about the men (who were narrating the knowledge) like how Ibn Seereen mentioned “We said: name to us your men” meaning they were known by whom they narrated from. So from there they would know if they would listen and accept or refuse and not listen. If that was the case in that time, then our time has more priority. It is a must that one determines and limits those whom he listens to, and from whom he reads from, and who he takes from, and (the works he) issues, and also who he sits with, this is very important. As for being a haatib layl (one who gathers wood at night, i.e. blindly, heedlessly), listing to everyone and those who are unknown. No, it is feared that a trail will befall this one. Surely, from the signs of success from Allāh and wanting good for his slave, it is uprightness and guidance that he helps him to sit, mix with and take from the people of the Sunnah. It is obligatory to have seriousness and diligence towards seeking out that which brings about success and guidance from Allāh, and Allāh is the one who grants success.

بسم الله والحمدلله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن تبع هداه وبعد ، الفتن اليوم كثيرة جدا, والبدع كثيرة جدا, وتلبس المبتدعة بأهل السنة وإعلانهم للسنة والسلفية كثير جدا؛ لذلك ينبغي الحذر. وإذا كان عبدالله بن عباس يذكر أنهم كانوا إذا قال رجل : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم, أو قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم , ابتدرناه ،يبادرونه, يشرئبون إليه, يسمعون منه ، لكن لما وقعت الفتنة صاروا يسألون عن الرجال كما ذكر ابن سيرين: (قلنا : سموا لنا رجالكم). أي يعرفون عمن ينقلون, ومن ثم من خلال النقلة يعرفون هل يسمعون ويقبلون,أم يرفضون ولا يسمعون. فهذا إذا كان في ذلك الزمان, ففي زماننا أولى,لابد أن يحدد الإنسان لمن يسمع, ولمن يقرأ, وعمن يأخذ ويصدر, وعند من يجلس, هذا مهم جدا, أما أن يكون حاطب ليل يسمع للجميع وللمجاهيل ,لا,هذا تخشى عليه الفتنة ، وإن من علامات وصور توفيق الله وإرادته بعبده الخير والصلاح والهداية أن يوفقه إلى مجالسة ومخالطة والأخذ عن أهل السنة ، فالواجب الجد والاجتهاد والتحري استجلابا لتوفيق الله وهدايته ، والله الموفق

Shaykh Falāh Ismāʿīl al-Mandakar
http://www.mandakar.com/FatawaDetails.asp?ID=314.
 

Benefit: What Do You Call To? What Do You Warn Against?

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

We call to tawḥīd and warn against shirk. What do you call to? What do you warn against?

We call to the Sunnah and we warn against bidʿah. What do you call to? What do you warn against?

We call to the way of the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), the way which he was upon in his daʿwah. Which way do you call to? Which path do you follow?

We call to the ʿaqīdah, manhaj and narrations of the Salaf, whilst you call towards those who deem shirk to be Islamically legislated forms of worship, and bidʿah to be obedience and gaining closeness (to Allāh), and who consider the distortions of the attributes of Allāh to be tawḥīd.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī

Source: Rad al-Jawāb pg.90
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Clarity

   

Guidance from the Scholars of the past and present concerning defence of the Religion and being united upon the truth.

Class: Explanation of al-Uṣūl al-Sittah

  Abū ʿIyāḍ Amjad Rafīq

The exceptional book "Sharḥ al-Uṣūl al-Sittah" [شرح الأصول الستة] is a short treatise outlining six great and mighty principles of the dīn of Islām through which the errors of extremists of all kinds are made plain. These six principles comprise: a) sincerity in worship, b) obligation of unity, c) giving obedience to those in authority, d) knowledge of the true scholars of the religion, e) knowledge of the true awliyaa (friends) of Allāh and f)  recognizing and repelling a doubt related to a person's ability in following the Book and the Sunnnah.

Clinging to the Sunnah Until Death

  Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām ibn Burjiss [d. 1425]

A nice lecture by the late shaykh (from Riyadh, KSA), Shaykh ʿAbd al-Salām Ibn Burjiss (raḥimahullāh). The lecture hits close to one's heart considering that the beloved speaker spoke about the importance of adherence to the Sunnah, a sign of the sincere believer, holding on firmly to this blessed manḥaj, not knowing when death will reach a person. Our shaykh returned back to Allāh just a few years after this talk, whilst he was still young (38 yrs old), may Allāh have mercy upon him. The translation is done by Abū Ṭalhah Dāwūd Burbank (raḥimhahullāh) of Salafi Publications.

Determining the Right Way

   

When people enter into Islām, they sometimes become confused by the numerous Islamic parties, groups and sects, find which one is upon the clear white path which Prophet Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) left us upon.