Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Be Careful From Who You Take Your Deen From ! – Shaykh Ahmad ibn Bazmool

The shaykh hafidhahullah then stated that this issue of knowing merely the groups and the likes is a very important subject. It is taken from the statement of Muhammad ibn Sareeh rahimahullah this is a matter or this knowledge is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from. This matter is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from. So this is how important this issue is. Is that the knowledge when o­ne takes from someone or o­ne hears from someone or o­ne learns from someone that knowledge is going to bedeen something that is going to weighty o­n the Day of Judgment something that he is going to meet Allaah with so it is important that he takes his knowledge o­nly from those who are known to have knowledge. And who are known to have taqwa and who are known to be upon righteousness, because what he takes is going to be his path to the Hereafter so look to who you take your deen from means that a Muslim must look and takes his deen from Ahlus sunnah, the salafiyoon the o­nes who follow the salaf us salih and secondly that the o­ne that he takes his deen from is someone who has knowledge, known for knowledge, known for being upright and known for having taqwa. This knowledge is a matter of deen so be careful who you take your deen from.
Then the shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah ta’ala stated that Imaam Malik rahimahullah mentions in the introduction of Saheeh Imaam Muslim that there was in Madinah a hundred men that were pointed to by the people as being worshippers and being people who were righteous and being people having abstinence from the dunya but no o­ne would take knowledge from them. This statement by Imaam Malik rahimahullah is saying, that it is not enough for a person to be known for worship and being known for having abstinence from thedunya and being known for the outward expression of his worship that you take from him. That these people were known for that and these people pointed to them for that but no o­ne would take their affairs from them because it was not from their affair. Their affair was worshipping and righteousness but their affair was not knowledge. He said that if we would understand that any of us who would see a brother who has his thobe properly clad and the length of his beard is long we would think that he is a scholar of his time of the mufti of his area and this is a great mistake.
Then the shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah ta’ala states that there is no doubt that is obligatory upon the people to learn ilmi shar’ee, Islamic knowledge and this is based o­n the Quraanic verse, Allaah subhana wata’alah says “Ask the people of knowledge if you do not know.” And it is based upon the statement of Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wa sallam “that seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim”. And a man came to Imaam Malik rahimahullah and said, “I want to seek knowledge” and Imaam Malik rahimahullahtold him start with that which you needfor your night and your day because he means that the areas of knowledge are many and extensive and what is important is what you need is for your night and your day. And of course the first thing that you need is Tawheed, because it is the basis for all actions. And then you need taharah the proper way to purify yourself and then you need the proper manner of how to make salaah and like this.
So this is understood and this has been explained, it is clear that that man needs what he needs for his day and his night of Tawheed and oftaharah purification of salaah. Then we can see the mistake of those who want that the Muslims get involved or start without knowledge insiyaasah or political issues upon the methodology of the hizbiyyah or partisanship or defending the people who are upon shirk andbid’ah. We see that these people who call to these types of issues are not individuals from whom we should take are knowledge from.
Shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah ta’ala then went o­n to say that in reality the weakness of this ummah and the humiliation of this ummah is because of the ignorance of the ummah regarding this deen. It is not like some people say that the weakness of theummah is because it does not have the physical strength or the weakness of the ummah is due to the fact that the disbelievers are conspiring against it. The shaykh says no, the weakness of the ummah is from inside the ummah, that the ummah does not have knowledge of deen . This ummah does not support Allaah so Allaah does not support it. As Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “If you support Allaah, Allaah will support you and will make your foothold firm. He said that the scholars say, that supporting Allaah means learning thedeen, the ahkam the regulations of the deen, acting upon the deen and studying the deen. He says it is not like those people think that what we need to do is concentrate o­n the materialistic issues and if we knew about the strategies and conspiracies of the disbelievers and their political plans and we had a system arranged with all sort of leaders and the like that that will solve our problems. He said no, it is clear that humiliation comes from ourselves. Based o­n the hadith of Prophet salallahu alaihi wa sallam that if you deal in eena which is an illegal transaction a form of usury which means a Muslim will enter into which is forbidden regarding transaction and you follow the tails of the cows meaning will give in to agriculture and these type of issues and get them more importance than the Hereafter and you leave Jihaadneither do you establish Jihaad nor do you for Jihaad for Jihaad he said has two types of preparations Roohi wa MaddiRoohi meaning spiritual preparation and Maddi meaning material preparation. And this is why you see the mistake of Usaamah bin Laden among many reasons for his mistakes he is wrong and incorrect is he thinks that Jihaad is o­nly the materialistic preparation and he has totally forgotten about the spiritual preparation and he has totally forgotten about many issues in Islaam. And that which he is doing is nothing to do with thesunnah and which he is doing has nothing to do with Islaam and he is in ignorance of these issues and the scholars have responded against him. So it is the issue that the Muslims, the ummah will not learn the deen and will get involved in tijaarah and forbidden trading transaction and will leave Jihaad and will become pleased with the dunya, then Allaah subhana wata’alah will send upon him humiliation. And He will not lift this humiliation off from them until they return to their deen. The scholars say return to the deen is learning the deen, acting upon the deen and spreading the deen. He says it is not through explosions and bombings and harming individuals who had no hand in any evil and this type of thing but it is returning to the deen of Allaah learning it, practicing it and spreading it.
Shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah ta’ala went o­n to say so we know and understand this. There is a very important point that we must understand and that is that it is forbidden for anyone who does not have knowledge to talk. That is if he is jaahil ignorant is forbidden to talk in the matters of the deenAnd this is something very clear from the Qur’aanic verses in which Allaah says, “Do not talk about those matters which you have no knowledge, verily regarding the hearing, the heart and the talk all of these matters a person will be questioned about.” And then Allaah subhana wata’alah mentions the forbidden matters after mentioning al fawaahish outwardly and inwardly and mentioning other matters and He says and to ascribe to Allaah that which he has no authority or that you commit shirk and then He says and you speak about Allaah when you have been forbidden that you speak about Allaah when you have no knowledge. He said that the scholars have got from this that speaking about Allaah without knowledge is worse than shirk. Speaking about Allaah without knowledge is worse than shirk, for two reasons o­ne is that this speaking about Allaah tabarakta wat’ala without knowledge is something that is general something that it will affect everybody but the state of the something he has done regarding himself. So it is forbidden for anyone to speak about Allaah without knowledge. And there is the narration of the Prophet salallahu alaihi wa sallam in which some of his companions was with o­ne of his companions o­n a journey and he got injured and when he got injured he also fell into sexual defilement, state of junub and it was a very dark cold night and he wanted to know if he should take wudhu or tayammum and he asked them if it is possible to do this and they said no you must take a ghusl you must take a full ghusl, so when he did this, he died. So when this reached the Prophet salallahu alaihi wa sallam he said, “they killed him they killed him, may Allaah kill them. Why did they not ask if they were ignorant? Verily the cure for ignorance, is asking.” So this shows that it is forbidden for someone who does not know, to talk.
So Shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah says if we have understood from what has preceded, the o­ne being questioned if he does not know, if he cannot answer it is haraam for him to answer. He must also know that the Muslim who does not know it, is forbidden for him to ask someone who does not know. It is forbidden for him in matters of deen to ask someone who does not know. Rather he has to ask an aalim a scholar someone who has knowledge and this is what Muhammad ibn Sar’ee rahimahullahu meant when he said this matter is a matter of knowledge of deen so be careful who you take your deen from.
He said also in our daily life we had a medical situation or whatever, will we go to a mechanic ?, and if we had a problem with our car will we go to a farmer? and if we wanted to construct a house will we go to someone who is a specialist in cleaning?. No, we will go to each individual who has a specialty in which they are specialist in. So when it comes to an issue of deen we must go to the ulemaa we must go to the scholars. And it is not right to say ask anybody or to do what everybody else is doing this is a major mistake also. As comes in a narration of Abu Darda raliallahu anhu in this in the khilafa of Uthmaan raliallahu anhu in the time of Uthmaan raliallahu anhu when he went to the masjid and he prayed and he saw some tabi’een praying but they were not praying according to the sunnah. There salaah was not the salaah according to the sunnah. Abu Darda went home angry. And when Umm Darda raliallahu anha saw him she said, “What has made you angry, what has caused you to get angry.” He said, “By Allaah I don’t see anything that we were doing in the time of the Prophetsalallahu alaihi wasallam that the Muslims are doing except that they pray together. Meaning that many of the sunan many of the practices that they were doing in the time of the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam that individuals were not doing it and what was left was that they were just praying together. This is Abu Darda’s statement while he is at the period which is close to the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallamand there were a lot of sahabahs still alive and there were many tabi’een so what about now o­ne thousand four hundred years after that are the people the general masses upon sunnah? Are the general masses upon knowledge? Are the general masses people that we should follow? No! but we should follow the ulemaa Rabbaniyeen, the scholars who know the deen of Allaah tabarakta wata’la we should not follow what our mothers were upon our fathers were upon our relatives are upon but we should follow that which the scholars are upon. These people are not right that they follow the general masses but we should follow the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam and the o­ne who directs us to the right. In fact what the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam was upon are the scholars.
Then Shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah stated that the people are of two types. The awwam or the general laymen who have no knowledge and the tullabul ilm, al ulemaa they are together, tullabul ilm students of knowledge and the ulemaa. Now the ulemaa and the students are of two types. The ulemaa who are not in reality scholars and those are the o­nes who have hizbiyyah or innovation or partisanship or politics or this movement oriented overthrowing governments and blowing up things and things of this nature and bid’ahand mistakes in their aqeedah and their manhaj. These individuals should never be taken from whatsoever. The second is the tullabul ilmand the ulemaa who are upon the sunnahsalafiyeen upon the way of the salaf us saalih . They are upon the way of the sunnah and o­n the way of the salaf us saalih. These individuals the scholars are the source that you go to. The students of knowledge are actually made a (unclear ) source. They are individuals that you benefit from but you are never to take their statements over the statements of the ulemaa, of the scholars. So if we reiterate this point, the awwam the general masses don’t take anything from them but rather they should be taught, for they are ignorant.And those people who are considered scholars but their methodology is incorrect, their a qeedah and manhaj is incorrect they are involved in siyasah or politics or hizbiyyah or matters that are secretive and things of this nature they should not be taken from for they are in reality they are part of the seventy two groups that are promised the Hellfire.
Rather the o­ne that should be taken from are the tullabul ilm and ulemaa who are upon the sunnah and who are upon the way of the salaf us saalih. But the distinction must be made that we take the words of the ulemaa over the words of the student of knowledge. For instance Kibar ulemaa the Great body of Scholars like Shaykh Rabee for example says something then we take what he has said and what they have said because they are the greater scholars. And it is not right to take what a student of knowledge says just because he issalafee unless he has some clear evidence that he has stated that the scholars have missed. But if generally speaking the people have of taking the students of knowledge because he is salafee over the scholars is a great mistake.
Shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah said this issue of importance of returning to the people of ilm , returning in going to the people of knowledge as a source in going back to them we have two stories from the Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam regarding this issue. o­ne is the story regarding the man from before us from Bani Israel who had killed 99 individuals and he wanted to get to Allaah tabarakta wata’la so he found an aabid a worshipper, he said notice an aabid a worshipper not an aalim a scholar. A worshipper who was worshipping in seclusion and he said to him, “I have killed 99 individuals, is there any means for me to repent to Allaah to make Taubah”. So this aabid who was ignorant said, “No”. So he killed him and he completed a hundred individuals. So then he went to a scholar and saying to the scholar I have killed a hundred individuals is there any means for me to repent. The aalim said what is(unclear)between you and making Taubah to Allaah. Of course you can make taubah but you are in a land that is evil and it is upon you to go to such and such land where there are righteous people who worship Allaah so you go there and worship Allaah with them.” So this shows you the issue of going to the scholar verses going to someone who is ignorant.
The second story is about two individuals, o­ne who was righteous and the other was a sinner. And every time the righteous o­ne would pass by the sinner he would correct him and advice him but he would not accept. So o­ne day the righteous person said to him, “By Allaah, Allaah will not forgive you.” So Allaah tabarakta wata’la said, “Who is it who is bold enough to go over Me or above Me, verily I have forgiven him and I have made your deeds nothing.” So this is the righteous person because he was ignorant he led him to go into the area that was described by Allaah tabarakta wata’la that he would not forgive o­ne of His creatures. So Allaah tabarakta wata’la wiped away or made nothing the deeds of the obedient o­ne and forgave the disobedient o­ne. So this shows us the importance of knowledge number o­ne and that we should acquire it and the importance of returning to the ulemaa. Don’t ask anyone and everyone but ask Raazikeena fil ilm those who are well grounded in knowledge.
In closing Shaykh Ahmad bin Bazmool hafidhahullah that someone might say what is wrong with taking knowledge from thehizbiyeen and mubtadiyah (One who commits bid’ah), if they have something beneficial to give. I’ll just take the good and I will leave the bad. He said there were several issues wrong with this.
o­ne, is that the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam warned against the ulemaa as soo or al jahaal, taking from the evil scholars or the ignorant. And this is in a hadith in which he said, “That Allaah tabarakta wata’la does not take the knowledge after having given it by taking it away from your hearts but by the death of the religious learned men, the scholars, until there will remain nothing but the ignorant people who will contort it and will give verdicts according to their opinions and they will mislead others and they will go astray and will lead others astray.
The second matter is that Allaah tabarakta wata’la and the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam‘s order of hizbudeen , preserving o­nes deen. And the person who goes and sits with the innovator or hizbee is not preserving his deen.
Thirdly, is that taking from the hizbiyeen or the innovators is that they are from the asaaghir, the small o­nes and we have been forbidden or the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam indicated that from the signs of the hour is that the people will take their knowledge from theasaaghir. And he said that the asaaghir are the innovators.
Fourthly is that the mubtadih you cannot forsake from the fact that he will not oppose you. You will think that he is giving you the best, but he will take you step by step until he pulls you and that is the way it has been amongst the past (unclear).
And the fifth matter is that the person who is going there saying “I will get the good and leave the bad” is ignorant. So he cannot protect himself from falling into a fitnah. So he can’t protect himself from falling into a fitnah. So for all these reasons above and more it is important that you take o­nly from the scholars who are known for the knowledge who are well grounded in their knowledge and we do not ask or take from anyone else. And then he said hadha wa salallahu wa nabiyinah Muhammad.
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Salam alaykum sisters,
I thank Allah for this wonderful opportunity to make this website. This website is especially made for children. InshAllah I will be covering as much as topics as we can.  This website is a way to gain knowledge and I hope, InshAllah, that children who read this will gain knowledge .             

As Allah the Almighty said:

" Say (Oh Mohammed): This is my way; Invite unto Allah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me with sure knowledge ."  YUSUF 12:108

There will be different categories in the website of what particular things for the children to know. I hope the children of all ages will enjoy this website as much as I will!   


Friday, 27 December 2013

Tauwid Abdul- Wahab chapter 14 - 17

                                   CHAPTER NO.14
To seek help in other than Allah (Istighatha) or to invoke other than Him is an act of Shirk 

Allah the exalted said:

"And invoke not besides Allah any that will neither profit you nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers). And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favour which He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He will. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."(10:106, 107)

And He said:
"You worship besides Allah only idols, and you only invent falsehood. Verily, those whom you worship besides Allah have no power to give you provision, so seek your provision from Allah (Alone) and worship Him (Alone), and be grateful to Him. To Him (Alone) you will be brought back." (29:17)

He the Almighty said:
"And who is more astray than one who calls (invokes) besides Allah, such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection; and who are (even) unaware of their calls (invocations) to them? And when mankind are gathered (on the Day of Resurrection), they (false deities) will become enemies for them and will deny their worshipping."(46: 5,6)

Allah, the Most Exalted said:
"Is not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him; and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any god with Allah? Little is that you remember!"(27:62)

At- Tabarani narrates with his Isnad (chain of the narrators):
During the days of the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) there was a hypocrite who used to harm the believers, some of them (the believers) said, "Come (support) with us while we appeal to Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) for assistance against this hypocrite." The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) replied, "Verily, no one should seek to me for assistance. Indeed, it is Allah Who is to be sought for assistance and help." 

Important issues of the Chapter
1) To attach supplication or invocation (Du'a) with seeking assistance (Istighatha) through conjunction is to attach a general matter to one which is specific.
2) Explanation of the verse:
"And invoke not besides Allah any that will neither profit you nor hurt you..." (10: 106).
 3) This is the greater Shirk.
4) The most pious person, if he calls for help other than Allah, even for the gratification of someone else, he will become one of the Zalimun (wrong-doers, polytheists).
5) Explanation of the verse following (10: 107).
6) Calling others for help besides Allah is of no benefit in this world and besides that it is

disbelief (Kufr).
7) Explanation of the Verse 29: 17.
8) Requesting sustenance and provisions should be done to none other than from Allah. Just as 
Paradise can be requested from none other than Him.
9) Explanation of the fourth Verse 46:5.
10) There is none more misguided than the one who calls on others than Allah.
11) To whom the call is made (besides Allah) is unaware of the supplications of the caller; he

knows nothing about it.
12) That call will be the cause of anger and enmity of the one called towards the caller.
13) The call is named as worship of the one called on.
14) The one called upon will deny and reject this act of worship towards him.
15) This is why such a supplicant is the most astray of the people.
16) Explanation of the fifth Verse 27: 62.

17) Astonishing is the admission of idolaters that none relieves the one in distress other than Allah. That is why, they call upon Him in times of extreme difficulty with the utmost
religious sincerity.
18) The protection of the Chosen One (May Allah be pleased with him) means the protection of

Tauhid and being mindful towards Allah. 

       CHAPTER No: 15
(The created one could not be an object of worship)

Allah the Almighty said:
"Do they attribute as partners to Allah those who created nothing but they themselves are created? No help can they give them, nor can they help themselves."(7:191,192)

Allah the Most Exalted said:
"And those, whom you invoke or call upon instead of Him, own not even a Qitmir (the thin membrane over the date-stone). If you invoke (or call upon) them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them. And none can inform you (O Muhammad (May the peace and blessing of Allah be uponhim)) like Him Who is the All-Knower (of each and everything)."(35: 13, 14) 

It is reported in the Sahih (i.e. AI-Bukhari and Muslim) from Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) who narrated:
The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) was hit on the day of Uhud (the battle of Uhud) and his teeth were broken. So he said, "How can a people succeed who hit their Prophet?" The verse (3: 128) was then revealed: "Not for you (O Muhammad, but for Allah) is the decision."

Also reported therein from Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him):
He heard Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) say when he raised his head from bowing in the last Rak'at of the Fair prayer: "O Allah, curse so-and-so:' Then Allah revealed: "Not for you (O Muhammad, but for Allah) is the decision."

In another narration:
"He (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) invoked Allah against Safwan bin Umaiyah and Suhail bin' Amr and Al-Harith bin Hisham", then the verse was revealed: 'Not for you (O Muhammad, but for Allah) is the decision.' "

It is also reported in the Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim from Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) who said:
Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) stood up when it was revealed to him:" And warn your tribe (O Muhammad May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him ) of near kindred." (26:214) and (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said, "O people of Quraish" -or words similar to that -"sell your own souls. I will not be of any  help to you before Allah; O Abbas bin Abdul-Muttalib, I will not be of any help to you before Allah; O Safiyah, aunt of Allah's Messenger, I will not be of any help to you before Allah; O Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad, ask of my wealth what you wish, I will be of no avail to you before Allah."
Important issues of the Chapter
1) An explanation of the two verses (7:120 and 35:13,14).
2) The story of Uhud.
3) Qunut (supplication) of Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

in the prayer (against someones) and saying Amin of the Companions (May Allah be pleased
with him) behind him.
4) The ones who were supplicated against, were disbelievers (Kuffar).
5) They (Quraish) did things that most other of the disbelievers had not done such as causing

injury to the head of their Prophet and being intent upon his murder. Also mutilation of those
killed in battle though they were their cousins. 6) Allah revealed to him in relation to this:
"Not for you (O Muhammad, but for Allah) is the decision." 7) His (Allah's) Statement:
"He turns in mercy to (pardons) them or punishes them" and He did turn toward them and they believed.
8) Al-Qunut (invoking Allah against someones) in time of disaster.
9) Specifically naming the ones who are being invoked against in the prayers by their names and

the names of their fathers.
10) Cursing someone in particular in the Qunut.
11) Circumstances of the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) at the time

of the revelation to him of:
"And warn your tribe (O Muhammad (P.B.UH)) of near kindred." (26:214)
12) The seriousness of the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) to the issue that insanity was attributed to him, and likewise is the case of a Muslim who does so

13) His (the Prophet's) statement to those close and far to him: "I will be of no avail to you before

Allah" to the extent that he said: "O Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad, 1 will not be of any avail to you before Allah." If he made this clear while he was the leader of the Messengers that he (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) could not avail the best of women of this world, and a man believes that he (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) does not speak but truth, -then he looks at what has occurred in the hearts of the people of position today, the issue of Tauhid would be clear, and so the strangeness of the religion.1
1 Reference is made to the Hadith: "Islam began as something strange and it will again return to being something  

strange, so may Allah bless the strangers (that they be beneath a tree of Paradise)."

  CHAPTER No: 16
(What the Lord has said)

"Until when fear is banished from their hearts they say: 'What is it that your Lord has said?" They say: 'The Truth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great.' "(34:23) And in 

Sahih (Al-Bukhari) it is reported that Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (May thepeace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:
When Allah decrees some order in the heaven, the angels flutter their wings indicating complete surrender to His Saying, which sounds like chains being dragged on rock. And when the (state of) fear is banished from their hearts, they say, "What is that your Lord has said?" They say: "The truth. And He is the Most High, the Most Great." (34:23) Then the stealthy .listeners (devils) hear this order, and these stealthy listeners are like this, one over the other (Sufyan, a sub- narrator demonstrated that by holding his hand upright and separating the fingers). A stealthy listener hears a word which he will convey to that which is below him, and the second will convey it to that who is below him, till the last of them will convey it to the wizard or foreteller. Sometimes a flame (fire) may strike the devil before he can convey it, and sometimes he may convey it before the flame (fire) strikes him, whereupon the wizard adds to that word a hundred lies. The people will then say, "Didn't he (i.e. magician) tell such and-such a thing on such-and- such date?" So that magician is said to have told the truth because of the Statement which has been heard from the heavens.

An-Nauwas bin Sam'an (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah's Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said:
"When Allah wishes to reveal something to man, He speaks out the words to be revealed. At this, the heavens shake strongly in fear of Him. When the Words of Allah fall upon the inhabitants of heaven, they are taken by shock and fall prostrate. The first of them to raise his head is the angel Jibrael whom Allah speaks out of the revelation what He wishes. Then Jibrael passes by the other angels in different heavens, and is asked at each station, 'What did our Lord say, O Jibrael?' He answers: 'He said the Truth; He is the Most High, the Most Great' and all repeat the same after him. Then Jibrael moves on to the destination with the revelation, to where commanded by Allah the Most High."

Important issues of the Chapter 

1) Explanation of the Verse 34:23.
2) In this verse is a proof for the invalidation of Shirk. Especially regarding what is attached to 
those righteous people (i.e. of the supplications of the ignorant toward them). It is said that this verse cuts the roots of the tree of Shirk in the heart. 
3) Explanation of Allah's Words:
"They say: 'The truth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great.'"
4) The reason for their question about that (verse).
5) That Jibrael (Gabriel) (May Allah be pleased with him) answered their question after that by 
his words "He said such and such".
6) The description of the fact that Jibrael (Gabriel) (May Allah be pleased with him) was the first to raise his head (to attend to the revelation of Allah).
7) Jibrael (Gabriel) (May Allah be pleased with him) answers to all angels of the heavens for they all question him.
8) Unconsciousness occurs to all the dwellers of the heavens.
9) Trembling of the heavens due: to the Words of Allah.
10) That Jibrael (Gabriel) (May Allah be pleased with him) is the one who conveys the revelation 
to wherever Allah commands.
11) Eavesdropping of heavenly discussion by devils.
12) State of standing of Jinns atop of one another.
13) Falling down of shooting stars.
14) The shooting star sometimes hits the devil before he conveys the stolen message and 
sometimes he reaches the ear of his human friend before he is struck.
15) Sometimes the soothsayer may relay the truth.
16) The soothsayer mixes the truth with a hundred lies,
17) His lies are not believed except for the word (of truth) which was heard from heaven.
18) The acceptance of falsehood by the human nature. How they hang onto one truth and not 
consider the 100 lies.
19) How they pass the word to one another, memorize it and use it as evidence (for other lies). 
20) Affirmation of the Divine Attributes of Allah, in opposition to denials of the Ash'ariyah(1 )and

21) That the trembling and shaking of the heavens is due to the fear of Allah the Almighty. 22) Angels fall down in prostration for Allah.


1 One of their beliefs is to nullify Allah's Attribute of having speech. Ahlus-Sunnah is firm upon the principle of affirming these names and attributes that are mentioned by Allah and His Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) .However, without negating their evident meaning, saying exactly how, or making any similitude with the creation. 

The Intercession

"And warn therewith those who fear that they will be gathered before their Lord, when there will neither be a protector nor an intercessor for them besides Him, so that they may fear Allah and keep their duty to Him."
"Say: To Allah belongs all intercession."
"Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission..."
"And there are many angels in the heavens whose intercession will avail nothing except after Allah has given leave for whom He wills and pleases." He said:
"Say: Call upon those whom you assert (to be associate gods) besides Allah, they possess not even the weight of an atom (or a small ant), either in the heavens or on the earth, nor have they any share in either, nor there is for Him any supporter from among them. Intercession with Him profits not, except for him whom He permits…" (34:22,23)             Abul-Abbas(1) said that Allah has equally negated all that the Mushrikin have attached (to their false gods). For He has negated that anyone has any dominion or any share of it besides Him, or that there is any assistant to Allah, And that there is nothing to remain except intercession. It is clear that there will be no benefit to anyone except for who has been granted permission by the Lord as He stated:
"They will not be able to intercede except for him with whom He is pleased" (21 :28) 
And for this reason the intercession that the Mushrikin believe in is rejected on the Day of Resurrection, as it is rejected by the Qur'an and as the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of
Allah be upon him) informed us:

1 Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah, Ahmad bin Abdul-Haleem bin Abdus-Salam -see Fath-ul-Majeed, page 168. 

He will come and prostrate to his Lord and praise Him, and he will not begin with intercession at first. It will be said afterwards: "Raise your head, speak and it will be heard, ask and you will be given, intercede and intercession will be granted."

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) asked the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) :
"Who will be the happiest of people with your intercession?" He (the Prophet P.B.U.H) said, "Whoever said La ilaha illa Allah sincerely with pure intention from his heart."
So this intercession is for those people with pure intent, if Allah so wills, and it will not be for those who commit Shirk.
The essence of the matter is that it is Allah, Who is above all imperfections, Who favours the people sincere in their worship and forgives them through the medium of the invocation of whoever He has given permission to intercede as an honour to him and to confer upon him the Highest Place (Al-Maqam-al-Mahmud).

The intercession which is rejected and denied in the Qur'an is that which involves Shirk, and this is why intercession is confirmed and affirmed by the permission of Allah in many places. The Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) made it clear that this intercession will not be for other than the people of Tauhid (Islamic Monotheism) and Ikhlas (sincerity in the religion of Islam).

Important issues of 
1) Explanation of the verses mentioned.
2) Description of rejected intercession.
3) Description of affirmed intercession.
4) The "Greatest Intercession" being the "Highest Place" (of the Prophet May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).
5) A description of what the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) will do (on the Day of Judgement) and that he will not begin by making intercession, rather he will prostrate and when he is given permission he will intercede.
6) Who would be the happiest of people with the intercession of the Prophet (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).
7) Intercession will not at all be for whoever committed Shirk.

8) Clarification of the real state of intercession

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Food and Gifts from Non-Muslims – Shaikh Muhammad Salih Al-Uthaimeen

Shaikh Muhammad Salih Al-Uthaimeen (May Allah have mercy on him)
Question:  Occasionally, for special events my non-Muslim neighbor sends me food and sweets.  Is it permissible for me to eat them?
Answer:  Yes, it is permissible for you to eat food given as a gift from a non-Muslim if you trust them because the prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) accepted a gift from a Jewish women which she gave in the form of a sheep and he also accepted a Jew’s invitation to share a meal and he ate (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam).  So, there is no problem in accepting the gifts of non-Muslims or eating their food with the condition that they are trustworthy (in that they would not try to harm you) and if you are worried or afraid (that they could harm you in some way i.e. serving you poisoned food etc.) then their invitation is not to be answered.  Likewise, it cannot be for a religious event or holiday like Christmas etc. as the gifts given for this event are not to be accepted.
Translated by John ‘Eesa’ Starling
Internet Source :

A Muslim is prohibited to congratulate the disbelievers, Christians, Jews or whomever, on their distinctive occasions

Fatwa no. 21079
Q: On 12/8/1420 A.H. notices were placed on the roads of Riyadh conveying congratulations from the Banque Saudi Fransi on the New Year.
Employees of the Banque Saudi Fransi wish the Saudi people a merry year. Respected shaykh, it undoubtedly hurts every Muslim to find things like this common in the land of Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah/monotheism) and Al-Haramayn Al-Sharifayn (the Two Sacred Mosques, the Sacred Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah).
I hope that Your Honor will clarify the ruling of Islam on this matter.
A Muslim is prohibited to congratulate the disbelievers, Christians, Jews or whomever, on their distinctive occasions. This involves a sort of agreeing with them on their falsehood and being loyal to them.
Similarly, a Muslim is prohibited to congratulate his Muslim brother on the feasts and celebrations of the disbelievers. By doing so, a Muslim imitates them.
Muslims must resent disbelievers, dissociate themselves from them and hate their disbelief and disobedience to Allah, as Allah (Exalted be He) states, It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Anyone who imitates a people becomes one of them. the Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah commented on this Hadith saying, “This Hadith at least implies that it is prohibited for a Muslim to imitate the disbelievers though it apparently signifies the disbelief of the imitator. Allah (Exalted be He) states, …and if any amongst you takes them as Auliyâ’, then surely he is one of them.
You (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) will not find any people who believe in Allâh and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) He (Glorified be He) states, O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliyâ’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliyâ’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliyâ’, then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).
Thus, Muslims are not permitted to express joy or congratulate disbelievers on their festive occasions, whether by word of mouth, posters, newspapers, magazines, cards or the like. The legal authorities must remove these notices.
May Allah grant us success . May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
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Giving and Accepting Christmas Gifts – Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen

The Christians’ celebrating the ‘Eid of the birth of ‘Eesaa, upon him be peace, is for them. However, it is not permissible for the Muslim to participate in their holidays. They are not to give them gifts at the time of their holidays nor is it befitting to accept their gifts from them at the time of their holidays. Nor is it permissible to sell them anything which will aid them in the celebration of their holidays; all of this is incorrect. This is because it entails being pleased with that which they are upon if the person were to do so. And being pleased with Kufr and the holidays of the disbelievers is prohibited for the Muslims.
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts

Greeting The Kuffaar On Christmas

Greeting The Kuffaar On Their Festivals
Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (Rahimahu ‘Llah)
Source: Majmoo’ah Fataawa wa Rasaa’il
Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam (forbidden), by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim – (Rahimahu ‘Llah) – said,
Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah” [Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah]
Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not accept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says, “If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you…” [Soorah az-Zumar 39:7]
“…This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion…” [Soorah al-Maa’idah 5:3]
So congratulating them is forbidden, whether they are one’s colleagues at work or otherwise.
If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our festivals, and because they are not festivals which are acceptable to Allaah. These festivals are innovations in their religions, and even those which may have been prescribed formerly have been abrogated by the religion of Islaam, with which Allaah sent Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) to the whole of mankind. Allaah says,
Whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” [Soorah Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]
It is haraam for a Muslim to accept invitations on such occasions, because this is worse than congratulating them as it implies taking part in their celebrations.
Similarly, Muslims are forbidden to imitate the kuffaar by having parties on such occasions, or exchanging gifts, or giving out sweets or food, or taking time off work, etc., because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Narrated by Abu Daawood in al-Libaas, hadeeth 3512]
Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah – (Rahimahu ‘Llah) – said,
“Imitating them in some of their festivals implies that one is pleased with their false beliefs and practices, and gives them the hope that they may have the opportunity to humiliate and mislead the weak.” [Iqtidaa’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem Mukhaalifat Ashaab al-Jaheem]
Whoever does anything of this sort is a sinner, whether he does it out of politeness or to be friendly, or because he is too shy to refuse, or for whatever other reason, because this is hypocrisy in Islaam, and because it makes the kuffaar feel proud of their religion.
Allaah is the One Whom we ask to make the Muslims feel proud of their religion, to help them adhere steadfastly to it, and to make them victorious over their enemies, for He is the Strong and Omnipotent