Author: Amjad Khan

Is It Correct To Begin Dawah by Calling The People to Good Manners?

Question to Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him)

[فضيلة الشيخ] may Allaah grant you success; is this path in dawah correct-and (that) is the first thing to begin with is to call the people to good manners?

Answer:
No. This is misguidance; (it is) in opposition to the call of the Messengers. This is the call of the hizbiyyeen at present. It is a false call; yes, because it is in opposition to the methodology of the Messengers. They (i.e. the hizbiyyeen) want the people to begin with their creeds-be it grave worship, or polytheistic practices, or Soofiyyah. (What they give) importance to is to gather–only to be followed.

Audio here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/ftawaalolama/4bphhvom8bee

 

Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) speaks about one of Jamaat At-Tableegh’s Books titled: [Hayatus Sahaabah]

 In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) stated that the one who authored this Book (i.e. Hayatus Sahaabah) is not merely an individual amongst Jamaat At-Tableegh, but he is a figurehead, if not a figurehead of the figureheads. He authored this book and the Jamaa’ah (At-Tableegh) apply what it guides to; but this book is compiled in a haphazard manner; meaning: The author did not distinguish what is in this book with a mention- first and foremost- of what is narrated from the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) with authentic chains of transmission; because the speech of the Messenger is not like the speech of others even if they (i.e. others) are from the righteous friends of Allaah.

Secondly: The author mentioned many narrations attributed to the Sahaabah (radiyallaahu-anhum); and when it is the case that he did attribute unauthentic narrations to the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), which the people of knowledge do not consider to be authentic based on the science of Hadeeth,  its chains of transmissions and the biographies of the narrators, then it is most likely that he would mention numerous unauthentic narrations attributed to the actions, methodology and manners of the Sahaabah.  Paraphrased…see full discussion here: Imaam_Albaanee

Then Imaam Albaanee (rahimahullaah) mentioned a very important statement of Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) as follows:

على كل باحث أن يتثبت فيما يرويه عن أصحاب النبي، كما يتثبت فيما يرويه عن الله ورسوله [Every researcher in the affairs of knowledge of the sharia must ascertain what he narrates about the companions of the Prophet (i.e. such narrations must have an authentic chain of transmission and the correct understanding of them), just as the researcher is (required) to ascertain whatever he narrates about Allaah and His Messenger (i.e. anything he attributes to Allaah and Messenger must be established from the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah, obviously accompanied by the understanding of the Salaf).  [Listen to audio here:

Shaikh Uthaymeen speaks about Imaams Bin Baaz and Albaani, and defends Shaikh Rabee and others…

When asked about Imaams Bin Baaz and Albaani (rahimahumallaah), Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) stated that they are two Notable personalities amongst the Notable personalities of the Islamic nation in the field of hadeeth, in calling to Allaah and in combatting ahlul bidah. He then said that he knows them to be from the loftiest of the scholars in station and vastness in understanding of the religion, even though one of them posseses more understanding than the other; but both of them have goodness with them.

Then Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) was asked about those who speak ill of the Scholars of Saudi, such as the likes of Shaikh Rabee and some of the scholars in Madeenah; so he (rahimahullaah) said that it is obligated upon them to restrain their tongues from speaking ill of the common Muslims, then how about their scholars.  And if it is the case that backbiting a common Muslim is from the major sins, then backbiting a scholar is much greater…

Listen to audio here:

[1] Rushing to make takfeer of the Muslim Rulers

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

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Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said:

”All Praise is due to Allaah, Who, in every time period between the (advent of the) Messengers, raises up a group from the People of Knowledge who call the misguided ones to guidance and patiently bear their harm. Through the Book of Allah they give life to the dead, and by Allaah’s light they give sight to the blind. How many a person killed by Iblees have they revived; how many a people astray and wandering (blindly) have they guided; how beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile people have been towards them! They repel from the Book of Allaah the distortions of those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the falsifiers and the false interpretations of the ignoramus–those who uphold the banner of innovation and release the fitan. They differ about the Book, oppose the Book and agree to oppose the Book. They speak about Allah and His Book without knowledge, argue about what is ambiguous in the Book and deceive the ignorant ones with such ambiguities. So we seek refuge in Allaah from the fitan (trials and tribulations) of the misguided ones.” [1]


 

[مشكلة التسرع في التكفير ومايترتب عليه من دمار وفساد   pages: 175….]

Indeed to possess knowledge of the sharia texts and the (true) knowledge of truth and falsehood are the greatest means to actualising servitude to Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic).  It is the unique cure for the tragedies of ignorance.  And to be ignorant of the Sharia texts and being deprived of (true) knowledge of truth and falsehood will lead a person to a network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one has to find a way; so he becomes like a ball in the hands of shaytaan, who turns it the way he pleases.  It is enough for an ignorant person to ask a scholar if he is not firmly grounded in seeking knowledge and in acquainting himself with the truth.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

فَسۡـَٔلُوٓاْ أَهۡلَ ٱلذِّكۡرِ إِن كُنتُمۡ لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ

” So ask the Ahl Dhikr (i.e. the people knowledge), if you know not.” [An-Nahl. Ayah: 43]

 

However, the greatest calamity is when a person is ignorant but then he gives verdicts in the most dangerous of affairs, such as takfeer and the rulings related to capital punishment. Ignorance in the affairs of Takfeer and the rulings related to capital punishment, wealth and honour are from the greatest means that leads to chaos in some of the lands.  And it is from the paths utilized by the khawaarij to spread chaos in the rest of the Muslim countries. Indeed Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) has warned against speaking without knowledge, saying:

قُلۡ إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ رَبِّىَ ٱلۡفَوَٲحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنۡہَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَٱلۡإِثۡمَ وَٱلۡبَغۡىَ بِغَيۡرِ ٱلۡحَقِّ وَأَن تُشۡرِكُواْ بِٱللَّهِ مَا لَمۡ يُنَزِّلۡ بِهِۦ سُلۡطَـٰنً۬ا وَأَن تَقُولُواْ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعۡلَمُونَ

”Say (O Muhammad): “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawahish (great evil sins, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allah of which you have no knowledge.” [Al-Araaf. Ayah:33]

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَلَا تَقۡفُ مَا لَيۡسَ لَكَ بِهِۦ عِلۡمٌ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱلسَّمۡعَ وَٱلۡبَصَرَ وَٱلۡفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ كَانَ عَنۡهُ مَسۡـُٔولاً۬

”And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. one’s saying: “I have seen,” while in fact he has not seen, or “I have heard,” while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).” [Al-Israa. Ayah 36]

Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) revealed the Noble Qur’aan for the guidance of mankind and to remove them from darkness and enter them into light.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

 مَّا فَرَّطۡنَا فِى ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ مِن شَىۡءٍ۬‌ۚ

‘’We have neglected nothing in the Book.’’ [An-An’aam. Ayah 38]

And Allaah (The Most High) said:

[كِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ مُبَـٰرَكٌ۬ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوٓاْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ  ]

”(This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [Saad. Ayah:29]

 

The Qur’aan is a cure for the sicknesses in the breasts.  Allaah (The Most High) said:

[يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ قَدۡ جَآءَتۡكُم مَّوۡعِظَةٌ۬ مِّن رَّبِّڪُمۡ وَشِفَآءٌ۬ لِّمَا فِى ٱلصُّدُورِ وَهُدً۬ى وَرَحۡمَةٌ۬ لِّلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ ]

”O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Qur’an, ordering all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that (disease of ignorance, doubt, hypocrisy and differences, etc.) in your breasts, – a guidance and a mercy (explaining lawful and unlawful things, etc.) for the believers.” [Yoonus. Ayah: 57]

 As a result of being ignorant of the true intended meanings of the verses of the Qur’aan and the heart being engulfed in the darkness of desires, a person is deprived of the cure found in the Qur’aan, and thus he remains in the sickness of doubts and extreme confusion.  Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said:

”Indeed Allaah made the Qur’aan a cure for what is in the breasts and a clarification of all affairs for the people, and the opposite of this is impossible (i.e. the Qur’aan cannot cease to be a cure and a clarification); however, the distinguishing knowledge-based proofs of Messengership may become obscure in some places and eras until they (i.e. the people) become unaware of what the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) was sent with—either by not knowing the wordings or they may know the wording but not their intended true meanings. Thus they begin to tread (the path) of ignorance due to being deprived of the light found in the knowledge of Prophet hood; so at this juncture polytheism occurs, and the religion is split into sects, such as the trial that leads to the use of the sword (i.e. killing).  Therefore, the trials of (ignorant) speech and action are from those aspects of ignorance, (which occurs) as result of the light of Prophet hood being hidden from the people, just as Imaam Maalik (rahimahullaah) said: ‘’Slackness in practicing (the religion) occurs when knowledge becomes scarce and desires (i.e. innovations) occur when the authentic narrations are scarce.”

And because of this trials have been likened to a portion of a very dark night. And also due to this Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said:  ”All Praise is due to Allaah, Who, in every time period between the (advent of the) Messengers, raises up a group from the People of Knowledge who call the misguided ones to guidance and patiently bear their harm. Through the Book of Allah they give life to the dead, and by Allaah’s light they give sight to the blind. How many a person killed by Iblees have they revived; how many a people astray and wandering (blindly) have they guided; how beautiful their effect has been upon the people, and how vile people have been towards them! They repel from the Book of Allah the distortions of those going beyond bounds, the false claims of the falsifiers and the false interpretations of the ignoramus–those who uphold the banner of innovation and release the fitan. They differ about the Book, oppose the Book and agree to oppose the Book. They speak about Allah and His Book without knowledge, argue about what is ambiguous in the Book and deceive the ignorant with such ambiguities. So we seek refuge in Allaah from the fitan (trials and tribulations) of the misguided-ones.”

Therefore, Guidance will come to the people of the earth; rather it is from the knowledge of the light of Prophet hood, as Allaah (The Most High) said:

[فَإِمَّا يَأۡتِيَنَّڪُم مِّنِّى هُدً۬ى فَمَنِ ٱتَّبَعَ هُدَاىَ فَلَا يَضِلُّ وَلَا يَشۡقَىٰ ] ” Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery.” [Tahaa. Ayah: 123] [2]

To be continued Inshaa-Allaah

 


 

[1] [See: Ar-Radd Alaa Az-Zanaadiqah Wal-Jahmiyyah Feemaa Shakkat Feehi Min Mutashaabihil Qur’aan Wata-awwalat-hu Alaa Ghayri Taweelihi. Page: 170. Introduction by Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan and Shaikh Saaleh Aala Shaikh (may Allaah preserve them]

[2] [مشكلة التسرع في التكفير ومايترتب عليه من دمار وفساد   pages: 175….by Shaikh Abu Umar Usaama Al-Utaybee (may Allaah protect him)]

 

An Example of Ikhtilaaf Fiqhiy and Ikhtilaaf Manhajiy–Imaam Muqbil Bin Haadi (rahimahullaah)

Imaam Muqbil Bin Haadee (rahimahullaah) said:

Al-Khilaaf Fiqhiy: It is when the evidence can carry this (meaning) or that (meaning), such as the Hadeeth:”When one of you wakes up from his sleep, he must not put his hand in a utensil till he has washed it three times, for he does not know where his hand was.” The scholars have differed in this (affair); amongst them are those who say that the water becomes impure and amongst them are those who say that it is forbidden (to put one’s hand in the water) but (the water) does not become impure and this affair is a legislated act of worship; and amongst them are those who say that it is Makrooh (disliked to put the one’s hand in the water  but not forbidden), because he (i.e. the person) is upon certainty that his hand is in a state of purity.  So the likes of this (affair) is Ikhtilaaf fiqhiy and similar to it (also is whether) the Basmallaah is to be uttered loudly (during the prayer).

Al-Khilaaf Manhajiy:  As for Al-khilaaf Manhajiy, it is a problematic disease such as the methodology of Ikhwaan Al-Mufliseen; for their Manhaj is entry into elections, houses of parliaments and party Multiplicity.  This is considered to be Ikhtilaaf Manhajiy because it is in opposition to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wa-alaa-aalihi-wasallam)……

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[See: Ghaaratul Ash-ritah: page: 40-41: Vol 1]

 

Who should we take our knowledge from? Shaykh Rabee’

Shaykh Rabee – may Allah preserve him and reward him with good – was asked about taking knowledge from those upon the Salafi Manhaj; he said:

If he was upon the Salafi Manhaj and didn’t have any misguidance (with him) and he calls to the Salafi Manhaj, then it is obligatory that knowledge is taken from him and it is not taken from the people of falsehood.

The salaf used to say: Indeed this knowledge is religion so look (beware) of whom you take your religion from. And if a man used to speak (about the religion) they would say to him: “Name us your men” so if they were people of innovation (that he named) they would not take (any knowledge) from him and if they were from the people of sunnah, then (the salaf) would take from him.

Therefore the religion of Allah is not taken from the people of falsehood, because they are the people of deception and they mix falsehood with truth, so as to propagate their falsehood.

So it is upon the student that he is diligent in taking knowledge from its pure unadulterated sources, from the Salafi books, from those who teach these books and from the sincere truthful ardent ones who spread the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah – peace and blessings upon him – and spread his correct methodology. And from those who are sincere, truthful and ardent upon guiding the people and saving them from misguidance and from the destructive paths.

Al-Lubbaab min majmoo’ nasaaih wa tawjihaat. Page 185

Safeguarding the Prayer – Shaykh Saalih Al Fawzaan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzan – May Allah preserve him – was asked about an individual who prays the five daily prayers, but not in the correct times and occasionally misses all of the prayers of a day and prays them all together later on.

The Shaykh said:

Safeguarding the performance of the  (obligatory) prayers at their correct times with the congregation (for men) is obligatory for the Muslim, and it is not permissible to exit the prayer from its (legislated) time.

As Allah says:

إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَّوْقُوتًا

النساء: ١٠٣ 

Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.

[An-Nisaa Verse 103]

Meaning it is obligatory to perform them at specific times, and in a narration:

“Indeed there are actions (done) for Allah in the night that He does not accept in the day and actions in the day He does not accept in the night” (1)

And exiting the prayers from their correct times is neglecting them.

Allah said:

فَخَلَفَ مِن بَعْدِهِمْ خَلْفٌ أَضَاعُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَاتَّبَعُوا الشَّهَوَاتِ فَسَوْفَ يَلْقَوْنَ غَيًّا

إِلاَّ مَنْ تَابَ

مريم ٥٩-٦٠

Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salat  [i.e. made their Salat to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell.

Except  those who repent…

[Soorah Maryam Verse 59-60]

And combining between two prayers – in the time of one of them ie Dhuhr with Asr or Maghrib with Isha – is not permissible except due to a legislated excuse. As for combining the prayers for a complete day then this is not permissible and the prayer is not correct in this manner.

 

Al muntaqa 5/56

(1) Advice of Abu Bakr to Umar whilst on his deathbed

See link for full narration

http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/abu-bakr-to-umar-on-his-deathbed/

Praising Innovators – Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi

The questioner says—may Allah reward you with good:

‘There is a person who praises the people of innovation and rejects the speech of the scholars of the Sunnah concerning them, and he also defames the scholars of the Sunnah and so on.’

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Hadi:

“Whoever praises the people of innovation, without doubt, he is from the innovators; rather, he is without doubt from their callers. The people asked our Shaykh—may Allah’s Mercy be upon him—Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz ibn Baz, during the lesson of the explanation of the book Fadl al-Islam is the person who praises the people of innovation considered from them. He said, yes, there is no doubt that he is from them; rather, he is from their callers. This is available in his voice and in writing, all praise is for Allah, and there is no doubt concerning this.”

See: http://ar.miraath.net/fatwah/3909

Translated by Abul Hasan Maalik Al Akhdar

Woke up After Fajr and She was Menstruating – Shaykh Uthaymeen

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaykh Uthaymeen -Rahimahullah- was asked concerning a woman who woke up for fajr after the sun had risen and realised she was now menstruating.

Paraphrasing:

“She has to make up the fajr prayer after her menses, because the origin is that she was pure; i.e. she knows she was not menstruating when she went to sleep, she woke after the time of fajr, so all she knows for certain is that she was menstruating after the time of fajr came in and therefore she makes up the fajr prayer.”

The Shaykh went on to say:

“It saddens me that she did not wake for the fajr prayer except after the sun rose, because it is an obligation upon mankind that they guard themselves and that they take the required means so that they can wake and pray on time.”

Majmoo’ Fataawa 219/12