Author: Amjad Khan

They said: “Follow our way and we will verily bear your sins!

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّبِعُوا سَبِيلَنَا وَلْنَحْمِلْ خَطَايَاكُمْ وَمَا هُم بِحَامِلِينَ مِنْ خَطَايَاهُم مِّن شَيْءٍ ۖ إِنَّهُمْ لَكَاذِبُونَ

And those who disbelieve say to those who believe: “Follow our way and we will verily bear your sins,” never will they bear anything of their sins. Surely, they are liars. [29:12]

Imaam Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) said:

Allaah (The Most High) informed (us) about the disbelievers of Quraish that they said to those amongst them who believed (in the message of Muhammad) and followed the (right) guidance: ‘’Abandon your religion, return to our religion and follow our way. We will verily bear your sins if you have any’’, just as a person says: Do this and your sin is upon my neck. So Allaah declared their statement false, saying that never will they (i.e. the Quraish) bear anything of their (i.e. the believers) sins. Surely, they are liars. That is because no one will bear anything of the sins of others. [1]

Imaam At-Tabari (rahimahullaah) said:

They (i.e. disbelievers of Quraish) said (to the believers): Be upon the likes of what we are upon, such as our denial of the resurrection after death and that there will be no good recompense and punishment for the deeds of the people.  If you follow our way in these affairs and are raised up after death (i.e. we doubt it), and you are recompensed for your deeds, we will indeed bear the burden of your sins…[2]

Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said that Mujaahid (rahimahullaah) said:

This is the statement of the disbelievers of Quraish to those believers amongst the people of Makkah; they said to them: ‘’Neither we nor you will be resurrected, so follow us. If anything is brought against you (i.e. we doubt it), the burden will be on us.’’ Allaah said that they (i.e. disbelievers of Quraish) are liars due to the claim that they will bear the sins of the (believers). [3]

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[1] Tafseer Ibn katheer

[2] Tafseer At-Tabari

[3] Zaadul Maseer

One of the main reasons that diverts mankind from Tawheed

The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alahi-wasallam) said that Allaah said:

إِنِّي خَلَقْتُ عِبَادِي حُنَفَاءَ كُلَّهُمْ ، وَإِنَّهُمْ أَتَتْهُمُ الشَّيَاطِينُ فَاجْتَالَتْهُمْ عَنْ دِينِهِمْ ، وَحَرَّمَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ مَا أَحْلَلْتُ لَهُمْ ، وَأَمَرَتْهُمْ أَنْ يُشْرِكُوا بِي مَا لَمْ أُنْزِلْ بِهِ سُلْطَانًا

I have created all My slaves Hunafâ’ (with the inclination to worship Allah alone), but the devils come to them and turn them away from their religion (true path). They forbid to them that which I have permitted to them, and they tell them to associate others with Me for which I have not sent down any authority.’ [1]

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[1] Reported by Imaam Muslim (rahimahullaah); Saheeh Muslim Chapter 16; Hadeeth Number: 2865]

Breaking the fast in the Masjid; is it more virtuous?

Question to Shaikh Abdullaah Bin Humaid (rahimahullaah):

Is attendance at the Haram (in Makkah) to break the fast over there something desired in the Sunnah or not, for some people obligate that on themselves?

Answer:

It is not Sunnah; rather some people break their fast at the Haram in order to be present for Maghrib Salaah. That is because they will miss the Maghrib Salaah if they were to break their fast at home. And it is not the case that breaking the fast at a Masjid has a distinguished virtue; rather it is for the purpose of attending the congregational prayer.  So they (i.e. the people) break their fast over there in order to attend the congregational prayer and not miss it. As for merely breaking the fast, it contains the same reward whether the person does so in his house or at another place. They (i.e. the people) only choose it (i.e. the Masjid) because the Salaah is established over there, so that they can perform it at the Kabah and together with the Muslims as a group. This is the aim.

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[Source: Al-Fataawaa Wad-Duroos Fil Masjidil Haraam…pages: 528-529 Slightly paraphrased and abridged]

Great rewards of fasting

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anahu) that the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said that Allaah said: ‘’All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except Saum (fasting) which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it.’ Observing saum (fast) is a shield or protection (from the Hell-fire and from committing sins). If one of you is observing Saum (fast), he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarrelling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am observing Saum (fast).’ By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better before Allah than the smell of musk. There are two pleasures for the person observing Saum, one at the time of Iftaar (breaking his fast), and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his Saum (fasting).’’

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[Bukhaari. Number: 1094]

Keep Away from the ‘Al-Aghaaleet’ and its deviant UK advocates!

Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

”If Allaah wishes to deprive a slave the blessings of knowledge [i.e. due his  (or her) own fault], Allaah places [الأغاليط] upon the tongue of that person.”(1)

[الأغاليط–they are those obscure and difficult affairs related to the religion, which a person pursues through asking questions in order to pick a quarrel, burdening oneself and harbouring an evil intention through asking questions, which leads to doubts; so quarrel becomes rife and (blameworthy) debate increases.  The one whose desire is limited to the ‘Al-Aghaaleet’ and he has no desire to seek the understanding intended by Allaah and His Messenger, and knowledge of the boundaries of the Sharee’ah that leads to fruitful deeds, then indeed he has wasted his time and has been deprived of the blessings (contained) in knowledge. (2)

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[1] [Source: Jaami Bayaanil Ilm Wa-Fadlihi of Ibn Abdul Barr (rahimahullaah) 1087]

[2] http://al-badr.net/muqolat/2693. Abridged and slightly paraphrased

A Warning Against The ‘Tobooliyyaat’ and its UK Advocates

Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said:

[الطبوليات ] are those Masaa-il (affairs of the religion) by way of which fame is sought. They are called Tubooliyyaat because it is similar to a Tabl (drum) which has a sound and an echo. So when an odd affair (i.e. an affair that is exaggerated or exceeds the proper boundaries of the Sharee’ah) comes to the people and a (person) becomes famous by way of it, then it becomes as if it is the sound of a drum.

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[Source: Sharh Hilya Taalib al-Ilm, page: 19]

Adhere to the path of those who have passed away and it will save you from that unhealthy love of personalities

Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood (radiyallaahu-anhu) said:

Whoever wants to adhere to a path, then let him adhere to the path of the one who has passed away, for indeed the ones who are alive are not safe from trial, and they (i.e. those who have passed away) are Muhammad’s Companions. They were the best of this Ummah; the ones with the most righteous hearts, the most perfect in knowledge and the most uncomplicated. Allah selected them to accompany His Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and to establish His religion. Therefore, acknowledge their status, follow their footsteps and cling as much as you can to their pattern of behaviour and attitude because they traversed true guidance.

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[Source: Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm Wa Fadlihi 2/947]

Imaam Fudayl Ibn Iyaad mentions few stances of a Sunni against a Mubtadi

Imaam Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (d. 187, rahimahullaah) said:

‘If Allaah (the Mighty and Majestic), knows that a man hates a person of innovation, He will forgive him even if his actions are few.  A person of Sunnah would not help an innovator except due to hypocrisy.  Whoever turns his face away from an innovator, Allaah will fill his heart with faith.  Whoever frightens an innovator away, Allaah will grant him safety on the Day of Great Terror and whoever debases an innovator, Allaah will raise him in Paradise by a hundred ranks, so, for Allaah, never shelter an innovator’

Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) said:

Regarding the statement of Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (rahimahullaah): ‘If Allaah (the Mighty and Majestic), knows that a man hates a person of innovation, He will forgive him even if his actions are few: Because this (i.e. having hatred for a person of innovation) is from loving and hating for the (sake of Allaah)- love for the people of Imaan and hatred for the enemies of Allaah.  This is a fundamental principle from the fundamental principles of Aqeedah.

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[Source: It-haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah). Vol 2: page:325-326]