A Similitude Regarding The Three Types of lands And Knowledge of The Sharee’ah

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

Abu Moosaa [radiyallaahu-anhu] said that Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: “The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allaah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed the water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. [And] another portion of it was hard and held the water and Allaah benefited the people with it and they utilised it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation.

[And] a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation [so that land gave no benefits]. The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allaah’s religion and benefit [from the knowledge] which Allaah has revealed through me, learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allaah’s guidance revealed through me. [He is like that barren land]”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Hadeeth Number 79. Book of Knowledge]

Imaam Muhammad Ibnu Saalih Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said:

In this similitude, the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: “The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allaah has sent me with, is like abundant rain falling on the earth”. The earth [upon which the rain fell] is of three types: The First Type of Earth: It is the earth that absorbed the water and produced abundant grass and vegetation, so the people were benefited through that. The Second Type of Earth is a Plain: It retained the water and the people benefited from it.  They utilised it for drinking and as a source of irrigation [for their crops]. The Third Type of Earth: It absorbed the water but does not produce any benefit.  This is the relationship between the people and the knowledge and guidance with which the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] was sent with.

The First Category of People: Amongst them is one who has understanding of Allaah’s Religion. He learns and teaches- benefits the people and himself. This is similar to the earth that produces grass and vegetation, so that the people and animals eat from it.

The Second Category of People: They are a people who have been entrusted with the guidance, but they do not possess Fiqh [like the first category of people]. They transmit knowledge and Hadeeth amongst themselves, but they do not possess Fiqh [like the first group]. The similitude of these people is that of the earth that retained the water and the people were provided with water. They used it for drinking, their animals drank from it and they used it as a source of irrigation; but the earth does not produce anything.

The Third Category: The one who is not benefited by the knowledge and guidance given to the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam). He turns away and does not incline towards it.  He is neither benefited by that which the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] was sent with nor does he benefit others. His similitude is that of the earth that absorbed the water, but does not produce anything.

Source: Ash-Shar’hul Ma’mool Li-imthaal- Ar-Rasool. pages 7-8

A Faa’idah Related to Aayah Ninety ‘Surah An-Nahl’ -[By Sh Saaleh Aala Ash-Shaikh (hafifhahullaah)]

Verily, Allah enjoins Al-Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none but Allah Alone – Islamic Monotheism) and Al-Ihsan [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allah, totally for Allah’s sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the Prophet in a perfect manner], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allah has ordered you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help, etc.): and forbids Al-Fahsha’ (i.e all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right, etc.), and Al-Munkar (i.e all that is prohibited by Islamic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression), He admonishes you, that you may take heed.

Is The One Who Died In a Car Accident Due To Speeding Guilty of Committing Suicide?

Question to Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah):

A person died in a car accident due to excessive speeding; is it said that this is tantamount to suicide?



No, this is not suicide; rather he killed himself by mistake. If speeding was the cause of the accident, then indeed he killed himself by mistake. That is because if he were asked (i.e. whilst he is alive): ‘’Were you speeding in order to be killed?’’ He will say ‘’No’’.  So this (i.e. the death of this individual) is not considered to be suicide, rather it should be said that he killed himself by mistake.


[Source: Liqaa Al-Baab Al-Maftooh 19/73…slightly paraphrased]



Is The One Who Died Due To Smoking Guilty of Committing Suicide?!

The questioner asked Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) whether a person who died due to smoking is considered to have committed suicide! So the Shaikh (rahimahullaah) asked the questioner: ‘’Do you think that the smoker smokes in order to die?’’ The questioner said: ‘’No’’.   The Shaikh (rahumahullaah) said to the questioner: ‘’Therefore, he is not one who has committed suicide. There is a difference between the one who intends to kill himself and the one who does not intend to do so. However, when it is the case that the harm of smoking leads to death, then this the strongest  proof that smoking is haraam and I have no doubt that it is haraam, due to the harm it causes to the body, wealth and the manners of a person. Do you not know that the smoker may compromise his honour if he cannot find cigarettes?! Anyway, we do not doubt that smoking is haraam, but we do not say that the smoker is one who has killed himself (i.e. suicide) because he does not intend to kill himself.

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Muslims Living In Hot Countries During Ramadhaan

Question to Shaikh Abdullaah Bin Humaid (rahimahullaah):

Will the Muslims living in hot countries or in hot houses be rewarded for their fasting more than those living in cold countries?


Reward is received in accordance with the level of difficulty (i.e. the difficulty that is faced whilst carrying out legislated duties and obligations. As for innovations they are rejected). The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: “Perhaps a fasting person will gain nothing but hunger and thirst from his fast (i.e. little reward).’’ [1]

The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: Whoever does not give up lying speech, (false statements) and acting on them (i.e., telling lies), and evil deeds, and behaving in an ignorant evil way, and speaking bad words to others, then Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [2]

But if he (or she) intends to please Allaah through his (or her) fast; safeguards it from what will corrupt and nullify it, and distances him (or herself) from backbiting the people, then indeed the reward will be greater whenever difficulty, thirst and hunger increases. So this person (i.e. the fasting person who is living in a hot country) has more reward than others. It is well known that reward is given in accordance with the level of difficulty and that has to be carried out with a sincere intention. [Source: Al-Fataawaa Wad-Duroos Fil Masjidil Haraam…pages: 497. Slightly paraphrased]


[1] Reported by Ahmad 8856

[2] Reported by Bukhaari 6057

What should I do? I did not complete the Final Tasha-hud…[Imaam Bin Baaz]


It is well known that the Final Tasha-hud is a pillar from the pillars of prayer; and in one of the prayers I did not complete except a little bit of the Tasha-hud, so should I repeat my prayer?


It is upon you to complete the Tasha-hud, even if you missed some (of it whilst praying with) your Imaam (i.e. the one leading you in Salaah); because according to the most correct saying (or view) of the scholars the Final Tasha-hud is a pillar (of the prayer), and there is the Salutation upon the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) in it. Therefore, it is obligatory to complete it even after the Imaam’s Salaam (i.e. after he finishes the prayer). And from it (i.e. the Tasha-hud) is seeking Allaah’s protection from the Hell fire, the punishment of the grave and from the trials of life and death, and from the trial of the Dajjaaj; because the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) commanded with seeking (Allaah’s) protection from these four (things) in the Final Tasha-hud, and that is because some of the people of knowledge consider that to be an obligation.

والله ولي التوفيق


Source: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/979

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)……


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


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.


“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