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[A] We Have Obligations Related to the Preservation of Security’ by Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool

Indeed, our obligation with regards (to safeguarding a state of security in the land) is not only to do with aspects of security and the people (given authority by the state to carry out different tasks in order to preserve security in the land); rather it is an affair that concerns every Muslim in this world and the (Muslim) Ummah. And from them (i.e. those obligations) is that (preserving) security will preserve the five necessities (of life) and they are: Religion, life, honour (or lineage), wealth and sanity (or the intellect). Imaam Ash-Shaatibee (rahimahullaah) said:

‘’The Ummah (i.e. the scholars) hold a consensus, rather all the religions (i.e. all the other prophets and their nations hold a consensus) that the Sharee’ah is established to protect the five necessities and they are: Religion, life, lineage, wealth and sanity (i.e. or the intellect)’’. [Al-Muwaafaqaat 1/38]

And from them is that beneficial affairs of well-being are obtained for the people and the country, for there cannot be a (fruitful) life without security.  It is (well) known that the legislated laws (i.e. laws revealed by Allaah) were sent down to bring about beneficial affairs and repel corrupt affairs. Ash-Shaatibee (rahimahullaah) said:

‘’Indeed, the legislated laws were established for the wellbeing of the people in this life and the next’’. [Al-Muwaafaqaat 2/6]

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[Silsilah Ar-Rasaa’il Al-Manhajiyyah Fin Nushi Wal Irshaad Wat-taw’iyah page  21′ by Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool.  Abridged and slightly paraphrased]

 

 

A Warning Against Hastening Towards Fitan (Trials)

Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr (may Allaah preserve him ) said, “From the (evil) effects and consequences of Fitan (trials) is that indeed the one who enters into a Fitna (a trial) and is embroiled in it will come back with destructive consequences and will not attain good. He will come back with destructive consequences and evil end results, and at the same time he does not attain good. Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) studied a number of trials that took place during eras before his and scrutinized them in his book Minhaajus Sunnah – a beautiful and beneficial (scrutiny) regarding the (evil) end results of trial- and said, ‘’Few are those who rebel against the one in authority (i.e. the rulers) except that the evil that comes about from his actions is greater than what comes about of good.” He (i.e. Shaikhul Islaam) mentioned many examples of Fitan that have taken place, then he summarized the end results and consequences of those Fitan and said, “Neither did they establish (the) Religious affairs nor did they maintain (or preserve) the worldly affairs”.  That is: those who embarked upon those Fitan and hastened towards them – they neither established  (the) religion nor maintained (or preserved) the worldly affairs because when Fitnah is unleashed, killing takes place, murder becomes numerous, the people become excited, trial occurs and the evil consequences, (then) the incitement behind the trial will not bring about any good. [Slightly paraphrased]

[Source: http://www.ajurry.com/vb/showthread.php?t=12360 ]

 

Some Unrestricted and General Speech Leads To Corruption When Unaccompanied By Detail and Clarification

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

[فعلَيْكَ بالتَّفصِيلِ والتَّمييزِ فالإطْلاَقُ والإجمَالُ دُونَ بَيَا قَدْ أفْسَدَا هَذَا الوُجُودَ وخَبَّطَا الأذْهَانَ والآراءَ كُلَّ زَمَانِ   ]

So upon you is that (you) detail (affairs) and make a distinction, for unrestricted and general (speech) without clarification has indeed corrupted this existence (i.e. the world),  and (led) intellects and views (of the people) astray in every era.

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Had it not been the Tawfeeq of Allaah upon you, your souls would not have yielded to Imaan

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ لَوْ يُطِيعُكُمْ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِنَ الْأَمْرِ لَعَنِتُّمْ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْأِيمَانَ وَزَيَّنَهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَرَّهَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الرَّاشِدُونَ فَضْلاً مِنَ اللَّهِ وَنِعْمَةً وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ

And know that, among you there is the Messenger of Allah. If he were to obey you (i.e. follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but Allah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones, (This is) a Grace from Allah and His Favour. And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. [Soorah al-Hujuraat: Ayah 7-8]

Your love for Imaan, desire for it and its beautification in your hearts is not from yourselves; rather it is Allaah who placed it in your hearts. He is the one who made it preferable and pleasing to you; therefore do not put yourself before My [i.e. I (Allaah)] Messenger-neither speak until he speaks nor act until he commands you. The one (i.e. Allaah) who made you love Imaan is the most knowledgeable concerning what is of benefit for His slaves than yourselves.  And had it not been the Tawfeeq of Allaah upon you, your souls would not have yielded to Imaan. Imaan would not have been (acquired) through your consultation and bestowed from yourselves, nor would you have given it precedence because your souls are unable and weak to (do that), and cannot reach it…. [For further details, See ‘Madaarij As-Saalikeen 1/414—415]

Abu Mu’aawiyah (Abdullah Al-Gambi)

 

It Is Good To Know Your Lineage, But Neither Be Boastful Nor Look Down On Others Because Righteous Action Is the Determinant of Success

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

The Messenger (sallal-laahu-aalayhi-wasallam) said:

Whoever is held back by his deeds, his (nobility) of lineage will not push him forward.(1)

Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said: ”Its meaning is that the one whose deeds are deficient and he does not catch up with the performers of (good) deeds, then it is obligatory upon him not to crown himself with nobility of lineage and the virtues of his forefathers, whilst he is lagging behind in (performing good) deeds.(2)

Ubay bin ka’b (radiyallaahu-anhu) said: Two men (mentioned their) lineages during the lifetime of Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam); one of them said (to the other): ‘’I am Fulaan the son of Fulaan (i.e. mentioning his name and that of his parents, grandparents etc.), so who are you (with) no mother? (i.e. rebuking him). So Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: “Two men (mentioned their) lineages during the lifetime of Moosaa (alayhis-salaam); one of them said (to the other): “I am Fulaan son of Fulaan, until he counted nine (people from his lineage), so who are you (with) no mother” (i.e. rebuking the other). He (the other person) said: “I am Fulaan the son of Fulaan the son of Islaam.” So Allaah revealed to Moosaa (alayhis-salaam): ‘’Indeed those two who (mentioned their) lineages, as for you ascribed or attributed to nine, (they) are in the hell fire and you are the tenth amongst them. And as for you ascribed or attributed to two, (they) are in paradise and you are the third of them.” (3)

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(1) [Saheeh Muslim…part of hadeeth in ‘’The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness]

(2) [Sharh Saheeh Muslim:  Hadeeth Number 2699; Vol 17, page 18]

(3) [Reported by Imaam Ahmad 5/128 and declared authentic by Imaam Al Albaani in As-Saheehah 1270]

Few Excerpts From Shaikh Rabee for the Sensible Person to Contemplate Upon Regarding Celebrating Milaadun Nabiy

The Shaikh (may Allaah preserve him) stated:

*If you do (or revive) a deed (i.e. a deed that is established in the Islamic legislation by way of proof) which was forgotten (or abandoned) by the people, then indeed you have started (or restarted) a good Sunnah for them.

*As for innovating something (i.e. religious beliefs and practices) in the religion which are not to be found in it, then this is bidah about which the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘’Whoever innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it will have it rejected.’’

Allaah (The Most High) said:

[أَمْ لَهُمْ شُرَكَاء شَرَعُوا لَهُم مِّنَ الدِّينِ مَا لَمْ يَأْذَن بِهِ اللَّهُ -Or have they partners with Allah (false gods), who have instituted for them a religion which Allah has not allowed] [42:21]

*If this (Mawlid) was something good, the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and the Sahaabah would have preceeded us to it.

Indeed, the companions knew the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and they loved him more than us, but many of us (i.e. those who celebrate Mawlid) unfortunately do not know him (i.e. his authentic Sunnah and his ways) except by way of this (Mawlid). As for the Sahaabah, they (radiyallaahu-anhum), knew his every moment; they spent their wealth to aid Allaah’s (The Mighty and Majestic) religion and to raise Allaah’s Word (i.e. Laa ilaaha ilal-laah). They demonstrated their love for the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) through their belief in him, followed him, sacrificed their lives and their wealth to aid his religion.

*As for these ones (i.e. those heads of misguidance who call the people to celebrate the Mawlid), they say that they love the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and they initiate these Mawlids because it includes devouring the wealth of the people by way of falsehood, and they commit shirk, fictitious deeds and misguidance in these Mawlids (i.e. the practices of the extreme soofiyyah). Is this the religion of Allaah? Is the one who initiated this to be praised?

*Those who first initiated this Mawlid were the Baatiniyyoon-the enemies of Allaah and His Messenger, and enemies of the religion of Islaam. They brought this filthy innovation, which is now defended by a people who claim that they are from Ahlus Sunnah, whilst unfortunately they are from the people of misguidance.  [Abridged and slightly paraphrased…see

http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=156134]

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May Allaah guide these people Aameen

Two Short Reminders For Anyone Who Engages In Blameworthy Debate About Who He Prefers As a Khateeb or Considers The Status of a Person More Elevated Than That of Others Because He Stands On a Pulpit To Deliver Khutab!

Imaam Maalik (rahimahullaah) said that it reached him from Al-Qaasim Bin Muhammad (rahimahullaah) who said: “I met a people (i.e. Salaf) who were not amazed by speech; rather they were amazed by actions.” [Quoted by Shaikh Raslaan in Fadlul Ilm. page: 597]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) stated:

”Allaah loves that a slave of His should beautify his tongue with truthfulness, his heart with sincerity to Allaah and love of (Him), turning repentantly to (Him) and placing his trust in (Him).” [Al-Fawaa-id. page:327]

Guarding Oneself From The Disease of Fame Seeking

Imaam Ibn Qudaamah Al-Maqdisee (rahimahullaah) said:

Know that the basis of (love) of prestige is the love of widespread fame and glory (for oneself). This is a great danger and in obscurity there is safety.  The people of goodness do not have an intention for (seeking) fame -neither do they turn their attention towards it nor towards the means to it; rather if it comes to them from Allaah (The Most High), they guard themselves against it and they used to prefer obscurity, as it has been reported about Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu-anhu) that he came out of his house and a group of people followed him, so he noticed them and said: ‘’Why are you following me? By Allaah had you known what is locked (behind) my door, then no two men amongst you would follow me.” And in another wording (of this report he said): ‘’Go back, for indeed it is humiliation for the follower and a trial for the followed.” [Mukhtasar Minhaaj Al-Qaasideen: Page 222]

Some Beneficial Contemplation To Help (In-Shaa-Allaah) Extinguish the Inferno of Envy

Imaam Ibn Qudaamah Al-Maqdisee (rahimahullah) said:

Know that envy is a great disease of the hearts and the diseases of the hearts are not cured except with knowledge and action. The beneficial knowledge for curing envy is to know that in reality envy is harmful to you in (your) Religious and worldly affairs, and the envied one is neither harmed in his Religious nor worldly affairs; rather he is benefitted by it. Blessings do not cease from the person you envy. And even if you were not a believer in the resurrection, this (envy) would still have necessitated a realization–if you are sensible–to be mindful of envy due to the pain it contains in the heart alongside (having) no benefit. So how about when you know of its punishment in the afterlife.

And the clarification of our statement: “Indeed the envied one is neither harmed in his Religious nor worldly affairs, rather he is benefitted by it in his Religious and worldly affairs;”is because the blessings Allaah has decreed for him will continue until the end of the lifespan and there is no harm upon him in the hereafter (due to being envied) because he has not committed any sin in that; rather he is benefitted by it because he is someone receiving oppression from you, especially if the envy comes out through speech and action.

As for the benefit in the worldly life (i.e. the benefits of being envied), it is that the most important goal of the creation (i.e. the envious ones amongst mankind and Jinn) is (to witness) the grief of an enemy and there is no punishment greater than the envy you find yourself in. If you contemplate on what we have mentioned, you will know that you are indeed an enemy to yourself– a friend of your enemy (within yourself).  Your likeness is nothing other than that of a person, who threw a stone at his enemy to kill him, but he could not harm him and the stone bounced back on his right eye and plucked it out. So his anger increased and he again threw a stone harder than the first one, but it bounced back on his other eye and plucked it out. So his rage increased and he threw a third stone, but it bounced back on his head and broke it, whilst his enemy is safe and laughing at him. This is a knowledge base cure (for envy). If a person reflects upon this, the inferno of envy will be extinguished from his heart.

As for beneficial action (to help cure envy), then it is to make binding upon oneself to destroy what envy commands one to do. So if it arouses him towards hatred and defamation of the one envied, then he should make it binding upon himself to praise and extol him. If it makes him arrogant, then he should make it binding upon himself to be humble towards him (i.e. the one envied); and if it makes him block favours from reaching him, then he should make it binding upon himself to increase in giving him favours. And there were a group of the Salaf who whenever it reached them that a person backbit them, they would give him (i.e. the back bitter) a gift.

These are very beneficial remedies for envy….

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[For further details, see ‘Mukhtasar Minhaajil Qaasideen’ page: 200-201 with the Takhreej of Imaam Albaanee (rahimahullah). Abridged and slightly paraphrased]

Seek Allaah’s Protection From Sin and Debt!

Aa’isha (radiyallaahu-anhaa) narrated that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) used to invoke Allaah in the salaah (before the tasleem) saying:

O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the trial and affliction of Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal and from trial and affliction of life and death. O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from sins and from being in debt. Somebody said to him, ‘’why do you so frequently seek refuge with Allaah from being in debt?’’ The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) replied: ”A person in debt tells lies whenever he speaks, and breaks promises whenever he makes (them) [See Arabic Text in Bukhaari, Hadeeth Number: 832]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) combined between (seeking Allaah’s refuge) from sins and debt because sins necessitate loss in the afterlife and debt necessitates loss in the worldly life. [Al-Fawaa-id: page: 97]