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Ummus Sunnah- [Why Did Some of The Scholars Give The Hadeeth of Gibreel This Name?] – Short Reminder By Shaikh Saaleh Aala Ash-Shaikh [Hafidhahullaah]

Umar [radiyallaahu-anhu] narrated: ”One day while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam], a man with extremely white clothing and extremely black hair came to us. There were no signs of travel on him and none of us knew him. He [came along] until he sat next to the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]. Then he placed his knees against the knees of the Prophet [sallal laahu-alayhi-wasallam] and placed his hand on his thighs. Then he said: ”O Muhammad, tell me about Islam.” The Messenger of Allaah [sallal laahu alayhi-wasallam] said, ‘Islaam is to testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; to establish the prayers, pay the zakat, fast [the month of] Ramadan, and to make pilgrimage to the House if you have the means to do so.’ He said, ‘You have spoken truthfully.’ We were amazed that he asked the question and then said that he [i.e. the Prophet] had spoken truthfully.
He then said, ‘Tell me about Imaan.’ He [the Messenger replied], ‘It is to believe in Allaah, His angles, His books, His Messengers, the Last Day and to believe in the divine decree, [both] the good and the evil thereof.’ He said, ‘You have spoken truthfully.’
He said, ‘Tell me about al-Ihsaan.’  He [the Prophet] replied, ‘It is that you worship Allaah as if you see Him, and even though you do not see Him, [you know] He sees you.’ He said, ‘Tell me about [the appearance of] the Hour [i.e. the day of judgement.’ He [the Prophet] replied, ‘The one being asked does not know more than the one asking.’ He said, ‘Tell me about its signs.’ He [the Prophet] replied, ‘The slave girl shall give birth to her master, and you will see the barefooted, scantily-clothed shepherds competing in constructing lofty buildings.’ Then he [i.e. the man] went away. I [i.e. Umar] stayed for a while [i.e. days]; then he [the Prophet] said, ‘O Umar! Do you know who the questioner was?’ I said, ‘Allaah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘It was Gabriel [i.e. angel Gibreel] who came to teach you your religion.”’  

Who Is the Most Disobedient Person and The Worst with Regards to Giving Precedence to Himself [or Herself] Over the Messenger?

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

Allaah [The Most High] also said in Surah Al-Hujuraat Aayaat 1 & 2:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُقَدِّمُوا بَيْنَ يَدَيِ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَرْفَعُوا أَصْوَاتَكُمْ فَوْقَ صَوْتِ النَّبِيِّ

O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before Allah and His Messenger, and fear Allah. Verily! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet.

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said:

When it is the case that Allaah forbade [us] from giving precedence to [ourselves] over the Messenger, then which type of giving precedence to oneself over the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] can be more severe than giving precedence to one’s intellect over the revelation he was sent with? Many of the Salaf stated [that this ayah means]: ‘’Do not say anything [about the religion] until the Messenger speaks and do not act until he commands you.’’

The most disobedient person amongst the people and the worst with regards to giving precedence to himself [or herself] over the Messenger is that one who gives precedence to his [or her] intellect or the intellect of another person over the revelation the Messenger was sent with. And when it is the case that Allaah has indeed forbidden them from raising their voices above the voice of the Messenger, then how about raising their intellects above the statements of the Messenger and the revelation he came with?


Al-Waabil as-Sayyib’ page: 21. Abridged & slightly paraphrased

KHUTBA: Bidding Farewell to Ramadhaan | Rayaan Barker

The person who fasts and performs all other obligatory actions is from the best servants of Allah. And those who are negligent in fulfilling their obligations and do not give Allah His full due, then woe be to them. If the individual who deals unjustly with the scales (Mutaffif) in this worldly life is warned of a terrible punishment, then what is the case with the individual who deals unjustly with the scales of the hereafter!

The Salaf worked diligently in perfecting their actions and making them faultless, then after that, they showed great concern for acceptance of their actions. They did this because they feared that their actions would be rejected. They are those who gave what was incumbent upon them while their hearts were in a state of fear. It is reported that Ali bin Abi Taleb said: Be more concerned that your actions are accepted than your concern of performing the action itself. Did you not hear the statement of Allah:

Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Muttaqeen (pious) – Surah Al-Ma’idah [5:27]

The above are excerpts from Ibn Rajabýs book: Lataif al Maaýrif.

“You Alone We Worship And You Alone We Ask For Help” | Imaam ibn-ul Qayyim (Rahimahullah)

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: “

I used to hear Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah)] often saying:

[إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ] – “You alone we worship” repels Riyaa

 [ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ] – “And you alone we ask for help” repels Pride.”

Source: Badaa’i At-Tafseer’ 1/41-53

When Are Deeds Likened To Skins Without Flesh And Body Without Souls? | al-‘Allamah Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir as-Sa’di (Rahimahullah)

When Are Deeds Likened To Skins Without Flesh And Body Without Souls?
al-‘Allamah Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir as-Sa’di (Rahimahullah)

Allaah [The Most High] said:

لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنكُمْ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

It is neither their meat nor their blood [i.e. the animals we sacrifice] that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) to the Muhsinun (doers of good). [Surah Al-Hajj. Ayah 37]

“It is neither their meat nor their blood”- meaning: The aim [or goal] behind them [i.e. the animals slaughtered as sacrifice] is not just to merely slaughter them, for neither does their meat nor blood reach Allaah because Allaah is [الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ -The Independent One Who is Free of all Needs and The One Who is Deservedly Praised (Ref A)]; rather what reaches Allaah is the sincerity [in your hearts in relation to the performance of the deed]; hope for Allaah’s reward and having a righteous intention.

“But it is piety from you that reaches Him”.

So with regards to this, there is an urge towards sincerity in [the act] of sacrifice and that one’s intention is to seek the Face of Allaah [alone], and not out of boasting, show off and to be heard; nor merely following a custom. Likewise, this is [the goal behind] all acts of worship, for if they are not connected to sincerity and piety, then they are similar to skins that have no flesh and a body that has no soul.

[Abridged and Slightly paraphrased..Source: Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah). Publisher Daar Ibn Hazm 1st ed. 1424 (Year 2003)] [NB: The Translation of (الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ) was taken from the poster titled: ‘The Beautiful Names of Allaah’- Distributors: SPubs (Salafipublications)]

Tremendous Reward For Those Who Love One Another For The Sake of Allaah; Meet Each Other and Depart From Each Other For the Sake of Allaah

Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:

“There are seven whom Allaah will shade with His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His: a just ruler; a young man who grows up in the worship of Allaah; a man whose heart is attached to the masjid; two men who love one another for the sake of Allaah and meet and depart based on that; a man who is called by a woman of status and beauty, so he says, ‘’I fear Allaah’’; a man who gives in charity and hides it to the extent that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives; and a man who remembers Allaah when he is alone, and his eyes fill up (with tears).” [Ref 1]

Imaam An-Nawawi (rahimahullaah) stated regarding the statement of the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam): ‘’Two men who love one another for the sake of Allaah and meet and depart based on that’’; its meaning is that they meet based on love of Allaah and depart based on love of Allaah. The reason for their meeting was based on love of Allaah and continued upon that until they departed. They are truthful in their love for one another for the sake of Allaah (The Most High), whilst meeting together and departing (from one another). This hadeeth urges one towards loving for the sake of Allaah and a clarification of its great virtue because loving and hating for the sake of Allaah is from Eemaan. [Ref 2]

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[Source: Ref 1 (Sahih Muslim Hadeeth Number 1031) & Ref 2: Saheeh Muslim Bi-Sharh An-Nawawi- Abridged & slightly paraphrased-; Page 107; Kitaab Az-Zakaat (Book of Zakat); Vol 7-8; Publisher: Daarul Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 200)]

What Are Righteous Deeds? Imaam ash-Shanqeeti (rahimahullaah)

What Are Righteous Deeds?- By Imaam Ash-Shanqeeti (rahimahullaah)

 

Imaam Shanqeetee (rahimahullaah) said:

 

Indeed, the great Qur’aan has clarified that a righteous deed is that which accomplishes three affairs, and when one of them is not present its performer will not be benefitted on the day of Judgement.

 

The first affair: The (deed) has to be accordance with what the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi wasallam) was sent with. That is because Allaah (The Most High) stated:

وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا

And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it).” [Soorah Al-Hashar: Ayah: 7]

Allaah (The Most High) said:

مَّن يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللَّهَ

He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad), has indeed obeyed Allah. [Nisaa: Ayah: 80]

Allaah (The Most High) said:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي

Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ‘If you (really) love Allah then follow me.’[Aal Imraan: Ayah: 31]

Allaah (The Most High) said:

أَمْ لَهُمْ شُرَكَاءُ 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. [Soorah Ash-Shooraa: Ayah: 21]

 

The second affair: The (deed) is to be carried out sincerely for the sake of Allaah. That is because Allaah (The Most high) stated:

وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ

And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him)’’ [Soorah Al-Bayyinah: Ayah: 5]

Allaah (The Most High) said:

قُلْ إِنِّي أُمِرْتُ أَنْ أَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ مُخْلِصًا لَّهُ الدِّينَ

وَأُمِرْتُ لِأَنْ أَكُونَ أَوَّلَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ

قُلْ إِنِّي أَخَافُ إِنْ عَصَيْتُ رَبِّي عَذَابَ يَوْمٍ عَظِيمٍ

قُلِ اللَّهَ أَعْبُدُ مُخْلِصًا لَّهُ دِينِي

Say (O Muhammad): ‘Verily, I am commanded to worship Allah (Alone) by obeying Him and doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake only and not to show off, and not to set up rivals with Him in worship; “And I am commanded (this) in order that I may be the first of those who submit themselves to Allah (in Islam) as Muslims.” Say (O Muhammad): “Verily, if I disobey my Lord, I am afraid of the torment of a great Day.” Say (O Muhammad) “Allah Alone I worship by doing religious deeds sincerely for His sake only and not to show-off, and not to set up rivals with Him in worship.” [Soorah Az-Zumar: Ayah: 11-14]

 

The third affair: The (deed) has to be founded upon a sound creed.   Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِنَ الصَّالِحَاتِ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ

And he who works deeds of righteousness, while he is a believer (in Islamic Monotheism).

Therefore, Allaah, (tied) the (deed of the doer and the condition of its acceptance), saying:  ‘’While he (i.e. performer) is a believer’’.[Soorah Taahaa: Ayah: 112]

And (The Most High) stated regarding the deeds of those who [have no belief in Allaah and His Messenger (sallal-lal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)]:

وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَىٰ مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاءً مَّنثُورًا

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, etc.) did, and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust.’’ [Soorah Al-Furqaan: Ayah: 23]

And Allaah (The Most High) said:

أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ لَيْسَ لَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ إِلَّا النَّارُ ۖ وَحَبِطَ مَا صَنَعُوا فِيهَا وَبَاطِلٌ مَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but Fire; and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do. [Soorah HUD: Ayah: 16]

And other than it from the Aayaat (of the Qur’aan)

 

[Source: Al-Ismaamu Deenu Kaamilu page: 7 abridged and slightly paraphrased]

 

 

 

Fear Allah Sincerely!

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Ataa Ibn Deenaar (rahimahullaah ) narrated from Saeed Bin Jubair (rahimahullaah ) who said:

“Indeed reverential fear is that you fear Allaah until it becomes a barrier between you and disobedience. This reverential fear is remembrance of Allaah and obedience to Allaah; so whoever obeys Allaah is one who (truly) remembers Him. And whoever does not obey Allaah is not one who (truly) remembers Him, even if he utters a lot of words of glorification and recites the Qur’aan a lot”.

[Hilyatul Awliyaa’ 4/276]

Mutual Rivalry | Imaam ibn ul Qayyim

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Mutual Rivalry’ By Imaam Ibnul Qayyim

Allaah (The Most High) said:

أَلْهَاكُمُ التَّكَاثُرُ

The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) stated: It is everything of the worldly things through which the slave engages in rivalry against others—(such as) wealth, status, slaves, buildings, agriculture, knowledge (sought or possessed) for other than sincerity to Allaah or actions (performed) for other than getting close to Allaah.

[Ighaathatul Luhfaan 1/84]

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