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The Five Categories of People who Pray by ibn Qayyim   Leave a comment


Author: Al Imaam Ibn Qayyim al Jawzeeyah Reference: Mukhtasar Minhaaj al Qaasideen: P. 31

The first: The category of the oppressor to himself, the negligent one, one who is deficient in performing ablution for it, negligent with its appointed time periods, its boundaries and its pillars.

The second: One who preserves it appointed time periods, its boundaries, its outward pillars and ablution for it. However, he forsakes striving against his own self from whisperings and thinking to himself, and so is preoccupied with whisperings and thoughts.

The third: One who preserves its appointed time periods, its pillars as well as strives against himself in repelling whisperings and distracting thoughts that overcome him, he is busy in striving against his enemy in order to prevent him from stealing his prayer, he is in prayer as well as Jihaad.

The fourth: One whom when he stands for prayer perfects its rights, its pillars and its boundaries. His heart is occupied with preserving its boundaries and preventing anything of it being lost, rather all his attention is directed to performing it as it should be, in its most complete and perfect form, his heart is occupied with the prayer and worshiping his Lord the Elevated with it.

The fifth: One who performs the prayer like the previous person, but in addition to this, he has taken his heart and presented it to his Lord. He looks at his Lord with his heart, fully concerned with Him, in utmost obedience out of love and reverence for Him, it is as if he sees and witnesses his Lord. All distracting thoughts and whisperings fade away and the veil between him and his Lord is removed. The difference between this person in his prayer and others, is greater and better than all that is between the heavens and earth, he is fully occupied and overjoyed with his Lord in his prayer. The first category is punished, the second is held accountable, the third is pardoned, the fourth is rewarded and the fifth is brought close to his Lord, because he gains a portion of what made the prayer a delight to him. For whoever is delighted with his prayer in the life of this world, will be delighted by being close to his Lord in the afterlife as well as being delighted with his Lord in this life, and whoever is delighted with Allaah, everything would be delighted with him, and whoever is not delighted with Allaah the Elevated, his soul will be torn apart for the life of this world in loss. It is narrated that when a servant stands for prayer, Allaah the Glorified says; “Remove the veil.”, and if the servant turns away He says: “Replace it.” This ‘turning away’ has been explained as the turning of the heart away from Allaah the Mighty to other than Him. So if he turns away, the veil is replaced between him and his Lord and Shaytaan enters and presents worldly affairs to him, he shows them to him in the image of a woman. But if he turns with his heart to Allaah and does not turn away, Shaytaan would not be able to come between Allaah and that heart, he only enters if the veil is replaced. If he returns to Allaah the Elevated with his heart, the Shaytaan would escape, and if he turns away, the Shaytaan would return, such is his state with his enemy in prayer

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Posted July 12, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

Characterstics of the Haafidh   Leave a comment


Al-Musayyib Ibn Ra’fi’ reported that Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud said”“A memoriser of the Quraan should be known for his long night prayers when people are asleep, his fasting when people are eating, his saddness when people are happy, his slience when people are talking nonsense, and his humbleness when people are not.He should be wise, gentle and not talk to much: he should not be rude, negligent, clamorous, nor hot tempered. “ [Ibn Al Jawzee, Sifaat As-Safwa: 1/413]

Posted July 11, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

how the salaf deal with the fitnah of strange women   Leave a comment


How Ubaid bin Umayr dealth with the fitnah of strange women Al-Imaam Al-Haafidh Ahmad bin ‘Abdillaah bin Saalih Abil-Hasan Al-‘Ijlee (d.261H) Taken from: Ta’reekh Ath-Thiqaat of Al-‘Ijlee (Daar ul kutub al-‘ilmiyyah) p.321-323 Trans Aboo Haatim Muhammad Farooq Al-Imaam Al-‘Ijlee (rahimahullaah) said: There was once a beautiful married woman who resided in Makkah. So one day she looked at her face in the mirror and said to her husband: ‘Do you see that there is anyone who would look at this face and not be put to trial due to it?’ So he replied: ‘Yes.’ So she said: ‘Who?’ He said: ‘‘Ubaid bin ‘Umayr.’ So she said: ‘So give me permission then to approach him – such that I may put him to trial.’ So he said: ‘I grant you permission!’ So she came to him in the guise of a woman seeking a fatwa (religious verdict). So he went with her to a corner in the Masjid Al-Haraam. So she disclosed (unveiled) a part of herself like that of a half a moon. So he said to her: ‘O Amatullaah!’2 So she said: ‘Indeed I have been put to trial because of you; so look into my affair.’ So he replied: ‘Indeed I am going to ask you something; so if you are truthful in it – then I shall look into your affair.’ She said: ‘You will not ask me anything except that I shall be truthful to you.’ So he said: ‘Tell me; if the Angel of Death came to you in order to take your soul. Would it then please you that I had fulfilled for you this request?’ She said: ‘By Allaah; no.’ So he said: ‘You have spoken the truth.’ He then said: ‘If when you are entered into your grave; and you are sat up for questioning. Would it then please you that I had indeed fulfilled for you this request?’ She said: ‘By Allaah; no.’ So he said: ‘You have spoken the truth.’ He then said: ‘When the people are given their books; and you do not yet know whether you are to be given your book in your right hand or in your left. Would it then please you that I had fulfilled for you this request?’ She said: ‘By Allaah; no.’ So he said: ‘You have spoken the truth.’ He then said: ‘When you would want to cross The Bridge (in the Hereafter); and you do not know whether you will advance (upon it) or that you will not advance. Would it then please you that I had fulfilled for you this request?’ She said: ‘By Allaah; no.’ So he said: ‘You have spoken the truth.’ He then said: ‘If then when The Scales are bought forth; and you likewise are bought forth – and you do not know whether they are going to be light or heavy. Would it then please you that I had fulfilled for you this request?’ She said: ‘By Allaah; no.’ So he said: ‘You have spoken the truth.’ He then said: ‘If when you are standing before Allaah for questioning. Would it then please you that I had fulfilled for you this request?’ She said: ‘By Allaah; no.’ So he said: ‘You have spoken the truth.’ He then said: ‘Fear Allaah O Amatullaah, for indeed Allaah has endowed blessing upon you – and has shown you excellence.’ Then the woman returned to her husband, so he asked her: ‘What did you do?’ She said: ‘You are idle (inactive) – and we are idle, so I have instead turned to praying and fasting and worshipping.’ Thereafter her husband would say: ‘What’s with me and ‘Ubaid bin ‘Umayr – he’s corrupted my wife. Every night she used to be like a newlywed; but now he’s turned her into a Nun.’

Posted July 11, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

Being pleased with Qadar: Quotes from the salaf   Leave a comment


‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said: “It is more beloved to me to bite onto a red coal until it cools, than for me to say about something that Allaah has preordained, ‘Only if it didn’t happen.‘

[Az-Zuhd, of Aboo Daawood, p. 136]

Aboo Mas’ood Al-Balkhee said: “Whoever is afflicted with  tragedy and he rips up a garment or pounds on his chest then it is as if he has grabbed a spear and intends to fight his Lord, the Mighty and Majestic.”

[Faydul Qadeer, 3/230]

Wahb Ibn Munabbih said: “Whoever is afflicted with some type of calamity then Allaah has put him through the path of the Prophets (pbut).”

[Al-Hilyah, 4/56]

Aboo Hafs Al-Fallaas said: “I said to Yahyaa Ibn Sa’eed during his sickness: ‘May Allaah give you well being,‘ so he answered: ‘Whatever is fondest to Allaah is fondest to me.‘

[As-Siyar, 9/182]

Posted July 11, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

How To Deal With The Differing Of Scholars   Leave a comment


Question:  I am a student of knowledge in the first year of the Faculty of Sharee’ah. There come to us many issues in which there is differing [of opinion]. It is possible that the preferred position (‘raajih’) in some of these matters opposes some of the statements of the scholars of today. Or we take on issues and there is nothing that is predominant from them. So we become confused in our affair. So what should we do about the ruling of an affair in which there is a difference of opinion regarding, or when we are asked by the general people? May Allaah reward you with good.

Answer: This question which the questioner mentions does not only happen to a student of the Sharee’ah, rather it is general to everyone. When he sees differing of the scholars regarding a fatwa he gets perplexed, but the reality is that there is no confusion in that because a person, when the fatawa differ, he follows what he sees to be closest to the truth, in accordance to the expansiveness of his knowledge and the strength of his faith. Just as a person, when he is sick and two doctors differ with respect to his illness, then he takes the speech of the one that he sees as being more preferable when the cure is described to him. And if the two matters are equal to him, meaning that he does not prefer the opinion of one of the two differing scholars over the other, then some of the scholars state that he follows the saying: “[Take] the more severe position because it is the safest.” Some of the scholars state that he follows the easier position because that is the origin in the Islamic Sharee’ah, and it is said that he chooses between the two.

However, the correct position is that he follows the ‘easier’ position because this conforms with the ease in the Islamic Religion due to the statement of Allaah, the Blessed and the Most High:

يُرِيدُ اللّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ

“Allaah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.”

Al-Baqarah (2):185

وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ

“…and He has not laid upon you in religion any hardship”

Al-Hajj (22):78

And his (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) statement:

“And make things easy and do not make things difficult.”

[Al-Bukhaaree in ‘Al-Ilm’ (69)]

And also because the origin is acquittance or discharge from responsibility in an affair until he establishes that which removes this origin. This principle is for the one who is not able to arrive at the truth by himself. And if he is able to do that, such as the student of knowledge who is able to read what is said in this affair, so gives preference to what he sees to be the preferred position due to the Sharee’ah proofs with him, then it is binding upon him to research and read to attain knowledge of that which is more correct from these statements regarding which the ‘ulemah differ.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen

Kitaabud-Da’wah (5)/ Page 45-47. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saaleh al-‘Uthaymeen.

Translated by Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul-Waahid

Posted January 28, 2011 by thesunnahway in Fatwas, Inspirational

Some people believe that the reason why mankind does not dwell in Paradise is that Adam was disobedient   Leave a comment


Allah the Almighty recounted this third lesson Adam learned in Paradise:

  

(Ch 20:115-127)

 

Commentary: Why Adam and Eve Descended

Some people believe that the reason why mankind does not dwell in Paradise is that Adam was

disobedient and that if it had not been for this sin, we could have been there all along. These are

naive fictions because when Allah wanted to create Adam, He said to the angels, “I shall make a

vicegerent on the earth.” He did not say, “I shall make a vicegerent in Paradise.”

Adam’s descent on earth, then, was not due to degradation but rather it was dignified descent.

Allah knew that Adam and Eve would eat of the tree and descend to earth. He knew that Satan

would rape their innocence. That experience was essential for their life on earth; it was a

cornerstone of their vicegerency. It was meant to teach Adam, Eve, and their progeny that it was

Satan who had caused them to be expelled from Paradise and that the road to Paradise can only

be reached by obedience to Allah and enmity to Satan.

 

Commentary: Adam’s Free Will

Could it be said that Adam and the rest of mankind were predestined to sin and to be expelled

from Paradise and sent to the earth? In fact, this fiction is as naive as the first one.

Adam complete free will, and he bore the consequences of his deed. He disobeyed by eating of the

forbidden tree, so Allah dismissed him from Paradise. His disobedience does not negate his

freedom. On the contrary it is a consequence of it.

The truth of the matter is that Allah knew what was going to happen, as He always know the

outcome of events before they take place. However Allah does not force things to happen. He

grants free will to His human creatures. On that He bases His supreme wisdom in populating the

earth, establishing the vicegerents, and so on.

Adam understood his 3rd lesson. He knew now in a practical way that Iblis was his enemy, the

cause of his losing the blessing of living in Paradise, and the cause of his distress. Adam also

understood that Allah punishes disobedience and that the way of Paradise has to be through

submission to the will of Allah. And he learned from Allah Almighty to ask for forgiveness.

Allah accepted Adam’s repentance and forgave him. He then sent him to the earth as His first messenger.

Posted January 12, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

Hassan Al Basree’s Patience (Amazing story)   Leave a comment


Hassan Al Basree (radiyallahu anhu) had a neighbor who was a Christian.This neighbor had a toilet on the roof of his apartment and it used to leak through a hole in the roof of Hassan Al Basree’s apartment…Hassan placed a bucket beneath the hole to catch the urine that would leak through it and discard the contents at the end of each day. This continued for 20 years. Then one day, Hassan fell ill and his Christian neighbor came to visit him. When he entered, the neighbor noticed the bucket of urine that was leaking through the hole in his ceiling and asked Hassan astoundingly

“How long have you been tolerating this harm from me?!”

Hassan replied: “For 20 years!”

So the Christian neighbor took off his belt (which was the clothing of the Christians during that time) and accepted Islam…!!!

Mentioned in Hilya tul Aw.iyaa’a by Abu Nu’aim Al Asbahaani 

Posted January 12, 2011 by thesunnahway in CHARACTER/TAZKIYYAH, Inspirational