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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

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

where do we stand? by Ibn Qayyim   Leave a comment


 

See you not how Allâh sets forth a parable?

A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed,

and its branches (reach) to the  sky (i.e. very high).

(Ibrahim 14:24)

Oh you of little resolve! Where do you stand upon this path? Aadam found it difficult and Nuh lamented because of it, while Allaah’s Khaleel Ibraaheem was thrown into a pit of fire due to it. Isma’eel was laid upon his side ready to be sacrificed for its sake, and while upon it Yusuf was sold for a cheap price and then falsely cast into prison for many years. Zakariyah was sawed in half, and Yahya was slaughtered due to it. Ayyub suffered great distress, while Dawood cried copiously, and ‘Isaa cured the wretched poor of their diseases and walked with wild beasts due to it. And how many, how many forms of difficulty and hardship did the Messenger Muhammad face while proceeding upon it – yet you live through amusements and distractions!  

Imaam Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah (raheemallaah) al Fawaaid pg. 41

Posted January 12, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

Khalid bin Safwan’s ideal wife   Leave a comment


Khalid bin Safwan saw a group in the mosque of Basrah, and he said, “What is this gathering?”

He was told, “There is a woman who informs men about women who are available for marriage.”

 

He went to her and said,”I want to marry a woman.”

She said, “Describe her to me.”

He said, “I want her to be a virgin who is wise like a married woman, or a married woman who is innocent like a virgin; she should be sweet when she is near, splendid when she is at a distance, she should have lived a life of luxury and then became afflicted with poverty — so she has the manners of the rich and the humility of the poor. When we gather wealth we should be as the people of the world, and when we become poor, we should be as the people of the Hereafter.”

She said, “I know of such a woman for you.”

He said, “And where is she?”

She said, “In Paradise, so work to achieve her!” 

  

Source: Gems and Jewels p.23 by Abdul-Malik Mujahid Darussalam publishers

Posted January 12, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational

“He came to rob us, but we robbed him!”   Leave a comment


Imam Adh-Dhahabee (rahamhullaah) wrote about Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahumallaah)

 “It was said that a burglar broke into his house, but could not find anything to take with him. Maalik said to him: “You did not find anything of this world here, would you care for something of the Hereafter?” The thief replied, “Yes.” Maalik said that he should make wudoo` and perform two raka`aat of prayers. He did that. Then he sat in the masjid and afterwards he left. Maalik was asked about this person, and he said: “He came to rob us, but we robbed him!”

 

  • Siyar A’lam An-Nubalaa, 5/362

 

Full Story: It was a dark night on which the burglar scaled the wall of Malik bin Dinar’s house and stealthily made his way inside. To his utter disappointment, the thief found nothing in the house that was worth stealing; what’s more, the occupant of the house was actually inside and was busy praying. Malik bin Dinar sensed the movement of the burglar, but without becoming alarmed, he turned around with perfect composure and extended greetings of peace to him. He then said, “My brother, may Allah forgive you. You entered my home and found nothing worth taking, but I will not allow you to leave without gaining some benefit.”

Malik stood up, approached the burglar with a jug of water in his hands, and said, “Here, perform ablution and perform two units of prayer. If you do so, you will take away with you that which is better than what you came to find in the first place.”

“Yes, how generous of you,” said the burglar, somewhat stupefied and, more than anything else, humbled. He stood, made ablution, and performed two units of prayer. Upon completing them, he turned and said, “O Malik, will I be imposing upon you if I perform two more units of prayer.”

“Perform as much as Allah decrees for you,” said Malik. The burglar turned worshipper continued to pray until the morning, at which time Malik said, “Go, and be good.”

“Will I be imposing upon you if I stay here with you today, for I have made the intention to fast today.”

“Stay as long as you want,” said Malik. The man stayed with Malik for a number of days, spending the days fasting, and the nights standing up for prayer. Finally deciding to leave, the man said, “O Malik, I have made up my mind to repent.”

“That (i.e., Allah forgiving you and guiding you to repent) is in the Hands of Allah ‘Azza wa-jal (the Possessor of might and majesty),” said Malik.

And in fact, the man did mend his ways and repented for his previous wayward existence. When the man left Malik’s home, he came across another burglar he knew. Seeing the happy and serene expression on the man’s face, the burglar said, “I think you have finally found your treasure?”

“My brother,” he answered, “I found Malik bin Dinar. I went to steal from him, but it was he who stole something of mine-my heart. Indeed I have repented to Allah ‘Azza wa-jal (the Possessor of might and majesty), and I will remain at the door (of His Mercy and Forgiveness) until I achieve what His obedient, loving slaves have achieved.” [2]

Al-Mawa’iz Wal-Majalis, pg 85
“Glimpses of the Lives of Righteous People”
(compiled) by Majdi Muhammad Ash-Shahawi
(c) Maktaba Dar-us-Salam, 2004

Posted January 12, 2011 by thesunnahway in Inspirational