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How the prophet Complained

It is related that when Abu Talib died, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) went out on foot to Ta’if to call its people to Islam. They rejected his call, and he walked away until he got to the shade of a tree. So, he prayed two rak’at and said:

اللهم إني أشكو إليك ضعف قوتي وهواني على الناس أنت أرحم الراحمين إلى من تكلني إلى عدو يتجهمني أم إلى قريب ملكته أمري إن لم تكن غضبان علي فلا أبالي غير أن عافيتك أوسع لي أعوذ بوجهك الذي أشرقت له الظلمات وصلح عليه أمر الدنيا والآخرة أن ينزل بي غضبك أو يحل بي سخطك لك العتبى حتى ترضى ولا قوة إلا بالله 

“O Allah, I complain to You of my weakness and my insignificance in the eyes of the people. You are the most Merciful. No matter who You have put me at the mercy of – an enemy who will be stern with me, or a friend to look after my affairs – as long as You are not Angry with me, then I do not care. However, the relief You bring would be more comfortable for me. I seek refuge with Your Face – for which the darkness has lit up, and the affairs of this world and the next are organized – from being afflicted with Your Wrath or deserving of Your Anger. You have the right to admonish as You please, and there is no might nor power except by Allah.” 

This was related by al-Haythami in ‘Majma’ az-Zawa’id’ (6/35), and he mentioned in it that at-Tabarani related it in ‘al-Mu’jam al-Kabir’ on the authority of ‘Abdullah bin Ja’far bin Abi Talib, and that its chain of narration contains Ibn Ishaq, who is a trustworthy mudallis, with the rest of the narrators in its chain being trustworthy. 

‘Alawi as-Saqqaf said in his checking of ‘Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’ that it is hasan, and Ibrahim al-’Ali included it in ‘Sahih as-Sirah an-Nabawiyyah’ (p. 136).

 Look at how even in such moments of his life, all he cared about was whether or not Allah was Pleased with him……

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized



Excerpts from “Imitating the Disbelievers” by Imam Adh-Dhahabi (d.748H) by Dar-us-Sunnah Publishers


“O miserable one! Where is your intellect taking you? How far will you flee from following the Sunnah of your Prophet, Muhammad, salla’Allahu alahi wa salam, to enacting the manifest signs of your enemies?

How far [have these people] fled from traversing the Straight Path and how close they have come to the way of the misguided devils! [For example] when you perform an action of worship, you [soon] flee from it, looking left and right for a place of refuge! When you traverse the path of knowledge you preoccupy yourself with finding loopholes and concessions under the pretext, ‘we are performing taqlid of the Imams” (p.30)

“How can you bring yourself to imitate a people… who are but fuel for the fire?!

“If it was said to you, ‘imitate an object of ridicule, a laughing stock’, you would surely scorn this and become angry. How is it then that you imitate the uncircumcised worshipper of the cross in his celebrations? How is it that you dress your children with new clothes and inculcate a sense of joy in them? How is it that you decorate eggs for them, buy incense and celebrate the festival of your enemy in the same fashion as you would celebrate the ‘eid legislated by your Prophet, sall’Allahu alaihi wa salam?

Where would such a practice take you except to the anger of Allah and His Displeasure? Provided, He does not forgive you that is, and provided that you know that your Prophet Muhammad, sall’Allahu alaihi wa salam, used to encourage differing from the People of the Book in everything that was specific to them” (p.10)

Now imagine dear brothers and sisters, if the censure coming from this scholar was this severe regarding imitating the kufaar nearly seven hundred years ago, how much more relevant is his advice today?

Wa’Allahu Musta’aan

“You will surely follow the ways of those who came before you, in exactly the same fashion, to the point that were they to enter the hole of a lizard, you too would enter it.’ It was asked of him, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Do you mean the Jews and Christians?’ He replied, ‘who else’?” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized

Deviation of those satisfied with The Qur’an & exclude Hadeeth   Leave a comment

The Deviation of those who are satisfied with The Qur’an to the exclusion of Hadeeth

 The Status of Sunnah in Islam: Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albani 

It is a matter of regret that according to the intepretation found in the works of some commentators and modern authors, that it is permissible to do what is stated in the last two examples.

[“In the fourth example, if not for the hadeeths, some of which have been mentioned, we would have considered lawful what Allah has made unlawful through the dictum of the holy Prophet (sallaallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) like predatory animals, and the birds which have claws.

And so is the fifth example, if not for the hadeeths, in regard to this question, we would have considered lawful what Allah has prohibited through the words of His Prophet (sallaallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) like gold and silk.

It is for this, some forebearers (As-Salaf) say that ‘Sunnah’ pronounces judgement of The Book (al-Qur’an).]

Consumption of the predatory animals, and the wearing of gold and silk by referring their interpretation only to The Qur’an.

Today, a sect exists, called “Quranites” who comment according to their whims and fancies; without seeking the explanation of the authentic Sunnah. They only accept and follow the Sunnah which suit their desires, the rest they throw behind. The Prophet salaallaahu `alayhi wa sallam is reported to have said that:

“None of you reclines on his bed, the order comes to him on an affair which I am commanded to do or not to do, he says: ‘I do not know, what is found in the Book of Allah, we follow.” (Tirmithi). According to another report: “What is found in The Book of Allah as ‘Haram’ we pronounce it ‘haram’ (forbidden). Surely, I am given The Qur’an and its example with it.’ Yet, according to another report: “What the Messanger of Allah has forbidden, Allah has prohibited it.”

It is a matter of regret that one renowned scholar has written a book on Islamic Law and its dogma, and in its preface, he says that he has written it and that he has made reference only to the Qur’an.

This true hadith gives positive evidence that the divine law of Islam – As-Shariah – is not mere Qur’an, but Qur’an and Sunnah. Therefore, whoever hold fast ton one source for reference to the exclusion of the other, he held fast to none of them, since both complement each other.

The Qur’an says “Whoever obeys the Messanger, obeys Allah”. Allah says: “No, by your Lord, they do not believe until they submit to your adjudication in all disputes between them, then they do not find themselves oppressed with your decisions and they completely submit.” (4:65) Again, Allah says: “When a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messanger, it does not behove a believer, man or woman, to have choice in their matter. One who disobeys Allah and His Messanger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.” (33:36) Furthermore, Allah says: “What the Messanger teaches you, take it; and what he forbids you, avoid doing it.”(59:7)

In connection with this verse, I am marveled by what is corroborated by Ibn Masud (Allah be pleased with him) that is, a woman came to him and told him: “You who says: May Allah’s curse be on Al-Namisat [a woman who plucks hers or others eye-brows – to be a thin line – to seek beauty. Such an act is fobidden. It is a mean to change the form of Allah’s creation] and Al-Motanamisat [a woman who asks others to do it for her] and those who tatoo.” He said: “Yes.” She said, “I read the Book of Allah (Al-Qur’an) from its beginning to its end, I did not find what you have said.” He told her: “If you have read it, you would have found it. As for your reading what the Messanger teaches you, take it, and what he forbids you, avoid doing it.” She said: “Certainly”. He said: “I have heard the Messanger of Allah (salaallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) says: “May Allah’s curse be on Al-Namisat.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized



By Sheikh Muhammad Bin Saleh Al-Uthaymeen rahimuhAllaah.

 There are some people who speak of equality instead of justice, and this is a mistake. We should not say equality, because equality implies no differentiation between the two. Because of this unjust call for equality, they ask, “What is the difference between male and female?” So they have made men similar to women. The communists said, “What difference is there between the ruler and the subject? No one has any authority over anyone else.” Not even the father over his son?! So they said the father has no authority over his son and so on.Instead, if we say justice, which means giving each one what he or she is entitled, this misunderstanding no longer applies, and the word used is correct. Allah does not say in the Qur’an that He enjoins equality. He said (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, Allah enjoins Al?‘Adl (i.e. justice)” (Qur’an, 16:90) 

“And that when you judge between men, you judge with justice.” (Qur’an, 4:58) 

Those who say that Islam is the religion of equality are lying against Islam. Rather Islam is the religion of justice, which means treating equally those who are equal and differentiating between those who are different. No one who knows the religion of Islam would say that it is the religion of equality. Rather what shows you that this principle is false is the fact that most of what is mentioned in the Qur’an denies equality, as in the following verses: “Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not?” (Qur’an, 39:9) 

“Say: Is the blind equal to the one who sees? Or darkness equal to light?” (Qur’an, 13:16) 

“Not equal among you are those who spent and fought before the conquering (of Makkah, with those among you who did so later.” (Qur’an, 57:10) 

“Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives.” (Qur’an, 4:95) 

Not one single letter in the Qur’an enjoins equality, rather it enjoins justice. You will also find that the word justice is acceptable to people, for I feel that if I am better than this man in terms of knowledge, or wealth, or piety, or in doing good, I would not like for him to be equal to me.Everyone knows that it is unacceptable if we say that the male is equal to the female. – Sharh Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitah, 1/180-181 

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized

25 promises from Allah

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious and the All Compassionate,

It should be borne in mind that when Allah promises something, then Allah(swt) means it, and that thing will happen, as Allah(swt) says “(such is) the promise of Allah, never does Allah fail in His promise” [Al Qur’an 39:20] and in another verse “The promise of Allah is true, and He is Exalted in Power, Wise.” [Al Qur’an 31:9]

*Jannah* And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow ( Paradise ). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwaajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), and they will abide therein forever.” (Al-Baqarah 2:25) 

*Light* “On the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women their light running forward before them and by their right hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever! Truly, this is the great success!” (Al-Hadid 57:12) 

*Allaah will be with you* “and if you return (to the attack), so shall We return, and your forces will be of no avail to you, however numerous it be, and verily, Allaah is with the believers.” (Al-Anfal 8:19) “In fact, Allaah increases in guidance those who seek guidance…” (Maryam 19:76) 

*The Grace of Allah* And Allaah did indeed fulfill His Promise to you when you were killing them (your enemy) with His Permission; until (the moment) you lost your courage and fell to disputing about the order, and disobeyed after He showed you (of the booty) which you love. Among you are some that desire this world and some that desire the Hereafter. Then He made you flee from them (your enemy), that He might test you. But surely, He forgave you, and Allaah is Most Gracious to the believers. (Aali Imran 3:152) 

*Wilaaya from Allaah* Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Ibraheem, are those who follow him, as are also this Prophet and those who believe: And Allaah is the Protector of those who have faith. (Aali Imran 3:68) 

*Mercy of Allaah* Then, as for those who believed (in the Oneness of Allaah Islaamic Monotheism) and did righteous good deeds, their Lord will admit them to His Mercy. That will be the evident success. (Al-Jathiyah 45:30) 

*Victory* Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah Islaamic Monotheism) in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection), (Ghafir 40:51)”…and it is due on Us to give victory to those who Believe.” (Ar-Rum 30:47) 

*Allah will erase your evil* As for those who believe and do good deeds, We shall cleanse them of their evil deeds and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds. (Al-‘Ankabut 29:7) 

*Love among the Believers* Verily, those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent (Allaah) will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the believers). (Maryam 19:96) 

*No effort is wasted* Verily! As for those who believe and do righteous deeds, certainly! We shall not suffer to be lost the reward of anyone who does his (righteous) deeds in the most perfect manner.(Al-Kahf 18:30) 

*Protection from Shaytaan* Verily! He has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allaah). (An-Nahl 16:99) See you not that We have sent the Shayateen (devils) against the disbelievers to push them to do evil. (Maryam 19:83) 

*Allaah will give you steadfastness* “So stand you (Muhammad SAW) firm and straight as you are commanded…” (Hud 11:112) Allaah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e.they will keep on worshipping Allaah Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter. AndAllaah will cause to go astray those who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.),and Allaah does what He wills. (Ibrahim 14:27) 

*A Good End* Those who believe and work righteousness, Tûbaa (it means all kinds of happiness or name of a tree in Paradise ) is for them and a beautiful place of (final) return. (Ra’d 13:29) 

“…Verily, the earth is Allaah’s. He gives it as a heritage to whom He will of His slaves, and the (blessed) end is for the Muttaqûn (pious).” (Al-A’raf 7:128) 

*Allaah will save you* Then (in the end) We save Our Messengers and those who believe! Thus it is incumbent upon Us to save the believers. (Yunus 10:103) And thus We do deliver the believers. (Al-Anbiya 21:88) 

*Guidance* Verily, those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them through their Faith. (Yunus 10:9) 

*Blessings* And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwā (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.). (Al-A’raf 7:96) 

*Peace and Security* “It is those who believe and confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping others besides Allāh), for them (only) there is security and they are the guided. (Al-An’am 6:82) 

*Forgiveness* Allaah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). (Al-Ma’idah 5:9) 

*Allah will pay you in full* And as for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, Allaah will pay them their reward in full. And Allaah does not like the Zālimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers). (Aali Imran 3:57) 

*No fear, no grief* Truly those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and perform As-Salāt (Iqāmatas- Salāt), and give Zakāt, they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Al-Baqarah 2:277) 

*Allah will protect the Believer* Truly, Allāh defends those who believe. Verily! Allāh likes not any treacherous ingrate to Allāh [those who disobey Allāh but obey Shaitān (Satan)]. (Al-Hajj 22:38) 

*A Good Life* Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter). (An-Nahl 16:97) 

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur’ān nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship…” (Ta-Ha 20:124) 

*Establishment* Allaah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islām). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fāsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allaah). (An-Nur 24:55) 

“And never will Allah grant to the unbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers” (Al Qur’an 4:141) 

*Deliverance from darkness into light* “Allah is the Protector of those who have faith; from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the evil ones, from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).” (Al Qur’an 2:257) 

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized

sheikh In Baz   Leave a comment

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Ibn Baz: Concise Biography

My name is ‘Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn ‘Abdul-Rahman Ibn Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdullah Al Baz.

I was born in Riyadh in Dul-Hijjah, 1330 A.H. At my early age, I used to have eye sight at the beginning of my study. However, I was afflicted with an eye defect in 1346 A.H. At first, my sight weakened and then I lost sight totally in the beginning of the month of Al-Muharram 1350 A.H. Praise be to Allah for this. I invoke Allah to compensate me with a deep insight in this life and best reward in the hereafter as He (glory be to Him) promised through His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). I ask him for a praiseworthy end in this world and the hereafter.

I started learning when I was very young and memorized the Qur’aan before I reached puberty. I then started learning the religious and Arabic sciences from many of the scholars of Riyadh including the following outstanding figures:

1. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Latif Ibn ‘Abdul-Rahman Ibn Hasan Ibn Al-Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab, (May Allah be Merciful with them)

2. Shaykh Salih Ibn ‘Abdul-Aziz Ibn ‘Abdul-Rahman Ibn Hasan Ibn Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab, the judge of Riyadh (May Allah be Merciful with them)

3. Shaykh Sa’d Ibn Hamad Ibn ‘Atiq, the judge of Riyadh. (May Allah be Merciful with him)

4. Shaykh Hamad Ibn Faris, the treasurer of Riyadh. (May Allah be Merciful with him)

5. Shaykh Sa’d Waqqas Al-Bukhary (a scholar from Makkah Al-Mukarramah) (May Allah be Merciful with him). I learnt from him the science of Tajwid (the art of Qur’anic recitation) in 1355 A.H.

6. His Eminence, Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn ‘Abdul-Latif Al Al-Shaykh. (May Allah be Merciful with him) I attended his class for about ten years and learnt from him all religious sciences from 1347 to 1357. Then, he proposed me for the position of judge.

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May Allah give them the best and supreme reward! May He confer His Mercy and pleasure upon them all.

I occupied a number of positions:

1. Judge of the district of Al-Kharj area for a long time that lasted more than fourteen years from 1357-1371 A.H. I was appointed in the month of Jumada II in 1357 and stayed to the end of 1371 A.H.

2. Teaching the sciences of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Al-Tawhid (Islamic Creed of Monotheism) and the Hadith in the scientific institute of Riyadh in 1372 A.H., and the faculty of Shari`ah (Islamic Law) in Riyadh after it was established in 1373 A.H. I worked their for nine years until 1380 A.H.

3. In 1381 A.H., I was appointed as a deputy of the president of the Islamic University in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah. I occupied this post until 1390 A.H.

4. I occupied the post of the president of the Islamic university in 1390 A.H., after the death of the former president Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Al Al-Shaykh (May Allah be Merciful with Him) in the month of Ramadan, 1390. I remained in this position until 1395 A.H.

5. In 14/10/1395 A.H., a royal decree was issued assigning me in the position of the General President of the administration of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da`wah, and Guidance. I stayed in this position until 1414 A.H.

6. In 20/1/1414 A.H., a royal decree was issued appointing me as the General Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the President of the Council of Senior Scholars and the President of the Department of Scholarly Research and Ifta’. I am still in this position until now.

I ask Allah to help me and grant me success and right judgment.

In the present time, I also hold the membership of many scientific and Islamic councils including:

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1. President of Council of Senior Scholars, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2. President of the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ in the council mentioned above.

3. Member and president of the Constitutional Council of the Muslim World League.

4. President of the International Supreme Council of Mosques.

5. President of Islamic Fiqh Academy in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, affiliated to the Muslim World League.

6. Member of the Supreme Council of the Islamic University of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

7. Member of the Higher Council of Islamic Da`wah in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As for my books, they include:

1. Al-Fawa’id Al-Jaliyyah Fi Al-Mabahith Al-Fardiyyah (Concise Summary of Inheritance Issues).

2. Al-Tahqiq Wal-‘Idah li-Kathir Min Masa’il Al-Hajj wal-‘Umrah Wal-Ziyarah (Tawdih Al Manasik) “Clarification of many issues of Hajj, ‘Umrah (Minor Pilgrimage) and Visit [of the grave of the Prophet peace be upon him]”.

3. Al-Tahdhir Min Al-Bida’ (Warning against Religious Innovations). It contains four useful articles: the ruling on celebrating the Prophet’s birthday, night of Isra’ (Night Journey) and Mi’raj (Ascension to Heaven), and the night of the 15th of Sha’ban, and the refutation of the false dream of the servant of the Prophet’s room who is called Sheikh Ahmad.

4. Two concise treatises on Zakah and Sawm (Fasting).

5. Al-‘Aqidah Al-Sahihah Wa-ma-Yudadduha (Authentic Creed and Invalidators of Islam).

6. Wujub Al-‘Amal Bi Sunnat Al-Rasul Sallah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Sallam wa Kufr Man Ankaraha (The necessity of acting according to the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) and deeming those who deny it as non-Muslims).

7. Da’wah ila Allah wa Akhlaaq Al-Du’ah (Calling people to Allah and the Manners of the callers).

8. Wujub Tahkim Shar’ Allah (The obligation of Judging according to Allah’s Shari’ah (Islamic law) and abandoning its contraries.

9. Hukm Al-Sufur wa Al-Hijab wa Nikah Al-Shighar (Unveiling, veiling, and Shighar marriage i.e. Giving one’s daughter, sister, etc. in marriage on the condition that the other gives his daughter, sister, etc. in marriage without any dower being paid by either).

10. Naqd Al-Qawmiyah Al-‘Arabiyah (Criticizing the Arab Nationalism).

11. Al-Jawab al-Mufeed fi Hukm Al-Taswir (The useful answer concerning the ruling on Photography).

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12. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab (His Da’wah and Biography).

13. Three treatises on Salah:

  • 1- The Manner of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) Salah.

  • 2- The Obligation of Congregational Salah.

  • 3- Where should the person praying place his hand after rising from Ruku’ (bowing).

14. Hukm Al-Islam fi man Ta’ana fi Al-Qur’an aw fi Rasul Allah Sallah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Sallama (The ruling of Islam in whoever discredits the Qur’aan or Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him)).

15. Hashiyah Mufidah ‘Ala Fath Al-Bari (A useful commentary on Fath Al-Bari) I continued it to the book of Hajj.

16. Treatise on the textual and rational proofs of the circulation of the sun and the motionlessness of the earth and the possibility of ascension to other planets.

17. Iqam at al-Baraheen ‘ala Hukm man Istaghatha bi Ghair Allah aw Saddaqa al-Kahana wal ‘Arrafeen (Setting the proofs of the ruling on one who seeks the help of anyone other than Allah or believes the foretellers and magicians).

18. Al-Jihad fi Sabeel Allah (Defending the Cause of Allah).

19. Al-Durus al-Muhimmah li ‘Ammat Al-Ummah (Important lessons for the common public of Islamic nation).

20. Fatawa Tata’alaq bi Ahkam Al-Hajj wal ‘Umrah wal Ziyarah (Fatwas related to the rulings of Hajj, umra and visiting the grave of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

21. Wujub Lizum Al-Sunnah wa Al-Hazar min Al-Bid’ah (The obligation of adherence to the Sunnah and warning against Bid’ah).

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized

To love for the sake of Allah   Leave a comment

To have love for someone for the sake of Allah’s pleasure is also a grand act for which much merit and many rewards have been promised. “To love for the sake of Allah” means loving someone, not for worldly gain, but because he is more religious and pious or he is very learned in din or is busy in serving the cause of din or because loving him or her is commanded by Allah, e.g. one’s parents.

Such a love has been called “love for Allah” in ahadith.

One hadith says, ” Allah shall ask on the Day of Judgement, ‘ Where are those who loved for the sake of my Greatness? Today when there is no shade save Mine, I shall have them in My Shade.'” (Sahih Muslim: Kitab al Birr wa al Silah)

Another tells us that “On the Day of Judgement, those who had mutual love for the sake of Allah’s Greatness shall be on pulpits of light and all shall envy them.” (Jami’ Tirmidhi, Kitab al Zuhd)

Abu Idris Khulani, one of the most famous tabi’in says that once he visited Ma’adh ibn Jabal in the mosque of Damascus and told him that “By Allah I love you for the sake of Allah.” He repeatedly asked me to swear if it was so and when I answered in affirmative every time, he pulled me by my shawl and said, “Hear the good news! I have heard the exalted and blessed Messenger of Allah saying that “My love shall certainly be for those who love each other for my sake, who sit in each other’s company for my sake, who go to meet each other for my sake and spend money on each other for my sake.” )Muvatta Imam Malik, Kitab-al-Shi’r)

Having love for Allah’s pious and good bondsmen is actually an outcome of one’s love for Allah, so it earns the same rewards and merits as the latter; because of this love. Allah includes this lover in His beloved people. According to a hadith, someone asked our blessed and exalted Prophet, “When shall come the Day of Judgement?” Our Prophet asked him “What preparation have you made for the Day?” The man said, “Nothing, but I have love for Allah and for His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You shall be (on that Day) with whom you love.”

The above hadith has been quoted by Anas. He says that these words of the Holy Prophet so pleased us as nothing had ever done. He further said, “I have great love for the Holy Prophet – may he be eternally blessed – and with Abu Bakr and Umar, may Allah be pleased with them, and because of this love, I shall be in their company, even though my deeds are not equal to theirs.” (Sahh Bukhari, kitab-al-Adab, chapter Alamah al Hubb fi Allah).

There are many ahadith of the same import showing that having love for someone for the sake of Allah is an act of great merit, which grants one the opportunity of doing good in this world and being in exalted company in the Hereafter.

Hence, one should love good people for the sake of Allah and with the intent of becoming good oneself and earning Allah’s pleasure, as a poet once said, ” I love good people and although I am not one of them, may Allah grant me goodness too.”

Hadith tells us that when someone loves his brother in faith, he must tell him of his love (Abu Daud; Kitab-al-Adab; Tirmidhi; Kitab-al-Zuhd).

A man was sitting with our Holy Prophet when another one passed. The sitting one said, “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man.” The Prophet said, “Have you told him?” The man said, “No.” The Prophet said, “Tell him!” The man rose to his feet and went to the man who was passing by and said, “I love you for the same of Allah.” He said, “May Allah whom you love, love you in return!

Posted November 5, 2010 by thesunnahway in Uncategorized