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12
Feb
2019

Special Characteristics of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

posted by Seifeddine-M on 12th February 2019 - 0 comments
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was distinguished with specific qualities: 1) The Seal of the Prophets عليهم الصلاة والسلام. This is due to Allaah's statement سبحانه و تعالى: "Muhammad is not the father of any of you men, but rather he is the Messenger of Allaah and the seal (i.e. last) of the prophets. And Allaah is Ever All-Aware of everything." (Sooratul-Ahzaab, 33:40) 2) The leader of the Messengers عليهم الصلاة والسلام.
21
Dec
2018

Commit to Fearing Allaah, the Most High

posted by Seifeddine-M on 21st December 2018 - 0 comments
Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd رحمه الله said,  "Beautify yourself by filling your outer and inner-self with the fear of Allaah, the Most High, by observing the apparent characteristics of Islaam, and manifesting the Sunnah and spreading it by implementing it and calling towards it, leading to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى with your knowledge, manners and actions, and adorning yourself with masculinity, lenience, and pious conduct.  The basis of all [the previous characteristics] is the fear of Allaah, the Most High, and for this Imaam Ahmad رحمه الله said: 'The foundation of knowledge is the fear of Allaah, the Most High.' So adhere to fearing Allaah سبحانه و تعالى openly and in secret, for the best of all people are those who are fearful of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, and no one [truly] fears Him except a knowledgeable person, therefore the best of all people is the scholar. Let it not slip your mind that the scholar cannot be considered a scholar unless he acts [upon his knowledge], and no scholar implements his knowledge unless it earns him the fear of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى.  Al-Khateeb رحمه الله narrated through a chain of narrators which has a subtle point due to it being narrated through nine forefathers, that Abul-Faraj ’Abdul-Wahhaab ibn ’ Abdil ’Azeez ibn al-Haarith ibn Asad ibn al-Layth ibn Sulayman ibn al-Aswad ibn Sufyaan ibn Zayd ibn Ukaynah ibn ’Abdillaah at-Tameemee رحمهم الله, who narrated from his memory that, his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated, that his father narrated who said: I heard ’Alee ibn Abee Taalib رضي الله عنه say: 'Knowledge calls for action, so either the call is answered or [knowledge] will take off,' [1] and it was also narrated that Sufyaan ath-Thawree رحمه الله said something [similar] to this in meaning." [2]  [color=#38761d][u]Notes: 
20
Dec
2018

The Meaning of Salaah in the Language and In the Terminology of the Sharee'ah

posted by Seifeddine-M on 20th December 2018 - 0 comments
[color=#0000ff][center]The Meaning of "[i]Salaah" in the Language[/center][/color][/b] Shaykh Saalih Ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan رحمه الله said,  "Salaah (صلاة) is the singular for the obligatory Salawaat. It is a noun that is placed in the position of the infinitive. One says: 'I prayed a salaah,' he does not say, 'I prayed tasliyyah.' Salaah from Allaah سبحانه و تعالى means His Mercy and from the servant it means supplication and seeking forgiveness. [2]  [b][center][color=#0000ff]The Meaning of [i]Salaah in the Terminology of the Sharee'ah [/color][/center][/b]It refers to an action consisting of specific pillars and known adhkaar (specific words) that have to meet specific conditions and is performed at set times. Or, it refers to a set of sayings and actions that are commenced by the opening takbeer and completed with the tasleem along with the presence of the intention.   [b][center][color=#0000ff]The Meaning of [i]al-Jamaa'ah in the Language[/color][/center][/b]
17
Dec
2018

Imaam al-Hasan ibn 'Ali (RA): The Fifth Rightly-Guided Caliph

posted by Seifeddine-M on 17th December 2018 - 0 comments
Imaam al-Hasan ibn 'Ali رضي الله عنهما was the fifth rightly-guided caliph.  Shaykh Dr. 'Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi حفظه الله said, "After allegiance was sworn to Ameerul Mu'mineen al-Hasan ibn 'Ali رضي الله عنهما, he remained the caliph of the Hejaz (the Western region of the Arabian Peninsula that includes Makkah and Madinah), Yemen, Iraq and other regions for approximately seven months (with some saying six or eight months). During that period, his caliphate was a Rightly-Guided Caliphate. This is because it was the completion of the era of the Rightly-Guided Caliphate, which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم had said would last for thirty years before turning into a kingship.  Imam at-Tirmidhi رحمه الله narrated, with a chain going back to Safeenah رضي الله عنه, the freed slave of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, that he said: [color=#9900ff]'The caliphate in my Ummah will last for thirty years; after that, it will become a kingship.'[/color] (A good hadith recorded by at-Tirmidhi)  Imaam lbn Katheer رحمه الله commented on this hadeeth: 'The thirty-year period was only completed with the caliphate of al-Hasan ibn 'Ali رضي الله عنهما. He gave up the caliphate to Mu'awiyah رضي الله عنه in Rabee' I, 41 AH, and that was the completion of thirty years after the death of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, for he had died in Rabee' 1, 11 AH. This is one of the signs of his prophethood, may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him.' 
13
Dec
2018

The Ruling of Inviting others to the Way of Allaah (the Most High)

posted by Seifeddine-M on 13th December 2018 - 0 comments
Question: Is the responsibility of calling others to the way of Allaah an obligation upon every male and female Muslim? Or is it one that is limited to scholars and students of knowledge only? And is it permissible for the commoner to invite others to the Way of Allaah?  Answer: Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen رحمه الله replied,  "When a person has knowledge and insight into that which he is calling to, then there is no difference between the one who has a great amount of knowledge, or a student of knowledge who has recently started in pursuit of knowledge or a lay person – as long as he has certain knowledge of the issue at hand.  The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: [color=#9900ff]'Convey from me, even if it is one verse.'[/color]   So it is not a condition upon the daa'ee (the one calling) to attain a great amount of knowledge, but the condition is that one must have knowledge of what one is calling to. If this calling is established upon ignorance and built upon emotion and passion, then it is not permissible. 
12
Dec
2018

Knowledge is Worship

posted by Seifeddine-M on 12th December 2018 - 0 comments
[colour=blue][b]Knowledge is Worship[1][/b][/center] Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd رحمه الله said,  "The principle of all principles mentioned in this book, as well as the principle of every required action is in your understanding that knowledge is worship. Some scholars said, 'Knowledge is a secretive prayer and the worship of the heart.' Therefore the condition of worship is:  [b]Firstly: Sincerity of intention for Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, due to His saying:   
7
Dec
2018

The Evidence for the Legitimacy and Legal Standing of the Prayer

posted by Seifeddine-M on 7th December 2018 - 0 comments
Shaykh Saalih Ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan رحمه الله said,  "It is clear that the obligatory nature of the obligatory prayers is established via the Book, the Sunnah and consensus.  As for the Book, the verses concerning it are many; these include Allaah's saying سبحانه و تعالى,    [color=#ff0000]'And they have been ordered only to worship Allaah sincerely, making the religion for Him and to establish the prayer and give the Zakaah. That is the upright religion.'[/color] (Sooratul-Bayyinah, 98:5) 
30
Oct
2018

Benefits of Studying 'Uloom al-Qur'aan

posted by Seifeddine-M on 30th October 2018 - 0 comments
There are many benefits to the knowledge of 'uloom al-Qur'aan.  Firstly, it enables the reader to realise the wealth of knowledge and insight that exists with regards to the Book of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. As some of the scholars of the past said, "True knowledge is to know one's ignorance." Only when a person realises what he does not know will he appreciate what he does know.  Secondly, it enables the student of knowledge to better understand the Qur'aan, in that he will be familiar with the history of its revelation and collection, and the various aspects that aid its comprehension. When he reads the books of tafseer, he will be able to understand the terms used, and benefit from the knowledge in them to a greater extent. In other words, he will be quipped to further increase his knowledge and to learn more about his religion.  Thirdly, it increases a person's belief (eemaan), because he will realise the beauty of the Qur'aan and the great blessings that he has been given through its revelation. He will not be fooled by the fallacious claims of its enemies, and his heart will be at ease with regards to its authenticity. He will understand the miraculous nature of the Qur'aan, and thus better cherish the greatest Book that mankind has been given.  Fourthly, he will be able to defend the Qur'aan against its enemies, since he will be equipped with the true and pristine knowledge of the Qur'aan, unadulterated by the prejudices of its opponents. 
23
Oct
2018

Prayer: The Peak of Worship

posted by Seifeddine-M on 23rd October 2018 - 0 comments
Shaykh Saalih Ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan رحمه الله said,  "All praise is due to Allaah. Peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and all of his Companions.  The intelligent person is left with no doubt that the actions of worship performed in the religion have the same position as the foundations of a building; indeed, they are of the same position as that of the soul flowing through the limbs.  The concern of the Legislator with the actions of worship reached such a level that He joined them with the foundations of belief, to the point that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, as Imaam Muslim رحمه الله and others recorded,  إِنَّ بَيْنَ الرَّجُلِ وَبَيْنَ الشِّرْكِ وَالْكُفْرِ تَرْكَ الصَّلاةِ 
26
Sep
2018

Three Categories of People Regarding Knowledge and Deeds

posted by Seifeddine-M on 26th September 2018 - 0 comments
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan حفظه الله said,  "People are divided into three categories regarding knowledge and deeds:  The first category is represented in those who combine useful knowledge along with righteous deeds. Those are the ones whom Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has guided to the straight path; the path of those upon whom Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has bestowed favour, of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous, and excellent indeed are these as companions.  The second category is represented in those who learn useful knowledge but do not act accordingly. Those are the ones who have evoked Allaah's سبحانه و تعالى anger, like the Jews and whoever follows their footsteps.  The third category is represented in those who act without having knowledge. Those are the ones who are astray, namely the Christians and their likes. 
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