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24
Sep
2018

Apply The Teachings Of The Qur'aan

posted by Seifeddine-M on 24th September 2018 - 0 comments
You apply the Qur'aan's teachings by deeming lawful what it permits, and deeming forbidden what it forbids; by avoiding what it prohibits and acting on its commands; by applying its clear verses and believing in its unclear verses; and by applying all of its laws and precepts. A severe punishment awaits those who, despite being blessed by Allaah سبحانه و تعالى with knowledge of the Qur'aan, do not apply its teachings. In a long Hadeeth wherein the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم described a dream he had, he صلى الله عليه وسلم said,  فَانْطَلَقْنَا حَتَّى أَتَيْنَا عَلَى رَجُلٍ مُضْطَجِعٍ عَلَى قَفَاهُ، وَرَجُلٌ قَائِمٌ عَلَى رَأْسِهِ بِفِهْرٍ أَوْ صَخْرَةٍ، فَيَشْدَخُ بِهِ رَأْسَهُ، فَإِذَا ضَرَبَهُ تَدَهْدَهَ الْحَجَرُ، فَانْطَلَقَ إِلَيْهِ لِيَأْخُذَهُ، فَلاَ يَرْجِعُ إِلَى هَذَا حَتَّى يَلْتَئِمَ رَأْسُهُ، وَعَادَ رَأْسُهُ كَمَا هُوَ، فَعَادَ إِلَيْهِ فَضَرَبَهُ، قُلْتُ مَنْ هَذَا قَالاَ انْطَلِقْ‏. (ثُمَّ فَسَّرَ لَهُ ذَلِكَ صلى اللّه عليه وسلم فَقَالَ:) وَالَّذِي رَأَيْتَهُ يُشْدَخُ رَأْسُهُ فَرَجُلٌ عَلَّمَهُ اللَّهُ الْقُرْآنَ، فَنَامَ عَنْهُ بِاللَّيْلِ، وَلَمْ يَعْمَلْ فِيهِ بِالنَّهَارِ، يُفْعَلُ بِهِ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ‏  [color=#000000]"Until we came upon a man who was lying down on his back, and upon another man who was standing over him with a rock or a stone. [The man who was standing] would break the other man's head, and when he would strike him, the rock would roll away. Whenever he went to retrieve the rock, he would not sooner return than the other man's head would heal and return to its previous state. Then the man [who was standing] would strike him [over and over again]. I asked, 'Who is this?'" The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then explained the meaning of what he saw: "As for the one whose head would be [constantly] broken, he is a man whom Allaah سبحانه و تعالى taught the Qur'aan, but who would then sleep from it at night, and not apply it during the day. That will be done to him (his head being struck with the rock, over and over again) until the Day of Resurrection." [/colour][color=#000000] [2]  [color=#38761d]Notes:  Bukhaaree (1386) 
17
Sep
2018

Strive To Be Sincere When You Learn And Recite The Qur'aan

posted by Seifeddine-M on 17th September 2018 - 0 comments
When you recite the Qur'aan, you are performing an act of worship, for which you are seeking Allaah's pleasure and reward سبحانه و تعالى. This, as well as all other acts of worship, must fulfill two conditions - sincerity and mutaaba'ah (following the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in the way one performs the act of worship; otherwise, the deed performed is rejected).  Imaam an-Nawawi رحمه الله explained that one who recites the Qur'aan is first and foremost commanded to be sincere in his recitation, to seek Allaah's countenance سبحانه و تعالى, and to not intend the achievement of any other goal. Imaam an-Nawawi رحمه الله makes an important point, for some reciters of the Qur'aan want to attract attention to themselves, desiring veneration from others - we ask Allaah سبحانه و تعالى to keep us safe and healthy . It should be enough for a reciter to know the punishment awaiting him if he recites the Qur'aan so that people will praise him for his recitation, a punishment that is explained in the following hadeeth. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه related that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said,  [size=4] إِنَّ أَوَّلَ النَّاسِ يُقْضَى يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَلَيْهِ رَجُلٌ اسْتُشْهِدَ فَأُتِيَ بِهِ فَعَرَّفَهُ نِعَمَهُ فَعَرَفَهَا قَالَ فَمَا عَمِلْتَ فِيهَا قَالَ قَاتَلْتُ فِيكَ حَتَّى اسْتُشْهِدْتُ ‏.‏ قَالَ كَذَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّكَ قَاتَلْتَ لأَنْ يُقَالَ جَرِيءٌ ‏.‏ فَقَدْ قِيلَ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ أُمِرَ بِهِ فَسُحِبَ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ حَتَّى أُلْقِيَ فِي النَّارِ وَرَجُلٌ تَعَلَّمَ الْعِلْمَ وَعَلَّمَهُ وَقَرَأَ الْقُرْآنَ فَأُتِيَ بِهِ فَعَرَّفَهُ نِعَمَهُ فَعَرَفَهَا قَالَ فَمَا عَمِلْتَ فِيهَا قَالَ تَعَلَّمْتُ الْعِلْمَ ..وَعَلَّمْتُهُ وَقَرَأْتُ فِيكَ الْقُرْآنَ ‏.‏ قَالَ كَذَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّكَ تَعَلَّمْتَ الْعِلْمَ لِيُقَالَ عَالِمٌ ‏.‏ وَقَرَأْتَ الْقُرْآنَ لِيُقَالَ هُوَ قَارِئٌ ‏.‏ فَقَدْ قِيلَ ثُمَّ أُمِرَ بِهِ فَسُحِبَ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ حَتَّى أُلْقِيَ فِي النَّارِ ...الحديث  [color=#000000]"The first person to be judged on the Day of Resurrection is a man who was martyred. He will be brought [forward]; the blessings he received will be mentioned to him and he will acknowledge them. Then He (Allaah) will say, 'What did you do for them (i.e., what did you do to show thankfulness for those blessings)?' He will say, 'I fought for You until I was martyred.' Allaah سبحانه و تعالى will say, 'You have lied; instead you fought so that it would be said: "[He is] brave," and that has indeed been said [about you]. ' Then an order will be given regarding that man, and he will be dragged on his face until he is thrown into the Hellfire. [Another among the first to be judged is] a man who learned the Qur'aan, taught it, and recited it. He will be brought [forward]; the blessings he received will be mentioned to him and he will acknowledge them. Then He will say, 'What did you do for them?' The man will say, 'I learned knowledge and taught it. And I recited the Qur'aan for You.' He سبحانه و تعالى will say, 'You have lied. But instead you learned knowledge so that it would be said: "[He is] a scholar;" and you recited the Qur'aan, so that it would be said: "He is a reciter," and [both statements] have been said.' Then an order will be given regarding him, and he will be dragged on his face until he is thrown into the Hellfire..."[/color]  [2]  [color=#38761d][u]Notes: 
6
Aug
2018

No Compulsion in Religion

posted by Seifeddine-M on 6th August 2018 - 0 comments
Allaah سبحانه و تعالى said,    [color=#ff0000]"There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path."'[/color] (Sooratul-Baqarah, 2:256)  Imaam Ibn Katheer رحمه الله wrote,  "Meaning, do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islaam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islaam. Rather, whoever Allaah سبحانه و تعالى directs to Islaam, opens his heart for it and enlightens his mind, will embrace Islaam with certainty. Whoever Allaah سبحانه و تعالى blinds his heart and seals his hearing and sight, then he will not benefit from being forced to embrace Islaam. 
6
Aug
2018

Our Need for Allaah (the Most High)

posted by Seifeddine-M on 6th August 2018 - 0 comments
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله wrote,  "You must know that a human's need for Allaah سبحانه و تعالى - that he worship Him and not associate any partner with Him - is a need concerning which there is no comparison that one can make an analogy to. In some matters, it resembles the need of the body for food and drink. However, there are many differences between the two.  The reality of a human being is in his heart and soul. These cannot be prosperous except through [their relation] with Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, concerning whom there is no other god. There is [for example,] no tranquillity in this world except in His remembrance. Verily, man is heading toward his Lord and he shall meet Him. He must definitely meet Him. There is no true goodness for him except in meeting Him. [2]  If the human experiences any pleasure or happiness other than in Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, that joy and happiness will not endure. It will move from one nature to another or from one person to another. The person will enjoy it at one time or only some of the time. In fact, sometimes the thing he enjoys and gets pleasure from does not bring him pleasure or enjoyment. Sometimes it even hurts him when it comes to him. And he is even more harmed by that. But his God is definitely always with him under every circumstance and at all times. Wherever he is, He is with him [by His knowledge and aid] ...  If someone worships anything other than Allaah سبحانه و تعالى - even if he loves it and attains some love in this world and some form of pleasure from that - [that false worship] will destroy the person in a way greater than the harmful displeasure that comes to a person who ate poison ... 
6
Jul
2018

Some Reasons Why There Are Different Wordings of One Hadeeth or Incident

posted by Seifeddine-M on 6th July 2018 - 0 comments
The scholars have pinpointed many major causes for different narrations or wordings of what is apparently one hadeeth or one incident.   The following are some of the major causes:  [b](1) The incident narrated may only seem like one event or statement while, in reality, each narrator or narration is describing a different event or statement of the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم.  (2) Sometimes the hadeeth is narrated according to its meaning only and the exact wording has not been preserved. Other narrators may narrate the same hadeeth while preserving the exact wording.   [b](3) Narrators have different retentive strengths. Particularly if a hadeeth or anecdote is long, it is natural for a narrator to recall or to narrate more of an incident than others. Hence, one's version of the hadeeth may be longer than that of another narrator. 
29
Jun
2018

Intention is the Key to Eternal Living in Paradise or Hell-Fire

posted by Seifeddine-M on 29th June 2018 - 0 comments
Some people ask: Why is it that the unbelievers are punished in hell forever while they were not disobedient to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى forever? Similarly, why will the believers be rewarded with heaven forever while they were obedient to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى for only a short time in this life? The answer is that the unbelievers had the intention to disobey Allaah سبحانه و تعالى forever while the believers had the intention to obey Allaah سبحانه و تعالى forever. Thereby, they are rewarded according to their intentions. As Imaam 'Ali al-Qaari رحمه الله pointed out, entrance into Paradise is due to faith, the levels in Paradise are due to the deeds performed and remaining therein forever is due to the intention that the person had to obey Allaah سبحانه و تعالى as long as he could have lived. Similarly, entrance into Hell is due to disbelief, its levels are due to the evil deeds that the person performed and its eternity is due to the intention the unbeliever had to forever disobey Allaah.   The disbelievers may do some deeds that seem to be good because they bring positive results for others, such as humanitarian acts. However, that does not mean that such acts are good for the person himself. Imaam lbn Rajab رحمه الله stated,  "Ordering good is a type of charity. Bringing about reconciliation and peace between two is a good deed, even if it is not done for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, due to the benefit that it brings for others. The people receive goodness and good. However, as for the one who brought it about, if he did that for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and seeking His pleasure, then it is good for him and he shall be rewarded. If that was not his intent, it is actually not good for him nor shall he be rewarded for it." [2]  The problem with the deeds of all the disbelievers - in general - is that none of them, no matter how utilitarian or humanitarian they seem, are for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. They perform deeds for the sake of the false, claimed gods, such as Prophet Jesus عليه السلام. Or they perform deeds to make their own egos feel good. Sometimes - many times - they do acts to impress others. Hence, their deeds are never really for the sake of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and, therefore, they are not deserving of reward from Allaah سبحانه و تعالى in the Hereafter. They claim to be doing good while at the same time they are refusing to submit to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى. Hence, there can truly be no good in them. They are as those described in the Qur'aan,     
22
Jun
2018

Du'aa' in the Last Third of the Night

posted by Seifeddine-M on 22nd June 2018 - 0 comments
Of the great mercy of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is that he has favoured certain times over others. Thus, He has distinguished these timings so that the worshipper can eagerly anticipate their arrival, and thus pray earnestly and sincerely. Had all timings been the same, the worshipper would not have had the enthusiasm and fervor that exists during more blessed times. Therefore is it important that the one who desires that his du'aa' be answered utilise these times, and ensure that his du'aa' be more frequent and sincere during them. One of these special times is during the last third of the night.  The night extends from sunset to dawn, and can be divided into three parts. If, for instance, sunset is at 6:00 p.m., and dawn at 4:00 a.m., the night is then 10½ hours long, and each one third is 3½ hours long. The last one third would then extend from 1:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. During this time, when most of creation is in a deep sleep, the true worshipper is awake, earnestly praying to his Creator سبحانه و تعالى, reflecting upon Allaah's creation, the heavens and the earth. In fact, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى describes the true believers as those who: [color=#ff0000]"And in the hours of dawn, they seek forgiveness from their Lord." (Sooratudh-Dhaariyaat, 51:18)
11
Jun
2018

Some Recommended Acts on the Days of 'Eid

posted by Seifeddine-M on 11th June 2018 - 0 comments
1) Performing the complete bathing (ghusl)  عن علي رضي الله عنه أنه سئل عن الغسل فقال: يوم الجمعه، ويوم العرفة، ويوم الفطر، ويوم الأضحى  'Ali رضي الله عنه was asked about the complete bathing and he replied, "(It is for) Friday (Jumu'ah), the Day of 'Arafah, the Day of Breaking the Fast ('Eid al-Fitr) and the Day of the Sacrifice ('Eid al-Ad-haa)."   [b]2) Wearing one's best clothing  Ibn 'Abbaas رضي الله عنهما said, 
7
Jun
2018

Du'aa' on Laylatul-Qadr (The Night of Decree)

posted by Seifeddine-M on 7th June 2018 - 0 comments
During this blessed night, when the angels descend down to earth with the angel Jibreel عليه السلام, and when the earth is overwhelmed with peace and serenity until the break of dawn, and when the doors of Paradise are opened, the worshipper is encouraged to turn to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى, and to ask of his needs for this world and the Hereafter.  As Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says,           
31
May
2018

Du'aa' When Fasting is Not Rejected

posted by Seifeddine-M on 31st May 2018 - 0 comments
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:  ثلاث دعوات لا ترد: دعوة الوالد، ودعوة الصائم، ودعوة المسافر  [color=#351c75]"Three du'aa's are never rejected:  1) The du'aa' of the father,  2) The du'aa' of the one fasting, 
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