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May 1, 2007

Jewels of Guidance: Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (rah)

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* “Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen!…”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

“A member of the Da’wah and Guidance Centre in Jeddah narrates that during the hajj of 1416A.H, he was in the company of the Shaykh at King ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Airport in Jeddah surrounded by the pilgrims who were arriving for hajj.

Here, the Shaykh undertook that which was obligatory upon him by giving da’wah to the arriving pilgrims. A large group of Russian pilgrims arrived and the Shaykh wanted to offer some words (of da’wah) to them. So he asked if there was a translator amongst them. Then, the (Russian) guide for the group came forward not knowing this was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.

After completing the translation, the guide asked who the Shaykh was. He was told that it was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. At this, he turned to embrace the Shaykh kissing him (on his forehead) whilst crying. He then grabbed hold of the microphone and addressed all the members of his group that this was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. At this, tears began falling from the eyes of each and every member of the group, whilst the guide was repeatedly loudly calling out on the microphone “Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen!…”

The members of the group then came (forward) and conveyed their greetings to the Shaykh and kissed him (on his forehead).

The guide for the group then turned to the Shaykh and said:

“These are your students. They used to read your books in shelters under the ground during the Communist rule.” (al-Jaami’ li-Hayaat al-‘Allaamah Muhammed ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Page 38)

* “…one of the students of knowledge reminded the Shaykh”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

“During the Jumu’ah khutbah, the Shaykh mentioned the excellence of reciting Soorah al-Faatihah before sleeping, and encouraged (everyone) to recite it. After the khutbah, one of the students of knowledge reminded the Shaykh, saying:

“O Shaykh, you probably meant the excellence of Aayatul-Kursee”

The Shaykh then realised he had unintentionally made a mistake, so he corrected his mistake immediately before the congregation left, warning them a mistake had been made in the khutbah and that which is correct is reciting Aayatul-Kursee before sleeping.” (al-Jaami’ li-Hayaat al-‘Allaamah Muhammed ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Page 43)

* “Resting is in being at the service of the Muslims”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Badr ibn Naadir al-Mashaaree:

“Despite the ill-health of the Shaykh, he was steadfast in delivering the Jumu’ah khutbah in al-Jaami’ al-Kabeer and leading the prayers and meeting the people to answer their questions and enquiries; All this in spite of what he was going through himself, such that it was said to him: “Rest yourself O Shaykh”, to which he replied: “Resting is in being at the service of the Muslims”.” (ad-Durr ath-Thameen fee Tarjamti Faqeehil-Ummah al-‘Allaamah ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 296)

* “…at a time when he was desperately in need of sleep…”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Jawwaad as-Saawee:

“Once the Shaykh was invited by one of the charity organisations in Jeddah, and the meeting prolonged into the night, close to one o’clock in the morning; and it was not the habit of the Shaykh to remain awake like this. It was noticeable that he was overcome with exhaustion and tiredness and it was evident he needed sleep, so we returned to the house where the Shaykh was staying, and we entered and fell asleep right away.

In the middle of the night, at about 3:30(am), after we had been sleeping for about only two hours – since we fell asleep at about 1:30 – I noticed the sound of the Shaykh reciting in prayer; and this at a time when he was desperately in need of sleep and rest, (yet) he was standing before his Lord praying.” (Safahaat Mushriqah min Hayaat al-Imaam Muhammed ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Page 73)

* “So the Shaykh got out and pushed the car himself…”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

The Shaykh once rode in an old car of a dear friend which happened to break down a lot. So, along the journey, the car broke down and the Shaykh said to the driver:

“Stay where you are, I will get out and push the car”

So the Shaykh got out and pushed the car himself until it started up again.

Such was the extent of the humility of the Shaykh (rahima-hullaah). (al-Jaami’ li-Hayaat al-‘Allaamah Muhammed ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Page 42)

* “Take the car (back) to the Prince and thank him for his noble gesture…”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by his son, ‘Abdullaah ibn Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen:

“Prince ‘Abdul-Ilaah ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez Aal Sa’ood, the governor of Qaseem, sent a brand new car as a gift to the Shaykh. When the Shaykh arrived home, he saw the car in front of the house and was informed about it. The car remained outside the house for five days without being used, then the Shaykh said to his son, ‘Abdullaah:

“Take the car (back) to the Prince and thank him for his noble gesture, and inform him that I am not in need of it.”

So the car was returned to the Prince, whilst the Shaykh remained with his cheap, old car, not seeking much importance at the sight of his (cheap and old) vehicle; And (as such) the Shaykh died whilst he was still in possession of that same (cheap and) old car.” (al-Jaami’ li-Hayaat al-‘Allaamah Muhammed ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Page 23)

* “Do you know who the Shaykh is?”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated:

Whilst the Shaykh was returning from al-Masjid al-Haraam to his hotel having prayed, he noticed a group of youth playing football instead of having prayed. So the Shaykh stopped and began advising them and reminding them about Allaah, whilst they did not know who he was. The Shaykh then forbade them to continue playing football until they prayed. So one of them came forward and began raising his voice and cursing the Shaykh. At this, the Shaykh turned to address him with love and humility, and said to him:

“You must come with me to the hotel, where we shall talk.”

With the Shaykh were some students of knowledge, and they advised the youth to listen to the Shaykh and go with him. So he went with him and the Shaykh hosted him in his room. The Shaykh then left the room for a brief moment, and those present turned to the youth, asking him:

“Do you know who the Shaykh is?”, and he replied: “No”

They told him: “This is Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen”

At this, the look on the youth’s face suddenly changed.

When the Shaykh entered the room, the youth stood up crying and kissed the Shaykh on the forehead.

It is related that this incident happened to be the turning point for the youth who changed and became religious. (al-Jaami’ li-Hayaat al-‘Allaamah Muhammed ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Page 41)

* The Shaykh sewing/mending his own clothes…

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by one of his students:

“Once, I visited Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen in Makkah in his lodgings during the days of Hajj, and I found him with a needle in his hand sewing his thobe (traditional full-length shirt-type garment).” (Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, al-Imaam az-Zaahid – Page 163)


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Quotes from Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi

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Recently I borrowed from a sister the book “Let Us Be Muslims” by Sayyid Mawdudi. I started reading it in the weekend and subhaan Allaah the main thing that I really liked about the book (so far) is the style of his, rahimahullaah, speech/writings. As, Khurram Murad (rah), puts it in the introduction:

“This appeal to reason, thirdly, is one of the most outstanding characteristics of Sayyid Mawdudi’s discourse. However ordinary and illiterate his addressees may be, for him they are responsible, intelligent and reasonable people. They are supposed to think for themselves, and they are capable of doing so. That is how God has made them. That is why Sayyid Mawdudi does not treat us as objects to be manipulated by cheap rhetoric and non-rational appeals. Instead, he persistently appeals to our reason with cogent reasoned arguments.
For this purpose, he again and again confronts us with questions rather than dogmatic statements. These questions are artful premises from which we can easily deduce the necessary conclusions, or they reinforce his argument, or they serve as conclusions which, though irrefutable, we are still free to accept. The question-answer style constantly employed throughout the book, turns his discourse into a dialogue rather than a monologue. Thus, we become equal partners in his explorations instead of remaining passive receivers of his findings.
(Let Us Be Muslims, The Islamic Foundation, 2002, p. 18)

Pay attention to the simplicity in style, yet the strong meanings behind his messages. Here are some quotes:

“You know the damage caused if crops are burnt; you know the suffering which results from failure to earn a livelihood; you know the harm resulting from loss of property. But you do not know the loss of being ignorant of Islam.”
(p. 22)

“To be slaves of the three idols, I say, is the real Shirk (idolatry). You may have demolished the temples of bricks and mortar, you may have broken the stone of idols in them, but you have paid little attention to the temples within your own hearts. To smash these idols is the essential precondition to becoming a Muslim. With these idols in your hearts you cannot become slaves of God. Merely by offering Prayers many times a day, by ostentatiously observing Fasts, and by putting on the outward face of Muslims you may deceive your fellow beings – as well, indeed, yourselves – but you will never be able to deceive God.” (p. 27. Note: Sayyid Mawdudi is referring to self, society, family or nation, men (especially the rulers, the rich and the false thinkers) as gods besides Allaah swt, if obeyed besides Him, i.e. shirk).

“The moment you recite the Kalimah: “La ilaha illa ‘llah Muhammadu ‘r-rasulu ‘llah”, you accept that the only law you recognize is the law of God, only God is your sovereign, only God is your ruler, only God you will obey, and only the things given in God’s book and by His Messengers are true and right. It means that as soon as you become Muslims you must renounce your authority in favour of God’s authority.
Consequently, you have no right to say, “My opinion is this, the prevalent custom is this, the family tradition is this, that scholar and that holy person says this.” In the face of Allah’s word and His Messenger’s Sunnah, you cannot argue in this manner. You should judge everything in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah; accept what is in conformity with them and reject what runs contrary to them, irrespective of the people who may be behind them. It is a contradiction in terms to call yourselves Muslims on the one hand, and, on the other, follow your own opinions and customs of society or some person’s words or actions as against the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Just as a blind person cannot claim to have eyes, nor a deaf person to have ears, so a person who refuses to subordinate the affairs of his life to the dictates of the Qur’an and the Sunnah cannot call himself a Muslim.”
(p. 66)

“You will naturally reap whatever you have sown in the land. If you sow wheat, only wheat will grow. If thorns are sown, only thorns will grow. If nothing is sown, nothing will grow. Whatever mistakes and errors you make in the course of ploughing, sowing irrigating and tending your fields, the effect will become apparent at the time of reaping the crop. But if you have carried out all the necessary preparations properly, you will get your reward at the time of reaping.” (pgs. 86-87)

Regarding Muslims of today, he says: “So many Muslims today are all too ready to accept whatever is convenient in Islam but all too quick to change direction when conflict arises between Islam and Kufr. This weakness is found even among some of those claiming to be the greatest champions of Islam. They will shout “Islam! Islam!” and sing many songs praising it until their mouths are dry. They will be seen doing some work for Islam. But if they are told, “Let us now implement the law of Islam which you are praising so highly”, they will at once say, “There are some difficulties and obstacles, it is better to leave things as they are for the time being.”
What they mean is that Islam is a beautiful toy, to be displayed on a shelf and praised from a distance, but to be strictly avoided if the question is raised of enforcing its laws to govern ourselves, our families and relations and our businesses and the general conduct of our lives. This is the attitude of even some so-called religious people today.
As a result, neither Prayer nor Fasting nor reciting the Qur’an nor outward adherence to the Shari’ah is effective. When the soul departs, what feats can a dead body perform?”
(p. 110)

Regarding True Muslims, he says: “The second kind of Muslims are those who completely merge their personalities and existences into Islam. All the roles they have become subordinate to the one role of being Muslims. They live as Muslims when they live as fathers, sons, husbands or wives, businessmen, landlords, labourers, employers. Their feelings, their desires, their ideologies, their thoughts and opinions, their likes and dislikes, all are shaped by Islam. Allah’s guidance holds complete sway over their hearts and minds, their eyes and ears, their bellies, their sexual desires, their hands and feet, their bodies and souls. Neither their loves nor their hatreds are formed independently of Islamic criteria. Whether they fight or make friends, it is purely for the sake of Islam. If they give anything to anybody, it is because Islam requires it to be given. If they withhold anything from anybody, it is because Islam wants it to be withheld.
And this attitude of theirs is not limited to personal lives; their public lives, their societies is also based entirely on Islam. Their collectivity exists for Islam alone; their collective behaviour is governed by the precepts of Islam alone.”
(p. 115)

In shaa Allaah, I hope that this is enough for now. It took me some time to write this all but I hope that we all benefit from these beautiful advices in shaa Allaah ta’aalah, aameen.

April 19, 2007

The most moving “conversion to Islaam” video I’ve seen…

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This is by far the best “conversion to Islaam” video that I’ve seen. The brother became a Muslim after attending a few talks at the ISOC of Luton Uni. The most moving part is at the end after the brother takes his shahaadah and especially when brother Jalaal ibn Saeed gives him advices and promises.

I can’t seem to get the video in here, grr! So, I’ll just post the link to watch to it at IslamicTube.

You know it’s Eiid when…

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You know it’s Eiid, when you see this early in the morning (at the Masjid):

You know it's Eiid, when you see this early in the morning


April 18, 2007

Why tazkiyah & tarbiyah?

Filed under: General — by s h u r o o q @ 8:34 pm

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

The famous daa’ee Jamaal ad-Deen M. Zarabozo summarises the importance of tazkiyah & tarbiyah, in the introduction of his amazing book “Purification of the Soul: Concept, Process and Means”. In shaa Allaah I’d like to extract his words here:

For a number of reasons, this is a very important time to be writing a book of this nature.

First, the concept of purification of the soul as a whole is and always will be central to the message of Islam and to the welfare of humans, both in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was a main mission of the messengers and prophets themselves.

Second, there is a very strong need to shed light on the correct path of purification as delineated by the Quran and Sunnah- free of the foreign influence, deviations and heresies that have found their way into the realm of the religion and have caused a great deal of harm. The path described by the Quran and Sunnah is the only path that can result in a true purification of the soul. Indeed, it is the only path that is truly consistent with the purpose for which humans were created. Hence, any discussion of purification of the soul must rely heavily and exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah and what can be correctly derived from those two sources.

Third, many Muslims themselves are today being influenced by secular, materialistic psychology, leading them to neglect the spiritual side of humans and to ignore the guidance that Islam offers for the purification of the soul. This influence often occurs at a level wherein the person himself may not be completely aware that it is occurring.

Fourth, for some time now, there has been an Islamic revival spreading throughout the Muslim world. Upon closer inspection, it seems that this revival is somewhat tenuous and delicate, in the sense that for many Muslims it is more of an emotional¦ phenomenon. In order for this revival to be truly successful and lead to what it needs to lead to, it must be guided by the comprehensive teachings of Islam. First and foremost among those teachings is what is related to the purification of the soul. Without the purification of the souls, the revival will only be on the outer shell and will, in fact, be a “deceptive” revival, in the sense that the inner consciousness will not have been reformed and the lapse back to the pre-revival times may be very close at hand. Indeed, without the purifications of the souls, the very goals of the revival from the outset may be wrong.

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