‘Alee’s Advice To His Troops During His Reign As Caliph

Posted in Brothers Base, Inspirational Stories with tags , , , on May 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

When some border land under Ali’s control was raided, he said:

“Jihaad is one of the gates of paradise, which Allaah opens to the closest of His friends. It is the garment of piety, the shield of Allaah and the greatest protection. Whoever abandons it because of lack of interest, Allaah will give him a garment of humiliation to wear; calamities will befall him, he will be brought low and a seal will be placed on his heart. He will be led away from truth because of neglecting jihaad; he will be humiliated and deprived of justice.

Verily, I called you by night and by day, secretly and openly to fight these people. I told you to attack them before they attacked you, for by Allaah, no people are attacked in their land but they are humiliated. But you were negligent and reluctant, so attacks were launched against you and land was taken from you….

How strange it is, by Allah, that these people are united in their falsehood, and you are disunited and do not support your truth. This is what breaks the heart and brings grief and sorrow. May you perish, for you have become a target to be shot; you are raided and do not raid others, you are attacked and do not attack others. Allaah is being disobeyed, and you are pleased with that. If I command you to march towards them on a hot day, you will say that it is too hot and we should wait until it cools down. If I command you to march towards them in winter, you will say that it is too cold and we should wait until it warms up.

All of that in order to avoid heat and cold. If you are trying to avoid heat and cold, then by Allaah you will try harder to flee from the sword, O you men who are not men. Yon have the minds of children and are as irrational as women…

You have spoiled all my plans with your disobedience and reluctance, to the point that Quraysh have begun to say that the son of Abu Taalib is a courageous man, but he has no experience of war. What a strange thing they are saying! Is there anyone among them with more experience of war than me? Or who has attained a higher position in it than me? For I got involved in it when I had not yet reached the age of twenty, and here I am having passed the age of sixty. But if a man is not obeyed, his wisdom is to no avail…”

[Al-Bayaan Wat-Tabyeen, by Al-Jaahidh, Pp. 238-239]

Apologetic Muslims

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Abul A’laa Mawdoodee said:

“Ironically, our picture-makers (i.e, those who say Islam was spread by force via numerous bloodshed battles) are our old well wishers who have themselves been involved in a unholy war for the past many centuries against the poor an the wretched of the earth. History reveals a very ungainly picture of Westerners: equipped with all kinds of deadly weapons, they have thrown themselves on the people of the world establishing markets for their goods, searching for raw material resources, looking for lands to colonize, and minerals to exploit so that they can fuel their never-ending lust for other people’s wealth.

Their war is not for God but for greed to satisfy the demands of their baser selves, For them, it is enough of a reason for their blood-letting pursuits if others have resources to enrich them. Worse, they have annexed other people’s lands where they have settled their surplus manpower. Some people even qualified themselves for such punitive action if their geographical areas provided access to a territory that they wanted to overpower.

What we, Muslims, have done is now history while the West’s accomplishments are part of the contemporary scene witnessed by humanity every day. Asia, Africa, Europe America – which part of the world is left unsoiled with the blood of the innocents owing to the West’s unholy war? Horrible as it is, it redounds to their painting skills that thy have brushed us in such exaggerated colours. Ghastly as it may be, they have succeeded in concealing their own ugly face behind ours. And so great is our naivety, that when we see our portrait thus made we are so terrified that we forget to see the faces of the painters behind it.

Worse, we become apologetic, pleading, “Your excellencies, we do not have anything to do with war; we are as peaceful a missionary as the Buddhists and the priests are. All we do is to refute a few beliefs and replace them with some others. Weapons are not our business. We do, however, admit that occasionally when someone comes to bear us we counter him against our will. But now we have discarded even our right to self-defence. To please your Excellencies we have officially proscribed weapon-wielding jihaad. Now jihaad is an effort waged with our mouths and pens. To fight with weapons is your prerogative.

[A quote from his paper which was originally a speech given in Lahoor in 1939]

Abu Hurayrah & His Collection Of Books

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , on May 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

We are not sure whether he (Aboo Hurayrah) had any written collection of ahaadeeth in his early life, but mention is made in a later period of the books he had in his possession:

1) Hasan Ibn ‘Amr saw many books of ahaadeeth in Aboo Hurayrah’s possession. [Ibn Hajr, Fath Al-Baaree, 1/217]

2) It is said that Basheer Ibn Naheek made his collection, copying he book of Aboo Hurayrah, bu the isnaad of this statement is somewhat defective.

The following derived hadeeth from him in written form:

1) ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn Marwaan: He had almost all the hadeeth of Aboo Hurayrah in written form. [Ibn Sa’d, Tabaqaat, 7/157]

2) Aboo Saalih Al-Sammaan: He transmitted from Aboo Hurayrah and others. Al-A’mash wrote down 1000 hadeeth from him [‘Alee Ibn Ja’d, Musnad, 80]; and Ibraheem An-Nakha’ee (d. 96H) made his collection of Aboo Hurayrah’s hadeeth through Al-A’mash – Aboo Saalih – Aboo Hurayrah [Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, ‘Ilal 1/140]. It is not mentioned whether or not Aboo Saalih himself had any written collection, but his son Suhail had a written collection fro him. Therefore, most probably Aboo Saalih had a written collection from Aboo Hurayrah.

3) ‘Aqbah Ibn Aboo Al-Hasnaa: He transmitted a book from Aboo Hurayrah. A copy of this book was in the possession of Adh-Dhahabee. [Adh-Dhahabee, Meezaan Al-‘Itidaal, 3/85]

4) Basheer Ibn Naheek: He made his collection from Aboo Hurayrah, and presented the book to him and even obtained Aboo Hurayrah’s permission to transmit it. [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 1/470]

5) Hammaam Ibn Munabbih: He transmitted from Aboo Hurayrah a saheefah (book) which has been edited and published.

6) Marwaan Ibn Hakam: He made a collection of Aboo Hurayrah’s hadeeth. It was copied by Aboo Al-Za’zaa. [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 2/431]

7) Muhammad Ibn Sireen: The book was written on an old parchment… This book was in the possession of Yahyaa Ibn Sireen, because in his later days Muhammad Ibn Sireen did not like to have any sort of books. [Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee, Jaami’ 56b]

8) Sa’eed Al Maqburee: Muhammad Ibn ‘Ajlaan had the book of Sa’eed which he had compiled from Aboo Hurayrah. [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 9/342]

9) ‘UbaydAllaah Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mauhab Al-Taimee: His son related a book from him most of which consisted of defective hadeeth. [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 11/254]

Other students of Aboo Hurayrah who wrote down hadeeth (not necessarily from Aboo Hurayrah) include:

1) ‘Abdullaah Ibn Hurmuz. [Hanbal, 2/531]

2) ‘Abdul-Rahmaan Ibn Hurmuz Al-A’raj (40 – 117). [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 5/291]

3) ‘Awn Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Utbah. [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 8/173]

4) Habeeb Ibn Saalim Al-Ansaaree (40 – 110).Hanbal, 4/273]

5) Muhammad Ibn Ziyaad Al-Qurashi (35 – 120). [Ma’rifah, 164]

6) Saalih Ibn Nabhaan (40 – 125). [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 4/406]

7) Yazeed Ibn Abee Habeeb (53 – 128). [Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, ‘Ilal, 142b]

8) Zayd Ibn Aslam – Client of Ibn ‘Umar (40 – 136). [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 3/396 & 7/8]

[Taken from “Studies In Early Hadeeth Literature”, by M. M. Al-Azami, Suhail Academy, Lahore, Pakistan, 2001. Pp. 37-38, 60, 76, 81, 82, 95, 100, 105 & 106]

The Importance Of Having More Than One Shaykh

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ayyoob said: “If one wants to know the mistake of his teacher he ought to frequent other teachers as well.” [Daarimee, 1/153]

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: “To reach an authentic statement, one needs to compare the words of scholars which each other.” [Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee, Jaami, 193]

When Ibn Uyaynah delivered his lectures on hadeeth, he was questioned by students whenever he differed from his colleague (Imaam) Maalik. [Humaidee, 226, 238, 281, 934]

A Look At The Early Islamic Civilisation, By Sayyid Qutb

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

“The bond of faith and ideology is a free one which human beings choose by their own free-will, after proper consideration and study. The other ties are not only more fitting for animals, but are also imposed on man and he has no say in them.

No human being can change his family descent or the race to which he belongs Nor does he have any choice of the colour of his skin. All these matters are settled before he is even born. The same applies to the land or the country of his birth and the language he speaks as a result of being raised within his particular community. Man has certain material interests and a common destiny with others, but these are also very difficult to change, because they apply to him as well as to his community. There is little room for man’s free-will in all these matters. For this reason, Islaam does not adopt any of these as the basic bond uniting its community.

Faith, ideology and its practical approach of implementation are all matters of free choice. At any moment, a human being can declare his choice of these and determine the community to which he wishes to belong. No restriction is imposed on this choice as a result of man’s colour, language, race, descent, the land of his birth or his material interests which may change from one community to another…

The concrete remarkable result of this attitude was that the Islamic society became an open and all inclusive community in which people of various races, nations, languages and colours were members. No obstacle prevented them from forming a coherent and open society. The rivers of higher talent and various abilities of all races of mankind flowed together into this vast ocean and worked in perfect harmony. Such a coherent mix gave rise to a high level of civilization in a very short period of time. It harnessed the capabilities, ideas and wisdom of all those people to produce a great civilisation, in spite of the fact that in those times, travel was difficult and the means of communication were slow.

In this unique Islamic society Arabs, Persians, Syrians, Egyptians, Moroccans, Turks, Chinese, Indians, Romans, Greeks, Indonesians, Africans and people of other nations and races were gathered together. Their various characteristics were united, and with mutual cooperation, harmony and unity they took part in the construction of the Islamic community and the Islamic culture. This marvellous civilisation was not an ‘Arab’ civilisation but an Islamic one. At no time did it acquire a nationalistic guise, but was instead always based on faith.

All these people came together on an equal footing in a relationship of love, with their minds set on a single goal. They used their best abilities, developed the qualities of their races to the fullest, and brought the essence of their personal, national and historical experiences for the development of this united community, to which they all belonged as equal members and in which their common bond was through their relationship with their Lord. In this community their ‘humanity’ developed without any hindrance. Such characteristics were never witnessed in any other community in the entire history of mankind.”

[Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/217-218]

‘Umar’s Affection Towards Children

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , on April 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Sinan Bin Salamah said:

During my childhood, I was once picking fallen dates under a date-palm tree. Suddenly ‘Umar cam and all the children ran away (lol!) but I remained.

When ‘Umar came near I said: “O leader of the believers, these dates had already fallen.

‘Umar said: “Show me.

After seeing them, ‘Umar said: “You have spoken the truth.”

I requested ‘Umar to come with me to my house, because if I went alone, then all the boys would catch me and take away my dates from me. ‘Umar accompanied me to my home.

[Abqariyah ‘Umar, p. 206]

A Short Bio Of Ibn ‘Abbaas

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on March 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Abbaas used to pray qiyaam regularly: Ibn Maleekah said: “I accompanied Ibn ‘Abbaas from Makkah to Madeenah. He used to pray two by two, and he would spend half the night in prayer, reciting the Quraan slowly, letter by letter, and weeping and sobbing a great deal.” [Al-Muttaqa, 7/270]

Ibn ‘Abbaas wept so much that traces of that were left on his cheeks: Aboo Raja’ said: “I saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, and the bottom of his eyes was like a worn out shoelace because of weeping.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/352]

Ibn ‘Abbaas was very generous and acknowledged the status of the senior Companions: Once Aboo Ayyoob Al-Ansaari was going through some financial difficulties and was burdened debts. He came to stay with Ibn ‘Abbaas, who emptied his house out for him and said: “I shall do for you what you did for the Messenger of Allaah (saw) [i.e, inviting him over just as he had invited the Messenger over when he (saw) first came to Madeenah]. Then he said: “How much is your debt?” Aboo Ayyoob said: “Twenty thousand.” So Ibn ‘Abbaas gave him forty thousand, and twenty slaves, and everything that was in the house.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/324]

The sermons of Ibn ‘Abbaas: Aboo Waa’il said: “Ibn ‘Abbaas addressed us when he was the leader of the hajj. He started to recite Soorah An-Noor, reciting  and explaining the meaning. I have never seen or heard a man who speaks like that. If the Persians, Romans and Turks heard him, they would become Muslim.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

Masrooq said: “When I saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, I thought he was the most handsome of people. When he spoke, I thought he was the most eloquent of people. When he preached, I thought he was the greatest of people.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

The gatherings of Ibn ‘Abbaas: Al-Qaasim Ibn Muhammad said: “I never saw any talk of falsehood in the gatherings of Ibn ‘Abbaas.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]