The Du’aat Are Not A Substitute For The Scholars, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan

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

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan said:

“The presence of ‘intellectuals’ and ‘passionate speakers’ are not a substitute for the scholars in the Ummah. Such people are only well-read individuals. They are not scholars with understanding. Therefore applying the term ‘scholars’ to them is applying a term in other than its proper place. Consideration is given to the facts and not to ascriptions. So many times you wil find people that have good speech and incite the masses, yet they do not possess (true) understanding (of the religion).

The thing that exposes these people is when an incident occurs due to which the people need to know the religious ruling for that matter, since (at this time) the speakers and zealots reveal the limitations of their understanding. It is at this point that the role of the scholars comes in.

So let us take note of this and give our scholars their right, acknowledge their status and virtue, and give everyone of them the position they deserve.”

[Wujoob At-Tathabbut Fil-Akhbaar Wa Ihtiraam Al-‘Ulamaa’, p.50]

Is Islaam Just Theoretical?

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

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“This religion is not a theory that people learn from a book to enjoy its intellectual subtleties and to boast about their knowledge. Nor is it a negative faith that is confined to a relationship between human beings and their Lord. On the other hand, it is not merely a set of worship practices which people offer to their Lord.

This religion is a general declaration for the liberation of mankind. It takes a realistic and practical approach that employs suitable means to confront any human situation. When it is impeded by obstacles of understanding, it speaks out, making its message absolutely clear.

But when it faces the impediments of social systems and tyrannical authorities, it confronts them with a physical struggle, launching a campaign of jiahd to destroy all tyranny and establish Allaah’s authority in its place. (1)”

[Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], by Sayyid Qutb, 7/135]

Footnotes:

(1) This last paragraph may seem odd to some non-Muslims. To make it easier to understand, I will add my explanation to his speech here: “But when it faces the impediments of social systems and tyrannical authorities,” meaning, when the Muslims are being abused and tortured unjustly, “it confronts them with a physical struggle,” as any other human being would do when he is being abused or physical threatened, “launching a campaign of jiahd” i.e, to strive and struggle, “to destroy all tyranny” as no country, whether Musim or non-Muslim, is safe and peaceful if its rulers are tyrannical and unjust, “and establish Allaah’s authority in its place.” Meaning, to replace the unjust and barbaric laws of the tyrant who abuses its citizens, and to replace them with the laws of God, giving justice to all its citizens.

“This Is Your World That You Strive To Gain”

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Abul-Ashhab related that one day ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (ra) and a group of his companions passed by a pit that was use for the disposal of sewage an garbage. For some reason, ‘Umar was forced to stop for a short while beside the pit; he (ra) soon noticed looks of disgust and nausea on the faces of his Companions, so he said to them:

“This is your world that you strive to gain and that you cry over.”

[Az-Zuhd, by Imaam Ahmad, p. 118]

The Salaf’s Fear Of Allaah, By Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ummayah Al-Shaamee used to cry and weep in the masjid until his weeping became loud. The ruler of those regions sent him a letter saying, ‘You are disturbing those who pray with your excessive crying and loud weeping, so hold yourself back a little.’ When he read it, he cried and said, ‘The grief of the day of judgement has bequeathed me endless tears. I gain some relief by shedding some of them sometimes.’

Abu Bakr gave away all his wealth, now even sparing his garment.

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab wished that he were an inanimate shrub.

‘Uthmaan wished that after his death never to be resurrected (out of fear of Allaah).

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib shouted at this worldly life (saying), “I divorce you thrice, therefore you are unlawful to me now forever.” Even though a single divorce would have sufficed, but he did it thrice to ensure that someday his self-desire would not rekindle the hope of returning to it: not that his nobility would ever allow him to seek a loophole by means of which he would return to it.

Aboo Dardaa’ wished he were a fodder plant chewed by animals.

‘Imraan Ibn Al-Husayn (d.52H) wished he was reduced to ashes.

Indeed you listen to the Quraan but undoubtedly you do not hear it (its message) the way they heard it.

Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyyaad used to cry constantly, to the extent that he used to weep even during his sleep, which used to wake up his family.

Ibn Adham and Al-Saaree used to urinate blood because of their fear of Allaah.

Some people entered upon Al-Junayd while he was on his deathbed and they found him praying. [After he had finished] they greeted him and so he replied to their greeting and said, “This is not a time for wasting,” after which he commenced the salaah again.

Their tongues were busy in the remembrance of Allaah, their inner thoughts were overwhelmed by Allaah’s love, their yes shed tears of fear, and their self flees from his life to the house of asceticism.

Whenever people saw Al-Hasan Al-Basree, they would think as though a calamity had just befallen him.

Maaik Bin Deenaar (d. 130H) had a black line running own his cheek from how much his eyes shed tears.

‘Ataa’ Al-Salamee (a Taabi’ee) used to weep in his room so much that his tears would drain into the gutter of his house. One day his tears plashed upon a person who was walking in the street, whereupon the man shouted, “O people of the house, is this water pure?” ‘Ataa’ replied, “You should wash it off because these are tears of a person who disobeyed Allaah.”

[Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 50, 129, 177, 183 & 184]

Understanding That Victory Comes From Allaah Alone

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

Allaah says regarding the events of the battle of Badr: “(Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): “I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession. Allah made it only as glad tidings, and that your hearts be at rest therewith. And there is no victory except from Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” [8:9-10]

Ash-Shaheed Sayyid Qutb comments on these two verses saying:

“Their Lord then answered their appeal and informed them that He had decided to reinforce them with 1000 angels moving in close ranks. Greatly significant as this decision is, indicating the great value assigned by Allaah to those believers and the faith of Islaam, Allaah does not want the Muslims to understand that there is a mechanical process of a direct cause leading to a definite effect. The whole matter is referred back to Him so that the Muslims maintain the right beliefs and concepts.

This whole response, enforcement, and the revelation announcing it were merely given as happy news to reassure the believers’ hearts. Victory itself comes only from Allaah. This is a basic fact of faith restated here so that Muslims do not attach undue importance to any particular cause or factor.

It was sufficient that the Muslims should do their best and exert their maximum effort, overcoming the initial shock some of them experienced as they found themselves facing real danger. All they needed to do was to actually proceed in obedience of Allaah, assured of His support. In other words, they needed to fulfill their part and leave the rest to Allaah’s will. It is He who plans matters for them and dictates the final outcome of their efforts. The rest was merely a piece of happy news, giving reassurance to the believers to calm their hearts and enable them to face up to the real danger.

A community of believers does not need more than to feel that they are supported by Allaah’s soldiers for their hearts to be set at rest and to go into battle with courage and perseverance. Victory then comes from Allaah, who alone can grant it.”

[Fee Zhilaal  Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/92]

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Sincerity Of The Salaf

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Whenever Ayyoob As-Sakhstiyaanee (a Taabi’ee) spoke, his heart would become mellow and his eyes would flush with tears immediately, but then he would say, “How severe is this flu that I’m suffering from!

An-Nakh’ee used to recite the Quraan but whenever someone entered upon him he would immediately cover it (so no one would know his good deed).

Ibn Abee Layla used to pretend to be asleep if someone entered upon him while praying.

Al-Hasan Al-Basree once said, “Men (before) used to forbear shedding their tears whenever their tears began to well up (from their fear of Allaah), and if they feared they would be unable to conceal their tears from being noticed by others, they would leave the place so that no one could see them.”

[Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 86]

‘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]