This World Is Coming To An End, A Sermon By ‘Alee (Ra)

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“This world is soon coming to an end and will bid farewell, and the hereafter is coming and will soon begin. Today the horses are being kept in preparation, and tomorrow will be the race.

Indeed you are living in the days of hope that will be interrupted by death. Whoever falls short during the days of hope before his death comes will be doomed.

Strive hard for the sake of Allaah (swt) in the hope of reward as you strive hard for His sake for fear of His punishment.

I have never seen anything like paradise whose seekers could sleep. And I have never seen anything like hell, those who fear which can sleep.

The one who does not benefit from the truth will be harmed by falsehood, and whoever does not benefit from guidance will be led astray by misguidance. You have been instructed to travel, and you have been told about your provision. O people, this world is a temporary convenience; the righteous and the immoral alike may enjoy its luxuries. But the hereafter is true, and it will be ruled by a powerful King. Satan threatens you with poverty and bids you to do evil, but Allah (swt) promises you forgiveness and bounty from Him, and Allaah (swt) cares for all and knows all things.

O people, do righteous deeds during your lifetime, and your offspring will be taken care of.

Allaah (swt) has promised His paradise to those who obey Him, and He has warned of His hell for those who disobey Him. Its fire will never be extinguished, its prisoners will never be ransomed, and the one who suffers therein will never be helped. Its heat is intense, its bottom is deep and its water is a boiling fetid liquid.”

[Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/7]

Thinking Little Of Oneself, By Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Jawzee:

“Whoever thinks of the inclination of his own self and the sins that his self is committing will release his sins and shortcomings for certain and will be uncertain with regard to other people. What he must beware of is self-admiration and exaggeration about the righteous deed that he is doing for the hereafter. The believer in that regard is always thinking little of himself.

It was said to ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez, ‘If you die we will bury you in the chamber of the Messenger of Allaah (saw).‘ He said, ‘If I meet Allaah with all kinds of sins except for polytheism (shirk), that is dearer to me than thinking of myself a qualified for that.‘ “

[Sayd Al-Khaatir, p. 250]

True Knowledge Is What Leads To The Fear Of Allaah

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Allaah says:

… It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allaah…” [35:28]

Ibn Katheer said:

“The only ones who truly fear Allaah are the scholars – those who are knowledgeable about Him. This is because every time one’s knowledge and awareness of The Most Great, The All-Able, The All-Knowing, The One ascribed with Perfect Attributes and described by Perfect Names becomes complete and whole, one’s fear of Him becomes greater and increased.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/553]

Al-Bayhaqee said:

“Allaah clarifies that (true) fear of Him can only be achieved through knowledge.” [Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 5/323]

A man said to Ash-Sha’abee:

“Who is a scholar?”

He replied:

“The scholar is the one who has fear of Allaah.”

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said:

“Knowledge is sufficiency for the fear of Allaah and ignorance is a sufficiency for delusion and being mislead.” [Az-Zuhd of Ibn Mubaarak, p.15]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood also said:

“Knowledge is not obtaining an abundance of hadeeth, but rather knowledge is obtaining khashyah (fear of Allaah).” [Al-Hilyah, 1/131]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said:

“It is sufficient amount of knowledge for a person that he has fear of Allaah and it is sufficient amount of ignorance for a person that he is amazed by his knowledge.” [Ad-Daarimee, 1/346]

‘Abdul A’laa At-Taymee said:

“Whoever is given knowledge and it does not cause him to weep, then it is appropriate (to say) that he has not been given knowledge that benefits him…” [Ad-Daarimee, 299]

‘Abdullaah Ibn AhmAd Ibn Hanbal said to his father:

“Did Ma’roof have any knowledge?”

Imaam Ahmad replied:

“My son, he had the basis of all knowledge and that is the fear of Allaah.” [Siyar Al-A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 1/339]

Hudhaifah (ra) said:

It is sufficient knowledge for a man that he fears Allaah. And it is a sufficient lie that he says, ‘I seek forgiveness and repent to Him,‘ yet he goes back to doing it.” [Kitaab Al-‘Ilm, of An-Nisaa’ee #14]

Knowledge Or Voluntary Action? By Ibn Rajab

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , on June 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Rajab said:

“The scholars have differed concerning this issue. Which one is better, studying sacred knowledge or performing voluntary prayers and reciting the Quraan and words of remembrance? Knowledge is better for him who studies sincerely for Allaah’s sake and has a good and clear mind. However, this should still be joined with a good amount of prayers and worship. If you find him to be a serious student but notice that he’s lacking in his worship, it is a lazy and worthless person you’re dealing with, and this person is not truthful when he says his intentions are good.

As for when one studies hadeeth and fiqh simply as an intellectual pursuit, worship is better in such a case. In fact, the difference between the two is like the difference between the normative and superlative. This is a general categorization, and by Allaah, I have only seen a few who are sincere in seeking this knowledge.”

[Ibn rajabs explanation to Aboo Ad-dardaa’s hadeeth, p.96]

Seeking Benefit From The Dead, By Ibn Al-‘Arabi (Al-Maaliki)

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , on June 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

After mentioning the virtue of visiting one’s brother for the sake of Allaah, Ibn Al-‘Arabi said:

“This applies if he is alive. If he is dead, it is permissible to visit his grave too and to pray for mercy for him so that the deceased may benefit from the living (by his du’aa). But he should not seek to benefit from the deceased, because this is an innovation.”

[Quoted in Fath Al-Baaree, 3/65]

Advice Of Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

“You should know my son, may Allaah guide you to what is right, that man has been distinguished by intellect only so that he would at according to it. Bring it to the fore, use it in contemplation and spend time alone with yourself. You will conclude that you are a created being who has responsibilities and obligations and that the two angels ar counting your every word and glance. Every breath is a step closer to death. The time we spend in this world is short, the time we are held in our graves is long, and the punishment for following our base desires is calamitous.

Where is the delight of yesterday? It has departed leaving only regret in its wake. Where is the soul’s desire? How many has it brought low, how many has it caused to slip and falter? People have only attained happiness by going against their lusts and desires. People have only become wretched by giving preference to the life of this world.

Learn from the lives of kings and ascetics: where is the delight of the kings and where is the weariness of the ascetics. The only thing left is the abundant reward and beautiful mention for the pious, and the malicious words and calamitous punishment for the disobedient. It is as if those who starved never starved, and those who ate to their fill never did so.

Laziness in virtuous deeds is an evil companion indeed, and love of comfort causes regret greater than any enjoyment. So take heed and tire yourself for your self.”

[“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, Pp.38-39]

Respecting The Scholars

Posted in Adab (Manners), Knowledge with tags , , , , on May 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

NOTE: The reference to ‘scholars’ here refers to those who are upon the haqq, who do not fear the blame of the blamers, who speak the haqq even if it lands them in prison. Likewise the reference to ‘rulers’ refers to those who implement the Law of Allaah without ‘abrogating’ it for man made laws. Those rulers who worship the Kuffaar and do not implement the Shariah are not to be respected.

Ayyoob Ibn Al-Quryah said:

“The people that have the most right to be honored are three: (1) The scholars, (2) the brothers, (3) and the rulers. Therefore whoever has disdain and belittles the scholars has corrupted his manhood. Whoever has disdain and belittles the rulers has corrupted his present life, and the intelligent does not have disdain and belittle anyone.”

[Jaami Bayaan Al-‘Ilm Wa Fadhlihi, 1/46]

Taawoos Ibn Kaysaan said:

“It is from the sunnah to respect four types of people: (1) the scholar, (2) the elder, (3) the ruler, (4) and the father.”

[Musannaf of ‘Abdur-Razaaq, 11/137]

Ash-Sha’abee said:

“Once Zayd Ibn Thaabit led the prayer and then a camel was brought for him to ride. So Ibn ‘Abbaas came and took hold of the camel’s mount (for him to ascend). At this, Zayd told him, ‘Leave it alone, O son of the Messenger of Allaah’s uncle (i.e. cousin).

So Ibn ‘Abbaas replied, ‘This is how we treat the scholars and elders.‘ “

[Majma’ Az-Zawaa’id, 9/345]