Archive for April, 2011

Praising Allaah In Times Of Calamities

Posted in Miscellaneous, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

It is reported that Shurayh – Allâh have mercy on him – said,

“If I am afflicted with a calamity, I praise Allâh for it four times:

I praise Him because it wasn’t worse than it was,

I praise Him when He gives me the patience to bear it,

I praise Him for enabling me to say al-istirjâ’ (‘To Allâh we belong and to him we will return’; see Al-Baqarah: 154-156) in hope of a great reward,

and I praise Him for not making it a calamity in my religion.”

[Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of Shurayh Al-Qâdî]

Shall I Not Tell You Who The Real Faqeeh Is?

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Ali bin Abi Taalib – may Allah be pleased with him – said:

“Shall I not tell you who the real faqeeh is? He is one who does not make people despair of Allah’s mercy, yet he does not give them concessions to disobey Allah. He does not make them feel safe from Allah’s plan and he does not leave the Qur’aan.

There is no good in worship that involves no efforts to gain fiqh, and there is no good in seeking fiqh without seeking a thorough understanding. And there is no good in reading without contemplating.”

[Al-Aajurri in Akhlaaq Al-‘Ulamaa’ #45, Al-Khateeb in Al-Faqeeh wa Al-Mutafaqqih, 2/338-339]

Investing For The Hereafter, Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Get yourself out of this limited world of diseases to the wide world of the Hereafter, which what the eyes have never seen. Nothing is impossible there, and love is not lost.

O you who sold yourself for the sake of something which will cause you suffering and pain, and which will also lose its beauty, you sold the most precious item for the cheapest price, as if you neither knew the value of the goods nor the meanness of the price.

Wait until you come to the Day of mutual loss and gain and you will discover the injustice of this contract. ”There is no God but Allaah” is something that Allaah is buying. Its prices is Paradise, and the Messenger is its agent, and you will be pleased to part with a small part of this worldly life to obtain it. The part you lose is a small part of something that as a whole is not worth a mosquito’s wing.

[ibn qayyims ‘al fawaaid’]

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Al-Qâsim b. Muhammad, the grandson of Abû Bakr – Allah have mercy on him – said:

“In my time the people were not impressed by speech, they were impressed by actions. Anyone can say whatever he wants.”

[Aboo Daawood, Kitaab Al-Zuhd, p.354]

Accompanying The Sahaabah Through Reading Ones Books

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

It was once said to ‘Abdullah b. Al-Mubârak, “After you have prayed with us you don’t sit with us?

He replied, “I go and sit with the Sahâbah and the Tâbi’în.

We said, “And how can you sit with the Sahâbah and Tâbi’în (when they have all passed away)?

He replied, “I go and read the knowledge I have collected, I find their narrations and deeds. What would I do with you? You sit around backbiting people.

[Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` in his biography of ‘Abdullah b. Al-Mubârak]

Become A Scholar If You Are Able

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Umar ibn Abdil-‘Aziz said:

Become a scholar if you are able.
If you are not able, then be a student.
If you can not,then show love for them.
If you are unable to do that,then (at least) do not hate them.

[Ibn Abdil-Barr in Jaami’u Bayaanil-‘Ilmi wa Fadhlihi, #143]

Likewise Fudail Ibn Iyyad was asked: “Until when one should seek knowledge?

He said: “Until the inkwell is emptied in his grave.

Polishing The Rusty Heart, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn al-Qayyim – rahimahullaah- said:

“There is no doubt that the heart becomes covered with rust, just as metal dishes – silver, and their like – become rusty. So the rust of the heart is polished with dhikr, for dhikr polishes the heart until it becomes like a shiny mirror.

However, when dhikr is abandoned, the rust returns; and when it commences then the heart again begins to be cleansed. Thus the heart becoming rusty is due to two matters: (1) sins and (2) neglecting remembrance of Allaah. Likewise, it is cleansed and polished by two things : (1) istighfaar and (2) dhikr.”

[Al-Waabilus-Sayyib, p.80]

Purifying ones heart is a constant and ongoing process that only stops when one enters the grave. Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim.”

[Narrated by Ibn al-Qayyim in ‘Madaarij as-Saalikin’ ; 1/218]

So turn to Allaah constantly. Ibn Al-Qayyim mentions:

“Verily the life of man is in the life of his heart and his soul.And there is no life in the heart except by knowing its creator,having love for Him,worshipping Him solely,turning to Him in times of need, and seeking tranquility with His remembrance.”

From The Virtues Of Knowledge, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

With reference to the important virtues of knowledge, Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen mentions:

“That he who has knowledge does not become tired in protecting it. This is because, if Allaah bestows knowledge upon you, then its place is in the heart and there is no need for containers or keys or the like.

It is protected in the heart and soul, and in time itself it is a protector for you, because it protects you from danger, with Allaah’s permission.

So knowledge protects you, whilst with property, you protect it by placing it in locked up containers, and despite all this, you still remain insecure about it.”

[Kitaabul-‘Ilm]

Days Are But Hours, Ibn al-Jawzi

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn al-Jawzi said:

“Know, that days are but hours, and hours are but breaths, and every soul is a container, hence let not any breath pass without any benefit, such as on the Day of Judgement you find an empty container and feel regret!

Be aware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way; do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.”

How Foolish Are The People Of The Dunya

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Shubrumah:

“I am amazed at the people who take care of themselves by eating food out of fear of dying, yet do not protect themselves from sins out of fear of the Fire”.

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, 6/348]

Ibn Sireen, “How Could I Envy A Person Of Paradise Or Hell?”

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

It is reported that Muhammad b. Sîrîn – Allâh have mercy on him – said:

“I have never envied anyone over anything: if a person is going to be in the Fire, how could I envy him over some worldly matter when he is destined for the Fire?! And if he is going to Paradise, how could I be envious of a man of Paradise with whom Allâh tabâraka wa ta’âlâ is pleased?!”

Muslim said, “We have never heard anything better than this from the words of Ibn Sîrîn.”

[Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-‘Ilm article 2931]