Archive for May, 2011

The Six Categories Of Shirk

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

The Muftee Of Makkah of his time, Shaykh Aboo Bakr Bin Muhammad ‘Aarif Khuqayr (d. 1340H) divided shirk into shix categories:

1) Shirk in Independence (Istiqlaal: affirming two independant gods, like the shirk of the Magians.

2) Shirk in Division (Tab’eedh): which is extracting a god from another god, like the shirk of the Christians.

3) Shirk in Nearness (Taqreeb): worshipping other than Allaah in order to gain nearness to Him. (1)

4) Shirk of Taqleed: like the shirk of the later people of the times of Jaahiliyyah.

5) Shirk in Causes (Asbaab): to ascribe causes to toher than the Power of Allaah as the philosophers and atheists do when they say, ‘it rained due to the planet tempset (alone)’.

6) Shirk in Needs (Aghraadh): doing actions for other than Allaah and this is judged as being sinful as some of the scholars have mentioned.

[Kitaan Maa Laa Budda Minhu, p. 31]

Footnotes:

(1) Based on the saying of Allaah, quoting the Mushrikeen, “ ‘We only worship them that they may bring us closer to Allaah in position,’ ” [39:3]

[Poem] Unknown Amongst The People, Known Amongst The Hoor Al-‘Ayn

Posted in Brothers Base, Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Abul Fadl Al-‘Abbaas Ibn Yoosuf Ahs-Shiklee quoted the following lines from one of his colleagues, where he describes the stranger, the pious, the unknown worshipper of Allaah, and how he goes unknown in the gatherings of people, yet sits among the Hoor Al-‘Ayn:

It is likely that one attired in rags sit in a gathering tomorrow;

His carpet spread out laid out with cushions.

***

Rivers flow ceaselessly in his meadow;

Accompanied by Hoors, encircled by gardens.

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Lands and homes, wondrous treasured;

Wonderful is the abode of Eternity, excellent the company.

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A friend and neighbour of the Prophet, Muhammad (saw);

Granted closeness to a friend most worthy.

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Wonder for the servant living in his Lord’s vicinity;

In the Abode of Richness, in the embrace of fair ladies!

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Wonder for him; the Hoors walking in close proximity;

On green brocade carpets. Glory to the Creator!

[Related in “The Journey Of The Strangers”,  translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah, Pp. 51-52]

The Pious, Unknown, Young Worshipper Of Allaah

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Aboo ‘Abdillaah, the mu’adhdhin of the mosque of Banoo Haraam, said:

“My neighbour was a young boy, whenever I called the adhaan and iqaamah for prayer, it would seem that he was standing at the nape of my neck. When he had prayed, he would put on his shoes and enter his house.

I would hope that he talk to me or ask me for something and one day he asked me, “Aboo ‘Abdillaah, do you have a mushaf that you could lend me that I may recite from?

I gave him one, he took it and held it against his chest and said, “Something will happen to you and I today.

That whole day I did not see him. I called the iqaamah for Maghrib but he did not come, and likewise for ‘Ishaa’, so I started having suspicions. I went to his house and all I saw there was a bucket and a washroom. There was a curtain on his door which I pulled back and saw him there, dead.

My mushaf was also there which I took and then called  some people to help me lift him onto his bed. I spent the night thinking who I could ask concerning his burial sheet. I called the adhaan for Fajr and entered the masjid to see a light coming from the direction of the qiblah, I went to it and found a wrapped burial sheet there which I took, all the while praising Allaah, the Most High.

I put it in my house and then called the iqaamah; after prayer I found sitting on my right hand side Thaabit Al-Bunaanee, Maalik Ibn Deenaar, Habeeb Al-Faarisee and Saalih Al-Murree.

I said, “Brothers, what has brought you here?

They said, “Has someone dies here this night gone by?

I said, “A young boy who used to pray with me.

They said, “Show us.

When they entered the house, Maalik Ibn Deenaar removed the garment covering the deceased face and kissed his forehead on the place where he would prostrate and said, “May my father and mother be ransomed! You – Hajjaaj, if you became known in a particular place, you would move on to a place in which you were not known… come let us wash him!

Each one of them had a burial sheet in which they wished to wrap him, I informed them of what had happened that morning and they agreed to bury him in the burial sheets I had found. We then left and could hardly lift up his bier for the great crowd of people who had gathered to attend his funeral!”

[Related in “The Journey Of The Strangers”, translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah, Pp. 50-51]

The Example Of This Dunya

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Kathir says in his Tafsir:

“A characteristic of the dunya is that it flees from the one who chases her, and it chases the one who flees from her”.

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 4/197].

Jesus, the son of Mary, said:

“The example of a person who seeks dunya is like that of a person who drinks (salt) water from the ocean. The more he drinks, the thirstier he gets, until he is killed by it!”

[Kitaab Dham Ad-Dunya, 3/342].

Wahb Bin Munbih said:

“The example of the dunya (worldly life) and hereafter is like the example of a man who has two wives. If he pleases one of them, the other one will be displeased”.

[Kitaab Dham Ad-Dunya, 1/119].

Source: Durani

The Importance Of Knowledge, Hasan Al-Basree

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

Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullaah) said:

“I saw a people from the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) saying:

‘Whoever acts without knowledge, then that which he corrupts and ruins is greater than that which he sets aright. The one who does deeds without ‘ilm is like a traveller without a path, so seek knowledge with such a seeking that does not harm ‘ibaadah (worship) and seek (to perform) ‘ibaadah such that it does not harm ‘ilm.’

And a man from amongst them would seek knowledge until it was readily seen from his khushoo’ (humbleness), his zuhd (asceticism), his speech and sight.”

[Siyar A’laam al-Nubalaa’]

Arguing To Defend The Sunnah

Posted in Biddah / Innovation, Methodology Of The Salaf, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

A man once asked Imam Ahmad, “I sometimes find myself in a gathering where the Sunnah is mentioned, but no-one apart from me has more knowledge of it. Shall I speak up and say something?

Imam Ahmad then said, “State what the Sunnah is, but do not argue over it.

The man then repeated his statement and so Imam Ahmad said, “I only see you to be an argumentative man!

And this is what Malik meant in his saying (after informing people of the Sunnah), “And if they don’t accept it from you, then be silent.

Mu’tamir ibn Sulayman said: “I heard my father say, ‘You can never get a man to listen to you when you have just angered him.’ 

[Al-Adab al-Shar’iyyah, by Ibn Muflih al-Maqdisi, p. 307]

Racing Towards Allaah

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Al-Hasan al-Basree said:

“If you see a man competing with you with regard to this world then compete with him concerning the Hereafter.”

Wuhayb Ibn al-Ward said:

“If you are able to make sure that no one precedes you in hastening towards Allaah then do so.”

Muhammad Ibn Yoosuf al-Asbahaanee, the worshipper, said,

“If a person hears of another person or knows of another person who is more obedient to Allaah than him, then that should grieve him.”

Another from the Salaf said:

“If a man hears or knows of another man who is more obedient to Allaah than himself and this causes his heart to break – then this is not a case of vanity.”