Archive for June, 2011

Feeling The Beauty Of The Quraan, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Qur'an with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al Qayyim says:

“In short, there is nothing more beneficial for the heart than reading the Qur’aan and with contemplation and reflection…

If people were to possess a realization of what recitation of the Qur’aan with contemplation contains, they would devote themselves to it at the expense of anything else.

When the person reads it with reflection and he comes across an aayah that he is in need of, for the cure of his heart, he repeats it, even if he does so a hundred times or the whole night. Hence, to recite a single aayah of the Qur’aan with contemplation and reflection is better than reciting the Qur’aan to completion without any contemplation or reflection.

It is also more beneficial for the heart and more conducive to attaining eemaan and tasting the sweetness of the Qur’aan.”

[Miftaah Daar as-Sa’aadah, p. 204, quoted in “Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Eemaan” by Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq al-’Abbaad]

How Good And Bad Deeds Effect A Person

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Abbaas said:

“Indeed good actions are a light in the heart,

a strengthening for the body,

a glow on the face,

a cause for extensive provisions and

love in the hearts of the creation.

Indeed bad actions are a darkness in the heart,

a blackness on the face,

a weakness for the body,

a cause for decrease in provisions and

hatred in the hearts of the creation.”

[Quoted by Ibn Al-Qayyim in Al-Jawab Al Kafi]

Even The Prophets Feared Falling Into Shirk!

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Allaamah ‘Alee Suwaydee Ash-Shaafi’ee says, after mentioning the du’aa the Prophet (saw) used to do in asking refuge from Allaah against falling into shirk:

“The Khaleel of Allaah Ibraaheem (as), said:

…and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols.” [14:35]

Although his children were Prophets and Messengers! So if this was the last of the Prophets and this was how the Friend of the Lord of the Worlds was, that they both sought refuge from shirk and sought liberation with Allaah from it, and they both feared falling into it, and they were the best of the Messengers of Allaah, so what about others whoever they may be!?”

[Stated by Allaamah ‘Alee Suwaydee Ash-Shaafi’ee in Al-‘Iqd Uth-Thameen, Pp. 119-120]

Taking Comfort (With Allaah) When Alone In Seclusion

Posted in Brothers Base, Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Many of the pious predecessors would spend long periods of time in seclusion.

When one of them was asked:

“Do you not feel the bite of loneliness?”

He replied:

“How can I, when He has said that He is the companion of those who remember Him?”

[Aboo Nu’aym, 8/217]

Another said:

“How can one feel the bite of loneliness when he is with Allaah?”

Yet another said:

“Whoever feels the bite of loneliness when alone does so because of his lack of solace with his Lord.”

[Ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa, Al-‘Uzlah #49]

Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh would frequently seclude and isolate himself. His brother censured him saying:

“If you are a man amongst men, you need the company of men!”

So he replied:

“If you are a man amongst men, you are in need of Allaah!”

It was once asked of him:

“You have migrated from the people, with whom do you live?”

He replied:

“With the One for whose sake I migrated.”

[Extracted from “The Journey Of The Strangers”, p. 96]

Shirk Does Not Only Necessitate Making Something Equal To Allaah In Totality

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

What is well known is that shirk is the main thing the Quraan warns against.

Allaah says (informing us of the advice Luqmaan gave to his son):

…Do not associate partners with Allaah…” [31:13]

The verse above means that nothing can be compared with Him (whether totally or partially).

Al-Meelee Al-Maalikee said:

“Just as it does not linguistically necessitate ascribing partnership by making the partners have equal shares and portions, it does not just necessitate shirk according to the Divine Legislation to equalise a partner for Allaah in all of His Attributes or in one of His Attributes – rather, a person is branded a Mushrik in the Divine Legislation due to his affirming associating partners with Allaah – even if he makes the object of association less than Allaah in ability and knowledge…”

[Risaalat Ash-Shirk, p.64]

So whoever makes something equal to Allaah, whether in totality or partially, has committed shirk, as Al-Azhari Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“Whoever makes Allaah equal with something from the creation has become a Mushrik because Allaah has no partners, no associate and no helper.”

[Tadheeb Al-Lughaat, 10/16]

The Sunnah Is Strange

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on June 20, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Awzaa’ee said, in the explanation of the hadeeth of the strangers:

“Islaam will not disappear, it is Ahlus Sunnah that will disappear to the point that there will only remain one of them in any one country.”

Al-Hasan would say to his colleagues:

“O Ahlus Sunnah! Be gentle with each other, may Allaah have mercy upon you, for you are from the fewest of people!”

[Laalikaa’ee, #19]

Yoonus Ibn ‘Ubayd said:

“There is nothing stranger than the Sunnah and stranger still is the one who knows it”

It is also reported that he said:

“It has come to the point that one who knows the Sunnah will think it is something strange, and stranger than this person is who finds the Sunnah something familiar.”

[Laalikaa’ee, #21 & Ibn Batta, #20]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Treat Ahlus Sunnah well, for they are the strangers.”

[Laalikaa’ee, #49]

The Definition Of Shirk According To The Hanafee Scholar Abul Hasan An-Nadwee, Part 2

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Abul Hasan An-Nadwee Al-Hanafee said:

“Shirk does not just depend on people equating a person with Allaah without a difference, rather the reality of shirk is that a person comes with actions which are specific for Allaah in His ‘Uloohiyyah and performing them to a person, such as sujood, slaughter, making vows, seeking help when in need, believing that he is present in every place, affirming actions in the universe to him – affirming all of this for him is shirk and makes a person a Mushrik.”

[Taqwiyat Al-Imaan, Pp. 22-23 (urdu vers.) & An-Nadwee, Risaalat At-Tawheed, Pp. 32-33]

From The Hidden Blessings Of Calamities

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned:

“A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allahu Ta’ala.”

The Definition Of Shirk According To The Hanafee Scholar Abul Hasan An-Nadwee, Part 1

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Abul Hasan An-Nadwee Al-Hanafee said:

“(You should) know that shirk has become widespread among the people during this era to the extent that sincere tawheed has become strange. However, most of the people do not know the meaning of shirk and claim that they have eemaan (correct belief) even though they are entrenched in shirk and polluted by it.

So what is important before anything is for people to fully comprehend the meaning of shirk and tawheed and their rulings in the Quraan and hadeeth.”

He then goes on to mention:

“Know that shirk does not just stop at a person making someone equal with Allaah and viewing them as being the same with no difference, rather the reality of shirk is manifest when a person performs actions that are specifically for Allaah and His Elevated Self, and are symbols of servitude to Allaah, and directs them to a person, such as: … believing that a person is omnipresent everywhere (haadhir naadhir), affirming that a person has the ability to control within (the world) – all of that confirms shirk and deems a person a Mushrik.

This is even if the person believes that this person, angel or jinn that is prostrated to, slaughtered to, vowed to or sought help from is less in status than Allaah and affirms that Allaah is the Creator while the object (to whom these practices of worship are dedicated) is a servant and creation (of Allaah).

And there is no difference in this between Prophets, awliyaa, jinn, shayateen, powerful jinn (‘afaareet) – whoever treats these with such actions and practices of worship is a Mushrik.”

[Taqwiyat Al-Eemaan]

How To Attain The The Sweetness Of Worship

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Nasr ibn Mahmood al Balkhee said; Ahmad ibn Harb stated:

“I worshiped Allaah for fifty years, I wasn’t able to find the sweetness of worship until I forsook three things:

1) I forsook seeking the acceptance of people, so I was able to speak the truth.

2) I forsook the companionship of the sinner, so I was able to accompany the righteous.

3) I forsook the sweetness of the life of this world, so I was able to find the sweetness of the afterlife.”

[Adh-Dhahabee, Siyar]

Leaving The Comforts Of This Life To Live A Life Of Comfort!

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee (ra) said in describing the strangers”

“They are then able to bear with ease what the opulent find burdensome, meaning that the person accustomed to a luxurious life will find it difficult to leave the comforts and lusts of this world. This is because he has nothing to replace his worldly life where he to abandon it and as such cannot bear the thought of losing it.”

[Quoted by Ibn Rajab in “The Journey Of The Strangers”, translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah]