Archive for July, 2011

Clinging To The Narrations

Posted in Biddah / Innovation, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

It is reported that Muhammad b. Sîrîn said:

“They used to consider themselves on the [right] path as long as they followed al-athar (guidance of the Sunnah and Salaf as passed down in the narrations).” (1)

It is reported that ‘Uthmân b. Hâdir said:

“I said to Ibn ‘Abbâs: ‘advise me.’

He replied, ‘It is upon you to be upright, follow al-athar, and beware of innovating [in religion].’” (2)

It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. Al-Mubârak said:

“Let it only be the narrations (al-athar) that you rely upon, and take from reasoning and opinion that amount that will help you to understand and explain hadîth.” (3)

It is reported that Sufyân Al-Thawrî said:

“The narrations (al-âthâr) are the religion.”

And it is reported that he also said:

“A man should not even scratch his head except based on a narration.” (4)

It is reported that Al-Musayyib b. Râfi’ Al-Asadî said:

“We only follow, we do not innovate; we follow behind and do not start anything [in the religion], and we will never stray as long as we adhere to the narrations.” (5)

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Sinners From Ahlus Sunnah Are Better Than Ascetics From Ahlu Bid’ah

Posted in Biddah / Innovation, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Abdullâh, the son of Al-Imâm Ahmad reports that his father, Al-Imâm Ahmad, said:

“The graves of Ahl Al-Sunnah who committed major sins are gardens (from Paradise) whilst the graves of the heretics (adherents of Bid’ah) who were ascetics are pits (from the Fire).

The sinners from Ahl Al-Sunnah are the beloved (awliyâ’) of Allâh, whereas the ascetics of Ahl Al-Bid’ah are the enemies of Allâh.”

[Ibn Abî Ya’lâ, Tabaqât Al-Hanâbilah Vol. 1 p182]

Being A Mujaahid’s Wife

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sisters Base with tags , , , , on July 27, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

[Written by a Mujaahid’s Wife. A long read, but well worth it. Excuse the poor translation as I’m assuming it was done by a urdu speaker who has english as a second language, rather than an english speaker who has urdu as a second language, hence why there are some gramatical errors throughout the document, but nothing major inshaaAllaah. 

Note; This is in no way encouraging extremism or terrorism in any form, as Islaam is against all forms of violence, as can be seen in this post. It is the duty of every Muslim to stop terrorism, taking the necessary steps which Islaam has laid down. To proceed;]

In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate!

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings be upon the best creation of Allah, his family and companions. And then:

Yes, Jihad is a men’s privilege but behind every mujahid there are women: his mother, grandmothers, sisters, wives etc, who took part in his journey. And frequently it is the wife that understands and supports her husband in his choice, and who shoulders part of privation and hardships of Jihad.

It is hard to overestimate the importance that a husband plays in every woman’s life, just consider how Allah, Great and Glorious He is, created Hava, and realize that it is not easy for a rib to be without the body, while the body can do without the rib. In this essay I would like to talk about our sisters that provide a reliable rear to our brothers-mujahideen.

Here came that day when your husband embarked on Allah’s path. How much he dreamed or you both dreamed, how much did he prepare for it, sitting literally “on suitcases” (on a rucksack to be more precise), and you aspired to this great favor and blessing, recognizing that award for that would be very great. And the door closed after him, and you are left alone in your house where so recently together you happily dreamed and contemplated about the future. From this moment on your are not just the wife of a good Muslim, your are the wife of a mujahid!

Your heart is filled with joy, pride for your husband, bitterness and pain of partying. You feel in heart emptiness, tears fill your eyes, but you say to yourself: “Be patient, the servant of Allah! Is not that what you wanted? Is not that what you dreamed of? Take pride, your husband is not the slave of Dinar, not a coward nor is he a traitor, he is one of the best on Earth, he is a mujahid on the way to Allah!

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Tooba For The Strangers, Part 2

Posted in Brothers Base, Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on July 26, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Aboo Bakr ‘Abdullaah Ibn Humayd recited the following lines of poetry:

Someone wearing threadbare
garments, mocked by all –

It is well possible that the world
be safe from his evil.

Penniless is he and it only
takes note of the affluent.

Yet, if he took an oath by Allaah,
the oath would He implement.

Likewise, Ibraheem Ibn Al-Junayd recited:

Indeed, it is well possible that one wearing
rags, disheveled and dusty,

Turned away from every door,
facing difficulty,

Obedient, fearing Allaah in all his affairs.

From sadness he almost collapses.

But if he were to take a thousand oaths
all of them would He implement.

His answer and assistance,
he fully warrants.

Mu’aad Ibn Jabal reports, with his conversation with ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, that the Messenger of Allaah said:

“Allaah, Might and Magnificent, loves the unknown, pious and righteous people; those who are not missed when absent and who go unnoticed when present; their hearts are niches of guidance and they emerge [unscathed] from every dark, blinding tribulation.”

Concerning the strangers, ‘Alee (ra) said:

“They live in this world with their bodies but their souls are attached to heavenly matters, they are the ambassadors of Allaah in His lands and His callers to His Religion. O how I desire to see them!” [Aboo Nu’aym, 1/79]

[Taken from “The Journey Of The Strangers” translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah]

The Difference Between Specifying And Generalising Takfeer

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

As for specifying a person with takfeer than this is something different to generalising it. Ibn Taymiyyah said, in explaining this:

“I explained that what has been transmitted from the Salaf and the Imaams in regards to attaching takfeer to one who had said such-and-such a statement is also correct, however there has to be a distinction between applying it and specifying it.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 3/229]

Likewise Ahmad Ibn Hajar Aal-Bootaamee Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

(Question): Can a specific person, or a specific group, be made takfeer of for their nullifiers of tawheed and kufr even though they believe in Allaah and the Messenger and perform all of the Divine Legislation?

Answer: It can be said that such actions are those of shirk and kufr such as: sujood to a walee (or anyone else for that matter), tawaaf around a grave, making a vow to a grave, however, as for a specific person or group then we do not immediately make takfeer of them, rather we have to inform them of the verses of the Quraan and the ahaadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (saw) which clarify shirk and warn from it.

We also have to clarify that the person who commits such shirk will have no portion of Paradise whatsoever and that these actions are shirk.

So if a specific person or group continues in this way (of falling into shirk) and is stubborn and does not accept, then at this point it is permitted to apply shirk to them…”

[Al-‘Aqaa’id As-Salafiyyah Bi Adilatiha An-Naqliyyah Wal-‘Aqliyyah, Pp. 37-40]

Guidelines For Applying Takfeer & When Is A Person Excused, Part 3

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen says:

“The basis of a Muslim is apparently that he is trustworthy and that his Islaam remains as does his trustworthiness until this has been removed from him based on Shari’ proof…

The ruling of takfeer (labeling someone a disbeliever) and tasfeeq (labeling someone a sinner) is not our right, rather it is the right of Allaah and His Messenger (saw), it is from the Divine Legislated regulations (ahkaam Ash-Shar’iyyah)…

From the most important conditions are that the person had full knowledge of his opposition (to Islaam) which necessitated him becoming a disbeliever or a faasiq (sinner).”

[Refer to Al-Qawaa’id Al-Muthlaa, Pp. 116-119]

The Beauty Of Silence

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

Abu al-Dhayyal said:

“Learn the art of silence just as you learn to speak for if speech is a guiding matter, then silence is a protective measure.

In silence you have two characteristics: Attaining knowledge from those more knowledgeable than you and guarding yourself from those who are more argumentative than you.”

Guidelines For Applying Takfeer & When Is A Person Excused, Part 2

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Al-Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah also said:

“As for takfeer, then it is correct that whoever from the ummah of Muhammad (saw) strives (ijtihaad) to know the truth and then errs, then kufr is not applied to the person, rather the person is forgiven for his error.

Whoever is shown clearly what the Messenger came with and then opposes the Messenger after guidance has been shown to them, and follows a way other than the way of the believers – is a disbeliever.

Whoever follows his desires and falls short seeking the truth and speaks without knowledge is disobedient and sinful and the person can be a sinner or have good deeds which outweigh his bad deeds.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 12/180]

He then mentions:

“The one who makes an incorrect interpretation who is from the people of ijtihaad safeguards following the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and is therefore more fitting to receive  forgiveness than the other person (who is ignorant).”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 3/229]

Aboo Bakr’s Strict Adherence In Following The Sunnah

Posted in Biddah / Innovation, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on July 19, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Abû Bakr Al-Siddîq – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

“I will not leave anything Allâh’s Messenger (saw) did, except that I will also do it; for I fear that if I were to leave any of his commands and ways I would deviate.”

[Al-Bukhârî, Al-Sahîh 2:386 hadîth no. 3093; Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah article 77, and others]

After recording this narration, Ibn Battah states:

“This, my brothers, is the greatest Siddîq (true believer i.e. Abû Bakr), fearing that he would fall into deviation if he were to leave any of the commandments of his Prophet – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him.

What then is to happen in a time in which people deride their Prophet and his commandments, and compete with each other and show off in contradicting him and mock his Sunnah?

We ask Allâh to protect us from slipping and to save us from evil deeds.”

Guidelines For Applying Takfeer & When Is A Person Excused, Part 1

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Just as it is not permissible to make takfeer of a Muslim without right, likewise it is not permissible to refrain from making takfeer of an actual Mushrik or of one who has really left Islaam.

One of the conditions before applying takfeer is that the person must know the proofs contrary to his actions of shirk.

Al-Aloosee said:

“None of the people of knowledge, who are referred to, ceased deeming the grave worshippers as being upon kufr. Yet they always stated that the person is not to be executed if he repents and the person is not judged as having kufr until the proofs have been established on the person and the likes of such statements can be found from the people of knowledge.”

[Ghaayat Al-Amaanee, 1/30-31]

It is well known that takfeer of the people of innovation is not permisible unless they have committed open kufr or clear shirk and have denied something which is known by the deen by necessity, and after the proofs have been established on them and the way has been made clear to them.

Shaykh Al-Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah said, when discussing the various preventive factors that prevent a person from being labeled as a disbeliever:

“…or he heard some words that he did not believe was from the Noble Quraan or from the ahaadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah, just like some of the Salaf denied things until they were verified as having been said by the Prophet (saw).”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 35/165]

 

A List Of Common Deeds Of Shirk Which Are Done At The Graves, By Imaam Ismaa’eel Ad-Dehlawee Al-Hanafee

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

Imaam Ismaa’eel Ad-Dehlawee Al-Hanafee said:

“Allaah has specified actions of glorification to Himself: these are called ‘ibaadah’ (acts of worship) and include: sujood (prostration), rukoo’ (bowing), standing in humility (like placing the right hand over the left – as one does while in salaah(1))… travelling to visit his sanctuary from far away distances, making pilgrimage to his sanctuary (or tomb), calling out his name while on route to his sanctuary like the talbiyah, staying away from filth, sin and hunting animals, holding great reverence to these practices (and places), making tawaaf around his sanctuary, prostrating to it, making vows by it, covering the sanctuary just as the Ka’bah is covered, making du’aa by it, seeking help by it, asking for worldly needs, and needs of the hereafter to be fulfilled, and for hopes to be fulfilled, and kissing a stone from the stones of this sanctuary (2) and touching its walls, and touching its cover, and lighting the place with candles around it out of veneration and worship, and performing rites for it as its custodians do, providing beds and water for the pilgrims, and drinking water at its well for blessings, and pouring such water over the body, distributing such water to people, carrying it to those who were not present, walking backwards so as not to show the backside to the sanctuary, and respecting all that surrounds the sanctuary and not killing game that is near the sanctuary, not cutting down trees near the sanctuary (or tomb) – all of these are actions Allaah has taught His servants and Allaah has singled out these actions for Himself alone.

So whoever directs these acts of worship to a shaykh of a (Soofee) tareeqah, to a Prophet, a jinn, a grave or a place of worship, or to an artefact of a righteous person and seeks blessings from such artefacts or to symbols that the pious person was known for, or prostrates to a coffin or bows to a coffin… or stands in front of him out of awe and humility placing one of his hands over the other, travelling to a faraway sanctuary , lighting candles by them out of reverence and worship, or covering the sanctuary with a cover (like how the Ka’bah is covered), or placing a curtain over the tomb (3), or kissing the grave (2), or using a fan on the grave to keep the flies off, just as servants do with their masters, or placing a pavilion over the tomb, or kissing its steps (2), or sitting on the tomb, and respecting all the trees, plants and herbs which surround the tomb and not dishonoring them – all of such actions are deemed as shirk and are entitled Israak Fil ‘Ibaadah.”

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