Archive for November, 2011

From The Textual Proofs For The Obligation Of Niqaab, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Sisters Base with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Prophet (saw) said:

Whoever trails his garment out of pride, Allaah will not look at him on the day of judgement.” So Umm Salamah (ra) asked: “Then what should the women do with the hems of their dresses?” The Prophet (saw) said: “Let them extend their hems the length of a hand span.” She said: “But their feet would still be exposed.” So he replied: “Then let them extend it a forearm’s length and no more.” [Aboo Daawood]

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen comments:

“There is evidence in this hadeeth that a woman is obligated to cover her feet. This was a well known matter amongst the female companions. Without a doubt, the foot is less a place of fitnah than the face and hands.

Thus, warning against something that is a lesser danger also consists of a warning against what is greater and superior than it, based on the wisdom of the Last Revelation.

Would it obligate the covering of an area that is less a place of fitnah, and allow the exposure of that which is a greater area of fitnah? Indeed this is a clear contradiction that is not possible for the wisdom of Allaah and His Legislation.”

[Taken From “The Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling”, Ch. 2: “An Essay On Hijaab” By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, p.39]

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What The Hanafee Scholars Have Said Regarding Venerating Graves

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Muhammad Bin Yahyaa Bin Muhammad Al-Kandahalawee Al-Hanafee said:

“As for building masjids over graves and tombs then this resembles the Jews who built masjids over the graves of their Prophets and seniors. Within this is venerating the dead and resembling the idol-worshipers.

As for placing lights and candles over graves, then this is in itself a waste of money which is forbidden based on Allaah’s saying:

Indeed the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.” [17:27]

It also resembles the Jews who used to light the graves of their seniors with candles then venerate these graves and preoccupy themselves with that which is not of concern.”

[Al-Kawaakib Ad-Daraaree, 1/316-317]

Al-Aloosee Al-Hanafee said:

“I have seen those who allow what the ignorant do at the grave of the dead pious such as honoring graves, building tombstones over graves, lighting graves with candles, praying to graves, making tawaaf around graves, kissing them, gathering by the graves at specific times and other practices. All of that is opposition to Allaah and His Messenger (saw) and innovating in the Deen that which Allaah did not permit.

It would suffice you to know the truth by following what the companions of the Messenger did with his (saw) grave. His (saw) grave is the most virtuous grave on the face of the earth; therefore you should stop at what the companions did when they visited his grave and gave salutations.”

[Rooh Al-Ma’aanee, 15/239-240]

Test Your Knowledge

Posted in Test Your Knowledge with tags , , on November 24, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Assalaamu ‘alaykum, I thought it’ll be good to have a few tests once in a while. So here we go. The answers are at the bottom of the page. All the questions revolve around the posts on the last three pages. Enjoy. And no cheating! Comment at the bottom and let me know what you got. If anyone needs any clarifications, dont hesitate to ask.

Q1) What does the following hadeeth prove?: “O Asmaa Indeed when a woman reaches the age of puberty, it is not allowed that any of her be seen except for this and this.” And he pointed to his face and hands. [Aboo Daawood]

a) That the niqaab is not an obligation.
b) That there is no awrah for a girl below the age of puberty.
c) Nothing as the hadeeth is weak.
d) That is permissible for a woman to wear tight clothing.

Q2)  If a stone is dropped from the top of hell how long does it take to reach the bottom?

a) 7 years.
b) 70 years.
c) 72 years.
d) 100 years.

Q3) Which one of the following is true:

a) That a woman is not allowed to pray any optional prayer without her husband’s permission.
b) That a woman is not allowed to fast any optional fast without her husband’s permission.
c) That a woman is not allowed to give charity without her husband’s permission.
d) None of the above.

Q4) Why did the Prophet (saw) supplicate: “O Allaah do not make my grave an idol that is worshipped.”?

a) Because that would make the other Prophets of a lower status than he.
b) Out of humbleness.
c) Because it is a form of shirk.
d) None of the above, as the hadeteh is weak.

Q5) Regarding the saved sect, the Prophet (saw) described them as “the jamaa’ah”. What best describes the jamaa’ah?

a) The vast majority.
b) Those who are upon the haqq, even if they are few.
c) Those upon the haqq, on condition they are a large number.
d) Those who are in the lands of Yemen.

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The Five Levels Of Prayer, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Ibaadah - Salaah with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn-Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) said:

And mankind, with regard to their performance of prayer are in five levels:

The First: The level of the one who is negligent and wrongs his soul: He is the one who falls short in performing wudhoo (ablution) properly, performing the prayer upon its time and within its specified limits, and in fulfilling its essential pillars.

The Second: The one who guards his prayers upon their proper times and within their specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and performs his wudhoo with care. However, his striving (in achieving the above) is wasted due whisperings in his prayer so he is taken away by thoughts and ideas.

The Third: The one who guards his prayers within the specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and strives with himself to repel the whisperings, thoughts and ideas. He is busy struggling against his enemy (Shaytaanor Satan) so that he does not steal from the prayer. On account of this he is engaged in (both) prayer and jihaad.

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Refuting A Claim Against The Obligation Of The Niqaab, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Some scholars claim that the niqaab (face veil) is not an obligation, using as evidence the following narration:

‘Aa’ishah said:

“Asmaa Bint Abee Bakr entered in the presence of Allaah’s Messenger whilst wearing a thin, transparent garment. So the Messenger of Allaah turned away from her saying: “O Asmaa Indeed when a woman reaches the age of puberty, it is not allowed that any of her be seen except for this and this.” And he pointed to his face and hands.” [Aboo Daawood]

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen refutes this claim and says about this hadeeth:

“As for the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah, then it is da’eef (weak) based on two aspects:

1) The break in the chain between ‘Aa’ishah and Khaalid Bin Duraik, which was reported by Aboo Daawood, who noted the deficiency himself when he stated that Khaalid Bin Duraik never heard from ‘Aa’ishah. Aboo Haatim Ar-Raazee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, also mentioned this weakness.

2) One of the narrators in its chain is Sa’eed Bin Basheer An-Nasree, a settler in damascus, who was renounced by Ibn Mahdee and declared weak by Imaam Ahmad, Ibn Ma’een, Ibn Madeenee, and An-Nisaa’ee. Due to this, the hadeeth is da’eef and cannot be used as an argument against the authentic hadeeths mentioned previously, which prove the obligation of veiling (of the face and hands).

3) Furthermore, Asmaa Bint Abee Bakr was 27 years old when the Prophet made Hijrah. So being that she was mature and advanced in age, it would be unthinkable to suspect that she would enter the presence of the Prophet (saw) with a thin and tight dress, such that it revealed from her, more than just her hands and face. And Allaah knows best.

4) And even if we were to assume that this hadeeth was authentic, it probably took place before te advent of Hijaab. This is since the texts concerning teh hijaab can be traced back to the original state, so they take precedence.”

[Taken from “The Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling”,  Pp. 49-50]

Shaykh Bin Baaz On Hijacking Planes And Kidnappings

Posted in Brothers Base with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh Ibn Baaz said:

“From that which is known to everyone who has the slightest bit of common sense is that hijacking airplanes and kidnapping children and the like are extremely great crimes, the world over. Their evil effects are far and wide, as is the great harm and inconvenience caused to the innocent; the total effect of which none can comprehend except Allaah.

… There is no doubt about the effect of these crimes; so it is obligatory upon the governments and those responsible from amongst the scholars and other than them to afford these issues great concern, and to exert themselves as much as possible in ending this evil.”

[Kayfa Nu’aalij Waaqi’unaa Al-Aleem, Pp. 108-109]

Three Things You Should Not Delay

Posted in Marriage, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on November 17, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

It is reported that Al-Ahnaf b. Qays – Allâh have mercy on him – said:

“Restraint is praiseworthy except in three things.”

People asked:

“And what are they o Abû Bahr?”

He replied:

“Make haste to do the righteous deed, hurry to conduct the funeral of your deceased, and marry the girl in your charge to a suitable man [as soon as you find him.]”

[Aboo Bakr Al-Daynooree, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawaahir Al-’Ilm 6:307]