Archive for December, 2012

The Dunyaa Is Like A Snake

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Be vigilant and totally on your guard, for indeed it (the dunyaa) is like a snake – it is soft to touch, but its poison is deadly and fatal.”

[Al-Hilyah of Aboo Nu’aym 2/135]

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The Fate Of Friendship In The Hereafter

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on December 24, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding the aayah “Friends on that Day will be foes to one another except Al-Muttaqoon.” [43:67], ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Two believing friends and two disbelieving friends. One of the believers died and was given glad tidings of Paradise, then he remembered his believing friend and said, ‘O Lord, my friend so-and so used to tell me to do good and forbid me from doing evil an told me to obey You and to obey Your Messenger, and he told me that I was going to meet You, so do not let him go astray after I am gone. Guide him as You guided me, and honour him as You honoured me.

When the friend dies, they will be brought together in Paradise, and it will be said to them, ‘Let each one of you praise the other.‘ So he will say, ‘O Allaah, he used to tell me to do good and forbid me from doing evil, and he told me to obey You and to obey Your Messenger, and he told me that I was going to meet You. What a good brother, friend and companion.

Then one of the two disbeliever died and was given the tidings of hell. He remembered his friend and said, ‘O Allaah, my friend so-and-so used to tell me to do evil and forbid me from doing good.He told me to disobey You and to disobey Your Messenger, and he told me that I would not meet You. O Allaah, send him astray as You sent me astray.

When the friend dies, they will be joined together in hell, and it will be said, ‘Let each of you praise the other.‘ So he will say, ‘O Allaah, he used to tell me to do evil and forbid me to do good. He told me to disobey You and to disobey Your Messenger, and he told me that I would no meet You. What a bad brother, friend and companion.’ ” [Az-Zuhd, Of Ibn Al-Mubaarak, #368]

Ibn Hazm’s Advice To Students Of Knowledge: Self Admiration

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Hazm said:

“Whoever is tested with self-admiration, let him think of his faults; if he admires his virtues, let him think of his bad manners and attitude. If he cannot find any, to the point that he thinks that he has no faults, then he should realise that his problem is chronic and that he is the most imperfect of men, and he has the most faults and least discernment. That is because he is feeble-minded and ignorant, and there is no fault worse than these two, because the wise man is the one who can see faults in himself and tries to overcome them, whereas the foolish man is the one who is ignorant of his own faults.

If you admire your opinions, then think of the number of times you got it wrong; remember them and do not forget them. Think of every time you expressed your opinions and it turned out to be wrong, and someone else got it right and you were mistaken.

If you admire your knowledge, then remember that it is not from yourself; rather it is a pure gift from Allaah (swt) that was given to you by your Lord, so do not respond to it in a way that angers Him, for He may cause you to forget it by means of a problem with which He may test you, which my result in you forgetting what you have learned and memorised.

If you are impressed by your brothers’ praise for you, the think of the criticism of your enemies; then your self-admiration will disperse. If you have no enemies, there is nothing good in you; there is no one whose status is lower than the one who has no enemy. It is no more than the status of the one who has no blessing from Allaah (swt) for which he is to be envied, may Allaah keep us safe and sound. If you think little of your faults, then think of them if people found out about them. Imagine people finding out about them, then you will be embarrassed and will recognise your shortcomings.”

[Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar, p. 71]

When The Knowedgeable Remain Silent

Posted in Killing The Fitna, Knowledge with tags , , , , on December 17, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Abbaad Ibn ‘Abbaad Al-Khawwaas Ash-Shaamee (d.114H) said:

“When will the ignorant one learn if the scholar remains silent and hence does not reject [the evil] that has become apparent, nor orders that it should be left?!” 

[Ad-Daarimee, 1/160]

The Sad State Of The Ummah

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , on December 12, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Abbaad Ibn ‘Abbaad Al-Khawwaas Ash-Shaamee (d. 114H) said:

“Fear Allaah and be weary of Him, for you are in an era wherein piety has become sparse and which has little in the way of humility. And the ones who carry the knowledge corrupt it because they love to be known for carrying the knowledge and they hate to be known for neglecting it.

So they speak with their desires concerning it, since they have entered errors into it and have twisted the words dealing with the truth that they have abandoned, and changed them [to support] the falsehood that they are doing. So their sins are such that forgiveness is not sought for them and their shortcomings and faults are not admitted.

How can the one who seeks the proof and the right path be guided when the guide himself is lost in confusion.”

[Ad-Daarimee, 1/160]

Rape Statistics In USA

Posted in Brothers Base, Killing The Fitna, Miscellaneous, Politics, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

American Rape Statistics:

In 1995, over 354,670 women were the victims of rape or sexual assault. (National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996)

Over the last two years, more than 787,000 women were the victim of a rape or sexual assault. (National Crime Victimization Survey Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996)

The FBI estimates that 72 of every 100,000 females in the United States were raped last year. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Statistics, 1996)

Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 2 mins. (US. Deprtment of Justice)

Silent Victims:

Approximately 28% of victims are rapd by husbands or boyfriends.

35% by acquaintances.

5% by other relatives. (Violence against Women, Bureau of Jusice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994)

According to the FBI estimates tat only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, only 26% of all rapes are reported to the police/law enforcement officials.

Living In Fear:

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (All statistics are taken from: Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994)

25% of every rape takes place in a pubic area or in a parking garage.

31% of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger.

68% of rapes occur between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

At least 45% of rapists were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In 29% of rapes, the offender used a weapon.

In 7% of rapes, the victim sustained injuries other than rape injuries.

75% of female rape victims require medical care after the attack.

[Courtesy of paralumun.com]

An Incident From The Life Of ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib (ra) said:

“I got very hungry in Madeenah, and I went out looking for work in the outskirts of the city. There was a woman who had gathered some dirt, and I thought she wanted to wet it, So I went to her and made an agreement with her (that she would give me) one date for each bucket.

I brought sixteen buckets, until my hands swelled up, the I brought the water and drank some of it. I put my hands like this in front of her hands, and she counted out sixteen dates for me. Then I came to the Prophet (saw) and told him, and he ate some of them with me.” [Sifat As-Safwah, 1/320]

Lessons learned from this story:

1) This incident shows us the hardships that the companions went through and their their conduct in dealing with hardship.

2) ‘Alee went out and worked with his own hands to earn in the proper way, and he did not sit and wait for whatever people gave him.

3) His strength of patience with which he undertook that hard work when he was suffering severe hunger which had sapped his strength.

4) We also learn about giving precedence  to loved ones and showing loyalty to them, because despite his extreme hunger and the hard work he had done himself, he kept his wages of dates until he met with the Prophet (saw) and ate with him.

[‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee,  1/148]