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Guidelines For A Scholar: Nurture Your Students, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentions:

“There is also an indication in this hadeeth (1) for the scholars to abide by the guidance of the prophets and the methods they used in spreading the religion, such as patience, forbearance, confronting the revilement of the people with kindness, being gentle with them, drawing then towards Allaah through the best ways, and expending all kinds of efforts in advising them. For by doing this, they will achieve their share of this inheritance that is greater in status and honorable in significance.

This hadeeth also reminds the scholars to raise the Ummah just as a father brings up his child. So they should raise them up step by step, starting with the small forms of knowledge and then progressing onto the bigger forms of knowledge, imposing as much knowledge into them as they can, just as a father does with his infant child when he brings his meal to him.

This is because the souls of humans, with respect to the prophets and messengers, are just like children with respect to their fathers. Rather they fall short of this status by far. This is why every soul that is not cultivated by the messengers will not prosper and will not be made upright.”

[Miftaah Daar As-Sa’aadah, 1/261-262]

(1) The Prophet (saw) said: “…Indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets, for the prophets do not leave behind a deenaar or a dirham for inheritance, but rather they leave behind knowledge. So whoever takes hold of it has acquired a large share (of inheritance).” [Ahmad, Aboo Daawood and others]

O Students Of Knowledge, Do Not Become Corrupted

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

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

“If only the monks and rabbis had not feared loosing their positions and corrupting their status, by establishing and clearly explaining the Book, they would not have twisted it and concealed it.

But when they contradicted the Book with their actions, they tried to deceive their people concerning what they were doing.

They feared that their own positions would be blackened and that their corruption would become clear to the people. So they twisted the explanations of the Book, and wherever they could not twist it, they concealed it.

Hence they stayed silent about what they were doing, in order to maintain and preserve their positions. And they stayed silent about what their people were doing, in order to flatter them and go along with them.”

[Ad-Daarimee, 1/160]

“But We’re Only Reading Qur’aan And Remembering The Prophet!”

Posted in Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding the Mawlid, some say “We only do good deeds in the mawlid, what’s wrong with that? Is it haraam to read the Qur’aan and learn about our beloved Prophet? We’re only doing good deeds in the mawlid! How can that be wrong?!

This can easily be refuted in two ways:

Firstly, lets look at the sins committed on the Mawlid:

Firstly, you are not only doing good deeds in the mawlid. There are numerous sins being committed during the Mawlid, incluing the following:

Though please note I have only listed and given very short descriptions between the sins and the mawlid events to minimise the length of the article. Also note that depending on the country, the level of such sins differ, some indulge in all of the following, and some indulge in most of the following sins:

a) Your decoration of your masjids. The prophet said, “I have not been commanded to decorate the masjids.” Aboo Daawood from Ibn ‘Abbaas. Now go to any masjid and you’ll see how far away from the Sunnah they have gone. True are the words of Hassaan ibn ‘Atiyah (ra) who said: “No people introduce innovation into their religion but an equivalent amount of Sunnah will be taken away.” [Al-Laalkaa’i in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah] Not only is decorating the masjid way from what he (saw) taught, it is also extravagance, and “He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance).” [al-A‘raaf 7:31]. Amazing how such people read the Quraan yet it does go beyond their collar bone!

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Is There Something As Good Bid’ah In The Deen?

Posted in Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

[Because the Mawlid is around the corner and the innovators use the arguments of it being a ‘good bid’ah’, I decided to write a brief and to-the-point article regarding good bid’ah.]


As Muslims, we do not imitate the misguided nations of the past who differed concerning the haqq after it became clear to them. The Christians were known to worship Allaah upon nothing (i.e., no knowledge), and the Jews were known to be the stubborn rejecters of the haqq, even after it became clear to them.

So anyone who worships Allaah on no knowledge or is a stubborn rejecter of the haqq is following the misguided nations who are doomed for the fire of hell. So we refrain from imitating the ignorant nation (by studying this issue upon knowledge) and we also refrain from imitating the stubborn people (by accepting the haqq when it as it becomes clear to us).

Now let us see what Islaam says about ‘good bid’ah’ (and hopefully you can link this to the mawlid or any other ‘good bid’ah’ there is out there).

The Words Of Allaah

Allaah, The Most High, says: “Today I have completed for you your Religion and perfected My Favour upon you, and have chosen Islaam as your Religion.” [5:3]

And indeed that which is complete cannot be added to. And to add to that which Allaah has called complete, is to indirectly disbelieve in His Words.

The Words Of The Prophet (saw)

The most sincere of creation in giving naseehah said: “Beware of the newly invented matters, for every such matter is a bid’ah, and every bid’ah is a misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Fire.” [Aboo Daawood, Tirmidhee and others]

Here we see the Prophet (saw) saying that “every bid’ah is a misguidance”, and this word “every” is also used in this same sentence to refer to “every” misguidance being in the Fire.

So just as “every” misguidance is in the fire likewise, “every” bid’ah is a misguidance. Unless you say that not all misguidance is in the Fire!

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Every Innovation Is A Misguidance

Posted in Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Umm ‘Abd (ra) said:

“Follow and do not innovate, for (what has been authentically narrated) is sufficient for you. And every innovation is something that leads astray.”

[Az-Zuhd of Wakee’, 315]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Serious matters are the best, and newly invented matters are the worst. Every newly invented matter is an innovation, and everyone who introduces something new is an innovator. The one who innovates is mislead, and no innovator introduces an innovation but he has forsaken a Sunnah.”

[Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 7/319]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said:

“Follow and do not innovate, for indeed you have been sufficed, and every innovation is misguidance.” [Saheeh. Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, p. 162, Ad-Daarimee, #211]

Ibn ‘Umar (ra) mentioned:

Every bid’ah is a misguidance, even if the people see it as something good.” [Ibn Nasr in as-Sunnah (no. 82]

Imaam Abu Haneefah said:

“Adhere to the Athaar (narrations) and the Tareeqah (way) of the Salaf and beware of newly invented matters, for all of it is innovation.”

[Reported by As-Suyootee in Sawn al-Mantaq Wal -Kalaam, p. 32]

Imam Aboo Haneefah also said:

“You should adhere to the way of the Salaf, and beware of every newly invented thing, for it is an innovation (bid’ah).“

[Al-Khateeb in Al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih]

Imaan Ahmad said:

“The basic principles of Sunnah in our view are: adherence to the way of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, following their example and forsaking bid’ah, for every bid’ah is a going astray.”

[Al-Laalkaa’i in Sharh Usool Ahl as-Sunnah]

Also see:

– Quotes From The Salaf Regarding Innovations

– Is There A Need For Bid’h In The Deen?

– Salvation Lies In Following The Sunnah

– The Evil Dangers Of Biddah

Ibn Katheer Describing The Hoor Al-Ayn

Posted in Brothers Base, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Katheer said:

“They (the women of paradise) lower their gaze and avoid looking at men other than their husbands, so they do not think that there is anything in paradise that is more handsome than their husbands. This was stated by Ibn ‘Abbaas, Qataadah, ‘Ataa` Al-Khurasaanee and Ibn Zayd.

It was also narrated that one of them will say to her husband, ‘By Allaah, I do not think that there is anything in Paradise finer than you, or that there is anything in Paradise dearer to me than you. Praise be to Allaah Who has made me for you, and made you for me.‘ “

[Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

A note to sisters:

Allaah described the Hoor Al-‘Ayn with descriptions that He knows man likes and is attracted to. Paradise is a reward for the believers, and He describes these rewards to attract mankind towards Jannah. Allaah is The Creator of men and women, and Allaah knows the fitrah of man and what he is attracted to. A wise women pays heed to the descriptions of the Hoor Al-‘Ayn and tries to adopt these traits to gain the pleasure of their husbands (and their Lord).

Ibn Taymiyyah On The Prohibition Of Music

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on January 12, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

There is agreement among the four Imaams that all musical instruments (ma’aazif) are forbidden. Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah affirms this in his Fataawa where he says:

“The madhhab of the four Imaams is that all instruments of musical entertainment are haraam [forbidden]. It is authentically related in Saheehul Bukhaari and other compilations that Prophet Muhammad (saw) foretold that some of his ummah would seek to make lawful: fornication, the wearing of silk, wine-drinking and musical instruments [ma’aazif]; and that such people would be turned into apes and swine.

The term ma’aazif means musical entertainment, as has been mentioned by the scholars of the Arabic language. It is the plural of mi’zafah, the instrument upon which one makes musical sounds.

None of the disciples of these Imaams has mentioned the existence of any dissension from the consensus on the prohibition of all instruments of musical entertainments.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 11/576]

When Advising Others

Posted in Adab (Manners), Brothers Base, Killing The Fitna with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

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

“Let your attitude be, when finding something you disapprove of in your brothers, as though you are offering help from yourselves to yourselves, and offering sincerity from yourselves to your Lord, and offering sympathy from yourselves to your brothers.

If you do that, then your own faults will be of more concern to you than those of anyone else, and each of you would seek to win over sincere advice from each other. And whoever offers sincere advice to you and submits it from among you, will enjoy your good favours and graces. ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said concerning this, ‘May Allaah have mercy on the one who brought my faults to my attention.

You yourself love to speak and that what you say (to others) should be put up with. But when the like of what you have said, is said to you, you become angry, being angry with the people concerning their traits that you dislike, while you have the like of these traits. Would you then not like that these traits are held against you?!”

[Ad-Daarimee, 1/160]

The Emergence Of Ahlul-Bid’ah, By Al-Laalikaa’ee

Posted in 'Aqeedah, Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Abul-Qaasim Al-Laalikaa’ee said:

“Then the past generations came to an end… And a crass uncivilised group of people appeared  who claimed that they were the successors of (the Salaf) who came before them, and that they were greater than them in terms of what they had obtained (1), and in terms of the realities of the intellect which they had claimed to reach, and in terms of being able to study things in detail.

And they claimed that the predecessors kept away from examining these matters closely because they were incapable of doing that. And they claimed that the predecessors had abandoned speaking to them (innovators), because they had little understanding. And they claimed that supporting their way consisted of arguing with them.

So these claims were such that they ended up replacing the pure with the disgusting,  and the old and original with the new and innovated. And (so) they abandoned that which the Messenger (saw) was upon….

They entered into the arenas of the confused and baffled and they invented weird understandings and contrived proofs that were contrary to the Book and the Sunnah – desiring to be victorious and desiring to vanquish those who opposed their words and speeches. Then they took their speech as a Deen and a true belief, despite all the proofs, arguments and objections against them and they labelled any Muslim who did not believe (their belief) as being misguided and astray. And they called themselves Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah, and labelled anyone who opposed them as being ignorant and lacking intellect (2)….

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