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Speaking To An Angered Husband

Posted in Marriage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Allaah says: “Go, both of you, to Pharoah for he has indeed transgressed all bounds, but speak to him gently, so that perchance he will take heed or fear (Allaah).” [20:43]

In this verse Allaah addresses Prophet Moosaa (as) and tells him to speak to Pharoah in a gentle manner. And who was Pharoah? He was the biggest sinner, the most evil man at that time, the most arrogant oppressor.

My sisters, if a dispute breaks between you and your husband, then know that by you raising your voice when speaking to your husband, you r only increasing him in anger. And the more angry a man gets, the more harder it is for him to cool down.

Your husband, no matter how arrogant he may be, no matter how unjust he may be towards you, he is no where near as oppressive and arrogant as Pharoah. And yet Allaah ordered Moosaa to speak to Pharoah gently, i.e., with kindness.

My sisters, if a dispute breaks out between you and your husband then by you shouting back or giving him attitude, then you r doing nothing but digging a deeper black hole for yourself. If there is one main thing which makes a man really hate his wife, then it is such behaviour. As speaking in such a way will only increase your husband in nothing but anger, the more angry a man gets, the more harder it is for him to cool down.

If you truly wish to be treated in kindness then gentleness is the key. Repress evil with kindness and you will see that he in whose heart was enmity will turn to love. Repressing anger may be hard, but know that “No one humbles himself for the sake of Allaah, but Allaah will raise his status.” [Muslim]

And I end by reminding my sisters that shouting back, giving him attitude, being sarcastic etc., are all characteristics which will only increase your husband in anger. No good will come out of such behaviour and you will only be on the receiving end of an even more angrier husband. Such behaviour will make your husband reciprocate with harshness, rudeness and arrogance. It angers a man beyond limits; and the more angry a man gets, the more harder it is for him to cool down.

‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee In The Trial Of The Quraan

Posted in 'Aqeedah, Inspirational Stories, Methodology Of The Salaf with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Ammaar Al-Mawsilee said in his Taareekh:

” ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee said to me, ‘What prevents you from declaring the Jahmiyyah to be disbelievers?‘ And at the beginning I had not used to declare them to be disbelievers. Then when ‘Alee (Ibn Al-Madeenee) consented to their saying in the trial (concerning the Quraan) I wrote to him reminding him of his saying to me, and I reminded him of Allaah.

Then later a man informed me about him that he had wept when he had read my letter. Then I later saw him and he said to me, ‘There is nothing in my heart of what I said with my tongue, (i.e. in response to the trial concerning the Quraan) and I responded because I feared that I whould be killed, and you are aware f my weakness, which is such that if I had been ashed a single time I would have died.‘ “

Al-Marroodhee said:

I heard a man from the people of the army say to Aboo ‘Abdullaah (Ahmad Ibn Hanbal);

“(‘Alee) Ibn Al-Madeenee sends the greeting of salaam to you.”

So he (Ahmad Ibn Hanbal) remained silent. So I said to Aboo ‘Abdulaah (Ahmad Ibn Hanbal):

” ‘Abbaas Al-‘Anbaree said to me that ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee mentioned a person and spoke against him, so ‘Abbaas Al-‘Anbaree said to ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee, ‘They will not accept your saying, rather they will only accept from Ahmad Ibn Hanbal.‘ So ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee said, ‘Ahmad was able to withstand lashes, whereas I could not withstand it.‘ “

Ibn ‘Ammaar also said, “He (‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee) did not consent out of belief in that, but merely through fear.

Muhammad Ibn ‘Uthmaan said, “I heard ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee say two months before he died, ‘The Quraan is the speech of Allaah, uncreated, and whoever says that it is created is a disbeliever.

Aboo Zur’ah abandoned narrating from ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee due to what occured from him during the trial, but Aboo Haatim used to narrate from him since ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee disassociated himself from what he had done (i.e. under stress). Aboo Haatim said, “ ‘Alee (Ibn Al-Madeenee) was a sign amongst he people with regards to knowledge of hadeeth and hidden defects of transmission (‘ilal).

Adh-Dhahabee said, “Some people report from ‘Abdullaah Ibn Ahmad (Ibn Hanbal) that his father (Imaam Ahmad) withheld from narrating from ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madenee, but I do not see that. Rather ahaadeeth are reported from him in his Musnad, and there are a great number of ahaadeeth from him in Saheeh Bukhaaree.

[Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 11/41-60]

The Bio Of ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Imaam Bukhaaree said, “I have not held myself to be slight in the presence of anyone, except with ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee.

So who was ‘Alee Ibn A-Madeenee?

His Name:

His full name was (Abul-Hasan) ‘Alee Ibn ‘Abullaah Ibn Ja’far Al-Madeenee. More famously known as ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madenee. He was born in 161H in Basrah and died in Dhul-Qa’dah 234H in Saamarraa.

Those Who He Narrates From:

Those he narrated from include: Sufyaan Ibn ‘Uyaynah, Ibn Wahb, Yahyaa Ibn Sa’eed Al-Qattaan, his own father ‘Abdullaah, as well as numerous more.

Those who narrated from him include: Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Imaam Al-Bukhaaree, Aboo Haatim, Aboo Daawood, Sufyaan Ibn ‘Uyaynah (his teacher) as well as numerous others.

His Excellence:

Adh-dhahabee said, “He excelled in this field, and compiled and gathered, and surpassed the memorisers in knowledge of hidden defects in transmission (‘ilal), and it is said that he wrote two hundred works.

Aboo Haatim Ar-Raazee said, “Ibn Al-Madeenee was a sign amongst the people in his knowledge of hadeeth and hidden defects in transmission (‘ilal), and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal had not used to call him by his name, but rather use his kunyaa out of respect for him.I have never heard Ahmad use his name.”

Saalih Ibn Muhammad (Jazarah) said, “The most knowledgeable of those I met with regards to hadeeth and their hidden defects in transmission (‘ilal) was ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeene.

Ibn Mahdee said, “ ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee is the most knowledgeable of the people of the hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (saw), and of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Uyahnah (his teacher) in particular.

His Teachers’ Respect For Him:

Khalaf Ibn Al-Waleed Al-Jawhare said, “Ibn Uyahnah (i.e. Ibn Al-Madenee’s teacher) came out to us one day when ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee was with is, so he said, ‘If it were not for the presence of ‘Alee (ibn Al-Madeenee) I would not come out to you.’

Yahyaa Ibn Sa’eed Al-Qattaan (one of his teachers) said, “The people criticise me for sitting to study under ‘Alee (Ibn Al-Madeenee), but I learn from him more than he learns from me.

His Greatness:

Imaam Bukhaaree said, “I have not held myself to be slight in the presence of anyone, except with ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee.

Aboo Yahyaa Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan said, “When ‘Alee (Ibn Al-Madeenee) came to Baghdaad, he would be at the head of the gathering.(Yahyaa) Ibn Ma’een, Ahmad Ibn Hanbal and Al-Mu’aytee came, and the people were watching. So if they differed about anything it was ‘Alee (Ibn Al-Madeenee) who spoke.

Yahyaa Ibn Ma’een said, “When ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee came to us he would make the Sunnah apparent.”

‘Alee Ibn A-Madeenee said, “Attaining knowledge of the meaning of the ahaadeeth is half of knowledge, and knowledge of the narrators is half of the knowledge.

[Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 11/41-60]

Definition Of Taqwaa

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on May 19, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Talq Ibn Habeeb was asked to define taqwaa so he said:

“Taqwaa is acting in obedience to Allaah, hoping for His Mercy, upon light from Him; and leaving acts of disobedience to Allaah, out of fear of Him, upon light from Him.”

[Kitaab Al-Eemaan, by Ibn Abee Shaybah, #99]

Sufis And Their Songs, By Al-Qurtubee

Posted in Various Other Misguided Sects/Groups Exposed with tags , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Al-Qurtubee said:

“As for that which is done in our day, by way of the [blameworthy] innovations [bidah] of the Sufi mystics in their addition to hearing songs to the accompaniment of melodious instruments such as flutes, string instruments, etc., such is haraam [forbidden].”

[Al-Jaami’u Li Ahkaam Al-Quraan, 14/54]

Recognising A Scholar, By Bin Baaz

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

“A scholar is recognise by his perseverance  his taqwaa and his fear of Allaah, striving to what Allaah has made obligatory and keeping well away from what Allaah and His Messenger (saw) have forbidden.

These are the characteristics of a scholar, whether he is a teacher, a judge, a daa’eeyah, or holds any other position. He is obligated to be an example and a model in righteousness; he acts upon his knowledge; has taqwaa of Allaah wherever he may be; and he guides the people to good.

He is a good example for his students, members of his family, neighbours and other who know him.”

[Al-‘Ilm Wa Akhlaaqu Ahlih [Knowledge And The Characteristic Of Its People], By Bin Baaz, p. 20]

Quotes From The Salaf Regarding Following The Sunnah And Avoiding Innovations

Posted in Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Al-Awzaa’ee said, “It used to be said that there were five things that the companions of Muhammad (saw) and those who followed them in goodness were upon: (1) sticking to the jamaa’ah, (2) following the sunnah, (3) maintaining the masjids, (4) reciting the Quraan, and (5) making jihaad in Allaah’s cause.” [Hilyah, 8/142]

‘Ubaydullaah Ibn Waasil said, “I heard Ahmad As-Sirmaaree saying once after he pulled out his sword, ‘Know for sure, I have killed 1000 Turks (from the disbelievers) with this sword and if it wasn’t for my fear of it being an act of innovation, I would order for it to be buried with me.” [As-Siyar, 13/39]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said, “Follow the paths of guidance and be harmed not by the small number of those who are guided. Beware of the paths of misguidance and don’t be deceived by the great number of those who are in ruin.” [Al-‘Itisaam, p.62]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said, “Treat the people of the sunnah kindly, for indeed they are strangers.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree also said, “If one man is in the east and another in the west, and they are both from the people of the sunnah, then send them the salaams and make du’aa for them. How few are the people of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Abee Az-Zinaad said, “A man was not considered a real man until he knew the sunnah.” [Al-Hilyah, 2/184]

Ayoob As-Sakhtiyaanee said, “Indeed the death of a man from the people of the sunnah reaches me and I feel as if I have lost one of my limbs.” [Al-Hilyah, 3/9]

Ibn Mubaarak said, “Beware of sitting with a person of innovation.” [As-Siyar, 8/411]

Aboo Qilaabah said, “Do not sit with the people of desires (i.e. the people of innovation), nor debate with them, for indeed, I don’t feel safe that they won’t drench you in their misguidance and confuse you with regards to that which you used to know.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 7/60]

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The Zuhd Of ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Haroon Ibn ‘Antar narrated that his father said:

“I entered upon ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib in Khoornaq (a place in Koofah) and found him shivering beneath an old, worn out cloak. I said, ‘O Ameer Al-Mu’minen, Allaah has allocated to you and your family a share of this wealth, and you are doing this to yourself!?

He said, ‘By Allaah, I do not take anything from your wealth; rather this is my old cloak that I came out with from my house‘ – or he said, ‘from Madeenah.‘ ” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/82 & Sifat As-Safwah, 1/316]

Lessons Learned:

We may wonder; what made Ameer Al-Mu’mineen ‘Alee live the life of the poor and put up with the bitter cold when he was able to buy the best and warmest of clothes on earth? This is an example of true zuhd (asceticism), as he shunned worldly conveniences even though he was able to afford them.

He was a student of the prophetic school in which he was raised, with no interest in the fleeting conveniences if this world; instead, he had a spirit of competing for the eternal blessings of the hereafter. The Messenger of Allaah (saw) lived the life of the poor, even though he could have been like the best of the rich. [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, by Dr. ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, p. 360-1]

Also, I may add that it was this character of his that made the people love him and trust him with their wealth. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is only a few handful of brothers who have given up the luxuries of this ever fleeting dunyaa. And fewer indeed are the number of sisters who are characterised with zuhd. May Allaah guide us all, ameen.

Sh. ‘Abdul-Muhsin’s Unity With Sh. Al-Albaanee Despite Their Differences

Posted in Killing The Fitna with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin’s states:

“From the scholars of our time is As-Shaykh, Al-‘Allaamah, Al-Muhaddith Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani. I do not know of anyone like him in our time who had such a painstaking and meticulous (interest and service to) hadeeth. Nor do I know of anyone else who had such a vast knowledge of hadeeth. However, he was not free from some (opinions in matters of fiqh) that are considered by many to be mistakes. Such as:

1) His keen interest in the issue of hijaab, and his opinion that it is not waajib for the woman to cover her face rather it is only mustahabb for her to do so. Even if what he said were true, then it would be a truth better concealed because some women would use it as a pretext to uncover themselves.

2) Likewise, the Shaykh’s opinion that is mentioned in Sifatu Salaat An-Nabiyy (saw): “Placing the hands upon the chest after ruku’ is a bid’ah and a going astray.” However this is a mas-alah ikhtilaafiyyah (i.e. there is difference of opinion amongst the scholars about this issue and taking the other opinion doesn’t constitute a bid’ah and a going astray).

3) Also, what the Shaykh mentioned in Silsilat-ul-Ahadeeth Ad-Da’eefah that not cutting off from your beard what exceeds the length of your fist is a bid’ah idaafiyyah (i.e. something that has a basis in the Sunnah but is distorted in such a way that it became a bid’ah).

4) Also, the Shaykh said that it is haraam for women to wear gold if the item of jewelry forms a complete circle (i.e. such as a ring or a bangle).

Despite the fact that I disagree with the Shaykh’s opinions in these issues, I cannot do without his books and the benefits that they contain, nor can anyone else (i.e. from the students of knowledge or the scholars). Imam Maalik made a wonderful statement when he said: “Everyone’s opinion’s may be accepted or rejected, except the (the statements of) the one buried over there.” – and then he pointed to the grave of the Prophet (saw).”

[Taken from “People Of The Sunnah be Kind Towards One Another”, by Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin, p.31, translated by Shaykh Aboo Rumaysah]

Teaching And Disciplining Children

Posted in Parenting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“The effect of learning in early age is like engraving on a stone.” [Bahjat Al-Majaalis, 1/109]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Parents should teach the child about religious purity and how to pray, and they should lightly discipline the child for not praying after they reach nine years of age. In addition, they should encourage children to memorize the Quraan and make them listen to the hadeeths, and they should teach them whatever they can handle from knowledge.

Moreover, they should show them the ugliness of all that is ugly, and encourage them to acquire good morals and they should not slacken in teaching them as much as they can bear, for this is the stage of plantation.” [Awakening From The Sleep Of Heedlessness, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, pp. 22-23]

A poet said:

“If you straighten the branches of a plant, they will straighten up.
But the wood of a tree does not soften if you amend it.
Discipline might benefit a little boy in his cradle,
But it does not benefit an old man.”

‘Abdul-Maalik Ibn Marwaan used to love his son Al-Waleed too much but he overlooked disciplining him.Because of that, Al-Waleed ended up making mistakes in grammar and syntax. So ‘Abdul-Maalik said, “Our love for Al-Waleed harmed him!