Archive for October, 2013

What is The Minimum Number Required For Mutawaatir

Posted in Hadith Studies with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Some scholars have attempted to specify a minimum, varying from as low as four, to as many as twenty, forty and seventy up into the hundreds. All of these figures are based on analogies (qiyaas).

Opinion 1) The required number of four is based on the similar number of witnesses that constitues legal proof. Allaah says, “And those who accuse chaste women, and produce not four witnesses, flog them with eighty stripes, and reject their testimony forever, they indeed are the Fasiqun (liars, rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” [24:4] Based on this aayah, they say that 4 witnesses constitutes undoubted proof.

Opinion 2) Twenty is analogous with the Quraanic aayah, “If there are twenty steadfast men among you, they will overcome two hundred (fighters).” [8:65] The first one to speculate twenty was a Mu’tazilee by the name of Aboo Al-Hudhayl, he said regarding this aayah, “They cannot fight unless they represent a number that establishes them as proof against their enemy.”

Opinion 3) The next number, that is seventy, represents an analogy with another Quraanic passage where we read that, “Moses chose seventy men among his people for an appointment with Us.” [7:155] Thus proving that seventy was required to constitute a decisive proof.

Opinion 4) Some have drawn an analogy with the number of participants in the battle of Badr.

[See “Principles Of Islaamic Jurisprudence”, by Muhammad Haashim Kamali, p.93, and “The Sunnah, And Its Role In Islaamic Legislation”, by Mustafa As-Sibaa’ee, p.196]

Venerating Graves Is Haraam, By Ibn Hajar Al-Makkee Ash-Shaafi’ee

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Hajar Al-Makkee Al-Haytamee Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“The 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 19th major sin is to take graves as masjids, to place seats on them, to take them as idols, to make tawaaf around them and to pray to them.”

He also said:

“All of these six from the major sins are found with the statements of some Shaafi’ee scholars and it is as if these (major sins) are taken from the hadeeth, for the issue of taking a grave as a masjid for example is clear because he, meaning the Prophet (saw), cursed whoever does that and he (saw) viewed the one who does that at graves to be of the worst of creation with Allaah (swt) on the day of Judgement…

Our companions (from the Shaafi’ee madhdhab) say: it is haraam to pray to te graves of the Prophets and awliyaa, such as praying on them, tabarruk (seeking blessings) and glorifying them. The status of this action is that it is a manifest major sin… Such as placing seats on graves out of glorification, seeking blessings (tabarruk) from them and likewise making tawaaf around graves…”

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Erroneous Principles Of The Jahmiyyah, By Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in 'Aqeedah with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding the Jahmiyyah, Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“They (the Jahmiyyah) say: ‘They (the Companions) did not actualize the principles of the religion as we have actualized it.

And at times they would make excuses for them by saying that they were preoccupied with Jihaad!

These individuals have so much speech similar to this (1) – which the Raafidhah and their likes from the people of innovation agree with and which they use to oppose the Book, the Sunnah and the Ijmaa’ – that this is not the place that we can go into detail about that.

Rather we have only been warned about the principles of their religion and the reality of their statements. Their objective behind all this is that they claim that intellectual understanding and rhetoric speech that oppose the Book and the Sunnah exist in the foundations of the religion. Their speech contains such contradictions and corruptions that resemble that of the atheists.

So they are from the ranks of the Raafidhah – they have no clear intellect or authentic text.

Rather, their ultimate objective is to impose Sophistry (philosophical reasoning) into intellectual proofs and Karmathianism (Qaraamitah) into the textual proofs. This is the main objective of every innovator that opposes something form the Book and the Sunnah, even in knowledge based matters and fiqh issues.”

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When Allaah Wills Good For His Slave, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“When Allaah (swt) wills good for His save, He causes him to forget his acts of obedience and erases them from his mind and from his lips (so that he does not speak about them).

But if he commits a sin, He makes him think about his sin all the time and forget his good deeds, so that he focuses constantly on his sin, when he stands up or sits down, when he comes an goes. This is the essence of mercy concerning him.”

[Madaarij As-Saalikeen, 1/177]

Mu’aawiyah Cries Remembering ‘Alee

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Diraar Ibn Dumayrah Al-Kinaani described ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib to Mu’aawiyah Ibn Abee Sufyaan (ra) as follows:

“He did not feel content with this world and its adornment, but he felt content with the night and its darkness. I bear witness by Allaah (swt) that I saw him, when the night had dropped its curtain and the stars had appeared deep in the sky, weeping in his place of prayer and holding onto his beard like one who is stung with pain, weeping and mourning. It is as if I can hear him now, saying, ‘O our Lord, O our Lord,’ beseeching Him.

Then he said to the world, ‘Are you trying to deceive me, or are you trying to attract me? No way, no way. Go and deceive someone else, for I have thrice divorced you. Your life is short, you are of no significance or importance. Ah, how little provision we have, how long is the journey and how lonely is the road!!‘ “

At that, Mu’aawiyah’s tears fell down onto his beard and he could not stop them. He started to dry them with his sleeve and the people began to sob. He said:

“This is how Abul-Hasan (e.g, ‘Alee) was, may Allaah have mercy upon him. How do you feel for losing him O Diraar?”

Diraar said:

“As sad as the mother whose only son was slaughtered in her lap. Her tears never cease and her grief never ends.”

[Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/84]

The Cure For Self-Admiration, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“It should be noted that when a person says or does something, seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt), realising the blessings that Allaah (swt) has bestowed by enabling him to do or say it and knowing that Allaah (swt) helped him with regard to that, and he is doing it by the help of Allaah (swt) and not by his own power, knowledge, thought and strength – rather it is Allaah (swt) Who created for him his tongue, heart, eyes and ears – therefore He is the One Who blessed him with what he said or did.

When that becomes well entrenched in his mind, then self-admiration will not develop in him, because self-admiration results from focusing on one’s own self and not realising the blessing and help of one’s Lord.”

[Al-Faraa’id, p.144]

Sincerity & Correctness In Deeds

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said:

“If the deed is sincere but not correct, it is not accepted. And if it is correct but not sincere, it is not accepted. Unless it is both sincere and correct (then it is accepted). It is sincere when it is done solely for the sake of Allaah (swt), and it is correct when it is done in accordance with the Sunnah.”

[Quoted in Madaarij As-Saalikeen, 2/89]