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Sufyaan Ath-Thawrees Approach To The Policemen Of His Time

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

At the time of Sufyan Ath-Thawree the policemen were the tools that the rulers used in order to implement their unjust policies. It is therefore not surprising that Sufya disliked them so much (as they were upholding laws other than the laws of Allaah and were unjust in their approach).

Story 1) Al-Ashja’ee related that while he was talking about policemen and others of their ilk, Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said, “If one of these people ask you for directions (to go somewhere), then do not tell them the way.

Story 2) A-Muhabbar Ibn Qahdham reported that he was with Sufyaan Ath-Thawree when the two of them passed by a policeman who was sleeping. It was almost time for prayer so Al-Muhabbar made a move to gently nudge the police officer in order to wake him up for prayer. Sufyaan exclaimed, “Be silent (and do not touch him to wake him up)!” Al-Muhabbar said, “O Aboo ‘Abdillaah I want to wake him up so that he can pray.” Sufyaan said, “Leave him alone… The people were not able to rest and be at peace until the man fell asleep.

Story 3) Ibn Naafai’ Al-Kinaanee said, “One night, we were with Sufyaan Ath-Thawree when he saw a fire in the distance. He asked, “What is this?” I said, “It is the fire of the policeman.” Sufyaan said, “Lead us along another path, for it is better that we should not benefit from the light of such people.” ”

[The Biography Of Sufyaan Ath-Thawree, p. 124]

A Letter To A Mujaahid’s Wife

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

“Dedicated to my princess.

You never once complained when you knew that we would have nothing. You were contempt on having only what little you needed. Where others would have left or moaned, you never once let out a sigh. You understood that what was written was what we would eat. I never once complained abut what was put in front of me as I knew it was your hands that brought it to me. When I had nothing I had you. You put your trust in your Rabb (Lord) and in turn you followed me.

Never did I have to wonder about you as my secrets, my honor and my deen were safe with you. We both know what hardships you faced just by being with me, but not a word did you speak. You were strong and in turn made me strong. Like a vanguard for this Ummah, you concealed yourself. Where others would rush to please their desires, you were the essence of taqwaa (piety).

Life was easy with you and it came so naturally. You were the extension of me and I would never need to finish my words, as who knew me better than you? You knew your place which was by my side. It is the little things that make the person and you would easily have kept me going for a lifetime. The way you would look at me with fire in your eyes showed me that I was the only one for you. You stole my heart and hid it away.

I loved your jealousy and I loved to tease you with the thought of others just so I could know how dear I was to you.

What chance did shaytaan have when you would ensure that fajr was the easiest of the salaahs. I loved that you would forsake me in an instant to fast a voluntary fast. I loved that the haqq (truth) was dearer to you than my life and those of our jewels.

Watching you makes me laugh as I wonder if my heart will ever want another as I se you feed my child, as you lift her out if the bath, as you wipe her little nose and the face she pulls. You will never find a diamond in te hands of another in the same way our diamond deserves to be carried in your hands. We could have it all my love, but who sells paradise for an hour of passing pleasure? No us.

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Understanding The Intercession Of The Day Of Judgement

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

It is true that on the Day of Judgement, some humans will intercede for others, e.g, the Prophets, the martyrs, the highly righteous and others. But these intercessions will take place with two conditions:

1) With the permission of Allaah(i.e, that Allaah is pleased with the one who is interceding and gives him permission).

2) They will only intercede on behalf of those whom Allaah is pleased with.

The proof for these two conditions are found in the Quraan:

1) Allaah says, “Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His permission.” [2:255 – Also known as aayat Al-Kursee]

2)They cannot intercede except for him with whom He (Allaah) is pleased.” [21:28-29]

BOTH these conditions are needed. Intercession is of no avail if one of these two conditions are missing. For example, the intercession of Prophet Nooh (as) on behalf of his son was rejected as was the intercession of Prophet Ibraheem (as) on behalf of his father.

The wisdom behind these two conditions is that it keeps the hearts attached to Allaah, turned to Him, submissive to Him, and humble to Him, as He is the One who grants intercession. So we should attach our hearts to Him, and not to others besides Him for intercession.

The Story Of Umm Ibraheem Al-Hashimeeyah

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

One of the righteous women in Basra was Umm Ibraheem Al-Hashimeeyah. The enemy attacked one of the Muslim towns so people were encouraged to join jihaad. Abdul Waahid Bin Zayd Al-Basree delivered a speech encouraging jihaad and among the audience was Umm Ibraheem. Among the things Abdul Waahid talked about was Al-Hoor (the gorgeous women of Paradise).

Umm Ibraheem stood up and said to Abdul Waahid:

“You know my son Ibraheem and you know that the nobility of Al-Basra wish to have him marry one of their daughters and I have not agreed to one of them yet. But I like this girl you described and I would be happy tp marry her to my son. Can you please describe her again?”

Abdul Waahid then narrated a poem in the description of the Hoor. Umm Ibraheem said:

“I want my son to marry this girl and I would pay you 10,000 dinars as her dowry and you take him with you in this army. He might die as a shaheed and intercede for me on the Day of Judgement.”

Abdul Waahid said:

“If you do so, that is a great success for you and your son.”

She then called her son form the audience. He stood up and said:

“Yes my mother?”

She said:

“Are you pleased to mary this girl with the condition of giving your soul to Allaah?”

He said:

“Yes! I am very pleased!”

She said:

“O Allaah, you are my witness that I have married my son to this girl from Paradise with the condition (that) he spends his soul in Your sake.”

Then she went and brought back with her 10,000 dinars and gave it to Abdul Waahid and said:

“This is her dowry. Take it and use it to provide for the Mujaahideen.”

She then purchased for her son a good horse and she armed him. When the army started its march, Ibraheem came out with the reciters of the Quraan surrounding him and reciting: “Indeed, Allaah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise.” When Umm Ibraheem was greeting her son, she told him:

“Be careful and don’t allow any shortcomings from yourself to be seen by Allaah.”

She then embraced him and kissed him and said:

“May Allaah never bring us together except on the Day of Judgement!”

Abdul Waahid said:

We reached the enemy’s territory and people were called to fight. Ibraheem was in the front and he killed many of the enemy but then they overwhelmed him and killed him. On our way back I told my soldiers not to tell Umm Ibraheem that her son was killed until I tell her. When we entered Al-Basra, she met me and said: “Did Allaah accept my gift so I can celebrate or was it rejected so I should cry?”

I said: “Allaah did accept your gift and your son died as a shaheed.”

She then prostrated to thank Allaah and said: “Thank You Allaah for accepting my gift.”

The following day she came to me in the masjid and said: “Rejoice!”

I said: “What good news do you have?”

She said: “I saw my son Ibraheem last night in a dream. He was in a beautiful garden dressed in green clothes, sitting on a throne made of pearl and he had a crown on his head. He told me, ‘Rejoice my mother! I got married to my bride!” “

[This story was mentioned by scholars like Aboo Jaafar Al-Lubnaan, and is quoted in “Mashri Al-Ashwaq Ila Masari Al-Ushaaq”]

What Sh. ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam Said About Sh. Al-Albaani

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

“I ask Allaah to bless his life, and may Allaah allow us to benefit from his knowledge – in truth, and in confirming that which is true and admitting that which is good, I am of those who studies at the hands of the shaykh, and I benefited greatly from him in the areas of ‘aqeedah and researching texts – the authentic texts.

Because of this, I shudder whenever I come across a weak hadeeth, as there is no way that I can place a weak hadeeth in any of my books. I cannot stand to do this. SubhaanAllaah, I took from him – may Allaah reward him – even if I differ from him in many of the fiqh opinions that he held. I do not agree with most of his fiqh opinion, as he held many strange positions. However, in terms of hadeeth, then I do not think that there is a single man on this earth who is more knowledgeable in hadeeth than him – our Shaykh, Shaykh Al-Albaani. Likewise, maashaaAllaah on his ‘aqeedah…

And we add to this that he never befriended or compromised with the tawagheet, nor did he sell out on his religion, nor did he sell the verses of Allaah for a small price. Yes we differ with him in some of his opinions, and I do not accept many of his fiqh opinions. As for hadeeth, then if he tells me that this hadeeth is authentic, then I do not question it, yes. In truth, he is a muhaddith; the most well-known living muhaddith that we know of today, and Allaah knows best. However, this is not the reason that we love him or take from his knowledge of hadeeth.

This book of his – Saheeh Al-Jaami’ – does not leave my side most of the time; whether I am travelling or at home. I have a copy in my house, and I have a copy here (in the training camp). Saheeh Al-Jaami’ As-Sagheer is basically a mini-manual of hadeeth. I am saying that it is of the best books after the Book of Allaah (swt). Any hadeeth that might come to mind, you can open up this book and see if it is authentic or not.”

[Fee Dhilaal Al-Soorah At-Tawbah, by Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam, p.177]

Not Taking Up Positions Of Authority

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on December 1, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Many governors were keen to be relieved of the task that had been entrusted to them. During ‘Umar’s reign as Caliphate, ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwaan asked ‘Umar to let him off from the governorship of basra, but he did not let him off.

An-Nu’maan Ibn Maqran, who was the governor of Kaskar asked ‘Umar to let him off from being a governor and let him to for jihaad so that he could seek martyrdom.

Some of the Sahaabah refused governor posts when ‘Umar asked them to work as governors.

Az-Zubayr Ibn Al-‘Awaam refused the governorship of Egypt when ‘Umar offered it to him saying, “O Aboo ‘Abdillaah, would you like to be the governor of Egypt?” He said, “I have no need of that, rather let me go out as a Mujaahid to help the Muslims.”

Ibn ‘Abbaas refused the governorship of Homs when ‘Umar offered it to him after the death of its governor.

‘Umar sent word to Sa’eed Ibn ‘Aamir, appointing him as a governor in some parts of Syria, but Sa’eed refused the post.

Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh Ar-Raazi said, “He will never prosper from whom you sense any sign of aspiration to leadership positions.” [Sifat As-Safwah, 4/94]

[” ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, His Life And Times” by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, 2/57-58]