Archive for November, 2015

O Bearers Of Knowledge…

Posted in Knowledge on November 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O bearers of knowledge, act upon it, for the knowledgeable one is the one who acts on what he knows an whose actions and knowledge are in harmony.

There will be people who acquire knowledge, but it does not go any deeper than their collar bones; how they are inwardly will be contrary to how they appear to be, and their actions will differ from their knowledge.

They will lead study circles and compete with one another to the extent that one will get angry with a person in his circle if he leaves him to go and sit with someone else. Those people’s actions do not ascend from their gatherings to Allaah (swt).”

[Sunan Ad-Daarimee, 1/106]

The Difference Between Show-Off & Self-Admiration, By Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Taymiyyah said when differentiating between self-admiration and show-off:

“Self-admiration is akin to showing off, but showing off is a kind of including people as a motive for one’s efforts, whereas self-admiration is including oneself with Allaah (swt) (in the sense that one remembers one’s talent but forgets that they all come from Allaah and by His help).

So the show-off is not fulfilling the words, “You (alone) we worship“, [1:5] and the one who admires himself is not fulfilling the words, “and You (alone) we ask for help,” [1:5] because the one who fulfils the words “You (lone) we worship” will avoid showing off, and the one who fulfils the words “and You (alone) we ask for help” will avoid self-admiration.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 10/277]

Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani, The One Unharmed By Fire

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , on November 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Adh-Dhahabi related that when Al-Aswad Al-Ansi openly claimed to be a Prophet, Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani spoke out against him. Al-Aswad ordered his men to capture Abu Muslim, and to prepare a huge fire for him. When that huge fire was ignited in a pit, Al-Aswad threw Abu Muslim inside.

Miraculously, however, the fire did not harm Abu Muslim in the least, which was reminiscent of how Prophet Ibraheem (as) was not harmed by a fire into which he had been thrown.

At any rate, Al-Aswad said, “If you do not banish Abu Muslim from this land, he will turn your followers against you.”

Realising that his advisors were right and that he would not be able to harm Abu Muslim physically, Al-Aswad ordered Abu Muslim to travel away from the region immediately.

Wanting the company of the righteous people, Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani was probably more than happy to comply, and so he headed towards the city of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. Upon arriving in Madeenah, Abu Muslim made his camel kneel down on the ground, after which he proceeded to enter the Prophet’s Masjid.

‘Umar, who at the time was inside the Masjid, stood up to meet the stranger who had just entered and asked, “Where are you from?”

“From Yemen,” replied Abu Muslim.

“And what do you know about the man that the “Liar” tried to burn with fire?” asked ‘Umar.

That is ‘Abdullaah Ibn Thuwab, ” replied Abu Muslim.

Looking keenly at Abu Muslim, ‘Umar had a string feeling about him, as if he knew something about the character of the stranger, even though he had never previously seen him. So ‘Umar asked him, “I ask you by Allaah, are you him?”

“Yes,” replied Abu Musim.

‘Umar said, “All praise is for Allaah, Who has not caused me to die before showing me the person from the nation of Muhammad for whom was done the same that was done for Ibraheem Al-Khaleel.”

[Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa 4/8]