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The Strangers Accused Of Being Mad

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Because the pious are regarded as strange, it is possible that some of them be accused of insanity just as Owais was accused. Aboo Muslim Al-Khawlaanee would frequently perform dhikr, his tongue would always move in the remembrance of Allaah and so a man asked one of his colleagues:

“Is your friend mad?”

Aboo Muslim replied:

“No, my brother, rather this is the cure for madness!”

[‘Abdullaah Ibn Ahmad, Zawaa’id Al-Zuhd, p. 384]

There is a hadeeth in which the Prophet (saw) said:

“Remember Allah until they say ‘he is mad!‘ “

al-Hasan said:

“… He would say they have lost their minds; yes, they have lost their minds, but to a matter far greater than their suspicions. By Allaah, in the pursuit of it they have no time for your worldly lot!”

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The Best Muslims On The Day Of Judgment

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on May 25, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Imran bin Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)said: “The best Muslims on the Day of Judgment are those who praise Allah highly.

Collected by At-Tabarani in Al-Kabeer # 14673. Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being Saheeh in Jami’ #1571

Ahadeeth of Tawheed, Prompting A Dying Person To Say The Shahaahdah

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Miscellaneous, Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Ahadeeth of Tawheed

From ‘Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah’ of Shaykh Al-Albaani

Translated by: Abbas Abu Yahya

Chapters of Tawheed and the Shahadtayn

8- Prompting a Dying Person to Say the Shahaahdah

Say the testification, ‘la illaaha ila Allaah’ (there is none worthy of worship except Allaah) a lot, before there comes a separation between that and yourselves, and prompt the one who has reached death to say it.

Silsilah Saheehah : 467

From the Fiqh of the hadeeth:

The hadeeth shows the legislation of prompting the dying person to say the testification of Tawheed, hoping that he will say it and become successful.

The meaning of ‘…..the one who has reached death….’ is the one whose death has now approached him, and he is still in this world where he has obligations, and it is possible that he benefits from the one who prompts him with the Shahahdah, thereby he says it, and becomes from the people of Paradise.

As for prompting him after his death, then along with that being a Bida’ which has not been mentioned in the Sunnah, and also there is no benefit from this, since he has left the world where he has obligations to the world of recompense, and he does not have the ability to say the Shahahdah, “to warn the one who is alive

The way to prompt the dying person is to order him to say the Shahahdah. It is mentioned in some books, that you yourself should say it and not order the dying person with it, which is in opposition to the Sunnah of the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.

9- The Excellence of Saying ‘La illaha ila Allaah’

If the slave says: la illaaha ila Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar (there is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah, and Allaah is the Greatest) Allaah Azza Wa Jaal says: my slave has spoken the truth, there is none worthy of worship except Me, and I am the Greatest.

And if the slave says: la illah ila Allaah Wahdahu, then Allaah Azza Wa Jaal says: There is none worthy of worship except Me Alone.

And if the slave says: La ilaaha ila Allaahu lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu (There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah, to Him belongs the Dominion and for Him is all praise)

Then Allaah Azza Wa Jaal Says: My slave has spoken the truth, There is none worthy of worship in truth except Me, to Me belongs the Dominion and all praise is for Me.

And if the slave says: la illaaha ila Allaah, La hawla wa la quwwata illa billaa (There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah, there is no capability nor is there any power except with Allaah.)

Then Allaah Azza Wa Jaal Says: There is none worthy of worship in truth except Me, there is no capability nor is there any power except with Me.)

Whoever is blessed to say this when death approaches him, then the fire will not touch him.

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Cooking While Glorifying Allaah, True Story

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Inspirational Stories, Parenting, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Cooking While Glorifying Allaah, True Story

Translated By: IslamWay Team

I will not keep it a secret that I am not the one of cooking fans, as I used to consider it as a waste of time and effort.

When I got engaged, I discovered that my mother in law is one of those who spend most of their life time at the kitchen, moreover she loves to give variety to new kinds of food from time to time using different kinds of Arabic and western cooking books.

This matter – of course – used to make me worry because

I thought that my fiancé, after marriage, would compare between my cooking and his mother’s. So when we have finished with all marriage arrangements and the marriage date was determined, my fiancé noticed that I was delaying the wedding and every time I used to invent a different excuse so finally he came and asked me “you are delaying the marriage for a reason I do not know, what is it?” then I felt the matter is being discovered and I do not have anything to do but saying the truth, so I said “ frankly, I hate kitchen!” then he laughed in astonishment and told me “anyway I like simple kinds of food and also I do not mind if I eat the same kind of each two days ” these words calmed me down and I did not delay the marriage any more, on the contrary after I got married I started feeling responsible for the house and all its matters which include the kitchen! So I told myself “you have to do your best in the kitchen even if your husband likes simple kinds of food”.

At the first day I entered my kitchen for cooking I asked God for help and trust on Him then I pleaded Him that my food would not come to be much less that of my mother in law. Then I started to cook and during that time I remembered–with God’s help– some words of one of our sisters who was giving us lessons at the mosque during Ramadan and she said – God Rewards her—“the Arabian woman spends most of her life time at the kitchen, especially in Ramadan, which wastes much of this great month. Ramadan is like a scent flying away easily! So do not miss it in the kitchen and such kind of works, and if though why do not you mention God while at the kitchen? Has anyone of you tried to cook while she is glorifying Allah?!”

I felt I need to do that, not to take the opportunity of Ramadan—because we were in other month which I do not remember now—but for the hope that God Will Make my food tastes good!!

And I decided to start with saying God’s name before each step; starting with turning the fire on , passing through putting butter, then onion and garlic , then tomato and ending with turning the fire off.

The second time I asked myself why do not I say Surat Al-Ikhlas (the loyalty), after mentioning God’s name, during each step? I love this Surat very much, it is short and there are a lot of rewards with saying it too!!

So I have started doing that with God’s help and then, subsequently, God led me to glorify Him while the food is being cooked and during washing the dishes or cleaning the kitchen.

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The Consequences Of Bidda & Extremism In The Religion

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Biddah / Innovation, Methodology Of The Salaf with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

The Consequences Of Bidda & Extremism In The Religion

Taken from “Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehaha”

By the Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa
Muhammad Nasir uddeen al-Albaani

Translated by: Abbas Abu Yahya (2005)

Indeed there people who read the Qur’aan, but it does not go pass their throats, they leave Islaam just like the arrow leaves the prey.” [Collected by ad-Darmi]

From ‘Amroo bin Salamah: We were sitting by the door of Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood before lunch, so that if he came out, we could walk with him to the Masjid.

Abu Moosaa al-Ash’aree came and said: Has Abu Abdur-Rahmaan come out yet?

We said: No.

So, he sat down with us, waiting for him to come out, and when he came out, we all gathered towards him, and Abu Moosaa said:

“O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan! Previously I saw something in the Masjid which I disliked. But, Alhamdulillaah, what I saw, was nothing but good.”

He said: What was it?

Abu Moosaa said, “If you live, you will see it.”

Then Abu Moosaa said, “I saw a group of people, sitting in circles waiting for the prayer. In every circle there was a man and in their hands were small stones and he would say: “Say Allaahu Akbar 100 times” and they would say “Allaahu Akbar” 100 times. Then, he would say, “Say laa ilaha ilAllaah 100 times” and they would say “laa ilaha ilAllaah” 100 times and he would say, “Say SubhaanAllaah” 100 times and they would say “SubhaanAllaah” 100 times.”

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood said, “So what did you say to them?”

He said: “I did not say anything to them, rather I waited for your opinion [or “I waited for your command”].”

He said: “Why did you not command them to count their bad deeds [i.e. seek forgiveness from your deeds] and guarantee them that their good deeds would not be lost?!”

Then he walked and we walked with him until he reached one of those circles and he stood there and said, “What is this that I see you doing?”

They said: “O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan! These are nothing but small stones with which we are counting, saying “Allaahu Akbar, laa ilaaha illAllaah and SubhaanAllaah.”

He said, “Count your sins; I guarantee that you will not lose anything of your good deeds! Beware, O Ummah of Muhammad! How quick you are to your destruction!

Here we are, the Companions of your Prophet abundant, everywhere and here is his clothing which has not been [wasted away] and his utensils have not been broken. I swear by Him in Whose Hand is my soul, either you are an Ummah more rightly-guided than the Ummah of Muhammad or you are opening the door of misguidance.”

They said; “We swear by Allaah, O Abu Abdur-Rahmaan, we did not intend anything but good.”

He said: “How many people intend good but never achieve it. Verily the Messenger of Allaah narrated to us, “Indeed there will be a people who read the Qur’aan but it does not pass beyond their throats.” I swear by Allaah, I do not know. Perhaps most of them are from amongst you.”

Then he went away.

‘Amroo bin Salamah said, “We saw some of those sitting in those circles fighting on the Day of Nahrawaan, along with the Khawaarij.”[1]

Shaykh al-Albaani mentions in the Takreej (research) of the above narration:

“Indeed there is a lesson to be learnt from this narration, for those who follow Sufi paths and Dhikr gatherings which are against the Sunnah. When someone forbids an evil action that they perform they accuse him of forbidding Dhikr from its very foundation!

This is Kufr which no Muslim in this world should fall into; the evil action which they adhere to, from those forms of Dhikr and gatherings which, were not legislated at the time of the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam, otherwise why would Ibn Masood radi Allaahu anhu disapprove of those who were sitting in their gatherings?

Is it not, a gathering done on a specific day, and doing an amount of Dhikr which is not indicated by the Sharia’ but is listed by the Shaykh of the gathering, and he commands them with the amount of Dhikr that they should do from himself, as if he is a legislator on behalf of Allaah Ta’ala!

<< Or do they have partners with Allaah, who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed. >>[2]

To add to this, the Sunnah which is established by the Messenger, sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam, verbally and practically is to perform the Tasbeeh (remembrance of Allaah) on your fingertips, as it is clear in “The refutation against al-Habshee” and in other places.

From the benefits which can be reaped from the hadeeth and this story is; that the importance is not of performing a large amount of worship, but rather, is it according to the Sunnah and far away from Bidda’.

Ibn Masood, radi Allaahu anhu, also indicated to this point in his saying: “sticking to the Sunnah is better than striving in Bidda’.”

And another benefit is: that a small Bidda’ leads to a greater Bidda’. Do you not see that those people from these gatherings afterwards became from the Khawaarij who were killed by the rightly guided Khalifah ‘Alee bin Abu Taalib? So is there anyone who will take heed?!”

[Taken from Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah by Shaykh al-Albaani (vol 5/2005)]

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Narrated by ad-Darmi in his Sunan.

[2] Soorah Shura :21

And Establish Regular Prayer For My Remembrance

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Ibaadah - Salaah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

And Establish Regular Prayer For My Remembrance

By Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

The Invocation of God – Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib

55. All [religious] practice prescribes the remembrance of God, and to achieve this remembrance is its goal.

God says, ‘And establish regular prayer for My remembrance.’ [20:14] ‘My remembrance’ is said to have an active sense: ‘In order that I [God] might remember you thereby.’ It is also said to refer to the One remembered: ‘That you might remember Me thereby,’ with the letter lam [in ‘li-dhikrii’, ‘for My remembrance’] in both cases expressing purpose.

Others, however, argue that the lam carries a sense of time: ‘Establish the prayer when I am mentioned’, as in the verse, ‘Establish the prayer at the sun’s setting’ [17:78] or the verse, ‘And We all set up the scales with justice on the Day of Judgment’ [21:47] In these two verses, time is certainly meant, but [in the present case] this explanation is merely an opinion. The difference is that [in the letter two verses], the lam of time precedes the nouns of time [‘the Sun’s setting’ and ‘the Day of Judgment’]; whereas [in the first verse], it precedes a noun [‘My remembrance’] derived from a verb, unless [we agree that] an expression of time is understood, so that the verse means ‘at [the time of] My remembrance’ – which is possible.

However, l am most plainly expresses purpose. The verse means ‘Establish the prayer for the sake of My remembrance.’ This includes the fact that the prayer is offered at the time that God is remembered; and the fact that when the servant remembers his Lord, God’s remembrance of him has preceded his remembrance of God. For when God remembers His servant, it inspires the servant to remember Him. Therefore, all three meanings are correct.

God has also said: ‘Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish the prayer. Verily, the prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds. And God’s remembrance is greater.’ [29:45] It has been said that this means, ‘In prayer you remember God and He remembers you, and His remembrance of you is greater than your remembrance of Him.’ According to Ibn `Abbas, Salman, Abu l-Darda’ and Ibn Mas`ud, this is the meaning. And Ibn Abi l-Dunya related from Fudayl ibn Marzuq that `Atiyya said that “And God’s remembrance is greater” [29:45] is “Remember Me, I shall remember you.” [2:152] His remembrance of you is greater than your remembrance of Him.’

Ibn Zayd and Qatada, however, held that it meant the remembrance of God is greater than everything. And when Salman was asked, ‘Which is the best practice?’ he answered, ‘Do you not read the Qur’an: “And God’s remembrance is greater“?’ [29:45] This is supported by the hadith from Abu l-Darda’ already quoted above: ‘Should I tell you which of your deeds is best? Which purifies you most before your Sovereign … and is better for you than giving away gold and silver?

The Shaykh of Islam Abu l-`Abbas [ibn Taymiyya] said, ‘The correct understanding of the verse is that the prayer has two major purposes, one greater than the other: prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds and contains the remembrance of God Most High; the remembrance of God contained in the prayer is [something] greater than the restraint from shameful deeds and injustice.

The Remembrance (Dhikr) Before Going To Sleep At Night

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by TheAuthenticBase

The Remembrance (Dhikr) Before Going To Sleep At Night

(I will get the hadith for each one later on insha-Allaah)

– Surah Mulk (Ch. 67)
Benefit: Protection from the punishment of the grave.

– Surah Kaafiroon (Ch. 109)
Benefit: Display of non-alliance with kufr

– Ayat ul-Qursee (Ch. 2 Verse 255)
Benefit: Protection from the shaytaan

– Bismika namootu wa nahyaa (in Your Name do we die and live)
Benefit: …

– Subhaan-Allaah X 33, Ulhumdolillaah X 33 & Allaahu-Akbar X 34
Benefit: Better than a slave helping you in your household work

– Surah Ikhlaas (Ch. 112), Surah Naas (Ch. 114) & Surah Falaq (Ch. 113) and blow on palms and rub wherever your hands reach. To be done thrice.
Benefit: …

– …

NOT TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR!!!

The Virtue Of Saying: Alhumdu-Lillaah (الحمد لله)

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by TheAuthenticBase

The Virtue Of Saying “Alhumdu-Allaah”

DEFINITION:

– الحمد لله – Ulhumdulillaah – All praise is due to Allaah

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The uttering of the words: “Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection), Al-hamdu lillah (all praise is due to Allah), La ilaha illallah (there is no true god except Allah) and Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)’ is dearer to me than anything over which the sun rises.
[Muslim].

Abu Malik Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Wudu’ is half of Salat, and the expression: `Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection)’ fills the Balance, and the expression: `Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah)’ fills the space between the heavens and the earth.
[Muslim].

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Every morning charity is due from every joint bone of the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., Subhan-Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of praise of Him (i.e., Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of profession of Faith (i.e., La ilaha illallah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Greatness (i.e., Allahu Akbar) is an act of charity; and enjoining good is an act of charity and forbidding what is disreputable is an act of charity; and two Rak`ah prayer which one offers in the forenoon (Ad-Duha) will suffice for all this.
[Muslim].

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The Virtue Of Saying: Subhaan-Allaah (سبحان الله)

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by TheAuthenticBase

The Virtue Of Saying “Subhaan-Allaah”

DEFINITION:

– سبحان الله – Subhaan-Allaah – [Allaah is free from imperfection]

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The uttering of the words: “Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection), Al-hamdu lillah (all praise is due to Allah), La ilaha illallah (there is no true god except Allah) and Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)’ is dearer to me than anything over which the sun rises.
[Muslim].

Abu Malik Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Wudu’ is half of Salat, and the expression: `Subhan-Allah (Allah is free from imperfection)’ fills the Balance, and the expression: `Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah)’ fills the space between the heavens and the earth.”
[Muslim].

Sa`d bin Abu Waqqas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were with the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) when he asked, “Is anyone of you unable to earn a thousand good deeds?” One of those present asked: “How can one earn thousand good deeds in a day?” He (PBUH) replied, “By saying: Subhan-Allah a hundred times, then one thousand good deeds will be recorded for him or one thousand sins will be blotted out from his record.
[Muslim].

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The Virtue Of Saying: Subhaan-Allaahi Wa Bihamdihi (سبحان الله و بحمده ), Subhaan-Allaahil-Azhim (سبحان الله العظيم)

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by TheAuthenticBase

The virtue of saying: Subhaan-Allaahi wa bihamdihi, & Subhan-Allaahil-Azhim

DEFINITION:

– سبحان الله و بحمده – Subhaan-Allahi wa bihamdihi [Allaah is free from imperfection and all praise is due to Him]

– سبحان الله العظيم – Subhaan-Allahil-Azhim [Allaah is free from imperfection, The Greatest]

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azhim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who utters a hundred times in a day these words: `La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli sha’in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him; His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent),’ he will have a reward equivalent to that for emancipating ten slaves, a hundred good deeds will be recorded to his credit, hundred of his sins will be blotted out from his scroll, and he will be safeguarded against the devil on that day till the evening; and no one will exceed him in doing more excellent good deeds except someone who has recited these words more often than him. And he who utters: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’ one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the ocean.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to me, “Shall I tell you the expression that is most loved by Allah?” It is `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi’ (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’.”
[Muslim].

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The Remembrance Of Allaah (Dhikrullaah)

Posted in Authentic Adhkaar, Qur'an with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by TheAuthenticBase

The Remembrance Of Allaah (Dhikrullaah)

Allah, the Exalted, says:

And the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising) of Allah in prayers]” (29:45)

Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you.” (2:152)

And remember your Rubb by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words, in the mornings and in the afternoons, and be not of those who are neglectful.” (7:205)

And remember Allah much, that you may be successful.” (62:10)

Verily, the Muslims (those who submit to Allah in Islam) men and women… (up to)… And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e., Jannah).” (33:35)

O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and `Asr prayers].” (33:41,42)