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Remember Often The Destroyer Of Pleasures

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

One of the scholars from the past gave a lesson on death saying:

“O you who are deceived by this world, think of death and its agonies, how difficult and bitter a cup it is. What a true promise death is! How fair a judge it is! Death is enough to fill the heart with fear and the eyes with tears, to separate people, destroy pleasure and put an end to all worldly hopes.

Have you given any thought, o son of Adam, to the day when you will die and will be taken out of your place? When you will move from the spaciousness (of this world) to the confines (of the grave), when friends and loved ones will let you down, and brothers and friends will desert you? When you will be taken from your bed and placed in a hole in the ground, and instead of a soft blanket you will be covered with dust and earth? O gatherer of wealth, O industrious builder, by Allaah you will have nothing left of your possessions except shrouds, and even they will be destroyed and will vanish as your body disintegrates and turns to dust.

Where is the wealth that you amassed? Will it save you from these terrors? No indeed, you have left it behind for those who will not praise you, and you have come with your burdens (of sin) to One Who will not excuse you.”

[Quoted in Tadhkirat Al-Qurtubi, p.9]

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Unity Is Only Achieved Through Tawheed, By Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“The Polytheists have many dissensions and sects in their faith. As a matter of fact Polytheism and innovation always cause division and dissension.

Each polytheistic tribe of Arabia had its own god which was loathed by other tribes. Some of these followed different laws. For example, the Madinan’s polytheists invoked Manaat and disliked to perform tawaaf between Safa and Marwah. The Quraan later commanded them to do so.

Those falling prey to polytheism cannot have unity. This is evident from the conduct of those who take the graves and places associated with the Messengers and the pious as mosques. Each group of theirs visits a place which is not sacred for the other group.”

[Mukhtasar Iqtidhaa’ Al-Siraat Al-Mustaqeem, p. 182]

Why Do You Not Weep?

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Yazeed Ar-Riqaashi used to say to himself:

“Woe to you O Yazeed. Who will pray on your behalf after you die? Who will fast on your behalf after you die? Who will make Allaah be pleased with you after you die?”

Then he said:

“O people why do you not weep and wail for yourselves for the rest of your lives? When you are being sought by the grave, when the grave is home, the earth your bed, the worms your companions, and you will be awaiting the greater terror?”

[Quoted in Tadhkirat Al-Qurtubi, p.9]

The Salaf’s Fear Of Allaah, By Ibn Al-Jawzee

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ummayah Al-Shaamee used to cry and weep in the masjid until his weeping became loud. The ruler of those regions sent him a letter saying, ‘You are disturbing those who pray with your excessive crying and loud weeping, so hold yourself back a little.’ When he read it, he cried and said, ‘The grief of the day of judgement has bequeathed me endless tears. I gain some relief by shedding some of them sometimes.’

Abu Bakr gave away all his wealth, now even sparing his garment.

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab wished that he were an inanimate shrub.

‘Uthmaan wished that after his death never to be resurrected (out of fear of Allaah).

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib shouted at this worldly life (saying), “I divorce you thrice, therefore you are unlawful to me now forever.” Even though a single divorce would have sufficed, but he did it thrice to ensure that someday his self-desire would not rekindle the hope of returning to it: not that his nobility would ever allow him to seek a loophole by means of which he would return to it.

Aboo Dardaa’ wished he were a fodder plant chewed by animals.

‘Imraan Ibn Al-Husayn (d.52H) wished he was reduced to ashes.

Indeed you listen to the Quraan but undoubtedly you do not hear it (its message) the way they heard it.

Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyyaad used to cry constantly, to the extent that he used to weep even during his sleep, which used to wake up his family.

Ibn Adham and Al-Saaree used to urinate blood because of their fear of Allaah.

Some people entered upon Al-Junayd while he was on his deathbed and they found him praying. [After he had finished] they greeted him and so he replied to their greeting and said, “This is not a time for wasting,” after which he commenced the salaah again.

Their tongues were busy in the remembrance of Allaah, their inner thoughts were overwhelmed by Allaah’s love, their yes shed tears of fear, and their self flees from his life to the house of asceticism.

Whenever people saw Al-Hasan Al-Basree, they would think as though a calamity had just befallen him.

Maaik Bin Deenaar (d. 130H) had a black line running own his cheek from how much his eyes shed tears.

‘Ataa’ Al-Salamee (a Taabi’ee) used to weep in his room so much that his tears would drain into the gutter of his house. One day his tears plashed upon a person who was walking in the street, whereupon the man shouted, “O people of the house, is this water pure?” ‘Ataa’ replied, “You should wash it off because these are tears of a person who disobeyed Allaah.”

[Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 50, 129, 177, 183 & 184]

The Unauthenticity Of The Narration About Bilal Visiting The Grave Of The Prophet (saw)

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding this story (click here) of bilal returning from shaam and doing the adhaan in madenah, then it has been declared unauthentic. Below is the verification of the hadeeth, declaring it unauthentic:

Haafiz Ibn AbdulHaadee (one of ibn taymiyyah foremost students) mentiones in “Saarim Al-Munki Fee Radd ‘alaa As-Subkee”:

This narration is not authentic. This narration has been narrated by Al-Haakim Aboo Ahmad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Ishaaq An-Nisaabooree Al-Haafiz in his “Juzz Khaamis” from his “Fawaa’id”, and from his way it has been narrated by ‘Asaakir in the mention of Bilaal, and it is a narration that is ghareeb (unknown) munkar (unauthentic and contradicting authentic reports) with an isnaad having inqitaa (disconnection) and majhool (unknown) narrators.

Muhammad Ibn Al-Fayd Al-Ghasaanee was alone in reporting it from Ibraheem ibn Muhammad Ibn Sulaymaan Ibn Bilaal from his father, from his grandfather.

Ibraheem ibn Muhammad is unknown, not knowing to be thiqah (upright) or having amaanah (trust), neither dabt (accuracy), nor adaalah (integrity), rather he is majhool (unknown). (1)

As for Muhammad Ibn Sulaymaan (his father who he narrates this narration from), then he is qaleel al-hadeeth (narrating few hadeeth). (2)

As for Sulaymaan Ibn Bilaal, then he is a man not famous, rather majhool al-haal and qalil ar-rawayah (unknown and narrating few narrations), and he did not become famous in holding knowledge and transmitting it. And none from the Imaams declared him to be thiqah (upright) as far as we know.

And we request the one taking this as a proof and basing on this narration; who declared him to be thiqah (trustworthy) among the Imaams? And (who) relied on his hadeeth among the Hufaaz (memorisers of hadeeth)? Or who praised him among the scholars until his narration can be based upon and one can rely on his report?

Footnotes:

(1) Adh-Dhahabee said about him: “There is jahaalah (ignorance) in what is narrated from him by Muhammad Ibn Al-Fayd Al-Ghassaanee.” And Ibn Hajr mentions this incident in his lisaan and says: “This is a story clearly fabricated.”

(2) Aboo Haatim said of him, “Munkar al-hadeeth (abandoned in hadeeth).” See Taareekh Al-Kabeer 1/98

The Ka’bah Or The Grave Of Husain?

Posted in Shiasm Exposed with tags , , , , , , , on August 15, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

According to the Shee’ahs visiting the grave of Husain in Karbala is greater than performing the 5th pillar of Islaam (Hajj).

Al-Majlisi (a top Shiah Scholar) mentions in his book Bihaar Al-Anwaar that Bishr Ad-Dahhan said, I said to Abu ‘Abdullaah Ja’far As-Saadiq, “Sometimes I forget to peform Hajj but I realise the greatness of the grave of Husain.

So he (Abu Abdullaah) said, “Good work, any believer who visits the grave of Husain knowing its virtue, it will be recorded for him as 20 Hajj and 20 Umrah which are all accepted. It will be recorded for him as 20 battles fought under a Messenger or a just ruler. Whoever goes to it on the day of Arafah, knowing its virtue it will be recorded for him as 1000 Hajj and 1000 Umrah of which are accepted and 1000 battles fought with a Messenger or a just ruler.

[Bihaar Al-Anwaar, by Al-Majlisi]

The Grave Of Daanyaal

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Some people say its virtuous to visit the graves of dead people. To them we relate the following narration:

During Umar’s caliphate, the grave of Daanyaal (Daniel) was discovered and dug up in the land of Tustar. The governor of that region, Aboo Moosa (ra), wrote to ‘Umar (ra) informing him about the situation. ‘Umar knew that people would now most likely go to the grave of Daanyaal and become tempted to worship him, or at least perform acts of religious innovation.

Therefore, in order to protect the people from falling into acts of innovation and polytheism, ‘Umar wrote the following letter to Aboo Moosaa:

“During the day, dig thirteen graves. Then during the night, bury him in one of those graves, and cover his grave with dust, so that people do not become tempted by him.”

[Al-Fataawa, 15/90]