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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]

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?


(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]

Soon You Will Die And Be Buried

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib walked with a funeral procession and heard the voices of the bereaved family raised in weeping as the body was placed in the niche in the grave, so he said:

“Why are you weeping? By Allaah, if they could see what your deceased one is seeing, they would be distracted from the deceased one by what they see. Death will come back again and again, until none of them is left. So fear Allaah, O slaves of Allaah, and strive hard in righteous deeds.

Hasten to do good deeds before death, the destroyer of pleasures, comes. The pleasures of this world will not last, and you cannot feel secure against the calamities of this world, for it is fleeting and deceitful and cannot be relied on.

Learn the lessons, O slaves of Allaah, and heed the exhortation, for soon you will die and will be buried. Soon the trumpet will be blown, and the occupants of the graves will be raised and driven to the area of gathering for the reckoning. Everything is under the control of the All-Mighty. Every person will have an angel to drive him and an angel to bear witness to his deeds. “And the earth will shine with the light of its Lord (Allaah – when He will come to judge among men), and the Book will be placed (open), and the Prophets and the witnesses will be brought forward, and it will be judged between them with truth, and they will not be wronged.” [39:69] “

[‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabi, p. 431]

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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Corrupt Beliefs Stemming From Fazaa’il-e-Amaal [Story 2]

Posted in Various Other Misguided Sects/Groups Exposed with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Fazaa’il-e-Amaal, written by Moulana Zakariyyah, is a authoritative book used by the Tableeghee Jamaat world-over and has been translated into several languages. It is full of fabricated stories promoting shirk.

For example, it mentions a story of two brothers whose father died leaving behind an inheritance, which included three strands of hair of Allaah’s Messenger (saw).

“The brothers divided the property in half so that they had one strand of hair each. However they disputed about the third strand of hair. So the elder brother agreed to give the younger brother all the three strands of hair if the younger brother gave up his share of the property, to which the younger brother agreed.

When the younger brother died, many pious people dreamt of the Holy Prophet (saw) who told them, “If a person has any need he should ask it from Allaah sitting at the side of his grave.” “[Fazaa’il-e-Amaal, ch.5, p.128]

The futility of this story is too obvious to even refute. We have seen in our previous two posts that the Prophet (saw) forbade taking graves as places of worship, and begging Allaah of ones needs (i.e., du’aa) is worship, as he (saw) said:

Du’aa is worship (ibaadah).” (Aboo Dawood)

So it seems quite strange that the Messenger of Allaah would tell someone to do something which he himself forbade! And likewise, the book is full of fabricated stories which not only serve no purpose but contradict the very fundamentals of this Deen.

The Prophet’s Keenness To Prevent His Ummah From Falling Into Shirk

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

The ahaadeeth mentioned in the previous post show the Prophet’s keenness to protect his Ummah from all forms of shirk, especially those related to the dead, to the extent that even visiting graves was absolutely forbidden in the early years of Islaam in order to prevent the graves from becoming mediums of shirk.

Visiting graves was only made permissible after tawheed (monotheism) was firmly established in the hearts of the Sahaabah.  The Prophet (saw) said:

I used to prohibit you from visiting graves. But now visit them, for surely they are reminders for the next life.” [Saheeh Muslim]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Allaah’s Messenger (saw) had prohibited the men from visiting the graves so as to prevent it (the graves) from becoming a medium (of shirk). So when the tawheed (worship for Allah alone) was established in their hearts, he (saw) permitted them to visit the graves in the manner he prescribed – and he forbade them from saying hujr (obscenity/falsehood) at the graves.” [Igaathat Al-Afhaan, 1/218]

The Purpose Of Visiting Graves:

So visiting graves is done for two purposes (1) to remember death, and (2) to send salutations of peace to the dwellers of the graves as occurs in Saheeh Muslim.

As for the innovated form of visiting graves then it includes (1) visiting graves to seek help from its inhabitants, and (2) visiting the graves with the intention of worshipping Allaah at the graves, like doing du’aa, salaah, charity, reciting the Quraan, sacrifice etc., as these are all acts of worship, and the Prophet (saw) forbade taking graves as places of worship (Bukhaaree, Muslim, Ahmad and others).