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Having Patience While Giving Da’wah

Posted in Dawah Toolkit with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

The young male and female Muslim who take up the duty of calling others to Islaam are subject to ridicule, harassment and derision – in pubic areas such as the marketplace and school, but even in their own homes. Many among the youth complain that their mothers and fathers are harsh with them, outwardly showing disdain for their religious zeal.

What is our position and attitude in the face of these difficulties? It is compulsory upon us to be patient and to bear hardship, all the while hoping for reward from Allaah (swt). Yet such difficulties should not prevent us from making da’wah to the way of Allaah (swt). Allaah sent Muhammad (saw) with guidance and the true religion, yet when he (saw) stood to call others to the truth, was he left alone to peacefully convey his message or was h harmed along the way? Were the Messengers sent before him left alone to peacefully convey the message of Islaam or were they harmed as well? Allaah said:

“Verily, (many) Messengers were denied before you (O Muhammad), but with patience they bore the denial, and they were hurt, till Our help, reached them.” [6:34]…

Some of the Prophet’s neighbours in Makkah would leave foul-smelling, impure filth at his doorstep, yet all along, he patiently endured the harm thy inflicted on him saying, “What kind of neighbourliness is this?” [Related by At-Tabaraanee in his Taareekh, 2/343]

In other words, “Why do you inflict harm upon me in this manner? How does your treatment of me reflect on your duties as a neighbour?”…

Along with being patient, should we continue to invite our families or should we become angry and observe silence? We should continue to invite them without loosing hope, and when we do invite them, we should deal with them gently and in a wise manner, without resorting to harshness or severity…

Know for sure that people do not become guided overnight, except for those whom Allaah (swt) exempts from this general principle. It is the way of Allaah that matters come to their completion gradually. The Prophet (saw) remained in Makkah for 13 years, inviting the people to Islaam, yet his da’wah still did not achieve complete success. Then he went and lived in Al-Madeenah, and in total, the Religion only became complete 23 years after the Prophet was sent.

Never delude yourself into thinking that people will change overnight. You must tread the path of da’wah with patience and with imperturbable determination…

Be patient and determined; i one does not change for the better today, he may do so tomorrow. In attempting to better the manners of your family, begin with easy matters an then move on gradually to the more difficult ones. By the Might of Allaah, I am confident that, if one is patient, determined and consistent in his da’wah, he will in the end succeed.

[The Islamic Awakening, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, pp.54-57]

Sittings In Ramadhaan With Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (.pdf book)

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Sittings In Ramadhaan With Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Ramadhaan with tags , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by TheAuthenticBase

Sittings in Ramadhaan with Ibn ‘Uthaymeen:

Day 1: The Merits of the Month of Ramadhan

Day 2: The Merits of Fasting

Day 3: From the Rulings of Fasting Ramadhan

Day 4: From the Rulings of Praying in Ramadhan

Day 5: From the Merits of Reciting Qur’an and its Types

Day 6: Categories of People in Fasting (Part 1 of 3)

Day 7: Categories of People in Fasting (Part 2 of 3)

Day 8: Categories of People in Fasting (Part 3 of 3)

Day 9: The Wisdoms of Fasting

Day 10: From the Mandatory Etiquettes of Fasting

Day 11: From the Encouraged Etiquettes of Fasting

Day 12: From the Second Type of Qur’an Recitation

Day 13: From The Etiquettes Of Reciting The Qur’an

Day 14: From the invalidators of the Fast

Day 15: The Conditions that will not make the Invalidators Invalidate the Fast

Day 16: From Zakah

Day 17: From the People of Zakah

Day 18: From the Battle of Badr

Day 19: From the Opening of Makkah

Day 20: Reasons for the Real Victory

Day 21: The Preference of the Last Ten Nights

Day 22: Striving in the Last Ten Days and Laylatul-Qadr

Day 23: From the Description of Paradise may Allah Make us from its Inhabitants

Day 24: From the Description of the People of Paradise

Day 25: From the Description of Hell-Fire

Day 26: Reasons for Entering Hell

Day 27: The Second Type from the Reason of Entering Hell

Day 28: From ZakatulFitr

Day 29: Repentance

Day 30: Concluding the Month

Every Mother Is A Da’ee, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Dawah Toolkit, Knowledge, Parenting, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

A woman first and foremost needs to be righteous herself, so that she can be a good example for her daughters…

A woman should train her children properly, for her children represent the men and women of the future. In the earliest stages of their development, it is the mothers that human beings learn from. If she is a good mother, good in her manners and dealings and good in the way she brings up her children, then those children will take after her and contribute positively to the betterment of society.

Every mother, then, must dedicate herself to training her children, and if she cannot undertake their training on her own, then their father or another guardian – for example, a brother or uncle, if their father is dead – should help her to raise them.

A woman should not yield to difficult circumstances, feeling that she cannot change her situation or her family’s situation for the better.

[The Islaamic Awakening, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Pp. 223 & 229]

Dangerous Literature Can Effect Ones Religion, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Brothers Base, Parenting, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Another reason for the youth’s problems is the reading of dangerous literature like treatises, newspapers, magazines and other material which cast doubt in the person concerning his religion and belief. These reading materials lead him to Hell and degenerate his virtuous manners.

This literature causes him to fall into Kufr and evil if he doesn’t have a strong defense of profound Islaamic education and acuteness, in order for him to be able to distinguish between the truth and falsehood or that which is beneficial from that which is harmful.

The reading of literature like this turns the teenager completely upside-down. This is due to the fact, which they come across fertile ground in the minds and thoughts of the youth without hindrance.

Accordingly, these dangerous ideas are deeply rooted and are reflected in the individuals’s mind and life.

[Taken from “Mushkilaat Ash-Shabaab”, Pp. 32-33, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen]

Choosing Companions Wisely, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Brothers Base, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Aboo Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:

A person follows (imitates) the religion of his friends, therefore let each one of you look at the one he befriends.” [Aboo Daawood, Tirmidhee, Ahmad, amongst others. See As-Saheehah #927]

Also, Aboo Moosaa Al-Ash’aree narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:

The example of an evil companion is like an ironsmith. Either he burns your clothes or you smell a foul odor from him.” [Bukhaaree & Muslim]

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen comments:

“… The youth has to to choose a good, righteous and intelligent person for his companion. He should evaluate the condition of the people before he befriends them by researching their condition and reputation. If they have good manners, sound religion, and a good reputation, then they are an object of a long-cherishing wish and profitable gain.

Therefore cling to them, otherwise beware! And stay away from people with evil and wicked character. This should be done so that one isn’t deceived by sweet speech and a beautiful outward appearance.

These attributes are a deception and a misguidance that the people of wickedness use in order to attract simple minded people and to increase their members. Also, they hide within these attributes the things that corrupt one’s behavior and manners.

The poet said it best:

Test the men you intend to brethren,
Look at their affairs closely.
If you gain one with piety and intellect,
Then cling to him happily.”

[Mushkilaat Ash-Shabaab, Pp. 31-32]

Rectifying The Ummah, Starts From Our Own Selves, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Brothers Base with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

“Countries only prosper because of its citizens and the religion is only established by its people. Therefore, when the people establish the religion, Allaah will render them victorious over their enemies whoever they are.

Allaah says:

O you who believe, if you help Allaah, he will help you and make your foothold firm…” [47:7]

In view of the fact that the religion is established by its people, its duties upon us, the people of Islaam and the bearers of its flag, is to first rectify ourselves, so we can be the people of leadership, guidance, examples of success and correctness.”

He then goes on to say:

“The young boys of today will be the men of tomorrow. They are the foundation which the future of this nation is built upon. For this reason the text of the shar’iah mention incitement for caring and ultimately guiding them to good.

If the young are righteous then they become the deserving foundation of this community which the community’s future rests upon.

A society whose well-being has righteousness built upon strong pillars, religion and good character. In the end, if Allaah wills, the future will be bright and promising for the community and its pious elders.”

[Mushkilaat Ash-Shabaab, Pp. 12-14]

The Effects Of Smiling, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Adab (Manners) with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding the hadeeth where the Prophet (saw) said:

Do not look down on any act of kindness, even if it is just meeting your brother with a pleasant smile on your face.” [Muslim]

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

“A pleasant smile causes people to become happy, wins over their love and affection, and leads to both parties having good thoughts of each other. Just try it and you will see.

However, were you to frown upon the people, they would stay away from you and not feel comfortable sitting with you nor talking to you.

You may even become afflicted with a dangerous condition: high blood pressure. Having a tranquil chest and a pleasant smile is the most wholesome remedy and the best preventative measure for this condition. For this reason, physicians advice people who have this condition to stay away from what disturbs and angers them, since those things only agitate this condition.

A pleasant smile actually has a remedial effect on this condition, since it leads to a tranquil chest, and it causes others to love you.”

[Taken from “Upright Moral Character”, by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, p. 49]

Guidelines For Applying Takfeer & When Is A Person Excused, Part 3

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen says:

“The basis of a Muslim is apparently that he is trustworthy and that his Islaam remains as does his trustworthiness until this has been removed from him based on Shari’ proof…

The ruling of takfeer (labeling someone a disbeliever) and tasfeeq (labeling someone a sinner) is not our right, rather it is the right of Allaah and His Messenger (saw), it is from the Divine Legislated regulations (ahkaam Ash-Shar’iyyah)…

From the most important conditions are that the person had full knowledge of his opposition (to Islaam) which necessitated him becoming a disbeliever or a faasiq (sinner).”

[Refer to Al-Qawaa’id Al-Muthlaa, Pp. 116-119]

Islamic Degrees Are Not Weighty, By Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

We Do not Make Worldly Degrees our Scale in Judging Individuals

The Shaykh, al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – rahimahullaah – said in his comments to Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah’s (d.728H) book, Siyaasatush-Shar’iyyah fee Islaahir-Raa’ee war-Ra’iyyah, in the second chapter regarding the Ameer (leader) appointing the most qualified (for a specific task) then those who follow him in qualification,

“So if he (the Ameer) employs a person who has the qualification of a Ph.D; for example he had a Ph.D in fiqh and then he appointed him as a judge and it becomes clear that he does not have the fiqh that qualifies him for this position, then we say: this level of qualification he has, which he may have even gotten through cheating and deceit does not justify that he stay in the position of judging amongst the people at all. Rather, he should be removed.

Furthermore, the positions obtained because of present day degrees are not the only thing in which we judge an individual.

How many of the people do not have this degree, and if they are compared to the one who has a degree, (the one with the degree) could not fill his shoes. And the carrier of this degree would be incapable to match the one who does not have a degree. However, he (the one without the degree) is very good in fiqh and this is something witnessed.

So all in all, it is obligatory that we give positions to those who are capable with its true meaning, not just by having worldly degrees.”

[At-Ta’leeq ‘alas-Siyaasatish-Shar’iyyah, p. 40, translated by Anwar Wright]

From The Virtues Of Knowledge, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

With reference to the important virtues of knowledge, Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen mentions:

“That he who has knowledge does not become tired in protecting it. This is because, if Allaah bestows knowledge upon you, then its place is in the heart and there is no need for containers or keys or the like.

It is protected in the heart and soul, and in time itself it is a protector for you, because it protects you from danger, with Allaah’s permission.

So knowledge protects you, whilst with property, you protect it by placing it in locked up containers, and despite all this, you still remain insecure about it.”

[Kitaabul-‘Ilm]