The Beginning

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I praise Allaah the Most Gracious, the Exalted and ask Him to send peace and blessings upon His Prophet Muhammad. I ask Allaah to make this blog an action of sincerity and to bless it and make it a benefit for all those who read it. I also seek refuge in Allaah from the Shaytaan, from hypocrisy and heresy. I ask Allaah to forgive you O reader, have mercy on you, guide you and keep you firm upon this great religion of His until death. I ask Allaah that you be raised among the righteous and are given a place in al-Jannah, the true success.

The expulsion of a liar’s corpse by the Earth

The believer to another…

ibn Tamiyyah – rahimahullaah – said:

The believer is to another like two hands, one cleanses the other- It may take some roughness to remove the dirt, but the end result of cleanliness and softness justifies the roughness used.

[Majmoo’ fataawa]

Don’t get fooled by everyone who begins to teach, and thinking that he is qualified enough to take knowledge from – Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool

Is it permissible to lie to protect oneself against the evil eye or envy?

Q. Is it permissible to lie to protect oneself against the evil eye or envy? For example, if someone asks you about your salary and you give them a lower figure or they ask you whether you are married or not and you say no even if you are married.

A. The shaykh (hafidhaahullaah) said, no! No, it is not permissible to lie in this case. There are only three situations when it is permissible to lie.The first is to rectify between people who are arguing and they are at odds with one another. Whether these are individuals, groups or countries you are reconciling between. This is one of the scenarios when it becomes permissible to lie. The second is when the two spouses are arguing and in order to bring them back together and reconcile between their hearts you can lie to make them feel that they are loved, as long as nothing impermissible, nothing haraam is said or bought about. As long as it’s just to bring the family back together and keep the families harmony and love together, then it’s permissible. The third and final situation where it’s permissible to lie is when the muslims are at war with non-muslims. In this situation it’s permissible.

However, there are some situations where you might not tell a lie but you might give an answer which might be understood in one of two ways and this can prevent some problems.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him)

[Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class, Q&A Session 08-08-2012, Riyadh]

Avoid Four to be Protected from Shaytaan!

Imam al-Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullaah) stated:

If there are four things present in a person, Allaah would preserve him from the Shaytaan and prevent him from entering the Fire: Whoever has control over himself during times of:

1. Raghbah – Need

2. Rahbah – Fear

3. Shahwah – Desire

4. Ghadab – Anger.

Ibn Rajab stated: These four that al-Hasan mentioned are the basis of all evil.

Raghbah is to have a need for something, is to want it and believe that it is beneficial for you. So whoever has a need for something, this need may drive him to attain it through any means possible, a lot of which could be impermissible. The object that is needed could be prohibited itself.

Rahbah is to fear something. If a person fears something he would try to repel it by any means necessary, a lot of which may be impermissible.

Shahwah is to desire something that you take pleasure from. A person may desire a lot of things that are prohibited such as fornication, theft, alcohol, disbelief, magic, hypocrisy and innovations.

Ghadab – Anger: It is the boiling of the hearts blood to repel a harm fearing that it would take place, or to take revenge from someone who has previously caused harm. A lot of impermissible things take place as a consequence of anger, such as fighting, hitting as well as other types of oppression and transgression. A lot of impermissible forms of speech also take place such as defamation, insults, and evil words. This may even reach the level of disbelief.

Author: Shaykh Zayd al Madkhalee

[Reference: Al Afnaan an Nadiyyah Vol.8 p, 328]

Myself, Mankind and Jinn are in a great serious state – Hadith Qudsi

The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned that Allah said:

Myself, Mankind and Jinn are in a great serious state. I create them, then they worship other gods that they make for themselves; I bless them with my bounties, then they thank someone else for what I sent them; My Mercy descends to them while their evil deeds ascend to Me; I endear them with my gifts even though I have no need to any of them while they alienate themselves from Me with their sins even though they are desperate for my help. Whoever returns to Me, I accept him no matter how far he is; and whoever turns away from Me, I approach him and call on him. Whoever leaves a sin for my sake, I reward him with many gifts and whoever seeks to please Me, I seek to please him. Whoever acknowledges My Will and Power in whatever he does, I make the iron bend for his sake. My dear people are those who are with Me. Whoever thanks Me, I grant him more blessings; whoever obeys Me, I raise him and endear him more. Whoever disobeys Me, I keep the doors of My Mercy open for him; if he returns to Me, I bestow him with My Love since I love those who repent and purify themselves for My Sake. If he does not repent, I still treat him by putting them in hardship to purify him. Whoever favors Me over others, I favor them over others. I reward every single good deed ten times over or seven hundred times over to countless times over. I count every single bad deed as one unless the person repents and ask for My Forgiveness in which case I forgive even that one. I take into account any little good deed and I forgive even major sins.My Mercy supersedes My Anger; My Tolerance supersedes My Blame; My Forgiveness supersedes My Punishment as I am more merciful with My slaves than a mother with her child.

[(Bukhari) Mentioned in Madarij Al-Salikeen by Ibnul-Qayyim Al-jawziyyah]

“I am the poor to my Lord…” – Poetry by ibn Taymiyyah

ibn Taymiyyah’s poem (found by ibnul-Qayyim on the back of a book of tafseer given to him by the Imaam):

“I am the poor to my Lord, the Lord of the Worlds,
I am the miskeen in all my conditions.
I am the transgressor of my nafs and my nafs has transgressed against me.
And when good comes, from Allaah it comes.
I cannot bring to my nafs any benefit,
And neither can I push away from my nafs any harms.
And poverty is a permanent description of me.
Just as richness and sufficiency everlasting is a description of Him.
And this condition is a condition of all the creation together,
And all of them to Allaah, are servants that will go back to Him.”

[Mentioned in the lecture: How To Humble Your Heart For Allah by Sh. Muhammad Akoor al-Madkhalee]

The Means to a Righteous Heart

Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

Question:

What is the way to the righteousness of the heart and to purify it from hatred and envy? And what are the most helpful means to make the heart righteous in this life?

Answer:

Righteousness of the heart is achieved by a few things.

The first: having a sincere intention for Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, in the righteous deeds. And remembering the Greatness of Allaah, the Majestic and Exalted, remembering that you stand in need of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and increasing in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah. Allaah, the Most High, has said:

{Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.}

(Soorah ar-Ra’d (13): 28)

So from that which brings the heart to life, is increasing in the remembrance of Allaah. And verily, he (the Prophet) – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – has said:

“The example of the one who remembers Allaah and the one who doesn’t remember Allaah, is like the example of the living and the dead.”

Also from the means of bringing the heart to life, is eating from halaal (legal, permissible food) and staying away from eating haraam (forbidden food). For verily, eating from haraam hardens the heart, corrupts the heart or makes the heart sick. Because bad food influences the heart and the body.

Also from the means of bringing the heart to life… Allaah, the Most High, has said:

{O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat (all kinds of Halaal foods which Allaah has made legal), and do righteous deeds.}

(Soorah al-Mu’minoon (23):51)

And Allaah has ordered the believers with that which He ordered the Messengers with. He said:

{O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the Tayyibaat that We have provided you with.}

(Soorah al-Baqarah (2):172)

He should eat from the Tayyibaat, meaning: the permissible things. Because Allaah makes the Tayyibaat permissible for us and makes the Khabaa’ith (all evil and bad things) forbidden for us. So eating from the Tayyibaat, which are the permissible things, feeds the hearts a good meal. And eating from the Khabaa’ith feeds the hearts a bad meal.

That which makes the hearts sick as well, is listening to songs and musical instruments, which has increased alot in this time! And that which makes the hearts sick as well or makes it die, is being devoted to satellite TV, the internet and what is broadcasted in these media from wickedness, evil thoughts, forbidden desires and disgusting scenes. This is from that which makes the hearts sick.

Also, accompanying bad people and sitting with them corrupts the hearts. Similarly, accompanying the best people, the scholars and the people of khayr (good), is from that which brings the hearts to life.

Marry these kinds of women:

1. The Patient :The woman who remains patient in all circumstances, and never whines, moans and complains. When some trouble or affliction hits her, she turns to Allah for help.

2. The Protector; The woman who protects her husband’s wealth & her chastity. When he is away from home. When he returns , she does not burden him with the day’s problems , but listens attentively to his needs and does her best to take his tiredness away.

3. The Lover: The women who adores her husband & craves for his children to the extent that whenever her husband glances at her, duaa pours for her from the bottom of his heart.

4. The Do-Gooder: The women who has an excellent reputation in society – for being kind, caring & courteous to all.
She is good with her neighbours & relatives and never backbites or displays jealousy.

5. The Content; The women who never casts her eyes at material things and is content with whatever little her husband gives her. She is thankful to him for every morsel that he feeds her, every clothe that he gifts her, including the roof over her head. She makes her gratefulness known to him in words & action and thus, soothes her husband’s heart.

6. The Pious: The women who spends much of her day in dhikr, tilaawat-e Quran & Salah and her nights in praying
tahajjud & crying to Allah for forgiveness. She encourages her husband to give daw’ah in his spare time.

7. The Sweet Smiler: The woman who smiles excessively..esp. when her husband is at home. She always talks gently that it seems that pearls are dripping from her mouth. She never raises her voice while talking to her husband. If her husband is angry with her for some reason & shouts at her, she does not answer him back but maintains a dignified silence. When he has calmed down , she offers him cool water & apologizes to him even if she wasn’t at fault.

[Taken from the works of Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullah)]

Blessings and contentment

Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen Rahimahullah:

“From Allah’s blessings on a servant is that he be granted contentment, whether that be regarding his residence, his clothes, his means of transport, or his children. For when a person is content with what Allah has given him, he will remain rich.”

Bulughul-Maraam, Volume 6, Page 272]

Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen Rahimahullah:
“If you are given a blessing then do not [just] take it as a blessing, becoming merry and happy. It is a blessing, there is no doubt about that, but know that you are being tested by it, [tested] to see whether you will give due thanks for it or not. If some harm comes your way, then be patient, for that too is a trial and test from Allah the Mighty and Majestic to test whether you will be patient or not. And if you are patient and hope for the reward from Allah, then Allah said, “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.” [Zumar 39:10]

[Tafsir Juzz ‘Amma, Page 128.]