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Hardship whilst seeking 'Ilm (Knowledge)


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It is well known how the salaf would strive whilst travelling to in order to seek knowledge and they would go through trials and tribulations.

Ibn taahir al maqdasee rahimahullah said

" I urinated blood twice whilst seeking hadeeth. Once in Baghdaad and another in Makkah. I used to walk barefooted in the heat, and it overtook me, not once did I get on a riding beast whilst seeking hadeeth, I would carry my books on my back, I never asked anyone (for anything) at the time of request, I used to live upon whatever comes (in aid)"
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(1) seer a'laam an-nubalaa (363/19)

If he looks around; then it is a secret


If he looks around; then it is a secret

Narrated by Tirmidi (1959) from Jaabir bin Abdullah from the Prophet, prayers and peace are upon him. He said:
“If a man tells you something then looks around it is a trust.”

Shaykh Al Albani declared it to be Hassan.
Al Ahwadi said in Tufah:
(Then he looks around) Meaning he looks to the right and to the left as a way of caution (then it is a trust) meaning it is entrusted to the one to whom he spoke, this means that it comes under the same rulings as a trust, so he must conceal it.
Ibn Raslaan said:
Because his looking around is the signal to the one to whom he is speaking that he is afraid that someone may overhear him, and that he has chosen him to tell his secret to. His looking around takes the place of his saying, ‘Listen to this and keep quiet about it because it is a trust.’”
روى الترمذي (1959) عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : إِذَا حَدَّثَ الرَّجُلُ الْحَدِيثَ ثُمَّ الْتَفَتَ فَهِيَ أَمَانَةٌ . حسنه الألباني في صحيح الترمذي .

قال في “تحفة الأحوذي” :

( ثُمَّ اِلْتَفَتَ ) أَيْ يَمِينًا وَشِمَالا اِحْتِيَاطًا ( فَهِيَ أَمَانَةٌ ) أَيْ عِنْدَ مَنْ حَدَّثَهُ أَيْ حُكْمُهُ حُكْمُ الأَمَانَةِ فَيَجِبُ عَلَيْهِ كَتْمُهُ . قَالَ اِبْنُ رَسْلانَ : لأَنَّ اِلْتِفَاتَهُ إِعْلامٌ لِمَنْ يُحَدِّثُهُ أَنَّهُ يَخَافُ أَنْ يَسْمَعَ حَدِيثَهُ أَحَدٌ وَأَنَّهُ قَدْ خَصَّهُ سِرَّهُ , فَكَانَ الالْتِفَاتُ قَائِمًا مَقَامَ اُكْتُمْ هَذَا عَنِّي أَيْ خُذْهُ عَنِّي وَاكْتُمْهُ وَهُوَ عِنْدَك أَمَانَةٌ اهـ 



Uthaimeen on Eed 

 Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, 

“From Islaam’s qualities is this happy Eed, which Allaah crowned the month of fasting with and which He opened the months of Hajj to His Sacred House with, and it is the day during which the Muslims go out, pleased with the blessings of having completed the fasting and prayer which Allaah bestowed upon them, performing the Eed prayer in glorification of Allaah and to establish His Remembrance, and as a demonstration of the love and thanks their hearts have for Him, and they make good their thoughts of their Protector, because He is as His Slaves think of Him.” 

 Ad-Diyaa’ul-Laami minal-Khutabil-Jawaami’, vol. 1, p. 398.

Source: http://giftsofknowledge



On the Obligation Upon Everyone, Male or Female,
to Go and Pray the Eed Prayer 

 Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, 

“Regarding the two Eed prayers the Shaikh of Islaam IbnTaymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, chose [the view] that it is obligatory [fard ain] on everyone and that all Muslims must pray it and that whoever remains behind is sinful, and in my opinion this is the closest opinion [to the truth] and the strongest one.” 

Ash-Sharh al-Mumti, vol. 5, pp. 114-116. 

Source:http://giftsofknowledge.

RULING OF BELCHING/BURPING


RULING OF BELCHING/BURPING


Question:
What is the ruling on belching/burping? Is there a specific hadith in relation to it?
Answer:
From the hadith of Ibn Umar:
“A man burped while in the company of the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم, and he said to him, ‘Save us from your burping, for the most satisfied one in this life will be hungry for the longest time on the Day of Resurrection.’
[Tirmidhi #2478]
So burping in front of the people is Makruh (disliked) as shown in the above Sahih (authentic) Hadith.
Answered by Ahmad Banajah
Transcribed by Abu Haafidh Muhammad Adib

RULING ON USING FOUL LANGUAGE

RULING ON USING FOUL LANGUAGE

 

 

 

Question:
What is the ruling on using foul and vulgar language?
Answer:
Bismillaah, alhamdulillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa rasoolillahi wa ala’ aalihi wasallam, amma ba’ad
Allaah عز وجل warns us in the Quran, to keep away from Al-Fahshaa (shameful deeds). The usage of foul and vulgar language and swearing with it, is clearly from those shameful deeds and hence, it is prohibited, since Allaah عز وجل prohibits Al-Fahshaa, as in the following Aayah:
إِنَّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ“Allaah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition”.[Surah an Nahl: Aayah 90]
Likewise, the Prophet ﷺ also warned us from such deeds, as in the following Hadith and numerous others:
Ibn Mas’ud رضي الله عنه reported, that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “A believer is not a defamer, a curser, obscene or coarse.”[At-Tirmidhi]
Wallaahu ta’ala A’lam
Answered by Ahmad Banajah
Transcribed by Abu Abdillaah Rifkhan


Uthaimeen on The Wisdom Behind
Fasting the Six Days of Shawwaal


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, 

“The wisdom behind fasting the six days of Shawwaal is the same as the wisdom regarding other optional acts which Allaah has ordained for His Servants in order to make the obligatory actions complete. So fasting the six days of Shawwaal is like the supererogatory Sunnah prayers [ar-Raatibah] which are performed after the obligatory prayers in order to complete any deficiencies in them. And from Allaah, the Most High’s, Wisdom is that He made Sunnah [prayers] for the obligatory ones in order to complete them and raise them [in rank], so fasting the six days of Shawwaal has this great benefit.”

Fataawaa Nurun-Ala-Darb.

source: http://giftsofknowledge.wordpress.com


Pride is as great a sin as polytheism

Pride, with its consequences, remains a great sin opposing the purpose for which Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) created His creation, just as the greatest sin, polytheism. Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) created His creation and revealed His Book in order that complete obedience be devoted to Him, Alone. Therefore, He (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) forbade the entry into Paradise for polytheists and any of those who have the weight of a mustard seed of pride in their hearts.

Spiritual Disease and its Cure, Ibn Qayyim


taken from: http://daragharbi.org


THE STANCES TO BE ADOPTED WITH
REGARD TO DECREED EVENTS
WHICH ARE DISAGREEABLE

“When something pre-decreed happens to the servant, and it is something which he dislikes, then he must adopt six stances regarding it:

 The first: The stance of Tawheed: and that Allaah is the One Who decreed it, willed it, and created it. Whatever Allaah willed occurs, and whatever He did not will shall not occur;

 The second: The stance of Justice (al-`Adl): And that His Judgement applies and occurs upon him, and whatever He ordains concerning him is fully just;

 The third: The stance of Mercy (ar-Rahmah): And that His Mercy in this decreed matter outweighs His Anger, and His punishing; and that Mercy is its basis;

 The fourth: The stance of Wisdom (al-Hikmah): And that His Wisdom -He the One free of all imperfections- necessitated that it should occur. He did not ordain it without purpose or frivolously.

 The fifth: The stance of Praise (al-hamd): And that He- the Perfect- deserves full praise for that, from every aspect.

 The sixth: The stance of Servitude (al-`Uboodiyyah): And that he is entirely a slave, in every sense. The Judgements and Decrees of his Master apply and occur upon him, since he belongs to Him and is His slave. So He controls him such that he is under His Decrees which relate to the creation, just as He controls him in his being under His Judgements relating to the Religion. So it is fully appropriate that these Decrees occur upon him.”

Transcribed from: ‘al-Fawaa·id’ p46-47 || Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim, rahimahullaah

Translated by: Dawood Burbank

Taken from: http://daragharbi.org/2011/01/09/the-stances-to-be-adopted-with-regard-to-decreed-events-which-are-disagreeable/

Equality?


Equality?

Tamim ad-Dari (radiallaahu ‘anhu) was reciting Suraat Al-Jathiyah one night, and when he read the Verse: “Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deeds”, and he kept reciting it and crying all night, until dawn..


Spiritual Disease & Its Cure, Ibn Qayyim

Source: http://daragharbi.org


What the Noble Woman Prefers

Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullaah):

“The noble woman prefers hunger rather than immorality. Resort to no one but your Lord, for resorting to others is a disgrace.”

Al-Fawaa’id, p77.


Source: http://daragharbi.org/2011/06/27/what-the-noble-woman-prefers/


The Difference Between Confidence and Delusion

Confidence is tranquility, and it increases with time and intuition. The heart attaches itself to one whom it trusts, thus it becomes reliant upon him. Similarly, if the heart reaches Allaah, it becomes lovingly subservient to him. Consequently, he will be the only source of aid for this heart.

As for delusion, it is produced by Shaytaan and the soul, and it is to trust one who is not trustworthy, and to depend upon a source which yields nothing beneficial. The Most High said:

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَعْمَالُهُمْ كَسَرَابٍ بِقِيعَةٍ يَحْسَبُهُ الظَّمْآنُ مَاء حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءهُ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْئًا وَوَجَدَ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ فَوَفَّاهُ حِسَابَهُ وَاللَّهُ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

“The work of those who disbelieve is like a mirage which appears to be water to a thirsty man. Though once he reaches it, he finds nothing. Allaah finds him there and concludes his account, and he is expeditious in this regard.” (An-Nur 24:39)


قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا
الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا


“Say: Shall we inform you of those who have suffered the greatest loss? They are those who have deviated on earth while thinking that they have done well.” (Al-Kahf 18:103-104)

Once the veil has been removed and reality becomes apparent, they will realize that they were lost.


It has appeared in a well known tradition that if you notice that Allaah the glorified is blessing you while you continue to sin, then beware. Rather, punishment has been delayed, and the Most High has said: “Once they forgot what they were reminded of, We gave them everything and they were delighted. We then overtook them while they were immersed in evil.” ( Al- Anaam, ayat 44)

It is an utter delusion for one to believe that he deserves the grace of Allaah and that the hour will not come. He is in a state of illusion concerning his lord, himseld, and the world in which he lives, and Shaytaan deceives him with his promises. The final outcome of this is destruction.

Transcribed from: The Soul, by Ibn Al-Qayyim


From the hardest and most difficult affairs

قال الإمام ابن القيم رحمه الله:

" من أصعب الأسباب على النفس وأشقها عليها ، ولا يوفق لها إلا من عظم حظه من الله ، وهو إطفاء نار الحاسد والباغي والمؤذي بالإحسان إليه ، فكلما ازداد أذىً وشراً وبغياً وحسداً ، ازددت إليه إحسانا وله نصيحة وعليه شفقة. "

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كتابه بدائع الفوائد ص 243

Al-Imaam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:

"From the hardest and most difficult affairs upon the soul and no one is granted success to do it except the one whose fortune is tremendous with Allaah and it is extinguishing the fire of the envier, aggressor and infringer with goodness towards him. So every time that person increases in harm, evil, oppression, envy, etc. you increase in goodness to him, sincere advice and showing kindness to him."

[Badaai' Al-Fawaaid pg.243]




Between You and the One in the Grave

It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrī – Allāh have mercy on him – once said during the funeral of a man:

May Allāh have mercy on the man who works for the likes of this day; for today you are able to do what these brothers of yours, the residents of these graves, cannot do. So make full use of your health and free time before the day of distress and accounts comes upon you.

Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Dhamm Al-Dunyā article 53.



Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/#ixzz28SNkj1NT

People will lose their minds…

People will lose their minds…


حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُوسَى ، حَدَّثَنَا رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى الله عَليْهِ وسَلَّمَ : إِنَّ بَيْنَ يَدَيِ السَّاعَةِ لَهَرْجًا ، قَالَ : قُلْتُ : يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ ، مَا الْهَرْجُ ؟ قَالَ : الْقَتْلُ ، فَقَالَ بَعْضُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ : يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ ، إِنَّا نَقْتُلُ الآنَ فِي الْعَامِ الْوَاحِدِ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ كَذَا وَكَذَا ، فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى الله عَليْهِ وسَلَّمَ : لَيْسَ بِقَتْلِ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ، وَلَكِنْ يَقْتُلُ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا ، حَتَّى يَقْتُلَ الرَّجُلُ جَارَهُ ، وَابْنَ عَمِّهِ وَذَا قَرَابَتِهِ ، فَقَالَ بَعْضُ الْقَوْمِ : يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ ، وَمَعَنَا عُقُولُنَا ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمَ ؟ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى الله عَليْهِ وسَلَّمَ : لاَ ، تُنْزَعُ عُقُولُ أَكْثَرِ ذَلِكَ الزَّمَانِ ، وَيَخْلُفُ لَهُ هَبَاءٌ مِنَ النَّاسِ لاَ عُقُولَ لَهُمْ.

Abu Musa (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wa salam) said: Before the Hour comes there will be Harj,” I asked: “O Messenger of Allah what is Harj” He said: “Killing.” Some of the Muslims said: “O Messenger of Allah, currently we kill such and such number of pagans in a year.” The Messenger (sallAllahu alayhi wa salam) said: “That killing won’t be like killing the idolaters, instead you will kill one another, until a man will kill his neighbor, his cousin, and close relatives. Some people said: “O Messenger of Allah will we be in our right minds during that time.

The Messenger (sallAllahu alayhi wa salam) said: “No, reason and intellect will be taken away from most of the people at that time. The people living during that time would have no intellect and be insignificant.”

Collected by Ibn Majah (3959) graded as being authentic by Shaykh Al-Albani.

Benefits for this topic:
This hadeeth is among the hadeeth that prove Prophet Muhammad’s (sallAlahu alayhi wa salam) Prophet hood. He spoke about something during his lifetime, which is happening today.

This Hadeeth has only been collected by Ibn Majah, and isn’t narrated in the other 5 books.

As-Sindi said:”reason and intellect will be taken away from most of the people at that time…” This will occur due to the greed and the ignorance of insignificant people. People who are nobody, and not worth mentioning. Included in this are the dregs of a society. (exp Ibn Majah)

Translated and compiled by:
Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
Doha, Qatar 1433©



The Difference between Caution and Suspicion

One who is cautious resembles one who travels with his wealth and riding animal while being mindful of thieves. He resembles one who has prepared himself with armor and weapons to meet his enemy.

As for suspicion, it is a heart filled with bad thoughts of others, and backbiting, slander, and hatred is the result. One who is cautious intermingles with people while protecting himself, though one who is suspicious harms them while avoiding them. The former advises them while the latter despises them.

Transcribed from: The Soul | Imaam Ibn Al Qayyim

Source: http://tawheedfirst.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/the-difference-between-caution-and-suspicion/

Some people...





Sheikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-'Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:
"Some people-and Allaah's refuge is sought-automatically consider (another persons) actions and statements in an evil manner. Then the Shaytaan incites him to spy and hunt for things on his brother, inspecting what I said and what I did! Hence, you always find him analyzing his statements and actions brothers. and only if I would Consider them in best possible Manner or in a good manner. However (he does so) in the Most Evil and wicked way. and That is only due to the insinuation of Shaytaan. "[Sharh al-Mumti 'alaa al-Mustaqni Zaad ']

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) cannot by defended by oppression and misguidance


Verily all praise is due to Allaah, and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and his Companions, one and all.  

To proceed...

  No Muslim would ever agree with the mocking, ridicule, and blasphemous lies directed at our Deen and at our beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  Rather the Imaams of Ahlus-Sunnah, the likes of Maalik, al-Layth, Ahmad, Ishaaq, and ash-Shaafi’ee, have agreed unanimously that the one who mocks, ridicules, and defames the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has disbelieved, and that the prescribed punishment for the one who lives in the lands of the Muslims and does that is death, a punishment that falls under the authority of the Muslim ruler.  

There is no doubt that these types of attacks on our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) will cause anger and make the stomach of every Muslim turn due to his love for Allaah, His Messenger, and His Deen.  But the Muslim who is truthful, sincere, and just, he doesn’t allow himself to be overcome by emotion and respond to these attacks with a knee-jerk reaction that entails actions which Allaah and His Messenger have prohibited.  Rather, like in all matters, he is first and foremost patient, and then he takes those matters back to the Qur’aan and Sunnah and the understanding of the Companions, and those ‘Ulamaa’ who are firmly-grounded in knowledge.  So he is patient and he plants his feet squarely upon knowledge, and he submits to what Allaah and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) have decreed.
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“O you who believe! Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger, and
those of you who have been placed in authority (over you). (And) if
you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it back to Allaah
and His Messenger, if you truly believe in Allaah and in the Last Day.
That is better and more suitable for final determination.” [1]

And al-Haafith Ibn Katheer mentions that “those of you who have been placed in authority (over you)”, according to Ibn ‘Abbaas, Mujaahid,  ‘Ataa’ and others from the Salaf refers to the ‘Ulamaa’. And Ibn Katheer mentions that it is general to both the rulers and the‘Ulamaa’.  And of course this means the ‘Ulamaa’ of Ahlus-Sunnah, not those who ahlul-bid’ah call scholars, the likes of al-Qaradaawee, al-‘Awdah, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ‘Abdul-Khaaliq, and other than them from the callers to misguidance.


  What has transpired over the past few days in the lands of the Muslims and other than them as a reaction to the film attacking Islaam and insulting our beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) - contradicts the guidance and Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  One should remember that these types of attacks are not something new. Indeed Allaah mentions throughout the Qur’aan that His messengers (عليهم الصلاة و السلام) were constantly mocked and defamed, that their people called them crazy, mad, and even labeled them as sorcerers, etc.  Allaah تعالى said:

                              

“Likewise, no Messenger came to those before them except that they said: "A sorcerer or a madman!" [2]

And this happened with the Prophets and Messengers from Nooh (عليه السلام) up to His final Messenger, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

  In the lifetime of Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) there were those who cursed and insulted him openly.  Ka’b bin al-Ashraf al-Yahoodee, in al-Madeenah, used to recite defamatory poetry about him and made explicit poetry about the women of the Muslims.  And there was ‘Abdullaah bin Khatal in Makkah, who had two female singers who he had sing songs making fun of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

   As for Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, when he returned from Makkah to al-Madeenah and began reciting his poetry insulting him, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) asked his Companions, “Who will deal with Ka’b bin al-Ashraf? For indeed he has harmed Allaah and His Messenger.” And this was when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was in his dawlah in al-Madeenah and he was the ruler, and Ka’b bin al-Ashraf was living under his authority in al-Madeenah.  But the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) didn’t ask his Companions to punish his neighbors, companions, or even his family members for what Ka’b bin al-Ashraf did.  Nor did he punish the representatives of his tribe, Banu an-Nadeer, or randomly target the Jews of al-Madeenah nor did he boycott their businesses.  Any person of sound intellect would agree that this would be unjust and defies logic, not to mention the texts of the Book and the Sunnah. Instead he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) -as the ruler - dealt with Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, the one who caused that harm specifically. 

  ‘Abdullaah bin Khatal was in Makkah, and he had two female singers who he taught to sing songs making fun of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). And at that time, the Prophet was in al-Madeenah, and was the ruler (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and never did he attack anyone from the kuffaar in al-Madeenah or any other town or village as retribution for the defamation and insults of ‘Abdullaah bin Khatal towards him.  Nor did he command his Companions to attack Makkah or its people because of him. Rather he was patient (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and did not oppress, and did not transgress.  He was patient and he was just (صلى الله عليه وسلم). So when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) conquered Makkah, and he entered Makkah with his armies, he ordered them not to harm anyone who did not fight them, except for a small group of people who he named by name (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  From them – and here the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had conquered Makkah, and had might and capability (qudrah) – from them was ‘Abdullaah bin Khatal and his two songstresses.  He didn’t tell them to kill Ibn Khatal’s neighbors or his family members. He didn’t  destroy the property of the members of his tribe.  Rather he ordered them to kill ‘Abdullaah bin Khatal and his two songstresses. 

  These are just two examples of how the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) dealt with those who abused him in his lifetime.   He was aadil (just), and was saabir (patient) - (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  He did not oppress and was not unjust, and these people cursed him, abused him, mocked him, and insulted him during his lifetime - (صلى الله عليه وسلم)!!   So where are the actions of the jamaa’aat (political groups and parties) and the ignorant folk who’ve been affected by them from the actions and example of Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)?! 

  Where do you find that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his Companions went to another town and protested, or that they murdered the innocent, or destroyed or burnt their property to the ground because of what the likes of Ibn al-Ashraf and Ibn Khatal did in Makkah and al-Madeenah?!

  Rather he was patient and just (صلى الله عليه وسلم)!!  And ‘adl (justice) is to put everything in it’s proper place.  And what we see from these people in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and other places in the Middle East, is oppression, injustice, and deviation from his Sunnah.  And Allaah said:



                              
“So warn those who oppose his command, lest some fitnah befall him or they afflicted with a painful punishment.” [3]


  And what further elucidates the distinction between the guidance of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and those Muslims who have been overtaken by emotion and misguidance, is the narration of ‘Aa’ishah (رضى الله عنها), collected by al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Ahmad and others, when a group of Jews entered upon the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said “as-saamu ‘alaykum” (death be upon you).  So ‘Aa’ishah (رضى الله عنها) understood what they said, so she responded: wa ‘alaykum as-saam wal-la’nah” (and death and curses be upon you).  So the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:  “Take it easy, O ‘Aa’ishah!  Verily Allaah loves rifq (gentleness and leniency) in all matters.”  So ‘Aa’ishah said: “O Messenger of Allaah! Didn’t you hear what they said?” So he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “I already responded to them (by saying) ‘wa ‘alaykum’ (and upon you, too).”

  Our Deen is not based on emotion.  Rather the Muslim who truly and sincerely loves Allaah and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) will stick to his guidance and his Sunnah:

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“Say:  if you truly love Allaah, then follow me. (If you do) Allaah will love you and forgive you for your sins.  And Allaah is all-forgiving, most merciful.” [4]


Here are some points to consider and reflect upon:

- These protests which have spread throughout the Muslim lands, even to our beloved Kuwait, are a bid’ah, as the ‘Ulamaa’ of Ahlus-Sunnah like Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Shaykh al-Albaanee, and Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen have clarified. [5] They are an act of opposing and contending with the Muslim ruler and are from the way of theKhawaarij.  Of course the jamaa’aat as-siyaasiyyah allow them and promote them as they are means for them to contend with the Muslim rulers and reach rulership itself.  

- We’ve seen how the emotionally charged youth have taken to the streets in these protests and clashed with the police, and caused damage to property - not just the property of the American Embassies - which is in itself an act of oppression - but the property of the Muslims as well!  And this is supposed to be defense of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)??!    It cannot be that the Muslims defend the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) with oppression when Allaah has commanded us with justice (‘adl):
                   
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“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allaah and
be just witnesses and don’t let the enmity and hatred
of a people keep you from being just. Be just! That is
closer to Taqwaa.” [6]

al-Haafith Ibn Katheer said:  “Don’t let hatred for a people cause you to abandon justice towards them.  Rather exercise justice with everyone, whether it be a close friend or an enemy.”

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah:  “for indeed the people did not dispute in the fact that the end result of thulm (oppression and injustice) is evil and harmful, and the end result of ‘adl (justice) is good and noble.  And for this it has been said:  Allaah will aid the nation that is just, even if it is a disbelieving nation, and He will not aid the nation that is unjust and oppressive, even if it is a believing nation.”  [Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa (28/63)]

Then know that punishing others for the crimes and offenses of another is not justice!  Allaah says:
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“No person earns any (sin) except against himself (only), and no bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another.” [7]


- The jamaa’aat as-siyaasiyyah use these protests and these types of events as a forum and a podium to spread their doubts and their conspiracy theories amongst the people and to turn them against their rulers.  They spout out anti-American, anti-western, and anti-Israeli rhetoric and place the blame for the destruction we’ve seen over the past few days on everyone but themselves.  ‘Ali al-Deqbas,  head of the Arab Parliament, actually blamed “international Zionism of being behind the unrest and inciting sedition and hatred of Islam and Muslims in the Middle East in favor of the Zionist entity”.  And the misguided statements like this are many.

- These protests – which as the ‘Ulamaa’ have said is a bid’ah – were used as a cover for those upon the manhaj of the Khawaarij to murder a U.S. ambassador and three other members of his staff, the murder of non-Muslims who were given amn (an assurance of safety and protection) and were from a country that has treaties and agreements with the government of Libya. 

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Whoever – from the Muslims -kills a person who is under an agreement or treaty (with theMuslims), he will not smell the Fragrance of Jannah, even though it’s fragrance can be smelled from the distance of 40 years away.” [al-Bukhaaree] 

And in another narration he said:  "The assurance of protection of the Muslims is one, so whoever betrays the assurance of protection and safety of another Muslim, then upon him is the curse of Allaah, and (the curse) of the Angels, and (the curse) of all the people." 

al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr (رحمه الله) explained:  "His saying 'The assurance of protection of the Muslims is one', means that their giving an assurance of safety and security is correct (and binding).  So if one of them gives amn to a kaafir, then it is haraam upon anyone else to harm him…"  


Those non-Muslims who live and work in the Muslim countries have been given amn (an assurance of safety and protection), so by attacking them is contending with and opposing the Muslim ruler, and is an act of treachery and oppression.

Shaykh Taariq as-Subay’ee explained that if even one of the Muslims gives amn to a non-Muslim, even if that Muslim is a man or a woman, a free man or a slave, and even if that is by a gesture, or if a person is given amn by the authorities of a Muslim land through diplomatic agreements or by giving him a visa to enter that land – that person has an assurance of safety and protection from every Muslim.  It is totallyharaam for any Muslim to harm him. And the person, - the Muslim -, who does, falls under the curse of Allaah, the Angels, and all of the people.


- Look to those at the head of these protests and you’ll see that all of them are from the heads and supporters of the jamaa’aat as-siyaasiyyah.  And the fact that none of the ‘Ulamaa’ of Ahlus-Sunnah have anything to do with this should be another sign for the person of intellect, just as Ibn ‘Abbaas (رضى الله تعالى عنهما) brought as a proof against the Khawaarij the fact that none of the Companions were with them, when he said (رضى الله عنهما): Indeed I’ve come to you from the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and there is not a single one of them with you!



-  We see the Muslims protesting, fighting with the police, destroying property and other than that, all in the name of defending the Prophet(صلى الله عليه وسلم) from this film produced by a man living in America. What is amazing is that no one is upset over the masaajid that have graves in them where other than Allaah are worshipped besides Allaah, like the masjid of al-Badawee, Zaynab, or al-Hussayn?!  The greatest sin that one can commit is committed in the lands of the Muslims, and the people are tearing down the American embassy over something they don’t have the authority or ability to do anything about?!
Allaah said:
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“Verily, Allaah does not forgive that partners should be set up with him in worship (shirk), but He forgives what is less than that (from sins) for whomever He wills, and whoever sets up partners with Allaah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.”  [8]

So these Muslims and these jamaa’aat want to defend Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم) – by committing oppression and injustice –but where is the defense of Allaah and His Tawheed from the shirkcommitted by muslims in the lands of the muslims themselves?! 


  So know that Allaah (تبارك و تعالى) has commanded us with patience and justice, and forbidden us from injustice and oppression.  And there is no justice in the actions we see from our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, and the other countries that this is happening in.  Rather what we see is ignorance, oppression, misguidance, and deviation from the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  

And what benefit have they brought about?

The producer of this shoddy film lives in America, and America is a country that has it’s own laws that it governs it’s citizens by.  And America also has treaties and agreements with almost all of these lands that their embassies are being attacked in, proven by the fact that they have embassies there to begin with.  So then this affair is not in the hands of us common folk, and we don’t have the capability to do anything about it.  What is upon us then is to be patient and cling to the Sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  And this is a better defense of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) than what we see from the jamaa’aatand those infected by them!

And it is important to note that our patience and our clinging to the Sunnah during situations like this, when we don’t have the ability to change them, is not a sign of weakness or deficiency.  Rather it is the people of misguidance from the jamaa’aat as-siyaasiyyah that have duped our youth into thinking that not having the ability to act is the same as not acting, and this is misguidance and deception.
Ibn Mas’ood narrated that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was praying by the Ka’bah, and when he went into sajdah, one of the companions of Aboo Jahl put the entrails of a camel on the Prophet’s back (صلى الله عليه وسلم) while Ibn Mas’ood looked on.  And Ibn Mas’ood said:  “I was watching but couldn’t do anything about it. If only I had the strength and ability (to stop them).” [al-Bukhaaree]

This shows us that in situations when we don’t have the capability to act, due to physical weakness, lack of strength or capability, or there being something else that prevents us from doing that, there is no shame or deficiency in that, just as the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) himself could not aid Yaasir, ‘Ammaar, and Umm ‘Ammaar (رضى الله تعالى عنهم) when he saw them being tortured for their Eemaan in Allaah. So he said to them (صلى الله عليه وسلم):  “Patience, O Aal-Yaasir (O family of Yaasir)! For indeed you’ve been promised Jannah.”  [9]


What we’ve written here is not a defense of this film.  We find it just as offensive, appalling, and insulting as everyone else.  Nor is it a defense of America, Israel, or any other country.  Rather it is meant to be a defense of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and our Deen from those who go beyond the bounds, and those who play on the emotions of the Muslims and the emotional, disenfranchised youth, and call them to deviation and misguidance.  It is a call to patience, justice, and sticking to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم).  And this what was needed to be said and clarified.  And Allaah knows best.

‘Ubaadah bin as-Saamit narrated:  “The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) took an oath of allegiance from us to listen and obey (the ruler) in adversity and prosperity, in pleasure and displeasure (and even) when somebody is given preference over us, and to not dispute or contend the authority of those it belongs to, and that we speak the truth wherever we may be without fearing in the matter of Allaah the blame of the blamer.” [10]

May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and his Companions, one and all.  And All praise and thanks are due to Allaah, Lord of al-'Aalameen.


Aboo Sufyaan


[1] an-Nisaa’ (4):59
[2]  adh-Dhaariyaat (51):52
[3]  an-Noor (24):63
[4] Aal-‘Imraan (3):31
[5] Ash-Shaykh, al-‘Allaamah Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: “so indeed protests are a newly-invented affair.  It was not known during the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), nor in the era of the Khulafaa’ ar-Raashideen, nor in the era of the Companions (رضى الله عنهم).  Then there is in them from anarchy and disorder what makes them a matter that is prohibited.”الجواب الأبهر ص 75
[6]  al-Ma'idah (5):8
[7] al-An'aam (6):164
[8] an-Nisaa’ (4):48
[9] al-Mastadrak of al-Haakim (3/383), al-Hilyah (1/140), and others. See Saheehseeratun-Nabawiyyah of Shaykh al-Albaanee (pg.154-155)
[10] Muslim and others

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