Archive for April, 2012

Imam ash Shafi’ee

April 7, 2012

Also see  Article ID SRH040004


Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Imaam Shaafiee -Rahimullaah Imaam Shaafiee was born in 150 A.H. and grew up in Makkah. He was a beautiful man. Ibn Abdul Barr -Rahimullaah- mentions that he had memorised the Qur’aan by the age 7 and memorised al-Muwatta by 10 years of age, and was giving legal verdicts from 15 years of age. His ancestry goes back to the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- (his grandfather al-Muttalib was the brother of the grandfather of the Prophet.) At the age of 20 he began studying with Imaam Maalik in Madina until Imaam Maalik -Rahimullaah-passed away.

Imaam Ahmad -Rahimullaah- was also his student. He died in 204 A.H. in old Cairo, due to injuries from being stabbed

Abdullah bin al Mubaarak

April 7, 2012

Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Abdullaah bin al-Mubarak -Rahimullaah Abdullaah bin al-Mubarak al-Hanzaalee at-Tameemee the great Imaam, AbdulAzeez bin Abee Rizma’ said : There’s no characteristic from the good characteristics except that it was combined in Abdullaah bin al-Mubarak, shyness, hospitality, good behaviour, a good companionship, it is good to sit with him, Zuhud and piety and in everything. He passed away -Rahimullaah- in 181 A.H.

Malik ibn Anas

April 7, 2012

Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Maalik ibn Anas -Rahimullaah Maalik ibn Anas ibn Aamir was born in Madeenah in 93 A.H. & died in 179 A.H. His kunya was Abu Abdullaah, he had the famous title of ‘Imaam Dar ul Hijrah’ which means Madeenah. His grandfather Aamir was from amongst the major Companions. He was a Muhadith and a Faqih.

He taught hadeeth in Madeenah for 40 years. He did not want his famous book al- Muwatta to become the only book that was relied upon.

Sufyaan ibn Sa’eed ath-Thawree

April 7, 2012

Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Sufyaan bin Saeed ath-Thawree -Rahimullaah Sufyaan bin Saeed ath-Thawree (161 A.H.) was born in Koofah in a place called Thawr, his kunya is Abu Abdullaah, he narrated many ahadeeth and many scholars say that he was the Ameer ul Mumineen of hadeeth of his time. His father was also a great Muhaddith (Scholar of hadeeth).

Abdullaah ibn Mubarak -Rahimullaah- said: ‘I wrote hadeeth from over 1,100 Shaykhs and I didn’t write from anyone better than Sufyaan. 1 Sufyaan ath-Thawree said: The Angels are the guardians of the heavens & the Companions of hadeeth (as-haabul hadeeth) are the guardians in the earth. Refer to Thahdheeb at thahdheeb by Ibn Hajar 2/56 & Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa by adh-Dhahabee 7/229.

Aishah, The Scholar and Caller

April 7, 2012



The Ruling on Practicing Martial Arts and the Ruling on Deadening the Nerves

April 7, 2012


Questions and Answers have been edited to only include the questions and answers themselves.

Translated from:

هل يجوز للرجل تعلم فنون القتال كالكراتي والكونج فو ..إلخ , وهل يجوز له أن يميت حواس اليدين والرجلين بحيث لا يشعر بيديه ورجليه عندما يضرب خصمه , فتكون بذلك قوية ؟ مثال : كوضع الرجل يده في الجمر ..إلى غير ذلك؟

(In the third question, the questioner asks): Is it permissible for a man to learn martial arts like Karate, Kung Fu, etc. And is it permissible for him to deaden the nerves in his hands and feet so that he doesn’t feel anything in his hands and feet when he strikes his opponent, so that he becomes stronger through that (deadening the nerves)? For example: a man putting his hand on hot coals and other than that?

لابأس أن يتعلم مثل هذه الفنون للدفاع عن نفسه

وليس كل مافعله الكفار حرم مشابهتهم فيه بغير قصد فإن تعلم مثل ذلك لمصلحة الدفاع عن النفس كما استعمل النبي صلى لله عليه وسلم المنجنيق وقد كان الروم أو غيرهم من الكفار يستعملونه لمصلحة القتال وقد نصب النبي صلى لله عليه وسلم على أهل الطائف المنجنيق 17 يوما قال بن كثير في إرشاد الفقيه سنده جيد

و الله أعلم

(Answer by Shaikh Maahir bin Thaafir al Qahtaanee)

There is no problem with him learning the likes of these martial arts for defending himself. Not everything the kuffaar do is unlawful. Resembling them is not intended by this. So if he learns something like this for the benefit of defending himself (this is okay), like the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) used a catapult – and the Romans or other than them from the kuffaar were using it to benefit them in fighting. And Ibn Katheer said in his Irshaad al Faqeeh – with a good chain- that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) used the catapult against the people of Taa’if for 17 days. And Allah knows best.

ولاينبغي له أن يعذب نفسه بالجمر ليميت إحساسه فنفسه ليس ملكا له ومايدريه عن مآل هذه المقامرة بالبدن فلعله لن يتعرض لقتال فيحتاج دفاعا عن النفس فتكون تلك المشقة والتعذيب الذي تعرض له عديم الفائدة بل قد يضره لأن لله ماخلق الإحساس إلا لحكمة فقد تكسر يده وتتهشم عظامه وتجرح جرحا بالغا يضره جدا وهو لايدري وليس في ذلك قربة وقد روى البخاري في صحيحه عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وسَلَّمَ رَأَى شَيْخًا يُهَادَى بَيْنَ ابْنَيْهِ قَالَ مَا بَالُ هَذَا قَالُوا نَذَرَ أَنْ يَمْشِيَ قال إِنَّ اللهَ عَنْ تَعْذِيبِ هذا نَفْسَهُ لَغَنِيٌّ وأَمَرَهُ أَنْ يَرْكَبَ

And it is not appropriate for him that he harms himself with hot coals to deaden his nerves, for his body doesn’t belong to him. And he doesn’t know the results of this gambling with his body. Perhaps he will never have to fight. He needs to know how to defend himself, but this punishment and breaking down (of his body) that he is exposing himself to has no benefit. Rather, it will harm him. Because Allah did not create the nerves except for a wisdom. So he breaks his hand, destroys his bones, and harms

(himself) with a far-reaching harm and he doesn’t know. And you don’t get closer to Allah by doing that. Bukhari narrated in his Saheeh from Anas (Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) saw an old man being held up between his two sons, so he said, ‘What is his affair?’ They said, ‘He vowed that he would walk.’ He said, ‘Verily Allah is indeed free from needing him to punish himself.’ And he commanded him to ride.

The Ruling on Bowing in Martial Arts

April 7, 2012

Taken from   (also found here: )

Third question from Fatwa no. 5313

Q 3: We joined a karate club in America. The coach said: “You should bow when your opponent bows to you”. We refused and explained that this is against our religion. He agreed but said: “You should only gesture by your heads, for an opponent initiates a greeting by bowing and you should greet him back”. What is your opinion on this?

A: It’s not permissible to bow to greet a Muslim or a non-Muslim whether by the upper part of the body or with the head, because bowing is a religious act of `Ibadah (worship) and `Ibadah

(Part No. 1; Page No. 234)

should be devoted to Allah Alone.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

The Ruling on Boxing, Bullfighting and Wrestling

April 7, 2012

Taken from  (fatwa given by Shaikh Bin Baz and other scholars, fatwa in Arabic here: )

The ruling on boxing, bullfighting, and freestyle wrestling

Q: A questioner from Egypt is asking aboutthe ruling of Islam on boxing, bullfighting, and freestyle wrestling?

A: Boxing and bullfighting are of the rejected prohibited things because of the great harm and danger involved. Moreover, bullfighting entails torturing these animals. However, there is no harm in practicing freestyle wrestling so long as it does not involve danger, harm, or uncovering one’s `Awrah (private parts of the body that must be covered in public). The Hadith mentions that the Prophet (peace be upon him) wrestled Yazid ibn Rukanah and defeated him (peace be uppon him). This is because the basic ruling expresses permission unless otherwise declared by Islamic law. The Islamic Fiqh Academy, an affiliate of the Muslim World League, has issued a decree prohibiting boxing and bullfighting for the aforementioned reasons. Following is the text:

The Third Decree

on the issue of boxing, freestyle wrestling, and bullfighting

Praise be to Allah, Alone. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet, our master and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), his family, and Companions.

The Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Muslim World League in its tenth session held atMakkah Al-Mukarramahduring the period (from Sat. Safar 24, 1408 A.H./October 17, 1987 A.D. to Wed. Safar 28, 1408 A.H/Oct. 21, 1987 A.D.)

( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 412)

investigated the legal decision concerning the boxing and freestyle wrestling as practiced in some foreign countries, and bullfighting as a permissible sporting game, the academy reviewed and discussed all aspects of this issue and considered the results of such practices that have been classed as sports and broadcast on TV programs in Islamic and non-Islamic countries. After looking into the studies submitted to the academy in its previous session by competent doctors and the information provided by some statistics presented regarding what has happened in the world as a result of practicing boxing and the tragic incidents seen on TV resulting from it, the council of the academy decided the following:

First: Boxing:

The Academy Council has unanimously agreed that boxing as practiced nowadays in contests and sport centers in our countries is a prohibited practice in the Islamic Shari`ah. It is based on permitting fighters to injure each other to the extent that could lead to blindness, permanent severe brain damage, serious fractures, or death; without imposing any liability on the other party. In addition, spectators derive pleasure from the winner’s victory and feelings of happiness for the injury suffered by the loser. This is absolutely prohibited and rejected in Islam for Allah states (Exalted be He)…and do not throw yourselves into destructionAnd His Statement (Exalted be He):And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allâh is Most Merciful to you.In addition to the statement of the Prophet (peace be upon him): There should be neither causing nor reciprocating harmThus, the jurists of Shari`ah state that if a person makes his blood violable to another saying: (kill me), it is impermissible for the other to do this and if he does , he shall be liable to punishment.

( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 413)

Therefore, the council rules that it is impermissible to deem this sort of boxing as a sport or to practice it, for the concept of sport depends on training without causing harm or injury. Moreover, it should be removed from local sports programs or international participation. The council also approves the impermissibility of broadcasting such contests on TV to protect the youth from learning such bad acts or imitating them.

Second: Freestyle Wrestling:

As for freestyle wrestling in which wrestlers deem it lawful to hurt one another and cause injury, the council views that it completely resembles boxing even if there are slight differences between them, because the legal physical reasons for the prohibitions of boxing exist in freestyle wrestling that assumes the nature of fighting. Thus, it takes the same ruling of prohibition. Regarding other types of wrestling practiced for physical exercise without causing any injury, they are legally permissible and the council does not view their prohibition.

Third: Bullfighting:

As for bullfighting that is a custom in some countries, in which bulls are killed by a skilled matador using some weapons, it is also prohibited as it is legally impermissible in Islam to kill animals by means of torture with sharp objects being thrust in their bodies. This frequently leads to killing the bull, which is a brutal act and rejected by Islamic law. The Messenger (peace be upon him) stated in the Sahih (authentic Hadith): A woman was cast into Hellfire because of a cat which she tied up and did not feed, nor did she release it to feed upon the vermin of the earthThus, if locking up cats is a cause for entering Hellfire on the Day of Resurrection, how will it be in the case of torturing a bull to death using weapons?

( الجزء رقم : 4، الصفحة رقم: 414)

Fourth:Promoting Animal Fights:

The council also declares the prohibition of animal fights that take place in some countries where they promote fighting between animals such as camels, rams, cocks, and others until they kill or injure each other.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Creation. May Peace and blessings be upon our master Muhammad, his family and Companions.

Biography for the Sahaabee Abdullah Ibn Zubair

April 6, 2012

Go to enter at “I am a regular visitor”, click on Seerah (under Knowledge Base), click on Biographies of the Companions  (Article SRH020001   )





Biography for Umar bin Abdul Azeez

April 6, 2012

Go to enter at “I am a regular visitor”, click on Seerah (under Knowledge Base), click on Biographies of the Tabi`een and Subsequent Generations (until 150H) (or find article SRH030001 )


Also a small bio taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

The Khalifah Umar bin AbdulAzeezHe was the Khalifah and great Imaam Umar bin AbdulAzeez ibn Marwan bin al- Hakm bin Abee al-Aas, his kunya was Abu Hafs and he was from the Quraish. His mother was the granddaughter of Umar bin al-Khattab. He was born in 63 A.H. and passed away in the year 101A.H.

Narrated by AbdulAzeez bin Yazeed al-‘Aylee who said : Sulaiman did Hajj & Umar bin AbdulAzeez was with him, it started to thunder & lightening struck so much that their hearts nearly came out, so Sulaiman said, Abu Hafs, have you ever seen a night like this or even heard of one like this? He answered: O Ameer al-Mumneen! This is the sound of the mercy of Allaah, so how would it be if you heard the sound of the punishment of Allaah! ?

Al-‘Awza’ee said : Umar bin AbdulAzeez wrote a letter to us, no one memorized it except me and Makhool : ‘To proceed, indeed whoever remembers death a lot, then he is pleased with little in this world, and he who adds his speech in comparison to his action, then he lessens his speech except with that which will benefit him and as- salaam.