Archive for January, 2019

Stories of the Prophets of Imam as-Sa’dee

January 16, 2019

I finished translating these over a year ago.  Imaam as-Sa’dee in his book قصص الأنبياء would narrate a story of one of the Prophets and then mention some benefits taken from the story.  I do not include the benefits after the stories because the brother Hasan as-Somali was translating them from the book: مصابيح الضياء which, as I understand it, was a compilation of the benefits from Qasasul Anbiyaa and Allaah knows best. So in summary, Qasasul Anbiyaa of Imaam as-Sa’dee included his narration of the stories of the Prophets as well as benefits, but I only include those stories below.  The brother Abdulillaah Lahmami also reads and translates these stories here:

 

Imaam as-Sa’dee also included the story of the people of the cave and Dhul Qarnain and Khidr – who were not Prophets. I am posting my previously completed translation for those who wish to use them for homeschooling or educational purposes and find reading an easier means of absorbing the information. Brother Abdullaah Lahmami’s translation will be better because his knowledge of Arabic is better.

Whichever translation you use, please reference the book: Qasas al Anbiyaa (Stories of the Prophets), the author: Imaam as-Sa’dee, and the translator (for the files BELOW that is me: Ummu Khadijah). The footnotes in the files below are mine.

intro, story of adam, nuh, hud, saalih

 

ibraheem, lut, shu’ayb, musa, yunus

 

dawood and sulayman, ayyub, musa and khidr, dhul qarnain

 

esa bin maryam, yusuf and ya’qoob, companions of the cave

 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him):

muhammad 2

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t fear them, but fear Me

January 15, 2019

This first part is translated from Shaikh Fawzaan’s explanation of Kitabut-Tawheed by Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhaab

 

The statement of Allaah, The Most High (translated): “That is only shaytaan who tries to make you fear his helpers and supporters.  So don’t fear them, but fear Me if you are truly Believers.” (Aal-Imraan 3:175)

 

Explanation by Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan:

 

1.The connection between this chapter and kitabut-tawheed:

Fear is one of the most common forms of worship and it must be directed only to Allaah, The Most High. The author is pointing out with this chapter the obligation to fear Allaah alone.

 

2.The word “Innamaa” إِنَّمَا is a restrictive particle.

3.“Shaytaan” is a proper name for Iblees, the cursed one.

4.“Who tries to make you fear his helpers and supporters” means he tries to make you fear his helpers and supporters by making you think they have tremendous powers.

 

5.“So don’t fear them” meaning don’t fear his friends and helpers that he is trying to make you fear.

 

6.“but fear Me” so don’t disobey Me

 

7.“if you are truly Believers” because faith requires you to put fear of Allaah ahead of fear of people.

 

8.The summarized meaning of the verse is: Allaah, The Most High, informs us that one of the strategies of the enemy of Allaah is to make the Believers fear his helpers and soldiers so that they won’t struggle against them by enjoining the good and forbidding the evil.

Allaah has prohibited us from fearing them and commanded us to fear Him Alone. This is what faith requires.

Every time the servant’s faith strengthens, fear of the helpers of shaytaan leaves his heart.  And every time his faith weakens, his fear of them increases.

 

Benefits of this verse:

1.Fear is an act of worship that is for Allaah alone.

2.Being afraid of other than Allaah is polytheism (shirk) when one fears that someone other than Allaah – an idol or something which is worshiped other than Him – will afflict him with a calamity,

3.This is a warning from this strategy shaytaan uses.

 

Al Mulakh-khas fee Sharh Kitabut-Tawheed p. 258

 

 

 

 

The second part is taken from:

http://www.rabee.net/ar/questions.php?cat=18&id=102

 

Q: Is fear of the jinn considered to be from natural fear or no?

A (Shaikh Rabee): If fear of the jinn is the secret fear in which someone believes the jinn can benefit them or harm then, then this is polytheism:

“Men from mankind used to seek refuge with the men of the jinn, but they only increased them in terror.” (al-Jinn 72:6)

 

Usually fear of the jinn enters into the fear that is worship and Allaah knows best. Because a person believes the jinn can harm them or benefit them.  However, none possesses the ability to bring about harm or benefit except Allaah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Know that if the entire world got together to benefit you with something, they would not be able to benefit you with anything except what Allaah had decreed for you to get. And if they all got together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except what Allaah had decreed to happen to you.” (collected by at-Tirmidhee)

The sincere Muslim fears none but Allaah, Mighty and Majestic is He: “Don’t fear them, but fear Me if you are truly Believers.” (Aal-Imran 3:175)

Meaning – the secret fear, fear of worship. As for being afraid of a snake, a lion, or an evil person who might attack you and you are unable to resist him, then this is the natural fear that doesn’t harm a person to have. This won’t harm a person if Allaah wills, and it is not a deficit in one’s beliefs.

However, fear of the jinn usually is based upon corrupt beliefs. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) has given you weapons and knowledge. Recite ayatul Kursi. Recite the 3 surahs that begin with “qul” (ikhlass, falaq and naas). Protect yourself. The remembrance of Allaah, The Mighty and Majestic, protects you from them. Do those things that will protect you from them and from every type of harm – from snakes, vipers, scorpions and other than them. Like saying: “I seek refuge with the Perfect Words of Allaah from the evil of what He has created.” When you say these things with sincerity and truthfulness, nothing will harm you – not a jinn, nor a snake nor other than that. May Allaah bless you.