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Nov 2014 Advice to the people of Yemen – Shaikh Rabee

November 11, 2014

The following was translated from

http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=148368

(the audio and written text may be found there)

Question: Our Shaikh – (we ask that) Allaah preserve you – what do you advise the people of ‘Adan and other than this city (in Yemen) to do when faced with the Houthis (Shia)? (we ask that) Allaah preserve you.

Answer: (after praising Allaah and sending salaah and salaam upon the Messenger): To proceed: Indeed I advise all of the people of Yemen from all parts Yemen to make two or three battlefronts in two or three regions to fight against these Baatinee Raafidee (Shia) Houthis who are the worst enemies to Islam, the worst enemies to the noble Companions, and the worst enemies to Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah.

This repulsive group (the Shia Houthis) has not waged war against them except due to severe enmity towards Islaam and its people – the previous generations and the later ones. So I see it as being obligatory upon all of the people of Yemen – in Ibb, Ta’iz, ‘Adan, al-Baydhaa, and everywhere else – until even in San’aa, that they make some strong battlefronts to defeat this group and to annihilate them and exterminate their tribulations. And do not be easy with them, because this is from the greatest of jihads.

By Allaah, if the people of Yemen were to surrender to the Houthis, Islaam would be completely lost. And Yemen would certainly become like Iran or worse, showing enmity to the Companions, waging war against the Quran, waging war against the (Mothers of the Believers) wives of the noble Messenger – alayhe as-Salaatu was salaam.

So it is obligatory upon them to rise up with all seriousness and determination. And it is obligatory for them to utilize everything at their disposal (that is halaal) to destroy this tribulation (fitnah) and to raise the banner of the true Islam.

I ask Allaah to grant them success, and that He unites their word upon the truth, and that He unifies their ranks, and that He helps them and makes their word (laa ilaaha illaallaah – none deserves to be worshiped except for Allaah – who is God, The Supreme Creator) the uppermost. Indeed our Lord is the One Who answers the supplications. And the salaah and salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his Companions

Muharram 14, 1436

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An Excerpt from: Advice Regarding the Way to Seek Knowledge by Shaikh Muhammad bin Haadee

March 1, 2014

The following is a translated excerpt from Shaikh Muhammad ibn Haadee al Madkhalee’s excellent lecture:

 

وصايا في طريقة طلب العلم

Advice Regarding the Way to Seek Knowledge (p.17-19)

 

which can be listened to and read from this link:

http://ar.miraath.net/audio/5024

 

…I direct some advice to everyone who hears it from us at this time – and you who are listening – regarding the subject of being eager to present the Mashaayikh, the teachers, and the speakers.  In reality, something which is not good has appeared among our sons (the Muslims): every one wants to say: “I brought the Shaikh to my masjid” not caring whether this (shaikh) is qualified so that knowledge can be taken from him or whether he is not qualified and knowledge is not taken from him.  All that is important (to this person) is that he brought a Shaikh.  Who is this Shaikh?  After that, look and you will find the most amazing of things.  He (the Shaikh) is either from the well-known people of innovation and desires that this person (who brought him) was ignorant of (him being from them).  So how many people have desired good but have not achieved it – as Umar – (we ask that) Allaah, the Most High, be pleased with him – said.

 

So he is ignorant of him (being from the people of innovation and desires) and he brings him to the people and perhaps he causes them to become attached to him. Then after that an attachment is formed between him and them so he leads the astray and he (the one who ignorantly brought this person to the people) is the cause of this.  And perhaps he will bring a Hizbee whom he is also ignorant of his condition so he falls into this calamity and causes others to fall into it.  And more amazing than that is that you see our sons in these times, after the ax has fallen into the head and cleaved it in two, he comes and asks (about the condition of this person).  So he is like the one who ends his recitation (of Quran) and then says: “I seek refuge with Allaah from the cursed shaytaan. In the name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy.” after he has ended his recitation.  After he has brought him (to the people) he asks about him.  This is not correct.  The affair is the opposite.  If you were wise, you would ask before you acted.  Because this is what Allaah has instructed us:

 

So know (O Muhammad – sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) that Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women.”1 (47:19)

 

So He began with knowledge before statements and actions. So you must ask (about a person’s condition) before you act (by taking knowledge from them or directing the people to them).  Why is it that after you have brought him, you say: “What is his condition?”  This is not correct. So when the likes of this happen, and when deviation amongst the people happens due to this one you have brought while you didn’t know him (his state) – for the people are under your care.  So it is obligatory for you to  investigate (an individual before you put him in front of the people to teach) as our salaf used to investigate (them) in the time of good at the beginning of this ummah.

 

  The era of (Imaam) Maalik and those with him (from the scholars).  They would investigate (them).  So perhaps we can say that today is the era of widespread tribulations (fitan), of much turning about of the people, and of their changing (for the worse). What is obligatory upon us is that we have even more concern (for investigation of individuals). This affair – and I say this because it has spread in these times – that our brothers have begun to bring those who are not qualified (to teach) then they ask us about them. And they may bring to us some of the statements of these people which would make the small students of knowledge laugh.  That is because these people in reality are not qualified to have people studying under them….’

 

 

1Translation of the verse taken from: www.thenoblequran.com

Shaikh Rabee: “I am not pleased that anyone has blind partisanship towards me, ever”.

July 5, 2013

Arabic text of full question and answer (as well as audio links) can be found here:

http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=115083

Audio:

http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/k06e6g5e0l/shaikh_rabee_-_naseehah.mp3

نصيحتي لكم أن تدرسوا ، إذا تُكُلم في شخص ،

أن تدرسوا عنه ، وتأخذوا أقوال الناقدين

وتفهمونها ،

وتتأكدون من ثبوتها ، فإذا تبين لكم ذلك

فليحكم الإنسان من منطلق الوعي والقناعة

لا تقليدا لهذا أو ذاك ولا تعصبا لهذا أو ذاك ،

ودعوا الأشخاص فلان وفلان ،

هذه خذوها قاعدة وانقلوها لهؤلاء المخالفين

ليفهموا الحقيقة فقط ويعرفوا الحق

ويخرجوا أنفسهم من زمرةالمتعصبين بالباطل ،

وأنا لا أرضى لأحد أن يتعصب لي أبدا

إذا أخطأت فليقل لي من

وقف لي على خطأ أخطأت .

بارك الله فيكم

ولا يتعصب لأحد هذا أو ذاك ،

لا يتعصب لخطأ ابن تيمية ولا ابن عبد الوهاب

ولا لأحمد بن حنبل ولا للشافعي ولا لأحد

إنما حماسه للحق واحترامه للحق

ويجب أن يكره الخطأ ويكره الباطل

My advice to you is that you study.  When a person is spoken about, that you learn about him.  And that you take the statements of those who examine critically and understand them (those statements).  And that you are certain about their (the statements) reliability.

So when that becomes clear to you, then let a person judge from the starting point of carefulness and conviction, not from blind following this one or that one, nor from blind  partisanship to this one or that one.  And leave the personalities of So-and-so and So-and-so. 

Take this as a fundamental principle and spread it to these opposers only so that they can understand the reality and know the truth and so they can extract themselves from the group of blind partisanship to falsehood.

And I am not pleased that anyone has blind partisanship towards me, ever.

If I make a mistake then let someone say something to me who will stop me from the mistake in which I have erred – baarakallahu feekum.

And do not have blind partisanship for this one nor that one – do not have blind partisanship for a mistake of Ibn Taymiyyah, nor Ibn Abdul Wahhaab, nor for (the mistake of) Ahmad ibn Hanbal, nor Ash-Shaafi’ee, nor anyone.

One’s enthusiasm is for the ttuth, and one’s reverence is for the truth. And it is obligatory for a person to dislike error and falsehood.

Translated by Ummu Khadijah

Boycotting the People of Innovation is Obligatory – Shaikh Uthaymeen

June 18, 2013

From:

http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_16865.shtml

هجران أهل البدع

الهجران مصدر هجر وهو لغة: الترك.

والمراد بهجران أهل البدع: الابتعاد عنهم، وترك محبتهم، وموالاتهم، والسلام عليهم، وزيارتهم، وعيادتهم، ونحو ذلك.

وهجران أهل البدع واجب؛ لقوله تعالى: (لا تَجِدُ قَوْماً يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِيُوَادُّونَ مَنْ حَادَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَه)(266). ولأن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم هجر كعب بن مالك وصاحبيه حين تخلفوا عن غزوة تبوك.

لكن إن كان في مجالستهم مصلحة لتبيين الحق لهم وتحذيرهم من البدعة فلا بأس بذلك، وربما يكون ذلك مطلوباً؛ لقوله تعالى: (ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِوَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ)(267). وهذا قد يكون بالمجالسة، والمشافهة، وقد يكون بالمراسلة، والمكاتبة، ومن هجر أهل البدع: ترك النظر في كتبهم خوفاً من الفتنة بها، أو ترويجها بين الناس، فالابتعاد عن مواطن الضلال واجب لقوله صلى الله عليه وسلم في الدجال: “من سمع به فلينأ عنه، فو الله إن الرجل ليأتيه وهو يحسب أنه مؤمن فيتبعه مما يبعث به من الشبهات“. رواه أبو داود(268). قال الألباني: وإسناده صحيح.

لكن إن كان الغرض من النظر في كتبهم معرفة بدعتهم للرد عليها فلا بأس بذلك لمن كان عنده من العقيدة الصحيحة ما يتحصن به وكان قادراً على الرد عليهم، بل ربما كان واجباً؛ لأن رد البدعة واجب، وما لا يتم الواجب إلا به فهو واجب.

Boycotting the People of Innovation

 

الهِجْرَانُ al-Hijraan is the masdar (verbal noun) for هَجَرَ (to abandon, keep away from).  In the language it (al-Hijraan) means التَّرْكُ (leaving).

 

What is intended by boycotting the People of Innovation is: distancing yourselves from them, not having love for them, not having allegiance to them, not giving them salaam, not visiting them, etc.

 

Boycotting the People of Innovation is obligatory due to the saying of Allah, The Most High (translated):

 

You won’t find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day making friends with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger” (58:22)

 

And the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam boycotted Ka’b bin Malik and his two companions (for a brief time) when they remained behind from the battle of Tabouk (though they were Noble Companions, not upon innovation, and Allah accepted their repentance)

 

However, if there is a benefit in sitting with them – in that you clarify the truth to them and warn them from innovation – then there is no problem with that.

 

Perhaps that is required (clarifying the truth to them and warning them from bid’ah) due to the saying of Allah, The Most High (translated):

 

Call to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and good admonition and debate with them with that which is better.” (16:125)

 

This (da’wah) may be (in the form of) gatherings and speeches, or (in the form of) correspondence and writing.1

 

From boycotting the People of Innovation is: not looking into their books for fear of fitnah, and not circulating them among the people.

 

Staying away from the places of misguidance is obligatory due to his statement – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – regarding the Dajjaal:

 

Whoever hears of him, let him stay far away from him, for by Allah, indeed a man will go to him considering that he himself is a Believer, but will then follow him because of what he will bring of doubts” Recorded by Abu Dawood and Shaikh Albaanee said that its chain of narrators was saheeh

 

However, if the goal in looking through their books is to refute their innovation, then there is no problem with that for the one who has the correct aqeedah to protect himself and is able to refute them. Rather it may be obligatory (to do so).

 

Because refuting innovation is obligatory and whatever is needed to complete the obligation is itself  obligatory.

 

 

 

Footnote

 

 

 

1 Shaikh Ahmad an-Najmee was asked: “O Noble Shaykh, a person claims that he is Salafi, but he keeps company with the hizbis, and he was advised concerning this and responded, ‘Indeed, I am doing so for their advisement and guidance.’ So how do we judge this person?”

 

The Shaykh answered, “Advice does not necessitate that you keep company with them, and the advice is to be given at fixed times.  As for your keeping company with them with the argument that you are advising them, then if you  were advising them, there would be seen a change in their actions, and a difference in that which they were upon.  So if you say, for example, that you advise them, but they don’t listen to you or accept from you, then why do you keep company with them and come and go with them?  If they do not listen to you, then do not come and go with them or sit with them.  Rather, when we see that you come and go with them and keep company with them, we are aware that you are one of them.” For the reference, see this brief article: http://www.sunnahpublishing.net/modules/Manhaj/company.pdf

The Difference Between Naseehah (Advice) and Ta’yeer (Degradation)

June 17, 2013

These are just a couple of sentences from Shaikh Rabee and Shaikh Saalih Suhaymee from their commentaries on Imam Ibn Rajab’s book – The Difference Between an-Naseehah and at-Ta’yeer

 

 

Shaikh Rabee – hafithahullah – said:

 

This book is: The difference between Naseehah (advice) and Ta’yeer (degradation/belittlement) (by Ibn Rajab)

 

When you criticize an individual, it is obligatory upon you to stick to the truth, honesty, and sincerity (ikhlaas).  And that your intention is to clarify the truth and point out the error which contradicts the truth.

 

When this is your intention, then this is a noble intention and a tremendous affair which the entire ummah should be grateful for.  And it is not permissible for anyone to accuse you of (doing) evil.

But if you have evil intentions and it becomes clear after study and examination that you are Saahibu Hawaa (a person of desires), then the people have the right to speak about you.

 

Al-Haafith Ibn Rajab – rahimahullah – said:

 

“All praises and thanks are only for the Lord of the Universe (Allah).  His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Imaam of those who have taqwa – the Seal of the Prophets – and upon his family, Companions, and those who follow them perfectly (in belief, statements, and actions) until the Day of Recompense (Day of Judgement).  As for what follows:

These are some brief words gathered together  regarding the difference between an-Naseehah and at-Ta’yeer. Because these two are similar in that both of them are: mentioning about a person what he dislikes to be mentioned.  There is no difference between them with most of the people.  And Allah is the one who grants success (in being guided) to what is correct.”

 

Meaning: an-Naseehah is mentioning about a person something he dislikes and at-Ta’yeer is also mentioning about a person what he dislikes.  So there can be some similarity between an-Naseehah and at-Ta’yeer.

 

At-Ta’yeer is that you mention a fault (or flaw)  and an-Naseehah is that you mention a fault also – so that the people can be warned from him if he has an innovation or an error – when your intention is seeking the Face of Allah – He is the Blessed and Most High – then this is an-Naseehah.

 

And if you mentioned his flaw to satisfy your own desire, you never had a legislated goal, your goal was only to satisfy your desire, then this is ta’yeer and is degradation and a sin….

 

 

http://rabee.net/show_book.aspx?id=884&pid=5&bid=154

 

 

 

 

And Shaikh Saalih Suhaymee – hafithahullah – said:

 

التعيير هو تنقص عيَّره أي تنقصه بنسبه أو بصَنْعَتِه

أو بشكله أو بلونه أو نحو ذلك وكل هذا محرم

At-ta’yeer is belittlement, he reviles him – meaning – he belittles him because of his lineage, or his job, or his appearance, or his color, or what is similar to that – all of this is haraam….

والشاهد أن التَعْيِيْر من عَيَّرَ الشخصَ

أي تنقَّصَه سواءً طعن في حسبه أو نسبه

أو قبلَ ذلك في دينهِ

أو في بلده أو في لونه أو في شكله أو في خلقه

وكل ذلك محَرَّمٌ ولا يجوز الوصف بقصد التعيير وتنقص

…The point of benefit is that at-ta’yeer is when someone reviles another person – meaning he belittles him – the same whether he reviles him due to his status, his lineage, or before that in his deen, or his country, his color, his appearance, or in his body – all of that is haraam.  It is not permissible to describe a person with the intention of revilement or degradation (belittlement)…

 

From: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.cfm?do=cms.scholarsubject&schid=5755&subjid=6020&audiotype=lectures&browseby=speaker

 

الفرق بين النصيحة و التعيير/ قول المؤلف أفامة الحجج الشرعية والأدلة

Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool: A Notification to the Salafees about a Dangerous Issue Pertaining to MethodologyShaykh Ahmad Bazmool: A Notification to the Salafees about a Dangerous Issue Pertaining to Methodology

June 13, 2013

From:

http://embodyislam.org/2013/06/05/shaykh-ahmad-bazmool-a-notification-to-the-salafees-about-a-dangerous-issue-pertaining-to-methodology/

 

 

Shaykh Dr. Ahmad Bazmool, may Allah protect him, said:

I would like to alert my salafee brothers in every place about a dangerous issue. The issue is as follows: It’s them being fooled by everyone who begins to teach, and thinking that he is qualified enough to take knowledge from.

So, if they see that he’s a person who writes on salafee websites, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see that he has books, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see that he gives sermons, uses complex speech, and uses eloquent phrases, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see that he gathers the youth and encourages them to memorize at-taweed, al-Usool ath-Thalaathah, and that he teaches them these types of affairs, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see that he is a teacher at a university, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see that he teaches in the Prophet’s Masjid or the Haram in Makkah, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see that he’s a judge, they think he’s Salafee;

If they see him delivering lecturers, or appearing in the media, they think he’s Salafee;

All of these things are not sufficient, in reality, to the people of knowledge in order to establish the Salafiyyah of this man and that he is qualified to teach and to benefit his brothers.

All of these affairs don’t benefit him at all. Rather, these affairs are what we find those who stay away from and distance themselves from the sittings of the Salafee scholars using as a means to fool the general people into thinking they are Salafiyoon.

Fine. So what’s the path [we take]?

The way to know if knowledge should or shouldn’t be taken from a person is known by one of two ways:

The first: The scholars recommend and explicitly state: ‘So and So is Salafee and a student of knowledge; benefit from him.’

And I want to bring attention to a situation: If a Shaykh says: ‘So and So is Salafee,’ that doesn’t mean that he is qualified to teach. The Shaykh must mention two things: that he is Salafee and that he is qualified to teach.

We have seen some people fool the general people by saying a Shaykh has said that So and So is Salafee. Fine. Did he say he’s a scholar? Did he say he’s a student of knowledge?

Being Salafee is a level, and being a student of knowledge or a scholar is a higher level coupled with Salafiyyah. So, it is not befitting for us to be fooled by these types of situations.

Likewise [we shouldn’t be fooled] just because a person goes to Shaykh Rabee’s classes, or that he was in Shaykh Rabee’s house, or things similar to this that people are fooled by.

So, the first thing is that a scholar explicitly expresses a recommendation stating that he is upon the Salafee Manhaj and that he has knowledge;

The second way to know is that his state is well known to the scholars and students of knowledge, and that he has well known salafee stances. Likewise, the scholars generally praise him, aid him and help him.

This proves that he is from those who have been teaching and the scholars know about it and have remained silent about him; rather, they have spoken well of him and aided him. This proves, if Allah wills, that he is adhering to the truth.

As for other than these two things that we have mentioned, then beware beware. May Allah bless you. Don’t be fooled, Don’t be fooled by those who have internet forums or by some who possess some of the characteristics that the general people are fooled by.

I say, and I repeat: Those who have internet forums and some of those who have been put to trial may possibly use as a means the mention of Shaykh Rabee’, Shaykh ‘Ubayd,  Shaykh Muqbil al-Waadi’ee, may Allah have mercy on him, Shaykh an-Najmee, Shaykh Bin Baaz and Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen so that they can lure in the general people; so after they lure them in, they inject the poison into them. (1)

For this reason, I also view that we should ask about these websites, should we visit them or not? Have they been recommended or not? This is because they are spreading a portion of knowledge, so either it is beneficial knowledge or harmful … (2)

__________

(1): [TN]: We find this on platforms such as twitter. A person may follow Bin Baaz, al-‘Uthaymeen, al-Luhaydaan, al-Fawzaan, etc. However, the reality is that their actions contradict their claim to following the methodology of these great scholars.

Examples of contradiction are a lack of giving sincere advice by warning against falsehood they fully recognize, ambiguous stances against those who implement the methodology of the Muslim Brotherhood, their views about Shaykh Rabee’, etc.

You find a clear contrast between them and the major scholars in issues such as these, for example.

(2): Source: http://www.ajurry.com/vb/showthread.php?t=33641

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen on Interacting With Non-Muslims in Western Countries

May 15, 2013

Taken from:

http://www.spubs.com/sps/uth/

The article:

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen on Interacting With Non-Muslims in Western Countries

Advice from July 28, 2000

 

The Shaikh stated, during a tele-link, on the 28th July 2000:

…Likewise I invite you to have respect for those people who have the right that they should be respected, from those between you and whom there is and agreement (of protection) [i.e. Non-Muslims]. For the land which you are living is such  that there is an agreement between you and them. If this were not the case they would have killed you or expelled you. So preserve this agreement, and do not prove treacherous to it, since treachery is a sign of the hypocrites, and it is not from the way of the Believers.

And know that it is authentically reported from the Prophet that he said : “Whoever kills one who is under and agreement of protection will not smell the fragrance of Paradise.”

Do not be fooled by those sayings of the foolish people : those who say : ‘Those people are Non-Muslims, so their wealth is lawful for us [i.e. to misappropriate or take by way of murder and killing].’ For by Allaah – this is a lie. A lie about Allaah’s Religion, and a lie in Islamic societies.

So we may not say that it is lawful to be treacherous towards people whom we have an agreement with.

O my brothers. O youth. O Muslims. Be truthful in your buying and selling, and renting, and leasing, and in all mutual transactions. Because truthfulness is from the characteristics of the Believers, and Allaah – the Most High – has commanded truthfulness – in the saying of Allaah – the Most High –

“O you who believe – fear and keep you duty to Allaah and be with the truthful”

And the Prophet encouraged truthfulness and said : “Adhere to truthfulness, because truthfulness leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise; and a person will continue to be truthful, and strive to be truthful until he will be written down with Allaah as a truthful person“.

And he warned against falsehood, and said : “Beware of falsehood, because falsehood leads to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Fire. And a person will continue lying, and striving to lie until he is written down with Allaah as a great liar.”

O my brother Muslims. O youth. Be true in your sayings with your brothers, and with those Non-Muslims whom you live along with – so that you will be inviters to the Religion of Islaam, by your actions and in reality. So how many people there are who first entered into Islaam because of the behaviour and manners of the Muslims, and their truthfulness, and their being true in their dealings.

 

 

Some Advice in Seeking Knowledge – Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool

January 25, 2013

…As for the first matter, and it is that a person thinks that this knowledge is heavy and that he doesn’t understand it

Then this is an error

This is an error

Knowledge is easy

Knowledge is easy

And We have indeed made the Qur’ân easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?”1(Al-Qamar 54:17)

And the Prophet – (we ask that) Allah raise his rank and grant him peace – said:

I was sent with Haneefiyyah ‘samhah’”

And ‘samhah’ means: easy, clear

So there is nothing in the deen which is difficult or hard

Then what is the problem?

The problem could be in your choosing the wrong level of studies

Meaning: you may need to study some of these issues before attending the likes of these big lessons

Because knowledge, as Az-Zuhree said – is “Awdiyah”2

Whoever desires it

Whoever seeks it all at once

It leaves him all at once

And as some of the Salaf said:

Knowledge is like a ladder

You must climb it step by step3

If you want to climb it all the way to the top (without being ready), you’ll fall

So you must go in levels (step by step)

So then there is nothing heavy regarding knowledge, nor difficult

Additionally you must take care to learn the knowledge you need from the Quran and Sunnah

Specifically the matters of aqeedah and the matters of worship

Specifically the matters of beliefs and the matters of worship

These are matters which are easy and clear, with the Permission of Allah, Lofty and Exalted is He

Meaning, a person may want to study in the beginning, for example, some of the higher Islamic sciences

So he considers knowledge to be hard – and without a doubt this is a mistake

Rather, learn the Quran and the Sunnah with their proper understanding. Because they are, with the Permission of Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He – two beneficial matters for you

Additionally from what is important in learning:

Choosing a teacher who is good at teaching

Additionally from what is important is that you – O Seeker of Knowledge – give importance to this knowledge

You prepare before attending (class)

You concentrate in class

You review after class

What happens (nowadays)?

What happens is that the Seeker of Knowledge doesn’t prepare

And maybe he comes (to class) without his book

When he attends, he is turning right and left

When he leaves, he doesn’t review what he learned and heard

Not even at least to review the matn (text)

And the next time, he says, “I don’t understand”

No, the problem is not that you don’t understand

The problem is that you are negligent in seeking knowledge

And in the way you seek knowledge

For indeed the Salaf and the People of Knowledge, from what has been mentioned in their biographies, prepared for the lesson before attending.

On top of that, they memorized the text which they were studying before the lesson

Then when they attended, they concentrated and busied themselves with listening to the lesson

Then when they left, they reviewed and made firm what they had studied and learned

So knowledge, its life-blood is review

And knowledge is built upon memorization and understanding

Whoever Allah combines for him memorization and understanding of the knowledge

Then indeed Allah, Lofty and Exalted is He, has opened for him a door in knowledge

So here it becomes clear to us why some people consider it (knowledge) heavy

And why some of them say, “I don’t understand”

The problem is not in the knowledge

The deficiency is within ourselves

The deficiency is within ourselves….

 

…And that one knows that time is from gold

Rather, by Allah, it is more valuable than gold…

 

…And know – (we ask that) Allah bless you – and this is an important matter – that the intention behind seeking knowledge is to act upon it

And the intention behind seeking knowledge is to get closer to Allah – Exalted and Lofty is He

And to worship Allah upon baseerah (insight)

The intention behind seeking knowledge is not to gather a lot of information

This is an opening for Shaitaan which is very dangerous for the students of knowledge

So you find one of them taking an interest in knowledge: for knowledge

So the goal of seeking knowledge is made to be: knowledge

And knowledge isn’t like that

The praiseworthy knowledge isn’t like that

Rather, knowledge is a light which Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He – puts in the heart of the Seeker of Truth

A light which Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He – puts in the heart of the Seeker of Truth

And this light is built upon knowledge, sincerity (ikhlaas) and following (the sunnah)

And it is not just a light without knowledge or action

But seeking the pleasure of Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He

And seeking to please Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He

And seeking knowledge to act upon it

This is the success for the servant from Allah – Lofty and Exalted is He

As for seeking knowledge only for knowledge

Then this is an opening for Shaytaan

Diverting the Seeker of Knowledge from acting (upon his knowledge)

And this opens upon him an opening

So he doesn’t improve in action

And from the most evil results of this type of thinking

I mean the type of thinking of the one who considers (seeking) knowledge to be only for knowledge

Is that he even seeks knowledge from an innovator

Even from an innovator

Because he looks at the knowledge and doesn’t look at the deen

Who is the one Ahlus Sunnah would exalt?

Ahlus Sunnah would exalt the Follower of the Truth, even if his knowledge was little

And they would have a low opinion of the Opposer to the Truth, even if his knowledge was great

And they didn’t exalt him due to his knowledge

And they didn’t exalt him due to his knowledge

(Here he mentions something of the story of al Karabeesee which can be read about in brief here:

http://www.salafitalk.com/entries/27-Just-One-Statement-of-Imaam-Ahmad-bin-Hanbal-annihilates-al-Karabeesee! )

 

…When you see a man loving the person of innovation

And loving the innovator

And he knows his condition4

Then he is with them

Like what has been reported from some of the Salaf

That a man was asked about

So it was said: “We don’t know him”

Someone said: “Who are his companions?”

They said: “The Qadariyyah”

He said: “Then he is Qadari like them”

So a person is put along with his close companion…

 

…Whoever loves a person of the Sunnah – it is a proof for his (being upon the) Sunnah

Likewise whoever loves the person of innovation while he knows about him (that he is on innovation) – it is a proof for his (being upon) innovation

 

A few sentences translated from Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool’s first lesson in explanation of Usoolus Sunnah of Imaam Ahmad

(I added some bolding, underlining, and coloring – Umm Muhammad Zawjatu Abdul Malik)

From: http://ar.miraath.net/audio/5030/01

Http://ar.miraath.net/audio/download/5030/usool_us_sunnah_01.mp3

Arabic text: some advice in seeking knowledge – Arabic

(Footnotes)

1 Translation of the verse taken from www.thenoblequran.com

2 River valleys, gorges, valleys

3Or rung by rung

4He knows that he is a person of innovation or an innovator

When the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) wrestled Rukaanah

April 9, 2012

Shaikh Albaanee declared the following hadeeth to be hasan in Irwaa al Ghaleel (collected by Abu Dawood)

 

ُصَارَعَ رُكانَةَ فَصَرَعَه

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) wrestled Rukaanah and he took him down.”

 

The following translated from:

http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_18220.shtml

Shaikh Uthaymeen mentioned as part of the explanation of this hadeeth (narrated by Abu Hurairah from the Prophet Muhammad -sallalahu alayhe wa sallam):

ليس الشديد بالصرعة، إنما الشديدُ الذي يملكُ نفسهُ عند الغضب

متفقٌ عليه

“The strong one is not the one who overpowers others in wrestling. The strong one is only the one who controls himself when angry.”

Agreed upon.

 

 

أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: (( ليس الشديد بالصرعة)) يعني ليس القوي الصرعة الذي يصرع الناس إذا صارعهم، والمصارعة معروفة وهي من الرياضة النبوية المباحة، فإن الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم صارع ركانة بن يزيد، وكان هذا الرجل لا يصرعه أحد، فصارعه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فصرعه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم .

فهذا الصرعة هو الذي إذا صارع الناس صرعهم، و ليس هذا هو الشديد حقيقة، لكن الشديد الذي يصرع غضبه، إذا غضب غلب غضبه، ولهذا قال: ((وإنما الشديد الذي يملك نفسه عند الغضب)) هذا هو الشديد.

وذلك لأن الغضب جمرة يلقيها الشيطان في قلب ابن آدم فيفور دمه، فإن كان قوياً ملك نفسه، وإن كان ضعيفاً غلبه الغضب، وحيئنذٍ ربما يتكلم بكلام يندم عليه، أو يفعل فعلاً يندم عليه.

ولهذا قال رجلٌ للرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم : أوصني، قال: (( لا تغضب))قال: أوصني، قال : (( لا تغضب)) ، ردد مراراً وهو يقول : (( لا تغضب))؛ لأن الغضب ينتج عنه أحياناً مفاسد عظيمة؛ ربما سب الإنسان نفسه، أو سب دينه، أو سب ربه، أو طلق زوجته، أو كسر إناءه، أو أحرق ثيابه، وكثيرٌ من الوقائع تصدر من بعض الناس إذا غضبوا، كأنما صدرت من المجنون.

…that the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said ‘The strong one is not the one who overpowers others in wrestling’ meaning that strong one is not the one who takes people to the ground when he wrestles them. And wrestling is well-known. It is from the permissible prophetic sports. For indeed the Messenger – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam wrestled Rukaanah bin Yazeed – and this man (Rukaanah) – no one would wrestle him (because of his strength and skill). So the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – wrestled him and took him down. This type of wrestling is wrestling the people and taking them down. This one is not strong in reality, but the strong one is the one who wrestles (takes down) his anger. When he becomes angry, he overcomes his anger.

And he said, ‘The strong one is only the one who controls himself when angry’ This one is the strong one. That’s because anger is a hot coal shaytaan throws into the heart of the son of Adam that causes his blood to boil. So if he is really strong, he controls himself. And if he is weak, his anger overcomes him. And when that happens, he may say something or do something that he regrets later. For this reason when a man came to the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – and asked him to advise him, he said, ‘Don’t get angry.’ The many asked him again to advise him and again he said, ‘Don’t get angry.’ So he repeated several times, ‘Don’t get angry.’ because sometimes tremendous harms result from anger. He may abuse (or insult) the people, or himself, his religion, or his Lord, he may divorce his wife, or break dishes, or set fire to his clothes. Many things can occur from some people when they get angry, as of they occur from a person who is possessed….”

(end)

Translated by Ummu Khadijah

 

Advice in Seeking Knowledge

March 14, 2012

Articles under the Seeking Knowledge category here: http://www.dusunnah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=142&Itemid=184

1.The virtue of Madinah and its Scholars (audio)

2.Follow the one with proof (video) – also transcribed – very brief but important advice from Shaikh Fawzaan

3.Some things are not to be asked (video) – also transcribed – very brief but excellent advice from Shaikh Ghudyaan

4.Student of tapes and books (video) – also transcribed (and brief)- is a person considered a student of a scholar if he read their books and listened to their tapes (only)?  Shaikh Ubayd al Jaabiree answers

5.Knowledge is not taken from a person of innovation or desires – transcribed from Shaikh Ahmad Bazmool

6.The rights of the Scholars – Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al Aqeel (Audio)

 

Articles under the Student of Knowledge category here: http://www.dusunnah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=119&Itemid=183

1.Seek your provision and do not depend upon the people for your sustenance

2.Issuing Islamic verdicts without possessing any knowledge

3.I have been accepted into the Islamic University. Should I take my wife?

4.Al Asaalah – Fataawa of al Albaanee

5.Essential Principles for the Student of Knowledge (Audio)

6.Honoring the Scholars

7.The manner of correcting the Scholars in front of people