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Allaah’s Mercy is more vast than your sins

December 28, 2015

 

 

The following was translated from Imaam Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee’s explanation of Shaikh Uthaymeen’s excellent book:

 

القواعد المثلى في صفات الله وأسمائه الحسنى

Exemplary Principles Concerning the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allaah

 

This was taken from the fourth tape (or audio), starting at approximately minute 50.  It can be listened to here:

http://subulsalam.com/play.php?catsmktba=3198

 

 

The Question (summarized): The questioner says that he has transgressed against his soul numerous time and he fears for himself an evil end due to the abundance of transgressions and the lack of firmness in tawbah, so he wants to know what should he do?

 

Answer (Shaikh Muhammad Amaan al Jaamee): Firstly, we ask Allaah for yourself and for ourselves for a sincere repentance and for firmness in that repentance.  And we remind you of the statement of Allaah – He is free of all deficiencies and defects and The Most High, where He encouraged those who transgressed against themselves to repent, He called them “servants”, and He ascribed them to Himself in the statement:

 

قل يا عبادي الذين أسرفوا على أنفسهم لا تقنطوا من رحمة الله إن الله يغفر الذنوب جميعا إنه هو الغفور الرحيم

 

“Say: O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not give up hope of receiving Allaah’s Mercy.  Indeed Allaah forgives all sins.  Indeed He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” (39:53)

 

And there is encouragement after this encouragement.  He didn’t say (addressing them): “O Transgressors” or “O Sinners”.  Rather, He said:

 

“Say: O My servants”

 

He addressed them – while they are transgressors – He addressed them as “servants”, ascribing them to Himself with a kind ascription that encourages the sinner to rush to repentance.

 

“O My servants who have transgressed against themselves”

 

And committed many sins.

 

“Don’t give up hope of receiving Allaah’s Mercy”

 

We say to the questioner: your enemy Shaytaan has overpowered you and made you fall into sins and evil deeds.  Now he wants to make you fall again into something much more dangerous than those sins: giving up hope for Allaah’s Mercy.  And this is much more dangerous that all of those sins that you committed.

 

Don’t give up hope.  Don’t give up hope for Allaah’s Mercy.  No matter what you have committed, not matter what evil you have done, no matter how much you have transgressed,

 

Allaah’s Mercy is more vast that your sins.

 

Repent to Allaah.  Turn to Allaah having a good intention with your Lord – He is free from all deficiencies and defects and The Most High.  Fight against your soul.

 

If you have sinned then you admit it, you leave that sin, feel regret for it and are determined not to return to it.  Seeking repentance is admitting (your sin), feeling sincere regret, and that a person has sincere determination not to return to that sin.

If after that you slip and fall (into sin again), then know that your first repentance remains valid.  It wasn’t broken or nullified or corrupted if you were sincere and truthful with Allaah that time.  So repent again.

 

It is mentioned in some of the narrations that when a servant commits a sin, then he says: O my Lord, I have sinned

 

Allaah, The Most High, says: My servant knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sins.

 

If he slips (and sins) again, and says (the same thing), then Allaah says the same thing.  (The Prophet – sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) mentioned this three times.[1]

 

Allaah – He is free from all deficiencies and defects and The Most High – spreads His two hands at night to accept the repentance of the one who does evil by day, and (He also does so) during the day to accept the repentance of the one who does evil by night.

 

Allaah – subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa – is tremendously pleased with the repentance of His believing servant – the likes of this pleasure has no comparison.  The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam – affirmed that when he gave the example of the owner of the she-camel who was traveling with his she-camel in the earth[2].  So (he stopped to rest and) sleep overcame him.  He slept under a tree.  His camel left and upon it was his food and drink.  He woke up and searched for it but didn’t find it, so he accepted that he was going to die.  He returned to sleep and to die under that tree.  Sleep overcame him and when he woke up there was his she-camel standing at his head with his food and drink.

 

So he turned to it and said due to the severity of his happiness: O Allaah, I am your Lord and you are my servant (and he meant: You are my Lord and I am Your servant).  The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) said that he made that mistake due to the severity of his happiness.

 

The Messenger – sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam – said: “Allaah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant when he turns penitently towards Him than one of you would be on finding the lost camel.”[3]

 

What do you want, O you who has transgressed against your soul, and how numerous are those who transgress against their souls!  What more could you want than this encouragement?  Return to your Lord and your Lord will be pleased with you.  Because you are a runaway slave, return to your Master and Guardian, so that He will accept you.  Receive glad tidings of good.  We ask Allaah for ourselves and for yourself for a sincere repentance and for firmness.

 

 

Footnotes

[1] For example the hadeeth in Saheeh Bukhari, Book of Tawheed, narrated by Abu Hurairah:

 

I heard the Prophet saying, “If somebody commits a sin and then says, ‘O my Lord! I have sinned, please forgive me!’ and his Lord says, ‘My slave has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for it, I therefore have forgiven my slave (his sins).’ Then he remains without committing any sin for a while and then again commits another sin and says, ‘O my Lord, I have committed another sin, please forgive me,’ and Allah says, ‘My slave has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for it, I therefore have forgiven my slave (his sin). Then he remains without Committing any another sin for a while and then commits another sin (for the third time) and says, ‘O my Lord, I have committed another sin, please forgive me,’ and Allah says, ‘My slave has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for it I therefore have forgiven My slave (his sin), he can do whatever he likes.” Translation of the hadeeth from: http://spubs.com/sps/sbk/

[2] See Saheeh Muslim, Book of Repentance, chapter: Exhortation for Repentance

[3] See Saheeh Muslim, Book of Repentance, Chapter: Exhortation for Repentance.  Translation of the hadeeth from: http://spubs.com/sps/smm/

The Rewards and Benefits of Monotheism (Tawheed) and the statement: None deserves to be worshiped except for Allaah (God, The Creator)

January 30, 2014

https://mega.co.nz/#!wJ4xBQZa!Q3itf-79HSfiI_PfXDuhhFmFvTtOYnsuP-lLiu0a0bQ

Very very beneficial lecture on the rewards and benefits of tawheed (monotheism) and saying none deserves to be worshiped except for Allaah (God, The Creator).  The lecture is in Arabic with immediate English translation, this is one of Shaikh Usaamah al-Utaybee’s  excellent lectures from here:

http://www.mpubs.org/index.php/seminars-a-conferences/177-audio-sisters-sessions-unity-upon-tawheed-bahamas-seminar-2012-with-shaykh-abu-umar-usamah-al-utaybi-live-in-person

Scroll towards the bottom, look under:

Explanation of KitaabutTawheed: The Virtues of Tawheed & The Sins It Forgives

The meaning of ma’iyyah – Shaikh Muhammad Amaan al Jaamee

December 15, 2012

The following from:

http://islamtees.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/shaykh-muhammad-amaan-al-jaami-on-the-meaning-of-maiyyah/

(originally from: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/uploads/U3SecondPrin13Answers.pdf )

 

Indeed, Allaah is with those who have taqwaa and those who are people of ihsaan. Soorah an Nahl (16) aayah 128

Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al Jaami rahimahullaah mentions in his explanation of Thalaathat ul Usool:

This is called the ma’iyyah (Allaah’s being with someone) which is khaasah (specific) – i.e. that Allaah, the Most High, is with whose who have taqwaa of Him, meaning they make a wiqaayah (protective safeguard) between themselves and between His Anger and His Displeasure. And this wiqaayah is through obeying the things He commanded with and avoiding the things He prohibited…

And the ma’iyyah which is specific contains additional matters over and above the ma’iyyah which is general – by way of (Allaah’s) help and aiding and protecting and guarding.

The ma’iyyah which is general has the meaning of (Allaah’s) knowledge and seeing and organizing in a general sense; and with this meaning, Allaah, the Perfect and Most High, is with all of His creation. There is no place which is devoid of His knowledge and He is above His Throne, the One who ascended over His Throne, distinct and separate from His creation but there is no place devoid of His Knowledge. And this is the ma’iyyah which is general.

So if it said, “Allaah is with us” then it is not befitting that it should spring to your mind that Allaah is with us with His Dhaat (Self) here upon the Earth. For Allaah, the Perfect and Most High, is free and far removed from the ma’iyyah in terms of His Dhaat being with His creation – not being with the people of His Earth nor being with the inhabitants of His Heavens. Allaah is not upon the Earth in terms of His Self nor is He within the seven heavens in terms of His Self. Rather He is above all His creation in terms of His Self. There is nothing from His creation within His Self and there is nothing within His creation from His Self.

However, He is with every single created being in terms of His Knowledge i.e. there is no secret from their affair which is hidden from Him. And this is called the ma’iyyah which is general

Whoever dies worshiping others along with God

June 17, 2012

Abdullah ibn Mas’ood narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said:

 

 

مَنْ مَاتَ يُشْرِكُ بِاللهِ شَيْئًا دَخَلَ النَّارَ

 

 

Whoever dies worshiping someone or something along with Allah (God, The Creator) will enter the Fire”

 

 

وَقُلْتُ أَنَا: مَنْ مَاتَ لا يُشْرِكُ بِاللهِ شَيْئًا دَخَلَ الجَنَّة

 

 

And I (Abdullah ibn Masood) then said: “Whoever dies not worshiping others along with Allah (i.e. worshiping Him alone as a Muslim) will enter the Paradise”

 

 

(Translator’s Note – the Prophet Muhammad – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – gave his tacit approval to this statement by not correcting it)

 

 

Collected by Imam al Bukhari in his Saheeh

 ( صحيح البخاري )

 

Find a hadeeth and its grading:

http://www.dorar.net/enc/hadith

How to Love Each Other for Allah’s Sake, and a Severe Warning – Shaikh Uthaymeen

April 1, 2012

Translated from:

http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/noor/article_1244.shtml

Q: Baarakallahu feekum. This questioner says – Honorable Shaikh, how can we have love of each other for the Sake of Allah, I would like to benefit from you.

A: (Shaikh Uthaymeen): Love for the Sake of Allah is actualized by you loving a man because he is a righteous worshiper of Allah1, not because he is your relative, or he has wealth or because he is handsome, etc. Only love (a man) for his deen and his taqwaa-this is loving for the Sake of Allah. And in this situation, you will find that both of you help each other upon the obedience to Allah. And it has been established in an authentic hadeeth from Abu Hurairah – radiallahu anhu – from the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa alaa aalihi wa sallam – who said (translated):

“ ‘There are seven whom Allah will shade with His shade on the Day when there will be no shade except for His shade (i.e. shade which He creates2): (1) a just leader, (2) a child raised in the worship of Allah, (3) the man whose heart is attached to the Masaajid, (4) two men who love each other for the Sake of Allah, they meet for His Sake and part for His Sake, (5) a man who is called (to commit fornication or adultery) by a women possessing noble lineage and beauty, but he (does not do it and) says ‘Indeed I fear Allah’, (6) a man who gives charity and hides (the fact that he is giving in charity) until his left hand does not know what his right hand has spent, (7) a man who, when he is alone and he remembers Allah, his eyes overflow (with tears). The point of benefit here is his (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) statement: ‘two men who love each other for the Sake of Allah, they meet for His Sake and part for His Sake’.

“But I want to warn with a tremendous warning – especially the women – that this love for the Sake of Allah does not become loving (someone) along with Allah. Because some of the people exceed the bounds in their loving their brother for the Sake of Allah, or a woman will exaggerate in loving her sister for the Sake of Allah until love for this person in her heart or in the man’s heart becomes greater than their love for Allah. Because this person is always in his heart, and is always the one he remembers. If he goes to sleep, he goes to sleep remembering him, and if he wakes up, he wakes up remembering him. And if he goes or returns, he remembers him. So his remembrance of him makes him forget the remembrance of Allah – Mighty and Exalted is He. This is shirk in love. Allah, The Most High, said (translated): ‘And of mankind are those who take rivals along with Allah; they love them as much as they love Allah…’ (2:165)…From this affair is that a woman will love her colleague or her teacher with a severe love that takes over her heart, thoughts, and mind until she is the one who is always on her mind.

“And she forgets, because of her remembrance of her, remembrance of Allah. This is a mistake and is dangerous. What is obligatory on the one who falls into this illness is that he tries to cure it as much as he’s able…The cure is that firstly, he remembers that love for Allah, The Most High, comes before everything else and he turns his heart to loving Allah. And from the things which strengthen the love for Allah in the heart of the servant is continually remembering Allah, reciting (or reading) the Qur’an a lot, doing good deeds, and staying away from the cravings and desires of the soul. Secondly, that he stays away somewhat from the one whom love for him in his heart reached such a level. He stays away from him somewhat and occupies himself with something else. If that doesn’t help, then he stays away from him. Lastly, he cuts ties with him until this love calms down, this enthusiasm (of emotion) is removed and becomes tranquil, and then his love returns to the normal love. Because of numerous complaints about this, I wanted to bring attention to not letting love for the sake of Allah increase so that it turns into loving (someone ) along with Allah because this is a type of shirk in love.

1Translator’s Footnote – meaning he is following the Sunnah on the understanding of the Salaf. Read excellent article here: http://www.bakkah.net/articles/imaam-ahmad.htm

2 Shaikh Uthaymeen said in his explanation of Aqeedatul Waasitiyyah (2/136) (published by Dar Ibn al Jawzee):

“And his statement: ‘There will be no shade except for His shade…’; means – No shade except for the shade which He creates. And it is not as some people think – that it is the shade of the Dhaat of The Lord, Mighty and Exalted is He. Indeed this (thought) is falsehood, and it necessitates that the sun, in that case, is above Allah, Mighty and Exalted is He. In the dunya, we build things which shade us. But on the Day of Judgement, there will be no shade except for the shade which He – Exalted and Perfect is He – creates, to shade with (this shade) whomever He wills from His servants.” (translated from a post on www.sahab.net )

Shaikh Saalih Aalush Shaikh on Asking the Dead for Dua

March 8, 2012

The following question was answered by Shaikh Saalih Aaalush Shaikh.  Translated from:

http://www.albaidha.net/vb/archive/index.php/t-22130.html

Q: Whoever asks the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) after his death that he prays (makes dua) for him (the asker) and seeks forgiveness for him  from Allah (God, The Creator), is this polytheism?

A: “Yes, it is major polytheism because the Prophet (alayhes-salatu was-salaam) is not called upon after his death.  So seeking dua (calling upon/invocation) from the dead, seeking dua for deliverance or rain, meaning, that he calls upon God to rescue him or he calls upon God to forgive him, or to give him something, etc, all of these things enter into the meaning of dua (calling upon/invocation).  And God, Lofty and Exalted is He, said (translated):

And the masjids are only for God, so don’t call upon anyone else along with God”1 (Quran 72:18)

And the one who says that this form – seeking dua – is not the seeking which is shirk (polytheism), then he has indeed nullified completely the foundation of monotheism in this respect.  For all types are seeking.  Seeking dua, meaning, seeking dua from the dead, seeking forgiveness from the dead, or seeking dua from the dead – that the dead person prays to God that He forgives, or seeking deliverance from the dead or help, etc., all of this is from the same angle, the angle of ‘seeking’. And ‘seeking’ is dua and this enters into (what is mentioned) in The Most High’s (God’s) statement (translated):

Whoever worships another god along with God has no proof for that2. Verily, his reckoning is with his Lord.  Indeed, He will never cause the disbelievers3 to be successful.” (23:117)

And in His statement (translated):

And the masjids are only for God, so don’t call upon anyone else along with God” (72:18)

  And in His statement (translated):

And those you call upon other than God do not own even a qitmeer (thin membrane over the date seed).” (35:13)

And verses similar to those.  So this differentiation (between praying to the dead and seeking the dead to pray for you) is contrary to the proof.  And whoever understood from the speech of some of our leading scholars a differentiation or that seeking dua from the dead is an innovation, then this doesn’t mean that it is not polytheism. Rather, it is the innovation which is (also) polytheism. 

Meaning, what the people of Pre-Islamic ignorance used to do. They would only seek to become closer to them by calling upon them (and this is disbelief and polytheism).  But seeking from the dead that they pray for you, this is an innovation which has no basis, not from the people of Pre-Islamic ignorance, nor from the Muslims.  So this was something newly invented which is without a doubt an innovation.  But it is an innovation that is polytheism and disbelief.

And its meaning is intercession.  What is the meaning of intercession  which is sought from other than Allah that is polytheism? Intercession is seeking dua.  Seeking dua from the dead is considered intercession (the impermissible intercession which is polytheism since the dead do not have the ability to intercede for the one asking).”

Reference – The 8th tape of the Explanation of al Aqeedatut Tahaawiyah

1 The Scholar at-Tabari said in explanation of this verse:

ا(وَأَنَّ الْمَسَاجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلا تَدْعُوا) أيها الناس ( مَعَ اللَّهِ أَحَدًا ) ولا تشركوا به فيها شيئا، ولكن أفردوا له التوحيد، وأخلصوا له العبادة.

 “’And the masjids are only for God, so don’t call upon’ O mankind ‘anyone else along with God’ and don’t worship anyone or anything with Him, rather single Him out with monotheism, and make all worship only for Him”

2   i.e. there is no command from God, The Creator, instructing people to worship others along with Him.  Rather, God instructs His creation (mankind and jinn) to be true monotheists.  He said in the Qur’an (translated): “And worship God (only) and don’t worship anyone or anything with Him” (4:36)

3 Who disbelieve in the existence of God or who worship others along with Him