Mourning for Kings and Rulers entail imitation of the Enemies of Islam – Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)
All praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance.
There is, in the present time, a tradition in many Islamic countries that when a king or a leader dies, people must mourn for three days or more or less. Flags are lowered at half-mast and the State departments stop working.
Undoubtedly, these acts go against Shari`ah (Islamic law) and entail imitation of the enemies of Islam.
Authentic Hadiths related from the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibit and warn people, except a wife, against mourning. The maximum period of mourning for a woman is four months and ten days, if the deceased is her husband, and three days or less for relatives. The other practices done during mourning a deceased person, whether a king or a leader, are prohibited in Shari`ah.
During the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), his son Ibrahim, his three daughters and others died, but he (peace be upon him) did not mourn them.
The leaders who joined the Battle of Mu’tah, including Zayd ibn Harithah, Ja`far ibn Abu Talib and `Abdullah ibn Rawahah (may Allah be pleased with them) were killed during the Prophet’s era but he (peace be upon him) did not mourn them.
Furthermore, the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) did not mourn the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the best of creation and prophets, nor did they mourn Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him), the best of Sahabah and creation after the prophets. When `Umar, `Uthman and `Aly (may Allah be pleased with them), the best creation after the prophets and Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq, were killed, no one mourned them. The same was true with all the Sahabah and the Imams of Islam and guidance of Tabi`un (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet) and the next generation including Sa`id ibn Al-Musayyib, `Aly ibn Al-Husayn Zayn Al-`Abidin, his son Muhammad ibn `Aly, `Umar ibn `Abdul-`Aziz,Al-Zuhry, Imam Abu Hanifah, his two companions, Imam Malik ibn Anas, Al-Awza`y, Al-Thawry, Imam Al-Shafi`y, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and Is-haq ibn Rahawayh and many others. No Muslim mourned those people.
If this (mourning) were good, the Salaf (righteous predecessors) would have done it. All goodness lies in following them and evil lies in opposing them. Therefore, the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) affirmed that what the Salaf did concerning avoiding mourning any person except for a dead husband, is the right action.
The mourning practiced nowadays for the death of kings and leaders is unacceptable in Islam. These practices entail imitating the enemies of Islam and result in much harm, such as suspension of public services. Consequently, the Muslim authorities and rulers must abandon these acts of mourning and follow the conduct of the Salaf.
Furthermore, the people of knowledge have to warn and inform Muslims about the ruling on these acts as they are obliged to advise people and cooperate in righteousness and piety.
I, therefore, for the sake of Allah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) and all Muslims, Imams and ordinary people, find it necessary to write this brief statement. I ask Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) to grant Muslim rulers and subjects success to do what pleases Him and to follow Shari`ah and warn against opposing it. May Allah purify our hearts and deeds for He is the All-Hearer of supplication, the Ever-Near. May Allah’s Peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.
Source: Fatwas of Ibn Baz (rahimahullaah) - http://www.alifta.net
Sahih Bukhari : ”Book of Menses”: No. 311 - Narrated Um-’Atiya:
We were forbidden to mourn for a dead person for more than three days except in the case of a husband for whom mourning was allowed for four months and ten days. (During that time) we were not allowed to put kohl (antimony eye powder) in our eyes or to use perfumes or to put on colored clothes except a dress made of ‘Asb (a kind of Yemen cloth, very coarse and rough). We were allowed very light perfumes at the time of taking a bath after menses and also we were forbidden to go with the funeral procession.
O mankind! Fear Allah your Lord and beware of the negligence of a serious, frightening matter that all are expecting and it is coming soon rather than in a long time.
Neither the rich or the poor, the old or the young, the king or the minister will escape it no matter how cautious they are. That which you run away from indeed it will meet you, and verily you are running to it, and it is ahead of you, not behind you. And if there was anyone able to save himself from it, it would have been the messenger of Allah salla Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam the best of mankind, and the most beloved to Allah. Then would have saved themselves Abu Bakr and Umar and whomever preceded or followed from mankind.
So when it comes down on you nothing can push it away, no wealth, no sultan, no doctor either if he is very wise and proficient. You will seperate from your loved ones and friends. And the man or woman will be wrapped in a coffin, then carried by men on their neck then layed on your comfortable pellowed bed: the dirt.
Turning to be such and such of such reputation is now in there his body being eaten by the worms and his beauty going away.
Then he is rewarded with whatever he brought forth on this perishing life, either a severe punishment or a mercy from The Lord of the worlds.
It is death. Death that cuts off pleasures and seperates groups and comes with agony, and whomever was given a chance to repent before it then he saved himself from the punishment of the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and if he was desobedient but upon tawheed then he is under the will of Allah.
Sudden death has spreaded, you must wake up O servant of Allah, as it comes suddenly and the grave is the container of actions.
Tabarani has reported in the Awssat from Anas may Allah be pleased with him that the messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa salam said: “Among the signs that the Last Hour is near, is that the crescent would appear larger than its actual size and people would say: ‘it appears as if it is only two days old’, and the mosques will be taken as streets, and sudden death will spread.”
Then the awful, tragic, shuddering death. As narrated Ibn Khuzayma from Abi Huraira may Allah be pleased with them that the prophet salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam said: the death of shuddering.
Allah The Exalted says: And the intoxication of death will bring the truth; that is what you were trying to avoid. And the Horn will be blown. That is the Day of [carrying out] the threat. And every soul will come, with it a driver and a witness. [It will be said], “You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.”
And Allah The Exalted also says: Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.
And Allah The Almighty says: Say, “Indeed, the death from which you flee – indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do.”
And He The Exalted says: Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction.
Just like the prophet salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam lived a number of years and he sala Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam is the nearest to Allah the Lord of the worlds, he sala Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam passed away at the age of 63, and he sala Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam was not from the immortals.
So O children of Adam, live as you wish knowing that you are dying, love whom you wish knowing that you are going to split from them and gather with whom you wish knowing that you are leaving them.
Aisha may Allah be pleased with her narrated in sahih al Bukhari: It was one of the favors of Allah towards me that Allah’s Apostle expired in my house on the day of my turn while he was leaning against my chest and Allah made my saliva mix with his saliva at his death. ‘Abdur-Rahman entered upon me with a Siwak in his hand and I was supporting (the back of) Allah’s Apostle (against my chest ). I saw the Prophet looking at it (i.e. Siwak) and I knew that he loved the Siwak, so I said ( to him ), “Shall I take it for you ? ” He nodded in agreement. So I took it and it was too stiff for him to use, so I said, “Shall I soften it for you ?” He nodded his approval. So I softened it and he cleaned his teeth with it. In front of him there was a jug or a tin, (The sub-narrator, ‘Umar is in doubt as to which was right) containing water. He started dipping his hand in the water and rubbing his face with it, he said, “None has the right to be worshipped except Allah. Death has its agonies.” He then lifted his hands (towards the sky) and started saying, “With the highest companion,” till he expired and his hand dropped down. Volume 5, Book 59, Number 730.
Who is saved after the prophet sala Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam who prefered the hereafter over the worldly life. Then his nations after him were of the ages of sixty to seventy, very few reach or live longer.
Al-Tirmidi reported in his collection from Abu Hurayrah that the prophet salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam said: “My people live from sixty to seventy years, and very few live longer.” classified hassan gharib.
Rush Servants of Allah to sincere repentance and hard work and returning the rights to whom it belongs before the soul turns and it would reach the throat and gargle, then no repentance would be accepted. We would rush to the funeral carrying the deceased on men shoulders taking it to the grave and there will be regrets.
Death my friend do not make the difference between the healthy and the sick nor the young and the old.
How many healthy ones died without a reason and how many ill ones lived a long time.
How many young men seen the morning while laughing and then were enveloped in the graveclothes in the evening.
As it was reported by Tirmidi in his collection from Ibn Umar radia Allahu ‘anhuma that the prophet salla Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam said: “Allah, the Lord of honour and glory, will accept the repentance of His servant till his death-rattle begins.”
Abu Issa said: this hadith is hassan gharib
O you whom busied yourself with your worldly affairs and the long lasting hopes have deceived you, death comes suddenly and the grave is the container of actions. Each one male or female even if their safety has lasted will be carried to it.
Imam Ahmed narrated in his musnad that Abu Huraira said “I heard the prophet salla Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam saying”"if the servant or the rightous man is put in his coffin he says take me ahead take me ahead and if the bad man is put in he says woe to you where are you taking me.
The translator: and in sahih al bukhari 2-462: “When the coffin is ready (for its burial) and people lift it on their shoulders, then if the deceased is a righteous person he says, ‘Take me ahead,’ if he is not a righteous one, then he says, ‘Woe to it (me)! Where are you taking it (me)!’ And his voice is audible to everything except human beings; if they heard it they would fall down unconscious.”
Let the intelligent man change before his death or before the story of his life ends and straighten all his ways upon tawhid and acting upon the sunnah. That includes taking the knowledge from the people of knowledge from amongst the people of hadith and tawhid and then act upon it as that is a path to firmness until death.
Allah The Exalted says: “But if they had done what they were instructed, it would have been better for them and a firmer position [for them in faith].” (4-66)
Ibn Sirin said: “This knowledge is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from.” So whomever took their religion from an innovator, he has raised his religion on his innovation and he deviated from the path to paradise.
And the man is upon the religion of his friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends as it has come in the hadith. The man will say to the close bad friend the day of resurrection, meaning the one that leaded him to misguidance away from guidance.
“Until, when he comes to Us [at Judgement], he says [to his companion], “Oh, I wish there was between me and you the distance between the east and west – how wretched a companion.” And never will it benefit you that Day, when you have wronged, that you are [all] sharing in the punishment.
Supplicate to your Lord with hope and fear as the prophet sala Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam use to do by saying: “O Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm in Your deen.”
And He salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam used to also say: “O Allah, set right for me my religion which is the safeguard of my affairs. And set right for me the affairs of my world wherein is my living. And set right for me my Hereafter to which is my return. And make the life for me (a source) of abundance for every good and make my death a source of comfort for me protecting me against every evil.”
O servant of Allah beware of oppression as the prophet sala Allahu ‘aleyhi wa salam informed us in sahih Muslim “O My slaves, I have forbidden myself oppression and I have made it between you forbidden, so do not oppress one another.” ”Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but rather be slaves of Allah and brothers amongst yourselves.” Sahih Muslim on the authority of Abu Huraira.
And beware of arrogance which is refusing the truth when it is established to you. And it is a heavy atom in the heart that prevents from entering paradise as the prophet sala Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam informed us from ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas‘ud who related that the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “Whoever has an atom worth of kibr (pride or arrogance) in his heart will not enter Paradise.” So a man asked: “What about a person who loves (i.e. takes pride in) wearing beautiful clothes and beautiful shoes?” So he replied: “Indeed Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Kibr (pride) is to reject the truth, and to despise the people.” Reported by Muslim
And be in your prayers humbly submitted with your tongues in accordance following your prophet salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam. Have your private parts guarded. And be responsible of what you right hands possess. Also remember Allah The Lord of the worlds in abundance supplicating to Him morning and evening and do not be from the negligent.
As Mu’adh Ibn Jabal said “A human being cannot do anything that is more effective in saving him from the punishment of the grave than the dhikr or remembrance of Allah.” reported by Tabarani; in another narration reported As “A servant of Allah cannot do anything that is more effective in saving him from the punishment of the grave than the dhikr or remembrance of Allah.” Malik in his Muwatta’, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, al-Hakim, and al-Dhahabi.
Also fast your days and stand before Allah in prayer at night and purify your hearts from evil and prepare to the journey to your Lord.
This life is a temporary home and the hereafter is the stable one, therefore take your provisions from this temporary one for your stable one, and qualify for the day you will face your Lord. For today there is action with no account and tomorrow there’s account with no action.
Verily the dunya is coming to an end, and the akhirah is coming to a beginning and they both have children. So be children of the akhirah and don’t be children of the dunya. And beware of hoping as it holds you off from repentance, and beware of passions as it will hold you from the truth.
And be pleased with the decrees of The Lord of the worlds and be patient with knowledge and seeking it and sharing it and with the fear of Allah for which you will be asked about, and fear Allah in the wombs do not cut it off and the highest womb is the mother.
Be ready for the day of accounts and answers when only Allah will be asking Himself without any interpreters even the esteemed angels, and your skin, your feet, your hands will witness and speak of you about what you use to do.
Therefore let your actions be in accordance after tawhid and singling out Allah in worship and knowing (by reviewing and verifying) the meaning of La Ilaha ila Allah with sincerity, fear and hope, magnifying and love The Lord of the worlds.
Written by Shaykh Abu Abdellah Maher Bin Dhafer Al-Qahtani
Translated by Abu Maryam Jaouad Al-Maghrebi
Posted from: http://www.al-sunan.org
What is the ruling on drawing orchards as if they are depicting Paradise and a fire as if it is depicting the Hellfire?
Answer (Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen):
This is not permissible, because we do not know the description of this; as Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has said:
No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do. (As-Sajdah 32:17)
And none knows the (full) description of the Hellfire. It is greater than the fire of the Dunyaa by 69 times; (that goes for) all fires of the Dunyaa, due to what is within the fire from terror; such as a gas fire and other than that from that which is worse. So can anyone actually depict the Hellfire? No one is able. Due to this, convey to the one who does this that it is Haraam. It is extremely unfortunate that the people today have begun depicting affairs of the Hereafter as if they are worldly matters that they see. I saw a square paper, like a flyer, and there was written upon it: Al-Mawt (Death); there was a line and there was drawn a grave, then a line and there was drawn (what appeared to be) Al-Qiyaamah, and so on. This is as if he drew what is after death, with lines depicting this; the refuge is with Allaah. Moreover, it is said: What makes you know that this comes after that? It is known that the Fire, and resurrection (etc.) is after the grave, but the details of what will happen on the Day of Standing, the reckoning, the scales, and other than that; we do not know the details of that. But this is boldness; great boldness, and a strange thing that one would venture into this matter. However, in general the papers which are circulated amongst the people today upon which is written: This is the Messenger, upon him be prayers and peace; it is obligatory to abandon and warn against these papers.
Summary Translation By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
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PS: We will remove the images of fire / gardens from the existing posts soon, insha’ Allaah
It is reported that Anas b. Mâlik – Allâh be pleased with him – said:
There are two days and two nights the likes of which no one has ever heard of before:
the Day on which you will receive the news about Allâh the Exalted: whether you will receive His punishment or His mercy,
the Day you will be given your book (of deeds): either in your right hand or your left,
- that [first] night you will spend alone in your grave, a night like no other you have spent, and
that night on the morning of which will be the Day of Resurrection, after which there will be no more night.
Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-’Ilm article 19.
The Weight of ‘Laa ilaaha illAllaah’
`Abdullaah ibn `Amr said, “Allaah’s Messenger sallAllaahu ` alayhi wa sallam said,
‘A man from my nation will be called out in front of the whole of the creation on the Day of Resurrection. So ninety-nine scrolls will be laid out for him. Each of the scrolls will be as far as the eye can see. Then it will be said, “Do you deny anything from this?” So he will say, “No, O my Lord.” So it will be said, “Do you have any excuse or any good deed?” So the man will fear and he will say, “No.” So it will be said: “Yes indeed, you have good deeds with Us. You will not be wronged with regard to them.” So a parchment will be brought out for him containing, ‘I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. So he will say, “O my Lord, what is this parchment in comparison to those scrolls?” So it will be said, “You will not be wronged.” So the scrolls will be placed on one scale and that parchment will be placed on one scale. So the scrolls will be lighter and the parchment will outweigh.’”
Reported by Ibnul-Mubaarak in his book az-Zuhd and in his Musnad and by Imaam Ahmad and by at-Tirmithee and Ibn Maajah and others besides.
Shaykh al-Albaanee declared this hadeeth saheeh, authentic.
Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee hafizahullaah mentioned some points of benefit with regard to this hadeeth. He said, “The hadeeth contains a number of points of benefit.
“The first benefit is that the people of sins will be beneath al-mashee·ah (Allaah’s Will and Wish). If Allaah wishes He will forgive them by His favour. And if He wishes He will punish them by His justice.
“The second point of benefit is that whoever is such that his eemaan (true belief) and his towheed is strong, and his attachment to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, this fact may be a means for wiping away all of his evil deeds. And there is no clearer proof for this than the fact that this small parchment will outweigh and overcome all of the rest of the scrolls.
“The third point of benefit is that the person who is guilty of major sin, he does not become a disbeliever, as the Khawaarij and the Mu`tazilah claimed. Rather he is beneath mashee·atullaah (the Wish and Will of Allaah). So even if he is punished, then still he will not remain forever in the Fire.
“The fourth point of benefit is the tremendous virtue of Laa ilaaha illAllaah, none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah over the rest of deeds. So when a Muslim says it, knowing its meaning and acting in accordance with it, then that is the case, tremendous.
“The fifth point of benefit is establishment of al-meezaan (Balance of deeds) with which the deeds will be weighed on the Day of Resurrection, and that it is a balance which is true and real. It will be erected on the Open Plain of the Resurrection before the passing over the Siraat (Bridge). This is the most correct of the sayings which the People of Knowledge mention.”
Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank rahimahullaah
- The Virtue of “Laa ilaaha illallaah” - From the Works of Imaam Ibn Maajah and Imaam Tirmidhee - Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank rahimahullaah
The Bequest of Nooh (alayhi as-Salaam) to his Son at the time of his Death – Shaykh Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee
134 – “When death was approaching the Prophet of Allaah Nooh -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – he said to his son: I will narrate to you my bequest; I command you with two things and prohibit you from two things. I command you with ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ (‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah) if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed upon a scale and ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ was placed on the other, then ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ would be heavier.
If the seven heavens and the seven earths were a closed off circle then ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ would be able to break it.
The second thing I command you with is Subhana Allaahi wa bihamdihi (Far is Allaah from imperfection and praise is for Him), since it is a supplication for everything, and by it the creation is given its provision. I prohibit you from shirk and pride.
( the narrator said: I asked or someone asked) : O Messenger of Allaah as for shirk then we know about it, but what is pride? Is it that one of us has sandals with two good straps?
The Messenger answered: No.
He asked again: is it that one of us has companions and they sit with him?
The Messenger again answered: No.
Someone asked: O Messenger of Allaah, what is pride?
He said: ridiculing the truth and belittling the people and reviling them.”
Silsilah Saheehah: 134
From the benefits of the hadeeth:
I say: there are many benefits from this hadeeth; I will suffice by indicating to some of them:
1- The permissibility of writing a bequest at the time of death.
2- The excellence of saying ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ and saying Subhana Allaah and that they are a cause for the creation to receive provision from Allaah.
3- The scales on the Day of Judgment are true and real, and they have two pans. This is from the belief of the ahl-ul Sunnah, opposing that of the Mu’tazilah and their followers in the modern times. Who do not believe that which has been affirmed regarding ‘Aqeedah in the authentic Ahadeeth, with the claim that these are Ahkbaar al-Ahad (singular narrations) which do not convey certainty. I have exposed this claim in my book ‘with ustaadh at-Tantawee’.
4 – The seven earths are like the seven heavens. There are many Ahadeeth regarding this in Bukharee and Muslim and in other books. Perhaps one day we will have time to follow up these Ahadeeth and research them. What supports these Ahadeeth is the saying of Allaah Tabaraka wa Ta’ aala : << It is Allaah Who has created seven heavens and of the earth the like thereof (i.e. seven). >> I.e. they are similar in creation and in number.
So, you should not pay any attention to the one who explains it away, there by it ends up as a negation of similarity as well as in numbers, being deceived by the Europeans and where their knowledge has reached to, from having gone up in to space however they do not know of seven earths, along with that they do not know about seven heavens. Will we reject the speech of Allaah and the speech of His Messenger due to the ignorance of the Europeans and others along with them, declaring that the more they increase their knowledge of the universe, the more they increase in their ignorance of it. Allaah the Most Great has spoken the truth when He said : << And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little>>
5 – That beautification with good clothing has nothing to do with pride what so ever. Rather, it is a matter which is permissible, because Allaah is Beautiful and He loves beauty, like the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said regarding this issue, as is narrated by Muslim in his ‘Saheeh’.
6- Pride which has been equated with Shirk will not allow entrance in to Paradise for the one who has an equivalent of an atoms worth. That is the pride, which is rejecting the truth after it has been made clear, and defaming innocent people without truth. So, the Muslim should be extremely cautious from being characterized with this type of pride, just like he should be extremely cautious from being characterized with the Shirk which places its companion in the Hell-fire for eternity.
All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance
The Ahaadeeth of Tawheed, Explained By the Muhaaddith, the Allaamah, Shaykh Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (rahimullaah)
Source: Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani (rahimahullaah)
Translated by: Abbas Abu Yahya (hafidhahullaah)
In Saheeh Mawaarid al-Dhamaan (2087) – The hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said, “The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahualaihi wasallam) said,“The lifespan of (the people from) my ummah is between sixty to seventy years and few will go beyond that.” Ibn ‘Arafah said, “And I am from those few.”
So the Shaykh (may Allaah have mercy on him) commented by saying:
“I say: I am also from amongst those few, since I have passed eighty four. I ask the Lord, the One free from all imperfections and the Most High, to make me amongst those whose life span is prolonged and their actions are beautified.
But even then, sometimes I nearly wish for death due to what has afflicted the Muslims from deviations in their deen, and the humiliation that has befallen them from the lowest of mankind. But Allaah forbid, and the hadeeth of Anas is before me. So it is not suitable for me to say anything except that which my Prophet (sallallaahualaihi wasallam) has ordered me with, “O Allaah keep me alive as long as life is good for me and take my life if that is good for me.”
And I supplicate with that which my Prophet (sallallaahualaihi wasallam) has taught me, “O Allaah provide us with the provision of our hearing, and our sight, and our strength as long as we are alive and make it a legacy from us.”
And indeed the One free from all imperfections has favoured me and responded by providing me with all of that. So I am able to research, authenticate, and write with the strength that very few have, and I pray the involuntary prayers standing, and I drive my car by myself covering vast distances, and at high speeds about which some of those who are close to me have advised me to reduce, but I have an explanation for that which is known to some of them!
I say this from the point, “And proclaim the bounty of your Lord.” (ad-Duhaa:11)
Hoping from my Lord, the One free from all imperfections and the Most High, that He increases His favours upon me, and makes all of that a legacy from me, and that He takes my life away while I am a Muslim, upon the Sunnah, for which I have dedicated my life in calling to and writing for. And that He unites me with the martyrs and the righteous, and they are the best companions, indeed He is the All-Hearing, the One who responds.
May Allaah have mercy on the Shaykh and grant him Firdaws.
The reason behind the description of the women of Paradise is so that one is made eager to perform righteous actions.
The beauty of the Hoor Al-Ain (the fair females with wide lovely eyes in Jannah) is neither viewed from one perspective nor is any mind able to comprehend it. Those fair females with wide lovely eyes combine between beauty in their physical form, beauty in all aspects and good manners. One is amazed by their beauty whenever he glances at them because their beauty is always renewed. They have that glitter in their smile for their husbands that does not have a likeness in this worldly life; so what does one think if he were to kiss them and tastes the enjoyment from that kiss?
Sexual intercourse in this worldly life becomes tiresome and leads to weakness after some time as opposed to sexual intercourse with the women of paradise; because sexual intercourse with the women of Paradise makes a person more lively and active, and the man’s wife in Paradise will neither be bored nor tired with him. Likewise the virginity of the women of Paradise will not be lost permanently like the virginity of the women of this worldly life, rather whenever the women of Paradise are disvirgined, their virginities are renewed and the man’s reproductive organ is always erected. The men of paradise are given the strength of hundred men put together; so whoever preserves his private parts, guards his eye sight and his hearing from the forbidden, he will be from the people with the most strength in Paradise and he will receive the most enjoyment in sexual intercourse.
Likewise, sometimes argumentation, differing and trouble takes place between married couples leading to divorce; however none of this will take place between the spouses in Paradise.
[For further details see page: 1225- 1246, Vol:3-- At-Taliqaat Al-Mukhtasar Alal Qaseedah An-Nooniyyah of Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan| Written by The Salafi Centre of Manchester]
The Resurrection – A Summary of Events to Occur
Shaik Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn (rahimahullaah)
Translated selections from Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn’s explanation of
“al-‘Aqīdah al-Wāsiṭiyyah” by Ibn Taymiyyah and “Lum’ah al-I’tiqād” by Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisī
The Day of Resurrection, the Day of Judgment, is called the “last day” because it is a day after which there will be no other. It is the final stage. It is the end goal of all the stages through which we pass (i.e., nonexistence, creation in the womb, life, death and the grave, then the hereafter), and it is the end of our journey.
Allah ( تعالى ) says:
<<Then, after that you will all certainly die. Then indeed you all, on the Day of Resurrection, will be resurrected>>
[Sūrah al-Muminūn, 23:15-16.]
The resurrection is when mankind will rise from their graves to stand before the Lord of creation. Ibn Taymiyyah, in his book “al-‘Aqīdah al-Wāsiṭiyyah,” calls this “the greater resurrection” indicating there is also a lesser resurrection. This lesser resurrection is the one pertaining to each individual as they witness with their own eyes the beginning of the hereafter, their new life after their death. So each individual has his own resurrection; when he or she dies, his or her lesser resurrection has begun.
“I am not on my Deen right now because I want to give Islam all of me, and right now I can’t do that.” – Shaykh Ahmad Umar Bazmool
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by SalafyInk
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The following question has been extracted from a posting on www.salafyink.com may Allah reward our brother imensely for their efforts.
The links for the two part series of Q&A asked to Shaykh Ahmad Umar Bazmool can be found at the end of this post.
Second Question: Some Muslims who are not practicing say, “I am not on my Deen right now because I want to give Islam all of me, and right now I can’t do that.“ So they leave everything that Allaah made incumbent upon them due to this claim. (Meaning) they say: “I don’t want to practice just half way (one foot in and one foot out), I want to practice all the way. However because of the sins I’m committing right now, I don’t want to mix this with Islam.”
So what is your advice regarding this?
Shaykh: You mean that he is Muslim, but he is a sinner?
Questioner [Abu Yusuf Khaleefah]: Yes.
Answer: We say to him that there is nothing wrong that you remain upon your sins and you continue upon them up until Allaah blesses you to make a sincere tawbah – however with a condition, and it is that you are guaranteed that you will not die except after you make tawbah! Also that you are guaranteed that you will live until a time that these sins will not affect you and your heart.
This is because sins place a covering on the heart which can hinder one from making tawbah, may Allaah not decree this.
So a Muslim does not have a guarantee for himself that he won’t die right now while still upon sins. So what excuse does a person make? They say, “but Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Yes, but He is also Severe in punishment. So it is incumbent that the Muslim does not feel safe from the plotting of Allaah. And it is incumbent that he does (righteous) actions and repents to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. So I’m mentioning these things in the beginning of this answer – as it is said – to sort of relate to the questioner according to the level of his intellect.
However if you are a Muslim who really comprehends what you are saying here, then listen to the following points:
The first point: who said to you that Islam wants from you that you be a Muslim who does not commit any sin at all? The Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said: “All of the children of Adam makes many mistakes and the best of those who make mistakes are those who repent.” [Authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah (no.3428).]
So he – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – clarified that the children of Adam (i.e. people) fall into mistakes and errors, excluding the Prophets and Messengers, and the best of these people are those who often repent. He didn’t say those who are persistent upon sins, then they make tawbah at the end. So this is the first thing.
Secondly: The Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said to his companions: “If it wasn’t that you all commit sins, Allaah would have brought a people who commit sins, and He would forgive them,” or close to this meaning said by the Prophet, ‘alayhis salaam.
So who said to you it is requested that you be a Muslim one hundred per cent never falling into error. No doubt that this affair is good but who can guarantee this? This is a high level. If we made it a condition for all of the Muslims, no one would ever repent.
The third matter: come with me and ponder over the statement of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic:
كَلَّا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِممَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ
Nay, but Rân has been placed over their hearts because of what they used to earn.”
(The word in the beginning of the ayah) Kalla, is a statement of rebukement. And as for Rân, it means that He placed a seal over the hearts of these people. As for His statement, “because of what they used to earn,” meaning the acts they used to commit. So what is the (general) meaning of the ayah? It means, due to their sins, a seal was placed over their hearts, so they could not make repentance nor can they ask for forgiveness.
That which supports this is the narration of the Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – and this is the fourth matter: “If a person commits a sin, a black spot is placed over his heart. And if he repents and refrains, it will be wiped away. However if he sins and persists upon the sins, the spots will return up until the heart becomes totally black resembling an upside down mug. It will not recognize any good nor will it rebuke any evil.” [Declared 'hasan,' by al-Albaanee in Saheeh al-Jami' al-Saghir (1666)]
This is because of sins and not making tawbah and not returning to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Also, shaytaan hopes that he can win over a person by this statement [in question]. Outwardly, this statement seems good but the reality is that it is evil. This is because this means, it is as if you deem Allah too great that you sin and repent, and you deem Allah too great to fall into opposition to His command, so (based on your understanding) you (will just) remain persistent upon your sins until you’re ready to repent (for good). However in reality this is an evil (thought). Also look at the advice of the Prophet – salla Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam – to Mu’adh, may Allaah be pleased with him – when he said: “O Mu’adh, fear Allaah wherever you may be.” Allaah is with you [by His knowledge] wherever you may be, He sees you, and He knows your condition and He’s with you with His Knowledge, the Mighty and Majestic.
… وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ …
“…And He is with you wherever you may be…”
(Hadeed: 57: 4)
”O Mu’adh fear Allaah wherever you may be and follow up a bad deed with a good deed, and it will erase it.”
These are priceless words of advice. If you fall into a sin, all of the children of Adam fall into many sins, repent to Allaah, seek Allaah’s forgiveness, pray two Rak’ahs for repentance to Allaah, give sadaqah, glorify Allaah, read the Qur`aan, do righteous deeds. Why all of this? So sins won’t cause a seal to be placed upon your heart.
And your statement “I don’t want to repent because I want to be a believer 100 per cent.” Does not the statement of the Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – refute this? “And follow up a bad deed with a good deed.” Look: are you better or the Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam? Who is more knowledgeable concerning Allaah? The Messenger of Allaah – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – is the most knowledgeable concerning Allaah, and he is the one who pointed us to that which earns the pleasure of Allaah and he pointed us to follow up a bad deed with a good deed. He didn’t say, sin, sin, sin, and then repent.
I end this answer with a (another) great hadeeth and it is a glad tidings for me and you and every sinner. The Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – informed of this glad tiding. He said: “If a slave commits a sin, then seeks forgiveness, Allaah will say to the angels: My slave committed a sin and then he sought my forgiveness and I forgave him. Then he committed another sin, and Allaah will say: My slave committed a sin and sought my forgiveness and I forgave him. Then the slave will commit another sin (and repented). So Allaah will say: My slave committed a sin and sought my forgiveness, and I forgave him. I testify you O My angels that I have forgiven him.”
So look, (that one) makes tawbah, and then falls into a sin and then makes tawbah, and then falls into a sin. This is not from playing games and this is not from making mockery of Allaah or falling short. Rather this is the war between [us and] shaytaan who said:
قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ
[Iblîs (Satan)] said: “By Your Might (Oh my Lord) I will lead all of them astray”
(Sad: 38: 82)
And also it shows that the door of tawbah is always open, concerning which Allaah has said: “And by My Might I will indeed forgive them so long as they seek forgiveness from me.”
So this is the war and struggle between us and shaytaan, so beware, beware of this statement. Repent to Allaah, and seek His forgiveness every time you fall into a sin, and do not despair from the mercy of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. And Allaah said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحًا
“Oh you who believe: turn in repentance to Allaah with a sincere repentance…”
‘Umar and other than him from the companions and the Salaf said: Sincere repentance is that after you fall into a sin, then repent from it and never return to it up until death. Yes, this is a very high level and – if you can do it – this is something good. However that you remain upon sins and you say, ‘I want to just make one tawbah for everything.’ …Just as I said to you in the beginning, who can guarantee for you that you will live to a time you can make tawbah, and who is it that can guarantee that you will have a heart that will incline to making tawbah after it was sealed due to constant sinning? So – by Allaah – be steadfast in turning (in repentance) to Allaah.
The complete series of questions and answers can be downloaded from the following links:
Question extracted from Part 1 in the series and slightly modified for presentation purposes:
أبو بلال نعيم بن عبد المجيد