The Importance Of Rectifying One’s Character
Shaykh ‘Abdullaah al-Bukhaaree
The following is the transcription of the Speech of the Shaykh
You can watch the video with english subtitles @ my audio blog – http://wp.me/p2sNCV-1im
And here I take my chance [to say that] some brothers, may Allaah bless you… And sadly I say this after experiencing the situation of many students and brothers, may Allaah guide them. And this is the advice of someone who is concerned and [this is] an admonition to those want to be admonished. Some brothers – may Allaah grant them success and guide them to the Sunnah – are divided into [diffirent] categories:
A category who was a disbeliever or he fell into disbelief before and was upon disbelief. Then Allaah blessed him with Islaam and He guided him to the Sunnah. This is a blessing! Right?
Another category who was originally a Muslim, but he was upon deception, misguidance and he was neglectful towards Allaah – Jalla wa ‘Alaa –. Then Allaah guided him to the Sunnah and steadfastness.
And a category who grew up – and all praise is due to Allaah – upon goodness and wellbeing between Ahlus-Sunnah, adopted their manners and learned from their knowledge. Is this clear?
As for the first and second category: there is no doubt that it is a great blessing that Allaah has blessed him with Islaam and the Sunnah. This is a great blessing which is priceless! But sadly… I say: it is sad and regrettable that the remnants and the previous characteristics (traits) of disbelief or the characteristics of disobedience, which he was upon, remain. Like: having bad thoughts, cheating, deceit, lying, nameemah (carrying tales from one person to another to cause problems between them), craftiness, and other corrupt characteristics. That this remains with him after his adhering to the Sunnah, and he doesn’t strive to rectify this! And this is what leaves many and great flaws. In fact, this is sometimes a cause of scaring away people who are coming to the Sunnah, by way of inherited characteristics. Right?
This is why the Prophet – sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said:
“You are a man who has Jaahiliyyah (pre-islamic ignorance) in him.”
And when some of them called upon eachother with: “O Ansaar!”, “O Muhaajireen!”, he (i.e. the Prophet) said:
“Is it with the calls of Jaahiliyyah that you call, and l am still amongst you?! Leave it! For verily, it is something rotten.”
So it’s not permissible… It is obligatory upon the one who adheres to the Sunnah to adopt the manners of Ahlus-Sunnah and to learn that which the Sunnah indicated from the noble qualities of character, good manners and good ways! By Allaah, I have been in touch with this matter and I have lived through it. And many of the disputes between the students of the one manhaj, the Sunni Salafi [manhaj]; i say: the cause of the animosity between some brothers goes back to things like this. And Allaah knows what they plot by night! And even if this is hidden for you; it is inevitable that it becomes apparent in his slips of the tongue and the characteristics of his deeds.
So it is obligatory upon the human being, o brothers, that he rectifies, that he repents, that he returns, that he reconsiders himself and that he rectifies the path he walks upon. But as for remaining with these characteristics… When the Prophet – sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – came with Islaam, the people were in Jaahiliyyah, and this is an apparent and clear thing. Right? There was zinaa (fornication, unlawful sex), shirk (polytheïsm), sihr (magic), ribaa (usury), qimaar (gambling), etc… Corrupt and deviant characteristics! But there were some good manners which they were upon, like bravery, generosity, hospitality, being good towards the needy, etc. Right? Then Islaam came and confirmed these good manners and prohibited the opposite. And it fought against and removed all these bad manners. Right?
So it’s not permissible for you, o brother… And I am not someone who reveals the secrets of the people, but know yourself, sit with yourself and call yourself to account, o brother! Didn’t ‘Umar – may Allaah be pleased with him – say: “Call yourself to account before you are called to account.”? Didn’t he say this? “Weigh your deeds before your deeds are weighed.”? ” The wise man is the one who calls himself to account and does deeds to benefit him after death; and the foolish person is the one who subdues himself to his temptations and desires and seeks from Allah the fulfillment of his vain desires.”
Sit and call yourself to account, o brother! It is obligatory that we leave these bad characteristics. So what is the correct? What is the alternative? The Sunnah – and all praise is due to Allaah – is infallible. And this is why the scholars have paid attention to making people aware of these noble manners and warning against the opposite by way of books and writings. In the Saheeh of Imaam al-Bukhaaree there is Kitaab al-Adab, Kitaab ar-Riqaaq and other than that. In fact, Imaam al-Bukhaaree has written a separate book called al-Adab al-Mufrad. Right? Look, o brother, look at and read these characteristics and prophetic manners. Abu ash-Shaykh has written a risaalah about the character of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam –. Read, o brother! Learn! A person is not born a scholar!
But as for staying with us, constantly accompanying, until we die?! When will we rectify?! When will we ask forgiveness?! When will we repent?! So in adhering to the Sunnah there is good. And in transgressing the Sunnah there is evil.
And beware from ascribing your disgraceful statements or manners… And I don’t intend someone specifically here, pay attention! Rather [I am speaking] generally. That the person ascribes his disgraceful manner or deed to the Sunnah. Beware! Or you will become an enemy of the Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam –, falsely ascribe something to him and become one of the liars upon him. The meaning is not, “Whoever narrates from me a narration that he sees or is seen as a lie; he is one of the liars.” Yes, he is included in the text, and [also] the fabricator upon the Sunnah [is included], because he ascribes this deed to the Sunnah, so he is a liar upon the Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam –.
So beware, O may Allaah protect you, because verily I have advised you! And to Allaah we return. May Allaah raise the rank of the Messenger of Allaah, his family and his Companions and grant them peace.
Translated by Yâsîn Abu Ibrâhîm @ https://twitter.com/y4s1nne
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The Ruling on the Statement: “He Was the Qur`an Walking on the Earth” – Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
The Ruling on the Statement: “He Was the Qur`an Walking on the Earth”
Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah)
Translated by: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee @ salafyink.com
We hear the tongues of some of the lecturers (when describing the character) of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), “He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth.” Meaning, he implemented the rules and regulations of the Qur`an. What is the ruling of this statement?
Shaikh Rabee bin Hadee al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) answered:
It is incumbent that we say, “His character was the Qur`an,”  like ‘Aa`isha (radiAllahu ‘anha) said. The Qur`an is the speech of Allaah and not created; whereas Muhammad is a human being who is created.
It is not incumbent (nor proper) to say, (“He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth“) or things similar to this. This is because we are at war with the Mu’tazilah and other than them over their statement that the “Qur`an is created,” so how can we (the people of the Sunnah) utter statements like this?!
We say the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) implemented the rules and regulations of the Qur`an, and his (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) character emanated from the Qur`an; he (sallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam) acted in accordance to it and believed in it. This statement, (“He was the Qur`an walking on the Earth,” conceptually comes) from the western slogans which (people) blindly follow. And Allaah knows best.
1- Collected by Muslim
If Allah test a person does it means He loves him?
Explained by Shaykh Sulayman Ruhaylee
The questioner says: If Allah loves a person He tries him with adversity, therefore if a person is befallen with misfortune is this proof that Allah loves this Muslim?
Shaykh Sulayman Ruhaylee:
Pay attention brothers. Trials and tribulations, as it relates to them in general, have reasons.
The first reason is due to the deficiency of the person because of his sins. So he will be afflicted with calamities due to his sins.
And the second reason is the shortcomings of the Muslim. Meaning: Allah desires for the slave a position in paradise but he is not able to reach it by his actions. Thus Allah says to the Angels; pour down upon him calamities in abundance. This is in order to raise his status; and these are two affairs.
And if a calamity befalls a person then he should have a good thought about his Lord and a bad thought about himself. So when he looks from his own perspective he says: “This is from my sins.” And we all make mistakes. (And looking at it in this way) will allow him to leave off the sin. And when he looks at the situation as it relates to Allah the Glorified and Exalted he says: “Perhaps Allah wants good for me, perhaps Allah wants a high position (in paradise) for me.”
Some of the scholars; we have heard them say; the individual as it relates to himself he views it due to his sins, and as it relates to others he views it due to them being elevated in status. Meaning, if a trial befalls you then you view that you have been afflicted based upon your sins. And if a trial befalls your brother then you view it as Allah desires to elevate his status, this is from the angle of having a good thought about your brother. And this is a good affair.
Some of the people, when a calamity befalls his brother they add to the calamity. Rather than giving them condolences and improving the situation, they inflict more punishment. If the person’s child dies, if the person is in an accident, he comes and says: “Brother this is from your sins!”
And this is incorrect, even if the statement could be true. Rather he should improve the situation and give him condolences and approach him with good manners and say: “O my brother, there are some trials that contain a reward which was not sought after, so it they occur they are better for the person.” For example the death of a child; the death of a child contains a great reward but this reward is not sought after. “The person does not want for his child to die, but if he dies there is a great reward. A house will be built for him in paradise. And I hope that this will be the case for you as it relates to your trial.” “And we are deficient, and we are sinners, perhaps we have committed some sins and Allah desires to pardon us for our sins; and all praises belong to Allah.” (He should say) something along these lines.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah, Durham, NC
The Manners of Laughing
فائدة .. التبسم والضحك
Benefit…smiling and laughing
The Noble Sheik Abu Abdullah Abdur Rahman ibn Sa’dee, may Allah have mercy upon him, said
“Therefore Sulaiman peace and blessings are upon him, heard her (the ant’s) statement and he understood it,
“So he (Sulaiman) smiled, amused at her speech” (Chapter 27 verse 19)
So he admired her advice to her nation and the good way she expressed herself. And this is the condition of the Prophets, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them, they had complete manners and they would show admiration or be impressed at the right times although their laughter would not go beyond a smile. Such was the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings are upon him, most of his laughter was (only) smiling.
Because verily boisterous laughing ( القهقهة ) is a sign of foolishness and bad manners and not smiling and being impressed at those things that are impressive is a sign of vile character and arrogance; and the Messengers are free from such a thing.
End of Sheik’s speech
All praise is due to Allah, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:
Two nights ago, Shaykh, Dr. Ahmad Bazmool, may Allah protect him from evil, gave a stern, yet, heart-warming advice to those in attendance at the annual “Muhammad b. Abdul-Wahhaab Educational Seminar in Makkah.”
His advice touched on the topic: “How Students Should Interact with One Another.” The point I want to highlight is when he mentioned to us about overlooking things and letting them go for the sake of Allah. He mentioned that we as students, [and others], must learn to overlook and let personal and trivial issues go.
He mentioned a story about one of our elder and noble scholars, Dr. Rabee’ al-Madkhalee, may Allah preserve him, and how people have approached him saying: “Shaykh, I used to speak ill of you and warn people to keep away from you, etc.” Shaykh Ahmad mentioned that Shaykh Rabee’ would simply say: “Have you repented [for what you believe you have done wrong]? Then the affair is finished.” He would then honor him as a guest as though nothing ever happened. That’s the Sunnah.
[Subtle Methodology Point]
Shaykh Ahmad also mentioned that overlooking things is related to personal matters, not religious ones. He mentioned a hadith about how men would approach the Messenger of Allah, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, and hold him by the collar when requesting things, and he wouldn’t become angry. However, when Allah’s legislation was violated, he would become angry.
He (Shaykh Ahmad) also mentioned a narration of the great Imaam, al-Awzaa’ee [d. 157 AH], may Allah have mercy on him, wherein he did not greet a man, but instead told him: “If my issue with you was personal, I would have greeted you, however, I did not greet you due to religious matters you have violated.”
[Time is Ticking]
On the authority of Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree, may Allah be pleased with him, the Messenger of Allah, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, said, “Allah looks over his slaves in the middle of night, in the middle Sha’baan, and he forgives all of His creation, except for polytheists and the those involved in disputes.” [Authenticated by Imam al-Albaanee, Saheeh Ibn Majah, #1390]
Noble reader, realize that the middle of Sh’abaan is rapidly approaching, so I encourage all my brothers and sisters to not be from those involved in personal disputes on such a blessed night. I encourage you to try your best, for the sake of Allah, in resolving any ongoing disputes with one another.
To conclude, I ask Allah, the Most High, to make us from those who are forgiving to our brothers and sisters, just as I ask Him to make our brothers and sisters forgiving to us. Indeed, He is All-Capable of answering our supplications.
And I emphasize at the end of this article that all praise is for Allah.
A Practical Illustration of the Quality of Al-Amaanah (Returning the Trust) From Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubaarak
Al-Hasan bin Arafah said:
Ibn al-Mubarak said to me, “I borrowed a pen in the land of Shaam and then went to return it. However, when I approached Marw (after leaving Shaam), I noticed it was still with me [he must have forgotten]. So I returned to Shaam until I returned it to its owner.”
Al-Siyar of al-Dhahabi (8/395).
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Shaykh Muhammad Ramzaan Al-Haajiree’s -hafidhahullaah- lecture entitled
‘The rights of the Ulama’: Imam Malik conference, Agadir, Morocco 1432
Translated by: Abu Afnan Muhammad Siddiq
Read the article: http://www.athaar.org/articles/tazikiyyah/ramzan_character.pdf
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