Q.The individual is asking how do we know what is a major sin?
A. The shaykh said major sins are for example that which Allaah tabaarak ta wa ta’aala, informs us the punishment for whoever performs it will be the hell fire. Likewise that which the Prophet (Sallaahu alayhi wa sallam) informed us that whoever does this action they will be distant from the mercy of Allaah, or whoever does this action will be cursed by Allaah. These are certain things which inform an individual that a sin is a major sin.
You have the hadith where the Prophet (Sallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘abstain from the seven major sins’. However the Prophet Sallaahu alayhi wa sallam did not mean that there are only seven. He sallaahu alayhi wa sallam in that hadith mentioned seven but did not say that they are the only major sins. The proof for that is ibn Abbass (RadiAllaahu anhumma). He was asked are there only seven? He said they are closer to seventy then seven. So there is no specific number of the amount of major sin there are.
Shaykh Saalih ibn Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class 01.12.12) Riyadh.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymîn:
I warn my Muslim brothers against what some stupid people do when they narrate april jokes. This lie have they taken from the jews, the christians, fire-worshipers (Majûs) and other disbelievers.
Not only is this act a lie, which is in itself forbidden according to the Sharî’ah, it also involves imitating the disbelievers, which is forbidden. The prophet (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever imitates a people belongs to them.”
Shaykh-ul-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullâh) said:
“Its chain of narration is good.”
The least one could say is that it is forbidden, even if it seemingly entails disbelief.
Together with these two sins, the Muslim becomes humiliated before his enemy. It is generally known that the one who is imitated boasts before the imitator and sees himself as being in front of him. The imitator thus becomes weak so that he imitates him. The believer thusly becomes degraded since he subjugates himself and follows the disbelievers.
The fourth sin is that this filthy lie is often about taking someone else’s money unjustly and scaring the Muslims. They maybe lie and tell the family that they will be having guests. As a result thereof they prepare a great meal and meat and the like. They might also lie and tell them horrifying news of a relative being run over by a car or the like. This is not allowed.
Sujood ash-Shukr: The Prostration of Thankfulness
source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor, 97/6
Q: “How does one perform sujood ash-shukr (the prostration of thankfulness)?”
Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah):
“It comprises of one prostration, and none of the preconditions needed for prayer are stipulated for it. So it is like sujood at-tilaawah, they both have the same ruling. Neither of them have a precondition such as being in a state of purification, facing the qiblah, making the takbeer, making the tasleem, and so on. Rather, if he is surprised by some blessing, he prostrates immediately the way he is and praises Allaah with whatever (words) he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thanks to Him. Likewise if he recites a verse of prostration from the Book of Allaah (‘azza wa jal), he prostrates immediately, whether he haswudhoo or not, whether he is facing the qiblah or not, without making takbeer al-ihraam and without making any tashahhud or salaam.”
Those who Feign Knowledge
The ‘Allaamah Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan
The Questioner says: What is At-Ta’aalum (feigning knowledge); and what is your advice to the youth who are put to trial by those who feign knowledge?
At-Ta’aalum is to claim knowledge; it is to claim knowledge. When a person claims knowledge while he, in fact, is not a person of knowledge. He has not taken knowledge from the scholars. He has only taken knowledge from the books and by reviewing (a few books). He does not have knowledge based principles upon which he builds. He only reviews some books and proceeds upon his (own) understanding; and perhaps he errs more than he is correct. This is the one who feigns knowledge. He is a danger to himself and he is a danger to the people; because he plays with the religion of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.
If someone were to come out to the people and say: “I am a physician; I am a doctor; I can perform surgery.” Yet, he has no clinical certifications; he has no clinical certifications. Will he be allowed to perform surgery? Will he be allowed to operate on the stomachs of the people, and perform surgical operations upon the heart? He will not be allowed to do this, because this is dangerous. So how can this feigner of knowledge be allowed to play with the religion? Playing with the religion is more severe than playing with the bodies. It is obligatory upon these people to have Taqwaa of Allaah, and not to speak concerning Allaah without knowledge. For Allaah has placed speaking about Him without knowledge above Shirk.
قُلْ إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ رَبِّيَ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَالإِثْمَ وَالْبَغْيَ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَأَن تُشْرِكُواْ بِاللّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ سُلْطَانًا وَأَن تَقُولُواْ عَلَى اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
Say (O Muhammad ﷺ): “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawaahish (great evil sins, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allaah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allaah of which you have no knowledge.” (Al-A’raf 7:33)
It is obligatory upon these people to have Taqwaa of Allaah and to learn first; learn before they speak.
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
Was Shaykh Al Albani the first to classify some Hadith in Al Bukhari as weak?
O our Shaykh the question is; was the Shaykh preceded by anyone in declaring some Hadith in Sahih Bukhari to be weak and collecting them in a book. And if this has occurred were you preceded by some of the scholars in that? We would appreciate references may Allah reward you with good.
Shaykh Al Albani:
Define the demonstrative, “in that”; in what? Because your question contains two things. Have you been preceded in classifying some Hadith in Bukhari as weak and did you collect this in a book? So in your question, “have I been preceded in that”, what do you mean? Have I been preceded in classifying some Hadith in Bukhari as weak or have I been preceded in authoring a book containing these weak Hadith?
(Laughs) Both? As for if I was preceded in classifying some Hadith found in Bukhari as weak then this is a reality which is obligatory to acknowledge and it is not permissible to deny it; and there are numerous reasons for this.
First of all; all the Muslims whether they are from the scholars, the students of knowledge or the ignorant Muslims; they are all in agreement that there is no one who is infallible in this religion except the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings are upon him.
And from this we also understand another undeniable conclusion and that is, any book that crosses the mind of a Muslim, or any book title that he hears of, even before he reads the manuscript, it is incumbent that he must have firmly established in his mind that this book will surely contain some errors in it. Because the aforementioned belief states that no one will obtain infallibility except for the Messenger of Allah peace and blessing are upon him.
And on this note it has been narrated that Imam Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him said, “Allah has refused to perfect any book except for His own.”
And this is the truth, it is not debatable. So this it the first affair, this is the principle.
As for the applied science concerning this matter; then we, due to the virtue of Allah upon us and upon the people, but most of the people do not know, but most of the people are not grateful. Allah the Exalted has given me firmness in the study of Hadith…its foundation matters, subsidiary matters, its criticisms and collections to the extent that I became grounded with a high level in this science due to the virtue of Allah and His mercy. Also I know the authentic hadiths from the weak, from the fabricated due to my studies of this science. I applied this study to some of the Hadiths that appear in Sahih Al Bukhari. Thus I found that the result of this study that there are some Hadiths that are not considered to be on the grade of Hasan much less the level of Sahih, in Sahih Al Bukhari not to mention Sahih Muslim.
Asking about people to start fitna is not permissible
Explained by Shaykh Rabee (hafidhahullaah)
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee: The questioner says: May Allah bless you and give you good. Is asking about the people from the guidance of the Salaf?
Shaykh Rabee: Yes, asking about the people is from the Minhaj of the Salaf; look to see who you take your deen from. Verily this knowledge is deen, thus look to see from whom you take your deen.
Some people ask will truthfulness and sincerity, they desire to take their deen from qualified Scholars with sound Aqeedah and sound Minhaj, thus for this reason they ask.
And some of the people ask because they want fitna. During this time period, there are many questions; what is your opinion about so and so. What do you think about so and so, what is your view about the Minhaj of so and so? And his intention is not to benefit from the person or to avoid him, rather he has another intention. His intention is to disseminate and spread fitna among the people. These types of questions are not permissible because they are for the purpose of fitna, and the affairs are according to their intentions.
But if the questioner wants good, and he wants to learn and he wants to take his deen in the correct manner then it is incumbent upon him to search for those whom he should take his deen from.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
From Defender of the Sunnah to Apostate!
A warning from Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee:
An example of this is Abdullah al-Qasemi. How many books does he have defending the Dawah of Shaykh of Islam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab, the Dawah of Tawheed?! His book, “The conflict between Islam and paganism”; look into it. (His book) “The lightning of Najd in sweeping away the darkness of Ad Dajwee”, read it. Read these books that he authored aiding the Dawah of Tawheed, the Salafi Dawah, and the Dawah of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab.
Then after that he became an apostate! And the Scholars of the Dawah ruled that he was an apostate. And these rulings are sound and documented in the books. (He has) writings in defense of the Salafi Dawah, then he became an apostate!
O slaves of Allah. What is your problem, why do you not fear for yourselves?! It is obligatory for all of us to fear for ourselves. Thus if the person is in a satisfactory condition then he should ask Allah for firmness; this is a principle.
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا
Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us (Soorah Aali Imraan 3:8)
This is because the slave’s heart could deviate; even after he has been given guidance; because the hearts of the slaves’ are—as we have been informed by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم—between two Fingers from the Fingers of Ar-Rahman, He turns them however He wills. And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has informed us concerning the fitna that would occur during the last days, when a man will be a believer in the morning and a disbeliever by evening, or he will be a believer in the evening and a disbeliever by morning, selling his religion for worldly gain. We ask Allah for safety and security.
So why are the people shaken when they hear that so and so used to aid the Sunnah and then he deviated? We ask Allah for firmness and we ask Allah to guide the likes of the person mentioned in the question. But let it be known that this is occurring and it has occurred, and this has happen and it will continue to happen; as long as man exists as long as man is alive. So don’t be alarmed, and don’t flee from this (reality) rather ask Allah for firmness and security.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Translator’s note: Abdullah al-Qasemi born in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia in 1907 and died in Cairo, Egypt in 1996. He became an atheist and was thoroughly refuted by Imaam As Sa’di.
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Placing parents in a Rest home / Old age home
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan
Shaykh Fawzan: Keeping the ties of kinship has it affects in this life and the next. Thus if keeping the ties of kinship is from the reasons that extend the lifespan and increase the provision, then it is even more befitting to honor the parents because they are the closest of all the relatives. Therefore honoring the parents is a reason for Allah to extend your lifespan and increase your lifespan. And being undutiful to the parents is a reason for the lifespan to be shortened and a reason for the provision to be restricted. Just as honoring the parents is a reason for the lifespan to be extended and the provision to be increased. And the reward or punishment is from the same category as the action which was performed.
وَلَا تُجْزَوْنَ إِلَّا مَا كُنْتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
Nor will you be requited anything except that which you used to do
(Soorah Yasin 36:54)
What do you think about what has now appeared, unfortunately, in the Muslim community when the parents become elderly they are thrown in a convalescent home, or an old folk’s home as it is called. The child rids himself of them by placing his parents or one of his parents in an old folk’s home.
It is as though they are not their children; rather it is as though they are the parents of those who work at the old folk’s home.
Subhana Allah! Is this an animal or a person? There is no might or power except with Allah! This is the greatest form of disrespect. This would not be done by a person who has in their heart fear of Allah the Exalted.
How would you feel if your child did this to you?! When you age and become sick they take you and place you in a convalescent home, an old folk’s home. How would you feel? How angry would you be at them? And what would be the sin that he; your child, would incur? Why then do you demand the rights that are due to you but you do not want to give the rights which are required from you?!
Thus every Muslim must have taqwa of Allah. Disrespecting the parents has become widespread during this time, the hearts have hardened, and the relatives have become estranged.
And the customs of our enemies from the western lands and the disbelievers have come upon us; those who don’t have families or homes, except for a home that resembles the home of an animal. They get a home and they live alone or they live with dogs. As for them living with their parents or with their children, or with their brothers then no, this does not exist in most of the disbelieving lands.
Now some of the Muslims wish to imitate them; unfortunately. Thus they wish to throw their parents or one of their parents into the old folk’s home and to rid themselves of them.
And if he has some type of sentiment then perhaps he will come visit them on the Eid and give them salaams, merely visiting them. Or some days he will pass by and give them salaams. And he considers this to be sufficient in fulfilling his parents’ rights upon him.
Thus it is upon the Muslim to be mindful and to have tawqa of Allah; and he should understand that what he does to others will be done to him. And he will be taken to account for his actions. And he should not place anything before showing kindness to his parents except the obedience of Allah. For the one who desires a reward and recompense then do not place any action before kindness to the parents except for the rights of Allah the Exalted.
And with this; we ask Allah the Exalted by His beautiful Names and lofty Attributes to rectify the children and the offspring of the Muslims. And we ask Him to return the Muslims to the practice of Islam in the desired manner. And we ask Him to make the Muslims, families, who love each other and are content with one another and homes of righteousness. And we ask Him to make the Muslims far away from resembling the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and those who have destroyed and shattered the ties of kinship thus becoming like animals or even more astray. And there is no might or power except with Allah.
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet, and his family and his companions.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Student of knowledge does not pray in the Masjid ?
Answered by Shaykh Abdur Rahman Al Baraak
What is your view of a student of knowledge who does not pray in congregation, and when there is a discussion concerning this issue he says: “I examined the proofs and I prefer the view that praying in congregation is ‘Sunnah’ (optional) and it is not obligatory.” Therefore should he be criticized for not attending the congregational prayers or not?
La hawla wala quwwata illa billah (There is no might or power except with Allah). La hawla wala quwwata illa billah (There is no might or power except with Allah).
La ilaha illa Allah (There is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah)
And how is this view preferred to you?! How does a Sunni Muslim prefer this preference of yours?!
If we agree for the sake of argument that it is optional. Is it befitting for you, and you are a student of knowledge, that you are absent from this tremendous virtue?! And if it is mentioned to you some portion of the Dunya (worldly life) you go out to obtain it. This resembles the condition of the hypocrites. Those who the Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah are upon him, said about them:
“The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are Isha and Fajr and if they knew the virtue in these prayers they would have attended them even if they had to crawl.”
Then he said:
By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if any one of them had known that he would get a bone covered with good meat or two sheep’s feet with meat on them, he would have attended the Isha prayer.”
Meaning if he knew he would find some good meat he would have attended Isha prayer.
Subhanallah! Either this person is lying, deceiving and using this as an excuse or shaytaan has deceived him and caused the Sunni to prefer the view that (congregational prayer) is optional.
How can he be pleased with this for himself when the companions of the Prophet would come (to the congregational prayer) with a man supported, being carried by two other men?!
Will you not be shy oh student of knowledge?!
You say: “I prefer the view that it’s optional, it is optional therefore I pray with my woman.” With his wife! He prays with his wife; meaning him and his wife pray in the same manner (at home).
May Allah give you good. The one who asked about the student of knowledge not praying in congregation says: “I prefer the view that congregational prayer is optional because it is the point of view of some of the major scholars.”
This is not our way. The major scholars are not used to contradict the legislation.
And if you differ in anything among yourselves refer it to Allah and His Messenger. (Soorah An Nisaa verse 59)
This is what has caused many of the Muslims to be tested; using the difference of opinion as a defense.
Subhanallah! The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah are upon him, blamed those who stayed away from the congregational prayer. He said:
“I was thinking of ordering that the call to prayer be given, then I would tell a man to lead the people in prayer, and I would go out with men carrying bundles of wood to people who do not come to the prayers, and I would burn their houses with fire around them.”
And he said, blaming the one who sought an excuse:
There is no prayer for the neighbor of the Masjid except in the Masjid.
And there are other proofs as well.
Read “The book of prayer” by Ibn Al Qayyim. Ibn Al Qayyim even mentions that those who say congregational prayer is optional, such as the Hanafees, as this statement has been attributed to them, they say it is a confirmed Sunnah; and according to their school of thought the person who leaves a confirmed Sunnah is sinning.
So the major scholars are excused and we have the best thought about them. As for those who take their statements because it agrees with their desires then they do not have any excuse similar to the excuse which is given to those scholars who made their knowledge based judgment.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Translator’s footnote: Shaykh (عبدالرحمن بن ناصر بن براك بن إبراهيم البراك) Abdur Rahman ibn Naasir ibn Baraak (born 1352H) is from the major scholars of our time. He studied with Shaykh Abdul Aziz bin Baz for 50 years.
The Honeymoon should be Continuous
By Sheikh Uthaymin
Sheikh Uthaymin, may Allah have mercy upon him, said
Some of the people say that it is possible to take from the statement of the messenger of Allah peace and blessings are upon him, “so that you can taste his honey and he can taste your honey”, that we can take what is called a honeymoon so is this correct?
[Translator’s Footnote: Originally "honeymoon" simply described the period just after the wedding when things are at their sweetest; it is assumed to wane in a month. (Wikipedia)]
Yes this is correct. But the honey is not just for a month if you remain with the woman; rather the honey will be continuous not just for a month.
As for traveling during this month to lands that are not befitting to be traveled to then this is a waste of money. And then we hear about some of the people who travel to outside countries and they go to swimming pools, night clubs, and theaters, and his wife is uncovered, revealing her head, chest and arms, and so on and so forth; and with Allah refuge is sought.
This only occurs from someone who has changed the favor of Allah into ingratitude; rather the reward for this blessing is for the person to increase in thanking Allah and to live with his family in a good manner.
But what is the ruling on the one who says, ‘instead of this I will go with my wife to umrah, (for the honeymoon)?
We say this is good, but it is not good. Because it is obvious that the origin of this is taken from the non Muslims; we did not know of this during the time of the previous scholars or during the time of the pious predecessors and none of the people of knowledge spoke about doing this, therefore this has been obtained from the non Muslims; this is one angle.
From another angle, I fear that if a long time passes by and the people are making marriage a legitimate reason for making umrah then it will be said, it is the Sunnah for everyone who gets married to make umrah. Therefore we would have invented for an act of worship, a reason that has not been legislated, and this is a problem. Because if a long time passes the condition of the people will change and they will forget the beginning.
For this reason we say, have the honeymoon in your room, in your home and make the honeymoon forever not one month; and the praises belong to Allah for wellbeing.
Translated by Rasheed Barbee