Some Benefits from the Lessons of Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel – Compiled by Mustafa George
(may Allah have mercy on him) Compiled by Mustafa George DeBerry
November 2011 / Muharram 1433
و الصلاة و السلام على اشرف الانبياء و المرسلين و على آله و صحبه و سلم تسليما كثيرا
Recently our beloved Sheikh (‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel) returned to his Lord. When this tremendous trial occurred, I promised my beloved brothers in Islam that I would try to inform them of some of the benefits that I received while seeking knowledge from the Sheikh for the time that I had spent with him. But due to life’s many distractions and commitments, I was not able to deliver what I intended in adequate time. By the permission of Allah, at this time, I would like to mention some of those benefits so that my brothers and sisters in Islam can take a greater look at the life of this scholar of Islam, in order that we may reflect upon our own lives and shortcomings and try our best to correct them. I ask Allah to bless our beloved Sheikh, and I ask Him to grant him a high abode in Jennah.
A brief mention of the Sheikh’s style of teaching:
Sheikh ‘Abdullah had retired from his position as a High Judge in Saudi Arabia many years ago. This meant that he had ample time to study, research, teach and give da’wah. Sheikh ‘Abdullah’s lessons where unique in a since that each individual student was allowed to have his own face to face lesson with the Sheikh, reading from his chosen book. A specific detail of how the lessons were performed is as follows:
Fajr: Sheikh ‘Abdullah would perform fajr in congregation in the masjid across from his home. After prayer, he would sit in the masjid for a short spell of time performing his morning adhkar (supplications). Read more…
Question and Answer session with Sheikh ‘Ubaid al Jabiree
Mustafa George DeBerry (hafidhahullaah)
Attached is the written form of a question and answer session with our beloved Sheikh ‘Ubaid and within it, I have mentioned an important clarity related to Shadeed Muhammad (may Allah rectify his affairs)
Ques. 1: How do we understand the affair of a Muslim who died upon Tawheed but he has purposely killed another Muslim? How can this person (murderer) leave the hellfire especially due to the fact that a severe punishment is mentioned in the Quran with the mentioning of the hellfire, and remaining in it, and the curse and anger of Allah upon such an individual? Please benefit us in this regard, may Allah reward you.
Ques. 2: If a Muslim falls into a sin or an innovation, is it mandatory that other Muslims advise him before abandoning his company?
Ques.3: How do we understand that some scholars praise an individual, but other scholars of the Sunnah warn against that same individual?
Ques.4: Is it mandatory that a student of knowledge holds a degree from an Islamic university or a recommendation from a scholar, if he wishes to teach the religion to the people?
Ques.5: What is your advice for a person who has been affected by the lessons and talks of Shadeed Muhammad, and he holds the opinion that he is upon the truth even if the esteemed scholars and well-known students of knowledge speak ill of and dispraise him, what is your advice for this person?
Ques.6: It has become apparent in our present times that many people have deviated from seeking knowledge and instead have become very much indulged in earning wealth. It’s possible that some of them were more diligent in seeking knowledge and performing righteous deeds before they came to Saudi Arabia, but after arriving, many of these individuals no longer attend the lessons of the scholars, nor do they seek knowledge. What are the reasons for this, and what are the remedies, may Allah preserve you?
Ques.7: Does the previously mentioned person move from being a student of knowledge to being classified as a general layman in order that the people are not mislead by his lack of knowledge?
Ques.8: How does a person combine between earning wealth to support his family, and seeking knowledge?
Ques.9: A female notices small or large amounts of blood one or two days before the coming of her normal menses. Then this blood stops for a period of a day or two, and then her menses comes and after some time she sees a sign of purity, or at times, she doesn’t see a sign of purity, but the bleeding stops. What should she do in this case?