Advice to those who are Tried with Watching Porn
Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ibn ‘Abdul-Muhsin Al-Badr
May Allaah reward you and may Allaah bless you. May Allaah benefit us with that which we have heard; and may Allaah forgive us, you, and all the Muslims. This questioner, O Shaykh, says: I implore you, by Allaah, to ask this question (for me). He says in his question: O, Shaykh, give me advice, for by Allaah, I am upon the brink of the Hellfire. For I have been addicted, O Shaykh, to pornography websites since last year. Every time I repent I return to it again. By Allaah, the thing which I hate the most is these sites, but they overpower me every time and they are the reason for my failure. I used to be very successful in my work and in my studies, however, now I am in a state of loss.
Firstly, I say, just as ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with him, has said: “Supplicate to Allaah the Blessed and High that He turns the heart of your brother; that He guides him and accepts his repentance.” So we ask Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, the Generous, Lord of the Great Throne, that He guide him and accept his repentance; and that He makes us and him firm with the firm statement and that He give us refuge from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions.
I advise you, O noble brother, with one piece of advice; always be mindful of it, for in it is salvation for you. It is the greatest admonition. Always bear in mind that Allaah, the Lord of all that exists, sees you and that He, Glorified and Exalted be He, is looking at you. If you are alone within the house on any day, then do not say: I am alone; but say: There is a Raqeeb (Watcher i.e. Allaah) over me. When you sit, in this seclusion with this screen on the internet and you begin to enter those sites and you think that no one from the people can see you, then know that the Lord of all that exists is looking at you.
أَلَمْ يَعْلَمْ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَرَى
Knows he not that Allaah does see (what he does)? (Al-’Alaq 96:14)
In this verse is a rebuke for you; treat yourself with it; rebuke yourself by way of the Qur’aan. There is not harm if you put this verse upon your room in front of you so that you can look at it and it can deter you and rebuke you from that matter, which there is not to be seen nor will you find therein any result that will benefit you. Rather, you have been affected in your studies, in your manners, in your worship, in your performance; there is no beneficial fruit in it. This is what the enemies of the religion desire; when they make the likes of these despicable, licentious, and harmful films; so that the children of the Muslims become lost; and the children of the Muslims become like cattle. Rather, they are even more astray; in the following of desires and urges, deviations and misguidances.
Due to this, have Taqwaa of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, and make yourself constant in turning to Allaah the Glorified and High, and in sincere Tawbah to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.
This device, I do not say to you to-if this is your state-to utilize it for permissible affairs; rather, I say: REVOVE IT FROM THE HOUSE COMPLETELY. Remove it from the house completely; and it should not remain with you even for a second. Tonight, remove it from your house; because its presence is an apparent corruption for you. It should not remain with you in hopes of benefitting from it in useful ways. Rather, remove it from your house completely and close off this door of evil from yourself and turn to Allaah the Glorified and High.
We ask Allaah to turn your heart and to accept your repentance, and to accept all of our repentance; and to guide us all to the (straight) path; and to rectify for us all of our affairs; indeed He, Blessed and Exalted be He, is the All-Hearing, Ever-Responsive, and Ever-Near.
Translated by: Raha ibn Donald Batts
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.
Our sins are weighing us down
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen
Allah the Exalted said:
وَوَضَعْنَا عَنْكَ وِزْرَكَ
And We removed from you your burden
(Soorah As Sharh verse 2)
Meaning: We removed, pardoned, forgave, and disregard.
Meaning: your sins
الَّذِي أَنْقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ
Which weighed down your back
Meaning that Allah the Exalted forgave the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم his sins and mistakes to the extent that he was completely forgiven.
The result: Allah the Exalted forgave the Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم for his sins and He explained that these sins had been weighing down his back, meaning they had been hard and tiring upon him.
Thus if this was the sins of the Prophet عليه الصلاة والسلام then how about the sins of other than him?!
Our sins weigh down our backs. Our sins are hard upon us and tire us out but it is as though we are not carrying anything, it is as though we are not carrying anything at all; this due to the weakness of our faith, and our lack of insight. We ask Allah to encompass us with His forgiveness.
Some narrations have mentioned that the believer, when he commits a sin it becomes like a mountain hovering over his head.
As for the hypocrite, when he commits a sin it becomes like a fly that landed on his nose thus he swipes at it, meaning it does not concern him.
So the believer is concerned with his sins, thus he attaches importance to his sins until he can free himself from them by way of repentance and seeking forgiveness or by performing noble good deeds that will erase the traces of his sins.
And you; if you find your heart heedless concerning your sins then know that your heart is sick. Because it is not possible for the heart which is alive to be pleased with illness and the illness of the heart is sins.
As Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak, may Allah have mercy upon him said:
I found that sins kill the hearts
And they bring about humiliation by being addicted to them
And abandoning sin gives life to the hearts
And it is better for your soul that you disobey it
At any rate I say, it is obligatory upon us, and I direct this statement to myself and I ask Allah to assist me upon this before I ask Him to assist you. I direct this to myself before I direct it towards you. And I hope for Allah to assist us all.
I say, it is obligatory upon us to be concerned with our souls and to take them to account.
And if the merchant does not go to sleep until he reviews his book of sales; reviewing what he sold, what he spent and what he earned, then surely it is upon the merchant of the next life to be even more concerned because the commerce is greater.
The commerce of the people of this world, what does it benefit them?
Most of the benefits, if it benefits them, will only bring harm to their bodies.
This type of commerce causes a lot of anxiety and stress, if he loses merchandise this causes him stress, and if he is in his country in fear of the highway robbers or the thieves, this causes even more stress.
But the commerce of the next life is the opposite of this.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هَلْ أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى تِجَارَةٍ تُنْجِيكُمْ مِنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ ، تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَتُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ يَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَيُدْخِلْكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ ذَلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Oh you who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous torment?
That you believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that you strive (your utmost) in the cause of Allah, with your property and your persons: that will be best for you, if you but knew!
He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which rivers flow
(Soorah As Saff verses 10, 11, and 12)
Safety from the punishment, Allah forgiving him for his sins, and entrance into paradise. Gardens of Eden meaning gardens of eternity.
وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ
Beautiful mansions in gardens of eternity
Mansions which are beautiful in the manner in which they are constructed and beautiful in the material used to construct them.
Do you think the material used to construct the mansions in paradise is cement and gravel? No!
As the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘Two paradises with gold utensils and everything in them is gold. And two paradises with silver utensils and everything in them is silver.
I swear by Allah, if a person were to remain prostrating from the time he reached puberty until he died, this would be a small price to pay for such a great treasure.
Or if there were no other reward other than the person being saved from the fire this would be enough.
Sometimes a person will contemplate and they will say, ‘I wish I was never born’. Or, ‘It will be sufficient for me if I can be saved from the fire’.
Take for example Umar Ibn Al Khattab رضي الله عنه he said, ‘I wish I could have been an uprooted tree, I wish my mother had never given birth to me.’
This is because the individual is afraid.
He could think that he is safe now, because he prays and fast, gives charity, performs Hajj, and honors his parents and things like this.
But there could be in his heart—and we ask Allah for safety and security—some type of hatred that leads him to an evil end; and refuge is sought with Allah.
As the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
إِنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ لَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى مَا يَكُونُ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَهَا إِلَّا ذِرَاعٌ
Verily one of you will perform the actions of the people of paradise until there does not remain between him and it except for an arms span.
Meaning the time span before his death and it does not mean the span of his actions because all of his actions are in vain.
He, ‘performs the actions of the people of paradise according that what is apparent to the people while (in reality) he is from the people of the fire’; as appears in an authentic narration.
His statement: Until there does not remain between him and it except for an arms span; does not mean that his actions take him close to paradise. No, the meaning is, until he does not remain upon it except for a short period of his life and then he performs the actions of the people of the fire thus he enters it. But this is if the actions of the person were performed for the sake of the people.
As the Messenger of Allah عليه الصلاة والسلام said:
إن الرجل ليعمل بعمل أهل الجنة فيما يبدو للناس وهو من أهل النار
Verily a person will perform the actions of the people of paradise, according to what is apparent to the people while he is from the people of the fire.
If a person comes across this type of text he fears for himself. He fears showing off. He fears being impressed by himself. He fears from being presumptuous over Allah with his actions.
Thus we ask Allah the Blessed and Exalted to protect us and you all from the evil of our actions. Oh Allah we seek refuge in you from the evil of our souls and from the evil of our actions; we seek Your forgiveness and to You we turn in repentance.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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Installing a Satellite Dish to Watch the News
Explained by Shaykh Fawzan
O noble Shaykh there are numerous questions surrounding one topic here is one of the questions. What is the ruling on the person who installs a satellite dish in his home just for the news or to listen to Al Jazeera channel?
The news is obtained without a satellite dish, it can be obtained in the newspaper, it can be obtained on the radio, and it can be obtained on Saudi television that which is not on satellite. It is obtained without a satellite dish.
The satellite dish brings about evil upon him and upon others such as his children and his family. Thus its evil is greater than its benefit, if there is any benefit. The evil outweighs it. Thus do not install it in the home due to its pure evil or its preponderant evil.
And the affair is not limited to him, rather it will corrupt his family, all of them, the young and the old, except those whom Allah has mercy upon. And he is responsible for them. He صلى الله عليه وسلم said: The head of household is a shepherd and he is responsible for his flock. Who will question him? He will be questioned by Allah the Exalted on the Day of Judgment.
Thus it is not permissible for him to install a satellite dish in his home using the argument of watching the news. The news is obtained by many means that do not contain corruption.
And then, what is the news? Most of it is fraudulent and lies, so what will he benefit from it?
He destroys his home in order to get the news? The news, most of it is lies and most of it is incitement and evil. So he should not destroy his home and corrupt his family for the purpose of this false claim.
And the Al Jazeera channel has a great deal of evil; it contains a great deal of evil and incitement. And they bring people who fumble about in the affairs of the religion and in issues of jurisprudence. And they make impermissible what Allah has made permissible or they make permissible what Allah has made impermissible, in their verdicts. Thus this is a great evil to listen to and watch the Al Jazeera channel. Its evil is wide spread now and everything associated with it is evil, and no one praises it.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
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This questioner asks on the ruling of putting personal pictures as a member on websites especially on Facebook and Twitter?
Shaykh ´Ubayd bin ´Abdillâh al-Jâbirî:
I say that the pictures of souls are haram and it is from the kabaa’ir (the major sins).
The Messenger, [salla Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam], said: “The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Judgement will be the image-makers.”
And he, [salla Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam], also stated that the image maker will be presented with an image and it will say ‘Blow a spirit therein, which he will not be able to do’.
And from this we know that it is not permissible to publish pictures (images) of people in Twitter or other networks. When the agency responsible (for the networks) request a picture for a specific matter such as licences (for traffic) and security (passports etc) and other authority bodies that employs a person, then it becomes necessary or in need of. And it cannot exceed further than this.
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Ibnul Jawzee (rahimahullaah) said:
A thought came to my mind about that which takes places in the world of calamities, hardships and great afflictions, which have difficult end results; so I said: Glorified is Allaah and free is He from all imperfections! Indeed, Allaah is The Most Generous of all those who show generosity, and generosity necessitates forbearance and forgiveness.
So from which angle are those punishments viewed? I thought about it and saw that the existence of many people is like non-existence. They neither study the evidences about the Oneness of Allaah (in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and that He alone has the right to be worshipped) nor do they abide by the commandments and prohibitions of (Allaah); rather they carry on in their habits like cattle.
And unless the Islamic legislation agrees with what they want, otherwise they depend on their personal selfish interests. And after obtaining the Deenaar (money), they do not care whether it was from lawful or unlawful (means). They pray when it is easy for them, and if not they abandon it. Amongst them are those who openly commit great sins, whilst being aware of its prohibition. It may be that there is a scholar with strong understanding and his sins are grave indeed. So I came to know that even when the punishments are great, they are lesser (in severity) than their crimes.
And when punishments occur to wipe away sins, those (responsible for such sins) scream (saying): ‘’which sin is this for?’’ and they forget what has proceeded (of sins), some of which makes the earth shake. An old man becomes so insignificant to the extent that the hearts become sympathetic, whilst he does not know that this is due to him not giving significance to the commandments of Allaah in his youth.
[Source: Saydul Khaatir: page: 18-19]
And Allaah knows best
Translated by: Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah Al-Gambi)
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
Whatever you abandoned for Allah, don’t return to it
Sheik ibn Uthaymin
Translated by Abu Qayla Rasheed bin Estes Barbee
The following is a summary translation taken from sahab.net
Sheik Uthaymin, may Allah have mercy upon him, said in his explanation of the hadith of Sa’d bin Abi Waqaas in the chapter of sincerity and intention in Riyaadis Saaliheen
The second affair: That no one from amongst them would return to Mecca after they had left it migrating to Allah and His Messenger.
Because if you leave a land migrating to Allah and His Messenger then it is like the wealth that you gave in charity, it is not possible that you can take it back.
And in a similar fashion, everything that the person leaves for the sake of Allah, then it is not possible that they return to it.
And with this; many of the people have been given success to remove the televisions from their homes thus making repentance to Allah and placing themselves far away from it and the evil that it contains; so they say, ‘is it now possible for us to return the television to our homes?’
We say, no; after you have removed it for the sake of Allah do not return it. Because if the person abandons something for the sake of Allah and makes hijra from something for the sake of Allah, he does not return to it. And for this reason the Messenger, peace and blessings are upon him, asked his Lord to allow his companions to continue in their hijra.
Taken from : http://salafitalk.net
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Fear Allaah and Do Not Depend Upon Intercession! – Shaykh Rabee’
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Allaamah Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadi (may Allaah preserve him) stated:
“There has come narrations concerning the matter of intercession like the the narration of Abu Sa’eed, the narration of Anas and the narration of Abu Hurayrah. Within these narrations (we find) that Allaah brings out of the hell-fire the one who has in his the least amount of faith from those who said “Laa Ilaaha Illallaah”. We benefit from the narration that whoever meets Allaah bearing witness that none has the right to be worshiped except for Allaah sincerely, Allaah will remove him from the hell-fire, even if he has the least amount of faith. That’s because faith increases and decreases. It increases with obedience to Allaah and decreases with the acts of disobedience. It continues to decrease and decrease until the point nothing remains from it except the least amount/an atoms weight. As a result of that, Allaah removes a people from the hell-fire. However with that being said, it is not befitting for the Muslim to depend intercession and embark upon acts of disobedience. Indeed that is a tremendous danger (for a number of reasons):
1. It’s possible that the Muslim can apostate. That’s because the acts of disobedience leads to disbelief. It’s possible that the person’s acts of disobedience can drag him into disbelief and leaving from the fold of Islaam. That’s by the faith decreasing and decreasing until the point it ceases to be by the committing of that which causes the person to be a disbeliever. As a result of that Allaah will not forgive him and he will not allow anyone to intercede on his behalf. Rather his destination will be eternal (punishment) in the hell-fire.
2. Even if his sins and acts of disobedience doesn’t reach the point of disbelief. Rather he is from those who meet Allaah with something of faith along with tawheed and truthfulness in that faith, even if it is the least amount, he will come out of the hell-fire by way of intercession. Therefore whoever meets Allaah not associating with Him anything, his faith is sincerely for Allaah, he says “Laa Ilaaha Illallaah Muhammad Rasoolullaah” and he is sincere in that. If he was to meet Allaah with sins that are similar to the mountains, if Allaah wills, He will pardon him as has come in the narration of the Bitaaqah (the card). If He wills, He will punish him according to his sins. Then after that He will remove him due to his faith, his Tawheed and sincerity (from the hell-fire). However who from amongst is ready to remain in the hell-fire for fifty thousand years?!!
This (punishment is for) the one who didn’t pay the Zakaah. He will remain for fifty thousand years in the punishment (of the hell-fire). How much more so for the one who keeps away from the Salaah?
Therefore the person should not take this matter lightly and depend upon the narrations of intercession and say: The prophets and the righteous will intercede for the people of the hell-fire!!
Indeed it is obligatory that you fear Allaah (with knowledge) and fear Him (due to Him being able to punish you). You have to strive in the performance of the righteous actions and don’t procrastinate in the committing of sins. rather hasten to repentance.
If you fall into a sin, repent to Allaah azza wa jall. Allaah azza wa jall has praised those who don’t remain consistent upon the committing of sins. Allaah azza wa jall has stated:
“And those who when they commit indecency or wrong themselves, they remember Allaah and as a result of that they seek forgiveness for their sins. Who is the one forgives except for Allaah. And they don’t remain consistent upon that which they did while they know better.” (Aali ‘Imraan: 135)
In an authentic narration (the Prophet said):
“Be aware of (that which is considered) the insignificant sins. For indeed they gather up upon the person until they destroy him.” (Musnad of Ahmad 1/402)
Allaah’s refuge is sought from that. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) stated:
“Protect yourself from the fire even if it is with half of a date.” (Bukhaari and Muslim)
Allaah has stated:
“Fear the fire whose fuel is man and stones prepared for the disbelievers.” (Al-Baqarah: 24)
Many from the people of disobedience will accompany the disbelievers in this hell-fire even if they come out of it due to intercession. However who from amongst us is prepared to remain in the hell-fire for a period of time, and the refuge is sought with Allaah?!”
Taken from “Qurratul-’Aynayn bi Tawdeeh Ma’aanee ‘Aqeedatir-Raaziyayn” by Allaamah Shaykh Rabee’ (may Allaah preserve him) pg. 111-113
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