Excellent advice to the one that returns to sins after repenting – By Shaykh ‘Abdullaah al-Bukhaaree
What should a servant do when he is tried with a sin and he repents from it with a repentence where these three affairs (conditions) are fulfilled. But (then) he struggles with his heart regarding that sin, only to find that he fell into it (again).
Shaykh ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Abdirraheem al-Bukhaaree:
May Allaah bless you. I say: a sincere tawbah (repentance) requires an effort. Now, there is no command or prohibition – as Imaam ibn al-Qayyim said – except that Shaytaan (the devil) has two incitements regarding it: either to extremism or to negligence. He (i.e. Shaytaan) doesn’t care by which of these two he becomes victorious [over the servant]! The important thing (to him) is that you leave the Straight Path. Also, from his ways is that he doesn’t want you to be steadfast upon tawbah. He doesn’t want this! Because if you – the one he (Shaytaan) led astray and made fall into sin – are steadfast upon sincere tawbah and you adhere to obedience, he (Shaytaan) loses! Right? And this makes him feel very outraged, because he swore by Allaah:
قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ َلأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ إِلاَّ عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ ٱلْمُخْلَصِينَ
(Iblees (Shaytaan)) said: “By Your Might, then I will surely mislead them all, except Your sincere slaves amongst them (faithful, obedient, true believers of Islamic Monotheism).”
May Allaah bless you. Shaytaan beautifies the sin, this is why it has been narrated in the two Saheehs:
الجَنَّة حُفَّت بِالمكارهِ والنَّارُ حُفَّت بالشَّهوَات
“Paradise is surrounded by things which are disliked and Hellfire is surrounded by desires (temptations).”
So this affair requires one to strive hard!
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths.
So you must show Allaah that you are truthful!! And this is a kind of test: you repent sincerely, and then the soul which commands evil entices you. So then you are in a struggle between your soul which commands evil and your self-reproaching soul. This is a test to see if your repentance is truthful, if your intention is correct and if you are sincere to Allaah in leaving [this sin]. Just as it is obligatory upon you to be sincere to Allaah in [performing] that which is commanded, it is also obligatory upon you to be sincere to Allaah in leaving [the prohibitions]. It is obligatory that you are sincere to Allaah in leaving [sins]!
And beware, O beloved one! From the greatest means that lead to the servant being deprived of succes, is commiting sins.
نَحنُ ندعو الإله في كُلِّ كربٍ *** ثمّ ننْساهُ عِند كشفِ الكُروبِ
We supplicate to the One Who is worshipped (Allaah) during every distress, then we forget Him when the distresses are removed.
كيفَ نرجُو إجابةً لدُعاءٍ *** وقدْ سَدَدْنا طَريقَهَا بِالذُّنُوبِ
How can we hope for an answer to our supplications, while we closed its path with sins.
Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, said:
إنِّي لأحْسِبُ الرَّجُلَ ينْسَى العِلْمَ يَتعلَّمُه، بالذِّنبِ يَعملُه
“I consider a man to have forgotten the knowledge that he learned because of a sin he commits.”
[Al-Hilyah by Abu Nu'aym]
So a person should beware! This is why the look is an arrow from the arrows of Iblees, so a person should not continue looking, [listening to] whisperings, [listening to] suggestions [of Shaytaan], listening or other than that. So the more a person continues, the more he increases, and it is feared for him that Raan will cover his heart, about which Allaah said:
كَلَّا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ
Nay! But on their hearts is the Raan (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.
We seek refuge with Allaah! So beware! Sins are dangerous, by Allaah, O brothers! Dangerous and significant! And do not belittle [sins] by saying: “This is an insignificant sin,” “Is it from the minor or major sins?” Beware! In al-Bukhaaree on the authority of Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him:
إنَّكم لتعْمَلُون أعمالًا هِي فِي أعْيُنِكُم أدقُّ مِنَ الشَّعر ،كنَّا نعُدُّها فِي عهدِ رسُولِ الله صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم مِنَ المُوبِقَات
“You people do (bad) deeds (commit sins) which seem in your eyes tinier than hair, while we used to consider those (very deeds) during the life-time of the Prophet as destructive sins.”
Trust me completely: Whenever you are truthful to Allaah in seeking refuge with Him and throwing yourself with humility before Him with repentance and returning back, He will make you steadfast, He will help you, He will give you success and He will take away from you the most evil of evils, the plot of the sinners and the most evil calamities of the day and night. But whenever you continue [listening to] whisperings and suggestions [of Shaytaan], Shaytaan will cause you to backslide. So beware!
But, the fact that the servant always talks to himself (i.e. reviews himself), that he is aware that Allaah always watches over him in all of his deeds and movements and that he seeks nearness to Him by staying away from sins: this is a proof of his truthfulness, with the permission of Allaah. This heat that you feel because of this struggle in the inside, will result in coldness, certainty and security for you, if you are truthful to Allaah. This is why Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, says:
يَـۤأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَكُونُواْ مَعَ ٱلصَّادِقِينَ
O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are truthful (in words and deeds).
Being truthful in words and deeds is a must! In words and deeds! And from the greatest of this, is that we are truthful to Allaah when we seek His forgiveness and when we return back to Him, the Majestic and Mighty! Is this clear, O brothers? So beware of continuing! Strive against your soul!
Trust me completely: it is only a small amount of days. The Prophet – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said, as mentioned in as-Saheeh:
إنَّما النَّصرُ صبرُ ساعةٍ
“Victory is only an hour of patience.”
This Shaytaan requires struggle (Jihaad)! Right? He requires a great struggle! You have to struggle against him night and day! And the Prophet – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – has informed us:
إِذا نام أحدُكُم عقدَ الشَّيطانُ على قَافِيَتهِ ثلاثَ عُقدٍ ويقولُ:نَمْ وراءَك ليلٌ طويلٌ
“When any one of you goes to sleep, Shaytaan ties three knots at the back of his neck, and says: “You have a long night, so sleep.”"
So Shaytaan is with you! And he wages war against you from every place! It is not possible for you to be saved from him, except by seeking refuge with Allaah. This is why Allaah commanded you to seek help from Him and to seek refuge with Him:
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ
Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of the daybreak.”
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ
Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of mankind.”
And the noble, merciful Prophet – the one whom Allaah sent as a mercy to mankind – advised you, guided you, directed you and clarified to you the Path of salvation, which is adhering to the Sunnah: the adhkaar (supplications) for the morning and the evening , the adhkaar for entering and leaving the toilet, sleeping, eating, drinking, etc.
Review yourself! I say: review yourself and examine yourself: are you from those who are steadfast upon the Sunnah or negligent regarding it? How should you call yourself to account except in this way? And praise and thank Allaah that you are alive! Praise and thank Allaah that you are alive! And I have mentioned this to the students and brothers, here or in a previous lesson – I don’t know.
How should this (calling oneself to account) happen? You have a notebook and a pen with you, and you want to know? Call yourself to account before you are called to account! You have a notebook with you [and you write]: Bismillaahi ar-Rahmaani ar-Raheem. Today, saturday or sunday. We start from Fajr; did you wake up before Fajr or after Fajr? [Mention this] to yourself, not in the radio! Did I wake up in time? Did I catch the Sunnah of Fajr or not? Of course before this [you mention]: have I prayed witr or not? Yes/no. Did I pray Fajr in congregation? Yes. Did I catch Takbeeratul-Ihraam? Yes/no. Have I said the adhkaar after the prayer ? Yes/no. The adhkaar for the morning and the evening? Yes/no. Did I recite my (daily) part of the Qur’aan? Etc, etc etc. Did I backbite? Have I commited something prohibited? Write down! You will see in the end of the day that you have [written] pages! Yes, no, yes, no… Review [yourself]!Yes: I stay upon the truth. No: review it the next day; are you still upon this or have you left it?
O brothers, this affair is significant! It is not trivial!
فِي يَوْمٍ كَانَ مِقْدَارُهُ خَمْسِينَ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ
..in a Day the measure whereof is fifty thousand years.
Anyway, it is a must that we prepare an answer for this Day! We ask Allaah to be kind and gentle to us and you, to give us and you a good ending and to make us all steadfast upon Islaam and Sunnah. And may Allaah raise the rank of the Messenger of Allaah, his family and his Companions and grant them peace.
 Authentic adhkaar for the morning and the evening:
 Authentic adhkaar to be said after the obligatory prayer:
Translated by: Yâsîn Abû Ibrâhîm
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The questioner said: Are we to be gradual in Da’wah as well?
Yes. I do not say to you except that which the Prophet (upon him be prayers and peace) said to Mu’aadh. In Da’wah teaching and gradualness is a must; as is beginning with that which is most important then that which is next in importance.
Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said within Al-Fawaa’id; a benefit which I just now remembered; he said: The intelligent does not command the people (i.e., in his Da’wah) to abandon what? To abandon the Dunyaa. But he commands them with abandonment of sins. For abandonment of sins is obligatory; while abandonment of the Dunyaa is a virtue.
When you abandon sins you abandon the Dunyaa; because the Dunyaa is your path to falling into sins. He does not call the people and command them to abandon what? He said: “..to abandon the Dunyaa; but he commands them to abandon sins (meaning, he calls them). For abandonment of sins is obligatory; while abandonment of the Dunyaa is a virtue.” Do you understand this speech?
So it is obligatory that you be gradual in calling the people. If you are in a place wherein Shirk is present and widespread; then you begin by clarifying Tawheed to them; and clarification that Allaah created them for that; and informing them of their true object of worship, Majestic and High be He; and so on. If you are in a place wherein there are no polytheistic oppositions however, there are innovations; then you make them honor the Sunnah and you teach them the Sunnah of the Prophet (upon him be prayers and peace) and you warn them against what? AGAINST OPPOSITION AND INNOVATING; and you teach them bit by bit. If you are in a place wherein wickedness is widespread and there is no innovation, then you clarify to them the importance of holding fast to the Book and the Sunnah and avoiding all forms of disobedience and wickedness; from usury, fornication, and other than it. It is obligatory to teach the people and begin with that which is most important, then that which is next in importance.
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
The Sinners of Ahl-Sunnah – Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī/Translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī Refutes the Principle
Of Those who Remove the Sunnī from Salafiyyah due to Fisq (Sins)
Translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar
Our Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Hādī (Hafithahullaah) says:
“Sa’īd ibn Jubayr states—listen to this Athar (narration)—for indeed it refutes some of those who speak today. Sa’īd ibn Jubayr (Rahimahullaah) says—and the author (i.e. Ibn Baṭṭah d. 387H) mentions it here in al-Ibānah, which is before us, under number eighty-nine. So whoever desires to see it, then it is there. He states:
“For my son to companion a fāsiq (sinner), shāṭir (criminal) who is Sunnī is more beloved to me than for him to companion a devout worshipper from the people of innovation.”
If your son companioned someone who smoked cigarettes or drank intoxicants, it is better than him companioning a Rāfiḍī, because the Rāfiḍī will misguide him from the foundation of his religion. As for here (i.e. with the Sunnī sinner), he remains upon the foundation of Sunnah, Tawḥīd and al-Imān. This is disobedience, and the affair of sin is less than innovation, not to mention Shirk. We seek refuge in Allāh from that.
So this statement from this noble Tabi’ī, the student of Ibn ‘Abbās (RadiAllaahu anhu), states: “For my son—” his son, if he companioned a fāsiq, shāṭir, and the shāṭir is one who wearied his people from wickedness. “For my son to companion a fāsiq, shāṭir Sunnī—” The point is look how he preferred his son to accompany—if this took place, and refuge is sought with Allāh, but if this evil took place, for his son to accompany a person who was a fāsiq (sinner), shāṭir (criminal), however, he was a Sunnī in his ‘Iqtiqād (belief) would have been better than him accompanying whom? one who was a devout worshipper from the people of innovation. So has the innovator benefited from his worship? This is from the greatest of refutations upon the one who says: “Indeed it is an error and a deficiency in understanding to believe that the Sunnī or the Salafī is the one who has established the ‘Itiqād (belief) of Ahl-Sunnah, but has not given heed to the Islāmic character and manners and so on.” [With him] this is a deficiency in understanding. So Sa’īd ibn Jubayr and all of the Salaf had a deficiency in their understanding, everyone besides him (i.e. the one who stated this)—Mashallah.
[This individual states]: “Indeed it is a deficiency in understanding to believe that the Sunnī or the Salafī is the one who has established the ‘Itiqād (belief) of Ahl-Sunnah, but he has not given heed to Islāmic character and good manners and has not given the Muslims their mutual rights.” However, Sa’īd ibn Jubayr says: “For my son to companion a fāsiq (sinner), shāṭir—” and we have already stated that the shāṭir, according to the earlier generations, was one who wearied his people from wickedness; and with this Sa’īd ibn Jubayr said what about him? “Sunnī.” Fāsiq, shāṭir, Sunnī; thus his fisq (sinfulness) and his criminality did not remove him from the Sunnah; however, with this doctor, no, he is not Sunnī until he has established good character and manners. May these degrees perish if they do not bring about true knowledge. These degrees are of no benefit; what is of importance is what is in accordance with the speech of the scholars, the Imāms of guidance.
Did you hear the statement of Sa’īd? Open up the book in front of you, under number eighty-nine. “For my son to companion a criminal sinner who is Sunnī—” Did fisq remove him from from Ahl-Sunnah in the sight of Sa’īd? Therefore, the Imāms of the Sunnah named them “Fussāq Ahl-Sunnah (the sinners of Ahl-Sunnah). And fisq is part of his practice, but his creed is what? Sunnī. He did not leave the Sunnah. Nevertheless, this one today says: “This is a deficiency in understanding to believe that the Sunnī or the Salafī is the one who has established the ‘Itiqād—” Notice the word “established.” What does it mean? He established the ‘Itiqād (belief) of Ahl-Sunnah: Tawḥīd al-‘Ibādah, Tawḥīd al-Rububiyyah, Tawḥīd al-Asmā wa Ṣifāt; he established all of this, but he has fallen short in the area of Islāmic manners, character and conduct; there remains a deficiency in him. This one is not Salafī with him (i.e. the one who made this statement). The Salaf spoke the truth, and these individuals have lied!
This is the saying of Sa’id ibn Jubayr. So therefore, sitting with the people of desires is evil, and companioning them is a grave danger. You witness the fāsiq smoking, and you approach him and say: “O brother, smoking is harmful to your health and your religion.” He will respond: “Supplicate to Allāh to guide us.” He will not say to you that it is Ḥalāl (permissible). You approach him after drinking intoxicants, and he will say: “Supplicate to Allāh to guide us.” You approach him while listening to music, and we have witnessed this many times, and this has occurred with those to whom we have addressed: “My son, music is Ḥarām, impermissible.” He responds: “Supplicate for us. We are youth; pray that Allāh guides us.” He acknowledges that it is an error; however, the person of innovation, he is the one who calls you and sees you to be upon misguidance. So there is a difference between the innovator and the fāsiq. The fāsiq will not oppose you in that which is considered Ḥarām, but the innovator will see you to be upon other than what he is upon, and he sees that which he is upon as the true Religion. We seek refuge in Allāh from this.”
Taken from his class of Sharḥ al-Ibānah al-Sughrā by Ibn Baṭṭah (lesson no. 4). Refer to http://ar.miraath.net/book/3520
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What is the ruling if i see someone committing a sin and i do not advise him – Shaykh Abdul Azeez Aali Shaykh
What is the ruling if I see someone committing a sin and I do not advise him under the pretense that he already knows the ruling?
Man commits sins while he knows, but this is from the ignorance of man. Certainly ignorance is that which overcomes his heart the moment he practices or does actions of disobedience; then he forgets the punishment and threat of Allaah.
Allaah the most High says,
“The repentance accepted by Allah is only for those who do wrong in ignorance”(4:17)
He described them with ignorance even if they were people who possessed knowledge. But the moment they began practicing evil and fell into it; the ignorance over took their hearts, and man (then) forgets about the greatness of Allaah and the completeness of His knowledge; Allaah’s acquaintance of him, and that Allaah sees him and knows his secrets. This one becomes neglectful of all of these affairs. So there is a must to give him advice, and warn him regarding the anger of Allaah; so that you establish that which is obligatory upon you in calling to Allaah.
As the prophet ملسو هيلع للها ىلص said:
“if one of you sees an evil then let him change with hand, and if he is not able then with his tongue, and if able to; then in his heart that is the weakest of faith”
Translator: Abu Anas Atif Hasan
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O mankind fear Allaah and guard your tongues because it is very dangerous. The Prophet warned from (the dangers) of the tongue as he mentioned in the authentic Hadeeth when Muadh asked him about an action that will enter him into the Jannah and will distance him from the fire,then he mentioned to Muadh great actions (to act by) and at the end of this Hadeeth he said:
“Shall I not tell you of the controlling of all that?”
Meaning, about what will (help) in preserving that for you?
He said:”Yes, O Messenger of Allah”, and he took hold of his tongue and said: “Restrain this.”He said: “O Prophet of Allah, will what we say be held against us?” He said: “May your mother be bereaved of you, Muadh! Is there anything that topples people on their faces – or he said on their noses into Hell-fire other than the harvest of their tongues?”
The people are very negligent when it comes to speaking and they think (what they say) just blows away with the wind, but Allaah the most high says:
“And indeed We have created man, and We know what his own self whispers to him. And Weare nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). (50:16)
(Remember!) That the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions).
Translator: Abu Anas Atif Hasan
Translation Verified By: Rasheed Barbee
(Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah)
- Think Before You Speak ! - Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahuAllah)
- The Dangers of the Togue - Abu Uwais Abdullaah ‘Alee rahimahullah (Transcribed Lecture)
- Guarding the Tongue - Imaam Abu Zakariyaa Yahyaa bin Sharaf An-Nawawee
Before you is a chapter from the great book “Al-Adhkaar” of the great scholar of the seventh century, Abu Zaakariyaa Yahyaa bin Sharaf An-Nawawee. This is a very beneficial chapter entitled “Hifdh-ul-Lisaan” [Guarding the Tongue]
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
Presented to you by Markaz Tawheed was-Sunnah in Durham, NC
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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