Should the student of knowledge start with memorising the Quran?
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful
BismiLahi Rahmani Rahim
What should the student of knowledge begin with, studying the aqeedah and the tawheed which is part of the Eeman? Or memorising the Quran
As it was reported that it was from the way of the companions and the sunnah to teach the children the tawheed before the Quran and not the contrary as it is widely spread amongst people.
Jundub Ibn Junada may Allah be pleased with him said:
We were with the prophet sala Allahu alayhi wa salam while we were young boys, so we learned faith (eeman) before the Qur’an, then we learned the Quran and our eeman increased.
Reported by Ibn Majah and authentified by Al Albani.
And on the authority of Abd Allah Ibn Umar may Allah be pleased with them, He said:
We lived during an instant of time in which one of us would receive Faith first before receiving the Qur’an and when the verses were revealed we would learn what they permitted and what they prohibited and what they forbade and what they ordered and what should be the stance towards them. But I have seen many men from whom one is given the Qur’an before Faith and he reads it from the opening of the Book to its closing and he does not know what it orders and what it forbids and what should be his stance towards it. He is like someone who is just throwing out dates, i.e.: he does not get any benefit from his recital.
Reported by Al Bayhaqi and Al Haakim who authentified it.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said:
If they reach the time of pronouncing, let them pronounce La Ilah ila Allah Mohammed Rassoul Allah, and that the first thing that knocks their ears, knowing Allah Glory be He, His Tawheed and He (Glory be He) is above His throne, and that He sees them and that He hears their words and that He is with them wherever they are…
Shaykh Muhammed Ibn Abdul Wahab had written a letter named “Teaching the children Tawheed”, he says in his introduction:
This letter is a benefit showing what obligations to teach the children before teaching them the Qur’an. So that the child becomes a complete individual upon the islamic fitrah under tawheed correctly.
As it was asked also:
Do we start learning what is mandatory from the knowledge of the prayer, the fasting and the purification? Or do we start with memorising the Quran?
Ibn Mubarak answered to that:
If you have what is sufficient for you from the Quran to perform your prayer then seek knowledge.
I say because seeking knowledge of the deen is mandatory and memorising the Quran is recommended, so you do not precede the recommended over the mandatory.
Written by Shaykh Abu Abdellah Maher Bin Dhafer Al Qahtani
Translated by Abu Maryam Jaouad Al Maghreb
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A person should not underestimate Shirk (polytheism; associating partners with Allaah in worship) and say: “This is [only] minor Shirk.”
What are examples of Minor Shirk?
For example swearing by other than Allaah. Like swearing by the Prophet, swearing by so-and-so and swearing by the amaanah (trust). He – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said:
من حلف بغير الله فقد كفر أو أشرك
“Whoever swears by other than Allaah, has disbelieved or commited Shirk.”
He – ‘alayhi assalaatu was-salaam – said:
لا تحلفوا بآبائكم، من كان حالفا فليحلف بالله أو ليصمت
“Do not swear by your fathers. Whoever wants to swear, let him swear by Allaah or be silent.”
So it is not permissible to swear by other than Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. And this flows on the tongue of many people, making use of habits and blindfollowing. So it is obligatory to repent from this and to beware of it! A person should not swear except by Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. If he wants to swear, then let him swear by Allaah or be silent.
Also, from the types of Minor Shirk, is a small amount of riyaa’ (showing off). Like a person praying while loving that the people praise him [for doing this], or giving charity while loving that the people praise him. He does righteous deeds while loving that the people praise him (for it); this is riyaa’! This nullifies the deed in which it took place. If he performs a deed that has riyaa’ in it, then it is nullified and he receives no reward for it. But it does not nullify the other deeds like Major Shirk does. Rather it only nullifies the deed in which it took place. So the one who shows off his deeds, has associated partners with Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic - in that deed, but it is Minor Shirk. It nullifies his deed and he receives no reward for it.
And when it happens a lot and it becomes a habit in all of his deeds, it becomes Major Shirk, like the riyaa’ of the munaafiqoon (hypocrites). The munaafiqoon are in the lowest depths of the Hellfire because they do good deeds only to be seen (by people). All of their deeds are riyaa’! They do not intend the Face of Allaah with their deeds. They only want the praise of the people for them and to hide behind Islaam while their hearts are disbelieving. This is Major Nifaaq (hypocrisy) and Major Riyaa’.
إِنَّ ٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ يُخَادِعُونَ ٱللَّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ وَإِذَا قَامُوۤاْ إِلَى ٱلصَّلاَةِ قَامُواْ كُسَالَىٰ يُرَآءُونَ ٱلنَّاسَ وَلاَ يَذْكُرُونَ ٱللَّهَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً
“Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allaah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for As-Salaah (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allaah but little.”
So riyaa’ is of two types. The first type is Major Shirk, and this is the riyaa’ of the munaafiqoon, those who have no Eemaan (faith, belief) in their heart at all. The second type is the riyaa’ of the believers, those who have Eemaan and Tawheed in their hearts. But Shaytaan beautifies for them the love for praise and the love for sum‘ah (performing good deeds [like reciting Qur'aan] in order to be heard). This doesn’t make them exit the religion, but it prevents them from receiving a reward for their deeds in which riyaa’ took place.
So a person should be afraid [of falling into this]! This is why he – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – said to his Companions:
أخوف ما أخاف عليكم الشرك الأصغر
“That which I fear the most for you is Minor Shirk.”
Then when he was asked about it, he said:
A person stands up, prays and beautifies his prayer, because he sees someone looking at him. The Messenger – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – feared this for his Companions, so how about other than them? So this is dangerous aswell! One should not have a relaxed attitude towards it.
And from Minor Shirk, is Shirk in statements. Like saying: “Had it not been for Allaah and you, this and that wouldn’t have happened.” This is not permissible. This is Shirk in statements. And if he believes this with his heart, it becomes Major Shirk! But if he didn’t intend it and it only flowed on his tongue, then this is Minor Shirk. And that which is obligatory to say is: “Had it not been for Allaah and then for you…”, “As Allaah wills, and then you will.” Because a man said to the Prophet – sallal-Laahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -: “As Allaah and you will.” Then he (the Prophet) said:
أجعلتني لله ندا؟ قل: ما شاء الله وحده
“Have you set me up as a rival to Allaah? Say: “As Allaah alone wills.””
So it is not permissible for you to gather the Creator and the creation together in any affair with the letter و (and); [for example by saying:] “As Allaah wills and you will,” “Had it not been for Allaah and you…” Rather you should use ثم (then): “As Allaah wills, and then you will,” “Had it not been for Allaah, and then for you…” Because ثم (then) is used for tarteeb (order) and ta‘qeeb (sequence). As for و (and) then it is used to gather (two or more affairs) unrestrictedly, it does not imply tarteeb or ta‘qeeb. This is why you shouldn’t use the و (and). And this is what ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abbaas – may Allaah be pleased with both of them – explained the Statement of Allaah – the Most High – with:
فَلاَ تَجْعَلُواْ لِلَّهِ أَندَاداً وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
“Then do not set up rivals unto Allaah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped).”
He (‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abbaas) said that this refers to someone saying: “Had it not been for Allaah and you…” “Had it not been for the dogs, then the thieves would have come to us.” “Had it not been for the duck in the house, the thieves would have come to us.” Ascribing affairs to other than Allaah, this is Minor Shirk. And it is obligatory for you to beware of this.
Translated by: Yâsîn Abû Ibrâhîm
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The importance of the Tawheed and the Sunnah – Sh. Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree & Sh. Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee
The importance of the Tawheed and the Sunnah
Sh. Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree & Sh. Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee
Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree:
All praise is due to Allaah. May the Salaat and the Salaam be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions and those who aid him. To proceed:
All praise is due to Allaah for blessing us with this good meeting with our brothers in Holland, to study the importance of holding fast to the Book [of Allaah] and the Sunnah. They (the Book and the Sunnah) are the means of salvation. The Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam - said:
“I have left with you that which when you hold fast to it, you will never go astray after me; the Book of Allaah and my Sunnah.” [Saheeh al-Jaami‘ #2937]
The greatest affair which Allaah has commanded is His Tawheed (His Oneness in His Lordship, in His Right to be worshipped and in His Names and Attributes). And the greatest affair which Allaah has prohibited is Shirk (polytheism, setting up partners with Allaah in worship). So every da‘wah (call, invitation) which doesn’t give any importance to Tawheed and doesn’t give any importance to warning against Shirk, is a da‘wah which opposes the guidance of the Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -. This is how Ahlul-Bida‘ (the people of innovations) are; they do not give any importance to calling to Tawheed, warning against Shirk, adhering to the Sunnah and being on guard against the innovations. Be steadfast and you will be given tawfeeq (success). Be steadfast upon this and you will be given tawfeeq.
Al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon (the Muslim Brotherhood) and at-Tableegh do not give any importance to Tawheed. And their heads (leaders) invite to Shirk; Hasan al-Banna (founder of al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon) was devoted to the grave of Sinjer and Muhammad Ilyaas (founder of Jamaa‘atu t-Tableegh) was devoted to the grave of Rasheed Gangohi. These are the heads of two calls that claim that they are a call to Islaam, while their heads are upon the da‘wah to Shirk! So what good is there in this? This is their asl (foundation)! Whereas as-Salafiyyah, since its beginning, calls to ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Laah‘ (no deity has the right to be worshipped except Allaah) and warns against Shirk.
This was a brief speech. And our Shaykh and teacher, Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee will complete the advice for you. You will hear him now, I am in his presence now.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee:
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatul-Laahi wa barakaatuh. Ahlan wa Sahlan wa Marhaban bikum. Hayyaakum Allaah.
I don’t have any addition to what my brother, the noble Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree – may Allaah reward him with good – has mentioned. In fact, I unite my word with his word and I advise you with the same he advised you with. And I say:
Verily, at-Tawheed, which is the Right of Allaah upon the servants, as has been narrated in the hadeeth of Mu‘aadh bin Jabal – may Allaah be pleased with him -, and in which lies the salvation with Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic -, because of his statement – ‘alayhi assalaatu wassalaam -:
“Whoever dies while he doesn’t set up partners with Allaah in worship, will enter Paradise. And whoever dies while he sets up partners with Allaah in worship, will enter the Fire.” [Saheeh Muslim #93]
If the situation is like this, then it is obligatory upon every intelligent person, who is eager to save himself, to give importance to this affair, based upon this hadeeth which you have heard. And he should know that the one who opposes him or slanders those who walks upon this path; he should know that there is no khayr (good) in him, even if some people try to defend him or hide his true nature.
So I say: if the Prophet – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam - stayed in Makkah thirteen years while he was calling to Tawheed... He did not call to something else. The legislations were not sent down to him except in al-Madeenah, with the exception of the prayer, because it was made obligatory upon him in Makkah, shortly before the Hijrah (to al-Madeenah). As for the rest of the legislations, then they were made obligatory in al-Madeenah. For thirteen years he – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam - was calling to Tawheed.
The one who comes and sees that they (the people) are drowned in Major Shirk or Minor Shirk, and then he closes his eyes and goes treating that which is less than [Shirk], like listening to songs, smoking or abandoning the prayer, while he leaves the affair of Tawheed; this one has not understood Islaam, even if he claims whatever he claims. Verily, the proofs reject him and refute him.
The truthful Muslim, the Sunnee, the Atharee, is the one who follows the Messenger of Allaah – salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam -. The righteous and correct deeds do not become manifest except when the correct Tawheed has settled in the hearts of the people. Based upon this, it is obligatory upon our brothers in the West, who call to Allaah, to strive to insert Tawheed into the hearts of the people in a correct and powerful manner, and to review and repeat it, and to give them actual examples so that the Tawheed becomes established in their hearts. Then, when the correct Tawheed is established in their hearts, we look to the remaining affairs which should be treated. For verily, when al-Eemaan (faith, belief) enters the hearts correctly, then the deeds will confirm it.
I ask Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – to aid you upon this.
Do not be fooled by the false da‘awaat (calls, propagandas) which treat the nails while there is evil in the hearts and while the destruction comes from there. For verily, the treatment of the nails while there is an opening or cancer in the heart indicates that the treating person is not a doctor.
May Allaah give us and you success to that which He loves and is pleased with. And may Allaah raise the rank of His servant and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, and grant him peace.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree:
That which indicates this, is that we see the agitation of the people for that which takes place from the affairs of the dunyaa. I say: these people who have gathered in Tunisia or Egypt, if we would say to them, “Come on, let’s forbid Shirk,” would they have gathered like this? [Or if we would say to them,] “Come on, let us destroy and remove the domes so that al-Badawee is not worshipped [unclear] and so that the tomb of al-Husayn and these manifestations of disbelief are destroyed.” Would these people also gather as people who are truthful to Allaah, to remove all the manifestations of Shirk and to let Tawheed return? The answer is: we are watching and it is known; you won’t find [them gathering] except a few.
May Allaah give everyone success to beneficial knowledge and righteous deeds, and with this I end [my speech] and I excuse myself because I am in the presence of our Shaykh (Muhammad bin Haadee). Wasssalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatul-Laahi wa barakaatuh. And may Allaah raise the rank of Muhammad and grant him peace.
Translated by: Yâsîn Abû Ibrâhîm al-Mutanabbî
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Shaikh Saleh al Fawzaan states in his explanation of Kitab at-Tawhid under the chapter [From Shirk is to seek Aid and Assistance (after a calamity befalls) from other than Allah or to Call Upon Others]:
“Indeed Shaikh ul-Islam ibn Tamiyyah mentioned in one of his works – or rather, in many of his works – paraphrased as follows; Indeed that which occurs to the worshippers of graves in terms of their needs being fulfilled [i.e. the affair they seek at the grave actually occurs for them], then that is not an evidence upon the correctness of their methodology [i.e. the methodology of grave worship], because obtaining what is desired is [a means of] trial and test upon them from Allah……so this is not from the beneficial affairs for the grave worshipper, so if something does occur from what they desire then it is [actually] a degradation from Allah upon them…[despite the fact that he may think he is upon the correct methodology and be pleased and therefore continue upon his way believing his request has "apparently" been answered by the dead in the graves that he calls upon!].
Furthermore, Shaikh ul-Islam mentioned also, that it is possible the shayaateen [referring to the devils of jinn in this instance] sometimes take the appearance of the one buried and rise up from the grave in that appearance and speak to the people who are calling upon the dead. They then say to them we will take care of your needs, and they bring them items from far away, they may steal from the items of the people and bring them…and the one who was calling upon the dead thinks this is actually the dead individual himself who has arisen from the grave since the shaytaan has taken that appearance! In reality the actual dead individual does not have the slightest idea of what is occuring above his grave! Rather he is preoccupied with himself, either in blessings or punishments of the grave.
Thereafter, when the people are all raised on the Day of Recompense, those dead individuals on that Day will declare their innocence of the mushrikoon who used to call upon their graves in this World…..”
[Translators Note: For further details on issues of grave worship and seeking intercession etc, an excellent source of information are the various books of Shaikh Mohammad bin Abdul Wahhab, namely Kashf as-Shubuhaat (Exposition of the Doubts), as well as Kitab at-Tawhid, al-Qawaa'id al-arba'a (The Four Fundamental Principles)....exactly the types of books the scholars advise with in the early stages of seeking knowledge].
May Allah place ease into the affair of seeking knowledge, in order that we may remove ignorance from ourselves and others, for indeed the numbers of individuals that have succumbed to the whispers of the Shaytaan in such affairs as mentioned above are of considerable proportions across the World.
One of the callers of Jamā’at ut-Tablīgh says,
“We have caused the people to be lost in the name of Tawhīd and have encouraged them upon sinning. And this is due to the statement that the Muwahhid (person of Tawhīd) will enter Paradise regardless of his sins other than Shirk. Tawhīd, Tawhīd and Tawhīd. So how will we respond to Allāh عز وجل regarding the existence of these sinners?”
So the question is, what is your Excellency’s opinion regarding this statement.
Shaykh Sālih bin Fawzān bin ‘Abdullāh al-Fawzān:
This is the statement of an ignoramus or a misguided one. Either he is an ignoramus and does not know the speech regarding the issues of knowledge, or he knows yet is misguided and desires misguidance of the people.
So there is no doubt that Shirk is the greatest of the sins and that its committer will not enter Paradise, period. And as for the committer of sins, even if they be major and not Shirk, then forgiveness and entrance to Paradise will return to him. And this is something which is not from us.
Allāh جل وعلا says, “Verily, Allāh forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives that (anything else) to whom He pleases” (An-Nisā’ 4: 48).
And in the Hadīth [the Messenger ﷺ said, that Allāh will say,] “Remove from the Fire whosoever has in his heart īmān equivalent to the weight of mustard seed” [Narrated by Abī Sa'īd and reported by Bukhārī & others].
So Tawhīd guarantees for its possessor Paradise, either in the beginning or in the end, even if he is punished (in Hell). As for the Mushrik then there is no security for him ever.
“It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allāh and worship none but Him alone) and confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping others besides Allāh)… “ (Al-An’ām: 6: 82) meaning by Shirk. “…for them (only) there is security and they are the guided” (Al-An’ām: 6: 82).
So the people of Tawhīd have security, those who do not cover their īmān with Zulm meaning Shirk have security, either completely or in the end. As for the Mushrik then he has no security, period. And he is eternally in the Fire.
So this one who says that Tawhīd caused the people to be lost, then this – and Allāh’s Refuge is sought – is atrocious speech. This is atrocious speech, false speech. Tawhīd is what rectified the people and it is what will save the people on the Day of Resurrection from the Fire. So, it (Tawhīd) is the basis, and it is the foundation. And there is no comparison between the (ordinary) sin and Shirk. Shirk is the greatest of sins, and there is no salvation alongside of it. As for the sins then they are under the will (of Allāh). If Allāh Wills He can punish their committer and if He Wills He can forgive him. And if he is punished then his final outcome will (eventually) be Paradise. Na’am.
The Ahadeeth of Tawheed from the Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani
Chapters of Tawheed and the Shahadtayn Part 14
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya
37- What a Muslim does with his close relative who is a Mushrik And Abu Talib died upon Shirk
161- The Messenger of Allaah said to Ali bin Abu Ta lib: ‘Go and bury your father.’ He said; ‘No, I won’t bury him, because he died as a Mushrik.’
The Messenger said to him: ‘Go and bury him, and do n’t speak to anyone until you come to me. ‘I came to him and I had signs of dirt and dust upon me. He ordered me to wash, so I washed and he supplicated for me with supplications which would not please me to exchange anything for them on the face of this earth.
From the benefits of the hadeeth:
1. That it is permissible for a Muslim to take the responsibilities of burying his close Mushrik relative. This does not negate his hate for his relative’s shirk. Do you not see that ‘Alee refused to bury his father for the first time. Whereby, he said: ‘he died as a mushrik ‘ thinking that if he buried him then this would enter into being in alliance with his father which is pro hibited. Like the saying of Allaah Ta’ala: <<Take not as friends the people who incurred the Wrath of Allaah >>
When the Messenger ordered him again to bury his father he hastened to fulfill the Messenger’s order. And he left that which seemed to be correct to him the first time. It is also from obedience, that a person leaves his own opinion for the command of his Prophet – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.
It appears to me that the son burying his mushrik father or his mother is the last of what the son possesses of good companionship wit h his mushrik father in this world. As for after the burial then it is not allowed for him to pray for him, nor seek forgiveness for him, this is due to the clear statement of Allaah Ta’ala: << It is not proper for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allaah’s Forgiveness for the Mushrikeen even though they be of kin >>
So, if this is the case, what is the situation of t he one who supplicates for mercy and forgiveness on the pages of newspapers and magazines for some of the kuffar , announcing their deaths, for a small amount of dirhams !
The one who is concerned for his hereafter should fear Allaah.
2- It is not legislated for him to wash the unbeliever, nor should he shroud him. And nor should he pray upon him even if he is a close relative, since, the Prophet – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam did not order Alee to do so. If this had been permissible, the Prophet – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam would have mentioned it, since delaying the explanation of an order when there is a need for it, is not permissible. This is the Madhab of the Hambalees and other than them.
3- It is not legislated for the relatives of that Mushrik to follow the funeral procession. Because the Prophet – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam did not do this for his uncle. His uncle was the kindest and the most compassionate of the people to him. Even to the extent that the Prophet supplicated to Allaah for him, whereby his uncle’s punishment will be the least in the Hellfire, as has been previously explained.
And in all of this there is a lesson for those peop le who have been deceived by their ancestry, but they do not do any thing for their hereafter with their Lord, and Allaah the Great spoke the truth when He said: << There will be no kinship among them that Day, nor will they ask of one another. >>
The Bequest of Nooh (alayhi as-Salaam) to his Son at the time of his Death – Shaykh Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee
134 – “When death was approaching the Prophet of Allaah Nooh -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – he said to his son: I will narrate to you my bequest; I command you with two things and prohibit you from two things. I command you with ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ (‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah) if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed upon a scale and ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ was placed on the other, then ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ would be heavier.
If the seven heavens and the seven earths were a closed off circle then ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ would be able to break it.
The second thing I command you with is Subhana Allaahi wa bihamdihi (Far is Allaah from imperfection and praise is for Him), since it is a supplication for everything, and by it the creation is given its provision. I prohibit you from shirk and pride.
( the narrator said: I asked or someone asked) : O Messenger of Allaah as for shirk then we know about it, but what is pride? Is it that one of us has sandals with two good straps?
The Messenger answered: No.
He asked again: is it that one of us has companions and they sit with him?
The Messenger again answered: No.
Someone asked: O Messenger of Allaah, what is pride?
He said: ridiculing the truth and belittling the people and reviling them.”
Silsilah Saheehah: 134
From the benefits of the hadeeth:
I say: there are many benefits from this hadeeth; I will suffice by indicating to some of them:
1- The permissibility of writing a bequest at the time of death.
2- The excellence of saying ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allaah’ and saying Subhana Allaah and that they are a cause for the creation to receive provision from Allaah.
3- The scales on the Day of Judgment are true and real, and they have two pans. This is from the belief of the ahl-ul Sunnah, opposing that of the Mu’tazilah and their followers in the modern times. Who do not believe that which has been affirmed regarding ‘Aqeedah in the authentic Ahadeeth, with the claim that these are Ahkbaar al-Ahad (singular narrations) which do not convey certainty. I have exposed this claim in my book ‘with ustaadh at-Tantawee’.
4 – The seven earths are like the seven heavens. There are many Ahadeeth regarding this in Bukharee and Muslim and in other books. Perhaps one day we will have time to follow up these Ahadeeth and research them. What supports these Ahadeeth is the saying of Allaah Tabaraka wa Ta’ aala : << It is Allaah Who has created seven heavens and of the earth the like thereof (i.e. seven). >> I.e. they are similar in creation and in number.
So, you should not pay any attention to the one who explains it away, there by it ends up as a negation of similarity as well as in numbers, being deceived by the Europeans and where their knowledge has reached to, from having gone up in to space however they do not know of seven earths, along with that they do not know about seven heavens. Will we reject the speech of Allaah and the speech of His Messenger due to the ignorance of the Europeans and others along with them, declaring that the more they increase their knowledge of the universe, the more they increase in their ignorance of it. Allaah the Most Great has spoken the truth when He said : << And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little>>
5 – That beautification with good clothing has nothing to do with pride what so ever. Rather, it is a matter which is permissible, because Allaah is Beautiful and He loves beauty, like the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said regarding this issue, as is narrated by Muslim in his ‘Saheeh’.
6- Pride which has been equated with Shirk will not allow entrance in to Paradise for the one who has an equivalent of an atoms worth. That is the pride, which is rejecting the truth after it has been made clear, and defaming innocent people without truth. So, the Muslim should be extremely cautious from being characterized with this type of pride, just like he should be extremely cautious from being characterized with the Shirk which places its companion in the Hell-fire for eternity.
All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance
The Ahaadeeth of Tawheed, Explained By the Muhaaddith, the Allaamah, Shaykh Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (rahimullaah)
Source: Silsilah Ahadeeth As-Saheehah of Shaykh Al-Albaani (rahimahullaah)
Translated by: Abbas Abu Yahya (hafidhahullaah)
Shaykh Rabi’ Tafsir of Ayats 21-22 of al-Baqarah
Translated by Abul Hasam Malik Adam al-Akhdar (hafidhahullaah)
Lessons of Creed Acquired From The Hajj – By ‘AbdurRazzaq bin ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-Badr
Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya [all in PDF format]
- Chapter 01 – An Explanation Concerning the Hajj being a Great Centre of Learning
- Chapter 02 – An Explanation of a Number of Benefits of Hajj
- Chapter 03 – The Proclamation of Tawheed is an Evidence of ‘Aqeedah
- Chapter 04 – From the Guidance of the Proclamation is Warning Against Shirk
- Chapter 05 – An Explanation of Number of Benefits Gained From The Talbiyaah
- Chapter 06 – Tawwaf of the House of Allaah al-Haraam
- Chapter 07 – Kissing the Black Stone and Touching the Yemeni Corner
- Chapter 08 – An Explanation of the Obligation to Adhere to the Sunnah and to Take from the Guidance of the Messenger of Allaah
- Chapter 09 – On the Day of ‘Arafah
- Chapter 10 – The Obligation of Having Sincerity When Slaughtering the Sacrificial Animal
- Chapter 11 – Shaving the Head
- Chapter 12 – Having Sincerity for Allaah During Supplication
- Chapter 13 – Warning Against Having Extremism in the Deen