Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pillars of Hizbiyyah

The imaam and muhaddith (scholar of hadeeth) Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadi al-waadi'ee (rahimahullaah) said:

The pillars of Hizbiyyah are three

1.Lying (Al-Kadhib)
2.Deception (At-Tadlees)

Another time he mentioned

Deceitful plotting (Al-Makr)

Translated by: Abu Yusuf Khaleefah (hafidhahullaah)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tremendous Virtues

"Whoever says: 'Glorified is Allah, the Most Great, and praised is He' 
[Subhan Allah al-'Adhim wa bi-Hamdih] will have a date palm
planted for him in Paradise."['Sahih al-Jami'' #5531]

"Whoever is stricken with sadness, grief, sickness or hardship and says: 'Allah is my Lord, without any partners' [Allahu Rabbi, la sharika lah], then it will be removed from him."  ['Sahih al-Jami'' #6040]

"Whoever ate something, then said: 'Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part' [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi at'amani hadha wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins.

And whoever wears a garment and says: Praise be to Allah who has clothed
me with this garment and provided it for me without any strength or power
on my part[al-Hamdu lillah aladhi kasani hadha at-thawb wa Razaqnih
bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future
sins." ['Sahih al-Jami'' #6086]

"Whoever enters the marketplace and says: 'There is none worthy of worship
except Allah who has no partners, for Him is the Dominion, and for Him is
all Praise, He brings life and He causes death, and He is Alive and does not
die, in His Hand is all good, and He is able to do all things,' [La ilaha ill-Allah,
Wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-Mulk, wa lahul-Hamd, yuhyiyy wa yumit,
wa Huwa Hayyun la yamut, bi Yadihil-Khayr wa Huwa 'ala kulli shay'in
Qadir] then Allah will write one million good deeds for him, and will wipe 
away one million of his bad deeds, and will raise him one million levels
and will build a home for him in Paradise." ['Sahih al-Jami'' #6231]

"Whoever controls his anger when he is able to act upon it, then Allah
will call him to come in front of all of the Creation so that he would let
him choose from the Hur al-'Ayn and marry from them whomever he pleases." 
['Sahih al-Jami'' #6518]

"Whoever asks Allah for Paradise three times [Allahumma inni as'aluk 
al-Jannah], then Paradise will say: 'O Allah! Enter him into Paradise!'
And whoever seeks protection with Allah from the Fire three times
[Allahumma najjini min an-Nar],the Fire will say: 'O Allah! Protect him

from the Fire!'" [Reported by at-Tirmidhi, and it is authentic]

'Abdullah bin Mas'ud said: 'Whoever reads 'al-Mulk' (chapter 67 of the Qur`an) 
every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave.
At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), we used to call it
al-mani'ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah, it is a chapter which
- whoever recites it every night - has done very well." 
['Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib' #1475]

"Whoever asks Allah sincerely for martyrdom [Allahumma inni as'aluk
ash-shahadah], Allah will cause him to reach the status of the martyrs 
even if he dies in his bed." ['Sahih al-Bukhari' #1909]
"No one witnesses that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that
I am Allah's Messenger - truthfully, from his heart - except that Allah makes
the Fire of Hell forbidden to touch him."
[Reported by Muslim, Ahmad, and al-Bayhaqi] 

Important Note: In light of these tremendous virtues, it is important to keep in
mind that the Salaf (radiallaahu 'anhum) would throw their good deeds behind
them - meaning they would not rely on them nor become complacent - and keep
their sins in front of them.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Patience and Gratitude

  By Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Chapter 5: The Patience of noble people and the patience of ignoble people

Every person has to exercise patience in order to face difficulties, whether he does so willingly or unwillingly. The noble person exercises patience willingly, because he realizes the benefits of patience, and he knows that he will be rewarded for his patience and will be criticized if he panics. He is aware that if he does not have patience, panicking and impatience will not help him to regain missed opportunities, and will not take away things he dislikes. Whatever is decreed and is qada’ wa qadr cannot be prevented from happening, and whatever is decreed not to happen cannot be made to happen. So an attitude of impatience and panic actually causes harm.  

A wise man said: “A man with wisdom as soon as adversity appears does that which a foolish man does after a month (i.e. he resorts to patience).”

The ignoble man exercises patience only when he realizes he has no choice. After wasting a lot of time and energy and panicking and struggling, he realizes that his impatience will not help him. Then he exercises patience in the same way that a person who has been tied up to be whipped exercises patience.

The noble person practices patience in obeying Allâh, whilst the ignoble person exercises patience in obeying the Shaytân. So ignoble people have the greatest patience in following their own whims and desires, and have the least patience in spending in the way of Shaytân and no patience when it comes to spending even a few pennies in the way of Allâh. They will endure many difficulties in order to follow their own whims and desires, but cannot bear even the least difficulties in order to please their Lord. They will endure slander for the sake of committing wrong actions, but cannot exercise patience in putting up with slander for the sake of Allâh. Such people will avoid enjoining the good and forbidding the evil for fear of what people will say about them for doing so, but they will expose their honour to slander and bear it most patiently for the sake of following their own whims and desires. Similarly, they are not prepared to practise patience in devoting themselves to Allâh, but when it comes to devoting themselves to Shaytân and their own whims and desires, they will exercise remarkable patience. Such people will never be noble in the sight of Allâh, and on the Day of Resurrection they will not be raised with the people of nobility and decency.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

How does one know that he is afflicted by (black) magic and what is the correct Islaamic cure for it?

Answer by Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee (hafidhahullaah):

There is no difference between black, red, white or green magic. Any type of magic done to harm someone else is impermissible. Even to learn it is impermissible, although one is not acting with it.

What is apparent from the texts and the statements of the Muslim scholar is that to learn magic in itself is disbelief. That is because it is not possible for one to learn it without disbelieving in the Book of Allaah subhanahu wa ta'aala.

Why is it that the one who learns magic is considered a disbeliever?  

Allaah, subhanahu wa ta'aala, says (what means):

وَمَا كَفَرَ سُلَيْمَانُ وَلَكِنَّ الشَّيَاطِينَ كَفَرُوا يُعَلِّمُونَ النَّاسَ السِّحْرَ

{...Sulaimaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic...} [al-Baqarah, ayah 102]

And also in the same ayah:
وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّى يَقُولاَ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ فِتْنَة ٌ فَلاَ تَكْفُرْ

{...but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) til they had said, "We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us)"...} [al-Baqarah, ayah 102]

And later in the ayah:
وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُوا لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاه ُُ مَا لَه ُُ فِي الآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلاَق

{...And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter...} [al-Baqarah, ayah 102]

The magician/sorcerer does not have the ability to have an effect of his magic (to practice it) except by worshipping the Shaytaan, or he doesn't exactly worship him but by making ihaanah i.e. looking down (insulting) or disgracing the Book of Allaah, subhanahu wa ta'aala, or anything else that may have in it the remembrance of Allaah, subhanahu wa ta'aala, or for example making sajdah (prostration) to the Shaytaan or anything other than Allaah subhanahu wa ta'aala in order that these devils allow him or give him the ability for his magic to have some sort of effect on the people that he wants it to affect.

It is impermissible to learn or to practice magic/sorcery, even if the goal or objective is correct - e.g. if one wants to remove magic from someone by using magic; this is incorrect because the end does not justify the means. A disease is not cured with another disease, so it is impermissible to learn or teach magic no matter what the situation may be.

Hardship and Prosperity

"Hardship and Prosperity", It is reported that Wuhayb bin Al-Ward (rahimahullah) said:

"Verily, when Allâh the Exalted wants to honor a servant of His (for his righteousness), He afflicts him with a reduced means of living, illness in his body and a fearful life (all of which expiate his sins). Until death comes upon him, and he still has some sins, death is made hard upon him because of them, causing him to meet Allâh with no sins against him.

And when a person is of little value to Allâh (because of his disobedience), He makes his body healthy, broadens his means of living and makes him feel safe (and thus the rewards for any good deeds he did are exhausted). Until death comes upon him, and he still has some good deeds, the experience of death is lightened for him because of them, and he meets Allâh with nothing (from good deeds)."

[Abu Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-’Ilm article 2865.]