Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Three Types of Guidance, by Muhammad Baazmool

Shaykh Muhammad bin 'Umar Baazmool (hafidhahullaah) stated: 

The affair of being established upon the religion is from the bequeaths of the Prophets. Allaah has said:

And this (Islaam) was enjoined by Ibraahim (Abraham) upon his sons and by Ya'qoob (Jacob), (saying), "O my sons! Allaah has chosen for you the (true) religion. So do not die unless you are Muslimoon." (Al-Baqarah, ayah 132)

It is the guidance of the straight path which Allaah has taught us. We ask Him for it in our supplications and prayers. The Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) informed us:

There's no prayer for the one who doesn't recite the Faatihah of the Book (al-Qur`aan)

In the Faatihah we recite: Guide us to the straight path (al-Faatihah:6) 

The guidance is of three types:

1. Hidaayatul-Irshaad wa at-Ta'leem wa ad-dalaalah (The guidance of direction, teaching and evidence)

2. Hidaayatut-Tawfeeq Li Qabool al-Haqq (The guidance of success to the acceptance of the truth)

3. Hidaayatut-Tawfeeq Li ath-Thabaat 'Alaa al-Haqq (The guidance of success to be established upon the truth)

The person praying when he/she stands for prayer, he/she is in need of these categories of guidance.