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If the Husbands Wealth is Unlawful, What Should the Wife Do? 

 The Permanent Committee of Scholars


Question:

If the husbands wealth is unlawful, what should the wife do?



The Permanent Committee of Scholars:

If she knows that the earnings which the husband brings home is unlawful then it is not allowed for her to take from it. She should seek from him to make an earning from a lawful income, otherwise she should raise the issue to the authorities, such as the Islamic courts.


SOURCE: al-Lajnah ad-Dāimah lil-Buḥūth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftá no.2039


Taken from: http://dusunnah.com/article/if-the-husbands-wealth-is-unlawful-what-should-the-wife-do/



Teaching in the Great Mosque

 of Mecca Is a Great Trial 

Shaykh Taqi al-Din al-Hilali



SOURCE: al-Hilālī, Muḥammad Taqī ad-Dīn : al-Daʿwa Ilá Allah fī Aqṭār Mukhtalifa, Qahira: Maktabat Dār al-Kitāb wa as-Sunnah P.307



Shaykh Muḥammad Taqī al-Dīn al-Ḥilālī:

Me and a friend of mine were transferred to teach in the Great Mosque of Mecca; and indeed teaching in the Great Mosque of Mecca is a great trial for the teacher. Often you would find a teacher – well known for knowledge and virtue – sitting and teaching in the Great Mosque of Mecca, yet his gatherings would barely exceed ten people. Then you would find another teacher, someone less than the latter with regards to fame and knowledge, yet you would see hundreds in attendance of his lesson listening. These affairs run in accordance to that which Allah ﷻ has ordained for everyone. Just like you find with shopkeepers; you find one shop frequented with many customers who generate sales whilst the shop next door – even though it stocks the exact same or even better goods  – remains inactive, no customers visit it.



I – and all praise is due to Allah ﷻ – was from the blessed ones. Hundreds would attend my lesson which took place in front of the Gate of Ibrāhīm. I do not know the cause for this except that I used to speak in a dialect that could be understood by all Arabs. As for the other teachers, their lack of attendees was due to them speaking in a local dialect [which could only be understood] by a specific people.



Taken from: http://dusunnah.com/article/teaching-in-the-great-mosque-of-mecca-is-a-great-trial-shaykh-taqi-al-din-al-hilali/

Hiding your sins is not from hypocrisy – Explained by Shaykh bin Baz



Hiding your sins is not from hypocrisy

Explained by Shaykh bin Baz


The following is a summary translation



Questioner: Broadcasting sins is consider a sin, while the hypocrite is the one whose hidden affair contradicts what is apparent, thus he is sinning. So how do we reconcile between the two? Meaning is it hypocrisy to hide the sins and display righteousness?



Shaykh bin Baz: It is obligatory upon the Muslim to screen himself with the screen of Allah and to not expose his/her sins. Rather if he/she commits a sin he covers himself with the screen of Allah and he repents to Allah. This is based upon the statement of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم:



كُلُّ أُمَّتِي مُعَافًى إِلَّا الْمُجَاهِرِينَ



All of my Ummah will be pardoned except for the Mujahirin (those who commit a sin openly or disclose their sins to the people)



He deemed them to be from those who would not be pardoned.



أُمَّتِي مُعَافًى إِلاَّ الْمُجَاهِرِينَ، وَإِنَّ مِنَ الْمَجَانَةِ أَنْ يَعْمَلَ الرَّجُلُ بِاللَّيْلِ عَمَلاً، ثُمَّ يُصْبِحَ وَقَدْ سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ، فَيَقُولَ يَا فُلاَنُ عَمِلْتُ الْبَارِحَةَ كَذَا وَكَذَ



All of my Ummah will be pardoned except for the the Mujahirin (those who commit a sin openly or disclose their sins to the people). An example of such disclosure is that a person commits a sin at night and though Allah screens it from the public, then he comes in the morning, and says, ‘O so-and-so, I did such-and-such (evil) deed yesterday’



Thus it is obligatory upon the Muslim to cover himself with the screen of Allah and to not expose the sins, and he/she must repent to Allah.



If the sin is hidden it only harms the sinner, but if it is publicized and not disapproved of it hurts the general populace. Therefore it is upon the sinner to fear Allah and to hide his/her sins and to repent to Allah from the sin, and to struggle against his/her soul. And the sinner must not publicize his sins because publicizing the sins is a great evil. It gives courage to others to sins by following his/her example, and not giving concern to sins, and having very little shyness.



If he/she commits the sin in private he is more likely to repent, thus Allah will accept his/her repentance. And this is not from hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is to hide disbelief while displaying the religion; this is hypocrisy. We ask Allah for safety and security.



Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

Taken from:   http://mtws.posthaven.com/hiding-your-sins-is-not-from-hypocrisy

Divorce Is Not The First Solution

Divorce Is Not The First Solution

Shaykh Saalih Al-Sadlaan states:

“It is not proper to turn to divorce for any problem which is solvable, or for any reason that may change in the future. A husband should never consider divorce simply because his emotions towards his wife have changed, or because there is suddenly something that he dislikes about her, or because he is not pleased with some of her actions or behaviour that are not related to one’s honor or the religion itself.

Emotions can change one hundred and eighty degrees. Temperatures may also change. Therefore, based on such things as this, one should not contemplate a very serious matter that will affect the complete make-up of the family.

It is a must upon the husband to study why his wife has become lax or lukewarm. He should also make it clear to her what his feelings are about the matter, perhaps she will point to some cause that he was unaware of. Then he might root out that problem or apologize for what he has done. Or, she may apologize after she recognises what she has been doing to him and she changes her way for what is best for him.”

[Taken from “An-Nushooz (marital Discord)” by Sh. Saalih Al-Sadlaan, Pp. 37-38]

You Think You Missed Out But In Reality Allah Protected You!...

You Think You Missed Out But In Reality Allah Protected You!...

Ibn Masud (رضي الله عنه) said:

Indeed a person will embark upon an affair of business or a position of authority until it becomes easy for him and he is close to achieving it. Thus Allah will look at him and say to the angels:  ❝Turn that away from him, for surely if I facilitate this for him I will enter him into the Hell-fire.❞ So Allah will turn this affair away from him. The person will continue to see this as a bad thing and he will say: ❝So and so beat me to this, so and so outsmarted me.❞ But in reality it is a blessing from Allah the Exalted.

[Ibn Rajab in Jaami' al-'Uloom w'al-Hukam]

Translated By Ibn Estes Barbee




The look is one of the poisonous arrows of the Devil 

 Shaykh Saalih Fawzan


The look is one of the poisonous arrows of the Devil. If a person shoots it out, it is indeed a poisonous missile that kills the one who sends it. This arrow returns back to the heart of the one looking.
The look is a poisonous arrow that returns to the heart of the onlooker, striking it and affecting it, or killing it and causing it to die. So none of them should look at what Allaah has forbidden. The creation of this look and this eyesight is a blessing, which humans must use for only that which Allaah has permitted. He must use them for only those things that Allaah has allowed and refrain from using them for those things that Allaah has forbidden. Allaah says about men: “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze.” [Surah An-Noor: 30] And He says about women: “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze.” [Surah An-Noor: 31]
SourceAdvice to the Muslim Woman – Shaykh Saalih Fawzaan [Book]

Tranquility & Peace – Imam Ibn al Qayyim



Tranquility & Peace 


By Shaykh Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah -Rahimullaah-
From his book ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ 
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya 

Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

‘Indeed Allaah mentioned ‘as-Sakeenah’ (Tranquility) in His Book in six places:

1) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

<< وَقَالَ لَهُمْ نَبِيُّهُمْ إِنَّ آيَةَ مُلْكِهِ أَنْ يَأْتِيَكُمُ التَّابُوتُ فِيهِ سَكِينَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ >>

<<  And their prophet said to them, Indeed, a sign of his kingship is that the chest will come to you in which is assurance from your Lord >>[al-Baqarah: 248]

2) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

<< ثُمَّ أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ وَعَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ >>

<<  Then Allah sent down His tranquility upon His Messenger and upon the believers >>[Tawbah: 26]

3) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَمْ تَرَوْهَا

<<  and he said to his companion, ‘Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.’ And Allah sent down his tranquility upon him and supported him with Angels you did not see >>[Tawbah: 40]

4) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

<< هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ وَلِلَّهِ جُنُودُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا >>

<<  It is He who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the believers that they would increase in faith along with their [present] faith. And to Allah belong the soldiers of the heavens and the earth, and ever is Allah Knowing and Wise. >>[al-Fath: 4]

5) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

<< لَقَدْ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ يُبَايِعُونَكَ تَحْتَ الشَّجَرَةِ فَعَلِمَ مَا فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ فَأَنْزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَثَابَهُمْ فَتْحًا قَرِيبًا >>

<<  Certainly was Allah pleased with the believers when they pledged allegiance to you, [O Muhammad], under the tree, and He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquility upon them and rewarded them with an imminent conquest  >>[al-Fath: 18]

6) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

<< إِذْ جَعَلَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الْحَمِيَّةَ حَمِيَّةَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ وَعَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ >>

<< When those who disbelieved had put into their hearts chauvinism – the chauvinism of the time of ignorance. But Allah sent down His tranquility upon His Messenger and upon the believers >>[al-Fath: 26]

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- used to read the Ayaat ofas-Sakeenah (Tranquility) if matters became intense for him.

And I heard him talk about a great incident which occurred when he was sick, the general intellect is too deficient to comprehend how evil souls emerged and waged war against him in his state of weakness.

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said :

When this matter became intense, I said to my relatives and those around me: ‘Read the Ayaat of as-Sakeenah (Tranquility).

Then I would be free from this condition, and I would sit up as if a transformation had taken place and there was nothing wrong with me.’

Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

I also tried this, and I read these Ayaat of as-Sakeenah (Tranquility) when the heart becomes agitated due to what affects it and I witnessed the amazing effects of theseAyaat on the tranquility of the heart and its peacefulness.’

[From: ‘Samma’aat Ibn al-Qayyim min Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah’ p.352-353 Quoted from: ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ 2/502]

Taken from : https://abdurrahman.org/2014/10/08/tranquility-peace-imam-ibn-al-qayyim/

Jokingly divorcing one’s wife


Jokingly divorcing one’s wife: The ruling – Shaykh Salih Fawzan

Scholar: ´Allâmah Sâlih bin Fawzân al-Fawzân
Source: alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/13728
Translation: aFatwa (site not exist now)

Question: What is the ruling regarding me saying to my wife that she is divorced jokingly with laughter?

Shaykh al-Fawzân: There is no joking or laughing when it comes to the divorce. Its joking is seriousness, as the prophet (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “If you jokingly tell her that she is divorced, she is divorced.”

Prohibition of giving women in marriage without their permission


Prohibition of giving women in 

marriage without their permission

 Fatwas of Ibn Baz

(Part No. 20; Page No. 409)

Q 173: My father forced my sixteen years old sister to marry a man whom she does not desire. She tries now to commit suicide saying that death is more desirable to her than this man (This was published in the Magazine of the Islamic University of Madina).


A: This manner of marriage is Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) and invalid according to the most correct view of scholars. This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him)  forbade giving women in marriage, except with their permission. He (peace be upon him) informed us that the silence of a virgin in answer to the proposal of marriage is deemed as her acceptance or consent. It was reported that when a young woman came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) to tell him that her father gave her in marriage without her consent, he (peace be upon him) gave her the choice either to stay with the husband or to reject him. Among the bad habits followed by the Bedouins and others is giving their virgin daughters in marriage without their permission. I hold the view to allow pious persons to act as an intermediary between the two parties to cancel the marriage contract. If they manage to do so, this is great; 
otherwise you should refer this issue to the court which will solve it. Allah is the Grantor of success!





THE TONGUE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS OF LIMBS


THE TONGUE IS THE MOST

 DANGEROUS OF LIMBS


Shaykh Ṣālih Al-Fawzān (hafidahullāh):


The tongue is the most dangerous of limbs, due to this every limb frees themselves from the tongue, admonishes it and reminds it to fear Allāh and have taqwa of Him, by saying:

” Fear Allāh for our sake, (for) we are with you; if you are upright, we will be upright; and if you are crooked, we will become crooked.” [1]


Source: Official Website of the Shaykh

[1] [Reported by Tirmidhī Number 2407: Chapter: What has been reported concerning preservation of the tongue] [Hadīth Declared Hasan By Imām Albāni]



Source: https://salaficentre.com/2017/09/tongue-dangerous-limbs-shaykh-%E1%B9%A3alih-al-fawzan/

FILL YOUR DEPOSIT BOXES!!



FILL YOUR DEPOSIT BOXES!!


Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān:


Reflect on the rapid passing of the nights and days, indeed this is your life (passing you by). These (night and days) are the deposit boxes of your actions. On the day of resurrection these boxes will be opened. The believer will find in his boxes, honour and nobility, whilst the negligent find in their boxes, humiliation and degradation.



Therefore, fill these boxes with the taqwa of Allah (subhānahu) and righteous actions before (these boxes) are closed due to the end of your life.




Official Website of Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān



Source: https://salaficentre.com/2017/10/fill-deposit-boxes-shaykh-%E1%B9%A3ali%E1%B8%A5-al-fawzan/

ALLAH WILL ASK HIM ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION – SHAYKH UTHAYMEEN


ALLAH WILL ASK HIM ON THE

 DAY OF RESURRECTION 

 SHAYKH UTHAYMEEN



Oh people! Indeed many of the common people give fatawa to one another without any knowledge. So you find them saying “this is halal, or this is haraam, or this is waajib” etc And he knows (nothing) about these affairs. Does this man not know that Allah will ask him about what he said on the Day of Resurrection?!


Does he not know that if he misguided an individual – that if he made permissible that which Allah has made haraam or made haraam that which Allah has made halal for the person – then he is the cause for that persons sins.


And does he not know that he will have the like of those sins for those actions which were caused by his fataawa?!



Slightly paraphrased


خطبة الشيخ العثيمين: تحريم الإفتاء بغير علم



https://salaficentre.com/2016/04/allah-will-ask-him-on-the-day-of-resurrection-shaykh-uthaymeen/



WHAT IS THE PROOF FROM THE 

QUR’AAN THAT SINS PREVENTS 

(A PERSON) FROM UNDERSTANDING THE QUR’AAN?


Answer:

Allaah the most high says:  كَلَّا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ



[”Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.’’ [83:14]   Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) derived from this ayah that sin is a cause of not (being able) to understand the Qur’aan.



[source: Shaykh Ibn Utheymeen –Fawaa’id wa musaabaqaat al ma’een min fataawaa wa duroos Ibn Utheymeen – P.142]


Translated by: Abu Zainab Muhammad Al-Hindee

https://salaficentre.com/2012/05/what-is-the-proof-from-the-quraan-that-sins-prevents-a-person-from-understanding-the-quraan/

Before his time, Moroccans were
upon the creed of the Salaf

 Shaykh Taqi ad-Din al-Hilali

SOURCE: al-Hilālī, Muḥammad Taqī ad-Dīn : al-Daʿwa Ilá Allah fī Aqṭār Mukhtalifa, Qahira: Maktabat Dār al-Kitāb wa as-Sunnah P.96



Shaykh Muḥammad Taqī ad-Dīn al-Hilālī:


After I settled down in Tétouan (a city in northern Morocco), I established a monthly magazine titled The Arabic Tongue within it I published articles clarifying the falsehood of the Ashʿarī creed – a belief that the people of Morocco have religiously accepted since the time of Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī Tūrmart and the Almohad dynasty, and what we are witnessing today is the direct result of his propagation.


Before his time, Moroccans were upon the creed of the Salaf, so much so that when the book Iḥyā ʿUlūm ad-Dīn of Abū Ḥāmīd al-Ghazālī reached Morocco, the Moroccans gathered to burn it. Scholars from both – Andalusia and Morocco unanimously agreed in doing so due to what it contained of blameworthy speech. An example of such speech was; “There is no possibility of anything more perfect than what exist” meaning; it is impossible of Allah fashioning a more perfect world than the one that exists. al-Ghazālī says; “If there was possibility of such a thing, then that would be an oppression which negates justice.” – I have paraphrased his speech so that the ordinary reader may understand it – and so al-Ghazālī went from attributing oppression to Allah ﷻ to attributing inability to his power, and Allah ﷻ is far above that.


So the last Moroccan dynasty that was upon the methodology of the Salaf was the The Almoravid dynasty who were also known as the Mūlathamīn or the Lamtūnīn – an ascription to Lamtuna who was from a nomadic Berber tribe.



Source: http://dusunnah.com/article/before-his-time-moroccans-were-upon-the-creed-of-the-salaf-shaykh-taqi-ad-din-al-hilali/




The Eye Is the Mirror of the Heart

The Eye Is the Mirror of the Heart

Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullaah

العين مرآة القلب، فإذا غض العبد بصره غض القلب شهوته وإرادته، وإذا أطلق بصره أطلق القلب شهوته.

The eye is the mirror of the heart. If a person lowers his gaze, the heart will lower its desires and whims. But if a person looks the desire in his heart will be provoked.

[رَوضةُ المُحبينَ صَـ 109]

The Importance of Marrying Someone With Deen


The Importance of Marrying
Someone With Deen


Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: 'A woman is married for four (reasons/things); her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion.  So you should take possession of the one with Religion, otherwise you will be a loser' [Bukhaari Vol 7. No:5090]

Narrated Sahl: A man passed by Allaah's Messenger, and Allaah's Messenger asked (his companions), ýýwhat do you say about this man?  They replied, 'If he asks for a lady's hand, he ought to be given her in marriage; and if he intercedes (for someone), his intercession will be accepted; and if he speaks, he will be listened to.' Allaah's Messenger kept silent, and then another man from the poor Muslims passed by, and Allaah's Messenger asked (them), 'what do you say about this man?'  They replied, 'If he asks for a ladyýs hand in marriage, no one will accept him, and if he intercedes (for someone), his intercession will not be accepted; and if he speaks, he will not be listened to'. Allaah's Messenger said, 'This poor man is better than so many of the first as to fill the earth'[hadith No:5091]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:

This clarifies that what matters is the religion (of a person) and not wealth and status......and all these (men) were from the Sahaabah.end of quote]
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Note:

This is not to say that one becomes lazy and refrains from striving to provide for his family.  Inshaa-Allaah we'll post those ahaadith in that regard. 

Posted by Abu Mu-aawiyyah Abdullaah Bin AbuBakr Al Fulaani Al-Gambi (www.salaficentre.co.uk)
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Acquiring Islamic knowledge from tapes

Acquiring Islamic knowledge from tapes

Are tapes regarded as one of the ways to gain knowledge? What is the best way to benefit from them?

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked this question, and he replied as follows:

No one doubts that these tapes are one of the means of acquiring knowledge. We do not deny that Allaah has blessed us through these tapes from which we have gained a great deal of knowledge, because they have brought us the words of the scholars no matter where they may be.

Here in our homes, there is a huge distance between us and this scholar, but it is easy for us to hear his words via this tape. This is one of the blessings that Allaah has bestowed upon us. Indeed it is proof both for us and against us, for knowledge has spread widely through these tapes.

With regard to how we may benefit from them:

This depends on the situation of the person himself. Some people may benefit from them whilst driving, others may listen to them whilst eating lunch or dinner, or drinking coffee.

The point is that the way in which benefit is derived from them depends on the individual himself; we cannot lay down any general rules.

From Fataawa al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, Kitaab al-‘Ilm,  p. 193

 تحصيل العلم الشرعي عن طريق الأشرطة

هل تعتبر أشرطة التسجيل طريقة من طرق العلم ؟ وما هي الطريقة المثلى للاستفادة منها ؟ .

سُئل العلامة فضيلة الشيخ محمد بن صالح العثيمين رحمه الله تعالى السؤال السابق فأجاب رحمه الله بقوله :

أما كون هذه الأشرطة وسيلة من وسائل تحصيل العلم فهذا لا يَشُكُّ فيه أحد , ولا نجحد نعمة الله علينا في هذه الأشرطة التي استفدنا كثيراً من العلم بها ؛ لأنها توصّل إلينا أقوال العلماء في أي مكان كنا .

ونحن في بيوتنا قد يكون بيننا وبين هذا العالم مفاوز ويسهل علينا أن نسمع كلامه من خلال هذا الشريط , وهذه من نعم الله - عز وجل - علينا , وهي في الحقيقة حجة لنا وعلينا , فإن العلم انتشر انتشاراً واسعاً بواسطة هذه الأشرطة .

وأما كيف يستفاد منها ؟

فهذا يرجع إلى حال الإنسان نفسه , فمن الناس من يستطيع أن يستفيد منها وهو يقود السيارة , ومنهم من يستمع إليه أثناء تناوله لطعام الغداء أو العشاء أو القهوة .

المهم أن كيفية الاستفادة منها ترجع إلى كل شخص بنفسه , ولا يمكن أن نقول فيها ضابطاً عاماً .

من فتاوى الشيخ محمد بن صالح العثيمين , كتاب العلم ، صفحة ( 193 )

The Rights Before Engagement


The Rights Before Engagement

As it relates to the rights of the spouses- O brothers, O beloved- there are rights before the engagement, rights at the time of the engagement, rights at the time of the marriage contract, and rights which remain throughout the affair of marriage

From the rights before the engagement is the right of choice, such that the person chooses someone upon religious commitment, rectification, and good character. Thus, the man desires the woman due to her righteousness, her religion, and her good character. And the woman desires the man due to his righteousness, his religion, and his good character,  because this is the foundation of goodness and happiness. And whoever is void of his or her religion is void of good. There is no good in a person who does not have religion, even if he possesses whatever qualities of goodness he may possess.

Book: Rights of the Spouses
Page: 9

Author: Shaykh Sulayman Ruhaylee

  Translated: Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

Expensive dowries, wedding parties and the "honeymoon"


What is your opinion on expensive dowries and extravagance in wedding parties, especially preparations for what is called the honeymoon, which includes high expenses? Does Islam approve of this?

He (may Allah have mercy on him) replied:

Expensive dowries and extravagance in wedding parties are things that are contrary to sharee‘ah. The most blessed marriage is that which is affordable; the less the expenses are, the greater the blessings. This is something that in most cases is the fault of women, because women are the ones who force their husbands to pay for expensive parties that are not allowed in sharee‘ah. This is something that is included in the words of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted (interpretation of the meaning): “…but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allâh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance)” [al-A‘raaf 7:31]. Many women force their husbands to do that and say “So and so had such and such in her party” and so on.

But what is required in such matters is to act in the way prescribed in Islam and not overstep that mark or be extravagant, because Allah – may He be glorified and exalted – has forbidden extravagance and has said that He does not like those who waste by extravagance.

With regard to what is called the “honeymoon”, it is even worse and more reprehensible, because it is an imitation of the non-Muslims and it is a great waste of money. It also leads to neglect of many religious matters, especially if this time is spent in a non-Muslim country, after which they come back with habits and customs that are harmful to them and to their society. These are matters which are dangerous to the ummah. But if the man were to travel with his wife to do ‘Umrah or to visit Madinah, there is nothing wrong with that, in sha Allah.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/176

س - ما رأيكم في غلاء المهور والإسراف في حفلات الزواج خاصة الإعداد لما يقال عنه " شهر العسل " بما فيه من 
تكاليف باهظة . هل الشرع يقر هذا ؟

ج- إن المغالاة في المهور وفي الحفلات كل ذلك مخالف للشرع فإن أعظم النكاح بركة أيسره مؤونة وكلما قلت المؤونة عظمت البركة ، وهذا أمر يرجع في أكثر الأحيان إلى النساء لأن النساء هن اللاتي يحملن أزواجهن على المغالاة في الحفلات مما نهى عنه الشرع وهو يدخل تحت قوله - سبحانه وتعالى - " ولا تسرفوا إنه لا يحب المسرفين " . وكثير من النساء يحملن أزواجهن على ذلك أيضاً ، ويقلن إن حفل فلان حدث به كذا وكذا ، ولكن الواجب في مثل هذا الأمر أن يكون الوجه المشروع ولا يتعدى فيه الإنسان حده ولا يسرف ، لأن الله - سبحانه وتعالى - نهى عن الإسراف وقال " إنه لا يحب المسرفين " . أما ما يقال عن شهر العسل فهو أخبث وأبغض لأنه تقليد لغير المسلمين وفيه إضاعة أموال كثيرة ، وفيه أيضا تضييع لكثير من أمور الدين خصوصاً إذا كان يقضى في بلاد غير إسلامية فإنهم يرجعون بعادات وتقاليد ضارة لهم ولمجتمعهم وهذه أمور يخشى منها على الأمة ، أما لو سافر الإنسان بزوجته للعمرة أو لزيارة المدينة فهذا لا بأس به إن شاء الله .

الشيخ ابن عثيمين

Sometimes it’s better NOT to pardon your Muslim brother


Love of Allah

Love of Allah

Imam Abu Abdullah, Shamsuddin Muhammad, ibn Abu Bakr, ibn Ayyub, ibn Sa`d, ibn Hurayz, al-Jawziyyah, al-Hanbali mentioned ten causes that result in Allah's love for His slave and the slave's love for his Lord. [These ten are:]

First, reciting the Qur’aan while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it.

Second, getting closer to Allah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadeeth Qudsi: "My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree]

Third, continual remembrance of Allah under all circumstances, with one's tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one's love of Allah is determined by this.

Fourth, giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires.

Fifth, the heart being avid of Allah's Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge.

Sixth, observing Allah's kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open.

Seventh, and this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allah.

Eighth, being alone with Allah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting.

Ninth, sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefiting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others.

Tenth, remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allah.

These ten causes take the lovers to the station of true love and bring them to their Beloved.

By Imam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Taken from Madarij as-Saalikeen, Vol. 3, pp. 17-18

The Beauty Of Knowledge And How It Enlivens The Heart

The Beauty Of Knowledge And How It Enlivens The Heart

By Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

Acquire knowledge because doing so is good. Seeking it is worship. Reviewing it is glorifying Allah. Researching it is jihad. Teaching it to the ignorant is charity. Serving the scholars is a way of drawing near to Allah because knowledge is the path of ascension to the stations of Paradise. It is a companion in isolation and a comrade in distant lands. It speaks to you in solitude. It is a guide to prosperity and a shield against adversity. It beautifies one among friends and is a weapon against enemies.

With it Allah elevates people and makes them guides and bellwethers of good. The scholars are people whose words are sought and whose actions are imitated. The angels long for the scholar’s company and comfort them with their wings. Everything, the fish of the sea, the beasts of the earth, the predators of the land and sea, and the cattle pray that blessings come upon him.

This is because knowledge enlivens the heart against ignorance, illuminates the eyes against darkness, and strengthens the body. It transports the servants to the mansions of the select and the righteous and to the highest ranks in the world and in the Hereafter. Contemplating it is equivalent to fasting, and reviewing it is equivalent to the Night Prayer vigil. With it, kinship is united and the lawful is distinguished from the unlawful. Knowledge is an imam which leads to righteous actions. It is craved by the people destined for Paradise and shunned by people destined for Hell.

Warathatu’l-Anbiya’; Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali



Imam Ahmad was asked; How are you today?



Al-Murrudi’ reported that he asked Imam Ahmed: “How are you today?”

He replied: ‘How can I be while I am required by my Lord to perform obligatory acts of worship,by my Prophet (‘alayhi salaat wa salaam) to practice his Sunnah, by the two angels to improve my deeds, and my soul urges me to follow it,Shaytaan pushes me to commit evil deeds, the Angel of death is waiting to take my life,and my children are asking me to provide for them?’”

[Siyaar a’laam an Nubalaa 11/227]

The Difference Between Advice And Backbiting

The Difference Between Advice And Backbiting

By Ibn Al-Qayyim

The difference between advice and backbiting is that the intent behind advice is to warn the Muslim against an innovator, deceiver or an evil doer.

So you will mention about him that which is necessary if one was to seek counsel from you about his companionship, having business transactions or any type of attachment with him as the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said to Faatimah Bint Qays when she went to him seeking counsel concerning marriage to Mu’aawiyah (Ibn Abi Sufyaan) or Abu Jahm, so he صلى الله عليه و سلم said to her: “As for Mu’awiyyah then he is a poor man and as for Abu Jahm then he used to beat his women.” …(as explained in a narration in Saheeh Muslim: Hadeeth: 1480-47. The chapter of divorce), and some of his (Abu Jahm’s) companions used to advise those who traveled with him that when you leave his land (where he is known) then be cautious of him (i.e. be cautious of marring him because he is known for beating his women).

So if Backbiting occurs in a manner in which it is advice for the pleasure of Allaah and loving the sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم and (loving) His slaves from amongst the Muslims, then it is a means of closeness to Allaah and from hasanaat (the acts of good). And if it takes place in a manner where it is to humiliate your brother and to tear up his honor and to take delight in his flesh and to bite at it and to lower his place from the hearts of the people, then this is a disease that is incurable and a fire of hassanaat (good deeds) that burns them just as fire burns up wood.

[Taken from: Ar-Ruh (The Soul) by Ibnul Qayyim: P 357]

الفرق بين النصيحة والغيبة

وقال ابن القيم أيضاً في كتاب الروح (ص240): فصل :الفرق بين النصيحة والغيبة أن النصيحة يكون القصد فيها تحذير المسلم من مبتدع أو فتان أو غاش أو مفسد، فتذكر ما فيه إذا استشارك في صحبته ومعاملته والتعلق به، كما قال النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم لفاطمة بنت قيس وقد استشارته في نكاح معاوية وأبى جهم فقال:" أما معاوية فصعلوك , وأما أبو جهم فلا يضع عصاه عن عاتقه", فإذا وقعت الغيبة على وجه النصيحة لله ورسوله وعباده المسلمين فهي قربة إلى الله من جملة الحسنات, وإذا وقعت على وجه ذم أخيك وتمزيق عرضه والتفكه بلحمه والغض منه لتضع منزلته من قلوب الناس فهي الداء العضال ونار الحسنات التي تأكل كما تأكل النار الحطب ا.هـ

When does a person become Hizbee

 بسم الله و الحمد لله ، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن تولاه وبعد 
When does a person become Hizbee

Shaykh Zayd Al Madkhali  رحمه الله was asked when does a man become a Hizbee? 

Henceforth he gave seven descriptions

1) بانضمامه إلى جماعة معينة لها منهجها الخاص بها المخالف لمنهج السلف أهل الحديث والأثر كجماعة الإخوان وفصائلها وجماعة التبليغ المتعاطفين معها وانتصاره لحزبه أو جماعته بحق أو بباطل .

1) He holds on to a specific group which has its own methodology that deviates from that of the methodology of the Salaf, the people of Hadeeth and Narrations like the Ikhwaan (Al Muslimeen) and its sections and the Tableeghi Jama’ah and those who are sympathetic with it. And he defends his party or group whether they are upon truth or falsehood.

2) مجالسته ومشيه مع إحدى الجماعات السالفة الذكر وغيرها من أهل الانحراف فى العقيدة والعمل وسواء كانوا جماعة أو كانوا فردا تابعًا أو متبوعاً.

2) His sitting and walking with one of these groups that were previously mentioned and other than them who are deviant in their belief and action whether they are a group or a single person whether they are leaders or followers.

3) نقده لأهل السنة وتغير وجهه إذا سمع من يرد على الحزبين المعاصرين أصحاب التنظيمات السريه والتكتلات الخفية .

3) His disparagement of the people of the Sunnah and the turning of his face when he hears refutations of the contemporary partisans and the people who have secret organizations and hidden blocs.

4) وقوعه فى أعراض الدعاة إلى تمسك بما عليه أهل الأثر من طاعة الله وطاعة الرسول وطاعة ولاة أمور المسلمين السائرين على نهج السلف.

4) Him speaking ill of those who call toward holding on to what the people of narrations were upon from the obedience of Allah and the obedience of the Messenger and the Muslim rulers who are upon the way of the Salaf.

5) وقوعه فى أعراض ولاة الأمر ومحبة من يشهرون بهم فى كتبهم وأشرطتهم ومجالسهم .

His ill speech about the Muslim rulers and their love to make their faults public in their books, tapes and sittings.

6) هجومه على العلماء الذين لم يثوروا على الحكام حال وقوعهم فى الخطأ فيصفهم بالمداهنة ونحوها من الرزايا التي لا يطلقها على العلماء الربانيين إلا مرضى القلوب وسفهاء الأحلام.

His ill speech about the scholars who do not seek to bring about revolution against the rulers when they fall into sin. And they describe them with hypocrisy and other than that of the ill speech that is not appropriate to say about the scholars who nurture the people upon authentic knowledge except that they have evil hearts and foolish ideas.

7) حبه للأناشيد والتمثيليات ودفاعه الحار عنها وعن أهلها.

7) Their love for Nasheeds and plays and defending it and its people to his utmost.

المصدر : العقد المنضد الجديد فى الإجابة على مسائل فى الفقه والمناهج والتوحيد ص 43 و 44

Source: Al Aqd Al Mundid Fi Ijabat Al Masail Fee Fiqh, Wal Manahij Wat Tawheed: pages 43-44

Excellence of giving up Elegant Clothes for Humility


Excellence of giving up Elegant

 Clothes for Humility

IMAM AL-NAWAWI’S RIYAD-US-SALIHEEN
CHAPTER 120
EXCELLENCE OF GIVING UP ELEGANT CLOTHES FOR HUMILITY

802. Mu`adh bin Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever gives up wearing elegant and expensive garments out of humbleness, when he can do so, Allah will call him on the Day of Resurrection and before all the creations, He will give him the choice to wear whichever garment of Iman he would like to wear.”
[At-Tirmidhi].

Taken from : https://abdurrahman.org/2014/09/04/riyad-us-saliheen-imaam-nawawi-chapter-120/

Not Everyone Is Suitable To Be Your Friend

بسم الله و الحمد لله ، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن تولاه وبعد

Not Everyone Is Suitable To Be Your Friend

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

“Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allah – the Mighty and Majestic – and being cut off from Him, a wasting your time with the person, a weakening of your energy, and the dispersing of your resolve. So, if you are tested with this – and you must be tested with this – deal with him according to how Allah would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allah and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him something to benefit from, not something to incur a loss from.

Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the one who gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from travelling with him, do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber, regardless of who he really is.

So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination.”

[‘al-Wabil as-Sayyib’; p. 45]

Is it Obligatory for Women to Dye Their Hands with Henna? – Shaykh ibn Baz


Is it Obligatory for Women to Dye Their Hands 
with Henna? – Shaykh ibn Baz

Questioner:

Is it obligatory for a woman to dyer her hands with henna, because some people claim that a woman is imitating men if she does not henna her hands? Please benefit us.

Shaykh ʿAbd al-Azīz bin ʿAbdullah bin Bāz:

Without a doubt, dyeing her hands with henna is highly recommended. Some narrations are reported which are weak, however it is better for her to dye them with henna. In regards to its ruling, if its permissible or prohibited for her to leave her hands plain, I’m not aware of any basis this saying. Nonetheless, it is better and preferable for her to dye them with henna, so that they will not resemble the hands of a man.

This is what is better and is more preferable, since there are narrations which mention this, and it is from the sunnah that is well-known among women and it was a norm at the time of the Prophet ﷺ and after his death to dye the hands with henna, and it is highly recommended for women.


SOURCE: Binbaz.org

http://dusunnah.com/article/is-it-obligatory-for-women-to-dye-their-hands-with-henna-shaykh-ibn-baz/

Praying for Allah to heal non-Muslims is permissible


Praying for Allah to heal non-Muslims is permissible

Explained by the Permanent Committee of Scholars 

Question: Is it permissible for those who utilize the Quran to treat the sick; to recite the Quran to treat non-Muslims?

Answer: It is permissible to treat non-Muslims with the Quran if they are not combatants at war with the Muslims; and if it is done in a manner in which the non-Muslim does not handle the Mushaf. This treatment is implemented by reciting the Quran over them, and praying to Allah to heal them and guide them.

And with Allah lies all success and may the salutations and peace of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and Muhammad’s family and companions.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

http://www.alifta.net/fatawa/fatawasubjects.aspx?languagename=ar&View=Page&HajjEntryID=0&HajjEntryName=&RamadanEntryID=0&RamadanEntryName=&NodeID=7426&PageID=10545&SectionI D=3&SubjectPageTitlesID=32250&MarkIndex=2&0

Taken from: http://mtws.posthaven.com/praying-for-allah-to-heal-non-muslims-is-permissible-dot-dot-dot-explained-by-the-permanent-committee-of-scholars

LYING TO AMUSE PEOPLE:


LYING TO AMUSE PEOPLE

Mu’aawiyah ibn Haydah رضي الله عنه said: I heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم say:

❝Woe to the one who talks to make the people laugh and tells lies, woe to him, woe to him.❞


 [Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2315) and Sunan Abu Dawood (4990) and graded as “Hasan” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The truly fortunate


The truly fortunate

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله في المجموع: فالسعيد يستغفر من المعائب ويصبر على المصائب كما قال تعالى
فاصبر إن وعد الله حق واستغفر لذنبك
[الفتاوى ٤٥٤/٨]
Shaykh-ul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allāh have mercy upon him, mentions in his Majmū’:
“The (truly) fortunate one (is he who) seeks forgiveness for the mistakes, and is patient upon the calamities, just as Allāh says:
{So be patient. Verily, the Promise of Allāh is true, and ask forgiveness for your fault}
[Sūrah Ghāfir 40:55].”
[Majmū’ Al-Fatāwā 8/454]
Translated by ‘Abdurrahīm Ibn Muhammad Al-Hadhramī.
www.Salafi-Dawah.com


What is the soundness of the statement 
concerning the hellfire coming to an end? 

Shaykh Fawzaan

Q: What is the soundness of the statement which is attributed to Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy upon him) concerning the hellfire vanishing (i.e coming to an end)?

A: You are not in need of (busying yourself with) this issue, and you will not be asked about it on the day of judgement. It is not from the affairs of your religion, (rather) it is from those inquisitive issues. Leave it. It is attributed to Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy upon him) and Allah knows best, however it is not an issue from which there is a religious benefit.

[To read this text in Spanish click here]

Source: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/13653

Translator: Muhammad Abouharb

Source in English: http://albinaapublishing.com/what-is-the-soundness-of-the-statement-concerning-the-hellfire-coming-to-an-end-shaykh-fawzaan/

From the signs of hypocrisy...

From the signs of hypocrisy...



Shaykh Ibn Baaz رحمه الله: “From the signs of hypocrisy is to mention Allah very little, to be lazy when it is time to get for prayer and to offer the prayer very quickly. It is rare the you find someone who loves music and by have these qualities in them".

Majmu al Fatawa Vol.3 Pg.415

The most diseased form of Gheeba


Backbiting other in order to make people not follow that person in the hope people will follow you instead



The most diseased form of Gheeba
Ibn Jawzi رحمه الله  said, “The most diseased form of backbiting is when people induce others to stay away from some people, while having others look towards them.

They combine the acts of dispraising the one in mention and earning praise for themselves. Due to their ignorance they are oblivious to fact that they are falling into two sins: backbiting and showing-off.

For example a person is mentioned within their circle and they say: “Praise to Allah we have no concern to visit the Sultan and strive for the vanities of this world,” or they say about him, “We seek refuge in Allah from deficient modesty, We ask Allah to save us from being immodest.”

Though these kinds of words they instruct people to see the shortcomings of someone else (while trying to establish they are free from that shortcoming so people should follow them and not the person they backbit).”


Ref: Minhajul Qasideen by Ibn Jawzi vol.2 pg.680.

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