Advice for Fathers with their Children : Ibnul Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah


Ibnul Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.)  رحمه الله said:

‘Allaah’s advice for fathers with their children precedes advice for children with their fathers.
So whoever was careless and negligent of educating his son, and leaves off benefiting him and leaving him useless, then he has been evil to him, extremely evil.

Indeed most children being corrupt is due to their fathers, and then being neglectful of them.
Them leaving their education of the Faraa’id (obligations) and the Sunnan (practices of the Sunnah) of the religion, so they caused them to be lost when they were young. Then the fathers did not benefit from them when they were older.

Just like some fathers held it to be shameful that their children were disobedient, so the child says, O my father you showed disobedience to me when I was young,  so now I’m being disobedient to you now that I am older. You caused me to be lost when I was a boy,  so I caused you to be lost in your old age.’

[From ‘Tuhfat al-Mowdood bi Ahkaam al-Mowlood’ pg.387]

Signs of Beneficial knowledge : Sheikh Bakr Aboo Zayd رحمه الله


images1) Implementing it.
2) Hatred for being praised,  complemented,  or displaying haughtiness over others.
3) Increasing your modesty with the increase of knowledge.
4) Fleeing from the love of leadership,  fame,  and worldly pleasures.
5) Abandoning the claim to have knowledge.
6) Having bad suspicions about oneself,  and good suspicion about other people,  so as to steer clear from disparaging them.

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mubaarak رحمه الله used to say,  in poetry if the manners of the Salaf were mentioned:

“Do not compare us to them
for the sound person who walks
Is not the same as the crippled one. “

[The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge –  Sheikh Bakr Aboo Zayd رحمه الله – page 79]

Nurturing children upon Cartoons – Sheikh Saleh Al Fawzaan حفظه الله


imagesSheikh Saleh Al Fawzaan حفظه الله was asked:

What is the ruling on nurturing children upon Cartoons of which the goal is to benefit them and teach them good manners?

The Sheikh حفظه الله said:
Allaah made pictures Haraam, and it is Haraam to acquire them so how can we nurture our children upon them?? How can we nurture them upon something that is Haraam, upon pictures that are Haraam and drawings that move and speak and are similar to human beings? This is an evil picture and it is unlawful to nurture children upon it.
 
This is what the Kuffar want. They want us to oppose what the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم prohibited us from. And the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم prohibited us from pictures, and using them, and acquiring them. And those who spread it (cartoons) between the youth and the Muslims, claiming that it is from nurturing (the children) then this is immoral nurturing. And the correct nurturing is to teach them what will benefit them in their religion and worldly affairs.

 Q: What is the ruling on watching and buying Islaamic animated-cartoon movies, given that these movies present purposeful and beneficial stories for children which promote good character, dutifulness to parents, honesty, offering Salah (Prayer) regularly and the like.
These animated movies are intended as good substitutes for television which has become widespread. However, the problem we face is related to the fact that such movies present hand-drawn pictures of humans and animals. Is it permissible to watch these animated cartoons? Please advise. May Allaah reward you with the best!

A: It is NOT permissible to buy, sell or use cartoon movies, because they include Haraam pictures. Raising children should be done in ways that are Islaamically acceptable with regard to teaching, disciplining, encouraging them to offer Salah and taking good care of them.

May Allaah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

{Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’}

Imâm Abdur-Rahman As Sa’adi رحمه الله attends the tea party


Down Memory Lane… children will remember you… even if years go by….!
imagesThe following is a summarized translation:

‘If a person sees his daughters or his little ones playing with toys, he should sit with them sometimes…’

During the period this incident is related, Sheikh as-Sa’di رحمه الله was a major scholar, judge, Imâm and lecturer. One day, he was about to leave his home when he saw his young daughter and her friend sitting and playing with their toys. They had made up a skit as though they were in a room, pretending that some objects represented tea and coffee, playing as girls normally would do. When the Sheikh was about to leave his daughter’s friend (the little girl) asked him: ‘Why don’t you visit us?’ He رحمه الله replied, ‘I will visit you, tomorrow, insha-Allaah.’

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“I never made dua to Allaah for anything except that He gave it to me, except for ONE thing.”


flowers Imâm Ibnul Jawzi (رحمه الله) wrote a book about the virtues of Imâm Ahmad (رحمه الله) in which he details a beautiful story that teaches us the importance of regular adhkaar.

Imâm Ahmad was the most famous man in the Muslim world both before and after the fitanh during his lifetime. Imâm ad-Dhahabi even said that he had the largest Janazah that took place in that era. In just one day, 1.3 million people came to pray Janazah on him. SubhanAllaah! Just imagine how popular and beloved he was رحمه الله. He would cover his face when travelling to seek knowledge so people wouldn’t notice him. Look at the humility.

One day, he was travelling to ash-Shaam and on the way, he stops by a Masjid to spend the night. The guard of the Masjid tells him, ”You need to get out, the Masjid is closing”. “I have nowhere to go,” said Imâm Ahmad. “Ukhruj.. get out,” said the guard. Now, he could have said, “O, by the way, I am Imâm Ahmad,” but he didn’t. Instead, he, رحمه الله took his belongings and went to sleep on the steps of the Masjid. The guard came outside and told him to get off the steps and go somewhere else. Imâm Ahmad didn’t know what to do.

This guard then picks up Imâm Ahmad by his legs and drags him to the middle of the street and drops him.

A baker who owned a bakery across the street saw Imâm Ahmad and said, “You can stay in my bakery tonight. I’ll be doing some work .. you can come sleep here”. So he opens the way for him.

Imâm Ahmad (رحمه الله) observes this baker. He’s putting the dough together, putting it in the oven, and through every step of the process .. kneading, forming, baking etc., the man is saying:

‘SubhanAllaah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaaha ill Allaah, Allaahu Akbar …’

‘SubhanAllaah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaaha ill Allaah, Allaahu Akbar …’

‘SubhanAllaah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaaha ill Allaah, Allaahu Akbar …’

The entire night, he is making tasbeeh of Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى.

Imâm Ahmad is shocked. Think about it, how quickly people get tired of tasbeeh, yet this man is constantly doing dhikr at his workplace! This isn’t even Tahajjud or I’tikaaf or something. He then asks him, “How long have you been in this situation?” He says, “Which situation?” “Making tasbeeh of Allaah,” he said.

“My whole life,” said the baker.

Imâm Ahmad asks him a second question. “What have you seen from Allaah as a result of all this tasbeeh that you make?”

“I never made du’a to Allaah for anything except that He answered it,” said the baker.

Imâm Ahmad said, “SubhanAllaah! You never made du’a to Allaah for anything except that he gave it to you?”

And the baker repeated.. “I never made du’a to Allaah for anything except that He gave it to me … except for ONE thing.”

Imâm Ahmad (رحمه الله) said, “And what is that?”

He said, “To have a chance to see Imâm Ahmad!”

Imâm Ahmad (رحمه الله) is brought to tears. He embraces this man and says:

“SubhanAllaah… Here is Allaah! He brought you Ahmad, dragging him by his feet to your bakery ..if it wasn’t for you, I could have slept in peace at the Masjid”.

SubhanAllaah !!!

.:TASBEEH:.

اذْكُر رَّبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعاً وَخِيفَةً وَدُونَ الْجَهْرِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالآصَالِ وَلاَ تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَ

“And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech – in the mornings and the evenings. And do not be among the heedless.”

[Al- A’raaf 7:205]

Marrying at an early age and its benefits by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan


benefits-of-early-marriageFrom among the benefits of getting married at an early age is the obtaining of children, which make the youth delighted at their presence.

Allaah, سبحانه و تعالى, says:

وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

“And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqun.”
[Qur’aan 25:74]

Wives and children are a delight. Allaah promised that marriage brings about pleasure. This pleasure encourages and persuades the youth to take an interest in matrimony. This is also similar to how Allaah mentioned that children are a share of this world’s beauty:

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

“Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds (five compulsory prayers, deeds of Allaah’s obedience, good and nice talk, remembrance of Allaah with glorification, praises and thanks, etc.), that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope.”

[Qur’aan 18:46]

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Trees of the Heart : Imaam Ibnul Qayyim


Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (رحمه الله) said in Al Fawa’id, Pages: 239-240:

imagesIkhlaas and Tawheed are a tree in the heart. Its branches are the actions, and its fruits are the good life in this Dunyah and everlasting bliss in the Aakhirah.

And just as the fruits of Jannah are neither cut off (by change of season) nor out of reach, likewise is the case with the fruits of Tawheed and Ikhlaas.

Shirk, lies, and riyaa are a tree in the heart. Its fruits in the Dunyah are fear and anxiety, grief and distress of the breast and oppression upon the heart. Its fruits in the afterlife are the tree of zaqqoom and an everlasting punishment.

And Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى has made mention of these two trees in Surah al Ibrahim:

 أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللّهُ مَثَلاً كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاء
تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا وَيَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ
وَمَثلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ الأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍ

“See you not how Allaah sets forth a parable? A goodly word as a goodly
tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky
(i.e. very high). Giving its fruits at all times, by the leave of its
Lord, and Allaah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may
remember. And the parable of an evil word is that of an evil tree
uprooted from the surface of earth, having no stability.”
[Ibrahim 14:24-26]

The Grand Muftī of Saudi Arabia warns against the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and Jabhat un-Nusrah


Question: Nowadays, there are those who call the Muslim youth and the Muslims in general to a new methodology, a methodology of partisanship, causing them to split into groups and parties. They say that this is the correct methodology, i.e. joining the likes of Jabhat un-Nusrah, ISIS (Dā’esh), Al-Qā’idah and the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwān ul-Muslimīn).

Answer by the Muftī Shaykh Abdul-Azīz Āl us-Shaykh: Oh my brothers, all of these modern day groups are astray (from the right path), if you were to examine (them) carefully you will find that they do not have the slightest connection to Islām. They interpret Islām in accordance with their opinions and desires, thereby deceiving the people. They are truly misguided, they make lawful the spilling of blood, they violate sanctity, loot wealth and cause corruption in the earth. All of these my brothers, are false methodologies, behind them is whoever is behind them. There is no good in them (inaudible), nor in the people who follow these methodologies. Whoever calls our youth to join these misguided groups, then he is indeed mistaken and has strayed from the right path (i.e. the correct understanding of Islām).

Audio Source: http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?p=187593

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