Monthly Archives: August 2014
Ibnul-Qayyimرحمه الله said:
“From the greatest of sins which are hidden – and widely practiced – is that the servant is enjoying a blessing that Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى has blessed him with and chosen for him, then that servant becomes bored of it and seeks to exchange it for what he thinks (due to his ignorance) is better for him than it, and His Lord continues to be merciful to him and does not prevent him from this blessing, and He excuses him due to his ignorance and this bad choice that he has chosen for himself. When he reaches the limit in scorning this blessing and his boredom with it overcomes him, Allaahسُبحانه وتعالى removes this blessing from him.
So, if he is given what he sought in exchange for that blessing, and he sees the immense difference between what he was previously enjoying and what he has now been given instead of it, his anxiety and regret increase and he requests a return to what he previously had. So, if Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى desires good and guidance for His servant, He allows him to bear witness that what he had was a blessing from the blessings of Allaah upon him, and He causes him to become pleased with that blessing and to give thanks to Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى for it. If his soul then whispers to him to again seek to exchange that blessing for something else, he makes istikhaarah to His Lord, the istikhaarah of the one who is ignorant of what is in his best interests and unable to attain them. He turns his affairs to Allaah, requesting of Him to help him make the best decision.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Some years ago in ‘Iraaq a group that called itself the Islamic State of ‘Iraaq and Shaam1 has emerged and they have become known by four letters (داعش).2 And those who have taken its leadership, as those who have followed news about them mention, are many whose names are Abu so and so or Abu so and so the son of so and so, appellations which are ascribed to a particular country or tribe as is the state of those unknown who hide behind appellations and ascriptions3. And after some time passed with the war which occurred between the Syrian government and those who oppose them, groups of these fighters came who didn’t oppose the government. Rather, they fought Ahlus Sunnah (Sunnis) who were opposed to the government and slew them. And it has become widespread that they slay those who they wish to slay by using knives which is from the most loathsome and offensive ways in killing human beings4.
Question: Some of the Du’at (Callers to Islaam) and students of knowledge say that the Shi’aa and the Raafidhah are our brothers. Is it permissible for us to say this and what is required [of us] in this regard?
Answer by Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzaan حفظه الله: We absolve and clear ourselves to Allaah of them and this speech. They are NOT our brothers. [Swearing by Allaah] They are not our brothers. Rather they are the brothers of Shaitaan because they blaspheme and slander the Mother of the Believers Aa’isha رضي الله عنها, the wife of the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم.
Allaah chose her for His Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم. As-Siddiqah Bint As-Siddiq. The truthful, daughter of the truthful (her father, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq). They also declare Abu Bakr and Umar to be disbelievers and curse them both. They declare the Sahaba in their entirety to be disbelievers except Ahlul Bayt, [one of whom is] Ali Ibn Abi Talib (رضي اللّه عنـه).
Fatwa of Sheikh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz bin Baaz (2/386/388)
Answer: Many of the scholars of Ahl as-Sunnah have explained that the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم is alive in his grave in the sense of the life of Barzakiyyah, or the life that exists in the grave, we don’t know how this is and this knowledge is with Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى. It is not like the life of the Dunya, rather it is a form of life in which that the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم lives in pleasure in which he hears the Salaam/ Salutations of the Muslims, at which point his soul is restored periodically by Allaah, the Most High, so that he may respond. All of this has been narrated in narrations, such as the one narrated by Abu Dawud with an Isnad which is Hasan:
On the authority of Abu Hurairahرضي اللّه عنـه that the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:
“There is no one who sends salutations/Salaam upon me but Allaah will restore my soul so that I may return his salutations/Salaam.”
[Classed as Sahih in Sahih Sunan Abi Dawud by Shaykh al-Albani (1795)]
إذا ما قال لي ربي .. أما استحييت تعصيني
وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي .. وبالعصيان تأتيني
If my Lord asks me
“Have you no shame in disobeying Me?
You hide your faults from My creation
yet full of sin you come to Me.”
فكيف أجيب يا ويحي .. ومن ذا سوف يحميني
So what will I answer? O’ Woe to me,
and who shall protect me do you see?
أسلي النفس بالآمال .. من حين إلى حين
I keep forestalling my soul
with thoughts of hope from time to time
وأنسى ما وراء الموت .. ماذا بعد تكفيني
All global and Islamic news agencies reported the atrocious crime committed against Islam, Muslims, and their sanctuaries in the Indian city of Ayodhya, when some the Hindus tore down the Babri Masjid (mosque).
However, on hearing this grievous news of the occurrence of such a disgraceful criminal act, we strongly condemned and denounced this outrageous assault, and consider that the destruction and attack on the Babri Masjid is in all respects a major crime, since this includes a serious affront to Islam, Muslims and their sanctuaries. The Indian government should impose severe sanctions upon the perpetrators of this painful disaster. It should reconstruct the Masjid and stop the vicious crimes carried out by the Hindus against Muslims and their sanctuaries. If the Indian government does not enforce severe sanctions, it is quite probable that the Hindus will tend to engage in further criminal acts against Muslim people and their Masjids in India; especially after the fierce determination of some fanatical the Hindus to incite mobbish behavior and demolish the Babri Masjid in front of the Indian government. The Indian government should also show respect to Islam and Muslims in India, provide a suitable environment for them, honor their sanctuaries and carefully protect them from the evil of extremists.
Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan (Hafidahullah) stated:
“The actions, disbelief and evil of the Yahood (Jews) is well known, even (with regards) to (their relationship) with their Prophets. They killed their Prophets and (also) is that which occurred with Kaleemullaah – Moosaa (the Prophet Moses upon him be the salutations), such as what Allah has related in the Qur`aan (regarding) the story of Moosaa and Haaroon (‘alayhimas-salaam).
The character, disbelief, misguidance and evil of the Yahood is well known – even towards their Prophets – but what is obligatory upon us (Muslims) is that we ponder and rectify our deviated affairs and repent to Allah because the Yahood have not gained the upper hand over us except due to our sins. Why is it that we do not hear anyone addressing and admonishing the Muslims whilst saying to them: ‘What has happened to you is (nothing else), but as a result of your turning away from the religion of Allah and negligence in the affairs of the Deen. So repent to Allah in order that Allah may aid you and avert the plot of the plotters from you.’
We do not hear except insult, abuse, and supplication against the Yahood, but this should be substituted with supplicating to Allah to rectify the Muslims and to make them steadfast. And to mention to the Muslims that they should repent and return to Allah, and rectify their Deen for the sake of Allah. This is the first obligation.
As for supplication against an oppressive tyrant, be it the Yahood or other than them, then there is nothing wrong with this. It is legislated to supplicate against the one who oppresses you with the sharee’ah supplications, the supplications found in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. But before supplicating against them, you should supplicate to Allah to rectify the Muslims and to make the Muslims steadfast upon their Religion and return them to the truth. (And) advise, address and admonish (them) with regards to (obedience to) Allah. This is what is obligatory.”
Source: Al-Ijaabaatul Muhimmah Fil Mashaakil Al-Mulimmah, pg. 202