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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]

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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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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Venerating the Month of Allaah ; Muharram


images“O’ people! Fear Allaah, the Most High, and venerate your month, i.e. Muharram, with the obedience of your Lord because Allaah has honored it and made it virtuous. The Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “The BEST fast after Ramadhan is the month of Allaah, Muharram.”
[Muslim]

It is one of the four sacred months wherein acts of obedience and abandoning sins are highly emphasized. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى says:

مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلاَ تَظْلِمُواْ فِيهِنَّ أَنفُسَكُمْ

“…of them four are sacred (Muharram, Rajab, Dhul-Qi’dah, Dhul-Hijjah). That is the right religion, so wrong yourselves not therein.”
[At-Tawbah 9:36]

On the authority of Abi Hurairah رضي اللّه عنـه said: “When the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم  arrived in Al-Medina he found that the Jews would fast the tenth of Muharram. So he صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said: “What is this?” They said: “This is a GREAT day. Allaah saved Moosaa عليه السلام and the Children of Israel in it and Moosaa would fast it (so this is why we fast it).”

The Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:

“We have more right to Moosaa than you do.” So he fasted it and ordered the people to do the same.
[Bukhaari & Muslim]

And he صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:

“Fasting the tenth of Muharram expiates the (minor) sins of the previous year.”
[Muslim]

So fast the ninth and tenth of Muharram, may Allaah have mercy upon you all, so that your (minor) sins (of the last year) can be expiated and follow the guidance of your Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم. And whoever has difficulty fasting and Allaah knows that if it wasn’t for this reason he would fast, then let him rejoice with receiving the reward from The King, All-Knowing, especially if he regularly would fast these days, i.e. the ninth and tenth of Muharram each year.

Because the Messenger صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:

“Whoever becomes sick or travels will have the reward of that which he does while he is healthy and present.”
[Bukhaari]

On the tenth of Muharram, Allaah saved Moosaa عليه السلام, and his people from Fir’aun and his army. Moosaa عليه السلام invited him to the worship of his Lord however he was arrogant and refused saying:

فَقَالَ أَنَا رَبُّكُمُ الْأَعْلَى
Saying: “I am your lord, most high..”
(An-Nazi’at 79:24)

Thereafter, he persecuted the Children of Israel for many years and so Moosaa left with his people traveling by the command of Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى. When Fir’aun awakened and found that they had left his land he became enraged and gathered all of the people to go get them and they caught up to them at sunrise.

When the two groups saw each other, Moosaa’s group said: “Verily we are caught!” Because there was nowhere for them to go due to the sea being in front of them and Fir’aun and his army behind them. However Moosaa responded having absolute belief and certainty in Allaah saying: “Nay! Indeed my Lord is with me and will guide me.”

When they reached the Red Sea, Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى commanded Moosaa to strike it with his staff and behold it spilt into twelve dry pathways and the water on the sides resembled mountains. And thus Moosaa and his people passed through not fearing being captured nor drowning. When they reached the other side, Fir’aun and his army entered the sea and tried to pass through but Allaah revealed to the sea to return to its natural state and they were all drowned.
[26:58-67]

My brothers! Look at how Allaah aids those who aid Him and follow his guidance. That aid wasn’t due to their numbers or dwelling places, rather Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى has promised;

وَكَانَ حَقًّا عَلَيْنَا نَصْرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“…and as for the believers it is incumbent upon Us to help them.”
[Ar–Rum 30:47]

{Source: Ad-Diyaa’ al-Laami’ min al-Khutub al-Jawaami’ (Vol.6, pg.400-402) by Sheikh al-‘Uthaimeen رحمه الله.}

Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence, Allaah will protect his face from the Hellfire


imagesAbu ad-Darda’ رضي اللّه عنـه narrated that the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:

“Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence, Allaah will protect his face from the Fire of Hell on the Day of Resurrection.”

[Related by At-Tirmidhee who graded it to be Hasan. Ahmad has something similar from the Hadeeth of Asmaa’ bint Yazeed]

Explanation: “Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence…”
Meaning: In the state of his brother’s absence. If he happens to attend a gathering and his Muslim brother is being mentioned with sin or being degraded, then he defends him as he would defend his own honor, because his brother’s honor is like his own.
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The Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم’s Farewell Sermon


 imagesProphet Muhammad (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم) delivered his last sermon (Khutbah) on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah (12th and the last month of the Isalamic year), 10 years after Hijrah (migration from Makkah to Madeenah) in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat. His words were quite clear and concise and were directed to the ENTIRE humanity.

After praising, and thanking Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى he صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said:

“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allaah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allaah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn ‘Abd’al Muttalib (Prophet’s uncle) shall henceforth be waived…

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Significance & Virtues of the Day of Arafah


day-of-arafahFasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for TWO years:

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said,

“It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.”
[Muslim (no. 1162)]

Imaam at-Tirmidhee رحمه الله said,
“The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.”
[Muslim (no. 1348)]

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Ten Points for the First Ten days of Dhul-Hijjah


 first-ten-days-of-dhul-hijjah11. The first ten days are actually nine days with the addition of the day of Eid. It is called the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, but only nine of it is for fasting as the tenth day is the beginning of Eid. It is impermissible to fast on the day of Eid, this is a consensus amongst the people of knowledge.

2. It is permissible to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah with the last day being the day of Arafah for those not doing Hajj. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said in a hadith narrated by ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما (in at-Tirimidhi):

“There are not any days that good deeds are more beloved to Allaah than those done in these ten days.”

3. In these days, it is recommended that there is a lot of remembrance of Allaah سبحان و تعالى – this is for all of the ten days.

4. In these days, it is recommended that one makes takbir of Allaah (saying Allaahu akbar) – this is for all of the ten days.

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