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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 !!!


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]

Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen and the Russian Pilgrims

“This incident was mentioned by one of the members of the Da‘wah and Guidance Office in Jeddah. During Hajj in the year 1417AH/1996CE he was with Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen at King ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Airport in Jeddah. The Shaykh would stand amongst the pilgrims arriving for Hajj carrying out his obligation of da‘wah and teaching. He was then surprised by the arrival of some pilgrims who had come from one of the Soviet Republics, so the Shaykh wanted to speak to them and asked whether they had a translator. The group guide who was a Russian came forward but he did not know that the Shaykh [standing before him] was Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen.

Once he had finished translating, the guide asked, ‘Who is this Shaykh?’ ‘That is Ibn ‘Uthaymeen,’ he was told. [Upon hearing that] he hugged the Shaykh, kissing him and crying. And then he took the microphone and told the entire group of pilgrims that this is Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen, and so tears started flowing from them all, and the guide kept calling out with the mic at the top of his voice, repeating the name of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. And the individuals in the group started to give salaam to the Shaykh and kiss him [on his forehead].

The guide [then] said to the Shaykh,

‘These are your students. They used to read your books in the cellars underground during Communist rule.’

From: Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-‘Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, p. 38.

The Poem that made Imaam Ahmad (رحمه الله) Cry

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

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Dua of Shaykh Muqbil’s (rahimahullah) Mother

dammaj-sheikh-muqbilIn her biographical account of her father, Umm ‘Abdillaah Al-Waadi’iyyah said:

“His father died while he was young and he didn’t know him. So he grew up as an orphan and under the care of his mother for a period of time. She would ask him to work to make money and order him to look at the state of his community so that he could be like them. But he would turn away from this and say: ‘I will go out to study.’ So she would say: ‘May Allaah guide you.’ (hadaakAllaah)She would supplicate for him to be guided, as several women who were around at that time informed me.

Perhaps her supplication coincided with the time when supplications are accepted since he became one of the guided, guiding others.”  


{Nubdhah Mukhtasarah: pg. 18}

The Condition of the Salaf in Ramadhan – Sheikh Salih al-Fawzaan

ahlan-ramadanThe condition of the Salaf, as it is recorded in the narrated books with chains of narrations from the trustworthy people (narrating) from them is that they would ask Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى to make them reach Ramadhan before it entered; they would ask Allaah to make them reach the month of Ramadhan due to what they knew that it contained from abundant good and general benefit. Then, when Ramadhan entered, they would ask Allaah to aid them upon righteous actions therein. The when Ramadhan ended they would ask Allaah to accept it from them. As Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى says:

وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوا وَّقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ رَاجِعُونَ

And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear (whether their alms and charities, etc., have been accepted or not), because they are sure to return to their Lord (for reckoning).”

(Al-Mu’minun 23:60)

They would strive hard in doing actions, then worry would afflict them, after the action, as to whether their action was accepted or not. That was due to their knowledge of the greatness of Allaah and their knowledge that Allaah does not accept except that (action) which is done purely for His face and correctly in accordance with the Sunnah of His Messenger from actions. So they would not purify themselves, and they would fear that their actions would be rendered null. So (worry) that they (the action) will be accepted was weightier with them than (even) the performance of them. This is because Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى:

إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ

“Verily, Allâh accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqûn.”

(Al-Ma’idah 5:27)

So they would devote their time within this month, as we have previously mentioned, to worship and would minimize actions of the Dunyaa. They would spend their time sitting in the houses of Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى and they would say: We are safeguarding our fast and we will not backbite anyone. They would read the Mus-hafs and study the Book of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic. They would safeguard its time from squandering. They were not heedless or negligent as many of the people are today. Rather, they would preserve its time; the night, by standing (in prayer) and the day by fasting, recitation of the Qur’aan, the remembrance of Allaah, and righteous actions. They were not negligent therein of (even) a minute or a second, except that they would put forth therein righteous actions. This is the first question.

Types Of Actions That Will Be As Scattered Dust – Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

ibn-rajab-hanbaliThe First: One having deeds from which he hopes good but they end up scattered dust and are altered to evil deeds. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى says,

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَعْمَالُهُمْ كَسَرَابٍ بِقِيعَةٍ يَحْسَبُهُ الظَّمْآنُ مَاء حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءهُ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْئًا وَوَجَدَ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ فَوَفَّاهُ حِسَابَهُ وَاللَّهُ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one thinks it to be water till he comes to it and finds it naught, and finds, in the place thereof, Allaah Who will pay him his due; and Allaah is swift at reckoning.¹

(An-Nur 24:39)

وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاء مَّنثُورً

And We shall turn unto the work they did and make it scattered motes.²

Fudayl said concerning this verse,”And there will appear unto them from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned,” ‘They worked deeds thinking them to be good when in reality they were evil.’

The Second: Close to the above: a servant commits an evil deed to which he pays no regard, thinking it insignificant, and that sin will be the cause of his perdition as Allaah says,

“…you counted it a trifle but in the sight of Allaah it is very great.” ³

One of the Companions said, ‘You are doing deeds that are, in your eyes, more insignificant than a hair, whereas at the time of the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّمwe would consider them to be destructive sins!.4

The Third: Worse than the previous case: one to whom the evil of his conduct seems pleasing. Allaah, Exalted is He says,

Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers by their works? Those whose efforts go astray in the life of the world, and yet they reckon that they do good work.5

Ibn Uyaynah said, ‘When death came to Muhammad ibn Al-Munkadir he became apprehensive and so the people summoned Abu Hazim and he came. Ibn al-Munkadir said to him,” Allaah says, And there will appear unto them, from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned, and I fear that things will become clear to me and confront me that Inever expected. ’Then both of them broke down in tears.’ Recorded by ibn Abi Hatim and ibn Abi Al-Dunya adds in his report, ’So his family said, ”We called you that you may console him but you have only increased his apprehension!” He then told them of what he had said.6

Fudayl ibn Iyad said, I have been informed that it was said to Sulayman al-Taymi, ”You! Who is there like you!” He said, ”Quiet! Do not say this! I do not know what will appear before me from Allaah, I have heard Allaah saying,” And there will appear unto them, from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned.”7

The Fourth: Sufyan ath-Thawri would say upon hearing this verse, ’Woe to the people of ostentation.’8This can be seen in the Hadith about the three who would be the first to be hurled into the Fire: the scholar, the one who gave charity, and the Mujahid.9

The Fifth: The one who has worked righteous deeds but has also wronged others and he thinks that his deeds will save him, so there confronts him that which he was not expecting. All of his deeds are apportioned amongst those who he wronged then some wrong still remains to be requited, and so their evil deeds are piled onto his and as a result he is hurled into the Fire. 10

The Sixth: His account could be scrutinized at which it will be asked of him to show how he was grateful for the blessings granted him. The least blessing would be balanced against his deeds and outweigh them with the remaining blessings yet to be weighed! This is why the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, Whoever’s account is scrutinized will be punished, or will be destroyed. 11

The Seventh: He could have evil deeds that destroy some of his deeds or the deeds of his limbs, save Tawhid,  as a result of which he will enter the Fire. Ibn Majah records the hadith on the authority of Thawban that the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, ’There are people amongst my nation who will come with deeds like mountains and Allaah will render them as scattered dust.’ This hadith goes on to mention, ”They are people who have your skin, (they speak your language), 12 they spend part of the night in prayer as you do, but they are people who, when they are alone, violate the prohibitions of Allaah.” 13

Yaqub ibn Shaybah and ibn Abi al-Dunya record on the authority of Salim, the freed-slave of Abu Hudhayfah, that the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, “A group of people will be brought on the Day of Judgment with deeds like Mount Tihamah and Allaah will render their deeds to dust and they will be thrown face first in the Fire.” Salim said, ”I fear that I am one of them! He صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, ”They would fast, pray, and apportion some of the night for worship, but in secret, when an opportunity to do something forbidden presented itself, they would take it and as such Allaah will invalidate their deeds.” A person could have his deeds annulled because of showing off or arrogance and the likes yet not even be aware of it!


[Transcribed from: The Journey to Allaah, page 82-87 of Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali رحمه الله]



1. An-Nur 24:39
2. Al-Furqan 25:23
3. An-Nur 24:15
4. Bukhari no.6492 on the authority of Anas
5. Al-Kahf 18:103-104
6.Ibn al-Jawzi,vol.2,p.167 no.185.
7.Dhahabi, Tadhkiratu’l-Huffaz,vol.1, p. 151
8.Qurtubi,vol.15, p. 265

9.Muslim no. 1905/4923 on the authority of Abu Hurayrah with the words, ’The first man (whose case) will be decided on the Day of Judgment, will be a man who died as a martyr. He shall be brought forth and Allaah will recount His blessings (which he had bestowed upon him) and he will acknowledge them. Then Allaah will ask, ’What did you do with them?” He will reply, ”I fought for Your sake until I died as a martyr.” Allaah will say, ’You lie. You fought so that you might be called a ‘brave warrior’ and you were called so. ’Then a command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and cast into Hell.

And a man who acquired knowledge and taught it and recited the Qur’an. He will be brought forth and Allaah will recount His blessings (which he had bestowed upon him) and he will acknowledge them. Then Allaah will ask, ”What did you do with them?” He will say, ”I acquired knowledge and disseminated it and recited the Qur’an so that it might be said, ’He is a Qari,and it was said. Then a command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and cast into Hell.

And a man who Allaah had made abundantly rich and had granted every kind of wealth. He will be brought forth and Allaah will recount His blessings (which He had bestowed upon him) and he will acknowledge them. Then Allaah will ask, ”What did you do with them?”He will say, ”I spent money in every cause in which You wished that it should be spent for Your sake.” Allaah will say, ”You lie. You did so that it might be said, ”He is generous,” and it was said. Then a command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and cast into Hell.”

10. Muslim no. 2581/6579 records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) asked, ’Do you know the bankrupt person is? ’They said, ’A bankrupt man amongst us is one who has neither dirham with him nor wealth. ’He said, ’The bankrupt person of my nation would be he who comes on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and Zakat but he hurled abuses upon this person ,brought calumny against that person, unlawfully consumed the wealth of that person, shed the blood of that person, and beat that person. So his good deeds would be credited to the deeds of those people [by way of retaliation] and if his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be added to his and he would be thrown in the Fire.”

Muslim no.2582/6580 record on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Mesenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, ’All rights will be restored to their owners on the Day of Judgment.Even a hornless goat that is butted by a ram will have justice.”

11. Bukhari no. 6537 and Muslim no. 2876/7227, 7228 on the authority of Aishah. The wording of Bukhari has Aishah then asking, ’Does not Allaah say, ”Then who is given his Record in his right hand, soon will his account be taken by an easy reckoning,’ [al-Ishiqaq 84:7-8], He replied, ”That is not the scrutiny that is a presentation, whoever’s account is scrutinized will be punished.”
Bukhari no.6536 and Muslim no.2876/7225 on the authority of Aishah.This wording mentioned above is also recorded by Tirmidhi no.3338 on the authority of Anas.

Hakim no.8728 and Dhahabi said the isnad contained a weak narrator. Ibn Abi Shaybah, vol. 13, p.360, has the wording,… ”will not be forgiven,” and ibn al-Mubarak, al-Zuhd no.1324  also records this wording as a statement of Aishah.
12. This sentence is not found in the hadith of Ibn Majah.
13. Ibn Majah no.4245. Busayri said, ’Its isnad is sahih and it was declared sahih by Albani, no. 2346.

While the People Sleep – Al-Hafidh Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

praying-in-nightPraying at night necessitates Jannah as was previously mentioned. Allaah said: 

Verily, the pious will be in the midst of gardens and springs, taking joy in the things which their Lord has given them. Verily, they were before this Muhsinun. They used to sleep but little of the night. And in the hours before dawn, they were asking for forgiveness, and from their properties was [given] the right of the beggar, and the deprived.”

(Adh-Dhariyat 15-19)


Thus He described them as being awake at night, seeking forgiveness in the early hours of the morning, and spending from their wealth. Some of the Salaf would be asleep and something would come to them saying: Stand and pray. Don’t you know that the keys to Jannah lie with those who stand at night? They are its treasurers.

Standing at night entitles one to the highest levels in Jannah. Allaah said to His prophet (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم), And in some parts of the night offer the Salah with it (ie. recite the Qur’an), as an optional salah for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to the highest level in Jannah.” (Isra: 79) Hence, He made the highest level in Jannah the reward for his (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم) tahajjud at night.


‘Awn Ibn Abdullah said, “Indeed Allaah will enter into Jannah people who will be given until they cannot accept anymore. However, there will be people on the higher levels above them, and when they look at them they will recognize them. They will say, “Our Lord they are our brothers who used to be with us. By what were they favoured above us?” He would say, “Indeed they used to be hungry whilst you were all filled. They used to thirsty whilst you were all satiated, and they used to stand whilst you were all asleep” It also necessitates the pleasures of Jannah that no eye has ever seen anything similar to it in this life. Allaah says: Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend out of what We have bestowed on them. No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do. (As-Sajdah 16-17)


Al-Bukhari narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم) said, “Allaah says I have prepared for My servants what no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no human heart can imagine.” Recite if you wish, “No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.”
(Al Bukhari 8/515 and Muslim 4/2174)

Some of the Salaf have said (regarding this ayah): They hid their deeds for Allaah’s sake so He hid their reward.


Al-Hasan Al-Basri was asked about how is it that those who perform tahajjud have the brightest faces. He replied, “That is because they seclude themselves in devotion to Allaah so He beautifies them with light from His light.”  Karaz Ibn Wabrah said that it had reached him that Ka’b used to say, “The angels look down from the sky at (holding in esteem) those who make tahajjud just as you all look up to the stars in the sky.”


Some people complained to Ibn Mas’ud, “We are not able to stand at night.” He told them, “That is because your sins have distanced you all.” It was said to Al-Hasan Al-Basri, “It is very difficult for us to stand at night.” He said, “Your sins are holding you back.”

  • Transcribed from: The Dispute of the Highest Angels | Ikhtiyar al-Awlaa fee Sharh Hadith Ikhtisaam al-Mala al-A’alaa | Al-Hafidh Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali
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