Archive for February, 2008

The Purpose of Jihad

Posted in 'Abd ar-Rahman as-Sa'di on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“The Jihad of this Ummah is a struggle that is legislated in the Book and the Sunnah, and it has two great and necessary benefits. The first of them is to repel the aggression of the aggressors against Islam and the Muslims, whom if it was not for them, all religions would have been wiped out:

{“For had it not been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, wherein the Name of Allah is mentioned much would surely have been pulled down.”} [al-Hajj; 40]

{“Permission to fight is given to those who are fighting them because they have been wronged, and surely, Allah is Able to give them victory.”} [al-Hajj; 39]

The second of them is kindness towards all people by spreading the religion that they are obligated to follow, from other than which they will find no happiness or success, and calling those who are to be held accountable to what they were Created for: the worship of Allah without any partners, and the abandonment of anything that contradicts or opposes this.

And this is the purpose of benefiting and being kind to the Creation:

{“And fight them until there is no more fitnah and the Religion will all be for Allah Alone.”} [al-Anfal; 39]

…and this is from the greatest of qualities of Islam, since the goal of the Jihad in this religion is not simply to control people or bring them under the submission of others, nor is the goal death and destruction, nor is it oppression under the guise of justice (as it is the goal of the wars fought by those who have strayed from the correct religion). And because of this, its results have differed from others. So, the results of the Jihad of Islam are the spreading of justice and mercy and goodness and happiness and success and righteousness, and the results of others are death and destruction and enslaving the creation and oppressing them in regards to their blood and wealth and lives.”

[‘Majmu’ al-Fawa’id wa Iqtinas al-’Awabid’; p. 76]

A Grave and Mistaken Understanding That Must Be Corrected

Posted in Abu Basir on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Praise be to Allah, Alone, and may prayers and peace be upon the one after whom there is no Prophet.

As for what follows:

For a long time, I have been noticing a mistaken attitude held by some of the youth who carry zeal and enthusiasm for the affairs of Jihad, where you would see them – out of emotion, fanaticism, and ignorance – rejecting every statement – even if correct – that goes against that which the people of the frontlines and Jihad are upon. In their eyes, the truth is that which the people of the frontlines and Jihad are upon, even if they might do that which is in opposition to the Book and Sunnah. It is unacceptable to them for it to be said of a fighting Mujahid that he made a mistake, and that the correct opinion is such-and-such. It is as if they are saying that the Mujahidin are infallible and can never make mistakes, whether they have knowledge or do not have knowledge. They do not accept any statement or opinion – even if true and correct – from anyone who is not fighting – even if he is from the people of taqwa and knowledge – against he who is fighting, even if he is prone to ignorance and mistakes!

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What is the peak of taqwa?

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

‘Umar bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz used to say: “None can reach the state of taqwa until he possesses neither actions nor words that can be exposed to his embarrassment, either in this World or the Hereafter.”

He was also once asked: “When does the worshipper reach the peak of piety?” He replied: “If he puts all the thoughts and desires in his heart on a plate and then wandered around in the market, he should not feel ashamed of anything there.”

[Min Akhlaq as-Salaf’; p. 56]

Selections from ‘Sahih al-Jami”

Posted in al-Albani, The Words of the Salaf on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

A nice collection of authentic statements of Allah’s Messenger:

8: “I eat as a slave eats, and I sit as a slave sits, for verily, I am a slave.”

23: “Allah hates to allow the one who has killed a believer to repent.”

44: “The people of Yemen have come to you, and they have the weakest (softest) hearts, and the softest mouths, and comprehension (fiqh) is from Yemen, and wisdom is from Yemen.”

80: “Would you like for your heart to become soft and for you to find what you are looking for? Be compassionate to the orphan and pat his head, and feed him from what you eat. Then your heart will become soft, and you will find what you are looking for.”

92: “Do you wish to put the people to trial, Mu’adh? If you lead the people in prayer, then read Surat ash-Shams, and al-A’la, and al-Layl, and al-’Alaq.”

100: “Beware of that which is forbidden and you will be the best worshipper among the people, and be pleased with your share of what Allah has given and you will be the most self-sufficient of the people, and be good to your neighbor and you will be a believer, and love for the people what you love for yourself and you will be a Muslim, and do not laugh too much for too much laughing kills the heart.”

245: “Supplicate to Allah while you are certain that He will answer you, and know that Allah does not answer supplication from a heart that is heedless of Him.”

275: “If Allah loves a people, then He tests them.”

287: “If anyone of you improves his practice of Islam, then for every good action that he performs, he will have anywhere from 10 to 700 like them written for him, and whoever performs a bad deed will only have that deed written for him until he meets Allah.”

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These Are the Ones from Whom I Fear for the Jihad and the Mujahidin…!

Posted in Abu Basir on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Praise be to Allah, alone, and may peace and blessings be upon the one after whom there is no Prophet.

As for what follows:

Indeed, those who are quick to demoralize and abandon their cause are known from their ambiguous words, as well as from their clear words. They are known, and are not hidden from anyone, and their evil is avoided. At the same time, there is another group that harms the Jihad and the Mujahidin, and severely damages the Jihadi manhaj – in the name of Jihad, claiming to love Jihad and the Mujahidin, defending them, etc. – and few are those who have come to know of them. So, it becomes a must to come to know them and some of their characteristics and traits, in order that we avoid them and warn from them!

And from the most common traits of this group of people:

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A Discussion Regarding the Targeting of Women and Children

Posted in Abu Basir on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

1 – The principles of the Shar’i texts indicate that a man is not to be taken to account for the sins of others, as in the Saying of Allah: {“…and none shall carry the burdens of another…”} [al-An’am; 16]

And this verse has been repeated five times in the Noble Qur’an in order to communicate and confirm the importance and significance of its meaning.

And it is in the hadith of Abi Ramthah that he said: “My father and I went out with the Prophet, and the Messenger of Allah said to my father: “Is this your son?” He said: “Yes, by the Lord of the Ka’bah.” The Prophet asked: “Really?” My father said: “I bear witness to it.” So, the Messenger of Allah smiled and laughed from the strong resemblance that I bore to my father, and from my father’s oath that I was his son, and said: “Verily, he is not taken to account for your deeds, and you are not taken to account for his deeds,” and he recited: {“…and none shall carry the burdens of another…”}

And in another narration: “Verily, you are not taken to account for his deeds, and he is not taken to account for your deeds.”

And the Prophet said, in his farewell Hajj: “…and everyone shall reap only what they sow, and the father will not be taken to account for his son’s deeds, and the son will not be taken to account for the father’s deeds.”

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Regarding Shaykh al-Albani

Posted in 'Abdullah 'Azzam on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…The fourth hadith that was reported by the noble Shaykh al-Albani – I ask Allah to bless his life, and may Allah allow us to benefit from his knowledge – in truth, and in confirming that which is true and admitting that which is good, I am of those who studied at the hands of the Shaykh, and I benefited greatly from him in the areas of ‘Aqidah and researching texts – the authentic texts. Because of this, I shudder whenever I come across a weak hadith, as there is no way that I can place a weak hadith in any of my books. I cannot stand to do this! Subhan Allah, I took from him – may Allah reward him – even if I differ from him in many of the Fiqh opinions that he held. I do not agree with most of his Fiqh opinions, as he held many strange positions. However, in terms of Hadith, then I do not think that there is a single man on this Earth who is more knowledgeable in Hadith than him – our shaykh, Shaykh al-Albani. Likewise, ma Sha’ Allah on his ‘aqidah

And we add to this that he never befriended or compromised with the tawaghit, nor did he sell out on his religion, nor did he sell the verses of Allah for a small price. Yes, we differ with him in some of his opinions, and I do not accept many of his Fiqh opinions. As for Hadith, then if he tells me that this hadith is authentic, then I do not question it, yes. In truth, he is a Muhaddith; the most well-known living Muhaddith that we know of today, and Allah Knows best. However, this is not the reason that we love him or take from his knowledge of Hadith.

This book of his – ‘Sahih al-Jami” – does not leave my side most of the time; whether I am travelling or at home. I have a copy in my house, and I have a copy here (in the camp in Afghanistan). ‘Sahih al-Jami’ as-Saghir’ is basically a mini-manual of Hadith. I am saying that it is of the best of books after the Book of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic. Any hadith that might come to mind, you can open up this book and see if it is authentic or not.”

[‘Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah’; p. 177]

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