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]

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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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]

Being True With Allah

Posted in 'Abdullah 'Azzam, Books & PDFs on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna
“…the biggest problem facing Islam today is the lack of the sincere and truthful amongst those who are working for Allah, except for those few hidden, pious, and pure people who were made for leading nations, and were made for navigating the ship…”


A Message to Every Youth

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


“…if you are too stingy with Allah to give Him some of your time at such an early age, in the coming times you will be even stingier…”


There Is No Escape from Allah Except to Him

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

“Today, the average American, if he experiences some problem, what does he do? He goes to the church! He has been avoiding church for such a long time, and now, he turns to Allah! The Jews said: ‘We will remove the concept of God from the minds of the Christians, and put in its place financial figures.’ Does the average American get up at night to pray to Allah – the Mighty and Exalted? Does he show his need to Allah during the morning hours? What does he do? That is why, if he is faced with a huge problem, he has no option in front of him, except to commit suicide. This is what he does in this life. However, in the Hereafter, {“…neither will it have a complete killing effect on them, so that they die, nor shall its torment be lightened for them} [Fatir; 36]

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