Archive for June, 2008

Thirty Good Deeds Passing Us By

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on June 30, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

From ‘Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad’ (757):

Abu Hurayrah reported that a man passed by the Messenger of Allah while he was in a gathering, and he said: “as-Salamu ‘alaykum.” So, he said: “Ten good deeds.”

Another man passed by and said: “as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah.” So, he said: “Twenty good deeds.”

Another man passed by and said: “as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.” So, he said: “Thirty good deeds.”

So, let us try to obtain the thirty good deeds by making the complete greeting instead of the basic one. Imagine how many hasanat pass us by every time we greet each other, as just two or three extra words will gain us an extra twenty good deeds each time we say them!

And from ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (1403): “If a man meets his Muslim brother, he should say: ‘as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.'”

Time Limit for the ‘Isha’ Prayer

Posted in Original & Misc. on June 29, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

There is the opinion deduced from taking the apparent (dhahir) meaning of the hadith about the middle of the night that was held by Ibn Hazm, ash-Shawkani, al-Albani, and others that the permissible time is till the middle of the night, beyond which it is forbidden to delay ‘Isha’.

Consider also what the major scholars of the four madhahib said:

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Virtues of Reading the Stories of the Salaf

Posted in The Lives of the Salaf on June 28, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Indeed, the stories of the active and righteous scholars are from the best ways of ingraining virtuous characteristics into the soul, and they push it to withstand hardships and obstacles for the sake of noble and lofty goals, and they motivate it to imitate those who display sacrifice and bravery – all in order to cause it to ascend to the highest and noblest of levels.

This is why some of the scholars from the Salaf said: “Stories are soldiers from the soldiers of Allah. Allah keeps the hearts of the awliya’ firm through them.” The proof for this from the Book of Allah is His Saying: {“And all that We relate to you of the news of the Messengers is so that We may make your heart strong and firm thereby.”} [Hud; 120]

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Asad bin al-Furat: The Conqueror of Southern Italy

Posted in The Lives of the Salaf on June 27, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

adh-Dhahabi introduced him in ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala” (9/14):

“Asad bin al-Furat, the Imam, the ‘Allamah, the Qadi, the Amir, the forerunner of the Mujahidin, Abu ‘Abdillah al-Harrani then al-Maghribi. He was born in Harran in 144 according to Ibn Makula. Others have said he was born in 145.”

In ‘Shajarat an-Nur az-Zakiyyah fi Tabaqat al-Malikiyyah’ (p. 62), Shaykh Muhammad Makhluf al-Maliki said:

“He traveled with his father when he was two years of age with the army of Arabs under the leadership of Ibn al-Ash’ath, and he entered Qayrawan in the year 146. He then entered Tunis and dedicated himself to reciting and studying the Qur’an and its sciences. He heard ‘al-Muwatta” from Ibn Ziyad (‘Ali bin Ziyad at-Tunisi), and when he was eighteen, he traveled east. He lived in Madinah for some time, and reviewed ‘al-Muwatta” with Malik himself.

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Being Positive and Cheerful

Posted in Ibn 'Uthaymin, Original & Misc. on June 24, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

In the first chapter of ‘Kitab at-Tawhid,’ Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab mentions the hadith of Mu’adh where the Prophet said to him: “The right of Allah upon the servants is that they worship Him and associate none with Him, and the right of the servants upon Allah is that He will not punish them if they do not associate anything with him,” and Mu’adh said: “O Messenger of Allah, shall I not give the people the good news?”

In the 17th comment on this chapter, he refers to this hadith and how it shows “the virtue of giving the Muslim good news that will make him happy.”

In ‘Taysir al-‘Aziz al-Hamid’ (p. 46), Sulayman bin ‘Abdillah commented on Mu’adh’s question “…shall I not give the people the good news?” by saying:

“It shows the practice that the Companions were upon of giving each other cheerful news.”

In al-‘Uthaymin’s ‘al-Qawl al-Mufid ‘ala Kitab at-Tawhid’ (1/32), he commented on the same phrase, saying:

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Test Your Heart

Posted in 'Abdullah 'Azzam on June 23, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…How heavy is the Qur’an upon the immoral fasiq, and how heavy is worship and prayer upon the immoral fasiq hypocrite! The prayer is so heavy upon these hypocrites! You see him sitting and writing in a diary for one, two, or three hours, or standing and talking for one, two, or three hours, and if he stands behind the imam for five minutes, it is as if a mountain has been placed on his chest and heart. The diseases of the hearts, we seek refuge with Allah from them…

Because of this, if you want to test your heart, inspect it and test it out when the Qur’an is being recited – is it heavy upon your heart or not? Test your heart out during worship. Test your heart out when you see the salihin. Test your heart out when you are making your adhkar during the morning hours. Test your heart out when you stand up to pray – do you love to pray? Or is it heavy upon you? If it is heavy upon you, and if worship is heavy upon you, then ask Allah to remove the hardness from your heart and replace it with softness, because this is proof that the jahiliyyah is still entrenched in your heart and soul.

The hardness of the heart…we seek refuge with Allah from the hardness of the hearts. The hardness of the hearts is increased by satisfying the desires – sexual desires, even if by permissible means, and the desire for food, even if by permissible means.

This is why they say that the softness of the heart is achieved in six occasions:

The Destruction of the Homosexuals of Lut

Posted in Ibn Kathir on June 17, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Describing the horrible destruction that befell the homosexuals from the people of Lut, Ibn Kathir narrates:

“…And when the Sun rose, the punishment descended upon them.

Allah Said: {“So when Our Commandment came, We turned them upside down, and rained on them stones of sijjil mandud (piled up, baked clay); marked from your Lord, and it is not far from the wrong-doers.”} [Hud; 82-83] They (the People of the Book) say that Jibril uprooted their dwellings by plucking them with the edge of his wing, and they were seven cities filled with people in total. They say that they were 400 people total, and it is said that they were 400,000 along with their animals and the surrounding cities and areas and dwellings. So, he lifted all of this until it was piled up to the level of the clouds, to the point that the Angels could hear the sounds of their roosters and the howling of their dogs. He then flipped all of this over, causing what was on the bottom to be on top and vice versa.

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