Archive for July, 2008

What Goes Around Comes Around

Posted in 'Abdullah 'Azzam on July 31, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Whenever I look to the effects of Ibn Taymiyyah and the effects of Sayyid Qutb on Earth, I come to realize the meaning of {“A good word is like good tree whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches reach to the sky, giving its fruit at all times by the Leave of its Lord…”} [Ibrahim; 24]

Ibn Taymiyyah died in prison in the year 726 H. His books were burned up, and he and Ibn al-Qayyim were paraded around the streets of Damascus with the neighborhood children mocking and clapping behind them. Ibn Taymiyyah would sometimes write in prison, so they took away his pen and paper. So, he began writing on the walls of his cell using a rock. This treatise of ‘al-Hamawiyyah’ or ‘at-Tadmuriyyah’ was copied down from the walls of his prison cell. Ibn Taymiyyah died in 726 H, and the the scholars who competed with him thought that they were finally rid of him. He died in 726 H, and after exactly four centuries, someone emerged in the belly of the Arabian Peninsula who loved the books of Ibn Taymiyyah and learned from them, and he was Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab. Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab was expelled from ad-Dar’iyyah to here and there, to Iraq, etc. Afterwards, he returned, and Allah softened the heart of Muhammad bin Sa’ud towards him and he agreed to aid his mission, and he did so.

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The Hidden Secret

Posted in Safar al-Hawali on July 21, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…We can prove the existence of this secret with tangible evidence from the words of those who do not believe in the Hereafter but who do believe in being active and energetic, and believe in the necessity of making good use of their time. We will present this only for the sake of knowledge and comparison, nothing else.

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The Fruits of Sincerity in Your Knowledge and Time

Posted in Safar al-Hawali on July 20, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…How great are the fruits of sincerity, and how are the Muslims, the righteous, the worshipers who seek Allah and the Hereafter and know the worthlessness of the life of this world in dire need of purifying their actions to be solely for Allah so that they can see these fruits and blessings for themselves, and so that they can see things that nobody would believe could happen within the normal limits of the human perspective!

From these is that the scholars who wrote and sought knowledge sincerely for Allah were granted blessing in their time, lives, and knowledge by Allah, and many people benefited from them.

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The Collapse of American Moral Values

Posted in Safar al-Hawali on July 17, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…The discussion regarding values can become deep and philosophical, and the reader doesn’t need this. So, let us instead approach it from the standpoint of experience and historical application.

The United States of America was founded on the paired values of extreme religiosity and sheer self-centered opportunism. The religious values were concentrated in certain groups of Americans living in certain states, and the opportunistic values were likewise concentrated in certain groups and states. The balance between the two was effectively maintained until the first World War, which is when America abandoned its neutrality and emerged from seclusion. This is where its policies began gradually separating from traditional values, creating the huge gap between the two that exists today.

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When the Ummah Deviated from the Actions of the Heart

Posted in Safar al-Hawali on July 17, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…The Companions and the righteous predecessors understood the Book of Allah and implemented it in knowledge and action, and they knew the importance of the actions of the heart such as sincerity, certainty, truthfulness, love, etc. As a result, they became true manifestations of complete servitude to Allah, and they knew that لا إله إلا الله was not just a phrase spoken on the tongue. They knew that the person – if his heart submits and becomes subdued and humble – must carry out certain deeds, and that his limbs must also become subdued. This is why their lives became a living manifestation of these realities of faith that their hearts were experiencing, may Allah be Pleased with them and they with Him.

What happened in the later years to some of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah – and we are not talking about those who opposed them – is that they were afflicted with what others were afflicted with to a certain degree. They became afflicted with weakness, and their understanding became restricted and limited in their minds, and the whole concept of the Religion to them became nothing more than basic rituals, and the testimony that none was worthy of worship except Allah became a mere statement.

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Knowledge and Hydrocephalus

Posted in 'Abdullah 'Azzam on July 10, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Allah’s way of building the human soul is to develop it gradually, just like a building. You build a building floor by floor, placing one brick over the other, etc. until the human soul is fully built.

The human soul cannot be built overnight, it cannot be built overnight. It needs a long time to be built…build it gradually, just like the body grows gradually. When a person is born, he is half a meter tall, for example. One day, he will be seven years old, and one day he will be seventy-five years old. He will grow from being a meter tall to being a meter and a quarter tall, etc. When he gets to be twenty years old, he will be between 170 to 175 centimeters tall.

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When the Shar’i Cure Doesn’t Work!

Posted in al-Qurtubi, Ibn 'Uthaymin on July 8, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Khawlah bint Hakim narrated that Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Whoever arrives somewhere and says: ‘I seek refuge with Allah’s complete Words from the evil He has Created (أعوذ بكلمات الله التامات من شر ما خلق),’ nothing will harm until he leaves that place.”

This was reported by Muslim (2708).

In ‘Taysir al-‘Aziz al-Hamid’ (p. 146), Sulayman bin ‘Abdillah relates that al-Qurtubi commented on this by saying:

“And this is true and real, and I believe in it due to the textual proof as well as my own experience. Since I heard this narration, I would constantly act upon it and nothing was able to harm me until I left it. One night, I was stung by a scorpion in al-Mahdiyyah (a province in Tunisia). So, I thought to myself until I realized that I had forgotten to seek refuge using these words.”

In ‘al-Qawl al-Mufid’ (1/155), Ibn al-‘Uthaymin commented on this hadith:

“This protection is from all human and jinni devils – whether they are visible or invisible – until the person leaves that place. And there is no way that what is described in this narration will not take place, as these are the words of the truthful one who is believed (i.e. the Messenger of Allah)! However, if what is mentioned in this narration does not take place, it is because of a preventative factor and not because of a deficiency in the method itself or the narration. This also applies to anything that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) mentioned as a Shar’i method in which the desired outcome is not achieved. So, this is not because of a fault in the method, and is rather because of the presence of an obstacle that is blocking the desired outcome.

For example, reciting ‘al-Fatihah’ for a sick person is a form of healing. Some people recite it and find that the sick person is not healed. This is not because of a deficiency in this method, and is instead because there is something present that is preventing this method from bringing about its desired effect. Another example is mentioning Allah before having sexual intercourse in order to prevent Satan from harming the future child. Some people will mention Allah and find that Satan still ends up harming the child due to something that is preventing this effect from being achieved.

So, you should check yourself to figure out what the obstacle is so that you can remove it and experience the effect of the method.”