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Advice on Dealing with Family

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi on October 14, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

“…And I want to remind you of the saying of the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه و سلم): “The believer who mixes with the people and is patient with the harm they inflict is better than the believer who doesn’t mix with the people and isn’t patient with the harm they inflict,” as reported by Ahmad and others from Ibn ‘Umar.

Based on this, what I advise you to do is to be patient with your family and to withstand their harm and to strive to give them da’wah and try to save them from the Fire, as in the verse: {“O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones. It has stern, severe Angels watching over it who don’t disobey Allah in what He orders them with, and they do all that they are ordered.”} [at-Tahrim; 6]

And I hope you don’t think of leaving the house and abandoning them. Exhaust all means of da’wah with them, especially if staying with them will have some effect on even a few of them.

Beware of starting off in a harsh and extreme way that will turn them off. Rather, talk to them according to what they understand with wisdom and kindness, as Allah Said: {“Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and kind way of speaking, and discuss with them in the best way.”} [an-Nahl; 125]

And remember the saying of the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه و سلم): “Give glad tidings, and do not turn people away,” and: “Indeed, gentleness isn’t found in something except that it beautifies it, and it isn’t removed from something except that it ruins it.”

And start with the most important issues, and go in order. Don’t get into arguments with them over secondary matters while their principles are messed up. Instead, begin by addressing the principles, and if you happen to come across problems in secondary issues, tie it to the main principles and don’t make your enmity with them except when it comes to the basic principle of the Religion, Tawhid, its nullifiers, and what breaks its firm handhold…”

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“…Which group should I join?”

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi on October 8, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

“…You ask about which group you should join.

I advise you to aid the truth and Tawhid (pure monotheism) and its adherents, and to search for those who best fulfill this description and be patient alongside them, as Allah Said to His Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم): {“And be patient alongside those who call upon their Lord in the morning and afternoon, seeking His Face…”} [al-Kahf; 28]

You have to first know and learn the truth and Tawhid in order to know its adherents, because people are recognized in light of the truth. So, if you come to know the closest people to the call to Tawhid, hold tightly to their friendship and help them as much as you can.

Beware of blind allegiance to personalities, as this will block you off from much good.

The people of the truth that I advise you to stick with must combine these important characteristics:

  • they adhere to the belief of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah
  • they follow the Prophetic method in calling to Tawhid and disassociating themselves from shirk
  • they do this openly, just as Prophet Ibrahim and his followers did
  • they do not have blind allegiance except to textual evidence
  • they do their part in aiding and giving victory to the Religion
  • they are not hurt by those who oppose them or betray them, as in the description of the Ta’ifah al-Mansurah (the Victorious Group – may Allah make us from it)…”

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“Soon, I will teach you how to hunt hawks…”

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Our Prisoners in Our Hearts, Ramadan on March 26, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

Indeed, these are emotional moments, and in this place that is cut off from the rest of the world, it is the fourth Ramadan that has come upon us while we are in this trial…

In such times, one is used to being busy with remembering Allah or any other useful activity to not surrender to emotions and memories, especially today and in such moments, as there is a scene in my mind that never fails to surface on the first day of Ramadan each year…

It is the scene of the children running around the dinner table awaiting the call for prayer, and their mother quickly rushing to and fro to prepare their iftar, with none of them having reached the age where fasting is even obligatory for them. Despite this, they are all enthusiastic about fasting, especially during the first days of this noble month.

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…So, Do Not Fear Them!

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Books & PDFs on January 25, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

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“…Would you fear a fly?”

– Ibn al-Qayyim

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Expecting the Best from Allah

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Books & PDFs on January 9, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

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“…In accordance with how good your expectations of and hope in Allah are and how truthful your reliance and trust are in Him, Allah will not betray your hopes in the least, as He does not betray the hopes of those who hope and does not cause any effort to go to waste…”

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Fundamentals Come First

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi on January 8, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

“…It is a must to always strive to correct our fundamentals and principles and build our foundation on taqwa of Allah and His Pleasure. We were taught by our Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to begin with issues in order of their importance.

So, there is nothing before or above calling to pure monotheism and the firm handhold of faith (disassociation from false gods), and warning against and working to demolish the ideas of polytheism. This is how the Prophet was when calling the people, and this is what he would send his ambassadors and messengers with in all corners of the Earth, and this is what he would open his letters to the kings of the world with.

Therefore, we should not argue with deviant groups regarding their corruption in some secondary matters without tying it in to the fundamentals, as we know that this corruption only stems from the corruption in their fundamentals, namely in their understanding the concepts of polytheism, monotheism and its firm handhold, disbelief, faith, and other fundamentals.

In fact, we should start with nothing but their fundamentals that are deviated from those of Ahl as-Sunnah. So, if they correct their fundamentals and are sincere towards Allah and build their foundation upon taqwa of Allah and His Pleasure, it becomes easy to discuss these secondary matters with them, and it becomes possible to correct them…”

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The Repentance of Abu Mu’adh

Posted in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Our Prisoners in Our Hearts on December 29, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

The story begins like this:

Two bandits lay their eyes on their prey. They choose a house whose appearance pleases them between the other houses, and they begin to approach it.

The issue for them is quite easy and without the threat of danger, as their prey is usually weak. They usually only go out during the day, when the men of the house are at work. If they were surprisingly met by a man in the house, retreat was easy and calculated. All they would have to do would be to pretend to be looking for anyone whose name came to mind, apologize for the disturbance, say that they must have the wrong address, and leave in silence. They would need a ruse, as their simple weapons would not hold up against anyone strong.

They approached the door of their chosen house…

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