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One Moon Sighting

Posted in Abu Qatadah, Ramadan on August 12, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

Q: What is your opinion on fasting in unison? Should each country have its own moon sighting?

May Allah reward you.

A: In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Naturally and according to the Shari’ah, there is to be only a single Moon sighting for the whole world. This is the opinion of the three Imams except for the Shafi’is, whose opinion in this is rejected and incorrect.

Because of the fact that people begin their fasting on different days, we have become the laughing stock of other nations.

However, it should be mentioned that what we are in today is because of the absence of the Shari’ah and the authority of the murtaddin over our lands. They have changed the symbols of this religion and have made them like toys in their hands. So, O Allah, how has today’s absence of the Religion from the Muslims brought about disasters and tribulation…

And Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best Disposer of our affairs.


Our Women: The Essence of the Ummah

Posted in Abu Qatadah on July 15, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna

“…It is not a coincidence that the Qur’an tells us in ‘al-Qasas’ about the conflict between Musa and Fir’awn (Moses and Pharaoh), and the Qur’an’s focus on this conflict is the verse: {“And We wished to do a favor to those who were oppressed in the land, and to make them rulers and to make them the inheritors.”} [al-Qasas; 5] So, this transferal of power began with a woman, as Allah Said: {“And We inspired to the mother of Musa: “Suckle him. But, when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear or grieve…””} [al-Qasas; 7]

So, the woman is the focal point of our conflict with our opponents, and the outcome of either victory or defeat will come through her. These are not words for a speech or poetry. Rather, it is the reality that we must all pay attention to.

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Thoughts on al-Albani, Ibn Baz, and Tantawi

Posted in Abu Qatadah on April 20, 2009 by Tarek Mehanna


“…As for Shaykh Muhammad Nasir ad-Din al-Albani (may Allah have Mercy on him), this man is a cornerstone – rather, a fortress of the fortresses of the modern awakening in knowledge, especially in regards to the sciences of Hadith, and likewise in the movement of Fiqh and manhaj. People have written books specifically about him, and have mentioned him in the midst of others, and when the Shaykh died, I gave two lectures in which I clarified the characteristics of the Shaykh – what was in his favor and what was to be held against him. I am not of those who turn away from him, and I am not of those who blindly follow him, and I say regarding him what adh-Dhahabi said regarding Ibn Hazm: “And I have an affinity to Abu Muhammad due to his love of the hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and I do not declare him to be a disbeliever or a deviant.”

And Shaykh al-Albani is a comprehensive personality. He had characteristics that every student of knowledge should possess, such as his patience in obtaining knowledge, his efforts in reading, his dedication to what he was involved in, his distance from being employed by governments, his bravery in calling to what he believed in – each of these characteristics requires pages to comment on, and he is a self-made man who built his reputation with his own effort and sweat, and he placed himself in the ranks of the scholars – rather, at their forefront – without the help of a government, party, or organization. The observer cannot help but to reflect over his books and see the effort put forth by the man to reach this level. If you read his biography, you will see his strength and patience in the Da’wah and bringing it to the people and the youth.

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Why will Jesus descend at the end of time instead of our Prophet?

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

As for why Allah – the Exalted – will send Jesus at the end of time and not our Prophet (peace be upon him), then Allah – the Exalted – Says: {“…and your Lord Creates what He Wills and Chooses. The choice is not for them…”}

And this touches upon a wisdom: that the Christians lied regarding Jesus and fabricated on his behalf – they, and the Jews. So, the Christians claim that Jesus was killed by them, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us that at the end of time, he (Jesus) will descend. And if he descends, we can benefit from this in two ways:

Firstly: that the Prophet (peace be upon him) spoke the truth, and that he is the seal of the Prophets, because he informed us of something that would happen in the future. Therefore, he is truthful in everything that he reports from his Lord.

Secondly: the Christians have lied in their fabrications regarding Jesus.

And from the additional wisdoms: that it will be truthfully shown that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Seal of the Prophets, because if it was Muhammad (peace be upon him) who descended, we would not benefit from that in any obvious way. But, if Jesus (peace be upon him) is the one who descends and then follows the Shari’ah of our Prophet, and ruled by it, and obligated the people to follow it, and obligated himself to follow it – and, rather, prayed behind the expected Mahdi – all of this would undoubtedly show that the Prophet (peace be upon him) is the seal of the Prophets, and that his Shari’ah is the seal of all the divine messages, and that nobody will benefit from claiming that he is a follower of Jesus – even if he had the original Gospel, without its alterations – because Jesus will rule by the Shari’ah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

And from the additional wisdom in this: that the death of the Anti-Christ will be by the hands of the true Christ, as the false Christ will be killed by Jesus the son of Mary – so the Masih of Kufr will be killed by the Masih of Iman.

And from the additional wisdom: that Jesus (peace be upon him) is the one who gave glad tidings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Qur’an, as the Exalted mentions: {“…and a giver of glad tidings of a Messenger that will come after me whose name is Ahmad…”}, and in the Gospel likewise. So, he will descend to see if those who ascribe themselves to him listened to him – did they listen to his glad tidings? Or did they insistently remain upon their disbelief and stubbornness?

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