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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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Looking at Foreign Women

Posted in al-Albani on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

1 – Sa’id bin Jubayr:

“It is not permitted for the Muslim woman to be seen by a stranger except that she has a covering over her khimar, and she pulls that tightly around her head and neck.”

2 – Malik bin Anas:

“There is no problem with a woman eating with other than her close relatives (mahram).”

3 – Abu Ja’far at-Tahawi:

“It is allowed for the people to look at those who are stranger (non-mahram) to them from among the women, to their faces and hands, and that has been forbidden for the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and that is the saying of Abu Hanifah and Abi Yusuf and Muhammad.”

4 – Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr:

“And to look at her hands and her face is permitted for everyone who looks at her without a doubtful reason and without a disliked reason.”

5 – al-Baghawi:

“It is not allowed for the man to look at anything from her except the face and the hands, except when there is fear of temptation.”

6 – al-Qadi ‘Iyad:

“The scholars have said that it is not obligatory for the woman to cover her face while she is on her way. Rather, this is a preferred action for her, and it is obligatory for the man to lower his gaze from her in all situations.”

7 – Ibn al-Qattan:

“And we have mentioned that it is allowed for the woman to expose her face and hands. So, glancing at these is allowed with the condition that there is no fear of temptation and the look is not out of desire. If the look is out of desire, there is nothing other than forbiddance.”

8 – Ibn Muflih al-Hambali:

“And our saying is the saying of a group of the Shafi’is and other than them: that the glance at the foreign woman without desire or seclusion with her (is allowed). So, they are not to be reprimanded if they expose their faces in the streets.”

9 – Ibn Rislan (one of the explainers of ‘Sunan at-Tirmidhi‘):

“The glance at the foreign woman is allowed provided there is security from temptation.”

10 – A group of scholars of the four schools of thought of our times said, in ‘al-Fiqh ‘ala al-Madhahib al-‘Arba’ah’:

“It is permitted to look at them when there is security from temptation.”

[Collected from al-Albani’s ‘ar-Radd ul-Mufhim‘; p. 119-120]

Virtues of Various Chapters of the Qur’an

Posted in al-Albani on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Here are some ahadith regarding the virtues of various chapters of the Qur’an, collected from some of the books of Shaykh al-Albani (may Allah have Mercy upon him):

1 – ‘al-Fatihah’:

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated:

“While Jibril was with the Messenger of Allah, he heard a noise from above. Jibril lifted his sight to the sky and said: “This is a door in the Heavens being opened, and it has never been opened before now.” An Angel descended from that door and came to the Prophet and said: “Receive the glad tidings of two lights that you have been given, which no other Prophet before you was given: the Opening of the Book, and the last verses of ‘al-Baqarah.’ You will not read a letter of them except that you will gain its benefit.””

[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’; # 1456]

2 – ‘al-Baqarah’:

“Whoever recites Ayat al-Kursi (verse # 255) after every obligatory prayer, then there is nothing between him and his entrance into Paradise except his death.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6464]

“Verily, Allah Wrote a Book one thousand years before He Created the Heavens and the Earth; from this Book descended the last two verses of ‘al-Baqarah.’ These verses are not recited for three nights in any home except that no devil can come near it.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 1799]

3 – ‘az-Zumar’ and ‘al-Isra”:

‘A’ishah said:

“The Prophet would never sleep until he had recited ‘az-Zumar’ and ‘Bani Isra’il’ (i.e., ‘al-Isra”).”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 641]

4 – The Glorifiers:

al-‘Irbad bin Sariyah said:

“The Prophet would not sleep until he had recited ‘al-Musabbahat’ * (the Glorifiers), and he would say: “In them is a verse that is better than a thousand verses.”

[‘Sahih at-Tirmidhi’; # 2712]

*: ‘al-Musabbahat’ are those chapters that begin with “سبح” or “يسبح” and they are: ‘al-Isra’,’ ‘al-Hadid,’ ‘al-Hashr,’ ‘as-Saff,’ ‘al-Jumu’ah,’ ‘at-Taghabun,’ and ‘al-A’la.’

5 – ‘al-Kahf’:

“Whoever memorizes the first ten verses of ‘al-Kahf,’ then he will be protected from the trial of the Dajjal.”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 582]

“Whoever recites ‘al-Kahf’ as it was revealed, he will have a light on the Day of Resurrection that will reach from wherever he is all the way to Makkah. And whoever recites the last ten verses of it, and the Dajjal emerges right after, then he will not be harmed by him. And nobody makes ablution, then says: ‘Glory and praise be to You, O Allah. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but You. I seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance’ [Subhanak Allahumma wa bi Hamdik; ashhadu an la ilaha illa Ant. Astaghfiruk wa atubu ilayk] except that it is written on a tablet and permanently transcribed on that tablet, and that tablet will not be broken or damaged until the Day of Resurrection.”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 2651]

“Whoever recites ‘al-Kahf’ on the night before Friday, then a light will be lit for him between wherever he is and the Ka’bah.”

[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’; # 736]

6 – ‘al-Mulk’:

“There is a chapter in the Qur’an that is made up of thirty verses. It interceded for a man until he was forgiven all of his sins, and that chapter is ‘Tabarak.’

[‘Sahih at-Tirmidhi’; # 2315]

7 – ‘al-Ikhlas’:

“Whoever recites ‘Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad’ and completes it ten times, Allah will build a palace for him in Paradise.”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 589]

Is it permissible to greet a disbeliever with something other than ‘Salam’?

Posted in al-Albani on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

The Messenger of Allah said:

“Tomorrow, I am going to meet the Jews. So, do not initiate the greeting of ‘Salam’ to them. If they greet you with ‘Salam,’ then say: ‘Wa ‘alaykum.’

[‘Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad’; # 838]

In ‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’ (2/320), al-Albani commented:

“So, if it is asked: ‘Is it permissible to initiate a greeting to a disbeliever with something other than ‘Salam,’ such as by saying ‘How are you,’ ‘Good morning,’ etc.?’

I say – and Allah Knows best – that it is allowed, since the prohibition mentioned in the hadith is specifically in regards to the ‘Salam,’ and what is intended by it is the Islamic greeting that contains one of Allah’s Names, as in the saying of the Prophet: ‘as-Salam’ is one of Allah’s Names that He has descended upon the Earth. So, spread ‘as-Salam’ between yourselves.” (‘Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad’; # 760)

And from what supports what I have said is the narration of ‘Alqamah: “Verily, ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud greeted the disbelieving peasants with a hand gesture.” (‘Sahih al-Adab al-Mufrad’; # 840)

So, Ibn Mas’ud permitted the initiation of greetings to the disbelievers by way of hand gesture, since this manner of greeting is different from the greeting of ‘Salam’ that is specific for the Muslims.”

And Allah Knows best.