Forgiving & pardoning the one who has oppressed you hoping for the reward from Allaah

Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Aal us-Shaykh hafidhahullah

Question:

Which is better and which will receive a greater reward, that the Muslim forgives and pardons the one who oppresses him hoping for the Reward from Allaah, or that he leaves the problem unresolved because he will take from his good deeds on the day of judgement?

Answer:

No, the origin is to pardon. Allaah Ta ‘Ala says, “And verily whoever shows patience and forgives that will truly be the things recommended by Allaah.” (Qur’an: 42: 43) And as it comes in the narration, “There is no one who is oppressed and forgives his oppressor except that Allaah will increase him in might and strength.” So, you forgive him in this life Allaah will raise you in levels and degrees, and give you success. But, if you don’t forgive him then you have to go to the dispute on the day of judgement. And you could be compensated with something insignificant or small. But, to pardon in this worldly life while you have the ability to do otherwise this is a more beneficial action for you on the day that you meet Allaah Subhana wa Ta ‘Ala.

Translation source: Masjid Tawheed Wa Sunnah of Durham, North Carolina: http://mtws.posthaven.com/

Taken from: salaf-us-saalih.com

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I believe that the Salafee manhaj is the truth, however the character of the Salafees runs me away from this manhaj

Q&A With Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool (Part 2)
Author: Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Umar Baazmool (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala)

Questions posed by Anwar Wright & Abu Yusuf Khaleefah

Translated by Anwar Wright

Eighth Question:

Some people say “I believe that the Salafee manhaj is the truth, however the character of the Salafees runs me away from this manhaj.”

Answer:

The answer to this question is from many aspects.

The first, did you accept Islam and follow the Salafee manhaj for the people or for Allaah? (Did you accept it) for Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, (and) to follow His religion, and to seek the reward from Him, the High and Exalted. You do not seek the reward from the people. If the people make mistakes, then stay away from their mistakes. And the one who mixes with the people and is patient upon their harm is better than those who do not mix with the people. This is the first thing.

The second thing: if you find from your brothers some opposition, mistakes and bad manners and they are Salafees, then you advise them and clarify to them, and be diligent upon guiding them.

Thirdly, by Allaah, your Salafee brothers with their bad manners that you complain about, they are – by Allaah – better than the hizbees, those whom you claim to possess praiseworthy mannerisms.

Fourthly, the Salafee with his manners is more lofty than the hizbee who has manners. This is because the hizbee is lowly and disgraced due to his hizbiyyah, and his oppositions to the truth.

Fifthly, we say to you O brother, (that) shaytaan in regards to these Salafee is diligent upon causing conflicts and disputes between them and trying to corrupt their mannerisms, so let not you be a prey for shaytaan that he distances you from your Salafee brothers. Also shaytaan is far from those hizbees, because shaytaan doesn’t come to a house that’s already destroyed. Just as some of the Salaf would say – I think al-Awzaa’ee or other than him:

“Ahlus Sunnah causes the people to flee or isolate away from them.“

Why? Because Shaytaan comes to them and tries to lure them and tries to flee the people away from them. As for the people of innovation, they have calmness and tranquility, so shaytaan can use them as a trap to (misguide) the people. So beware, beware that you be deceived by the good mannerisms of these people and you fall into their trap, for verily this is nothing but poison and it is destruction. And beware, beware that you flee from the truth because of some alienation or some bad dealings that you find from your brothers.

Then – may Allaah not decree – if you do stumble across this matter, if you remain patient and seek your reward with Allaah, you will find your reward with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. So beware of the likes of this affair, may Allaah bless you.

The complete series of questions and answers can be downloaded from the following links:

http://www.salafyink.com/studentsofknowledge/QAShBazmool1.pdf

I believe that the Salafee manhaj is the truth, however the character of the Salafees runs me away from this manhaj..

Q&A With Shaykh Ahmad Bazmool (Part 2)
Author: Shaykh Ahmad ibn ‘Umar Baazmool (hafidhahullaah Ta’aala)

Questions posed by Anwar Wright & Abu Yusuf Khaleefah

Translated by Anwar Wright

Eighth Question:

Some people say “I believe that the Salafee manhaj is the truth, however the character of the Salafees runs me away from this manhaj.”

Answer:

The answer to this question is from many aspects.

The first, did you accept Islam and follow the Salafee manhaj for the people or for Allaah? (Did you accept it) for Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, (and) to follow His religion, and to seek the reward from Him, the High and Exalted. You do not seek the reward from the people. If the people make mistakes, then stay away from their mistakes. And the one who mixes with the people and is patient upon their harm is better than those who do not mix with the people. This is the first thing.

The second thing: if you find from your brothers some opposition, mistakes and bad manners and they are Salafees, then you advise them and clarify to them, and be diligent upon guiding them.

Thirdly, by Allaah, your Salafee brothers with their bad manners that you complain about, they are – by Allaah – better than the hizbees, those whom you claim to possess praiseworthy mannerisms.

Fourthly, the Salafee with his manners is more lofty than the hizbee who has manners. This is because the hizbee is lowly and disgraced due to his hizbiyyah, and his oppositions to the truth.

Fifthly, we say to you O brother, (that) shaytaan in regards to these Salafee is diligent upon causing conflicts and disputes between them and trying to corrupt their mannerisms, so let not you be a prey for shaytaan that he distances you from your Salafee brothers. Also shaytaan is far from those hizbees, because shaytaan doesn’t come to a house that’s already destroyed. Just as some of the Salaf would say – I think al-Awzaa’ee or other than him:

“Ahlus Sunnah causes the people to flee or isolate away from them.“

Why? Because Shaytaan comes to them and tries to lure them and tries to flee the people away from them. As for the people of innovation, they have calmness and tranquility, so shaytaan can use them as a trap to (misguide) the people. So beware, beware that you be deceived by the good mannerisms of these people and you fall into their trap, for verily this is nothing but poison and it is destruction. And beware, beware that you flee from the truth because of some alienation or some bad dealings that you find from your brothers.

Then – may Allaah not decree – if you do stumble across this matter, if you remain patient and seek your reward with Allaah, you will find your reward with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. So beware of the likes of this affair, may Allaah bless you.

The complete series of questions and answers can be downloaded from the following links:

http://www.salafyink.com/studentsofknowledge/QAShBazmool1.pdf

Read this O Slave of Allaah- Calling yourself to Account- Shaykh Abdur-Razzaq al-Abbad Hafidhahullaah

Shaykh Abd ar-Razzaq al-Abbaad:

All Praise is Due to Allah the Lord of the Universe; He is Alone; He has not partners; and I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family and his companions.

As to what follows:

“يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ”

“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” [59:18]

This verse is a great principle in the matter of holding the soul accountable, and that it is obligatory upon the slave that he takes account for himself and that he looks at what he has prepared for tomorrow before Allah takes account of him on the Day of Judgement. For verily, it is from goodness for the slave that he looks at his actions and to what he has prepared for the meeting with his Lord. Are they righteous, obedient, purified actions and distant from the prohibited actions and evil acts, such [that] it pleases him to meet His Lord with that? Or are they affairs which enrage and anger Allah, and [that] make permissible upon him the punishment [of Allah]?

So he looks at what he has prepared for tomorrow. And he is [continuously] remembering that day, and [continuously] remembering the standing in front of Allah, and [continuously] remembering the taking of account [by Allah] and the presentation of the deeds. And that all that he has done will come present, written, and inscribed in a book.

“وَوُضِعَ الْكِتَابُ فَتَرَى الْمُجْرِمِينَ مُشْفِقِينَ مِمَّا فِيهِ وَيَقُولُونَ يَا وَيْلَتَنَا مَالِ هَٰذَا الْكِتَابِ لَا يُغَادِرُ صَغِيرَةً وَلَا كَبِيرَةً إِلَّا أَحْصَاهَا ۚ وَوَجَدُوا مَا عَمِلُوا حَاضِرًا ۗ وَلَا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا”

“And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.“ [18:49]

On the Day of Judgement the Lord will say:

“O My servants, these deeds of yours which I am recording for you I shall reward you for them, so he who finds good should praise Allah and he who finds other than that should not blame anyone but himself.” [Muslim]

Is it not appropriate of the slave, while the matter is like that, that the taking of account should be now?!

“..so he who finds good should praise Allah and he who finds other than that should not blame anyone but himself.” 

Is it not from appropriateness that this should be during the period of the action?! If he finds good he praises Allah for what He has made easy and has assisted [in], and if he finds other than that he rectifies himself. On the Day of Judgement Allah will say:

“..[he] should not blame anyone but himself.”

Because he has no chance for rectifying, for acting, for repentance and turning back [to Allah]. But if he takes himself to account now and looks at his actions, if he finds good he should praise Allah, and if he finds other than that then he should rectify himself. As for on the Day of Judgement if he finds other than that he should not blame anyone but himself because there is no chance, not for repentance nor for turning back [to Allah] nor for returning to this life a second time to do righteousness, [which is] other than what he used to do.

And in this meaning, Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – says:

“Hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable, weigh yourselves before you are weighed, and be prepared for the biggest gathering before He Whose knowledge encompasses your deeds, (That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of yours will be hidden [69:18]).” 

Taking account of the soul, as the scholars have clarified, is of two types:

1. Taking account after the action

2. Taking account before the action

As for the accounting which is [done] after the action:

It is that the slave looks at that which has passed from his actions, and that which has come forth from his deeds, and that which he will be held accountable for by his Lord. He looks at his past actions in his life. Are they upon obedience and appropriateness? Or are they upon disobedience and deviation? Or is he mixing between that? So he looks at the elapsed from his actions, and everything which has passed the slave will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgement. Everything which he has brought forth, the slave will be held accountable for. But in the Shari’ah (Legislation) of Islam, Allah has favoured upon us with a great and blessed thing, it is none other than the matter of Tawbah (repentance). And our Prophet – sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam – informed us that repentance demolishes what was before it. And he – sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam – informed us that regret is repentance. So he should look at his past actions, if they were pure, righteous, upright, upon the obedience of Allah, then he should praise Allah. And if in them there was disobedience and transgression, the negligence in regards to the Right of Allah, then he should repent.

“قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ”

“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [39:10]

“..do not despair..” – meaning: do not despair, for Allah accepts [the] repentance however big the sin [reaches] and immense the crime [is]. For He forgives those who ask for forgiveness. So a truthful repentance to Allah, and a sincere repentance from every sin is better than the slave meeting Allah with his huge sins and many disobediences.

The second type of taking account is before the action:

It is looking at the action that he will carry out. He does not take a step nor motion in a direction except that it is in agreement in its way [the way of the action he will carry out]. As some of the Salaf have said: “From the understanding of a man is his food, his drink, and his walk.” That he understands that which he steps towards and that which he puts forth from action. Is it legislated which is authorized or is it prohibited? He does not befriend whoever he wants, he does not eat whatever he wants and he does not do whatever he wants, and verily all of that is only weighted upon the scale of the Legislation. So he takes himself to account upon the action before he does it so that his actions are weighed on the scale of the Legislation of Allah so there is agreement in it [the action] with the Prophet – sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

I ask Allah al-Kareem the Lord of the Great ‘Arsh, by His Good Names and High Attributes, that he rectifies for all of us all of our affairs. And that He does not leave us to take care of ourselves even for a blink of an eye. Oh Allah give our souls its Taqwa, and purify it, you are the Best of who purifies it, you are its Wali’ and Mawla.

And Allah knows best. And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah.”

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{Saying In shaa Allaah keeps us from lying! }

Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillaah,

as Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

A subtle point of benefit to appreciate regarding the obligation of relegating our future actions to the Will of Allaah by saying “in shaa’ Allaah” …

Some of the scholars (like al-Qurtubee) mentioned that if we say something about the future (like “I am going to Makkah”) without adding in shaa’ Allaah, and it turns out that we changed our plans or were prevented and ended up not going – that we would be liars (with regard to that report), since we have reported something that was in contradiction to the actual reality (which is the definition of a kathib)!

And when we add “in shaa’ Allaah” to our stated plans, we are free of any blame if the intended plan does not actually take place, since we only said we would do that if Allaah wills it, and it is clear that Allaah has not willed it!

This is from the many, many benefits of a simple phrase of thikr on our tongues!!  And look how it relates to vast obligation of honesty in Islaam!

And Allaah knows best.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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Q: I feel shy when i want to forbid an evil or ask a question…

Question:

My complaint is that a feeling of fear or dread overcomes me when I want to remove an evil or when I want to ask a question to gain knowledge. What is the cure to this condition?

Answer:

This fear and dread you speak of is from the Shaytan, so be wary of it. Be strong, and dont be shy, for Allaah Almighty is not shy of the truth. Therefore, you should be able to both ask a question to a scholar and prevent someone from doing evil without feeling the least bit of shyness. Shyness that prevents you from speaking the truth is not shyness at all, but only weakness. The shyness that is approved by the Shariah is shyness that prevents you from falsehood and evil. It is the shyness the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) intended when he said: Al-Haya (shyness and modesty) is from faith. [1] Or, when he said: Al-Haya is good – (it is) all that is good. [2] Shyness therefore is legislated when it prevents you from perpetrating fornication, from drinking alcohol, from associating with the enemies of Islam, and from all that is evil. This is the prescribed type of shyness.

[1] Al-Bukhari no. 24 and Muslim 36 [2] Muslim no. 37

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 8 Page 75

Beautiful Advice -: Ignoring Wicked Speech being said about you!

~Ignoring Wicked Speech Of Others About You~

قال الشيخ العلاّمة عبد الرحمن السعدي رحمه الله:”

ومن الأمور النافعة أن تعرف أن أذية الناس لك وخصوصاً في الأقوال السيئة، لا تضرك بل تضرهم، إلا إن أشغلت نفسك في الاهتمام بها، وسوغت لها أن تملك مشاعرك، فعند ذلك تضرك كما ضرتهم، فإن أنت لم تضع لها بالاً لم تضرك شيئاً. “

المصدر: ” رسالة الوسائل المفيدة للحياة السعيدة ” للشيخ السعدي رحمه الله

Ash-Shaykh Al-’Allaamah ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir As-Sa’dee رحمه الله said ;

“And from the beneficial matters is that you know that the harm people may cause you – especially in their saying bad things about you – it does not harm you, but rather it harms them. That is unless you busy yourself with giving concern to what they say, and you allow it to control your feelings. In that case their evil speech will harm you, just as it harms them. So if you do not pay any attention to what they say, it cannot harm you at all.”

Source: “Risaalat ul-Wasaa’il il-Mufeedah lil-Hayaat is-Sa’eedah,” by Ash-Shaykh As-Sa’dee