Subhaan Allaah! || The first [three] who will be consumed by the Fire – by Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’īd Raslān حفظه الله

Knowledge is an act of worship and a means of gaining nearness to Allāh. So, if your intention is pure in this worship, it will be accepted, purified, and blessed. And if you intend with it other than the Pleasure of Allāh, it will be nullified, wasted, and you will lose its value. It might be that one can miss out on these noble goals and not achieve them, thereby wasting his energy and effort.”All of the above can be summarized in the hadīth of the Messenger of Allāh (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) that was reported by Muslim in his ‘Sahīh,’ on the authority of Abū Hurayrah: “The first who will be consumed by the Fire on the Day of Resurrection will be three: a scholar, a Mujāhid, and a generous donator.
As for the scholar, Allāh will bring him and ask him: ‘What did you do in the dunyā?’ So, he will say: ‘I acquired knowledge for Your Sake, and I spread it seeking Your Pleasure.’ So, it will be said to him: ‘You lied. You learned so that you would be referred to as a scholar, and it was done, and you have obtained your reward in the dunyā.’ Then, he will be ordered thrown into Hell.
Then, the donator will be brought, and Allāh will ask him: ‘What did you do in the dunyā?’ He will say: ‘I acquired wealth from permissible means, and I donated it for Your Sake.’ It will be said to him: ‘You lied. You donated your money so that it would be said that you are generous, and it was done, and you have had your reward in the dunyā.’ Then, he will be ordered thrown into Hell.
Then, the fighter will be brought, and asked: ’What did you do?’ ‘I fought in Your Cause until I was killed.’ ‘You lied. You fought so that you would be referred to as a brave man, and it was done, and you took your reward in the dunyā.’ Then, he will be ordered thrown into Hell.”

an-Nawawī (may Allāh have Mercy on him) said: “His (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) statement regarding the fighter, the scholar, and the generous donator, and their punishment for their actions being for other than Allāh’s Face, and their entering the Fire – these are all proofs for the emphasized prohibition of showing off and the severe punishment for doing so, as well as for the obligation of having a pure intention in one’s actions, as Allāh Azza wa jal Said:

وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاء وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَذَلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ
{“And they were not commanded except to worship Allāh, making the Religion sincerely for Him…”}[98:5]

And it also shows that the general texts regarding the virtues of Jihād are referring to the one who seeks only the Pleasure of Allāh, just as with the texts praising the scholars and generous donators – all of these are interpreted to be only in regards to the one who does these things for Allāh, the Exalted.”
And the aforementioned hadīth leaves no question that the student of knowledge should purify his intention in his studies, such that his seeking of knowledge is not for anyone other than Allāh, seeking His Pleasure, and hoping for His reward – not so that he would use this knowledge to be elevated in the eyes of others, sitting on their necks, and standing on their shoulders, as the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, to prove himself superior to the ignorant, or to make the people look up to him, he is in the Fire.”Source
The Manners of the Student of Knowledge by Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’īd Raslān حفظه الله pages 10-11

The ruling upon the person who recites the Quraan and learns knowledge but he does not act upon these two things

Question:

What is the shareeah ruling upon the person who recites the Quraan and learns knowledge but he does not act upon these two things?

Answer:

This person is just as Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aala states:

The likeness of those who were entrusted with (the obligation of the) Tawraah but who subsequently failed in those (obligations) is as the likeness of a donkey who carries huge burdens of books. Surah al Jumuah (62) aayah 5

And just as He subhaanahu wa ta’aala stated:

O you who believe! Indeed there are many of the (Jewish) rabbis and (Christian) monks who devour the wealth of mankind in falsehood and hinder (them) from the way of Allaah. Surah at Tawbah (9) aayah 34

And just as He ta’aala stated:

And recite (O Muhammad) to them the story of him to whom We gave our Aayaat, but he threw them away so Shaytaan followed him up and he became of those who went astray. And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of a dog; if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out – or if you leave him alone, he still lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject our Ayaat. Surah Al A’raaf (7) aayah 175 to 176

So this person is considered one of the scholars of evil, and Allaah’s help is sought.

Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadee

Ijaabat us Saail p 305

Translated by Abu Abdir Rahmaan ibn Najam

Allaahu Akbar! The Statement of La ilaaha illAllaah! A Must Read!

Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-Wahhab Rahimahullaah was asked about the meaning of La ilaha illAllaah (there is none worthy of worship in truth but Allaah), and he replied by saying:

Know, may Allaah the most High have mercy on you, that this statement is the divider between disbelief and Islam. And it is the statement of Taqwa, the ‘Urwat-ul Wuthqa (the most trustworthy handhold), and it is what Ibrahim made a word lasting among his offspring, that they may turn back [1]. And the objective is not saying it with the tongue while being ignorant of its meaning [2] for the hypocrites say it, nonetheless they (the hypocrites) are below the disbelievers in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire [3] though they pray and give alms. Rather the objective is to say it (La ilaha illAllaah) with awareness of it in the heart, love for it, love for its people and hatred for whoever opposes it and is adverse to it, just as the Prophe صلي الله عليه و سلم said: “Whoever says La ilaha illAllaah sincerely…” And in one narration: “Sincerely from his heart…” And in one narration: “Truthfully from his heart…” And in another Hadith: “Whoever says La ilaha illAllaah, and disbelieves in what is worshipped other than Allaah…” and other then them from the Hadiths which indicate the ignorance of most people about this Shahadah (the testimony of La ilaha illAllaah). Know that this statement is negation and affirmation [4] ; It negates the worship of other than Allaah ‘azza wa jal from all the Messengers- including Muhammad صلي الله عليه و سلم, and from all the Angels- including Jibril, over and above than them from the Prophets and righteous people; and it affirms it (worship) for Allaah ‘azza wa jal. If you understand that, then consider the right of worship which Allaah the Most high affirmed for Himself, and negated that there be from it (worship) the weight of a mustard seed for Muhammad صلي الله عليه و سلم , Jibril and other than them.

FOOTNOTES: (Point Number 2+4 are explanations from Shaykh Fawzaan Hafidhahullaah)

[1] – Proof: Surah az-Zukhruf, Ayat 26-27

[2]- The objective of the statement La ilaha illAllaah is not saying it with the tongue only without understanding it ; it is essential that you learn the meaning of La ilaha illAllaah; as for you saying it without knowing its meaning, then you do not affirm what it proves and how can you affirm a thing you are ignorant of? Thus, it is essential that you know its meaning until you affirm it and you affirm with your heart what your tongue articulates of it; so it is binding that you learn the meaning of La ilaha illAllaah, as for mere articulation of the tongue without understanding its meaning, then this will not benefit at all. Furthermore, affirmation with the heart and pronounciation with the tongue is not sufficient, rather, it is essential to carry out its requirement, and that is by making sincere worship to Allaah and leaving the worship of all that is other than Him ‘azza wa jal; thus, La ilaha illAllaah is a statement pronounced, understood and applied, not a spoken statement only.

[3]- Proof: Surah An-Nisa, Ayat 145

[4]- This statement has two pillars, they are: negation and affirmation, and negation (alone) is not enough and nor is affirmation (alone) enough, rather both of them together are necessary; just as Allaah the Most High states:

“Whoever disbelieves in taghut (false idols) and believes in Allaah…” (Al-Baqarah:256)

He did not say ‘disbelieves in taghut’ only, rather He said: “and believes in Allaah” and He did not say: “whoever believes in Allaah” without mentioning disbelief in taghut, both are neccessary.

[EVERYTHING here is Taken from the Book ‘An Explanation of the Treatise: The Meaning of the Statement of Tawhid (La ilaha illAllaah) : Authored by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab and explained by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan Hafidhahullaah]

Sayings from the Salaf | Sins lead to forgetting knowledge…

With regards to the effects of sins upon the ability of the student of knowledge to memorize, ‘Abdus Salaam ibn Burjis (d. 1425 AH) rahimahullaah said:

Disobeying Allaah, the Most High, is an obstacle to attaining Sharee’ah knowledge – because it (Sharee’ah knowledge) is a noor (light) from Allaah which He casts into the hearts of whomever He wishes from His servants.

And noor (light) and dhulmah (darkness) do not come together in a heart.

Therefore ibn Mas’ood radi Allaahu ‘anhu said:

“Indeed I consider that a man (might) forget knowledge which he has already learned because of a sin which he does.”

And may Allaah have mercy upon ash Shaafi’ee who said:

“I complained to Wakee’ about my memorization being bad.
So he directed me to leave off sins and he informed me that knowledge is a noor (light). And the light from Allaah is not bestowed upon a person who is sinful.”

Quoted in ‘Awaa-iq ut talab of ‘Abdus Salaam ibn Burjiss rahimahullaah page 38, translated by Nasser ibn Najam

It Is Not A Proof That So And So Is Salafee Simply Because He Studied With A Salafee Shaykh

Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool (hafidhahullaah)

Be mindful: Some people use as a proof (the fact that) so and so from the students of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen or from the students of Shaykh Ibn Baaz, that so and so (this person) is Salafee. No. This is not a distinguishing sign according to the Salafees. It is only the Minhaj, manners, and attestation.

Due to this, frequently we get the question: “A man came to us claiming that is was from the students of Shaykh Muqbil; from the students of Shaykh Rabee’; from the students of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.” Is this sufficient? The answer is no. Not until he is attested to. Hence, he may be, and this is something well-known, he may be from the present day opposers. Rather, perhaps some of them are Takfeeree; some of them are perhaps Takfeeree, even if he ascribes to having studied under Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. Due to that, it is not to be used as a proof that so and so is similar to him. Clear? This is a benefit, so pay attention to it.

Due to this, when ‘Alee Al-Halabee comes to us and says: “I am from the students of Al-Albaanee.” That’s it, he is ruled to enter directly into Jannah?! He is ruled to have knowledge absolutely?! No, this does not suffice you; not until you walk and traverse upon the methodology of the Salaf upon which Al-Albaanee traversed, may Allaah have mercy upon him. If you oppose it then you are not from him, even if you clung to him from the time he began his studies up until the time he died, this would not suffice you. For the scholars free themselves from those who oppose (the truth). They free themselves from those who oppose (the truth). For this reason, this is of no benefit. So pay attention to this.

Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts
Source: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=132461

Which is better for the Muslim woman- Seeking Knowledge or Taking care of the house?- Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Question: Which is better for a Muslim woman, taking care of her house and husband, or devoting her time to seeking knowledge, and bringing a servant to take care of the house?

Answer: Yes, it is obligatory for a Muslim woman to strive to understand her religion as much as possible, but serving her husband, obeying her husband and raising her children are also important obligations. She should make time to learn every day, even if it is only a little. Or she should put aside some time for reading and then the rest of her time will be for her daily work. In this way she will not be neglecting learning and she will not be neglecting her work and children and leaving them to a servant to look after. Seeking balance in this matter, by setting aside time for learning, even if it is a little, and time for her housework, will be sufficient for her.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan – al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 3, p. 1085

The trial of Imam Ahmad, in his time, from the people of misguidance, claiming the Qur’aan was created- MUST READ

This issue, of claiming that the Qur’an is created, as you all are aware, is very serious. Great trial occured for Ahl As-Sunnah due to this issue, and at the head of (those who sustained great difficulty and tribulations was) Al-Imam Ahmed. During this trial, people were imprisoned, tortured, and killed. All of this was done by the Jahmiyah and the Mutazilah during the time of Al-Ma’mun, Al-Mu’tasim, and Al-Wathiq, during three different leaderships from the Abbasid Dynasty. The Islamic Ummah was put through a great trial by way of the Jahmiyah, the Mutazilah, and the other people of misguidance and deviation, where they gained power over the People of the Sunnah, but in the end Allaah decreed that the good end would be for His pious servants. Al Imam Ahmad exerted immense patience, persevering upon imprisonment, torture, and severe burdens that even the mountains would not be able to bare. So Allaah raised his level and his status, eventually becoming the Imam of Ahl As-Sunnah in truth.

Book: An explanation of Imam Ahmad’s foundations of the Sunnah – Shaykh Dr. Rabee ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee – Page 74