[Brothers- Must Read!] The Ruling Concerning Al-Isbal (Garment below the ankles) in Clothing

The Noble Scholar Muhammad As-Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen said:If someone lets his Izar (waist wrap) drop lower than his ankles from vanity or haughtiness, then Allaah Almighty will neither look at him on the Day of Judgement, nor speak to him, nor purify him; and for him is a painful punishment. If he does so, but not from haughtiness, then his punishment will be the fire on whatever is below his ankles. This is because the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,”There are three people that Allaah will not speak to on the Day of Judgement, will not look at them, will not purify them; and for them is a painful punishment: one who lets his garment hang below his ankles, the Mannan and the Munffiq who does his business with false oaths.” (Muslim no. 106)And because he (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,”Whoever drags his garment out of arrogance, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Judgement.” (Al-Bukhari no. 5784 and Muslim no. 2085)

These address one who drags his garment out of arrogance. As for the one whose objective is not arrogance, in Sahih Al-Bukhari it is recorded that Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him reported that the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:”Whatever is below the ankles is in the fire.” (Al-Bukhari no. 5787)The Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) did not confine this to arrogance, and it is not correct to do so based on Hadeeth before it because Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri, may Allaah be pleased with him, said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,”The Izar of the believer is at the middle of his shin, and there is no harm — or he said — no sin upon someone if it is anywhere between that and the ankles. What is lower than that is in the Fire. And whoever drags his Izar arrogantly, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Judgement.” (Abu Dawud no. 4093, Ibn Majah no. 3573, An-Nasa’i 5/490, no 9716 and Al-Mawatta’ 2/914, 915)Because the two actions are different, the punishment for each is different. Whenever the ruling and the reason for that differ, it is not possible to restrict a general ruling, this is because that would lead to a contradiction.As for those who use Abu Bakr’s Hadeeth to argue the contrary, we say that there is no proof in that because of two reasons:1. Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, said that one side of his garment would fall down if he didn’t constantly hold it up to make sure it didn’t. In his case, may Allaah be pleased with him, he did not let his garments fall out of arrogance but it would fall even though he was trying to keep it up. We say to those who let their garment hang low, claiming that they do not intend to do so out of arrogance, but still do so on purpose, that by them letting their garments hang below their ankles on purpose even without arrogance, only what is below their ankles will be punished in the Fire. And if they do so out of arrogance, they will be punished with what is worse than that: Allaah will not speak to them on the day of Resurrection, nor look at them, nor purify them, and they will receive a painful punishment.2. The Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) attested and witnessed to the fact that Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, did not do so from haughtiness. Does any of these people have this commendation or witness? Rather the Shaytan has enticed some people to follow texts that are not so clear to them in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, thus making an excuse for their actions. Allaah guides whomever he pleases to the straight path, so we ask Allaah to guide all of us to it.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`UthaymeenFatawa Islamiyah, Vol. 7, Pages 365-367, DARUSSALAM


Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen regarding covering the head when reading Qur’aan

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said in his comments on sujood al-tilaawah (prostration required when reading certain verses of the Qur’aan): “Sujood al-tilaawah is to be done when reading Qur’aan. It may be done in any state, even with the head uncovered, etc., because this prostration is not subject to the rulings on prayer.”

(Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-mar’ah al-Muslimah, 1/249

Very Beneficial- Must Read || Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – The acts of Disobedience are the path to kufr (disbelief)

Al-Imaam Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated: “The Shaytaan wants that the children of Aadam stray with a far straying and not a near straying (one that’s close to the truth). Allaah stated: “And the Shaytaan wants to lead them far astray.” However we are not to think that the Shaytaan commands (the people) with (going) far astray from the onset. Rather (he does it) in stages. So he commands with Fisq (corruption) and the lesser acts of disobedience. Then (he commands with) the major sins. Then (he commands with) the disbelief (in Allaah). We ask Allaah to protect us. Based upon this the Ulamaa have said: The acts of disobedience are the Bareed (path) to al-Kufr…The scholars have mentioned that the acts of disobedience are the path to al-Kufr and the Shaytaan takes the person in stages, step by step until the point he destroys him.” (Tafseer Soorah an-Nisaa V. 1 Pg. 475-476)

Hadeeth: “The Two blessings many people lose: Health & Free time” Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen Rahimahullaah

عن ابن عباس- رضي اللّه عنهما قال قال النّبي صلي اللّه عليه وسلم- نعمتان مغبون فيهما كثير من الناس, الصحة والفراغ

Ibn ‘Abbas Radhi Allaahu ‘anhumma narrated the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There are two blessings many people lose: Health and Free time.” [1]

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen rahimahullaah said regarding this hadeeth:

The Prophet Salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam spoke the truth about two blessings many of us lose: the benefit of our health and free time.

Many days pass Man by while he has energy and good health. No doubt this is the devils deception, but he doesn’t realize it until he becomes ill. Then he says, “Why didn’t I do such-and-such when I was healthy?” “How did these days pass me by?”

Then there is free time. A person works and his provisions come to him easily. He doesn’t need to search for a job to support himself. After some time, he finds himself preoccupied with seeking work and other means of support. This is when he realizes he was cheated out of his free time, as he didn’t accomplish anything.

For that reason the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There are two blessings which many people lose…”

We learn that some people don’t lose the advantage of free time or good health. These people are grounded and determind, fully appreciate their health and time, and are aware of these bounties. Furthermore, they understand that time passes faster than they can conceive.

How many people put off death for a long time, and then all of sudden it comes to them? How many people are careless about a blessing, and then one day it disappears?

While someone is in sound health he says, “When I’m old, I won’t have the ability to work.” Then suddenly he’s afflicted with a chronic illness that prevents him from working.

This is the way of this life, and no one is safe from it, so one must be farsighted. This is similiar to the speech of the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, “Take from your good health before your sickness and your life before your death.”

[1] Saheeh al-Bukharee 5933

[Sharh Saheeh al-Bukharee || Kitaabar-Riqaaq || The book of Heart Softners || Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen || Page 1-2]

A Person Only Becomes On What He Becomes Accustomed To

Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “It is fitting that a person be serious and resolute when he performs an action, carrying it out with strength and without slackness or laziness, in opposition to the actions of some people, where you will find that they face the actions [that they have to carry out] with weakness, neglig…ence and laziness. And a person will be according to that which he becomes accustomed to, if he becomes accustomed to being firm-willed and having strength and not abandoning an action in the future then he will become resolute in his actions and will reach what he hopes for.”

Tafseer Surah as-Saafaat, p. 212.

Source: http://scottishsalafiyyah.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/person-only-becomes-on-what-he-becomes.html

Does Supplication Change That Which is Written?

Question: Does supplication have any effect in changing what is written for a person before he was created?

Answer: There is no doubt that supplication has an effect on changing what is written, but this change was also written because of the supplication. So, do not think that if you supplicate to Allaah that you are supplicating with something which was not written; rather the supplication is written, and what results from it is written. This is why we find that the reciter recites over the sick person and he is cured, and in the story of the military expedition which the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sent, they stayed as guests with a people, but they did not treat them hospitably, and it was decreed that a snake bit their leader, so they requested someone to recite something over him. The Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, imposed the condition that they should be paid for that, and they gave them a flock of sheep, so one of them went and recited Surat al-Faatihah over him, and the man who was bitten arose as if he had been freed from shackles, that is, as if he was a camel which had broken free from its tethering rope. Therefore the recitation had an effect in curing the sick person.

So supplication has an effect, but it does not change what has been ordained, rather it is decreed because of it, and everything with Allaah is according to Qadar. Likewise all of the causes have an influence on the effects by Allaah’s permission, so the causes are written and the effects are written.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fataawa Arkanaul-Islaam p.190

MUST READ- What the scholars say about the student of knowledge memorising the Qur’aan!

The noble scholar Shaikh Ibn Taymiyyah:

“As for seeking to memorize the Qur’an then this is to be given preference over many of the things that the people consider to be knowledge, but are -in reality – either totally useless, or having little benefit. It is also to be given precedence in learning especially by those who wish to acquire knowledge of the Deen, its principles and its particulars. Since what is prescribed for such a person at this time is that he should begin by memorizing the Qur’aan, as it is the foundation of the branches of knowledge of the deen. This is contrary to what is done by many of the people on innovation, in that one of them will preoccupy himself with superfluous parts of knowledge; such as kalaam (rhetorical speech) and argumentation; or very rare matters of differences; and blind following, which there is no need for; or very strange and rare ahaadeeth which are not established, nor of benefit; and many discussions do not establish proofs. And he abandons memorizing the Qur’aan which is more important than all of this.”

Fataawaa al-Kubra (2/54-55).

The noble scholar Shaikh Muhamamd Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen said in the Book of Knowledge:

-May Allah have mercy upon Him-

“The Noble Qur’aan: It is indeed obligatory upon the student of knowledge to be keen on it, by reciting it and memorising it and understanding it and acting upon it, for the Qur’aan is Allah’s strong rope, and it is the foundation of all sciences, and the Salaf used to be completely keen on the Qur’aan; it is mentioned about them some strange thing about their keenness on the Qur’aan; you will find one of them memorise the (whole)Qur’aan and he is seven years of age and some of them memorised the Quran in less than a month and in this is proof of the keenness of the Salaf –may Allah be pleased with them- on the Qur’aan.

So it is obligatory upon the student of knowledge to be keen on it (the Qur’aan) and memorising it upon one of the teachers, because the Qur’aan is taken by the way of التلقي (Meaning not self taught; learning directly from a teacher; the student recites to the teacher and the teacher corrects the student’s mistakes.)

And from (the matters) (one) is saddened for is that you will find some of the students of knowledge do not memorise the Qur’aan, actually some of them do not even recite the Qur’aan well, and this is a big defect in the method of seeking knowledge.

For this reason I repeat that it is obligatory upon the student of knowledge to be keen on memorising the Quran and acting upon it and calling to it and understanding it according to the understanding of the pious predecessors.”
The noble Mufti of Saudi Arabia Shaikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Aalish Shaikh
Source: www.Sahab.net
Translator: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee

Q: How can we combine between memorizing the Noble Qur’an and seeking knowledge?

A: Start with the Qur’an, reading it and perfecting its recitation. If you accomplish
this –may Allah aid you in seeking knowledge- this is a great bounty from Allah upon
you. The Qur’an will be ease for the one who (sincerely) wants it, for verily, Allah
the Most High says,

وََلَقدْ يَسَّرْنَا الُقرْآ َ ن للذِّكِْر َفهَلْ مِنْ مُدَّكٍِر

“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember,
then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?” [Al-Qamar: 17]

The Qur’an is the key to every (Islaamic) science. Your perfection of its recitation
and memorizing it will open up for you areas of knowledge that only Allah knows
(best to what extent will benefit you).

The noble Scholar Shaikh Al-albaani said:

The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

“The Best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it”

The Scholar Al-Baani (may Allah have mercy upon him said)

And in this Hadeeth is: a direction into learning The Quran, and that the best knowledge that a person can learn is learning the Quran.

So how wishful it is that the students of knowledge would realize that. Because in it, is great benefit.

And fom the calamities that have hit our era is that you find many of the callers or the beginners amongst the students of knowledge going into giving fatwa’s (Islamic verdicts) and answering questions of people; while he hasn’t even made good his recitation of Suratul Faatiha from its proper recitation…’

Up to where he said..
‘..so advice to myself and then to them is that; the best of what a student of knowledge begins on is memorising The Quran’

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
اقْرَءُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ شَفِيعًا لِأَصْحَابِهِ
Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for its reciters.
Source: Sahih Muslim

Aisha reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَثَلُ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ وَهُوَ حَافِظٌ لَهُ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ وَمَثَلُ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ وَهُوَ يَتَعَاهَدُهُ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِ شَدِيدٌ فَلَهُ أَجْرَانِ
The example of those who recite the Quran and memorize it is that of one who is with the ‘righteous and noble scribes’ (80:15); and the example of one who recites the Quran with great difficulty is that of one who receives a double reward.
Source: Sahih Bukhari

Abu Musa Al-Ashari reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَثَلُ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَالْأُتْرُجَّةِ طَعْمُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَرِيحُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَالَّذِي لَا يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَالتَّمْرَةِ طَعْمُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَلَا رِيحَ لَهَا وَمَثَلُ الْفَاجِرِ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَمَثَلِ الرَّيْحَانَةِ رِيحُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَطَعْمُهَا مُرٌّ وَمَثَلُ الْفَاجِرِ الَّذِي لَا يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ كَمَثَلِ الْحَنْظَلَةِ طَعْمُهَا مُرٌّ وَلَا رِيحَ لَهَا
The example of a believer who recites the Quran is that of a citrus fruit which tastes good and smells good; and one who does not recite the Quran is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. The example of a wicked person who recites the Quran is that of basil which smells good but tastes bitter; and a wicked person who does not recite the Quran is that of a vine which tastes bitter and has no smell.
Source: Sahih Bukhari

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
إِنَّ الَّذِي لَيْسَ فِي جَوْفِهِ شَيْءٌ مِنْ الْقُرْآنِ كَالْبَيْتِ الْخَرِبِ
Verily, one who does not memorize anything from the Quran is like a ruined house.
Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi / Grade: Sahih