Beautiful advice from Abu Uwais! What is your connection with Allaah!?

Abu Uwais:

But we need to ask ourselves some questions, from today, What is my connection with Allaah tabaaraka wa ta3aala? Am I close with Allaah tabaraaka wa ta3aala? Do I do more obediences? or do I commit more ma’aasi, more sins? do I put myself in a position where I try to please Allaah or do I do those matters which Allaah hates? This is a question we have to ask and this is also from the way of the salaf us saalih, to judge oneself before one is judged, judge our situation, judge our state! How is our Salawaat (Prayers)? hows our tilawah (recitation) of the Qur’aan? How is our ordering of what is good and forbidding that which is bad? How is our goodness to parents? How is our goodness to the neighbour, hows our islamic brotherhood? How are we!? Like ibn Taymiyyah rahimahullaah described those upon the sunnah, they fulfill the rights of Allaah, and they don’t forget the rights of the creatures. They fulfill the rights of Allaah, and they dont forget the rights of the creatures. We have to begin to reflect on these issues, we have to begin to understand that this existence hayaatud-dunya (the life of this world), this is our only chance! We are in the abode of examination, it was never meant to stay here, we’re not meant to stay here, we’re moving on! Now we have to judge ourselves before we are judged! What is our connection with our Rabb (Lord)? Do we remember Allaah tabaaraka wa ta3aala more than anything or anyone else, or do we remember the dunya (world) more than anything or anyone else? Are we striving for al-jannah, for paradise, that is as vast as the heavens and the earth? Do we believe in the Jannah that Allaah tabaaraka wa ta3aala has described in the Qur’aan and the Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has described in the Sunnah?

Listen to the rest here in shaa Allaah:

What is your connection with Allaah? – Abu Uwais Rahimahullaah – http://youtube.com/watch?v=d6zia149Uwk&feature=c4-feed-u#

Abu Uwais’s advice to those who face trials when giving da’wah- Soooo beautiful- Read+share In shaa Allaah

Questioner:

It seems like the person who encourages the good is the person whom the people attack. Just as an example, I went to an event and it was in a gymnasium, and the brother prayed (made the salat) in his shoes. And the people (non-Salafees) verbally attacked him as he tried to explain the Sunnah. And they said, “You Salafees are arrogant.” And they began to attack the brother. He used to be a person who would always encourage the people with the Sunnah, especially those things that a lot of people don’t do. And now, he doesn’t do that…What words of advice and encouragement would you give him in order for him to continue to do what he was doing?

Abu Uwais (rahimahullaah) answered:

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah. The Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said those who receive the most ibtilah (examination or tests or fitnah) are the Prophets then those most like them then those most like them. And the Da’ee (caller) has to realize that he’s going to go through these types of things, whoever he is, whoever she is, and whatever amount of ‘ilm or knowledge that they call to, they have to expect [this harm]. This is what we [discussed] in Usool Ath-Thalaatha, being patient upon the harms that come [while giving da’wah]. So he should not have given up.

Shaikh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) used to always say, ‘Don’t give up.’ ‘Don’t give up.’ Always be patient, being resilient, striving; never give up for the end result is for the Muttaqeen (the righteous, those who love Allaah, those who have taqwa). For those who believe, Allaah Tabaarak wa Ta’aala will support them, no matter what difficulty they go through.

Look at [the example of] the Prophet when he injured his hand, his finger. He said: Are you nothing but a finger that has been injured and bloodied, and you met in the Path of Allaah what you were meant to meet.

And this is how we should look at things. If you’re going to call to the Qur`an and the Sunnah and the Deen of Allaah, Tabaarak wa Ta’aala, we should expect [harms].

If everybody (is showering us with, or placing in front of us) rose petals and opening their arms, then something is wrong with our da’wah. The Da’wah is something that the people are against, at least in the beginning of the matter.

There’s (going to be) roughness from them, some turning away. And then you try and try and be patient, and you plant seeds, and basically they are nourished and then they grow, and they come to fruition. So this is how he should have looked at it.

He should never have given up.

And [for] that revival of the Sunnah, he will get a great reward. As a matter of fact, if he sticks to the Deen in the times of fitnah (harj) it’s like making Hijrah to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). If he makes ‘ibaadah (worship) in the times of Fitnah [that’s] like making Hijrah to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).[1]

And if he holds onto the Deen of Allaah like hot coals, he will get the reward of 50 sahaaba (companions).[2]

There are a lot of bushra (glad tidings) for giving da’wah. He shouldn’t look at his situation right now [their objection], but he should think of the future and what would happen bi-idhnillaah Ta’aala.

And the success will be for the believer. No doubt about that!

Notes:

[1] The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Worship performed during time of harj is like making hijra to me (the Prophet).

Shaikh Saalih as-Sindee (hafidhahullaah) said:
The one who worships during harj (times when killing, fitna, and fear is widespread, and those who obey Allaah are few, and those who disobey Allaah are many) his reward is like the one who made hijrah to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – a reward that only some of the companions (the Muhajjirun) received.

[2] The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Ahead of you there lie days of patience, during which being patient will be like grasping a hot coal. The one who does good deeds then will have a reward like that of fifty men who do such deeds.’ They said: O Messenger of Allaah, the reward of fifty of them? He said: ‘The reward of fifty of you.’

(Narrated by Abu Dawood (4341); at-Tirmidhi (3085), who said it is a hasan hadeeth. It was classed as ‘saheeh’ by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah [494])

In some reports of the hadeeth, it reads: “They are the ones who will revive my Sunnah and teach it to the people.”

Source: a Masjid Rahmah tape Panel Discussion (Abu Uwais, Hasan Somali, Abul Hasan Malik, Mustafa George)

[Extracted from Salafitalk]

Those you should be taking Knowledge from… Scholars+Students.

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Shaykh Rabee ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee
Shaykh Hassan al-Banna
Shaykh Muqbil al-Waadi’ee Rahimahullaah
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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

http://salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=11&Topic=12325

Subhaan Allaah Must Read- 6 lessons from trials and tests- Dr Saleh as-Saleh Rahimahullaah

Tests and trials contain many lessons.

The First Lesson – From the benefit of tests and trials is the influence it has on one’s tawheed (worship of Allah), eemaan (faith) and tawakkul – reliance upon Allah.

It makes you examine the reality that man is a weak creation without any power or strength, except in your Lord. Therefore you resort to Him and depend on Him.

Thereupon arrogance, false pride and negligence will be removed and you will come to know that you are really poor and in need of your Creator, the Almighty, the Most Perfect, and so you resort to Him.

The Second Lesson – Tests unravel the reality of this life. It is clarified to be a temporal stay for enjoyment, and the perfect life is the one which follows, wherein there is no toil, worry, fatigue or disease. Allah stated this in Surah al-Ankaboot, verse 64.

   وَإِنَّ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ لَهِيَ الْحَيَوَانُ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُون 

And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter – that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew. [al-Ankaboot 29:64] 

Even with this amusement and play there is also toil and fatigue. This is the reality of this life – one day life is smiling at you, and the other day it is turning its back on you. This is the nature of life, but man forgets that. The trials and tests come and they serve to remind man of the nature of this life and that he should not become attached to it. 

The Third Lesson – The tests and trials remind the person of the favours bestowed upon him by Allah. It is also a reminder that this life is transitional. 

The Fourth Lesson – We are reminded to avoid being in a state of joy such that we feel arrogance and likewise to avoid a state of sadness and grief such that one feels despair. Allah states this in Surah al-Hadeed, verses 22-23:

      مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ أَن نَّبْرَأَهَا إِنَّ ذَلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرٌ {22} لِكَيْلَا تَأْسَوْا عَلَى مَا فَاتَكُمْ وَلَا تَفْرَحُوا بِمَا آتَاكُمْ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfooz) before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. In order that you may not grieve at the things over that you fail to get, nor rejoice over that which has been given to you. And Allah likes not every prideful boaster. [al-Hadeed 57:22-23]

The Fifth Lesson – Trials and tests remind the person of his shortcomings and diseases (of the heart and actions) so that he can take preventive measures against them. Allah says in Surah an-Nisaa’ verse 79:

      مَّا أَصَابَكَ مِنْ حَسَنَةٍ فَمِنَ اللّهِ وَمَا أَصَابَكَ مِن سَيِّئَةٍ فَمِن نَّفْسِكَ وَأَرْسَلْنَاكَ لِلنَّاسِ رَسُولاً وَكَفَى بِاللّهِ شَهِيدًا

Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself. And We have sent you (O Muhammad sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) as a Messenger to mankind, and Allah is Sufficient as a Witness. [an-Nisaa’ 4:79]

And Allah says in Surah as-Shooraa, verse 30:

      وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ 

And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much. [ash-Shooraa 42:30]

There is a chance for repentance before the greater torment occurs. Allah says in Surah as-Sajdah, verse 21:

      وَلَنُذِيقَنَّهُمْ مِنَ الْعَذَابِ الْأَدْنَى دُونَ الْعَذَابِ الْأَكْبَرِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ 

And verily, We will make them taste of the near torment (i.e. the torment in the life of this world, i.e. disasters, calamities) prior to the supreme torment (in the Hereafter), in order that they may (repent and) return (i.e. accept Islaam). [as-Sajdah 32:21]

This lesser torment is in this life which is full of calamities, disasters and hardships.

The Sixth Lesson – Tests and trials serve as great teaching processes through which one learns patience. We cannot be firm upon truth and obedience except with patience; and we cannot stay away from falsehood and disobedience except with patience and perseverance. We cannot walk the paths of this life except with patience regarding the pre-ordinance of Allah.

The outcome is jannat al-qulb war-ridwaan – the endless bliss in Paradise and the Pleasure of Allah. He says in Surah Fussilat, verse 35:

      وَمَا يُلَقَّاهَا إِلَّا الَّذِينَ صَبَرُوا وَمَا يُلَقَّاهَا إِلَّا ذُو حَظٍ عَظِيمٍ 

But none is granted it except those who are patient – and none is granted it except the owner of the great portion (of happiness in the Hereafter, i.e., Paradise, and of a high moral character) in this world. [Fussilat 41:35]

Source: Testing, Affliction and Calamities by Shaykh Dr. Saalih As-Saalih, delivered on May 20th, 2006