The Manners Of The Knowledge Seeker

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Muhammad Saeed Raslan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 71 | Size: 1 MB

Since knowledge is the worship of the heart, the secret of its life, and the source of its power, it is a must for its seeker to come to know the manners related to it, and to strive his utmost to obtain these manners. Otherwise, he will be going in one direction, and knowledge will be going in another, as it is said:

It went east, and I went west * What a difference there is between the east and west!

One should also realize that these manners are not like any other manners, where it is the same whether you obtain them or not, or that they are all of one level. Rather, some of them are obligatory upon everyone everywhere, whether or not they are students of knowledge. he purpose of attaining knowledge of the Shari’ah is to perfect one’s clarity of expression, and the purpose of perfecting one’s clarity of expression is to single out Allah and worship Him. Therefore, the purpose of seeking knowledge is to single out Allah – the Mighty and Majestic – and worship Him, and the message gets across much better when the one who has positioned himself to deal with this knowledge – whether he is a student or teacher – clearly shows these signs of singling out Allah and worshipping Him by submittingcompletely to the pure Shari’ah and noble Religion.

Based on this, the manners of seeking this knowledge are completely inseparable from the person who deals with it, because this is what the texts show, and because these manners include vast principles of the Religion that are not within anybody’s luxury to contradict or look to without taking seriously.

And these manners are at all times a definite obligation upon the seeker of knowledge, and Allah is the source of help, and upon Him is all reliance.

“I spent thirty years learning manners, and I spent twenty years learning knowledge.” – ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak
1 Purify Your Intention for Allah in Seeking Knowledge.
2 Purify Yourself Inwardly and Outwardly From That Which Contradicts the Shari’ah.
3 Completely Free Your Heart for Knowledge and Remove All Obstacles.
4 Eat Little, Be Cautious, and Constantly Remember Allah.
5 Eat, Sleep, and Speak as Seldom as Possible.
6 Reduce Socialization and Choose the Right Friends.
7 Choose What to Start With and Who to Teach You.
8 Have the Best Manners with Your Teacher.
9 Treat Your Books Well.
10 How to Act During a Lesson. Continue reading

Concept Of God In Major Religions

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Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 20 | Size: 1 MB

The issue of the deeds of the hearts is an immensely important subject, and this is why many scholars have written countless books on the subject – in order to remind and encourage people to perform them. These deeds require sacrifice and exertion because one’s salvation is dependant on them; moreover, the deeds of the limbs will not be performed if these of the heart are absent. Reliance upon Allaah is something that has an immense impact on a person; it is an implication of belief and is one of the finest deeds and acts of worship by which the slave can draw close to Allaah, the All-Merciful; It is one of the highest ranks of Islaamic monotheism because nothing can occur except through one relying and depending upon Allaah for it to do so. Continue reading

Islam The True Message Of Moses, Jesus And Muhammad (PBUT)

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Nabil Abdel-Salam Haroun
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 65 | Size: 4 MB

The Human mind is the device through which man can explore the surrounding world, and transform whatever his senses (hearing, sight, touch and smell) perceive into ideas and meanings. These ideas and meanings then undergo sophisticated analytical processes that enable man to hold such ideas and meanings as indisputable beliefs. The most important of these beliefs is that concerned with the vast surrounding cosmos: its creation, essence, beginning and destination, i.e. such matters that cannot be perceived by man’s limited faculties. Continue reading

The Creed Of The Four Imaams

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Muhammad Ibn Abdur-Rahmaan al-Khumayyis
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 91 | Size: 4.5 MB

This ground-breaking first publication spans 154 pages and is based upon the original work of Dr. Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Khumayyis. The book proves the important, yet often overlooked point, that despite whatever differences the Imaams had in their fiqh, their creed was one and the same in almost all issues. Many narrations are brought from the past and present day Scholars showing that the path to Allaah is one. Detailed biographies have been provided for each of the four Imaams from ancient authentic sources. Additionally, many doubts cast over the creed and lives of the Imaams have been uncovered, and the Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah has been exonerated.

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) – rahimahullaah – said, “However, from the mercy of Allaah to His servants is that from the imaams who were with them in the Ummah, there were those who had a truthful tongue, like the four imaams and other than them. They rejected the people of kalaam and their statements concerning the Qur‘aan, eemaan, and the Attributes of the Lord. And they were in agreement about what the Salaf were upon; that Allaah will be seen in the Hereafter, and that the Qur‘aan is the word of Allaah – it is not created, and that faith is undoubtedly an affirmation of the heart and the tongue.” [Kitaabul-Eemaan (p. 350-351) with the commentary of Muhammad al-Harraas]

So this is what al-’Allaamah Siddeeq Hasan Khaan pointed out when he said, “So our way is the way of the Salaf, which is affirmation (ithbaat) without tashbeeh (resemblance), nor tanzeeh (denial), and without ta’teel (negation). It is the way of the imaams of Islaam like Maalik and ash-Shaafi’ee, and ath-Thawree, and Ibnul-Mubaarak and Imaam Ahmad and other than them. So verily there is no disagreement between these imaams in the usoolud-deen (foundations of the Religion). Likewise Aboo Haneefah – ? – because the creed that is confirmed from him is in agreement with the creed of these imaams, and it is that which the Book and the Sunnah speak of.” [Qutfuth-Thamar (p. 47-48) of al-’Allaamah Siddeeq Hasan Khaan]

Excerpts from the Book

Said Imaam Aboo Haneefah an-Nu’maan Ibn Thaabit (d.159H) – rahimahullaah, “And He has a Hand and a Face and an Essence (dhaat), as Allaah the Exalted mentions in the Qur‘aan. So whatever Allaah the Exalted mentioned in the Qur‘aan in regards to the Face and the Hand and the Essence, then these are His Attributes without inquiry into their modality (bilaa kayf). And it is not to be said that His Hand is His Power, or His Bounty (ni’mah), because it is nullification of the Attribute, and it is the statement of the people of al-Qadar and al-I’tizaal.” [al-Fiqhul-Akbar (p. 402)]

It is related by al-Harawee from ash-Shaafi’ee, that he said, ‘Maalik was asked about kalaam and Tawheed, so Maalik said, ‘It is foolishness to think about the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), that he taught this Ummah about istinjaa‘ (cleaning after relieving oneself), but he did not teach them Tawheed. And Tawheed is what the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘I was commanded to fight the people until they say: There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allaah.’ [Related by al-Bukhaaree (3/262), Muslim (1/51) and an-Nisaa‘ee (5/14). All of them relate it by way of ’Ubaydullaah Ibn ’Ubayd al-Lajan ’Utbah Ibn Mas’ood from Abee Hurayrah. And Aboo Daawood (3/101) related it from Abee Saalih from Abee Hurayrah.] So whatever is protected by it of wealth and blood is the reality of Tawheed.” [Dhammul-Kalaam (qaaf/210)] Continue reading

Characteristics Of The Victorious Party In The Foundation Of The State Of The Believers

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Shaykh Saleem Al-Hilaalee
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 38 | Size: 1 MB

‘Characteristics of the Victorious Party in the Foundation of the State of the Believers (The Land of ash-Sham). In this era in which the Muslims are living a life of humiliation and disgrace, they have lost the characteristics of guidance from within themselves, and the Rope of Allāh that He united them upon – the Rope of establishment and leadership – has been cut, so they have become insignificant in front of themselves and in front of their enemies. Falsehood prances around in their countries, and the trend of apostasy has become the strongest and the most dominant. And the ties of evil between [the people of] internal apostasy and [those of] outward Kufr have been fortified. The Muslims have become busy with entertainment and vanity, and the Islāmic parties and groups summon one another to the ideas of men and their Ijtihād, far away from the Source of Guidance and Light – the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Messenger. And the [state] of Ghurbah (estrangement) has intensified for those who are holding fast to this Guidance, and their souls long for the coming Divine Promise – Victory or martyrdom. Continue reading

The Manners Of The Scholar & Student Of Knowledge

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Shaykh Saleem Al-Hilaalee
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 38 | Size: 1 MB

Allaah has protected the homeland of Islaam with the mujaahideen (those who fight jihaad) and He has protected the prescribed way of eemaan with the teachers. Since He, the Most High, says in His clear Book: It is not right for the Believers that all of them should go off to battle. Rather from every troop of them some of them should remain in order that they should attain knowledge in the Religion. That they should warn their people when they return to them so that they can beware of evil. [Soorah at- Tawbah (9):122]. So Allaah, the Perfect, placed the Believers into two groups. On one of them He has made it obligatory that they fight jihaad in His way. And upon the other one, He has made it obligatory that they attain knowledge of His Religion, in order that not all of them go off to fight jihaad. Because if they all went off to fight jihaad, then the prescribed laws would pass away and knowledge would pass away. Then it would not be possible for them to seek knowledge after that and so the unbelievers would therefore gain dominance over the Religion. Thus, Allaah has raised up high the levels of the two groups of people. Continue reading

The Road To Mecca

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Muhammad Asad
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 20 | Size: 1 MB

As a child, Leopold Weiss received a thorough grounding in Hebrew religious lore. At his father’s insistence, he spent long hours poring over the sacred scriptures, and by the age of thirteen he could read and speak Hebrew with great fluency. He studied the Old Testament – the Mishna and Gemara – in its original form and became knowledgeable with the text and commentaries of the Talmud. He then immersed himself in the intricacies of Biblical exegesis, called Targum, just as if he had been destined for a rabbinical career.

The dream of his grandfather, an orthodox rabbi from a long line of orthodox rabbis, was to have one of his descendants join the rabbinical tradition. However, this dream would not be fulfilled in Leopold Weiss, for in spite of all his budding religious wisdom – or maybe because of it – he soon developed a supercilious feeling towards many of the premises of the Jewish faith. It seemed strange to him that God would be preoccupied with the destinies of one particular nation, the Hebrews, which tended to make God appear not as the creator and sustainer of all mankind, but rather as a tribal deity adjusting all creation to the requirements of a ‘chosen people’.

His disappointment with the Jewish faith did not lead him at that time to search for spiritual truths elsewhere. Under the influence of an agnostic environment, he drifted, like so many boys of his age, into a dispassionate rejection of all institutional religion. What he was looking forward to was not much different from the expectations of most other boys: action, adventure, excitement.

During this period in his life, World War One broke out. After the war came to an end, Leopold Weiss spent about two years studying, in a somewhat desultory fashion, the history of art and philosophy at the University of Vienna. However his heart was not in those studies. He felt a yearning to come into more intimate grips with life. He wanted to find by himself an approach to the spiritual order of things which he knew must exist but which he could not yet discern.

The opening decades of the twentieth century stood in the sign of a spiritual vacuum. All of Europe’s ethical valuations had become amorphous under the terrible impact of what had happened during World War One, and no new set of values was anywhere in sight. A feeling of brittleness and insecurity was in the air – a presentiment of social and intellectual upheavals that made one doubt whether there could ever again be any permanency in man’s thoughts and endeavors. Everything seemed to be flowing in a formless flood, and the spiritual restlessness of youth could nowhere find a foothold. In the absence of any reliable standards of morality, nobody could give the young people satisfactory answers to the many questions that perplexed them.

The conclusions of psychoanalysis, to which Leopold Weiss was introduced in those days of youthful perplexity, was at that time an intellectual revolution of the first magnitude. One felt in one’s bones that this flinging-open of new, hitherto barred doors of cognition was bound to affect deeply – and perhaps change entirely – man’s thinking about himself. The discovery of the role which unconscious urges play in the formation of the human personality opened avenues to a more penetrating self-understanding. Many were the evenings that Leopold spent in Vienna’s cafés listening to exciting discussions between some of the early pioneers of psychoanalysis, such as Alfred Adler, Hermann Steckl and Otto Gross.

Leopold was, however, disturbed by the intellectual arrogance of the new science which tried to reduce all mysteries of man’s self to a series of neurogenetic reactions.

His restlessness grew and made it increasingly difficult for him to pursue his university studies. At last he decided to give them up for good and to try his hand at journalism.

His first chance at success in this new field was with the news agency United Telegraph where he landed a job as a telephonist and soon thereafter became a reporter. Owing to his knowledge of languages, he quickly rose to the position of sub-editor in charge of the news service for the Scandinavian press. He was only twenty-two years old. Work at the United Telegraph seemed to open for him many avenues into the broader world. The Café des Wetens and the Romanisches Café – meeting places of the most outstanding writers, artists, journalists, actors, and producers of the day – represented something like an intellectual home to him. He stood on friendly and sometimes even familiar terms with many of them.

He was happy enough in his professional success, but deeply dissatisfied, not knowing what he was really after. He was like many young people of his generation, for while none of them was really unhappy, only a very few seemed to be consciously happy. Continue reading

The Doubts Regarding The Ruling Of Democracy In Islam

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At-Tibyan Publications
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 31 | Size: 1 MB

Recently, a debate between our religiously committed brothers has erupted on the Internet regarding the permissibility of participating in democratic elections in the West. An article entitled “To Vote or Not to Vote” and another entitled “Why Vote, and Who to Vote For?” in particular have raised several points, which we feel are necessary to address as well as certain others related to Democracy and participation in the electoral process in general. In this short address, we will attempt to offer some clarification on the issue with the hope of refuting some claims and correcting some errors of the authors of these articles as well as addressing some of the more common mistakes related to this topic overall. In approaching the topic of Muslims participating in democratic elections, certain introductory points must be made. It is our intention to be very brief in these points as to avoid dwelling upon them and we only mention them for later reference in discussing the core issue of dispute regarding the permissibility of participating in the democratic elections. Continue reading

God In Christianity What Is His Nature

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Dr. Naji I. Al-Arfaj
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 40 | Size: 1 MB

Concerning the topic at hand, I have noticed some major differences between what is commonly and officially understood about God in Christianity, and that the Bible itself states! In this booklet, I would like to share with you -out of love and concern what I have noticed and learned through my continuous journey of research, analysis, and study. The intent of this work is to honestly and sincerely present the truth that I found, not to hurt the feelings of anyone. Continue reading

Islamic Perspective Of Sex

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Abdul Rahman Al-Sheha
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 65 | Size: 1 MB

Islam assigns man value over and above the rest of the creations. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) created a pair of male and female. He knows best. Human reproduction is impossible without the existence of such a complementary pair. This co-existence complements each other. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) created the male and the female in a perfect order that indicates His Greatness. Each one is granted aspecific mission. Both, male and female have a specific role to play in this life. No one should defy his role. Therefore, Islam illustrated these various roles in order to leave no room for speculations. This booklet is an attempt to shed some light on various issues related to this important subject. Continue reading