Knowledge And Its Excellence

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Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 18 | Size: 1 MB

Allah created the creation to worship Him alone, without any partners. He sent the Messengers for this great matter, to call the people to the worship of Allah, and to teach them the Shar’eeah of Allah. He revealed Books of which the greatest and most noble is the Qur’an, for the purpose of teaching, explaining and understanding the religion, so that the creation learns their religion, and recognises what Allah has obligated upon them, and refrains from that which Allah has made unlawful for them.

Allah says in the Qur’an,

وَمَا خَلَقۡتُ ٱلۡجِنَّ وَٱلۡإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعۡبُدُونِ

“And I have not created the Jinn and mankind except for my worship” [Surah Zaariyat 51:56]

He says,

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعۡبُدُواْ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمۡ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِكُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَتَّقُونَ

“O people worship your Lord who has created you and those before you so that you may become pious.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:21]

He says,

وَلَقَدۡ بَعَثۡنَا فِى ڪُلِّ أُمَّةٍ۬ رَّسُولاً أَنِ ٱعۡبُدُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجۡتَنِبُواْ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتَ‌ۖ

“And verily we have sent among every ummah (nation) a messenger proclaiming, “Worship Allah, and avoid Taghut” (false dieties) [Surah An-Nahl 16:36]

He says,

وَمَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَا مِن قَبۡلِكَ مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا نُوحِىٓ إِلَيۡهِ أَنَّهُ ۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنَا۟ فَٱعۡبُدُونِ

“And we did not send a messenger before you except we revealed to him, that there is no God except Me, so worship Me.” [Surah Anbiyaa 21:25]

He says,

كِتَـٰبٌ۬ فُصِّلَتۡ ءَايَـٰتُهُ ۥ قُرۡءَانًا عَرَبِيًّ۬ا لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ

“A book whereof the verses are explained in detail-a Qur’an in arabic for people who know.” [Surah Fussilat 41:3]

He says,

كِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ مُبَـٰرَكٌ۬ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوٓاْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ

“A Book which we have sent down to you full of blessings, that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [Surah Saad 38:29]

He says,

الٓر‌ۚ ڪِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ لِتُخۡرِجَ ٱلنَّاسَ مِنَ ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ بِإِذۡنِ رَبِّهِمۡ إِلَىٰ صِرَٲطِ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡحَمِيدِ

“A Book which we have revealed to you, so that you may take the people out of the darkness and bring them into the light by their Lords permission to the path of the Almighty, the Owner of all Praise.” [Surah Ibraheem 14:1]

He says,

ٱتَّبِعُواْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ مِن دُونِهِۦۤ أَوۡلِيَآءَ‌ۗ قَلِيلاً۬ مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ

“Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord, and follow not any protectors or helpers beside Him (Allah). Little do you remember.” [Surah Al-A’raf 7:3]

Allah sent the Messengers and revealed Books for this great matter, to worship Him alone, without any partners. To fulfil His rights and to stay away from His prohibitions. Upon all of the creation is the obligation to learn and understand their religion. It is upon everyone, both men and women to understand their religion. Upon them is to learn that which will enable them to remove their ignorance of matters, this is obligatory upon everyone, because you are created to worship Allah. Continue reading

Compassionate Among Themselves

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Sheik Salih Ibn Abbdullah As-Darweesh
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 63 | Size: 1 MB

All Praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and seek for His assistance. We seek His refuge from the evil of our own souls and from our misdeeds. No one can mislead whoever Allah guides and no one can guide whoever Allah causes to go astray.

To proceed, the Messenger of Allah, (Sallallaahu alayhi wasalaam) is indeed, the leader of mankind; this is an Islamic reality upon which all Muslims agree. And this agreement is a great blessing for this Ummah (nation). In this, all praise and favour belong to Allah.

There is no consideration for the opinion of some who deviated and believed that some Imams are greater than the Messenger of Allah, (Sallallaahu alayhi wasalaam) in terms of knowledge and other qualities. There are scholars who are capable of reinterpreting of proving the falsity of all narrations recorded in these books.

Clarity of the status of the Messenger of Allah, (Sallallaahu alayhi wasalaam), and that he is the owner of the Great Intercession, the visited Fountain and the exalted position in the world and in the Hereafter, are facts that no one can deny.

The Blessings of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasalaam) extended to the members of his household and his companions, May Allah be pleased with all of them.

Therefore, members of the Prophets Household enjoy great status. There are many Qur’anic verses and numerous Ahadith that supported this. These evidences include the mention of those among them who kept the company of the Messenger of Allah, (Sallallaahu alayhi wasalaam) as they include the mention of their offspring. They also explain their virtues and excellence. Continue reading

Du’a The Weapon Of The Believer: A Treatise On The Status And Etiquette Of Du’a In Islam

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Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 240 | Size: 13.5 MB

In this work, the author elaborates on the status, importance, and etiquette of du’a or prayer and supplications in Islam. In the most comprehensive work yet written in English on this topic, the author discusses, amongst other matters:

* The excellence and benefits of the dua
* The types of dua
* The pre-conditions that are needed in order for a dua to be accepted
* The recommended etiquette of performing dua
* The timings and situations in which the dua is more likely to be answered
* The various factors that aid or prevent a dua from being accepted
* The relationship of dua with the Divine Decree (qadr)
* The wisdom behind a delayed response

This is a highly informative and essential book for every Muslim household.

About the Author

Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas, but completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences.

Of his published works are: Riyaa: Hidden Shirk; An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an; Asmaa bint Abee Bakr (booklet); Safiyyah bint Abd al-Muttalib (booklet); and other works. Continue reading

The Excellence Of Knowledge

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Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 90 | Size: 4 MB

These are some brief words about the meaning of knowledge and its classification into that which is beneficial and that which is not; as well as a note regarding the excellence of the knowledge of the Salaf over that of the Khalaf. The way and wisdom of the Salaf, all goodness lies in traversing the way of the Salaf, beneficial Knowledge with regards the ‘Inner Sciences’, the foundation of knowledge and many other branches of the beneficial knowledge. From the signs of beneficial knowledge is that one does not lay claim to having knowledge or become boastful of it. He does not accuse others of ignorance unless they oppose the Sunnah and its people, in which case he speaks against him out of anger form the sake of Allah, not out of personal anger or the desire of gaining ascendancy over him. As for the second category of knowledge which Allah mentioned by way of censure, examples of it can be found in his mention of magic (sihr), astronomy, the Rationalisation of the People of Opinion, debating about the religion. From those sciences that have been innovated in the discussion and analysis of the ‘inner sciences’ dealing with matter such as gnosis and the actions of the heart and their ensuing implications based upon pure opinion, spiritual experience (dhawq), or spiritual realization (kashf). The same applies to delving too deeply into the science of genealogies even though it be something that is needed. The same applies to delving too deeply into the Arabic language and indeed to do so serves to direct one away from learning more important matters and to devote oneself to it prevents one from acquiring much beneficial knowledge. From amongst these sciences are those innovated by the Mu’tazila in their discussion of Qadr and setting up analogies for Allah while a clear prohibition has been mentioned against delving into Qadr. Linked to this is the innovation concocted by the Mu’tazila, and those who traverse their path, in their discussion of the Essence (dhat) of Allah, the Exalted, and His Attributes through the medium of rationalization. Continue reading

Diseases Of The Hearts And Their Cure

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Daar as-Sunnah Publishers
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 156 | Size: 5.5 MB

Know O beloved reader that it is most important to spend one’s time and energy in treating the heart, and hastening to correct and purify it from sickness and all sins. This is due to the heart occupying a great and lofty position in Islaam, for it is the place to which the Lord looks and the storehouse for tawheed, faith, and sincerity. Actions are distinguished, one from the other, with respect to their excellence in the Sight of Allah in accordance with the condition of the heart, not by their number or form, but rather due to the strength of the caller, his or her truthfulness, his or her sincerity and the extent to which he or she prefers Allah over himself or herself … Al-Haafidh ibn Hajr al-Asqalaanee, may Allah have mercy upon him and provide us with his knowledge, said: “The heart has been singled out for this because it is the leader of the body, and through the purification of the leader the subjects become c, and with his corruption they become corrupted. So if you, O servant of Allah, with to cure your heart then it is upon you to be truthful with regards to seeking refuge with Allah and putting your trust in Him, to pray a great deal of superogatory prayers, to perform the actions of obedience to Allah frequently, to pray the night prayer while the people are sleeping, and to treat your heart by making it continuously stick to the remembrances and by befriending only the righteous … and to frequently recite the Qur’an. And Allah will indeed allow all of this to be preserved by him.” Continue reading