Shaytan

(Iblis) said: “Because You have ‘Aghwaytni’ (sent me astray), surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them to be thankful.”  (Soorah Al-Araaf 16-17)

Allah said that after He gave respite to Shaytan,

(till the Day they are raised up (resurrected)) and Iblis was sure that he got what he wanted, he went on in defiance and rebellion.

He said,

(“Because You have `Aghwaytani’, surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path.”) meaning, as You have sent me astray. Ibn `Abbas said that `Aghwaytani’ means, “Misguided me.” Others said, “As You caused my ruin, I will sit in wait for Your servants whom You will create from the offspring of the one you expelled me for.” He went on,

(Your straight path), the path of truth and the way of safety. I (Iblis) will misguide them from this path so that they do not worship You Alone, because You sent me astray. Mujahid said that the `straight path’, refers to the truth.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Saburah bin Abi Al-Fakih said that he heard the Messenger of Allah saying,

(Shaytan sat in wait for the Son of Adam in all his paths. He sat in the path of Islam, saying, `Would you embrace Islam and abandon your religion and the religion of your forefathers’ However, the Son of Adam disobeyed Shaytan and embraced Islam. So Shaytan sat in the path of Hijrah (migration in the cause of Allah), saying, `Would you migrate and leave your land and sky’ But the parable of the Muhajir is that of a horse in his stamina So, he disobeyed Shaytan and migrated. So Shaytan sat in the path of Jihad, against one’s self and with his wealth, saying, `If you fight, you will be killed, your wife will be married and your wealth divided.’ So he disobeyed him and performed Jihad. Therefore, whoever among them (Children of Adam) does this and dies, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise. If he is killed, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise. If he drowns, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise. If the animal breaks his neck, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise.)

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas commented on:

(Then I will come to them from before them) Raising doubts in them concerning their Hereafter,

(and (from) behind them), making them more eager for this life,

(from their right), causing them confusion in the religion,

(and from their left) luring them to commit sins.”

This is meant to cover all paths of good and evil. Shaytan discourages the people from the path of good and lures them to the path of evil.

Al-Hakam bin Abban said that `Ikrimah narrated from Ibn `Abbas concerning the Ayah,

(Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left,) ”

He did not say that he will come from above them, because the mercy descends from above.”

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said,

(and You will not find most of them to be thankful.) “means, those who single Him out (in worship).”

When Shaytan said this, it was a guess and an assumption on his part. Yet, the truth turned out to be the same, for Allah said,

(And indeed Iblis (Shaytan) did prove true his thought about them, and they followed him, all except a group of true believers. And he had no authority over them, except that We might test him who believes in the Hereafter, from him who is in doubt about it. And your Lord is Watchful over everything.) (34:20-21).

This is why there is a Hadith that encourages seeking refuge with Allah from the lures of Shaytan from all directions. Imam Ahmad narrated that `Abdullah bin `Umar said,

“The Messenger of Allah used to often recite this supplication in the morning and when the night falls,

(O Allah! I ask You for well-being in this life and the Hereafter. O Allah! I ask You for pardon and well-being in my religion, life, family and wealth. O Allah! Cover my errors and reassure me in times of difficulty. O Allah! Protect me from before me, from behind me, from my right, from my left and from above me. I seek refuge with Your greatness from being killed from below me.)”

Waki` commented (about being killed from below), “This refers to earthquakes.” Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim collected this Hadith, and Al-Hakim said, “Its chain is Sahih. ”

Source : Tafseer Ibn Katheer – (Soorah Al-Araaf 16-17)

Taken from Abdurahman

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Their perception

One thing we must keep in mind is that most movies or tv shows show a Muslim male doing wudhu (the ritual purification of washing up before we pray), with adhan (the call for prayer) playing in the background,before the act of blowing himself up. How stupid is this? And very idiotic!!! To purify yourself before committing a heinous and disposable act like this is not a form of worship from many angles.

Blowing yourself up – killing yourself – for any reason is not found in Islaam. But today, it’s like when a person sees someone washing up to pray like in the train station or in the airport or at work, they immediately think of a terroristic act or group – Islaam and the Muslims. Today terrorism and Islaam have become synonymous, because the media has targeted this religion and put it out there as the most heinous thing out there. But it is the fastest growing religion in the world.

A good read about terrorism, allowing our scholars to speak about terrorism themselves are:

https://abdurrahmanorg.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/terrorism-its-causes-cures-and-a-muslims-position-from-such-tribulations-saalih-suhaymi-authentic-translations-com.pdf

https://abdurrahmanorg.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/terrorism-related-issues-shaykh-saalih-al-fawzaan-authentic-translations-com.pdf

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/11/27/ibn-al-uthaymin-on-terrorism-and-related-issues/

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/11/28/hijackings-kidnappings-and-bombings-shaykh-ibn-baz/

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/11/28/how-do-we-deal-with-those-who-try-to-validate-terrorism-salih-al-fawzan/

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/11/28/saudi-arabias-permanent-council-on-terrorism-and-related-issues/

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/11/28/those-who-commit-suicide-in-the-name-of-jihad-are-actually-followers-of-satan-shaykh-salih-al-fawzan/

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/11/28/harming-non-muslims-residing-in-muslim-lands-shaykh-ibn-baz/

https://abdurrahman.org/2015/01/07/the-danger-of-isis-upon-the-muslim-ummah-shaykh-muhammad-bin-ramzaan-al-haajiree/

http://dusunnah.com/video/islam-is-free-from-terrorism-shaykh-muhammad-ibn-saalih-al-uthaymeen/

Recent masjid bombing in Egypt

I recently read about the recent bombing of a masjid frequented by Sufi Muslims in Northern Egypt. When I first read the news, I read it from the New York Times. And what kills me is the fact that these people mentioned ISIS as a Sunni-following organization. On the contrary, these people are not Sunni.

What I have learned is that normally, many people do not take the time out to read on their own the reality of what is verses what is not. They rely on other entities to enlighten or clarify to them about knowledge. Whether this is from how to save their own souls, eating disorders or something as simple as their blood types.

I am from a time where people actually read. They spent time at the library and read books like encyclopedia Britannica and the likes. But today, certain entities publish information without proofs and evidences and this becomes status quo.

Let me say, that the article moved me. My heart goes out to the victims of this horrendous attack. Not only for them, but for anyone who have been the victim of any oppressive act done to them by ‘those’ who ‘claim’ Islaam as their religion. I used quotes because many people claim a thing, but that doesn’t mean that that thing claims them.

The KKK is a group that claims Christianity as their religion. They are the reason behind massive killings of blacks and Jews for many years in America. I do not even know if America has them listed as a terrorist group. But their actions are definitely not Christ-like.

I say all of this to say that I am tired of all of the fake and fictitious information being spread out there about Islaam. And the average people do not know what the reality is. They really have no real way of knowing this since there are 73 different types of Muslims that exist today.

I will be publishing different things about Islaam in a more clear way from now on. In sha Allaah (God willing), since I, myself was born and raised for over 20+ years as a Roman Catholic. I have served in the United States Marine Corps. No, Muslims do not hate America or the West. And most importantly, ISIS, Al Qaeda and Terrorism and Islaam have no similarities. And all of the other statements and feelings being put out there, I would like to clarify to the people out there about what a Muslim really think and feel. In sha Allaah.

A grandmother that competed the Qur’an at age 82!

An Interview with Umm Saalih

A Grandmother Who Completed Memorizing the Qur’an at Eighty-Two Years Old

As Read by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh

You can download the below as PDF here

Al-Hamdulillaah (All-Praise is due to Allah), the One Who said (what means): “And in truth We have made the Qur’aan easy to remember; but is there any that remembers?” Surah 54: 32

Many all over the world memorize the Qur’aan, and it is not strange to see the youth memorizing the Noble Qur’aan and an early age. Al-Hamdulillaah, the One who made the Qur’aan easy for remembrance, had made it easy for Umm Saalih age 82. In an interview with Umm Saalih, she was asked the following questions:

Q1: “What was the reason that drove you to memorize the Qur’aan after so many years?”

She said, “I always hoped to memorize the Qur’aan from the time I was young. My father always used to invoke Allaah for me to become one of the memorizers of the Qur’aan, like himself and like the elder brothers of my family who memorized it. So I memorized in the beginning about three parts and then after I completed the age of thirteen, I got married and became busy with the household and the children. After I had seven children, my husband died. They (the children) were all young so I took the time to raise them and educate them, and then after they grew up and got married, I had more time for myself. Therefore, the first thing I directed myself to focus upon was the Qur’aan.

Q2: “Tell us about your journey with the Noble Qur’aan.”

She said, “My younger daughter was going to high school and she was the closest of my children to me and the most beloved, because she stayed with me after her older sisters got married and got busy with their lives, and because she was a quiet girl, upright, loving, and good. In addition, she was interested in learning the Noble Qur’aan, and her teachers encouraged her.

Furthermore, she was very enthusiastic and always told me of many women who were driven by this great motivation to memorize the Qur’aan, and this is where I started.”

Q3: “Tell me about your way of memorization.”

She said, “We assigned ten verses (meaning her and her daughter who was going to high school). So each day after Asr, we used to sit together. She reads and I repeat after her three times. Then she explains the meaning to me, and after a while, she repeats that three times. On the next morning, she repeats them to me before she goes to school.

She recorded also the recitations of Ash Shaykh al Husary, Rahimuhullaah, repeating each verse three times and thus I continued to listen most of the time. Therefore, the next day we would go to the next ten verses if my memorization was good. Otherwise, we would postpone taking additional verses until the day after. Moreover, we assigned the day of Friday to review the memorizations of the entire week. And this was the journey from the beginning.”

Then she said, “Over four years and a half, I memorized twelve juz” according to the way I described to you. Then this young daughter got married. When her husband knew of our task concerning the memorization, he rented a house close to me, close to my house, so that he could allow the continuation of the memorization. In addition, he, May Allah reward him used to encourage us and sometimes sit with us listening, explaining and teaching.

Then after three years of her marriage, my daughter got busy with the children and the household and our schedule was interrupted, but that did not make her give up. To the contrary, she sensed that my eagerness for the memorization was still established so she looked for a special good teacher to continue the journey under her supervision. So, I completed the memorization by the success of Allaah and my daughter is still working to finish the memorization of the Glorious Qur’aan. She has a little left, In Shaa Allaah Ta’aala.

Q4: “This motivation of yours, did it have an effect on other women around you?”

She said, “It really had a good strong effect. My daughters and stepdaughters were all encouraged and worked on learning and teaching the Qur’aan to their children and learning it themselves.

Q5: “After finishing the Noble Qur’aan, don’t you think about working on memorizing hadith?”

She said, “Now I have memorized ninety hadith and In Shaa Allaah I will continue the journey. I depend, in my memorization, upon the tapes and upon the Qur’aan radio station. At the end of each week, my daughter comes and checks for me the memorization of three hadith, and I am trying now to memorize more.

Q6: “Over this period of memorization of the Qur’aan, did your life change? Was it affected in one way or another?”

She said, “Yes, I went through a major change and I tried always, all praise is due to Allaah, to obey Allaah before I started the memorization. However, after I started the task of memorization, I began to feel a self-comfort, a great self-comfort and all worries began to move away from me. I even reached the stage of freeing myself from all these excessive worries concerning fearing for the children and their affairs, and my morale was boosted.

I had a noble objective to work for and this is a great Ni’mah (Favor) from Allaah . upon me, since we know that some women, when they get old and they do not have a husband, and their children got married, may be destroyed by the empty time, thoughts, worries, and so forth. But, AlHamdulillaah, I didn’t go through this and I made myself busy with a great task and a great objective.

Q7: “Didn’t you think at one point, to join one of the circles focusing on teaching the Noble Qur’aan?”

The answer was, “Yes, some of the women suggested this to me, but I am a woman who got used to staying at home, and I don’t like to go out everyday, and Al Hamdulillaah, my daughter sufficed me from all difficulty and I was so happy while I was learning from her. My daughter had set an example in goodness and righteousness which we rarely find in our days.

She started this task and journey with me while she was an adolescent and this is a critical age many people complain of. She used to pressure herself so that she could have spare time to teach me, and she used to teach me with kindness and wisdom. Her husband was a good help to her and he exerted a lot of effort. I ask Allaah . to give them success and to bring their children up on uprightness.”

Q8: “What do you say to a woman of your age who wishes to learn and memorize the Qur’aan yet she is worried about it and feeling unable to?”

She said, “I say to her there their shall be no despair with the firm, sincere and truthful determination. Begin with sincerity, firm determination and dependence on Allaah at each time. And remember that at this age you should have the time for yourself. However, do not use your time to only go out or to sleep and so forth. Rather, busy yourself with righteous work.

Q9: “Now what would you say to a woman who is still young? What would you advise her?”

She, may Allaah preserve her, said: “Preserve Allaah and He will preserve you. Make use of the favor of Allaah bestowed upon you from health and ways and means of comfort. Use that to memorize the Book of Allaah. This is the light which enlivens your heart, your life and your grave after you die.

And if you have a mother then exert the effort to teach her, and there is no better favor upon a mother than one of her righteous children aiding her to be close to Allaah.”

Presented on the 1st of Muharram 1426, Feb 10th 2005. Originally published in Ad-Da’wah Magazine, no.1552, 17th of Rabee’ Al-Awwal 1417,corresponding to Aug 1, 1996.

Eclipse Prayer

The fifth question of Fatwa no. 9527

Q 5: How many Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer) are there in Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse)? And what is to be recited in them?

A: Salat-ul-Kusuf (Prayer on a solar eclipse) and Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse) are each comprised of two Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer). Recitation in both Salahs (Prayers) is performed out loud. In each Rak‘ah, there are two Ruku‘s (bowing), the second of which is always shorter than the first, and there are also two recitations. After the Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: “Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]” upon starting Prayer), Surah Al-Fatihah and a long Surah are recited. After the first Ruku‘, Surah Al-Fatihah and a long Surah are recited, which is shorter than the preceding recitation. There are two Sujuds (Prostrations) in each Rak‘ah. This is the most authentic report mentioned regarding this Salah.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Deputy Chairman     Chairman

`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify     `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

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