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In the first chapter of ‘Kitab at-Tawhid,’ Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab mentions the hadith of Mu’adh where the Prophet said to him: “The right of Allah upon the servants is that they worship Him and associate none with Him, and the right of the servants upon Allah is that He will not punish them if they do not associate anything with him,” and Mu’adh said: “O Messenger of Allah, shall I not give the people the good news?”

In the 17th comment on this chapter, he refers to this hadith and how it shows “the virtue of giving the Muslim good news that will make him happy.”

In ‘Taysir al-’Aziz al-Hamid’ (p. 46), Sulayman bin ‘Abdillah commented on Mu’adh’s question “…shall I not give the people the good news?” by saying:

“It shows the practice that the Companions were upon of giving each other cheerful news.”

In al-’Uthaymin’s ‘al-Qawl al-Mufid ‘ala Kitab at-Tawhid’ (1/32), he commented on the same phrase, saying:

“This shows that giving people cheerful news is something required when it comes to making people happy in both worldly and religious issues. This is why the Angels gave Ibrahim good news where Allah Said: {“…and they gave him glad tidings of an intelligent son, having knowledge.”} [adh-Dhariyat; 28] and this was Ishaq, and the patient one was Isma’il. And the Prophet gave his family the good news of the birth of his son Ibrahim, saying: “A boy was born for me tonight, and I gave him the name of my father Ibrahim.” What we learn from this is that a person should bring about joy upon his Muslim brothers as much as possible through words and actions, and this will result in a lot of goodness, relaxation, and tranquility and openness of the heart.

Likewise, he should not bring about negativity upon the Muslim, and this is why it was narrated from the Prophet: “None of you should talk to me about another person, as I like to come out to you while my heart is clean.” Although this hadith contains some weakness in its chain, its meaning is correct, because if you hear something bad about someone, your heart will automatically be uneasy with him even if he deals with you in a good way. However, if you deal with him without knowing the bad things he has done and there is no danger in dealing with him, this will be much better and he might be more likely to accept your advice, as our hearts are quicker in being turned off from each other than our bodies are.

These are very specific points that are only clear to the intelligent one who reflects…”

And the Messenger of Allah said: “The best actions are to cheer up your believing brother, to relieve him of a debt, or to feed him.” [‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 1096]

 

(Taken from Bro Abu Sabaya’s site)

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The nature of torture

Torture practices include beatings such as jumping on the victim’s stomach; falacca or falanga, which involves beating the soles of the feet with rods; telephono, where the torturer claps flattened palms over the victim’s ears rupturing the tympanic membrane in the process; the use of electricity, including tying victims to a metal bed before applying a current and the use of pointed electrodes placed on the victim’s genitalia; burning; submarino, the submersion of the victim’s head in dirty water until the point of suffocation is almost reached; rape and forced sexual assault; suspension in mid-air with knees bent over a rod and tied tightly to wrists; deprivation of water; fake executions; the forced witnessing of the torture of the victim’s family or children; being held incommunicado; sensory deprivation; the forced injection of psychotropic drugs or ‘faecal matter’.

Tortured in Syria by Italy

Mohammed Majid Shakir was tortured by the Syrians under the command of the Italians. He explains the torture methods used upon him by the Syrians.

“Their instruments of torture were :-

a. Blasphemy. They insulted Allah(swt), his messenger(saw), and tore up the Qu’ran

b. Beating with sticks. They attacked me with a hard stick, and if I tried to defend myself they attacked me harder. Whilst this was happening, I could hear the screams of the other brothers, and they haunt me still to this day.

c. In the winter, in the cell of torture the brothers were tied to a chair by their hands and feet, and into a cell that was freezing. They put an electric fan on us in our faces from morning to afternoon” (Help the Prisoners, 2010)

Tortured in Baghram

Moazzam Beg narrates his experience in Baghram prison, he states, “One particular month in May, I was subjected to some extremely harsh interrogation techniques, which included being – or having my hands tied behind my back to my legs like an animal, as they call in America ‘hogtied’, with a hood placed over my head so I was in a suffocating position, kicked and beaten and sworn at and spat  at, left to rot in this position for hours and hours on end and taken again into interrogation, and this lasted over a period of over a month. That wasn’t the worst of it, of course. The worst of it for me was the psychological part, because all of this time I had no communication with my family at all. I didn’t know what happened to my wife or my children. For all I knew they could have done terrible things to them. And that was my biggest fear. (Moazzam Begg, quoted in Democracy Now!, 2006)

Torture in Abu Ghraib

In 2004, the world witnessed the shocking institutionally sanctioned torture of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. The vile images of grinning American soldiers standing over shackled, naked and hooded Iraqi men in demeaning, sexually humiliating and contorted positions stunned the liberal conscience of the Western world. Rather than the aberrant behaviour of an isolated few, it became clear that the nine soldiers who were court-martialled for the crimes were indeed responding to orders issued from the highest levels of military government.

Death at Camp Delta

On June 9, 2006, three detainees died while in custody at Camp 1 of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. Yassar Talal Al Zahrani, Mani Shaman Turki Al Habardi Al Tabi, and Ali Abdullah Ahmed were reported to have been found hanging in their cells at approximately 00:20 on June 10. According to descriptions from the guards, medics, and autopsy reports, all three detainees were cold to the touch, bluish in colour, and in a state of rigor mortis, indicating that each had been dead for more than two hours at the time of discovery. Their eyes were rolled back in their sockets and they had no pulse. Rigor mortis locked their jaws and impeded resuscitation attempts. In the case of one detainee, his jaw had to be pried open with a metal instrument that broke his teeth. At that time, medical personnel discovered that he had a cloth deep in his mouth and down his throat. The same condition was discovered in the other two bodies. The investigations did not explain why the detainees had rags in their throats (Death in Camp Delta, 2009).

Guantanamo Bay

Binyamin Mohammed recalls his experience of prison in Guantanamo Bay, It is still difficult for me to believe that I was abducted, hauled from one country to the next, and tortured in medieval ways – all orchestrated by the United States government…There are thousands of other prisoners held by the US elsewhere around the world, with no charges, and without access to their families. And I have to say, more in sadness than in anger, that many have been complicit in my own horrors over the past seven years. For myself, the very worst moment came when I realised in Morocco that the people who were torturing me were receiving questions and materials from British intelligence (BBC News, 23rd February 2009)

Implications of torture

There are a significant amount of detention centres around the world, specifically designed to torture victims. Cruel and callous methods of torture render the victims as helpless and in many cases, ultimately causing their deaths. The victims of torture are owed one thing above all else: justice. The perpetrators of torture must be exposed for who they are, and for what they have done. There is no statute of limitations on inhumanity. Those who designed and implemented the torture and illegal rendition programmes must be punished for their crimes or the laws forbidding these activities will be recognised as meaningless. These inhumane acts were committed against real people. Only the victims can forgive those who violated their human rights and stained the moral consciousness of humanity.

 

Intellectual Insurgency

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Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates that once the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) asked his companions, ‘Do you believe that dirt can remain on a person bathing five times a day in a brook running in front of his door?’ ‘No’, replied the companions, ‘No dirt can remain on his body.’ The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) remarked: ‘So, exactly similar is the effect of salaat offered five times a day. With the Grace of Allah. it washes away all the sins’.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidzi, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah)

 

Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates that he heard the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saying: “The likeness of five times daily salaat is as the likeness of a deep brook running in front of the door of a person who bathes therein five times a day.” (Muslim)



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The Men Who Died

On the night of June 9, 2006, three detainees died in a maximum security section of the Guantánamo Bay Detention facility. The military‘s initial press releases reported not only that the detainees were found hanging in their cells but also that their actions were a conspiracy as part of ―asymmetrical warfare” against the United States. At the same time, the military ordered all media off the island and prevented all lawyers from visiting their clients.

Questions immediately arose about how three detainees, under constant supervision, were able to conspire effectively to commit coordinated suicides. The military soon announced that it was conducting an investigation, but the results were not published until more than two years later. In August 2008 a heavily redacted report of the investigation concluded that the detainees had hanged themselves in their cells and that one detainee, while walking the corridors that night, had announced, ―tonight‘s the night.

 

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 In the months prior to his death on June 10, 2006, Mani Shaman Turki Al-Habardi Al- Utaybi was cleared for transfer to his native Saudi Arabia.13 Because of delays by the Government, his lawyers were unable to tell him of the decision, and it is therefore unlikely he was ever informed of his pending release.14 According to Government press releases, Al-Utaybi was detained for the previous four years because of his involvement with Jama’at al Tablighi and other undisclosed groups.15 The Government characterized Jama’at al Tablighi as a “militant missionary group,” though in fact, Jama’at al Tablighi is a mainstream, worldwide religious community.

 Ali Abdullah Ahmed, a Yemeni national, was purportedly suspected by the U.S. Government of being a “mid- to high-level Al Qaeda operative” with access to “facilitators and senior membership,” particularly Al Qaeda coordinator Abu Zubaydeh. However, this claim was stated in a press release after Ahmed’s death, and cannot be corroborated by any available evidence. In 2005, his father obtained counsel for Ahmed and made a videotape asking his son to cooperate with those lawyers. The Government reported difficulty in identifying Ahmed, blocking any meeting with his attorneys prior to his death, so he never saw his father’s recorded plea. Nonetheless, there was a suit filed on Ahmed’s behalf in December of 2005.

 Yassar Talal Al-Zahrani was born on September 22, 1984, and was seventeen years old when he was arrested by anti-Taliban forces in late 2001.22 In press statements after his death, the Government accused Al-Zahrani of fighting on the front lines for the Taliban, facilitating weapons purchases for the Taliban, and participating in the prison uprising that occurred at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan on November 25, 2001.23 Al-Zahrani did not have representation by counsel during his detention at Guantánamo.

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Jamadi-ul-Awwal 23, 1431 A.H, Saturday, May 08, 2010

Shaheed in the jihad arena has a noble position in Islam. Al-Qur’an and al-Sunnah have mentioned many of its virtues. The Sahabahs and the salaf ulama’s had raced to obtain it.

Martyrdom Is A Bliss

Al-Qur’an mentioned that martyrdom is a delightful gift from Allah for those who want It. This gift sends its owners towards perfection in life, fortune and happiness. Allah says:

“All who obey Allah and the Messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the Prophets (who teach), the Siddiiqiin (sincere lovers of Truth), the Martyrs, and the Righteous (who do good): And excellent are those as companions.” (QS. Al Nisaa: 69)

The meaning of Shuhada’ in the above verse, as mentioned by Sheikh Abdurrahman al-Sa’di, is the people who are going to war fie sabilillah for the sake of raising high the kalimah of Allah, and then they get killed.

Then, in the end of the verse, Allah mentioned that they are the best of companions in paradise for those who are always obedient to Allah and His Rasul.

The Shuhada’s Do Not Lose The Pleasures Of The World

Allah Ta’ala said:

“And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving rizq (provision), rejoicing in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those [to be martyred] after them who have not yet joined them – that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (QS. Ali Imran: 169-170)

Sheikh al-Sa’di rahimahullah mentioned in his tafseer that there are virtues and honours of the Shuhada’s in this sublime verse, as well as bounties and gifts that Allah gives to them . . . .

“Then, concerning the reward for the people who are conducting jihad fie sabilillah, in fighting against the enemies of Islam for the sake of raising high the kalimatullah and then die in it, they are not like what many think, i.e. they are dead and losing the pleasures of the world and its comforts. Whereas, these are the things that make many people worry, the cowards are afraid to fight and they do not yearn for martyrdom. But, they (the martyrs) are acquiring pleasures even greater (more) than what are competed by the people who are racing to achieve them. They live with their Lord in the Abode of Glory.

There, they are getting rizq from various delights in which the exact nature could never be known except by the people to whom Allah have given. Allah completes the gifts of delight to them by combining the bodily delights in the form of rizq, with the the spiritual delights in the form of happiness for the bounties granted to them. Until, their pleasures and happiness are utterly perfected.”

Regarding this subject, Dr. Abdullah Azzam narrated his experience, “…and indeed, we have witnessed some of the clear evidences, clearly showing that the Shuhada’s are alive.” Umar Hanif related to me (Abdullah Azzam), he said, “I have uncovered with my own hands twelve graves of the Shuhada’s. I have found that not even one Shuhada’ has the state of the jasad changed; and I noticed that some of them even have their beards growing and fingernails longs in the grave.”

And a story about Dr. Babrak who are shaheed in Urgun and he was brought to Phabi (camp of the Muhajirian Afghan in Peshawar). When his children had a look at his jasad after school and stood by his head, he (Dr. Babrak) wept and his tears were flowing on his face.

The Blood Of The Shuhada’s Has The Aroma Of Musk

The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! Whoever is wounded in Allah’s Cause….and Allah knows well who gets wounded in His Cause….will come on the Day of Resurrection with his wound having the colour of blood but the scent of musk.” (HR. Bukhari)

Dr. Abdullah Azzam conveyed, “Subhanallah! Indeed, we have witnessed it on most of the people who have died shaheed. The smell of their blood are like the aroma of musk. And indeed, in my pocket is a piece of letter – on it are drops of blood belongings to Abdul Wahid (Al Shaheed, insha Allah)- it has been 2 months, but the scent is very fragrant like that of musk.” (Special Gifts For The Mujahids, the work of Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Azzam)

Where Are The Arwah Of The Shuhada’s?

After knowing the virtues of dying shaheed and the superiority of the Shuhada’s, that they are essentially not dead and are not losing the pleasures. Hence, we are asking, “where are their arwah (spirits) actually?”

The arwah (plural of ruh – ed) of the Shuhada’s are placed in the the highest paradise i.e. Firdaus. This is based on the hadith of Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam who said to Ummu Haritsah binti Nu’man – her son got killed in the battle of Badar – when she asked him (about the fate of her son): “Where is he?” The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Verily, he is in the high paradise of Firdaus.” (HR. Al Bukhari)

In the Saheeh Muslim, from Mashruq rahimahullah, said: “We asked Abdullah about this verse (QS. Ali Imran: 169)”

He answered, “it so happens that we asked (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) about this issue, thus he answered:

“Verily, the arwah of the Shuhada’s are in the insides of green birds having lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in Paradise where they please, then taking shelter in those lanterns. So their Lord cast a glance at them (1) and said: ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They said: ‘What shall we wish for when we roam freely in Paradise where we please?’ And thus did He do to them three times. When they say that they would not be spared from being asked [again], they said: ‘O Lord, we would like for You to put back our souls into our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake once again.’ And when He saw that they were not in need of anything they were let be.( HR. Muslim)

Imam al-Darimi in his sunan narrated from Mashruq, he said: “we have asked Abdullah about the arwah of the Shuhada’s. If not because of Abdullah, no one would have told us. He (Abdullah) said:

The arwah of the Shuhada’s are with Allah on Judgement Day inside the belly of green birds. They have lanterns suspended from the ‘Asrh. They fly in Paradise to where ever they want. Then, they return to those lanterns, and their Lord honored them by saying: ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They asnwered: ‘No, except for us to be returned to the world until we are killed (die shaheed) for the umpteenth time.’

Imam an-Nawawi in Sharh Saheeh Muslim wrote, “. . . when they know that they can ask, they ask so that their souls would be returned to their jasads, to conduct jihad again or to provide their souls for the cause of Allah Ta’ala and enjoy the bliss (of dying) in Allah’s path.” Walahu A’lam

The Shuhada’s ask to be returned to the world, whereas they are already in paradise, to feel the blissfulness of dying in Allah’s cause as Shuhada’s.

Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam had known the blissfulness gained by the Shuhada’. For that reason, he expressed his desires to die in Allah’s cause in his hadith:

“By the One in Whose Hand is my life, I love that I should be killed in the way of Allah; then I should be brought back to life and be killed again in His way.” (HR. Al Bukhari)

Indeed, death in the way of Allah is not as frightening as people have imagined. They are a lot of hadiths which relate that the Shuhada’s do not feel the pain when finding martyrdom, except like that of a pinch.

It was said by Rasulullah saallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, “the people who die shaheed do not feel (the pain of) the slaying except like when one amongst you are feeling (the pain of) a pinch.” (HR. Ahmad, At Tirmidzi, An Nasa’i – hadith hasan)

Are we still afraid to conduct jihad fie sabilillah and find martyrdom in the way of Allah?

(taken from Yahoo group)

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Bismillah ir Rahmaan ir Raheem

Alhamdullillah was Salaat was Salaam ‘Ala Rasuul Allah

This is the translation of some of the excerpts from a fatwa given by the Sheikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah Rahimahullah, regarding ‘Aashuura.

…And it has been established in the Saheeh of Muslim from the Prophet (saw) that he said:
“There will be in Thaqeef a liar and destroyer”
so the liar was Al Mukhtaar bin Abee ‘Ubaid At Thaqafee. And he used to manifest the alliance of the People of the House [of the Prophet], and aid for them and he killed ‘Ubaid Allah bin Ziyaad, the Commander of ‘Iraaq who equipped the company that killed Hussain bin ‘Alee (radiAllahu ‘Anhuma). Then he manifested falsehood and claimed the prophethood and that the Gibreel (alayhis Salaam). Until they spoke to Ibn ‘Umar and Ibn ‘Abbaas. They said to one of the two: Verily Al Mukhtaar bin Abee ‘Ubaid claims that he is visited. So he said, he spoke the truth. Allah the most High has said:
(trans. of the Meaning) “Should I tell you upon whom the Shayaateen (devils) descend? They descend upon ever Sinful Liar” (Surah As Shu’araa (26): 222).
And they said to the other: Verily Al Mukhtaar claims that he is revealed or inspired to. So he said he spoke the truth:
(trans.) “And verily the Shayaateen (devils) surely inspire to their allies so that they may argue and content with you” (Surah Al An’aam(6):121).
And as for the destroyer, then he is Al Hajjaaj bin Yousuf At Thaqafee. And he was averse from ‘Alee and his companions. So he was from the An Nawaasib [dissenting sect that hated ‘Alee and the people of the House]. While the first one [Al Mukhtaar] was from the Rawaafid [extreme shia’s]. And his Rafidee was greatest in terms of lie and forgery, deviation in the Deen because he claimed the prophethood. And the [latter] was greatest in terms of vengence for anyone who went out against his authority and revenge for anyone who accused him as a sin of his commander ‘Abdul Malik bin Marwaan. And in Kuufah between these there was tribulations, insurrections and fighting. So when Al Hussain bin ‘Alee (ra) was killed on the Day of ‘Aashuuraa, the transgressing oppressive faction killed him. And Allah honored Al Hussain with martyrdom. Like He honored with it one whom He honored from the people of his house. He honored with it Hamza, Ja’far, his father ‘Alee and other than them. And the Martyrdom was from what Allah raised with it his abode and elevated his rank. As he and his brother Al Hasan are the two masters of the youth of the people of paradise. And the elevated abodes are not reached except with the calamities.
Like what the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said when he was asked: Which of the people is more severe in terms of calamities. So he said:

“The prophets, then the Righteous, then the exemplary ones and then the exemplary ones [or then the likes thereof then the like thereof]. The man will be tried upon the extent of his religion. So if there was in his religion firmness, he is increased in calamity. And if there was in his religion weakness, then he is lightened upon. And the calamity will not cease to be upon the Believer until he walks upon the Earth while there is no sin or fault upon him.” At Tirmidhi and others narrated it.
So the Al Hasan and Al Hussain has preceded for them what preceded from Allah Ta’aala from the exalted station, while the calamity did not reach them what reached their purified predecessors. As they both were born during the might of Islaam and they were raised up in nobility and honor. And the Muslims magnify them and honor them. And the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam died while they had not completed the age of discernment. So it was the blessing of Allah upon them that He afflicted them with what reached them and the people of their household. Like one who was better than them was afflicted with, as ‘Alee bin Abee Taalib was better than both of them. And he was killed as a Martyr. And the killing of Hussain was from what the trials and the tribulations between the people were stirred up with. Like the killing of ‘Uthmaan Radi Allahu ‘Anhu was from the greatest of causes that necessitated trials amongst the people. And due to the cause of it, the Ummah is still divided.

And for this it came in the Hadith: “Three: one who was saved from them then indeed he was saved: my death, the killing of an oppressed Khaleefah and the Dajjal (Anti Christ).”
Thus the death of the Prophet (saw) was from the greatest of the causes that a large number of creation from mankind was tested with. And they apostated from Islaam. So Allah Ta’aalaa established As Siddeeq [The verifier of truth, Aboo Bakr] radi Allahu ‘Anhu. Until Allah made firm through him the Faith, and returned through him the affair towards where it used to be. So he entered the people of apostacy in the door that from which they had gone out. And the people of Faith settled upon the Deen they had entered in. And Allah made in him the might, jihaad, severity against the enemies of Allah, and leniency for the allies of Allah what was due with him and other then him that he was the Khaleefa (successor) of the Messenger of Allah. Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam.
Then he appointed ‘Umar as the successor (Khaleefah). Thus he (‘Umar) subdued the disbelievers from the Magians and the people of the book. And he gave strength and honor (‘Izzah) to Islaam, founded cities, allocated the grants, put in place secretariats and account books (Deewaan), spread justice, established the sunnah and manifested Islaam during his days in full glory.

Through him was the truthfulness of His the Most High’s statement:
(translation of the meaning)
{ He is the one who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Truthful Deen (way of life) so that He may manifest it upon all other deen (ways of life). And sufficient is Allah as a witness} (Surah At Tawbah 33).
and His the Most High’s statement: (translation of the meaning)
{Allah has promised those who Believe from amongst you and did good deeds that He will, of a surety, grant them succession on Earth (Khilaafah), like He granted succession to those who were before them. And He will strengthen for them their Deen that He approved for them. And He will surely exchange for them–After their fear–into peace and security. They will worship Me, while not taking any partners with Me in anything} (Surah An Nuur 55).
And the statement of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
{When the Kasra (Chosroses) dies then there will be no Kasra after him. And then Qaisar (Ceaser) dies then there will be no Qaisar after him. And by the One in Whose Hands is my soul, you will surely spend their treasures in the path of Allah} (Al Bukhaari: Chapter 31 from the Book of Faith. Muslim Hadith 76 from the Book of Trials. At Tirmidhi chapter 41 from the Book of Trials. Ahmad bin Hanbal in his Musnad).
So it was ‘Umar who spent the treasures of both of them. And he knew that he spent them in the path of Allah. And that he was a rightly guided and inspired Khaleefah. Then he put the command or affair as a consultation amongst the 6. So the Emigrants (Muhaajiroon) and the Helpers (Ansaar) unanimously agreed upon the advancement of ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan without inclination that was forced upon them or a fear that they were threatened through. And they pledged allegiance to him in entirety, willingly and not compelled or unwillingly. And during the last of his days, the causes came about that the people of knowledge, ignorance and enmity manifested evil. And they did not cease to hasten in the trials until the Khaleefah was killed, oppressed, martyred without a cause that would make his killing permissible. And all the while he was patient and a seeker of reward [from Allah] (Muhtasib), he did not fight any Muslim.
So when he was killed, May Allah be pleased with him, the hearts were separated, the hardships were magnified, evils were manifested, the righteous were humiliated. And those who were useless regarding it hastened in the tribulation. And those who wanted the establishment of good and reconciliation were rendered incapable of it. Then they pledged allegiance to the commander of the faithful ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib- radi Allahu ‘Anhu. And he was the most rightful of the people for the khilafah at that time, and the most honorable of those who remained. However, the hearts were divided, and the fire of tumult was kindled, so the word was not unanimous and the community did not organize. And the Khaleefah did not get safely entrenched neither did the best of the nation, from all of those who wanted him from the good. And the people entered into sects and trials. Happened whatever happened. Until the Hururiyyah heretics appeared, along with the great number of their prayers and fasting and recitation of theirs. So they fought the commander of the Believers ‘Alee and who was with him. So he killed them by the Command of Allah and His Messenger. In obedience to the statement of the Prophet Sallallahu alay hi wasallam due to what he described them with his statement.

By Brother Syed Harith Ahmed.

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Prison Walls

Caged lions roar and you will never see
A true man of faith whimpering in captivity
The lion emerged slowly dragging the weight of his chains
And the years had exhausted his body of its strength
The chains had bitten into his flesh, blood stained
Sore, wounded, bruised, but with fire in his eyes
Passion instilled, and the desire to rise

An abode for the hearts of gallant men
Unjust man-made laws for its citizens
Save those who refuse to submit to injustice
Darkness prevails but the light of his emaan
Provides a flame which burns the oppressors evil schemes
And ashes linger as the lion continues to remain firm
His deen, his salvation becomes the salve of his wounds
“And release the Waves of Justice and answer the call
The call from the Echoes of the Oppressed”*
Break free these Prison Walls.

*Line from a poem written by brother Rakan.

– I.I

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

الحمد الله

 

Seek Istighfaar For Your Sins And Have Taqwaa

“So be afraid of Allaah; and Allaah teaches you. And Allaah is the All Knower of each and everything.” 2:282

Rasoolullaah said, “By Allaah, I seek forgiveness and I repent to Allaah more than seventy times a day.” He also said, “O people repent! Verily I repent to Allaah one hundred times a day.” Muslim 4/2076
The Prophet also said, “Whoever says, Astaghfirullaahal-ladhee Laa Ilaaha Illaa Huwal Hayyul Qayyoomu wa atoobu ilaihi, Allaah would forgive him even is he was one who fled during the advance of an army.” Meaning: “I seek Allaah’s forgiveness, besides whom none has the right to be worshipped (in truth) except HE, The Ever Living, The Self Subsisting and Supporter of all, and I turn to HIM in repentance.” At Tirmidhee 5/569 Al Haakim authenticated it, Imaam Adh Dhahabee agreed.

 

Have Sincere Intentions

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree , said,“We do not know of anything better than seeking knowledge with (a sincere) intention (for the sake of Allaah).” Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Vol. 7, Pg 244
Jaabir narrated that Allaah’s Messenger said: “Do not acquire knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, nor to argue with the ignorant, nor to gain mastery over the gatherings. Since whoever does that, then, The Fire! The Fire!” Reported by Ibn Maajah (254) and others. This hadeeth has a witness from the hadeeth of Ka’b ibn Maalik reported by at-Tirmidhee (2654) and others and also from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah reported by Ahmad (2/338) and others.

Seek Refuge In Allaah From Ash Shaytaan

Allaah ‘Azza Wa Jall said,

“So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one).” An-Nahl 16:98

 

Guidelines For Acquiring ‘Ilm

Imaam Ash Shaafi’ee said, “I complained to Al Waakee’ about poorness of my memory, so he directed me to abandon disobedience. He informed me that Knowledge of Allaah is Light, the Light of Allaah doesn’t guide the disobedient.”

There are 6 matters to acquire ‘ilm:

• Intelligence
• Zeal
• Striving
• Competence
• Companionship of a teacher and
• A long time

lbn Mas’ood said: “Indeed I hold that a person forgets knowledge that he used to know because of sins that he commits.”[6]

Wakee’ (d.197H) said: “I seek help in memorization by abandoning sin and disobedience.”[7]

Maalik (d.179H) said to Ash-Shaaf’ee when they first met: “Indeed I see that Allaah has placed a light upon your heart so do not extinguish it with the darkness of disobedience and sin.”[8]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204H) said:“Whosoever loves that Allaah Should open up his heart for him and grant light to him, then let him abandon speech about that which does not concern him, and abandon sins and turn away from acts of disobedience. Then there will be between him and Allaah a hidden treasure of good actions. So if this is done, then Allaah will open up such knowledge for him, that will pre-occupy him. And indeed in death is the greatest pre-occupation.”

 

Study Time

Study before and (or) after Salaatul Fajr. Allaah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’Aalaa said,

“Verily, the rising by night (for Salaatut Tahajjud) is very hard and most potent and good for governing oneself and more suitable for understanding the Word of Allaah.” 73:6

This is the best time to study and memorize. The Prophet said, “The nearest the LORD comes to HIS servant is in the middle of the night, so if you are able to be of those who remember Allaah at that time, then be so. At Tirmidhee 3/183

 

Companionship

Keep good, pious, studious companions. Maalik Ibn Anas said, “Whoever does not love knowledge, then there is no good in him. So, there should not be any acquaintance between you and him, and nor any friendship.” Al Khateeb in Al Faqeeh Wal Mutafaqqih Volume 1, Page 15, Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al Fatwa Page 12.
Sufyaan Ath Thawree said, “Hence you must take to the original affair, hold tight to it, and you should take to being unknown, for indeed this is the age to remain unknown. And take to remaining aloof, secluded, and associating little with the people, because when people used to meet, some of them would benefit the others. But as for today, then that has gone and in our view, salvation lies in abandoning them. Related by Aboo Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah (6/376-377)

Fruits

Shaykh Fawzee Al Atharee, said that apples, and grapes (raisins) increases the memory. White raisins are better than the brown ones.

 

Al Hijaamah

Al Hijaamah: Cupping also known as bloodletting (phlebotomy). Cupping increases the memory tremendously. Al Hijaamah is a cure for ALL illnesses:

Saheehul Muslim: Book of Transactions #3830 – On the authority of Humaid, that Anas Ibn Malik was asked about the earnings of the cupper, he said that the Prophet got himself cupped. The cupper was Abu Taiba, the Prophet commanded (someone) to give him 2 sa’a of corn. He talked to his family, and they lightened the burden of tax for him. He said, “The best treatment that you can take is cupping.”
In another narration, the Prophet said that healing is found in 3, cupping, a gulp of honey and cauterization (branding with fire). I forbid my followers to use cauterization. Bukhaaree 5317 in the Book of Medicine.

Shaykh Fawzee recommends the new cupping kits (pumps), as they are safer (no fire needed).

Do not practice Hijaamah unless you are qualified to do so.

Aboo Dawood 39/4570: ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said, “Some people of the deputation which came to my father reported the Prophet of Allaah as saying, Any physician who practices medicine when he was not known as a practitioner before that and he harms (the patients) he will be held responsible. ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said, Here physician does not refer to a man by qualification. It means opening a vein, incision and cauterization.

Shaykh Abu Anas was asked about Hijaamah, and replied by saying that it is not a Sunnah of the Prophet it is a medical practice.

Rest & Exercise

Get plenty of rest, exercise and water. All these things help your overall well being. You can not retain much if you are tired. Rest, water (healthy diet) and exercise revitalizes you and increases your energy and mental perception. Study in a place that is quiet (if you can). This way you can focus completely. If you can’t set aside a full hour to study, begin small, try 10 – 15 minutes a day Bi Idhnillaah. Keep to your study schedule as much as possible.

Al Miswak (Siwak)

Miswak literally means tooth brushing stick. Miswak is the root of the Arak tree (salvadora persica), more commonly known as the ‘toothbrush tree’. The Arak grows in Saudi ‘Arabia, Sudan, Southern Egypt, Chad and Eastern parts of India. In other parts of the Muslim world where the Arak tree is not found, other trees are used for the same purpose. Strips of bark are used in Morocco and the Nim tree in India.

Ahadeeth From Saheehul Bukhaaree Regarding Miswak

Narrated Abu Hurairah, the Prophet said, ‘If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with siwak for every prayer.” Kitaabus Salaatul Jumu’ah #845
Anas that the Prophet said, “I have told you repeatedly to use the Siwak.” He put emphasis on using Siwak. Kitaabus Salaatul Jumu’ah #846

‘Aaishah said, “The Prophet died in my house on the day of my turn while he was leaning on my chest closer to my neck, and Allaah made my saliva mix with his Saliva. ‘Aaishah added, ‘Abdur Rahman came with a siwak and the Prophet was too weak to use it so I took it, chewed it and then gave it to him and he cleaned his teeth with it.” The Book of 1/5 of War Booty # 2890

Miswak Improves The Memory & More

Dental research has discovered interesting information about the miswak. Chemical analysis revealed that it contains a total of 19 natural substances which are beneficial to dental health. Its natural antiseptics have a bactericidal action, killing harmful micro-organisms in the mouth, the tannic acid it contains has astringent qualities which protect the gums from disease, and its aromatic oils increase salivation. Because of its built-in antiseptics, the miswak needs no cleaning, and because its bristles are parallel to the handle rather than perpendicular, it can reach more easily between the teeth, where a conventional toothbrush often misses. The Miswak improves one’s memory as well.

Revision

Az-Zuhree, said: Indeed knowledge departs due to forgetfulness and leaving off revising. Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Vol. 5, Pg 337. It may help you to do the following:

1. Read from the same book, (same mushaf, matn, etc) every time you study. Constant use of the same book creates a picture in your memory. You will able to close your eyes and see the image of the page as clear as the actual book, In Shaa Allaah.

2. Try writing out the aayat, ahaadeeth, or parts of the matn three to five times a day, and say each word as you write it out. This will increase your memory, strengthen your vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and penmanship of the ‘Arabic language. Start off small. Date each entry. This will allow you to see your study habits. Do not cheat yourself.

3. If you have a voice recorder, then record your recitation (no peeking). Check your recitation by playing back the tape and follow it with the text. Listen carefully. Be sure that every Fathah, Dhammah, Kasrah, etc., are in place, In Shaa Allaah. It helps to have someone familiar with the ‘Arabic language (and the various texts) listen to your recitation just incase you do not pick up on your own errors.

4. Listen to a proficient recitor of whatever it is that you are studying. If you have a cd player, put it on repeat. The repetition helps tremendously. Do not stress over trying to memorize things. Allow the cd to play while you are cooking, cleaning, etc. You will find that after hearing the recitation about three or four times, some words you can actually say along with the recitor without much effort.

5. Share what you have learned with others. Teaching is a form of revision. Ibn Hazam Al-Andalusee mentions: A man who is a miser with his knowledge is worse than a man who is a miser with his money, for the money miser is afraid of using up what he possesses, but the knowledge miser is being mean with something which does not get used up and is not lost when it is given away. (Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar)

6. Take advantage of your youth. Hasan Al-Basree said: Seeking knowledge when one is young, is like etching on a stone. The narrator said, “In other words, the knowledge which one memorizes when one is young will be so strong in one’s memory, that it is as if it had been etched on a stone, Wallaahu Aa’lam.” Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al-Fatwa – Page 28

7. Attend the gatherings of dhikr as much as you are able. Do not allow Ash Shaytaan to divert you by whispering excuses to you like “its raining,” or “it’s hot outside.” The Salaf would walk (and sometimes crawl) in the desert heat for long periods of time for one hadeeth, becoming tired, dehydrated, and fainting along the way. This shows us the love, zeal and respect that they had for seeking knowledge.
8. Take ‘ilm from the trustworthy only. Muhammad Ibn Sareen said, “Indeed this ‘ilm is the Religion, so look and see from whom you are taking your Religion.” He also said, “They had not used to ask about the chain of narration but when the fitnah (the fabrication of hadeeth) occurred they said, “Name your men to us.” So, as for Ahlus Sunnah, then their narrations would be accepted, and as for Ahlul Bid’ah, their narrations would not be accepted. (Introduction of Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh with a saheeh isnaad.)

9. Do not be shy when seeking ‘ilm. The Messenger of Allaah said: “One who is shy will never gain knowledge, nor one who is proud.” The narrator adds, “What is implied here is one who is shy of asking questions, Wallaahu Aa’lam.” Bukhaaree, Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al-Fatwa – Page 25

10. Be patient while seeking ilm.

Do Not Take ‘Ilm From Four

Shaykh Fawzee Al Atharee said, “Do not take ‘ilm from four,” A fool, a liar, a person of desires and one who has goodness and virtue but he doesn’t know what he is talking about. (Take from the recorded lecture, “Who is the innovator.” 06/23/02)

Seek ‘Ilm And Allaah Will Raise Your Rank

Shaykh Saalih As Suhaymee said, The word Soorah means chapter, elevation and height. The reader moves from one stage to another. Aayah means sign or pause. It’s a wonder because mankind is unable to produce something like it. The plural form of aayah is aayat, aayy, and aayay.

Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen said, “There is no comparison between one who has knowledge and one who does not, just as there is no comparison between the living and the dead, and one who hears and one who is deaf, and one who can see and one who is blind. Knowledge is light with which one is guided, and with it removes one from the darkness (of ignorance) to the light (of knowledge, i.e. Islaam). With knowledge, Allaah raises the ranks of whom He wishes from His creation.” Kitaabul-‘Ilm.

Allaah has said,

“Allaah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.” Mujaadalah, aayah 11.

Make Du’aa

Allaah said,

“And Say, My Lord Increase Me in Knowledge.” 20/114

 

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