Repelling Evil

30 01 2010
Allaah – the Most High – said:
“The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel evil with that which is better; then indeed,
he between whom and you there was enmity, will become as though he was a close friend.” [Soorah Fussilat 41:34].
Imaam as-Sa’dee (d. 1376H)- rahimahullaah – said: “Not equal are acts of goodness and obedience, which are done to earn the pleasure of Allaah; and acts of evil and disobedience, that bring about the anger of Allaah, and not His good pleasure. Likewise. not equal are those acts of goodness and kindness that are done towards the creation, and those acts of evil done against them – neither in their nature, their characteristics, nor in their rewards: “Is not the reward for good acts, goodness.” Then, a particular, but important act of ihsaan (goodness and kindness) is commanded, which is: showing ihsaan towards the one who has ill-treated you; because Allaah commanded to repel evil with that which is better. This means that whenever you are ill-treated by anyone from amongst the creation – in particular those that have great rights over you; such as relatives, friends, and their like – then return their ill-treatment of you with acts of kindness and goodness towards them. Thus, if you have been cut-off from then seek to join the ties of relation; if you have been oppressed, then be forgiving; if you have been spoken ill of, either in your presence or behind your back,
then do not retaliate, but rather be forgiving and speak to them with mild and soft words; if you have been boycotted and abandoned, then continue speaking to those who have done so, with good words, and continue giving them the greetings of salaam. So if you return acts of evil with acts of ihsaan (goodness and kindness), then you will indeed acquire a tremendous benefit.” 1
Consider also, the following incident.
‘Aaishah radiallaahu’anhaa said:
I asked the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: O Allaah’s Messenger, has there ever been a day more severe upon you than the day of Uhud? So he said: “Your tribe troubled me greatly, and the most troublesome thing which I experienced from them was on the day of ‘Aqabah when I presented myself to Ibn ‘Abd Yaaleel ibn ‘Abd Kulaal, and he did not respond to my Message as I had hoped. So I returned overwhelmed with grief and sorrow, and did not recover until I reached Qarnuth-Tha’aalib. I raised my head and saw a cloud shading me. Then I looked and saw (the Angel) Jibreel in it, and he called me saying. Allaah has heard what your people have said to you, and their reply. And Allaah has sent the Angel of the mountains to you to do whatever you wish. So the Angel of the mountains called me, greeted me with Salaam; and then said. O Muhammad. Allaah has heard what your people said to you, and I am the Angel of the mountains. My Lord has sent me to you, that you may order me as you wish. So what do you wish? If you should so wish, I will crush them beneath the two mountains.” So Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “No, rather hope that from their offspring will come who will worship Allaah alone, and not worship anything else along with Him.” 2
Ibn Abee Haatim (d.328H) – rahimahullaah – said:
“I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qaasim al-Joo’ee (d.248H). I found a group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me; and I heard him saying: “Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time: when you are present, you are not known; when you are absent, you are not missed; when you are seen, your advice is not sought; when you say something, your saying is not accepted; and when you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it. I also advise you with five matters: when you are treated unjustly, do not behave unjustly; when you are praised, do not become happy; when you are criticised, do not become upset; when you are not believed, do not become angry; and if people act deceitfully towards you,do not act deceitfully towards them.” Ibn Abee Haatim said: So I took that as my benefit from Damascus.” 3
1. Tayseerul-Kareemur-Rahmaan (p.695).
2. Related by al-Bukhaaree (no.3231) and Muslim (no.1795).
3. Related by Ibn al-Jawzee in Sifatus-Safwaa (2/200).

The Characterics of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah – Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal

26 01 2010
Muhammad ibn Habeeb Al-Andaaree narrates many things on the
authority of our Imam. From among those things is an essay on the
He said: “I heard Ahmad ibn Hanbal say: The Characteristic of a Believer
from Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah is:
1. Whoever bears witness that no god has the right to be worshipped
except Allah, He is alone without partners, and Muhammad is His
slave and Messenger.
2. He establishes all that the Prophets and Messengers have come
with. He believes in his heart that which he manifests.
3. He does not doubt in his belief.
4. He does not make a disbeliever out of anyone from the people of
tawheed because of a sin. But he delays what is unknown to him of
the affairs to Allah ‘Azza wa Jell. He entrusts his affairs with Allah
‘Azza wa Jell. He does not guarantee safety from Allah for a sin.
5. He knows that everything is by the qadaa of Allah and His divine
decree, the good, the bad, everything!
6. He hopes for the good doer of the Ummah of Muhammad and he
fears for the one who does badly.
7. He does not place anyone from the Ummah of Muhammad in jannah
or the fire because of some good or bad that was done, so that Allah
‘Azza wa Jell He is the One to place His creation wherever He likes.
8. He knows the right of the salaf, those whom Allah has chosen to
attend His Prophet.
9. He gives preference to Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and ‘Uthmaan. He knows
the right of ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib, Talhah, Az-Zubair, ‘Abdur-
Rahmaan ibn ‘Owf, Sa’d ibn Abee Waqqaas, Sa’eed ibn Zaid ibn
‘Amr ibn Nufail over the rest of the Companions. Indeed, they are
the nine who were with the Prophet on the mountain of Heraa when
the Prophet said: “Be calm Heraa, because you have upon yourself a
Prophet, a truthful one and a martyred. And the Prophet is the tenth
of them.
10. He shows mercy on all of the Companions of Muhammad. The
young from among them and the old. He speaks of their virtues and
refrains from that which broke out among them.
11. The salaah of the two ‘eeds, fear, jumu’ah, and the jamaa’ah
with every ameer, whether he is righteous or wicked.
12. Wiping over the leather socks during travel and when not
13. Shortening during travel.
14. The Qur’aan is the speech of Allah and His revelation and it is
not created.
15. Faith is a statement and an action. It increases and decreases.
16. Jihaad is ongoing since the time that Allah sent Muhammad up
until the last group who will fight the Anti-Christ. They will not be
harmed by the wrongdoing of the wrongdoer.
17. Buying and selling is permissible until the Day of Resurrection
in accordance with the Book and the Sunnah.
18. Saying Allahu Akbar is four times over the funeral.
19. Supplication for piety is for the Imams of the Muslims. Do not
revolt against them by the sword. Do not fight in fitnah and remain
in your homes.
20. The belief in the punishment of the grave.
21. The belief in Munkar and Nakeer.
22. The belief in the Pool and the Intercession.
23. The belief that the people of Paradise will see their Lord The
Blessed and Exalted.
24. The belief that those who profess the oneness of Allah will exit
the fire after being burned, just as the hadeeth narrates these
things on the authority of the Prophet.
25. We believe in the truth of them and we don’t make any analogy
with them.
26. This is what the scholars of all the cities have agreed upon.
Tabqaat Al-Hanaabelah 1/294-295

Excellence of attachement to the Masjid

25 01 2010
From Abu Hurairah radiyallaahu `anhu who said that I heard Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alaihi
wa sallam, say: “There are seven whom Allaah will shade in His shade on the Day when there is no
shade except His shade. A just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allaah, the Mighty and
Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques, two men who love each other for
Allaah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty
and position, but he says: ‘I fear Allaah’; a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left
hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allaah in
private so his eyes shed tears.” [Reported by al-Bukhaaree (Eng. Trans. 1/356/no. 629), Muslim
(Eng. Trans 2/493 no. 2248) and others]

From Abu Hurairah radiyallaahu `anhu, from the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, that he
said: “A man does not frequent the mosques for the Prayer and the remembrance of Allaah except
that Allaah, the Most High, greets him joyfully, just as the family of one who is absent greet him
with joy when he returns to them.” [Reported by Ibn Abee Shaybah, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Khuzaimah
and others and it is found in Saheehit-Targheeb (no. 315)]

From Abu Dardaa radiyallaahu `anhu, who said that I heard Allaah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alaihi
wa sallam say: “The mosque is the house of every pious person, and Allaah has granted comfort
and mercy for everyone for whom the mosque is his house, and that they will traverse the bridge
(as-Siraat) to Allah’s Pleasure and Paradise.” [Reported by at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer and al-
Awsat and al-Bazzaar who declared it hasan, and it occurs in Saheehut-Targheeb (no. 328)]

From `Abdullaah ibn `Amr, radiyallaahu `anhumaa, from Allaah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alaihi wa
sallam, that he said: “There are six sittings in which a person is guaranteed the safekeeping of
Allaah, the Most High, as long as he is in one of them: In a congregational mosque; with a sick
person; at a funeral; in his house; with a just ruler whom he supports and treats with respect; or
at a place where people are fighting jihaad.” [Declared hasan by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehut-
Targheeb (no. 326) and is reported by at-Tabaraanee and al-Bazzaar.]

From Ab Hurairah, radiyallaahu `anhu, waho said: “Indeed there are those who are pillars for
the mosques and there are angels who sit in their company. So if they are absent they ask after
them, and if they are in need then they assist them.” [Saheeh as the asying of Aboo Hurairah
radiyallaahu `anhu, as occurs in Saheehut-Targheeb (no. 327), reported by al-Haakim.]

Life is a Test

24 01 2010
As Salamu Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
All praise be to Allah and may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon his last messenger,
Muhammad alayhe salat wa salam. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad (sallallahu alayhe wa salam) is his slave and last messenger.
The topic that will be discussed is going to be about calamities and hardship and tests
facing the Muslim Ummah today. If someone is afflicted with a calamity, and that
person shows patience then it will be good for him/her in the here-after and that is
similar if Allah’s favours are bestowed to them and they are thankful and grateful for
Allah, then once again it will be good for them in the here-after and in surat Az-
Zumar Allah subhana wa Ta’ala says concerning these type of people:
Say: “O My servants who believe, have taqwa of your Lord. Good is for those who do good in this
world, and Allah’s earth is spacious! Only those who are patient shall receive their
reward in full, without reckoning.” (Surat Az-Zumar 39:10)
If a person is obedient to Allah subhana wa Ta’ala then he/she will benefit in the hereafter,
however if he/she is disobedient by committing sins till he/she meets Allah then
he/she is surely one of the losers. We have been given this life and there are a lot of
beneficial things to do to increase our eeman and deeds and instead of wasting our
time, we should be busy with the worship of Allah Azza wa Jall. Allah the Almighty
 We have not created jinn’s and mankind except to worship Me. (Az-Zariyat 51:56)
Allah the Almighty has also ordered us that we fear Him as He should be feared and
not to die except in a state of Islam:
O believers! Fear Allah [by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden] as He should be feared and die not but as true Muslims. (Surat Alee-e-Imran 3:102)
Similarly, Allah subhana wa Ta’ala described His believing slaves as the one who
joined between fear of Allah’s punishment and sincerity in worship in their hearts:
Verily! Those who live in awe for fear of their Lord; and those who believe in the
ayat of their Lord; and those who join not anyone [in worship] as partners with Allah;
and those who give that [their charity] which they give [and also do other good deeds]
with their hearts full of fear, because they are sure to return to their Lord [for
reckoning]. It is those who race for good deeds and they are foremost in them
(Surat Al-Mu’minun 23:57-61)
Allah subhana wa Ta’ala does not put any hardship on a person in the religion of
Islam and does not burden a person beyond his scope. Allah has said in Surat Al-Hajj:
Strive in the Way of Allah as you ought to strive with sincerity and discipline; He has
chosen you and has not laid upon you any hardship in the observance of your faith (Surat Al-Hajj 22:78)
Allah has also said in Surat Al-Baqarah:
Allah does not burden any human being with more than he can bear. (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:286)
Islam is a simple and flexible religion. Everyone, regardless of where they live, can easily practice the Deen of Islam. At the same time, we get tested by Allah subhana wa Ta’ala in different situations. The main test is whether we turn to him for help or not and be steadfast in His worship.
Allah Azza wa Jall says in Surat Al-Kahf:
We have decked the earth with all kinds of ornaments to test the people and to see which
of them do the best deeds. (Surat Al-Kahf 18:07)
Similarly Allah said in Surat Al-Mulk:
The One Who created death and life, so that He may put you to test, to find out which of you is best in deeds: He is the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving. (Surat Al-Mulk 67:02)
and also in Surat Ad-Dahr:
Indeed,We have created man from the sperm drop containing both sexes, so that We may test
him. Therefore, We gave him the faculties of hearing and sight. (Surat Ad-Dahr76:02)
By Allah subhana wa Ta’ala passing us through various test, he is trying us to see who is best in deeds and who is the truthful worshipper. We should turn to Him in repentance for indeed he is the Most Merciful.
If Allah afflicts you with a calamity there is none who can remove it but He. In Surat Yunus Allah says:
 If Allah afflicts you with a calamity, none can remove it but He;and if He intends to bestow a favor, none can withhold His bounty. He bestows it on whomsoever of His servants He pleases; He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Surat Yunus 10:107)
Allah also has mentioned that everyone shall go through a trial and be tested:
 Do you think that you will enter paradise without going through the trial? Allah has not yet
tested you to see who among you strive hard for His cause and who show patience for
His sake. (Surat Alee-e-Imran 3:142)
Therefore by turning to Allah for forgiveness and being patient, by the will of Allah
that calamity will end and mercy will be shown. Allah subhana wa Ta’ala commanded
us to seek his help with patience and that He is with those who have patience.
O’ You who believe! SeekMy help with patience and prayer: surely, Allah is with those who
are patient. (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:153).
 And surely, the good news is for those who endure with patience as Allah mentioned: We shall surely test your steadfastness with fear and famine, with loss of property, life and produce. Give good news to those whoendure with patience; who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.” (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:155-156).
Just as I talked about Allah describing the believers as fearful Him, Allah Azza wa Jall also mentions that those who are punctual in their Salah are those who fear Allah and we shall seek help through patience and salah:
Seek Allah’s help with patience and Salah: it is indeed hard to be patient and to be punctual in offering Salah except for those who fear Allah, who are certain in their mind that they are going to meet
their Rabb and that they are going to return to Him for final judgement. (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:45-46).
Therefore, lets be sincere in our worship, fear Allah as He should be feared and have
patience so that we may succeed. And if we are facing a calamity, then lets seek help
through the salah and patience insha’Allah. If I have said anything wrong then know
that it is either from the Shaitan or me and if I have said anything good, then know
that it is from Allah.
…O Rabb! Give us patience and cause us die as Muslims.” (Surat Al-A’raf 7:126)

Earthquakes – Oh Muslims, Take Heed!

23 01 2010

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir raheem.
Innal hamdullillaah wa salaatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasoolilaah.
Have fear and consciousness of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala and ponder over events that happen
around you. Learn lessons from them and remember, for the intelligent one is he who remembers and takes admonition.
The topic of this post is the destructive earthquake that hit Haiti recently.. The earthquake
which caused thousands of people to die, caused loss of wealth and properties, and forced
people to seek refuge outside of their dwellings, now being without their home and their wealth,
and without food and drink.
The earthquake which turned security into fear, richness into poverty, caused joined families to depart, and turned life into death. Without doubt, in it is a lesson for those who take lessons and a reminder for those who remember, so that they may return to their Lord and their Creator.
The Truthful, the Chosen one (as-Saadiq al-Mustafa), sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, has informed
us that a multitude of earthquakes is a sign of the proximity of the Hour. He informed us that theywould be many at the end of the time.
Ahmad relates in a hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurairah, radhiallahu `anhu, that the Prophet,
sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “The Hour will not happen until knowledge is taken out,
time passes quickly, earthquakes increase in number, tribulations (fitan) appear, and al-
Harj increases in number.” It was said, “What is al-Harj, O Rasoolullah?” He said, “Al Qatl,
al Qatl (Killing)”.
A lot of what is mentioned in this hadeeth has already materialized.
Happenings of earthquakes and the like from other destructive and disastrous events are the
greatest evidence of the astonishing power of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala. Earthquakes are from
among the soldiers of Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala, subjected to His order. He, subhanahu wa
ta`ala, causes fear in the hearts of those whom He wills, teaches lessons whom He wills and
punishes whom He wills.
“And none can know the Forces of your Lord, except He.” (74:31)

“For to Allah belong the Forces of the heavens and the earth.” (48:7)
If the Ummah leaves Allah’s Sharee`ah, ignores the Deen of Allah ta`ala and follows its enemies,
Allah will subjugate it to His armies, which no one knows except He. From among these armies
are the earthquakes.
“Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful and severe.” (11:102)

“When We decide to destroy a town, We (first) send a definite order (to obey Allah and be righteous) to those among them who are given the good things of this life. Then, they transgress therein, and thus the word (of torment) is justified against (them). Then we destroy it with complete destruction.” (17:16)
Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala, with this earthquake makes clear to His servants a plain reality, that
the kingdom of the heavens and the earth is in His Hands, subhanahu wa ta`ala, and that He is
the Irresistible and Dominant over His servants.
Some people may be astonished by what the West has from the materialistic power, from variousweapons, aircraft carriers, bombs, satellites etc., and they forget that Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala, allowed that piece of land to move and shake, being able to shake the force of the West and theEast. Everything is in His Hands, He has power over all things, and no one in the Heavens and the Earth can weaken Him, subhanahu wa ta`ala. Appearance of the earthquakes therefore
points us to a different reality that may be absent in the minds of some people, those who are
busy with this world and who are servants of materialism.
This earthquake also reminds us of the Day of Judgment. The Day when all of the Earth will
shake, and not only one part of it. Allahu subhanahu wa ta`ala says,
“O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one shall drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state. Yet they will not be drunken, but the Torment of Allah will be severe.” (22:1-2)
Look what is left after the earthquake from destroyed buildings and houses, deaths of thousands,
and families seeking refuge outside of their homes. What state is that in which everyone is
running away, caring about nothing? So what do you think of the Day of Judgment?
“That Day shall a man flee from his own brother, and from his mother and his father, and from his wife and his children.” (80:34-36)
“One the day (when the first blowing of the Trumpet is blown), the earth and the mountains will shake violently.” (79:6)
Allah ta`ala warns His servants with this earthquake to learn a lesson and be admonished, and to
be ready and prepare themselves for the Day of sorting out, the day of the great earthquake, that will shake all of the earth.
Allah ta`ala has placed in this universe Sunan, fixed and manifest laws, neither do they change
nor are they replaceable. He does not have any kinship with anyone, He is the sole Creator and
Ruler, and He will question and hold accountable everyone, including prophets and messengers.
“Then surely, We shall question those to whom it (the Book) was sent and We shall
question the Messengers.” (7:6)
From among the established Sunan of Allah is that He does not send punishment except due to
sin and He does not remove it except after repentance.
Allah ta`ala says, “Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned.” (42:30)
Allah the Mighty and Majestic says: “Evil and mischief have appeared on land and sea
because of what the hands of men have earned, that Allah may make them taste a part of
that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allah).” [30:41]
Every disaster and every calamity that befalls the servants is due to their sins and wrongdoing.
So know, servants of Allah, what wrongdoing does to its doers.
What has taken Adam and Eve from the Jannah except wrongdoing, and what Has drowned all of the people on the earth at the time of Nooh, to the point that water reached the peak of
mountains, except wrongdoing?
Who is it who sent the furious violent wind upon the people of `Aad, so that they were seen lying
overthrown and destroyed, as if they were hollow trunks of palm-trees? Who is it who sent the
awful cry upon the people of Thamud until it cut their hearts inside their bodies, and they all fell
dead without exception? Who lifted the villages of the people of Loot till the angels heard barking
of their dogs, then turned them upside down, and then rained upon them a rain of stones?
That is the immediate punishment for wrongdoing: drowning, fire, earthquakes, destruction,
famine, raging wind…
“And the torment of the hereafter is far more severe and more lasting.” (20:127)
Do we not take admonition and lesson? Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala says, “Did We not destroy the ancients? So shall We make the later generations to follow them. Thus do We deal with the Mujrimoon (criminals, disbelievers, sinners.). Woe that Day to the deniers (of the Day of Resurrection)!” [77:16-19]
The earthquake of Haiti is just a warning from Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala – not only to the
people of that country alone, but rather to the Muslims in general, in all lands – that they may
return to their Lord and their Deen. Otherwise a punishment will come upon them. Allah ta`ala
says, “So We seized each of them for his sins.” (29:40)
Many of the Muslims today have gathered many sins. We see those who delay and neglect
prayers, eat haram, deal with riba, do not fulfill their trusts, order the evil and forbid the good.
Those who indulge in mixing, display of awra, listening to music and songs, and those who have
abandoned the Qur’an. All these exist in our society.
Let us fear Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala and preserve what we have from the blessings, for wrongdoing removes blessings, rather it changes itto a curse. And let us be warned of an evil end, for Allah gives us a chance but is not neglectful.
What has happened to the previous nations and some of the current ones will happen to us if we
obey the Shaytan and go far from the path of the Most Merciful. These are the sunan of Allah that will never change.
“Or do you feel secure that He, Who is over the Heaven, will not cause the earth to sink with you, then behold it shakes (as in an earthquake)? Or do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven, will not send against you a violent whirlwind? Then you shall know how (terrible) was My Warning.” (67:16-17)
Let us pause and ask ourselves what has been the tangible impact on us since we have heard
and seen this earthquake, and what it has left from the mighty and scary destruction that makes
the hearts bleed. The happy one is one who learns from the calamity of others, and the sad one
is by whom these calamities pass while he takes no lesson from them.
Just recently the sun eclipsed, then followed the floods, then the strong wind, and then this
earthquake happened.
The people are still as they were before, you see no change. You do not see people going back to the path of Allah and you do not see any crowds in mosques.
It is unfortunate that the explanation offered for these events is that they are normal natural disasters, and that they do not link it to what happens to people due to their wrongdoing. Theirs is clearly an incorrect interpretation.
“And We sent not the signs except to warn, and to make them afraid (of
destruction).” (17:59)