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To Be Fair and Just, This Is a Must

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Justice necessitates that [Islamic] knowledge precede it, since one who doesn’t have knowledge, doesn’t know what justice is; people [as a general rule] are unjust, oppressive, and ignorant except those whom Allāh has guided to true repentance, [who] then became knowledgeable and just.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 18, p. 169.

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Be Just, Even if You Hate Him

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t let your hatred for a person stop you from being just with him, [from your being] balanced and fair in your judgments upon him.

And watch out that you don’t block him from [getting any] right of his, or [that] you take steps to cause him harm, as a means of getting release for what’s in your soul; that’s reprehensible. And more reprehensible than that would be your dressing up your nasty dealings in religious clothing and [a pretense of] jealous protectiveness over Islamic law.

You would then have fallen into acts of oppression, and how could you possibly get yourself out of that other than through true, correct repentance?

Source: @m_g_alomari. 27 Oct 21. 12:08 GMT+3.

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Marriages During These Socially Connected Times

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

With it having become [so] easy to connect with others and [with] the circle of [our] social acquaintances having become [so] wide, a husband must wake up and take notice, [just as] a wife must wake up and take notice, of [the fact] that their connection to each other is more powerful than many [other] connections and that their need for each other is greater than their need for [so many] others.

Don’t put your focus on distant [connections], claiming it’s out of compassion [for them], while you neglect those who are close [to you], those who have rights [upon you or share] ties of blood.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 24 Oct 21. 21:03 GMT+3.

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Never to Be Questioned about Anything He Does

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

[E]very good thing from Him is a favor; every punishment, justice. He is [never] to be questioned about [anything] He does because of His perfect wisdom, mercy, and justice–not simply because of His insuperable force and might [or because of] His power and ability.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 8, p. 511.

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When We Can’t Figure Out Why We’re Feeling Worried or Tense

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the toughest of tensions or anxieties [to overcome] are those whose causes you’re not aware of. It’s as if something were heavy and pressing down on your chest and paralyzing your limbs.

These [feelings] are wake up calls for self-review, pause points to reflect upon personal accountability.

When a believer thinks about what might have caused his worry [or] distress–that maybe it’s some oppression he fell into, some sin he engaged in, or some careless neglect he had grown used to–he fixes his situation by repenting, asking [Allāh] for forgiveness, and turning back [to Him] until he sees those clouds disappear from the sky, bit by bit.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 26 Sep 21. 15:43 GMT+3.

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To Those Who Say: “She’s Still Not Married?”

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

A young woman getting on in years without having married–that’s not a sin for which she should be blamed, nor does it mean [her] life is over, since Allāh may well have kept something bad or evil away from her that she knows nothing about, or He may well have delayed for a later time something of good to come to her that she knows nothing about.

Getting married is something [Allāh] provides [us], from among all the things [He] provides. [He] might make it easy, He might delay it, or He might not ordain it [at all] for a slave [of His], that being a test [or] a trial [for him].

Source: @m_g_alomari. 18 Oct 21. 21:53 GMT+3.

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Put Pleasing Others in Perspective

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Just thinking [about the fact] that the person you love the most of all people, not to mention anyone else, will forget about you [just] a few days, or [even] hours, after your death and will become so preoccupied with other things that he [or she] won’t even pray for you or give charity on your behalf–just thinking about this is enough for you to never [allow] pleasing any person to come before pleasing Allāh, even if that person were the closest of all close people to you.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 13 Oct 21. 10:47 GMT+3.

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A Baseless Celebration

The great scholar, Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī Al-Shawkānī, said:

Up until now, I have [still] not found any proof establishing [the validity of celebrating the Prophet’s ﷺ birthday in Islam] from the Qur’an, Sunnah, ijmāʿ [scholarly consensus], qiyās [deduction by analogy], or istidlāl [any other kind of proof].

In fact, Muslims have always been in agreement that this [practice] never existed during the time of the best of generations, nor that of those who came after them, nor that of those who came after [that second generation].

Al-Fath Ar-Rabbaani, 2/1087, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 7 Oct 21. 19:33 GMT+3.

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Say No to Negative People

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Some people never [fail to have] pessimism in the things they say; frustration and defeat, in the words they use; dread, about the things they anticipate.

Sitting with [such people] brings upon sickness in the heart. If you were to come to [someone like that] in a sad state, you’d leave feeling very depressed. And if you were to come to him feeling happy about things, you’d go back worried and distressed.

Meeting [a person like that] leaves you with bad thoughts about everything and feelings of hatred towards life. He doesn’t know [anything about] the language of optimism, motivation, hope, or encouragement.

Long, sour, frowning face, eyebrows drawn together–getting away from him is gain, while getting near to him is loss.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 4 Oct 21. 18:21 GMT+3.

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Make This a Way of Life

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[Consider] the ḥadīth “Tell [people] good things that will make them feel happy, and don’t drive them away”¹ and the ḥadīth “…and I like righteous, positive, encouraging words–good speech.”²

This is the default condition that a Muslim should be upon and that he should make [his] way of life:

  • being optimistic;
  • saying things that make people happy;
  • choosing the most beautiful words;
  • waiting for and expecting good things to happen
  • [being] far away from pessimism;
  • and negativity;
  • and expecting bad [things to happen];
  • and anticipating failure.

¹Agreed upon (trans.)
²Authenticated by Al-Albānī in Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, 786 (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 27 Jun 19. 18:12 GMT+3.

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When the Astrologer Came to ʿAlī

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

When ʿAlī, may Allāh be pleased with him, wanted to head out on a journey to fight the Khawārij, an astrologer showed up before him and said, “O Emir of the Believers, don’t go out on [this] journey, because indeed the moon is in Scorpio, and if you were to travel while the moon were in Scorpio, those who were with you would be overcome and defeated,” or however he said it.

ʿAlī then said, “Rather, we’re going to travel, trusting in Allāh, relying upon Allāh, and not believing you [and your lies].”

So he set out on [that] journey and was so blessed in [it], that he ended up killing the broad mass of the Khawārij.

Al-Fatāwá Al-Kubrá, vol. 1, p. 67.

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Some Things We’re Paid Back for Even in This Life, with Good or Bad

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the hurt that weighs heavily on the hearts of fathers is seeing their sons in disagreement with one another, each brother asking [the other] to take care of [their] father, especially when [he’s] in poor health.

And he sees them, feeling himself a burden upon them.

How terrible these sons are in their wrongdoing and oppression; how horrible, their mistreatment [of their parent]; how evil, what they’re doing.

Good and bad treatment [of your parents] are debts [you incur that you will be] paid back for [in good or bad kind, even] before taking leave of this world.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 11 Oct 21. 06:15 GMT+3.

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Getting Our Lives in Order

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

There’s an order of priorities in our lives, and there are priorities that are themselves [the things] that put our lives in order.

Make Allāh the most important of your priorities–to obey, to worship, to submit yourself to and follow, and to work for through deeds.

Everything after that will be put in order with His permission–how far He is above any imperfection.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 8 Oct 21. 13:54 GMT+3.

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False Repentance and Its Effect on the Heart

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From having a hard heart is your making a repentance that’s only on the tongue or your putting on a show of regret [that you don’t actually feel], while you’re determined [deep-down] to engage in that sin afterwards.

This stage [that you’ve reached] is from hard-heartedness–we ask Allāh to protect us from [ever reaching] it.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 8 Oct 21. 14:40 GMT+3.

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How Strange It Is . . .

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

How strange it is to see someone avoiding whatever causes him some harm or unpleasantness, from annoying relationships and hurtful or troublesome people.

[Yet] he doesn’t avoid that which causes harm in his religion, from listening to people of misguidance and to ignorant individuals.

Your religion is your capital, [your principal investment], so don’t make it [some] common pastureland for [anyone and] everyone [to feed upon].

Source: @m_g_alomari. 26 Sep 21. 05:14 GMT+3.

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Avoidable Anxieties

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

A large part of our anxieties [stems from] restricting ourselves to certain options over others.

One restricts himself to a specific job that he’s not suited to; or to studying within a particular specialization that’s not easy for him; or to marrying [someone] from a particular family that doesn’t seem easy or possible for him [to marry from]; or to maintaining relationships with certain individuals he [himself] doesn’t feel happy to be around.

Give yourself a variety of options to choose from out of [the realm of what’s] permissible and possible.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 27 Sep 21. 11:05 GMT+3.

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Do Good and Don’t Wait to Be Praised

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Soul loves [being] praised; is delighted [when] it’s treated with honor and respect; feels happy to be appreciated and recognized. That’s the nature of human beings.

What’s required from people [however] is that they push themselves to work and sacrifice–without waiting or expecting to be praised and treated with respect and honor. [That’s] because [a person’s] expecting that–without having achieved [what deserves to be recognized]–could cause him to leave off work or be weak in giving [to others].

So it’s not right for him to expect [to be praised], nor for others to leave off thanking one who deserves to be thanked.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 27 Sep 21. 17:37 GMT+3.

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The Sinning That’s in Despair, the Winning That’s in Striving

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A person’s despairing over [ever] reaching what Allāh loves and is pleased with in terms of getting to know Him and singling Him out in worship is a major sin from among the major sins [of Islam]. On the contrary, it’s upon him to hope [to reach] that and want it strongly.

But one who hopes to get something, seeks it out, and one who fears something, runs away from it. And if he strives hard, seeks Allāh the All-High’s help, keeps asking [Him] to forgive him, and keeps striving hard, then without fail, Allāh will grant him, out of His favor and grace, that which had never occurred to [him in his] mind.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 11, p. 390.

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Oppressors and Those Who Help Them Are All One and the Same

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

He ﷺ said: “Whoever helps against an adversary through means of oppression will remain under the wrath of Allāh until he pulls out [of that].”

Ibn Mājah, 2320; Al-Albānī rated it ṣaḥīḥ [authentic] (Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Jāmiʿ, 6049)

And it’s been established from Imām Maimūn ibn Mihrān [that he said]: “Oppressors, those who help in oppression, and those who like it [being done] are [all one and] the same.”

Al-Kharāʾiṭī in Masāwiʾ Al-Akhlāq, no. 595.

Source: 21 Sep 21. 14:54 GMT+3, (title his).

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When Sectarianism Leads to Atheism

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Among the reasons atheism spread in Europe is the conflict [that occurred] within the Church between Catholics and Protestants, which made people hate the religion and [hate] those who ascribed themselves to it.

So is the emergence of religious sects and the conflicts between them among the causes of the atheism that has spread among some of the children of Islam?!

They must then duly fear Allāh, all who’ve marred the [portrayal] of Islam and turned [people] away from it.

And he must duly fear Allāh, every Muslim, in [the matter of] his religion.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 21 Sep 21. 06:58 GMT+3.

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How Hearts Become Enlightened

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The understanding a heart possesses was mentioned [as a question] in the presence of Imām Al-Shāfiʿī, to which he said:

Whoever would love to have Allāh open up his heart for him, or to enlighten it, it’s upon him then to leave off speaking about matters that are of no concern to him; to leave off sins and to stay clear of acts of disobedience; and to have for himself, in that which is between himself and Allāh, deeds that are unknown [to others]. Then, if he were to do that, Allāh would enlighten him with knowledge that would preoccupy him from other [things].

Manāqib Al-Shāfiʿī by Al-Baihaqī, vol. 2, p. 171.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 17 Sep 21. 19:13 GMT+3.

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The Greater the Difficulty, the Greater the Reward?

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

And from the things that should be known is that Allāh’s pleasure or love is not [achieved] through just punishing oneself or burdening it with difficulties [such] that every time a deed is harder, it’s better, as so many ignorant people think–that rewards are in accordance with the difficulty [of deeds] in all things.

No! Rather rewards are in accordance with the benefits of a deed, the good it brings about, and its pluses; and in accordance with how much obedience [there is in it] to Allāh and His Messenger [ﷺ].

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 25, p. 281-82.

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Is a General Repentance from Sins OK?

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A person might call [certain past] sins to mind and then repent of them, or he might make a general repentance without calling to mind, along with it, [any] sins of his [in particular]. However, if his intention was to make a general repentance, then [that] covers everything he holds to be a sin since a general repentance involves a general resolve to do what’s been commanded [in Islām] and leave off what’s been prohibited; similarly, it involves having general regret over [having fallen into] every prohibited thing.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 10, p. 325.

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Dealing with Those Who Discourage You

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[You hear someone say], “You’re not suited or cut out [for this],” just because a mistake was made: the one who says this to you [is someone who] has [either] made a habit of discouraging others, [or he’s] one of [those] devils from among jinn and mankind who neither achieves success [himself], nor helps others to [achieve it].

Trust that, with Allāh’s permission, you’ve gained an attempt through your mistake or failure, and [quite] possibly later on, you’re going to gain success through it.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 18 Sep 21. 13:14 GMT+3.

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When the Earth Has Lost Tawḥīd . . .

The great scholar, Shaikh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān Al-Fawzān, may Allāh protect him, said:

When the Earth is devoid of tawḥīd, the Hour will be established.

Iʿānah Al-Mustafīd, vol. 1, p. 129, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī.

Source: @fzmhm12121. 14 Sep 21. 20:19 GMT+3.

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Where You’ll Always Find the Truth

The great scholar, Ibn ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Know that the truth is always between two extreme views.

Tafsīr Sūrah Al-Qaṣaṣ, p. 10, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbd Al-Ilāh Al-Rifaʿī.

Source: @alrfaee1433. 13 Sep 21. 22:37 GMT+3.

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Tawḥīd vs. Devils and Soothsayers

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Soothsaying used to be prevalent in Arab lands; then when tawḥīd emerged, the devils fled, and it came to a halt or grew scarce.

Indeed after that, it shows up in places [where] the signs of tawḥīd are hidden.

Al-Nubuwwāt, vol. 2, p. 1019, as quoted by the shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 12 Jun 21. 14:36 GMT+3.

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Some Basic Manners for Get-Togethers

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Watch out for things that bring trouble to your [otherwise] pleasant get-togethers with others:

  • don’t get yourself involved in matters that don’t concern you;
    don’t be late for prearranged [meeting] times;
    don’t be burdensome or unpleasant in gatherings;
    don’t kid around or joke [too] much;
    don’t get busy with distractions;
    don’t draw out your stay, [overstaying];
    don’t cut people off when they’re speaking;
    don’t say something [someone] said is wrong without knowledge and wisdom;
    don’t get into an argument or debate, even when you’re in the right.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 11 Sep 2021. 12:38 GMT+3.

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Arabic Is a Priority

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the strong instructions that students of knowledge should take care to follow . . . .

Taking care and giving importance to the Arabic language in general, and to Naḥw [Arabic grammar] in particular, is from the priorities a student of knowledge pays [great] attention to . . . and making grammatical mistakes, especially with [Sharīʿah] texts, is considered ugly and reprehensible.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 29 Apr 2013. 18:56 GMT+3.

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Baseless Bragging

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

One who brags about old times is bragging about something that wasn’t of his [own] doing; and one who boasts about [his] lineage is boasting about something that wasn’t of his [own] choice.

You are you. . . . What have you [yourself] done? What have you [yourself] sent forward? Ibn Al-Wardī, may Allāh have mercy on him, spoke the truth:

لاَ تَقُلْ أَصْلِي وَفَصْلِي أَبَدا ** إِنَّمَا أَصْلُ الفَتَى مَا قَدْ حَصَلَ

Don’t ever say, “[Look] at my roots” or “[Look] at my offshoots.”

The only root of a young man is what he’s earned [of fruits].

Source: @m_g_alomari. 8 Sep 21. 7:36 GMT+3

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Getting a Son Married to Help Him Come to His Senses?

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Some say, “Get him married, he’ll come to his senses!!”

Rather get him to come to his senses [first], advise him, and ask of Allāh’s help in his becoming righteous, then get him married–because our daughters and our sisters are not places to experiment on and test things out on.

[If] someone is fed up trying to fix his son and make him righteous, let him not burden someone else with him, nor cheat someone else by praising [his son] when he doesn’t deserve that praise.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 25 Nov 20. 15:23 GMT+3.

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The Importance of Context

The great scholar, Ibn Daqīq Al-ʿĪd, said:

Indeed, the context is a means of getting clarity about generalities, specifying ambiguities, and laying down for [any particular] speech [the meaning] that was intended by it.

Understanding that is a major principle from among the [various] principles of Uṣūl Al-Fiqh [Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence] [. . .].

Iḥkām Al-Aḥkām, vol. 2, p. 216, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 24 Aug 21. 18:48 GMT+3.

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We Lower Ourselves This Way

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t pounce upon some created being with a complaint about a situation, for your showing you have no need of creation is proof of your being in a strong position and [proof of] your knowing well what their position is and their place.

And your showing [how much] you need your Creator is proof of your tawḥīd¹ and your having properly and humbly submitted to Him.

And by your keeping your needs hidden from creation, those who enjoy seeing you suffer lose out on a chance [to gloat]. Al-Hudhalī spoke the truth when he said:

وَتَجَلُّدي لِلشامِتينَ أُريهِمُ ** أَنّي لَرَيبِ الدَهرِ لا أَتَضَعضَعُ

My toughness, to those who love to see me troubled, is what I will show–
That I will not, to the turns and trials of time, be bowing low.

¹singling Allāh out in worship and everything that is His alone (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 1 Sep 21. 3:19 GMT+3.

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Have a Habit of Complaining?

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

O you who complains while you’re not down sick with anything, how would you head out in the early morning, if you had to head out while you were sick?

One who makes a habit of complaining will never see the blessings he’s in, and he’ll never be given success in being able to show his gratitude for them.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 5 Sep 21. 12:12 GMT+3.

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The Surprising Strength of Wishing Others Well

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Simply wishing good for others is in itself a firm stand against thoughts that give rise to envy, causes of hatred and malice, and weakness of mind and soul.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 5 Sep 21. 12:13 GMT+3.

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Some of You Drive Others Away

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Some people, if they become weak in their religion and their īmān¹ goes down, they’re in need of some caring words and kind speech to strengthen [their] resolve, revitalize [their] determination, and help them to come back.

Harsh speech–where it doesn’t belong–puts [a person] off, makes the heart grow weaker, and makes a person [only] go further away in terms of [both] distance and aversion, [as] in the ḥadīth: “Indeed, among you are those who drive others away.”²

¹Īmān is faith as it consists of speech, action, and beliefs; it increases with acts of obedience to Allāh and decreases with acts of disobedience to Him (trans.)
²From a longer ḥadīth narrated by Al-Bukhārī (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 1 Sep 21. 7:56 GMT+3.

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Beware of Saying Allāh Knows Something to Be the Case

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Beware of saying, “Allāh knows such and such [to be true],” when [that’s] a lie.

Ibn ʿAbbās, may Allāh be pleased with him and [his father], said:

Let not one of you ever say, “Allāh knows [something to be the case],” while he [himself] does not know it [to be the case], so [it’s as if] he’s giving Allāh knowledge of something that He never knew. That, with Allāh, is [considered] a tremendous [sin].

Muṣannaf ʿAbd Al-Razzāq, 16244.¹

¹Refer also to Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, 577, by Al-Albānī. (Trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 4 Sep 21. 04:56 GMT+3.

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The Pleasures of the Heart and Its Pains

Shaikh Al-Islām, Ibn Taimiyyah said:

The pleasures of the heart and its pains are greater than the pleasures of the body and its pains. I mean [by that]: [the heart’s] mental or psychological pains and pleasures.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 10, p. 140, as quoted by the Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī (title his).

Source: @dr_albukhary. 26 Aug 21. 22:01 GMT+3.

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Worth Less Than Dirt to Them

Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Indeed, I’ve seen people to whom the life of this world was more insignificant than the dirt beneath their feet; and indeed, I’ve seen people, one of whom would come upon the evening finding nothing to eat for dinner other than basic subsistence food, upon which he’d say:

By Allāh, I’m not going to put all of this into my belly. I am absolutely going to put some of this toward [pleasing] Allāh, Almighty and Majestic.

And then he’d give some of that away as charity, even though he had been more in need [of it] than the one he had given it to in charity.

Ṣaḥīḥ (Authentic), Zuhd Al-Thamāniyah by ʿAlqamah ibn Marthad, as quoted by Shaikh ʿArafāt ibn Ḥasan Al-Muḥammadī.

Source: @Arafatbinhassan. 31 Aug 21. 23:06 GMT+3.

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In a Position to Help

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Someone for whom Allāh has opened up a way to being of service to people, He’s certainly opened up a way for him to blessings and goodness. So let him not turn away from it, excusing himself sometimes and saying he’ll do it later at others.

How beautiful is the saying of the one who said:

ﻭﺃَﻛْﺮَﻡُ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺎﺱِ ﻣَﺎ ﺑَﻴْﻦَ ﺍﻟﻮَﺭَﻯ ﺭَﺟُﻞٌ ** ﺗُﻘْﻀَﻰ ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻳَﺪِﻩِ ﻟِﻠﻨَّﺎﺱِ ﺣَﺎﺟَﺎﺕُ

The noblest of people among mankind is a man
At whose hands are achieved the things people need

Source: @m_g_alomari. 1 Sep 21. 12:56 GMT+3.

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Your Heart Is Worth More

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Whatever may cause hardness in your heart, put [a distance] between yourself and it, further than [the distance] between the East and the West, whether [that cause of hardness] were a person, a gathering [of some sort], or [some] habit or custom.

Your heart is more valuable than [that], for you to [thus] weaken it; it’s the [very] foundation of your deeds being righteous and of your condition being upright.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 2 Sep 21. 18:55 GMT+3.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Three Doors from the Ways by Which [People] Get into the Fire

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

People get into the Fire through three doors: a door belonging to a matter that seemed ambiguous or unclear, that [then] led to having a doubt about Allāh’s religion; a door belonging to a desire that [then] led to putting personal preferences before obedience to Him and that which pleases Him; and a door belonging to anger that led to aggression against His creation.

Al-Fawāʾid, p. 48.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 16 Aug 21.

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Prioritizing the Right People

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t pay a huge amount of attention to a person [who’s just] temporary, a casual passerby. Be good in your dealings with him because that’s your character.

But don’t let yourself get distracted from people close to you in your life: your spouse, your children, those with ties of blood to you.

They’re the ones who worry a lot about your situation, who get anxious over you many a time, and who delight at your successes, again and again.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 6 Aug 21.

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Don’t Gloat over Your Brother’s Sins

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t become happy about your brother falling into sins [or mistakes], taking that as a proof of your intelligence or how right you were about him. Rather ask Allāh for protection–for yourself and for him–because sins coming from you or from him are [in either case] deficiencies and weaknesses.

And a believer doesn’t reach perfection in īmān¹ until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.

¹Īmān is faith as it consists of speech, action, and beliefs; it increases with acts of obedience to Allāh and decreases with acts of disobedience to Him (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 20 Aug 21.

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Don’t Draw Distress Upon Yourself

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Keep yourself away from things that sadden you, and leave off things that bring you worries.

If [that thing turned out] to be a call, then don’t answer it; and if it were [some online] account, then don’t follow it.

Don’t draw worries upon yourself; don’t invite upon yourself agony and grief.

Save your patience for those things [you] can’t escape.

The wise one is one who keeps himself away from things he has no connection with.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 21 Aug 21.

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Respecting Our Elders

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

In the ḥadīth, “He is not from us, one who does not respect the elders among us,” pause, a lot, at the [phrase] “the elders among us” because it covers every elderly Muslim, were he a father, relative, or neighbor; a security guard in [some] building; or a worker in a restaurant.

If Allāh were to have ordained for you that you were above them in [terms of your] job level, social position, or financial situation, don’t consider yourself an exception [to what’s required] from this ḥadīth.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 20 Aug 21.

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Precious, Precious Daughters

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Some fathers rejoice at having male offspring; they haven’t realized, along the same lines, the excellence of daughters and raising them.

How many a daughter tells the story of her father’s [good] work in raising her–through her good manners, her beautiful self-control, her true chastity and self-restraint.

She pays no attention to temptations, doesn’t get weak in the face of distractions, or become lax about matters concerning good behavior and conduct.

Daughters are the precious ones, the ones who give us much needed company, as our Prophet ﷺ said.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 21 May 21.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullah Al-Bhukārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Difference Between Those Who Advise Sincerely and Those Who [Simply] Scold

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

From the differences between those who advise sincerely and those who [simply] scold is that a sincere adviser will not treat you like an enemy if you don’t accept his advice; he says: “My reward is with Allāh [now], whether you accept [my advice] or not”; and he asks of [Allāh] for you without your knowing; and he doesn’t talk about your faults and broadcast them among people.

Those who are [simply] scolding [you] are the opposite of that.

Al-Rūḥ, vol. 2, p. 717.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 16 May 21.

 

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullah Al-Bhukārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Women Need to Be Looked After and Protected

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah said:

So this is Maryam–she needed someone to be her guardian and look after her . . . so how about women other than her?

And this is something well-known through trial and experience: women need [what they do] of being looked after and protected, what young boys does not. And whatever keeps her covered more and more protected, is [also] better [overall] for her.

Jāmiʿ Al-Masāʾil, vol. 3, p. 417.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 14 May 21.

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Upon the Completion of Good Deeds

The righteous ones from the first three generations of Islam used to work hard at finishing deeds, bringing them to completion, and doing them well. After that, they would be concerned about them having been accepted and afraid about them having been rejected. These are the ones who “give what they give while their hearts are afraid [that it won’t be accepted].” (from Al-Muʾminūn 60, English meaning)

And this is the state of a believer while [he’s doing] acts of obedience and his state upon their completion. Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī said: “Indeed, a believer combines doing good with feeling afraid, and indeed, a hypocrite combines doing evil with feeling secure.”

Source: @almadani_k. 12 May 21.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullah Al-Bhukārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Being Persistent When Asking [of Allāh]

Imām Al-Thawrī said: “Asking persistently of other than Allāh, Almighty and Majestic, is neither right nor suitable.”

And Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

The most beloved of creation to Him are those most frequent and best at asking of Him, and He loves those who persist in asking [of Him]; every time a slave is persistent upon asking [of Him], He loves him and gives to him.

Ḥādī Al-Arwāḥ, vol. 1, p. 181.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 7 May 21.

 

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Something to Stop and Think About

The shaikh, Dr. Khālid Ḍaḥawī Al-Ẓafīrī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Something to stop and think about:

Regarding the zakah on wealth, the one upon whom it’s due [will] ask: is it allowed to buy food with [the zakah money] for a poor person because he might not be good at spending money?

Then when zakah al-fiṭr comes around, he says to you: is it allowed to give it out as money because a poor person doesn’t need food?

[There’s] comfort in taking a hold of [and sticking to] that which has come in the Book and the Sunnah and to carry out acts of worship as they’ve been prescribed because our [Islamic] law is safer and wiser, and our Lord knows better [than all of us].

Source: @almadani_k. 8 May 21.

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Denouncing Innovations Is an Obligation

Shaikh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

What is obligatory upon this ummah and the scholars of this ummah is that they denounce every evil or despicable thing and not treat bidʿah lightly, ever. It’s not allowed to treat any bidʿah as a small matter; it must be denounced.

In fact, if people were being negligent about a sunnah, it’s from sincerity in wanting good for them that you make clear to them the virtue of this sunnah and that abandoning it could lead to abandoning things that are binding and obligatory in Islām.

Al-Majmūʿ: Sharḥ ʿAqīdah Al-Salaf, vol. 2, p. 309, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī. Twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 6 May 21.
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A Little Quick to Write People Off?

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

If it were your rule to strike off a list every person who’s done you wrong, without excusing him or thinking over this wrong [he did you] and what might have brought it on, then you’re not going to have anyone left on your list.

And if you were to have looked a bit more closely into your own situation you would have been the first to have been struck off, as it’s been said:

اذا كنت في كل الأمور معاتباً ** صديقك لم تلقَ الذي لا تعاتبه
فعش واحدا أو صل أخاك، فأنه ** مقارف ذنبٍ مرة ومجانبه

If you were, in all matters, finding fault with your friends,
[know] you won’t find someone that you’ll never find fault with;
so live on your own, or stay in touch with your brother
because he’ll dip into sin sometimes and avoid it [at others].

Source: @m_g_alomari. 4 May 21.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullah Al-Bhukārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Comprehensive Words to Hold on to and Follow

A man came to Imām Sufyān Al-Thawrī, may Allāh have mercy on him, and said to him: “Tell me something I must follow or do.”

He said: “Work for the life of this world in accordance with how long you’re going to remain in it, and work for the Hereafter in accordance with how long you’re going to remain in it. Wa-l-Salām [said as a parting greeting].”

Al-Ḥilyah by Abū Nuʿaim, vol. 7, p. 56, and Siyar Al-Sunnah Al-Ṣāliḥīn by Qawwām Al-Sunnah Al-Aṣbaḥānī, p. 105.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 4 May 21.

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When a Person Thinks He Doesn’t Need the Scholars

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

If a student of knowledge considers himself not in need of his scholars, he will fall down, and the more he considers himself not in need [of them], the louder will be the sound of his fall.

He who hasn’t gone knee to knee with others in the gatherings of scholars; hasn’t learned good manners and character from their good manners and character; and has cut them out of his own narrations, foul and repulsive will be the course he takes, and weak will be his understanding; and he will dare to venture into things the scholars, fearing sin, have stayed away from.

So either he fixes himself, or, bit by bit, he will come down.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 12 Mar 21.

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Shaikh Khālid Al-Ẓafīrī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Why is Al-ʿAfwu Specifically Asked for on Lailah Al-Qadr?

Ibn Rajab [may Allāh have mercy on him] said:

Asking [Allāh] for complete forgiveness on the Great Night of Decrees, after working hard at doing good deeds on it and on the [last] ten nights, has only been prescribed because those who know [about Allāh properly] work hard at doing [good] deeds, and after that, they [still] don’t see for themselves any good deeds, nor a [good level or] state, nor [good, rewardable] speech. So they go back to asking for complete forgiveness, like one does who sins and falls short of what’s upon him.

Laṭāʾif Al-Maʿārif, p. 242.

Source: @almadani_k. 27 Apr 21.

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8 Things That Help Us Think about What the Qurʾān Means

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From that which helps [a person] think about what the Qurʾān means:

1. Picking the right time for recitation
2. Picking the right place
3. Freeing oneself from [other] things that hold one’s attention
4. Remembering the virtue of thinking about what the Qurʾān means
5. Reading a short, summarized tafsīr
6. Reflecting on what you come across of stories, rulings, and the like of that
7. Asking Allāh to enlighten you with the understanding of His book
8. That you put you, yourself, in the position of the one being spoken to in whatever you’re reading [or reciting]

Source: @m_g_alomari. 29 Apr 21.

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Know Those Who Really Love You

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The thing that some people say, “[If] someone loves me, he accepts me as I am,” is spread around, and [it’s] wrong. If something is wrong with you, then it’s upon you to change and [upon you] to fix yourself.

And [if] someone [really] loves you, he’s not going to accept you just as you are; instead, he’s going to try to get what’s defective about you fixed and what’s lacking in you, completed. And he’s going to be quick about giving you advice and getting you straightened out.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 25 Apr 21.

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All the Nice Things We Could Say

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t hide a nice word you [could] say to your children or wife, or some lovely words you [could] say to your friend or neighbor.

A lot of things that [you] keep to yourself could deprive you of rewards [in the Hereafter] or lead you to getting cold treatment and distancing from those whom you love.

And for that [reason], it’s from the Sunnah for a man to tell his brother that he loves him, if he loves him.

Many nice things that could be said need to come out into existence.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 15 Apr 21.

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Patience and What Prevents It

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[When] Allāh has given a person patience, He has provided him protection from becoming dissatisfied, restless, and annoyed; He has given him tranquility of heart, purity of soul, and peace of mind. Allāh, glorified be He in His perfection, says:

{إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ}

Only those who are patient will be rewarded unrestrictedly. (Al-Zumar 10, extracted)

Meaning: their reward is not limited [to a specific amount].

And a person is only held back from having patience by a few things, among which are: having love of the present life in this world, being afraid of losing some wealth or provisions, and being weak about putting one’s trust in Allāh.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 11 Apr 21.
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When Are You Going to Read Some Tafsīr?

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

When are you going to read a tafsīr of the Qurʾān? An important question that might occur to some of us.

There’s no better time than the one we’re in now, the Month of Fasting. If one of us were to read a single juzʿ [equivalent to one-thirtieth of the Qurʾān] along with its tafsīr, and then thought about what [those] verses meant, [that would be] better than completing a full recitation of Qurʾān many times over [without thinking about its meanings].

{أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا}

Do they not think then about what the Qurʾān means? Rather, their hearts are closed off. (Muḥammad 24)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 15 Apr 21.

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Fasting in the Full Sense

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Just as you’ve fasted from food and drink, fast from backbiting¹ and sowing discord;² from looking at things [you’re] not allowed to; from listening to things [you’re] not allowed to; from deep hatred [where it’s not allowed] and [from] malice, [as] in the ḥadīth:

One who doesn’t leave false or slanderous speech, acting upon [falsehood], and [acting upon] ignorance, Allāh has no need³ of his giving up his food and drink.⁴

What’s meant by [acting upon] ignorance is committing sins. So let your fast be a perfect, complete fast, without any deficiencies in it.

¹saying true things about a Muslim behind his back that he wouldn’t like said; if false, the sin is even greater (trans.)
²by telling someone what someone else said about him to create a rift between them (trans.)
³meaning: He does not want and is not pleased with; see: miraath.net/من-لم-يدع-قول-الزور-والعمل-به/ (trans.)
⁴Refer to the miraath link in the footnote above and Al-Albānī’s Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Targhīb wa-l-Tarhīb, no. 1079 (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 14 Apr 21.

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The Effect of Your Words

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Choose your words when you speak.

There are words that mend hearts and others that break [them]; words that are a comfort and others, deep wounds.

So don’t be abusive to someone who truly loves [you], even if you were only joking, because that’s one of the reasons people stay away [from others], [one of] the things that make [people] become distant and cold.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 11 Apr 21.

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Expecting Good Things from Others

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t attach your heart to any created being, expecting something good from him; he himself [is such that] all his needs [only come] from his Mawlá;¹ in his Creator’s hands is the achievement of all he wants, the prevention of all he’d hate to have happen.

Make everything you need be from your Mawlá; subject yourself humbly to Him in worship by turning to Him for protection and support and throwing yourself down before Him.

He alone [is such that] whatever He wills, comes to be, and whatever He does not, does not.

¹the One who manages our affairs and supports us (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 28 Mar 21.

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Apologizing and Accepting Apologies

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

It’s a beautiful [thing] that you apologize to your brother when you’ve fallen short [with regard to him] or done him some wrong, and it’s a very beautiful [thing] from him that he accepts your apology right away without making you have to [see] what a favor he’s doing you by accepting your apology.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 14 Jun 17.

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A Father’s Role

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

A father’s role isn’t limited to providing financial support and paying for the children’s living expenses. There are things more required than that: making sure they hold on to good morals and character and taking care of the way they devote themselves in worship to their Creator.

And that [comes about] by providing good direction, [having] conversations, and [providing] correct guidance; helping [them] establish goals and understanding [their] differing ages and all the concerns that go along with that.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 10 Apr 21.

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To Be Righteous, Be with the Righteous

The great scholar, Shaikh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh the All-High have mercy on him, said:

How many a person really wanted to become righteous but remained in the company of those not righteous and then couldn’t do it. If he were to have kept away from them, that would have been one of the ways to [his] being guided.

Fatāwá Nūr ʿalá Al-Darb, vol. 12, p. 18, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī. twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 9 Feb 21.

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A Root Cause of Problems

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

A lot of marital disagreements, or the bulk of disagreements among families and within societies, have their root cause in the failure to make a distinction between rights and obligations.

One of us seeks his rights while neglecting the obligations upon him; a problem then arises because of that, [things becoming unclear], which will not be resolved except by understanding that [distinction].

Source: @m_g_alomari. 6 Apr 21.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Importance of Asking [Allāh] for Forgiveness

Narrated authentically from Imām Mālik ibn Mighwal, may Allāh have mercy on him, is his saying:

I heard Abū Yaḥyá saying: “I complained to Mujāhid about sins; he said, ‘How far you are still from the thing that wipes them out.'” Meaning: seeking forgiveness.

Al-Zuhd by Imām Aḥmad, p.307.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 5 Apr 21.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the Virtues of Patience

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said: “It’s been said:

Swallow patience down one gulp after another because if it takes your life, it takes your life as a martyr, and if it leaves you alive, it leaves you alive with great honor.

Al-Madārij, vol. 2, p. 160.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 3 Apr 21.

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Understanding Failure

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From dealing with life in a positive, optimistic way is your not thinking of those things that have befallen you of trials and afflictions–be they in your family life, work life or something else–you don’t think of them as failures, but rather, as experiments through which you’ve gained greater experience. Then you go back to the life you’re living with greater understanding and stronger perception.

Real loss, real failure, is your losing īmān.¹

¹Īmān is faith as it consists of speech, action, and beliefs; it increases with acts of obedience to Allāh and decreases with acts of disobedience to Him (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 1 Apr 21.

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How to Be Yourself

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t put on a show of perfection without any determination to be truly upright; whatever’s an act will remain so, and the role will inevitably come to an end.

Be yourself, a slave of Allāh, embodying noble character inwardly and outwardly, far from forced, unnatural manners, and [far] from their opposite: lowly behavior.

Don’t look to those who are delighted to see you as perfect, nor to those who are happy with your lowly behavior. [But] be ever on the lookout–only–for [how] your Lord sees you.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 29 Mar 21.

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When We Learn Something New

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A person doesn’t stop seeking [more] knowledge [of Islām] and [higher levels of] īmān.¹ If some [piece] of knowledge then becomes apparent to him that had [earlier] been hidden from him, he follows it. This [person] is not being unsteady and wavering; rather, this is someone seeking guidance that Allāh has increased in guidance, Allāh having said:

{وَقُلْ رَبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا}

And say: My Lord, increase me in knowledge [of the Qurʾān and its meanings]. (Ṭā Ḥā 114, partial extract)

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 22, p. 253.

¹Īmān is faith as it consists of speech, action, and beliefs; it increases with acts of obedience to Allāh and decreases with acts of disobedience to Him (trans.)

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Best of People at Protecting Themselves

Imām Ibn Baṭṭah Al-ʿUkbarī, may Allāh the All-High have mercy on him, said:

Indeed, the best of people at protecting themselves is the best of them at protecting their tongues [from evil], the most occupied of them with their religion, and the best of them at leaving that which doesn’t concern them.

Al-Ibānah Al-Kubrá, vol. 2, p. 596.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 14 Mar 21. https://twitter.com/dr_albukhary/status/1371114632644034560?s=09

 

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Stressed?

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

A person putting himself under mental stress, whatever the cause [of that stress] may have been, is [in effect] giving up on being positive and optimistic. Whether the cause was family, work, or something else–it’s all the same.

[But] every time a slave-worshiper increases in certainty that whatever Allāh has ordained, He has only ordained for some [great] wisdom, his getting through crises and handling [things] well during them becomes easier [for him to do] and [leaves] less of an impact and effect upon him mentally.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 14 Mar 21.

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When People Go Hot or Cold

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[If] someone reaches out to you with one hand, [so to speak], reach out to him with two, and beware of treating people coldly when there’s no call for that.

And [if] someone can’t stand you for no reason, don’t busy yourself trying to reconnect with him–he’s either got some excuse, so excuse him; or his feelings about [the] friendship have changed, [in which case], hold on to the good memories of him. Don’t burden him with a friendship he doesn’t want.

It’s been ascribed to Al-Shāfiʿī:

إِذا لَم يَكُن صَفوُ الوِدادِ طَبيعَةً … فَلا خَيرَ في وِدٍّ يَجيءُ تَكَلُّفا

If the sincerity of the love isn’t there without trying
There’s no good in a love that comes from effort, like lying

Source: @m_g_alomari. 12 Mar 21.

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Picking Hobbies is Picking Friends

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Souls are in harmony with one another when their natures match each other, so you find those who love [the same] hobbies get along with each other.

So be good at [deciding] what you incline toward, and pick out your hobbies [carefully].

And the best of [all] that is something through which you become more humble and submissive to Allāh. Then your get togethers will end up being with righteous people; your sittings, with [good] worshipers.

And from the very best there is in that [regard], is seeking [Islamic] knowledge, and then after that, all [other] beneficial, useful knowledge.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 8 Mar 21.

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Thieves of Time

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[If] someone takes up your time, [finding in that] a chance to vent his feelings, excuse yourself politely–your time is the [one] season you have to win your salvation, and it’s something you’re going to be asked about before your Lord.

Make use of your time [doing] what’s good for you, and make some time for others: [for you to do] things with [them] that you’ll benefit from [or] for [them to do things] with you that they’ll benefit from.

And watch out for those who steal time–from people or programs [of various kinds]. Their being close by is a terrible affliction [while] their being far away is a prize won.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 10 Mar 21.

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Good Character Traits Can Fall Off

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

If the string holding [the beads of] your [good] character traits tears apart, your [good] character traits are going to fall off, one after another.

Just as there are [some good] character traits that can be attained through effort, there are [others] that [can] go away, perhaps never to return before your death.

So do a check to make sure you still have them all from time to time, and tie them down firmly with the ropes of al-taqwá¹ and al-murāqabah² of Allāh.

And if something from them did fall off, then hurry in getting it back from the moment [you realize]–before it becomes [too] difficult for you, the time that’s lapsed [since you lost it] having become too long.

¹acting to protect oneself from Allāh’s punishment by avoiding sins of all kinds (tr.)
²fearing Allāh by having full certainty of His complete knowledge of everything we do in open and in secret (tr.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 6 Mar 21.

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The Only Way to Stop Sinning in Secret

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

In secret, with little fear or sense of Allāh the All-High seeing him, a soul is swept away into deep pits of [moral] offenses.

There’s nothing to hold a soul back [at that time] other than [having] certainty that Allāh knows every secret, hidden thing, knows whatever [is] harbored in [people’s] hearts.

فَإِنَّهُۥ یَعۡلَمُ ٱلسِّرَّ وَأَخۡفَى

For indeed He knows the secrets [people keep] and those more hidden than that. (Ṭā Ḥā 7, partial extract)

أَلَا یَعۡلَمُ مَن خَلَقَ وَهُو ٱللَّطیفُ ٱلخَبِیرُ

Does the One who created [everything] not know, while He is Al-LaṭīfAl-Khabīr?² (Al-Mulk 14)

يَعْلَمُ خَائِنَةَ الْأَعْيُنِ وَمَا تُخْفِي الصُّدُورُ

He knows every treacherous [glance] of the eyes and everything the hearts conceal. (Ghāfir 19)

¹the Perfectly Subtle One in His knowledge, aid, and favors (tr.)
²the One whose knowledge encompasses all hidden and secret things (tr.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 9 Mar 21.

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Haters Will Always Hate

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Someone who detests you doesn’t need proof to hate you–his devil will give him a thousand arguments in favor of that. So don’t expect fair treatment from someone who hates you and is full of malice toward you just as you don’t expect cold treatment and enmity from someone who loves you sincerely.

So someone who loves you, feels for you and wants good for you, [whereas] someone who detests you, puts you under constant scrutiny and [always wants] to expose you.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 8 Mar 21.

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The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Salaf’s Disapproval of Those Who Refute Others without Proofs from the Book and the Sunnah

Shaikh Al-Islām Ibn Taimiyyah said:

Because of this, the Salaf [the righteous, first three generations of this ummah], when it was mentioned that so-and-so had refuted so-and-so, they would [ask]: “With [proofs from the] Book and Sunnah?”

Then if [the one replying] said yes, they’d consider that correct, [but] if he said no, they’d say: “He’s refuted one bidʿah¹ with [another].”

Jāmiʿ Al-Masāʾil, vol. 9, p. 12.

¹a newly invented religious matter, always unacceptable in Islam (tr.)

Source: @dr_albukhary. 6 Mar 21.

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Stop Misguidance before It Starts

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Falling into misguidance doesn’t happen all at once; rather, there are steps to that, that come along with [things like] giving precedence to [one’s] intellect over Islamic law, considering things to be [Islamically] good based on intellect or emotion, loving fame, and other than that.

So cutting off [the steps to misguidance] from the very start is a tremendous means of attaining steadfastness [in Islam]. As for being drawn away bit by bit, that is [only] increasing the extent of [one’s] misguidance. And our Lord says:

{وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ}

And do not follow in the Devil’s footsteps. (Al-Baqarah 168, extract)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 7 Mar 21.

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We Try or We Die Trying

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

When you’ve come to know the course, and the path’s become clear, don’t look back and don’t hesitate about finishing; instead, let resolve be by your side always, putting your trust in
your Mawlá,¹ asking Him to keep all obstacles at bay until you get there–or life brings you to a standstill while you were still on the way. He told the truth, he who said:

بَكَى صاحبي لَمَّا رأى الدَّرْبَ دُوْنَهُ
وأَيْقَنَ أَنَّا لاحِقانِ بِقَيْصَرا
فقلتُ له : لا تبكِ عينُكَ إنَّما
نحاولُ مُلْكَاً أو نموتَ فَنُعْذَرا

My friend shed tears when he saw ahead of him the border–
He was sure now we’d be reaching the [West’s great] emperor.
I said to him: let your eyes not tear, all it is,
is we try for kingdom, unless we die, and then we’re justified.²

¹the One who manages your affairs and supports you (tr.)
²i.e., we’ll be excused since we died trying. (tr.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 5 Mar 21.

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Valuable Neighbors

From that which has been narrated as coming from ʿAlī, may Allāh be pleased with him:

“[Choose] a neighbor [jār] before a house [dār] and a buddy [rafīq] before a street [ṭarīq].”

They blame me, since I sold a house [of mine] quite cheaply,
Not knowing there’s a neighbor there who bothers [me].

So I told them, “Cut out the blaming, for it is [known],
It’s by their neighbors, the price of houses goes high or low.”

See: Al-Ādāb Al-Sharʿiyyah by Ibn Mufliḥ, vol. 2, p. 15.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff

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So Many Don’t Know When They Don’t Know

The great scholar, Shaikh Ṣāliḥ Al-Fawzān, may Allāh protect him, said:

A lot of people stumble around, unaware they’re doing so; [a person] thinks he has knowledge when that’s not the case, so he harms himself and harms others.

Taʿlīqāt ʿalá Al-Jawāb Al-Kāfī, p. 14.

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When Forgetting is a Good Thing

[Being able] to forget is a blessing from Allāh. If a person remembered some things, he’d be living a worried, troubled life. That’s why forgetting about loved ones having gone; about wrongs having been done [to us] by people; about [various] pains and afflictions [having been suffered in the past]; and [even] forgetting at times about some people who are still alive–all of that is a blessing from Allāh.

The only [thing that matters] is your looking out to remember things that are good for you and get you closer to your Mawlá [the One who manages your affairs and supports you]. Anything other than that: its being forgotten is better for you than its being remembered.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 26 Feb 21.

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Feeling Underappreciated

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

If you’re hard working, don’t wait around for some person to recognize your efforts or thank you for your work, and don’t be surprised if you were to see the lazy being given honors or the lax being held in high esteem since those [things] are [just] proofs of how weak we are as human beings in our judgments of one another.

In fact, your waiting around to be honored is [really] your not knowing the reality of ever-unjust, very ignorant Man. Because of that, be [purely] for Allāh in whatever you do–your heart will then feel settled; your soul, relieved; your chest, wide open.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 22 Feb 21.

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Avoiding and Handling Conflict

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

You might be tested by one who wants you to be a party to every conflict; even among your relatives, you [might] find someone who will not excuse you during some matter of differences unless you are on his side against his adversary, or else [he’ll consider] you an adversary to him [as well].

Relieve yourself of worries from disputes, and stay away yourself from any conflicts. [But] if you were to be put to the test with an adversary, then be as [the poet] Al-Hudhalī said:

وَتَجَلُّدي لِلشامِتينَ أُريهِمُ
أَنّي لَرَيبِ الدَهرِ لا أَتَضَعضَعُ

My toughness, to those who love to see me troubled, is what I will show–
That I will not, to the turns and trials of time, be bowing low.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 16 Feb 21.

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Choose Your Own Path

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

What you get used to watching and following on social media has an effect–whether you realize it or not–on building your personality, your way of thinking, even the expressions and words you use.

So pick out the best things to listen to, read the most beneficial of writings, watch the best things to see [because] you’re the one who chooses the path that will [either] make your soul upright or bring about its downfall.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 25 Sep 20.

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Having a Good Way of Saying Things

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the beautiful character traits [we should all adopt] is having a good way of saying things, whether that’s in the way we greet others, excuse ourselves, excuse others, [express] affection, or other than that. A person who has a good way of saying things is one [others] incline toward, is one close to [people’s] hearts. And our Lord says:

وَقُلْ لِعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ

And tell My slaves to say whatever is best [of words and speech] (Al-Isrāʾ 53, partial extract)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 1 Feb 21.

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Before They Take Leave of You

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Get your parents before they take leave of you, or you take leave of them. Reduce those things that are taking up your time and holding you back from enjoying their company. Spend the days [they have left] with them, and be near them.

Handle all their needs and their medical care–you [yourself]–and don’t leave the matter to someone else.

Make them feel happy, make them feel good, and put smiles on their faces. Keep an eye on their performing all the acts of worship [they are supposed to], using gentleness, kindness, and wisdom [in doing so].

They have a greater right upon you than so many of those around you.

Source: @m_g_alomari. 16 Feb 21.

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Holding Back on This Helps the Devil

وَقُلْ لِعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ

And tell My slaves to say whatever is best [of words and speech] (Al-Isrāʾ 53, partial extract)

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From [that which is considered] reprehensible stinginess is a person being stingy about things that cost him nothing. A man [might] be stingy [in this way] with his wife; a wife, with her husband; a relative, with his relative; and a friend, with his friend–[about just saying] a nice word [or some] pleasant, agreeable expression, one that brings about more affection, makes the love grow, and foils whatever the devil had been plotting [between them].

Source: @m_g_alomari. 15 Feb 21.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Fake Sob Stories

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t judge in favor of someone who’s saying he’s been oppressed by only hearing him [state his side], [as] in the ḥadīth [in which the Prophet] ﷺ said:

I’m only a human being; indeed, you bring your disputes to me [to judge over], and it may be that some of you are stronger than others in making [your] arguments….¹

[So] listen likewise to his adversary, and ask Allāh to help you understand the situation because [sometimes] someone who says he’s been oppressed, due to weakness in his īmān² and khashyah,³ pursues lies and acts out a role masterfully–while he’s [actually] doing the oppressing, acting sinfully, and violating other people’s rights.

¹Agreed upon by Al-Bukhārī and Muslim
²Īmān is speech, action, and beliefs; it increases with acts of obedience [to Allāh] and decreases with acts of disobedience to Him (trans.)
³A fear of Allāh based on true knowledge about Him, leading to fulfilling religious obligations and leaving sins (trans.)

Source: @m_g_alomari. 13 Feb 21.

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Do Things Properly

The Messenger ﷺ said:

Indeed Allāh loves that when [any] one of you does [anything], that he does it properly and skillfully.

Authenticated by Al-Albānī (Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1113)

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Swayed by Personalities

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Many people weigh [the strength of] statements by the men [who make them], so when he believes about a man that he is highly respected, he accepts his statements even when they’re false [and] contradict the Book and the Sunnah; in fact, he won’t pay attention to anyone refuting that statement with the Book and the Sunnah; rather, he will treat the one who made [that statement] as if he were infallible.

And whenever he believes a man is not highly respected, he rejects his statements, even if they were the truth. So he makes the speaker of a statement the reason for [his] accepting or rejecting [it], without weighing it by the Book and the Sunnah.

Jāmiʿ Al-Masāʾil, vol. 7, pp. 463-64.

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The Worst Prison and the Toughest Restraints

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

No prison is more restrictive than the prison of evil inclinations, nor any restraints tougher than the restraints of sensual desires.

Al-Dāʾu wa-l-Dawāʾu, p. 92, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī.

Source: @fzmhm12121. 4 Feb 21.

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Be on the Truth, Whatever the Numbers

The esteemed shaikh, Dr. Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān Al-Fawzān, may Allāh the All-High protect him, said:

Ahl Al-Sunnah wa-l-Jamāʿah [those who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ and his companions; those upon the truth] might get low in number at times and high [at others]; there might not get to be other than a small number from among them, but it’s among them [that] blessings and goodness are [found] because they are upon the truth.

Mujmal ʿAqīdah Al-Salaf Al-Ṣāliḥ, p. 11, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī.

Source: @fzmhm12121. 18 Jan 21.

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Missing Out on Things in Life

The great scholar, Shaikh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

You find that the People of the Hereafter, [those who work toward it], don’t get upset about what they miss out on from this present life; if something comes to them from this present life, they take it, [but] if something escapes them, they don’t get upset about it.

Sharḥ Riyāḍ Al-Ṣāliḥīn, vol. 3, p. 48, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī.

Source: @fzmhm12121. 31 Jan 2021.

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The Obligation of Teaching Arabic

Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, quoting Ibn Taimiyyah, said:

Teaching Arabic is a [communal Islamic] obligation that enough people must fulfill [for everyone else to be considered relieved of it]. The Salaf, [the righteous, first three generations of this ummah], used to discipline their children over grammatical mistakes [in Arabic]. So we have been commanded, a command that is either one of obligation¹ or recommendation,² to preserve the rules of Arabic and to correct the tongues that deviate from [them], the means to understanding the Book and the Sunnah thus being preserved for us, [as well as the ability] to speak the way [true] Arabs speak.

[Shaikh ʿAbdullāh said:] Imām Ibn Taimiyyah said [the above]. (Al-Majmū, vol. 32, p. 252)

¹rewardable if done and punishable if not (trans.)
²rewardable if done, but not punishable if not (trans.)

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Choose Your Friends Carefully

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

[Choosing who] your friends [are] is a greater [issue] than choosing partners for your business, since a business partner might bring about harm to your wealth, [while] a friend–the harm he can cause is to your religion and character traits, [as] in the ḥadīth: “A person is on the religion of his closest friends, so let each of you take a look at whom he takes as his close friends.”¹

¹See Al-Albānī’s Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 927, where there’s a slight change of wording (“man” instead of “person”). (Trans.)

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One Who Believes a Qādhif is also a Qādhif

Shaikh Muḥammad Al-Amīn Al-Shinqīṭī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

The more obvious to me [in correctness] of the two sayings of the people of knowledge in the issue of a man–if he were to qadhafa¹ another man, and then another [person] said [to the qādhif²], “You’ve said the truth”–is that the one who believed [the qādhif] is a qādhif [just like him]; it is then a binding obligation to establish the [Sharīʿah] punishment [for qadhf] on [this person who believed the original qādhif was telling the truth].

¹defaming someone by attributing fornication or homosexuality to him without producing four witnesses to the act as required by Islamic law (trans.)
²the one doing qadhf, i.e., engaging in this kind of defamation (trans.)

Aḍwāʾ Al-Bayān, vol. 6, p. 111.

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Reminding Others of Past Favors

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Reminding others of good things done for them in the past is for Allāh [to do], far is He above all imperfection. He is the One who gives every good thing to [His] slaves, Al-Wahhāb [the Ever-Plentifully Giving], Al-Muʿṭī [the Sole Bestower of All Things].

As for some slaves of [His] reminding others of good things they’ve done for them in the past, it’s a blameworthy characteristic, like [when] a man reminds his wife, a wife her husband, or a friend his friend, of good things they’ve done for them in the past.

And more repulsive than that is a son reminding his parents [of such].

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Speaking without Knowledge

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Whoever speaks about the religion [of Islām] without knowledge is a liar, even if he wasn’t intending a lie.

Al-Fatāwá Al-Kubrá, vol. 1, p. 191.

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Doubts, Desires, and What to Do

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

A person goes off [the Straight Path] because of either desires or doubts.

As to the first [reason, falling into sinful desires], then preventing [that] happens by cutting off the causes that lead to [it], along with thinking about how vile the situation would be [to fall into the desire] and how low. Getting rid of [the situation, once someone has fallen into a sinful desire], is by leaving [the sin], repenting [from it], and regretting [falling into it].

As for the second reason, [falling into doubts], then preventing [that] happens by keeping away from the sources [of doubts] and those who call to [doubts], and closing shut [one’s] eyes and ears from [ever] taking them in. Getting rid of [doubts] is by asking the People of Insight.

[Take note of both reasons for deviation], even if the danger of [the second reason, doubts], were more severe than that of the former, [desires].

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Some Cautions Regarding Benefiting from Western Writers

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

There’s nothing to stop us, in terms of Islamic law, from accepting advice on educational matters or [taking on other] valuable [benefits] from Western writers, but that should be in a way that:

  • does not contradict our religion;
  • we don’t make do with it to the exclusion of our Islamic legislation;
  • we don’t go too far in making out how great it is or in claiming it’s uniqueness;
  • we know that the correctness of [any] pieces of advice from them doesn’t indicate [anything] about their being sound in religious matters.

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Al-Albānī on Advising One Another

Shaikh Al-Albānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

…Indeed, a lot of people say, “I love you for the sake of Allāh” to another [person], and then afterwards, [the one who said that] leaves [the one he claimed love for] to his own affairs—if he sees him having deviated by mistake or on purpose, [he says], “It’s ok,” “Be patient with him,” “Go easy on him,” etc.

This is not from the [Islamically legislated] requirements of brotherhood for the sake of Allāh. From the requirements of brotherhood for the sake of Allāh is advising one another regarding the religion of Allāh, so that if you were to see me having deviated or fallen into some error, it is upon you to advise me and direct me [to what’s right]. And in the same way, if I were to see you [falling into error], I [must] take action with you like you take action with me [by giving advice].

Silsilah Al-Hudá wa-l-Nūr, tape no. 82, 00:07:03.

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Looking Out for Every Easy Fatwa

Shaikh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said: “Ibn Ṣalāḥ said:

Whoever goes looking for what the scholars have differed about and takes the allowances from their [various] statements, will become, or just about become, a zindīq [a hypocrite out of the fold of Islām].

Fatāwá Ibn Al-Ṣalāḥ, vol. 2, p. 500, and Ibn Al-Qayyim reported it from him in Igāthah Al-Lahfān, vol. 1, p. 247, as quoted by Shaikh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī (see below).

Source:
http://www.rabee.net/ar/articles.php?cat=8&id=182

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Share in Doing Good

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Share in [doing] good, even if [it’s only] by directing [others] to it.

You might not be able to teach people [yourself], so spread knowledge [that’s been taught by] the scholars. You might not be able to [give] charity, so direct [others who can] to those deserving of it. You might not be able to do many [good] things in your dealings with people, but you’re not going to be incapable of saying a good word [or] smiling sincerely, [as] in the ḥadīth: “A [friendly] smile from you directed at your [Muslim] brother is [counted as] an act of charity for you.”¹

¹Authenticated by Al-Albānī; see Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 572. (Trans.)

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Arguing with Them in the Best Way

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Allāh the All-High says [what in English means]: “…and argue with them [on behalf of the truth] in the best way.” (Al-Naḥl 125) The great scholar, Al-Shawkānī said [with regard to this]:

Meaning: using the best of all ways of argumentation. And He, be He exalted in His perfection, has only prescribed [upon us] good argumentation since the caller [to the truth] is right and true in his claim and his aim correct, [while] his adversary promotes falsehood, his aim corrupt.

Fatḥ Al-Qadīr, vol. 3, p. 287.

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Don’t Wait Around for Ḥizbīs to Be Fair

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t wait around for fairness from a Ḥizbī [partisan]–when it comes to seeing the truth, he’s blind in one eye; he sees misguidance, open and obvious, in his [own] group and doesn’t denounce it, [while] he sees something known to be good [in Islām with] others, and he turns it into something evil, [or] he makes it out to be [an act of] wrongdoing and transgression.

May Allāh not bless partisanship nor empower any of its people.

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Avoid Burdensome People

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Don’t sit with burdensome, unpleasant people. Ibn ʿAqīl, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A burdensome, unpleasant person that mixes with others is an illness that doesn’t leave the bodies; a trouble weighing down on the hearts; a restriction on [people’s] breathing; a blockage preventing [the use of one’s] senses.

Al-Ādāb Al-Sharʿiyyah, vol. 4, p. 248.

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The Right Way to Fear Allāh

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy him, said:

[A] slave-worshiper should never attach his hope to [anything or anyone] other than Allāh, and he should never fear of Allāh that He will [ever] treat him unjustly; rather, he should be afraid that He will give him [the punishment he deserves] for his sins.

This is the meaning of what has been narrated as coming from ʿAlī, may Allāh be pleased with him, that he said: “A slave-worshiper must never, ever put his hope in other than His Lord, and he must never, ever fear other than his own sins.”

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 10, p. 256.

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Just Get Started

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The beginning of any kind of action is the challenging [part], whether [it’s] an issue of worship, seeking [Islamic] knowledge, or even working hard against oneself to [establish] honorable character traits.

When you pass this stage–by persevering and anticipating [Allāh’s] reward [for doing that]–you will have passed the stage of accepting [that something needs to be done] and [then] doing something [about it, and moved on] to the stage of keeping up with and sticking to it.

It’s the beginning [stage that’s hard], that’s all. And what’s after [that] is easier.

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Never Judge by What’s in People’s Hearts

The great scholar ʿUbaid Al-Jābirī, may Allāh keep him always upon what He is pleased with, said:

The accusation that the People of the Sunnah pry into people’s intentions is a false statement; in fact, it is–by Allāh, by Allāh, by Allāh¹–a lie, an oppressive outrage, a slander. I do not know [any] scholar of the Sunnah, of old times or new, to have issued a ruling based on what’s inside [a person’s heart]; rather, they judge based on what’s apparent [from his speech and actions].

¹sworn three different ways in Arabic (trans.)

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Spotting the Hidden Ikhwānī

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

People needed years to accept the sincere advice of all those who advised about the Muslim Brotherhood and their dangers to nations and individuals. I hope they don’t [take] years like that [again] putting up with the situation [now] of those who have left the way of the Brotherhood publically while their hearts still [secretly] beat with it [privately].

You will recognize them by their being in agreement with those who hold back their support [for the Salafis]; by their insinuations against the the scholars who warn [against evil people and groups]; by their making excuses for their [own] group, [the Brotherhood]; and by their calling into question the positions taken by [Muslim] rulers.

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Finding Fault In Anyone But Ourselves

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

I wonder about someone who falls short with regard to his wife and children–[though] they’re [no more] in number [than] the fingers on his hands–is careless about his job, slacks off his duties, and despite that, he’s constantly criticizing ministers, rulers, and people in positions of responsibility.

He doesn’t know anything other than the language of accusations and calling things into question. He sees the specks of dust in people’s eyes while he can’t see the tree trunk in his [own].

Fix yourself: it’s the first difficulty you must surmount at the gate of denouncing others.

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Speak Justly and Label Correctly

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Allāh loves that words are spoken with [true Islamic] knowledge and justice, rights are given to everyone due a right, and people are said to belong to the groups they [truly] belong to.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 12, p. 205.

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Not Everyone Should Be a Very Close Friend

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥibbān, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A person who understands things properly will not consider [just anyone] to be a very close, trusted friend unless [he’s] someone with superior insight, religion, [Islāmic] knowledge, and good character traits, someone with good understanding who has grown up with righteous people–because being friends with a slow-witted person who grew up among people with good understanding is better than being friends with an intelligent person who grew up among the ignorant.

Rawḍah Al-ʿUqalāʾ, p. 90, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

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Gaining by Forgiving

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

In the ḥadīth, “Allāh doesn’t increase a slave through [his] act of forgiveness except in terms of [position and] strength,”¹ [are lessons]:

Forgive those who wrong you–however deep the wound, however grievous the offense, however severe the effects of the pain.

It’s enough that you consider that keeping two things in mind, both of which help you forget your pain. The first is that when he wronged you, he disobeyed his Lord, and [that’s] worse; [the second,] when you forgave him, you obeyed your Mawlá [the One who manages your affairs and supports you] and became worthy of might and honor.

¹Rated ṣaḥīḥ by Al-Albānī, Irwāʾ Al-Ghalīl, no. 2200 (Trans.)

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Calling Openly to the Truth

‎Imām Al-Shawkānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Indeed, coming out openly with the truth and being public about [things] from the truth that aren’t in conformity with [other] people is not something [everyone] can do, other than a few individuals–and how few they are.

Adab Al-Ṭalab, p. 86, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.

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The Real Leaders and Nobles

The great scholar, Shaikh Zaid ibn Muḥammad ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Salafis are the real people of leadership and nobility among Muslims. It is not possible for any person held responsible for his own actions [according to Islāmic law] to be a salafi except after being a Muslim who holds onto the [authentic] narrations and reports [of the Prophet ﷺ, his companions, and those who directly followed them], while staying away from all newly introduced matters in the religion.

Al-ʿIqd Al-Munaḍḍad Al-Jadīd, vol. 3, p. 76, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī.

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Having to Follow People

The great scholar, Shaikh Ṣāliḥ Al-Fawzān, may Allāh protect him, said:

We are not tasked with having to follow people; we’ve only been ordered to follow the Qurʾān and the Sunnah. This is what the Truth is. We haven’t been ordered to follow so-and-so and so-and-so.

Allāh the All-High has not left us to [come up with] our [own] opinions and formulated judgments; rather, He revealed His Book to us and sent us His Messenger [ﷺ].

When we go back to the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Messenger ﷺ, divisions [among people] disappear, differences disappear, and there’s unity and harmony.

Sharḥ Rasāʾil Al-Imām Al-Mujaddid, Al-Uṣūl Al-Sittah, p. 20, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.

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No Matter How Much You Know

The great scholar, Shaikh Ṣāliḥ Al-Fawzān, may Allāh protect him, said:

No person should be deceived by [how much] knowledge he has because what he doesn’t know is more than what he knows.

Sharḥ Al-Durrah Al-Maḍiyyah, p. 277, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.

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Even If You Go Your Separate Ways…

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Even if you were to disagree with your brother or separate from him for whatever reason among worldly reasons, friendly relations [should still] be maintained and secrets [still] be kept.

That is more effective as an indication of the truthfulness of your real nature, the integrity of your heart, and your past sincerity to him.

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When You’re Feeling Unsure…

‎The great scholar, Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

If you find yourself feeling unsure [about something], keep asking Allāh to forgive you because seeking forgiveness is definitely one of the means by which Allāh opens up [the doors to insight and understanding] for a slave.

Sharḥ Al-Kāfiyah Al-Shāfiyah, vol. 3, p. 189, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.

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Intercession is Not Attained with Shirk

Shaikh ‘Abdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

Intercession [on the Day of Judgment] can only be attained by removing [shirk–worshipping or equating other than Allāh with Allāh] from tawḥīd; so whoever’s tawḥīd is more complete is more deserving of intercession; [intercession] is not, [as some people think], attained by doing shirk with one whose intercession is sought.

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Just Because You Can Express Yourself…

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Your knowing how to read and write and being good at phrasing things doesn’t mean you have the right to write anything about the religion [of Islām] that you neither understand nor are good at.

Maybe you can write things about your daily life [instead] and hopefully be safe from falling into sins [that way].

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Only the Arrogant Don’t Consult

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

No matter how high his level, how high he has surpassed others in his ability to form sound opinions, a specialist cannot dispense with the need to consult others and exchange views.

So a scholar cannot dispense with his contemporaries; a doctor cannot dispense with his colleagues. Rather, [where there is] an exchange of views and a cross-fertilization of ideas is where the right answers are expected to be, where reaching targets is most likely.

No one thinks he can dispense with [doing] that other than an arrogant person who has deceived himself, whom the devil has sent astray.

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On Being Idle

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Your getting to bed at night after a day full of

  • [Islāmic] knowledge
  • acts of obedience [to Allāh]
  • good deeds
  • useful social contact [with others]
  • [and] beneficial reading

is getting [to bed] upon joy and triumph and getting ready for another day full of good things and accomplishments.

Ibn Masʿūd, may Allāh be pleased with him, said:

I really detest seeing a man idle–not [involved] in any [kind] of work for this life, nor [any] for the Hereafter.

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The Legacy of the Muslim Brotherhood

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Muslim Brotherhood…

…have spent their lives on conspiracies, revolutions, uprisings, and demonstrations.

Their countries have reaped nothing from them other than coups d’êtat and calls for changes in governments. [They are] a destructive element wherever they settle, a source of treachery wherever they’re found.

Imagine the Arab-Islamic world without this group: how many trials and tribulations would never have occurred; ordeals, never have taken place?

But Allāh’s wisdom is perfect [and their existence, like the existence of other evil things in this world, is from that great wisdom of His.]

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Improve Your Child’s Recitation of the Qurʾān

Shaikh ʿAbd Al-Ilāh Al-Rifaʿī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Advice to those interested in improving their children’s or students’ recitation of the Qurʾān: From the [things] that help young ones–especially non-Arabs–is listening a lot to [Qurʾānic] audio recordings of master reciters like Al-Minshāwī, Al-Ḥuṣarī, and Al-Ḥudhaifī.

He will then grow up listening [in this way] during the earliest years of his life, which will help him tremendously in improving his recitation of the Qurʾān as it should be recited and in his pronunciation of Arabic.

And experience is the best proof of that.

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Anāshīd Are Not Islamic

Shaikh Ṣāliḥ Al-Fawzān, may Allāh protect him, said:

Calling anāshīd [chants] Islamic is wrong. Say “anāshīd” only [without calling them Islamic]. This is the view of the Sūfīs, [who have] turned singing into [a form] of worship [for themselves].

Sharḥ Ighāthah Al-Lahfān, 25-6-1437 H, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz ibn ʿAlī Al-Madkhalī.

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How Rare Are True Brothers

Ibn Al-Mubārak, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Nothing has thwarted me like my inability to find [someone who can be] a brother for Allāh’s sake.¹

Shaikh Muqbil ibn Hādī Al-Wādiʿī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A [real, true] brother in this day and age is worth the whole world and whatever’s in it.²

¹Al-Ḥilyah, vol. 8, p. 168, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.
²Asʾilah Shabāb Masjid Al-Salām, 00:50:00, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.

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However Well You’ve Treated Them…

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

However well you’ve treated your parents, when they leave this world, you’re going to find [yourself] blaming [yourself] in your heart, if only your good treatment of them had been [even] greater than what it was.

Your good treatment of your parents is [first of all] a blessing from Allāh upon you, before you see it as a blessing from Allāh upon them.

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Causes of Conflict and Instability

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Security and stability do not materialize [in a region] unless religious and ideological stability are in place [first]. So a land in which sectarian groups and deviated ways of thinking are many is fertile ground for instability, disorder, and conflict.

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Join the Ranks of the Muttaqūn

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

It’s not a condition–to be counted among the muttaqūn [those who act with due fear of Allāh] and those like them–that no sin ever occur from [any of] them; rather, whoever repents from his sins, joins [the ranks of] the muttaqūn.

Minhāj Al-Sunnah, vol. 2, p. 82, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz ibn ʿAlī Al-Madkhalī.

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Where It Hurts More

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Someone you expect will hurt you by might [end up] helping you and staying friends, [while] someone from whom you expect friendship might [be the one who] hurts you.

Because of that, getting hurt by one who’s close [to us] is more painful than by one who’s [not], as has been said:

وظُلْمُ ذَوِي القُرْبَى أَشَدُّ مَضَاضَـةً
عَلَى المَرْءِ مِنْ وَقْعِ الحُسَامِ المُهَنَّـدِ

Being wronged by the closest of kin hurts more to feel
Than being struck by a sharp sword made of Indian steel

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The Way to Pleasure, the Way to Pain

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Allāh, be He glorified in His perfection, has sealed off the greatest pleasures with [a barrier of] various disagreeable [and detestable] things, and He made them a bridge that leads to [those pleasures], just as He sealed off the greatest agonies with lusts and pleasures and made them a bridge that leads to [those agonies].

Because of this, the people of sound understanding, all of them, have said that pleasures are not attained through pleasures, nor rest earned with rest.

Shifāʾ Al-ʿAlīl, p. 250, as quoted by Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

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Blissful Married Life and What Spoils It

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Family life doesn’t become difficult [when] both spouses are aware of [each other’s] rights and obligations; and [living in] harmony isn’t hard [when] there’s mutual understanding; cold treatment doesn’t come about [when there’s] conversation [and discussion].

So a husband [should be there] with his wisdom, good dealings, support, and management; and a wife, with her giving freely [of herself] in response [to his need for her], her fulfilling [his wishes] properly, her care and attention.

Then if something goes wrong with that, the relationship becomes troubled, and the situation changes.

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On the Call for People to Show Tolerance

Shaikh ʿAbd Al-Ilāh Al-Rifaʿī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Showing tolerance doesn’t mean you allow crossing the limits set by Islām, or [worse], attacking its legislations. Rather, showing tolerance is that you act with forbearance with regard to what is yours [to manage] of wealth, property, or offenses against yourself.

So the first [kind of tolerance, i.e., offenses against Islām] is Allāh’s right which you do not possess! And the second [kind] is a right Allāh has given you choice over, to show tolerance or not.

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Bragging About Lineage or Language

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From a person’s deficiencies is his relying upon the bygone days of his ancestors or what his forefathers had accomplished, considering that sufficient for him [as proof of] his honor and glory, even if he were living in an abyss of ignorance and lowliness. Ibn Wardī spoke the truth:

لا تقل أصلي وفصلي أبدا
إنما أصل الفتى ما قد حصل

Don’t say “my lineage” or “my language” ever.
The stock of a young man is simply his endeavors.

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Protection from Nightmares

A man came to the Prophet ﷺ and complained to him about the many terrifying things he was seeing in [his] dreams so the Prophet ﷺ said: “When you go to bed, say:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِماتِ اللهِ التامَّةِ مِنْ غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِهِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ عِبَادِهِ وَمِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينَ ، وَأَنْ يَحْضُرُونِ

I seek refuge with the perfect words of Allāh from His anger and His punishment; from the evil of His slaves and the prodding of devils; and from their being in my presence [in any situation].

Rated Ḥasan by Al-Albānī, Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, 264.

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How to Get Sound Understanding

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Abū Ḥātim Al-Bustī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

If Sound Understanding were to have had parents, one of the them would definitely have been Patience¹ and the other, Verification.²

Rawḍah Al-ʿUqalāʾ, p. 45, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

¹including perseverence (trans.)
²which involves not rushing, but instead taking time to check and confirm (trans.)

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The Dim-Witted vs. the Intelligent

Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the priceless statements that Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn ʿAbd Al-Barr, may Allāh have mercy on him, relayed in his book Bahjah Al-Majālis (2/584) is:

The dim-witted get angry about the truth [while] the intelligent get angry about falsehood.

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From the Terrible Harms of Boredom

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Nothing is more harmful to a slave-worshiper than his becoming bored of Allāh’s blessings [and favors], for then he will really not see them as blessings, nor express his gratitude to Him for them, nor feel any happiness about them; rather, he will feel angry and resentful about them, complain about them, and consider them calamities–[all] this, while they [might] be from among the greatest of Allāh’s blessings upon him.

So most people are enemies to the blessings of Allāh upon them, and they don’t realize it.

Al-Fawāʾid, p. 263, as quoted by Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

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Hold on Tightly to Your True Friends

Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Imām Al-Shāfiʿī [once] gave his student Yūnus ibn ʿAbd Al-Aʿlá, may Allāh have mercy on them both, some lengthy instructions to be followed, in which was his saying:

O Yūnus, when you have a [true] friend, grab a hold of him tightly with both your hands because getting a hold of a [true] friend is truly hard, [while] separating from him is easy.

What’s intended [by that] is: Be vigilant about [having and keeping] friends who help you in obeying Allāh.

Abū Nuʿaim reported it in Al-Ḥilyah (9/121) with a Ṣaḥīḥ chain of narrators.

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Nothing Is Rarer Than These Two Things

It has been established from Imām Yūnus ibn ʿUbaid, may Allāh have mercy on him, that he said:

Nothing is rarer than two things: a pure, [honorably earned] dirham and a man acting upon the Sunnah.

Musnad ʿAlī ibn Al-Jaʿd (1 / no. 1383)

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Instead of Becoming a Hermit…

Wuhaib ibn Al-Ward said, “I told Wahb ibn Munabbih, ‘I want to go into solitude away from people.’ “He said:

You can’t escape people, nor people escape you. You have needs [to be taken care of] by them, and they have needs [to be taken care of] by you.

But be among them [as] one who is deaf [at times and at times] listening, blind [at times and at times] seeing, silent [at times and at times] speaking.

Al-Khaṭṭāb reported it in Al-ʿUzlah, p. 98, and Abū Nuʿaim in Al-Ḥilyah, vol. 8, p. 144. Also see Al-Siyar, vol. 4, p. 550.

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A Principle Regarding the People of Falsehood

Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Take it as a principle: the people of falsehood and [its] producers accuse other than themselves of what they themselves have.

Min Liqāʾāt Al-Jumuʿah, no. 71, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.

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When People Make Good Deeds Look Bad

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Being humble is not [the same as] being broken and defeated; gentleness, not [the same as] weakness; love, not [the same as] need; [keeping] ties, not [the same as] lacking means; forgiving, not [the same as] being incapable.

Whenever the understanding of concepts becomes reversed, many commendable things become objectionable; many perfections, imperfections.

So do your dealings with the Creator and leave behind how creation measure things.

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If You’re Not Qualified…

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

If you’re not qualified for the position of work you hold, you [should] either leave it–so that you don’t combine two sins, not being qualified and keeping someone else more qualified for it than you from taking it–or you [should] set yourself right by improving and becoming qualified so that you can fulfill the trust as completely as it should be.

And what’s more appropriate and required is becoming qualified before getting a position.

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On the Verge of Losing His Faith

Imām Ibn Baṭṭah Al-ʿUkbarī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Whoever hates correctness from others and aids mistakes from himself, has nothing to keep him safe from Allāh taking away from him what he has learned and making him forget what he has memorized; in fact, it’s to be feared for him that Allāh [might] take away his īmān [faith, as it consists of belief, speech, and action].

Al-Ibānah Al-Kubrá, vol. 1, p 547.

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The First of this Ummah vs. the Last

The Messenger ﷺ said:

The first [ones] from this ummah will have been saved due to [their] certainty and detachment [from worldly life], [whereas] the last [ones] from this ummah will be brought to destruction by [their] miserliness and [unrestrained] hopes.

Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Targhīb wa-l-Tarhīb, no. 3340.

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Hearts Are Tied to Actions

Shaikh Al-Albānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

And the reality is that it’s not possible to imagine hearts becoming good without actions becoming good, nor actions becoming good without hearts becoming good.

Al-Albānī, Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn, ed. Riyāḍ Al-Ṣāliḥīn. Al-Maktab Al-Islāmī, 1399 H., pp. Lām and Mīm.

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Putting Oneself Down to Make Oneself Look Better

Imām Ibn Rajab, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Right here, there’s a subtle point, [which] is that a person might put himself down in front of [others], aiming by that to be seen as humble. In that way, he gets raised up among them, and they speak well of him.

This is from the most subtle gateways to riyāʾ [seeking other’s praise for doing good deeds]. The Salaf [the righteous ones who preceded us] indeed drew attention to it.

Sharḥ Ḥadīth Mā Dhiʾbān Jāʾiʿān, p. 88.

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Think before You Speak

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Al-Nawawī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Whoever wants to say a word or a sentence should think to himself about the consequences of that before saying [anything]; then if the advantages of [doing so] become clear, he speaks; otherwise, he holds off.

Sharḥ Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, vol. 18., p. 117.

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Seven Virtues

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said: “It has been established that Wahb ibn Munabbih, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Knowledge is the believer’s closest friend;
Forbearance, his [aid and] minister;
Understanding is his guide;
Action, his [true] worth;
Patience is the commander of his troops; Gentleness is his father;
Softness, his brother.

“Ibn Shāhīn reported it in Al-Targhīb fī Faḍāʾil Al-Aʿmāl, no.24. Refer also to Al-Siyar by Al-Dhahabī, vol. 4, p. 549.”

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff

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How We Start Every Day with an Affirmation of Tawḥīd

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The slave-worshiper starts his day with the affirmation that his Lord, All-perfect is He, is the only One deserving of worship through his recitation of the two sūrahs “Al-Kāfirūn” and “Al-Ikhlāṣ” during the regularly prayed [sunnah prayer] before Fajr.

So it’s an early start to the day with tawḥīd of Allāh and freeing [himself] from everything contrary to that.

Then, throughout his whole day, he is a muwaḥḥid of his Creator, holding on to that in belief, sticking to that in his every act of worship, [both] verbal and physical.

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When You See a Friend Suffering from Anxiety

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajr, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

When a person sees his friend is anxious [about something], it’s commendable [in Islām] that he say things to him that will remove his anxiety and cheer him up, ʿUmar ibn Al-Khaṭṭāb having said, “I am most definitely going to say something that will make the Prophet ﷺ laugh.”

Fatḥ Al-Bārī, vol. 9, p. 292. And the like of it is in Sharḥ Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, vol. 10, p. 81 by Al-Nawawī, may Allāh have mercy on him.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff

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Anger is a Dangerous Dog

Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Fasten your anger with the fetters of forbearance, for it is a dog–if it is let loose, it leads to loss.

Al-Fawāʾid, p. 49.

As quoted by the shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī. twitter.com/dr_albukhary/status/1316849962567827456?s=19

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Make a Positive Impact on Those Around You

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

When you have a positive effect on those around you, and then you leave–whether that leaving were the leaving of death and departing the present life of this world, or [just] the leaving of moving to another place–

Here it is that people will come to miss your presence [among them].

So be intent on leaving a beautiful mark wherever it is you settle down: it’s the good people will say [about you] after [you’re gone]; it’s all [their] good memories.

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The Power of Good Intentions

Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said: “Imām ʿAbdullāh, the son of the imam of the People of the Sunnah, Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, may Allāh have mercy on the both of them, said:

I said one day to my father: Direct me [to something I should do], my dear father. So then he said: ‘My dear little son, intend good because, truly, you will always be upon good so long as you keep intending good.'”

Ibn Al-Jawzī. Manāqib Al-Imām Aḥmad, p. 274.

Source: twitter.com/dr_albukhary/status/1327949287758688256?s=19

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Those Who Turn People Away from the Firmly Grounded Scholars

Shaikh ʿUbaid Al-Jābirī, may Allāh take care of him and protect him, said:

Then do not let yourselves be deceived, O Muslim, by one who turns [people] away from the scholars of Sharīʿah, those firmly grounded in it, makes light of their position, or portrays them inappropriately.

Inʿām Al-Bārī, p. 423, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī. twitter.com/peace1432/status/1334794983296163840?s=19

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It was said to Imām ʿAbdullāh ibn Al-Mubārak: “If it were said to you that nothing remained of your life other than a day, what would you be doing?” He said: “I would be teaching people.”

Al-Madkhal ilá Al-Sunan by Al-Baihaqī, no. 473.

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Shaikh ʿAbd Allāh Al-Bukhāri said:

Abū Al-Faḍl Al-Tamīmī narrated about Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, may Allāh have mercy on him, that he would supplicate while in prostration:

O Allāh, anyone from this ummah upon other than the truth that thinks he is upon the truth, make him return to the truth to become [one] of the People of the Truth.

Al-Bidāyah wa-l-Nihāyah (vol. 14, p. 390); also see Tārīkh Al-Baghdād (vol. 10, p. 286) and Ṣifah Al-Ṣafwah (vol. 1, p. 484).

twitter.com/dr_albukhary/status/1322659552463114240?s=19

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Is Whistling Permissible in Islam?

Shaikh Al-Albānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Making a whistling sound with the mouth: the answer [to this question] has come before, that it is from the worship of pagans [those who give or attribute to others what belongs to Allāh alone]:

وَمَا كَانَ صَلَاتُهُمۡ عِندَ ٱلۡبَیۡتِ إِلَّا مُكَاۤءࣰ وَتَصۡدِیَةࣰۚ فَذُوقُوا۟ ٱلۡعَذَابَ بِمَا كُنتُمۡ تَكۡفُرُون

Their praying at the Sacred Mosque [of the Kaʿbah] was nothing but whistling and clapping, so taste punishment because of what you have done of disbelief. [Al-Anfāl 35]

Tasjīlāt Mutafirriqah, Tape 298, no. 6, 00:14:20, alalbany.org.

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Look for Religion and Character in a Husband

Shaikh Al-Albānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Just as the Messenger ﷺ has ordered the khāṭīb [a man seeking a woman’s hand in marriage] to look out for a righteous woman and not look out for her beauty, her wealth, her nobility, or her lineage, but only for her [level of] religion, so it is upon her [a woman considering potential husbands] to look out for this [level of] religion [and] this [level of good] character.

Silsilah Al-Hudá wa-l-Nūr 735

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Learn to Be Truthful First

Imām Al-Awzāʿī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Learn truthfulness before you study [Islamic] knowledge.

Al-Baghdādī, Al-Khaṭīb. Al-Jāmiʿ, vol. 1, p. 304, as quoted by Shk Fawāz Al-Madkhalī. Twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 8 Mar 2020.

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What Kind of Person Makes Fun of Others?

The great scholar Al-Saʿdī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Indeed, making fun of others doesn’t happen except from a heart full of vile characteristics, adorned with every despicable disposition. It’s for this [reason that] the Prophet ﷺ said: “It’s enough evil for a person that he belittles his Muslim brother.”

Taysīr Al-Karīm Al-Raḥmān, vol. 1, p. 801. As quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 27 Dec 2019.

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Planning to Repent Later?

Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Most of what makes a Muslim fall into sin is [his] “relying on [a later] repentance.” If he knew that [something] could come between him and it, his fear would be greatly agitated.

Ṭarīq Al-Hijratain, p. 562, as quoted by Shk. Fawāz Al-Madkhalī. Twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 5 Mar 2020.

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The Strength of an Older Man

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A shaikh [an older man, typically over 50], though his body may be weak, has stronger understanding than a young man.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 16, p. 281.

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The Starting Point for Every Fair, Truth Seeking Muslim

The great scholar, Shaikh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The starting point for every impartial Muslim seeking the truth is always:

(قُلۡ هَاتُوا۟ بُرۡهَـٰنَكُمۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ صَـٰدِقِینَ)

Say: Bring your evidence proving what you claim to be true, if you are truthful in your claim. [Al-Baqarah 111]

Al-Majmūʿ, vol. 8, p. 81. As quoted by Shk Fawāz Al-Madkhalī. Twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 4 Feb 2020.

 

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Al-Albānī: Take the Opinion of Specialized Scholars Over Others

The great scholar, Shaikh Al-Albānī, may have mercy on him, said:

[T]he opinion of a scholar specialized in his [field of] knowledge is [to be used as] as evidence over one not specialized; it is not allowed to reject [his opinion] except with stronger evidence.

Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, vol. 2, p. 222.

N.B.: Title mine (Tr.)
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Al-Albānī on What Colors a Woman Can Wear Outside Her House

Shaikh Al-Albānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

The general principal is that everything that attracts attention and turns men’s eyes to women’s clothing should be avoided.

Silsilah Al-Hudá wa-l-Nūr 663, 1:16:57, as quoted in Jāmiʿ Al-Turāth Al-ʿAllāmah Al-Albānī fī Al-Fiqh, vol. 15, p. 191.

N.B.: Title mine (Tr.)
Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
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When Love Hurts

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Know that everyone who loves something for other than Allah’s [sake], that thing he loves will inevitably come to harm him.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 1, p. 28.

TN: Title mine.

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A Sign of Arrogance

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Don’t you see that one who falsely thinks himself to be great [always] wants to support every single thing he has said, even if it were a mistake?

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 10, p. 292.

N.B.: Title mine (Trans.)

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Real Men

ʿUmar ibn Al-Khaṭṭāb said:

Whoever fulfils the trust [upon him] and holds back from [staining] the honor [and reputation] of Muslims, he is [what a] man [should be].

As quoted by Ibn ʿAbd Al-Barr. Bahjah al-Majālis wa Uns al-Mujālis. Dār Al-Kutub Al-ʿIlmiyyah, vol. 1, p. 397.

N.B.: Title mine (Tr.)
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Wash Your Hands of These People

Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul, may Allāh protect him, said:

It has been said: When you see a man with many a companion, wash your hands of him.
That is because if he were advising, enjoining good, and forbidding evil, they would have fled from him.

Source: facebook.com/689506634501159/posts/1788317241286754/

N.B.: Title mine (Trans.)
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From the Characteristics of Ḥaddādīs

Shaikh Rabī ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

So one in whom are found these characteristics is a Ḥaddādī–one who rises against the scholars, defames them, and wants to bring about their downfall in the way I have mentioned is a Ḥaddādī.
They used to lie, defame, and defame, so we brought out the lies of their shaikh into plain view, his mistakes, and his misguidance, after which they [only] increased in excessive zealotry toward him.
So everyone who resembles these [people], falling into excesses of zealotry toward individuals, rejecting evidences and clear proofs, and defaming people of the Sunnah, then [he] is a Ḥaddādī and worse then the Ḥaddādīs.

Source: rabee.net/ar/questions.php?cat=31&id=262 [extract]

Title mine (Trans.)
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If the Believers Were Always Victorious

Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

If [the believers] were always given victory, overwhelming [their enemies], overcoming [them], there would come in among them those whose aim would not be the religion and following the Messenger [ﷺ].

Ighāthah Al-Lahfān. ʿĀlam Al-Fawāʾid, vol. 2, p. 937.

Title mine (Tr.)
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Issuing Oppressive Verdicts Against People

Shaikh Rabī ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

One who falls into contradiction with the Messenger [ﷺ]–and he does wrong to people by issuing oppressive verdicts against them with regard to their religion–has fallen into destruction.

Tawjīhāt ʿĀmah li-l-Shabāb wa Wājibuhum Naḥwa Al-Daʿwah, p. 14. rabee.net/ar/articles.php?cat=11&id=258

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What Happens to One Who Derides Those Who Are with Allāh

Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, stated:

Allāh’s way remains, that one who derides His group [of worshippers upon faith and piety] and His army [of those supporting the truth] will be exposed.

Al-Ṣawāʾiq Al-Mursalah, p. 341.

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 5 Dec 18. 9:09 am GMT+3.

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Trust in Allāh and Seek His Help

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A slave [of Allāh] does not rely on himself, nor does he become occupied by the blame and criticism of [other] people; instead, he asks Allāh to help him in obeying Him.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 14, p. 227.

N.B.: Title mine (Trans.)

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When the Truthful Are Thought to Be Liars

Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, quoted:

“It has never been known among the Children of Ādam that someone truthful was thought to be a liar other than for a short while, after which the matter became clear.”

Al-Nubuwwāt by Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, vol. 1, p. 53.

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 14 Nov 18. 11:46 am GMT+3.

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From the Why’s and How’s of Fighting Bidʿah

The great scholar, Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

From being sincere in giving the Messenger ﷺ his rights is that you wage war against the people of innovation in the same way they wage war against the Sunnah. So if they fight [the Sunnah] with speech, then [fight innovation] with speech, and if they fight with action, then [fight] with action.

Source:

Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn. Sharḥ Riyāḍh Al-Ṣaliḥīn min Kalām Sayyid Al-Mursalīn. Dār Al-Watan, Riyāḍh: 1425H, vol 2, pg. 390.

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If a Person Keeps Falling into a Sin He Had Repented From

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

It is not allowed for a Muslim, if he were to repent and then afterwards go back [to committing the sin], to persist [on that sin]; rather, he [must] repent, even if he were to go back [to that sin] a hundred times in a day.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 16, p. 58.

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Allāh Raises Those Who Rectify Their Hidden Affairs

Ibn Al-Jawzi, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

By Allāh, I have seen one who is abundant in praying, fasting much, often staying silent, [one who] shows humility in himself and in his dress. Yet, the hearts [of people] turn away from him, and his status amongst them is not all that!

And I have seen one who attires himself in luxurious clothes, does not have a lot of voluntary acts [of worship], nor does he make a show of humility, yet the hearts go one after the other in feeling love for him.

So I reflected on the cause [of this], and then I realised it was what people keep hidden from others [that Allāh knows].

Ibn Al-Jawzī. Ṣayd Al-Khāṭir. Dār Ibn Al-Khuzaimah. Riyadh: 1437H. p. 355.

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The Strong Believer’s on ʿĪd: Between Fear and Joy

Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul, may Allāh protect him, said:

A comment I liked:

The strong believer is the one who combines sadness and joy, so his his heart feels fear that Allāh [might] not accept the deeds he sent forward, while his outward dealings are of joy for that which Allāh has bestowed upon us, us Muslims, with ʿĪd.

So Allāh akbar [Allāh is the greatest], Allāh akbar, Allāh akbar, and lillāhil ḥamd [to Him alone is due all praise and thanks].

Let the Jews know that there is wide scope in our religion.

Source: twitter.com/momalbaz. 13 Jun 18. 4:48 pm (GMT+3:00).

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From the Benefits of Reciting the Qurʾān

Muḥammad ibn Kaʿb Al-Quraẓī said:

Whoever recites the Qurʾān will be given the enjoyment of his intellect, even if he were to reach 200 hundred years of age.

Al-Bidāyah wa-l-Nihāyah, vol. 9, p. 270.

As quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 5 Jun 18. 5:15 pm.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
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Treating Your Brothers from Ahl al-Sunnah with Enmity

Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The great scholar Muqbil Al-Wādiʿī, may Allāh the All-High have mercy on him, said:

Whoever treats his brothers [from] the People of the Sunnah with enmity will ever remain in reversals and setbacks.

So when they turned away from the truth, Allāh turned their hearts away from the truth. [From Al-Ṣaff: 5, English meaning]

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 10 Feb 18. 6:41 pm.

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When a Sunni Gets Cold Treatment from Some of Ahl al-Sunnah

The great scholar ʿUbaid Al-Jābirī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The Sunnī, even if some of the People of the Sunnah were to behave coldly with him, [still] loves them, defends them, calls [upon Allāh] for them, calls [others] to them, and connects people to them.

He does not part company with them, even if there were something of coldness between him and some of the People of the Sunnah, and something of estrangement, because that which brings them together is the pure religion of Islām. They came together for Allāh’s sake, and they love that, just as they have come together for Allāh’s sake, they break apart for Him.

As for the innovator, he is not upon that. He shows open enmity against the People of the Sunnah and those who are in alliance with them, makes his hatred and aversion to them apparent, digs into their position and status, and strives to separate people from them.

Majmuʿ Al-Rasāʾil Al-Jābiriyyah, “Al-Majmuʿah Al-Ūlá, p. 212, as quoted by the Shaikh Al-ʿAllāmah ʿUbaid Al-Jābirī Channel on Telegram: t.me/ubaid_aljabry. 6 Nov 2015.

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A Mother’s Huge Right to Good Treatment

Shaikh Ibn Bāz, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

…Mothers have a huge right, and doing good to them [and obeying them] is an [Islāmic] obligation; doing good to them is [a] greater [act] than doing good to fathers.

The Prophet ﷺ, when he was asked [by someone], “…O Messenger of Allāh, whom should I do good to?” said, “Your mother.” [The person] said, “Then whom?” He said, “Your mother.” [The person] said, “Then whom?” He said, “Your mother.” [The person] said, “Then whom?” He said, “Your father.”

So she gets three-fourths [of good treatment], and he gets a fourth.

Source: binbaz.org.sa/noor/550

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
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Is It Allowed to Ask Allāh to Have Mercy upon People of Bidʿah?

Shaikh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

As for asking Allāh to have mercy upon people of innovation [by saying raḥimahullah–may Allāh have mercy on him–and the like], then indeed, it is permissible to ask Allāh to have mercy on them.

This is something the Righteous Predecessors were upon, and from them was Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal. Texts from the Book of Allāh, All-Great is He and All-High, and from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ are evidence for that.

The one who contests this is ignorant and astray.

May Allāh increase in His praises for our Prophet Muḥammad, his family, and his companions; and may He protect them from every harmful thing.

Source: rabee.net/ar/questions.php?cat=26&id=511

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Anger Over Loss

[Shaikh] Ibn Uthaimīn, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

When [every individual] thing, all of it, belongs to Allāh–if He were to take something from you, it’s something that belongs to Him, and if He were to give you something, it’s something that belongs to Him–how can you get angry and detest [it when something is taken]?!

Sharḥ Riyaḍ Al-Ṣaliḥīn, vol. 1, p. 207.

As quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 12 Oct 17. 6:20 am.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
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Some Who Wrongly Call Themselves Salafīs

Shaikh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him from every harm, said:

Some people, wrongly and oppressively, say they belong to this [Salafī] methodology. They have come out in public with low, despicable, rotten approaches and manners, and from that Salafiyyah is being struck using the name of Salafiyyah.

Al-Dharīʿah, vol. 3, p. 214

As quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 6 Oct 17. 12:24 am.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
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The Greatest of Manners

Shaikh Ibn Bāz, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

This is what is the root of noble manners, its foundation, the greatest of them, and most obligatory of them: tawḥīd of Allāh,¹ ikhlāṣ for Him,² and abandoning all acts of shirk³ with Him.

Then following that are the five prayers; they are the greatest of manners and most important of them after tawḥīd and abandoning all acts of shirk³ with Allāh, all perfect is He and all high.

¹singling Him out in worship and everything that is His alone
²seeking only His pleasure and His reward in the Hereafter
³treating other than Allāh as an equal of His in something that is only His

Source: binbaz.org.sa/article/194

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Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Ḥamad ibn ʿAtīq, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Allāh will most definitely open up a door [to] lowliness and disgrace for the one who makes compromises [in the religion] from the [very same] direction he had sought power and status.

Al-Durar Al-Saniyyah, vol. 8, p. 76.

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 23 Aug 17. 1:08 pm.

 

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No Matter How Much We Love the Truth…

Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Al-Muʿallamī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

No matter how much we love the truth, we will not support it except with the truth.

From his Al-Āthār, vol. 4, p. 6.

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 24 Aug 17. 8:54 am.

 

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ʿĪd Is a Time to Take a Break

Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The great scholar Muḥammad Al-Bashīr Al-Ibrāhīmī mentioned in his [work] Al-Āthār, vol. 3, p. 79:

ʿĪd is a segment of time especially dedicated to forgetting worries, throwing off burdens, and taking a break from the exhausting forces [of] life.

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 2 Sep 17. 5:42 am.

 

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The Most Rewarding ʿEid Sacrifice

Shaikh al-Islām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

The reward of the uḍḥiyah [ʿEid sacrifice] is unrestrictedly based on how much it costs.

Al-Fatāwá al-Kubrá, vol. 5, p. 385.

As quoted by Shaikh Fawāz al-Madkhalī. twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 30 Aug 17. 11:08 pm.

 

 

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Some Reasons Why Some Who Know the Truth Still Reject It

Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

A person might know that the truth is [found] with someone else; despite this, he outwardly denies that [truth] due to his envy for him, his wanting to be in a higher position above him, or [his having] desires in [his] soul.

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 7, p. 191.

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How Can the Tablīghī Sect Convey True Islām to Others?

Shaikh Fawāz al-Madkhalī said:

The Tablīghī sect haven’t [even] conveyed the true religion of Islām to themselves, so how [could] they convey [it] to other than themselves?!!

Source: twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 9 Jul 17. 1:43 pm.

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He said: “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

I said: “Don’t find it so surprising. If were to make a comment with manners, I’d respond back and forth with you, there being no problem [with that]–[it’s] dialogue and discussion. As for you  throwing insults and heaping abuse and wanting responses to continue from me at the same time???!!!”

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Source: facebook.com/mohammadbazmool/posts/1393730517412097

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Showing Happiness on ‘Īd

Al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajr, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Showing happiness on ‘Īd [days] is from the appointed signs [of obedience to Allāh] in the religion [of Islām].

Fatḥ al-Bārī, vol. 2, p. 443.

Quoted by Shaikh Fawāz al-Madkhalī. twitter.com/fzmhm12121. 25 Jun 17. 10:03 am.

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Imam Dhahabi – rahimullaah – said:

If al-Fitan [trials & tribulations] occur then cling to the Sunnah, adhere to remaining silent and do not delve into that which does not concern you.

Whatever you find difficult to understand return it back to Allaah and His Messenger, and refrain yourself and say Allaah knows best.

Translator: Abbas Abu Yahya
Source: Siyar Aʿlām al-Nubalāʾ, vol. 20, p. 141. As quoted by Muhammad Bazmoul in twitter.com/momalbaz. 2 Apr 15.
Date published: April 3rd, 2015
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Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

 …[T]he first of the levels of reverence and awe due to Al-Ḥaqq (the Ever True and Certain One)—great is His might and majesty—is holding His commands and prohibitions in the highest regard…so a believer’s treating Allāh the All-High’s commands and prohibitions with the utmost reverence is a sign of his treating the Giver of commands and prohibitions with reverence and awe….

Translator: Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff
Source: ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad. Al-Wābil al-Ṣayyib min al-Kalim al-Ṭayyib. Damascus: Maktabah Dār al-Bayān, 1973, pp. 9-10.
Date published: March 26th, 2015