Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shaykh Fawzaan on Smart Phones and Social Networks

The Dangers of Smart Phones and Social Networking

All praises are due to Allah for His favours and kindness and I thank him for his assistance and for his blessings.

I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone, having no partners, and I testify that Muhammad is his slave and messenger – May Allah mention him, his family and his companions with praise and send an abundance of peace upon them.

To proceed:  O mankind… Know that from the greatest of hindrances preventing you from being upright are trials and tribulations that block you from the path of Allah and cause you to fall into misguidance.

How great in number they are in this time, and how numerous are the callers calling to them through their writings, through their tweets on Twitter and those things like it – through the various means of communication that are widespread amongst the people and have filled their homes.

How numerous are those that go astray because of these evil channels.

So be weary of them, O slaves of Allah.

Be cautious of them and don’t look into them.  Don’t bring them into your homes.  Don’t leave them with your children and your wives because they are what hinder from the religion and from the path of Allah, and divert them from being upright and cause them to fall into deviation and misguidance.

How numerous are the ones who were misguided and deviated. They deviated and their features changed. Their ways changed and this is evident through their conduct, their sayings and their actions.

They are stuck to these means day and night. Their eyes are fixed to these things in these wicked devices. What came?  What happened?

All the time… until they have become afflicted by using them all the time… they have become afflicted with addiction…

It is mentioned by the experts that those that have fallen into this, becoming afflicted with addiction, they cannot bear to be without it, and this is something apparent.

You see them staring at these devices all the time… in his pocket… in his car… all the time… to the extent that he doesn’t talk to the one next to him, or his family or to his children in his house.

He’s always with these sites.  Even to the extent that he doesn’t pray – he doesn’t get up to pray!  He’s afraid he’s going to miss something.

He doesn’t sleep because he’s afraid to miss something or to present something.

This is because he has been afflicted with addiction so he cannot bear to be without it.

If only he had avoided it from the beginning, he would have been safe from it.

So, have fear of Allah, O slaves of Allah. Protect your religion from these distractions, trials and evils.

Know that the best of speech is the book of Allah and the finest of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and the worst of affairs are the newly invented ones and every innovation is misguidance.

Stay with the body of Muslims upon the truth because Allah’s hand is upon the Jamaa’ah, and whoever deviated then he deviated in the hellfire.

Translated by Abu `Abdullah Naasir Hussain حفظه الله

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Benefit:Ibn Rajab defines the meaning of "intention"

What is Intention?

Literally: intention is the determination and will to follow a course of

Technically: According to the scholars of Shari'ah, intention may have
one of two senses:

First: The distinction between one act of worship and another, as it
distinguishes the Noon Prayer from the Afternoon Prayer,
specifying whether one is observing the Fasting of Ramadan or
another type of Fasting. It also makes a distinction between acts
done as a form of worship and others undertaken habitually, such
as ritual bathing and other normal bathing to clean oneself. This
sense of intention is the common one in Muslim jurists books.

Second: Clarifying the aim of the work done, showing whether it is
meant for the sake of Allah alone, or for Allah and others. This
sense of intention is the one common in the Muslim mystics
writings on "Sincerity" and its consequences, and was common in
the speeches of early Muslims scholars.

-Ibn Rajab; Jaami al-Uloom Wal Hikam pg.6
English edition

Friday, April 11, 2014

Saying the Khalaf are wiser, while the Salaf are more knowledgeable

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Fatwas > Miscellaneous Fatwas (Jumada Al-Thany) > Saying the Khalaf are wiser, while the Salaf are more knowledgeable
The first and the third questions of Fatwa no. 17464
Q 1: Once in an Islamic lesson, a professor stated that the Khalaf (later scholars) are wiser, while the Salaf (righteous predecessors) are more knowledgeable; is this correct?
What is meant by "more knowledgeable" and "wiser"?

A: This is a false statement meant to disparage the Salaf of this nation, accuse them of lack of knowledge and wisdom and glorify the scholars of Kalam (a discipline that searches for answers to creedal issues using logic) for their knowledge and wisdom. Theologians were the first to make this statement. Inferentially, it follows that the successive generations are better and more knowledgeable than the preceding most righteous generations.
the Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: "It is known to those who reflect upon the Qur'an, the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet), and points where Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) agreed that the best generation of this nation in terms of deeds, sayings, beliefs, and all virtues is the first generation, i.e. the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet), then the one after, then the one after them.
(Part No. 2Page No. 31)
This was reported in a number of authentic Hadiths from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard. The Sahabah are better than later generations in every aspect; knowledge, actions, faith, character, deeds, and worship. Thus, they are most worthy of explaining every detailed point of religion. None may argue this evident fundamental except those who deny the well-established and known Islamic facts; and Allah, knowing that they know the truth, left them astray." `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "Anyone who wishes to adopt a certain example should follow those who have passed away, for the living are not safe from Fitnah (temptation). They are the Sahabah of Muhammad who have the purest hearts, the best knowledgeable, and are the least pretentious of all Muslims. They are the people that Allah chose to accompany his Prophet (peace be upon him) and to establish Islam. So affirm their status and hold firmly to their guidance, for indeed they were on the right path." Someone once said: "Hold fast to the traditions of the Salaf, for they brought forth what is sufficient and curative and no good ever arose after them which they were not knowledgeable of."
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: No time will come but the following time is worse than it,
(Part No. 2Page No. 32)
until you meet your Lord.
 How can there be a better time than theirs while they witnessed the revelation of the best knowledge, i.e. the Knowledge of Allah! This will never happen.
How precise are the words of Al-Shafi`y (may Allah be merciful to him) who wrote in his book "Al-Risalah": "They, i.e. the Sahabah, are superior to us in knowledge, reason, belief, virtue and every means through which knowledge or guidance is attained. Indeed, their opinion is more beneficial to us than ours to ourselves." (Al-Fatawa; vol. 4, pp. 157-158)

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'

Bakr Abu Zayd`Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-ShaykhSalih Al-Fawzan`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Source: Fatwas of the Permanent Committee

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