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Ibnul Qayyim on Sincerity

Bismillah.

Ibn Al Qayyim (May Allah have mercy on his soul) says:

Sincerity cannot coexist in a heart that contains the love of praise and commendation and the yearning to possess that which is owned by the people save in the manner that fire and water or a lizard and fish may coexist. If your soul directs you to seek sincerity then first turn your attention towards your yearning and slaughter it with the knife of renunciation. Then turn your attention towards praise and commendation and forsake it with the asceticism of those who loved the world for the sake of the Hereafter. When your slaughtering of your yearning and the renunciation of praise and commendation becomes firm then attaining sincerity will become easy for you.

Let us strive to be sincere.

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Islam Quran Scholars Tazkiyyah

Why Doesn’t the Qur’an Affect Me?

Bismillah.

Why doesn’t the Qur’an affect me?

Why don’t I fear the punishment of hell-fire?

Why don’t I get scared after listening to the stories of the perished nations?

Why don’t I feel dismay at disobeying Allah?

Why does the Qur’an sound so distant, irrelevant and unpalatable to me?

Nay, but their hearts were covered over by what (sins) they earned.

[Al-Mutaffifeen: 14]

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, “It is because of doing one sin after another, until the heart becomes blind and dies.”

Qataadah also said, “It is because of doing one sin after another, one sin after another, until the heart dies and becomes black.”

Ibn Zayd said, “Their sins overcome their hearts until no good can get through to them.”

Mujaahid explained, “They used to consider the heart like a hand: when a person sins, his heart starts to scrunch up,” and he folded his little finger, “and when he does another sin,” he folded the next finger and continued until he had his fist clenched. “Then a seal is placed over it, and they used to say that this is the ‘covering’.

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Arabic Islam Scholars

“Have we not opened up your heart for you?”

Bismillah.

This is just an amazing video. Makes me realize the power of the kalimah, a true emanrush. It’s amazing how Allah [SWT] opens up the hearts of those who seek Islam sincerely.

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fiqh Hadith ibn Taymiyyah IslamQA Prayer Salah Scholars Sunnah

Wiping Over Socks or Washing Feet?

Bismillah.

Recently, a very interesting question (and consequently, fatwa) came to my attention:

Assume that I satisfy the conditions for wiping over socks. Now, if I’m at home and I can easily wash my feet (while making wudu’u), but I have socks on. Should I wipe or should I wash my feet?

Also, what if I go to sleep wearing my socks and then wake up for Fajr, is it permissible for me to wipe over my socks? What is better, wiping over the socks or washing the feet?

I found a very interesting and (alhamdulillah) useful fatwa that has simplified my life greatly (especially here in bitterly cold Canada):

The majority of scholars, including Abu Haneefah, Maalik and al-Shaafa’i, are of the view that it is better to wash the feet. They said: that is because the basic principle is washing the feet, so that is better.

See al-Majmoo’, 1/502

So far, nothing surprising. However, here comes something very interesting from our beloved Imam Ahmad [RA]:

Imam Ahmad was of the view that wiping over the socks is better. He gave the following evidence for that:

1 – It is easier, and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was never given the choice between two things but he chose the easier of the two, so long as it was not a sin; if it was a sin he would be the furthest removed of the people from it. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3560) and Muslim (2327).

2 – It is a concession, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah loves concessions to be taken as He hates sin to be committed.” Narrated by Ahmad, 5832; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 564.

3 – Wiping over the socks involves being different from the people of bid’ah who reject it, such as the Khaarijis and Raafidis.

OK, so 3 of the major Imams said that washing the feet is better whereas 1 of them said wiping over socks is better. So I can’t conclusively say which one is better, Allahu alam.

But generally speaking, should I wipe or should I wash my feet? The answer is in the middle of the two afore-mentioned opinions and (not surprisingly), it comes from the one who placed so much emphasis on the importance of the wasat (middle) path – Shaikh Al-Islam ibn Taymiyya [RA]:

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Advice ibn Taymiyyah Islam Scholars

Reasons to Be Patient

Bismillah. A beautiful excerpt from an article titled “Twenty Reasons for Observing Patience Over Wrongdoing” written by Shaikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah [RA] and translated by br. Abuz Zubair [H]. This article is a true gem, I’m taking my time in reading and digesting it. Please do so, as well.

From the Intro

The reader should, therefore, realise that these are the words of one who spent nearly his entire life suffering at the hands of his adversaries, and demonstrated to us how to practically forgive and forget, and to rise above the animal instinct of revenge and retribution.

From the Article

There are several things that help one to observe this type of patience:

 

One: One should realise that God is the creator of all of His servants’ actions, their movements, their stationary positions and their volition. Whatever God wills occurs, and whatever He wills not to happen does not occur. There is not an atom in the heavens above or the earth below that moves without His permission and His will. Men are merely tools, so turn instead to the One who unleashed them upon you. Do not look to their bad actions towards you, and in doing so, you will alleviate sadness and sorrow.

The complete article found at IslamicAwakening.com. Click here.

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Adab Advice Scholars

Blind Following a Shaikh? The Truth about Taqlid

Shaikh Abu Aaliyah Surkheel Sharif wrote a wonderful treatise on Taqlid on MuslimMatters and the misconceptions surrounding it. Here’s an outline:

  • The etymology, literal and religious meaning of Taqlid
  • Is taqlid “blind following”and is there a “prescribed” taqlid?
  • The conundrum and Ghazalian metaphor.
  • Where is Taqlid allowed and what does “Ittiba” really mean?
  • Is there Ijma’ on Taqlid, and which type of it?
  • Were Ibn Baz, al-Uthaymin, al-Albani “anti-taqlid”?
  • Give me some proof:
    • Taqlid in hadith authentication.
    • Should we be asking for proofs?
  • What for the layman?
  • Is it allowed for a person to give a ruling while he is unlearned, even of the Arabic language?

The Truth About Taqlid (in PDF)

A few excerpts from this awesome article:

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almaghrib Islam Life Prayer Salah Scholars

How to Measure Salah Quality

It’s the first thing that Allah [SWT] will ask us about on the Day of Judgement…and if this is good, then everything else will fall into place. It’s our prayer – Al Salah – and it makes so much sense to have a process in place to monitor the quality of salah and to keep improving it.

Here’s a way to progressively improve the quality of salah till we reach the level of emaan where we can worship Allah as if we see him, in sha Allah 🙂

Salah Quality Indicators:

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Advice Islam Scholars Tazkiyyah

Revival and Correction of the Ummah

The last of this Ummah will not be corrected except by which the first of this Ummah was corrected by and that is the Book and the Sunnah.

[Imam Darul Hijra, Malik ibn Anas {r} d. 179]

Subhan Allah, many of the sahaba were extremely corrupt people in their pre-Islamic era. What transformed them into the best generation?

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Advice Islam sahaba Scholars

A Jewel of Wisdom from a Jewel in Islam’s Crown

“The one who longs for Paradise will rush towards good deeds; the one who dreads Hell will put an end to his vices; the one who has firm conviction in [the imminent arrival of] death will lose all his passions; and the one who really knows the dunya will find disasters easy to bear.”

[Ali ibn Abi Talib, radi Allaho anho]

Lessons:

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Hadith Quran Scholars Sunnah Yasir Qadhi

The Status of the Sunnah and the Preservation of Hadith

Excellent lecture by Sh. Yasir Qadhi, defining the sunnah, what does the sunnah mean to different scholars, its place in the Shariah, its relation to the Quran and the preservation of the ahadith.

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