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New Masjid in St Matthews Leicester!


A new masjid has opened in St Matthews, Leicester called  Masjid Ibn Uthaymeen. The masjid has been opened since the 1st of May 2010 and is situated at: 24 Madras Road, Leicester LE1 2LT

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Know your scholars!!!

April 26, 2010 1 comment

The scholars who should be followed have certain qualities and characteristics that set them apart from others.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SCHOLARS
In this issue we will begin mentioning some of these qualities. They are as follows:

• Memorization of the Qur’aan – from the heart.
• Memorization of the pure Sunnah of the Prophet  – They have knowledge and understanding based on the fiqh of the companions of the Prophet  and the textual evidences from the Book and the Sunnah. They have knowledge of the Sahaabah’s and nderstanding that which the sahaabah took from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.
• In addition to these scholars having nderstanding of the Qur’aan and he Sunnah, they take the fiqh of the Sahaabah and utilize it.

• They honor the knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Prophet , holding it in high steem. They also honor the Sahaabah
and recognize their status. They honor and consider the opinions of hose who preceded them in knowledge from amongst the Salaf.

• They stop wherever the evidence stops. Once there is evidence theyput aside their own opinions and statements and they adhere to the truth, whatever it may be.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah رحمه الله points out;

“This group stops wherever the daleel (evidence) stops and they love with the daleel wherever the d aleel moves. Once there is evidence they adhere to it, take it, and they go to it collectively and individually”.

The textual evidences are more magnificent in their hearts  than the statements of anyone else. They do not put any analogy or
opinion before the textual evidence.
• They are cautious and take their time before passing any type of religious  ruling (fatwa) i.e. they are not hasty. Additionally, they would prefer that if someone else is capable, that person should pass the religious  ruling instead of having to do it themselves. They are also cautious in the areas where they have no knowledge on a particular issue. If at a given moment they do not have at the forefront of their mind the evidence for a particular issue they will refrain from answering.
• They are concerned about conveying knowledge and passing it on to others, as well as teaching and instructing others in the knowledge that they have been given.
• They are preoccupied with knowledge and putting it into practice.
• When they deal with knowledge, whether conveying it or acquiring it, they start with that which is most important and then that which is important – there is prioritisation. This is done without becoming bored or tired, although it is something that they do constantly.

• They have great concern for knowledge and for the areas of Tawheed and the Sunnah. They are concerned that nothing touches these aspects of our Deen.
• They are the ones who stand in defense of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah, and the Deen in general.

Part 4 of a series based on a lecture from albaseerah.org by Shaykh Ahmed Al-Munayee, Professor at Imaam Muhammad Islamic University

Our private sitting with Sheik Fawzaan Part 1

April 26, 2010 1 comment

On the 7th april 2010 I and a group of around ten brothers from different parts of the UK met with Sheikh Fawzaan in his office right after Salatul Thur which we prayed behind him.

The Sheikhs advice was based on how to deal with the Salafees in the UK who try to expose the mistakes of  of some of the Mashayk and warn against their fellow Salafees.

Sheikh Fawzaan was asked by my friend and collegue Abu Luqmaan al Magribee the following:

Question:We used to be altogether in the UK upon the correct manhaj calling to Allah and then some of us broke away and started to expose the mistakes of the Mashayak and called for the abandoment of their brothers. Should we stay with these brothers or should we leave them?

Answer: The sheikh smiled then answered;

If you see in staying with these brothers that you will have a good affect upon them, then stay with them and if you see that your staying with them will have no affect on them then leave them”. 

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Start your seeking of knowledge with the Quran!


Imaam Muhammad Naasiruddeen Al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in his book, al-Silsilah as-Saheehah (No. 1173), commenting on the hadeeth that was narrated by Abu Abdur-Rahaman As-Sulamee from `Uthmaan bin Affaan, marfoo’an:

“The best of you are those who learn the Qur’aan and teach it”.

In this hadeeth is that which points to studying the Qur’aan and that the best of teachers is the one who teaches the Qur’aan. So, the best thing that one can learn is the Qur’aan. If only the students of knowledge were aware of that; for indeed in it there is great benefit. From the misfortune which is prevalent of this time of ours, is that you find many of the callers or beginners from the students of knowledge taking the lead in giving da’wah and answering people’s question, and he cannot even read the Faatihah well, with each letter being correctly enunciated. You see him pronouncing a seen ( س) as daad  ,(ض) tau ( ط) as taa ( ت), dhaal ( ذ) as zay , (ز) and thaa ( ث) as seen ( س), and they make obvious errors (which may or may not change the meaning, but which are prohibited) in addition to concealed ones (obvious to the trained ear and infringes upon the Tajweed without changing the meaning, and which is disliked).

What is mandatory has mercy upon, they always discuss matters of contention. So he gives his opinion on it, and if it becomes difficult for him, you see him favouring an opinion from amongst the statements.

I seek refuge with Allaah from showing off and love of fame and being known. I advise myself first, and those people second, that the
best thing that a student of knowledge can starts with is the memorization of the Qur’aan; Allaah سبحانه وتعالى said;

“But warn by the Qur’aan him who fears My Threat”.

Surah Al Qaaf 50:45

And peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and his companions.

Categories: Ibaadah, New Muslims

The Importance of Working for the Next Life


A Friday Sermon by

 

The Great Scholar

 

Sheikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Uthaimeen

 (رحمه اللّه)

All praise is for Allah who created the Sun and the moon as lights and fixed them in their positions in order that you may tell the time and know (when) the reckoning (is). All praise is for the one who made the night and day different for the one who wants to be mindful or thankful.  I bear witness that there is no deity worshipped in truth other than Allah who is alone and without partner, owner of the dominion and all praise, from Him is the beginning and to Him is the end.  I also bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the best and most virtuous of those who worship Allah and repent to Him, may peace and blessings be upon him, his family, companions, and all that follow him in perfection.

Fear Allah the Most High and reflect over these days and nights which are only a phase you are passing through to the next life where you will end your journey.  Every day, every hour, every minute that passes draws you further away from this world and closer to the next.  These days and nights contain your actions like a chest, preserved for you as a witness to what you did of good and evil.  So blessed is he who took advantage of the opportunity to get closer to Allah. Blessed is he who was busy with obedience and refraining from sin.  Blessed is he who took a lesson from the differing and changing affairs and situations using it as an evidence for what Allah possess of great wisdom and hidden treasure, Allah the Mighty and Majestic says;

Allah causes the night and the day to succeed each other (i.e. if the day is gone, the night comes, and if the night is gone, the day comes, and so on). Truly, in these things is indeed a lesson for those who have insight.  (An-Nur 24:44) 

Do you not see the sun as it rises every day from the east and sets in the west?  This contains the greatest of lessons.  It’s rising and setting is an indication that this life is not permanent rather it is rising and setting and will fade away.  Do you not see the moon and how it appears as a small crescent at the beginning of the month just like a baby is born and gradually develops and just as the body develops until it reaches maturity and then gradually degrades and decays so does life, so take a lesson from this.  Allah the Mighty and Majestic says;

Allah is He Who created you in (a state of) weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength gave (you) weakness and grey hair. He creates what He wills. And it is He Who is the All­Knowing, the All­Powerful (i.e. Able to do all things).  (Ar-Rum 30:54) 

Look at the years and how they come year after year.  I new year comes and you look at it like something long and the days begin to pass by quickly in the blink of an eye and before you know it you reach the end of the year.  This is how life is.  You see death as something far away looking at your life as something long and before you know it time has caught up with you;

And the stupor of death will come in truth: “This is what you have been avoiding!”  (Qaf 50:19) 

It is possible that someone go through his life in hope and taking delight in being secure and all of a sudden that hope is lost and the security is gone. 

Today you are leaving behind you the previous year which was a witness and entering a bright new year.  If only I would be aware of what I left behind me in the previous year and with what I was entering the new year with, so let everyone take himself to account and look into his own affair and if he fell behind in some of his obligations then let him repent to Allah and make up that which he missed out on.  If he oppressed his own self by committing sin then let him remove it from his habits before it is too late and then his time comes.  If he was of those whom Allah blessed with uprightness within his ability then he is too praise Allah for that and ask Him to make him firm upon it until he meets his end.  Faith is not by hopes and embellishment rather it is that which is revered by the heart and attested for by action.  Repentance is not just words but it is remorse for what was done of sin, leaving those actions, and looking to Allah for aid in rectifying actions and supervision.  So realize and actualize true faith and sincerely repent to the Most Merciful while you are still able.  The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم admonished a man and said, “Take advantage of five things before five things; your youth before your old age, your health before sickness, your wealth before poverty, your free time before you are busy, and your life before your death.”  In youth there is determination and strength and when old age sets in determination wears thin and strength becomes weakness and one is not able to overcome that aging.  With good health there is happiness and energy and when you become sick you become weak and performing deeds is difficult.  With wealth comes ease and free time and if you become poor you are worried and become busy providing a life for yourself and family.  Life has vast opportunity for deeds and action and when you die all of that is cut off.  Thus you should take a lesson from this sermon and measure what remains of your life as it will pass by very quickly just as that which has already passed did.  Do what you can of righteous action for everything that is coming is close and all that is in this life will perish.  Allah the Most High said;

The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning.  (An-Nazi’at 79:46) 

Remember your brothers who were with you in days like these bidding farewell to the previous year and they moved from “the good life” to the graves and they bid their farewells to time before it bid them farewell, rather time bid them farewell before the were able to bid it farewell and were from the people of the graves before they could make it to “the good life”.  They left their family and wealth going to the recompense of deeds and actions becoming dependent on them and hoping for one extra good deed but they cannot obtain it, hoping to repent from their evil actions but they cannot repent after death.  It was reported that in a dream some dead said that they faced a great affair, we know and are not able to act and you act but you do not know what has happened to the one who squanders and wastes deeds for by Allah, to glorify Allah once or twice, to pray one or two units of prayer that will be written in the book of records would be more beloved to us than the world and all that it contains.  So rush to repentance and know the worth of your time and what you will soon face.  The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Your whip or lash in the paradise is better than the world and all that it contains” It is better than the world from the beginning to the end, just whip or lash in paradise is better than all of that.  Allah the Mighty and Majestic said;

  See how We prefer one above another (in this world) and verily, the Hereafter will be greater in degrees and greater in preference.  (Al-Isra 17:21)

  Nay, you prefer the life of this world; Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting. (Al-A’la 87:16-17)

Tell Me, if We do let them enjoy for years, And afterwards comes to them that (punishment) which they had been promised! All that with which they used to enjoy shall not avail them.  (Ash-Shu’ara 26:205-207) 

Take a lesson from the past and make it an opportunity for righteous actions. Read what Allah says;

Surely, your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days and then Istawâ (rose over) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty), disposing the affair of all things. No intercessor (can plead with Him) except after His Leave. That is Allah, your Lord; so worship Him (Alone).  Then, will you not remember? To Him is the return of all of you. The Promise of Allah is true. It is He Who begins the creation and then will repeat it, that He may reward with justice those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and did deeds of righteousness. But those who disbelieved will have a drink of boiling fluids and painful torment because they used to disbelieve.  It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out its (their) stages, that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for people who have knowledge. Verily, in the alternation of the night and the day and in all that Allah has created in the heavens and the earth are Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for those people who keep their duty to Allah, and fear Him much. (Yunus 10:3-6) 

So those of wisdom, take a lesson and prepare with deeds and actions for a day when the hearts and eyes will be fixed. Know that this life is quickly coming to its end and there is no real life except that which is spent in great obedience. 

We ask Allah to protect us from heedlessness and to grant us success in our repentance.  We ask you to give us from your virtue and mercy and to make us of those who have wisdom, those who take lessons, and from the intelligent who have insight.  Forgive us, our parents, and all of the Muslims by your mercy for You are the Most Merciful. May your peace and blessings be upon you servant and messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم , upon his family, and companions.

Translated by Eesa John Starling 

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Why study Tawheed?


Inshallah what I will do for this small post is give about seven reasons for studying Tawheed and the evidence for this in an easy to understand way.

(1) The greatness of a knowledge is determined by the greatness of the matter being studied. Hence Tawheed is the greatest of all subjects since it deals with knowledge of Allah in terms of his Lordship, worshipping him and his names and attributes.

(2) That the one who practices Tawheed enters Jannah and there are several Ahadeeth on this matter. One of them is narrated in Saheeh Muslim where the Prophet said: “Whomsoever bears witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is his Messenger and that Jesus is the Slave of Allah and the son of his Female servant. And that Jannah is truth and the hellfire is truth Allah will enter him into Jannah in any of its eight doors he pleases.”

(3) It is important to understand the Tawheed of the Prophets and Messengers. We find that many Muslims because they do not understand the Tawheed that the Messengers came to rectify fall into major Shirk. They believe that La Ilaha Ill Allah means that there is no God, Creator, Protector etc. other than Allah. This is an incorrect meaning since:

(i) The Kuffar of the Quraish believed that Allah was the only creatorm sustainer, protector but yet this did not enter them into Islam.

(ii) That saying that there is no creator except Allah does not negate the worship of idols, prophets, saints etc.

Rather the meaning of La Ilaha Ill Allah is that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah and that all other beings are not worthy of worship.

(4) From Tawheed we learn how to love Allah. Some people say that they love Allah however their love is a blind and passionate love and not love based upon knowledge. However, Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah love Allah through knowing him by his names and attributes hence it is love upon insight.

(5) Also once we have a proper understanding of La Ilaha Ill Allah we would have a proper perspective of the religion of Allah. And in this juncture I will be a bit detailed.

We as Muslims have groups that do the following:

Call to political activism

Call toward Mauluud and Ta’zeem

Call toward Madhabism

Call toward Partisanship

Call toward armed revolution and insurgency.

Call toward having the Muslims under one giant umbrella regardless of belief.

All of this in the name of Islam. However, once we understand Tawheed we would be one united force calling to it. Allah said: “And verily this is your Ummah who is one Ummah and I am your Lord therefore worship me.”

And this brings me to my other point;

(6) Tawheed is the united force of the Ummah. Once the Ummah practice Tawheed as it supposed to be practiced then the Ummah would be united upon truth. Not upon race, partisanship or personality. Rather it would be upon the oneness of Allah.

(7) Tawheed is that which would make the Muslims strong. For whomsoever argues for it will conquer his opponent. And Allah has promised those who worship him and do not make Shirk that he would place them as rulers over the earth. And if we reflect we would see:

The Messenger was helped over his rivals because he preached Tawheed.

Imam Ahmad was succesful because he preached Tawheed

Imam Ibn Taymeeyah was succesful over the tatars because he preached and practiced Tawheed.

And the list goes on. Therefore let us take a lesson from this. Learn tawheed and practice it. And one of its provisions is to love the people of Tawheed and Sunnah. Because you would find people worldwide who claim to be upon this way but they are soft to the people of Shirk and innovation and are harsh and brutal to those upon Tawheed and Sunnah and this is not correct and in fact this shows that their understanding of Tawheed and the Sunnah is deficient because as we learnt from the Ulama:

That with Tawheed comes with loving the people of Tawheed and associating with them and helping them. Additionally what is derived from it is that they hate the people of Shirk and disassociate from them.

And with the Sunnah we must love the people of the Sunnah, associate with them and help them. And we must dislike the people of innovation and disassociate from them.

However, some people switch it around and we ask Allah’s protection from misguidance.

May Allah help us to see the importance of this subject.

Ameen

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THE PRINCIPLES OF AQEEDAH


By Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah.

The additional text after each point is a summary of the words of Ibn Taymiyyah from his Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa,

1. Everything which is in accord with the Book and the Authentic Sunnah is accepted by them and everything which is in opposition to it is treated as false by them.

The first thing which distinguishes the Ahl us-Sunnah wal- Jamaa’ah from all those besides them is the methodology with which they acquire their sciences (of the Deen) and the source of the Truth from which they derive their beliefs, concepts, actions of worship, dealings (with the people), their mode of conduct and their manners. The source of Knowledge and Truth in all the various branches of knowledge with the Ahl us-Sunnah is the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) . No words other than the words of Allaah come first and no guidance other that the guidance of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) comes first.

2. There is no one who is free from making mistakes (in the Deen) except the Messenger of Allaah *(sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam).

The Ahl us-Sunnah do not regard anyone as being safe from error as regards the Deen except the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) . The scholars are not free from making mistakes but rather the words of everyone can either be accepted or rejected except those of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) . Therefore the words and statements of the scholars of the Ahl us-Sunnah by necessity follow or are in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and do not precede or go ahead of it.

3. The Ijmaa’ (concensus) of the Salaf us-Saalih (Pious Predecessors) is regarded as a Sharee’ah proof which is necessary to hold on to for those who come after them.

And the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah believe that the most knowledgeable of the creation as regards the Deen of Allaah after the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) are the Companions (ra) and the Salaf us-Saalih. Whatever they united/agreed upon from any of the affairs or matters of the Deen is free from being wrong and it is not [permissible] for anyone to leave it. Their Ijmaa is a Sharee’ah proof which it is obligatory to hold on to for those who come after them. All those who stick to their Ijmaa are [therefore] those who adhere strictly to their Jamaa’ah (group).

4. They do not accept or affirm any speech or Ijtihaad (Jurisprudence) except after having thrown it against these three sources: The Book, the Authentic Sunnah and Ijmaa’ of the Salaf.

The Ahl us-Sunnah hold on to the [Sunnah] which the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) came with and adhere to the [Jamaa’ah] of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and they are the Companions (ra) and whoever follows their way and adopts their methodology. They do not accept any Ijtihaad or any speech regardless of whom it comes from except after having referred it to the Book, the Authentic Sunnah and the Ijmaa of the Salaf.

5. They do not contradict the Qur’aan or the Sunnah with their ‘Aql (Intellect) or opinions or analogies.

And (therefore) the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah do not rely upon, follow or cling except to the knowledge and the practise of the Salaf us-Saalih and whoever takes from them, sticks to their jamaa’ah and travels upon their trail and binds (and restricts) himself to their principles/foundations. And this is because the Companions (ra) learnt the tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an and the Hadeeth from the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) , then taught it to the Taabi’een but did not put themselves before Allaah and His Messenger with an opinion, ones taste, ones intellect, sudden enlightenment (like that of the soofees) or other such things.

6. The Jamaa’ah (The Group that is united upon the Truth, which the Messenger (sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) came with, in terms of speech and action) is the means of Deliverance in this life and in the Hereafter.

The Ahl us-Sunnah therefore, hold fast to the Jamaa’ah of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) turning away from the places of separation and difference, clinging tightly to the totality of the Book, the Sunnah and Ijmaa (unanimous agreement of the companions), whilst being far from the places of obscurity and unclarity (in the Book and the Sunnah) which separates and divides the united. And (this is because) the Jamaa’ah in (their estimation) is the means of Deliverance in this life and the Hereafter.

7. They do not make obligatory the acquaintance with a particular type of knowledge upon he who is incapable and which is befitting for the capable person only.

And the Ahl us-Sunnah believe in what the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) came with in its entirety, however, they differentiate between the one who is capable and the one who is not with regards to knowing what the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) came with in a detailed way. And this is a mighty principle: many trials have befallen (the Ummah) due to absence of its understanding.

Peace and Blessings upon the Messenger of Allaah, upon his Companions (ra) and all those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Resurrection.

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