What is Ikhlaas? Various Scholars Answer

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Ibn al-Qayyim [رحمه الله] said:

❝The slave of Allaah cannot actualize ‘You are the One that we worship’ except with two principles: one of them is following the Messenger and the second is having sincerity (Ikhlaas) for the one worshipped.❞

[‘Tahdeeb al-Madrij’ (No. 68) | Abbas Abu Yahya]

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Ibn Taymiyāh [رحمه الله] said:

❝Sincerity for Allaah is that a person’s intent is for Allaah and intends everything for Him, causing fountains of wisdom to spring up from his heart on to his tongue.❞

[‘an-Naboowaat’ (No. 147) | Abbas Abu Yahya]

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Ibn Taymiyāh [رحمه الله] said:

❝Whenever the sincerity of the slave of Allaah strengthens, his worship becomes more complete.❞

[‘al-Fatawa’ (10/198) | Abbas Abu Yahya]

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Ibn Taymiyāh [رحمه الله] said:

❝In relation to the amount of Tawheed a slave has for his Lord, and his sincerity for the religion for Allaah is…

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A beautiful description of Paradise by Imam Ibnul Qayim

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From the amazing and beautiful book Haadi al-Arwaah ilaa Bilaad il-Afraah by Ibn al-Qayyim, pg. 193

Ibn al-Qayyim said, in regards to the description of the Paradise and the delights that it contains:

And if you ask about its ground and soil, then it is of musk and saffron.

And if you ask about its roof, then it is the Throne of the Most Merciful.

And if you ask about its rocks then they are pearls and jewels.

And if you ask about their buildings then they are made of bricks of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its trees then it does not contain a single tree except that its trunk is made of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its fruits then they are softer than butter and sweeter than honey.

And if you ask about its…

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الدين is Very Easy

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ السَّلاَمِ بْنُ مُطَهَّرٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عُمَرُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ، عَنْ مَعْنِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ الْغِفَارِيِّ، عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْمَقْبُرِيِّ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ إِنَّ الدِّينَ يُسْرٌ، وَلَنْ يُشَادَّ الدِّينَ أَحَدٌ إِلاَّ غَلَبَهُ، فَسَدِّدُوا وَقَارِبُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا، وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالْغَدْوَةِ وَالرَّوْحَةِ وَشَىْءٍ مِنَ الدُّلْجَةِ ‏”‏‏.‏

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, salallahu alayhi wasalam said:

‘Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings and in the nights’.
Sahih Bukhari

Spend Time Wisely! It’s Precious…

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عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ 

اغْتَنِمْ خَمْسًا قَبْلَ خَمْسٍ شَبَابَكَ قَبْلَ هَرَمِكَ وَصِحَّتَكَ قَبْلَ سَقَمِكَ وَغِنَاكَ قَبْلَ فَقْرِكَ وَفَرَاغَكَ قَبْلَ شُغُلِكَ وَحَيَاتَكَ قَبْلَ مَوْتِكَ

9575 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي الحادي والسبعون من شعب الإيمان

1077 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في صحيح الجامع

 

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.

Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 9575

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

 

الْمُؤْمِنُ الْقَوِيُّ خَيْرٌ وَأَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ الْمُؤْمِنِ الضَّعِيفِ ~ The Strong Believer is Better and More Beloved to Allaah Than the Weak Believer

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عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْقَوِيُّ خَيْرٌ وَأَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ الْمُؤْمِنِ الضَّعِيفِ وَفِي كُلٍّ خَيْرٌ احْرِصْ عَلَى مَا يَنْفَعُكَ وَاسْتَعِنْ بِاللَّهِ وَلَا تَعْجَزْ وَإِنْ أَصَابَكَ شَيْءٌ فَلَا تَقُلْ لَوْ أَنِّي فَعَلْتُ كَانَ كَذَا وَكَذَا وَلَكِنْ قُلْ قَدَرُ اللَّهِ وَمَا شَاءَ فَعَلَ فَإِنَّ لَوْ تَفْتَحُ عَمَلَ الشَّيْطَانِ

2664 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الْقَدَرِ بَاب فِي الْأَمْرِ بِالْقُوَّةِ وَتَرْكِ الْعَجْزِ وَالِاسْتِعَانَةِ بِاللَّهِ وَتَفْوِيضِ الْمَقَادِيرِ لِلَّهِ

Hadith on Faith: Allah loves the strong believer more but all believers are good, and the believers accept the Divine Decree

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The strong believer is more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, but there is goodness in both. Guard what benefits you, seek help from Allah, and do not get frustrated. If something befalls you, then do not say: If only I had done something else. Rather say: Allah has decreed what is done. Verily, the  phrase ‘if only’ opens the way for the work of Satan.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 2664

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

Explanation of hadîth: “The strong Believer is better…”
Abû Hurayrah (ra) reports that the Prophet (pbuh) said:
“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allâh than the weak believer, while there is good in both. Guard over that which benefits you, seek Allâh’s Assistance, and don’t lend yourself to things devoid of benefit, and if something befalls you, then don’t say ‘If I only would have done such and such,’ rather say ‘Allâh ordained this and He does what He wills’ [Qaddarallâhu wa mâ shâ’ fa’al], for verily the phrase ‘If I would have’ makes way for the work of the Devil.”

The takhrîj of this hadîth (where it can be found):
As-Suyûtî gathered it in ‘al-Jâmi’us-Saghîr, and al-Albânî numbered it #6650 and called it ‘hasan’. He traced it to Sahîh Muslim, Ibn Mâjah, and Ahmad. He brought it in his summarized Sahîh Muslim #1840 but did not mention why it is hasan, but he mentions in his takhrîj of As-Sunnah of Ibn Abî ‘Âsim that as-Suyûtî found a problem with Rabî’ah bin ‘Uthmân (one of the narrators).

Statements of the Scholars about the strong believer:

Shaykh ul-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah (rh):
Shaykh Al-Islâm referred to the hadîth when discussing the prayer of a sick person standing up, saying: “As for the prayer of those who can not properly perform it, then their prayer is acceptable in any way that it is possible for them to perform it, according to their abilities, as this is what they have been ordered with in this circumstance, while the one who is capable of performing his prayers properly is more sound and more virtuous, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allâh than the weak believer, while there is good in both.”” [Majmû’ al-Fatâwâ (12/479)]

So here we see that Ibn Taymiyyah understood that physical strength is something found in the strong believer.

Shaykh ul-Islâm Ibn ul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rh):
“The one who has insight into the Truth and an awareness of it, but he is weak and has no strength to implement it or to call to it, then this is the situation of the weak believer. The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allâh than him.” [Ad-Dâ’ Wad-Dawâ’ (p.145)]

We can see that Ibn ul-Qayyim understood that courage is from the strength of the believer.

Imâm an-Nawawî (rh):
“The intended meaning of strength here is a firm will and a desire to work for the Hereafter. So the one being described as a strong believer is more bold and stern against the enemy in Jihâd, quicker to go out (to fight) and searching for it (Jihâd), more firm in the way he enjoins the good and forbids the evil, (more firm) in his patience with the harms he faces throughout all of that, and stronger in the way he carries out difficult tasks for Allâh’s Sake. He loves to pray, fast, make, and perform the rest of the acts of worship, and he is more active in seeking after these affairs, and he keeps a closer watch over his performance of them.” [Sharh Muslim (9/341)]

Shaykh Muhammad bin Sâlih al-‘Uthaymîn (rh):
“The strong believer is regarding his îmân (faith), as the intended meaning is not physical strength. This is because physical strength is harmful to a person who uses it to disobey Allâh. So physical strength is neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy in and of itself. If he uses this strength for what benefits him in this life and the Next, then it is praiseworthy. But if he uses it to disobey Allâh, it becomes blameworthy.

So the meaning of strength in his statement (peace be upon him): “The strong believer…” is strength in îmân, since the word ‘strong’ refers to the word ‘believer,’ i.e., someone who has îmân. Similarly, one would say ‘a strong man’ if he was referring to his manhood and masculinity. So the strong believer is strong in his îmân, because the strong believer has the strength to carry out what Allâh ordered him to do, and to increase upon that by doing extra good deeds however Allâh likes. As for the weak believer, his îmân is weak, and that hinders him from performing his duties and avoiding what is prohibited, so he is always falling short.” [Sharh Riyâdhus-Sâlihîn (3/91-92) dhikr]

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Virtue of Reciting Two Specific Chapters of The Book of ALLAAH Before Sleeping

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

عن جابر ،  أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم كان لا ينام حتى يقرأ ” الم تنزيل ”  و” تبارك الذي بيده الملك

رواه الترمذي  2892  وأحمد  14249

والحديث : قال الألباني في صحيح الترمذي  3 / 6 : صحيح

Narrated Jaaber that the Prophet Muhammad Peace and Bl essings of Allaah be upon him

He did not sleep until he recited

SuuratusSajdah {Chapter 32} and SuuratulMulk {Chapter 67}

Termedhee 2892, Ahmad 14249

Al-Albaanee graded this narration: Authentic

 سورة السجدةسورة السجدة_ سورة الملكسورة الملك_

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Forced Marriages – they are not from Islam

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Marriage and Qualities of Spouses, Conditions of ولي and Witnesses

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Forced Marriages in Islam

Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

You may have heard some terrible stories about young women who have been forced, by their family, into marriage with someone that they do not want to be with. You may have also heard that this is what the Muslims do. You may have heard this and you would be right.

But you need to know that, although there are Muslims who do this, who force their daughters into marriages without their consent, this is an unIslamic practise. And this is not something that is particular to Muslims either. There are forced marriages in a number of socieities and cultures, including the Indian and Pakistan cultures, some African cultures and I am sure it is more widespread than what I have cited here.

Allah Has Not Instructed the Muslims to act in this fashion and you will not find a shred of evidence for Forced Marriages in the Qur’an or…

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Virtues of Surat Al-Kahf

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سورة الكهف

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

There are Benefits to reciting different Surahs of the Qur’an. With Surat Al-Kahf (18th Chapter of the Qur’an), the following hadiths explain its virtues and there is also the Tafsir Surat Al-Kahf Chapter 18:

Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: “If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surat Al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal.” (Sahih muslim Book 004, Hadith 1766)

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reports that the Prophet SAW said: “Whoever recites Surat Al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will have illumination from the light from one Jumu’ah to the next.” (an-Nasa’i, al-Baihaqi, and al-Hakim)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيم

ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبۡدِهِ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ وَلَمۡ يَجۡعَل لَّهُ ۥ عِوَجَاۜ (١)
قَيِّمً۬ا لِّيُنذِرَ بَأۡسً۬ا شَدِيدً۬ا مِّن لَّدُنۡهُ وَيُبَشِّرَ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَعۡمَلُونَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمۡ أَجۡرًا حَسَنً۬ا (٢)
مَّـٰكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدً۬ا (٣)
وَيُنذِرَ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُواْ ٱتَّخَذَ ٱللَّهُ وَلَدً۬ا (٤)
مَّا لَهُم…

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دعاء للعيد ~ Supplication Said to Each Other on Day of `Eyd

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تقبل الله منا ومنكم

كان أصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا التقوا يوم العيد يقول بعضهم لبعض : تقبل الله منا ومنك
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