Allaah has bestowed many blessings upon us, and we need to thank Allaah for them. Of these blessings is that Allaah made it easy for us to gather every week and remember Him. Yet only those who are deprived of such gatherings feel this blessing. There are countries where people are not allowed to gather and remember Allaah.
We should thank Allaah for living in security and safety, while being able to attend classes. Allaah made it easy for us; we should not be ungrateful and act as if we are not in need of it.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said in Al-Fawaa’id that one of the greatest and a most beneficial booty that a person will attain is to sit with sincere people and help each other in taking the means of salvation; to advise each other with the truth and patience.
If you sit in gatherings with sincere people, remembering Allaah, you will attain salvation from the Anger of Allaah, the Punishment of Allaah, etc. This is the greatest and most beneficial غنيمة you will attain; not money, but something greater than that. Read the rest of this entry
قَالَ مُعَاذُ بْنُ جَبَلٍ اجْلِسْ بِنَا نُؤْمِنْ سَاعَةً
Mu’adh ibn Jabal radia Allaahu ‘anhu would say: “Come and sit with us; we will have faith for a while.”
This is because the Prophet (ﷺ) said in a Hadeeth:
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ الْإِيمَانَ لَيَخْلَقُ فِي جَوْفِ أَحَدِكُمْ كَمَا يَخْلَقُ الثَّوْبُ الْخَلِقُ فَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ أَنْ يُجَدِّدَ الْإِيمَانَ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ
‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr radia Allaahu ‘anhu reported that the Messenger of Allaah, (ﷺ) said: “Verily, the faith of one of you will diminish just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allaah to renew faith in your hearts.” [Al-Mustadrak 5; and authentic according to Al-Albaani]
Faith can become weak, just like clothes become thin and old. We need to renew the faith in our hearts. What will increase faith in our hearts? When we gather and talk about the غيب (Unseen). And the greatest Unseen is Allaah. Talking about Allaah’s Names and Attributes will increase faith in the heart of a person.
Being busy with worldly occupation, lives, children, and families, will diminish and weaken faith in one’s heart. This is why one constantly needs to renew his faith. If the slave leaves his faith, and does not take the means to increase it, it will decrease until it completely diminishes, to the point where the person outwardly looks like a Muslim, but is a hypocrite. One should hope to renew his faith every time he attends these gatherings (Halaqas). We want to keep our faith steady until we die. Read the rest of this entry
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
من قام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه
“He who observes optional prayer (Taraweeh prayers) throughout Ramadan, out of sincerity of Faith and in the hope of earning reward, will have his past sins pardoned.” [Agreed upon]
And in another narration:
من صام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا، غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه
“He who observes fasting during the month of Ramadan with Faith, while seeking its reward from Allaah, will have his past sins forgiven.” [Agreed upon]
We need strong faith in order to fast and establish the nights with prayer in Ramadan in the way pleasing to Allaah. We should take the means of increasing our faith now. When our faith is increased, it will produce fruits which benefit us both in this world and the next:
Continuation of Point 8, One is comforted at the onset of calamity and hardship (Fruits of Tawheed – Part 6)
When any calamity befalls the believer, he immediately thinks of the reward he will get from Allaah. At the same time, he hopes for the removal of his distress; an exchange of his state to a better one. He does not despair of the Mercy of Allaah. Also, when He is afflicted with the calamity, he believes that Allaah is Al-Hakeem, Ar-Raheem, Al-Wadood, This comforts and consoles his heart. Read the rest of this entry
In Surat An-Nisaa’ [4:136], Allaah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says:
“O you who believe! Believe in Allaah, and His Messenger [Muhammad (ﷺ)], and the Book (the Qur’an) which He has sent down to His Messenger, and the Scripture which He sent down to those before (him), and whosoever disbelieves in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, then indeed he has strayed far away.”
“يأيها الذين ءامنوا ءامنوا“ – “O you who believe! Believe”
Allaah is commanding the believers to believe. This means that if one has faith in Allaah and all the articles of faith, he needs to do more. He needs to do more than just believe generally. One needs to take care of increasing the faith he already has, to purify his intentions, and make his state better than it already is. One should not be satisfied with what he has of knowledge and faith. One needs to increase it, because his faith will be weighed on the Day of Judgment, and one needs strong faith to save him from the trials of the grave and the punishment on the Day of Judgment.
Abu Ad-Dardaa’ said:
إن من فِقه المرء أن يعرِف إيمانه هل هو فى نقص ام زيادة
“It is from the understanding of a person to know if his faith has increased or decreased.”
One should know if his faith has increased or decreased by looking at the impacts it has in his life. From the impacts, as Shaikh As-Sa’di (رحمه الله) mentioned, are:
1) The Wilayah of Allaah
2) The Pleasure of Allaah
3) Salvation from the Hellfire
4) Allaah defends the believers
5) A Good Life
6) Faith and Sincerity are what determine the potency and correctness of actions
7) Allaah will Guide the Person to the Straight Path
In the beginning, you will find that there are many ways, and all of them look similar. Everyone tells you to follow their way, that it is the right way, and you are confused as to which to follow. If you increase in your faith, Allaah will show you which way to take; the way which ends with meeting Allaah.
So many people are confused in life; they do not know what to do, say, or how to please Allaah. When a person increases in faith, Allaah will help him adopt the Straight Path. Ibn Al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) mentioned many impacts of saying “اهدنا الصراط المستقيم”. From the impacts is that Allaah will enable one to take actions on the Straight Path; – because there are instances where one may know, but he is lazy to act or he has low resolve. Another impact is being kept firm on the Straight Path until one meets Allaah. Read the rest of this entry
Impacts of Believing in the Name of Allah العليم
In his explanation of Allah’s Name Al-‘Aleem العليم in Fiqh of Names of Allah فقه الأسماء الحسنى, Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Al-Badr (حفظه الله) said:
Allah mentioned the vastness of His Knowledge in many verses. He said:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
لِلصَّائِمِ فَرْحَتَانِ فَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يُفْطِرُ وَفَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يَلْقَى رَبَّهُ
There are two joys for the fasting person: the joy when he breaks his fast, and the joy when he meets his Lord. [At-Tirmidhi]
فرح (joy) is an act of worship, an عبادة, which the believers should feel when they break their fast.
For what reason is the believer happy?
Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) said that when he breaks his fast, his pleasure is from two aspects:
1) That he has carried out the command of Allaah and successfully completed the obligation enjoined upon him by Allaah. How many people are in the graveyard wishing to fast for just one day for the sake of Allaah and yet he is unable to! The believer is happy that Allaah bestowed this favor upon him; that He guided him to complete the fast of that day. This is an important act of worship that one should practice at the time of breaking his fast.
2) Also, he feels joyful because Allaah has made lawful for him what conforms with his nature of food, drinks, and sexual relations with his spouse, after they were forbidden for him.
Pause and reflect: what truly brings you joy in this life and what saddens you? Are you only happy when you attain worldly gain – when you get a gift from someone or when you attain something you desire? Or do you rejoice when you finish Salaat in the proper way, when you complete your fast in the proper way?
Ponder over the moments of joy in your life. When are you happy? Read the rest of this entry