The Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 16)

Shaikh Abdur-Razzaq al-Badr حفظه الله mentioned the virtues of knowing the Names of Allah in his book Fiqh Al-Asmaa.

أن الله سبحانه يحب أسماءه و صفاته و يحب ظهور آثارها في خلقه، وهذا من لوازم كماله فهو وتر يحب الوتر، جميل يحب الجمال، عليم يحب العلماء، جواد يحب الأجواد، قويّ و المؤمن القوي أحب إليه من المؤمن الضعيف، حيي يحب أهل الحياء، تواب يحب التوابين، شكور يحب الشاكرين، صادق يحب الصادقين، محسن يحب المحسنين، رحيم يحب الرحماء، و إنما يرحم من عباده الرحماء، ستير يحب من يستر على عباده، عفوّ يحب من يعفو عنهم، بر يحب البر و أهله، عدل يحب العدل، و يجازي عباده بحسب وجود هذه الصفات وجوداً و عدماً. وهذا باب واسع يدل على شرف هذا العلم و فضله.

Allah loves His Names and His Attributes; He loves them ( the impacts) to be shown on His creation. Because Allaah is Perfect, this entails perfect knowledge. Accordingly, He is Witr and He loves Witr, He is Beautiful and loves beauty, He is Knowledgeable and loves the knowledgeable people, He is Jawwaad and He loves Generosity, He is Strong and the strong believer is more beloved to Him than the weak believer, He is Modest and loves the people of modesty, He is At-Tawwab and loves the repentant, He is Ash-Shakoor and loves the grateful, He is Truthful and loves the truthful, He is Muhsin and loves the good-doers, He is Merciful and loves those who show mercy – and He shows mercy to His slaves who are merciful to others, He is As-Sitteer and loves those who conceal the defects of His slaves, He is Pardoning and loves those who pardon others, He is Barr and loves Birr and its people, He is Just and loves justice, And He recompenses His slaves in accordance to the amount of presence or absence of these attributes. And this is a vast door which points to the nobility of this knowledge and its virtues.

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Preparing for Ramadan – Heart & Soul (Part 4)

One of the greatest blessings of Allah upon us is that Allah teaches us about His Noble Self. He chooses from among His servants and teaches them about Himself.

Sha’ban is the month in which the deeds are raised to Allah, and a month in which the Prophet (ﷺ) used to fast.

عن أبي موسى الأشعري عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” إن الله ليطلع في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر لجميع خلقه إلا لمشرك أو مشاحن

It was narrated from bu Moosa al-Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Allaah looks down on the night of the fifteenth of Sha’ban and forgives all his creation except a mushrik or one who harbors hatred against the Muslims.” [Ibn Maajah, 1390]

مشرك Mushrik = The one who associates partners with Allah in worship 

مشاحن Mushahin = The one who holds grudges in his heart

If we believe with certainty that this happens, then it should motivate us to take action. This is a warning for us to clear our hearts of hatred, malice, and grudges against other Muslims.
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The Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 15)

This post is a continuation of  the Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 14) in which  we mentioned the three ranks of Qadar – Decree in detail. This post takes off from where we stopped in the Part 14, explaining the fourth rank of Al-Qadar – Decree.

Al-Qadar (Decree) has two meanings:

1) التقدير – at-Taqdeer  Allah’s action of decreeing

2) المقدر – al-Muqaddar  What Allah has decreed before the creation of the heavens and earth by 50,000 years.

When you believe in the Qadar, you believe in the Ruboobiyyah of Allah (Allah’s action of decreeing).

The fourth rank of Al-Qadar is the Creation.

4) Creation (الخلق)

We believe that Allah is the Creator of everything خالق كل. There is nothing in the heavens or on the earth but Allah has created it. He is its Owner, He disposes its affairs, and He has full authority and power over it. Allah has created everything, including our actions.

Our actions comprise two things:

a) Firm Will إرادة جازمة

b) Ability

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Preparing for Ramadan – Heart & Soul (Part 3)

We praise Allah abundantly for allowing us to reach the month of Sha’ban; a month which most people do not pay attention to.

عن أُسَامَةُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ لَمْ أَرَكَ تَصُومُ شَهْرًا مِنَ الشُّهُورِ مَا تَصُومُ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏ “‏ ذَلِكَ شَهْرٌ يَغْفُلُ النَّاسُ عَنْهُ بَيْنَ رَجَبٍ وَرَمَضَانَ وَهُوَ شَهْرٌ تُرْفَعُ فِيهِ الأَعْمَالُ إِلَى رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ فَأُحِبُّ أَنْ يُرْفَعَ عَمَلِي وَأَنَا صَائِمٌ ‏”‏ ‏

Usamah bin Zaid (Radia-Allahu ‘anhu) said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as Sha’ban.’ He said: ‘That is a month to which people do not pay much attention, between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.“‘ [An-Nasaa’i]

Because the month of Sha’ban falls between the month of Rajab (which is a sacred month) and the month of Ramadan (which is a great month of fasting), people are occupied with these two months and neglect Sha’ban. Read the rest of this entry

The Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 14)

Allah particularized Himself with the knowledge of the unseen, and He informed us that no one knows it except Him. We have to single Allah out with the attribute of the Knowledge of the unseen – علم الغيب .

When people see that their dreams are coming true all the time, they think they know the unseen, not knowing that they are whispering from the Shaytan as a test from Allah. Do they believe they know what is going to happen in the future? Or do they believe that no one knows about the future except Allah? The influence of people’s dreams might even persuade them to the extent that they say that their dreams never fail them. If you think you know the future you have committed Shirk.

Even the jinn do not know the unseen. In Surat as-Saba [34:14]:

“Then when We decreed death for him [Sulaiman (Solomon)], nothing informed them (jinn) of his death except a little worm of the earth, which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his stick, so when he fell down, the Jinn saw clearly that if they had known the unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment.”

When the worm of the earth ate Sulaiman عليه اسلام ‘s stick, he fell from it. The Jinn then came to know the truth: Read the rest of this entry

The Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 13)

The Name of Allah العليم is one of His greatest Names. If a person acts upon this Name, it will help him take care of his heart. When a person is aware of Allah’s knowledge of even the slightest movement of his heart, he knows that Allah will surely take account of it.

Allah has particularized the Knowledge of the Unseen to His Noble Self.

In Surat al-An’am [6:59]:

“And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record.”

Tawheed consists of affirmation and negation.

“و عنده مفاتح الغيب لا يعلمها إلا هو”  is a statement of Tawheed (monotheism).

Negation: لا يعلمها (No one knows the Unseen)

Affirmation: إلا هو  (Except Allah)

This is Tawheed in regards to the Attribute of the Knowledge of the Unseen – صفة علم الغيب

In Surat an-Naml [27:65]:

“Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (unseen) except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.”

Negation: لا يعلم من في السماوات و الأرض الغيب No one in the heavens and on the earth knows the unseen.

Affirmation: إلا الله (except Allah)

Allah mentions in many verses in the Qur’an, that He is the All Knower of all the unseen – علام الغيوب. In Surat al Luqman [31:34], Allah mentions five examples of the unseen: Read the rest of this entry

Al-Kihaanah (Soothsaying/Fortune Telling)

Today, soothsaying / fortunetelling has taken a different form than in the past. We imagine magicians and fortunetellers to look like people in a dark gloomy place, but nowadays they have taken a modern form – you can find soothsayers and fortune tellers in offices with secretaries booking appointments. Many people fall into this without knowing that it is Kufr and Shirk.

Before we can understand the details of soothsaying and fortune telling, we have to affirm three things: Read the rest of this entry

Al-Muhajiroon: Ramadan – Shawwal (Issue 20 – 5)

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Al-Muhajiroon: Ramadan – Shawwal (Issue 20 – 5)