The Occupation of The Soul

Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله stated:

“Whoever doesn’t utilize himself in the worship of Allāh he will utilize it without his choice in the obedience of the Shaytān. Therefore, it’s a must that the soul has an occupation.”

[Jāmi’ Al-Masāil 8/228]

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله

من لم يستعمل نفسه في عبادة الله ، استعملها بغير اختياره في طاعة الشيطان؛ إذ النفس لابد لها من عمل

[—————— جامع المسائل ٨/ ٢٢٨]

The soul must be preoccupied with something in life. It’s important that we strive to preoccupy our souls with that which is pleasing and beloved to Allāh The Almighty. If not, then we will only become immersed in that which is from the obedience of the accursed Shaytān.


Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله stated:

“Allāh سبحانه has informed (us) that He doesn’t punish a person who seeks forgiveness. That’s because seeking forgiveness wipes out the sin which is the cause of the punishment. Therefore, (due to the person seeking Allah’s forgiveness) the punishment is repelled.”

[Majmū Al-Fatāwā V.8 Pg.163]

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله

أخبر الله سبحانه أنه لا يعذب مستغفراً، لأن الاستغفار يمحو الذنب الذي هو سبب العذاب، فيندفع العذاب

[مجموع الفتاوى ج٨ ص١٦٣]

Warning Against Innovation

Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله stated:

“Indeed warning the Ummah against the matters of innovation (in the religion) is obligatory according to the consensus of the Muslims.”

[Majmū Al-Fatāwā 28/222]

No Tolerance for Unjust Backbiting

Al-Imām Ad-Dimishqī ‘Abdullāh bin Abī Zakariyyā رحمه الله did not allow anyone to (unjustly) backbite in his gatherings. He would say:

“If you mention Allāh we support you (in that) and if you mention the people (in an unlawful manner) we abandon you.”

[Tārīkh Dimishq 17/127]

الإمام الدمشقي عبد الله بن أبي زكريا، كان لا يترك أحداً يغتاب في مجلسه ، ويقول :

إن ذكرتم الله أعناكم ، وإن ذكرتم الناس تركناكم

[تاريخ دمشق (۱٢٧/١٧]

This is the way of the Salaf. They did not tolerate people’s honor to be attacked unjustly. So when we make the claim of following the Salaf and we’re in gatherings which people are being spoken about unjustly, remember this narration. May Allāh guide us all to truly follow the way of the Salaf and not just be people who make the claim of following the Salaf.