Striving against one’s soul: It’s that the person strives against himself in obedience of Allah (‘azza wa-jall). He commands his soul with the obedience of Allāh and mandates it with the obedience of Allāh. He also prohibits it from the disobedience of Allāh and prevents it from that. The person is in a struggle with himself throughout his entire life. Whoever doesn’t have the ability to strive against himself, he doesn’t have the ability to strive against other than himself. It is not possible for the person to strive (for the sake of Allāh against others) except when he has striven against himself firstly by mandating his soul with the obedience of Allāh and withholding it from the disobedience of Allāh. The soul commands with that which is evil, except that which your Lord has had mercy upon (from the souls). Therefore the person is to strive against it until it complies with the obedience of Allāh. Then in that case the person can turn to the remaining categories of striving (for the sake of Allāh). Continue reading →
Question: Is it correct that the duʿā (supplication) and al-Istighfār (seeking Allah’s forgiveness) between the adhān and the iqāmah is better than the recitation of the Qur’ān (during this time)?
Answer: Yes. That’s because the duʿā between the adhān and the iqāmah is something that is sure (to be an act of worship done at this specific time). It is legislated. The duʿā between the adhān and the iqāmah is not rejected and (if it is not done at this time), its (benefit) can be missed. As for the recitation of the Qur’ān, (the benefit of) it can not be missed because its time (of reciting it) is vast and it can be recited at another time. Continue reading →
The Noble Scholar Rabī’ Ibn Hādī (may Allāh preserve him) stated:
Upon you is being humble for Allāh and (know that) the religion is sincere advice. When your brother advises you or your father or one who is older than you in age or younger – even if there are degrees/level between you and him – if he advised for Allah, accept (the advice); be humble and do not reject the truth. For indeed, arrogance is looking down upon the people and the rejection of the truth. Therefore, do not look down upon the people nor should you reject the truth. Continue reading →
Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymīyyah (may Allāh have mercy upon him):
If the Jinn is from the Afārīt and he (the one performing the Ruqyaa) is weak, they can harm him. Therefore, the likes of this person is to protect himself with the recitation of that which gives refuge and protection like Āyah al-Kursī, the Mu’auwwidhāt (Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah an-Nās), the making of the prayer, supplication and the likes of that from that which strengthens the faith. He is also to keep away from the acts of sins which (cause the enemies) to gain authority over him. Continue reading →
The Noble Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Sāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn (may Allāh have mercy upon him) was asked:
Question: What is the ruling on changing the intention during the prayer? As an example: I forgot (to pray) Salāt adh-Dhuhr and the time for Salātul-‘Aṣr came in. So I entered into Salātul-‘Aṣr with the intentions that it’s ‘Aṣr; then, in the third Rakaʿah, I remembered I didn’t pray Dhuhr. Therefore, I changed the intention. So what is upon me to do?
Answer: Now I ask you a question, when the (person) changed the intention – the intention of praying ‘Aṣr to praying Dhuhr – did he negate the ‘Aṣr or not? He negated it. Therefore the ‘Aṣr has become negated. Also, when he made the intentions for the prayer that it is Dhuhr, is his intention sound while he did not intend it from the beginning? Therefore both of the prayers are invalid. Continue reading →
Shaykhul-Islām ibn Taymiyyah (may Allāh have mercy upon him) mentioned regarding Ḥizbiyyah:
As for the leader of the Ḥizb, he is the head of the group which has become a Ḥizb. If they are united upon that which Allāh has commanded with, as well as His Messenger without any addition or subtraction, then they are believers. For them is that which is for them and upon them is that which is upon them. And if they have indeed added to that or subtracted (from it) – like having Taʿaṣṣub (fanaticism) for whoever enters into their Ḥizb (group/party) based upon the truth and falsehood and turning away from the one who has not entered into their Ḥizb whether he is upon the truth or falsehood – then this is from the separation (into groups and parties) which Allāh and His Messenger have condemned. Continue reading →
وَلَا تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth [i.e. Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allah’s Messenger and his qualities are written in your Scriptures, the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth). (Soorah Al-Baqara: 42)
The Noble Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān (may Allah preserve him) stated explaining this verse:
This is another prohibition – covering up the truth with falsehood. Meaning, mixing the truth with falsehood. That which is obligatory is that the truth be distinguished from that which is falsehood. Continue reading →
The Noble Imām Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Sālih al-‘Uthaymīn (may Allāh have mercy upon him) said:
Allāh has obligated them (i.e. the five daily prayers) upon the servants. When He first obligated them, He obligated them as fifty prayers to be prayed in the day and night. And being that it was fifty prayers, it is an indication of the love of Allāh for them, His care for them and that they are an act of worship which is entitled to take up most of the person’s time because it is the connection between Allāh and His servants. Continue reading →
Question Posed to The Noble Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān (may Allāh preserve him):
Question: An abundance of trials and tribulations, occurrences and jealousy have been noticed in this time. Is this from the signs of the establishment of the Hour?
Answer: Without a doubt, the trials and tribulations are from the signs of the establishment of the Hour. There’s no might or power except with Allāh. It is upon the Muslim that he ask Allāh for the safety from the trials and tribulations and that when they take place, he doesn’t participate in it. Continue reading →