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Sufyaan ath-Thawree (may Allah have mercy upon him) stated:
There is no weapon for the Shaytaan against the human similar to the fear of poverty. When it (i.e the fear of poverty) falls into the heart of the person, he prevents the truth (from being manifested), he speaks with the (evil, lowly) desires and he has the thoughts of evil about his Lord.
Source: Al-Mughnee ‘an Hamlil Asfaar, 4/32
Question posed to Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him):
We know that the paternal uncle of the woman is from the Mahaarim (non-marriageable male relatives), those whom it’s permissible for her to uncover in front of. However what is the case when the paternal uncle of the woman jokes with her with indecent jokes, is it permissible for her not to kiss him due to his indecent joking (with her)?
If the paternal uncle jokes around with his nieces in a manner that’s doubtful, it is not permissible for them to go to him nor uncover their faces in front of him. That’s due to the fact that the scholars who allow that the woman can uncover her face in front of the Mahram make it a condition that there’s no Fitnah. And this man that jokes around with his nieces in a manner that’s evil, this means it’s feared that some fitnah will come upon them from him. And that which is obligatory is that one keeps far away from the causes of Fitnah. Continue reading
Question posed to Imaam Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy upon him):
The mentioning of the wealth always come before the mentioning of the children in the Qur’aan although the children are more precious with the parent than his wealth. What is the wisdom behind that?
The fitnah of the wealth is more (than the fitnah of the children). That’s because the wealth aids him upon fulfilling the prohibited desires and other than that. This is different from the children. Indeed it’s possible that the parent is tested by them and he disobeys Allaah due to them. However the fitnah of wealth is greater and more severe. Based upon this, Allaah began with (mentioning) the wealth before the children. Like in His statement: “It is not your wealth or your children which gets you closer to Us.” (Saba: 37) And His statement: “Indeed your wealth and your children are only a test.” (At-Taghaabun: 15) And His statement: “Oh you who believe, do not let your wealth nor your children divert you from the remembrance of Allaah. Whoever does so then those are the ones whom are the losers.” (Al-Munaafiqoon: 9) Continue reading