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Upcoming AlMaghrib Classes (NJ & NY) August 7, 2008

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Qabeelat Durbah (NJ) Presents:

Seerah: The Shephard’s Path

October 10-12 & 17-19, 2008
Fridays: 7pm-10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-7pm

Qabeelat Tayybah (NY) Presents:

Torch Bearers: Scholars of Islam

October 31 – November 2, 2008
Fridays: 7pm-10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-7pm

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Shaykh Bin Baz – “This man did not belong to this century!” August 4, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in AlMaghrib Institute, Bin Baz, Ibn Uthaymeen, Instructors, Islam, Scholars, Waleed Basyouni.
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Courtesy of www.studentofislam.com

In a unique evening session, Shaykh Waleed Basyouni discussed the life of one of his greatest teachers, the late Shaykh Bin Baz. Personally, I often learn more from the adab and personal lives of scholars and people of knowledge than their books and formal lectures. And so this session was for me. Lasting well into the night and chock full of personal stories, anecdotes and personal details, Shaykh Waleed gave a perspective of the shaykh that can never be obtained from reading about him nor reading his books and listening to his lectures.

My intent here is not to present the notes in there entirety, but I was struck by a number of things about the esteemed late Shaykh. I shall share two here.

1. His attachment with the people:

Known as “Samaahatul Waalid” (Dear Father) among the people, he was a person who belonged to the common people and treated those around him with great care and concern. He rarely dined alone, and for 30 years of his life he established an open-house policy during lunch time: his door was open to all to dine with him, and so you would find scholars, students of knowledge, government officials and janitors sitting side by side eating lunch in his house. Ordinary people were known to come up to him and complaint to him, including women. He would receive letters from all over the world from common people as well as dignitaries, and he would try to answer each one, often sending help and monitary assistance.

2. His concern for the global Islamic movement and affairs of the ummah:

He was truly a global personality and has a significant role and hand in Islamic work and dawah all over the world. He invited scholars and dignitaries from all over the globe and hosted them, even those he disagreed with. He graciously hosted Shaykh al-Sha’rawi from Egypt in 1972 and introduced him and praised him. He had close, positive interactions with others, including Allamah Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the late Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali , Shaykh Tantawi and others. He was among those who invited the late Syed Maududi to serve on the Advisory Committee which prepared the scheme for the establishment of the Islamic University of Madinah and placed him on its Academic Council ever since the inception of the University in 1962.

He once approached one of his students Shaykh Abdullah Gu‘ud with a sealed letter and a plane ticket, telling him “You are going to Pakistan.” He was to deliver this letter to the president of Pakistan, none other than the late general Zia ul-Haque. Shaykh Abdullah, unaware of the contents, arrived in Pakistan, where General Zia was expecting him. The general read the letter and said, “Give our greetings to Shaykh Bin Baz and tell him that inshallah he will hear what he loves.” Shaykh Abdullah came back and informed Bin Baz, who thanked him and said, “Perhaps Allah will bring some good through you.” A few days later, Bin Baz approached him again, this time elated, rejoicing and thanking Allah repeatedly while saying, “Allah has indeed brought immense good through you, Shaykh Abdullah.” He then informed him that the letter was a personal request to General Zia to intercede with the president of Turkey to release Najmuddin Erbakan, the architect of the Islamic movement in Turkey, from prison and impending execution. Erbakan was released.

Shaykh Bin Baz had a keen awareness and concern for the affairs of the ummah. He had a great role in assisting the Afghan resistance against the Soviet invasion, helping the people of Bosnia, Kosova, Kashmir, Africa and everywhere else Muslims were suffering. Contrary to what is generally attributed to him, even during the Iran-Iraq War, he personally appealed to the leaders of both countries to end the war. He had a letter drafted for this purpose by none other than Shaykh Taha Jabir Alwani.

This was the esteemed Allamah Ibn Baz, a true scholar of and for the ummah. His janazah was performed in the Haram and in absentia throughout the world in every major masjid, making him perhaps the only person in our entire history to have as many people pray for him.

Unfortunately, some cultish, sectarian groups have hijacked his name for their narrow, limited agenda, but the life of the Shaykh is too expansive and free from that. He was a man who lived for and left an impression on the entire ummah. In the words of Shaykh Qaradawi : “If I were to change my opinions for any man, it would be for Ibn Baz,” and the late Shaykh al-Albani: “If anyone is a muhaddith, it is Shaykh Ibn Baz.” Shaykh Waleed himself narrated that he heard the late Shaykh Abdurrazak al-‘Afeefy say about him, “This man did not belong to this century!”

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Increasing Faith – Shaykh Bin Baz August 4, 2008

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Question: I begin my question by seeking your advice that I may benefit from you with regards to how I may increase my eemaan (faith?)…

Answer: We advise you to recite the Qur’aan frequently and that you increase in your hearing of it and in your recitation of it. Reflect and consider its meaning to the best of your ability and what you do not understand of it, then ask the people of knowledge of your country about it, or write to those outside of your country from the Scholars of Sunnah (Prophetic guidance).

We also advise you to increase in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah with such remembrances and supplications that are authentically related, such as saying laa ilaaha illallaah (that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah), or saying subhaanallaah wal-hamdulillaah wa laa ilaha illallaahu wallaahu akbar (declaring Allaah free from all imperfections, praising Him and declaring that none has the right to be worshipped except Him and that He is greater), and their like. For this purpose, we urge you to refer to books such as al-Kalimut-Tayyib of Ibn Taymiyyah, al-Waabilus-Sayyib of Ibn al-Qayyim, Riyaadhus-Saaliheen and al-Adhkaar both by Imaam an-Nawawee, and their like. This is because the remembrance of Allaah increases eemaan (faith) and causes hearts to attain tranquility, as Allaah – the Most High – said: “Indeed in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find tranquility.” [Soorah ar-Ra`d 13:28].

Also preserve your five daily Prayers, your Fasting and the rest of your obligations – along with hoping in Allaah’s mercy and forgiveness and relying upon Him in all your affairs. Allaah – the Most High – said: “The Believers are only those who, when Allaah is mentioned, feel a fear in the hearts, and when His Verses are recited to them, it increases their eemaan (faith), and they put their trust and rely upon Allaah alone. They are those who perform the Prayer and spend out of that which We have given them, they are Believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity and nobility with their Lord, and also forgiveness and generous provisions.” [Soorah al-Anfaal 8:2-4]

Fataawaa Lajnatud-Daa’imah lil-Buhoothul `Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa, 3/185-187
Al-Istiqaamah Newsletter, Issue No. 2, Safar 1417
Call to Islam, UK

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Poetry (VI) – The Forty Nawawi Hadiths August 1, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in Imam an-Nawawi, Islam, Locations (Qaba'il/Tribes), Poetry, Qabeelat Tayybah (NY), Scholars.
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The Forty Nawawi Hadiths (The Matn)
by Ammar, Ameer Qabeelat Tayybah (NY)

1 Know that all actions are by intentions
2 And the deen was taught by angelic interventions
3 Islam is built on five pillars of might
4 And the angels in our mother’s wombs did write
5 The deen rejects all types of innovation
6 And the heart is the limbs temptation or salvation
7 The religion is based all on advice sincere
8 And the sanctity of a Muslims blood is severe
9 We don’t ask about that which is obscure
10 And Allah only accepts that which is pure

11 We leave things that are doubtful and suspect
12 And things that don’t concern us, we don’t inspect
13 And to love for you, what I would love for me
14 And blood to never be spilt, except for three
15 And to speak only good, if not, then refrain
16 Anger is from the heat of hell, avoid its flames
17 Everything is to be done in an excellent fashion
18 Fear Allah everywhere, treat people with compassion
19 Everything that happens is only by Allahs permission
20 Hayaa was forever written, as every prophets vision

21 Believe in Allah and be steadfast
22 Perform halal, avoid haram, pray, and fast
23 Purification is equal to one half of our Iman,
24 And oppression was forbidden to Allah and man,
25 Everyone has something they can give in charity
26 Even picking up litter, a selfless rarity
27 sin is what makes your heart feel resistance and unease
28 Upon us is the Sunnah, in times of difference and disease
29 The tongue is the most common catalyst to the fire
30 About those things kept silent, we should not inquire

31 Show indifference to the world, you shall be of the Zuhaad,
32 There’s no initiating harm, or reciprocating harm to add,
33 Evidence is to be brought forth by the accuser,
34 And who sees munkar, must be its remover
35 Be the servents of Allah, all together as brothers
36 Allah is in your service, so long as you are for each other
37 And every good deed Allah takes and multiplies
38 And He is for His awliya, their hearing, hands and eyes
39 He has forgiven us duress, mistakes and what we forget
40 We are strangers in this world, don’t settle just yet

41 Perfection occurs, when passions fall in line with the Divine
42 And Allah will forgive all sins, and He will not mind

Benefitting from Knowledge July 3, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in Companions, Hasan al Basri, Ibn Mas'ood, Islam, Scholars, Sufyan ath-Thawri, Tazkiyah.
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Sufyan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “The excellence of knowledge is due only to the fact that it causes a person to fear and obey Allaah, otherwise it is just like anything else.” [Related by ibn Rajab]

Al-Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullaah) said: “Whoever learns something in the name of Allaah, seeking that which is with Him, he will win. And whoever learns something for other than Allaah, he will not reach the goal, nor will his acquired knowledge bring him closer to Allaah.” [Related by Ibn ul Jawzee]

Ibn Mas`ood, (radiallaahu `anhu) said: “True knowledge is not measured in relationship to how much you memorize and then narrate, but rather, true knowledge is an expression of piety [protecting oneself from what Allaah prohibited and acting upon what He mandated].” Also, “Study and act upon what you learn.” [Related by Abu Na`eem]

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The Strangers – Ibrahim Dremali July 3, 2008

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The Wisdom in Seeking Refuge from the Dajjal (Anti-Christ) At All Times June 20, 2008

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The Messenger of Allah used to end his prayer with the following du’a’:

“O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave, and from the afflictions of the Anti-Christ, and from the afflictions of life and death.”

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“…and since the claim to lordship of the Anti-Christ is impossible in and of itself, and none of the miracles that he will perform will be sufficient proof of his truthfulness – rather, it will be a test and a trial with which Allah misguides whom He Wills and Guides whom He Wills, such as the test of the Golden Calf with the Children of Israel – it will nevertheless be the greatest trial, and the implications of this trial is not limited to those who are present to witness him personally. Rather, the reality of his trial is the falsehood that is at odds with the Divine Law (Shari’ah), backed up by apparent miracles. So, whoever goes along with that which is in opposition to the Shari’ah because of his amazement at some supposed miracle, then he has been afflicted by this trial, and this is widespread in every era and every place. The trial of the Anti-Christ in particular is the severest of trials, so, if Allah protects His servant from it – whether he witnesses it personally or not – then he will be protected from what is less than it of trials (fitan).”

[‘as-Sab’iniyyah’; p. 483]

Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahman bin Nasir as-Sa’di said:

“…and the reference to the trial of the Anti-Christ is simply a reference to a type of trial, so the servant should seek refuge from every trial which is similar to his, and they are the trials of falsehood and doubts and “miracles” that misguide many people, such as the fitnah of disbelief, as well as that of the materialists, who have deluded many people with what they have seen of their powerful technological inventions, wonderous advancements, etc., until they thought them to be upon the Truth. And, in reality, this glimmering materialistic pompousness of theirs is beautified on the outside, while its inner core is nothing but ruin and wreckage. So, to seek refuge from the trial of the Anti-Christ encompasses these types of trials.

So, in reality, everyone is in need of the protection of Allah from the trial of the Masih ad-Dajjal in every time and in every place.”

[‘Majmu’ al-Fawa’id wa Iqtinas al-Awabid’; p. 217]

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Words of Salah Explained – Shakiel Humayun June 20, 2008

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Shakiel Humayun is an instructor at Foundation of Knowledge and Development, which is located in Queens, NY.

Courses he’s currently teaching:

Usul-ul-Fiqh 107: Textual Interpretation 1

Arabic 207 Onsite

Summer Arabic Intensive (ARB 200 – ARB 212)

Forgiveness June 16, 2008

Posted by ibn1brahim in Hasan al Basri, Islam, Scholars, Tazkiyah.
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It was said to al-Hasan al-Basri: Would not any one of us feel ashamed before his Lord to seek forgiveness from his sin then go back to it, then seek forgiveness then go back to it?

He said: The Shaytaan would like you to feel that way; never give up seeking forgiveness.

The Abandoning of Rancour, Envy and Similar Feelings – Imam al-Bayhaqi June 2, 2008

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Allah Most High has said:

From the evil of the envier when he envies, [113:5]

and:

Are they jealous of people because of what Allah in His bounty has given them? [4:54]

Bukhari relates on the authority of Anas that the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said, “Do not hate one another, or envy one another, or turn your backs on one another; rather be brethren as Allah’s slaves. It is not lawful for a Muslim to break off relations with his brother for more than three consecutive nights so that they both turn from each other: the better of them is he who gives the first greeting.”

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said with regard to Allah’s statement From the evil of the envier when he envies, “This was the first sin to have been committed in heaven.” [A reference to Satan’s jealousy of Adam, `alaihis salam].

Al-Ahnaf ibn Qays said, “Mark these five truths: an envious man finds no peace, a liar has no manly virtue, a greedy man is not to be trusted, a miser has no power, and a man of bad character has no glory.”

Khalil ibn Ahmad said, “A man who does wrong through envy is very similar to one who is wronged: he has no peace of mind, and he is always grieved.”

Al-Mubarrad recited the following lines:

The eye of the envier always sees scandal,
bringing out faults and hiding the good.

He meets you cheerfully, with a smiling face,
while his heart conceals his true feelings.

The envier enmity comes without provocation,
yet he accepts no excuses while he attacks.

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