Advice to the Students of Knowledge

15 Jumaad Al-awwal, 1430

Assalamu Alaykum,

This article by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (May Allah have mercy on him) delivered a short yet powerful message to all muslims, not only students of knowledge.

Advice to the Students of Knowledge

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

I sincerely advise, myself first, and my Muslim brothers, especially the students of knowledge not to make haste and be quick when a new issue befalls a person until he verifies the situation, gains knowledge and then speaks, so that he does not speak about Allah without knowledge.

As, the person who gives judgment is an emissary between the people and Allah; he conveys the Shari’ah of Allah as has been reported from the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam):

“The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets”

(Ahmad (5/196). Aboo Dawood, at-Tirmidhi and others);

and the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) has also said:

“The judges are three: (only) one of the judges being in paradise and he is the one who knew the truth and judged according to it.”

Related by Abu Dawood with the following wording:

“The judges are three; one of the judges is in Paradise and two are in the Fire. With regards to the one in Paradise then he is the man who knew the truth and judged according to it. The man who knew the truth and was unjust in his ruling is in the Fire, and the man who judged between the people out of ignorance is in the Fire.”

Also of importance, when a new issue befalls you, draw your heart towards Allah and feel in need of Him so that he causes you to understand and imparts knowledge to you; especially in grave and important matters, where many people remain in ignorance.

Some of my teachers mentioned to me that it is befitting for the person who has been questioned on an issue, to seek forgiveness from Allah even more; deducing that from Allah’s statement,

{{Surely, we have revealed to you the Book in truth that you may judge between the people by that which Allah has shown you; so do not be a pleader for the treacherous. And seek the forgiveness of Allah, certainly, Allah is ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.}}

(Surah an-Nisaa’ (4):105-106)

An increase in seeking forgiveness necessitates the wiping away of the repercussions of sins, which is one of the causes of forgetting knowledge and becoming ignorant, as Allah says,

{{So, because of their breach of their covenant. We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their proper places and forgot a good part of the message that was sent to them.}}

(Surah al-Maa’idah (5):13)

Imam ash-Shaafi`ee once said:

I complained to Wakee` (*) about my poor memory. So he advised me to abandon disobedience. and he said, ‘know that knowledge is light. And the light of Allah is not bestowed upon a disobedient.

So it is certainly possible that seeking forgiveness causes Allah to give a person enlightenment.

Footnotes:* Wakee’ Ibn al-Jarraah was a famous scholar from the Salaf and one of the teachers of Imam ash-Shaafi`ee. He died in the year 196H.

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Where are your manners?!

Assalamu Alaykum,

I havent written in while and I found this piece in arabic and thought I would translate it for other people’s benefit insha Allah.

It is bad manners when:

1- You go to the Masjid in your PJs..

Yet you wear your best clothes and perfume when out with friends!

2- You call and chat with your friends everyday..

Yet your family only hears from you every few months..

or even years!

3- You have plenty of time to go out with friends..

Yet when your parents need you for something..

You’re always busy!

4- You are more than happy to spend your money on the latest Album..

Yet a few dollars are too much for a beneficial Islamic Cd!

5- You spend hours with your friends online..

Yet you only a few minutes in Prayer!

6- You leave the house all dolled up..

Yet wonder why men are looking at you!

7- You know its time for prayer.. and you do not move

As if your glued down to your chair!

8- Your brothers and sisters are in need..

Yet you do not help them!

9- You are offered an islamic book or Cd and you reject it..

Yet when a person gives you a music album..

You dont know how to thank them!

10- You stay up the night online..

Yet not offer a single raka’ah in prayer!

11- You only open the Quran once a week to read surat Al-Kahf..

That’s if it is once a week!

11- You have so many university degrees..

Yet dont know the basics about your religion!

Shyness: Do you really know what it means?

Assalamu Alaykum,

Last saturday Sheikh Abdul-3adheem at Preston Mosque gave a talk on Shyness and what it means in islam. The talk was very insightful and gave a clearer and broader understanding of what the term Haya2 or Shyness actually means.

Al-Mawardi says: shyness in a human being has three forms.

1-Being shy of Allah 

2- Being shy of people

3- Being shy of oneself.

Now what does it mean to be shy of Allah?

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him stated:

Hayaa` is a part of life, and depending on how much Hayaa` the heart possesses, actually reflects how much moral character the individual have. The smaller the amount of Hayaa` the individual shows, the greater the deficiency of spiritual life and ineffectiveness his ability and competence reflects.

Hayaa` may be practised between a servant and his Rabb (Lord), when the servant shows shyness for his Rabb, especially in committing a disobedience.

In a Hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) detailed the meaning of being shy of Allah:

“Be shy of Allah as you should truly be shy. They said: We are shy (of Allah), O Prophet. He said, It is much more than that. He who is truly shy of Allah, let him preserve his head and what it perceives, let him preserve his stomach and what it desires, let him remember death and afflictions, and he who desires the Hereafter abandons the adornments of this world. He who performs all these, is the one who is shy of Allah as he should be”. (Naratted by Abdullah bin Masóod)

Insha Allah i will continue this topic at another time

Good Company and Musk

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The likeness of a righteous companion and an evil companion is that of one who carries musk and one who works a bellows. With the one who carries musk, either he will give you some or you will buy from him or you will notice a pleasant fragrance from him. With the one who work a bellows, either he will burn your clothes or you will notice a foul odour from him.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5534; Muslim, 2628, from Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari, may Allaah be pleased with him).