Archive for January, 2007

The Importance of Aqeedah

Posted on January 31, 2007. Filed under: 100 - Introduction |

“See you not how Allah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high). Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.” [14:24-25]

This tree is a parable of life itself.

Just as the tree is the building block of life, emaan is the building block of spiritual life.

The roots are firm. This shows (more…)

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On Akhbar Ahad

Posted on January 31, 2007. Filed under: 202 - Advanced Asma wa Sifaat |

66. He states that “the rejection of traditions is obligatory because they are traditions transmitted by a single traditionist (akhbar ahad)” and that “the decisive rejection of tashbih and tamthil-anthropomorphism has been firmly established by rational proofs.” As for the former statement, there are two ways of answering it:
67. First, by clearly showing that it is obligatory to accept these traditions for two reasons. First, (more…)

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On Ijtihaad in Beliefs

Posted on January 31, 2007. Filed under: 202 - Advanced Asma wa Sifaat |

43. Should he say, “you were ordered only to make use of ijtihad and to refer to that which is established by proof; you were forbidden to make use of the censured taqlid;” we would say in return: there are various answers to this objection. First, the freedom of the method of the Salaf from evils of any kind, and the soundness of its argument, has already been firmly established by decisive proof on the basis of the Quran, the Sunna, and the consensus (ijma’). There is therefore no need for discovering its soundness by some other proof. Secondly, this doctrine imposes an obligation upon the common people to make use of ijtihad in the minutiae of daily affairs and religious beliefs; and this is wrong for several reasons.
44. First, it entails accusing the Apostle of God of a fault of omission; for the Prophet did not (more…)

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Tawheed in the Year 279 A.H

Posted on January 22, 2007. Filed under: 202 - Advanced Asma wa Sifaat |

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

All praise is due to Allah, and may He make mention of His Messenger, and grant him peace.

In his famous Jami`, more popularly known simply as “Sunan at-Tirmidhi” Imam at-Tirmidhi, who died in the year 279 after Hijrah, lists the following authentic narration (no. 662):

“Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam) said:

‘Indeed Allah accepts charity, and He accepts it with His Right (Hand) to nurture it for one of you, just like one of you would nurture his foal, until the bite (of food) becomes as large as Uhud.’ The Book of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime testifies to that: (He accepts repentance from His worshippers, and accepts charity.) [At-Tawbah 9:104.] And: (Allah will destroy ribaa and will give increase for charity.) [Al-Baqarah 2:276.]”

[Abu ‘Isa] said:

This hadith is [hasan] sahih. It has been reported from ‘Aishah from the Prophet (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam) similarly.

More than one of the people of knowledge have spoken about this hadith, and the narrations that resemble it about the Attributes and the Descent of the Lord, Blessed and Most High, every night to the lowest Heaven.

They said: ‘The narrations about these are (more…)

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On Taqlid in beliefs

Posted on January 6, 2007. Filed under: 202 - Advanced Asma wa Sifaat |

28. As for this statement of his, “The stupid person is he who is deceived by his Salaf and relies upon the doctrines of his professors, trustful in following their authority without examining their doctrines,” it consists of venomous, vicious words with which he allusively censures following the path of the pious Salaf, finding fault with what our lmams have praised and enjoined us to do; namely, to adhere to their path and be guided by their mode of life. On the other hand, he summons to the doctrines of the partisans of speculative theology, and to the study of sciences founded on reason; namely, the science of speculative theology, the censure of which we have already mentioned on the authority of the Imams, and its leading of its partisan to the states of zandaqa, heretical innovation and the total lack of prosperity. The evidence of what the Imams have said is manifest in Ibn ’Aqil’s case. For since he devoted himself to it and preferred it to the science of tradition, he became a zindiq urging others to cease following the Salaf whose orthodoxy and right guidance are matters of general agreement, whom God has revealed His being satisfied with them and His having chosen them. He has also praised and commended them. Now sufficing you are those who have been praised and commended by God, and the accounts of those whom the Prophet has recommended, urging men to follow them and be guided by their example.

29. Moreover, our Imams (more…)

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The position of the Salaf on Speculative Theology – ’ilm al-kalam

Posted on January 6, 2007. Filed under: 202 - Advanced Asma wa Sifaat |

24. We, then, are the authors of excellent exhortations; to us belongs the glory of this world and the next. He who looks into the books which learned men have devoted to the praise of God’s friends, will find mention there only of our kind. When relations of miracles are transmitted, they are transmitted only as proceeding from us; and when a preacher, or any other learned person, wishes to render his exhortation pleasing and embellish it, he does so by relating the lives of some of our ascetics, or the miracles of our devotees, or the portraits of our learned men. And at the mention of our pious, the mercy of God settles upon men, hearts become calm, prayers are answered, and afflictions are removed. What a gifted poet was he who said: (more…)

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