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asifeq:

Said Ash-Shaykh Al-Allaamah Saalih Al-Fawzaan, may Allah preserve him, in Al-Khutab Al-Mimbariyyah [vol.3/184-185]:

It is pertinent to call attention (of all) to the prevalence of recorded tapes of Nasheeds in the hands of youths striving to be religious; tapes that contain recorded voices sung in congregations. They are popularly referred to as ‘Islamic Nasheeds.’ (In actual fact, they) are music. These Nasheeds are often sung with captivating voices and sold in stores where the Qur’an and religious lecture tapes are sold.

Naming these Nasheeds ‘Islamic Nasheeds’ is not correct because Islam does not permit Nasheeds. What Allaah has legislated (for the Muslims) are (saying) words of remembrance, recitation of the Qur’aan and (learning and) teaching beneficial knowledge. As for Nasheeds, they are from the innovated religious practices of the Sufis (deviant mystics); the Sufis who have turned the religion to a play and amusement. To say Nasheeds is part of the Deen, is an emulation of the Christians who have turned their religion into singing of hymns and other congregational songs.

It is obligatory (on all) to shun these Nasheeds. They should not be sold and spread about. Not spreading them will curtail what they have brought of tribulations and sentimental dispositions, and what they have caused in terms of conflicts among the Muslims.

Some people have justified listening to these Nasheeds by saying poems used to be chanted in the presence of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and he would listen to them.

The answer to that is that the poems that were chanted in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) were not chanted in congregation as music is sung, and they were not called ‘Islamic Nasheeds’ rather they were known as Arab poems that contained words of wisdom, anecdotes and descriptions of bravery and generosity. The Companions used to chant them singularly due to what they contained of those meanings (earlier mentioned), and they used to chant some of the poems when they engaged in hard activities such as building (mosques, trenches, etc.) and when travelling in the night. That therefore indicates the permissibility of such in circumstances that were mentioned alone but not that they should be made a discipline among the educational and Da’wah fields as they are today. Learners chant Nasheeds today and call them Islamic or religious Nasheeds.

It is therefore obligatory (on all) to pay attention to this hidden danger. They should not be sold as tapes. An evil starts small and becomes big when it is not nipped in the bud.

Source: Waqafaat Ma’a Tandheem Al-Ikhwaani al-Muslimeen p.138.

Question to Shaykh Al-Fawzaan: What is your view about Islamic Nasheeds, in congregation, without the duff or sounds effects?

Answer: We do not know of any basis for them, these are innovations. And if they are attributed to Islam and they are called ‘Islamic Nasheeds’, this would mean that Islam legislated them, but rather, there is no basis for this.

And also, if these Nasheeds were composed for obedience and closeness (to Allah), then surely it is from the signs of the Sufiyyah, as they are the ones who adopted Nasheeds and took it as a form of worship for Allah.

The best result would be that a Muslim should not turn towards them.

Yes, the composition of poetry which is beneficial and useful, there is no problem with it. One person singing alone (is allowed), not in congregration, and not chants in chorus, but rather only one person singing (is allowed).

Poetry benefits people, and benefit is taken from it. Just as there were poets at the time of the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). They would recite their poetry and the Messenger would listen to them, upon him be salutations and peace.

And similarly, at the time of work or boredom from work, they would recite about the activity of their work; this is not called Nasheed. These are just short outburts in between activities whilst working.

And these chants should not be done in chorus in a unified manner, or in dispersed tones etc., all of these (different styles) are from that which has been innovated.

And if they are not attributed to Islam then it is Lahw (Lahw means false or vain talk used for the purpose of amusement). And if it is attributed to Islam then it is an innovation.

Question: Some people make these Nasheeds a habit; in their car, in their house, with their children, meaning they put all of their time in this.

Answer: This is because there is no basis for them (Nasheeds) and because they are a Fitnah, and it is more fitting from them to listen to Al-Qur’an and recordings of Murattal (Murattal is a type of melodious Qur’an recitation), and videos. And that contains what will be enough for a person, and that which will suffice them and be sufficient for them

And similarly lectures and religious study sessions, and one should not waste their time with Nasheeds from which no benefit is taken except delight

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Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Al-Uthaymeen – may Allah bestow mery on him – was asked:

Is it permissible for men to chant the ‘Islamic Nasheeds’? Can beating of the duff (tambourine) be accompanied with the chanting? And is it permissible to chant Nasheeds on circumstances other than Islamic festivals and occasions?

Answer: ‘Islamic Nasheed’ is an innovation. It resembles what the Sufis innovated in the Deen (of mystic chants). Therefore, it is better to turn away from it and go instead for preachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah except on battle fronts where such can be chanted to encourage bravery in the path of Allah, then that is good. And when beating of the duff is accompanied with it, it becomes more reprehensible.

Source: Al-Ajwibah Al-Mufeedah as quoted by the author of Waqafaat Ma’a Tandheem Al-Ikhwaani al-Muslimeen p.139.

(Source: dawat-us-salafiyyah)

AND HOLD STEADFAST TO THE ROPE OF ALLAH

AsSalaamu Aleykom Wa Rahmatullahi wa Baraktuh.

I hope that everyone has made the most of this blessed yawm al jumuah and has reached this page in the best of health and emaan.

Today’s posting will be on istiqama (steadfastness). To ensure we remain steadfast upon haqq and improve as Muslimahs, it is key to reflect on our daily actions on a wider perspective. To do so, there are numerous means through which we can make firmer our steadfastness in shaa Allah.

1. Qur’an: The Qur’an is the foremost aid to standing firm in Islam. It is the strong rope and clear light of Allah. Whoever adheres to the Qur’an, Allah will protect him; whoever follows it, Allah will save him; and whoever calls to its way will be guided to the seerat al mustaqeem. Why? Because the Qur’an is a means of cultivating faith and just by the pure recitation of it, our emaan is instantaneously boosted. Being human, it is innate within us to refer to a consultation when particular situations arise – For Muslims, the Qur’an provides the correct understanding and solution an individual may need to resolve the situation. The Qur’an also makes clear what is forbidden for a Muslim to do as well as making clear what is better for us to do.

2. Adhering to the Laws of Allah and Doing Righteous Deeds: Adhering to the Shari’ah which has derived from the Qur’an, the Messenger salallahu aleyhi wa salaam, and the Righteous Predecessors radhiAllahu Anh comes hand in hand with doing righteous deeds. It is understandable that we Muslim sisters in the west are under a constant dilemma and it can prove to be difficult to be the best of muslims considering all the fitnah that surrounds us. However, it is clear that no amount of fitnah or hardship that surrounds us can have an effect if we remain firm on our beliefs and continue to commit actions strictly for the sake of Allah – this can be seen in the time of our Messenger salallahu aleyhi wa salaam and the foremost of the believers in Makkah; who similarly to us were under constant scrutiny from the kaafirs but remained steadfast. It is better that when we begin to do something good, we continue in doing it – RasulUllah salallahu aleyhi wa salaam used to persevere in doing righteous deeds, and the most beloved of good deeds to him were those that were continuous, even if they were small. When his Companions started to do anything, they would persist in it, and when ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) did something, she would keep it up. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: “Whoever perseveres in doing twelve rak’ahs [i.e., the sunan rawatib or sunnah prayers which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did constantly], Paradise will be his right.” [Sunan at-Tirmidhi, 2/273; he said, the hadith is hasan or sahih; see also Sahih an-Nasa’i, 1/388 and Sahih at-Tirmidhi, 1/131]

3. Studying the Stories of the Prophets and Following their Example: Following the life of our messengers (may peace and blessings be upon them all) entails in depth reading and understanding of how they lived their lives, the situations that had befallen on them and the manners in which they dealt with it.

Here is a list of beneficial seerah books you can all benefit from in shaa Allah:

·         The Sealed Nectar by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri (About RasulUllah sallalhu aleyhi wa salaam)

·         A Mercy To The Universe by Saeed Ibn Ali Bin Wahf Al-Qahtani (About RasulUllah sallalhu aleyhi wa salaam)

·         Stories of the Prophets by Imam ibn al Kathir

4. Supplications; the weapon of the Believers: Last weeks Jumu’ah post referred specifically to the importance of du’a so please refer to it in shaa Allah.

5. Your Companions: These are people whose characteristics the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) referred to in the hadith, “Among the people are some who open the way to goodness and close the way to evil.” [Hasan, reported by Ibn Majah from Anas, 237, and by Ibn Abi ‘Asim in Kitab as-Sunnah, 1/127. See also as-Silsilat as-Sahihah, 1332] Looking for scholars, righteous people and believing da’iyah, and keeping close to them, is a great aid in remaining steadfast. Emaan builds from the remembrance of Allah and of course, this is increased when you surround yourself with lovers of Allah and al-Islam. As well as this, you will find yourself on a platform where sisterhood is key in nurturing your ilm in regards to deen.

6. Dawah: The soul that is not active will stagnate. One of the most important fields in which one can be active is the field of da’wah, calling others to Allah. This is the work of the Prophets, work which will save you from punishment, realize your potential and enable you to achieve great things. “Now then, for that (reason), call (them to the Faith), and stand steadfast as you are commanded … ” [Al-Qur’an 42:15] Calling to the correct methodology – by devoting time to it, making mental and physical efforts, and speaking out, so that da’wah becomes the main concern of the Muslim – will block the Shaytan’s efforts to tempt him and lead him astray. In addition to that, being challenged by obstacles and stubborn people on the journey of da’wah will make the da’iyah stronger in faith. Besides bringing a great reward, da’wah is also a means of being steadfast in one’s faith and protecting oneself from backsliding, because the one who is attacking does not need to defend himself, and Allah is with the da’iyah, making them stand firm. The da’iyah is like a doctor fighting illness with his experience and knowledge: by fighting the illness in others he will be the least likely to suffer it himself.

6. Understanding the Reality of Falsehood: “Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you.” [Al-Qur’an 3:196]. This offers reassurance to the believers and helps them to stand firm with our Aqeedah. Many from among the Muslims will cause the arising of innovations which are usually a result of cultural traditions mixing with the message of Allah. It is important that when someone subjects us to a certain statement in regards to deen, we refer to Qur’an and Sunnah to ensure it is correct; otherwise we should keenly reject the matter. “Every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance leads to the hellfire”.

7. Paradise, the Punishments of Hellfire andRemembering Death: Paradise is the abode of joy, the consolation of those who grieve, the final destination of the believers. The soul is by nature not inclined to make sacrifices or work hard or stand firm unless it gets something in return that makes difficulties easy and helps it to overcome the obstacles in its way. The one who knows about the reward will find it easy to work hard, because he will be aware that if he does not remain steadfast, he will miss out on Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth. The soul needs something to lift it above the dust of this earth and raise it to the heavenly world. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used the mention of Paradise to encourage his Companions to stand firm. According a a hasan sahih hadith, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed by Yasir, ‘Ammar and Umm ‘Ammar when they were being tortured for the sake of Allah and said, “Patience, family of Yasir, patience, family of Yasir, for your destination is Paradise.” [Reported by al-Hakim, 3/383; it is a hasan sahih hadith. See Fiqh as-Sirah, ed. al-Albani, p. 103]

Similarly, one should think about the situation of both groups (believers and kuffar) in the grave, the gathering, the reckoning, the scales of justice, the bridge over Hell, and the other events of the Hereafter. Remembering death protects the Muslim from backsliding and helps him to adhere to the limits set by Allah, so that he does not transgress them. If he knows that death is closer to him than his own shoelaces and that his time could come at any moment, how can he let himself slip or persevere in deviation? Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Always remember the destroyer of pleasure.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhi, 2/50; classed as sahih in Irwa’ al-Ghalil, 3/145]

We will constantly face trials and tribulations in this Dunya but it is important that we relate to the situation in a manner in which Allah subhana wa ta’ala is pleased with. I have only just touched on ways in which we can improve ourselves and be subject to steadfastness.

I pray this post is of benefit to you all, everything good is from Allah, anything bad is from my own weakness please forgive me.

Wa Aleykom AsSalaam

TheMuslimahDiaries sisters x

AsSalaamu Aleykom Wa Rahmatullahi wa Baraktuh.

I hope that everyone has made the most of this blessed yawm al jumuah and has reached this page in the best of health and emaan.

Today’s posting will be on istiqama (steadfastness). To ensure we remain steadfast upon haqq and improve as Muslimahs, it is key to reflect on our daily actions on a wider perspective. To do so, there are numerous means through which we can make firmer our steadfastness in shaa Allah.

1. Qur’an: The Qur’an is the foremost aid to standing firm in Islam. It is the strong rope and clear light of Allah. Whoever adheres to the Qur’an, Allah will protect him; whoever follows it, Allah will save him; and whoever calls to its way will be guided to the seerat al mustaqeem. Why? Because the Qur’an is a means of cultivating faith and just by the pure recitation of it, our emaan is instantaneously boosted. Being human, it is innate within us to refer to a consultation when particular situations arise – For Muslims, the Qur’an provides the correct understanding and solution an individual may need to resolve the situation. The Qur’an also makes clear what is forbidden for a Muslim to do as well as making clear what is better for us to do.

2. Adhering to the Laws of Allah and Doing Righteous Deeds: Adhering to the Shari’ah which has derived from the Qur’an, the Messenger salallahu aleyhi wa salaam, and the Righteous Predecessors radhiAllahu Anh comes hand in hand with doing righteous deeds. It is understandable that we Muslim sisters in the west are under a constant dilemma and it can prove to be difficult to be the best of muslims considering all the fitnah that surrounds us. However, it is clear that no amount of fitnah or hardship that surrounds us can have an effect if we remain firm on our beliefs and continue to commit actions strictly for the sake of Allah – this can be seen in the time of our Messenger salallahu aleyhi wa salaam and the foremost of the believers in Makkah; who similarly to us were under constant scrutiny from the kaafirs but remained steadfast. It is better that when we begin to do something good, we continue in doing it – RasulUllah salallahu aleyhi wa salaam used to persevere in doing righteous deeds, and the most beloved of good deeds to him were those that were continuous, even if they were small. When his Companions started to do anything, they would persist in it, and when ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) did something, she would keep it up. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: “Whoever perseveres in doing twelve rak’ahs [i.e., the sunan rawatib or sunnah prayers which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did constantly], Paradise will be his right.” [Sunan at-Tirmidhi, 2/273; he said, the hadith is hasan or sahih; see also Sahih an-Nasa’i, 1/388 and Sahih at-Tirmidhi, 1/131]

3. Studying the Stories of the Prophets and Following their Example: Following the life of our messengers (may peace and blessings be upon them all) entails in depth reading and understanding of how they lived their lives, the situations that had befallen on them and the manners in which they dealt with it.

Here is a list of beneficial seerah books you can all benefit from in shaa Allah:

·         The Sealed Nectar by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri (About RasulUllah sallalhu aleyhi wa salaam)

·         A Mercy To The Universe by Saeed Ibn Ali Bin Wahf Al-Qahtani (About RasulUllah sallalhu aleyhi wa salaam)

·         Stories of the Prophets by Imam ibn al Kathir

4. Supplications; the weapon of the Believers: Last weeks Jumu’ah post referred specifically to the importance of du’a so please refer to it in shaa Allah.

5. Your Companions: These are people whose characteristics the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) referred to in the hadith, “Among the people are some who open the way to goodness and close the way to evil.” [Hasan, reported by Ibn Majah from Anas, 237, and by Ibn Abi ‘Asim in Kitab as-Sunnah, 1/127. See also as-Silsilat as-Sahihah, 1332] Looking for scholars, righteous people and believing da’iyah, and keeping close to them, is a great aid in remaining steadfast. Emaan builds from the remembrance of Allah and of course, this is increased when you surround yourself with lovers of Allah and al-Islam. As well as this, you will find yourself on a platform where sisterhood is key in nurturing your ilm in regards to deen.

6. Dawah: The soul that is not active will stagnate. One of the most important fields in which one can be active is the field of da’wah, calling others to Allah. This is the work of the Prophets, work which will save you from punishment, realize your potential and enable you to achieve great things. “Now then, for that (reason), call (them to the Faith), and stand steadfast as you are commanded … ” [Al-Qur’an 42:15] Calling to the correct methodology – by devoting time to it, making mental and physical efforts, and speaking out, so that da’wah becomes the main concern of the Muslim – will block the Shaytan’s efforts to tempt him and lead him astray. In addition to that, being challenged by obstacles and stubborn people on the journey of da’wah will make the da’iyah stronger in faith. Besides bringing a great reward, da’wah is also a means of being steadfast in one’s faith and protecting oneself from backsliding, because the one who is attacking does not need to defend himself, and Allah is with the da’iyah, making them stand firm. The da’iyah is like a doctor fighting illness with his experience and knowledge: by fighting the illness in others he will be the least likely to suffer it himself.

6. Understanding the Reality of Falsehood: “Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you.” [Al-Qur’an 3:196]. This offers reassurance to the believers and helps them to stand firm with our Aqeedah. Many from among the Muslims will cause the arising of innovations which are usually a result of cultural traditions mixing with the message of Allah. It is important that when someone subjects us to a certain statement in regards to deen, we refer to Qur’an and Sunnah to ensure it is correct; otherwise we should keenly reject the matter. “Every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance leads to the hellfire”.

7. Paradise, the Punishments of Hellfire andRemembering Death: Paradise is the abode of joy, the consolation of those who grieve, the final destination of the believers. The soul is by nature not inclined to make sacrifices or work hard or stand firm unless it gets something in return that makes difficulties easy and helps it to overcome the obstacles in its way. The one who knows about the reward will find it easy to work hard, because he will be aware that if he does not remain steadfast, he will miss out on Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth. The soul needs something to lift it above the dust of this earth and raise it to the heavenly world. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used the mention of Paradise to encourage his Companions to stand firm. According a a hasan sahih hadith, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed by Yasir, ‘Ammar and Umm ‘Ammar when they were being tortured for the sake of Allah and said, “Patience, family of Yasir, patience, family of Yasir, for your destination is Paradise.” [Reported by al-Hakim, 3/383; it is a hasan sahih hadith. See Fiqh as-Sirah, ed. al-Albani, p. 103]

Similarly, one should think about the situation of both groups (believers and kuffar) in the grave, the gathering, the reckoning, the scales of justice, the bridge over Hell, and the other events of the Hereafter. Remembering death protects the Muslim from backsliding and helps him to adhere to the limits set by Allah, so that he does not transgress them. If he knows that death is closer to him than his own shoelaces and that his time could come at any moment, how can he let himself slip or persevere in deviation? Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Always remember the destroyer of pleasure.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhi, 2/50; classed as sahih in Irwa’ al-Ghalil, 3/145]

We will constantly face trials and tribulations in this Dunya but it is important that we relate to the situation in a manner in which Allah subhana wa ta’ala is pleased with. I have only just touched on ways in which we can improve ourselves and be subject to steadfastness.

I pray this post is of benefit to you all, everything good is from Allah, anything bad is from my own weakness please forgive me.

Wa Aleykom AsSalaam

TheMuslimahDiaries sisters x

"For everything that a slave loses there is a substitute,
but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him."

—  - Ibn al-Qayyim (via islamicquotes)

Du’a, weapon of a believer.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Aleykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

Today’s post will be on Du’a Insha’Allah. With exam season starting soon, what a better way to take a break from revision than to learn about the power the Du’a made by a believer has.

What is Du’a?

Du’a is conversation we have with Allah, our Creator, our Lord and Master, the All Knowing, the All Powerful. This act in itself is considered as ibaadah, it is the most uplifting and empowering conversation a person can ever have. We make Du’a to Allah in all situations, not just when we are in need of something and are feeling distressed, but in our times of happiness, we should make Du’a and THANK HIM. Thank Him for all the blessings He has granted us with. We also need to make Du’a to Him to seek forgiveness for all the sins that we have committed, no one can help us apart from Allah.

Allah wants us to make Du’a to Him! He loves it when we make Du’a to Him, when we nag Him and pester Him with all our requests. SubhanAllah, how loving is our Lord? If we were to nag and ask mankind for something how long would it take for them to get annoyed at us? Not very long, but Allah He gets annoyed when we DON’T nag Him, when we DON’T make Du’a to Him. Not asking Allah for help and forgiveness is a sign of arrogance, and arrogance is not a quality from amongst the Musims. - “..surely Allah does not love him who is proud, boastful.” [4:36]

Du’a is seen as a very noble act in the eyes of Allah azza wa jal. So we should make it a habit to make Du’a regularly Insha’Allah. Allah always responds to the Du’a of a believer, if not straight away then when He knows it will be best for you and if not in the dunya then in the akhira Insha’Allah. There is 3 times especially when Du’a is made and is never rejected:

1. The Du’a of an oppressed person

2. The Du’a of a traveller

3. The Du’a made by a parent for his child

Manners of supplication 

- Start off in the name of Allah, praise Him using His beautiful 99 names.

- Send blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

- Perform it in secret when possible, this way you are more likely to be sincere in your Du’a.

- Ask with humility, ask for everything you want and need,

- Be consistent, repeat you Du’a.

- Confess your sins (when making Du’a in private so others do not hear).

- Face the Qiblah if possible.

- Be in a state of purity, make wudu.

- Make Du’a for yourself first and then others.

- Don’t get angry, be patient.

- Remember your parents.

- Have full faith in Allah and ask Him alone.

- Cry when you supplicate.

Times when Du’a is most likely to be accepted

- In between the Adhaan and Iqamah.

- Hour on Friday.

- During Tahhajjud.

- When in sujood.

- Night of Qadr.

- During rainfall.

- When fasting.

- After ending your Salah.

Common mistakes

- Asking others other than Allah.

- Never make Du’a to die, except if you are praying for martyrdom.

- Never ask for a punishment.

- Never say Insha’Allah in your Du’a (it can be seen as if you are doubting Allah’s ability).

- Make sure you are sincere and your heart is present.

I pray this post is of benefit to you all, everything good is from Allah, anything bad is from my own weakness please forgive me.

Ws

TheMuslimahDiaries sisters x

NB: This post was adapted from notes taken from a halaqa on the etiquettes of Du’a by Imam Abdullah Hasan

Anonymous said: What do you think regarding a girl marrying someone from her past? Eg. She's dated him, and really liked him and they done things (not the deed) but you know what I mean I hope. And anyways, after a year they decided to go their own ways and practice deen. Now the guy has become extremely relig but the girls still making ways and now her parents want her to get married and said he will marry her.. talks haven't started but what do you make of that froma islamic perspective?

Assalamu’Aleykum sister,

We pray this reaches you in the best of health and emaan. Firstly, we would like to apologise for the delayed response, do forgive us.

Alhamdulillah, you both realised what you were doing was wrong and put and end to it and Insha’Allah you have repented and now are practising the deen.

My dear sister if there is someone who pleases you in aspect to the deen then approach your wali about him. It is important to understand that you must not be in contact with this brother without your mahram being present as he is not yet your mahram.

I asked an ustaadha the question about marrying someone from your past and her response was that if you have sincerely repented for this act then you would not wish to pursue any type of relationship with this person anymore as you were committing a sin alongside this person. This is the advice that we would give you, however my sister please do seek advice from those more knowledgeable than us and do istikhara Insha’Allah.

Also, remember the ayah in Surah An-Nur where Allah says: “Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity: these are not affected by what people say: for them there is forgiveness, and a provision honourable." 24:26.

We will make du’a for you that Allah makes this easy for you and assists you in making the right decision and may He grant you a spouse who will help you to attain Jannah.

Please forgive and correct us for anything we have said that may have offended you. Anything good was from Allah and anything bad was from our own weakness and the waswassa of shaytaan.

Alah and His Messenger know best.

Anonymous said: Salam sisters, can you give us some advice on social networking sites especially twitter and insta (time wasting, free mixing). Jazakillah khayr Xx

Wa Aleykum salaam,

We pray you are in the best of health and emaan dear sister.

Social media has become a widespread problem amongst society and especially for us Muslims. It opens so many doors to sinning etc. Time wasting is one of the most dangerous things about social networks, we can spend hours on it without realising and as a Muslim we have to be balanced with our affairs, we should not spend unnecessary amounts of time on social networks wasting valuable time. Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله says: “Wasting time is worse than death because death separates you from this world whereas wasting time separates you from Allah”.

Free mixing on social networks is a very big problem. It is a problem from the not so practising brothers and sisters to practising brothers and sisters. A lot of people do not seem to take it as free mixing as they think because it is online and not face to face it’s okay to do so. However if you are engaging in idle talk with non mahram wherever it may be it is classed as free mixing, which is haram, khallas, If you would not speak to a non mahram in real life then what is the exception when in comes to social networks. A good way to stop free mixing is to remind yourself that Allah is always watching and the angels on your shoulders that write down your good deeds and bad deeds.

Social media can be used for your benefit also but it must be used with the correct intention and not excessively.

We hope this was helpful for you, if you do have any further question please do not hesitate to ask us. Allah and His Messenger know best.

Wassalam

The Muslimah Diaries sisters xx

Many time we tell others to fear Allah, but do we ever tell it to ourselves sincerely?  Remember every act you do good or bad, Allah is watching. He is Al-Alim, the All Knowing.

Many time we tell others to fear Allah, but do we ever tell it to ourselves sincerely? Remember every act you do good or bad, Allah is watching. He is Al-Alim, the All Knowing.

asifeq:

Part 01: Books Recommended by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan in ‘Aqeedah

Question:

With which books would you advise a person who is at the beginning stages of seeking knowledge?

Answer:

We advise him to memorize the smaller books in ‘Aqeedah, for example, ‘Thalaathtul ‘Usool’ and ‘Kashfush Shubuhaat’ and ‘Kitaabut Tawheed’ of Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abdul Wahhaab (Rahimahullaah).

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan


Source:
 Sahab
Translated By: Abu Maryam Taariq bin ‘Ali

Part 02: Books Recommended by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan in Tafseer

For the Beginner:

(1) Tafseer al-Jalaalayn by Jalaal ud-Deen as-Suyootee (d. 911) and Jalaal ud-Deen al-Mahalee (d. 864), and
(2) Tafseer al-Baydaawee (d. 658).

Shaykh al-Fawzaan mentioned that despite the shortcomings of both of these books, they explain and clarify many of the phrases and meanings of the Qur’aan.


For the Student of Knowledge:

(3) Tafseer Ibn Katheer (d. 774), and
(4) Tafseer al-Baghawee (d. 516), which the Shaykh called a “good, Salafee tafseer.”


For Everyone (Beginner, Student, Scholar):

Tafseer Ibn Sa’dee (d. 1376). The Shaykh mentioned how it is a great book because it is an easy-to-read, complete tafseer which covers all of the various sciences.


For the Scholars:

(5) Tafseer at-Tabaree (d. 310), which the Shaykh called “The Mother of the Tafaaseer,”
(6) Tafseer al-Qurtubee (d. 671), and
(7) Adwaa’ ul-Bayaan of Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shanqeetee (d. 1393).

Finally, he mentions (8) Fath ul-Qadeer of Shawkaanee (d. 1250), stating that it is good for both students of knowledge and beginners as well.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan


Source:
 SalafiTalk
Translated By: Abu ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al-Misree

Part 03: Books Recommended by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan in Hadeeth


For the Beginner:

(1) al-Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah along with the explanation of Ibn Rajab (d. 795), entitled Jaami’ ul-‘Uloom wal-Hikam, as well as
(2) Riyaadh us-Saaliheen, both by an-Nawawee (d. 676).

The Shaykh also mentioned (3) ‘Umdat ul-Akhaam by ‘Abdil-Ghanee al-Maqdisee (d. 600) and made note of the fact that all of its ahaadeeth are in either one or both of the saheehayn (Bukhaareei and Muslim).


For the Student of Knowledge:

(4) Buloogh ul-Maraam by al-‘Asqalaanee (d. 852) along with its explanation Subul us-Salaam by as-San’aanee (d. 1189), and
(5) al-Muntaqa min Akhbaar il-Mustafa by Majd ul-Deen Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 652) along with its explanation by ash-Shawkaanee (d. 1250), titled Nayl ul-Awtaar.


For the Scholars:

The Shaykh mentioned that the most superior and complete “bahth ul-ghazeer” is (6) Fath ul-Baaree Sharh Saheeh il-Bukhaaree by al-‘Asqalaanee.

Finally, the Shaykh mentioned how “al-Usool as-Sittah” along with Musnad ul-Imaam Ahmad should be referred back to by the student of knowledge and the scholar.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan


Source:
 SalafiTalk
Translated By: Abu ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al-Misree

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Anonymous said: I have had my nikaah with someone from backhome. he is still in Iraq and I really really didn't want to give my consent at the time but I did for my unwell fathers sake - i'm now married, haven;t met my husband and tbh I don't think I'll ever love him. I'm only 19 and feel like I've spoiled everyone's lives, including mine. It's been 7 months and I've tried to believe I'd like him but I can't. I really need help but I don't know who to turn to.. hope u're all well xxx

As ‘Salaamu Aleykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. I hope this reaches you whilst in best of health and emaan.

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah Almighty will say on the Day of Rising, ‘Where are those who loved one another for the sake of My majesty? Today, on the day when there is no shade but My shade, I will shade them.’” [Muslim]

Marriage is something of great significance and if completed abiding by the law of Allah subhana wa ta’ala then there will be endless amounts of rewards. It should only be proceeded for the sake of pleasing Allah azza wa jal. Any other intention my dear sister, may cause there to be a weakness in sincerity - we know it’s very important to obey our fathers, however if it has compromised your sincerity of doing something for the sake of Allah alone, then He will take away the barakah from what is to come.

You’re now married and haven’t yet met your husband in 7 months. I’m sure there may be a reasonable reason as to why  you haven’t yet however by all means provided, please try to visit him at least once and renew your intention while planning to go and Allah may cause a change of heart. Speak to him and interact with him as it may change your outlook on this marriage. Find out about his love for deen - does he commit to his prayers? What is his aqeedah? Does he offer zakah? Also ask him about his intentions regarding the future of your marriage - does he wish to have a family? What will be his means of provision for the family? It may be, that by the will of Allah, you actually like him and he can be an asset through which you reach Jannah and reunite in shaa Allah - The Messenger salallahu aleyhi wa sallam stated; “A believing man should not despise a believing women (his wife); he must look at those qualities of his wife that please him and overlook those which displease him” (Sahih Muslim) - I am sure it relates vice versa.

Also perform salaatul istikhara and ponder deeply on whether or not you will be able to live a life with him - try your utmost best to figure out each and every way possible to maintain your marriage. If you feel that you have used every method of reconciliation then seek the advice of a scholar in shaa Allah, and he would be able to give you a clear stance on your options. If your family are difficult to get through to in regards of this matter, contact your local masjid and you can go there to receive advice in person or even anonymously.

May Allah give you a solution to your dismay and make it easy for you! Remember that Allah does not burden a soul more than what it can bear. Allah tests those whom He loves so reinstate your trust in Allah alone, continue to make du’a and stay steadfast! And Allah knows best xx

Anonymous said: Salam, I am 12 years old and i go to secondary school. At my school there are lots of boys and girls and we are all friends. But that is not allowed in Islam so how should I stop it? Because sometimes we got to talk to the boys in class but even outside class they won't stop talking to me and my friends and sometimes we even talk or be friends with them and hang around. I know its haram but because its in school I don't really know what I should do.

Wa aleykum asSalaam lovely! Firstly, I’ve got to say how cute you are ma shaa Allah and I admire how much you want to learn! May Allah always provide you with the urge to learn about your beautiful religion - Ameen.

In a mixed environment, the most important thing is to maintain your modesty. That means that in your tone of speech, you should always remain soft - don’t scream across corridors as some of your classmates may do and in class make sure to focus on why you’re there - to learn (even though it might be a lidddle boring at times.) Your school uniform must abide by Islamic ruling (your headscarf and an abaya or jilbaab as I’m sure most schools allow this - It is fardh (a must do) if you’ve already started puberty). And finally your attitude towards your classmates is super important for your modesty dear! Lets set a scene: You’ve got a class project and have guys in the group. If you make sure that the speech between you and the guy’s is only about your project and make sure that you have your guard up about jokes they might try to drop then believe me, they themselves will shy away from speaking to you unnecessarily.

With those three things building up your modesty, it will steer yourself away from talking to guys and it will definitely strike them too - Their respect for you will reach sky high and they will shy away from speaking to your or trying to be friends with you!

TIP: Whenever you are about to do something at home or at school always ask yourself one question; “Allah is always watching me and is what I’m about to do going to please Allah or is it going to anger him”.

We also think you should also speak to your parents about trying to shift to an all-girls or even better, an Islamic school. That way you will always be in the presence of sisters and will be taught according to how our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) wanted you to study. Continue to make du’a that Allah keeps you steadfast and we will always, always keep you in our prayers! We love you for the sake of Allah and if you ever have any more questions regarding anything, then let us now in shaa Allah.

And Allah knows best xx

Free mixing - the tool of shaytaan.

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

Today’s post will be on the topic of free mixing.

Free mixing is interacting with a woman or man who is unlawful for you (non-mahram). SubhanAllah free mixing is rife in today’s society and particularly within the youth.

Allah says in the Qur’an: 

"Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision [looking only at what is lawful and averting their eyes from what is unlawful] and guard their private parts [from being seen and from unlawful acts]. That is purer for them." (Qur’an 24:30)

What the ayah above explains is that to avoid free mixing or even worse zina (wa naudubillah) we as Muslim should lower our gazes from what is unlawful to you - women and men who are not your mahram. What starts the trail of destruction is the glance.

Hadith - Sahih Muslim 5372, Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah:

I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) about the sudden glance (that is cast) on the face (of a non-Mahram). He commanded me that I should turn away my eyes. 

Here is a clear example from the prophet Muhammad pbuh. Everything in the Quran hadith and sunnah is only to help us as Muslims to be better as human beings , but also benefits us in normal day to day life so the rule to lower our gazes and not to free mix only helps us to not fall into big hole where its very hard to come out.

BUT ALHAMDULILAH A SOLUTION (WOOPEEE)

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari 7.4, Narrated Abdullah, r.a. 
We were with the Prophet while we were young and had no wealth whatever. So Allah’s Messanger said, “O young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry, because it helps him lower his gaze and guard his modesty (i.e. his private parts from committing illegal sexual intercourse etc.), and whoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting diminishes his sexual power.” 

Basically marriage in shaa Allah should be the goal for someone who is struggling but also not,as its a beautiful sunnah of our prophet Muhammad pbuh. For whoever is seeking to marry make dua pray tahajud ask Allah to give you a pious spouse surely Allah never fails to deliver.
For the one who cannot marry Fast.

So moving back to our topic of free mixing

The problem with people in the 21st century is that everyone is so comfortable with each other laughing, joking, idle talks subhanAllah where will this end ! By committing one of the seven major sins fool is the one who thinks they can keep their desires in check and will not fall into zina.

The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam) also said: “It is better for one of you to be pierced by a steel pin in his head than to touch the hand of a strange woman.” (Narrated by Al-Tabarani in Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir (20/213), Ibn Abi Shaybah in Al-Musannaf (4/341) and the narrators were declared trustworthy by Al-Haytami and Al-Mundhiri)

ISOC SHENANIGANS !!!!!!

What has really become ajeeb nowadays is that freemixing now exists in certain islalmic societys! ALLAHU MUSTA’AAN why why why SubhanAllah does one not fear Allah you have placed an ammanah to do your best by the society. The reason of why an ISOC exist is to please Allah for in turn you be will be pleased by Allah in yomul qiyyamah and to be a caller of the deen. But where I fear this horrid disease has come from (YES free mixing is a disease) Is the lack on right intention we need to renew our intention every minute. The end does not justify the mean commuting haraam for doing good works in the seen just does not work .Please fear Allah as he should be feared and Allah is all-seeing .

Jazakullahu khairan for reading

(Anything good I have said is from Allah and anything wrong I have said is from shaytaan please forgive me)

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