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I started this blog to share with people all the information i happened across on the Internet. I found websites with excellent material on various topics but the knowledge was scattered in many places among these sites. Some website’s where informative on one particular topic but not fleshed out on another, so i thought it may be a good idea to combine all this information in one place so we can increase our understanding and learn from the work’s the Ullumah have created.
The Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “Whoever resides in the deserts, he becomes ignorant, whoever follows game, he becomes heedless, and whoever comes to the door of the Sultan, he will suffer a Fitnah.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: “Acquire knowledge: it enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong, it lights the way to heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless – it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among friends and an armor against enemies.”
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When this Website was set up care was taken to ensure it was accurate in the information it conveyed and that traditional knowledge was passed on from those who had the Ijazah (Teaching authority with a Sanad) to teach it. If we check our history we will see that knowledge which was passed on with no Sanad lead to the fighting, sectarianism and wars in this ummah, A scholar with a Ijazah to teach a subject ensures he passes on the correct understanding and interpretation of that subject as it was passed on to him, the Sanad going back nearly 1000 years or more.
Because two different people can read the same book and understand completely different things from it, it becomes important to understand religion isnt about inventing new ideas as time and technology advances, which if correct are in reality a rediscovery of what our Deen already says, as all knowledge comes from Allah and he has given us everything we need to understand ourself in the Quran . Allah in the Quran says he has mapped out and explained the entirety of human behaviour and much more, “We have explained in detail in this Qur’an, for the benefit of mankind, every kind of similitude: but man is, in most things, contentious [18:54], at the sum of which he says “Truth has come and error has vanished; verily error is ephemeral.” (27:73) The knowledge in the Quran in reality needs to be learned and discovered by those who haven’t done so before, in every part of this Ummah muslims are now waking up to the past errors of following ideologies who’s faults where discovered only after they where adopted due to our lack of wisdom and foresight, “error is ephemeral” . The Quran is our foresight, this matter being discussed is about preserving the correct understanding of the Prophet (saws), the Sahaba (companions) and Tabiin (successors), and teaching it to the generations who don’t know it yet.“And say (O Muhammad); The Quran hath been revealed to me that I should warn you by it and also those whom it may reach.” (6:18)
Those to whom Allah gave insight [“one of Our slaves, unto whom We had given mercy from Us, and had taught knowledge from Our presence” (18:66), “Those who strive hard in Us, We shall most surely guide them in our Ways” (29:69), “Be aware of Allah, and Allah Himself will teach you” 2:282] can see that the Quran in our time contains all the knowledge needed to help us understand any situation, the Prophet said: ittaqu firasat al-mu’min fa innahu yara bi nurillah “Beware the vision of the believer, for he sees with the light of Allah,” then he recited the verse: “Therein lie portents for those who read the signs” (al-mutawassimin) (15:75) [Tirmidhi] and Allah “Taught man that which he knew not” [96:5]. It is evident that with the Quran Allah prepared for us what we need for the future, he gave us Surah’s like al Kahf (18) which if recited will protect us from the fitnah (trial) of the Dajjal (Allah’s curse be upon him), the greatest trial this earth will soon witness. Al-Bara’bin Azib Narrated: A man was reciting Surah Al-Kahf and his horse was tied with two ropes beside him. A cloud came down and spread over that man, and it kept on coming closer and closer to him till his horse started jumping. When it was morning, the man came to the Prophet, and told him of that experience. The Prophet said, “That was As-Sakina (tranquility) which descended because of (the recitation of) the Qur’an.”[Bukhari]
Ibn ‘Abbas said, “While Jibril (alayhis salam) was sitting with the Prophet, he heard a sound above him and raised his head. He said, ‘This is a door of heaven which has been opened today and which has never been opened before today. An angel descended from it.’ He said, ‘This is an angel who has descended to earth who has never descended before today.’ He gave the greeting and said, ‘Give the good news of two lights which you have been given and which no Prophet before you was given: the Fatiha of the Book and the end of Surah al-Baqarah. You will not recite a letter of them without being given it.”[Muslim]
The Prophet (saws) said, ‘In the Fatiha of the Qur’an, there is a cure for all maladies (illnesses)’(Darimi and Al-Bayhaqi)
The Prophet (saws) said “Whoso acts upon what he knows, Allah will make him inherit a knowledge that he did not have”(Suyuti, Qurtubi, al Qari, Sahih)
This is the very definition of advancement in not only science but all fields of knowledge, and in reality the muslim Ummah which acted upon the knowledge it had, to benefit people, lead the world for more than a thousand years while it was in a dark age of science, morality and all Areas of Knowledge. The Prophet said, ‘The Qur’an and those who committed themselves to it will be presented on the Day of judgement, preceded by Surah al-Baqarah and Surah al Imran’.[Muslim]
Abu Ummamah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever recites Ayat Al-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.”[an-Nasa’i, Ibn Hibban, Darimi] Meaning it’s continual recitation throughout life would clear away all that would stop him in life from entering Jannah until he finally does.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said to one of his Companions:”The greatest of all your enemies is that lower self of yours, in there between your flanks”. If the aim of religion is to correct and purify human nature (Qad Aflaha man Zakaha – 91:9), our nature hasn’t changed since the time of the prophet Muhammad (saws) 1400 years ago, so why would the things that purify human nature, which religion commands, have changed in that time.
Religion is revived from generation to generation not reformed (changed) into something new.
The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said, “Allah shall send for this Ummah at the head of every hundred years a person who shall revive/renovate their religion for them” ( Abu Dawood, Hakim, Baihaqi).
When the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made the comparison: “The scholars of my Community are like the Prophets of the Children of Israel” he did so because they [those Prophets] were the loyal followers of the Sacred Law of the Messenger, he being Moses (blessing and peace be upon him). Their task was to renew that Law and confirm its rules, without introducing another Sacred Law.
The same is true of the scholars of this Islamic Community, inasmuch as the saints (awliyah) are sent to the special few, in order to renew the commandment and the prohibition, to establish right practice.
Technology doesn’t change human nature it influences it, if this is measured and we imagine Purity on one end of a line and Corruption on the other it is either a source of Purity or a source of Corruption for us, or something mixed in between along this scale. If humans invented a new cleaner source of energy, that would either serve as something that motivates the corrupt to find ways to exploit it, further increasing their desires and corruption or for the Purified to use it in order to help others and benefit the Ummah by it, increasing their Iman and nearness to Allah. A new dimension to our nature isn’t created each time a new technology is invented, so nothing new will appear that is outside the scope of the Quran, we have been inventing things for fourteen hundred years.
“Today I have perfected your religion, completed my favor upon you, and accepted for you Islam as religion” (5:3)
This is why Allah instructed the act of purifying our soul in the Quran when he said “He has succeeded who purifies it” (91:9), irrespective of what time period we are living in.
Allah revealed about His nearness to us and knowing all of time in a hadith Qudsi “The sons of Adam inveigh (complain and are hostile) against Daahir (The Span of Time or Time stretched out) and I am Daahir (The Span of Time), in My hand is the night and the day” (Bukhari, Muslim). Allah is aware of the advances in knowledge and technology we will make it doesn’t change the instruction to purify our souls. Allah Has Said in the Quran that the main reason he sent the Prophet (saws) was so he can help people perform this act of purifying, “He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying them, and teaching them the Book and Al-Hikmah. And verily, they had been before in manifest error”(62:2), like the ayah in 91:9 (Zaka-ha/purifies it) the word used for purifying is, “yazaki-hum”/”Purifies them”, meaning it was the Prophets (saws) responsibility to teach and help the people perform the act of Tazkiyah (purification), therefor it was a large and significant part of the Deen.
No other event establishes this better than the event described in the Hadith of Jibril, a hadith which the Ullumah say is the single most important hadith in all of Islam as it identifies and describes all the aspects of the religion and it occurred 86 days before the prophets (saws) death close to the end of revelation and the verse in which Allah says “Today I have perfected your religion, completed my favor upon you, and accepted for you Islam as religion” (5:3). At the end of this Hadith the prophet (saws) says ” ‘He was Jibril who came to you to teach you your deen”
Umar, may Allah be pleased with him said, “While we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, one day a man came up to us whose clothes were extremely white, whose hair was extremely black, upon whom traces of travelling could not be seen, and whom none of us knew, until he sat down close to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, so that he rested his knees upon his knees and placed his two hands upon his thighs and said,
‘Muhammad, tell me about Islam.’ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Islam is that you witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and you establish the prayer, and you give the Zakat, and you fast Ramadan, and you perform the hajj of the House if you are able to take a way to it.’
He said, ‘You have told the truth,’ and we were amazed at him asking him and [then] telling him that he told the truth.
He said, ‘Tell me about Iman.’ He said, ‘That you affirm Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and that you affirm the Decree, the good of it and the bad of it.’ He said, ‘You have told the truth.’
He said, ‘Tell me about Ihsan.’ He said, ‘That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don’t see Him then truly He sees you.’
He said, ‘Tell me about the Hour.’ He said, ‘The one asked about it knows no more than the one asking.’ He said, ‘Then tell me about its tokens.’ He said, ‘That the female slave should give birth to her mistress, and you see poor, naked, barefoot shepherds of sheep and goats competing in making tall buildings.’
He went away, and I remained some time. Then he asked, ‘Umar, do you know who the questioner was?’ I said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘He was Jibril who came to you to teach you your deen’.” (Muslim and Bukhari narrated it).
Ihsan means perfection, in the context of Islam it means to reach the state of perfection in our character, The Prophet (saws) said,”Many amongst men attained perfection but amongst women none attained perfection except Maryam (Mary), the daughter of ‘Imran, and Asiya, the wife of Fir’aun (Pharaoh). And the superiority of Aishah to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (an Arabic dish) to other meals.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari), Ihasn (perfection) is reached through Tazkiya an Nafs (purification of the soul) the end of this process is the definition of Ihsan Given by the Prophet (pbuh) in the Hadith of Jibril, to worship Allah as if you see Him, it is the aim of our Deen and what a Mu’min hopes to achieve through the practice of his religion.
Ihsan has been mentioned in Qur’an in many places, sometimes coupled with Iman, sometimes with Islam, and sometimes coupled with Taqwa or right action. “Those who do good (ahsanou) will have the best and more!” (Surah Yunus: 26) It is established in Sahih Muslim from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, that the explanation of the ‘increase’ is gazing upon the face of Allah, exalted is He, in the Garden, which is commensurate with His making it a recompense for the people of Ihsan, because Ihsan is that the mu’min should worship his Lord in the world in the manner of being present and with fearful watchfulness as if he sees Him with his heart and gazes on Him during his worship. The reward of that is gazing upon Allah with the eyes in the next life. The opposite of this is that which Allah, exalted is He, informs us of the recompense of the kuffar in the next life, “No indeed! Rather that Day they will be veiled from their Lord,” (Surat al-Mutaffifin: 15) which He makes their reward (punishment) for their condition in the world, because their reward for that state (of Ghafla, heedlessness) is that they are veiled from seeing Him in the next life. (Ibn Rajab al Hanbali)
“A man said, ‘Messenger of Allah, tell me something and make it comprehensive!’ He replied, ‘Pray the prayer as if you were bidding farewell, for if you do not see Him, He sees you.'” (Tabarani)
The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, asked, “Harithah, how are you this morning?” He said, “This morning I have become a true mumin.” He said, “Think about what you are saying! Because every statement has a reality.” He said, “Messenger of Allah, my self dislikes the world, so that it is sleepless at night and thirsty in the day, and it is as if I am gazing upon the Throne of my Lord appearing, and it is as if I am gazing upon the people of the Garden in the Garden and how they visit each other in it, and as if I am gazing upon the people of the Fire and how they howl in it.” He said, “You have seen, so remain firm. [You are] a slave whom Allah has illuminated the iman in his heart.”
It is narrated by Abu Umamah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with him, advised a man saying, “Be modest before Allah with the modesty you would have before two right-acting men of your close family who never leave you.”
Abu’d-Darda’ advised a man and said to him, “Worship Allah as if you see Him.” ‘Urwah ibn az-Zubayr asked Ibn ‘Umar for his daughter’s hand while the two of them were doing tawaf and he didn’t answer him. Later he met him and apologised saying, “We were in tawaf visualising Allah before our eyes.” (Abu Nu’aym and others narrated it).
One of the women gnostics of the first right-acting generations said, “Whoever acts for the sake of Allah as one who has direct witnessing is a gnostic, and whoever acts on the basis of Allah’s witnessing him is sincere.” She indicated the two above-mentioned stations: first the station of sincerity, which is that the slave should act keeping in consciousness His witnessing of him, watching over him and nearness to him. When the slave seeks to keep this in his consciousness during his actions, and he works on that basis then he is sincere towards Allah, exalted is He, since his seeking to keep that in his consciousness during his action prevents him from turning to other than Allah and intending any other in his action. Second, [she indicated] the station of witnessing, which is that the slave acts according to the requirements of his witnessing of Allah, exalted is He, in his heart, and it is that the heart is illuminated by iman, and the inner sight pierces through to gnosis, so much so that the Unseen becomes as if it were right in front of the eyes. This is the reality of the station of Ihsan indicated in the hadith of Jibril, peace be upon him, and the people of these stations have different degrees according to the strength of penetration of their inner sight. (Ibn Rajab al Hanbali in his Jami al Ullum wal Hikam).
A party of the people of knowledge explained the “most exalted designation” mentioned in His words, exalted is He, “His is the most exalted designation in the heavens and the earth,” (Surat ar-Rum 27) and His words, exalted is He, “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.” (Surat an-Nur: 35) (Ibn Rajab al Hanbali).
Ḥasan al-Baṣrī said regarding this verse, ‘He intended by this the heart of the believer and the luminescence (ḍiyāʾ) of professing the divine oneness (tawḥīd), for the hearts of the prophets are far too brilliant in their light to be described in terms of the likeness of these lights. He said, ‘The similitude of the light of the Qurʾān is a lamp (miṣbāḥ), a lamp whose candle (sirāj) is gnosis (maʿrifa), whose wick (fatīl) is the religious obligations (farāʾiḍ), whose oil (duhn) is sincerity (ikhlāṣ) and whose light (nūr) is the light of [spiritual] attainment (ittiṣāl). Whenever the sincerity increases in purity, the lamp increases in brightness(ḍiyāʾ); and whenever the religious obligations increase in [inner] realisation (ḥaqīqa), the lamp increases in light (nūr).(Tafsir al Tustari).
Imam al-Ghazali (may Allah be well pleased with him) said in poetry:
The life of the heart is knowledge, so preserve it,
The death of the heart is ignorance, so avoid it.
Your best provision is true devotion, so provide it.
This advice of mine is enough for you, so heed it.
“Allah (Blessed and Exalted is He) is well pleased with those of His servants who make the transition to nearness, and attach no importance to degrees of rank. As Allah (Blessed and Exalted is He) has said”:
Say “I do not ask of you a fee for it except love in close kinship.” (42:23)
“People are very familiar with physical ailments such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Similarly people have spiritual ailments such as hatred, greed, lust and the like that are much more dangerous than any physical disease can ever be. Allah has referred to these spiritual ills as diseases in the Holy Quran and hence tazkia is absolutely mandatory on everyone.”
In their hearts is a disease (2:10)
“Allah has promised Paradise for the believers, but a condition is that only those can enter who have achieved tazkia and purified their hearts.”
Gardens of Eternity beneath which rivers flow…such is the reward of those who purify themselves [of evil] (20:76)
“If a believer dies without having achieved tazkia in this life then Allah will begin his tazkia as soon as he enters the grave (by punishment) to prepare him for Paradise.”
The purpose of religion is to achieve this before death, “The day when wealth and sons avail not (any man). Save him who bringeth unto Allah a sound heart” (26: 88-89).
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“Should men join together and attempt to produce the like of this Quran, they cannot produce a like of it, however much the one group may help the other. ” (17: 88)
“Had We sent down this Quran to a mountain, thou should certainly have seen it humbling itself and crumbling down for the fear of God. Such are the parables that We offer to men that they may reflect.“ (59:21).