The Kufr of Not “Blindly Following”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Kufr

The Kufr of Not “Blindly Following” (Pdf)

(Taqleed and Akhir al Zaman)

I have taken this book down temporarily to correct some minor mistakes, it will be up again soon insha Allah.

The Prophet (saws) established in a number of narration’s that we should stick to the main body of the Ummah: “My community will not come together on misguidance.”; “A group of my community will continue on truth until the coming of the Hour.”; “Whoever leaves the community or separates himself from it by the length of a span, dies the death of the Jahiliyya (period of kufr prior to Islam).”;”You have to follow the congregation for verily Allah will not make the largest group of Muhammad’s community agree on error.”; “Whoever among you wants to be in the middle of Paradise, let him cling to the congregation.”; “Shaytan is a wolf like the wolf that preys on sheep, taking the isolated and the stray among them; therefore, avoid factionalism and keep to the congregation and the collective and the masjid.”; “Verily Allah has protected my Community from agreeing upon error.”; “Allah’s hand is over the group, and whoever dissents from them departs to hell.”; “Allah’s hand is over the group, follow the largest group, for verily whoever dissents from them departs to hell.” Continue reading

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Tasawwuf Established with Three Verses of the Quran and a Hadith

The Word Sufism is an english word, in our Deen we only use arabic to describe the Deen, the word in Arabic for Sufism is Tasawwuf, and the act you perform is called Tazkiyah an Nafs, purifying your self of evil and bad while promoting good qualities in your self, and what you try to achieve by it is Ihsan, Human Perfection.

1) Surah Shams, 91:9 Allah takes an oath in the Quran like no other and swears by the act of Tasawwuf, “Qad Aflaha man Zakaha” (Zakaha = Tazkiya an nafs), “He Who Purifies it succeeds”, This is talking about getting rid of your bad qualities, Tazkiya Nafs.

2) Surah Abbasa, 80:3 The Blind Man comes to the Prophet (saws) seeking Islam and the Prophet (saws) frowns upon Him as his attention is elsewhere, Allah responds by Saying, “Wama yudrika La-alahu Yazaka” (Yazaka = Tazkiyah an Nafs), “Yet for all thou didst know, [O Muhammad,] he might perhaps have grown in purity”, So in Surah al Shams Allah mentioned the first part of Tazkiyah an Nafs and that is Purifying your self of Evil, In Surah Abbasa he mentions the second part, learning and Promoting Good qualaties in your character and growing as a person.

3) Surah Ashurah, 26:88-89, Allah says, “The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart”, “a heart free of sins and love for this worldly life” (Tanwir al miqbas Min Tafsir Ibn Abbas). You Have to know the Acts of Tazkiyah Nafs to Free your Heart from Sin and love for this Dunay (world), and Only One science in islam deals with this Subject in all of islams history and that is Tasawwuf, Fiqh does not cover Human Character and Psychology, it covers the Fiqh of Halal and Haram, how to actually change your self, the ullumah dealt with that in a different science of islam.

4) The most famous Hadith in all of Islam is the hadith of Jibril (hs), which occurred 86 days before the prophets (saws) death, it defines all the parts of Islam with out a Doubt, into Fiqh (Islam), Aqeedah (Iman), Ihsan (Tasawwuf) and the Sings of the Hour. Continue reading

Imam al Ghazali on the Foundations of Aqeedah

Taken from Imam al Ghazali’s Foundations of Islamic Belief


Shining Proofs of the Foundations of the Articles of Faith (composed in Jerusalem)

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We say – In the Name of the Merciful, the Compassionate Allah. Praise be to Allah who distinguished the community of the sunnah (prophetic way) with the light of certainty and favored the people of truth by guiding them to the foundation of Religion; who saved them from the errors of the unrighteous and the wickedness of the unbelievers.

It is with His Grace that He led them to follow the example of the Master of the Messengers; who directed their footsteps in the way of his honored companions and enabled them to emulate the good, early generations, so that they protected themselves with the strong cord against the dictates of reason, and (to emulate) the lives and beliefs of the ancients with the clear method, combining thereby the products of reason and the ordinances of the religion.

Furthermore they found out that mere verbal repetition of the words “There is no god except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” is of no avail unless they completely understand what the fundamentals of the witness involve of principle and pillars. They also have known that the two witnessing phrases, despite their brevity, contain an affirmation of the existence of Allah Himself, His Attributes, and His Deeds, as well as an affirmation of the truthfulness of the Messenger – the praise and peace be upon him – And they also knew that establishing the faith upon these pillars, which are four, each one having ten principles: The first pillar concerning the knowledge of the Essence of Allah – the High – consists of ten principles. They are:

  • The knowledge that Allah – the High – exists.
  • He is Ancient
  • He is Everlasting.
  • He is not a substance.
  • He is not a body.
  • He is not a quality of a body (accident).
  • He is not subject to a direction.
  • He is not resident in a place.
  • He is seen.
  • He is One.

The second pillar concerns the attributes of Allah: It comprises of ten principles. They are the knowledge that:

  • He is Alive.
  • He is Knowledgeable.
  • He is Powerful.
  • He is the Willer.
  • He is the Hearer.
  • He is the Seer.
  • He is the Speaker.
  • His Essence is Exalted to contain a creation (a substratum for originated properties or a locus of phenomena).
  • His Words are ancient and eternal.
  • His Knowledge is ancient and eternal as His Will.

The third pillar concerns the Deeds of Allah: it consists of ten principles:

  • The actions of mankind are created by Allah – the High.
  • They are gained by the creation.
  • They are willed by Allah – the High.
  • Allah has been Gracious by creation and invention.
  • Allah is free to impose unbearable obligations.
  • Allah is free to punish the innocent.
  • While taking into consideration that which is best is not obligatory upon Him.
  • That there is nothing obligatory except by the Religion.
  • His sending of prophets is possible (not an obligation upon Him).
  • The prophecy of our Prophet Muhammad – the praise and peace be upon him – is true being confirmed by miracles.

The fourth pillar is concerning heard verses and the prophetic quotations mentioning the unseen. And consist of ten principles:

  • The affirmation of the assembly on the Day of Recompense.
  • The accounting.
  • The questioning (of the dead by the angels) Munkar and Nakeer.
  • The punishment of the grave.
  • The balance.
  • The Bridge over Hell.
  • The creation of Paradise and Hell.
  • The ruling of the imamate (Caliphate).
  • The excellence of the Companions is in accordance with the chronological order.
  • The conditions of the imamate (caliphate). Continue reading

The Fiqh of Jihad – in Times of War

From Reliance of the Traveler – A Shafii Fiqh Manual

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(0: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad,

“We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”

The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:

(1) “Fighting is prescribed for you” (Koran 2:216);

(2) “Slay them wherever you find them” (Koran 4:89);

(3) “Fight the idolators utterly” (Koran 9:36);

and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

“I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the rights of Islam over them. And their final reckoning is with Allah”;

and the hadith reported by Muslim,

“To go forth in the morning or evening to fight in the path of Allah is better than the whole world and everything in it.” Continue reading

The Basics of Fasting

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

The Basics of Fasting according to the Shafi’i School

(An abridged and edited version of a pamphlet written in Arabic by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed.)

1. The Ruling of Fasting Ramadan

2. Integrals

3. Recommended Measures

4. Excuses that permit one not to fast

5. Making up Missed Fasts

6. Payment

7. Expiation

Allah be praised, Lord of the Worlds. Blessings and peace on our master Muhammad and on his folk and companions, one and all.

The following rulings about the fast should be known, applied, and taught to one’s family and whoever does not know them.

1. The Ruling of Fasting Ramadan

Fasting Ramadan is personally obligatory for every Muslim who has reached puberty, is sane, and is able to fast. It is not obligatory for a non-Muslim, a child, an insane person, or someone unable to fast (such as someone of advanced years or someone who is continuously [muzmin] sick).

2. Integrals of the fast

Fasting has only two integrals: (1) the intention and (2) abstention from the nullifiers of the fast.

2.1 Integral #1: Intention

The intention is to intend to fast. Its location is in the heart, but it is sunna to say it with the tongue. One optimally says, “I intend to fast tomorrow as a current performance of the obligation of this year’s Ramadan for Allah Most High.”

For the obligatory fast, it is obligatory to make the intention during any part of the night (from sunset until just before dawn). A practical way to avoid forgetting the intention is to intend to fast the following day immediately after breaking one’s fast at sunset. Whoever forgets to make the intention, or sleeps before sunset and does not wake up until after dawn must abstain from the nullifiers during that day and then make it up after Ramadan.

For the supererogatory fast, it is permissible to delay the intention until just before the noon prayer [zuhr], provided that that one has not already done something that nullifies the fast.

It is obligatory to repeat the intention to fast for every day of Ramadan. It is good practice to intend during its first night to fast the whole month, so that one’s fast will still be valid in the school of Imam Malik (Allah have mercy on him) if one forgets the intention on a particular day. Continue reading