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Monday, January 24, 2011

A brother tortured to death in Egypt

A brother torture to death in Egypt

http://ssjr05.blog.com/

His crime : Muslim and lived in the same area as the bombed Church in Alexandria.
Security forced his family to bury the body at night .. and news of his death by torture, in the State Security headquarters in Alexandria during interrogation
Bilal image in the morgue
In mysterious circumstances has family in Alexandria to bury her son on Thursday night in the tombs of Abu Noor area of sand, where he buried the family Syed Bilal, 30, at the funeral yesterday evening and fundamentally Men Investigation Section of sand, said neighbors of the deceased that the strength of the SSI has snatching Bilal yesterday evening
The sing of torture video
And From Kuffar Source:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The two martyrs by Dr. Ayman Alzawahiri hafidhahullah


The two martyrs

By:

Dr. Aymen Alzawahiri


I can't finish this chapter without mentioning some of the aromatic biography of the martyred loving leading brothers Abu Ubaida Albanshiri and Abu Hafs the Commander (Alcomandan).


Abu Ubaida Albanshiri is Ali Alrashidi, God gave him a strong body, and goodness in the heart, a smile that never leaves him, and his humor was always present. He was a Hafiz of the Book of Allah, and was studious in reciting it.


He used work as a sports trainer for the police forces, and was arrested after the assassination of Anwar Alsadat, he was nominated to be among the assassination group, and was the brother in law for the martyr – as we expect him to be – Abdulhamid Abdulsalam, one of the four assassins of Sadat, and Amir of the assassination group, after getting out of prison he migrated to Afghanistan, he engaged in jihad against the Russians and Communists in several fronts, may be one of the most important of them was his journey to the Panjshir Valley with a group of Arab brothers, the journey was a month long through the snow and mountains, and from this journey he took his nickname, then his participation in the battles of Jagi against the Russian forces in 1987. He also participated in the jihad in Gardez and Khost.


He participated in establishing Alqaeda from its first days, and became the right arm of for Sheikh Osama bin Laden may Allah preserve him, and I remember that I heard that Sheikh Osama bin Laden in Peshawar say:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Two witnesses to Sayyid Qutb's execution

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Scholars, propagators and reformists who give their lives for the path of Allah, because of their sincerity to Him, are ranking high in the hearts of people.

Of these propagators and thinkers is Sayyid Qutb, whose hanging left a profound effect in those who knew him and realized his firm belief. Of those affected were two Policemen who witnessed his execution (in 1966).

One of the two is the narrator of the following story:

There were matters which we had not thought of and which made a total change in our lives. Every night, we were receiving in the military prison persons or groups of old and young people and women.

We were told that these were traitors cooperating with Jews and that it was a must to extract their secrets. The only way to do this was through severe persecution!

This was enough to alter the complexion of their bodies by various types of sticks and whips. We were doing this in the firm belief that we were doing a sacred duty. However, we soon found ourselves facing unexplainable things. We found that those “traitors” were strictly performing their prayers at night with their tongues continually repeating the name of Allah even under persecution.

Some of them even died under whipping or while wild dogs attacked them, but they were smiling and continually mentioning Allah’s name.


Accordingly, we became doubtful of what we were told, because it was unbelievable that such devout believers were traitors collaborating with Allah’s foes!


We secretly agreed me and my brother, to avoid harming them as much as possible, and to give them all assistance we could afford. With the grace of Allah, our stay in that prison did not last long.


Our last assignment was to guard a cell where one of them was confined. He was described to us as the most dangerous of all, their mastermind and plotting leader. He was called Sayyid Qutb.


The man was so pained by persecution to the extent that he was no longer able to stand on his feet.


They used to carry him to the Military Court looking into his case. One night, orders came to hang him. They brought him a sheikh to remind him of Allah (before being executed). 


Early in the morning of the following day, we, my brother and I, held his arms and took him to the closed car to which some other detainees were taken. Moments later, the car headed for the place of execution. Behind us, there were some military vehicles carrying armed soldiers to guard the detainees.

In no time, each soldier took his assigned place armed with his firearm. Officials there had prepared everything including installing a hanging post for each prisoner. There, a rope was put around his neck and a hangman stood waiting for orders to remove the stand underneath the accused. Under a black flag, there stood the soldier assigned the job of hoisting it at the time of execution.

The most awesome were the words uttered by each one of those about to die, to his brothers giving them good tidings about meeting them in Paradise, together with Prophet Muhammad and His Companions. These words were terminated by the touching cry: “Allah is greater, praise be to Him.”


In these dreadful moments, we heard a car approaching. The guarded gate was opened and there emerged a high-ranking officer who in a high pitch voice gave an order to the hangmen to stop.


He proceeded towards Sayyid, ordered that the robe be removed from his neck and the patch from his eyes.


Then he addressed himself in a trembling voice: “My brother, Sayyid, I am bringing you the gift of life from the patient and merciful President (the then Egyptian President). One phrase which you will sign would pardon you and your brothers.”


He did not wait for the reply, opened a notebook he was holding and said: “write, my brother, only this phrase (I was wrong and I apologize)”.


Sayyid looked up with his clear eyes. A smile which one cannot describe appeared on his face. He told the officer in a surprisingly calm tone: “Never! I would not exchange this temporary life with a life which will never disappear!”


The officer said, with his tone of sorrow: “But this would mean death, Sayyid!”


Sayyid replied: “Welcome to death in the path of Allah.. Allah is Great!” This shows steadfastness of faith. It was impossible to continue that dialogue. The officer signaled to hangman to carry out execution.


Soon the body of Sayyid and his brothers, oscillated. The tongue of each one of them had just uttered the phrase which we could not forget and whose impact we had never felt as we did in that situation, “There is no deity, but Allah, Muhammad is His Prophet.”


This way, we became pious and God-fearing. We invoke Allah to remain as we are, faithful to Him.


From: “Repenters to Allah”


By: Muhammad Abdul Aziz Al-Musnad


Translated by Dr. Muhammad Amin Tawfiq

The passionate love and cures, ibn thaymiyya

The natural inclination of the heart is to love of Allah
The heart has only been created for the worship of Allah, and this is the natural disposition(fitra) upon which Allah created his servants as the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said,

Every new born child is born upon the natural disposition and it is his parents that make him a Jew, Christian, or a Magian, as an animal produces a perfect young animal, do you see any parts of its body amputated?

Then Abu hurayra radiyAllahu anhu said, recite if you wish the saying of Allah,
فِطْرَتَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا

The Fitrah of Allah with which He has created mankind. No change is there in the creation of Allah [surah Rum:30]

So Allah ahs made the natural disposition of his servants to love him and worship him alone, so if the natural disposition was to be left as it is without corrupting it, then it would be cognizant of Allah, loving him alone, but the natural disposition does become corrupted due to the sickness of the heart- such as parents making it a Jew or a Christian- even though this be by the will and predecree of Allah, just like the body is altered by amputation. But even after this, it is possible for the heart to return to the natural disposition if Allah makes this easy for the one who does his utmost to return it to the natural disposition.

The messengers were sent to affirm and re-establish the natural disposition and to perfect it, not to alter it. So when the heart loves Allah alone, making the religion sincerely for him, it will not be tried by the love of anyone else, not to mention be tried with passionate love because were it to be afflicted with passionate love then this would diminish its loving Allah alone. This is why Yusuf Alayhi salaam was tried with passionate love(directed to him) his love of Allah alone, making the religion sincerely for him, did not allow him to be overcome by this, rather  Allah said,

لَوْلَا أَنْ رَأَىٰ بُرْهَانَ رَبِّهِ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ لِنَصْرِفَ عَنْهُ السُّوءَ وَالْفَحْشَاءَ ۚ إِنَّهُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا الْمُخْلَصِينَ
Thus is wasm that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely he was one of our chosen, guided slaves [surah Yusuf:24]

As for the wife if al-Aziz, it wwas because she was and her nation were polytheists that she was afflicted with passionate love. No one, is afflicted with passionate love except that this diminishes his singling out Allah alone for worship and his faith. The  heart that repents to Allah, fearing him, has two routes by which it can remove this passionate love.


Preventive measures from passionate love
1)   Repenting to Allah and loving him, for indeed this is more satisfying that anything else, and nothing will be left to love alongside Allah.
2)   Fearing Allah, for indeed fear is the opposite of passionate love and removes it.


So everyone who loves something, with passion or otherwise, then this love can be removed by loving that which is more beloved to compete with it.

This can also be removed by fearing the occurrence of a harm that is more hateful to one that leaving this love so when Allah is more beloved to the servant that anything else, and more feared by him than anything else, then he will not fall into passionate love or find any love that would compete with his love of Allah, except in the case of negligenceor at a time when this loves and fear has become weak by his leaving some of the obligatory duties and by performin some of the prohibited actions. For indeed faith increases with obedience and decreases with disobedience, so each time a servant obeys Allah out of love and fear, and leaves a prohibited action out of love and fear, his love and fear becomes stronger, and any love or fear of anything else besides Allah will disappear from his heart.


by sheykhul islam ibn thaymiyya rahimahullah

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Importance of mercy

. Note that this is not intended to nullify the Hatred we have for the Kuffar and other Deviants amongst the Muslims. But the articles speaks on the importance of showing mercy to the Muslims in general especially when they make mistakes in issues which are "strange" today. such as takfeer and jihad. the point being that many laymen are unaware of the importance of these aspects which is ofcourse the faults of the evil scholars. however we do have hatred towards the Neo - Salafi Murjias who are hardcore deviants. the article is only in regards to normal laymen Muslims who make mistakes. the reason why i once wrote this article is because of the excessive Takfeer and slander i was seeing from some who claim to be from the right path. Such that sometimes some would even make Takfeer upon normal muslims just for not making Takfeer on so and so.

So do not misunderstand this article as intended to nullify the Shar'ee Hatred towards deviancies. Generally we love Muslims and hate the Kuffar. But we do have some sense of hatred towards the Muslims who are sinning or deviant, but then the base is still the mercy which is balanced with hatred according to the required level

All praise be to Allah the lord of the worlds. Peace be upon the last and final messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam who was sent to mankind with beautiful manners and morals to embellish the life and everyday relations.

However, some youth from the Muslim society seems to give not much importance to these manners and morals deeming it to be of lesser value than the other qualities of Islam.  Each and everyone claims to be on the haqq hence labeling the other a deviant or ignorant and thus slandering him or backbiting him. This is clearly forbidden in islam. Allah says ;
وَيْلٌ لِكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُمَزَةٍ [١٠٤:١[
     Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and-backbiter,

And he the most high further says;

  

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are  sins. And spy not, neither  backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother .(Chapter #49, Verse #12)


Yes, these types of brothers and sisters argue each other for the love they have for Islam hence feeling hatred for the other for having misguided concepts (according to them). We do support having baraa towards the kuffar and the misguided among the muslims, but one needs to be aware of the fact that your brother is also a Muslim and deserves some rights from you. If the other is on the wrong path, one should hate the fact, but not slander him. Rather invite him to the haqq with mercy and compassion for the fact that we too were misguided in some point of life and Allah says;
الَّذِينَ يَجْتَنِبُونَ كَبَائِرَ الْإِثْمِ وَالْفَوَاحِشَ إِلَّا اللَّمَمَ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ وَاسِعُ الْمَغْفِرَةِ ۚ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِكُمْ إِذْ أَنْشَأَكُمْ مِنَ الْأَرْضِ وَإِذْ أَنْتُمْ أَجِنَّةٌ فِي بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ ۖ فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ ۖ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنِ اتَّقَىٰ [٥٣:٣٢]
Those who avoid great sins and shameful deeds, only (falling into) small faults,- verily thy Lord is ample in forgiveness. He knows you well when He brings you out of the earth, And when ye are hidden in your mothers' wombs. Therefore ascribe not purity to yourselves: He knows best who fears him and keeps his duty to him.




So one should keep this Ayah of Allah in mind when dealing with their brothers and sisters and fear Allah that he may take away the guidance he gave you. None of us found Hidaya on our own. Allah gives the light of it to whom he wills and he takes it away from whom he wills. So we should work for the mercy of our lord when dealing with misguided brothers and sisters.  If we don’t work to attain this mercy, we may as well lose the guidance.
Jarir reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah will not show mercy to a person who does not show mercy to other people."
Umar was heard to say, "Anyone who does not show mercy will not be shown mercy. Anyone who does not forgive will not be forgiven. Anyone who does not turn in repentance will not be turned to nor will he be protected or guarded."

So from these alone it is very clear that Allah shows mercy only to those who show mercy. And we all know that we cant be guided and enter paradise if Allah shows no mercy to us.  Relation between mercy and guidance can be seen in the following hadith and Ayah.
O Allah , I hope for Your mercy . Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment) . Correct all of my affairs for me . There is none worthy of worship but You.

Reference: Abu Dawud 4/324, Ahmad 5/42. Al-Albani graded it as good in Sahih Abu Dawud 3/959.

 

"Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower," [3:8].

 

 

 

If we hope for any mercy from Allah, we should fear him and show mercy to others. And we should feel embarrassed to be harsh on the misguided one because we ourselves did not find hidaya until Allah showed it to us. In this article I am not talking about the deviant muslims. I am talking about the sincere muslims striving to attain the love of their lord but has huge mistakes within them. For example when it comes to jihad and other such issues, lots of people are misguided. When it comes to takfeer, lots are misguided. There are brothers who havnt even heard that we should do takfeer on the one who does isthihlal, but some brothers attack them with takfeer for not making takfeer on the one who does isthihlaal.  This is saddening and shows the lack of mercy we have towards our brothers and sisters. We were ordered to show mercy amongst ourselves and be harch only to the kuffar. It is not the aqeeda of Ahlu Sunnah to make takfeer with no reference to the nullifying points. Here we mean that we should always try to produce an excuse for the believer and make takfeer only when everything is more than evident.   Allah says;
الَّذِينَ يُنْفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ [٣:١٣٤]
Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- for Allah loves those who do good;-

The world is a short journey and our ultimate goal is to attain the pleasure and love of Allah azza wajal.  so we should strive to gain a soft heart so to be merciful thus inviting the love of Allah. One of the ways to gain a soft heart s through dua. Verily dua is the ultimate weapon of us believers, and we should use every time possible. For Allah accepts the dua when he is nagged. He may not accept it straight away because he wants you to ask more and more thus in the end you will be closer to Allah through these constant duas.  Another way to attain softness in heart is through praying, reciting quran and constantly crying and weeping in remembrance of Allah. if it is difficult, force yourself to cry. Ask Allah to give you khushoo’ and save you from an eye that doesn’t weep upon his remembrance. 

These  ahadith also implies the importance of such manners
Al-Tirmidhi narrated: Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said: "The best loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant." 

Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to Ashaj Abdul-Qais (May Allah be pleased with him), "You possess two qualities that Allah loves. These are clemency and tolerance."



Ibn Mas'ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Shall I not tell you whom the (Hell) Fire is forbidden to touch? It is forbidden to touch a man who is always accessible, having polite and tender nature."

[At-Tirmidhii].



Monday, January 17, 2011

Seeking Allah's guidance, love and ever lasting rewards

Bismillah rahmaani raheem. 
All Praises and Thanks are due to ALLAH the Lord and Creator of the Universe. Whome ALLAH guides non can misguide and whome ALLAH misguides non can guide. There is none worthy of worship but ALLAH and Muhammed is the Messenger of ALLAH. Laa ilaha ilalalah Muhammada rasuullallah (salallahu alehi wasalam). Allahumma sali 3alaa Muhammed wa 3alaa aalahi Muhammed, kama saleeyta 3alaa Ibraheema wa 3alaa aalahii Ibraheema inaka hameedun majeed.


By the noble sister umm Ammarah
Seeking Allah’s Guidance, Love and Everlasting Rewards!!
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Non-Muslims and those secular Muslims whose faith is weak may ask: “Why do we have to sacrifice everything for Allah by doing all the religious duties (e.g., observing the five times daily prayers, fasting the whole month of Ramadan, paying Zakat or the obligatory charity, perform hajj, and observing other righteous deeds)?” The answer is straightforward, we have to sacrifice everything for Allah in order to please Him so that He will love us and bestow His Mercy and reward us supreme success. 

Allah’s Messenger r said: “Allah the Almighty said: ‘My servant does not please me with anything more beloved to me than the religious duties I have imposed upon him.’” (Bukhâri)

If we please Allah by performing all the acts of worship (He has enjoined upon mankind), we show gratitude to our Creator. We need to be grateful to Allah I for all the favors He has bestowed upon us, especially for making us Muslims. In this way we gain His love and guidance and hence, His ultimate rewards. Allah the Exalted says:

And remember! Your Rabb caused to be declared (publicly): ‘If you are grateful, I will add more (favors) unto you; but if you show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed.’” (Qur’an 14:7)

...And if any is grateful, truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, truly my Rabb is free of all needs, Supreme in Honor!” (Qur’an 27:40)

...Show (your) gratitude to Allah. Any who is (so) grateful does so to the profit of his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, verily Allah is free of all wants, worthy of all praise.” (Qur’an 31:12)

We have to love Allah, for making us Muslims and for all the favors He has bestowed upon us. Verily, Allah is our Creator, Sustainer and Cherisher. Everything comes from Him. He Alone deserves our love:

Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah as equal (with Allah); they love them as they should love Allah. But those of faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous could see behold they would see the penalty that to Allah belongs all power and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty.” (Qur’an 2:165)

We have to love Allah, the Most High, and be devoted to Him Alone so that in return, He will love us. Only when we gain His love, mercy and guidance can we attain success. We need to know how to earn Allah’s love. One may ask, but how do we attain Allah’s love? Alhamdullillah, Allah provides us clear and explicit answer to this very important question. In the Qur’an Allah the Almighty tells us two ways by which He bestows His love upon us:

Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.’” (Qur’an 3:31)

''On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow Love.'' (Qur’an 19:96)

It is very clear that if we follow the Sunnah (Way or Tradition) of Prophet Muhammad salallahu aleihi wasalam and do righteous deeds Allah will love us. Allah’s Messenger invited people to believe (in Tawhîd and other six articles of Faith). He joined them to perform the pillars of Islam as well as other deeds of righteousness, which he himself practiced with much devotion. We can show our love and devotion to Allah by performing not only the obligatory deeds required upon us but also to do the supererogatory or voluntary deeds. This means to observe the obligatory five daily prayers, zakat, fasting in the month of Ramadan, and hajj in the House of Allah in Makkah once in a lifetime for those who can afford it. In addition to these is to try as much as possible to perform the optional prayers; to give sadaqa (voluntary charity); to fast in other days and months; to perform umrah (less pilgrimage); to do dhikr (remembrance of Allah) by reading the Holy Qur’an, by praising Allah and supplicating to Allah; by doing and/or supporting Da’wah (inviting people to Islam); to do jihad (fighting for the Cause of Allah) and other righteous deeds. All these must be done with sincere devotion to Allah in accordance with the Sunnah or Way of the Prophet sallalllahu aleihi wasalam. The most important of these voluntary worship is the qiyaam ul layl or tahajjud (after midnight prayer). Allah commanded His Messenger to pray qiyaam ul layl, which the Prophet regularly performed and which became part of his Sunnah. We read in the Qur’an:

''O you (Muhammad) folded in garments! Stand (to prayer) by night, but not whole night, half of it, or a little less, or a little more; and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured rhythmic tone. Soon shall We send down to you a weighty Word. Truly the rising by night is a time when impression is more keen and speech more certain. True, there is for you by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties: but keep in remembrance the name of your Rabb, and devote yourself to Him whole-heartily. He is the Rabb of the East and the West: there is no god but He. Take Him therefore for your Disposer of affairs.'' (Qur’an 73:1-9)

''Verily, your Rabb does know that you (O Muhammad) stand forth (to prayer) nigh two-thirds of the night or half the night, or a third of the night, and so does a party of those with you. And Allah measures the night and the day. He knows that you are unable to pray the whole night. So He has turned to you (in mercy). Read therefore as much of the Qur’an as may be easy (for you). He knows that there will be some among you sick, others traveling through the land, seeking of Allah’s Bounty, and others fighting in Allah’s Cause. So, recite as much of the Qur’an as may be easy (for you) and perform regular prayer and give Zakat; and loan to Allah a beautiful loan. And whatever good you send forth for yourselves, you shall find it with Allah. Yes, better and greater in reward, and seek forgiveness of Allah, for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.'' (Qur’an 73:20)

By making qiyaam ul layl as part of our practice, we become pious, a characteristic that will make us better Muslims. By praying the qiyaam ul layl, we demonstrate not only our sincerity to Allah but also shows our patience and sacrifice for waking up in the midnight to perform extra prayers when others are asleep. When we stand for a long time praying, reading or reciting Qur’anic Ayât (Verses) or Suraat (Chapters); when we do more dhikr (remembrance and praises to Allah); and when we make more supplications to Allah, we earn more hasanaat (rewards). By earning more hasanaat we actually improve our personality to be pious Muslims. We must strive to be pious in order to be closer to our Rabb. We must know that Allah’s Messenger salallahu aleihi wasalam encourages us to have such excellent character as narrated in the following Hâdîth:

Abu Dharr narrated that Allah’s Messenger said to him, “You are not better than people with red or black skins unless you excel them in piety.” (Tirmidhi 5198 and Ahmad)

Once we become pious, we earn Allah’s love. Allah the Almighty will bless us with the best personality, one that is loved by all the angels, and all the people, especially the Muslims. We read the following Ahadîth Qudsi:

Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah (Mighty and sublime be He) said: ‘Whoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask (something) of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about (seizing) the soul of my faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.’” (Bukhari 8/509)

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel saying, 'Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love him.’ Gabriel would love him and make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. 'Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,' and so all the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth.” (Bukhari 4/431 and 8/66, Muslim and Tirmidhi)

We should include in our supplications to Allah during qiyaam ul layl, that He makes us effective Du’ât (those who invite people to Islam), so that those non-Muslims who listen to us will easily see the Light of Islam. When we do this, by Allah’s Will, we will succeed as Du’ât because Allah listens and grants supplications from His devoted worshippers especially during qiyaam ul layl. Allah’s Messenger salallahu aleihi wasalam said: 

Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger said: “Our Rabb, the Blessed, the Superior, comes down every night to the nearest heaven to us during the last third of the night. Then, He says: ‘(Is there anyone) who invokes Me, (demands anything from Me) so that I respond to his invocation? (Is there anyone) who asks Me for something so that I may grant him his request? (Is there anyone) who seeks My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?’” (Bukhari 2/246)

We should invite non-Muslims to love Allah so that the Almighty will love them in return. They can show their love to Allah by being rational and sincere in their search for Truth. If they do so, they will find that verily, Islam is the True Religion from Allah. Insha Allah, our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) will guide them and open their hearts to Islam as He is the One Who gives Islam to those whom He loves. Allah’s Messenger said in the following Hadîth:

‘Abdullah Bin Mas’ud t narrated that Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah Most High has allotted you your characters just as He has allotted you your provisions. Allah Most High gives worldly things to those whom He loves and those whom He does not love, but He gives religion only to those whom He loves, so he who is given religion by Allah has been loved by Him. By Him in Whose hand my soul is, a man is not a Muslim till his heart and tongue are submissive, and he is not a believer till his neighbor is safe from injurious behavior on his part.” (Tirmidhi 4994)

Those who, by the Grace of Allah, have embraced Islam must thank Allah for His great Mercy. They should sincerely love Allah, His Messenger and Islam as a whole:

Anas narrated that a man asked the Prophet salallahu aleihi wasalam about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e., “You will be with those whom you love.”) Therefore, I love the Prophet, Abu Bakr and 'Umar , and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.” (Bukhari 5/37)

Anas narrated that the Prophet said, “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and the whole mankind.” (Bukhari 1/14)

‘Abdullah Bin Abbas narrated that “Allah’s Messenger said, “Love Allah for the favors with which He provides you, love me because of the love of Allah, and love my family from love of me.” (Tirmidhi 6173)

May ALLAH have mercy on us, may ALLAH forgive us, may ALLAH make his religion steadfast in our hearts and may ALLAH azawajal let us die as muslims, as muminoon, shuhadaa and may ALLAH make us among those who are going to meet in Janatul Firdous. Amin ya rabil alameen!! May ALLAH let us be with those we love for the sake of ALLAH, may ALLAH help those who are suffering and those who are fighting fisabilillah.. May ALLAH awaken the muslim ummah, may ALLAH unite us again and may ALLAH azawajal make us strong in imaan. Amin ya Rabb!!!

Jazakallah khair, please remember me in you du'a. 

Fi amanillah.
Wa'billahi tawfiiq

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Why you cannot be a mujahid

Why you cannot be a Mujahid

Written by a brother

Many of us live vicariously through the select few whom Allah Subhanah wa Ta`aalaa has blessed with the accomplishment of Fareedatul Jihad. We often question ourselves why them? Why not us? The question, though unspoken, is oft present on our minds. It is part of the individual consciousness about the call of duty in Qur’an and Hadith, such as in the following verses of al-Qur’an al-Kareem; 

وَجَاهِدُوا فِي اللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِ 
verse 18:78

انْفِرُواْ خِفَافًا وَثِقَالاً وَجَاهِدُواْ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ فِي
سَبِيلِ اللّهِ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ 
verse 11:41


وَقَاتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلاَ تَعْتَدُواْ
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبِّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ 
verse 2:190

كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِتَالُ وَهُوَ كُرْهٌ لَّكُمْ وَعَسَى أَن تَكْرَهُواْ
شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ وَعَسَى أَن تُحِبُّواْ شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ
لَّكُمْ وَاللّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ 
verse 5:216


It is also part of our collective Islamic consciousness, as we are genetically (think Fitrah) programmed to feel responsible for protecting the faith of Islam and its people. So the question is legitimate, but the answer warrants some contemplation. In other words, why some of us succeed in heeding the call of the above verses, whilst others fail to do so? 

The short answer: It is in the character. It is all about the moral fiber. If you happen to know someone who has taken that step and crossed over to the other side of the battlefield (the non-spectator side), you can’t help but notice, nay feel the differences between him and yourself. 

This series of articles will try to shed some light on these deficiencies in ourselves and which prevent us from doing what Allah Azza wa Jall asks of us. 

In this part, we will highlight the most important deficiency of all and that is:

The Lack of Conviction


Remember those Halaqat of `Aqidah? The ones in which we studied the concept of “Yaqeen”? 

Well, if you can't remember, let's try to do some recollection together. 

So, what is Yaqeen?

Some thirty five years ago, I asked my Sheykh about its meaning too. His answer was short and painful: “It is one of those concepts which if you don’t know its meaning then you don’t have it!” That answer felt more like a stinger than a one line zinger. I recoiled in humiliation, before pouring all my heart and mind in trying to understand it, through books and whatnot, to no avail. It wasn’t until I summoned the courage to ask my Sheykh again. But before asking him the same question over again, I made sure to preface it with numerous verses of Qur’an and texts of Hadith that contained the word “Yaqeen”, together with lexical definitions from Lisaan al-`Arab and Taaj al-`Aruus among others. The Sheykh was more patient and gracious than I deserved. His answer this time around was: “Well, that’s wonderful. But you’ll not find what you’re looking for in books. This is part of A`maal Al Quluub not some brain gymnastics. Try to read about people who had it and see what kind of verses apply to them instead. You would be more successful that way.”

Disappointed, but more motivated than humiliated this time around, I scoured Seerah references for something with an evidence of Yaqeen. 

The first text that came across my eyes was the story of the Prophet’s Hijrah Sallallahu `Alayhi wa Sallam. Here is our beloved Prophet `Alayhi al-Salatu wa al-Salaam, huddled in this small cave with Abu Bakr Radiallahu `Anhu, whilst the enemies are mere inches away from their heads. Abu Bakr looking a little grim and depressed as he might have thought that that was it, and that they were about to have their mission of establishing the Islamic state in Madinah dashed by the Quraysh mob, when the Prophet’s conviction about Allah’s protection took the situation over. In calm, poised words, ever so soothing, ever so confident, he said to Abu Bakr Radiallahu `Anhu these five Arabic words:

لا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا

Do not be sad, for Allah is with us.

The verse 9:40 describes the watershed of events that followed the utterance of those five lonely words... events that changed history;

إِلاّ تَنْصُرُوهُ فَقَدْ نَصَرَهُ اللَّهُ إِذْ أَخْرَجَهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَمْ تَرَوْهَا وَجَعَلَ كَلِمَةَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا السُّفْلَى وَكَلِمَةُ اللَّهِ هِيَ الْعُلْيَا وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

Translation: 
If ye help him not, still Allah helped him when those who disbelieve drove him forth, the second of two; when they two were in the cave, when he said unto his comrade: Grieve not. Lo! Allah is with us. Then Allah caused His peace of reassurance to descend upon him and supported him with hosts (literally: soldiers) ye cannot see, and made the word of those who disbelieved the nethermost, while Allah's Word it was that became the uppermost. Allah is Mighty, Wise.

The five words the Prophet Sallallahu `Alayhi wa Sallam uttered in the darkness of that cave… in the darkness of that moment, were a testimony to His “Yaqeen” in Allah Azza wa Jall, that He Subhanah is there with them, in every moment and at each step of the way. As a consequence; 

Firstly, there was Peace and Reassurance. Calm and Serenity. 

Secondly: Support… with unseen soldiers

Thirdly: Victory

It is conviction that helps the Mu`min to believe that nothing will befall him without Allah’s will. It does not matter what kind of physical activity -or lack of it thereof- that person might engage in, hurt and harm can and may happen to him or her. It is Yaqeen that cushions the effect of such mishaps on the soul and makes life feel easier with all its trials and tribulations. That is what `Ataa` al-Khurasaani meant in his du`ah that he said at the closing of each of his halaqat:

وكان عطاء الخراساني لا يقوم من مجلسه حتى يقول: "اللهم هبْ لنا يقينا بك حتى تهون علينا مصيباتُ الدنيا، وحتى نعلم أنه لا يصيبنا إلا ما كُتب علينا، ولا يأتينا من هذا الرزق إلا ما قسمتَ لنا به".


Translation: “O Allah, give me the conviction that makes all life’s tribulations easier on me, and so that I know that nothing befalls us that which You Have not ascribed upon us, and that no sustenance comes to us that which You Have not rationed to us”. 

Conviction like this is what made Prophet Ibraaheem Alayhi al-Salaam walk through fire, leave his loved ones alone in the unforgiving desert of Mecca and raise the knife atop his grown up child's throat in sacrifice before Allah Subhanah wa Ta`aalaa. 

It is the same conviction that lead `Umayr Ibn al-Humaam to throw away his dates, which he had saved for supper, during the battle of Badr, for he thought that was a long time to wait if he has been promised Jannah for just becoming Shaheed. 

In Saheeh Muslim (Vol. 4 Page 151 or Hadeeth no. 4871)

سمع الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: "قوموا إلى جنة عرضها السماوات والأرض". قال: بخٍ بخ. قال الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم: "ما حملك على قولك: بخٍ بخٍ؟ قال: لا والله يا رسول الله، إلاَّ رجاء أن أكون من أهلها. قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: "فإنك من أهلها". فأخرج تمرات كنَّ في قرنه (جيبه) فجعل يأكل منهنَّ ثم قال: لئن حييتُ حتى آكل تمراتي هذه؛ إنها لحياة طويلة. فرمى بما كان معه ثم قاتلهم حتى قتل".

Translation: 
He, Radiayllahu `Anhu heard the Prophet Sallallahu `Alayhi wa Sallam say (right before the battle of Badr: “Get up to Jannah that is wider than heavens and earth”. Umayr then said: “Awesome, Awesome!” (Actually the word “Bakhin” was used in classical Arabic to indicate superiority of something or awe from something as in the common English exclamation “No way!”. See Lisaan al-`Arab by Ibn Mandzuur in the B chapter, or Al-Muheet by al-Fayruuzabadi chapter B as well)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallah then turned to him and said: “Why did you say Bakhin Bakhin?”

Umayr then said: “Oh noby Allah, O Messenger of Allah, (because) only that I hope to be one of its (Jannah) dwellers”

He, Sallallahu `Alayhi wa Sallam then said: “then you are one of its dwellers”

Umayr then pulled out a few dates out of his quiver (or pocket), and started hastily eating them whilst saying: “It is a long life to wait till I finish eating all these dates”. He then threw them away and fought the enemy till he was killed.

His Yaqeen, Radiayllahu `Anhu helped him visualise his place in Jannah. That clarity of mind and heart led him to see how long a life it was if he were to wait till he finished eating all his dates. Now imagine this: His dates were in a quiver or pocket. They were not many to begin with. But he saw that eating them all would delay his journey. That he could not stand. So he cut it short, in a most dangerous yet valiant way. 

Now, let’s do some anchoring of this concept. 

What is Yaqeen, or what we have dubbed “Conviction” ?

In the Arabic lexicon, this word simply means: certitude.

Technically, it was defined in a few ways, depending on each author’s understanding of it. 

So, al-Raghib al-Asbahaani in his Mufradaat (page 552) defined it as:

اليقين هو سكون الفهم مع ثبات الحكم
Translation: Yaqeen is a settled mind on a resolved ruling/verdict

In other words: the mind is in a state of satisfaction with Allah’s rule, either in life or in religious practice. 

Imam al-Mannawi in his book al-Tawqeef ‘Alaa Muhimmaat al-Ta’aareef (Page 347) said:

اليقين هو العلم بالشّيء بعد أن كان صاحبه شاكّا فيه، ولذلك لا يطلق على علمه تعالى
Translation:

Yaqeen is the (firm) knowledge of something after someone had doubts about it. That is why Allah’s knowledge is not included in it or considered to be part of it (reference to conviction after doubt). 

What are the signs of Yaqeen on a person?

Al Fayruuzabadee said in his book Basaa`ir Thawi al-Tamyeez (Vol. 5 page 400)

ثلاثة من أعلام اليقين:
1- قلّة مخالطة النّاس في العشرة.
2- ترك المدح لهم في العطيّة.
3- التّنزّه عن ذمّهم عند المنع
- النّظر إلى اللّه في كلّ شيء، والرّجوع إليه في كلّ أمر، والاستعانة به في كلّ حال 4
Translation:

Limited frequentation of people in terms of relationships
Reservation in praising them for their generosity
Abstention from criticising them for their miserliness 
Seeking Allah’s approval in everything, referring to Him in every matter and seeking His help in every state. 

In his famous book Madaarij al-Saalikeen (vol. 2 Page 413), Imam Ibn al-Qayyim Rahimahullah, who was the brightest disciple of Sheykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, said something deep and poignant about the concept of Yaqeen:

فاليقين روح أعمال القلوب الّتي هي أرواح أعمال الجوارح وهو حقيقة الصّدّيقيّة، وقطب هذا الشّيء الّذي عليه مداره، واليقين قرين التّوكّل، ولهذا فسّر التّوكّل بقوّة اليقين. ومتى وصل اليقين إلى القلب امتلأ نورا وإشراقا وانتفى عنه كلّ شكّ وريب، وهمّ وغمّ، فامتلأ محبّة للّه، وخوفا منه، ورضى به، وشكرا له، وتوكّلا عليه وإنابة إليه، فهو مادّة جميع المقامات والحامل لها
Translation:
So, Yaqeen is the essence of the endeavours of the heart, which are in their turn the essence of the labours of the limbs. Yaqeen is therefore the “siddiqi” truth (the ultimate, honest truth). It is the pole around which everything revolves. Yaqeen goes hand in hand with Tawakkul (reliance). It is for this reason Tawakkul was described as the resultant of strength in Yaqeen. Whenever Yaqeen reaches a heart it floods it with light, and all doubts are cast away from it, as well as sadness and depression. It fills it with the love of Allah, His fear, His acceptance, gratitude towards Him, reliance upon Him and repentance to Him. It is the body of all the virtues and their hauling vehicle. 


Complicated? 

Not really, if you put things in perspective. 

Those who have succeeded in leading the way in the history of Islam had this value imbedded in their hearts. It is Allah’s promise afterall, for Allah Subhanah says in 32:24: 

وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا لَمَّا صَبَرُوا وَكَانُوا بِآياتِنَا يُوقِنُونَ 

Translation: 

And when they became steadfast and believed firmly (convicted) in Our revelations, We appointed from among them leaders who guided by Our command

Their success is a fait accompli, as the verses 2:4&5 of Qur`an read: 

وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنْزِلَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ وَبِالآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ * أُولَئِكَ عَلَى هُدىً مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
Translation: 

And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter. (4) These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful. (5)

In conclusion, it takes more than just wishful thinking or mere fantasies to become a Mujahid. It requires from us to have the conviction, the clarity of mind and heart and the certitude about everything… EVERYTHING.

Life
Death
Faith
People
Actions
Consequences
Morals
World

Hereafter

One may be able to slip his way to the front or fronts, but without this virtue, he might either drop out, become a burden on his brethren, desert his duties, or end up a casualty of his doubts instead of a Shaheed (witness) on this Ummah and humanity. 

No one can be judged, but no one can be a better judge of one’s character than the person himself. 

Let’s all look deep inside our hearts and ask ourselves this question: 

Do we have Yaqeen?

May Allah Subhanah wa Ta`aalaa give us Yaqeen in our belief and actions. May He `Azza wa Jall forgive us our doubts and Heal our hearts from all deficiencies in our Imaan

Wa Sallallahu `Alaa Muhammad wa Sallam

Akhukum Abu Ayyub