Isn’t it that time?

It is reported that Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd – Allâh have mercy on him – said:
How will you be if you reach a time when you will see people who do not distinguish truth from falsehood, believer from unbeliever, trustworthy from treacherous, nor ignorant from knowledgeable, and neither recognize what is right nor censure what is wrong?

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ 1:188.

After reporting this narration, Imâm Ibn Battah (d. 387H) said:

To Allâh we belong and to Him we will return! We have reached that time, we have heard this and have come to know most of it and witnessed it. If a man to whom Allâh has bestowed sound reasoning looks and thinks carefully and ponders the matter of Islâm and its people and treads the rightly guided path as regards to them, it will become clear to him that most people have turned back on their heals, deviated from the correct path, and turned away from  correct proof. Many people have started to like what they used to hate, allow what they used to forbid and recognize what they used to reject. And for sure – Allâh have mercy on you – this is not the [right] character of the Muslims, nor the behaviour of those who have insight into this religion, and neither of those who believe in it and are certain about it.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/isnt-this-that-time/#ixzz2csN4OPWG

 

Note: Imam Ibn Battah was saying this during his time and currently we see much more of this behaviour. It seems as though accepting the falsehood of others amounts to “tolerance”, whether this is the falsehood of saying Allaah has a son, (Glorified He is from such a thing), or the deviated belief of the Shi’ah that Allaah became incarnate in ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him). The Muslim does not accept false beliefs so that the people are pleased with him, rather he is more concerned with enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and more concerned with pleasing Allaah than the creation. It is said that the head of all good is Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) and the head of all evil is Shirk (associating partners with Allaah in His Lordship, Names and Attributes or right to be worshipped alone). The Muslim strives in propagating the correct creed and if he sees falsehood or sin, he does what he can to stop it. He does not do what is practised today, by calling everyone his brother, whether they are Christian, Hindu or Pagan as Allaah said:

“But if they repent, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way) We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for a people who know.” {9:11}

and:

“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.” {49:11}

The Muslim should therefore be keen on seeking knowledge and asking Allaah to give him the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood, to stay firm on the correct path; the path of those whom He has guided, not of those who have incurred His anger, nor of those who have gone astray.

 

Umar’s instructions on the first night of Ramadhan

It is reported that on the first night of Ramadân, ‘Umar – Allâh be pleased with him – would pray Maghrib, then say (to the people):

Sit down. Then he would give a small address: Verily the fasting of this month has been made a duty upon you, and standing in night prayer has not been made a duty upon you, but those amongst you who can stand in prayer should do so, for it is from the extra good deeds about which Allâh told us: so whoever cannot stand in prayer, let him sleep on his bed.

And beware of saying: I will fast if so and so fasts and I will stand in night prayer if so and so stands in prayer. Whoever fasts or stands in night prayer, he must make this for Allâh. And you should know that you are in prayer as long as you are waiting for a prayer.

Minimize any vain or false speech in the houses of Allâh (mosques; he said this two or three times). Let none of you fast a few days before the month (in order to avoid missing the beginning of the month; he said this three times). And do not fast until you see [the crescent of the new month] unless it is overcast. If it is overcast, count [the previous month] as 30 days. Then do not break your fasts until you see the night upon the mountain (i.e. you are sure the sun has set).

‘Abd Al-Razzâq Al-San’ânî, Al-Musannaf article 7748.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/umars-instructions-on-the-first-night-of-ramadan/#ixzz2atAKujpk

Perfect wisdom

Extract from Ibn Al Qayyim’s book “Al-Fawaa’id”:

  • He who did nor make use of his eye, did not make use of his ear.
  • The servant has a veil between him and Allaah and another one between him and people. Whoever tore his veil between him and Allaah, Allaah will tear the veil between him and the people.
  • The servant has a Lord that he will stand in front of and a house that he will live in, so he must seek the pleasure of Allaah before meeting Him and he should furnish his house before moving into it.
  • Losing time is harder than death, as loosing time keeps you away from Allaah and the Hereafter, while death keeps you away from the worldly life and your people.
  • The whole world from its beginning until its end is not worth an hour of sadness, so what about the sadness of a whole life?
  • What we love today will catch up with what we hate tomorrow, and what we hate today will catch up with what we love tomorrow
  • The most precious reward during life is to busy yourself with the most suitable and useful matters in their exact and suitable time. How can he be rational who sells Paradise and what is in it, for one hour of passing pleasure.
  • The pious man will leave this worldly life while he did not obtain satisfaction in two matters: crying for himself and praising Allaah.
  • If you are afraid of any creature, you will run away from it. When you are afraid of Allaah, you will love Him and seek to be close to Him.
  • If knowledge is useful without actions, Allaah, the Exalted would never have dispraised the people of the book, and if actions were useful without devotion, He would never have dispraised the hypocrites.
  • Stand firm against evil thoughts, for if you fail to do so, they will become ideas, if you do not, they will become desires, so fight against them. If you do not then they will become a form of determination and intention, if you do not resist, they will become actions, and if you do not follow them up with their opposite, they will become habits that will be hard to quit.