Saturday, July 18, 2020

All about Dhul Hijjah, Arafah, Eid & Days of Tashreeq ...

The Selective Gheerah !
Throughout the years on social media, we notice that when it comes to a sister revealing her face online or when you see the opposite genders flirting or mixing, many of us are like lions in those types of settings! Dropping Ayaat of Quraan, Ahadtih, Fatawa, various opinions of scholars, etc… We’re right on top of shutting that fitnah down immediately by enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. We do this because we claim to have Gheerah. Alhumdulillah that’s great and we should keep it up.

But the thing which makes one scratch their head is, when these exact same people who are encouraging the good, forbidding the evil, and who claim to have this tremendous Gheerah for their sisters. Why then don’t they have this same Gheerah for our sisters all around the world, especially and in particular the sisters in the camps? Since we can actually send aid to them unlike many others ! Why are we so selective with our Gheerah?!? Where does that tremendous zeal and that exceptional Gheerah for our sisters disappear to? Why is our attitude not lion-like when it comes to helping them and their likes? Is there any daleel which states we should only have Gheerah for a certain group of sisters and not have Gheerah for another group of sisters? Are we going to allow the kuffaar to dictate and stigmatize for us who we can and should help and who we can’t and shouldn’t help? Because see, if we’re sincere with ourselves and actually had Gheerah like many of us eloquently claim, then we wouldn’t hesitate to help them and their likes. What’s the difference in having protective jealousy over those sisters who expose themselves online and over these sisters in the camps, except that these sisters in the camps and their likes are just as much in need of your Gheerah, if not more! Especially when one considers the seriousness of their situation! If you claim to have Gheerah, then that Gheerah shouldn’t just be restricted and limited to the brothers and sisters on social media or only for the sisters who are living in the West! It should be applied in all settings and in all situations!

Islam considers all religions to be equal ?!?

"Say (O Muhammad): O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims.'" [3:64] 

Meaning: say to the people of the scripture – the Jews and Christians, "come to a word that is just between us and you" Meaning: Come let us unite upon it the statement which all the Prophets and Messengers agreed upon and no opposed it except the obstinate and misguided. This statement is not specific to anyone of us, rather it is something that you and us should establish between us, so this is justice and fairness in debate. Then Allah explains this and said: "that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him" Meaning: We should single out Allah in worship, devoting all love, fear and hope to Him alone, and we should not associate anyone as partner with Allah in worship neither a Prophet, an Angel, a Righteous Person, an Idol, a Deified image, a living or non-living thing, "and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah"; rather all obedience is to be devoted to Allah and His Messengers. "Then, if they turn away, say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims.'" [Tafseer As-Sadi]

The Christians wrote to Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah and claimed that Islam considers all religions to be equal and that this has been mentioned in Surah Baqarah as follows: "Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." [2:62]

Shaytaan uses our Heedlessness, Desires & Ignorance !!!
Imaam Ibnul Jawzi said: At-Talbees – Deception – is to show falsehood in the image of truth. Ghuroor – being misled – is a type of ignorance that necessitate believing that something corrupt is correct, and that something bad is good. Its cause is due to the presence of doubtful matters, rather Iblees sways people as much as possible and increases his ability from them. This becomes lesser depending on the level of their vigilance, heedlessness, ignorance and knowledge.

Know that the heart is similar to a fortress, fences surround this fortress and have doors. The fortress (i.e. the heart) has fissures and the intellect resides inside it. The angels frequent the fortress and on its side there is a stable that contains desires; the devils go to that stable in turns without obstacle, a war is established between the people of the fortress and the people of the stable, and the devils do not cease going around the fortress seeking for the opportunity when the guard becomes heedless or to go through the fissures. Therefore, the guard must know all the doors of the fortress that have been placed under his responsibility and all the fissures lest he drops his guard for even a moment because the enemy never drops his guard. The fortress is brightened with remembrance of Allah and radiant with Imaan, and there is a bright mirror in there that reveals the images of everything that goes past; so the first thing the devils do in the stable is that they increase the smoke, so the walls of the fortress become darkened and the mirror becomes rusty; however perfect remembrance of Allah repels the smoke and the glaze of the Dhikr cleans the mirror.

Terms & concepts of hunger strike !

An Important Principle Regarding Terms and Concepts

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim said: The basis of Bani Adam’s misguidance is as a result of ‘General Terms’ and ‘Ambiguous Meanings’ (i.e. terms and meanings which can either be utilized for truth or falsehood when not explained in detail and distinguished), especially if they come in contact with a confused mind, then how about when (evil) desires and misguided enthusiasm is added to that? Therefore, ask the One Who keeps the hearts steadfast (i.e. Allah) to keep your heart firm upon His Religion and not allow you to fall into this darkness. [As-Sawa’iq Al-Mursalah Alal Jahmiyyah Wal Mu’attilah – Vol 3 page 927]
The basis of a person’s Islam is to testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad (saws) is the Messenger of Allah, to believe in Allah, declare that Allah is One without partner, obey Allah’s commands, keep away from what Allah has forbidden and single out Allah in worship. And safeguarding this path (necessitates) the prohibition of every expression (term or word) that contains Shirk Billaah (i.e. ascribing partners to Allah) or Kuffr, or will lead to one of the two. [Mu’jam Al-Manahi Lil Laf’dhiyyah’ page 34]. In the Qur’an, there are many words that are utilized to rebut the words (or terms) that are in opposition to the call of the Messengers, the revelation that was revealed to them and the truth they brought. [Mu’jam Al-Manahi Lil Lafdhiyyah page 10] 

Knowledge, Humility, Zuhd, Generosity....
The Importance of Knowledge:

Abu Ad-Dardaa said: “’The Scholar and the learner are two partners (i.e. in good), the teacher and the listener are two partners (in good), the one who guides to good and the performer of the good are two partners (in good).” [Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm: 1/40]

Abu Hurairah used to say: "Had it not been for two Ayaat in Allah’s Book, I would not have narrated anything to you. Indeed Allah said: ”Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which We have sent down….” and that which comes after it; then he (Abu Hurairah) said: Indeed the people say: Abu Hurairah narrates a lot.” [Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm of Ibn Abdul Barr 1/22]

It was narrated from Hasan Al-Basri (that he said) about the statement of Allah: "And of them there are some who say: Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good.” [2:201] The Good in the worldly life are Knowledge and worship and Good in the Afterlife is Jannah. [Jaami Bayaan Al-Ilm of Ibn Abdul Barr 1/112]

Ibraheem Bin Adham said: "Whoever sincerely seeks knowledge by way of which he benefits the slaves of Allah and himself, then being unknown will be more beloved to him than bluffness. This is the one who will increase himself in humility, exertion in acts of worship, fear of Allah and longing to (obey Allah, carrying out His commandments, keeping away from what He has forbidden and desiring to meet Him in the afterlife), and he is humble with the people. He does not give much importance to what he goes to bed with or wakes up with (pertaining) to the things of this worldly life." [Shu’ab Al-Emaan of Imaam Bayhaqi 2/288]


Article : 'Wished I were dead,' says survivor of Assad prison

Sawsan Um Muhammad, 31, can never forget the torture she suffered in prison after she was detained by the Bashar al-Assad regime forces seven years ago.

"We were not seen as human beings, all prisoners were treated as sheer numbers," she said.

At least 500,000 people including women are currently languishing in Assad regime prisons and detention centers, according to opposition sources.

Very few victims are able to muster the courage to speak about their ordeal.

"They said I texted someone they were looking for [...] I spent time in different detention centers for nearly four months. I experienced some of the worst tortures," she said, as her eyes filled with tears.

'Like a slaughterhouse'

She spent time in prisons in Homs and Damascus.

All these prisons seemed just like slaughterhouses, she said.