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microphoneBukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, radiAllaahu ‘anhu, that the Messenger of Allaah, salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallaam, said: “Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day: let him speak good or remain silent.”

Imam Abu Hatim bin Hibban, in Rawdatul-‘Uqalaa said:

It is obligatory upon the intelligent to adhere resolutely to silence until he must speak. Frequently will the one who speaks regret later on! Rare will it be that the one who remains silent has a cause to regret! The people who will have the most misery and greatest misfortune are those with unrestrained tongues and encased hearts.

It is obligatory upon the intelligent to treat his ears and mouth fairly. He should know that he was given two ears and one mouth so that he may listen more than he speaks, for it may well be that when he speaks, he will regret, and when he does not speak, he will have no cause to regret. Man is more able to return to its place what he did not say as compared to returning and retracting what he has actually said. When a word is spoken, it has taken control of him; but when it is not spoken, he is in control of it.

The tongue of the intelligent is behind his heart: when he wishes to speak he first refers to the heart and if it is befitting that he speak, he does, otherwise he does not. The heart of the ignoramus is on the tip of his tongue: whatever comes to it, he speaks. The one who does not preserve his tongue has not understood his religion.

  • Transcribed from: Shaykh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbad’s Rifqan Ahlu’l-Sunnah bi Ahlu’l-Sunnah

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“This day and age is a day and age of being gentle, of being patient, and of having wisdom. It is not a day and age of being harsh and strict. The majority of the people are in a state of ignorance and neglect influenced by the worldly affairs of this life. So it is necessary to have patience and it is necessary to be gentle until the call has reached and been conveyed to the people and that they come to understanding. We ask Allah to grant everyone guidance.”

ash-Shaykh Bin Baaz (rahimahullah) | Majmoo’ Fataawaa Vol. 8 pg 376 and Vol. 10 pg 91

Translated by: Aboo ‘Imraan al-Mekseekee| Retrieved from: al-Qawl us-Sadeed 

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Shall I not tell you of the beauty of Al-Islaam? It is that every action is already legislated within the Quraan and Sunnah, having no additions or subtractions. They form the foundations of this deen – The Quraan, the Speech of Allah as revealed to His Messenger salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and in turn the Sunnah, the traditions of the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. These two paragons of light provide us with guidance and direction and adherence to them ensures the believer success; for while others may go about this life performing actions which they think shall give them benefit, the reality may not be so if these actions do not comply with the Quraan and Sunnah.

Allah ta’ala states: Say (O Muhammad Sal’Allahu ‘alayhi wasallam): Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds! (Al-Kahf 18:103-104)

What then is the importance of making sure our actions conform to the Quraan & Sunnah? Surely, we wish not to be amongst the losers and make our deeds a wasted effort. We are saved from this with affirmation of our actions and having proofs for them.

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Ramadhaan is the month of mercy, the month of forgiveness, wherein we increase our ‘ibadaah and hope to gain a closer connection with Ar-Rahmaan. But for many, the sweetness of this month lies solely in the special, savory dishes they are served during iftaar. Ramadhaan then becomes a month wherein they may gather with family and eat special foods they do not eat for the rest of the year. And if Ramadhaan looms significant only for this aspect, how then are we to extract the many benefits of this blessed month?

If one spends his day fasting only thinking of the dishes and delicacies they will have after sunset, then they may only think of this month in black and white; that is, fasting as a time of hunger and thirst and the time after the fast as a time of food, drink and perhaps indulgence. Compare this to the one who doesn’t hold this simple mentality, but one who understands the reality of this month. For them, fasting during this month is not a time to dwell on the lack of food and anticipation for the special dishes that await, but rather a time to race towards good deeds, to increase in their Qur’aan recitation, to make fervent du’aa & istighfaar, to pray their salawaat with the utmost khushoo, and to strive to please ArRahmaan. As for the time after fasting, it is a time for gratitude for the food that has touched our lips, to increase the bonds with family and friends as we break our fast with one another, to make it to the masjid to pray Ishaa and Taraweeh, and to continue with the du’aa, the Qur’aan and the salaah. SubhaanAllah, and once we realize the immense value of this month, the simplistic view of it as the month of special foods shall vanish, rather the remembrance of Allah ta’ala will loom large and be of our utmost priorities.


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We give thanks to Allaah, the One free of all defects, for having guided us. And we ask Him to grant us the ability to act upon what He has given us knowledge of. Indeed, goodness cannot be attained, except by His granting and His assistance. Whomsoever Allaah leads astray, there is no one from His creation that can guide him. May Allaah send His blessings upon Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the chief of the first and the last (of people), and upon his brothers from among the prophets and messengers. And upon those who follow the light (i.e. the Qur’aan) that was revealed to him (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) until the Day of Recompense.

To proceed, I advise you O seeker of knowledge to have a sincere and pure intention in your search for knowledge. And that you exert yourself in acting upon what it necessitates (from action). For indeed knowledge is a tree and action is its fruit. And one can never be considered knowledgeable so long as he doesn’t act upon what he has knowledge of.  It has also been stated: “Knowledge is a parent and action is its offspring.” And “Knowledge comes with action, while narrating comes with investigating.” So do not feel satisfied with actions so long as you are lacking in knowledge. Nor feel satisfied with knowledge so long as you fall short of producing actions. Rather, combine them both, even if your share of the two is small.


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Anger is one of the evil whispers of Shaytaan, which leads to so many evils and tragedies, of which only Allaah knows their full extent. For this reason Islam has a great deal to say about this bad characteristic, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described cures for this “disease” and ways to limit its effects, among which are the following:

1. Seeking refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan:

Sulayman ibn Sard said: “I was sitting with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and two men were slandering one another. One of them was red in the face, and the veins on his neck were standing out. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘I know a word which, if he were to say it, what he feels would go away. If he said “I seek refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan,” what he feels (i.e., his anger) would go away.'” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, al-Fath, 6/337)
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If a man gets angry and says, ‘I seek refuge with Allaah,’ his anger will go away.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, no. 695)
2. Keeping silent:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any of you becomes angry, let him keep silent.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, al-Musnad, 1/329; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 693, 4027).
This is because in most cases, the angry person loses self control and could utter words of kufr (from which we seek refuge with Allaah), or curses, or the word of divorce (talaaq) which would destroy his home, or words of slander which would bring him the enmity and hatred of others. So, in short, keeping silent is the solution which helps one to avoid all that.


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On the authority of Hakeem ibn Hizaam radiallaahu ‘anhu who said,

“I asked the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam (for charity), and he gave me. Again I asked and he gave me. Once again, I asked and he gave me, then he said, “O Hakeem! Verily this wealth is like a sweet fresh fruit, whoever takes it without greediness is blessed in it and whoever takes it with greediness is not blessed in it, just like the person that eats yet is never satisfied, and the upper hand is better than the lower hand”. Hakeem added, “So I said, “O Messenger of Allah, by the One who sent you with the Truth I shall not accept anything from anybody after you until I leave this world”. Later Abu Bakr radiallaahu ‘anhu used to call Hakeem in order to give him his share of war booty but he would refuse. Also ‘Umar would call him to give him his share but he would refuse to take anything from him. On that ‘Umar said, “O Muslims! Verily I hold you as witnesses that I offered to Hakeem his share of the booty, but he refuses to take it”. He never took anything from anybody after the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam until he died”. (alBukhari, Eng. trans. vol.2, p.320, hadith no.551).

Hakeem would ask from the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and he would give to him – this happened three times, upon which the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam then directed him to contentment, self-respect and to refrain from begging. What was Hakeem’s radiallaahu ‘anhu reaction to that? He vowed by Allah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that he would never return to such a thing, and that he wouldn’t take anything from anyone until he parted from the world.


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By ‘Shaykh’ Muhammad ibn Salih al-`Uthaymeen
Extracted from “Differences of Opinion Amongst the Scholars”
© 1997 al-Hidaayah

Finally, I sincerely advise, myself first, and my Muslim brothers, especially the students of knowledge not to make haste and be quick when a new issue befalls a person until he verifies the situation, gains knowledge and then speaks, so that he does not speak about Allaah without knowledge.                           

As, the person who gives judgment is an emissary between the people and Allaah; he conveys the Sharee’ah of Allaah as has been reported from the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam):  

“The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets” [Ahmad (5/196). Aboo Daawood, at-Tirmidhee and others];  and the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) has also said:   

“The judges are three: (only) one of the judges being in paradise and he is the one who knew the truth and judged according to it.” [Related by Aboo Daawood with the following wording: “The judges are three; one of the judges is in Paradise and two are in the Fire.  With regards to the one in Paradise then he is the man who knew the truth and judged according to it. The man who knew the truth and was unjust in his ruling is in the Fire, and the man who judged between the people out of ignorance is in the Fire.”]  

Also of importance, when a new issue befalls you, draw your heart towards Allaah and feel in need of Him so that he causes you to understand and imparts knowledge to you; especially in grave and important matters, where many people remain in ignorance.  Some of my teachers mentioned to me that it is befitting for the person who has been questioned on an issue, to seek forgiveness from Allaah even more; deducing that from Allaah’s statement,

Surely, We have revealed to you the Book in truth that you may judge between the people by that which Allaah has shown you; so do not be a pleader for the treacherous. And seek the forgiveness of Allaah, certainly, Allaah is ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Soorah an-Nisaa’ (4):105-106]  

An increase in seeking forgiveness necessitates the wiping away of the repercussions of sins, which is one of the causes of forgetting knowledge and becoming ignorant, as Allaah says, 

So, because of their breach of their covenant. We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their proper places and forgot a good part of the message that was sent to them. [Soorah al-Maa’idah (5):13]  

Imaam ash-Shaafi`ee once said:
I complained to Wakee` (*) about my poor memory.
So he advised me to abandon disobedience.
and he said, ‘know that knowledge is light.
And the light ofAllaah is not bestowed upon a disobedient. 

 So it is certainly possible that seeking forgiveness causes Allaah to give a person enlightenment.

All praise is for Allaah alone, and may He praise, send peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his Companions.

*Wakee’ Ibn al-Jarraah was a famous scholar from the Salaf and one of the teachers of Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee. He died in the year 196H 

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Warnings to the Da’ee


Words Of Advice Regarding Da’wah 

Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn ‘Abdullah Ibn Baaz

1. Beware of Being Extreme

It is correct to name this awakening, which pleases and excites every believer, an Islamic movement, an Islamic revival and an Islamic movement. It is necessary to encourage and guide this awakening towards adhering and clinging to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) as well as warning leaders and individuals within this awakening from exceeding the limits, exaggerating and being extreme in their actions. In accordance with what Allah says in the Qur’aan,

“O people of the scripture, do not exceed the limits in your religion.” [An-Nisaa 171]

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said: “O you people, beware of being extreme and exceeding the limits in the religion, for that which destroyed the people before you was none other than extremism in the religion.” He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) also said: “The extremists are destroyed, the extremists are destroyed, the extremists are destroyed.”

2. Speaking about Allah without Knowledge

Beware of speaking about Allah, the Most High, without knowledge. It is not permissible for one who believes in Allah, the Most High, and the Last Day to say: ‘This is halaal and this is haraam’ or ‘This is permissible and this is prohibited’, except with a proof and completely depending upon that. It should be sufficient for him to do what the people of knowledge did before him, and that is to restrain oneself from rushing into saying that which he does not know but rather to say: “Allah knows best” or “I do not know”.

“How excellent is the speech of the angels when they said to their Lord, Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except that which You taught us.” [Al-Baqarah 32]

When the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) were asked about something that they did not know, they would say: “Allah and His Messenger know best.” This is only because of the completeness of their knowledge and their faith and their glorification of Allah, and being far removed from embarking on matters beyond them.


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Advice to the Youth


By: Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee ‘Umayr al-Madkhalee
Translated by: Maaz Qureshi [1]

We advise the Muslims, their general masses, and their youth especially with:

A. That they hold fast to the Book of their Lord, and the Sunnah of their Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in their creed, and their worship, and the current affairs of their lives.

B. That they exert their seriousness at establishing the oneness of Allaah among the ranks of the Muslims, upon Tawheed, and the Sunnah, and truth, and trustworthiness.

C. That they single out Allaah in their worship, and their Jihaad (struggle against their own souls), and their actions, and their sciences, and in their matters of conduct.

D. To spread between themselves that which is a reason for love and brotherhood, and friendship, and to distance themselves from everything that is a reason for differing and division, which is also the most dangerous weapon against the Islaamic Ummah, and which is assassinating it and it’s unity. And it is strengthening the one who works for the destruction of it’s fragrance.


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