Directing One’s Complaints to Allah

*Directing One’s Complaints to Allah*

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:

“Surely the Salaf used to dislike complaining to the creation. Complaining, even though there is comfort in it, indicates weakness and humiliation. Patience from it is evidence of strength and honor” [at-Thabaat ‘indal-Mamaat (1/55)]

Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) said: “Verily complaints should be directed towards Allah, the Exalted as the pious servant [Ya’qub] said: “I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah [12:86]” [Minhaaj us-Sunnah (4/244)]

*Is Complaining to Others Haram?*

Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) said: “If he complains to others due to what is in complaining of comfort, just as one afflicted with a calamity complains about his calamity to the people without intending to know what will benefit him nor seeking aid in disobedience, then this decreases his patience. However, it is not absolutely sinful except if it is accompanied with that which is unlawful, like one who is afflicted and is discontent [with the calamity]” [Majmoo’ al-Fatawa (14/463)]

Translated by

Faisal bin Abdul Qaadir bin Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

Shaykh Ali Tuwayjiri on Snapchat

An translated excerpt from a audio where Shaikh Ali Tuwayjiri (mag Allah preserve him) discusses Snapchat.

Shaikh Ali at-Tuwayjiri (may Allah preserve him) said in regards to Snapchat:

“In reality we are in calamity in this time period. Nowadays we have what is called Snapchat and the likes of these terms. A person takes a picture of everything for you. That is, if you follow his Snapchat, you will see things which you will not see even if he ate next to you! You wont see it. However, he takes the picture himself. [You see in it] how he eats, how does he ride, where does he go. Then what my brother? What will this lead to? By Allah, there is no good in picture-taking. A person needs concealment my brother, if Allah, the Exalted concealed you. Especially those who take pictures of some of the congregants and some of the people without their consent. It is not allowed to take a picture of someone without the permission of that person. Even if we were to say that it is permissible to take pictures with these devices, you still cannot take a picture of me except with my permission. If you wanted to give me water, you cannot force me [to accept it]. You would take my permission. If I want it [I will take it] or otherwise you cannot force me. And no one says water is haram for one who is not fasting. [Nowadays] if someone [wants to] take a picture of you, then a picture is taken of you. I am not pleased that I am seen in this situation. Some of them do things which are not good. They take a picture/video and then go to a specific part of it and make the person’s mouth open. They make his mouth appear open and then take a picture of this scene. So the people think that this man is always like this (i.e. in this condition). Do not harm him. Leave off picture-taking. There is no good in picture-taking my brother. It is sufficient for you that Allah spread the Religion of Muhammad (ﷺ) for 1400 years through clarification and writing. Not through picture-taking ever! Yes”

[Audio above]

Translated by

Faisal bin Abdul Qaadir bin Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

When should we look out for Laylatul Qadr

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

*A Must Read❗*

*When should we look out for Laylatul Qadr❓*

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah – رحمه الله – was asked this very question while in captivity in the year 706 Hijri…

…To which He responded:

*Laylatul Qadr occurs during the last ten (nights) of Ramadhan*. This is what is authentically established from the Prophet ﷺ, that he ﷺ said:

((تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ)).

“Look out for Laylatul Qadr during the last ten nights of Ramadhan.”

[Hadeeth Aishah : Bukhari & Muslim]

And In the version of Bukhari, he ﷺ said:

((تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْوِتْرِ مِنَ الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ)).

“Look out for Laylatul Qadr *during the odd nights* of the last ten nights of Ramadhan.”

▫However, it is important to note that *there are two ways of calculating the odd nights:*

*THE FIRST:*

*By counting the days that have already passed*; such that Laytul Qadr could fall on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or the 29th night of Ramadhan.

or

*THE SECOND:*

*By counting the days that remain*, just as the Prophet ﷺ said:

((الْتَمِسُوهَا فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي تَاسِعَةٍ تَبْقَى، فِي سَابِعَةٍ تَبْقَى، فِي خَامِسَةٍ تَبْقَى)).

“Look out for the Laylatul Qadr during the last ten nights of Ramadhan, *on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain* (out of the last ten nights of Ramadan).”

[Hadeeth Ibn Abbas : Bukhari]

*This means that if Ramadhan was 30 days – and only Allah knows if this will be the case – Laylatul Qadr will fall on one of the even nights*, because the 22nd will be the night when nine remain, the 24th will be when seven remains and the 26th will be when five remains.

This is the understanding of Abu Sa`eed Al-Khudri رضي الله عنه:

Muslim reported that Abu-un-Nadhr enquired:

يَا أَبَا سَعِيدٍ! إِنَّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِالْعَدَدِ مِنَّا‏.‏ قَالَ: أَجَلْ! نَحْنُ أَحَقُّ بِذَلِكَ مِنْكُمْ.‏ قَالَ: قُلْتُ: مَا التَّاسِعَةُ وَالسَّابِعَةُ وَالْخَامِسَةُ؟ قَالَ: إِذَا مَضَتْ وَاحِدَةٌ وَعِشْرُونَ فَالَّتِي تَلِيهَا ثِنْتَيْنِ وَعِشْرِينَ وَهْىَ التَّاسِعَةُ، فَإِذَا مَضَتْ ثَلاَثٌ وَعِشْرُونَ فَالَّتِي تَلِيهَا السَّابِعَةُ، فَإِذَا مَضَى خَمْسٌ وَعِشْرُونَ فَالَّتِي تَلِيهَا الْخَامِسَةُ.

“O Aba Sa’id, you know more than us about (these) numbers. He said: Yes, indeed we have better right than you. I said: What is this ninth, seventh, and fifth? He said: *When 21 (nights are over) and the 22nd begins, it is the ninth, and when 23 (nights) are over, that which follows (I.e. The 24th) is the seventh, and when 25 nights are over, what follows it (I.e. The 26th) is fifth”.*

If, however, Ramadhan consists of 29 days, these two forms of calculations will be exactly the same.

*This being the case, it is befitting that the Believer works hard throughout the last ten nights of Ramadhan*, just as the prophet ﷺ said:

((تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ))

“Look out for Laylatul Qadr during the last ten nights of Ramadhan.”

[Hadith Aisha : Bukhari & Muslim]

This is also proven by the practice of the prophet ﷺ, just as Aisha رضي الله عنها said:

كَانَ النَّبِيُّ ﷺ إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ – أي العشر الأواخر من رمضان – شَدَّ مِئْزَرَهُ، وَأَحْيَا لَيْلَهُ، وَأَيْقَظَ أَهْلَهُ‏.‏

“With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet ﷺ used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and he would also wake his wives.”

[T.N: this is not the exact word for word translation, for more information refer back to the original Reference: “Majmu’ul Fatawa”: (25/284)]

Translated by Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Al-Barawi

‘Have You Forgotten That You’ll Be Questioned About Your Family?’

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. الحمد لله الخبير.

‘Have You Forgotten That You’ll Be Questioned About Your Family?’

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ

(Interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are commanded.”

[Al-Qur’aan 66:6].

Hadeeth Ma’qil ibn Yasaar, may Allaah be pleased with him:

مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ اسْتَرْعَاهُ اللَّهُ رَعِيَّةً، فَلَمْ يَحُطْهَا بِنَصِيحَةٍ، إِلاَّ لَمْ يَجِدْ رَائِحَةَ الْجَنَّةِ

(Translated meaning):

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Any man whom Allaah has given the authority of ruling some people and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will be deprived of the fragrance of Paradise.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, No. 7150].

Hadeeth ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar Ibnul-Khattaab, may Allaah be pleased with them:

كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٌ وَ كُلُّكُمْ مَسْؤُوْلٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ

(Translated meaning):

“All of you are shepherds and all of you will be asked about your flock.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

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The Statement: Material Cannot be Created Nor Destroyed – Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan

*The Statement: Material Cannot be Created Nor Destroyed – Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan*

Question: May Allah reward you, what is the refutation of the expression which is taught in schools: “that material does not perish nor is it created from nonexistence“, knowing that Allah is the Originator of the Heavens and Earth?

Answer: “This is the speech of the naturalists. Those who say that [the world and its affairs] are natural [occurrences]. They do not affirm a Creator. The truth is everything exists from nonexistence and ends after its existence except for Allah, the Exalted. For He does not have a beginning nor end:

كُلُّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ – وَيَبْقَى وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلْـلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ فَبِأَىِّ ءَالاءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will abide forever [55:26-27]

[Sharh Usool us-Sittah pg. 45]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

Supplication For Seeking A Cure From Ailments

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Supplication For Seeking A Cure From Ailments

حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ سُفْيَانَ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ، عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ قَالَتْ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُعَوِّذُ بَعْضَهُمْ يَمْسَحُهُ بِيَمِينِهِ ‏ “‏ أَذْهِبِ الْبَاسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ، وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي، لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ، شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا ‏”‏‏.‏ فَذَكَرْتُهُ لِمَنْصُورٍ فَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ مَسْرُوقٍ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ بِنَحْوِهِ‏.‏

(Translated meaning)

Narrated ‘Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to treat some of his wives by passing his right hand over the place of ailment and used to say, “O Lord of the people! Remove the difficulty and bring about healing as You are the Healer. There is no healing but Your Healing, a healing that will leave no ailment.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, No. 5750].

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Looking generates thoughts | Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:  

Looking generates thoughts, then thoughts generate ideas, then ideas generate desire, then desires generate will, then the will grows strong and resolves to do the deed, and then the deed will inevitably take place unless there is something to prevent it. Concerning this it was said that patience in lowering the gaze is easier than patience in bearing the pain that comes afterwards. End quote. 

Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi (p. 106).