Mabaada Mufeedah fit-Tawheed wal-Fiqhi wal ‘Aqeedah: Basic principles on the subjects of tawheed, fiqh and ‘Aqeedah. Written by Shaykh Yahya ibn ‘Alee Al-Hajooree, one of the major students of Shaykh Muqbil rahimahullah:
The Ruling on a New Muslim Giving Himself a Last Name If He is an Illegitmate Child- Shaikh Ahmad an-Najmi
Question: May Allah be good to you, this questioner from France says: there is a man who entered Islam and he does not have a father because his father and mother were not married [i.e. he is an illegitimate child]. So is it allowed for this Muslim to name himself the son of Adam or son of Ibrahim?
Answer: “It is allowed for him. He can name himself with any name”.
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
A man in the disbelieving lands was involved in a group (gang) that used to loot and steal. Then he repented and made his repentance good. The government is looking for him now. Is his repentance sufficient or should he turn himself in to the government?
If he repented, Allah returns to the one who repents to him. However, the rights of the people are upon him. If he knows the people, then he returns it to them. If he does not know them, then he gives charity on their behalf. If he repented, then he does not turn himself in. If they take him or something happens, perhaps Allah, if he is truthful, He will make his affair easy and make a way out for him. If something happens and they take him however, he must give the rights to its people.”
[Sharh Sunan Ibn Majah no. 98]
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Advice for a person who is new (embraced islaam) and is present amongst us – Shaykh Muhammed Saleh Al Luhaydaan
Q.The individual is asking for advice for a person who is new (embraced islaam) and is present amongst us.
A.The Shaykh said I greet this individual; I give him a warm welcome. For this individual who has entered Islaam, it is for him to know that he has done something tremendous as the Prophet Sallaahu Alayhi wa sallam mentioned ‘There is no Jew or Christian that hears about me and dies without believing in me except that he will enter into the hell fire’. So no doubt this individual has done something tremendous.
I advise this individual to be consistent in his prayers, in his five daily prayers & he should perform his prayers at their legislated times. I also advise this individual to learn that which he will use to worship Allaah, in terms of recitation of Qur’aan, in terms of supplications he should say. The most important part of the Qur’aan for him to learn at this time is Suratul Faatihaa. He should learn the proper pronunciation of the opening chapter of the Qur’aan. He should try to learn this from an individual who can teach him. Likewise he should also try his best to learn the meaning of the opening chapter of the Qur’aan… What does all Praise be to Allaah mean? What does Lord of the World mean? What does the Most Merciful mean? So that when he reads the Qur’aan he has an understanding of it. Likewise when he reads the Qur’aan, when he reads the verses he will have a reverence of Allaah azza wa ja’al. The shaykh said I ask Allaah azza wa ja’al to bless this individual and to give him success & likewise those who are present, he who is speaking (shaykh himself) and those that are listening. We ask Allaah azza wa ja’al to bring us closer to Him and to distance us from that which does not please Him.
Shaykh Muhammed Saleh Al Luhaydaan (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class 01.12.12) Riyadh.
Translated by Mustafa George (hafidhahullaah)
Call Disbelieving Parents to Islam, then Travel to Seek Knowledge
Question: May Allaah bless you, our shaikh. We come from America, where the majority of our families are disbelievers. What advice do you have for us that can help bring our families to Islaam?
Answer by Shaikh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab al-‘Aqeel (hafidhahullaah):
This is a very good question, and extremely important question, because the finest gift you can give to your relatives is that you call them to Islaam.
The first of the ways for their guidance is that you make a lot of du’aa, and supplicate to Allaah, asking Him to guide them. It’s not just that you say, “O Allaah guide these people,” and walk away; rather you must adhere to all the proper etiquettes and manners of du’aa.* And you repeat it a lot, in the night and the day.
Then, it is upon you to look towards and adhere to the way of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and his Seerah. Because the method of the Prophet in calling to Allaah was the most excellent method. Being good and benevolent to them, assisting them upon that which they have to do [in halal matters], trying to bring their hearts together, giving them gifts. Make them love you. And if they love you, they will follow you (accept your da’wah, accept your advice).
And this is the most obligatory matter you must do for them.
Indeed one of the Salaf left from Khurasan to seek some knowledge. So he met some people, who asked him, “Where do you want to go?”
He said, “I want to seek knowledge.”
(One of them) asked, “Are your parents alive?”
He replied, “Yes.”
(One of them) asked, “Are they Muslim?”
He said, “No.”
(One of them) said, “Go back and call them to Islaam, for indeed that is better for you than seeking knowledge.”
So he went back to them, and he served them until they accepted Islaam. And he said:
That was the finest advice I ever received in my life.
His parents died just a short while after that. He was extremely happy that they died upon Islaam. Then, he went on to seek knowledge afterwards, and he obtained a huge portion of knowledge.
Source: Tape The Guidance of Allaah; talk by Shaikh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab al-‘Aqeel
Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about the Islamic ruling on a person whose father – as he says – did not play any role in his upbringing and did not give him any kind of care, even when he was an infant, despite the fact that the father could have spent on his child.
In this case is it still obligatory to uphold ties between the father and his son?
Yes, the son is obliged to honour his father, acknowledge his rights and treat him kindly, even if the father did badly and even if he fell short. And the father has to repent to Allah for his shortcomings; he has to repent to Allah from his shortcomings with regard to his upbringing of his son, but this does not justify disobedience on the part of the son. Rather the son must honour his parents, even if they fell short with regard to his rights.
Allah says concerning the rights of the disbelievers, in the story of Luqmaan (interpretation of the meaning):
“but behave with them in the world kindly”
even if they are disbelievers in Islam.
What is required of the son is to treat his parents kindly and honour them, and to interact with them in a nice manner, even if they fell short with regard to his rights.
End quote from the shaykh’s website:
Abu Musa reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The parable of a good friend and a bad friend is that of a seller of musk and a blacksmith. The seller of musk will give you some perfume, you will buy some, or you will notice a good smell. As for the blacksmith, he will burn your clothes or you will notice a bad smell.”
Source: Sahih Bukhari 1995, Sahih Muslim 2628