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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The speakers are many; the jurists are few




There are many wondrous statements of the companions. The statements that the companions made when it could not logically be considered that they can make it, is considered to be a hadith. It was from the blessed Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) but the companion reported it without mentioning it. Or the companion was giving a blessing of understanding the times that they were in. Then because of their knowledge they figured that things would eventually change.

عن ابن مسعود قال: " إِنَّكُمْ فِي زَمَانٍ: كَثِيرٌ فُقَهَاؤُهُ، قَلِيلٌ خُطَبَاؤُهُ، قَلِيلٌ سُؤَّالُهُ، كَثِيرٌ مُعْطُوهُ، الْعَمَلُ فِيهِ قَائِدٌ لِلْهَوَى. وَسَيَأْتِي مِنْ بَعْدِكُمْ زَمَانٌ: قَلِيلٌ فُقَهَاؤُهُ، كَثِيرٌ خُطَبَاؤُهُ، كَثِيرٌ سُؤَّالُهُ، قَلِيلٌ مُعْطُوهُ، الْهَوَى فِيهِ قَائِدٌ لِلْعَمَلِ، اعْلَمُوا أَنَّ حُسْنَ الْهَدْيِ - فِي آخِرِ الزَّمَانِ- خيرٌ مِنْ بعض العمل"
اخرجه البخاري في الأدب المفرد- بَابُ الْغِنَاءِ وَاللَّهْوِ - سنده صحيح،

Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "You are in a time in which there are many jurists and few speakers, few questions [in need of answering], many who give and action has tethered passion. A time will come after you [where there will be] few jurists, many speakers, many questions, few who give, and passion will lead action. Learning is the best guidance, in the last time, better than some action."

Reported by Al-Bukhari in Adab Al-Mufrad in the chapter of Al-Ghuna wa Al-Lahu with an authentic chain.

We have many issues that cannot be answered because the questions are not asked to the right people. There are many people who cannot speak urdu so they have no access to teaching. Sometimes this is a good thing, especially when it is wrong. There are many people who do not give their zakah. They are often wealthy business owners who do not even care. Peoples whims lead them to actions that are often invalid because they have not learnt the knowledge that validates it. Many people do not know their basics, so they might be making invalid wudu and praying all night. Yet, it is not valid! In this time learning is better than some action; maybe because we are unable to do some actions. I have often seen speakers distract people when they are asked a question. 

Opinion and knowledge are two different things. Opinion is like a light bulb and knowledge is like the sun. Both are light but one is real and one is fake. 

Because of this report do I call these people speakers. Many cannot recite the Quran properly and have little knowledge of the prayer.
 
Are we in any doubt that we are in this time? It is with great sadness that I often hear 'speakers' taken for scholars. They make mistakes in their works and in their lectures. Not minor ones but major ones. They are more likely to turn someone against Sunni Islam than to turn them for it. They do this by making stuff up like opposing the Asharis and Maturdis. 

I feel sorry for students who adhere to speakers because of their fame. Often, fame and scholarship do not mix. There are rare examples but there should be people who hate the teacher. 

Rather, than disagree with proofs and evidence; speakers disagree with each other based on egos and zeal. I would recommend that people check carefully before studying with anyone and look at the clarity of the teachers biography. Or else you might be studying with a speaker not a teacher. Because as the report states the speakers are many and the jurists are few. So its highly likely that the jurist does not give khutba/public sermon or public speeches. 

And yes, I have met many muft (free) muftis and many Sheikhs who are just old! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Are you being watched?





We live in a time where passion is king and you a mere slave to its whims. Everything is about passion in this time.  Even religion is about passion where people fill people with opium of takfir. But are we aware that we are being watched than more than video cameras? 


The famous hadith of Jibril (upon him peace), he asks the question, “What is ahsan?” Ahsan can be translated in a number of different ways and excellence being just one meaning but what was the response? The Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said, "To worship Allah as if you see him, yet know you cannot see him but he can see you.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).



“Fear Allah, and know that Allah has knowledge of everything.”

Al-Baqarah 2:231

“Allah is not heedless of the things they do.”

Al-Baqarah 2:144



“Allah is not heedless of the things you do.”

Al-Baqarah 2:149



“Know that Allah sees the things you do.”

Al-Baqarah 2:233



“Allah truly sees the things you do.”

Al-Baqarah 2:237



“Allah is aware of the things you do.”

Al-Baqarah 2:271



“Whatever good you expend, Allah truly has knowledge of it."

Al-Baqarah 2:273



Whatever thing you expend, Allah knows of it.”

Ahl Al-Imran 3:392.





“Allah is not heedless of the things you do.”

Ahl Al-Imran 3:99



“Allah sees the things you do.”

Ahl Al-Imran 3:156



“Allah sees the things they do.”

Ahl Al-Imran 3:163.



“Allah is aware of the things you do.”

Ahl Al-Imran 3:180



“Allah truly is aware of the things you do.”

Women 4:94.



“Your Lord is not heedless of the things they do.”

Cattle 6:132



You will be returned to Him who knows the unseen and the visible, and He will tell you what you were doing.”

Repentance 9:105.



“Your Lord suffices as one who is aware of and sees the sins of His servants.”

Isra 17:17



Surely He is aware of and sees His servants.”

Isra 17:30.



“Why, surely to God belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth; He ever knows what state you are upon; and the day when they shall be returned to Him, then He will tell them of what they did; and God knows everything.”

Light 24:64



“Your Lord is not heedless of the things you do.”

The Ant 27:92



“Allah knows the things you do.”

The Spider 29:45



“Allah truly knows all the thoughts in the hearts.”

Luqman 31:23



“Allah knows the Unseen of the heavens and of the earth; and God sees the things you do.”

Al-Hujarrat 49:18.



“Allah is aware of the things you do.”

Al-Mujadalah 58:3.



Obey Allah and His Messenger. God is aware of the things you do.”

Al-Mujadalah 58:10



“Say: ’Surely death, from which you flee, shall encounter you; then you shall be returned to the Knower of the Unseen and the Visible, and He will tell you that you have been doing.’

Al-Jummah 62:7



“But God will never defer any soul when its term comes. And God is aware of the things you do.”

Al-Munafiqun 63:11



“It is He who created you. One of you is an unbeliever, and one of you a believer; and God sees the things you do.”

Al-Taghabun 64:2



“Surely thy Lord knows very well those who have gone astray from His way, and He knows very well those who are guided.”

Al-Kalam 68:7



“Did he not know that God sees?”

Al-Alaq 96:14.







"Do not take a small sin lightly; instead, think about Who it is that you are disobeying: You are disobeying the Almighty Lord Who [sometimes] punishes people for small sins, and [sometimes] pardons people for great sins."



[Sufyān al-Thawrī (rahimahullâh)]



Wake up, we are being watched by angels, the awliya and of course Allah (the Exalted). There is a clear record for every sin we do, yet how heedless we are. May Allah (the Exalted) forgive us.