10 – The answer to a question regarding al-`Aqaa’ir (animal slaughtered during tribal peacemaking gatherings)

Question: What is the ruling if two tribes or persons have a dispute with each other, then the chief of the tribe commands the defendant to offer `Aqaa’ir, such as camels and sheep, then slaughters them at the home of the person in whose favor the chief has ruled…etc.

Answer: It is obvious to us, in the light of the purified Sharee`ah (Islaamic Law), that these `Aqaa’ir are impermissible for several reasons. First, this is a tradition of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of Ignorance). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: There is no slaughtering at the graves in Islaam.

Second, this act is intended to glorify the person who has the right, and to draw nearer to him by offering this `Aqeerah… read more here.

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9 – The answer to a question about people who claim to have Karaamahs and miracles:

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to our dear brother, may Allaah protect you. May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!

With reference to your letter, dated 25/9/1973, in which you ask for help to be able to come to Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah, you mentioned a supplication in the letter and said that it is a blessed supplication full of Karaamahs and miracles which Allaah gives to His believing servants. You said that this supplication is extremely powerful to the extent that if it is recited on fire, it will be extinguished, and if it is recited on flowing water, it will become stagnant.

I would like to inform you that this supplication is not authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). As far as we know, it is baseless. Moreover, it includes impermissible kind of Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah in the name of someone or something). The lawful Tawassul is to supplicate to Allaah (Exalted be He) by His Names. Allaah (Glorified be He) says: And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on Him by them Likewise… read more here.

8 – The answer to a question about supplicating upon distributing charities:

Question: Some people who receive Sadaqah (voluntary charity) may gather around the charity expected to be distributed among them and put their hands on it while one of them supplicates to Allaah for the benevolent person and the others say, “Aaameeen” in a loud voice. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: This way of supplication is Bid`ah (innovated matter in religion). However, supplicating to Allaah for a charitable person without putting hands on the money that is given in charity or raising the voice with supplication as you mentioned is permissible… read more here.

7 – Saying Takbeer on reciting the Soorahs from al-Duhaa to the end of the Qur’aan

Question: Is Takbeer starting from Soorah al-Duhaa to the end of the Qur’aan authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him)?

Answer: This kind of Takbeer has not been reported in the authentic Hadeeths as stated by al-Haafid ibn Katheer (may Allaah be merciful to him) while commenting on the beginning of Soorah Al-Duhaa… read more here.

6 – Invoking ‘peace and blessings upon the Prophet’ after Athaan

Question: Regarding what some people do here in Jordan and in other countries on hearing the Mu’aththin (caller to Prayer) conclude the Athaan saying: “O Allaah, send Your blessings on our master Muhammad, his family and Companions.” Is it permissible? What is the ruling on this?

Answer: This issue requires explaining. If the Mu’aththin says it inaudibly, it is permissible for him and for whoever repeats after him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: When you hear the Mu’aththin, repeat what he says, then invoke peace and blessings upon me, for whoever invokes peace and blessings upon me once will receive ten blessings from Allaah; then beg from Allaah Al-Waseelah for me, which is a rank in Jannah (Paradise) befitting for only one of Allaah’s servants. I hope that I may be that one. Anyone who asks that I be granted Al-Waseelah will be deserving of my intercession. (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh) Al-Bukhaaree also narrated in his Saheeh on the authority of Jaabir ibn `Abdullaah (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

5 – Pronouncing the Athaan (call to prayer) and Iqaamah (call to start prayer) at graves:

Question: What is the ruling on pronouncing the Athaan and Iqaamah inside the grave when burying the dead?

Answer: There is no doubt that this is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) with no authority from Allaah. Such an act has not been reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) or any of his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them). Certainly, all goodness is attained by emulating their practices and following their path as Allaah (Glorified be He) states… read more here.

4 – The answer to a question about religious songs, national songs, and children songs:

Question: Once I asked Your Eminence about the ruling on listening to songs and you answered that it is impermissible to listen to indecent songs. Thus, what is the ruling on listening to religious songs, national songs, and children songs as well as those of birthdays when there is music, whether on the radio or TV?

Answer: Playing on musical instruments is prohibited. Likewise, every song with music is forbidden. As for birthday celebrations, they are Bid`ah (innovation in religion). Therefore, it is not permissible to attend or participate in these celebrations, for Allaah (Glorified be He) says: And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allaah without knowledge According to the majority of Mufassir’s (exegete of the Qur’aan), the ‘idle talks’ refers to singing and sounds of musical instruments. `Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said… read more here.

3 – The answer to a question regarding cursing Islaam and the Lord:

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to the Muslim brother who is keen to protect his religious commitment and honor, may Allaah keep him safe, Aaameeen.

Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

I have read your question regarding the wife whose husband cursed Islaam and the Lord…etc.

Answer: Cursing Islaam and the Lord (Glorified and Exalted be He) is one of the most grievous types of Kufr (disbelief), according to the consensus of the people of knowledge… read more here.

2 – The answer to a question about Tasweer (painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography):

Question: Is it permissible for a person to photograph himself and send his photos to his family during the times of ‘Eed and similar occasions?

Answer: There are many Hadeeths reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) that declare the prohibition of Tasweer and curse those who do it, threatening them with severe punishment… read more here.

1 – Answering a Question about Buddhism:

Question: Is there a revealed book for Buddhism ?

Answer: We do not know of any book which was revealed for them, rather the ruling on them is the same as that of idol worshipers… read more here.

Warning against building Masjids (mosques) over graves

I was asked: Is it permissible to build a Masjid over the site of the People of the Cave?

I answered: In the Name of Allaah, all praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah.

I have read the article published in the third edition of the Islaamic Sciences League magazine in the “Muslim News in a Month” section.

The Islaamic Sciences League, in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, intends to build a Masjid over the site of the cave recently discovered in the village of Al-Rahib, which is said to be the cave where the People of the Cave mentioned in the Qur’aan slept. End Quote.

As it is my duty to advise for the sake of Allaah and His servants, I thought it would be beneficial to say a word in the same magazine of the Islaamic Sciences League published in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. I must admonish the league to give up the intention of building a Masjid over the site of this cave, mainly and solely for the reason that building Masjids over the graves and remains of the Prophets and righteous people is utterly forbidden by the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) and that those who do so are cursed. This is because such an act may lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and excessive veneration and over praising of the prophets and pious people… read more here.

Those who claim that Jesus (Eesa) was crucified, but did not die on cross and immigrated to Kashmir in India

All praise be to Allaah Alone, the Lord of the worlds. The best outcome will be for the righteous. May peace and blessings be upon the servant of Allaah, His Messenger and the best of His creatures, Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah and upon his family and Companions and whoever is guided by his guidance until the Day of Resurrection.

I received a query from Pakistan sent by brother Manzur Ahmad, head of the Arabic University, Ginyut, West Pakistan. He wrote, saying:

“What is the opinion of the respected scholars regarding `Eesa’s (Jesus’) life, bodily ascent to the heavens and descent to the earth near the Day of Resurrection and the view that his descent is one of the signs of the Last Hour? What is the ruling on those who deny Eesa’s return near the Day of Resurrection, claiming that he was crucified, but did not die and immigrated to Kashmir in India where he lived for a long time and died naturally? They also claim that he will not return at the approach of the Last Hour, but one who bears spiritual similarity to him will appear. Please answer us, may Allaah reward you!”

Answer: We seek help from Allaah and in Him we put our trust. There is neither might nor power except with Allaah. Proofs from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah affirm that `Eesa, son of Maryam (Mary, peace be upon them) and the slave and Messenger of Allaah, was raised, body and soul, to the heavens. He was neither murdered nor crucified. He will, at the end of time, descend to kill Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist), break the cross, kill the pig and abolish the Jizyah (poll tax required from non-Muslims living in an Islaamic state)… read more here.

A letter of reply concerning the conjunction “and” in the Saying of Allaah: “…and its gates will be opened”

A letter of reply concerning the conjunction “and” in the Saying of Allaah: “… and its gates will be opened”

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to our honorable brother, his Eminence Shaykh . May Allah guide you to goodness, Aaameeen. Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

My beloved brother, I received your honorable letter dated 2 Muharam, 1388, may Allaah guide you. It referred to the weakness of the opinion of those who said that the coordinating conjunction “و” in Allaah’s saying (Exalted be He) in Soorah Al-Zumar concerning the people of Jannah (Paradise): حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءُوهَا وَفُتِحَتْ أَبْوَابُهَا […till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception)] is “Waaw Al-Thamaaniyyah” (a conjunction letter that joins the eighth item in a series of different countable items to the previous seven ones). This is an already known opinion, and I would like to inform your Eminence that what you have mentioned is right. I pointed this out while I was commenting on the Aayah, and also mentioned that the knowledgeable scholar Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allaah be merciful to him) deemed it a weak opinion and likewise Ibn Katheer (may Allaah be merciful to him)… read more here.

Note: This is a reply letter from his Eminence when he was Vice President of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, 1388 AH.

Danger of women joining men in their workplace (job)

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Honest Messenger, his family and Companions.

All the implicit and explicit calls to women’s engagement in men’s work, which leads to free intermixing of men and women under the pretext that it is urgently needed and represents a civilized aspect, is a grave matter that results in fatal consequences. It goes against the texts of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) which order women to stay at their houses and carry out their domestic duties.

Whoever wants to know the innumerable evil consequences of free intermixing can unbiasedly and impartially observe the societies inflicted with this grave affliction. It is easy to find people expressing their disapproval and grief at women leaving home and subsequent family breakup. This is apparent in writings and in the media, as this is the reason behind the destruction of societies.

There are many reliable proofs that prohibit being alone with and looking at an Ajnabiyyah (a woman other than a wife or unmarriageable female relatives) and the prohibition of the means that lead to committing what Allaah has prohibited. All these indications prove the prohibition of mixing between the two sexes as this leads to evil consequences.

Letting a woman leave her house; her kingdom and proper place, is against her Fitrah (natural disposition) and the nature created in her by Allaah… read more here.

Note: This topic was published by the Islaamic Da`wah Center in Lahor, Pakistan, the first edition, Rabi` Al-Thaanee, 1399 A.H. corresponding to March 1979 A.C.

Denunciation of producing the movie: “Muhammad, the Messenger of Allaah” directed by Mustafa Aqqad

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Noblest of the Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.

I have read the article published by Kuwaiti Al-Mujtam` magazine, issue no. 162, on 6 Rajab, 1393 under the title “Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah.” The article states that the contract of establishing the Arab Film Company for Production and Distribution had been signed in the past days by representatives of governments of Libya, Kuwait, Morocco and Bahrain. This company signed a contract with director Mustafa `Aqqad to produce a movie about the Prophet (peace be upon him), his life, and his teachings in cinemascope and colors. The length of the film is about three hours and it will be presented in twenty international languages, including Arabic… read more here.

Mourning kings and rulers

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance.

There is, in the present time, a tradition in many Islaamic countries that when a king or a leader dies, people must mourn for three days or more or less. Flags are lowered at half-mast and the State departments stop working. Undoubtedly, these acts go against Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) and entail imitation of the enemies of Islaam. Authentic Hadeeths related from the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibit and warn people, except a wife, against mourning. The maximum period of mourning for a woman is four months and ten days, if the deceased is her husband, and three days or less for relatives… read more here.

Note: This topic was published in the Islaamic Research Journal, the ninth edition issued for the period of Rabee` Al-Awwal and Jumaada Al-Thaanee in 1404 A.H. 

Refuting Saalih Muhammad Jamaal

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance.

I have read what was published in Al-Nadwah Newspaper in its issue dated 24/5/1387 A.H., written by Saalih Muhammad Jamaal entitled “Islaamic Monuments.” In this article the writer calls for the glorification of Islaamic monuments, lest they should be deserted and unknown to the people. The writer says that those who now visit the house once inhabited by Shakespeare in Britain and the house of Beethoven in Germany do not do so out of deification, but out of admiration to what the English poet and the German musician contributed to their countries. These trivial houses cannot be compared to the house of Prophet Muhammad, Dar Al-Arqam ibn ‘Aboo Al-Arqam, Thawr Cave, Hira’ Cave, and the place where Al-Rudwan Bay`ah (pledge of allegiance) and Al-Hudaybiyah treaty took place, he said. A few years ago, Egypt registered the history of the Sphinx and the glory of the Pharaohs, and tourists came from everywhere to listen to these trivial talks compared to the glory, history, and great people of Islaam in all aspects. The writer suggests that Muslims should glorify Islaamic monuments that are of greater importance, such as Hira’ Cave and Thawr Cave, in addition to the previously mentioned English and German sites, and the glorification of the Egyptian Pharaonic monuments. The writer mentions that the Ministry of Hajj and Waqfs (Endowments) should maintain these monuments in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and benefit from them in the following ways… read more here.

Refuting Mustafa Ameen

All praise be to Allaah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings be upon the Honest Prophet Muhammad. I have perused the article published in Al-Nadwah Newspaper, issue dated 24/6/1380 A.H., titled “Sights of Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah” by Mustafa Ameen. Considering the mentioned article, I found many mistakes that should be highlighted lest readers should be deceived by them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Religion is sincerity (in advice, acts and so on). The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: Whoever among you sees something evil, let him change it by his hand (by action), and if he cannot, then by his tongue (by speaking out), and if he cannot, then by his heart (by hating it and feeling that it is wrong), and that is the weakest of faith.

Dear reader, here are the mistakes and their refutations:

First: He said in respect of Al-Madeenah: This sacred city contains many monumental sights. We, Arabs, do not pay due attention to them. While visiting Paris and London we see how their people preserve these memorials. So, why do we, Muslims, not care about the monuments of the past ages,… until he said, “Islaam calls for…”, etc… read more here.

Note: This refutation was published in al-Jaami’ al-Fareeed first edition, 1389 AH, Page: 472-491.

How to fight the Eastern and Western Cultural invasion

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family and Companions.

There is no doubt that the gravest danger that Muslim societies are facing nowadays is the so-called cultural invasion with its different weapons, including all media means, printed and broadcast alike. Invaders have realized in the modern age that the old ways have become ineffective. Nations fight courageously to defend their religion, homelands and their heritage. Usurping by violence and terrorism is an inherently refused concept, especially in modern times after the spread of awareness among the people. The world has become like a small village and many organizations were established to defend the rights of nations, refuse political invasion, and claim the right to self-determination. Every nation has the right to have sovereignty over its own territory, invest its resources, and rule its territories according to its own standards. Nations also adopt different beliefs, creeds and ruling systems, which made invaders leave these countries after fierce, bloody wars.

However, before leaving those countries, the invaders thought of many ways and prepared many plots based on thorough investigation, full awareness of the aims and effectiveness of those plans, and the ways that should be followed to accomplish them… read more here.

Note: Contained in the eighth edition of the Islaamic Research Journal for the period of Rabee` Al-Awwal and Jumaada Al-Thaanee in 1404 A.H. Intellectual invasion questions and answers prepared by the Journal editing staff.

Speech during Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab week

All praise be to Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions.

Dear brothers:

Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

The greatest blessing Allaah has conferred upon us is Islaam. There is no other grace equal to Islaam which Allaah has granted to Muslims. He (Glorified be He) has made us the best community and has perfected for us our religion which He has chosen for us. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion. A perfect religion is that which fulfills all immediate and deferred needs of life and deals with all its aspects and whose Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) – with its fundamental and subsidiary branches – is independent and covers all the needs of people… read more here.

Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul Wahhaab: His Da’wah and biography

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon His servant, Messenger, and chosen one amongst His creatures, our master and Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah, and upon his family, Companions, and all those who follow him.

Dear brothers and sons, this brief lecture aims at enlightening your ideas, clarifying facts, and offering sincere advice to Allaah’s servants for the Sake of Allah. By this lecture, we are trying to give some of the rights due to the person whom the lecture is about. This lecture is about Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab, His Da`wah (calling to Islaam) and biography.

Definitely, it is good to hear about reformers, Du`aah (callers to Islaam), and revivalists and to be reminded of their conditions, good traits, and righteous deeds, and to learn about their biographies, which serve as a testimony of their sincerity and honesty in Da`wah and reform, and about their manners and deeds. This topic, which makes the hearts feel at ease, is a favorite subject of every person who takes pride in Islaam and desires reform and calling to the way of Al-Haqq (the Truth). That is why I thought of talking to you about a great man, an excellent reformer, and a devout Daa`ee (caller to Islaam), namely, the revivalist of Islaam in the Arabian Peninsula during the twelfth century of Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madeenah), Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab ibn Sulaymaan ibn `Alee Al-Tameemee Al-Hanbalee… read more here.

Note: It was published by the Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw`ah, and Guidance under no. 50 in 1403 A.H.

A comment on a lecture about the methodology of Islaam

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to the honorable brother (may Allaah protect you and expand your knowledge and success). Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

I have received your decent letter dated 19 December, 1973. I was very happy with the information it contained about your actions against the destructive principles, and the harm you encountered because of this. In fact, this is the way of the messengers and their followers who are often afflicted with hardship but finally reap the successful outcome. I recommend that you endure that patiently, and be optimistic. I reviewed the attached lecture entitled “Our Position from the Methodology of Islaam” and found it generally good and fruitful. However, there are some topics that sound a little vague. For instance, in page 3, it is written: “Islaam deems everyone swerving from such a state and forming a new class or power centers a disbeliever in Islaam…” We advise you to give attention to clarity and avoid generalization as much as you can when you prepare a lecture. Regarding your desire to work in Saudi Arabia, you know that a long part of the school year has elapsed, besides the Ministry of Education no longer needs to recruit new teachers… read more here.

Duties of a Muslim Teacher

All praise be to Allaah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah. One of the most important duties of a teacher is to make students keen for knowledge-seeking, so that they will learn about the religious matters that they should not be ignorant of, such as knowledge of the sound `Aqeedah (creed), the rulings of Salaah (Prayer), Zakaah (obligatory charity), Sawm (Fast), and Hajj, and the rulings on transactions for those who buy and sell commercially, and other profit-making domains. In this way they will be fully aware and guided regarding such affairs. Allaah (Glorified be He) created humans and Jinn to worship Him Alone, without Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). The `Ibaadah (worship) of Allaah is to dedicate all forms and acts of worship to Him Alone, and to obey His Commands and abstain from His Prohibitions. The only way to know these issues in detail is through seeking knowledge. The more effort a student exerts in seeking knowledge, the nearer they are to success and to achieving the sought-after goal through Allaah’s Help.

Amongst the most important means of achieving this goal and attaining the desired knowledge of the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) is sincerity to Allaah in this quest and taking care not to seek it for another purpose, such as Riyaa’ (showing-off) or such worldly purposes. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said… read more here.

Da’wah to Allaah and the manners of those calling to Him

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. Happy return is to the pious. Transgression should be against none but wrongdoers. I testify that there is no god but Allaah Who has no partner, the Lord of the past and future generations, and the Self-Sufficient Master in the heavens and the earth. I testify that Muhammad is Allaah’s servant and messenger, His Khaleel (beloved, close elect), His trustworthy trustee over His Revelations, whom Allaah sent to mankind as a bearer of good tidings, a warner, a caller to Allaah by His Leave, and as a lamp spreading light. May Allaah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, and upon his family and Companions who followed his way in Da`wah (calling) to Allaah and fought in Allaah’s Cause until Allaah raised through them His Religion highly and made truth manifest, even though the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) hate it.

Allaah (Exalted be He) has created the Jinn and mankind just to worship Him Alone and associate no partner along with Him. He (Glorified be He) has created them so that His Commands and Prohibitions be respected and His servants know Him by His Names and Attributes. Allaah (Glorified be He) says… read more here.

Note: This topic was published in treatise no. 48, 1402 A.H. by the Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw`ah, and Guidance. It was published also in the Islaamic Research Journal, the fourth edition, issued from Muharram to Jumada Al-Thaanee in 1398 A.H.

Criticism of Arab Nationalism in the light of Islaam and reality

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah. To proceed:

Any Muslim having the least knowledge of the Islaamic history will not doubt the merit of Arabs and Muslims and what they had achieved of carrying the banner of Islaam in the best centuries of Islaam, delivering the message of Islaam to all people, having truthfulness in inviting people to it, striving hard to spread and defend it and enduring all burdensome difficulties and hardships in that way. They succeeded in doing that until Allaah made the religion prevalent at their hands and its banner flutters in most parts of the world which lived at the beginning of Islaam with the perfect system and the most just ruler at the hands of those who were calling people to Islaam. They found in the religion of Islaam what they wanted and needed of the goodness of this life and the Hereafter and found in the religion of Islaam the organization of a happy life guaranteeing them dignity, honor and freedom from the worship of creatures and the injustice of the autocratic rulers and the iniquitous governors… read more here.

Note: A publication issued in a booklet by Islaamee, Beirut and Damascus 1400 AH, 4th Edition.

Necessity of applying Sharee’ah judgment concerning hijackers

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance. To proceed:

It is well known for anyone who has the least insight that hijacking planes and blowing up embassies and other buildings are among the wickedest crimes in the world that have bad sequences, and cause severe harm and suffering to the innocent people.

It is clear to all that the harm and evil of such crimes do not afflict one country or one community alone, but they afflict the whole world.
It is of no doubt that such sorts of crimes should be fought by governments, officials, scholars and other categories of people. All of them have to exert all possible efforts to overcome the evil of such sorts of crimes. Allaah (Exalted be He) has revealed His Glorious Book as a manifestation of everything and as guidance, mercy and glad tidings to Muslims. Allaah (Glorified be He) sent His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a mercy to the worlds and as clear evidence, leaving no excuse for mankind. Allaah (Glorified be He) has made it obligatory for the Jinn and mankind to judge by His Sharee`ah (Divine Law) and to refer to His Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace be upon him) in any disputes… read more here.

Note: This was published in Al-Tawheed magazine, issued by Ansaar al-Sunnah al-Muhammadiyah group, Egypt, p. 8-10, 1393 A.H. when I was a vice president of the Islaamic University in Madeenah.

Judging by positive (man-made) law instead of the Noble Qur’aan prescribed by Allaah

Question: What is your opinion on Muslims who judge by positive (man-made) law although we have the Noble Qur’aan and the Sunnah?

Answer: My opinion on such people who call themselves Muslims while using laws other than the Laws laid down by Allaah and seeing that Allaah’s Law is not sufficient or suitable to judge by in this age is the Saying of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)… read more here.

Advocates of Socialism and Communism as Systems of the Government

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and Companions.

To proceed: We have received a question from some Pakistani Muslims that can be summarized as follows:

What is the ruling on those who call for application of socialist and communist principles and fight the rulings of Islaam? What is the ruling on a person who helps such people in their demands, scorns those who call for the application of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law), speaks ill of them and slanders them? Is it permissible to allow those people to be Imaams and preachers in Masjids (mosques)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance. There can be no doubt that Muslim rulers must judge according to Sharee`ah in all affairs. Moreover, they have to fight any other laws that oppose Sharee`ah. This is indisputable and unanimously agreed upon by all Muslim scholars. There are many pieces of evidence on this from the Glorious Qur’aan and the Prophetic Sunnah that are known by scholars, including the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse)… read more here.

Textual and tangible evidence on the possibility of traveling to other planets

All praise be to Allaah, the One and Only God. May peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets, his family and Companions.

The question about the claim made by astronauts concerning ascending to the moon and their attempt to reach other cosmic planets has been frequently repeated. Due to the frequent questions and becoming engaged in this subject, I found it necessary to write something about it, illuminating the way and guiding to the truth in this matter – In-shaa’a-Allaah (if Allaah wills). I start my speech by saying: Indeed, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) prohibited His slaves from saying anything about which they have no knowledge, and He warned them against this in His Truth-Clarifying Book. He (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawaahish (great evil sins and every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allaah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allaah of which you have no knowledge.” Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) also says: And follow not (O man i.e. say not, or do not or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those one will be questioned (by Allaah).

Moreover, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) stated that Satan incites people to talk without having knowledge, and therefore, He (Glorified and Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Note: This topic was published by the Islaamic University in Madeenah under no. 16, the second edition, 1395 A.H.

The Factors of Social Reform

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and the best outcome is for the righteous. May the best peace and blessings be bestowed upon Allaah’s Servant and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah, his family, Companions and those who follow his path and guidance until the Day of Judgment.

To proceed:

I thank Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) for the blessing of this meeting with my brothers and my children in this university. I ask Him (Glorified and Exalted be He) to make it a blessed meeting, reform our hearts and actions, make us guiding and guided, good and leading to goodness, and protect us all from the evil within ourselves and from our sinful acts. Then I thank those who are in charge of this university for inviting me to this meeting. I ask Allaah to guide them all to what earns them His Good Pleasure and brings goodness to the students of this university, its employees and those in charge of it and Muslims in general and to increase them in guidance and success. I also ask Him to protect us and all Muslims from that which causes His Anger and contradicts His Law. Indeed, He is the Most Bounteous and the Most Generous. 

Dear brothers and honored children, I hope that my speech will be brief and to the point, and then I will answer the questions of my children according to my capacity. The title of the speech is “The Factors of Social Reform”. The society is in an urgent need for reform, the Muslim and the non-Muslim society. It is noted that the Muslim society, in particular, is in dire need to be on the straight path. It must adopt the factors, the causes and the means through which its reform is achieved and to follow the same track which the best man of this Ummah (nation based on creed), the beloved and close elect of the Most Merciful and His chosen one from His slaves, our master Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah (peace be upon him)read more here.

Note: A lecture delivered in the University of Petroleum and Minerals, dated: 6/1404 A.H.

The obligation of abiding by the Qur’aan & the Sunnah & warning against whatever contradicts them

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. The best outcome is for the righteous. May peace and blessings be upon the slave and Messenger of Allaah, whom He entrusted with His Revelation and chose from among His creation, our Prophet, Imaam and master Muhammad, son of `Abdullaah, and upon his family, his Companions and those follow his way and adopt his guidance until the Day of Judgment.

To proceed:

Indeed, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) sent His Prophet (peace be upon him) with guidance and the religion of truth. Allaah (Exalted be He) says in Soorah Al-Tawbah and Soorah Al-Saff It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islaam), to make it superior over all religions even though the Mushrikoon (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah) hate (it). Allaah (Exalted be He) also says in Soorah Al-Fath: He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islaam), that He may make it (Islaam) superior to all religions. And All-Sufficient is Allaah as a Witness. Scholars of Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan), may Allaah bestow His mercy upon them, said: Guidance is that with which Allaah (Exalted be He) sent His Prophet (peace be upon him) comprising useful knowledge and truthful information. Whereas, the religion of truth is that with which Allaah sent him (peace be upon him) comprising righteous deeds and just rulings… read more here.

Note: A speech I delivered on the occasion of the inauguration of the cultural season of the Muslim World League during the Hajj Season 1406 A.H. in Makkah Al-Mukarramah on Saturday evening 19/11/1406 A.H.

The obligation of adhering to the Sunnah and warning against Bid’ah (innovation in religion)

All praise be to Allaah Who has perfected the religion for us, completed His Favor upon us and approved Islaam as a religion for us. May peace and blessings be upon His slave and Messenger, who invited mankind to obey their Lord and warned against excessiveness, innovations in religion and disobedience. May peace be upon his family, his Companions, and those who have followed his path and guidance until the Day of Judgment. To proceed:

I have reviewed the article published in the weekly Urdu newspaper “Idarat”, released in the city of Canfor, an industrial city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, on the first page, it launched a press campaign against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its adherence to the Islaamic creed and fighting against Bid`ahs (innovations in the religion) and accusing the belief of the Salaf (righteous predecessors), which the government follows, of not being a Sunnee (upon the sunnah) belief. The writer of this article aims at discrimination among Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) and propagation of Bid`ahs and superstitions… read more here.

The obligation of applying the Sunnah and deeming whoever denies it a Kaafir

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. May the good end be for the pious. May Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon His Slave and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who was sent as a mercy to the worlds and evidence that leaves no room for disbelief. May Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon his family and Companions who conveyed Allaah’s Book and the Messenger’s Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) to those who came after them very honestly and thoroughly, while preserving the meanings and the words. May Allaah be pleased with them, please them, and make us among their followers in righteousness… read more here.

Note: This was published in the Islaamic Research Journal, the fifth edition issued from Muharram to Jumaada Al-Thaanee in 1400 A.H. It was published in a small publication of the General Presidency in 1400 A.H., Shareekat Al-Tibaa`ah Al-`Arabiyyah Al-Sa`oodiyyah.

Avoiding recitations for healing or protection that violate Sharee`ah (Fake Ruqyahs)

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to all Muslims in the district of Al-Far` and other districts of Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah, may Allaah guide you to have insight into the religion of Islaam, Aaameeen.

May Allaah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you! To proceed:

I have been informed that in your district there is an incantation against scorpions and other poisonous creatures, and that this incantation contains statements of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). That is why I see I have to warn you against such Ruqyahs (recitations for healing or protection).

The following is the text of some of such Ruqyahs referred to above:

(In the Name of Allaah! O Allaah’s Words! By the seven heavens and the revealed Aayahs that rule but not ruled! O Sulaymaan Al-Rifa`y! O fighter of scorpions’ poison! Call scorpions in the name of Al-Rifa`y, both female scorpions and male ones, both long scorpions and short ones, both red scorpions and white ones, and both big scorpions and small ones against the evil of scorpions creeping both in the evening and in the morning. I seek help against them from Allaah, His Aayahs, ninety nine prophets, Faatimah, the Prophet’s daughter and her offspring)… read more here.

Copper bracelets recently made to cure Rheumatism

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to my honorable brother, may Allaah safeguard you!

Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wabarakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you).

I have received your noble letter, may Allaah be pleased with you. I have also reviewed the enclosed documents on the properties of the copper bracelet recently made to cure rheumatism. I have considered the whole matter more than once and discussed it with a number of university lecturers. We exchanged opinions on the juristic ruling on the copper bracelet in question, but there were different opinions on the matter; some regard it permissible as it has properties of curing rheumatism, whereas others see that it is better not to wear it, on the ground that wearing it is like the practice of the people of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance), who used to wear copper amulets and bracelets, thinking that they were a cure for many diseases and a reason for the safety of the person wearing them against envy… read more here.

A word on bracelet-like amulets (talisman, ta’weedah)

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to our respectable Muslim brother, may Allaah increase you in knowledge and faith. Aaameeen.

May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you. To proceed; I have received your letter, dated 14/1/1385 A.H., may Allah grant you guidance. Actually, I am pleased with this letter and your comment on my legal opinion on bracelet-like amulets as well as your desire to have a comprehensive inquiry of the matter.

I would like to tell you that there are many different methods of treatment, regardless of beliefs. Some methods of treatment are permissible, while others are Makrooh (disliked), yet can become permissible when necessary. Also, some methods of treatment are prohibited, even if the person who uses them believes that they are merely methods of treatment and that the curer is Allaah Alone.

The first type of permissible treatment methods include, for example, medications, injections, bandages and creams prescribed by physicians to cure some diseases, as well as x-ray imaging… read more here.

Fourth treatise: The falsehood of the will attributed to Shaykh Ahmad : Warning against Bid’ah

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to any Muslims who read this. May Allaah protect them with Islaam and protect us and them from the evil of the ignorant fabricators, Aaameeen.

Al-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you).

I have read the words attributed to Shaykh Ahmad, the servant of Al-Haram-ul-Nabawee Al-Sharif (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah), entitled: This will is from Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah from Shaykh Ahmad, the servant of Al-Haram-ul-Nabawee Al-Shareef. In this will it is claimed that he said… read more here.

Third treatise: Celebrating the Mid-Sha’baan Night : Warning against Bid’ah

All praise be to Allaah Who has perfected the religion for us and has completed His Favor upon us. May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon His Prophet and Messenger Muhammad, the Prophet of repentance and mercy.

Allaah (Exalted be He) says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion. Allaah (Exalted be He) also says: Or have they partners (with Allaah — false gods) who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not ordained? Moreover, it is reported in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Second treatise: Celebrating the Night of Israa’ and Mi`raaj : Warning against Bid’ah

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, and upon his family and Companions.

There is no doubt that Israa’ (Night Journey) and Mi`raaj (Ascension to Heaven) are among Allaah’s Great Signs that testify to the truthfulness of His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his great status in the Sight of Allaah (Exalted be He). They are also signs of Allaah’s Awe-Inspiring Power and His Exaltation above all His creation. Allaah (Glorified be He) says… read more here.

First treatise: Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday (Mawlid) and other events : Warning against Bid’ah

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance.

There is a repeated question about the ruling on celebrating the Prophet’s Mawlid (birthday), offering special night prayer, sending peace and blessings upon him, and other practices done by people in this event.

The answer is that it is not permissible to celebrate the Mawlid of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or anyone else, as such a practice is a Bid`ah (innovation in the religion). The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not celebrate such an event and neither did the righteous Caliphs, the Companions or those who followed them in the best times of Islaamic history. They were the best with regard to knowledge of the Prophetic Sunnah, love to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and following the laws of Islaam. It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

 

Refutation of calling other than Allaah and belief in soothsayers and diviners

The inexcusable evidence against calling upon other than Allaah for help or belief in soothsayers and diviners

Introduction:

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah and upon his family, his Companions, and those who follow him. The monotheistic Aqeedah (creed) is the basis upon which is founded the Da`wah (Call for belief in and worship of Allaah) of Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah (peace be upon him), which is no more, in essence, than an extension to the Da`wah of all the previous Messengers, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

The prohibition of cursing predestination (al-Qadr)

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets.

I have reviewed the story published in “Riyadh” magazine, issue no. 4887, dated 17/9/1401 A.H., in the social stories section, entitled: “The Cruelty of Predestination”, which was written by Qumashah Al-Ibraheem. In this story, the writer says: We have no rights in this life. We are merely lives that predestination plays with. When it is bored with them, it throws them into the other world. Predestination sometimes plays with our tears and laughter.

These words are in complete contradiction to perfect Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) and Eemaan (belief) in predestination… read more here.

Answers to questions on ‘Aqeedah

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to our brother Dr. M. A. H. May Allaah protect you! Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)!

With reference to your letter in which you asked me to explain the following Aayahs (whose meanings are translated as)… read more here.

Permissibility of acquiring the Names and Attributes of Allaah that He likes His servants to acquire

From `Abd-al-`Azeez ibn `Abd-Allaah Ibn Baaz to the honorable brother, may Allaah protect you! May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you!

In reference to your letter, dated 23/3/1386 A.H., may Allaah guide you, and the question it included about what a preacher mentioned in a Friday Khutbah (sermon), about exhorting people to acquire Allaah’s Attributes and Qualities, and whether anyone had said this before.

Our answer is that this remark is improper, even though it has a true meaning, that is, to urge people to acquire the Names and Attributes of Allaah that befit people, not those particular to Allah such as the Creator, the Sustainer, the God, and so on. These attributes cannot exist in creatures, and it is impermissible for them to claim having such attributes. The same applies to similar Names of Allaah (Glorified be He). What is meant here are the Attributes that Allaah likes His servants to acquire, such as knowledge, power, mercy, patience, generosity, forgiveness, and so on… read more here.

Things that invalidate (drive out of the fold of) Islaam

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance.

A Muslim should know that Allaah (Glorified be He) has made it obligatory for all mankind to embrace Islaam, firmly abide by it and avoid what contradicts it. Allaah sent His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to call people to this, informing them that whoever follows him will be guided and whoever turns away from him will be misguided. In many Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses), Allaah warned people against causes of apostasy and all forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and Kufr (disbelief). Under the topic of the rulings of the apostate, scholars (may Allaah be merciful to them) mentioned that a Muslim may become an apostate by committing one of the things that nullifies Islaam and renders his blood and money violable and turn him out of the fold of Islaam. The most dangerous and common ten nullifiers of Islaam are mentioned by Shaykh and Imaam Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab and other scholars (may Allaah be merciful to them). Here we will list them in brief so that a Muslim can keep away from them and warn people against them in hope for safety and well-being. We will briefly elaborate on them.

First: Associating others with Allaah in worship. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Ruling on claiming that the Qur’aan has contradictions or superstitions

Ruling on claiming that the Qur’aan has contradictions or superstitions and on detracting from the Messenger or discrediting his message along with refutation of such presumptuous claims:

All praise be to Allaah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance. Al-Shihab Lebanese newspaper (issue of Rabee` Al-Awwal 23, 1394 A.H./April 1, 1974 A.C.) published very serious and dangerous passages from a speech of a high official addressed on some occasions discussing self-education and national awareness. These passages imply that the Noble Qur’aan has contraries and some superstitions along with describing Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a very simple man, who used to travel through the desert and listen to the trivial superstitions that were in circulation at that time and that he inserted these superstitions into the Noble Qur’aan. Following is the text of what has been published by the above-mentioned newspaper:

The Qur’aan contains contradictions and superstitions, such as the story of the People of the Cave and the staff of Moosaa (Moses, peace be upon him)

This statement was said on an occasion held towards the end of the last month. It was said at a conference for teachers and educators on the occasion of the international assembly on self-education and national awareness. On that occasion, this high official delivered a long speech in which he spoke about important intellectual issues and quoted Qur’aanic texts to conclude that they are contradictory at times and sometimes superstitious. Another newspaper published the speech of this official in two parts released in two issues on March 20 and 21 of the last month. It is noted that the state media deleted the odd statements from the speech, but we will state the deleted passages which were heard live from this official, and then we will state what has been published by the newspaper word for word:

(1) Indeed, there is contradiction in the Qur’aan, which reason can no longer accept. It exists between the following Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses)… read more here.

Obligation of applying the Law of Allaah and discarding anything contradictory to it (a booklet)

All praise be to Allaah. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah Alone, Who has no partner or associate, the Lord of the past and future generations and the Lord of all people. He is the Owner of Sovereignty, the One God, the Self-Sufficient Master, Who begets not, nor was begotten, and there is none co-equal or comparable to Him. I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger, may Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon him. He (peace be upon him) conveyed the Message to people, fulfilled the trust confided to him, strove in the Cause of Allaah in the truest sense and left his nation on the clear path, its night is like its day. None will veer from it except that they will destroy themselves… read more here.

Note: A publication issued in a booklet and published more than once by the Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw`ah, and Guidance, the last of which is the fourth edition, 1401 A.H.

Download this booklet in PDF format

Essence of worship for which Allaah created Jinn and Mankind

This is a message from `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to every Muslim who may receive it. May Allaah show us the way of His faithful servants and keep us away from the way of those on whom the Wrath of Allaah came down and those who are astray, Aaameeen. Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you). The most important obligation for the Mukallaf (person meeting the conditions to be held legally accountable for their actions) is to worship Allaah (Glorified be He), the Lord of the heaven and earth, and the Lord of the Great Throne. Allaah (Praised be He) says in His Glorious Book… read more here.

Allaah is the Creator of everything and anything other than Him is created

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet, and upon his family and Companions.

A Muslim brother wrote a letter to me mentioning that one of his colleagues has some doubts; he acknowledges that Allaah (Glorified be He) is the Creator of the heavens, earth, `Arsh (Allaah’s Throne), Kursee (Allaah’s Chair) and everything. However, he wonders who created Allaah. He answered him that the first part of his speech is right and there is no comment on it. As for the second part about who created Allaah, such a question should not be asked by a Muslim. A Muslim should be satisfied with the knowledge that the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) found to be sufficient, for they never asked such a question although they were the most knowledgeable of all people. He also added that Allaah (Glorified be He) says about Himself… read more here.

Different types of Tawheed (Fatwas of Ibn Baaz V.1)

All praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of existence, and the good end will be for pious people. May peace and blessings be upon Allaah’s Servant, Messenger and Khaleel (beloved, close elect) and the one whom He entrusted with His Revelation and the best of His creatures, our Prophet, Imaam (leader), and Master Muhammad ibn Abdullaah, upon his family, Companions and those who follow his path and are guided by his guidance until the Day of Judgment.

To proceed:

I thank Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) for meeting Muslim brothers and dear sons. I ask Allaah (Glorified be He) to bless this meeting, purify our hearts and actions, and grant us good understanding of the religion and steadfastness in abiding by its laws. May Allaah improve the conditions of Muslims everywhere, entrust them to pious rulers, and reform their leaders. I also ask Allaah to increase the number of those who call to guidance among them, for He is All-Generous and Bountiful.

Afterwards, I would like to thank those who are in charge of this university – Umm al-Qura’ – and of this summer center headed by the honorable brother, His Eminence Professor Rashid ibn Rajih, the Director of the University, for inviting me to this session. I ask Allaah (Glorified be He) by His Magnificent Names and Attributes to guide us all to what makes us righteous and gives us happiness in this world and the Hereafter… read more here.