An interview by the Pakistani magazine “Takbeer” conducted with His Eminence

This is the answer given by the Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Daw‘ah, and Guidance to the questions submitted by Mr. Salaah Al-Deen,the editor of the Pakistani magazine: “Takbeer”.

The first question: What are your recommendations in regard to saving the Islaamic Ummah (nation based on one creed) from disputes, racism, and adopting Mad-habs (Schools of Jurisprudence)? How can the Ummah be united once again?

Answer: In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, and his family and Companions. My recommendations on this subject is that importance should be given to calling all nations to Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/ monotheism), sincerity to Allaah, adherence to His Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), and avoidance of what opposes it. This is what will unite the Ummah on Al-Haqq (the Truth) and remove disputes and fanaticism in relation to the Madh-habs. The aim is to invite all Muslims to follow uprightly the Deen (Religion) of Allaah, uphold His Sharee’ah, and co-operate in piety and righteousness. If this is achieved, the diverse groups and words will be united into one body, one edifice and one force against their enemies. However, if everyone fanatically follows their Mad-hab, shaykh, or opinions that conflict with what the Salaf (righteous predecessors) established, this is what leads to dissension… read more here.

Virtue of Jihaad and Mujaahidoon

Praise be to Allaah who urged for fighting in His cause and has promised a successful outcome and decisive victory in return for this. I testify that there is no deity except Allaah Alone who has no partner, and who says in His Glorious Book: …and (as for) the believers, it was incumbent upon Us to help (them). I testify that Muhammad is His servant, Messenger and His Khaleel (beloved Servant) who was the best of Mujaahids, the most sincere supporter, and the most truthful to His servants. Peace be upon him, his good, and purified family and his honorable Companions who dedicated themselves to Allaah (Exalted be He) and fought for His Cause until He made His religion prevail by their efforts. He made the believers superior and the disbelievers inferior by them (may Allaah be pleased with them, honor their final end, and made us of their followers in righteousness until the Day of Recompense.)

Jihaad in the cause of Allaah is one of the best deeds and acts of obedience that draw a person close to Allaah (Exalted be He). Indeed, it is the best deed offered by pious people after doing the prescribed acts, because it results in granting victory for the believers, elevating religion, suppressing the disbelievers, and hypocrites, spreading the Islaamic call among the people, bringing people from the darkness to the light and facilitating the spread of Islaamic virtues and its just rulings among people as well as many benefits and good returns for Muslims. There are many Hadeeths and Aayaahs (Qur’anic verses) related to the virtue of Jihad and the Mujaahids which encourages and stimulates truthful Muslims to contribute in Jihaad and to have sincere intentions in fighting the enemy of the Lord of the worlds. It is a collective obligation upon Muslims; if some people fulfill the tasks, other will be relieved the duty. It sometimes becomes an individual obligation that no Muslim can ignore except by a legal excuse like when the ruler calls for war or the enemy besieges an Islaamic country… read more here.

An appeal from the Islaamic University of Madeenah to all Muslims

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. May peace and blessings be upon His servant and messenger, Muhammad, his family and companions and those who followed him righteously until the Day of Resurrection. Dear Muslims and Arabs in every country! O rulers and leaders of Muslims everywhere! It is not hidden that the current conflict between the Arabs and the Jews is not only confined to the Arabs; rather, it is an Islaamic Arabic battle between Kufr (disbelief) and Eemaan (Faith), Al-Haqq (the Truth) and falsehood, and between the Muslims and the Jews. The Jewish aggression against the Muslim land started nineteen years ago. It is enjoined upon Muslims everywhere to support their oppressed Muslim brothers and stand shoulder to shoulder with them until the usurped land and rights of Muslims are recovered from those who heinously did injustice to them. Muslims should help their brothers in every way they can, whether by fighting with them or providing money and weapons according to their ability. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: …but if they seek your help in religion, it is your duty to help them except against a people with whom you have a treaty of mutual alliance Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

An important warning against a poem entitled “The Visit” (الزيارة)

Praise be to Allaah alone. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper published a poem (issue no. 3261, in 11/3/1408 A.H.) entitled “The Visit” (الزيارة) written by Khaalid Muhammad Muhammad Sulaym; it reads… read more here.

An important warning against exaggerated veneration of the Prophet and the Two Sacred Mosques

Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah.

I read a poem written by Muhammad Hasan Fiqy entitled “The Two Mosques” which was published in Al-Riyadh newspaper, (issue no. 6003, on Thursday, the 7th of Rabee` Al-Awwal 1407 A.H.) In this poem, the poet praised the virtue of the Chosen (a title of the Prophet [peace be upon him]) and the good consequences that followed his mission and migration like the high status and empowerment of Muslims. He also praised the excellence of the Two Sacred Mosques. Indeed, he did well. However, he committed grave mistakes in some lines and no one drew his attention to that. Therefore, I thought it necessary to undertake this duty lest anyone should imitate or follow him. Thus, whoever comes across this warning realizes the seriousness of the excessive reverence and its evil end. Allaah (Praised be He) warned against this in His saying: O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion In this Aayah, Allaah (Glorified be He) warns the People of the Book against exceeding their limits. He equally warns Muslims against imitating them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Do not exceed the limits in your religion, for those who preceded you have been destroyed due to their excessiveness in religion. Related by Al-Bukhaaree in his Sahih Book. He (peace be upon him) also says: Al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh, Book on prophets, no. 3445; and Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad, vol. 1, p. 24.Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allaah and His Messenger. Related by Imaam Ahmad with a Saheeh (authentic) Sanad. There are many other Hadeeths stressing the same meaning… read more here.

A warning statement concerning Rashad Khaleefah’s denial of the Purified Sunnah

All praise be to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon His Messenger and upon his family, Companions, and those who followed him.

The reason for this speech is the latest events in city of Toussaint, an affiliate of the state of Arizona, America. There is a person called Rashad Khaleefah, an American-Egyptian citizen who denies the Sunnah, reviles the status of the Messenger (peace be upon him), and distorts the Words of Allaah to conform with his deviated opinions… read more here.

 

The obligation of invoking peace and blessings upon the Prophet in a complete form

All Praise is due to Allaah. May peace be upon the Last Prophet, his family, and his Companions.

Allaah sent His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) to both humanity and jinn as a bearer of glad tidings, a warner by His Leave, and as a lamp spreading light. He sent him with guidance, mercy, true religion, and with the happiness of this world and the Hereafter for those who believed in him, loved, and followed his path (peace be upon him). He proclaimed the Message, rendered the trust, advised the nation, and strove truly for the sake of Allaah. May Allaah reward him the best and perfect reward!

Obeying his commandments and avoiding his prohibitions are among the most important requisites of Islaam and the main objective of His Message. Testifying that he conveyed the Message requires loving, following, and invoking peace and blessings upon him in every occasion and upon mentioning him, because this will give him some of his due rights (peace be upon him) as well as thanking Allaah for sending him (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Questions on the amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaahs and other matters related to the Messenger of Allaah

Question: Is writing amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaahs and other writings to be hung around the neck an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or not?

Answer: It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: (Illegal) Ruqyah (saying some words over the sick seeking healing), amulets, and love charms are Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). (Related by Ahmad, ‘Aboo Daawood, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan, and Al-Haakim who classed it as authentic). A Hadeeth also related by Ahmad, ‘Aboo Ya`laa, and Al-Haakim who classed it as authentic on the authority of `Uqbah ibn `Aamir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If one ties an amulet, Allaah will not accomplish his affairs for him and if one ties a cowrie shell, Allaah will not protect him.” (Imaam Ahmad related this Hadeeth with another chain of narration on the authority of `Uqbah ibn `Aamir in the following wording: “Whoever wears an amulet commits an act of polytheism”. There are many Hadeeths to the same effect. Amulets refer to the objects worn around the necks of children and others to ward off the evil eye or the jinn (creatures created from fire) and the like. Some people call them ‘Hirz’ (protective amulet), others call them ‘Jaami`ah’. Amulets are of two kinds:

First: Some are of the names of Satans, bones, beads, nails, or talismans like the separated letters… read more here.

An answer to a question about the status of the Messenger and his knowing the Ghayb (unseen)

Question: Does the Messenger (peace be upon him) exist everywhere and did he know the Ghayb (Unseen)?

Answer: It is well-known in the Deen (religion of Islaam) by necessity and by Shar‘ee (Islaamic legal) evidence that the Messenger (peace be upon him) does not exist everywhere. His body is in his grave in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah, while his soul is with the highest companion in Paradise. The evidence for this is what was authentically reported from him: When he (peace be upon him) was dying, he said twice, “O Allaah! (Let me be) with the highest companion,” and then died.

Muslim scholars from the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) and those who followed them unanimously agreed that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was buried in the house of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), which was adjacent to the Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah). His body is still there until now, while his soul and the souls of the other Prophets and Messengers and the [true] believers are in Paradise. However, their souls are in different realms and levels of bliss in Paradise, according to what Allah (Exalted be He) granted them of knowledge, Eeman (Faith), and patience to bear hardships in the way of calling to Al-Haqq (the Truth)… read more here.

A reply to the claims and lies of BBC

All Praise is due to Allaah. May peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, and Companions.

Several days ago, I wrote an article containing a response to a question of the ruling on celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) in which I explained that celebrating the Mawlid is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). The article was published in the local Saudi newspapers and broadcasted on the radio. Later on, I discovered that the BBC reported in its morning news that I said that celebrating the Mawlid is an act of Kufr (disbelief). So I have to explain the truth to the audience. The statement which the BBC reported from me on its morning news in London that I said that celebrating the Mawlid is an act of Kufr is a mere lie and groundless. Whoever reads my article will know that for sure. I feel terribly sorry that a worldwide broadcast like BBC that are widely respected by many people reports a mere lie like this. Undoubtedly, the audience must ascertain all the reported news lest it should contain lies as happened in this topic… read more here.

Muslim minorities: Their conditions and hopes

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the truthful and honest one, and upon all his family and Companions!

Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) sent Prophets and Messengers to invite people to Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah), to sincerely worship Allah Alone, and to explain the Sharee‘ah (Islaamic Law) that He ordained for His Servants. He created humans and Jinn (creatures created from fire) for this purpose. Allaah (Glorified be He) says (what means): And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). He (Glorified and Exalted be He) also says: And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allaah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taaghoot (all false deities i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allaah).”

Allaah (Glorified be He) says that He never punishes a people until after He has sent them a bearer of good news and a warner. He (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Islaamic movements and the role of youth

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. No aggression shall be except against oppressors. Peace and blessings be upon the Master of Messengers and the Master of the early and the late people, and upon his family and Companions.

Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) has made the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) of Muhammad (peace be upon him) the Last of divine laws, chosen Islaam as a religion for the best Ummah (nation based on one creed) ever raised up for mankind, and sent messengers with the religion which He approved to the exclusion of all other false religions. He (Exalted be He) says, Truly, the religion with Allaah is Islaam. Allaah (Glorified be He) also says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion. Allaah (Glorified be He) also says: And whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

The perfection which Allaah (Exalted be He) granted the Islaamic Sharee`ah of Muhammad (peace be upon him) is clear in its commands, prohibitions, and other rulings, which meet both the needs of souls and the demands of societies, despite the new variables and inventions that have come to light… read more here.

Calling people towards Allaah (Da`wah)

In the Name of Allaah. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah!

Indeed, Da`wah (calling to Islaam and Allaah) is one of the most important obligations in Islaam. It is the practice of messengers and their followers until the Day of Resurrection. In fact, Allaah has commanded people to practice Da`wah and highly praised those who undertake it. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: Invite (mankind, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islaam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’aan) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Allaah (Glorified be He) also says: And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allaah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allaah’s (Islaamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” So dear reader, see how Allaah commands Muslims in the first Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) to practice Da`wah explaining its stages, in order that a Da`ee (caller to Islaam) will be clear on how to approach different types of people… read more here.

A speech delivered at the first Conference for Da`wah and Du`aah in Madeenah

[On Saturday afternoon corresponding with the 24th of Safar in 1397 A.H., the International Conference for Da`wah (calling to Islaam) Guidance and Preparation of Du`ah (callers to Islaam) was opened. His Eminence, Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez  ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz, Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da`wah, and Guidance, inaugurated the conference on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Fahd ibn `Abdul-`Azeez the Deputy king, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Supreme President of the Islaamic University. Below is the speech delivered by His Eminence.]

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, who has created man and Jinn (creatures created from fire) to worship Him, and ordered them to do this in His Book and through His Messenger (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him). He sent Messengers (peace and blessings be upon them) to call people to it, the last of whom was our Prophet Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him), and He made his message universal. I testify that there is no Ilaah (god) except Allaah; He has no partner; and it is He alone who states in His Glorious Book, And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allaah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allaah’s (Islaamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” It is He also who commanded His Prophet to call to His Way with wisdom and fair preaching; and informed him that Du`ah who have deep insight are those who are His real followers. He (Exalted be He) states… read more here.

Ruling on a person who studies common law or teaches it

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to our honorable brother, Shaykh Ahmad ibn Naasir ibn Ghunaym, may Allaah increase his knowledge and Eeman (faith) and make him blessed wherever he is. Aaameeen!

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

I received your letter dated 3/5/1397 A.H. (May Allaah guide you), but I was not able to read it until five or six days ago. I understood your question regarding the ruling on those who study or teach positive (man-made) law, as to whether they have committed Kufr (disbelief) or Fisq (flagrant violation of Islaamic Laws) by doing so and whether it is valid to perform Salaah (Prayer) behind them.

The answer is that there is no doubt that Allaah (Glorified be He) obligated His Servants to rule and judge according to His Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law). He warned them against resorting to other than it, and declared this as characteristic of the hypocrites. He also said that ruling by other than His Laws is the ruling of Jahiliyyah (time of ignorance) and He (Glorified and Exalted be He) clarified that there are no laws better than His. Almighty Allaah swore that the Servants will not be Mu’minin (believers) until they make His Messenger (peace be upon him) the judge in all disputes between them and find in themselves no resistance against his decisions and accept them with full submission. He (Glorified be He) also mentions in Soorah Al-Maa’idah that judging by other than what He has revealed is Kufr, injustice, and Fisq. Allaah clarifies all the proofs of what we have mentioned in His Book. As for those who study and teach such laws, they are divided into different categories… read more here.

Islaamic knowledge and the morals of those learning it

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds! Good end shall be for the pious! May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon His servant and Messenger, the best of His creation who was entrusted with His Revelation, our Prophet and Imaam, Muhammad Ibn `Abdullaah, his Family, his Companions, and those who follow in his footsteps until the Day of Resurrection.

We have just listened to some Noble Aayaahs (Qur’aanic Verses) that contain lessons and admonitions. They show that Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) creates whatever He wills. He is the All-knowing of the affairs of His slaves and knows what their breasts conceal and what they reveal. He is the praised (Glorified be He). To Him is the final destination. He causes the night and the day to succeed each other for the interest of the slaves.

It is better for us to ponder over the Qur’aan as those who seek knowledge and those who believe that this Glorious Book is the Word of Allaah. He sent it down and to Him it will return. Seekers of knowledge should ponder over this Glorious Book to know its objective and act accordingly. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says, (This is) a Book (the Qur’aan) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. Allaah (Glorified be He) also says… read more here.

Knowledge of the Laws of Allaah is one of the most important duties

All praise be to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Servant of Allaah, and His Messenger and the best of His creation, his family, his Companions, and whoever follows his guidance until the Day of Resurrection!

To proceed:

Knowing Allaah’s Rulings is a duty on every Muslim, male or female, in all necessary matters that they need. Thus, they can worship their Lord with true guidance and clear insight.

A Muslim can neither understand Islaam nor act according to it unless he knows its rulings, pays attention to them, and exerts his effort and strength to be acquainted with them. Thus, his worship to his Lord can be built on a true and firm basis. Whomsoever Allaah grants the success of knowing the rulings of this great faith and acting according to them will be guided to Al-Siraat-ul-Mustaqeem (the Straight Path) and will surely attain much goodness.

Allaah (Glorified be He) says: He grants Hikmah to whom He pleases, and he, to whom Hikmah is granted, is indeed granted abundant good. But none remember (will receive admonition) except men of understanding. Commenting on this Aayah (Qur’aanic verse), Al-Haafid Ibn Katheer said : `Alee ibn ‘Aboo Talhah said that Ibn `Abbaas said concerning Allaah’s statement, He grants Hikmah to whom He pleases Hikmah means knowledge of the Qur’aan; its abrogating and abrogated verses, its Muhkamaat (clearly decided Qur’aanic verses, mostly concerning legal rulings) and its Mutashaabihaat (Qur’aanic verses whose meanings require explanation), its first and its last, and its ordinances, prohibitions, and parables. It was narrated by Juwaybir from Al-Dahhaak that Ibn `Abbaas narrated… read more here.

Note: This was published in Islamic Research Journal, 6th Edition, page: 7-10.

Taqwah is the cause of all goodness

All praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds! The (prosperous) end is for the pious! Peace and blessings be upon Allaah’s Servant and Messenger, the best of all creatures, trustee of the revelation; our master, Imaam, and Prophet; Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah, his family, Companions and those who rightly follow him and those who follow his guidance till the Day of Judgment!

To proceed:

It is for the urgent need of Taqwah and its importance for every individual Muslim and the urgency to hold fast to it, that I found it necessary to write a concise account on this topic, that perhaps Allaah (Exalted be He) would make it a cause of guidance for Muslims. At first, whoever ponders over the relevant reference to Taqwah in the Book of Allaah (the Glorious Qur’aan) and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) of His Prophet (peace be upon him) knows for sure that it is the main reason behind every good in both life and the Hereafter. O Allaah’s servant! If you review the Book of your Lord (Glorious Qur’aan) from the first chapter to the last one, you will know for sure that Taqwah is the main part of every good and its key and the reason behind every good in this life and the Hereafter. Misfortunes, afflictions, ordeals, and punishments are only caused by negligence of or failing to observe Taqwah and not practicing it as a whole or in part. Taqwah is the cause of happiness, salvation, relief of hardship, dignity, and success in life and the Hereafter. We could refer to many Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses ) from the Book of Allaah to guide us to what has just been mentioned. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Note: This was published in the magazine of the Islaamic University in Madeenah, the second edition, the ninth year, Dul-Hijjah, 1396 A.H.

Islaam is the true religion and all other religions are false

All praise be to Allaah who has chosen Islaam as the religion for the people of Muhammad (peace be upon him), made the Shari`ah (Islaamic law) of Muhammad (peace be upon him) the last and the most perfect one and sent it upon His best creation Muhammad (peace be upon him).

I have read what was published in Al-Youm Newspaper, issue no. (4080), dated 12/8/1404 A.H. in the last page under the title which reads, A Strange Temple for Sikhism in the Emirates reported from Gulf News Agency. This piece of news stated the following: (It has been indicated by one of the Muslim Scholars in Dubai Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim Al-Dik that this temple represents a serious danger for Muslims and should be removed. He proceeded saying, Truly, the religions permitted in the Emirates are only those with a Divine Book but other religion are false creeds whose temples should be destroyed and whose rituals should be prohibited from being practiced lest they should affect Muslims on this very land. End of his words… read more here.

Note: This was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 13th Edition, page: 7-11.

Under the rule of Sharee’ah security and prosperity are achieved

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of `Aalameen (mankind, Jinn and all that exists). Peace and blessings be upon His Servant and Messenger, the best of His creatures and the trustworthy person for His Revelation, our Prophet, Imaam, and Master Muhammad Ibn `Abdullaah, his family, Companions, those who took his path and those who followed his guidance until the Day of Resurrection!

I would like to thank the Union that responded to my interest in delivering a lecture in this place. It offered me many subjects (to discuss), so I have chosen the above-mentioned one which is ” the Shade of Sharee`ah Security and Life are Guaranteed No doubt this title is truthful and proper, so I have chosen it. I ask Allaah to grant all Muslims security and good life in this world and in the Hereafter. May Allaah safeguard all of us from seductive trials and from Satan’s evil whispers… read more here.

Note: A lecture delivered at the headquarters of the Muslim World League in Makkah, 17/11/1399 A.H.

True adherence to Islaam is the cause of victory and salvation in the Hereafter

All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions!

Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) created all creatures to worship Him Alone, with no partner or associate. He revealed His Books and sent His Messengers to order this and call to people to it. Allaah (Glorified be He) says: And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). He (Glorified be He) also says: O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allaah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious – See V.2:2). And He (Glorified and Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Islaamic Sharee’ah and its benefits and human’s need for it

All praises be to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet, his family, and Companions!

Since delivering scientific lectures is one of the best means of clarifying facts, presenting the merits of the subject-matter of the lecture, and expanding discussions on it, I thought that the subject of my lecture for tonight should be: Sharee`ah: Merits and Man’s Need for It. I have chosen this subject for its great significance. It is well-known that studying the Islaamic Sharee`ah and relevant issues concerning its merits, benefits, and protection of servants, and every text concerning our need is indeed a great matter. In addition, our need for it is great. Understanding and paying attention to that issue is one of the most important matters. Being motivated by the importance of this subject, its significance, and our pressing need to understand it better and have more insight into it, I thought it should be the subject of my lecture. My dear brothers and sisters, my lecture has two aspects: 

First: Sharee`ah and its merits. Second: The human need for it. I will speak about the two matters, Allaah willing… read more here.

Note: Published in a Book entitiled, “Lecture of the Muslim World League” which were delivered during Hajj season.

Introducing Islaam and its merits

All praise is due to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet. Allaah, the Exalted, states, This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion. Allaah (Glorified be He) also says: Truly, the religion with Allaah is Islaam. Allaah (Glorified be He) also says: And whoever seeks a religion other than Islaam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

Islaam is to submit to Allaah by Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/monotheism), yielding to Him by obedience and leaving acts of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and those who commit Shirk. Shirk was the belief of the Arabs before the advent of the Da`wah (calling to Islaam) of Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is narrated by Al-Bukhaaree that ‘Aboo Raja’ Al-`Utarydee said, we used to worship a certain stone, but if we found a better stone, we would throw the first stone away and worship the other one. If we did not find any stone to worship, we would grasp a handful of dust, pour goat milk over it, then we would circumambulate it… read more here.

Islaamic Solidarity

All praise is due to Allaah Alone. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet. Undoubtedly, Allaah has created all creatures to worship Him Alone without associating partners with Him. Allaah, the Glorified and Exalted, says, And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). He (Exalted be He) also says, O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allaah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious – See V.2:2). Allaah (Exalted be He) commands His Servants to hold fast to such worship. He sent the Messengers (peace be upon them) and revealed the Book (Qur’an) in order to clarify this right, explain it, and call to it. Allaah (Exalted be He) says, Worship Allaah and join none with Him (in worship) He (Exalted be He) further says… read more here.

Note: This was published in the Egyptian Al-Tawheed magazine, pp. 15-22; the Islaamic Research Journal, the third edition, pp. 1052-1061, 1397 A.H., the first volume; and the magazine of the Islaamic University in Madeenah, the third edition, the first year, 1388 A.H.

Opposing the enemies among the Jews, Mushriks, and other Non-Muslims

All praise be to Allaah. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance. Some local newspapers published a declaration of a person speaking about the situation in the Middle East after the Israeli aggression against the Arabs in which he said, We entertain no hostility towards the Jews and Judaism. We respect all divinely inspired faiths.

Since this declaration about the Jews and Judaism is contrary to the Evident Text of the Noble Book (Qur’aan) and the Purified Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). It also disagrees with the Islaamic `Aqeedah (creed). It is a declaration that can create confusion among some people. I thought it is necessary to warn people against the false statement included in it out of obedience to Allaah and sincerity to His Servants. I say that it is evident in the Book, Sunnah, and all Muslim Scholars that Muslims should disapprove the disbelief of the unbelievers such as the Jews, the Christians, and all other Mushriks. They should beware of loving them or taking them friends. Allaah the Glorified, in His manifest Book, to which no falsehood can come, informs us that the Jews and Mushriks are the most aggressive enemies of the believers… read more here.

There is no brotherhood between Muslims and Kaafirs and the only true religion is Islaam

All praise be to Allaah Alone. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet!

In its issue no (3031), dated (27/1394), Okaz newspaper published an article regarding the observance of Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer in the Mosque of Cordova.It mentioned that observing this event places emphasis on the relationship of brotherhood and affection between Muslims and Christians. In the same context, the Muslim World Journal dated 29/1394 A.H., published the same article in the following wording: Undoubtedly, this act is an emphasis on the tolerance of Islaam and that we all have one religion, etc.

These words contradict the legal evidence stating that there is neither brotherhood, nor affection between Muslims and non-Muslims. Brotherhood is only among Muslims themselves. There is no unity between Islaam and Christianity. Islaam is the true faith that should be accepted by all people. As for Christianity, it is a distorted and deviant religion as affirmed in the Text of the Noble Qur’aan. Among the proofs in support of this fact is Allaah’s, the Glorified, statement in Soorah Al-Hujuraat… read more here.

Note: This was published in the magazine of the Islaamic University in Madeenah, the fourth edition, the seventh year, Rabee` Al-Thaanee, 1395 A.H.

Speech on the occasion of the Islaamic Summit Conference

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

Whoever ponders on the Noble Qur’aan that Allaah (Exalted be He) sent down to explain all things and to be the means of guidance, mercy, and glad tidings for Muslims, will find a manifest revelation of the means to attain victory, empowerment on earth, and the defeat of enemies regardless of their strength. It is clear that these means and factors are all related to two basic factors: true faith in Allaah and His Messenger and sincere Jihaad (fighting) in the Cause of Allaah. It is well-known that the legal Eemaan (faith) with which Allaah (Exalted be He) has associated victory and good reward includes devotion to Allaah (Exalted be He) in every act, following His ordinances, and abstaining from His prohibitions… read more here.

Note: This was published in the magazine of the Islaamic University in Madeenah, the first edition, the second year, Rajab, 1389 A.H. It was then published in Al-Tawheed magazine which is issued by Ansaar Al-Sunnah Al-Muhammadiyyah Group (Supporters of the Sunnah of the Prophet), Egypt, pp. 11-15, 1397 A.H.

General advice to the leaders of Muslim countries and all Muslims

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of existence, and peace and blessings be upon the most honorable Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and all his Companions!

This is a general advice to the leaders of the Muslim countries and all Muslims:

Allaah’s Wisdom dictates that He test His Servants with good and evil, health and illness, poverty and affluence, strength and weakness, to see how they will behave. Will they obey Him in prosperity and adversity, fulfilling the Rights owed to Him at all times and under all circumstances? Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Advice and guidance

Undoubtedly, nations must have an instructor who assumes the responsibility of instructing and guiding them upon the sound path. The Islaamic Ummah (nation based on one creed) is particularly concerned with propagating virtue and preventing vice. It is the duty of every Muslim, according to their ability, to lend a hand and play a serious role in advising and educating others. This is a means of working towards one’s own salvation and guiding other Muslims. Allaah, the Exalted, states: And remind (by preaching the Qur’aan, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), for verily, the reminding profits the believers.

Certainly, every Mu’min (believer) and even every human badly needs to be reminded of the Right of Allaah and the right of His Servants, and to be encouraged to fulfill these rights. There is a pressing need for reciprocal advice of Al-Haqq (the Truth) and strict perseverance to it in every deed. Allaah, the Glorified, in His Manifest Book, informs us – in many Aayahs – of the winners and their good deeds and the attribute as well as the losers and their bad morals.. The most comprehensive Aayahs are those of the Soorah Al-`Asr in which Allaah, the Glorified, says… read more here.

Note: This was published in Rayat Al-Islaam magazine, the first edition, the second year, Dul-Hijjah, 1380 A.H., pp. 14-17. It was published also in the local newspapers in 1398 A.H.

Advice addressed to all Muslims

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to every Muslim who may see it. May Allaah guide them and me to the path of His believing Servants! May Allaah save them and me from the path of those who have incurred Allaah’s anger and those who have gone astray, Aaameeen!

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allaah be upon you. I wrote these words to advise and remind Muslims according to Allaah’s, the Exalted, statement, And remind (by preaching the Qur’aan, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), for verily, the reminding profits the believers. Allaah also says: Help you one another in Al-Birr and Al-Taqwaa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. Moreover, Allaah, the Glorified, says: “In the Name of Allaah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss, Except those who believe (in Islaamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma‘roof) which Allaah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar which Allaah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allaah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islaamic Monotheism or Jihaad). The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, ” Religion is based on advising one another. Upon this, we said: For whom? He replied: For Allaah, His Book, His Messenger, and for the leaders and the general Muslims.” Narrated by Muslim… read more here.

Note: This was published in al-Manhal magazine 12, 10, 1371 AH, 1952 CE, Dul Qa’dah, Dul Hijjah, page: 411-416.

General advice

To all Muslims, may Allaah guide them and us to the True Path of His believing servants. May Allaah save us all from the way of those damned and those who went astray, Aaameeen!

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

The reason behind these words is to advise you to stick to Taqwaa (wariness of offending Allaah), encourage you to do what benefits you in this world and in the Hereafter, and to warn you against harmful matters in life and the Hereafter. This is according to Allaah’s (the Glorified) saying, ” Help you one another in Al-Birr and Al-Taqwaa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment. Also, Allaah says: In the Name of Allaah, the Gracious, the Merciful: By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss, Except those who believe (in Islaamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma‘roof) which Allaah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar which Allaah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allaah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islaamic Monotheism or Jihaad). Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) commanded us to cooperate in righteousness and piety and warned against cooperation in committing sins and transgression… read more here.

False belief that certain Aayahs bring good and prevent harm

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

I read a pamphlet that is ignorantly or maliciously circulated by many people starting with Allaah’s (Exalted be He) saying: Nay! But worship Allâh (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful. And some other Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) then the writer said: “I do give due concern by sending these Aayahs to bring about goodness, prosperity, wealth and success.” He mentioned that it was spread around the world and that whoever pays attention to these Aayahs will achieve great success but whoever neglects them will be afflicted with trials and ordeals. He mentioned that these Aayahs prevent evil and bring about cure and goodness only four days after reading them. This is a baseless publication that it is a source of lies, fabrications, and ignorant sayings. The assumption that it brings about goodness and dispels evil and that whoever pays attention to it will be successful and whoever neglects it will be afflicted with trials is Baatil (null and void). Indeed, it defames the `Aqeedah (creed) and misleads hearts to turn away from Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 5th Edition, Editorial, Page: 254-255.

Sanctity of the Noble Qur’aan

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the `Aalameen (mankind, Jinn and all that exists). May peace and blessings be upon the Master of the early and the late generations, Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his Companions!

Verily, the Qur’aan is the Word of Allaah, the Exalted. It was sent upon His Servant and Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be the guidance and the light for all creatures until the Last Day. Allaah has honored the first generations of this Ummah (nation based on one creed) by keeping the Qur’aan in their hearts and enabling them to act and judge according to it in all worldly affairs, whether serious or simple. Allaah, the Glorified, always sends His blessings upon some of His servants who pay the Qur’aan its due right by glorifying and honoring it in sense and meaning. There are many Muslims that have been deprived of the honor of paying the due attention and right to the Qur’aan and the teachings of the Messenger (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 6th Edition, Editorial, Page: 289-290.

Necessity of repenting to Allaah and supplicating to Him at times of adversity

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to every Muslim who reads this:

May Allaah help us remember Him and take warnings and lessons from the destinies unfolding before our eyes and lead us to sincere Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) from all sins and misdeeds. Aaameeen. al-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)

Indeed, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) wills with His Deep Wisdom, absolute Proof, and all-Encompassing Knowledge to test His Servants with prosperity and adversity, poverty and affluence, blessings and calamities, to try their patience and thankfulness. Anyone who is patient at the time of adversity, thankful at the time of prosperity, humbles themselves and supplicates to Allaah upon facing hardships, acknowledges their sins and shortcomings, and asks Allaah for His Mercy and Forgiveness, has succeeded and will be granted the blessed end. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) revealed in His Book: Alif-Laaam-Meeem. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’aan, and none but Allaah (Alone) knows their meanings.] Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allaah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allaah knows all that before putting them to test). The Fitnah (trial) mentioned in this Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) means the test of faith that makes evident the truthful from the liar, the patient and the thankful, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 11th Edition, Editorial, Page: 7-12.

Believing in Horoscopes, Astrology and Fortune telling

Praise be to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, Prophet Muhammad, upon his Family, and all his Companions.

Reading an article that was published in some newspapers boastfully celebrating some acts of Jahiliyyah (Pre-Islaamic time of Ignorance) and calling to them such as believing in the horoscopes, astrology, luck and fortune telling. I found it is my duty to warn against the lies included in this article. I state that astrology, horoscopes, and fortune telling are all practices of Jahiliyyah that Islam came to remove. They fall under shirk (associating others in worship with Allaah), for they include adhering to other than Allaah and believing in the existence of a support of other than Him. They also include believing fortune-tellers and soothsayers who falsely claim to have the knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen), and manipulate the minds of inexperienced and naive people to embezzle their money and spoil their creeds. It is reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) on the authority of `Abdullaah ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with both of them) that he (peace be upon him) said: Whoever acquires any knowledge of astrology has acquired a branch of witchcraft. The more they acquire of Astrology, the more they acquire of witchcraft. Related by ‘Aboo Daawood with a sound Isnaad (chain of narrators)… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 6th Edition, Editorial, Page: 286-288.

Ruling on visiting, consulting and believing soothsayers and the like

All perfect praise be to Allaah Alone. May peace and blessing be upon the Noblest Prophet Muhammad, his Family, and Companions. Some people are widely known to rely on soothsayers, astrologers, diviners, and sorcerers to unveil the future, bring luck, fulfill marriage, succeed in exams, and other matters that are only known to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Allaah (Exalted be He) says: (He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghayb (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards (angels) to march before him and behind him. Allaah (Glorified be He) says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.” Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him) declared the delusion and evil end of the soothsayers, diviners, sorcerers, and the like assuring that they have no knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen) and they tell people lies and deliberately attribute falsehood to Allaah… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, Edition number 17.

Prohibition of swearing by other than Allaah

Praise be to Allaah Alone. I have reviewed an article published in Riyadh Newspaper, p. 11. Issue dated (23/12/1402 A.H.) It is entitled “A cry from a citizen who lost his money.” The article includes the following: “By the Lord of the Worlds and His honest Messenger.” Since taking oath is only permissible by Allaah and His Names or Attributes, I deemed it necessary to pay attention to it… read more here.

Focusing on some matters related to swearing by other than Allaah

It is Allaah (Praised be He) alone Who has the exclusive right to swear by what He wills of His creatures on whatever He wills of other creatures. But it is impermissible for any person whosoever to swear by anything other than Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He).

Allaah commanded His servants to take oaths only by Him (Praised and Exalted be He) or any of His Attributes. Unlike the practice of the disbelievers in Jahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time) who used to swear by others than Allaah, such as the Ka`bah, the honor of anyone, the Prophet, the angels, shaykhs, kings, great people, forefathers, swords, or any other object taken as a matter for taking oath by many of the ignorant people. According to Ijmaa` (consensus) of scholars, it is impermissible to swear by such things… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 14th Edition, Editorial, Page: 12-13.

Ruling on seeking help from other than Allaah

All praise is due to Allaah and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, his Companions and those who followed his guidance. Al-Mujtamaa Al-Kuwaiti magazine published some lines of poetry in its issue no. 15, dated 19/4/1390 AH entitled “In Commemoration of Mawlid (the Prophet’s birth day)”. In these verses, the poet, named Aaminah, seeks the Prophet’s help and support to save the nation and rescue it from dispersion and disagreement. Here are the verses:

O Allaah’s Messenger deliver such a world
Always fanning fires and burning in the blaze
O Allaah’s Messenger deliver such a nation
That has long waded in the mud of hesitation
O Allaah’s Messenger deliver that nation
That has lost vision in the maze of mortification

The poet goes on until she says:
O Allaah’s Messenger deliver such a nation
That has long waded in the mud of hesitation

Give us speedy victory the way you did,
On the day of Badr by invoking Lord,
Turning defeat into sure conquest
By way of Unsighted Hosts of the Lord.

Thus, the poet calls upon and seeks help from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him), asking him to save the nation by bringing forth victory. She forgets or neglects the fact that victory is only from Allaah, not from the Prophet (peace be upon him) or any other creature. Allaah (Glorified be He) states in the Glorious Qur’aan: And there is no victory except from Allaah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) also states… read more here.

Note: This was published in the magazine of the Islaamic University in Madeenah, the fourth edition, the second year, in Rabee` Al-Thaanee, 1390 A.H. It was published also in the three printed treatises in 1414 A.H. See vol. 1, pp. 156-162.

Answer to a question regarding Allaah Being Up and Above

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to our dear brother Muhammad ibn Ahmad Sindee, may Allaah grant you success, extensive knowledge and Eemaan (faith). Aaameeen. Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!), I received your lengthy, undated letter, may Allaah guide you, which includes the following points:

1- At the beginning of the letter, you said: Allah the Exalted is beyond any directional bearings and that He is not spatially restricted.

2- You also said: What grabbed my attention while perusing the book entitled: Siraa’ bayn al-Haqq Wa al-Baatil (A Struggle between Truth and Falsehood) by Sa`d Saadiq. Then you mentioned his evidence from the Aayahs and Hadeeths on Allaah being up and above…Until you said: I do not know what this writer and his likes gain from this belief, which may very well lead to Fitan (seditions), disorder, division, especially as the ordinary people adhere to what is mentioned in this book, and believe that Allaah exists in the Heavens…. At the end of the letter, you have quoted Al-Razee, Al-Qurtubee and Al-Sawee as sources in a bid that I may reply… read more here.

A commentary and explanation of an article by Dr. Muhiy al-Deen al-Safee entitled “In order to be the most powerful Ummah”

A commentary and explanation of an article

By

Dr. Muhiy Al-Deen Al-Safee

Entitled

“In order to be the most powerful Ummah” (about Allaah’s Attributes)

Praise be to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah and upon his family and Companions!

In its issue no. 3383 of 3/4/1408 A.H, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published an article by Dr. Muhyi Al-Deen Al-Safee entitled “In Order to be the Most Powerful Ummah.” When I read the article, my attention was seized by the writer’s words about the difference between the Salaf (righteous predecessors) and Khalaf (later scholars) regarding some of Allaah’s Attributes. The following is what he wrote:

“However, there are Aayahs (Qur’aanic verses) which describe Allaah (Exalted be He) with some of the attributes of His creatures, such as: The Hand of Allaah is over their hands. , Everything will perish save His Face. And, The Most Gracious (Allaah) rose over (Istawâ) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). Scholars have two methods for explaining these Aayahs; the first is the method of the Salaf, which is to affirm the Attributes that Allaah has affirmed for Himself, but without Takyeef (descriptive designation of Allaah’s Attributes), Tamtheel (likening Allaah’s Attributes to those of His Creation), or Ta`teel (denial of Allaah’s Attributes)… read more here.

The Ahl-Sunnah Creed in respect of the Divine Attribute of Istiwaa’

All Praise is due to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, family and Companions. I have recently looked into what was published in Al-Balaagh magazine, Issue no. 637 where Shaykh Ahmad Mahmood Dahlub provided an answer to the following question: What is the Tafseer (exegesis) of Allaah’s saying: He rose over (Istawaa) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). The answer to this question contained a mistake wrongly ascribed to the Salaf (righteous predecessors) when he said: ‘The Salaf explained the Aayah “rose over the Throne” that He (Allaah) seized the Throne and possessed it, as the poet says,

Bishr has reigned supreme in Iraq
With no bloodshed or any cruel act

Falsely attributing such words to the Salaf prompted me to draw people’s attention to such a blatant mistake lest the readers of this saying should be deceived into thinking that it was said by esteemed scholars… read more here.

Note: This was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 8th Edition, page: 169-172.

The meaning of “al-Ma`iyyah” (Allaah being with His creation) and standing up in honor of another

This letter is from `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to his honorable brother, may Allaah increase him in knowledge and Eemaan! Aaameeen. Peace be upon you!

I have received your first letter dated 9/4/1374 AH (may Allaah guide you and grant you success) and later I received your second letter. I delayed answering your questions until I had the time to discuss them in detail but unfortunately, due to the great amount of work and having no time after lectures at the institution and other places, I was unable to answer all the four questions included in the first letter elaborately. In this letter, I will answer some of them and delay the rest to my vacation. Please inform me of your address after the end of the academic year, so as to be able to send you the answers to the rest of your questions. May Allaah guide us all to know the Truth and to follow it! We seek refuge with Him from misleading trials, for He is All-Hearing, Ever Near! You asked about the meaning of the word “Ma`iyyah” and here is the answer.

Allaah (Glorified be He) mentions two types of Ma`iyyah (Allaah being with His creation): general and particular. The first is mentioned in the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse): And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be. The second is mentioned in the Aayah: Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allaah is with us. And: I am with you both, hearing and seeing. There are other Aayahs to the same effect. Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) are of the opinion that Ma`iyyah is one of the Attributes of Allaah (Glorified be He) as befits His Glory… read more here.

Commentary on al-`Aqeedah al-Tahaawiyyah

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. Authority, encyclopedic Egyptian scholar ‘Aboo Ja’far Al-Warraq Al-Tahawee (may Allaah be merciful to him) said, “This is a concise remembrance of the creed of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) according to the leading Muslim Fuqahaa’ (Muslim jurists), including ‘Aboo Haneefah Al-Nu`maan ibn Thaabit Al-Koofee, ‘Aboo Yoosuf Ya`qoob ibn Ibraaheem Al-Ansaaree and ‘Aboo ‘Abdullaah Muhammad ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybaanee (may Allaah be pleased with them all) and what they believed in terms of the basics of religion, and took as their religion for the sake of the One, the Lord of the worlds.

We say with regard to the belief in the Oneness of Allaah, as believers, by the success that Allaah grants: Allaah is One and thus does not have a partner; nothing is like Him; nothing can prevent Him from implementing His Will; there is no true deity other than Him… read more here.

Note: This was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 15th Edition, page: 257-267.

The Tawheed preached by the Prophets versus Kufr and Shirk

Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the worlds, Who promised the righteous people to ultimately prove successful. May peace and blessings be upon the master of the early and late generations, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and upon all prophets, messengers, and righteous people. It is admittedly true that Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) and belief in Allaah’s Messengers is the most important and greatest obligation. Similarly, seeking this kind of knowledge is the best and most honorable science.

Moreover, there is a pressing need for explaining it in detail. It is for these reasons that I take upon myself to clarify this issue in brief. Indeed, this great subject deserves to be given greater consideration. So, I pray to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) to grant us all success in words and deeds and to protect us all from mistakes and errors… read more here.

Note: A lecture delivered at Daar Al-Hadeeth in Madeenah on 14/4/1394 A.H.

Types of Tawheed with which Allaah sent the messengers

Praise be to Allaah. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, Companions, and whoever has followed his guidance.

Allaah (Exalted and Glorified be He) sent His messengers (peace be upon them) to call to al-Haqq (Truth) and guide people. They were sent as givers of glad tidings and warners, so that people can never have a plea against Allaah after the Messengers, who conveyed the Message, fulfilled the trust, sincerely advised their nations, endured the harm, and truly strived in the cause of Allaah until He established the proof and blocked the way to excuses for them.

He (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Note: Published in a book entitled “Lectures of the Muslim World League” which were delivered during the cultural season during Hajj for the year 1400 A.H., page: 79-86.

Essence of Tawheed and Shirk

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. No aggression shall be except against oppressors. May peace and blessings be upon the slave of Allaah, His Messenger, the best of His creatures, and His Trustee over His Revelation, our Prophet, Imaam, and Messenger, Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah ibn `Abdul-Muttalib, the Hashemite, the Arab, Al-Makkee (from Makkah), and then Al-Madanee (from Al-Madeenah). May Allaah’s Peace and Blessings be upon his family, Companions, and those who adopt his way and follow his guidance until the Day of Resurrection.

Indeed, Allaah (Exalted be He) created the creatures to worship Him Alone, without ascribing partners to Him. Allaah (Exalted be He) also sent His messengers to show this aim, call people for it, elaborate on it, and illustrate all that conflicts with it. This is why divine books were revealed and Allaah’s Messengers (peace be upon them) were sent to the Jinn and mankind. Allaah (Praised be He) made the worldly life a way leading to the Hereafter… read more here.

Note: A speech delivered by His Eminence at al-Jaami’ al-Kabeer in Riyadh on 3/7/1398 A.H.

The meaning of “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah” (There is no god truly worthy of worship except Allaah)

All praise is due to Allaah Alone, and may peace and blessings be upon the Noblest of the messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, his family, his Companions, and those who righteously follow them until the Day of Resurrection.

I have read the article written by our brother in Islaam, the eminent Shaykh `Umar ibn Ahmad Al-Millibary on the meaning of “Laa ilaaha illa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)”. I read the explanation of the Shaykh thoroughly on the three points of view regarding its meaning.

The definitions are as follows:

First, it means that there is no god truly worthy of worship except Allaah.

Second, that there is no god truly worthy of obedience except Allaah.

Third, that there is no god but Allaah.

The correct definition, as he stated, is the first which is clarified in the Book of Allaah (Glorified be He) many times. For instance, Allaah (Glorified be He) states… read more here.