Gaining Rewards

Gaining Rewards by Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah


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This book consists of authentic hadeeth from the book of shaykh ulIslaam Ibn Taymeeyah – may Allaah have mercy upon him – called al-kalima at-Tayib. All of the hadeeth mentioned in this pamphlet are graded authentic from the research of Shaykh al-Albaani – may Allaah have mercy upon him.

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The Scholars Praise for Shaykh al-Albani

The former Muftee of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Shaikh Muhammad bin Ibraheem Aali Shaikh (rahimahullaah) said:

And he is the upholder of the Sunnah, a supporter of the truth and an opposition to the people of falsehood.

During his lifetime, the father, the Shaikh, ‘Abdul-Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:

I have not seen anyone under the surface of the sky with more knowledge of the Hadeeth in our current time than the likes of the great scholar, Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee.

And he (rahimahullaah) was asked about the hadeeth of the Prophet, sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:
“Indeed Allaah raises up from this ummah at the beginning of every century someone who will revive it for them (i.e. a mujaddid).” So he was asked who is the mujaddid of this century? He replied: “Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee. He is the mujaddid in my opinion and Allaah knows best.

Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said:

From what I came to know of the Shaikh through my gatherings with him – and they were few – was that he was very serious about acting upon the Sunnah and fighting against the innovations, whether in matters of Belief or in matters of actions. As for through my readings of his written works, then I have come to know that about him, and also that he possesses a vast amount of knowledge of Hadeeth, in terms of reporting them and investigating them. And Allaah has benefited many people through what he has written such as about knowledge, aspects of the Manhaj, and concern for the science of Hadeeth. And this is an enormous result for the Muslims, all praise be to Allaah.

Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee Al-Waadi’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

Indeed, there cannot be found an equal in terms of the knowledge of hadeeth like that of Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee. Allaah has given benefit through his knowledge and his books several times more than what has been accomplished by those zealots for Islaam upon the
ignorance of those who organize reformation and revolutionary movements. And that which I sincerely believe in and which I owe my thanks to Allaah for is that the Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-udDeen Al-Albaanee is from the mujaddideen (reformers/revivers) whom the Prophet, sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, spoke the truth of when he said: “Indeed Allaah raises up from this ummah at the beginning of every century someone who will revive it for them (i.e. a mujaddid).” Reported by Abu Dawood and authenticated by Al-‘Iraaqee and others.”

Does the ruling on birth control differ from that of family limitation (of offspring)?

 
Question: Does the ruling on birth control differ from that of family limitation (of offspring)?

Answer: Birth control has some detail to it. Therefore, I say that this thing, which has come to be known as “birth control” is from that which the Muslims of today are being tested by in the lands of
Islaam. However, there are cases from it, which must be referred back to the motive behind it. An example of this is when the motive for this birth control is based on a prescription from Muslim doctors who are advising the couple towards this so-called “birth control” to safeguard the health of the woman who has departed from her natural state due to her having delivered many children! So if a skilled Muslim doctor issues these instructions as a form of advice, then that becomes a legitimate excuse for (the allowance of) this birth control.

This is an example in which birth control is permissible. As for an example that is contrary to this one, then it is such as when the motive behind it is due to poverty (!) or because of bills, which is always on the minds of the disbelievers!! So you can see one of them say: “My wife and I are two. And I have two children!! And the fifth member of them is their dog!! So this monthly pay that we receive is just enough for us (to pay our bills), and that’s all [five]!” This is not permissible in Islaam because this motive emanates from the logic of the Days of Ignorance, which we were warned to avoid and stay away from. Such is found in Allaah’s saying:

 

ولا تقتلوا أولادكم من إملاق نحن نرزقكم وإياهم

…and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them
[Surat Al-Ana’aam: 151]

This is especially the case since the Muslims believe that the child comes with his sustenance (already) with him. This is because, before it comes out into this world, its sustenance is ordained for it while it is in the womb of its mother, as has been clarified to us in the Noble Sunnah. So this example of birth control, with this motive, is not permissible at all. As for the baseless and false reasons that some people have used to justify and allow it, then they have no place in the Religion.

Shaykh Naasir ad-Deen al-Albaani
[Al-Asaalah, Issue #2]

What is the ruling concerning putting limitations to the amount of offspring one has?

Question: What is the ruling concerning putting limitations to the amount of offspring one has?

Answer : The person that limits his offspring without having a legitimate reason for doing so, I hold him to be foolish if not a disbeliever in the Qadaa and the Qadar (Divine Execution and Preordainment) of Allaah. This is since the individual that limits his progeny to only three children, for example, and he has reached the age of fifty (!), the thought of death does not even cross his mind, or that some violent storm should come and take the lives of his three children, thus leaving him tillthe end of his life as if he were barren and without offspring. Therefore, those that put limits to the amount of children they have, they do not reflect upon the things that every Muslim reflects on. And it is Al-Qadar (Preordainment), which befalls the people in the way that He wants, not in the way that they want. So this practice that is done in current times, is a severe negligence and a clear deprivation.

Shaykh Nasiruddun al-Albani

[Al-Asaalah, Issue #2]

Question: To what degree is a Muslim to be concerned with politics today, within it’s Islaamic guidelines?

Question: To what degree is a Muslim to be concerned with politics today, within it’s Islaamic guidelines?

Answer: If what is intended by “politics” is the administering of the ummah, then the reality is that politics is not from the acts of one individual from the people of the ummah, but rather, it is from the duties of the Muslim State. This is if the objective behind politics, as we stated before, is the administering of the ummah and the managing of its concerns in order to rectify what is in it from its
religious and worldly affairs. So if this is what is intended by “politics”, then this is fard kifaayah (a collective obligation). However, it is not for those people who are not in control of the state or of the rule, nor for those who can neither produce benefit nor cause harm.

As for obtaining the news to be aware of the state of affairs and the weakness the Muslims are in, and in order to avoid this outcome, then as we say, this is from the tasfiyah (purification) and the tarbiyah
(educating) – purifying Islaam from what has entered into it and focusing on educating the Muslims and bringing them up on this purified Islam. So knowing these general circumstances, which encompass the Muslims, is a must for the matter is as the old Arab poet has stated, taking his meaning
from an authentic hadeeth:

“I learned evil not for the sake of evil, but to avoid it
And whoever doesn’t know good from evil, he will fall into it.”

This is derived from a hadeeth – and I mean by it, the hadeeth of Hudhaifah Ibn Al-Yamaan, radyAllaahu ‘anhumaa, which is reported in the Saheehs of Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim. He, radyAllaahu ‘anhumaa, said: “The people used to ask Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, about the good, but I used to ask him about the evil for fear of it reaching me.” So being aware of what the Muslims are upon from humiliation and weakness in order to turn them away from that towards using the means of knowledge, strength and power, this is an obligation from the many obligations.

As for engaging at length in obtaining news, knowledge of battles and western politics, then this is from the aspect of: “Knowledge of something is better than being ignorant of it.” This is something
that we do not forsake. However, at the same time, we must not be very enthusiastic and fanatica about it. This is since the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did not establish the affair of his Companions on knowing and following precisely, the news of his enemies to the same extent as he صلى الله عليه وسلم used to focus on teaching his Companions from one perspective and cultivating them on Allaah’s command from another perspective. This is our belief concerning politics based on their two categories, which we have mentioned previously.

[Al-Asaalah, Issue #18]

This Is Our Call (The Way Of The Salaf)

This Is Our Call (The Way Of The Salaf)

This Is Our Call (The Way Of The Salaf) Sheikh Naasir-ud-Deen al Albani


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This is a translated transcription of a lecture delivered by Imaam Al- Albaanee (rahimahullaah) that was recorded and distributed under the title “Hadhihi Da’watunaa” (This is Our Call). The present translation was translated directly from the Arabic audio. In this lecture, Imaam Al-Albaanee explains the basis of the Salafee Manhaj, which is following the way, understanding and practical application of the Salaf, who were namely the first three generations of Muslims: The Sahaabah, Taabi’een and Atbaa’ at-Taabi’een. They are the ones referred to in the Prophet’s saying: “The best of mankind is my generation, then those that come after them, then those that come after them.” This is the basis that distinguishes the true call to Islaam from all other false and erroneous calls, regardless if they claim to be “upon the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.” Al- Albaanee goes into depth discussing this fact, that one cannot truly understand and apply the Qur’aan and Sunnah unless he follows the understanding and application of the Salaf. We ask Allaah to accept this effort and benefit the Muslims with it.

Is that which in present days is known as a “military coup” against the ruler, mentioned in the Religion or is it an innovation?

Question: Is that which in present days is known as a “military coup” against the ruler, mentioned in the Religion or is it an innovation?

Answer: There is no basis for these actions in Islaam. And it is in opposition to the Islaamic methodology with regard to establishing the da’wah (Call to Islaam) and creating the right atmosphere
for it. Rather, it is only an innovation introduced by the disbelievers, which has influenced some Muslims. This is what I stated in my notes and explanation to Al-‘Aqeedah At-Tahaawiyyah.

[Al-Asaalah, Issue #10]

Part Of Shaikh Al-Albaanee’s Last Will And Testament

In the Name of Allaah, Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy. I counsel my wife, my children, my friends, and all my loved ones, when news of my death reaches them, that they – first – supplicate to Allaah to forgive me and have mercy on me, and that they do not wail over me nor cry with a raised voice.

Secondly, I advise them to hasten my burial, and that they do not inform my close relatives or brothers (of my death) except for the amount that is necessary to carry out the preparation of my burial. I ask that they put my neighbor and sincere friend, ‘ Izzat Khidr Abu ‘Abdillah in charge of washing my body, as well as whoever he chooses to assist him in that.

Thirdly, I choose to be buried in the closet area (i.e. graveyard), so that those who carry my body will not be forced to place me in a car, and which will consequently lead the followers of the Janaazah (funeral) procession to drive in their cars. I also ask that my grave be put in an old graveyard, which will most likely not be dug up (anytime in the near future)…(Some parts omitted here)…

And it is upon those who live in the land in which I die, to not inform anyone outside of these lands, such as my children – not to mention other than them – until after I am buried. This is so that the emotions will not overwhelm and cause people to act on them, which will in turn result in the delay of my Janaazah (funeral).

I ask the Guardian (Allaah) that I meet Him, while having my past and future sins forgiven by Him…(Some parts omitted here)…

I bequest my entire library – whether the book is printed, photocopied, in manuscript form, in my handwriting or someone else’s – to the library of the Islaamic University of Madeenah. This is because of the good memories I have of it with regard to Da’wah (Calling) to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih when I was a teacher there.

I hope that Allaah will cause it to be of benefit to the leaders of that university, just as the university students benefited from its owner in those days. And I ask Allaah that He benefit me by them (the
students), through their sincerity and in their Da’wah.

[Allaah says:] “O my Lord! Make me thankful for Your Favor that You bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and make me one that does righteous deeds that You love. And correct my offspring for me. Surely I repent to You, and surely I am from amongst the Muslims. “
[Surah Al-Ahqaaf: 15]

Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee
On the 27th day of Jumaadaa Al-Oolaa, 1410 AH

Taken from Shaikh ‘Alee Hasan Al-Halabee’s book “With our Shaikh, the Upholder of the Sunnah and the Religion, Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee” (pages 27-28)

Shaykh al-Albaanee: Recommends Books For A Young Person That Is Starting Out In His Islaamic Studies

Question: What are the books you recommend a young person that is starting out in his Islaamic studies to read?

Answer: If he is a novice, then from the books of Fiqh, we advise him to read ” Fiqh As-Sunnah” of Sayyid Saabiq, while seeking assistance from some of its references, such as ” Subul-us-Salaam” (of Imaam As-Sana’aanee, rahimahullaah). And if he looks into ” Tamaam-ul-Mannah” (of Al-Albaanee) then that will be stronger for him. And I advise him to read ” Ar-Rawdat-un-Nadiyyah” (of Sideeq Hasan Khaan).

As for the subject of Tafseer, then he should habitually read from the book ” Tafseer Al-Qur’aan-ul-‘Adheem” of Ibn Katheer – even though it is somewhat long – for it is the most authentic from the books of Tafseer today.

Then, on the subject of religious exhortation and heart-softening narrations, he should read the book “Riyaad-us-Saaliheen” of Imaam An-Nawawee.

Then, with regard to the books related to Creed, I advise him to read the book ” Sharh Al-‘Aqeedat-ut-Tahaawiyyah” of Ibn Abee Al-‘Izz Al-Hanafee. And he should seek assistance, also, from my comments and explanations to it.

Then, he should make it his customary practice to study from the books of Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah and his student Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, may Allaah have mercy on them. For I hold them to be from the rare and unique Muslim scholars that have treaded upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (righteous predecessors) in their understanding, while having Taqwaa and righteousness. And we do not purify anyone over Allaah.

Shaykh al-Albaanee (may Allaah have mercy on him)
[Al-Asaalah, Issue #5]