The whispers of the Shaytaan have increased in my prayer


The whispers of the Shaytaan have increased in my prayer


The whispers (of Shaytaan) have increased in (my) prayer. Does it invalidate my prayer?


No, it does not invalidate your prayer. However, it lessens the reward; and the reward of the prayer is not written for you except in that part in which I your heart was present.

Question answered by the Esteemed scholar Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan.

Source: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14835



Celebrating the Mawlid


Celebrating the Mawlid (birthday of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ)


Is the celebrating of the Prophet’s birthday a Sunnah or Bid’ah? When did this celebration become known? When did it begin?

Answer by Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al Jaamee (Rahimahullaah)

Before we speak about the of rhetorical speech and the sects, it is incumbent upon us to know when this celebration began in the name of “Mawlid an-Nabi”. All of us know when the Prophet ﷺ was born, how long he lived for and when he passed away.

celebrating his birthday, when did it begin? When was the first time the Prophet’s birthday was celebrated? This is the question. If we go back to history – according to my knowledge; the first celebration took place by the name of Mawlid an-Nabi then that which followed was the birthday of Ali bin Abi Talib then Fatimah (may Allaah be pleased with them both), then for Hassan and Hussain (may Allaah be pleased with them both). Likewise for the Caliph that was present in that time. Six celebrations. When did this all begin?

It began during the reign of the Ubaidites from the Fatimite dynasty – upon the most correct of statements; The Ubaidis were a people that wanted to raise themselves above what they actually were. They claimed that they are Fatimites (individuals that go back to Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet) and they wanted to affirm this fabricated ascription by flattering Ahlul-Bayt and from flattery was reviving these celebrations.

If we go back to history, with researching the meaning behind this celebration and its intent. If the intent of celebrating the birthday of the Prophet ﷺ is showing his love then as believers we all believe that there ceases to have existed an individual that loved the Prophet more than Abu Bakr as-Sidiq (may Allaah be pleased with him), his companion in the cave.

Abu Bakr, the one whom you know his virtues and biography. The believers were granted firmness by Allaah through this individual after the passing away of the Prophet ﷺ. After the believers [unclear] from his death until Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him)  said; “He went to speak to his Lord and he will return and whoever says he is dead, then his head will be cut off with my sword!”

Astonishment overcame them to this degree, but Allaah kept firm the companion of the cave. That very same man, the solemn Shaikh, Allaah kept him firm and kept the believers firm and steadfast through him.

Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) didn’t celebrate and these are some of his attributes, neither did Uthmaan, nor Ali or did the Sahabah altogether. As well as the Taabi’een or their successors.

The four Imaams that leadership (of this religion) was witnessed to, didn’t  know of celebrating the birthday (of the Prophet) . The rightly guided Khulafaa, and the Caliphs of Banu Umayah and the Abasi dynasty altogether up until the time of the Ubaidis, didn’t know such a thing of celebrating (Prophets birthday).

Therefore it is an Ubaidi innovation or Fatimite innovation. (According to what they call themselves because they are the ones who called themselves this.)

A questioner may ask; we don’t want anything else, all we want is remembrance. The Sahabah didn’t celebrate because they were close (to the Messenger) in terms of time, as for us after this long history, we want to remember, remember the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ.

We begin to ask:

“When did the Muslims begin forget the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ to a degree that we need to hold celebrations in his remembrance by coming together upon food, drink and scents on the 12th night of Rabi’ al Awal annually?

Did the Muslims forget the Messenger of Allaah? Is it permissible for them to forget him?”


Not a Mu’athin from amongst them (Muslims) gives the Athaan and say; “I bear witness that there is no Diety worthy of worship except Allaah’


“I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”

A Muslim does not enter a Masjid except that he says;

“Bismillaah was Salaatu was-Salaamu Alaa Rasulilaah”

Whoever prays much other than the obligatory prayers, in every prayer he sends prayers of peace  upon the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ.

A student of Knowledge doesn’t read his lesson and a teacher does not teach except that he sends prayer of peace upon the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ.

In one lesson or numerous times, therefore speaking of the favours of Allaah we have not forgotten the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ nor have the rest of the Muslims. Hence why we are not in need of what is called ‘Rememberance of Birthday’

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When does an action become specific only to the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)? | Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan


When is the statement of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) given precedence over his action? Likewise, when do we say that it (the action) is specifically for the Messenger  of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)?

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzan:

That which has been established from the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) – by way of speech, action or (his) approval is considered to be Sunnah; which we have been ordered to follow. If the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was to command us to do something but yet (the Messenger) did otherwise, then in such a case we take his statement, and consider his action to be specifically for him.

Translated by DaarutTawheed.

Source: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15703


Taking from an innovator who specialises in a particular field? | Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymeen

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahuAllah) mentioned in his explanation of ‘Hilyatu Talab Al- ‘ilm’ by Bakr Abu Zayd on the following statement: “It was narrated that (Imaam) Maalik -rahimahuAllah- said: “Knowledge is not taken from four: a foolish person who publicises his foolishness, even if he was the most prolific narrator of hadeeth; a person of innovation who calls to it; a person who lies in the speech of the people, even if I don’t accuse him (of lying) in hadeeth, and a noble, pious worshipper if he does not memories precisely what he narrates.” [As-Siyar, (8/61)] (Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd): So O you seeker of knowledge, if you are in a position of freedom of choice then do not take from a mubtadi’ (innovator); whether he be a Raafidhi, Kharaji, Muriji, Qadaree or Qubooree….etc. For you will never reach the level of (knowledgeable) men: correct in creed, strong in your association with Allaah, with strong vision, and following the tracks; except by abandoning the mubtadi’ah and their innovations.
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen said explaining the above statement: “And that which is apparent from the statement of the Shaykh (Bakr Abu Zayd) is that no knowledge is taken from the mubtadi’ even if it’s in something that is not in relation to his innovation. So for example, if we were to find a mubtadi’ that is proficient in the Arabic language; al-Balagha, an-Nahw, as-Sarf – do we sit with him and take knowledge from him in that which he is proficient in or do we boycott him? What is apparent from the statement of the shaykh (Bakr Abu Zayd) is that we don’t sit with him because this imposes two evils:
The first evil: He (the mubtadi’) deceives himself (to an extent) that he thinks he is upon the truth.
The second evil: The people being deceived by him which causes the people and the students of knowledge to follow (the mubtadi’) and take knowledge from him. Whilst the general layman is unable to differentiate between ‘ilm an-Nahw (the knowledge of Arabic grammar which he the mubtadi’ is proficient in) and the ilm al-‘aqeedah.
Due to this, I see that a person should not sit with the people of innovation/desires completely, even if one does not find the knowledge of the Arabic Language, al-Balagha and as-Sarf expect amongst them, for indeed Allaah will bring about someone even better than them. However, for us to simply go to them (the people on innovation) frequently will cause them to become deluded by themselves, and the people to be deceived (and misled) by them.”
(Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen went on to mention): “The author (Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd) warned against the people of innovation a great warning, and they are deserving of this. Particularly if the mubtadi’ is (persuasive and) eloquent in speech, because his evil will be more greater.”

[Taken from the explanation of Sh. Ibn al-Uthaymeen of ‘Hilyatu Talab Al- ‘ilm’  by Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd]
Translated by DaarutTawheed
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