Who is Allâh?

Who Is Allaah?

Al-Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) described the greatness of Allaah in the most beautiful way:

• “He is controlling the affairs of all the kingdoms.
• He commands & prohibits;
• Creates & gives provision;
• Gives death & gives life.
• He raises & lowers people’s status;
• Alternates night & day;
• Gives days (good & not so good) to men by turns;
• And causes nations to rise & fall;
• So that one nation vanishes & another emerges.
• His command & decree are carried out throughout the heavens & on earth;
• Above it & below it;
• In the oceans & in the air.
• He has knowledge of all things & knows the number of all things.
• He hears all voices;
• And does not mistake one for another;
• He hears them all;
• In all the different languages & with all their varied requests & pleas.
• No voice distracts Him from hearing another;
• He does not confuse their requests;
• And He never tires of hearing the pleas of those in need.
• He sees all that is visible;
• Even the walk of a black ant across a solid rock in the darkest night.
• The unseen is visible to Him;
• And secrets are known to Him, Whosoever is in the heavens & on earth begs of Him (its needs from Him).
• Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc.)! [The Quran 55:29 interpretation of the meaning]
• He forgives sins;
• Eases worries;
• Relieves distress;
• Helps the defeated person back on his feet;
• Makes the poor rich;
• Guides the one who is astray & confused;
• Fulfils the needs of the desperate;
• Feeds the hungry;
• Clothes the naked;
• Conceals faults;
• And calms fears.
• He raises the status of some & lowers the status of others.
• Even if all the inhabitants of heaven & earth:
• The first & the last of them;
• Mankind & jinn alike;
• Were to be as pious as the most pious among them;
• This would not increase His sovereignty in the slightest;
• If they all, the first & the last of them;
• Mankind & jinn alike;
• Were to be as rebellious as the most rebellious among them;
• This would not decrease His sovereignty in the slightest;
• If everything in heaven & on earth;
• The first & the last of them;
• Mankind & jinn;
• Living & dead;
• Animate & inanimate,
• Were to stand in one place &
ask of Him;
• And He were to give them everything that they asked for;
• This would not decrease what He has by even an atom’s weight.
• He is the First;
• Before Whom there is nothing;
• And the Last;
• After Whom there is nothing.
• He is the Most deserving of being remembered;
• The Most deserving of being worshipped;
• The Most deserving of being thanked.
• He is the Most Compassionate of kings;
• The Most Generous of those who are asked.
• He is the King Who has no partner or associate;
• The One who has no rival;
• The Self-Sufficient Master;
• Who has no son;
• The Most High;
• And there is none like unto Him.
• Everything will perish save His face [Quran 28:88 interpretation of the meaning]
• And everything will vanish except His sovereignty.
• He will not be obeyed except by His permission;
• And He will not be disobeyed except with His knowledge.
• He is obeyed;
• So He shows His appreciation;
• And He is disobeyed;
• So he forgives.
• Every punishment on His part is justice;
• And every blessing from Him is a favour.
• He is the closest of witnesses & the nearest of protectors.
• He seizes people by their forelocks;
• Records their deeds & decrees the appointed time for all things.
• Hearts conceal nothing from Him;
• For secrets are known to Him.
• His gift is a word & His punishment is a word;
• Verily, His Command, When He intends a thing,
Is only that He says to it, ‘Be! & it is.’” [Quran, 36:82 interpretation of the meaning]

(Adapted from al-Waabil al-Sayib, p. 125)

THIS IS ALLAAH;
WHO REVEALED THE GLORIOUS QUR’AN;
FOR THE GUIDANCE OF MAyNKIND

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Signs You Have No Al-Walaa Wal-Baraa, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan

 

 
 
 
10 Signs You Have No Al-Walaa Wal-Baraa, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan
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1) Imitating them in dress and lingo
 
2) Residing in their lands and not moving from their lands to the lands of the Muslims to save one’s Deen (i.e, hijrah).
 
3) Travelling to the lands of the kuffaar for tourism and vacation.
 
4) Helping them, giving them victory over the Muslims, speaking well of them and defending their honour.
 
5) Seeking their aid, trusting them, putting them in positions to know the secrets of the Muslims and making them advisors.
 
6) Using their calendar instead of the Islaamic calendar and, more importantly, observing the holidays on their calendar, like Christmas etc.
 
7) Observing their holidays or helping them to make that celebration or congratulating them for their holidays or just being present at their celebrations.
 
8) Speaking well of them through what they have of material wealth and being satisfied with their behaviour without looking at their deen which is a false deen.
 
9) Using their names.
 
10) Supplicating for them and being compassionate to them.
 

 

Beautiful advice from the Rabbaani scholar, the Imam of Da’wah in our time, Shaykh Al ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz

Beautiful advice from the Rabbaani scholar, the Imam of Da’wah in our time, Shaykh Al ‘Allaamah ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz

It was said to the shaykh,
“Oh shaykh, so and so has become misguided”. The Shaykh  replied:

“Perhaps his deviation was due to two things:
1. He didn’t ask Allah for Ath-thabaat (firmness).
2. He didn’t thank Allah for Al-Istiqaamah (steadfastness)

So when Allah chose for you the path of guidance, it was not because you are special, nor was it because of your obedience. But rather, it was a mercy from Him that enveloped you. He can remove it from you at any time.

Therefore,  do not be deceived by your actions nor by your worship. And do not look down upon the one who has deviated from His path. For had it not been due to His mercy, you would have been in his position.

Repeat the recitation of this verse while pondering:

﴿ ولوﻵ أن ثبتناك لقد كدت تركن إليهم شيئا قليلا ﴾

“Had We not made you firm (Oh Muhammed صلى الله عيه وسلم) then you would have inclined towards them slightly.”

So upon us, is to not to think that thabaat (firmness) upon Al-Istiqaamah (steadfastness) is due to your own personal achievements. Ponder over His statement (Ta’aalaa) to the best of mankind: “Had We not made you firm (Oh Muhammed صلى الله عيه وسلم).”
So how about you?!

We are greatly mistaken when we disregard and pay no attention to our athkaar (supplications of remembrance). We believe it to be something that is not important and we forget that Allah preserves us with it. And perhaps the decree will change…

Ibn Qayyim says:
“The need of the servant in his supplications by which he seeks refuge [in Allah], is more severe than his need for food, drink and clothes!”

Be consistent in your athkaar (supplications of remembrance), so that you can encompass the meaning:

“Preserve Allah, He will preserve you.”

Fortify [yourselves] every morning and evening [with your athkaar (supplications of remembrance)].  For the dunya (life of this world) is horrifying and full of surprises and Allah is the protector of His servants.

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The Prophet’s Late Morning Activities

Verse By Verse Qur'an Study Circle

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 |Part 7

By Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Turayri

As the morning sun climbed high into the sky, Prophet Muhammad salAllahu `alayhi wa sallam headed to the home of one of his wives, particularly the wife whose turn it was to spend the day with him.

He entered the house with the greeting of peace, brushed his teeth [with teeth cleaning twig (miswak)], and then offered the four-unit late morning prayer. It was an optional prayer, but one that he offered nearly every day.

[Sunnah Series – The Optional Prayers]

Sometimes he offered six or eight units of prayer instead of the usual four. He looked to see if there was food ready. If there was, he would eat a little. This was especially true if he had not eaten anything earlier…

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