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Ibn Arabi – Sufi, Heretic and now… TV Star?!?!

Assalaamu alaykum brothers and sisters,

The historical figure of Ibn Arabi was controversial to say the least, even among most of ahlul bidah his views could be viewed as unorthodox at best, outright kufr akbar would be a better understanding and this is how he is seen by the scholars of ahlus sunnah.

Concerning the people of Nooh ibn Arabi said: ‘if they had turned away from their worship of [their idols] Wudd, Siwaa’, Yaghooth and Ya’ooq, they would have lost more of Al-Haqq.’

Then he said: ‘Every object of worship is a manifestation of Al-Haqq. Those who know it, know it, and those who do not know it, do not know it. The one who has knowledge knows what he is worshipping and in what image the object of his worship is manifested. These many and varied manifestations are like the limbs of a physical image.’

This is just one of his kufr views, but he was a fringe figure, some may have heard of him with the odd quotes in books, but other than among the extreme  far out sufi fringe he was never popular or quoted widely.

It’s therefore sad to see some misguided fools promoting him through social media, often through a meme or quote from the hit TV historical fantasy ‘Resurrection Ertugrul’ whether he actually uttered these words or not in real life.

This is the depths the ummah has sunk to, we are quoting the made up words of a fantasy, Gandalfesque type TV-rendition of a heretic as Islamic reminders.

Brilliant, social media activists and wannabe Ertugrul following ghazi-warriors. Absolutely brilliant, that’s the right way to revive the ummah isn’t it?

For those wanting to know what the ulema have said regarding this zindiq (heretic) please click this link to Islam Q&A – Who was Ibn Arabi?

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

Mohammed Hijab – Postcast on Hadith Preservation with Mufti Muneer

I love the long format discussion and debate of podcasts. I really feel it’s able to fill a void in many Muslims lives who are unable or not yet on a level where they commit themselves attend lectures and classes in the masaajid.

It’s different from a lecture of reminder we might hear online or even attend in person. It’s a discussion, two or sometimes more people getting into the back and forth, questioning and probing ideas and bringing them forth for a public audience.

This podcast by Mohammed Hijab with Mufti Muneer is an excellent example of this, discussing the need and method that people can bring themselves up to a level they can begin to study, as well as the understanding of the study of hadith and how Muslims and non-Muslims both misunderstand and misuse this science to criticise a particular hadith they dislike or even following the ahadith in general.

 

Ibn al Qayyim – The Traps of Iblis

It is not possible to encompass one of Iblis’ evils, let alone all of them. Since Iblis’ evil is of six types, Iblis remains behind the son of Adam until he gets him to do one or more of these six evils.

THE FIRST EVIL IS THE EVIL OF KUFR AND SHIRK and enmity to Allah and His Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. If he gains this from the son of Adam, his moaning is eased, and he rests from his ordeal with this man. Further, this is the first thing Iblis wants from al-‘Abd (the worshipper). If Iblis gains this, he makes this person part of his army, one of his soldiers, and he appoints him as a deputy or agent against other human beings. Then, this person becomes one of the deputies or callers of Iblis.

If he despairs of enticing him with the first evil, and if this person is one of those for whom it was written that he would be a Muslim in his mother’s womb, Iblis tries the SECOND CLASS OF EVIL. THIS IS BID’AH (innovation). Iblis loves bid’ah more than debauchery and disobedience because the harm of bid’ah is in the essence of the religion. Moreover, it is an unrepentable sin and is against the call of the messengers and is a call to a message different from the one conveyed by ar-Rasul. Bid’ah is a gate to kufr and shirk. Therefore, if Iblis gains the performance of bid’ah from a person and makes him one of the people of bid’ah, he also becomes one of his agents and a caller of his.

If Iblis fails and is unable to trap al-‘Abd at this class, and if he is one of those who were granted by Allah the gift of as-Sunnah and hatred of the people of bid’ah and error, he proceeds to the THIRD CLASS OF EVIL, which is the class of MAJOR SINS in their various forms.

Iblis is very covetous of letting a person fall into major sin, especially if he is a scholar who is followed. Iblis is covetous of that, so that he may repel people from him and spread his sins and disobedience amongst the people. He uses some people as his agents to spread this person’s sins under the false pretence that this will help them to get closer to Allah. But in fact this person is the deputy of Iblis without knowing it. For those who would like abomination to be spread amongst the believers there is a great torment in this life and in the Hereafter especially if they take charge of spreading about enormities, not out of advice, but by obeying Iblis and being his agent. All this is to repel people from the scholar and from his benefit.

Furthermore, the sins of this person (scholar), even if they reach the sky, are less to Allah than the sins of those who would like to spread his sins about. The scholar’s sins are wrongdoing to himself. If he seeks forgiveness from Allah and repents, Allah will accept his repentance, and He will change his bad deeds to good deeds. However, the sin of those who spread about abominations are doing wrong to the believers by looking for their mistakes and by intending to expose them. Allah is in close observation, and He knows about this ambuscade. Nothing hidden in the chest or soul is hidden to Allah.

If Iblis is unable to snare al-‘Abd at this degree he moves him to the FOURTH CLASS, or the MINOR SINS. These sins may ruin a person if they accumulate. That is why ar-Rasul sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Be aware of the minor sins, because the simile of the minor sin is like the people who went to a desert.” Then he sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam mentioned a hadith the meaning of which is that every one of them brought a stick of wood until they had kindled a huge fire (just as the minor sins add up little by little until they become a major sin). The person continues taking the matter of minor sins easily until he considers them inconsequential. Therefore, a person who commits major sins but fears their effect is in a better condition than he is.

If the al-‘Abd has prevented Iblis from trapping him at this level, he moves him to the fifth level. The FIFTH LEVEL IS TO OCCUPY HIM WITH PERMISSIBLE THINGS that do not gain him reward or punishment. However, the punishment of this level is caused by passing the reward missed by being occupied with these deeds. If al-‘Abd has kept Iblis from succeeding at this level, and if he is careful about his time, being covetous with it, knows the value of moments, and knows the value of what comes of comfort or torment, Iblis transfers him to the sixth level. The SIXTH CLASS is to OCCUPY HIM WITH DEEDS OF LESSER REWARD to keep virtue away from him and to prevent him from attaining the reward of the favoured deed.

Therefore, he orders him to do a good action with less reward if that includes leaving a better action. Very few people are aware of this. Because if a person feels a strong urge to some kind of obedience, he does not doubt that it is true obedience and that he is getting closer to Allah. He never thinks that this call is from Iblis because he believes that Iblis never calls one to do good. Therefore, he thinks that this call is from Allah. Actually he is excused because he never knew that Iblis would call one to seventy doors of good deeds either to get him to one door of evil or to let a better deed than these seventy deeds pass away from him.

This cannot be known except by a light from Allah, a light he instils in the heart of al-‘Abd. The source of this type of knowledge is following the way of ar-Rasul sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and taking care of the levels of deeds with Allah, the deeds of His favoured ones, the deeds more pleasing to Him, and those more beneficial to al-‘Abd, and deeds that have more nasihah (guidance) from Allah, His Rasul, His Book, and His believing worshippers. No one has this type of knowledge except the inheritors of ar-Rasul sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, his deputies in the Ummah, and his successors on earth. In addition, most of the creation is screened from this. This call does not come to their hearts. Allah gives His favour to whomever He wills from among His worshippers.

If al-‘Abd prevents Iblis from trapping him at any of these six levels, and if it becomes difficult for Iblis, he empowers his party of jinn and human beings with different kinds of harm, IMPUTING DISBELIEF TO HIM, CALLING HIM MISGUIDED AND AN INNOVATOR, WARNING PEOPLE AGAINST HIM, and intending to weaken him and to disturb his heart. Iblis, by using this method, tries to confuse this person’s thinking and tries to PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BENEFITING FROM HIM. Therefore Iblis expends his utmost effort to empower the defenders of falsehood, from human beings and from jinn, against him. Then the believer is at war until death. Whenever he gives up, he is hurt or is taken captive. Hence the believer is in Jihad until he meets with Allah.

(s) At-Tafsir al-Qayyim (published in Al-Hijra magazine)

Mohammad Hijab – Controversial Questions and Official Retractions of Ust. Abu Taymiyyah

Assalaamu alaykum brothers and sisters,

Listened to this reminder and postcast between Mohammad Hijab and Ustadh Abu Taymiyyah recently. This was thanks to the super-salafi types for highlighting this on social media and stating what a terrible discussion it was… any time those guys start criticising another salafi it’s usually a big indication that there is some benefit for the rest of us.

In this discussion Abu Taymiyyah explains where he differed respectfully in some of the positions taken by other Da’uat in the UK regarding Sheikh Haitham al Haddad and even where strongly disagreeing with the positions Sheikh Haitham has taken it is important we do so we good manners and justice and that this was the advise of the ulema he has studied with in Medinah.

Ustadh Abu Taymiyyah is someone I have met with personally on a number of ocassions and sincerely hope and ask Allah when he finishes his studies in Medinah he will return back to us in our city of Leicester where we can benefit from him and his classes and he can carry on his da’wah to the youth and the rest of the Muslim community here.

Would advise any of my readers who want to learn more about the deen to follow him on youtube, twitter, facebook etc and he is one of those of those teachers who leaves you with your emaan uplifted as well as passing on beneficial knowledge.

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpgJmGV319I-qNm5x40viTQ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AbuTaymiyyahMJ
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Abu-Taymiyyah-Mj-1103012796377213/

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal’s advice to his son on his wedding day

Dear son, you will not attain good fortune in your home except by 10 characteristics which you show to your wife, so remember them and be enthusiastic in acting upon them.

As for the first two; women like attention and they like to be told clearly that they are loved. So don’t be stingy in expressing your love for your wife. If you become limited in expressing your love, you will create a barrier of harshness between you and her, and there will be a decrease in affection.

3. Ladies hate a strict, overcautious man, yet they seek to use the soft vulnerable one. So use each quality appropriately. This will be more appealing for love and it will bring you peace of mind.

4. Ladies like from their husbands what their husbands like from them, i.e. kind words, good looks, clean clothes and a pleasant odour. Therefore, always remain in that state.

5. Indeed, the house is under the sovereignty of the woman. While she remains therein, she feels that she is sitting upon her throne, and that she is the chief of the house . Stay clear of destroying this kingdom of hers and do not ever attempt to dethrone her, otherwise you will be trying to snatch her sovereignty. A king gets most angry at he who tries to strip him of his authority, even if he portrays to show something else.

6. A woman wants to love her husband, but at the same time she does not want to lose her family. So do not put yourself and her family in the same scale, because then her choice will be down to either you or her family. And even if she does choose you over her family, she will remain in anxiety, which will then turn into hatred towards you in your daily life.

7. Surely woman has been created from a curved rib, and this is the secret of her beauty, and the secret of the attraction towards her. And this is no defect in her, because ‘the eyebrows look beautiful due to them being curved’. So if she errs, do not rebuke her in a manner in which there is no gentleness, attempting to straighten her; otherwise you will simply break her and her breaking, is her divorce. At the same time do not let her off upon that mistake, otherwise her crookedness will increase and she will become arrogant with her ego. Thereafter, she will never soften for you and she won’t listen to you, so stay in between the two.

8. It is in the women’s nature to be ungrateful towards their husbands and to deny favours. If you were to be nice to her for her whole life but you grieved her once, she will say, “I have never seen any good from you”. So don’t let this attitude of her make you dislike her or to run away from her. If you dislike this feature of hers, you will be pleased with some other good habits within her, so create a balance.

9. Surely there are times when a woman goes through some conditions of bodily weakness and fatigue of the mind. Such that Allah has relieved her of some of her compulsory worships during that period; Allah has totally pardoned her from praying, and has postponed the days of fasting for her within this break to a later date until she regains her health and becomes normal in her temperament once more. Thus, during these days, treat her in a godly manner. Just as Allah has relieved her of the duties, you should also lessen your demands and instructions from her during those days.

10. Last but not least, know that a woman is like a captive with you. Therefore, have mercy upon her.

From Tafseer Rahimi

John Fontain | Young Smirks PodCast EP37 – Sheikh Abu Usamah

Sheikh Abu Usamah about the BLM Protests, the permissability of protests in the light of Islamic teachings, Malcolm X, Colin Kaepernick and racism in the Muslim community.

Gained a lot of benefit from this disussion, so happy to see Muslims starting to make full use of the medium of podcasts to benefit the Ummah.

The back and forth on marriage, race and societal position was especially good, people do not understand matters of compatability.

Interview by John Fontain for the podcast Young Smirks

Yasir Qadhi refuted… by Yasir Qadhi!

This series of short slips show Yasir Qadhi ‘with the greatest of respect’ with his confessed major doubts,  his sophistry, his calls towards a western-friendly, emasculated Islam has changed over the years, how his doubts are met with a return to the Quran and Sunnah, according to the best of understanding, as he once himself followed.

May Allah reward abundently whom-so-ever put this video together, Allah guide our misguided brother Yasir Qadhi and his followers back to the truth, as well as all of us where we fall short, may Allah prevent us from falling into the fitan of liberalism, modernism, doubts and kufr we see all around us today, ameen

Saajid Lipham – Muslim Twitter, Protests, Born Muslims vs. Converts

An excellent reminder on the problems of using twitter, of protesting being the first thing on people’s minds in the current crisis and how for many Muslims, especially born Muslims in America (and I would argue the UK also) social activism is their connection to the deen and the problem with this.

He also covers the necessity of returning to Allah if we want to enact a positive change, may Allah reward the brother for his efforts, ameen.

Saajid Lipham – Dear Farid Responds

I previously posted a short naseeha from Farid from the ‘Farid Responds’ youtube channel entitled ‘Dear Dawah Channel.’

This video was regarding the over use of the refutation and du’at taking each other down rather than concentrating on the apostasy crisis which is facing the Muslims from the missionary activities of online Christians and Atheists.

Link to previous post >>

Saajid Lipham who knows Farid has now responded to this public message after privately speaking to Farid first.

He seeks to add some clarity on why sometimes such work of refuting other speakers is required (though not always) and that to the western Muslims, the danger of liberalism and other forms of kufr and misguidance by the big ‘Islamic speakers’ here is just as serious as that offered by online missionaries.

Both views have merit, but I feel Saajid helps bring balance to this important topic, may Allah reward both of them for their important efforts, ameen