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E-Books Celebrating The Middle of Sha3baan

Some good books about reality & rulings on celebrating the Middle of Sha3baan, known as “Shab-e-Baraat” in Asian continent. Many fabricated ahaadeeth are attributed to Prophet SallAllahu 3Alayhi wa sallam regarding this night & many innovations are practiced on this night.

English Books & Articles

Ruling on Celebrating the Middle of Sha3baan By3Abdul 3Aziz bin 3Abdullah bin Baaz

15th sha3ban-Is There Any Reality By Shawana 3Aziz – from Ayha site

To those who Insist on celebrating middle of Sha3baan By Asma Bint Shameem

Urdu Books

Innovations of Sha3baan ماه شعبان بدعات كے گھیرے میں By Shafeeq ur-Rahmaan – Da3wah Center – Rabwah-Saudia

The Reality of Shab_e_Baraat  شب براءت کی حقیقت کتاب وسنت کی روشنی میں Revised by Shafeeq ur-Rahmaan

A Study of Ahadeeth of 15th of sha3baan (& innovations practiced)  پندر ہویں شعبان سے متعلق احادیث – ایک جائزہ By Dr. Abdul Lateef – Revised by Shafeeq ur-Rahmaan

Bid3ah of sha3ban شعبان کی بدعات (innovations of sha3baan) by Mushtaaq Ahmad

 

 

E-Books Celebrating Birthday of the Prophet

English Books:

Celebrating Birthday of the Prophet By Shaykh Salih Al Fawzan

Refutation to claims that mawlid is permissible By 3Imraan Ayoob (Taken from Al-Qur’aan & Sunnah group]

Refutation to the claims that celebrating Mawlid is permissible and explanation to opinions falsely attributed to the scholars.

Urdu Books:

Rulings on celebrating Birthday of the Prophet جشن ميلاد النبى كا حكم

By Shaykh Salih Al Fawzan

Important Points – Celebrating birthday of the Prophet محفل میلاد چند قابل غور نکتے

By Abdul-Haadi – Ihsaa’ Islaamic Center- Saudia

Mawlid & Us عید میلاد النبی صلى اللہ علیہ وسلم اور ہم

By 3Adil Suhayl – Reviewed by Shafeeq-urRahmaan -Da3wah Center- Saudia

(An Excellent Read. Refutation to the claims that celebrating Mawlid is permissible with each claim refuted in the light of Qur’aan & hadeeth)


Ruling on celebrating birthday of the Prophet

Bismillah in Arabic

“Say (O Muhammad Sallallaahu alayhi wassallam to mankind):  “If you (really) love Allaah then follow me, Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [soorah Al-Aal-e-Imraan, v:31]

Mawlid al-Nabee (the Prophet’s birthday)

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing in the Qur’aan to say that we should celebrate the  Mawlid or birthday of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.

The Prophet himself sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not do this or command anyone to do it, either during his lifetime or after his death. Indeed, he told them not to exaggerate about him as the Christians had exaggerated about Jesus (upon whom be peace).He said:

“Do not exaggerate about me as the Christians exaggerated about the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say, ‘The slave of Allaah and His Messenger.'” (1)

What has been reported is that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam made the day of his birth a day of worship, which is different to celebration. He was asked about fasting on Mondays, and he said:

“That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was entrusted with the Mission or when I was first given Revelation.” (2)

Moreover, we know that the Sahaabah radi Allaahu 3Anhumaa were the people who loved the Prophet most.

Was it reported that Abu Bakr, who was the closest of people to him and the one who loved him the most, celebrated the birthday of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam?

Was it reported that 3Umar, who ruled for twelve years, or 3Uthmaan, did this? Was it reported that 3Ali, his relative and foster son, did this? Was it reported that any of the Sahaabah did this?

No, by Allaah! Is it because they were not aware of its importance, or did they not truly love the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam? No one would say such a thing except one who has gone astray and is leading others astray.

Did any of the imaams – Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafi3ee, Ahmad, al-Hasan al-Basri, Ibn Seereen – do this or command others to do it or say that it was good?

By Allaah, no! It was not even mentioned during the first and best three centuries.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said in a saheeh hadeeth:

The best of mankind are my generation (or my century), then those who come after them, then those who come after them. Then there will come a people who will not care if their testimony comes before their oath or vice versa (i.e., they will not take such matter seriously).” (3)

The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday appeared many centuries later, when many of the features of true religion had vanished and bid3ah had become widespread. Thus this celebration became a sign of one’s love for the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam

But can it be possible that the Sahaabah, the imaams and the people of the best three centuries were unaware of it, and it was only those who came later who were aware of its importance?!

What the Qur’aan tells us is that love of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is demonstrated by following the guidance he brought. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you (really) love Allaah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Say: ‘Obey Allaah and the Messenger.’ But if they turn away, then Allaah does not like the disbelievers.” (4)

The first aayah explains that love is just a claim, but the proof of sincerity is following what the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam brought. The second aayah reaffirms the importance and necessity of obeying Allaah and His Messenger. Hence Allaah ended the aayah with a very stern warning in which those who refuse to obey are described as kaafirs, and Allah does not love the disbelievers. We ask Allaah to keep us safe from that.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam told us of the danger of not obeying him, and the danger of adding to what he brought. The celebration of Mawlid or his birthday is indeed an addition to what he brought – as all the scholars agree.

He said:

The best of speech is the Book of Allaah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The most evil of things are those which are newly-invented (in religion), and every innovation is a going astray.” (5)

Innovations in the Month of Rabee3 al-Awwal:

There are various ways in which people celebrate the Mawlid (Prophet’s birthday) occasion:

Some of them simply gather to read the story of his birth, or they listen to speeches and qaseedahs (odes) on this occasion.

Some of them make food and sweets etc, and offer them to the people who attend.

Some of them hold these celebrations in the mosques and some hold them in their houses.

Some of them do not limit themselves to what we have mentioned, rather their gatherings include haraam and evil things such as men mixing freely with women, dancing and music, or acts of shirk such as seeking the help of the Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam and calling upon him or seeking his support against their enemies, and so on.

Whatever kinds of celebrations they are and whatever form they take, they are undoubtedly bid3ah and haraam innovations that were introduced long after the time of the best generations. (6)

Doing Special Acts of Worship:

Doing special acts of worship on this day such as saying tasbeeh and tahmeed, observing i3tikaaf, reading Qur’aan and fasting is an innovation for which a person will not receive any reward, for these are all rejected. It was narrated from 3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.” (7)

According to another version:

“Whoever does an action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours will have it rejected.” (8)

Eating meat slaughtered on the occasion of the Mawlid:

Sacrificing animals on the occasion of commemorating the birth of a prophet or a Waliy (pious person) to glorify them is judged as sacrificing an animal to other than Allash, and that is Shirk (associating others with Allash in His Divinity or worship). Therefore, it is not permissible to eat from these animals. It is authentically reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Allaah has cursed the one who slaughters (a sacrifice) to other than Allaah” (9)

Does the Prophet sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam attend mawlid (physically or spiritually)?

It is not confirmed that the Prophet (sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam attends/visits (after his death) anyone from amongst the people, and the principle (of this) is that this does not occur, therefore it is obligatory to remain upon this until (athenticated) evidence suggests otherwise (10)

We ask Allaah to protect us from bid3ah and to bless us by helping us to follow, Aameen

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Ruling celebrating Prophet’s birthday

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Ebooks & Fatawaa about Celebrating birthday of the Prophet

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References:
(1) Al-Bukhaari
(2) Muslim, al-Nisaaee and Abu Dawood
(3) Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim and al-Tirmidhee
(4) soorah Aal 3Imraan 3:31-32
(5) Muslim and al-Nisaaee
(6) http://islamqa.com/en/ref/89693
(7) Narrated by al-Bukhaaree, 2550; Muslim, 1718
(8) Muslim (1718)
(9) Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
http://www.alifta.net/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?View=Page&PageID=216&PageNo=1&BookID=10
(10) http://www.alifta.net/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?View=Page&PageID=218&PageNo=1&BookID=10

The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

 


The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

In the past, scholars used to dictate to the seekers of knowledge the etiquette of seeking knowledge, carrying the knowledge, the etiquette of the student with their teacher etc.

Chapter 1:

The Etiquette of the Seekers Inner Self.

Knowledge is Worship: Some scholars say Knowledge is a secret prayer and the worship of the heart. Therefore the conditions of worship are:

1. Al-Ikhlaas (Sincerity) to Allaah the All-Mighty. Allaah said (which means) “And they were commanded not except to worship Allah Alone sincerely.” [Soorah Al-Bayyinah, v:5]

Likewise our beloved Prophet sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, Verily actions are by the intentions [Bukhari and Muslim]. So avoid Ar-Riyaa and Tasmee (showing off with the intention of being heard). Seek the Pleasure of Allaah and avoid everything that blemishes your intention such as loving to stand out, seeking wealth, glory, fame, praiseworthiness etc.

2. As-Sunnah (In accord with the way of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam)

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa said (meaning): “Say, If you truly love Allaah, then follow me (i.e. the Prophet), Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. [Soorah Aal-e-3Imraan, v:31]

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*Be adherent to the path of the Pious Predecessors: Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Ahlus-Sunnah are the finest selection of Muslims, and the best people towards people.”

“And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.” [Surah Al-An3aam, v:153]

*Adorn yourself with the splendor of knowledge: by having beautiful manners, pious conduct, peacefulness, humility, humbleness etc. Ibn Seereen said, they (i.e. the Salaf) used to learn manners as they would learn knowledge.

*Adorn yourself with honor: and that which leads to it, such as good manners, a cheerful face, spreading the Salaam, showing forbearance etc. Avoid what tarnishes your honour, whether it is your nature, speech, or actions, evil habits, boastfulness, arrogance, looking down at others.

*Outside appearance (dress): is an indication of the persons affiliation and expressing themselves. So be careful of what you wear. Your clothes indicate to the onlooker as to how to categorize you in terms of dignity, sensibility, or it shows you to be a shaykh, a person of worship, a childish person, or a person who loves to be noticed.

*Adorn yourself with gentleness: Adhere to being gentle in speech, avoiding harsh words, for gentle speech wins over hostile personalities.

*Contemplation: Think before you speak, what am I going to say? What will be the results of what I am going to say? Be careful how you phrase it.

Chapter 2:

The Methodology of Seeking Knowledge.

*Whoever does not perfect the foundation is prevented from reaching their aim in knowledge” and “whoever wants to attain knowledge in one go, will lose it in one go”. Seeking knowledge should be taken step by step. The proof for that is:

“And [it is] a Qur’aan which We divided into parts in order that you may recite it to men in intervals, and We revealed it by stages.” (Surah Al-Israa :106)

*Memorize the Qur’aan (if possible), then attend lessons from:

  • (3Aqeedah) Books on Tawheed such as Kitaab Al-Tawheed, Al-3Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah etc
  • (Hadeeth) The Forty Hadeeth of An-Nawawi,
  • (Fiqh) Buloogh Al-Maraam
  • (Tafseer) Ibn Katheer
  • (Seerah) Zaad Al-M3aad etc
  • & other books related to these topics as a foundation.

*Capture knowledge by writing it down:

*Acquire knowledge from the Mashaaikh: The basis of knowledge should be taken by way of dictation and acquisition from the teachers, by being in the company of scholars and taking from the mouths of men, and not from the depths of books.

Whoever becomes involved in seeking knowledge without a Shaykh will emerge without knowledge, because knowledge is a profession and every profession has its experts, therefore, it is necessary to have a proficient teacher in order to learn. If you wish to attain knowledge without a teacher, you will stray from the straight path.

Chapter 3:

The Etiquette of the Seeker with their Shaykh.

As knowledge is not attained primarily from the books, rather it is necessary to take from a shaykh in order to perfect the keys of knowledge with him. The student should likewise maintain a certain etiquette when with the shaykh. Abstain from arguing in front of him, talking excessively, interrupting him continually, excessive questions etc. Avoid calling him by his first name, rather call him shaykhee, or ya shaykhanaa. Just as you would not refer to your father by his name.

Chapter 4:

The Etiquette of Companionship.

*Beware of bad companions: People are like flocks of birds, naturally disposed to imitating one another, so beware of associating with bad companions for it is indeed destruction and prevention is better than cure. Therefore, choose the best companions and friendship. Someone who will help you in you quest in drawing nearer to your Lord.

Chapter 5:

The Etiquette of the Student in Leading a life of knowledge.

*One must have high aspirations in knowledge: Having high aspirations will attract endless good from Allaah that will never cut off.

*Emigrating for the sake of seeking knowledge: Whoever does not emigrate to seek knowledge in search of teachers and travel to acquire from them, then it is unlikely that he will ever be qualified to be traveled to (for people to learn from him), as knowledge will be gained that is rare to find in the depths of books.

*Preserve the knowledge through writing it: Do your best to preserve knowledge in written form as this will safeguard it from being lost. So bind knowledge by writing, especially benefits that are unlikely to be found in corners. Likewise, forgetfulness in frequent.

*Occasional revision of knowledge: Whoever does no revise knowledge will lose it. If the Quran which has been made easy to memorize- is lost without revision, then how about other forms of knowledge?

*The sanctuary of the seeker of knowledge: is to say I do not know (laa adree). If you are unsure of the answer then make sure you say this.

*Avoid procrastination: Preserve you life by tacking your time serious, adhering to study and being in the company with the people of knowledge. Do not be one who says I will get round to it later. Value your time now and act now.

*Completion of learning the tools: The seeker should not leave a subject until they have perfected it.

Chapter 6:

Adorn Yourself with the Implementation of Knowledge.

*The alms of knowledge: Openly proclaim the truth, enjoin the good and forbid the evil, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages. Due to the nobility of knowledge, it increases with implementing it.

*Dealing with the books: After purchasing a book, do not put it in your library until you have a browse, read its forward and index, and a few extracts from it.

Chapter 7:

Precautions.

*False hopes: to claim knowledge in something that you know not, or proficiency in what you are not proficient.

*Beware of being Abu Shibr (father of a span): It is said that knowledge has three spans; whoever enters the first span will become arrogant (he thinks he knows it all), then the who enters the second span will become humble (because he realizes he needs to learn a lot more), then he who enter the third span will realize that he knows nothing.

*Becoming manifest before becoming qualified: It was said, Whosoever manifests themselves before their time, then they have manifested themselves into humiliation. (e.g. if you are not really a shaykh yet, they do not claim to be one).

*Beware of the Byzantine debate: for they use to debate about whether the Angels were male or female while (they were arguing about a not so important issue) their enemy was at the gates of their county, then they were defeated.

*Avoid sectarianism: Hold together to the Rope of Allaah.

(May Allaah bless you to be a successful student.. Ameen).

Book by Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd
Summarized by Abdul-Shaheed Drew

You can download the full version of this book from here.

The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

An Explanation Of Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd’s ‘Etiquette Of A Seeker Of Knowledge’ By Shaykh 3Uthaymeen

Explanation by Shaykh 3Uthaymeen

E-Book

hisnul-muslim

Fortress of the Muslim

Compiled by Sa3eed Bin Ali Bin Wahf Al-Qahtani

Invocations from the Qur’aan and Sunnah

A very beautiful booklet containing many authentic Du3aa (supplications) for a Muslim to supplicate on a daily basis and on special occasions.

For English language, click Here

For Urdu language, click Here

For Indonesian language, click Here


More languages will be added soon inshaAllaah

wassalaamu 3Alaykum

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New E-Book

t_al-khushoo

BOOK : 33 ways of developing Khushoo in Salaah

AUTHOR :  Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid

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Click to download:   khushoo


Main contents of the book:

  • Rulings on Khushoo

  • Concealment of Khushoo

  • The means of developing Khushoo

  • Know the advantages of Khushoo in prayer

  • Warding off distractions

  • Ruling about person having a great deal of waswaas & more…

wassalaamu alaykum

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Hajj E-Books

Assalaamu 3Alaykum

More Hajj resources for you:


Rites of Hajj and ‘Umrah

Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani

And the prophet said: “He who performs Hajj and does not speak obscenely or commit evil then he returns from his sins just as the day his mother gave birth to him”, and if he did so then his Hajj would be accepted and Rasoolullaah said: “The accepted Hajj – there is no less a reward for it than Paradise.

Click to download: Rites of Hajj&Umrah

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Meaning of Talbiyah

by Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjid

Click to download: Talbiyah

Hajj E-Books

Assalaamu 3Alaykum

A small gift for those planning to go to Hajj.

Download free E-books about the description and rulings of Hajj & Umrah.

THE BOOK OF HAJJ AND UMRAH

By Mahmoud Murad

A Book detailing the rulings concerning Hajj and Umrah.

Click to download: Book of Hajj & Umrah


HOW TO PERFORM THE RITUALS OF HAJJ

By Shaykh Salih Uthaymeen

How to perform the rituals of Hajj, Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Masjid

Click to download: How to perform

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