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The Reality of Iman

Posted: June 29, 2016 by Admin in Laa ilaha illAllaah

Allah says:

وَإِن كُنتُمْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ وَلَمْ تَجِدُوا كَاتِبًا فَرِهَانٌ مَّقْبُوضَةٌ ۖ فَإِنْ أَمِنَ بَعْضُكُم بَعْضًا فَلْيُؤَدِّ الَّذِي اؤْتُمِنَ أَمَانَتَهُ وَلْيَتَّقِ اللَّهَ رَبَّهُ ۗ وَلَا تَكْتُمُوا الشَّهَادَةَ ۚ وَمَن يَكْتُمْهَا فَإِنَّهُ آثِمٌ قَلْبُهُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ

So when one of you entrusts (amina) to another, then let him who is entrusted (u’tumina) discharge his trust (amanatahu). (2:283)

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

He is Allah…Al-Mu’min, ie. the one who grants security. (59:23)

أَأَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاءِ أَن يَخْسِفَ بِكُمُ الْأَرْضَ فَإِذَا هِيَ تَمُورُ

Do you feel secure (a-amintum) that He who is in the heavens, will not cause the earth to swallow you when it sways? (67:16)

Iman, ie. trust or faith, is related to amanah, ie. a trust or amana, ie. security.

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ يَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّهُمْ آمَنُوا بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ يُرِيدُونَ أَن يَتَحَاكَمُوا إِلَى الطَّاغُوتِ وَقَدْ أُمِرُوا أَن يَكْفُرُوا بِهِ وَيُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُضِلَّهُمْ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

Have you not looked to those who claim that they (amanu) believe…(4:60)

يَا أَيُّهَا الرَّسُولُ لَا يَحْزُنكَ الَّذِينَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْكُفْرِ مِنَ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا آمَنَّا بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَلَمْ تُؤْمِن قُلُوبُهُمْ

O Messenger, let them not grieve you who hasten into disbelief of those who say, “We believe (amanna)” with their mouths, but their hearts do not believe (tu’min)…(5:41)

قَالَتِ الْأَعْرَابُ آمَنَّا ۖ قُل لَّمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَٰكِن قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَلَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الْإِيمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ ۖ وَإِن تُطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ لَا يَلِتْكُم مِّنْ أَعْمَالِكُمْ شَيْئًا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

The A’arab say, “We have believed (amanna).” Say, “You have not believed (tu’minu); but say, ‘We have submitted (aslamna),’ for Iman has not entered your hearts yet…(49:14)

Iman solely exists in the heart, as one believes and trusts with his heart. It is what he feels and not what he says or does with his limbs, though one may testify to his Iman with his tongue.

Iman is a state, which may increase:

الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُوا لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَقَالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

Those who said to them, “Indeed, the people have certainly gathered against you, so fear them.” But it only increased them in Iman, and they said, “Allah is sufficient for us, and the one who best disposes of our affairs.” (3:173)

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ

The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His Ayat are recited upon them, it increases them in Iman; and upon their Lord they rely. (8:2)

وَإِذَا مَا أُنزِلَتْ سُورَةٌ فَمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ أَيُّكُمْ زَادَتْهُ هَٰذِهِ إِيمَانًا ۚ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فَزَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَهُمْ يَسْتَبْشِرُونَ

And whenever a surah is revealed, among them are ones who say, “Which of you had [his] Iman increased by this?” As for those who believed, it had increased them in Iman, while they are rejoicing. (9:124)

وَلَمَّا رَأَى الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْأَحْزَابَ قَالُوا هَٰذَا مَا وَعَدَنَا اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَصَدَقَ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ ۚ وَمَا زَادَهُمْ إِلَّا إِيمَانًا وَتَسْلِيمًا

And when the believers saw the companies, they said, “This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth.” And it only increased them in faith and acceptance. (33:22)

هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَّعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ ۗ وَلِلَّهِ جُنُودُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا

It is He who sent tranquillity down into the hearts of the believers that they would increase in Iman along with their [present] Iman. And to Allah belong the soldiers of the heavens and the earth, and ever is Allah Knowing, Wise. (48:4)

Likewise, one might disbelieve after having Iman

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ثُمَّ كَفَرُوا ثُمَّ آمَنُوا ثُمَّ كَفَرُوا ثُمَّ ازْدَادُوا كُفْرًا لَّمْ يَكُنِ اللَّهُ لِيَغْفِرَ لَهُمْ وَلَا لِيَهْدِيَهُمْ سَبِيلًا

Indeed, those who have believed then disbelieved, then believed, then disbelieved, and then increased in disbelief – never will Allah forgive them, nor will He guide them to a way. (4:137)

يَحْذَرُ الْمُنَافِقُونَ أَن تُنَزَّلَ عَلَيْهِمْ سُورَةٌ تُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ ۚ قُلِ اسْتَهْزِئُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ مُخْرِجٌ مَّا تَحْذَرُونَ, وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ ۚ قُلْ أَبِاللَّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِئُونَ, لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ ۚ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَائِفَةٍ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَائِفَةً بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا مُجْرِمِينَ

They hypocrites are apprehensive lest a surah be revealed about them, informing them of what is within their hearts. Say, “Mock; indeed, Allah will expose that which you fear.” And if you ask them, they will surely say, “We were only conversing and playing.” Say, “Is it Allah and His Ayat and His Messenger, you were mocking? Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your Iman. If We pardon one faction of you – We will punish another faction because they were criminals. (9:64-66)

مَن كَفَرَ بِاللَّهِ مِن بَعْدِ إِيمَانِهِ إِلَّا مَنْ أُكْرِهَ وَقَلْبُهُ مُطْمَئِنٌّ بِالْإِيمَانِ وَلَٰكِن مَّن شَرَحَ بِالْكُفْرِ صَدْرًا فَعَلَيْهِمْ غَضَبٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his Iman…except for the one who is compelled, while his heart is satisfied with Iman. But those who expand their breasts with disbelief, Allah’s wrath is upon them, and a great punishment. (16:106)

The Qur’an never says Iman goes up and down due to one’s actions, or that Iman consists of faith, speech and deeds. Though one could reasonably say, that one’s words and deeds may be how his Iman manifests.

What is the Dhikr?

Posted: April 12, 2016 by Admin in Laa ilaha illAllaah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Allah says:

ذَٰلِكَ نَتْلُوهُ عَلَيْكَ مِنَ الْآيَاتِ وَالذِّكْرِ الْحَكِيمِ
 
That is what We recite unto you from the Ayat and the Wise Dhikr. Surat Ali Imran 3:58
 

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ

Indeed We descended the Dhikr and surely We are its preservers. Surat al-Hijr 15:9

Dhikr is that which is remembered, or a reminder. So dhikr is something one had known at some point but had forgotten and not something new.

وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ الَّذِينَ يَخُوضُونَ فِي آيَاتِنَا فَأَعْرِضْ عَنْهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ ۚ وَإِمَّا يُنسِيَنَّكَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَلَا تَقْعُدْ بَعْدَ الذِّكْرَىٰ مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

And when you see those who engage in Our Ayat, then turn away from them until they engage in speech other than it. And if Satan causes you to forget, then after the dhikra, do not sit with a people who are Dhalimin. Surat al-An’am 6:68

What’s evident in all these verses is that, the ayat of the Qur’an surely contain dhikr. But is dhikr restricted to the Qur’an?

Allah says:

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا قَبْلَكَ إِلَّا رِجَالًا نُّوحِي إِلَيْهِمْ ۖ فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

And nor did we We send before you except men whom We inspired. So ask the People of the Dhikr, if you do not know. Surat al-Anbiya 21:7

وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا مُوسَىٰ وَهَارُونَ الْفُرْقَانَ وَضِيَاءً وَذِكْرًا لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

And We had already given Musa and Harun the Criterion and a shining light and a reminder for the Muttaqin. Surat al-Anbiya 21:48

وَمَا كُنتَ بِجَانِبِ الطُّورِ إِذْ نَادَيْنَا وَلَٰكِن رَّحْمَةً مِّن رَّبِّكَ لِتُنذِرَ قَوْمًا مَّا أَتَاهُم مِّن نَّذِيرٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ

And you were not at the side of Tur, when We called, but as a mercy from your Lord that you warn a people to whom no warner had come to before you, so that they may remember. Surat al-Qasas 28:46

There were those who had the Dhikr before the Qur’an was recited to the people of Arabia. So clearly the Dhikr is not restricted to the Qur’an. However, does this mean that all that had ever descended from Allah, in exact words and phrases, has also been preserved?

Allah says:

مَا نَنسَخْ مِنْ آيَةٍ أَوْ نُنسِهَا نَأْتِ بِخَيْرٍ مِّنْهَا أَوْ مِثْلِهَا ۗ أَلَمْ تَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Whatever We abolish of an ayah or cause to be forgotten we bring better than it or similar to it. Don’t you know, Allah is capable over all things. Surat al-Baqarah 2:106.

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ مِن رَّسُولٍ وَلَا نَبِيٍّ إِلَّا إِذَا تَمَنَّىٰ أَلْقَى الشَّيْطَانُ فِي أُمْنِيَّتِهِ فَيَنسَخُ اللَّهُ مَا يُلْقِي الشَّيْطَانُ ثُمَّ يُحْكِمُ اللَّهُ آيَاتِهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ

And We had not sent before you any messenger or prophet except that when he emitted, Satan threw into it. But Allah abolishes what Satan throws in and makes His Ayat precise. And Allah is Knowing, Wise. Surat al-Haj 22:52

So even though an ayah may have been abolished, forgotten, or misconstrued, the Dhikr still exists in other ayat, and stays preserved.

Regarding the Qur’an, Allah says:

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ

And certainly, We made the Qur’an easy for remembrance. So is there any who will be reminded? Surat al-Qamar 54:17

لَا تُحَرِّكْ بِهِ لِسَانَكَ لِتَعْجَلَ بِهِ

Do not move your tongue with it, to hasten with it. Surat al-Qiyamah 75:16

إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا جَمْعَهُ وَقُرْآنَهُ

Indeed, upon Us is its collection and its recitation. Surat al-Qiyamah 75:17

So Allah has taken it upon Himself to gather the Qur’an and preserve the Dhikr. However, this does not mean that all that has been attributed to Musa by the Israelites or all that has been attributed to Muhammad, was also gathered and preserved by Allah.

Dream of Abraham was not from Allah

Posted: March 10, 2016 by millatibraheem in Laa ilaha illAllaah

Before proceeding, we must first ‘delete’ all that we have been taught and re-approach the Quran in a non-presumptive manner.  Let us allow the Quran to teach us and not expect the Quran to acknowledge our already held beliefs.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Nowhere does the Quran teach us that it was Allah who had given Prophet Abraham his dream to sacrifice his son
  • The Quran only tells us that Abraham had a dream and he asked his son what he thought about it:

And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream/manaamai that I sacrifice you. See what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast. (as-Saffat 37:102)

  • The fact that Prophet Abraham asked his son shows that he himself was skeptical:

“…See what you think.”

  • And the rest goes on as follows (as-Saffat 37:103-105):

So when they had both submitted, and he had laid him down on his forehead, We called out to him, ‘O Abraham! You have fulfilled the vision/ar-ro’ya.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good.

  • What we will read is that there was no mention of the sacrifice being taken place.  Allah ‘stopped’ the sacrifice before it even happened
  • Allah tells Prophet Abraham he had fulled filled the vision/ar-Ro’ya and not manaamai
  • From the beginning to the end, Allah does not say asked Abraham to sacrifice

 

To be continued…

‘Authubullaahi min ashShaytaan arRajeem.

Bismillaah arRaHmaan arRaHeem.

Allaahumma salay ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aalay Muhammad kamaa salayta ‘ala aalay Ibraaheem innaka Hameedum Majeed.  Allaahumma baraak ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aalay Muhammad kamaa baraakta ‘ala aali Ibraaheem innaka Hameedum Majeed.

The narrations regarding generations of khayr have been grossly misinterpreted by so-called “people of knowledge.”  They fabricated interpretations implying that the people in the early three generations [or centuries – qarn], were better than all other generations, or that they were the best of Muslims.  However, that is not what the Prophet said and nor does reality affirm with this erroneous interpretation.

The Prophet of Allaah never said they were the best Muslims.  A generation includes both Muslims and pagans.  It includes hypocrites and believers.  It includes the major sinners and minor sinners.  No sane person will say that these generations – or centuries – were sinless and upright people.

The worst tribulations in Muslim history took place in those times.  The craziest sects began in those generations.  The vilest of innovations was invented by the scholars of those times.

And, of course, numerous recorded wars, the looting, the pillaging, the killing and the murder of pious men, took place in those generations.

One just needs to think a little to put doubt upon the foolish claims by the innovators regarding the piety of the people within those times:

  • It was the people from the best of generations that murdered the third khalif Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan, the bearer of the two lights – Dhun Noorayn – who married two of Allaah’s Messengers daughters.
  • It was the people from the best of generations that murdered ‘Ammar bin Yasir, who was from the earliest of Muslims and his parents being the first recorded martyrs [shuhaada].  ‘Ammar had fought alongside the Prophet in numerous battles against the polytheists, except only to be murdered by Muslims from the best of generations.
  • It was the people from the best of generations that murdered another of the earliest of Muslims – ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib.
  • It was the people from the best of generations that murdered Husayn bin ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib and his family.
  • It was people from those generations that murdered ‘Abdullaah bin al-Zubayr and his supporters in Mecca.
  • It was them who murdered Jaabir bin ‘Abdullaah.
  • It was them who murdered the pious child of the great muhajir Khubayb.
  • What about the civil wars between the Companions and others within those three generations?

Didn’t Allaah aza wajal say:

وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا

And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allaah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.

And these are just a few historical accounts from hundreds of other incidents.  Reality contradicts false scholarly interpretations that are an insult to the Prophethood and his purity.

 

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Difference Between a Liar and a Truthful Person

Posted: October 7, 2012 by millatibraheem in Laa ilaha illAllaah

Authubillaahi min ash-Shaytaani rajeem

Bismillaahi ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem, as-Salaatu was-Salaam ‘ala Rasulullaah

Allaah aza wa jal says:

وَقَالُوا لَن يَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّةَ إِلَّا مَن كَانَ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَىٰ ۗ تِلْكَ أَمَانِيُّهُمْ ۗ قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you are truthful.”

Allaah aza wa jal links proof with being truthful.

This should be applied in all spheres of Islaamic knowledge.  It is obligatory to produce the proof when speaking about Islaam.  Where is the Wahee?

Whenever someone one speaks about Islaam, it must be based upon Qur’aan and Sunnah.  Where is the Speech of Allaah aza wa jal?  Where is the speech of Rasoolullaah (s)?

Whether it is a Sahaabi’s narration or a view of a scholar, everything must be verified with the Qur’aan and Sunnah to see if they were correct.

Allaah aza wa jal promises to protect the Dhikr, which is what He aza wa jal sent down.   The  narrations of Sahaabah or scholars are not revelation from Allaah aza wa jal and they are not protected.