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Benefits of the Reciting of the Holy Quran

1- Reciting the Holy Quran entitles you to be among the rememberers, the obedient, the humble ones, the delivered, the jurisprudents, and not the unmindful. It will entitle you to the reward of the charity of a Qintar.

2- Whoever recites a verse from the Quran, ten good deeds will be written for him and ten bad deeds will be written off.

3- Whoever recites the Quran only by looking at it and not by heart, will benefit from his eyes and will diminish the chastisement of his parents even if they are unbelievers.(Ibid.,p.853)

4- Whoever recites the Quran by looking at it, not reciting by heart, will torment Satan.

5- Whoever recites the Quran by looking at it will not only enjoy the reward of recitation but also his looking at the Quran is a kind of worship. In this relation, Abu Tharr reports: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘Looking at Ali ibn Abi Talib is worship, as the looking kindly and mercifully at one’s parents is worship, and the looking at the Quran and the Ka’ba is also worship.” (wasa'il shia vol 4 p. 854)

6- Reciting every chapter of the Quran, as mentioned in Usool al-Kafi, has special benefits such as being safeguarded against certain diseases and the torment of the grave. Increased sustenance, relieving of pain, happiness, reward of a martyr, forgiveness of sins, safety, and entering paradise are other benefits.

Tawheed: A Great Principle — Chapter Two

By Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)

As for the religion of the Polytheists and the innovating People of the Book then this is a religion for which Allaah has sent down no authority. They either supplicate to others alongside Allaah or they say: ‘we worship them only that they may make us draw closer to Allaah,’ and they say: 'these are our intercessors with Allaah.’ Or they worship Him in a way that He has not commanded or legislated - worshipping Him with what those whom they have set up as partners to Allaah command. Allaah said,

“They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and monks to be their lords besides Allaah, and they also took the Messiah son of Mary (to be their Lord) while they were commanded to worship none save One God. Glory be to Him (far above is He) from having the partners they associate.”

(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:31)

“It is not for any human being to whom Allaah has given the Book and wisdom and Prophethood to say to the people: 'Be worshippers of me rather than Allaah.’ On contrary (he would say): 'Be you learned men of the religion because you are teaching the book and studying it.’ Neither would he order you to take Angels and Prophets as lords. Would he order you to disbelieve after you have submitted to the Will of Allaah?”

(Soorah Aali 'Imraan 3:79-80)

“Say: 'Call unto those besides Him whom you pretend (to be gods). They have neither the power to remove the adversity from you nor even to shift it from you to another place. Those whom they call upon themselves seek and desire the means of approach to their Lord, as to which of them should be nearest and they hope for His Mercy and fear His Torment. Verily the Torment of your Lord is to be feared!”

(Soorah al-Israa 17:56-57)

Meaning that those people to whom the polytheists supplicate themselves are desiring and seeking a means of approach to draw close to their Lord. Ibn Abbaas and Mujaahid said,

“they are 'Eesaa and his mother, 'Uzayr, the Angels, the sun, the moon and the stars.” [3]

Ibn Mas'ud said,

“a group of people used to worship a party of the Jinn. The Jinn then accepted Islaam and the people who used to worship them were unaware of this and stuck to their worshipping them and Allaah condemned them.” [4]

Therefore according to all the opinions concerning the meaning of this verse, Allaah censured whosoever supplicated to a created being when in fact that created being itself worships Allaah and seeks to draw close to Him - hoping and fearing Him. Included in this are all of the Angels, the Prophets and the righteous from amongst mankind and Jinns.

So if it is not permissible to supplicate to these creatures that have been exalted and are close to Allaah then it is even more the case that those disobedient to Allaah, such as the satans and jinns, cannot be supplicated to. The verse refers unrestrictedly to all who supplicate to other than Allaah.

He made clear that the person who is supplicated to is not able to remove any harm from the supplicator or even shift the harm to another place saying,

“Say: 'Call upon those whom you assert (to be gods) besides Allaah, they possess not even an atoms weight — either in the heavens of the earth, nor have they any share in either, nor is there for Him any supporter from among them. Intercession with Him is of no avail except for him who He permits.”

(Soorah as-Saba 34:22-23)

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How few are the people of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Treat the people of the sunnah kindly, for indeed they are strangers.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid from accompanying the people of innovation.
—  Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad, Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah (267)
Tawheed: A Great Principle — Chapter One

By Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)

All praise and thanks are due to Allaah, we seek His Help and we seek His Forgiveness. We seek refuge with Him from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions. Whosoever Allaah guides then none can misguide him, and whosoever Allaah leaves to stray then none can guide him. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship save Allaah, the One Who has no partner and we bear witness that Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is his servant and Messenger.

Concerning the distinction between the worship of the adherents to Islaam and possessors of faith, guidance, tawheed, sincerity, knowledge, divine legislation, those who follow the Prophets and Messengers and between the worship of those possessing shirk, ignorance, misguidance, innovation from amongst the polytheists and those who resemble them from the adherents of the different religions.

The worship of the Muslims is founded upon two principles:

  1. The First: they do not worship anything save Allaah, the One Who has no partner.
  2. The Second: they worship Him in the way He has ordered and legislated and has been conveyed by His Messengers

So they worship Allaah without associating partners with him, they have taqwaa of Him and they obey His Messengers. Allaah said:

“We sent Noah to his people (with the command): 'warn your people before there comes to them a grievous Punishment.’ He said, 'O my people! I am to you a warner, clear and open that you should worship Allaah, fear Him and obey me.’”

(Soorah Nuh 71:1-3)

Similarly He mentioned that Hud, Saalih and Shu`ayb said to their respective nations,

“Worship Allaah! You have no other god save Him.”

(Soorah Hud 11:50)

He said concerning the Messiah,

“The Messiah said, 'O Children of Israel! Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Indeed whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allaah then Allaah has forbidden Paradise for him and the Fire shall be his abode. And for the wrong-doers there are no helpers.”

(Soorah Al Maa'idah 5:72)

“And indeed Allaah is my Lord and your Lord so worship Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path.”

(Soorah Maryam 19:36)

Indeed every Messenger said,

“So fear Allaah, keep your duty to Him and obey me.”

(Soorah ash-Shu'araa 26:108)

He said concerning the nation of Muhammad (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallaam),

“They say: 'we have believed in Allaah and His Messenger and we obey’ then a party of they turn away thereafter, such are not the believers.”

(Soorah an-Nur 24:47)

“The only saying of the faithful believers when they are called to Allaah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say: 'We hear and obey,’ such are the successful. And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, fears Him and keeps his duty to Him such are the successful.”

(Soorah an-Nur 24:51-52)

Hence appointing obedience to Allaah and the Messenger and appointing fear and taqwaa for Allaah Alone. Allaah said,

“Would that they were contented with what Allaah and His Messenger gave them and had said, 'Allaah is sufficient for us. Allaah will give us of His Bounty and His Messenger. To Allaah do we trurn our hopes.”

(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:59)

Appointing the giving to Allaah and the Messenger. Similarly, the Exalted said,

“Whatsoever the Messenger gives then take it and whatsoever he forbids from then abstain from it.”

(Soorah al-Hashr 59:7)

Therefore the lawful is what Allaah and His Messenger made lawful and the unlawful is what Allaah and His Messenger made unlawful and the religion is that which Allaah and His Messenger legislated.

Allaah appointed sufficiency and hope for Himself Alone in His sayings,

“Say: Allaah is sufficient for me, in Him let those who trust, put their trust.”

(Soorah az-Zumar 39:38)

“But if they turn away, say: 'Allaah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him, in Him have I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.’”

(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:129)

“And if they intend to deceive you, then indeed Allaah is All-Sufficient for you.”

(Soorah al-Anfaal 8:62)

“They unto whom the (hypocrites) said: 'Verily the people have gathered against you (a great army) therefore fear them.’ But it only increased them in faith and they said: 'Allaah (Alone) is sufficient for us and He is the best Disposer of affairs.”

(Soorah Aali 'Imraan 3:173)

Hence Allaah Alone is the recourse of the Messengers and the Believers in their entirety as Allaah says,

“O Prophet! Allaah is sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.”

(Sooraal-Anfaal 8:64)

Meaning that He Alone Suffices you and all those who follow you. This is the understanding of this verse according to the majority of the Salaf and later scholars.

So this is the religion of Islaam, a religion any other than this is not accepted by Allaah — not from the first peoples or the later peoples. Islaam is to worship Allaah at all times in the way that He has commanded — He is the sole object of worship. Allaah said,

“Allaah said: Take not two gods in worship. Indeed He is One God then fear Me (and Me Alone). To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth and to Him belongs perpetual sincere obedience. Will you then fear any other than Allaah? Whatsoever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allaah. Then, when harm touches you, unto Him you cry aloud for help. Then, when He has removed the harm from you, behold! Some of you associate others in worship with their Lord. So (as a result of this) they deny the favours We have bestowed on them! Then enjoy yourselves but you will soon come to know!”

(Soorah an-Nahl 16:51-55)

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anonymous asked:

Assalamu Alaykum sister you mentioned four books which the scholars have mentioned we should study. Do you advise we study them in that specific order ? Moreover , can you please give us the links to those book studies. Sometimes it's really hard to be consistent, what are some tips? Do you write notes? How do you organize them? How do you schedule your day ? Do you always make time to seek knowledge ? Etc..

Wa alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

In regard to the order of the books, I have no idea if there’s a specific order. I looked up books that our Salafee Scholars have consistently recommended and then picked two that kept popping up (Kitaab at Tawheed and Usool ath Thalaathah).

I have just posted a link to different book studies for you here. 

Don’t overwhelm yourself, we must firstly ask Allaah for sincerity in our actions and may He make it easy for us to walk the path of knowledge. Aameen. 

  • Tips for consistency: Make a timetable and stick with it. If you skip a day, that’s fine, we’re only human. Also, start off with one book and then build up.*
  • Notetaking: Always write notes! You are studying, not listening to a 3 minute video on YouTube. New pens and notebooks are a great way to motivate yourself to start and writing pretty notes is a great incentive too. 
  • Organising notes: I keep a binder/folder for each book study and a designated notebook too. 
  • Scheduling: I keep a timetable. I slot in book studies between my western classes. One class tends to be <60 minutes. You could go for a gossip or crack open your books. 

In terms of making time to seek knowledge, if I were you, I would become a morning person. Studying before/after you’ve prayed fajr can be helpful. Also, read about how the Salaf used to seek knowledge and the techniques they used. The Book of Knowledge (Kitaab ul-Ilm) by Shaykh al-’Uthaymeen really helped me understand how to read books properly, how to store them and good notetaking methods too. 

*Try to attend live duroos/lessons, they will help you keep on track. Please, don’t get distracted by the incredible amount of information everyone else knows. Don’t be disheartened when everyone around you is speaking Arabic and you’re struggling to pronounce the title of the book. It’s okay, we’re beginners. Renew your intentions regularly and remember you are better off studying one book consistently and thoroughly than starting various topics and leaving them unfinished. It’s not a race, you’ll complete the books when Allaah wills.

A sign of the people of innovation is their battling against the people of Narrations.
—  Abu Haatim, Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah (1/179)
Tawheed A Great Principle — Chapter Three

By Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)

The misguided people call to the religion of some unknown entity not possessing any authority sent down from Allaah for what they call to.

Allaah, the Exalted says,

Say: ‘The things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are all indecent actions, whether committed openly or secretly, sins of all kinds, oppression, joining partners with Allaah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allaah of which you have no knowledge.“

(Soorah al-A'raaf 7:33)

"And they have assign a portion of that which We have provided them unto what they know not (false deities). By Allaah, you shall certainly be questioned about all that you used to fabricate.”

(Soorah an-Nahl 16:56)

Allaah said concerning the believers from amongst the people of Pharaoh that they said,

“And O my people! How is it that I call you to salvation while you call me to the Fire! You invite me to disbelieve in Allaah and to join partners with Him; that of which I have no knowledge, and I invite you to the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving. No doubt you call me to one who cannot grant me me request (or respond to me invocation) in this world or the Hereafter.”

(Soorah Ghaafir 40:41-42)

Allaah said,

“And they worship besides Allaah others for which He has sent down no authority, and of that which they have no knowledge and the wrong-doers shall have no helpers.”

(Sooah al-Hajj 22:71)

Authority means: the revelation that is sent down from Allaah. Allaah said,

“Or have We revealed to them a Scripture which speaks of that which they have been associating with Him?”

(Soorah ar-Rum 30:35)

“They are but names which you have names - you and your fathers - for which Allaah has sent down no authority.”

(Soorah an-Najm 53:23)

The religion that has been revealed is none other than the religion that Allaah, the Mighty and Magnificent, has legislated whereas the people of misguidance follow a religion that does not concord to the legislation that has been revealed and neither do they have knowledge of it. Indeed all they do is follow their vain desires and all they find that would satisfy their base desires.

This is why the true scholars enjoin one to follow the Legislation and knowledge and they censure the worshipers who do not follow these two things just as Allaah said,

“And they worship besides Allaah other for which He has sent down no authority and of that which they have no knowledge and the wrong-doers shall have no helpers.” (Soorah al-Hajj 22:71)

This is why Allaah demanded knowledge and authority from the misguided in His words,

“Say: 'Has he forbidden the two males or the two females, or (the young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? Inform me with knowledge if you are truthful.”

(Soorah al-An`aam 6:143)

Hence explaining that the truthful one is the one who is upon certain knowledge of what he says and believes, whereas the one who has no knowledge to back what he says and believes is spreading lies against Allaah. Allaah says,

“Say: 'Tell me what provision Allaah has sent down to you! And you have made of it lawful and unlawful.’ Say: 'Has Allaah permitted you, or do you invent a lie against Allaah?”

(Soorah Yunus 10:59)

“And say not concerning that which you tongues put forth falsely: 'this is lawful and this is unlawful’ so as to invent lies against Allaah. Indeed those invent lies against Allaah will never prosper.”

(Soorah an-Nahl 16:116)

“O Mankind! Eat of that which is good and lawful on the earth and follow not the footsteps of Satan. Indeed he is to you and open enemy. He commands you only to what is evil and indecent and that you should say against Allaah what you know not.”

(Soorah al-Baqarah 2:168-169)

“O People of the Scripture! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allaah aught but the truth.”

(Soorah an-Nisaa 4:171)

“Then after them succeeded an evil generation who inherited the Book but they chose (for themselves) the goods of this low life saying: 'everything will be forgiven us.’ And if again the offer of the similar goods came their way they would again seize them. Was not the covenant of the Book taken from them that they would not say about Allaah anything but the truth? And they have studied what is in the Book and the Home of the Hereafter is better for those who are God-fearing. Do you not then understand? And as to those who hold fast to the Book and establish the prayers, certainly, We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous deeds.”

(Soorah al-A’raaf 7:169-170)

Fatima is my heart and my soul, whoever hurts her has hurt me.
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Prophet Muhammad (ص), narrated by several non-Shia scholars, here are some of the references I translated:

Sahih Al-Bukhari, V.5, Pg.274; Sahih Muslim, V.2, Pg.261; Sunān b. Majāh, V.1, Pg.216; Sunān b. Dawud, V.1, Pg.324; Jām'e al-Thirmidhi, V.2, Pg.319; Nawādir Al-Usool Al-Thrmidhi, Pg.308; Khasās al-Nasāayi, Pg.35; Musnad Ahmed b. Hanbāl, V.4, Pg.323,328; Al-Aghāni, V.8, Pg.156; Mustādrak al-Hakim, Pg.154,158,159; Wahilāt al-Awleyāh, V.2, Pg.40; Al-Sunān al-Kubrā, V.7, Pg.307; Mishkāt Al-Masābih, Pg.560; Masābih al-Sunnāh, V.2, Pg.278; Al-Jam'e al-Saghir wa Al-Kābir al-Suyuti, Tahthib al-Tahthib, Pg.114,112; al-Fusool al-Muhamāh, Pg.150; Nazhāt Al-Majālis, Pg.228; Nur al-Absār, Pg.45 … Plus many more.

Attacking the honour of the Rulers (Umaraa) and occupying oneself with reviling them and mentioning their shortcomings is a very big mistake and a repugnant sin: The purified revelation has forbidden it and has censured the one who does so.
—  Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah) [Usool As Sunnah (The Foundations of the Sunnah), English Translation, pg. 121]
They used to say: so long as he is following the footsteps (of the Salaf), then he is on the right path.
—  Muhammad ibn Seereen, Al-Laalkaa’i in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah
Know –may Allah have mercy on you- that it is obligatory for every believing man and believing woman to learn four issues :
The first is: Knowledge
The second: Acting upon it
The third: Calling to it
The fourth:Being patient about the harm faced
—  Al-Usool Al-Thalatha by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abd Al-Wahab
Even the phases of the moon remind us of life and death. Born weak, it gains strength to its full potential, then weakens and disappears.
—  Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) in his explanation of al-Usool ath-Thalaathah (p. 48)
Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islaam.
—  Ibraaheem ibn Maysarah, Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, (1/139)
Then one day, Jibreel alayhi salaatu wa salaam came to the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam, came to him and said ‘iqra’ – ‘read’, then the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said ‘I cannot read’, JIbreel said ‘Iqra’ again, the Prophet replied ‘I cannot read’,  Jibreel said ‘read it’ again, and the scholars have mentioned, this shows you the importance of reading in Islaam, because the first order that Allaah azza wa jall sent to His Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam was for him to read.
—  Usool uth thalaatha class 28 - explained by Shaykh Fawzaan hafidahullaah ta'ala - translated by Moosaa Richardson