The Pursuit of Knowledge

Bismillah.

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It was our second day back to school and everybody was buzzing with excitement and energy. So many stories and experiences to share with people who do not just feign interest… some had traveled back to their families, some had suffered miserable diseases, some spent their time memorizing the Quran and some had introduced bundles of joy into the world. China, Tanzania, India, Pakistan, Greece, France, London, America, Bangladesh seem to be mere names of places, separated by invisible man-made borders.

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Chapter on the Appearance of White Hair

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Bismillah


باب ما جاء في شيب رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم

عن قتادة قال: قلت لأنس بن مالك: هل خضب رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم؟ قال: لم يبلغ ذلك إنما كان شيباً في صدغيه و لكن أبو بكر رضي الله تعالى عنه خضب بالحناء و الكتم

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Appearance of White Hair on Rasulallah

Qatadah said: I asked Anas ibn Malik: Did Rasulallah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) dye his hair? He said: He did not reach the stage where one would dye his hair, however, he did have a few white hair on his temples; while Abu Bakr radhiallahu ‘anh dyed his hair with Hinna’ and Katm.

(Hadith Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- Katm and Hinna’ are plants that are used to produce dyes. Hinna’ produces a red dye, while katm produces a reddish-black dye.

2- Rasullalah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) would encourage the dyeing of white and grey hair.

3- It is not permitted to dye hair black, it is narrated from Jabir ibn Abdullah that Abu Quhafah (Abu Bakr’s father) was brought to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) to  pledge his oath of allegiance, and his hair was completely white. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) said, “Change this (i.e. the color of his hair), but avoid black.” (Saheeh Muslim) Rasulallah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) also said, “There will be people at the end of time who will dye their hair black like the crops of pigeons; they will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Abu Dawood)

 

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Seal of Prophethood

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باب ما جاء في خاتم النبوة

السائب بن يزيد يقول: ذهبت بي خالتي غلى النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فقالت: يا رسول الله! إن ابن أختي وجع, فمسح صلى الله عليه و سلم رأسي و دعا لي بالبركة, و توضأ فشربت من وضوئه, و قمت خلف ظهره فنظرت إلى الخاتم بين كتفيه فإذا هو مثل زر االحجلة

(حديث حسن صحيح)

Chapter on the Seal of Prophethood

Saa-ib ibn Yazid radhiallahu ‘anh said: My maternal aunt took me to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) and said, “O Messenger of Allah! This nephew of mine has fallen ill.” So he wiped my head, and made dua’ for me for barakah. He made wudhu and I drank from the water (left over from wudhu). I stood behind the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) and saw the Seal of Prophethood; which was like the size of a pigeon’s egg in roundness.

(Hadith Hasan Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- From the features of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam), was the Seal of Prophethood between his shoulder blades. This was a mark of truthfulness.

2- The Seal was mentioned in the books of the Jews and Christians as one of the signs of the upcoming prophet. However, even after the signs were made clear to them,  jealousy and hatred blinded them from the truth.

3- The description of this has come in the Saheeh Sunnah to be a raised area of skin the size and roundness of which was like a pigeon’s egg. It has been narrated that there were some moles and hair surrounding it.

4- Saa-ib ibn Yazid was a young boy of around 8-10 years at the time of this incident; Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) wiped his head in kindness and mercy.

5- There is no proof in the Sunnah that there were any words written on the Seal of Prophethood.

6- Saa-ib ibn Yazid drank from the water left over from the Prophet’s wudhu seeking blessing and cure.

7- The companions and believers at that time used to strive to catch a glimpse of the Seal of Prophethood, joyous that the final Messenger had finally come with enlightenment and guidance.

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Noble Features of Rasulallah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Salam Part Two

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باب ما جاء في خلقه صلى الله عليه و سلم 

عن جابر بن سمرة يقول: رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في ليلة إضحيان وعليه حلة حمراء فجعلت أنظر إليه و إلى القمر فلهو عندي أحسن من القمر.

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the noble features of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam)

It is related from Jaabir Radiyallahu ‘Anhu that he said: “I once saw
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) on the night of a full moon. On
that night he wore red clothing (hullatun). At times I looked at the full moon, and
at times at Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam). Ultimately I came to
the conclusion that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) was more
handsome, beautiful and radiant than the full moon”.

(Hadith Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam)’s beauty was very often compared to the full moon. More than just a few companions would express their captivation by describing him in these terms. Ka’b radhiallahu ‘anh said, “When he (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) was pleased, his face would shine so bright that you would think it is a piece of the moon.” Abdullah ibn Salam, a Jew in Madinah, said, “When the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam)  arrived in Madinah, the people lost no time in arriving in his presence. I was amongst the people who had arrived to see him. When I looked with thoughtfulness at his radiant face, I realized with certainty that this is no face of a liar.”

2- What is meant by red clothing here is a suit of two Yemeni garments which are woven with red and black stripes, or red and green stripes. It is described as red because of the red stripes in it. It is the consensus of the scholars that it is permissible for men to wear red clothes if the red is mixed with another color. There are many saheeh ahadith that prove this.

3- The companions radhiallahu ‘anhum considered the moon to denote a serene type of beauty, and that is no surprise considering the desert environment they lived in. Their whole lives revolved around their tents, their cattle, the sky, and the earth!

This manifested even in their poetry; the Arab poet Zuhair bin Abi Salma in his famous poem said, “Were you other than a human being, you would be the brightness on the night of a full moon.” Umar radhiallahu ‘anh said about this verse of poetry, “Thus was the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam).”

4– The believers will have this sort of radiant beauty on the day of Judgement; as described in a hadith about the effects of wudhu: Abi Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anh said, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, my followers  will be summoned Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajileen from the traces of wudhu.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)

Imam Nawwawi rahimahullah explains “Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajileen”: “The word “Ghurr” is the plural of “Agharr” which means shining or white. It is used for animals (like a horse), for example, a white mark on its face. Here, it refers to that radiance which will issue from the brows of the believers on the Day of Resurrection and which will make them prominent. Muhajjalun is from Tahjil which also means whiteness but it is used for that whiteness which is found on all the four or at least on three legs of a horse. Here, it refers to that light which will shine through the hands and feet of the believers because of their habit of performing Wudhu. This means that the believers among the Muslims will be distinguished from other communities by virtue of the radiance issuing from their faces, hands and feet on the Day of Resurrection in the same way that a horse with a white forehead is easily distinguished from other horses.”

5- As followers of Rasulallah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam), we pray to be united with him in the Akhirah. To put words into action, we follow his Sunnah adamently, and stay away from innovated matters because of the warning that has been given in this hadith and many more: Muslim narrated in his Saheeh  from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah came to a graveyard and said: “Peace be upon you, O habitation of believing people. We will join you soon, if Allah wills. Would that we had seen our brothers.”

They said, “Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allah?”

He said: “You are my companions. Our brothers are those who have not yet come.”

They said: “How will you recognize those among your ummah who have not yet come, O Messenger of Allah?”

He said: “If a man has a horse with a white blaze and white feet among horses that are all black, don’t you think that he will recognize his horse?”

They said: “Of course, O Messenger of Allah.”

He said: “They will come with white foreheads and white hands and feet because of wudhu. I will have reached the Cistern ahead of them and men will be driven away from my Cistern as stray camels are driven away. (I will say), ‘Let them come,’ and it will be said to me,’They changed after you were gone (innovated matters into the religion)’, so I will say, ‘Away with them!’” 

اللهم اسقنا من حوض النبي صلى الله عبيه و سلم شربة هنيئة مرئية لا نظمأ بعدها أبداً

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 -The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Noble Features of Rasulallah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Salam Part One

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باب ما جاء في خلقه صلى الله عليه و سلم

عن علي بن أبي طالب قال: لَم يَكُن النَّبي صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيه و سَلَّم بِالطَّويلِ و لا بِالقَصِير, شَثنُ الكَفَّينِ و القَدَمَينِ, ضَخمُ الرَأس, ضَخمُ الكَرَادِيس, طَوِيلُ المَسرَبَة, إذا مَشَى تَكَفَّأَ تَكَفُّؤاً كَأَنَّمَا يَنحَطُّ من صَبَب, لَم أَر قَبلَهُ و لا بَعدَهُ مِثلَهُ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ و سَلَّم.

(حديث حسن صحيح)

Chapter on the noble features of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam)

It is reported from Ali radhiAllahu ‘anhu: Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam) was neither tall nor very short. The soles of both his feet and his palms were fully fleshed. He had a large head. The joints of his bones were also large. There was a thin line of hair from the chest to the navel. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam) walked, it appeared as though he were descending from a high place. I did not see anyone like him, neither before him, nor after him.

(Hadith Hasan Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) was of medium stature, neither tall nor short.

2- The joints of his body, including his hands and feet, were strong and large, denoting strength and power.

3- His whole body was proportionate. His head was well-formed and proportionate to the rest of his body.

4- When he walked, (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam), he lifted his legs with vigor, leaned forward slightly, and placed his feet softly on the ground, so it appeared as though he were descending to a low place. He walked at a quick but steady pace.

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

 

Introduction: Hadith Series 1

photoTitle: Mukhtasar ush Shamail al-Muhammadiyyah (مختصر الشمائل المحمدية)

Compiled by: Abee ‘Esa Muhammed bin Soora At-Tirmidhi. He was born in the year 209 A.H and died in Rajab 279 A.H. at the age of seventy.He was the compiler of al- Jami’ At-Tirmidhi which is among the six authentic books of hadith. Al- Jami’ At-Tirmidhi has been categorized as fifth amongst the six most authentic books of hadith.

Summarized and revised by: Shaikh Muhammad Naser Al-Deen Al-Albani

Hard Back, 248 pages

Published in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

About the book: In this book Imam Tirmidhi has recorded everything about the Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam) on the authority of the Companions, and collected 397 hadiths which are divided into 55 chapters, drawing a pen picture of the  physical features, manners and characteristics of Rasulallahi (sallallahu ‘Alayi wa salam). 

About the series: Insha’Allah, we hope to go through 40 of these 397 hadiths, covering almost every chapter of the book, and choosing the hadiths that have been rated as Saheeh by scholars of Hadith.

GOALS:

1-to taste the sweetness of Iman (faith) as is mentioned in this hadith:

( رواه البخاري و مسلم (…ثلاث من كن فيه وجد حلاوة الإيمان : أن يكون الله ورسوله أحب إليه مما سواهما

“There are three characteristics, whoever has them finds the sweetness of Iman: that Allaah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anybody else..” Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim

2- to defend his honor, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam

3- to help other Muslims recognize the lofty status of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayi wa salam

4- to take these hadiths as a motto in our every day lives, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Al-Quran:

لقد كان لكم في رسول الله أسوة حسنة لمن كان يرجوا الله و اليوم الآخر و ذكر الله كثيراً) سورة الأحزاب)

(Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in Meeting with Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.) Surah Al-Ahzab, ayah 21

 

– The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

 

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

Why Should I Study?

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Why Should I Study?

By Muhammad Al Shareef

Many years ago in Uzbekistan, a baby boy was born blind. His Mother, the strong Mu’minah that she was, did not lose sight of He who had the Power to cure him. She prayed and prayed for her sons sight. And within a few years the boy regained his eyes.

She was widowed, the boy an orphan. She traveled with him to Makkah so that he could receive an Islamic Education. She arranged that he attend the circles of the scholars, and in those circles, he began excelling in the science of Hadeeth. He traveled to distant villages in search of the most authentic sayings of Rasul Allah (pbuh). He would pray two raka’at before accepting a Hadeeth. His mother named him: Muhammad ibn Isma’il. And many of us know him today by the book he compiled, the book that stands after the Qur’an in authenticity: Saheeh Al-Imam Al-Bukhari!

In another land, in another time, chilly Baghdad winds would wake up another boy. Much before Fajr, his mother would bundle him in warm shawls and escort him through the darkness, making sure he reached the Masjid safely. After Fajr, she would wait for him as he read Hadeeth to the biggest scholars of the land. Then, long after the sun had come up, she would meet him outside and together they would walk home. She was a strong mother indeed, for her son grew up to become an Imam of the Muslim Ummah, an Imam by the name of Ahmad ibn Hanbal. (Manaaqib Ahmad, by Ibn Al-Jowzee)

Imam Suyuti authored his first book, Tafseer Bismillaah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheeem, when he was in grade 2!

Dear brothers and sisters, why should we try to follow in the footsteps of these many other stars of Islam? The information that we shall in sha’ Allah learn is not like anything else. This knowledge is the law of Allah and the inheritance of the Prophets. It is our duty to preserve and protect the estate of Rasul Allah (pbuh), something that cannot happen without there being serious and sincere brothers and sisters spending long days and nights reading, reflecting, and teaching others.

Every Islamic revival that takes place is built on something. Some revivals are built on emotions, others on politics. Do you know which shall remain firm when the wind of woe blows? It shall be the one that was built on sound knowledge of the words of Allah and the Sunnah of Rasul Allah.

A sincere man once stood on the beach shore watching, to his dismay, the waves thrashing a fish up and down, left and right. The man concluded that he must save the fish. He thrashed into the water and grabbed the fish by the tail. He then thrashed back to shore and threw the fish on the beach, satisfied that he had saved it from the water!

Dear brothers and sisters, when we work for the sake of Allah without knowledge of what the path of Allah is, many times we do as that young man did.

We are living in an age of information. We have lights in every corner of the house when only yesterday our ancestors read by the light of the moon. We have publishing houses when only yesterday our ancestors wrote the books they owned with their own hands. We have CD’s to search the Hadeeth archives when our scholars spent days upon days searching for proof and evidence in their libraries. Shouldn’t the knowledge increase with all this ease? It should. But it has not.

Dear brothers and sisters, we know that when a prize is great, the responsibility, and the work required for that prize shall also be great. And because of this, we see the enormous reward promised to those scholars and students of Islam due to the heavy work required.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever seeks out a path to acquire knowledge (of the deen), Allah makes easy a path for them to Jannah!” – Muslim

Shaykh Abdur-Rahman As-Sa’dee said, “Thus any path a person takes, whether physical or otherwise, something that will help them in acquiring knowledge of the Deen, they enter in the words of the Prophet, “Whoever seeks out a path to acquire knowledge (of the deen), Allah makes easy a path for them to Jannah.” “

Rasul Allah told us that when a person seeks out a path to learn about Islam, this is a sign that Allah loves them and that He wants good for them in this life and the next.

From Mu’aawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever Allah wishes good for, he grants them Fiqh (understading) of the Deen.”

And Rasul Allah told us that the sincere scholars have a place with Allah that no one else can reach, and that they are the inheritors of the Prophet’s estate in passing it on to the world.

Rasul Allah said, “The virtue of the scholar to a worshipper (Aabid) is similar to the virtue of the moon when it is full to the rest of the stars. And verily the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. Verily the Prophets did not leave behind dirhams and deenars, but rather they left behind knowledge. Thus whoever takes it, takes it as a bountiful share.” – Authentic, narrated by Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah.

The position of the people of Islamic knowledge reached such a level that Allah (Jalla Thanaa’uhu wa taqaddasat Asmaa’uhu) and the Angels pray for them!

From Abu Umaamah: Rasul Allah said, “Verily Allah and His angels, even the ant in its hole and the fish in the sea, verily (they all) pray for he who teaches people good.” – authentic, narrated by Tabraanee.

Rasul Allah prayed for them also. He said, as narrated by Zayd ibn Thabit, “May Allah grant light (and happiness and beauty in the face) of someone who hears a hadith from us and memorizes it until he passes it on to others!” – authentic, narrated by Tirmidhi.

One of the Hadeeth scholars that Imam Bukhari took from, Hisham ibn Ammar narrates a story that happened to him when he was 8 years old. He says, “My father sold a house of his for 20 Deenaars so that I could go for Hajj (and study Islam). When I arrived in Madinah, I went to the circle of Imam Maalik. He was sitting amongst his students like a king. People would ask him questions and he would answer. When I entered the crowd and my turn came up I said, ‘Haddithnee (recite to me)!’ He said, ‘Rather you read.’ I said, ‘No, you haddithnee!’ Imam Maalik said, ‘No you read!’ When I talked back and argued, he got angry and said to another student, go with this boy outside and smack him 15 times!’ That student took me outside and smacked me 15 times with a stick and then brought me back to Imam Maalik. I said, ‘You have Dhulm (wronged) me! My father sold his house so that I could come to you and be honored by listening to your teaching and seek knowledge from you. And you smacked me 15 times without any crime on my part, I shall not forgive you!’ Imam Maalik then said, ‘What is the expiation for this Dhulm (wronging)?’ I said, ‘You have to recite 15 Ahadeeth to me, that is the expiation.’ So Imam Maalik began reciting the Ahadeeth to me until he completed 15. When he ended I told him, ‘Beat me more and read more Hadeeth to me.” Imam Maalik laughed and said, ‘be off.’ – From the book Ma’rifat Al-Qurraa’ al-Kibaar by Imam Adh-Dhahabi.

From the beginning of time, there has been a race between the doers of good and the doers of evil. Adam and Iblees, Musa and Fir’own, Muhammad and Abu Jahl. Today that race has not ended. Think: How hard are the doers of evil working and how hard are we?

Umar once said, “I seek Allah’s protection from Jalad (the strength and enthusiasm) of the sinner, and the laziness of the God-fearer.” Subhaan Allah, it is as if he is contemplating the time that we are now living in.

How can one of us be too lazy to pray 2 raka’at at night, when the people of the Dunya spend the entire night watching movies, some of which they have to read the translation on the bottom of the screen? How can we be too lazy to read for 2 hours, when the people of the Dunya – those who just want more money to continue their sin – spend days upon days of all-nighters studying for their exams? Why do we cringe at paying 6 dollars for an Islamic book, when the people of the Dunya spend hundreds, rather thousands in pursuit of their sin?

What’s wrong? What has happened to us?

Listen to those who came before us. Some Fuqahaa’ said, “For years I desired to eat Hareesah (a sweet dish) and I wasn’t able to because it was only sold during class time.”

Imam Su’bah said, “If I ever saw someone running in the streets of the village I would only think one of two things: He was either crazy or a student of Hadeeth!”

And Ibn Al-Jowzee said, “I haven’t seen a flaw more sad in the community than those who stop working even though they have the ability to continue.”

How do we correct the situation dear brothers and sisters? Let us reflect on the following:

Firstly: We must be sincere in our desire to learn Islam. We are learning this Deen to rid ourselves, firstly, of ignorance and then to help others to rid themselves of ignorance.

Do you know the first Hadeeth in Sahih Bukhari, and in many many other Hadith books? It is not a coincidence that the first Hadeeth is: “Verily Actions are (judged) by their intentions.” The scholars are reminding us from the very beginning of our path to learning, from page one, that it must be for the sake of Allah.

Allah ordered us to be sincere to Him in what we do: “And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith).” Al Bayyinah, 5

Rasul Allah said, “Whoever studies that which is meant for the sake of Allah, desiring only a piece of the Dunya, he shall not smell the frangrance of Jannah on the Day of Judgement.” – authentic, narrated by Ahmad, and Tirmidhi.

Ibn Abbas said, “Verily a man shall be protected (by Allah) in proportion to his niyyah (intention for doing what it is he is doing).”

And this issue of intention is not an easy matter. Sufyan ath-Thowree said, “I have never nursed something more rebellious than my intentions.” – from the book, Al-Ja’mi’ li akhlaaq al-Raawee, by Al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadi.

Listen to the advice of Imam Ibn Jamaa’ah if you want to know what it takes to correct your intention, “A proper and sincere intention when studying Islam is to intend to win the pleasure of Allah by what you are doing. You should intend to practice what you learn, to resurrect the Shariah, hoping that this knowledge will shine light on your heart, cleanse your soul, and bring you closer to Allah on the day of Judgement. Your intention for studying Islam should not be to win any worldly commodity, like leadership or fame or riches. It should not be learnt so that you can show off to your colleagues or so that people will revere you and sit you in a chief position in their gatherings, and so on.” – from Imam Ibn Jamaa’ah’s book, Tadhkirat as-Saami’ wal Mutakallim.

5TH-SLIDESecondly: We should understand that we are in a continuous war with Shaytaan, and he does not want us to succeed in this studying. Allah ta’aala says, “When thou does read the Qur’an, seek Allah’s protection from Satan the Rejected One.” An-Nahl, 98

The Shaytaan shall sit in the face of every good thing that you try to do. Rasul Allah told us, “The Shaytaan sits in the path (of every goodness) that the son of Aadam (may try to take). He sat in front of him when he took the path to Islam and told him, ‘how could you leave the religion of your fathers and your fore-fathers?’ But he disobeyed him and became Muslim. Then Shaytaan sat in front of him in his path to Hijrah and said, ‘How could you leave your land and your sky?’ But he disobeyed him and migrated (from Makkah). Then he sat in front of him in his path of Jihaad and said, ‘Why should you do Jihad? It will only exhaust your wealth and body. You’ll be killed, your wife will marry someone else, and your wealth will be divided (to others).’ But he disobeyed him and went for Jihad.” Rasul Allah then said, “Whoever does this, it is a duty upon Allah that He shall enter him into Jannah!”

How will the Shaytaan sit in your face:
He will tell you to study tomorrow, and when tomorrow comes, study tomorrow. Procrastination is from the Shaytaan!

Shaytaan will tell you that you are busy now and that later in your life you shall take the time out to study Islam. After marriage, after graduation, after you get a job. Life shall pass and the ‘after’ shall live forever.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shaytaan will tell you that the situation of the Ummah is lost and that you studying will not help anything, so don’t waste your time. Combat this with what you’ve seen from the Jihad of knowledge and teaching that Rasul Allah and those that came before us did.

Shaytaan will tell you that there are enough scholars, they don’t need you. Combat this with the fact that scholars shall die, and if the knowledge is not passed on to the next generation, it shall die in the community. There are 1.4 billion Muslims and the problem that always comes up is that there are not enough teachers and scholars. Everyone is a shepherd and everyone shall be responsible for his or her flock!

Thirdly: We should never forget to pray to Allah to bless us with His Mercy in succeeding in our intentions to learn Islam for His sake.

Allah ta’aala says “When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me.” Surah Al-Baqarah, 186

Let us pray to Allah now to make this effort we are doing to learn His Deen, to learn His Shariah, sincere for His sake. And that He blesses us by His Mercy to succeed in what we intend. Verily, he has the Power to do anything.

Ameen.