Monthly Archives: April 2012

The ruling on a woman marrying a man known for Hizbiyah – Shaikh Ubaid Al Jaabiry – Hafidhahullah

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi

Ammaa ba’d:

Question (From Palestine) : What is the ruling concerning a woman marrying a man who is hizbi and affiliates himself with one of the present day groups?

Answer:

I Say to you oh my Child from Palestine the one that you have described is an innovator and misguided, one who does not possess pleasing practice of the religion.

The Prophet – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam said “If there comes to you one whom you are pleased with his religion and his character then marry him, if you do not do so, there will be fitna in the earth and widespread corruption”

This hadeeth is graded no less than hasan with its gathered chains of narration and the intent is that it is sound to be used as evidence. Thus do not marry your daughters to these people of hizbiyah who are misguided and innovators for indeed they will be a trial and a test for them that will take them away from the sunnah.

As for if a woman was previously married to this man and didnt know or she was compelled by her family to marry him for some reason (perhaps) financial or personal, then let her be patient and seek her reward from Allah and let her concern herself with the affair of her children, and she should interact with him with hikma and refrain from that which he attempts to enforce upon her (ie related to his hizbiyah)..

(Taken from Question and answer session with the shaikh)

Is it from the manhaj of the Salaf to gather the mistakes of a person? – Shaikh Rabee’ – Hafidhahullah

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi

Ammaa ba’d:

Question:

Is it from the manhaj of the salaf to gather the mistakes of an individual and then make them apparent in an authorship for people to read?

Answer:

Subhaanallah! This is a statement made by the people of innovation for the purpose of protecting their bid’ah, protecting their books, protecting their methodology and protecting the people they venerate.

Yes! Allah and his messenger have mentioned much of their (affairs) of misguidance, and have gathered the statements of the Jews and the Christians and have critisised them in many Qur’anic verses.

Similarly Ahlus Sunnah, from the dawn of their history to this day have spoken about Jahm ibn Safwaan and Bishr Al Mirreesi and have enumerated their innovations and misguidance. They have (likewise) gathered the statements of the people of the (deviant) sects and have critisised them, so who has made this haram?

This is from the compulsory affairs if the people may be misguided by his many innovations and you were to gather them in one place and warned against them and named him, then may Allah reward you with good!

You, in doing so, would have carried out a great good for Islaam and the Muslims

Taken from: Ajwibatu Fadheelatish Shaikh rabee’ Ibni Haadi Al Madkhali As Salafiyah ‘alaa as’ilati Abi Rawaaha Al Manhajiyah (The salafi responses of The noble shaikh Rabee’ Ibn Haadi Al Madkhali to the manhaji questions of Abi Rawaaha As Salafi)

The Boy and the King (A benefit from Imaam Ibn Katheer – Rahimahullah)

Bismillah al Hamdullilah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

We mentioned yesterday the story of the boy and the king. The story is often times mentioned alongside the tafseer of Suratul Burooj the verses in it that mention

Cursed were the people of the ditch

(Suratul Burooj Vs 4)

It is often times mentioned that this verse refers to the story of the boy and the king. Though the verses do corrolate well with the Hadeeth we should exercise caution when mentioning that. Since it is not ‘categorically’ the meaning of the verse according to the people of knowledge. There is a benefit that Al Imaam Ibn Katheer – Rahimahullah mentions in his tafseer concerning the verse:

The Scholars of tafseer differ concerning the people this story relates to, who are they (exactly)? He then mentions that Ali – Radhiyallahu Anhu had a number of statements concerning who they were and where they were from. He mentions there is a narration from him that they were Persians, he mentions that in a second narration they were from Yemen and in a third he mentions they were from Ethiopia..”

Ibn Abbaas also held that they were a people from the Children of Isra’eel, and then he (Ibn Katheer) mentions that Imaam Ahmad, Imaam At Tirmidhi and Imaam An Nasaa’ie mentioned the story of the boy and the king in the tafseer of the verse.

Then Ibn Katheer mentions the statement of the great Mufaseer Muqaatil – Rahimahullah:

The people of the ditch were three (I.e. those who punished people by way of a fire-filled trench): One in Najraan in Yemen; Another in Shaam (Area of Syria, Jordon etc) and another in Persia (The area of present day Iraaq). As for the one in Shaam then he was Antoninus The Roman, as for the Persian then it was King Nebuchadnezzar, and as for the one in the arab lands, then he was Yusuf Dhoo Nawaas..”

(Tafseer Ibn Katheer 8/271 (Tayyiba Print))

Imaam Muqaatil then goes on to conclude that the qur’aan only addressed the one in the Lands of the Arab, but as mentioned earlier the scholars of tafseer differ on the point.

It is interesting that he mentioned Antoninus the Roman because his reign falls well inline with what was mentioned yesterday. What then do western Historians say about this Ruler?

Antoninus the Roman

Antoninus the Roman emperor, was also known as Caracalla and was refered to as ‘The Common enemy of Mankind’. His reign was from 198 to 217 CE (Third Century) and he was well known for his cruelties. He had the Roman Jurist and religious scholar Papinion (who was Syrian in origin and known for being a follower of ‘casuistry’ which was a form of reasoning that advocated adopting the rigourous morals of the ‘Early fathers of christianity’ to modern morals) put to death, and after beheading him, he had his body dragged around the streets.

He ordered the Killing of some 20,000 individuals who did not support him, and the bloodbath went on for a period of two weeks.

He also commissioned the building of ‘The baths of Caracalla’ which went on to become the largest public buildings ever built in ancient rome. He also personally directed a general massacre of the people of Alexandria and supervised their killing from a secure position in the Temple of Serapis.

He was at eventually assassinated on March 8, C.E. 217, near Harran in southeast Turkey.

Look then how Allah has blessed us with a Salaf who were well aquainted with not only the deen of Allah, but even knowledge of the history of other nations and their people. May Allah increase us in their knowledge and in love of following their path.

Wallahu A’lam

Was Sallallahu ‘Alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

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George and the Dragon – Food for thought!

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Much Historical scepticism exists concerning the origins of the ‘legend’ of George and the Dragon.  Though every British citizen, I’m sure, is well acquainted with the story, since he is considered the ‘Patron Saint of England’

Many though, grew with the belief that Saint George was an Englishman, (Possibly a king’s Knight) who was responsible for slaying a (Probably English) dragon (as ‘legend’ tells) and this is particularly re-iterated on the likes of today, St Georges day .

But anyone who looks into what has been mentioned concerning the story by western historians will find a slightly different narrative.

In actuality many historians hold that he was an Arab (possibly from Libya or Palestine) while the majority hold that he was Turkish in origin, (which is ironic since it is his emblem (white flag with red cross) we see painted on the faces of the EDL during their marches)

There are some details western historians often mention concerning him:

  1. That he was born in Turkey (Though some hold he was from north Africa)
  2. That his parents were Christian
  3. That he lived in the 3rd century C.E
  4. That he lived for a period in Palestine
  5. That he grew to become a soldier of the Roman Empire
  6. That he met, befriended, and stayed with a ‘Hermit’ in Libya
  7. That he became a believer
  8. That he slayed a Beast (said to be a dragon) that the hermit informed him had been ravaging the country
  9. That prior to slaying the beast he proclaimed that the people of the township should become believers (and some mention be ‘baptised’), after the slaying it is claimed that 15,000 men became believers and were baptised
  10. That he protested against persecution of Believers
  11. That he was imprisoned
  12. That he was tortured by the Ruler but didn’t abandon his belief
  13. That he was ultimately beheaded in Palestine.

Naturally as Muslims we are unable to confirm the authenticity of the story but it does closely resembles an authentic narration and story the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alahi Was Salam informed us of:

The story of the Boy and the King

Narrated Suhaib [radhiyAllahu ‘anhu]: (Who said) that Allah’s Messenger [sallallahu alaihi was sallam] said:

Among the people before you, there was a king who had a sorcerer. When the sorcerer became old, he said to the king: ‘I have now become an old man, get me a boy so that I may teach him sorcery.’ So the king sent him a boy to teach him sorcery. Whenever the boy proceeded to the sorcerer, he sat with a monk who was on the way, he would listen to his speech and it would impress him. So when he went to the sorcerer, he passed by the monk and sat there with him. Upon arriving at the sorcerer, he would beat him (for his lateness). So the boy complained about that to the monk. The monk said to him: Whenever you are afraid of the sorcerer, say to him: ‘My family kept me busy’; and whenever you are afraid of your people, say to them: ‘The sorcerer kept me busy.’ So the boy carried on like that (for a period). “There came (on the main road) a huge creature (animal), and the people were unable to pass by. The boy said: ‘Today I will know whether the sorcerer is better or the monk’. So he took a stone and said: ‘O Allah! If the affair of the monk is more beloved to you  than that of the sorcerer, then kill this creature so that the people can cross (the road).’ Then he struck (it) with the stone, and it was killed and the people passed (the road). The boy came to the monk and informed him about it. The monk said to him: ‘O my son! Today you are better than I; you have achieved what I see! And you will be put to trial. And if you are put to trial, do not inform (them) about me.’ The boy used to treat the people suffering from born-blindness, leprosy, and other diseases.

A blind courtier of the king heard about the boy. He came and brought a number of gifts for the boy and said: ‘All these gifts are for you on condition that you cure me.’ The boy said: ‘I do not cure anybody; it is only Allah (Alone) Who cures (people). So if you believe in Allah, and invoke Allah, He will cure you.’ He then believed in Allah, and Allah cured him. Later the courtier came to the king, and sat at the place where he used to sit before. The king asked him: ‘Who has given you your sight back?’ The courtier replied: ‘My Lord (Allah)!’ The king said: ‘Have you got another lord than I?’ The courtier said: ‘My Lord and your Lord is Allah!’ The king got hold of him and continued to torture him till he informed him about the boy. So the boy was brought. The king said to the boy: ‘O boy! Has your (knowledge of) sorcery reached to the extent that you cure those born-blinds, and the leper, and do such and such?’ The boy replied: ‘I do not cure anybody; it is only Allah (Alone) Who cures’. Then the king got hold of him, and continued to torture him till he informed him about the monk. And the monk was brought, and it was said to him: ‘Give up your religion (turn apostate)!’ The monk refused to turn apostate. Then the king ordered a saw (to be brought), and it was put in the middle of his scalp and was sawn till he fell, cut in two pieces. Then that courtier was brought, and it was said to him: ‘Give up your religion (turn apostate)!’ The courtier refused to turn apostate. So the saw was put in the middle of his scalp, and was sawn till he fell, cut in two pieces. Then the boy was brought, and it was said to him: ‘Give up your religion (turn apostate)!’ The boy refused to turn apostate. So the king ordered some of his courtiers to take the boy to such and such a mountain saying, ‘Then ascend up the mountain with him till you reach its top, and see if he turns apostate (from his religion, well and good), otherwise throw him down from its top.’

They took him, ascended up the mountain, and the boy said: ‘O Allah! Save me from them by whatsoever You wish!’ So the mountain shook and all of them fell down, and the boy came walking to the king. The king asked him: ‘What happened with those who accompanied you?’ The boy said: ‘Allah has saved me from them.’ The king then ordered some of his courtiers to take the boy on board a boat into the middle of the sea, saying, ‘Then if he turns apostate (from his religion, well and good), otherwise cast him into the sea.’ So they took him, and he said: ‘O Allah! Save me from them by whatsoever You wish.’ So the boat capsized, and (all the accompanying courtiers) were drowned. The boy then came walking to the king. The king said: ‘What happened with those who accompanied you?’ The boy replied: ‘Allah saved me from them’, and he further said to the king: ‘You cannot kill me till you do what I command!’ The king said: ‘What is that (command of yours)?’ The boy said: ‘Gather all the people in an upland place, and fasten me to the trunk (of a tree); then take an arrow from my quiver and fix it in the bow, and say: In the Name of Allâh, the Lord of the boy, and shoot (me). If you do that, you will kill me.’ So the king gathered the people in an upland place, and fastened the boy to the trunk, took an arrow from his quiver, fixed it in the bow, and said: ‘In the Name of Allah, the Lord of the boy’, and shot the arrow. The arrow hit the temporal region of the skull of the boy, and the boy put his hand over the temporal region of his skull at the point where the arrow hit, and then died. The people proclaimed: ‘We have believed in the Lord of the boy! We have believed in the Lord of the boy! We have believed in the Lord of the boy!’ The king came, and it was said to him: ‘That is the thing which you were afraid of. By Allah! The thing which you were afraid of, has fallen upon you, the people have believed (in Allah).’ So he ordered (deep) ditches to be dug at the entrances of the roads, and it was done, then fire was kindled in those ditches, and the king ordered that whoever did not turn apostate (from his religion) be cast into the ditches, and it was done. Then there came a woman with her baby. She was close to retreating from the ditch when the baby said (speaking to its mother): ‘O Mother! Be patient, For indeed you are upon the Truth.”

(Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 7703)

It is (the authentic narration that is) without doubt a fine story and example of firm faith and Imaan, honour, bravery and gallantry and da’wah to tawheed.

There are indeed many resemblant issues in this authentic hadeeth and that which is mentioned concerning George and the Dragon (and issues that differ with the popular narrative), the question that arises is, was it this the Messenger – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam was speaking about?, it is not possible for us to say, but in it there certainly is food for thought.

Wallahu A’lam

Was Sallallahu Alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

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