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10 Popular Doubts used to justify celebrating The Prophets Birthday (Eid Mawlidun Nabi)

10 Popular Doubts used to justify celebrating The birthday of The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – (Eid Mawlidun Nabi)

الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على نبينا محمد، وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين.

أما بعد:

With the advent of the yearly celebration of the birthday of the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – Muhammad, in this brief article we clarify the correct Islamic position concerning this practice, namely the fact it is not a legislated practice in Islam. It was not practiced by the first three noble generations of the Muslim at all. Rather it was innovated in the 4th century by the Fātimids who were known as the Ubaidiyūn and they were Bātiniyah Ismā’iliyah Shia, and not people of Sunnah. They not only innovated the celebration of the mawlid of the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam -, they also innovated alongside it, the celebration of the mawlid of Fātimah, Ali, Hasan, and Hussain – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum. In its practice, is resemblance of the people of the book in celebrating the birth of Jesus, a practice that was not carried out by the disciples of Jesus. Thus here we present, 10 popular arguments used by those who carry the practice out, and brief responses to their arguments.

Wa Billahit Tawfīq.

 

  1. “The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam –  used to fast on Mondays, when asked why he said: “That was the day I was born upon, and it was the day revelation (first) came down to me” {Muslim:1162 upon the authority of Abu Qatadah}…thus he celebrated the day he was born!

The Response: We do not reject the desirable nature of fasting on Mondays and its virtue, similarly fasting on Thursdays but we say, firstly, that the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – performed this throughout the year, every Monday and Thursday, and it goes without saying, that his day of birth was not every Monday of the year. Secondly, The Messenger and his companions performed this as an act of worship not celebration. Thirdly, this, in actuality, an evidence against you, since the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – prohibited that one should fast on the day of Eid! A clear proof that this is not an eid for the Muslims! If we were truly following them, we would fast as they did!.

  1. Our celebration of Eid Milādun Nabi shows our love for Allah and his Messenger!

The Response: Allah has responded to this claim in one verse of the Qur’ān:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” {Surah Āli ‘Imrān vs 31}

So we ask you, do you love him more than his own companions? Some of them knowing and loving him even before he became a Messenger? Do you love him more than Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmān and Ali? If they did it, we would follow them, but if they did not (and they did not) then what is sufficient for them is sufficient for us!

  1. True! The companions and their successors (The Tābi’īn) did not celebrate Milādun Nabi, but that was due to the close proximity (in time and locality) they had with him. We were not afforded that opportunity, so this is how we show love and gratitude.

The Response: Allah has informed us that our success lies in following them and their practice of the religion, and destruction lies in opposing them.

Allah Says:

وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَىٰ وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا

And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination” {Nisaa:115}

So once again, if they did it we do it, if they didn’t we don’t!

  1. Millions of Muslims practice it! So are they all wrong and you few are right!

The Response: Truth is not known or recognized due to the numbers of people that practice it. If that were the case Hindus and Christians would be upon the Haq! Allah has never praised majorities in the Qur’ān, rather majorities have been dispraised in the Qur’ān!

Allah said:

وَإِن تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَن فِي الْأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَخْرُصُونَ

And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s Path “{An’aam:116}

and he said:

وَمَا أَكْثَرُ النَّاسِ وَلَوْ حَرَصْتَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ

And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly” {Yusuf:103}

and Allah has said:

وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الْخُلَطَاءِ لَيَبْغِي بَعْضُهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَقَلِيلٌ مَّا هُمْ ۗ

And, verily, many partners oppress one another, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and they are few.”{Saad:24}

  1. Blessings must be thanked! When The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – came to Madinah he found the Jews fasting the day of ‘ Āshūrā, he asked what is this day you are fasting? They responded: “This is the day Allah saved Mūsā and his people and drowned pharaoh and his people, so Mūsā gave thanks by fasting and thus we too fast” so The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – said: “We have more right to Mūsā than you” so he fasted it and commanded that it should be fasted {Bukhāri: 1189 Muslim: 3397}. The birth of The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – is from the greatest of blessings upon us, therefore we give thanks and celebrate this blessing.

The Response: It is True that blessings are to be thanked, and truly the greatest blessing upon this Ummah is the sending of the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam as a Messenger, not only the fact that he was born. Thus we see the Qur’ān speaks of, and stresses, the sending of the Messenger and mentions nothing of his birth!

Allah says:

لَقَدْ مَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا مِن قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ

Indeed Allah conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, reciting unto them His Verses (the Qur’ān), and purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’ān) and Al-Hikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – SAW (i.e. his legal ways, statements, acts of worship, etc.)], while before that they had been in manifest error. {Imran 164}

and he also says:

هُوَ الَّذِي بَعَثَ فِي الْأُمِّيِّينَ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا مِن قَبْلُ لَفِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ

It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom – although they were before in clear error” {Jumu’ah 2}

As was the case with all of the previous Prophets, their being sent to their nations was the blessing upon that nation.

كَانَ النَّاسُ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً فَبَعَثَ اللَّهُ النَّبِيِّينَ مُبَشِّرِينَ وَمُنذِرِين
Mankind were one community and Allah sent Prophets with glad tidings and warnings” {baqarah 213}

Allah – The Most high says:

وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ

And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghūt” {An Nahl 36}

Thus if this celebration were prescribed and permissible it would have been for his being sent as a prophet over and above his birth! Yet it is not prescribed for any of the two.

  1. You people say it is a bid’ah as though all bid’ah is bad! It may be a bid’ah But it is a bid’ah hasanah (A good bid’ah). The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – said: “Whosoever brings about in Islam a good Sunnah then he has the reward for it, and the reward of all who act upon it without their reward being diminished in any way” {Muslim: 1017}

The Response: There are no bid’ah hasanah! The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – said “EVERY bid’ah is misguidance..” The Intent behind the hadeeth is whoever practices an established Sunnah that had been left, or neglected, he revives it, and due to him this Sunnah is practiced. It does not refer to there being innovations that are considered good! The clearest proof of this, is present in the hadeeth itself! The reason The Messenger -Sallallahu Alaihi was Salam- made the statement, was because some poor people had come to the Messenger of Allah -Sallallahu Alaihi was Salam- and he requested from his companions to give charity to them. Some were slow to do so, and so one of the companions seeing this, hastened and gave charity. The rest of them then hastened to give charity, and so The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – said: “Whosoever brings about in Islam a good Sunnah..” Thus the question that has to be asked is, was the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – speaking of innovation or a sunnah that was already established? Of course giving in Charity was and is, an established Sunnah, therefore there is no evidence in this hadeeth for the statement.

  1. People have brought about actions that have been accepted by the Muslims for generations. For example Umar gathered the people in congregation for salātul Tarāwīh and he made three pronouncements of divorce made in one sitting be considered as three, while that was not the case at the time of The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam -. Likewise Uthmān gather the qur’ān together in one book, this was not done before. This is proof that not everything new thing must be rejected, if it is a good thing.

The Response: As far as the Tarāwīh issue, then the response to this is similar to point 6, it was something practiced by The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam –  but he left it on the third night, after practicing it for two nights, fearing it would be made compulsory upon the ummah. Umar only revived the practice. As far as the Talaq issue and the gathering of the Qur’ān then this falls under “The Sunnah of the Rightly Guided Caliphs that The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – commanded us to hold onto with our molar teeth in his statement

“Cling to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs, cling to it and hold onto it with your molar teeth..” {Abu Dawood: 4607 Declared Sahīh By Shaikh Albāni in Sahīhul Jāmi 2549}

Therefore this does not fall under blameworthy innovation especially since there was an established overall good in that which they legislated.

  1. The word كل (every) does not always mean all. Therefore there are some exceptions to the rule like mawlid

The Response: The origin with the words of Allah and his messenger is that words are held upon their apparent meanings except if there is textual evidence indicating otherwise. Thus كل means ‘every’ wherever it occurs, unless there is clear textual evidence indicating the contrary. This does not exist here. In fact, the statement has a strong precursor of warning, emphasizing the fact that what is intended is every and all newly invented affairs in the religion. The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – said: “Beware of newly invented affairs, for indeed ALL newly invented matters are innovation and all innovations are in the fire“. So where is the evidence that ‘ALL’ is not absolute?

  1. Abu Lahab was seen in a dream. It was said to him what is your state? He said: “I am in the hellfire, but my punishment is lightened every Monday night due to my happiness with the birth of The Messenger, and due to me freeing Thuwaibah (the wet nurse of the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam) “If this is the case with one of the worst of the kufār that ever lived, then what about when the believer rejoices his happiness at the birth of the Prophet – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam!

The Response: The authentic version of the hadeeth occurs in Bukhāri (5201) The hadīth mentions that Abu Lahab was seen in a dream by one of his relatives, so he said to him what is your state? He replied “I am in a wretched state but I am (occasionally) given something to drink through a hole like this (and he pointed to a small crevice between his thumb and index finger) because of my freeing Thuwaibah“. Thus the authentic version of the hadeeth has no mention of his ‘Happiness with the birth of The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam. Secondly it doesn’t occur in any of the sound sources of hadīth. Thirdly even if it were authentic (for argument sake), then the narrator of the dream is unknown, we do not know if he or she was Muslim or an unbeliever. Fourthly, apart from the dreams of The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – or the dreams of individuals that The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam –  affirmed were true dreams (Like the dream of Abdullah Ibn Zaid when he heard the adhān before its legislation and the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – affirmed it was a true dream) peoples dreams are not a source of legislation!

  1. Do you prevent the remembrance of Allah and reciting the life of The Prophet – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam?!

The Response: No we do not! But we are against legislating a religious practice that is carried out on a particular day without evidence specifying its legislation.

Wa Sallallahu ‘Alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

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Mutual Consultation is from the path of Ahlus Sunnah!

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Mutual Consultation is from the path of Ahlus Sunnah!

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده. وبعد:

There is no true person of Sunnah in this era, that will have heard of the recent statement made by the Egyptian Khālid Abdur Rahmān concerning Imām Rabī’ Ibn Hādi Al Madkhali, except that he will be amazed and bewildered at his foul claim that our shaikh and father has fallen into a foundation from the principles of the khawārij, due to news reaching him that Shaikh Rabī’ and other scholars come together privately to consult regarding issues that are of concern to the Ummah.

Who in this era, has uncovered the falsehood of the khawārij of this time, and their spiritual Leaders, Sayyid Qutb, Al Maudūdi, Al ‘Azām and their students, and exposed what is in their writings of the foundations of the khawārij and their principles more thoroughly than Imām Rabī’?!

And where are the defences of those who claim love for the people of knowledge and hate the ‘Evil Sa’āfiqah’ who have ‘wronged our scholars’, those individuals who claim ‘Wallahi we love Shaikh Rabī’ he is our father! It is only the ‘Sa’āfiqah’ we hate and must expose!’ While they only expose themselves with their silence.

Or worse still, they spread the speech of the one who defends this insolent ignorance, while claiming to be upon a Nahj (path) that is Wādhih (clear)!

The only thing that is wādhih is their long-festering reality, since these evil statements and stances are not born overnight! Let every Sāhib Sunnah take note.

From the established fundamentals with the people of Sunnah is as Allah has said:

{وَأَمْرُهُمْ شُورَى بَيْنَهُمْ}

“their affairs are by mutual consultation”

Suratush Shūrā Vs 38

Concerning this verse Imām Ibn Kathīr mentions:

وَقَوْلُهُ: {وَالَّذِينَ اسْتَجَابُوا لِرَبِّهِمْ} أَيِ: اتَّبَعُوا رُسُلَهُ وَأَطَاعُوا أَمْرَهُ، وَاجْتَنَبُوا زَجْرَهُ، {وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلاةَ} وَهِيَ أَعْظَمُ الْعِبَادَاتِ لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ، {وَأَمْرُهُمْ شُورَى بَيْنَهُمْ} أَيْ: لَا يُبْرِمُونَ أَمْرًا حَتَّى يَتَشَاوَرُوا فِيهِ، لِيَتَسَاعَدُوا بِآرَائِهِمْ فِي مِثْلِ الْحُرُوبِ وَمَا جَرَى مَجْرَاهَا 7/211

As for his statement “Those who responded to their lord” meaning: They followed their Messenger, and obeyed his command, and refrained from that which he prohibited.  And His statement: “..And established the Salaah..” as it is the greatest of the acts of worship one performs for Allah the mighty and majestic. And His statement: “and who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation” Meaning they do not become impatient and embark upon any affair until they consult among themselves concerning it, so as to seek aid in their (sound) opinions regarding wars and their likes” (Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr 7/211)

Ash Shaikh Abdur Rahmān Ibn Nāsir As Sa’di mentions concerning the verse:

{وَأَمْرُهُمْ} الديني والدنيوي {شُورَى بَيْنَهُمْ} أي: لا يستبد أحد منهم برأيه في أمر من الأمور المشتركة بينهم، وهذا لا يكون إلا فرعا عن اجتماعهم وتوالفهم وتواددهم وتحاببهم وكمال عقولهم، أنهم إذا أرادوا أمرا من الأمور التي تحتاج إلى إعمال الفكر والرأي فيها، اجتمعوا لها وتشاوروا وبحثوا فيها، حتى إذا تبينت لهم المصلحة، انتهزوها وبادروها، وذلك كالرأي في الغزو والجهاد، وتولية الموظفين لإمارة أو قضاء، أو غيره، وكالبحث في المسائل الدينية عموما، فإنها من الأمور المشتركة، والبحث فيها لبيان الصواب مما يحبه الله، وهو داخل في هذه الآية.

Concerning the statement “And who conduct their affairs –the affairs of their deen and dunya- through mutual consultation between them” that is to say, no single individual among them proceeds upon his own opinion regarding issues that are of general concern to them all. This stems from the unity, conformity, affection and love that is between them, and (is due to) their complete and sound intellects, that whenever they intend a matter from the affairs that require reflection and (sound) opinion, they come together, consult and mutually research concerning it, such that when the greater good becomes clear to them regarding it they proceed and seize the opportunity. That is such as their opinions concerning warfare and Jihād, or putting someone in a position of leadership or judgement or other than that. Similarly the religious affairs generally, as they are from the communal common issues, thus (mutual) exploration and enquiry regarding them, in order to reach that which is sound and correct, is from that which Allah loves and enters into the meanings of this verse…”

There is a clear difference between our scholars mutual consultation and sharing of opinions for the greater good of the Ummah, and the secret plotting and conspiring of the khawārij!

May Allah preserve our Shaikh from those who intend to harm him but do nothing but bark at a mountain!

Wallahu A’lam

A word on the ‘Miracles of the Qur’aan’ lecture

Bismillahi Wal hamdullillah was salaatu was salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

I was recently approached by a brother outside the masjid seeking further clarity concerning some issues related to the ‘Miracles of the qur’aan lecture I delivered not long ago.

The lecture focused upon some of the verses in the qur’aan, the issues mentioned within them, and the fact that the Prophet could not have been acquainted with these issues and thus they are a proof of the prophethood of the Messenger Sallallahu alaihi wa Salam and the miraculous nature of the Qur’aan. Continue reading

Inheritance Revision Table 2

Bismillahi wal hamdu lillah was salaatu was salaamu ‘alaa rasolilahi

Ammaa ba’d:

The following are a set of revision tables that corrolate with part 5 of the explanation of ‘Ar-Rahbiyah’ in the law of Islamic inheritance class as promised

(http://www.salafisounds.com/ar-rahbiyyah-in-the-laws-of-inheritance-by-abu-hakeem-bilaal-davis/

This is table two

Inheritance revision table 2a

Part One of the translated text of Ar Rahbiyah in Islamic Laws of Inheritance

Bismillah Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Here then is the first part of the translated text of Ar Rahbiyah for those wishing to follow our wednesday dars

Ar Rahbiyah (part one)

Was Sallallahu ‘alaa Nabbiyinaa Muhammad

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An Amazing Hadeeth concerning the virtues of Hajj!

Bismillahi Wal hamdullillah Was Salātu Was Salāmu ‘Alā Rasūlillahi

Ammā Ba’d:

Now that we have come to the end of the performance of the Hajj rites for this year (1435/2014) the following is a beautiful hadīth concerning the virtues of the actions performed by the Hujāj throughout Hajj. The hadīth also contains a sign from the signs of prophethood. Continue reading

The Scholars of Hadeeth used to say…(Part 1)

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam said in a popular hadeeth that was collected by Haakim (4/449) and Abu Daawood At Tayaalisi and Ad Daarimi (2/213) and declared ‘Saheeh’ By Shaikh Albaani in ‘As Silsilah As Saheehah (1956) upon the authority of Umar and others: Continue reading

A Word on Easter – A benefit from Ibn Katheer

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Since this is the easter season and much is being said about the significance of easter and its claimed origins. It is well known that easter and the customary practices within this season have, in truth, no connection to Jesus the son of Mary, but in fact have paganistic origins (The term ‘Easter’ is in actuality a reference to the Persian goddess of fertility ‘Ishtar’ who was worshipped at this time of year. The Easter bunny and Easter egg (symbolic of fertility) are likewise paganistic in origin, thus these traditions were ‘imported’ into Christianity. We mention here then, a benefit related to the significance of Easter and clarification concerning a misconception.

The Christian narrative suggests that Eesaa had travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover (which was that which took place prior to the day that Allah saved Moosa and his followers from pharaoh and his army, the day of Aashooraa. The biblical story suggests that it had been decreed that the firstborn sons of the people of Egypt would be killed as a punishment for rejection of Moosaa except the households of the believers, who were commanded to smear lambs blood around their doors which would cause the angel of death to ‘passover’ that household.) The following week he (Jesus) learnt that his time to go was near, thus he had a ‘Last Supper’ with his disciples on a day which is referred to as maunday Thursday and then washed their feet. On Friday he was crucified and then on Sunday, Christians believe, he was raised from the dead and that is celebrated on easter Sunday.

It is established in the book of Allah, that it was not Eesaa who was taken and crucifed in fact it was someone Allah made to resemble him (based upon one of the positions of the scholars of tafseer) and he was taken in his place.

Allah the most high states (concerning the reasons of disbelief of the Jews):

and because of their saying (in boast) “We killed the Messiah Eesaa, son of Mary the Messenger of Allah, but they didn’t kill him, neither did they crucify him but rather a resemblance was made..”

When the Christian version of the story is mentioned many conclude that the incident of the last supper is the same as that mentioned in Suratul Maa’idah Vs 112-115:

(Remember) when the disciples said: “O Eesaa, Son of Maryam! Can your lord send to us a table spread with food from the heavens? Eesaa said: “Fear Allah if you are indeed believers” They said: “We wish to eat thereof and to satisfy our hearts and know that you have indeed spoken the truth to us and that we may be witnesses thereof. Eesaa son of Maryam said: “Oh Allah Our Lord send us from the heavens a table spread that it may be a feast for us, the first of us and the last of us and a sign from thee and give us sustenance for though art the best of sustainers. Allah said: ‘I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you disbelieves , then I will punish him with a torment such as I have never inflicted upon anyone among all the aalameen (Mankind and the Jinn)

It should be mentioned that this incident is NOT the same incident as the last supper, as is commonly misunderstood, in fact this incident has NO mention in the bible at all.

Imaam Ibn Katheer mentions in tafseer of the verse:

“The story of the table spread (descending from the heavens) is not mentioned in the Injeel, it is not known by the christians except by way of the Muslims, and Allah knows best.”

Imaam Ibn Katheer mentions a number of narrations (much of them unconfirmed) that are linked to this story.

Some of those narrations mention that Eesaa had commanded his followers to fast for thirty days after which they made the request for the table since they were in need of eating and they were for the most part poor and needy.

One narration states that when they made the request Eesaa became upset with them and mentioned the fact that the people of ‘Aad were destroyed because they asked their prophet for a sign and due to how they received and responded to the sign Allah sent to them, they earned the anger of Allah and were destroyed.

Some narrations would appear to liken the occurrence to the popular ‘feeding of the five thousand’ incident, since some narrations mention four thousand individuals were present while other narrations mention that the meal consisted of fish and bread which is similar to the food mentioned in the feeding of the five thousand incident in the bible, is it a reference to the same occurrance? No doubt there are similarities.

In any case, that which is established, is that the affair of the table descending from the sky is not mentioned in any christian source, as is the case with that which is mentioned in the Qur’aan concerning the story of the birth of Eesaa and him speaking in the cradle, and other affairs that have no mention in the Bible. This establishes then the falsehood of those who claim that the Messenger ‏‏ (ﷺ)wrote the Qur’aan after being inspired by some of the people of the book he had sat with, and he then modelled his book upon christian scripture!

Some of the scholars of tafseer held that in fact the table did NOT descend because they say that when Allah said:

“..but if any of you disbelieves , then I will punish him with a torment such as I have never inflicted upon anyone among all the aalameen (Mankind and the Jinn)

They (Jesus’ disciples) responded by saying:

“Then we have no need for it!” and it didn’t descend. This was held by Mujaahid and Al Hasan (Al Basri) and Ibn Katheer declared the chains of narration going back to these statements of these two Imaams of the Salaf to be ‘Saheeh’

He then goes on to mention that this may be one of the reasons it does not occur in their sources, for if it had occurred then the narrations from them would have been plentiful.

But then he ultimately concludes that the majority of the scholars of tafseer hold that it DID occur, and this is the choice of Imaam Ibn Jareer At Tabari, because Allah affirms that he sent it down with his statement:

“..I am going to send it down unto you, but if any of you disbelieves , then I will punish him…”

It is for this reason some narrations mention that Eesaa disliked the request, but that which highlights the virtue of Muhammad – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam, is that when a similar request was made to him he responded to the request differently.

Upon the authority of Ibn Abbaas – Radhiyallahu anhu who said: ” (Individuals from The tribe of) Quraish approached the Prophet – Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Salam and said: “Make Dua to your lord for us to that he turn Mount Safaa into gold! and then we will believe in you! So He said: “And will you do so? they said: “Yes! so the Messenger of Allah supplicated to Allah and he was approached by Jibreel who said to him: “Indeed your lord conveys Salaam to you and says: “If you wish I will turn Safaa into gold but whosoever disbelieves after that I will punish him with a punishment I have not inflicted upon anyone in creation, or if you wish I will open for them the door of repentance and mercy” so he said: “Then the doors of repentance and mercy

(Collected by Imaam Ahmad in his ‘Musnad 4/60 and Al Faakihi In ‘Akhbaar Makkah 4/12 and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Al Albaani in ‘As Saheehah 9/174)

Highlighting the mercy the Messenger -Sallallahu alaihi was Salam – had and his desire to see people guided to the Haq even though many of them were arrogant and steeped in rejection.

Was Sallallahu ‘Alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad

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“Oh Yahyaa! Hold onto the book with firm strength! (i.e. Hold fast to it)” (Suratul Maryam Vs 12)

“Oh Yahyaa! Hold onto the book with firm strength (i.e. Hold fast to it)” (Suratul Maryam Vs 13)

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

‘Ammaa Ba’d:

There is no doubt that success lies in following the book and the sunnah, clinging to the two of them and holding fast to them both. And this was Allah’s command to the prophets and the Messengers.

Allah The most high says addressing the prophet of Allah Yahyaa – ‘Alahis Salaam:

“Oh yahyaa!  Hold on to the book with strength, and we gave him ‘Hukm’ while yet a child”

Imaam At Tabari – Rahimahullah mentions in his tafseer (18/155) quoting the statement of Ibn Zaid – Rahimahullah:

“(The statement of Allah) ‘..with strength’  “This is that he carries out what Allah has commanded him and avoids his prohibitions”

Imaam Baghawi states in his tafseer (3/190):

(Speaking concerning the statement of Allah:

“And we gave him ‘Hukm’ while yet a child”)

‘It has been said (i.e. by the scholars of tafseer) that which is intended by ‘Hukm’ is understanding”

He previously mentioned that the command for Yahyaa – ‘Alaihis Salaam to hold onto the book was a command to hold onto the Taurah

Thus Allah praised him for that which he possessed not only of the book (i.e. knowledge of its words) but that he had understanding of that which he possessed from it, then he was further commanded to hold onto it firmly.

Thus that which we understand from the verse is the praiseworthy nature of having knowledge of the book (i.e. memorizing it) and ‘understanding’ that which it contains with ‘correct’ understanding, then clinging to it.

How then would one who observes how Allah raises the mention of the book and those who understand it revile and speak ill of those who carry it and understand it correctly?!

Allah the most high mentions:

“But those among them who are firmly grounded in knowledge and the believers, believe in what has been sent down to you and what was sent down before you,and those who perform the salaah and give zakaah and believe in Allah and the last day. It is they to whom we will give a great reward (Suratun Nisaa Vs 162)

And Allah the most high says:

“Allah will exalt in degree those who of you believe and those who have been given knowledge”

This no doubt is one of the deviations that Yahyaa Al Hajoori – May Allah Guide him has fallen into (among many other things) that has caused the recent clarification from our sheikh, the waalid, defender of the Sunnah and its people in our time in truth Shaikh Rabee ibn Haadi Al Madkhali – Hafidhahullah

This – By Allah – grieves our hearts

Though in reality this speech of the Shaikh is not new to us, since we have known of the Shaikhs displeasure with that which is taking in Dammaj for a good while, but being the perfect example of a patient Aalim of the Sunnah that he is, he advised and gave more than sufficient time for reflection and rectification but alas to no avail.

When we spoke and expressed that the Mashaikh of Ahlus Sunnah are not pleased with that which is occurring there, and the manner in which the students there are being taught and nurtured to disrespect and dishonor the scholars of the sunnah and their students and that no one is safe from the tongue of Al Hajoori we were dubbed liars, lying upon Shaikh Rabee’ and the other scholars. In fact, i recall my speech was promptly sent to Dammaj for swift analysis, dissection and refutation! Which one of the students of Al Hajoori did not fail to satisfy those infactuated with Al Hajoori and the ‘cult-like’ partisanship we have observed over the years. Thus the ‘hold no prisoners, take no captives, kill everything in sight’ manner in which they defend the one that dares to speak unfavourably about the ‘Imaamuth Thaqalain’ (Imaam and leader of Mankind and the Jinn! – A title the followers of Al Hajoori give to him!), or the ‘goings on’ in the camp, is a far cry from the patient perseverance of Shaikhunaa Rabee’ – Hafidhahullah

But no doubt the Salafi fears not the blame of the blamers in advising with the truth, for the Messenger – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Sallam gave a bequest to Abi dharr – Radhiyallahu anhu to ‘Speak the truth even if it is bitter!’ and that, unfortunately, is exactly how our advise has been taken, with bitter rejection!

On more than one occasion I have known that some their supporters here in the Uk, have secretly recorded me (though they, admittedly, are not so good at secret recordings since I have caught them doing so every time!) possibly with a view to getting my speech sent to the ‘Camp’ for rebuttal.

All of that has never stopped us from advising with the advise of our Mashaikh, not proceeding except upon their wise instruction.

Now that Sheikh Rabee’ – may Allah preserve him, has publicly made his position clear, (which to my recollection was the only thing many an individual claimed they were waiting for) we ask Allah to make it easy for them to drop this fitnah and take onboard the advice of the people of knowledge who have not remained silent throughout this trial, just as we ask him to make it a means for Al Hajoori and his followers to return from this fitna and to stop splitting the ranks of the people of Sunnah across the globe.

Reminding them of the statement of  Abul Aaliyah and Mujaahid from the salaf who both said:

I do not know which of the two blessing is greater, that Allah guided me to Islaam or that he saved me from following desires” (Collected by Ad Daarimi in the muqadima of his sunan and like wise Imaamul Harawee in ‘Dhamul Kalaam (4/319)

or the statement of  Imaam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Iyaash who, when a man asked him who is the Sunni? He responded: “He is the one who when desires are mentioned he doesn’t show partisan fanaticism to any of it!”

(Collected by Imaam Al Lilakaa’ee in ‘Sharh Usool ‘I’tiqaad Ahlis Sunnati Wal Jamaa’ah’ (1/65)

So the sunni’s concern is being upon the Haq and Salafiyah, he is not one to get emotional for any group, party or individual

The saddest thing is that we see ignoramuses now seeking to explain the speech of the sheikh, ‘he doesn’t mean and he doesn’t intend, and and and’ making ‘tafseer’ of his intent while the Shaikh is alive and breathing and it is possible to return to him for an explanation of his own intent.

We ask Allah to make seeing the haq easy and to unite the hearts of Ahlus Sunnah under our ‘Ulamaa’ wherever they may be, and Allah’s aid is sought.

Was Sallallahu ‘ala Nabiyinaa Muhammad Wa ‘Alaa Aalihi Wa Sahbihi Ajma’een

Abu Hakeem

The changing of the adhaan during difficult weather

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

A while ago one of my noble brothers requested from me the authentic wordings that the Messenger of Allah added to the adhaan during adverse weather.

After writing it for him on paper he suggested that I should perhaps produce it as a small article in order to make the benefit more general for all. Thus since we are now (in the UK) experiencing some severe cold weather, I saw that this would be a good enough time as any to respond to my brothers request, may Allah reward him with good.

Shaikh Al Albaani mentions in Ath thamar Al Musta’taab Vol 1 page 133-137:

If there is extreme cold or rain then he (the Mu’adhin) adds after his statement ‘Hayaa ‘alal Falaah, or after the adhaan itself ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’ (pray in your abodes) or he says ‘Wa man Qa’ada fa laa Haraja ‘alaihi’ (he who remains at home then there is no harm upon him)

Shaikh Al Albaani then goes on to mention a number of narrations establishing this near abandoned sunnah.

From those ahaadeeth:

The Hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas that was narrated by Abdullah ibnil Haarith who mentioned:

Ibn Abbaas delivered a sermon to us on a rainy day. When the Mu’adhin reached (the statement) ‘Hayyaa ‘alas Salaah’ he (Ibn Abbaas) commanded him to call: ‘As Salaatu fir Rihaal’ ((establish) prayer in your abodes), so the people looked at each other, so he said: ‘This was done by one who is better than me (meaning the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi Was Salam) and indeed it is Azmah (binding upon you)”

(Collected by Bukhaari (2/77-78) and Muslim (2/148))

(Trans: This narration was in reference to Jumuah as the following version makes clear)

Abu Daawood narrated it with the following wording:

“Ibn Abbaas said to his mu’adhin on a rainy day when you say I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’ then do not say ‘Hayyaa ‘alas Salaah but say ‘Salloo fee Buyootikum’ (pray in your houses). Then it was as though the people disliked that so he said:This was done by one who was better than me. Indeed Jumuah is azmah (I.e Compulsory upon you when you hear the call to it) and I do not wish to cause you any harm due to you walking in mud and rain

This was also one of the versions collected by Bukhaari (2/307) and Muslim also Ibn Maajah collected a similar narration (300))

2. The hadeeth of Ibn Umar narrated by Naafi’

Ibn Umar called the adhaan on a cold night in (a place on the outskirts of Makkah known as) Dhajnaan then he said: ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’ (Pray in your Homes) for indeed we were informed that the messenger of Allah used to command a mu’adhin to call his adhaan then say at the end of it ‘Alaa Saloo fee rihaalikum’ Will you not pray in your homes’ on a cold night or a rainy night while on a journey’

(Collected by Bukhaari (2/89-90) and muslim (2/147))

3. The narration of Amr Ibn Aws who said:

We were informed by a man from (the tribe of) Thaqeef that that he heard the prophets caller say (in his call) on a rainy night while they were upon a journey hayyaa ‘alas Salaah Hayaa ‘alal Falaah, Saloo fee rihaalikum’

(Collected by Nasaa’i (106-107) and Ahmad (5/373))

4. The Hadeeth of Nu’aym Ibn Nahhaam who said:

I heard the Mu’adhin of the prophet – Sallallahu alaihi was sallam on a cold night while I was between my sheets, and I wished he would say ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’. So when he got to ‘hayaa ‘alal Falaah he said ‘ Saloo fee rihaalikum (pray in your abodes). I Later asked him (the mu’adhin) about that and he said the prophet – Sallallahu alaihi was sallam commanded him to do so

(Collected by Ahmad (4/320) the narrators of this isnaad are all narrators from the six books other than the sheikh that was not named, but the narration has a variant version with varying wording…)

5. Upon the authority of Nu’aym also who said:

“The call for the dawn prayer was made on a cold day and I was wrapped up in my wifes’ thick sheet. I said: If only he would say: ‘man qa’ada fa laa haraja alaihi’ (whosoever remains (at home) then there is no harm upon him) so the caller of the prophet announced at the end of his adhaan ‘Man Qa’ada fa laa haraja alaihi'”

(Collected by Ahmad 5/320)

The shaikh then mentions a version in the Mu’jam al Kabeer of Imaamut Tabaraani that mentions in it:

‘..so when he said ‘As Salaatu Khairan minan nawm’ he said (after it) wa man qa’ada fa laa haraj’ (whoever remains in their abode then there is no harm)

The Sheikh thereafter mentions an important note, he states:

Note: The second version of the first hadeeth indicates that the mu’adhin removes the hay’alatain (i.e the two statements ‘hayyaa ‘alas Salaah Hayyaa alal Falaah) and mentions in their place ‘As Salaatu Fir Rihaal’. This is a position that was held by some of the scholars of hadeeth, since Imaam Ibn Khuzaima, who was followed by imam Ibn Hibbaan then Imaam Al Muhib At Tabari (all) placed as a chapter heading upon this hadeeth ‘The removal of Hayaa ‘alas Salaah on a rainy day’. This is that which the hadeeth would necessitate, if only the narrations being raised and attributed to the messenger (himself) was apparent. If that was established then the mu’adhin would have the choice between removing it, due to this hadeeth or leaving it, due to the other ahaadeeth and Allah Knows best.

6. The Hadeeth of Abu Hurairah that states:

The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi was Salam used to, if it was a cold or rainy night, command his mu’adhin to call the first Adhaan then when he was finished he would call ‘As Salaatu Fir Rihaal’ or ‘Fee Rihaalikum

(Collected by Abu Ahmad Ibn Adi as was mentioned in ‘Tarhu Tathreeb fee sharhit Taqreeb’ of Al Haafidh Al Iraaqi 1/319 but he did not mention anything about its chain of narration)

From these ahaadeeth and this discussion of the Shaikh we conclude the following:

1. That due to the principle in the shar’iah of the alleviation of harm we have this ruling that establishes ease for the believers.

2. That the announcement is made during cold, difficult and/or rainy weather

3. That the announcement has a number of wordings all of them permissible to use and they are:

  1. ‘Saloo fee rihaalikum’ – (Pray in your abodes)
  2. ‘Saloo fir Rihaal’ – (Pray in the houses)
  3. ‘Alaa Saloo fir Rihaal’ – (Will you not pray in your abodes)
  4. ‘As Salaatu Fir Rihaal’ – (The prayer (will be established) in the abodes
  5. ‘Saloo fee buyootikum’ – (Pray in your houses)
  6. ‘Wa man Qa’ada Falaa Haraj’ – (and whoever remains (at home) then there is no harm)
  7. ‘Wa man Qa’ada falaa haraja alaihi– (and whoever remains (at home) then there is no harm upon him)

4 . That the call is made either after the statement ‘Hayaa ‘alal falaah’ or it is made at the end of the adhaan

5. That to remove the hay’alatain (I.e Hayaa ‘alas Salaah and Hayaa alal Falaah) and to replace them with this announcement, though it was held permissible by some of the scholars of hadeeth, it is not present in a narration attributed to the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu alaihi was Salam. Those who hold the position argue that the two terms are opposed to each other, so they hold that by virtue of the meaning of the wording, the call to come to salaah should be removed. The command to do so is authentically attributed to Ibn Abbaas – Radhiyallahu Anhumaa

6. The ease that is present in the Sunnah

May Allah grant us the tawfeeq to revive these near abandoned sunan of the Messenger – Sallallahu alahi was Sallam

Wallahu A’lam

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