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Sahaabah did not ever differ in the ‘aqeedah, the fundamentals, rather their differing was in the subsidiary affairs (furoo’) of the Religion

Sahaabah did not ever differ in the ‘aqeedah, the fundamentals, rather their differing was in the subsidiary affairs (furoo’) of the Religion | December 28, 2010 at 10:25 PM | Categories: Aqeedah | URL:

Q: Is it permissible to say that the Companions differed on matters of `Aqidah (creed) such as the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) seeing his Lord on the night of the Mi`raj (Ascension to Heaven) and the dead person hearing the living persons? Do such matters constitute part of the `Aqidah?

A: There was no difference or disagreement among the Companions or those following them from among Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body) with regard to the Islamic `Aqidah. This is because they all believed in what is mentioned in the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah. Moreover, they never introduced new practices into the religion. This was the reason for their unity and agreement on the same beliefs and the same method, acting upon Allah’s Saying,”And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of All’ah (i.e. this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves.”(Surah al-Imran 3:103)

One of these beliefs is the belief that the believers will see their Lord on the Day of Resurrection, as all agree on this belief as is proven by the reported proof from the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah. They never differed on such belief.

As for the difference and disagreement on the question whether the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw his Lord on the night of the Mi`raj with his physical eyes or not, there is a disagreement on a particular event in this life, not a disagreement on seeing Allah (may He be Exalted) on the Day of Resurrection. The majority of scholars are of the opinion that the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw his Lord with his insight, not with his eyes. This is because when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about this point, he said, “Light, how could I see Him.” Thus, the Prophet (peace be upon him) negated seeing his Lord in this situation out of the light which prevented him from seeing his Lord. Also, scholars unanimously agree that no one can see his Lord in the life of this world, as mentioned in the Prophetic Hadith, where the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “No one of you shall see his Lord until he dies.” (Related by Muslim). It is worth mentioning that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is excluded from this rule, as he saw his Lord, but not in this way.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
Salih Al-Fawzan
Bakr Abu Zayd

Bother Abu Khadeejah says in the post found on the link below:

As for the Sahaabah, then the Scholars, both past and present such as Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Baaz and Al-Fawzaan, have mentioned the following important points:

1. …………

2. That though the Sahaabah differed, which may have led to fighting, this differing was never in the usool or the fundamentals of the Religion, such as the belief in the Attributes of Allaah, the belief in Qadr and the rest of the affairs of usool such as Imaamah (rulership) and rebellion. This has been stated by Ibn Taymiyyah and others (see Minhaajus-Sunnah of Ibn Taymiyyah). And the books of ‘aqeedah repeat over and over this important fact. Shaikh Al-Fawzaan mentions in his explanation of Al-Barbahaaree’s ‘Sharhus-Sunnah’ that the Sahaabah did not ever differ in the ‘aqeedah, the fundamentals, rather their differing was in the subsidiary affairs (furoo’) of the Religion.

3. ……….

Source for the above:

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The Story of a man who is truthful

The Story of a man who is truthful | February 10, 2011 at 9:22 PM | Categories: Character, Dawah, Inspirational, Islam, Stories | URL:

In the Name of Allaah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
All Praise is due to Allaah, Lord of everything that exists

The Importance of Being Truthful

Shaikh Falaah Isma’eel recently relayed a heart-melting story that may interest you.

When the Shaikh visited Holland, he was of course met by Muslims from Holland and they told him, “If you had come two weeks earlier you would have seen it yourself. We prayed over this man.” Then they told him the following story.

[What follows is not verbatim, but a summary, with some explanations so as to clarify some terms that may be new to non-Muslims.]


He was a 26-year-old Christian from Holland. One day, he changed his dress to thobes, a burnoose, grew a beard, and the people started calling him “the one who looks like Jesus.”One day, he met some Muslims, and he said to them, “I love Jesus.” And the Muslims told him, “We also love Jesus, and it is even a condition of Islam. We love Jesus and Moses.”

So this man tried imitating Jesus, helping others when he could, cutting their lawns and the like. After two years, he entered the mosque [the Muslims’ place of worship] for the first time, and he was greeted with “ahlan” [which means welcome, and thus was not greeted with the greeting reserved for Muslims “as-salaamu ‘alaykum” (which means: may peace and safety be upon you on the Day of Judgement)].

He said, “no; I want to be a Muslim.”

Then, the Muslims witnessed his testimony (pronounced “shahada”) – there is none deserving of worship except Allaah, and Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and Jesus is His servant and Messenger – taught him the basics, and taught him how to pray. He began praying in congregation with them, not missing a single congregation. Then one day, he noticed that the other Muslims were arriving at the mosque after him, so he asked for a key to the mosque. And he was given one.

The Muslims then observed that not only was he opening the mosque, but additionally he was routinely found in optional prayer whenever they entered the mosque for the dawn prayer. [They would enter and find him already engaged in the worship of Allaah.]

Then one day, he told the Muslims how he decided to become Muslim. He said he had a dream about Jesus (the son of Mary), and Jesus said to him, “Be Muslim. Be Muslim. Be Muslim.” He said, “I woke up, and a few days later, I had the same dream. This happened three times.”

[The shaikh interjected and said, this is success from Allaah.]

So after having prayed for 20 days with the other Muslims, he died.

May Allaah have mercy on him.

This is the mercy of Allaah, and Allaah saved him [from dying upon other than Islam].

This is Sidq (truthfulness); he truthfully loved Jesus, so he became Muslim. Allaah guided him to become Muslim, because he was truthful in his love for Jesus.

If one is truthful in his love for Jesus and his following Jesus, then this should lead him to the true religion of Jesus (Islam) and should lead him to following whom Jesus commanded to be followed after him – Muhammad, the seal of all Prophets.

After all, the religion of all the Prophets was Islam, and their creed was the same, and their message was the same, and they confirmed each other. It is only the deviant who have distorted the message of the previous Prophets, and thus Allaah promised to preserve His last revelation (the Qur`an) from corruption.

To read about Jesus, click The Status of Jesus in Islam

Source : Posted by Maher Attiyeh in West London Dawah yahoo group

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The Most Beloved Deeds to Allah

Link to Tayyibaat

The Most Beloved Deeds to Allah


  1. Prayer and Righteousness to parents: “The most beloved deeds to Allah is observing prayer at its right time and being dutiful and righteous to parents.” [Agreed Upon]
  2. Belief (Eman), Joining the ties of Kinship, and Enjoining good and Forbidding evil: “The most beloved deeds to Allah are believing in Allah, then joining the ties of kinship, then enjoining what is good and forbidding the evil.” [Abu Ya’la, Hasan according to Albani]
  3. Consistency: “The most beloved deeds to Allah are those that are done consistently, even if they are few.” [Agreed Upon]
  4. Remembrance of Allah: “The most beloved deeds to Allah is to die while your tongue is soft with His Remembrance.” [Tabarani, Hasan according to Albani]
  5. Truthful speech: “The most beloved speech to Allah is the most truthful.” [Bukhari]
  6. Prayer and Fasting of Dawud: “The most beloved fasting to Allah is the fasting of Dawud (alayhi salam), he would fast every alternate day. The most beloved prayer to Allah is the prayer of Dawud (alayhi salam), he would sleep for half of the night, pray for a third of it then sleep for a sixth of it.” [Agreed Upon]
  7. Sharing food: “The most beloved food to Allah is that which is touched by many hands (i.e., shared by many).” [ibn Hibban, Hasan according to Albani]
  8. Good Character: “The most beloved slaves to Allah are those that are best in character.” [Tabarani, Saheeh according to Albani]
  9. “Subhan Allahi wa biHamdihi”: “The most beloved speech to Allah is that a slave should say, ’subhan Allahi wa biHamdihi” (How perfect is Allah and for Him is all praise).” [Muslim]
  10. “SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaha il Allah, Allahu Akbar”: “The most beloved speech to Allah is four: SubhanAllah (Glorified is Allah and High Above any imperfection), Alhamdulillah (All praise and thanks belong only to Allah), La ilaha il Allah (There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is greater than everything else).” [Muslim]

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Eating in Niqab

Bismillah walHamdulillah


The infamous question — “how do you eat in that?”

Don’t worry, like many things, it’s much easier than it looks, and like many things, practice brings ease. :)

First things first, if it can be avoided, that is best. What does that mean? That means that if you don’t have to go out and eat in public, and you have the option of staying home and eating with your family or of eating in privacy, take the easier option. Eating out is not all it’s cut out to be, so don’t worry, you’re not missing much.

If however, you find yourself with no alternative, then the rest of this post can apply inshaAllah.

There’s a lot of things to keep in mind, and over time I might edit this post so that it’s more organized and comprehensible, but for now, it might come out a bit jumbled so please bear with me.

Which niqaab should I use?

Some niqaabs are easier to eat in than others. The elastic ones may be the most difficult because they have to keep being tucked back in, and you risk showing skin as you lift and try to navigate your way inside. If you know you’re going to eat out, try not to wear the elastic one. If you absolutely must or if you can’t go back and change, try to sit in between other women so that if you do have to lift, you are covered by them.

The ones that are tied in the back, or have Velcro in the back, outside your hijab, are probably easier (I don’t wear the Velcro ones, which is why I’m saying ‘probably’ but the tie ones I do think are easier). They don’t have to be tucked back in, they fall back into place on their own. On top of that, it’s just easier to lift and to work with.

Forks vs. Spoons

Actually, neither lol. I find it easiest to eat with your hands. And the way to do it is simply to hold the food in your right hand, and to lift the niqaab very slightly with your left hand, giving yourself just enough room to move your right hand in. Make sure you don’t get the food on your hijab but if you do, don’t panic, you’re probably the only one who will notice (because your niqab will probably cover it) and you can just go home and wash it. Let your hand hit the bottom of your chin, and then from there, you know exactly where your mouth is. Trust me, it’s so easy alhamdulillah. Especially if the food is not messy or wet.

If it really comes down to using a fork or a spoon (given that you have a choice and its not like.. trying to drink soup with a fork), then it’s best to use a fork and spear the food and then take it to your mouth. That is my opinion. I once was eating fruit salad doused in juice. I put the little pieces of fruit in my plate, speared them one or two at a time and guided the fork to my mouth (and I was wearing an elastic one…yeah lol).

Believe it or not, the niqab actually great for eating in general. (What is she talking about…?) The Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

“A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food), and a kafir (unbeliever) eats in seven intestines (eats much food).”

(From Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 65, Number 305)

And he also said, 3layhi salat wasalaam:

“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2380; Ibn Maajah, 3349. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1939).

So the fact that you eat at a slower pace and eat less when wearing niqab, is beneficial from so many angles. walhamdulillah

As for those who have friends or family members who wear niqaab, and you are watching them from the other side: I’m not saying pity them, because mashaAllah Allah swt is with them, but have mercy on them and if you can, make things easy for them. And if you can’t do that, then at the very least… at least don’t make things difficult for them. They are slaves of Allah who are trying to get closer to Him, and are striving to earn His Pleasure. If however this is not enough as an incentive for you, then fear Allah and know that:

“Allah is the Wali (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe…” Surah Al Baqarah; ayah 257