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“Fwd this text message, and you are guaranteed__ — or else!”

Circulating chain mail du’as and stories by promising rewards and threatening those who don’t participate
By Ash-Shaikh Dr. Saalih Al-Fawzaan

All praise is due to Allaah, and may prayers of blessing and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad, and whoever supports him and follows his guidance. To proceed:

Indeed the question has increased regarding what has been reported in cellphone messages (i.e. text messages) of admonitions that contain various types of Dhikr (words of remembrance of Allaah) done in different methods, and in a number of specific ways, and at specified times. These messages also contain an encouragement to others to read them, and distribute them among friends and companions. The messages also mention that they should be distributed to such-and-such number of people from one’s companions, and whoever does so will attain an abundance of great rewards and goodness in this life and the hereafter, and whoever does not distribute them will have a tremendous sin upon him, and punishment in this life and the hereafter. So from this there has spread a superstitious dream of the Shaikh Ahmad, the carrier of the keys to the room of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

And in facing this it is obligatory that we alert the people that receiving these messages, and acting according to them, and distributing them, and circulating them; all of that is from the matter of spreading falsehood, and distributing superstitions, and cooperating with the people of superstitions and the liars. Therefore, it is incumbent upon everyone who these messages reach to reject them (i.e. recognize them as lies) and warn against them, and warn against their writers – those who are behind them. For verily they are enemies of the Sunnah, and enemies of the Ummah (the Muslim nation). And though they may hide behind the cellphones, they are never hidden from Allaah, the Most High.

Written from the matter of sincere advising to the Muslims
Dr. Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan, Member of the Committee of Senior Scholars
Translated by Aqeel Walker

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Should I sit with them?

Muhammad Ibn Abee Rajaa (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated:

“A man from the people of Koofah informed me that Imraan Ibn Hattaan married a woman from the Khawaarij to turn her away from the religion of the Khawaarij. As a result of that, she changed him and turned him to the views of the Khawaarij.” One of the Salaf mentioned: “The person shouldn’t say I go to their sittings and mix with them in order to turn them away from their innovation. Indeed, the matter is not guaranteed and the heart is quick to change. The rectification/righteousness of myself takes precedence over the rectification/righteousness of other than myself.”
Source: Lammud Durru Al-Manthoor Min Al-Qawl Al-Ma-thoor pg.188 point #554. Compiled by Shaykh Jamaal ibn Furayhaan Al-Haarithee (may Allaah preserve him).

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{Must Read} All Major Innovations and Deviations Begin Small and Insignificant

{Must Read} All Major Innovations and Deviations Begin Small and Insignificant | February 11, 2011 at 11:06 PM | Categories: Aqeedah, Bidah, Dhikr, Ibadah, Islam, Sins, Sunnah | URL:

All Major Innovations and Deviations Begin Small and Insignificant
Beware of small innovations because they grow until they become large.[1]

This is the case with every innovation introduced in this Ummah. It began as something small, bearing resemblance to the truth which is why those who entered it were mislead and then were unable to leave it. So it grew and became the religion which they followed and thus deviated from the Straight Path and left Islaam.[2]

[1] A striking example of how small innovations lead a  person into committing major innovations is found in the narration reported by ad-Daarimee in his Sunan (1/79)

al-Hakam bin al-Mubaarak informed us that Amr ibn Yahyaa said my father related from his father who said:

“We used to sit by the door of ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood before the Salaatul Ghadaat (morning prayer), so that when he came out we would walk with him to the masjid. (One day) Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree came to us and said, “Has Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan come out yet?” We replied, “No.” Therefore, he sat down with us until he came out. When he came out, we all stood along with him,

so Abu Moosaa said to him, “O Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan I have just seen something in the masjid which I deemed to be evil, but all praise is for Allaah, I did not see anything except good!”

He inquired, “Then what is it?”

(Aboo Moosaa) replied, “If you live you will see it. I saw in the masjid people sitting in circles awaiting the Prayer. In each circle they had pebbles in their hands and a man would say ‘repeat Allaahu Akbar a hundred times.’ So they would repeat it a hundred times. Then he would say, ‘say Laa ilaaha illallaah a hundred times.’ So they would say it a hundred times. Then he would say, ‘say Subhaanallaah a hundred times.’ So they would say it a hundred times.”

(Ibn Mas’ood) asked, “What did you say to them?”

(Aboo Moosaa) said, “I did not say anything to them. Instead I waited to hear you view or what you declared.”

(Ibn Mas’ood) replied, “Would that you had ordered them to count up the evil deeds they acquired and assured them that their good deeds would not be lost!”

Then we went along with him (Ibn Mas’ood) until he came to one of these circles and stood and said,

“What is this which I see you doing?”

They replied, “O Aboo ‘Abdur-Rahmaan! These are pebbles upon which we are counting takbeer, tahleel and tasbeeh.”

He said, “(You should) count your evil deeds and I will assure you that none of your good deeds will be lost. Woe to you, O Ummah of Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)! How quickly you are rushing to your destruction! These are the Companions of your Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and who are widespread (and numerous). There are his clothes which have not yet decayed and his eating utensils which are unbroken. By Him in Whose Hand is my soul! Either you are upon a deen better guided than the Deen of Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) or that you are opening the door of misguidance (from this bid’ah).”

They said, “O Aboo Abdur-Rahmaan! By Allaah, we only intended good.”

He said, “How many there are who intend good but do not achieve it. Indeed Allaah’s Messenger said to us ‘A people will recite the Qur’aan but it will not pass beyond their throats.’ By Allaah! I do not know, perhaps most of them are from you.” Then he left them.

Umar ibn Salamah (the sub-narrator) said: “We saw most of those people fighting against us on the day of Nahrawaan, along with the Khawaarij.”

From the introduction of ad-Daarimee, volume one, page 73 with an authentic chain.

[2] The scholars differentiate between those innovations which take  a person outside the fold of Islaam (al-Bid’atul-
Mukaffirah) and those which do not. So this is not to be understood unrestrictedly.

Reference for above:
“Explanation of the Creed” of Al-Barbahaaree (translated By Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank) on page 5

Internet Source: Group Dhikr

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A Person Upon Innovation

An Exclusive Translation for Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah

Al-Imaam Al-Barbahaaree said:
“If you see a man who strives hard and long in worship, is abstemious, being continual in worship, except that he is a person of innovation, do not sit with him, do not listen to his words and do not walk along with him, since I do not feel safe that you will not eventually come to be pleased with his way and go to destruction along with him.” (Sharh us-Sunnah no. 149).”

Explanation Of Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan (may Allah have mercy upon him):
This is applicable to Jamaa’ah At-Tableegh who many of the people today have been deceived by because they look solely at things that are apparent from them like their worship and them influencing the sinners to repent, as they say, and their great effect upon those who accompany them.
However, they remove the sinners from disobedience to innovation, and innovation is more evil than disobedience. The sinner from Ahlus Sunnah is better than the devout worshipper from the people of innovation. So a person should pay attention to this.
I have not stated this because I dislike the good that they possess, if they possess any good, rather I have only said this disliking the innovation because innovation destroys the good.
The innovations that Jamaa’ah At-Tableegh are upon have been mentioned by those who accompanied them and then repented from this association; and many books have been written warning against them and clarifying their innovations.
When Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem initially allowed them to give Da’wah in the Kingdom then this was because their reality was not clear to him. But when their affair became clear to him he wrote a profound refutation upon them as can be found in his Fataawa (1/227). And he made it conditional upon them to call to Tawheed but they did not fulfil this condition.
Likewise, when Ibn Baaz initially praised them, then this was because their affair was not clear to him but when their reality became clear to him he recanted from this, and he said, “No one should accompany them unless he wants to call them to the truth and to At-Tawheed, and to criticise them for their opposition [to the truth].” (Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (8/296)
This is what he said (May Allah have mercy upon him), even though the person of innovation will not accept Da’wah (being invited to the truth) and similarly someone who is upon (a deviant) methodology will not abandon the methodology upon which he pledged allegiance to his Shuyookh.
“Since I do not feel safe that you will not eventually come to be pleased with his way and go to destruction along with him.”

This is the end result if you were to walk with him and sit with him, and if you were to be pleased with his state. Verily, his innovation will have an effect upon you and you will deem it to be acceptable [and good] and you will be destroyed along with him and you will be an innovator.
The threat from the innovators is extremely dangerous and how many of them are there in our time! But it is obligatory upon us to know what innovation actually is because some of the people consider everything to be an innovation whereas innovation has guidelines. If it is established that this individual is upon innovation then do not sit with him and do not accompany him.
Source:  Ithaaf Al-Qaaree (2/184), printed by Maktabah Ar-Rushd

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Remaining Steadfast by Murtaza Khan

This goes into Innovations, a great deal:

by Murtaza Khan hadfidhahullah

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