02 Sep

When dealing with kaafirs

And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.

[Qur’aan 6:108]


The Muslims used to insult the gods (idols) of the disbelievers. In return, they insulted Allaah out of enmity without knowledge.

Allaah revealed this Verse in response to that.

This is the view of Qataadah. Ibn Kathiir has recorded this view from him in his Tafsiir.


When you deal with kaafirs you are not to insult their gods and Religious symbols, not because doing so is wrong, but because it can result in them insulting Allaah.

This result is unacceptable.

At least two important principles are derived from this Verse.


The first principle

درء المفاسد مقدم على جلب المصالح

When a maSlaha (that which is beneficial) collides with mafsadah (that which is corrupt) which is greater than the maSlaha, one is to act to avoid the mafsadah even if that means abandoning the maSlaha.

Insulting false deities is maSlaha. It puts down their religion. It shows how worthless it is.

Doing so can lead to a mafsadah which is far worse.

It can lead the kaafirs to insult Allaah.

Thus, Allaah told us not to do so.


The second principle is

سد الذرائع

This is commonly translated as blocking the means.

It prohibits a person from doing something permissible when doing so leads to something impermissible.

Here is a simple example


You can dig a hole in the ground.

It is permissible.

However, if you know doing so will lead a person to fall into it, it is now not permissible to dig that hole.

Another example is as follows.


There is a grape seller.

A guy comes to him to buy grapes

Selling grapes is permissible.

The seller knows the guy will make wine out of them.

He is not to sell it to him (keeping in mind the difference of opinion on this particular issue).


These principles can be abused. They have been.


However, the one thing that is certain without a doubt is that when you deal with kaafirs you will not insult their gods or Religious symbols as doing so could lead to them insulting Allah.



Imaam al-Baghawi makes an excellent point when he says the following:

The Zaahir of the Verse forbids insulting the idols, but its reality is that it has forbidden one from insulting Allaah because He is insulted as a result of that (i.e. when you insult their gods and Religious symbols, they will insult Allaah).

Tafsir Ibn Kathiir

Tafsir al-Qurtubi

Tafsir al-Baghawi


20 Aug

Do you want to attain al-Birr?

By no means shall you attain al-Birr (piety, righteousness, etc., it means here Allah's Reward, i.e. Paradise), unless you spend (in Allah's Cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well.

[Qur’aan 3:92]



Narrated Anas bin Malik:


Out of all the Ansar, living in Medina, Abu Talha had the largest number of (date palm trees) gardens, and the most beloved of his property to him was Bairuha garden which was standing opposite the Mosque (of the Prophet).


Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to enter it and drink of its good water.


When the Verse:–"By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you spend (in charity) of that which you love." [Qur’aan 3:92]


Abu Talha got up and said, "O Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam), Allah says:–"By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you spend (in charity) of that which you love" and the most beloved of my property to me is the Bairuha garden, so I give it (as a charitable gift) in Allah's Cause and hope to receive good out of it, and to have it stored for me with Allah.


So, O Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)! Dispose it of (i.e. utilize it) in the way Allah orders you (to dispose it of)." Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Bravo! That is a fruitful property! That is a fruitful property! I have heard what you have said and I think that you should distribute that (garden) amongst your relatives."


The Abu Talha distributed that garden amongst his relatives and his cousins.

[Sahih al-Bukhaari Hadiith No. 4554]


20 Aug

Memorize the Qur’aan

al-Nawawi said:

The first thing that one must begin with is memorizing the Qur'aan.

It is the most important of all branches of knowledge.

The Salaf would not teach hadiith and fiqh except to the one who had memorized the Qur'aan.

Once you have memorized the Qur'aan then you must be careful from letting yourself being preoccupied with hadiith, fiqh, and other things to the extent that it leads you to forget anything from the Qur'aan.

Volume 1 Page 38


20 Aug

Can you speak during tawaaf?

Ibn Hazm says:

It is permissible to talk to people while making tawaaf. But to indulge in the dhikr of Allaah is better. This is because there is no Nass which says one is not allowed to talk while making tawaaf. Allaah says in the Qur'aan

"…He has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you…"

[Qur’aan 6: Portion of Verse 119]

That which Allaah has not said is haraam, then it is halaal.

Volume 6 Page 211



al-Nawawi says:

It is permissible to talk while a person is making tawaaf. It does not invalidate the tawaaf. And it is not disliked. However, it is best not to indulge in it unless one must speak to order that which is good, prevent someone from munkar, teach a jaahil, or give a religious verdict, and the like.


14 Aug

The baatil sect of the ‘Ashaa’irah

The 'Ashaa'irah love to talk about al-jauhar and al-'arad. They use these concepts to attempt to make tanziih of Allaah.

Their books are polluted with al-jauhar and al-'arad. The 'Ashaa'irah are from among the people of ilm al-kalaam.


Read and understand how evil and disgusting these people are.


The Salaf said:

He who seeks Diin by means of kalaam has committed heresy.


al-Shaafi'i said:

That a slave falls into every sin Allaah has forbidden except shirk is better for him than that he looks into kalaam


Ahmad bin Hanbal said:

The companion of kalaam will never succeed. The scholars of kalaam are heretics.


Ibn aqiil said:

I say with certainty that the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) died and did not recognize al-jauhar and al-'arad. If you are pleased to be like them then do so. And if you see that the way of the Mutakallimiin is better than the way of Abu Bakr and Umar then how evil is what you think.

This is what the Ashaa'irah are. There whole baatil sect is based on al-jauhar and al-'arad.


Evil is what they are upon. Do you want to be like them?


Or do you want to follow Abu Bakr and Umar (may Allaah be pleased with both of them)?


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