Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Regarding the Du'aa "May Allah Guide Them or Break Their Backs!"

Many consider this du'aa to be something from harshness and some even claim it to be in opposition to the Sunnah.

Perhaps they are unaware that the term 'may Allah guide them or break their backs' is a legitimate du'aa against those who persist upon falsehood out of arrogance. This du'aa was used by Shaykh al-Albaani, rahimahullah
against such people. [1] [2]

"Break their backs" does not necessarily mean literally. It is also taken to mean 'may Allah weaken them (those who call to misguidance)' to prevent them spreading their corruption and falsehood.

This du'aa is not something new. The Salaf-us-Saalih would often make du'aa against the innovators and even the Prophet, sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam, would rebuke the ignorance of the Sahabah with the phrase "May your mother be bereft of you!" [3]

This du'aa contains an element of mercy i.e. 'may Allah guide them or ...' So du'aa is made for the individual first before being made against them.

And if we look at the example of the Prophets, alayhim asalam, remember when Allah commanded Musa, alayhi salam to approach Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and call him to the Truth with kindness/gentleness. And despite this gentle dawah of Musa, Fir'aun persisted upon misguidance and falsehood until Musa, alayhi salam made du'aa against him:

And Musa (Moses) said: "Our Lord! You have indeed bestowed on Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his chiefs splendour and wealth in the life of this world, our Lord! that they may lead men astray from Your Path. Our Lord! Destroy their wealth, and harden their hearts, so that they will not believe until they see the painful torment."

(Qur'an 10:88)

And Allah did not rebuke Musa nor did He, subhanahu wa ta'ala call him harsh, but He accepted his du'aa.

And likewise, Prophet Nuh, alayhi salam, when he made du'aa against his people after calling them to the Truth for over 900 years.

"And Nuh (Noah) said: "My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers on the earth!"

(Qur'an 71:26)

So if the Best of Creation (i.e. the Prophets) made du'aa against those who practise and call to falsehood, then our du'aa is quite insignificant in comparison.


[1] Shaykh al-Albaani, rahimahullah, said about a man who wrote a book and he was a student of Abdur Rahman Abdul-Khaliq, but it may well have been Abdur Rahman Abdul-Khaliq himself, and he spoke of the Jaamiyyah and Madkhaliyyah and the Mandakariyyah, that these are the "claimaints of Salafiyyah."

This person said about them, "Khaawarij with the callers, Murji'ah with the rulers, Raafidah with the ... etc."

So this was taken to Shaykh al-Albaani and read to him directly, the Shaykh said:

"He has destroyed his own house... how can they be Murji'ah and Khaawarij at the same time and Raafidah, how can they combine between all this?"

Then Shaykh al-Albaani said "This person who wrote this is one of two types, either an ignoramus, so we ask Allaah to guide him and that he learns, or he is a person of desires, so I ask Allaah to break his back."

[2] "So those who criticise the two Shaykhs, are as we mentioned either ignorant, so they are educated, or he who follows his desires, then Allaah's refuge is sought from this person's evil, and we request from Allaah that He either guides him or He breaks his back." ~ Shaykh al-Albaani, rahimahullah regarding those who criticise Shaykh Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Yemeni, rahimahullah, and Shaykh Rabee' ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee, hafidhahullah.

Taken from the article titled: Praise of the 'Ulema for Shaykh Abu Abdur-Rahmaan Muqbil bin Haadee al-Waadi'ee
Full article:

[3] This statement of the Prophet, sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam, is found in numerous saheeh hadith amongst the collections of the Six Imams.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Rulling on Baby Showers

 Shaykh Abdul-Qaadir Al-Junayd
Questioner: As-Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaah, Yaa Shaykh.
Shaykh: Wa Alaykum As-Salaam wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh;
Questioner: How are you, Shaykh?
Shaykh: Hayaakumullaah.
Questioner: Hayakumullaah. Shaykh, I asked you a question yesterday, about an issue…
Shaykh: You asked me what?
Questioner: I asked you a question yesterday about an issue, however, I wish to repeat the question for clarity.
Shaykh: Go ahead.
Questioner: The intent behind the question is as follows: What is the ruling regarding the events that are held wherein gifts are given to the parents on the occasion of a new child; it is the event which is held when the mother is within her 7th or 8th month of pregnancy wherein she invites the sisters, and they buy clothes for the new baby. This is something, O Shaykh, which is known within this land to be from the disbelievers. So is it permissible for the Muslim woman or no?
Shaykh: My brother, may Allaah bless you, a known custom within the lands of the Muslims is that when the woman gives birth to a daughter or son, then the people visit her to congratulate her and supplicate for this baby; and they bring some gifts with them. the women gather within the house for what occasion? (It is) the occasion of this new baby. They bring with them some food, gifts, and the like. This is known with the lands of the Muslims. Is that which is with you done in this manner?
Questioner: No, Shaykh.
Shaykh: Or is it as you mentioned, they gather a month or two months before the birth?
Questioner: Yes, like this, Shaykh. Here in America they do it when the mother is in her 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.
Shaykh: Na’am. This manner (of doing it) who was the first ones to do it?
Questioner: I didn’t hear you, Shaykh.
Shaykh: This manner, of doing it a month or two before (the birth); where did it come from?
Questioner: From the disbelievers in this land.
Shaykh: All of them (the disbelievers) do it in this manner?
Questioner: Ay Na’am. (Yes)
Shaykh: Then if the manner is like this, then it is not permissible for the Muslim to do it because it is from the perspective of imitation (of the disbelievers). If the Muslims do it in this manner; before the birth by a two months whereas this is the custom of the disbelievers, then it is not permissible for the Muslims to do it. As for celebrating after the birth; and giving gifts for the child, then this is known amongst the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims. Clear?
Questioner: Clear, O Shaykh, may Allaah bless you. May Allaah reward you.]
Shaykh: And you as well.
Questioner: As-Salaamu Alaykum.
Shaykh: Hayaakumullaah. Wa Alaykum as-Salaam
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
Question Posed On: 15 Rabi’ Ath-Thani 1434 H./Feb. 25, 2013 
Presented to you by Markaz Tawheed was-Sunnah in Durham, NC

Monday, 24 February 2014

The Islamic Ruling on Yoga

by Shaykh Aboo ‘Umar Usaamah Al-‘Utaybee


The questioner asks what is the ruling on the one who does Yoga exercises?
If he is ignorant then he is to be taught. If he is upon their belief system then he is a pagan. This is because yoga exercises are nothing more than the worship of the sun. Therefore, this is from the polytheistic acts of worship. So they do it in the form of exercise but it is from those things which are, in reality, worship with the pagans. So YOGA IS HARAAM! And it is from polytheism. However, he who is ignorant and blindly following then he is to be taught and it is to be clarified to him. After being taught, if he does it believing in it then he has disbelieved. If he does it just for exercise then this person is a Faasiq (evil-doer) who is near to becoming a disbeliever. So take heed to this, may Allaah safeguard you. And Allaah knows best.
Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts

Thursday, 4 July 2013

O Muslims! Stop Imitating Gangstas!

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

Subhan'Allah! It is very disturbing that more and more Muslim men and women are falling into the imitation of "gang culture". Dressing in baggy pants that show off one's underwear, talking about "getting high" and showing off their "gunz" and referring to one another as "nigga" and "bitches" ... astaghfirullah!

Is this the way a Muslim should act? Is this the way a Muslim should speak?

Unfortunately this behaviour is not limited to the youth and is not specific to one gender. It's sad that we see grown women, mothers of teenagers themselves also immersing themselves in this culture. My sisters in Islam, think! What sort of message are you sending to your children? How will your unIslamic behaviour reflect on them!?

Shaykh Ahmed an-Najmi said: "The mother is the first school. If she is righteous, the progeny becomes righteous." [Fath-ur- Rabb al-Wadud (2/256)]

Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us in the Qur'an:

Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.

[Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21]

Our example, our role model is the Prophet Muhammad, sall'Allahu alayhi wasalam. Why do we feel the need to imitate gangstas? Gang culture is the complete opposite of Islam. Gang culture promotes a life of drugs, violence, and illicit sexual activity, all of which are haraam in Islam.

Gang culture is a lifestyle from the kuffar (disbelievers). Imitating this lifestyle and showing love for it and those who are part of it is misguidance and sinful.

We know from the ahadith, if you love the Muslims, you will be raised with the Muslims on Yaumul Qiyamah. If you love the Kuffar, you will be raised with the Kuffar on Yaumul Qiyamah.

You Will Be With Those Whom You Love

A man asked the Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wa salam), "When will the Hour be established O Allah's Messenger?" The Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wa salam) asked, "What have you prepared for it?" The man sa
id, "I haven't prepared for it much of prayers or fast or alms, but I love Allah and His Messenger." The Prophet (sall'Allahu alayhi wa salam) said, "You will be with those whom you love." [Bukhari]

There are three important points to note here:

1. There is something more important than knowing when the Day of Judgement will occur. The more important thing is our preparation for that Day. What good or bad deeds have you sent forth for that Day? Each person's Judgement begins as soon as they die, and their grave becomes either a pit of fire or a garden of Paradise. Therefore, the most relevant thing to worry about are our daily deeds, as we never know when we will die and our Judgement commence.

2. The questioner in the hadith did the required (Fardh) prayers, fasts, and charity but not a whole lot extra. Some people do the opposite; they neglect the Fardh while doing a lot of the Sunnah (supererogatory). This is misguided because the greatest reward is for Fardh deeds and punishment is for neglecting the Fardh, not the Sunnah.

3. Most sobering is that you will be with the people you love on the Day of Judgement. If you love the Muslims, you will be with the Muslims and will follow them where they will go (Jannah). If you have love for the Kuffar, you will be with the Kuffar on the Day of Judgement. Peer into your heart to see who it is you really love. This will tell you where you will be on the Day of Judgement.

On the Day of Judgement “Allah will tell the people, ‘Follow the gods you used to worship.’ So whoever used to worship the cross will follow the cross, and whoever used to worship an idol will follow that idol." What Allah is telling us is that if somebody didn’t worship Him, they shouldn't expect the Reward from Him either. They should go to the gods they worshipped for their reward. That’s the justice of Allah. Then Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) will take all the false gods and throw them in Hell; and their people will have to follow them. And there is no god besides Allah.
May Allah guide us forgive us our shortcomings and may He help us in perfecting our character and make us perfect role models for our children, the future generation of Muslims, ameen.
Below is a beneficial khutbah titled: The Time for Gangsta is Over

Friday, 1 February 2013

The Importance of Tawheed and the Evil Result of Neglecting it

Shaykh Saalih ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Fawzaan
From his book Duroos min Al-Qur’aan Al-Kareem (p.5-11)

[ In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, may His Salaah and Salaam be upon His final Messenger, to proceed... ]

Someone may say, and it actually has been said, “What is it with you that you always focus on tawheed and you talk so much about it?! And you don’t take into consideration the condition of the Muslims in our day and time, those who are being killed and caused to flee all over the earth, those being persecuted by the empires of disbelief in every place?!”

So we say, and with Allaah lies success:

Tawheed is the foundation upon which this upright religion has been built, so focusing on it means to focus on the very core itself. For if we were to reflect over the Noble Qur’aan we would find that it expounds on issues of tawheed repetitively, so much so that there does not exist a single soorah in the Qur’aan that does not mention tawheed, clarifying it and prohibiting what opposes it. It was Al-Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim who pointed out that the entire Qur’aan is about tawheed, since it is only made up of the following:

* Information about Allaah and His Names and Attributes – This is the tawheed that we are to have knowledge of, called tawheed ar-ruboobiyyah.

* Commands to worship Allaah alone with no partners and prohibitions of worshipping other than Him – This is the tawheed that we must put into action, called tawheed al-uloohiyyah.

* Commands to obey Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and prohibitions of disobeying Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) – These are the ways that tawheed is actualized and completed.

* Information about what Allaah has prepared for the people of tawheed, the delights, success, salvation, and triumphs in this life and the Next, and the punishments that are in store for the people of shirk in this life, and the eternal torture prepared for them upon their one-way entrance into the Hellfire – The first is for those who actualize tawheed, the latter is for those who do not. [1]

Therefore the entire Qur’aan is centered around tawheed. If you were to think about the soorahs revealed in Makkah, you would find that most of them focus entirely on tawheed. That is because the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) stayed in Makkah for 13 years calling to tawheed and warning against shirk. The vast majority of the religious obligations like zakaah, fasting, Hajj, the affairs of halaal and haraam, business transactions, etc. were not revealed until after the Hijrah to Al-Madeenah. The legislation of the prayer is an exception to this, as it was made an obligation while the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) was still in Makkah on the Night of Al-Mi’raaj, when he (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) was taken by night (to Jerusalem) [2], but that was only a short time before the Hijrah.

So the majority of the soorahs revealed before the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) made hijrah were focused entirely on tawheed, thus showing how truly important the subject is. Furthermore, the religious obligations were not revealed until tawheed was presented and established within the souls of the people, and the proper ‘aqeedah had taken root. For verily actions can not be correct except with tawheed, nor can they have other than tawheed as their foundation.

The Qur’aan has illustrated that the Messengers (‘alayhim As-Salaatu was-Salaam) all began their missions by inviting the people to tawheed before anything else, as Allaah says [3]:

( And We sent a messenger to every nation (proclaiming): ‘Worship Allaah and shun false deities!’ )

Allaah also says [4]:

( And We never sent any messenger before you, except that we revealed to him that ‘There is no deity worthy of worship except Me, so worship Me!’ )

And every prophet used to say to his people [5]:

( O my people – Worship Allaah as you have no other deity worthy of worship! )

So this was the affair of the messengers – they began with tawheed.

Similarly the callers and revivalists who followed the messengers used to begin by focusing on tawheed. That is because every single da’wah that is not built upon tawheed is a fruitless call that does not fulfill its purpose, and there is no positive result to it. Every da’wah that does not focus on tawheed is a lost call, with regards to its end results. This is something well known and seen all over.

On the other hand, every da’wah centered around tawheed is a truly successful call, by Allaah’s Permission, a call that benefits the society and bears many fruits. History bears witness to this.

So we are not neglecting the issues of the Muslims, rather we are very concerned about them. We are assisting them and trying to prevent every harm from reaching them using all our resources. It is not something light on us that the Muslims are being killed and exiled, but it is not true concern for the situation of the Muslims that we force ourselves to shed tears insincerely, or that we fill the world with speeches and writings, screaming and wailing… for verily this does not accomplish a thing.

Finding the real solution to the Muslims’ problems requires us to seek out the reasons that have led to the punishments afflicting the Muslims at the hands of their enemies.

What is causing the enemies of the Muslims to gain and hold authority over them?

When we look to the Muslim world, we do not see any serious commitment to Islaam with most of those who ascribe to it, except the few that Allaah has had Mercy on. What we see are Muslims by name only, the ‘aqeedah of most of them is lost. They worship other than Allaah, calling on saints and righteous people, clinging to graves and tombs, not establishing the prayer, not paying zakaah, not fasting, etc. They are not fulfilling the basic obligations Allaah asked of them, they are not even gathering their strength or preparing physically to fight the disbelievers! This is the case with the majority of those who ascribe themselves to Islaam – they have lost their religion, so Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, caused them to be lost.

The most significant factor that has led them to be subjected to these punishments is their heedlessness regarding affairs of tawheed and their falling into major shirk, to the point that they do not prohibit each other from it, nor do they even show any contempt for it! Those who do not fall into it themselves still condone it or do not consider it shirk. An explanation of this is forthcoming, in shaa’ Allaah. So know that this is the primary reason that the Muslims have been subjected to such punishments.

If they were to hold firmly to their religion, actualizing tawheed and establishing their ‘aqeedah upon the Book and the Sunnah, holding together to the Rope of Allaah, shunning division, then verily what has been allowed to befall them will not be allowed to befall them anymore, as Allaah says [6]:

( And verily Allaah will make those who aid His Cause victorious, for verily He is All-Powerful and Mighty. (They are) those who, when given power in the land, establish the prayer, pay zakaah, command what is good, and forbid what is evil, and with Allaah is the end result of all affairs. )

So Allaah has made it clear that victory will not be given to the Muslims unless they focus on what He mentioned – establishing the prayer, paying zakaah, commanding what is good, and forbidding what is evil.

Where are these affairs with the Muslims and their current situations today? Where is the establishment of the prayer by most of the Muslims? Or even more importantly, where is the correct ‘aqeedah for most of those who claim Islaam as their religion?!

Allaah says [7]:

( Allaah has promised those of you who believe and do righteous deeds that He will cause them to rule the earth just as He caused those who came before them to rule it, and He will grant them the ability to practice their religion, the one He chose for them, and He will change their fears into safety… )

But where is the very first condition for this promise? [7]

( …they worship Me without ascribing a single partner to Me )

So He clarified that this gaining of authority and fortification will only come to pass when this condition is fulfilled – that they worship Him alone without any partners, and this is the essence of tawheed. These generously promised things will not be granted except to those who understand and apply tawheed, worshipping Allaah alone with no partners, with acts of worship including prayer, zakaah, Hajj, and all other acts of obedience.

Note that Allaah, Glorified and Exalted, did not say, “They worship Me,” only, rather He followed that up with His Statement [7]:

( …without ascribing a single partner to Me )

That is because worship is of no benefit with the presence of shirk. All forms of shirk must be avoided, no matter what shape, form, or name. Shirk simply means to perform an act of worship for other than Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

This is what brings about true salvation, safety, victory, and strength in the land – correcting the ‘aqeedah and then correcting the deeds. Without this, disasters and punishments will continue to befall whoever does not completely fulfill the condition (for Allaah’s Aid). Being conquered by the enemies is only the result of the Muslims not fulfilling this necessary condition, their lack of proper concern for their ‘aqeedah and Religion, and their contentment with carrying Muslim names and nothing more.


[1] see Madaarijus-Saalikeen (3/468) for details
[2] as found in the mutawaatir narrations of (Al-Mi’raaj) the Night Journey, see the aahaad narration of Anas found in Al-Bukhaaree’s Chapter of Tawheed (Chapter 37, Hadeeth #7517) [13/583] and Muslim’s Chapter of Eemaan (Chapter 74, Hadeeth #162)
[3] the meaning of Soorah An-Nahl (16):36

[4] the meaning of Soorah Al-Anbiyaa’ (21):25

[5] the meaning of Soorah Al-A’raaf (7):95

[6] the meaning of Soorah Al-Hajj (22):41

[7] the meaning of Soorah An-Noor (24):55

Sunday, 27 January 2013

An Etiquette During Salatul Jumu'ah

Ibn’Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,”

If one of you yawns on Friday (while the Imam is giving the sermon), let him change from the place he’s sitting to another.”

Collected by Abu Da’wud, 1119; At-Tirmidhi, 526; Ibn Khuzaymah, 1819; graded as saheeh by Albani.

In his ‘Awn al-Ma’bood Sharhus Sunnan Abu Dawud’, Imam Sharaf Al-Haqq al-Azeem Aabaadi comments:

1. Ibn Khuzaymah titled a chapter in his Saheeh “The Recommendation for the drowsy person to change his place on Friday”

2. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) didn’t intend the entire day in this hadeeth. What he meant was that if you are in the masjid waiting for the Jumu’ah prayer or during the Khutbah. However this action occurs more during the sermon.

3. The wisdom in changing the sitting place is that moving removes sleepiness. There is also a possibility that the wisdom for this action is moving from the place where he suffered inattention due to his dozing to another. If he dozes off while sitting then there is no harm for him in that action. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ordered his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) who dozed off while waiting for Fajr in the valley to move.

4. The person waiting for the prayer is in prayer. Yawning while praying is from Shaytaan. And maybe the command for moving is the elimination of Shaytaan’s relationship to the person sitting down negligent about Allah in the masjid, or the person listening to the Khutbah or the person being involved in anything fruitful

[Taken from ‘Awnul Ma’bud Sharhus Sunnan Abu Dawud]

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah
Originally posted: http://tawheedmovement.wordpress.com/

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Advising One Another

From the morals and manners of the Salaf was that they would advise one another sincerely. Remarkably the elder person would not be offended if advised by the young one. The young people would know how to advise the elders with good manners, humbly and respectfully while the elders would accept such advice in the best way and with thanks.

This is the opposite to the situation we see from the light-headed people we have today. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah honour him and grant him blessed peace) said, “The Religion (deen) is advice/sincerity (naseeha).” They asked, “To whom O Messenger of Allah?” He (may Allah honour him and grant him blessed peace) said, “To Allah, to His Book, to His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and their public.” 1

They used to accept advice and thank the adviser. One of them would not think that he had repaid his adviser fully even if he was benevolent to him all his life. That is because the matters related to the Afterlife cannot be compared to the vain and temporary things of this world.

A person once said to Hasan al-Basri (may Allah have mercy on him), “Advise me.” He replied to the man, “Exalt the commands of Allah wherever you are, and Allah will exalt you wherever you are.”
They would also write to each other even if they rarely saw one another, being far apart in their lands. The one who was counselled would accept the advice and thank his counsellor though things have become quite the opposite today. Thus you rarely advise anyone today who does not complain about your own faults or insult you.

Tawus wrote to Makhul (may Allah have mercy on him) and he said to him, “After greetings – My brother! Beware of thinking that you have a high standing in the sight of Allah, because of what you see of your actions. The one who thinks that about himself moves onto the After-life empty-handed. The people may treat you with a lot of respect because of your good deeds but that is so that your reward is quickly given to you in this world.”

O believer! Let us know these facts, advise ourselves and then our fellow worshippers, whether in words or in writing, but beware of being offended if someone advises us.


1. Muslim, Abu Dawud and An-Nasai
  • Transcribed from: From the Ways of Our Pious Predecessors | Adapted from Ahmed Fareed’s Min Akhlaaq-us-Salaf