Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan’s ruling on using the rosary beads….

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I came across his opinion today.

And as he is one of my favourite scholars, I thought I would post it (because of its usefulness, not just because he is a favourite!).

Note: I don’t follow his opinion on the beads though. I follow the opinion that the beads are not permitted due to the fact that they are an imitation of the disbelievers.

However, I do know that there is another opinion (which is why I’m posting it).

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http://www.bidah.com/articles/odvbl-the-ruling-on-using-beads-for-tasbeeh.cfm

The Ruling on Using Beads for Tasbeeh

Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan said, when asked about the ruling on using beads for remembering Alllaah:

The tasbeeh beads (misbahah), when a person makes use of it, believing that in using it there is some excellence and virtue, and that it is from the ways and means of the remembrance of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, then this is an innovation. As for when a person uses them from the angle of the permitted things (mubaahaat), or that he counts those things with them which he needs to count, then this is from the permitted affairs. As for taking them as religion and nearness, then this is treated as [being from] the newly-introduced innovations.

And it is better that a person glorify (Allaah) and count the tasbih (glorification) by his fingers, this is what is desirable. As for taking the beads upon the understanding that there is virtue in them as is believed by some of the Sufis and their followers and for which reason you find them carrying these bulky beads and wearing them around their necks, this enters into showing off (riyaa) from one angle, and it has no foundation in the shariah (from another), hence making use of it and employing it becomes from the newly-introduced innovations. Nur alaa al-Darb Fatawa Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan (1/81) through al-Bida’ wal-Muhdathaat (p. 343-344).

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The site from where I got this ruling also has a mind-blowing chart on bidah (innovations).

“You don’t have to see the fruits of your dawah.”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

That’s something that one of my teachers, Ustadh Umar Saad, said in class.

[No, you haven’t heard of him if you’re an English speaker. He teaches only in Arabic. If you know Arabic, you can listen to some of his lectures here.]

He pointed out that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) never saw the fruits of his dawah. Many of the great conquests happened after his death.

Yes, we do dua (supplication) and we want to see the fruits but we may or may not see them. And the purpose is not to see the fruits.

One of my friends told me that the many of the major scholars of the past weren’t that well-known in their time. Their works only spread AFTER their deaths, after which they became famous.

So they didn’t see the fruits of their dawah either.

What both of them said struck me because we are always in a hurry for the response.

When we teach, we want many students.

When we blog, we want many hits.

This isn’t the point and we should make it a point not to make this a point (get it?).

I came across the following ayah (verse) yesterday).

Allah says:

“And no person can ever die except by Allah’s Leave and at an appointed term. And whoever desires a reward in (this) world, We shall give him of it; and whoever desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him thereof. And We shall reward the grateful.” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 145]

Think about it.

Aside

“If you want to earn the pleasure of the people…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

One day, I had a particularly bad day with my students. They didn’t behave well at all.

I came out of class quite depressed and told one of my students (who was also a friend) about it.

She read out a message that someone had sent her. It was something like:

“Whoever wants to earn the pleasure of the people will never be able to do so, but whoever wants to earn the pleasure of Allah will be able to do so.”

People are never going to be pleased no matter what we do so it’s useless to even try to pursue it.

However, if we try to please Allah by obeying His commands then this is something that can be attained, insha-Allah.

The NEW purpose of this blog…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Well, this blog has sort of been rotting away, hasn’t it?

It’s ironic. This was my first blog (I have 7 others now, with more to come, insha-Allah).

It was supposed to be a place where I uploaded all the resources that I mentioned to my students.

As I don’t teach anymore, it seems to have become an “extra” blog, without any purpose.

See, I’m not the kind of person who blogs just for the sake of blogging. Each of my blogs have a purpose….except this one.

I finally found a purpose for it, alhamdulillah.

I remember reading that the great scholar Ibn Jawzi (rahimahullah) used to write down whatever came to his mind. These thoughts then got compiled into a book (called Sayyid Al-Khaatir if I’m not mistaken).

Also, I’ve read many scholars recommending that students of knowledge have a notebook to write down the “fawaaid” (benefits) of any lecture or book that they encounter.

So, I started to think. Why don’t I just do this in 21st century style?

If I have any useful thoughts, I could blog about them.

If I found any fawaid, I could blog about those too.

If I do any research about an issue, I could blog about that too.

[Of course, those thoughts and benefits that are related to my other blogs will be posted there.]

The advantage is that it’s all stored in a nice place which I can’t misplace (unlike a notebook), can’t spill water over (unlike a notebook), don’t have to publish (because it’s technically already published) and I also get to share it with others (which means that I can get milk this for some hereafter reward).

So, that’s what this will be: my online notebook/scrapbook [and the new design reflects that].

[I guess that’s what blogs generally are: online notebooks.]

In the end, it seems that I needed an “extra blog” to put in all the stuff that doesn’t fit into the other blogs.

If you’ve subscribed to this blog, then I should alert you to the fact that I might post numerous times a day. Then again I might also post zero times a day. Allahu Alam.

So, allow me to write away….