An explanation of the famous hadeeth of Ubaadah ibn Saamit (radiallahu anhu)

Assalamu Alaikum.

What famous hadeeth, you ask?

This one:

Narrated Ubaadah: The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone Who has no partners, and that Muhammad is His Slave and His Messenger, and that Isa is Allah’s Slave and His Messenger and His Word which He bestowed on Maryam and a Spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, Allah will admit him into Paradise with the deeds which he had done even if those deeds were few.”

(Junada, the sub-narrator said, “Ubaadah added, ‘Such a person can enter Paradise through any of its eight gates he likes.”)

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 4, Hadeeth No. 644]

Here’s a detailed explanation of this simple yet fantastic hadeeth.

Reality of Tawakkul (relying upon Allah) by Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan

Assalamu Alaikum.

One of my students had asked for lots more information on Tawakkul so let me start off with the first article*. I’ll be putting up more information on this issue, insha-Allah:

[*The following three articles are actually parts of a book by Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan.]

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http://abdurrahman.org/character/meaningReliance.html

The Meaning of Reliance (Tawakkul) on Allaah

Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan
Haqeeqat-ut-Tawakkul ‘alaAllaah (pg. 7-14)
Al-Ibaanah.com

All praise be to Allaah, Lord of the all that exists, and may Allaah send His peace and praises on His Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, as well as on all of his family members and Companions, and those who follow his guidance, tread his methodology and adhere to his Sunnah until the Day of Recompense.

To Proceed: Relying on Allaah (tawakkul) is one of the greatest forms of worship. Allaah says: “So upon Allaah, put your trust if you are truly believers.” [Surah Al-Maa’idah: 23] So He made relying upon Allaah (tawakkul) a condition for Eemaan (Faith).

Allaah said to His Prophet: “So when you have made a decision, then put your trust in Allaah.” [Surah Aali ‘Imraan: 159]

So He ordered His Prophet to put his trust and reliance on Allaah.

Allaah says: “O Prophet! Allaah is sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.” [Surah Al-Anfaal: 64]

And He says: “And whoever is dutiful to Allaah, He makes a way out for him (from every difficulty). And He will provide for him from places he never could imagine. And whoever puts his trust in Allaah, He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed, Allaah has set a measure for all things.” [Surah At-Talaaq: 2-3]

And He says: “And whoever is dutiful to Allaah, He will make his matter easy for him. That is the Command of Allaah, which He has sent down to you. And whoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will expiate from him his sins and enlarge his reward.” [Surah At-Talaaq: 4-5]
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Article: Islam is the Blessed Religion

Assalamu Alaikum.

Here’s a really, really wonderful article (it’s actually a transcript of a lecture) that talks about tawheed, bida (innovations), dawah, etc.

The Shaikh gives some really great examples (don’t miss the one about the old hag and bida!) and clarifies some really important issues.

I learnt a lot just by skimming through it (now I just need to read everything again slowly).

Please do read it* (and the Q and A session too):

[HOJ students – You will really like this as it summarises the whole course.]

Islam is the Blessed Religion by  Shaikh Muhammad Al-Aqeel

The Characteristics of the True Believers

Assalamu Alaikum.

How does one know if one is a true believer? Well, in reality, one doesn’t. One will only find out if he/she was a true believer on the Day of Judgment.

In this life though, we need to ask Allah to make us true believers. We also need to analyze ourselves and see if our actions resemble those of the believers.

Here’s a good article that explains the difference between a believer and a disbeliever:

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http://www.bakkah.net/articles/believer-disbeliever.htm

The Characteristics of the True Believer
Al-‘Allaamah ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir As-Sa’dee


From the book: Essential Q&As about Eemaan (p.58-63)

[ In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful… ]

What are the characteristics of the believers that make them distinct from the disbelievers?

This is a great question indeed. By knowing the difference between the believers and other people, the difference between the Truth and falsehood becomes distinctly clear, as does the difference between the people of eternal happiness and the people of eternal misery.

Know that the true believer is the one who believes in Allaah and all of his Names and Attributes that are found in the Book and the Sunnah, upon their proper understandings. They must be fully acknowledged. Furthermore, the believer exalts Allaah, declaring Him free of anything that contradicts the perfection of His Names and Attributes. Thus, his heart becomes full of Eemaan, knowledge, conviction, serenity, and becomes totally concerned with Allaah.

The believer repents to Allaah alone, performing acts of worship for Him that He has legislated upon the tongue of his Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), with sincerity to Allaah, hoping for His Reward and fearing His Punishment.

The believer is thankful to Allaah in his heart, with his tongue, and with the actions of his limbs. He is thankful for Allaah’s Blessings and the great amount of goodness that Allaah has given him, those that he enjoys at all hours of the day. The believer is thankful and utters phrases of Allaah’s remembrance, and he does not see any blessing greater than what Allaah has given him, nor any token of generosity greater than what has come from Allaah.

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HOJ: HIKMAH (WISDOM) IN DAWAH

Assalamu Alaikum.

Well, we sure did spend a lot of time on dawah – but it was still too little.

Here’s a wonderful e-book on this subject: Encouraging Harmony and Wisdom in Dawah and Warning from Discord by Shaikh Rabee ibn Hadee.

This is actually a transcript of a lecture that he gave. Here’s an audio (with translation) of one story in the book. Believe me, it’s hilarious!