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The Rivalry in Increase of Worldly Things Diverts You

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. "The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you; Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die). Nay! You shall come to know! Again, Nay! You shall come to know! Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge (the end result of piling up, you would not have occupied yourselves in worldly things). Verily, You shall see the blazing Fire (Hell)! And again, you shall see it with certainty of sight! Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (you indulged in, in this world)!" [Surah at-Takathur, 102:1-8, Translation by Muhsin Khan] Tafseer Ibn Kathir: In Read more ...

Grave Worshippers: Altering of names does not change the Reality

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy
Shaikh Saleh al Fawzaan states in his explanation of Kitab at-Tawhid under the chapter [From Shirk is to seek Aid and Assistance (after a calamity befalls) from other than Allaah or to Call Upon Others]:
"Indeed Shaikh ul-Islam ibn Tamiyyah mentioned in one of his works – or rather, in many of his works – paraphrased as follows; Indeed that which occurs to the grave worshippers in terms of their needs being fulfilled [i.e. the affair they seek at the grave actually occurs for them], then that is not an evidence upon the correctness of their methodology [i.e. the methodology of grave worship], Read more ...


The State of the Region of Najd and Arabia in the Time of Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab

The State of the Region of Najd, Arabia in the Time of Ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab and the First Saudi State
The Turkish Ottoman Empire had pockets of sovereignty in the Arabian lands. It became little more than a shell in Egypt, Syria and Iraq by the eighteenth century. As for the Arabian Peninsula, then the Ottomans never inhabited the vast areas of the Najd, the region in which Ibn 'Abdul-Wahhab was born and raised. Though they controlled Baghdad and Basrah in Iraq, the closest they came to the Najd was al-Ahsa in 1592CE, and they had a Turkish garrison at al-Hufoof, however only eighty years later the Bedouin tribe of Banu Khalid fell upon the Turks and expelled Read more ...


Testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

In the grave the deceased will be tested with three questions. If they answer them correctly, they will be saved, and if not, they are doomed. One of these questions is "Who is your Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam)?" [The other two are: "Who is your God?" and "What is your religion?" [Ahmad]]
No one will be able to answer correctly except those who have fulfilled the conditions of this testimony, and those who Allah inspires with the answers and bestows upon him firmness in the face of this severe test.
These are the people who will benefit on that day when one's money or relatives will be of no avail. The conditions of the testimony of 'Muhammad Read more ...


A Composed Dialogue on Tawheed

A man by the name of Abdullah (Abdullah literally means the slave/worshipper of Allah) met a man named Abd-un-Nabi (The slave/worshipper of the Prophet) and felt apprehension of this name, thinking, "How can someone make himself the slave and worshipper of someone other than Allah?!"
Abdullah thus addressed Abd-un-Nabi, saying: "Do you worship solmeone other than Allah?"
Abd-un-Nabi replied. "No! I do not worship anyone other than Allah. I am a Muslim and I worship Allah alone."
Abdullah: Then why does your name resemble some Christians names, like Abd-ul-Maseeh (The slave/worshipper of the Messiah, i.e. Jesus. This is a common name among Arab Christians). Read more ...

Every Soul Shall Taste Death

“The eyes surely tear,
and the heart is surely in pain,
but (with my tongue) I will only say that which is pleasing to Allah,
and we are indeed sad at being separated from you, O Ibrahim.”
— Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam), upon losing his child Ibrahim at 2 years old.
Almighty Lord Allah (Subhanahu Ta 'ala - exalted is He) says in the Quran:

"Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;" [Surah Al-Mulk, 67:1-2]
Every one of us has to die. In this regard Allah mentioned Read more ...

The Etiquette of Visiting Graves in Islam

Praise be to Allah.
Visiting graves to pray to their occupants or seek their help or ask them to intercede – this is a reprehensible action, and indeed it is major shirk. It is not permissible to build mosques or domes etc over graves, because the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians, for they took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.” (Sahih – agreed upon).
And because it was narrated from Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) in al-Sahih that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade plastering over graves, sitting on them and erecting structures Read more ...

Three Arm Lengths For Everyone

Behlool liked to visit the graveyards. "People here are good friends," he used to say. "They do not backbite."

Once, he sat in a corner of a graveyard. With a long stick he started prodding at some of the old skulls which were scattered around.

Harun Rashid, the king, passed by and saw him.

"O Behlool! What are you doing?"

"Oh, nothing very important," said Behlool, "I am just trying to find out whether the skulls belong to kings or paupers. They are all the same."

"And what is this stick for?" Harun asked.

"Well, I am just measuring the earth," replied Behlool.

"Measuring the earth? What are your findings?" Harun joked.

"It is one and the same, Read more ...

“When they place me into the grave raise your hands to Allah, and invoke Him to forgive me…”

One day, Ibban bin Saleh left the company of Anas bin Malik (radhiAllahu anhu) and began to walk in the marketplace, when suddenly, 4 men carrying a bier with a corpse on it passed by.

Ibban then exclaimed, “Strange indeed! The marketplaces of Basrah are filled with people, yet only 4 people are following this funeral procession; verily, I will make it 5.”

Before they reached the graveyard, and when it was time to pray over the deceased, Ibban asked others, “Who among you is the guardian (or relative) of the deceased, so that he can lead the funeral prayer?”

The others answered in unison, “In terms of closeness to the deceased, we are all equal. Read more ...

The First Night In The Grave

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "Everyone who dies - then his actions are sealed except for the one guarding the border in the way of Allah - his actions continue to increase for him until the Day of Resurrection and he is saved from the trials of the Grave." [Sahih: Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhee, al-Haakim: from Fadaalah ibn 'Ubaid & Ahmad from 'Uqbah ibn 'Aamir.]
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "Verily the grave is the first stopping place for the Hereafter; so if he is saved therein, then what comes after is easier than it. And if he is not saved therefrom, then that which comes after is harder." Read more ...