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Benefit: Connection between Astrology and Fortune-Telling

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: What is the connection between astrology and fortune-telling? Which one of them is worse?

Answer:
The connection between astrology and fortune-telling is that both of them are based upon falsehood, deception, unlawfully taking the wealth of the people (theft), causing depression and sorrow and the likes of this. As for their dangers upon the Muslims, then you would have to look at how widespread it is amongst the people. It could be that in some countries there are no general signs of astrology, and the people do not rely on or believe in it but fortune-telling is widespread amongst them, which makes it (fortune-telling) worse (than astrology), and vice versa. But in general, fortune-telling is worse.

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn

Source: al-Majmʿū al-Thamīn pg. 139
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī
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Benefit: The Best Company

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 A man was once asked: "Who best keeps you company?" "These," he said, as he gazed at his books. So, he was asked: "Of the people?" He replied, "The ones that populate its pages."1  

[1] al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdadī [d. AH  463], Taqyīd al-ʿIlm
Translated by Umm Sufyān

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Benefit: The Jamāʿah Will Always Be Better

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Ibn Masʿūd [d. AH 33], radi Allāhu ʿanhu, said: "Whatever you may dislike about remaining with the jamāʿah is still better for you than whatever may please you in splitting from them."1

[1] al-Lālakāʿī [d. AH  418], Iʿtiqād Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah.
Translated by Umm Sufyān

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Benefit: Constantly and Continuously Connect with the Scholars

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  [Q]: Who do we take knowledge and fatāwá from? What are the qualities of the people of knowledge and al-Iftāʾ(i.e. Those who are able to give verdicts)?

Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān: Knowledge is taken from the scholars, either in the mosques if they are in the mosques, or in an organised curriculum in the schools, institutes or colleges. Knowledge is taken from the scholars; it is not taken from the ignorant nor from papers or broadly looking into books. This is not [the way to] seek knowledge, because perhaps it may bring about other than that which was intended or perhaps you may understand wrongly. You might read from a book which comprises of doubts and evils, and this will contaminate your way of thinking.

So upon you is to constantly and continuously connect with the scholars in the mosques, schools and conferences of knowledge. Likewise, those whom verdicts are taken from are known amongst the people. The general verdicts are directed to The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatāwá. As for personal verdicts, they are taken from the one in whom you have confidence in his knowledge and religion.

Source: Who Do We Take Knowledge From, Dr. Salih ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān?
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī
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Benefit: Concealing the Sins of a Muslim

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

If a person sees a defect from his brother (i.e. a sin), he should not expose him and spread news of it amongst the people. Rather, he should conceal [his brother’s sins]; advise him; direct him towards good; call him to repent to Allāh, the Most High; and not expose him to the people. The one who conceals [the sins of] his brother, Allāh will conceal him [i.e. his sins] both in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. This is because the recompense of one is in accordance to that which he has done.

As for those who have no shame and make their sins apparent to the people, they have exposed themselves; therefore, they are not given concealment [with regards to their sins]. They are like the one who drinks alcohol amongst the people in the marketplaces and gatherings, such a person has exposed himself. We ask Allāh for good health.

Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz

Source: Fatāwá Nūr ʿalá al-Darb #11401.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī
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Benefit: Ibn Taymiyyah on Loving a Woman Unrestrictedly

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Ibn Taymiyyah: Anyone who attaches his heart to the creation for aid, provision or guidance will inevitably surrender his heart to it. He becomes enslaved to it (the creation) according to how much he is in need of it, even if—apparently—he seems to be the master and provider who is in charge of its affairs. The intelligent one looks at the reality of things, not its appearance.

If a man is (greatly) in love with a woman, even if she was permissible for him, his heart will remain in her captivity. She will be in charge of him and do with him as she pleases. Although he outwardly appears to be her master, because he is her husband, in reality, he is her captive and her possession, especially if she is aware of his unrestricted love and dire need for her, and that (he thinks) she is irreplaceable. 

Indeed, the captivity of the heart is worse than the captivity of the body, as the enslavement of the heart is worse than the enslavement of the body.

Source: Majmūʿ of ibn Taymiyyah (10/185)
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī
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Audio: The Life of the Grave

 In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  The Life of the Grave

No one, not the Muslim, the Christian, the Jew nor the Athiest denies that death is inevitable, that they will one day die. But we live as if we will never die. Death may come and surprise you one morning or one evening.  So be ready when death comes to you. Our brother, Rashīd Barbee gives a stern reminder that we will one day meet our Creator.  


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Benefit: Refutation of Those Who Say Allāh Cannot Do All Things

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 There are some who say that Allāh cannot do away with the creation. They have no proof for what they say. In Sūrah al-Raʿd, Allāh says, “Don’t you see O Muhammad that Allāh has created the heavens and the earth in truth; if He chooses, He can make you all go away and bring about an entirely new creation" (Sūrah Ibrahīm, 14:19), and “And that would not be difficult for Him" (Sūrah Ibrahīm,14:20)

Al-Tabarī said, “The One whose mention is honourable said to His Prophet, Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), 'Allāh has brought the heavens and the earth by Himself, without any assistance. Doing away with the creation and bringing another creation in its place is not impossible for Him because He is all-Capable to do whatever He pleases.'" 

From the ʿaqīdah of the Muslims is that we always describe Allāh with complete capability, without limits. We do not worship a limited, restricted Lord.

Abū al-ʿAbbās, Mūsá Richardson

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