It is known that the honor of seeking knowledge depends on the branch being sought. There is no branch of knowledge more honorable or sublime than that relating to Allah and His Attributes. This branch of knowledge instills Allah’s fear and love into Muslims’ heart. Owing to the lofty status of this branch of knowledge the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to mention this honor before his Companions saying, “I am the most fearing of Allah and knowledgeable of Him than all of you do” [Bukhari].
The virtue of this branch of knowledge, i.e. knowing the Attributes of Allah, springs from the purpose for which people are created; to worship Allah Almighty. None can worship Allah without knowing Him. The more we know Allah, the greater our worship will be. Therefore, it is necessary for whoever wishes to delve into branches of knowledge and worship Allah to ponder over His Names and Attributes. Getting acquainted with Allah’s Names and Attributes are two great branches of knowledge that draw a Muslim nearer to His Lord.
To facilitate the means towards grasping this branch of knowledge, we compiled the Dictionary of the Attributes of Allah. We were concerned to include most of the authentic texts from the Qur’an, Sunnah and authentic reports of the predecessors. We mentioned the interpretations of these Attributes as stated by the scholars.
There are some important rules that regulate and clarify this work as follows: Continue reading
One of the necessary aspects of this brotherhood is love. That is, it is an obligation upon all Muslims to love their brother Muslims. In fact, they should love them in a manner similar to the way they care for themselves. As the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:
“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim)
A second necessary aspect of this brotherhood is mutual support, aid and assistance. When his brother is being oppressed or wronged, he comes to his aid and assistance with his wealth and soul, if possible. This is described, for example, in the following verses:
“And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of God, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women and children, whose cry is, ‘Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors, and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.’” (Quran 4:75) Continue reading
1) Oath by Fajr.
As Muslims, we are not allowed to take oaths by anyone other than Allah
But Allah, the Most Majestic can take an oath by anything he wishes
In the beginning of Surah Fajr, the 89th Chapter of the Qur’an, Allah begins the Surah by swearing upon the dawn (Fajr).
”By the dawn”
Every oath made by Allah in the Qur’an emphasises its importance and likewise, Allah has emphasised the time of Fajr
The two Suna.ا Rakahs of Fajr prayer are better than the entire world
2) In the Hadith of Aisha (May Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said“Two Rakahs of prayer before the Fajr (Fardh) prayer are better than the world and whatever is in it”
Our prophet always prayed these two Rakahs Sunah prayers of Fajr and never missed them including whilst travelling even though the concession was there to miss the Sunnah prayers. Continue reading
Ibn al-Qayyim ( Allah bless him) said:
Grief, sorrow and distress only occur from two directions
One of it is: The desire for the worldly life and having a zeal for it
And the second is: shortening in the actions of obedience and piety.
• [Uddah As-Sābirīn pg.227]
The more people increase in comfort and luxury and the more they open up before the people [with the Dunya], the more evils will open up before them. It is comfort and luxury that destroys a person. Because if a person was to concern himself with comfort and luxury and providing enjoyment to his body, he will become negligent of providing enjoyment to his heart, and his greatest worry will become providing enjoyment to this body that is doomed to become worms and rotten.
This is the ordeal, and this is what has harmed people today. You can hardly find anyone except that they say: “What is our palace? What is our car? What is our furniture? What is our food?” Even those who study [Islaamic] knowledge, some of them only study in order to gain rank or status to reach the blessings of the Dunya. As if man was not created for a significant purpose. The Dunya and its blessings are only a means, nothing more. We ask Allaah to make us and you use it as a means. Continue reading