Sound Creed Lesson 1

Sat 6th July  2019

Introduction to this Book

  • What is this book about?
  • Clarifying the true Aqeedah and calling to it is from the important of affairs and obligations
  • Whether or not your actions are accepted depends on the correctness of you Aqeedah
  • Due to this the priority of the Prophets and Messengers (may peace be upon them all) has been to clarify this Aqeedah and make it clear from that which opposes it
  • The greatest portion of the Qur’an is surrounding the issue of Aqeedah
  • The greatest portion of the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ) is about Aqeedah 
  • How the Prophet (ﷺ) gave importance to this matter
  • The scholars of this Ummah have given a great deal of time and effort to this topic of Aqeedah
  • Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan explains that this book simplifies what is already written in the texts of the great scholars of the past and discusses particular issues faced in our current times with regards to Aqeedah
  • This book was originally in the form of a series of radio lectures by the Shaykh, his students encouraged him to write it in the form of a book
  • This book also covers the correct way of giving da’wah and explores some of the misguidence and errors made in modern times in giving da’wah
  • Many people complain of problems faced by muslims around the world, however they ignore the root cause and do not focus on Aqeedah

Chapter 1: Islamic Aqeedah (Creed)

  • What is Islamic Aqeedah? How do you define it?
  • Allah says: “And I did not create the jinns and humans except to worship Me. I desire not from them any provision, and nor do I desire that they feed Me. (On the contrary), it is Allāh who is the Great Provider, the possessor of mighty strength.” [Surah Adh-Dhariyat (The Winds that Scatter) verse 56-58]
  • This is the same creed of all of the previous Prophets and Messengers including Adam, Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail, Ishaq (Isac), Ya’qub (Jacob), Yusuf (Joseph), Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus), may peace be upon them all
  • It is critical and essential for very person who is responsible and of sound mind to understand and practice the correct Aqeedah as success in the afterlife depends on it
  • What is a creed?
  • What happens to the one with correct Aqeedah (creed) in the Afterlife?
  • What happens to the one without sound Aqeedah in the Afterlife?
  • Hadith of Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) [Sahih Muslim]
  • Hadith of ‘Utbaan Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Hadith of Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) [At-Tirmidhi]
  • Statement of Ibnul Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) about the hadith of ‘Utbaan (may Allah be pleased with him)
  • Aqeedah forms the basis on which actions are accepted or rejected
  • Allah says: “Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).” [Surah An-Nahl (The Bee) verse 97]
  • Allah says: “And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad (ﷺ)), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: “If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.”” [Surah Az-Zumar (The Groups) verse 65]
  • Allahs says: “Surely, they have disbelieved who say: “Allah is the Messiah [‘Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary).” But the Messiah [‘Iesa (Jesus)] said: “O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) there are no helpers.” [Surah Al-Ma’idah (The Table Spread) verse 72] 

Q&A:

  • What if someone commits shirk unknowingly out of ignorance? Is this an excuse?
  • What about people who did not hear about Islam and did not receive the message? What happens to them in the afterlife?

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40 Hadith: Lesson 28

Sun 16 Jun 2019

Lesson 28:

  • Recap of previous lesson
  • Disciplining oneself before you become angry
  • What to do when anger arises
  • Consequences of anger

Hadith 17

  • On the authority of Abu Ya’la Shaddad bin Aws (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Indeed Allah has prescribed ihsan upon everything. So if you kill, then kill well; and if you slaughter, then slaughter well. And let each one of you sharpen his blade and let him spare suffering for the animal he slaughters.” [Muslim]
  • The explanation of this hadith is split into 5 parts

Part 1: “Indeed Allah has prescribed ihsan upon everything”

  • What is Ihsan?
  • What did the Messenger of Allah mean by this statement?
  • To do well in regards to humans and animals

Part 2: Kindness towards animals

  • The Messenger of Allah described Ihsan with the example of being good and kind to the animal which one slaughters by sharpening the blade and sparring suffering

Part 3: Perfection in all of one’s actions

  • This hadith indicates the obligation in observing goodness, kindness and perfection in all things
  • This also applies to rulings by the Islamic government e.g. capital punishment
  • Perfection in Prayer
  • Perfection in dealing with others and loving for one’s brother what you love for yourself
  • Doing well in those matters which are obligatory and also those which are optional

Part 4: Ihsan in killing

  • Perfection and doing well in slaughtering an animal
  • Perfection and likewise doing well in the conventional battle field
  • The impermissibility of torture and mutilation in the battle field, it is not legislated to give an enemy a slow painful death
  • Perfection and kindess in capital punishment
  • Exceptions to the above in capital punishment in Islam, e.g. punishment of Like-for-Like (e.g. an eye for an eye)

Part 5: Summary of benefits

  • 1. The obligation of performing ihsan in everything
  • 2. The obligation of killing in the least painful manner
  • 3. The obligation of ihsan when slaughtering the animal
  • 4. The obligation of examining the blade, ensuring it is sharp before using it

Hadith 18

  • On the authority of Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junadah, and Abu Abdur-Rahman Muadh bin Jabal (may Allah be pleased with them both), that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Fear Allah wherever you may be, and follow up an evil deed with a good deed it will wipe it away, and behave with the people with good manners.” [At-Tirmidhi]
  • The explanation of this hadith is split into 5 parts

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Sound Creed: Introduction

Sat 15 Jun 2019

Introduction: Importance of Aqeedah

  • What is this course about?
  • Why is this important?

Understanding Aqeedah and Tawhid

  • Allah, subhaanahu wata’aalaa, told us that he has sent every messenger with a specific message, what was it?
  • Allah says: “And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc.i. e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah).” Then of them were some whom Allah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth).” [Surah An-Nahl (The Bee) verse 36]
  • What does “laa ilaaha illallaah” mean?
  • This statement has two components, what are they?
    • Affirmation
    • Negation
  • Allah says:”Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful;”[Surah An-Nisa (The Women) verse 36]
  • Example of the importance of affirmation and negation
  • Affirmation and negation makes something special and unique

The Pre-Islamic Polytheists

  • The polytheists (mushrikeen) at the time of the Prophet (ﷺ) believed in Allah
  • So why were they not Muslims? Why did they oppose the Messenger of Allah?

Aspects of Tawheed

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