قُوا أَنفُسَكم وأهْليكم ناراً

  Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in the Qur’an:

{ يا أيها الذين آمَنوا قُوا أَنفُسَكم وأهْليكم ناراً.. }

{O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your family from a Fire..}


* In this noble verse of the Qur’an, Allah is commanding the believers to be serious in safeguarding themselves and their family from the Hellfire. * To safeguard and protect the family means to ensure they live by the commandments of Allah and to avoid his prohibitions.

* All fathers and providers of the household have a duty to their family that involves teaching them the obligatory aspects of their religion which is the fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) on all daily actions. We must not fall short in this or neglect this. How can it be that we are aware of our duty to learn Islamic knowledge and prevent our wives from learning it as well? How can our children learn the teachings of Islam unless their parents instil it in them?

* The first school is the mother so make sure for the sake of your children that you choose a righteous wife.

* The need to train, nurture and teach Islamic values, norms and principles to our family is all the more serious given the context of the widespread assault on Islam, Shari`ah and the Muslim family by the corrupt West and their evil values. 

We should really ponder over the state of our iman and our relationship with Allah and our family. If we’re not aware of the fitn our siblings, etc go through and we’re not giving them dawah or addressing these problems, then be afraid of the kinda dawah they might be getting from others who may or may not be Muslim. Recently I’ve been hearing some disturbing things that some sisters are faced with in high school and sometimes these things escalate too quickly because their family don’t pay enough attention to them. We need to stop worrying about what Khadijah, Omar, Asiya or Ali is doing and start worrying more about what our sibling is doing locked up in their room on their phone, start worrying about how they haven’t got true love of this deen and the Quraan, start worrying about how they don’t know what age the prophet received revelation and the basics of tawheed! We also need to sincerely ask ourselves if we know these basic things…or have we neglected ourselves whilst worrying about the state of others??

And Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) knows best


The Truth

There will come a time where you will have to stand up to the truth even if everyone opposes you, just like Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal:

The muslim ummah used to be one community [united in their aqeedah] and their religion was upright during the reign of Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq and ‘Umar al-Faaruuq. When ‘Umar was martyred the door that prevented fitnah was broken, just as the Prophet had foretold it would be. It was then that evil started to appear and disunity appeared [amongst the muslims] and sects that declared the majority of the companions of the Messenger of Allah as disbelievers became apparent.

Until the Khaleefah al-Ma’muun came to power, he was a man of great intellect and great elquance, ordering the books of ancient Greece to be translated into arabic [i.e philosophy books] and a group amongst the Mu’tazilah [this is a deviant group] started influencing the Khaleefah and diverted him from truth to falsehood. And they made the idea of the Qur’aan being created [as opposed to the correct idea that the Qur’aan is the word of Allah and not created] look beautiful to him and they also started denying some of the names and attributes of Allah.

This in turn resulted in the fact that the Khaleefah orded the entire muslim Ummah to adopt these [deviant] ideas and he put the scholars under a [great] test. Even though all the leaders before him had been upon the guidance of the salaf and their manhaj.

Then he went out for Jihaad towards Rome and wrote to his men in Baghdaad to call people towards the idea of the creation of the Qur’aan, this was only a few months before his death. When his order reached Baghdaad the scholars of hadeeth were brought together and were told to accept that the Qur’aan was created but they refused.

So most of them were beaten severly and their income was cut off which led to many of them reluctantly accepting [i.e they were forced]. But Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal and Imaam Muhammad bin Nuuh both continued to refuse, they were then carried together on one donkey to the Khaleefah but on their way they got the news of his demise.

Al-Mu’tasim took over the leadership but Muhammad bin Nuuh passed away during the journey towards the new Khaleefah. Ahmad bin Hanbal offered the funeral prayer and then buried him. When they reached Baghdaad Imaam Ahmad was put into prison for about 30 months.

Afterwards the Khaleefah brought Ahmad out to debate with the leaders of the Mu’tazilah.

‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Is-haaq [their leader] said to Ahmad ‘What do you say regarding the Qur’aan’? And Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal replied ‘The Qur’aan is from the knowledge of Allah, whoever assumes that the knowledge of Allah is created then he has left Islaam’ Where upon they [the Mu’tazilah] said ‘O leader of the believers he has called you a disbeliever and called us disbelievers!’

But the Khaleefah did not pay attention to them. And their debate went on for a very long time until al-Mu’tasim said ‘Woe to you O Ahmad! What is it you say!’ And Ahmad replied ‘O leader of the believers, give me something from the Book of Allah or a hadith from the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah so I can say [what you say] Ahmad bin Abee Dawuud [amongst the Mu’tazilah] said ‘And you do not speak except by these two things?’ [trying to ridicule the Imaam] So Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal said ‘And what is Islaam other then the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger?’

Ahmad bin Hanbal was brought out the next day for more debating and even for a third day and every day he was brought out to debate he won because these people had no knowledge of hadeeth instead they started denying the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah. Throughout the debating the Khaleefah appeared soft towards Imaam Ahmad and said ‘O Ahmad, answer me regarding this [i.e say as we say] then I will make you amongst my closest people and I will free you of your chains with my own hands!’ Ahmad bin Hanbal replied ‘O leader of the believers give me a verse from the Book of Allah or a hadith from the Messenger of Allah so I can answer you [i.e say as you say]

Al-Mu’tasim wanted to free Ahmad at that point but then Is-haaq bin Ibraaheem [from amongst the Mu’tazilah] said ‘O leader of the believers, it is not wise for you to let Ahmad go and have him as an opponent’ This increased al-Mu’tasim in anger and he said ‘Seize him! [i.e Ahmad bin Hanbal] Drag him! Whip him!’ So two men where brought to whip the Imaam, one of them whipped him twice and the Khaleefah said ‘Tighten your grib, may Allah cut your hand off!’ [i.e hit harder] and the two men took turns in beating the Imaam until he fainted and became unconscious. This made the Khaleefah scared and ordered for his release [back to his family], in total Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal was whipped around about thirty times, but they were very severe whippings.

When the Imaam returned to his house a doctor came to see him and he started to treat him, cutting off the dead flesh from his body. When he was cured he forgave everyone for the ordeal except the deviants [i.e the leaders amongst the Mu’tazilah] and he used to recite the verse:

وَلْيَعْفُوا وَلْيَصْفَحُوا أَلَا تُحِبُّونَ أَن يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“but let them pardon and forbear. [For,] do you not desire that God should forgive you your sins, Verily God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace”

But he was put under house arrest and prevented from teaching hadeeth.

This carried on until al-Mu’tasim finally passed away and his son al-Waathiq took over the leadership. Yet al-Waathiq was even more severe then his father and the fitnah intensified upon the people of Baghdaad. And he sent a letter to Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal ‘Do not live in the same land nor city as me’ the Imaam then went into hidding.

When al-Waathiq passed away al-Mutawakil ‘ala Allah took over the leadership over the muslims and the people rejoiced for al-Mutawakil loved the Sunnah and its people and under his reign the fitnah finally stopped. He even sent a command across all the muslim lands ‘Let no one say that the Qur’aan was created’

Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal only lived a short while after this and passed away the year 241 AH.

May Allah have immense Mercy upon our beloved Imaam.

[Translation from: Duruus fil Qiraa-ah by Dr. F. Abdur-Rahmaan and Shaykh Ahmad ar-Raashid al-Ruhayli]

The Effect of Shyness upon Finding a Good Husband Oh Muslim Sister!

Translated and compiled
by Rasheed Barbee

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

All praises belong to Allah may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family, companions and those who follow his guidance.

In an effort to find a suitable spouse some of our Muslim sisters often resort to impermissible, demeaning methods such as free-mixing with men via the internet, chat rooms, marriage websites, social networks, sending pictures and the like.

Unfortunately some of our sisters have been deceived into believing this to be the more effective technique for obtaining a spouse, removing from themselves the veil of shyness, modesty and dignity.

Oh my sister in Islam! Trust in Allah and follow the blessed methodology of Islam when choosing a mate.

Shaykh Salih Fawzan explains how Allah rewards the shy and modest woman with a good husband.
The Shaykh said…

Allah the Exalted said concerning the story of Musa, عليهالصلاةوالسلام:

And when he arrived at the watering (place) in Madyan, he found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: “What is the matter with you?” They said: “We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take back (their flocks): and our father is a very old man.”

Until the statement of the Exalted:

Afterwards one of the women came (back) to him, walking upon bashfulness. She said: “My father invites you that he may reward you for having watered (our flocks) for us.”

(Chapter 28: 23-25)

So the bashfulness of these two women prevented them from crowding with the men at the watering hole, rather they waited until a shepherd appeared until they were able to water their flock without crowding with the men.

And when their father sent one of them to Musa to request him to meet with their father; she came to Musa عليهالصلاةوالسلام, upon bashfulness.

The result was that Allah the Exalted chose her as a spouse for His Messenger, the one He spoke to directly, Musa عليهالصلاةوالسلام. This was the result of her holding firm to shyness and bashfulness and being far away from mixing with men.

As Allah the Exalted said:

“Women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity”.

(Chapter 24:26)

This story appears in the Noble Quran to be taken by the believing women as a righteous example until the Day of Judgment.

Translated and compiled by Rasheed Barbee
The speech of Shaykh Fawzan was extracted from the following article

ATTENTION ALL QURAAN STUDENTS: Guide to memorising the Qur’aan

This was translated from arabic into english by Sister Amina. May Allah reward her for her efforts. This is a very good read for people who are serious about memorizing but dont know where or how to start.

I hope this is beneficial for you and assists you in your journey to memorising the Qur’aan. It is quite long but then again it’s a whole book so read it in chunks.


The easiest way to memorize the Noble Quraan

By Sheikh, Doctor Abdul Muhsin Al Qaasim, Imaam and Khateeb of Masjidun Nabawiyy

All praises are due to Allah and Salaat and Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions. This method is excellent for the strength of memorization and its solidity (deep-rootedness) and the quick speed of memorization and quick completing the Quraan. And this is the method, taking the example of Sura Jumua:

Read the first verse 20 times
Read the second verse 20 times
Read the third verse 20 times
Read the fourth verse 20 times
Read these (above) four from the beginning to the end, to link them, 20 times.
Read the fifth verse 20 times
Read the sixth verse 20 times
Read the seventh verse 20 times
Read the eighth verse 20 times
Read from the fifth verse to the eighth verse 20 times to consolidate between them
Read from the first verse to the eighth verse 20 times to perfect this page.
And like this you persist with this method for every page of the Quraan and do not increase your daily portion exceeding more than one eighth (of a chapter) because the parts memorized will increase and the memorization will be ruined (i.e. it will be difficult to retain what you have memorized).

If I wish to memorize a new page tomorrow then how do I do it?

If you wish to memorize another page for the next day, then before you memorize the new page using the method I mentioned to you, read from the beginning of the page (you memorized yesterday) to the end of the page 20 times so that the previously memorized page becomes solid (in your memory). Then memorize the new page using the method I showed.

How do I combine between memorization and revision?

Do not memorize the Quraan without revision, (otherwise) if you memorize the Quraan, page by page until you complete the Quraan, and you wish to return to what you have memorized you would find that you have forgotten what you had memorized.

The correct way is to combine memorization with revision. Divide the Quraan into 3 divisions: every 10 parts (juz) is a division. Then if you memorize one page a day, then you should revise 4 pages a day until you have memorized 10 juz. Then when you have memorized 10 juz, stop for one whole month for revision, everyday revising 8 pages.

And after a month of revision, start memorizing the remainder, a page or two, according to your capabilities and revise 8 pages until you complete memorizing 20 juz. Then when you have memorized 20 juz, stop the memorization for 2 whole months for the revision of the 20 juz, everyday revising 8 pages. Then when the 2 months of revision have passed, start with the memorization, doing one or two pages everyday according to your capability, while revising 8 pages until you complete memorizing the entire Quraan.

When you have completed memorizing the entire Quraan, revise the first 10 juz alone for one month; everyday half a juz. Then you go to the second 10 juz for a month, everyday half a juz and you read 8 pages from the first 10 juz. Then you go to memorizing the last 10 juz for one month, everyday half a juz and 8 pages from the first 10 juz and 8 pages from the second 10 juz.

How do I revise the entire Quraan when I have completed this (above) revision?

Start with revising the entire Quraan: everyday 2 parts (juz), repeating them thrice everyday, thereby completing the revision of the entire Quraan every two weeks. And in this way, during one year you would memorize the entire Quraan with perfection while you use this method the whole year.

What do I do after one year of memorizing the Quraan?

After a year of perfecting the revision of the Quraan, then let your “Hizb” (portion) of the Quraan be that of the Prophets (s.a.w) until your death, for verily he divided the Quraan into seven “Hizbs” in this way  you complete the Quraan once every seven days.

Aus bin Hudhaifa (R.A) said: I asked the companions of the Messenger (S.A.W): How do you hizb (divide) the Quraan? They said: 3 Surahs, and 5 Surahs, and 7 Surahs, and 9 Surahs, and 11 Surahs, and the section of the “Mufassal” from Surah Qaaf until the end. (Narrated by Ahmad).


On the first day read from Sura Faatiha to the end of Sura Nisaa

On the second day read Sura Ma’idah to the end of Sura Tawbah.

On the third day read from Sura Yoonus to the end of Sura Nahl.

On the fourth day read from Sura Israa to the end of Sura Furqaan.

On the fifth day read from Sura Shu3araa to the end of Sura Yaaseen.

On the sixth day read from Sura Saaffaat to the end of Sura Hujuraat.

On the seventh day read from Sura Qaaf to the end of Sura Naas.

As for the Hizb of the Prophet (S.A.W), the Scholars have combined it in the saying: “فمى بشوق”

Each letter in these 2 words represents the beginning of a “hizb” of the Prophet (S.A.W) that he completed in one day. So the letter ف in the word فمى represents Sura Faatiha indicating that the Hizb on the first day starts with Surah Faatihah.

And the letter م in the word فمى indicates that the beginning of the Hizb for the second day starts with Surah Maa’idah, and the letter ى in the word فمى indicates that the beginning of the Hizb for the third day starts with Surah Yoonus.

And the letter ب in the word بشوق indicates that the beginning of the Hizb for the fourth day starts with Surah Bani Israeel (which is also called Sura Israa).

And the letter ش in the word بشوق indicates that the beginning of the Hizb for the fifth day starts with Surah Shu’araa.

The letter  وin the word بشوق indicates that the beginning of the Hizb for the sixth day starts with Surah Wassaaffaat.

And the letter ق in the word بشوق indicates that the beginning of the Hizb for the seventh day starts with Surah Qaaf until the end of Sura Naas.

As for the current division of the Quraan [into 30 juzz], this is from the actions of Hajjaaj bin Yoosuf.

How do I differentiate between the mutashaabihaat (verses that are similar) in the Quraan?

The best way is that when you come across two similar verses in the Quraan, then open the Quraan (Mushaf) to both these verses and look at the difference in the two verses and reflect over it, and set a rule for yourself, and during your memorization note the difference many times until you have perfected the similarities between the two of them.

Rules and disciplines in memorization:

It is necessary that you do your memorization by a Sheikh (teacher) (so that he may) correct the recitation.
Memorize two (sides of a) pages everyday, one after Fajr and one after Asr or Maghrib and in this way you will memorize the entire Quraan solidly during one year and your memorization will be perfect, but if you increase in memorization then that which you memorized will be weak.

The memorization should be from Sura Naas to Sura Faatihah because it is easier, and after your memorization of the Quraan, your revision should be from Sura Baqarah to Sura Naas.
The memorization should be from one printed copy so it helps the firm-rootedness of memorization and the quickness of remembering the places of the verses and the ending of pages and the beginning of them.
Everyone memorizing in the first two years, that which is memorized slips away (he forgets easily that which has been memorized) and this is called “the assembly stage”  so do not feel sad that the Quraan is slipping away from you or your many mistakes. And this is a difficult phase with trials, because shaytaan has a part in stopping you from memorizing the Quraan. So turn down his whisperings and continue memorizing because it is a treasure not given to just anyone.

Written by: Shaykh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-Qaasim Imaam and Khateeb of the Prophets Masjid in Madeenah al-Munawarah

Translated by: Amina Bint Abee