al-Qawaaid al-‘Arba’a The Four Foundations, Al-Allamah Saaleh bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullah)


In this course, you will learn:
What is Shirk?
Is the Muslim Ummah Protected from Shirk?
Is the ruling concerning a grave-worshiper different from the ruling concerning those who worshiped the idols during the time of Allah’s Messenger?
Do we call anybody who calls upon the dead, or makes Tawaaf around their grave out of respect, or worships the dead – a Mushrik right away?

Is seeking Barakah (blessings) from the creation an act of Shirk?
Is there Barakah in the remnants of the Prophet after his death?

Who is a Wali? What is Karamah? Is Karamah necessary for Wilayah?
Does Allah honor his Wali by causing his Karamah to benefit people even after his death?

What is Shafa’ah (intercession) and its types?
What are the different Shafa’ah that are special for Prophet Muhammad?
What are the conditions of the approved Shafa’ah?
How is it to ask Shafa’ah or Dua from the Prophet while he is in his grave?
May Allah make us amongst those who listen and benefit,
and may Allah increase the ranks of all the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah, who indeed are the inheritors of the Prophet.
May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our messenger Muhammed, upon his family and upon those who follow his path until the Last Day.

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Faith in Allah


Professionally, Shaikh (Dr.) Abdullah al-Farsi has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, from Cleveland State University, U.S.A. Shaikh (Dr.) Abdullah al-Farsi has studied many books under senior students from the Islamic University of Madeenah, and has been encouraged by them to teach the books of Aqeedah in English. Amongst the major scholars who know him are Shaikh Saaleh aal-Shaikh and Shaikh Saleh ibn al-Fawzan. He was known to Shaikh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullah) and has an honorary tazkeeyah (recommendation) from Shaikh Badiuddin Shah Sindhi (rahimahullah). Shaikh (Dr.) Abdullah al-Farsi has been active in the field of dawah since 1980, mostly in America and Europe, and he has taught many Aqeedah books in Kuwait. He has an extensive personal research on books of Tafseer, explanations of Hadeeth and the writings of Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah).
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Topics Covered under Faith in Allah

Importance of Faith in Islam * The Importance of Learning Faith before other aspects of the religion * The Importance and significance of Sunnah in Islam

Faith in the Existence of Allah * Four Proofs of Allah’s Existence * Sound Human Instinct that bears witness to the Existence of Allah * Rational Proofs which no sound mind can reject * All Divine Religions testify to the Existence of Allah * Real Life Incidents that are beyond human capabilities testify to the Existence of Allah

The Three Categories of Tawheed * The Three Categories of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah) mentioned in the Qur’an * Establishing Tawheed before other aspects of the Religion * The Necessity of being upon Tawheed at one’s last moment * No proof of dividing Tawheed into more than three Categories * Actions are part of Eeman and not the fruit of Eeman

Faith in Tawheed ar-Rububiyah (Oneness of Allah’s Lordship) * No nation ever denied the Lordship of Allah. * Allah called the learned men of the Jews and Christians as ‘their lords’ because they took their learned men as legislators besides Allah. * Ruling by the Rule of Allah falls under Tawheed (Oneness) of Allah’s Lordship because it is applying Allah’s Judgment that pertains to His Lordship and Authority * Ruling by the Rule of Allah also falls under Tawheed (Oneness) of Allah’s Worship because it is our act of worship to submit to the Legislation of Allah.

Faith in al-Asma was-Sifaat (Oneness of Allah’s Names and Attributes) * Affirming all the Names and Attributes of Allah mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah * Declaring Allah to be free from any imperfection * Declaring Allah to be free from any resemblance * No hope of understanding the true nature of Allah’s Attributes * Verses and Ahadeeth that speak about the Names and Attributes of Allah are not ambiguous * Believing in the Names and Attributes of Allah is obligatory * The primary Cause behind deviation concerning Allah’s Names and Attributes is Anthropomorphism (i.e., not declaring Allah to be free from resemblance)

Faith in al-Uluhiyyah (Oneness of Allah’s Worship) * 3 Pillars of Worship * Love of Allah * Desire in Allah’s Mercy * Fear of Allah’s Wrath * The Importance of Striking a Balance between Hope in * Allah’s Mercy and Fear of His Wrath

The Two Conditions of Worship
1. Sincerity: Purity of Intention
2. According to the Sharee’ah

Refuting those who misinterpret La ilaha illa Allah

The Importance of Knowing Allah Correctly

Etiquette of eating and drinking


Etiquette of eating and drinking

The first question of Fatwa no. 6008

Q 1: My neighbor gave my young daughter something to drink with her left hand. When I informed her that it is Satan who drinks with his left hand and supported my saying by the authentic Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Hadith of the girl and the Bedouin, she argued that the Hadith address the person who drinks, not the person who gives someone something to drink. Please answer me because my neighbor is not convinced.

A: It was authentically reported on the authority of Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that The Prophet (peace be upon him) has commanded Muslims to eat and drink with the right hand giving reasons for that by the fact that Satan eats and drinks with his left hand. In another Hadith reported on the authority of Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him)

(Part No. 22; Page No. 132)

who said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade eating with the left hand, saying: “Do not eat with yourleft hand, for Satan eats with his left hand.” These Hadith indicate that it is forbidden to eat or drink with theleft hand in order not to imitate our enemy, Satan.

In the Hadith of the girl and the Bedouin whom Satan brought to eat without mentioning the Name of Allah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) held their hands so that Satan would not have food through their eating. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) justified his action, saying: “Satan considers that food lawful for himself on which the Name of Allah is not mentioned. He (Satan) brought this girl to make the food lawful through her but I caught her hand. Then, he brought the Bedouin to make food lawful through him but I caught his hand too. By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, now Satan’s hand is in my grasp along with her hand.” The wording of another narration reads: …along with their hands. (Related by Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith)

(Part No. 22; Page No. 133)

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

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`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Etiquette of eating and drinking

The first question of Fatwa no. 6008

Q 1: My neighbor gave my young daughter something to drink with her left hand. When I informed her that it is Satan who drinks with his left hand and supported my saying by the authentic Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Hadith of the girl and the Bedouin, she argued that the Hadith address the person who drinks, not the person who gives someone something to drink. Please answer me because my neighbor is not convinced.

A: It was authentically reported on the authority of Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that The Prophet (peace be upon him) has commanded Muslims to eat and drink with the right hand giving reasons for that by the fact that Satan eats and drinks with his left hand. In another Hadith reported on the authority of Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him)

(Part No. 22; Page No. 132)

who said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade eating with the left hand, saying: “Do not eat with yourleft hand, for Satan eats with his left hand.” These Hadith indicate that it is forbidden to eat or drink with theleft hand in order not to imitate our enemy, Satan.

In the Hadith of the girl and the Bedouin whom Satan brought to eat without mentioning the Name of Allah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) held their hands so that Satan would not have food through their eating. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) justified his action, saying: “Satan considers that food lawful for himself on which the Name of Allah is not mentioned. He (Satan) brought this girl to make the food lawful through her but I caught her hand. Then, he brought the Bedouin to make food lawful through him but I caught his hand too. By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, now Satan’s hand is in my grasp along with her hand.” The wording of another narration reads: …along with their hands. (Related by Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith)

(Part No. 22; Page No. 133)

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

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The third question of Fatwa no. 20961

What is the ruling on taking and giving things with the left hand; is it Haram (prohibited) or Makruh (disliked)?

A: According to the authentic reports, giving and taking things with the left hand is prohibited. It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Let one of you eat with his right hand, drink with his right hand, take with his right hand, and give with his righthand, for Satan eats with his left hand, drinks with his left hand, gives with his left hand, and takes with hisleft hand. (Related by Ahmad and Ibn Majah, and this is his narration).

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
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The third question of Fatwa no. 6724

Q 3: Is it permissible to hold bread with the left hand or not? I see 90% of the people take bread in their left hand to cut it or hold it, as bread is soft and they cannot eat it with the right hand without using the left. I hope that you will advise me on this.

A: It is permissible to hold bread with the left hand, but taking bread from and giving it to others should be done with the right hand, according to Islamic etiquette. It is not permissible to eat bread using the left hand, as long as it is possible to use the right.

(Part No. 22; Page No. 326)

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

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Al-Sifat (the Attributes of Allah)


 

( Part No : 3,Page No:170)

The twelfth question of Fatwa No. 5741

Q 12: I read in the book of Tawdih Al-`Aqidah Al-Mufidah Fi `Ilm Al-Tawhid, that is a commentary by Shaykh Husayn Abdul-Rahim on Al-Mazidah that was written by Ahmad Al-Dardir. It is the second part of the course of the fourth year in the prepatory stage in Al-Azhar institutes. This fourth edition was verified also by Musa Ahmad, V. 4, on 1363 A.H, 1963 A.D. In this book, I read that the Attributes of Allah (may He be Exalted) are twenty Attributes in the saying of a certain group as Al-Raziyah. In another saying Imam Al-Ash`ary and those who adopted his views said that the Attributes of Allah are thirteen Attributes. What is agreed upon according to this book is seven Attributes that are the Attributes of Al-Ma’any (the meanings). We would like to know what is incumbent upon us with regard to the Attributes of Allah and their number if they are seven, thirteen or twenty. If they are twenty Attributes, what is the meaning of His being Potent and Living. Are these books proper for studying the sound creed? I doubt such books, because the author of Al-Mazidah is Ash’ary. I would like to follow the example of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim community). I do not like to imitate Al-Asha`irah or others. Guide me to a book that talks about the Attributes of Allah according to the creed of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (those adhering to the Sunnah)!

A: `Aqidah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah is that Allah is described with the Attributes of Perfection.

( Part No : 3,Page No:171)

Moreover, Allah should be described with what He described Himself with in the Qur’an and what His Messenger (peace be upon him) described Him without Tahrif (distortion of the meaning), Ta`til (denial of Allah’s Attributes), Takyif (questioning Allah’s Attributes or Tamthil (likening Allah’s Attributes to those of His Creation) according to His saying:Saying that they are twenty, seven or thirteen has no basis and contradicts the Qur’an, Sunnah and consensus of Muslim Ummah (nation). The book you have mentioned is not reliable. You can read the book called Al-‘Aqidah Al-Wasitiyyah by Ibn Taymiyyah with the commentary of Muhammad Khalil Al-Harras. You can also read Al-Tadmuriyah and Al-Hamawiyah both written by Shaykh Al-Isalm Ibn Taymiyyah. These three books have pointed out the creed of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (those adhering to the Sunnah) concerning the Names and Attributes of Allah and refuted the allegations of their opponents.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

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Seeking forgiveness for a Mushrik


The second question of Fatwa no. 18456:

Q 2: Is it permissible for a Muslim to ask Allah’s forgiveness for his dead parents who used to visit the graves and cook and eat food there at the graves of their family? They believed that this food is Sadaqah (voluntary charity) in behalf of the dead and they sought blessings through the Waliy (a pious person) buried in the shrine. My parents used to view Sufi leaders as Awliya’ (pious people)

( Part No : 1, Page No: 347)

and might go to sorcerers and believe their myths. In fact, they did so thinking that these actions pertain to Islam because they never knew that these actions are prohibited. Thus, these actions were done out of ignorance and negligence, not out of stubbornness. What is the ruling of Islam on the person who commits Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) out of ignorance and negligence and dies before knowing this reality? Will they abide in Hell forever? Is it permissible to ask Allah’s forgiveness for them?

A: In their visits to the graves, if your parents seek relief from and invoke the dead apart from Allah, believe the sorcerers and die in such a state, it will not be permissible for you to ask Allah’s forgiveness for them. Allah (may He be Exalted) says,Having food at the graves and going to sorcerers without believing them, however, are misdeeds that do not prevent the Muslim to ask Allah’s forgiveness for their doers. On the other hand, anyone who supplicates to other than Allah and dies in such a state has died in Shirk and will be treated like a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). If a Muslim commits such actions out of ignorance, his affairs will be left to the Will of Allah, and we only judge him according to the acts of Shirk he openly commits.

( Part No : 1, Page No: 348)

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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Threat and Punishment to Polytheists


Q 2: why does Allah dispraise polytheism and threaten polytheists of everlasting punishment in Hellfire?

A: Allah abhors polytheism and threatens polytheists that He will not forgive them and will cause them to undergo the perpetual residence in Hell if they die without repenting and quitting polytheism. Indeed, it is the most grievous sin and the greatest thing which Allah prohibited. Therefore, Allah (may He be Praised) informed us that He does not forgive its doer if he dies as a disbeliever and does not repent of his polytheistic actions. Moreover, his good deeds will be void, as none is more deviated than him. Allah (may He be Exalted) says, Verily, Allâh forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allâh (in worship), he has indeed invented a tremendous sin. And He also says, Verily joining others in worship with Allâh is a great Zûlm (wrong) indeed. So anyone who associates others with Allah is equating between the Creator and His creation and makes the creature a rival to Allah and assigns for him the acts of worship which they do not deserve. Therefore, Allah threatens its doer with perpetual residence in Hell. Allah (Glorified is He) says, And whatever you spend for spendings (e.g. in Sadaqah – charity for Allâh’s Cause) or whatever vow you make, be sure Allâh knows it all. And for the Zâlimûn (wrong-doers) there are no helpers.

( Part No : 1, Page No: 344)

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked, “Which sin is the greatest?” He said, “To make a rival to Allah although He created you.” It is said, “What is next?” He said, “To kill your children for fear that they join you in food.” It is said, “What is next?” It is said, “To have sex with the wife of your neighbor.” So Allah revealed, And those who invoke not any other ilâh (god) along with Allâh, nor kill such person as Allâh has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse.

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Saying “I thank Allah and thank you”


Q 4: Is saying “I thank Allah and thank you” considered a sort of Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship)?

 

 

( Part No : 1, Page No: 365)

A: It is not permissible to use the coordinating conjunction “and” in the phrase “I thank Allah and thank you,” for it indicates bringing two things to equal terms. One should say instead, “I thank Allah; then, I thank you,” for “then” means next.

 

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions!

 

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( Part No : 1, Page No: 366)