Who was Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab?

Imam Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahhab is commonly known as the founder of Wahhabism. Many claim that he is the reviver of the Khawaarij, or that he was deviated. Others hold firm that he was a reviver of the pure Islam. But who really was he? What was his mission? What did he stand for?

The Shaykh was born in 115 After Hijrah in Uyaynah, Saudi Arabia. From a young age he studied under the tutelage of his father, from whom he learnt Hanbali Fiqh and memorised the Qur’an, and then moved on to study in Basra. He was influenced by the works of Ibn Taymiyyah and his student Ibn al Qayyim, and was known for his piety and righteousness.

It was in Iraq where the Imam began his notable works. He called the people to the pure Tawheed, and advised them to follow the authentic teachings of the Prophet peace be upon him. He also engaged scholars in debates and gained a reputation of fame amongst his teachers. But, as is always the case, when one calls the pure Islam the rebellious will always arise, and thus the imam and his teacher faced persecutions there. Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab was forced to leave Iraq, and eventually moved to Huraymela, where he was joined by his father. In Huraymela he continued his journey in seeking knowledge and teaching the people, until his father died in 1153 After Hijrah. The ‘Abeed’ were a group of people given unto corruption; stealing and plundering, and felt that the Shaykh was a danger to their interests, thus they persecuted the Shaykh and made attempts on his life. So he left and moved back to Uyaynah.

In Uyaynah he was welcomed by Prince Uthman Bin Muhammad bin Mu’ammar, who pledged to support him, and adjured him to educate the people and call to Allah. Hence, the Imam continued his works in teaching and calling the people to the orthodox teachings of Islam, he guided them by the Will of Allah to uprightness of faith. Soon the Shaykh gained much popularity and people would travel from nearby villages to meet him. With the movement gaining momentum, and people returning to the pure Tawheed, the Shaykh decided to address the issue of grave worship. He called on the Prince of Uyaynah, and advised him that the Grave of Zaid ibn Al Khattab was causing much shirk, and that the people had turned it to a mosque, which was prohibited by the Prophet peace be upon him in various Ahadith. The prince granted the Shaykh an army of 600 men and they marched forth to the grave/mosque. The people of Jubayla (where the grave was situated), stood to defend it, but on upon seeing the army, gave way. The army were successful, and demolished the dome that was erected over the grave of Zaid. This was the first of many similar incidents in which the Shaykh removed the traces of polytheism that had crept into the Ummah.

In Najd and the surrounding areas, shirk had made a comeback, and many people worshipped graves, awliyaa (saints) trees and rocks, revering them as though they were Allah, or intermediaries to Allah. In Islam, one has a direct connection to Allah, no matter what level of iman one has, one can communicate, and talk to Allah, no matter how sinful or good he may be. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing and All-Aware, not a sound escapes Him, and all is visible to Him. This was forgotten by the people of Najd, and they had taken up objects that could neither hear nor see, as a means of communication and attaining nearness to Allah. Moreover magic, sorcery and soothsaying had also gained foot in the area. All of these are against the orthodox teachings of Islam, and thus the Shaykh saw it as necessary to correct people’s beliefs, and to remove these symbols and manifestations of paganism.

The Shaykh wrote to the scholars to gain their support in this task of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. Many aceded to his request and sent their approval. However, some disagreed with him, reproached his mission and stayed away from him, fearing the bad opinion of the people. Similarly many amongst the masses followed him, and some ignorants who had become attached to the symbols of paganism were against him.

The Shaykh continued to exert himself in teaching, learning and studying. His popularity became a threat to the power of the neighbouring province, whose leaders in turn threatened the Prince of Uyaynah. With this the Shaykh left Uyaynah and moved to Dareyya which was ruled by Prince Muhammad bin Sa’ud. Prince Muhammad saw the good in the Shaykh and made a contract to assist him, and the Shaykh agreed to remain in his country.

People flocked to the Shaykh, to learn from him. And soon the Shaykh began sending letters to the rulers and scholars of other provinces and countries encouraging them to return to the pure Tawheed and to abolish and remove all symbols of paganism. It was against this backdrop that his enemies arose and began to label him as Khawarij and other names, some were fake scholars, who knew nothing of the true Islam, other scholars who knew Islam but were misinformed of the Shaykh’s mission and a third group who feared that they would lose the power and authority.

In 1158 After Hijrah began the phase of active Jihad. For fifty years until his death in 1206 the Shaykh resorted to all methods to accomplish his mission, he continued teaching, writing letters, debating, answering questions, refuting accusations and force, until the people returned to the religion of Allah, and many of the signs of paganism had been demolished. The mosques became places of worship, and and students of knowledge filled their halls, the zakat was once again paid, and the good was enjoined and evil prohibited. Upon his death, his sons and grandsons, students and many scholars continued his mission of returning people to Islam as taught by the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. The only hatred that people hold for him, is that he called to the pure Islam, and just how our beloved Prophet was hated, and persecuted, so is every other person who calls to the right guidance and emanates his way.

Signs of the Hour 18

In The Name Of Allah, The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful

War is that word which gives jitters to anyone. The inferno of the war, the bloodshed when envisaged sends shivers down our spines. It is a state of annihilation where innocent youth, women and men are left in utter havoc.

Among the signs of the Hour are wars and battles, which Allah’s Messenger prophesied that they would take place between the Muslims and other groups.

● War between Muslims and Turks:

Turks most often refer to a collection of ethnic groups that speak languages belonging to the Turkic language family.

It was narrated from Abu Huraira that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The Hour will not begin until you fight the Turks, who have small eyes, red faces and flat noses, as if their faces are hammered shields. The Hour will not begin until you fight with people whose shoes are made of hair.”

(Al Bukhari and Muslim)

According to many Islamic scholars, the people referred in the aforementioned hadith are the Mongolian Tartars who invaded the Muslim lands and shed a great deal of blood.

During the era of the Companions (May Allah be pleased with them), a battle took place at the beginning of Umayyad Caliphate, where Muslims defeated the Turks.

● War between Muslims and Romans:

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated another sign of the Hour related to conflagration between Muslims and Romans, which will occur before the appearance of Mahdi.

He (peace be upon him) stated that it will be a great battle where Muslims will prevail.

Mu’adh Ibn Jabal narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“When Jerusalem flourishes, Yathrib will be in ruins. When Yathrib will be in ruins, the great battle will occur. When the great battle occurs, Constantinople will be conquered. When Constantinople is conquered, the Dajjal will appear.”

(Recorded by Abu Dawood and At-Tirmidhi)

To sum up, I’d say that these foreshadow the advent of the overwhelming Hour. The bottom line is that the Hour is yet to come and we are blessed with time for preparing ourselves to meet our Lord!

Thicker than Blood

It has almost become tiring to our ears, sadly, but how many times have we been reminded, if not repeated it ourselves; that we are ONE ummah? Countless times, I assure you. But it is a reality, the Ummah has cast itself into puzzle pieces, all belonging to one puzzle, but none willing to fit with the other.

It is true, and I am reminding myself, and you, that we are one ummah.

If we look around at our situation; the rise of islamophobia, the role of the media, the attacks against Muslims not just in Syria, but across the globe, the starvation, the corruption, the fact that many of our youth are leaving Islam; the problems we face are a towering figure blocking out the light. These problems are magnified and over-shadowed because we cannot work together to solve them. We have the solutions in front us, it was given to us by our Creator, and explained to us by our beloved Prophet. But no, we choose to shut ourselves off from the guidance withdrawing to our own little corners. Have we forgotten what our Prophet taught us?

“The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” [Muslim]

Just how when you have a headache, your entire body suddenly feels heavy, when one member of this ummah is in pain; then so too are we. We are together, the bond that binds us is thicker than blood. Their problem on the other side of the world, is ours too; it’s our responsibility, to help out, sympathise and empathise.

Division is from the tricks of the Shaytaan to weaken us. Have you ever heard of the tactic; divide and conquer? It is a method by which the attacker divides his enemy into portions, because a smaller group is easier to overcome than a larger group. Then one by one, he overpowers the smaller group until he overcomes the entirety. So, the Shaytaan uses the same trick;

It was narrated that Jaabir said, ‘I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “The Shaytaan has despaired of being worshipped in the Arabian Peninsula, but he will sow seeds of discord among them.’” Narrated by Muslim (2812).

So the work of Shaytaan has afflicted us, and we have succumbed to his tricks. We divide ourselves with borders; drawing lines between us; we have divided ourselves based on race, based on social classes and other things, all of which are trivial. Do we not realise that we are all the children of Adam, all created from the same soil. None of us is better than the other, we are one ummah. If follow the command of Allah; “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.” (03:103) Then we shall be able to rise above the problems we face. We will be able to succeed, and move forward.

It was narrated from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The shaytaan is the wolf of man like the wolf of sheep takes the stray sheep and the one that wanders far. Beware of division, and adhere to the jamaa’ah.”

Narrated by Ahmad (22029); classed as hasan by the editors of al-Musnad.

We complain of this and that, pick faults with that one, and become nit-picky with another. When will this negativity end? We should have good thoughts of each other. Yes, we correct one another, and enjoin the good and forbid the evil, we give good advice, and we take advice but that should not break us apart as an Ummah. Despite your brother/sisters wrongdoing; one should stretch out a hand to them, help them out the situation they are in. We all have mistakes, but sometimes we have to overlook them, and get on. We have to work together to help or we will end up destroying each other, and all of us will fall into a deeper hole.

Help your brother or sister, wherever they are, however you can, and Allah will help you. If you cannot physically assist them, nor financially, then the least you can do, is make duaa that Allah rectifies their condition and gives them patience and a great reward, and the duaa is never an insignificant thing; rather it is our strongest weapon; it guarantees the aid of Allah, and who is more powerful than Allah above?!

I leave you with this final hadith,

It was narrated from Abu Musa that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The believers are like a structure, parts of which support other parts.”

 

The Inroads to a Successful Future

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As I take a peek at the now present world, I see a multitude of people waiting in a queue for a job employment, their certificates with its illustrious golden insignia, emblazoned with grades of flying colours, in their hands.

Now a days, it seems literacy and education are the ‘in’ words, where almost every Tom, Dick and Harry have a qualification to flaunt. Colleges and educational institutes appear to be clogged with students trying to pursue their studies.

It further surprises me even more, when I realize the different spectra of jobs that the employment agencies have now to offer, specialization in fields such as human resources, epidemiology, public health and even in advertisements!

It is not that I am debasing these job opportunities, but am merely expressing my surprise, at the assortment of career opportunities that the world now has to offer.

All these in the end simply signifies the escalation of the value of knowledge, as people now consider gaining knowledge as investing in their future, aspiring to be like King Midas with his gold touch.

But my dear friends, shall I inform you that knowledge that shall truly pave the diamond encrusted path to a golden future, the sort of education that shall prove beneficial in the ‘real’ future.

Perhaps most of you may have by now guessed what I am referring to.

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “He who treads the path in search of (Islamic) knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to paradise. [Sahih Muslim]

Subhan Allah, what better future can one envision than Paradise. May Allah make us of the people of Jannah.

Furthermore gaining Islamic Knowledge is obligatory on us as the hadith says: ‘Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.’” (220. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah.

Knowledge and fear of Allah may be attained by knowing His signs and creation. The knowledgeable are those who know that, hence Allah praises them by saying (interpretation of the meaning):

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah” [Faatir 35:28]

But there is no goodness in knowledge which is not confirmed by action, or words which are not confirmed by deeds. Hence it is incumbent that we act upon what we learn.

“Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.” Sophocles (496 BC – 406 BC), Trachiniae

In addition to our resolutions, seeking Allah’s help is absolutely crucial, for Allah alone can help us in our quests

رَّبِّ زِدۡنِي عِلۡمٗا

‘Rabbi Zidni Ilma’

“O my Lord increase me in knowledge!”

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

Small Deeds

As an Ummah today we are all focused on changing our sinking condition. We are suffering, being massacred and tortured in all corners of the world. Yet, we are unable to rise up to this challenge, and fix it. Sometimes I wonder, why? Why is it that we are willing to change the conditions of our brothers and sisters, and we know the solution, but we cannot implement it? We want major change amongst the ummah, we need it, and many of us aspire for the return of  Khilafah, and maybe even the arrival of the Mahdi to lead us. But this begs another question, why rely on others? Why can we not be the change that we want to see?

Indeed we have become like a feather in the wind, ignorant of where we came from and our glorious Islamic roots, and ignorant of where we are heading. We have become like the foam of the sea, our numbers are plenty, but our abilities, are virtually nil. We are dormant, and thus we find eruptions every now and then, from deviant parties who are seeking the glory of Islam. Sadly, those who erupt are ignorant of the teachings of the deen, and thus they are astray and lead others astray.

1400 years ago when the world was cloaked in darkness, Allah sent guidance for us and instruction.

Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:11)

So what are we waiting for?

Indeed, we are unwilling to change those small incidents in our daily lives because we deem them insignificant.

We want a major change, but that major change in the state of the ummah will not happen until we fix ourselves, even if it be in regards to something seemingly small.

The Prophet advised us countless times, that the small consistent deeds the best of deeds,

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Take on only as much as you can do of good deeds, for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.” (Ibn Majah, Sahih)

My brothers and sisters, if we cannot perfect ourselves, how can we expect the Ummah to be perfect and rise to its former glory? The words of Allah are true, and the help of Allah is near, but we have to fix ourselves.

The Prophet warned us, that Satan would lead us astray in small matters.  In the farewell sermon he (peace be upon him) said, “…Satan has despaired of ever being worshiped in this land of yours, but he will be obeyed in some matters which you regard as insignificant, and he will be content with that…” (Ibn Majah) Indeed they appear to be insignificant, but are they really?

Small mistakes eventually pile up to a mountain of errors. On the Day of Judgment we may be astonished to find a burden of accumulated sins from things we considered small. It was narrated that ‘Aishah said, “the Messenger of Allah said to me: ‘O ‘Aishah, beware of (evil) deeds that are regarded as insignificant, for they have a pursuer from Allah. (i.e. accountability).” (Ibn Majah, Sahih)

Every deed we do is being recorded, and Allah forgets nothing. On that Day, when we stand before our Lord, we will have to account for every single deeds, no matter how big or small. We will have to answer for our deeds. What will we say to Allah? ‘Oh, it was only small…I didn’t think it was important.” Subhanallah!

Thus, the Prophet advised us to save ourselves from the hellfire, even by giving half a date in charity (Bukhari). Let’s ponder upon this. Why did the Prophet mention half a date? When you think about it, will half a date satisfy anyone’s hunger? No, and so many will disregard it. Half a date is barely enough to chew! Rather it is the intention, and motivation behind it. Such a person who donates half a date will have hope of Allah’s reward, and pleasure and fear of Allah’s punishment, and thus he will do any good deed that occurs to him to ransom himself from the punishment of Allah. It is small deeds like these that will help us to change our personal condition, as well as changing the state of the ummah. How often do we overlook these deeds!

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported, the Messenger of Allah said, “Do not disdain a good deed, (no matter how small it may seem) even if it is your meeting with your (Muslim) brother with a cheerful face.” [Muslim]

Forget pointing fingers. Forget all others and focus on yourself. On the Day of Accounts you will not have to answer for them, rather you will be asked about what did you do? And if you spoke about them, backbiting or slandering them, then you will questioned about that deed. If you blamed and pointed fingers at them unjustly, they will exact their rights from you, and you may well end up bankrupt. The change begins with you.

Whether your brother smiled back or not, that’s not your concern. Be concerned with yourself, did you make the effort to smile? Don’t wait for others to change before your act; you may never live to see it. Be active, not reactive!

Just as we will have to answer for every little mistake, every good deed counts, and will help to make our scales heavier.

I leave you to ponder upon the translation of the last two ayahs of Surah Zalzalah;

“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.” (Surah Zalzalah 99:7-8)

Remember the change starts with you, so be the change you want to see.

 

 

 

 

Obedience personified: Abdullah Ibn Rawahah

Obedience is a virtue, and people who possess this quality are indeed admirable.

As narration accounts, when once Abdullah bin Rawahah (May Allah be pleased with him) was about to enter the masjid he heard the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) say “sit down” while delivering the khutbah. He immediately sat down right there where he was outside the masjid. When the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) heard of this, he said “May Allah increase your desire upon the obedience of Allah and His Messenger.”

A man known for his commendable traits of listening and obedience, Abdullah bin Rawahah was a leader, a martyr, al-badri, and a laudable poet.

According to a report, when on the Day of the Battle of Badr, Utbah ibn Rabee’ah, his brother Shaibah and his son Al-Waleed challenged the Muslims for a duel, three youths from the Ansar emerged to accept the challenge, out of whom was our valiant warrior; Abdullah bin Rawahah. “Who are you?” the Quraish queried. “A company of the Ansar,” the youths answered. “We need our equals in nobility. Send men from our cousins to take up the challenge.” Then a man from the ranks of the Quraish announced to the Muslims: “O Muhammad, send to us our equals from our own people!” So the Messenger of Allah said “Rise, O Ubaidah ibn Al-Harith, rise O Hamzah, and rise O Ali” after which the Muslims achieved the victory.

Another incident of his admirable eagerness to obey, when the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) prepared his troops to go to Mu’tah, he said “Zayd (May Allah be pleased with him) shall be your commander, if he is killed, then Jafar (May Allah be pleased with him) and if he too is killed, then Ibn Rawahah (May Allah be pleased with him)”.

Indeed, Allah honoured Abdullah bin Rawahah (May Allah be pleased with him) when he was chosen by the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) as a commander.

The people prepared, and in no time were ready to march forth, numbering three thousand.

At the time of departure, the people bade farewell. When Abdullah Ibn Rawahah, was bidden farewell, he wept. When questioned, he said, “By Allah, I neither have an attachment to the world nor prefer remaining with you, rather, I heard Allah’s Messenger (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him), reciting a portion of the Book of Allah in which Hellfire was mentioned: ‘There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell); this is with your Lord; a Decree which must be accomplished.’ (Al Maryam 19:71) and I do not know what my fate will be when I come across it.’ The Muslims supplicated, ‘May Allah accompany you, protect you and bring you back to us in righteousness.’

The Muslims advanced and encamped in Ash-Sham. They received information, that Heraclius had arrived with 100,000 roman soldiers and yet another 100,000 men joined them from various different tribes.

However, the Muslims braced themselves and proceeded towards the battlefield, them being 3000 while the opposite numbering to 200,000.

Finally they gathered at the battle field, with Zaid fighting gallantly with the banner of Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him), until he was killed by a swarm of spears. Then Jafar took over the banner, and fought a fierce battle until he was martyred. Later on he was found with 90 wounds on his body, and his arms had been separated from his body.

Now Abdullah bin Rawahah, took the banner and stepped forward. He upbraided his soul and encouraged himself saying,

‘O soul, I have sworn that you will fight in the battle willingly, Or you shall be coerced to fight, When the people assembled and shouted the war of cry, Why do you not advance with them? Or do you hate to enter paradise? No doubt, you have remained at ease for so long, Were you not a lowly drop of water in the womb?’

He also said:

‘O soul, if you are not killed, still you will die, And you will meet this bird of death, What you wished for has been bestowed on you, If you can do what your martyrs have done, You will be guided.’

Reciting these poems, he advanced and fought intrepidly until he achieved what he yearned for, martyrdom.

May Allah have mercy on him and be pleased with him. Indeed it is the believers who sacrifice their life and wealth for the Pleasure of Allah, and it is they who are the successful and rewarded with Jannah.

Bint Hasan, AAT writer

 

Al-Jabbar 2

Learning Allah’s Names and Attributes to merely count them on our fingers is not ideal, rather they must affect us, and we should worship Allah through them. They should be a means of making us closer to Allah, and attaining His Pleasure and rewards.

The Name Al-Jabbar is often mistaken to refer to ‘The Compeller, The Irresistible’ and the Name is seldom used. However, here are a few ways which this Name of Allah can be used.

  1. Allah Al-Jabbar reforms the broken-hearts and binds up wounds, reinstates love in the hearts of people for each other and improves their social and financial conditions. Call on Allah to mend your affairs.
  2. He (Glory be to Him) provides His Creation what is needed for their survival. Al-Jabbar created us poor and dependent, then awarded provision through sources considerably. He brings comfort to the weak and to those who turn to Him and seek His refuge.
  3. He the All-Mighty is dominant over all Creation, in His Essence and Attribute. Nothing happens except with the permission of Allah (Glory be to Him), none can intercede in His Command and none can ease trials. None can harm Him nor profit Him.

“He it is who gives life and causes death; and when He decrees a matter, He but says to it, “Be,” and it is.” (Surah al-Ghafir: 68)

  1. We mention this Name in every Salah:

“Between the two prostrations, the Prophet would say: (Allahummaghfir li, warhamni, wajburni, wahdini, warzuqni).’O Allah! Pardon me, have mercy on me, help me, guide me, and grant me sustenance.'” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 284)

  1. Lastly, the best way to call Allah with this Name is:

“Ya Jabbar, Aj-burni” (O Jabbar, improve my circumstances).

Maliha Rahmat, AAT

 

 

But I am not arrogant!

“Oh, but I’m not arrogant!”

Yes, you hit the nail on the head. I am indeed talking about the issue of Isbaal; that is wearing clothes that come down below the ankles, for men. I say for men, because women should be covering their feet. One may think, how in the world can a woman’s feet be a cause of temptation?! But tis true indeed, that’s why women adooore shoes! Plus, ask those who have a ‘feet fetish.’

Nonetheless back to subject. If we look at current trends, we will find that the world is soaked in a variety of alleged ‘fashion’ with the connotation that fashion is an art, and an expression of preferences and freedom to dress.

As muslims, we have to bear in mind that Islam is a complete way-of-life. Islam is not a pick and mix counter, it is a whole lifestyle. All aspects that constitute your life, is clearly defined by its guidance. Meaning that your dress-code is detailed too. Just like when a person attends a school, there are mottos, routines, standards of behaviour, ethics and of course the uniform, that all have to be adhered to. One cannot expect to attend the most reputable institution, but select which part of the school rules they would like to follow. And of course, Islam is more complete than basic school rules. Nonetheless, similarly, one cannot pick which teachings of Islam to follow, and which ones to toss out the window. You accepted Islam, not ‘Is’, nor ‘lam’ nor i-l-m…

The dress of code of Islam, is general, and based on a set of principles. It’s not rigid like a uniform, where you can only wear a shirt, a blazer etc… Rather, as long as the outfit you choose meets the criteria, you’re good to go!

For men, an important principle is that their outfit should not drag below their ankles.

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever lets his garment drag out of pride, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.” Umm Salamah said: “What should women do with their hems?” He said: “Let them down by a hand-span.” She said: “But then their feet will be uncovered.” He said: “Then a cubit, but no more than that.” This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi.

What an embarrassment, and humiliating situation to be in on the Day of Judgment that Allah will not look at you, when all of mankind will be assembled, and when every last little deed counts. My brothers, it’s not difficult, the cold won’t bite at your ankles, nor will the heat of the sun tan them, if you do it sincerely seeking the pleasure of Allah. Fold your trousers and alter your thawbs.

In another hadith, perhaps a worse threat is mentioned, “whatever part of the lower garment is below the ankles is in hell.” (Ahmad)

I’m sure we all want to steer clear of the hellfire. If the lowest degree of punishment in hellfire is shoes that will make a person’s brain boil, then I don’t think a person would like to go ankle deep wading around in the hellfire. It’s not a paddling pool I assure you.

Save yourselves. Save your ankles from the punishment of Allah!

The punishment of Allah is severe, my brothers and sisters. If you are a brother reading this, then I implore you to take heed. It will be difficult, but you will be rewarded for your effort. The more difficult it is for you, the greater the reward that awaits! If you are a sister, then enjoin the good and forbid the evil by advising the male members of your family.

The worst of all this, is one who allows his garment to train out of pride, for he is defiant of Allah’s commands.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever trails his garment on the ground out of pride, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.” Abu Bakr said to him, “O Messenger of Allah, my izaar (lower garment) slips down if I do not pay attention to it.” He said: “You are not one of those who do it out of pride.” (Reported by al-Bukhari, no. 5784)

Sadly, this above hadith is used as an excuse for many men who claim they have no pride. Do they not realise that they are mere mortals, with ego, forgetfulness and prone to sin? My brother, you are not equal to Abu-Bakr, he was the best of men after the Prophet peace be upon him. To say that one has no pride, is praise in and of itself. What guarantee do you have, my brother, that you have no pride? Allah knows the hearts, and thus He conveyed, what He conveyed on the lips of His final Messenger. Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, had the approval of the Prophet and even in such a case, when he would remember he would lift his garment, because it was accidental when it slipped.

The fashions of wearing long trousers, thawbs, coats, etc… in no way reflect Islamic values. In fact, they are quite contrary. Any item of clothing that is dragged is considered as coming under this ruling.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Isbaal (wearing one’s garment below the ankles) may apply to the izaar (lower garment), the shirt or the turban. Whoever allows any part of these to trail on the ground out of arrogance, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Judgement.” (reported by Abu Dawud, no. 4085, and al-Nisaa’i, no. 5334, with a saheeh isnaad).

Many happily engage in this deliberately, I adjure you to consider and think of the consequences. Never think that when I get to the Akhirah, Allah is merciful and he will not punish me. The punishment may come earlier than expected:

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whilst a man was walking arrogantly admiring himself and his clothes, Allah caused the earth to swallow him and he is suffering in it until the Day of Resurrection.” (Reported by Muslim, no. 2088).

A brief point to note for our sisters, whilst it is permissible for us to lower our garments to cover our feet, it is impermissible to do so with haughtiness.

To conclude, I remind you; look at the condition of Muslims around the world. Muslims are being accused, tortured, imprisoned, blown to pieces, and worse. The change starts with us. We may think, how will rolling up my trousers help? But trust me it does. Only when you change, then Allah will change the condition of the ummah. You better yourself however you can, and Allah will better the ummah. The change begins with me and you. If we constantly think it is trivial, then we will never move forward. Never belittle a good deed, it may just be the one that earns you Jannah. How many narrations do we have where Allah forgave a person and admitted them to Jannah for something that was seemingly small and insignificant?!