Will we be punished for doing a “good” deed?

Imam Sa’eed ibn Al-Musayyib rahimahullah once saw a man praying more than 2 raka’at after the beginning of Fajr (i.e. before the Fajr prayer), making many bows and prostrations, and so he forbade him.

The man said: “O Abu Muhammad, is Allah going to punish me for praying?”

Sa’eed said: “No, but He will punish you for contradicting the Sunnah.” [1]

Sa’eed ibn Al-Musayyib rahimahullah was a tabi’ee (i.e. a student of the Companions), and his narrations are reported in both Bukhari and Muslim.

The point here is a lesson and a warning against doing bid’ah with the excuse of doing a good deed. For this ummah, there is absolutely no one else who knows ‘ibadah that is beloved and accepted by Allah s.w.t. than Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam himself. So adhere to the Sunnah as much and closely as possible, and leave the ones that contradict it.

قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬

Say (O Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to mankind):
If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah),
Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.
And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Ali Imran 3:31]

May Allah s.w.t. help us live upon the Sunnah and die upon the Sunnah.

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Reference:
Al-Bayhaqi in As-Sunan Al-Kubraa, graded as saheeh by Sheikh Al-Albani

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[Al-Kahf 18:107] Al-Kahf Challenge (17/20)

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf,
he will be protected from the Dajjal.”  [Sahih Muslim]
Al-Kahf Challenge is to make the memorization & understanding of the first 10 & the last 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf easy, insya Allah. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 | Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21
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Verily! Those who believe and do righteous deeds
shall have the Gardens of Al-Firdaus (the Paradise)
for their entertainment [nuzul].
[Al-Kahf 18:107]

After describing the true losers in this life, Allah s.w.t. then describes the characteristics of those who will truly be successful. This ayah teaches us the two conditions that must be fulfilled in order to be in the successful group:

Correct Belief
and Righteous Deeds. 

These two are the total opposite of the characteristics of the losers, because the losers are those who not only do not have correct belief, but also all of their works are in vain and not accepted.

What is Righteous Deeds?

We need to really understand that for a deed to be accepted by Allah s.w.t. must be (1) done only for the His sake and (2) in accordance to the Shari’ah i.e. as the teachings of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. This is what it meant by Righteous Deeds.

1. Must be done only for Allah’s Sake i.e. Sincerity – The intention of any deed that we do must be only to seek the pleasure of Allah, and not for any other purpose even if it might seem good in our eyes. For example, a person attends a knowledge circle with his friend because he knows it will make his friend happy. Attending a beneficial class and pleasing a friend do seem like good deeds. However, if these were his sole intentions, then he will not be rewarded.

One of the things that is so important, yet always forgotten by us, is to tie each of our good action with the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah.
So if we are going to a knowledge circle – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, for He has commanded us to seek knowledge.
If we are pleasing a friend – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, for He has commanded us to behave well with others.
If we are cooking, cleaning, doing “mundane” chores in the house – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, for He has commanded us to treat our parents with ihsan, and that He loves cleanliness.
Even if we’re eating or sleeping – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, to revitalize our bodies so that we may continue to worship Him in the best manner.

Every single, minute good deed that we do – tie them with the intention to please our Rabb.

2. According to the Shari’ah i.e. the Sunnah – Religious innovations (bid’ah) will not be accepted by Allah s.w.t. for they do not follow the Sunnah. This is why Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has warned us:

“He who innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that is not of it,
will have it rejected (by Allah).”
[Bukhari & Muslim]

Therefore, any deed that lacks sincerity and are not done according to the Sunnah, is not considered as a righteous deed. May Allah s.w.t. enable and facilitate us to constantly do righteous deeds for His sake.

What has been prepared for those who believe and do righteous deeds?

So what has been prepared for such believers? It is the Gardens of Al-Firdaus al-a’laa! Qatadah said that Al-Firdaus is a hill in Paradise, at its center, and the best of it!

One might feel how can I attain Jannatul Firdaus? Isn’t that only for the Messengers and Prophets? What did our beloved Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam taught us? He sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“When you ask Allah (for something),
ask for Al-Firdaus which is the best and highest part of Paradise.”
[Bukhari]

Always aim high! Remember that our goal is not just about getting in Jannah – It’s about getting in and at the HIGHEST place!

May Allah s.w.t. make us one of the inheritors of Jannatul Firdaus, Allahumma ameen!

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

4 Reasons Why One Should Not Celebrate Mawlid

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Q: Should we show the love of Rasulallah ﷺ by celebrating his birthday (Mawlid)?

A: I will give you 4 questions to ponder:
1. Do you know exactly on which day he ﷺ was born?
2. Do you know exactly on which day he ﷺ passed away?
3. When did our righteous predecessors began to celebrate mawlid?
4. Who actually started this celebration?

Answer for Q1
What we know, based on authentic facts, is that Rasulallah ﷺ was born on a Monday, in the year of the Elephant. But there is no authentic evidence saying that he ﷺ was born on the 12th of Rabiul awal. There is no consensus on the exact date.

Answer for Q2
The answer to this is the REAL alarming fact: There IS a consensus that Rasulallah ﷺ passed away on the 12th of Rabiul awal. And this is the heart-breaking reality, that some Muslims are actually celebrating the day of his death.

Answer for Q3
Do we have any evidence that we can use to trace back to the era of Rasulallah ﷺ, to the companions RA, to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best generations, to the four great imams of school of thoughts – that all of them ever celebrated mawlid? The answer is none. So when we say we show our love for Rasulallah ﷺ through the celebration of mawlid, then we are basically saying that the first 3 best generations did not love him ﷺ. This is a terrible notion.

Answer for Q4
The answer to this should also cause another alarm to us. Do you know who actually initiated the tradition of celebrating mawlid? It happened when the Muslim world was occupied by a force called the Fatimid. The Sunni imams, scholars and historians have described how the Fatimid spread kufr and heresy, persecuted Ahlul-Sunnah, supported the disbelievers, and cooperated with them against Muslims. So it is clear that this celebration come from a group of people who were not upon the Qur’an and Sunnah but were upon misguidance. [Read more: https://islamqa.info/en/101896]

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, the best way to show our love for Rasulallah ﷺ is to follow him, obey him, revive his Sunnah, convey what he was sent with, strive upon that with the heart, hand and tongue – as this was the way of the foremost who embraced Islam.

Imam Karim AbuZaid (paraphrased)

[Al-Kahf 18:104] Al-Kahf Challenge (14/20)

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf,
he will be protected from the Dajjal.”  [Sahih Muslim]
Al-Kahf Challenge is to make the memorization & understanding of the first 10 & the last 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf easy, insya Allah. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14 | Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21

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The previous ayah asks:
“Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds?” [Al-Kahf 18:103]
And this ayah is the answer to that:

“Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds!”
[Al-Kahf 18:104]

The greatest losers in respect of their deeds are those who think are on the correct path but all of their efforts only went to waste! Meaning, their deeds will have absolutely no value because they were not done in accordance with the prescribed way that is acceptable to Allah – they do not follow the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of Rasulallah s.a.w. The worst part is that they thought they were on the right path!

This is the case for a lot of people:

Example #1: Don’t we see how some non-believers are so pious and firm on their faith, and so confident that they are on the truth? They put so much effort to work on their spirituality, sometimes to the extent of abandoning the human fitrah like getting married, thinking that God is pleased with their actions. We ask Allah to open their hearts and guide them on the straight path, and we ask Allah to keep us steadfast.

Example #2: On the other hand, haven’t we seen how some men and women work so hard and tireless for their dunya, but forgot their akhirah? These people struggle day and night, thinking that they are acquiring good for themselves and their families.

Be careful o Muslims, for we are not safe from falling into this same delusion ourselves.

Example #3: We are Muslims, alhamdulillah, but we might do many acts of bid’ah (i.e. acts of worship that do not follow the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah). We think: I’m just doing a good deed, what’s so harmful about it? Rasulallah s.a.w. said:

“Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead him astray,
and whomsoever Allah sends astray, none can guide.
The truest of word is the Book of Allah
and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad.
The worst of things are those that are newly invented;
every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid’ah)
and every innovation (bid’ah) is going astray,
and every going astray is in the Fire.
[Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Example #4: No matter how pious we think we are right now, we might end up bankrupt on the Day of Judgment because of our own ugly character and behaviour towards others. Rasulallah s.a.w said:

“The real bankrupt of my Ummah is one who comes on the Day of Resurrection with
prayer, fasting, and charity,
but he cursed others,
slandered others,
unlawfully consumed the wealth of others,
shed the blood of others
and beat others;
so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand).
If his good deeds run out before the score is settled, their sins would be added to his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”.
[Sahih Muslim]

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, be forewarned, this is one of the characteristics of those who will be the greatest losers: their efforts were wasted. And as mentioned in the previous post, this also corresponds with one of the conditions stated in Surah Al-Asr: the people who are in loss are those whom have lost their righteous deeds.

May Allah s.w.t. protect us from becoming one of the greatest losers on the Day of Judgment.

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

Follow The Path Of The Salaf

“Do not perform any act of worship that was not practiced by the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), for the earlier generation did not leave any room for the latter to add anything (to the religion). Fear Allah, O’ readers, seekers of knowledge, and follow the path of those who came before you.”

Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan r.a.
[Narrated by Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah]

[Ali-Imran 3:31] Does Allah Love You?

“Say (O Muhammad ﷺ to mankind): If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Ali-Imran 3:31]

“If you love Allah, then follow me (Rasulallah ﷺ)”. Scholars of tafseer call this Ayah “The testing Ayah”. Here is the test: We claim we love Allah s.w.t., but do we still do certain “religious” activities or events just because our ancestors / community do so, even though these actions are never within the sunnah of Rasulallah ﷺ?

If we keep saying: “The ustadh/sheikh says we can / what will people say?”, we need to ask ourselves: whose love are we actually seeking? If we are seeking the love of Allah, then it’s not our culture or the opinion of others that we should follow. Evidence that we are truthful about our claim that we love Allah is when we truly follow the sunnah of Rasulallah ﷺ and that includes abandoning all bid’ah matters.

For these blessed people who follow the Sunnah, it is also a sign that Allah loves them, for the Ayah says: “If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you…”

Allah s.w.t. loves them and guides them to submit to the ways of Rasulallah ﷺ.

It is super easy to claim that we love Allah s.w.t. But what really matters is if Allah loves us. That’s the crux of the matter.

Reference: Extracted from Imam Karim AbuZaid’s Friday khutbah.

Ahlus Sunnah: There Is No Bid’ah Hasanah (Good Bid’ah)

SCHOLARS OF AHLUS SUNNAH VIEW ON AHLU BIDAH

Sufis claim that there is a thing in Islam called bidah hasanah ‘good bidah’ however this is wrong and incorrect. The scholars of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah do not believe in bidah hasanah, they believe all bidah is haram.

Statements On Ahlu Bidah By The Scholars Of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah

1) Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d.161H) said:

“Innovation is more beloved to Iblees than sin, since a sin may be repented from but innovation is not repented from.” [Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee no. 238]

2) Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204H) said:

“That a person meets Allaah with every sin except shirk is better than meeting Him upon any one of the innovated beliefs.” [Reported by al-Bayhaqee in al-I’tiqaad pg.158]

3) Ibraaheem bin Maysarah (d.132H) said:

“Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.” [Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee (1/139)]

4)Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d.161 H) said,

“Whoever listens to an innovator has left the protection of Allaah, and is entrusted with the innovation.” [Reported by Aboo Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah, 7/26 and Ibn Battah, no. 444]

5) Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad (d. 187H) said,

“Whoever sits with a person of innovation, then beware of him and whoever sits with a person of innovation has not been given wisdom. I love that there was a fort of iron between me and a person of innovation. That I eat with a Jew and a Christian is more beloved to me than that I eat with a person of Innovation.” [Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee]

6) Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad (d.187H) said,

“Do not sit with a person of innovation. Allaah has rendered his actions futile and has taken the light of Islaam from his heart.” He also said, “Do not feel safe about your deen with a person of innovation. Do not consult him in your affairs and do not sit with him, for whoever sits with a person of innovation Allaah will make him inherit blindness.” And he said, “Verily, Allaah has angels who look for the gatherings in which remembrance is made, so look and see with whom is your sitting. Let it not be with a person of innovation for Allaah does not look at them. And a sign of hypocrisy is that a man stands and sits with a person of innovation.” [Sharh Usoolul-I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaa’ee no. 263-265]

7. Hishaam said:

al-Hasan [al-Basree] and Muhammad bin Seereen used to both say: ‘Do not sit with the people of ahwaa’* and do not argue with them and do not listen from them.” [Al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah #395]

8) Aboo Qilaabah said:

“Do not sit with the people of ahwaa’*, and do not argue with them, for verily I do not feel safe that they will immerse you in their misguidance or confuse you in that which you already know.” [Al-Ibaanah #369]

9) Ibraaheem an-Nakha’ee said:

“Do not sit with the people of ahwaa’*, for verily their gatherings cause the light of Eemaan to go from the hearts, and strip the beauty from the faces, and cause hatred to be inherited in the hearts of the believers.” [Al-Ibaanah #375]

10) Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee said:

“Aboo Qilaabah said to me: ‘O Ayyoob! Memorize from me four (things): Do not speak regarding the Qur’aan with your opinion, and beware of (speaking about) al-Qadr, and if the Companions of Muhammad are mentioned then withhold, and do not give the people of ahwaa* your hearing so they cast into it what they wish.” [Al-Ibaanah #397]

11) Ahmad bin Abeel-Hawaaree said that ‘Abdullaah binul-Busree said to him:

“The Sunnah with us is not that you refute ahlul-ahwaa’*, but the Sunnah with us is that you do not speak to anyone from amongst them.” [Al-Ibaanah #478]

12) Salaam bin Abee Mutee’ said:

“A man from ahlul-bid’ah said to Ayyoob [as-Sakhtiyaanee d.131H]: ‘O Abaa Bakr! Can I ask you about a word?’ [Salaam] said: “So I saw him indicate with his hand and he was saying: ‘Not even half a word, not even half a word!’” [Al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah [d.387H], #482]

13) Muhammad bin Seereen, if he heard speech from a person of bid’ah, he would put his fingers in his ears, then he said:

“If is not halaal for me to speak to him until he stands up [and leaves] his place.” [Al-Ibaanah #484]

14) Muslim bin Yasaar said:

“Do not open up your hearing to a person of bid’ah, so he pours inside it what you don’t have the ability to take out of your heart.” [Al-Ibaanah #436]

15) ath-Thawree [d.161H] said:

“Whoever lends his hearing to a person of bid’ah has gone out from the protection of Allah and is entrusted to himself.” [Al-Ibaanah #444]

16) al-Imaam As-Saaboonee [d.449H]:

“And along with that, they were agreed upon subduing ahlul-bid’ah by debasing them, degrading them, keeping them far away, being distant from them and from accompanying them and living with them, and upon seeking nearness to Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Taýaala) by avoiding and abandoning them.”[Aqeedatus-Salaf Ashaabul-Hadeeth (pg. 114)]

17) al-Imaam al-Aajurree mentioned in his Akhlaaqul-’Ulamaa’:

“Because from the characteristics of the ‘Aalim al-Aaqil (interllectual scholar) is that he doesn’t sit with ahlul-ahwaa*, and doesn’t debate with them” [Akhlaaqul-’Ulamaa’]

18) Abool-Jawzaa’ said:

“For apes and pigs to live next door to me in a house is more beloved to me than there live next door to me a man from ahlul-ahwaa*”. [Al-Ibaanah #466]

19) Thaabit bin ‘Ajlaan said:

“I met Anas bin Maalik, and Ibn Musayyib, and al-Hasan al-Basree, Sa’eed bin Jubayr, ash-Sha’bee, Ibraaheem an- Nakha’ee, ‘Ataa’ bin Abee Rabaah, Taawoos, Mujaahid, ‘Abdullaah bin Abee Maleekah, and az-Zuhree, Makhool, al-Qaasim Abaa ‘Abdir- Rahmaan, ‘Ataa’ al-Khuraasaanee, Thaabit al-Banaanee, al-Hakim bin Utaybah, Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee, Hamaad, Muhammad bin Seereen and Abaa ‘Aamir – and he had reached Aboo Bakr as-Siddeeq and Yazeed ar-Raqaashee and Sulaymaan bin Moosaa, all of them ordering me to adhere to the (Ahlus Sunnah Wal) Jamaah, and forbidding me from the people of ahwaa’*.” [Al-Ma’rifatu wat-Taareekh of al-Fasuwee (3/491-492)]

*Ahlu Ahwaa (the people of desirers) is another name for Ahlu Bidah (the people of innovation).