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The advice of Abu Bakr to Umar

 

When Abû Bakr Al-Siddîq was on his deathbed he called ‘Umar – Allah be pleased with them – and said:

‘Fear Allah o ‘Umar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day. He will not accept extra (nâfilah) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory deeds. The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them. And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy. And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them. And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.
Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them. And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them. Allah’s worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.
If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.’

~Abû Nu’aym|| Hilyah Al-Awliyâ` Vol.1 p18; & Ibn Al-Jawzî,|| Sifah Al-Safwah

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What remains

Rectify what remains of your life

Fudail ibn lyaad, may Allah have mercy upon him, encountered a man, so he asked him the following questions:

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “How old are you?”

The man: “Sixty years old.”

Fudail ibn lyaad: “Thus you—for the past sixty years have been upon a journey towards the meeting with your Lord and you have almost reached your destination.’

The man: “Verily from Allah we come and to Him we shall return.”

Fudail ¡bn lyaad: “Do you know the meaning of this statement?”

The man: “Yes. I know that I am a slave of Allah and I am returning to Him.”

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “Oh my brother; whoever knows that he is a slave of Allah and that he is going to return to Him: then let him also know that he is going to stand in front of Him. And whoever knows that he is going to stand in front of Him then let him also know that he is going to be questioned. And whoever knows that he is going to he questioned then let him prepared answers for the questions.”

The man: “What is the solution?”

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “It’s simple.”

The man: “What is it?”

Fudail ibn Iyaad: “Rectify what remains (of your life) and you will be forgiven for what has already passed by; but if you misuse what remains (of your life) then you will be taken to account for that which has passed by and that which remains.”

Translated by Rasheed Barbee
Note: This is not a translation of Shaykh Raslaan’s speech, rather it is a translation of the narration that he is speaking about.

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Which is better for a Muslim woman, seeking knowledge or taking care of the house?

Question: Which is better for a Muslim woman, taking care of her house and husband, or devoting her time to seeking knowledge, and bringing a servant to take care of the house?

Answer: Yes, it is obligatory for a Muslim woman to strive to understand her religion as much as possible, but serving her husband, obeying her husband and raising her children are also important obligations. She should make time to learn every day, even if it is only a little. Or she should put aside some time for reading and then the rest of her time will be for her daily work. In this way she will not be neglecting learning and she will not be neglecting her work and children and leaving them to a servant to look after. Seeking balance in this matter, by setting aside time for learning, even if it is a little, and time for her housework, will be sufficient for her.

~Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan|| al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 3, p. 1085

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As if it were…

Abu Al-Hasan Ali bin Ahmad said:

“Deal with optional acts of worship as if they are obligatory, and acts of disobedience as if they are kufr (disbelief), and your desires as if they are poison, and socializing with the people as if it were fire, and nurturing of your soul as if it were medicine.”


 

~Khilasat Al-Athaar, 3/401

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Shaykh Abdus-Salaam Ibn Barjas Rahimahullaah:

 “O student! If you want knowledge from its sources then you should stick to the great scholars [Kibâr-ul-‘ulama]: those who have gray beards and weak bodies and have lost their power in [pursuit of] knowledge and educating. Stick to them before they disappear and take from their treasure before they take it with them.

One misses the full-moon in the dark night.”


 ~al-‘Awa’iq, p. 26.

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Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Verily to Allaah we belong and Him we shall return

As many of you are aware, our dear beloved elder and teacher, Abu Talha Dawood Burbank and his wife Umm Talha have returned back to Allaah on Wednesday the 3rd of November; whilst on their way to perform Hajj. Qadr Allaah wa maa shaa fa’al, Indeed Allaah knows best for His believing servants and truly His promise will be fulfilled.

Thereof (the earth) We created you, and into it We shall return you, and from it We shall bring you out once again.

Surah Ta-Ha ||20:55

Nevertheless, All praise is due to Allaah, Abu Talha (Rahimahullaah) has left, by the Fadhl of Allaah, many precious pearls for our English speaking community to benefit from- Thus I kindly request that you benefit from what is available to you before a day when one is in severe need of knowledge coupled with righteous actions, as stated by the sahabee al jaleel, Ali RadhiAllaahu anhu:

‘For today there are (opportunities to do) deeds and there is no reckoning, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no deeds’

Sahih al Bukhari: The Book of Raqâ`iq

Therefore I advise myself first, then you ( O’ reader) to benefit from the scholars of ahlus-sunnah and the du’aat, even if it may be that due to your striving for the sake of Allaah, much is sacrificed by way of wealth and time. Your sustenance has already been decreed for you and it is only shaytaan who threatens you with poverty, Allaah promises you that what you have put forward for the sake of Allaah will not be lost.

‘As for those who strive hard in Us (our cause), We will surely guide them to Our paths’

Al-‘Ankabut||29:69

‘Whatever is with you, will be exhausted and what is with Allaah will remain’

an-Nahl||16:96

‘So their Lord accepted of them, “Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female.’

Surah Aali-Imraan|| 03:195


So benefit and strive to seek this ‘ilm before the sad news reaches you about the death of another ‘Alim or another Da’ee – the people of knowledge and truth are a few, so knowledge will certainly not come to you! It takes much effort, sacrificing and of course asking Allaah for success. Do not spend your time in regret for not taking benefit from those who have passed you, get up and hurry to catch the wagon before it’s too late. For once you have left this world it will be no more and too late, so May Allaah grant you tawfeeq. It is for this reason that I encourage myself first to benefit from the masses of precious gems and treasury of knowledge – our Teacher, elder and Brother Abu Talha Dawood Burbank left, so May Allaah have mercy upon him, his wife and all the deceased Muslims, Aameen.

Al Imaam Muqbil ibn Haadee al Wadi’ee Rahimahullaah:

‘ O’ my children, I swear by Allaah if knowledge could be poured into a glass, I would pour it for you, but it is not obtained except by hard work, exhaustion, and scraping of the knees.’

 

Your sister in Islaam

Bint Abee Abdul-Qaadir

Usool ath-Thalatha by our Brother and elder Abu Talha Dawood Burbank Rahimahullaah

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Question: What are the books that a student of knowledge begins with, then if he wishes progresses onto?

Answer:  The books that a student at the beginning stages of seeking knowledge starts with – if he is well versed in reading and writing (Arabic) – then he should study

  • ‘Fathul-Majeed Sharh Kitaabut-Tawheed’ since it is a great book and also study
  • ‘Aqeedahtul Waasitiyyah’ by Shaykh ul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, and
  • ‘al-Qawlul Mufeed’ by our brother Muhammad bin ‘Abdul Wahaab al-Wasaabi and likewise
  • ‘Bulugh al-Maraam’ and
  • ‘Riyaadhus Saliheen’

Furthermore, once you have studied these books and you wish and desire (to move to) other books, and indeed if you are able you should begin with the memorisation of the Qur’aan then that is better and more virtuous. Subsequently, the issue of the Arabic language for our non-Arab brothers is very important, since if a non-Arab was not well versed in the Arabic language, it is possible that a person in an Islamic garb could come to you and explain the Qur’aan upon other than its correct explanation, like that which occurred with the Mu’tazilah.

al-‘Allaamah Muqbil bin Haadee al Waadi’ee

Reference: Tuhfatul Mujeeb ‘Alaa Asilatil-Hadhir wal-Ghareeb P.156, Dar al-Aathar.

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