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Imaam Ibn Qayyim:

The one who calls to Allah and to Daar as-Salaam motivates the reluctant souls and (calls them to) the highest endeavours and the one who calls to Eemaan makes to hear those with attentive ears; and Allah makes to hear anyone (whose heart is) alive, and his hearing it elevates him to the rank of Al-Abrar and it encourages him on his journey and he does not stop until he reaches Dar al-Qaraar.

Ibn Qayyim|| Mukhtasar Zaad al Ma’aad Eng.Trans pg 303-304

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‘Take your heart wherever you wish amongst the desires
There is no love except for the first beloved
To how many places in the earth has a youth traversed
(Yet) his everlasting desire is always for the First’



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The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allâh ordered the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly), then verily! he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.

But none is granted it (the above quality) except those who are patient, and none is granted it except the owner of the great portion (of the happiness in the Hereafter i.e. Paradise and in this world of a high moral character).

(Fussilat 41:34-35)

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Abu Bakr Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee

He was the Shaikh, the Imaam Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn ‘Alee Ibn Thaabit, better known as Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee, the author of many books,1 the most famous of which is Taareekh Baghdaad. 

He was born in the year 392H. His father was the khateeb (lecturer) of Darzeejaan – from the noblemen of ‘Iraaq.2 So he encouraged this son of his (Abu Bakr Khateeb) and let him hear (hadeeth narrations from the scholars) at a young age in the year 403H (when he was only eleven). Then he desired to seek knowledge of the science of Hadeeth, so he traveled for that purpose to the different regions. And he excelled in his studies, wrote books and compiled works. And he became foremost in the general fields of the science of hadeeth.

He heard from a large amount of the trustworthy and reliable muhadditheen (scholars of hadeeth) in various lands – in Baghdad, Basra, Naisapur, Asbahaan, Dainoor, Hamdaan, Koofa, the Haramain (two holy cities of Makkah and Madeenah), Damascus, Jerusalem and others. His arrival in Shaam took place in 451H, where he lived for eleven years. Many of the great scholars of hadeeth reported ahaadeeth on his authority, such as his teacher Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Al-Barqaanee, the Shaikh of Baghdaad.

Ibn Makoolaa said: “Abu Bakr Al-Khateeb was one of the last prominent figures whom we witnessed having knowledge, memorization, precision and accuracy (in wording) of the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). And who had mastery in its defects and its chains of narration, and who had knowledge of its authentic and its weak, its individual (reported by only one narrator), its rejected (munkar) and its discarded (matrooh).”

Then he (rahimahullaah) said: “And there was not found amongst the people of Baghdaad, after Ad-Daaraqutnee, anyone similar to him.” 3

He wrote on the subject of Fiqh (Islaamic Jurisprudence) and gained mastery in it, then preoccupied himself with the science of Hadeeth. He was eloquent in speech, possessing a high-pitched voice, having a nice recitation (of Qur’aan), and he had beautiful handwriting.

He gave away all his money in charity, which consisted of two hundred deenaars, to the people of knowledge and the poor folk. And he wrote in his will to give his clothes away in charity. He would donate his books to the Muslims, and not ask for anything in return.

The Imaam died in the year 463H, may Allaah have mercy on him.

1. Translator’s Note: His books and written works exceed the number of 60.
2. Translator’s Note: He grew up in Darzeejaan, which is a big village by the Nile River to the southwest of Baghdad. This village is where his father was given the position of being the Khateeb (khutbah speaker) and Imaam of its central masjid for the period of twenty years.
3. Translator’s Note: Adh-Dhahabee said of him: “He wrote many books, and compiled and authored. And he authenticated hadeeth and declared hadeeth weak. He criticized (made jarh) and approved (ta’deel). He recorded historical accounts and clarified issues. And he became the one with the most hadeeth memorized amongst the people of his time, without exception.”

  • Source: Shaykh Naasir ud-Deen al Albaani’s Checking of Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee’s book Iqtidaa-ul-‘Ilm Al-‘Amal (pg. 1).

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As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allâh’s Religion – Islâmic Monotheism). And verily, Allâh is with the Muhsinûn (good doers).” (Al-‘Ankabut 29:69)

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National Winter Conference 2010 Birmingham

“And hold on all of you together to the Rope of Allaah and be not divided”

* Weekend Friday 24th,
* Saturday 25th,
* Sunday 26th December 2010

Shaikh Muhammad bin Ramzaan al-Haajiree (in person)
Abu Hakeem Bilaal Davis
Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq
Hasan as-Somaalee
Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid

Shaikh Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee
Shaikh Ubaid al-Jaabiree
Shaikh Muhammad bin Haadee al-Madkhalee
Shaikh Zaid al-Madkhalee

Dates: Weekend 24th, 25th, 26th December 2010

Lectures: From 12pm till 10pm Daily.

Stalls: Enquiries welcome

Telephone: 0121-773-0033

Updates: www.SalafiTalk.net

Venue: Salafi Mosque, Wright Street, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 0UG

Admission: FREE

Bookstore open entire weekend.

All welcome to attend – A great weekend for the whole family!

Book in at a local hotel, visit: www.LateRooms.com
All proceeds will go towards the da’wah and the new mosque project.

Wassallaamu alaikum.

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Do the Angels Make Babies Laugh?

Shaykh Uthman As-Salimee (may Allah preserve him)

Question: It’s said that when a child breastfeeding laughs, without any one making him laugh the angels are responsible. Is this correct?

Answer: Verily, I don’t know any proof for this claim.  Glory to Allah-This issue is widespread over numerous countries. What causes the baby to laugh, I don’t know. It could be possible that when this happens the child is thinking about something or imaging something. May Allah bless you, I don’t know what causes the child to laugh,  and we don’t have any evidence that he sees the Angels when he laughs.

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