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How to attain ‘ilm that ‘Laa illaaha il-Allaah
By Imaam as-Sa’dee


1- And this is the greatest of them, to contemplate upon the Names and Attributes of Allaah, and His actions that show His perfectness, greatness and magnificence. This causes a person to exert himself in devotion to Allaah and worshipping the Perfect Lord, to Whom is all praise, glorification, beauty and majesty.

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Sincerity …

Ibn Taymiyyah:

‘Sincerity for Allaah is that a person’s intent is for Allaah and intends everything for Him, causing fountains of wisdom to spring up from his heart on to his tongue.’

~Imaam ibn Taymiyyah||’an-Naboowaat’ 147

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Fallen from the sky and snatched by birds
Surah Hajj v.31

حُنَفَآءَ لِلَّهِ غَيۡرَ مُشۡرِكِينَ بِهِۦ‌ۚ وَمَن يُشۡرِكۡ بِٱللَّهِ فَكَأَنَّمَا خَرَّ مِنَ
 ٱلسَّمَآءِ فَتَخۡطَفُهُ ٱلطَّيۡرُ أَوۡ تَهۡوِى بِهِ ٱلرِّيحُ فِى مَكَانٍ۬ سَحِيقٍ۬

Hunafâ’ Lillâh (i.e. to worship none but Allâh), not associating partners (in worship) unto Him, and whoever assigns partners to Allah, it is as if he had fallen   from the sky, and the birds had snatched him, or the wind had thrown him to a far off place.’                     

      surah al-Hajj: 31

Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee (Rahimahullaah) said:

‘He commands them that they should be,

حُنَفَآءَ لِلَّهِ
‘Hunafâ’ Lillâh (i.e. to worship none but Allâh)…’ 

Meaning, turning in devotion to Him and to worship of Him, and turning away from everything else besides Him.



غَيۡرَ مُشۡرِكِينَ بِهِۦ‌ۚ وَمَن يُشۡرِكۡ بِٱللَّهِ
‘…not associating partners (in worship) unto Him, and whoever assigns partners to Allah…’

Then for the like of him:
فَكَأَنَّمَا خَرَّ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ
‘It is as if he has fallen from the sky…’

Meaning, that he has fallen down from it.

فَتَخۡطَفُهُ ٱلطَّيۡرُ

‘…and the birds had snatched him…’


أَوۡ تَهۡوِى بِهِ ٱلرِّيحُ فِى مَكَانٍ۬ سَحِيقٍ۬

‘…or the wind had thrown him to a far off place.’

Meaning: (a place that is) far away, so this is how the person of shirk is.

Then Eemaan is like the sky, protected and raised high. Then whoever abandons Eemaan then he is like a person who has fallen from the sky: he is liable to suffer disaster and calamity. So either he will be snatched and torn to pieces by birds (of prey), and will be like the person of shirk when he abandons adherence to true Eemaan and so is snatched away by the devils from every side. So they tear him apart and destroy him in his religion and worldly life.

~Imaam as-Sa’dee|| Parables of the Quran pg.23-24

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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’


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


‘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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Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah Rahimahullaah said:

“…And the slave – the more humble, needy, and subdued he is before Allah – the closer he will be to Him, and the dearer he will be to Him, and the greater in status he will be to Him. So, the happiest of the Creation is the one who is greatest in servitude to Allah.

As for the Creation, as it is said: be in need of whoever you wish, and you will be his prisoner; be sufficient from whoever you wish, and you will be his adversary; be kind to whoever you wish, and you will be his authority…

So, the greatest in status and honor the slave is with others is when he is not in need of them in any way, shape, or form. If you are good to others while not being in need of them, you will be greater in their eyes. When you are in need of them – even if for a sip of water – your status is reduced in their eyes in accordance with what it is you need from them. And this is from the Wisdom and Mercy of Allah, in order that the Religion all be for Allah, and that nothing be associated with Him.

Because of this, when Hatim al-Asam was asked: ‘With what can one protect himself from people?’ he answered:

“That you freely give them from what you have, and that you are cold and indifferent towards what they have.” However, if you are in a position to be compensated from them, and they are also in need of something from you, and the needs of the two sides become equal, you become like two merchants, none of whom has any virtue over the other. If they are the more needy side, that is when they will become subdued.

So, with the Exalted Lord, the most generous you are to Him is when you are most in need of Him. With the Creation, the most insignificant you are to them is when you are most in need of them…”

~ Source: Majmoo` al-Fatawa 1/67|Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah Rahimahullaah

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Ponder over the creation

Pondering upon the creation of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, upon the amazing variety of creation, and the creation of man himself is a potent invigorator of faith. This is because the greatness of this creation points to the greatness of the Creator and His Omnipotence, its conformity and harmony points to the vastness of Allaah’s knowledge and His All-Encompassing Wisdom, its innumerable blessings and plentiful bounties point to the expanse of Allaah’s Mercy, His Generosity and Kindness. All of these factors lead one to exalt its creator, give thanks to Him, resort to His remembrance and make the religion sincerley for Him Alone. This is the essence and very spirit of faith.

Ponder over the impovershment and need of the whole creation of its Lord for everything, the fact that it cannot survive without Him for even the blink of an eye, especially that which you witness in yourself, leads the servant to humbly submit before Him, to frequent supplication of Him in order to promote all that would benefit him with regards this world and the Hereafter and repress all that would harm him. It leads one to have complete reliance upon and absolute trust in his Lord along with total belief in His promise and an ardent desire for His beneficence.

Through all these matters does one actualise faith and strengthen his worship, for indeed supplication is the essence and spirit of worship.

~Transcription| Al-Allaamah as-Sa’di: The tree of faith (p.53)

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