Saturday, March 19, 2011

Notes: Road to Taqwa- Shaikh Faisal

The Road to Taqwa
by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal

Taqwa- to place betw urself and the wrath of Allah a barrier by doing wat is fard and abstaining from that which is haram
O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds). (9:119)

1. Keep up your prayers
But if they repent, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way) We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for a people who know. (9-11)
Recite (O Muhammad ) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Qur'an), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat). Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha' (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism (29:45)

2. Make dhikr (remember Allah much)
 --> otherwize shaytan will become ur intimate companion
 And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allah) (i.e. this Qur'an and worship of Allah), We appoint for him Shaitan (Satan - devil) to be a Qarin (an intimate companion) to him.
Rasul (saw): everything in dunya is cursed except dkikr Allah, scholar of knowlede and his student

3. Have righteous friends
--> haram to go into the company of those who insult Allah/Rasul
Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! (25:28)
And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur'an) that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them (4-140)
Rasul (saw) said: All of u belong to the religion of ur friend
Rasul (saw) said, ‘A Mu’ min is a mirror for a Mu’min.’ (Abu Dawud)

4. Become Talib ul-Ilm (a student of knowledge)
 --> u need a shaikh to explain deen, otherwize shaytan will become ur shaykh
Rasul (saw) said: a hypocrite will never have two things: knowledge of the deen and a beutiful character

5. Have an islamic library at home

6. keep the company of the islamic scholars
 (sincere islamic scholars)
 --> scholars are the inheriters of the prophets

7. Be charitable

8. Go to the battlefield and fight alongside the mujahideen
(this is the highest means of attaining taqwa)

Rasul (saw): there will always be a time when ppl from my ummah will be doing jihad fesabilillah
Rasul (saw) said: anybody died without doing jihad or the intention of  jihad, they have died on a branch of hypocricy
 --> masculinity is not a requirment of jihad
 --> inspire the believers to fight kufr

 A student of knowledge has to have these qualities
 1. sabr (u cannot be impatient)
 2. bold (u cannot be shy)
 3. humble (u cannot be proud)
 4. develop the spirit of sacrifice
 5. sincerity

Rasul (saw) said: whoever amasses knowledge to dispute or show off, will never even smell the fragrance of paradise
And recite (O Muhammad ) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away, so Shaitan (Satan) followed him up, and he became of those who went astray (7:175)
 And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect (7:176)

6. practice wat u preach
 -->  ppl will become envious of ur deen/character
 --> dont give the munafiqs chance to ridicule u
Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture [the Taurat (Torah)]! Have you then no sense? (2:44)
O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do. (61:2-3)
And verily, you (O Muhammad ) are on an exalted standard of character.(68:4)
 --> Muhammad (saw) was successful because he was an example of wat he preached  (As-sadiq Al-Ameen---> the honest, the trustworthy)
To be a sincere student of knowledge--> be patient,  be bold, be humble, be ready to sacrifice,  be sincere, and practice wat u preach

 1. love the deen and are zealous in practicing the deen
 2. Attracted to islamic knowledge
 3. use sunnah to fight biddah and not the opposite
 4. practices kufr bit taghoot
 (rejection of false dieties/ man-made isms and schisms)
 5. practices al-wala wal bara
 (loving and hating for the sake of Allah)
 solidarity with the muslims and disavowal of the kuffar
 6. when marry, marry a pious spouse

shaikh faisal_2000: masjid diraar
And as for those who put up a mosque by way of harming and disbelief, and to disunite the believers, and as an outpost for those who warred against Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ) aforetime, they will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good. Allah bears witness that they are certainly liars (9:107)
Never stand (to pray) there. A place of worship which was founded on piety from the first day is more worthy that thou shouldst stand (to pray) therein, wherein are men who love to purify themselves. Allah loveth the purifiers. (9:108)