Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | February 26, 2009

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Here you will learn about Islamic truths, myths and misconceptions as well as a growing level of Islamic education taken from reliable sources.  Be free to comment, suggest or ask questions.

Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | January 22, 2011

They Want to Make You Remove Your Niqab?

Mashallah this is one smart woman!!  Where there is a will there is a way!  If you love niqab you must see this!


Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | January 14, 2011

Intercession and Intermediaries: Sheikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah

Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, in his treatise, “al-Waasitah bayn al-Haqq wal-Khalq”, (Intermediation Between al-Haqq [Allaah] and the Creation) provides an excellent explanation of this subject. Before we quote the passage from this treatise, the following background information should be understood.


Just like the mulk (dominion) belongs to Allaah alone, and just like izzah (might, honour) belongs to Allaah alone, and just like Allaah alone is the dispenser of rahmah (mercy), and just like Allaah alone is the source of barakah (blessing, increase, growth) and so on, and just like none grants maghfirah (forgiveness) except Allaah alone, then likewise, to Allaah alone belongs all shafaa’ah (intercession) – and these meanings are found in the Qur’an.

Allaah says in the Qur’an, in relation to shafaa’ah (intercession):

قُل لِّلَّهِ الشَّفَاعَةُ جَمِيعًا لَّهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

Say: “To Allah belongs all intercession. His is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you shall be brought back.” (Az-Zumar 39:44)

Just like the dominion, sovereignty belongs to Allaah alone, likewise, the intercession belongs to Allaah alone. What this means is that there is no intercession except with His permission, and there is no intercession except for the one with whom He is pleased. This is the meaning of “to Allaah belongs all intercession”. And both these conditions are found in the following verse:

يَوْمَئِذٍ لَّا تَنفَعُ الشَّفَاعَةُ إِلَّا مَنْ أَذِنَ لَهُ الرَّحْمَنُ وَرَضِيَ لَهُ قَوْلًا

On that day no intercession shall avail, except the one for whom the Most Beneficent (Allah) has given permission and whose word is acceptable to Him. (Ta-Ha 20:109)

And these two conditions are mentioned in other verses too (Baqarah 2:255, Anbiyaa 21:28). When this is established, it follows that the asking of intercession is only from Allaah, just like the asking of barakah (blessing) is only from Allaah, and the asking of rahmah (mercy) is only from Allah, and the asking of maghfirah (forgiveness) is only from Allaah, and the asking of izzah (glory, honour) is only from Allaah. Consider the following verse:


قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَاء وَتَنزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَاء وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَاء وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَاء بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلَىَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Say (O Muhammad): “O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom (mulk) to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things. (Aali Imran 3:26) Read More…

Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | December 26, 2010

A Cold Breath of Jahannam


Asma bint Shameem


Last week, it was extremely cold….cold beyond imagination. It was so cold, they said these were temperatures we havent seen in more than a decade.  Pipes froze and burst, many people lost electricity and many even died.

There was ice everywhere…ice on the cars, ice on the trees, ice on the on the grass.  When the arctic wind blew, it cut through to the bone. It hit across the face and numbed whatever it touched.  And as I felt the chilling effects of these below-freezing temperatures, I thought of Jahannum.

Yes, Jahannum.

Now, why would I remember Jahannum, one might ask, in this Siberian weather?  Isnt Jahannum fiery, burning and hot?  Yes. But, although Jahannum is a place known for its unimaginable heat, scorching blazes and sweltering fires, there are also places within it that are extremely cold, frigid and chilling.

So frigid are these places that it would burn and scorch and torture a person just as the severest fire would and worse.

And this extreme state of coldness in Jahannum is called Zamhareer.

The state of the Hell of Zamhareer is a suffering of extreme coldness, of blizzards and freeze for the people who will enter Jahannum. (May Allaah protect us from it).  Yet its coldness is not a pleasure or a relief to the sinners. Rather it is a severe punishment and burning torture which no one would ever be able to bear.

Ibnul Qayyim said about the following Ayah:

“Nothing cool shall they taste therein, nor any drink. Except boiling water, and Ghasaaqaa”

{Al Naba: 24-25]

It is Zamhareer, it burns them with its extreme cold just as it burns them with its heat. It was also stated by Mujaahid and Muqaatil that it is the peak of coldness. (Badaai al Fawaa-id)

Allaah mentions this Zamhareer when he talks about the rewards of the people of Jannah and how they are saved from its cold torture, its extreme frigidity and biting frost.

”They will recline on thrones. They will not see the excessive heat of the sun, nor the extreme bitterness of cold (Zamhareera).”

(Surah Insan:13)

And the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“The Fire says: Master, some of me eats other parts, so grant me a breath (respite). Thus (the Fire) was granted a breath in the summer and a breath in the winter. So whatever you find of bitter cold or Zamhareer, thus it is from a breath of Jahannum, and whatever you find of heat or Haruur, thus it is from a breath of Jahannum”. (Muslim)

So what did the righteous people do when they experienced extreme cold winters and low temperatures?  They remembered this hadeeth and asked Allaah to protect them from Jahannum and its bitter cold as well as its severe heat.  Ibn Rajab said: “And from the virtues of winter is that it reminds one of the extreme cold of Hell and pushes one to seek refuge from it…”

So when winter comes along and the arctic wind blows and temperatures drop, use it as a reminder for the Aakhirah.

When your fingers and toes are so cold and numb, that you can no longer feel them and when your shake and shiver in the frigid weather, remember Zamhareer and its bitter coldness.

These winds, these extremes of temperatures, this ice and snow are signs amongst the signs of Allaah. They are reminders of our life to come and of the Aakhirah.

So seek refuge in Allaah from Jahannum and its heat and its coldness. Do all you can to stay away from it and do all you can to protect yourself from it. And never forget the Day when you will stand in front of Him and give account of all that you said and did.

The famous worshipper Raabiah said:

“I have never heard the adhaan except that I remember the caller who will announce the Day of Resurrection, and I never see the falling snow except that I imagine the flying pages of the records of peoples deeds (on that day), and I never see swarms of locusts except that I think about the Great Gathering on the Last Day.”

(Sifah Al-Safwah

And Sufyan ibn Uyaynah said that Ibrahim at-Taymee said:

“I imagined myself in the Hellfire with its iron chains and blazing fire eating from Zaqqoom (a tree in hell with exceedingly bitter fruit), and drinking from its Zamhareer (a bitterly cold drink), so I said “O my soul what do you long for?”

It replied “To return to the world and perform a righteous action by which I will be saved form this punishment”.

I also imagined myself in Paradise with its Hoori dressed in silken garments (of Paradise ) with gold embroidery.  I said “O my soul! What do you long for?” It said “To return to the world and perform a righteous action by which this reward will increase.” So I said to myself “You are in the world and (surrounded by) aspirations”.

O Allaah, we seek Your refuge from the torment of Jahannum, from its Zamhareer (coldness) as well as Haruur (heat). Ameen.




Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | September 7, 2010

Fatwa Concerning Hanging Tasweer (Pictures or figurines)

The Islamic Ruling Concerning Tasweer By Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz bin Baaz rahimahullaah

Image Makers will be punished on the Day of Judgement
Narrated Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (d.73H) radiallaahu ‘anhu: Allaah’s Messenger sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
“Those who make these images (suwar) will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to them, make alive what you have created.” (Al-Bukhaaree 7/541, no.835; Muslim, 3/160, no.,5268)

Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar (d.852H) says, “It is a command to do that which one is unable to do. From it we get a description of how the punishment of the image-maker will be. He will be ordered to breathe the soul into the image which he has made and he will not be able to do so. As a result his punishment will continue (UNCEASINGLY).” (Fath ul-Baaree, 10/398).

It should also be mentioned that there must be consideration in this matter if the making of a picture is necessitate by urgency or emergency, such as x-rays for identification or diagnosis of a disease or sickness. In this case the condition is that the picture itself be not the immediate goal or objective. This is based on the rule is Usool al-fiqh: necessity should be measured by the existing circumstances. Whatever goes beyond that, to the point of being done out of pride, and enjoyment of these images, is forbidden. (Nuzhatul Muttaqeen, 2/1150, no.1680)

The Command to Remove Curtains Containing Images

‘Aaisha (d.58H) radiallaahu ‘anhaa reported that Allaah’s Messenger sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam came back from a journey and I had screened my door with a curtain having (images) of winged horses on it. He sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commanded me (to remove it). So I pulled it down. [This is the wording narrated by Muslim] (Muslim, 3/1158, no.5256)

Al- Bukhaaree’s narration is, “I had hung a thick curtain having images (tamaatheel). He sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commanded me to remove it, so I pulled it down.” [Bukhaaree, 7/542]

Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr says, “It has the word tamaatheel which is the plural of timthaal and refers to something whose image is made; and it is more general than to be limited to shaakhis (that which has body like a statue) or naqsh (engraved), dahn (painting), or nasaj (weaved) in a cloth. In the narration of Bukair ibn al-Ashajj from Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Al-Qaasim, reported by Muslim (3/1159, no.5265), it contains the words “.. she hung up a curtain which had in it tasaaweer (images).”.” (Fath ul-Baaree, 10/401. no.5955)

See also Ahmad 6/208, 6/281, where ‘Aaisha’s narration contains, “… she said then he sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam tore it up.” Read More…

Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | April 14, 2010

Annoying your Wife

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
When the Wife Obeys Her Husband, Means of Annoyance Against Her are Prohibited

Allaah said,

[فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلاَ تَبْغُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلاً]

“…but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance),” meaning, when the wife obeys her husband in all that Allaah has allowed, then no means of annoyance from the husband are allowed against his wife. Therefore, in this case, the husband does not have the right to beat her or shun her bed. Allaah’s statement,

[إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيّاً كَبِيراً]

“Surely, Allaah is Ever Most High, Most Great.” reminds men that if they transgress against their wives without justification, then Allaah, the Ever Most High, Most Great, is their Protector, and He will exert revenge on those who transgress against their wives and deal with them unjustly.

[وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ شِقَاقَ بَيْنِهِمَا فَابْعَثُواْ حَكَماً مِّنْ أَهْلِهِ وَحَكَماً مِّنْ أَهْلِهَآ إِن يُرِيدَآ إِصْلَـحاً يُوَفِّقِ اللَّهُ بَيْنَهُمَآ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيماً خَبِيراً ]

“If you fear a breach between the two, appoint (two) arbitrators, one from his family and the other from her’s; if they both wish for peace, Allah will cause their reconciliation. Indeed Allah is Ever All-Knower, Well-Acquainted with all things.”

4:35 – Tafseer Ibn Katheer – rahimahullaah

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