Deviant Sects: Al-Zaydiyyah


The name Zaydiyyah comes from Zayd ibn Ali, the grandson of Husayn [رضى الله عنه]. –

They are under the umbrella of the Shi’ah sect although they’re the most moderate and close to the Sunnis out of the Shi’ahs. They do not hold the belief that the Ahl-Bayt are infallible and they do not make takfīr on the companions, and they consider themselves ‘the fifth madhab’. According to Zaydis, ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn are the first three rightful Imāms [leaders], after them, the Imamah [leadership] is open to whomever of their descendants establishes himself through armed rebellion.

They say the leader must be from the Ahlul-Bayt

But they do not share the beliefs of a hidden “mahdi” like the other heretics claim, nor do they believe that their imāms were guided by divine commands.

The Zaydis are considered as Muslims but Mubtadi’een [people of innovation], and they are misguided in regards to their view on the khilāfah and its rulings, nevertheless they are the most orthodox out of the Shi’ah and do not share the same shirky beliefs as the other sects.

we ask Allāh to guide them to the straight path

Deviant Sects: Al-Qur’āniyyūn

Al-Qur’āniyyūn [The Quranists]

Emerging in the time of the khilāfah ‘Abbasiyyah [Abbasid Caliphate], there arose a man who was a poet, theologian, and jurist, named “Ibrahim an-Nazzam” who propegated the idea that the Qur’ān was the only source of guidance and the Sunnah of Rasūl’Allāh [صلى الله عليه وسلم] was a bid’ah (innovation)

Imām Al-Shafi’i, refuted the arguments of the Qur’anists and established the authority of hadiths in his book ‘kitāb jima’al-‘ilm’ And Ibn Qutaybah refuted an-Nazzam’s arguments against hadith in his book ‘ta’wil mukhtalif al-hadith’

The Qur’ānists differ in the extent of their hatred towards the Sunnah. Some call it ‘unreliable’ or ‘innovation’ but others verbally abuse the messenger and the companions, and they denounce his way and say the Qur’an is sufficient for them.

Due to their abandonment of our guide, Al-Nabī Muhammad [صلى الله عليه وسلم], and the wisdom and path of the sahābah and salaf-As-Sālihīn, they are severely misguided in many aspects of the deen.

They only pray salāh three times a day, and their salāh is completely different to the way of the Muslim’s.

They deny Ad-Dajjāl’s arrival including all the signs of Qiyāmah

They also deny many prohibitions set by Rasūl’Allāh [صلى الله عليه وسلم] such as the prohibition of shaping the eyebrows, or harām haircuts, or drawing life like images, or the miracles which took place.

They don’t know how to circle the ka’bah nor do they know how much to pay in zakāt , they don’t know how to perform the hajj nor do they know the rulings of fasting, neither do they have knowledge on wudhu/ghusl

Due to the many verses in the Qur’ān which tell us to obey Allāh AND His Rasūl, these people are considered as Kuffār and heretics and blasphemers, unfortunately many young people who don’t understand islām or followers of desire fall for their “logic” and fall into kuffr whilsts thinking they are righteous.

Deviant Sects: “Nation of Islam”

“Nation of Islam” [nation of kufr]

In the 1930’s there arose in Deroit (U.S.A), one of the most misguided and evil groups claiming the title of Islām.

founded by a Dajjāl [deciever] named “Wallace Fard Muhammad” and succeeded by a man who claimed to be the mahdi and also claimed prophethood named “Elijah Muhammad”

Their beliefs which free them from Islam are the following:

They believe “Wallace Fard Muhammad” to be an incarnate of Allāh and also the awaited Mahdi

They do not believe that Rasūl’Allāh [صلى الله عليه وسلم] was the final messenger, rather they believe that their previous leader ‘Elijah Muhammad’ to be the final Messenger

They believe in black supremacy, meaning their version of “Islam” is not open to all. They are viciously anti-white and often refer to them as the “blue eyed devils”

They often try to reinterpret the Qur’ān to futher justify their hatred towards the whites and to make blacks dominate over all races whereas Rasūl’Allāh said, “…No white person is better than a black person, and no black person is better than a white person, except through taqwah” [narrated by Ahmad]

They also deny resurrection and consider it to be a metaphor for one exiting ignorance and gaining knowledge

They are not even considered as apostates, they, similar to the Nusayris, are considered as Asli-Kāfir [originally Kafir] as they believe in a whole different God and a whole different messenger

Deviant Sects: Al-Rāfidha

Al-Rāfidha – Mahdī or Dajjāl ?

One of the greatest signs that the rāfidha sect is from the works of Shaytān, is their beliefs which directly oppose Islamic fundamentals. Either by applying godly qualities to mortal men, or by fabricating and slandering the righteous muwahhidīn.

but one of the greatest signs is that their description of “Imam Mahdi” are shockingly similar to our description of the false Messiah, “Ad-Dajjāl” [the Deciever]

I will give you a comparison of their beliefs of Imam Mahdi and our description of Dajjāl, and I will leave you to make your own judgement at the end.

Rāfidhi Mahdi: Has been alive for more than a thousand years ago, another cleric said millions of years ago.
Dajjāl: Has been alive for thousands of years and was alive even at the time of the final Messenger.

Rāfidhi Mahdi: despite being alive for thousands/millions of years, he will emerge as a young man.
Dajjāl: despite him being alive for thousands of years, will appear as a young well built man.

Rāfidhi mahdi: Will be a saviour to mankind and be a Messiah.
Dajjāl: Will have most of mankind following him and will claim he’s the Messiah, but he’s the FALSE Messiah.

Rāfidhi Mahdi: A supernatural being who will have the ability to raise the dead.
Dajjāl: Will be able to control the weather, and bring life to dead [by the permission of Allāh as a test]

Rāfidhi Mahdi: Most of his followers will be from Irān
Dajjāl: Will emerge in Khurasān/Isfahan [modern day Irān], and will be followed by a large number of Jews from there.

Rāfidhi Mahdi: Is equal to or even higher than previous Messengers of Allāh
Dajjāl: Will claim prophethood, then will claim Lordship.

Rāfidhi Mahdi: Israelite tribes [Jews] will be among his soldiers
Dajjāl: as mentioned earlier, will have a large amount of Jews in his army

Rāfidhi Mahdi: will rule according to the laws of David (Dawūd عليه السلام)
Dajjāl: Will claim to be the awaited [Jewish] messenger thus ruling by Jewish law

Rāfidhi Mahdi: Will bring with him a “corrected Qur’ān”
Dajjāl: Will bring a new set of laws [new scripture]

Deviant Sects: Al-Bareilwiyyah

Al-Bareilwiyyah [barelvis]

The Bareilawis are an extreme Sufi sect that appeared in the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent, in the city of Bareilly, in the Indian state of ‘Uttar Pradesh’ during the days of British colonialism.
founded by a follower of the ‘Maturidiyyah and Ash’ariyyah schools of jurisprudence. The sect is know for their Ghulū [extremism] towards the final Messenger, Muhammad [صلى الله عليه وسلم], giving him godly attributes and other deviant things.

The sect was founded by a man named ‘Ahmad Rezā Khān’ but he called himself “ ‘Abdu’l Mustafā (Slave of Mustafā)” [Mustafā is one of Prophet Muhammad’s names, suggesting that he is a slave of Muhammad rather than the slave of Allāh]

He was a famous extreme Sūfi and had said many blasphemous statements throughout his life, eg, “When you are confused, seek help from the occupants of the graves”

They believe in bid’ah hasanah “good innovation” as opposed to rasūl’Allāh’s saying ; “EVERY innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Fire”
[Nasā’ī ~ 1578] (Sahīh)

They believe Rasūl’Allāh is Al-Samī and Al-Basīr [All Seeing and All Hearing] where as these are qualities and attributes of Allāh [جل جلاله]

All of them are celebrators of Milād-An’Nabī [prophet’s birthday] and they say, “If you do not celebrate Milād, then you hate the Messenger”

They deny that Rasūl’Allāh was made of clay, rather they say that he was made directly from the light which eminates from Allāh [سبحانه وتعالى]

They believe Rasūl’Allāh has power and control over the universe

They believe Rasūl’Allāh has knowledge of the unseen [‘Ilm ul-Ghayb] but only Allāh has knowledge of the unseen

The believe that Rasūl’Allāh is omnipresent [everywhere] and can see what is happening, especially after Jumu’ah salāh.

They pray at the shrines or graves of their ‘Awliyā [saints] with the intention of seeking intercession and barakah [blessings]. They are known to yell “Ya Rasūl’Allāh” further confirming their belief that Rasūl’Allāh is alive and omnipresent

They also have abandoned Al-Jihād, most of them adopting the murji’ite ‘Aqeedah, seperating imān from action.

Deviant Sects: Al-Qadianiyyah

Qādiyanis [Ahmadis] “Al-Qadianiyyah” is a movement that started in 1900 CE as a plot by the British colonialists in the Indian subcontinent, their aim was to divert Muslims away from their religion and from the obligation of jihād in particular, so that they would not oppose colonialism in the name of Islām.

Their leader and so called “messiah” was a man named “Mirza Ghulām Ahmad” and was born in a town called “Qadiyān” in Punjāb India.

At first Mirza Ghulām started out as a mere Dā’ee [inviter] and amassed a group of followers, then he said he was a Mujaddid [reformer] inspired by Allāh, then he claimed that he was Imām Al-Mahdi and the awaited Messiah [Jesus], then he claimed prophethood which he said was higher than Rasūl Muhammad’s [صلى الله عليه وسلم]. Their beliefs consist of the following:

They believe Allāh fasts, prays, and sleeps. They believe Allāh is English because He spoke to him in English. They deny Khatm’e – Nubūwwat [finality of prophethood] and believe Allāh sends a prophet when there’s need. They believe Jibrā’îl [عليه السلام] brought down new revelation to Mirza Ghulām. They have their own version of the Qur’ān called “Kitāb Al-Mubīn”. They believe the town of Qadiyan to be greater in importance than Makkah and madīnah. They have abolished Al-Jihād completely. Intoxicants are permissible for them. They deny that ‘Īsa [عليه السلام] was raised to the heavens, rather they say he survived the crusifixion and migrated to Qadiyān in India . And they believe everyone is Kāfir unless they embrace the Qadiyani ideoligy.

All scholars of the Sunnah unanimously agree that they are Kuffār Asliyyeen [originally kafir] as their belief system goes against the the foundation of the deen [Asl’d-Dīn].

Deviant Sects: Al-Jahmiyyah


The first to call to this innovated and corrupt ideology was a man named ‘Jahm ibn Safwān’

who unleashed upon this ‘Ummah the horrific innovation of ta’tîl [denial of Allāh’s Attributes]. He did this either directly, or by twisting the meanings; such as twisting the meaning of ‘The Hand of Allāh’ to mean ‘His Power and Generosity’. They also denied the clear verses which affirmed that Allāh is above His creation and above His Throne, as well as holding the belief that Paradise and Hellfire will eventually cease to exist.

The Jahmīyyah split into twelve sects:

Al-Mu’attillah (المعطله): claimed that anything on which human attributes may apply was a creature, and whoever claimed that Allāh could be seen was a disbeliever (kāfir). Al-Mirrisiyyah (المرِّسيه): claimed that most of Allāh’s attributes were

Al-Multaziqah (الملتزقه): claimed that Allāh [the Mighty and the Majestic] was everywhere.

Al-Wāridīyyah (الوارديه): claimed that whoever knew his Lord he would never enter the Hellfire. And that whoever entered the Hellfire would never leave it.

Al-Zanādiqah (الزنادقه): claimed that no one could confirm that God existed. because such confirmation could only take place through the five senses [See, hear, feel, taste, smell], and that which may not be sensed is not a god, and that
which may not be sensed may not be confirmed.

Al-Harqīyyah (الحرقيه): claimed that a disbeliever will only feel pain once in the Hellfire, then he will continue to be burnt without feeling any pain.

Al-Makhlūqīyyah ( المخلوقيه): claimed that the Qur’ān was a creation.

Al-Fānīyyah (الفانيه): claimed that Paradise and the Hellfire would [eventually] vanish. Some of them claimed that both of them were not created yet.

Al-‘Irīyyah (العريه): denied prophecy, and claimed that Prophets were only wise men.

Al-Wāqifīyyah (الواقفيه): claimed that the Qur’ān could not be confirmed whether to be a creation or not.

Al-Qabrīyyah (القبريه): denied the turmoil of the grave [‘adhāb al-qabr] and denied intercession [shafā’ah]. Al-Lafzīyyah (اللفظيه): said that pronunciation of the Qur’ān was created.

Deviant Sects: The Murjiah

The first to call to this belief was Ghīlān ibn Abi Ghīlan.

basic belief: They uphold the belief of lrjā’ meaning to hold that sins, major or minor, do not affect imān [faith] and that imān neither increases nor decreases.

The Murji’ah split into 12 sub-sects

Al-Tārikiyyah [التاركيه]: Believe that the only obligation which Allāh commanded was to believe in Him, so as long as one believes in Allāh [alone], he may act how he pleases.

Al-Sāibiyyah [الساإبيه]: believe that Allāh has left His creation to act as they please

Al-Rājiyyah [الراجيه]: claimed that we should not describe a person as an obeyer or disobeyer because only Allāh knows his true status

Al-Shākiyyah [الشاكيه]: claimed that performing acts of obedience was not part of imān [belief]. –

Al-Bayhasīyyah [البيهسيه]: claimed that belief was nothing more than knowledge, and that whoever did not know truth from falsehood, or halāl from harām, then that person was a kāfir [non-believer]

Al-‘Amaliyyah [العمليه]: claimed that Imān was [just] in the actions.

Al-Manqûsīyyah [المنقوصيه]: claimed that imān neither increases or decreases

Al-Mustathniyyah [المستثنيه]: claimed that it is impermissable to say “I am a believer inShāAllāh”

Al-Mushabbihah [المشبهه]: claimed that Allāh’s sight was like our [humans] sight, and that His hands were like our hands

Al-Hashawiyyah [الحشويه]: claimed that every act of worship was Imān [belief] in its entirety. according to them,the one who didn’t perform voluntary acts was no different to the one who didn’t perform obligatory acts

Al-Zāhiriyyah [الظاهريه]: denied Qiyās [analogical deduction]

Al-Bid’iyyah [البدعيه]: were the first to innovate [new] things in islām [Imām Ibn-Jawzī ~ Talbîs Iblîs]

Deviant Sects: The Khawārij

Part 1🐝-

•Al-Harūriyyah [The Khawārij]•
The Khawārij are a sect of people who innovate and follow beliefs and practices foreign to Islam.

They are called that (derived from the Arabic root verb: (خ.ر.ج.) meaning to exit or rebel against. for their leaving the religion and for their rebellion against the best Muslims (Al-Sahābah (رضي الله عنهم).

When the Khawārij separated from the main body of the Muslims [Jamā’ah], they settled in a place called ‘Harūrāh’. This is why they [Khawārij] are often referred to as ‘Harūris’ or ‘Harūriyyah’.
Rasūl’Allāh [صلى الله عليه وسلم] said: “Those [Khawārij] are the dogs of Hell”

📚REFERENCE: [Sunan Ibn-Mājah | Book 1, Hadith 181]
Ibn ‘Umar رضى الله عنه said, “I heard Allāh’s messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم say:

“Every time a new generation of them rises, they will then disappear,“

more than twenty times and then said: “Until the Anti-Christ finally appears among them.”

📚REFERENCE: [Ibn Mājah]

Rasūl’Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said:  “They will call to the book of Allāh yet have nothing to do with it”

📚REFERENCE: [Abū Dāwūd (no. 4765)]
Rasūl’Allāh صلى الله عليه و سلم also said regarding them:

“a people who will worship and be religious so much that they will amaze you and amaze themselves, [but] they will pass right through the religion just as an arrow may pass right through a target”

📚REFERENCE: [Recorded by Ibn Abī ‘Āsim in “Kitāb al-Sunnah” (no. 945).]
Part 2🐝-

•Al-Harūriyyah [The Khawārij]•
The first generation of Khawārij were well known because of their abandonment of the scholars [The Sahābah],

they did not have sufficient knowledge on Islām yet became indipendant from the people of knowledge.

They [The Khawārij] took verses which were revealed about Mushrikīn [polytheists] and Kuffār and applied them to the Muslims.
They backed their speech with the Qur’ān as their proof, but they lacked the explanation behind the verses and the wisdom and explanation of the Sahābah which lead them astray.
This lead them to misinterpreting the Qur’ān and applying Takfīr on those unworthy, according to the first generation of Khārijites, committing a major sin made one worthy of being a Kafir, they didn’t differentiate between Kuffr Asghar [Minor Kuffr] and Kuffr Akbar [major Kuffr which makes one a disbeliever].
Due to this, they declared the Messenger’s Companions as Kuffār and made their blood halal for them to spill, and it was this deviant group, which killed the cousin of the Prophet and the leader of the faithful, ‘Alî ibn Abī Tāleb [رضي الله تعالى عنه].
Just like every sect in islām which changes throughout time due to different influences, the Khawārij are no different. They too developed several doctrines throughout time.
Part 3🐝-

•Al-Harūriyyah [The Khawārij]•
Al-Harūriyyah [The Khārijites] split into twelve sects:
📎Al-Azraqiyyah ( الأزرقيه):

claimed that no one (other than their followers) was a believer, and they declared all followers of Islam to be non-believers.
📎Al-lbādhiyyah (الإباضيه): claimed that whoever adopted their beliefs is a believer, and whoever did not was a hypocrite.
📎Al-Tha’labîyyah ( الثعلبيه): claimed that Allah (جل جلاله) did not decree.
📎Al-Hazimīyyah (الحازميه):

claimed that they did not understand belief (imān), and all humans were excused (for not believing).
📎Al-Khalafiyyah (الخلفيه): claimed that whoever did not practice jihād whether male or female, is a Kāfir.
📎Al-Kūzīyyah (الكوزيه): claimed that no one was to touch anyone else because there was no way to know a pure person (Tāhir) from a non-pure person (nājis). He was not to eat with him until he performed ablution (ghusl) and repents.
📎Al-Kinzīyyah (الكنزيه): claimed that no one was to donate money to any one else, because there was no way to ensure that he was deserving of it. Instead, he was to save the money underground until the people of truth appeared.
📎Al-Shimrākhīyyah (الشمراخيه):

said that it was permissible to touch foreign women because they were flowers!
📎Al-Akhnāsiyyah (الأخناسيه): claimed that a deceased person is not followed (held responsible) by good or evil.
📎Al-Hākimiyyah (الحاكميه): claimed that whoever sought the judgment of another human was a non-believer.
📎Al-Mu’tazilah (المعتزله):

were a sect of al-Harūriyyah [Khawārij]. They became confused regarding the ordeal of ‘Alī and Mu’āwiyah, so they declared themselves to be innocent from both parties.
📎Al-Maymūnīyyah (الميمونيه):

claimed that a leader was not to be appointed without the approval of those whom they loved.

[Imām Ibn Al-Jawzī’s ‘Talbîs Iblîs’]
Part 4🐝-

•Al-Harūriyyah [The Khawārij]•
The Khawārij are a people who are very pious when looking at them, and the Messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه و سلم even said to his Companions that they would belittle their own worship when seeing theirs.
The Khawārij are quick to excommunicate Muslims [make takfîr] without proper understanding, and they are soft towards the Kuffār and Mushrikīn and harsh towards the Muslims.
They speak from Qur’ān and Sunnah, but lack understanding of the texts, so are lead astray.
The Khawārij said: “There is no rule except the rule of Allāh!”

‘Alī [رضى الله عنه] said: “A word of truth, but intended therewith falsehood.“

📚REFERENCE: Sahīh Muslim

Gheera – Protective Jealousy 

Men who do not have (Gheera) protective jealousy over their wives, sisters & daughters are Dayyooths & prohbited from jannah

The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam(may Allah exalt his mention), said: “Allah The Almighty will not look at three persons on the Day of Resurrection: a person who is undutiful to his parents; a masculine woman; and the Dayyooth.” [Saheeh]

lbn a|—Qayyim, rahimahullaah, said, “And the dayyooth (the man with no jealousy over the woman and his family) is the most vile of Allah’s creation, and Junnah is forbidden for him, (because of his lack of Gharyah—jealousy)

Al-Ghazaali may Allah have mercy upon him said, “lf a person lacks proper manly fervor, he is unlikely to react appropriately towards any assault against his womenfolk or wife. He will submissively bear humiliation from evil people and will have low se|f—esteem. This may cause such a person to lack any feeling of protective jealousy regarding his womenfolk. In this case, his offspring may become adulterated. Therefore it is said: ‘Once protective jealousy dies down in the men of a particular nation, the chastity of its women will be weakened.”

(PS: The Mass Media Encourages the Dayyooth)

A Teenager

Youth aged 12 to 20 are called “teenagers”, “Teenager” is a modern western term that aims to deprive confidence out of the Youth and give them an excuse for their temerity.

take a look at our youth in history:

Abdul Rahman Al Nasser, 21 years old: most powerful prince of Iberia, his era was the golden time of Andalusia, in which he ended the chaos and raised an unrivaled scientific renaissance, making his state the strongest one in his era, which required the leaders of Europe to seek his acceptance.

Mohammed Al Fateh, 22 years old: conquered Constantinople, capital city of the Roman/Byzantine empire, that the top commanders at the time couldn’t approach.

Usamah bin Zayed, 18 years old: led the army of the Muslims that included the top companions may Allah be pleased with them, like Abu Bakr and Umar, to face the greatest armies of the earth at the time.

Mohammed Al Qassem, 17 years old: conquered the Land of Indus, was one of the top military commanders of his time.

Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas, 17 years old: the first to throw an arrow for the sake of Allah and one of six people of Al Shur’ra. whenever he turned to the Prophet while sitting among his Companions, he was greeted cheerfully by the Prophet saying, “He’s my maternal uncle. let every person show me who his uncle is”

Al Arqam bin abi al Arqam, 16 years old: made his house a headquarter for the prophet ﷺ for 13 continuous years.

Talhah ibn Obaidullah, 16 years old: the most generous arab in Islam, pledged an allegiance to death to the prophet in the battle of Uhud, and protected him from the Kuffar and shielded him from the arrows with his own hands until it got paralyzed and shielded him with his body.

Al Zubayr ibn al-Awam, 15 years old: first one to raise a sword for Islam, and he’s the disciple of the prophet ﷺ.

Amr ibn Kulthum, 15 years old: a knight and the leader of the Taghlib tribe, in which it was said that “if it weren’t for islam, the taghlib tribe would have eaten the people”.

Mu’ādh ibn ‘Amr ibn al-Jamūḥ, 13 years old. Mu‘awwidh ibn ‘Afrā’, 14 years old: fatally wounded Abu Jahl the leader of the polytheists in the battle of Badr.

Zayed bin Thabit, 13 years old: had the role of writing down the Quranic verses that were sent to the Prophet from Allah through Jibreel. learned the Syriac and Hebrew languages in 17 nights. memorized the Quran and contributed in compiling it, was the personal scribe of the Prophet.

Attab ibn Asid: the prophet appointed him as the governor of Mecca when he was 18 years old.

Ok but how is 20 a teenager fam I don’t want this title anymore

Must Read: Reality of Moderate Muslims

Picture the scenario…

In a town somewhere far away there lives a certain bibulous individual – an alcoholic if you will – who from dawn till dusk the only liquid he will consume is whiskey (or in its absence another spirit of similar strength). He continues in this way for a number of years never realising that his addiction is destroying his mind and his body. One day a well intentioned person takes pity on our alcoholic and says to him, “Here, drink this bottle of water instead of the whiskey. It will do you good.” Naturally the drunkard is reluctant and the water comes across as strange and repellent. When he does take a sip he instantly spits it out. Not detered our good samaritan decides to pour out some of the water and to add some whiskey to it, figuring the hapless drunk will only accept a concotion that tastes somewhat similar to the unadulterated whiskey to which he is accustomed. Again the same response so again our samaritan adds yet more whiskey to the water. And so the cycle continues until eventually our alcoholic begins to drink enthusiastically.“Oh yes, this is more like it! You’re right this is so much better than whiskey! Here, why don’t you join me?” Our samaritan gracefully accepts and sits down and takes a swig. It tastes good. Very soon they are both inebriated; besides them lies the empty bottle of whiskey that has been completely poured into the water…

These “moderate Muslims” are akin to the, well intentioned, good samaritan and the drunkard is the kafir to whom they wish to convey the pure message of Islam. Of course the pristine message of Islam will prove rebarbative to someone immersed in a culture of depravity and self-worship since birth. Of course most will despise and reject it in the current climate. So what? Only when Islam returns to its rightful place as the dominant ideology under the aegis of a powerful state, when people witness in practical terms the superiority of the Shariah over corrupt man-made systems, only then will the masses start to embrace the deen and recognise its beauty. For now tell Western non-Muslims plainly, “Yes our way of life and culture is radically different to yours. How can it be otherweise when they are predicated on two radically divergent premises? But know that it is you who are the ones in manifest error and it is you who need to alter your behaviour, not us.”

Have confidence in the deen that Allah (swt) sent and do not harken after the ways of the kuffar. Do not be like those who were given the Torah but spurned it, preferring the customs of the pagans in its stead. Islam and Liberalism are polar opposites and if the kuffar are pleased with your “Islam” then you should ask yourself why. If the kuffar have pop concerts there is no need for us to ape them with nasheed concerts. If their women are obsessed with making a wanton display of themselves in the name of “fashion” and “style” then we need not ape them with “Islamic” fashion shows. Islam is different. It is unique. It is superior.

As regards striking coquettish poses for magazines that have built their reputation on the promotion of immorality, under the guise of “promoting a positive message of Islam”, then it is probably the most perfect analogue to the parable I’ve expounded above. May Allah (swt) guide us all. Ameen.

The Final Abode For Those Who Have Taqwa

إِنَّ الْمُتَّقِينَ فِي ظِلَالٍ وَعُيُونٍ

Indeed, the righteous will be among shades and springs

وَفَوَاكِهَ مِمَّا يَشْتَهُونَ

And fruits from whatever they desire

كُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا هَنِيئًا بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

[Being told], “Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you used to do.”

إِنَّا كَذَٰلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good.

وَيْلٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِّلْمُكَذِّبِينَ

Woe, that Day, to the deniers.

Allah informs His servants that those who have taqwa and worship Him by performing the obligations and abandoning the forbidden things will be in gardens and springs on the Day of Judgment. This means their condition will be opposite of the wretched people because they refrained from denying the Hereafter and accepted it and passed their life in the world with the belief that in the Hereafter they would have to render an account of their word and deed and their conduct and character.

They will be presented with different varieties of fruits and asked to eat their fill. This will be said to them out of kindness for them. Re-establishing what He has previously mentioned, “Verily, thus We reward the Muhsinoon (good-doers),” (77: 44) meaning this is Our reward for whoever does good deeds.

Therefore, “Woe that Day to the deniers,” meaning one of their afflictions will be that after their crimes have been proven and established they will not even be in a position to open their mouths to put forward a plea in self defense, and shall ultimately become fuel of Hell. Their other affliction, and by far the worse will be that they will see the same believers enjoying themselves in Paradise, whom they had been opposing and resisting and mocking throughout their lives as foolish, narrow-minded, mean and old fashioned people.

When will Allah ﷻ return izza and victory to the Ummah again?

Aleppo, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Libya, Somalia and the list goes on! Why is the Ummah suffering like this? When will it stop? When will Allah ﷻ return izza and victory to the Ummah again? Wallahi my brother’s & sister’s Allah ﷻ and The Prophet (ﷺ) answered these questions for us clearly!

We need to understand that the reason why we are suffering so much as an Ummah is because of our actions. Allah ﷻ tells us in Surah Al-Rum, “[Since they have become oblivious of God,] corruption has appeared on land and in the sea due to what men’s hands have wrought: and so He will let them taste [the evil of] some of their doings, so that they might return [to the right path].” Our Ummah is being annihilated due to shirk, bid’ah and major sins widespread. You being in that relationship you shoudn’t be in. You going to that club you shoudn’t go to. Endless sins that we regard as trivial.

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) also told us that due to our love of Dunya & hatred of death that the enemies of Allah ﷻ will set upon us like diners set upon food. Showing how vulnerable we’ll become when we get so attached to this Dunya & forget the Akhira. We’re all so guilty of this!

Allah ﷻ put qamu Musa (AS) under drought due to an individuals sin and we lost the battle of Uhud due to the disobedience of one of The Prophet (ﷺ) orders, yet we want victory while we sin 24-7 carefree and fail in our basic tenets of faith?! Again, The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) told us in another hadith that Allah ﷻ himself will send down humililation upon us if we do not return back to the Deen and His path. The way the Salaf (May Allah be pleased with them) understood it!

Wallahi we can protest all day & sign petitions all night but it will make no difference. If we don’t change our mindset and the way we live our lifes we will continue to suffer, for now. “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” – Surah Al-Ra’d [13:11]. We can’t point fingers at the world leaders, double standards and lack of media coverage because that’s not the problem and not where victory lies. It’s us! We’re the problem. Remember the Ummah in your duaa’s, in every sajda.

Perform some of your prayers in your houses and do not make them graves.

Praise be to Allaah.
It is better to offer naafil prayers at home, unless it is Sunnah to pray them in congregation in the mosque, such as the prayers to be offered at the time of an eclipse, or it is narrated that it is encouraged to offer them in the mosque, such as naafil prayers before Jumu’ah. That was proven from the words and actions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The evidence for that includes the following:

1 – It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Perform some of your prayers in your houses and do not make them graves.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 422; Muslim, 777)

al-Nawawi said:

The words “Perform some of your prayers in your houses and do not make them graves” mean, pray in them (your houses), and do not make them like graveyards which are devoid of prayer. What is referred to here is naafil (supererogatory) prayers, i.e., offer naafil prayers in your houses.

Sharh Muslim, 6/67

2 – It was narrated from Zayd ibn Thaabit that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made a cubicle – I think he said, made from a reed mat – in Ramadaan, in which he prayed at night. Some of his companions prayed behind him, and when he realized they were there he sat down. Then he went out to them and said, “I know how keen you are to pray behind me. O people, pray in your houses, for the best of prayer is a man’s prayer in his house, apart from the prescribed prayers.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 698; Muslim, 781

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said:

The apparent meaning is that this includes all naafil prayers, because what is meant by the prescribed prayers is the obligatory prayers. But it may be interpreted as referring to all those for which it is not prescribed to offer them in congregation and those which are not to be offered specifically in the mosque, such as the two rak’ahs for “greeting the mosque.” This is the view of some of our imams.

Fath al-Baari, 2/215

3 – It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Shaqeeq said: I asked ‘Aa’ishah about the voluntary prayers of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). She said: He used to pray four rak’ahs before Zuhr in my house, then he would go out and lead the people in prayer, then he would come in and pray two rak’ahs. And he used to lead the people in Maghrib prayer, then he would come in and pray two rak’ahs. And he would lead the people in praying ‘Isha’, then he would come into my house and pray two rak’ahs. And he would pray nine rak’ahs of night prayer (qiyaam al-layl), including Witr. He would pray long prayers at night standing and long prayers at night sitting. If he recited Qur’aan standing, he would bow and prostrate from a standing position and if he recited Qur’aan whilst sitting he would bow and prostrate from a sitting position. Wand when dawn came he would pray two rak’ahs.

Narrated by Muslim. 730; there is a similar hadeeth narrated from Ibn ‘Umar in al-Saheehayn.

Al-Nawawi said in his commentary:

This indicates that it is mustahabb to offer the regular naafil prayers in one’s house, as is also the case with other naafil prayers. There is no difference of opinion among us on this point. This is the view of the majority and in our view and theirs, the naafil prayers connected to the obligatory prayers are the same whether they are done at night or during the day.

Sharh Muslim, 6/9

4 – It was narrated that Jaabir said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you finishes his prayer in his mosque, let him give his house a share of his prayer, for Allaah will create something good in his house from his prayer.”

Narrated by Muslim, 778

Al-Manaawi said:

The phrase “When any one of you finishes his prayer in his mosque” means, performing the obligatory prayer in a place where it is offered in congregation. The mosque is mentioned because that is where the prayer is usually held. “Let him give his house” means the place where he lives. “A share” means a portion. “Of his prayer” means, let him do the obligatory prayers in the mosque and the naafil prayers in his house, to bring barakah (blessing) upon his house and family, as he says, “for Allaah will create something good in his house from his prayer”, i.e., because of the prayer. “Something good” means a great deal of good, because he has furnished his house with the remembrance and obedience of Allaah, and the presence and glad tidings of the angels, and the reward and barakah that he brings to his family.

It also indicates that naafil prayers offered at home are better than those offered in the mosque, even in al-Masjid al-Haraam.

Fayd al-Qadeer, 1/418

There is more evidence than this, for the regular naafil prayers of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), his night prayers (qiyaam al-layl) and Duha prayer were all done in his house, but we have omitted (the reports concerning) that for the sake of brevity. What we have mentioned above is sufficient. Some of the scholars have stated that there is a reason for that:

Ibn Qudaamah said:

Offering voluntary prayers at home is preferable, because praying at home is closer to sincerity and furthest removed from showing off. It is an act that is done in secret, whereas doing it is the mosque is in public, and secrecy is better.

Al-Mughni, 1/442

It also serves as a reminder to the forgetful and teaching of the ignorant among the members of the household or those who see him.

With regard to the evidence that it is mustahabb to offer the eclipse prayer in the mosque:

5 – It was narrated that Abu Bakrah said: We were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when the sun was eclipsed. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) got up, dragging his lower garment, and entered the mosque. We entered too, and he led us in praying two rak’ahs until the sun had cleared. Then he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The sun and the moon do not become eclipsed for the death of anyone. If you see that then pray and make du’aa’ until the eclipse is over.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 993

With regard to the evidence that it is mustahabb to offer the naafil prayers before Jumu’ah in the mosque:

6 – It was narrated that Salmaan al-Farsi said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does ghusl on a Friday and purifies himself as much as he can, then puts oil (on his hair) and applies perfume, and does not force his way between two persons (assembled in the mosque for the Friday prayer), then prays as much has been decreed for him, then keeps quiet when the imam comes out (to deliver the khutbah), his sins between that Friday and the previous one will be forgiven.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 868

And Allaah knows best.

The heart and the tongue.

Luqmān was an Ethiopian slave who was a carpenter.

His master said to him: “Slaughter this sheep for us.”

So he slaughtered it.

His master said: “Bring the best two pieces from it.”

So he brought out the tongue and the heart.

Then time passed, as much as Allāh willed, and his master said: “Slaughter this sheep for us.”

So he slaughtered it.

His master said: “Bring the worst two morsels from it.”

So he brought out the tongue and the heart.

His master said to him: “I told you to bring out the best two pieces, and you brought these, then I told you to bring out the worst two pieces, and you brought these!”

Luqmān said: “There is nothing better than these if they are good, and there is nothing worse than these if they are bad.”

● [Tafṣīr Ibn Kathīr (31/12)]

A Poem by syed Qutb about our brothers in prison

أخــي أنت حــرٌ وراء السـدود
أخــي أنت حـــرٌ بتلك القيود
My brother, you are free behind these gates.
My brother, you are free within these chains.
إذا كـنـت بالله مستعـصـــما
فمــــاذا يضيرك كيـد العبيـد
For if upon Allah you do rely,
The intrigues of his slaves can bring no pains.
أخــــي ستبيد جيوش الظـلام
ويشــــرق في الكون فجر جديد
My brother, the armies of darkness will be extinguished.
And a new dawn will shine in the universe.
فــأطلق لروحــك إشراقــها
تـرى الفـجر يرمـقـنا من بعـيد
So then ignite your soul with it’s rays.
See the dawn consume us from afar

أخــــي قد أصابك سهـم ذليل
وغـــدرا رمـاك ذراعٌ كـليـل
My brother, you have been hit by a lowly arrow
And the blunted arm shot treacherously at you
ستُبترُ يــومـا فصـبـر جـميل
ولم يَـدْمَ بعـدُ عريـنُ الأســود
It will be severed one day, So be excellent in patience
And no longer is there the den of the lions
أخـي قد سرت مـن يديـك الدماء
أبت أن تُشـــلّ بقيـد الإمــاء
My brother, blood flowed from your hands
They refused to be paralyzed by the fetters of slave girls
ستـرفعُ قُــربـانهـا للسمــاء
مـخـضـبة بدمـاء الخـلــود
They will raise their sacrifice to the heavens
Stained with the blood of the undying
أخـي هل تُـراك سئـمـت الكفاح
وألقـيت عن كاهـليك الســلاح
My brother, it appears you have given up the fight
and cast off the weapons
فمن للضحـأيـا يواسـي الجـراح
ويرفـع رايـاتها مـن جـديــد
so who will console the wounded victims
and raise up the flag anew.
أخـي هـل سمـعت أنـين التراب
تـدُكّ حَصـاه جيـوشُ الخــراب
My brother, did you hear the moaning of the soil
The armies of destruction tramples its pebbles
تُـمَـزقُ أحشـاءه بالحـــراب
وتصـفـعـهُ وهو صلـب عنيـد
Its entrails are torn by spears
And slap it, and it is solid, stubborn
أخـي إنـني اليـوم صـلب المراس
أدُك صخـور الجبـال الـــرواس
My brother, verily this day I am strong in my resolve
I could dig through the root of the mountains
غـدا سأشـيح بفـأس الخــلاص
رءوس الأفــاعي إلى أن تـبــيد
Tomorrow I will chop with my axe and finish
the heads of the snakes into oblivion
أخـي إن ذرفـت علـىّ الدمـوع
وبللّـت قـبري بهـا في خشــوع
My brother, if you shed a tear for me
and moisten my grave with sincerity
فأوقد لهـم من رفـاتي الشمــوع
وسـيروا بهـا نحـو مجـد تلــيد
then kindle a light from my remains
and tread a path to the glorious revival
أخـي إن نمُـتْ نـلـقَ أحـبابـنا
فــروْضـاتُ ربي أعــدت لـنا
My brother, if we die we will meet our beloved ones
then we will have gardens that our Lord has prepared for us
وأطـيـارُها رفـرفـت حـولـنا
فـطوبى لـنا في ديـار الخـلــود
and the birds will fly around us therein
and we will have eternal dwellings
أخــي إنـني ما سـئمت الكفاح
ولا أنـا أقـيـت عـني السـلاح
My brother, verily I did not tire of the fight
And I did not cast off the weapons
وإن طـوقتـني جيـوشُ الظــلام
فإني عـلى ثـقـة … بالصـبـاح
And if the armies of darkness surround me
then I have confidence in the morn
وإني عـلى ثقـة مـن طـريقــي
إلى الله رب السـنـا والشــروق
And I am confident in my path
To God the Lord of Sublimity and Radiance
فإن عـافـني السَّـوقُ أو عَـقّـنِي
فـإني أمـين لعـهـدي الوثـيـق
If the vulgars loathed me or they are ungrateful to me
Then I am honest to my solid promise
أخــي أخــذوك عـلى إثـرنا
وفـوج على إثر فـجـرٍ جـديـد
My brother, they took you following us
And a new throng follows another throng
فـإن أنـــا مُـتّ فـإني شـهيد
وأنت ستمـضي بـنـصر مجـيـد
Then if I die, I have become a martyr
and you are on your way to a glorious victory
قـد اختـارنا الله ف دعــــوته
وإنا سـنـمـضي عـلى سُـنـته
God has chosen us in His call
And we continue in His tradition
فـمــنا الـذين قــضوا نحبهم
ومـنا الحـفـيـظ عـلى ذِمـتـه
There are those among us who died
And there are those among us who are the protectors of His covenant
أخـي فامـض لا تلتـفـت للوراء
طريقـك قد خـضبته الدمـــاء
My brother, proceed and do not turn back
Your road has been stained by blood
ولا تـلـتـفت هـهنا أو هـنـاك
ولا تـتـطلع لـغـيـر السـمـاء
And do not turn around here or there
And do not look at anything except to the heavens
فـلسـنا بطـير مهـيض الجنـاح
ولن نستـذل .. ولن نسـتـبـاح
We are not birds whose wings are broken
We shall not be humiliated and we shall not be violated
وإنـي لأسمـع صـوت الدمــاء
قـويا ينـادي الكـفـاحَ الكفـاح
And I hear the Voice of Blood
Calling powerfully: fight, fight
سـأثـــأرُ لكـن لـربٍ وديـن
وأمـضي عـلى سـنـتي في يقـين
I will revenge, but my revenge will be for a Lord and a religion
And I will proceed in my manner of certitude
فـإما إلى النـصـر فـوق الأنـام
وإمـا إلى الله في الـخــالـديـن
Either to victory over the world
Or to God among the eternal inhabitants

From behind bars, Sayyid Qutb


1. Make Continuous Istighfaar:

“And said: ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance, increase you in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers. – [71:10-12]

2. Fear Allaah ﺳﺒﺤﺎﻧﻪ ﻭﺗﻌﺎﻟﻰ. Have Taqwa:

“Whosoever fears Allah ‘keeps his duty to Him’, He will make a way for him to get out from every difficulty. And He will provide for him from (sources) he could never imagine.” – [65:2-3]

3. Depend on Allaah:

Umar said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah, ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ, say, ‘If you were to rely on Allaah as He should be relied on, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They go out early in the morning hungry and return in the evening full’.” –
– [Narrated by At-Tirmidhi and he said, “Hadith Hassan”]

4. Visit Your Kinship:

Imaam Bukhaari and Muslim said the Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said as reported by Anas ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ
“He who desires that he be granted more wealth/ provisions, and his life be prolonged should maintain good ties with his kinship.”
In the book of Imam Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi and At-Tabaraani the Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said, “Maintaining good ties with kinship brings love between relatives, and increases wealth, and prolongs life.”

5. Giving charity:

“Whatsoever you spend of anything for Allaah, He will replace it. He is the best of those who grant Sustenance.” – [34:39]

Imaam Bukhaari and Muslim said, Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allaah, ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ, said, “Allaah Almighty says, ‘Son of Adam, spend and you will be spent on’.”

In At-Tabaraani, The Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ visited Bilaal when he was ill. Bilaal ﺭﺿﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ pulled out some dates. The prophet said, ‘what is that Bilaal?’

He said, ‘dates, I saved for you’.

The Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said, ‘Oh Bilaal, spend it and do not fear it becoming less’.

In At-Tirmidhi, The Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said, “I can take an oath on 3 things: [one of them] Sadaqah (charity) does not reduce one’s wealth.”

Jibril was afraid that we would all go to Hell.

When Allaah created Paradise and Hell, He sent Jibril to Paradise and said: Look at it and at what I have prepared for its people in it.

Jibril looked at it, then he came back and said: By Your Glory, no one will hear of it but he will enter it.

So Allaah commanded that it be surrounded by hardships and said: Go and look at it and at what I have prepared for its people in it.

Jibril looked at it and saw that it had been surrounded with hardships.

Jibril said: By Your Glory, I fear that no one will enter it.

Allaah said: Go and look at the Fire and at what I have prepared for its people in it.

So Jibril looked at it and parts of it were piled upon other parts.

He came back and said: By Your Glory, no one will enter it.

So Allaah commanded that it be surrounded with pleasures and said: Go and look at it.

So Jibril looked at it and saw that it was surrounded with pleasures.

Jibril came back and said: By Your Glory, I fear that no one will be saved from it and everyone will enter it.

Source: Sunan an-Nasaa’i (3763)
Source: Jami‘ at-Tirmidhi 28/2758

Raising Righteous Children

Praise be to Allaah.

Raising and educating children is one of the duties required of parents. Allaah has enjoined that in the Qur’aan, and the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also enjoined that. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are commanded”

[al-Tahreem 66:6]

Imam al-Tabari said, commenting on this verse:

Here Allaah is saying: O you who believe in Allaah and His Messenger, “Ward off yourselves” teach one another that which will protect those who do it from the Fire and ward it off from them, if it is done in obedience to Allaah and they do it in obedience to Allaah. The phrase “and your families against a Fire” means, and teach your families to do acts of obedience to Allaah so that they may protect themselves from the Fire.

Tafseer al-Tabari, 18/165

Al-Qurtubi said:

Muqaatil said: This is a duty that he owes to himself, his children, his family and his male and female slaves. Ilkiya said: We have to teach our children and families religious commitment and goodness, and what they cannot do without of etiquette. This is what Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And enjoin As-Salaat (the prayer) on your family, and be patient in offering them [i.e. the Salaat (prayers)]”

[Ta-Ha 20:132]

And Allaah said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) (interpretation of the meaning):

“And warn your tribe (O Muhammad) of near kindred”

[al-Shu’ara’ 26:214]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“And teach them (children) to pray when they are seven years old.”

Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 18/196

The Muslim – any Muslim – is a daa’iyah (propagator)who calls people to Allaah, so the first people whom he calls should be his children and family who are close to him. When Allaah commanded His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to call people, He said (interpretation of the meaning):

“And warn your tribe (O Muhammad) of near kindred”

[al-Shu’ara’ 26:214]

because they are the first people to whom he should do good and show mercy.

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave the parents the responsibility of raising the children and made that obligatory upon them.

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The ruler is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is the shepherd of his family and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd of her husband’s household and is responsible for her flock. A servant is the shepherd of his master’s wealth and is responsible for his flock.” He said: and I think he said, “A man is the shepherd of his father’s wealth and is responsible for his flock. Each of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 583; Muslim, 1829.

Part of your duty is to bring them up from a young age to love Allaah and His Messenger and to love the teachings of Islam. You should tell them that Allaah has a Paradise and a Hell; that His Hell is hot and its fuel is men and stones. The following story contains an important lesson.

Ibn al-Jawzi said:

There was a king who had a lot of wealth, and he had a daughter and no other children. He loved her very much, and he used to let her enjoy all kinds of entertainment. This went on for a long time. Beside the king there lived a devoted worshipper, and whilst he was reciting one night, he raised his voice saying, “O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones “ [al-Tahreem 66:6 – interpretation of the meaning]. The girl heard his recitation and said to her servants, “Stop!” But they did not stop. The worshipper started to repeat the verse, and the girl kept telling them to stop, but they did not stop. She put her hands to her collar and tore her garment, and they went to her father and told him the story. He went to her and said, “My dear, what happened to you tonight? What made you weep?” and he hugged her. She said, “I ask you by Allaah, O my father, to tell me, does Allaah have a Fire the fuel of which is men and stones?” He said, “Yes.” She asked him, “Why did you not tell me? By Allaah I will not eat any good food or sleep on any soft bed until I know whether my abode is in Paradise or Hell.”

Safwat al-Safwah, 4/437-438

You have to keep them away from the places of immorality and misguidance; do not leave them to grow up with evil things from the television etc, then after that expect them to be righteous, for whoever sows thorns cannot harvest grapes.  That should be done when they are young, so that it will be easy for them when they grow up, and they will get used to it, and it will be easy for you to tell them what to do and what not to do, and it will be easy for them to obey you.

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Teach your children to pray when they are seven years old, and smack them (lightly) if they do not do so when they are ten, and separate them in their beds.”

Narrated by Abu Dawood, 495; classed as saheeh (authentic) by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5868

But the educator must be merciful, forbearing, easy-going and approachable, not foul-mouthed or unkempt, arguing in a manner that is better, far removed from insulting, rebuking and beating, unless the child is one of those who willfully disobey and rejects his father’s commands and neglects his duties and does haraam (impermissible)things; in that case it is better to use stern measures with him, without causing him harm.

Al-Minaawi said: For a father to discipline his child when he reaches the age of discernment means that he should raise him with the characteristics of the righteous believers and protect him from mixing with evildoers; he should teach him the Qur’aan and good manners and the language of the Arabs, let him hear the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) and the sayings of the Salaf (pious predecessors) and teach him the religious rulings that he cannot do without. He should warn him then smack him (lightly) if he does not pray etc. That will be better for him than giving (dry measure of food) a saa’ in charity, because if he teaches him properly, his actions will be among his ongoing charity, whereas the reward for a saa’ of charity is limited, but that will last as long as the child lives. Discipline is the nourishment of the soul, and training it for the Hereafter.

“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell)…”

[al-Tahreem 66:6 – interpretation of the meaning]

Protecting yourself and your family from it means reminding them of Hell. Discipline includes preaching, warning, threatening, smacking (lightly, if necessary), detaining, giving and being kind. Disciplining one who is good and noble is different from disciplining one who is difficult and ignoble.

Fayd al-Qadeer, 5/257

Smacking is a means of correcting the child; it is not something that it wanted in and of itself, rather it is resorted to if the child is stubborn and disobedient.

There is a system of punishment in Islam, and there are many punishments in Islam, such as the haddpunishments for adultery, theft, slander, etc. All of these are prescribed in order to set the people straight and put a stop to their evil.

Concerning such matters the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) advised parents to deter their children from doing wrong.

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Hang your whip where the members of the household can see it, for that will discipline them.”

Narrated by al-Tabaraani, 10/248; its isnaad was classed as hasan by al-Haythami in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 8/106

Al-Albaani said in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4022, it is hasan (good).

So raising children should be a balance between encouragement and warning. The most important element of all is making the environment in which the children live a good one, by providing the means whereby they may be guided; this means that their educators should be religiously committed, including their parents.

One of the ways in which a parent may be successful in raising his children is to use a cassette player to play tapes of teachings, Qur’aan recitation, khutbahs (sermons)and lessons of scholars, for there are many available.

With regard to the books that you asked about, which you can refer to with regard to raising children, we recommend the following:

Tarbiyat al-Atfaal fi Rihaab al-Islam by Muhammad Haamid al-Naasir and Khawlah ‘Abd al-Qaadir Darweesh

Kayfa yurabbi al-Muslim waladahu by Muhammad Sa’eed al-Mawlawi

Tarbiyat al-Abna’ fi’l-Islam by Muhammad Jameel Zayno

Kayfa nurabbi Atfaalana by Mahmoud Mahdi al-Istanbuli

Mas’ooliyat al-Abb al-Muslim fi Tarbiyat al-Walad by ‘Adnaan Ba Haarith

And Allaah knows best.