Following the Book and the Sunnah is the Path to Unity – Sh Fawzaan

And this is a protection against differing and splitting. As for when we invent new methodologies and paths and ways which oppose the Book and the Sunnah, then indeed we will be destroyed, as He the Perfect and Most High said:

 وَأَنَّ هَـذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ذَلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُم بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ 

And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become pious. [6:153]

And:

 خطّ التبي ع خطَّا مستقيمًا ، و خط عن يمينه و شماله خطوطًا مِعوَجّة ، و قال للمستقيم : هذا سبيل الله. و قال للمعوجة : هذه سُبل و على كل سبيل منها شيطان يدعو الناس إليها 

The Prophet (sallAllaahu’alaihiwasallam) drew out a straight line, and he drew divergent lines to the right and left of it. And he said regarding the straight line, “This is the path of Allaah”. And he said regarding the divergent lines, “These are the paths, and upon each path from them there is a devil which calls the people to it.”[1]

This is an explanation of the noble verse by the Prophet (sallAllaahu’alaihiwasallam), and an explicit clarification that whoever leaves clinging to the Book of Allaah then he has gone along with the devil and along the divergent paths.

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[1] Ahmad: (1/435); ad-Daarimee: ‘al-Muqaddimah’ (202).

[from wujoob-ut-tathabbut min al-akhbaar wa ihtiraam il-‘ulemaa – ‘The Obligation of Verifying the Reports and Honouring the Scholars’ by Sh Saalih al-Fawzaan hafizahullaah.

Translated by Adnaan ibn Salman and Nasser ibn Najam]

Holding fast to the Rope of Allaah

The Call to Hold Fast to the Legislation of Allaah and His Book

Then He the Most High said:

وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللّهِ جَمِيعًا 

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah (i.e. this Qur.aan) … [3:103]

This is a command from Allaah for us to hold fast to the Rope of Allaah – with the meaning that we hold fast to the legislation of Allaah.

And the Rope of Allaah is the Qur.aan, and it also means Islaam, and it means the Covenant. So the Rope of Allaah here means Islaam and the Qur.aan and following the Messenger (sallAllaahu’alaihiwasallam).

So when a person holds onto this he is saved, like the drowning person when he is the depths of water and he holds onto a rope by means of which he is saved from drowning, then he has taken the means. Likewise we, in our lives and in the arena of trials and evils, when we hold onto the Rope of Allaah we will be saved. And the Prophet (sallAllaahu’alaihiwasallam) said:

 فإنه من يعش منكم فسيرى اختلافا كثيرا ، فعليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين المهديين من بعدي ، تمسكوا بها وعضّوا عليها بالنواجذ ، وإياكم و محدثات الأمور 

“For indeed he who lives long from amongst you, then he will see great differing, so upon you is my Sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided and directed Caliphs after me. Hold onto it and bite onto it with your molar teeth, and beware of newly invented matters…”[1]

And he (sallAllaahu’alaihiwasallam) informed:

 أنها ستكون فتن ، قالو: و ما المخرج منها يا رسول الله ؟ قال: كتاب الله 

“Indeed there will be trials”. They said, ‘And what is the way out from them O Messenger of Allaah?’ He said, “The Book of Allaah.”[2]

And he (sallAllaahu’alaihiwasallam) said:

 إنني تارك فيكم ما إن تمسكتم به لن تضلوا بعدي: كتاب الله و سنتي 

“Indeed I am leaving amongst you that which, if you hold onto it, then you will never go astray after me: the Book of Allaah and my Sunnah.”[3]

This is the Rope of Allaah.

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[1] Reported by Abu Daawood (5/460), and reported by at-Tirmidhee (5/2676) and he said: this is a good authentic hadeeth, and Imaam Ahmad: (4/126,127), and Ibn Maajah (1/43). [Abu Daawood: ‘as-Sunnah’ (4607); ad-Daarimee: ‘al-Muqaddimah’ (95)].

[2] at-Tirmidhee: ‘Virtues of the Qur.aan’ (2906); Ahmad: (1/91); ad-Daarimee: ‘Virtues of the Qur.aan’ (3331).

[3] Reported by Imaam Maalik in al-Muwatta. (2/3/899); and al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak (1/93), and he said its chain is authentic; and al-Albaanee quoted it in as-Saheehah (4/1761).

[from wujoob-ut-tathabbut min al-akhbaar wa ihtiraam il-‘ulemaa – ‘The Obligation of Verifying the Reports and Honouring the Scholars’ by Sh Saalih al-Fawzaan hafizahullaah.]

Use Ruqya AND Medical Treatments (Sh Fawzaan)

 

A questioner from another country says:

 

Q:

In our country there are some people who ascribe to the methodology of the Salaf who are trying to implement shar`ee ruqya.[1] They have set up a special center specifically for this ruqya. They take fees and they encourage people to avoid being treated with modern medicine. They say that these are the medicines of the disbelievers, and one should not use such treatments. What would you say about this?

 

A:

This is a baseless claim. Yes, one should seek treatment through the Qur’aan and ruqya, there is no problem with this. However, this does not stop one from seeking treatment through medicine also. “Allaah did not send down any disease without also sending its cure, whether one is aware of it or not.”[2]

 

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[1] i.e. when the Qur’aan is recited over oneself or others in order to cure illness

[2] Saheeh – see as-Saheehah no.s 451 & 1650

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114 – Soorat-un-Naas (Tafseer Sh Fawzaan) 

(قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ * مَلِكِ النَّاسِ * إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ * مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ * الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ * مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ)

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind

The King of mankind

The God of mankind

From the evil of the whisperer who withdraws and pulls back –

Who whispers into the hearts of men –

From among the jinn and mankind.”

 

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قُلْ

Meaning: Say O Muhammad

أَعُوذُ

Meaning: I seek shelter with,  I resort to and I take refuge in…

بِرَبِّ النَّاس

ar-Rabb: He is the one who takes care of his slaves through his blessings and who nurtures them.  And He also takes care of them through sending revelation and beneficial knowledge.  So He is their Lord in the sense that He is their King, Lord and the One who controls their affairs.

بِرَبِّ النَّاس

All of Mankind, from the Children of Aadam.

He the Mighty and Majestic said:

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ

This is one of Allaah the Perfect and Most High’s Attributes.  So ar-Rabb and al-Malik are from Allaah the Most Glorious’ Names. So they have no true King except Him, the Perfect and Most High and no-one shares in His kingship over all mankind. So they all belong to Him and are His slaves and under His control and authority. Some of them are people who are evil, so one should seek refuge with Allaah the Perfect and Most High that He protects from these evil people, because He is their Lord and He has power over them.

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ

So He is the King, the Perfect and Most High, without any partner, and He has absolute dominion on the Day of Judgement.

As for in this world then there are kings, but their kingship is limited not absolute, and it is weak when compared to the dominion of Allaah the Perfect and Most High. Also their kingship is a privilege from Allaah the Perfect and Most High. He the Mighty and Majestic said:

قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتَنْزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ ۖ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Say, “O Allah, Owner of All Kingship, You give authority to whom You will, and you take it away from whom You will. You honour whom you will and you debase whom You will. In your Hand is all good. Indeed You are All Powerful over everything.”

[3:26]

So they do not compare to the dominion of Allaah the Perfect and Most High. However in the next life then Allaah the Mighty and Majestic says:

يَوْمَ هُمْ بَارِزُونَ ۖ لَا يَخْفَىٰ عَلَى اللَّهِ مِنْهُمْ شَيْءٌ ۚ لِمَنِ الْمُلْكُ الْيَوْمَ ۖ لِلَّهِ الْوَاحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ

The Day when they will come forth, nothing from them will be hidden from Allaah at all. To whom belongs all kingship on that Day? To Allaah, the One, the Overwhelming Subduer.

[40:16]

إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ

This is the third Attribute. al-Ilaah means something which is worshipped, and it is of two categories:

  1. Something which is worshipped in truth, and that is Allaah the Perfect and Most High.
  2. That which is worshipped falsely, i.e.: anything besides Allaah the Perfect and Most High, such as the false gods of the mushrikoon (polytheists).

So we find the three categories of tawheed being mentioned in this soorah:

  1. Tawheed-ur-Ruboobiyyah: as exemplified by His the Mighty and Majestic’s statement (بِرَبِّ النَّاس) “The Lord of mankind.”
  2. Tawheed-ul-Uloohiyyah: as in His the Mighty and Majestic’s statement (إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ) “The (only true) God of mankind.”
  3. Tawheed-ul-Asmaa wasSifaat (of Allaah’s Names and Attributes): in His the Mighty and Majestic’s statement (مَلِكِ النَّاسِ) “The King of mankind.”

And all of these instances of seeking refuge are a protection from the evil of shaytaan, may Allaah curse him.

Allaah the Mighty and Majestic said:

مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاس

al-Waswaas, with a fat-hah on the waw is shaytaan. As for al-Wiswaas then this is the verbal noun derived from ‘to whisper’.

الْخَنَّاسِ

He is the one who withdraws and pulls back, and that is because shaytaan withdraws and pulls back when Allaah is remembered. And when Allaah is not remembered, then he whispers and draws close. So he whispers to one who is heedless and he withdraws from one who remembers Allaah the Perfect and Most High.

From Anas radiyAllaahu’anhu from the Prophet (ﷺ) who said:

“Indeed shaytaan places his snout upon the heart of the son of Aadam, so if he remembers Allaah then he withdraws, and if he forgets, then he swallows it up. So that is the whisperer who withdraws.”

[Da’eef, Silsilat-ul-ahadeeth ad-Da’eefah 1367]

And from Ibn Abbaas radiyAllaahu’anhu regarding His statement (الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ) he said:

“When someone is born then shaytaan perches upon his heart. So when he reaches the age of understanding and remembers Allaah, then he withdraws, and if he is heedless then he whispers”

[Saheeh according to Sh al-Albaanee, al-Mishkaat 2221]

And from Abu Hurairah radiyAllaahu’anhu: the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said:

“Shaytaan comes to one of you and says ‘Who created this? Who created that?’ up until he says ‘Who created your Lord?’ So if this happens then he should seek refuge with Allaah and stop (thinking such thoughts).”

[Saheeh-ul-Bukhaaree 3276]

Then Allaah the Perfect and Most High explains (the above) with His the Mighty and Majestic’s statement:

الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ

That he whispers into their hearts, so whoever is afflicted with whispering then he should hasten to seek refuge with Allaah the Perfect and Most High from shaytaan, for he will then leave him alone – with the permission of Allaah.

And he should not pay attention to such whispering and not be affected by it, because any whispering which occurs to him, can occur to anyone, and it even happened to the Companions radiyAllaahu’anhum and they disliked it.

So if someone dislikes being whispered to in this manner, and he dislikes bad thoughts in relation to Allaah the Perfect and Most High or in relation to His Messenger (ﷺ) or in relation to the Religion, then he should not verbalize (these bad thoughts), for this is a sign of his faith. As for if he were to verbalize such thoughts, then this is what would cause him harm.

And may Allaah extol and send perfect peace and security upon our Messenger Muhammad and his family and his Companions.

 

[From maa tayassara wa tahassala min duroos il Qur’aan Vol 2 p541. Translated by Adnaan ibn Salman]