Important Benefit from Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen Related to Marriage and Observing that which is Apparent

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

While explaining the hadeeth of Fatimah bint Qaes (may Allah be pleased with her); in which she approached the Prophet  صلى الله عليه و سلم and informed him that individuals have approached her for marriage, upon hearing the names of these individuals the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم  replied:

As for Abu Jahil, he does not remove the stick from his shoulder (he beats women), and as for Mu’awiyah, he is poor. Instead, marry Usamah. (Saheeh Muslim)

Sheikh ‘Uthaymeen commented (in summary):

If it were said: How can the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم   say: “As for Mu’awiyah, he is poor”, while he (the Prophet) doesn’t know? It’s possible he (Mu’awiyah) will become wealthy (in the future). And actually, this did take place. Mu’awiyah became a ruler; in fact he became one of the wealthiest rulers.

Thus, we say: From this hadeeth a vital benefit can be derived, which is: That which should be considered is what is apparent, not what will possibly occur in the future. Pay close attention to this principle. An individual is not commissioned to (consider) matters of the unseen, but rather, he is responsible for that which is in front of him.

Consequently, we know the answer for a commonly mentioned question (issue). This occurs when a man who is not practicing seeks to marry a practicing female. The female would like to marry him and thus she says: It’s possible that Allah will guide this man by way of me. This action (him changing) may or may not occur in the future. She does not know, but that which is presently apparent is that this individual is not practicing. If the female was to say: It is possible that Allah will guide him by way of me, we will respond: It is (also) possible that Allah will lead you astray by way of him! Both of these outcomes are possible, and you (the female) being led astray by way of the man is more likely, due to the fact that the authority and influence of the man over the woman is much greater than her authority and influence over him. Likewise, how many men put pressure on their wives to perform something that the husband wants, and due to his pressure, the female falls into something she herself dislikes. This is something which is known and proven. The most important benefit in this issue is that a person is responsible for that which is apparent, not that which will may or may not occur in the future.

Source: Fathul Thee Jalalee wal Ikram bi Sharh Bulough al Maram vol. 11, pg. 201

Translator’s note: May Allah have mercy upon our beloved Sheikh and father Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen. Indeed his statements and clarifications are filled with wisdom and sound understanding. The advice of the Sheikh can also be applied to the common day belief of many sisters (when approached for marriage by individuals not upon the methodology of the Salaf): I know he’s not Salafi, but ان شاء الله  he will come to the minhaj through my guidance and direction! Then after a few months, we find the sister attending the gatherings of the people of innovation and those supporting them! We have even witnessed sisters falling into major shirk, innovation, and defending the callers to hizbiyah due to being married to individuals not upon the methodology of the Salaf. Similarly is the statement of some females, when approached for marriage by an individual who has a proven reputation of mistreatment of women, you find some women saying: I will be the one to change him! Or: He will never treat me the way he treated others! These spurious statements and the likes are clear examples of how females place themselves in dreadful predicaments as it relates to marriages.

May Allah guide our women to that which is better, and may He keep us all firm upon the straight path.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

17th of Dhil Hijjah | Oct. 22, 2013


Individuals who are practising in Morocco, they claim that this masjid is not permissible to pray in because the wealth is not pure…

Q.​The individual is asking about a masjid which is in Morocco. Individuals who are practising in Morocco, they claim that this masjid is not permissible to pray in because the wealth is not pure, as some wealth which has been used to build the masjid is forbidden. What is the ruling on prayer in this masjid?

A. ​The shaykh mentioned, prayer in a masjid which the wealth used to build the
masjid was not purely halaal, prayer in the masjid is allowed. Prayer in this sort of masjid is allowed and the sin for using wealth that was not permissible falls upon the individual who spent, but the sin doesn’t fall upon the individuals who pray in the masjid. So it is permissible to pray there and the prayer is correct.
The shaykh says for example it’s not permissible for a person to steal some land and place a masjid there, that person the sin is upon him. But if individuals come and pray in that masjid, their prayer is accepted.
With regards to this specific masjid that’s mentioned in the question. If its
referring to the masjid which is present in the capital (of Morocco) then there is something greater in terms of prohibition for this masjid. That is… the shaykh said I entered this masjid in 1385 A.H. (we are in 1434 A.H.) and this was when the masjid was almost complete. The individuals who were taking me on the tour they showed me the place where they were going to place a grave in the masjid. So the fact that there is a grave in the masjid, this is something which is tremendous and because of that you would have a prohibition of praying at that masjid. But the other affair of other masaajid not being graves and the likes of that, but you find out that impermissible wealth is spent to build these masjids, its permissible for you to pray there and the prayer is accepted. The sin falls upon the person who spent the
Impermissible wealth to build the masjid.

Shaykh Saalih ibn Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him). Kitaab at-Tawheed Class 01.12.12 Riyadh

How does a person seek knowledge if they are distant from the scholars and people of knowledge?

How does a person seek knowledge if they are distant from the scholars and people of knowledge?

Answer: The Qur’aan is the origin of the legislation, and the legislation is general for mankind and Jinn until the Day of Judgment. Allah mentioned, “Say: This Qur’aan has been revealed to me to warn with it.” And Allah said, “Glory be to Allah, the One Who sent down the Qur’aan to His servant so that he could be a warner to mankind.” The third ayah is pertaining to the Jinn listening to the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam), and then returning to their people and informing them that they’ve heard a book which was sent down after Moosa(alayhis salaam) guiding to the straight path. They informed their people to obey the caller to Allah. Therefore, every individual is responsible for learning the obligatory matters upon every individual Muslim. That which Allah has made obligatory from matters of Faith, Tawheed, Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Hajj and Umrah. If an individual is one upon whom it’s obligatory to pay Zakaat, he must know matters of Zakaat. This is fard ‘ayn (individual obligation upon every Muslim) of the Ummah. The Ummah is of two categories: The Ummah of propagation (Da’wah), and the Ummah of response. The Ummah of Da’wah consists of every individual Muslim, Kaafir (disbeliever) or Jinn. However, the Ummah of response is that which the Messenger (sallallaahu alahyi wa sallam) mentioned that his Ummah will divide into 73 sects. All of them will be in the Hellfire except the one who is upon that which He and His Companions were upon.

Q&A with Shaykh Abdullaah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ghudayaan (rahimaauAllah)

Presented and Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry

January 10, 2010



(From ‘AS-SAHEEHAH’ (no. 2604) of Shaikh al-Albaanee -rahimahullaah):

From Khuraym ibn Faatik al-Asadee -radiyallaahu `anhu- that the Prophet صلى اللهُ عليه وسَلَّم said:

The people are four, and the deeds are six.

So the people are:

[i] one granted plenty in this world and in the Hereafter, and

[ii] one granted plenty in this world, poor in the Hereafter and,

[iii] one poor in this world, granted plenty in the Hereafter and,

[iv] one wretched in this world and in the Hereafter;

and the deeds are:

[i & ii] The two which are binding, and

[iii & iv] like for like, and

[v] ten times more, and

[vi] seven hundred times more:

[i & ii] So the two which are binding are:

Whoever dies as a Muslim, a Believer, not associating anything with Allaah – then Paradise is binding for him; and whoever dies as a Disbeliever – then the Fire is binding for him; and

[iii & iv] Whoever intends an evil deed but does not do it, and Allaah knows that his heart felt it and he desired it, then it is written as a good deed for him; and whoever intended an evil deed then it is not written against him; and whoever did it then it is written as one, and it is not multiplied for him, and

[v] whoever did a good deed – then ten times its like is written for him, and

[vi] whoever spends something in Allaah’s cause, then it is multiplied for him seven hundred times over. >>

Reported by Ahmad (4/345), Ibn Hibbaan (no.31), and Ibn Abee Shaybah in his ‘Musnad’ (2/38/2).

– Shaikh al-Albaanee declared its chain of narration to be ‘Saheeh’.

[Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank]rahimaullah

House in Paradise: I guarantee a house on the outskirts of Paradise….

The Messenger Of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
“I guarantee a house on the outskirts of Paradise for he who leaves arguing even if he is right; and a house in the middle of Paradise for he who leaves lying even when joking; and a house in the highest part of Paradise for he who makes his character excellent.”

Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Manners, Number 4800, (Hasan)

Parents, Guardians, Alternatives to State School Education for your children #homeschooling #islam

Regarding More Islamic Alternatives to State School Education

All praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Prophet.

Over the last few years, I have received many inquiries from parents seeking advice regarding the schooling of their children in a Western context. The first thing to point out is that Salafis are active and positive participants in the society around us. We wish to be excellent examples to those around us. We look after our neighbors and we care about those less fortunate than ourselves, both Muslims and non-Muslims. We have shown over the years how Salafis can live in any society, whilst maintaining their faith (imaan and aqeedah) and practice of orthodox Islaam.

As for education, then many parents are turning to alternatives other than state-school education. These parents want their children to be educated in a faith-based environment. In my my view, and in the view of many scholars whom we have asked over the years: they advise parents to educate their children from the early years into early adulthood in Islamic environments so that they may maintain their Islamic heritage. In this regard I encourage all parents in this predicament with the following:

1. Enroll your children into Salafi Islamic Schools in your area. In Birmingham, UK, we have a primary school for children aged between 6 and 11 years of age. It is called the Salafi Independent School, telephone 0121-772-4567. There is also a secondary school for children aged between 11 and 16 years of age. That one is called The Redstone Academy, telephone 0121-448-7933.

However, this solution is not open to every Salafi family living in the West, in which case, we need to consider the next option:

2. Distance learning from your home through a reputable provider. This method is combined with home schooling and is open for all ages. It is an excellent alternative for those parents who wish to keep their children close and truly nurture the parent-child relationship before adulthood. It is a safety-net for our children, that will (inshaa’Allaah) prevent them from falling into immoral and bad behaviour, whether it be crime, fornication, drugs and gangs.

Here are just some of the benefits in home education that many parents and children have experienced:

• Parents have more quality time to train and influence their children.
• There is opportunity for each child to receive individualized attention and instruction.
• Parents are able to give guidance in areas of religion and morality.
• Children develop respect for parents as teachers.
• Spending more time together increases family unity and closeness.
• It provides a good environment for development of confidence and independent thinking.
• There is enhanced communication between all age groups due to the diversified learning environment.
• Home-schooled students demonstrate excellent academic progress.
• School hours are flexible to accommodate family schedules and vacations.
• More control over outside influences such as drugs and gangs etc.
• A curriculum that complies with your belief.

[These are just a few benefits that I myself have experienced and gathered from parents who have posted comments online on home schooling forums]

I truly believe that Muslim parents should not be afraid of home-schooling, especially if it is accompanied with distance learning. It is really not as daunting as it may initially seem! Did you know that there are thousands of children who are home schooled, Muslims and non-Muslims, because they see it as a better alternative to state education?

The key is to be organized and set a timetable – it requires only a few hours a day. Some people have mentioned concerns about lack of socializing with other children, and whether this may affect the children in a negative manner. The reality is that in the home environment the parents can decide who their children socialize with from friends, neighbors and relatives – so parents are able to monitor and guide their children in an appropriate manner from an early age – so by the permission and blessings of Allaah, our children grow up to be balanced knowledgeable Salafis, highly educated with high moral character! Additionally the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) informed his Ummah that the one who has the greatest right of companionship is one’s mother, and he repeated that three times, and then he mentioned the father and the siblings. Quite often we take the companionship of those less deserving than our parents, then we pass that on to our children – whereas in the Islamic context it is one’s parents who are most worthy of kind treatment and close companionship, and then others. So make your children your close companions and they will accompany you in good in later years!

Home School and Distance Learning with Wolsey Hall Oxford is a very good distance learning school for all ages. Indeed I have enrolled two of my own children with Wolsey Hall Oxford on IGCSE and KS3 and hope to enroll two more in September, one into their A Level program. Please note that KS3 (grades 7-9) is not yet advertised on their website as it officially begins in August, but you can register now. The costs are reasonable and when considering that the courses last anything up to three years, it makes sense.

Furthermore, they allow you to spread the payments over the year by monthly payments. They post out to you all the study books and guides your children will need to get through the course. There is an online login website for your child that is specific to him (or her); there is constant monitoring of your child’s progress; homework is set and marked regularly; tutors are at hand whenever needed by phone, email or Skype!

You can make enquiries and apply online at – They will give an immediate 10% discount to anyone who quotes the promotional code “CARDINAL” when enrolling your child. You can call them on 01865-721-215 or from outside the UK +(44)-1865-721-215 and they’ll talk you through everything you need to know with no obligation – very friendly and helpful! Let me quote here what they state on their website:

Why Homeschooling with Wolsey Hall?

At Wolsey Hall our sole business is supporting parents and children who wish to study GCSEs/IGCSEs and A-Levels from home. Children who study with Wolsey Hall work at home through a carefully balanced mix of study texts supplied by the college and our online learning management system WHOLE (Wolsey Hall Online Learning Environment).

Unlike most other distance learning organisations who offer a wide range of different types of courses, our only focus is GCSE’s/IGCSEs and A-level through home study.

And that focus means that your child will get the best possible help with their GCSE/IGCSE and A-Level studies.

Here are four good reasons to choose Wolsey Hall Oxford to support your child’s education:

1. We offer next generation technologies, including an award winning learning management system, so that your child can expect rapid feedback and first class support.
2. We offer the same level of one to one support that you can expect from an Oxford tutorial college, but at a fraction of the price!
3. All our tutors are qualified and experienced teachers who are not only experts in their fields, but are also passionate about passing on their learning to others.
4. We recognize the critical importance of learner support and so, in addition to our tutors, we have members of the team who are qualified learning support specialists who can offer advice and support in such areas as dyslexia, ADHD and other learning and processing disabilities.

Distance Learning Courses for GCSE, IGCSE and A Level

Wolsey Hall Oxford has been helping students across the globe achieve qualifications through home study since 1894. Well over 750,000 people have gained qualifications with Wolsey Hall through distance learning…

Today we focus exclusively on providing the best possible tuition for Distance Learning GCSE/IGCSE and Distance Learning A-Levels for both mature students and young adults being schooled at home. Using a cutting edge learning management and delivery platform, we’re providing distance learning courses to students from Beijing to Buenos Aires!”
So they can teach your children regardless of where you live: UK, Europe, India, Canada, Caribbean or the USA! There are no doubt other good providers out there, so search thoroughly. I found this one to be good and that’s I have mentioned it here.

For those of you living in places where Islamic Schools upon the Sunnah are not available, consider this option as an alternative to state schools, which may not give your children the Islamic environment that you seek. We want the best for our children, and what better place to receive the best cultivation than in the home of one’s parents.

We want the best for our children, beginning of course with the most important affair of understanding the Islamic religion in accordance to the Qur’aan and Sunnah upon the way of the Salaf. We also wish our children to be competent and strong in worldly affairs, so they can in turn support their families and support the community positively and not be in a position where they are need of handouts. Also having daughters who are well-educated means they can in turn pass that knowledge on to their children, so that the next generation is also strengthened in terms of both religious and worldly knowledge.

In conclusion, I ask that you consider your options carefully and do not allow the precious abilities of your children to be squandered in their important early years!

May Allaah bless our families both in this life and in the Herafter.

Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul-Waahid


Questions & Answers with Sheikh Abdullah al-Ghudiyan November 9, 2007

Questions & Answers with Sheikh Abdullah al-Ghudiyan November 9, 2007

1. Is the origin of giving da’wah that one should use gentleness?

Answer: Yes, this is the origin of giving da’wah. Allah said in The Quran:

{Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good speech, and debate with them with that which is better}

He (Allah) also said:

{If you were stern and harsh hearted, they would have abandoned you}

2. What is the difference between a prophet and a messenger?

Answer: A prophet is one who revelation was revealed to him, but he was not ordered to propagate it (meaning: he was not ordered to propagate a new legislation, instead he called to the old legislation), while a messenger was ordered to propagate revelation.

3. If a person leaves the masjid, and then returns, must he/she perform the prayer of entering the masjid once again?

Answer: If one intends to return to the masjid (right away), they do not have to repeat the prayer for entering the masjid.

4. Question related to female prayer in congregation

Answer: It is legislated for females to pray in congregation, but the Imam (female) must stand between the first row in the middle, and not in front of the row.

5. Is it permissible to read the books of the Christians?

Answer: If a person wishes to read their books in order to refute them, then there is no problem. But there is no longer a real need to read their books because these books have been abrogated with the sending of the Quran. I also advise one to read the Quran in order to gain reward in doing so.

6.The book: Al Kasais al Kubra (book related to matters specifically for the Messenger Muhammed (salAllahu alayhi wa salem) is authored by who?

Answer: Jalal ud-Deen as-Suyooti

7. Is the principal: ‘Let’s work together in that which we agree, and excuse one another for what we disagree’ correct?

Answer: This is a total incorrect principal. Today, you have individuals that don’t believe in Allah, they don’t believe in the Quran, the don’t believe in the Prophet, which means they oppose the Muslims in foundations of the Religion. If we were to agree with this principal, that means we would have to over look all these matters of fundamental belief and join together with these people. It is obligatory on a Muslim to implement Islam in all of his life. It is not befitting that one is similar to a tree that sways whenever the wind blows. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salem) said that there would be 73 sects, one in Paradise, and the others in the Hell-fire, a person that follows this (incorrect) principal intends to create one group out of 73. How can this be done when you have individuals that don’t believe in Allah, nor His Messenger, nor the Quran, and you have other individuals who commit clear Shirk. So what does that person (that follows this principal) want?! It is upon a Muslim to hold fast to his/her Islam. Allah said in the Quran:

{And you (Muhammed) are not a guard over them. So (instead) remind them with the Quran, those that fear the punishment}

Therefore, this is a %100 incorrect principal.

Other questions asked to Sheikh Abdullah and Sheikh Saleh al-Fowzan in Ramadan

1. If a person is sick or old and can not fast, and at the same time, can not feed the poor because of their own financial difficulty, what should he do?

Answer: First he should consult with a doctor to make sure he can not fast. If this is really the case, then feeding the poor will remain a debt on the person’s part. He must pay it in the future when he has the means to do so. (Sheikh Ghudiyan)

2. What does a person do if he enters a masjid right before the time of prayer, and there is a lecture taking place supporting sufi beliefs?

Answer: Why would he go to such a masjid, he should pray in a different masjid. (Sheikh Fowzan)

May Allah bless these scholars for lending their valuable time and knowledge.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Messenger Muhammed, and upon his family members and companions.


Mustafa G.
Saudi Arabia
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