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How to contemplate over the Qur’aan to attain benefit

Shaykh-ul-Islam ibnu Taymiyyah said:

“Whoever contemplates over the Qur’aan, seeking guidance from it will clearly recognise the true path”

Shaykh ibnu Uthaymeen comments:

A powerful statement in meaning. It contains two affairs (conditions);

(1) contemplation and (2) seeking guidance.

Therefore, “contemplation” is the action (required) and “seeking guidance” is the good (sincere, truthful) intention (required) and “will clearly recognise the true path” is the clause that expresses the result (of the two conditions being met).

Tafsir Surah Al-Qasas v. 1-3

What to do if a person who is argumentative and fond of debating comes to you?

Imam Malik said:

“If a debater comes to you, then make clear the sunnah to him but do not debate him”

Shaykh ibnu Uthaymeen comments: Because if you made clear the sunnah to him, then you have placed the proof upon him between his hands (before him). If he then (still) debates, then he is debating Allah (as the proof/sunnah is from Allah) and he is not debating you. So clarify the sunnah to him and refrain from debating about it (the issue), because what is compulsory upon the one whom the sunnah has been made clear to is to accept it without debating.

Tafsir Surah An-Nisaa V.63

Maintaining silence and avoiding hastiness

How much chaos can be prevented by maintaining silence and avoiding hastiness

Abu Haatim said:

الواجب على العاقل أن يلزم الصمت إلى أن يلزمه التكلم،فما أكثر من ندم إذا نطق وأقل من يندم إذا سكت.

What is imperative upon the intelligent (& sane) is to maintain silence until it is a must for him to speak. How many have regretted when they’ve uttered and how few regret when they’ve remained silent.

روضة العقلاء ونزهة الفضلاء (ص43)

The Definition of Fasting – Ibn Uthaymeen

Shaykh ibnu Uthaymeen said:

Fasting linguistically means: الإمساك

(To refrain and abstain from something)

This meaning is found in Allah’s saying:

{And if you see any human being, say: verily i have vowed a fast for the Most Merciful (Allaah) so i shall not speak to anyone today} [Maryam #26]

Meaning: I (Maryam) have vowed to refrain from speaking so i will not speak to anyone today.

Religiously it means: A form of worship for Allah by refraining from that which nullifies the fast from the second fajr (dawn/daybreak) to maghrib (sunset).

Fataawaa ibnu uthaymeen p421

Seeking Knowledge is an Obligation Upon Every Muslim

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

“Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.”

Source/Book: Sunan Ibn Majah #224

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Shaykh Al-Albani