Thursday, 5 March 2009

First lesson, Qawaaid Al-Arba'

I recently registered for Al-Baseerah's online intensive course, Al-Qawaaid al-arba' with Shaykh Abdullaah Al-Ghudyaan (May Allaah accept and reward his efforts, ameen). I had my first lesson on Tuesday, and masha'Allaah it was really interesting.

It was basically an introduction to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab's life (May Allaah have mercy upon him, ameen), the reviver of the sunnah. He started his quest for knowledge at a time when there many scholars, but they were mostly concerned with fiqh matters, as for their 'aqeedah, this was not pure.

Masha'Allaah the shaykh travelled far in search of knowledge, the more he learnt the more he strived for more. He faced many tests and hardships along the way, almost dying of thirst and hunger on his way to Ash-Sham, alhamdulillaah Allaah saved him by a man with a riding beast packed with drink and food, who took him back to Basrah.

The Shaykh met the Ameer, Muhammad Ibn Sa'ud (May Allaah have mercy upon him, ameen), from Ad-Dir'eeyah, who had heard his daw'ah, and then gave him bai'ah (the pledge of allegiance) and supported his daw'ah and struggled in it's cause.

Alhamdulillaah, through the daw'ah the shaykh gave, there came the obliteration of all manifestations of shirk in the land of Najd, graves were destroyed, along with trees that were used for worship, he refuted the doubts of the doubtful until his daw'ah became widespread and this pleased him.

The shaykh lived a long life, and later died in 1206 AH. His grandchildren and students carried on spreading the daw'ah.

This is just a brief summary of the Shaykh's life, but so amazing and inspiring to see how hard he fought for the truth to be established once again. For those people out there who label the shaykh as a 'wahhabi' and as someone who brought something 'new' I advise you to go and read his biography properly insha Allaah, he is not called 'the reviver of the sunnah' for nothing you know. In the lesson Sh. Abdullaah Al-Ghudyaan, mentioned a hadith by the prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam, which he gave glad tidings that at the head of every 100 years, someone will revive for it it's religion, I did not catch all of the hadith or the source, so if anyone knows it, please let me know so I can add it on insha Allaah.

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Anonymous said...

Banu Israil (Children of Israel) strayed when they took the cow as a deity along with Allaahu subhanahu wa ta'aala. The people of Musa and his brother Haroon ('alaihim i salaam) - and the story is mentioned in the Qur`an - and the Christians fell into shirk after al-Masih 'Eesa ibnu Mariam ('alaihi salaam) was taken to the heavens. And shirk took place in the Children of Isma'eel upon the hands of 'Amar ibni Lahi al-Khaza'ee, who changed the religion of Ibrahim and who made idols and brought these idols to the land of al-Hijaaz. And he ordered the people to worship them.

And then came the Messenger of Allaahu (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) returning the people - bi idhnillaah - back to the Tawheed of Allaahu subhanahu wa ta'aala. But even after the passing of the Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) - the last and final Messenger - shirk (polytheism) took place. It took place in the Ummah of Muhammad (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) on the hands of the Shee'ah, who began to build shrines in the fourth century (Hijri) upon graves, and brought the bid'ah of the Mawlid (celebration of Prophet's birthday) to al-Islam, and went to extremes regarding those who were righteous.

Wal-Hamdulillaahi ta'aala - even after the coming of the Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) as the last and final Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) - Allaah's Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "La tazaalu taifatun min ummati dhaahireena 'alal haqq ya`muroona bil ma'ruf wa yanhawna 'anil munkar." (There will always remain a group from this Ummah that will be apparent upon the truth. They will order the good and forbid the evil.)

So Allaah (subhanahu wa ta'aala) upon the end of every 100 years sent someone to revive the religion of al-Islam. Allaah's Messenger said regarding this group, "La tazaalu taifatun min ummati 'alal haqqi dhaahireen La yadhuruhum min khadalahum wala man khalafahum hata ya`ti amrullaah tabaraka wa ta'aala wa huma 'ala dhalik." (There will always remain a group from this Ummah that will be apparent upon the truth. Those who oppose them will not harm them in any way until the order of Allaah tabaraka wa ta'aala will come while they are in that state.)

Al Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah ta'aala) said in the introduction of his book "Ar-Rad 'alal Jahmiyyah" (The Refutation upon the Jahmiyyah):
All praise is for Allaah, Who leaves a group after the Messengers from amongst the people of knowledge who negate the changes, distortions of those who go to the extreme. And the changes of those who are ignorant. [This group] is those who call people from misguidance to guidance, and are patient upon harm. How many are they who have gone astray whom they helped bring back to guidance? How many are those [whose eeman] have been killed by Iblees whom they have helped give life to again? How beautiful is their effect upon the people, and how ugly is the effect of the people upon them?