Sittings in Ramadhan with Shaikh ibn Uthaymeen (Day 20)


Day Twenty:
Reasons for the Real Victory
Shaykh Muhammad bin Saleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)

My Brothers: Allah has helped the believers in many situations, in Badr, al-Ahzab, al-Fath, Hunayn, and others. He helped them as a fulfillment of his pledge, “And it is incumbent upon Us to help the believers.” And He helped them because they stood for the religion, which is superior to all the religions, so whoever sticks to this deen then he is superior over all other nations. “He it is who has sent forth His Apostle with the [task of spreading] guidance and the religion of truth, to the end that He may cause it to prevail over all [false] religion however hateful this may be to those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God.” Allah helped them because they prepared themselves both physically and spiritually. So they stood firm when they confronted the enemy, following this guidance and enjoying his support, “Be not, then, faint of heart, and grieve not: for you are bound to rise high if you are [truly] believers. If misfortune touches you, [know that] similar misfortune has touched [other] people as well; for it is by turns that We apportion unto men such days [of fortune and misfortune]: and [this] to the end that God might mark out those who have attained to faith, and choose from among you such as [with their lives] bear witness to the truth – since God does not love evildoers.” So they went forward steadfastly, making every kind of preparation, as Allah says, “And if thou couldst but see [how it will be] when He causes those who are bent on denying the truth to die: the angels will strike their faces: and their backs, and [will say]: “Taste suffering through fire.” Both the inward power and the outward military power, and Allah helped them because they helped his religion, “And Allah will help those who help him.” All power and might that opposes him will become weak and humiliated, as He says, “To Allah belongs the end of the affairs.” So when the help seems far in a believer’s eyes, then he knows that end belongs to Allah, He changes the affairs as He wills. So when the believer is given power on earth, he should not be deceived by greed, boastfulness, pride, or mischief, for only Allah’s religion and adherence to it will increase his power. Allah makes clear the person deserving His help.

The First Description: “Those, if we give them power on earth, establish the prayer…” And power on earth is not until Allah’s worship is actualized, as He says, “And yet, some people worship, instead of God, things that can neither benefit them nor harm them: thus, he who denies the truth does indeed turn his back on his Sustainer!” So if the believer stands up for Allah’s worship sincerely, in his sayings, actions and desires, not wanting position or praise form people, and remains firm upon that in ease and hardship, Allah will establish him and give him power on earth.

The Second: Establishing the prayer as is required from him, fulfilling all its conditions, pillars, and obligations, then perfecting it by the mustahab actions. So he perfects his wudu, and correctly does ruku and sujood, and is careful about the prayer time and about praying in congregation. And he maintains khushoo’, which is the presence of the heart and stillness of the limbs, because khushoo’ is the soul of the prayer. So a prayer without khushoo’ is like a body without a soul. Ammar bin yasir said that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “A person may leave the prayer with nothing but a tenth of it written for him, or a ninth, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th 4th, 3rd, or half.” (Abu Dawood and Nisaee)

The Third: Giving the zakah, giving it to the deserving, seeking Allah’s pleasure by it, purifying themselves and their wealth and benefiting the poor. And we already discussed zakah in majlis 17.

The Fourth: Enjoining the good, Good (Al-Ma’ruf) is everything that Allah and his Messenger ordered, either obligatory or mustahab. A believer to another believer is like a wall, one part supports another. So just like a believer likes for himself to be obedient and righteous, then he must love the same for his brothers.

The Fifth: Forbidding the evil, which is everything that Allah and his Messenger forbade, from major or minor sins, with regards to worship, manners, or dealings with people.

So ordering good and forbidding the evils, are a cause of honor and unity for this Ummah. Because of this, it is an obligation on every Muslim as much as they are able. Were it not for ordering the good, and forbidding the evil, the people would have split into many different groups and sects. And by it, this Ummah was favored over all others “You are indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth for [the good of] mankind: you enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and you believe in God. Now if the followers of earlier revelation had attained to [this kind of] faith, it would have been for their own good; [but only few] among them are believers, while most of them are iniquitous” and because of ignoring this duty! “Those of the children of Israel who went astray were cursed by the tongue of David, and of Jesus, son of Mary. That was because they rebelled and used to transgress. They restrained not one another from the wickedness they did. Verily evil was that they used to do!”

So these five descriptions, whenever they are actualized, along with determination and making preparation, will result in the help of Allah. So they will be helped in ways they never imagined. Verily, the believer knows that physical power, no matter how strong, is nothing compared to the power of Allah who created them.

“As for Aad, they were arrogant in the land without right, and they said: Who is mightier than us in power? Could they not see that Allah Who created them, He was mightier than them in power? And they denied Our revelations. Therefore We let loose on them a raging wind in evil days, that We might make them taste the torment of disgrace in the life of the world. And verily the doom of the Hereafter will be more shameful, and they will not be helped.”

And Firoun boasted about his kingdom of Egypt, and the rivers that ran underneath him, so Allah drowned him in waters like it, and gave his kingdom to Musa and his people, who Firoun considered as lowly. And Quraysh boasted about their power, and came out for the battle of Badr, arrogantly and showing off. Their leaders were saying, “we will not return from Badr until we slaughter camels there, and drink wine, and listen to music, so all the Arab will hear about us.” So the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) and his companions destroyed them, and they became an example of humiliation until the Day of Judgment.

So we Muslims in these times, if we took these steps for the help of Allah, and fulfilled the obligations of our religion, and we became an example to be followed, not followers to others, and we used modern military technology with sincerity to Allah, Allah would help us against our enemy like he helped those before us. “It is the law of Allah which hath taken course aforetime. Thou wilt not find for the law of Allah aught of power to change.”

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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