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Do not fear them!

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

All Praise is due to Allah سبحانه و تعالى, may Peace and Blessings be upon Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم, his progeny and his companions رضي الله عنهم

After 11th September and 7/7 attacks, many Muslims have developed fear of the disbelievers so much that many of them have changed their names from Muhammad to Moe and Bilal to Billy just avoid being arrested by the police. Is this way we are commanded to be? Are we allowed to be fearful of the disbelievers when we are on the Truth whilst they are misguided?

Allah سبحانه و تعالى categorically tells us that it is only shaytaan, who wants us to fear his allies so do not fear them,

إِنَّمَا ذَ‌ٰلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

“It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his allies. So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.”[1]

Al Haafidh Ibn Kathir رحمه الله writes in his Tafsir, “Shaytaan threatens you with his friends and tries to pretend they are powerful and fearsome.” [2]

Al Hasan رضي الله عنه and Al Suddi رحمه الله comment on this ayah by saying, “The meaning of the fear of his (shaytaan) allies means the hypocrites who forsake and sit (in their homes) and do not fight the disbelievers. As for the Friends of Allah, they do not fear when they are told to fear them (allies of shaytaan).” [3]

Mujahid bin Jabr رحمه الله said, “The believers fear (khawf) the disbelievers.”[4]

Then Allah سبحانه و تعالى tells us, “…So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.”

Yet again, Al Haafidh Ibn Kathir رحمه الله beautifully writes, “If Shaytaan brings these thoughts to you, then depend on Me (Allah سبحانه و تعالى) and seek refuge with Me. Indeed, I shall suffice you and make you prevail over them” [5]

Imam Abu Ja‘far Ibn Jarir Al Tabari رحمه الله writes, “Do not be in awe of their group with your obedience to Me and obey My orders. We will force upon you victory and success. However, only fear Me and have Taqwa of committing acts of disobedience against Me and going against My commandments.”[6]

So, the stronger your faith becomes, the weaker the fear in your heart will be of Satan’s allies, and the weaker your faith becomes, the stronger the fear in your heart will be of them. And one can increase his Imaan by the obedience of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and staying away from His disobedience. The very reason we are in this phase because our Imaan is weakened and it is so because have stopped following the Sunnah of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه و سلم.

This fear develops when one is embarrassed of his Islam being known to people and the reason for that is because he doesn’t have trust in Allah سبحانه و تعالى that whatever He has chose for him i.e. Islam is the best. Thus the person develops lack of confidence and starts concealing his religion from others when he must openly declare and practice as a Muslim.

Let me share a story with you, just after he accepted Islam, ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه wanted his acceptance of Islam to get noticed so when he saw that the Muslims were being tortured, he wanted to be like them. So he went to Abu Jahl’s house and knocked his door. Abu Jahl said, “Welcome Ibn al-Khattab, welcome!” (he didn’t know that ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was a Muslim yet). ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “I became Muslim.” Abu Jahl said, “What?! Don’t do so!” ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Well I did!” Abu Jahl slammed the door on his face. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “This is not what I am looking for.” Then he went to someone else’s house and the same thing happened. There was somebody who was watching what ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was doing and he went to ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه and said, “It seems that you want people to know that you have become a Muslim.” ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Yes!” The man said, “You see that man over there, go to him and tell him that you have become a Muslim that’s what you have to do.” He was pointing towards Jamil ibn Mu’ammar al-Jumahi. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه went to him, and said, “O’ Jamil, I have become a Muslim.” ‘AbduLlah ibn ‘Umar said, “I was watching my father, when he told Jamil, he immediately stood up, dragged his Izaar and walked briskly towards the Ka’bah where people were meeting said, ‘Ya Quraysh ‘Umar embraced Islam! Umar embraced Islam! Umar embraced Islam!’” In fact, the narrations say Jamil wasn’t saying that but he was saying, Umar Saba’!” which was a derogatory term used against Muslims. ‘Umar was trying to correct Jamil by saying, “Bal Aslamt Bal Aslamt” when Jamil was saying, “’Umar Saba’.” The mobs just attacked from every direction and ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was between them, fighting for himself and was being hit from every side. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه grabbed ‘Utbah bin Rabi’ah, a noble man of Quraysh, sat on top of him and stuck his fingers in his eyes! So, ‘Utbah screamed so everybody backed up. ‘AbduLlah رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “When he released ‘Utbah, and walked away, they attacked him again. Whenever they would attack him, ‘Umar would grab the noblest man in front of him and stick his fingers in his eyes until they would back off and that kept on happening again and again. Eventually, he could not fight anymore, so he sat down and people were hitting him from everywhere and then he said, ‘If we were but 300 strong, you would either leave it for us or we would leave it for you.’” This happened in Battle of Badr where Muslims were 313* and they defeated the kuffar. When ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه became Muslim, there were 40 Muslims in total Allahu A’alam if that included Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia. Then ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه went to Dar al-Arqam and asked Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم, “Aren’t we on the right path, whether we live or die?” The Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Yes!” ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Then why should we hide?” So, Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم agreed with ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه and he arranged Muslims in two ranks and the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم was standing in between these two ranks. One of the ranks was headed by ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه and the rest by Hamzah رضي الله تعالى عنه and they marched down the streets of Makkah declaring “Ashhadu an La Ilaha IllaLah wa Ashhadu ana Muhammadur RasuluLlah” This only happened when ‘Umar and Hamzah رضي الله تعالى عنه became Muslims and the difference between their acceptance was 3 days. When they reached Ka’bah, the people were depressed like never before and that day, ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was given the name al-Farooq by Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم: the criterion of haqq and baatil.

* There is a difference of opinion on the exact number some narrations say 313,others 315 whilst others say 319 Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

Sadly, most Muslims do not follow the footsteps of ‘Umar رضي الله عنه rather they try to integrate or blend in with the lifestyle of the unbelievers just to save themselves from being ‘harassed’ because they are Muslims. They try to please them whilst gaining the anger of Allah سبحانه و تعالى. ‘A’ishah رضي الله عنها wrote to Mu’awiyah رضي الله عنه: ‘Salamun ‘alayk. Amma ba’d, I have heard the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم say, ‘Whoever gains the Pleasure of Allah by the anger of the people (i.e. thereby gains their anger), Allah suffices him of the people’s troubles. And whoever gains the pleasure of the people by the Anger of Allah (i.e. in the process he gains His Anger), then Allah leaves him to the people.’ Wa-Salaamu ‘alayk.’ [7] This is a stern warning going against the commands of Allah سبحانه و تعالى to make His creation happy. An example of such act would be not going for a fardh prayer because one is in an ‘important’ meeting in his office and people might get disturbed or he might feel awkward whilst leaving the room. A person in this or a similar situation should think to himself, “Do I want to seek the pleasure of Allah or keep on being fearful of the disbelievers’ attitude towards my Islam? Which action is more worthy?”

No matter how much a person tries, he will never be able to please everyone. As Imam al Shaf‘i رحمه الله said, “’There is nobody except that he has someone who loves him and someone who hates him. So if that’s the case, let a person be with the people who are obedient to Allah سبحانه و تعالى!’ (- as they love and hate for the Sake of Allah and they are not unjust) [8] Since you can’t have everyone happy with you at a time so why not seek the Pleasure of Allah سبحانه و تعالى at the expense of having others displeased?

In conclusion, we must realise and understand that by being afraid of the non-Muslims’ response on our strict allegiance to Islam will not gain us anything. Rather we will lose in this world and in the next. In this world we might not even be able to make this people happy by compromising on our Deen and in the next, we will have lost Paradise due to Allah سبحانه و تعالى being Angry with us. So I’d like to finish this article by saying, “So, do not fear them, and fear Me (Allah سبحانه و تعالى) if you are believers.”[9]

And indeed Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

[1] Surat `Al ‘Imran, ayah 175

[2] Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[3] Tafsir Al Qurtubi

[4] Tafsir Al Tabari

[5] Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[6] Tafsir Al Tabari

[7] Sunan Al Tirmidhi, hadith is sahih

[8] Hilyat Al Awliyaa’

[9] Surat `Al ‘Imran, ayah 175

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Dawn of Islam

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

All Praise is due to Allah سبحانه و تعالى. May Peace and Blessings be upon Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم, his progeny, his companions رضي الله عنهم.

If one studies the history, he will surely find that the best of the people have come from this very Ummah. The greatest of men was Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم, the greatest of caliphs was Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, the greatest of businessman was ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan رضي الله عنه, the greatest of military general was Khalid bin Waleed رضي الله عنه, the greatest of shuhadaa’ was Hamzah bin ‘Abdil Muttalib رضي الله عنه, the greatest of scholars was Mu‘adh bin Jabal رضي الله عنهand the list goes on and on so why feel embarrassed of being a Muslim?

It is very well known that each nation has its ups and downs. Sometimes, it is feared and respected whereas at other times, it is treated as if it were worth nothing and the people of that particular nation were the worst of all. Such is also the state of affairs of our beloved Muslim Ummah. But everything that goes up must come down and thus there is a saying in Arabic, لِكُلِّ حِسَانٍ كِبْوَة which means every horse has a stumble. No matter how well a horse is trained, a day will come that he will stumble and will make a mistake. The Ummah of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمis the best Ummah ever sent and the proof of this where Allah سبحانه و تعالىsays,

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ

“You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind…”[1]

Also the hadith of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم, “You are the final of seventy nations, you are the best and most honoured among them to Allah.[2]

And another one, where RasuluLlahصلى الله عليه وآله وسلمsaid,“I was given what no other Prophet before me was given.”We said,“O Messenger of Allah! What is it”He said,“I was given victory by fear, I was given the keys of the earth, I was called Ahmad, the earth was made a clean place for me (to pray and perform Tayammum with it) and my Ummah was made the best Ummah.”[3]

There might be times in which this great Ummah will rise amongst the other Umam (sing. Ummah) and at other times in might dip from the highest to the lowest Ummah such as now and there might be occasions in which this Ummah might deviate from Siraatul Mustaqeem (straight path i.e. Al Islam) but keep in mind that this is the best Ummah that has ever come and will ever come.

Allah سبحانه و تعالىsays,

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا

“Allah has promised such of you who believe and do good deeds that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those before them to succeed (others); and He will surely establish for them their religion which He has approved for them, and will give in exchange safety after their fear…”[4]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمsaid, “The best generation (of mankind) is my generation, then those after them, then those after them” [5]Every generation that came after the Sahabah رضي الله عنهمlived in an established Islamic state but now we have the golden opportunity of doing what they did therefore that will make us the most similar generation to them in terms of being the best and the most successful in dunya and the Akhirah.

Also remember that أَلْأَسْلَامُ يَعْلُوا وَ لَا يُعْلَى عَلَيْهwhich roughly means that Al Islam is always higher and nothing goes above it. But if one does not see the Promise of Allah سبحانه و تعالىbeing fulfilled, he must not question His Promise rather his Imaan. The reality is that the success of this Ummah lies in following RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمas confirmed by Allah سبحانه و تعالىin the ayah previously mentioned. Also as RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمwas saying in the early days of Makkah, “Say La Ilaha ILlah and you will be successful!” Moreover, one should not worry what he might face when following RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمbecause Allah سبحانه و تعالىhas promised the believers protection,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ خَوَّانٍ كَفُورٍ

“Verily Allah will defend (from ill) those who believe: verily, Allah love not any that is unfaithful, ungrateful.”[6]

But if the believers didn’t get His Protection, then it means there is something wrong with their Imaan. Therefore we must revive within ourselves the confidence and courage. The only way to do so is by following the footsteps of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمand insha’Allah Allahسبحانه وتعالىmake us, the Muslimeen, the successful ones against our enemies in this dunya and reward us with Jannat Al Firdous.

It is as if we are waiting for Imam Mahdi عليه السلامso Allahسبحانه وتعالىwill us victory and we will not move a single inch until he comes. In battle of Uhud when the rumour spread that RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمwas killed, one of the people of Muhajirun رضي الله عنهمpassed by Anas bin Nadhr رضي الله عنهwho was bleeding and said to him, “O fellow! Did you know that Muhammad was killed” The Ansaari man said, “Even if Muhammad was killed, he has indeed conveyed the Message. Therefore, defend your religion.” [7]‘ And this great Sahabi رضي الله عنهwas killed shaheed and could only be recognised by his finger tips by his sister because of him being so wounded. Thus we understand from this incident, that we should not wait for a leader to do everything for us rather we must initiate the work ourselves and go on with it until Allah سبحانه وتعالىblesses us an Imam.

Are you now going to sit down or getup and do something for this great Deen? Make a sincere intention now before Allah سبحانه و تعالىgives you death and you haven’t even thought of doing something!
May Allah سبحانه وتعالىgrant this great religion of His victory soon through this generation of ours. Ameen

[1]Surat `Aal ‘Imran, ayah 110

[2]Imams Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim recorded that Hakim bin Mu‘awiyah bin Haydah narrated that his father said that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمsaid.

[3]ImamAhmad recorded that `Ali bin Abi Talib رضي الله عنهsaid.

[4]Surat An Noor, ayah 55

[5]Sahih Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

[6]Surat Al Hajj, ayah 38

[7]Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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بسم الله الرحمان الحيم

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

AlhamduLilah have been blessed to start an Islamic blog dedicated just to Al Shari’ah roughly known as Islamic Law, a simple and an easy way to gain hasanat insha’Allah *smiles* also with the intention to spread Islamic knowledge as Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “Convey on my behalf even if it is only a verse (of the Qur’an)…” [Sahih al-Bukhari] Also for this purpose, Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity, or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim]

Insha’Allah I will be putting books written by classical ‘ulaama’ and ‘authentic’ contemporary shuyookh also with that other writings and audios. This blog will, insha’Allah, only concentrate on the ‘ibadaat or worship aspect and the prinicples of deriving them (Usul Al Fiqh), maxims of fiqh (Qawaa’id Al Fiqhiyyah), purposes of shari’ah (Maqasid Al Shari’ah) and finally shari’ah in general. I have also other blogs you can visit such as http://www.siraajunmuneer.wordpress.com & http://www.usulaldin.wordpress.com. I would like to thank Allah سبحانه و تعالى for giving me this opportunity to spread His message. Surely everything is from Allah سبحانه و تعالى as a test and I hope to succeed in this one (at least). I also hope that everyone who reads anything from here, benefits. Allahumma Ameen.

Take a look here

JazakAllah khairun wasalaamu ‘alaykum.

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركته

الحمد الله

Meanings of the Fitnah:

1 – The word fitnah from a linguistic point of view:

Al-Azhari said: “The Arabic word fitnah includes meanings of testing and trial. The root is taken from the phrase fatantu al-fiddah wa’l-dhahab (I assayed (tested the quality of) the silver and gold), meaning I melted the metals to separate the bad from the good. Similarly, Allaah says in the Qur’aan (interpretation of the meaning): ‘(It will be) a Day when they will be tried [yuftanoona] (punished, i.e. burnt) over the Fire!’ [al-Dhaariyaat 51:13], meaning, burning them with fire.” (Tahdheeb al-Lughah, 14/196).

Ibn Faaris said: “Fa-ta-na is a sound root which indicates testing or trial.” (Maqaayees al-Lughah, 4/472). This is the basic meaning of the word fitnah in Arabic.

Ibn al-‘Atheer said: “Fitnah: trial or test… The word is often used to describe tests in which something disliked is eliminated. Later it was also often used in the sense of sin, kufr (disbelief), fighting, burning, removing and diverting.” (al-Nihaayah, 3/410. Ibn Hajar said something similar in al-Fath, 13/3).

Ibn al-‘Arabi summed up the meanings of fitnah when he said: “Fitnah means testing, fitnah means trial, fitnah means wealth, fitnah means children, fitnah means kufr, fitnah means differences of opinion among people, fitnah means burning with fire.” (Lisaan al-‘Arab by Ibn Manzoor).

2 – Meanings of the word fitnah in the Qur’aan and Sunnah:

1-     Testing and trial, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe, and will not be tested [la yuftanoon]” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:2]

i.e., that they will not be subjected to trial, as Ibn Jareer said.

2-     Blocking the way and turning people away, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“but beware of them lest they turn you [yaftinooka] (O Muhammad) far away from some of that which Allaah has sent down to you” [al-Maa’idah 5:49]

Al-Qurtubi said: this means blocking your way and turning you away.

3-     Persecution, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Then, verily, your Lord for those who emigrated after they had been put to trials [futinoo] and thereafter strove hard and fought (for the Cause of Allaah) and were patient, verily, your Lord afterward is, Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Nahl 16:110]

Put to trial means persecuted.

4-     Shirk and kufr, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allaah)” [al-Baqarah 2:193]

Ibn Katheer said: this means shirk (worshipping others besides Allaah).

5-     Falling into sin and hypocrisy, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“(The hypocrites) will call the believers: “Were we not with you?” The believers will reply: “Yes! But you led yourselves into temptations [fatantum anfusakum], you looked forward for our destruction; you doubted (in Faith) and you were deceived by false desires” [al-Hadeed 57:14]

Al-Baghawi said: i.e., you made yourselves fall into hypocrisy and you destroyed yourselves by means of sin and whims and desires.

6-     Confusing truth with falsehood, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And those who disbelieve are allies of one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so [i.e. become allies, as one united block under one Khaleefah (a chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world) to make victorious Allaah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism], there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism) and oppression on the earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism)”[al-Anfaal 6:73]

What this means is that “unless believers are taken as close friends instead of disbelievers, even if they are relatives, there will be fitnah on earth, i.e., truth will be confused with falsehood.” This is how it is explained in Jaami’ al-Bayaan by Ibn Jareer.

7-     Misguidance, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And whomsoever Allaah wants to put in Al‑Fitnah (error, because of his rejecting of Faith), you can do nothing for him against Allaah” [al-Maa’idah 5:41]

The meaning of fitnah here is misguidance. Al-Bahr al-Muheet by Abu Hayaan, 4/262.

8-     Killing and taking prisoners, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“if you fear that the disbelievers may put you in trial [yaftinakum] (attack you)”

[al-Nisa’ 4:101]

This refers to the kaafirs attacking the Muslims whilst they are praying and prostrating, in order to kill them or take them prisoner, as stated by Ibn Jareer.

9-     Difference among people and lack of agreement, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“and they would have hurried about in your midst (spreading corruption) and sowing sedition among you [yabghoonakum al-fitnah]” [al-Tawbah 9:47]

i.e., they would have stirred up differences amongst you, as it says in al-Kashshaaf, 2/277.

10-Insanity, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Which of you is afflicted with madness (maftoon)” [al-Qalam 68:6] Here it means madness.

11-Burning with fire, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, those who put into trial [fatanoo] the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them)”[al-Burooj 85:10]

Ibn Hajar said: the meaning may be understood from the context. (al-Fath 11/176)


Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: With regard to the “fitnah” which Allaah attributes to Himself or which His Messenger attributes to Him, as in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning), ‘Thus We have tried [fatannaa] some of them with others’ [al-An’aam 6:53] and the words of Moosa, ‘It is only Your trial [fitnatuka] by which You lead astray whom You will’ [al-A’raaf 7:155 – interpretation of the meaning], that carries a different meaning, which is a test or trial from Allaah to His slaves by means of good things and bad, blessings and calamities. This is one thing; the fitnah of the mushrikeen is another thing; the fitnah or trial of the believer by means of his wealth, children and neighbour is another thing; the fitnah (tribulation, differences) that happen amongst the Muslims, like the fitnah that happened between the supporters of ‘Ali and Mu’awiyah, and between him and the people of the camel, and between Muslims when they fight one another or boycott one another, is another thing. (Zaad al-Ma’aad, vol. 3, p. 170).

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Praise be to Allaah.

1- You have to make du’aa’, and recite du’a’ al-qunoot in your salaah.

2- Collect charity and send it through trustworthy channels.

3- Support the weak and oppressed in all ways, including the media and the internet.

4- Get scholars, daa’iyahs, khateebs and writers to explain the oppression that is happening and the negligence on the part of the ummah, and to mobilize the ummah to defend the holy places.

5- Check on one’s own intentions with regard to fighting for the sake of Allaah, and see whether he is applying the hadeeth of the Prophet (salalahu ‘alyhi wasalam): “Whoever dies without having fought for the sake of Allaah or having had the intention of doing so, has died following one of the branches of hypocrisy.” (Muslim)

6- Pursuing all the means of building up material and moral strength, in preparation for meeting the enemy in battle.

7- Reminding oneself and others of the virtues of martyrdom for the sake of Allaah and studying the rulings on jihad, and not having an attachment to this world.

8- Doing as much damage as possible to the enemies who are in a state of war with us, by boycotting their products, attacking them verbally and in writing to humiliate and annoy them, and to point out their kufr and shirk, and their insults to Allaah, His Messenger and the believers, publishing as much as possible in the audio-visual and print media about this serious topic whilst also connecting that to Islamic belief and the words of Allaah and His Messenger (salalahu ‘alyhi wasalam).

We ask Allaah the Exalted and All-Powerful to support His religion and cause His word to prevail.

Shaykh Saalih al-Munajjid.

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