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Khutbat-ul-Haajah

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

About the Book:
This book is a complete translation of “Khutbat-ul-Haajah” (The Sermon for Necessities, which the Messenger of Allaah would teach his Companions). The source used for the translation was the 2001 Maktabah al-Ma’aarif Edition.

This book is one of the famous works of Imaam Al-Albaanee written about 50 years before his death and having a profound impact on the Muslim ummah. This was such that through his effort, this once-forgotten and almost-abandoned Sunnah was able to be revived. Many people from the time of its publication to this very day have begun to implement this khutbah in their lectures, sermons, books, articles, and ceremonies. So may Allaah reward the author with the best of rewards.

We hope that this translation provides a glimpse into the wealth and ocean of knowledge of Imaam Al-Albaanee as well as give the readers a detailed understanding of the prescription of this blessed khutbah and some points of benefit related to it.

All footnotes are from the author unless otherwise noted. There is one large footnote at the end which was added by the original publishers, Maktabah al-Ma’aarif in their recent edition. Translation of the meanings of Allaah’s verses were taken from the Dar-us-Salam Noble Qur’an translation with slight adaptations and alterations.

Excerpts from the Book:
“On the day of my marriage to my second wife, which took place after some months had passed since the death of my first wife, Umm ‘Abdir-Rahmaan, may Allaah have mercy on her, one of the brothers offered to give the wedding sermon, stating that many times he had felt its benefit and effect whenever he would give it. So I said to him: ‘I have no objection. However, I would like to give my opinion on it, so show me the sermon.’ After reviewing it, I found that, generally, there were no problems with it, even though I did make some corrections to it, such as removing certain weak ahaadeeth and putting authentic ones in their place. However, the most important change I made, in my opinion, was the incorporation of Khutbat-ul-Haajah (Sermon for a Necessity) as its introduction, which is the sermon that the Messenger of Allaah would teach his Companions. This was after I researched its paths of narrations and wordings from the various books of the purified Sunnah.”

“The wisdom behind this differentiation is clear. And it is because the Prophet is not in a position in which it could be understood from his words that he intended something unbefitting to Allaah’s Lordship and Worship. This is contrary to others, since that may be understood from their speech (whereas it is not the case with his speech). This is why he ordered us to avoid doubtful matters and to be clear in one’s intentions, based on the fundamental principle found in his statement: ‘Leave that which makes you doubt for that which doesn’t make you doubt.’

“It has become clear to us by way of the collection of afore-mentioned ahaadeeth that all sermons should be commenced with this sermon, regardless of whether these sermons occur during marriage ceremonies, the Friday Prayer or any other occasion. So it is not specific to just the marriage ceremony as some people think. In fact, in some narrations of the hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood, it clearly shows this, as was seen previously. What further supports this is the actions of the righteous predecessors (Salaf as-Saalih), for they would commence their books with this sermon as was the case with Abu Ja’far At-Tahaawee, may Allaah have mercy on him, who stated in the introduction of his book Mushkil-ul-Athaar: ‘And I begin with what he ordered us to begin our necessities with, in that which has been reported on him with chains of narration that I will mention afterward, if Allaah wills: Verily, all praise is due to Allaah…’

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It is not fitting that we should follow…

بسمالله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

In the era of al Waathiq’s caliphate, Imam Ahmad was ordered by al Waathiq to leave the land where he was and go elsewhere. Ibrahim ibn Hani said, ‘Abu ‘AbduLlah remained in hiding with me for three days, and then said, ‘Find me another place.’ So I said, ‘I do not feel safe for you.’ He said, ‘Do so, since I release you from any blame.’ I found somewhere else for him, so when he left he said, ‘Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم remained in hiding in the cave for three days, and then he moved on, and it is not fitting that we should follow the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم in times of ease, and abandon it in times of hardship.’

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The Sunnah Upon Which Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم Died

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

1 – The first: Being pleased and content with the Qadaa (Ordainment) of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, and submitting to His command, having patience upon His ruling, taking that which He has commanded and refraining from that which He has forbidden.

2. Having faith in Qadar, its good and its evil.

3. Abandoning quarrelling and argumentation in the religion.

4. Wiping of the khuffs [leather socks]

5. Participating in jihad with every Khalifah, whether righteous or sinful.

6. Performing [funeral] prayer over whoever dies from the people of the qiblal

7. That faith consists of speech and action, it increases with obedience and decreases with disobedience.

8. That the Qur’an is the Speech of Allah سبحانه و تعالى [which was] revealed upon the heart of His Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم It is not created, in whatever fashion it is recited or rehearsed.

9. Having patience under the banner of the one in authority, in whatever condition he may be in, just or unjust.

10. That we do not set out [in revolt] against the Rulers with the sword, even if they are unjust and oppressive.

11. That we do not declare anyone from among the people of Tawheed a disbeliever even if they commit the major sins.

12. Refraining from [talking about] whatever occurred between the Companions of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

13. That the best of mankind after the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم are: Abu Bakr رضي الله تعالى عنه , ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه , ‘Uthman رضي الله تعالى عنه , and ‘Ali رضي الله تعالى عنه , the cousin of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم

14. Asking for Allaah’s mercy for all of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah رضي الله تعالى عنهم, and also for his offspring, his wives and his kinship through marriage may the pleasure of Allah سبحانه و تعالى be upon them all.

This is the Sunnah – stick fast to it and you will be safe. Taking its guidance and abandoning it is going astray.”

Taken from the book, “Usul as Sunnah,” by Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal رحمه الله Pages 44-6

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Importance of Akhlaq

Importance of Akhlaq

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

السلام عليكم و رحمت الله و بركاته

The following are ahadith talking about Akhlaq narrated from Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as saying,

“When one person curses you or points out a fault in you which you feel you don’t have, then do not curse him back and do not point out a fault that he does have because if you do so then the sin will be upon him, not you.”

In another narration it’s mentioned, “If you remain quiet, the Angels themselves defend you on your behalf”

“The best blessing a man has been given is good Akhlaq.”

“I advise you to be upon good Akhlaq and to be silent for long period of time for by the One in whose Hand my soul is mankind can not do anything better than this.”

“It is possible that a man can reach the level of the one who fasts continuously in the day and the one who prays continuously at night with his good Akhlaq.”

“The best of those who have Iman are those who have best Akhlaq”

“The one who mixes with the people and is patient is better than the one who stay away from the people and doesn’t mix with them to avoid their harm.”

“There is no good in the one who is not friendly nor does show back the friendliness when shown to him.”

“The one who has the better Akhlaq is the one who is more beloved to Allah سبحانه و تعالى.”

“Verily Allah سبحانه و تعالى has utensils from the people of the earth and utensil of your Lord are the hearts of the pious people and the most beloved of these hearts are the ones who most soft and most humble.”

“Allah سبحانه و تعالى hates those who are foul mouthed.”

“The most severe people on the Day of Judgement of punishment are those who people used to avoid because of their evil.” (Scholars say this mean bad Akhlaq)

“The heaviest things on the Day of Judgement will be good Akhlaq.”

“The best of you in Islam are those who have the best Akhlaq if they learn their religion”

The akhlaq mentioned above is of three types:

1) The Akhlaq that a person should have with Allah سبحانه و تعالى

2) The Akhlaq that a person should have with other people.

3) The Akhlaq that a person should have with himself.

It has been reported that Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The only reason why I am sent is to perfect good Akhlaq.” (Akhlaq here is the three points mentioned above)

A Sahabah رضي الله تعالى asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, “What is the thing that will cause the people to enter the Jannah the most?” Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم replied, “Taqwa of Allah and having good Akhlaq.”

Ahadith compiled from the lecture, “Importance of Akhlaq” by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

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