Thursday, 19 October 2017

‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.): Greatness is Found in Controlling the Nafs

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.) said, “Verily the greatest of all the intelligent people is the one who controls his nafs and acts for his life after death.”

Shaykh ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) on When Ignorance is Established

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh ibn ‘Atha’illah as-Sakandari (q.s.) said, “Your ignorance is established by your being concerned with the trivial and unconcerned about that which is important.  Be concerned about whether you will die as a Muslim or a disbeliever.  Be concerned about whether you will be damned or felicitous.  Be concerned about the Fire, which is describe as everlasting.  Be concerned about whether you will take the book by right hand or the left.  These are what you should be concerned about.  Do not be concerned about the morsel that you eat or the sip that you drink.  Does a noble king employ you and not feed you?  Do you find yourself in the house of hospitality and feel ignored?  The most beloved of things by which Allah is obeyed is trust in Him.”

‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on Depending on God

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “Do not depend on love for it is rare, and do not depend on a human for he is departing, rather depend on Allah for He is Omnipotent.”

The Bida’iyyah Justified Killing Infants in the Name of Islam

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The Bida’iyyah are an extinct Khwarij sect.  Their doctrine was generally the same as the Azraqiyyah with one exception.  Peculiar to them alone, is the assertion that swalah is only two raka’atan for maghrib.  This was based on their interpretation of this ayat:

And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the approaches of the night: for those things that are good remove those that are evil: be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord): (Surah Hud:114)

Like the Azraqiyyah, they believed it is permissibility to take women captives from among the kuffar, and of killing their infant children inadvertently.  We must remember here that “kuffar” here also includes Muslims.  This was based on their interpretation of the ayat:

And Noah said, “O my Lord!  Leave not of the disbelievers, a single one on earth!” (Surah Nuh:26)