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Salaf of this Ummah, the first and best of this ummah, their concern for their eemaan was very eminent and the attention they gave to it was enormous.
They may Allaah be pleased and have mercy upon them, used to tend to their eemaan, inspect their actions, and give each other advice. Reports of this nature from the Salaf are numerous:

1. ‘Umar Ibn al-Khattaab may Allaah be pleased with him, used to say to his companions: “Come on, so that we may increase our eemaan”.

2. ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to say: “Sit with us, so that we may increase in eemaan.”
He used to say in his supplications: “O Allaah increase me in Eemaan, certainty and understanding.”

3. Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to say:  “Sit with us, so that we may have eemaan for an hour”

4. ‘Abdullaah ibn Rawaahah, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to take some of his companions by the hand and say: “Come on, so that we may have eemaan for an hour. Come on, let us remember Allaah so that we increase in eemaan by obeying him; He may remember us by forgiving us:’

5. Aboo Dardaa’, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to say: “It is from the intelligence of the servant to know whether he is increasing or decreasing, and indeed, it is from the intelligence of the servant to know how, where and when the whispers of Shaytaan appear to him:’

6. Umayr ibn Habeeb al-Khatmee, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to say: “Eemaan increases and decreases.” Someone asked: “What increases it and what decreases it?” He replied: “lf we remember Allaah, praise Him, and declare His perfection; that is what increases it. If we are heedless, squander and forget; that is what decreases it.’

7. Alqamah ibn Qays an-Nakba’ee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, who is one of the senior and revered of the taabi’een, used to say to his companions: “Come with us, so that we may increase in eemaan.”

8. ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Amr al-Awzaa’ee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked about eemaan: “Does it increase?” He replied, “Yes, until it becomes like mountains. He was thenasked, ‘Does it decrease?’ He answered, ‘Yes, up until there is nothing left of it.’

9. The lmaam of the Ahl as-Sunnah Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked as to whether eemaan increases and decreases. He replied: “It increases until it reaches the highest part of the seventh heaven, and it decreases until it reaches the lowest part of the seventh plane.” He also used to say: “Eemaan is speech and action. It increases and decreases. If you perform good deeds, it increases, and if you do wrong, it decreases.

Narratives of this sort from them are numerous.

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Look at how many generations have passed away….

Did they take their wealth with them?

Did they takes their palaces and their high status?

Were they buried with their gold and silver?

Did they take their cars and planes with them to the hereafter?

No! They were stripped even of their clothing, and placed in their graves in their shrouds, then each of them was asked: Who is your Lord, who is your Prophet, what is your religion?

So prepare yourself for that day; do not grieve or despair about any worldly comforts, for they are cheap and transient. Nothing will abide except righteous deeds. Allâh, the Exalted says:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ

“Whoever works righteousness – whether male or female – while he [or she] is a true believer [of Islâmic Monotheism] verily, to him We will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision], and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do [i.e Paradise in the Hereafter].” [Qur’an 16:97]

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He is Allaah..

The First: Nothing is before Him.
The Last: Nothing is After Him.
The Most High: Nothing is Above Him.
The Most Near: Nothing is beyond His Reach.
He Begets Not, Nor was He Begotten.
The Creator, Provider, and All-Rich.
The All-Seer, The All-Knower.
He is One and Self-Sufficient.
He is not Nature, or any part of it.
He ascended above His Throne, High above the Seven Skies.
No Vision can encompass Him, but
His Grasp is over all vision…

“ذلكم هو الله “

Such Is Allaah
Nothing Is Like Unto Him
The All-Hear, The All-Seer

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

A message

To my family and all honest and honourable brothers in Al-Ramadi, Al-Khladia and Al-Fallujah, and to all honourable people of the world, God’s peace is upon you.

God has said in his holy book (In the Name of Allah, Most gracious, Most Merciful…

A message from your sister Noor, who is sitting, in the Jewish prison at Abu Ghraib. I do not know where to begin, the pencil is at a standstill unable to express…

Shall I describe for you the hunger and you are eating, or shall I describe the thirst and you are drinking? Or shall I describe the suffering of insomnia, sleeplessness and you are sleeping? Or shall I describe for you our nakedness (nudity) and you are dressed?

Brothers when we see your cars and trucks passing by, transporting building materials, and when we read the identity of your cars carrying the names of my people and my municipality I say my people and my brothers have sold their sister with their money (Dollars). But when I remember the honourable people I start crying for my situation.

What shall I describe for you about what is happening to us around here, the mental suffering, the physical torture and the heavy handed beating which we try to endure just to keep our honour and keep the vows.

Where are you our religious leaders?

Have you forgotten the divine message which was carried by our Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him? Have you forgotten us for the sake of the Dinars paid for you by the Jews?

We shall bring you before God, we are your pledge in your necks and you are responsible before God for our destiny.

If this message falls in the hands of religious clerics who are afraid of Almighty God, it is their duty to read it to the people from above of their pulpits.

Remember that you once were looking at your sisters in Palestine. We are suffering a lot especially when we see the Jews drinking alcohol and then raping us like wild animals. You, honourable people, how often are you going to die?!!

We are raped and tortured, our clothes are torn apart and we are hungry and our stomachs are empty, who is coming to rescue us?!!!

I do not want to say bye but before saying goodbye I would like to advice you to be afraid of God, our wombs are carrying the bastards of the sons of bitches.

Before saying goodbye I would like to say to the honourable people, if you have weapons, please kill us and kill all of them inside the prison. Please do that, please do that, please do that…

Your sister

Noor

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Alhamdullilah that Allah عزو جل has blessed this Ummah to become Noble once again through the fields of the battlefield that erupt with the cries of الله اكبر and the screams of لاإله إلا الله, for the purpose of gaining the ultimate nearness to Allah عزو جل. The land of ‘Iraq – may Allah maintain it for the Muslims and repel its evil inhabitants – before the Jihad, was a land mostly full of Kufr and Shirk. It was a land where the majority of its men lived blindly under the Taaghoot. After the Jihad was revived, Baatil found itself surrounded and ambushed by the Haqq.  

Yes, Baatil was finally cornered by the sharp swords of the Haqq in a land which almost nobody expected its revival. The Haqq entered into ‘Iraq and it did a major thing which was bitter to many, but a healing to the breasts of the believers. It polarized the society between those who are in the camp of Imaan and those who are in the camp of Kufr. It exposed and revealed to us the inner reality of the ugly nature of Ahlul Bid’ah and at-Taaghoot. The Jihad in ‘Iraq showed us that the Sunni’s are not the brothers of the Rawaafid nor are they the brothers of the Apostates. Rather, Ahlus Sunnah is to be only united with those under its same pure banner. Those who fail to look at the war in ‘Iraq from the perspective of ‘Aqeedah will always live in a world of deception. Sometimes we find them cursing the Americans and saying,

“The invasion brought strife between the Sunni and Shi’a communities; this never happened under Saddam!”

While we are happy that they curse the Americans, we are not happy with their misleading conclusion. The Muslims must understand why it is a blessing of Allah that there is a conflict between the two communities. If the Muslims think unity is possible with a people that revile the Sahaabah, are extreme in bid’ah and in many cases Shirk, then they have to ask themselves: Do you want this unity under the banner of who the common enemy is or under the banner of لاإله إلا الله? And No Walahi by a million times should one accept the statement, “The Shi’as say the Kalimah and so do the Sunni’s, so it is a pure banner…” since our Ummah has a long history of those who fought against those that professed the Kalimah, such as the wars of Riddah during the Khilaafah of Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (رضى الله عنه). So if the crime of the Apostates during his time was the leaving-off of the Zakaat, what then to say about the ones who revile the majority of the Sahaabah (including Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and Uthmaan), reject the ahadeeth of Ahlus Sunnah, and commit a type of Shirk which in itself expels them from the religion? If unity with the Murtaddeen was to be rejected as a consensus (Ijmaa’) amongst the Sahaabah, then what to say about these filthy Rawaafid?  

After all, how would one be fighting a Jihad that is fe Sabeelillah when they have taken as friends and supporters those who insult the Sahaabah? That kind of struggle would not be purely for Allah’s sake, but it would be a struggle that is stuck in mud and yuck with taints of Asaabiyyah (nationalism). We base our Jihad on ‘Aqeedah and not the customs. If we were to base it on anything except ‘Aqeedah, then what kind of a mess would we be in if we were to successfully repel the Kuffaar? What kind of a State would arise? A SunniShi’a State? Or do we want a state that strictly follows Ahlus Sunnah and refrains from Shi’asm and every other ism?

Therefore I advise my brothers and sisters to fear Allah in this matter as this issue is not a simple one where anyone can just unite with these people. This is an issue of sticking to the Truth as much as possible and refraining from all types of falsehood as much as possible.

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Salman Rushdie (may Allah’s curse be upon him) was recently given the status of knighthood by “Queen” Elizabeth. Now we, the Muslims who worship and obey Allah, don’t care about such statuses as they are all meaningless in the eyes of the Creator. But what we do care about is that this status was given to a certain person that is only and only known for one thing: showing open enmity and hatred towards Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam). Therefore the Muslim Ummah has every right to become angry with such an event.

However, what the Muslims might overlook from this event is the fact that they fell into a humiliating trap by the British Government. And they might also overlook the fact that they totally ignored how to never fall into that trap again and how to avoid such carefully planned tactics. Just the fact that the British Government is fighting the Muslims in both word and deed that want the Shari’ah is more than enough proof that this Government will do whatever it takes to make the Muslims pledge their allegiance to them instead of the so-called “terrorists.” But this time the Government either slipped (i.e., in other words, their action just proved to us their great hatred and war against Islam) or it planned this on purpose for whatever reason dealing with its war on Islam.

We say to all the Muslims, especially those living in Britain: Openly show and proclaim your allegiance to Allah, His Messenger, and the Mujaahideen and openly show and proclaim your disavowal with the Government, its leaders, and the disbelievers. Why? So that you don’t fall into their trap again of being humiliated.

How would that solve the problem?

Once it is clear to them and the society where your allegiance and disavowal belongs to, then no matter what act they do for the purpose of implying that, “Islam is not against this,” they will fail miserably since the people would know very well that the Muslims are against it. Showing open allegiance to the Mujaahideen may be tough, but it will no longer deceive the public (and the ignorant Muslims) on what Islam truly supports. On a side note, do not portray your movement, organization or Masjid as a supporter of such and such (i.e., related to Jihad), rather portray yourselves as Muslims who believe in Allah that are commanded in the Qur’an and the Sunnah to support the Jihad. Why? Because often we see people like Hamza Useless and other so-called moderates “debunk” the Jihadi support as something that has no textual validity or “support from Islam.” In other words, you have to make it clear to the society that Islam created the concept of the Mujaahideen and it obviously supports it.

There’s a lot more to just showing open hatred and enmity to Salman Rushdie; he’s not the only object that we are supposed to be showing open disavowal for. This same hatred and enmity is also supposed to be against the Governments, their policies, their laws, the Mushrikeen and their Shirk, and Kufr. All of this must be proclaimed as something that Islam is against (and not simply your movement). Keep in mind, all of this shouldn’t be done to gain the sympathy of the majority or silent majority or anyone as a matter of fact. Rather, this should only be done because it is the Millah that has been prescribed to us by Allah; and what we have just explained to you is the Millah of Ibraaheem (’alayhis salaam).

Once the Government realizes what you are doing, then it will be the time where your individual faith (as a Muslim) will be tested severely as it will determine whether you are with the Kaafir Government or with the Mujaahideen; if that time doesn’t come today, then it will come tomorrow if Allah wills. If you pledge to be with the believers, then prepare for jail.

Now we can finally ask the question: Are you ready to be jailed for what you believe in?

Preparation starts now, and not tomorrow when it happens.

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by Abu ‘Abdir-Rahman Navaid Aziz
Al- Madeenah An-Nabaweyyah
The night of the 17th of Safar 1428

 بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
 In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise is due to Allah, who reminds his slaves that their lives have an appointed time and that the successful ones are those who are saved from the Fire and entered into Paradise, when He says:

“Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.” [Al-Qur’an 3:185]

And reminds them that death will reach them no matter where they are when He says:

“Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in fortresses built up strong and high!” [Al-Qur’an 4:78]

And reminds them that regardless of what their status in this world, they will face death. Even if they are from the greatest of warriors, or the most powerful of rulers, or even a Prophet when He addressed His Messenger, upon whom be peace, saying:

“Verily, you will die and indeed they shall die as well.” [Al-Qur’an 39:30]

And reminds them that they should take heed, because a time will come where they will ask for respite to do more deeds yet shall not be granted this request when He says:

“And spend of that with which We have provided you, before death comes to one of you and he says: ‘My Lord! If only You would give me respite for a little while (i.e. return to the worldly life), then I should give sadaqah of my wealth, and be among the righteous.’ And Allah grants respite to none when his appointed time (death) comes. And Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” [Al-Qur’an 63:10-11]

And I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but He and may His salah and salam be upon the Prophet Mohammad, his companions and those who follow their way in righteousness until the last day.

Death is indeed a reality that we all have to face one day. For most of us we will have to go through mourned times over our lost loved ones before we actually face our own destiny. And at that time, even though we may not realize it, Allah is bestowing a great favor upon us by reminding us that we to will one day face such a fate, so it is indeed time to be reminded.

Tonight Allah, the Most Exalted, bestowed such reminder upon me by taking away the life of my grandfather, may Allah encompass him with His infinite mercy and blessing and protect him from the punishment of the grave and the hellfire. Amin. As my mother, may Allah protect her and increase her in righteousness, broke the news to me I could feel the ground being taken from under me, just as it had recently been taken from under her, and it was at that very moment that a sad reality hit me quite hard. Death is not just an individual’s life being taken away but rather it is so much more. It is a wife losing her husband, a child losing his father, a sister losing her brother, a grandchild losing his grandfather, one who was in need losing someone they would resort to, and the list goes on.

The only sadder reality than losing my grandfather, may Allah have mercy on him, was the fact that it took a close family member of mine to pass away before I realized the actual pain and anxiety that death causes. May Allah forgive us for our heedlessness in not sympathizing and empathizing with our brothers and sisters who die and lose loved ones everyday. Amin.

Even though it has just roughly been over two hours since I was informed of this great loss a lot of thoughts and reminders have crossed my mind which I feel are incumbent upon me to share with you today, in accordance to the statement of Allah, the Most High:

“And remind, for indeed the reminder benefits the believer.” [Al-Qur’an 51:55]

Firstly: Never take your Islam for granted by not sharing it with your family and friends. When Allah blessed you with Islam, He placed upon you a responsibility to convey its message to all of mankind. And from the crux of the message of Islam is worshipping Allah alone. For it is indeed this very crucial element that is the criterion between entering Paradise or not. As Allah, the Most High, says:

“Verily, Allah does not forgive that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives all except that to whom He pleases, and who so ever sets up rivals with Allah in worship, has indeed committed a tremendous sin.” [Al-Qur’an 4:48]

So which one of us, with the slightest bit of faith and true love, would want to see one of our beloved prevented from Paradise?

Secondly: Know, that by having come into this world Allah created a bond between you and your parents that no one can ever take away. And has placed upon you a responsibility that should not be taken lightly at the very least.

After having spoken to my mother, may Allah preserve her, I longed from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul to be there with her, comfort her, and take care of her every want and need. But due to my currently being overseas, I must live with the guilt of not being able to have been there for her in her time of need. May Allah forgive all of us for our shortcomings. Amin.

As for those of you who have your parents alive and close by, I advise you as a well wisher to be as righteous towards them as possible, lest that you are ever away from them in a time of need, you will not be burdened with the guilt that you did not do your best while you were able to.

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: ‘My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.’ “ [Al-Qur’an 17:23-24]

Lastly: Do not be insensitive or inconsiderate of people. I know that the statement is very vague and ambiguous, but I believe it is its ambiguity and vagueness that makes it all the more powerful.

Approximately two minutes after I felt the ground was being taken from under me a close friend of mine, may Allah grant him forgiviness, called and jokingly said: “Do you have a disease that prevents you from answering text messages!?” At that very moment I was just awestruck and at an absolute loss of words to say the very least. Even though I do not blame him for not knowing of my particular situation, I do feel it is very sad that we often fail to realize that someone may be going through hardship and not even attempt to give them the benefit of the doubt. What I find even sadder in this situation is how having lost a grandfather to many illnesses and diseases, that we as conscious individuals, can joke, jest, and belittle any sickness or disease. May Allah forgive us for what our surroundings have made of us. Amin.

On a more pertinent note, when people lose loved ones they need the love and support of people around them to get over it. One of the best ways to do this is to just be there to talk to them in the initial stages of the shock, and as time goes on try to get them to re-adjust to their regular routines and daily lives. One of the biggest mistakes that people, who want to do good, can make is to bring up the topic of a lost one when the family of the deceased have just begun to get over them. A loss of a loved one is like an open wound, it needs time and care to heal, so do be careful not to pour salt where it will only harm.

Indeed, the reminders found in death are many and thus some of our predecessors would suffice by just saying the word “death” in their Friday sermons. So I hope the few reminders I extracted were beneficial, fore mostly to myself. As like all other reminders if there is no physical implementation in regards to what is said, then its presence is just as good as its absence, and I pray to Allah that this is not the case.

May Allah have mercy upon all of the deceased of the Muslims. May He grant them firmness in answering. May He widen their graves and fill them with light and many pleasures. May he protect them from any punishment and harm in the grave or in the hellfire. May He enter them into the highest of paradise in the companionship of the prophets, martyrs, truthful ones, and the righteous. May He make the deaths of deceased a lesson for those they have left behind. May He grant comfort, solace, and firmness to those they have left behind, and may He replace all of their sorrows and dismays with unlimited pleasure and joy in this life and the next. Amin. Amin. Amin.

“Their call therein will be, ‘Exalted are You, O Allah’ and their greeting therein will be, ‘Peace.’ And the last of their call will be, ‘Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds!’ “ [Al-Qur’an 10:10]

Was salam ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu

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