Ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Yahya al-Bura’ee (May Allah Preserve Him), from the well-known mashaayikh and senior scholars of Yemen.
The Shaykh was labelled, the insightful criticizer, by his Shaykh, the reviver of our time, ash-Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee (rahimahullah), and what a befitting name it is for Shaykh ‘Abdul’Azeez, who is known for his deep insight into the religion and its intricate affairs, jazaaAllahu khayran.
Allah, Al-‘Azeez says in the Qur’aan,
“O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islaam), Allah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allah is AllSufficient for His creatures’ needs, All Knower.” [Soorah Al-Maa`idah:54]
In explaining “fighting in the Way of Allah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers”, Ibn Katheer mentions in his Tafseer, “Nothing prevents them from obeying Allah, establishing His Law, fighting His enemies, enjoining righteousness and forbidding evil. Certainly, nothing prevents them from taking this path, neither someone who seeks to hinder them, nor one who blames or chastises them.”
Imaam Ahmad recorded that Abu Dharr said, “My Khaleel (intimate friend, the Messenger) has commanded me to do seven deeds. He commanded me to love the poor and to be close to them. He commanded me to look at those who are less than me and not those who are above me. He commanded me to keep the relations of the womb, even if they cut it. He commanded me not to ask anyone for anything, to say the truth even if it was bitter, and to not fear the blame of anyone for the sake of Allah. He commanded me to often repeat, “La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (There is no strength or power except from Allah)”, for these words are from a treasure under the Throne (of Allah).” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
Our Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al-Bura’ee (hafidhahullah) will admonish us concerning this tremendous aayah and by the Permission of Allah, present us with some gems of wisdom and words of encouragement found therein according to the Book and the Sunnah, upon the understanding of our Pious Predecessors.
We ask Allah, the Turner of the hearts to keep our hearts firm upon His Deen.
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