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On the authority of ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr al-‘Aas, The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Indeed Eemaan is worn out inside one of you just like a thawb (garment) is worn out, so ask Allaah to revive Eemaan in your hearts.”
The lofty rank and high station eemaan possesses is not something obscure, as it is unquestionably the most important duty as well as being the most imperative of all obligations. It is also the greatest and most glorious of them. All the good in the world and the Hereafter is dependent upon the presence of eemaan and on its soundness and integrity.
Eemaan holds such a multitude of benefits, ripe fruits, delicious produce, constant food and continual goodness.
It is within this context that those certain folk embarked upon and competed with each other in directing their attention to trying to actualize and fulfill eemaan. For the Muslim who is granted the tawfeeq, his concern for his eemaan is greater than any other concern he may have – and this must be so. When this became evident to the 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. Some of their statements include:
‘Umar Ibn al-Khattaab (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) used to say to his companions: “Come on, so that we may increase our eemaan”.
Aboo Dardaa’(radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) 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.”
‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn ‘Amr al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullaah) was asked about eemaan: “Does it increase?” He replied, “Yes, until it becomes like mountains. He was then asked, “Does it decrease?” He answered, “Yes, up until there is nothing left of it.” [Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Eemaan by Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaak al-'Abbaad from AbdurRahman.org]
Thus, it can be seen that the matter of eemaan is a tremendous affair, which each one of us must pay close attention to.
Our Shaykh Khalid ‘Uthmaan (hafidhahullaah) will admonish us concerning this crucial topic and explain to us the ways in which we can increase our eemaan and by the Permission of Allaah we will all act upon the advices offered and thus have our eemaan renewed and increased.
We ask Allaah to grant us all lasting eemaan, true certainty and beneficial knowledge.
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The Pillars of Eeman Series – The 3rd Pillar – Part 1: Ahl Sunnah’s Belief in The Books Sent By Allah by Shaykh ‘AbdulWasee’ as-Sa’eedi
Bismillaah wa -Alhamdulillaah wa Salaatu wa Salaam ‘alaa Rasulillaah ‘amma ba’d
On Saturday 2nd March 2013, our Shaykh ‘Abdul Wasee’ as-Sa’eedi (May Allaah Preserve Him) continued with MPUBS’ online lecture series entitled “The Pillars of Eemaan”, with the 3rd Pillar, The Belief in The Books. Shaykh ‘Abdul Wasee’ is a student of Ash-Shaykh Al-Allaamah Al-Muhaddith, The Imaam of Yemen, Abu ‘Abdur Rahmaan Muqbil Ibn Hadee al-Waadi’ee (rahimahullah); he is based in Mafraq Hubaish,Yemen and is also a student of our Shaykh ‘Abdul’Azeez ibn Yahya al-Bura’ee (hafidhahullaah).
In the well-known hadeeth of Jibreel, the angel Jibreel (‘alayhis salaam) asked the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to tell him about eemaan (belief). The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“It is to believe in Allaah, His angels, His books, His messengers and the Last Day. And to believe in the qadar, the good of it and the evil of it.” [Muslim]
So to believe in the revealed books is from the six pillars of eemaan that is compulsory for every Muslim to have faith in.
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) stated.
“And belief in the [Revealed] Books comprises four things:
Firstly: That we believe that Allaah, the Most High, sent down books upon the Messengers, and that they are from Allaah. However, we do not believe that the books [currently] present in the possession of these nations are the [very] books that are from Allaah, because they are distorted, changed. However, we believe the original revealed Book [sent down to] the Messenger is truly from Allaah.
Secondly: That we believe in the correctness of what is in them (i.e. the revealed books in general) of information (akhbaar), like (for example) the information in the Qur’aan and the information in what has not undergone distortion or change from the previous books.
Thirdly: That we believe in what they contain of rulings (ahkaam), when they (the rulings) do not oppose our Sharee’ah, [based] upon the [particular] viewpoint that the legislation of those who preceded us is also a legislation for us, and that is the truth.
Fourthly: That we believe in what we know of their names, such as “The Qur’aan” (the Recital), “the Tawrat” (the Torah), “the Injeel” (the Gospel), “the Zaboor (Scrolls) [of Dawud]”, “the Suhuf (Scrolls)” of Ibraaheem, and “the Suhuf (Scrolls)” of Moosaa.
And if a man was to say: I do not believe that there is a book called “Tawraat“, then he is a disbeliever, because faith in Allaah comprises faith in the Books.” [Source: "Mu'jam at-Ta'reefaat wad-Dawaabit wat-Taqseemaat wal-Fawaa'id Fil-Musannafaat al-I'itqaadiyyah Lish-Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymeen", pp. 94-95. Taken from www.aqidah.com]
Our Shaykh, ‘Abdul Wasee’ as-Sa’eedi (hafidhahullaah) will enlighten us concerning the intricacies regarding the revealed Books and inform us of what it necessitates by bringing the relevant evidences from the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
We ask Allaah to increase us in beneficial knowledge and protect us from knowledge that does not benefit.
‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say to his companions: “Come on, so that we may increase our iman.”
The Imam of the Ahlus-Sunnah Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah have mercy upon him, was asked as to whether iman 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: ”Iman is speech and action. It increases and decreases. If you perform good deeds, it increases, and if you do wrong, it decreases.”
- The Decrease After the Increase Of Eemaan - [Transcribed lecture] – by Abu Awais Abdullah Alee
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- Causes Behind The Increase and Decrease of Eemaan - Shaykh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Abbaad [Book]
The greatest blessing Allaah, the Most High, can bestow upon a person in this world is the blessing of eemaan. It is as the author points out in his introduction the source to all the good in this world and H ereafter However; as the texts unequivocal show and as a simple glance at the various types of people will show, eema an is of levels. It is of degrees and forever fluctuating. This is a matter that a person can witness in himself: when he is active and obedient, he senses a strength of eemaan and when he is falling short of the mark and disobeying Allaah he feels that his eemaan is weak.
- Aspects of Increasing Iman - by Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah - from Kitab al-Iman
- Increasing Eemaan (Faith) - Shaykh `Abdul `Aziz ibn Baz
Fataawaa Lajnatud-Daa’imah lil-Buhoothul `Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa, 3/185-187, Al-Istiqaamah Newsletter