The book that shook the world

Except him being a scholar of the Arabic language…

قال مالك رحمه الله : لا أوتي برجل،غير عالم بلغة العرب، يفسر كتاب الله إلا جعلته نكالا 

Imam Malik (R)  said: 

No man can come to me explaining the book of Allah, while not being a scholar of the Arabic language. Except I shall make an example of him.

مجاهد :” لايحل لأحد يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر أن يتكلم في كتاب الله إن لم يكن عالماً بلغات العرب

Mujaahid (R) said: 

It is not allowed for anyone who believes in Allah and the last day to speak about the book of Allah, except him being a scholar of the Arabic dialects.

قال الزهري إنما أخطأ الناس في كثير من تأويل القران لجهلهم بلغة العرب

Imam Zuhri (R) said: The people only erred in many of their explanations of the Quran, due to their ignorance of the Arabic language.

The above are quotes I took from Shaykh Saalih Munajjid’s series: منهج السلف في الاستدلال و التلقي

US Troops Suicide Rate Highest In Decade

Greg Milam, US correspondentThe suicide rate among American troops has reached its highest level for a decade – with an average of nearly one a day this year.

The 154 suicides in the first 155 days of the year eclipses the number of US forces killed in action in Afghanistan in the same period.

The numbers have shocked the US military, which had been expecting them to fall after levelling off in 2010 and 2011.

Jackie Garrick, head of the Pentagon’s new Defence Suicide Prevention Office, said: “We are very concerned at this point that we are seeing a high number of suicides at a point in time where we were expecting to see a lower number.”


Officials believe the weak US economy may be playing a part as thousands of American troops head home from Afghanistan.

They say other explanations include combat exposure, post-traumatic stress and the misuse of prescription medications.

Army statistics have revealed that soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of taking their own lives.

But a substantial proportion of army suicides are committed by soldiers who were never deployed.

Kim Ruocco, whose husband, marine helicopter pilot Major John Ruocco hanged himself in 2005, said he was unable to bring himself to go for help.

She said: “He was so afraid of how people would view him once he went for help.

“He thought that people would think he was weak, that people would think he was just trying to get out of redeploying or trying to get out of service, or that he just couldn’t hack it – when, in reality, he was sick.

“He had suffered injury in combat and he had also suffered from depression and let it go untreated for years. And because of that, he’s dead today.”

Critics say the US military is still not doing enough to recognise the problem.

And last month a senior general retracted a statement in a blog post in which he wrote: “I am personally fed up with soldiers who are choosing to take their own lives so that others can clean up their mess.

“Be an adult, act like an adult, and deal with your real-life problems like the rest of us.”

US military suicide numbers began surging in 2006 and statistics include only active-duty troops, not veterans who returned to civilian life after fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan or non-mobilised national guard or reserve members.

The defence secretary, Leon Panetta has drawn attention to the situation, writing: “We must continue to fight to eliminate the stigma from those with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues.”
Read on Sky News

May Allah give nusrah to the mujahideen in shaam…

So if you are to speak then let it not be plentiful…

It has been said:

الصمت زين والسكوت سلامة فإذا نطقت فلا تكن مكثارا فلئن ندمت على سكوتك مرة فلتندمن على الكلام مرارا

Holding ones tongue (الصمت) is beautiful and silence (السكوت) is safety. So if you are to speak then let it not be plentiful. For if you were to regret your silence once, no doubt a repeated regret will be with speech.

Allah knows best.

دفع إيهام الاضطراب عن آيات الكتاب

Your Heart is the Pillar of Your Worship

Your Heart is the Pillar of Your Worship

by ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam (may Allah have Mercy upon him)

“…the heart is the machine that drives all acts of worship. It is what moves the entire body! As long as the heart is alive, then the limbs will be alive, and the soul will open itself up to worship. However, if the heart becomes diseased, then worship will become too heavy on the soul, leading to it eventually disliking and hating – and we seek refuge with Allah from this – worship. Because of this, Allah – the Glorified and Exalted – said, regarding the prayer:

{“…and truly, it is extremely heavy and hard except on those who are submissive…”} [al-Baqarah; 45]

The prayer is heavy, because one’s legs and hands are not what get up for the prayer. What gets up for the prayer are the heart and the soul.

{“Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for the prayer, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.”} [an-Nisa’; 142]

Because of this, it is the heart that stands up for worship. The limbs are simply slaves of this heart, carrying out what it commands them. If the heart is alive, then the soul will be alive, and worship will become beloved and sweetened to the hearts and the souls, and they will open up for it.However, if the heart becomes diseased, then worship becomes too heavy on it. The heart is like the digestive system: right now, the most beloved thing to you is meat. However, if you develop an ulcer somewhere in your digestive system, then the meat – along with its fat and oil – becomes the most hated thing to it, since it is diseased. Sweets are also something that are beloved to the soul. For example, if you were fasting right now and were to break your fast on some desserts, then your soul would become satisfied with that, right? However, if one were to be stricken with diabetes, then he would not be able to handle these sugary foods, even if they were beloved to him.The heart is like this: it must be strong so that it can handle worship that is strong. The stronger your heart becomes, then throw as much worship upon it as you wish. You would get up to pray at night, and you would cherish this prayer and consider sleep to be your enemy:

{“Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope…”} [as-Sajdah; 16]

He begins to forsake it because an enmity develops between him and his bed. He prays behind the imam, and he says to himself: “If only he would make the prayer longer,” so that he would increase in his opening up to this worship, and his tasting of its sweetness.At times, I would pray a normal prayer with the people behind me, so I would elongate the prayer. The youth would then come to me and say (the hadith): “Whoever leads the people in prayer should go easy on them,” – the youth! And there was an old man behind me who was between 90 and 100 years of age – his face filled with light – and he would say to me: “Keep making the prayer long and do not answer them.” A man of 90 years getting pleasure out of a long prayer, and a youth of 20, who probably practices karate and judo, cannot handle the same prayer.Why?

If he went to the soccer field and spent two hours playing there without becoming bored, then why would he become bored from hearing the Qur’an for five minutes? The difference between a short prayer and a long prayer is simply five minutes, so why does he become bored from these five minutes of Qur’an, yet he does not become bored from two hours of soccer? Why does he not get bored from standing for two hours staring at an inflated piece of leather, his heart attached to it?

Because, what stands up to pray is the heart
, and what stands up for sports are simply the body and muscles.”

[From a lecture given by ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam on June 15, 1988 entitled ‘The True Preparation,’ found in the collection ‘at-Tarbiyyah al-Jihadiyyah wal-Bina”; 1/220]

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