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January 25, 2008 Muharram 17 1429 H Volume 3 Issue 1
Towards Correcting our Beliefs and Practices

Reasons Eemaan Increases and Decreases Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen
We wish to know what things enable Eemaan to increase and what things make it decrease? As far as the things that make Eemaan increase, then from them:

“Those who believe and do righteous good deeds, there is no sin on them for what they ate (in the past), if they fear Allah (by keeping away from His forbidden things), and believe and do righteous good deeds, and again fear Allah and believe, and once again fear Allah and do good deeds with Ihsaan (perfection). And Allah loves the good doers.” (Al-Ma’idah - 5:93)

The first reason: To know Allaah Ta’aala with His names and attributes. Indeed whenever a person’s knowledge of Allaah and His names and attributes increases, then his Eemaan increases without a doubt as a result. This is why you will find that the people of knowledge, those who know about the names and attributes of Allaah what others do not, you will find that they have stronger Eemaan than other than them from this perspective. The second reason: To Ponder over the Ayaat (signs) of Allaah, Both the universal and legislated signs. Indeed whenever a person ponders over the universal Ayaat, which is the creation; the heavens, the earth, humans, animals and other than that, will increase in Eemaan. Allaah Ta’aala says: {And on the earth are signs for those who have Faith with certainty. And also in your own selves, Will you not then see?} There are many verses that prove this. What I mean is, the verses that prove that if a person was to ponder and contemplate upon the universe, his Eemaan as a result will increase. The third reason: To practice a lot of good deeds, for whenever a person increases in practicing good deeds, his Eemaan will increase, whether these deeds are from the deeds of the tongue or actions of the body parts. For indeed Dhikr, (remembrance of Allaah) increases Eemaan in its amount (i.e. the number of times one makes Dhikr) as well as in the way it is practiced. Salaat and Sawm (fasting) as well, and Hajj increases Eemaan as in regards to the number of times it is practiced, as well as in regards to the way in which it is practiced. As for the reasons why Eemaan decreases then it is the complete opposite of what has been mentioned. So ignorance of the names and attributes of Allaah will make Eemaan decrease. Because if a person does not know the names and attributes of Allaah, then he lacks knowledge of them that [if he had] would in turn enable him to increase in Eemaan. The second reason: That one does not ponder over the universal and legislated Ayaat of Allaah. Indeed this causes Eemaan to decrease, or in the least will stop its growth . Thirdly: Falling into sins, for indeed the sin has a tremendous effect on the heart and on Eemaan!. This is why the messenger of Allaah ‫و‬ ‫ا‬ said: “The zaanee (adulterer) does not commit zinaa (adultery) while he is a believer at the time of the act.” Fourthly: Leaving off obedience (to Allaah and his Messenger), for indeed leaving off obedience is from the reasons that decrease one’s Eemaan. However, if this certain action of obedience was Waajib (compulsory), and one leaves it without a reason, then this is a decrease in Eemaan that one is blameworthy as well as punished for. But if it isn’t Waajib, or it is Waajib and one leaves it with an excuse, then it is a decrease of Eemaan that one is not punished for. This is why the Messenger of Allaah declared that women are deficient in ‘Aql (mentality) and Deen (Religion), and the reason he said that they had a deficiency in their Deen is because they do not pray or fast during their menses, rather they are ordered not to pray or fast, but because they are unable to practice these actions (during menses) that a man is able to practice, they decrease (in Deen) compared to a man from this perspective.

Hadith The Messenger of Allah (sallahu alayhi was sallam said): "What I have forbidden to you, avoid; what I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as you can. It was only their excessive questioning and their disagreeing with their prophets that destroyed those who were before you." [Bukhari and Muslim]

This flyer contains some of Allah’s names. Please do not throw in the trash. Either keep, circulate, or recycle.

Editors Note: My Apologies
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah, I just wanted to write a short message apologizing on behalf of the recent lack of newsletters. I make no excuse and sincerely regret not having been able to make the time in which to make and send these. All in all, it reminds me of a Hadith from the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam): "Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death." [alHaakim, al-Bayhaqee, Saheeh]

Who are your Role Models? 2 In the society and culture of today’s world, adults and children alike are
constantly brainwashed into the ideals of what and who a role model is. We are told what exactly what characteristics and requirements are needed in order for one to fill in such a place, and yet amongst the rapidly deteriorating of society, as a Muslim, our values should be different and the people we base as our Role Models should also consequently be different. It is not about the superficiality which is pushed forward in the world, that success resides in the perfection of aestheticism or some great materialistic deed; rather it was of many of the figures of our past that stood as the greatest role models for mankind. And the root of which was for their faith. These names are the ones lost from the lips of the generations, these are the ones that no school history book speaks of and yet these are the best of them all. We are to hence look towards the Companions of the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) and those after them as well as other prominent Islamic figures of later time. Keep in mind whilst reading, the Messenger of Allah (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “The best people are those living in my generation, then those
coming after them, and then those coming after (the second generation)..” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, 3/219].

May Allah allow us to utilize all our blessings in the correct manner. Ameen. Insha’Allah this effort has been resumed and I plan to continue. Anything good which comes from it is solely from Allah and anything wrong is from Shaytan and my own self. Jazakallahu khayran for reading. -wasalam

So these should be our role models… so our path starts with perhaps one of the most known of the Companions, but his life and lessons from it are invaluable regardless of how many times read…

Abu Bakr As-Sideeq (radi’Allahu anhu) – Part 1 ..."If I were to take a friend other than my Lord, I would take Abu Bakr as a friend."... (Muslim) Abu Bakr's Life
Abu Bakr ('The Owner of Camels') was not his real name. He acquired this name later in life because of his great interest in raising camels. His real name was Abdul Ka'aba ('Slave of Ka'aba'), which Muhammad (peace be on him) later changed to Abdullah ('Slave of God'). The Prophet also gave him the title of 'Siddiq' - 'The Testifier to the Truth.' Abu Bakr was a fairly wealthy merchant, and before he embraced Islam, was a respected citizen of Mecca. He was three years younger than Muhammad (peace be on him) and some natural affinity drew them together from earliest child hood. He remained the closest Companion of the Prophet all through the Prophet's life. When Muhammad first invited his closest friends and relatives to Islam, Abu Bakr was among the earliest to accept it. He also persuaded Uthman and Bilal to accept Islam. In the early days of the Prophet's mission, when the handful of Muslims were subjected to relentless persecution and torture, Abu Bakr bore his full share of hardship. Finally when God's permission came to emigrate from Mecca, he was the one chosen by the Prophet to accompany him on the dangerous journey to Medina. In the numerous battles which took place during the life of the Prophet, Abu Bakr was always by his side. Once, he brought all his belongings to the Prophet, who was raising money for the defense of Medina. The Prophet asked "Abu Bakr, what did you leave for your family?" The reply came: "God and His Prophet." Even before Islam, Abu Bakr was known to be a man of upright character and amiable and compassionate nature. All through his life he was sensitive to human suffering and kind to the poor and helpless. Even though he was wealthy, he lived very simply and spent his money for charity, for freeing slaves and for the cause of Islam. He often spent part of the night in supplication and prayer. He shared with his family a cheerful and affectionate home life. To be continued… Insha’allah
Name of Allah

** Words of Wisdom **
Ibn Hazam al-Andalusee (rahima-hullaah) mentions: ((When you compare yourself with others in matters of wealth, position, and health, you should look at people less favored than yourself. When you compare yourself with others in matters of religion, knowledge and virtue, look at people who are better than yourself)). al-Akhlaaq was-Siyar - Ibn Hazam al-Andalusee

Al-Mutakabbir (the Supreme): The One Who is above any evil, defect and deficiency due to His greatness and grandeur.
"He is Allaah, other than whom none has the right to be worshipped. The King, the Holy, The One free from defects, the Giver of Security, the EverWatcher, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allaah! (High is He) Above all that they associate as partners with Him." (59:23)