The purpose of this life

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ.
“And I, Allah created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)”, as stated in Surah Adh-Dhariyat (51:56). 

كُلُّ نَفْسٍۢ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلْمَوْتِ ۗ وَنَبْلُوكُم بِٱلشَّرِّ وَٱلْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةًۭ ۖ

وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ.

“Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.” Surah Al-Anbiya (21:35)

Meaning, ‘We shall test you, sometimes with difficulties and sometimes with ease, to see who will give thanks and who will be ungrateful, who will have patience and who will despair.’

We will be tested with times of prosperity, with health and sickness, with richness and poverty, with lawful and unlawful, obedience and sin, with guidance and misguidance. 

And Allah says:

أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَٰكُمْ عَبَثًۭا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ.

” Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?” Surah Al-Muminun (23:115)

The faithful believers praise Allah and deny that He does anything in jest and without purpose, saying, “Glory to You” who would not create anything without purpose.

Our Lord! You have not created this without purpose.”

‘You did not create all this in jest and play. Rather, You created it in truth, so that You recompense those who do evil in kind, and reward those who do righteous deeds with what is better.’

Allah tells us that He created the heavens and the earth in truth, (i.e. with justice).

 إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِٱلْعَدْلِ وَٱلْإِحْسَٰنِ وَإِيتَآئِ ذِى ٱلْقُرْبَىٰ

وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ ٱلْفَحْشَآءِ وَٱلْمُنكَرِ وَٱلْبَغْىِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ.

“Verily Allah enjoins (commands) Al-Adl (i.e. justice), the doing of good and giving to kith and kin, and He forbids Al-Fahsha (i.e. all indecent deeds, and evil and rebellion), Al-Munkar (i.e. all that is prohibited by Islamic Law) and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression). He instructs you that you may receive admonition (instruction).” Surah An-Nahl (16:90)

 

وَلِلَّهِ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَمَا فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ

لِيَجْزِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسَٰٓـُٔوا۟ بِمَا عَمِلُوا۟ وَيَجْزِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَحْسَنُوا۟ بِٱلْحُسْنَى.

“And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, that He may requite those who do evil with that which they have done, and reward those who do good, with what is best (i.e. Paradise).” Surah An-Najm (53:31)

He did not create all that in vain or for (mere) play:

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) says:

وَمَا خَلَقْنَا ٱلسَّمَآءَ وَٱلْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا بَٰطِلًۭا ۚ

ذَٰلِكَ ظَنُّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ ۚ فَوَيْلٌۭ لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ مِنَ ٱلنَّارِ.

“And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve! Then woe to those who disbelieve from the Fire!” Surah Saad (38:27)

Allah tells us that He did not create the creatures in vain: He created them to worship Him Alone. 

Then He will gather them on the Day of Gathering and will reward the obedient and punish the disbelievers.

وَمَا خَلَقْنَا ٱلسَّمَآءَ وَٱلْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا بَٰطِلًۭا ۚ

ذَٰلِكَ ظَنُّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ ۚ

“And We created not the heaven and he earth and all that is in between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve.”

meaning: who do not think that the resurrection and the place of return will occur, but they think that there is nothing after this world.

فَوَيْلٌۭ لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ مِنَ ٱلنَّارِ.

“Then woe to those who disbelieve from the fire!”

means, woe to them on the Day when they will be resurrected from the Fire that is prepared for them. Then Allah explains that because of His Justice and Wisdom, He does not treat the believers and the disbelievers equally.

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) says:

أَمْ نَجْعَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ

كَٱلْمُفْسِدِينَ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ أَمْ نَجْعَلُ ٱلْمُتَّقِينَ كَٱلْفُجَّارِ.

“Shall We treat those who disbelieve and do righteous good deeds the same as those who cause mischief on the earth? Or shall We treat those who have Taqwa the same as the evildoers?” Surah Saad (38:28)

Meaning: ‘We shall not do that.’ They are not equal before Allah, and since this is the case, there must inevitably (certainly) be another realm in which those who obey Allah will be rewarded and the wicked will be punished.

This teaching indicates to those of a sound mind and upright (honest and moral) nature that there must predictably be a resurrection and recompense.

We see evildoers and criminals that are prospering and increasing in wealth, children and comfort, until they die in that state. At the same time, we see oppressed believers dying of grief and distress.

 So by the Wisdom of the All-Wise, All-Knowing, All-Just Who does not do even a speck of dust’s weight of injustice, there should be a time when the rights of the oppressed are restored with due justice.

If this does not happen in this world, there must be another realm where recompense may be made and consolation may be found.

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Our (Muslim) responsibility in non muslim society!

  • First, conveying the message of Islam in the clearest way.
  • Second, calling all people to Allah.
  • Third, giving glad tidings and warnings, which were given to us by Allah.
  • Fourth, reforming and purifying the souls of the people. 
  • Fifth, correcting Misguidance and Corruption in the Life of the People. 
  • Sixth, is to run our affairs as Muslims according to the laws of Allah.

Fifth:(Islam) Durability and Validity for all Times, Places, and Peoples 

By: Professor: Sulaiman bin Abdullah bin Humoud Aba Al-Khail 

Vice President of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence in the Higher Judiciary Institute.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is the seal and Imam of all prophets and messengers. 

If each of the other prophets was sent to his own nation, Prophet Muhammad was sent to everybody on earth. 

Allah says: “And We have not sent you but to all the men as a bearer of good news and as a warner” ( The Holy Quran 34:28). 

He also says: “Say: O people! surely I am the Messenger of Allah to you all” (The Holy Quran 7:158). 

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “I was given five distinct attributes that were given to none before,” one of which that he mentioned was that he was sent to all people (Reported by Muslim in his Sahih, chapter: Al-Masajid wa mawadhi’ Al-Salah (1:370) number (521, 522, 523).).

It is important to know that Jesus himself (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was inviting his people to follow what is coming in the Islamic Shari’a and what Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is informing of. 

Therefore, Allah accepts no religion but Islam. Allah says: “The Religion before Allah is Islam” (The Holy Quran 3:19). 

He also says: “And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.” (The Holy Quran 3:85) 

Allah the Almighty has vowed to guard His book (The Quran) being, together with the Sunnah, the true source of this religion (Islam) till the Day of Judgment, 

He says: “Surely We have revealed the Reminder and We will most surely be its guardian” (The Holy Quran 15:9). 

It thus concludes that Islam, with its principles, as well as general and specific rulings, is valid for every human on earth and at all times; with Islam, all humanity can reach success and happiness both in life and the Hereafter. 

No human can think or say otherwise; if any person does, it should be out of his personal deficiency or out of the lack of understanding and perception that he and his society suffer from. 

After talking of the greatness of the noble Quran, the marvels, benefits, and wisdom it includes, 

Ibn A-Qayyim refers to “those whom the winds of fancies and personal opinions have extinguished the light of their hearts, those whose hearts have been locked by ignorance against the facts of the Quran”.

How odd are those people who feed their minds with trivial and insignificant views, instead of feeding them with the words of Allah and the Hadiths of His exalted prophet! 

How could such minds be able to distinguish between right and wrong amidst darkness and confusion, while unable to recognize truthfulness under the light of Quran and Sunnah? 

How odd that they claim distinguishing the sound opinions from the sick ones 

– the validated from the rejected, and the true from the false 

– while, in the meantime, admitting their inability to understand the words of Allah, the Guarantor of explicit truth which he gave through His own infallible words and the words of the Prophet, whose tongue did command the highest of discourse? 

Such people are certainly entangled in a heavy allurement, which consequently blinded their hearts to the path of guidance, and took their minds away from truth – an allurement that could force young men into old age and the elderly into senility. 

As unable as bats to reach the true vision, they mistakenly thought that theirs is the way to victory – but how far they are from reaching it! 

How wide is the gap between their deep distraction and the light of the sun? 

How far is the land from the Gemini? 

And, how far are their invalidated words from the truthful Quran that was transmitted to us by the infallible Prophet? 

How wide a difference it is between persuasively misleading statements and the Divine texts that every Muslim has to arbitrate and yield to at times of confusion? 

What a world of difference there is between fragile sects that perish with the demise of their originators and the Godly texts that remain even after the collapse of the earth and the skies! Glorified be Allah. 

How much deprived are the contestants to Allah’s treasures and revelations? 

How much did they miss from the springs of knowledge and true vision? 

As they have been merely satisfied with some coercively fabricated opinions, and fell into the abyss of partition and self-delusion, they consequently deserted the Quran. 

Having actually failed to recognize the landmarks of Quran in their hearts, so they never establish academies for studying it, nor do they raise its flags in their lands. 

As detached as they are from the Quran, they as such hate to see neither the Quran’s stars of light, nor its sun of knowledge, which eclipses their misleading opinions and dimmed visions. 

They have discharged the power of truth from the texts of the Revelation, and kept them under continued campaigns of misinterpretation;

 they treated the words of Allah the way ignoble people treat their guests, that is, without reverence or generosity. 

To those people, whoever holds to the Quran and Sunnah is a man of appearances, or someone who lacks reasonability; 

but whoever imitates them or adopts their trivial and contradictive opinions is the one to gain acceptance and appreciation. 

To them, those who give primacy to the Quran and Sunnah are deficient and lowered. 

Allah says: And when it is said to them: Believe as the people believe they say: Shall we believe as the fools believe? Now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know. (The Holy Quran 2:13) 

In their dismissal of Allah’s Revelation and missing up with His principles – and in their heedless adherence to the rear rather than to the fore – such are really the deprived people. 

So, when time comes for the graves to pour forth their contents, when it is time for the hearts of people to be made known, when “something will confront them from Allah, which they could never have counted upon!” they will then discover their severe loss and the barrenness of what they have already grown (The Holy Quran 39:47).

What a sorrow they will gain when their labor brings nothing but vanity! 

What a great catastrophe they will face when their hopes come to nothing but a mirage! 

What kind of thought does the deluded person have about Allah when it is time for all secrets (deeds, prayers, fasting, etc.) to be examined? 

What kind of excuses does the negligent of the Quran and Sunnah have to offer at a moment in which excuses never pay? 

Does the deserter of the Quran and Sunnah think that his adoption of personal opinions will save him from Allah? 

Does he think that the arguments he leads, or the researches he conducts, or the imaginative conclusions he comes up with, can protect him Against Allah’s wrath? 

How wrong he is! By Allah, what he thinks of is nothing but the highest falsity. 

Savior is assured only for whoever rules by Allah’s book (the Quran), whoever increases his own devoutness to Allah, whoever adheres to Allah’s guidance and straight path, and whoever holds firm to Allah’s tie that is inseparable. Allah is All-Hearing and All-Knowing (Madarij Al-Salikin (1:3-6). See also Muqadimah fi Al-Fiqh (p. 58-62).)

A Father Refusing to Give his Daughter off in Marriage 

Dr. Naasir bin Abdullah Al-Jarboo’ (Judge at the General Court in Riyadh.)

All praise is due to Allah alone, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the last Prophet, his family and companions. 

This is one of the cases filed before the court for which a court judgment was issued against a father who unrightfully prevented his daughter from getting married. 

The purpose of presenting the details of this case is to demonstrate how Islam cares for women and how a woman who is treated unjustly by her father or anyone else can resort to justice to receive her right and to remove any injustice that may have been exercised against her. 

1. Details of the Case The claimant, a 25 years old girl, filed a case against her father, stating that more than one suitor proposed to her but her father refused to give her in marriage for no rational or legal reason and that she had been harmed by such an act of deprivation from marriage. The claimant requested that the right of guardianship given to her father by law with regard to giving her in marriage to be removed and that her elder brother be appointed as her guardian for this purpose. The father was summoned to appear before the court but he refused. Therefore, the case was heard in absentia in accordance with the Law of Legal Procedures. 

2. Procedures The claimant was requested to submit evidence supporting her claim and she brought two witnesses from among her relatives who testified that her claim about her father’s depriving her from marriage was true, that the current suitor was suitable for her and that her elder brother had full legal capacity. The two witnesses were verified to be of full legal capacity.

3. Judgment and Justifications After hearing the claim and the evidence, the following judgment with the relevant justifications was issued: Based on the claim stated hereinabove and the testimonies of the two witnesses, and as refusing to give one’s daughter in marriage to a suitable suitor for no reasonable reason is unacceptable according to the rules of the Islamic Sharee’ah and as this act causes her much harm: “Do not prevent them from marrying their husbands.” (Al-Baqarah:232), this case gives the father the right to have guardianship over the girl with regard to marriage according to the Hanbalite school of jurisprudence (Ash-Sharh Al-Kabeer 184/20). 

It has been proved to me that the father was refusing to give his daughter (the claimant) in marriage to a suitable suitor. 

Therefore, he loses the right of acting as her guardian to give her in marriage. Accordingly, I have appointed her elder brother as her guardian with regard to giving her in marriage.

 4. Objection to the Judgment and Ratification by the Appellate Court After issuing the judgment deed, a copy of it was given to the father to submit his objection within the legal period. 

The father was informed of the judgment and he submitted his objection statement. 

After reviewing the said objection statement, there was nothing in it that could possibly affect the judgment. Therefore, the judgment was forwarded to the Appellate Court which ratified it, and hence it became final. 

5. The Rules and Fundamentals Included in the Judgment 

a. Preventing one’s daughter from marrying a suitable suitor is unjustifiable. 

b. This act by the daughter’s guardian is prohibited according to Islamic Sharee’ah because it causes harm to the daughter. 

c. The daughter’s guardian cannot be established by a mere claim; rather there should be evidence or confession by the guardian.

d. If this act of preventing one’s daughter from marriage is established, it is a sufficient cause for removing the guardian’s legal capacity with regard to marrying off the girl and giving it to another relative, though the latter may be a distant relative, according to the Hanbalite school of jurisprudence. 

However, the majority of scholars opine that the right of giving the girl in marriage is given to the ruler. 

May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

A true word by which falsehood is intended

وهذا عليٌّ رضي الله عنه عندما أتاه رجلان من الخوارج زرعة بن البرج الطائي وحرقوص بن زهير فقالا له: «لا حكم إلاَّ لله» وقال عليٌّ رضي الله عنه كلمة حقٍّ أريد بِها باطل, وقال له حرقوص: تب من خطيئتك, وارجع عن قضيتك, وقال له زرعة بن البرج: أما والله يا عليُّ لئن لَم تدع تَحكيم الرجال في كتاب الله عز وجل؛ قاتلتك؛ اطلب بذلك وجه الله ورضوانه». والأثر أخرجه الطبري (تفسير الطبري – 3/114,113).
And when two men from the Khawārij came to ‘Ali, namely Zur’ah bin al-Burj at-Tā‘i and Harqūs bin Zuhayr, they said to him: “Ruling is only for Allah.” So, ‘Ali said: “A true word by which falsehood is intended.” Harqūs said to him: “Repent from your sins, and go back on your decision” and Zur’ah bin al-Burj said to him: “By Allah, O ‘Ali! If you do not leave allowing men to judge regarding the Book of Allah I will fight you. Seek the Face of Allah and His pleasure [by leaving it].”[ The narration is reported by at-Tabari in Tafsīr at-Tabari (3/113-4).]

Please read for further understanding and clarification:

http://www.madeenah.com/the-calamity-of-the-so-called-caliphate-of-isis-in-iraq/