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Alhamdulillah I finally finished exams and have gotten around to updating this blog.

It is my intent to update it more frequently in the coming notes, inshaAllah.

That said, let me make a few statements about the Rays of Faith class before I post some of my notes below.   Rays of Faith has been my favorite almaghrib class until now (I havent taken LOG or Light upon Light).  Shaykh Waleed was awesome and the class really exceeded my expectations.   I would suggest taking this class when it comes to your qabeelah!

The notes that I am posting below are not exhaustive by any means.  Below is just a rough outline of the course material in hopes that it will inspire you to take the class and benefit.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد الله و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله

 

Rays of Faith: The Pillars of Emaan

 

            By Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

The Benefits of the course:

What will this course give you? It intends to move you from our matters that we are busy with to the unseen and concentration on our deen.

Many times we see things and try to look for materialistic things to analyze it: i.e. ‘why did this person get cancer?’ no matter how many reasons you come up with, the believer knows that this is from the Qadr of Allah. 

This class will help you understand the relationship between free will and predestination. 

We must prepare for our real life, that is, the next life.  Learn the details that will happen after death. 

Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah): ‘the foundation for any clear understanding will be sound belief’

You will find many Muslims rejecting things like the belief in Jinn or they have strange beliefs regarding Angels.  This class will clarify all of those things.

Aisha (radiyAllahuanhaa) said: ‘If the first thing revealed in the Quran was to stop fornicating, drinking, and to pray, no one would have accepted and they wouldn’t have stopped fornicating, drinking, and they wouldn’t have started praying.’ (Bukhari)

We must first establish the emaan in a persons heart. 

Emaan:

Also on the authority of ‘Umar, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said:

“While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him.

He sat down close by the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, rested his knee against his thighs, and said, O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.” Said the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, “Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity save Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” Said he (the man), “You have spoken truly.”

We were astonished at his thus questioning him and telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about iman (faith).” He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” He said, “You have spoken truly.”

Then he (the man) said, “Inform me about Ihsan.” He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, ” It is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you.” He said, “Inform me about the Hour.” He (the Messenger of Allah) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Well, inform me about the signs thereof (i.e. of its coming).” Said he, “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress, that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings.” Thereupon the man went off.

I waited a while, and then he (the Messenger of Allah) said, “O ‘Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibril. He came to teach you your religion.””

[Muslim]

 

The hadith of Jibril has many many narrations.  Imam Ahmad narrated this hadith with addition that to one has to believe in the Qadr as well as the scales and the weighing. 

One of the pillars of Islam in one of the narrations mentioned al-ghusl ul-janaabah (making ghusl from a state of impurity). 

 

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