Aqida of Ibn Kathir

What was the aqida of ibn Kathir? Was it the same as ibn Taymiyyah? Ibn Kathir was of the Shafi'i madhhab and a hadith master (who memorized over 100,000 ahadith). Whatever length of time Ibn Kathir studied with Ibn Taymiya, he was in his twenties when the latter died, and his long and fruitful career … Continue reading Aqida of Ibn Kathir

Shahada, Deeds, and Paradise

On the Day of Judgement, nothing will weigh heavier than the testimony of faith: ash-hadu an la ilaha illa Allah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasulullah. Even 99 scrolls of bad deeds will be outweighed by it. Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al-'As: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "Indeed Allah will distinguish a man from … Continue reading Shahada, Deeds, and Paradise

Ibn Taymiyyah on Tasawwuf

"Ibn Taymiyyah said in volume 10 of his majmu' page 516-17, speaking of the adherence of the sufiyya to the kitab and sunnah:'As for those who are upright (mustaqimun) from the salikeen (spiritual wayfarers), such as the majority of the mashayikh as-salaf, such as al-Fudayl ibn Iyad, Ibrahim bin Adham, Abu Sulayman ad-Darani, Maruf al-Karkhi, … Continue reading Ibn Taymiyyah on Tasawwuf

What Is a “Good Person?”

Many, nowadays, are deluded by the notion that they don't need God, because they're "just a good person." Firstly, if the one saying this had his/her book of deeds laid out right in front of them that very moment, they would likely be severely deficient in terms of their good and bad deeds. If you … Continue reading What Is a “Good Person?”

Ibn ‘Arabi and Wahdat al-Wujud (the Unity of Existence)

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to the One, the One who is to be singled out in worship, our reliance. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master, Muhammad ibn ‘Abdillah, his family, and all of his companions. As for what follows: … Continue reading Ibn ‘Arabi and Wahdat al-Wujud (the Unity of Existence)

How to Study the Ash’ari Creed at a Basic Level

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to the One, the One who is to be singled out in worship, our reliance. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master, Muhammad ibn ‘Abdillah, his family, and all of his companions. As for what follows: … Continue reading How to Study the Ash’ari Creed at a Basic Level