Ibn alQayyim: Provisions for the Hereafter
Taught by Sheikh Sajid Umar
Season 2, Lesson 11-
Notes of a student
Session 11: 24th November 2015
Assalaamu alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
The Sheikh welcomes session 10 of the ‘Provisions for the Hereafter’ course. He begins by praising Allah and sending blessings upon the final messenger Muhammad (Khutbatul Haajah).
Reading – Pg 29 – 51
Lessons from the text;
– The documentation of the Seerah is very detailed because of how special the Prophet (s) was to his people.
– Some Museums have acutal sculptures explaining the Seerah.
– The Sahaabah would consider every matter, even the small ones such as when the Prophet (s) cleared his throat in his Salaah.
– Through this, Allah protected the life of the Prophet (s). He inspired the people to have an acute focus on everything he did.
– The Prophet (s) taught us to pray as we have seen him pray.
Evolving of Fiqh:
– Fiqh at that time was not as Fiqh is now. I.e – there was no Waajib, Fardh, Mustahab etc. Rather, the Sahaabah understood them through his physical actions and teachings. They learnt from him through observation, speech, answers and his general talk.
– “The speed of light is faster than the speed of sounds.” – People see you before they hear you.
– When teaching we must consider how to interact and engage our students.
– If we make our learning online then we should fill it with as many visuals as we can. Observance based learning is very important.
For e.g. – teaching Salaah online. We should have demonstrations, videos, visuals and e-books to make the learning more interactive.
Engage as many senses as possible!
Sahaabah and the Sunnah:
– The Sahaabah would follow the Sunnah as much as they possibly could. Hence why they payed attention to details.
– Today we belitte a Sunnah because it is a Sunnah, but the Sahaabah glorified it just because it was Sunnah.
– The Sahaabah were skilled in the Arabic language, however they also understood the nuances.
– The documentation of the Prophet (s) Salaah is of a very high level and includes various narrations and differences. We learn from this to be more forbearing with regards to difference of opinion in Salaah.
– The Prophet (s) would prolong his Sujood if his grandchildren climbed on his back. He didn’t make a fuss or get angry.
The Masjid – the centeral point
– The Masjid should be a place for all in the community. Men, women, children etc. It should become stronger and help make the rest of the community strong too.
– Make the Masjid inclusive not exclusive!
– The best person you can learn from is your community Imaams/Ulema as they are aware of the sensitivities of that region and place.
– We must open the door to our children and women.
– We need to make the Masjid the SOURCE, the hub, the element! 🙂
– The Masjid is a place frequented by angels and protected from the Shayaateen.
– The Shariah has given the Masjid the elasticity to evolve and change to suit the needs of the Muslim.
Diversity in Salaah:
– Rasulullah (s) was very diverse with his Salaah.
– Diversity increases concentration as it stops the act from becoming a routine. Doing something different everytime breeds concentration.
– Such as reciting different Surahs. This stops the Salaah from becoming robotic.
– Use different supplications, learn as many as you can!
– Salaah is Dhikr. From before the prayer and even after. (Adhaan, Iqaamah, Takbeer, Recitation of the Qur’an, Du’aas)
– There is no period in Salaah where you are silent.
– When you say ‘Allahu Akbar’ you are acknowledging that Allah is greater than your job, wealth, family, spouse etc.
– The Prophet (s) would also recite Dhikr after his Salaah reminding us of the importance of the remembrance of Allah.
– Worship hard, but also worship smart!
E.g. – saying ‘SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi SubhanAllahil Adheem’ – that is worshipping smart. It takes a few seconds to utter those words, yet the rewards for reciting it are huge!
Issues concerning Salaah and Dawah
– Even when working in Dawah, you shouldn’t be late for the Salaah. You are role models and have an added responsibility.
– There are repercussions of the actions we do, especially when you work in the Dawah.
– Explain the reasons for your short delay or your combining of prayers so there are no doubts.
Next class: ‘Benefits of the prayer’ inshAllah.
Last class in this semester: Saturday 19th December
Class resumes: Second week of February