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Advice to Our Brothers The Du’aat in America

ADVICE

TO OUR BROTHERS

THE DU’AAT IN AMERICA

Read and Approved of by

Ash-Shaykh Abu Abdur Rahmaan Yahyaa ibn ‘Ali
Al-Hajooree (May Allaah preserve him)

Written by
Abu Rayhana Abdul Hakim Ibn Ahmed Kamil

All Praise is Due to Allaah, We praise Him we seek His Help and we seek His Forgiveness and I bear witness that none deserves to be worshiped other than Allaah, Alone without any partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) is His servant and messenger.

As for what follows: ِ

Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) says, “…and remind for certainly the reminder benefits the believers”.
and Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) says, “… and remind if reminding benefits. The one who fears will benefit from the reminder.”

In Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Jareer Ibn Abdullah (radiallaahu anhu) said,”I gave the Prophet the Allegiance upon establishing the prayer, and paying charity and advising every Muslim.”

On the authority of Abi Ruqayya Tamim Ibn Aus Ad-daari (radiallaahu anhu) said, the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “The religion is sincere advice. We asked to whom? He said to Allaah, His Book, His Messenger and the leaders of the Muslims and the general people.”

In these proofs is the commandment from Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) and His Messenger to the believers that they advise one another. Giving advice is the duty of the Prophets and the Messengers.

Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said about His Prophet, Nuh (alaihisalaam),
“I conveyed to you the message of my Lord and I advise you and I know from Allaah that which you do not know.”
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said about His Prophet, Hud (alaihisalaam),
“I conveyed to you the messages of my lord and I am to you all a sincere advisor.”
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said about His Prophet, Salih (alahi salaam),
“I have conveyed to you all the message of my Lord and I have advised you, but you all do not like the sincere advisors.”

This is an advice to the Muslims in general and specifically those who call to the deen of Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la), and more specifically the Imams and the brothers in administration of the Salafi masaajid. It refers to the methods adopted in calling to the deen of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la). Some flyers of lectures in America reached us and we saw in them that which needed correction. These concerns were forwarded to the ‘ulama and some students of knowledge here at Dar-al-Hadeeth in Dammaj. They encouraged me to advise our brothers in America softly and gently.

I would like to mention that our brothers who call to the Deen of Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla), in America are honorable, and their hard work is appreciated and we hope that Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) rewards them a good reward. I love for you what I love for myself and this advice is only for correcting your affairs. I consider it obligatory upon me to advise you based upon the hadeeth collected by Imam Muslim on the authority of Abi Sa’eed (radiallaahu anhu)that the Prophet(salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Whoever from amongst you sees a wrong should change it with his hands, if he is unable then change it with his tongue, and if he is unable then with in his heart and that is the weakest of faith.”

THE FIRST CONCERN is purposely scheduling conferences on the holidays of the disbelievers when they can be held on any other day. Our honorable brothers from Masjid Rahmah are planning a 4-day conference on “Independence Day”; this occurs every year and is in opposition to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam). Verily, he (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) taught and raised his companions to oppose the People of the Book and the polytheists. And he worked very hard to manifest this opposition. The proofs for this are many. I will mention from them insha’Allah that which will suffice.

On the authority of Shaddad Ibn Aus (radiallaahu anhu) collected by Abu Dawud, that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Differ from the Jews, for certainly they don’t pray with their shoes nor with their khuffs (leather socks).”

Imam Ahmad narrated from the hadeeth of Abi ‘Ummah (radiallaahu anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) came out upon some elderly men from the Ansaar whose beards were white so he said, “Dye your beards red or yellow, and differ from the People of the Book. We said, “O Messenger of Allaah, the People of the Book wear pants and they don’t wear the izaar.” So the Prophet said,”Wear pants and the izaar (meaning together), differ from the People of the Book.” We said,” O messenger of Allaah, the People of the Book wear khuffs and they don’t wear shoes.” So he said,”Wear khuffs and shoes, differ from the People to the Book.” We said,” O Messenger of Allaah, the People of the Book cut their beards and grow their mustaches.” So the Prophet said,” Cut your mustaches and grow your beards, differ from the People of the Book.”

Imam Muslim narrated from the hadeeth of Amr Ibn Al’Aas (radiallaahu anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “The difference between our fast and the fast of the People of the Book is the eating of Sahoor.”

Another proof which shows that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) taught us to be different from the disbelievers is in the fasting of the Muslims on the Day of ‘Aashura when this coincided with the fast of the Jews on the tenth of Muharram. The Prophet said, “If I live until the upcoming year I am going to fast on the 9th.”

It is reported in Saheeh Muslim from the hadeeth of Anas (radiallaahu anhu) that he said, “If a woman from amongst the Jews had her menses, the men from amongst them did not eat with her nor sleep with her in the house.” So, the Companions of the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) asked the Prophet about this, after which Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) revealed the verse, “They ask you about the menses, say the menses is harm so avoid the women during the menses…” to the end of the verse.” So the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Do everything with your wives during their menses except having relations.” When that reached the Jews they said,’This man does not leave anything from our affair except he opposes us in it.'”

It is upon you all, may Allaah bless you, to make the Jews and the Christians feel your opposition towards them just like the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) made them feel. Independence Day is a celebration of the day America freed herself from British rule. It is not a holiday that Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) legislated for them, like the Day of Ashuura. Rather, it is from their desires and it is not permissible to follow the desires of the Christians and the Jews.

Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says, “The Jews and Christians won’t be pleased with you until you follow their religion, Say the Guidance of Allah, this is Guidance and if you were to follow them in their desires after what has come to you from knowledge you will not have from Allah any guardian or any helper.”

This is a severe threat from Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla). So it is obligatory upon you to free yourselves from this opposition to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam). Certainly, opposing the Guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) is destruction.

The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “I have left you all upon clarity, the night of it is like its day, no one strays from it except he is destroyed.”

It is understood from this that establishing conferences on the holidays of the disbelievers is in opposition to the Guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam), and in reality it’s following the desires of the disbelievers.

I am your brother, I respect you and I am advising you to schedule your lectures on days other than the holidays of the kuffar. If Allaah knew that you left this matter for His Sake, He would bless you and He would replace it with that which is better.
On the authority of a man from the Companions he said the prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “You will not leave anything seeking Allaah’s reward except Allaah will replace it with that which is better.”
This hadeeth is recorded in Jami’a Saheeh of Shaikh Muqbil (rahimahullaah)

THE SECOND CONCERN, may Allaah make you all successful; verily, the Muslims are being burdened with entry fees for lectures and this is not from the da’wah of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) his, righteous predecessors, nor did the ‘ulama of this time, the likes of Shaykh Ibn Baaz and Shaykh Al-Albaani (rahimahumullaah) take money from the Muslims for calling to the deen of Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) nor for giving fatawa (answering questions).

My dear brothers, may Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) guide us all to that which is correct, are you pleased with speaking at a lecture which costs, for example, ten dollars to enter? How much did the Companions pay to sit with the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) and how much did the Tabi’un pay to sit with the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam). This is not from the Guidance of the Prophet of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam). Moreover, all of the Prophets and Messengers called to tawheed and they did not charge their people anything.

Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said about Nuh (alahi salaam), “O my people I am not asking you for any money, certainly my reward is only with Allaah.”
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said about Hud (alahi salaam), “O my people I don’t request for it any fee, my reward is only with the One Who created me.”
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said, “Thamood rejected the Messengers when their brother said to them, won’t you all fear Allaah certainly I am to you a trustworthy Messenger. So fear Allaah and obey me. I don’t request for it any fee, my reward is only with the Lord of the Worlds.”
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) said commanding His Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu alahi wa sallam), “Say I don’t request for it any fee, and I am not of those who burden others.”
Allaah said making clear the description of the Da’ee, the true caller to the Deen of Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla), “Follow the one who does not ask you for any fee and they are upon guidance.”

So it is a must that your da’wah be in accordance with the da’wah of all the Prophets and Messengers which was based upon knowledge and abstinence from what the people possess.

My brothers in Islaam, may Allaah(Subhanahu wa Ta’la) rectify our affairs, some of you spoke at the conference of Germantown Masjid on May the 25th 2008 which cost each Muslim $50 to enter. Some of you will speak insha’Allaah at the four-day conference sponsored by Masjid Rahmah. Each day costs $10 to enter and $105 a night for a hotel room. These charges will prevent some Muslims from entering and benefiting. The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) did not prevent the poor from his call to the deen, rather the poor from the Sahabah used to stay close to the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam).

As comes in Saheeh Bukhari recorded in “The Chapter of Selling” that Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu anhu) said, ” You all are saying that Abu Hurairah narrates a lot of ahadeeth from the Messenger of Allaah and you are all saying what’s with the Muhajireen and the Ansaar that they don’t narrate from the Messenger of Allaah like the ahadeeth of Abi Hurairah. My brothers from the Muhajireen were busy in the market and I use to stick close to the Messenger of Allaah with whatever I had in my stomach. So I was present when they were absent. And I would memorize when they forgot.” That’s Abu Hurairah(radiallaahu anhu), the one who memorized more ahadeeth than all of the Sahabah and he was from Ahlus-Suffah, the poor from the Sahabah, those who some of them barely had enough clothing to cover themselves and they would stick close to the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam).
From amongst Ahlus-Suffah is Abu Firaas Rabee’e Ibn Ka’b Al-Aslamy (radiallaahu anhu). It is reported from Muslim on the authority of Rabee’e ibn Ka’b (radiallaahu anhu), the servant of the Messenger of Allah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam),that he said, “I used to spend the night with the Messenger of Allaah. I would come to him with his water for wudu and his necessities…” This is just a portion of the hadeeth; the point is that he was close to the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam).
As collected in Bukhari and Muslim the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) ordered Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu anhu) to invite Ahlus-Suffah(all of them) to his house for milk. Allaah put barakah in it(so it was sufficient for all of them). This hadeeth shows that Ahlus-Suffah were close to the Prophet and that he had concern for them.

In Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “The worst food is the food of a walima; those who come are prevented and those who refuse are invited.”
And recorded in Bukhari and Muslim from the statement of Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu anhu), “The worst food is the food of a walima, the rich are invited and the poor are left out.” So if this is said about a walima then what about da’wah to the Deen of Allaah.

The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Bring close to me those who are weak, for certainly you are only aided and provided for, because of the weak amongst you.” Abu Dawood narrated it on the authority of Abu Addardaa (radiallaahu anhu).

Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) said about His Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam),”And We did not send you except as a mercy to the world.” So the da’wah of Ahlus-Sunnah is a mercy to the world.
And Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says, “And We did not send you except for the whole of mankind.”
So the da’wah of Ahlus-Sunnah is for the whole of mankind.

Therefore, it is requested from you, my brothers, that your da’wah be a mercy, like the da’wah of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam), not a burden.

May Allaah make us all successful in what He loves and is pleased with. My dear brothers in Islaam, Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) has commanded us to advise one another with truthfulness and patience. Naseehah (Advice) is a ni’mah (favor) from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la). Appreciating it is obligatory and rejecting it is not permissible.

Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says: “And remember when your Lord announced if you all are thankful I will increase you. And if you are ungrateful then certainly My punishment is severe.”

Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) said: “We have indeed guided him (mankind) to the path. Either he is thankful or he is ungrateful.”

THE THIRD CONCERN pertains to your abstaining from asking for what the people possess and being content and satisfied with what Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) has given you from His Generosity. Unfortunately, your da’wah is not based upon abstinence. The Muslims are being asked for their money in an obscene manner which offends and embarrasses them. Also, you exploit various means in gathering money. Money is taken at the door for the lecture, the merchants are charged a high price for vending, food is sold, parents are charged for child care, and money is made from the sale of the tapes immediately after the lectures are concluded. Furthermore, donations are requested. This is not from the way of our Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam). The da’wah of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) was not based upon fund raising; rather it was established upon abstinence and contentment.

In Bukahri and Muslim from the Hadeeth of Abu Sufyan Sakhr Ibn Harb (radiallaahu anhu) that Hiraql questioned him about the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam). Hiraql said, “What does he (the prophet) command you with?” Abu Sufyan said, “He(salallaahu alahi wa sallam)says, “Worship Allaah and do not associate partners with Him and leave off what your fathers used to say and He(‘Azza wa Jalla) commands us with establishing the prayer and truthfulness and abstinence and preserving family ties.”
The Muslims were commanded with abstinence before the obligation of fasting and hajj, before the Adhaan was legislated and before intoxicants were prohibited. This shows the importance of abstinence in our deen.

The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) used to say, “O Allaah, I ask You for guidance and taq’wa and abstinence and contentment.” Narrated by Muslim on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radiallaahu anhu).

The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “He has indeed succeeded; he who embraces Islaam and his provisions are just enough and Allaah has made him satisfied with what He gave him.” Reported by Muslim on the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn ‘Aas (radiallaahu anhu).

The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Tuba (a tree in Jannah) is for he who has been guided to Islam and he has just enough provisions and he is content and satisfied.” Reported by At-Tirmithi on the authority of Fudaala Ibn Ubaid.
So Jannah is the reward for the one who is content and satisfied with what Allah has given him from His generosity. Contentment, contentment, my brothers. It has reached the point that most, if not all, of your lectures are for raising money.
Our Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) took a baya’ (allegiance) from some of his companions that they don’t ask anyone for anything. In Saheeh Muslim on the Authority of Auf Ibn Malik (radiallaahu anhu) he said, “We were with the Prophet nine of us or eight or seven. The Prophet said, ‘Won’t you give the allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah’ and we recently just gave him the allegiance, so we said,’We gave you the allegiance O Messenger of Allaah.’ Then he said, ‘Wont you give the allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah?’ So we opened our hands and said,’We gave you the allegiance O Messenger of Allaah, upon what should we give you the allegiance?’ He said, ‘That you all worship Allaah and don’t associate partners with Him and establish the five prayers and that you are obedient and he whispered a soft word, ‘that you don’t ask anyone for anything’. I saw some of those people, one of them, his whip would fall from him while he was on his horse; he would not ask anyone to hand it to him.”
That’s how the Sahabah were; they didn’t ask anyone for anything. That’s how the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) raised his companions and they were more in need of money than we are.

Verily, the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) prohibited taking money by way of asking and desiring it.
In Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Umar (radiallaahu anhu), he said, “The Prophet used to give me charity so I would say give it to someone who is more in need of it than me. The Prophet said, ‘If something from this money comes to you and you are not striving for it or asking for it then take it and own it or if you wish, give it in charity. As for other than that then don’t make yourself chase after it.’ Saalim Ibn Abdullah Ibn Umar (radiallaahu anhuma) said so Abdullah Ibn Umar (radiallaahu anhuma) did not ask anyone for anything nor did he refuse anything given to him.”
It is recorded in the Saheeh from Hakim Ibn Hizaam (radiallaahu anhu) that he did not ask anyone for anything until he died.

My dear brothers, where are you with the likes of these ahadeeth. Unfortunately, you use various tactics to get the believers to give their wealth. Sometimes you embarrass the believers by requesting their wealth in a crude manner. As for example, a brother will come in front of the believers and throw down a large sum of money and request the believers to “match it”.

My brothers in deen eagerness for money is destruction. On the authority of Amr Ibn Auf Al-Ansari (radiallaahu anhu) said that the Messenger of Allah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “By Allah, it is not poverty that I fear for you, rather I fear that the dunya opens up for you like it opened up for those before you so you all will compete for it like they competed for it and it destroys you like it destroyed them.” So eagerness for the dunya destroys.

Our Shaykh Muqbil rahimahullah said in his book Jami’a As-Saheeh “Chapter: ‘The blameworthiness of being eager for money'”. On the Authority of Kaab Ibn Malik (radiallaahu anhu) in At-Tirmithi the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Two hungry wolves that have been sent upon a flock of sheep are not more corrupting to them than the corruption a person does to his deen, being eager for money and status.”
Eagerness for money corrupts the individual’s deen and leads to failure in the deen as well as in the dunya.
As recorded by Imaam Ibn Maajah (rahimahullah) on the authority of Zaid Ibn Thabit (radiallaahu anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Whoever’s concern is the dunya, Allah will separate him from his goal and put his poverty between his eyes, and no dunya will come to him except what was written for him. And whoever’s intention is the hereafter Allah will unite him with his goal, and put his contentment in his heart and the dunya will come to him unwillingly.” This hadeeth is recorded in Jami’a Saheeh of Shaikh Muqbil (rahimahullaah).

My Noble Brothers, purify your intentions, for certainly Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) knows what’s in your hearts; so be careful. If you have in your hearts desire for the dunya, then you have failed, except if Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) bestows His Mercy upon you.
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) said, “And Allah knows what is in your hearts.”
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) said, “He knows the betraying eyes and what the hearts hide.”

And He (‘Azza wa Jalla) said, “Speak in secret or in open, certainly He knows what’s in the hearts. Doesn’t He know what He created and He is The Gentle, The Well Aware.”
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) said, “If you speak openly for certainly He knows the secret and that which is more discrete.”
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) said, “Certainly Allah is ever watching over you.”

My dear brothers, I sincerely advise you not to ask the Muslims to give their money in a manner that opposes the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) and is destined for destruction and failure.
If Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) knew that you left this and made your intentions sincerely for Him and your hearts were purified, He would reward you with goodness and forgiveness.
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) says: “If Allaah knows that good is in your heart He will give you good.”
Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) says: “Your Lord knows best what is in your souls, if you are righteous indeed He is forgiving to those who repent often.”
I fear that you may be lead astray due to your embarking upon the dunya. How many people of the sunnah more knowledgeable than you and have memorized more than you have gone astray because of the dunya? Who would not fear going astray after hearing the statement of the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam), “Two insatiable people are never satisfied: someone insatiable with regards to knowledge is never satisfied and someone insatiable with regards to the dunya is never satisfied.” Reported by Al-Haakim on the authority of Anas ibn Malik and it is in “Jaame’a Saheeh of Shaikh Muqbil (rahimahullaah).
The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said as comes on Zaid Ibn Arqam (radiallaahu anhu) in Saheeh Muslim, “O Allah I seek refuge with You from having a soul that is not satisfied.”

My dear brothers, seek beautiful and honorable means in handling the expenses of the masaajid. Verily, your provisions are written with Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la); He will give you that which is due to you. If Allaah (Subhanahu wa Ta’la) has provided for the disbelievers, the stray dogs and even the pigs, will He not provide for those who worship Him upon the Qur’an and the Sunnah with the understanding of the Salaf (radiallaahu anhum)?

Verily, the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “The “Ruh Al-Qudus” (Jibril) blew into my soul: that a soul will not die until its life span is completed and it has fully received its provisions. Therefore, fear Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) and be beautiful in seeking provisions, and don’t let the delay of provisions cause any of you to seek it in disobedience to Allah for certainly that which is with Allah the Most High is not obtained except by obedience.”This hadeeth is upon the authority of Abi Umaama authenticated by As-Shaikh Al-Albaaniy (rahimahullah).

The likes of this hadeeth come from Jabir (radiallaahu anhu) that the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “Don’t think that the provisions will delay, verily no servant will die until the last provisions for him reach him. So be beautiful in seeking provisions taking the halaal and leaving the harram.
In Jami’a As-Saheeh of As-Shaykh of Muqbil (rahimahullah).

THE FOURTH CONCERN is pertaining to the women and dealing with them in an appropriate manner. The flyer announcing the lecture sponsored by Germantown Masjid listed a number of women’s names and phone numbers on the website and this does not preserve their shyness and dignity. It is obligatory upon the Muslim men to be protective and jealous for their women.
How can we be comfortable with their names and contact numbers on the world wide web when it is waajib upon us to close the paths leading to fitnah? Masjid Rahmah’s upcoming lecture is being held at a hotel and it is well known that hotels are places of sin and corruption, especially during the holidays of the disbelievers. It is not suitable that our Muslim sisters are invited and encouraged to come to such public places. Know my noble brothers, that many Muslim women don’t have maharam (male supervision), so what measures have be taken to prevent women from traveling to the hotel without a mahram and spending nights in the hotel without a mahram. This is a great cause of fitnah between the men and the women.

The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) warned his ummah from the trial and temptation of women, he said, “Be aware of the dunya and beware of the women, for verily the first trial for the Children of Israel was in the women.” As reported by Muslim on the authority of Abi Sa’eed (radiallaahu anhu).

In Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Usamah Ibn Zaid (radiallaahu anhu) the Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “I have not left behind me a trial more harmful to the men than the women.”

We hope that you eliminate that which leads to the fitnah of women when planning your conferences, particularly with regards to:
(1) Muslim women spending nights in the hotel without maharam.
(2) Women traveling to the conference without maharam.
(3) The men entering upon the women.
(4) The fitnah of kafir women in the hotel.
(5) The mentioning of women’s names and phone numbers on the website.
These are just a few concerns and you all are more aware of your affairs and the fitnah that occurs amongst you.

Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) and His Messenger (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) have made clear to us the areas in which the fitnah of women occur.
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says, “Say to the believing men to lower their gaze.”
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla)says, “Say to the believing women to lower their gaze.”

Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla)says, “Don’t be soft in speech to men because he who has in his heart a disease will desire and speak with inappropriate speech.”
Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says, “And abide in your homes and don’t display yourselves as in the former times of ignorance.”
The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “The woman is Aura if she leaves the house shaytaan uses her for fitnah.”
The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said, “I warn you all from sitting on the road( where people walk) then he ordered them to lower their gaze.” He also said, “I warn you all from entering upon the women.”
We hope that you close all that which leads to fitnah.
The Prophet (salallaahu alahi wa sallam) said on the authority of Sahl Ibn Saa’d (radiallaahu anhu), “Tuba is for the opener of good and the closer of evil, and woe to the one who is an opener of evil and closer of good.” Reported by At-Tabaraani.

These four concerns were brought forward to some of the mashaayikh (hafidhahumullaah) here at Dar-Alhadeeth in Dammaj and they advised that your lectures be held in the masjid and that they be free of charge. Perhaps, Allaah will put barakah in your da’wah. And they also advised that if the masjid is not big enough for the women that a specific location be provided for them (not a hotel) and that they listen by phone.

In conclusion, I only intended from these kind words to be an advice and a reminder to my noble brothers. I ask Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) to accept this from me and make it a means of increasing our mutual love and that He, the Most High, bless us to have good relations with each other. He is The Guardian of these affairs and the Only One capable of fulfilling them.

I ask Allaah to forgive us for our sins and to make us from among those who repent to Him. I ask Allaah (‘Azza wa Jalla) to give us understanding of our deen. Certainly, Allaah(‘Azza wa Jalla) is the Most Forgiving and the Best of Providers. I ask Him to make us fearful of Him and dependent upon Him. I ask My Lord, Ar-Raheem, Al-Mannan to give us an easy reckoning the day we meet Him and I ask Him to give us all tawfeeq in that which He loves and is pleased with. May the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet(salallaahu alahi wa sallam), his family and his Companions.

Written by your brother
Abu Rayhana Abdul Hakim Ibn Ahmad Kamil

Darul Hadeeth, Dammaaj
18th Jumaada Ath-Thani 1429

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