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FIQH AL-ASMAA AL-HUSNAA CLASS 1 Study Notes

Here are some brief study notes for Class 1 of this series.  May Allah reward the our diligent sisters who contributed to these.  Aameen.

Notes for Class #1 of Fiqhul-Asmaa al-Husnaa

Abu Muhammad al-Maghribee

 

Sheikh Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr explains that it is upon us to learn about the Names and Attributes of Allah (Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Siffaat) and we should make this a priority and give this great importance in our lives. There are many proofs for this from the Quran, a few of which are:

ٌفَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

..Know that Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise. (Al-Baqarah 2:209)

وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ

...And know that Allâh is Rich (Free of all wants), and Worthy of all praise. (Al-Baqarah 2:267)

ُوَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ مَوْلاَكُمْ نِعْمَ الْمَوْلَى وَنِعْمَ النَّصِيرُ

then know that Allâh is your Maulâ (Patron, Lord, Protector and Supporter, etc.), (what) an Excellent Maulâ, and (what) an Excellent Helper! (Al-Anfal 8:40)

َاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ وَأَنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Know that Allâh is Severe in punishment and that Allâh is Oft--Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Al-Ma'idah 5:98)

فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لِذَنبِكَ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مُتَقَلَّبَكُمْ وَمَثْوَاكُمْ

So know (O Muhammad SAW) that Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. And Allâh knows well your moving about, and your place of rest (in your homes). (Muhammad 47:19)

Among many other ayaat…

 

Knowing that "al-Azeez" and "al-Hakeem" are from of Allah’s Names or the mere utterance of these or other names is NOT ENOUGH. This, and all acts of worship, should be done in the manner which the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم set for us as an example and that of the Companions and the salafus-saaleh after them. As occurs in the hadith of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم wherein he said:

من عمل عملا ليس عليه أمرنا فهو رد

“Whoever does any action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours, will have it rejected.” Reported by Muslim

So along with memorizing these most beautiful Names and lofty Attributes, we do this while studying and gaining their proper understanding and then acting upon this understanding will aid us in every part of our lives; when making a decision, in marriage and interacting with our families, dealing with hardships and even how to conduct ourselves in times of ease.

This manner of learning was the way of the noble Companions, may Allah be pleased with them all. This was narrated by Abu Abdir-Rahman that he said, “The companions of the Messenger who used to teach us Quran informed us that they would not pass ten ayaat until they had learned the rulings contained in them and acted upon them.” Reported by Ahmad

Mujaahid (from the tabieen) said that he read the Quran three times to ibn Abbaas. And he stopped him at each verse to check his understanding of it.

Sheikh al-Faifi mentioned that Imam Malik was informed of a 7 year old boy who had memorized the Quran and he disliked this (memorizing without understanding).

So it is upon us to strive as much as we’re able to gain the proper understanding of what we learn and memorize (example is studying from the trustworthy books of tafseer from the likes of ibn Katheer and as-Saa’dee).

 

We should know that the Names and Attributes of Allah are the GREATEST and BEST of things in the Quran.

Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728), who was one of the great scholars of his time, said that the mention of Allah’s Names and Attributes in the Quran is greater than the mention of the food, drink and marriage in Paradise combined. And it is also greater in number than the mention of the Day of Judgement.

The greatest ayah found in the Quran is Ayat al-Kursi which contains both from the Names and Attributes of Allah, azza wa jal. It was narrated that the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم asked Ubay bin Ka’b, “Do you know which is the greatest ayah of the Quran?” He replied, “Allah laa illaaha illa huwa alHayyul-Qayyum.” (Ayat al-Kursi). The Messenger patted him on his chest and said, “Knowledge congratulates you yaa Abal-Mundhir.”

The greatest surah found in the Quran is Surat al-Faatihah one proof for this is the hadith of Sa’eed al-Mu’alla when he narrated the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said to him, “I will surely teach you a surah which is the greatest surah in the Quran,” Then he said, “Al-hamdu Lillahi Rabb al- ‘Aalameen…” It is also mentioned that the Messenger said, “In this surah there is a greater mention of the Names and Attributes of Allah than the mention of the Last Day.”

And also regarding Surat al-Ikhlaas, it was narrated by Aishah that the Messenger was informed of a man who used to read Surat al-Ikhlaas (often). And when the man was asked why he did that, he replied, “Because it is a description of ar-Rahmaan, and I love to recite it.” The Messenger then said: “Tell him that Allaah loves him.” Reported by al-Bukhaari.

 

Abu Muhammad closed with reminding us of the importance of seeking knowledge and some of the statements of ibn Uthaymeen regarding the favor Allah has granted us by making it so easy with the use of technology. Seekers of knowledge in the past used to have to walk for months to sit with one of the scholars or would have to write their words by hand to own one of their books. But as for us, we can find books by the trustworthy scholars with ease and even listen to their lectures from the comfort of our homes by way of this modern technology. And may Allah make us from those who find much benefit in it and may He safeguard us and our families from its harms. Aameen.

-End of Notes-

These notes may be used as a study guide for the upcoming exam (also to be posted here).

I'll try to fix the pdf download link soon, in shaa Allah.

FIQH AL-ASMAA AL-HUSNAA CLASS 2

This is the weekly Wednesday afternoon class on the study of the Names and Attributes of Allah, azza wa jal, and how we understand them and act upon that understanding in our everyday lives.  

This is our second class in this series and we continue with the introduction to the obligation of having the correct understanding of Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Siffat.  While this class is specifically given to the women, we encourage everyone to join us.  This portion of the introduction was taken from one of the works of Imaam ibn Baaz, rahimahullaah, العقيدة الصحيحة وما يضادها (The Correct Islamic Creed and That Which Opposes It).

Brief study notes as well as monthly quizzes will be posted here on the blog.  We ask Allah to  reward our diligent sisters worldwide who contribute to these notes.  May Allah raise them in rank and bless them in their time and good efforts.  Aameen.

We encourage you to join us in our classes at Masjid at-Tawheed in Stone Mountain, GA. If you are not able to attend in person, you can listen in via our Spreaker channel or our telelink line at 712-432-2856.

You may find additional classes, notes and quizzes as they are added by clicking the tag Fiqh al-Asmaa al-Husnaa below.

 

Telelink: Sheikh Muhammad al-Faifi on Knowing Allah's Names and Attributes

While this telelink isn't part of our normal Wednesday class of studying the fiqh (understanding) of Allah's perfect Names and Attributes, it is a highly valuable talk.  

There will be brief study notes posted later in the week, bi-ithnillaah.  Please note that it's content will be used as BONUS material in this month's and next month's exams for the Fiqh al-Asmaa al-Husnaa study group. However, everyone is encouraged to utilize the materials and benefit.  And may Allah increase us all in beneficial knowledge.  Aameen

Fiqh al-Asmaa al-Husnaa Class 1

This is the weekly Wednesday afternoon class on the study of the Names and Attributes of Allah, azza wa jal, and how we understand them and act upon that understanding in our everyday lives.  

This is our first class in this series and we begin with the introduction to the obligation of learning Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Siffat.  While this class is specifically given to the women, we encourage everyone to join us.  

Brief study notes as well as monthly quizzes will be posted here on the blog.  We ask Allah to  reward our diligent sisters worldwide who contribute to these notes.  May Allah raise them in rank and bless them in their time and good efforts.  Aameen.

We encourage you to join us in our classes at Masjid at-Tawheed in Stone Mountain, GA. If you are not able to attend in person, you can listen in via our Spreaker channel or our telelink line at 712-432-2856.

You may find additional classes, notes and quizzes as they are added by clicking the tag Fiqh al-Asmaa al-Husnaa below.