Introduction

The Shaykh, the Imam, the Allamah, Shaykh al-Islam: Zayn al-Din ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:

Bukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that, while the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was riding an animal with Muadh seated behind him, he said,

“Muadh!”

He replied “I am here, Messenger of Allah, listening and obedient.”

He said, “Muadh!”

He replied “I am here, Messenger of Allah, listening and obedient.”

He said, “Muadh!”

He replied “I am here, Messenger of Allah, listening and obedient.”

He said, “There is no servant who testifies that none has the right to be worshipped save Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, except that Allah will prohibit the Fire from him.”

He said, “Messenger of Allah, should I not convey this to the people that they may rejoice?”

He said, “No, for they would [overly] rely on it.”

Maudh narrated this on his death bed for fear of taking on board a sin. (Recorded in Bukhari no.128 and Muslim no.32/48)

Bukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Itban ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said,

“Allah has prohibited the Fire for whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah.” deserving thereby the Face of Allah.” (Recorded in Buhkari no.425 and Muslim no.33/1496)

Muslim records on the authority of Abu Hurrah, may Allah be pleased with him, – or Abu Saud, the narrator was doubtful – that they were with the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, during the Battle of Tabuk, in a state of extreme hunger. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, called for a leather mat and laid it out on the ground, he then asked that everyone bring any food they had left. A man would come with handful of maize, another would come with a handful of dates, and yet another would come with a piece bread. At the end, a small amount of food had gathered on the mat and the the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, supplicated for blessings, the he said,

“Take the food and fill your pots and pans.”

Each person did so until not a single pot remained in the whole army except that it was filled and every person had eaten his fill, and still there remained a surplus on the mat. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped save Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah. There is no servant who meets Allah with these two testifications; not doubting in them; and be barred from Paradise.” 

Bukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“There is no servant who says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah,” and then dies except that he will enter Paradise.” 

I asked “Even if he fornicated and stole?”

He replied, “Even if he fornicated and stole.” 

I repeated the question three times and he gave the same answer three times, and on the fourth he added,

“Even if Abu Dharr finds this astonishing!” (Recorded in Bukhari no.5827 and Muslim no.94/272-273)

Muslim records on the authority of Ubadah ibn al-Samit who, on his death bed, said that he heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, saying,

“Whoever testifies that none has the right to be worshipped save Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, Allah will prohibit the Fire from him.” (Recorded in Muslim no.29/142)

Sami said the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Whoever testifies that none has the right to be worshipped save Allah Alone, who has no partner; and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger; and that Isa is His servant and Messenger, and His word which He directed towards Maryam, and a spirit from Him; and that Paradise is the truth, and the Fire is the Truth; Allah will cause him to enter Paradise no matter what his deeds.” (Recorded in Bukhari no.3435 and Muslim no. 28/41)

There are many hadith carrying this meaning. These ahadith are of two types:

  1. Those which mention that whoever says the two testifications of faith shall enter Paradise and not be barred from it. The understanding of all such ahadith is straightforward for none who submit to Tawhid in its purity shall remain in the Fire forever. It is however possible that people enter Paradise and not be barred from it after they have had their sins purified by the Fire. The meaning of the hadith by Abu Dharr is that fornication and stealing do not bar a person from entry into Paradise so long as he has accepted Tawhid. This is the undoubted truth that is not contended. This hadith does not mean that the one who has accepted Tawhid will not be punished for these two sins. Bazaar records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah , may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah,’ will find that it brings him benefit sometime in his life, even if he is punished or afflicted before that.” (Recorded in as-Suyuti al-Jami al-Saghi no.8895)
  2. Those which mention that the Fire has been forbidden for a person. Some understood these ahadith to mean that the person will not remain in there for eternity, or that they refer to that portion of the Fire whose denizens shall remain in there forever, all of it save the upper most section. Many of those who accepted Tawhid and committed sins shall enter the uppermost section of the Fire, then be removed by virtue of intercession [Bukhari records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said “The people most favoured by my intercession are those who said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah sincerely from their hearts’.”] and the mercy of the Most Merciful of the merciful. Bukhari and Muslim record the hadith, “Allah Exalted is He will say, ‘By My might and majesty, I shall remove from the Fire anyone who said: none has the right to be worshipped save Allah!” (Recorded in Bukhari no.7510 and Muslim no.193/479)

The Key to Paradise by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali Pages 26-30

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Introduction

  1. Ummu S says:

    Assalaam Alaykum,

    Kindly help see to this introduction
    “The Shaykh, the Imam, the Allah, Shaykh al-Islam: Zayn al-Din ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:” before the Allah there, I guess something is missing, so that the people wouldn’t misunderstand the message. Jazaakallah Khayran

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