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Strangers To The Sunnah

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From the Hadeeth of Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
❝Islaam began as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being something strange. So glad tidings to the strangers.❞
[Saheeh Muslim (270)]
۞ Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen said (paraphrased):
❝During its advent in Makkah, Islaam was a stranger. In the beginning and for a long time, there were only ten companions; then they gradually increased in numbers. Similarly, at the end of times, it (Islaam) will return back to its state of being a stranger.
This decrease may not necessarily mean the decrease in numbers, as there are more than a Billion Muslims in the world. It may not necessarily mean that during the end of times there will be only ten or twenty Muslims left. It may mean that the Muslims might be in their hundreds or in their thousands, but they will be strangers to the Sunnah (i.e. very few will be following and implementing the Sunnah in their lives as compared to the total Mu…

Ruling On Using The Masbahah (Prayer Beads)

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Praise be to Allah !
Some scholars say that it is permissible to use the masbahah (prayer beads), but they say that it is preferable to do tasbeeh (count praises) on one’s fingers; others say that it is bid’ah (reprehensible innovation).
I would like to present the fatawa of Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen, which i find the most balanced and authentic view point.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaymeen was asked whether using the masbahah for tasbeeh is bid’ah, and his reply was:

“It is better not to do tasbeeh with the masbahah, but it is not bid’ah, because there is a basis for it, which is the fact that some of the Sahabah (Companions) did tasbeeh with pebbles. But the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught us that tasbeeh with the fingers is better, as he said, ‘Count with the fingertips, for they will be made to speak.’ Doing tasbeeh with the masbahah is not haram (impermissible) or bid’ah, but it is better not to do it, because the one who does tasbeeh with the masbahah ha…