Bismillaah wa -Alhamdulillaah wa Salaatu wa Salaam 'alaa Rasulillaah 'amma ba'd
Our brother and teacher Abu Hakeem Bilaal Ahmad Davis (May Allaah preserve him) has been conducting a weekly sister's class for the sisters of Trinidad & Tobago and online. The class is broadcast throughout three salafi masaajid in Trinidad & Tobago Masjid Ibn 'Abbaas, Tobago,and two masaajid in Trinidad, Masjid ul Khaleefah, Longdenville and Masjid us Sunnah, Barataria. This class started on Sunday 24th June, 2012 at 5:30pm EST (T&T Time)/ 10:30pm BST and continues every sunday inshaaAllaah.
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Our brother Abu Hakeem (hafidhahullaah) started by giving a brief introduction to the book ‘A Beautiful Example in that which is Established from Allaah and His Messenger Concerning Women’ by Imaam Siddiq Hassan Khan (rahimahullaah).
He explained that the author emphasized the great importance of acquainting ourselves with the knowledge presented in this book and warned us against being heedless of it i.e. the affairs regarding women.
The author divided his book into two sections; the first dealing with the ayat of Allaah and the second dealing with the ahadeeth of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that are specific to the women. In terms of the ayat he (Imaam Siddiq Hassan Khan) begins with Surah al-Faatihah and ends with Surah an-Naas, stopping at every ayah where women are mentioned by Allaah.
- “And We said: O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight, of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimun (wrong-doers)." [Baqarah:35]
In explaining this ayah, Abu Hakeem narrated and extracted benefits from the story of Aadam and Hawaa, the explanation of the ‘Jannah’ in which Aadam and his wife resided and how they were deceived by shaytaan ar-Rajeem.
In the second sitting, Abu Hakeem (hafidhahullaah) delved further into the biography of Imaam Siddiq Hassan Khan (rahimahullaah) and explained that despite common belief, he was not a student of Imaam ash-Shawkaani (rahimahullaah) but rather he benefited immensly from his works.
He continued with the explanation of the verse from the previous sitting [Baqarah: 35] and further went on to extract lessons from the story of the two sons of Aadam.
In the third sitting we met two more verses dealing with women which were explained using other verses from the book of Allaah, ahadeeth and the speech of the mufassiroon (explainers of Quraan).
- “And (remember) when We delivered you from Fir'aun's (Pharaoh) people, who were afflicting you with a horrible torment, killing your sons and sparing your women, and therein was a mighty trial from your Lord.” [Baqarah : 49]
From the explanation of this ayah, the context and reason for this horrible torment being afflicted on Bani Israel was discussed, the manner in which this killing occurred was also mentioned in addition to other lessons as taught by our brother Abu Hakeem.
This verse was mentioned since the parents include the man and the woman and here some ahadeeth concerning being dutiful to one’s mother was mentioned. The explanation of this verse will continue in the next class inshaa Allaah.
In our fourth sitting in studying the book “A Beautiful Example in That Which is Established From Allaah and His Messenger Concerning Women”, Abu Hakeem began by recapping the previous class bringing forth some additional benefits concerning the frequent mention of Bani Israeel in Surahtul Baqarah, then went on to the chapter entitled “That Which Was Revealed Concerning Ibn Maryam”.
“…And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear Signs and supported him with Ruh-ul-Qudus (Angel Jibreel).” [Al-Baqarah: 87]
Even though this verse refers to ‘Eesaa, it is presented due to there being mention of his mother Maryam. Our brother went on to explain that Allaah chose certain families and blessed them with prophethood, khayr, barakaat and goodly offspring due to what He saw from them. And from those families is Aali Imraan- the family of Maryam.
He went on to narrate the story of Maryam as well as some of her virtues and the miraculous birth of her son ‘Eesaa, quoting the necessary ayaat. In addition to this, Abu Hakeem spoke about some of the miracles of ‘Eesaa Ibn Maryam, the correct belief regarding him being referred to as the Word of Allaah and other valuable points of clarification.
This sitting was indeed potent with much benefit as our brother explained the ayah in great detail.
In our fifth class, as is the case every week, Abu Hakeem began by recapping what was studied in the previous sitting then went on to delve into the topic of magic as comes in the chapter “That Which Has Been Revealed Concerning Separating a Man and His Wife”.
“They followed what the devils gave out (falsely of magic) in the lifetime of Solomon. Solomon did not disbelieve, but the devils disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two Angels, Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (Angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said : We are only for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us). And from these (Angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allaah’s Leave. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves, if they but knew.” [Al-Baqarah: 102]
In commencing the explanation of this ayah, our brother mentioned that it is from the usul to be in jama’ah, a community united upon Tawheed; and a community is made up of families and this begins with a man and woman. He then went on to speak about the ways in which separation can occur between a man and a woman and referred to the hadeeth where it is mentioned that shaytaan brings close to him the one who caused the separation between a man and his wife.
Next, he talked about some of the different categories of sihr. From them is the type of magic specific to this ayah which is As-Sihrut Tafreeq – the type of magic that causes separation between two or more people; in this case, a man and his wife.
Other points of extreme benefit included the mention of the two opinions concerning how the books of magic were placed under the throne of Solomon, a detailed narration concerning a woman who experienced the evil of sihr, the rulings on the those who practice magic and the one who believes in it and much more.
In closing our brother Abu Hakeem (hafidhahullaah) then raised the matter of Kamal al-Mekki performing magic tricks and shed much light on this pertinent issue.
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