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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Subject: "A Muslim Home 10th Advice" --- from Saint_Martin
(10) Home audio library
Having a assette player in every home may be used for good or for
evil. How can we use it in a manner that is pleasing to Allaah?
One of the ways in which we can achieve this is to have a home audio
library containing good Islamic tapes by scholars, fuqaha’, lecturers,
khateebs and preachers.
Listening to tapes of Qur’aan recitation by some Imaams, for example
those recorded during Taraaweeh prayers, will have a great impact on
family members, whether by impressing upon them the meanings of the
Revelation, or by helping them to memorize Qur’aan because of repeated
listening. It will also protect them by letting them hear Qur’aanic
recitation rather than the music and singing of the Shaytaan, because
it is not right for the words of al-Rahmaan (Allaah) to be mixed with
the music of the Shaytaan in the heart of the believer.
Tapes of fatwas may have a great effect on family members and help them
to understand various rulings, which will have an impact on their daily
lives. We suggest listening to tapes of fatwas given by scholars such
as Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh Muhammad Naasir al-Deen
al-Albaani, Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan,
and other trustworthy scholars.
Muslims must also pay attention to the sources from which they take
fatwas, because this is the matter of religion, so look to where you
take your religion from. You should take it from someone who is known
to be righteous and pious, who bases his fatwas on sound ahaadeeth, who
is not fanatical in his adherence to a madhhab, who follows sound
evidence and adheres to a middle path without being either extreme or
too lenient. Ask an expert. “… Allaah, Most Gracious: ask, then about
Him of any acquainted (with such things).” [al-Furqaan 25:59 –
interpretation of the meaning – Yusuf Ali’s translation].
Listening to lectures by those who are striving to raise the awareness
of the ummah, establish proof and denounce evil, is very important for
establishing individual personalities in the Muslim home.
There are many tapes and lectures, and the Muslim needs to know the
features of the sound methodology so as to distinguish sound lecturers
from others and look for their tapes, which they can listen to with
confidence. Among these features are:
The lecturer should be a believer in the ‘aqeedah of the Saved Group,
Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, adhering to the Sunnah and firmly
rejecting bid’ah. The speaker should be moderate, neither extremist nor
He should base his talks on sound ahaadeeth, and beware of weak and
He should have insight into people’s situations and the realities of
the ummah, and should offer the appropriate remedy for any problem,
giving the people what they need.
He should speak the truth as much as he can, and not utter falsehood or
please the people by angering Allaah.
We often find that tapes for children have a great influence on them,
whether by helping them to memorize Qur’aan by listening to a young
reader, or du’aa’s to be recited at various times of day and night, or
Islamic manners, or nasheeds (religious “songs” with no instrumental
accompaniment) with a useful message, and so on.
Putting tapes in drawers in an organized fashion will make it easier to
find them, and will also protect them from getting damaged or from
being played with by young children. We should distribute good tapes by
giving or lending them to others after listening to them. Having a
recorder in the kitchen will be very useful for the lady of the house,
and having a recorder in the bedroom will help a person make good use
of time until the last moments of the day.
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