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General Issues Pertaining to the Prayer
  On Articulating the Intention For the Prayer
Author: Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah
Source: Fataawaa al-Kubraa
Article ID : IBD050005  [17242]  
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"And do not follow desires such that you are misguided from the Way of Allaah"[38:26]

"And do not follow the desires of a people who were aforetime misguided and misguided many and went far astray."[5:77]

"Do you see the one who has taken his desires as his god? Would you be a guardian over him? Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are as cattle – nay, further astray."[25:43-44]

"And no by your Lord they cannot have faith until they make you to judge the disputes between them and then not find in themselves any aversion to what you have ruled and submit totally."[4:65]

And it is reported (ruwiya) from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) that he said, "by the One in Whose Hand is my soul, none of you can have faith until his very desires comply to what I have come with." {2}

Allaah said,

"Do you not see those who pretend that they have believed in what has been revealed to you and what has been revealed before you desiring to seek the ruling of Taaghut when they have been commanded to reject it. Satan desires to misguide them far astray. And when it is said to them: Come to what Allaah has revealed and to the Messenger you see the hypocrites turn from you in aversion." [4:60-61]

"Or do they have partners with Allaah who legislate in the religion that which Allaah has not given permission for?" [42:21]

"Alif Laam Meem Saad. A Book that is revealed to you so let there be no aversion in your heart from it, that you may warn thereby and a Reminder to the believers. Follow that which has been revealed from your Lord and do not follow any other protectors besides Him. Little do you take heed!" [7:1-3]

"And if the Truth had followed their desires then indeed the heavens and the earth and whosoever is in there would have been corrupted." [23:71]

The verses like this in the Qur`aan are many and clarify that it is upon the servant to follow the truth which Allaah sent His Messenger with and not make his religion based upon his desires.

And Allaah knows best.


{1} From amongst them Mujaahid and Sa`eed bin Jubair as quoted in Tafseer at-Tabaree.

{2} The hadeeth is reported as one of an-Nawawee’s 40 Hadeeth and it is da`eef. Refer to 'Jaami al-Uloom wal Hikm' (2: 317-318) of ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee. It was also declared da`eef by al-Albaanee in his checking to 'as-Sunnah' of ibn Abee Aasim and in his notes upon 'Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh.' Ibn Taymiyyah was correct in not attributing this hadeeth with certainty to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) and in using a term which denotes that he considered the hadeeth to be inauthentic.

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