Is it permissible to say, “By Allah, I shall certainly discipline you, O nafs”? .
08 Aug 2012 10:12 GMT
 
direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">And he does not have to do anything, because one of the established principles (in Islam) is that obligations are waived if one is unable to do them, and one should then move to the alternative, if there is an altern (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">End quote from Fataawa Noor ‘ala’d-Darb

We should point out here that there is a difference between real inability to fast and simply fearing hardship. Whatever a person decides, he will be questioned about that, so he should fear Allah regarding that and (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">“Say (O Muhammad SAW): Whether you hide what is in your hearts or reveal it, Allah knows it, and He knows what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. And Allah is Able to do all things.”

If what is meant is fasting every day, so that you continue fasting continuously without breaking the fast except on days when fasting is forbidden, such as the two Eids and the days of at-tashreeq (the three days fo (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">End quote from Majmoo Fataawa Ibn Uthaymeen, 16/276

For more information please see the answer to question no. 144592

But if what you meant is continuing to fast for part of the year, there is nothing wrong with that, as it is confirmed by the Sunnah. Al-Bukhaari (1806) and Muslim (1890) narrated from Aa'ishah (may Allah be pleased (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">An-Nasaa'i (2319) narrated from Usaamah ibn Zayd that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to fast continuously until it was said that he would not break the fast, and then he refrai (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh an-Nasaa'i.

Al-Bukhaari (1833) and Muslim (1956) narrated that Aa'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to fast until we said that he would not break (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

With regard to fasting continuously for part of the year, this is something that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to do. He would fast until one would think that he would not break the fast (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">End quote from Majmoo al-Fataawa, 22/304

Better than that is the fast of the Prophet of Allah Dawood (peace be upon him). He used to fast one day and not the next. Al-Bukhaari (1841) and Muslim (1962) narrated from Abdullah ibn Amr (may Allah be pleased w (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">According to another report, It is the proper way of fasting. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3165) and Muslim (1962)

According to another report, There is nothing better than that. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1840) and Muslim (1962)

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

It is proven in as-Saheehayn that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: The best kind of fast is the fast of Dawood. According to another version: There is nothing better than the fast of Da (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">But the best advice for each individual is that he should choose for himself the naafil acts of worship that he is able to do and persist in, and he should not take upon himself that which will prevent him from doing (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">So look at what you are able to do and strive to do it; seek to do naafil acts of worship that are proven in reports from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), with regard to fasting and other deeds (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">With regard to giving up smoking, that is a good thing and we encourage you to go ahead with it; be determined and be firm with yourself concerning it. There is no doubt that fasting will help you to a great extent w (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">See also the answer to question no. 47565

And he (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Praise be to Allaah.  

There are many Sunnahs of fasting, including the following: 

It is well known that there are no festivals in Islam except those which are proven in shareeah, namely Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Ahda, and Friday which is the weekly Eid. As for the fifteenth of Shabaan (an-nusf mi (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">End quote from Fataawa Noor ala ad-Darb

And he said concerning Mother's Day: Once this is understood, it is not permissible, on the occasion mentioned in your question, which is called Mother's Day, to introduce any of the symbols of Eid on this day, such (more)direction:ltr;unicode-bidi:embed">End quote from Majmoo Fataawa ash-Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, 2/301

I have come up with a campaign called “By Allah, I shall certainly discipline you, O nafs”. This is a campaign that promotes self-development and jihad an-nafs. I am going to set up programs for purifying the soul, softening the heart and reminding one of death, and I want to post lectures by trustworthy shaykhs. Is there anything wrong with saying I shall certainly discipline the nafs that was created by Allah? Does the fact that this title contains an oath mean that other members are compelled to join the campaign? Please note that I said that whoever posts a comment on this topic will be regarded as having joined us in this campaign.

Praise be to Allah.

There is nothing wrong with a person saying to himself, “I shall certainly discipline you, O nafs” if he is disciplining himself in accordance with the teachings of Islam. Even though Allah created the nafs, the main purpose for which Allah has prescribed religion is to discipline the nafs, purify it, and instruct it to do acts of worship and obedience. To Allah belong the creation and the commandment.

Imam al-Aajurri (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

If someone were to say: what evidence is there for disciplining the nafs? The answer is: The Qur'aan, the Sunnah and the words of the Muslim scholars. End quote from Adab an-Nufoos, p. 9

He also said (p. 17):

How bad is the situation of the one who neglects to discipline his nafs and train it on the basis of knowledge; and how good is the situation of the one who pays attention to disciplining his nafs and knows what Allah has enjoined upon him and what He has forbidden to him, and is patient in going against the whims and desires of his nafs, and seeks the help of Allah the Almighty in doing so. End quote.

And he narrated in his book (p. 13) that ar-Rabee‘ ibn Anas said, concerning the verse “Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell)” [at-Tahreem 66:6]: Discipline and train yourselves and your families to adhere to the commands of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.

And he narrated (p. 14) that Sa‘eed ibn Jubayr said: that is: proper etiquette and manners.

Then he (may Allah have mercy on him) said (p. 15): Do you not see, may Allah have mercy on you, that your Lord Most Generous is urging you to discipline yourself and your families. Pay heed to Allah and make yourselves adhere to that. End quote.

Based on that: there is nothing wrong with the phrase mentioned and there is nothing wrong with giving the group the title mentioned, even if this phrase was not narrated in this way from some of the Salaf, so long as it is Islamically acceptable in and of itself and does not include anything that is not appropriate according to Islam.

If you choose a title that is similar in meaning, such as “Self-discipline” or “Training the nafs” and so on, that is also good. Such words were used as book titles by some of the Salaf.

The oath mentioned is not regarded as compelling anyone to join the group; rather he is a member if he accepts the conditions stipulated in the group.

And Allah knows best.

Reproduced from Islam QA

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