Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“It has been said: ‘Sincerity is to forget the creation seeing you because of continually looking towards the Creator. Whoever adorns himself before the people with what he does not possess, has fallen from Allah’s grace.’”

(Madaarij As-Salikeen, 2/70)


 Indeed, We guided him to the way, be he grateful or be he ungrateful.

Shaykh al Allamah Muhammad ibn Uthaymeen rahimahullah:

At-Tasmeeya (Saying Bismillah) in the Shar’iah can be a condition for the correctness of the action, and it could be obligatory, and it could be a Sunnah, and it could be a Bid’ah (Innovation):

It would be a condition for the correctness of an action: Like in slaughtering and hunting, so it is not dropped – upon what is correct – not intentionally nor ignorantly, and not out of forgetfulness.

It would be obligatory: Like in the Wudu

It would be Mustahab (Recommended): Like the Tas’miya (Saying Bismillah) when eating – upon the view of the majority (of the scholars) – and some of the scholars have said that it is obligatory, and that is what is correct.

It would be a Bid’ah (Innovation): Like if he says the Tas’miya before the Athan, example, if he wants to make Athan he says “Bismillah al Rahmaan al Raheem”!, and likewise with the Salah.

And as for the recitation of the Quran: Then it (the Basmala) is said at the beginning of the Surah.

As for in the course of the Surah (anywhere in the Surah other than the beginning): Then some of the scholars have said that it is recommended to say “Bismillah”, and other scholars have refuted this -and it is correct – and said: “Allah has not ordered us before reciting Quran except with ” Authu Billahi min ash Shaytaan ar Rajeem”, so if you intend on reciting from in the course of the Surah then do not do Tas’miya.


Sharh Mumti , (1/161، 162-163)

`Abdullah b. Mas’ûd – Allah be pleased with him – said:

Singing sprouts hypocrisy (nifâq) in the heart as water sprouts greens and herbs.

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ Vol.2 p469, and Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Sunan Al-Kubrâ Vol. 52 p231.

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawzîyah – Allah have mercy on him – said in Madârij Al-Sâlikîn, Vol.1 p487:

These are the words of someone who fully understood singing and its effects, for no one regularly sings or listens to song except that his heart falls into nifâq without him realizing. If such a person understood the reality of nifâq and its end he would see it in his own heart. Never do the love of song and the love of Qur`ân come together in a person’s heart except that one expels the other. I and others have witnessed how heavy the Qur`ân feels to singers and song-listeners; how they coil when it is recited and how they get angry with a reciter when he recites too long for them (in prayer etc); and how their hearts do not benefit from what he recites: they are not moved to do anything by it. But when the Qur`ân of Shaytân comes, lâ ilâha illallâh! How they lower their voices and settle down! How their hearts feel at peace and how the crying and emotions start, how moved they are inwardly and outwardly and spend on clothing and perfume and staying up hoping for a long night ahead. If this is not nifâq then it is certainly the way to it and its foundation.

Question: If after repeated attempts, a person is not able to apply something that he exhorts others to do, is it still permissible for him to call others to do that action? what if he does so supposing that the person he is calling will be able to apply what he failed to apply himself?

Answer: When one is inviting others to do a good thing that he himself is not capable of doing, then yes, he should call others to do it. An example of this is if someone calls others to pray late at night while he himself is not able to do so. If someone calls others to give charity, but he himself has no sufficient resources to give charity, then we tell him to go ahead and invite others to give charity. But as for him calling to something that he is capable of applying but doesn’t then this is foolish in intellect and astray in religion.

[Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen|Fatawa Islamiyah vol.8, p.56, Darussalam]