‘There are five things that cause people to become destroyed…’
‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu anhuma) said:
While on the Ark, [Prophet] Nooh (‘alayhis-salam) noticed an old man whom he did not recognise. Nooh inquired: ‘What brought you here?’ He replied: ‘I came to strike the hearts of your followers, so their hearts become with me, while their bodies with you.’ Nooh responded: ‘Leave O enemy of Allah.’
Iblees said: ‘There are five things that cause people to become destroyed (deviated). I will inform you of three and not of the other two.’ It was revealed to Nooh that he needed not know the three, but that he should inquire about the two.
Iblees said: ‘The two that are certain to work are: envy: I was cursed because of my envy, and became a stoned devil. And the second is eagerness (to have more): The entire paradise was made permissible to Adam (‘alayhis-salam). I got what I wanted from him because of his eagerness.’
Ibn Abee al-Dunya in Maka’d al-Shaytaan, 65/44.
From the Book – The Devil’s Deceptions (Talbees Iblees): By Imam Abu’l Faraj Ibn Al-Jawzi, Dar as-Sunnah Publishers. Page 74
“The Independence” (and other newspapers) allege that the Saudis have been planning to move the Prophet’s grave to some other location. Verily! This is a great lie!
O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done. [Surah al-Hujuraat (49): 6]
`Aaishah radiallaahu anha narrated: When the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam died, they (the companions) disagreed over where to bury him. So Abu Bakr radiallaahu anhu said: I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam saying something which I have not forgotten, he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Allah Subhanaahu wa ta’ala does not take (the life of) a Prophet except at the location in which He azza wa jal wants him to be buried.” So they buried him at the spot of his bed. [Sunan al-Tirmidhee (1018) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaykh al-Albaani]
Narrated Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said, “It is sufficient that a man has lied who narrates everything that he hears.” [Imaam Muslim in the introduction to his Saheeh]
Imam al-Ajurree said:
”The scholars are the lights of the servants, the lighthouses of the countries, the pillars of the Ummah and the sources of the wisdom. They cause the wrath of the Devil. By their help, the hearts of the faithful live and because of them, the hearts of the misguided die. Their existence on earth is likened to the existence of the stars in the heaven by which one is guided by upon the land and sea. When they extinguish, one falls into confusion. When they shine, one sees clearly.”
From: Akhlaq-ul-‘Ulama´, page 10
Acts of Misplaced Loyalty: Following the Non-Muslims’ Calendar
In his discussion of the various impermissible ways some Muslims show misplaced loyalty and allegiance to the non-Muslims, senior Islamic scholar Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan (may Allaah preserve him) states:
#6 - Keeping track of the date using their calendars, especially those that highlight their rituals and holidays, like the Christian (Gregorian) Calendar
It (the Gregorian Calendar) is something that commemorates the birth of the Messiah (may Allaah grant him peace), and something which they invented themselves, not something from the Religion of the Messiah (may Allaah grant him peace). Using this calendar includes sharing with them in the preservation of their rituals and holidays.
To avoid this, the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) wanted to establish a calendar for the Muslims in the time of ‘Umar, the (second) Caliph. They ignored the previously established calendars of the disbelievers and began with the Messenger’s emigration (i.e. his hijrah to the city of al-Madeenah).
This proves the obligation to oppose the disbelievers in this and all other things which are specific to them, and Allaah is the One from whom we seek help.
Al-Walaa’ wal-Baraa’ (pp.11-12), Daar al-Imaam Ahmad printing, 1434.
 The English names of some of the months on the Gregorian Calendar have polytheistic origins rooted in Greek, Roman, and other mythology:
 The Islaamic Hijri Calendar is not a cultural “Arab” thing, rather it plays a very important role in the life of every Muslim, Arab or not. When it is ignored, Muslims unknowingly can fall into blameworthy neglect related to four of the five pillars of Islaam!
 When it is not possible to use the Hijri Calendar to coordinate things, like booking a plane ticket for example, then Muslims are allowed to use the non-Muslims’ calendars when needed. However, these instances of necessity do not become a proof that we can completely abandon our Islaamic calendar and fully adopt the non-Muslims’ one.
 Muslims should embrace their calendar, since it was founded by the rightly-guided Caliph, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him), and none of the Companions had any problem with it. The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) said:
عليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين المهديين عضوا عليها بالنواجذ
“Upon you is (to follow) my Sunnah, and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Caliphs, bite onto it with your molars.” (Aboo Daawood and others, authentic)
Thus, as mentioned by Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan, the use of the Hijri Calendar instead of other calendars should be understood an issue of walaa’ and baraa’ (loyalty to Islaam).
 The best way to implement this good reminder (in case you are not following the Hijri Calendar already) is to learn today’s date on the Hijri Calendar, and then begin referring to the date in Hijri in some of the ways you communicate with other Muslims. For example, you could date your emails (at least) by adding the Hijri date at the end. It is hard to forget the months of a calendar you actually live by!
Use this helpful one-page PDF to learn and memorize the Islaamic months if you do not know them already.
And Allaah knows best.
Translation and Commentary: Moosaa Richardson (1434-08-19)
al-Fudayl ibn ‘Ayyaad said:
“When backbiting appears, brotherhood for Allah will disappear; and at that time you will be like things plated with gold and silver: wooden on the inside, [merely] looking good on the outside.”
(Abu Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyaa`, 3/395)