So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth (Islam). [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah (Islamic monotheism) upon which He has created [all] people. [Quran 30:30]

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah:

"The view of the four Imams is that all kinds of musical instruments are haram. It was reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and elsewhere that the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said that there would be among his Ummah those who would allow zina, silk, alcohol and musical instruments, and he said that they would be transformed into monkeys and pigs… None of the followers of the imaams mentioned any dispute concerning the matter of music.

From: al-Majmoo’, 11/576

Question: A disbeliever embraced Al-Islam, and when he did he was informed of the legislations of the religion, he had an addiction to drinking alcohol. He said: I embrace Al-Islam in totality, however, as it relates to drinking alcohol I believe that it is prohibited by the legislation of Al-Islam but I will continue to drink it. Will his sin—i.e., drinking—from before Al-Islam be counted along with his drinking alcohol after Al-Islam?
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah): Will what be counted?
Questioner: His sin and disobedience from before Al-Islam; along with his sin after Al-Islam.
Answer: Yes. If the disbeliever embraces Al-Islam and does well in his Islam then he will be pardoned for all of that which has preceded. If he embraces Islam and does poorly then he will be taken to account for that which has preceded and that which he has done. So when he embraces Al-Islam Allah erases from him the sins of Shirk and disbelief. And if he remains upon that which he was upon from disobedience when he was in disbelief then he will not be pardoned for that which has preceded (from this disobedience) in the state of disbelief, because he has not repented from it.
Questioner: (As for the fact that) Islam wipes away that which…
Shaykh completes the statement: It wipes away that which came before it, as long as he does not persist upon disobedience. This is affirmed within Saheeh Al-Bukhari; that he who does evilly within Al-Islam he will be taken to account for the evil he has done and that which he did previously. This is because he has not repented from it, in reality. He has repented from disbelief so his disbelief is pardoned. But he has remained upon the disobedience of (drinking) alcohol and hence he sins by way of it. Due to this, if the Muslim commits a number of sins, and he repents from nine out of them, the tenth one still remains.
Source: Liqaa’aat Al-Baab Al-MaftoohSummary Translation by Raha ibn Donald Batts
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Question: A disbeliever embraced Al-Islam, and when he did he was informed of the legislations of the religion, he had an addiction to drinking alcohol. He said: I embrace Al-Islam in totality, however, as it relates to drinking alcohol I believe that it is prohibited by the legislation of Al-Islam but I will continue to drink it. Will his sin—i.e., drinking—from before Al-Islam be counted along with his drinking alcohol after Al-Islam?

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah): Will what be counted?

Questioner: His sin and disobedience from before Al-Islam; along with his sin after Al-Islam.

Answer: Yes. If the disbeliever embraces Al-Islam and does well in his Islam then he will be pardoned for all of that which has preceded. If he embraces Islam and does poorly then he will be taken to account for that which has preceded and that which he has done. So when he embraces Al-Islam Allah erases from him the sins of Shirk and disbelief. And if he remains upon that which he was upon from disobedience when he was in disbelief then he will not be pardoned for that which has preceded (from this disobedience) in the state of disbelief, because he has not repented from it.

Questioner: (As for the fact that) Islam wipes away that which…

Shaykh completes the statement: It wipes away that which came before it, as long as he does not persist upon disobedience. This is affirmed within Saheeh Al-Bukhari; that he who does evilly within Al-Islam he will be taken to account for the evil he has done and that which he did previously. This is because he has not repented from it, in reality. He has repented from disbelief so his disbelief is pardoned. But he has remained upon the disobedience of (drinking) alcohol and hence he sins by way of it. Due to this, if the Muslim commits a number of sins, and he repents from nine out of them, the tenth one still remains.

Source: Liqaa’aat Al-Baab Al-Maftooh
Summary Translation by Raha ibn Donald Batts

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The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
“Verily the children of Israaeel were destroyed when they started story telling”
Shaykh Al-Albaani said: Said (Ibn Atheer) in An-Nihaya:
Meaning they relied upon speech and left off actions. So that was the reason for their destruction. Or vice versa; When they left off actions they were destroyed and then turned to story telling.
So I (Al-Albaani) say:
It is possible to say that the reason for their destruction was the importance their preachers gave to story telling and tales and not to fiqh or beneficial knowledge through which people know their religion, what would have carried them towards righteous actions. So when they did that they were destroyed.
So this is the case of many of the story tellers of our era. Those whose speech revolves around Judeo-Christian traditions, heart softeners and sayings of the Sufis. And Allah’s safety is sought.
[As-Silsilah As-Saheehah 4/246]

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,

“Verily the children of Israaeel were destroyed when they started story telling”

Shaykh Al-Albaani said: Said (Ibn Atheer) in An-Nihaya:

Meaning they relied upon speech and left off actions. So that was the reason for their destruction. Or vice versa; When they left off actions they were destroyed and then turned to story telling.

So I (Al-Albaani) say:

It is possible to say that the reason for their destruction was the importance their preachers gave to story telling and tales and not to fiqh or beneficial knowledge through which people know their religion, what would have carried them towards righteous actions. So when they did that they were destroyed.

So this is the case of many of the story tellers of our era. Those whose speech revolves around Judeo-Christian traditions, heart softeners and sayings of the Sufis. And Allah’s safety is sought.

[As-Silsilah As-Saheehah 4/246]

False Karamahs

Q: It is said that there are chosen men who can perform extraordinary events such as coming to perform Hajj without using any means of transportation or attending a Funeral Prayer in Makkah while living far away from there. Is the wind made subservient to lead them wherever they want? Please, advise.

(Part No. 6; Page No. 409)

A: Such things are baseless in Shari`ah and are superstitious invented by some people. Some Sufis pretend to have Karamahs (extraordinary events performed by a pious person), rendering them able to reach Makkah without any means of transportation; but this is surely falsehood. Or, they would have contact with Jinn or worship them, so that the Jinn would carry them to Makkah or any other place, as stated by Shaykh Abu Al-`Abbas Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah be merciful with him) and other scholars. To summarize, such matters are just superstitious beliefs held by some Sufis and those like them, who falsely allege to be Awliya’ (the pious worshippers of Allah or holy persons) possessing Karamahs. But, in actual fact, they are the Awliya’ (votaries) of Satan, that is why the Jinn carry them from one place to another. Thus, when these Sufis worship and serve the Jinn, they receive their help in moving from one place to another in return.

Fatwas of Ibn Baz - Volume Number 6 - False Karamahs