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Monday, 26 October 2020 06:44

Love for the Poor

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Abu Bakr Marroozi (rahimahullah) reports, “Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) had great love for the poor and destitute. I did not see a poor person receiving more honour in any gathering than in the gathering of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah).”

Abu Bakr Marroozi (rahimahullah) similarly reports:

On one occasion, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) took the name of a certain poor person who was ill and said to me, “Go to him and ask him, ‘Tell us what food you are feeling for so that we may prepare it for you.’” Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) also handed some ‘itr to me and said, “Apply some ‘itr for him as well.”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 364)

Saturday, 24 October 2020 04:58

Turning to Allah Ta‘ala at All Times

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عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من سره أن يستجيب الله له عند الشدائد والكرب فليكثر الدعاء في الرخاء (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 3382)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who wishes that Allah Ta‘ala will answer his du‘aa in times of difficulty and worry, then he should engage in abundant du‘aa in times of ease and comfort (i.e. one should not only turn to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa at times of hardship, rather one should make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala at the time of ease and comfort as well).”

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was blessed to accompany Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the journey of hijrah. When departing, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) took with him all the money that he possessed at that time, which was approximately five thousand dirhams, so that he could use it to assist Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 06:58

The Arch Enemies of Islam – Aswad bin Muttalib

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Whenever Aswad bin Muttalib and his friends would see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), they would wink their eyes at each other and mockingly say, “These are the people who will rule the earth and seize the treasures of Caesar and Chosroe.” Making these sarcastic remarks, they would whistle and clap their hands in mockery.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) cursed Aswad in the following words, “O Allah! Make him blind (so that he is unable to wink his eyes in mockery) and destroy his son.” As a result, Aswad immediately became blind and his son was killed in the Battle of Badr.

At the time when the Quraish were making preparations for the Battle of Uhud, Aswad was ill, but he was still making an effort to incite the people against Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He died before the Battle of Uhud.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/221)

Monday, 19 October 2020 10:36

Five Qualities of Goodness

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Rabee’ bin Sulaimaan (rahimahullah) reports that he once heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) mention the following:

The goodness of this world and the next can be found in five qualities; the contentment of the heart, refraining from causing any harm or inconvenience to the creation, earning a halaal livelihood, adorning yourself with taqwa, and placing your trust in Allah Ta‘ala in all conditions.

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee li-lBayhaqi vol. 2 pg. 170)

Saturday, 17 October 2020 03:43

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty One

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Hazrat Sa‘eed bin Musayyib (rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “There is no man from the Muslims whose wealth benefited me (in the path of deen) more than the wealth of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” Hazrat Sa‘eed (rahimahullah) thereafter mentioned, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would deal in the wealth of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) like his own wealth (i.e. on account of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sacrificing everything for him to use for the cause of deen).” (Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaaq #21319)

Friday, 16 October 2020 18:03

Who is the Intelligent Person?

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عن شداد بن أوس عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: الكيس من دان نفسه وعمل لما بعد الموت والعاجز من أتبع نفسه هواها وتمنى على الله (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 2459)

Hazrat Shaddaad bin Aws (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The prudent (and intelligent) person is the one who takes stock of his nafs and carries out righteous actions that will benefit him after his death, and the unwise (and foolish) person is the one who allows his nafs to follow its desires (and carries out actions against the commands of Allah Ta‘ala) while having hope upon Allah Ta‘ala (to forgive him).”

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:07

The Arch Enemies of Islam – ‘Aas bin Waa’il Sahmi

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‘Aas bin Waa’il Sahmi was the father of Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was also among the people who would mock and taunt the blessed personality of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

All the sons of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed away in infancy, during the lifetime of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, ‘Aas bin Waa’il mentioned the following, taunting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

إِنَّ مُحَمَّدًا أَبْتَرْ لَا يَعِيْشُ لَهُ وَلَدْ

Indeed Muhammed is an Abtar. None of his sons survive.

The word Abtar refers to an animal with a severed tail. A person who is not survived by male descendants who will remember his name is like an animal with a severed tail (i.e. it is as though the person’s lineage is now severed and terminated).

Abu ‘Abdillah, Muhammed bin Ebrahim Al-Kinaani mentions:

I once asked Abu Haatim Raazi (rahimahullah), “Why is the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) named ‘Muwatta’?” He replied, “It is a kitaab which Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) prepared for people to follow (one meaning of the word Muwatta is ‘a path that is made for people to tread on’), until it became known as the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), just as the kitaab of Imaam Sufyaan (rahimahullah) was known as ‘Jaami’ (which means comprehensive).”

‘Ali bin Ahmed Al-Khaleeji (rahimahullah) reports that he heard one of the Mashaayikh say that Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) mentioned the following, “I presented this kitaab of mine (the Muwatta) to seventy Fuqahaa from the Fuqahaa of Madinah Munawwarah, and all of them concurred with me and agreed on the knowledge that I had presented in the kitaab. Hence, I named it the Muwatta (the word Muwatta comes from the word “Waata’a” which means ‘to concur and agree’).”

(Tazyeen-un-Mamaalik pg. 89)

Thursday, 08 October 2020 06:05

The Du‘aa of the Oppressed Person

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عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بعث معاذا إلى اليمن فقال: اتق دعوة المظلوم فإنها ليس بينها وبين الله حجاب (صحيح البخاري الرقم: 2448)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) dispatched Hazrat Mu‘aaz bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Yemen, he said to him, “Beware of the du‘aa of the oppressed person, for indeed there is no barrier between the du‘aa of the oppressed and Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. Allah Ta‘ala accepts the du‘aa of the oppressed person very swiftly).”