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When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) reached forty and entered the cave of Hira, as per his blessed habit, an angel suddenly entered the cave and greeted him with salaam. The angel then said, “Read!” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “I am unable to read.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) recounts, “Upon this, the angel embraced me so forcefully that there was no limit to my difficulty. He then released me saying, “Read!” Yet again, I responded:

ما أنا بقارئ

“I am unable to read.”

Monday, 07 May 2018 11:03

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Seven

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Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) further relates:

ثم حبب إليه الخلا وكان يخلو بغار حراء

“Thereafter, solitude was made dear to him. He would often go into seclusion in the cave of Hira.”

When Allah Ta‘ala intends to shower His special mercy upon a person, He instills the yearning for solitude and seclusion within this person’s heart.

Friday, 04 May 2018 19:47

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Six

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Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) and Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) narrate that Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said:

أول ما بدئ به رسول اللّٰه صلى اللّٰه عليه وسلم من الوحي الرؤيا الصالحة في النوم فكان لا يرى رؤيا إلا جاءت مثل فلق الصبح

“The commencement of divine revelation upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was with pious dreams. He would not see any dream except that it would come to pass as true as clearly as the crack of dawn.”

Monday, 23 April 2018 14:15

The Intelligence of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) reports:

On one occasion, we were present by Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) when an old man wearing woolen clothing appeared. The old man then asked Imaam Shaafi‘ee, “May I ask a question?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) gave him permission. He then asked, “What are the Shar’ee proofs in the Deen of Allah Ta‘ala?” Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The Kitaab of Allah Ta‘ala.” He then asked, “And what else?” Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He then asked, “And what else?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The consensus of the Ummah.” He then asked, “What is your proof for this?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) thought for a while. The old man then said, “I give you respite for three days, either you bring me proof from the Qur’aan, or seek forgiveness and repent to Allah Ta‘ala.”

Saturday, 21 April 2018 04:43

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Nine

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15. One should not make du‘aa for anything that is impermissible.

عن أبي سعيد الخدري أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ما من مسلم يدعو بدعوة ليس فيها إثم ولا قطيعة رحم إلا أعطاه الله بها إحدى ثلاث إما أن يعجل له دعوته وإما أن يدخرها له في الآخرة وإما أن يصرف عنه من السوء مثلها قالوا إذن نكثر قال الله أكثر رواه أحمد وأبو يعلى بنحوه والبزار والطبراني في الأوسط ورجال أحمد وأبي يعلى وأحد إسنادي البزار رجاله رجال الصحيح غير علي بن علي الرفاعي وهو ثقة (مجمع الزوائد #17210)

Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whichever Muslim makes du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala and supplicates to Him, and his du‘aa does not contain any sin (i.e. asking for anything which is impermissible) or the severance of family ties, Allah Ta‘ala will grant him one of three things. Either He will grant him what he had asked for (in this world), or He will keep the reward of the du‘aa for him in the Aakhirah, or He will avert a calamity from him.” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “In that case, we will engage in abundant du‘aa.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Allah Ta‘ala is the more than everything (i.e. His power and treasures are more than what you ask for).”

Saturday, 21 April 2018 04:37

The Reward of Reciting the Du‘aa before Wudhu

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عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يا أبا هريرة إذا توضأت فقل بسم الله والحمد لله فإن حفظتك لا تبرح تكتب لك الحسنات حتى تحدث من ذلك الوضوء (مجمع الزوائد #1112)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “O Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! When you perform wudhu, then (first) recite Bismillah Walhamdulillah, for indeed the angels which protect you continue recording good deeds for you until you break that wudhu.”

عن أنس بن مالك قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من صلى علي صلاة واحدة بلغتني صلاته وصليت عليه وكتب له سوى ذلك عشر حسنات (مجمع الزوائد #17297، القول البديع ص239)

Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever sends salutations upon me once, his salutations reach me (via the angels) and I make du‘aa for him. Over and above that, ten virtues are recorded for him.”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Purchasing a Well in Jannah

When the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) migrated to Madeenah Munawwarah, the water that was found in Madeenah Munawwarah was difficult for them to drink due it being bitter. However, there was a Jew who had a well of sweet water named Roomah, and he used to sell the water of this well to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:26

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Five

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On one occasion, the Quriash placed some food before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Zaid bin ‘Amr bin Nufail was also present in this gathering. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) refused to partake of the food. Subsequently, Zaid also declined to eat this food saying, “I refuse to consume the meat of an animal slaughtered in the name of idols and food dedicated to idols. I will only consume food upon which the name of Allah Ta‘ala is taken exclusively.”

Monday, 16 April 2018 12:32

Holding onto the Sunnah

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When mention would be made, in the presence of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), of people who were responsible for fabricating and innovating things in Deen, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) would say the following, emphasizing the importance of holding onto the sunnah:

Hazrat ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) said, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the righteous Khulafaa (Khulafaa-e-Raashideen and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum)) after him showed us the mubaarak sunnah and the way of Deen. In order to follow the Qur’aan Majeed, it will be necessary for one to hold firmly to the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Practicing on the mubaarak sunnah is the only way to show complete obedience to Allah Ta‘ala and strengthen one’s Deen. After the mubaarak sunnah has been shown to us by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the righteous Khulafaa and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), it is not permissible for any person to change the mubaarak sunnah practices or to think of introducing anything new in Deen that opposes these sunnah practices. The one who follows the mubaarak sunnah will be rightly guided, and the one who seeks the divine assistance of Allah Ta‘ala through following the mubaarak sunnah will receive the divine assistance of Allah Ta‘ala. The one who abandons the way of the mubaarak sunnah will be treading a path which is not the path of the believers. Allah Ta‘ala will leave him in the path he has chosen and enter him into Jahannum, and how evil an abode it is!”

When Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) would quote this statement of Hazrat ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), he would become extremely happy.

(Ad-Deebaaj-ul-Muzahhab 1/115-116)

Friday, 13 April 2018 08:17

The Reward for Sadaqah Every Day

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عن عمران بن حصين قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من كان له على رجل حق فمن أخره كان له بكل يوم صدقة (مسند أحمد #19977)

Hazrat ‘Imraan bin Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who is owed some money (or any other right), and after the due date, he grants respite to the debtor, then for each day (of respite), he will receive the reward of giving (the entire amount owed to him) in sadaqah.”