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Thursday, 21 January 2021 11:16

Two Weighty Deeds on the Scales

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عن أنس رضي الله عنه قال: لقي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أبا ذر فقال: يا أبا ذر ألا أدلك على خصلتين هما أخف على الظهر وأثقل على الميزان من غيرهما قال: بلى يا رسول الله قال: عليك بحسن الخلق وطول الصمت فوالذي نفسي بيده ما عمل الخلائق بمثلهما (الترغيب والترهيب الرقم: 4022)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) met Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said to him, “O Abu Zar! Shall I not show you two qualities which are light on the back (i.e. they do not require much effort to carry out), yet they are heavier on the scale (of good deeds) than other good actions?” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Certainly inform me, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “Firmly hold on to good character and remain silent for lengthy periods, for I take an oath by that Being in whose hand lies my life – the creation cannot carry out any good action which can equal these two good actions.”

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 09:50

Hazrat Suhaib bin Sinaan (radhiyallahu 'anhu) - Part Two

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Just as the disbelievers of Makkah persecuted Hazrat ‘Ammaar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), they also subjected Hazrat Suhaib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to various types of torture.

When he intended to perform hijrah to Madinah Munawwarah, the Quraish of Makkah said, “If you leave all your wealth and possessions in Makkah, you may go. Otherwise, we will not allow you to go.” Hazrat Suhaib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) agreed to their demands, and abandoning the worthless possessions of this world, he migrated.

On arriving in Madinah Munawwarah, he related this incident to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who said:

ربح البيع

Suhaib has struck a good bargain!

In other words, he exchanged the dunya which is temporary and perishable for the Aakhirah which is eternal and everlasting.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:14

Hazrat Suhaib bin Sinaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part One

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Hazrat Suhaib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) hailed from an area that was in the vicinity of Mowsil. His father and uncle (father’s brother) were both appointed by Chosroes as governors over Ubullah.

On one occasion, the Romans launched an attack on this area. At that time, Hazrat Suhaib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was still a young boy. During the looting and plundering, they seized him as a captive and took him to Rome. He thus grew up in Rome, and this is the reason why he was famously known as ‘Suhaib Roomi’ (Suhaib the Roman).

Eventually, a person of the Banu Kalb tribe purchased him from the Romans and brought him to Makkah Mukarramah. After arriving in Makkah Mukarramah, ‘Abdullah bin Jad‘aan purchased him and set him free.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) commenced inviting towards Islam, Hazrat ‘Ammaar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Suhaib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) both arrived at Daar-ul-Arqam at the same time and embraced Islam.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/227-228)

Thursday, 07 January 2021 05:57

The Value of Good Character

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عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أكمل المؤمنين إيمانا أحسنهم خلقا وخيركم خيركم لنسائهم (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 1162)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The believers who possess the most perfect Imaan are those who display the best character and the best among you are those who treat their wives in the best manner.”

On one occasion, Hazrat ‘Ammaar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) removed his kurta and a few people noticed black scars covering his back. When they asked him how he had received these scars, he replied, “The Quraish of Makkah would make me lie on the scorching stones of the desert. These are the scars of those injuries.”

The same torture was inflicted upon his father, Hazrat Yaasir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and his mother, Hazrat Sumayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

Monday, 04 January 2021 05:27

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Twenty Three

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29. When two Muslims meet, then after salaam, they should make musaafahah (shake hands). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said that the completion of greeting one’s Muslim brother at the time of meeting him is that he makes musaafahah with him after salaam.

عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: من تمام التحية الأخذ باليد (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 2730)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “(When two Muslims meet) then the completion of their greeting (each other with salaam) is that they make musaafahah with each other.”

The Greatest Imaan of this Ummah

In his very lifetime, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bore testimony to the lofty and exalted position of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). In one Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “The one who has the most mercy for my ummah is Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” (Sunan Tirmizi #3790)

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 05:13

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Twenty Two

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28. One should not make salaam when greeting a non-Muslim. If a non-Muslim greets one with salaam, then one should reply by merely saying “Wa ‘Alaik” (and upon you), and if many non-Muslims greet one with salaam, one should reply by saying “Wa ‘Alaikum” (and upon you all).

عن أنس بن مالك أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إذا سلم عليكم أهل الكتاب فقولوا وعليكم (صحيح مسلم: الرقم 2163)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When the Ahl-e-kitaab (Jews and Christians) make salaam to you, then reply by merely saying “Wa ‘alaikum”.”

Saturday, 26 December 2020 08:16

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

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Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had a slave who would work and give him the profits.

One night, the slave presented Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with some food that he had earned. As soon as the food was placed before him, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) picked up a morsel and began to eat. Seeing this, the slave was surprised and asked, “Generally, you ask me regarding the source of my income. How is it that on this occasion, you have not asked me?” Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I was overcome by extreme hunger due to which I forgot to ask you. Tell me where you acquired this food from.”

Thursday, 24 December 2020 06:44

Hazrat ‘Ammaar bin Yaasir (radhiyallahu 'anhu) - Part Two

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Hazrat ‘Ammaar bin Yaasir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had no family or tribe in Makkah Mukarramah to protect him. Hence, the Quraish subjected him to different types of punishments and tortures.

At the peak of midday, they would lay him onto the burning sand and beat him until he would fall unconscious. At times, they would plunge his head into water and suffocate him, and at times, they would force him to lie on a bed of blazing coals.