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Hazrat Uwais Qarni (rahimahullah) was a famous Taabi’ee who was well known to be the best of Taabi‘een (i.e. those who met the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), the companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)).

He lived during the era of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), but because he had to take care of his mother, he could not meet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself mentioned that Hazrat Uwais Qarni (rahimahullah) was the best of Taabi’een. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also mentioned that if Hazrat Uwais Qarni (rahimahullah) had to take an oath that something would happen, then Allah Ta‘ala would make sure that it happened, and if anyone had the chance of meeting him, then he should ask him to make du‘aa for his forgiveness

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:20

The Relentless Persecution of The Quraish

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The Quraish left no stone unturned in in their persecution of the Muslims. At times, they suspended them from trees, and at times, they tied their feet and dragged them around. They even placed heated iron bars on their backs and stomachs. The disbelievers did all sorts of vile things to the Muslims, but not one of them wavered from the true deen. They died tolerating these hardships but they did not turn away from Islam. May Allah Ta‘ala be pleased with them and may they be pleased with Him.

Monday, 05 April 2021 05:25

Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) – Part Two

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Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had suffered extreme torture and persecution at the hands of the disbelievers, until Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) eventually purchased her and set her free. In the same way, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) also purchased other male and female slaves and set them free, thus rescuing those who were oppressed.

Some of the slaves which Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) purchased and freed were Hazrat Bilaal, Hazrat Abu Fukaihah, Hazrat ‘Aamir bin Fuhairah, Hazrat Nahdiyyah and her daughter - Hazrat Labeenah, Hazrat Mutiyah and Hazrat Ummu Ubais (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

At that time, the respected father of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Abu Quhaafah, had not yet embraced Islam. One day, he said to Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “I notice that you choose the weak and feeble slaves to purchase and free. If you purchase young and strong slaves, they will at least be able to assist you.” Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “The motive for me setting them free is within my heart.”

Friday, 02 April 2021 15:06

The Blessings of the Qur’aan Majeed

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عن سهل بن معاذ الجهني عن أبيه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: من قرأ القرآن وعمل بما فيه ألبس والداه تاجا يوم القيامة ضوءه أحسن من ضوء الشمس في بيوت الدنيا لو كانت فيكم فما ظنكم بالذي عمل بهذا (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 1453)

Hazrat Sahl bin Mu‘aaz Juhani (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The person who recites the Qur’aan and practices on its contents, then on the Day of Qiyaamah, his parents will be made to wear a crown which will shine more brilliantly than the sun, even if the sun had to be placed in the houses of the world. (When this is the honour bestowed to the parents of the one who recites the Qur’aan Majeed and upholds its teachings in his life,) then imagine the great honor that will be bestowed to the reciter himself!”

Thursday, 01 April 2021 16:18

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Four

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The First Youngster to Accept Islam

There are different narrations reported regarding which person was blessed to be the first to accept Islam at the blessed hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

According to some narrations, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first to accept Islam, while other narrations mention that Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first, and yet other narrations mention that Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the first to accept Islam. (Usdul Ghaabah 3/283-284)

The Ulamaa have reconciled between these narrations by explaining that Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the first woman to accept Islam, and she preceded Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and everyone else in accepting Islam.

As for Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), then he was the first of the free-men to accept Islam. As far as Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is concerned, then he was the first youngster to accept Islam. From the freed slaves, Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first to accept Islam. (Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah 4/73)

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 17:20

Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)

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Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was among the first women to embrace Islam. Abu Jahal would persecute and torture her.

When Abu Jahal and the other leaders of Makkah Mukarramah would see Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), they would say, “If the deen of Islam contained any goodness and excellence, then Zinneerah would not have preceded us in accepting it.”

The Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) is among the reliable and authentic compilations of Hadith. It was compiled before Saheeh Bukhaari and Saheeh Muslim. It is for this reason that Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said, “There is no kitaab on the surface of the earth, after the kitaab of Allah Ta‘ala (the Qur’aan Majeed), which is more authentic and correct than the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah).

The Ulamaa explain that after the Saheeh Bukhaari and Saheeh Muslim were compiled and received universal acceptance, they rank higher than the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah). Nevertheless, the statement of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) bears testimony to the esteemed and high rank of the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah).

In regard to the authenticity of the Muwatta, Imaam Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) once said, “If a person has to take an oath that his wife will be divorced if the Ahaadith in the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) are not authentic, then his wife will not be divorced (as all the Ahaadith contained in the Muwatta are authentic). However, if a person has to take such an oath in regard to the Ahaadith of any other kitaab, then we will say to him that he should wait until we can investigate the authenticity of each Hadith.” (This statement was made before the compilation of Saheeh Bukhaari and Saheeh Muslim)

‘Amr bin Abi Salamah (rahimahullah) mentions, “After I read Kitaab-ul-Jaami (a certain section) in the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), I had a dream in which I was told, ‘This is certainly the blessed speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).’” (Tazyeen-ul-Mamaalik pg. 90-93)

عن أبي هريرة: أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: لو يعلم الناس ما في النداء والصف الأول ثم لم يجدوا إلا أن يستهموا عليه لاستهموا ولو يعلمون ما في التهجير لاستبقوا إليه ولو يعلمون ما في العتمة والصبح لأتوهما ولو حبوا (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 615)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If people only knew the immense virtues and rewards for calling out the azaan and standing in the first saff for salaah, and they did not find any way (to acquire their virtues) besides drawing lots for them, then they would certainly draw lots (to acquire their virtues), and if they (people) only knew the immense virtues and rewards for coming early for salaah, they would certainly hasten in coming for salaah, and if they (people) only knew the immense virtues and rewards for performing the esha and fajr salaah (with jamaat in the musjid), they would certainly attend these two salaah, even if they had to drag themselves on their buttocks while coming.”

Thursday, 25 March 2021 13:55

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Three

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Accepting Islam

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam the day after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received prophethood. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with prophethood on a Monday and Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam on a Tuesday. (Usdul Ghaabah 3/283)

After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with prophethood, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) taught Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) how to perform wudhu and salaah. After performing wudhu and two rakaats of salaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned home and taught his respected wife, Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), how to perform wudhu and salaah. She thus made wudhu and performed salaah with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This was on Monday evening. (‘Uyoon-ul-Athar 1/109, Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah 4/60, Isaabah 8/100, Seerat-ul-Mustafa 1/153 & 1/155)

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:13

Hazrat Abu Fukaihah Juhani (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Abu Fukaihah was the title of the Sahaabi named Yasaar. However, he was better known by his title of Abu Fukaihah.

He was the slave of Safwaan bin Umayyah. Umayyah bin Khalaf would sometimes get a rope tied to his feet after which he would drag him around. At times, he would tie his legs in chains and force him to lie down on the scorching sand with a huge boulder placed on his back. Such was the pain he suffered that he often fell unconscious. Sometimes, Umayyah would hold his neck and throttle him.