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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).”

Thursday, 08 October 2020 06:02

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty

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At the time when Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam, he possessed forty thousand dirhams. By the time he performed hijrah with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he only possessed five thousand dirhams, and at the time of his death, he possessed no money, as he had spent all his wealth in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would use his money to purchase and free slaves who were being punished and tortured by their masters for accepting Islam. The seven slaves whom he purchased and freed are: Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat ‘Aamir bin Fuhairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Hazrat Nahdiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and her daughter, the slave girl of Banu Mu’ammil and Ummu ‘Ubais (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

(Isaabah 4/139)

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 06:30

The Arch Enemies of Islam – Nadr bin Haarith

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Nadr bin Haarith was also one of the leaders of the Quraish. He would often travel to Persia for business. On his travels, he would purchase stories and historical accounts of the non-Arab monarchs. He would then relate these stories to the Quraish and would say to them, “Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) relates the incidents of ‘Aad and Thamud to you, but I will share with you the legends of Rustam, Asfandiyaar and the Persian monarchs.” People would enjoy listening to these tales (similar to the novels of today). Hence, they would listen to these tales and fables instead of listening the Qur’aan Majeed.

Nadr also purchased a singing slave girl and would make people listen to her melodious voice. Whenever he learnt of anyone being inclined towards Islam, he would take this slave girl to him and bid her to entertain him with food, drink and music. He would then ask him, “Is this better or that which Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invites you to by instructing you to perform salaah, fast and wage jihaad against the enemies of Allah Ta‘ala?”

Yahya bin Khaalid (rahimahullah) narrates:

Once, Ebrahim bin ‘Uyainah was imprisoned on account of an outstanding debt which amounted to more than forty-thousand dirhams. Hence, some of his friends went to different people collecting funds to pay his debt and secure his release.

When they came to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), he enquired, “How much is his debt?” They replied, “It is more than forty-thousand dirhams.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) next asked, “Have you already collected money from others?” When they replied in the affirmative, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said, “Return whatever money you have collected to those from whom you took it. I will settle the entire debt that he is owing.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 235)

Monday, 05 October 2020 06:16

Sunnats of Greeting - Part Nineteen

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25. It is sunnah for one to greet children with salaam. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would see children, he would make salaam to them.

وعن أنس قال : إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر على غلمان فسلم عليهم (صحيح مسلم الرقم: 2168)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed by a group of children and made salaam to them.”