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Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:39

The Blessing of the Gatherings of Zikr

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عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن لله سيارة من الملائكة إذا مروا بحلق الذكر قال بعضهم لبعض : اقعدوا فإذا دعا القوم أمنوا على دعائهم فإذا صلوا على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم صلوا معهم حتى يفرغوا ثم يقول بعضهم لبعض : طوبى لهؤلاء يرجعون مغفورا لهم رواه أبو القاسم التيمي في ترغيبه (القول البديع ص258)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed Allah Ta‘ala has certain angels which roam throughout the earth. When they pass by the gatherings of zikr, the angels say to one another, ‘Let us sit in this gathering.' Thereafter, when the people of the gathering make du‘aa, the angels say ‘Aameen’ to their du‘aa, and when they recite durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the angels recite durood with them, until their gathering of zikr terminates. At that point, the angels say to one another, ‘Glad tidings to these people, they are returning with all their (minor) sins forgiven!’”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:37

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty Seven

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Adopting a Soft and Lenient Approach when Dealing with People:

‘Ataa bin Farrookh (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

On one occasion, Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) purchased a plot of land from a certain person. However, despite Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) calling the person to receive payment for the land, the person was delaying.

When Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) met the man thereafter, he asked him, “What prevents you from coming to collect your money?” The man replied, “The reason that I delayed in coming to collect the money is that I felt that you have not paid me a fair price for the land! Every person that I meet is rebuking me over the price at which I sold you the land.” Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “Is this really the reason for you not coming to collect your money?” The man replied in the affirmative.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 06:44

The Islam of Hazrat Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Hazrat Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

Once, I travelled to Busraa for the purpose of trade. One day, I was in the market place of Busraa when I heard a monk calling out from his monastery, “Find out if there is anyone among these traders who is a resident of the Haram of Makkah Mukarramah.” I responded, “I am a resident of the Haram of Makkah Mukarramah.”

Sunday, 16 September 2018 05:11

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) Treading the Path of Fiqh

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Imaam Zufar (rahimahullah), the student of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), reports that he once heard Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) mention the following, explaining how he had commenced acquiring the knowledge of Fiqh. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said:

Initially, I commenced studying and acquiring the knowledge of ‘Aqaa’id, until the time came when I was well known and renowned in this field. We would sit close to the gathering of Imaam Hammaad bin Abi Sulaimaan (rahimahullah).

One day, a woman came to me and asked me a mas’alah saying, “A man has a wife and he intends to divorce her in the correct Shar‘ee manner. How many talaaqs should he issue to her?” I did not know the answer, and so I instructed her to go to Imaam Hammaad (rahimahullah) and pose the question to him. I also told her to thereafter return to me and inform me of the answer that he gave. The woman went to Imaam Hammaad (rahimahullah) and enquired regarding the same mas’alah. Imaam Hammaad (rahimahullah) answered, “He should wait for her menses to complete and thereafdter issue the talaaq in the state of purity wherein he did not engage in relations with her. He should thereafter allow her to complete her ‘iddat, after which it will be permissible for her to marry another man.”

Sunday, 16 September 2018 04:42

Muharram and Aashura

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It is the divine system of Allah Ta‘ala that He has afforded special virtue and significance to certain things over others. From mankind, it is the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) who have been blessed with the highest status and most distinguished position over others. From the different places in the world, it is the Haramain Shareefain (Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah) and Musjidul Aqsa that have been accorded a special rank over the rest of the world. From the twelve months of the Islamic calendar, special sanctity and sacredness has been given to four specific months i.e. Zul-Qa’dah, Zul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. Likewise, amongst the days of the Islamic year, the day of Aashura has been blessed with exclusive virtues and immense blessings.

While the month of Zul-Hijjah has been divinely selected for the fulfilment of the rituals of Haj and sacrifice, it is the month of Muharram that enjoys the honour of being the month of Allah Ta‘ala and the month which contains the fast of the Mubaarak day of Aashura. The immense virtues and abundant blessings of this day can be gauged by the desire and eagerness that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) expressed in awaiting its arrival.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) are the forerunners in Deen and were blessed to receive Deen directly from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, they are the medium between the ummah and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta‘ala thus used them for the preservation of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah and the knowledge of Deen. Since they were responsible for conveying the knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah to the ummah, one can understand that the entire superstructure of Deen rests on the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). If one removes the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) from the equation, nothing of Deen will remain protected and safeguarded as the authenticity of the Qur’aan and the reliability of the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will be totally lost. Hence, it is the ploy of the shias to defame, revile, criticize and discredit the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in order to destroy the entire Deen of Islam.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:55

Sunnats of the Musjid – Part One

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1. Enter the Musjid with the right foot.

عن عائشة رضى الله عنها قالت كان النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم ليعجبه التيمن فى تنعله وترجله وطهوره وفى شأنه كله (صحيح البخاري 1/29)

Hazrat ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would like commencing from the right side when wearing his shoes, combing his hair, performing wudhu and when carrying out all other works.

عن أنس بن مالك رضى الله عنه أنه كان يقول من السنة إذا دخلت المسجد أن تبدأ برجلك اليمنى وإذا خرجت أن تبدأ برجلك اليسرى هذا حديث صحيح على شرط مسلم فقد احتج بشداد بن سعيد أبي طلحة الراسبي ولم يخرجاه (المستدرك للحاكم رقم 791)

It is reported from Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he said, “It is from the sunnah (established from the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) that when you enter the Musjid, you should enter with your right foot; and when you exit from the Musjid, you should exit with your left foot.”

عن كثير بن قيس قال : كنت جالسا مع أبي الدرداء في مسجد دمشق فجاءه رجل فقال : يا أبا الدرداء إني جئتك من مدينة الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم لحديث بلغني أنك تحدثه عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما جئت لحاجة قال: فإني سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : من سلك طريقا يطلب فيه علما سلك الله به طريقا من طرق الجنة وإن الملائكة لتضع أجنحتها رضا لطالب العلم وإن العالم ليستغفر له من في السموات ومن في الأرض والحيتان في جوف الماء وإن فضل العالم على العابد كفضل القمر ليلة البدر على سائر الكواكب وإن العلماء ورثة الأنبياء وإن الأنبياء لم يورثوا دينارا ولا درهما ورثوا العلم فمن أخذه أخذ بحظ وافر (سنن أبي داود #3641)

Hazrat Katheer bin Qais (rahimahullah) reports the following: I was once seated with Hazrat Abu Dardaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in the musjid of Damascus when a man came to him and said, “O Abu Dardaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! I have come to you from the city of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (i.e. Madinah Munawwarah) to acquire a Hadith which I was told that you narrate from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I did not come here for any other need or purpose besides acquiring this Hadith from you.”

Monday, 10 September 2018 06:30

The Angels recording the Durood

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عن عقبة بن عامر رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن للمساجد أوتادا جلساؤهم الملائكة إن غابوا فقدوهم وإن مرضوا عادوهم وإن رأوهم رحبوا بهم وإن طلبوا حاجة أعانوهم فإذا جلسوا حفت بهم الملائكة من لدن أقدامهم إلى عنان السماء بأيديهم قراطيس الفضة وأقلام الذهب يكتبون الصلاة على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ويقولون : اذكروا رحمكم الله زيدوا زادكم الله فإذا استفتحوا الذكر فتحت لهم أبواب السماء واستجيب لهم الدعاء وتطلع عليهم الحور العين وأقبل الله عز وجل عليهم بوجهه ما لم يخوضوا في حديث غيره ويتفرقوا فإذا تفرقوا أقام الزوار يلتمسون حلق الذكر رواه أبو القاسم ابن بشكوال بسند ضعيف وذكره صاحب الدر المنظم (القول البديع ص257)

Hazrat ‘Uqbah bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the Masaajid have ‘pegs’ (i.e. people who remain committed to the musjid engaged in ‘ibaadah, just as pegs are fixed to the ground). The angels remain seated with such people. If they are absent from the musjid, the angels miss them, and if they are sick, the angels visit them, and if the angels see them, they welcome them, and if they have any need, the angels assist them to fulfill their need. When they sit (in the musjid to engage in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala, recitation of durood, etc), the angels throng around them from their feet until the sky. These angels have pages of silver and pens of gold in their hands with which they record the durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (which is recited by these people). The angels say to them, “Continue engaging in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala, May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on you! Increase (your zikr and durood), may Allah Ta‘ala increase you (in good)!” When these people commence making the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala, the doors of the sky are opened for them, their du‘aas are answered, the damsels of Jannah peer down at them, and Allah Ta‘ala focuses His special mercy towards them so long as they do not engage in any other activity and they do not depart. When they depart from the musjid, the angels rise and search for the gatherings of zikr.”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

The Consideration of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) towards his Servants

‘Abdullah Roomi (rahimahullah) mentions that when Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would perform wudhu during the night, he would not take assistance from anyone (in pouring the water over his limbs). When someone suggested to him that he appoint one of the servants to assist him and pour the water for him, he said, “No! I do not wish to take service from them at night as the night is the time for them to rest.”

(Tabaqaat ibn Sa’d vol. 3 pg. 44)

Sunday, 09 September 2018 06:03

The Islam of Hazrat ‘Afeef Kindi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Hazrat ‘Afeef Kindi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a friend of Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was an ‘itr merchant by trade. Due to his trade, he would often travel to Yemen.

Hazrat ‘Afeef Kindi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says, “I was once in Mina with Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) when a man arrived. This man first performed wudhu in an excellent manner and then stood to perform salaah. Thereafter, a woman appeared, performed wudhu in the same manner and also stood to perform salaah. A little while later, an eleven-year-old boy arrived. He also performed wudhu and stood to perform salaah at the side of this man.