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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:32

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Four

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Inviting to Islam

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a person with whom his people were well acquainted. He was beloved to his people and he was also soft and gentle in nature. He was the most knowledgeable regarding the lineage of the various tribes that were part of the Quraish. Similarly, he was the most knowledgeable regarding the conditions and history of the Quraish and the good and bad that transpired among the Quraish. He was a businessman who possessed excellent character and virtue. His people would come to him and confide in him regarding various affairs, due to his knowledge, business acumen and the benefit of sitting in his company.

When Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) returned home, shaitaan began to instil doubts in his mind telling him, “O Hamzah! You are one of the leaders of the Quraish! How could you have followed this saabi (one who abandoned the religion of his forefathers)? Why have you abandoned the religion of your forefathers? It would have been better for you to die than to do this!”

Due to the attacks of shaitaan, Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) fell into some uncertainty and doubt. Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) relates, “I then turned to Allah Ta‘ala and made the following du‘aa:

اللهم إن كان رشدا فاجعل تصديقه في قلبي وإلا فاجعل لي مما وقعت فيه مخرجا

O Allah! If this religion that I have accepted is guidance, place its conviction into the depths of my heart! If it is not guidance then make a way for me to come out of it!”

According to another narration, Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) passed the night in this state of anxiety and restlessness. He was unable to sleep for even a moment. When this anxiety persisted and did not cease, he proceeded to the haram and made the following du‘aa with utmost humility, “O Allah! Open my heart to accept the truth and remove these doubts from my heart!”

Monday, 15 July 2019 07:52

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Three

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3. When making salaam, one should make salaam by saying “Assalaamu ‘Alaikum.” One may add to the words of the salaam by saying “Assalaamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah ” or “Assalaamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu”. Increasing the words in the salaam causes the reward to increase.

عن عمران بن حصين رضي الله عنه قال: جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: السلام عليكم فرد عليه السلام ثم جلس فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: عشر ثم جاء آخر فقال: السلام عليكم ورحمة الله فرد عليه فجلس فقال: عشرون ثم جاء آخر فقال: السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته فرد عليه فجلس فقال: ثلاثون (سنن أبي داود رقم 5197)

Hazrat ‘Imraan bin Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that once, a person came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and greeted him saying, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “He has received ten rewards.” Thereafter, another person came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and greeted him saying, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullah.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “He has received twenty rewards.” Thereafter, another person came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and greeted him saying, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “He has received thirty rewards.”

Sunday, 14 July 2019 14:58

The Sincerity of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah)

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When Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) began to prepare the Muwatta, there were many other ‘Ulamaa in Madinah Munawwarah who were also preparing kitaabs of Hadith. Hence, a certain person came to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) and remarked, “Why have you dedicated your time and effort to preparing this kitaab when many other ‘Ulamaa have prepared similar kitaabs?”

Friday, 12 July 2019 15:35

Showing Mercy to People

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عن جرير بن عبد الله قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا يرحم الله من لا يرحم الناس (صحيح البخاري رقم 7376)

Hazrat Jareer bin ‘Abdillah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah Ta‘ala does not shower His mercy on those who do not show mercy (and kindness) to people.”

عن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: أكثروا الصلاة علي في الليلة الزهراء واليوم الأغر فإن صلاتكم تعرض علي فأدعو لكم وأستغفر (القول البديع ص335)

Hazrat ‘Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Increase your recitation of durood upon me on the night and day of jumu‘ah as your durood is presented to me. I then make du‘aa for you and ask Allah Ta‘ala to forgive your sins.”

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:19

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Three

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First to Accept Islam from the Men

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first among the free men to accept the invitation of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and enter into the fold of Islam. (Al-Bidaayah-wan-Nihaayah 3/28)

Spontaneously Accepting the Invitation of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned:

ما دعوت أحدا إلى الإسلام إلا كانت له عنه كبوة وتردد ونظر إلا أبا بكر ما عتم حين ذكرته له ما تردد فيه

(At the beginning of Islam,) whoever I invited to Islam expressed some reservation, uncertainty and doubt regarding it, with the exception of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). When I invited him to Islam, he readily embraced it, without an iota of doubt and reservation.

(Usdul Ghaabah 3/21)

The moment Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard that Abu Jahal had spoken harshly to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he became enraged and set out in search of Abu Jahal.

It was the habit of Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that on returning from a hunt, he would first visit the haram. Accordingly, he came to the haram first and saw Abu Jahal sitting there with a group of the Quraish. He went towards Abu Jahal, and the moment he reached him, he struck him on the head with his bow so severely that his head was wounded. He then reprimanded him saying, “You have the audacity to hurl abuse at Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? I myself am a follower of his deen!”

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 05:41

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Two

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2. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has encouraged us in the Mubaarak Ahaadith to make salaam a common practice among ourselves. Making salaam will be a means of creating love and unity among ourselves.

عن عبد الله بن عمرو أن رجلا سأل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أي الإسلام خير قال: تطعم الطعام وتقرأ السلام على من عرفت ومن لم تعرف (صحيح البخاري رقم 12)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that a man once asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Which feature and etiquette of Islam is highly commendable and good?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Feeding the creation and greeting people with salaam whether you know them or not.”

عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا تدخلون الجنة حتى تؤمنوا ولا تؤمنوا حتى تحابوا أولا أدلكم على شيء إذا فعلمتموه تحاببتم أفشوا السلام بينكم (صحيح مسلم رقم 54)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “You will not enter Paradise until you bring Imaan; and you will not acquire perfect Imaan until you possess mutual love. Should I not show you a method whereby you will be able to inculcate mutual love among yourselves? Make salaam a common practice amongst yourselves (i.e. at the time of meeting each other).”

Mansoor bin Haashim reports:

We were once in the company of Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) in Qaadisiyyah when a man from Kufah came to him and began to speak ill of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) reproached the man saying, “Woe to you! How can you speak ill of a man who performed ‘esha and fajr with the same wudhu for forty five years (due to spending the entire night in salaah), and he would recite the entire Qur’aan Majeed in one night in two rakaats of salaah, and I acquired the knowledge of Fiqh with which I was blessed from none other than him?”

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 136)