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After speaking to the Jewish scholars and receiving the three questions that they should pose to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Nadhr and ‘Uqbah returned to Makkah filled with joy and said to the Quraish, “We have returned with something that will decisively conclude this matter.” They then came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and posed these questions to him.

Thursday, 27 February 2020 05:46

The Quraish of Makkah Consult the Jewish Scholars - Part One

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When the Quraish realized that their questions were foolish and prejudiced, they engaged in mutual consultation and decided to send Nadhr bin Haarith and ‘Uqbah bin Abu Mu‘ait to Madinah Munawwarah to enquire regarding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) from the Jewish scholars residing there. The reason for them going to the Jews is that they were reasonably acquainted with the knowledge of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) and were more knowledgeable regarding the signs of the prophets.

Since Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was sent to this world as Rahmatan Lil-Aalameen (a mercy unto the worlds), the various forms of divine punishment that had befallen the various ummats were withdrawn from this ummat due to the barakah (blessing) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) rejected this proposal of the Quraish as well, they replied, “Very well! Make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to send some divine punishment upon us.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “It is the prerogative of Allah Ta‘ala to decide whether He will punish you or grant you respite.”

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) rejected this proposal of the Quraish, they replied, “Very well! If you cannot do this for us, then make du‘aa for yourself for Allah Ta‘ala to send an angel from the heavens who will accompany you wherever you go and attest to your truthfulness. Also request Allah to bless you with orchards, palaces and treasures of gold and silver through which your nobility and piety will become clear. We observe that you also go to the market places in search of sustenance.”

After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) rejected this proposal of the Quraish, they said to him, “Very well, if you do not accept our previous proposal, then we wish to make another proposal which we hope that you will accept.

“You are aware of the fact that your people are in poverty, and this city of Makkah is also in constraints. We are surrounded by mountains on all sides, without any trace of greenery and lushness. Thus, request your Lord, who has commissioned you as a prophet, to move the mountains of this city elsewhere so that this city becomes more spacious.

Saturday, 23 November 2019 05:07

The Revelation of Surah Kaafiroon

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The Quraish requested Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to refrain from speaking out against their idols. They further requested that if this was not possible, then they could come to a compromise where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) should worship their idols for one year, and they would worship his deity for the next year and so forth. When the Quraish made this proposal, the following surah was revealed:

قُلۡ یٰۤاَیُّہَا الۡکٰفِرُوۡنَ ۙ﴿۱﴾ لَاۤ اَعۡبُدُ مَا تَعۡبُدُوۡنَ ۙ﴿۲﴾ وَ لَاۤ اَنۡتُمۡ عٰبِدُوۡنَ مَاۤ اَعۡبُدُ ۚ﴿۳﴾ وَ لَاۤ اَنَا عَابِدٌ مَّا عَبَدۡتُّمۡ ۙ﴿۴﴾ وَ لَاۤ اَنۡتُمۡ عٰبِدُوۡنَ مَاۤ اَعۡبُدُ ؕ﴿۵﴾ لَکُمۡ دِیۡنُکُمۡ وَلِیَ دِیۡنِ ٪﴿۶﴾

Say! O you disbelievers! I do not worship what you worship, nor do you worship that which I worship. Neither will I worship that which you worship, nor will you worship that which I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion. (Surah Kaafiroon)

Thursday, 14 November 2019 05:36

A Gathering Devoid of Zikr and Durood

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عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما اجتمع قوم ثم تفرقوا عن غير ذكر الله عز وجل وصلاة على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إلا قاموا عن أنتن جيفة (القول البديع ص318)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whenever a group of people gather, and thereafter terminate their gathering and depart without remembering Allah Ta‘ala or sending durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the gathering, it is as though they have gathered around a foul smelling corpse and thereafter departed (i.e. the gathering which is void of Allah’s remembrance and durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is so reprehensible that it is compared to a foul smelling corpse which no person wishes to go near).”

عن يزيد بن أبي سعيد المدني مولى المهدي قال ودعت عمر بن عبد العزيز فقال إن لي إليك حاجة قال يا أمير المؤمنين كيف ترى حاجتك عندي قال إني أراك إذا أتيت المدينة سترى قبر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأقرئه مني السلام أخرجه ابن أبي الدنيا ومن طريقه البيهقي في الشعب وعن حاتم بن وردان قال كان عمر بن عبد العزيز يوجه البريد من الشام قاصدا المدينة ليقرئ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم عنه السلام أخرجه البيهقي في الشعب (القول البديع ص421)

Yazeed bin Abi Sa‘eed Al-Madani mentions, “On one occasion (when intending to travel to Madinah Munawwarah), I bid farewell to Hazrat ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah). Hazrat ‘Umar (rahimahullah) said to me, ‘I have a wish which I need you to fulfill for me.’ I replied, ‘O Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen! What wish do you need me to fulfill?’ He answered, ‘When you reach Madinah Munawwarah and you see the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), then convey my salaams to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).’”

Haatim bin Wardaan reports, “Hazrat ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) would send a messenger from Shaam to Madinah Munawwarah (without any other purpose except) to convey his salaam to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 05:13

The Practice of Eighty Durood after Asr on Friday

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Q: Is the eighty durood that is recited after Asr on Friday a practice which is established in Deen? Does it have a source in the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)?

A: The practice of reciting eighty durood after Asr on Friday is established in Deen. This practice is established from the following Hadith of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من صلى صلاة العصر من يوم الجمعة فقال قبل أن يقوم من مكانه اللهم صل على محمد النبي الأمي وعلى آله وسلم تسليماً ثمانين مرة غفرت له ذنوب ثمانين عاماً وكتبت له عبادة ثمانين سنة (القول البديع عن ابن بشكوال صـ 399)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who performs Asr Salaah on Friday and thereafter recites eighty times before standing up from his place اللهم صل على محمد النبي الأمي وعلى آله وسلم تسليماً, eighty years of sins are forgiven for him and eighty years of (nafl) ibaadat are written for him”.