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Sunday, 23 January 2022 05:38

Sunnats and Aadaab of Sleeping – Part Two

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11. Do not sleep unnecessarily after Maghrib. If you have a need to sleep (e.g. due to illness or extreme tiredness) then get someone to wake up you up for Esha or set an alarm. [1]

Hazrat Abu Barzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked that a person sleep before Esha (i.e. after Maghrib), and engage in discussions after Esha (in the case where there is no need). [2]

Thursday, 20 January 2022 10:16

Love being Placed in the Hearts of Allah’s Servants

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عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن الله إذا أحب عبدا دعا جبريل فقال: إني أحب فلانا فأحبه قال: فيحبه جبريل ثم ينادي في السماء فيقول: إن الله يحب فلانا فأحبوه فيحبه أهل السماء قال ثم يوضع له القبول في الأرض وإذا أبغض عبدا دعا جبريل فيقول: إني أبغض فلانا فأبغضه قال فيبغضه جبريل ثم ينادي في أهل السماء إن الله يبغض فلانا فأبغضوه قال: فيبغضونه ثم توضع له البغضاء في الأرض (صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 2637)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed, when Allah Ta‘ala is pleased with a servant (due to his piety), He calls out to Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and says, ‘Indeed I love so-and-so, so you should also love him.’ Hence, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) begins to love him. Thereafter, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) calls out in the sky and says, ‘Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala loves so-and-so, so all of you should also love him.’ Accordingly, the inhabitants of the sky begin to love him. Thereafter, his acceptance comes down and is placed in the earth (i.e. his love enters the hearts of Allah Ta‘ala’s servants. On the contrary,) when Allah Ta‘ala is displeased with a servant (due to his sinning and evil), He calls out to Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and says, ‘Indeed, I am displeased with so-and-so, so you should also be displeased with him.’ Hence, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) becomes displeased with him. Thereafter, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) calls out in the sky and says, ‘Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala is displeased with so-and-so, so all of you should also be displeased with him.’ Accordingly, the inhabitants of the sky become displeased with him. Thereafter, hatred for him comes down and is placed in the earth (i.e. hatred for him enters the hearts of Allah Ta‘ala’s servants).”

Hazrat Aasim bin Dhamrah (rahimahullah) reports:

On one occasion, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed us saying, “Shall I inform you regarding the one who is regarded as a true Faqeeh? The true Faqeeh is the one who does not cause people to lose hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, and neither does he give them concession to engage in the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala. The true Faqeeh does not make people feel secure regarding the punishment of Allah Ta‘ala, and he does not leave the Qur’aan Majeed for anything else besides it (i.e. he holds onto the teachings of the Qur’aan Majeed at all times).”

While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was traveling on the buraaq, he passed by an old woman. The old woman called out to him, but Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) said, “Continue traveling, and do not pay any attention to her.” As they continued, they passed by an old man, and he also called out to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) once again said, “Continue traveling.”

Monday, 17 January 2022 05:13

Sunnats and Aadaab of Sleeping – Part One

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1. After the Esha Salaah, do not while away your time in idle conversation. Instead, try to sleep as early as possible so that you may be able to wake up for Tahajjud Salaah and perform your Fajr Salaah on time. However, if there is a valid need to remain awake e.g. participating in a Deeni program, discussing Deeni masaa’il, an important mashwarah, etc. then it will be permissible for you to engage in such discussions after Esha. [1]

Hazrat Abu Barzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disliked that a person sleep before Esha, and engage in discussions after Esha (in the case where there is no need). [2]

Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) engaged in discussions after Esha with Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding a matter concerning the Muslims while I was also present.” [3]

Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that she had never seen Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sleep before Esha, nor did she see him engage in idle discussions after Esha. He would either engage in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala after Esha, thereby reaping the rewards of the Hereafter and becoming successful, or he would go to sleep, thereby saving himself (from being engaged in things of no benefit). Hazrat Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) further says, “Engaging in talks after Esha is permissible for three groups of people; for a married couple, a traveller (to assist him in remaining awake and completing the journey) and one who intends performing salaah during the night.” [4]

Sunday, 16 January 2022 09:47

The Status of Saheeh Muslim – Part Four

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There is consensus of the Ulama that the Saheeh of Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) and the Saheeh of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) are the two most authentic kitaabs after the Qur’aan Majeed. From the two, the Saheeh of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) is regarded as more authentic and holds a higher rank. (Tadreeb-ur-Raawi 1/96)

Abu Muhammed, Abdus Salaam bin Abdir Rahmaan Husaini (rahimahullah), who was a Sayyid (a descendent of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)), once mentioned the following incident:

On one occasion, I was in the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah, and a period of three days passed in which I had nothing to eat. Eventually, I went to the mimbar of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and performed two rakaats of nafl salaah. Thereafter, I addressed Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O my grandfather (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I am experiencing hunger, and I express my desire before you to eat thareed (a dish comprising of pieces of bread, gravy and meat).”

Thursday, 13 January 2022 10:03

The Blessing of Serving the Elderly

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عن أنس بن مالك قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما أكرم شاب شيخا لسنه إلا قيض الله له من يكرمه عند سنه (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2022)

Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whichever young person honors (and serves) an old person, on account of his advanced age, then Allah Ta‘ala will cause people to honor (and serve) him when he reaches old age.”

Kumail bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) reports the following:

On one occasion, I accompanied Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as he came out from the city and proceeded towards Jabbaan (the outskirts of the city of Kufah). On coming to Jabbaan, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) turned towards the cemetery and called out, “O inhabitants of the graves! O people whose bodies have decomposed! O people of loneliness! What is your condition? Our condition is that the estates of the deceased have been wound up and distributed, the children of the deceased have been orphaned and the spouses of the deceased have now remarried! This is our condition, so inform us regarding your condition?”

Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:02

The Mi’raaj in Detail – Part Three

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Hazrat Shaddaad bin Aws (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

While traveling (on the buraaq from Makkah Mukarramah), we passed by a land which contained many date palms. As we came to this land, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) said to me, “Dismount from the buraaq and perform some nafl salaah here.” I thus dismounted and performed some nafl salaah.