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Hazrat Fudhail bin ‘Iyaadh (rahimahullah) once described Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in the following words:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was a Faqeeh (person blessed with the true understanding of Deen) and his mastery in the science of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) is well known to all. He was renowned for his piety, and Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with abundant wealth. He was known for his quality of showing kindness to those who sought assistance from him. He was steadfast and committed to imparting the knowledge of deen. He would pass the night in an excellent manner through engaging in the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala. He would remain silent and would speak very little. However, when he would be asked a mas’alah regarding halaal and haraam, then he would speak and would guide the person towards the truth in an excellent and gentle manner. He would avoid accepting any wealth or gifts from the ruler. If Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was asked any mas’alah regarding which there was an authentic Hadith, he would follow the Hadith and practice upon it. In the case where he did not find a Hadith, but was informed regarding the narrations of the Sahaabah and Taabi‘een, then he would follow what he received from the Sahaabah and Taabi‘een. If Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) did not find any Hadith or narration of the Sahaabah and Taabi‘een, he would employ his ijtihaad and thereafter deduce the shar’ee ruling for the mas’alah.

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 123)

Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:38

Purifying Oneself from Sins

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عن أبي عبيدة بن عبد الله عن أبيه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: التائب من الذنب كمن لا ذنب له (سنن ابن ماجة رقم 4250)

Hazrat Abu ‘Ubaidah (rahimahullah) reports from his father, Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The person who sincerely repents from a sin (and reforms his life) is like a person who has not committed the sin.”

Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:36

Saved from Wild Animals through Reciting Durood

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يحكى عن الشيخ أبي الحسن الشاذلي رحمه الله أنه كان ببعض المفازات فأتته السباع فخافهم على نفسه ففزع إلى الصلاة على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم مستندا إلى ما صح من أنه من صلى عليه صلى الله عليه عشرا وأن الصلاة من الله رحمة ومن رحمه الله كفاه كل مهمة فنجا بذلك صلى الله عليه وسلم تسليما كثيرا (القول البديع ص265)

It has been reported regarding Sheikh Abul Hasan Shaazili (rahimahullah) that on one occasion, he was in the wilderness when wild animals began to approach him. Fearing that these animals would harm him, he immediately resorted to reciting durood and salaat upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The reason for him doing this is that it is reported in the authentic Ahaadith that when a person sends one salaat upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Allah Ta‘ala sends ten salaat (i.e. mercies) upon him, and the one upon whom Allah Ta‘ala showers His mercy, Allah Ta‘ala suffices him for all the worries and difficulties that he faces. Hence, through reciting durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sheikh Shaazili (rahimahullah) was saved from the wild animals.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:38

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Thirty-Five

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Appointment as the Khalifah:

Before passing away, Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not appoint any specific person to succeed him as the Khalifah. Instead, when someone suggested to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he appoint the next Khalifah, he said, “If I do not appoint a Khalifah, then Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not appoint a Khalifah, and if I appoint a Khalifah, then Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed a Khalifah.”

Sunday, 11 November 2018 06:35

The Humility of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was greatly honored and held in high esteem by the people. However, despite the people respecting him, he always thought nothing of himself. Below are two incidents that highlight the humility of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah):

Muhammed bin Moosa reports that he once saw a person from Khuraasaan come to Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) and say to him, “All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who blessed me with the opportunity of seeing you!” Hearing the words of this man and the high position that he afforded him, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) responded saying, “Wait! Why are you honoring me in this way? Really, I do not feel that I am worthy of this honor.”

On another occasion, a person praised Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) saying, “May Allah Ta‘ala reward you immensely on behalf of Islam for the great service you have done for deen!” Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was affected by the praise to the point where his facial expression changed. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thereafter responded, “No! Rather, I owe everything to Islam for the goodness that I received through Islam. I therefore make du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala grant me the ability to show true gratitude for the favour of Islam. Who am I? I do not feel myself worthy of any honor.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 225)

On the day after Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) brought the following luminaries to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan bin Maz‘oon (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Abu ‘Ubaidah bin Jarraah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Abu Salamah bin ‘Abdil Asad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Arqam bin Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

All of them embraced Islam together in one sitting.

Saturday, 10 November 2018 05:17

Sunnats of the Musjid – Part Nine

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29. While in the Musjid, remain constantly engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala.

عن علي بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : يوشك أن يأتي على الناس زمان لا يبقى من الإسلام إلا اسمه ولا يبقى من القرآن إلا رسمه مساجدهم عامرة وهي خراب من الهدى (شعب الإيمان رقم 1763)

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Soon a time will come upon the ummah where nothing of Islam will remain except in names (i.e. people will have Islamic names but no Islamic values), and nothing of the Qur’aan will remain except its words. Their masaajid will be built in a beautiful manner but will be void of guidance (i.e. people will not perform salaah in it).”

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)’s love for Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) can be understood from the fact that he named his children after them viz. Abu Bakr bin ‘Ali and ‘Umar bin ‘Ali (rahimahumallah). (Tabaqaat ibnu Sa’d 3/14)

The Shiah claim that Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) hated Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) due to them usurping the Khilaafah from him. This claim is false and baseless as it is authentically proven that Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) loved Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and regarded them most worthy for the Khilaafah. In fact, it is reported that Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was not pleased with any person becoming the Khalifah after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) besides Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sunday, 04 November 2018 04:20

The Blessing of Sabr

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عن إبراهيم بن مهدي السلمي عن أبيه عن جده وكانت له صحبة من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : إن العبد إذا سبقت له من الله منزلة لم يبلغها بعمله ابتلاه الله في جسده أو في ماله أو في ولده قال أبو داود : زاد ابن نفيل : ثم صبره على ذلك ثم اتفقا حتى يبلغه المنزلة التي سبقت له من الله تعالى (سنن أبي داود رقم 3090)

Hazrat Ebrahim bin Mahdi As-Sulami (rahimahullah) narrates from his father, who narrates from his grandfather, who was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When Allah Ta‘ala wishes to bless a servant with a high rank that has been decreed for him (in Jannah), but the servant is unable to reach this high rank through his deeds and efforts, then Allah Ta‘ala brings about tests in his life and body, wealth, or his children. Allah Ta‘ala then blesses him with the taufeeq of sabr and enables him to exercise patience over this test, until Allah Ta‘ala causes him to reach the rank which Allah Ta‘ala had decreed for him.”

Sunday, 04 November 2018 04:07

Saved through the Blessing of Durood

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يحكى عن الشبلي رحمه الله قال : مات رجل من جيراني فرأيته في المنام فقلت : ما فعل الله بك فقال : يا شبلي مرت بي أهوال عظيمة وذلك أنه أرتج علي عند السؤال فقلت في نفسي : من أين أتي علي ألم أمت على الإسلام فنوديت : هذه عقوبة إهمالك للسانك في الدنيا فلما هم بي الملكان حال بيني وبينهما رجل جميل الشخص طيب الرائحة فذكرني حجتي فذكرتها فقلت : من أنت يرحمك الله قال : أنا شخص خلقت من كثرة صلاتك على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وأمرت أن أنصرك في كل كرب ذكره ابن بشكوال (القول البديع ص265)

Sheikh Shibli (rahimahullah) reports the following incident: On one occasion, one of my neighbors passed away. Sometime later, I saw him in a dream. I asked him, “How did Allah Ta‘ala deal with you?” He replied, “O Shibli! I underwent great distress and difficulty, as I was unable to reply to the questions of the angels in the grave! When I found that I was unable to speak and reply, I thought to myself, ‘Why am I undergoing such hardship? Did I not pass away with Imaan?’ As soon as this thought crossed my mind, a voice called out to me, ‘This is the punishment for you being negligent regarding the use of your tongue in the dunya.’ Thereafter, when the two angels wished to punish me, a man who was most handsome and had an extremely exquisite fragrance emitting from him intervened between me and the angels and assisted me to give the correct answer. After giving the correct answer to the angels and being saved from the punishment, I asked the man, ‘Who are you? May Allah have mercy on you!’ The man answered, ‘I am a man who has been created by Allah through the abundant durood that you recited on Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I have been sent and commanded to assist you at the time of your difficulty.’”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ