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Sunday, 25 February 2018 06:55

The Praise of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was once asked regarding Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah). Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thus said the following:

Allah Ta‘ala favored us and blessed us with Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah). We would learn the verdicts of the various ‘Ulamaa and we would record the knowledge of their kitaabs until Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) came to us. When we heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) speak, we realized that he was blessed with more knowledge of Deen than others. We thus sat with him (to learn the knowledge of Deen) during the days and the nights, and we only saw every form of goodness from him.”

Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:10

Gaining the Mercy of Allah Ta‘ala

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وعن أبي أمامة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أولى الناس بالله من بدأهم بالسلام (سنن أبي داود #5197)

Hazrat Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who makes salaam to other people first is the closest of them to (receiving the mercy and forgiveness of) Allah Ta‘ala (in exchange of this action of initiating salaam).”

Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:06

The Virtue of Making Salaam First

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عن عبد الله عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال البادئ بالسلام بريء من الكبر (شعب الإيمان #8407)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who hastens to make salaam first (it is a sign that he) is free from pride.”

عن جابر بن سمرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إني لأعرف حجرا بمكة كان يسلم علي قبل أن أبعث إني لأعرفه الآن (صحيح مسلم #2277)

Hazrat Jaabir bin Samurah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed I recognize a stone in Makkah Mukarramah that would make salaam to me before I received nubuwwah. Indeed I recognize that stone even now.”

Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:18

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Eight

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Dream before Islam:

Hazrat Yazid bin Roomaan (rahimahullah) narrates:

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had proceeded, after Hazrat Zubair bin ‘Awwaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had accepted Islam, until they entered into the blessed presence of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invited them to Islam, recited a portion of the Qur’aan Majeed to them, informed them of the rights of Islam and promised them to receive honor from Allah Ta‘ala if they upheld the Deen of Islam. They both brought Imaan and accepted the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

After these initial stages of preparation, when it was time to demolish the original structure, nobody had the courage to stand and break down the house of Allah. Eventually, Waleed bin Mugheerah, took a shovel, stood and proclaimed before Allah Ta‘ala:

اللهم لا نريد الا الخير

O Allah! Our intentions are nothing but good (i.e. our intention in breaking the divine house is not evil – Allah forbid)!

Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:41

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part One

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Du‘aa is a means through which a servant draws from the treasures of Allah Ta‘ala. Du‘aa is the essence of all ibaadat. Allah Ta‘ala becomes pleased with those servants who continuously and repeatedly turn to Him in du‘aa and becomes displeased with those servants who do not beg of Him through du‘aa. Du‘aa is described in the Mubaarak Ahaadith as being the weapon of a believer. Hence it is extremely essential for a believer to make du‘aa part of his daily routine thereby seeking the divine grace of Allah Ta‘ala in all his affairs and seeking solutions for all his problems. However, just as there are certain sunnats and etiquettes for all ibaadaat, similarly there are sunnats and etiquettes for duaa.[1]

Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:35

Respect for the People of Madinah Munawwarah

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Hazrat Yahya (rahimahullah) reports:

We (the students of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah)) would gather at the door of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah). Once we had all gathered, a person would announce, “The people of Madinah Munawwarah should first enter.” After the people of Madinah Munawwarah would enter, this person would make an announcement for the other students to enter. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) would thereafter enter and make salaam, after which he would remain silent. We would also remain silent in the presence of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) for some moments (before the lesson would commence).

عن يعلى بن مرة الثقفي قال بينما نحن نسير مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ونزلنا منزلا فنام رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فجاءت شجرة تشق الأرض حتى غشيته ثم رجعت إلى مكانها فلما استيقظ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ذكرت ذلك له فقال هي شجرة استأذنت ربها عز وجل في أن تسلم علي فأذن لها (القول البديع ص162)

Hazrat Ya’laa bin Murrah Thaqafee (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “We were once travelling with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when we halted at a certain place. After halting, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went to sleep. Thereafter, a tree came, forging its way through the earth, until it covered Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), after which it left and returned to its place. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) awoke, I mentioned to him what had transpired. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘It is a tree that asked its Rabb for permission to (come to me and) make salaam to me. Allah Ta‘ala granted permission to this tree.’”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:30

The Worthlessness of the Dunya

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عن سهل بن سعد قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لو كانت الدنيا تعدل عند الله جناح بعوضة ما سقى كافرا من شربة ماء (سنن الترمذي #2320)

Hazrat Sahl bin Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If the dunya was equal to the wing of a mosquito in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala, then Allah Ta‘ala would not have given a kaafir a sip of water to drink.”

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:19

A Virtuous Durood

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حكى الكمال الدميري في الديات من شرح المنهاج عن الشيخ أبي عبد الله بن النعمان أنه رأى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في منامه مئة مرة وقال له في الأخيرة منها يا رسول الله أي الصلاة عليك أفضل فقال قل اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد الذي ملأت قلبه من جلالك وعينه من جمالك فأصبح فرحا مسرورا مؤيدا منصورا (القول البديع ص 147)

Kamaal Ad-Dameeri (rahimahullah) has narrated in diyaat of Shar-hul-Minhaaj that Sheikh Abu ‘Abdillah bin Nu’maan (rahimahullah) was blessed to see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in his dream one hundred times. During the last dream in which he saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he asked, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Which durood is virtuous for me to recite upon you?”