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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 06:41

Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People – Part One

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Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

When the verse “And warn your close relatives” was revealed, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed me to bring a saa’ (approximately 3.2kg) of grain, the shoulder of a goat and a bowl of milk. He then requested me to summon all the children of Muttalib.I did as instructed and approximately forty people responded. Among them were his uncles; Abu Taalib, Hamzah, ‘Abbaas and Abu Lahab.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 09:36

Openly Inviting to Islam – Part Two

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After being commanded by Allah to invite to Islam openly, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ascended Mt Safaa and summoned all of the tribes of the Quraish by name. When they had all assembled, he asked them, “If I were to inform you that there is an army on the other side of this mountain that wishes to attack you, would you believe me?” In one voice, they all responded, “We will definitely believe you since we have never known you to be anything but honest and truthful!”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “I am warning you of a severe punishment (that will befall you if you do not accept my message from Allah Ta‘ala).” Abu Lahab retorted, “Woe unto you! May you perish! Is it only for this purpose that you assembled us here?”

It was in this regard that Surah ‘Tabbat Yadaa Abi Lahab’ (may the hands of Abu Lahab perish) was revealed.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/172)

Saturday, 05 January 2019 09:10

Openly Inviting to Islam - Part One

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For three years, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) continued inviting people to Islam secretly and people gradually embraced Islam. After this period of three years, the following command was revealed, instructing Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to invite to Islam openly:

فَاصۡدَعۡ بِمَا تُؤۡمَرُ وَ اَعۡرِضۡ عَنِ الۡمُشۡرِکِیۡنَ ﴿۹۴﴾

Then proclaim openly that which you have been instructed (i.e. Islam) and turn away from the disbelievers (Surah Hijr v. 94)

وَ اَنۡذِرۡ عَشِیۡرَتَکَ الۡاَقۡرَبِیۡنَ ﴿۲۱۴﴾ۙ وَ اخۡفِضۡ جَنَاحَکَ لِمَنِ اتَّبَعَکَ مِنَ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۲۱۵﴾ۚ

And warn your close relatives and treat those believers who have followed you with affection and kindness (Surah Shu‘araa v. 214-215)

وَ قُلۡ اِنِّیۡۤ اَنَا النَّذِیۡرُ الۡمُبِیۡنُ ﴿ۚ۸۹﴾

And say (O Muhammed) I am indeed an open warner (Surah Hijr v. 89)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/171)

Sunday, 30 December 2018 06:08

The Savior of the Sunnah

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In Baghdad, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) was known by the title ‘Naasir-us-Sunnah’ (the savior of the Sunnah).

Haafiz Ibnu Katheer (rahimahullah) says, “Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) memorized the Qur’aan Majeed when he was only seven, the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) when he was ten, and his Shaikh, Muslim bin Khallaad Al-Zanji (rahimahullah), permitted him to pass verdicts (Fatwa) when he was only fifteen (some narrations state that he was eighteen).”

Hazrat Abu Thowr (rahimahullah), one of the Mujtahideen of that era, says, “We never saw anyone as great as Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah).”

(Al-Bidaayah-wan-Nihaayah 10/276)

Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:58

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Forty Two

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Appointment as the Khalifah (continued)

On arriving at the home of Hazrat Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) found Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) standing in salaah.

When he completed his salaah, he turned to Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “I have asked the people regarding the two of you, and I did not find any person who considered anyone from among the people to be greater than you in deeni status and position.”

Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then made Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) pledge that from the two of them, the one whom he appointed as Khalifah would definitely rule with justice, and the one who was not appointed would definitely be pleased with the decision that was taken and accept the other person as Khalifah.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 14:26

Assembly of Muslims in Daar-e-Arqam

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As people continued to gradually embrace Islam, the number of Muslims increased until they now formed a small group. At that time, the house of Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was chosen as a place for all the Muslims to congregate.

Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among the first Muslims, being either the seventh or tenth person to embrace Islam. His house was on Mt Safaa.

Right until Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would gather at the house of Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). After Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) embraced Islam, the Muslims would gather wherever they wished.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/171)

On one occasion, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) passed by the gathering of Abu Haazim (rahimahullah) who was engaged in narrating the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) passed by and did not participate in the gathering.

When someone asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) the reason for this, he replied, “I did not find any place to sit in the gathering, and I disliked (and did not regard it in keeping to the high levels of respect) to listen to the blessed Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while standing.”

(Tazyeen-ul-Mamaalik pg. 37)

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:14

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Forty

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Appointment as the Khalifah (continued)

After the three days and nights had elapsed, Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to the home of his nephew, Hazrat Miswar bin Makhramah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). On arriving, he found him asleep, and thus awoke him saying, “You are sleeping, O Miswar? By Allah, I indeed had very little sleep for the last three days!”

Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then said to him, “Go and call Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” Hazrat Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “Who should I call first?” Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Whoever you wish.”

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard the report of his brother, Hazrat Unais (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he said, “My heart is not yet fully satisfied and convinced.”

Most probably, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) wanted to hear a detailed description of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the stories regarding him. The report of his brother was too concise and was thus insufficient for him and could not satisfy him.

Hazrat Abu Bakr bin ‘Ayyaash (rahimahullah) reports the following:

When the brother of Hazrat Sufyaan Thowri (rahimahullah), Hazrat ‘Umar bin Sa‘eed (rahimahullah), passed away, we came to Hazrat Sufyaan (rahimahullah) to offer our condolences to him. When we arrived at his majlis, we found that there were many people present, including Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Idrees (rahimahullah).

While I was there, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) suddenly arrived with a group of people. As soon as Hazrat Sufyaan Thowri (rahimahullah) saw him, he moved from his place and stood. He then hugged Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and made him sit in his own place, thereafter sitting in front of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) with the utmost humility.

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