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Harthamah narrates:

On one occasion, I came to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and informed him that Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen, Haroon Rasheed, had conveyed salaams to him. I also informed him that Haroon Rasheed had given the instruction that he should be given five thousand dinaars (gold coins) as a gift.

‘Utbah took his leave from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and returned to his associates, but the ‘Utbah who returned was not the same ‘Utbah who went. This is why Abu Jahal exclaimed, “’Utbah does not look like the same ‘Utbah. It seems as though ‘Utbah has turned into a Saabi (one who has renounced the religion of his forefathers).”

After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied to ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah, he recited the following verses of the Qur’aan Majeed before him:

حٰمٓ ۚ﴿۱﴾ تَنۡزِیۡلٌ مِّنَ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِیۡمِ ۚ﴿۲﴾ کِتٰبٌ فُصِّلَتۡ اٰیٰتُہٗ قُرۡاٰنًا عَرَبِیًّا لِّقَوۡمٍ یَّعۡلَمُوۡنَ ۙ﴿۳﴾ بَشِیۡرًا وَّ نَذِیۡرًا ۚ فَاَعۡرَضَ اَکۡثَرُہُمۡ فَہُمۡ لَا یَسۡمَعُوۡنَ ﴿۴﴾ وَ قَالُوۡا قُلُوۡبُنَا فِیۡۤ اَکِنَّۃٍ مِّمَّا تَدۡعُوۡنَاۤ اِلَیۡہِ وَ فِیۡۤ اٰذَانِنَا وَقۡرٌ وَّ مِنۡۢ بَیۡنِنَا وَ بَیۡنِکَ حِجَابٌ فَاعۡمَلۡ اِنَّنَا عٰمِلُوۡنَ ؓ﴿۵﴾ قُلۡ اِنَّمَاۤ اَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثۡلُکُمۡ یُوۡحٰۤی اِلَیَّ اَنَّمَاۤ اِلٰـہُکُمۡ اِلٰہٌ وَّاحِدٌ فَاسۡتَقِیۡمُوۡۤا اِلَیۡہِ وَ اسۡتَغۡفِرُوۡہُ ؕ وَ وَیۡلٌ لِّلۡمُشۡرِکِیۡنَ ۙ﴿۶﴾ الَّذِیۡنَ لَا یُؤۡتُوۡنَ الزَّکٰوۃَ وَ ہُمۡ بِالۡاٰخِرَۃِ ہُمۡ کٰفِرُوۡنَ ﴿۷﴾ اِنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا وَ عَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ لَہُمۡ اَجۡرٌ غَیۡرُ مَمۡنُوۡنٍ ٪﴿۸﴾ قُلۡ اَئِنَّکُمۡ لَتَکۡفُرُوۡنَ بِالَّذِیۡ خَلَقَ الۡاَرۡضَ فِیۡ یَوۡمَیۡنِ وَ تَجۡعَلُوۡنَ لَہٗۤ اَنۡدَادًا ؕ ذٰلِکَ رَبُّ الۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ ۚ﴿۹﴾ وَ جَعَلَ فِیۡہَا رَوَاسِیَ مِنۡ فَوۡقِہَا وَ بٰرَکَ فِیۡہَا وَ قَدَّرَ فِیۡہَاۤ اَقۡوَاتَہَا فِیۡۤ اَرۡبَعَۃِ اَیَّامٍ ؕ سَوَآءً لِّلسَّآئِلِیۡنَ ﴿۱۰﴾ ثُمَّ اسۡتَوٰۤی اِلَی السَّمَآءِ وَ ہِیَ دُخَانٌ فَقَالَ لَہَا وَ لِلۡاَرۡضِ ائۡتِیَا طَوۡعًا اَوۡ کَرۡہًا ؕ قَالَتَاۤ اَتَیۡنَا طَآئِعِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱﴾ فَقَضٰہُنَّ سَبۡعَ سَمٰوَاتٍ فِیۡ یَوۡمَیۡنِ وَ اَوۡحٰی فِیۡ کُلِّ سَمَآءٍ اَمۡرَہَا ؕ وَ زَیَّنَّا السَّمَآءَ الدُّنۡیَا بِمَصَابِیۡحَ ٭ۖ وَ حِفۡظًا ؕ ذٰلِکَ تَقۡدِیۡرُ الۡعَزِیۡزِ الۡعَلِیۡمِ ﴿۱۲﴾ فَاِنۡ اَعۡرَضُوۡا فَقُلۡ اَنۡذَرۡتُکُمۡ صٰعِقَۃً مِّثۡلَ صٰعِقَۃِ عَادٍ وَّ ثَمُوۡدَ ﴿ؕ۱۳﴾

Saturday, 31 August 2019 05:46

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Seven

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Incident regarding his accepting Islam (continued)

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) then says:

I knocked on the door and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came out. I then asked, “O Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), I have learnt that you have forsaken the ways of your people, and abandoned the religion of your forefathers?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “O Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! I am the messenger of Allah Ta‘ala to you and to humanity at large, so bring Imaan in Allah Ta‘ala.” I then asked, “What is your proof of your being appointed as the messenger of Allah Ta‘ala?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “The learned Sheikh whom you met in Yemen.”

Sunday, 25 August 2019 06:48

Always Turning to Allah

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Ebrahim Al-Muzani mentions, “Once, I performed haj and came to the mubaarak city of Madinah Munawwarah. While I was there, Ismaa‘eel bin Ja’far Al-Khayyaat narrated the following incident to me. He said:

I was once in a situation and I needed to know the Islamic ruling in regard to that situation. I thus went to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) and asked him the ruling. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) responded, “Give me some time to think over the matter.” I thus departed from Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) in the condition that I felt that Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) did not have sufficient knowledge in regard to the mas’alah I had asked. I thought to myself, “This is the man to whom people travel from far and wide to seek shar’ee rulings, yet he is unable to give me an immediate answer to my mas’alah!”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah, “O Abul Waleed! Have you said what you wish to say?” When ‘Utbah replied in the affirmative, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Very well, now listen to what I wish to say. I neither crave for your riches and wealth nor do I have any inclination towards your leadership and rule. I am the Rasul of Allah Ta‘ala whom He has sent to you with His divine message. He has revealed a divine book unto me and has commanded me to give you glad tidings of His reward and warnings of His punishment. I have conveyed His message to you, and as a form of good counsel and wishing good for you, I have cautioned you. If you accept this message, it will be a source of success for you in both the worlds. However, if you fail to accept this message, I am willing to exercise patience until Allah Ta‘ala passes judgment between us.”

(To be continued)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/186)

‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah addressed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O nephew! Why do you have to concern yourself with these issues? If it is wealth that you desire, we will amass so much of wealth for you that even the richest man will not be able to rival you. If you wish to get married, we will get you married to whichever woman you wish and to how many women you want. If honour and leadership is what you desire, we will elect you as our leader. If you aspire to take on the reigns of government and kingship, we will appoint you as our king. If an evil spirit possesses you, we will provide the treatment to remove it.”

(To be continued)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/186)

Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:11

The Spread of Islam and the Quraish of Makkah Mukarramah

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When the Quraish saw that Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had also embraced Islam, and with every passing day, the number of the Muslims was increasing, Abu Jahal, ‘Utbah, Shaibah, Waleed bin Mugheerah, Umayyah bin Khalaf, Aswad bin Muttalib and other leaders of the Quraish held a meeting in which they appointed ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah as their spokesman to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He was a man unrivalled by any of his contemporaries in sorcery, soothsaying and poetry.

Hasan bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) mentions:

On one occasion, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) noticed that a certain person seated in his gathering was wearing clothing that was tattered and old. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) asked this person to remain seated after the majlis (gathering) had terminated.

The man did as requested and waited after the majlis, until all the other people had dispersed. Once they were alone, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said to him, “Lift the musallah.” When the man lifted the musallah, he saw that there were a thousand dirhams beneath it. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) then commanded him to take the money and said to him, “Use this money to fulfill your needs and improve your condition.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 231)

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:42

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Six

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Incident regarding his accepting Islam (continued)

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) then says:

After completing my work in Yemen, I returned to the learned sheikh to bid him farewell. He asked me, “Do you wish to hear a few verses of poetry which I have composed in praise of the final Nabi?” I agreed and he recited the couplets.

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