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Monday, 20 March 2017 13:34

Aversion for Pictures

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Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, a person asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) whether pictures of animate objects could be kept in one’s home. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) replied, “Pictures should not be kept in the home.”

Hearing this, a man from Iraq, who happened to be present, asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), “Then how is it that there is a picture in your home?” Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) was surprised to hear this and immediately said, “I have been living in this home for such-and-such a period and I never saw the picture! (perhaps the picture was in a place that was not clearly noticeable) ” Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) then instructed the man saying, “Stand and erase the picture.” The man thus took a stick, wrapped a piece of cloth around it, and used it to rub the picture until it was completely erased.”

(Al-Deebaaj-ul-Muzahhab vol. 1 pg. 97)

Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:51

An Embodiment of ‘Ilm and ‘Amal

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Ahmed bin Basheer (rahimahullah) and Hafs bin Ghiyaath (rahimahullah) have both mentioned the following:

At times, we would see a person who exerted himself in Nafl ‘Ibaadah, however we found him lacking in his knowledge of Halaal and Haraam. Similarly, at times, we would find a person to be an expert in Halaal and Haraam, however he was deficient in his Nafl ‘Ibaadah and extra devotional practices. The only exception that we had seen was Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), as he was an embodiment of both ‘Ilm and ‘Amal. According to our estimate, in just the place where he passed away, besides other places, he recited the Qur’aan Majeed seven thousand times. During every month of Ramadhaan, he would recite the Qur’aan Majeed sixty times.

(Seerat Imaam A’zam Abu Hanifah by Ml Fazl-ur-Rahmaan A’zami pg. 144)

Monday, 13 February 2017 09:19

Following One’s Seniors in Deen

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Maimooni (rahimahullah) mentions that Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) said the following to him, “O Abul Hasan! Beware discussing any mas’alah of Deen in which you do not have any senior to follow.”

‘Abdur Rahmaan At-Tabeeb narrates the following:

On one occasion, Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and Bishr bin Haarith (also known as Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah)) were sick. When I would go to Bishr (rahimahullah), I would ask him, “How do you find your condition?” When replying, he would first praise Allah Ta‘ala and thereafter inform me of his condition. Hence, he would reply, “I praise Allah Ta‘ala to you. I find my condition to be such-and-such.”

Abu Thowr (rahimahullah) mentions, “Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), on account of his generosity, would very seldom hold back any wealth.”

Rabee’ bin Sulaimaan (rahimahullah) narrates:

When I made nikaah, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) asked me, “How much of mahr did you promise your wife?” I replied, “Thirty dinaars.” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) then asked me, “How much have you already given her?” I replied, “Six dinaars.” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) thereafter ascended to his home and sent me a bag in which there were twenty four dinaars.”

(Aadaab-us-Shaafi‘ee wa Manaaqibuhu pg. 125-126)

Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:50

The Steadfastness of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Waaqidi (rahimahullah), the renowned historian, narrates that many people were jealous of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah). Hence, they went to Ja’far bin Sulaimaan who was the governor of Madinah Munawwarah at that time. One of them said to the governor, “Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) does not have regard for the pledges of allegiance made to you. Also, he accepts the Hadith regarding the divorce of a compelled person being invalid and thus passes the Fatwa that the divorce of a compelled person is invalid.”

When Ja’far bin Sulaimaan heard this, he became angry and summoned Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah). When Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) was brought, his arms were pulled until his shoulders were dislocated.

Imaam Waaqidi (rahimahullah) concludes by mentioning, “By Allah! After he was beaten, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) remained in honor and high regard among the people.”

Saturday, 11 February 2017 08:36

Constantly Occupied in Teaching and ‘Ibaadah

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Mis‘ar bin Kidaam (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I once went to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in his Musjid and saw that he was performing the Fajr Salaah. After completing Salaah, he commenced teaching his students, and he continued to teach them until the time for Zuhr Salaah set in. After performing the Zuhr Salaah, he continued to teach the students until the Asr Salaah, and thereafter continued until it was close to the time of Maghrib. Similarly, after performing the Maghrib Salaah, he continued to teach the students until the Esha Salaah.

Seeing the extent to which Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was engaged in teaching the knowledge of Deen, I wondered, within my heart, when it was that he engaged in nafl ‘ibaadah. With this thought in mind, I decided to observe him and thus remained behind him. Once the people had left after Esha, he entered the Musjid. He had applied a perfume of exquisite fragrance that is generally used by a person at the time of marriage. He then stood in Salaah and continued to perform Salaah until the time of Fajr. On completing his Tahajjud Salaah, he proceeded to his home, changed his clothing, and returned to the Musjid where he performed the Fajr Salaah.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:50

Adherence to the Mubaarak Sunnah

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Hasan bin Ayyoob Al-Baghdaadi (rahimahullah) narrates that a person once said to Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah), “O Abu ‘Abdillah! May Allah Ta‘ala keep you alive upon Islam!” Hearing this du‘aa, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) immediately responded, “Not only upon Islam, but also upon the Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 243)

Abu Bakr Khallaal (rahimahullah) narrates that one of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)’s students mentioned the following:

Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) once said to me, “I did not write any Hadith from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) except that I also practiced upon it, to the extent that I came across the Hadith which mentions that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) underwent cupping and thereafter gave Abu Taibah (the one who carried out the cupping) a Dinar. Hence, when I underwent cupping, I gave a Dinar to the one who had carried out the cupping.”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 246)

Sunday, 22 January 2017 05:15

A Blessed Dream

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Khalaf bin ‘Umar (rahimahullah) narrates:

I was once with Imaam Maalik bin Anas (rahimahullah) when ibn Abi Katheer (rahimahullah), the Qari of the people of Madinah Munawwarah, approached him and handed a piece of paper to him. On receiving the piece of paper, Imaam Maalim (rahimahullah) glanced at it and thereafter placed it beneath the musallah. When ibn Abi Katheer (rahimahullah) stood to leave, I also began to stand, but Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) said to me, “O Khalaf! Sit, and hand me the piece of paper.”

Hasan bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez Al-Jarawi Al-Misri (rahimahullah) narrates that Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said, “I never debated with any person and hoped that he would err, and I do not possess any knowledge in my heart except that I desire that every person could possess the same knowledge, without the knowledge being attributed to me.”

Rabee’ (rahimahullah) mentions, “I once entered the presence Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) while he was ill. I then heard him say, after mentioning the kitaabs that he had compiled, “I wish that the entire creation could acquire this knowledge without any of this knowledge being attributed to me.”

Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:12

Showing Importance to Salaah

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Mis‘ar bin Kidaam (rahimahullah) narrates:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had prepared a set of clothing that was more valuable than all his other clothing. This set comprised of a kurta, pants, shawl and turban, and its value was 1500 Dirhams or perhaps even more than that.

After performing the Esha Salaah, when all the people had retired to bed, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would remove the clothing which he had worn during the day and would wear this extremely valuable set of clothing. After donning this set of clothing, he would apply ‘itr and thereafter stand in Salaah until the time of Fajr set in.

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