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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.

Sunday, 18 December 2016 05:25

The Abstinence of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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The Khalifah, Mutawakkil, succeeded the Khalifah, Waathiq, in 232 A.H. He held Imaam Ahmed in high esteem, but Imaam Ahmed remained cautious since he regarded the favors of the king as a temptation towards evil. Once, Mutawakkil sent him a bag of ten thousand dirhams and about two hundred dinaars. It was emphasized that he should accept it, lest the king be offended if the gift was refused. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) did not even look at it. At the time of Maghrib, he called his son, Saalih, and said, “Keep this by you.”

Before dawn the next morning, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) called for his son who immediately came. He said to him, “I have not slept last night”, and began to weep. He continued, “All my life, I remained safe from the rulers and kings. Now, in old age, I am being tested with them. I have decided to distribute this wealth in the morning.” That morning, he continued distributing the money to the various factions of the poor and needy until the entire amount was spent. He thereafter even gave the bag away to a destitute person. His son says, “We were experiencing such poverty (at the time) which only Allah Ta‘ala knew.”

(Sifatus Safwah 486/1)

Saturday, 17 December 2016 08:47

The Compassion of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah)

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‘Allaamah Subki (rahimahullah) mentions that on one occasion, Imaam Shaafi‘ee explained a mas’alah to Rabee’ bin Sulaymaan Al-Muraadi thirty nine times, yet he still did not understand it. Rabee’ then woke up and left the gathering out of shame. After the lesson, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) called him in seclusion and again explained the mas’alah to him, with extreme love and affection, just as he had explained it during the thirty nine times. On the fortieth time, Rabee’ bin Sulaymaan understood it.

(Ma‘aalim-ul-Irshaadiyah pg 77)

Rabee’ bin Sulaymaan (rahimahullah) says that his ustaadh, Imaam Shafi‘ee (rahimahullah), would say to him out of love and affection, “If I could transform ‘Ilm (knowledge of Deen) into food and feed it to you, I would do so.”

(Ma’aalimul Irshaadiya pg. 78)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:14

Glad Tidings

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Hafiz Jalaal-ud-Deen Suyooti (rahimahullah) says that the ‘Ulamaa have mentioned that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had issued glad tidings in favor of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) in the following manner:

“Soon a time will come when people will travel lengthy journeys beating their camels in pursuit of ‘ilm. They will not find anyone as learned as the ‘Aalim of Madinah.”

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:42

Love for Brotherhood and Unity

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Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim mentioned:

I was once in the company of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) who was on his way to visit a sick person, when another man was coming towards us in the opposite direction. When he saw Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), he took cover and changed direction. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) shouted out his name and said, “O so and so! Walk in the direction you were walking in. Don’t change your direction now.” When he realized that Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had already seen him, he was overcome with shame and stood still. Upon reaching him, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for avoiding him. He replied, “I owe you a long overdue amount of ten thousand dirhams which I am unable to pay. I have breached my promise of payment. I was overcome by shame when I saw you coming towards me.”

Monday, 07 November 2016 09:11

The Respect of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) in Deen

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Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) never called any of his Asaatizah by their names out of respect for them. Rather, he would refer to them by their titles.

(Aadaabul Muta‘allimeen)

Once, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was lying down due to some illness. In the middle of the discussion, someone mentioned the name of Ebrahim bin Tahmaan (rahimahullah). On hearing this name, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) immediately sat up out of respect. He thereafter remarked, “It is inappropriate for the names of the elders to be mentioned whilst we are sitting and relaxing.”

(Aadaabul Muta‘allimeen)

Monday, 07 November 2016 09:09

The Piety of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah)

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Rabee’ (rahimahullah) mentions:

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) used to divide his night into three portions. The first third was for writing, the second third for Salaah and the last third for rest.

Rabee’ (rahimahullah) also said:

In the month of Ramadhaan, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) used to complete the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed sixty times. However, it is not possible to calculate how much of it was accomplished in Salaah.

Abu Salamah Khuzaa‘ee (rahimahullah) mentions:

Whenever Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) intended to go and narrate the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he would first perform wudhu, as a person performs wudhu for salaah. He would also wear his best clothing, wear a topi and comb his beard. When somebody asked him the reason for this, he replied, “I do this to honor the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

(Tahzeebul Kamaal 27/110)

Saturday, 05 November 2016 13:11

Imaam Abu Hanifah’s (rahimahullah) Fear of Allah Ta‘ala

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Yazeed bin Kummait (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) possessed the fear of Allah Ta‘ala to a very high degree. On one occasion, ‘Ali bin Husain, the Mu’azzin, led the Esha Salaah and recited Surah Zilzaal. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was also part of the congregation. After the Salaah was over and the people had departed, I looked towards Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and noticed that he was seated and deep in thought, breathing heavily. Seeing that he was preoccupied, I said to myself, “Let me depart, lest my presence distract him from whatever he is pondering over.” With this thought in mind, I stood and departed. At the time of my departure, the amount of oil remaining in the lamp was very little.

Sunday, 16 October 2016 05:16

The 'Ibaadah of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah), narrates the following:

My father would perform three hundred rakaats of Nafl Salaah every day. When he became weak, due to the lashes which were meted to him as punishment (from the side of the king for standing against the deviated sect of his time) he would perform 150 rakaats daily. At that time, he was nearly eighty years old.

He would recite one seventh of the Qur’aan Majeed every day and would thus complete the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed every seven days. He would complete the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed in Tahajjud Salaah every seven nights, and this khatam was separate to the khatam which he would make in his Nafl Salaah during the day. After performing the Esha Salaah, he would nap for a short while after which he would awaken and engage in performing Tahajjud Salaah and making du‘aa.

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmad libnil Jowzi pg. 382)

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