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Thursday, 01 April 2021 16:18

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Four

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The First Youngster to Accept Islam

There are different narrations reported regarding which person was blessed to be the first to accept Islam at the blessed hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

According to some narrations, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first to accept Islam, while other narrations mention that Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first, and yet other narrations mention that Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the first to accept Islam. (Usdul Ghaabah 3/283-284)

The Ulamaa have reconciled between these narrations by explaining that Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the first woman to accept Islam, and she preceded Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and everyone else in accepting Islam.

As for Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), then he was the first of the free-men to accept Islam. As far as Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is concerned, then he was the first youngster to accept Islam. From the freed slaves, Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the first to accept Islam. (Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah 4/73)

Thursday, 25 March 2021 13:55

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Three

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Accepting Islam

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam the day after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received prophethood. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with prophethood on a Monday and Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam on a Tuesday. (Usdul Ghaabah 3/283)

After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with prophethood, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) taught Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) how to perform wudhu and salaah. After performing wudhu and two rakaats of salaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned home and taught his respected wife, Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), how to perform wudhu and salaah. She thus made wudhu and performed salaah with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This was on Monday evening. (‘Uyoon-ul-Athar 1/109, Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah 4/60, Isaabah 8/100, Seerat-ul-Mustafa 1/153 & 1/155)

Thursday, 18 March 2021 13:24

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Two

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Being Raised in the Care of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

It was the special favor of Allah Ta‘ala upon Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that Allah Ta‘ala blessed him with the honor of being raised in the care of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

During the childhood of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the people of Makkah Mukarramah were afflicted by a severe drought. At this time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was greatly concerned about his beloved uncle, Abu Taalib, who had taken care of him in his childhood.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 10:33

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part One

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Name: Hazrat ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) (Usdul Ghaabah 3/282)

Birth: Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was born ten years before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with Nubuwwah by Allah Ta‘ala. (Isaabah 4/459)

Father’s Name: According to some reports, the name of Hazrat ‘Ali’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) father was Abu Taalib. According to other reports, his name was ‘Abdu Manaaf, while Abu Taalib was his kunyah (filial title) by which he was famously known. (Usdul Ghaabah 3/282)

Mother’s Name: Hazrat Faatimah bintu Asad bin Haashim (radhiyallahu ‘anha). (Usdul Ghaabah 3/282)

Brothers: Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had three brothers. From the three brothers, two had embraced Islam. They were Hazrat ‘Aqeel (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Taalib had not embraced Islam. (Usdul Ghaabah 3/282, Faidh-ul-Baari 3/213)

Taalib was the eldest from all the brothers. The second brother was Hazrat ‘Aqeel (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was ten years younger than Taalib. After Hazrat ‘Aqeel (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was Hazrat Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was also ten years younger than Hazrat ‘Aqeel (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The youngest of the brothers was Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was also ten years younger than Hazrat Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). (Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah 4/255-256)

Kunyah (Title): Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had two Kunyahs (titles). His first title was “Abul Hasan” (the father of Hazrat Hasan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)). He was called Abul Hasan on account of first son being named Hasan.

His second title was Abu Turaab (the person of sand). He was given this title by Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (Taareekh-ul-Khulafaa pg. 282)

Receiving the Title Abu Turaab:

It is reported that from among the different names and titles which Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was called by, the title that was most beloved to him was Abu Turaab. The reason for him loving this title the most was that he received this title from none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Hazrat Sahl bin Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions that on one occasion, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became upset over some issue within the home and left the home. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered the home of Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), he asked her where Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was. Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mentioned that due to being upset, he had left the home.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent a Sahaabi to look for him. The Sahaabi returned and informed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he had found him lying down in the musjid. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) immediately went to the musjid and found Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sleeping on the bare ground. His shawl had slipped off, due to which the sand of the ground covered a portion of his back. With great affection and love, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), with his blessed hand, began to dust the sand off his body while addressing him saying, “Stand up, O Abu Turaab (O sandy one)! Stand up, O Abu Turaab (O sandy one)!”

(Saheeh Bukhaari #6280)

The Greatest Imaan of this Ummah

In his very lifetime, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bore testimony to the lofty and exalted position of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). In one Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “The one who has the most mercy for my ummah is Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” (Sunan Tirmizi #3790)

Saturday, 26 December 2020 08:16

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty Six

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Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had a slave who would work and give him the profits.

One night, the slave presented Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with some food that he had earned. As soon as the food was placed before him, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) picked up a morsel and began to eat. Seeing this, the slave was surprised and asked, “Generally, you ask me regarding the source of my income. How is it that on this occasion, you have not asked me?” Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I was overcome by extreme hunger due to which I forgot to ask you. Tell me where you acquired this food from.”

Saturday, 21 November 2020 07:09

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty Five

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Silah bin Zufar (rahimahullah) reports:

When any person would make mention of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in the presence of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), then Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would say, “He is the one who surpassed everyone. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) all regarded him as the one who went ahead of everyone.”

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then explained, “I take an oath by that Being in whose hand lies my life! Whenever we (the Sahaabah) competed in any good work, we found that Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) preceded us and surpassed us in doing it.”

(Majma‘uz Zawaa’id #14332)

Thursday, 12 November 2020 10:37

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty Four

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Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “There is no person who we have not repaid for the wealth he has given us (for the cause of deen) besides Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), as his kindness upon us is so much that we cannot repay him. Instead, Allah Ta‘ala will repay him fully on the Day of Qiyaamah. No person’s wealth benefited me (in the cause of deen) as much as the wealth of Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had benefited me. If I had to take anyone as my khaleel (bosom friend), then I would have surely taken Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as my bosom friend. Know well that your companion (i.e. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) is the khaleel of Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. the close friend of Allah Ta‘ala).” (Sunan Tirmizi #3661)

Note: The word ‘khaleel’ refers to a friend whose love and friendship has permeated the recesses of the heart, in such a manner that the heart cannot contain such love for anyone else. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had reserved this special love in his heart for Allah Ta‘ala alone.

The Greatest Person of this Ummah

Hazrat Abu Dardaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw me walking in front of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Seeing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “Do not walk in front of the one who is better than you.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then mentioned, “Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is the best person (of this ummah) upon whom the sun rose or upon whom the sun set.”

(Majma‘uz Zawaa’id #14314)

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was blessed to accompany Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the journey of hijrah. When departing, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) took with him all the money that he possessed at that time, which was approximately five thousand dirhams, so that he could use it to assist Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

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