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Thursday, 26 November 2020 03:58

Hazrat Bilaal bin Rabaah (radhiyallahu 'anhu) - Part One

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Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was an Abyssinian by lineage, and was the slave of Umayyah bin Khalaf.

At midday, when the heat was at its fiercest and the boulders of the desert would become extremely hot, Umayyah would command his slaves to lay Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) down onto the burning stones of the desert. He would then place a heavy boulder onto his chest to prevent him from moving and would say, “You will die like this. If you wish to live, then reject Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and worship Laat and ‘Uzza.” However, nothing but the words ‘Ahad! Ahad!’ (Allah is One! Allah is One!) would emit from his mouth.

Saturday, 21 November 2020 07:02

Persecution of the Muslims

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The more Islam continued to spread and the more the number of the Muslims grew, the more the rage and hatred of the disbelievers of Makkah increased.

As far as those Muslims are concerned who had people to protect and assist them, then the disbelievers did not have much power and control over them. However, the pitiable Muslims who were helpless and had no one to protect them became the target of the oppression and persecution of the Quraish. They would beat some of these poor Muslims and confine others to dark and narrow cages.

We will next mention a few incidents highlighting the sheer brutality and ruthlessness of the kuffaar of Makkah and the patience and endurance of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/223-224)

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 05:06

The Arch Enemies of Islam - Haarith bin Qais Sahmi - Part Two

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The people who were the most active in mocking and taunting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were the following five; Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth, Waleed bin Mugheerah, Aswad bin ‘Abdil Muttalib, ‘Aas bin Waa’il and Haarith bin Qays.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was making tawaaf of the Baytullah when Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) appeared before him. While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was complaining to Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) about the excessive mockery of these people, Waleed bin Mugheerah happened to pass by. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) informed Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) that this was Waleed. Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) indicated towards Waleed’s jugular vein. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “What have you done?” Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “You have been sufficed against Waleed.”

Haarith bin Qais was also referred to as Haarith bin ‘Aytalah. ‘Aytalah was his mother’s name while his father’s name was Qais. He was also one of the people who would mock and taunt the Sahaabah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

He would often remark, “Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has deceived his companions by leading them to believe in life after death.” He would say:

والله ما يهلكنا إلا الدهر

By Allah! Nothing but time destroys us.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 05:59

The Arch Enemies of Islam - Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth

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Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth was the cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) i.e. Aswad’s father was the brother of Hazrat Aaminah, the mother of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). His family lineage is as follows: Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth bin Wahab bin Munaaf bin Zuhrah.

He was also one of the bitter enemies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When he would see the poor Muslims, he would sarcastically remark, “These are the future kings of the world who will become the heirs of Chosroe’s kingdom.” When he would see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he would sarcastically say, “What is the matter? Has nothing descended from the heavens today? He would also make other similar remarks.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/221)

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 06:58

The Arch Enemies of Islam – Aswad bin Muttalib

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Whenever Aswad bin Muttalib and his friends would see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), they would wink their eyes at each other and mockingly say, “These are the people who will rule the earth and seize the treasures of Caesar and Chosroe.” Making these sarcastic remarks, they would whistle and clap their hands in mockery.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) cursed Aswad in the following words, “O Allah! Make him blind (so that he is unable to wink his eyes in mockery) and destroy his son.” As a result, Aswad immediately became blind and his son was killed in the Battle of Badr.

At the time when the Quraish were making preparations for the Battle of Uhud, Aswad was ill, but he was still making an effort to incite the people against Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He died before the Battle of Uhud.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/221)

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:07

The Arch Enemies of Islam – ‘Aas bin Waa’il Sahmi

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‘Aas bin Waa’il Sahmi was the father of Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was also among the people who would mock and taunt the blessed personality of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

All the sons of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed away in infancy, during the lifetime of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, ‘Aas bin Waa’il mentioned the following, taunting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

إِنَّ مُحَمَّدًا أَبْتَرْ لَا يَعِيْشُ لَهُ وَلَدْ

Indeed Muhammed is an Abtar. None of his sons survive.

The word Abtar refers to an animal with a severed tail. A person who is not survived by male descendants who will remember his name is like an animal with a severed tail (i.e. it is as though the person’s lineage is now severed and terminated).

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 06:30

The Arch Enemies of Islam – Nadr bin Haarith

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Nadr bin Haarith was also one of the leaders of the Quraish. He would often travel to Persia for business. On his travels, he would purchase stories and historical accounts of the non-Arab monarchs. He would then relate these stories to the Quraish and would say to them, “Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) relates the incidents of ‘Aad and Thamud to you, but I will share with you the legends of Rustam, Asfandiyaar and the Persian monarchs.” People would enjoy listening to these tales (similar to the novels of today). Hence, they would listen to these tales and fables instead of listening the Qur’aan Majeed.

Nadr also purchased a singing slave girl and would make people listen to her melodious voice. Whenever he learnt of anyone being inclined towards Islam, he would take this slave girl to him and bid her to entertain him with food, drink and music. He would then ask him, “Is this better or that which Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invites you to by instructing you to perform salaah, fast and wage jihaad against the enemies of Allah Ta‘ala?”

عن أنس بن مالك قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لا يدخر شيئا لغد (الشمائل المحمدية للترمذي، الرقم: 337)

Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not store anything for the next day.”

On one occasion, a few leaders of the Quraish including Waleed bin Mugheerah, Umayyah bin Khalaf, Abu Jahal, ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah and Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to enquire regarding some aspects of Islam.

While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was engaged in answering their questions, Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Umme Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the blind mu’azzin of the musjid of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), also came to enquire regarding some issue. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thought to himself that since Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Ummi Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is already a muslim, he can ask his question at some other time, however these people are influential, and if they embrace Islam, thousands of others will follow. Thus, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not give complete attention to Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Ummi Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

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