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Seeratul Mustafaa (72)

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:26

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Five

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On one occasion, the Quriash placed some food before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Zaid bin ‘Amr bin Nufail was also present in this gathering. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) refused to partake of the food. Subsequently, Zaid also declined to eat this food saying, “I refuse to consume the meat of an animal slaughtered in the name of idols and food dedicated to idols. I will only consume food upon which the name of Allah Ta‘ala is taken exclusively.”

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:44

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Four

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Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) and Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) narrate on the authority of Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that during the reconstruction of the Ka‘bah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also carried boulders to the site.

His uncle, Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), advised him, “Son! Undo your lower garment and place it on your shoulder so that your shoulder will be protected from being abraded by the boulders.” On the advice of his uncle, he began to open his lower garment when he immediately fell unconscious.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 04:45

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Three

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It is reported from Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying:

(In the days of Jaahiliyyah, prior to Islam,) the thought of participating in any custom of Jaahiliyyah never occurred to me, except on two occasions. However, on these two occasions, Allah Ta‘ala saved me and protected me from participating in these customs.

Thursday, 29 March 2018 06:29

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Two

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Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

During the era of ignorance (the period prior to Islam), when the disbelievers would perform tawaaf of the Ka‘bah, they would pass their hands over the idols Isaaf and Naa’ilah.

Once, I accompanied Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in performing tawaaf of the Baytullah. As we passed these idols, I passed my hand over them. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) forbade me from doing this. I thought to myself, “I will touch them again to see what Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will say.” Hence, I passed my hand over them again. Seeing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said with sternness, “Did I not prohibit you?”

By Allah! From that day on, I never touched a single idol until the time when Allah Ta‘ala honored Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with prophethood and revealed His divine speech upon him (i.e. I never touched an idol until the end of my life).”

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/118)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 04:38

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part One

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It is reported from Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was once asked, “Did you ever worship an idol?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied in the negative. He was then asked, “Did you consume wine?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) again replied in the negative and remarked, “I regarded such deeds to be kufr, even though I possessed no knowledge of the book of Allah and the details of Imaan at that stage.”

The following morning, when all the people reached the Haram, they saw that the first person to enter the Haram was none other than Muhammed, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The moment they caught sight of him, with one voice they spontaneously proclaimed:

هذا محمد الأمين رضينا هذا محمد الأمين

This is Muhammed, the trustworthy. We are pleased (for him to decide). This is Muhammed, the trustworthy.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked for a sheet, placed the Hajr-e-Aswad (black stone) onto it and said, “The chief of each tribe should hold this sheet so that no tribe is deprived of this honor.” They all approved of this decision and they all lifted the sheet. When they had all lifted the sheet to the place where the Hajr-e-Aswad needed to be inserted, then Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself went forward and with his blessed hands, raised the stone and inserted it into its place.

Following the allocation that had been made previously, each tribe individually gathered stones and began to build their section of the Ka‘bah. When the reconstruction was complete and it was time to insert the Hajr-e-Aswad (black stone) into its place, then a great dispute arose. Swords were unsheathed and people were prepared to fight and kill one another to acquire the honor of raising the stone to its place.

After four or five days passed in this state with no decision being made, Abu Umayyah bin Mugheerah Makhzoomi, one of the eldest members of the Quraish, suggested that the decision be made by the first person to enter the doors of the Haram the next morning. Everybody was pleased with this suggestion.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/115)

The next morning, Waleed was safe and sound. He thus took a shovel and proceeded to the Haram. People understood that Allah Ta‘ala approved of their action (of reconstructing the Ka‘bah) and thus everybody’s courage increased. Hence, they all gathered and worked together, with their hearts and souls, to accomplish this task. They continued digging until the original foundation laid by Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) became visible. When a man from the Quraish tribe attempted to dig the foundation of Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam), a loud explosion was heard in the city of Makkah Mukarramah, due to which they immediately discontinued digging further. They then commenced building the Ka‘bah on the same original foundation.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/115)

After these initial stages of preparation, when it was time to demolish the original structure, nobody had the courage to stand and break down the house of Allah. Eventually, Waleed bin Mugheerah, took a shovel, stood and proclaimed before Allah Ta‘ala:

اللهم لا نريد الا الخير

O Allah! Our intentions are nothing but good (i.e. our intention in breaking the divine house is not evil – Allah forbid)!

In order to avoid any person being deprived of the noble task of reconstructing the Ka‘bah, the reconstruction was distributed among the various clans. Hence, each portion of the Ka‘bah was assigned to a different clan.

The portion near the door was assigned to the Banu ‘Abd-e-Manaaf and the Banu Zuhrah. The area between the Hajr-e-Aswad and Rukn-e-Yamaani was allocated to the Banu Makhzoom and other tribes of the Quraish. The rear portion of the Ka‘bah was allocated to the Banu Jumah and the Banu Sahm, whilst the Hateem section was assigned to the Banu ‘Abd-ud-Daar bin Qusayy, ibn Asad and the Banu ‘Adi.

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