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Monday, 05 March 2018 13:01

Fear of the Hereafter

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Marroozi (rahimahullah) mentions:

When Abu ‘Abdillah (Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah)) would remember death, he would cry so excessively that he would be choked by tears. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) would say, “At times, fear of the Hereafter prevents me from eating and drinking. When I think of death, every affair and difficulty of this world becomes easy for me to endure. The life of this world is nothing more than passing phases, wherein a person consumes one meal after the next and wears one set of clothing after the next. The life of this world only remains for a few days. I do not regard anything as virtuous (in assisting one to the Hereafter) as possessing less of the world. If I was able to, I would have not associated with people so that nobody would speak about me.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 9 pg. 459)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:08

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Nine

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Hijrah to Abyssinia:

After Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam, his uncle, Hakam bin Abil ‘Aas bin Umayyah, caught him and shackled him. He said to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Have you turned away from the religion of your forefathers, accepting a new religion? By Allah! I will never release you until you forsake this new religion that you are following!” Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “By Allah! I will never leave this religion nor will I part from it!” Eventually, when Hakam saw the firmness and determination with which Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) adhered to Islam, he relented and released him.

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had performed both migrations to Abyssinia with his respected wife, Hazrat Ruqayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

(Tabaqaat ibn Sa’d 3/40)

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)

Sunday, 25 February 2018 06:55

The Praise of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was once asked regarding Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah). Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thus said the following:

Allah Ta‘ala favored us and blessed us with Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah). We would learn the verdicts of the various ‘Ulamaa and we would record the knowledge of their kitaabs until Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) came to us. When we heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) speak, we realized that he was blessed with more knowledge of Deen than others. We thus sat with him (to learn the knowledge of Deen) during the days and the nights, and we only saw every form of goodness from him.”

Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:18

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Eight

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Dream before Islam:

Hazrat Yazid bin Roomaan (rahimahullah) narrates:

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had proceeded, after Hazrat Zubair bin ‘Awwaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had accepted Islam, until they entered into the blessed presence of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invited them to Islam, recited a portion of the Qur’aan Majeed to them, informed them of the rights of Islam and promised them to receive honor from Allah Ta‘ala if they upheld the Deen of Islam. They both brought Imaan and accepted the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

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)!

Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:35

Respect for the People of Madinah Munawwarah

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Hazrat Yahya (rahimahullah) reports:

We (the students of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah)) would gather at the door of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah). Once we had all gathered, a person would announce, “The people of Madinah Munawwarah should first enter.” After the people of Madinah Munawwarah would enter, this person would make an announcement for the other students to enter. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) would thereafter enter and make salaam, after which he would remain silent. We would also remain silent in the presence of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) for some moments (before the lesson would commence).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:17

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Seven

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Islam:

(Continuing from Part Six)

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continued:

By Allah! Just a few moments later, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed by with Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who was carrying a cloth for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saw him, he stood and went to him. He then spoke quietly into the blessed ear of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), after which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came and sat. After sitting, he turned to me and said, “O ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! Accept the invitation which Allah Ta‘ala is giving you to His Jannah, as I am indeed the messenger of Allah Ta‘ala to you and to His entire creation.”

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.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:26

The Caution of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Abu Mu’ayyid Khawaarizmi (rahimahullah) narrates that Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) said, “On one occasion, a few goats were stolen in Kufah. On hearing of this, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) enquired about the average age of a goat. When he was informed that goats normally live for up to seven years, he abstained from eating goat meat for seven years.”

Note: According to the Hanafi Mazhab, it is permissible for one to purchase a goat from the market in which a few goats were stolen when the majority of the goats in the market is of halaal sources and one does not have proof that the goat which he is purchasing is from the stolen goats. However, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), in his individual capacity, exercised extra caution and refrained from purchasing goats for seven years.

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 240)