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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:18

The Status of Dreams

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Marroozi (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

I once ushered Ebrahim Al-Husri (rahimahullah), who was a pious man, into the presence of Abu ‘Abdillah, Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah). When he met Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah), Ebrahim Al-Husri (rahimahullah) mentioned, “My mother saw a dream relating to you. She saw such-and-such in her dream, and she also mentioned seeing you in Jannah.” When Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) heard this, he replied, “O my nephew! People would narrate similar dreams to Sahl bin Salaamah, whereas he was a person who was involved in murder and bloodshed.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) then explained, “A good dream should please one, but should not deceive one (through causing him to feel complacent of his piety and righteousness).”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 227)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:13

Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu 'anhu) - Part Sixteen

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Barakah in his Wealth Even after his Demise (continued)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continues:

Sometime thereafter, Hazrat Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) met Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and asked him, “O my nephew! How much is the debt that my brother owes?” Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not disclose the entire amount (as he did not want Hazrat Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to think that he was needy or for him to have an ill opinion of Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) for leaving his son with such a large debt to settle) and thus he merely replied, “One hundred thousand.” Hearing this, Hazrat Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) exclaimed, “By Allah! I do not think that your wealth will be able to bear this debt!” (When Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saw that Hazrat Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) considered the amount of one hundred thousand to be too great for him to pay, he felt it necessary to now disclose the entire amount and also assure him that he would manage paying it. Hence,) Hazrat ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Tell me, what if it was 2.2 million?” Hazrat Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “I do not think that you will manage this. If you are unable to pay any portion of the debt, come to me for assistance.”

After Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was fed by Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), he was next fed by Hazrat Halimah Sa'diyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). It was customary among the Arabs for those who were noble to send their suckling infants out to the countryside so that they would be raised in the clean and pure air of the countryside, learn to speak eloquent Arabic and so that they would not lose the qualities and culture of the Arabs. Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

تمعددوا وتمعزروا واخشوشنوا

“Adopt the appearance of Ma‘ad bin ‘Adnaan (i.e. do not adopt the clothing and appearance of the non-Arabs), exercise patience upon all adversities, and wear coarse clothing (i.e. adopt simplicity and do not fall into luxurious comforts).”

Monday, 27 March 2017 14:19

Abstaining from Intricate Discussions of ‘Aqaa’id

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Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

When Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) came to Egypt, I said to myself, “If there is any person who can answer the intricate question related to ‘Aqaa’id which is in my heart and absorbing my mind, perhaps it will be him.” With this in mind, I went to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and found him seated in the Musjid of Egypt. When I sat before him, I said, “There is an intricate mas’alah pertaining to ‘Aqaa’id in my heart (that I wish to ask). So I said, ‘There is nobody who possesses knowledge as great as that which you possess. So inform me regarding the in depth knowledge of ‘Aqaa’id that you possess.’”

Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:32

Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu 'anhu) - Part Fifteen

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Barakah in his Wealth Even after his Demise (continued)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continues:

Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then began to advise me regarding his debt saying, “O my son! If you are unable to pay any portion of the debt then seek the assistance of my ‘Mowla’ in settling that portion.” By Allah! I did not understand what he meant (as the word ‘Mowla’ has different meanings) until I asked him, “O my beloved father! Who is your Mowla?” Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) answered, “Allah!” By the oath of Allah! I did not fall into any difficulty in settling his debt except that I made du‘aa saying, “O Mowla of Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! Fulfill his debt for him!” As a result of making this du‘aa, Allah Ta‘ala would soon assist us to settle the debt.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:53

Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu 'anha)

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Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was breastfed by his respected mother for approximately three or four days after he was born. Thereafter, he was suckled by Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the freed slave of his uncle, Abu Lahab.

When Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) gave the glad tidings of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) birth to his uncle, Abu Lahab, then he was so overjoyed that he immediately set her free.

Prior to feeding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also suckled his uncle, Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). In this manner, apart from being his uncle (father’s brother), Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is also Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) milk brother. After feeding Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Suwaibah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also breastfed Hazrat Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Monday, 20 March 2017 13:34

Aversion for Pictures

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Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, a person asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) whether pictures of animate objects could be kept in one’s home. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) replied, “Pictures should not be kept in the home.”

Hearing this, a man from Iraq, who happened to be present, asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), “Then how is it that there is a picture in your home?” Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) was surprised to hear this and immediately said, “I have been living in this home for such-and-such a period and I never saw the picture! (perhaps the picture was in a place that was not clearly noticeable) ” Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) then instructed the man saying, “Stand and erase the picture.” The man thus took a stick, wrapped a piece of cloth around it, and used it to rub the picture until it was completely erased.”

(Al-Deebaaj-ul-Muzahhab vol. 1 pg. 97)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:23

Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu 'anhu) - Part Fourteen

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Barakah in his Wealth Even after his Demise

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

When Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) stood on the battlefield on the Day of Jamal, he called me. When I came and stood beside him, he addressed me saying, “O my son! There is nobody who will be killed today except that he will either be an oppressor or oppressed, and my only thought regarding myself is that I will be killed today in the state that I am oppressed. Indeed, my greatest concern is definitely my debts. Do you think that our debts will leave any portion of our wealth remaining?” Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter said, “O my son! Sell our wealth and settle my debts.”

Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): The name Muhammad originates from the root letters of “Hamd”. The word “Hamd” actually refers to extolling the praiseworthy character, excellent attributes and true virtues of a person, with love and honor.

اللّٰهُمَّ صل على محمد وعلى آله وصحبه و بارك وسلم

“O Allah! Shower Your special mercies upon Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his family and companions, accompanied by blessings and peace.”

According to some people, Muhammad means, ‘that being in whom praiseworthy qualities and commendable attributes are found to the highest level of perfection’.

Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:51

An Embodiment of ‘Ilm and ‘Amal

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Ahmed bin Basheer (rahimahullah) and Hafs bin Ghiyaath (rahimahullah) have both mentioned the following:

At times, we would see a person who exerted himself in Nafl ‘Ibaadah, however we found him lacking in his knowledge of Halaal and Haraam. Similarly, at times, we would find a person to be an expert in Halaal and Haraam, however he was deficient in his Nafl ‘Ibaadah and extra devotional practices. The only exception that we had seen was Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), as he was an embodiment of both ‘Ilm and ‘Amal. According to our estimate, in just the place where he passed away, besides other places, he recited the Qur’aan Majeed seven thousand times. During every month of Ramadhaan, he would recite the Qur’aan Majeed sixty times.

(Seerat Imaam A’zam Abu Hanifah by Ml Fazl-ur-Rahmaan A’zami pg. 144)