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Monday, 22 March 2021 18:50

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Twenty Six

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33. One should not hasten in removing his hand after making musaafahah. Rather, one should allow the next person to remove his hand first.

عن أنس بن مالك قال : كان النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم إذا استقبله الرجل فصافحه لا ينزع يده من يده حتى يكون الرجل الذي ينزع ولا يصرف وجهه عن وجهه حتى يكون الرجل الذي يصرفه (ترمذي رقم 2490)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that when any person would meet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and make musaafahah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not remove his hand, until the other person removed his hand first, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not turn his face away (to leave from the place of meeting), until the other person turned his face away first (to leave from the place of meeting).

Saturday, 20 March 2021 10:21

The Tolerance of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was a mountain of forbearance and tolerance. He maintained his composure in every situation and always conducted in accordance to the sunnah.

Below are some of the observations and testimonies of the contemporaries of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in regard to his high level of tolerance and forbearance:

Yazeed bin Haaroon (rahimahullah) once praised Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) mentioning, “I never saw a person with more tolerance and forbearance than Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah).”

Yazeed bin Kummait (rahimahullah) reports the following incident:

I once observed Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) when a certain person came to him and began to insult him. The person called Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) a ‘zindeeq’ (one who is deviated). Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) remained calm and composed and gently said to the person, “May Allah Ta‘ala forgive you for what you have said. Allah Ta‘ala knows that what you have said, regarding me, is false and untrue.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 270)

Thursday, 18 March 2021 13:27

The Gift of Life

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عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي بكرة عن أبيه أن رجلا قال: يا رسول الله أي الناس خير قال: من طال عمره وحسن عمله قال: فأي الناس شر قال: من طال عمره وساء عمله (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2330)

Hazrat Abu Bakrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, a certain person asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Who is the best of people?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “The one who is blessed with a lengthy life and he does good deeds.” The man then asked, “Who is the worst of people?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) answered, “The one who is given a lengthy life and he does evil deeds.”

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.

Hazrat Khabbaab bin Aratt (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

In the pre-Islamic days of ignorance, I was a blacksmith and would make swords. On one occasion, I made a sword for ‘Aas bin Waa’il. When the time came for him to pay me for his sword, he said, “I refuse to pay you even one cent until you reject and renounce Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

I replied, “Even if you had to die and be resurrected, I will never renounce Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” ‘Aas sarcastically enquired, “Will I be resurrected after my death?” Hazrat Khabbaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Yes, most certainly!” ‘Aas replied, “When Allah gives me death and resurrects me once again, and I have the same wealth and children in my possession, then at that time, I will settle my debt with you.”

Upon this, Allah Ta‘ala revealed the following verses of the Qur’aan Majeed:

اَفَرَءَیۡتَ الَّذِیۡ کَفَرَ بِاٰیٰتِنَا وَ قَالَ لَاُوۡتَیَنَّ مَالًا وَّ وَلَدًا ﴿ؕ۷۷﴾ اَطَّلَعَ الۡغَیۡبَ اَمِ اتَّخَذَ عِنۡدَ الرَّحۡمٰنِ عَہۡدًا ﴿ۙ۷۸﴾ کَلَّا ؕ سَنَکۡتُبُ مَا یَقُوۡلُ وَ نَمُدُّ لَہٗ مِنَ لۡعَذَابِ مَدًّا ﴿ۙ۷۹﴾ وَّ نَرِثُہٗ مَا یَقُوۡلُ وَ یَاۡتِیۡنَا فَرۡدًا ﴿۸۰﴾

Did you see the one who has denied Our signs and said, “I will certainly be bestowed with wealth and children (in the Hereafter),” Has he looked into the unseen or has he taken a covenant with the Most-Merciful (Allah)? Never! We will record what he says (as a form of evidence against him in the Hereafter) and We will prolong for him the torment and punishment of the Hereafter extensively. And We shall inherit from him what he speaks of (wealth and children) and he will come to Us alone. (Surah Maryam v. 77-80)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/230)

Sunday, 14 March 2021 04:25

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Twenty Five

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31. When making musaafahah, one should merely grasp the next person’s hands. There is no need to shake the hands.

32. When making musaafahah, do not grip the next person’s hands very tightly, causing him pain or difficulty.

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)

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 05:27

Praising Allah Ta‘ala for His Favor

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Saalih bin Ahmed (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah), mentions the following:

When my father needed to make wudhu, he would not allow anyone to draw out water for him from the well, rather he would draw it out himself. While pulling out the bucket from the well, when his sight would fall upon the water, he would immediately praise Allah Ta‘ala saying, “Alhamdulillah.”

I asked him, “O my beloved father! What is the reason for reciting Alhamdulillah at this time?” He replied, “O my beloved son! I am thanking Allah Ta‘ala for this invaluable bounty of water. Do you not hear Allah Ta‘ala say in the Qur’aan Majeed:

قُلۡ اَرَءَیۡتُمۡ اِنۡ اَصۡبَحَ مَآؤُکُمۡ غَوۡرًا فَمَنۡ یَّاۡتِیۡکُمۡ بِمَآءٍ مَّعِیۡنٍ ﴿٪۳۰﴾

Say, “Tell me, should your water vanish into the earth, who will bring you a flowing (stream of) water?” (Surah Mulk v. 30)

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 382)

عن أنس قال: قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا يؤمن أحدكم حتى أكون أحب إليه من والده وولده والناس أجمعين (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 15)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “None of you will attain perfect Imaan until I become more beloved to him than his father, his child and all the people.”

Hazrat Khabbaab bin Aratt (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among the first group of people to embrace Islam. It is said that he was the sixth person to embrace Islam. He was honoured to accept Islam even before the Muslims entered Daar-ul-Arqam.

Hazrat Khabbaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a slave of Ummu Anmaar. When she learnt of his conversion to Islam, she began to subject him to various forms of torture and suffering.

On one occasion, Hazrat Khabbaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) went to meet Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). On meeting him, Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) honoured him by making him sit in his own place saying, “Nobody is more worthy of this seat than you, besides Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

Hearing this, Hazrat Khabbaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) remarked, “O Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen! Even Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is not more eligible than I am, because Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) enjoyed some support and protection from certain disbelievers of Makkah Mukarramah during the period of suffering and torture, whereas I had no one to protect me at all. One day, when the disbelievers of Makkah Mukarramah saw me, they made me lie on burning coals. One of them then placed his foot on my chest so that I was unable to move.”

Saying this, Hazrat Khabbaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) lifted his kurta to expose the scars covering his back.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/229)