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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 14:26

Assembly of Muslims in Daar-e-Arqam

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As people continued to gradually embrace Islam, the number of Muslims increased until they now formed a small group. At that time, the house of Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was chosen as a place for all the Muslims to congregate.

Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among the first Muslims, being either the seventh or tenth person to embrace Islam. His house was on Mt Safaa.

Right until Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would gather at the house of Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). After Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) embraced Islam, the Muslims would gather wherever they wished.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/171)

On one occasion, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) passed by the gathering of Abu Haazim (rahimahullah) who was engaged in narrating the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) passed by and did not participate in the gathering.

When someone asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) the reason for this, he replied, “I did not find any place to sit in the gathering, and I disliked (and did not regard it in keeping to the high levels of respect) to listen to the blessed Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while standing.”

(Tazyeen-ul-Mamaalik pg. 37)

The following incident depicts the extent of concern and love that Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had for the beloved uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He deeply desired that Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) embrace Islam and expressed that he would be more happy with his Islam than even his own father embracing Islam.

After the Battle of Badr was fought, Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among those taken prisoner by the Muslims. He was captured by an Ansaari Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) during the battle. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had consulted the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) as to whether they should be released on ransom or be killed. A few Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were of the opinion that they should be killed while the majority of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) felt that they should be released in exchange of some ransom. Eventually, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) decided that they should be released in exchange of ransom.

Saturday, 22 December 2018 04:35

Sunnats of Sitting in a Deeni Discourse – Part Six

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11. It is not permissible for one to remain in a gathering where a Deeni discourse is being held and any law of Shariah is violated e.g. the gathering wherein photography, videoing, intermingling of sexes etc are found.

12. If one is unclear about any aspect discussed during the Deeni discourse, then one should enquire from the speaker regarding it after the talk in a polite and respectable manner.

Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:23

The Sign of a Complete and Perfect Muslim

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عن جابر يقول: سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: المسلم من سلم المسلمون من لسانه ويده (صحيح مسلم رقم 41)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “A (complete and perfect) Muslim is one who is such that other Muslims are safe from the harm of his tongue and hand (i.e. people are not inconvenienced through him in any way).”

Note: The word ‘Muslim’ is derived from the word ‘Islam’ which connotes submission and obedience to Allah Ta‘ala. One of the root words of the word Muslim is ‘salm’ which means ‘showing peace’. Hence, the meaning of this Hadith is that a complete and perfect Muslim is one fulfills the command of Allah Ta‘ala at all times and is a means of peace and mercy to the creation. He is concerned at all times of not causing even the least amount of inconvenience to the entire creation.

Since the harm that comes to people is generally caused through the tongue and hand, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made special mention of these two limbs.

Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:20

Assistance Over the Siraat

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عن عبد الرحمن بن سمرة رضي الله عنه قال: خرج علينا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: إني رأيت البارحة عجبا رأيت رجلا من أمتي يزحف على الصراط مرة ويحبو مرة ويتعلق مرة فجاءته صلاته علي فأخذت بيده فأقامته على الصراط حتى جاوزه (القول البديع ص270)

Hazrat ‘Abur Rahmaan bin Samurah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to us and said, ‘Last night, I saw something extraordinary in a dream. I saw a man from my ummah who was crossing the pul-siraat (the bridge over jahannum). At times, he was crawling, at other times, he was dragging himself on his behind, and sometimes, he was hanging onto the siraat (about to fall into jahannum). Suddenly, his durood that he would recite upon me in the world came to him. It then held his hand, helped him to stand up on the siraat and assisted him to cross over it.”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:14

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Forty

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Appointment as the Khalifah (continued)

After the three days and nights had elapsed, Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to the home of his nephew, Hazrat Miswar bin Makhramah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). On arriving, he found him asleep, and thus awoke him saying, “You are sleeping, O Miswar? By Allah, I indeed had very little sleep for the last three days!”

Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then said to him, “Go and call Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” Hazrat Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “Who should I call first?” Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Whoever you wish.”

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard the report of his brother, Hazrat Unais (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he said, “My heart is not yet fully satisfied and convinced.”

Most probably, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) wanted to hear a detailed description of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the stories regarding him. The report of his brother was too concise and was thus insufficient for him and could not satisfy him.

Hazrat Abu Bakr bin ‘Ayyaash (rahimahullah) reports the following:

When the brother of Hazrat Sufyaan Thowri (rahimahullah), Hazrat ‘Umar bin Sa‘eed (rahimahullah), passed away, we came to Hazrat Sufyaan (rahimahullah) to offer our condolences to him. When we arrived at his majlis, we found that there were many people present, including Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Idrees (rahimahullah).

While I was there, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) suddenly arrived with a group of people. As soon as Hazrat Sufyaan Thowri (rahimahullah) saw him, he moved from his place and stood. He then hugged Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and made him sit in his own place, thereafter sitting in front of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) with the utmost humility.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 05:32

Sunnats of Sitting in a Deeni Discourse – Part Five

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9. If the first row is full then only should one move to the second row. The reason being that, unnecessarily one should not allow the back of another person to face towards him.

10. Without a valid reason, one should not lean against the wall while the lecture is being delivered. This is not in keeping to respect.