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Thursday, 12 November 2020 10:37

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty Four

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Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “There is no person who we have not repaid for the wealth he has given us (for the cause of deen) besides Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), as his kindness upon us is so much that we cannot repay him. Instead, Allah Ta‘ala will repay him fully on the Day of Qiyaamah. No person’s wealth benefited me (in the cause of deen) as much as the wealth of Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had benefited me. If I had to take anyone as my khaleel (bosom friend), then I would have surely taken Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as my bosom friend. Know well that your companion (i.e. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) is the khaleel of Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. the close friend of Allah Ta‘ala).” (Sunan Tirmizi #3661)

Note: The word ‘khaleel’ refers to a friend whose love and friendship has permeated the recesses of the heart, in such a manner that the heart cannot contain such love for anyone else. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had reserved this special love in his heart for Allah Ta‘ala alone.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 05:06

The Arch Enemies of Islam - Haarith bin Qais Sahmi - Part Two

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The people who were the most active in mocking and taunting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were the following five; Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth, Waleed bin Mugheerah, Aswad bin ‘Abdil Muttalib, ‘Aas bin Waa’il and Haarith bin Qays.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was making tawaaf of the Baytullah when Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) appeared before him. While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was complaining to Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) about the excessive mockery of these people, Waleed bin Mugheerah happened to pass by. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) informed Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) that this was Waleed. Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) indicated towards Waleed’s jugular vein. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “What have you done?” Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “You have been sufficed against Waleed.”

Monday, 09 November 2020 10:38

The Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) – Part Four

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When Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) completed writing his Muwatta, he was greatly concerned as to whether he had written the kitaab with ikhlaas (complete sincerity).

In order to gauge whether the kitaab was written with ikhlaas, he asked Allah Ta‘ala to show him a sign. The sign that he wished to see is that if he places the kitaab in water, and if the ink of the pages does not wash off, then this will prove as a sign that he wrote the kitaab with ikhlaas.

Sunday, 08 November 2020 05:41

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Twenty

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26. Upon meeting, one should commence the conversation with salaam.

عن جابر قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: السلام قبل الكلام (سنن الترمذي: رقم 2699)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Salaam should be made before the conversation.”

Sunday, 08 November 2020 05:22

The Islamic Ruling on Dating

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Q: What is the Islamic ruling on dating? Will there be any difference in the ruling if the boy and girl are engaged and intend to get married in the future?

A: In Islam, it is not permissible for a non-mahram male and female to be in contact or to have a casual relationship with each other. Hence, dating is not permissible. Even if the boy and girl are engaged and intend getting married in the future, it is not permissible for them to date as this is shameless behaviour and totally prohibited in Islam. Apart from this contact being a sin in itself, it generally leads to many other wrongs and sins taking place.

Haarith bin Qais was also referred to as Haarith bin ‘Aytalah. ‘Aytalah was his mother’s name while his father’s name was Qais. He was also one of the people who would mock and taunt the Sahaabah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

He would often remark, “Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has deceived his companions by leading them to believe in life after death.” He would say:

والله ما يهلكنا إلا الدهر

By Allah! Nothing but time destroys us.

There was once a man in Kufah who would speak ill of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) by calling him a Jew.

One day, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) approached this man and said to him, “I have come to you with a marriage proposal.” The man asked, “Whose hand are you proposing for?” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) replied, “I am asking for your daughter’s hand, and the proposal is from a man who is noble, wealthy and a haafiz of the Qur’aan Majeed. He is generous, stands in salaah the entire night and weeps excessively due to the fear of Allah Ta‘ala.”

Sunday, 01 November 2020 04:57

The Goodness of the Entire World

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عن سلمة بن عبيد الله بن محصن الخطمي عن أبيه وكانت له صحبة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من أصبح منكم آمنا في سربه معافى في جسده عنده قوت يومه فكأنما حيزت له الدنيا (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 2346)

Hazrat ‘Ubaidillah bin Mihsan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever among you commences the morning in the condition that he is safe and secure in his life (i.e. his life is not in danger), enjoying good and sound health in his body, while possessing the food he requires for the day, then it is as though the world has been gathered for him (i.e. the goodness of the entire world is contained in these three favors).”

The Greatest Person of this Ummah

Hazrat Abu Dardaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw me walking in front of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Seeing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “Do not walk in front of the one who is better than you.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then mentioned, “Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is the best person (of this ummah) upon whom the sun rose or upon whom the sun set.”

(Majma‘uz Zawaa’id #14314)

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 05:59

The Arch Enemies of Islam - Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth

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Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth was the cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) i.e. Aswad’s father was the brother of Hazrat Aaminah, the mother of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). His family lineage is as follows: Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth bin Wahab bin Munaaf bin Zuhrah.

He was also one of the bitter enemies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When he would see the poor Muslims, he would sarcastically remark, “These are the future kings of the world who will become the heirs of Chosroe’s kingdom.” When he would see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he would sarcastically say, “What is the matter? Has nothing descended from the heavens today? He would also make other similar remarks.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/221)