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‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah addressed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O nephew! Why do you have to concern yourself with these issues? If it is wealth that you desire, we will amass so much of wealth for you that even the richest man will not be able to rival you. If you wish to get married, we will get you married to whichever woman you wish and to how many women you want. If honour and leadership is what you desire, we will elect you as our leader. If you aspire to take on the reigns of government and kingship, we will appoint you as our king. If an evil spirit possesses you, we will provide the treatment to remove it.”

(To be continued)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/186)

Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:11

The Spread of Islam and the Quraish of Makkah Mukarramah

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When the Quraish saw that Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had also embraced Islam, and with every passing day, the number of the Muslims was increasing, Abu Jahal, ‘Utbah, Shaibah, Waleed bin Mugheerah, Umayyah bin Khalaf, Aswad bin Muttalib and other leaders of the Quraish held a meeting in which they appointed ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah as their spokesman to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He was a man unrivalled by any of his contemporaries in sorcery, soothsaying and poetry.

Monday, 05 August 2019 04:54

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Six

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7. When replying to the salaam of someone, one should reply to the salaam verbally and not by a mere sign of the hand or a nod of the head.

عن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده رضي الله عنهم أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ليس منا من تشبه بغيرنا لا تشبهوا باليهود ولا بالنصارى فإن تسليم اليهود الإشارة بالأصابع وتسليم النصارى الإشارة بالأكف (سنن الترمذي رقم 2695)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who emulates the ways (and culture) of others is not from amongst us. Do not emulate the Jews nor the Christians (in their ways and culture). When the Jews greet each other, they greet each other by gesturing with their fingers, and when the Christians greet each other, they greet each other by gesturing with their hands.” (Therefore, we should refrain from emulating them in their manner of greeting).

Hasan bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) mentions:

On one occasion, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) noticed that a certain person seated in his gathering was wearing clothing that was tattered and old. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) asked this person to remain seated after the majlis (gathering) had terminated.

The man did as requested and waited after the majlis, until all the other people had dispersed. Once they were alone, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said to him, “Lift the musallah.” When the man lifted the musallah, he saw that there were a thousand dirhams beneath it. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) then commanded him to take the money and said to him, “Use this money to fulfill your needs and improve your condition.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 231)

Friday, 02 August 2019 09:22

The Reward of Sadaqah for Spending on One’s Family

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عن أبي مسعود الأنصاري عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إذا أنفق المسلم نفقة على أهله وهو يحتسبها كانت له صدقة (صحيح البخاري رقم 5351)

Hazrat Abu Mas‘ood Ansaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When a muslim spends on his family with the hope of receiving reward from Allah for it (the spending), it will be a means of him receiving the reward of sadaqah.”

Thursday, 01 August 2019 14:55

Reciting Durood when Entering and Exiting the Musjid

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عن فاطمة رضي الله عنها قالت: كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل المسجد صلى على محمد وسلم وقال رب اغفر لي ذنوبي وافتح لي أبواب رحمتك وإذا خرج صلى على محمد وسلم وقال رب اغفر لي ذنوبي وافتح لي أبواب فضلك (سنن الترمذي رقم 314)

Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would enter the musjid, he would first recite durood and thereafter recite the following du‘aa:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِيْ ذُنُوْبِيْ وَافْتَحْ لِيْ أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِك

O my Rabb, forgive my sins and open for me the doors of Your mercy.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would leave the musjid, he would recite durood and thereafter recite the following du‘aa:

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِيْ ذُنُوْبِيْ وَافْتَحْ لِيْ أَبْوَابَ فَضْلِك

O my Rabb, forgive my sins and open for me the doors of Your bounties.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:42

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Six

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Incident regarding his accepting Islam (continued)

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiallahu ‘anhu) then says:

After completing my work in Yemen, I returned to the learned sheikh to bid him farewell. He asked me, “Do you wish to hear a few verses of poetry which I have composed in praise of the final Nabi?” I agreed and he recited the couplets.

According to the narration of Mustadrak Haakim, when Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) appeared before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he declared:

أشهد أنك لصادق شهادة المصدق والعارف

I give the testimony of one who has belief and knows what he is testifying to that you are definitely the true Nabi.

He then said, “O my nephew! You may proclaim your deen in public. By Allah! Even if I am offered the whole world and whatever is contained in it, I will not renounce your religion and prefer the religion of my forefathers.”

Saying this, he composed the following poetry:

Monday, 29 July 2019 04:40

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Five

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6. The words of salaam end with “Wa barakaatuhu”. One should not add any other words after “Wa barakaatuhu”

. عن محمد بن عمرو بن عطاء قال: كنت جالسا عند عبد الله بن عباس فدخل عليه رجل يماني فقال: السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته ثم زاد شيئا مع ذلك أيضا قال ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما: من هذا وهو يومئذ قد ذهب بصره قالوا: هذا اليماني الذي يغشاك فعرفوه إياه حتى عرفه قال ابن عباس: إن السلام انتهى إلى البركة (المؤطا للامام محمد ص385)

Muhammad bin ‘Amr bin ‘Ataa’ (rahimahullah) reports, “On one occasion, I was seated with Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) when a person from Yemen entered the gathering and made salaam saying, ‘Assalaam ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wabaraakatuhu’ and he then added some words with the salaam. Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) asked, “Who is this person?” as at that time, he had lost his eyesight. His companions said, “This is the person from Yemen who comes to your gatherings regularly.” They described the person until Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) recognized him. Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then said, “Salaam ends with barakah (i.e. by saying wabaraakatuhu).””

Khalaf (rahimahullah) mentions:

On one occasion, Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) came to me in order to hear the Hadith of Abu ‘Awaanah (rahimahullah). When he came, I tried my best to make him sit on an elevated place. However, he refused and said, “I will only sit in front of you (like a student). We have been instructed to display humility before those from whom we acquire the knowledge of deen.”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 71)