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‘Uthmaan bin Mawhab (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

On one occasion, a person from Egypt arrived in Makkah Mukarramah and performed haj. While in Makkah Mukaaramah, he saw a group of people seated and asked, “Who are these people?” They replied, “These are the Quraish.” He then asked, “Who is the most learned amongst them?” They replied, “The most learned among them is Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).”

The Egyptian man thus addressed Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) saying, “O Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma)! I wish to ask you regarding something, so please answer my questions.” The man thereafter commenced asking his questions. He asked, “Do you know that Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) fled during the Battle of Uhud?” Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “Yes.”

The man next asked, “Do you know that Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was absent during the Battle of Badr?” Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “Yes.”

Finally, the man asked, “Do you know that Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was absent during the Bay‘ah of Ridwaan and did not participate in it?” Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “Yes.” As this Egyptian was biased against Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and had ill feelings for him, he exclaimed, “Allahu Akbar!” in happiness, thinking that Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) supported the stance that he held against Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then said to him, “Come, let me explain to you the reality of what you are asking about.”

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:37

Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People - Part Seven

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Rabee‘ah bin ‘Ibaad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

I once saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the markets of ‘Ukkaaz and Zul Majaaz inviting people towards Islam saying:

يا أيها الناس قولوا لا إله إلا الله تفلحوا

O people! Say “Laa Ilaaha Illallah” and you will be successful!

While he was inviting people towards Islam, I saw a squint-eyed man walking behind him and calling out to the people, “This man has renounced the religion of his forefathers and he is a liar!” When I asked the people who this man was, they informed me that he was the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Abu Lahab.

Monday, 25 February 2019 04:21

Sunnats of Keeping Hair – Part One

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1. One should keep the hair of the entire head the same length. It is impermissible to trim the hair in two different lengths.

عن ابن عمر قال: نهى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن القزع والقزع أن يحلق رأس الصبى فيترك بعض شعره (سنن أبي داود رقم 4195)

Hazrat ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) prohibited qaza’. Qaza’ refers to where a part of the head of a child is shaved and a part is left unshaved.

عن ابن عمر أن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم رأى صبيا قد حلق بعض شعره وترك بعضه فنهاهم عن ذلك وقال: احلقوه كله أو اتركوه كله (سنن أبي داود رقم 4197)

Hazrat ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw a child who a part of his head was shaved and a part was left unshaved. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) prohibited them (the family) from doing this and said, “Either shave all of it (the hair) or leave all of it (as normal while all are even length).”

Sunday, 24 February 2019 06:27

The Night of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Abul Juwairiyah (rahimahullah) mentions the following:

I was blessed with the opportunity to spend time in the company of Hammaad bin Abi Sulaimaan (rahimahullah), ‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah), Muhaarib bin Dithaar (rahimahullah) and ‘Awn bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). I was also blessed with the opportunity to spend time in the company of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), and I did not find any person who spent his night more excellently than Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). I spent six months in his company, and during the entire period of six months, I never once saw him lie down and sleep at night (i.e. every night, he would spend the entire night performing salaah).

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 126)

The incident below highlights the highest level of respect which Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would show to the blessed family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

During the period of his khilaafah, Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) made mashura with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and consulted them, asking them how the wealth of the Bayt-ul-Maal should be distributed among the Muslims.

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested, “Every year, you should distribute all the money of the Bayt-ul-Maal to the Muslims and you should not retain any wealth in the Bayt-ul-Maal.”

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested, “I see that there is abundant wealth in the Bayt-ul-Maal which is sufficient for all the people. However, if a record is not kept of those who have been given wealth and those who have not been given any wealth, I fear that there will be confusion and matters will get out of hand.”

Saturday, 23 February 2019 04:47

Leaving Out that which does not Concern Us

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عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من حسن إسلام المرء تركه ما لا يعنيه (سنن الترمذي رقم 2317)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “From the beauty of a person’s Islam is that he leaves out those things which do not concern him.”

Friday, 22 February 2019 14:21

Three Unfortunate People

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عن كعب بن عجرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: احضروا المنبر فحضرنا فلما ارتقى درجة قال: آمين فلما ارتقى الدرجة الثانية قال: آمين فلما ارتقى الدرجة الثالثة قال: آمين فلما نزل قلنا: يا رسول الله لقد سمعنا منك اليوم شيئا ما كنا نسمعه قال: إن جبريل عليه الصلاة والسلام عرض لي فقال: بعدا لمن أدرك رمضان فلم يغفر له قلت: آمين فلما رقيت الثانية قال: بعدا لمن ذكرت عنده فلم يصل عليك قلت: آمين فلما رقيت الثالثة قال: بعدا لمن أدرك أبواه الكبر عنده أو أحدهما فلم يدخلاه الجنة قلت: آمين (المستدرك للحاكم رقم 7256)

Hazrat Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports the following: On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) called out to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “Come to the mimbar.” When we assembled around the mimbar, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ascended the first step and said, “Ameen.” He then ascended the second step and said, “Ameen.” Then, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ascended the third step and said, “Ameen.” After delivering the khutbah, when Rasulullah descended from the mimbar, we asked, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! We heard you say something today that we did not hear you say before (i.e. saying ameen thrice while ascending the mimbar).” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “(When I ascended the first step,) Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) appeared before me and said, ‘Woe to him who witnessed the blessed month of Ramadhaan, yet he let it pass without gaining forgiveness (i.e. he did not fulfill the rights of this month).’ I said ameen to this du‘aa. When I ascended the second step, he said, ‘Woe to him before whom your name is mentioned, yet he does not send durood upon you.’ I said ameen to this du‘aa. When I ascended the third step, he said, “Woe to him in whose presence both of his parents or one of them attain old age, yet (due to not serving them) they do not become the means for him to enter Jannah. I said ameen to this du‘aa.”

According to some narrations, before Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) commenced dictating the letter, he said to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Give me mashura and advise me regarding who I should appoint as the Khalifah, for by Allah, in my sight, you are also worthy of the position of Khilaafah.” Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I will write the name of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)” and he then commenced writing the letter. However, when he reached the point where the name of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had to be written, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) fell unconscious. Since, Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) knew that Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) wanted Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to be the next Khalifah, he wrote his name.

Thereafter, when Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) regained consciousness, he specified, “Write the name of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

(Hayaatus Sahaabah 2/ 31-33)

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:06

Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People - Part Six

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When the Quraish lost hope in Abu Taalib supporting them, they began to show open opposition and enmity for the Muslims. They started inflicting different punishments on the weak and vulnerable Muslims of the various tribes.

Abu Taalib then called on the Banu Haashim and Banu Muttalib to support and assist Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Upon the call of Abu Taalib, all the members of the Banu Haashim and Banu Muttalib responded and promised their assistance. From the Banu Haashim, only Abu Lahab joined the enemy against Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/178-179)

Imaam ‘Abdur Razzaaq (rahimahullah) once remembered the following incident regarding Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), and began to tear as he narrated it. He said:

When Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) arrived, I learnt that all his money was depleted. I thus took ten dinars (gold coins) and presented them to him. When I presented the money to Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), he smiled and said, “O Abu Bakr! If there was any person from whom I would have accepted something as assistance, it would have been you.” Saying this, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) declined to accept the money from me.

Note: Perhaps Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) declined to accept the financial assistance of Imaam ‘Abdur Razzaaq (rahimahullah) as he felt that he would be able to earn wealth in a halaal manner and remain independent from the creation. The focus of these great servants of Allah Ta‘ala was always towards Allah Ta‘ala, and they never turned their gaze towards the creation, seeking handouts and gifts from them.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 229)