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From the beginning of the world until this present era, the Ka‘bah was reconstructed five times.

Initially, it was constructed by Hazrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam). Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah Ta‘ala sent Hazrat Jibraa’eel (‘alaihis salaam) to command Hazrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) to build the Ka‘bah. When Hazrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) completed building the Ka‘bah, he was instructed to walk around it in tawaaf. He was also informed, ‘You are the first man and this is the first house erected for people to worship Allah Ta‘ala.’”

At the time of his blessed nikaah to Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was twenty-five years old whilst Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was forty. The mahr (dowry) was fixed at twenty camels. However, according to Seerat Ibn Hishaam and Hafiz Abu Bishr Dawlaami (rahimahullah), the stipulated mahr (dowry) was twelve and a half ooqiyah of silver. Each ooqiyah is equivalent to forty dirhams. Hence, the total dowry was five hundred dirhams. This was the first nikaah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) whilst it was Hazrat Khadijah’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) third.

Insha Allah, we will discuss this in more detail in the chapter pertaining to the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat (the blessed wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/112)

On the decided date of the nikaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proceeded to the home of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) with his uncles, Abu Taalib and Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and a few other seniors of the family. The father of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had passed away before the battle of Fujjaar. Her uncle (father’s brother), ‘Amr bin Asad, was present at her nikaah.

Monday, 22 January 2018 04:16

Words of Wisdom

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Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once mentioned the following:

True ‘Ilm creates steadfastness upon Deen, and the outcome of steadfastness upon Deen is that one will be safeguarded (from falling into sin and wrong). True abstinence of the world creates contentment, and the outcome of contentment is that one will enjoy peace and comfort. True sabr creates determination, and the outcome of determination is that one will eventually reach his goal. The ability to carry out righteous deeds is in actual fact the taufeeq of Allah Ta‘ala, and the outcome of taufeeq is that one will be successful (in acquiring the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala and Jannah), and every good by Allah Ta‘ala is based on truthfulness.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 8 pg. 393)

Sunday, 21 January 2018 10:02

Wishing Well for Others

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A woman once came to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), wishing to purchase a silken cloth. When Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) showed her a certain cloth, she said to him, “I am a weak woman, and it is an amaanah (with which I have been entrusted to purchase this cloth), so please sell me this cloth for the amount that it costed you.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) immediately said to her, “Take it for four dirhams.” The woman could not believe that Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was prepared to sell her the silken cloth for such a low price, and thus exclaimed, “Do not joke with me, as I am an old woman!”

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) explained to her, “I purchased two cloths. I sold one of the two cloths for a price which covered the entire capital with which I purchased both cloths besides four dirhams. Hence, this cloth now remains with only four dirhams of the capital amount outstanding. (Therefore, I have sold the second cloth to you for four dirhams.)”

(Akhbaar Abi Hanifah wa Saahibayhi lis-Saymari pg. 50-51)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:37

Sunnats of Clothing – Part Seventeen

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26. One should place the dirty clothing in the place that is designated for keeping such clothing e.g. in the laundry basket etc.

27. When one’s clothing becomes soiled or messed while wearing it, then one should wash it and thereafter continue wearing it or one may change his clothing.

عن جابر قال أتانا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم زائرا في منزلنا فرأى رجلا شعثا فقال أما كان يجد هذا ما يسكن به رأسه ورأى رجلا عليه ثياب وسخة فقال أما كان يجد هذا ما يغسل به ثيابه (مسند أحمد #14850)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to visit us at our home. He saw a man with disheveled and unkempt hair and said, “Does this person not have anything with which he can keep his hair tidy?” And he saw a person with dirty clothing, and said, “Does this person not have anything with which he can wash his clothing?”

Monday, 15 January 2018 05:13

Sunnats of Clothing – Part Sixteen

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24. Men should not wear clothing that resembles ladies, nor should women wear clothing that resembles men.

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المتشبهين من الرجال بالنساء والمتشبهات من النساء بالرجال رواه البخاري وأبو داود والترمذي والنسائي وابن ماجه والطبراني وعنده أن امرأة مرت على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم متقلدة قوسا فقال لعن الله المتشبهات من النساء بالرجال والمتشبهين من الرجال بالنساء (الترغيب والترهيب #3139)

It is reported from Hazrat ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had cursed those men that imitate women (in their dressing and appearance), and those women that imitate men (in their dressing and appearance). It is reported that on one occasion, a woman passed by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) carrying a bow around her neck (in the spirit to imitate the soldiers of Deen). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) observing this scene, said, “May Allah’s curse fall on those men that imitate women and those women that imitate men in their ways.”

Monday, 01 January 2018 04:03

Assisting People in Need

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A woman once came to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) with a silken cloth and said to him, “Please sell it for me (as I am not experienced in trade. Hence, I wish you to assist me in correctly evaluating it and selling it to someone who wishes to purchase it from me).” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) asked the woman, “How much were you advised to sell the cloth for?” The woman replied, “One hundred.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) remarked, “It is worth more than one hundred!”

Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:39

The Love of the World

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عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول لا يزال قلب الكبير شابا في اثنتين في حب الدنيا وطول الأمل (صحيح البخاري #6420)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘The heart of an old person remains young (and desirous) in relation to two things; love for the dunya and distant aspirations and hopes (regarding the material of this world).’”

Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:32

The Praise and Durood of Imaam Tabraani (rahimahullah)

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عن الطبراني في الدعاء له أنه رأى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في المنام في صفته التي اتصلت بنا فقال له السلام عليك أيها النبي ورحمة الله وبركاته يا رسول الله قد ألهمني الله تعالى كلمات أقولهن قال وما هن قال اللهم لك الحمد بعدد من حمدك ولك الحمد بعدد من لم يحمدك ولك الحمد كما تحب أن تحمد اللهم صل على محمد بعدد من صلى عليه وصل على محمد بعدد من لم يصل عليه وصل على محمد كما تحب أن يصلى عليه فتبسم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم حتى بدت ثناياه ورئي النور يخرج من التفليج الذي بين ثناياه في منام طويل اقتصرت على المراد منه هنا (القول البديع ص130)

Imaam Tabraani (rahimahullah) has mentioned in his kitaab of du‘aa that he was once blessed to see Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in a dream. In the dream, the blessed appearance of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was exactly as described to us (in the numerous narrations discussing the blessed appearance of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)). Imaam Tabraani (rahimahullah) (in the dream) greeted Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with salaam and then said, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Allah Ta‘ala has inspired me to recite a few words.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “What are these words?”

Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:30

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) - Part Two

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The title of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was ‘Zun-Noorain’ (the possessor of the two lights). ‘Two lights’ referred to the two blessed daughters of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Ruqayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and Hazrat Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

Hazrat Hasan Basri (rahimahullah) has explained that Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was given this title as he was the only person who had married two daughters of a Nabi (Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) married Hazrat Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha) after the demise of Hazrat Ruqayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)). (Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 2/566/568)