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Saturday, 21 November 2020 07:02

Persecution of the Muslims

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The more Islam continued to spread and the more the number of the Muslims grew, the more the rage and hatred of the disbelievers of Makkah increased.

As far as those Muslims are concerned who had people to protect and assist them, then the disbelievers did not have much power and control over them. However, the pitiable Muslims who were helpless and had no one to protect them became the target of the oppression and persecution of the Quraish. They would beat some of these poor Muslims and confine others to dark and narrow cages.

We will next mention a few incidents highlighting the sheer brutality and ruthlessness of the kuffaar of Makkah and the patience and endurance of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/223-224)

Harmalah bin Yahya (rahimahullah) reports:

I once heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) mention the following in regard to purifying and illuminating the heart through which it will be easy for one to understand Deen:

“The one who wishes that Allah Ta‘ala should open and illuminate his heart (with deep understanding and profound knowledge), then he should hold firmly onto the following qualities; refraining from discussing that which does not concern him, leaving out all sins and abstaining from all forms of disobedience. Furthermore, he should carry out righteous actions which should be only between him and Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. with ikhlaas and without publicizing them before anyone). When one does this, then Allah Ta‘ala will bless him with such profound ‘ilm that he will remain immersed in it and it will safeguard him from becoming involved in other occupations of the world. Similarly, he will be concerned about his end which will keep him away from all other futile pursuits (i.e. the preparation for death and the Hereafter will safeguard him from getting involved in unbeneficial actions).”

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee li-lBayhaqi vol. 2 pg. 171)

Thursday, 12 November 2020 10:39

Maintaining Family Ties

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عن أنس بن مالك أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: من أحب أن يبسط له في رزقه وينسأ له في أثره فليصل رحمه (صحيح البخاري الرقم: 5986)

Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who wishes that his sustenance should be increased for him, and that his life should be lengthened for him, then he should maintain family ties.”

Note: The meaning of one’s life being lengthened is that Allah Ta‘ala will bless one with the tawfeeq of carrying out good actions in his lifetime which will continue to earn him great rewards for a long time after his demise.

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.”