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Thursday, 08 October 2020 06:02

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Twenty

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At the time when Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam, he possessed forty thousand dirhams. By the time he performed hijrah with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he only possessed five thousand dirhams, and at the time of his death, he possessed no money, as he had spent all his wealth in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would use his money to purchase and free slaves who were being punished and tortured by their masters for accepting Islam. The seven slaves whom he purchased and freed are: Hazrat Bilaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat ‘Aamir bin Fuhairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Zinneerah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Hazrat Nahdiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and her daughter, the slave girl of Banu Mu’ammil and Ummu ‘Ubais (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

(Isaabah 4/139)

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 06:30

The Arch Enemies of Islam – Nadr bin Haarith

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Nadr bin Haarith was also one of the leaders of the Quraish. He would often travel to Persia for business. On his travels, he would purchase stories and historical accounts of the non-Arab monarchs. He would then relate these stories to the Quraish and would say to them, “Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) relates the incidents of ‘Aad and Thamud to you, but I will share with you the legends of Rustam, Asfandiyaar and the Persian monarchs.” People would enjoy listening to these tales (similar to the novels of today). Hence, they would listen to these tales and fables instead of listening the Qur’aan Majeed.

Nadr also purchased a singing slave girl and would make people listen to her melodious voice. Whenever he learnt of anyone being inclined towards Islam, he would take this slave girl to him and bid her to entertain him with food, drink and music. He would then ask him, “Is this better or that which Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invites you to by instructing you to perform salaah, fast and wage jihaad against the enemies of Allah Ta‘ala?”

Yahya bin Khaalid (rahimahullah) narrates:

Once, Ebrahim bin ‘Uyainah was imprisoned on account of an outstanding debt which amounted to more than forty-thousand dirhams. Hence, some of his friends went to different people collecting funds to pay his debt and secure his release.

When they came to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), he enquired, “How much is his debt?” They replied, “It is more than forty-thousand dirhams.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) next asked, “Have you already collected money from others?” When they replied in the affirmative, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said, “Return whatever money you have collected to those from whom you took it. I will settle the entire debt that he is owing.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 235)

Monday, 05 October 2020 06:16

Sunnats of Greeting - Part Nineteen

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25. It is sunnah for one to greet children with salaam. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would see children, he would make salaam to them.

وعن أنس قال : إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر على غلمان فسلم عليهم (صحيح مسلم الرقم: 2168)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed by a group of children and made salaam to them.”

عن أنس بن مالك قال كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لا يدخر شيئا لغد (الشمائل المحمدية للترمذي، الرقم: 337)

Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not store anything for the next day.”

Thursday, 01 October 2020 11:10

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Nineteen

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Spending His Wealth in the Path of Allah Ta‘ala

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “No person’s wealth benefited me as much as the wealth of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” Hearing this, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began to weep and said, “My wealth and I belong to you, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” (Sunan Ibnu Maajah #94)

In the narration of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in Musnad Ahmed, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “No wealth benefited me as much as the wealth of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” Hearing this, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began to weep, and then exclaimed thrice, “In reality, Allah Ta‘ala blessed me with everything through you!” (Musnad Ahmed #8790)

On one occasion, a few leaders of the Quraish including Waleed bin Mugheerah, Umayyah bin Khalaf, Abu Jahal, ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah and Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to enquire regarding some aspects of Islam.

While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was engaged in answering their questions, Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Umme Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the blind mu’azzin of the musjid of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), also came to enquire regarding some issue. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thought to himself that since Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Ummi Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is already a muslim, he can ask his question at some other time, however these people are influential, and if they embrace Islam, thousands of others will follow. Thus, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not give complete attention to Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Ummi Maktoom (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Monday, 28 September 2020 09:43

The Caution of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) in Issuing Fatwa

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Ahmed bin Muhammed Al-Marroozi (rahimahullah) mentions, “I posed many questions to Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), the number of which I cannot remember, and he replied, ‘I do not know the answer.’”

Muhammed bin ‘Ubaid Al-Yamaami (rahimahullah) reports that he heard Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) mention, “In regard to certain masaa’il, I only arrived at a decision regarding the ruling after three years of contemplation.”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 358-359)

Saturday, 26 September 2020 04:12

More Generous than the Winds of Mercy

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عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس بالخير وكان أجود ما يكون في شهر رمضان حتى ينسلخ فيأتيه جبريل فيعرض عليه القرآن فإذا لقيه جبريل كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود بالخير من الريح المرسلة (الشمائل المحمدية للترمذي رقم: 336)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the most generous of all people in (all works of) goodness, and more so in the month of Ramadhaan, he (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would display greater generosity until the month ended (i.e. his generosity in this month exceeded his generosity at all other times). When Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) would come to him and revise the Qur’aan Majeed with him (in the month of Ramadhaan), his generosity exceeded the winds of mercy (that bring forth beneficial rain).”

Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:39

The Evil Consequence of Delaying Nikaah

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عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا خطب إليكم من ترضون دينه وخلقه فزوجوه إلا تفعلوا تكن فتنة في الأرض وفساد عريض (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 1084)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “If a boy whose Deen and character are pleasing to you proposes for your daughter, then you should get your daughter married to him. If you do not do so, and delay in getting her married, widespread corruption will occur in the world.”