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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 04:45

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Three

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It is reported from Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying:

(In the days of Jaahiliyyah, prior to Islam,) the thought of participating in any custom of Jaahiliyyah never occurred to me, except on two occasions. However, on these two occasions, Allah Ta‘ala saved me and protected me from participating in these customs.

Monday, 02 April 2018 05:01

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Seven

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11. At the completion of the du‘aa, one should say Aameen.

عن أبي مصبح المقرائي قال كنا نجلس إلى أبي زهير النميرى وكان من الصحابة فيتحدث أحسن الحديث فإذا دعا الرجل منا بدعاء قال اختمه بآمين فإن آمين مثل الطابع على الصحيفة قال أبو زهير أخبركم عن ذلك خرجنا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ذات ليلة فأتينا على رجل قد ألح فى المسألة فوقف النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يستمع منه فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أوجب إن ختم فقال رجل من القوم بأي شىء يختم قال بآمين فإنه إن ختم بآمين فقد أوجب فانصرف الرجل الذي سأل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأتى الرجل فقال اختم يا فلان بآمين وأبشر (سنن أبي داود #939)

Abu Musabbih Al-Maqraaiy relates, “On one occasion, we were seated by Hazrat Abu Zuhayr An-Numayri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was from amongst the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). He was most eloquent in speech. When anyone amongst us used to engage in du‘aa, he would say, ‘Seal the du‘aa with Aameen, for Aameen is like a stamp on the paper.’ He then said further, ‘Should I not inform you regarding this? One night, we came out with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and came across a person who was fervently engaged in du‘aa. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stopped to listen to him and said, “If he seals his du‘aa, he will make Jannah binding for him.” One of the people asked, “How should he seal it (his du‘aa)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “He should seal it with Ameen. If he seals it with Aameen, he has made Jannah binding for him.” The one who had asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went up to the person and said, “O so and so, seal your du‘aa with Aameen and accept the glad tidings (of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)).”

Sunday, 01 April 2018 06:07

A Few Qualities of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Marroozi (rahimahullah) mentions:

I did not see poor people honored in any majlis (gathering) more than they were honored in the majlis of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah). Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was more inclined towards the poor than the rich and wealthy. He was blessed with the quality of tolerance and forbearance, and would not act on impulse or haste. He was extremely humble at all times, and was an embodiment of dignity and respect. When he would sit in his majlis after ‘Asr to attend to people’s problems and answer their deeni queries, then he would not speak until a question was posed to him. When he would proceed to the musjid, he would not walk ahead of people (showing himself to be distinguished and different from the people).

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 9 pg. 460)

Thursday, 29 March 2018 06:29

Divine Aversion to Pagan Customs – Part Two

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Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates:

During the era of ignorance (the period prior to Islam), when the disbelievers would perform tawaaf of the Ka‘bah, they would pass their hands over the idols Isaaf and Naa’ilah.

Once, I accompanied Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in performing tawaaf of the Baytullah. As we passed these idols, I passed my hand over them. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) forbade me from doing this. I thought to myself, “I will touch them again to see what Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will say.” Hence, I passed my hand over them again. Seeing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said with sternness, “Did I not prohibit you?”

By Allah! From that day on, I never touched a single idol until the time when Allah Ta‘ala honored Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with prophethood and revealed His divine speech upon him (i.e. I never touched an idol until the end of my life).”

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/118)

Marriage to Hazrat Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha):

After Hazrat Ruqayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) passed away, Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) married Hazrat Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha), another blessed daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

After the demise of Hazrat Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “If I had a third daughter (who was unmarried), I would have married her to you (as well).”

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, “If I had forty daughters, I would have given them in marriage to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), one after the other, until no daughter remained (i.e. after the demise of each one, I would have married him to the next daughter, until no daughters remained alive).”

(Usdul Ghaabah 3/216)

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال من ذكرت عنده فليصل علي ومن صلى علي مرة صلى الله عليه عشرا أخرجه أحمد وأبو نعيم والبخاري في الأدب المفرد وهو عند الطبراني في الأوسط بدون قوله ومن صلى علي مرة إلى آخره ورجاله رجال الصحيح (القول البديع ص237)

Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The person in whose presence my name is taken should send salutations upon me, and whoever sends salutations upon me once, Allah Ta‘ala will send ten blessings upon him.”

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:43

Du‘aa is Never Wasted

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عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ما من مسلم يدعو بدعوة ليس فيها إثم ولا قطيعة رحم إلا أعطاه الله بها إحدى ثلاث إما أن يعجل له دعوته وإما أن يدخرها في الآخرة وإما أن يصرف عنه من السوء مثلها قالوا إذا نكثر قال الله أكثر (مجمع الزوائد #17210)

Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whichever Muslim makes du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala and supplicates to Him, and his du‘aa does not contain any sin (i.e. asking for anything which is impermissible) or the severance of family ties, Allah Ta‘ala will grant him one of three things. Either He will grant him what he had asked for (in this world), or He will keep the reward of the du‘aa for him in the Aakhirah, or He will avert a calamity from him.” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “In that case, we will engage in abundant du‘aa.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Allah Ta‘ala is more than everything (i.e. His power and treasures are more than what you ask for).”

Monday, 26 March 2018 12:50

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) in his Final Moments

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Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) mentions:

I went to visit Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) during his final illness. I said to him, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! How are you feeling this morning?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) raised his head and replied, “I have commenced the morning departing from the dunya, separating from my brothers and friends, going to receive the recompense of my actions, and proceeding to meet Allah Ta‘ala. I do not know whether my soul is going to Jannah so that I should congratulate it, or whether it is going to Jahannum so that I should console it.” Saying this, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) began to cry.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 8/411)

Saturday, 24 March 2018 05:05

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Six

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9. While making du‘aa, one’s heart should be turned towards Allah Ta‘ala alone. One should not place one’s hope on anything besides Allah Ta‘ala. One should not think that through a certain person or a certain thing, my need will be fulfilled.

عن عبد الله بن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال كنت خلف النبي صلّى الله عليه وسلم فقال يا غلام إني أعلمك كلمات احفظ الله يحفظك احفظ الله تجده تجاهك إذا سألت فاسأل الله وإذا استعنت فاستعن بالله واعلم أن الأمة لو اجتمعت على أن ينفعوك بشيء لم ينفعوك إلا بشيء قد كتبه الله لك وإن اجتمعوا على أن يضروك بشيء لم يضروك إلا بشيء قد كتبه الله عليك رفعت الأقلام وجفت الصحف (سنن الترمذي #2516)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that on one occasion, I was seated behind Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when he addressed me saying: “O young lad, I will teach you few important words (lessons). Safeguard (your relationship with) Allah Ta‘ala, Allah Ta‘ala will take care of you. Safeguard (your relationship with) Allah Ta‘ala, you will find Allah Ta‘ala before you (i.e. at all times, Allah Ta‘ala divine assistance will remain with you). When you ask, then ask of Allah Ta‘ala. When you seek assistance, then seek assistance from Allah Ta‘ala. And remember that if the entire ummah had to get together in order to benefit you with something, they cannot benefit you except to the extent that Allah Ta‘ala has decreed, and if they get together to harm you in any way, they cannot harm you except to the extent that Allah Ta‘ala has decreed. The pens (which were used to record taqdeer) have been lifted and the scrolls (used to record the taqdeer) have dried up. (i.e. the ink on the scrolls used for recording taqdeer have dried up. This indicates towards the taqdeer of Allah Ta‘ala that has been decreed).”

Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:05

The Effect of Company

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عن أبي هريرة أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال الرجل على دين خليله فلينظر أحدكم من يخالل (سنن أبي داود #4833)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “A person will be on the deen of his friend (i.e. he will follow his ways, habits, mindset, etc in deen). Hence, you should look carefully at the person whom you befriend.”

Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:04

Seventy Rewards for a Single Durood

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عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص رضي الله عنهما قال من صلى على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم واحدة صلى الله تعالى عليه وملائكته بها سبعين صلاة فليقل عبد من ذلك أو ليكثر رواه أحمد وابن زنجويه في ترغيبه بإسناد حسن وحكمه الرفع إذ لا مجال للإجتهاد فيه (القول البديع ص237)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported, “Whoever sends salutations upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once, Allah Ta‘ala and His angels will send seventy mercies and blessing upon him in return of his one durood. Hence, whoever wishes to increase his durood should increase it, and whoever wishes to decrease his durood should decrease it (i.e. if he wants to earn great rewards, then he should increase his durood).”