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On account of the difficulties and hardships that the Muslims were being subjected to, some of the disbelievers, who were compassionate at heart, thought of breaking this resolution to boycott the Banu Haashim.

The first person who had this thought was Hishaam bin ‘Amr. He thought to himself, “How shameful it is that we are eating and drinking to our fill, while our relatives are longing for a little grain and are spending their days in starvation!” Due to the pity that he felt, he would go during the night and leave a camel-load of grain at the entrance of the valley of Abu Taalib.

Monday, 09 August 2021 06:21

Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick

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1. It is mustahab to make wudhu before visiting the sick. [1]

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who makes a perfect wudhu (i.e. through fulfilling all the sunnah and mustahab acts of wudhu) and sets out to visit his sick Muslim brother with the hope of receiving the rewards for visiting the sick, such a person will be kept a distance of seventy years away from Jahannum.” [2]

Muhammed bin Abi Haatim (rahimahullah) mentions:

On one occasion, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) was invited to the orchard of one of his companions. Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) accepted the invitation and proceeded to the orchard. Thereafter, while at the orchard, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) began to perform nafl salaah. After completing his nafl salaah, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) lifted the hem of his kurta and said to one of his companions, “See if there is anything inside my kurta.”

عن الحارث بن سويد حدثنا عبد الله بن مسعود حديثين: أحدهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم والآخر عن نفسه قال: إن المؤمن يرى ذنوبه كأنه قاعد تحت جبل يخاف أن يقع عليه وإن الفاجر يرى ذنوبه كذباب مر على أنفه فقال به هكذا قال أبو شهاب: بيده فوق أنفه ثم قال: لله أفرح بتوبة عبده من رجل نزل منزلا وبه مهلكة ومعه راحلته عليها طعامه وشرابه فوضع رأسه فنام نومة فاستيقظ وقد ذهبت راحلته حتى إذا اشتد عليه الحر والعطش أو ما شاء الله قال: أرجع إلى مكاني فرجع فنام نومة ثم رفع رأسه فإذا راحلته عنده (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 6308)

Hazrat Haarith bin Suwaid (rahimahullah) reports that once, Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated two Ahaadith. One Hadith was the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), while the other was his own statement. Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Indeed a believer views his sins as though he is seated beneath a mountain and he fears that it can fall on him at any moment, and indeed a sinful person (not concerned about his deen) views his sins as though it is a fly which passes by his nose (i.e. he considers it to be trivial and insignificant). He thus casually swats at it with his hand.” While narrating this Hadith, one of the narrators, Abu Shihaab (rahimahullah), explained the gesture of Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) by him waving his hand above his nose.

The nikaah of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) occurred in the second year after Hijrah.

Regarding this nikaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had mentioned, “Indeed Allah Ta‘ala had instructed me to marry Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

The Banu Haashim remained under boycott for three continuous years, enduring extreme hardship. Such was their difficulty that the crying of the children, due to starvation, could be heard outside the valley.

The hearts of the disbelievers were so hard that on hearing the children crying, they would become delighted. However, those of them who were compassionate at heart would find this unacceptable and would clearly say, “Do you not see the punishment that befell Mansoor bin ‘Ikrimah (the one who wrote the oppressive resolution)?”

Monday, 02 August 2021 06:29

Visiting the Sick

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The religion of Islam advocates and commands that one fulfil the obligations he owes to Allah Ta‘ala and the obligations he owes to the servants of Allah Ta‘ala. Regarding the obligations and rights one owes the servants of Allah Ta‘ala, these can be divided into two types of rights.

The first type are those rights which are specific to each person individually e.g. the rights one owes towards his parents, kith and kin, neighbours, etc.

The second type are those rights which relate to all Muslims in general. In regard to this type, Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has explained in his Mubaarak Hadith that each Muslim has six rights over his fellow Muslims. Among these six general rights is that one visits his Muslim brother when he is sick.

Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “A Muslim has six rights over his Muslim brother. When he meets him, he should greet him (with salaam); if he invites him, he should accept his invitation; when he sneezes (and says alhamdulillah), he should reply to his sneeze by saying ‘Yarhamukallah’; when he falls ill, he should visit him; when he passes away, he should attend his janaazah; and he should love for him what he loves for himself.” [1]

Sunday, 01 August 2021 10:20

The Taqwa of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah)

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Muhammed bin Abi Haatim (rahimahullah) mentions:

Imaam Bukaari (rahimahullah) would often mount his conveyance and ride out to practice archery. Such was his mastery in archery that throughout the lengthy period that I remained with him, I only saw his arrow miss the target on two occasions. Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) would always hit the target and no one could surpass his accuracy.

Hazrat Muhammed bin Munakdir (rahimahullah) relates:

Once, a man left eighty gold coins in trust with my father before leaving for jihaad. Before leaving, the man said to my father, “If you have a need to use this money then you may do so. I will reclaim the amount from you when I return.” Thereafter, Madinah Munawwarah experienced great difficulty due to which my father spent the entire amount on the people.

عن ابن عباس أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: أربع من أعطيهن فقد أعطي خير الدنيا والآخرة قلبا شاكرا ولسانا ذاكرا وبدنا على البلاء صابرا وزوجة لا تبغيه خونا في نفسها ولا ماله (مجمع الزوائد، الرقم: 7437)

Hazrat Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Four qualities are such that the one who has been blessed with them has indeed been blessed with the goodness of this world and the next; (the first is) a grateful heart, (the second is) a tongue engaged in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala, (the third is) a body that endures difficulty (for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala), and (the fourth is) a wife who does not deceive her husband in regard to herself or in regard to his wealth.”