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When Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was in his final illness, he dictated the following letter to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in which he appointed Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as the Khalifah after him:

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

This is the instruction of Abu Bakr, the son of Abu Quhaafah, at the very end of his life in this world, while exiting the world and entering the life of the Hereafter, and he is close to reaching the point (of the throes of death, wherein the signs of the Hereafter become clear to a person and) where a kaafir will wish that he had brought Imaan, a sinner realizes and gains full conviction of his condition, and a liar will wish to become truthful.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 06:38

Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People - Part Three

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As long as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sufficed on inviting the people to Islam, the Quraish did not interfere with him. However, when he began to invite to Islam openly, began to speak ill of the idol worshippers and began to prevent people from engaging in kufr and shirk, the Quraish began to show him enmity and oppose him. However, Abu Taalib continued to support and assist Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Monday, 28 January 2019 05:23

Sunnats of Sitting in a Deeni Discourse – Part Ten

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17. If one wishes to hear a Deeni discourse over a CD, radio, receiver etc. then it is important for one to first find out the reliability of the person who had delivered the discourse as well as the subject matter that had been discussed. Not exercising caution in this regard leads to confusion being created in one’s Deen.

قال محمد بن سيرين رحمه الله: إن هذا العلم دين فانظروا عمن تأخذون دينكم (صحيح مسلم باب بيان أن الإسناد من الدين الخ، شمائل الترمذي)

Hazrat Muhammed bin Seereen (rahimahullah) had stated, “Indeed this knowledge is your Deen, so be careful from whom you acquire your Deen.”

When the Shi‘ah speak of the relationship between Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), they paint a picture of enmity and claim that Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) hated Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, from the incident below, we will realize that these allegations are completely false as Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) actually had immense respect and love for Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Hazrat ‘Urwah bin Zubair (rahimahullah) reports that on one occasion, a person began to revile and speak ill of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in the presence of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). As soon as Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard what this person was saying, he rose in defense of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Imaam Wakee’ (rahimahullah) once described Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in the following words:

By Allah! Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was extremely honest and trustworthy. His heart was filled with the awareness of Allah Ta‘ala and His greatness. He would give preference to pleasing Allah Ta‘ala over everything else. His high level of pleasing Allah at every moment was such that even if he had been struck by swords in trying to uphold deen and please Allah Ta‘ala, he would have surely bore it with patience and been pleased with the decree of Allah, in the manner which the pious friends of Allah are always pleased with the decree of Allah. Certainly, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was among the pious friends of Allah.

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 123)

Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:48

The Reward for Consoling the Bereaved

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عن عبد الله عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: من عزى مصابا فله مثل أجره (سنن الترمذي رقم 1073)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who consoles the bereaved will receive a reward similar to that of the bereaved.”

Abu Hafs, ‘Umar bin Hasan Samarqandi (rahimahullah), narrates the following incident in his kitaab, Rownaq-ul-Majaalis:

There was once a wealthy businessman who resided in the city of Balkh and had two sons. After his demise, his two sons divided his estate between them equally.

Included in the estate were three strands of the blessed hair of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In winding up the estate, each son took one strand, leaving the third strand belonging to both of them. Hence, the elder brother suggested, “Let us cut the third strand into half so that we can each take our share from the strand.” However, the younger brother did not agree to this saying, “No! By Allah, the respect and honor that we are supposed to show to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is such that it is inappropriate for us to cut the strand of his blessed hair.”

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:11

Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People – Part Two

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Although Abu Lahab was the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he always remained in the forefront of causing harm to Islam, just as Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) always remained in the forefront of supporting Islam.

Abu Lahab remained in the forefront when it came to denying Islam, causing harm, mocking, hating and showing enmity, whereas Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) remained in the forefront when it came to personal sacrifice, belief and love for Islam. May the anger and wrath of Allah Ta‘ala descend on Abu Lahab.

Monday, 21 January 2019 04:18

Sunnats of Sitting in a Deeni Discourse – Part Eight

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15. When the blessed name of Hazrat Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is mentioned in the Deeni discourse or in any gathering, then it is waajib (compulsory) for one to recite durood upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Thereafter, whenever the blessed name of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is taken, it is mustahab (preferable) to recite durood. [1]


[1]ولو سمع اسم النبي عليه السلام فإنه يصلي عليه فإن سمع مرارا في مجلس واحد اختلفوا فيه قال بعضهم لا يجب عليه أن يصلي إلا مرة كذا في فتاوى قاضي خان وبه يفتى كذا في القنية وقال الطحاوي يجب عليه الصلاة عند كل سماع والمختار قول الطحاوي كذا في الولوالجية (الهندية 5/315)

Sunday, 20 January 2019 06:55

The Humility of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) – Part Two

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Muhammad bin Hasan bin Haroon once mentioned, “I noticed that whenever Abu ‘Abdillah, Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah), would walk on the road, he disliked that people walk behind him out of honor for him.”

(Siyar A’laam nin Nubalaa 11/226)

Imaam Yahya bin Ma‘een (rahimahullah) said, “I never saw a person like Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah). We remained with him for fifty years, yet we never saw him, on even a single occasion, boast and express his superiority over us, despite the abundant virtue that he possessed.”

(Siyar A’laam nin Nubalaa 11/214)