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Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) attended a janaazah of a certain Sahaabi. He then addressed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were present and said, “Who among you will go back to Madinah Munawwarah, and wherever he sees any idol or statue, he will break it, and wherever he sees any grave which is raised (high above the ground, or has a structure built on it), he will level it (to the normal height), and wherever he sees any picture (of animate objects), then he will immediately erase it?”

Before Fat-he-Makkah (the conquest of Makkah Mukarramah), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had sent Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Yemen as his governor over the people of Yemen. During the period when Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was in Yemen, a group of people in Yemen dug a pit in order to trap a lion.

Sometime thereafter, a lion fell into the pit and was trapped. After the lion was trapped, a few people came and stood around the pit, looking at the lion. However, the people around the pit began to push one another in order to see the lion. In this way, one of the men around the pit accidentally fell into the pit. As he fell in, in an attempt to save his life, he held onto the man next to him. However, this caused the second man to fall into the pit as well. As the second man fell, he held onto a third man, and he held onto a fourth man, and in this way, all four men fell into the pit.

Kumail bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) reports the following:

On one occasion, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) held my hand and came with me to the outskirts of the city. As we came to the desert, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sat. He then sighed deeply and said the following:

“O Kumail bin Ziyaad! The hearts of people are like vessels, and the best of hearts are the hearts that retain and remember the best. Remember what I am going to say to you!

It is reported that on one occasion, a mukaatab slave came to Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) seeking assistance. A mukaatab slave is a slave who enters into a contract with his master that upon paying a certain amount, he will receive his freedom.

The mukaatab slave addressed Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “I am unable to pay the amount for my freedom, so if you are able to assist me then assist me.”

Amr bil ma’roof and nahy anil munkar (commanding with good and forbidding from evil) is an obligation in deen. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), throughout their lives, upheld this obligation to the best of their ability wherever they went.

There are three levels of carrying out amr bil ma’roof and nahy anil munkar. The first level is to physically prevent the wrong, the second level is to verbally prevent the wrong, and the third level is to abhor and detest the evil from one’s heart. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whichever one of you sees an evil being perpetrated, then he should stop it with his hand (i.e. physically put a stop to the evil). If he is unable to stop it with his hand, then he should stop it with his tongue (i.e. through advising the person). If he is unable to stop it with his tongue, then he should regard it to be wrong and evil in his heart, and this is the weakest level of imaan (where a person will not be able to correct the wrong).” (Saheeh Muslim #49)

It is reported that Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once said, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention the following from the mimbar, ‘The one who recites Aayatul Kursi after every fardh salaah – the only thing that prevents him from entering Jannah is death, and the one who recites Aayatul Kursi when he goes to bed, Allah Ta‘ala will grant him safety over his household, the house of his neighbor and the other houses around him.” (Shu’ab-ul-Imaan #2174)

It is reported that on one occasion, a beggar came to Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and asked him for some money. Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus turned to one of his two sons, either Hazrat Hasan or Hazrat Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), and said, “Go to your mother and tell her that I said, ‘I left six dirhams with you, so send one dirham from the six.’”

The son thus went home to his mother, Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and conveyed his father’s message, but on returning, he did not have the dirham with him. He said to his father, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “My mother said that you had left the six dirhams for purchasing flour.” Hearing this, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “A servant’s imaan will not become true and perfect until he has more reliance on that which is in the hand of Allah Ta‘ala compared to what he possesses (i.e. his reliance upon Allah Ta‘ala being the One who fulfills his need should be more than the reliance he has upon his wealth being the means to fulfill his need).”

Every believer has love in his heart for Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and love for Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is among the dictates and demands of imaan. However, from the entire ummah, the people who had the greatest and deepest love for Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

Hence, they were prepared to sacrifice their wealth, homes and even their lives for the sake of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Such was their love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that they could tolerate being tortured and killed, but they could not tolerate even a thorn pricking the blessed body of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

When this was the extent of their love for Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), then one can well imagine the extent of the grief and sorrow which they experienced over his demise and departure from this world!

Thursday, 03 February 2022 13:47

Predicting the Future through Stars is Haraam

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The Hadith has strongly prohibited one from getting involved in fortune telling or trying to predict the future through stars. To believe that the stars coming in a certain formation leads to a certain event taking place, or trying to predict the future through looking at stars (e.g. referring to zodiac signs, horoscopes, etc.) is haraam and an act of disbelief.

There are severe warnings in the Hadith for those who get involved in these major sins. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who has relations with his wife while she is in the state of haidh, or has relations with her from the anal passage, or he goes to a fortune teller, then he has certainly rejected that which has been revealed upon Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Sunan Tirmizi #135)

Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

On one occasion, I fell sick, and while I was sick, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to visit me. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered my home, I was lying down. Seeing me lying down, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came close to my side and then took his clothing and used it to cover me. Thereafter, on seeing my weakness, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stood, went to the musjid and performed some nafl salaah to beseech Allah Ta‘ala to bless me with shifaa.

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