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During the Battle of Uhud, Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) displayed extreme courage and bravery in fighting the enemy. Thus, he was personally responsible for killing four of the leaders of the Quraish, among whom was Talhah bin Abi Talhah.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 15:30

The Mi’raaj in Detail – Part Two

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After Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and Hazrat Meekaa’eel (‘alaihis salaam) washed the blessed heart of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with Zam-Zam and placed the seal of prophethood between his blessed shoulders, the Buraaq was brought.

The Buraaq is a heavenly animal which is slightly smaller than a mule in size, but slightly bigger than a donkey. It is white in color and moves extremely swiftly. Such is its speed that in a single step, it travels as far as the eye can see.

Sayyid Ahmed Rifaa’ee (rahimahullah) is well known as one of the greatest saints of Islam. He passed away in the year 578 AH.

In the year 555 AH, Sayyid Ahmed Rifaa’ee (rahimahullah) was blessed to go to Makkah Mukarramah to perform haj. After completing his haj, he visited the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah to visit the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). While standing before the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he recited the following couplets:

في حالة البعد روحي كنت أرسلها     تقبل الأرض عني وهي نائبتي

وهذه دولة الأشباح قد حضرت     فامدد يمينك كي تحظى بها شفتي

When I was far away, I would send my soul to you as my representative, kissing the ground (at the Rowdhah Mubaarak) on my behalf

Now the time has come for me to physically present myself with my body, so (now that I have come in person,) please extend your blessed hand so that my lips may acquire the honor of kissing it

As he recited these couplets, the blessed hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) extended from the Rowdhah Mubaarak, and Sayyid Ahmed Rifaa’ee (rahimahullah) then kissed it. This event occurred in the presence of approximately ninety-thousand people who witnessed it.

(Al-Haawee 2/314 , Fazaa’il-e-Haj (Urdu) pg. 789 and Wafayaat-ul-A’yaan 1/172 )

Thursday, 30 December 2021 10:19

Sunnats and Aadaab of Drinking

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1. Before drinking, take the name of Allah Ta‘ala by reciting: [1]

بِسْمِ اللهِ

In the name of Allah.

2. Drink with the right hand. [2]

Hazrat Ibnu Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any one of you eats then he should eat with his right hand, and when he drinks then he should drink with his right hand, for indeed Shaitaan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.” [3]

Thursday, 30 December 2021 10:16

The Three Eyes that will not See Jahannum

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عن معاوية بن حيدة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ثلاثة لا ترى أعينهم النار: عين حرست في سبيل الله وعين بكت من خشية الله وعين كفت عن محارم الله (مجمع الزوائد، الرقم: 9490)

Hazrat Mu’aawiyah bin Haydah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “There are three people whose eyes will not see the fire of Jahannum (i.e. they will be kept away from Jahannum.) The (first person is the one whose) eye was guarding (the Muslims) in the path of Allah Ta‘ala, the (second person is the one whose) eye shed tears out of the fear of Allah Ta‘ala, and (the third person is the one whose) eye was restrained from looking at haraam (i.e. all those things which Allah Ta‘ala has prohibited one from looking at).”

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had no food to eat and was undergoing hunger. When Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) learnt that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was undergoing hunger, then his heart was immediately filled with worry and concern. Such was his love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he could not rest while knowing that the Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was in difficulty and hardship. However, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) himself did not have any food to share with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 10:06

The Mi’raaj in Detail

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Allah Ta‘ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:

سُبۡحٰنَ الَّذِیۡۤ اَسۡرٰی بِعَبۡدِہٖ لَیۡلًا مِّنَ الۡمَسۡجِدِ الۡحَرَامِ اِلَی الۡمَسۡجِدِ الۡاَقۡصَا الَّذِیۡ بٰرَکۡنَا حَوۡلَہٗ لِنُرِیَہٗ مِنۡ اٰیٰتِنَا ؕ اِنَّہٗ ہُوَ السَّمِیۡعُ الۡبَصِیۡرُ ﴿۱﴾

Glory be to He who had taken His (special) servant in (a short portion of) the night from Masjid-ul-Haraam to Masjid-ul-Aqsa whose precincts We had blessed, in order that we may show him some of Our signs (some of which are mentioned in Surah Najm, such as journeying to Sidrat-ul-Muntaha, seeing Jannah and Jahannam and other divine phenomena). Certainly, He (Allah Ta‘ala) is All-Hearing, All-Seeing (and He will show the marvels of His power to whomsoever He wishes, and that special servant will behold it due to Allah Ta‘ala showing it to him, and he will hear it due to Allah Ta‘ala allowing him to hear it).” (Surah Israa v. 1)

In the terminology of the Ulama, the journey from Musjid-ul-Haraam to Musjid-ul-Aqsa is known as the Israa, and the journey from Musjid-ul-Aqsa to the Sidrat-ul-Muntaha is known as the Mi’raaj. At times, the entire journey, from the beginning to the end, is referred to collectively as the Israa and Mi’raaj.

Sunday, 26 December 2021 05:33

Drinking

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There are many sunnats and aadaab (etiquettes) in regard to drinking. Some sunnats and aadaab pertain to the various duas which have been prescribed to be recited before, during and after drinking. Other sunnats and aadaab relate to the manner in which a person should drink.

Apart from this, there are sunnats and aadaab that teach a person the amount of liquid that he should drink at one time in order for him to avoid damaging his health. Hence, drinking in the correct manner is essential, as this will enable one to maintain good health which will assist him in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala.

Saturday, 25 December 2021 10:46

The Creation of Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) – Part Six

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Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) Being Created in His Complete Form

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah Ta‘ala created Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) in his (complete) form, with his height being sixty ziraa (approximately twenty-seven meters).” (Saheeh Muslim #2841)

From this Hadith, we understand that Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) did not go through the different phases of growth that a normal human being passes through e.g. birth, infancy, adolescence, middle-age and thereafter old-age. In other words, Allah Ta‘ala created Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) as a complete person from the very beginning.

Thursday, 23 December 2021 10:13

Three Golden Advices

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عن أبي ذر قال: قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: اتق الله حيثما كنت وأتبع السيئة الحسنة تمحها وخالق الناس بخلق حسن (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 1987)

Hazrat Abu Zarr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once addressed me and said, ‘Fear Allah Ta‘ala wherever you may be, (if you commit an evil deed, then) carry out a good action after the wrong, as the good action will cause the effect of the sin to be erased, and deal with people with excellent character.”

Note:

It is reported in many Ahaadith that carrying out good deeds is a means of expiating sins e.g. making wudhu, performing salaah, giving sadaqah, etc. are a means of one’s sins being wiped out. Similarly, in this Hadith, mention is made that carrying out a good deed after a sin causes the effect of the sin to be erased.

It should be borne in mind that according to the Muhadditheen, these types of Ahaadith refer to minor sins. The Muhadditheen explain that as far as major sins are concerned, then tawbah is necessary. Hence, if a person has committed any major sin, then he should make tawbah and also carry out a good deed thereafter so that this will be a further compensation for the wrong that he has done.