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Thursday, 02 December 2021 10:16

The Worthlessness of this World

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عن جابر بن عبد الله أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر بالسوق داخلا من بعض العالية والناس كنفته فمر بجدي أسك ميت فتناوله فأخذ بأذنه ثم قال: أيكم يحب أن هذا له بدرهم فقالوا: ما نحب أنه لنا بشيء وما نصنع به قال: أتحبون أنه لكم قالوا: والله لو كان حيا كان عيبا فيه لأنه أسك فكيف وهو ميت فقال: فوالله للدنيا أهون على الله من هذا عليكم (صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 2957)

Hazrat Jaabir bin ‘Abdillah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed by the market while entering Madinah Munawwarah from the upper-portion of Madinah Munawwarah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered while the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were around him, and (after entering,) he passed by the corpse of a kid (a baby goat) which had very small ears. Upon seeing the corpse of the kid, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) took it and held it by its ear. He then posed the following question to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “Which of you would want to take this kid for one dirham?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) replied, “We would not want to take it, even if it was not in lieu of anything (i.e. we would not even take it if it was free), and what would we do with it (when it is carrion and cannot be eaten)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) again asked, “Would you not like to take this kid?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) responded, “By Allah! If it was alive, it would be regarded as a defective animal due to its ears (being very small), so how much more worthless it is now that it is dead!” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “By Allah! Undoubtedly, the entire dunya is even more worthless in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala than this dead kid in your sight.”

‘Ali bin Rabee‘ah reports that on one occasion, Hazrat Ja’dah bin Hubairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen! At times, two people come to you (with their dispute). One of the two is such that you are more beloved to him than even his own family and his wealth, whereas the other person has such enmity for you that if he was able to slaughter and kill you, he would do so. Yet, despite this, you pass judgment in favor of the one who hates you, against the one who loves you!”

After accepting Islam, Hazrat Tufail bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Nabi of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I am the leader and chief of my people. It is my intention that on returning to my people, I will invite them to Islam. Please make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala that He will bless me with a special sign that will help and assist me in inviting them to Islam.”

Monday, 29 November 2021 05:15

Sunnats and Aadaab while Eating

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1. If one forgets to recite the dua before eating, then one should recite the following dua when one remembers: [1]

بِسْمِ اللهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ

(I commence) in the name of Allah Ta‘ala from the beginning till the end. [2]

Sunday, 28 November 2021 09:20

Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) – Introduction – Part One

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Name: Muslim bin Hajjaaj bin Muslim bin Ward bin Kooshaaz (rahimahullah)

Kunyah (filial title): Abul Husain


There are different views reported regarding the year in which Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was born. Some Ulama say that he was born in the year 204 AH, while other Ulama say that he was born in the year 206 AH.

According to ‘Allaamah Ibnu Katheer (rahimahullah), Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was born in the year 204 AH. (Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah 14/556)

According to Haafiz Ibnus Salaah (rahimahullah), Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was born in the year 206 AH. This view of Haafiz Ibnus Salaah (rahimahullah) has been reported by ‘Allaamah Ibnu Khallikaan (rahimahullah). This view has also been preferred by Haafiz Ibnul Atheer (rahimahullah). (Wafayaat-ul-A’yaan 5/195 and Muqaddimah Fat-hul Mulhim 1/210)

On one occasion during the khilaafah of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), two women came to him seeking financial assistance. One of the women was an Arab, and the other was her freed slave who was not an Arab.

Seeing their plight, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) instructed for a portion of grain and forty dirhams to be given to each of them. Thereafter, when the grain and money was brought, the freed slave gratefully took her share and left. However, the Arab woman was displeased.

Friday, 26 November 2021 17:21

Holding Firmly onto Deen at the Time of Fitnah

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عن الزبير بن عدي قال: أتينا أنس بن مالك فشكونا إليه ما نلقى من الحجاج فقال: اصبروا فإنه لا يأتي عليكم زمان إلا الذي بعده شر منه حتى تلقوا ربكم سمعته من نبيكم صلى الله عليه وسلم (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 7068)

Hazrat Zubair bin ‘Adiyy (rahimahullah) reports, “We once came to Hazrat Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and complained to him of the oppression and tyranny we were suffering at the hands of Hajjaaj bin Yusuf. Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, ‘Remain patient, for there is no era that will come upon you, except that the era after it will be even worse, (and this decline and retrogression will continue) until you meet your Rabb. I heard these words from your Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).’”

Note: From this Hadith, we understand that as time passes, and we draw closer to Qiyaamah, then the fitnahs and trials will continue to intensify and worsen. The solution, in these trying times, is for us to remain steadfast by holding firmly onto deen and doing our best to save ourselves, our families and others from the waves of fitnah.

(Continuing the incident of Hazrat Tufail bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) accepting Islam)

Hazrat Tufail (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions:

Thereafter, I went to the Haram one day, and coincidentally, I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) standing before the Ka’bah, engaged in performing salaah. I then went close to him and stood near him. Though I did not wish to hear the words he was reciting, Allah Ta‘ala wished for me to hear some of His divine speech (i.e. the Qur’aan Majeed), and hence his words involuntarily entered my ears. On listening to them, I found them to be extremely excellent and filled with goodness.