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Thursday, 12 January 2023 14:34

Sadaqah – A Means of Shade on the Day of Qiyaamah

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عن عقبة بن عامر قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن الصدقة لتطفئ عن أهلها حر القبور وإنما يستظل المؤمن يوم القيامة في ظل صدقته (مجمع الزوائد، الرقم: 4614)

Hazrat Uqbah bin Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed, sadaqah extinguishes the heat of the (punishment of the) grave for those who give sadaqah, and on the Day of Qiyaamah, a believer will be in the shade of his sadaqah.”

The first Sahaabi who prepared for the hijrah to Madinah Munawwarah was Hazrat Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He had made preparations to leave with his wife and child. However, at the time when he fastened the saddle onto the camel, mounted his wife and child on the camel, and he was about to depart, then the people heard about his migration.

The wife of Hazrat Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was Hazrat Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) (who after the demise of her husband, was honoured by Allah Ta‘ala to come into the nikaah of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), thus becoming one of the Ummahaat-ul-Mu’mineen). As soon as her family heard that he was departing with her, they rushed up to him and said, “You can do whatever you want with your life, but you are not at liberty to take our daughter away.” Saying this, they grasped her hand and pulled her away.

Monday, 09 January 2023 08:46

Sunnats and Aadaab of Keeping Hair – Part Six

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12. It is permissible for men and women to dye the hair. However, it is impermissible for men and women to use black dye. [1]

Hazrat Ibnu Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “A group will appear close to Qiyaamah who will dye their hair with black like the bellies of pigeons. They will not be blessed with the fragrance of Jannah (i.e. they will undergo punishment in Jahannum and will be deprived of Jannah for some period).” [2]

Thursday, 05 January 2023 10:04

Hijrah to Madinah Munawwarah

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Just as the inception of prophethood commenced with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) being shown pious and true dreams, similarly the inception of the hijrah (migration) commenced with pious and true dreams.

At the beginning, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was shown the place of his migration in dreams, but was not told the name of the place. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was merely shown that the place of his migration was a place with abundant date palms. It is for this reason that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had thought that the place of his hijrah will perhaps be Yamaamah or Hajar.

While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was still reflecting over this, Allah Ta‘ala revealed wahi specifying Madinah Munawwarah as the chosen place of migration. Hence, on the command of Allah Ta‘ala, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed his Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to perform hijrah to Madinah Munawwarah.

Monday, 02 January 2023 05:41

Sunnats and Aadaab of Keeping Hair – Part Five

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10. It is mustahab to oil the hair on the day of Jumuah. [1]

11. Shaving or plucking the eyebrows is not permissible. If a woman’s husband asks her to pluck or shape her eyebrows, then too it will not be permissible. The Hadith has cursed the one who plucks or shapes the eyebrows. However, if a few strands of the eyebrows are overgrown, then removing the overgrown hair to make it look normal is permissible. [2]

Thursday, 29 December 2022 10:30

Open Proclamation of Islam in Madinah Munawwarah

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After pledging allegiance at the blessed hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the caravan of the Ansaar departed from Makkah Mukarramah. On arriving in Madinah Munawwarah, they openly proclaimed their conversion to Islam.

At that time, most of the tribes of Madinah Munawwarah had already embraced Islam, although there were still a few elderly people who were obstinately clinging onto their ancient ways of idolatry with strong determination. Among them was Amr bin Jamooh, the leader of the Banu Salimah tribe. His son, Hazrat Mu’aaz bin Amr bin Jamooh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), had just returned from Makkah Mukarramah after pledging his allegiance at the blessed hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Monday, 26 December 2022 05:30

Sunnats and Aadaab of Keeping Hair – Part Four

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8. The pubic hair and the hair under the armpits should preferably be shaved once a week. It is better and more rewarding to remove the unwanted hair on the day of Jumu’ah. If this is not possible, then one can remove the hair every second or third week. However, it is makrooh-e-tahreemi (impermissible) to leave it for more than forty days. [1]

Thursday, 22 December 2022 14:36

What is Bay’at?

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Bay’at is an Arabic word derived from “bay’a” which means “to sell”. In the terminology of the Shari’ah, bay’at refers to happily and enthusiastically selling one’s life and wealth in the hand of Allah Ta‘ala in exchange of Jannah.

When the Ansaar began to take the pledge (bay’at) at the hands of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), then Hazrat Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) enquired, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! You may stipulate in this pledge any condition that you want us to agree to (and you are at liberty to take whatever assurances you want from us), but tell me, what will we attain in exchange of this pledge that we give you?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “You will attain Jannah.”

Monday, 19 December 2022 12:25

Sunnats and Aadaab of Keeping Hair – Part Three

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6. The beard should be lengthened up to one fist length. It is impermissible for one to shave the beard or trim it less than a fist length. [1]

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Hazrat Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Oppose the mushrikeen (polytheists) by lengthening the beard and shortening the moustache.” On the occasion of hajj or umrah, Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) used to trim the hair of his beard that exceeded a fist length. [2]

Saturday, 10 December 2022 08:27

The Nuqabaa of the Ansaar - Part Two

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Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) mentions, “An elderly man from the Ansaar informed me that at the time when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was selecting the Nuqabaa (leaders), Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) showed him each person who was to be selected by indicating towards him.”

Imaam Zuhri (rahimahullah) says that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed the Ansaar saying, “I am going to appoint twelve leaders from among you. None of you should feel offended if he is not chosen as a Naqeeb, because I am obliged to do as I am instructed.” Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam), who was seated next to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), would gesture towards the proposed Naqeeb, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would accordingly appoint him.