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Giving preference to “Miskeen” over “Professional beggars”.

June 30, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) reported: Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“A Miskeen (needy) is not the one who can be turned away with a date-fruit or two, or a morsel or two.

The true Miskeen is one who, despite his poverty, abstains from begging”.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

 

In another narration Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

” A Miskeen is not the one who goes round begging from people and who can be turned away with a morsel or two, or a date-fruit or two.

A true Miskeen is he who does not find enough to suffice him, does not disclose his poverty so that he might be given alms, and does not stand up to beg”.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

 

Commentary:

This Hadith throws light on a very important problem relating to beggars who go door to door begging. They are, in fact, not poor because they accumulate a lot of wealth through small amounts which they collect every day.

 

The real needy and poor are those who are not well-to-do, but their appearance and dress hide their poverty. Their self-respect does not permit them to make a request for help.

 

The real purport of this Hadith is that it is the latter category of poor people, with a sense of self-respect, who should be given preference in financial help over the professional beggars because it is they who are really poor.

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Abu Bakr to his son: “I would not have veered away from you.”

June 20, 2013 Leave a comment

 

When the fighting began in earnest, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam left his command post and descended to the battlefield. Rousing his troops to fight bravely, the messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam proceeded to set an example for them by entering into the thick of the battle. He sallallahu alaihi wasallam fought intensely on that day, and throughout the battle, Abu Bakr radiAllahu anhu remained close by his side, eager to fight any polytheist that appeared before him, even if that meant fighting against his own son.

 

For on that day, his son Abdur Rahmaan was fighting alongside the polytheists. Happily for Abdur Rahmaan, however his father did not see him that day on the battlefield.

 

Later on, when he embraced Islam, Abdur Rahmaan radiAllahu anhu said to his father,

“You appeared before me as a clear target on the Day of Badr. But I veered away from you, opting not to kill you.”

 

Abu Bakr radiAllahu anhu replied, “But had you appeared before me as a clear target, I would not have veered away from you.”

[Taareekh al Khulafaa, by As-Suyootee, page94]

 

Making things easy for a Muslim – Very Important aspect in today’s age

June 16, 2013 Leave a comment

 

It is related that Abu Hurayra [radiAllahu anhu] said that the Messenger of Allah [Sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said,

“If anyone relieves his brother of one of the afflictions of this world, Allah will relieve him of one of the afflictions of the Day of Rising.

 

Allah will give ease in this world and the Next to anyone who eases the hardship of another.

 

Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim in this world and the Next.

 

Allah will help His slave as long as His slave is helping his brother.

 

If anyone travels a path by which he seeks knowledge, Allah will make the way to the Garden easy for him.

 

People do not meet in the mosque to recite the Book of Allah and study it together without tranquillity descending on them, mercy covering them, and the angels encircling them.

 

If someone is slow in acting by it, his ascription to it is not hastened. “

[Muslim 36/2699 and at- Tirrnidhi 2945]

 

AI-Mubarakpuri said in Tuhfat’l-Awadhi,

“If anyone relieves his brother of one of the afflictions of this world,’ means removes it from him and relieves him of it’. “

 

At-Tayyibi said,

“It is as if he had opened someone’s trachea enabling them to breathe. It is similar to the saying, ‘You are in breath.’ It is as if their calamity was like something blocking the trachea. When they are relieved of it they can breathe again. What is meant by ‘brother’ is brother in faith.”

 

According to a variant reading of the hadith found in Muslim,

“If anyone relieves a believer of one of the afflictions of the Day of Rising, Allah will relieve him.” Since all creatures are the dependants of Allah and relieving affliction is doing good, Allah repays the person who does that with an ample repayment; as Allah says, “Shall the recompense for doing good be other than consummate good?” (55:60)

 

The words “Anyone who veils a Muslim” refers to veiling the ugly actions which he does. One should not disgrace him or clothe him in a garment which Allah has concealed – in other words, reveal his faults or nakedness.

 
An-Nawawi said in his commentary on the words of the Prophet [sallallau alaihi wasallam],

“On the Day of Rising, Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim”:

The veiling being recommended here is covering the faults and flaws of those who are not known for causing harm and corruption. In the case of one of those who are known for that, it is recommended not to veil them but that one present their case to those in authority, provided that one does not fear harm from doing it. That is because covering up for this sort of person encourages him to continue his harm, corruption, violation of sacred things, and inciting others to do similar actions. In any case the veiling referred to applies to acts of disobedience which occurred in the past and have now ended.

 
If someone sees another actually involved in doing an act of disobedience, then he must hasten to object to it and forbid it to the best of his ability. It is not lawful to put off doing that. If he is unable to do it, he should report it to the authorities, provided that will not result in further corruption.
The words “anyone who eases the hardship of another” refer to making things easy for someone who is poor, including both believers and unbelievers. In other words, if anyone is owed something by someone poor and one makes it easy for him by deferring it or forgoing some or all of it, “Allah will give him ease” in exchange for his making things easy for His slave, thus giving one repayment in kind.

 

 
In Fayd al-Qadir, the commentary on al-Jami’ as-Saghir, al-Munawi said:

The words “Anyone who veils another Muslim in this world” refer to veiling his ugly actions, and the words “does not disgrace him” mean by making known something which might cause him shame in respect of his deen, honour, property, or family. So you should not disgrace or expose him by talking about such things. The words “Allah will veil him on the Day of Rising” mean that He will not disgrace him in front of people by displaying his faults and wrong actions. On the contrary, Allah will make his reckoning easy and not punish him, since because He is Living and Generous. Veiling faults is one facet of modesty and generosity.

 
‘Uthman summoned some suspect people and then sent a party out to arrest them, but they split up and he did not manage to capture them. He freed a slave out of thankfulness to Allah Almighty that the abasement of no Muslim should occur at his hands.

 

[Injustice and the Unjust by Shaykh  Muhammad Mitwalli Al-Sharawi , page 11-13]

 

The Vast Extent of Hell

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Hell is huge and vast and immensely deep, as is proven by several things:

 
(1) Those who will enter Hell are innumerable, yet one of them will be so huge that his molars will be as big as Mount Uhud, and the distance between his shoulders will be equivalent to three days walking. Nevertheless, Hell will accommodate the huge number of Kuffaar and evildoers who have existed throughout history, in spite of their huge size, and there will still be room for more, as Allaah says in the Qur’aan:

“On the Day when We will say to Hell: “Are you filled?” It will say: “Are there any more to come?” (50:30)

The Fire of Hell is like a mill to which are brought thousands upon thousands of tons of grain, which it grinds tirelessly until it is all done, then waits for more.

 

 

In the hadith that describes the debate between Paradise and Hell, it says that Allah  said to Hell, “You are My Punishment; I will punish in you whomsoever I will”. Both Paradise and Hell will be filled, but Hell will not be filled until Allah places His foot in it and it will say, “Enough, enough!”. Then it will be filled and its different parts will come closer to one another. Allah will not wrong any one of His Creation.

Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (ra) (Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/544). [See the narration from Anas in al-Bukhaari, Muslim and Mishkaat ul-Masaabeeh, 3/109 with a similar meaning].

 

 

(2) Another indication of its vast depth is the fact that a stone thrown from the top of Hell takes a very long time to reach the bottom. Muslim reports that Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) said:

“We were with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and we heard the sound of something falling. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Do you know what that was?” We said, “Allaah and His Messenger know best”. He said, “That was a stone that was thrown into Hell seventy years ago and it was falling through Hell until now”.

(Muslim, Kitaab al-Jannah, Baab fi shiddat haar an-naar, 4/2184 no. 2844)

 

 
Haakim reports from Abu Hurayrah, and Tabaraani from Mu’aadh and Abu Umamah (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“If there was a huge stone as big as seven khalifaat stones, and it was thrown from the edge of Hell it would fly through it for seventy years before it reached the bottom”.

(Saheeh al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer, 5/58, no. 5124, Its isnaad is saheeh).

 

 

(3) The great number of angels who will bring Hell forth on the Day of Resurrection.
The Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) described how Hell will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection, concerning which Allah said,

“And Hell will be brought near that Day”. (89:23)

 
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“Hell will be brought forth that Day by means of seventy thousand ropes, each of which will be held by seventy thousand angels.”

(reported by Muslim from ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud, 4/2184 no.2842)

 
We can only image the vastness of this terrifying creation that requires such a huge number of strong and powerful angels whose strength is known only to Allaah!

 

 

(4) Another indication of the vastness of Hell is the fact that two great creations like the sun and moon will be two rolled-up bulls in Hell. at-Tahhaawee reports, in Mishkil al-Aathaar, that Salamah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman said, “Abu Hurayrah told us that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“The sun and moon will be two rolled-up bulls in Hell on the Day of Resurrection”

al-Bayhaqi also reported this in “al-Ba’th wal-Nushur”, as did al-Bazzaar, al-Isma’ili and al-Khattaabi, with an isnaad that is saheeh according to the conditions of al-Bukhaari, who reported in al-Saheeh al-Mukhtasar, with the wording

“The sun and moon will be rolled up in Hell of the day of Resurrection”.

(Sheikh Naasir ud-Deen al-Albaani narrated this hadeeth in Silsilah al-ahadeeth as-Saheehah, 1/32, hadith no:124)

 

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, pg 7-8]

Dispute between the Hell and Jannah- Few beneficial points from Riyad us Saaliheen

June 3, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (RadiAllahu anhu) reported: The Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

There was a dispute between the Hell and Jannah.

The Hell said: “The haughty and proud are my inmates.” Jannah said: “The modest and the humble are my residents”. Thereupon, Allah the Exalted and Glorious (addressing Jannah) said:
“You are My Mercy, through you I shall show mercy to those whom I wish”. (And addressing the Hell), He said: “You are (the means) of My punishment by which I shall punish such of My slaves as I wish and each one of you would have its fill”.

[Muslim].

 

Commentary:

1] In this Hadith people who are termed as `modest’ and `humble’ are the rich in Faith and piety. They lead a life of patience and contentment. This Hadith gives glad tidings to such noble people. On the contrary, it has a threat of Hell for those who disobey Divine injunctions and are haughty and proud. Now, it is entirely one’s own choice which way he goes.

 
2] The dialogue between Jannah and Hell quoted in this Hadith is not something impossible. It is not at all difficult for Allah to create in them such intelligence and consciousness which can enable them to make a discussion on the subjects mentioned in the Hadith. Thus, there is no need to offer any justification for the veracity of such Ahadith.

These should, therefore, be taken as literally correct. This Hadith is mentioned in detail in Musnad Ahmad and is narrated by Abu Hurairah (RadiAllahu anhu) at greater length than in the narration of Abu Sa`id Al- Khudri (radiAllahu anhu) quoted in Kitab-ut-Tafsir (the Book of Commentary) of Sahih Al-Bukhari.

[End quote from Riyad us Saaliheen]

 

 

I (Dr Iftakhar Ahmed) say, that this hadith is also a refutation of Ashari/Jahmi belief who departed from the path of Salaf as Saalih. When we Salafis say that Allah speaks as it befits His Majesty but we do not know “how”, these Ashari and Jahmi comes up with  arguments  that “Speech is done only with  tongue  and lips” and therefore your (salafis) saying that Allah speaks  necessitates  that Allah too has tongue and lips (Astagfirullah).

 

We ask them regarding this hadith where Hell and Heaven dispute with each other by speaking to each other. Do you think it is done by tongue and lips? No. Its the power of Allah who can make speak anything just like our limbs will speak on the day of Judgement. And this is what Imam Nawawi (rahimahullah) said in his commentary.

 

Further readings about Ashari and Jahmi belief:

 

Was the believer from the family of Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu)?”

March 23, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Once during his caliphate, Ali bin Abi Taaalib (radiAllahu anhu) stood up before the people and delivered the following sermon:

“O people, who is the bravest of all the people?”

Those that were present answered, “You are, O leaders of the Believers.”

 

Ali (radiAllahu anhu) said, “Lo, I never entered into duel with another man except that I came out victorious over him. And yet bravest of all the people was none other than Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu). We once built a command centre for the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and we said, ‘Who will stay with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) so as to prevent the polytheist from attacking him?’ By Allah, not a single one of us approached (to volunteer for the job) except for Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), who, with his sword unsheathed, stood over the head of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alahi wasallam). Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) then fought against anyone who tried to attack the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), and so, yes, he was the bravest of all the people.

 

I remember the time when I saw the Quraish opposing the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and physically shaking him violently, and all the while they were saying to him, ‘Have you taken our Gods and made them into one God!’ By Allah, not a single one of us stepped forward (to defend him) except for Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu), who struggled against and strucked one man and pushed violently another, and all the while he was saying (to them), ‘Woe upon you, are you fighting against a man because he says:My Lord is Allah?”

Ali (radiAllahu anhu) then lifted the robe he was wearing, and he began to cry until his beard became soaked in tears.

 

He then continued, “I ask you by Allah, was the believer from the family of Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu)?” The attendees of the gathering then began to cry along with Ali (radiAllahu anhu), who said,

“By Allah, Abu Bakr for an hour is better than the believer of the family of the Pharaoh even if clones of him were to fill the entire earth: the latter kept his faith a secret, while the former openly proclaimed his faith.”

Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah (3/271,272)

 

 

Urwah bin az Zubair related that he once asked ibn Amr ibn al Aas to inform him about the worst thing that the polytheist ever did to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), and ibn Amr replied,

“While the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was once praying in the Hijr (one of the sides) of the Ka’bah, ‘Uqbah ibn Abee Mu’eet approached him, wrapped his clothing around his neck, and began to violently choke him. Abu Bakr raced to them and used his shoulder to push Uqbah away from the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

[Al Bukhaaree 3856]

 

Do read this: This love of Abu Bakr for Prophet will make you cry and shake us from within for our love to Prophet

 

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