Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Won’t you collect your Share?

Abû Hurayrah – Allâh be pleased with him – once passed by the market in Medinah. He stopped at the market and said, “O people of the market, how incapable you are!” They said, “And how is that Abû Hurayrah?” He replied, “Over there the inheritance of Allâh’s Messegner – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – is being distributed and you are here! Won’t you go and take your share?” “Where is it?” they asked. He replied, “In the Masjid.” So they hurried to the Masjid and Abû Hurayrah waited for them until they returned. When they came back, he said, “What’s the matter?” They replied, “Abû Hurayrah! We went to the Masjid but we didn’t see anything being distributed.” Abû Hurayrah asked them, “And you didn’t see anyone in the Masjid?” They replied, “Indeed we did; we saw people praying, others reciting Qur`ân and others studying the regulations of halâl and harâm.” So Abû Hurayrah said, “Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

Al-Hâfidh Al-Mundhirî said in Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb, “Reported by Al-Tabarâni in Al-Awsat with a hasan chain of narrators.” Also graded hasan by Shaykh Al-Albânî. See his Sahîh Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb Vol. 1 p19.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Better to be Dust

‘Abdullâh b. ‘Amr – Allâh be please with them both – said:

It would be better for a person to be turned to dust than to deliberately walk in front of a person who is praying.

Ibn ‘Abd Al-Barr, Al-Tamhîd. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Targhîbi wa Al-Tarhîb Vol. 1 p135.

Hot Fashion

Hudhayfah – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

Whoever wears silk; Allâh will make him wear fire for a day – not one of your days, but one of Allâh’s long days.

Reported by Al-Bazzâr. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Targhîbi wa Al-Tarhîb Vol. 2 p225.

Dhikr and Sleep

‘Abdullah b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

Falling asleep when remembering Allâh is from Shaytân; if you want you can test this: when you lie down and want to fall asleep, try remembering Allâh ‘azza wa jall.

Al-Bukhârî, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Vol. 1 p490.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ahl Al-Bid’ah amongst the Jinn

Al-Hâfidh Ibn Kathîr – Allâh have mercy upon him – reports the following incident in his tafsîr of Sûrah Al-Jinn, verse 11:

Ahmad b. Sulaymân al-Najjâd said in his Amâlî: … Abû Mu’âwiyah said, “I heard Al-A’mash say, ‘A jinni once came to us and I asked him: what is the favorite food amongst you?’ He replied, ‘Rice.’ So we gave some to them and I saw handfuls of rice being lifted and I couldn’t see anyone [picking them up]. I asked, ‘Do these false desires (bid’ah) that are amongst us exist amongst you?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’ I asked, ‘How are the Râfidah amongst you?’ He replied, ‘The worst of us.’”

Ibn Kathîr said, ‘I presented this chain of narration to our Shaykh, Al-Hâfidh Abû Al-Hajjâj Al-Mizzî and he said, ‘This chain of narration is sahîh all the way to Al-A’mash.’’

Friday, June 27, 2008

Women are ‘Awrah - Explained

‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

Women are but an ‘awrah (something private to be covered). A woman might leave her house without there being any problem with her, but the Shaytân seeks her out and says [to her], “You will not pass by anyone except that you will impress/please him.” A woman puts on her clothes and is asked where she is going, to which she replies, “To visit a sick person,” or “to attend a funeral”, or “to pray in the masjid”; but a woman never worships Allâh in the way she does when she worships Him in her house.

Al-Tabarânî. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Targhîbi wa Al-Tarhîb Vol. 1 p84.