Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I was ordered to migrate to a town which will swallow (conquer) other towns and is called Yathrib and that is Medina, and it turns out (bad) persons as a furnace removes the impurities of iron.
So bad people can’t live in Madinah.. and whoever is living or has lived there has good in them.. Wow, lucky (of good qismat/sa`eed) people! Makes me want to stay there forever. May Allah give me the sa`aadah. <3
I wonder if the residents of Madinah allowed to brag about it.. :P
Book of Virtues of Madinah starts today..
Yay! I’m excited. I love Madinah. :D
Volume 3, Book 30, Number 91:
Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Medina is a sanctuary from that place to that. Its trees should not be cut and no heresy should be innovated nor any sin should be committed in it, and whoever innovates in it an heresy or commits sins (bad deeds), then he will incur the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people.”
Volume 3, Book 30, Number 92:
Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) came to Medina and ordered a mosque to be built and said, “O Bani Najjar! Suggest to me the price (of your land).” They said, “We do not want its price except from Allah” (i.e. they wished for a reward from Allah for giving up their land freely). So, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered the graves of the pagans to be dug out and the land to be levelled, and the date-palm trees to be cut down. The cut date-palms were fixed in the direction of the Qibla of the mosque.
Volume 3, Book 30, Number 93:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I have made Medina a sanctuary between its two (Harrat) mountains.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) went to the tribe of Bani Haritha and said (to them), “I see that you have gone out of the sanctuary,” but looking around, he added, “No, you are inside the sanctuary.”
Volume 3, Book 30, Number 94:
Narrated ‘Ali (radiallaahu `anhu):
We have nothing except the Book of Allah and this written paper from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (where-in is written:) Medina is a sanctuary from the ‘Eer Mountain to such and such a place, and whoever innovates in it an heresy or commits a sin, or gives shelter to such an innovator in it will incur the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people, none of his compulsory or optional good deeds of worship will be accepted. And the asylum (of protection) granted by any Muslim is to be secured (respected) by all the other Muslims; and whoever betrays a Muslim in this respect incurs the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people, and none of his compulsory or optional good deeds of worship will be accepted, and whoever (freed slave) befriends (take as masters) other than his manumitters without their permission incurs the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people, and none of his compulsory or optional good deeds of worship will be accepted.
Yes, Madinah has a Haram too, between the two black stones from East and West and the two mountains known as `Eer and Thawr from North and South. This Haram is like that of Makkah in terms of ruling, for example no cutting of trees or killing of game etc.
Here comes the scary part, though: “Whoever innovates in it an heresy or commits a sin, or gives shelter to such an innovator in it will incur the curse of Allah, the angels and all the people..” O_O
Must be extra careful!
Just a side thought: everybody who’s been to Madinah knows how it’s so peaceful and has a different feel to it. Everything’s calm, even the traffic. It’s beautiful, and so are its people. There’s a reason: no sin, no innovation. The place is protected, physically and spiritually. <3
Here’s a nice article on it:
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that defects or errors can only be rectified if we are consciously aware of them. The first step towards becoming a better human, society or a nation is the realization of one’s faults and then trying to do away with them through the possibly best means available. Keeping this phenomenon in mind, we can say that the youth of today can somehow do something about their known problems and social diseases, however, what about those hidden, venomous ideas or behaviors which have entangled us so beautifully and insidiously that we are unable to identify them as such. One of those infections which are contaminating the youth of today is our unconscious focus from true understanding to merely getting academic achievement.
The above statement can emanate a question that isn’t academic achievement a result of true understanding? Of course, we can achieve a good result only if we are proficient in the concerned field but the issue here is that whether we are interested, in getting knowledge for the sake of knowledge, in honing our minds and souls or whether our aim is to acquire a title of a doctor, engineer or colonel etc through one way or the other? The need of getting an economically acknowledged degree in this era of ‘knowledge economy’ cannot be neglected, but on the other hand, the ever-increasing demand of students who are really hankering after knowledge and wisdom cannot be ignored as an essential need of any society. Unfortunately, this essential ingredient is getting extinct from Pakistan as well as many other countries of the world. Our general attitude is ‘why read anything if it’s not required for our course? Why learn if it’s not in our curriculum? Young minds can decay if not utilized in the process of personal enlightenment and growth.
Moving further, if we suppose that somehow we have succeeded in developing a taste for learning, even then we will not be able to get away from yet another and even more deadly notion that is tearing up our roots. No one can help but getting shocked after reading a confession from a vice-chancellor of a western university, he says ‘’ Today, most religion-based universities can say with certainty why they exist. Their job is to teach students the values that their religion believes to be the basis of good moral character. But the decline in religion and the widespread acceptance of moral relativism, even idiot nihilism, has made it impossible for British secular universities to provide this prescriptive type of education’’ He has previously mentioned in the same article that we still have no consensus on the purpose of higher education. Then he acknowledges that this is not the case with religion based universities, because they are not confused with what they have to do. He further says ‘’ Abandoning their moral purposes has led universities to stress their utilitarian nature – get a degree and get a better job. Universities and their representative bodies routinely trumpet their economic impact. We have put so much emphasis on this aspect of our activities that the government now believes that universities exist mainly to bolster the economy’’ It is clear from his speech that one of the main reasons behind ‘economization’ of education is the lack of moral based purposes behind curriculum designing in colleges and universities not only in west but almost all over the world. HEC is not linked with any specific region; rather it’s a worldwide entity, spreading a same system everywhere. This secularization of our education system is indirectly inculcating the initial stages of humanism (giving more importance to human abilities rather than the creator) in our veins, and this virus cannot be eradicated just by learning for the sake of learning or improving ourselves, though it’s also essential, but it demands some more effort as well.
First, we should accept this sad reality, that we really no more give much importance to our creator, in our daily lives. As mentioned above, we need to acknowledge our faults before thinking of eradicating them. The purposelessness of our education system is causing purposelessness in our lives. Secular basis of knowledge is weakening our trust on the ONE who made us. If we do agree and realize that these ulterior notions are really effecting our lives then we have to do something, not for anyone, but for our own selves. Now, where to look at? Who can guide us in a best possible way? Who can take us out of this irritatingly and miserably competitive environment and can free our souls from the crushing burden of economic crisis and humanistic beliefs, of course, none other than our creator. Can there be any one who can know us better than HIM. Can a computer or a mobile fix itself? Will you believe if your robot suddenly comes up and announce that it doesn’t need your guidance any more, now it can work by itself… do you think it will be able to manage for long? Obviously, anybody can guess its end. Then why are we such fools, that we think that we can do without HIS help. He Himself says that ask me and I will give you. Then why don’t we consult HIM in all our matters. If we would have been leading our lives according to the injunctions of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, we would not have fallen prey to disastrous systems, so easily. Allah says in Surah Yunus,
‘’ O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e Quran), and a healing for that (diseases of ignorance and negligence) which is in your breasts, a guidance and a mercy for the believers’’. (10: 57)
‘’Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance he shall neither go astray nor shall be distressed’’ (20: 123)
Are we following HIS guidance? Or are we moving on the dictates of our secular, humanistic system, which is surely not in accordance with what Quran tells us. If it’s really so, then what can be our end?
In this case, Allah says:
‘’ But whosoever turns away from My reminder, verily for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of resurrection. He will say ‘’O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before) . Allah will say ‘Like this Our verses came to you, but you disregarded them, and so this day you will be neglected” (20: 124-126)
What these verses have to do with our defects and failings? Can Quran provide any practical solution to get rid of academic mania and human dependence, in the lives of youth? The answer is YES, it can. If Allah has promised that those who follow HIM, will not be distressed then why are we so doubtful? Why don’t we try to understand Allah’s message? But rather we mostly tend to ignore it. We have become so insane that we look everywhere for the solutions to our problems, except the Holy Quran. Youth has forgotten that this is the epitome of knowledge. All the sciences and arts sprout from this very source. The strangest thing is, we do believe in its truth but don’t consider it our guide. What an insanity, what a madness!!!
At the end, though we believe in it, but may Allah make this belief of ours, so strong that the following verse may jolt us into action
‘’If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We should indeed have opened out to them (all kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth; but they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to book for their misdeeds’’ (7: 96)
It’s high time that we transfer our verbal beliefs into practical ones. For this, though youth should bring about a dramatic change in the systems governing this country, but for a time being, and for taking the first step towards that change, we need to give credit where credit is due. We need to hold on to the rope of Almighty Allah in order to gain His blessings in this world and the Hereafter. This doesn’t require much effort, but just the studying of Holy Quran on daily basis. We can’t uproot a system in a day or two, or can’t immediately erase defective perceptions from our minds, but we can begin this process by getting to know the secrets of success mentioned in the Holy Quran. With so much means available today, this is surely not a difficult task. If all the subjects of the world are learnt under the shadow of Holy Quran, then in sha Allah, no force in the world can stop us from moving ahead of others. May Allah open our hearts and minds for accepting our shortcomings and welcoming His prescription for our mental diseases rather than trying to formulate our own solutions. For indeed He loves us more than seventy mothers and surely HE knows best.
(the above quoted lines are by Steven Schwartz; former vice-chancellor of Brunel University)
Sha'baan is awesome and here's why - find out!
I heard fasting in Sha'baan is supposed to be awesome. What's the deal?
Check it out! So the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast in the month of Sha'baan quite regularly. Here are the details:
* ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast.
Hadith no. 1582 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 3, Book 29, Number 87:
Narrated Qaza’a, the slave of Ziyad:
Abu Said (radiallaahu `anhu) who participated in twelve Ghazawat with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I heard four things from Allah’s Apostle (or I narrate them from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)) which won my admiration and appreciation. They are:
1. “No lady should travel without her husband or without a Dhu-Mahram for a two-days’ journey.
2. No fasting is permissible on two days of ‘Id-al-Fitr, and ‘Id-al-Adha.
3. No prayer (may be offered) after two prayers: after the ‘Asr prayer till the sun set and after the morning prayer till the sun rises.
4. Not to travel (for visiting) except for three mosques: Masjid-al-Haram (in Mecca), my Mosque (in Medina), and Masjid-al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem).”
Volume 3, Book 29, Number 88:
Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) saw an old man walking, supported by his two sons, and asked about him. The people informed him that he had vowed to go on foot (to the Ka’ba). He said, “Allah is not in need of this old man’s torturing himself,” and ordered him to ride.
Volume 3, Book 29, Number 89:
Narrated ‘Uqba bin ‘Amir (radiallaahu `anhu):
My sister vowed to go on foot to the Ka’ba, and she asked me to take the verdict of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about it. So, I did and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “She should walk and also should ride.”
Volume 3, Book 29, Number 90:
Narrated Abu-l-Khair from ‘Uqba (radiallaahu `anhu) as above.
I’ve had to do a detailed study on this matter. Bear with me till the end please. I hope I’m able to make the reader understand the concept fully inshaAllah.
Vows are of two types:
- Conditional vows, in which the vow is dependent upon something happening, as when a person says, “If Allaah heals me, I will give such and such in charity, or I will fast such and such a number of days,” and so on.
- Unconditional vows (which are not connected to anything), such as saying, “I will fast such and such a number of days for Allaah.”
Both types of vows must be fulfilled, if what is vowed is to do an act of worship. (Because if it’s not, it’s impermissible to do it anyway.)
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
Whoever vows to obey Allaah, let him obey Him, and whoever vows to disobey Him let him not disobey Him.
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6696.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) condemned those who made vows but did not fulfill them. Muslim (2535) narrated from ‘Imraan ibn Husayn that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
The best of you are my generation, then those who follow them, then those who follow them, then those who follow them.
‘Imraan said: I do not know whether the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “and those who follow them” two times or three.
Then after them will come people who will bear witness without being asked to do so, who will betray and not be trustworthy, who will make vows but not fulfill them, and fatness will appear among them.
One must do everything in his capacity to fulfill his vow. If he falls short, he has to offer kaffaarah as mentioned in Surah al-Maa’idah:
“Allaah will not punish you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He will punish you for your deliberate oaths; for its expiation (a deliberate oath) feed ten Masaakeen (poor persons), on a scale of the average of that with which you feed your own families, or clothe them or manumit a slave. But whosoever cannot afford (that), then he should fast for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths when you have sworn. And protect your oaths (i.e. do not swear much). Thus Allaah makes clear to you His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) that you may be grateful.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
Whoever swears an oath then sees that something else is better than it, let him do that and offer expiation for his oath.
Narrated by Muslim, 1650
Exception/Difference of Opinion
The scholars have differed on this: if the vow entails extreme unnecessary hardship, should it still be fulfilled? The sound and more correct opinion is that it’s better to break that vow. And no expiation is to be offered for breaking (only) this kind of vow as the narrations above indicate. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not order that man to offer any expiation. He was only asked to break his vow since it was bringing unnecessary hardship.