Monthly Archives: November 2010

Solve Our Problem! (Hadith No. 69)

Salam,
Bismillah.

X and Y are good friends. X studies in Quran school and Y goes to regular school. One day, X found Y listening to music. This was his reaction: “OH MY GOD! Music?! Don’t you know it’s HARAAM to listen to music? You’ll be punished like so and so in the Hereafter! You’ve disobeyed Allah and His Messenger (SAW). WHat kind of a Muslim are you?”

Okay, I know that’s an overreaction. But let’s just suppose it’s true. :P
Did you notice where X went wrong? Why was his reaction not right? Moreover, how would Y react to it? :D

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 69:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet said, “Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam).”

The Hadith is pretty clear. Can you suggest a better reaction for X? How could he have explained to Y that he was doing something wrong and that it had severe consequences? Keep in mind the words of the Hadith: facilitate, easy, not hard, good tidings..

Waiting for your replies!

Wassalam.

To Slow Down Or Not.. (Hadith No. 68)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 68:

Narrated Ibn Mas’ud:

The Prophet used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. (He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge all the time).

This Hadith scares me. I post one Hadith everyday. And it’s hard for a lot of people to catch up on the reading. They might even be irritated by it! But then I think of the whole Sahih Bukhari that I aim to do (which has around 7000 Ahadith). How will I finish it in my life if I don’t do it more often?
See, I would slow down my speed but it would prove to be a hurdle in achieving my goal. So, if you can’t read it everyday, no problem! You can keep checking back on and off and read whatever you can. InshaAllah, it’ll be beneficial anyway.

Conclusion: I keep my pace. You can slow down if you wish to. :)

Wassalam.

Conveying (Hadith No. 67)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 67:

Narrated ‘Abdur Rahman bin Abi Bakra’s father:

Once the Prophet was riding his camel and a man was holding its rein. The Prophet asked, “What is the day today?” We kept quiet, thinking that he might give that day another name. He said, “Isn’t it the day of Nahr (slaughtering of the animals of sacrifice)” We replied, “Yes.” He further asked, “Which month is this?” We again kept quiet, thinking that he might give it another name. Then he said, “Isn’t it the month of Dhul-Hijja?” We replied, “Yes.” He said, “Verily! Your blood, property and honor are sacred to one another (i.e. Muslims) like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours and in this city of yours. It is incumbent upon those who are present to inform those who are absent because those who are absent might comprehend (what I have said) better than the present audience.”

The first part of the Hadith implies the importance of the next: Conveying knowledge.
Any knowledge that is held back, dies eventually. To give it life, you gotta spread it. Take the example of Hadith. How do you think the life of one person is preserved even after 1400+ years of his death? If people hadn’t conveyed, it would’ve died way before reaching us.

Prophet (SAW) prayed for the people who heard from him and informed the ones absent later on. There’s another benefit of conveying: get Prophet (SAW)’s dua! :)

We can go on with the list of benefits of spreading knowledge and hazards of putting a barrier to it. But let’s come to the conclusion: if you want to benefit yourself and other people, tell others what you learn. Especially religious stuff. Because a mere listener+conveyor is better than a mere listener. Prophet (SAW)’s words, not mine! ;)

Wassalam.

Backbenchers? (Hadith No. 66)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 66:

Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laithi:

While Allah’s Apostle was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah’s Apostle and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah’s Apostle for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind the gathering, and the third one went away. When Allah’s Apostle finished his preaching, he said, “Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them be-took himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His grace and mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered Him in His mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise. “

Scary and consoling at the same time. :)

So, when we enter the classroom/Masjid hall, we have options:

sit at the front, the back, or leave. Would you prefer taking a seat at the back silently or make an effort to look for a place in the front? Or would you simply leave the place an be like: ‘This isn’t the place for me.’? The reward for each option is mentioned in the Hadith. Check yourself next time you visit such a place.

I would prefer to sit at the front. Backbenchers aren’t so cool in Allah’s eyes.

Note: do not disturb people if you’re late and found an empty seat in the middle of the rows. Be intelligent about it. :)

Wassalam.

Silver Ring (Hadith No. 65)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 65:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Once the Prophet wrote a letter or had an idea of writing a letter. The Prophet was told that they (rulers) would not read letters unless they were sealed. So the Prophet got a silver ring made with “Muhammad Allah’s Apostle” engraved on it. As if I were just observing its white glitter in the hand of the Prophet (SAW).

Prophet (SAW) got a white silver ring made which glittered. Follow the Sunnah, get a silver ring made! ;)

It can be of any type: shiny, engraved, hammered, with or without stones.. Whatever you like! :)

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Wassalam.

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