Monthly Archives: January 2011
This is one of those incidents that led to the revelation of the verses of Hijab. ‘Umar played an important role in it..
The wives of the Prophet used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place (near Baqia at Medina) to answer the call of nature at night. ‘Umar used to say to the Prophet “Let your wives be veiled,” but Allah’s Apostle did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam’a the wife of the Prophet went out at ‘Isha’ time and she was a tall lady. ‘Umar addressed her and said, “I have recognized you, O Sauda.” He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah revealed the verses of “Al-Hijab” (A complete body cover excluding the eyes).
Purpose of this hijab: to be unrecognizable. That’s why ‘Umar (RA) stressed so much over it. But sadly, we fail to understand and appreciate its purpose today. May the essence of ‘hijab’ come back to us!
After reading Hadith no 146, a lot of people complain that the commode seats in our bathroom are situated in such a way that we cannot help but face the Qiblah. What should we do? Well, get the solution today..
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:
People say, “Whenever you sit for answering the call of nature, you should not face the Qibla or Bait-ulMaqdis (Jerusalem).” I told them. “Once I went up the roof of our house and I saw Allah’s Apostle answering the call of nature while sitting on two bricks facing Bait-ul-Maqdis (Jerusalem) but there was a screen covering him. ‘
So, there’s no harm in facing the Qiblah while answering the call of nature until you have a screen/wall. The condition prescribed in the previous Hadith is for open grounds (custom in old Arabia).
There’s a simple rule in this Hadith related to answering the call of nature in an open space. It’s true that we don’t encounter such situations these days. We get walled bathrooms everywhere. But, knowing this is important nevertheless. Any exceptional situation may arise and you’ll get confused. So, to avoid that, remember this:
Narrated Abu Aiyub Al-Ansari:
Allah’s Apostle said, “If anyone of you goes to an open space for answering the call of nature he should neither face nor turn his back towards the Qibla; he should either face the east or the west.”
From your experience, tell me, how hard is it to get duas from your parents or old people? Do you have to perform great feats to win their hearts? Of course not! A glass of water, showing them the way, holding their hand, smiling at them, carrying their load and other minor deeds make them so happy and they start giving you duas. It takes little effort, or none at all. So, never overlook those small deeds.
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
Once the Prophet entered a lavatory and I placed water for his ablution. He asked, “Who placed it?” He was informed accordingly and so he said, “O Allah! Make him (Ibn ‘Abbas) a learned scholar in religion (Islam).”
“Small Deeds” by Native Deen:
Picking up trash on the path in a flash
Taking glass from the grass, as you pass to your class
A smile goes a mile and is sure worthwhile
When a brother’s hostile, and has been for awhile
Put a dollar every day in the sadaqah (charity)
It may be small but you do it for the baraka (blessing)
I know you’re saving for the Polo and the Nautica
A poor student but you do it just to please Allah
Things like praying for an ailing brother, under the weather
Obeying yo your lovely mother, it’s for the better
Stay and help your baby brother, put on a sweater
Even saying good to one another when you’re together
Advice to another sister about a mister
Your wife always go and kiss her, tell her you miss her
At night do quiet dikhr (mentioning God), and pray the witr
Invite a guy who wants to bicker, to share a snicker
Grand plans expand in our small little hands
But we overlook demands that just seem like strands
We get jammed on exams, cause we skip the small things
Small baby deeds come, bring the blessings!
I just can’t believe
Small little deeds that I overlook, can you see?
Little deeds that I overlook, and you read
I read about it in my holy book, it says
Small deeds never overlook
Lesson: Small deeds never overlook! :)
I hope you know the dua for entering the bathroom? If not, learn it now. It’s easy.
Whenever the Prophet went to answer the call of nature, he used to say, “Allah-umma inni a’udhu bika minal khubuthi wal khaba’ith i.e. O Allah, I seek Refuge with You from all offensive and wicked things (evil deeds and evil spirits).”
We seek refuge from these ‘evil spirits’ because they reside at such filthy places. And to protect ourselves from their evil, we seek the Almighty Allah. Who can provide better protection than Him eh?