Monthly Archives: July 2011
Sleeping in the Mosque (Ahadith 430 – 433)
There was a black slave girl belonging to an ‘Arab tribe and they manumitted her but she remained with them. The slave girl said, “Once one of their girls (of that tribe) came out wearing a red leather scarf decorated with precious stones. It fell from her or she placed it somewhere. A kite passed by that place, saw it Lying there and mistaking it for a piece of meat, flew away with it. Those people searched for it but they did not find it. So they accused me of stealing it and started searching me and even searched my private parts.” The slave girl further said, “By Allah! while I was standing (in that state) with those people, the same kite passed by them and dropped the red scarf and it fell amongst them. I told them, ‘This is what you accused me of and I was innocent and now this is it.’ ” ‘Aisha added: That slave girl came to Allah’s Apostle and embraced Islam. She had a tent or a small room with a low roof in the mosque. Whenever she called on me, she had a talk with me and whenever she sat with me, she would recite the following: “The day of the scarf (band) was one of the wonders of our Lord, verily He rescued me from the disbelievers’ town. ‘Aisha added: “Once I asked her, ‘What is the matter with you? Whenever you sit with me, you always recite these poetic verses.’ On that she told me the whole story. “
This slave girl was given a place inside the mosque to stay in. That means she used to sleep there, eat there, roam around and do other things inside the mosque, even during her period. (What do we say about a menstruating woman going to a mosque, then?)
‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said: I used to sleep in the mosque of the Prophet while I was young and unmarried.
He says ‘young and unmarried’ specifically because he wants to imply that he used to get wet dreams at that time and still sleep in the mosque.
Derivation from the above two Ahadith: ‘impure’ men and women can step inside the mosque’s vicinity.
Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d:
Allah’s Apostle went to Fatima’s house but did not find ‘Ali there. So he asked, “Where is your cousin?” She replied, “There was something between us and he got angry with me and went out. He did not sleep (mid-day nap) in the house.” Allah’s Apostle asked a person to look for him. That person came and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! He (Ali) is sleeping in the mosque.” Allah’s Apostle went there and ‘Ali was lying. His upper body cover had fallen down to one side of his body and he was covered with dust. Allah’s Apostle started cleaning the dust from him saying: “Get up! O Aba Turab. Get up! O Aba Turab (literally means: O father of dust).
This is a beautiful Hadith. Brings a smile to my face every time I read it. :)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
I saw seventy of As-Suffa men and none of them had a Rida’ (a garment covering the upper part of the body). They had either Izars (only) or sheets which they tied round their necks. Some of these sheets reached the middle of their legs and some reached their heels and they used to gather them with their hands lest their private parts should become naked.
These men went through very harsh times while learning directly from the Prophet (SAW). Suffa was like a hostel in Masjid Nabwi where proper meals weren’t cooked for the students, nor proper bedrooms and study tables were provided. These men had dedicated their time to learning. Everyone didn’t have a source of earning. One special case we all know about is Abu Huraira (RA). Read more on him here.
Prophet (SAW)’s Ummah (Hadith No. 429)
Hadith no. 428 is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been given five things which were not given to any amongst the Prophets before me. These are:
1. Allah made me victorious by awe (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’s journey.
2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum. Therefore my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.
3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me (and was not made so for anyone else).
4. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation exclusively but I have been sent 1o all mankind.
5. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection.)
Proud to be from his ummah? I know I am.
But it’s not enough. It comes with a responsibility. Like it or not, you have to fulfill it.
Responsibility (yours, mine and ours): SPREAD THE MESSAGE (Qur’an).
Take it seriously. You’re going to be asked about it. *shudders*
Importance of a Prophet’s Grave (Hadith No. 427)
Hadith no. 426 is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated ‘Aisha and ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:
When the last moment of the life of Allah’s Apostle came he started putting his ‘Khamisa’ on his face and when he felt hot and short of breath he took it off his face and said, “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets.” The Prophet was warning (Muslims) of what those had done.
Yes, it’s important to pay a visit to Prophet (SAW)’s grave when you visit Madinah. But doing wild things with all things related to his grave is just plain crazy. Rubbing yourself with the ‘jaliyan‘ and kissing everything won’t get you the blessings that you think you’ll get. Prophet (SAW) sternly admonished his ummah to not take his grave as a shrine after him. I see the Saudi government doing as much as they can to obey him. Help them do it! Go easy on the walls and stones when in Masjid Nabwi. That’s just material. The man you’re trying to reach dies long time ago, may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him. The one way you can make him happy and proud of you is to follow him. Do that. InshaAllah.
History and Heritage (Hadith No. 425)
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Do not enter (the places) of these people where Allah’s punishment had fallen unless you do so weeping. If you do not weep, do not enter (the places of these people) because Allah’s curse and punishment which fell upon them may fall upon you.”
Us Pakistanis know about the Indus Valley Civilization (Mohenjo Daro and Harappa) and those remains of some cultural civilization in Taxila (hey I’m not a history person). I’ve been to these places many times with educational/field trips but never realized that they’re not supposed to be picnics, these trips. These remains that we are so proud to have in our country, are the remains of those people/nations who were punished by Allah. They were disobedient to their Lord. So much so that Allah (SWT) wiped them out with one flood/tornado/earthquake etc.
We learn in history how powerful and strong these civilizations were. Their infrastructure and technology and how much they had learned about the Earth and its surroundings, and their systems within communities etc. But what could that strength and power do when Allah’s Word came to be?
It’s just like the stories of ‘Ad and Thamud that we learn in the Qur’an. Allah sends a Prophet to a people. They don’t believe. Allah punishes them.
A few things to be learnt:
- Do not disobey Allah, individually or as a nation.
- When you visit such places or museums that display such heritage, feel Allah’s wrath on that piece of land. Imagine what would’ve happened when the earthquake came or the tsunami struck, or whatever ‘natural disaster’ befell the people that once lived there. Don’t take your pictures with the mummy of Fir’awn to put up as display on your Facebook profile. Take pictures so you can remember that trip for a long time and admonish others about it. Your trip to a museum should not be a ‘fun’ trip. Be serious and weep (as it says in the Hadith), for there’s nothing better to do there.
The Difference Between a House and a Grave (Hadith No. 424)
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
The Prophet had said, “Offer some of your prayers (Nawafil) at home, and do not take your houses as graves.”
This ruling is for men. Women pray at homes mostly.
It also implies that men are supposed to pray in the masjid five times a day. But they shouldn’t pray ONLY in masjid. They’ll find balance when they pray some nawafil/sunnah prayers at home (for which congregation isn’t necessary).
The house in which Allah’s slaves do not offer Salah is like a grave, barren. So get up and fertilize your land!