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Men in Silk (Hadith No. 709)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 709:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

Umar bin Al-Khattab saw a silken cloak (being sold) at the gate of the Mosque and said to Allah’s Apostle, “I wish you would buy this to wear on Fridays and also on occasions of the arrivals of the delegations.” Allah’s Apostle replied, “This will be worn by a person who will have no share (reward) in the Hereafter.” Later on similar cloaks were given to Allah’s Apostle and he gave one of them to ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab. On that ‘Umar said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You have given me this cloak although on the cloak of Atarid (a cloak merchant who was selling that silken cloak at the gate of the mosque) you passed such and such a remark.” Allah’s Apostle replied, “I have not given you this to wear”. And so ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab gave it to his pagan brother in Mecca to wear.

It’s haram (unlawful) for Muslim men to wear silk. To know how halal or haram original silk, part-silk, artificial silk etc. are, read this post at islamqa.com! You’ll find more related fatwas on this website as well.

It’s a profound statement:

This will be worn by a person who will have no share (reward) in the Hereafter.

Why do we then argue about it? Just because we think something is halal, doesn’t make it halal. Imagine being taken by surprise in the Hereafter, when you’re told that you don’t deserve any of the silken cloaks that the people of Paradise are donning, just because you wore that silken shirt at that party to look fab. Brothers, give up the worldly silk, to wear the best silk in Paradise. :)

Wassalam.

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Friday: Oil and Perfume (Ahadith 707 – 708)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 707:

Narrated Tawus:

I said to Ibn ‘Abbas, “The people are narrating that the Prophet said, ‘Take a bath on Friday and wash your heads (i.e. take a thorough bath) even though you were not Junub and use perfume’.” On that Ibn ‘Abbas replied, “I know about the bath, (i.e. it is essential) but I do not know about the perfume (i.e. whether it is essential or not.)

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 708:

Narrated Tawus:

Ibn ‘Abbas mentioned the statement of the Prophet regarding the taking of a bath on Friday and then I asked him whether the Prophet (p.b.u.h) had ordered perfume or (hair) oil to be used if they could be found in one’s house. He (Ibn ‘Abbas) replied that he did not know about it.

Ibn ‘Abbas did not know about it, but it’s clearly mentioned in Salman Farsi’s Hadith that wearing oil (in one’s hair) and perfume are among the Sunnahs of Friday. This is the Hadith:

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 706:

Narrated Salman-Al-Farsi:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”

Wassalam.

Excellence of the Friday Ghusl (Ahadith 700 – 706)

Salam,
Bismillah.

To read about the importance of the Friday ghusl and to know whether it’s compulsory or not, read this post AND the comments on it. You’ll get the clear picture inshaAllah.
Now read on for the excellence or supremacy of the Friday ghusl. Yes, we know it’s mustahabb (recommended), but we should also know why.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 700:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar:

Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Anyone of you attending the Friday (prayers) should take a bath.”

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 701:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

While Umar bin Al-Khattab was standing and delivering the sermon on a Friday, one of the companions of the Prophet, who was one of the foremost Muhajirs (emigrants) came. ‘Umar said to him, “What is the time now?” He replied, “I was busy and could not go back to my house till I heard the Adhan. I did not perform more than the ablution.” Thereupon ‘Umar said to him, “Did you perform only the ablution although you know that Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) used to order us to take a bath (on Fridays)?”

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 702:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “The taking of a bath on Friday is compulsory for every male (Muslim) who has attained the age of puberty.”

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 703:

Narrated Abu Said:

I testify that Allah’s Apostle said, “The taking of a bath on Friday is compulsory for every male Muslim who has attained the age of puberty and (also) the cleaning of his teeth with Siwak, and the using of perfume if it is available.” Amr (a sub-narrator) said, “I confirm that the taking of a bath is compulsory, but as for the Siwak and the using of perfume, Allah knows better whether it is obligatory or not, but according to the Hadith it is as above.”)

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 704:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Any person who takes a bath on Friday like the bath of Janaba and then goes for the prayer (in the first hour i.e. early), it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out (i.e. starts delivering the Khutba), the angels present themselves to listen to the Khutba.”

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 705:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

While ‘Umar (bin Al-Khattab) was delivering the Khutba on a Friday, a man entered (the mosque). ‘Umar asked him, “What has detained you from the prayer?” The man said, “It was only that when I heard the Adhan I performed ablution (for the prayer).” On that ‘Umar said, “Did you not hear the Prophet saying: ‘Anyone of you going out for the Jumua prayer should take a bath’?”.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 706:

Narrated Salman-Al-Farsi:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”

Why would you NOT take a bath on Friday, then?

Wassalam.

Etiquette of the Special Brotherhood for the Sake of Allah – Loving and Hating for His Sake

[Excerpts from Minhaj Al-Muslim by Abu Bakr Jabir Al-Jaza’iry]

A Muslim, as ordered by his belief in Allah, does not love anyone he loves except for the sake of Allah the Almighty and he does not hate anyone he hates except for for the sake of Allah. This is because he does not love anything except what Allah the Almight loves and His Messenger (SAW) loves. Similarly, he does not hate anything except what Allah hates and His Messenger (SAW) hates. Therefore, if Allah or/and His Messenger love something, he loves it. If Allah or/and His Messenger hate something, he hates it. The evidence for this is in Allah’s Messenger’s statement:

((Whoever loves for the sake of Allah, hates for the sake of Allah, gives for the sake of Allah and withholds for the sake of Allah has completed his faith.)) (Abu Dawud)

Based on that, a Muslim loves and has loyalty for all of Allah’s righteous worshippers. Similarly, all evil humans who go against Allah and His Messenger’s commands are hated and opposed by a Muslim..

..Allah’s Messenger (SAW) also said:

((Around the Throne (of Allah) there are pulpits of light surrounded by people whose clothing is light and whose faces are light. They are neither Prophets nor martyrs but the Prophets and martyrs would be happy to be in their state.))

The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger, describe them to us.” He said,

((They are the ones who love for the sake of Allah, meet together for the sake of Allah and visit each other for the sake of Allah.)) (An-Nasa’i and it is Sahih)

..Allah’s Messenger (SAW) also said:

((A man went to visit another person and it was said to him, ‘Was it for some need you had with him?’ He answered, ‘No.’ The questioner then said, ‘Was it due to some blood relation that exists between you and him?’ The man said, ‘No.’ The questioner said, ‘Was it because of some bounty you had with him?’ He answered, ‘No.’ The questioner said, ‘Then why?’ He said, ‘I love him for the sake of Allah.’ The other then said, ‘Allah has sent me to you informing you that He loves you because you love that man for Allah’s sake. Paradise has become obligatory for you.’)) (Muslim)

This special brotherhood is conditioned by it being for the sake of Allah and completely free of any worldly needs or material benefits. The motivating factor behind it must be for the belief in Allah and only the belief in Allah.

As for its etiquette, one should keep the following points in mind when choosing a special brother for the sake of Allah:

  1. The person chosen must be intelligent. There is no good in choosing a fool as a brother or accompanying him. The ignorant fool may end up harming the one who is seeking to benefit him.
  2. The person chosen to be a special brother must be a person of good character..
  3. The brother chosen must be fearful of Allah the Almighty..
  4. The brother chosen must be one who sticks to the Qur’an and Sunnah and is far away from any kind of deviation or innovation..

..One of the righteous people summarized these characteristics when he advised his son, “O son of mine, if the need comes to you to accompany men, then accompany the one whom if you serve him, he will protect you; if you accompany him, he will make you better; if your provisions are restricted, he will give you; if you strech out your hand for good, he will strech it further; if he sees any good in you, he will reckon it for you; if he sees evil from you, he will close it. Accompany the one whom if you ask him, he will give you and if you are silent, he will start talking to you. If you are afflicted with something, he will console you. Accompany the one whom if you speak, he will believe in your speech and if you differ in any matter, he gives preference to what you say.”

The Rights of the Special Brotherhood for the Sake of Allah

  1. Giving financial help and assistance to one another..
  2. Each of the brothers must be willing to assist and help the other and give the other preference over himself..
  3. He should not speak about his brother except in good terms..
  4. He should say things about his brother that he loves to have said about himself. He should call his brother by the names that he likes the most.. Imam Shafi`i once said: “To admonish your brother privately is to advise him and improve his state. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace him and shame him.”
  5. A brother should overlook his brother’s slips and lapses. He should conceal his faults and have good thoughts or ideas about his brother..
  6. One must fulfill the ties of brotherhood and continue fulfilling them until death.. From the fulfillment of the brotherhood is the brother not befriending the enemy of his brother.. Part of this brtoherhood is that one brother does not request of his brother what would be difficult for him to fulfill..
  7. A brother must pray for his brother and his children. The same good that he prays for himself and his children, he should ask for his brother.. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said:

    ((Whoever prays for his brother behind his back has an angel saying to him, ‘And for you the same.’ )) (Muslim)

One of the righteous said: “Where is the likes of the righteous brother? If a person dies, his family is dividing his wealth and enjoying what he left behind. The pious brother is the only one who grieves. He is concerned about what his brother is facing and will face. He prays for him in the darkness of the night. He asks forgiveness for him while he is under layers of earth.”

I would recommend everyone to go through this topic from the original book. These are only excerpts. A lot of important information had to missed out due to lack of time.

What Makes Friday Special (Hadith No. 699)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Kitaab-ul-Jumu`ah [Book of Friday Prayer] starts today.

This Book comes in the beginning of Volume 2 of Bukhari.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 699:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (Friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”

Alhamdulillah that He guided us towards it. Friday, I mean.

Point to be noted: celebration of Friday has been made compulsory. It’s like a mini-Eid for Muslims. Every week you have something to be happy about and enjoy. :D
How to celebrate it? Keep checking the upcoming posts. This whole book (about 63 Ahadith) is dedicated to Friday. <3

Alhamdulillah for Friday! ^_^

Wassalam.

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