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Morning Routine (Ahadith 955 – 961)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

What do you know about the morning routine of the Prophet (SAW)?

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 256:

Narrated ‘Aisha;

Allah’s Apostle offered the ‘Isha’ prayer (and then got up at the Tahajjud time) and offered eight Rakat and then offered two Rakat while sitting. He then offered two Rakat in between the Adhan and Iqama (of the Fajr prayer) and he never missed them.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 257:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet used to lie down on his right side, after offering two Rakat (Sunna) of the Fajr prayer.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 258:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

After offering the Sunna of the Fajr prayer, the Prophet used to talk to me, if I happen to be awake; otherwise he would lie down till the Iqama call was proclaimed (for the Fajr prayer).

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 259:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

After offering the two Rakat (Sunna) the Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to talk to me, if I happen to be awake; otherwise he would lie down.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 260:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet was never more regular and particular in offering any Nawafil than the two Rakat (Sunna) of the Fajr prayer.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 261:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle used to offer thirteen Rakat in the night prayer and on hearing the Adhan for the morning prayer, he used to offer two light Rakat.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 262:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to make the two Rakat before the Fajr prayer so light that I would wonder whether he recited Al-Fatiha (or not).

  1. He would never miss the two rak`aat (Sunnah) before Fajr prayer.
  2. He would make them very light. (Surah al-Kafiroon in first rak`ah and Surah al-Ikhlaas in the second).
  3. He would chit chat with his wife (Aisha) if she was awake, otherwise he’d lie down to wait for iqamah.

This is up till the Fajr prayer. Who knows what he (SAW) used to do after that? #acceptchallengeandanswer ;)

Wassalam.

Dreams (Hadith No. 954)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 255:

Narrated Nafi:

Ibn ‘Umar said, “In the life-time of the Prophet I dreamt that a piece of silk cloth was in my hand and it flew with me to whichever part of Paradise I wanted. I also saw as if two persons (i.e. angels) came to me and wanted to take me to Hell. Then an angel met us and told me not to be afraid. He then told them to leave me. Hafsa narrated one of my dreams to the Prophet and the Prophet said, “Abdullah is a good man. Would that he offer the night prayer (Tahajjud)!” So after that day ‘Abdullah (bin ‘Umar) started offering Tahajjud. The companions of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) used to tell him their dreams that (Laila-tul-Qadr) was on the 27th of the month of Ramadan. The Prophet said, “I see that your dreams agree on the last ten nights of Ramadan and so whoever is in search of it should seek it in the last ten nights of Ramadan.”

Dreams do have a certain significance in Islam. Have a look at the concept in detail:

Note that the things people see in their sleep may come under one of two categories:

  1. Dreams/visions
  2. Confused dreams

Confused dreams in turn are divided into two categories:

  1. The Shaytaan’s attempts to frighten
  2. The workings of the subconscious.

So it may be said that what people see in their dreams may be divided into three categories:

  1. Visions or dreams that come from Allaah.
  2. Attempts by the Shaytaan to frighten us
  3. The workings of the subconscious.

These categories are indicated by the hadeeth narrated in Saheeh Muslim (no. 2263) from Abu Hurayrah, which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the time (of the Day of Resurrection) draws near, a believer’s dream will hardly be false. And the truest vision will be of one who is himself the most truthful in speech, for the vision of a Muslim is the forty-fifth part of Prophecy, and dreams are of three types:

  1. the good dream which is glad tidings from Allah;
  2. the bad dream which causes distress, which is from the Shaytaan;
  3. and the dream which represents what a person is thinking about.

So if any one of you sees a dream which he does not like he should get up and pray, and not tell people about his dream…”

It was narrated from ‘Awf ibn Maalik that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Dreams are of three types: some are terrifying things from the Shaytaan, aimed at causing grief to the son of Adam; some are things that a person is concerned with when he is awake, so he sees them in his dreams; and some are a part of the forty-six parts of Prophecy.”

(Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah, 3155)

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Dreams are of three types: glad tidings from Allaah, what is on a person’s mind, and frightening dreams from the Shaytaan. If any of you sees a dream that he likes, let him tell others of it if he wishes, but if he sees something that he dislikes, he should not tell anyone about it, and he should get up and pray.”

(Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah, 3154)

There follow a number of saheeh ahaadeeth which describe how to deal with what one sees in one’s dream.

  1. It was narrated that Abu Qutaadah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Good dreams come from Allaah and bad dreams come from the Shaytaan. If anyone sees a bad dream that scares him, let him spit drily to his left and seek refuge with Allaah from its evil, then it will not harm him.”
    (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3292)
  2. It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I used to see such terrible dreams that that I began to shake and have a fever, but did not cover myself with a cloak until I met Abu Qutaadah, and I mentioned that to him. He said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say,  ‘Good dreams come from Allaah and bad dreams come from the Shaytaan. If anyone sees a bad dream that he dislikes, let him spit drily to his left three times and seek refuge with Allaah from its evil, then it will not harm him.’”
    (Narrated by Muslim, 2261)
  3. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sees a dream that he dislikes, let him turn over, and spit drily to his left three times and ask Allaah of His goodness, and seek refuge with Him from its evil.”
    (Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah).
  4. It was narrated from Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sees a dream that he dislikes, let him spit drily to his left three times and seek refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan three times, and turn over onto his other side.”
    (Narrated by Muslim, 2262).
  5. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us the difference between good dreams and bad dreams. It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “If any one of you sees a dream that he likes, it is from Allaah, so let him praise Allaah for it and tell people about it. But if he sees something other than that, that he dislikes, it is from the Shaytaan, so let him seek refuge with Allaah from its evil and not mention it to anyone, for it will not harm him.”
    (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7045).

    So it is clear that good dreams come from Allaah and bad dreams which a person dislikes come from the Shaytaan, so he has to seek refuge with Allaah from their evil.

  6. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sees something that he dislikes, let him get up and pray, and not tell people about it.
    (Narrated by Muslim, 2263).
  7. It was narrated from Jaabir that a Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said, “I dreamt that my head was cut off and I was chasing it.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) rebuked him and said: “Do not tell anyone how the Shaytaan is messing about with you in your dreams.”
    (Narrated by Muslim, 2268)

So we may sum up from these ahaadeeth the most important points about what a person should do if he sees a dream that he dislikes, as follows:

  1. He should know that this dream is from the Shaytaan who wants to cause him grief, so he should annoy the Shaytaan by not paying any attention to him.
  2. He should seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan.
  3. He should seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of this dream.
  4. He should spit drily to his left three times, i.e., blowing with a little bit of saliva.
  5. He should not tell anyone about it.
  6. He should turn over from the side on which he was sleeping, so if he was lying on his left side he should turn over to his right side, and vice versa.
  7. He should get up and pray.

If a person adheres to this etiquette, then we hope that this bad dream will not harm him, as it says in the texts. And Allaah knows best.

[Taken from IslamQA]

Need more info? Read this article.

Wassalam.

Poetry in Islam (Hadith No. 953)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 254:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

That once Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Your brother, i.e. ‘Abdullah bin Rawaha does not say obscene (referring to his verses): Amongst us is Allah’s Apostle, who recites His Book when it dawns. He showed us the guidance, after we were blind. We believe that whatever he says will come true. And he spends his nights in such a way as his sides do not touch his bed. While the pagans were deeply asleep.

The text in maroon/brown is from a poem by Abdullah ibn Rawaha, which he wrote about the Prophet (SAW). The original verses in Arabic:

وَفِينَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ يَتْلُو كِتَابَهُ إِذَا انْشَقَّ مَعْرُوفٌ مِنَ الْفَجْرِ سَاطِعُ أَرَانَا الْهُدَى بَعْدَ الْعَمَى فَقُلُوبُنَا بِهِ مُوقِنَاتٌ أَنَّ مَا قَالَ وَاقِعُ يَبِيتُ يُجَافِي جَنْبَهُ عَنْ فِرَاشِهِ إِذَا اسْتَثْقَلَتْ بِالْمُشْرِكِينَ الْمَضَاجِعُ

They’re beautiful, no? Describing the Prophet (SAW) so perfectly. It also shows us the sort of observations Companions used to make, the things they would notice about him. Like:

And he spends his nights in such a way as his sides do not touch his bed,
While the pagans were deeply asleep.

Reminds me of the verses from Surah al-Furqan about the Slaves of the Compassionate (`Ibaad-ur-Rahman). From them:

وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا

And those who spend the night in worship of their Lord, prostrate and standing. [Al-Furqan: 64]

And:

تَتَجَافَىٰ جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا

Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope.. [As-Sajdah: 16]

Prophet (SAW) approved of this sort of poetry by saying “your brother does not say obscene”. Meaning, he’s not doing anything wrong, or being immoral by saying these poetic verses.

From Hassan ibn Thabit’s poem..

Ruling on Poetry:

The ruling on poetry is the same as the ruling on speech or words, of which it is a part. The well known, general principle is that which is narrated in Mursal ‘Urwah ibn al-Zubayr:

Poetry is like speech: what is good is good, and what is bad is bad.

If the poetry involves words of love to a specific woman who is not permissible for the poet, or encourages sin, then it is haraam poetry.

But if it includes remembrance of Allah, blessings upon the Messenger of Allah, encouraging good qualities and good conduct, then it is poetry that is mustahabb and recommended.

If it includes material that is neither makrooh nor mustahabb, rather it includes permissible matters, then it is permissible poetry, and this is the basic, original ruling concerning it, that it is permissible.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

There is no difference of opinion concerning the permissibility of poetry. This was stated by the Sahaabah and the scholars. End quote.

Al-Mughni (10/176).

[IslamQA]

Wassalam.

Du`a at Night (Hadith No. 952)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 253:

Narrated ‘Ubada bin As-Samit:

The Prophet said, “Whoever gets up at night and says: — ‘La ilaha il-lallah Wahdahu la Sharika lahu Lahu-l-mulk, waLahu-l-hamd wahuwa ‘ala kullishai’in Qadir. Alhamdu lil-lahi wa subhanal-lahi wa la-ilaha il-lal-lah wa-l-lahu akbar wa la hawla Wala Quwata il-la-bil-lah.’ (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. He is the Only One and has no partners . For Him is the Kingdom and all the praises are due for Him. He is Omnipotent. All the praises are for Allah. All the glories are for Allah. And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, And Allah is Great And there is neither Might nor Power Except with Allah). And then says: — Allahumma, Ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me). Or invokes (Allah), he will be responded to and if he performs ablution (and prays), his prayer will be accepted.”

If you’re getting up for Tahajjud at night, awesome. Say these words, make du`a and earn lots of hasanaat (good deeds). Plus, the bonus of getting your prayers accepted. (y)
If you’re not getting up, no problem. There’s still a way to earn this bonus. Memorize these words:

La ilaha il-lallah Wahdahu la Sharika lahu Lahu-l-mulk, waLahu-l-hamd wahuwa ‘ala kullishai’in Qadir. Alhamdu lil-lahi wa subhanal-lahi wa la-ilaha il-lal-lah wa-l-lahu akbar wa la hawla Wala Quwata il-la-bil-lahAllahumma, Ighfir li.

If it so happens that your sleep gets disturbed at some point, or you suddenly wake up at night, just recite these words out of your memory, make a small du`a and go back to sleep. Ta da! =D

And if you’re really desperate, you can put up an alarm on your phone for this purpose, provided it is easy for you to go back to sleep after getting disturbed. If not, well get up and pray Tahajjud. :P

Wassalam.

The Girl with The Mask

I know I know, it’s been a while! But insha’Allah pray I’m able to come up with something awesomely inspiring, regularly! I’m sure a lot of you have read this story on Facebook, thought I’d make a poem out of it. Took the Idea from a poem of Ammar! Check out his poetry at iamammar.com :)

I heard a story, quite odd if you ask;

About a girl who used to wear a cloth as a mask;

After picking up groceries, like on any average day

She went to the counter, asking how much she had to pay

The Muslim girl on the counter thought the Niqabi was an Arab too;

Having “modern” attire, she didn’t know what to do;

Making bill for the sister, she suddenly threw a tantrum

“We have problems in France, and your Niqab is one of them!

We’re here for trade, not to show our history or religion

If you want to practice this, then go back to your dominion!”

On this the Niqabi stopped putting grocery in her bag;

Islam was something about which she would brag;

She removed her veil and to the girl’s surprise,

The face behind the mask was of a blonde with blue eyes;

“I’m not an Arab!” she said, “I was born and bred in France!

Who wouldn’t practice Islam, if they ever got this golden chance?

You Muslims sold your religion, and we bought it from you!

For Allah does say

About those who don’t obey

That “If you turn away, HE will replace you

By another people, and they will not be like you.” (47:38)”


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