Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

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It’s been weeks since I last posted. Good reason: our teacher wasn’t available. Our classes did go on, but we didn’t discuss the lessons much. So it wasn’t as thought-provoking as it used to be.
So last Friday, we had some discussion with our teacher and these lines from the book struck me:

ماذا يفيد الأمة علم كالبحار في السعة، وكالجبال في العظمة، والقلوب منه فارغة، والجوارح منه خالية، وأثره في الحياة مفقود؟.

ماذا ينفع البشرية من علوم كالجبال، وأعمال كالذر، وسبب ذلك:

التفقه لغير الدين.. والتعلم لغير العمل.. وأكل الدنيا بالدين.. والتجمل بالعلم أمام الناس.. وفقد الإخلاص.

[Roughly translated:] What will the nations benefit from knowledge that is like seas in amplitude, and mountains in grandeur, when the hearts are empty from it, and the body parts are free from it, and its impact on life is missing?

What will humans benefit from sciences such as mountains (implies greatness)…

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Prophet (SAW)’s Shroud (Ahadith 1060 – 1062)


Note: Shroud is kafan.

Burial of the Prophet (SAW):

Dispute about who would succeed him broke out even before having the Messenger of Allah’s body prepared for burial. Lots of arguments, discussions, dialogues took place between the Helpers and Emigrants in the roofed passage (portico) of Banu Sa’ida. Finally they acknowledged Abu Bakr as a Caliph. They spent the whole Monday there till it was night. People were so busy with their arguments that it was late night — just about dawn of Tuesday — yet his blessed body was still lying on his bed covered with an inked-garment. He was locked in the room.

On Tuesday, his body was washed with his clothes on. He was washed by al-‘Abbas, ‘Ali, al-Fadl and Qathm — the two sons of al-‘Abbas, as well as Shaqran — the Messenger’s freed slave, ‘Usamah ibn Zayd and Aws ibn Khawli. Al-‘Abbas, al-Fadl and Qathm turned his body round, whereas ‘Usamah and Shaqran poured out water. ‘Ali washed him and Aws leant him against his chest.

They shrouded him in three white Sahuli cotton cloth which had neither a headcloth [Sahih al-Bukhari, 1/169, Sahih Muslim, 1/306] nor a casing and inserted him in.

A sort of disagreement arose with regard to a burial place. Abu Bakr said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘A dead Prophet is buried where he dies.’ ” So Abu Talhah lifted the bed on which he died, dug underneath and cut the ground to make the tomb.

People entered the room ten by ten. They prayed for the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The first to pray for him were people of his clan. Then the Emigrants, then the Helpers. Women prayed for him after men. The young were the last to pray.

This process took Tuesday long and Wednesday night (i.e. the night which precedes Wednesday morning). ‘A’ishah said: “We did not know that the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was being buried till we heard the sound of tools digging the ground at the depth of Wednesday night.” [Mukhtasar Sirat ar-Rasul, p.471; Ibn Hisham, 2/649-665; Talqih Fuhum Ahlul-Athar, p. 38, 39; Rahmatul li’l-Alamin 1/277-286]

(s) Excerpt from Ar-Rahiq al-Makhtum

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 361:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet was shrouded in three pieces of cloth which were made of Suhul (a type of cotton), and neither a shirt nor a turban were used.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 362:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle was shrouded in three pieces of cloth and neither a shirt nor a turban were used.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 363:

Narrated Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle was shrouded in three pieces of cloth which were made of white Suhul and neither a shirt nor a turban were used.

So that’s how we’ll look like in our last pair of clothes. Click this link to see.


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