Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hajj – Ramal (Ahadith 1372 – 1376)


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 672:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

When Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and his companions came to Mecca, the pagans circulated the news that a group of people were coming to them and they had been weakened by the Fever of Yathrib (Medina). So the Prophet ordered his companions to do Ramal in the first three rounds of Tawaf of the Ka’ba and to walk between the two corners (The Black Stone and Yemenite corner). The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not order them to do Ramal in all the rounds of Tawaf out of pity for them.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 673:

Narrated Salim that his father said:

I saw Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) arriving at Mecca; he kissed the Black Stone Corner first while doing Tawaf and did ramal in the first three rounds of the seven rounds (of Tawaf).

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 674:

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did Ramal in (first) three rounds (of Tawaf), and walked in the remaining four, in Hajj and Umra.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 675:

Narrated Zaid bin Aslam from his father who said:

“Umar bin Al-Khattab (radiallaahu `anhu) addressed the Corner (Black Stone) saying, ‘By Allah! I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen the Prophet touching (and kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you.’ Then he kissed it and said, ‘There is no reason for us to do Ramal (in Tawaf) except that we wanted to show off before the pagans, and now Allah has destroyed them.’ ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) added, ‘(Nevertheless), the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did that and we do not want to leave it (i.e. Ramal).’

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 676:

Narrated Nafi’:

Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “I have never missed the touching of these two stones of Ka’ba (the Black Stone and the Yemenite Corner) both in the presence and the absence of crowds, since I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) touching them.” I asked Nafi’: “Did Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) use to walk between the two Corners?” Nafi’ replied, “He used to walk in order that it might be easy for him to touch it (the Corner Stone).”

It is a Sunnah to trot in the first three circuits of tawaaf and it is Sunnah to jog in saa‘i between the two markers; these are two Sunnahs that apply to men, not women. One should walk fast between the two markers in all laps of saa’i, from al-Safa to al-Marwah and from al-Marwah to al-Safa.

Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Mughni (10/236), when describing saa’i between al-Safa and al-Marwah:

It means coming down from al-Safa and walking until you are level with the marker, which is the green mark that is attached to the corner of the mosque. When you are about six cubits away from it, you should walk quickly until you come in line with the other marker, then you should stop trotting and walk (normally) until you come to al-Marwah, then stand to face the qiblah and say du’aa’ as you did at al-Safa. … Then come down and walk in the place for walking, and trot in the place for trotting. End quote.

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked about that and said:

Yes, it is the same when going from al-Marwah to al-Safa as when going from al-Safa to al-Marwah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did that, as is proven in the saheeh ahaadeeth.

Back from 2011 `Umrah

Back from 2011 `Umrah

Ibn al-Mundhir said:

The scholars are unanimously agreed that women do not have to trot around the Ka’bah or between al-Safa and al-Marwah, and they do not have to uncover one shoulder, because the purpose behind these two actions is to show strength, and women are not included in that because the basic principle for women is to conceal themselves, but in trotting and baring one shoulder they would be uncovering themselves. End quote.

[Taken from IslamQA]

Inside the Ka`bah [contd.] (Ahadith 1369 – 1371)


Hadith no. 1368 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 668:

Narrated Salim that his father said,

“Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), Usama bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu), Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu), and ‘Uthman bin abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) entered the Ka’ba and then closed its door. When they opened the door I was the first person to enter (the Ka’ba). I met Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu) and asked him, “Did Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) offer a prayer inside (the Ka’ba)?” Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu) replied in the affirmative and said, “(The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) offered the prayer) in between the two right pillars.”

Today’s Ahadith:

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 669:

Narrated Nafi’:

Whenever Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) entered the Ka’ba he used to walk straight keeping the door at his back on entering, and used to proceed on till about three cubits from the wall in front of him, and then he would offer the prayer there aiming at the place where Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) prayed, as Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu) had told him. There is no harm for any person to offer the prayer at any place inside the Ka’ba.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 670:

Narrated Isma’li bin Abu Khalid:

‘Abdullah bin Abu Aufa (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) performed the ‘Umra. He performed Tawaf of the Ka’ba and offered two Rakat behind the Maqam (Abraham (`alayhissalaam)’s place) and was accompanied by those who were screening him from the people.” Somebody asked ‘Abdullah, “Did Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) enter the Ka’ba?” ‘Abdullah replied in the negative.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 671:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

When Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) came to Mecca, he refused to enter the Ka’ba with idols in it. He ordered (idols to be taken out). So they were taken out. The people took out the pictures of Abraham (`alayhissalaam) and Ishmael (`alayhissalaam) holding Azlams in their hands. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “May Allah curse these people. By Allah, both Abraham (`alayhissalaam) and Ishmael (`alayhissalaam) never did the game of chance with Azlams.” Then he entered the Ka’ba and said Takbir at its corners but did not offer the prayer in it.

  • Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did pray inside the Ka`bah. Scholars of Hadith have preferred Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu)’s report over Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu)’s report because what a person saw is a stronger proof than of what a person did not see. I suggest you read that again..
  • Considering that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not enter the Ka`bah when `Abdullah ibn `Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu)’ was watching him, it gives proof that entering Ka`bah during Tawaf/`Umrah is not necessary. If one gets to get in (Hateem, for example), well and good. If not, no issues.
  • Once you’re inside the Ka`bah, you can pray facing any direction. How cool is that?
    I don’t know if the Hateem is to be included in this or not, though..

Kissing the Black Stone (Hadith No. 1367)


Hadith no. 1365 and 1366 (below) are repeats. Read the post here.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 665:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “As if I were looking at him, a black person with thin legs plucking the stones of the Ka’ba one after another. “

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 666:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “DhusSuwaiqatain (the thin legged man) from Ethiopia will demolish the Ka’ba.”

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 667:

Narrated ‘Abis bin Rabia:

‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) kissing you I would not have kissed you.”

Touching the black stone, kissing it or pointing to it is the first thing that a person does when he wants to circumambulate the Ka’bah (tawaaf), whether he is doing Hajj or ‘Umrah or a voluntary tawaaf. The Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) kissed it, and his ummah followed him in doing so. If a person is unable to kiss it he should touch it with his hand or with something, and then kiss that thing. If he is unable to do that he should point to it with his hand and say Allaahu akbar. Touching the Stone is one of the things by means of which Allaah erases sins.

More on it here.

Respect -> Obedience (Hadith No. 1364)


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 664:

Narrated Abu Wail: (One day) I sat along with Shaiba on the chair inside the Ka’ba. He (Shaiba) said, “No doubt, Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) sat at this place and said, ‘I intended not to leave any yellow (i.e. gold) or white (i.e. silver) (inside the Ka’ba) undistributed.’ I said (to ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)), ‘But your two companions (i.e. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu)) did not do so.’ ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, They are the two persons whom I always follow.’ “

Distribution of money = (financial) fiqh  issue. I’m not competent enough to delve into that. Yet.

There’s something else in this narration. Something so minute, yet of great importance. Notice how `Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) wants to do one thing, but ends up doing the other because the latter was what Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) preferred in their lifetime. It’s called respect for your elders (in age and rank). He stopped where they stopped. No questions asked. It’s simple, right? Why then do we ask questions? Why do we want to go beyond our limits? Why can’t we just accept? Why can’t we just hear and obey? Why can’t we just submit?

One more thing, Allah wasn’t pleased with Sahabah for nothing. They had great qualities and they exercised them. They did more than they said. They sacrificed, they proved their worth. They were wonderful people. :)

The One Who Was and Will Always Be

I wonder when I look above

With a sigh of love

At the starry sky, with tears of joy

When will this life come to an end?

For I can’t wait and I want to see

The ONE who was and will always be

Night Sky


It’s true this life does have a reason

But the world for me is still a prison

So no wonder what I have in here

That void inside will always be

For I can’t wait and I want to see

The ONE who was and will always be


I try to avoid it but I end up sinning

My heart feels heavy and my head starts spinning

If this is the pain I feel in this world

Then how harsh would the hell fire be

The thought of it makes me hate myself

But despair of HIS mercy I’ll never be

For I can’t wait and I want to see

The ONE who was and will always be


So I turn to HIM, put my head on the ground

My lost soul as if suddenly found

His remembrance puts my heart at peace

And brings a happy thought to mind

If this is the satisfaction of this world

How much pleasure one would in the Heaven find?

And then I can’t wait and I want to see

The ONE who was and will always be

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