Daily Archives: May 21, 2013

To Kill in Ihraam (Ahadith 1575 – 1578)


Volume 3, Book 29, Number 52:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It is not sinful of a Muhrim to kill five kinds of animals.”

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 53:

One of the wives of the Prophet narrated:

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A Muhrim can kill (five kinds of animals.)”

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 54:

Narrated Hafsa (radiallaahu `anhaa):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It is not sinful (of a Muhrim) to kill five kinds of animals, namely: the crow, the kite, the mouse, the scorpion and the rabid dog.”

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 55:

Narrated Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Five kinds of animals are harmful and could be killed in the Haram (Sanctuary). These are: the crow, the kite, the scorpion, the mouse and the rabid dog.”

Al-Qaasim ibn Muhammad said: I heard ‘Aa’ishah, the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), say: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say:

“There are four things which are faasiq (corrupt) and may be killed at all times, whether one is in a state of ihraam [for Hajj and ‘Umrah] or not: kites, crows, mice/rats and mad dogs.”
Narrated by Muslim, 1198.

Ibn ‘Abbaas said: a mouse (or rat) came and started dragging the wick (of the lamp). It threw it in front of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), onto the mat on which he was sitting, and it burnt a hole the size of a dirham. He said, “When you go to sleep, extinguish your lamps, for the Shaytaan will tell creatures like this to do something like this so that you will be burned.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 5427.

The mice or rats that may live in people’s houses are among the harmful creatures or vermin (fuwaysiqah) which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to kill in all situations, whether we are in ihraam or not. The root of the word fuwaysiqah (fasaqa) means to deviate from the right way and to do harm; hence a sinner is described as “faasiq”, and these animals are called fawaasiq, as a metaphor for their evil nature; or it was said that it is because it is not haraam to kill them, whether one is in ihraam or not, for they have no sanctity or protection in any circumstances.

Read more on killing rats and mice, and an interesting comment on the Mickey Mouse here. :P


A Memorable Morning

So I was about to go to sleep and tell my friends to wake me up at Fajr when the electricity went. This doesn’t happen usually at GIKI so most of us came out of the rooms. I turned off the light and fan switches, wore my sandals, turned the torch on in my awesome Nokia mobile having a torch that works, picked up a packet of Catty Chins (Cheese) by Super Crisp (man they’re yummy) and went out of my room.

I sat for a while outside on the hostel stairs looking towards the sky (crazy about stargazing). It was quite dark and it seemed really nice, so calm and serene. And I thought to myself that what would it like be at the time of the Prophet (SallAllaahu Alaiyhi Wasallam)? They would have this peace everyday. No pollution, clear sky, no internet to keep them distracted, all connected to nature you know. It must have been amazing. So I finished my snack and went to the mosque. There was no one there at that time. After a while a junior came and we talked a bit and the Azaan started in different mosques around us. So we decided since the guy who usually gives it is not here yet we should go ahead. So for the first time in 4 years of my stay in GIKI, I gave the Azaan. It felt good Alhamdulillah except for the fact that there was no electricity!


Anyway, I lied down there for a while and that guy went out. I could feel that there were mosquitoes gathering around me. I started feeling itchy and knew they were biting. Then the light came and I saw them close to me. First my expression was:


And I then I saw 3-4 sitting on my foot and I’m like


But I realized they must be a lot so I stood up and to no surprise there were quite a lot roaming around me. So I ran like crazy (not literally of course)…


After Namaz now I came back to my room and started counting the red spots that I could see on my hands and feet. To my surprise I have 67 (THREE LESS THAN SEVENTY) mosquito bites on my hands and feet alone (these are the ones I can see and count). Wonder what they did to the rest of me.

But there was only one conclusion this could lead to…. THEY LOVE ME!


Now I better get ready to leave for Rawalpindi. But first, gotta have those parathay…

Have a blessed day. Assalam u alaikum :)

Game and Ihraam (Hadith No. 1574)


Volume 3, Book 29, Number 51:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

From As-Sa’b bin Jath-thama Al-Laithi that the latter presented an onager to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while he was at Al-Abwa’ or at Waddan, and he refused it. On noticing the signs of some unpleasant feeling of disappointment on his (As-Sab’s) face, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to him, “I have only returned it because I am Muhrim.”

Apparently there’s ikhtilaaf (difference) between today’s hadith and yesterday’s post. And due to this ikhtilaaf, scholars have also differed in their opinions regarding the ruling for a muhrim eating game. One group says a muhrim is allowed to eat game because of Abu Qatada’s hadith, and the other group says a muhrim must not eat game because of the above hadith and this ayah:

..forbidden is (the pursuit of) land-game as long as you are in a state of Ihram (for Hajj or ‘Umrah). [5:96]

The correct and balanced opinion, that of most scholars (including Imaam Maalik, Shafi`i and Ahmad etc.), is that a muhrim is allowed to eat the game that was not hunted for him specifically. But the game that was hunted for him, as it was done in the above mentioned hadith, he cannot eat it, nor accept it.

If it so happens that someone offers you something that’s forbidden in Ihraam while you’re in Ihraam, you may refuse them politely, saying something like “a muhrim is not allowed to have such-and-such”. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) refused politely as well, and when he saw the person getting disappointed, he told him the reason. Remember, accepting something that’s forbidden in Ihraam while you’re in Ihraam for the fear of offending the other person is not allowed. Fear disobeying Allah more.

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