Monthly Archives: November 2016

The First Man (Ahadith 2942 – 2944)

Bismillah.

Kitaab Ahaadith-ul-Anbiyaa’ [Book of the Stories of the Prophets] starts today..

Chapter: The creation of Adam and his offspring

Volume 4, Book 55, Number 543 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure). People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation.

Needless to say, we don’t believe in Darwinism. Allah created the first man with His own hands and breathed his soul into him. He created Adam from dust:

“Verily, the likeness of ‘Eesa (Jesus) before Allaah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: ‘Be!’ — and he was”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:59]

Allah taught Adam names of things and, as it states in the hadith above, manners as well. The Islamic greeting isn’t new to Islam. It’s been there since the beginning of human life. Adam was the first to use it and we should own it with pride. It’s better than all the hello’s and hi’s.

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Volume 4, Book 55, Number 544 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The first group of people who will enter Paradise, will be glittering like the full moon and those who will follow them, will glitter like the most brilliant star in the sky. They will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions. Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centers. Their wives will be houris. All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Adam (in statute), sixty cubits tall.”

Everyone in Paradise will be equally beautiful. No competition there. ;)

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Volume 4, Book 55, Number 545 :
Narrated by Abu Salama (radiallaahu `anhu)
Um Salama (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “Um Salaim (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Allah does not refrain from saying the truth! Is it obligatory for a woman to take a bath after she gets nocturnal discharge?’ He said, ‘Yes, if she notices the water (i.e. discharge).’ Um Salama (radiallaahu `anhaa) smiled and said, ‘Does a woman get discharge?’ Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said. ‘Then why does a child resemble (its mother)?”

 

The Benefit of Dogs and their Harm (Ahadith 2937 – 2941)

Bismillah.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 538 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that.”

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Volume 4, Book 54, Number 539 :
Narrated by Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Angels do not enter a house which has either a dog or a picture in it.”

It is not permissible for a Muslim to keep a dog, unless he needs this dog for hunting, guarding livestock or guarding crops.

Muslim (2978) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever keeps a dog that is not a dog for hunting, herding livestock or farming, two qiraats will be deducted from his reward each day.”

These ahaadeeth indicate that it is haraam to keep a dog, except for those which were exempted by the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

By analogy, it is also permissible to keep dogs to guard a house, alley etc.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 540 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered that the dogs* should be killed.

*Rabid dogs

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 541 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “If somebody keeps a dog, he loses one Qirat (of the reward) of his good deeds everyday, except if he keeps it for the purpose of agriculture or for the protection of livestock. “

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 542 :
Narrated by Sufyan bin Abi Zuhair Ash-Shani (radiallaahu `anhu)
That he heard Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) saying, “If somebody keeps a dog that is neither used for farm work nor for guarding the livestock, he will lose one Qirat (of the reward) of his good deeds everyday.”

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Kitaab Bad’-ul-Khalq [Book of Beginning of Creation] ends here..

Animals Misc. (Ahadith 2932 – 2936)

Bismillah.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 533 :
Narrated by Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Cover your utensils and tie your water skins, and close your doors and keep your children close to you at night, as the Jinns spread out at such time and snatch things away. When you go to bed, put out your lights, for the mischief-doer (i.e. the rat) may drag away the wick of the candle and burn the dwellers of the house.” Ata said, “The devils.” (instead of the Jinns).

These are all recommendations for our safety and well-being. Covering food and water, especially during the night, prevents stuff (insects/dust/allergens/microscopic organisms etc.) from falling into it and ending up in our bloodstream that might be harmful to us. Keeping children close at night keeps them safe from physical and spiritual harm. Putting out lights.. well it saves electricity. Go green! (y)

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 534 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu)
Once we were in the company of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in a cave. Surat-al-Mursalat (77) was revealed there, and we were learning it from Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). Suddenly a snake came out of its hole and we rushed towards it to kill it, but it hastened and entered its hole before we were able to catch it. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said,” It has been saved from your evil and you have been saved from its evil.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 535 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A woman entered the (Hell) Fire because of a cat which she had tied, neither giving it food nor setting it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.”

After all the narrations about killing harmful animals, here comes one to remind us about the rights of animals on us. We have to be kind to them at all times especially if we’re responsible for them (pets). Any harshness on our behalf could lead to severe consequences in the Hereafter, because even if that animal is powerless against you, Allah is not. And He listens to everyone.

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Volume 4, Book 54, Number 536 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Once while a prophet amongst the prophets was taking a rest underneath a tree, an ant bit him. He, therefore, ordered that his luggage be taken away from underneath that tree and then ordered that the dwelling place of the ants should be set on fire. Allah sent him a revelation: “Wouldn’t it have been sufficient to burn a single ant (that bit you)?

In our Shari’ah (law), it is forbidden to kill with fire, because of the hadith of Abu Hurayrah, according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one should punish with fire except Allaah.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3016).

Related question: is it permissible to kill harmful insects by means of electric shock?

In Liqaa’aat al-Baab il-Maftooh (no. 59/ question no. 12) it says:

We think that there is nothing wrong with it and that this does not come under the heading of tormenting with fire, because according to what we know about it, the insect dies as a result of the electric shock and what proves this is that if you were to bring a piece of paper and put it on this machine it would not burn, which shows that this does not come under the heading of burning but rather under the heading of electric shock, just as if the person were to touch an exposed electrical cable, he would die without being burnt. End quote.

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Chapter: If a housefly falls in the drink

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 537 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said “If a house fly falls in the drink of anyone of you, he should dip it (in the drink), for one of its wings has a disease and the other has the cure for the disease.”

It might be unsettling to think about drinking something in which a fly fell in, but this hadith is really helpful for those who can’t afford to just throw the whole thing away, whether in small quantities or large.

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Related: Research on The Hadeeth on the Fly One Wing Carrying Disease and the Other Carrying the Cure.

Killing Harmful Animals (Ahadith 2924 – 2931)

Bismillah.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 525 :
Narrated by Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) called the Salamander, a mischief-doer. I have not heard him ordering that it should be killed. Sa’d bin Waqqas (radiallaahu `anhu) claims that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered that it should be killed.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 526 :
Narrated by Um Sharik (radiallaahu `anhaa)
That the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered her to kill Salamanders.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 527 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Kill the snake with two white lines on its back, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 528 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered that a short-tailed or mutilated-tailed snake (i.e. Abtar) should be killed, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 529 :
Narrated by Abu Mulaika
Ibn Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) used to kill snakes, but afterwards he forbade their killing and said, “Once the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) pulled down a wall and saw a cast-off skin of a snake in it. He said, ‘Look for the snake. ‘They found it and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Kill it.” For this reason I used to kill snakes. Later on I met Abu Lubaba who told me the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘Do not kill snakes except the short-tailed or mutilated-tailed snake with two white lines on its back, for it causes abortion and makes one blind. So kill it.’ “

We believe whatever the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) tells us without any doubt but his commands are full of wisdom. Spitting cobras can spit venom in a person’s eyes which may result in blindness. And there have been cases of fetus’ death due to snakebites in pregnancy.

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Volume 4, Book 54, Number 530 :
Narrated by Nafi
Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) used to kill snakes but when Abu Lubaba informed him that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had forbidden the killing of snakes living in houses, he gave up killing them.

They may be Jinns so warn them first.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 531 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Five kinds of animals are mischief-doers and can be killed even in the Sanctuary: They are the rat the scorpion, the kite, the crow and the rabid dog.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 532 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It is not sinful of a person in the state of Ihram to kill any of these five animals: The scorpion, the rat, the rabid dog, the crow and the kite.”

Narrated by Tirmizi, that Abdullah Bin Masood reported that once, Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was praying and when he was in Sajdah, a scorpion suddenly stung him on the finger. When the Prophet finished his prayer, he said “May Allah put His Curse on the scorpion, as it never leaves even the Prophets or others”. Then he asked for a pot filled with water; in which some salt was also added. He began dipping his finger (stung by the scorpion) in that salted water, and he was reciting Surah Ikhlaas & Muawwazatain, and blowing on his finger till the pain was all gone.

Muslim narrated that Abu Hurayrah said, “A man came to Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and said to him, “O Messenger of Allah, I have suffered greatly from a scorpion that stung me last night”. Prophet Muhammad said: “Had you said these words when you went to sleep, “I seek refuge with Allah’s Perfect Words from the evil of what He Has Created”, it would not have harmed you”. [Ahmad]

أعُوذُ بكلماتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ ما خَلَقَ

In summary, you’re permitted to kill these harmful animals at all times:

  • Snakes
  • Lizards/Salamanders
  • Scorpions
  • Rats
  • Rabid dogs
  • Crows (specific vulturous kind only – mentioned in hadith)
  • Kites
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