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A Sheep for 130 Men (Hadith No. 2285)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 787:
Narrated ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhumaa):
We were one-hundred and thirty persons accompanying the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who asked us whether anyone of us had food. There was a man who had about a Sa of wheat which was mixed with water then. A very tall pagan came driving sheep. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked him, “Will you sell us (a sheep) or give it as a present?” He said, “I will sell you (a sheep).” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) bought a sheep and it was slaughtered. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered that its liver and other abdominal organs be roasted. By Allah, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) gave every person of the one-hundred-and-thirty a piece of that; he gave all those of them who were present; and kept the shares of those who were absent.The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then put its meat in two huge basins and all of them ate to their fill, and even then more food was left in the two basins which were carried on the camel (or said something like it).

This was one of the miracles of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). It wouldn’t take a believer to see it.

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Dua Before Eating (Hadith No. 2161)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 664:

Narrated Salama (radiallaahu `anhu):

Once the journey food diminished and the people were reduced to poverty. They went to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and asked his permission to slaughter their camels, and he agreed. ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhumet them and they told him about it, and he said, “How would you survive after slaughtering your camels?” Then he went to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! How would they survive after slaughtering their camels?” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu), “Call upon the people to bring what has remained of their food.” A leather sheet was spread and al I the journey food was collected and heaped over it. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) stood up and invoked Allah to bless it, and then directed all the people to come with their utensils, and they started taking from it till all of them got what was sufficient for them. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then said, “I testify that None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and I am His Apostle. “

Ask Allah to bless your food before eating it. Say Bismillah and pray for barakah, especially when it’s for a gathering. You’ll see that you won’t run out of it till everyone’s had their fill. Sunnah 101.

Share Your Food (Hadith No. 2160)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 2159 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 662:

Narrated Abu Huraira  (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “There was an Israeli man called Juraij, while he was praying, his mother came and called him, but he did not respond to her call. He said (to himself) whether he should continue the prayer or reply to his mother. She came to him the second time and called him and said, “O Allah! Do not let him die until he sees the faces of prostitutes.” Juraij used to live in a hermitage. A woman said that she would entice Juraij, so she went to him and presented herself (for an evil act) but he refused. She then went to a shepherd and allowed him to commit an illegal sexual intercourse with her and later she gave birth to a boy. She alleged that the baby was from Juraij. The people went to Juraij and broke down his hermitage, pulled him out of it and abused him. He performed ablution and offered the prayer, then he went to the male (baby) and asked him; “O boy! Who is your father?” The baby replied that his father was the shepherd. The people said that they would build for him a hermitage of gold but Juraij asked them to make it of mud only.”

Book of Oppressions [Kitaab-ul-Mazaalim] ends here.

Book of Partnership [Kitaab-ush-Sharikah] starts today..

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 663:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):

“Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) sent an army towards the east coast and appointed Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah (radiallaahu `anhuas their chief, and the army consisted of three-hundred men including myself. We marched on till we reached a place where our food was about to finish. Abu- ‘Ubaida (radiallaahu `anhuordered us to collect all the journey food and it was collected. My (our) journey food was dates. Abu ‘Ubaida kept on giving us our daily ration in small amounts from it, till it was exhausted. The share of everyone of us used to be one date only.” I said, “How could one date benefit you?” Jabir (radiallaahu `anhureplied, “We came to know its value when even that too finished.” Jabir added, “When we reached the sea-shore, we saw a huge fish which was like a small mountain. The army ate from it for eighteen days. Then Abu ‘Ubaida ordered that two of its ribs be fixed and they were fixed in the ground. Then he ordered that a she-camel be ridden and it passed under the two ribs (forming an arch) without touching them.”

Sharing puts barakah in food and Allah provides from sources we can’t imagine. So have a heart. Share.

City of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (Ahadith 1834 – 1835)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 339 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The Prophet Abraham (`alayhissalaam) made Mecca a sanctuary, and asked for Allah’s blessing in it. I made Medina a sanctuary as Abraham (`alayhissalaam) made Mecca a sanctuary and I asked for Allah’s Blessing in its (Medina’s) measures the Mudd and the Sa’ as Abraham (`alayhissalaam) did for Mecca.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 340 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Allah bestow your blessings on their measures, bless their Mudd and Sa’.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) meant the people of Medina.

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) made du`a for Madinah as Ibraheem (`alayhissalaam) had made du`a for Makkah. He loved Makkah but Madinah was special for him. He was born in Makkah but he lived and died in Madinah. His house, his family, his work, his masjid were all in Madinah. It was his city. No wonder we call it Madinat-un-Nabi (City of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)). :)

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked Allah to put barakah in Madinah’s measures, as Ibraheem (`alayhissalaam) did for Makkah. Business must be awesome there. :D

Barakah in Trade (Hadith No. 1833)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 338 :
Narrated by Al-Miqdam bin Ma’diyakrib (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Measure your foodstuff and you will be blessed.”

It’s a very simple rule. No matter how much you’re tempted to make some extra money by fooling someone or giving the wrong measure, don’t do it. If you do, blessing (barakah) will be taken away from you. So even if you made a million dollars by being dishonest, you won’t find blessing in that wealth.

Honesty is the best policy. (y)

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