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Increase Your Sustenance, Live Longer (Hadith No. 1776)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 281:

Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu):

I heard Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) saying, “whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.”

Everything from when Allaah created the Pen until the Day of Resurrection is written in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz, because when Allaah first created the Pen, He said to it: “Write.” It said: “My Lord, what should I write?” He said: “Write what is to be. So at that moment it began to write what would be until the Day of Resurrection. And it is proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that when the foetus in its mother’s womb is four months old, Allaah sends an angel to breathe the soul into it and write down its provision, its lifespan and its deeds, and whether it is doomed or blessed.

Provision is also written down and connected to its means, and it does not increase or decrease. Among those means are that man should work to seek provision, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“He it is Who has made the earth subservient to you (i.e. easy for you to walk, to live and to do agriculture on it); so walk in the path thereof and eat of His provision. And to Him will be the Resurrection” [al-Mulk 67:15]

Other means are:

  • Upholding ties of kinship, such as honoring one’s parents and upholding ties with relatives.
  • Fearing Allaah (taqwa), as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things” [al-Talaaq 65:2-3]

Trade & Mutual Consent (Ahadith 1759 – 1761)

Bismillah.

يَـأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لاَ تَأْكُلُواْ أَمْوَلَكُمْ بَيْنَكُمْ بِالْبَـطِلِ إِلاَّ أَن تَكُونَ تِجَـرَةً عَن تَرَاضٍ مِّنْكُمْ

“O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent.” [An-Nisaa: 29]

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 264:

Narrated Ibrahim bin Sad from his father from his grand-father:

Abdur Rahman bin Auf (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “When we came to Medina as emigrants, Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) established a bond of brotherhood between me and Sad bin Ar-Rabi’ (radiallaahu `anhu). Sad bin Ar-Rabi’ (radiallaahu `anhu) said (to me), ‘I am the richest among the Ansar, so I will give you half of my wealth and you may look at my two wives and whichever of the two you may choose I will divorce her, and when she has completed the prescribed period (before marriage) you may marry her.’ Abdur-Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu) replied, “I am not in need of all that. Is there any market-place where trade is practiced?’ He replied, “The market of Qainuqa.” Abdur-Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu) went to that market the following day and brought some dried butter-milk (yogurt) and butter, and then he continued going there regularly. Few days later, ‘Abdur Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu) came having traces of yellow (scent) on his body. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked him whether he had got married. He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘Whom have you married?’ He replied, ‘A woman from the Ansar.’ Then the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked, ‘How much did you pay her?’ He replied, ‘(I gave her) a gold piece equal in weigh to a date stone (or a date stone of gold)! The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘Give a Walima (wedding banquet) even if with one sheep .'”


Volume 3, Book 34, Number 265:

Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):

When Abdur-Rahman bin Auf (radiallaahu `anhu) came to Medina, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) established a bond of brotherhood between him and Sad bin Ar-Rabi al-Ansari (radiallaahu `anhu). Sad was a rich man, so he said to ‘Abdur-Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu), “I will give you half of my property and will help you marry.” ‘Abdur-Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu) said (to him), “May Allah bless you in your family and property. Show me the market.” So ‘Abdur-Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu) did not return from the market) till he gained some dried buttermilk (yoghurt) and butter (through trading). He brought that to his house-hold. We stayed for some-time (or as long as Allah wished), and then Abdur-Rahman (radiallaahu `anhu) came, scented with yellowish perfume. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to him) “What is this?” He replied, “I got married to an Ansari woman.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked, “What did you pay her?” He replied, “A gold stone or gold equal to the weight of a date stone.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to him), “Give a wedding banquet even if with one sheep.”

There’s barakah (blessing) in trade. It wasn’t unlawful for `Abdur Rahman ibn `Awf (radiallaahu `anhu) to accept Sa`d ibn Rabi` (radiallaahu `anhu)’s offer since they were bound by the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) himself in the bond of brotherhood, but he wanted to work his way up instead of accepting help. So Allah put blessing in his efforts and soon after, he was able to marry an Ansari woman giving her a good mahr (dowry) and arrange a walima.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 266:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

‘Ukaz, Majanna and Dhul-Majaz were market-places in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance. When Islam came, Muslims felt that marketing there might be a sin. So, the Divine Inspiration came: “There is no harm for you to seek the bounty of your Lord (in the seasons of Hajj).” (2.198) Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) recited the Verse in this way.

In the tafsir of ayah 29 of Surah an-Nisaa (quoted above), Ibn Kathir says:

Allah, the Exalted and Most Honored, prohibits His believing servants from illegally acquiring each other’s property using various dishonest methods such as Riba, gambling and other wicked methods that appear to be legal, but Allah knows that, in reality, those involved seek to deal in interest. Ibn Jarir recorded that Ibn `Abbas commented on a man who buys a garment, saying that if he likes it he will keep it, or he will return it along with an extra Dirham, “This is what Allah meant, when He said,

﴿وَلاَ تَأْكُلُواْ أَمْوَلَكُمْ بَيْنَكُم بِالْبَاطِلِ﴾

(Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly.”) `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said, “When Allah sent down,

﴿يَـأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لاَ تَأْكُلُواْ أَمْوَلَكُمْ بَيْنَكُمْ بِالْبَـطِلِ﴾

(O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly) some Muslims said, `Allah has forbidden us from eating up each other’s property unjustly, and food is our best property. Therefore, none among us is allowed to eat from anyone else’s food.’ After that Allah sent down,

﴿لَّيْسَ عَلَى الاٌّعْمَى حَرَجٌ﴾

(There is no restriction on the blind) (until the end of the Ayah). ﴿24:61﴾.”’ Qatadah said similarly. Allah’s statement,

﴿إِلاَّ أَن تَكُونَ تِجَـرَةً عَن تَرَاضٍ مِّنْكُمْ﴾

(except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent.) means, do not revert to illegal ways and means to acquire money. However, there is no harm in commercial transactions that transpire between the buyer and the seller with mutual consent, so that money is legally earned from these transactions. Mujahid said that,

﴿إِلاَّ أَن تَكُونَ تِجَـرَةً عَن تَرَاضٍ مِّنْكُمْ﴾

(except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent.) means, “By selling and buying, or giving someone a gift.” Ibn Jarir recorded this statement.

The Iron Cloak (Hadith No. 1222)

Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 523:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The example of a miser and an alms-giver is like the example of two persons wearing iron cloaks.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) also said, “The example of an alms-giver and a miser is like the example of two persons who have two iron cloaks on them from their breasts to their collar bones, and when the alms-giver wants to give in charity, the cloak becomes capacious till it covers his whole body to such an extent that it hides his fingertips and covers his footprints (obliterates his tracks). And when the miser wants to spend, it (the iron cloak) sticks and every ring gets stuck to its place and he tries to widen it, but it did not become wide.

May Allah make me understand the meaning of this example in depth. But the basic implication is that the generous person, when he spends, gets barakah in his wealth and reward. Even a little suffices him. And he spends even more in Allah’s way. As for the miser, his wealth only gets lesser and lesser, so even when he wants to spend, he can’t really find the means to do it. There’s no barakah in his wealth. Even a lot isn’t sufficient for him.

Whatever Happened to “Time”? (Hadith No. 845)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 17, Number 845:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “The Hour (Last Day) will not be established until (religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men), earthquakes will be very frequent, time will pass quickly, afflictions will appear, murders will increase and money will overflow amongst you.”
(See Hadith No. 85 Vol 1).

Another related post here.

Brothers and sisters, this is no funny business. The Day of Judgement isn’t far away. We see the predictions coming true.

Knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men) – check.
Earthquakes will be frequent – check.
Time will pass quickly – a big bold check.
Afflictions will appear – check.
Murders will increase – check.
Money will overflow amongst you – check.

Talking about time. Isn’t it like so true? It goes by like anything. Even faster than sand slipping from one’s hands! What happened? It wasn’t like this in the old days, when we’d play for hours in summer afternoons and it’d seem that the day will go on forever. (Ahhh, those were the days!)

You know what the problem is? It’s lack of ‘barakah‘ in our time. Barakah does not necessarily mean having plenty of something. It means that even less would suffice. That you’d be able to do more in less time.

Why has the barakah been taken out of our lives and times? Because, ahem, we tend to sleep after Fajr. :P
Now I know many will say there’s nothing wrong with that, and if one wakes up for tahajjud at night, or is up late studying, then they need to sleep at that time. Okay. Okay. Let’s see..

One of my friends told me the other day that she studies/works all day, sleeps around 10, and still can’t stay up after Fajr. And this is what I told her: you need to take a nap during the day, sleep right after `Ishaa’, and do the studying/working after Fajr. Because that’s the best time to do it. Because that’s the time where you can find barakah! Because that’s when you’ll see that you’re able to study more in less time. True story. I’ve experienced it myself, so no one is allowed to deny me. e_e

Abu Productive says in “Sources of Barakah”:

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Allah made the early hours blessed for my Ummah”.

This hadeeth was the reason for me to start ProductiveMuslim.com! Such gems of productivity are actually sources of blessings that we should seek to make our life productive. Waking up early is such an important part of being blessed and feeling blessed throughout your day.Try to wake up for tahajjud, pray, and then work during the hours before fajr salaat and tahajjud. If you can’t, then at least wake up for fajr and stay up till sunrise before you go back to sleep. Those hours are so blessed. If you’re able to go to work in those hours, do so, you’ll get much more work done than the whole day put together!

Ismail Kamdar:

Tips for Barakah in Time: Pray Fajr in the Masjid then get down to work. Do not sleep after Fajr as that time has barakah in it.

The secret to a productive day is taking advantage of the times that Allah (swt) put barakah (blessing) in. The Prophet ﷺ taught us that there is barakah in the early hours of the morning. By spending the hour before fajr in prayer, recitation of Qur’an, and in the remembrance of Allah, you will get the spiritual nourishment your body requires for that day. Just like we need to eat breakfast every morning to give us energy, the spiritual nourishment our body needs is equally important. Without it, we will not have much barakah in our time and we will find ourselves getting tired easily and not being very productive. Additionally, having suhoor (pre-dawn meal) gives us barakah. The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Have suhoor, for in suhoor there is barakah.”
[Bukhari]

Make sure you wake up every morning before fajr, pray at least two rak’aat, make some du’a (supplication), read a bit of Qur’an, and have a bite to eat (even if it’s just a few dates). If you try this, I guarantee you, with Allah’s will, that one hour in which you deprive yourself of sleep for Allah’s sake will grant you so much barakah that day. You’ll find that you will finish your work early and still have plenty of time on your hands for your ibaadat.

[Help taken from radiyeen.wordpress.com]

Wassalam.

Numbers Don’t Count (Hadith No. 194)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 194:

Narrated Anas:

It was the time for prayer, and those whose houses were near got up and went to their people (to perform ablution), and there remained some people (sitting). Then a painted stove pot (Mikhdab) containing water was brought to Allah’s Apostle. The pot was small, not broad enough for one to spread one’s hand in; yet all the people performed ablution. (The sub narrator said, “We asked Anas, ‘How many persons were you?’ Anas replied ‘We were eighty or more”). (It was one of the miracles of Allah’s Apostle).

It was BARAKAH! Doesn’t seem logical, but it’s true. :)

Wassalam.

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