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The Best of Generations (Hadith No. 2541)

Bismillah.

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 146 :
Narrated by Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A time will come when groups of people will go for Jihad and it will be asked, ‘Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)?’ The answer will be, ‘Yes.’ Then they will be given victory (by Allah) (because of him). Then a time will come when it will be asked. ‘Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)?’ It will be said, ‘Yes,’ and they will be given victory (by Allah). Then a time will come when it will be said. ‘Is there anyone amongst you who has enjoyed the company of the companions of the companions of the Prophet?’ It will be said, ‘Yes,’ and they will be given victory (by Allah).”

This narration signifies the rank and honor of the companions, tabi’een and their followers – the three best generations according to the hadith of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam):

Best of Generations.

It also proves that people get good from Allah because of the good ones among them. For example, there can be a community who gets Allah’s blessings not because they’re His favorites as a whole, but because there are some individuals/groups among them who are loved by Him, and He lets His Mercy rain on all of them.

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6 Ways to Increase Rizq (Hadith No. 2540)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2538 – 2539 (below) are repeats. See linked text for related posts.

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 143 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu), “Choose one of your boy servants to serve me in my expedition to Khaibar.” So, Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) took me letting me ride behind him while I was a boy nearing the age of puberty. I used to serve Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) when he stopped to rest. I heard him saying repeatedly, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from distress and sorrow, from helplessness and laziness, from miserliness and cowardice, from being heavily in debt and from being overcome by men.” Then we reached Khaibar; and when Allah enabled him to conquer the Fort (of Khaibar), the beauty of Safiya bint Huyai bin Akhtab (radiallaahu `anhaa) was described to him. Her husband had been killed while she was a bride. So Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) selected her for himself and took her along with him till we reached a place called Sad-AsSahba,’ where her menses were over and he took her for his wife. Haris (a kind of dish) was served on a small leather sheet. Then Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) told me to call those who were around me. So, that was the marriage banquet of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Safiya. Then we left for Medina. I saw Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) folding a cloak round the hump of the camel so as to make a wide space for Safiya (to sit on behind him) He sat beside his camel letting his knees for Safiya to put her feet on so as to mount the camel. Then, we proceeded till we approached Medina; he looked at Uhud (mountain) and said, “This is a mountain which loves us and is loved by us.” Then he looked at Medina and said, “O Allah! I make the area between its (i.e. Medina’s) two mountains a sanctuary as Abraham made Mecca a sanctuary. O Allah! Bless them (i.e. the people of Medina) in their Mudd and Sa (i.e. measures).”

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 144 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
Um Haram (radiallaahu `anhaa) told me that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) one day took a midday nap in her house. Then he woke up smiling. Um Haram asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What makes you smile?” He replied “I was astonished to see (in my dream) some people amongst my followers on a sea-voyage looking like kings on the thrones.” She said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me one of them.” He replied, “You are amongst them.” He slept again and then woke up smiling and said the same as before twice or thrice. And she said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me one of them.” And he said, “You are amongst the first batch.” ‘Ubada bin As-Samit married her (i.e. Um Haram) and then he took her for Jihad. When she returned, an animal was presented to her to ride, but she fell down and her neck was broken.

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 145 :
Narrated by Mus’ab bin Sad (radiallaahu `anhu)
Once Sad (bin Abi Waqqas) (radiallaahu `anhu) thought that he was superior to those who were below him in rank. On that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “You gain no victory or livelihood except through (the blessings and invocations of) the poor amongst you.”

Charity does not decrease wealth. (2)

Along with being charitable, one has to be humble and kind towards those below him in rank or status, enough to have them sincerely pray for you. More ways of increasing rizq (provision):

1. Istighfaar (praying for forgiveness)

Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“I said (to them): Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving;
He will send rain to you in abundance;
And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers”
[Nooh 70:10-12].

2. Upholding ties of kinship

Al-Bukhaari (2067) and Muslim (2557) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.”

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“his rizq (provision) to be increased” means to be expanded and made abundant or, it was said, to be blessed (barakah). End quote.

3. Giving a great deal of charity

Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and (also) restricts (it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers”
[Saba’ 34:39].

Muslim (2588) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Charity does not decrease wealth.”

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

They (the scholars) mentioned two meanings of this hadeeth, one of which is that (the wealth) will be blessed (as a result of giving charity) and harm will be warded off from it, so the apparent decrease will be compensated for by means of hidden blessing (barakah). This is something that is well known from experience. The second is that even if it appears to be decreased outwardly, there will be compensation for that in the reward that results from it, and it will be increased manifold. End quote.

4. Being mindful of Allah and fearing Him (taqwa)

Allah, may He be exalted, 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”
[al-Talaaq 65:2-3].

5. Performing Hajj and ‘Umrah often, following one with the other

At-Tirmidhi (810) narrated that ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood said: The Messenger of Allah (sa) said:

“Make the Hajj and ‘Umrah follow each other closely, for they remove poverty and sins as the bellows removes the dross of iron, gold and silver, and an accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”.
[It was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.]

6. Du‘aa’ (supplication)

It was narrated by Ibn Maajah (925) from Umm Salamah that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to say, when he said the salaam at the end of Fajr prayer:

Allaahumma inni as’aluka rizqan tayyiban, wa ‘ilman naafi’an, wa ‘amalan mutaqabbalan.
(O Allaah, I ask you for good (halaal) provision, beneficial knowledge and accepted good deeds).”
[Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.]

Taken from IslamQA

(Hadith No. 2177)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2172 – 2176 (below) are repeats. See linked text for related posts.

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 675:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) established the right of Shu’fa (i.e. Pre-emption) in joint properties; but when the land is divided and the ways are demarcated, then there is no pre-emption.

 

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 676:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The right of pre-emption is valid in every joint property, but when the land is divided and the way is demarcated, then there is no right of pre-emption.”

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 677:
Narrated Sulaiman bin Abu Muslim:
I asked Abu Minhal about money exchange from hand to hand. He said, “I and a partner of mine bought something partly in cash and partly on credit.” Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib (radiallaahu `anhu) passed by us and we asked about it. He replied, “I and my partner Zaid bin Al-Arqam (radiallaahu `anhu) did the same and then went to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and asked him about it. He said, ‘Take what was from hand to hand and leave what was on credit.‘ “

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 678:
Narrated Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) rented the land of Khaibar to the Jews on the condition that they would work on it and cultivate it and take half of its yield.

 

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 679:
Narrated ‘Uqba bin ‘Amir (radiallaahu `anhu):
that Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) gave him some sheep to distribute among his companions in order to sacrifice them and a kid was left. He told the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about it and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Sacrifice it on your behalf.”

Today’s Hadith:

 

Volume 3, Book 44, Number 680:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Hisham (radiallaahu `anhu):
that his mother Zainab bint Humaid took him to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Take the pledge of allegiance from him.” But he said, “He is still too young for the pledge,” and passed his hand on his (i.e. ‘Abdullah’s) head and invoked for Allah’s blessing for him.
Zuhra bin Ma’bad stated that he used to go with his grandfather, ‘Abdullah bin Hisham (radiallaahu `anhu), to the market to buy foodstuff. Ibn ‘Umar and Ibn Az-Zubair (radiallaahu `anhumaa) would meet him and say to him, “Be our partner, as the Prophet invoked Allah to bless you.” So, he would be their partner, and very often he would win a camel’s load and send it home.

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.

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

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