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Double-Checking is a Sunnah (Hadith No. 1276)

Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 576:

Narrated Abu Humaid Al-Sa’idi (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) appointed a man called Ibn Al-Lutbiya, from the tribe of Al-Asd to collect Zakat from Bani Sulaim. When he returned, (after collecting the Zakat) the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) checked the account with him.

So double check whatever it is that you assign to someone. Especially money matters. It’s a Sunnah!

Looking This Way Or That.. (Hadith No. 157)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no 156 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 157:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I followed the Prophet while he was going out to answer the call of nature. He used not to look this way or that. So, when I approached near him he said to me, “Fetch for me some stones for cleaning the privates parts (or said something similar), and do not bring a bone or a piece of dung.” So I brought the stones in the corner of my garment and placed them by his side and I then went away from him. When he finished (from answering the call of nature), he used them.

Notice Abu Huraira (RA) saying: “He used not to look this way or that.” This is the aspect of the Hadith we’re discussing today.

Prophet (SAW) never looked here and there while walking. If he wanted to turn, he’d turn completely rather than just turning his neck. It shows his focus on his target. And etiquettes require us to turn completely towards the person we’re talking to. Merely tilting your neck is a sign of arrogance.

What to do now? Check yourself while walking. Do you have a goal in front of you or are you just wasting your time looking here and there? Secondly, when you’re talking to someone, do you turn towards them completely or just tilt your neck?

Wassalam.

Hadith No. 21 – Sahih al-Bukhari

Salam,

Bismillah.

Wonder why we skipped a Hadith? 21 after 19? Well, a lot of Ahadith are repeated in Bukhari because one Hadith may cover a lot of subjects. So, we’ll skip the ones that are repeated.

Yesterday, we talked about guilt and its consequences. Sins lead to guilt, and eventually Hell. But Allah’s Mercy will still be on the believers on the Day of Judgement. This is how:

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 21:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

The Prophet said, “When the people of Paradise will enter Paradise and the people of Hell will go to Hell, Allah will order those who have had faith equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed to be taken out from Hell. So they will be taken out but (by then) they will be blackened (charred). Then they will be put in the river of Haya’ (rain) or Hayat (life) (the Narrator is in doubt as to which is the right term), and they will revive like a grain that grows near the bank of a flood channel. Don’t you see that it comes out yellow and twisted?”

Anyone with belief the size of a mustard seed will be taken out of Hell. That’s how Merciful Allah is. But, should we go on disobeying Allah knowing that one day we’ll come out of Hell? Because we’re Muslims? Islam and Faith are a bit different, you see. Every believer can be a Muslim, but every Muslim need not be a believer as well. Faith lies in the hearts, and Islam represents it. The beliefs we have are Faith, and our ‘Ibadaat (worships) are Islam. Hope you understand the difference. =)

My point is, the Hadith says, that anyone with ‘Faith’ will be taken out of Hell, not every ‘Muslim’. Because there might be a lot of people who offer Salah, fast in Ramadan, give Zakah, but they’re not believers. They don’t have ‘Faith’ in their hearts. Either they’re doubtful or just heedless. What is Faith, then? How to know if ‘I’ have Faith? Read all my previous 13 posts on Kitab-ul-Imaan and you’ll know. These Ahadith tell us what Faith is.

So this is today’s target: check yourself. Do I have all the qualities that are mentioned in the previous Ahadith (7-19)?

P.S. at the end f Kitab-ul-Imaan, I’ll make a sort of a mind map/diagram on Faith, so it’s ll in one place, inshaAllah.

Wassalam.

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