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Hajj – Summary of Events (Hadith No. 1450)

Bismillah.

This here is a brilliant summary of the events of Hajj. May Allah reward `Abdullah ibn `Umar and other companions who have narrated such detailed accounts of the incidents that took place in Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)’s life. I sometimes try to imagine what it would be like if the Quran and Sunnah weren’t preserved like they are right now.. I fail to imagine.

May Allah join us with them (prophets, companions, martyr, truthful ones, righteous ones) in Jannah. I, for one, would love to sit down with them and hear about their life stories from them. If autographs would be the ‘thing’ in Jannah, I wouldn’t mind taking a few (read: a lot!). And if it’d be cool to ‘party’ with them, I’d love to be the host. May Allah take us all there.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 750:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

During the last Hajj (Hajj-al-Wada’) of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) he performed ‘Umra and Hajj. He drove a Hadi along with him from Dhul-Hulaifa. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) started by assuming Ihram for’Umra and Hajj. And the people, too, performed the ‘Umra and Hajj along with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). Some of them brought the Hadi and drove it along with them, while the others did not. So, when the Prophet arrived at Mecca. he said to the people, “Whoever among you has driven the Hadi, should not finish his Ihram till he completes his Hajj. And whoever among you has not (driven) the Hadi with him, should perform Tawaf of the Ka’ba and the Tawaf between Safa and Marwa, then cut short his hair and finish his Ihram, and should later assume Ihram for Hajj; but he must offer a Hadi (sacrifice); and if anyone cannot afford a Hadi, he should fast for three days during the Hajj and seven days when he returns home. The Prophet performed Tawaf of the Ka’ba on his arrival (at Mecca); he touched the (Black Stone) corner first of all and then did Ramal (fast walking with moving of the shoulders) during the first three rounds round the Ka’ba, and during the last four rounds he walked. After finishing Tawaf of the Ka’ba, he offered a two Rakat prayer at Maqam Ibrahim, and after finishing the prayer he went to Safa and Marwa and performed seven rounds of Tawaf between them and did not do any deed forbidden because of Ihram, till he finished all the ceremonies of his Hajj and sacrificed his Hadi on the day of Nahr (10th day of Dhul-Hijja). He then hastened onwards (to Mecca) and performed Tawaf of the Ka’ba and then everything that was forbidden because of Ihram became permissible. Those who took and drove the Hadi with them did the same as Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did.

Another similar post: Hajj – Overview

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What Good is there in Distraction? (Hadith No. 756)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 756:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

While we were praying (Jumua Khutba & prayer) with the Prophet (p.b.u.h), some camels loaded with food arrived (from Sham). The people diverted their attention towards the camels (and left the mosque), and only twelve persons remained with the Prophet. So this verse was revealed: “But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave you standing.” (62.11)

وَإِذَا رَأَوْاْ تِجَـرَةً أَوْ لَهْواً انفَضُّواْ إِلَيْهَا وَتَرَكُوكَ قَآئِماً قُلْ مَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّهْوِ وَمِنَ التِّجَـرَةِ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الرَزِقِينَ

But when they saw a transaction or a diversion, [O Muhammad], they rushed to it and left you standing. Say, “What is with Allah is better than diversion and than a transaction, and Allah is the best of providers.” [Qur’an 62: 11]

To get some detail on this incident, read it in Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

Some important points:

  • Companions were humans. They did commit mistakes and errors in their lives, NOT due to weakness in Iman, but general lack of training. This does not lower their rank or status in our eyes whatsoever because of Allah’s statement:
    Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. Such people are the party of Allah. Truly it is the party of Allah who are successful. (Surat al-Mujadala,  22)
  •  Whenever something went wrong, Prophet (SAW) corrected it, and/or Allah (SWT) sent down revelation regarding it. All such incidents have been recorded in the books of Ahadith and history. It’s a blessing for us, because we can derive great benefit from them. We must learn from these incidents, teach others and make sure not to repeat those mistakes again.
  • We must never come to any conclusions before knowing the background or both sides of the coin, to be more precise.
  • When in a halaqah of Quran/Hadith/knowledge, NEVER be distracted. It is Shaytaan who wants to distracts you and does not want any good to come to you. No matter what comes up, the knowledge you’re gaining in that halqah is far more better and way more important than any worldly thing. So FOCUS!
  • Generalize this rule: focus on what you’re doing. What good is there in distraction after all?
  • Trust Allah when He says this:
    What is with Allah is better than diversion and than a transaction, and Allah is the best of providers.
  • Obey Allah. Follow the Sunnah. Be cool.

Be cool! B)

Wassalam.

Hadith: Things You Should Know – 4

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

Today Inshaa’Allaah we will discuss little about “Kaseer-ur-Rawaiyat” “کثیرالرویاتـ

Among the Companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ they were famous Narrators of Hadith. They enjoyed the firsthand experience of hearing the Prophet’sﷺ teachings and observing Hisﷺ conduct. They are eight in numbers and include the following narrators:

Hazrat Abu Hurraira
Abu Hurairah stands at the top of the list of Hadith transmitters. This is because of the sheer bulk of his narrations. He was regarded by the Prophet himself as the most eager, among all Muslims, to acquire the knowledge of Hadith in Masnud Ibn Mukhlad narrated 5,374 Hadith from him.

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar
The son of Caliph `Umar ibn Al-Khattab, Ibn `Umar is the second most prolific narrator of Hadith. He has narrated 2,630 Hadith.

Anas ibn’ Malik
At the age of 10, Anas was presented by his mother, Umm Sulaym, to the Prophetﷺ following the Hijrah. From that time and until the Prophet’sﷺ death, Anas was the Prophet’sﷺ favorite attendant. Hadith narrated by him are 2,286.

Mother of the Believers  
`A’ishah occupies the fourth place. It was on account of her extensive knowledge of Hadith and Islamic law that even the most important Companions sought her advice on jurisprudential problems. Ahadith narrated by her are 2,210.

`Abdullah ibn `Abbas
He was born three years before the Prophet’s Hijrah and was thirteen years old at the time of the Prophet’sﷺ death. He was greatly loved by the Prophetﷺ, as is apparent from the hadiths that concern him. Number of Hadith narrated by him are 1,660.

Jabir ibn `Abdullah
This Companion is one of the early converts to Islam in Madinah. He narrated approximately 1,540.

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri
His name is Sa`d ibn Malik, and he is another early convert of Madinah. Like Abu Hurairah, he was one of Ahl-us-Suffah — those people who lived on the porch of the Prophet’sﷺ dwelling by the mosque in order to dedicate themselves to an austere life of Prayer and learning. He narrated 1,170 Hadith.

`Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas
He was an early convert who struggled for the cause of Islam, enjoyed the company of the Prophetﷺ for many years, and lived long enough after the death of the Prophet ﷺto transmit the Hadiths that he had learned from him. Number of Hadith narrated by him are 848.

The Levels (Hadith No. 255 & 256)

Salam,
Bismillah.

A lot of similar Ahadith regarding ghusl/bath have been coming lately so I’ll talk about a different aspect today inshaAllah.

Volume 1, Book 5, Number 255:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

The Prophet used to pour water three times on his head.

To get details on this Hadith, read this.

Volume 1, Book 5, Number 256:

Narrated Abu Ja’far:

Jabir bin Abdullah said to me, “Your cousin (Hasan bin Muhammad bin Al-Hanafiya) came to me and asked about the bath of Janaba. I replied, ‘The Prophet used to take three handfuls of water, pour them on his head and then pour more water over his body.’ Al-Hasan said to me, ‘I am a hairy man.’ I replied, ‘The Prophet had more hair than you’. “

Details related to the ghusl-aspect here.

I’m sure many of us won’t be able to accept the fact that taking bath/shower from 5 liters of water is enough for a person. And three handfuls of water for the hair? No way! We can come up with a number of excuses and reasons why this Sunnah is not for us. And no one will judge us, right?
But look at Sahabas’ (companions of the Prophet (SAW)) reaction to such excuses. That man said he had extra hair so three handfuls of water might not be enough for his head. And Jabir (RA) shuns him right there, saying that Prophet (SAW) had even more hair than you. Implies that such excuses will not be tolerated.

I notice two things here:

  • People did voice their opinions at that time, even if they somehow went against the Sunnah.
  • Companions were very strict about following and implementing the Sunnah. They could tell people the right thing and not be afraid of reaction. They knew the importance of the message they were delivering and they were confident about it.
Frankly, that’s not easy! That’s why they were and are on a higher level than us.
Try developing this quality? :)
Wassalam.
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