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Misc. Virtues of Madinah (Ahadith 1605 – 1608)

Bismillah.

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)’s Love for Madinah:

Volume 3, Book 30, Number 110:

Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):

Whenever the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) returned from a journey and observed the walls of Medina, he would make his Mount go fast, and if he was on an animal (i.e. a horse), he would make it gallop because of his love for Medina.


Volume 3, Book 30, Number 111:

Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):

(The people of) Bani Salama intended to shift near the mosque (of the Prophet) but Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) disliked to see Medina vacated and said, “O the people of Bani Salama! Don’t you think that you will be rewarded for your footsteps which you take towards the mosque?” So, they stayed at their old places.

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) didn’t want people to abandon Madinah so he encouraged them to stay back reminding them of the rewards. :)


Heaven is a Place on Earth (in Madinah)

Volume 3, Book 30, Number 112:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “There is a garden from the gardens of Paradise between my house and my pulpit, and my pulpit is on my Lake Fount (Al-Kauthar).”


Volume 3, Book 30, Number 113:

Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):

When Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) reached Medina, Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) and Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu) became ill. When Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu)’s fever got worse, he would recite (this poetic verse): “Everybody is staying alive with his People, yet Death is nearer to him than His shoe laces.” And Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu), when his fever deserted him, would recite: “Would that I could stay overnight in A valley wherein I would be Surrounded by Idhkhir and Jalil (kinds of good-smelling grass). Would that one day I could Drink the water of the Majanna, and Would that (The two mountains) Shama and Tafil would appear to me!” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Allah! Curse Shaiba bin Rabi’a and ‘Utba bin Rabi’a and Umaiya bin Khalaf as they turned us out of our land to the land of epidemics.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then said, “O Allah! Make us love Medina as we love Mecca or even more than that. O Allah! Give blessings in our Sa and our Mudd (measures symbolizing food) and make the climate of Medina suitable for us, and divert its fever towards Aljuhfa.”

Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) added: When we reached Medina, it was the most unhealthy of Allah’s lands, and the valley of Bathan (the valley of Medina) used to flow with impure colored water.

Here’s the Arabic version of the verses (for poetry/Arabic lovers):

Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu)’s lines:

كُلُّ امْرِئٍ مُصَبَّحٌ فِى أَهْلِهِ

وَالْمَوْتُ أَدْنَى مِنْ شِرَاكِ نَعْلِهِ

Bilal (radiallaahu `anhu)’s lines:

أَلا لَيْتَ شِعْرِى هَلْ أَبِيتَنَّ لَيْلَةً

وَهَلْ أَرِدَنْ يَوْمًا مِيَاهَ مَجَنَّةٍ

بِوَادٍ وَحَوْلِى إِذْخِرٌ وَجَلِيلُ

وَهَلْ يَبْدُوَنْ لِى شَامَةٌ وَطَفِيلُ

By No Means Shall You Attain Righteousness.. (Hadith No. 1239)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 1237 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 538:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “No Zakat is imposed on less than five Awsuq of dates; no Zakat is imposed on less than five Awaq of silver, and no Zakat is imposed on less than five camels.”

Hadith no. 1238 (below) is also a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 539:

Narrated Abu Dhar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Once I went to him (the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)) and he said, “By Allah in Whose Hands my life is (or probably said, ‘By Allah, except Whom none has the right to be worshipped) whoever had camels or cows or sheep and did not pay their Zakat, those animals will be brought on the Day of Resurrection far bigger and fatter than before and they will tread him under their hooves, and will butt him with their horns, and (those animals will come in circle): When the last does its turn, the first will start again, and this punishment will go on till Allah has finished the judgments amongst the people.”

Today’s Hadith:

This is extraordinary. Brace yourselves.

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 540:

Narrated Ishaq bin ‘Abdullah bin Al Talha (radiallaahu `anhu):

I heard Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) saying, “Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) had more property of date-palm trees gardens than any other amongst the Ansar in Medina and the most beloved of them to him was Bairuhaa garden, and it was in front of the Mosque of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to go there and used to drink its nice water.” Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) added, “When these verses were revealed:–‘By no means shall you Attain righteousness unless You spend (in charity) of that Which you love. ‘ (3.92) Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) said to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ‘O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Allah, the Blessed, the Superior says: By no means shall you attain righteousness, unless you spend (in charity) of that which you love. And no doubt, Bairuha’ garden is the most beloved of all my property to me. So I want to give it in charity in Allah’s Cause. I expect its reward from Allah. O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Spend it where Allah makes you think it feasible.’ On that Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘Bravo! It is useful property. I have heard what you have said (O Abu Talha), and I think it would be proper if you gave it to your Kith and kin.’ Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) said, I will do so, O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).’ Then Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) distributed that garden amongst his relatives and his cousins.”

Can you ever imagine giving away the best of your wealth, your most prized possession, the one thing you love the most? It’s truly the most difficult thing to do. Imagine Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) giving away his beloved garden to his relatives. I wonder how he would feel later looking at them enjoying the fruits of his beloved garden, while he only looked from a distance. SubhanAllah, such courage! If I were in his place, I’d probably give it to some stranger and move away from the city in order to not be able to look at that garden again. That only proves that he had a stronger resolve, and definitely firmer Imaan, a level of Ikhlaas I’m nowhere close to.

On a side note, do check out a brilliant explanation of this Hadith here. You’ll see how different rulings and lessons are derived from simple conversations and narrations.

Paradise on Earth (Ahadith 985 – 986)

 

Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 286:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Mazini:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Between my house and the pulpit there is a garden of the gardens of Paradise.”

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 287:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Between my house and my pulpit there is a garden of the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is on my fountain tank (i.e. Al-Kauthar).”

So there is a little bit of heaven on Earth. :D

Knowing that a certain piece of land in Madinah is a garden from the gardens of Paradise is not enough. What we really need to know is what we’re supposed to do when (and if) we visit it. Should we go all desi and start kissing the floor and not make space for anybody to pray there? (Personal experience during last `Umrah.)

Yeah, don’t make space for anybody. Keep it aaaaalll for yourself. -_-
It’s worse during women’s visiting hours, by the way. :P

Ibn `Uthaymeen said when asked about it:

It is better for him to pray in al-Rawdah which is the area between the minbar of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the room in which is his grave, because this area is one of the gardens (riyaadh, sing. rawdah) of Paradise.

Read more here.

Pray and leave, okay?

Wassalam.

 

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