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Ownership (Hadith No. 1808)


Volume 3, Book 34, Number 313:

Narrated Abu Qatada (radiallaahu `anhu):

We set out with Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in the year of Hunain, (the Prophet gave me an armor). I sold that armor and bought a garden in the region of the tribe of Bani Salama and that was the first property I got after embracing Islam.

Once Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) gave the armor to Abu Qatada (radiallaahu `anhu), it became his. He had full rights over it so he could do whatever he wanted with it. He decided to sell it and get some property. This is perfectly permissible in this case.

What are your thoughts on the scenario if the armor he got was a gift and not from war booty? Would it be okay to sell it in order to buy some property like he did? Think about it.

On the Train, To Poetry Lane

Assalam u ‘alaykum.

I am Hajrah Khawar and I like to introduce myself as a Muslim and student of knowledge. During my school years, I once wrote a poem on rain while studying at night for my maths exam. :P And then forgot about the existence of poetry in my life. Three months back it came to me in a rush of inspiration. Then things started happening, my friends caught me and on this blog I’ve been dragged at last. :D
This is one of the amazing things about Islam, it lets you discover, use and polish your skills, enjoy them and earn reward too. May Allah enable this to be a source of salvation for me and my fellow bloggers in the hereafter, and may this bring positive change in people’s lives. Say ameen. :)  
P.S.  I am only an amateur, don’t expect pro stuff. We have got some amazing poets in this section though. Stay tuned!
To Poetry Lane

Charity or Gift? [Part II] (Ahadith 1269 – 1271)


Volume 2, Book 24, Number 570:

Narrated Al-Aswad:

‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) intended to buy Barira (radiallaahu `anhaa) (a slave-girl) in order to manumit her and her masters intended to put the condition that her Al-wala would be for them. ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) mentioned that to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who said to her, “Buy her, as the “Wala” is for the manumitted.” Once some meat was presented to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to him, “This (meat) was given in charity to Barira (radiallaahu `anhaa).” He said, “It is an object of charity for Barira (radiallaahu `anhaa) but a gift for us.”

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 571:

Narrated Um ‘Atiyya Al-Ansariya (radiallaahu `anhaa):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) went to ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) and asked her whether she had something (to eat). She replied that she had nothing except the mutton (piece) which Nusaiba (Um ‘Atiyya) (radiallaahu `anhaa) had sent to us (Buraira) in charity.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It has reached its place and now it is not a thing of charity but a gift for us.”

Volume 2, Book 24, Number 572:

Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):

Some meat was presented to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and it had been given to Barira (radiallaahu `anhaa) (the freed slave-girl of Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)) in charity. He said, “This meat is a thing of charity for Barira but it is a gift for us.”

What Barira (radiallaahu `anhaa) had received was a sadaqah (charity). But when she gave it to `A’ishah (radiallaahu anhaa), it became a gift, which she served to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) as a meal.

When someone receives something in charity and gifts the same thing to another, it doesn’t remain charity. The status changes. Because if it was charity, Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) wouldn’t have accepted it, as No Zakah for the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)’s Family.

One similar Hadith but with a different incident has already been discussed. Check it under Charity or Gift?

More on it here.

Accepting Gifts (Hadith No. 1251)


Volume 2, Book 24, Number 552:

Narrated ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to give me something but I would say to him, “would you give it to a poorer and more needy one than l?” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to me, “Take it. If you are given something from this property without asking for it or having greed for it, take it; and if not given, do not run for it.”

Lesson: just accept a gift when it comes your way please. :)

I’m ready! :P

Gift Got Bigger (Hadith No. 346)


Volume 1, Book 8, Number 346:

Narrated ‘Aisha (the mother of believers):

Allah enjoined the prayer when He enjoined it, it was two Rakat only (in every prayer), both when in residence or on journey. Then the prayers offered on journey remained the same, but (the Rakat of) the prayers for non-travelers were increased.

So the gift was small initially and got bigger with time. :)
One reason was: graduality. Muslims were beginners at that time, in Makkah. Allah (SWT) ordered them to pray two raka’at in the beginning and then increased it, so they don’t find it hard to do, keeping in mind the tough conditions in those times.

Travelers still have the relaxation of praying the qasr (short) prayer. And that’s a gift for them.


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