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Anecdotes from the People of the Book [Part III] (Ahadith 3079 – 3094)

Bismillah.

This is a continuation of the anecdotes collected in the Book of Prophets by Imam Bukhari. As mentioned previously, these are stories and statements made about the Jews & Christians and are there for us to take lessons from.

Plague: Punishment & Mercy

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 679 :
Narrated by Usama bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Plague was a means of torture sent on a group of Israelis (or on some people before you). So if you hear of its spread in a land, don’t approach it, and if a plague should appear in a land where you are present, then don’t leave that land in order to run away from it (i.e. plague).”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 680 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (the wife of the Prophet)
I asked Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about the plague. He told me that it was a Punishment sent by Allah on whom he wished, and Allah made it a source of mercy for the believers, for if one in the time of an epidemic plague stays in his country patiently hoping for Allah’s Reward and believing that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, he will get the reward of a martyr.”

Justice for All

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 681 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The people of Quraish worried about the lady from Bani Makhzum who had committed theft. They asked, “Who will intercede for her with Allah’s Apostle?” Some said, “No one dare to do so except Usama bin Zaid the beloved one to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).” When Usama spoke about that to Allah’s Apostle, Allah’s Apostle said, (to him), “Do you try to intercede for somebody in a case connected with Allah’s Prescribed Punishments?” Then he got up and delivered a sermon saying, “What destroyed the nations preceding you, was that if a noble amongst them stole, they would forgive him, and if a poor person amongst them stole, they would inflict Allah’s Legal punishment on him. By Allah, if Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad stole, I would cut off her hand.”

The Importance of Unity

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 682 :
Narrated by Ibn Mas’ud (radiallaahu `anhu)
I heard a person reciting a (Quranic) Verse in a certain way, and I had heard the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) reciting the same Verse in a different way. So I took him to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and informed him of that but I noticed the sign of disapproval on his face, and then he said, “Both of you are correct, so don’t differ, for the nations before you differed, so they were destroyed.”

The Love Prophets Had for their People

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 683 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu)
As if I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) talking about one of the prophets whose nation had beaten him and caused him to bleed, while he was cleaning the blood off his face and saying, “O Allah! Forgive my nation, for they have no knowledge.”

The Man who Wanted to Dissipate

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 684 :
Narrated by Abu Sa’id (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Amongst the people preceding your age, there was a man whom Allah had given a lot of money. While he was in his death-bed, he called his sons and said, ‘What type of father have I been to you? They replied, ‘You have been a good father.’ He said, ‘I have never done a single good deed; so when I die, burn me, crush my body, and scatter the resulting ashes on a windy day.’ His sons did accordingly, but Allah gathered his particles and asked (him), ‘What made you do so?’ He replied, “Fear of you.’ So Allah bestowed His Mercy upon him. (forgave him).”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 685 :
Narrated by Ribi bin Hirash
‘Uqba said to Hudhaifa, “Won’t you narrate to us what you heard from Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)?” Hudhaifa said, “I heard him saying, ‘Death approached a man and when he had no hope of surviving, he said to his family, ‘When I die, gather for me much wood and build a fire (to burn me),. When the fire has eaten my flesh and reached my bones, take the bones and grind them and scatter the resulting powder in the sea on a hot (or windy) day.’ (That was done.) But Allah collected his particles and asked (him), ‘Why did you do so?’ He replied, ‘For fear of You.’ So Allah forgave him.”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 686 :
Narrated by ‘Abdu Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
As above, saying, “On a windy day.”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 687 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A man used to give loans to the people and used to say to his servant, ‘If the debtor is poor, forgive him, so that Allah may forgive us.’ So when he met Allah (after his death), Allah forgave him.”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 688 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A man used to do sinful deeds, and when death came to him, he said to his sons, ‘After my death, burn me and then crush me, and scatter the powder in the air, for by Allah, if Allah has control over me, He will give me such a punishment as He has never given to anyone else.’ When he died, his sons did accordingly. Allah ordered the earth saying, ‘Collect what you hold of his particles.’ It did so, and behold! There he was (the man) standing. Allah asked (him), ‘What made you do what you did?’ He replied, ‘O my Lord! I was afraid of You.’ So Allah forgave him. ” Another narrator said “The man said, Fear of You, O Lord!”

Be Kind to Animals

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 689 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A lady was punished because of a cat which she had imprisoned till it died. She entered the (Hell) Fire because of it, for she neither gave it food nor water as she had imprisoned it, nor set it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.”

Modesty is Faith

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 690 :
Narrated by Abu Masud Uqba (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “One of the sayings of the prophets which the people have got, is. ‘If you do not feel ashamed, then do whatever you like.”

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 691 :
Narrated by Abu Mus’ud (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “One of the sayings of the prophets which the people have got is, ‘If you do not feel ashamed, then do whatever you like.”

Pride will Land You in Hell

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 692 :
Narrated by Ibn Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “While a man was walking, dragging his dress with pride, he was caused to be swallowed by the earth and will go on sinking in it till the Day of Resurrection.”

The Holy Weekend

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 693 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “We are the last (to come) but we will be the foremost on the Day of Resurrection, nations were given the Book (i.e. Scripture) before us, and we were given the Holy Book after them. This (i.e. Friday) is the day about which they differed. So the next day (i.e. Saturday) was prescribed for the Jews and the day after it (i.e. Sunday) for the Christians. It is incumbent on every Muslim to wash his head and body on a Day (i.e. Friday) (at least) in every seven days.”

Falsehood: A Way of Life

Volume 4, Book 56, Number 694 :
Narrated by Said bin Al-Musaiyab (radiallaahu `anhu)
When Muawiya bin Abu Sufyan came to Medina for the last time, he delivered a sermon before us. He took out a tuft of hair and said, “I never thought that someone other than the Jews would do such a thing (i.e. use false hair). The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) named such a practice, ‘Az-Zur’ (i.e. falsehood),” meaning the use of false hair.

This chapter ends here.

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