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Give Way Please! (Hadith No. 2142)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 645:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Beware! Avoid sitting on he roads (ways).” The people said, “There is no way out of it as these are our sitting places where we have talks.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “If you must sit there, then observe the rights of the way.” They asked, “What are the rights of the way?” He said, “They are the lowering of your gazes (on seeing what is illegal to look at), refraining from harming people, returning greetings, advocating good and forbidding evil.”

I don’t know why it’s ‘cool’ for a group of friends to hang out on a staircase or on a narrow pathway/corridor. It’s so inconvenient for passers-by when we block their way. Let’s be more considerate. Find a nice corner to chit chat and spend time.
Same goes for cars. Do NOT park on the road/street where other cars might find it difficult to pass, even if you’re getting off for a minute. Think of others before yourself.

If you, by any chance, are sitting/standing on the way or in a public place, give the right of way. Do NOT gawk at people, busy yourself with something more productive like homework? Do not harm people in any way, be it by blocking their way or making them feel uncomfortable. Return greetings when they greet you. Or you could greet them first if they feel shy about it. Advocate good and forbid evil, just like we should be doing all the time.

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Najsh (Hadith No. 1845)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 350 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) forbade the selling of things by a town dweller on behalf of a desert dweller; and similarly Najsh was forbidden. And one should not urge somebody to return the goods to the seller so as to sell him his own goods; nor should one demand the hand of a girl who has already been engaged to someone else; and a woman should not try to cause some other woman to be divorced in order to take her place.

Since market rates, trade practices and customs can vary in towns and deserts, it’s better for natives to run the businesses in their lands.

Najsh – means to offer a high price for something without having the intention to buy it but just to cheat someone else who really wants to buy it. This is forbidden in Islam because it’s deceiving. The potential buyer will be deprived of the thing he wants to buy and the seller won’t be able to seal the deal with either of them.

Causing harm in general is a character trait not befitting a Muslim. Please refrain.

The Successful Businessman is the Sincere One (Hadith No. 1844)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 349:
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Do not urge somebody to return what he has already bought (i.e. in optional sale) from another seller so as to sell him your own goods.”

This is forbidden because it harms the first seller by putting him in loss. It can lead to other evils as well, like negativity and revenge etc. One shouldn’t put someone else in loss/harm for their own good/benefit. Honesty and sincerity will put barakah in your business.

There is No Harm II (Ahadith 1479 – 1481)

Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 779:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was asked about a person who had his head shaved before slaughtering (his Hadi) (or other similar ceremonies of Hajj). He replied, “There is no harm, there is no harm.”


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 780:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

A man said to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), “I performed the Tawaf-al-Ifada before the Rami (throwing pebbles at the Jamra).” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “There is no harm.” The man said, “I had my head shaved before slaughtering.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “There is no harm.” He said, “I have slaughtered the Hadi before the Rami.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “There is no harm.”


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 781:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was asked by a man who said, “I have done the Rami in the evening.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “There is no harm in it.” Another man asked, “I had my head shaved before the slaughtering.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “There is no harm in it.”

Previous post on the same subject: There is No Harm

Leniency. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was a lenient person himself, and that’s how he represented the Deen to be – relaxed. Something so important and grand as Hajj should have had strict guidelines, no? That one can’t cut their hair before slaughtering their animal, and if they did, they should have to repeat the manasik, or at least give some expiation. But he just kept saying ‘there’s no harm’. As if he meant to portray that the intention had more importance than the action itself.

Having said that, it doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want in Hajj. Once we intend to perform Hajj or Umrah etc., it is necessary to learn about the rituals and procedures beforehand. And after doing all that, if it so happens that while performing the rituals, you got confused about the sequence and did something before its time and place out of forgetfulness, then remember these words: there’s no harm.
But if someone doesn’t learn about the procedures and lands up in Makkah to do Hajj, and then he commits mistakes, there might be some harm..

Hadith No. 9 – Sahih al-Bukhari

Salam,

Bismillah.

I feel great going through Kitab-ul-Iman of Bukhari. Iman and spirits are high! Alhamdulillah. =)

The best part is that we only need to do small things to achieve the high levels of Iman. For example, yesterday it was about controlling your thoughts and actions. Today, it’s about… Well, let’s find out..

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 9:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:

The Prophet (SAW) said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.”

One word: self-control.

To not harm others from your tongue and hands, and to leave all that Allah has forbidden requires good amounts of self-control. Let’s say if someone behind you pinches you without a reason, what will you do? Pinch back, say a couple of harsh words, or ignore? Many will disagree with me if I say third one is the correct reaction. Because we CAN pinch back right? We’re ‘allowed’ to take revenge, equal in quantity and measure. But let me tell you this: self-control in this situation would require you to ignore WITH a smile. =)

Scenario: Someone brought you candies from abroad. Now you know that a few chocolates have ‘doubtful’ ingredients, especially when they’re made in non-Muslim countries. Whey is an example. Would you eat the chocolate that you love so much, knowing it has a ‘haraam’ ingredient? Or would you leave it for Allah, practicing self-control?

The problem lies here: not many people know how to practice self-control. They just can’t evaluate before acting/reacting the wrong way. So I’ll give you a little tip that I use myself. In order to check the amount of self-control you have, try holding yourself back from the thing you WANT the most.

Scenario: Food is on the table. “Mmmm! I’ll eat this, and this and that too…” WAIT! You ‘want’ to eat food. This is the time you can check yourself. Are you able to hold yourself back from that one dish that you love?

This will definitely give you results, inshaAllah!

I’ll give you a little more motivation. A personal experience on self-control: I haven’t eaten chicken since almost 6 months. ;)

Another really good way to improve self-control is: fasting. In Ramadaan and otherwise. =)

Wassalam.

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