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Accepting Gifts, Even if Humble (Ahadith 2238 – 2240)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2233 – 2237 (below) are repeats. See linked text for related posts.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 735:
Narrated ‘Urwa:
That ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) told him that Buraira came to seek her help in her writing of emancipation (for a certain sum) and that time she had not paid anything of it. ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to her, “Go back to your masters, and if they agree that I will pay the amount of your writing of emancipation and get your Wala’, I will do so.” Buraira informed her masters of that but they refused and said, “If she (i.e. ‘Aisha) is seeking Allah’s reward, then she can do so, but your Wala’ will be for us.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) mentioned that to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who said to her, “Buy and manumit her, as the Wala’ is for the liberator.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then got up and said, “What about the people who stipulate conditions which are not present in Allah’s Laws? Whoever imposes conditions which are not present in Allah’s Laws, then those conditions will be invalid, even if he imposed these conditions a hundred times. Allah’s conditions (Laws) are the truth and are more solid.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 736:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) wanted to buy a slave-girl in order to manumit her. The girl’s masters stipulated that her Wala’ would be for them. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to ‘Aisha), “What they stipulate should not stop you, for the Wala’ is for the liberator.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 737:
Narrated Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
Buraira came (to ‘Aisha) and said, “I have made a contract of emancipation with my masters for nine Uqiyas (of gold) to be paid in yearly installments. Therefore, I seek your help.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “If your masters agree, I will pay them the sum at once and free you on condition that your Wala’ will be for me.” Buraira went to her masters but they refused that offer. She (came back) and said, “I presented to them the offer but they refused, unless the Wala’ was for them.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard of that and asked me about it, and I told him about it. On that he said, “Buy and manumit her and stipulate that the Wala’ should be for you, as Wala’ is for the liberator.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) added, “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then got up amongst the people, Glorified and Praised Allah, and said, ‘Then after: What about some people who impose conditions which are not present in Allah’s Laws? So, any condition which is not present in Allah’s Laws is invalid even if they were one-hundred conditions. Allah’s ordinance is the truth, and Allah’s condition is stronger and more solid. Why do some men from you say, O so-and-so! manumit the slave but the Wala will be for me? Verily, the Wala is for the liberator.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 738:
Narrated Amra bint ‘AbdurRahman:
Buraira went to Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa), the mother of the faithful believers to seek her help in her emancipation Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to her, “If your masters agree, I will pay them your price in a lump sum and manumit you.” Buraira mentioned that offer to her masters but they refused to sell her unless the Wala’ was for them. ‘Aisha told Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about it. He said, “Buy and manumit her as the Wala’ is for the liberator.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 739:
Narrated ‘Abdul Wahid bin Aiman:
I went to ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) and said, “I was the slave of Utba bin Abu Lahab. “Utba died and his sons became my masters who sold me to Ibn Abu Amr who manumitted me. The sons of ‘Utba stipulated that my Wala’ should be for them.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “Buraira came to me and she was given the writing of emancipation by her masters and she asked me to buy and manumit her. I agreed to it, but Buraira told me that her masters would not sell her unless her Wala’ was for them.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “I am not in need of that.” When the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard that, or he was told about it, he asked ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) about it. ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) mentioned what Buraira had told her. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Buy and manumit her and let them stipulate whatever they like.” So, ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) bought and manumitted her and her masters stipulated that her Wala’ should be for them.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The Wala’ will be for the liberator even if they stipulated a hundred conditions.”

Book of Manumission of Slaves [Kitaab-ul-`Itq] ends here.

Book of Gifts [Kitaab-ul-Hibah] starts today..

Today’s Ahadith:

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 740:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Muslim women! None of you should look down upon the gift sent by her she-neighbour even if it were the trotters of the sheep (flesh-less part of legs).”

The awkward moment when you think you’ve covered the hadith before on the blog but it doesn’t show up in search results! Anyhoo..

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 741:
Narrated Urwa:
Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to me, “O my nephew! We used to see the crescent, and then the crescent and then the crescent in this way we saw three crescents in two months and no fire (for cooking) used to be made in the houses of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). I said, “O my aunt! Then what use to sustain you?” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “The two black things: dates and water, our neighbors from Ansar had some Manarh and they used to present Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) some of their milk and he used to make us drink.”

Humility is one of the best and noblest of characteristics; it is the attitude of the Prophets and Messengers, and the way of the close friends of Allaah and the righteous. That is being kind to people, lowering the wing of humility to them and trying to meet their needs and wants.

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The most perfect of the believers in faith is the one who is best in attitude and humble, who get along with others and others get along with them, and  there is no good in the one who does not get along with others and they do not get along with him.”

Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (2/268); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah(751).

One of the greatest qualities of those who are humble is that they accept gifts no matter what their value, and they do not look at their value or whether the giver could have afforded something better than that, rather one should accept it and appreciate it, and feel that the true gift is the love that motivated them to give, not the value of the gift.

The leader of mankind, the Seal of the Prophets and Messengers, our Beloved Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), despite his high status and lofty position, would accept a gift even if it was a sheep’s foot or a drink of milk.

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 742:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I shall accept the invitation even if I were invited to a meal of a sheep’s trotter, and I shall accept the gift even if it were an arm or a trotter of a sheep.”

This hadeeth is indicative of the good attitude of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his humility, and his desire to make people happy by accepting gifts and responding when a man invited him to his home, even if he knew that what he was inviting him to was something small. This is encouragement to keep in touch with one another, love one another, make friends with one another, and accept invitations great and small, and to accept gifts likewise.

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Virtues of Banu Tameem (Hadith No. 2217)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 2216 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 718:
Narrated Ibn Muhairiz:
I saw Abu Said (radiallaahu `anhu) and asked him about coitus interruptus. Abu Said (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “We went with Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), in the Ghazwa of Bani Al-Mustaliq and we captured some of the ‘Arabs as captives, and the long separation from our wives was pressing us hard and we wanted to practice coitus interruptus. We asked Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (whether it was permissible). He said, “It is better for you not to do so. No soul, (that which Allah has) destined to exist, up to the Day of Resurrection, but will definitely come, into existence.”

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 719:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
I have loved the people of the tribe of Bani Tamim ever since I heard three things Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said about them. I heard him saying, “These people (of the tribe of Bani Tamim) would stand firm against Ad-Dajjal.”
When the Sadaqat (gifts of charity) from that tribe came, Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “These are the Sadaqat (i.e. charitable gifts) of our folk.”
‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) had a slave-girl from that tribe, and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa), “Manumit her as she is a descendant of Ishmael (the Prophet).”

Allah says in the Quran:

وَرَبُّكَ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَيَخْتَارُ ۗ مَا كَانَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَتَعَالَىٰ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

And your Lord creates what He wills and chooses; not for them was the choice. Exalted is Allah and high above what they associate with Him. [Al-Qasas: 68]

Arabic reading practice (I’ll translate roughly):

هذه بعض الفضائل المختصرة في جمل بسيطة، من كتاب:

These are some of the virtues in simple sentences, taken from the book:

((فضائل بني تميم في السنة النبوية))

“Virtues of Banu Tameem in the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)”

للشيخ الدكتور عبدالعزيز الفريح التيمي
الناشر : دار العبيكان .
يقع في 156 صفحة
وهذه خاتمة المؤلف:

By Shaykh Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Fareeh at-Taymi
And this is the author’s conclusion (pg. 156)

– اأن بني تميم أشد الأمة على الدجال

1. Banu Tameem will stand firm against the Dajjal.

ب- أنهم أشد الناس قتالاً في المعارك والتحام الصفوف .

2. They are the strongest/best of people in battles and forming rows.

ج- ثباتهم على الحق وتمسكهم بسنة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم.

3. Their adherence to the Truth and Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).

د- أنهم من بني إسماعيل بن إبراهيم عليهما السلام

4. They are from the descendants of Isma`eel, son of Ibraheem (`alayhimussalaam).

ه- أن بني تميم هم قوم النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، وقد شرفهم بإضافتهم إليه

5. They are ‘the people of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)’, as he honored them.

و- بقاء نسبهم ونسلهم إلى آخر الزمان وعدم انقطاعه

6. Survival of their lineage and descendants till the end of times.

ز- مجيئهم بصدقاتهم إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وإعجابهم بها

7. Their coming to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) with gifts and his appreciation of them.

ح- ثبوت قدوم وفد بني تميم إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم.

8. Evidence of the arrival of Banu Tameem’s delegation to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).

ط- عدم ثبوت نداء بني تميم للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم من وراء الحجرات

9. Lack of evidence of them calling the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) from behind the dwellings.

ي- ورود النهي عن السب والشتم مطلقاً، ويتأكد هذا في حق بني تميم ، لقول النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: (لا تقل لبني تميم إلا خيراً )، وفهم السلف لذلك

10. The absolute forbiddance of insults and verbal abuse, which proves beneficial in Banu Tameem’s case because of the saying of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam): “Do not say of Banu Tameem anything but good”, and its understanding of the pious predecessors.

ك- حث النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم على محبة بني تميم

11. Prophet’s (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) love for Banu Tameem.

ل- محبة أبي هريرة لبني تميم ، وأنه لا يبغضهم أبداً

12. Abu Hurairah’s (radiallaahu `anhu) love for Banu Tameem, and that he never hated/disliked them.

م- أن لغتهم من أفصح لغات العرب 

13. That their language/dialect is of the most eloquent languages of Arabs.

Battle of Banu al-Mustaliq (Hadith No. 2215)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2213 – 2214 (below) are repeats. Read related posts by following linked text.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 715:
Narrated Hisham:
My father told me that Hakim bin Hizam (radiallaahu `anhu) manumitted one-hundred slaves in the pre-lslamic period of ignorance and slaughtered one-hundred camels (and distributed them in charity). When he embraced Islam he again slaughtered one-hundred camels and manumitted one-hundred slaves. Hakim (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “I asked Allah’s Apostle, ‘O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! What do you think about some good deeds I used to practice in the pre-lslamic period of ignorance regarding them as deeds of righteousness?’ Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “You have embraced Islam along with all those good deeds you did.

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 716:
Narrated Marwan and Al-Miswar bin Makhrama (radiallaahu `anhu):
When the delegates of the tribe of Hawazin came to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and they requested him to return their properties and captives. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) stood up and said to them, “I have other people with me in this matter (as you see) and the most beloved statement to me is the true one; you may choose either the properties or the prisoners as I have delayed their distribution.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had waited for them for more than ten days since his arrival from Ta’if. So, when it became evident to them that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was not going to return them except one of the two, they said, “We choose our prisoners.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) got up amongst the people and glorified and praised Allah as He deserved and said, “Then after, these brethren of yours have come to us with repentance, and I see it logical to return them the captives. So, whoever amongst you likes to do that as a favor, then he can do it, and whoever of you likes to stick to his share till we recompense him from the very first war booty which Allah will give us, then he can do so (i.e. give up the present captives).” The people unanimously said, “We do that (return the captives) willingly.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “We do not know which of you has agreed to it and which have not, so go back and let your leaders forward us your decision.” So, all the people then went back and discussed the matter with their leaders who returned and informed the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) that all the people had willingly given their consent to return the captives. This is what has reached us about the captives of Hawazin. Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) that ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) said to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), “I paid for my ransom and Aqil’s ransom.”

Today’s Hadith:

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 717:
Narrated Ibn Aun:
I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) got Juwairiya (radiallaahu `anhaa) on that day. Nafi said that Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) had told him the above narration and that Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) was in that army.

Summary of Events:

The Banu Mustaliq, a clan of the Banu Khuda’a, lived in the Qudayd region located on the coast between Makka and Madina, in a place called Usfan, near the important commercial port of Rabigh. While the Khuda’a tribe, generally speaking, adopted a positive stance towards Islam and Prophet Muhammad, the Banu Mustaliq clan sided with the Quraysh, who were at war with the Muslims, and demonstrated their hostility at every opportunity. During the time in which the Quraysh were making preparations for the Battle of the Trench by mobilizing at their allies, chief of the Banu Mustaliq Harith ibn Abu Dirar had set up his military headquarters at the watering place called Muraysi’ and, inciting the neighboring tribes, had begun gathering troops to attack Madina. Prophet Muhammad sent Burayda bin Husayb al-Aslami to the regions for the purpose of gathering intelligence. Burayda saw firsthand the truth in the news about the preparations of the Mustaliq tribe and returned having acquired accurate information. The Prophet set out on an expedition with a force of 700 men, thirty on horseback, on 2 Sha’ban (27 December 626). Upon seeing his approach with a great force, some of the tribes abandoned enemy lines and deserted the battle field. When the Muslim army reached the Muraysi’ watering place, they invited the tribes to accept Islam. Their responding with arrows which they fired at the Muslims triggered the battle which ended with the assured victory of the Muslims. Among the polytheists, ten were killed, while the remaining 600 or 700 were taken prisoner. A large amount of loot was acquired, including 2000 camels and 5000 sheep. Muslims suffered no losses in this campaign other than Hisham ibn Subaba al-Kalbi, who was mistaken for an enemy soldier. After the battle, the Prophet distributed the war spoils among the Muslims. He sent Abu Naml al-Ta’i to Madina to convey the good news of victory and himself returned to Madina on 1 Ramadan (24 January, 627). It has been suggested that the Banu Mustaliq Campaign, also known as the Muraysi’ Campaign due to the site where it eventuated, may have taken place after the Battle of the Trench.

Among the captives taken from the Banu Mustaliq was Juwayriya bint Harith, daughter of the defeated Banu Mustaliq clan’s chief Harith ibn Abu Dirar. Upon her acceptance of Islam, Prophet Muhammad released her and proposed marriage to her. This marriage eased the hostilities that ensued due to the battle. Seeing that the Banu Mustaliq had now become the Prophet’s relations through marriage, the Muslims released all the captives they held. Such was the effect of this attitude of the Muslims on the Banu Mustaliq that virtually all of them immediately became Muslim; coming to the presence of Prophet Muhammad, tribal chief Harith ibn Abu Dirar also accepted Islam.

Many hyprocrites, such as ‘Abd Allah ibn Ubayy ibn Salul also participated in this battle. On the return from the campaign, tension arose between the Emigrants and the Helpers around a well and was on the verge of escalation with the intervention of the hypocrites. Aware of the situation, and notwithstanding the time of day, Prophet Muhammad immediately ordered his men to march nonstop until noon the following day. Exhausted after such a long and arduous trek, the soldiers did not have the strength even to speak when reaching their resting place, and fell asleep immediately. In this way, the tension that had arisen only a day before completely dissipated. It is narrated that the Qur’anic chapter entitled “The Hypocrites” was revealed due to these events. The hypocrites did not stop when they reached Madina and led the dissension that erupted with the slander against the Prophet’s wife, ‘A’isha, which became known as the ‘Ifk Incident’.

For some more details, read this, or just go through the topic in a book of Seerah, like “The Sealed Nectar”.

Abbaas (radiallaahu `anhu) Accepts Islam (Hadith No. 2212)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2208 – 2211 (below) are repeats. See linked text for related posts.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 710:
Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
Utba bin Abi Waqqas (radiallaahu `anhu) authorized his brother Sad bin Abi Waqqas (radiallaahu `anhu) to take the son of the slave-girl of Zam’a into his custody, telling him that the boy was his own (illegal) son. When Allah’s Apostle went (to Mecca) at the time of the Conquest, Sad took the son of the slavegirl of Zam’a to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and also brought ‘Abu bin Zam’a (radiallaahu `anhu) with him and said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! This is the son of my brother ‘Utba (radiallaahu `anhu) who authorized me to take him into my custody.” ‘Abu bin Zam’a (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! He is my brother, the son of Zam’a’ slave-girl and he was born on his bed.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) looked at the son of the slave-girl of Zam’a and noticed much resemblance (to ‘Utba). Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It is for you, O ‘Abu bin Zam’a as he was born on the bed of your father.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then told Sauda bint Zam’a (radiallaahu `anhaa) to observe veil in the presence of the boy as he noticed the boy’s resemblance to ‘Utba and Sauda was the wife of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 711:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):
A man amongst us declared that his slave would be freed after his death. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) called for that slave and sold him. The slave died the same year.

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 712:
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) forbade the selling or donating the Wala’ of a freed slave.

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 713:
Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
I bought Buraira but her masters put the condition that her Wala’ would be for them. I told the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about it. He said (to me), “Manumit her as her Wala’ will be for the one who pays the price.” So, I manumitted her. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) called Buraira and gave her the option of either staying with her husband or leaving him. She said, “Even if he gave me so much money, I would not stay with him,” and so she preferred her freedom to her husband.

Today’s Hadith:

 

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 714:
Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):
Some men of the Ansar asked for the permission of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and said, “Allow us to give up the ransom from our nephew Al-‘Abbas. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to them), “Do not leave (even) a Dirham (of his ransom).”

Abbas, who was the uncle of the Prophet and who was among the captives of Badr, was quite rich.

The Messenger of Allah said to him, “O Abbas! Pay ransom for yourself, Aqil b. Abi Talib, your nephew, and Nawfal b. Harith, because you have wealth.”

Hazrat Abbas had brought eight hundred dirhams of gold while going to Badr with polytheists to spend for the soldiers. During the battle, this gold was captured from him and was put among the booty. Therefore, he said to the Prophet, “Let us regard that gold as ransom.”

The Prophet said, “No… That is something that you carried in order to spend against us; Allah gave it to us. We cannot give it back to you.”

Hazrat Abbas said, “I have no money other than that. Will you make me a beggar?”

Thereupon, the Prophet said, “O Abbas! Where is that gold?”

Hazrat Abbas said, “Which gold?”

The Messenger of Allah said,

“The gold that you entrusted to Umm Fadl, your wife, on the day when you left Makkah! There was nobody else but you and your wife when you gave her the gold. You said to Umm Fadl, ‘I do not know what will happen in this expedition. If something happens to me and I cannot return, this amount of gold is for you, this part is for Fadl, this part is for Abdullah, this part is for  and this part Qusam!’ I mean that gold!”

Hazrat Abbas asked in astonishment, “Who told you about it?”

The Prophet said, “Allah did!”

Thereupon, Hazrat Abbas uttered the kalima ash-shahada and became a Muslim. He returned to Makkah after paying the ransom.

Hazrat Abbas did not declare that he was a Muslim when he returned to Makkah; he informed the Prophet about Makkah secretly and helped the Muslims there.

[Ibn Sa’d, ibid, V. 4, p. 13-15; Badiuzzaman Said Nursi, Mektubat, p. 112.]

Abu Hurairah’s First Good Deed (Ahadith 2204 – 2207)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 2203 (below) is a repeat.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 706:
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The (reward of) deeds depend on intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he intends. So, whoever migrated for Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), then his migration will be for Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), and whoever migrated for worldly benefits or for marrying a woman, then his migration will be for what he migrated for.” (See Hadith No. 1, Vol. 1)

Today’s Ahadith:

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 707:
Narrated Qais:
When Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) accompanied by his slave set out intending to embrace Islam they lost each other on the way. The slave then came while Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) was sitting with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Abu Huraira! Your slave has come back.” Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Indeed, I would like you to witness that I have manumitted him.” That happened at the time when Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) recited (the following poetic verse):– ‘What a long tedious tiresome night! Nevertheless, it has delivered us from the land of Kufr (disbelief).

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 708:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
On my way to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) I was reciting:– ‘What a long tedious tiresome night! Nevertheless, it has saved us from the land of Kufr (disbelief).’ I had a slave who ran away from me on the way. When I went to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and gave the pledge of allegiance for embracing Islam, the slave showed up while I was still with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who remarked, “O Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)! Here is your slave!” I said, “I manumit him for Allah’s Sake,” and so I freed him.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 709:
Narrated Qais:
When Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) accompanied by his slave came intending to embrace Islam, they lost each other on the way. (When the slave showed up) Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) said (to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)), “I make you witness that the slave is free for Allah’s Cause.”

Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) left everything in the world to embrace Islam. He took his mother and his slave with him on the journey to Madinah leaving everything else behind. When he reached Madinah, he found that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was in Khaibar, fighting a Jewish tribe. He joined the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in the final days of the battle at Khaibar, in the 7th year of the Hijrah. His first act after accepting Islam and meeting the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was to free his slave. Cool, no?

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