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City of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (Ahadith 1834 – 1835)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 339 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The Prophet Abraham (`alayhissalaam) made Mecca a sanctuary, and asked for Allah’s blessing in it. I made Medina a sanctuary as Abraham (`alayhissalaam) made Mecca a sanctuary and I asked for Allah’s Blessing in its (Medina’s) measures the Mudd and the Sa’ as Abraham (`alayhissalaam) did for Mecca.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 340 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Allah bestow your blessings on their measures, bless their Mudd and Sa’.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) meant the people of Medina.

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) made du`a for Madinah as Ibraheem (`alayhissalaam) had made du`a for Makkah. He loved Makkah but Madinah was special for him. He was born in Makkah but he lived and died in Madinah. His house, his family, his work, his masjid were all in Madinah. It was his city. No wonder we call it Madinat-un-Nabi (City of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)). :)

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked Allah to put barakah in Madinah’s measures, as Ibraheem (`alayhissalaam) did for Makkah. Business must be awesome there. :D

Prophecy (Hadith No. 1824)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 329 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “An army will invade the Ka’ba and when the invaders reach Al-Baida’, all the ground will sink and swallow the whole army.” I said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! How will they sink into the ground while amongst them will be their markets (the people who worked in business and not invaders) and the people not belonging to them?” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “all of those people will sink but they will be resurrected and judged according to their intentions.”

This is one of the prophecies made by the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) of which Allah gave him knowledge of. Proof of his prophet-hood.
It’s yet to happen, and only Allah knows whose army it’ll be.

What’s relevant to us is the lesson in it: everyone will be judged by their intentions, not the apparent actions. Someone could go to the market remembering Allah and running their errands while another could be involved in a sin being in the same place. Let’s say both of them were in that market at the same time and the calamity took place, would they be resurrected to see the same fate? No. They’ll be judged based on their intentions.

Another thing: being in the company of bad people can be dangerous. You might not be doing what they’re doing but you just might see the same fate as theirs. If a calamity befalls them being there, it befalls you as well. Avoid bad places + bad people.

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)’s Du`a for Madinah (Hadith No. 1604)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 30, Number 109:

Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Allah! Bestow on Medina twice the blessings You bestowed on Mecca.”

Based on this du`a of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and some other virtues of Madinah, scholars have argued that Madinah is better than Makkah. Others have differed as well saying that if we make Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) the basis for superiority then Yemen and Shaam should also be better than Makkah because the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) repeatedly prayed for them.

Whichever opinion you follow, there’s no doubt that Makkah and Madinah both are the best lands on this Earth. Whether Makkah is more superior or Madinah, is a debatable issue. But we know one thing for sure: we love and respect both these cities immensely. May Allah increase our love for them. <3

Madinah and Dajjal (Ahadith 1598 – 1601)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 30, Number 103:

Narrated Abu Bakra (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The terror caused by Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal will not enter Medina and at that time Medina will have seven gates and there will be two angels at each gate guarding them.”

Commentary on this Hadith here.


Volume 3, Book 30, Number 104:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “There are angels guarding the entrances (or roads) of Medina, neither plague nor Ad-Dajjal will be able to enter it.”


Volume 3, Book 30, Number 105:

Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “There will be no town which Ad-Dajjal will not enter except Mecca and Medina, and there will be no entrance (road) (of both Mecca and Medina) but the angels will be standing in rows guarding it against him, and then Medina will shake with its inhabitants thrice (i.e. three earth-quakes will take place) and Allah will expel all the nonbelievers and the hypocrites from it.”


Volume 3, Book 30, Number 106:

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

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) told us a long narrative about Ad-Dajjal, and among the many things he mentioned, was his saying, “Ad-Dajjal will come and it will be forbidden for him to pass through the entrances of Medina. He will land in some of the salty barren areas (outside) Medina; on that day the best man or one of the best men will come up to him and say, ‘I testify that you are the same Dajjal whose description was given to us by Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).’ Ad-Dajjal will say to the people, ‘If I kill this man and bring him back to life again, will you doubt my claim?’ They will say, ‘No.’ Then Ad-Dajjal will kill that man and bring him back to life. That man will say, ‘Now I know your reality better than before.’ Ad-Dajjal will say, ‘I want to kill him but I cannot.’ “

The Dajjaal will emerge from the east, then he will travel throughout the earth and he will not leave any land but he will enter it, apart from Makkah and Madeenah, al-Masjid al-Aqsa and Masjid al-Toor (Sinai). This is what is stated in the saheeh ahaadeeth.

Conclusion: best places on this Earth to live are Makkah and Madinah. (y)

More on Dajjaal here.

To Kill in Makkah (Hadith No. 1567)

Bismillah.

Hadith no. 1566 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 71:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) fixed Dhul-Hulaifa as the Miqat (the place for assuming Ihram) for the people of Medina, and Qaran-al-Manazil for the people of Najd, and Yalamlam for the people of Yemen. These Mawaqit are for those people and also for those who come through these Mawaqit (from places other than the above-mentioned) with the intention of (performing) Hajj and Umra. And those living inside these Mawaqit can assume Ihram from the place where they start; even the people of Mecca can assume Ihram from Mecca.

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 72:

Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) entered Mecca in the year of its Conquest wearing an Arabian helmet on his head and when the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) took it off, a person came and said, “Ibn Khatal is holding the covering of the Ka’ba (taking refuge in the Ka’ba).” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Kill him.”

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was most probably not in Ihraam when he entered Makkah during the conquest, as it says in the narration that he was wearing an Arabian helmet on his head. Scholars have differed in their opinions:

  • It is permissible to enter Makkah without Ihraam – without the intention of performing Hajj/`Umrah
  • This was special to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and no one else is allowed to enter Makkah without Ihraam. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had said:
    “Beware! (Mecca is a sanctuary) Verily! Fighting in Mecca was not permitted for anyone before me nor will it be permitted for anyone after me. It (war) in it was made legal for me for few hours or so on that day.”

Ibn Khatal, as mentioned in stories (having unreliable sources), killed a Muslim slave and then apostatized. The only thing having a strong back to it is that he was a poet and used to recite verses abusing the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). On the day of Makkah’s Conquest, Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had ordered for a few men to be killed. Ibn Khatal was one of them.

There’s a lot of discussion on this matter. Some people are trying to prove how unfair the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was in this decision of his, and others are trying to prove that this guy deserved it. I feel uninterested because I don’t need a reason to believe in the correct judgement of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). If you feel the need to read up on it, avoid Google. Too many pseudo-Islamic-content-pushers out there. :P
Read books of reliable scholars, or indulge in discussions with the knowledgeable ones.

Side note, this proves how Makkah is NOT a sanctuary for criminals.

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