Hadith no. 428 is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been given five things which were not given to any amongst the Prophets before me. These are:
1. Allah made me victorious by awe (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month’s journey.
2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum. Therefore my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due.
3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me (and was not made so for anyone else).
4. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation exclusively but I have been sent 1o all mankind.
5. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection.)
Proud to be from his ummah? I know I am.
But it’s not enough. It comes with a responsibility. Like it or not, you have to fulfill it.
Responsibility (yours, mine and ours): SPREAD THE MESSAGE (Qur’an).
Take it seriously. You’re going to be asked about it. *shudders*
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Do not enter (the places) of these people where Allah’s punishment had fallen unless you do so weeping. If you do not weep, do not enter (the places of these people) because Allah’s curse and punishment which fell upon them may fall upon you.”
Us Pakistanis know about the Indus Valley Civilization (Mohenjo Daro and Harappa) and those remains of some cultural civilization in Taxila (hey I’m not a history person). I’ve been to these places many times with educational/field trips but never realized that they’re not supposed to be picnics, these trips. These remains that we are so proud to have in our country, are the remains of those people/nations who were punished by Allah. They were disobedient to their Lord. So much so that Allah (SWT) wiped them out with one flood/tornado/earthquake etc.
We learn in history how powerful and strong these civilizations were. Their infrastructure and technology and how much they had learned about the Earth and its surroundings, and their systems within communities etc. But what could that strength and power do when Allah’s Word came to be?
It’s just like the stories of ‘Ad and Thamud that we learn in the Qur’an. Allah sends a Prophet to a people. They don’t believe. Allah punishes them.
A few things to be learnt:
- Do not disobey Allah, individually or as a nation.
- When you visit such places or museums that display such heritage, feel Allah’s wrath on that piece of land. Imagine what would’ve happened when the earthquake came or the tsunami struck, or whatever ‘natural disaster’ befell the people that once lived there. Don’t take your pictures with the mummy of Fir’awn to put up as display on your Facebook profile. Take pictures so you can remember that trip for a long time and admonish others about it. Your trip to a museum should not be a ‘fun’ trip. Be serious and weep (as it says in the Hadith), for there’s nothing better to do there.
Reference: Hadith no. 218
Narrated Abu Huraira:
A Bedouin stood up and started making water in the mosque. The people caught him but the Prophet ordered them to leave him and to pour a bucket or a tumbler of water over the place where he had passed the urine. The Prophet then said, “You have been sent to make things easy and not to make them difficult.”
These words are just so beautiful and full of wisdom. When we study the teachings of Islam, the Halal and the Haram, we tend to become really hard on others. And that’s exactly what the Prophet (SAW) is forbidding us from. We’re supposed to make things easy for others. Help them. Not impose on them. Solve their problems, not create them. This should be our attitude as a nation. Work on it! :)