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A Year of the ‘Bukhari’ Project

Salam,
Bismillah.

September 25, 2010 was the day I posted the first Hadith of Bukhari. It was about intentions. That the reward of your deeds depends upon your intentions. Quoting myself:

By Allah, I only want Allah’s pleasure through this. I hope for salvation in the Hereafter. I need real success: entering Jannah (Paradise) directly, not via Jahannam (Hell). I wish to be among those who get the company of prophets, the truthful, martyrs and the righteous. I pray for the good of this world and the Hereafter.

I remember being so inspired by Imaam Bukhari that I felt like I had to do this. I knew I wasn’t a good writer (still ain’t), but I asked Allah for help and jumped into it. I made a commitment to do one Hadith a day. I’ve tried to keep my consistency. But human that I am, I’ve skipped some days as well, due to work load or internet problems or plain forgetfulness. May Allah forgive me for that. :(

I promised myself I’ll act upon each of the Ahadith. Frankly, I haven’t been 100% successful in that either. There were reasons. :P

I started this blog with a passion, but some of the days, I felt it was more of a responsibility than anything else. I’m not proud of that.

But I’m in love with this blog. I know I can’t do justice to the Ahadith but I still want to keep doing it. It’s a very minor effort, but it is only for Allah. The one thing I wouldn’t change for anyone else. I might not live long enough to complete this project, but that doesn’t worry me. For it is Allah’s work. He’ll look after it iA. :)

And I’ve had a little success with it too. The credit does not go to me at all. I have Allah, Dr. Farhat Hashmi, NetworkedBlogs and other social networks to thank. :P

And I’ve gone through a lot in this year. Allah has always been there to help, though. If He takes me to it, He takes me through it as well. Alhamdulillah. :)

What a haphazard post this is! My awesome writing skills. ^_^

I pray for consistency in this project of mine and purity in my intention always. For I expect reward for it from none but Allah.

All good is from Allah. Any shortcomings are mine indeed.


Wassalam.

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Like Bricks of a Wall (Hadith No. 468)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 468:

Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet said, “A faithful believer to a faithful believer is like the bricks of a wall, enforcing each other.” While (saying that) the Prophet clasped his hands, by interlacing his fingers.

We’re supposed to be like those bricks ^. Each one of them has its own special place, and each one of them is significant in its own way. Even if one of them falls out of its place, the wall will lose its strength. Allah says in the Qur’an:

“The Believers are but a single Brotherhood.” [Al-Hujurat 49:10]

Further:

“The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin the ma`roof (all of Islam), and forbid the munkar (all that is evil; kufr): they observe regular prayers, pay Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.” [9:71]

Allah’s Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, forsake him, or despise him.”

“It is sufficient evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother. The life, wealth, and honor of a Muslim are inviolable by another Muslim.” [Sahih Muslim]

It is related by Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Prophet said,

“There are five claims of a Muslim upon a Muslim: to return his greetings when he greets; to visit him when he falls ill; to attend his funeral; to accept his invitation to a meal and to pray for him, when he sneezes, by saying ‘yarhamukallah’ (May the mercy of Allah be on you).”

Anas (ra) reports that Rasulullah (s) once said:

“I swear by the Holy Being in whose power my life is, any one of you cannot be a true believer unless he desires for his fellow-brother what he desires for himself.”

“Brotherhood is synonymous with Islam. It is a force for good, a purveyor of peace and justice for everyone. It provides stability in a quarrelsome world. To the downtrodden and oppressed everywhere in the past, it provided freedom. When it was powerful, it even saved the Jews and Christians in Palestine and Spain from each other.” -Z.B. Asghar

So much for the past. What about the present? Do we understand the noble concept of Islamic brotherhood? Do we practice it? Do we belong to it?

Wassalam.

One Woman (Hadith No. 88)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 87 is a repeat. Read it here.

You know it’s said that Islam goes against the rights of women? That it doesn’t give them freedom of speech and expression? And the famous issue of ‘half witness’ (testimony of one woman is not accepted, two are needed). Well, it’s true. I won’t be going into the details. But here, I’m presenting an exception. That one woman CAN be enough to witness in exceptional situations..

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 88:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Mulaika:

‘Uqba bin Al-Harith said that he had married the daughter of Abi Ihab bin ‘Aziz. Later on a woman came to him and said, “I have suckled (nursed) Uqba and the woman whom he married (his wife) at my breast.” ‘Uqba said to her, “Neither I knew that you have suckled (nursed) me nor did you tell me.” Then he rode over to see Allah’s Apostle at Medina, and asked him about it. Allah’s Apostle said, “How can you keep her as a wife when it has been said (that she is your foster-sister)?” Then Uqba divorced her, and she married another man.

It was one woman. Prophet (SAW) believed her and not ‘Uqbah. Get it? ;)

Wassalam.

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