Narrated Said bin Jubair:
Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) used to oil his hair. I told that to Ibrahim who said, “What do you think about this statement: Narrated Aswad from ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa): As if I were now observing the glitter of the scent in the parting of the hair of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while he was Muhrim?”
Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
(the wife of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)) I used to scent Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) when he wanted to assume Ihram and also on finishing Ihram before the Tawaf round the Ka’ba (Tawaf-al-ifada).
Narrated Salim from his father:
I heard that Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) assumed Ihram with his hair matted together.
Narrated Salim bin ‘Abdullah :
I heard my father saying, “Never did Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) assume Ihram except at the Mosque, that is, at the Mosque of Dhul-Hulaifa.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
A man asked, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! What kind of clothes should a Muhrim wear?” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “He should not wear a shirt, a turban, trousers, a headcloak or leather socks except if he can find no slippers, he then may wear leather socks after cutting off what might cover the ankles. And he should not wear clothes which are scented with saffron or Wars (kinds of Perfumes) . “
I said to Ibn ‘Abbas, “The people are narrating that the Prophet said, ‘Take a bath on Friday and wash your heads (i.e. take a thorough bath) even though you were not Junub and use perfume’.” On that Ibn ‘Abbas replied, “I know about the bath, (i.e. it is essential) but I do not know about the perfume (i.e. whether it is essential or not.)
Ibn ‘Abbas mentioned the statement of the Prophet regarding the taking of a bath on Friday and then I asked him whether the Prophet (p.b.u.h) had ordered perfume or (hair) oil to be used if they could be found in one’s house. He (Ibn ‘Abbas) replied that he did not know about it.
Ibn ‘Abbas did not know about it, but it’s clearly mentioned in Salman Farsi’s Hadith that wearing oil (in one’s hair) and perfume are among the Sunnahs of Friday. This is the Hadith:
Volume 2, Book 13, Number 706:
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Two of the companions of the Prophet departed from him on a dark night and were led by two lights like lamps (going in front of them from Allah as a miracle) lighting the way in front of them, and when they parted, each of them was accompanied by one of these lights till he reached their (respective) houses.
This Hadith talks about a miracle. After sitting in Prophet (SAW)’s company, these two companions left with a physical light. I want to talk about another kind of light that one gets as a result of good company. Spiritual, you may say.
You must have felt it at some point in your life. That feeling after meeting a righteous person/religious scholar. Prophet (SAW) once gave a very interesting parable regarding this:
On the authority of Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (رضي الله عنه ), the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم ) said:
A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace.
[Sahih al-Bukhari, vol 3, #314 and Muslim]
So after visiting a ‘good’ friend, you’re left with a good smell, a nice feeling – a spiritual light. It is your choice to let that light shine, or just let it die out with time.
Tip: to fuel your spiritual light, you need to keep visiting your good friends, find righteous company, spend time with the knowledgable and get as much positive energy from Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic literature as you can.
Smell good! (For the clueless: it is not just a literal statement.) :)
Today’s Hadith lays out the rulings for a woman who just lost her husband (widow).
We were forbidden to mourn for a dead person for more than three days except in the case of a husband for whom mourning was allowed for four months and ten days. (During that time) we were not allowed to put kohl (Antimony eye powder) in our eyes or to use perfumes or to put on colored clothes except a dress made of ‘Asb (a kind of Yemen cloth, very coarse and rough). We were allowed very light perfumes at the time of taking a bath after menses and also we were forbidden to go with the funeral procession .
- Widow mourns for 4 months and 10 days.
- No make-up/perfume/colored clothes i.e. any kind of zeenat (beautification).
- No funeral procession i.e. no getting out of the house unless necessary.
- Even while taking a bath, use of light perfumed products (soap, shampoo, gel etc.)