Hadith no. 314 is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 1, Book 6, Number 315:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet said, “At every womb Allah appoints an angel who says, ‘O Lord! A drop of semen, O Lord! A clot. O Lord! A little lump of flesh.” Then if Allah wishes (to complete) its creation, the angel asks, (O Lord!) Will it be a male or female, a wretched or a blessed, and how much will his provision be? And what will his age be?’ So all that is written while the child is still in the mother’s womb.”
How amazing is that? SubhanAllah! All that information in our DNA (and more) is put in when we’re nothing but a lump of flesh. Is that not enough to make us humble before Allah (SWT)? As He says in the Qur’an:
قُتِلَ الْإِنسَانُ مَا أَكْفَرَهُ
مِنْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقَهُ
مِن نُّطْفَةٍ خَلَقَهُ فَقَدَّرَهُ
ثُمَّ السَّبِيلَ يَسَّرَهُ
“Be cursed (the disbelieving) man! How ungrateful he is!
From what thing did He create him?
From Nutfah (male and female semen drops) He created him and then set him in due proportion.
Then He makes the Path easy for him.” [‘Abasa: 17-20]
I wonder if we’d still believe in it with such conviction if science hadn’t discovered the DNA and forensic science as yet. I just wonder..
Hadith no. 312 is a repeat. Read it here.
In the last Hajj of Allah’s Apostle, I assumed the Ihram for Hajj along with Allah’s Apostle. I was one of those who intended Tamattu’ (to perform Hajj and ‘Umra) and did not take the Hadi (animal for sacrifice) with me. I got my menses and was not clean till the night of ‘Arafa. I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is the night of the day of ‘Arafat and I intended to perform the Hajj Tamattu’ with ‘Umra. Allah’s Apostle told me to undo my hair and comb it and to postpone the ‘Umra. I did the same and completed the Hajj. On the night of Al-Hasba (i.e. place outside Mecca where the pilgrims go after finishing all the ceremonies Hajj at Mina) he (the Prophet) ordered ‘Abdur Rahman (‘Aisha’s brother) to take me to At-Tan’im to assume the lhram for’Umra in lieu of that of Hajj-atTamattu’ which I had intended to perform.
Reference: Hadith no. 293.
Hajj can be performed in the state of menstruation, so don’t take those hormones that postpone (and disturb) your menstrual cycle. If faced with such a situation, delay the Umrah like Aisha (RA) did and perform the Hajj. Do your Umrah right after you’re purified. No hassle. :)
A woman asked the Prophet about the bath which is take after finishing from the menses. The Prophet told her what to do and said, “Purify yourself with a piece of cloth scented with musk.” The woman asked, “How shall I purify myself with it” He said, “Subhan Allah! Purify yourself (with it).” I pulled her to myself and said, “Rub the place soiled with blood with it.”
Prophet (SAW) had a lot of haya (modesty) when it came to such matters. He didn’t refuse to teach women such matters but refrained from being too explicit. That was his way (SAW)..
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.)
“One of the wives of Allah’s Apostle joined him in l’tikaf and she noticed blood and yellowish discharge (from her private parts) and put a dish under her when she prayed.”
This clearly indicates that women are allowed to do I’tikaf in the month of Ramadan. Who plans to do it this Ramadan? :)