Lazying Around (Hadith No. 2535)
Hadith no. 2534 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 139 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
I went along with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to Khaibar so as to serve him. (Later on) when the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) returned he, on seeing the Uhud mountain, said, “This is a mountain that loves us and is loved by us.” Then he pointed to Medina with his hand saying, “O Allah! I make the area which is in between Medina’s two mountains a sanctuary, as Abraham made Mecca a sanctuary. O Allah! Bless us in our Sa’ and Mudd (i.e. units of measuring).”
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 140 :
Narrated by Anas (radiallaahu `anhu)
We were with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (on a journey) and the only shade one could have was the shade made by one’s own garment. Those who fasted did not do any work and those who did not fast served the camels and brought the water on them and treated the sick and (wounded). So, the Prophet said, “Today, those who were not fasting took (all) the reward.”
Don’t miss out on the small good deeds just because you’re part of a bigger one. And don’t be lazy just because you’re fasting. :)
The Word of Allah is Superior (Hadith No. 2458)
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 65 :
Narrated by Abu Musa (radiallaahu `anhu)
A man came to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and asked, “A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah’s Cause?” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “He who fights so that Allah’s Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause.”
The only acceptable intention is that of promoting Allah’s Deen. Wealth and fame are just “side benefits” but one must not seek them out of Jihad.
This is true for other types of Jihad as well. When one struggles in Allah’s Cause in the field of Dawah, education or welfare etc., wealth and fame do follow. While one might not be looking for these things in his efforts, they certainly put one’s sincerity in danger. Shaytan is always at work as we all know. One can never be too careful of the whispers. May Allah protect us all.
Another version of this hadith:
It is recorded in the Two Sahihs that Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari said, “The Messenger of Allah was asked about a man who fights because of courage, or out of rage for his honor, or to show off. Whom among them is in the cause of Allah’ The Prophet said,
«مَنْ قَاتَلَ لِتَكُونَ كَلِمَةُ اللهِ هِيَ الْعُلْيَا فَهُوَ فِي سَبِيلِ الله»
(He who fights so that Allah’s Word is superior, then he fights in Allah’s cause.)”
Ibn `Abbas commented,
`The Word of Allah’ is La ilaha illallah. [Tafsir Ibn Kathir 9:40]
The Successful Businessman is the Sincere One (Hadith No. 1844)
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 349:
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Do not urge somebody to return what he has already bought (i.e. in optional sale) from another seller so as to sell him your own goods.”
This is forbidden because it harms the first seller by putting him in loss. It can lead to other evils as well, like negativity and revenge etc. One shouldn’t put someone else in loss/harm for their own good/benefit. Honesty and sincerity will put barakah in your business.
Ramadan: Sin-Eraser (Hadith No. 1620)
Volume 3, Book 31, Number 125:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
We say sinning is easy, but atoning for our sins to have them forgiven isn’t. While this statement can be debated upon, here’s a simple method to erase all your sins: fast in Ramadan, and seek Laylat-ul-Qadr by establishing salah in the last few odd nights of Ramadan. If you do these two things with sincerity and expect reward ONLY from Allah, you have a promise from Allah that you’ll be forgiven inshaAllah.
May Allah erase all our past sins this Ramadan.
Hadith on Intentions
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
السلام علیکم ورحمتہ اللہ و برکاتہ
Today I was going through a book and read a Hadeeth which many of us Alhaamdulilaah already know and have read many times. But still wanted to share with you people, though it’s just a little word “Intention” or “Niyyaah” but it has great importance according to the saying of Holy Prophet ﷺ:
Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended.
Narrated’ Umar bin Khataab (May Allaah be pleased with him) reported, Messenger of Allaahﷺ said:
The deeds are considered by the intentions and the person will get the reward according to his intentions. So whoever emigrated for Allaah and His Messengerﷺ, his emigration will be for Allaah and His Messenger; and whoever emigrated for wordly benefits, or for a woman to marry, his emigration would be for what he emigrated for.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
According to another Hadith, the reason for this Hadith is that a person sent a proposal of a marriage to a woman named Umm Qais, which she turned down saying that he should have to emigrate to Al-Madina for it. Accordingly he did it, for a specific purpose and the two were married there.
On the basis of Hadith the real basis of one’s action is Niyyah (Intention) and every one will be judged and answerable for his Niyyah. So Ikhlas (Sincerity) is important for every action or in other words every righteous deed is done to seek the Pleasure of Allaah Subahanahu wa Ta`ala.
May Allaah Subahanahu wa Ta`ala show us the path of righteous people and save us from riyaa (showing off). Aameen.