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Start with Your Right (Ahadith 2038 – 2039)


Book of Distribution of Water [Kitaab-ul-Musaaqaat] starts today..

Volume 3, Book 40, Number 541 :
Narrated by Sahl bin Sad (radiallaahu `anhu)
A tumbler (full of milk or water) was brought to the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) who drank from it, while on his right side there was sitting a boy who was the youngest of those who were present and on his left side there were old men. The Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) asked, “O boy, will you allow me to give it (i.e. the rest of the drink) to the old men?” The boy said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam)! I will not give preference to anyone over me to drink the rest of it from which you have drunk.” So, the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) gave it to him.

Volume 3, Book 40, Number 542 :
Narrated by Az-Zuhri
Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) said, that once a domestic sheep was milked for Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) while he was in the house of Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu). The milk was mixed with water drawn from the well in Anas’s house. A tumbler of it was presented to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) who drank from it. Then Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) was sitting on his left side and a Bedouin on his right side. When the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) removed the tumbler from his mouth, ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) was afraid that the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) might give it to the Bedouin, so he said. “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam)! Give it to Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) who is sitting by your side.” But the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) gave it to the Bedouin, who was to his right and said, “You should start with the one on your right side.”

So the rule would be to always start from the right, unless the two sides have age difference, in which case the elders take precedence – if the younger ones allow. This is to respect the elders.

Question: is it really important to start from the right? As we know, Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) liked to do so in all his daily activities.

`A’isha relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to like to start with the right side when putting on his sandals, combing his hair, engaging in his ritual purifications, and in all of his activities. [Bukhari]

Read the elaborate answer here, but know that if you follow even the personal preferences of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) as Sunnah, you will be rewarded. Let not a term of fiqh stop you from doing it. :)

Gourd [Squash/Kaddu/Lauki] (Hadith No. 1800)


Volume 3, Book 34, Number 305:

Narrated Ishaq bin ‘Abdullah bin Abu Talha:

I heard Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) saying, “A tailor invited Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to a meal which he had prepared. ” Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “I accompanied Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) to that meal. He served the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) with bread and soup made with gourd and dried meat. I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) taking the pieces of gourd from the dish.” Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) added, “Since that day I have continued to like gourd.”

I love kaddu because Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) loved it. Do you?

Here are some health benefits of gourd. Increase your knowledge.

This is a very interesting paper on vegetables mentioned in the Quran. Open the link and search (Ctrl+F) for ‘gourd’. It’ll take you to the relevant paragraphs.

Types of I`tikaaf (Hadith No. 1743)


Volume 3, Book 33, Number 248:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) asked the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) “I vowed in the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance to stay in Itikaf for one night in Al-Masjid al-Haram.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Fulfill your vow.”

There are three main types of I`tikaaf:

  1. WAJIB: To vow or pledge to make I’tikaaf (on a fixed day) for the sake of Allah upon the fulfilment of some wish or desire.
  2. SUNNAT-MUAKKADAH: To reside the last ten nights and days of Ramadhan in the Masjid is Sunnat-Muakkadah, i.e. If a person from the community fulfills the obligation of I’tikaaf, the entire community will be absolved of this sacred duty. Otherwise all the residents will be sinful of neglecting this Sunnah.
  3. MUSTAHAB OR NAFL: This I’tikaaf can be for any amount of time, even for a few minutes.

Taraweeh of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (Ahadtih 1723 – 1725)


Volume 3, Book 32, Number 228:

Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to pray (at night) in Ramadan.

Volume 3, Book 32, Number 229:

Narrated ‘Urwa:

That he was informed by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa), “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed behind him. In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second night). In the next morning the people again talked about it and on the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people. Allah’s Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him. On the fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not accommodate them, but the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) came out (only) for the morning prayer. When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud and (addressing the people) said, “Amma ba’du, your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on.” So, Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) died and the situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually). “

This indicates that praying Taraweeh in congregation is prescribed according to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), but he refrained from doing it because he feared that it would be made obligatory for the ummah. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, this reservation was no longer required, because the sharee’ah was established.

Volume 3, Book 32, Number 230:

Narrated Abu Salama bin ‘Abdur Rahman:

that he asked ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) “How was the prayer of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in Ramadan?” She replied, “He did not pray more than eleven Rakat in Ramadan or in any other month. He used to pray four Rakat —- let alone their beauty and length—-and then he would pray four —-let alone their beauty and length —-and then he would pray three Rakat (Witr).” She added, “I asked, ‘O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Do you sleep before praying the Witr?’ He replied, ‘O ‘Aisha! My eyes sleep but my heart does not sleep.”

It is proven in al-Saheeh that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray eleven rak’ahs at night in Ramadaan and at other times, but he would make the recitation and other essential parts of the prayer so long that on one occasion he recited more than five juz’ (sipara) in a single rak’ah, reciting slowly and carefully.

And it is proven that he would get up halfway through the night, or shortly before or after that, and he would carry on praying until it was close to dawn, so he would pray thirteen rak’ahs in approximately five hours. This requires making the recitation and other essential parts of the prayer lengthy.

Note: the main focus of our night prayer (inside or outside Ramadan) should be to attain tranquility and to develop a special connection with Allah. There’s no point in fighting about the number of rak`ahs of the Taraweeh prayer and there’s no point in discussing what Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) did in his time and why he did it, if our night prayer does not bring us any closer towards Allah. Yes, we want to follow the Sunnah when it comes to the number of rak`ahs, but are we going to sideline the Sunnah of making the night prayer lengthy and slow? The latter is definitely more important, won’t you agree?

Following Only the Best (Hadith No. 1703)


Volume 3, Book 31, Number 208:

Narrated Alqama:

I asked ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) “Did Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) use to choose some special days (for fasting)?” She replied, “No, but he used to be regular (constant) (in his service of worshipping). Who amongst you can endure what Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to endure?”

And that question makes one shudder. Really. Who can be like the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) when it comes to worship, or akhlaaq, or leadership, or anything? There’s not ONE man who supersedes him in any respect. Not even when it comes to suffering hardships. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to feel double the pain even in fever. So Ayesha (radiallaahu `anhu)’s question really hits home, doesn’t it? Who amongst you can endure what Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to endure?

Having said that, we must not think that since Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was so perfect, and no one can ever be like him, there’s no point in trying to follow his footsteps. Rather, his perfection is the reason why we must follow him. Since there’s none better than him, it only makes sense to follow none but him, you see?

May Allah enable us to follow his sunnah in the best manner so we can please Him and him on the Day of Judgement. May we get a spot closest to him in Jannah. May we get the chance to see him and enjoy his nearness and company. May his love only grow in our hearts and lead us to do great things – like him. Sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam. <3

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