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Learn! (Hadith No. 738)


Repeats: Ahadith 736 – 737.

Volume 2, Book 13, Number 738:

Narrated Abu Hazim bin Dinar:

Some people went to Sahl bin Sad As-Sa’idi and told him that they had different opinions regarding the wood of the pulpit. They asked him about it and he said, “By Allah, I know of what wood the pulpit was made, and no doubt I saw it on thy very first day when Allah’s Apostle I took his seat on it. Allah’s Apostle sent for such and such an Ansari woman (and Sahl mentioned her name) and said to her, ‘Order your slave-carpenter to prepare for me some pieces of wood (i.e. pulpit) on which I may sit at the time of addressing the people.’ So she ordered her slave-carpenter and he made it from the tamarisk of the forest and brought it (to the woman). The woman sent that (pulpit) to Allah’s Apostle who ordered it to be placed here. Then I saw Allah’s Apostle praying on it and then bowed on it. Then he stepped back, got down and prostrated on the ground near the foot of the pulpit and again ascended the pulpit. After finishing the prayer he faced the people and said, ‘I have done this so that you may follow me and learn the way I pray.’ “

Related post here.

I have done this so that you may follow me and learn the way I pray.

Understanding these words properly can suffice us inshaAllah. ^
What did Prophet (SAW) do but to teach us the right way to go about things? His life was a mission – to teach, to deliver the message. So learn. Learn. Learn! Learn from the Prophet (SAW). Learn from those who follow him. Learn from those who love him. Learn about him, his life, his mission, his journey, his everything.
`Ilm – giving or taking – is noble, bro. It honors a person. This is what made Adam (AS) the ‘best of creation’. Because this is how Allah (SWT) sort of defended him in this incident:

And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”

And He taught Adam the names – all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, “Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful.”

They said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.”

He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.”

[Surah al-Baqarah: 30-33]

And this is why the angels were made to bow down (in honor) before him. This `Ilm. So learn, will you?

P.S. ‘learning’ and ‘gathering information’ are two different things. Look it up. :)


Jibreel, Teacher of Our Teacher (Hadith No. 500)


Kitaab Mawaqeet as-Salah [Book of Times of Prayers] starts today.

Volume 1, Book 10, Number 500:

Narrated Ibn Shihab:

Once’Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz delayed the prayer and ‘Urwa bin Az-Zubair went to him and said, “Once in ‘Iraq, Al-MughTra bin Shu’ba delayed his prayers and Abi Mas’ud Al-Ansari went to him and said, ‘O Mughira! What is this? Don’t you know that once Gabriel came and offered the prayer (Fajr prayer) and Allah’s Apostle prayed too, then he prayed again (Zuhr prayer) and so did Allah’s Apostle and again he prayed (‘Asr prayers and Allah’s Apostle did the same; again he prayed (Maghrib-prayer) and so did Allah’s Apostle and again prayed (‘Isha prayer) and so did Allah’s Apostle and (Gabriel) said, ‘I was ordered to do so (to demonstrate the prayers prescribed to you)?'” ‘Umar (bin ‘Abdul ‘AzTz) said to ‘Urwa, “Be sure of what you Say. Did Gabriel lead Allah’s Apostle at the stated times of the prayers?” ‘Urwa replied, “Bashir bin Abi Mas’ud narrated like this on the authority of his father.” Urwa added, “Aisha told me that Allah’s Apostle used to pray ‘Asr prayer when the sun-shine was still inside her residence (during the early time of ‘Asr).”

The Hadith points towards the stretch in prayer times. We’ll do this in plenty of details inshaAllah. But right now, I want to bring another point to to your attention: Jibreel (AS) used to teach Muhammad (SAW) directly.

We all know how the Qur’an was sent down, right? Allah -> Jibreel -> Muhammad (SAW).
Jibreel (AS) wasn’t just a messenger, he was a teacher. He used to show Prophet (SAW) how to implement some of the teachings practically. For example, the famous Hadith of Jibreel, in which he comes in form of a human and asks a few questions. That was him teaching the Prophet (SAW) and his companions the definitions of Islam, Imaan and Ihsaan. Similarly, in the above narration, he leads the prayer so that the Prophet (SAW) knows exactly how to perform it + when to perform it.

So indirectly, we’re Jibreel (AS)’s students as well. Yay! :D


Teaching Aloud (Hadith No. 57)


Eid is here! Alhamdulillah. Know how to spend it the Sunnah way here. May Allah accept from you and I. :)

Anyway, today’s Hadith comes under the ‘teaching’ category. You know, when I was going to start Kitaab-ul-‘Ilm, I thought the first Hadith would be “gaining knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim”. Haha. But no. The first one was about etiquettes and second is about teaching. Read on to know more..

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 57:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:

Once the Prophet remained behind us in a journey. He joined us while we were performing ablution for the prayer which was over-due. We were just passing wet hands over our feet (and not washing them properly) so the Prophet addressed us in a loud voice and said twice or thrice: “Save your heels from the fire.”

The Prophet (SAW) addressed them in a loud voice and repeated his words twice or thrice, because it was an important matter. And if he didn’t do what he did that day, we might have been facing problems today. Anyhow, this is what the Hadith tells us:
The teacher, in certain situations, can address his students in a loud voice and use harsh tone. Again, this will depend on the teacher AND the situation. Hope the message gets through..


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