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Seven Cubits (Hadith No. 2150)

Bismillah.

Long overdue, I know!

Ahadith 2147 – 2149 (below) are repeats. Related posts have been linked.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 650:
Narrated Jabir (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) entered the Mosque, and I too went there after tying the camel at the pavement of the Mosque. I said (to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)), “This is your camel.” He came out and started examining the camel and said, “Both the camel and its price are for you.”

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 651:
Narrated Hudhaifa (radiallaahu `anhu):
I saw Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) coming (or the Prophet came) to the dumps of some people and urinated there while standing.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 652:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “While a man was on the way, he found a thorny branch of a tree there on the way and removed it. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him.”

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 653:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) judged that seven cubits should be left as a public way when there was a dispute about the land.

This is about streets and roads that are not personal property. At that time, seven cubits (approx. 3.2 meters) was enough for loaded camels to pass through without any hindrance or difficulty, so that’s the width mentioned. Nowadays, while we have all kinds and sizes of cars and trains etc., governments usually decide and agree upon the width of roads/streets and railway tracks etc. And that’s fine too. Whatever suits the needs at the time.

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Give Way Please! (Hadith No. 2142)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 645:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Beware! Avoid sitting on he roads (ways).” The people said, “There is no way out of it as these are our sitting places where we have talks.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “If you must sit there, then observe the rights of the way.” They asked, “What are the rights of the way?” He said, “They are the lowering of your gazes (on seeing what is illegal to look at), refraining from harming people, returning greetings, advocating good and forbidding evil.”

I don’t know why it’s ‘cool’ for a group of friends to hang out on a staircase or on a narrow pathway/corridor. It’s so inconvenient for passers-by when we block their way. Let’s be more considerate. Find a nice corner to chit chat and spend time.
Same goes for cars. Do NOT park on the road/street where other cars might find it difficult to pass, even if you’re getting off for a minute. Think of others before yourself.

If you, by any chance, are sitting/standing on the way or in a public place, give the right of way. Do NOT gawk at people, busy yourself with something more productive like homework? Do not harm people in any way, be it by blocking their way or making them feel uncomfortable. Return greetings when they greet you. Or you could greet them first if they feel shy about it. Advocate good and forbid evil, just like we should be doing all the time.

Spilling (Hadith No. 2141)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 644:
Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):
I was the butler of the people in the house of Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu), and in those days drinks were prepared from dates. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered somebody to announce that alcoholic drinks had been prohibited. Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) ordered me to go out and spill the wine. I went out and spilled it, and it flowed in the streets of Medina. Some people said, “Some people were killed and wine was still in their stomachs.” On that the Divine revelation came:- “On those who believe And do good deeds, there is no blame for what they ate (in the past).” (5.93)

Open this page to read about the gradual prohibition of alcohol.

This hadith is mentioned by Imam Bukhari in this Book (of Oppressions) under the chapter “Spilling Wine on the Way”. Under normal circumstances, throwing something out on the street or in the way will be considered absolutely immoral.. but in this case, not one, but all the companions threw out whatever they had of intoxicating drinks as soon as the verse was revealed.

That was then. In this day and age, with sewers and drainage systems intact in our houses and buildings, we need not resort to the spilling method. You wanna get rid of something? Try the garbage can, or send it down the drain. DO NOT SPILL! Especially where people could walk and get hurt/dirty.

Separating Pathways (Hadith No. 799)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 798 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 799:

Narrated Um Salama:

Whenever Allah’s Apostle finished his prayers with Taslim, the women would get up and he would stay on for a while in his place before getting up. Ibn Shihab said, “I think (and Allah knows better), that the purpose of his stay was that the women might leave before the men who had finished their prayer.”

The idea is to not have women and men passing through the same pathway. Either separate pathways completely, or have them pass through separately.

I wish I had the time to remove the watermark. :|

Just do it. (y)

Wassalam.

The Way to Tashahhud (Hadith No. 797)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 797:

Narrated ‘Abdullah:

When we prayed with the Prophet we used to say, “Peace be on Allah from His slaves and peace be on so and so.” The Prophet said, “Don’t say As-Salam be on Allah, for He Himself is As-Salam, but say, ‘At-tahiyatu lil-lahi was-salawatu wat-taiyibatu. As-salamu ‘Alaika aiyuhan-Nabiyu warahmatu-l-lahi wa barakatuhu. As-salamu ‘alaina wa ‘ala ibadillahis-salihin. (If you say this then it will be for all the slaves in heaven or between heaven and earth). Ashhadu an la-ilaha illallahu wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhu wa Rasuluhu.’ Then select the invocation you like best and recite it.” 

(See Hadith No. 794, 795 & 796).

P.S. you don’t have to select one du`a. You can recite as many as you want.  When you sit for Tashahhud, recite the first du`a, which is mandatory: at-tahiyyatu lillahi
After that comes the Durud: Allahumma salli `alaa muhammadin
And after that, select the invocation you like best and recite it. There are a lot of options to choose from. Bring variety to your Salah. :)

Wassalam.

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