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“Even if I Die Trying”

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Monday, 20 March 2017 09:21

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) owned a slave whose work was to earn an income for Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

One night, the slave presented Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with some food that he had earned. As soon as the food was placed before him, Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) picked up a morsel and began to eat. Seeing this, the slave was surprised and asked, “What is the matter? You normally ask me every night (as to how I earned the wealth). Why have you not asked me tonight?” Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I was overcome by extreme hunger. From where did you get this food?” The slave answered, “During the days of Jaahiliyyah (the days of ignorance, before the advent of Islam), I once passed by a certain tribe and recited some words and blew, as a form of treatment for them. On account of my service, they had promised me that they would later compensate me. It so happened that I passed by this tribe today while they were engaged in wedding festivities. As they still owed me for my service, they gave me some food from the wedding as payment.”  

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Pardon for the Pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 06 March 2017 16:01

On the occasion of Uhud, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) deputed Husail bin Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was also known as Yamaan and was the father of Huzaifah bin Yamaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), together with Thaabit bin Waqsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to remain with the women and children in the fort. This was on account of the advanced age of these two Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).

At some point, one of them said to the other, “What is the matter with you? What are you waiting for? By Allah! Neither of us has much of his life remaining. We will either die today or tomorrow. Why do we not seize our swords and join Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? Perhaps Allah Ta‘ala will bless us with martyrdom in the company of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

In this manner, they both left the fort and joined the army of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) did not recognize them and were unaware that they had joined the army.

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Outstanding Honesty

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Monday, 20 February 2017 08:43

‘Abdullah, the nephew of Muslim bin Sa’d (rahimahullah), narrates the following incident:

I once intended to perform hajj. On learning of my intention, my mother’s brother, Muslim (rahimahullah), handed me ten thousand Dirhams and said, “Seek the poorest household from the people of Madeenah Munawwarah and give these Dirhams to them.”

When I entered Madeenah Munawwarah, I asked the people to show me the poorest household among them. They thus directed me to a certain home to which I thereafter proceeded. On reaching the home, I knocked on the door. My knock was soon answered by a woman who asked me who I was. I replied, “I am a man from Baghdad who has been entrusted with ten thousand Dirhams and instructed to give them to the poorest household from the people of Madeenah Munawwarah. Please take this wealth, as your household has been described as the poorest household in Madeenah Munawwarah.”

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Pining for Paradise

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Monday, 06 February 2017 14:36

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that before the Battle of Badr, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had sent Busaisah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as a spy to gather information on the caravan of Abu Sufyaan. After Busaisah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) returned and reported the whereabouts and activities of the caravan, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) emerged from his home and announced, “We have something to pursue. Whoever has his conveyance prepared should ride with us.” Hearing this, some Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), in the eagerness to join the expedition, asked permission to fetch their conveyances from the upper portion of Madeenah Munawwarah. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not permit them to do so and said, “No, only those whose conveyances are present (will ride with us).”

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The Salaah of Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah)

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Monday, 23 January 2017 14:31

Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah) was an eminent Taabi‘ee and the ustaaz of great ‘Ulama, the likes of Muhammad bin Seereen, Qataadah, Ayyoob Sakhtiyaani and Thaabit Bunaani (rahimahumullah).

The salaah of Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah) was proverbial. Hence, ‘Alaa’ bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) once mentioned, “If I had to wish for anything, I would wish for the fiqh (Deeni understanding) of Hasan Basri (rahimahullah), the piety of Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah), the accurate opinion of Mutarrif (rahimahullah) and the salaah of Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah). 

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