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A Nikaah of the Sunnah

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Monday, 22 June 2020 15:20

Sayyiduna Salmaan Faarisi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) married a woman from Kindah and spent the first night of his marriage at his in-law’s home. On that night, he walked towards their home, accompanied by some of his friends. On reaching the home, he turned to them and said, “Return (to your homes) – may Allah Ta‘ala reward you!” Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not allow them to enter the home (and meet his wife) as is done by foolish people.  

When Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) looked at the home and observed that it was decorated with drapes, he remarked, “Does your home have a fever, or has the Ka‘bah moved to Kindah?” They replied, “Neither does our home have a fever, nor has the Ka‘bah moved to Kindah (rather, we have done this to decorate the home).” Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) refused to enter the home, until every drape was removed – except for the drape covering the doorway (as this drape fulfilled the function of purdah).  

Thereafter, on entering the home, he saw abundant items and goods. He thus asked, “To whom do all these items and goods belong?” His wife’s family answered, “They belong to you and your wife.” Sayyiduna Salmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “This is not what my beloved friend (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advised me. My beloved friend (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advised me that my possessions of the world should be exactly like the provisions of a traveller (i.e. they should not be abundant and in excess).”  

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Look beyond the Means

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Monday, 08 June 2020 13:59

Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahullah) was a saint who passed away in the year 194 A.H. He was among the leading personalities of his era, being the contemporary of Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah), the teacher of Haatim Asamm (rahimahullah) and the student of Imaam Zufar (rahimahullah).

Once, in the initial period of the life of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah), before he became the renowned saint of his time, Balkh was struck by severe drought due to which everyone was in a state of great worry and anxiety. In these severe and difficult conditions, Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) observed a slave who appeared to be carefree and cheerful. Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) asked him, “Why are you so cheerful? Do you not see how people are affected by grief and the drought?” The slave replied, “The drought does not concern me or affect me, as my master owns an entire village from which all our needs are fulfilled.”

This statement struck the heart of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) and he said, “If his master owns an entire village, whereas he is merely the creation of Allah and is poor (compared to Allah Ta‘ala), and hence due to his master’s wealth, he has no worry and concern for his sustenance, then how can a Muslim be overcome with concern for his sustenance when his master, Allah, is the most wealthy of all?”

It has been mentioned that this incident became the turning point in the life of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) and inspired him to set out on the path of Allah’s love.

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Divinely Apprehended

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Monday, 11 May 2020 06:29

There was once a worshipper in the Banu Israaeel, who was a simple labourer, toiling with a spade in his hand. It so happened that this man was married to a woman who was among the most beautiful women of the Banu Israaeel.  

After some time, word of this woman and her extraordinary beauty reached one of the tyrant rulers of the Banu Israaeel. On learning of this beautiful woman, he sent an old woman to her with the instruction, “Turn her against her husband. Say to her, ‘Are you really happy to be married to this type of person, who works with a spade? If you were with me, I would adorn you with jewellery, dress you in silk and place servants at your beck and call!’”

Every evening, this beautiful woman would serve supper to her husband and lay out a carpet for him. However, the evening after this old lady met her and delivered this message to her, she did not serve her husband in this way, as she had changed. Her husband asked her, “What is the matter with you? Why are you behaving in this manner that I have never seen before?” His wife replied, “You are correct (i.e. I have changed).” Hence, he divorced her.

She then went to the tyrant ruler who married her. However, on the first night of their marriage, as they went into seclusion, they both suddenly became blind! Then, as he stretched his hand to touch her, his hand became paralyzed! She likewise extended her hand to touch him, and her hand also became paralyzed! Finally, they were both made deaf and dumb, leaving them with absolutely no inclination towards one another.

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As You Live, So Will You Die

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Monday, 27 April 2020 07:51

Abu Zur‘ah Raazi (rahimahullah) was a renowned Muhaddith of the third century. He was a contemporary of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah), and Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was one of his students.

On one occasion, a person said to his wife, “You are divorced if Abu Zur‘ah has not memorized one hundred thousand ahaadeeth.” The people came to Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) and enquired from him as to whether the man’s wife was divorced or not. Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) replied, “He may keep his wife. She has not been divorced.”

When Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) was on his death bed, and his final moments drew near, some of his students were seated around him. They wished to make talqeen (encourage the dying person to recite the kalimah), but out of awe and respect for him, they did not know how to do so. Eventually, they said to one another, “Come, let us narrate the hadeeth (of talqeen).”

Ibnu Waarah (rahimahullah) commenced and said, “Abu ‘Aasim has reported to us from ‘Abdul Hameed bin Ja’far, who reported from Saalih ibnu Abi…” At this point, Ibnu Waarah (rahimahullah) deliberately ceased narrating further, without completing the chain of narrators.

Abu Haatim (rahimahullah) then commenced, “Bundaar has reported to us from Abu ‘Aasim, who reports from ‘Abdul Hameed bin Ja’far, who reports from Saalih…” Saying this, Abu Haatim (rahimahullah) also deliberately ceased narrating further, without completing the chain of narrators.  

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A Letter to the Nile

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:33

During the khilaafah (rule) of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Muslims conquered the land of Egypt. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as the governor over Egypt.

After the Muslims began to rule, when the month of Baoonah (the tenth month in the Coptic calendar) commenced, the people of Egypt approached Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O leader! The Nile has a special ritual that must be performed. Without performing this ritual, the river will not rise (and we will not be able to farm).” Sayyiduna ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked them, “What is this ritual?” The people answered, “When it is the twelfth night of this month, we go to a young, virgin girl. We then make her parents happy (by remunerating them greatly so they may consent us taking her away), after which we adorn her with the best of jewellery and dress her in the finest of garments. We then cast her into the Nile (as a human sacrifice).”

When Sayyiduna ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard this, he said, “This ritual cannot be carried out in Islam, as Islam has abrogated and cancelled all customs and rituals of jaahiliyyah (the pre-Islamic era).” The people thus desisted from performing this ritual. However, the remainder of Baoonah passed, as well as the next two months, without the water level of the Nile rising. Eventually, the people resolved to leave the area and move elsewhere.

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