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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Apprehensions at the time of a storm. - Fear of ALLAH

FEAR OF ALLAH

Coupled with the remarkable spirit of sacrifice, the Sa-habah had genuine and deep-rooted fear of Allah in their hearts.
I wish today's Muslims could have an iota of that fear of Allah. Here are a few stories about this aspect of their lives.

The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Apprehensions at the time of a storm.

Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallaho anha) relates that whenever a strong wind bringing dense clouds started blowing, the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam] face turned pale with the fear of Allah. He became restive and would go in and out with perturbation, and would recite the following prayer:

"0, my Allah! I ask of Thee the good out of this wind, the good out of that which is in this wind, and the good out of that which is the outcome of this wind. I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of this wind, from the evil out of that which is in this wind, and from the evil out of that which is the outcome of this wind."
She says:
"And further when it began to rain, signs of delight appeared on his face. I said to him once, '0, Prophet of Allah when clouds appear everybody is happy as they foretell rain, but why is it that I see you so much perturbed at that time?' He replied, '0, 'Aishah! How can I feel secure that this wind does not portend Allah's wrath? The people of A'ad were punished with the wind. They were happy when they beheld the gathering dense clouds, believing that they brought rain; but actually those clouds brought no rain but utter destruction to 'A'ad."
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was, obviously, referring to the following verses of the Qur'an:

"Then, when they (A'ad) beheld a dense cloud coming toward their valleys, they said: "Here is a cloud bringing us rain." Nay, but it is that very calamity which you did seek to hasten, a wind wherein is grievous penalty, destroying all things by commandment of its Lord. And morning found them so that naught could be seen, save their dwellings. Thus we treat the guilty folk." (XL VI: 24 & 25)
Look at the fear of Allah in the heart of a person who is the best of all creation (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam). In spite of a clear verse in the Qur'an that Allah would not punish the people so long as the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was with them (Al-Qur'an VIII: 33), he has so much fear of Allah in him that a strong wind reminds him of the punishment awarded to the people in the past. Now let us peep into our own hearts for a moment. Although we are fully saturated with sins, yet none of the unusual phenomena viz: earthquake, lightning, etc., arouses the least fear of Allah in our hearts and, instead of resorting to Istighfaar or Salaat at such times, we only indulge in absurd investigations.

What Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallaho anho) used to do when a storm approached:

Hadhrat Nadhr-bin-Abdullah relates:
"One day while Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu anhu) was alive, it became very dark during the day time. I went to him and said, "Did you ever see much a thing in the Prophet's time?" He replied, "I seek refuge in Allah! In those days if the breeze grew a little stronger than normal, we would hasten towards the musjid, fearing the approach of the Last Day."
Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrates:
"Whenever there was a storm, the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) would get perturbed and would go to the musjid."
Who thinks of going to musjid, now-a-days, even at the time of the worst of calamities? Leave aside the common people, even those who regard themselves as good and practising Muslims do not practise this Sunnat. What a deterioration!

FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH 

The Flight to Abyssinia and Ostracism in the Gorge of Ibn-Abi Talib:

The Flight to Abyssinia and Ostracism in the Gorge of Ibn-Abi Talib:

The hardships and sufferings borne by the Muslims were ever on the increase. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) at last permitted them to emigrate to some other place. Abyssinia at that time was ruled by a Christian King (who later on embraced Islam), famous for his mercy and equity. In Rajab of the fifth year of the Mission, the first group emigrated to Abyssinia. The group comprised about twelve men and five women. The Qureysh pursued them to the port to capture them, but their vessels had left the shore. When the group reached Abyssinia, they heard the rumour that the whole tribe of the Qureysh had accepted Islam. They were naturally very much pleased at the news and returned to their country. On approaching Mecca, they learnt that the rumour was false and the persecutions were going on unabated. Some of them decided to return to Abyssinia and the rest entered Mecca, seeking the protection of a few influential people. This is known as the first migration to Abyssinia. Later on, a bigger group of eighty-three men and eighteen women emigrated to Abyssinia (separately). This is called the second emigration to that country. Some Sahabah took part in both the migrations. The Qureysh did not like the emigrations, and the thought of peace enjoyed by the fugitives gave them no rest. They sent a delegation to Abyssinia with handsome presents for the king, his courtiers and the clergy. The delegation first met the chiefs and the priests and, by offering them presents, succeeded in winning the court officials to their side. Having thus made their way to the royal court, they prostrated themselves before the king and then presenting the gifts put their case before him. They said:
"0, king! A few foolish lads of our community have renounced their ancestral faith, and have joined an absolutely new religion, which is opposed to our as well as your religions. They have come and settled in your country. The nobility of Mecca, their own parents and kith and kin have sent us to take them back to their country. We beseech you to make them over to us."
The king replied:
"We cannot make over the people who have sought our shelter, without proper investigation. Let us call them to our presence, and hear them out. If your charge of apostasy against them is genuine, we shall make them over to you."
The king thereupon summoned the Muslims to his court. They were at first greatly distressed and did not know what to do, but Allah gave them courage, and they decided to go and place the true facts before the king. On appearing before him, they greeted him with 'Salaam'. Someone from the courtiers objected that they had not prostrated before the king according to the rules of the land. They explained:
"Our Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) has forbidden us from prostrating before any one except Allah."
The king then asked them to submit what defense they could make to the charges brought against them. Ja'far (Radhiyallaho anho) rose and addressed the king thus:
"0, king! we were an ignorant people. We neither knew Allah nor His Prophets A.S. We worshipped stones. We used to eat carrion and commit all sorts of undesirable and disgraceful acts. We did not make good our obligations to our relatives. The strong among us would thrive at the expense of the weak. Till at last, Allah raised a Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) for our reformation. His noble descent, up right conduct, integrity of purpose, and pure life are only too well known amongst us. He called upon us to worship Allah, and exhorted us to give up idolatry and stone-worship. He enjoined upon us right conduct, and forbade us from indecency. He taught us to tell the truth, to make good our trust, to have regard for our kith and kin, and to do good to our neighbours. From him we learnt to observe Salaat, Fasting, Zakaat and good conduct; and to shun everything foul, and to avoid bloodshed.
He forbade adultery, lewdness telling of lies, misappropriating the orphan's heritage, bringing false accusations against others, and all other indecent things of that sort. He taught us the Qur'an, the wonderful book of Allah. So we believed in him, followed him and acted up to his teachings. Thereupon our people began to persecute us, and to subject us to tortures, thinking that we might abjure our faith and revert to idolatry. When, however, their cruelties exceeded all bounds, we took shelter in your country by the permission of our Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)."
The king said:
"Let us hear something of the Qur'an that your Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) has taught you."
Hadhrat Ja'far (Radhiyallaho anho) recited a few verses from the beginning of Surah "Maryam", which touched the hearts of the king and the priestly class so much that tears flowed down their cheeks and wetted their beards. The king remarked:

"By Allah, these words and the words revealed to Moosa ('Alayhis Salam) are the rays of one and the same light," and he told the Qureysh embassy that he would by no means hand over the refugees to them. Then, disappointed and disgraced, they held a counsel. One of them said:
"I have hit upon a plan that is sure to draw the king's wrath upon their heads."
Although the others did not agree to such a drastic step (for after all they were their own flesh and blood), yet he would not listen. The next day, they excited the king by telling him that those heretics denounced 'Isa ('Alayhis Salam) and did not believe in his Divinity. The Muslims were again summoned to the court. They were much more distressed this time. When the king inquired about their belief in 'Isa ('Alayhis Salam), they said:

"We believe in what Allah has revealed about him to our Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), i.e. he is a servant and Prophet of Allah, and is His word, which He conveyed to the virgin and pure Maryam."
Negus said: '"Isa ('Alayhis Salam) himself does not say anything beyond that."
The priests then began to murmur in protest, but the king would not listen to them. He returned to the delegation the presents they had brought for him, and said to the Muslims:
"Go and live in peace. If anybody ill-treats you, he will have to pay heavily for it."
A royal declaration was also issued to that effect. This enhanced the prestige of the Muslims in the country, and the Qureysh delegation had to return crestfallen.
This failure of the Qureysh embassy to Abyssinia, and the triumph of Muslims over them, led to an increase in the exasperation of the idolaters; the conversion of 'Umar (Rad-hiyallaho anho] to Islam added fuel to fire. They grew more and more embittered, till things came to such a pass that a large number of the Qureysh chiefs conspired to kill Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) outright and deal summarily with the whole affair. But this was not so easy. Banu Hashim to which clan the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) belonged, were strong in number and still stronger in influence. Although all of them were not Muslims, yet even the non-Muslims among them would not agree to, or tolerate the murder of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam).
The Qureysh, therefore, decided to place a social ban on the Banu Hashim, and their chiefs drew up a document to the effect that none of them or their clans would associate with, buy from or sell to those who sided with the Banu Hashim, unless and until they surrendered Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) for the death penalty. All of them signed this document on 1st Moharram of 7th year of the Mission, and the scroll was hung up in the Ka'abah in order to give it full sanctity.
Then, for three long years, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was shut up with all his kinsfolk in the glen, which was a sub-section of one of the gorges that run down to Mecca. For three long years, nobody could see them nor could they see anybody. They could not purchase anything in Mecca nor from any trader coming from outside.
If any person was found outside this natural prison, he was beaten mercilessly and if he asked for anything it was flatly refused. Soon their stock of food was exhausted and they were reduced to famine rations. Their women and, more specially, the children and suckling babies would cry with hunger, and this was harder on them than their own starvation. During the last part of this period, their sole subsistence was the little food that the husbands of Hashimite women married into other clans managed to smuggle into the glen in the darkness of night.
At last by the Grace of Allah, after three years the scroll was eaten up by white ants and the ban was removed. The severity of the afflictions, which they bore during this period of ostracism, cannot be imagined. But the Sahabah not only remained steadfast in their faith, but also kept busy in spreading the light of Islam amongst their comrades in distress.
Look! How much the Sahabah have suffered in the path of Allah and for the cause of Islam. We claim to follow their footsteps, and dream of the material progress and spiritual elevation which was theirs, but how much have we suffered in the true cause? what sacrifice have we offered for the sake of Allah in His path? Success is always proportionate to the sacrifice. We wish to live in luxury and comfort, and are too eager to race shoulder to shoulder with the non-Muslims in enjoying the good things of this world, forgetting the Hereafter, and then at the same time we expect to receive the same help from Allah which the Sahabah received in their time. We cannot beguile anybody but ourselves by working like this. As the Poet has said,

'I am afraid, 0 wayfarer, that you will not reach the Ka'aba because the path that you are following goes (in the opposite direction) to Turkistan.'

FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH

Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into Islam.

Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into Islam.

Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho), of whom all the Muslims are justly proud, and the disbelievers still dread, was most adamant in opposing the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and very prominent in persecuting the Muslims before he embraced Islam. One day, the Qureysh in a meeting called for somebody to volunteer himself for the assassination of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasal-lam). 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) offered himself for this job, at which everybody exclaimed:
"Surely, you can do it, 'Umar!"
With sword hanging from his neck, he set out straight away on his sinister errand. On his way he met Sa'ad bin Abi Waqqas of the Zuhrah clan. Sa'ad inquired:
"Whither! 'Umar?" 'Umar: "I am after finishing Muhammad."
Sa'ad: "But do not you see that Banu Hashim, Banu Zuhrah and Banu Abde Munaf are likely to kill you in retaliation?"
'Umar (upset at the warning):
"It seems that you also have renounced the religion of your forefathers. Let me settle with you first."
So saying, Umar drew out his sword. Sa'ad announcing his Islam, also took out his sword. They were about to start a duel when Sa'ad said:
"You had better first set your own house in order. Your sister and brother-in-law both have accepted Islam."
Hearing this, Umar flew into a towering rage and turned his steps towards his sister's house. The door of the house was bolted from inside and both husband and wife were receiving lessons in the Qur'an from Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho). 'Umar knocked at the door and shouted for his sister to open it. Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho) hearing the voice of 'Umar, hid himself in some inner room, forgetting to take the manuscript pages of the Holy Qur'an with him. When the sister opened the door, 'Umar hit her on the head, saying:
"0, enemy of yourself. You too have renounced your religion."
Her head began to bleed. He then went inside and inquired, "What were you doing? And who was the stranger I heard from outside?" His brother-in-law replied, "We were talking to each other." 'Umar said to him, "Have you also forsaken the creed of your forefathers and gone over to the new religion?" The brother-in-law replied, "But what if the new religion be the better and the true one?" 'Umar got beside himself with rage and fell on him, pulling his beard and beating him most savagely. When the sister intervened, he smote her so violently on her face that it bled most profusely. She was, after all, 'Umar's sister; she burst out:
"'Umar! we are beaten only because we have become Muslims. Listen! we are determined to die as Muslims. You are free to do whatever you like.."
When 'Umar had cooled down and felt a bit ashamed over his sister's bleeding, his eyes fell on the pages of the Qur'an left behind by Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho). He said, "Alright show me, what are these?" "No," said the sister, "you are unclean and no unclean person can touch the Scripture." He insisted, but the sister was not prepared to allow him to touch the leaves unless he washed his body. 'Umar at last gave in. He washed his body and then began to read the leaves. It was Surah "Taha". He started from the beginning of the Surah, and he was a changed man altogether when he came to the verse:

"Lo! I, indeed I am Allah. There is none worthy of worship save Me. So serve me and establish Salaat for My remembrance."
He said: "Alright, take me to Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)."
On hearing this, Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho) came out from inside and said:
"0, 'Umar! Glad tidings for you. Yesterday (on Thursday night) the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) prayed to Allah, *0, Allah strengthen Islam with either 'Umar or Abu Jahl, whomsoever Thou likest'. It seems that his prayer has been answered in your favour."
'Urnar then went to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and embraced Islam on Friday morning. 'Umar's Islam was a terrible blow to the morale of the unbelievers, but still the Muslims were few in number and the whole country was against them. The disbelievers intensified their efforts for the complete annihilation of Muslims and the extinction of Islam. With 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) on their side, the Muslims now started saying their Salaat in the Haram. Abdullah bin Mas'ood (Radhiyallaho anho) says:
"'Umar's Islam was a big triumph, his emigration to Madinah a tremendous reinforcement, and his accession to the Caliphate a great blessing for the Muslims."
FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH

Hadhrat Sohaibs (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into Islam:

Hadhrat Sohaibs (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into Islam:

Hadhrat Sohaib and Hadhrat Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anhuma) became Muslims at the same time. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was staying at Arqam's (Radhiyallaho anho) place, when they both came separately with the same intention of embracing Islam and met each other at the door of the house. Sohaib (Radhiyallaho anho) also suffered very much at the hands of his persecutors, like other poor Muslims of that time. At last he decided to emigrate to Madinah. The Qureysh would not tolerate this and, soon after his departure, a party went in pursuit to bring him back to Mecca. As the party drew near, he shouted to them:
"You know that I am a better archer than all of you. So long as I have a single arrow left with me, you will not be able to approach me and, when I finish all my arrows, I shall fight you with my sword, as long as it is in my hand. If you like you can get my money which I have left in Mecca and my two women slaves, in lieu of me."
And they agreed. He told them the whereabouts of his money, and they allowed him to proceed to Madinah. At this, Allah revealed the following verse of the Qur'an to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam):

"And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure of Allah, and Allah has compassion on His bondsmen."
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was at that time at Quba. When he saw Hadhrat Sohaib (Radhiyallaho anho) coming, he remarked:

"A good bargain, Sohaib!"
Sohaib (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates:
"The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was eating dates at that time. I also joined him in eating. One of my eyes was sore." He said, "Sohaib! you are taking dates when your eye is sore." 'But I am taking them by the side of the other eye, which is not sore, 0, Prophet of Allah,' I replied. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was much amused with my retort."

Hadhrat Sohaib (Radhiyallaho anho) was very generous and he spent his money on others most lavishly. 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) once told him that he was rather extravagant. He replied: "But I spend only where it is right." When Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) was about to die, he expressed the wish that his funeral service be led by Hadhrat Sohaib (Radhiyallaho anho).

FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH 

Hadhrat Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho) and His Parents:

Hadhrat Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho) and his parents were also subjected to the severest afflictions. They were tormented on the scorching sands of Mecca. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) while passing by them would enjoin patience giving them glad tidings about paradise. Ammaar's father Yasir (Radhiyallaho anho) died after prolonged sufferings at the hands of persecutors, and his mother Sumayya (Radhiyallaho anha) was killed by Abu Jahl, who put his spear through the most private part of her body, causing her death. She had refused to renounce Islam in the face of terrible torture in her old age. The blessed lady was the first to meet martyrdom in the cause of Islam. The first mosque in Islam was built by Ammaar (Radhiyal-laho anho).
When the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) emigrated to Madinah, Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho] offered to build a structure for him where he could sit, take rest in the afternoon, and say his Salaat under its roof. He first collected the stones and then built the musjid in Quba. He fought against the enemies of Islam with great zeal and courage. Once he was fighting in a battle when he said rejoicingly:

"I am to meet my friends very soon, I am to meet Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam] and his companions."
He then asked for water. He was offered some milk. He took it and said:

"I heard the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saying to me, *'Milk shall be the last drink of your worldly life."
He then fought till he met his coveted end. He was then aged about ninety-four.

FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH  

The Afflictions of Hadhrat Khabbab bin Alarat (Radhiyallaho anho)

The Afflictions of Hadhrat Khabbab bin Alarat (Radhiyallaho anho)

Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho) is also one of those blessed persons who offered themselves for sacrifice and suffering for the cause of Allah. He was the sixth or seventh person to embrace Islam and, therefore, he suffered long. He was made to put on steel armor and lie in the sun to sweat and swelter. Very often he was made to lie flat on burning sand, which caused the flesh on his back to waste away. He was the slave of a woman. When she came to know that he was visiting the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), she used to brand his head with a hot iron rod. Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) during his caliphate once inquired of him about the details of his sufferings after embracing Islam. He showed him his back, seeing which Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) remarked, "I have never seen such a back before." He said, "My body was dragged over heaps of smoldering charcoal, and the blood and fat coming out of my back put out the fire." It is said that, when Islam spread and the Muslims conquered all the surrounding territory, he used to weep and say:
"Allah seems to be compensating us in this world for all our sufferings, and perhaps nothing would be left for us as reward in the Hereafter."
Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates:
"The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) once performed an unusually long rakaat while leading a Sa-laat. When the Sahabah mentioned it to him, he said, "This was a Salaat of yearning and humility. I asked three boons from Allah. I besought Him:
'0, Allah! Let not my Ummat perish by famine; let not my Ummat be annihilated by an enemy gaining an upper hand on them; and let not my Ummat fight among themselves.'
Allah granted the first two prayers, but not the third one." Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho) died in 37 A.H. He was the first of the Sahabah to be buried at Koofah. Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) once passing his grave said:
"May Allah bless and show mercy on Hadhrat Khabbab (Radhiyallaho anho). He embraced Islam willingly. He emigrated with great pleasure in Allah's path, and spent his whole life in striving and suffering for Islam. Blessed is the person who is mindful of the Day of Judgement, prepares for his reckoning, remains contented with very little of this world, and is able to please his Lord."
To be able to please Allah, was really, the Sahabah's greatest achievement, for this was the sole purpose of their life.

FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH 

Hadhrat Abuzar Ghifari's (Radhiyallaho anho) Conversion to Islam

Hadhrat Abuzar Ghifari's (Radhiyallaho anho) Conversion to Islam

Hadhrat Abuzar Ghifari (Radhiyallaho anho) is very famous among the Sahabah for his piety and knowledge. Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) used to say:
"Abuzar is the custodian of such knowledge as other people are incapable of acquiring."
When he first got news of the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) mission, he deputed his brother to go to Mecca and make investigations regarding 'the person' who claimed to be the recipient of Divine revelation. His brother returned after necessary enquiries, and informed him that he found Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) to be a man of good habits and excellent conduct, and that his wonderful revelations were neither poetry nor sooth-sayings. This report did not satisfy him, and he decided to set out for Mecca and find out the facts for himself. On reaching Mecca, he went straight to the Haram. He did not know the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and he did not consider it advisable (under the circumstances prevailing at that time) to enquire about him from anybody. When it became dark, Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) noticed him and seeing in him a stranger, could not ignore him, as hospitality and care for the travelers, the poor and the strangers, were the Sahabah's second nature. He, therefore, took him to his place. He did not ask him about the purpose of his visit to Mecca, nor did Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) himself disclose it. Next day, he again went to the Haram and stayed there till nightfall without being able to learn who the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was. In fact everybody knew that the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and his companions were being persecuted in Mecca, and Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) might have had misgivings about the result of his quest for the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) again took him home for the night, but again did not have any talk with him about the purpose of his visit to the city. On the third night, however, after Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) had entertained him as on the two previous nights, he asked him:
"Brother, what brings you to this town?" Before replying, Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) took an undertaking from Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) that he would speak the truth, and then he enquired from him about Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) replied:
"He is verily the Prophet of Allah. You accompany me tomorrow and I shall take you to him. But you have to be very careful, lest people come to know of your association with me, and you get into trouble. When on our way 1 apprehend some trouble, I shall get aside pretending some necessity or adjusting my shoes, and you will proceed ahead without stopping so that the people may not connect us."
The next day, he followed Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho), who took him before the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). In the very first meeting, he embraced Islam. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), fearing that the Qureysh might harm him, enjoined upon him not to make an open declaration of his Islam, and bade him to go back to his clan and return when Muslims had gained the upper hand. Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) replied:
"0, Prophet of Allah! By Him who is the master of my soul, I must go and recite the Kalimah in the midst of these unbelievers."
True to his word, he went straight to the Haram and, right in the midst of the crowd and at the pitch of his voice, recited Kalimah-e-Shahadat viz:

" I bear witness that there is no god save Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad
(Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) is the Prophet of Allah."
People fell upon him from all sides, and would have beaten him to death if Abbas (the Prophet's uncle, who had not till then embraced Islam) had not shielded him and saved him from death. Abbas said to the mob:
"Do you know who he is? He belongs to the Ghifar clan, who live on the way of our caravans to Syria. If he is killed, they will waylay us and we shall not be able to trade with that country."
This appealed to their prudence and they left him alone.
The next day, Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho] repeated his perilous confession of Imaan and would have surely been beaten to death by the crowd, had not Abbas intervened once again and saved him for the second time.
The action of Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) was due to his extraordinary zeal for proclaiming Kalimah among the disbelievers, and the prohibition by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was due to the soft corner in his heart for Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho), lest he be put to hardships that might prove too much for him. There is not the least shadow of disobedience in this episode. Since the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) himself was undergoing all sorts of hardships in spreading the message of Islam, Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) also thought it fit to follow his example rather than to avail of his permission to avoid danger. It was this spirit of Sahabah that took them to the heights of material and spiritual progress. When a person once recited the Kalimah and entered the fold of Islam, no power on earth could turn him back and no oppression or tyranny could stop him from Tabligh.

FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH 

Hadhrat Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) and his Sufferings

Hadhrat Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) and his Sufferings

Hadhrat Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) is one of the best known of the galaxy of Sahabah as moazzin of the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) masjid. He was an Abyssinian slave of a disbeliever in Mecca. His conversion to Islam was, naturally, not liked by his master and he was, therefore, persecuted mercilessly. Ummayah bin Khalaf, who was the worst enemy of Islam, would make him lie down on the burning sand at midday and would place a heavy stone on his breast, so that he could not even move a limb. He would then say to him:
"Renounce Islam or swelter and die."
Even under these afflictions, Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) would exclaim:-
"Ahad"-The One (Allah). "Ahad"-The One (Allah).
He was whipped at night and with the cuts thus received, made to lie on the burning ground during the day to make him either forsake Islam or to die a lingering death from wounds. The torturers would get tired and take turns (Abu Jahl, Umayyah and others) and vie with one another in afflicting more and more painful punishment, but Hadhrat Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) would not yield. At last Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho) bought his freedom, and he became a free Muslim.
As Islam taught implicitly the oneness of the Almighty Creator, while the idolaters of Mecca believed in many gods and goddesses with minor godlings, therefore Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) repeated:
"Ahad (The One), Ahad (The One)."
This shows his love and devotion to Allah. Allah was so dear to him that no amount of persecution could distract him from reciting His Holy name. It is said that the urchins of Mecca would drag him in the streets, with his words "Ahad!, Ahad!" ringing in their wake.
Look how Allah rewarded his steadfastness! He was to have the honour of becoming the Prophet's moazzin. He was always to remain with him at home and abroad to call out the Azaan for his Salaat. After the Prophet's death it became very hard for him to continue his stay in Madinah where he would miss him at every step and in every corner. He therefore left Madinah, and decided to pass the rest of his life striving in the path of Allah. Once he beheld the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) in his dream saying to him:
"O, Bilal! How is it that you never visit me."
No sooner did he get up than he set out for Madinah. On reaching there, Hadhrat Hasan and Hadhrat Husain (Radhiyallaho anhuma) (The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) grandsons) requested him to call out the Azaan. He could not refuse them, for they were very dear to him. But as soon as the Azaan was called, the people of Madinah cried openly out of their anguish at the memory of the happy old days of the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) time. Even the women came out of their houses weeping. Hadhrat Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) left Madinah again after a few days and died in Damascus in 20 A.H.

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The Truce of Hudeybiah and Story of Hadhrat Abu Jandal and Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anhu-ma)

The Truce of Hudeybiah and Story of Hadhrat Abu Jandal and Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anhu-ma)

In the 6th year of Hijrah, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam] along with his companions left for Mecca to perform Umrah. The Qureysh heard of the news and decided to resist his entry into Mecca even as a pilgrim, and so he had to encamp at Hudeybiah. The devoted Sahabah, 1 400 in number, were however determined to enter, even if it involved an open fight; but the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) viewed the matter differently and in spite of the Sahabah's eagerness to fight, entered into a treaty with the Qureysh, accepting their conditions in full.
This one-sided and seemingly ungraceful truce was a very bitter pill for the Sahabah to swallow, but their devotion to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) would not allow them to demur, and even the most valiant man like Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) could not but submit to his decision. According to one of the articles of the treaty, converts to Islam during the period of the truce were to be returned, but not so the deserters from Muslims to Qureysh.
Hadhrat Abu Jandal (Radhiyallaho anho) a Muslim in Mecca, was suffering great persecution at the hands of Qureysh. They kept him constantly in chains. On hearing about the arrival of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) in Hudeybiah, he escaped somehow and managed to reach the Muslim camp at a time when the truce was about to be signed. His father, Suhail (till then a non-Muslim) was the envoy of Qureysh in the negotiations for the truce. He smote Hadhrat Abu Jandal (Radhiyallaho anho) on his face and insisted on taking him back to Mecca. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) represented that, since the truce had not till then been written, its application in Abu Jandal's case was premature. Suhail, however, would not listen to any argument and was not inclined to leave his son with the Muslims even at the personal request of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), and would have forgone the truce even. Abu Jandal (Radhiyallaho anho) counting his hardships remonstrated at the top of his voice but, much to the grief of the Sahabah, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) agreed to his return. He however enjoined patience on him saying:
"Do not be distressed, Hadhrat Abu Jandal (Radhiyallaho anho), Allah will shortly open a way for you."
After the truce was signed and the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had returned to Madinah, another Meccan Muslim Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho) escaped to Madinah and besought the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) protection. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) refused to accept his implorations and, in deference to the truce condition, handed him over to the two persons who had been deputed by the Qureysh to claim him. He, however, advised him as he had advised Hadhrat Abu Jandal (Radhiallaho anho) to be patient and to hope for the help of Allah. When Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho) and his escort were on their way back to Mecca, Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho) said to one of them:
"Friend, your sword is extremely fine."
The man was flattered and took it out from the sheath and said:
"Yes it is really very fine, and I have tried it on so many persons. You can have a look at it."
Most foolishly he made over the sword to Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho), who immediately 'tried' it on its owner and killed him. The other man took to his heels and reached Madinah to report to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). In the meantime Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho) also arrived. He said to the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam):
"0, Prophet of Allah, you once returned me and absolved yourself of the truce obligations. I had no obligations to fulfil and I managed my escape from them by this trick, as I was afraid of their forcing me to forsake my faith."
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) remarked: "You are a war-monger. I wish you could be helped."
Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho) came to understand from this that he would be returned to Qureysh again when they demanded him. He therefore left Madinah and fled to a place in the desert on the sea shore. Abu Jandal (Radhiyallaho anho) also managed his escape and joined him there. More Muslims of Mecca followed, and in a few days quite a small group of such fugitives gathered in the wilderness. They had to undergo untold sufferings in the desert, where there was neither habitation nor vegetation. They, however, being bound by no treaty proved a great nuisance for the Qureysh by dealing blows after blows on their caravans passing that way. This compelled the Qureysh to approach the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and beseech him to intervene and call the fugitives to Madinah, so that they might be bound by the terms of the treaty like other Muslims, and the caravans might pass in safety. It is said that Hadhrat Abu Basir (Radhiyallaho anho) was on his deathbed when the letter sent by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) permitting his return to Madinah reached him. He died while holding the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) letter in his hand.
No power on the earth can make a person forsake his faith, provided it is a true faith. Moreover, Allah has given an assurance to help those who are genuine Muslims.


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Martyrdom of Hadhrat Anas bin Nadhr (Radhiyallaho anho)

Martyrdom of Hadhrat Anas bin Nadhr (Radhiyallaho anho)

Hadhrat Anas bin Nadhr (Radhiyallaho anho) was one of the Sahabah who could not take part in the campaign of Badr. He very much regretted to have missed the honour of participating in the first and the most illustrious battle for Islam. He longed for a chance wherein he could make amends for Badr. He did not have to wait for long. The battle of Uhud came about in the following year. He joined the army with the most determined zeal. Despite heavy odds, the Muslims were gaining the upper hand, when some people made a blunder and the Muslims had to suffer a reverse. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had posted a band of fifty archers to guard a pass in the rear against the enemy cavalry. They had definite instructions not to move from their position till further orders from him. But when they saw the Muslims gaining victory and the enemy in full flight, they left their position in the belief that the battle was over and it was time to join in the pursuit and get on to the booty. The leader of the band tried his utmost to check them by reminding them of the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) command and solicited them to stay on, but no more than ten persons would listen to him, arguing that the orders given by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) were only for the duration of the actual fight. The enemy cavalry then noticed the unguarded pass in the rear, made a flank movement, forced a passage through it, and fell right on the rear of the Muslims, who were pre-occupied with the booty. It was in this state of affairs that Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallaho anho) saw Hadhrat Sa'ad bin Ma'az (Radhiyallaho anho) passing in front of him. He shouted to him:
STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH
Martyrdom of Hadhrat Anas bin Nadhr (Radhiyallaho anho):
Hadhrat Anas bin Nadhr (Radhiyallaho anho) was one of the Sahabah who could not take part in the campaign of Badr. He very much regretted to have missed the honour of participating in the first and the most illustrious battle for Islam. He longed for a chance wherein he could make amends for Badr. He did not have to wait for long. The battle of Uhud came about in the following year. He joined the army with the most determined zeal. Despite heavy odds, the Muslims were gaining the upper hand, when some people made a blunder and the Muslims had to suffer a reverse. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had posted a band of fifty archers to guard a pass in the rear against the enemy cavalry. They had definite instructions not to move from their position till further orders from him. But when they saw the Muslims gaining victory and the enemy in full flight, they left their position in the belief that the battle was over and it was time to join in the pursuit and get on to the booty. The leader of the band tried his utmost to check them by reminding them of the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) command and solicited them to stay on, but no more than ten persons would listen to him, arguing that the orders given by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) were only for the duration of the actual fight. The enemy cavalry then noticed the unguarded pass in the rear, made a flank movement, forced a passage through it, and fell right on the rear of the Muslims, who were pre-occupied with the booty. It was in this state of affairs that Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallaho anho) saw Hadhrat Sa'ad bin Ma'az (Radhiyallaho anho) passing in front of him. He shouted to him:
"0, Sa'ad! where are you going? By Allah! I smell the fragrance of Paradise coming from Mount Uhud."
Saying this, he threw himself into the very thick of the enemy, and fought tooth and nail till he met his martyrdom.
After the battle, it was found that his body had been mauled and mutilated to such an extent that only his sister could identify him, and that barely from the finger tips. No less than eighty wounds of arrows and swords were counted on his body.
Those who strive in the path of Allah with sincerity and devotion taste the pleasures of Paradise even in this world, and so did Anas (Radhiyallaho anho) smell the fragrance of Paradise.




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The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) Journey to Taif

STEADFASTNESS IN THE FACE OF HARDSHIPS

The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) Journey to Taif

For nine years, since his selection by Allah for His mission, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had been delivering the message of Allah in Makkah and making all-out efforts to guide and reform his community. Excepting a few persons who had either embraced Islam or who helped him though not accepting his creed, all the rest in Mecca left no stone unturned in persecuting and deriding him and his followers. His uncle Abu Talib was one of those good-hearted people who helped him, in spite of his not entering into the fold of Islam.
The following year, on the death of Abu Talib, the Qu-reysh got a free hand and therefore accelerated their sinister pursuits without check and hindrance. At Taif, the second biggest town of Hijaz, there lived Banu Thaqif, a clan strong in number. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) left for Taif with the hope of winning them over to Islam, thus giving quarter to Muslims from the persecution of the Qureysh, and also establishing a base for the future propagation of Islam. On reaching Taif he visited the three chieftains of the clan separately, and placed before each of them the message of Allah, and called upon them to stand by his Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) side. Instead of accepting his message, they refused even to listen to him and, notwithstanding the proverbial Arab hospitality, each of them treated him most contemptuously and rudely.
They plainly told him that they did not like his stay in their town. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had expected a civil, even a cordial treatment and due courtesy in speech from them, as they were the heads of the clan. But one of them sneered:
"Hey, Allah has made you a Prophet!" The other exclaimed with derision:
"Could Allah not lay His hand on anyone else, beside you to make him His Prophet?"
The third one gibed at him:
"I do not want to talk to you, for if you are in fact a Prophet, then to oppose you is to invite trouble, and if you only pretend to be one, why should I talk with an impostor?"
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), who was a rock of steadfastness and perseverance, did not lose heart over this check from the chieftains, and tried to approach the common people; but nobody would listen to him. Instead they asked him to clear off from their own town and go wherever else he liked. When he realised that further efforts were in vain, he decided to leave the town. But they would not let him depart in peace, and set the street urchins after him to hiss, to hoot, to jeer at, and to stone him. He was so much pelted at with stones that his whole body was covered with blood, and his shoes were clogged to his feet. He left the town in this woeful plight. When he was far out of the town, and safe from the rabble, he prayed to Allah thus:


 "0, my Allah! To Thee I complain of the feeble-ness of my strength, of my lack of resources and my being unimportant in the eyes of people. 0, Most Merciful of all those capable of showing mercy! Thou art the Lord of the weak, and Thou art my own Lord. To whom art Thou to entrust me; to an unsympathetic foe who would sullenly frown at me, or to an alien to whom Thou hast given control over my affairs? Not in the least do I care for anything except that I may have Thy protection for myself. I seek shelter in Your light-the light which illuminates the Heavens and dispels all sorts of darkness, and which controls all affairs in this world as well as in the Hereafter. May it never be that I should incur Thy wrath, or that Thou should be displeased with me. I must remove the cause of Thy displeasure till Thou art pleased. There is no strength nor power but through Thee."
The Heavens were moved by the prayer, and Jibrail (Alayhis salaam) appeared before the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), greeting him with Assalamu Alaikum and said:
"Allah knows all that has passed between you and these people. He has deputed an angel in charge of the mountains to be at your command."
Saying this, Jibrail (Alayhis salam) ushered the angel before the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). The angel greeted the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and said:
"0, Prophet of Allah! I am at your service. If you wish, I can cause the mountains overlooking this town on both sides to collide with each other, so that all the people therein would be crushed to death, or you may suggest any other punishment for them."
The merciful and noble Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said:
"Even if these people do not accept Islam, I do hope from Allah that there will be persons from among their progeny who would worship Allah and serve His cause."
Behold the conduct of our noble Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), whom we profess to follow! We get so much irritated over a little trouble or a mere abuse from somebody that we keep on torturing and taking our revenge throughout our lives in every possible manner. Does it become people who claim to follow the magnanimous
Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)? Look, even after so much suffering at the hands of the Taif mob, he neither curses them nor does he work for any revenge, even when he has the full opportunity to do so.


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FAZA'IL-E-A'MAAL PART 1 - STORIES OF THE SAHAABAH

Chapter 1 : STEADFASTNESS IN THE FACE OF HARDSHIPS


  1. The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe Wasallam) Journey...
  2. Martyrdom of Hadhrat Anas bin Nadhr (Radhiyallaho ...
  3. The Truce of Hudeybiah and Story of Hadhrat Abu Ja...
  4. Hadhrat Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) and his Sufferin...
  5. Hadhrat Abuzar Ghifari's (Radhiyallaho anho) Conve...
  6. The Afflictions of Hadhrat Khabbab bin Alarat (Rad...
  7. Hadhrat Ammaar (Radhiyallaho anho) and His Parents...
  8. Hadhrat Sohaibs (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into Is...
  9. Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) coming into Isla...
  10. The Flight to Abyssinia and Ostracism in the Gorge...

Chapter 2 : FEAR OF ALLAH


The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) Apprehensions at the time of a storm.
What Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu anhu) used to do when a storm approached.

The action of Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) at the Time of Solar Eclipse.

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam)weeping the whole night.

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu anhu) and The Fear of Allah.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) and the Fear of Allah.

An Admonition by Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas (Radhiyallahu anhu).

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) passing near the ruins of Thamud during Tabuk expedition

Hadhrat Ka'ab's (Radhiyallahu anhu) Failure to Join the Tabuk Expedition

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) reprimand on the Sahabah's Laughing

Hadhrat Hanzlah's (Radhiyallahu anhu) Fear of Nifaq

A Few Miscellaneous Stories about the Fear of Allah

Chapter 3 : ABSTINENCE AND SELF-DENIAL OF THE SAHABAH

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) Dislike for gold and Life of Abstinence

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu anhu) in a State of Hunger

Hadhrat Abu Bakr's (Radhiyallahu anhu) Daily Allowance from the Bait-ul Mal

Hadhrat 'Umar's (Radhiyallahu anhu) Daily Allowance

Bilal's (Radhiyallahu anhu) story about the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam)

Another Story of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah's (Radhiyal-lahu anhu) Hunger

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) opinion about two persons

Privations go with love for the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam)

The Al-Ambar Expedition

Chapter 4 : PIETY AND SCRUPULOUSNESS

The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) accepts a woman's invitation

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) Sleepless Night

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu anhu) and a soothsayer's food

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) vomits out milk of Sadaqah

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu anhu) gives his garden to Bait-ul-Maal

The story of AIi bin Ma'bad: (Rahmatullah alaih)

Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu anhu) passes by a grave

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) verdict about haraam food

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) does not like his wife to weigh musk

Hadhrat Umar-bin-Abdul Aziz (Rahmatullah alaih) dismisses a governor

Chapter 5 : DEVOTION TO SALAAT

Blessings of Nafl (non-obligatory) Prayers

The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) spends the whole night in Salaat

The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) recitation of the Qur'an in Salaat

Salaat of a Few Eminent Sahabah

Salaat of a Muhajir and an Ansari keeping watch

Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallahu anhu) and his Salaat

Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallahu anhu) and his Salaat

Sahabah's suspending trade at the time of Salaat

Martyrdom of Hadhrat Khubaib, Hadhrat Zaid and Hadhrat 'Asim (Radhiyallahu anhum)

Chapter 6 : SYMPATHY AND SELF-SACRIFICE

Feeding the guest in darkness

Overpayment of Zakaat

Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) trying to emulate Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu anhu)

Sahabah dying thirsty for others

Sunnahs of Qiyaam



Sunnahs of Qiyaam

1.        At the time of saying Takbeer-e- Tahreema (i.e. Allahu Akbar) the back must be upright. The head should not be bent downwards.
2.        The feet should be placed four fingers apart (Tahtaawi pg.143).The toes should be facing towards the Qibla.
Note: Certain Fuqaha (Jurists) have mentioned that keeping the feet at a distance of four fingers is Mustahab. However, in fiqh (Jurisprudence), the word Mustahab is used for Sunnat and vice versa.
3.        The Muqtadees (followers) should raise their hands to say Takbeer-e- Tahreema together with the Imaam.
Note:  If the Muqtadee’s Takbeer-e- Tahreema ends before the Imaam his following will not be correct.
4.         At the time of saying Takbeer-e- Tahreema both hands should be raised upto the ears.
5.        The palm of the hands should be facing the Qibla at the time of Takbeer
6.        The fingers should be in their natural position at the time of Takbeer i.e. neither spread out nor tightly closed.
7.        When folding the hands, the palm of the right hand should be placed on the back of the left palm.
8.        The small finger and the thumb of the right hand should form a circle around the wrist of the left hand.
9.        The middle three fingers should be placed flat over the forearm.
10.     One should position the hands below the navel.
11.     It is Sunnat to recite the Thana.
Source: Beautiful Sunnahs of Beloved Nabi SAW
Author: Aarif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Db

Sunnah Method of Salah (Namaz)

Sunnahs of Azaan and Iqaamah


Recommended reading: Common Mistakes in Adhaan & Iqaamah



Sunnahs of Azaan and Iqaamah
1.        It is Sunnat to face the Qibla while saying the Azaan and Iqaamah.
2.        It is Sunnat to say the Azaan with pauses after each phrase while the Sunnat method of Iqaamah is to say it quickly.
3.        During the Azaan it is Sunnat to turn the face to the right when saying:  and towards the left when saying However, the chest and the feet should remain towards the direction of the Qibla.
4.        It is Sunnat to repeat the words of the Azaan after the Muazzin (in reply to the Azaan). When the Muazzin call out
and
reply with:
5.        In the Azaan of Fajar when the Muazzin calls out:
reply with:
6.        The reply will be given to the Iqaamah in the same way as it is given for Azaan. However, in reply to
one should say:
7.        After the Azaan it is Sunnat to recite Durood Sharief  (Muslim – Vol.1 pg.166)
8.        Thereafter recite this Dua which is narrated in the chapter of Azaan in Bukhari Sharief.

Trans:   O’ Allah the Lord of this perfect call and the Lord of the prayer which is about to be performed, grant Muhammad (  ) the intercession and the virtue and grant him the praised position (Al-maqaamul Mahmood) which you have promised him. Verily you do not contradict your promise.
The words are not narrated in Bukhari Sharif. Imam Baihaqi has narrated it in Sunan-e-Kubra.
Note: To add the words or to add at the end is not established from any narration. (Hence it should not be added on in the Dua after azaan). Mullah Ali Qari () writes in Mirqaat-Vol.2, pg. 163.

Note:  By reciting this Dua one will be blessed with a good death and one will receive the intercession of Rasulullah ().
Source: Beautiful Sunnahs of Beloved Nabi SAW
Author: Aarif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Db

Sunnah Method of Salah (Namaz)

Sunnah Method of Using Miswaak

Sunnah Method of Using Miswaak

1.        It is sunnat to use the Miswaak at the time of every Wudhu.
2.        The sunnat method of holding the Miswaak according to what Hazrat Abdullah Ibne Mas’ood (R.A) has narrated is as follows:
Place the small finger of the right hand below the Miswaak. Place the thumb below the head of the Miswaak. The remaining three fingers will be placed above.
Source: Beautiful Sunnahs of Beloved Nabi SAW
Author: Aarif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Db




Sunnah Method of Salah (Namaz)

Sunnah Method of Ablution (Wudhu)










Faraaidh (compulsory acts) Of Ablution (Wudhu)

1.        To wash the entire face once
2.        To wash both hands including the elbows once
3.        To make Masah of a quarter of the head once.
4.        To wash both feet once upto and including the ankles.
By doing so much, the Wudhu will be completed. However, by performing Wudhuaccording to the Sunnat method, one’s Wudhu will be perfected and more   reward will be attained.

Sunnahs of Ablution (Wudhu)

1.        There are eighteen sunnats in Wudhu. By fulfilling these sunnats, one’s Wudhu will be perfected.
2.        Make the intention of Wudhu eg.“ I am performing Wudhu to make Salaah permissible”.
3.        Recite
In some narrations the following words have also been narrated which could be recited.  
and in some narrations is also mentioned.
It is sunnat to recite the following Dua whilst performing Wudhu.

4.        Wash both hands upto the wrists..
5.        Clean the teeth with Miswaak. If one does not have a Miswaak, rub the teeth with the fingers
6.        Gargle the mouth thrice.
7.        Put water into the nostrils and clean the nostrils by blowing thrice.
8.        If one is not fasting, gargle and put water into the nostrils thoroughly
9.        Wash each limb thrice.
10.     Make Khilaal of the beard. (To pass wet fingers through the beard) when washing the face
Note:  The Sunnat method of making Khilaal of the beard is that after washing the face thrice, take water in the palm, bring it into the chin and rub outwards from the palate, passing the fingers through the beard and say
11.     When washing the hands and feet, make Khilaal of the fingers and toes
12.     Make Masah of the entire head once.
13.     Together with Masah of the head, make Masah of the ears.
14.     Rub the limbs when washing them.
15.     Make wudhu in quick succession.
16.     Make wudhu in sequence
17.     Commence from the right side.
18.     Commence Masah of the head from the front
19.     Make Masah of the nape. Do not make Masah of the throat. This is a Bid’at (innovation)
20.     After wudhu recite the Shahaadah:
And then recite this dua:
Trans: O Allah, include me amongst those who repent excessively and amongst those who purify themselves.
Note: Regarding the above Dua Mullah Ali Qaari has written in Mirqaat, commentary of Mishkaat, that while Wudhu purifies one externally, this dua is a supplication for internal purity. It is as though one is supplicating that, “O Allah, we have cleansed ourselves externally, which was within our power. O Allah, you now purify us internally as well, through your mercy.
Source: Beautiful Sunnahs of Beloved Nabi SAW
Author: Aarif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Db

Compulsory (Faraidh) Acts of Salah


Compulsory Acts of Salah

  1. Takbeer-e-Tahreema. (To say, “Allahu Akbar”, translator)
  2. Qiyaam (To stand).
  3. Qiraat (To recite any verse or Surah of the Qur’aan-e-Kareem.)
  4. To make Ruku.
  5. To make two Sajdahs.
  6. To sit for the duration of At-tahiyat in the final sitting. (Qa’eda akherah)
If any one of the above mentioned are left out, the Salaat will not take place. It will have to be repeated.
Note: The Waajibaat and Mufsidaate-Salaat etc. should be learnt from Behishti Zewar or Aa’ina-e-Namaaz written by Mufti Sa’eed Ahmad Saheb(Rahma-Tullah-Allahy), the Mufti-e-A’zam (grand Mufti) of Mazaahirul-uloom.
Source: Beautiful Sunnahs of Beloved Nabi SAW
Author: Arif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Db

Sunnah Method of Salah (Namaz)

Sunnah Method of Salah (Namaz)

Sunnah Method of Salah (Namaz) Posts Below:
  1. Compulsory (Faraidh) Acts of Salah
  2. Sunnah Method of Ablution (Wudhu)
  3. Sunnah Method of Using Miswaak
  4. Sunnahs of Azaan and Iqaamah
  5. Sunnahs of Qiyaam
  6. Sunnahs of Qaadah
  7. Sunnahs of Azaan and Iqaamah
  8. Differences in Salah(Namaz) of Women
  9. Sunnahs of Qiyaam
  10. Etiquettes of Salah (Men and Women)
  11. Sunnahs of Qiraat
  12. Sunnahs of Jumuah

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

The best dirt cleaner

Abu Umamah (RA) narrates: Rasulullah (SAW) said: Whoever stands up to perform his Wudhu, intending to offer Salah, then cleans his hands; the sins of his two hands fallout with the first drop of water. Then, when he rinses his mouth, and draws water into his nose and expels it; the sins of his tongue and two lips fallout with the first drop of water. Then, as he cleans his face, the sins of his hearing and seeing fallout with the first drop (of water). Then, when he cleans his two arms past the elbows, and his two feet past the ankles; he becomes free of all his offences and sins, just as was his state, the day his mother gave him birth. He (then) said: Then, when he stands for Salah; Allah elevates his position, and if he (merely) sits (without standing for Salah) even then his sitting is free of sins! Source: Musnad Ahmad.

We take bath regularly to clean our body of dirts, but how many of us offer regular prayers daily to clean the real dirts (sins)?



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