Month: February, 2012

Sheikh Abu ‘Abdullah: I was in the company of the Sheikh for a period of over 20 years but I never saw him, other than on Fridays…

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Sheikh Abu ‘Abdullah rahīmahullah  has stated, ‘Sheikh Abul Hasan Muhammad bin Aslam Tūsī rahīmahullah used to take utmost care in concealing his good deeds, to the extent that he once said, “If it was up to me, I would hide away from even Kirāman Kātibīn (the two respected angels who write down a person’s deeds) to perform the worship of Allah.’

The narrator states, ‘I was in the company of the Sheikh for a period of over 20 years but I never saw him, other than on Fridays, performing even two cycles of supererogatory (nawāfil) prayer. The Sheikh would take a pot of water into his special room and then close the door from the inside. I was never able to find out what he did in his room, until one day, when his son began to cry loudly. As the child’s mother began to try to calm the child down, I asked, “Why is the child crying so much?” Then the respected lady said, “This child’s father (Sheikh Abul Hasan Tūsī rahīmahullah) recites the Glorious Qur’ān in this room and cries [with fear of Allah], so this child also begins to cry upon hearing his father crying!”

Sheikh Abu ‘Abdullah rahīmahullah states, “Sheikh Abul Hasan Tūsī rahīmahullah, in order to protect himself from the perils of ostentation, would take so much care to conceal his good deeds that after performing worship in his special room and before coming out, he would wash his face and put Kohl in his eyes, so that nobody would be able to guess that he had been crying by looking at his face or eyes!’

Recorded by Abū Nu’aym in Hilya al-Awliyā’ (9:254).


KIssing the blessed hands and feet of the beloved Messenger sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

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‘Usāma ibn Sharik radiyAllahu ‘anhu narrates, “I went to see the beloved Prophet sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam while his blessed Companions were with him, and they seemed as still as if birds had alighted on top of their heads. I gave Him sall Allahu ‘álayhi wa sallam my salām and I sat down. [Then Bedouins came and asked questions which the noble Prophet sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam answered]… The beloved Prophet sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam then stood up and the people stood up. They began to kiss His sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam blessed hand, where upon I took His sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam blessed hand and placed it on my face. I found it more fragrant than musk and cooler than sweet water.”

Jabir radiyAllahu ‘anhu said, “‘Umar ibn al-Khattab radiyAllahu ‘anhu got up and kissed the blessed hand of RasūlAllah sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”[1]

Umm Aban, daughter of al-Wazi ibn Zari narrated that her grandfather Zari al-‘Abdi, who was a member of the deputation of ‘Abd al-Qays said, “When we came to Madina, we raced to be first to dismount and kiss the blessed hand and foot of the beloved Messenger of Allah…”[2]

[1] Ibn al-Muqrī narrates it in al-Rukhsa (pp. 71 #11); Ibn Hajar included it among Ibn al-Muqrī’s strong narrations (min jayyidiha) on the subject (Fath al-Bārī 11:66).

[2] Abu Dawūd narrates it in his Sunan, Book of adab.

karam ke bādal baras rahe haiñ

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karam ke bādal baras rahe haiñ,

diloñ kī khetī harī bharī hai,

yeh kaun āyā ke zikr jiska,

nagar nagar hai galī galī hai

mere Nabī kī, hai shān bālā,

bara sakhī hai Madīne wālā,

hameiñ tu jo kuch, bhī mil raha hai,

yeh meharbānī Ḥuzūr kī hai

Nabī ko apna Khuda na māno,

magar Khuda se juda na jāno,

yeh ahl e īmāñ ka hai áqīda,

(yeh ahl e sunnat ka hai áqīda),

ke Khuda Khuda hai Nabī Nabī hai

na māngu dunya ke tū khazīne,

chalo Niyāzī chaleiñ Madīne,

ke bādshāhī se barh ke pyāre,

Nabī ke dar kī gadāgarī hai

click here to listen to this beautiful Na’at.




The blessed Sahaba

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The belief of the Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jamā’ah is that all the Sahāba (Allah is pleased with them all) are to be respected, they are all just and stars of guidance. They are all beloved to the noble Prophet sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. It is compulsory to respect all the Sahāba (Allah is pleased with them all).

The Master of Creation sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has quite clearly stated regarding His sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam blessed Sahāba (Allah is pleased with them all),

“Respect and honour my Sahāba for they are more excellent and better than you.” (Mishkāt)

“My Sahāba are like the stars; whomever of them you follow you will be guided.” (Mishkāt)

The greatest of all the Sahāba (Allah is pleased with them all) is Sayyiduna Abu Bakr as-Siddīq, thereafter Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Fārūq, thereafter Sayyiduna ‘Uthmān ibn ‘Affān, thereafter Sayyiduna ‘Alī al-Murtadha (Allah is pleased with them all). To believe Sayyiduna ‘Alī al-Murtadha (Allah is pleased with him) to be greater than Sayyiduna Abu Bakr as-Siddīq (Allah is pleased with him) is deviation, and will result in one leaving the fold of the Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jamā’ah.

The blessed Sahāba (Allah is pleased with them all) numbered in total a hundred and twenty-four thousand (124,000).

Michael H. Hart on the beloved Prophet of Islam sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

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Michael H. Hart stated,

“My choice of Muhammad (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.”

Michael H. Hart, The 100: A ranking of the most influential person in history, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p.33

wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

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wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh
wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

naát kī tawfīq bakhshī ay Khuda tū ne hameiñ,
is se barh kar aur kya ináām hoga, wāh wāh
wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

māh e ramazan ul-mubārak kī yeh pyārī sāáteiñ,
aur naghme haiñ laboñ par Mustafa ke, wāh wāh
wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

mulk e Pakistan ke yeh pyāre pyāre naát khawān,
inko sunkar bol uTTha saara zamāna, wāh wāh
wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

lab se tu naáteiñ paṙhī haiñ ab áml se bhī paṙho,
chahte ho do jahāñ maiñ ho tumhārī, wāh wāh
yā RasūlAllah tere chahne wāloñ kī khayr,
sab ghulāmoñ ka bala ho, sab karein Tayba kī saer
wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

lab pe naát e paak ka naghma kal bhī tha aur aaj bhī hai,
mere Nabī se mera rishta, kal bhī tha aur aaj bhī hai
wāh wāh SubhānAllāh, wāh wāh SubhānAllāh

batla do gusthāk e Nabī ko ghayrat e Sunnī zinda hai,
unpe marr mitna ka jazba kal bhī tha aur aaj bhī hai
wāh wāh SubḥānAllāh, wāh wāh SubḥānAllāh

kyā muqaddar tū ne pāyā ay úbayd e qādrī,
naát e sunana, naát e parhna, naát e likhna, wāh wāh

Mawlid Gift: Glimpse into Prophetic Beauty

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as-Salam ‘alaykum,

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May prayers and salutations be upon the master of the two worlds, our liege lord Muhammad, and upon his pure family, noble Companions, and all who follow his exemplary way.

Here is another beautiful piece by Sheikh Muhammad Khalid Thabit.

“The Prophet’s (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) complete beauty has not been fully manifested, for if it was disclosed to us in full, our eyes would be unable to behold him (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The similes, therefore, that are used to describe him (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) are only for the sake of approximating and drawing similitudes, for the Prophet’s essence (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is far too exquisite and his honor is far loftier.” [Imam al-Qurtubi]


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What are the opinions on Mawlid of those whom the “Salafis” consider their authorities?

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Q. What are the opinions on Mawlid of those whom the “Salafis” consider their authorities?

A. We have already touched upon the subject above. Following are some additional remarks with reference to Hafiz al-Dhahabi and Ibn Kathir.

Dhahabi’s and Ibn Kathir’s favorable views on Mawlid can be ascertained by their remarks on Muzaffar the King of Irbil, who was famous for his sumptuous celebration of the Prophet’s birthday. Dhahabi writes in his Siyar a`lam al-nubala’:

He [Muzaffar] loved charity (sadaqa)… and built four hospices for the poor and sick… and one house for women, one for orphans, one for the homeless, and he himself used to visit the sick… He built a madrasa for the Shafi`is and the Hanafis… He would forbid any reprehensible matter entry into his country… As for his celebration of the Noble Mawlid al-Nabawi, words are too poor to describe it. The people used to come all the way from Iraq and Algeria to attend it. Two wooden dais would be erected and decorated for him and his wife… the celebration would last several days, and a huge quantity of cows and camels would be brought out to be sacrificed and cooked in different ways… Preachers would roam the field exhorting the people. Great sums were spent (as charity). Ibn Dihya compiled a “Book of Mawlid” for him for which he received 1,000 dinars. He [Muzaffar] was modest, a lover of good, and a true Sunni who loved scholars of jurisprudence and scholars of hadith, and was generous even to poets. He was killed in battle according to what is reported.

Source: al-Dhahabi, Siyar a`lam al-nubala’, ed. Shu`ayb Arna’ut (Beirut: Mu’assasat al-Risalah, 1981) 22:335-336.

Ibn Kathir said in al-Bidaya wa al-nihaya:

He [Muzaffar] used to celebrate the noble Mawlid in Rabi` al-Awwal and organize huge festivities for it.  He was a wise king, brave, a fierce fighter, intelligent, learned, and just. May Allah have mercy on him and ennoble his grave. Shaykh Abu al-Khattab ibn Dihya compiled for him a book on the Mawlid of the Prophet and named it al-Tanwir fi mawlid al-bashir al-nadhir (The illumination concerning the birthday of the Bringer of glad tidings and Warner) and the king rewarded him with 1,000 dinars for it.  His rule lasted until he died in the year 630 [Hijri] as he was besieging the French in the city of Acca [Acre, Palestine] after a glorious and blameless life.

Source: Ibn Kathir, al-Bidaya wa al-nihaya (Beirut and Riyad: Maktabat al-ma`arif & Maktabat al-Nasr, 1966) 13:136-137.

More importantly, Ibn Kathir himself composed a text on Mawlid, made of hadiths, invocations of blessings on the Prophet, and poetry in praise of him. It is entitled Mawlid Rasulillah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, and was edited and published by Salah al-Din al-Munajjad (Beirut: Dar al-Kitab al-Jadid, 1961).

Note: Among other similar works of Mawlid by the authorities is that by Ibn Hajar al-Haytami entitled Mawlid al-Nabi (Damascus: `Ala dhimmat Muhammad Hashim al-Kutubi, [1900?]), and that by the Hanbali hafiz Abu al-Faraj Ibn al-Jawzi entitled Mawlid al-`Arus(Cairo: al-Matba`a al-Bahiyya al-Misriyya, [1850?]). The latter received a commentary entitled Fath al-samad al-`alim `ala Mawlid al-Shaykh ibn al-Qasim also known as al-Bulugh al-fawzi li-bayan alfaz Mawlid Ibn al-Jawzi by Muhammad Nawawi ibn `Umar ibn `Arabi (Cairo: Tubi`a bi nafaqat Fada Muhammad al-Kashmiri al-Kutubi, 1328/1910).

…to celebrate the mawlid is mustahsana (excellent) without a doubt

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Imam Suyuti in his book Husn al-maqsid fi `amal al-mawlid, pp. 54 and 62, says:

“The reason for gathering for tarawih prayers is Sunna and qurba (to seek nearness to Allah)… and similarly we say that the reason for gathering to celebrate mawlid is mandub (recommended) and qurba (an act of drawing near).. and the intention to celebrate the mawlid is mustahsana (excellent) without a doubt.”

Imam Suyuti continues, pp. 64-65, “I have derived the permissibility of Mawlid from another source of the Sunna [besides Ibn Hajar’s deduction from the hadith of `Ashura’], namely, the hadith found in Bayhaqi, narrated by ‘Anas, that “The Prophet slaughtered an `aqiqa [sacrifice for newborns] for himself after he received the prophecy,” although it has been mentioned that his grandfather `Abd al-Muttalib did that on the seventh day after he was born, and the `aqiqa cannot be repeated. Thus the reason for the Prophet’s action is to give thanks to Allah for sending him as a mercy to the worlds, and to give honour to his Umma, in the same way that he used to pray on himself. It is recommended for us, therefore, that we also show thanks for his birth by meeting with our brothers, by feeding people, and other such good works and rejoicing.” This hadith confirms the aforementioned hadith of the Prophet’s emphasis of Monday as the day of his birth and that of his prophethood.

Ibn Kathīr Praises the Night of Mawlid

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Imam Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani, in his book al-Durar al-kamina fi `ayn al-Mi’at al-thamina, mentions that Ibn Kathir, among the followers of Ibn Taymiyya, “in the last days of his life wrote a book entitled Mawlid Rasul Allah which was spread far and wide. That book mentioned the permissibility and recommendability of celebrating the Mawlid.”

Ibn Kathir’s book was published in 1961 (Ibn Kathir, Mawlid Rasul Allah, ed. Salah al-Din Munajjad (Beirut: Dar al-Kitab al-Jadid, 1961). In it he says, pp. 19:

“The Night of the Prophet’s birth is a magnificent, noble, blessed and holy night, a night of bliss for the believers, pure, radiant with lights, and of immeasurable price.”

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