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Category: Prophetic Narrations

Good Companionship

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There is no doubt that company has its effects, good company makes one good and bad company makes one bad. Therefore, one must always adopt the companionship of pious people.

It is stated in the Glorious Qur’an:

And restrain yourself along with those who pray to their Lord in the morning and evening, seeking His pleasure; and let not your sight fall on anything besides them; desiring the adornment of the life of this world? And do not follow him whose heart We have made neglectful of Our remembrance. (18:28)

The noble Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

“A good companion is the one that helps you when you are remembering Him (Allah Almighty) and reminds you when you forget.”

~ Transmitted by Suyuti in al-Jami` us-Saghir (pp. 244 #3999).

“A person is on the religion of his companions. Therefore let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.”

~ Transmitted by Tirmidhi.

“The parable of a good friend and a bad friend is that of a carrier of musk and a blacksmith. The carrier of musk will give you some, or you will buy some, or you will notice a good smell; but as for the blacksmith, he will burn your clothes or you will notice a bad smell.”

~ Transmitted by Muslim in as-Sahih.

“A good companion is the one whose sight makes you remember Allah Almighty and whose actions make you remember the afterlife.

~ Transmitted by Suyuti in al-Jami` us-Saghir (pp. 247 #4063).

The Commander of the Faithful `Umar al-Faruq radi Allahu `anh said,

“Do not get involved in something that does not benefit you. Stay away from your enemy, and avoid your friend unless he is trustworthy because no one is like a trustworthy man… seek the advice of people who fear Allah Almighty.

~ Transmitted by al-Muttaqi in Kanz al-`Ummal (9:75 #25565).

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The Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam would recite the Qur’an and listen to it from others in Ramadan

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ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd had the honour of listening to the entire Qur’an being recited by the beloved Messenger of Allah sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam every Ramadan, and in the last year he heard it twice.

ʿAbd Allah ibn ʿAbbas was asked as to whose recitation was the finest after the beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam, he replied,

“The recitation of ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd; for the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam would recite the Glorious Qur’an to him once every Ramadan, and twice in the year of his passing.” (Narrated by Ibn Saʿad).

ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd also has the honour of having the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam listen to his recitation of the Glorious Qur’an. It is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of ʿAbdullah ibn Masʿūd,

“The Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam asked me to recite the Glorious Qur’an. I pleaded, ‘(how can I) recite to you when the Glorious Qur’an was revealed upon you?’ He sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam replied, “Verily, I love to hear it from others.” I recited Surah an-Nisa, upon reciting the verse, ‘And what time will it be…’, he sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “That is enough.” When I glanced towards his blessed face his sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam blessed eyes were moist with tears.”

Suhūr (Pre-dawn breakfast)

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Some blessed narrations regarding suhūr.

Our Master Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said,

“Eat suhūr for it is blessed.”[1]

“The distinguishing factor between us and the Ahl al-Kitāb (People of the Book) is in the suhūr.”[2]

“Allah subhānahū wa taʿāla and His angels send mercy upon those who eat suhūr.”[3]

“When the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam would call one of his sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam companions to partake in suhūr with, he would say, “Come, eat this blessed food.”[4]

“Eat suhūr to gain the strength to fast, and take rest in the afternoon to gain the strength to worship at night.”[5]

“Suhūr is a blessing that Allah subhānahū wa taʿāla has granted you, do not miss it.”[6]

“There are three people who will not be held accountable no matter how much they eat, provided the food is halāl (lawful),

  1. A fasting person at the time of Iftār.
  2. The one who eats suhūr.
  3. A warrior who protects the Islamic border in the path of Allah subhānahū wa taʿāla.”[7]

“Suhūr is full of blessings, so do not miss it even you take a sip of water. Allah subhānahū wa taʿāla and His angels send mercy upon those who consume suhūr.”[8]

ʿAnas bin Malik radiyAllāhu ʿanh said that the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam would say to me at the time of suhūr, “I intend to fast, give me something to eat,” so I would give him sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam some dates and water in a cup.”[9]

Sā’ib bin Yazīd radiyAllāhu ʿanh narrates that the beloved Messenger of Allah sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “Dates are an excellent suhūr.”[10]

The beloved Messenger sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “For a mu’min (believer) dates are an excellent suhūr.”[11]

It is stated in the famous Arabic dictionary, al-Qāmūs: Suhūr is the food that is eaten in the morning.

A great Hanafī scholar Mulla ʿAlī al-Qārī says, “Some (scholars) have opined that the time for Suhūr begins at midnight.”[12]

[1] Recorded by al-Bukhārī in as-Sahīh (1:633 #1923).

[2] Recorded by Muslim in as-Sahīh (#1096).

[3] Recorded Ibn Ḥibbān in as-Sahīh (5:194 #3458).

[4] Recorded by Abu Dāwud in as-Sunan (2:442 #2344).

[5] Recorded by Ibn Mājah in as-Sunan (2:321 #1693).

[6] Recorded by an-Nisā’ī in as-Sunan al-Kubrā (2:79 #2472).

[7] Recorded by Tabrīzī in At-Targhīb wat-Tarhīb (2:90 #9).

[8] Recorded by Ahmed in Musnad (4:88).

[9] Recorded by an-Nisā’ī in as-Sunan al-Kubrā (2:80 #2477).

[10] Recorded by Tabrīzī in At-Targhib wat-Tarhib (2:90 #12).

[11] Recorded by Abu Dāwud in as-Sunan (2:443 #2345).

[12] Stated by al-Qārī in his sharh (commentary) of Mishkāt al-Masābīh, Mirqāt al-Mafātīh.

Excellence of Iftar

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Sahl bin Sa`ad narrates that our Master Muhammad sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “People will always remain well as long as they hasten to do Iftār.”

~ Recorded by al-Bukhārī in as-Sahīh (1:645 #1957).

The noble Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “My Ummah (nation) will remain steadfast on my Sunnah as long as they do not wait for the stars to appear for Iftār.”

~ Recorded by Ibn Hibbān in as-Sahīh (5:209 #3501).

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu ʿanh narrated that the Master of Creation sal Allahu sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallamalayhi wa sallam said that Allah subhānahū wa ta`āla said, ‘Amongst My servants, the one hastening to perform Iftār are dearer to me.’

~ Recorded by at-Tirmidhi in al-Jāmiʿ (2:164 #700).

ʿAnas bin Malik radiyAllahu ʿanh states, “I never saw the beloved Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam offer the Maghrib prayer before eating Iftār, he sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam would first perform Iftār, even if it were with a sip of water.”

~ Recorded by Tabrizī in At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (2:91 #91).

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu ʿanh narrated that our Master sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam warned, “This religion will always remain dominant as long as people hasten to perform Iftār since the Jews and Christians delay their Iftār.”

~ Recorded by Abu Daw`ud in as-Sunan (2:446 #2353).

Salman Fārsī radiyAllahu ʿanh narrates that the noble Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “If anyone serves a fasting Muslim with Iftār, angels will pray for his forgiveness in Ramadān and Jibrīl will pray for maghfirah (forgiveness) on the night of al-Qadr (Layl al-Qadr).”

~ Recorded by Tabarānī in Muʿjam al-Kabīr (6:262 #6162).

Our Master Muhammad sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “If anyone serves a fasting Muslim with water, Allah subhānahū wa taʿāla will make him drink water from my pond (hawd) and he will not feel thirst till he enters Heaven.”

~ Recorded by Ibn Khuzayma in as-Sahīh (3:192 #1887).

Salman bin ʿAmir narrates that the Prophet sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “When you do Iftār, do it with a fresh or dry date because it is blessed and if you have neither, then do Iftār with water because it purifies.”

~ Recorded by at-Tirmidhī in al-Jāmiʿ (2:162 #695).

ʿAnas bin Malik radiyAllahu ʿanh states that our Master sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam used to do Iftār with fresh dates before the (Maghrib) prayer. If fresh dates were not available he sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam would eat a few dry dates instead and if they were not available either, he sal Allahu ʿalayhi wa sallam would consume a few handfuls of water.

~ Recorded by Abu Daw’ud in as-Sunan (2:447 #2356).

According to a narration, “If anyone serves a person with Iftār in Ramadan with halāl (lawful) earnings, the angels will send Durūd upon him every night of Ramadān, and Jibrīl will perform musāfha with such a person on Layl al-Qadr (the Night of Qadr). Those who Jibrīl shall shake hands with, their eyes will shed tears (due to the fear of Allah) and their hearts will become soft.”

~ Recorded by al-Hindi in Kanz al-ʿUmmāl (8:215 #23653).

The Glorious Qur’an

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Muslims must know the Qur’an

Abdullah ibn Ábbās raĎīyAllāhu ánhu reported that the beloved Messenger of Allah śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam as saying,

Anyone who has nothing of the Qur’ân within him is like a ruined house. (Tirmidhī and Daramī)

Rewards of Qur’an Recitation

The Mother of the Faithful believers Sayyida Ayesha radiyAllahu anha reported the beloved Messenger śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam as saying,

One who is skilled in the Qur’an is associated with noble, upright recording angels; and he who falters when reciting the Qur’an and finds it difficult, will have a double reward. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Abdullah ibn Masúd radiyAllahu anhu narrates that the Master of Creation śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said,

Whosoever reads one letter of the Book of Allah is credited with one blessing and one blessing is equal to tenfold in its reward. I do not say that alif laam meem is one letter, but alif is one letter, lam is one letter and meem is one letter. (Tirmidhī)

The Rank of a Hafidh of the Qur’an

Abdullah ibn Úmar radiyAllahu anhu reports that the beloved Prophet śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said:

On the Day of Judgement it will be said to the Man of Qur’an (that is, the hafidh of the Qur’an) ‘Go on reciting the Qur’an and continue ascending the storeys of Paradise and recite as you had been reciting in worldly life; your final abode will be where you reach at the time of the last verse of your recitation. (Ahmad)

Beautiful Recitation encouraged

Al-Bará bin Azib radiyAllahu ánhu reported that the Saviour of Mankind śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam as saying,

Beautify the Qur’an with your voices. (Ahmad, Abu Dāwud, Ibn Majah, Daramī)

al-Adab al-Mufrad: What to say when you sneeze

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Abdullah ibn Abbas radiyAllahu anhu said,

“When one of you sneezes and says, ‘Praise be to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala,’ the angel says, ‘The Lord of the Worlds.’ When you say, ‘The Lord of the Worlds,’ the angel says, ‘May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala have mercy on you.’”

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu reported that the Merciful Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“When one of you sneezes, he should say, ‘Praise be to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala,’ and his brother or companion should say to him, ‘May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala have mercy on you.’ Then he should say, ‘May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala guide you and put your affairs in order.’”

Al-Adab al-Mufrad: Sneeze

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Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu reported that the Master of Creation sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala loves sneezing and hates yawning. When one of you sneezes and praises Allah Almighty, it is a duty for every Muslim who hears him to say to him, ‘May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala have mercy on you.’ Yawning comes from Shaytan. When one of you yawns, he should control it as much as possible. When a man says, ‘Aawh!,’ Shaytan laughs at him.”

Appearance of thirty Dajjals

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Appearance of thirty Dajjals

We will quote the reports which mention the liars and ‘Dajjals” who will precede the coming off the Dajjal, or Antichrist, who will be the last of them; may Allah curse them and punish them with Hell-fire.

Jabir radiyAllahu anhu said, I heard the beloved Messenger of Allah sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam say,

‘Just before the Hour there will be many liars; among them is the one in al-Yamama, the ‘Ansi in San’a, the one in Himyar, and the Dajjal. This will be the greatest fitna.” (Ahmad)

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu said that the Master of Creation sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“The Hour will not come … until nearly thirty Dajjals (liars) appear, each one claiming to be a messenger from Allah.” (al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu said, the beloved Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“The Hour will not come until thirty Dajjals appear, each of them claiming to be a messenger from Allah, wealth increases, tribulations appear and al-Harj increases.”

Someone asked, “What is al-Harj?”

He sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“Killing, killing.” (Ahmad)

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu  said, the Saviour of Mankind sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“The Hour will not come until thirty Dajjals appear, all of them lying about Allah and His Messenger.” (Abu Dawud)

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu said, the noble Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“Just before the Hour, there will be thirty Dajjals, each of whom will say, I am a Prophet.” (Ahmad)

Abu Hurayra radiyAllahu anhu said, the Leader of all Prophets sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“There will be Dajjals and liars among my Ummah. They will tell you something new, which neither you nor your forefathers have heard. Be on your guard against them, and do not let them lead you astray.” (Ahmad)

Thawban radiyAllahu anhu said, the Leader of Mankind sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“There will be thirty liars among my Ummah. Each one will claim that he is a Prophet; but I am the last of the Prophets (Seal of the Prophets), and there will be no Prophet after me.” (Ahmad)

Abu Bakrah radiyAllahu anhu said,

“The people spoke a great deal against Musaylima before the beloved Messenger sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said anything about him. Then the beloved Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam stood to deliver a speech and said: ‘…as for this man about whom you have spoken so much – he is one of the thirty liars who will appear before the Hour, and there is no town which will not feel the fear of the Antichrist.’” (Ahmad)

In another version of this report, the Intercessor of Sinners sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“He is one of the thirty liars who will appear before the Dajjal. There is no town which will escape the fear of the Dajjal, apart from Madinah (al-Munawwara). At that time there will be two angels at every entrance of Madinah (al-Munawwara), warding off the fear of the Antichrist.” Anas ibn Malik radiyAllahu anhu said, “The beloved Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said, ‘The time of the Dajjal will be years of confusion. People will believe a liar, and disbelieve one who tells the truth. People will distrust one who is trustworthy, and trust one who is treacherous; and the Ruwaybidah will have a say.’ Someone asked, ‘Who are the Ruwaybidah?’ The beloved Messenger sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said, ‘Those who rebel against Allah and will have a say in general affairs.’” (Ahmad)

“I was his slave and servant…”

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I was his slave and servant…

Wearing a Ta’widh, permissible?

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Is wearing a ta’widh (amulet containing writings of Qur’anic Verses and Duas) permissible?

Some groups of the deviants say that wearing ta’widh is impermissible whereas this is completely permissible. Example of this from a hadith is as follows:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud would teach his mature (one who has reached puberty/baligh) children a supplication (dua) to recite whilst going to sleep. For those children who were immature amongst them or those who were unable to memorise it, he would write the supplication and put its ta’widh in the necks of the children.

(Musnad Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal, volume-2, Hadith no.: 6708)

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