Category: Sunnah

Reciting supplication and blowing upon the sick

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Imam al-Bukhārī and Imam Muslim write:

When a person was sick or in some distress they would go to the beloved Prophet sal Allāhu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam who would then place his hand on the area of pain and recite a du`a (supplication) and then blow onto him. (Al-Bukhārī and Muslim, Chapter of Tibb)

Imam Muslim writes:

When the beloved Prophet sal Allāhu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam was ill for the last time, Angel Jibrīl `alayhis salam came and recited a du`a and blew on to the Master of Both Worlds sal Allāhu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam. (Muslim, Chapter of Tibb)

Imam Muslim writes:

Umm al-Mu`minīn Sayyidāh `Ayesha radi Allāhu `anha relates that when the beloved Prophet sal Allāhu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam was ill for the last time, she recited Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah an-Naas and then blew on to the beloved Prophet sal Allāhu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam hands. The beloved Prophet sal Allāhu `alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam then blew this onto his own face and body because his hands had more blessing then Sayyidāh `Ayesha radi Allāhu `anha. (Muslim, Chapter of Tibb)

From the above narrations, it is proven that to blow after reciting a du`a or du`a’s onto the sick is a Sunnah and the more pious the individual is, the more healing power he has as he is blessed more.

Ibn Taymiyyah writes:

It is permissible to [recite Du’as and then] blow upon the sick in Islam, but the words must be from the Qur’ān or ahadīth. If the words are not, then it is not permissible. (Ibn Taymiyyah, At-Tawassul, Chapter on Blowing onto the Sick)


Benefits of staying in ablution

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Some Gnostics (A’rifīn) have said that anyone who stays in a state of ablution at all times will be awarded seven benefits by Allah Almighty:-

(1) Angels will desire to be in his company
(2) The pen will constantly write virtuous deeds for him
(3) His limbs will praise Allah Almighty
(4) He will never miss his first Takbīr of Salāh (takbīr al-awla)
(5) When he sleeps Allah Almighty will send Angels to protect him from the evil of jinn and humans
(6) He will die an easy death
(7) He will remain in the protection of Allah Almighty for as long as he is in this state. (al-Atāya Nabawiyyah fil Fatāwa Ridawiyyah (1:702-703)

The beloved Messenger of Allah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam said to ʿAnas radi Allāhu ʿanh: “Son! If you can spend your entire time in a state of ablution then do so, forwhen the Angel of death captures the soul of a person in a state of ablution, he is written down as a martyr.” (Kanz al-ʿUmmal (vol. 9 #26060)

Sheikh Ahmad Rida stated: [from this Hadīth we learn] that to remain in a state of ablution at all times is desirable. (al-ʿAtāya Nabawiyyah fil Fatāwa Ridawiyyah (1:702)

It is stated in a Hadīth, ‘A person who sleeps in a state of ablution is similar to someone who worships in a state of fasting’. (Kanz Ul-Ummal 9:123 #25994)

Two ahadīth summarised tell us that anyone who begins ablution saying Basmalla purifies his whole body from head to toe, but anyone who does not say these words will only purify the limbs that are washed. (Sunan al-Daraqutnî 1:158-159 #228-229)

Hujjah al-Islam Imam Muhammad al-Ghazāli states in Ihyā’ al-‘Ulum that,

When you have finished Wudū and you are ready to pray your Salāh, consider that you have purified most parts of your body that can be seen to others, but [the most important aspect is] have you purified your heart which Allâh Almighty will see. You should have shame if you pray to Allāh Almighty and your heart is not clean. Your heart is purified by repenting and not committing bad actions and it is better to adopt good acts. The example of the one who cleans his outer self and doesn’t pure his inner self is like the person who invited the King to his home; he decorates and cleans his garden but leaves the inside of his home dirty. This person is not entitled to being rewarded; he is only entitled to the King’s anger.

Virtues of a Halal Morsel

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There are many blessings for us in eating according to the Sunnah of the beloved of Allah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam.

Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad Ghazali radiyAllahu ‘anhu, in his second volume of Ihya’ al-‘Ulum cites the following aphorism attributed to a pious predecessor:

When a Muslim eats the first morsel of halal [lawful] food, he is absolved of the sins he committed in the past. [Furthermore] the one who visits a place of humiliation[1] in search of halal [lawful] food, his sins fall like leaves fall from a tree. [Ihya’ al-‘Ulum 2:116]

[1] A place that is normally considered inferior in rank

Kissing of the Thumbs and brandishing over the eyes

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Lexically the term Taqbīl al-Ibhāmain is understood to mean the kissing of the thumb. However, by and large this term is understood to mean the kissing of the thumb and then brandishing it over the eyes on hearing the name of the beloved Prophet of Allah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam, during the ad’hān, the iqāmah or any other occasion in affection and reverence to Rasūlullah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam.

Respect of Rasūlullah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam

A true Muslim always carries out orders of Allah Almighty. The following verse of the Qur’an commands us to pay due respect to the Beloved Messenger of Allâh sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam.

So you believe in Allah and His Rasūl and honour him.

Sharī’á disseminates the concept of respect for the beloved Prophet sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam

It is stated in Fath ul-Qadīr Sharh Hidayah and [Fatawa] Alamgīrī that:

Those deeds, which are intended for respect or honour, are liked.

For centuries it is a customary to perform the Taqbīl al-Ibhamain in affection on hearing the name of Sayyidunā Rasūlullah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam.

The Munafiqīn of the recent era, dislike Respect of Rasūlullah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam (Allah forbid)

The exasperated Munafiqīn of the recent era, state that this mustahab deed [of Taqbīl al-Ibhāmain] is a bid’ah [innovation] and preclude this system of showing affection towards Rasūlullah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam. The sole objective behind branding this deed as bid’ah is to prevent us from paying due respect on hearing the name of our beloved Prophet sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam.

Taqbīl al-Ibhāmain is mustahab, lawful and commendable.

Sayyidunā Abū Bakr as-Siddīq used to practice Taqbīl al-Ibhāmain

Imam al-Daylamī has written is his book, Musnad al-Firdaus that Amīr Ul-Mu’minīn Sayyidunā Abū Bakr as-Siddīq recited the following Du’ā on hearing: I bear witness that Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam, in the ad’hān:

I bear witness that Muhammad şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam is the devotee and Prophet of Allah Almighty, I am blissful that my Rabb is Allah Almighty, my religion is Islām and Nabī is Muhammad sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam.

And then he touched both thumbs and inner surface of both index fingers on to his lips followed by brandishing them over the eyes.

On this, the beloved Prophet sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam said, “Whosoever practices this as my loving [friend] has done, will legitimize my intercession.”

Imâm al-Ajal ‘Allamah ‘Alī ibn Sultan Harvī Qarī [d. 1014] famously known as Mullah Alī Qarī has written in his book Mawdū’āt al-Kabīr concerning the kissing of the thumbs:

When a link has been proven up to Sayyidunā Abū Bakr as-Siddīq then it is [more than] enough for one to practice this, since the Beloved Messenger of Allah sal Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam has said that it is essential for you to practice my Sunnah and that of my honourable righteous Caliphs.

It is stated in Maqāsid Hasana fil-ahadīth Adaira alal Sunna,

Imam al-Hasan radi Allāhu `anh narrates, whoever hears ash’haduanna Muhammadar-Rasūlullāh being said and says, marhabam bihabībi wa qurratu aynī Muhammadi bin Abdillâh (Welcome be to my beloved! [Sayyidunā] Muhammad sal Allāhu `alayhi wa sallam son of Abdullāh radi Allāhu `anh the coolness of my eyes). After reading this, if one kisses his thumbs and rubs them on his eyes, then he will never be blind and never will his eyes hurt.




“Keep it [the ‘imamah] as a friend”

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The grandson of Sayyiduna ‘Umar Faruq radiyAllahu ‘anhu, Sayyiduna Sālim radiyAllahu ‘anhu said, ‘I came to my father Sayyidunā ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radiyAllahu ‘anhu and he radiyAllahu ‘anhu was tying the blessed ‘Imama. When he radiyAllahu ‘anhu finished tying it, he looked at me and asked, ‘Do you keep the ‘Imâmah as a friend?’ I replied, ‘Why not!’ Sayyidunā Abdullâh ibn Umar radiyAllahu ‘anhu said, ‘Keep it as a friend and you will gain respect and when Satan sees you, he will turn his back. I heard the Messenger of Allah şall Allāhu álayhi wa sallam say, ‘Praying one salāh with an ‘Imama is equivalent to praying twenty-five without an ‘Imama and one Jumu’ah with an ‘Imama is equivalent to seventy without an ‘Imama.’’ Ibn Umar radiyAllahu ‘anhu then said, ‘Oh son! Wear the ‘Imama because the angels tie the ‘Imama on Friday and send peace until sunset upon those who wear an ‘Imama.’’

Imam Ahmad Rida al-Qadri, al-Ataya Nabawiyyah f’il Fatawa ar-Ridawiyya (6:215)

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