When she spoke, spoke nothing but verses from the Qur’an…

Taqwa means protecting the heart from anything other than Allah or anything that distances one from Allah so that the heart becomes a mirror of beautiful manifestations. The following story is very telling in showing the piety of a woman who, when she spoke, spoke nothing but verses from the Qur’an out of fear of falling into sin:

Abdullah bin Mubarak (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates:

One time I had set out with the aim of performing the hajj at Allah’s Sacred House, the Kabah and visiting the tomb of the Prophet e, when I saw something black in the middle of the road. I looked carefully and saw that it was a woman with a cloak made of wool on her back and a veil of wool over her head… I greeted her:

“Asalamu alaykum wa rahmetullahi wa barakatuhu (May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you)”.

She replied from chapter Yasin of the Qur’an:
“Peace!” A word from a Merciful Lord”.

“May Allah bring you good! What are you doing here?” he I asked.

She replied with the 186th verse of Chapter A’raf:
“If Allah misguides people, no one can guide them”.

I realised that she had lost her way. So I asked her:
“Where do you want to go?”

She replied with a portion of the first verse of Chapter Isra:
“Glory be to Him who took His slave on a journey by night from the Masjid al-Haram to the Masjid al-Aqsa”.

I understood that she had made the pilgrimage and wanted to go to Jerusalem. I asked her:
“How many days have you been here?

She replied with the 10th verse of Chapter Mariam:
“For three nights despite the fact that you are perfectly able”.

“Don’t you have anything to eat” I asked her

She read the 79th verse of the chapter Shu’ara:
“He who gives me food and gives me drink”.

“How can you perform the ablution in this dry desert?” I asked her

She replied with the 43rd verse of Chapter Nisa:“(If) you cannot find any water, then do tayammum [*] [cleanse yourself] with pure earth”.

“I have something to eat with me. Would you like to eat?” I asked.

She responded with a part of the 187th verse of chapter Baqara: “…then fulfil the fast until the night appears”.

“This is not the month of Ramadan” I said.

She answered with a portion of the 158th verse of chapter Baqara:“If anyone spontaneously does good, Allah is All-Thankful, All-Knowing”.

“To break the fast is permissible when you are on a journey” I said.

She responded with a part of the 184th verse of chapter Baqara: “But that you should fast is better for you, if you only knew”.

“Why don’t you speak to me in the way that I am speaking to you?” I asked her.

She answered by reading the 18th verse of chapter Qaf:
“He does not utter a single word, without a watcher by him, pen in hand!”

“Shall I let you mount my camel and take you to your tribe” I asked her.

She replied with a portion of verse 197 from chapter Baqara: “Whatever good you do, Allah knows it”.

I got my camel ready for her to mount it.

She read a part of the 30th verse of chapter Nur: “Say to the believers that they should lower their eyes”.

While she climbed up onto the camel, she read a portion of the 13th and 14th verses of chapter Zuhruf: “Glory be to Him who has subjected this to us. We could never have done it by ourselves”.

When we started moving she read from the 20th verse of Chapter Muzemmil:
“Recite as much of the Qur’an as is easy for you”.

Inspired by the 269th verse of chapter Baqara I then said:
“He who has been given wisdom has been given great good”.
I said to her: “You have been given much good”.

She finished this verse:

“But no one pays heed but people of intelligence”.

At last we reached her caravan. “Here is your caravan. Who do you have in it?” I asked

She read from the 46th verse of Chapter Kahf:
“Wealth and sons are the embellishment of the life of this world”.

I understood that she had sons in the group. I asked: “What is their role in the pilgrimage group?

She read the 16th verse of chapter Nahl:
“As well as other means of orientation; for it is by the stars that men find their way”.

I understood that her sons were the guides of the caravan. Indicating the tents and I asked her: “Which of them are your sons?

She answered:“Allah took Ibrahim as an intimate friend, and Allah spoke directly to Musa. Yahya, take hold of the Book with vigour”.

I then shouted to the caravan: “O Ibrahim, O Musa, O Yahya”. Three young men radiant as the moon came out. When they came and sat down, their mother recited to them from the 9th verse of Chapter Kahf:
“Send one of your number into the city with this silver you have, so he can see which food is purest and bring you some of it to eat”. (Kahf, 50:19)

One of the young men went to purchase something to eat and placed it in front of them. The women read the following verse from Chapter Haqqa:
“Eat and drink with relish for what you did before in days gone by!” (69:24)

I said to the sons of the woman: “May your food be unlawful for me if you do not inform me of your mother’s state”.

Upon this the young men said:
“For 40 years now, this here our mother has spoken nothing but verses from the Qur’an out of fear of falling into error before Allah, the Most Merciful”.

I then read from Chapter Jumu’ah:
“That is Allah’s favour which He gives to whoever He wills. Allah’s favour is indeed immense” (62:4)

Subhan Allah

1000 Dinars

Abu Huraira (radiAllahu anhu) relates the following hadith which is very telling:

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ told us of the beautiful state of a person from the sons of Israel. That person had asked for a loan of a thousand dinars from another person. The one who was asked for the loan said:

“Bring me your witnesses and I will give you the money in
front of them”.

The one who was asking for the loan replied:

“Allah is enough of a witness”. The lender then said:

“In that case bring me a guarantor”. The borrower said:

“Allah is enough of a guarantor”. The lender then said:

“You have spoken the truth” and gave him the money for a particular term.

The man then went on a sea trip and met his needs. Then, in order to return and pay the man back in the term that they had agreed upon, he searched for a boat to take him back, but he could not find one. In desperation, he found a wooden plank and carved out its centre. Into the hole he placed the thousand dinars together with a note addressed to the lender. Then he re-covered the hole and went to the seashore:

“O Allah! You know that I borrowed a thousand dinars from so and so. When he asked me for a witness I told him that “Allah was enough for a witness”. And he was content with You as a witness. And when he asked me for a guarantor, I told him: “Allah is enough as a guarantor”. And he was content with You as his guarantor. Now I have struggled to find a boat, but have not been able to find one. So I am entrusting this to You”. Then he threw the plank of wood into the sea. The wooden plank floated upon the sea and then disappeared from view.

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The man then parted from there and continued to search for a boat.

Meanwhile the lender was awaiting a boat to bring back his money. There was no boat but he found the wooden plank which contained his money. He took it to use it in his house. When he sawed it apart he came across the letter and the money.

A little while later, the borrower of the money found a boat and returned to his hometown. Thinking of the possibility that the man did not find the plank with the money, he went to the man, taking a thousand dinars with him.

“I searched continuously for a boat to bring back your money. However I could not find one before the boat that brought me back now”. The lender of the money said to him”

“Did you not send me anything”.

“I told you that I searched for a boat but could not find one”.

The lender said:
“Allah Most High paid me back that money in your place and brought it to me in a plank of wood as reward for your sincerity. Consequently the thousand dinars that you have brought now is yours. Now you can return in peace having been reunited with your thousand dinars”. (Bukhari, Kefalet I, Buyu 10).

When Allah is a guarantor of an affair, the seemingly impossible can take place easily. What befalls the servant is to trust in him sincerely and in truth…

Rely upon Allah
Submit and find peace

-An excerpt from “Civilizations of virtue 2”.

The Battle of Badr: 17th Ramadan

Date: 17th of Ramadan : 2 years after Hijri – 624 Common Era
Location:  80 miles south west of Madina Shareef

Badr

The Battle of Badr is the most important battle in the whole of human history as it firmly established Islam as the only true religion for the whole of humanity till the end of time.  In Makka, the Prophet ﷺ devoted himself almost exclusively to expounding the basic principles of Islamic faith and to the moral and spiritual training of his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all). After the Emigration, however, people belonging to different tribes and regions of ‘Arabia, who had embraced Islam, began to concentrate in Madina. Although the Muslims held only a tiny piece of the land, the whole of Arabia, under the leadership of the Quraysh, moved against them, bent upon their extermination.

In these circumstances, the very survival, let alone the success, of this small group of believers depended upon several factors. First, that they should propagate their beliefs with the utmost conviction in order to convert others. Second, that they should demonstrate the falsity of their opponents’ standpoint so convincingly that there could remain no justifiable ground for any intelligent person to entertain any doubt on the question. Third, that they as the followers of the Prophetﷺ should not become disheartened because they had been driven out of their homes and were faced, through the hostility and opposition of the whole country, with economic stringency, hunger, and constant insecurity and danger, but that they should confront the situation with patience and fortitude. Fourth, that they should be able to find a way to retake all their wealth and goods usurped by the Makkans during Emigration. Fifth, that they should be prepared to resist with both courage and the force of arms the violent assault by which the enemy intended to frustrate their movement, and that in this resistance they should not heed the enemy’s superiority in either numbers or material resources.

In addition to the threats coming from Makka and its allied tribes, there were, in Madina itself, three tribes of the Jews. As explained earlier, the Jews held the control of the economic life of the city. In Madina, another element of enmity against Islam also began to emerge in the form of hypocrisy. One group of hypocrites consisted of those who had no faith in Islam but had entered the ranks of the Muslim community merely in order to create mischief.

For 13 years in Makkah, none of the Companion (may Allah be pleased with them all) took out even a small knife, a knife or anything to defend themselves against to mushriks who were torturing, making them to suffer, humiliating them, taking away their rights and everything. They did not even think of defending themselves, rather were busy obeying to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and confronted the situation with utmost patience and fortitude .

The Battle of Badr is the most important battle in the whole of human history as it firmly established Islam as the only true religion for the whole of humanity till the end of time. It took place on 17 Ramadan 2 A.H, 624 C.E. The beloved holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, together with 313 of his Sahaba (Companions) and angels sent by Allah defeated about 1000 better armed polytheists of the tribe of Quraysh.

The Companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who took part are the Muhajirin and the Ansar. The Muhajirin are the Muslims from Makkah who had migrated to Madina. The Ansar are the Muslims of Madina who helped them settle in Madina.

The two main tribes of Madina were Aws and Khazraj. The Ansar (Helpers) of Madina, are thus classified either as Awsi (belonging to the Aws tribe) or Khazraji (belonging to the Khazraj tribe).

And they submitted themselves to the Prophetﷺ. They did not complain. Sahabi-e-kiram;  they feel pain, they feel hunger but they submitted themselves to the Holy Prophetﷺ. So when they came to Medina, and they heard that the mushriks were coming to destroy them, they looked to the Prophet (ﷺ), and the Prophet(ﷺ) is saying, “we will not move, until Allah give us the permission to move. Until Allah gives me an order, I will not move.” They submitted.

When the order came, Holy Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah is saying, ‘now take your sword and strike, but to know that it is Allah that takes the lives, not you.’”And they were so happy. They were not happy because of revenge. They were happy, because Allah gave them an order, Allah communicated with them. Allah spoke to them. And it is their chance now, to make Allah happy.

Allah swt is saying in the Surah ul-Araf, ‘So tell the stories that perhaps they will think.’ Islam it is a religion for the man who sits and reflects on the signs around him; on what had happened in the history, on what happened to earlier nations, to earlier Prophets.  We ought to remember these warriors of Badr, all 313 of them and offering our respect, maybe some fatihas for them. But we must remember that it did not end there. The battle of Badr ended, yes. That was the first battle, but there is a final battle yet to come, and both the battles are linked. And the thousand angels that Allah swt promised on the Battle of Badr is going to happen in the final fight against the Dajjal.  So now, we should prepare ourselves. Not to say, ‘I am this, or I am that’, rather learn from the battle of badr and prepare ourselves for the next battle, which is going to be both spiritual and physical.

According to the Ahadith in Jami’ us-Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari (Vol. 5, p. 201, Hadith Numbers 292-294), the number of warriors in the Battle of Badr were more than 310 of whom more than 60 were the Muhajirin (from Makkah) and more than 249 were the Ansar (from Madina). According to scholars of sirah (history, biography), 313 companions took part in the Battle of Badr of whom 82 were the Muhajirin and 231 were the Ansar (61 Awsi and 170 Khazraji). Wallahu A’lam (Allah Knows Best).

The number of Companions that are normally listed in Classics of Muslim Spirituality are more than those who actually took part because there are some Companions who were considered by the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam to be Ahl Badr (The Warriors of Badr) even though they were not actually present because they were sent by him on special assignments elsewhere at that time.

Another reason why the list is greater than 313 is that in some instances, Muslim historians and the ‘ulama (the learned) are not absolutely sure from the evidence they have collected whether a particular Companion was actually present at Badr or not. So, perhaps they have decided to err in including the name rather than to err in leaving it out. For that reason perhaps, Imam ibn Kathir lists 321, Imam al-Barzanji lists 368, Mawlana Khalid al-Baghdadi lists 366, Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahman Chohravi mentions 357, Shaykh Mustafa Rushdi ad-Dimishqi has 356 while Shaykh ‘AbdurRahman al-Azhariyy has 385.

We should remind ourselves that Asma’ Ahl Badr (the names of the Muslim warriors of the Battle of Badr) are Jalali (Majestic). They need the Jamal (Beauty) of Salawat (Invocation of Blessings) to cool them. So before we recite these, and after completing the recitation, it is recommended to recite Durood Shareef 100 times. Or instead, we can recite Qasidah al-Burda.  Once we have recited the Salawat, we can come to the Asma’ Ahl al-Badr.

Shuhada (Muslim Martyrs of the Battle of Badr)
Please recite Sayyidinaa before each name and Radi ALLAHu ‘Anhu (Allah is Pleased with Him) after each name.
Allahumma Agithna ya Giyath al-Mustaghitheen bi Haqqi
(O Allah! O The Succour of those who seek help, save us for the sake of)

1. Haritha bin Suraqa al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
2. Dhush-shimaalayn ibn ‘Abdi ‘Amr al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
3. Rafi’ bin al-Mu’alla al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
4. Sa’d bin Khaythama al-Awsi, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
5. Safwan bin Wahb al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
6. ‘Aaqil bin al-Bukayr al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
7. ‘Ubayda bin al-Harith al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
8. ‘Umayr bin al-Humam al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
9. ‘Umayr bin Abi Waqqas al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
10. ‘Awf bin al-Harith al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
11. Mubashshir bin ‘Abdi’l Mundhir al-Awsi, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
12. Mu’awwidh bin al-Harith al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
13. Mihja’ bin Salih al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
14. Yazid bin al-Harith bin Fus.hum al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.

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Wallahu Ta’ala Aa’lam (Allah knows best)


Incident Before The Battle of Badr. (17th Ramadan)

An Incident Before The Battle of Badr, Showing The Love The Sahaba Had For The Messenger of Allahﷺ

RasoolAllahﷺ was straightening the lines of the ranks as if he was straightening the lines for prayer and he was holding an arrow in his hands. He came up to one of the soldiers, Sawad bin Ghuazzaiyya, who was protruding a bit from the line. So RasoolAllahﷺ slightly nudged him back with his arrow.

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) said, “Oh RasoolAllahﷺ you have hurt me, I want to retaliate.”

This was just before the battle. Here was one soldier who was saying to The Prophet of Allah that he wants to retaliate with him.

So RasoolAllahﷺ exposed his stomach to Sawad and said “Go ahead and retaliate.”

RasoolAllahﷺ didn’t get angry, heﷺ didn’t ask his soldiers to throw him in prison, because a soldier is talking to the head of the military in such a fashion. He simply allowed him to retaliate.

So Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) hugs RasoolAllahﷺ and he kisses his stomach. That was his retaliation.

RasoolAllahﷺ asked Sawad why did he do that?

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, you can see what is about to happen. I wanted my last contact with you to be my skin touching yours.”

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) was saying that he might die during the battle, they were facing death then. The last thing he wanted in this world was to make his skin touch RasoolAllah’sﷺ skin. This was how much they loved RasoolAllahﷺ.

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) who was accidentally hurt by RasoolAllahﷺ used this opportunity to kiss and hug RasoolAllahﷺ. The Muslims did not think that because of RasoolAllah ﷺ, they were having to fight or even death. They all were willingly ready to face death for the sake of Allah Azzawajal and his servant and Messengerﷺ.

RasoolAllahﷺ then made dua for Sawad(RadiAllahu Anhu). (he was later martyred in the battle).

It is this love for Prophet Muhammedﷺ that we need to develop. Love for Prophet Muhammed ﷺ isn’t just words. Love for him means putting everything on the line for Prophet Muhammed ﷺ our wealth, family, money, children, our talents, everything that we can sacrifice.

We should love RasoolAllahsﷺ Message, his way, and his Sunnah. his beloveds. We should also ask Allah Azzawajal to make us love his Shari’a.


O Allah! O The Ever-Living, O the Self-Existing by Whom all subsist, O The Responder, O The Giver, O The Loving One, O The Reckoner, O The Knower of mysteries,O The Creator of night and day. I beg of you for the sake of Your Most Beautiful Namesand the mystery of the Glorious Qur’an, and for the sake of Your Chosen Prophet Muhammad, on him be the choicest blessings and complete peace, and for the sake of the noble warriors of the Battle of Badr, that You help the religion of Islam and fulfil all our needs. O The Most Merciful of those who show mercy…

Aameen!

For Allah’s sake…..

One of the friends of Allah was once asked if he had ever experienced any event concerning sincerity that had left an impression on him. He replied:

“Indeed I have” and he explained:

One time I lost my purse at Mecca and was left penniless. I was expecting money from Basra but it had somehow failed to arrive. My hair and beard had grown somewhat. I went to a barber and asked him:

“I have no money. Would you cut my hair for the sake of Allah?” At that point the barber was shaving a man. Indicating the seat next to him he said: “Sit here” and leaving him he began to shave me. The man objected. The barber turned to him and said:

“I am sorry sir. I was shaving you for a fee but this person here asked me to shave him for the sake of Allah. Duties done for Allah always have priority and they have no fee. The servants can never know the price of those things done for Allah and never can they pay them”. After he shaved me, the barber slipped a few pieces of gold into my pocket: “You can attend to your immediate needs with this. This is all I have, I am sorry”.

A few days passed. The money I was waiting for from Basra arrived. I took a small pouch of gold to the barber but he objected:

“I will never take it! None of the slaves of Allah can ever have the ability to pay the price for a task done for Allah’s sake. Be on your way. May Allah give you peace”.

I made amends and parted from him but for forty years now I have been waking up in the middle of the night and praying for him”.

And so almighty Allah will reward those righteous deeds and all acts of goodness with goodness that is worthy of His glory as long as they are done in such a sincere manner, that is purely for the sake of Allah.

A smart believer should hurry to repent for his sins….

To delay making tawba by succumbing to the temptation of Satan is like wasting one’s life which is one of the worst things one can waste. A smart believer should hurry to repent for his sins and prepare himself for the moment of his last breath.

According to certain narrations a tailor once asked a righteous man:

“What do you have to say about the hadith of the Messenger of Allah which says: “Allah Most High will accept the tawba of a person while the soul has yet to reach the throat” (Tirmidhi, Dawat, 98/3537). That righteous man asked the tailor:

“Yes this is true. But tell me, what is your profession?”
“I am a tailor, I sew clothes”.
“What is the easiest thing about tailoring?”
“To take my scissors and cut the cloth”.
“How long have you been doing this for?”
“For 30 years”.
“When your soul reaches your throat will you be able to cut cloth?”
“No I would not”.
“O tailor! If you will not be able to do what you have been doing for 30 years with ease and which you struggled with for a while in order to learn to do, then how will you be able to make tawba at that moment if you have never done it in your whole lifetime? Make tawba now while you still have your strength and power! Otherwise forgiveness and a good end may not befall you at your last breath… Haven’t you ever been given advice to hurry to make tawba before death comes to you”. (Munavi, V, 65)?”

Upon this the tailor immediately repented with all sincerity and became a righteous man. The Prophet informed us that however people live that is how they will die and however they die is how they will be raised up”. (Muslim Jannah, 83 Munavi, V, 663)

 

Siddique-e-Akbar (May Allah be pleased with him)

Abu Bakr(RA)

When Sayyiduna Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (Radi Allahu Anhu) was four years old, his father took him in front of an idol in the Ka’bah and said to him, “This is your mighty Lord, so make Sajdah to him.”


When he (Radi Allahu Anhu) heard this he said to the idol, “I am hungry, feed me. I am naked, cloth me. I will throw a stone at you, if you are the Lord then defend yourself.”

There was no response from the idol. So he took a stone and hit the idol. The Divinely blessed power and force of the stone dropped the idol. On seeing this, his father became furious and slapped him on the face. He then took him home and complained to the mother. She replied,

“Leave him alone because when he was born I heard someone from the Unseen saying to me, ‘O servant lady of Allah! Glad tiding to you on the birth of this free child whose name in the skies is Siddique (Truthful) and he will be the close companion of Muhammad (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam)’. At that time I did not know who Muhammad (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was and what all this meant”.

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allahu Anhu) personally reported this incident to the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam). After he reported this, an Angel appeared and confirmed,

“Abu Bakr speaks the truth and he is Siddique (Truthful).”

This Hadith Sharif is recorded in “Awaliyul Farsh ila Ma’aaliyul Arsh” and quoted by Imam Ahmad Qastalaani (Alayhir Rahmah) in his commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari.

 

Reference:

  • Malfoozat-e-AlaHazrat, Vol. 1, Page 160
  • Irshad al-Sari li Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, Page 370
  • Mirqat al-Mafatih Sharh Mishkat al-Masabih, Vol. 11, Page 178

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Rasul Allah (SalAllahu alaihi wa Aalihi wasallam) said, “The one who visits the sick is in fact like one who is in the fruit garden of Paradise so long as he does not return.” [Sahih Muslim]

There is great merit in paying a visit to the sick, whether one knows the patient or not. The following is a story of how a man came to take the shahada. 



The man was in a hospital sharing a room with a Muslim. One day some people came to visit the Muslim. They came in, hugged the Muslim brother, kissed him, and talked to him with love and affection. They stayed for a while and shared a closeness that was true. After they left, the man asked the Muslim if those were his brothers who had just visited him. The Muslim replied, “No, they learned that I was sick today, at the Friday prayer, and so they came to visit me. I just met them today.” This shocked the man. Those people had not acted in an awkward stranger fashion but like true brothers.

This led to the man asking more questions and finally accepting Islam. This duty of visiting the sick is always blessed by Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala). In addition, this time it also served as a vehicle to guide a man to Islam.