Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Narrator: Abu Huraira (RA)

Allah's Apostle (SAW) said, "If anyone of you looked at a person who was made superior to him in property and (in good) appearance, then he should also look at the one who is inferior to him, and to whom he has been made superior."

Sahih al Bukhari Hadith
Volume # 8 Hadith # 497

Sunday, December 29, 2002

Ibn Umar reports: �Al-Agharr (a companion of the Prophet from the Muzaynah tribe) had a quantity of
dates owed to him by a man from the clan of Amr ibn Awf, and he went to
him several times (asking settlement). �I went to the Prophet and he
sent Abu Bakr with me. As we walked, everyone whom we met offered us the
greeting of peace. Abu Bakr said to me: Don�t you see how people are the
first to greet you to earn more reward?� Abdullah ibn Umar adds
encouraging his audience: �Be the one who starts in order to gain the
greater reward.� (Related by Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad and
Narrated Anas (Radhiallaho anho):
The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "Whoever said
"None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his
heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a barley grain will
be taken out of Hell. And whoever said: "None has the right to
be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith)
equal to the weight of a wheat grain will be taken out of Hell.
And whoever said, "None has the right to be worshipped but
Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of
an atom will be taken out of Hell."

Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 42

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet said, "Faith (Belief) consists of more than sixty branches (i.e. parts). And Haya (This term "Haya" covers a large number of concepts which are to be taken together; amongst them are self respect. modesty, bashfulness, scruple, etc.) is a part of faith."

Sahih Bukhari

Friday, December 27, 2002

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace be upon him), who said: Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says:

The fist of his actions for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded: and if they are wanting, then he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers, the Lord (glorified and exalted be He) will say: See if My servant has any supererogatory prayers with which may be completed that which was defective in his obligatory prayers. Then the rest of his actions will be judged in like fashion.

It was related by at-Tirmidhi (also by Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah and Ahmad).

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Narrator: Ibn Abbas (RA)
Intention to do something good or bad

The Prophet (SAW) narrating about his Lord and, "Allah ordered (the appointed angels over you) that the good and the bad deeds be written, and He then showed (the way) how (to write). If somebody intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then Allah will write for him a full good deed (in his account with Him); and if he intends to do a good deed and actually did it, then Allah will write for him (in his account) with Him (its reward equal) from ten to seven hundred times to many more times: and if somebody intended to do a bad deed and he does not do it, then Allah will write a full good deed (in his account) with Him, and if he intended to do it (a bad deed) and actually did it, then Allah will write one bad deed (in his account)."

Sahih al Bukhari Volume # 8 Hadith # 498

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

`Uqbah bin `Amir (May Allah be pleased with him) said: One day the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) went out and asked Allah's forgiveness for the martyrs of the battle of Uhud after eight years. It seemed that by so doing, he bid farewell to the living and the dead. He then came back, rose to the pulpit and said, "I shall be your precursor; I am a witness for you (before Allah), and I will be present before you at the River (Haud Al-Kauthar). By Allah I can see with my own eyes the Haud from this place. I am not afraid that you will associate anything with Allah in worship after (my demise), but I apprehend that you will vie with one another for the life of the world.'' The narrator said: It was the last time that I saw the Messenger of Allah (PBUH).
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

There are some more narrations with very minor changes in its wording.

Commentary: This Hadith highlights the following points:
1. Haud Al-Kauthar exists: Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: When the Prophet (PBUH) was made to ascend to the heavens, he said (after his return), "I came upon a river (in Jannah) the banks of which were made of tents of hollow pearls. I asked Jibril (PBUH), `What is this (river)?' He replied, `This is the Kauthar.''' (Al-Bukhari, vol. 6, Hadith No. 488).
2. Warning against vying with one another for the world.
3. Permissibility of visiting the graves of the Muslims and praying for them.

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Some Companions happened to pass by a funeral procession (bier) and they praised him (the deceased). The Prophet (PBUH) said, "he will certainly enter it.'' Then they passed by another funeral procession and they spoke ill of the deceased. The Prophet (PBUH) said, "He will certainly enter it.'' `Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) said: "(O Messenger of Allah,) what do you mean by `He will certainly enter it?'' He (PBUH) replied, "You praised the first person, so he will enter Jannah; and you spoke ill of the second person, so he will enter Hell. You are Allah's witnesses on earth.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: The remarks of true believers reflect their righteousness and integrity of character. If they bear witness to the purity of heart of a man, he is sure to go to Jannah. And if they comment on the evil-mindedness of somebody, he is likely to be consigned to Hell-fire. Indeed, a believer never utters anything out of malice or self-conceit. There are some Ahadith which forbid us to speak ill of dead people. This rule applies to the true believers only. The Shari`ah argument is against it. However, we are allowed to talk about the misdeeds of the infidels and people who commit sins openly, disregarding the Shari`ah so that others may abstain from imitating a bad example.

Saturday, December 21, 2002

It was recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet (pbuh) said:
"The one who holds Allah in remembrance as compared to one who does not, is like a living man as compared to one who has died."

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Ibn 'Abbas narrated that Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said,

"Anyone who has nothing of the Quran within him is like a ruined house."

[Narrated by Al-Thirmidhi]
Ibn 'Abbas narrated that Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said,

"Anyone who has nothing of the Quran within him is like a ruined house."

[Narrated by Al-Thirmidhi]

Monday, December 16, 2002

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: 'I have no reward other than Jannah for a believing slave of Mine who remains patient for My sake when I take away his beloved one from among the inhabitants of the world".

Commentary: Child, wife and parents, etc., are the dearest people to everyone. It is a great sign of Faith to accept their death as the Will of Allah, to bear their loss with patience. Wailing and saying nonsense things show weakness of Faith. The reward of patience on such tragedies is Jannah while the result of impatience is displeasure of Allah.

Friday, December 13, 2002

Usman bin Affan narrated that the Allah Messenger (Peace be upon him) said, "The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others)."

[Narrated by Muslim]

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

"Indeed Allah is gentle and loves gentleness, and gives due to gentleness that which He does not give due to harshness."
[Ibn Maajah, ibn Hibbaan; Hasan]

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Abu Darda narrated that the Prophet (Peace be Upon him) said, "If anyone learns by heart ten verses at the beginning of Surah Kahaf, he will be protected from the Dajjal."

[Narrated by Muslim]

Monday, December 09, 2002

Abu Umamah narrated that Allah's Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) said, "Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection, it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it."
[Narrated by Muslim]
Wabisah bin Ma`bad (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I went to Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and he asked me, "Have you come to inquire about piety?'' I replied in the affirmative. Then he said, "Ask your heart regarding it. Piety is that which contents the soul and comforts the heart, and sin is that which causes doubts and perturbs the heart, even if people pronounce it lawful and give you verdicts on such matters again and again.''
[Ahmad and Ad-Darmi].

Commentary: There are two points about this Hadith. First, it is one of the miracles of Messenger of Allah (PBUH) who discovered the nature of the question before it was put to him. Second, man's heart is the biggest guide to him and he, therefore, should keep his heart illuminated with the light of Faith so as to continue receiving guidance from it.

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Narrated by Aby Masud: The Prophet said, "If somebody recited the last two Verses of Surat Al-Baqara at night, that will be sufficient for him."

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing of the foodstuff. I caught him and said, "I will take you to Allah's Apostle!" Then Abu Huraira described the whole narration and said:) That person said (to me), "(Please don't take me to Allah's Apostle and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn." (When the Prophet heard the story) he said (to me), "He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan."

Sahih Bukhari Hadis 6.530

Sunday, December 01, 2002

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Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-As may Allah bless him reported: The Prophet peace be upon him said, "The one who was devoted to the Qur'an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: `Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.''' [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

This Hadith mentions the merit of those who memorize part or all of the Qur'an. Some scholars, in explaining this Hadith, have mentioned that the number of ranks (levels) in Paradise is equal to the number of ayahs in the Qur�an, and that a believer will rise one rank for each ayah that he or she memorizes.