Saturday, February 28, 2009

The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Narrated 'Aisha (the mother of the faithful believers - may Allah swt please with her):

Al-Harith bin Hisham asked Allah's Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) "O Allah's Apostle! How is the Divine Inspiration revealed to you?" Allah's Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) replied, "Sometimes it is (revealed) like the ringing of a bell, this form of Inspiration is the hardest of all and then this state passes off after I have grasped what is inspired. Sometimes the Angel comes in the form of a man and talks to me and I grasp whatever he says."

Aisha (may Allah swt please with her) added: Verily I saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) being inspired Divinely on a very cold day and noticed the sweat dropping from his forehead (as the Inspiration was over).

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 1 :: Hadith 2
Show leniency (to the people), don't be hard upon them, give them glad tidings (of Divine favors in this world and the Hereafter), and do not create aversion. Work in collaboration and don't be divided.

Muslim :: Book 19 : Hadith 4298 [Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) giving instructions to Muadh bin Jabal (may Allah swt please with him) while sending him as ambassador to Yemen]
Abu Hurairah (may Allah swt please with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) saying: "By Allah, I seek Allah's forgiveness and repent to Him more than seventy times a day."

Related by Bukhari. Hadith quoted from Riyad-us-Saliheen (Chapter 002, Hadith # 13)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A'isha (may Allah swt please with her) reported that the Prophet (may Allah swt shower peace and blessings on him) used to pray at night until his feet became cracked. I said to him, 'Why do you do this, messenger of Allah, when Allah has forgiven you all your past and future wrong actions?' He said, 'Do I not want to be a grateful slave?'

There are two blessings which deceive many people: health and free time.

When the believers pass safely over (the bridge across) Hell, they will be stopped at a bridge in between Hell and Paradise where they will retaliate upon each other for the injustices done among them in the world, and when they get purified of all their sins, they will be admitted into Paradise. By Him in Whose Hands is the life of Muhammad everybody will recognize his dwelling in Paradise better than he recognizes his dwelling in this world.

Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 43 :: Hadith 620

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

He who (on befalling a calamity) slaps his cheeks, tears his clothes and follows the ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance is none of us.

Bukhari and Muslim. Riyad-us-Saliheen (Chapter 302, Hadith # 1658)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The supplication most often recited by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) was: "Allahumma atina fid-dunya hasanatan, wa fil-akhirati hasanatan, wa qina adhaab-annar (O our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the punishment of the Fire).

Related by Bukhari and Muslim. Hadith quoted from Riyad-us-Saliheen

Monday, February 23, 2009

Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) was ordered (by Allah) to prostrate on seven parts and not to tuck up the clothes or hair (while praying). Those parts are: the forehead (along with the tip of nose), both hands, both knees, and (toes of) both feet.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 1: No. 773
One day we were praying behind Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam). When he raised his head from bowing, he said, "Sami'a-l- lahuLiman hamida." A man behind him said, "Rabbana walaka-l hamd hamdan Kathiran taiyiban mubarakan fihi" (O our Lord! All the praises are for You, many good and blessed praises). When the Prophet completed the prayer, he asked, "Who has said these words?" The man replied, "I." The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "I saw over thirty angels competing to write it first." Prophet rose (from bowing) and stood straight till all the vertebrae of his spinal column came to a natural position.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 764
I am but a man to whom you bring your disputes. Perhaps one of you is more eloquent in his proof than the other, so I give judgement according to what I have heard from him. Whatever I decide for him which is part of the right of his brother, he must not take any of it, for I am granting him a portion of the Fire.

Malik :: Book 36 : Hadith 36.1.1

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Narrated 'Abdullah (may Allah swt be pleased with him):

I visited the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah swt shower on him) during his ailments and he was suffering from a high fever. I said, "You have a high fever. Is it because you will have a double reward for it?" He said, "Yes, for no Muslim is afflicted with any harm but that Allah will remove his sins as the leaves of a tree fall down."

Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 70 :: Hadith 550

Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah swt be pleased with him):

Allah's Apostle (may peace and blessings of Allah swt shower on him) said, "The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes."

Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 70 :: Hadith 547

Narrated Abu Qatada Al-Ansari:

Allah's Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him)  was praying and he was carrying Umama the daughters of Zainab, the daughter of Allah's Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) and she was the daughter of 'As bin Rabi'a bin 'AbduShams. When he (the prophet) prostrated, he put her down and when he stood, he carried her (on his neck).

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 9 :: Hadith 495

Friday, February 20, 2009

Narrated by Abu Huraira(Radhiallaho anho):
Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "If any one of you says, 'Amin' and the angels in the heavens say 'Amin' and the former coincides with the latter, all his past sins will be forgiven."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 748
Narrated by Aisha(Radhiallaho anha):
I asked Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) about looking hither and thither in prayer. He replied, "It is a way of stealing by which Satan takes away (a portion) from the prayer of a person."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 718

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Truly a man utters words to which he attaches no importance, and by them he falls into the fire of Jahannam, and truly a man utters words to which he attaches no importance, and by them Allah raises him into the Garden.

Malik :: Book 56 : Hadith 56.2.6
Let none of you complain about time, for Allah is time.

Malik :: Book 56 : Hadith 56.1.3
The actions of people are presented twice each week, on Monday and Thursday. Every trusting slave is forgiven except for a slave who has enmity between him and his brother. It is said, 'Leave these two until they turn in tawba (repentence). Leave these two until they turn in tawba (repentence).' 
Malik :: Book 47 : Hadith 47.4.18

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A man came to the Prophet while he was delivering the sermon and asked him how to offer the night prayers. The Prophet replied, 'Pray two Rakat at a time and then two and then two and so on and if you are afraid of dawn (the approach of the time of the Fajr prayer) pray one Rak'a and that will be the wit'r for all the Rakat which you have prayed." 

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 8 :: Hadith 462

Narrated Abu Waqid al-Laithi:

While Allah's Apostle was sitting in the mosque (with some people) three men came, two of them came in front of Allah's Apostle and the third one went away, and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the second man sat behind the gathering, and the third one went away. When Allah's Apostle finished his preaching, he said, "Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them betook himself to Allah and so Allah accepted him and accommodated him; the second felt shy before Allah so Allah did the same for him and sheltered him in His Mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah, and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise.

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 8 :: Hadith 463

Narrated Ibn 'Umar or Ibn 'Amr (may Allah please with him):

The Prophet clasped his hands, by interlacing his fingers. Narrated 'Abdullah that Allah's Apostle said, "O 'Abdullah bin 'Amr! What will be your condition when you will be left with the sediments of (worst) people?" (They will be in conflict with each other).

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 8 :: Hadith 467

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Whoever gives up wearing elegant and expensive garments out of humbleness, when he can do so, Allah will call him on the Day of Resurrection and before all the creations, He will give him the choice to wear whichever garment of ‘Iman’ he would like to wear.

Related by At-Tirmidhi
If supper is served, and Iqama is pronounced one should start with the supper.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.1 : No. 640
If the Imam leads the prayer correctly then he and you will receive the rewards but if he makes a mistake (in the prayer) then you will receive the reward for the prayer and the sin will be his.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 1: No. 663
'A'isha (may Allah swt please with her) reported that a group of Jews came to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and sought his audience and said: As-Sam-u-'Alaikum. A'isha said in response: As-Sim-u-'Alaikum (death be upon you) and curse also, whereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: 'A'isha, verily Allah loves kindness in every matter. She said: Did you hear what they said? Thereupon he said: Did you not hear that I said (to them): Wa 'Alaikum (same to you).

Muslim :: Book 26 : Hadith 5384

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hadrat An-Nu`man bin Bashir (may Allah please with him) reported: ‘I have seen your Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah may shower on him) when he did not find enough of even the inferior quality of dates to eat and fill his belly.’

Related by Muslim

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Narrated by Anas (Radhiallaho anho): 
Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) used to pray a short prayer (in congregation) but used to offer it in a perfect manner.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. : No. 1.674
Narrated by Anas bin Malik(Radhiallaho anho): Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said "What is wrong with those people who look towards the sky during the prayer?" His talk grew stern while delivering this speech and he said, "They should stop (looking towards the sky during the prayer); otherwise their eyesight would be taken away."

Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 1 Number 717

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The sun rises and with it is a horn of Shaytan and when the sun gets higher the horn leaves it. Then when the sun reaches the meridian the horn joins it and when the sun declines the horn leaves it, and when the sun has nearly set it joins it again." The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, forbade prayer at these times.

Malik :: Book 15 : Hadith 15.10.44
"The best dua is dua on the day of Arafa, and the best thing that I or the Prophets before me have said is 'There is no god but Allah, alone, without any partner' (La ilaha illa'llah, wahdahu la sharika lah.)"

Malik :: Book 15 : Hadith 15.8.32
Umar ibn al-Khattab said, "I heard Hisham ibn Hakim ibn Hizam reciting Surat al-Furqan (Sura 25) differently from me, and it was the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, who had recited it to me. I was about to rush up to him but I granted him a respite until he had finished his prayer. Then I grabbed him by his cloak and took him to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, 'Messenger of Allah, I heard this man reciting Surat al-Furqan differently from the way you recited it to me.' The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Let him go.' Then he said, 'Recite, Hisham,' and Hisham recited as I had heard him recite. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'It was sent down like that.' Then he said to me, 'Recite' and I recited the sura, and he said, 'It was sent down like that. This Qur'an was sent down in seven (different) ways [of qirat], so recite from it whatever is easy for you'.

Malik :: Book 15 : Hadith 15.4.5

A group of people will appear among you whose prayer, fasting and deeds will make you think little of your own prayer, fasting and deeds. They will recite the Qur'an, but it wil not get past their throats, and they will pass through the deen like an arrow passes through game. You look at the arrowhead, and you see nothing, and you look at the shaft, and you see nothing, and you look at the flights, and you see nothing. And you are in doubt about the notch.

Malik :: Book 15 : Hadith 15.4.10

Friday, February 13, 2009

A person who drags his garment in arrogance will not be looked at by Allah on the Day of Rising.

Malik :: Book 48 : Hadith 48.5.9

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Beware of suspicion. Suspicion is the most untrue speech.

Malik :: Book 47 : Hadith 47.4.15

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

There would be two gardens (in Paradise) the vessels and contents of which would be of silver, and two gardens whose vessels and contents would be of gold. The only thing intervening to hinder the people from looking at their Lord will be the mantle of Grandeur over His face in the Garden of Eden.

Muslim :: Book 1 : Hadith 346

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Allah will give shade to seven on the Day when there will be no shade but His. [These seven persons are:]

- a just ruler,

- a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (i.e. worships Allah sincerely from childhood),

- a man whose heart is attached to the mosques (i.e. to pray the compulsory prayers in the mosque in congregation),

- two persons who love each other only for Allah's sake and they meet and part in Allah's cause only,

- a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah,

- a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity),

- and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.1 : No. 629
Verily, Du'a (supplication) is worship.

Hadith No. 1465 quoted from Riyad-us-Saliheen  Related by Abu Dawood. 

Monday, February 09, 2009

Al-Bara' bin 'Azib said, "The Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah swt shower on him) orders us to do seven things and prohibited us from doing seven other things." 
Then Al-Bara' mentioned the following:--

(1) To pay a visit to the sick (inquiring about his health),

(2) to follow funeral processions,

(3) to say to a sneezer, "May Allah be merciful to you" (if he says, "Praise be to Allah!"),

(4) to return greetings,

(5) to help the oppressed,

(6) to accept invitations,

(7) to help others to fulfill their oaths. 

Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 43 :: Hadith 625

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The reward of  the prayer offered by a person in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of the prayer offered in one's house or in the market (alone). And this is because if he performs ablution and does it perfectly and then proceeds to the mosque with the sole intention of praying, then for every step he takes towards the mosque, he is upgraded one degree in reward and his one sin is taken off (crossed out) from his accounts (of deeds). When he offers his prayer, the angels keep on asking Allah's blessings and Allah's forgiveness for him as long as he is (staying) at his Musalla. They say, 'O Allah! Bestow Your blessings upon him, be Merciful and kind to him.' And one is regarded in prayer as long as one is waiting for the prayer.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.1 : No. 620

Saturday, February 07, 2009

When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of ‘deen’ (religion).

Related by Bukhari and Muslim. Riyah-us-Saliheen hadith 1376
Abdullah b. Miqsam reported that he saw Abdullah b. Umar as he narrated Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: [On the day of judgement] Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, would take in His hand His Heavens and His Earth, and would say: I am Allah. And He would clench His fingers and then would open them (and say): I am your Lord. I saw the pulpit in commotion from underneath because of something (vib-ating) there. And (I felt this commotion so much) that I said (to myself): It may not fall with Allah's Massenger (may peace be upon him) upon it.

Muslim :: Book 39 : Hadith 6705 

Friday, February 06, 2009

Put on white clothes because they are the best; and use them for shrouding your dead.

 Related by At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud

Ibn az-Zubayr told that a woman client of theirs took az-Zubayr's daughter to Umar ibn al-Khattab wearing bells on her legs. Umar cut them off and said that he had heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: There is a devil along with each bell.

Dawud :: Book 34 : Hadith 4218

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Mother of the believers, Aishah (may Allah swt be pleased with her) reported: ‘The family of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah swt be upon him) never ate to the fill, the bread of barley (or wheat) for three successive nights until he died.’

Related by Bukhari and Muslim
A prayer in this mosque of mine (Masjid-e-Nabawi - salla-Llahu-alaeyhi-wasallam) is better than a thousand prayers in any other mosque, except the Masjid al-Haram (in Makkah).

Malik :: Book 14 : Hadith 14.4.9

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Narrated Marwan bin Al-Hakam and Al-Miswar bin Makhrama:

When the delegates of the tribe of Hawazin came to the Prophet they requested him to return their property and their captives. He said to them, "This concerns also other people along with me as you see, and the best statement to me is the true one, so you may choose one of two alternatives; either the captives or the property and (I have not distributed the booty for) I have been waiting for you."

When the Prophet had returned from Ta'if, he waited for them for more than ten nights. When they came to know that the Prophet would not return except one of the two, they chose their captives. The Prophet then stood up amongst the Muslims, Glorified and Praised Allah as He deserved, and then said, "Then after: These brothers of yours have come to you with repentance and I see it proper to return their captives, so whoever amongst you likes to do that as a favor, then he can do it, and whoever of you wants to stick to his share till we pay him from the very first Fai (i.e. war booty) which Allah will give us, then he can do so." The people said, "We return (the captives) to them willingly as a favor, O Allah's Apostle!" The Prophet said, "I do not know who of you has given his consent and who has not; so go back and your leaders may present your decision to me." The people went away, and their leaders discussed the matter with them, and then came to the Prophet to tell him that all of them had given their consent (to return the captives) willingly.

Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 47 :: Hadith 778

Monday, February 02, 2009

If I were to choose from my Umma anyone as my bosom friend, I would have chosen Abu Bakr.

Muslim :: Book 31 : Hadith 5872