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Conversation between Rab’i (رضي الله عنه) and Rustam

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S’ad Ibn Abi waqqas (رضي الله عنه) sent another messenger to Rustam on his request. He was Rab’i Ibn Aamir (رضي الله عنه). So, he (رضي الله عنه) went to him and Rustam had adorned his assembly with precious and luxurious items. He displayed pearls and rubies and he had a crown on his head. It was bejewelled and he sat on a golden throne. Rab’i (رضي الله عنه) came dressed in simple, ordinary garments, with a sword, a shield and a short horse. He rode up to the edge of the carpet where he alighted and tied the horse to one of those pillows. He met him wearing the armour and helmet. He  (رضي الله عنه) was asked to remove his helmet but he said, “I have not come on my own but have been invited by you. If you let me be as I am, then I am here, otherwise, I will return (to my place). Rustam said, “Permit him to enter.” So he (رضي الله عنه) came resting his sword on the carpet and thereby cutting them here and there.

They asked him, “What has he brought to you?”

He (رضي الله عنه) said, “Allah has sent us to bring mankind out of worship of mankind to the worship of Allah, from the narrowness of the world to its expanse, and from the oppression of religions to the justice of Islam. He has sent us with His religion to His creatures to invite them to it. So, he who accepts that, we accept it from him and go away from him, but if anyone rejects it we fight him till we reach Allah’s promise.”

They asked him (رضي الله عنه), ‘ What is the promise?”

He(رضي الله عنه) said,”Jannah for the one who dies fighting and victory for the one who survives.”

Rustam asked,”Can you defer it till we consult each other?”

He said,” A day or two.”

Rustam said,” No we shall write to our leaders and chiefs.”

Rab’i (رضي الله عنه) said,” Allah’s Messenger has not left us the practice of giving respite to an enemy beyond 3 days after facing them and choose one of the 3 things ( accept islam, pay jizyah or fight) within the time.”

He asked, ” Are you the chief of your people?’

He (رضي الله عنه) said,” No but the muslims are like a single body. The lowest of them can offer protection against the highest of them.”

Al Bidayah wan Nihayah

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July 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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قال عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص: “من بنى بأرض المشركين وصنع نيروزهم ومهرجاناتهم وتشبه بهم حتى يموت حشر معهم يوم القيامة”. (البيهقي 18642 وصححه ابن تيمية في الاقتضاء 1/754)

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-Aas   رضي الله عنه  as collected by Imam al-Bayhaqi with an authentic chain when he said:

“Whosoever lives in the lands of the mushrikin and celebrates their Neyrouz and festivals and keeps imitating them until he dies in that condition, will be resurrected with them on the Day of Resurrection.”

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December 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm


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Abu Hurayrah  رضي الله عنه  used to say:

The believer is the mirror of his brother. If he sees any fault in him, he corrects it.

[Al adab al mufrad]

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October 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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Better than charity and fasting

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Abu Darda  رضي الله عنه  used to say:

Shall I not tell you about something that is better for you than charity and fasting? Reconcile between your brothers, for hatred dimishes reward.

[Al adab al mufrad]

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October 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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Is the love for the sake of Allah?

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Abu Idris al-Khawlani said:

I entered the mosque of Damascus, where I saw a young man who had a bright smile, and I saw the people gathered around him. When they disagreed on some matter, they referred it to him, and accepted his opinion. I asked who he was, and they told me, ‘This is Mu’adh Ibn Jabal  رضي الله عنه . ‘ Early the next day, I went to the mosque but I found that he had arrived earlier than me. He was praying, so I waited until he had finished, then I approached him from in front, greeted him and said, ‘By Allah, I love you.’ He asked,’ For the sake of Allah?’ I said,’ For the sake of Allah.’  He repeated the question,  ‘For the sake of Allah?’ And I said,’ For the sake of Allah.’ So he took hold of my collar, pulled me towards him and said, ‘I have good news for you. I heard the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم  say:

“Allah says: ‘My love is granted to those who love one another for My sake, who visit one another for My sake, and who spend on one another for My sake.'”

[Muwatta Malik]

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October 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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Abu Hurayra did not like to make supplications in gathering where those who broke ties of kinship were present

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On one Thursday night gathering, Abu Hurayrah  رضي الله عنه  said,”I urge everyone who has broken ties of kinship to get up and leave us.” No one got up until he had said this three times. Then a young man got up and went to see a (paternal) aunt of his who he had forsaken for two years. When he entered, she said,” O son of my brother, what brings you here?” He said,” I heard Abu Hurayrah  رضي الله عنه  say such and such.” She told him,” Go back to him and ask him why he said that.” Abu Hurayrah  رضي الله عنه  said, “I heard the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم  say:

The deeds of the sons of Adam are shown to Allah every Thursday evening, night preceding Friday, and the deeds of one who break the ties of kinship are not accepted.

[Al Adab al Mufrad]

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October 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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Hearts are containers

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‘Abdullaah bin Mas’ood radhiAllaahu anhu said: Indeed, The hearts are containers so occupy it with the Qur’aan and do not occupy with other than it.

(Hilyatul Awliya 1/131)

قال عبد الله بن مسعود –رضي الله عنه-:
إنما هذه القلوب أوعية فاشغلوها بالقرآن ولا تشغلوها بغيره

حلية الأولياء(1/131)


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October 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Eloquency of ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها)

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Al-Ahnaf Ibn Qays said:

وقال الاحنف بن قيس : سمعت خطبة أبي بكر ، وعمر ، وعثمان ، وعلي ، والخلفاء بعدهم ، فما سمعت الكلام من فم مخلوق أفخم ، ولا أحسن منه من فم عائشة

I have heard the speeches of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali (رضي الله عنهم) and the khulafa who came after them, but I never heard any speech more eloquent and beautiful than that of ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها).

[Kitab an Nubala]

Moosa ibn Talha said:

حدثنا القاسم بن دينار الكوفي حدثنا معاوية بن عمرو عن زائدة عن عبد الملك بن عمير عن موسى بن طلحة قال ما رأيت أحدا أفصح من عائشة قال أبو عيسى هذا حديث حسن صحيح غريب

I never saw anyone more eloquent and pure in speech than ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها).


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October 18, 2012 at 3:03 am

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Knowledge of ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها)

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Imam Az Zuhri said:

If the knowledge of ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها) were to be gathered up and compared with knowledge of all the other wives of the Prophet and all other women, ‘Aishah’s (رضي الله عنها) knowledge would be greater.

[Al-Istee’ab, 4/1883]

‘Urwah Ibn Zubair said:

I have never seen anybody more knowledgeable in fiqh or medicine or poetry than ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها).

[Tarikh at Tabari]

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October 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) and her use of miswak

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‘Urwah ibn Zubair said:

We heard ‘Aishah (رضي الله عنها)  the Mother of the Believers cleaning her teeth in the room ..

[Fath al Bari]

‘Urwah ibn Zubair said:

We heard her (رضي الله عنها)  using the siwak…

[Sahih Muslim]

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October 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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