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First ten days of Dhul Hijjah

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K’ab Ibn Malik Radiallahu anhu says:

The period most beloved to Allah is the four sacred months, (i.e. Dhul Qa’dah, Dhul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab). And from these four sacred months Allah admires the month of Dhul Hijjah. And (although the entire month of Dhil Hijjah is blessed and sanctified), Allah has additionally favoured the first ten days of this month.

Lata-i-ful M’aarif

لطائف المعارف – (ج 1 / ص 295)
و قال سهيل بن أبي صالح عن أبيه عن كعب قال : أحب الزمان إلى الله الأشهر الحرم و أحب الأشهر الحرم إلى الله ذو الحجة و أحب ذي الحجة إلى الله العشر الأول

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October 30, 2010 at 9:32 am


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When `Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr RA used to hear thunder, he would stop talking and would supplicate, “All praise is to He Whom Ar-Ra`d (thunder) glorifies and praises, and so do the angels because of His awe.” He would then say, “This is a stern warning to the people of earth.”

[Malik collected this Hadith in Al-Muwatta’, and Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad.]

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October 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

All praise is due to Allah Whose hearing has encompassed all voices…

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`A’ishah said, “All praise is due to Allah Whose hearing has encompassed all voices! By Allah, she who came to complain about her husband to the Messenger of Allah was speaking while I was in another part of the room, yet I did not hear some of what she said. Allah sent down,

[قَدْ سَمِعَ اللَّهُ قَوْلَ الَّتِى تُجَادِلُكَ فِى زَوْجِهَا وَتَشْتَكِى إِلَى اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ يَسْمَعُ تَحَاوُرَكُمآ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ بَصِيرٌ ]

(Indeed Allah has heard the statement of her that disputes with you concerning her husband and complains to Allah. And Allah hears the argument between you both. Verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Seer.)[58:1]

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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October 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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Words Of Imaam Ahmad Regarding The Companions

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Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said:

It is from the Sunnah to mention the good qualities of the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), all of them, without exception…

So whoever insults the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), even one Companion from among them, then he is an innovator, a filthy, bankrupt Raafidhee. Allaah will not accept even one of his deeds…

Rather, loving them is Sunnah,
Supplicating for them is a good deed that brings one close (to Allaah),
Following their example is a means (to success),
And embracing their ways of guidance is a virtue…

And the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw) – after the four caliphs – are the best of the people, and it is not permissible for anyone to … speak ill of any of them, blaming them for deficiencies and shortcomings.

It is indeed obligatory upon the ruler to reprimand and punish whoever does that, and he should not be pardoned.

[Kitaab As-Sunnah, p. 77-78 & Manaaqibul Imaam Ahmad, of Ibnul Jawzee, p. 170]

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October 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

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Khushoo’ of the Sahaba

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Mujahid-rahimahullah- said:

“When one of them (sahaba) stood in prayer, he would be too fearful of his Lord to allow his eyes to be drawn to anything, or to turn aside or to fidget by playing with pebbles or anything else or to think of any worldly matter. unless he forgot during prayer.”

[Al Khushoo’ fis-salah by Ibn Rajab al hanbali]

When ‘Abdullah Ibn Zubayr-Allah be pleased with him- stood up to pray, he would be like a stick (ie immobile) with Khushoo’. Once he was prostrating when a missile from a catapult was launched at him, when Makkah was being beseiged, and part of his garment was torn away whilst he was praying, but he did not even raise his head.

S’ad Ibn Mu’adh- Allah be pleased with him- said:

“I have 3 qualities which I wish I could keep up all the time, then I would really be something. When I am praying, I do not think about anything except the prayer I am doing; If I hear any hadith from Messenger of Allah- SAW- I do not have any doubts about it; and when I attend a Janazah(funeral), I do not think about anything except what the Janazah says and what is said to it.

[Majmoo’ al Fatawa li-Ibn Taymiyah]

Hatim-RA- said;

“I carry out what I am commanded; I walk with the fear of Allah in my heart; I start with the (correct) intention; I magnify and glorify Allah; I recite at a slow and measured pace, thinking about the meaning; I bow with Khushoo’; I prostrate with humility; I sit and recite the complete tashahhud; I say Salam with the (correct) intention; I finish with sincerity towards Allah; and I come back fearing that (my prayer) has not been accepted from me, so I continue to strive until I die.”

[Al Khushoo’ fis-salah by Ibn Rajab al hanbali]

When the time for prayer came, ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib- Allah be pleased with him- would be visibly shaken, and the colour of his face would change. It was said to him, “What is the matter with you?”

He said, “By Allah, there has come the time of the [Trust]:

…إِنَّا عَرَضْنَا الاٌّمَانَةَ عَلَى السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضِ وَالْجِبَالِ فَأبَيْنَ أَن يَحْمِلْنَهَا وَأَشْفَقْنَ مِنْهَا وَحَمَلَهَا الإِنْسَـنُ

Truly, We did offer the Amanah to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it. But man bore it…”  Al Qur’an 33:72

Source: 33 ways of developing Al Khushoo’

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October 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

The Three Men and the Valley [example of the munafiq]

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It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

The example of the believer, the unbeliever and the hypocrite is that of three people who arrived at a valley. One of them descended and passed through to the other side. One of them descended until he reached half way, when the third man on the edge of the valley called to him, “Woe to you, where are you going? You will die. Come back.” The man who made it to the other side called to him, “Come and be saved.” So [the man in the middle of the valley] kept looking back and forth at the two [on each side of the valley], when a flood came into the valley and drowned him. The man who passed through to the other side is the believer; the one who drowned is the munâfiq (hypocrite) – 

[The Hypocrites] sway between this and that, neither [fully] with the believers nor with the unbelievers.

[The Hypocrites] sway between this and that, neither [fully] with the believers nor with the unbelievers.

Quran 4:143

And the one who remained at the edge of the valley [not  able to escape the flood and pass] is the kâfir (unbeliever).

Ibn Abî Hâtim, Al-Tafsîr article 6144.


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October 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

His knowledge is above the knowledge of every knowledgeable person

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`Abdur-Razzaq recorded that Sa`id bin Jubayr said, “We were with Ibn `Abbas when he narrated an amazing Hadith. A man in the audience said, `All praise is to Allah! There is an all-knowing above every person endowed with knowledge.’ Ibn `Abbas responded, `Worse it is that which you said! Allah is the All-Knowing and His knowledge is above the knowledge of every knowledgeable person.’

Musannaf Abdur Razzaq

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October 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm