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“Such a man was ‘Uthmaan.”

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Ibn ‘Abbas read the verse:

”Is such a man equal to one {believer} who commands

justice and is himself on the Straight path?”

[Surah an-Nahl: 76]

Then he said, “Such a man was ‘Uthman.”

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir: 2/579]

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March 26, 2010 at 11:53 pm

None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself

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1 – The Messenger of Allah[SAW] said:

“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

[Reported by al-Bukhari (13), Muslim (45), Ahmad (3/176), at-Tirmidhi (5215), Ibn Majah (66), an-Nasa’i (8/115), and Ibn Hibban (234)]

Examples of Sahaba in applying this hadith

2 – Ibn ‘Abbas said:

“Verily, I come across a verse of the Book of Allah, and I wish that all of the people had the knowledge of it that I have.”

[‘Hilyat al-Awliya”; 9/119]

3 – Ibn ‘Abbas also said:

“Verily, I become happy when I hear that a land inhabited by the Muslims has received some rainfall, even if I personally have nothing to gain from that rainfall.”

[‘Hayat as-Sahabah’; 2/743]

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March 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

Parents

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In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
These are collected from as-Samarqandi’s ‘Tambih al-Ghafilin’ (p. 84-91):

From the chapter on the rights of the parents:

1 – Ibn ‘Abbas said:
“There is not a single believer who has two parents and wakes up while he is good to them except that Allah opens up for him two gates to Paradise, and if he makes one of them angry, Allah will not be Pleased with him until that parent becomes pleased with him again.” It was asked: “Even if that parent was oppressive and in the wrong?” It was replied: “Yes, even so. And he never wakes up while he is bad to them except that Allah opens up for him two gates to Hell.”

2- It was said by a group of the Companions:
“To leave off praying for one’s parents results in a tight and constricted life for the son.”

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March 26, 2010 at 9:28 am

Save yourselves and your families

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Some narrations reported from the Sahaba in explanation of what it means to protect oneself and one’s family as mentioned in Al-Tahrîm verse 6:

O you who believe! Protect yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels, stern and severe, and who disobey not the commands they receive from Allâh, but do that which they are commanded. [66:6]

· ‘Alî b. Abî Tâlib – Allah be pleased with him:

Discipline them, teach them.

· Ibn ‘Abbâs – Allah be pleased with them:

Stay obedient to Allâh, stay away from disobeying Allâh and command your families to remember Allâh, and He will save you from the Fire.

[Tafsir at Tabari]

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March 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

Doorstep of Knowledge

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It is reported from ‘Abdullâh b. ‘Abbâs – Allâh be pleased with them – that he said:

After Allâh’s Messenger – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – passed away, I said to a man from the Ansâr, “Come, let us ask [and learn from] the Prophet’s Companions, Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him, for they are many in number today.” He replied, “I am surprised at you Ibn ‘Abbâs – do you really think people need you when there are so many Companions of the Prophet – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him?” So he did not involve himself in this endeavor, but I busied myself asking [the Companions about issues]. If I heard of a hadîth being reported by a man, I would come to him and if he was taking his midday nap I would lay down my garment and lie outside waiting for him, with the wind blowing dust in my face. The man would come out [for Dhuhr] and see me in that state, and he would exclaim, “O nephew of Allâh’s Messenger! What has brought you here? You should have sent for me and I would have come to you!” I would say, “Rather I should come to you [to seek knowledge].” I would then ask him about the hadîth I heard. The man [who I originally invited to seek knowledge with me] remained as he was, and when he saw how people would gather around me [to seek knowledge] he said, “For sure, this young man was more intelligent than me.”

Al-Dârimî, Al-Sunan Vol. 2 p129.

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March 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Physical Descriptions of the Companions

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Compiled from the first four volumes of adh-Dhahabi’s ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala”:

1 – Abu Bakr:

“He was white-skinned, skinny, with thin cheeks. He had a wrinkly face, deepset eyes, a protruding forehead, and he would dye his beard with henna and oil it.”

“He was white or yellow-skinned, handsome, with thin legs. His izar would not stay firmly tied around his waist.”

2 – ‘Umar bin al-Khattab:

“He was white-skinned, leaning towards redness. He was tall, balding, and had white hair around his head.”

“He was very tall, and extemely bald. He had reddened skin, thin cheeks, and the edges of his mustache were long and dark red.”

“He would walk so fast that it was as if he was riding a horse while those around him were walking.”

“He used to dye his hair with henna.”

3 – ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan:

“He was not tall or short. He had a handsome face, a long beard, dark skin, wide shoulders, and he would dye his hair with saffron. He would cap teeth with gold.”

‘Abdullah bin Hazm said: “I saw ‘Uthman, and I never saw a man or woman more beautiful than him.”

as-Sa’ib said: “I saw him dying his beard yellow, and I never saw an old man more handsome than him.”

4 – ‘Ali bin Abi Talib:

“He was balding, but had much hair left, as if he was wearing a sheepskin. He was of medium height, with a large belly and a large beard.”

“He had a yellow beard.”

“He dyed his beard with henna once, then he never used it again.”

“His hair and beard were white, like cotton.”

ash-Sha’bi said: “I saw ‘Ali with a white beard, and I never saw anyone with a larger beard then he.”

“He had heavyset, large eyes, and he was closer to being short.”

5 – Abu ‘Ubaydah bin al-Jarrah:

“He was a skinny man, with a wrinkly face and a light beard. He was tall.”

6 – Mu’adh bin Jabal:

“He was tall, with large eyes, white-skinned, with wrinkled skin.”

7 – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud:

“He was thin, short, and did not dye his hair.”

“He was handsome and wise.”

8 – ‘A’ishah:

“She was white-skinned and beautiful.”

9 – Abu Hurayrah:

“He was fair-skinned, had wide shoulders, wide teeth, and he had braids in his hair.”

“He was white-skinned, thin, and had a red beard.”

10 – Mu’awiyah:

“He was tall, white-skinned, and handsome. When he laughed, his upper lip would move, and he would dye his hair.”

“He would dye his hair with saffron, and his beard was golden.”

11 – ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

“He would dye his beard yellow.”

“He would dye his beard yellow until his clothing became wet with the dye. It was said to him: “You dye with yellow?” He replied: “I saw the Messenger of Allah doing so!””

12 – al-Husayn:

“His hair and beard were extremely black.”

13 – ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:

“He was white-skinned, leaning towards yellow, tall, handsome, bright-faced, and he would dye his hair with henna.”

‘Ata’ said: “I never see the full Moon of the 14th night of the month except that I remember the face of Ibn ‘Abbas.”

14 – Anas bin Malik:

“He would wear a black turban that he would leave trailing behind him.”