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Greetings of Sahaba on ‘Eid

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عن جبير بن نفير قال : كان أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم إذا التقوا يوم العيد يقول بعضهم لبعض : تقبل الله منا ومنكم .ذكره الحافظ ابن حجر في الفتح

Jubayr ibn Nafeer stated; “When the companions of the Messenger of Allaah used to meet each other on ‘Eed, they would say to each other; ‘Taqabal Allaahu Minaa wa Minkum (May Allah accept from us and you all).’ [Al Fat-h: 2/446]

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September 5, 2010 at 5:58 am

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Some words of ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud

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A man once asked Abdullah ibn Masood RA:

“Teach me some words that are concise and beneficial!”

So he said:
“Worship Allah and do not associate any partners with him. Follow the Qur-aan wherever it directs you. Whoever comes with the truth, accept it from him even if he was distant and hated by you and whoever comes with falsehood, then reject it even if he was close and beloved to you.

Be the springs of knowledge, the lamps of guidance, attached/bound to your homes, lights of the night, refreshers of the hearts, Khulqaan (best/cleanest?) of clothes, known in the heavens, unknown to those on earth.

As long as you are in prayer, you are knocking at the door of a king, and whoever knocks at the door of a king will have the door opened for him.

There will be a people at the end of times called ‘Al Nataan’. Constantly blaming one another will be the best of their actions.

If a person would like to be just to himself, let him treat others in the same way that he would like to be treated.

Al Fawaaid: P.162

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April 3, 2010 at 2:33 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

Ibn Masúd[RA] on the companions

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‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said, “ Verily, Allâh looked inside the hearts of people and found the heart of Muhammad – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – to be the best of all hearts, and so He chose him for Himself and sent him with His message. Then Allâh looked inside the hearts of people after Muhammad – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – and found the hearts of his Companions to be the best hearts; so He made them the ministers and representatives of His Prophet, fighting for his religion. Thus, what the Muslims regard as good is good with Allâh, and what they regard as evil is evil with Allâh. And the Companions unanimously chose to take Abû Bakr – Allâh be pleased with him – as the successor [to lead the Muslims after the Prophet].”

Reported by Ahmad, Al-Tayâlisî and others, excluding the last sentence. Shaykh Al-Albânî graded its chain of transmission hasan. The narration is reported with the last sentence by Al-Hâkim, who said its chain of transmission is sahîh. Al-Dhahabî agrees, while Al-Hâfidh Al-Sakhâwî said, “It is mawqûf (reported as a statement of a Companion), hasan.” See Al-Albânî, Al-Da’îfah Vol. 2 pp17-19.

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March 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

Accept the truth, whoever it comes from

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It is reported that a man came to ‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – and asked, “Teach me some comprehensive and beneficial words.” He replied, “Worship Allâh and do not associate any partners with Him, and be with the Qur’ân wherever it is. And whoever comes to you with some truth – whether he is young or old, even if he is hated by you – then accept [that truth]. And whoever comes lying to you – even if he is beloved and close – then reject it from him.”

Abû Bakr Al-Kharâ`itî, Masâwî Al-Akhlâq wa Madhmûmihâ p72.

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March 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

Singing sprouts hypocrisy

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Abdullah b. Mas’ûd – Allah be pleased with him – said:

Singing sprouts hypocrisy (nifâq) in the heart as water sprouts greens and herbs.

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ Vol.2 p469, and Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Sunan Al-Kubrâ Vol. 52 p231.

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawzîyah – Allah have mercy on him – said in Madârij Al-Sâlikîn, Vol.1 p487:

These are the words of someone who fully understood singing and its effects, for no one regularly sings or listens to song except that his heart falls into nifâq without him realizing. If such a person understood the reality of nifâq and its end he would see it in his own heart. Never do the love of song and the love of Qur`ân come together in a person’s heart except that one expels the other. I and others have witnessed how heavy the Qur`ân feels to singers and song-listeners; how they coil when it is recited and how they get angry with a reciter when he recites too long for them (in prayer etc); and how their hearts do not benefit from what he recites: they are not moved to do anything by it. But when the Qur`ân of Shaytân comes, lâ ilâha illallâh! How they lower their voices and settle down! How their hearts feel at peace and how the crying and emotions start, how moved they are inwardly and outwardly and spend on clothing and perfume and staying up hoping for a long night ahead. If this is not nifâq then it is certainly the way to it and its foundation.

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March 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

A fly or a mountain?

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‘Abdullah b. Mas’ûd – Allah be pleased with him – said:

The believer sees his sins as if he is sitting at the foot of a mountain fearing that it might fall on him, while the sinner (fâjir) sees his sins as a fly that lands on his nose, he just waves it away.

Al-Bukhârî, Al-Sahîh, The Book of Supplications, Chapter on Tawbah.

Ibn Hajr quotes in his commentary, Fath Al-Bârî:

Ibn Abî Jumrah said, “The reason for this [fear] is that the heart of a believer is illuminated; so when he sees from himself something that goes against what he illuminates his heart with, it is very distressing to him. The wisdom behind giving the example of a mountain is that a person might find some way to escape from other dangers, but if a mountain falls on a person he does not survive. In short, the believer is dominated by fear (of Allah) due to the strength of îmân he has; he does not therefore feel falsely secure about being punished because of his sins. This is the way of the Muslim: he always fears and checks on himself, his good deeds are little to him and he fears even the small bad deeds he has done.”

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March 26, 2010 at 9:30 am