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An Encouragement to Make Plenty of Du’a’ Near the End of Time

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on June 2, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Hamud at-Tuwayjri mentioned the following narrations in ‘Ithaf al-Jama’ah’ (2/223):

Hudhayfah said: “A time will come upon you where none will be saved except those who supplicate as if they are drowning.”

It was reported in the ‘Musannaf’ of Ibn Abi Shaybah, as well as in the ‘Mustadrak’ of al-Hakim, and he said: “It is authentic upon the conditions of al-Bukhari and Muslim, and they did not report it,” and adh-Dhahabi agreed with him in his ‘Talkhis.’

Ibn Abi Shaybah also reported that Abu Hurayrah said: “There will be a fitnah such that nothing can rescue you from it except to supplicate as if you are drowning.”

O Allah, save us from the fitan of our times…

The Worst Fitnah

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on June 2, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

In ‘Ithaf al-Jama’ah’ (1/25), Hamud at-Tuwayjri mentions that Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr reported that Hudhayfah was asked: “What is the worst fitnah?” So, he replied: “That you are presented with the good and the bad, and you are confused as to which path to take.”

He also reported from Ibn Abi Shaybah in his ‘Musannaf’ that Khalid bin al-Walid said: “Fitnah is that you are in a land in which sins are rampant, and when you seek to leave it for a land in which sins are not rampant, you are unable to find such a place.”

Two funny narrations regarding the beard

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on March 20, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Ibn Hajar reported that az-Zubayr said:

“Qays bin Sa’d did not have any hair that grew on his face, and the Ansar used to say: “We wish that we could use our money to purchase a beard for Qays bin Sa’d!””

[‘al-Isabah fi Ma’rifat as-Sahabah’; 5/360]

In the biography of Dia’ bin Sa’d bin Muhammad bin ‘Uthman al-Qazwini al-‘Afifi, it is narrated that:

“…his beard was so long that it reached his feet, and he would not sleep except that it was wrapped in a bag, and it would divide into two parts whenever he rode a horse.”

[as-Suyuti’s ‘Baghyat al-Wu’ah’ (2/14) and ‘Durrat al-Hijal fi Asma’ ar-Rijal’ (3/37)]

“O Messenger of Allah! Indeed, I love you…”

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on February 10, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

‘A’ishah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allah! Indeed, I love you more than I love myself, and I love you more than I love my family, and I love you more than I love my children. When I am at home and I think of you, I am unable to contain myself until I can come to you and look at you. When I think about my death and your death, I know that when you enter Paradise, you will be raised to where the Prophets are. But, if I enter Paradise, I am afraid: will I be able to see you?”

So, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did not answer him at all until Jibril revealed to him: {“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace – of the Prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!”} [an-Nisa’; 69]

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; #2933]

Ten Statements from the Salaf on Love and Hate for Allah’s Sake

Posted in al-Ghazzali, The Words of the Salaf on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

These are collected in al-Ghazzali’s ‘Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din’ (2/195 onwards):

1 – ‘Umar bin al-Khattab said:

“If one of you is blessed with affection from his brother, he should hold onto that as tightly as possible, as it is quite rare for one to be blessed with this.”

2 – ‘Umar also said:

“Nobody is given anything besides his Islam better than a righteous friend.”

3 – ‘Ali bin Abi Talib said:

“Tend to your brothers, as they are your sustenance in this world and the next. Do you not hear the saying of the people of Hell: {“Now, we have neither intercessors nor close friends to help us!”} [ash-Shu’ara’; 100-1]?”

4 – ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said:

“By Allah, if I fasted all day without eating, prayed all night without sleeping, spent all of my wealth in the Path of Allah, died the day I died, but had no love in my heart for those who obey Allah, and no hatred in my heart for those who disobey Allah, none of this would benefit me in the least.”

5 – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said:

“If a man were to stand for seventy years worshipping Allah between the Yemeni Corner and the Maqam of Ibrahim (at the Ka’bah), he would still be resurrected on the Day of Judgement with those whom he loved.”

6 – Ibn as-Sammak said, on his deathbed:

“O Allah! You Know that, even if I had disobeyed You, I loved those who obeyed You! So, make this for me a means of nearness to You!”

7 – Mujahid said:

“Those who love each other for Allah’s Sake, when they smile at each other, their sins fall from each other, just as the leaves fall from a tree before the winter.”

8 – al-Ghazzali said, commenting on the saying of the Prophet: “The strongest bond of faith is to love for Allah and to hate for Allah”:

“Because of this, it is a must that a person have those that he hates for Allah’s Sake, just as he has friends and brothers that he loves for Allah’s Sake.”

9 – Abu Hurayrah said:

“The slave will be brought between the Hands of Allah – the Exalted – on the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will Say to him: ‘Did you love one of my awliya’, so that I can join you with him?’

10 – al-Hasan al-Basri said:

“Being harsh against a fasiq brings you closer to Allah – the Exalted.”

“I know exactly who you are…”

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Abu Bakr said: “Let not any Muslim belittle another Muslim, for the lowest of the Muslims is great in the Sight of Allah.”

Wahb (bin al-Munabbih) said: “When Allah Created the Garden of Eden, He looked to it and said: “You are forbidden for every arrogant person!”

al-Ahnaf bin Qays used to sit with Mus’ab bin az-Zubayr on his sleeping mat and talk. One day, he came to find Mus’ab extending his feet forward, so, he pushed his legs aside to make room for himself to sit. When he saw the signs of displeasure on Mus’ab’s face from this, he said: “How strange is the son of Adam! He is arrogant while he was originated from an organ that transports urine!”

al-Hasan (al-Basri) said: “I wonder at the son of Adam! He uses his hand to wash himself from his waste once or twice a day, yet he seeks to compete with the All-Mighty?”

Muhammad bin al-Husayn bin ‘Ali said: “The heart of a person is never afflicted with the slightest bit of arrogance except that his intelligence and sanity is decreased because of that in accordance with how much of that arrogance has entered his heart.”

Sulayman was asked about a bad deed that cannot be wiped away with a good dead, so he replied: “Arrogance.”

‘Umar bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz went for
Hajj before he became the khalifah, and Tawus saw him walking with a slight swing in his walk that he thought looked boastful. So, he went up to ‘Umar and nudged him in his side, saying to him: “Is this the walk of one whose stomach carries waste?”

Muhammad bin Wasi’ saw his son acting boastful, so, he called him over and said: “Do you know who you are? As for your mother, then I purchased her for a mere one hundred dirhams. As for your father, then may Allah not increase his likes amongst the Muslims!”

Mutraf bin ‘Abdullah saw al-Muhallab walking in a new overcoat he had bought, looking pleased with himself. So, he said to him: “O Abu ‘Abdullah! This is a type of walking that is hated by Allah and His Messenger!” So, al-Muhallab said to him: “Do you have any idea who I am?” So, Mutraf replied: “I know exactly who you are: your beginning is in the form of a tiny clot of sperm and egg, and your end is in the form of a rotten corpse!” So, al-Muhallab abandoned that type of walking from then on.

[‘Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din’; 3/400-402]

Rubies and Fire

Posted in The Words of the Salaf on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari narrated:

“A bedouin came to the Messenger of Allah and said: “O Messenger of Allah! Verily, I love horses. Are there horses in Paradise?” The Prophet answered: “If you enter Paradise, you will be given a two-winged horse made of rubies that will carry you and take you wherever you want to go.”

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; # 3001]

Abu Hurayrah narrated:

“The Messenger of Allah said: “If there were one hundred thousand or more people in this mosque with one of them being a man from the inhabitants of Hell who took one breath, then this breath of his would cause the entire mosque to burn up along with everyone in it.”

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; # 2509]