With the advent of social media, we can see many people sharing quotes that they claim are from the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when in fact, these sayings have no source in any Hadith book. This is indeed a major sin. Attributing falsehood to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was severely condemned in many Hadiths. These Hadiths were graded as Mutawaatir as about 200 Sahabas reported them.
One such Hadith is the saying of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “Whoever (intentionally) ascribes to me what I have not said then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire.” [Al-Bukhari 109] In another Hadith, He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Do not tell lies about me, for whoever tells lies about me will enter Hell.” [Al-Bukhari 106]
A few scholars are of the view that the one who deliberately tells lies about the…
On one occasion, Hazrat Umar bin Khattaab (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked Hazrat Ubayy bin Ka’b (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) to explain the essence of Taqwa. In reply, Hazrat Ubayy bin Ka’b (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked; “Have you ever travelled along a path filled with thorns?” When Hazrat Umar bin Khattaab (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) answered in the affirmative, Hazrat Ubayy (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked; “How did you conduct yourself when travelling on this path?” Hazrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) responded; “I lifted and held onto my garment (so that it would not get caught in the thorns) and I walked with extreme caution (trying my best to avoid being pricked by the thorns).” Hazrat Ubayy bin Ka’b (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) concluded; “That exactly is Taqwa.”
(Tafseer ibn Katheer Vol 1, page 255)
The challenge is that we navigate through the passage of life without falling prey to temptations that lurk in our paths.
2. Ahadith with prohibition due to pride
3. Ahadith with general prohibition (without mention of pride)
4. Aathaar (Narrations) of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum)
5. The Grace of our Role Model’s garment ﷺ
6. Misconceptions and their clarifications
Allah Ta’ala in enumerating His gifts upon us said, [Surah Al-A’raaf: 26]
One of the interpretations of “clothing of righteousness” is clothing which shows humility. (Qurtubi Vol.9 Pg.186, Ruhul Ma’aani Vol.9 Pg.72)
Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever wears a garment of pride and vanity in this world, Allah will clothe him in a garment of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then set it ablaze.” (Sunan Ibn Majah #3607)
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Eat, give charity and clothe yourselves, without being extravagant, and without pride.”…
The goal of Salah is to perform it in the manner of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, i.e. ‘perform Salah as you see me performing Salah.’ (a) Hadhrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam prohibited sadal (leaving clothing loosely hanging from body) in Salah and that a man covers his mouth (Abu Dawood). (b) Hadhrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam prohibited that a man covers his mouth in Salah (Ibn Majah). (c) Imam Malik Rahmatullahi Alayh reports from Abdur Rahman bin Mujabbar that he used to see Hadhrat Saalim bin Abdillah, who, whenever he saw a man with his mouth covered whilst in Salah, he would yank the cloth from his mouth with a firm jerk, until he removed it from his mouth. (Muwatta Maalik). (d) Imam Muhammad says: ‘Abu Hanifah reports from Hammaad who reports from Ebrahim, who said: ‘There is no harm if a man covers his head in Salah, i.e. with a sheet or cloth over his topi, as long as he does not cover his mouth. It is makrooh (haraam) to cover his mouth in Salah.’ Imam Muhammad further states: ‘From this we deduce that it is makrooh (haraam) also for a person to cover his nose. This is the view of Abu Hanifah Radiallahu Anhu.’ (Aathaar Muhammad bin Hasan) (e) Thaqafi Narrates from Muhammad that he used to dislike (i.e. regard it as haraam) that a man covers his mouth whilst performing Salah (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah). In addition to these narrations the fuqaha have explicitly prohibited covering the mouth in Salah with a cloth (mask) because this is emulation of the majoos (fire worshippers). The fear of potential infection does not constitute Shar’i necessity, particularly when the medical fraternity is divided as to the usefulness of masks in combating infection. On the one hand we have the divided conjecture of the scientists and on the other there is the absolute ruling of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. How can we call ourselves Muslim when we opt for the conjecture of the disbelievers over the explicit command of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam?
Difficulty and hardship have become widespread in the world today.
People are suffering in various forms throughout the globe. The simple solution for this is a ‘collective revival’ of the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).
Nevertheless, for a believer, no difficulty, loss or suffering goes unrewarded.
Hereunder are three authentic Hadiths [from among many] on this topic, as a reminder and inspiration to all:
Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
Every calamity/difficulty that befalls a Muslim is a means of Allah expiating his sins, even if it’s [as trivial as] a thorn prick.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5640 and Sahih Muslim: 2572)
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
By the oath of Allah! When a Muslim is harmed by illness or anything else, Allah sheds his sins from him, like a tree sheds its leaves.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5648 and Sahih Muslim: 2571)
Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
The greater the test [on someone] the greater the reward [from Allah]. When Allah loves a people, he tests them, those who are pleased [with Allah’s decision] receive Allah’s pleasure [in return]. Those who are unhappy, will receive Allah’s wrath.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2396)
May Allah Ta’ala alleviate the distress in the world, reward all believers for their sufferings, and grant us sabr (patience) over our losses. Amin.
The Path to Progress عن عبد الله بن عمرو قال: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: خصلتان من كانتا فيه كتبه الله شاكرا صابرا ومن لم تكونا فيه لم يكتبه الله شاكرا ولا صابرا من نظر في دينه إلى من هو فوقه فاقتدى به ونظر في دنياه إلى من هو دونه فحمد الله على ما فضله به عليه كتبه الله شاكرا وصابرا ومن نظر في دينه إلى من هو دونه ونظر في دنياه إلى من هو فوقه فأسف على ما فاته منه لم يكتبه الله شاكرا ولا صابرا (سنن الترمذي الرقم: 2512)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention the following:
Two qualities are such that if one possesses them, Allah Ta‘ala will record him as a shaakir (one who is grateful) and a saabir (one who is patienct), and the one who does not possess these two qualities, Allah Ta‘ala will not record him as a shaakir nor a saabir. The person who looks at those who are higher than him in his deen (i.e. deeni progress) and follows them, and he looks at those who are lower than him in his worldly matters (i.e. worldly progress) and praises Allah Ta‘ala for the favors He (Allah Ta‘ala) has blessed him with over those people, then Allah Ta‘ala will record him as a shaakir and a saabir. And the person who looks at those who are lower than him in his deen (deeni progress), and he looks at those who are higher than him in his dunya (worldly progress), and feels grieved over those things of the dunya that he does not possess, then Allah Ta‘ala will not record him as a shaakir nor a saabir.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Laughing in the Musjid will be zulmat (darkness) in the grave.” “Conversation in the Musjid devours good deeds just as cattle devour grass.” Numerous among the Ulama and the Tabligh Jamaat are lamentably oblivious of the prohibition of conversing and laughing inside the Musjid. At times their talk is so loud as to be a befitting sign of Qiyaamah. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that among the signs of Qiyaamah is that “voices will become loud in the Musaajid.” The worst culprits in this misdeed are the so called people of piety – molvis and tableeghis. Even whilst the Athaan is being proclaimed, they continue private discussions right inside the Musjid.
Laughter and worldly talk are sacrilegious inside the Musjid. When even reciting the Qur’aan Majeed loudly in the Musjid is not permissible when musallis are present, how can indulgence in worldly conversation and laughter ever be permissible? The total indifference in this regard renders these misdeeds kabeerah (major sins).
“FLU OR PLAGUE” One of the Wives of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “O Rasulullah! During the night I heard you making a dua. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, I supplicated to Allah that my Ummah should not be destroyed by means of famine. This was granted to me. And, I supplicated that internecine warfare should not plague my Ummah. This was denied to me. Then I said: ‘In that case, Flu or Plague (thrice).” Muslims should now understand well that whether it is a flu or a plague which wrought mass destruction with millions perishing, for the true Mu’mineen it is a blessing and the means of Shahaadat while for the kuffaar and Munaafiqeen, and the villainously evil fussaaq / fujjaar Muslims, it is an Athaab.
There were very large numbers of people immigrating to Medina. Therefore they needed shelter. All the Muslims who had migrated from Mecca to Medina had been moved to a house where they had been staying for a while until they stood on their own feet.
But as the number of people who converted to Islam increased and more people came to Medina, it was almost difficult to manage all of them. Therefore a shelter was built. As soon as new Muslims arrived, they went to the mosque, which became their home. The shelter became known as “Suffa”.
The number of people in the shelter varied. Sometimes there were ten and other times up to 70 people. Most stayed there for a limited time.
The people who lived in the “Suffa” had reached a point where they did not even have good clothes to wear. They had nothing to eat.
When there was a special event, the Prophet always called the people of the shelter. One of the Prophet’s most famous companions was Abu Hurairah.
Abu Huraira narrated, “Once the Prophet (SAW) saw me so hungry that I was weak and exhausted lying on the ground. He called me to his house and asked his wife if there was anything to eat or drink. “She said a neighbor gave them a glass of milk.”
Abu Huraira was happy! A glass of milk… It could quench his hunger. Then the Prophet (SAW) said to him: “Go and call the people from the shelter (Suffa).”
There were about 40 people there!
Abu Hurairah continues the narration and says: “The order of the Prophet upset me, and I said to myself, “How will this little milk be enough for the people of As-Suffa?” thought I was more entitled to drink from that milk to strengthen myself, but behold! The Prophet came to order me to give that milk to them. I wondered what will remain of that milk for me, but anyway, I could not but obey Allah and His Apostle so I went to the people of As-Suffa and called them, and they came and asked the Prophet’s permission to enter. They were admitted and took their seats in the house.
The Prophet said, “O Aba-Hirr!” I said, “Labbaik, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “Take it and give it to them.” So I took the bowl (of Milk) and started giving it to one man who would drink his fill and return it to me, whereupon I would give it to another man who, in his turn, would drink his fill and return it to me, and I would then offer it to another man who would drink his fill and return it to me. Finally, after the whole group had drunk their fill, I reached the Prophet who took the bowl and put it on his hand, looked at me, and smiled, and said. “O Aba Hirr!” I replied, “Labbaik, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “There remain you and I.” I said, “You have said the truth, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “Sit down and drink.” I sat down and drank. He said, “Drink,” and I drank. He kept on telling me repeatedly to drink, till I said, “No. by Allah Who sent you with the Truth, I have no space for it (in my stomach).” He said, “Hand it over to me.” When I gave him the bowl, he praised Allah and pronounced Allah’s Name on it and drank the remaining milk.” (Sahih Bukhari)