How Sahaba Tied their Camels

The Battle of Uhud was about to take place.
Sahaba Radhiyallahu anhum began preparation for this battle.

In the home of Hadhrat Amr bin Jamuh Radhiyallahu anh, preparation of for battle by his three sons were being undertaken.
Amr was an elderly person. He was physically weak. In some accounts, it has been mentioned that he was lame and his back bent.

He too, began preparing for battle. His family became extremely concerned, trying to dissuade him. They pointed out his physical vulnerabilities. They reminded him of his age. They even explained that there is a valid excuse for him to physically take part in the battle.

Amr, extremely agitated, and despondent presents himself to The Beloved Rasool of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam. He complains about the restrictions being placed upon him by his sons and family.

Rasoolullah Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam, despite full knowledge of Amr’s condition, advises the sons to leave Amr be. Perhaps his martyrdom is written for him on this battle.

He goes into battle and with a son at his side he fights valiantly, giving his everything. He cried, “I want Paradise, I want Paradise!” And fought till Allah Ta’ala blessed him with Shahadat!

Today, we have many of our elderly and physically challenged men. Medically challenged. They want to return to the Masjid. They want to spend the last moments of their lives in the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
Their hearts yearn for shahadat or even a death that is under the condition that Allah Ta’ala is pleased with them.

Oh Trustee, Imam, Family Members, honestly ask your self, if our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam had to make a decision in this matter, where you are taking a mere recommendation of the Government and making it a law in your Masjid, what do you think Our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam will decide?

In the case of Amr, death was a certainty. For his family, losing their father was a certainty. It was a physical battle. Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam was well aware of the physical condition of Amr. Neither did Amr hide his disability nor did he conceal his age. Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam was well aware of Allah Ta’ala’s Laws and Concessions. He was that glorious Compassionate Being who is the Mercy unto Mankind and Creation. He was that Being who showed sympathy and kindness to even animals and birds.
Yet, Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam overrides the valid concerns of the family and granted the elderly, physically challenged Amr Radhiyallahu anh the permission to seek his Jannah!

Today, it is not the battlefield that your elderly are asking for. They want to be with you in the Masjid, side by side, so that they too can worship Allah Ta’ala in accordance to the Teachings of our Beloved Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam.

You can never be Amr or his sons Radhiyallahu Radhiyallahu anhum. But his spirit can be emulated and expressed.
Just as Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam spoke on behalf of Amr to his sons, we make this plea to you as well.

Please, stop enforcing these restrictions upon our elderly and infirm. Just as how the son of Amr Radhiyallahu anh fought at his father’s side, supporting him, stand and support your elderly and infirm in their quest for Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure. Encourage them, support them, help them and open the House of Allah Ta’ala for them. If their comfort, joy and satisfaction cannot be found in the House of Allah, where else is it going to be found?

If this virus does reach them, or anyone for that matter, wouldn’t it be far superior for all to be afflicted whilst being in worship of Allah Ta’ala?

Stop throwing those numbers and data around! Stop the fear mongering. Stop making Believers fearful of death!!! Especially death in the worship of Allah Ta’ala! If you are truly a Believer, you should be the last person to be doing this kind of fear mongering! If you are a Believer, you KNOW the reality of this.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all such Adherence to Shariah that He is pleased with us.
May Allah Ta’ala accept us all for Service to His Deen.
May Allah Ta’ala protect us from doing a disservice to Deen.
May Allah Ta’ala keep us with Imaan, take us with Imaan and Ressurect us with Imaan amongst the Ambiya, Siddeeqeen, Shuhadaa and Saliheen. Aameen

TYING YOUR CAMEL

Islam: A Complete and Comprehensive Way of Life

More than a religion, Islam is a complete and a comprehensive way of life.

It has brought Civilization, Refinement, Contentment, Elegance and Happiness to man. It caters for all the Fields of Human Existence.

In fact, to appreciate the Spirit of Islam is to appreciate the very Spirit of Humanity.

It provides guidance for all walks of life – Individual and Social, Material and Moral, Economic and Political, Legal and Cultural, National and International.

It also has solutions to all our problems provided we obey Allah’s Commands, gain His Proximity by acquiring His Marifat (recognition), as much as we can.

Two Supreme Sources

Allah with His infinite Mercy has provided us two Extraordinarily Supreme and Unmatched Sources from which we can find ways of living such a complete Islamic way of life and solving all our problems in an Islamic way.

These two sources are:

The Kalaam of Allah, the Qur’an Majeed.
The Ahaadith (Hadiths) and the Mubarak Sunnah of His Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.
Unfortunately, many of today’s Muslim are misusing the divine texts and the contents provided by these two sources. They tend to use them in wrong contexts. This is especially the case in their interpretation of some Ahaadith for their worldly benefits or for the contentment of their nafs.

Tying Your Camel

In the early periods of the Coronavirus disease when the Masajid were closed, quite a few Muslims, instead of getting upset and sad, became relieved and tension-free. They had a misconception that going to the Masjid for Allah’s ‘Ibadah would make them victims of Coronavirus, Nauzubillah.

Even today when most of the Masajid are open, there are many Muslims who prefer to offer their Salah at home. They do not want to come to the Masjid at all, while there are others who come to the Masjid for the Jumu’ah Salah only.

Then there are others who prefer to offer Salah in the Masjid in congregation, but staying away from the main Saffs (rows) and practising social distancing.

When we ask any one of the above-mentioned men the reasons for behaving in that manner then quite often his answer would be: “We have been told in a Hadith to tie our camel.”

This actually is a part of the following Hadith that seems to have gone viral amongst most of today’s Muslims:

Anas ibn Malik RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.”

Source: Sunan Tirmidhī 2517

In the above Hadith the precaution that we are asked to take is simply ‘to tie the camel’.

This situation can be compared to a present-day one in which a man parks his car to visit somewhere. Obviously, he has to take precaution before relying on Allah. In simple terms this precaution is to lock his car.

It does not tell him to disobey the Commands of Allah nor act contrary to the Mubarak Sunnah of His Beloved Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.

However, the precautions that we are asked to take in these Coronavirus Days are grossly and totally un-Islamic. These precautions, instead of letting us gain the proximity of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, are actually taking us away from Him, Nauzubillah.

Ahaadith about importance of offering Salah in Masjid

There are numerous Ahaadith on the importance of offering Salah in the Masjid. Some of them are given below.

Allah’s Shade
A very significant Hadith is the one narrated by Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu, in which Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam has defined the seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade. One of these seven will be a man whose heart is attached to the Masjid.

27 times more rewards
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar RadhiAllahu ‘Anhum: Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “The reward of the congregational prayer is twenty-seven times greater (than that of the prayer offered by a person alone).” (Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim)

Protection of Allah
Abu Bakrah RadhiAllah ‘Anhu said: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation is under the protection of Allah………” (At-Tabraani)

Gaining Allah’s Pleasure
Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (Masjid) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).” (Muslim).

Reward Equal to Praying the Whole Night
Uthman ibn Affan RadhiAllah ‘Anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Whoever prays the evening prayer in congregation is as if he has stood for prayer half of the night. Whoever prays the dawn prayer in congregation is as if he has stood for prayer the entire night.” (Sahih Muslim)

Wrongs committed in offering Salah at home instead of going to the Masjid.

Hadhrat Mu’az bin Anas RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu narrates that he heard Nabi Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam saying, “A person who does not go for Salah after hearing the Adhan is committing a great wrong and is committing an act of kufr and nifaaq.”

Hadhrat Abu Huraira has reported that Nabi Salallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “I wish I could ask the boys to collect a huge quantity of firewood for me, and then I would go around and set fire to the dwellings of those who say their Salah at their own house without any excuse.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam, who was most kind and merciful towards the Ummah and was greatly pained to see them even in a little trouble, gets offended so much that he is ready to set fire to the houses of those who are content with performing Salah at home.

Shaytan instils weird thoughts in our minds

When you want to go to the shopping mall, to your workplace (office, shop or farm), to the bank, to the playing field to play some games or to a park for a walk, Shaytan offers you the Green Light.

However, when it comes to going to the Masjid, Shayateen at once flashes a bright Red Light in front of you. He drills in your mind the waswasa, “If you go to the Masjid you will be infected with Coronavirus!” (Nauzubillah).

Congregation Salah: Social Distancing v/s Standing Shoulder to Shoulder

It seems to have become a trend, a fashion with many Muslims of today to come to the Masjid and stand with social distancing. In the Masjid social distancing is not recommended at all as the empty space between the two Musallis becomes a gap for the Shaytan to occupy as you can see in the following Hadith:

Ibn ‘Umar RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu reported:

The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Arrange the rows in order, stand shoulder to shoulder, close the gaps, be accommodating to your brothers, and do not leave gaps for the Shayateen. Whoever joins up a row, he will be joined to Allah (i.e. to the Mercy of Allah); and whoever cuts off a row, he will be cut off from Allah (i.e. from His Mercy).” [Abu Dawud].

Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 1091, Book Reference: Book8, Hadith 101

While we must take precautions, we have to remember that we should not go against the Commands of our Creator, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala or against the Mubarak Sunnah of His Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.

May Allah grant us the right understanding…Ameen.

By Haqqseeker

Q&A: RESPONSE TO SPURIOUS ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

TIE THE CAMEL, CIRCUMSTANCES, FLEE FROM THE LEPER, AND THE SPEAR’S LENGTH HADEETH
Allah Ta’ala states: “Ask the people of Thikr (Knowledge) if you do
not know.” (Qur’aan)

Q. The proponents of social distancing are quoting a Hadeeth in Tirmizi where Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam told a bedouin to tie his camel first and then put his trust in Allah. Based on this Hadeeth, they argue that one has to take precautions. Accordingly, trustees and ‘Imaams’ have published Masjid guidelines. What is the response to their argument?


A. Did any ill people attend the Masjid in the time of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi
Wasallam? Since the above answer is obviously yes, how did the sufoof of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam look like? Were there gaps in the Sufoof? NO! So, why did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam then not ‘tie the camel’ when it comes to social distancing in Salaat? Do these people misinterpreting the Ahaadeeth understand the Ahaadeeth better than the speaker himself? Do they understand the Ahaadeeth better than Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam? Obviously NOT! So, why misconstrue and
twist Ahaadeeth to prove the kufr concepts of ‘social distancing’ in Salaat?
Furthermore, tying the camel will refer in this age to locking your car. It does not apply to the sufoof. All the Covid-19 Masjid regulations are KUFR Rubbish! They are stupidly trying to project themselves as holier and greater than the Sahaabah Radhiayallahu anhum and Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam with their ludicrous socalled guidelines. Plagues took place during the era of the Sahaabah Radhiyallahu anhum; and Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not prevent any Muslim who had
symptoms of illness from the Masjid. All the guidelines and protocols of the Masaajid which are under the control of those ‘wearing masks’, are in rejection of the Fatwa of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who said: “There is no contagion.”


Q. I approached a senior Molvi in my town who is also sometimes the Imaam and told him that all this social distancing in Salaat is not valid. He responded with one word: ‘circumstances!’ Please do advise?

A. Let him elaborate on circumstances. The senior Molvi of your town is perfidious to say the least. Maybe he does not know the importance of the sufoof, despite being even an Imaam. Despite the circumstances, the Sahaabah stood shoulder to shoulder. Why didn’t plagues and sicknesses inspire Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to make the Sahaabah stand apart from one another in Salaat?


Q. A person says that according to the Ahaadeeth, we should flee from the leper. He then states that this is even more than social distancing. If one has to flee, then social distancing is a lesser concept than fleeing which should not be condemned?


A. Laughable indeed! If according to his lopsided understanding of the Ahaadeeth, one should flee from people, then he should flee! Why was he still talking to you? He supposed to flee as if he is escaping from a lion.
If the Hadeeth says something, then you must act on it! Don’t come with ‘lesser concepts’ of nonsense here. One cannot speak of Ahaadeeth, and then hypocritically speak of ‘lesser concepts’.
Follow Ahaadeeth according to its correct interpretation as explained and practically demonstrated by Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and the Sahaabah Radhiyallahu anhum. Did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ban any leper from the Masjid? No! So, especially for those misapplying this Hadeeth to the Corona disease, people with covid-19 may not be banned from the Masjid, let alone even the talk of healthy people. Then, did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam instruct the leper to stand apart from other Musallis in Salaat? NO! Did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam instruct
those without leprosy to stand apart from the leper? NO! This sufficiently debunks the misinterpretation of those quoting the Ahaadeeth.
Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that the advice pertaining to lepers was for people of weak Imaan. One should not give one’s own interpretation to Ahaadeeth. This is dangerous for one’s Imaan. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ate together with a leper from the same utensil. So, those arguing in favour of social distancing are undoubtedly displaying hypocrisy (Nifaaq). They argue in favour of social distancing, selectively quote Ahaadeeth, misinterpret them, tear them out of context, then interfere with the Sufoof and the Masaajid AND then they say they follow Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Why do they profess feelings they do not have? The Munaafiqeen should say straight: we believe diseases are contagious and we reject what Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said. Nauthu Billah! Why are they zigzagging so much?
Afterall, if one believes in Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who negated the
contagiousness of diseases, then one will automatically frown and reject all the stupid Covid-19 Masjid guidelines as well as the silly concepts of social distancing – all which reek of Kufr.


Q. Another Hadeeth making its rounds on social media is:
SOCIAL DISTANCING – The Prophet Muhammed Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam
said: “When you speak to someone (who is afflicted with a contagious illness), there should be between you and them a space of the length of a spear (approximately two meters).” [Musnad Imam Ahmed]
Kindly confirm if this Hadeeth is authentic? Is this the correct translation and interpretation of the Hadeeth? Some words are in brackets which is somewhat funny. Your input will be appreciated.


A. Whilst the Hadeeth appears in Musnad Ahmed which may not be rejected, it should be remembered that it is not permissible for the Muqallideen to refer to Ahaadeeth for Masaail. This was the function solely of the Mujtahideen. Only a Mujtahid may refer directly to the Qur’aan and Hadeeth for Masaail – not Muqallideen like us. By referring directly to Ahaadeeth, we will make blunders and remember that misinterpreting what Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, is undoubtedly Kufr. Thus, it is incumbent that we refer to the Fuqaha. Even the Ulama have to incumbently refer to the Fuqaha. Let us not refer directly to Qur’aan and Ahaadeeth like the wayward Salafis! No wonder the Salafis (antiTaqleed morons) are so deviated, insulting great Ulama such as the Four Imaams of
Fiqh, and not realizing that they are plodding the path of Baatil and Kufr!

The Hadeeth under discussion has been selectively translated and misinterpreted. The words in brackets (who is afflicted with a contagious illness) are not the words of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, but are the kufr interpretations of the dishonest translator whoever he or she maybe.
The full Hadeeth is as follows. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Do not look constantly (i.e. stare) at the Majzoomeen (lepers). And when you speak to them, then there should be between you and them, the distance of a spear.”
The first thing is that the translator conveniently omitted the first part of the Hadeeth and added his own interpretation in brackets for obvious reasons.
Secondly, the Hadeeth refers to lepers. It is misleading to infer that the Hadeeth refers to someone ‘who is afflicted with a contagious illness’ because Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘There is no contagion.’ The Hadeeth does not speak about any other illness besides leprosy. When Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam negated the contagiousness of diseases/illnesses, then it is obvious that this Hadeeth does not refer to Covid-19.
Thirdly, why should one not look at the majzoomeen despite the fact that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘There is no contagion.’? This is because when a leper sees a healthy person, his calamity increases, he feels despondent and his grief increases. Thus, the person should flee from a leper, don’t stare at him and stay a distance of a spear away from him. These commands were for those of weak Imaan so that their beliefs remain correct. A person with strong Imaan and correct Tawakkul is capable of warding off from himself the false beliefs of contagion which the people of Jaahiliyyah held that one person is the cause of the next person’s illness.
Fourthly, the distance of a spear relates to speaking – not Salaat. In Salaat, the lepers, etc. stood shoulder to shoulder with the rest. There was no social distancing in Salaat.
Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam practically refuted the Kufr idea of disease being contagious, by eating together with a leper from the same bowl.
And most importantly, health and illness are in the Hands of Allah. Diseases do not operate on their own. Diseases are under the Divine Control of Allah Ta’ala. All such Ahaadeeth which the protagonists of social distancing have cited, were to refute corrupt beliefs. ‘Social contact’ does not transmit diseases. This is the Islamic concept stated with clarity by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘Laa adwaa’, a Bedouin said: “O Rasulullah! My camels in the desert are (healthy) like wild bucks. When a camel with scurvy mingles with them, they all get scurvy.” The mushrikeen held the same belief as the atheists of today regarding diseases being contagious. In refutation of this corrupt belief, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam asked the Bedouin: “Who infected the first camel?” That Being who gave the disease to the very first camel, is the One Who gives the disease to the others.
While Allah Ta’ala directly caused the disease to infect the first one, He uses this one as the worldly vehicle to transmit the disease to all those whom He has earmarked. Without Allah’s command, the disease will not befall those who have not been destined to contract it. Thus, all the measures of Shaytaan being adopted are in vain. The progress of the virus will not be thwarted. It will take in its grasp and stride everyone whom Allah Azza Wa Jal has targeted. Finally, the Zindeeqs are arguing in favour of social distancing between healthy people whereas Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not advocate healthy people staying apart from one another due to others having illnesses. The Hadeeth has no relevance to social distancing and healthy people standing a spear’s length or two
meters apart from one another. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not state that people should be apart from one another for the fear of contracting a disease. The Zindeeqs should not quote Ahaadeeth just as they feel like, since Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Whoever attributes a lie to me intentionally, should prepare his
abode in the Fire.”


MAY ALLAH GRANT US ALL THE TAWFEEQ TO PRACTISE ACCORDING TO THE SUNNAH. AAMEEN

Was Salaam

Jamiatul Ulama Northern Cape