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A Few Important Hadiths

April 18th, 2011
by Sufia

The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said “The devil continually pursues humans as a wolf pursues sheep. The wolf only dares to attack those sheep which have separated from the rest of the flock and are standing alone. And so, my followers and my devotees! Save yourselves from being caught in the traps of misguidance and firmly remain with the largest and most well known group of Muslims!” (Ahmad)

Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) said ” Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from this largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.” (Tirmidhi)

Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (r.a.) said, “People used to ask the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me.
I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, we were lost in ignorance (Jahiliyyah) and evil, then Allaah brought this good (i.e. Islaam). Will some evil come after this good thing?’ He said, ‘Yes’ I asked, ‘And will some good come after that evil?’ He said, ‘Yes, but it will be tainted with some evil’ I asked, ‘How will it be tainted?’ He said, ‘There will be some people who will lead others on a path different from mine.You will see good and bad in them.”
I asked, ‘Will some evil come after that good?’ He said, ‘Some people will be standing and calling at the gates of Hell; whoever responds to their call, they will throw him into the Fire.’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, describe them for us.’ He said, ‘They will be from our own people, and will speak our language.’ I asked, ‘What do you advise me to do if I should live to see that?’ He said, ‘Stick to the main body (jamaa’ah) of the Muslims and their leader (Imaam).
I asked, ‘What if there is no main body and no leader?’ He said ‘Isolate yourself from all of these sects, even if you have to eat the roots of trees until death overcomes you while you are in that state.’ ”
(Bukhari, Kitaab al-Fitan, 9/65)

Alhamdulillah for sickness

April 15th, 2011
by Sufia

Alhamdulillah my dear husband has come down with a high fever (among other effects) only a few days before he is to depart and come home. Allah give him shaf’aa, ameen.

Do you ever wonder why Allah subhana wa t’ala allows his believers to come down with sickness?

Hadith – Bukhari 7:564

“I visited Allah’s Apostle (SA) while he was suffering from a high fever. I touched him with my hand and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You have a high fever.” Allah’s Apostle (SA) said, “Yes, I have as much fever as two men of you have.” I said, “Is it because you will get a double reward?” Allah’s Apostle (SA) said, “Yes, no Muslim is afflicted with harm because of sickness or some other inconvenience, but that Allah will remove his sins for him as a tree sheds its leaves.”

What does this all mean? It means that although you feel as though you are suffering, when you find yourself sick, a sin is erased from your record. So next time, do not place any negative connotation when explaining your sickness (i.e “I feel horrible.”), rather say “Alhamdulillah, I do not feel well.” Count your blessings while you are sick (mar’eetha) using the opportunity to seek forgiveness of sins inshaAllah.

Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat & Madhabs

April 11th, 2011
by Sufia

Rasulallah (SA) said, “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from the largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.”


This article is an effort to clear doubts and misconceptions about the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, the largest group of Muslims & the righteous sect of Islam.


Every Sunni (follower of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat) must follow one of the four Madhabs (Islamic school of jurisprudence/Fiqh) i.e. Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki & Hanbali.

He must follow only one Madhab & abide by its rules & conditions.


Those who follow no Madhab, or mix the rules of the four Madhab to his own liking are la-Madhabi meaning they have no Madhab & no form of guidance.


One is only ever allowed to refer to another Madhab if it is ‘kharaj’ i.e. extremely difficult or even impossible to perform an action in accordance to one’s own Madhab. This is under the condition that one ensures the action is being performed properly according to the Madhab whose alternative rulings he is choosing to follow.

The scholars of the Hanafi Madhab have issued a fatwa permitting one to imitate the Maliki Madhab in such cases.


With respect to itiqad (belief), the four Madhabs do not differ and all belong to the path of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat. All four Imams were great Mujtahids, meaning scholars who decide how certain actions should be performed in accordance with the Shariah. They only disagreed with each other on small issues in regards to actions, and no Madhab considers the other wrong.


There are no other correct Madhabs other than these four. One can choose the Madhab he wishes to follow according to his own personal preference, but once he has chosen one he should stick to it and abide by its rules.


The Ulema advise that a person should remain with one Madhab all their life. This is because although it is permissible to change over to another, one must have a valid reason for this change i.e. religious necessity.

If one changes Madhab due to wordly considerations, this is considered a dangerous act as it means he is making a game out of religion and it is even feared he will die without Imaan. Also to change Madhab requires very thorough research & understanding of the conditions before one can fully grasp the new Madhab properly. It is for these reasons that it is strongly recommended to stay attached to one Madhab and to abide by it fully.


Source: baharemadinah

The rules of beautification

April 11th, 2011
by Sufia


Jewellery is permissible for women as long as it is silent, as the jingle can attract the attention of strangers.

NB. Sisters please take note that gold is permissible for sisters only. Males are not allowed to wear gold in Islam, as it is haram for them.



Haircuts are permissible for women as it is important to keep clean and look presentable. However, haircuts & hairdos should not imitate that of a man, and hair must hang below the shoulders.


Plucking eyebrows

It is haram to remove some of your eyebrow hair, or to shave your eyebrows and paint on new ones.

A Hadith Sharif narrated by Abu Dawud states, “Rasulallah (SA) cursed the women who plucked & those who were employed to pluck the eyebrows.”



A narration by Hazrat Aisha  reports that Rasulallah (SA) cursed women who wore hairpieces and the women who aided in this practise.


Spacing teeth & having tattoos

This is not permissible in Islam, as it disfigures and distorts the original creation of Allah . Those who have tattoos should get them surgically removed for his/her own benefit.

A Hadith Sharif states, “Rasulallah (SA) cursed women who tattooed, and those who got themselves tattooed, those who sharpen the teeth of others (as a mark of beauty) and those who had their teeth sharpened.” (Bukhari, Muslim)


Make-up & cosmetics

These are permissible for women, so long as it is not worn with the intention to show off, impress or attract others or other wrongful niyyats.

A woman should keep herself tidy, presentable and be graceful at all times. She should also take care of her natural beauty too, so make sure you avoid things which can harm your health eg. direct sunlight.



In a Hadith Sharif narrated by Abu Dawud, Rasulallah (SA) said, “Males should use that perfume which does not give colour but has a strong smell; and the females should use that perfume which gives colour but has a light smell.”

This is to prevent gossip and unwanted attention from strange men.



Henna is permissible to use on the hands, and even on the hair as a natural dye. However, please beware of Hennas that are mixed with haram substances.


Source: baharemadinah

Miracles of Sayyidina Rasulallah

April 7th, 2011
by Sufia

There are many miracles of Sayyidina Rasulallah pbuh Miracles of Sayyidina Rasulallah . Indeed, the radiance of his blessed face was a miracle in itself!

Nevertheless, this short summary of miracles has been compiled in an effort to demonstrate a few of the miracles of our Beloved Prophet, in order to help others further understand the elevated status & power of Sayyidina Rasulallah .

1. Holy Qur’an

The greatest miracle of Sayyidina Rasulallah is the Holy Qur’an which was revealed to him by Almighty Allah, often brought to him by the Angel Jibra’il.

Despite many attempts by the evil-doers, from the time of its revelation to this day, none have been able to compose even a single verse equal to that of the Holy Qur’an.

“Say: “If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.”

[Holy Qur’an 17:88]

2. Splitting of the Moon

“The Hour has come near, and the moon has split [in two].”

[Holy Qur’an 54:1]

When Sayyidina Rasulallah was 52 years old, the disbelieving leaders of the Quraish tribe challenged him by saying, “If you are indeed a Prophet, split the moon into two parts.”

Sayyidina Rasulallah dearly wanted the people to convert to Islam and attain guidance, especially his close friends & relatives. Thus he prayed to Almighy Allah to make it possible, and the moon split into halves. Each part of the moon was visible above different mountains.

Despite witnessing this, the disbelievers said, “He has performed magic,” and due to their stubborn ways, denied this miracle. They did not accept Islam regardless of the clear proof which was provided to them.

Narrated Hazrat Anas b. Malik: “That the Makkan people requested Allah’s Apostle to show them a miracle, and so he showed them the splitting of the moon.”


[Sahih Bukhari: Book #56, Hadith #831]

3. Water from the Blessed Fingers

During the battle of Hudaibiya, the Muslims came upon a water shortage. The only water available was the amount that Sayyidina Rasulallah had, which he then dipped his blessed hands into and it began to flow from his blessed fingers in abundance.

This miracle has happened on a number of occasions, on which the Holy Prophet would cause water to flow from his blessed hands so there was enough available for each Companion in need of it. Sometimes eighty, sometimes three hundred, sometimes fifteen hundred, and in the war of Tabuk, seventy thousand people and their animals drank this water and used it.

Narrated Hazrat Salim: Hazrat Jabir said “On the day of Al-Hudaibiya, the people felt thirsty and Allah’s Apostle had a utensil containing water. He performed ablution from it and then the people came towards him. Allah’s Apostle said, ‘What is wrong with you?’ The people said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! We haven’t got any water to perform ablution with or to drink, except what you have in your utensil.’ So the Prophet put his hand in the utensil and the water started spouting out between his fingers like springs. So we drank and performed ablution.”

I said to Jabir, “What was your number on that day?” He replied, “Even if we had been one hundred thousand, that water would have been sufficient for us. Anyhow, we were 1500.’

[Sahih Bukhari: Book #59, Hadith #473]

4. The Crying Tree-Trunk

Sayyidina Rasulallah used to deliver the Friday sermon whilst leaning against a tree trunk. Oneday, one of the Ansar offered to make a pulpit to replace the tree trunk, to which the Holy Prophet replied, “if you wish.”

When it was made, the tree trunk cried out of sadness that the Holy Prophet would no longer stand by it and preach religious knowledge near it.


Narrated Hazrat Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: “The Prophet used to stand by the stem of a date-palm tree (while delivering a sermon). When the pulpit was placed for him, we heard that stem crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.”

[Sahih Bukhari: Book #13, Hadith #41]

5. Food Recites Zikr in His Blessed Hands

It was witnessed many times how the gravel or the food in his hand, sounding like bees, would recite the names of Allah.

From a narration by Hazrat Abdullah: “..I saw the water flowing from among the fingers of Allah’s Apostle, and no doubt, we heard the meal glorifying Allah, when it was being eaten (by him).”

[Sahih Bukhari: Vol. 4, Hadith no. 779]

6. Increase of Water in the Well at Hudaibiya

When the  water in the well at Hudaibiya had dried out, the Holy Prophet rinsed his mouth into it causing the water levels to rise up once again.

Narrated Hazrat Al-Bara: “We were one-thousand-and-four-hundred persons on the day of Al-Hudaibiya, and (at) Al-Hudaibiya (there) was a well. We drew out its water not leaving even a single drop. The Prophet sat at the edge of the well and asked for some water with which he rinsed his mouth, and then he threw it out into the well. We stayed for a short while and then drew water from the well and quenched our thirst, and even our riding animals drank water to their satisfaction.

[Sahih Bukhari Book #56, Hadith #777]

7. Increase in Dates

The Holy Prophet went to Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah’s garden of dates upon his request, and invoked Allah so that they’d increase with His blessings and he could easily pay off his father’s debt.

Narrated Hazrat Jabir: “My father had died in debt. So I came to the Prophet and said, “My father (died) leaving unpaid debts, and I have nothing except the yield of his date palms; and their yield for many years will not cover his debts. So please come with me, so that the creditors may not misbehave with me.” The Prophet went round one of the heaps of dates and invoked (Allah), and then did the same with another heap and sat on it and said, “Measure (for them).” He paid them their rights and what remained was as much as had been paid to them.”

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 56, Number 780]

8. A Wolf Speaks of the Messenger of Allah

It has been written that a wolf also spoke to one of the companions of the Holy Prophet, near Madinah Sharif, as narrated in Fatah-al-Bari:

“Narrated Unais bin ‘Amr: Ahban bin Aus said, “I was amongst my sheep. Suddenly a wolf caught a sheep and I shouted at it. The wolf sat on its tail and addressed me, saying, ‘Who will look after it (i.e. the sheep) when you will be busy and not able to look after it? Do you forbid me the provision which Allah has provided me?’ ” Ahban added, “I clapped my hands and said, ‘By Allah, I have never seen anything more curious and wonderful than this (that a wolf can speak like a human being)!’ On that, the wolf said, ‘There is something (more curious) and wonderful than this; that is, Allah’s Apostle in those palm trees, inviting people to Allah (i.e. Islam).’ “Unais bin ‘Amr further said, “Then Ahban went to Allah’s Apostle and informed him what happened and embraced Islam.””


[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 39, Number 517]

9. The Me’raj – Ascension to Heavens

“Exalted is He who took His Servant [the Holy Prophet] by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our Signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”

[Holy Qur’an 17:1]

This is a journey exclusive to the Holy Prophet on which he was shown a great many signs, including meeting many Prophets of Allah and seeing the inhabitants of Heaven and Hell.

10. The Blind Man’s Sight

Hazrat Usman bin Hanif  says that a blind man once went to the place of the Holy Prophet and said, “O Messenger of Allah! Pray for me that I may regain my sight.”

The Holy Prophet replied, “Go and perform ablution and read two Rakaats of Nafl Namaaz and read this Du’a, ‘O Allah! Verily I ask of you and towards You, I use the mediation of Muhammad Mustafa. O Muhammad, verily I turn through your Waseela (medium) to your Creator for my needs, so that my needs may be fulfilled. O Allah, accept the intercession of Muhammad for me.”

[Ibn Maja; Shifa Sharif]

11. Expulsion of the Body of a Liar

A Christian who returned to disbelief after he had embraced Islam was buried by his people. However, upon burial, the soil would constantly reject his body due to the disrespect he had shown to the Messenger of Allah .

Narrated Hazrat Anas: “There was a Christian who embraced Islam and read Surat-al-Baqara and Al-Imran, and he used to write (the revelations) for the Prophet. Later on he returned to Christianity again and he used to say: “Muhammad knows nothing but what I have written for him.” Then Allah caused him to die, and the people buried him, but in the morning they saw that the earth had thrown his body out. They said, “This is the act of Muhammad and his companions. They dug the grave of our companion and took his body out of it because he had run away from them.” They again dug the grave deeply for him, but in the morning they again saw that the earth had thrown his body out. They said, “This is an act of Muhammad and his companions. They dug the grave of our companion and threw his body outside it, for he had run away from them.” They dug the grave for him as deep as they could, but in the morning they again saw that the earth had thrown his body out. So they believed that what had befallen him was not done by human beings and had to leave him thrown (on the ground).”

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 56, Number 814]

Source: baharemadinah

The Mercy of Almighty Allah

April 7th, 2011
by Sufia

The Mercy of Almighty Allah is so great that one should never despair whether or not his Lord will forgive him.

Apart from the act of Shirk (associating partners with Allah), all sins are forgiven when the sinner turns to repent sincerely for his actions.

It is stated in the Holy Qur’an:

“Proclaim, O dear Muhammad: ‘O my slaves, who have wronged themselves, do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy; indeed Allah forgives all sins; indeed only He is the Oft Forgiving, the Most Merciful.’”

[Holy Qur'an 39:53]

“…He said, “I give My punishment to whomever I will; and My mercy encompasses all things; so I shall soon destine favours for those who fear and pay the charity, and they believe in Our signs.”

[Holy Qur'an 7:156]

Hadith Sharif about His Mercy

Narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira, Sayyidina Rasulallah said, “When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, “My Mercy overpowers My Anger.”

[Sahih Bukhari - Book 54, Hadith no. 416]

Hazrat Anas ibn Malik said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

“Allah said, ‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you and I would not mind.’”

[Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 3540]

Allah’s Forgiveness Overpowers His Wrath

Sayyidina Rasulallah said:

“There was a man who had heartlessly murdered ninety-nine people. Then, he felt remorse.

He went to a learned man and told him about his past, explaining that he wished to repent, reform, and become a better person.

“I wonder if Allah will pardon me?” he asked.

For all his learning, the scholar was a man who had not been able to digest what he had learned.

“You will not be pardoned”, he said. “Then I may as well kill you too,” said the other. And kill him, he did.

He then found another worthy individual and told him that he had killed a hundred people.

“I wonder,” he said, “whether Allah will pardon me if I repent?”

Being a truly wise man, he replied, “Of course you will be pardoned; repent at once. I have just one piece of advice for you: avoid the company of wicked people and mix with good people, for bad company leads one into sin.”

The man expressed repentance and regret, weeping as he sincerely implored his Lord to pardon him. Then, turning his back on bad company, he set off to find a neighborhood where righteous people lived.

On the way, his appointed hour arrived, and he died. The Angels of Punishment and the Angels of Mercy both came to take away his soul.

The Angels of Punishment said that as a sinful person, he rightfully belonged to them, but the Angels of Mercy also claimed him, saying, “He repented and had resolved to become a good man. He was on his way to a place where righteous people live, but his appointed hour had come.”

A great debate ensued, and Hazrat Jibra’il was sent as an arbitrator to settle this affair.

After hearing both sides he gave this verdict: “Measure the ground. If the spot where he died is closer to the good people, then he belongs to the Angels of Mercy, but if it is nearer to the wicked people, he will be given to the Angels of Punishment.”

They measured the ground. Because the man had just set out, he was still closer to the wicked. But because he was sincere in his repentance, the Merciful Lord moved the spot where he lay and brought it just outside the city of the pious people.

That penitent servant was then handed over to the Angels of Mercy.”

[Sahih Bukhari - Volume 4, Book 56, Number 676]

Source: baharemadinah

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