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• abu • bakr’s • preparation • for • the • journey •

February 8, 2009

i took this from volume one of ‘hayaatus-sahaabah’.. absolutely beautiful

The preparation of Abu Bakr for the journey [to Madinah]

Aishah [raadi Allahu ‘anha] narrated, “The Messenger of Allah [salallahu alayhi wa sallam] used to visit the house of Abu Bakr [raadi Allahu ‘anhu] daily twice- once in the morning and once in the evening- regularly, without any break. on the day when the Messenger of Allah was permitted by Allah to migrate from Mecca, he came at noon. At such an hour he never visited us. When Abu Bakr saw him he said, ‘The Messenger of Allah has come here at this time due to a certain very urgent need.’ When he entered the house, Abu Bakr moved a little to give him the place to sit on the cot. None, except me and my sister Asmaa were present at that time over there. The Messenger of Allah asked, ‘Ask these persons present here to go out for a while.’ Abu Bakr said, ‘These are my two daughters. May my parents be sacrificed for you, what is the matter?’ He said, ‘Allah has permitted me to leave [this place i.e. Mecca] and migrate.’

Hearing that Abu Bakr asked, ‘What about my company [with you]?’ He said, ‘The company as well has been allowed’. By Allah, I didn’t know before that time that people also weep out of joy. I realised that only when I saw Abu Bakr weeping [out of joy].

Then he requested, ‘O Prophet of Allah, these are the two she-camels who have been prepared only for this purpose.’ Afterwards, they hired Abdullah ibn Arqad, a man belonging to Bani Du’il ibn Bakr tribe, who was an idolater, to show the way [to Madinah]. Abu Bakr gave him the two she-camels with the promise that he will tend them until the time they called him to accompany them.’ *

The hadith of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr [raadi Allahu ‘anha] adds:

“Abu Bakr said, ‘I have two she-camels which have been tended by me for such and such time, only in wait for this moment. [Please] take any one of them,’ The Messenger of Allah said, ‘O Abu Bakr, I want to buy her [i.e. the she-camel]’ Abu Bakr, ‘May my parents be sacrificed for you, if you want so, then purchase her.’ Then we prepared for them meals for the journey. Afterwards I divided my belt into two pieces and tied the tiffin carrier with that. Then they left and went to the cave of Mount Thaur, where they had stayed [before migration to Madinah]. When they reached the cave, first of all Abu Bakr entered there and checked all the holes with the help of his finger, lest any of them had a poisonous reptile or worm.

When the Quraish came to know that they had disappeared they started to search for them. They declared a reward of one hundred she-camels to arrest them. They searched all the mountains in Mecca. When they came to the mount in which they hid them, Abu Bakr informed the Messenger of Allah about the person who was just at the mouth of the cave. He said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! He will see us!’ The Holy Prophet said, ‘Not at all! The angels will hide us with their wings!’ That man sat down at the mouth of the cave to urinate. The Messenger of Allah told Abu Bakr, ‘If he saw us, he [would] not urinate in this manner.’

The Journey from the Cave to Madinah:

Afterwards [ie. after three days] both of them came out of the cave and travelled through the route of sea-shore. Abu Bakr ordinarily was in front of the Holy Prophet but whenever he sensed some danger in the back, he came in the back. He did so all the way. Abu Bakr was well known among the people: Whenever somebody met him in the way and asked about the Holy Prophet, he told him that the Holy Prophet guides him in the way and by ‘the way,’ he [Abu Bakr] meant the religion; but that person considered him [the Prophet] as a guide [due to the peculiar words of Abu Bakr.]

Some people talked with each other during the Caliphate of Umar [raadi Allahu ‘anhu] and considered him more excellent than Abu Bakr. Umar was informed about that. On hearing that he remarked, “By Allah, one night of Abu Bakr is better than all the life of Umar’s family; and one day of Abu Bakr is better than all the life of Umar’s family. The day which is better than the life of Umar’s family is the day when the Messenger of Allah went to the Cave with Abu Bakr.

At the time, Abu Bakr was walking for some distance in front of him and for some distance toward his back. When the Messenger of Allah realized that he asked, ‘O Abu Bakr! What has happened to you? Sometime you walk in front of me, while sometime you walk behind me.’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘O Messenger of Allah! When I think about the people who are searching for you, I walk in front of you, but when I think about those who are lying in wait for you [to assassinate you], I start walking behind you.’

The Holy Prophet said, ‘O Abu Bakr! Do you prefer yourself over me to face any incident that may occur!’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘By the One who has sent you with the Truth, it is a fact.’

Afterwards when they reached the cave, Abu Bakr requested, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Please stay outside for a while so that I would clean it for you.’ Then he entered the cave and cleaned it. When he came out of that he remembered that one of the holes was not checked and cleaned. Therefore he again requested, ‘Please again stay outside for a little while. Let me clean it.’ He again entered the cave and cleaned that. Then he said, ‘O Messenger of Allah. Please enter now.’ Then the Holy Prophet entered the cave and said, ‘I swear by the One who hold my life in His Hand, this night of Abu Bakr is more excellent and virtous than the life of Umar’s family.’ **

may Allah unite us in al firdous with both of them.. ameen

* transmitted by ibn ishaaq.

** transmitted by Baihaqi on the authority of ibn Sirin, as given in al Bidayah, volume 3 page 180. Also transmitted by Hakim as given in Muntakhab Kanzul Ummal, volume 4 page 348. Al bghwi has also transmitted it on the authority of Ibn Malikah in a mursal hadith. Ibn Katheer says, ‘This mursal hadith is good and acceptable, as given in Kanzul Ummal volume 3 page 335.’


• loyalty • of • the • ansaar •

February 2, 2009

In the hadeeth of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) which describes the digging of the ditch (al-khandaq). Anas said:

When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw how exhausted and hungry we were, he said (in verse):

“O Allaah, there is no life except the life of the Hereafter, so forgive the Ansaar and the Muhaajireen.”

And they said in response:

“We are the ones who have pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to make jihaad for as long as we live.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3/1043)

• all • 8 • doors •

December 6, 2008

The Prophet  Said:

There is no one amongst you that makes Wudoo’, and does so perfectly, and then says, ‘I Testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah. He is alone, having no partners. And I bear witness and testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger’, except that all eight doors of Paradise are opened for him, and he can enter into it through whichever one he pleases.

Reported by Muslim (#234) and others.

• inspirational • words • from • ibn • taymiyyah • and • ibn • al-qayyim •

October 16, 2008

Every Punishment from Him is pure justice and every blessing from Him is pure grace.
(Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/85)

Whoever desires everlasting bliss, let him adhere firmly to the threshold of servitude. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 1/531)

The Lord loves to be Loved. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/54)

Guidance is not attained except with knowledge and correct direction is not attained except with patience. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/40)

In this world there is a Paradise, whoever does not enter it will not enter the Paradise of the Hereafter. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Qaabil, p.69)

The one who is (truly) imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allaah and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Qaabil, p,69)

This whole religion revolves around knowing the truth and acting by it, and action must be accompanied by patience. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/38)

Worship is founded upon the Legal Law and following it, not upon ones base desires and innovation. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/80)

The more the servant loves his Master, the less he will love other objects and they will decrease in number. The less the servant loves his Master, the more he will love other objects and they will increase in number. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/94)

Perpetually is the servant either the recipient of a blessing from Allaah, in which case he is need of gratitude; or he is the perpetrator of sin, in which case he is in need of repentance; he is always moving from one blessing to another and is always is in need of repentance. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/88)

Sins cause harm and repentance removes the cause. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/255)

Bearing witness to Tawheed opens the door of good and repentance from sins closes the door to evil. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/256)

The Jihaad against the soul is the foundation for the jihad against the disbelievers and hypocrites. (Ibn al-Qayyim, ar-Rawdah, p.478)

A man will never fear something besides Allaah unless it be due to a disease in his heart. (al-Bazzaar, p.74)

Trials and tribulation are feeling the heat and the cold, when one knows that they cannot be avoided, he will not feel anger at their onset, nor will he be distressed of disheartened. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 3/289)

The perfection of Tawheed is found when there remains nothing in the heart except Allaah, the servant is left loving those He loves and What He loves, hating those He hates and what He hates, showing allegiance to those He has allegiance to, showing enmity towards those He shows enmity towards, ordering what He orders and prohibiting what He prohibits. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 3/485)

In this world, man finds remembrance of Allaah, praising Him and worshipping him, a delight that is incomparable to anything else. (Minhaj as-Sunnah, 5/389)

The objective of asceticism is to leave all that harms the servants Hereafter and the objective of worship is to do all that will benefit his Hereafter. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 14/458)

Sins are like chains and locks preventing their perpetrator from roaming the vast garden of Tawheed and reaping the fruits of righteous actions. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 14/49)

What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. If I travel they are with me, never leaving me. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey. (Ibn al-Qayyim, Al-Waabil As-Sayyib, p.69)

• benefit • of • the • day • magazine •

September 1, 2008

Ramadaan 1429


• won’t • you • go • and • take • your • share? •

August 29, 2008

Abu Hurayrah – may Allaah be pleased with him – once passed by the market in Medinah. He stopped at the market and said, “O people of the market, how incapable you are!” They said, “And how is that Abu Hurayrah?” He replied, “Over there the inheritance of Allaah’s Messegner – Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him – is being distributed and you are here! Won’t you go and take your share?” “Where is it?” they asked. He replied, “In the Masjid.” So they hurried to the Masjid and Abu Hurayrah waited for them until they returned. When they came back, he said, “What’s the matter?” They replied, “Abu Hurayrah! We went to the Masjid but we didn’t see anything being distributed.” Abu Hurayrah asked them, “And you didn’t see anyone in the Masjid?” They replied, “Indeed we did; we saw people praying, others reciting Qur`aan and others studying the regulations of halaal and haraam.” So Abu Hurayrah said, “Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad – Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

Al-Haafidh Al-Mundhiree said in At-Targheeb wa At-Tarheeb, “Reported by Al-Tabaraami in Al-Awsat with a hasan chain of narrators.” Also graded hasan by Shaykh Al-Albaanee. See his Saheeh At-Targheeb wa At-Tarheeb Vol. 1 p19.

• a • woman • scholar • of • Qur’aan •

August 16, 2008

A Woman Scholar of the Quran
(Verily Knowledge is taken away by the Death of the Scholars)

Umm Al-Sa’ad Al-Iskandraniyyah (Alexandria)

[D. 17th Ramadhan 1427(Around October 10th, 2006)]

After Umm Al-Sa’ad completed her memorization of the Quran at the age of 15 she went to the Shaykha Nufaysa bint Abu Al-Alaa, who was known as “The Shaykha of her time” to request from her to learn the 10 Qira’aat (recitations). Nufaysa agreed on an peculiar condition; that Umm Al-Sa’ad never marry. She used to refuse to teach girls because they would marry, become busy(with husband and kids), and neglect the Quran.

What was even more amazing was that Umm Al-Sa’ad accepted the condition from her Shaykha who was known for her strictness and harshness against those whom she did not feel were proper for this honorable task. But Umm Al-Sa’ad was encouraged by the fact that her Shaykha herself had never married, even though there were many of the great scholars who had sought her hand, and she died in that state while in her eighties, having secluded herself to the Quran!

Umm Al-Sa’ad said, “It is from the blessings of my Lord that anyone who has obtained an ijaaza in the Quran, in any Qiraa’ah, in Alexandria either received it directly from me (munaawala) or from someone whom I had given an ijaaza to.

And what proved her unique status was that she was the only woman to whom recitors and huffadh of the Quran would travel to receive ijaaza in the ten qira’aat.

Umm Al-Sa’ad Ali Najm,age 77, is considered to be the most well known woman in the world of recitations of the Quran. The only woman to specialize in the ten qira’aat, and has spent over fifty years granting ijaazas in the ten qira’aat.

Waves of people could be seen entering and leaving her humble apartment, students who dreamed of memorizing the Quran, comprised of different age groups and both genders.

Classes for the women and girls would begin from 8 AM until 2 PM after which the classes for men and boys would start until 8 PM. Umm Al-Sa’ad would continue all day with no breaks except for salah and a light meal to sustain her.

Umm Al-Sa’ad was born into a poor family in a town called Bandaariya, one of the towns of the larger city Munofiyya (north of Cairo). She was afflicted by blindness shortly after her first year and, as was the practice of many in rural areas in dealing with blindness, her family sent her to learn the Quran. She completed her memorization in Alexandria at the age of 15. She then completed the memorization of the ten recitations of the Quran from Shaykha Nufaysa when she had reached the age of 23.

Umm Al-Sa’ad mentioned that when she had completed her memorization of the qira’aat the number of huffaadh were few. Families used to request from her, as they had requested from her Shaykha before her, to recite Quran for them at occasions and religious festivals. It was acceptable at that time for a woman to recite the Quran with tajweed in the presence of men who- as she recounted- used to praise her recitation and the beauty of her tajweed. She mentioned however that this practice disappeared after Quranic recitors became widespread, as well as the spread of radios and televisions, and the most that could be done by a female recitor now is to recite at occasions that were females only. She believed that the real reason for this however was the belief that had increased in the recent years that the voice of the woman is awrah.

She had one of the highest Isnaads (chains of narration) in the world. Her isnaad in the recitation of Hafs from Aasim had 27 Shaykhs in between her and the Messenger of Allah Sal Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam. This put her on the same level with well known Shuyukh of recitation such as Shaykh Abdul Basit Hashim and Shaykh Muhammad Abd Alhameed Abdullah.

Many different types of people would return to her, seeking the completion of the Quran or ijaazah in a Qiraa’ah, from all ages and levels in society. In a day she would teach old and young students, men and women, engineers, doctors, teachers, university professors, college students, high school students, etc.

She would single out for each student a time, not more than an hour in a day, in which the student would recite what they had memorized and she would correct their mistakes bit by bit, until they memorize the Quran in one of it’s qira’aat.

Umm Al-Sa’ad once commented:

“Sixty years of memorizing the Quran and it’s recitations has made me unable to forget any of it. I can recall every ayah, it’s surah and its juz, I know the ayaat that are similar (mutashabih) and how to recite the same ayah in different qira’aat. I feel like I know the Quran like my name, I cannot imagine forgetting a letter of it or making a mistake in it. I don’t know anything other than the Quran and its recitations. I never learned a science, listened to a lecture, or memorized anything other than the Quran and the mutoon that were related to the Quran and tajweed. I don’t know anything other than that.”

Her students:

When asked about her students Umm Al-Sa’ad said:

“I remember every one of them, there were some who received Ijaaza in one of the recitations, and there were some (and they were very few) who received ijaaza in all ten recitations. They are the ones who receive an ijaaza with a special seal that I have that I always keep with me, I never give it to anyone no matter how much I have trust in them.”

The happiest days for Umm Al-Sa’ad are the days of khatma, when she would grant a student an ijaaza, even though she has experienced this day over 300 times! She keeps a copy of every ijaaza, the most recent one being to a sister in the recitation of Qaloon from Nafi’.

On the day of khatma, a waleema is normally done, or a tea party with sweets. The student who is receiving the ijaaza normally gives a gift to the Shaykha; a jilbab, a ring, golden earrings, all according to what they can afford. As for the most beautiful gift that the Shaykha received was a Hajj and Umrah trip accompanied with being hosted in Saudia for an entire year! The best part of the trip, after the hajj and umrah, was that she reviewed the Quran, and granted ijaazas in all ten recitations to students from all over the world; Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Chad, Afghanistan…

The most beloved of those ijaazas that she granted was to a student from Saudi Arabia who received it when she was seventeen years old!

The wives of her students become jealous…

And from the most interesting things that Umm Al-Sa’ad recounts is that some of the wives of her students became jealous and fearful that she might “snatch” their husbands. Especially since their husbands would continually speak about their Shaykha with pride and endearment. To the extent that some of the wives would accompany their husbands to the class to ensure that their fear had no real cause, for the Shaykha was old and blind!

“And some of the men hesitated to recite to me considering that I’m a woman, and some refused, but Shaykh Muhammad Isma’eel (the most well known shaykh of Qur’an and Sunnah in Alexandria) gave a fatwa that they could when he learned of my age, and he sent his entire family to me to recite to me!”

And what about her marriage?

When she was asked about the closest student to her, she replied “My husband, Shaykh Muhammad Fareed Nu’man.”

Shaykh Muhammad Fareed, who- before his death some years ago-was the most well known recitor on Alexandria radio. He was also the first one to receive an ijaaza from Umm Al-Sa’ad.

She said about the story of her marriage, “I was not able to keep my promise to my Shaykha Nufaysa. He used to recite to me the Quran in all ten recitations, I became comfortable with him, and he was like me in that he was blind and memorized the Quran at an early age. I taught him for five years, and when he finished he asked me for my hand in marriage and I accepted.”

She was married to him for forty years and had no children.

But she had students who were huffadh and recitors of the Quran, so all praise is due to Allah.

She commentated on that saying, “Alhamdullilah, I feel like Allah chooses for me the good always. Maybe if I had children I would have become busy with them and neglected the Quran or forgot it.”

• o • miserable • one! •

August 1, 2008

“O miserable one! Where is your intellect taking you? How far will you flee from following the Sunnah of your Prophet, Muhammad, salla’Allahu alahi wa salam, to enacting the manifest signs of your enemies?

How far [have these people] fled from traversing the Straight Path and how close they have come to the way of the misguided devils! [For example] when you perform an action of worship, you [soon] flee from it, looking left and right for a place of refuge! When you traverse the path of knowledge you preoccupy yourself with finding loopholes and concessions under the pretext, ‘we are performing taqlid of the Imams” (p.30)

“How can you bring yourself to imitate a people… who are but fuel for the fire?!

“If it was said to you, ‘imitate an object of ridicule, a laughing stock’, you would surely scorn this and become angry. How is it then that you imitate the uncircumcised worshipper of the cross in his celebrations? How is it that you dress your children with new clothes and inculcate a sense of joy in them? How is it that you decorate eggs for them, buy incense and celebrate the festival of your enemy in the same fashion as you would celebrate the ‘eid legislated by your Prophet, sall’Allahu alaihi wa salam?
Where would such a practice take you except to the anger of Allah and His Displeasure? Provided, He does not forgive you that is, and provided that you know that your Prophet Muhammad, sall’Allahu alaihi wa salam, used to encourage differing from the People of the Book in everything that was specific to them” (p.10)

– Excerpts from “Imitating the Disbelievers” by Imam Adh-Dhahabi (d.748H) by Dar-us-Sunnah Publishers

• to • the • one • who • has • a • heart •

June 28, 2008

a heart-wrenching video made to a khutbah of shaykh khaalid ar-raashid, may Allah free him, on the terror of the Day of Judgment..

watch if you dare

• a • beautiful • example • of • ghayrah •

June 20, 2008

On this topic, a famous historical incident is mentioned, so that males and females with a sense of honor and enthusiasm may know how the pious predecessors despised a woman unveiling her face before men, although in the following instance it was permissible to unveil the face.

During the third century hijri, the qaadi of Rayy and Ahwaaz, Musa bin Ishaaq, sat to adjudicate people’s disputes. Among the litigants was a woman who claimed five hundred dinars mahr from her husband.

The husband denied the claim.

The qaadi said to the husband, “Bring your witnesses.”

The husband said, “I have brought them.”

The qaadi said to one of the witnesses, “Look at the wife so you may point her out during testimony.”

The witness stood up and said to the woman, “Stand.”

Upon this, the husband said, “What do you want from her?”

The husband was told, “It is necessary that the witness sees your wife unveiled so that he may know that it is your wife.”

The husband detested his wife unveiling her face for the witnesses in public. He screamed, saying, “I make the qaadi my witness that this mahr of my wife is an obligation on me, and she must not unveil her face!”

When the wife heard this, she thought it was wonderful that her husband disapproved of her unveiling her face before the witnesses, and was protecting her from the sight of people.

She too screamed at the qaadi, “I make you a witness that I have granted my mahr to him, and have absolved him in this dunya and the aakhirah!”

The qaadi said to those around him, “Record this as a moral standard.”

– Taken from Tarbiyat Al-Awlaaad Fil Islaam