The Blessings of the hands of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)

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It is narrated in Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti’s Khasaais-e-Kubra on the authority of Imran Bin Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says:  I was with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah be well pleased with her) came and stood before him.  Her face was very pale.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) understood from her face that extreme hunger was the reason for this.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) placed His blessed hand on her neck, spread His fingers and prayed:  O Allah!  You are the One who satiates the hungry and raises the lowly.  Raise Fatima bint Muhammad (May Allah be well pleased with him).  Imran says:  Immediately, the signs of hunger disappeared from her face.  After many days, when I asked Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah be well pleased with her) about this, she said:  After that day, I have never felt the pangs of hunger.

This incident is of the period when the rules of Hijab were not yet revealed.

This Hadith shows how the kinsfolk of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would lead their lives.  It is obvious that Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah be well pleased with her) had been starving for many days, that is why her face had paled to such an extent.  In spite of them, she never complained that we are facing such starvation and you disburse treasures upon treasures from which strangers benefit.  These are the divine personages.

Here, this is also to be noticed that placing the hand only once sufficed for the whole life.  These kinds of things are only by divine power, human effort has no part in this.  This was done through the blessed hand of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).  Thus by this, we can say that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is the manifestation of the power of Allah.

Splitting the moon into 2 and ordering about the material and spiritual worlds is through divine power only.  Those who are not aware of this have to face many difficulties.  They say that if we accept the power of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), then it will be Shirk associating partners with Allah.  For this reason, they flat out deny the miracles of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).  In the past the Mu’tazila developed these kinds of principles.  However, the Ahle Sunnah do accept the miracles.  Thus, it is because of this majority group that we have received the knowledge of these miracles.  If they had stopped recording these miracles by declaring those Hadith as fabricated, we would not have known about them.  All those people who claimed Prophethood in the past knew that unless and until Muslims saw miracles, they would believe in them.  That’s why they would worry about miracles and even showed some sleight of hand as well, because of which some people would become devoted to them.  However, the majority would refute them.  Mirza Ghulam Qadiani flat out denied their existence and declared those Hadith as fabricated, so that this question should not be raised at all.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest In Islam

Islam regards honouring one’s guest as a righteous deed for which he will be rewarded. The Prophet (SalAllahu Alaihwasallam) said:

“There is no person like a person who takes the reigns and fights for the sake of Allah, avoiding people’s evil, and a person among his sheep in the outskirts giving meal to his guest, honouring his right.” [Ahmad & al-Haakim]

Islam has also described the manner in which a person should treat his guest. He should greet him honourably with a cheerful face and part with him in a good way.

The guest has rights, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said. There should be no doubt about this matter. If guests come without being invited, they should be honoured, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said.

Imam Ghazali radi allahu anhu wrote in his book, “Ihyaa ‘Uloom-ud-Deen” (i.e.: Revival of Religious Sciences) about Prophet Muhammad (SalAllahu Alaihwasallam):

“The Messenger of Allah would honor his guests. He would even spread his garment for a non-relative guest to sit. He used to offer his guest his own cushion and insist until they accept it . No one came to him as a guest but thought that he was the most generous of people. He gave each one of his companions sitting with him his due portion of his attention. He would direct his listening, speech, gaze and attention to those who were in his company. Even then, his gathering was characterized by modesty, humbleness and honesty. He would call his companions by their kunyah to honor them… He was the farthest from being angry and the easiest to be contented.”

Allah Almighty states in Holy Quraan:

Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, the poor, the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful. [S:4 V:36]

From the above verse we learn to be good to our neighbours, relatives and show kindness and good attitude to our guest.

Our great Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) teaches us to be generous and how to entertain guests. He wants a Muslim to show gratitude. Nabi (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) further guides us by saying: Read the rest of this entry »

Seeking blessings from the graves of the pious

by thesunniway

Is it legally valid in Islam to visit the graves and seek blessings from them? To answer this question, we shall consider the belief of the Noble Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam and the scholars of this ummah.

Assalat-O-Wassalam-O-Alaika YARASOOL ALLAH

We are living in a world of uncertainty and misconceptions. Man is beginning to question the very roots of his beliefs for Allah Almighty and the Holy Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim, to create doubt in the minds of the simple and un suspecting Muslims.

The belief of the dear Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam

(1) It is narrated by Buraidah rađiyAllāhu ánhu that the dear Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said:

“I used to forbid you from visiting the graves (but now I give you permission), you should visit them” (Muslim, Mishkāt p.154)

Commenting on this hadîth, the renowned Muhaqqiq, Shaykh Abdul Haq Dehlwi writes that because the period of ignorance had just passed, RasūlAllah şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam forbade the visitation due to fear of the Muslims returning to their old ways. However, when the people became well acquainted with the orders of Islam, then the dear Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam allowed the visitation to take place (Ashi’atul Lum’aat, vol.1 p.717).

(2) It is narrated by ibn Mas’ud rađiyAllāhu ánhu that the dear Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said:

“I forbade you from visiting the graves but now you should visit them” (ibn Majah, Mishkāt p.154)

(3) Sayyidah Aisha Siddiqah rađiyAllāhu ánha narrates that:

“When the dear Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam used to pass the night with her, in the last part of the night he would go to the graveyard of Madinah Sharīf (Muslim, Mishkāt p.154)

(4) Muhammad bin Nu’man rađiyAllāhu ánhu narrates that RasūlAllah şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said:

“Whoever visits his parents’ graves or visits one of their graves every Friday, then he will be forgiven and will be written as being one of the pious” (Mishkat p.154)

From these ahadith, it is clear that according to the dear Prophet şallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam, visitation of the graves is permissible. Moreover, that person who visits his parents’ graves every Friday, his sins will be forgiven. Read the rest of this entry »

Penalty for Insulting the Beloved Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam

All praise is to Allah, the Lord Of The Creation. The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Owner of the Day of Recompense. Who blessed us being the Ummah of His Beloved Rasool Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam. Who sanctified our hearts with the Love and Affection towards His Beloved Rasool Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam. Who blessed us the with the most precious treasure of Iman (Faith)… Countless Salutations, Peace and Blessings be upon the Cream of the Creation… Mercy for all Worlds… Seal of the Prophets Sayyiduna wa Maulana MuHammadur RasoolALLAH Sallallaho Alaihi wa Sallam, His Blessed Parents, His entire Family, His Progeny, His Companions and all those who Follow Him!!

Iman is to accept every word of Sayyiduna RasoolAllah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam as absolute and nothing else but truth and to testify whole-heartedly the reality and truth of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

One who observes the above would be called a Muslim, that is, if any of his words, actions or conditions does not reject, insult or falsify Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. His relationship with Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam must be above all other relationships. He must love and respect all those who are the beloved of Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam even though that person may be his enemy. He must disrespect and hate all those who disrespect and hate Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam even if that person may be his beloved son. Whatever he gives should be for Almighty Allah and whatever he abstains from must be for Almighty Allah. Such a persons Iman is known as “Kaamil” or “Complete“. Read the rest of this entry »

Obstacles in the Path of Knowledge

All Praise is due to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala and Choicest Salutations upon His August Habib Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him.

I am sharing this brief note extracted from “Fadl al-Ilm wa al-Ulama“, the Blessed book by Aarife-Billah, ash-Shaykh al-Imam Naqi Ali al-Qadiri Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho on the Excellence of Knowledge and the Ulama. Here we will discuss about some obstacles to the path of seeking knowledge. I humbly pray that this note will enlighten the hearts and encourage my Muslim brothers and sisters to acquire the knowledge of Deen.

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al-Imam Ahmed Rida: The lies of the Deobandis

When these folk are helpless to do anything else, and cannot see a place to flee; and because Allāh táālā has not given them guidance to repent; and they do not refrain from uttering those blasphemies said against Allāh táālā and His Messenger sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam; nor withdraw insults that were published, nor proclaim this withdrawal, they resort to slander, which is the:

FIFTH SUBTERFUGE

This kind of behavior is described in the verse:

they seek to prevent from the path of Allah and wish to subvert it. (Sūrah Al-Aárāf, 7:45)

To thwart poor common folk from the path of Allāh and to instigate them, and seeking to pull wool over their eyes in broad daylight, they tell them: “What is the reliability of these scholars of Ahlu’s Sunnah? And what is the credibility of their fatāwā? These people do takfīr for even petty things and their machine always keeps churning out fatāwā of kufr. After all, they have declared Ismāýīl Dihlawī as kāfir; Maulvi Is’ĥāq[1] as kāfir; Maulvi Ábd al-Ĥayy[2] as kāfir…”

And those who have a greater degree of shame[3] add that MáādhAllāh! we have declared Shaykh Shāh Ábdu’l Ázīz, Shāh Walīyullah, Hājī Imdādullāh, Mawlānā Shāh Fađlu’r Raĥmān as kāfir[4]. And those who are beyond all bounds of shame, accuse us of saying – and I seek Allāh’s refuge from such thing, MáādhAllāh – that Shaykh Mujaddid e Alf-e-Sāni[5] was kāfir.

Wherever they see that someone has a special reverence for a certain personality, there they use his name and say that Sunnis have declared him a kāfir. This kind of defamation has reached such a state, that some esteemed and honorable[6] people went to Mawlānā Shāh Muĥammad Husayn Ilāhabādī and told him that we have said – and I seek Allāh’s refuge: MáādhAllāh, MáādhAllāh, MáādhAllāh – that Sayyidunā Shaykh al-Akbar Muhiyuddin Ibn al-Árabi [may Allāh sanctify his secret] is a kāfir. May Allāh táālā grant the noble Mawlānā lofty stations in paradise, that he acted upon this verse: Read the rest of this entry »

al-Imam Ahmed Rida: …two things are necessary for faith

Listen! Verily you shall be tested; and you will be considered a Muslim only if you pass the test. In any test, it is seen  whether indeed, the thing (being claimed) is present or not, to justify that claim. We have seen earlier that the Qur’ān and Ĥadīth say that two things are necessary for faith to be real and present:

• Respect and reverence of Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam

• Love of Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam more than anything in this world. 

The way to test this definitively is thus: Suppose those whom you respect; no matter how much you revere them, or have a close friendship with them, or have affectionate relations with them; like your father, your teacher, your guide, your brother, your relatives, your companions; the scholar, the reader, the Muftī, the preacher – whosoever it may be; if you find them disrespectful towards Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam then you should have no love or respect for them.

Separate from them immediately, and cast them away like you would cast a fly fallen in a glass of milk. Dislike them and do not even look at their faces. Do not bother about their relationship or friendship; or their being scholars or shaykhs; or their piety or elderliness.

All these qualities should be respected for the sake of Sayyiduna Muĥammad RasūlAllāh sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. When such a person is disrespectful to the master himself, then what is the value of this relationship?

al-Imam Ahmed Rida, Tamhid e Iman (The Preamble to Faith), pp. 5

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