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“For you is an Appointed Time”

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“And for you is an Appointed Time”

[3Umar ibn 3Abd al-3Azeez]

خطب عمر بن عبد العزيز
آخر خطبة خطبها فقال فيها

3Umar ibn 3Abd al-3Azeez (rahimahu-Allaah) said in his last khutbah:

[يا أيها الناس]

O people,

إنكم لم تخلقوا عبثاً
ولم تتركوا سدىً

Indeed you have not been created for mere play
Nor will you be left in vain

وإن لكم معاداً
ينزل الله فيه للفصل بين عباده

And for you is an appointed time
Wherein Allaah will descend to judge between his servants

فقد خاب وخسر من خرج من رحمة الله
التي وسعت كل شيء

Truly the failure is he who has left the Mercy of Allaah
which has encompassed all things

و حرم جنة عرضها السماوات والأرض

And who has been forbidden from Paradise,
its width as wide as the heavens and the earth

ألا ترون أنكم في أسلاب هالكين

Don’t you see that you are indeed in a destroyed plunder

وسيرثها بعدكم الباقون

And those after you shall inherit it

كذلك حتى ترد إلى خير الوارثين

Like that it will be, until it is returned to the Best of Inheritors (Allaah)

و في كل يوم تشيعون غادياً ورائحاً إلى الله

And everyday you are going back and forth escorting (someone) to Allaah

قد قضى نحبه
و أنقضى أجله

His term has been settled
And his life is over

أتودعونه و تدعونه في صدع من الأرض
غير موسّد ولا ممهّد

Will you then bid him farewell and call him from the rough and unleveled cracks of the earth?

قد خلع الأسباب
و فارق الأحباب
و سكن التراب
و واجه الحساب

He has left all provisions
And left his beloved ones
He has settled to live among dust
And is due to face the reckoning

غني عما خلف
فقير إلى ما أسلف

He is free from what he has left behind
And in dire need of what he has put forth

فاتقوا الله عباد الله
قبل نزول الموت و انقضاء مواقيته

So fear Allaah O servants of Allaah
Before the descent of death and the coming of his time

و إني لأقول لكم هذه المقالة
وما أعلم عند أحد من الذنوب مما أعلم عندي

Indeed, I say this to you
But none knows as much as I do of the sins (I have) earned

ولكني
استغفر الله و أتوب إليه

But I seek the forgiveness of Allaah and repent to Him

ثم رفع طرف ردائه و شهق
ثم نزل فما عاد إلى المنبر حتى مات

رحمة الله عليه

He then lifted the ends of his cloak and weeped.
Then he got down and did not return to the minbar until he passed away.

May the Mercy of Allaah be upon him. Aameen

Translated by sister Farhia

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روى ابن الجوزي عن أبي حامد الخلفاني أنه قال لأحمد بن حنبل رحمه الله: يا أبا عبد الله هذه القصائد الرقاق التي في ذكر الجنة والنار أي شيء تقول فيها ؟

فقال : مثل أي شيء ؟ فسرد له الرجل تلك الأبيات

وهو يقول : إِذَا مَا قَــال لِـــي رَبِّي أَمَّا اسْتَحْيَيْت تَعْصِيْنِي

“فقال:”أعد علي”قال:فأعدت عليه،فقام ودخل بيته ورد الباب

واصبح له نحيباً من كثرة البكاء.
وقال تلامذته بكى الإمام حتى اصبح لهُ صوتاً
كبكاء الطفل حتى كادَ يهلك من كثرة البكاء.

Poem that made Imaam Ahmad cry

Ibn al-Jawzee mentions in his book that One of the students of Imaam Ahmad asked him: ‘Yaa Abaa 3AbdAllaah, what is your view about these odes (poem) which mention Paradise and Hell?’

He asked, ‘Like what?‘ He said, ‘They say:

When my Lord asks me..
Are you not ashamed to disobey Me?….

He asked him to repeat it & he did it again. Then Ahmad stood up and went into his house and closed the door behind him. The student said, ‘I could hear him from inside the house weeping like a child, it was as though he would die from crying:

This was what recited to him (1)

may Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aala make my scale heavy with good deeds on the day of Judgement & enter me to Jannah without accounts. aameen

 أَتَيْــت إِلَيْك فَارْحَمْنِــي وَثقــّـل فِي مَوَازِيْنِي

I have come to you (in repentance) – so have mercy on me, and make heavy my scales (with good deeds)

وَخَـفَّف فِي جَزَائِــــي أَنْت أَرَجـى مِن يُجَازِيْنِي

And lighten my account – You are the best of who will bring me to account.

Download the poem (Arabic & English) pdf

(1) “Munaaqib of Imaam Ahmad by Ibn al-Jawzee, page: 205
(Dhayl Tabaqaat’l-Hanaabilah, 1/53)
 

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The Virtues of Fasting in the Heat

A beneficial reminder for us as we fast this Summer insha’Allaah. The temperature is between 42-47 degree these days… Alhamdulillaah for this opportunity to intend more lofty rewards during Ramadaan.

Fasting in the Heat

Ibn Rajab said about the virtues of fasting during hot days.

“…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, & this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.”

This is why Mu3adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other early Muslims.

And it was related that Aboo Bakr would fast in the summer & not fast in the winter, & 3Umar advised his son 3Abdullaah on his deathbed: “Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,” & the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat”.

And al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that 3Aayeshah would fast in the intense heat, & he was asked: “What drove her to do this?” He replied: “She would take advantage of the days before death”.

And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days & fast them, saying: “If the price is low, everyone will buy,” meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, & this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.

And Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree was on a boat, & he heard someone calling out: “O passengers, stand up!” And he said this three times. So, Aboo Moosaa told him: “How can we stand up? Don’t you see where we are? How can we stand up?” So, the caller said:“Let me tell you of a rule that Allaah made upon Himself: whoever makes himself thirsty for Allaah’s sake on a hot day has the right upon Allaah to have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection.” So, Aboo Moosaa would search out the days that were so hot that one would feel he was being cooked, & he would fast those days.

Ka3b said that Allaah Said to Moosaa: “I made it incumbent upon Myself that whoever is thirsty for My sake will have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection,” & others said that it’s written in the Torah: “Glad tidings for whoever makes himself hungry in anticipation of the Great Day where he will have his hunger satisfied, & glad tidings for whoever makes himself thirsty in anticipation of the Great Day where he will have his thirst quenched.”

Al-Hasan said: “A maiden of Paradise will speak to the walee of Allaah while he is laying with her on the shore of a river of honey in Paradise while she hands him a glass of the sweetest drink, & she will ask him: “Do you know what day Allaah married me to you? He saw you on a long summer day while you were thirsty in the mid-day heat, & He called the Angels & said: “Look at My slave. He has left his wife & pleasure & food & drink for Me out of his desire for what I have for him. Bear witness that I have Forgiven him,” & He Forgave you on that day & married you to me.””

And when 3Amir bin 3Abd Qays went from Basrah to Shaam, Mu3awiyah would ask him to tell him what he needed. He refused to ask of him, & eventually said: “All I need is for you to return the heat of Basrah to me to make the fasting a bit harder, as it is too easy in your lands.”

And al-Hajjaj was on a journey between Makkah & Madeenah. He pulled out his dinner & invited a bedouin to eat with him, & the bedouin said: “I have been invited by One who is better than you & I have accepted the invitation.”

He asked: “And who is this?”

The man replied: “Allaah invited me to fast, & I fasted.” 

al-Hajjaj asked: “On this very hot day?”

The man replied: “Yes. I am fasting it in anticipation of a much hotter day”. 

al-Hajjaj said: “So, eat today & fast tomorrow.”

The man replied: “Only if you can guarantee that I will live until tomorrow.”

al-Hajjaj said: “This isn’t in my hands.”

The man said: “How can you ask me to do something now when there is something of the future that isn’t in your hands?”

And Ibn 3Umar went on a trip once with some companions, & they saw a sheep-herder who they invited to eat with them. He said: “I am fasting,” & Ibn 3Umar said: “You are fasting in heat like this, & while you are between all these plants & sheep?”

The herder replied: “I’m taking advantage of my remaining days.”

Ibn 3Umar was impressed by this reply & said: “Can you sell one of your sheep to us? We’ll feed you from its meat when you break your fast, & we’ll also pay you for it.”

The herder said: “It doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to my master.” 

Ibn 3Umar said: “What would your master say if you told him that it was eaten by a wolf?”

The herder raised his finger to the sky & said: “What about Allaah?” 

Ibn 3Umar kept repeating this phrase that the herder was saying, & when he got to the city, he went to the herder’s owner & bought him & his sheep from him. He then freed the herder & gave him his sheep as a gift.

And Ruh bin Zinba’ was travelling between Makkah & Madinah on a very hot day. A herder living on a mountain approached him, & he said to him: “O herder, come eat with me.” The herder said: “I’m fasting.” Ruh said: “You’re fasting in this heat?” The herder replied: “Should I let my days pass by in vain?” So, Ruh said: “You have used your days wisely, O herder, while Ruh bin Zinba’ has wasted his.”

And Ibn 3Umar used to fast extra days until he would almost faint, & this wouldn’t cause him to break his fast.

And al-Imaam Ahmad would fast until he was about to pass out, & would wipe water over his face. He was asked about fasting very hot days, & he replied: “There is nothing wrong with wetting a towel to squeeze the water on himself to cool down with.” And the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam would pour water over his head while fasting.

And Aboo ad-Darda’ would say: “Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, & pray two rak3at in the darkness of night in anticipation of the darkness of the grave.” 

And it’s reported in the two ‘Saheeh’s that he said: “You have seen us with the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) on some of his journeys on very hot days, & a man would hold his hand against his head due to the intensity of the heat, & none of them would be fasting except the Messenger of Allaah & 3Abdullah bin Rawahah.”(1)

And the narration of Muslim states that Aboo ad-Darda’ said: “This was during the month of Ramadaan.”

”When those who fast for Allaah in the heat are patient despite their intense thirst, He will set aside a specific gate of the gates of Paradise for them. This is the gate called Rayyan, & whoever enters through it will drink, & whoever drinks after entering it will never be thirsty again. When they enter through it, it will be locked for those after them, & none will enter through it except them”.

From ‘Lataa’if al-Ma3aarif’ (p. 272-273) by Ibn Rajab

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(1) Bukharee, Volume 3, Fasting, Hadeeth #: 166
 

3Abdullaah Ibn Umm Maktoom

“Welcome unto him on whose account my Sustainer has rebuked me.” [said by Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to 3Abdullaah Ibn Umm Maktoom]

The blind Shaheed

The Mu’adhin of the Prophet

3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom was a cousin of Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Mother of the Believers, radi Allaahu 3Anha. His father was Qays ibn Zayd and his mother was 3Aatikah bint 3Abdullaah. She was called Umm Maktoom (Mother of the concealed/sightless One) because she gave birth to a blind child.

3Abdullaah witnessed the rise of Islaam in Makkah. He was amongst the first to accept Islaam. He lived through the persecution of the Muslims and suffered what the other companions of the Prophet experienced. His attitude, like theirs, was one of firmness, staunch resistance and sacrifice. Neither his dedication nor his faith weakened against the violence of the Quraysh onslaught. In fact, all this only increased his iEemaan & determination to hold on to the religion of Allaah and his devotion to His messenger.

3Abdullaah was devoted to the noble Prophet and he was so eager to memorize the Qur’aan that he would not miss any opportunity to achieve his heart’s desire. Indeed, his sense of urgency and his insistence could sometimes have been irritating as he, unintentionally, sought to monopolize the attention of the Prophet.

In this period, the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam was concentrating on the Quraysh notables and was eager that they should become Muslims. On one particular day, he met 3Utbah ibn Rab3ah and his brother Shaybah, 3Amr ibn Hisham (Aboo Jahl), Umayyah ibn Khalaf and Waleed ibn Mugheerah, the father of Khaalid ibn Waleed who was later to be known as Sayf Allaah or ‘the sword of Allaah’. He had begun talking and negotiating with them and telling them about Islaam. He so much hoped that they would respond positively to him and accept Islaam or at least they would refrain from harming the companions.

While he was thus engaged, 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom came up and asked him to read a verse from the Qur’aan. He said: “O messenger of Allaah! Teach me from what Allaah has taught you.”

The Prophet frowned and turned away from him. He turned his attention instead to the prestigious group of Quraysh, hoping that they would become Muslims and that by their acceptance of Islaam they would bring greatness to the religion of Allaah and strengthen his mission. As soon as he had finished speaking to them and had left their company, he suddenly felt partially blinded and his head began to throb violently. At this point the following revelation came to him:

عَبَسَ وَتَوَلَّىٰ. أَن جَاءَهُ الْأَعْمَىٰ. وَمَا يُدْرِيكَ لَعَلَّهُ يَزَّكَّىٰ. أَوْ يَذَّكَّرُ فَتَنفَعَهُ الذِّكْرَىٰ

أَمَّا مَنِ اسْتَغْنَىٰ. فَأَنتَ لَهُ تَصَدَّىٰ. وَمَا عَلَيْكَ أَلَّا يَزَّكَّىٰ

و أَمَّا مَن جَاءَكَ يَسْعَىٰ. وَهُوَ يَخْشَىٰ. فَأَنتَ عَنْهُ تَلَهَّىٰ

كَلَّا إِنَّهَا تَذْكِرَةٌ. فَمَن شَاءَ ذَكَرَهُ

فِي صُحُفٍ مُّكَرَّمَةٍ. مَّرْفُوعَةٍ مُّطَهَّرَةٍ

بِأَيْدِي سَفَرَةٍ. كِرَامٍ بَرَرَةٍ

He (the prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) frowned and turned away. Because there came to him the blind man (i.e.3Abdullaah bin Umm-Maktoom). But what could tell you that per chance he might become pure (from sins)? Or that he might receive admonition, and that the admonition might profit him?

As for him who thinks himself self-sufficient. To him you attend. What does it matter to you if he will not become pure.

But as to him who came to you running. And is afraid (of Allaah and His Punishment). Of him you are neglectful and divert your attention to another.

Nay, (do not do like this), indeed it (these Verses of this Qur’aan) are an admonition. So whoever wills, let him pay attention to it.

(It is) in Records held (greatly) in honour (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfooz). Exalted (in dignity), purified.

In the hands of scribes (angels).Honourable and obedient. [soorah 3Abasa, v: 1-16]

These are the sixteen verses which were revealed to the noble Prophet about 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom, sixteen verses that have continued to be recited from that time till today and shall continue to be recited.

From that day the Prophet  sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam exerted himself to honor & be generous to 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom, to ask him about his affairs, to fulfill I his needs and take him into his council whenever he approached. This is not strange. Was he not censured by Allaah in a most severe manner on 3Abdullaah’s account? In fact, in later years, he often greeted Ibn Umm Maktoom with these words of humility: “Welcome unto him on whose account my Sustainer has rebuked me.”

When the Quraysh intensified their persecution of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam and those who believed with him, Allaah gave them permission to Hijrah. 3Abdullaah’s response was prompt. He ana Mus3ab ibn 3Umayr were the first of the Companions to reach Madeenah. As soon as they reached Yathrib, he and Mus3ab began discussing with the people, reading the Qur’aan to them and teaching them the religion of Allaah.

When the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam arrived in Madeenah, he appointed 3Abdullaah and Bilaal ibn Rabaah to be mu’adhins for the Muslims, proclaiming the Oneness of Allaah five times a day, calling man to the best of actions and summoning them to success. Bilaal would call the aadhan and 3Abdullaah would pronounce the iqaamah for the Prayer. Sometimes they would reverse the process.

During Ramadan, they adopted a special routine. One of them would call the adhaan to wake people up to eat before the fast began. The other would call the adhaan to announce the beginning of dawn and the fast. It was Bilaal who would awaken the people and 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom who would announce the beginning of dawn.

One of the responsibilities that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam placed on 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom was to put him in charge of Madeenah in his absence. This was done more than ten times, one of them being when he left for the liberation of Makkah.

After the battle of Badr, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam received a revelation from Allaah raising the status of the Mujahideen and preferring them over the qaa3edeen (those who remain inactive at home). This was in order to encourage the people even further and to spur the qaa3ed to give up his inactivity. This revelation affected ibn Umm Maktoom deeply. It pained him to be thus barred from the higher status and he said: “O messenger of Allaah. If I could go on jihaad, I would certainly do.”

He then earnestly asked Allaah to send down a revelation about his particular case and those like him who were prevented because of their disabilities from going on military campaigns. His prayer was answered. An additional phrase was revealed to the Prophet exempting those with disabilities from the import of the original verse. The full aayah became:

لَّا يَسْتَوِي الْقَاعِدُونَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ غَيْرُ أُولِي الضَّرَرِ وَالْمُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ

“Not equal are those who remain seated among the believers except those who possess disabilitiesرand those who strive and fight in the way of Allaah with their wealth and their persons . . .”  [Soorah An-Nisaa’, v: 95]

In spite of this, his ambition to be pleasing in the sight of Allaah did not allow 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom to be content with staying among those who remained at home. Great souls are not content with remaining detached from affairs of great moment. From that day on, he decided never to miss a battle and even planned a role for himself on the battle field. He would say: “Place me between two rows and give me the standard. I will carry it for you and protect it, for I am blind and cannot run away.”

In the fourteenth year after the hijrah, 3Umar resolved to mount a major assault against the Persians to bring down their State and open the way for the Muslim forces. So he wrote to his governors: “Send anyone with a weapon or a horse or who can offer any form of help to me. And make haste.” Crowds of Muslims from every direction responded to 3Umar’s call and converged on Madeenah.

Among all these was the blind mujahid, 3Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum. 3Umar appointed Sa3d ibn Abi Waqqas commander over the army, gave him instructions and bade him farewell. When the army reached Qadisiyyah, 3Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum was prominent, wearing a coat of armour and fully prepared. He had vowed to carry and protect the standard of the Muslims or be killed in the process. The forces met and engaged in battle for three days. The fighting was among the most fierce and bitter in the history of the Muslim conquests.

On the third day, the Muslims achieved a mighty victory as one of the greatest empires in the world collapsed and one of the most secure thrones fell. The standard of Tawheed was raised in an idolatrous land. The price of this clear victory was hundreds of martyrs. Among them was 3Abdullaah ibn Umm Maktoom. He was found dead on the battlefield clutching the flag of the Muslims.

(Golden series of stories of sahaabah, the companions of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)

Taken from Companions of The Prophet Volume 1, By Abdul Wahid Hamid
 

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Story of Abu Hurayrah

“And the foremost to embrace Islaam from the Muhaajireen and the Ansaar and also those who followed them in goodness,  Allaah is well-pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success”.

[soorah At-Tawbah, v:100]


عن أبي هريرة – رضي الله عنه -قال: قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم

“3An Abi Hurayrata, radiyallahu anhu, qaal.’ qaala rasool Allaahi, SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam…” (on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, he said the prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said …)

Through this phrase millions of Muslims from the early history of Islaam to the present have come to be familiar with the name Abu Hurayrah. In speeches and lectures, in Friday khutbahs and seminars, in the books of hadeeth and seerah, fiqh and 3ibaadah, the name “Abu Hurayrah” is mentioned in this fashion: “On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him who said: The Messenger of Allaah, sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, said… “.

Through his prodigious efforts, hundreds of ahadeeth or sayings of the Prophet were transmitted to later generations. His is the foremost name in the roll of hadeeth transmitters. Next to him comes the names of such companions as 3AbdAllaah the son of 3Umar, Anas the son of Malik, Umm al-Mumineen 3Ayeshah, Jabir ibn 3AbdAllaah and Abu Sa3eed al-Khudri all of whom transmitted over a thousand sayings of the Prophet.

Abu Hurayrah became a Muslim at the hands of at-Tufayl ibn 3Amr the chieftain of the Daws tribe to which he belonged. The Daws lived in the region of Tihamah which stretches along the coast of the Red Sea in southern Arabia. When at-Tufayl returned to his village after meeting the Prophet and becoming a Muslim in the early years of his mission, Abu Hurayrah was one of the first to respond to his call. He was unlike the majority of the Daws who remained stubborn in their old beliefs for a long time.

When at-Tufayl visited Makkah again, Abu Hurayrah accompanied him. There he had the honor and privilege of meeting the noble Prophet who asked him: “What is your name?”

“Abdu Shams (servant of a Sun),” he replied.

“Instead, let it be Abdur-Rahman – the Servant of Ar-Rahman (the Most Merciful)” said the Prophet.

“Yes, Abdur-Rahman (it shall be) O Messenger of Allaah,” he replied.

However, he continued to be known as Abu Hurayrah, “the kitten man”, literally “the father of a kitten” or because he was fond of cats and since his childhood often had a cat to play with.

Abu Hurayrah stayed in Tihamah for several years and it was only at the beginning of the seventh year of the Hijrah that he arrived in Madinah with others of his tribe. The Prophet had gone on a campaign to Khaybar. Being destitute, Abu Hurayrah took up his place in the Masjid with other of the Ahl as-Suffah.

He was single, without wife or child. With him however was his mother who was still a mushrik. He longed, and prayed, for her to become a Muslim but she adamantly refused. One day, he invited her to have faith in Allaah alone and follow His Prophet but she uttered some words about the Prophet which saddened him greatly.With tears in his eyes, he went to the noble Prophet who said to him: “What makes you cry, O Abu Hurayrah?”

“I have not let up in inviting my mother to Islam but she has always rebuffed me. Today, I invited her again and I heard words from her which I do not like. Do make supplication to Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3ala to make the heart of Abu Hurayrah’s mother incline to Islaam.”

The Prophet responded to Abu Hurayrah’s request and prayed for his mother. Abu Hurayrah said: “I went home and found the door closed. I heard the splashing of water and when I tried to enter my mother said: “Stay where you are, O Abu Hurayrah.” And after putting on her clothes, she said, “Enter!” I entered and she said: “I testify that there is no god but Allaah and I testify that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.” “I returned to the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, weeping with joy just as an hour before I had gone weeping from sadness and said: “I have good news, O Messenger of Allaah. Allaah has responded to your prayer and guided the mother of Abu Hurayrah to Islaam.” I added, “O Messenger of Allah, invoke Allaah to make all the believers love me and my mother.” He said, “O Allaah, make every believer love this slave of Yours and his mother.”

Abu Hurayrah loved the Prophet a great deal and found favor with him. He was never tired of looking at the Prophet whose face appeared to him as having all the radiance of the sun and he was never tired of listening to him. Often he would praise Allaah for his good fortune and say: “Praise be to Allaah Who has guided Abu Hurayrah to Islaam”. “Praise be to Allaah Who has taught Abu Hurayrah the Qur’aan.” “Praise be to Allaah who has bestowed on Abu Hurayrah the companionship of Muhammad, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace.

On reaching Madeenah, Abu Hurayrah set his heart on attaining knowledge. Zayd ibn Thabit the notable companion of the Prophet reported : “While Abu Hurayrah and I and another friend of mine were in the Masjid praying to Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3ala and performing dhikr to Him, the Messenger of Allaah appeared. He came towards us and sat among us. We became silent and he said: “Carry on with what you were doing.” “So my friend and I made a supplication to Allaah before Abu Hurayrah did and the Prophet began to say Ameen to our du3aa’. “Then Abu Hurayrah made a supplication saying: “O Lord, I ask You for what my two companions have asked and I ask You for knowledge which will not be forgotten.” “The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Ameen.’ “We then said: ‘And we ask Allaah for knowledge which will not be forgotten, and the Prophet replied: ‘The Dawsi youth has asked for this before you.”

With his formidable memory, Abu Hurayrah set out to memorize in the four years that he spent with the Prophet, the gems of wisdom that emanated from his lips. He realized that he had a great gift and he set about to use it to the full in the service of Islaam. He had free time at his disposal. Unlike many of the Muhajireen he did not busy himself’ in the market-places, with buying and selling. Unlike many of the Ansaar, he had no land to cultivate nor crops to tend. He stayed with the Prophet in Madeenah and went with him on journeys and expeditions.

Many companions were amazed at the number of hadeeth he had memorized and often questioned him on when he had heard a certain hadeeth and under what circumstances.

He used to say about himself  ” There is none among the companions of the Prophet who has narrated more Hadiths than I except 3AbdAllaah bin 3Amr (bin Al-3As) who used to write them and I never did the same” (1)

He said: “I said to Allaah’s Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam “I hear many narrations (ahadeeth) from you but I forget them.” Allaah’s Messenger said, “Spread your Ridaa’ (garment).” I did accordingly and then he moved his hands as if filling them with something (and emptied them in my Ridaa’) and then said, “Take and wrap this sheet over your body.” I did it and after that I never forgot any thing. (2)

Al Bukharee titles a chapter in the section on knowledge in his Saheeh; “The Memorization of knowledge”and he included in it the story of Abu Hurayrah( Radi Allaahu anhu: He (Abu Hurayrah) said: The people say that Abu Hurayrah narrates too much. Were it not for two verses in the Book  of Allaah, I would not have narrated a single hadeeth.

“Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance, which We have sent down, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book, they are the ones cursed by Allaah and cursed by the cursers.”

“Except those who repent and do righteous deeds, and openly declare (the truth which they concealed). These, I will accept their repentance. And I am the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.” [Soorah Al-Baqarah, v:159-160]

Indeed our brothers from muhaajireen were busy with the marketplace, and our brothers from Ansaar were busy with their wealth, and Abu Hurayrah stuck with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alyhi wasalam) content with what was in his stomach, attending what they did not attend, and memorizing what they did not memorize. (3)

Al Hafidh Ibn Hajar rahimahu-Allaah said: “He did not include in this chapter anything regarding anyone but Abu Hurayrah, and this is because he was Companion who memorizes the most Hadeeth.”

Imaan Ash-Shaafi3ee said: “Abu Hurayrah Radi Allaahu 3Anhu memorized the most out of all the narrators of his time”.

Once Marwaan ibn al-Hakam wanted to test Abu Hurayrah’s power of memory. He sat with him in one room and behind a curtain he placed a scribe, unknown to Abu Hurayrah, and ordered him to write down whatever Abu Hurayrah said. A year later, Marwaan called Abu Hurayrah again and asked him to recall the same ahadeeth which the scribe had recorded. It was found that he had forgotten not a single word.

Abu Hurayrah was concerned to teach and transmit the ahadeeth he had memorized and knowledge of Islaam in general. Abu Hurayrah  radi Allaahu 3Anhu 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 Messenger  sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam 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 sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.”

Abu Hurayrah underwent much hardship and difficulties as a result of his dedicated search for knowledge. He was often hungry and destitute. He said about himself: “When I was afflicted with severe hunger, I would go to a companion of the Prophet and asked him about an ayah of the Qur’aan and (stay with him) learning it so that he would take me with him to his house and give food. ” One day, my hunger became so severe that I placed a stone on my stomach. I then sat down in the path of the companions. Abu Bakr passed by and I asked him about an aayah of the Book of Allaah. I only asked him so that he would invite me but he didn’t. Then 3Umar ibn al-Khattab passed by me and I asked him about an aayah but he also did not invite me.

Then the Messenger of  Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam passed by and realized that I was hungry and said: “Abu Hurayrah!” “At your command”, I replied and followed him until we entered his house. He found a bowl of milk and asked his family: “From where did you get this?” “Someone sent it to you” they replied. He then said to me: “O Abu Hurayrah, go to the Ahl as-Suffah and invite them.” Abu Hurayrah did as he was told and they all drank from the milk.

The time came of course when the Muslims were blessed with great wealth and material goodness of every description. Abu Hurayrah eventually got his share of wealth. He had a comfortable home, a wife and child. But this turn of fortune did not change his personality. Neither did he forget his days of destitution. He said “I grew up as an orphan and I emigrated as a poor and indigent person. I used to take food for my stomach from Busrah bint Ghazwan. I served people when they returned from journeys and l ed their camels when they set out. Then Allaah caused me to marry her (Busrah). So praise be to Allaah who has strengthened his religion and made Abu Hurayrah an imam.” (This last statement is a reference to the time when he became governor of Madeenah.)

Much of Abu Hurayrah’s time would be spent in spiritual exercises and devotion to Allaah. Qiyaam al-Layl was a regular practice of his family including his wife and his daughter. He would stay up for a third o f the night, his wife for another third and his daughter for a third. In this way, in the house of Abu Hurayrah no hour of the night would pass without 3ibaadah, dhikr and Salat.

During the caliphate of 3Umar, 3Umar appointed him as governor of Bahrain. 3Umar was very scrupulous about the type of persons whom he appointed as governors. He was always concerned that his governors should live simply and frugally and not acquire much wealth even though this was through lawful means. In Bahrain, Abu Hurayrah became quite rich. 3Umar heard of this and recalled him to Madeenah. 3Umar thought he had acquired his wealth through unlawful means and questioned him about where and how he had acquired such a fortune.

Abu Hurayrah replied: “From breeding horses” “Put it (the money) in the Bayt Al-Maal (the treasury)” ordered 3Umar.

Abu Hurayrah did as he was told and raised his hands to the sky and prayed: “O Allaah, forgive the Ameer al-Mumineen.” After a while 3Umar called Abu Hurayrah and offered him the governorship again. However, he refused and apologized. 3Umar asked why. Abu Hurayrah said, “So that my honor would not be at stake, my money would not be taken, and my back would not be beaten.” and he added, “I’m afraid I would judge without knowledge or speak without patience.”

Throughout his life Abu Hurayrah remained kind and courteous to his mother. Whenever he wanted to leave home, he would stand at the door of her room and say: As-salaamu alaykum, yaa ummatah, wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh, (peace be on you, mother, and th e mercy and blessings of Allaah)”. She would reply: “Wa alaykas-salaam, yaa bunayya, wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh (and on you be peace, my son, and the mercy and blessings of Allaah).

Often, he would also say: “May Allaah have mercy on you as you cared for me when I was small,” and she would reply: “May Allaah have mercy on you as you delivered me from error when I was old.”

Abu Hurayrah always encouraged other people to be kind and good to their parents. One day he saw two men walking together, one older than the other. He asked the younger one: “What is this man to you?” “My father,” the person replied. “Don’t call him by his name. Don’t walk in front of him and don’t sit before him,” advised Abu Hurayrah.

Muslims owe a debt of gratitude to Abu Hurayrah for helping to preserve and transmit the valuable legacy of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam. He died in the year 59 AH when he was 78 years old.

(Golden series of stories of sahabah, the companions of Prophet Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam)


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Story of Julaybib (a must read)

Story of Habib Ibn Zayd Al-Ansari

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compiled from Men around the Messenger, Aalimonline
Shaykh  Muhammad Sa3eed Raslaan. Pg 22/23

References:

(1) Saheeh Bukhari Volume 1, Book 3, Number 113

(2) Saheeh Bukhari Volume 1, Book 3, Number 119

Also narrated Ibrahim bin Al-Mundhir: Ibn Abi Fudaik narrated the same as above (Hadith…119) but added that the Prophet had moved his hands as if filling them with something and then he emptied them in the Rida’ of Abu Hurayrah. Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 3, Number 120

(3) Saheeh Bukhari Volume 1, Book 3, Number 118

One student of knowledge’s perseverance

A story by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah:

…And here [we will mention] another account from among the most extraordinary of narratives, which occurred with an Andalusian scholar when he traveled from al-Andalus to the East. He traveled this great distance walking on his two legs [without the help of a horse or camel on which to ride] in order to meet with an Imaam from among the [great] Imaams and to acquire knowledge from him. When he arrived there he found that the Imaam had been put under house arrest and banned from teaching the people. In spite of this, by utilizing some secretive and artful means, the Andalusian scholar was able to learn from him… And history is replete with such strange and interesting occurrences…

His name was Abu 3Abdur-Rahman Baqiyy bin Makhlad Al-Andalusi al-Haafidh. He was born in the year 201 [after the Hijra] and passed away in the year 276, may Allaah have mercy on him. He traveled to Baghdad by foot when he was about twenty years of age, and his deepest and most heart-felt desire was to meet with Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal and to study with him.

It is reported that he said:

“When I came close to Baghdad, the news reached me of the difficult trials that had encircled Ahmad bin Hanbal, and that meeting and communicating with him had been made prohibited. I was greatly grieved by this news. I lodged where I was, and the first thing I did after renting out a room for myself was go to the great masjid [of Baghdad]. I wanted to sit in the lessons there and hear what was being studied therein.

I came across a noble gathering for knowledge [at the masjid], in which a man was teaching about narrators of the hadith, elucidating upon the weaknesses of some narrators and the strength of others. I asked someone sitting next to me, ‘Who is that?’ and he replied, ‘That is Yahya bin Ma3een.’

I saw that a place had opened up [in the gathering] close to the teacher, so I moved to fill it and said to him, ‘Ya Aba Zakariyya, may Allaah have mercy on you. [I am a] stranger [among you], whose home is in a far distant place. I have some questions, so do not disdain me.’ He said to me, ‘Speak.’ So I asked him about some of the narrators of ahaadeeth I had met, and he praised some of them for their excellence, and warned about the weaknesses in others. I asked him a question about Hisham bin 3Ammar, and I had asked and gained a lot of knowledge from him […] when the people of the gathering called out, ‘That’s enough for you, may Allaah have mercy on you! Others have questions too!’

Finally, as I was standing up [to leave], I said, “Can you inform me about one other person: What about Ahmad bin Hanbal?”

Yahya ibn Ma3een looked at me astounded, and said, ‘Can such as us judge a person like Ahmad bin Hanbal!  He is the Imam of the Muslims, the best among them and the most honorable of them.”

I left the masjid and asked to be directed to the home of Imam Ahmad. I knocked on his door, and he answered it. I said, “Ya Aba 3Abdillaah, I am a stranger from a far distant place, and this is my first time entering upon this land. I am a student of hadeeth and one who is bound to the Sunnah. I made this journey only to meet you.”

He said, “Enter from the alleyway to the side, and let no eye fall upon you.”

He then said to me, “Where is your home?”

I said, “The distant west.”

He asked, “Africa?’

I said, “Further than that. I would have to travel across the sea to get from my home to Africa. It is al-Andalus.”

He said: “Your home is indeed a great distance from here. And there is nothing more beloved to me than to help someone like you attain what you are seeking, but for that I am being tried with this difficulty, which you may already be aware of…”

I replied, “Indeed the reached me as I was approaching the city and coming towards you… Ya Aba 3Abdillaah, this is my first time in this land, and I am unknown to its people. If you allow me, I will come to you each day in the garb of a beggar, and I will speak the way that they speak, and you can come to the door. If you narrate to me only one hadith each day [in this way], it would suffice me.”

He agreed, on the condition that I did not attend the gatherings of knowledge and did not meet with the [local] scholars of hadith [so that I would remain unknown among the people].

So I would carry a walking stick in my hand and wrap an old rag around my head, and I would hide my papers and writing instruments in my sleeve, and I would go to his door and call out, “[Give in charity] for the reward of Allaah, may Allaah have mercy on you!” as the other beggars there used to do. He would come out and close the door behind him, and narrate to me two ahadeeth or three or sometimes more, until I had collected about three hundred ahadeeth in this way.

I remained constant in doing this until the ruler who was trying Imaam Ahmad died, and in his place came someone who adhered to the madhab of the Sunnah. Imaam Ahmad then returned to his teaching and his name became renowned, and he became honored and loved among the people. His rank was elevated, and many people flocked to him to study.

He would always remember my perseverance in seeking to learn from him. When I would attend his lessons he would make room for me to sit close to him, and he would say to the other students, ‘This is someone who has earned the title of Talib ul-3Ilm!’ and he would tell them my story. He would narrate hadeeth to me, and I would recite them to him.

One day I became ill, and I was absent from his classes for some time. He asked [the other students] about me and when he heard that I was ill he rose immediately to visit me, and the students followed. I was laying down in the room which I rented, a [cheap] woolen blanket beneath me, a thin cloth covering me, my books near my head [so that I could study laying down].

The lodging literally shook with the sound of many people [entering], and I heard them say ‘That’s him over there…’ […] The lodge-keeper rushed to me, saying ‘Ya 3Abd ar-Rahman, Abu 3Abdullaah Ahmad bin Hanbal, Imaam of the Muslims, has come to visit you!’

The Imaam entered my room and sat at my bedside, and the lodging filled up with his students. It wasn’t large enough to fit all of them and a group of them had to remain standing, all of them with pens in hand. Imaam Ahmad said to me, “Ya 3Abd ar-Rahman, have glad tidings of reward from Allaah. In days of health we often fail to reflect upon illness, and in days of illness we don’t remember our health. I ask that Allaah raise you to good health and wellbeing, and may He touch you with His right hand in healing.”

And I saw every pen in the room moving to write down his words.

He left. The workers of my lodge were very kind to me after that, and were constantly in my service, one of them bringing me a mat to lay on, another bringing a good blanket and wholesome food for me to eat. They treated me better than family because such a righteous person came to visit me…”

He passed away in the year 276 [after Hijrah] in al-Andalus. May Allaah have mercy on him.

[…] His student Abu 3Abdul Malik Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Qurtubi said of him: ‘Baqiyy bin Makhlad was tall, strong, and had tough endurance in walking. I never saw him on a ride, ever. He was humble and unpretentious, and would always attend the funeral prayer.’

How excellent was his patience and his passion for sacred knowledge, and how beautiful his struggle to attain and collect it!


A story from the book “Safahaat min Sabr al-Ulama” [Glimpses of the Perseverance of the Scholars] by Sh. Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah:

Story of Habib Ibn Zayd Al-Ansari

“And the foremost to embrace Islaam from the Muhaajireen and the Ansaar and also those who followed them in goodness,  Allaah is well-pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success”.
[soorah At-Tawbah, v:100]

Story of Habib Ibn Zayd Al-Ansari

He grew up in a home filled with the fragrance of iman, and in a family where everyone was imbued with the spirit of sacrifice. Habib’s father, Zayd ibn Asim, was one of the first persons in Yathrib to accept Islam and his mother, the celebrated Nusaybah bint Kab known as Umm Ammarah, was the first woman to bear arms in defence of Islam and in support of the blessed Prophet.

Habib, still at a tender age, was privileged to go with his mother, father, maternal aunt and brother to Makkah with the pioneering group of seventy five who pledged fealty to the Prophet at Aqabah and played a decisive role in shaping the early history of Islam.

At Aqabah, in the darkness of the night, the young Habib stretched out his small hand and pledged loyalty to the Prophet. From that day, the Prophet, peace and blessings of God on him, became dearer to Habib than his own mother or father and Islam became more important to him than any care for his personal safety.

Habib did not participate in the Battle of Badr because he was too young. Neither did he have the opportunity to take part in the battle of Uhud because he was still considered too young to bear arms. Thereafter, however, he took part in all the engagements which the Prophet fought and in all he distinguished himself by his bravery and willingness to sacrifice.

Although each of these battles had its own importance and was demanding in its own way, they served to prepare Habib for what was to prove the most terrible encounter of his life, the violence of which is profoundly soul-shaking

Let us follow this awesome story from the beginning.

By the ninth year after the Hijrah, Islam had spread widely and had become the dominant force in the Arabian peninsula. Delegations of tribes from all over the land converged on Makkah to meet the Messe nger of God, peace be upon him, and announce before him, their acceptance of Islam.

Among these delegations was one from the highlands of Najd, from the Banu Hanilab. At the outskirts of Makkah, the members of the delegation tethered their mounts and appointed Musaylamah ibn Habib as their spokesman and representative. Musaylamah went to the Prophet, peace be upon him. and announced his people’s acceptance of Islam. The Prophet welcomed them and treated them most generously. Each, including Musaylamah, was presented with a gift.

On his return to Najd the ambitious and self-seeking Musaylamah recanted and gave up his allegiance to the Prophet. He stood among the people and proclaimed that a prophet had been sent by God to the Banu Hanifah just as God had sent Muhammad ibn Abdullah to the Quraysh. For various reasons and under a variety of pressures, the Banu Hanilab began to rally around him. Most followed him out of tribal loyalty or asabiyyah. Indeed one member of the tribe declared: “I testify that Muhammad is indeed truthful and that Musaylama  is indeed an imposter. But the imposter of Rabiah (the tribal confederation to which the Banu Hanilab belonged) is dearer to me that the genuine and truthful person from Mudar (the tribal confederation to which the Quraysh belonged).

Before long, the number of Musaylamah’s followers increased and he felt powerful, powerful enough to write the following letter to the Prophet, peace be upon him: “From Musaylamah, the messenger of God to Muhammad, the messenger of God. Peace be on you. I am prepared to share this mission with you. I shall have (control over) half the land and you shall have the other half. But the Quraysh are an aggressive people.”

“By Allaah,”said the Prophet, “were it not for the fact that emissaries are not killed I would have smitten both your necks.”

He then wrote to Musaylamah:“In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Compassionate. From Muhammad the Messenger of Allaah, to Musaylamah the imposter. Peace be upon whoever follows the guidance. Allaah will bequeath the earth to whosoever of His servants He wishes and the final triumph will be for those who are careful of their duty to Allaah.” He sent the letter with the two men.

Musaylamah’s evil and corrupting influence continued to spread and the Prophet considered it necessary to send another letter to him inviting him to abandon his misguided ways. The Prophet chose Habib ibn Zayd to take this letter to Musaylamah.

Habib was by this time in the prime of his youth and a firm believer in the truth of Islam with every fiber of his being. Habib undertook his mission eagerly and proceeded as quickly as he could to the highlands of the Najd, the territory of the Banu Hanilab. He presented the letter to Musaylamah.

Musaylamah was convulsed with bitter rage. His face was terrible to behold. He ordered Habib to be put in chains and to be brought back before him the following day.

On the following day, Musaylamah presided over his assembly. On his right and on his left were his senior advisers, there to further his evil cause. The common people were allowed to enter. He then ordered Habib, shackled in his chains, to be brought before him.

Habib stood in the midst of this crowded, hate-filled gathering. He remained upright, dignified and proud like a sturdy spear firmly implanted in the ground, unyielding.

Musaylamah turned to him and asked: “Do you testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah?”

“Yes,” Habib replied. “I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.”

Musaylamah was visibly angry. “And do you testify that I am the Messenger of Allaah?” He was almost insisting, rather than questioning.

“My ears have been blocked against hearing what you claim,” replied Habib.

Musaylamah’s face changed color, his lips trembled in anger and he shouted to his executioner, “Cut off a piece of his body.”

With sword in hand, the menacing executioner advanced towards Habib and severed one of his limbs.

Musaylamah then put the same question to him once more and Habib’s answers were the same.

He affirmed his belief in Muhammad as the Messenger of Allaah and at the expense of his own life he refused to acknowledge the messengership of any other.

Musaylamah thereupon ordered his henchman to cut off another part of Habib’s body. This fell to the ground beside the other severed limb. The people looked on in amazement at Habib’s composure and steadfastness.

Faced with Musaylamah’s persistent questioning and the terrible blows of his henchman, Habib kept on repeating: “I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.”

Habib could not survive this torture and these inhuman atrocities much longer and he soon passed away. On his pure lips, as his life-blood ebbed away, was the name of the blessed Prophet to whom he had pledged loyalty on the night of Aqabah, the name of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allaah.

News of Habib’s fate reached his mother and her reaction was simply to say: “It was for such a situation that I prepared him… He pledged allegiance to the Prophet on the night of Aqabah as a small child and today as an adult he has given his life for the Prophet. If Allaah were to allow me to get near to Musaylamah, I would certainly make his daughters smite their cheeks and lament over him.”

The day that she wished for was not long in coming. After the death of the Prophet, peace be on him, Abu Bakr declared war on the imposter. With the Muslim army that went out to confront the forces of Musaylamah were Habib’s mother, Nusaybah, and another of her courageous sons, Abdullaah ibn Zayd.



At the Battle of Yamamah which ensued, Nusaybah was seen cutting through the ranks of fighting men like a lioness and calling out: “Where is the enemy of Allaah? Show me the enemy of Allaah ?” When she eventually reached Musaylamah, he had already perished. She looked at the body of the vain imposter and cruel tyrant and felt serene. A grave threat to the Muslims had been removed and the death of her beloved son, Habib, had been avenged.

At Habib’s death, the noble Prophet had commended him and his entire family and had prayed: “May Allaah bless this household. May Allaah have mercy on this household.”

(Golden series of stories of sahabah, the companions of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam)

Original source: “Companions of the Prophet” by Abdul Wahid Hamid.

Story of Julaybib


is name was unusual and incomplete. Julaybib means “small grown” being the diminutive form of the word “Jalbab.” The name is an indication that Julaybib was small and short, even of dwarf-like stature. More than that, he is described as being “damim” which means ugly, deformed, or of repulsive appearance.

Even more disturbing, for the society in which he lived, Julaybib’s lineage was not known. There is no record of who his mother of his father was or to what tribe he belonged. This was a grave disability in the society in which he lived. Julaybib could not expect any compassion or help, any protection or support from a society that placed a great deal of importance on family and tribal connections.

In this regard, all that was known of him was that he was an Arab and that, as far as the new community of Islam was concerned, he was one of the Ansar.

Perhaps he belonged to one of the outlying tribes beyond Madinah and had drifted into the city or he could have even been from among the Ansar of the city itself.

The disabilities under which Julaybib lived would have been enough to have him ridiculed and shunned in any society and in fact he was prohibited by one person, a certain Abu Barzah of the Aslam tribe, from entering his home. He once told his wife: “Do not let Julaybib enter among you. If he does, I shall certainly do (something terrible to him).” Probably because he was teased and scoffed at in the company of men, Julaybib used to take refuge in the company of women.

Was there any hope of Julaybib being treated with respect and consideration?

Was there any hope of his finding emotional satisfaction as an individual and as a man?

Was there any hope of his enjoying the relationships which others take for granted?

(more…)

The Story of Abu Ghayth al-Makki

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

From the signs of truthfulness is fear of Allah ; for the truthful with conviction fears consuming from what is impermissible and bears poverty and hardship for the sake of Islam. If he commits sin then he does not sleep until he returns to his Lord and repents, in order to free himself from the sin, and its burden.

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari:
I was in Makkah during the season of Hajj and I saw a man from Khurasaan calling out to the people: “Oh pilgrims, oh people of Makkah – from those who are present and those far off, I have lost a pouch that contains a thousand dinars. So whoever returns the pouch, Allah will reward them with good, save them from the hell fire, and His bounty and favors will be acquired on the Day of Accounting (Day of Judgment).”

An old man from the people of Makkah approached him and said: “Oh Khurasaani, our city is in a very tough condition, and the days of hajj are few, and its season is appointed, and the doors of profit-making are closed. This money might fall in the hands of a believer who is poor and old in age. Maybe he plans to give it if you make a promise that you will give him a little bit of money that is halal (permissible) for him to use.”

The Khurasaani said: “How much does he want?”

The old man said: “He wants one-tenth of the money (a hundred dinars).”

The Khurasaani said: “No. I will not grant him the money and instead I will take my case to Allah, and complain to Him on the day we meet Him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in.”

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: “I realized that it was the old man is poor, and he was the one who took the pouch of dinars and wishes to have a little portion of it. So I followed him until he returned to his home. My assumptions were confirmed. I heard him calling onto his wife: “Oh Lubabah.”

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