Reminders from the Sunnah.
To members of Slaves of Allah.
By: Fareeda Amathullah
In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious and the All Compassionate
Reminders from the Sunnah
AI-lbaanah Issue No.2
Rabee’ul-Awwal 1416H / August 1995
Abu Hurayrah radiallahu ‘anhu related that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said: “Allaah created mercy in one hundred parts and sent down to earth only one part. Because of this one part there is mutual love amongst creation, so much so that an animal will lift up its hoof from its young one, fearing that it might harm it. Allah has reserved the remaining ninety-nine parts of this mercy to favour His believing servants on the Day of Judgment. ” 1
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab radiallaahu ‘anhu related: Once there was a women who was frantically searching for someone amongst the prisoners of war who had been brought to the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam. When she found a child amongst the prisoners, she took it and pressed it against her chest for it to suckle. At that point the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam turned to his Companions and said: “Do you think that this woman will ever allow her child to be thrown into a fire?” They said: By Allaah! As far as it lies within her power, she will never allow the child to be thrown into a fire. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam then said: “Indeed Allaah is kinder to His servants than this woman is to her child.” 2
‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar rad iallaahu ‘anhu relates that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam mounted the pulpit and said in a loud voice: “O You who have accepted Islaam with your tongues, but in whose heart eemaan (faith) has not yet entered! Do not annoy the Muslims’ nor revile them, nor seek out their faults For whosoever seeks out the fault of his brother Muslim, Allaah will seek out his faults. He whose faults are sought out by Allaah, then Allaah will expose him, even if he is inside his house. ” 3
‘Ubaadah ibn as-Saamit radiallaahu `anhu related that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said: “Whosoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and the believing women, Allaah will record for that person – equivalent to every believing man and believing woman -a good deed.” 4
The Best Islaam
‘Amr ibn ‘Abasah radiallaahu `anhu said: I came to the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam and said: O Messenger of Allaah! Who is with you in this matter: He said: “A free man and a slave. ” 5 I asked: What is Islaam? He replied: “Good speech and serving food.” I asked: What is eemaan (faith)? He replied: “Sabr (patience) and excellence.” I asked: What Islaam is the most excellent? He replied: the one from whose hands and tongue other Muslims are safe. ” I asked: Whet eemaan is most excellent? He replied: “Good character. “I asked: What Prayer is most excellent? He replied: “Standing in humility and recitation for a long while. ” I asked: Which hijrah (migration) is most excellent: He replied: “That you leave that which your Lord hates.”I asked: What Jihaad is most excellent? He replied: That in which one’s stead is injured and one’s blood is shed.”I asked: What hour is most excellent? He replied: the last half of the night.” 6
Abu Jaree Jaabir ibn Saleem said: I have seen a man whose opinion is followed, he does not say anything except that they take it. I said: Who is this? They said: This is the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi ma sallam. I said (twice): ‘Alaykus-salaam (upon you be Allaah’s prayers) O Messenger of Allaah. He said: “Do not say ‘alayhis-salaam, for that is the greeting of the dead, rather say: as-salaamu ‘alayka. ” I said: Are you the Messenger of Allaah? He said: “I am Allaah’s Messenger, whom if an affliction touches you and you were to invoke Him, He removes it. And if a year of famine comes upon you and you invoke Him, He causes the crops to sprout for you. And if you were in a water-less desert and your she-camel strays and you invoke Him, He returns it to you. “I said: Give me advice. He said: “Do not abuse anyone. “After that, I did not abuse any free man, slave, camel or sheep. He said: “Do not look down upon any good work, and when you speak to your brother then be cheerful to him by your face, and that is from goodness. Raise your izaar (lower garement) half way up your shin, if you are averse to this, then just above your ankles. Beware of letting the izaar hang down, for it is from pride, and Allaah does not like pride. And if a man abuses and shames you for a thing which he finds in you, then do not shame him for a thing you find in him; he will bear the evil consequences for it. “7
1. Related by al-Bukhaaree (4/223-224) and Muslim (8/96-97). 2. Related by Muslim (no.6635). 3. Related by Muslim. 4. Hasan: Related by al-Haythamee in Majma’az-Zawaa’id (1/210) where he said: “The isnaad is jayyid.” 5. Meaning Abu Bakr and Bilaal, radiallaahu `anhumaa. 6. Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (5/385) and it was authenticated by al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no.551). 7. Saheeh: Related by Abu Daawood (no.4084), Ahmad (5/63 -64) and al-Haakim (4/186) who authenticated it, as did Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood (no.3442).