by Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman
Most beloved people by Prophet Muhammad[salle allahu alai hi wa sallam]
Sahih Muslim HadithHadith 6791 Narrated byAbuHurayrah
Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: The people most loved by me from amongst my Ummah would be those who would come after me but everyone amongst them would have the keenest desire to catch a glimpse of me even at the cost of his family and wealth.
In Ummah some people will kill or imprison the others.
Sahih Muslim HadithHadith 6904 Narrated byThawban
Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: Allah drew the ends of the world together for my sake. I have seen its eastern and western ends. The dominion of my Ummah will reach those ends which have been drawn together near me and I have been granted the red and the white treasures. I begged my Lord that my Ummah should not be destroyed by famine, nor be dominated by a foreign enemy who will take their lives and destroy them root and branch. My Lord said: Muhammad, whenever I make a decision, there is none to change it. Well, I grant you that your Ummah will not be destroyed by famine, nor will it be dominated by a foreign enemy who will take their lives and destroy them root and branch, even if all the people from the different parts of the world join hands together (for this purpose). However, it will be from amongst them, viz. your Ummah, that some people will kill or imprison the others.
*Note:This is exactly what is happening from many years either sectarianism/ignorance or Mutual jealousy/rivalry.For Ex:The killing of Sunnites in Iraq by Shiaites.Kuffar play games with Muslims and Muslims due to ignorance harm their brotherhood.
Right from the days when Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a young man in Makkah, he was known to be trustworthy. No one ever accused him of betraying trust in any way or form. On the contrary, he was known by his nickname, Al-Ameen, which means the trustworthy. His community gave him this nickname long before he began to receive divine revelations. Indeed Khadeejah was keen to become his wife when she realized how honest and trustworthy he was. She had sent him on a business trip, looking after her trade on one of the traditional, annual trips the people of Makkah used to make, sending merchandise to Syria and bringing home commodities people needed. When she received reports of how he behaved himself, she realized that he was a man of great fidelity, conscientiously faithful to his trust. Hence, she took steps that led to her becoming his first wife. He valued her companionship and they were the happiest of couples.
A few years before Muhammad was given his mission and became the last Prophet, the people of Makkah wanted to renovate the building of the Kaaba, the holy place. They did so, and all clans shared in the work, taking pride in it. However, when finally they wanted to put the Black Stone in place, they ran into dispute. They considered that action a source of honor, and every clan wanted it for itself. No length of argument could get them to agree on a solution. The dispute threatened to develop into a real battle. However, some wise men among them suggested that they should refer the matter to arbitration. They all agreed to this, and further agreed to make the first person to enter through a certain door the arbiter. Soon Muhammad came in and they were delighted when they saw him, because they recognized his objectivity and fair mindedness. They said: “Here is Al-Ameen, and we agree to his rule.” It should be noted that they did not say, ‘Here is Muhammad’, but rather they referred to him by his nickname, which highlighted his main quality of faithfulness to trust and assured reliability.
Muhammad listened to their argument and soon came up with the solution that satisfied them all. He placed the Black Stone on a robe and asked every clan to nominate one of its members. These nominees lifted the robe together, and took it to its position, when he himself placed it in its proper corner. Thus, the dispute was settled and a flare up was avoided.
Throughout his life in Makkah, people gave Muhammad their valuables for safe-keeping. At the time, there were no banks, safes or secure storage. Hence, when anyone had something, which he feared to be lost or stolen if left at home, he would give it to Muhammad, knowing for certain that it was safe with him. His reputation for trustworthiness was never called in doubt. People simply gave him whatever they needed to be kept safe. They continued to do so after he started to preach his message. The overwhelming majority of the people in Makkah did not accept his message. Many accused him of lying. Still they trusted him with their valuables. How come? Their accusation meant that he fabricated something and attributed it to God. In other words, they asserted he was lying to God, yet they trusted him.
Their trust was well placed. They had no reason to fear that Muhammad would betray it. When things came to a head and his people decided to assassinate him, they chose a man from every clan to share in the ghastly crime. These men went and besieged his home. The Prophet managed to move out, but before doing so he asked his cousin, Ali, to sleep in his bed to give the impression that he was still there. He also asked Ali to return to the people of Makkah all their valuables they had given him for safe-keeping. It is amazing that these people could not see the facts they recognized and acknowledged, that Muhammad was the symbol of trust and that he never told a lie, meant that what he told them about the message God entrusted to him was the absolute truth.
Yet trustworthiness means more than returning goods and articles to their owners. It involves being true in all actions and transactions. Muhammad was the very symbol of that. He never breached a promise he gave and never told a lie, not even in jest. Whatever he said or did was based on truth, good will and reliability. Hence, no one who dealt with him in any manner ever complained of any breach of even the highest standards of reliability.
This quality he emanated to all members of his household. His wives continued to follow his example for the rest of their lives. Some of them lived several decades after he had passed away, but they continued on the same lines. Those who served him in one capacity or another, did likewise. They all realized that they could not have a better role model in dealing with people. He was the best teacher and they all learnt from him what served them well in their lives.
Published in Saudi News Paper By: Adil Salahi
Allah has specified the qualities of successful believers who will inherit the Highest Paradise, Jannah Al-Firdous, in the Qur’an. One of them is Khushoo’.
“Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness (Khushoo’).” (Qur’an, 23:1,2)
The term ‘Salah’, is derived from the root word ‘Silh’ which means connection i.e. the connection between us and Allah.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “When anyone of you stands for prayer, he is conversing with his Rabb, so let him pay attention to how he speaks to Him.” (Al-Hakim, Al Mustadrak, 1/236; Sahih Al-Jami’ no.1538)
Consider three types of houses:
• A king’s house: filled with treasures, but with guards on all four corners.
• A haunted house, which is very dark.
• A common man’s house: filled with his savings and treasure.
Now, if a thief comes to steal from one of the three houses which one will he choose? Obviously, the house of the common man because it has something of value and is not guarded.
This is the example of our hearts. The first is similar to the hearts of prophets i.e. well-guarded, the second is the heart of those who don’t believe in Allah as He deserves, and the third is similar to the heart of common believer like you and me. This is why Shaitan attacks our hearts and that’s why we sometimes find ourselves praying with Khushoo’ and sometimes not.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) has asked us to seek refuge in Allah from Satan.
Abul Aas once asked, “O Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the Shaitan interrupts me when I pray, and I get confused in my recitation.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “That is Shaitan (whose name) is Khanzab. If you sense his presence, seek refuge with Allah from him (i.e. say A’oodhu billaahi min-ash-Shaitaan-ir-rajeem), and spit (dry spitting) towards your left three times.” Abul Aas said: “I did that and Allah took him away from me.” (Sahih Muslim, no. 2203)
Apart from this, try to prepare for Salah in advance. Have Wudhu before the Adhan. Answer the Adhan and say the Du’a the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us to say after hearing the Adhan. Go to the mosque in advance. Avoid unnecessary talk before prayer, instead try to be busy with Tasbeeh and Istighfar. When you’re praying at home, recite different Surahs and not just the smallest ones you keep repeating all the time.
And most importantly think about the greatness of Who you are going to stand in front of in prayer.
THE full name of Imam Muslim is Abul Husain Muslim Ibn Al-Hajjaj Al-Qushairi An-Naisaburi. He belonged to the Qushair tribe of the Arabs, an offshoot of the great clan of Rabi’ah. He was born in Nishapur in AH 202/817 CE or AH 206/821 CE. His parents were religiously minded persons and as such he was brought up in a pious atmosphere. This left such an indelible impression on his mind that he spent the whole of his life as a God-fearing person and always adhered to the path of righteousness. He was in fact a righteous man of high caliber. His excellent moral character can be well judged from the simple fact that he never indulged in backbiting, a very common human failing.
Imam Muslim traveled widely to collect Traditions in Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq, where he attended the lectures of some of the prominent scholars of his time such as Ishaq Ibn Rahwaih, Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Ubaidullah Al-Qawariri, Qutaibah Ibn Sa’id, Abdullah Ibn Maslamah, Harmalah Ibn Yahya, and others.
Having finished his studies, he settled down at Nishapur. There he came into contact with Imam Al-Bukhari and was so much impressed by his vast knowledge of Hadith and his deep insight into it that he kept himself attached to him up to the end of Al-Bukhari’s life. He was an ardent admirer of another great teacher of Hadith, Muhammad Ibn Yahya Adh-Dhuhali and attended his lectures regularly. But when the difference of opinion between Muhammad Ibn Yahya and Imam Al-Bukhari, on the issue of the creation of the Qur’an, sharpened into hostility, Imam Muslim sided with Imam Al-Bukhari and abandoned Muhammad Ibn Yahya altogether. He was thus a true disciple of Imam Al-Bukhari.
Imam Muslim wrote many books and treatises on Hadith, but the most important of his works is the collection entitled Al-Jami’ As-Sahih. Some Hadith commentators are of the opinion that in certain respects it is the best and most authentic work on the subject.
ISLAM establishes a relationship with the people of different faith on the basis of tolerance, justice, benevolence, and mercy. The basis of this relationship is Allah’s saying in the Qur’an: “Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity. It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allah forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the Zalimun (wrongdoers – those who disobey Allah).” (Al-Mumtahanah: 8- 9)
According to the Qur’an, Muslims are required to deal with all people kindly and justly as long as they do not oppose or oppress Muslims or place obstacles in the way of spreading Islam.
Of non-Muslims, Islam gives special consideration for the People of the Book, that is, Jews and Christians, whether they reside in a Muslim society or not.
Being a divine religion revealed to guide all mankind, Islam tackles all aspects of man’s life, regardless of whether he believes in it or not. That is why we see it granting many rights and privileges to non-Muslim citizens of the Islamic state. Muslims are ordered to show full consideration to this injunction and give due respect to non-Muslims’ places of worship, which are part and parcel of their property enjoying full protection in Islam.
The people of Paradise will wear the most luxurious clothes, amongst other things, garments of silk and bracelets of gold, silver and pearls. Allah (swt) says:
“And their recompense will be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.” [76:12]
“…wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments will be of silk.” [22:23]
“‘Adn Paradise they will enter, therein will they be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments there will be of silk.” [35:33]
“…They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Rabb will give them a pure drink.” [76:21]
Their clothes will be colorful, including garments of green silk and brocade:
“..They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will recline therein on raised thrones. How good the recompense! How beautiful a couch to recline on.” [18:31]
“Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver..” [76:21]
Their clothing will be far superior to any man-made garment. al-Barraa ibn ‘Aadhib said, “A silken garment was brought to the Messenger (saw) and we began to admire its beauty and softness.” The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “The handkerchiefs of Sa’d ibn Mu’aadh are better than this.” [al-Bukhaari, Kitaab Bid’ al-Khalq, Baab Maa Jaa’a fi Sifat al-Jannah wan-Naar, Fath al-Baari, 6/319]
The Prophet (saw) also told us that the people of Paradise will have combs of gold and silver, and that they will perfume themselves with ‘Ud at-Teeb, even though the scent of musk will be emanating from their pure bodies. al-Bukhaari narrates from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (saw) said of those who will enter Paradise:
“Their vessels will be of gold and silver, their combs will be of gold and the coals of their incense-burners will be of aloe-wood [Abul-Yaman said, “of ‘Ud at-Teeb] and their sweat will be musk.” [al-Bukhaari, Kitaab Bid’ al-Khalq, Baab Maa Jaa’a fi Sifat al-Jannah wan-Naar, Fath al-Baari, 6/319]
Their jewellery will include crowns. at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah report from al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’d Yakrib that among the honors bestowed upon the martyr will be: “..there will be placed upon his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it.” [Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 3/358, no. 3834, Saheeh Muslim, saheeh]
The clothing and jewellery of the people of Paradise will never wear out or fade. Muslim reports from Abu Hurayrah (ra) that the Prophet (saw) said, “Whoever enters Paradise is blessed, and will never be miserable, his clothes will never wear out and his youth will never fade away.” [Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab al-Jannah, Baab fi Dawam Na’eem al-Jannah, 4/2181, no. 2836]
Hasad is such a dangerous characteristic that Allah revealed verses of the Quran to be recited as a protection from the jealous,
Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of the daybreak, (113:1)
“From the evil of what He has created; (113:2)
“And from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away). (113:3)
“And from the evil of the witchcrafts when they blow in the knots, (113:4)
“And from the evil of the envier when he envies.” (113:5)
“Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.”
Hasad (jealousy and envy) is among the most destructive emotions or feeling which a man may have towards his fellow human being. It causes him to wish evil for others and to be happy when misfortune befalls them. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) warned against envy by comparing it to fire that completely burns wood. He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” [Abu Dawood]
Hasad is a disease of the heart and it causes impurity to the heart, when Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked who are the best of people? He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) replied: “the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue.” They asked: ‘We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a “clean heart” mean?’ he answered: ‘It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad.” [Ibn Majah]
At-Tirmidhee narrated from al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “There has come to you the disease of the nations before you, jealousy and hatred. This is the ‘shaver’ (destroyer); I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (destroys) faith?” [(Hasan) Jamee at-Tirmidhee (2434)]