Monday, March 31, 2014

Urwah ibn al-Zubayr (II)

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Man will be tested according to the strength of his faith: The stronger his faith, the more severe his trial, and the weaker his faith, the lighter his trial. The believer will be continually tested until he walks on earth with all his wrong actions forgiven.” [Bukhari]

Then Urwah got gangrene in his leg and al-Walid sent doctors to him who suggested that the leg should be amputated otherwise the gangrene would spread to the rest of his body and kill him. Urwah agreed.

The doctors asked Urwah whether he would drink intoxicants to ease the pain. He said, “Allah is testing me to see the extent of my patience. How could I go against His commands?”

The doctors began to remove his leg using a saw. When the saw reached the bone Urwah fainted, and when he came around, sweat was pouring down his face and he was repeating, “La ilah ill-Allah, Allahu akbar.” 

When the operation was over he picked up his leg and kissed it, then said, “I swear by the One Who mounted me on you, I never used you to walk to any place of wrong action or to any place where Allah would not like me to be.” 

Then he gave instructions that the leg should be washed, perfumed, wrapped in a cloth and buried in the Muslim graveyard. [Uddat as-Sabirin wa Dhakhirat ash-Shakirin by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah]

Source: Daily Hadith 
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Virtues of Laylatul Qadr

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

Imaam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said, “When Ramadan would come, the Messenger of Allaah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) would say,

“Verily, the month of Ramadaan has come to you all. It is a blessed month, which Allaah has obligated you all to fast. During it the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are shackled. In it there is a night that is better than one thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good, then he has truly been deprived.” (Ahmad 2:230. There is a witness for this narration from the Hadeeth of Anas bin Maalik in the books of the Sunan.)

An-Nasaa’ee recorded this same Hadeeth. Aside from the fact that worship during the Night of Al-Qadr is equivalent to worship performed for a period of one thousand months, it is also confirmed in the Two Saheehs from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said,

“Whoever stands (in prayer) during the Night of Al-Qadr with faith and expecting reward (from Allaah), he will be forgiven for his previous sins.”

Allaah (SWT) says in the Quran:

تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
“Therein descend the angels and the Ruh by their Lord’s permission with every matter.” (Surah Al Qadr 97:4)

Meaning, the angels descend in abundance during the Night of Al-Qadr due to its abundant blessings.

Allaah (SWT) also says in the Quran:

سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
“There is peace until the appearance of the dawn.” (Surah Al Qadr 97:5)

Sa’eed bin Masoor said, “Hushaym narrated to us on the authority of Abu Ishaaq, who narrated that Ash-Sha’bi said concerning Allaah’s statement:

“With every matter, there is a peace until the appearance of dawn.”

The angels are giving the greetings of peace during the Night of Al-Qadr to the people in the Masaajid until the coming of Fajr (dawn).

Source: Tafseer Ibn Kathir