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Two traits…

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Two traits are not combined in a believer: stinginess and bad morals.

 

Source:  Islamic Online University

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Pride and Insolence

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Almighty Allah said (translation):

“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth.  Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster.”

[Quran, Surat Luqmān(31):18]

Numerous Ways of Charity

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said:

“Giving in charity is an obligation upon every Muslim”. It was said (to him): “What about one who does not find (the means) to do so?”  He (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said, “Let him work with his hands, thus doing benefit to himself and give in charity.”  It was said to him: “What if he does not have (the means) to do so?”  He (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said, “Then let him assist the needy, the aggrieved.”  It was said: “What about if he cannot even do this?”  He (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said, “Then he should enjoin good.”  He was asked: “What if he cannot do that?”  He (the Prophet; may Allah’s peace be upon him) said, “He should then abstain from evil, for verily, that is a charity from him”.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Taken from:
http://www.alssunnahnet.com/en/articles.aspx?article_no=2749

Preach and Practice

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Jundub (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said:

“The example of a scholar who teaches people goodness and forgets himself is like a lamp which illuminates for the people but burns itself.”

[Reported by At-Tabarany in Al Mu`jam Al Kabir 2/178, No. (1681) and Al Albany graded it as good.]

Taken from:
http://www.alssunnahnet.com/en/articles.aspx?article_no=2606

Do not Haste

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said:

O people, calmly, calmly.
[Muslim] 

He said at the time when the people were making clamour, were jostling noisily and the camels were making noise:

O people, go calmly for walking in haste is not from righteousness.
[al-Bukharee and Muslim] 

[Source: ‘A Manual on the Rites of Hajj,’ by Sh. Alee ibn Wahf al-Qahtaani]

On Returning from a Journey

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

It is recommended to gather ones friends and to feed them on returning from a journey, as the Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him) used to do.

Jaabir bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) related that:

Whenever the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) returned to al-Madeenah he sacrificed a camel or a cow.
[Muslim]

This food which is presented after a journey is known as al-Naqee’ah.  This hadeeth shows that feeding the Imaam, the leader or ones friends upon returning from a journey was a recommended act with the salaf [companions of the Prophet and early generations].
[Source:  ‘A Manual on the Rites of Hajj,’ by Sh. Alee ibn Wahf al-Qahtaani; p40.]

Serve Others First

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Abu Qatadah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (may Allah’s peace be upon him), said:

“He who serves others with drinking water should be the last to drink himself.”

[At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary from Riyad-us-Saliheen:  Referring to this Hadith, Imam An-Nawawi stresses the manner of serving food or drink and says that the distributor should have his share in the end.
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 115, #773.  Dar-us-Salaam]