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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.]

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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]  

 

Wasting Food

January 8, 2012 1 comment

Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) commanded the licking of fingers and the gleaning of the dish, saying:

“You do not know in which portion the blessing lies.”

[Muslim]

Commentary from Riyad-us-Saliheen:  This Hadith underlines the wisdom behind licking the fingers and the vessel.  The eater never knows whether a blessing underlies what has been eaten by him, or the particles sticking to his fingers and vessels contain it.  Those particles, therefore, should not be wasted; they should be made part of food by being licked.  They may be invested with a blessing and proved more useful for the eater’s health and strength.  Moreover, by this way he escapes disregarding the Bounty of Allah.
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 109, #750.  Dar-us-Salaam] 

Criticizing Food

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s peace be upon him) never found fault with food.  If he had inclination to eating it, he would eat; and if he disliked it, he would leave it.

 [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary from Riayad-us-Saliheen:  This Hadith throws light on the Prophet’s excellent manners which ought to be followed by all Muslims.  It is a deplorable state of affairs that when we find a dish a bit unsavoury, we lose our temper and create quite a scene in the house.  May we follow the excellent example of our Prophet (May Allah’s peace be upon him)!
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Ch. 101, #736. Dar-us-Salaam]

Feed, and Greet

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with him):

A man asked the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace be upon him), “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?”

The Prophet replied:

“To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know.”

[Sahih Bukhari; Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12]

Captives, Hungry, and the Sick

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Narrated Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him):

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

“Free the captives, feed the hungry and pay a visit to the sick.”

[Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 282.]

 

The Best People

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that:

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

The best people are those most beneficial to [other] people.

[Collected by at-Tabaranee and ad-Daaraqutnee; authenticated in Shaykh Al-Albani’s Saheeh al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer, No. 3289]