Keep Smiling

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Abdullah ibn Haarith (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

“I did not see anyone who smiled more than Rasulullah (Messenger of Allah, Muhammad; may Allah’s peace be upon him)”

[Shamaa-il Tirmidhi; Source QuranWeekly.com]

Comparing with Others

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

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

Look at those below you and not those above you.  It is better for you, so that you do not deny Allah’s blessings on you.

[Bukhari and Muslim; as quoted in: ‘The Fundamentals of Tawheed,’ by Dr. Bilal Philips]

Arrogance

February 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Narrated Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him):

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

“No one will enter Paradise who has even a mustard-seed’s weight of arrogance in his heart, and no one will enter Hell who has even a mustard-seed’s weight of faith in his heart.”

[Sunan Ibn Majah; Ch. 1, Hadith 59]
Source: http://ahadith.co.uk

Repel Evil with Good

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Almighty Allaah said (translation):

The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal.  Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allah ordered the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly), then verily! he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.

[Quran, Surat Fussilat (41):34]

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]

Being Considerate of Others

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

One should not push to get to the Black Stone (during Hajj or ‘Umrah) as the Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said:

‘Umar, you are a strong man, so do not harm the weak and when you wish to touch it [Black Stone], wait until it becomes free and if not then face it and say Allahu Akbar.

[Ahmad; as quoted in ‘A Manual on the Rites of Hajj,’ by Sh. Alee ibn Wahf al-Qahtaani]

Personal Hygiene

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) related that:

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) prescribed for us the shortening of the mustache, clipping the fingernails, shaving the pubic hair, plucking under the armpits, and not to leave any of these for more than forty days.

[Muslim, an-Nisaa’ee, and Ibn Maajah; as quoted  in ‘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.]

Give your Brother an Excuse

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Humayd at-Taweel narrates on the authority of Abu Qulaabah who said:

If displeasing news reaches you about your [Muslim] brother, then do your best to find an excuse for him, and if you are unable to find an excuse for him, then tell yourself:

“Maybe there is an excuse for my brother which I do not know of.”

[Sifatus-Safwah – Volume 3, Page 238;
Source:  http://www.fatwa-online.com/wordsofwisdom/manners/0110918.htm]

Note:  This is not a saying of the Prophet Muhammad or his companions.

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]