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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

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]  

 

Humility while Eaitng

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

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

“When a morsel of any of you falls, he should pick it up and remove any of the dirt on it and then eat it, and should not leave it for Satan nor should wipe his hand with towel until he has licked his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of the food the blessing lies.”

[Muslim]

Partial commentary from Riyad-us-Saliheen:  This Hadith tells us to pick up a fallen morsel and eat it after cleaning the dirt that may have stuck on it.  This marks the expression of humility overcoming Satan as well as getting the blessing…
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 109, #751.  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] 

Eating from what is in front of One

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

I was a boy under the care of Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him), and as my hand used to wander around in the dish, he (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said to me once:

“Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is in front of you.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary from Riayad-us-Saliheen:  ‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with them) had learnt table manners from Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) who was his stepfather and guardian. Hence, everybody is morally bound to teach his wards or children good manners.
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 104, #740.  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]

Being Dutiful to Parents

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

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

Allah’s Apostle Muhammad (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said, “Shall I inform you of the biggest of the great sins?” They said, “Yes, O Allah’s Apostle!”  He said:

“To join partners in worship with Allah, and to be undutiful to one’s parents.”

[Sahih Bukhari; Volume 8, Book 74, Number 290]

Simple Food

July 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Narrated ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her):

The family of Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace be upon him) had never eaten their fill of wheat bread for three successive days since they had migrated to Madina till the death of the Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him).

[Sahih Bukhari; Volume 8, Book 76, Number 461]

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]