Daily Beautiful Hadith : Eight or Twenty.
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “I guarantee an abode on the boundary of Paradise for him who gives up a quarrel, even if he is right.” [Abu Dawud]
“Will we pray twenty Rakaat for Taraweeh?”
“No, only eight are proven from the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).”
“In the time of Umar (radi Allahu anhu) the Sahabah prayed twenty Rakaat in Jamaat. Did they do something wrong then?!”
“The evidence for praying twenty is weak. We only saw our elders pray eight!”
“The evidence for eight is weak. We will pray twenty!”
In the early part of the twentieth century, in a village far from Cairo, the congregation in a Masjid was heatedly debating. Before this argument could turn into a fight, Hasan al-Banna, a stranger among them called out, “O brothers!” His tone caught everybody’s attention. “I have been witnessing your debate on the issue of Taraweeh for quite a while now. It is against the etiquettes of a Masjid to create commotion in it while the issue is getting more entangled than resolved. If you answer two questions for me this issue may get resolved. Will you permit me to ask you these questions?” Many raised their voices in affirmation.
“First, what is the Sharii Hukm, the ruling, regarding Taraweeh? Is it a Fard or a Nafl?” the stranger asked.
“It is a Nafl” replied many voices in unison.
“Excellent! Now tell me what the ruling is in Islam regarding the unity, brotherhood and love among Muslims. Is it a Fard or a Nafl?”
“It is a Fard,” replied the people.
“O brothers. Nafl is that deed which if at some time you do not perform it does not make you sinful while Fard is that thing which if neglected makes a person sinful. Is this correct?”
“Yes, this is absolutely true,” replied the crowd.
“’And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves.’ [Surah Aal-e-Imran, Ayat 103] Allah commands us to hold tightly together to His rope for infighting demoralizes and weakens resolve. ‘Do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear.’ [Surah al-Anfal, Ayat 46] Taraweeh is a Nafl while unity is a Fard. So you tell me what you would consider a person who creates disunity among Muslims for the implementation of a Nafl. Is he a well-wisher of the Ummah and Deen or an enemy?”
“An enemy, an enemy.”
“Should you aid the person who is driving wedges between people or reason with him to stop doing so?”
“We should try to stop him.”
“Is the issue of eight or twenty Rakaat dearer to you or the brotherhood of Muslims?”
“Unity and brotherhood!”
“If you desire the unity of Muslims you will have to sacrifice for it. Are you willing to sacrifice for it?”
“We are willing to make all kinds of sacrifices for it!”
“The only sacrifice you have to make is to follow the Imam you most trust or research you feel most satisfied with. Explain to others with evidence from the Quran and Sunnah but acknowledge and accept the other’s right to act according to his opinion and evidence, because every Muslim brings evidence to prove his position from the Quran and Sunnah. Nobody uses the Bible or Talmud to substantiate their claims. It is natural that there will be differences in the interpretation of Sharii evidence. Follow the ruling that you feel is correct and work together to bring into practice the fundamental issues of the Deen on which all Muslims are in agreement. When your enemy fires at you he will not differentiate between Shafeis and Hanafis, he will not care to see who prays eight Rakaat for Taraweeh and who prays twenty. In his eyes all who believe La-ilah-ill-Allah are his enemies. His success is in your infighting. The need of the hour is to rise above our differences of opinion and stand united against injustice, oppression and disbelief.”
Daily Beautiful Hadith : Don’t Be A Pig.
The Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam ( peace and blessings be upon him ) said: “Your faults should stop you from criticizing others.”
It’s easy to see others, front and back. It’s hard to see yourself properly without a mirror. And to see your back you need two mirrors. That is why we see the faults in others so easily while ours have to be pointed out to us and even then are hard to visualize.
We also tend to see in others what we want to see. Beautiful flowers are in bloom. Beneath the blooms is garbage on the ground. A pig will be drawn to the garbage while butterflies are attracted to the blooms. Don’t be a pig. See the good in people.
Daily Beautiful Hadith : All in Chain.
Anas bin Malik (radi Allahu anhu) reported: “The Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam ( peace and blessings be upon him ) cursed ten different kinds of people associated with alcoholic beverages: those who make it (directly), those who engage in making it, those who use it, those who carry it, those to whom it is carried, those who give it to others, those who sell it, those who use its money, those who purchase it, and those from whom it is purchased.”
Everybody in the chain of people leading to a person who drinks is cursed, even the person who passes it to another in the form of delivering it or passing it at a party. So harmful is alcohol to man and society that even our presence is forbidden where alcohol is consumed.When the instruction manual is from the manufacturer, the more detailed the guidelines for use the better the product will serve and last. Similarly, the more the rules from Allah our Creator, the better we will serve and last.
Daily Beautiful Hadith : Large or Small.
The Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “That which intoxicates in large quantities is also unlawful in small quantities.”
No drug addiction or alcoholism starts out as a full-blown problem day one. All such catastrophes start out with just a little experimentation, with mild substances, and “controlled” or “moderate” amounts. The more detailed the directions the easier it is to reach the destination. The Ayaat of the Quran and the Ahadith of the Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace and blessings be upon him) are our detailed instructions to safely and happily reach Jannah. We thank Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) for Islam, the best religion, for it has the clearest and most detailed instructions.
Daily Beautiful Hadith is about Death of a Child.
Reported by Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (RA) : The Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace and blessings upon him) said “When a man’s child dies, Allah, the Exalted, asks His angels, `Have you taken out the life of the child of My slave?’ and they reply in the affirmative. He (SWT) then asks, `Have you taken the fruit of his heart?’ and they reply in the affirmative. Thereupon He asks, `What did my slave say?’ They say: `He praised You and said: Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return).’ Allah says: `Build a house for my slave in Jannah and name it Baitul-Hamd (the House of Praise).’
[Tirmidhi - Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 153, 922]
One of the biggest sins a Muslim can do is despair in Allah’s mercy.
Who are YOU to define what Allah will or will not forgive?
Who are YOU to say Allah will not forgive?
Who are you to limit Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem’s mercy?
None of us are worthy of Allah’s mercy, but…
Daily Beautiful Hadith on Ease: Be Merciful To The Ignorant Man Who Urinated In The Masjid.
Abu Huraira (RA) reported: A bedouin stood in the mosque to urinate and the people rushed toward him. The Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace and blessings be upon him) said “Leave him alone and pour a bucket of water over it. Verily, you have been sent to make things easy and not to make things difficult.”
Source: Sahih Bukhari 217Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَت قَالَ قَامَ أَعْرَابِيٌّ فَبَالَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ فَتَنَاوَلَهُ النَّاسُ فَقَالَ لَهُمْ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ دَعُوهُ وَهَرِيقُوا عَلَى بَوْلِهِ سَجْلًا مِنْ مَاءٍ أَوْ ذَنُوبًا مِنْ مَاءٍ فَإِنَّمَا بُعِثْتُمْ مُيَسِّرِينَ وَلَمْ تُبْعَثُوا مُعَسِّرِينَ217 صحيح البخاري كتاب الوضوء باب صب الماء على البول في المسجد
Daily Beautiful Hadith : Begging.
Reported by Zubair bin `Awwam (RA): Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “It is far better for you to take your rope, go to the mountain, (cut some firewood) carry it on your back, and sell it and thereby save your face than begging from people whether they give you or refuse.”
[Bukhari - Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 59, 539]
Islam emphasizes hard work over begging. Even manual labour, which is so often looked down upon, is far better for one’s self respect compared to begging.
Daily Beautiful Hadith : Paradise For Uthman (RA).
Abu Musa al-Ashari (radi Allahu anhu) narrated: “While the Messenger of Allah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam ( peace and blessings be upon him ) was in one of the gardens of al-Madina, a man asked for the gate to be opened…. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) sat up and said, ‘Open it and give him the glad tidings of Paradise because of some turmoil that he will have to face.’ I went and saw that it was Uthman bin Affan (radi Allahu anhu). I opened (the gate) and gave him the glad tidings of Paradise. I said what he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had said and he (radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘O Allah, grant patience, and Allah is the One Whose help we seek.’”
Daily Beautiful Hadith : Disease Not Medicine.
A man asked the Messenger of Allah Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wasallam about wine and Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam prohibited it. When the man insisted that he prepared it as a medicine, Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said “It is not a medicine; it is a disease.”
The damage to life, health, family and society is far greater than the benefits of a moderate consumption of alcohol. Alcohol consumption is linked to more than 60 physical diseases, social ills aside! The benefits of alcohol are like the benefits of a tornado: The harm is so overwhelming that what benefit it brings you, you’re better off without! Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, ‘In both there is great sin, and some benefits for people. And their sin is greater than their benefit.’”
[Surah al-Baqarah, Ayat 219]