Charity · Daily-Hadith · Salah (Prayer)

By Allah, I would definitely fight him who makes distinction between Salat and the Zakat

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

When the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) passed away, Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) was appointed as his successor (caliph). Amongst the Arabs some men apostatised. Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) resolved to fight them. `Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) said to Abu Bakr: “How can you fight them when the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) has declared: `I have been commanded to fight people till they testify La ilaha illallah (there is no true god except Allah); and if they do it, their blood (life) and property are secured except when justified by law, and it is for Allah to call them to account.” Upon this Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “By Allah, I would definitely fight him who makes distinction between Salat and the Zakat, because it is an obligation upon the rich to pay Zakat. By Allah I will fight them even to secure the piece of rope which they used to give to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).” `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “I realized that Allah opened the heart of Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) for fighting those who refused to pay Zakat, and I fully recognized that Abu Bakr ¨(May Allah be pleased with him) was right.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Excellence and Obligation of the Payment of Zakat -Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen

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Great Rewards · Shaytan

Verily, he has told you the truth though he is a liar

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

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) put me in charge of charity of Ramadan (Sadaqat-ul-Fitr). Somebody came to me and began to take away some food-stuff. I caught him and said, “I must take you to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).” He said, “I am a needy man with a large family, and so I have a pressing need.” I let him go. When I saw the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) next morning, he asked me, “O Abu Hurairah! What did your captive do last night?” I said, “O Messenger of Allah! He complained of a pressing need and a big family. I felt pity for him so I let him go.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He told you a lie and he will return.” I was sure, according to the saying of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) that he would return. I waited for him. He sneaked up again and began to steal food-stuff from the Sadaqah. I caught him and said; “I must take you to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).” He said, “Let go of me, I am a needy man. I have to bear the expenses of a big family. I will not come back.” So I took pity on him and let him go. I went at dawn to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who asked me, “O Abu Hurairah! What did your captive do last night?” I replied, “O Messenger of Allah! He complained of a pressing want and the burden of a big family. I took pity on him and so I let him go.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He told you a lie and he will return.” (That man) came again to steal the food-stuff. I arrested him and said, “I must take you to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), and this is the last of three times. You promised that you would not come again but you did.” He said, “Let go of me, I shall teach you some words with which Allah may benefit you.” I asked, “What are those words?” He replied, “When you go to bed, recite Ayat-ul-Kursi (2:255) for there will be a guardian appointed over you from Allah, and Satan will not be able to approach you till morning.” So I let him go. Next morning the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) asked me, “What did your prisoner do last night.” I answered, “He promised to teach me some words which he claimed will benefit me before Allah. So I let him go.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) asked, “What are those words that he taught you?” I said, “He told me: `When you go to bed, recite Ayat-ul-Kursi from the beginning to the end  i.e.,[ Allah! none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi encompasses the heavens and the earth, and preserving them does not fatigue Him. And He is the Most High, the Most Great].’ (2:255). He added: `By reciting it, there will be a guardian appointed over you from Allah who will protect you during the night, and Satan will not be able to come near you until morning’.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Verily, he has told you the truth  though he is a liar. O Abu Hurairah! Do you know with whom you were speaking for the last three nights?” I said, “No.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He was Shaitan (Satan).”

[Al-Bukhari].

 Inducement towards the Recitation of some Special verses and Surah of the Noble Qur’an

Charity

On every Muslim there is enjoined (a compulsory) Sadaqa (alms)

589. Narrated Aboo moosa(Al-Ash’aree) (radhi Allaahu anhu) : The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,

“On every Muslim there is enjoined (a compulsory) Sadaqa (alms). “
They (the people) asked, “If one has nothing?”
Hesaid, “He should work with his hands so that he may benefit himself and give in charity.”

They said, “If he cannot work or does not work?”
He said, “Then he should help the oppressed unhappy person (by word or action or both).”

They said, “If he does not do it?”
He said, “Then he should enjoin what is good, or said, enjoin Al-Ma’roof (i.e. Islaamic Monotheism and all that Islaam ordians).”

They said, “If he does not do that?”
He said, “Then he should refrain from Ash-shar (doing evil – e.g. practising polytheism of different kinds and all that is evil and bad), for that will be considered for him as a Sadaqa (charity).

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth No. 51, Vol. 8]

Source : The Book Of Zakat : Chapter 16 – As – Sadaqa means alms, charity, Zakaat, etc.., and it also includs all types of Al-Ma’roof (i.e. Islaamic Monotheism and all types of good deeds). Al-Lulu Wal-Marjan,Compiled by : Fuwad Abdul-Baqi,Translated by : Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan

Character · Daily-Hadith

Envy is permitted only in two cases

1377. Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

“Envy is permitted only in two cases: A man whom Allah gives wealth, and he disposes of it rightfully, and a man to whom Allah gives knowledge which he applies and teaches it.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:  According to Imam An-Nawawis explanation, the word Hasad (jealousy) is used in the sense of Ghibtah  i.e., envy. In Islam, jealousy is forbidden and is held unlawful. The reason being that one who is jealous wants that the person, who possesses the quality of which he is jealous, be deprived of that quality. Envy is permissible for the reason that when one seems that a person has been graced by Allah with certain gifts and qualities, he also desires to be blessed with those gifts. In the latter case, he does not grumble and grieve but eagerly prays to Allah for those gifts. `Knowledge’ here stands for the knowledge of the Qur’an and Hadith because this knowledge alone is beneficial for man, and it is through this knowledge that correct judgements can be made among the people. This Hadith has an inducement for acquiring useful knowledge along with wealth to spend in the ways ordained by Allah.

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen – Book Twelve: The Book of Knowledge
Chapter 241 : Virtues of Knowledge which is Learnt and Taught for the sake of Allah

Daily-Hadith · Great Rewards · Salah (Prayer)

Whoever built a masjid, with the intention of seeking Allaah’s pleasure ..

309. Narrated ‘Ubaidullaah Al-Khaulaani (radhi Allaahu anhu) :

I heard ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhi Allaahu anhu) saying, when people argued too much about his intention to reconstruct the masjid of Allaah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam), “You have talked too much. I heard the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying,

‘Whoever built a masjid, with the intention of seeking Allaah’s pleasure, Allaah will build for him a similar place in Paradise.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth No. 441, Vol.1]

Source : The Book of Mosques and places of worship – Chapter 4 – The superiority of building mosques and exhortation to it. Al-Lulu Wal-Marjan, Compiled by : Fuwad Abdul-Baqi, Translated by : Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan

Daily-Hadith · Ibadah (Worship) · Siyam (Fasting)

As-Siyaam (fasting) is Junnah (protection or shield or a screen or a shelter from the Hell-fire)

706. Narrated Aboo Huraira (radhi Allaahu anhu):Allaah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,

As-Siyaam (fasting) is Junnah (protection or shield or a screen or a shelter from the Hell-fire). So, the person observing Saum should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should say to him twice, ‘I am observing Saum.’ “

The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) added,

“By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming from the mouth of a person observing Saum is better with Allaah (Subhanahu wata’alaa) than the smell of musk. (Allaah says about the fasting person), ‘He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The Saum is for Me.(*) So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.’ “

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth No. 118, Vol. 3]

(*) (H.706) Although all practices  of worshipping are for Allaah Alone, here Allaah  (Subhanahu wata’alaa) singles out Saum (fast), because Saum cannot be practised for the sake of showing off as nobody can know whether one is observing Saum or not, except Allaah. Therefore, fasting is a pure performance that cannat be blemished with hypocrisy. (Fath-ul-Baaree, Vol. 5, p. 10).

Source : The Book Of As-Siyaam (the fasting) – Chapter 29 – To protect one’s tongue (from evil talk) while observing Saum (fast). Al-Lulu Wal-Marjan,Compiled by : Fuwad Abdul-Baqi,Translated by :Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan

Salah (Prayer) · Tahara (Ablution)

He who performs ablution like this ablution of mine and then stood up (for prayer) and offered two rak’ahs of prayer ..

Humran, the freed slave of ‘Uthman, said: Uthman b. ‘Affan called for ablution water and this is how he performed the ablution.

He washed his hands thrice. He then rinsed his mouth and cleaned his nose with water (three times). He then washed his face three times, then washed his right arm up to the elbow three times, then washed his left arm like that, then wiped his head; then washed his right foot up to the ankle three times, then washed his left foot like that, and then said: I saw the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) perform ablution like this ablution of mine. Then the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: He who performs ablution like this ablution of mine and then stood up (for prayer) and offered two rak’ahs of prayer without allowing his thoughts to be distracted, all his previous sins are expiated.

Ibn Shihab said: Our scholars remarked: This is the most complete of the ablutions performed for prayer.

[Saheeh Muslim Book 002, Number 0436]
Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) Sahih Muslim

Daily-Hadith · Salah (Prayer)

Salat in congregation is twenty-five times more rewarding

1065. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

A man’s Salat in congregation is twenty-five times more rewarding than his Salat at home or in his shop, and that is because when he performs his Wudu’ properly and proceeds towards the mosque with the purpose of performing Salat in congregation, he does not take a step without being raised a degree (in rank) for it and having a sin remitted for it, till he enters the mosque. When he is performing Salat, the angels continue to invoke Blessings of Allah on him as long as he is in his place of worship in a state of Wudu’. They say: `O Allah! Have mercy on him! O Allah! Forgive him.’ He is deemed to be engaged in Salat as long as he waits for it

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The Excellence of Performing Salat (Prayers) in Congregation

Daily-Hadith · Ibadah (Worship) · Salah (Prayer) · Women

Do not stop Allaah’s Imaa’ (women slaves) from going to Allaah’s mosques

254. Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radhi Allaahu anhu) :

One of the wives of ‘Umar (bin Al-Khattaab) used to offer the Fajr and the ‘Ishaa prayer in congregation in the mosque. She was asked why she had come out for the prayer as she knew that ‘Umar disliked it and he has great Gheera (self-respect). She replied, “What prevents him from stopping  me from this act?” The other replied, “The statement of Allaah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam). ‘Do not stop Allaah’s Imaa’ (women slaves) from going to Allaah’s mosques‘, prevents him.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth No. 23, Vol. 2]

Source : The Book Of As-Salaat (The Prayer) – Chapter 30 – The going of women to the mosques if it does not lead to Fitnah (trial or an affliction etc.), and a lady should not come out scented.  Al-Lulu Wal-Marjan,Compiled by : Fuwad Abdul-Baqi,Translated by : Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan

Daily-Hadith · Salah (Prayer)

The angels supplicate in favour of one of you so long as he remains in the place where he has performed Salat (prayer)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

The angels supplicate in favour of one of you so long as he remains in the place where he has performed Salat (prayer) in a state of Wudu’. They (the angels) say: `O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! Have mercy on him

[Sahih Al-Bukhari]

The Excellence of waiting for As-Salat (The Prayer) – Riyaadus-Saaliheen