The Religion Centers On Four Hadiths

Imam Abu Dawud observed, “I have studied hadiths that are supported with chains of narration; I came to the conclusion that they are numbered 4000 hadiths. All of them center on four hadiths only:

1- An-Nu’man ibn Basheer narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The lawful is clear and the unlawful is clear, and between that are matters that are doubtful (not clear); which many of the people do not know whether they belong to the lawful or the unlawful. So whoever leaves it to protect his religion and his honor, then he will be safe, and whoever falls into something from them, then he soon will have fallen into the unlawful. Just like if someone grazes (his animals) around a sanctuary, he would soon wind up in it. Indeed for every king is a sanctuary (pasture), and indeed Allah’s sanctuary is what He made unlawful.”

2- The hadith, “Actions are tied by their intentions…”

3- The hadith, “Whoever brings forth a practice not authorized by the Prophet (peace be upon him), he shall have it rejected.”

4- The hadith, “A sign of man’s good observance of Islam (his piety) is to keep away from that which does not concern him.”

A similar statement were maintained by many scholars such as Ahmad ibn Hanbal, but excludes the last hadith, and other early scholars. The Muslim should study, understand, and observe these hadiths due to their critical significance in the lives of Muslims.

IA Magazine “LEGACY” Part 1

IA-Mag_LegacyP1 Please join us at Insight Audio Magazine we as discuss “LEGACY” Part 1.

Join me and our special guest Abdul Lateef (may Allah have mercy upon him) as we begin to discuss issues of marriage, our futures, sickness, death and what we plan to leave behind in this life.

We hope you benefit and enjoy this show barakallaahu feekum.

Don’t Spit In Front Of You During Prayer

The Prophet (peace be upon him) says, “When any one of you prays, he must not spit in front of him, for Allah is in front of him when he is engaged in prayer. But he should do so on his left or down his feet.”  [agreed upon]

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen comments, ” This hadith has decisive proof that Allah is in the front of the person who prays. As for spitting to one’s right side,  it’s not preferable because an angel is reported to be on one’s right side; this leaves out the left side or under the feet.

We can extract from this hadith that Allah is in front of the person who prays; however, we must know that Who said so is the same One who declared Himself to be in the heavens. There is no contradiction as we can reconcile between these two texts from three aspects:

1- The Islamic law contains both reports and it’s impossible for it to contain any contradictions.

2- Logically, a thing could be up in the sky while being right in front of you simultaneously; consider the sun which lies in front of you but higher than you. Therefore, since such fact is applicable for created objects, it’s obviously and undoubtedly applicable for the Creator Himself.

3- Even if we suppose this is not applicable for created objects, it wouldn’t be the same case for Allah; who there is nothing similar or comparable to Him.”

Source: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_17955.shtml.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

“A Happy Family”

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

Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The most perfect believers are those who have the best behavior, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.”    [At-Tirmidhi}

The relationship between the husband and his wife should be based on mutual respect, admiration, and noble conduct.

Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen comments on this hadith:
“The person should treat his/her family with the best of conduct; since they are the closest to him/her. One should follow the Prophet’s example, as expressed by ‘Aishah, that he was in the service of his family (peace be upon him).” (Riyad as-Saliheen).

Being in the service of the family reflects a well-disciplined conduct plus the great impact on the rest of the family members; the children will imitate their father when he helps their mother, the wife will look at her husband with great affection, and the husband will sense the delicious fruits of his behavior with his family in every aspect of his life. Such spirit of cooperation will flow over the family and will establish long-lasting bounds of mutual admiration.

Written by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

 

IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT LOVE IN MARRIAGE; THINK AGAIN!

This post is a follow up of the last post by brother Abu Muhammad. The reason I made this one independent is the urgent need to right people’s conception about marriage. Read carefully the following hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and you will realize that marriage is not intended solely for the satisfaction of the so-called desire “LOVE”.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A believer should not hate (his wife) believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics he will be pleased with another“. [Recorded by Muslim].

This hadith involves the woman as well. Sheikh As-Sa’di remarkably commented, “This hadith teaches us how to deal with the wife, the friend, the relatives of kin, and anybody in this life. A person should adjust himself/herself and keep in mind that anybody you meet, including yourself, has flaws and faults and something you dislike about him/her. At this moment, in order to accommodate with this situation, you should focus your efforts on his/her good side, try to develop a healthy relationship, and overlook whatever that might kill this joy.”

One should never assume that love will remain forever; the life between the husband and the wife starts off with this love and then evolves into a habit; love gradually fades away. But look at it from this angle: isn’t care, kindness, gentleness, or tolerance of something one might not like about the other an integral part of this love? If we followed the teaching of the Prophet in this hadith, we will feel peace, comfort, and  tranquility replacing  unrest and dullness engulfing our lives.

Just reconfigure your idea about love and inshaallah you will enjoy and lead a healthy and productive life.

Written by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

“The ‘Dance’ To Marriage’s Death”

Saying, “I love you” to someone you really love can be very dangerous when it is your wife or husband. “I love you.” It’s just 3 words. But each word is loaded with meaning bringing out emotions that can lead to more pain than the announcer intended.

A marriage is a relationship that can sum up to success or feelings of total failure. Our report card of spousal performance is always on the line with our wife or husband. Marriage over time, for some, can simply equal to years and years of failures and promises not kept. Of sad longings and an uncertain future.

It can bring about mountains of stress the trauma of which makes the sufferer truly believe he or she would have been better off single, drowning alone in a lake of water. Overtime some believe that death is possibly better than the marriage they are in. “The more I try to make things better the worse it seems to become!”, we might say.

Overtime the thrill is gone and smiles fade. Excitement is replaced by anxiety of the moment. We may just go through the motions hoping that our “staged performance” went unnoticed by our spouse. “If I can just get through this day.”, we think.

“Here we go again, another !!!#!$#FY$ $^**!!!!”, we say to ourselves as our ears quickly turn off to the sounds of whatever he or she is saying. “What? Sorry what did you say?”, said the man. “I’m sorry did you expect something else?”, said the woman.

And so it goes. “The Dance To Marriage’s Death” quickens its pace. You may say, “But nothing is right!” This may be so. Or you may say, “It’s always the same ‘ol thing with him/her!” And this is also possible.

Am I close? Barakallaahu feekum.

STRATEGIES OF EDUCATION.

The educator should observe the following strategies in order to achieve an effective outcome and yield promising fruits:

1- Education by example: the parent, or an educator in general, should be a role model in all of his/her affairs; acts of worship, generosity, asceticism, modesty, forbearance, and courage. The educator should hold the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a role model which will effectively lead to prominent results.

2- Education of worship: the educator should teach the children all acts of worship and instill sincerity in their hearts as well as following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

3- Education by admonition: the educator should admonish and keep a constant remainder to his/her children, just like the wise Luqman when he used to admonish his children and teach them with Qur’an and Sunnah.

4- Education through observation: the educator should observe his/her childrens behavior in every life matter in order to fix any misconduct that may arise.

5- Education by strict discipline: this strategy is used at times of necessity like disciplining children if they don’t pray at the age of ten as we are told by our Prophet (peace be upon him).

Source: The Prophetic guidance in educating children.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EDUCATOR (PART 2).

1- Intellectual education: the educator should teach his/her children beneficial material from a young age; the educator should also drag them away from the corruptive diseases of the society because they negatively impact the child’s mind and memory; such diseases like consuming intoxicating materials, smoking, and so on.

2- psychological education:  the educator should train them to avoid weakness, unjustified modesty, fear, envy, anger, and feeling of insufficiency. In addition, the educator should cultivate the children’s belief in destiny and fate and other crucial articles of faith.

3- Social education: the educator should teach the children to observe and deliver the rights of others, mercy, forgiveness, tolerance, unselfishness, and so on.

Source: The Prophetic guidance in educating children.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EDUCATOR (PART 1)

The major responsibility of the educator; this covers both parents:

1- Spiritual education: to teach your child the great profession of faith “la ilah illa Allah”, to teach your child the basic concepts of Halal and Haram, to order him/her to pray at the age of seven, to nurture him/her on the love of Allah, His Prophet (peace be upon him), and the love of the Qur’an. To teach him/her the major five principles of Islam and the six articles of faith. To instill humility to Allah in his/her heart, and to be mindful of Allah in both of his/her public and personal affairs.

2- Moral education: this sort of education is a fruit of the spiritual education; you are supposed to educate your child on truthfulness and the rest of good morals, to warn him against lying and the rest of wicked traits.

3- Health education: the parent or the educator should observe the health rules for the child, to drive them away from potential areas of ham and illness, to treat his/her illness. To teach them archery, horse riding, and swimming as you see fit and safe. To teach the boys trait of how to be serious and traits of manhood.

Source: The Prophetic guidance in educating children: (130-131).

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.