Monthly Archives: December 2011

Correction of a previous post

Bismillahi wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

It has come to my attention that the following post:

https://ah-sp.com/2011/12/09/the-virtue-of-sleeping-in-wudhoo/

had an error in its translation. The original translation had the word شعر (Hair) in it, i did not notice that the word used was the very similar شعار (meaning here ‘his garment’ as Imaam Manaawi points out) so i hasten to make the correction here. Please see the note towards the end of the post.

Baarakallahu Feekum

Abu Hakeem

 

The Day of ‘Mazeed’ (The Increase)

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu wa Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi Ammaa Ba’d: One of the brothers yesterday (27/12/2011) asked me about the authenticity of a beautiful hadeeth that he had come across in the book ‘Al Nihaaya’ (The Book of the end) page 702 – 704 (Daarus Salaam print) and asked whether i knew of its authenticity. It brought me joy when i discovered, after looking in the various sources of the hadeeth and sifting through the statements of the scholars of hadeeth, that Shaikh Al Albaani declared the hadeeth to be ‘Hasan li Ghairihi’, for it is a hadeeth that brings tears to the eyes, so i share the hadeeth with my brothers and sisters and i mention some observations upon the translation found in the daarus salaam version of the book: Upon the authority of Anas ibn Maalik who said: that the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaiihi wa Salam – “Jibreel – Alaihi Salaam – came to me and in his hand was a white mirror, upon it there was a black spot. I said what is this (refering to the mirror) Oh Jibreel? He said this is (the day of) Jumu’ah your lord presents it to you that it may be an eid for you and your people after you. You will be the first (i.e you and your nation will be the first to have their day of eid during the week) and the Jews and the christians will follow you (that is the following day is sabbath for the Jews on Saturday and the Christians day being Sunday). He (the prophet) said: What is there for us in it? He said: In it is Good for you! In it there is an hour if one supplicates to his lord for good that has been alloted to him, he will recieve it, or (supplicates for) something that has not been allotted to him, except that he will have preserved for him that which is greater than it. Or if he seeks refuge upon it from evil that was written to afflict him, then he is granted refuge. Or he seeks refuge from something that was not written for him, then he is granted refuge from an affair greater than it. So i said what is this black spot? He said: This is the hour (i.e the day of judgement) it will be established on a Jumu’ah. It is the leader of all the days with us, in the hereafter we will call it, ‘The day of ‘Mazeed’ (The increase) So i said: Why do you call it the day of ‘Mazeed’? he said: ‘Indeed your lord has taken a vast valley in Jannah made of white musk (In one version ‘Dunes of white musk’). On the day of Jumu’ah he decends from above the seven heavens until he is over the Kursee. He surrounds his Kursee with pulpits of light, then the prophets come and sit upon them. Then the pulpits are surrounded with chairs of gold and the martyrs and the truthful come and sit upon them. Then the People of Jannah will come and sit upon the dunes (of white musk), then their lord – Blessed and exalted be he – reveals himself to them and they look at his face. Then he says to them: “I am he who has been truthful in my promise to you, and perfected my favours upon you, This is the place of my ennoblement! Ask of me! So they ask him for his good pleasure, He says to them “It is My good pleasure that has caused you to enter my abode! and caused you to attain my ennoblement! So ask of me! So they ask of him until their desires are fulfilled. Then he opens up for them at that point what no eye has seen or ear has heard, and has not occured to the heart of any human being (this will continue) until the time that people turn away after jumu’ah. Then the Lord – Blessed and exalted be he – ascends over his Kursee and the prophets and the martyrs ascend with him) then the narrator mentions) I think he said: “And the Inhabitants (of Jannah) will return to their abodes which are made of unbroken pure white pearl having no taint or (made of) red ruby or green emerald. Their rooms and doors are made from it, its (Jannah) rivers flow within it continuously and its fruits hang low, they have within it their spouses and their servants. And they have no desire for anything more than they do the day of Jumu’ah, that they may increace in his ennoblement and that they may increase in looking at his face – Blessed and exalted be he – and for that reason it is called the day of ‘Mazeed’ (The Increase) (Collected by Al Bazaar in Kashful Astaar (1/254) and At Tabaraani in Al Awsat (2/314) Abu Nu’aym in ‘Siffatul Jannah’ (1/499) and Imaamul Aajurry in ‘Ash Sharee’ah (1/254) and declared ‘Hasan Li Ghairihi’ in ‘Saheeh targheeb’ (3761) A tremendous hadeeth that speaks of a tremendous gathering on a great day! As mentioned earlier this hadeeth is mentioned alongside another version of the hadeeth in the book An Nihaayah of Ibn Katheer. The second version mentions that the seats of the martyrs and the truthful have rubies and emeralds upon them and it also mentions that the friday is the day that Allah created adam and qiyaamah will be established upon it (this no doubt occurs in an authentic narration in muslim that establishes that). This second version of the hadeeth is collected by Imaamush shaafi’ee in his musnad with A very weak chain of narration. In its chain of narration are two problematic narrators, 1. Ibraheem ibn Muhammad who is declared ‘Matrook’ (Abandoned by the scholars of Hadeeth) 2. Musaa ibn Ubaida Ar Rabdhee who was declared ‘Dhaeef’ by the scholars of hadeeth Observations with the translation in the daarus salaam print There is an issue in the translation of the hadeeth in the english book that should be pointed out and that is that the translator mentions towards the end of the Hadeeth: “… then Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’alaa will acsend onto his kursee..” This statement has in it the implication that Allah ascends upon his kursee and not above his kursee which without doubt is an erroneous insinuation. Whether the translator intended that or not, due care and attention should be exercised in translating the likes of these ahaadeeth since this type of mistake has aqeedah related implications. Secondly he quoted the hadeeth upon the authority of Umair from Anas, while in actuality the Hadeeth was related by Ubaidullah Ibn Umair Thirdly there are a few places in the translation where parts of the hadeeth are missing or the translator writes (…) which i presume he does to indicate he didnt understand the words or the context in that segment of the hadeeth. These dots are usually used when there are parts missing from original manuscripts and are used usually to indicate ‘bayaadh’ or parts of an original manuscript that is unreadable or blank. Thus it would have been more befitting for the translator to mention that he didnt understand some words here or something to that effect rather than leaving the reader with the impression that something was missing from the hadeeth. In any case may Allah bless the brother that turned my attention to this tremendous narration and our great scholars of hadeeth who have serviced the sunnah of the messenger of Allah -Sallallahu alaihi was Sallam Wallahu A’lam Abu Hakeem Bilaal Ibn Ahmad Davis Www.twitter.com/abuhakeembilal

Angels that rise and descend with the rising and the setting of the Sun

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillah

Ammaa Bad:

Another example of an affair that takes place daily within the creation of Allah, among the aspects of creation that we do not see is that which the Messenger informed us of that occurs daily with the rising and setting of the sun.

Upon the authority of Abu Dardaa – May Allah be pleased with him – (who narrates) From the Messenger – Sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam who said:

The Sun does not rise, except that on either side of it there are two angels that make a call that is heard by everyone on earth except Mankind and the Jinn (Saying) “Oh Mankind! Come to your lord! That which is little and suffices is better than that which is plenty but distracts (from your lord). And it does not set except that on either side of it there are two angels that call, (Saying) Oh Allah! Give to the one that spends (in your way) a goodly substitute, and and give to the the one that withholds (from giving) destruction

(Collected by Ibn Hibbaan (3319) and Shaikh Al Albaani Declared it ‘Saheeh’ in ‘Dhilaal Al Jannah’ (975))

We benefit from this hadeeth a number of things:

1. Another one of the duties of the angels
2. The virtue of Satisfaction and sufficiency
3. The virtue of giving with sincerity
4. The blameworthy nature of witholding and not spending in the way of Allah
5. The Fitna of the dunya

Wallahu a’lam

The Salaf, their brotherly love for each other and advise concerning friendship

Bismillah Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa ba’d

After the end of the successful Birmingham Winter Conference 2011, and the feeling of brotherly love felt by all, we mention here something from the narrations of the salaf concerning how they loved each other for the sake of Allah and enjoyed each others company for indeed it is a great blessing that these feelings of love due to the Sunnah continues to be experienced by Ahlus Sunnah til this very day! Wa Lillahil Hamdu ‘Alaa Ni’amihi!

Upon the authority Abdah Bint Khalid who said: Khaalid Ibn Mi’daan would rarely lay down to sleep except that he would express his desire to see the messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam – and his companions from the Muhaajireen and the Ansaar. Then he would name them (Khaalid ibn Mi’daan did not meet the Messenger but he did meet and take from companions, from the Abu Umaamah and others) and he would say: “They are my essence and a part of me, and my heart feels affection for them, I have long yearned to see them (Oh Allah) Hasten taking my soul” he would do so until sleep overcame him while he was saying that.

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabee in ‘Siyar ‘alaamun Nubalaa’ 4/539)

Al Qaasim ibn Muhammad: “Indeed Allah has placed in a Righteous dutiful friend that draws towards you, what he hasnt placed in a undutiful relative that turns away from you

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa’ 5/43)

Upon the authority of Ibnil Fudhail who said: “I went to visit Abu Ishaaq As Sabee’ee after he lost his sight. So I said: “Do you know who I am? He said: “Fudhail? So I said: “Yes!” So he said to me: “Verily, By allah I love you! and were it not for me being shy of you i would kiss you” then he pulled me to his chest (and hugged me) then said: “Al Ahwas narrated to me upon the authority of Abdullah who said  (concerning the statement of Allah) “If you were to give in Charity All that is on earth you would not be able to unite their hearts but Allah has united them” (Suratul Anfaal Vs 63) “This verse was revealed concering those who love each other (For the sake of Allah)”

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa’ 5/378)

Upon the authority of Imaamul Auwzaa’ee (who lived in Shaam, the area of Syria) who said: “Qataadah wrote to me from Basrah (Modern day Iraaq) saying: “Even though our lands have caused a separation between me and you, the uniting factor of Islaam brings us together

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabee in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 7/121)

Upon the authority of Imaamush Shaafi’ee who said: “He is not your (true) brother if you need to use diplomacy with him

(Collected Imaamudh Dhahabee in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 10/98)

Upon the authority of Imaamush Shaafi’ee also who said:” The sign of a (true), friend is that he is a friend to the friend of his friend

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 10/99)

Upon the authority of Bashaar Ibn Moosaa Al Ijlee who said: “Tomorrow is a blessed appointment! Ibn Ma’een and I have a meeting!”

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Sityar A’laamin Nubalaa 10/582)

Yunus Ibn Abdil A’laa said: “I heard As Shaafi’ee say: Oh Yunus! Total refrainment from the people brings about their animosity, while freely mingling with them attracts evil companions, so be between total refrainment and free mingling

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 10/89)

Yunus As Sadfi said: Imaamush Shaafi’ee said to me: “You have no means of safety from people (and in a version ‘pleasing all of the people is a goal you will not achieve) , so find those who are most beneficial to you and cling to them

(Collected by Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 10/42)

Al Ma’moon said: “People are of three types:

1 – One that is like food, and are a necessity

2 – One that is like Medicine, one needs them during times of illness

3 – One that is like an illness, despicable in every circumstance”

(Collected By Imaamudh Dhahabi in ‘Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 10/283)

Wallahu A’lam

Wa Sallallahu ‘alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

Leave out from your home pursuing good!

Bismillahi wal Hamdullillah was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi

‘Ammaa Ba’d:

No doubt the one who studies the Sunnah of the messenger will realise there are many things taking place around us in the creation of Allah daily that we are unaware of. But the Sunni who aquaints himself with the statements of the messenger Sallallahu ‘alahi wa Salam –  becomes well aquainted with many of the intricacies that take place in the realm of the unseen related to the son of Adam.

Here is another example of that

Upon the authority of Abu Huraira – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu who said: The Messenger – Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Salaam said: “ There is no one that leaves out (from their home) except that at his hands (and in a variant version ‘His door’) there are two banners, a banner in the hand of an angel and a banner in the hand of a Shaytan. So if he leaves out pursuing that which pleases Allah, he is followed by the Angel with his banner. He does not cease to remain under his banner until he returns to his home. But if he leaves out pursuing that which displeases Allah then he is followed by the Shaytaan with his banner. He does not cease to remain under his banner until he returns to his home.”

(Collected by Ahmad in his ‘Musnad’ (8269, 8286) and and At Tabaraani in ‘Mu’jam Al Awsat’ (4786) and ‘Mu’jam Al Kabeer’ (1012) declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Ahmad Shaakir – rahimahullah)

Think then Oh servant of Allah about what is is you set out to pursue. May Allah make keep us under the banner of his Angels daily.

Wa Billahit Tawfeeq

From the Benefits of the Sittings of Knowledge

Bismillah Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Since many of our brothers are here in the Birmingham Dawra we remind of the following hadeeth that mentions one of the fruits of attending sittings of knowledge.

Upon the authority of Sahl Ibn Handhalah – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu who said: “The messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi was Salam said: “A people do not sit together remembering Allah and then rise from their place of sitting, except that it is said to them: “Rise! For indeed Allah has forgiven your sins and has turned your evil deeds into good ones!”

(Collected by At Tabaraani and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Albaani in ‘Saheehul Jaami’ (5610))

We ask Allah that he blesses all attendees with this khair

Wa Sallallahu Alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

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Imaam Abu Haneefah weak in Hadeeth?!

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

A few articles ago i discussed an issue related to the four rak’aahs after ishaa carrying the reward of lailatul Qadr and a weak hadeeth was mentioned. Shaikh Al Albaani clarified that the reason for its weakness was the presence of Imaam Abu Haneefah in its chain of narration. A question that arose after that was: ‘But is Abu Haneefah weak in Hadeeth?!’

In order to clarify the issue i quote here the research of Shaikh Al Albaani concerning the affair:

Shaikh Al Albaani mentions rahimahullah :

“I mentioned back there (Under hadeeth 397) that Abu Haneefah has been declared weak (by the scholars of Hadeeth ) in Hadeeth. In order to bring clarity to this I say:

I mentioned there that Abu Haneefah – Rahimahullah – was declared weak due to his memory by (Imaam) Al Bukhaari (Imaam) Muslim, (Imaam) Nasaa’I and Ibn ‘Adi and others from the Imaams of Hadeeth. So I will mention here the quotes from the Imaams (of Hadeeth) i have indicated and others from whom this statement has authentically come. That the reader may be upon clarity in the affair and so that none can claim about what we mentioned there (i.e that he is weak in hadeeth) that this is Ijtihaad (i.e. his personal conclusion based upon his own analysis) from me, rather it is itibaa’ (pure following) of the people of knowledge, understanding and specialism. Allah the Mighty and Exalted has stated “

“Ask the people of Knowledge if you do not know” (Suratul Nahl Vs 43)

And he has said:

“Ask of it one who is well aquainted”  (Suratul Furqaan Vs 59)

  1. Imaamul Bukhaari said in ‘Taareekhul Kabeer’ (4/2/81) ‘Sakatoo ‘Anhu’ (this statement of Imaamul Bukhaari literally means: ‘they remained quiet about him’ That is in reference to the Imaams of Hadeeth. But this statement if it comes from Imaam Bukhaari then it means that they left narrating from him since Imaam al Bukhaari was well known to be subtle in his statements of Jarh. Imaam Ibn Katheer mentions: “If Imaamul Bukhaari says about a narrator ‘Sakatoo ‘anhu’ or ‘Feehi Nadhr’ (Lit: his affair is dubious) then he (the narrator) is at the lowest level ( of trustworthiness) as far as he is concerned, due to the fact that he was subtle with his disparaging statements” ikhtisaar ‘Uloomil Hadeeth p89. AH)
  2. Imaam Muslim mentioned in ‘Al Kunaa Wal Asmaa’ (1/31ق) “He is unstable (Mudtarib) in hadeeth and doesnt have many Authentic hadeeth
  3. Imaam An Nasaa’ie mentions at the end of ‘Ad-Du’afaa’ Wal Matrookeen’ (p57): “He is not strong in hadeeth and he makes many mistakes even though his narrations are few
  4. Imaam Ibn ‘Adee in ‘Al Kaamil’ (2/403):”He has some sound hadeeth but the majority of what he narrates are erroneous narrations, with mistakes in wording and additions in their chains of narration and their texts. He (also) makes Mistakes when quoting the names of the narrators and the majority of that which he narrates is like this. None of his narrations are authentic other than a little more the ten, while he actually narrates some three hundred hadeeth, some of them popular, while some are strange narrations but they are all narrated in this fashion. This is because he is not from Ahlul Hadeeth (the people of hadeeth), thus one should not transmit from an individual of this description in hadeeth”.
  5. Imaam Ibn S’ad mentions in his ‘Tabaqaat’ (6/256): “He was ‘Dae’eef (weak) in hadeeth
  6. Imaam Al Uqailee mentions in ‘Ad Du’afaa’ (The weak Narrators): “It was narrated to me from Abdullah ibn Ahmad who said:”I heard my father (Imaam Ahmad) say: ” The Hadeeth of Abu Haneefah are weak
  7. Imaam Ibn Abee Haatim mentioned in ‘Al Jarh Wat Ta’deel’ (4/1/450): “It was narrated to me from Hajaaj ibn Hamzah who said we were informed by ‘abdaan ibn Uthmaan who said i heard Ibn Al Mubaarak say: “Abu Haneefah was ‘Miskeen’ (A pauper) in hadeeth
  8. Imaam Abu Hafs Ibn Shaaheen said:” As for abu haneefah then he possesed in the knowledge of fiqh that which can not be denied, though he was not pleasing in Hadeeth…”
  9. Imaam Ibn Hibbaan stated: “He was a man who used to debate (ie in issues of knowledge) and he was apparently pious, though hadeeth was not his fortḗ. He narrated some one hundred and thirty hadeeth with isnaad (chains of narration), he has no other hadeeth in the dunya but them and he erred in one hundred and twenty of them! He either reversed the chain of narration or he changed the text of the hadeeth to the extent that the hadeeth was not recognisable. So since his errors have overcome his instances of correctness, one should leave relying upon him in narration”.
  10. Imaam Ad Daaraqutni mentions in his ‘Sunan’ a narration from Abu Haneefah who narrates from Moosaa ibn abee Aa’isha who narrates upon the authority of Abdullah ibn Shadaadf rom Jaabir – Radhiyallahu anhu who attribute to the Messenger – Sallallahu Alaihi wa Salam (the statement): “Whoever has an Imaam then the recitation of the Imaam is recitation for him” then Imaam Ad Daaraqtni states after it (P 123): ” No one narrates it from Moosaa ibn Abee Aa’isha other than Abu Haneefah and Al Hasan ibn ‘Umaarah and they are both weak”.
  11. He was mentioned by Imaam Haakim in ‘Ma’rifatu ‘Uloomil Hadeeth’ (Imaam Haakim’s book concerning the Science of Hadeeth) alongside a group of Narrators from the era of the Atbaa’ut Taabi’een (Successors of the Successors of the Companions) and the period after them, whose ahadeeth were not used in the Books of Authentic Hadeeth, he then sealed that with his statement (P256): ” Everyone we have mentioned here is well known as a narrator, but they are not considered among the precise, trustworthy memorisors”.
  12. Al Haafidh Abdul Haq Al Ashbeeli mentions in ‘Al Ahkaam’ (2/12ق) the hadeeth of Khaalid ibn Alqama from Abdu Khairin from Ali concerning his wudhoo (salaallahu alaihi wa Salam: “He wiped his head once” then he states at the end of it: ” This is how the trustworty memorisors have narrated it from Khaalid. It has also been narrated from Khaalid by Abu Haneefah who narrates: “then he wiped his head three timesbut Abu Haneefa is not relied upon due to his weakness in Hadeeth
  13. Ibnil Jawzi mentions him in his book ‘Ad Du’afaa wal Matrookeen’ (the Weak and abandoned Narrators)(3/163) and he narrates the statements of Imaam An Nasaa’ie and others who have previously been mentioned declaring him weak. He also narrates from At Thowri (Imaam sufyaan Ath Thowri) that he said: “He is not Trustworthy” and from An Nadhr ibn Shameel who said: “He is abandoned in Hadeeth
  14. Imaamudh Dhahabee mentions in ‘Dewaan Ad Dhu’afaa'(1-2/215ق): ” An Nu’maan Al Imaam – Rahimahullah Ibn Adee said: The majority of that which he narrates is an error or has in it incorrect alterations of words or has incorrect additions in them, though he does have some good ahaadeeth. Imaamun Nasaa’ee said: “He is not strong in Hadeeth and he makes many errors and mistakes even though his narrations are few” Imaam Ibn Ma’een said: “Do not pen down his hadeeth”. This narration from Ibn Ma’een means that with him Abu Haneefah is considered among the weak narrators, which explains that the statement that has come from Al Haafidh (ibn Hajr) in ‘Tahdheeb’ wherein Ibn Hajr narrates that Ibn Ma’een declares him trustworthy, is not the only statement that Ibn ma’een has made concerning him. The reality is that the opinions of Ibn Ma’een about the imaam are at variance. On occasions he declares him trustworthy and on other occasions he declares him weak as in this narration. On other occasions he says in that which ibn Muhriz narrates from him in ‘Ma’rifatur Rijaal (1/6/1): “Abu Haneefah was ‘Laa Ba’sa bihi’ (This is a term used by the scholars of hadeeth to refer to one whos ahaadeeth may be written down for the purpose of analysis and comparison with the ahaadeeth of the other Imaams not sole reliance upon them) and he did not used to lie” and he said on another occasion: ” Abu Haneefah as far as we are concerned is from the people of truthfulness, he was not accused of lying” (Shaikh Albaani continues): “There is no doubt with us that Abu Haneefah is from the people of truthfulness! but that is not sufficient for us to rely upon his hadeeth until (the state of) his precision, integrity and memory is added to that, and this is what is not established for him – Rahimahullah rather that which is established is the opposite, as is seen from the testimonies of the aforementioned Imaams. And they are those who one will not go astray if he holds on to their testimonies and follows their statements. This though, does not affect in any way the station of Abu Haneefah – Rahimahullah in his deen and his piety and his fiqh as some of his staunch followers wrongly presume (and misunderstand). For how many a Jurist, Judge or righteous, upright individual has been criticised by the scholars of Hadeeth in that which concerns their memory or them not being precise, but that does not affect their deen or known uprightness, and this is an affair that is not hidden from those who busy themselves studying the biographies of the narrators…”

(See Silsilatul Ahaadeeth Ad Dha’eefah: 1/661-666)

Wallahu ta’aalaa A’lam

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‘Laa Haula wa laa quwwata illaa Billah!’

Bismillahi wal Hamdullillah was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu – who said: “The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi wa Salam said to me: “Say ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwataa Illaa Billaah’ (There is no might or power except with Allah) in abundance, for indeed it is from the treasures of Jannah

(Collected by Bukhaari (6952) and At Tirmidhi (3601) upon the authority of Abu Musaa Al Ash’aree -Radhiyallahu Anhu)

Meaning this is a treasure that will be preserved and rewarded to the servant in Jannah if he says it!

As far as its meaning is concerned then ‘Laa Haula’  meaning ‘Laa Tahweel’ which is to change from one affair to another. That is there is no ability to change and turn from disobediance and sin except with Allah. As for ‘Laa Quwwata’ then it literally means no power or might, that is one has no power or ability to carry out acts of obediance except with the aid of Allah. Thus the statement is one that bonds and connects the servant to his lord if it is understood.

Upon the authority of Qais ibn Sa’d – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu – who said that the messenger of Allah said: “Should i not indicate to you a door from the doors of Jannah?” I said: “Of course!” he said: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaa Billah!

(Collected by At Tirmidhi (3581) and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Al Albaani – Rahimahullah)

Upon the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam – said: “Should i not teach you (or he said) indicate to you a statement from beneath the throne of Allah from the treasures of Jannah?” Say: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaah Billah” So Allah says (i.e. when the servant says that) My servant has submitted and surrendered

(Collected by Al Haakim (54) and declared ‘Saheeh’ By Shaikh Al Albaani in ‘Saheehul Jaami’ 2614)

Indeed when the Messenger went upon the night journey he met the father of the prophets and messengers Ibraaheem who commanded him to convey some advice to his Ummah

Upon the authority of Ibn Mas’ood – Radhiyallahu Anhu – from the messenger who said: ” When it was the night that I went upon the night journey I met Ibraaheem in the seventh heaven- who said to me: “Oh Muhammad! Convey my salaams to your Ummah and inform them that the soil of Jannah is good and its water is sweet and fresh and it is ‘Qee’aan’ (i.e. a beautiful open plain, perfect for cultivating) and that it is cultivated with: ‘Subhaanallah’ and ‘Al Hamdullillah’ and ‘Laa illaaha illallah’ and ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Ilaa Billah’

(Collected by At Tabaraani in ‘Al Mu’jam al Kabeer’ and declared ‘Hasan’ by  Shaikh Al Al baani in Saheehul Jaami’)

The Messenger theronafter advised his ummah generally with it and specifically:

Upon the authority of Ibn Umar – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhumaa who said: The messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi wa Salam – said:” Be plentiful in sowing the seeds of paradise, for indeed its water is sweet and fresh, and its soil is good, thus be plentiful in planting it’s seedlings ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata illaa Billah

(Collected by At Tabaraani in ‘Al Mu’jam Al kabeer’ (13354) and declared ‘Hasan’ by Shaikh Al Albaani in Saheehul Jaami’ (1213)

As far as him advising specific individuals then:

His advise to Abu Dharr Al Ghifaari – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu:

Upon the authority of Abi Dharr:

Oh Abaa Dharr! Should I not indicate to you a treasure from the treasures of Jannah?: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwataa Ilaa Billah

(Collected by Ahmad in his Musnad and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Naasir in ‘Saheeh Targheeb’ 1585)

His advise to Haazim ibn Harmalah Al Aslami:

Oh Haazim! Say ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaa Billah’ plentifully, for indeed it is a treasure from the treasures of Jannah”

His advise to Abdullah ibn Qais – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu

“Oh Abdullah ibn Qais! Should I not indicate to you a statement that is a treasure from the treasures of Jannah? “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaah Billah”

(Agreed Upon)

His advice to Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu anhu – who said:

“We were walking with the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – in a garden in Madina when he  said: “Oh Abaa Hurairah” so i responded “I am here at your service Oh Messenger of Allah! so he said: “Indeed those who indulge much (in the life of this world) they will have the least (on the day of Judgement) except one that who does like this and this with his wealth” and he gestured with his hand to the left and the right (ie that he gives his wealth to the left and to the right) “and they indeed are few” then he said: “Oh Abaa Hurairah Should i not indicate to you a treasure from the treasures of Jannah?” so i said: “Certainly Oh Messenger of Allah!” he said:”You should say: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata ilaa Billah wa Laa Malja’a wa laa manjaa illaa ilaihi” (There is no ability to turn from disobediance nor power to carry out acts of obedience except with Allah. And there is no one protection from evil is sought from, nor one that grants salvation except him.). Then he said “Oh Abaa Hurairah! Do you know what the right of Allah upon his servants is and his servants right upon Allah?” So i said: “Allah and his Messenger know best” He said: “The right of Allah upon his servant is that they worship him and do not ascribe partners with him, and the servants right upon Allah is that he will not punish one who does not acsribe partners with him

(Collected by Al Haakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Al Albaani in Saheeh Targheeb 3261 and As Saheehah: 1766)

‘Laa Malja’a: There is no ‘Malja’a (lit: Something that one seeks protection in or resorts to)

Laa Manjaa: There is no ‘Manjaa’: (lit: one that grants salvation and security)

Wallahu ta’aalaa A’lam

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The Tremendous Virtue of Walking to Jumu’ah!

Bismillah Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa ba’d:

Upon the authority of Aus Ibn Aus – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu – that the Prophet – Sallallahu ‘alahi Was Sallam said: “Whoever makes Ghusl on the day of jumu’ah and washes well, and leaves out in the early part of the day and proceeds early, and he walks and does not use transportation. Then he sits close to the Imaam and he remains quiet and disturbs no one, he will recieve for every step he takes, the reward of a years worth of action, a year of standing in prayer and a year of fasting!”

(Collected by At Tirmidhi (496), An Nisaa (3/95) Abu Daawood (345) and Ibn Maajah (1087) and is declared ‘Saheeh’ by shaikh Al Albaani in ‘Saheeh Abu Daawood (333)

A tremendous hadeeth establishing tremendous reward for the one who fulfills its conditions, even if a person practices it just once in his lifetime!

Wa Sallallahu ‘Alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

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Surahs the messenger would recite before sleep

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi

Ammaa Ba’d:

Upon the authority of Irbaadh ibn Saariyah – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu – that The prophet did not used to sleep until he recited the’Musabihaat’ (A reference to the surahs that begin with ‘Sabbaha lillah..’ or ‘Yusabihu Lillah..’ or ‘Subhaan..’ or ‘Sabihi…’ and they are seven surahs: Suratul Israa, Suratul Hadeed, Suratul Hasr, Suratus Saff, Suratul Jumu’ah’, ‘Suratut Taghaabun, Suratul A’laa) and he used to sayIn them is an Ayah that is better than a thousand verses!

(Collected by At Tirmidhi (3406) and declared ‘Hasan’ By Shaikh Al Albaani – Rahimahullah)

Upon the authority of Naufal Al Ashja’i – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu – who said that the prophet – Sallallahu ‘alahi was Salaam – said to Naufal: “Read ‘Qul Yaa Aiyuhal Kaafiroon’then sleep when you have completed it for indeed it is a safeguard and freedom from shirk

(Collected by Abu Daawood( 5055) and declared Saheeh by sheikh Al Albaani)

Upon the authority of Aisha – Radhiyallahu ‘anhaa – who said: “The prophet – Sallallahu alaihi wa Salam did not used to sleep until he recited: (Suratut) Az Zumar and (Surat)Bani Israa’eel (i.e Suratul Israa)

(Collected by At Tirmidhi (3405) and declared ‘Saheeh’ By Shaikh Al Albaani –Rahimahullah)

Wallahu ta’alaa A’lam

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