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Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Hadith of Jibra'il and 'Ilm al-Ghayb

Question: It is the belief of the Ahlus Sunnah that Allah, may He be glorified, imparted upon His dear Messenger Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) all the knowledge of the first and the last, meaning from the beginning of creation to the Day of Judgement. The Wahabis hold a belief different to this and present the Hadith of Jibra’il (Bukhari 1:47) as proof. If Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) knew the unseen then he would have answered Jibra'il (when Jibra’il asked when is the hour) the way he answered the other questions. The question was not answered, though Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) did not openly say, “I do not know”. Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) answered the question by reciting a verse from the Holy Qur’an which implies that only Allah knows the knowledge of five specific things (Qur’an 31:34). This shows that Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) did not have ‘Ilm al-Ghayb.



Answer: Replying “ma al-mas’ool ‘anha a’lamu min as-saa’il” (The answerer has nobetter knowledge than the questioner) to the question “mataa as-saa’ah” (When will the Hour be established?) does not mean, “I do not know”. If this was the case, then Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) would simply have replied “laa a’lamu” (I donot know).

It should be known that not answering a question does not mean that the person answering does not know the answer. For instance, when Allah, the Almighty, was asked“ahillah” (They ask you concerning the new moons), its reply of “They are times appointed for (the benefit of) men” is certainly not answering the question. This is because the question that was asked was of no value; hence, the answer that is given by
Allah is of use to the questioners. By analogy, the same situation is found in the questioning of Jibra’il.

The ahadith are explanations of one another. In another incident, a person came to Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) and asked, “When is Qiyamah?” Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) replied “If you have prepared for it then what have you to fear?” Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) did not answer his question, instead, he replied in a way which was useful to the questioner.

Also, Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) not answering the question is not a proof against my claim that Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) knows the unseen. This isbecause I have never claimed that Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) had knowledge of the unseen from birth. So, Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) not knowing something is not proof that he will never know it. As the Qur’an says, “We have
sent down to thee the Book explaining all things” (16:89) which means that the knowledge of Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) increased day by day and when the revelation of the Qur’an was complete, so was the knowledge of Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam). However, this does not mean his knowledge reached its limit and stopped increasing. It means that the total knowledge of the Sacred Tablet (lawh
al-mahfooz), everything small and big, every wet and dry and the minutest details of all things were made known to him (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam).

Someone may argue that “laa ya’lamuhunna” grammatically refers to both the present and future tenses and Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) did not say “qad laa ya’lamuhunna” which refers only to the present (meaning I do not know now but I may do in future).

The answer to this is that if Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) meant that I will never know and only Allah can know, then this will cause major difficulties. This is because the rank of Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) is the loftiest, higher than any creation. When his companion, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq (radiyallahu ta'ala anhu), neared his demise, his advice to his daughter Sayyida Aisha (radiyallahu ta'ala
anha) was that his wealth is for her two brothers and two sisters. She was confused because she knew she had two brothers but how did she have two sisters? Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyahallhu ta'ala anhu) mentioned the name of his wife said that she is pregnant which will result in a girl being born eventhough this is against the very specific verse, “He knows what is in the wombs” (Qur’an 31:34). Abu Bakr as Siddeeq, was neither a
magician nor a mesmerist or astronomer. So, when Abu Bakr had the knowledge then why is it so hard for Rasoolallah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam)? So, present knowledge is meant and not future knowledge, otherwise it will be necessary to believe that Allah has lied.

The Ahlus Sunnah believe all the verses of the Qur’an are the truth and to believe in them all if obligatory. From this general rule it is found that the Ahlus Sunnah are upon the truth.

(This answer has been translated by Muhammad Aqdas from Mufti Zafar ad-Din al-Bihari al-Ridawi’s (rahimahullah) collection of fatawa ‘Naafi’il bashar fee fatawa zafar’. Mufti Zafar ad-Din was one of the foremost students of Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Barelwi(rahimahullah), the greatest scholar of the 20th century).

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Did Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) Given Azaan ?



Questions :Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) ever Recite Adhan (Call to Prayer) ? 

               Did Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) Gave Azaan ?

= Generally Questions asked in Urdu =

woh kon sa kaam he jo Allah ko bohot pasand he lakin Nabi Pak Sallallahu alyhi wa sallam ne kabhi nahi kya  ?

Kya Nabi Sallallahu alyhi wa sallam ne kabhi azaan di thi ?




This message is fake and blindly quoted by some one with his personal views . nabi sallallahu alihi wa sallam gave Azaan and itz proved from Sahih hadith


Prophet Sallallahu alyhi wa sallam given Azaan here is the hadith.

It is reported in some narratives that the Prophet ( Sallallahu alyhi wa sallam) himself recited Adhan sometimes. He is reported to call the Adhan in the ears of Hassan at his birth (Sha`bul-Imaan No: 8617 and in Al Mustadrak `al Sahihain No: 4827).

It is also reported to have called Adhan for prayer after his famous sermon during his last pilgrimage (Sahih of Ibn-e-Habban No: 3944).

Another tradition tells us that the Prophet used to call Adhan during his journeys and lead prayer (Al-Ahadith al-Mukhtarah No: 2107)

 Watch this video  Mufti Muhammad Akmal  Sahab Answered on this Issue :-













Sunday, 12 August 2012

Fake Images of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) Tomb.

Fake Images of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) Tomb.

There are many images spread on Internet and Google, facebook claiming that they are images of tomb of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alyhi wa sallam). Here are the images:


 

 

TRUTH:
These are two different tomb pictures shared on facebook.

1. Maulana Rumi's tomb:

One belongs to Maulana Rumi's tomb. Here are images of Maulana Rumi's tomb:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINK:
You can also view the image of Maulana Rumi's tomb at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi.

2. Osman Gazi's tomb:

The second one belongs to Osman Gazi's tomb. Here are images of Osman Gazi's tomb:

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINK:
You can also view the image of Osman Gazi's tomb at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osman_I

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Turkey Foreign Minister And Mrs. Emine Erdoğan visit Arakan (Burma)

An example of muslims living in brotherhood – save Burma



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Emine Erdogan at the Banduba refugee camp in the Myanmar coastal state of Rakhine.

“Turkish people have come forward to help Innocent Muslims of Burma who are facing worst conditions in their own country of residence. Wife of Turk Prime Minister starts weeping after seeing the worst condition of Burmese Muslims. We appreciate the courage of Turk Govt. and hope they will continue their leading role to support Burmese Muslims” Dawa.TV

They brought aid to the Banduba refugee camp in the Myanmar coastal state of Rakhine.


This is a Really touching video of Turkeys Foreign Minister meeting with refugees from Burma ,The Foreign minister is a man of knowledge, humility and insight Mashah’Allah.
WARNING: Some parts are difficult to watch.



Friday, 10 August 2012

List of Topics on Beliefs of Ahlus Sunnah

LIST OF TOPICS ON Beliefs of Ahlus Sunnah Click on Required Topic to Read.

The Hereafter (Aakhira)

The Hereafter (Aakhira)
 
• Every Muslim must believe in the Hereafter (Aakhira).
• Our life in this world is a test to see if we are good people.
• Our life in this world is only for a short period of time.
• We live in this world to prepare for the Aakhira and to do good deeds to reach Jannah.
 
• We have tests and exams in the school and madrasa to see who gets good results and who performs poorly. In the same way, Almighty Allah will judge us to see how we did on the test of this life, when the world ends. We will be asked questions about how we spent our lives, what good deeds did we do and what bad deeds we commited. We will be judged about how much we love Allah and our Beloved Prophet. If we pass the test and Almighty Allah is pleased with us, we will go into Jannah. But if we fail, we will be thrown into the Fire of Jahannam (Hell).
 
• To prepare ourselves for the Aakhira, we have to obey the Commands of Almighty Allah and our Beloved Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him.
• The people who go into Jannah will live forever in happiness, but those who are in Hell will be surrounded by punishment.
 
Questioning in the Grave
 
• A person is asked three questions in the grave which are:
1. Mann rabbuka (who is your Lord)?
The answer to this question is, Allahu Rabbi (Almighty Allah is my Lord).
2. Maa deenuka (what is your religion)?
The answer to this question is, deen al Islam (my religion is Islam).
3. Ma qunta taqoolu fi haazar Rajul (what did you have to say about this Man)?
The answer to this question is, huwa RasulAllah (he is the Messenger of Allah).
 
• All these answers will only be given by Muslims but the Kuffar will not know any of the answers. They will say ‘ha ha laa adri’ (ah, I do not know!)
• After these questions have been asked and answered, the Muslims will be rewarded by Almighty Allah. The angels of Almighty Allah will arrive to punish the Kuffar.
 
The Day of Judgement (Qiyama)
 
Qiyama is that day in which everybody and everything left in the world will die. At that time only Almighty Allah will be Living because He is Eternal.
• The angel Israfeel will blow the Sur (Horn). The sound will be so loud that everything will become unconscious and die. Then Israfeel, alayhis salaam, will also die.
• The Sur is a pipe that is shaped like the horn of an animal.
• When everything and everybody dies, Almighty Allah will bring Israfeel, alayhis salaam, back to life. He will blow the Sur again and every soul will become alive once again. Then Allah will judge our deeds.
 
• We do not know exactly when Qiyama will happen. This is only known to Almighty Allah. He has taught some knowledge about it to His special servants. All we know is that Qiyama will fall on the 10th of Muharram and on a Friday.
 
• Our Beloved Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, has also taught us about many signs which will occur before Qiyama. These signs will warn us that Qiyama is near. Some of those signs are:
a. People will commit many sins.
b. People will do many Haraam (forbidden) things.
c. People will disrespect their parents.
d. People will follow the Kuffar (non-Muslims) more, instead of the Muslims.
e. People will not be trustworthy. You will not be able to trust people.
f. Muslims will not want to give Zakah (charity).
g. Islamic knowledge will become less learnt.
h. People will become very greedy and chase after the worldly things.
i. Singing and dancing will become more common.
j. People will wish to live in big houses and ignore the poor people.
k. Foolish people will become leaders.
l. There will be many earthquakes and disasters around the world.
m. Men will dress like women and women will dress like men.
 
[information extracted from Islamic Deeniyat Part 1 by the Imam Ahmad Raza Academy – with some edits and modifications]

LIST OF HADITH Of Beloved Prophet (ﷺ)

LIST OF HADITH FOR KIDS
A Hadith is something which was said by our Beloved Prophet, 
may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him
Here is a list of Hadith which our Beloved Prophet said to teach us valuable lessons.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
KINDNESS:
• Every act of kindness is a charity.
• Allah gives blessings to kind people which He does not give to harsh people.
• Allah is kind and loves kindness in all matters.
• Whenever kindness is added to something, it decorates it.
• Whenever kindness is taken away from something, it ruins it.
• A person who does not have kindness and gentleness has no goodness.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
RESPECT AND MANNERS:
• The most perfect believer in faith is the one who has the best manners.
• The people who will be closest to our Beloved Prophet on the Day of Judgment will be the ones with the best conduct.
• Nothing is heavier on the Scale of Deeds than a person’s good manners.
• What is most likely to send people to Paradise? Being aware of Allah and good manners.
• If a person has good manners, they can reach the same status of goodness as those who spend their nights praying to Allah.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
BEING HUMBLE AND MODEST:
• Allah has revealed that people must be humble so they do not harm each other.
• Anyone who shows humility for Allah's sake, Allah will raise his status.
• Allah loves His servants who stay humble.
• Whoever has even a small amount of arrogance in his heart will not enter Paradise.
• Every religion has a character, and the character of Islam is modesty.
• When modesty is a part of anything it becomes beautiful.
• Allah loves modesty and people who cover each others faults.
• Modesty comes from faith; faith leads to Paradise.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
ANGER:
• A strong person is someone who can control his anger.
• Anger comes from the devil.
• If you become angry, you should perform wudhu (ablution).
• Beware of anger, because it is like hot coal on the heart of a person.
• If you become angry, you should say, “I seek Allah's Protection from Shaytan the Cursed.”
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
TALKING AND SPEECH:
• Say good things, or remain silent.
• You must speak the truth, because truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise.
• Do not talk too much except when you are remembering Allah.
• Control your tongue.
• Keep away from the lie, because lies lead to evil and evil leads to the Hell Fire.
• The believer does not accuse, curse others, disobey Allah, nor badmouth others.
• Do not backbite, or say bad things about others especially when they are not there.
• Do not lie, even when you are joking.
• A person cannot be a good believer until he stops lying.
• A person may say a good thing without realising that it pleases Allah greatly.
• A person may say a bad thing, but he will not realise how badly it displeases Allah.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
SHARING AND CARING:
• A person cannot be a true believer until he wishes for, or gives to his brother/sister something he wants for himself.
• A person cannot be a true believer if he eats to his stomach's fill but leaves his neighbour or friend hungry.
• A believer should treat his guest kindly, and he should be good to his neighbour.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
OUR PARENTS:
• Be good and dutiful to your parents.
• Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.
• One of the most beloved acts to Allah is treating your parents kindly.
• Allah is pleased when your parents are pleased, and is Allah is angry when your parents are angry.
• Obey your parents, and if they command you to leave your worldly belongings then do it for them.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
FRIENDSHIP:
• A Muslim is a brother (or sister) to a Muslim.
• Muslims are brothers to one another. They should not cheat, lie or humiliate each other.
• A good friend is like one who sells musk (or perfume), he will either give you some or you will smell the pleasant fragrance from him.
• A bad friend is like a blacksmith, he will either burn your clothes or you will smell bad odours from him.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
THE POOR, NEEDY AND ORPHANS:
• One of the best acts in Islam is to feed the poor and needy.
• Do not turn away a poor man, even if all you can give is half a date.
• If you love the poor people and bring them near you, Allah will bring you near Him on the Day • of Judgement.
• Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah's cause. Or he is like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night.
• A person who looks after and cares for an orphan will be in Paradise with our Beloved Prophet.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING:
• Every Muslim must seek knowledge.
• If Allah wants to bless a person, He makes him understand Islam by learning about it.
• Learn knowledge and share it with other people so they can benefit.
• Allah makes an easy path to Paradise for anyone who searches for knowledge.
• Knowledge which is good and helpful will reward a person even after he has died.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
ANIMALS:
• There is reward for kindness to every living thing.
• There is a reward from Allah for serving animals.
• A man saw a dog suffering from thirst, so he gave it some water. Allah thanked him and forgave him for that great act.
• Fear Allah from treating animals badly.
What our Beloved Prophet said about…
PLANTS AND TREES:
• If any Muslim plants any plant and a person or animal eats from it, he will be rewarded like he has given charity.
• If a Muslim plants a tree, the fruit from it that is eaten by people will be charity for him.

Stories of the Prophets: Prophet Adam

 
 
 
Prophet Adam was the first man ever created. 
Allah made him out of clay and gave him life.
Then Allah ordered the angels to bow to him out of respect.
They all obeyed Allah's Command - but one angel named Shaytan refused. This is because he was evil and arrogant, and he thought he was better than Prophet Adam. Allah does not like it when people are arrogant. He loves people who are humble and show kindness to others. So this act of Shaytan made Almighty Allah angry, and He threw Shaytan out of Paradise.
 
Almighty Allah then told Prophet Adam to live in Paradise. Paradise was a beautiful place, with rivers and fruits and trees, and great blessings. Almighty Allah then created Lady Hawa, who is also called Eve, and she became Prophet Adam's wife. Prophet Adam was very happy.
However, there was one special tree in Paradise that he was not allowed to eat from. Almighty Allah told him to stay away from its fruit. It was forbidden.
 
Shaytan was now extremely jealous of Prophet Adam, because Allah loved Prophet Adam and gave him great blessings and comforts. He also thought Prophet Adam was the reason why Allah threw him out of Paradise. So he wanted revenge.
 
Shaytan was very cunning and he found out that Prophet Adam and Lady Hawa were not allowed to eat fruit from the special tree. So he pretended to be their friend, and told them that the fruit of the special tree had great powers. He told them that anyone who ate those fruits would live forever. Prophet Adam and Lady Hawa believed Shaytan's words, but he was tricking them. He wanted them to eat the fruit so that Allah would be angry with them. They became tempted and so they ate the forbidden fruit.
 
Almighty Allah became very displeased with Prophet Adam and Lady Hawa for disobeying Him. They realised that they had done something wrong, and they asked Allah to forgive them. Allah forgave them. Then Allah told them that Shaytan had tricked them, and that he lied because he is an enemy to all mankind. 
 
From that day, Allah cursed Shaytan with His Mighty Anger, and sent Prophet Adam and Lady Hawa to live on Earth.

Kissing of thumbs on hearing name of Prophet (ﷺ)

Kissing of thumbs on hearing name of Prophet (ﷺ)
The act of kissing the thumbs upon the mention of the blessed name ‘Muhammad’, may Allah’s choicest peace and blessings be upon him, is a practice of reverence and love for the Beloved Messenger of Allah.
 
It was first established by the master of Companions, afzaal ul bashar baad al-Ambiya (superior over all mankind after the Prophets), Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique - Read here about his utmost love for the Beloved Messenger of Allah.
 
It is narrated by Imam Daylami in his Musnadul-Firdaws:
Whenever Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique heard the mu'azzin say, “I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”, he would repeat this phrase and would kiss the tip of the index fingers (or thumbs) and wipe his eyes. The Prophet said, “Whosoever does what my friend (Sayyidina Abu Bakr) did, my intercession will be upon him.”
 
A similar narration is reported by Imam Isma’il Haqqi in his Tafseer Roohul Bayaan. In that narration, Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique is asked by the Beloved Messenger why he kissed his thumbs in such a manner. He replied, “Qurratu ayni bika, Ya RasulAllah!” or “You are the coolness of my eyes, O Messenger of Allah!”
 
Regarding this incident as reported above by Imam Daylami, Mulla Ali Qari states, “If it can only be established as a saying of the Siddiq (Sayyidina Abu Bakr), it would be enough as a basis for practice, because of the Prophet’s saying:
‘You must follow my Sunnah and the Sunnah of my Rightly-Guided Successors.’” [al-Asrar al-Marfua fil-Akhbar al-Mawdua]
Another version of this Hadith states, “My Sunnah and the Sunnah of my rightly guided Caliphs is obligatory upon you.” [Abu Dawud, Hadith no. 4607; Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 2676]
 
Imam ibn Abidin states that thumb-kissing is desirable (mustahabb) when hearing the azaan, together with invoking blessings on the Prophet and adding, “Welcome, my beloved and the coolness of my eyes!” then asking for healthy sight and hearing. [Hashiya 1:398]
 
The great Mujaddid of our times, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan, has compiled a text of two-hundred pages entitled Munir al-Ayn fi Hukmi Taqbil al-Ibhamayn, meaning ‘enlightening the eyes by kissing the thumbs.’ In it, he clarifies the permissibility of this act and refutes objections raised against it.
 
To conclude this topic, remember that the Companions of the Beloved Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s choicest peace and blessings be upon him, often expressed their love and devotion towards him in different ways, through different acts. They didn’t ask for verification or proof of validity because such love itself serves that purpose.
 
Read here about how the Companions loved the Beloved Messenger of Allah and the heights of such love.
 
May Allah’s eternal peace and blessings of the highest degree be upon our Master Muhammad, upon his Family and his Companions.
 

Heights of Loving the Prophet (Peace be upon him)

Heights of Loving the Prophet (Peace be upon him) of Companions
 
 
The Beloved Messenger said, “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”
[Bukhari, Book 2, Hadith no. 12]
 
We live in such times that it is no longer just the unbelievers who raise objections to a Muslim’s love for the Prophet. Today, within our own Ummah itself, a Muslim is questioned and cross-examined in case he loves the Prophet “too much”. The essence of our faith, the crux of our obedience to Allah, has become a matter of great debate. We now need references and proof to justify this fundamental aspect of Imaan. The question is, why?
 
The Beloved Messenger said, “The people most loved by me from amongst my Ummah would be those who would come after me but everyone amongst them would have the keenest desire to catch a glimpse of me, even at the cost of his family and wealth.”
[Muslim, Book 40, Hadith no. 6791]
 
Ask yourself, what proofs did the Companions demand for loving him?
When Sayyidina Abu Bakr surrendered all his wealth to him for Tabuk 1;
when Sayyidina Abdullah bin Masud would carry his blessed sandals like a treasure 2;
when Sayyidina Talha honoured and kept his blessed hair 3;
when Sayyida Umm Sulaym cherished drops of his blessed sweat 4;
when Sayyidina Hassaan bin Thabit penned poetry in his honour 5;
when Sayyidina Umar kissed the Black Stone only because he did so 6;
when Sayyidina Usman rushed at his request to equip the Muslim army 7;
when Sayyidina Bilal wept heartbroken at his blessed grave 8;
when Sayyidina Ali refused to erase words testifying to his Prophethood 9;
when Sayyida Nusayba bint Kaab shielded him at Uhud 10;
when Sayyidina Talha gave an arm to protect him from arrows 11;
when Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid honoured strands of his blessed hair mid-battle 12;
when the Companions treasured his blessed saliva, and competed for his blessed ablution water 13 
 
– did they love the Prophet too much?
 
Sayyidina Umar said to the Beloved Messenger, “O Allah's Messenger! You are dearer to me than everything except my own self.” The Beloved Messenger said, “No, by Him in Whose Hand my soul is, (you will not have complete faith) till I am dearer to you than your own self.” Then Sayyidina Umar said to him, “However, now - by Allah - you are dearer to me than my own self." The Messenger replied, “Now, O Umar, (now you are a believer).”
[Bukhari, Vol. 8, Book 78, Hadith no. 628]
 
The cries of ‘shirk’ resonate louder with every step taken out of love for the Prophet. However, the Prophet himself said, “By Allah, I am not afraid that you will worship others besides Allah after me (commit shirk), but I am afraid that you will compete with each other for the pleasures of this world.” [Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 5, Hadith no. 411]
Our Prophet himself testified to the fact that the Ummah will never be united upon shirk, that as a majority the Ummah will not unite on this concept. That being said, the Ahle Sunnah wal Jamaat which is as-sawad al-aazam, firqat an-najiyya (the greater majority, the group of salvation), have shown complete love and devotion towards the Beloved Prophet, and all that is associated with him, for centuries. It cannot therefore be classed as shirk, and if this was the case, the Ummah would never have united and agreed upon it. These are the words of the Beloved Prophet himself.
 
This ever-growing fear of shirk is simply the false alarm of those who believe little in the words of the Beloved Prophet, and whose hearts are devoid of complete devotion. It is an evil whisper of doubt from the devil, the illness of those who have gone to extremes in trying to implement the Shariah - about whom the Beloved Prophet said, “Ruined are the extremists!” [Bukhari, Book 34, Hadith no. 6450]
Imam Nawawi states that in the context of its narration, the above Hadith refers to “those who delve too deeply, are extreme, and go beyond bounds in their speech and actions.” [Sharh Sahih Muslim]
 
The action of labelling others as mushrikeen (those who indulge in shirk) is a serious matter and should not be taken so lightly.
 
Sayyidina Anas narrates: "A man asked the Prophet about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, "When will the Hour be?" The Prophet said, "What have you prepared for it?" The man said, "Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Messenger." The Prophet said, "You will be with those whom you love." We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet."
[Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 57, Hadith no. 37]
 
Love for the Prophet has one limitation; that a person does not exceed the limits as the Christians did in regards to their Prophet: “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Maryam, for I am only a slave. So call me the slave of Allah, and His Messenger.” [Bukhari, Vol.4, Hadith no. 654]
This, the Beloved Prophet said as a warning so that none would take him as a deity (na’uzubillah) for Allah alone is worthy of worship; and also out of humility for he was known for his deep modesty and noble character.
As long as these bounds are respected, the Ummah is safe. Following the Beloved Messenger leads to Allah’s Pleasure, and following his Sunnah leads to strength in faith – and you cannot be sincere in these actions if they do not come from the love within your heart.
 
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’”
[Qur'an 3:31]
 
Truly, love needs no justification nor does it require reasoning or proof; it just is.
And Allama Iqbal once said, “Love of the Prophet is like blood in the veins of the Muslims.”
 
May Allah’s eternal peace and blessings of the highest degree be upon our Beloved Prophet Mustafa, upon his Family and his Companions; upon those he loves, and those who love him.
 
NOTES:
 
1 When the Beloved Messenger of Allah led the expedition of Tabuk, Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique donated all his wealth for the campaign. When the Beloved Prophet enquired as to how much wealth he had left for his household, he replied, “I have left Allah and His Messenger for my family.”[Sunan Abu Dawud]
 
2 Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Masud would carry the Prophet’s blessed sandals. When the Prophet rose, Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Masud would put them on his sacred feet, and when the Prophet sat down, he would carry the blessed sandals in his arms until the Prophet rose again. [Imam Qastalani’s Mawahib al-Laduniyya; Imam Salihi’s Subul al-Huda wal Rashad]
 
3Sayyidina Anas said, “When the Prophet shaved his head (after pilgrimage), Abu Talha was the first one to take of his hair.” [Bukhari]
 
4 Sayyidina Anas reported that, “Allah's Messenger used to come to our house and there was perspiration upon his body. My mother brought a bottle and began to pour the sweat in that. When Allah's Messenger got up he said, 'Umm Sulaym, what is this that you are doing?' Thereupon she said, 'That is your sweat which we mix in our perfume and it becomes the most fragrant perfume.'” [Muslim, Book 30, Hadith no. 5761]
 
Sayyida Aisha narrated, “Once Hassaan bin Thabit asked the permission of the Holy Prophet to satirize (i.e. compose satirical poetry to defame) the infidels. The Holy Prophet e said, ‘What about the fact that I have common descent with them?’ Hassaan replied, ‘I shall take you out of them as a hair is taken out of dough.’ [Bukhari, Book 56, Hadith no. 731]
 
Sayyidina Umar approached the Black Stone (Hajr-e-Aswad) and kissed it saying “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Messenger kissing you, I would not have kissed you.”[Bukhari, Vol. 2, Book 26, Hadith no. 667]
 
When the Beloved Messenger appealed for contributions for Tabuk, Sayyidina Usman gave one thousand camels, fifty horses and one thousand pieces of gold. The Beloved Prophet remarked at this generosity saying, “Whatever Usman does, from this day on, will do him no harm.” [Tirmidhi]
 
It is reported that Sayyidina Bilal visited the blessed grave of the Beloved Prophet and sat weeping, rubbing his face against its soil in his anguish. [Ibn Maja 2:1320, Imam Ahmad, Imam Tabarani, Imam ibn Asakir]
 
Sayyidina Ali penned the treaty of Hudaibiya and he wrote: This is what Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, has settled. The polytheists said, “Do not write the words, ‘the Messenger of Allah’. If we knew that you were the Messenger of Allah, we would not fight against you.” The Prophet said to Sayyidina Ali, “Strike out these words.” He replied, “I am not going to strike them out.” So the Prophet struck them out with his own hand. [Muslim, Book 19, Hadith no. 4401]
 
10 Sayyida Nusayba bint Kaab fought at Uhud and killed 12. It is reported that the Prophet praised her saying, “Never did I look right or left but she was there defending me and fighting before me.”
 
11 Sayyidina Talha remained with the Beloved Messenger on the day of Uhud, defending him to the point that his arm was paralysed with arrows. Sayyidina Qais narrated, “I saw Talha's paralysed hand with which he had protected the Prophet on the day of Uhud. [Bukhari, Book 59, Hadith no.392]
 
12 Sayyidina Khalid bin Walid had some strands of the Beloved Messenger’s hair inside his cap. During one of the battles, this cap fell onto the ground whereupon he fought zealously to retrieve it. At the shock of his Companions, he explained that he had not fought for the sake of the cap, but to retrieve the strands of the Prophet's blessed hair that were tucked within it, so that he would not be deprived of their blessings, and also to save them from the hands of the unbelievers. [Qadi Iyaad’s Shifa, Vol. 1, page 619; Majma az-Zawaid, Vol. 9, page 349; Mustadrak, Vol. 3, page 239]
 
13 While Sayyidina Urwa bin Masud was an unbeliever, the Quraysh sent him as envoy to the Beloved Messenger. When he returned to his people, he said, “O people! By Allah, I have been to the kings and to Caesar, Chosroes and an-Najashi, yet I have never seen any of them respected by his courtiers as much as Muhammad is respected by his companions. By Allah, if he spat, the saliva would fall in the hand of one of them (i.e. the Prophet's companions) who would rub it on his face and skin; if he ordered them, they would carry out his order immediately; if he performed ablution, they would compete to take the remaining water; and when he spoke, they would lower their voices and would not look at his face constantly out of respect.” [Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 50, Hadith no. 891]

Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaat & Other 73 Sectors (Firqahs)

Madhabs and Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaat  

The Beloved Messenger of Allah said, “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah's mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from the largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.” [Tirmidhi]
 
This article is an effort to clear doubts and misconceptions about the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat; the largest group of Muslims and the righteous sect of Islam, since the time of the Beloved Prophet.
 
A Muslim must follow one of the four Madhabs, or Islamic schools of Fiqh/jurisprudence, which are:
1. Hanafi lead by the teachings of Imam Abu Hanifa;
2. Shafi lead by the teachings of Imam al-Shafi;
3. Maliki lead by Imam Malik’s teachings;
4. and Hanbali lead by the teachings of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal
 
There are no correct Madhabs other than these four. In regards to aqaa’id (or belief), the four Madhabs do not differ in their teachings; rather the differences in teaching are in regards to Fiqh issues e.g. the method of Salah, Wudhu etc.
None of the Madhabs are considered wrong and they are all correct in their own way; the four Imams were undoubtedly the greatest of Mujtahids i.e. scholars who decide the method of certain actions in accordance with the Shariah.
 
It is important to note here that, one must choose a Madhab and abide by the rulings of that Madhab only.It is not permissible for a person to mix rulings of different Madhab according to their own preferences. For example, if one chooses to follow the Hanafi Madhab, he/she must follow the teachings of Imam Abu Hanifa in every aspect of Fiqh.
One is only ever allowed to refer to another Madhab if it is extremely difficult or even impossible to perform an action in accordance to one’s own Madhab. In this case, one must ensure that the action is performed properly according to the alternative Madhab’s rulings.
 
One who does not follow a Madhab has no form of guidance; they will not be able to differentiate between rulings of Islamic Fiqh, or even understand basic Islamic duties i.e. methods of praying Salah.
 
The scholars advise that a person should remain with one Madhab all their life, unless they change to another for a truly valid reason i.e. religious necessity.
To change Madhab for worldly purposes is considered a dangerous move, as it implies one is taking his religion lightly and there is even a danger that such a person may die without faith. Additionally, changing Madhab requires thorough research and understanding of the conditions of Fiqh. It will also take one much time and effort to fully adapt to the rulings of the new Madhab. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended to stay attached to one Madhab throughout one’s life and to abide by it fully.
 

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