The narration about the Prophet (saw) counting Tasbih on his right hand… [Reported by Abu Dawud]
The extra wording “his right hand” is weak as it was singularly narrated by Muhammad b. Qudāmah and he opposed the other Huffadh (reliable narrators) that narrated this hadith without the extra addition.
Based on this, a person can count his Tasbih on his right and left hand.
– Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd (r)
In a narration mentioned by khateeb al Baghdadi (Rahimahullah), it said لتطفوا with the people of ilm. This word means many things. From them are the following:
- To be gentle with the people of ilm
- To speak to them gently
- To not annoy them. For example, to not constantly ask them questions. Not asking them a question when they are tired or busy
- Spending on them
- Helping them whenever and wherever possible. For example, one Sheikh we know has translated and put something together over 4-5 years!
- To be patient with them.
This is just a small amount of khidma we should be doing for the people described in such honourable ways.
What we can learn from this Hadith?
On the authority of Abu Hurairah (ra), who said that the Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
‘Allah the Exalted has said: ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil prayer (or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him. When I love him I become his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks (something) from Me, I give him, and if he asks My Protection (refuge), I protect him.”
One of the main things to take is that a person needs to be on point with their obligatory acts.
It doesn’t matter how many optional acts one does if their obligatory ones aren’t on point.
For example, a person prays the whole night in qiyaam and then misses Fajr.
This is one of the 6 steps of Shaytaan.
A scholar of the past reports in his tafseer that Umar (ra) said, whoever takes care of his relationship with Allah in secret, Allah will take care of his open affairs (like relationship with the people etc).