Speak to the People About What They Understand

َقَالَ عَلِيٌّ حَدِّثُوا النَّاسَ بِمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَتُحِبُّونَ أَنْ يُكَذَّبَ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

In Sahih al Bukhari, Ali (ra) mentioned speaking to the people about what they understand. Would you like for Allah and His Messenger to be rejected?

Based on this, Ahmad (rh) would dislike talking about revolting against the rulers, Maalik (rh) would dislike talking about certain topics in detail and even some of the Sahaaba would refrain from mentioning certain things.

What We Learn:

  • Just because you learnt something doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone. This is not considered withholding knowledge, rather you are protecting othes from that which they don’t understand.
  • Be careful what you say and to whome.
  • It shows a lack of wisdom and could even be a disease that a person starts mentioning strange things or things rarely mentioned in front of the people and the people become confused.
  • It could be showing off.

And Allah Knows Best.

Ramadaan Series {Day 15} – Being Generous in Ramadaan

In Saheeh al-Bukhari, in the Book of Wahyi (Revelation), Ibn ‘Abbaas is recorded as saying:

كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَجْوَدَ النَّاسِ، وَكَانَ أَجْوَدُ مَا يَكُونُ فِي رَمَضَانَ حِينَ يَلْقَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ، وَكَانَ يَلْقَاهُ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ فَيُدَارِسُهُ الْقُرْآنَ، فَلَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَجْوَدُ بِالْخَيْرِ مِنَ الرِّيحِ الْمُرْسَلَةِ

The Messenger of Allah (saw) was the most generous of people, and he was even more generous in Ramadaan when Jibreel (as) used to meet him. Every night of Ramadaan Jibreel (as) used to come to him and the Messenger of Allah (saw) would study the Qur’an with him. So, the Messenger of Allah (saw) was more generous in giving good than the blowing wind.

[Saheeh al-Bukhari #6]

In part of his commentary on this HadeethIbn Hajr al-‘Asqalaani (rh) wrote:

قوله : ( فيدارسه القرآن ) ـ

His statement, “So he would study the Qur’an with him”.

قيل الحكمة فيه أن مدارسة القرآن تجدد له العهد بمزيد غنى النفس ، والغنى سبب الجود . والجود في الشرع إعطاء ما ينبغي لمن ينبغي ، وهو أعم من الصدقة . ـ

It is said that the wisdom in this is that studying the Qur’an refreshed his knowledge by increasing in a feeling of self-contentedness, and contentedness is a cause of generosity. And al-Jood (generosity) according to the religious terminology is: giving what is appropriate to whom it is appropriate, and this is more general than al-sadaqah.

وأيضا فرمضان موسم الخيرات ; لأن نعم الله على عباده فيه زائدة على غيره ، فكان النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم – يؤثر متابعة سنة الله في عباده . ـ

And also, Ramadan is a season of goodnesses, for Allah has blessed His slaves with an increase (of good) therein compared to other times, so the Prophet (saw) imitated following Allah’s Sunnah with His slaves.

And ibn Hajr also wrote:

والمرسلة أي : المطلقة يعني أنه في الإسراع بالجود أسرع من الريح ، وعبر بالمرسلة إشارة إلى دوام هبوبها بالرحمة ، وإلى عموم النفع بجوده كما تعم الريح المرسلة جميع ما تهب عليه . ـ

And “the blowing wind” – meaning: in his hastening to be generous he was swifter than the wind. And the word choice of “blowing wind” indicates the persistence of its blowing with rahmah (mercy, kindness) and the broad impact of the benefit of his generosity, just as the wind of this type (strong blowing wind) encompasses all of whatever it reaches.

ووقع عند أحمد في آخر هذا الحديث ” لا يسأل شيئا إلا أعطاه ” وثبتت هذه الزيادة في الصحيح من حديث جابر ” ما سئل رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – شيئا فقال لا ” . ـ

And the Hadeeth comes in Ahmad and elsewhere that, “he would not be asked for anything except that he would give it,” and that addition is confirmed in the Saheeh in the hadeeth of Jaabir, “The Messenger of Allah was never asked something to which he responded, ‘no’”.

وقال النووي : في الحديث فوائد : منها الحث على الجود في كل وقت ، ومنها الزيادة في رمضان وعند الاجتماع بأهل الصلاح . وفيه زيارة الصلحاء وأهل الخير ، وتكرار ذلك إذا كان المزور لا يكرهه ، واستحباب الإكثار من القراءة في رمضان وكونها أفضل [ ص: 42 ] من سائر الأذكار ، إذ لو كان الذكر أفضل أو مساويا لفعلاه . فإن قيل : المقصود تجويد الحفظ ، قلنا الحفظ كان حاصلا ، والزيادة فيه تحصل ببعض المجالس ، وأنه يجوز أن يقال رمضان من غير إضافة وغير ذلك مما يظهر بالتأمل . ـ

And al-Nawawi (rh) said: In this Hadeeth there are a number of benefits:

-Encouragement to be generous at all times.

-Increasing in gatherings with righteous people during Ramadaan.

-Visiting the righteous people and the people of goodness, and this is emphasised if the one being visited does not mind that.

-The recommended nature of increasing in reciting the Qur’an during Ramadan and its being more virtuous than the rest of the forms of dhikr, for if dhikr had been more virtuous or equal in virtue, then he would have done that.

-And if it is said that the intended purpose [of studying the Qur’an with Jibreel (as)] was improving (his) memorisation, then we say that his memorisation was already achieved, and increasing in reciting is achieved through some gatherings.

-And that it is permitted to refer to Ramadaan without saying ‘shahr Ramadan‘ [the month of Ramadan’], as well as other benefits which would present themselves with reflection. [end quote from al-Nawawi]

Angels Who Record the Names on Jummu’ah

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When the day of Friday arrives there are angels upon the door of every mosque to record those who arrive in order and when the Imam sits to deliver the sermon they close their scrolls and come to listen to the remembrance. The example of one who arrives earliest is like one who offers a fine camel, then the next is like one who offers a cow, then the next is like one who offers a ram, then the next is like one who offers a chicken, then the next is like one who offers an egg.”

(Sahih Bukhari 887, Sahih Muslim 850)

What is meant here by the sitting of the Imam?

The narration refers to the Imam coming in at the beginning, meaning the start of the khutbah as suggested and explained by Imaam al Maawardi (rh) and Allah Knows Best.

Which Hand to Count Tasbih on?

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)

How To Treat The People of Ilm

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.

Always Ensure Your Islamic Obligatory Acts Are Done On Time

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.”

[Al-Bukhari]

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).