Travelers on the Path of Knowledge

Knowledge is an ocean and a few drops just aren’t enough. -Unknown

Islam is timeless. March 1, 2010

Filed under: Hadith,Islam,Qur'an,Reflections,Sh. Hamza Yusuf — Lena @ 6:04 pm

Bismillah wAlhamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

InshaAllah you are reading this in the best of states–physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Volume 9, Book 92, Number 415:
Narrated Humaid:
I heard Muawiya bin Abi Sufyan delivering a sermon. He said, “I heard the Prophet saying, “If Allah wants to do a favor to somebody, He bestows on him, the gift of understanding the Quran and Sunna. I am but a distributor, and Allah is the Giver. The state of this nation will remain good till the Hour is established, or till Allah’s Order comes.”

A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to Sh. Hamza Yusuf’s lecture series called “Reflection on Al Hujurat”–another great lecture series mashaAllah that I, of course, recommend. In the second ayah of the surah, Allah ta’ala says:

“O you who believe! do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, and do not speak loud to him as you speak loud to one another, lest your deeds became null while you do not perceive.”

SubhanAllah. I’ll relay a couple of points on this ayah.

First: O you who believe! (yaa ayuha-ladhina aamanu)–this is to us; when we read/hear these words in the Qur’an, our ears should perk up. Allah ta’ala is speaking to us. If we claim to believe in Allah ta’ala and His Messenger, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, then listen up and know that what is to come is for you to take and put to use.

Then Allah ta’ala continues to tell us to not speak above the voice of the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam–to not treat him as we would treat any other individual, but rather he deserves far more respect. At the time when this verse was revealed and news of it passed between the Sahaba, several of them were immediately effected by it. They took this verse as speaking to them directly, and one individual in particular was certain it was revealed due to his dealing with the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam–he would speak loudly due to a hearing impairment. After hearing this verse, he left the people and isolated himself–crying and weeping and making tawba for his actions. SubhanAllah. How many of us are like this sahabah (may Allah ta’ala be pleased with him)? The Sahaba would take the revealed verses and apply them to themselves, while today, so often, when we hear a verse or any piece of knowledge and advice we are so eager to say to ourselves “Oh, so-and-so should hear this” or “This certainly must be referring to so-and-so.” Meanwhile, we neglect the one that should be of our greatest concern: our own selves. We should take verses, ahadith, advice, any knowledge we hear and automatically apply it to ourselves. As another shaykh said, when we read of Firawn, we should see the Firawn in ourselves–we should see how, while not to the same level of arrogance as Firawn, we harbor arrogance within our hearts. (May Allah ta’ala rid of us arrogance and all detestable traits and replace them with praiseworthy characteristics. Ameen.)

We should realize we are riddled with faults. It is said that we often view the world according to our state–if all we see is faults and bad in others, then we are only filled with faults. The faults we see in others should only be a means for us to realize our own faults. It is said that there were a group of people who had no faults but busied themselves with the faults of others, so Allah ta’ala gave them faults; and there was a group of people who had faults but busied themselves with becoming better and Allah ta’ala removed their faults. Surat al Hujurat continues on to mention not looking at the faults of others and to not mock.

Continuing with this ayah, Sh. Hamza mentioned a point which I recall hearing a few years ago from Mufti AbdurRahman ibn Yusuf regarding this verse. One may wonder how to apply the verse in our modern times since we do not have the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam physically with us.  The mufasiroon (those who interpret the verses) stated that this means that in our modern times we should give great respect to the ahadith.  And if a hadith is being read or shared, then we should give it our full attention and not speak over it.  Subhanallah.  Amazing.  It was shared how Imam Malik, in particular, would give great reverence to the words of the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and give the words the best of attention. We are blessed subhanAllah to have a tradition that has preserved the words of the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in such a beautiful and authentic manner.

I shared this tafsir of the verse with someone and was saddened by the response–in that they said something to the effect of it being a bit of a stretch. But subhanAllah, it is not at all. That is the beauty of this deen–it is timeless, every ayah has application in our lives–it is our fault if we fail to see it or understand that meaning. It is said that those of higher states receive openings from Allah ta’ala to different meanings within the Qur’an. “If Allah wants to do a favor to somebody, He bestows on him, the gift of understanding the Quran and Sunna.” SubhanAllah. There are so many gems within the Qur’an and Sunnah waiting to be found–we just have to give it our attention.

wAllahu ta’ala ‘alam (and Allah, the Most High, alone knows best)

May Allah ta’ala forgive me for anything incorrect I have written; anything good is only from Allah ta’ala and may He allow me to benefit and those who read. May Allah ta’ala envelop us in His Mercy and grant us the good of this world and the next. Allahumma Ameen.


Tawakkul April 11, 2008

Filed under: Hadith,Uncategorized — musaafir @ 10:28 pm

This a story with a really cute message- subhanAllah.

A young man had been to Wednesday Night Class of Quranic Studies. The teacher had shared about listening to Allah and obeying Allah through intuition.

The young man couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Does Allah still speak to people through intuition?’ After Lessons, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message.

Several different ones talked about how Allah had led them in different ways and that at the end you’ll know it was Allah(SWT) Who has directed you.

It was about ten o’clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, ‘Allah…If you still speak to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to obey.’

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, ‘Allah is that you?’ He didn’t get a reply and started on toward home.

But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk came into his head. ‘Okay, Allah, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.’ It didn’t seem like too hard a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.

As he passed Seventh Street , he again felt the urge, ‘Turn Down that street.’ This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection. Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street ..

At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh. Half jokingly, he said out loud, ‘Okay, Allah, I will.’ He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop.

He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He was in a semi-commercial area of town. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst of neighborhoods either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something, ‘Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.’ The young man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat. Allah, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad and I will look stupid.’

Again, he felt like he should go and give the milk. Finally, he opened the door, ‘Okay Allah(SWT), if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something, but if they don’t answer right away, I am out of here.’ He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could hear some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled out, ‘Who is it? What do you want?’ Then the door opened before the young man could get away.

The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn’t seem too happy to have some stranger standing on his doorstep. ‘What is it?’ The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, ‘Here, I brought this to you.’

The man took the milk and rushed down a hallway. Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down his face. The man began speaking and half crying, ‘We were just praying. We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just praying and asking Allah(SWT) to show me how to get some milk.’

His wife in the kitchen yelled out, ‘I ask him to send an Angel with some. Are you an Angel?’

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him and put in the man’s hand. He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming down his face.

He knew that Allah (SWT) still answers prayers.


Ya Rabbana Lakal Hamd! April 9, 2008

Filed under: Hadith,Islam,Reflections — musaafir @ 5:04 pm

We all know that everything is written and recorded for us in our books. The angles write everything we say. Well, when a servant of Allah(swt) says the following duaa:

ياربنا لك الحمد كما
ينبغى لجلال وجهك و لعظيم سلطانك

Ya Rabbana, lakal hamdu, Kama Yambaghy, Lijalali Wajhika Wa Aztheemi Sultanik.

Oh Allah, Thanks and gratitude be to You, as much as your magnificence and great authority ought to deserve.

The angels are stumped as to what to write. Why do the angels not know how to write this?

When we say this duaa, and it can be seen from the translation, it is unquantifiable the amount we are thanking Allah (swt), because it is as much as He (swt) ought to deserve, and a number or scale cannot be attached to this. So what do the angels do?

They go up to Allah (swt) and tell Allah(swt), a servant of Yours has something we do not know how to write. Allah(swt) of course knows what we have said, but nonetheless asks the angels what we said. The angels tell Him(swt) the duaa. Allah(swt) then tells the angels to record it exactly as the servant has said and Allah(swt) will reward us when He(swt) meets us on the Day of Judgement.

Isn’t this wonderful to hear? Something as simple as saying this duaa, saying it from our hearts will give us a reward that Allah(swt) will grant us on the Day of Judgement. Imagine that, Allah(swt) will reward us when we see Him(swt) for this small dua that has great meaning! This just shows how wonderful and rewarding this duaa is, and that Allah(swt) is saving our reward for when we meet Him(swt).

Just thought I’d share… Let’s all try to memorize this and start saying it daily. Instead of just saying Alhamdulilah (thanking Allah (swt) once) let us say “Oh Allah, Thanks and gratitude be to You, as  much as your magnificence and great authority ought to deserve.”

-Sent by Sister Soondus

Hadith Source: Sunan Ibn Maja on the authority of Ibn Omar (ra)


Rights of Muslims Upon One Another December 15, 2007

Filed under: Forgiveness,Hadith,Islam — musaafir @ 7:26 pm

Rights of All Muslims in general

Apart from your relatives and friends, all Muslims in general have certain rights over you. Allaamah Subhaani in `Targheeb wa Targheeb’ has mentioned them on the authority of Hazrat Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) to be:

1.      Forgive the fault of your Muslim brother

2.      Have compassion during their grief and crying.

3.      Hide their faults.

4.      Accept their excuse.

5.      Remove any trouble or difficulty, which has befallen them.

6.      Always desire good for them.

7.      Guard the love they have for you.

8.      Be mindful of their rights.

9.      If they are sick then visit them.

10. If they pass away then attend their funeral (Janaaza).

11. Accept their invitation (Da’waat).

12. Accept the gifts they send to you.

13. Return the good they do to you.

14. Be grateful to them for their favours to you.

15. When the occasion arises, assist them.

16. Protect and look after their household and families.

17. Assist them in their need.

18. Listen to their requests.

19. Accept their intercession on behalf of others.

20. Do not make them despair from achieving their aims.

21. When they sneeze and say `Alhamdulillah’, then reply by saying ‘Yarhamukallah’.

22. Return their lost goods to them.

23. Reply to their Salaam.

24. Speak to them with kindness and with soft and pleasant words.

25. Be kind and bountiful towards them.

26. If they take a pledge while relying on you, then fulfill their pledge.

27. If someone is oppressing them then assist them; and if they are oppressing someone else then stop them.

28. Have love for them and do not have enmity with them.

29. Do not degrade them.

30. Whatever you desire for yourself, desire the same for them.

In other Hadiths this too has been added:

31. At the time when meeting them then make Salaam; and if you shake their hands then that will be better.

32. If coincidently you become angry with someone, then do not stop speaking to him for more than three days.

33. Do not be suspicious or doubt him.

34. Do not be jealous or have enmity and hatred towards him.

35. As far as possible command good and forbid him from evil.

36. Be kind to the young and respect the Elderly.

37. If two Muslims fight then create a truce between them.

38. Do not backbite about him.

39. Do not cause him any harm, neither in his honour nor in his wealth.

40. If he cannot mount his conveyance then give him support and assist him.

41. Do not make him stand up from his place for you to sit down on it.

42. Two people should not speak amongst themselves while leaving a third person out.

An important point to note is that previously all the rights mentioned were for special groups of people. Their rights are over and above and also include the above-mentioned rights.



Fiqh al-Sunna August 27, 2007

Filed under: Hadith,Islam — musaafir @ 10:47 am

When we use the term Fiqh al-Shafi`i, we are associating the verbal noun to its doer and omitting mention of the done-to. In other words, Shafi`i is the one who is doing the action of understanding, and the object of his understanding is the Sunna, but this is not mentioned for reasons of brevity and obviousness (what else would Shafi`i be trying to understand?).Those who use the term Fiqh al-Sunna are associating the verbal noun to its done-to and omitting mention of the doer. In other words, the thing that is being understood is the Sunna, but the one who is doing the understanding has not been mentioned. Why has the doer not been mentioned?

The reason why the doer has not been mentioned is to give the misleading impression that someone who is following Fiqh al-Sunna is following the understanding of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) himself, whereas someone who is following Fiqh al-Shafi`i is merely following the understanding of a fallible human being. In other words, we are being made to believe that in the idafa, Fiqh al-Sunna, the verbal noun has been associated to its doer instead of its done-to.

Read the whole article here.


Dhikr August 19, 2007

Filed under: Dhikr,Hadith — musaafir @ 5:55 pm

One of the blessed dhikrs the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) taught his wife Juwairiya was to say each of the following three times:

subhan’Allah ‘adada khalqihi (praising Allah the number of His creation)

subhan’Allah rida nafsihi (praising Allah until He is pleased)

subhan’Allah zinata ‘arshihi (praising Allah to the level of the beauty of His throne)

subhan’Allah midada kalimatihi  (praising Allah to the extent of His words).

If someone can help me transcribe the Arabic, that would be much appreciated (I’m terrible at typing in Arabic!).

JazakAllah Khair!


Can’t you interpret Hadith on your own?

Filed under: Hadith,Islam — musaafir @ 1:19 pm

A great post from Shaykh Hamza on the SP Blog:

Ibn Wahb said, “Had Allah not rescued me through Malik and Layth, I would have gone astray.” He was asked, “How come?” to which he replied, “I heard many, many hadiths (akthartu min al-hadith) and that confused me. I then presented [the hadiths that confused me] to Malik and Layth, and they would tell me, “Accept this one and ignore that one.”” (Athar al-Hadith al-Sharif, 3rd ed., p. 58, quoted from Qadi `Iyad’s Tartib al-Madarik)

The Malik mentioned in this quote is the famous Medinan faqih and muhaddith, Imam Malik b. Anas (eponymn of of the Maliki school), and the Layth is the famous Egyptian faqih and muhaddith, Layth b. Sa`d (a mujtahid imam in his own right whose knowledge was lost because of lack of students).

Hadith literature is a double-edged sword. For top-notch scholars who are steeped in both hadith and fiqh, it is a goldmine of guidance from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace); for non-scholars who “go it alone”, it is a minefield waiting to lead them astray.

Proof isn’t hard to come by: just do a survey of the websites that talk about Islam and you will find a confusing array of conflicting opinions, all clinging to hadiths as their justification. A single hadith is a snippet, a snapshot, a moment out of the 23-year period of divine revelation. Putting this snapshot into its proper context is not an easy task, especially when there are thousands and thousands of snapshots, some real, some forged; some clear, some fuzzy.

Shaykh Muhammad `Awwamah’s book shows the complexity of interpreting hadith, and that the reason why the great jurists differed in their conclusions are more complex than simply, “he wasn’t aware of the hadith,” or, (worse still) “he ignored this hadith and decided to invent his own opinion instead.”

For the full article visit here