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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Meaning of Sunnah and its Importance

October 23, 2016

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Meaning of Sunnah and its Importance

Adapted from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
(22/06/2016  After Fajr /Ramadan 1437)  Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

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‎ عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏  ‏”‏كل أمتي يدخلون الجنة إلا من أبى ‏”‏‏

قيل‏:‏ ومن يأبى يا رسول الله قال‏:‏  ‏”‏ من أطاعني دخل الجنة، ومن عصاني فقد أبى‏”‏ ‏‏‏(‏رواه البخاري‏)‏‏‏

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radhiallahu Anhu reported:  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Everyone of my Ummah will enter Jannah except those who refuse”. He was asked: “Who will refuse?” Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Whoever obeys me, shall enter Jannah, and whosoever disobeys me, refuses to (enter Jannah)” ~ [Bukhari]

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has indeed favoured mankind by sending them the best of creation and the most perfect example of His message, Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. To protect, preserve and emulate the Sunnah way of life of such a lofty and distinguished role model, is our pathway to success, in this world and the hereafter. One of the scholars of the past, Imam Malik Rahmatullah Alayh said: “The Sunnah is like the ark of Nuh (Alayhis Salaam). Whoever embarks upon it achieves salvation and whoever rejects it, is drowned”

What is the meaning of Sunnah  سنة ? In Arabic, Sunnah means a ‘pathway’. Be it our Aqeedah (beliefs in Allah), our speech, our actions, our Akhlaaq (character), our Ma’mulaat (daily routines), or our Mu’asharaat (social ethics)’… “As Seerah Wa-Tareeqah” is a complete way of life for every Believer. We should never say : “It is only a Sunnah!”… This way of life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, is Akmal اکمل (most perfect), Ajmal اجمل (most beautiful) and As-hal اسہل (most easy) …

 Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam gives glad tidings to those who comply with the Sunnah من أحب سنتي فقد أحبني، ومن أحبني، كان معي في الجنة … “Whoever gives life to my Sunnah certainly loves me, and whoever loves me is with me in Paradise.” [Tirmidhi].

Those who reject the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and oppose him, are warned of Allah Ta’ala’s wrath, disapproval and punishment. Once, a man ate with his left hand in the presence of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, whereupon he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ” كُلْ بِيَمِينِكَ Eat with your right hand.” The man said: ” لا أسْتَطِيعُ I cannot do that.” Thereupon Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, ” لا اسْتَطَعْتَ May you not be able to do that (eat with your right hand).” It was Kibr (pride) that held him back from following the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and he was never then able to raise his right hand to his mouth to partake of food again [Muslim].

The Obedience of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is the Obedience of Allah Ta’ala

The Sunnah is undoubtedly indivisible from the Qur’aan, and Ulema have mentioned that Allah Ta’ala has commanded the Believers to “Obey Allah and the Messenger” in more than twenty-five Ayaats in the Quraan Shareef. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala states  :


قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُول
Say, “Obey Allah and the Messenger ~ Surah Al Imraan 3:32

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ
Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins ~Surah Al Imraan 3:31
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وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُو
And whatever the Messenger has given you – take; and what he has forbidden you – refrain from ~Surah Hashr 59:7
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وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُون
And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy ~ Surah Al Imraan 3:132
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مَّن يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللَّهَ
He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah ; ~Surah An Nisaa 4:80

Therefore, it is compulsory for every believer to obey and follow in the footsteps of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The obedience of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is, in fact, the obedience of Allah Ta’ala. Obedience to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is an indication of one`s love for Allah. If a person claims he loves Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, then he must follow the Sunnah way of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, the result of which will be, that a person will (1) gain the Muhabbah (love and recognition) of Allah Ta’ala (2) Allah Ta’ala will forgive his sins (3) Allah Ta’ala will grant him Najaat (salvation) in the Aakhirah (hereafter).

 

Preserving and Protecting the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam

Obeying, respecting and loving Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, in addition to imitating his lifestyle and abiding by his Sunnah, are responsibilities that all Believers must try to fulfill. We should hold onto whatever Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has commanded us to do and bring that particular instruction into action (obey and follow him), and whatever Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has prohibited us from, then we should refrain from those things.

Sahaba Radiallahu Anhum and the Salaf-e-Sauliheen (pious predecessors) would see every Sunnah (action) of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and they would without hesitation emulate him at every opportunity. When Hazrat Umar bin Khataab Radiallahu Anhu was on Hajj, he came to stand before the Black Stone of the Kaabah and addressed it with these words, “O Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, no doubt, you are but a stone and can neither harm anyone nor benefit anyone … Had I not seen Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam kissing you, I would not have kissed you” [Bukhari]. Apart from kissing this stone from Jannah as an act of worship and an expiation for sins, Hazrat Umar bin Khataab Radiallahu Anhu adopted this act of obedience as an expression of love for the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. 

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar Radiallahu Anhu (the son of Hazrat Umar bin Khataab Radiallahu Anhu) was noted for his love and obedience to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. No one followed in the footsteps of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam more closely than Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar Radiallahu Anhu. He diligently continued to demonstrate this love for Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam even after his demise. Once, he embarked on a hajj journey, accompanied by a group of people and whilst walking, suddenly lowered his head. There was no branch nor tree but he lowered his head. After sometime, despite not having the urge to urinate, he goes to a specific spot and pretends like he is relieving himself. His travel companions asked him why is he doing such things, to which he replied : “When I travelled with Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam during his lifetime, I observed him coming past this particular tree and there was a branch here and he lowered his head. And similarly, when passing by this particular spot he relieved himself … and so my love for the Messenger of Allah causes me to imitate and follow this example”.

 Hazrat ‘Irbaad bin Saariyah RadhiyAllahu Anhu narrates: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam preached to us one day after Fajr with utmost eloquence which caused the eyes to tear and the hearts to tremble. A man then said: “Definitely this is the advice of a person bidding farewell, hence what do you command us with O Messenger of Allah?” He (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “I command you with Taqwa (the fear of Allah) and I advise you to obey the Ameer (leader) of your time (even if it were a slave) … for those of you who live after me will see great disagreement. Whosoever reaches that era from amongst you then hold on to my Sunnah (Fa alaykum bi sunnati) and Sunnah of the rightly guided Khulafa (Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique RA / Hazrat Umar Farouk RA / Hazrat Uthmaan Ghani RA / Hazrat Ali Murtadha RA) and save yourself from innovations because every innovation will lead you astray. Bite upon it (the Sunnah) with the molars (i.e. cling on to it)”. [Tirmidhi].

 From these incidents, we can understand that Believers should surrender one’s freedom of opinion and action before Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and adopt the Sunnah in one’s daily life. Whether the Sunnah makes any sense to us or not, whether we understand the wisdom behind any particular Sunnah or not, it is the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and should be revered. The Sunnah is an ultimate guidance that links a person to Allah Ta’ala, but the reality is such, that by us rejecting this divine institution, we have taken ourselves down the slippery road of destruction and misery. 

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Naqshe qadam Nabi ke he Jannat ke raaste ~ Allah se milate he Sunnat ke raste

نقش قدم نبی کے ہیں جنت کے راستے

اللہ سے ملاتے ہیں سنت کے راستے

A person will reach Jannat by following the footsteps of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam,

A person will reach Allah by following the path of Sunnah

 

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Fasting on the 9th of ZulHijjah

September 21, 2015

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:عَنْ أَبِي قَتَادَةَ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏

 صِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ إِنِّي أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي قَبْلَهُ وَالسَّنَةَ الَّتِي بَعْدَهُ ‏ ‏

Hazrat Abu Qatadah Radiallahu Anhu narrated that

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

“Fast on the Day of Arafah (9th of Zulhijjah), for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (one’s minor sins) of the year after it, and the year before it.”

~ Tirmidhi

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Masnoon Tasbeeh after Salaah

August 5, 2015

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1436 Programmes

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This simple Tasbihaat, if recited after every Fard Salaah and at night (before sleeping), reap tremendous rewards from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. The Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mentions :

عَنْ كَعْبِ بْنِ عُجْرَةَ، عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏: مُعَقِّبَاتٌ لاَ يَخِيبُ قَائِلُهُنَّ – أَوْ فَاعِلُهُنَّ – ثَلاَثٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ تَسْبِيحَةً وَثَلاَثٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ تَحْمِيدَةً وَأَرْبَعٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ تَكْبِيرَةً فِي دُبُرِ كُلِّ صَلاَةٍ

Hazrat Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah Radiyallahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said
“There are some words, the reciters of which will never be disappointed. These are:

 
Tasbih  سُبْحَانَ اللهِ 
saying ‘Subhan-Allah’ (Allah is free from imperfection), thirty-three times,
 
 
Tahmid الحَمْدُ لله
saying ‘Al-hamdu lillah’ (Praise be to Allah) thirty-three times

and

Takbir اللّهُ أَكْبَر
saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is Greatest) thirty-four times;

and these should be recited after the conclusion of every prescribed prayer.”
~ Muslim

and in a similar Hadith ….

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu reported :  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,: “Whoever glorifies Allah (says Subhaan Allah) thirty-three times immediately after each prayer, and praises Allah (says Al-hamdu Lillaah) thirty-three times, and magnifies Allah (says Allah hu akbar) thirty-three times, this makes ninety-nine, then to complete one hundred says Laa ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allah Alone, with no partner, His is the power and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things) ~ his sins will be forgiven even if they are like the foam of the sea.” ~ Muslim

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Emulating the Sunnah

September 6, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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The Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has got tremendous beauty, attraction and Noor in it. We should be proud to display the Sunnah. Why feel shy of it?

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In the Court of the Beloved ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

June 21, 2012

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بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اَللّهُِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

Excerpts taken from a discourse ‘on the Night of Me’raj _ 2012

On this momentous occasion, Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam was in the Court of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala…It was physical experience (body and soul)…It was not a dream…A time exclusive for the Lover and His Beloved…Whilst enjoying that close proximity to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, our Beloved Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam did not forget us (His Ummah)…Yet we have forgotten His sacrifices for us!

We are consumed by the ephemeral things of this world…We become oblivious of who we are! Why are we in this world? We have forgotten our status. Our position in the eyes of Allah!…We have forgotten that we are the beloved Ummati’s of Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam! What are we doing to his Sunnats, if we are not trampling over them…Are we not guilty of ignoring His beautiful way of life (Sunnats)?

Allah inspired Him …Allah spoke to Him … Our minds may not be able to comprehend that in such a short space of time, how a person could travel to ‘Bayt al-Maqdis’, the ‘Seven Heavens’ and the ‘Court of Allah’ and return within minutes…How is that possible? … A simple explanation … Allah is the creator of time …. Allah is the controller of time. Allah does not have to surrender to time. Time surrenders to Allah. Time is the creation of Allah. Allah has full control over time. Allah has taken an oath on time. If Allah wished to make it possible…Allah did so…We have to accept wholeheartedly and not base our rejection and accepting of these things merely on our reasoning. Otherwise we will deviate from Siraatul Mustaqeem…

We need to become more loyal in our servitude to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala…

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The Hour of Tahajjud Salaah ~ A Time of Unique Peace! ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

June 14, 2012

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بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اَللّهُِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

Excerpts taken from Weekly Tafseer Discourses : Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB explains :

In Surah Muzammil, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala expatiates on aspects related to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and his devotion to Tahajjud Salaah.

In this highly stressed Sunnah, the true and genuine Muhabbat one will show to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is when one stands up at night and performs a few Rakaats in communion with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

It is such a serene time ….Everything is silent…Everything is still….It’s so peaceful…It’s a time exclusive for you and your Allah!

It is a time of unique peace!

For those that remain away from their beds at night and spread out their Mussallahs…It’s benefits are numerous. One becomes so consumed, so absorbed and engrossed in talking to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in supplication, in Du’aa, in Tilawat of the Quraan, in Ruku and Sajda…the enjoyment surpasses the people of the world and whatever their amusement may be…you cannot compare the both….

A person who reads Tahajjud Salaah…his ‘Rooh’ (Soul) becomes ‘illuminated’…It is that time of the night when a person is helped by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala to suppress his evil desires and keep them under control…..It is that time of the night where it is most effective for the heart, the eye, the ear, the tongue to mutually correspond and conform with one another…

The tongue is reciting … The ear is listening …The heart is absorbing! 

SubhaanAllah!

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala give us Taufeeq of reading Tahajjud Salaah…

 

Benefits of Reading Tahajjud Salaah :

• It is a means of becoming “close” to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

• It is a deterrent for you in committing sins

• It is a means of wiping out a persons sins

• It helps to remove the illnesses of the physical body

Reasons and causes for the deprivation Tahajjud Salaah :

• No ‘firm’ Niyyat to wake up

• Indulging in sins

• Haraam food entering our system

• Harbouring evil thoughts in one’s heart regarding a fellow muslim

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