Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 13

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 13: Before commissioning of the Prophethood and some of the early signs (Part 1)

Muhammad Ibn Is-haaq رحمه الله said: The Jewish rabbis and the Christians monks and the Arab soothsayers used to speak about the advent of Prophet Muhammad , even before he was sent (as a Prophet), and when the time drew near.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 12

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 12: The Bid`ah invented by Quraish by calling themselves as al-Hums [1]

“Hums” means: “stubborn and strictly religious”. The Quraish were so called because they exaggerated in the sanctity of al-Haram (The Sanctuary) and exceeded the limits. And because of this, they made it binding upon themselves not to go to `Arafah (which was outside of the boundaries of al-Haram). They used to say: “We are the people of al-Haram and the inhabitants of the House of Allaah.” So they would not go to `Arafah, in adherence to this corrupt innovation of theirs, even though they knew well that it was part of the pilgrimage which was enjoined by Ibraaheem عليه السلام. And they used to prevent the pilgrims – those who came for Hajj or `Umrah – from eating except the food that was prepared by Quraish, and they used to prevent them from doing the Tawaaf around the Ka`bah except in the clothes provided by them. So if one of them did not find clothes provided by the Hums, he would do the Tawaaf naked, even if it happened to be a woman. So the woman who did the Tawaaf naked used to place her hand over her private parts and say: “Today some or all of it will appear, and whatever appears I don't make is permissible.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 11

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 11: The Quraish rebuilding the Ka`bah five years before the Prophethood

﴿إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِّلْعَالَمِينَ * فِيهِ آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ ۖ وَمَن دَخَلَهُ كَانَ آمِنًا ۗ وَلِلَّـهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا﴾

{Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and guidance for Al-`Aalameen (the mankind and jinn). In it are manifest signs (for example), the Maqaam (place) of Ibraaheem; whosoever enters it, he attains security. And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka`bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision, and residence)…} [Surah aal-`Imraan (3): 96-97]

It has been reported in the Saheehain from the Hadeeth of Abu Dharr رضي الله عنه: I said: “O Allaah’s Messenger ! Which Masjid was first built on the surface of the earth?” He said: Al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah). I said: “Which was built next?” He replied: Al-Masjid al-Aqsaa (in Jerusalem). I said: “What was the period of construction between the two?” He said: Forty years. He added: Wherever (you may be, and) the prayer time becomes due, perform the prayer there, for the best thing is to do so (i.e. to offer the prayers in time). [1]

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 10

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 10: The marriage of the Prophet with Khadeejah Bint Khuwaylid Ibn Asad Ibn `Abdul-`Uzza Ibn Qusay

Al-Baihaqee said: “Chapter: What the Prophet used to do before he got married to Khadeejah رضي الله عنها

Then he narrated from his chain that Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه said: The Messenger of Allaah said: Allaah did not send any prophet but he was a shepherd. His companions asked him: “Did you do the same?” The Prophet replied: Yes, I used to shepherd the sheep of the people of Makkah for a few Qiraats.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 9

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 9: Hilf al-Fudhool (the treaty to support the oppressed) [1]

Al-Haafidh al-Baihaqee reported that Jubair Ibn Mut`im reported from his father that `Abdul-Rahmaan Ibn `Awf رضي الله عنه said: The Messenger of Allaah said: I was present at Hilf al-Mutayyabeen (the alliance of the perfumed ones) with my paternal uncles [when I was a boy]. [2] I would not wish to break it, even for red camels.[3]

Then al-Baihaqee reported that Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه said: The Messenger of Allaah said: I was not present at any treaty of Quraish except for the treaty of al-Mutayyabeen, and I would never like to violate this treaty in exchange for the red camels. It was said: The “Mutayyaboon” were: Haashim, Umayyah, Zahrah and Makhzoom. [4]

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 8

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 8: The rebuilding of the Ka`bah, the Prophet’s upbringing, Allaah’s protection over him (even before the Revelation) and how he was provided refuge when he was an orphan and made sufficient when he was poor

Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullaah: When the Ka`bah was built, the Prophet and `Abbaas went to bring stones (for its construction). Al-`Abbaas said to the Prophet: “Take off your waist sheet and put it on your neck so that the stones may not hurt you.” (But as soon as the Prophet took it off) he fell unconscious on the ground with his eyes open towards the sky. When he came to his senses, he said: My waist sheet! My waist sheet! Then he covered himself with it. [1]

Monday, September 4, 2017

Saheeh al-Seerah al-Nabawiyyah: Chapter 7

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Chapter 7: The Prophet’s journey with his uncle Abu Taalib to al-Shaam and the encounter with Baheerah the monk

Al-Haafidh Abu Bakr al-Kharaa’itee reported from the route of Younus Ibn Abee Is-haaq, from Abu Bakr Ibn Abee Moosaa that his father said:

“Abu Taalib departed to al-Shaam, and the Prophet left with him, along with some of the elders of Quraish. When they came across the monk – i.e. Baheerah[1] – they stopped there and began setting up their camp, and the monk came out to them. Before that they used to pass by him and he wouldn’t come out nor pay attention to them.” He (Abu Moosaa) said: “They were setting up their camp when the monk was walking amidst them, until he came and took the hand of the Messenger of Allaah . Then he said: ‘This is the master of all mankind and Jinn; this is the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds. Allaah will raise him as a mercy to the men and Jinn.’ So, some of the elders of Quraish said: ‘What makes you know?’ He said: ‘When you people came along from the road, not a rock or a tree was left, except that it prostrated, and they do not prostrate except for a Prophet. And I can recognize him by the seal of the Prophethood which is below his shoulder blade, like an apple.’ Then he went back, and made them some food, and when he brought it to them, he [the Prophet ()] was tending to the camels. So he said: ‘Send for him.’ So he came, and there was a cloud over him that was shading him. He (the monk) said: ‘Look how the cloud is shading him.’ So, when he came close to the people, he found that they had beaten him to the tree’s shade. So when he sat down, the shade of the tree leaned towards him. He (the monk) said: ‘Look at the shade of the tree leaning towards him.’” He (Abu Moosaa) said: “So while he was standing over them, telling them not to take him to Rome with him - because if the Romans were to see him, they would recognize him by his description, and they would kill him - he turned, and there were seven people who had come from Rome. So he faced them and said: ‘Why have you come?’ They said: ‘We came because this Prophet is going to appear during this month, and there isn’t a road left except that people have been sent to it, and we have been informed of him, and we have been send to this road of yours.’ So he said: ‘Is there anyone better than you behind you?’ They said: ‘We only have news of him from this road of yours.’ He said: ‘Do you think that if there is a matter which Allaah wishes to bring about, there is anyone among the people who can turn it away?’ They said: ‘No.’” He (Abu Moosaa) said: “So they gave him their pledge, and they stayed with him. And he said: ‘I ask you by Allaah, which of you is his guardian?’ They said: ‘Abu Taalib.’ So he kept adjuring him until Abu Taalib returned him (back to Makkah) and he sent Abu Bakr and Bilal with him. And the monk gave him provisions of Ka`k (a type of bread) and olive oil.”