Tuesday, 26 March 2013

His Noble Character | Part 2

Bismihi Ta'ala

“And lo, Thou art of a tremendous nature.”
[Surah Qalam : 4]

Rasulullah’s (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) character extracted from 
the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi

Imam Hasan (RA) says, (my younger brother) Husayn said : “I asked my father (Hazrat Ali (RA)) about the conduct of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in his assemblies.” 
He replied:

       Continuation from the previous post 

  • When he spoke, those present bowed their heads in such a manner, as if birds were sitting on their heads. (They did not shift about, as birds will fly away on the slightest move).

  • When he completed his talks, the others would begin speaking. (No one would speak while Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  spoke. Whatever one wanted to say, it would be said after he had completed speaking).

  • They did not argue before him regarding anything.

  • Whenever one spoke to him, the other would keep quiet and listen till he would finish.

  • The speech of every person was as if the first person was speaking. (They gave attention to what every person said. It was not as is generally found, that in the beginning people pay full attention, and if the talk is lengthened, they become bored, and begin to pay less attention).

  • When all laughed for something, he would laugh too. The things that surprised the people, he would also show his surprise regarding that. (He would not sit quietly and keep himself aloof from everyone, but made himself part of the gathering).

  • He exercised patience at the harshness and indecent questions of a traveller. (Villagers usually ask irrelevant questions. They do not show courtesy and ask all types of questions. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did not reprimand them but exercised patience).

  • The Sahabah would bring travellers to his assemblies (so that they themselves could benefit from the various types of questions asked by these people, and also hear some questions regarding which they themselves, due to etiquette, would not ask).

  • Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  would say : ‘When you see a person in need, then always help that person.’

  • (If someone praised him, he would detest it.) If someone, by way of thanks praised him, he would remain silent. (Because it is necessary that one thank a person for a good favour or good deed. It is like one fulfilling one’s duty. Some of the ‘Ulama have translated this as : ‘If one did not exceed in praising him, he would keep silent.’ That means if he exceeded, he would prohibit him).

  • He did not interrupt someone talking and did not begin speaking when someone else was busy speaking.

  • If one exceeded the limits, he would stop him or would get up and leave (so that that person would stop).”

Friday, 22 March 2013

His Noble Character | Part One

Bismihi Ta'ala

“And lo, Thou art of a tremendous nature.”
[Surah Qalam : 4]

Rasulullah’s (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) character extracted from 
the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi

Hazrat Hasan (RA) says, (my younger brother) Husayn said : “I asked my father (Hazrat Ali (RA)) about the conduct of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in his assemblies.” 
He replied:
  • ‘Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  was always happy and easy mannered.
  • There was always a smile and a sign of happiness on his blessed face.
  • He was soft-natured and when the people needed his approval, he easily gave consent.
  • He did not speak in a harsh tone nor was he stony hearted.
  • He did not shout while speaking, nor was he rude nor spoke indecently.
  • He did not seek other’s faults.
  • He never overpraised anything, nor exceeded in joking, nor was he a miser.
  • He kept away from undesirable language and did not make as if he did not hear anything.
  • If he did not agree with the next person’s wish, he did not make that person feel disheartened, nor did he promise anything to that person.
  • He completely kept himself away from three things : from arguments, pride and senseless utterances.
  • He kept people away from three things:

1.)   He did not disgrace anyone
2.)   nor insult anyone,
3.)   nor look for faults of others.

He only spoke that from which thawaab and reward was attained. 

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Three Quls

Bismihi Ta’ala

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Khubaib (RA) reported that one dark and rainy night, they went out in search of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and they found him. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “‘قُلْ ’ (Say).”  

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Khubaib (RA) asked Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) “What should I say?”

He (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Read Surah Ikhlaas and the Muawwizatayn (Surah al-Falaq and an-Naas) thrice every morning and evening; it will suffice (as a protection) from everything.”[1]

Note: Mullah Ali Qaari (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) has quoted Allama Tibi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) in his Mirqaat (Vol 4 Page 370) that the meaning of this Hadeeth is that these Surahs are sufficient for the protection from all evil, and if the reader does not read any other wazeefa besides this, it would suffice him.

[Extracted from Morning and Evening Duas 
By: Shaykh ul Arab wal Ajam Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (DB)]

Each Surah has to be read thrice.

[1] Mishkaat

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Description (Part 3)

Bi Ismihi Ta'ala

Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam)’s description,
condensed from the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi

Part 3

The Seal of Prophethood was situated between his shoulders. It was a miracle and a sign of Prophet-hood. He is the last of all prophets.
[From different narrations, the Seal of Prophet-hood has been described as something like a knot on a mosquito net or bedstead, and like a red tumour (raised or protruding flesh) on the back of Nabi (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam), the size of which was like that of a pigeon’s egg (in roundness), and which also had a few hairs around it. ]

He was the most generous and most truthful. He was the most kind-hearted and came from the noblest family.
[This means that his character, family background and everything else was of the best.]

Any person who saw him suddenly would become awe-inspired.
[Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) had such a great personality and dignity, that the person who saw him for the first time, because of his awe-inspiring personality, would be overcome with a feeling of profound respect. Firstly there is awe for the physical body; with this, when other kamaalaat are added, what more could then be said of the awe? Awe was amongst the special qualities granted to him.]

Anyone who came in close contact with him, and knew his excellent character was smitten with the love of his excellent attributes.

Anyone who described his noble features can only say: ‘I have not seen anyone like Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam), neither before nor after him.’

Friday, 8 March 2013

Description (Part 2)

Bismihi Ta'ala

Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam)’s description,
condensed from the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi

Part 2

When Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) walked, he leaned forward slightly - with a slight forward inclination of the head and shoulders. When he walked, he lifted his legs with vigour, as if he were descending to a low-lying place, and would place his feet softly on the ground.
He walked at a quick pace and took a rather long step. He did not take small steps.
(He did not walk with  his chest pushed out in pride, nor did he drag his feet.)

While walking, he asked the Sahabah to walk in front, and he himself walked behind. (This was his humbleness).

He made Salaam first, to whomsoever he met.

When he looked at something, he turned his whole body towards it.
When he addressed a person, he turned his whole body towards that person. He did not only turn his face towards the person he addressed, as this is considered impolite, and sometimes even denotes pride. Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) faced the person with his chest and body.

He always looked down. His Mubarak sight was focussed more to the ground than towards sky.
(Eventhough his Mubarak habit was to look down towards the ground, whilst waiting for Wahi, he would also look towards the sky. ...Usually, he looked down, on the ground.)

He would look with a light eye (i.e. he looked at a thing with modesty and bashfulness; hence he did not stare at anything.)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Description (Part 1)

Bismihi Ta'ala

Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam)’s description,
condensed from the Ahaadeeth of Shamaa`il Tirmizi

Part 1

Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) was very handsome.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) said: ‘Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) was so clean, clear, beautiful and handsome, as though his body was covered and moulded in silver. His Mubarak hair was slightly curled.’

He was neither tall nor was he short. He was of medium stature, but slightly taller.
It was a Mu`jizah that he appeared the tallest when he stood up in a group.
In the manner that no one had reached a higher status than Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) in all respects, even in his physical appearance. There is no one that could excel him.

His complexion was white with redness in it (in which beauty and brightness were overwhelming).
He had a radiant and light colour, which was slightly wheat-coloured.      

His Mubarak face shone like the full moon. (His face was illuminated, more luminous than even the full moon on the 14th night. This description is given as a comparison, otherwise even a thousand moons cannot give the brightness of Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam)).

His hair was neither very straight nor very curly (but slightly wavy).

At the time of his passing away, there was not more than 20 white hair on his mubaarak head and beard.

He did not have a big body nor a round face, but his Mubarak face was slightly round (he did not have a fully round face nor a fully elongated face, but in between the two).
His head was moderately large.
He had a wide forehead.
His Mubarak eyes were extremely black. There were red lines in the whiteness of his eyes.
His eyelashes were long.
He had dense and fine hair on his eye brows. Both eye brows were separate and did not meet each other in the middle. There was a vein between them which used to expand when he became angry.
His nose was prominent and had a Noor and lustre on it.
His Mubarak beard was full and dense.
His cheeks were smooth and full of flesh.
The mubarak mouth was moderately wide. (It is desirable for Arab men to have wide mouths. According to some, a wide mouth means eloquence (fluency of language)).
His mubarak teeth were thin and bright. The front teeth had a slight space between them. When Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) spoke, a Noor emitting from his Mubarak teeth could be seen.
His Mubarak neck was beautiful and thin, like the neck of a statue which had been shaved clean, the colour of which was clear, shining and beautiful like silver.

All the parts of his Mubarak body were of a moderate size, and fully fleshed. His body was proportionately jointed.
The bones of his joints were strong and large (denoting strength).
The joints of the body (e.g. elbows, knees, etc.) were large; likewise the portion between the two shoulders was broad and fully fleshed.
His Mubarak chest and stomach were in line, but his chest was broad and wide. The space between his shoulders was wide (i.e. he had broad shoulders).
He had a thin line of hair running from the chest to the navel. Neither the chest nor the stomach had other hair on it.
There was no hair (more than normal) on his body. He did not have hair on the other parts of his body, besides places like the arms and legs.
His forearm was long and palms were wide.

The palms and both feet were fully fleshed.
The soles of both feet were fully fleshed (which is a praiseworthy quality in man, denoting strength and courage).
The soles of his feet were a bit deep. His feet were smooth, because of their cleanliness and smoothness, water did not remain there, but flowed away quickly.
The fingers and toes were moderately long.

His body was bright and had a lustre. 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

His Beauty...

Bismihi Ta'ala

“The full beauty and elegance of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) has not been made manifest, otherwise it would not have been possible for man to look at him.”
Hazrat Ayesha (RA) said in poetry :

“If the friends of Zulaykha could see the blessed face of Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam), they would cut their hearts instead of their hands.”
Every person is required to believe that with whatever beautiful qualities and attributes the body of Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) is described, no other person can compare to it. Allah Ta’ala bestowed upon Rasulullah (Sallaahu alayhi wasallam) all the inner kamaalaat (perfection) and zaahiri (external) beauty, fully.

From Shamaa`il Tirmizi 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Durood Shareef

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)

During a visit to Madina Munawwarah[1], I was sitting in the courtyard, on the marble floor outside Masjidun Nabawi[2] ( Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam), near the Raudha Mubarak[3]. I was looking at the Green Dome, and in deep thought. A doctor, from Johannesburg, walked by. After greeting me with Salaam, he asked me as to what I was watching.

I replied : ‘The flights coming into Madina Shareef.’

He replied : ‘No planes are permitted to fly in the vicinity of the Haram Shareef[4].’

I explained : ‘The flights are the flights of the angels, who have collected the Durood[5] and Salaam[6] of millions of Muslims, throughout the world, and who are now conveying these to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).’

The Hadeeth Shareef mentions : ‘Verily Allah has certain angels wandering all over the earth. They convey to me the Salaat of my Ummah.’[7]

…This should not be difficult to understand in this day and age of advanced technology. Thousands of people are making phone calls to people in different cities and countries of the world. Within seconds, there is a connection and the person is able to speak.

Rasulullah’s (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) Ihsaan (favour) upon us is tremendous. Durood Shareef should therefore become our daily practice as it develops that connection with Nabi (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).

Using the remarkable gift of imagination, one should imagine the angels conveying one’s Durood Shareef in the court of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam), or imagine standing before the Raudha Mubarak and personally presenting Salaat and Salaam to the Master of all men, the Seal of all the Prophets, the Crown of the Believers, the Illuminator of the universe, the Leader of the pious, the Protector and Guide of the Believers and the Beloved of Allah Ta’ala, Sayyidina[8] Muhammad (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).

This noble and lofty Ibaadah[9] of conveying Salaat and Salaam with sincerity, attention and meditation will create a ‘kaifiyyat’ or special feeling within the heart as well as gain one the Qurb[10] of Allah Ta’ala, since Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) is the Beloved of Allah Ta’ala.

Moreover, the person who conveys Salaat and Salaam becomes the beneficiary to many, many bounties, in this world and the next. Some of these are :

-      Sins are forgiven,
-      Stages elevated in the hereafter,
-      Protection from Jahannum,
-      Protection from harm,
-       Intercession of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam),
-      Securing the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala,
-      Attracting blessings in wealth,
-      Dispelling poverty

Durood Shareef also draws the Rahmah (mercy) of Allah Ta’ala and invites Barakah (blessings) into our homes, businesses, and lives, as well as grants relief from various anxieties.

Through the recitation of Durood Shareef, our Duas (supplications) are also accepted, Insha-Allah.

[1] Madina Munawwarah : The Enlightened City
[2] Masjidun Nabawi : The Sacred Mosque of the Prophet (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) .
[3] Raudha Mubarak : Blessed garden (in reference to the Prophet’s (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam)  grave)
[4] Haram Shareef : The Holy Mosque of the Prophet (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam)  
[5] Durood/Salaat : Seeking Allah’s Blessings on the Prophet (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).
[6] Salaam : Salutation to the Prophet (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).
[7] Nasa’ee
[8] Sayyidina : Our Leader
[9] Ibaadah : Worship
[10] Qurb : proximity, nearness.