Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sighting the New Moon

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

"Every month is a stage in a man's life. As a month ends and the new moon is signalling the beginning of the next month, it seems to announce that a stage in every man's life has passed and a new one beginning. The most suitable supplication at this time can only be: "O Allah! Cause the new stage, which is the new month, to pass with peace, security, faith and Islam, and make us obedient to You."

Because there are people in the world who worship the moon, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) made part of the supplication as a declaration that the moon is merely a creation of Allah Ta'ala and just as Allah Ta'ala is our Lord so too is He the Lord of the moon."

[Commentary from Ma'ariful Hadeeth - Meaning and Message of the Traditions by Maulana Muhammad Manzoor No'mani (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)]

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Durood Shareef | Jumu`ah

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

 “Confer Salaah (Durood) upon me excessively each Friday; the one who confers the most Salaah will be closest to me.” 

“Confer Salaah (Durood) increasingly upon me, during the day of Jumu`ah and during the eve of Jumu`ah. Whosoever does so, I will be his witness or I will intercede for him on the Day of Qiyaamah.” 

"The one who confers 1000 Durood upon me in one day, he will not die until he is given the glad-tidings of Jannah."
(Kanzul Ummaal)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

When a Strong Wind Blows

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Whenever the winds would blow, Rasulullah’s (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) colour would change and he would become worried. Upon enquiry, he would say: “I fear that it could be a punishment for my Ummah.”

Thereafter, if it rained calmly, his relief was to such an extent, that he would even go out, into the rain, open his chest or some part of his body and let the rain fall on his body so as to take blessing from it. Upon enquiry, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Indeed it (the rain) has just recently come from my Lord.”

[Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2080]

Friday, 16 May 2014

Salaat and Salaam

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyalluhu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah 
(Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: 

Whoever confers blessings upon me by my grave, I hear his blessings and whenever blessings are conferred upon me from a distance, they are conveyed to me.” 

~ Bayhaqi

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Trees of Jannah

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Hazrat ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (Radiyallahu’anhu) reported that 
Rasulullah (Sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

I met Nabi Ibrahim (‘Alaihis Salaam) when I was taken on Mi’raj (ascension to the heavens) and he told me:  “O Muhammad, convey my Salaam (greetings) to your Ummah and tell them that Jannah has good soil and sweet water, but it is barren. The plantation of Jannah is (the recitation of) Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaaha illallah and Allahu Akbar.”



Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu’anhu) reports that 
Rasulullah (Sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

“Say: Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaaha illallah or Allahu Akbar, one tree will be planted for you in Jannah for each of these.”

(Ibn Majah)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The wonderful condition of the Believer!

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Rasulullah (Sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said:

"How wonderful is the matter of the (true) believer! All his conditions are good. Nobody else has this (privilege) besides the believer. If he experiences prosperity, he is grateful and that is good for him, and if difficulty afflicts him, he is patient and that is good for him too."

[Sahih Muslim]

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Surmah | Kohl

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Ahadith on Surmah

One should use Surmah (kohl / antimony) with the intention of Ajr (reward). It benefits the eye and one receives reward for following the Sunnah also.

Hadith 1

Ibn Abbaas (RA) says : “Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said : ‘Use kohl made of Ithmid on the eye; it brightens the eyesight and strengthens and increases the growth of the eye lashes.’”

Sayyidina Ibn ‘Abbaas (RA) used to say : ‘Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  had a small container for keeping kohl from which he applied kohl in each eye three times every night.’


Ithmid is a special type of kohl which is reddish black in colour. It is obtained in the Eastern countries. Some Ulama say it means those who have good eyesight and it should be used by those with whose eyesight it agrees, otherwise a sick person’s eye will pain more by its use. 

It is more beneficial to apply kohl at the time of sleeping as it will remain longer in the eyes, and will penetrate more into the pores. There are different narrations on the number of times it should be applied in each eye.

In a few, it is stated that it should be applied 3 times in each eye, as mentioned above. In other narrations it is stated that it should be applied 3 times in the right eye and 2 times in the left eye. It is supposed that the variations are because of the different times of the narrations.

At a certain time, Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  applied it in one manner and at another time, in the other manner. 

Hafez Ibn Hajar, Mullah ‘Ali Qaari  and other ‘Ulama have preferred the first method. The first method has been narrated many times from Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) .

Hadith 2

Hazrat Ibn Abbaas (RA) reports : “Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  applied kohl of Ithmid three times in each eye before sleeping.” 

In a narration also from Ibn Abbaas (RA), it is reported : “Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) had a small container for keeping kohl, from which he applied in each eye, kohl three times before sleeping.”

Hadith 3

Hazrat Jaabir bin Abdullah (RA) says : “Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  said : ‘Use the kuhl made from Ithmid for the eyes. It brightens the vision and strengthens the growth of the eye lashes.’”

Hadith 4

Hazrat Ibn Abbaas (RA) says : “Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  said : ‘The best from among all the kohl used by you is the one made from ithmid. It brightens the eyesight and strengthens the growth of the eye lashes.’”

Hadith 5

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (RA) related the same Hadith from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)  that : ‘Verily use the kohl made from Ithmid. It brightens the vision and strengthens the growth of the eye lashes.’


In all the above narrations the use of Kohl made from Ithmid has been stressed. Only those eyes are meant that agree with the use of it, otherwise because of certain eye conditions, kohl does not agree with some people, as was mentioned previously. 

The Ulama have written that due to these commands and practices, it is Sunnah to use Kohl and it is better to use the one made from Ithmid. If one uses kuhl made from any other substance, it will be regarded as Sunnah, but the virtue is obtained by using kohl made of Ithmid.

From ‘Shamaa`il Tirmidhi’.