(Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times)
(He may multiply it to him many times), is similar to His statement:
The following are three stories that took place at the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) that involved three of the Sahabah which illustrates the reactions of their mothers after they embraced Islam:
Story no. 1: On the authority of Asma’ Bint Abi Bakr she said “My mother came to visit me one day. At that time she was still a polytheist and there was a pledge between the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and Quraysh (one of the great tribes in Arabia that lived in al-Makkah in the pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance who used to enjoy great spiritual and financial powers). I requested the Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) religious verdict and said: ‘Oh Prophet of Allah! My mother came to visit me, seeking my help; should I keep a good relationship with her?” “Yes, keep a good relation with her,” said the Prophet. [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim (1003)]
Story no. 2: On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, who said: I used to call my mother to Islam when she was still a polytheist. One day, while I was calling her she mentioned something about the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) that I detested. So I went to see the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), while crying and told him: ‘I used to call my mother to Islam and she would refuse. I called her today and she mentioned something about you that I detested. Please invoke the blessings and guidance of Allah on her. Then the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: ‘O Great Allah guide the mother of Abu Hurayrah. So I left full of hope because of the Prophet’s supplication for my mother. When I reached home, I found that the door was partially closed. My mother heard my footsteps and said: Stay still Abu Hurayrah, then I heard the water running.” He added, ‘My mother performed body ablution, put on her cloths and hurriedly opened the door without her head-cover and said: “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is the Messenger of Allah”. I went back to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) crying of joy and told him: ‘I am bringing you good news. Allah answered your prayers and guided the mother of Abu Hurayrah. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) praised and glorified Allah and said: ‘This is good.’ I said: ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah to make me and my mother beloved by Allah’s believing slaves and make us love them.’ The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: ‘Oh Allah, make this little slave of Yours and his mother (meaning Abu Hurayrah and his mother) become beloved by your believing slaves and make the believers love them. Ever since, there was not a believer who heard of me, even without seeing me, that did not love me.” [Saheeh Muslim (2491)]
Story no. 3: On the authority of Saa’d (Ibn Abi Waqas radhi allahu anhu) who said that verses of the Qur’aan revealed his story. He said Um Saa’d (his mother) swore not to talk to him ever nor eat or drink until he renounces Islam. She said: ‘You claim that Allah commanded you to obey your parents. I am your mother and I order you to do this (to renounce Islam).’ He said: ‘She stayed with nothing to eat or drink for three days until she fainted because of strain. Then one of her other sons named Umarah gave her water to drink. And she started to imprecate against Saa’d, then Allah revealed this verse in the Qur’aan, which translates to the meaning of, “And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents; but if they strive to make you join with Me (in worship) anything (as a partner) of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return and I shall tell you what you used to do.” [Soorah al-Ankaboot] [Saheeh Muslim (1748)]
Also, Allah revealed another verse in the Qur’aan, which translates to: “But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that if which you have no knowledge, then obey them not; but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.”
- Regarding Good Conduct towards ones Parents – by Imam Bukhari
Extracts from ‘Saheeh al-Adab al-Mufrad’ of Imaam Bukhaaree, checked by Shaik Nasiruddin Albanee
A Comprehensive set of Chapters compiled by the Great Muhaddith Imaam Bukhari, upon the most beautiful manners and actions incumbent upon every Muslim towards his Parents
- Being kind and dutiful to one’s parents – Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen
Taken from Sharh ul-‘Aqeedat-il-Waasitiy yah by Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen p673-676; Daar-uth-Thurayyaa edition 1421 (2000)]
- Honouring the parents from the Quran and Sunnah – Shaikh Nazzam Sakkeejaa
Translated by Farhat Abbas Abu Abdullaah al-Mirpuree
Light on the Tongue But Heavy on the Scales
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon him) said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith affirms that man’s actions carry weight. On the Day of Judgement, his actions will be cast into the Balance. At that time Allah will endow these actions with weight, or according to some scholars, those records which register man’s actions will be weighed. This is quite possible for the reason that Almighty Allah is Capable of weighing things without even their physical form. This discussion apart, when actions will be cast into the Balance, the formula mentioned in the Hadith, the utterance of which is very easy, will prove weighty. Every Muslim should make it a practice to repeat them frequently.
Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her) reported, the Mother of the Believers: The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (peace be upon him said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi [Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)].”[Sahih Muslim]. Commentary: The recitation of the words quoted in this Hadith is highly meritorious and rewarding because they are full of Praise and Glorification of Allah.
Expression that is most loved by Allah
Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to me, “Shall I tell you the expression that is most loved by Allah?” It is `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi’ (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’.”[Sahih Muslim].
Obliterating Sins of the extent of the foam of the ocean
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “And he who utters: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’ one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the ocean.’‘[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. Commentary: Here sins mean minor sins and those which do not relate to the rights of people.
A Palm-tree will be planted in Jannah
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “For him who says: `Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him),’ a palm-tree will be planted in Jannah.”[At-Tirmidhi].
Commentary: Jannah is so vast that we cannot even imagine its vastness. The planting of trees in return for the Praise and Glorification of Allah is, therefore, neither something difficult nor surprising. So, there should not be any hesitation in accepting it as a fact. Some people take it is as a metaphor for a plentiful reward.
A Forgotten Sunnah- Wiping Sleep from the Face
عَنْ كُرَيْبٍ مَوْلَى ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ أَنَّ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ أَخْبَرَهُ أَنَّهُ بَاتَ لَيْلَةً عِنْدَ مَيْمُونَةَ أُمِّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ – وَهِىَ خَالَتُهُ – قَالَ فَاضْطَجَعْتُ فِى عَرْضِ الْوِسَادَةِ وَاضْطَجَعَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- وَأَهْلُهُ فِى طُولِهَا فَنَامَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- حَتَّى انْتَصَفَ اللَّيْلُ أَوْ قَبْلَهُ بِقَلِيلٍ أَوْ بَعْدَهُ بِقَلِيلٍ اسْتَيْقَظَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- فَجَعَلَ يَمْسَحُ النَّوْمَ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ بِيَدِهِ..
Ibn Abbass (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that he spent the night at his aunt’s [Maymounah] house (may Allah be pleased with her). He said, “I lied across the pillow while my aunt and Allah’s messenger both lied on the pillow. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) slept until a little before or after the middle of the night. He (peace and blessings be upon him) woke up and began to wipe the sleep from his face with both his hands…”
Collected by Bukhari (183) and Muslim (763)
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) commented on this hadeeth saying,
- This hadeeth shows it’s permissible to spend the night in a house with a man and his wife under two conditions:
1. Permission is granted from both spouses.
2. No hardship results from this action.
- The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to wake up early at night, before the middle part. He would stay awake until about a sixth of its part remained, then go back to sleep until the call for Fajr. This is what he did most of the time, and sometimes he remained awake from the middle of the night until Fajr.
- It is a legislated (recommend) act to wipe the sleep from the face when waking up. By doing so you’ll find energy. “ Sharh Saheeh Bukhari By Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen Hadeeth # 183
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah Ibn Dwight Battle (may Allah forgive him)