The hadeeth about the blind man that is quoted as evidence by those who seek to draw closer to Allah (tawassul) by virtue of the dead

Whilst I was reading Saheeh al-Jaami‘ as-Sagheer, I came across a hadeeth (1279) that says: “O Allah, I ask You and I turn to You by virtue of Your Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy; O Muhammad, I turn by virtue of you to my Lord concerning this need of mine, that it might be met for me. O Allah, or accept his intercession for me.” I was confused about this hadeeth. Is there any evidence in it for those who seek to draw close to Allah (tawassul) by virtue of the dead, as is done by worshippers of graves and their ilk? How can we interpret this hadeeth?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Imam Ahmad and others narrated with a saheeh isnaad from ‘Uthmaan ibn Haneef that a blind man came to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and said: Pray to Allah to heal me. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “If you wish, I shall pray for you; and if you wish, I shall delay that for you and that will be better for you.” [According to another report, he said: “… Or if you wish, you can be patient and that will be better for you.”] He said: Pray for me (now). So he instructed him to do wudoo’ and do it well, then to pray two rak‘ahs and say this du‘aa’ (supplication): “O Allah, I ask You and I turn to You by virtue of Your Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy. O Muhammad, I turn by virtue of you to my Lord concerning this need of mine, that it might be met for me. O Allah, accept his intercession concerning me and accept my intercession concerning him.” So the man did that and he was healed. Continue reading

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Meaning of the hadeeth “Whoever sells a house or piece of land and does not put its price into something similar, will not be blessed therein”

It was narrated from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) that he said: “Whoever sells a house or piece of land then does not put its price into something similar, will not be blessed therein.” Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) classed it as saheeh. I would like to know more about the meaning of the hadeeth, including what is meant by the words “it will never be blessed for him” and what is meant by “putting its price into something similar.” Does that only refer to buying another house or could it also include building another house or developing another piece of land? Can we not interpret the hadeeth as meaning that it is haraam to use the price of land except to buy other land or to build a house on other land or to develop other land?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The hadeeth referred to was narrated by Imam Ahmad (17990) and Ibn Maajah (2481) from Sa‘eed ibn Hurayth (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever sells a house or piece of land then does not put its price into something similar deserves not to be blessed therein.”

Ibn Maajah (2482) narrated that Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever sells a house and does not put its price into something similar will not be blessed therein.”

This hadeeth was classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, 5/326, when all its isnaads and corroborating reports are taken together.  Continue reading

How can I start to seek knowledge of hadeeth?

What do you say about the one who wants to seek knowledge of hadeeth? How should I start? Please note that I have studied ‘aqeedah (beliefs) in depth, praise be to Allah, and now I find myself inclining a great deal towards studying hadeeth. I want to start and I need your advice.

Praise be to Allaah.

We may sum up our advice concerning the methodology of seeking knowledge of hadeeth as follows:

Firstly:

Paying a great deal of attention to memorising the texts of the Prophet’s Sunnah, because this is the aim and purpose for which the scholars established all the sciences of hadeeth. So it is not permissible for the seeker of knowledge to be distracted from the aim by the means.

Memorising the texts of the Prophet’s Sunnah begins with memorising the hadeeths on which there is agreement between the two Saheehs (al-Bukhaari and Muslim), then by memorising those which were narrated only by al-Bukhaari, then by memorising those that were narrated only by Muslim. This will lead to accomplishing the first and most important stage in forming the hadeeth mentality in the one who is seeking knowledge of hadeeth.

After that, he moves on to memorising hadeeths that are extra to those of the two Saheehs, which are to be found in the six books and the well-known Musnads. He may seek help in doing so by means of many books in which these extra reports (zawaa’id) are compiled and classified.  Continue reading

A hadeeth for which there is no basis warning those who do not offer the five daily prayers

I seen people posting on Internet(facebook) about reward of performing each salah which I have not read in Quran nor in any hadiths.
they post 
” REMINDER~♥:THOSE WHO DO NOT SAY THEIR PRAYERS OF:
-FAJR : The Glow of their face is taken away.
-ZUHR: The Blessing of their income is taken away.
-ASR : The Strength of their body is taken away.
-MAGHRIB : They are not benefited by their children.
-ISHA : The Peace of their sleep is taken away. ”
Would you please tell us whether this is correct or something invented from people.

Praise be to Allaah.

This hadeeth does not appear in any of the books of Sunnah, or any books of saheeh (sound) hadeeth or even books of da‘eef (weak) hadeeths. This indicates that it has no basis and no isnaad. Rather some people have fabricated it and spread it in chat rooms and on some websites, thinking that they can scare some people and stop them giving up prayer. They do not know that they have committed a great sin by doing this. Some scholars even stated that the one who tells a lie about the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) deliberately is a kaafir.  Continue reading

A fabricated hadeeth: “The sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the ignorant”

Is this hadeeth saheeh? “The sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the ignorant”.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

This saying, “The sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the ignorant”, is not a hadeeth from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and it is not a report from any of the Sahaabah or Taabi‘een. It is not known in the books of Sunnah and hadeeth, and we have not come across it in any of the recognized books of Sunnah, even after extensive searching.

Rather we found it among the books of the Shi‘ah which are full of fabrications and lies, in a book called Man la yahduruhu al-Faqeeh (4/352-367) by ash-Shaykh as-Sadooq (d. 381 AH), where it says:

“It was narrated from Hammaad ibn ‘Amr and Anas ibn Muhammad from his father, and they both – meaning Hammaad and Muhammad the father of Anas – narrated from Ja‘far ibn Muhammad, from his father, from his grandfather, from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib, from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) that he said to him: – and he mentioned a very lengthy hadeeth, in which he said: ‘O ‘Ali! The sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the worshipper.’” Continue reading

Is there any hadeeth which speaks of extravagance in using water?

If there is any hadith regarding extravagant which states Prophet Of Allah( peace be upon him)has said one should not use more water than required even sitting beside the bank of a river?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Imam Ahmad (6768) and Ibn Maajah (419) narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) passed by Sa‘d when he was doing wudoo’, and he said, “What is this extravagance, O Sa‘d?” He said: Can there be any extravagance in wudoo’? He said, “Yes, even if you are on the bank of a flowing river.” Continue reading

How sound is the hadeeth “Husayn is of me and I am of Husayn”?

I passed by a booth in my university that looked Islamic. I’ve learned to pay close attention to the writings on the posters and the books, for I once saw what looked like a well-presented Islamic booth but it turned out to be Ahmediyyah, because of that huge portrait of Mirza. Anyway, I came across one called “Thaqalayn”. I’ve never heard of that group. Who are they? Also, they had posted the following: “Hussein is from me and I am from Hussein” (narrated by numerous sources including Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Al Tabarani, & Mishkat al Masabih). Is this an authentic hadith?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The hadeeth mentioned was narrated by al-Tirmidhi (3775), Ibn Maajah (144) and Ahmad (17111) from Ya‘la ibn Murrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Husayn is part of me and I am part of him. May Allaah love those who love Husayn. Husayn is one of my grandsons.”

This hadeeth was classed as hasan by at-Tirmidhi and al-Albaani.

This hadeeth points to the virtues of al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with him). Ahl as-Sunnah love al-Husayn and respect him; they take him as one of their own and they testify that he is in Paradise, but they do not go to extremes in that as the Raafidis and Shi‘ah do. So they do not call upon him instead of Allah, and they do not believe that he is infallible or that he has knowledge of the unseen, and they do not hate the Companions of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and they do not regard anyone of them as a kaafir; they do not slander Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Aa’ishah or anyone else among the Sahaabah.

There is the fear that the Thaqalayn group may be a Shi‘i group, so beware of that and adhere to the path of Ahl as-Sunnah and the mainstream of the Muslims.

We ask Allah to help and guide us and you.

And Allah knows best. Continue reading

The hadeeth about the virtue of praying in a turban is not saheeh

How sound is the hadeeth, “Two rak‘ahs offered in a turban are better than seventy rak‘ahs without a turban”?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This hadeeth was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) and says that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Two rak‘ahs offered in a turban are better than seventy rak‘ahs without a turban.”

It was narrated by ad-Daylami in Musnad al-Firdaws, 2/265, no. 3233. In al-Jaami‘ al-Kabeer (no. 14441), as-Suyooti attributed it to Abu Na‘eem. But we could not find it.

Al-Mannaawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Abu Na‘eem also narrated it from him – and it is through him and from him ad-Daylami received it – moreover its isnaad includes Taariq ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan, whom adh-Dhahabi listed among the da‘eef (weak) narrators and said: an-Nasaa’i said: He is not strong. It was narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Ajlaan, whom al-Bukhaari listed among the da‘eef narrators. Al-Haakim said: He has a poor memory. End quote.  Continue reading

About the hadeeth, “There is no i‘tikaaf except in the three mosques”

Imam al-Albaani said in his essay Qiyaam Ramadan, in the section on i‘tikaaf: “Then I came across a clear saheeh hadeeth which singles out these mosques: ‘There is no i‘tikaaf except in the three mosques.”’ And he pointed out that it is a hadeeth of Hudhayfah narrated by al-Tahhaawi, al-Bayhaqi and al-Isma‘eeli, and hence in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah. What is the ruling on this hadeeth? What could we learn from it concerning i‘tikaaf? i.e., do we understand that it is prohibited to observe i‘tikaaf anywhere but in the three mosques or do we learn from this hadeeth that perfect i‘tikaaf cannot be done except in the three mosques? In either case, what is the proof?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

The Qur’aan and Sunnah, and scholarly consensus, indicate that it is mustahabb to observe i‘tikaaf in the mosques.

Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“and We commanded Ibrâhim (Abraham) and Ismâ’il (Ishmael) that they should purify My House (the Ka’bah at Makkah) for those who are circumambulating it, or staying (I’tikâf), or bowing or prostrating themselves (there, in prayer)”

[al-Baqarah 2:125].   Continue reading

He works for a company that sells CDs of Qur’aan and hadeeth, and also CDs of music and movies

What is the ruling on me working in a company that sells audio and video CDs, including those that contain the Holy Qur’aan, hadeeth and Islamic fiqh, and others that contain music and movies of various kinds. Please note that this is my only source of income and I have tried to leave it many times but did not succeed for a number of reasons. Is my working there haraam, and is the salary I earn haraam, and do I have to leave immediately?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If you can make your work dealing only with the CDs of Qur’aan, hadeeth and similar material that is beneficial or permissible, and not deal with anything that is haraam, then there is nothing wrong with you staying with this company.

But if that is not possible, in that the one who works at this company has to work in all sections and he cannot limit it to some of them, then it is not permissible to work in this company, because that is helping in sin and transgression, and spreading evil and haraam things, and Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2].  Continue reading