Chapter on the Poetry that the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam enjoyed

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 عن جندب بن سفيان البجلي قال: أصاب حجر إصبع رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فدميت فقال

ِهل أنتِ  إلا إصبع دميتِ * و في سبيلِ الله ما لقيت

Chapter on the Poetry that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam enjoyed

Jundub ibn Sufyan al-Bajali said, a rock injured the finger of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and it bled so he said,

“Are you anything but a finger that is bleeding

And all that you encounter is for the sake of Allah”

(Bukhari, in the Book of Jihad and the Book of Manners, and Muslim in the Book of Jihad)

Benefits from the Hadith:

1- This is a verse of poetry from ‘Abdullah ibn Rawaahah who was killed in the battle of Mu’tah and was one of the Sahabah who was the third-in-command in the battle after Zaid Ibn Haarithah and Ja’far ibn Abi Talib . He said these verses in preparation for the severity of the situation on the battleground, almost as though he was encouraging himself to move forward and denounce cowardice. 

2- The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam found pleasure in poetry that endorsed patience and other noble qualities or contained the praise of Allah and other truthful speech.  

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Chapter on the Style of the Jokes of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

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باب ما جاء في صفة مزاح رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

  !عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قالوا: يا رسول الله إنك تداعبنا

قال: نعم غير أني لا أقول  إلا حقًا

(حديث حسن صحيح)

Chapter on the Style of the Jokes of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

 Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anh said: it was said to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, “Oh Messenger of Allah, do you (really) joke with us?” He replied, “Yes, except I don’t say anything but the truth.”

1- The “truth” here refers to honest speech. Refraining from lying, backbiting, exaggerating, mimicking and breaking bounds when joking was the Prophet’s guidance on joking. These may seem like a lot of rules but they are ignoble characteristics that a Muslim has to refrain from. 

2- Jokes that cause malice and denote foolishness and stupidity are discouraged and denounced in Islam. There’s no point in saying something hurtful about someone and then try to patch it up by throwing your hands up in the air exclaiming, “But I was just joking!” or even worse, getting offended at their taking offence! Joking that causes sadness and separates people isn’t what Islam condones. 

3- It’s super important to watch what you’re saying when you feel humorous because there are times when people let their tongues slip blasphemous or disrespectful words out of ignorance that are very heavy and consequential in actuality. An example of this is in this hadith: 

`Abdullah bin `Umar said, “During the battle of Tabuk, a man was sitting in a gathering and said, “I have never seen anyone like these reciters of ours! They have the hungriest stomachs (they are gluttonous), lying tongues and are the most cowardly in battle.” A man in the Masjid said, “You lie. You are a hypocrite, and I will surely inform the Messenger of Allah.” This statement was conveyed to the Messenger of Allah and also a part of the Quran was revealed about it. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said, “I saw that man afterwards holding onto the reigns of the Messenger’s camel while stones and dust were falling on him, declaring, “O Allah’s Messenger! We were only engaged in idle talk and jesting,” while the Messenger of Allah was reciting,

 وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ قُلْ أَبِاللَّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِؤُونَ
 (65)

لاَ تَعْتَذِرُواْ قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَآئِفَةٍ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَآئِفَةً بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُواْ مُجْرِمِينَ
 (66)

“Was it Allah, and His Ayat and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed, if We pardon some of you, We will punish others among you for not all of you will be forgiven, some will have to taste the torment” [Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Laugh of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

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 عن عبد الله بن الحارث بن جزء رضي الله أنه قال: ما رأيت أحدًا أكثر تبسمًا من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم

Chapter on the Laugh of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

‘Abdullah ibn Al Harith radhiallahu ‘anh reported: I did not see anyone who would smile more than the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. 

Benefits from the Hadith:

1- Despite being burdened by the mission of spreading the Divine message and having to basically lead an entire new nation and all the difficulties that entails, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam had the courtesy to have a friendly, easy-going demeanor. 

2- Like the hadith of ‘Amr ibn al-Aas below states, people were generally in awe and intimidated by the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam but this was always combined with an immediate feeling of ease and comfort due to the cordiality of his personality. 

3- In Surah al ‘Imran, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says, 

(…فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظّاً غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لاَنفَضُّواْ مِنْ حَوْلِكَ)

“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you…”(verse 159)

4- In other narrations, the Sahabah radhiallahu ‘anhum reported that the laugh of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was not more than a smile i.e. he smiled more than he laughed.

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Speech of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

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باب كيف كان كلام رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت: ما كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يسرد كسردكم هذا و لكنه كان يتكلم بكلام بين فصل يحفظه من جلس إليه

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Speech of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

‘Aishah radhiallahu ‘anha is reported to have said: “The speech of Rasulallah salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was not quick and continuous like yours. He spoke clearly, word for word. Those who sat with him remembered (literally: memorized) what he said.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud in the Book of Knowledge)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- The Arabic word يسرد here means to speak continuously without a pause between sentences and words. 

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Chapter on the Reclining of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

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باب ما جاء في تكأة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

:عن أبي جحيفة وهب بن عبد الله رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم 

لا آكل متكئا

(رواه البخاري)

Chapter on the Reclining of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

Abu Juhayfah radhiallahu ‘anh reported that Rasulallahu sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “I do not eat reclining (against something). (Bukhari)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- This hadith usually gets categorized in the etiquette of eating, which is where it shows up in Saheeh Bukhari. 

2- It is undesirable to lean against a pillow or any other support while eating.

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Clothing of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

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باب ما جاء في لباس رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

عن أبي سعيد الخضري رضي الله عنه قال: كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا استجد ثوبا سماه باسمه، عمامة أو قميصا أو رداء، ثم يقول

((اللهم لك الحمد كما كسوتنيه، أسألك خيره وخير ما صنع له، وأعوذ بك من شره وشر ما صنع له))

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Clothing of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri Radi Allahu ‘Anhu reported that when the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam wore a new garment, he would name it: a turban, or a shirt or a cloak, and then he would supplicate: “Oh Allah, all praise is for You that You have granted it to me (literally: clothed me with it), I ask You for it’s goodness and the goodness for which it was created, and I seek Your protection from it’s harm and the harm for which it was created.” 

*Abu Dawud, in the Chapter of Dress 

*According to Tirmidhi the hadith is Hasan Ghareeb Saheeh, likewise Ibn Hiban, Ahmad, Ibn Sa’d and Abu Al Shaikh. According to Abu Dawud, when the Companions of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would wear a new garment it would be said to him: 

تبلي و يخلف الله تعالى 

May you wear it until it gets old and used, and may Allah replace it for you thereafter.

*According to Albaani the chain of narrators is strong. 

Benefits from the hadith:

1- The Arabic word استجد means to acquire something new. In this case, a new garment.

2- According to Imam Al Nawawi, this dua’a should be recited even in the case of shoes or socks, or something similar to that.

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Back to the Sahara

Dear Sahara Trekkers and Moonlit TrailBlazers!

Welcome back to the Moonlit Sahara! We’ve been on a long snore due to unavoidable circumstances (which happen quite often out here in the Sahara), but we’re as excited as you are to jump back into business. The Moonlit Sahara’s new look has motivated us to keep posting, and we hope it motivates you to keep reading! Insha’Allah commencing January we’ll be finishing up the  2 series we had started earlier this year including:

1- Youth Under the Shade Series: Extensive posts on the lives of some of the courageous youth who stood up for the truth and left a legacy to be carried on by the youth of today. Having discussed the lessons in the life of Ibrahim (AS) and now wrapping up the story of Yusuf (AS), drop by to see who our next hero is. Hint: Have your sword sharpened and armor ready!

2- The Hadith Series 1: Short and simple posts which extract lessons from authentic ahadith collected by Imam Al-Tirmidhi in his book, Shama’il Al-Muhammadiyyah.

So stay tuned and ride the dunes with us to make our Sahara a flourishing oasis of knowledge.  Your feedback is important to us and we’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Until the next sandstorm,

The Sahara Bloggers

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Chapter on the Kohl of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam

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باب ما جاء في كحل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن خير أكحالكم الإثمد، يجلو البصر وينبت الشعر

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Kohl of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

Ibn Abbas Radi Allahu ‘Anhuma related from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) that he said:

“The best of your Kohl is Ithmid (antimony), because it clears the sight and causes the eyelashes to grow.”

(Hadith Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

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Chapter on the Appearance of White Hair

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باب ما جاء في شيب رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم

عن قتادة قال: قلت لأنس بن مالك: هل خضب رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم؟ قال: لم يبلغ ذلك إنما كان شيباً في صدغيه و لكن أبو بكر رضي الله تعالى عنه خضب بالحناء و الكتم

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Appearance of White Hair on Rasulallah

Qatadah said: I asked Anas ibn Malik: Did Rasulallah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) dye his hair? He said: He did not reach the stage where one would dye his hair, however, he did have a few white hair on his temples; while Abu Bakr radhiallahu ‘anh dyed his hair with Hinna’ and Katm.

(Hadith Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- Katm and Hinna’ are plants that are used to produce dyes. Hinna’ produces a red dye, while katm produces a reddish-black dye.

2- Rasullalah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) would encourage the dyeing of white and grey hair.

3- It is not permitted to dye hair black, it is narrated from Jabir ibn Abdullah that Abu Quhafah (Abu Bakr’s father) was brought to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) to  pledge his oath of allegiance, and his hair was completely white. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) said, “Change this (i.e. the color of his hair), but avoid black.” (Saheeh Muslim) Rasulallah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) also said, “There will be people at the end of time who will dye their hair black like the crops of pigeons; they will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Abu Dawood)

 

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Chapter on the Seal of Prophethood

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باب ما جاء في خاتم النبوة

السائب بن يزيد يقول: ذهبت بي خالتي غلى النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فقالت: يا رسول الله! إن ابن أختي وجع, فمسح صلى الله عليه و سلم رأسي و دعا لي بالبركة, و توضأ فشربت من وضوئه, و قمت خلف ظهره فنظرت إلى الخاتم بين كتفيه فإذا هو مثل زر االحجلة

(حديث حسن صحيح)

Chapter on the Seal of Prophethood

Saa-ib ibn Yazid radhiallahu ‘anh said: My maternal aunt took me to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) and said, “O Messenger of Allah! This nephew of mine has fallen ill.” So he wiped my head, and made dua’ for me for barakah. He made wudhu and I drank from the water (left over from wudhu). I stood behind the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) and saw the Seal of Prophethood; which was like the size of a pigeon’s egg in roundness.

(Hadith Hasan Saheeh)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- From the features of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam), was the Seal of Prophethood between his shoulder blades. This was a mark of truthfulness.

2- The Seal was mentioned in the books of the Jews and Christians as one of the signs of the upcoming prophet. However, even after the signs were made clear to them,  jealousy and hatred blinded them from the truth.

3- The description of this has come in the Saheeh Sunnah to be a raised area of skin the size and roundness of which was like a pigeon’s egg. It has been narrated that there were some moles and hair surrounding it.

4- Saa-ib ibn Yazid was a young boy of around 8-10 years at the time of this incident; Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa salam) wiped his head in kindness and mercy.

5- There is no proof in the Sunnah that there were any words written on the Seal of Prophethood.

6- Saa-ib ibn Yazid drank from the water left over from the Prophet’s wudhu seeking blessing and cure.

7- The companions and believers at that time used to strive to catch a glimpse of the Seal of Prophethood, joyous that the final Messenger had finally come with enlightenment and guidance.

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)