Hadith – Class Two

Hadith Seven:

The Messenger of Allah said, “Give glad tidings, to those who often walk to the mosques in darkness, of a complete light on the Day of Resurrection.”

This hadith is a perfect metaphor of two opposites.  The Day of Resurrection is a very dark day for most people and Allah gives many examples of people on that day who will have light i.e. those who extend their wudu; those who recite Quran etc.  This metaphor however is different from those examples because  here we are told that in this life if we walk in the darkness for the sake of Allah i.e. to the mosque then when it is very dark (day of resurrection) we will not only have a light but a complete light.  Those times of walking to the mosque in darkness are fajr and isha and the scholars have analogised walking with driving.

In short, if you walk or drive to the mosque for fajr and isha you will find yourself a beacon of light on the Day of Darkness.   In fact there is a duah of light narrated for walking to the masjid for fajr:

“O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light, and make me light. O Allaah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light.”

Hadith Eight:

The Messenger of Allah said, “Between the two adhans is a prayer for he who wishes.”

We find a similar hadith which says that between the two adhans is a time that duah is accepted.  Between the two adhans means between the adhan and the iqama i.e. the call to pray and the call for standing to prayer.  There is no contradiction between these two hadith because the prayer is often referred to as duah because the main part of the prayer – the Fatiha – is a duah.  Even if it is taken to mean the actual prayer, there are sunnah prayers after each adhan, so the meaning can be both.

We should utilise this time between the adhan and the iqama to make duah because it is a blessed time to ask.  The Prophet (SAW) asked us to make one duah for him and he asked it after the adhan.  There is a real secret to that and it would be a foolish person to miss out on this opportunity.  The best thing is to make the duah for the Prophet (SAW) and then make any duah you wish and doing it habitually.  This way you don’t miss out on the opportunity.

“Oh Allah! Lord of this perfect call and this prayer to be established, grant Muhammad Al-wasilah (a high and special place in Jannah) and Al-fadheelah (a rank above the rest of creation) and raise him to a praised platform which you have promised him.”

The amazing thing about this duah is that the Prophet (SAW) says that “Whoever asks Allah to grant me Al-Wasilah, (my) intercession (for him) becomes binding.”

Hadith Nine:

The Messenger of Allah said, “The miser is he who when I am mentioned to him, refrains from sending blessings to me.

A miser is someone who has but refuses to give.  When we ask Allah to send blessings upon the Prophet (SAW) it costs us absolutely nothing, it takes nothing from us but, what do we get in return?  This is the short-sightedness of the miser because when we ask Allah to send one blessing on the Prophet (SAW), Allah sends ten blessings back to us.  Allah’s blessings on the Prophet (SAW) are His raising him in rank and his blessings on us are a mercy.  As we have mentioned before, we will only enter paradise through Allah’s Mercy and so sending blessings on the Prophet (SAW) in abundance is an action which we need in our lives.  With all the benefit one receives, a true scrooge it is who would feel that their time is more important or there are better things for them to do than ask Allah to send blessings on the Prophet (SAW).

This topic is huge and thousands of books have been authored on the subject of sending blessings (salawat) on the Prophet.  This article is one which will be of benefit for those who may wish to read more.  The most basic form of Salawat or sending blessings is, Allahumma Sali ala Muhammad – Oh Allah, send your blessings upon Muhammad.  This month of Rabi’ul Awwal (The First Spring) is the month when it is recommended to increase in your sending of blessings upon the Prophet.

Hadith Ten:

The Messenger of Allah said, “The Trustworthy, Honest, Muslim trader is amongst the martyrs on the Day of Judgement.

To die a martyr is amongst the highest honours for a Muslim because they have given everything, including their life, for the sake of Allah.  So why is a trader/shopkeeper/salesman offered the same lofty status?  It comes down to intention!  There are many who die on the battlefields who will not attain any status because they were not fighting purely for the sake of Allah, their intention had been tainted i.e. for money or fame etc.  Likewise there are people who die in their beds but achieve the reward of martyrdom because they were true in their desire to be a martyr if given the chance – a prime example is Khalid ibn al-Walid.

To be an honest tradesman is very difficult, because often your money is made from selling and sometimes one needs to stretch the truth to sell something.  I don’t advocate The Simpons but there is no better visual example than this 50 second clip of Marge Simpson as a real estate agent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Nc88_ZEfxg

As you can imagine, when you believe that your sustenance is dependent upon sales you will tell a person the coat looks great on them – even when it doesn’t, that meat is halal – even when it is dubious etc.  For a person to be truly sincere and sell them good apples rather than rotten apples, explain to someone that bread is 2 days old rather than fresh, takes a lot of piety and closeness to Allah.  This is why such a person has such a high rank.

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