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Umm ad-Dardā’s Love for Abud-Dardā, may Allaah be pleased with them Both


المَرْأَةُ لِآخِرِ أَزْوَاجِهَا

Maimūn ibn Mahrān said that Muʿāwiyah رضي الله عنه proposed marriage to Umm ad-Dardā so she refused to marry him and said, “I heard Abud-Dardā say, ‘Allāh’s Messenger ﷺ said, ‘A woman will be with the last of her husbands,’’—and I want no one in Abud-Dardā’s place.”

As-Sahihah, no. 1281. [2002]

“There is no Year Except That …”


مَا مِنْ عَامٍ إِلاَّ الَّذِيْ بَعْدَهُ شَرٌّ مِنْهُ حَتَّى تَلْقَوْا رَبَّكُمْ

From Anas رضي الله عنه that the Prophet ﷺ said, “There is no year except that the one after it will be worse, up until you meet your Lord.” Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1218, [2705].

Four Things the Prophet ﷺ Swore To


 

From ʿĀʾishah, from the Prophet ﷺ, “Three things I swear to: Allāh does not hold a person who has a share in Islām to be like the one who doesn’t have a share—and the shares of Islām are three: fasting, the prayer and giving in charity. Allāh does not protect [/become an ally to] a servant in this world and then abandon him to someone else on the Day of Resurrection. And a man does not love a people except that he will come with them on the Day of Resurrection. And [then] a fourth [thing]—and if I swear to it I do not fear that I will have sinned: Allāh does not conceal a person’s faults in this world except that He will conceal them in the Hereafter.”
Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1387.

Helping Your Brother in his Absence


مَنْ نَصَرَ أخَاهُ بِالْغَيْبِ نَصَرَهُ اللهُ فِي الْدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ

From Anas in marfūʿ form, “Whoever helps his brother in his absence, Allāh will help him in this world and the Hereafter.”

Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 1217.

‘My Eyes Sleep but my Heart Doesn’t.’


“From Abu Hurairah, from the Prophet ﷺ [who said], ‘My eyes sleep but my heart doesn’t.’”
As-Saheehah, no. 696.

How to Stop Leaving and Coming Home in an Evil Manner when Travelling


From Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, from the Prophet ﷺ, [who said], “When you leave your house, pray two rak’ahs—they will prevent you from an evil exit. And when you enter your home, pray two rak’ahs—they will prevent you from an evil entrance.”

As-Saheehah, no. 1323.

Al-Albaani: [The questioner says] “I read in As-Saheehah a page where there is a hadith from the Prophet ﷺ where he said, ‘When you leave your house, pray two rak’ahs—they will prevent you from an evil exit. And when you enter your home, pray two rak’ahs—they will prevent you from an evil entrance,” is that when one travels or when resident? And is it to be done constantly?”

The answer is that it seems as though it is when travelling and not when resident and if it is during travelling then naturally it wouldn’t be something that is done constantly.

Source.

When the Devils Wanted to Burn the Prophet ﷺ and the Du’aa That Jibreel Taught Him ﷺ for Protection Against Them and the Du’aa the Prophet ﷺ Taught Khaalid Ibn al-Waleed when He Complained of Feeling Some Fear at Night


Imaam Ahmad (15461) and Ibn Abi Shaibah (23601) report from Abu Tayyaah that he said, “Someone asked Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Khanbash, ‘What did the Prophet ﷺ do when the devils plotted against him?’ So he replied, ‘The Devils came to the Prophet ﷺ from the valleys and descended upon him from the mountains. Amongst them was a devil who wanted to burn Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ with a wooden torch that he had with him.

So [then] Jibreel عليه السلام came and said, ‘O Muhammad! Say [it]!’

He replied, ‘What shall I say?’

He said, ‘Say:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ وَذَرَأَ وَبَرَأَ


وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا


وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ


وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طَارِقٍ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ، يَا رَحْمَنُ

A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa khalaqa wa dhara‘a wa bara‘a.
Wa min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa min sharri maa ya’ruju feehaa.
Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa min sharri maa yakhruju minhaa.
Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wan-nahaari.
Wa min sharri kulli taariqin illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!

I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allaah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil of what He has created, sowed and formed!
And from the evil that comes down from the sky and from the evil that ascends it!
And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it!
And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and day!
And from the evil of every single one who comes knocking except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’

And so the fire of the Devils was put out and Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, defeated them.’” As-Saheehah 840.

And at-Tabaraani reports in al-Kabeer (3838) from Khaalid ibn al-Waleed, may Allaah be pleased with him, that, “… he complained to the Prophet  saying, ‘I feel some fear at night.’ So he said, ‘Should I not teach you some words which Jibreel عليه السلام taught me when he believed a powerful [Ifreet] Jinn was plotting against me? He said:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَفِتَنِ النَّهَار


وَمِنْ شَرِّ طَوَارِقِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَانُ

A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa maa ya’ruju feehaa.
Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa maa yakhruju minhaa.
Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wa fitanin-nahaari.
Wa min sharri tawaariqil-layli wan-nahaari illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!

I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allaah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil that comes down from the sky and ascends it!
And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it!
And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and the tribulations of the day!
And from the evil of all the ones who come knocking during the night and day except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’”

As-Saheehah 2738.

On Renewing Eemaan


The Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed faith [eemaan] wears out inside you just as a garment wears out—so ask Allaah تعالى to renew the faith in your hearts.”

Saheeh al-Jaami, vol. 1, p. 330, no. 1590.

On Checking Hadiths Without Mentioning Which Are Authentic and Weak


 

The Imaam said, “Someone who devotes himself to checking hadiths without clarifying which are authentic or weak is like someone who performs wudoo but doesn’t pray. Checking hadiths is a means and knowing what is authentic and weak is the goal—what is the point of checking hadiths if it isn’t accompanied with a clarification of its grading?”

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 43.

Is This The Time Being Referred To?


Al-Albaani gave the following title for the hadith below, “Is this the time the hadith is referring to?”

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed, today you are in a time whose scholars are many, whose preachers are few, whoever leaves a tenth of what he knows has followed his desires. Later a time will come whose preachers are many, whose scholars are few—whoever holds firmly to a tenth of what he knows is saved.”

Silsilah, no. 2510.

An Amazing Du’aa Not to Be Missed After Fajr and Maghrib For Protection From Shaitaan


Narration About Fajr Prayer
The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever says at the end of every Fajr prayer, while his feet are still folded, before speaking:

‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Alone without partner, to Him belongs all that exists, and to Him is the praise. He gives life and causes death, and He is powerful over all things.

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Lā ilāha illallāh, waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-ḥamdu, yuḥyī wa yumītu, wa huwa alā kulli shay’in qadīr

ten times, then ten good deeds shall be written for him, ten evil deeds shall be wiped away from him, ten degrees shall be raised up for him, and he shall be in security all that day from every disliked thing—and he shall be in protection from Shaitaan—, and no sin will meet him or destroy him that day, except for associating partners with Allaah.”

Saheeh at-Targheeb, 472. At-Tirmidhee, Eng. trans., vol. 6, p. 194.

Narration About Maghrib Prayer
Umaarah bin Shabib As-Saba’i narrated that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “Whoever says: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Alone without partner, to Him belongs all that exists, and to Him belongs the praise. He gives life and causes death, and He is powerful over all things.’

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Lā ilāha illallāh, waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-ḥamdu, yuḥyī wa yumītu, wa huwa alā kulli shai’in qadīr

ten times at the end of al-Maghrib—Allaah shall send for him protectors to guard him from Shaitaan until he reaches morning—and Allaah writes for him ten good deeds, Mujibat (Obligating, or necessitating, that is they necessitate that he shall enter Jannah, see Tuhfatul-Ahwadhi) and He wipes from him ten of the destructive evil deeds, and it shall be for him the equal of freeing ten believing slaves.”

Saheeh at-Targheeb, 473. At-Tirmidhee, Eng. trans., vol. 6, p. 243, entire translation taken from here.

PDF, here.

“There is No Supplication that a Person Can Say that is Better Than …”


The Prophet ﷺ said, “There is no supplication that a person can say that is better than:

‘O Allaah! I ask You for al-Mu’aafaah* in this world and the Hereafter.’” *(‘Mu’aafaah is for Allaah to suffice you against needing the people, and sufficing the people of having need of you. See Tuhfatul-Ahwadhi, 3512.)

Allaahumma inni as’alukal-Mu’aafaah fid-Dunyaa wal-Aakhirah

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ الْمُعَافَاةَ فِيْ الْدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ

As-Saheehah, no. 1138.
[Translation taken from the Darus-Salaam print of Sunan Ibn Maajah, vol. 5, p. 110.]

“Aaishah is My Wife in Paradise.”


The Prophet ﷺ said, “Aaishah is my wife in Paradise.”

As-Saheehah, no. 1142.

On An Angel Spending the Night with You if You Go to Sleep with Wudoo


 

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Purify these bodies, may Allaah purify you, for there is no servant who spends the night in a state of purification except that an angel spends the night with him, in the garment which is closest to his body*, [and] he does not turn over at any time during the night except that the angel says, ‘O Allaah! Forgive Your servant for he went to sleep in a state of purification.’”

Saheeh al-Jaami, 3963, Al-Albaani said, “Hasan.” * See Faid al-Qadeer, no. 5278.

“Toobaa for Those Who Saw Me …”


 

[‘Toobaa’ refers to all kinds of happiness and the name of a tree in Paradise whose width is a hundred years, and the clothes of the people of Paradise are taken from its bark, see Surah Ra’d 13:29 and As-Saheehah 1985.]

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Toobaa—once—for whoever saw me and believed in me, and Toobaa—seven times over—for whoever didn’t see me but believed in me.”

And he ﷺ said:

“Toobaa for whoever saw me and believed in me. And Toobaa, and Toobaa [once again], and Toobaa [once again] for whoever believed in me without seeing me.”

And he ﷺ said:

“Toobaa for whoever saw me and believed in me. And Toobaa for whoever saw those who saw me. And [Toobaa for] whoever saw those who saw those who saw me and believed in me—Toobaa for them and a most excellent [place to] return [to].”

As-Saheehah, nos. 1241 and 1254.

Six Hours

“The Scholars of My Nation are Like the Prophets of The Children of Israel.”


 

It is reported that the Prophet said, “The scholars of my nation are like the Prophets of the Children of Israel.”

Al-Albaani said, “The scholars are united that this hadith has no basis. It is something the misguided Qaadiyanis use as a proof to say that prophethood still remains after him . If it were authentic it would have been a proof against them as is apparent with only the slightest reflection.”

Ad-Da’eefah, 1/677-678.

Shee’ah Lies


 

The Imaam said, “What the Shee’ah say … that the Prophet said about ’Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him, ‘He is my Khaleefah after me,’ is not authentically established in any form whatsoever, in fact, it is one of their many fabrications which historical facts have proven to be wrong, because if it were assumed that the Prophet did say it, then it would have happened just as he said, for what he says is, ‘… a revelation revealed …’ [Najm 53:4]—and Allaah سبحانه fails not in His Promise.”

As-Saheehah, 4/344.

Concerning the Merit of Supplicating During the Last Hour on Friday and the Agreement of the Companions Regarding That


 

“The Prophet said, ‘Friday is divided into twelve hours. Amongst them there is an hour in which a Muslim does not ask Allaah for anything but He gives it to him. So seek it in the last hour after the afternoon [’Asr] prayer.’ Saheeh Abu Dawud, no. 1048.

Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him said, ‘And the agreement of the Companions that it is the last hour on Friday has been authentically reported, so it is not allowed to oppose them.’ Saheeh at-Taghreeb, 1/444.”

As-Saheeh al-Mustakhraj fi Ahadith al-’Ad’iyah wal-Adhkaar wa Fadaailil-Quraan, pp. 191-192.

Sending Salaah on the Prophet عليه السلام To Help Remember What One May Have Forgotten


 

Questioner: Noble Shaikh, [the questioner was about to ask his question but forgets what he was going to say and so does what is common and sends salutations on the Prophet عليه السلام to help him remember what he has forgotten thinking this to be the Sunnah], Allaahumma salli ’alaa Rasoolillaah … alaihis-salaatu was-salaam …

Al-Albaani: [Quotes the aayah], “And remember your Lord when you forget … and remember your Lord when you forget …” [Kahf 18:24].

Questioner: Laa ilaaha illallaah.

Al-Albaani: … because the hadith about sending salaah on the Prophet عليه السلام to help a person remember what he has forgotten is weak, not authentic, whereas the Quranic aayah is forthright, “And remember your Lord when you forget …”

Questioner: You’ve spoken the truth, just sometimes a person does things which he is used to …

Al-Albaani: I say that you too have spoken the truth [in saying that a person does things that he is used to], but what should you do … [what] you and I should do is go back to the aayah ….

Questioner: Inshaa Allaah, with Allaah’s Permission …

“As You Are, So Will Your Rulers Be.”


 

It has been reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “As you are, so will your rulers be.”

Al-Albaani said, “Weak [Da’eef] … additionally I hold that the meaning of this hadith is not correct unrestrictedly, for history has shown us that a righteous man has become a leader directly after a non-righteous one with the selfsame public!”

Ad-Da’eefah, vol. 1, pp. 490-491.

“Be Gentle, and Gentleness Shall be Rendered to You.”


إِسْمَحْ يُسْمَحْ لَكَ

“Be gentle/forgiving, and gentleness/forgiveness shall be rendered to you.”

Saheeh | As-Saheehah | 1456

Reported from Ibn ’Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, in marfoo’ form.

Explaining it, al-Manawi said in al-Faid, “Deal with Allaah’s creation who are [all] dependent on Him and are His slaves with gentleness and ease, and their Lord will render the same to you in this world and the Hereafter.”

Faid al-Qadir, vol. 1, p. 512.

Seeking Refuge from The Fire and Asking for Paradise Seven Times a Day


 

From Abu Hurairah who said, “The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘No servant seeks refuge from the Fire seven times in a day except that the Fire says, ‘O Lord! Indeed your servant, [called] so and so, has sought refuge with You from me, so grant him refuge. And no servant asks Allaah for Paradise seven times in a day except that Paradise says, ‘O Lord! Indeed your servant, [called] so and so, has asked for me, so make him enter Paradise.’’”

Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “This hadith is authentic without doubt.

A point of benefit: Some people in Damascus and other places have made it a habit to seek refuge seven times as mentioned in the hadith loudly and in one voice after the morning prayer, and that is something which I know of no basis for in the pure Sunnah, and nor is this hadith suitable for them to draw upon [for saying it loudly and in unison] because it is unrestricted and is not limited to the morning prayer or the jamaa’ah, and it is not allowed to limit what the Wise Legislator has left unrestricted just as it is not allowed to make unlimited what He has restricted, for all of that is legislation which is specific to the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

So let whoever wants to act upon this hadith do so at any time of the night or day, before the prayer or after it—and that is a pure/unadulterated following [of the Sunnah] and pure sincerity, may Allaah the Blessed and Most High grant us it.”

As-Saheehah, vol. 6, pp. 22-23.

The Shaikh on the Hadith, “Du’aa is worship …”


Explaining the hadith, “Du’aa is worship …” Shaikh al-Albaani, may Allaah have mercy on him said, “And there is no doubt that arrogantly refusing to worship and supplicate to Him, the Most High, necessitates His Anger against the one who does not call on Him … and some of the ignorant Sufis are ignorant or feign ignorance of these hadiths under the assumption that supplicating to Allaah is to show bad manners to Him, being affected in that by the Israa’ili narration, ‘His Knowledge of my condition suffices me from having to ask!’  So they were ignorant of the fact that a servant supplicating to his Lord is not in order to inform Him of his need, for He, “… knows the secret and what is [even] more hidden,” [Taa Haa 20:7] but rather that it is in order for him to manifest his servitude [to Allaah], his need of Him and his destitution [before Him].”

As-Saheehah, 6/326.

From the Signs of His Prophethood was His Prophesy About His Death After One Year صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم


The Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said:

‘O Mu’aadh! Verily, maybe you will not meet me after this year of mine. And maybe you will pass by this mosque of mine and my grave.’

As-Saheehah, 5/665.

Is Paradise Forbidden for a Child born of Fornication?


Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “No one who is disobedient to his parents, no one who reminds others of his favours, no drunkard, and no fornicator [lit: ‘son of fornication’] will enter Paradise.” Reported by Nisaa’i and others.

The Imaam said, “His saying, ‘… and no son of fornication will enter Paradise …’ is not to be taken upon its apparent meaning, rather what is meant is the person who fornicates such that it becomes his overwhelming characteristic, and so as a result of that he deserves to be attributed to it, and thus it is said of him, ‘He is the son of fornication,’ just as those who are addicted/love the dunyaa are attributed to it, it being said of them, ‘Sons of the world,’ due to their knowledge and their addiction/love of it, and just as the traveller is called, ‘Son of the road,’ [cf: Surah Baqarah 2:177, ‘ابن السبيل’].

So, ‘the son of fornication,’ is like these expressions, it is said of the one who is given to fornication such that its habituality has become attributed to him, and fornication has become his overwhelming characteristic, such a person is the one referred to in his saying, ‘… and no son of fornication will enter Paradise …’

The child who is born out of fornication and who himself is not a fornicator is not what is meant here … and I benefitted by acquiring this meaning from the speech of Ibn Ja’far at-Tahaawi, may Allaah have mercy on him, and his explanation of this hadith.

And Allaah knows best.

As-Saheehah, 2/280-283.

“He was Buried in the Clay from Which he was Created.”


 

From ’Abdullah ibn Eesaa [who said]: Yahyaa al-Bukaa narrated to us from Ibn Umar that an Ethiopian was buried in Madeenah.  So the Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

دُفِنَ فِيْ الطِّيْنَةِ الَّتِي خُلِقَ مِنْهَا
“He was buried in the clay from which he was created.”

Reported by Abu Nu’aim in Akhbaar Asbahaan (2/304) and al-Khateeb in Al-Muwaddah (2/104).

Hasan


I [Al-Albaani] say: and this chain of narration is weak.  Yahyaa al-Bukaa, who is Ibn Muslim al-Basree is weak.  Like him is ’Abdullah ibn Eesaa, who is al-Khazzaaz al-Basree.  And due to him alone al-Haithamee declared it to be defective (3/42) after he attributed it to al-Tabaraani in Al-Kabir.

And it has a supporting narration in the hadith of ’Abdullah ibn Ja’far Najeeh [who said] my father narrated to me [saying that]: Unais ibn Abu Yahyaa narrated to me from his father from Abu Sa’eed [who said]:

‘That the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم passed by Al-Medinah and saw a group of people digging a grave.  So he asked about it.

So they said, ‘An Ethiopian who came [here] and then died.’

So the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah.  He was led from his land and his sky to the soil that he was created from.’

Reported by al-Bazzaar [no. 842, Kashful-Astaar], and [p. 91, Zawaa’id Ibn Hajar] and he said, ‘We do not know it from Abu Sa’eed except through this chain of narration.  And Unais and his father were both righteous.’

I say: [one of the narrators] ’Abdullah ibn Ja’far is weak and I do not know his father.  And it has another supporting narration from the hadith of Abud-Dardaa and his likes.  Al-Haithami said, ‘At-Tabaraani reported it in Al-Awsat and Al-Ahwas ibn Hakeem is in it.  Al-Ijlee declared him to be trustworthy and the majority declared it to be weak.’

So in my opinion, through all of its chains of narrations, the hadith is hasan.  And Allaah knows best.’

As-Saheehah 1858.

The Shaikh Interprets a Prophetic Hadith to Mean Cars


 

From ’Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas, who said, I heard the Prophet of Allaah ﷺ say, “In the last [part] of my nation there will be men who ride on means that resemble saddles.  They will alight at the doors of the mosques.  Their women are clothed but naked.  On their heads are [what appears to be] like the humps of [lean] camels.  Curse them for they are cursed.  If there were a nation from the nations to come after you, your women would serve them, just as the women of the nations that were before you served you.”  Hasan

Shaikh al-Albaani mentioned another narration from al-Haakim which says, “They will mount their mayaathir until they come to the doors of their mosques,” commenting on this he said, “… the word mayaathir is the plural of meetharah and Ibn al-Athir described it as, “… smooth and soft, made out of silk or a silk brocade [heavy silk] which the rider places beneath him on the saddle on top of the camel.”

So now that you have come to know this, [you will understand that] al-Haakim’s narration explains that first one, and by combining between the two the meaning will be that the saddles which they mount will be smooth and soft, and that they will resemble saddles, i.e., in terms of how wide they are.

… and this means that these saddles which those men will ride on at the end of time are not real saddles which are placed on the back of horses, they only resemble saddles.

And if one bears in mind that [the word] ‘saddles’ [rihaal] is the plural of saddle [rahl] and that its explanation is as has been mentioned in Misbaah al-Munir and others, i.e., ‘Everything that is used to prepare for a journey, from a container for goods, to a saddle for a camel.’

When you come to know this, it will become clear to you, with the Permission of Allaah, that the Prophet ﷺ is alluding to those vehicles which have been invented in this era, i.e., cars.

For they are comfortable, soft, and tender, like saddles. And what supports this is the fact that he ﷺ called them, ‘houses,’ as occurs in another hadith which has preceded under number 93, but which, it became apparent later, contained some disconnection.

So the hadith contains another miraculous prophecy [which has come into being] other than the one related to the women who are clothed yet naked, indeed it is the one connected to their men who get in those cars and stop at the doors of the mosques.

And by the everlasting existence of Allaah, it is a true prophecy which we witness every Friday when cars gather in front of the mosques such that the roads, despite their being wide, become congested, [and then] men alight from them to witness the Friday prayer, and most of them do not [even] pray the five daily prayers, or at the very least they do not pray them in the mosques.

It is as though they have become content with praying the Friday prayer in place of the [five daily] prayers and for this reason they can be found in large numbers on Fridays, stopping with their cars in front of the mosques. The fruits of prayer are not seen on them and nor in their dealing with their women and daughters, so they, in truth, are those whose, ‘… women are clothed, yet naked …’

In addition to this, there is yet another manifestation which the hadith applies to totally: indeed it is what we see with cars following funeral processions during recent times.  People get in them who lack goodness from the rich and affluent who have abandoned the prayer.

Such that when the car carrying the corpse stops and the body is taken into the mosque to be prayed over, those affluent ones remain in front of the mosque in their cars, maybe some of them will get out of them, waiting for the funeral in order to follow the processions to the grave, out of social hypocrisy and [to pay mere] lip service, not as an act of worship or as a reminder of the Hereafter, and Allaah’s Aid is sought.

This is the meaning of the interpretation of the hadith with me, if I am correct then it is from Allaah, and if I am mistaken then it is from me, and Allaah the Most High is the One I ask to forgive [me] all my mistakes.

Silsilsah as-Sahihah, 6/1/411, 415-416, with editing.

The Need to Give Due Importance to Always Reciting the Supplications through which Refuge is Sought


Al-Albani: It is obligatory upon every Muslim, as an act of worship firstly, and secondly as a means of [medically] treating oneself, to seek refuge with Allaah the Mighty and Majestic with those words authentically reported from the Prophet عليه السلام, [which are] that he either say:

Bismillāhilladhi lā Yaḍurru Ma’asmihī shai’un fil-Arḍi wa
lā fis-Samā’i wahuwas-Samī’ul-Alīm

بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِيْ لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِيْ الْأَرْضِ
وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيْعُ الْعَلِيْمُ

In the Name of Allaah with Whose Name nothing is harmed on earth nor in the heavens and He is The All-Hearing, The All-Knowing.

Or:

A’uthu bi kalimātillāhit-Tāmmāti min sharri mā khalaq

أَعُوْذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ الْتَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

I take refuge in Allaah’s Perfect Words from the evil He has created.

For then nothing will harm him that day. Imaam Ahmad reported this hadith in his Musnad as did the authors of the Sunan in their [respective] collections by way of Abaan ibn Uthmaan ibn Affaan.

Uthmaan ibn Affaan is more famous than a fire on a mountain top [Trans. note: an Arabic proverb to show how famous and well-known something is.  As part of their generosity, Arabs would light a fire on the top of a mountain so that any prospective guests could see it from far away, and so come and eat from their food.  Such a fire would be seen easily by everyone and would thus be very famous], one of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, the third one. His son, Abaan, is from the trustworthy taabi’een and one of the great preservers of hadith [huffaaz] amongst them.

One time he was sitting in a gathering when he narrated this hadith [i.e., that whoever says the above will not be harmed that day] and one of the people present looked at him in a certain way.  Abaan understood what he meant.  For the hand of this muhaddith, Abaan, was paralysed.  So [like I said] Abaan understood what the person who looked at him in that particular way meant [i.e., you’re relating this hadith but what happened to your hand then?].

So Abaan said to him, ‘O my son …’ and the meaning of what he said was, ‘… when the Decree comes nothing else can avail against it, I forgot to seek refuge with Allaah with this supplication that day, so I was afflicted with this paralysis.’

Someone present: Laa ilaaha illallaah.

Al-Albani: For this reason it is befitting that the Muslim makes it his practice and principle [to say these supplications so that] it is not possible for him to forget [them] just as it would be impossible for him to forget to drink or eat if he was in dire need of food or water.  In such a way he should be eager to say such supplications of refuge.

But when that which [is written in the Decree] occurs, then none besides Allah can avert it.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, no. 746.

Then How Big is the Throne?


أُذِنَ لِي أَنْ أُحَدِّثَ عَنْ مَلَكٍ مِنْ مَلَائِكَةِ اللهِ مِنْ حَمَلَةِ الْعَرْشِ، إِنَّ مَا بَيْنَ شَحْمَةِ أُذُنِهِ إِلَى عَاتِقِهِ مَسِيرَةُ سَبْعِ مِائَةِ عَامٍ


From Jaabir, may Allaah be pleased with him, from the Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ, “I have been given permission to speak about an angel from Allaah’s Angels, from the Bearers of the Throne.  Indeed between his earlobe and his shoulder is a distance of seven hundred years travel.”

Silislah | 152 | Sahih

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