Mawlid And The Scholars Of India

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Salam.  Some of you may question the need for posting on this issue, but as some of you may have deduced, this blog is a product of my experiences and time to time discusses issues which have I have directly encountered, and spent much time searching for information on.  Therefore this post is specifically aimed at those who may be in a similar situation I found myself in many years ago when first confronted by the range of groups trying to convince me they were upon the ‘haq’. Continue reading

Seal of Prophethood

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I came across the wonderful commentary of Imam al-Jazari’s poem on the sirah called ‘Dhat al-Shifa’, the commentary being by Allamah Muhammad bin al-Haaj Hasan al-Aalaani al-Kurdi (d.1189) from the village of ‘Sanjawi’ in the district of Sehdeshat in Iranian Kurdistan.  It is full of many useful benefits, the following is one.

Allamah al-Kurdi said in ‘Raf al-Khafa’ (2/61):

It is compulsory for everyone to believe that He (Allah bless him and give him peace) was the most beautiful of Allah (the most Highs) creation in all of his body parts, because his outer beauty is a proof of his inner perfection…in between his shoulders is the seal-sign-of Prophethood.

The statement in some narrations that it was between the shoulders is approximate, as that which is correct as mentioned by al-Suhaili is that: It was on the upper left shoulder, this is clearly mentioned in the narration of Muslim [346].

They have differed was he (Allah bless him and give him peace) born with it, or was it placed after his birth? there are two opinions.  However in the hadith of Abu Dharr in al-Bazzar and others the mention that : Two angels came to him (Allah bless him and give him peace) in the valley of Makkah, one of them ordered his companion to cut open his stomach, extract his heart and wash it.  Then his stomach was stitched and the seal was placed between his shoulders [reported by al-Bazzar 2371].

And with Abu Nuaym that : When he was born an angel took out a (surrah) wrapping of white silk in which the seal was, and it was struck on his shoulders like an egg (baidah) [Abu Nuaym in Dalail al-Nubuwwah 330] and al-Hakim reported in al-Mustadrak from Wahb bin Munabbih that Allah (the most High) did not send a Prophet except that upon him was the sign (shamah) of Prophethood on his right hand, except for our Prophet for his sign (shamah) of Prophethood is between his shoulders [al-Hakim 2/577].

Based on this the placing of the seal between his shoulders facing his heart is from his (Allah bless him and give him peace) special qualities.  And the statements of narrators have differed over its description.

Burda From The Hijaz

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Salam

Looking through some of the old audio’s I still have (alhumdulilah), I found the following heartwarming rendition of a chapter of the burda from a gathering in the Hijaz.  I was given the file by some Hijazi students studying at University in the Eastern Province of Saudia Arabia.

Wassalam

Hijazi Burda

Al-Khair al-Kathir: Chapter Six

Chapter Six: On The Necessity Of  Sending Blessings Upon Our Master The Messenger of Allah (Allah Bless Him And Give Him Peace)

Hadith Twenty Six: From Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: The miser is the one to whom I am mentioned and then he did not send blessings upon me.

And in a wording: And did not send blessings upon me

Reported by al-Nasai, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban in his ‘Sahih’, al-Hakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and al-Tirmidhi in his ‘Jami’ who said: the hadith is Hasan Sahih.

Hadith Twenty Seven: From Abu Dharr (Allah be pleased with him) said: One day I went to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) who said: Shall I not inform you of the most miserly of people?

They said: Of course O Messenger of Allah

He said: The one to whom I am mentioned and he does not send blessings upon me, that is the most miserly of people.

And in a wording: It is sufficient for a person being a miser that I am mentioned to him and he does not send blessings upon me.

Reported by Ismaeel al-Qadi

Hadith Twenty Eight: From Abu Hurayrah (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah said: Humiliation to the man to whom I am mentioned and he does not send blessings upon me, humiliation to a man upon whom enters the month of Ramadan and passes before he is forgiven, humiliation to a man whose parents reach old age and they do not enter him into paradise.

Reported by Imam Ahmad and al-Tirmidhi.

Hadith Twenty Nine: From Sahl bin Sa’d al-Saidi (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: There is no minor washing (wudu) for the one who does not send blessings upon me.

Reported by Ibn Majah and Ibn Abi Asim.

And is a version: There is no prayer for the one who does not send blessings upon his Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

And in a version: ‘The prayer is not accepted except with purification and sending blessings upon me.’  O Allah send blessings and peace upon him.

Reported by al-Darqutni Allah be pleased with him.

Hadith Thirty: From Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with them both) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: He who forgets to send blessings upon me diverges from the path to paradise.

Reported by Ismaeel al-Qadi in various forms from Abu Jafar Muhammad bin Ali al-Baqir, from his father from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in a mursal form, and its chain is Hasan.

And reported by Ismaeel al-Qadi in a mursal form, and its chain is Hasan.

And reported by al-Tabarani in a muttasil form, and its wording is: He to whom I am mentioned and fails to send blessings upon me, diverges from the path to paradise.

And reported by Abu Hurayrah with the wording: He who forgets to send blessings upon me diverges from the path to paradise.

Reported by Ibn Abbas with his wording.

And in a version: He to whom I am mentioned and does not send blessings upon me is wretched.

And in a version: He who does not send blessings upon me has no religion (din).

This version was mentioned by Muhammad bin Hamdan al-Marwazi.

Sublime Mawlid from al-Ahsa

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Salam

[Firstly welcome to the new site! One of the main reasons for moving was the lack of facilities on the old blog to post audio’s such as these, please be patient with us as we try to figure out how to use all these new features.]

Please find an audio for a wonderful series of Qasaid sung, and poetry read by Sayyid Ibrahim al-Khalifah and his students.  The track ends with one of the students reciting poetry calling upon the Best of Creation (Allah bless him and give him peace) with Sayyid Ibrahim occasionally being heard in the background aswell.

The audio begins with Sayyid Ibrahim himself reciting  a truely sublime qasida, a rough translation of its chorus would be something along the lines of  ‘God send your blessings upon the light which manifested in the month of Rabi al-Awwal…’

Sayyid Ibrahim then moves on to read some poetry after which his students mainly sing some qasida’s which maybe familiar to some of you.   Please click on the link below to listen.

Wassalam

Cool Breeze from al-Ahsa

Al-Khair al-Kathir: Chapter Five

Chapter Five: On The Blessings Reaching Our Master The Messenger of Allah (Allah Bless Him And Give Him Peace)

Hadith Twenty One: From Ammar bin Yasir (Allah be pleased with both of them) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: O Ammar bin Yasir: Allah (the most High) has endowed an angel the ability to hear all of the creation – and in a wording: the names of all of the creation- and he will stand at my grave till the day the day of judgement. No one from my community sends a blessing upon me except that he says: O Ahmad, so and so son of so and so –by his name and the name of his father – sends blessings upon you. And the Lord (عز و جل) has promised that whoever from your community sends a blessing upon you, Allah will send ten blessings upon him, if he increases (the sending of blessings), Allah will increase (the reward).

Reported by al-Bazzar in his Musnad, and reported by Ibn Asakir through various routes of transmission.

And in a wording: Allah (the most High) has given me an angel who will stand at my grave when I have passed away. No one will send blessings upon me except that he will say: So and so son of so and so with his name and the name of his father send blessings upon you. So Allah will send ten blessings upon him in its place.

And in a wording: He who sends blessings upon me Allah sends blessings upon him, and an angel is entrusted with it until he conveys it to me.

Reported by al-Tabarani in his ‘Mujam al-Kabir’ and its chain is good.

Hadith Twenty Two: From Anas bin Malik (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: The closest of you to me on the day of judgement in every place will be those of you send the most blessings upon me in the world (dunya). And he who sends blessings upon me on Friday and Thursday night a hundred times, Allah (the most High) will fulfil a hundred of his needs: seventy from the needs of the afterlife, and thirty worldly needs. Then Allah (the most High) will entrust an angel who will present it in my grave as gifts are presented to you. He will inform me of who sends blessings upon me with his name and lineage/family, and I will record it with me on a white paper.

Mentioned by al-Bayhaqi in his ‘Juz’ in which he discussed the life of the of the Prophets, and it was mentioned by Ibn Bashkuwal.

And reported by Abu al-Yuman Ibn Asakir who added at its end: Indeed my knowledge after my passing away is like my knowledge during my lifetime.

Hadith Twenty Three: From Hasan bin Ali (Allah be pleased with both of them) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: Send blessings upon me in your homes and do not make them graves, and do not take my home an anniversary festival (Eid). Send blessings and peace upon me, for your sending blessings and peace reaches me wherever you are.

Reported by al-Hafidh Diya al-Din in a musnad form, and Ismaeel al-Qadi in a mursal form. Sheikh Taqi al-Din Abul Hasan Ali bin Abd al-Kafi al-Subki said: This hadith is in ‘Sunan Abi Dawud’ without the mention of sending peace (salam), and in this transmission is the addition of the sending peace.

Hadith Twenty Four: From Abu Hurayrah (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: Send much blessings upon me on Friday, and do not make your homes graves and do not make my grave an anniversary festival (eid). Send blessings upon me as your blessings reach me wherever you are.

Reported by Abu Dawud with a Hasan chain.

Hadith Twenty Five: From Abu al-Darda (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: Send much blessings upon on Friday, for it is witnessed (meaning) witnessed by the Angels. No one sends blessings upon me except that his blessing is presented to me until he completes it.
He said: And after your passing away?
He said: And after my passing away, for Allah has forbidden upon the earth the bodies of the Prophets, therefore the Prophet of Allah is alive and provided for.

Reported by Ibn Majah in his ‘Sunan’ and al-Tabarani in his ‘Mujam’.

And in a version: The best of your days is Friday, in it was created Adam, and in it he was taken, in it is the blowing and the passing out of people. So send much blessings upon me on it, for your blessings are presented to me. They said: O Messenger of Allah, how will our blessings be presented to you when your body has decayed?
He said: Indeed Allah (عز و جل) has forbidden for the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets.

Reported by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawud, al-Hakim in ‘al-Mustadrak’ and Ibn Hibban in his ‘Sahih’.

Some Pictures from al-Ahsa (Hofuf)

Salam, I had some of these pictures from al-Ahsa from a while back which I didn’t have a chance to add, they are not too different from the ones I posted earlier, but for the sake of completion I thought I would put them up. I also have a few surviving brief video’s, the other valuable ones were deleted by family members, along with some other multi volume books and precious documents which I can no longer find at home!
Top: An old doorway in the al-Koot area
Middle: Narrow street/alleyway in al-Koot
Bottom: The hanafi masjid in al-Koot run by the al-Mulla family