A Small World
I came across a thread discussing contemporary Mauritanian scholars a while back, prominent amongst the names was that of Sh. al-Khadim, a prolific author and guide of the Tijani order. I emailed the author of the post and queried about him a little further, and asked how I could get in contact with him in order obtain some of his excellent books. Where was I and where was Mauritania? Anyways Allah (the Exalted) once again faciliates in ways which surprise us. I visited one of the local Mauritanian scholars out in the small town in the wide expanse of the desert, I mentioned to him my desire to buy some of the books of Sh. al-Khadim and how could I get them from Mauritania? to my surprise I was told that Sh. al-Khadims daughter and son in law lived in the very same town we were in, and were housed a short distance from me! They were in Mauritania at the time for a short holiday but would soon return. Alhumdulillah after their return I promptly made contact and purchased the books I had been keen on acquiring.
Sins of the Tongue
An excellent work that has been taught in the UK by a student of Sh. Murabit al-Hajj is ‘Maharim al-Lisan’. It is a poem which deals with the sins related to the tongue and appears to be a part of the curriculum of religious schools in Mauritania. Sh. al-Khadim authored an excellent commentary on the text in his usual thorough manner. May Allah (the Exalted) enable us to benefit from this book, Ameen.
Rejoicing at Others Misfortune
Sh. al-Khadim explaining the sin of ‘Shamatah‘ p.34 said:
It is a person expressing joy at the misfortune of his enemy. In al-Jami’ it says: Do not express joy (at the misfortune) of your brother, such that Allah will have mercy on him and afflict you.
Al-Munawi said: A group took from this narration that: In expressing joy at an enemies misfortune is utmost harm, so beware, beware!
Yes, Ibn Abd al-Salam did give fatwa that there is no blame in happiness at the death of an enemy from the point of harm received from him ceasing… and the hadith is reported by al-Tirmidhi who said it was: Hasan