Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hadith 40


On the authority of Abdullah Ibn Umar Radhi Allahu Anhu " He Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam took me by my shoulder and said " Be in this world as though you are a stranger or a wayfearer.
When the evening come do not expect (to live till) morning and at morning do not expect ( to live till) evening. Take from your health for your illness and from your life for your death".

Recap on the narrator of Hadith:
* son of Sayyidina Umar AlKhattab Radhi Allahu anhu... young sahabi
Attended in the first battle but was sent home by Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salamto take care of his mum as he was too young to fight.
*intense following of Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam
It has been reported that once on the way to Mecca, he lead his camel in a circle before continuing the journey. When asked why, he replied once he followed Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam to Mecca and at that spot there used to be a tree. Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam let his camel run free and the camel circled the tree before continuing and thus he imitated the same for the likeness of behaviour to Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam
Also once when he was walking he suddenly ducked
When enquired why he said that there use to be a branch of a tree there once and when Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam walked pass, he ducked under the branch and thus he imitated the same manner
*most learned in matters of Hajj and was called Shaykhul Hajj by the companions
The companions used to resort to his opinion on matters of Hajj
He performed 60 Hajj and 1000 umrah in his lifetime

In the hadith it is mentioned that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam took him by the shoulders.
This entails
* getting his attention
* loving relationship between them
* what is to be said is of importance
* to gather focus on the next subject matter

Stranger means not known . In fact it means to say that we are here because we have to be here

Wayfearer means we are here but we are just stopping a shortwhile, not even leaving our station but we are not meant to be here long.

Attitude: You are going to die
Do not get attached to duniya and do not accumulate
Live your life well with dignity
Hadith is about cutting off from the temporary world and finding out who you are

Allah created Adam and Hawa (Eve) Alaihi Salam in and they lived in Jannatul Adan
(This is their true nationality . We came from Adam and thus that is our nationality. Everything else about the nationality in this temporary world does not cause us distress as we are at peace with ourselves with this knowledge and understanding)
Adam Alaihi Salam when he was sent down was narrated to have arrived in a big island near India
Therefore you came from the Garden of Eden and you aspire to go back there

Also refer to hadith that narrates...."This religion began amongst strangers and it will return as it began."

Hadith..."He is to this world like a rider under the shade of a tree..."
which means world is simply something you pass through, not the focus of life

This hadith makes you think of death
It brings about 3 qualities
(i) live and want to worship your Creator
Worship Him with passion, sincerity and love

(ii) stop you from wasting time and delaying
You may not be here tomorrow to do what you plan, so take action NOW

(iii) give softness to ones heart and satisfaction
someone who has 100 pounds and says alhamdulillah and is satisfied is richer than someone who has 1000 pounds but craves for 2000 pounds

AlQuran: "Race... go quickly /dont delay towards magfir/forgiveness and race towards the Gardens for those who do good"

Take 5 before 5
Your youth before old
Your health before illness
Your wealth before becoming poor
Your spare time before you have no spare time
Your life before death.

NOTE: You dont know what it is like to live hour to hour.....

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