Commentary on Hadeeth
Which fitnah is greater – the fitnah of the Dajjal or the fitnah of women?A hadith says that the greatest fitna for a man is woman and another hadith says the believer will experience many fitnas and the greatest one is of dajjal, aren't these 2 hadiths contradicting each other?
Good dreams are one of the parts of prophethood; what are the other parts?Do we know what the other forty-five parts of prophethood are?
Does the hadith “Whoever prays with the imam until he finishes…” refer to ‘Isha’ or Tarawih?Many scholars interpret the hadith “Whoever prays with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him as having prayed all night” as referring to Tarawih. How could the Messenger of Allah have said that, when he himself did not lead the Sahabah in praying Tarawih, and did not enjoin them to pray it behind an imam? Rather he went out and prayed on his own in the mosque, and the people gathered behind him for two nights, then he did not come out to them on the third night, and the Sahabah continued to pray it individually, or one man would pray with two others, until the time of ‘Umar. How can we reconcile between the hadith mentioned and what the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) actually did, especially when one of the scholars – perhaps it was as-Suyuti in Sharh at-Tirmidhi – interpreted the hadith as referring to ‘Isha’ prayer and not Tarawih?
The level of al-waseelah in Paradise is for only one of the slaves of Allah, may He be exaltedIt is well known that al-waseelah is the highest level in Paradise, and that it is for only one person, as is indicated by the hadiths, namely the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). It is also well known that the wives of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) will be with him in Paradise. So how will they be with him when he will be in the level of al-waseelah, which is for only one person, namely the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). Aren’t they – meaning the wives of the Messenger (blessings and of Allah be upon him) – also slaves of Allah?
Reconciling the hadiths “The son of Adam offends Me…” and “O My slaves, you can never do Me any harm…”How can we reconcile between the words of Allah, may He be exalted, in the hadith qudsi, “O My slaves, you can never do Me any harm…” and His words in another hadith, “The son of Adam offends Me. He inveighs against time (ad-dahr), but I am time, the control of all things is in My hand, I alternate the night and day”? Please give a straightforward answer so that I may understand it well and be able to teach it to others, if Allah wills.
A question having to do with the hadith, “If one hair of a person turns white in Islam, it will be light for him…”I am 23 years old unmarried girl. I had a very difficult time recently and two of my hair turned white. I read about a hadith that “If a person’s hair turns grey in Islam, it will be light for him on the Day of Resurrection.” Does that mean I have received a reward in the form of white hair? Is it a reward for some good deed or only because of my stress? Also, are the blessings of white hair particular to muslims (as the word "in Islam" is mentioned)?
When to Say Allahumma BarikIf I see something that I admire, am I required every time I see it to say “Allahumma barik (O Allah, bless it)”, or is it sufficient for me to say that the first time I see it? If I did not say it on one occasion, is there any sin on me?
What is the point of promising the reward of a house in Paradise for some righteous deeds?There is a hadith saying that whoever prays all his sunnah prayers allah will build him a house in paradise, but the quran says that the people of paradise will get whatever they wish. Doesnt this contradict the quran? Saying that i have to do such and such so that allah will do so and so when allah tells us that whatever we wish we will get?
Du`a is worshipWhat is the meaning of the hadith of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “Du`a’ is worship”?
Calling upon Allah with the supplication of Dhu’n-NunHow should we call upon Allah with the supplication of Dhu’n-Nun? I mean: should I say, “La ilaha illa anta…” etc., then mention my need, or is it sufficient to say it with the intention of meeting my need?
To attain the virtue of praying qiyaam [night prayers] in Ramadan, is it is essential that one pray qiyaam on every night of the month?I have a question about Ramadan. The hadith says “Whoever prays qiyaam [night prayers] in Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward…” Does this mean that it is essential to pray qiyaam every night in Ramadan, and if you omit one of the thirty nights, you will not attain the reward and forgiveness mentioned in the hadith? What is the minimum and maximum for praying qiyaam in one night?
About the number of degrees or levels in Paradise, and how to reconcile the hadiths which speak of thatIt is said that the number of degrees or levels in Paradise is one hundred, as is stated in the hadith in which the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “In Paradise there are one hundred levels; the distance between each level and the next is like the distance between heaven and earth. Al-Firdaws is the highest level; from it flow the four rivers of Paradise, and above it is the Throne. So when you ask of Allah, ask Him for al-Firdaws.” And there are other hadiths, such as: “Whoever sends blessings upon the Prophet will be raised ten degrees in Paradise”; and the hadith about the one who enters the marketplace, in which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever enters the marketplace and says ‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahu’l-mulku wa lahu’l-hamdu, yuhyi wa yameet wa huwa hayyun la yamoot, bi yadihi’l-khayr, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god but Allah alone, with no partner or associate; to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him be all praise; He grants life and causes death, and He is ever-living and will never die; in His hand is all goodness and He has power over all things),’ Allah will record for him one thousand thousand good deeds, and will erase from his record one thousand thousand bad deeds, and will raise him one thousand thousand degrees.” How can He raise him one million degrees, when in Paradise there are only one hundred degrees or levels? Or is this speaking about something else? Also, there is the hadith in which it says “If a person sends blessings upon the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), he will be raised ten degrees,” so if he says it ten times, he will be raised one hundred degrees.
How can he love for his brother what he loves for himself when he wants to get the highest marks in the exams?I am a student in school, and I always try hard to get the highest marks. But how can I love good for my competitors among the other top students like what I love for myself, because if I love for them to get the highest marks, it is as if I am putting myself in a position that is not the top. Please advise me.
Questions about the status of women and why the woman is lacking in reason and about her being created from a ribI know that Islam honours women, and I do not deny that. But the only thing is that there are some religious texts that I am confused about. For example, the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) explained in what way women are lacking in reason when giving testimony. Why do some scholars interpret this lack of reason and apply it to all matters, not only to the issue of giving testimony? Can the words of the Prophet, “that is because of her lack of reason and her lack of religious commitment” be understood as meaning that there are also other ways in which she is lacking other than what is mentioned? How do you expect the Muslim woman to feel when she reads something like the words of Imam an-Nawawi in his explanation of the hadith, which mentions that women are lacking in reason and religious commitment, as he says: “And one should bear patiently their crooked behaviour and manner”, as if all woman behave badly and men should put up with their lack of reason? And Imam Ibn Hajar advises men to: “show kindness to avoid trouble.” In fact, more than one scholar used this phrase, “show kindness to avoid trouble.” It is as if they are talking about someone who has a mental illness or is completely insane! We women are capable of thinking, we are able to manage our lives, we are able to understand what is happening, and we seek knowledge, praise be to Allah. So why are we viewed in this manner? It is well known that good manners and good attitudes are more common in girls, so explain to me the hadith about the rib; if a woman is polite and righteous, how could she be crooked? One may say that this is rare, and no judgement is to be based on what is rare, so are good attitudes and religious commitment rare in women? It says in a report, “She will never be consistent with you.” But all people are like that; they cannot remain consistent. So why are women singled out for this? And many more questions spring to mind when I read the Qur’an and tafsir. I try to ignore these thoughts, but they keep coming back to my mind. That is why I am asking, so that I may have peace of mind. Before, I used to reject specious arguments (against Islam). I hope that you will be generous and give a detailed answer to every point in my question, because a general, brief answer will not solve my problem.
How can a good attitude be the thing that weighs most heavily in the Balance, when Tawheed will weigh more heavily?In the answer to question no. 174947, you stated that the thing that will weigh most heavily in the balance is Tahleel, or saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (there is no god but Allah), because of the hadith about the slip of paper. But how can we reconcile between that and the hadith which says, “There is nothing that will weigh more heavily in the balance than a good attitude”?
The virtue of offering supplication in the last third of the nightWith regard to the hadith, “Who will call upon Me so that I may answer him?”, is what is meant by calling upon Allah here the supplication (du‘aa’) that a person may offer as he wishes for the good of this world and the hereafter? With regard to the words “Who will ask of Me so that I may give him?”, does asking here mean the same as calling or supplication? Why is asking mentioned in particular in the second instance? What is the difference between them? What is the reason behind this variation, as the first phrase says “call upon Me” and the second phrase says “ask of Me”? Should the calling and asking mentioned in the hadith occur in the night prayer, or may they be offered at any time during the last third of the night? With regard to asking for forgiveness, can a person mention a specific shortcoming and include seeking for forgiveness for it among these other supplications?
The hadith “Whoever harms [others], Allah will harm him, and whoever causes hardship [to others] Allah will cause hardship to him”It was narrated that Abu Sirmah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever harms a Muslim, Allah will harm him, and whoever causes hardship to a Muslim, Allah will cause hardship to him”, but people are harming others at present, and Allah is not harming them. I hope you can explain this matter.
Meaning of the hadith “he will not get anything of this world except that which has been decreed for him”What is the meaning of one phrase from this hadith from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “Whoever is focused on the Hereafter, Allah will make him feel content with his lot and grant him peace of mind, and his provision and worldly gains will come to him regardless (of circumstances, obstacles or people). Whoever is focused only on this world, Allah will confound his affairs and make him fear poverty constantly, and he will not get anything of this world except that which has been decreed for him”? My question is: what is meant by the words “and he will not get anything of this world except that which has been decreed for him”? If the hereafter is his main concern, will more of this world be decreed for him, and will this increase be part of what Allah had decreed and foreordained for him? We hope that you can clarify what is meant by this sentence.
I have listen that a person can get double reward if he do mubasharat (sex) with his wife in the Friday’s Night. Is it true?Is it mustahabb for a man to have intercourse with his wife on Friday nights?
There are saheeh reports about the virtues of Bilaad ash-Shaam (Greater Syria), so why are there so many people in that region who are far away from any religious commitment?my doubt is regarding the hadith where it says that as-sham (present day jordan, syria, lebanon & palestine) is the most blessed land of Allah.. but as far as i know, there is only corruption and evil in all of these countries.. can you please clarify this for me? Also, most of the people in these countries are not that religious. Please correct me if i'm wrong