Some selected Ahadith with benefits!

Below are selections of few Ahadith & their benefits explained by Sheikh Haitham al Haddad (Ḥafidhahullah):

Hadīth:
Ali (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “There is none among you but he has his place written for him either in the Hell Fire or in Paradise.” They said, “O Allāh’s Messenger (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam)! Shall we not depend upon what has been written for us and give up deeds? He said, “Carry on doing (good) deeds, for everybody will find easy to do such deeds as it will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created. So he who is destined to be among the happy (in the Hereafter), will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people, while he who is destined to be among the miserable ones, will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people.” Then he recited: ‘As for him who gives (in charity) and is conscious of Allāh, and believes in the best…’(Al-Qur’ān 92:5-10)

Benefit: One should be careful that narrations such as this do not lead to jabr (the belief that we are coerced into doing good deeds or sins and that we have no control over our deeds). The decree of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla) is based upon His eternal knowledge that He knew what path or way of life we would lead and so He facilitated that for us. Also, notice how in the verse, Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla) mentions that whoever gives and is conscious of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla), Allāh will smoothen the path to ease for him. i.e. that is to say that it is the human who initiates the process of guidance by choosing to believe and be conscious of Allāh. The Sheikh also noted that it would have been good to complete the verses from the Qur’ān about the topic in the narration to make the meaning clear.

Ḥadīth:
Abū Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “Indeed, this religion is ease, and no one will ever overburden himself in religion, except that it will overcome him. So seek what is appropriate, and come as close as you can, and receive the glad tidings (that you will be rewarded), and take it easy; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, afternoons, and during the last hours of the nights.”

Benefit: Whilst the ḥadīth mentions that the religion is of ease, there are actions in the religion that may seem difficult and burdensome, so how can this be reconciled? One way is by realising that by not acting upon those ‘difficult’ acts one will actually fall into more difficulties. For example, the one who does not pray his morning prayers suffers for the rest of the day as a result for not praying it and loses blessings from all of his daily activities.
Therefore, one should never assume that by not adhering to the religion, one will lead a more comfortable and easy life.

Ḥadīth:
Abū Mūsa al Ash’ari said that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “When a slave of Allāh suffers from illness or sets on a journey, he is credited with the equal of whatever good works he used to do when he was healthy or at home”.(Al-Bukhari)

Benefit: In this ḥadīth, there is an encouragement for people to perform as many good deeds possible whilst they have the health and the ability to do so.

Ḥadīth:
A’isha, the Mother of the Believers (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhā), reported that: “the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) came to me one day and said: Is there anything with you (to eat)? I said: No. Thereupon he said: I shall then be fasting…(Muslim)

Benefit: We can learn from the ḥadīth how the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) thought of doing good deeds very easily by the tawfīq of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla). For many people, they are quick to think of excuses not to do good deeds whereas the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would take any opportunity to do good deeds. This requires that a person have a lively mind that actively works for the hereafter.

Source: Islam21c.com

The short story of Umar Ibn Khattab RA

Umar Ibn al-Khattab: “This Verse is Referring to Me”

It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I came to Umar when he was hitting men and women in the Haram at a sink where they were doing wudoo, in order to separate them.

Then he said, “O so and so!” I said, “Here I am”.

He said, “I am displeased with you. Did I not tell you to designate one sink for men and another for women?”

Then he went away and was met by Ali RA and he said to him, “I fear that I may be doomed.”

He asked, “Why would you be doomed?”

He said, “I hit men and women in the Haram of Allah.”

Ali said, “O Ameer al-Mumineen, you are a shepherd (in charge of the people); if you did that out of sincerity and in order to set things right, Allah will never punish you, but if you hit them for no reason then you are the wrongdoer.”

[Musannaf Abdur-Razzaq, 1/75, 76, its isnad is hasan; Mahd as-Sawab, 2/623]

It was narrated that al-Hasan al-Basri said: “Whilst Umar RA was going around in the lanes of Madeenah, he thought of this verse:

“And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly… “[Quran 33:58]

He went to Ubayy ibn Ka’b and entered his house when he was sitting on cushion. He took it beneath him and said, “Take it O Ameer al-Mumineen.” He kicked it away with his foot and sat down, and recited the verse to him, and said, “I am afraid that I am the one referred to in this verse, and that I have annoyed the believers.”

He said, “You cannot but keep an eye on your people, and issue commands and prohibitions.”

Umar said, “I see what you mean, but Allah knows the best.”

[Manaqib Umar, p.162; Mahb as-Sawab, 2/623]

From – Umar ibn Al-Khattab His Life & Times by Dr. Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi. p. 233

Reflections!

(1) Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen:

“It is fitting that a person always asks Allaah to purify his heart. He should devote his attention to the actions of the heart. The care a person gives to the actions of the heart must be more than the care he gives to the actions of the body–because everyone performs bodily actions, the believer and the hypocrite.”

(Tafseer Surah al-Maa’idah, vol. 1, p. 410.)

(2) ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said to Mu’aawiyah bin Abi Sufyan:

“If I slept during the day I would have neglected the people, and if I slept during the night I would have neglected myself. How can I sleep when I have these two concerns, O Mu’aawiyah?

[Futooh Misr Wa Al-Maghrib, p.105]

(3) Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim:

“Grief weakens the heart and determination, & hurts the will; and nothing is more beloved to Shaytan than a sad believer”

(4) Ali (ra):

“All that you expect to come will soon come.’ For this reason, be optimistic!”

(All that you fear may very well end up happening to you if you keep thinking about it. Think positively. Expect good from Allah. And work towards this).

(5) Ibn Rajab al Hambali (may Allah have mercy on him):

“Whoever is mindful of Allah when he is young and strong, Allah will take care of him when he is old and has become weak, and will bless him with good hearing, eyesight, strength and intellect. One of the scholars who lived beyond the age of one hundred years and enjoyed good strength and reasoning jumped up in a lively manner one day, and was asked about that. He said: ‘I kept these physical faculties from sin when i was young, and Allah has preserved them for me now that I am old.’ The opposite also applies. One of the Salaf saw an old man begging from people and said: ‘ This is a weak man who ignored Allah when he was young. So, Allah is ignoring him now that he has grown old.’”

(Jami’ al-ulum wal Hikam)

(6) Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basree:

“To endure short-lived difficulties that are followed by long lasting ease, is better than hurrying for a short-lived ease that is followed by ever-lasting hardship.”

(Al-Hilyah, 2/134)

(7) Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Masud (radia Allahu anhu):

“It befits the bearer of the Qur’an to be known by his night when the people are asleep; by his day when the people are feasting; by his caution when the people mix [the lawful and the unlawful]; by his humility when the people are proud; by his grief when the people are happy; by his weeping when the people are laughing; and by his silence when the people chatter.”

(8) Imam Abu’l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi:

“Knowledge and action are twins whose mother is high motivation.”

(al-Yawaqit al-Jawziyyah, p. 95)