Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Miscellany
Book 1, Hadith 97

Narrated ‘Ibn Abbas (ra):

Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “There are two blessings in which many people incur loss. (They are) health and free time (for doing good)”.[Al-Bukhari]

May Allah help us to be making good use of time & wealth & also bless our efforts both here & in hereafter. Ameen

Narrated by Anas ibn Malik(Radhiallaho anho)

Allah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disapproved the drinking of water while standing.

Sahih Muslim Number 5017

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the Day of ‘Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of ‘Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following ‘Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness of sacrifice).


Abu Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:


“Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.” [Reported by all except al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]


In another saying the Prophet’s wife Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:


“Four things the Messenger of Allâh never neglected: Observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura, ‘Arafat, three days every month, and offering fajr sunnah prayers early in the morning.” [Muslim]


These statements are proof that fasting on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day before ‘Eid ul-Adha was a lifelong practice of the Prophet, peace be upon him, as his wife reported.



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Today’s Beautiful Hadith is about Believers

Reported by Abu Yahya Suhaib bin Sinan (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” (Muslim)

A sister tells of a recent incident which really is quite touching and emotional.
She tells of how she went to a home in a local village in Pakistan and went to see some locals in the village. They greeted her very respectfully with lots of love. They especially purchased a bottle of Coca Cola for her, as she was a guest (Something they don’t normally buy, as they couldn’t afford).
The young kids poured her a full glass. Because they were talking for so long, she didn’t realise that she hadn’t actually completed the full drink and a small amount of cola was left in her glass.
As she was departing, she turned around & saw the kids clearing up the table.
And, guess what?

One of the kids actually picked up her glass and completed the small amount of cola that was leftover in the glass.
This really touched the sister, this is how poor some families really are and this is how they see Cola as a ‘luxury’ drink.

Her heart sank.

I guess it’s the small things that we see in our life that have a big impact on us and make us realise how blessed we truly are. Small incidents like this remain in our hearts forever, never to be forgotten and to be shared with others.

Lesson? Appreciate what we have been blessed with. Understand we have a much better life than others, better food and drinks which others certainly see as a ‘luxury’.

Next time you are in Sajdah, make a heartfelt duaa of thanking Allah swt for so much what He has given…

And hey, don’t forget this Hadith :

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “O God, grant me life as a poor man, cause me to die as a poor man and resurrect me in the company of the poor.”

His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied:

“Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor man even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.”

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he heard Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) say,:

“Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or transgression shall return [free from sins] as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.”


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