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Giving Someone Credit (Tazkiyah)

Posted in Brothers Base, Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2017 by TheAuthenticBase

A man bore witness to ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab so ‘Umar said to him: “I do not know you, but it does not matter that I do not know you. Bring me someone who does know you.”

A man among the peole said: “I know him.” ‘Umar asked: “What do you know about him?” He said: “He is of good character and is virtuous.”

‘Umar asked: “Is he your neighbour who you know by night and by day, and you know when he comes in and goes out?” The man said: “No.”

‘Umar asked: “Did h have any financial dealings with you which is the way to know whether he is God-fearing or not?” The man said: “No.”

‘Umar then asked: “Has he been your companion on a journey, which is the best way to know whether he is of noble character and attitude?” The man said: “No.”

So ‘Umar said: “Then you do not know him.”

[Sunan Al-Bayhaqi, 10/125 & Mawsoo’ah Fiqh ‘Umar, p. 731]

Walking With A Limp

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

One day ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (ra) saw a man walking along a pathway with a stiff gait. He was clearly strutting in a haughty manner. ‘Umar said to him: “Do not walk this way.”

The man said: “I am unable to stop.”

‘Umar then whipped the man, after which he walked with a strutting gait again. ‘Umar then whipped him again, but this time around, the man actually stopped walking with a strut.

‘Umar said: “If I am not going to inflict punishment of whipping for this (kind of behaviour), then for what behaviour should I whip someone?

Afterwards, the same man returned and said to ‘Umar: “May Allaah reward you well! That was nothing short of the Devil (that made me walk like that), and through you, Allaah has driven him away.

[Akhbaar ‘Umar, by ‘Alee At-Tantawi, p. 175]

The Marriage Of A Noble Qurayshi Woman To A Slave

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Marriage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (ra) encouraged the people to perform marriages with different tribes, so that love would develop amongst the people. Therefore, a slave went to a man from the Quraysh and asked him to marry his sister to him, which the latter refused.

‘Umar went to that man and asked him, “Why did you not marry your sister to him? He is a talented and pious individual. You should seek the opinion of your sister; if she accepts the proposal then you should marry her to him.

The man from the Quraysh accepted the advice of ‘Umar and went to his sister to ask her opinion. She agreed to the marriage and the married his sister to the slave.

[Al-Murtadaa, by An-Nadawee, p. 106]

‘Alee’s Advice To His Troops During His Reign As Caliph

Posted in Brothers Base, Inspirational Stories with tags , , , on May 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

When some border land under Ali’s control was raided, he said:

“Jihaad is one of the gates of paradise, which Allaah opens to the closest of His friends. It is the garment of piety, the shield of Allaah and the greatest protection. Whoever abandons it because of lack of interest, Allaah will give him a garment of humiliation to wear; calamities will befall him, he will be brought low and a seal will be placed on his heart. He will be led away from truth because of neglecting jihaad; he will be humiliated and deprived of justice.

Verily, I called you by night and by day, secretly and openly to fight these people. I told you to attack them before they attacked you, for by Allaah, no people are attacked in their land but they are humiliated. But you were negligent and reluctant, so attacks were launched against you and land was taken from you….

How strange it is, by Allah, that these people are united in their falsehood, and you are disunited and do not support your truth. This is what breaks the heart and brings grief and sorrow. May you perish, for you have become a target to be shot; you are raided and do not raid others, you are attacked and do not attack others. Allaah is being disobeyed, and you are pleased with that. If I command you to march towards them on a hot day, you will say that it is too hot and we should wait until it cools down. If I command you to march towards them in winter, you will say that it is too cold and we should wait until it warms up.

All of that in order to avoid heat and cold. If you are trying to avoid heat and cold, then by Allaah you will try harder to flee from the sword, O you men who are not men. Yon have the minds of children and are as irrational as women…

You have spoiled all my plans with your disobedience and reluctance, to the point that Quraysh have begun to say that the son of Abu Taalib is a courageous man, but he has no experience of war. What a strange thing they are saying! Is there anyone among them with more experience of war than me? Or who has attained a higher position in it than me? For I got involved in it when I had not yet reached the age of twenty, and here I am having passed the age of sixty. But if a man is not obeyed, his wisdom is to no avail…”

[Al-Bayaan Wat-Tabyeen, by Al-Jaahidh, Pp. 238-239]

‘Umar’s Affection Towards Children

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , on April 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Sinan Bin Salamah said:

During my childhood, I was once picking fallen dates under a date-palm tree. Suddenly ‘Umar cam and all the children ran away (lol!) but I remained.

When ‘Umar came near I said: “O leader of the believers, these dates had already fallen.

‘Umar said: “Show me.

After seeing them, ‘Umar said: “You have spoken the truth.”

I requested ‘Umar to come with me to my house, because if I went alone, then all the boys would catch me and take away my dates from me. ‘Umar accompanied me to my home.

[Abqariyah ‘Umar, p. 206]

A Short Bio Of Ibn ‘Abbaas

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on March 20, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn ‘Abbaas used to pray qiyaam regularly: Ibn Maleekah said: “I accompanied Ibn ‘Abbaas from Makkah to Madeenah. He used to pray two by two, and he would spend half the night in prayer, reciting the Quraan slowly, letter by letter, and weeping and sobbing a great deal.” [Al-Muttaqa, 7/270]

Ibn ‘Abbaas wept so much that traces of that were left on his cheeks: Aboo Raja’ said: “I saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, and the bottom of his eyes was like a worn out shoelace because of weeping.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/352]

Ibn ‘Abbaas was very generous and acknowledged the status of the senior Companions: Once Aboo Ayyoob Al-Ansaari was going through some financial difficulties and was burdened debts. He came to stay with Ibn ‘Abbaas, who emptied his house out for him and said: “I shall do for you what you did for the Messenger of Allaah (saw) [i.e, inviting him over just as he had invited the Messenger over when he (saw) first came to Madeenah]. Then he said: “How much is your debt?” Aboo Ayyoob said: “Twenty thousand.” So Ibn ‘Abbaas gave him forty thousand, and twenty slaves, and everything that was in the house.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/324]

The sermons of Ibn ‘Abbaas: Aboo Waa’il said: “Ibn ‘Abbaas addressed us when he was the leader of the hajj. He started to recite Soorah An-Noor, reciting  and explaining the meaning. I have never seen or heard a man who speaks like that. If the Persians, Romans and Turks heard him, they would become Muslim.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

Masrooq said: “When I saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, I thought he was the most handsome of people. When he spoke, I thought he was the most eloquent of people. When he preached, I thought he was the greatest of people.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

The gatherings of Ibn ‘Abbaas: Al-Qaasim Ibn Muhammad said: “I never saw any talk of falsehood in the gatherings of Ibn ‘Abbaas.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

Preoccupying Oneself With The Books Of The Scholars Over The Book Of Allaah

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Qur'an with tags , , , , on January 10, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

A man once went to ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab and said, “O Leader of the Believers, when we conquered Al-Madaain, we found a book that contained in it beautiful speech.

‘Umar asked him, “Was that speech from the Book of Allaah?

The man replied, “No.”

Then ‘Umar asked someone to hand him a stick, after which he proceeded to beat the man, and all the while he (ra) was reciting the saying of Allaah: “Alif-Laam-Ra. These are the Verses of the Clear Book. Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an in order that you may understand. We relate unto you (Muhammad) the best of stories through Our Revelations unto you, of this Qur’an. And before this (i.e. before the coming of Divine Inspiration to you), you were among those who knew nothing about it (the Qur’an).” [12:1-3]

‘Umar then said, “Verily, what destroyed those who came before you was the fact that they took themselves to the books of their scholars and priests, while they abandoned the Torah and the Injeel (Gospel). And they continued to do that until the Torah and the Injeel became obliterated, and the knowledge that they contained went away.

[Manaaqib ‘Umar, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 23]

Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani, The One Unharmed By Fire

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , on November 1, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Adh-Dhahabi related that when Al-Aswad Al-Ansi openly claimed to be a Prophet, Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani spoke out against him. Al-Aswad ordered his men to capture Abu Muslim, and to prepare a huge fire for him. When that huge fire was ignited in a pit, Al-Aswad threw Abu Muslim inside.

Miraculously, however, the fire did not harm Abu Muslim in the least, which was reminiscent of how Prophet Ibraheem (as) was not harmed by a fire into which he had been thrown.

At any rate, Al-Aswad said, “If you do not banish Abu Muslim from this land, he will turn your followers against you.”

Realising that his advisors were right and that he would not be able to harm Abu Muslim physically, Al-Aswad ordered Abu Muslim to travel away from the region immediately.

Wanting the company of the righteous people, Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani was probably more than happy to comply, and so he headed towards the city of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. Upon arriving in Madeenah, Abu Muslim made his camel kneel down on the ground, after which he proceeded to enter the Prophet’s Masjid.

‘Umar, who at the time was inside the Masjid, stood up to meet the stranger who had just entered and asked, “Where are you from?”

“From Yemen,” replied Abu Muslim.

“And what do you know about the man that the “Liar” tried to burn with fire?” asked ‘Umar.

That is ‘Abdullaah Ibn Thuwab, ” replied Abu Muslim.

Looking keenly at Abu Muslim, ‘Umar had a string feeling about him, as if he knew something about the character of the stranger, even though he had never previously seen him. So ‘Umar asked him, “I ask you by Allaah, are you him?”

“Yes,” replied Abu Musim.

‘Umar said, “All praise is for Allaah, Who has not caused me to die before showing me the person from the nation of Muhammad for whom was done the same that was done for Ibraheem Al-Khaleel.”

[Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa 4/8]

Blessed Mothers

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Parenting, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Umm Salamah:

During the battle of the Camel, the Mother of the Believers Umm Salamah (ra) sent her son ‘Umar Ibn Abi Salamah to ‘Ali with the message: “By Allaah, he is dearer to me than my own self; he will go out with you to fight alongside you.” He went out with ‘Ali (ra) and remained with him. [Ansaab Al-Ashraf, 4/224]

Mu’aathah, the wife of Silah:

Silah Ibn Aktam told his son: “O my son, go ahead and fight!” His son went ahead and was killed. Later on Silah himself was killed. When Mu’aathah the wife of Silah received the news of the death of both her husband and son, she told the woman who came to give their condolences: “If you are coming to congratulate me then welcome. If you are here to give me condolences then you must leave!” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula, quoting from “Mashari Al-Ashwaq Ilaa Masari Al-Ushaaq” by Ibn Nuhaas]

Al-Khansa’ Bint ‘Amr:

The Battle Of Qaadisiyyah (14H) which occurred during ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaabs reign lasted for four days. On the second day of the battle, Al-Khansa’ Bint ‘Amr urged her sons to fight. In the Muslim women’s camp in Al-‘Udayb, Al-Khansa’ Bint ‘Amr – the poetess of Banoo Sulaym whose career straddled the jaahiliyah and Islaam – sat with her four grown sons, urging them to fight. She said, “You became muslim willingly and migrated by choice. You know what Allaah has promised of great reward to the Muslims who fight the kaafirs, and you know that the realm which abides is better than the realm which will pass away. Allaah says, ‘O you who believe! Endure and be more patient [than your enemy], and guard your territory [by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you], and fear Allaah so that you may be successful.‘ [3:200] If you wake up safe and sound tomorrow, inshaaAllah, then go and fight your enemy, seeking Allaah’s support against His enemies. When you the fighting grow tense, then go forth. If you do that, you will gain booty and honour in the Hereafter.”

Umm Haarithah:

Haarithah was killed during the battle of Badr by a stray arrow. Anas narrated that the mother of Harithaah came to the Messenger of Allaah and asked him, “O Messenger of Allaah, won’t you tell me about my son Haarithah? If he is in Paradise I would be patient. If he is not I would cry for him.” The Messenger of Allaah said, “Have you lost your mind?! It is not one Paradise but many, and your son is in the highest one: Al-Firdous!” [Bukhaaree]

‘Alee, The Jew & The Shield

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

When ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib set out for the battle of Siffeen, he lost a shield. When the battle was over and he returned to Koofah, he found the shield in the possession of a Jewish man who was selling it in the marketplace.

He said to him: “O Jew, this shield is mine, I did not sell it or give it away.”

The Jew said: “It is my shield and it is in my possession.”

‘Alee said: “Lets go to the judge.”

So they went to Shurayh, and ‘Alee sat beside Shurayh while the Jew sat in front of him. Shurayh said: “Speak O Ameer Al-Mu’mineen.”

He said: “Yes. I say that this shield that is in the Jew’s hands is my shield. I did not sell it or give it away.”

Shurayh said: “O Ameer Al-Mu’mineen, give me proof.”

He said: “Yes. Qunbur (the freed save of ‘Alee), Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn will bear witness that this shield is mine.”

Shurayh said: “The testimony of the son for the father does not count.”

‘Alee said: “The testimony of a man who is one of the people of paradise does not count? I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say, ‘Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn will be the leaders of the youth among the people of Paradise.’

The Jew said: “The Ameer Al-Mu’mineen brought me to this judge and this judge is ruling against him? I bear witness that this is the truth; I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah and that the shield is your shield. You were riding on your dusky camel, heading towards Siffeen; you dropped this (shield) at night, and I picked it up.

‘Alee said: “Since you admit it, it is yours,” and he gave him a horse too. Shurayh later on said that he saw him when he went out to fight the Khawaarij with ‘Alee at Nahrawaan.

[Quoted in ” ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, by Dr. ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, 1/395]

Words Of ‘Alee On His Deathbed

Posted in Inspirational Stories with tags , , , , on February 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

When death was imminent, he gave the following advice:

“…I advise you, O Hasan and all my children and family, to fear Allaah your Lord, and never die except in a state of slam, [3:102] and hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allah (this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves [3:103]. I heard Abu Al-Qaasim say: ‘Reconciling between people is better than supererogatory prayers and fasts.’ Check on your relatives and uphold ties with them, then your reckoning with Allaah will he easier. I urge you by Allah to he kind to orphans, and do not silence them or ignore them when they are with you. I urge you by Allah to b e kind to your neighbours, for your Prophet (saw) enjoined that, and he continued to enjoin that until we thought that he would make the neighbour an heir.

I urge you by Allaah to take care of the Qur’an, and do not let others he better at putting it into practice than you. I urge you by Allaah to take care of the prayer, for it is the foundation of your religion. I urge you by Allaah to take care of the House of your Lord; do not forsake it as long as you live.

I urge you by Allaah to engage in jihaad for the sake of Allaah with your wealth and your lives.

I urge you by Allaah to take care of zakaah, for it extinguishes the wrath of the Lord. I urge you by Allaah to take care of those whom your right hands possess (female slaves).

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