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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]

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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]

“This Is Your World That You Strive To Gain”

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Abul-Ashhab related that one day ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (ra) and a group of his companions passed by a pit that was use for the disposal of sewage an garbage. For some reason, ‘Umar was forced to stop for a short while beside the pit; he (ra) soon noticed looks of disgust and nausea on the faces of his Companions, so he said to them:

“This is your world that you strive to gain and that you cry over.”

[Az-Zuhd, by Imaam Ahmad, p. 118]

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]

‘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]

The Unauthenticity Of The Narration About Bilal Visiting The Grave Of The Prophet (saw)

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Regarding this story (click here) of bilal returning from shaam and doing the adhaan in madenah, then it has been declared unauthentic. Below is the verification of the hadeeth, declaring it unauthentic:

Haafiz Ibn AbdulHaadee (one of ibn taymiyyah foremost students) mentiones in “Saarim Al-Munki Fee Radd ‘alaa As-Subkee”:

This narration is not authentic. This narration has been narrated by Al-Haakim Aboo Ahmad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Ishaaq An-Nisaabooree Al-Haafiz in his “Juzz Khaamis” from his “Fawaa’id”, and from his way it has been narrated by ‘Asaakir in the mention of Bilaal, and it is a narration that is ghareeb (unknown) munkar (unauthentic and contradicting authentic reports) with an isnaad having inqitaa (disconnection) and majhool (unknown) narrators.

Muhammad Ibn Al-Fayd Al-Ghasaanee was alone in reporting it from Ibraheem ibn Muhammad Ibn Sulaymaan Ibn Bilaal from his father, from his grandfather.

Ibraheem ibn Muhammad is unknown, not knowing to be thiqah (upright) or having amaanah (trust), neither dabt (accuracy), nor adaalah (integrity), rather he is majhool (unknown). (1)

As for Muhammad Ibn Sulaymaan (his father who he narrates this narration from), then he is qaleel al-hadeeth (narrating few hadeeth). (2)

As for Sulaymaan Ibn Bilaal, then he is a man not famous, rather majhool al-haal and qalil ar-rawayah (unknown and narrating few narrations), and he did not become famous in holding knowledge and transmitting it. And none from the Imaams declared him to be thiqah (upright) as far as we know.

And we request the one taking this as a proof and basing on this narration; who declared him to be thiqah (trustworthy) among the Imaams? And (who) relied on his hadeeth among the Hufaaz (memorisers of hadeeth)? Or who praised him among the scholars until his narration can be based upon and one can rely on his report?

Footnotes:

(1) Adh-Dhahabee said about him: “There is jahaalah (ignorance) in what is narrated from him by Muhammad Ibn Al-Fayd Al-Ghassaanee.” And Ibn Hajr mentions this incident in his lisaan and says: “This is a story clearly fabricated.”

(2) Aboo Haatim said of him, “Munkar al-hadeeth (abandoned in hadeeth).” See Taareekh Al-Kabeer 1/98