The virtue and blessing in the family of Abu Bakr RadiAllahu ‘anhu

Tayammum

The Tayammum (Dry Ablution) is quite an interesting phenomena. The literal meaning of Tayammum is ‘aim’ or ‘purpose’ while its jurisprudential meaning refers to the removal of the state of impurity via the usage of clean earth, in a scenario where water is not an option as a primary purifying agent.

From the Qur’an we understand that Allah sent down water as a purifying agent, and that water in itself is naturally pure and purifying. This same quality cannot be given directly to soil or earth. That is why Allah tells us in the Qur’an to seek ‘pure soil’ to perform Tayammum with.

Now the incident behind the Qur’anic legislation of Tayammum is testimony to the virtue and blessing in the family of Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu ‘ahu). The story is as follows:

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was on a journey, and they reached a place known as Baida. At this place, The mother of the Believers, Aisha (RadiAllahu ‘anha) noticed that a bracelet of hers had gone missing. Knowing the sentimental value it held to Aisha and her attachment to it, the Prophet decided that they shall camp here for a short period of time to try and locate the lost jewellery. If it wasn’t located soon, they would continue forth with their journey, since it was not the habit of the Prophet to camp for long periods at a place other than their place of destination.

So The Messenger of Allah and his companions began their search of this bracelet. As they continued to search, salah time began to draw nearer and nearer, and the problem was that there was no water available at this place, nor did anyone travel with water with them. There was slight confusion among the sahaba; as salah time crept in many of them began to pray without wudhu, whilst others decided not to pray. Perplexed, they decided to approach Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu ‘anhu) and reproach him for the actions of his daughter Aisha. They blamed her for putting them in this very difficult situation.

Abu Bakr decided to have a word with Aisha about this. He went to his daughter and poked her in her thigh for causing this distress and difficult upon the Muslims. Even though she was his daughter and the wife of The Messenger of Allah, he still had the interests and welfare of the believers at heart. He scolded his daughter for her behaviour . Aisha could not say anything back or move from her place, since the Prophet was sleeping on her lap.  The Prophet was asleep at this time, so when he woke up he enquired about all this commotion he saw his companions in. His companions told him about the difficulties they were in due to Aisha’s lost jewellery. The Prophet informed them that Allah had just revealed verses to him pertaining to this very matter:

O you who believe! … If you are sick, or on a journey, or one of you has come from toilet, or you have `touched’ your women and you cannot find water, then you should do Tayammum on the pure earth by wiping a part of your face and your hands.” (4:43)

The exasperation and hostility towards Abu Bakr and his daughter had all of a sudden transformed to wonderment, admiration and delight. Many of those who had complained to Abu Bakr now returned to him saying ‘That was not the first blessing from the family of Abu Bakr.’ To make matters even better, as the Muslims began to continue with their journey, they had found that Mother Aisha’s bracelet had been under the camel she was sitting all this time!!!

It’s amazing how the actions of the household of Abu Bakr was a means of benefit for the Muslims, even till this day.

Asalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

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When you come to learn from this book, The Qur’an, approach it in the condition of The Prophet (saw); unlettered. Without knowledge. Do not approach it as a learned person, but rather approach it with the intention to learn from it. Since this book wasn’t revealed to the learned or intellectuals, like Aristotle or Ibn Sina…

Shaykh Muhammad Akram Al-Nadwi

Oh my Companion Ramadhaan, how I miss you…

In the Name of Allah The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

I haven’t been here for a while…

So the days of Blessings and Virtue have left us and I cannot express in words, the plethora of feelings and emotions I am going through.

I look to the clock hand and see each second, minute and hour devoid of Allah’s preciousness, fadl and mercy.

The days; hot and savage, yet irresistible in the reward that beat down with the sun’s rays, have become hostile, cold and harsh towards me.

The breeze was once sweet with the fragrance of Angels; scaling up and down the Seven Heavens to deliver the glad tidings of salutations and reward to the devoted worshippers upon Earth. Now the air tastes toxic upon my lips and stale in my lungs, leaving me gasping for breath.

With every heartbeat my soul calls out for that companion who visits but once a year. A companion whose virtue and suhba is only really appreciated once he has departed.

The nights. Oh how I miss the nights.  Shrouded in a blackened cloak, the skies were heavy with the recitation of Qur’an. Unbearable. On the verge of bursting forth and showering the very letters of the recited words of Allah upon the lands. Whilst the Mother Earth’s thirst was quenched with the sincere tears cascading from the eyes of the devout. The pillars and walls of the Masaajid trembling with the unified voices and echos of Forgiveness, Reward, Salvation, Protection and Ameen

A poet once said to his departing friend

‘Do you realise my emotions of grief are overflowing at your departure?..

We were once together And today the reigns of our bonds have been released,

Today we part but your voice will always resound in my ears…’

Ya Allah, let the remnants of Ramadhaan remain within our lives and souls forever more. Ya Allah, reunite us with this most noble friend of ours.

Ameen…

The 1st Friday after entry into Jerusalem

Once Salaahudin (Rahimahullah) had besieged The Holy Lands, the time had come for The City of Jerusalem to be entered. The Historians mention that The Jurists, Poets, Ascetics, Civilians and Military lined the streets as Salaahudin entered the City. At once preparations were made for Jumu’ah, the 1st to be held in Masjid Al-Aqsa in 88 years. The Muslims purified the Masjid from The Crusader’s pollution. The Dome of The Rock was restored and the Masjid walls were cleansed.

Whilst this was happening, Salaahudin’s mind was somewhere else. His mind was with those people who had conducted his Tarbiyyah all those years ago, namely Noorudin Al-Zingi; his senior, his Teacher, his role model. Salaahudin never forgot to bestow favours upon those who bestowed favours upon him, so he called for The Pulpit Noorudin had built before his death, with the intention that this Pulpit will be installed into Al-Aqsa once The Holy Lands were liberated. And this is exactly was Salaahudin did, thus fulfilling the intention of his Teacher.

One the 1st Friday, there was a fierce skirmish about who would deliver the Khutbah among the Scholars, since to them there was no greater honour or privilege other than this. Imaadudin Al-Isfahani captured this moment. He said:

‘The Sultan sat with his face gleaming with happiness. His seat looked as if it were surrounded by the halo of the moon. Around him readers of Qur’an were reading the words of guidance and commenting; the poets were standing, reciting and seeking favours; whilst flags were being unfolded in order to be raised and the pens were being sharpened in order to convey the good tidings. Eyes were filled with tears of joy whilst hearts were humbled in devotion to Allah and in joy for the victory…’

 Just try to imagine the feeling…