Contemporary Issues, Hadith

Hadith Explained: “The Sun Prostrates Under the Throne and Takes Permission to Rise Again”

It is Reported by Al-Bukhari from Abu Dharr that once the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asked him after sunset, “Do you know where the sun goes (at the time of sunset)?” He replied, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” So the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) answered: “It goes and prostrates beneath the Throne, then it asks for permission (to rise) and permission is given to it. Soon it will prostrate, but it will not be accepted from it, and it will ask for permission (to rise) but permission will not be given to it; it will be said to it: “Go back…

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Hadith, Translations

Hadith of Ghuraba: Who Are the Strangers?

Source: Alukah.net, Islamreligion.com Please note that the words Allah and God are used interchangeably in the article. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, “Islam began as something strange and will return to [being] something strange just as [it was] in the beginning, so glad tidings to the strangers” (Muslim). Ibn Majah narrated that it was asked, “Who are the strangers?” The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) responded, “Those (few) who left their tribes (for Islam)” (Ibn Majah). In another version, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) responded to the question by stating, “Those that correct the people when they become corrupt” (Abu Amr…

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Grave Worship in Islam
Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Hadith: “If one of you gets lost in the wilderness, let him call out, ‘Help me, O slaves of Allah!'”

Al-Bazzaar (4922) narrated via Usaamah ibn Zayd al-Laythi, from Abaan ibn Saalih, from Mujaahid, from Ibn ‘Abbaas, in a marfoo‘ report: “Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, has angels on earth other than the recording angels who write down how many leaves fall from the trees. If one of you gets lost in the wilderness, let him call out, ‘Help me, O slaves of Allah.’” Firstly: This hadith is not reliable. For a detailed look into the weakness of this hadith and others that are similar in meaning to it, see: http://islamqa.info/en/181206 http://islamqa.info/en/132642 http://www.alsoufia.com/main/articles.aspx?article_no=1805 http://www.saaid.net/Doat/assuhaim/b/9.htm It is important to…

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Advice - Naseeha
Akhlaaq (Manners), Hadith, Translations

Hadith: “The Religion is Sincere Advice.” – A Brief Explanation

Hadith Text The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The religion is naseehah (sincere advice).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” (Bukhari and Muslim) Explanation: This is a great hadith. It gathers all of the affairs of the religion in one expression through the statement, “The religion is naseehah.” So the Prophet (peace be upon him) defined religion as naseehah (sincere advice) just as he defined Hajj as ‘Arafah [in a separate hadith]. By doing so, the Prophet is elevating its importance and position in the religion. Naseehah is [so important…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Rejecting Hadiths: The Fitnah of the Quranists

There are some “Muslims” in our times who follow a recent new movement (19th-20th century) which rejects hadiths, hence, deviating from the path of mainstream Islam. They pose and comment on many issues related to Islam from their viewpoint and reject many fundamental aspects of our religion.  Worst of all, they try to present their views as the mainstream opinion. It should be made clear that they do not represent mainstream Islam or Muslims in any way or form. The ummah (nation) of Muhammad (pbuh) accepts the Qur’an and hadiths as legitimate forms of sources for deriving Islamic laws. We,…

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Hadith, Seeking Knowledge

Studying Hadith: Tips and Resources

The Arabic word hadith basically means ‘an item of news, conversation, a tale, a story or a report,’ whether historical or legendary, true or false, relating to the present or the past. Its secondary meaning as an adjective is ‘new’ as opposed to qadeem, ‘old’. However, like other Arabic words (e.g. salaah, zakaah), its meaning changed in Islaam. From the time of the Prophet (ρ), his stories and communications dominated all other forms of communication. Consequently, the term hadith began to be used almost exclusively for reports which spoke of his actions and sayings. The Fundamentals of Hadeeth Studies, P.…

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Hadith, Seeking Knowledge

Ruling on Acting on Weak Hadiths

In Islam, there is no dispute among the scholars that Qur’an and hadiths are the primary sources of Islamic law.  All issues related to the religion, particularly theology and legal rulings, must be in accordance to these two vital sources.  Any type of ruling, worship or belief that has no basis in the Qur’an or hadiths is rejected in Islam.  There is no dispute when it comes to the content of the Qur’an, however, hadiths have been scrutinized throughout Islamic history by scholars of hadith in an attempt to separate the authentically narrated reports of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa…

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