Tuesday, 1 April 2014

REVIVING FORGOTTON SUNNAHS


THE IMPORTANCE OF REVIVING THE SUNNAH AND SEEKING KNOWLEDGE TO DO SO

He (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said: "That indeed whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah which has died after me, then for him is a reward similar to whoever acts upon it without diminishing anything from their rewards. And whoever introduces an erroneous innovation which Allah is not pleased with, nor His Messenger, then he shall receive sins similar to whoever acts upon it, without that diminishing anything from the sins of the people. [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2677, Da’eef; Sunan Ibn Maajah, Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 209, Saheeh fil Matan]

He (s.a.w) also is reported to have said " Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.' [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2678. Saheeh fil Matan]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated:  "May allah brighten (the face of) a person who hears a hadith from us (me) and memorizes it to convey it to others; for perhaps a receptor of knowledge is more knowledgeable than a transmitter, and perhaps a transmitter (of knowledge), is not versed in knowledge.” [Al-Tirmidhy, Sunan, Book on knowledge, no. 2656; Abu Dawud, Sunan, Book on knowledge, no. 3660; Ibn Majah, Sunan, Book on asceticism, no. 4105; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad, vol. 5, p. 183; and Al-Darimy, Sunan, Introduction, no. 229.]

Shaikh al-Islaam, Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله reported that Mu`aadh bin Jabal رضي الله عنه said:
“Upon you is to seek knowledge; for seeking it for the sake of Allaah is worship; and understanding it (increases) the Fear (of Allaah); searching for it is (a type of) Jihaad; teaching it to those who do not know it is a charity; revising it is (like doing) Tasbeeh (Glorification of Allaah);

Through knowledge, Allaah is known and worshiped; and through it He is Glorified and singled out (in worship). Through knowledge Allaah raises the status of the people and makes them leaders and scholars through whom others are guided and are aligned to their opinions.” [Majmoo` al-Fataawa (10/39)]
Ibn al-Mubarak (r.h), the scholar of the east and the scholar of the west said : "Nothing is better than seeking knowledge for Allah’s sake. And Allah hates nothing such as seeking knowledge for someone else's sake." (Adab Shar’iyyah 2/127)

THE OBLIGATION AND AWESOME REWARD FOR REVIVNG A SUNNAH :  http://the-finalrevelation.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-obligation-and-awesome-reward-for.html

A POINT TO REMEMBER BEFORE PROCEEDING  :

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "In order to follow the Sunnah completely we should do it one way one time and the other way another time, this way in one place and the other way in another place, because forsaking what was narrated in the Sunnah and adhering to something else may lead to regarding what is Sunnah as Bid’ah (i.e. innovation) and regarding something that is Mustahabb (i.e. recommended) as obligatory, and that would lead to division and disputes." [Al-Majmoo‘ 22/67 and quoted in the Friday sermon of Shakh 'Abdul 'Azeez Muhammad as-Saadhan]

However this doesn't apply to some sunnahs that are to be followed always at the same time in the same way for e.g the dua'as after completing the final tashahud, and so on.

SOME OF THE FORGOTTEN SUNNAHS !

Here is an article that enlists some beautiful 100 Sunnah's of the prophet of Allah (s.a.w) . I'm sure we'd all be shocked to see the  easy-to-do sunnah's we leave out every day !

Link : http://the-finalrevelation.blogspot.com/2012/08/100-beautiful-sunnah-of-rasool-saw.html
Download the free Android app as well :  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.admads.sunnah

Forgotten Sunnah # 1 :The Sunnah at the times of calamity, difficulty and trials

Ma’qil ibn Yasir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “Worship (prayer and supplication) during a time of widespread killing is like making an emigration to me.”

[Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 7042]

Shaikh ‘Abdul Aziz Muhammad As-Sadhaan says :
The reward of the worshiper became like that of the migrant because the time of turmoil and fear may make one forget worship, even forget what Allaah The Almighty have obligated him to do and do much of the things other than that. This, and Allaah Knows best, is a clear proof that the servant is attached to his Lord in the most difficult condition and because of this, his reward is increased and multiplied.
Narrated that Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say:

“There is no Muslim who is stricken with a calamity and says what Allaah has enjoined –

إن لله وإنا إليه راجعون‏:‏ اللهم آجرني في مصيبتي، واخلف لي خيرا منها

‘Verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allaah, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with something better’ ('Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un. Allahumma ujurni fi musibati, wakhluf li khairan minha )– but Allaah will compensate him with something better.” Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: When Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) died, I repeated the same supplication as the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) had commanded me (to do). So Allah bestowed upon me a better substitute than him (i.e I was married to Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam)).

[Sahih Muslim 918, Riyaad as-Saaliheen, Book 7, Hadith 921]

Another version has :
Narrated Umm Salamah: The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) as saying: When one of you is afflicted with a calamity, he should say:

 ‏{‏ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ ‏}‏ اللَّهُمَّ عِنْدَكَ أَحْتَسِبُ مُصِيبَتِي فَآجِرْنِي فِيهَا وَأَبْدِلْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

"We belong to Allah, and to Him we do return." O Allah, I expect reward from Thee from this affliction, so give me reward for it, and give me a better compensation.

[Sunan Abi Dawud , Kitaab al Janaa'iz, Hadeeth 3119]

Imaam Abu Dawood narrated in his Kitaab al-Maraseel from Imraan al-Qaseer who said: "The lamp of the Prophet (peace be upon him) died out, so he (immediately) lit it back, upon which Aa'ishah (radiallah anha) said: "Verily it is only a Misbaah (Lamp)", so he (peace be upon him) said: "Whatever causes difficulty to a Mu'min is a Calamity""

[Al-Maraseel: 1/297 H # 412]

Indeed trials and tribulations are a blessing in disguise and this has been discussed with relevant evidences here: http://the-finalrevelation.blogspot.com/2013/01/trials-hardship-and-calamity-are.html

Ibn Katheer recorded in his Book Al Bidaaya wan Nihaaya 8/222, a narration on the authority of The best that can be said when remembering these and similar calamities is that which ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn [Imam Zayn Al ‘Aabidin – son of Al Hussain] narrated from his grandfather (Ali r.a) that  the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said:

“There is no Muslim who is afflicted by a calamity and when he remembers it, even if it was in the dim and distant past, he says Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return), but Allaah will give him a reward like that of the day when it befell him.”

[Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Ibn Majaah, end quote from al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (8/221-222)]

Ibn Taymiyah (r.h) reported in a long summary in Fataawa al Kubra part 5, about a hadeeth In al-Musnad, wherein it is reported from Faatimah bint al-Husayn, from her father al-Husayn, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“There is no man who suffers a calamity, and when he remembers it, even if it is old, he says ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),’ but Allaah will give a reward equal to the reward He gave him on the day he suffered the calamity.

Forgotten Sunnah (or reward) # 2 : Entering the market whilst saying .....

The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said; “Whoever enters a market place and says

مَنْ قَالَ حِينَ يَدْخُلُ السُّوقَ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَهُوَ حَىٌّ لاَ يَمُوتُ بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ كُلُّهُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ - كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَهُ أَلْفَ أَلْفِ حَسَنَةٍ وَمَحَا عَنْهُ أَلْفَ أَلْفِ سَيِّئَةٍ وَبَنَى لَهُ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ ‏

‘Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeetu wahuwa hayyun laa yamootu, biyadihi alkhayru wahuwa ala kulli shayyin qadeer’(There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah alone, He has no partners, He has the dominion and for him is all the praise, He gives life and he takes life and he is the ever living and does not die, in his hand is goodness and he is capable of all things)

Allaah will write for him thousand thousand reward and erase from him thousand thousand sin and raise him thousand thousand and build for him a house in Jannah!”

[ Recorded in Sunan al-Nasa'ee (Eng ref: Vol. 3, Book 12, Hadith 2235) and Jami` at-Tirmidhi (3428); al-Jaami' as-Sagheer (v. 1 p. 1118) Shaikh al-Albaanee said the hadeeth is Hasan , Also classified as Hassan in Takhreej Mishkat al Masaabeh (2366) , Saheeh al Jaami' (6231) and Also recorded in Ibn Taymiyyah's book called " Gaining rewards" pg. 20. This is graded as Da`eef  by Shaykh Zubayr `Ali Zaee rahimahullah however Shaykh Albaanee brings saheeh mawqoof narrations on this which is raised to marfoo`.]

Forgotten Sunnah # 3 : Fasting for three days every month

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: My friend (the Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa salam) directed me to observe fast for three days in every month, to perform two Rak`ah (optional) Duha prayer at forenoon and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed. [Agreed upon:1672 & 1178]

Forgotten Sunnah # 4 :Rinsing the mouth after drinking Milk or anything that has a fatty residue

Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) drank some milk then called for some water. Once he got the water he rinsed his mouth then said, "It has fat."

[Collected by Bukhari 211 and Muslim 358]

Imam An-Nawwawee said," This hadeeth confirms it's recommended to rinse the mouth after drinking milk."[ Sharh Saheeh Muslim ]