Home time table (Division of time)


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Hadrat Hasan (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) has on the
authority of his father, Hazrat Ali (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated as
follows:

Obviously the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
had to be at home for his personal needs (e.g. meals and rest). This was of
course, under the authority of ALLAH.

So when he was in his haram he divided his time in three
parts.

i) One part for ibadah (acts of devotion)

ii) One part for discharging his social obligations to his
family. (This including cheerful conversation); and

iii) One part for giving rest to his own person.

Then he would further divide his own share between himself
and other people (i.e., he would utilize its greater part in the matters
relating to Ummah. He would spend this time with chosen companions discussing
matters of common interest. In this way, although everybody was not admitted
but shared the benefit as the distinguished persons who were present during
these discourses transmitted to others what they heard from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu
Alaihi Wa Sallam). He did not hold back anything from the people: neither the
religious commands nor worldly resources. On the other hand he extended the
benefits of all kinds to everybody without hesitation. During this time he
received men of learning and practice and among them also precedence was given
to those who were religiously eminent. Out of these people, someone would have
one problem, others two or more. He would busy himself in attending to them and
would put them on such assignments as would be beneficial for them as well as
for the rest of the Ummah. This assignment was that these persons would put
questions to him and he would give them appropriate answers. He used to
commission them that those of you who were present should pass on (what they
have learnt) to those also who were absent. He also used to tell them that it
was their duty to apprise him of the problem of one who was unable to do so due
to purdah, old age or distance, for whoever conveys the problem of such a
person to a man of authority, ALLAH would, on the day of Judgment, keep him
steadfast on the path-way to Paradise.

The discourses of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa
Sallam) were confined to these (religious) matters and no other topic was
entertained (i.e. he would not lend ear to useless talk besides matters
relating to the needs and benefits of the people). People used to come to him
with their needs and then returned after having taken something (i.e. besides
the benefits of knowledge, he (necessarily) offered them one thing or the other
to eat) and they finally came out as guides (Theologians). [Nashrut-Tib]

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