‘Ubaadah bin ‘Saamit R.A. said, ‘Once Rasulullah S.W. S.W. came out to inform us the true date of Laylatul Qadr. (Unfortunately at that time) an argument took place between two muslim men, whereupon he said, “I came out in order to inform you as to when Laylatul Qadr was, but because two people argued (the fixing of the correct date) was taken away. Perhaps that is better for you. So seek it among the ninth, seventh and fifth nights”.
Reported in Mishkaat.
You have mentioned that a group of your companions are admirers of Moulana Maududi. According to them there
is no other Aalim besides Moulana Maududi. You have asked my opinion regarding this also.
I have already expounded my humble opinion (regarding this matter) in two treatises, namely; “Tanqeed aur Haqq-e-Tanqeed” and “Al-Imaamul Mujaahid”.
We will also, in fulfilling your request, make brief mention on this topic.
I openly concede to the many good and notable qualities and abilities of Moulana Maududi, however, I have many differences with him as well. There are numerous little and isolated differences I have with him, but here we will suffice on the major issues.
The interest and enthusiasm shown by yourself and your companions is praiseworthy and congratulatory. However, my advice is that you change this interest of yours from discussions and debates to learning and teaching Deen.
Devote your time and energies to the practical implementation of the Deen. You should make an effort to adopt the lifestyle of our beloved Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) and likewise turn the attention of others in that direction.
This suggestion of mine is based on two reasons. Discussions and debates hamper the ability of a person to carry out (good) actions. It is reported in Musnad-e-Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Mustadrak Haakim that Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) said:
Respected Janaab Moulana Saheb,
Story No. 36: (Episode)
A story is told about a certain Walee who set out on a journey to perform Haj. He traveled with a caravan without any relatives as companions, and made this promise to himself that never would he beg for anything from anyone. The time came when for days he had nothing to eat, and he became so weak in body that a thought passed through his mind: “Now I have reached the stage of anxiety I am about to perish and Allah has forbidden that anyone should perish at his own hands or destroy himself. Hence I am now forced to reluctantly beg.” But then he drove this thought from his mind and renewed his promise to himself not to beg and not to break his original agreement; even unto death.
Because he was so weak, he stayed behind while the rest of the caravan proceeded onward. There he waited for death to overtake him, lying with his face towards the Qiblah. Someone on horseback approached him and from a jug of water gave him to drink, and further provided his needs. Then the stranger asked: “do you wish to rejoin your caravan?’ he replied: “I do not know how far ahead of me they will be; how shall I find them now?’
The stranger said: “Come, rise and follow me.” They left and after walking for a short while the stranger said to him; ‘Wait here, the caravan will soon arrive to meet you here.’ He waited there and soon the caravan caught up with him. (Rowdh)
All the ulama are agreed on this fact that Rasulullah Sal’am only performed Haj once after the hijrat. That was during the 10th year Hijri, which incidentally was the last year of his life. On this Haj journey such things were seen from him as is normally seen from someone who is about to take leave. Hence this Haj has become known as the Hajjatul-Widaa (the Farewell Haj). It was as if the Rasulullah Sal’am was bidding farewell to all his companions present there with him before his final departure to his Lord.
Story No.11: (Episode)
Another saint relates: “While residing in Mecca there once came to me a Yamani friend saying: “I have brought for you a present.”
Having said this he told a companion of his: “Tell him your story.”
The man then related: “When I left my hometown Sa’faa in order to perform Haj a very large crowd of friends and well-wishers came to bide me farewell. Many came to the outskirts of the village. From among them one person asked me to convey his greetings to Rasulullah Sal’am and the two companions in Madina. I went to Madina but there in the Holy City I forgot to convey his salaams. I only remembered when we stopped at the first manzil, Zul Hulaifa, to put on our Ihraam. I said to my companions of the caravan: “Please take care of my camel for I have to return to Madina as I have forgotten something there. They replied: “It is now time for the caravan to proceed. If you now return to Madina you will never catch up with us before we reach Mecca.” I said: “In that case when you proceed to convey my friend’s salaam to Rasulullah Sal’am and the two companions R.A. night was already falling when I had done that. Outside the Masjid I met a person who had returned from Zul Hulaifa who informed me that my companions had left the first manzil and were already on route to Mecca. I went back to the masjid hoping that I would join another caravan that may leave for Mecca. Later I fell asleep. During the latter part of the night I saw Rasulullah Sal’am and his two companions R.A. in a dream. They were coming towards me.
Hazrat Abu Bakr R.A. said: “O Rasulullah, this is the person.” Rasulullah Sal’am turned in my direction saying: “O Abul Wafaa!” I replied: “O Rasulullah Sal’am, My name is Abul Abbaas!” Rasulullah Sal’am replied: “No, your name is Abul Wafaa (he who carries out his promise).
Then Rasulullah Sal’am took me by hand and placed me right in to the Masjidul-Haraam in Mecca. I had been there eight full days. When at last my former companions of the caravan arrives.” (Rowd)
Due to my own weakness I could not fully write the proper aadaab of the presence at Madina. However these points should serve as guide and I appeal to readers to overlook shortcomings. In my humble manner have I tried to stress two things while remaining inside the circle of the Shari’ah.
Firstly, honor and respect and secondly keenness and enthusiasm. It is now my intention to end this chapter with some incidents and stories about visitors to the Holy Tomb of Rasulullah Sal’am so that these may serve as examples to intending visitors. The famous story of Hazrat Utbah Rah, and some others have already been mentioned.
41. Having completed the salaams proceed to the pillar of Abu Lubabah. (Ustuwana of Abu Lubabah). Perform two rakahs nafl salaah and make duaa. (See Zubdah) See also chapter 10 where detailed accounts are given of all the pillars of this mosque and their significance.
42. Thereafter return once again to the Rowdha for salaah and duaa.
Fir’oun’s oppression and tyranny did not exempt even his wife, Hadhrat Aasiyah (rahmatullah alayha). She had accepted Imaan in secret with Hadhrat Haroon (alayhis salaam). She was from Bani Israaeel. She had accepted Imaan after Fir’oun had tortured and brutally killed the wife of his treasurer who had concealed his Imaan for a hundred years. His name was Kharbeel bin Nauhabeel. He had met the companions of the companions of Nabi Yusuf (alayhis salaam). In other words, he was a Taabi-ee of Nabi Yusuf (alayhis salaam). He and his wife were Mu’min. His wife was the chaperon of Fir’oun’s daughter. Once while she was combing the girl’s hair, the comb slipped from her hand. Saying ‘Bismillaah’ the chaperon picked up the comb. Fir’oun’s daughter was stunned by this exclamation. She asked: “Is there another god besides my father?”