- Rabbana afrigh AAalayna sabran watawaffana Muslimeena
“Our Lord! pour out on us patience and constancy, and cause us to die as (Muslims”. (Qur’aan: 7:126)
- Wama lana alla natawakkala AAala Allahi waqad hadana subulana walanasbiranna AAala ma athaytumoona waAAala Allahi falyatawakkali almutawakkiloona
“No reason have we why we should not put our trust on Allah. Indeed He Has guided us to the Ways we (follow). We shall certainly bear with patience all the hurt you may cause us. For those who put their trust should put their trust on Allah.” (Qur’aan: 14:12)
“For twenty years I waged Jihad against myself. I struggled, all throughout to remain standing in prayer at night. For those twenty years I never tasted the sweetness of the night prayer. It was only after that that I found comfort and sweetness.”
These are the words of one of the greatest scholars of the early generation. Al-Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawri (161 H) is known as one of the Eight Ascetics of his age. He was, rahimahullah, ‘aabid – a worshipper.
Twenty years of Jihad by night. No sweetness was experienced by ath-Thawri (rahimahullah) for twenty years? Read more... (1514 words, estimated 6:03 mins reading time)
It is well-known that no report, in the science of hadith, is accepted unless it gives the full chain of narrators upto the Holy Prophet (SAWS). Each narrator from this chain is first scrutinized on the touch-stone of his credibility as discussed above. But even if all the narrators of a chain are found to be reliable, it is not enough to hold the tradition as authentic. It must be proved that the chain is constant and no narrator has been missed in between. If it is found that some narrator has been missed at any stage, the tradition is held to be unreliable. To ensure the constancy of the chain, it is necessary to know about each narrator whether it is possible for him historically to meet the person from whom he claims to hear the tradition. Read more... (544 words, estimated 2:11 mins reading time)