Jihad by Night

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Jihad

“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?

August 10, 2010

Few noble habits about eating

Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Asma (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that whenever hot food was brought to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) he would keep it covered until the force of its steam had gone and used to say that there is great blessing in cold food. [Darim, Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “When food is set down, take off your sandals, for it gives more rest to your feet. [Ibn-e-Majah, Mishkat]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) did not drink water after taking meals as it affects digestion adversely. One should not drink water until the food is nearly digested. [Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

October 3, 2009