Anas reports, “Once when Ramadhaan commenced, the Messenger of Allah said, ‘A month has verily dawned over you wherein lies a night better than one thousand months. However is deprived of its blessings has indeed deprived of (almost) all good. And none is deprived of its good except he who is completely unfortunate’”.
Ibn Umar (Radhi Allaho anho) relates: Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said: ‘Verily Allah and His Malaa’ikah send Mercy upon those who eat ‘Sehri’ (sower-Suhoor).”
Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to go and visit her occasionally. Once he went to visit her and she offered him something to drink. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam refused either because he did not feel like drinking anything at that time or because he was fasting. Because of the fact that she had brought up Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam she insisted that he drinks it. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to say that after my real mother, she is my mother. After his demise, Abû Bakr and ‘Umar radiyallâhu ‘anhumâ also used to visit her occasionally. Upon seeing them she used to think of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam and begin to cry. They should also begin crying.
1. What is the Shar`i status of a beard — Is it Waajib or Sunnat? Is the shaving of a beard Makrooh or Haraam? Many people understand the keeping of a beard to be a Sunnat, which if kept is meritorious and if not kept then there is no sin. How correct are these views?
2. Is there a specified length in the Shariah for a beard? If there is then what is it?
After the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam), the most sacred group is that of the Sahaabah (radhiAllaahu anhum),especially the four rightly guided caliphs. They form the medium between the Ambiyaa and the Ummat like that of Barzakh. Whatever has emanated from Maududi‟s pen in his books “Tajdeed Wa Ahyaa-e-Deen”, “Khilaafat Wa Mulukiyat”, “Tafheemul Qur`aan” etc. regarding Sayyidina Uthmaan, Ali, Talha, Zubair, Aishah, Muawiyah, Abu Moosa Ash`ari, Amr bil Aas, Uqbah and other Sahaabah, I regard as pure Shiasm. After studying Moulana‟s writings I have come to the conclusion that just as he is unaware of the reverence of prophethood, similarly is he unaware of the ranks of the Sahaabah. I wish he could have at least remembered one statement of Mujaddid Alfe Thaani:
A delicate point and issue arises as to the validity of making tawassul (means of mediation) by using the names Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) and or pious predecessors. My opinion on this matter is that it is permissible to use Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam), Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam), the Sahaabah-e-Kiraam (radhiAllaahu anhum) or any other pious predecessor as a means of mediation in dua. The manner of doing this will be to say: O Allaah! Through the mediation of so and so pious accepted servant of yours, accept my dua, or fulfil my certain need.
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.
Hazrat Ibn Umar R.A. relates that Rasulullah Sal’am said: ‘Whosoever performs Haj and does not come to visit me, has indeed acted unjustly and persecuted me.’
This seems like a strict warning. And why not? The great favors which Rasool Sal’am had bestowed on this Ummat are of such a nature that a person who neglects to visit him or negligently fails to do so in spite of having the means to do so, has treated him shabbily. Had it not been for the fact that some ulama of hadith had objected to the correctness and authenticity of this Hadith, Ziyaarat would have been waajib. Allama Qastalani wrote in his book ‘Mawa-Hibul-Ladun niyya’: ‘Who ever in spite of wealth and means does not perform Ziyaarat has indeed acted unjustly.’
Hazrat Ibn Umar R.A relates that Rasulullah Sal’am said: ‘Whosoever visits me after my death is like he who had visited me during my life.’ (Tabraani-Dar-Qutni)
Hazrat Ibn Umar R.A. relates that Rasulullah Sal’am said: ‘whosoever visits me and has no other motive, has a right over me that I intercede on his behalf’. (Tabraani)
Who is there amongst us who does not require Rasulullah Sal’am’s Shafaa’at (intercession) on the fearful day of Qiyaamat. And how fortunate is that person for whom Rasulullah Sal’am has said that his Shafaa’at is obligatory on me.