Recommended times for using the Miswak

Perhaps the most encapsulating Hadith on the importance of brushing the teeth with a Miswak is the narration of Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu’anhu) wherein Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) says:

“Use the Miswak, for it is a means of cleansing the mouth and attaining the pleasure of Allah. Every time Jibril (‘alayhi salam) came to me he advised me to use the Miswak, to an extent that I feared it may become obligatory for me and my ummah to use it. If it wasn’t for the fear of creating difficulty upon my followers, I would have made it binding on them. Indeed I use the Miswak so much that I fear for my gums”

(Ibn Majah, Hadith:289, see Targheeb 1/166)

The Scholars have enumerated up to ten different moments in which the Miswak should be used:

1. Upon awakening
2. While making wudhu
3. Before offering salah (provided the gums don’t bleed)
4. Before reciting the Holy Quran
5. Before meeting with people
6. Upon entering the home
7. When one is hungry
8. When the teeth become yellow
9. When the mouth has a bad odour
10. Before death (if one can sense it)

References:
Fathul Qadeer, vol.1 pg.22, Raddul Muhtar (Shami) vol.1 Pgs.113-114, and Khisalul Fitrah of Imam Abu Shamah Al-Maqdisi (rahimahullah) pgs.27-37

This explains the emphasis Islam lays on Dental care.

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Rabi’ul Awwal has arrived, again…

Allah Ta’ala declares, “There certainly is an example in Allah’s Messenger for he who fears Allah and the last day and remembers Allah abundantly” (Surah Al-Ahzab, verse: 21)

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“He who holds firm to my Sunnah when corruption is rampant in my Ummah will attain the reward of a hundred martyrs.”

(Al-Bayhaqi fi-Zuhd; “hasan” –sound- according to Hafiz ibn Hajar; see: Hidayatur Ruwat, Hadith: 174)

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) affectionately advised him:

“Whoever cherishes my sunnah, indeed cherishes me and whoever loves me will be with me in Jannah.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2678. Classified as “hasan” –sound- by Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah)

Sentimental events

The above and other such verses and Hadiths are frequently heard and recited during the month of Rabi’ul-Awwal, the month in which the birth and demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) occurred.

Huge gatherings are held, sentiments are elevated and hearts become soft upon hearing the details of these events. Resolutions of adhering to the Sunnah are made, and love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is increased.

As Muslims, we believe that every Sunnah of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is filled with nur (divine light) and blessing of Allah Ta’ala. Therefore, the illustrious Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) and Muhaddithun (Scholars of Hadith) took great pains in preserving the noble Hadiths and Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Through their sacrifices Allah Ta’ala has facilitated a huge amount of literature in which the sacred Hadith is preserved up to this day so that it can be adopted even by the Ummati (follower) of the 15th century of Islam.

But alas! How pitiful is the condition of that “lover” of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) who resolved to adopt more Sunnahs of his beloved the previous year, but failed to do so thus far?

One who discards the Sunnah is warned severely by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) with the words:

“I curse him, Allah curses him and so does every Prophet of Allah”

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1 pg.36; Hidayatur Ruwat, Hadith: 105. Considered “sahih”- authentic- by Imam Hakim rahimahullah)

This clearly highlights the cause of most of the social mishaps prevalent in the Muslim community today.

How can the blessing and mercy of Allah be found in that home whose inhabitants abandon the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)?

Rabi’ul-Awwal has dawned once again, this time for the 1487th time’ since the birth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). During this long period, there were many who took such resolutions and stuck by them thereby attaining the virtues promised by Allah and his Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as well as the success of both the worlds.

There is no certainty as to how many more Rabi’ul-Awwals we will witness. Hence let not the procrastination of Shaytan dominate us. Lets make an effort and also seek the assistance of Allah sincerely for the strength to adopt every Sunnah of our beloved Master (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) before it is too late.

Comprehensiveness of the Sunnah

The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is not restricted to acts or places of worship only. Instead, it is comprehensive and covers all aspects and situations of life such as ones social and moral conduct, business dealings, one’s dressing etc. It also applies to all places whether the Masjid, business place, the home or even while one is on journey. In every situation, one should draw guidance from the lifestyle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) thereby turning habits into acts of worship.

Not seasonal

The study of the Sirah (lifestyle of Nabi -sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam-) is not only for Rabi’ul Awwal, rather it should be done throughout the year.

Every Muslim should endeavour to study the complete Sirah at least once in his or her lifetime under the guidance of a qualified ‘alim (scholar)

FOUR RAKA’TS SUNNAT BEFORE THE JUMUAH KHUTBAH

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THE IRREFUTABLE PROOF OF THE HANAFI MATH-HAB
THE SALAFI CONTENTION
The wayward Salafis who have lost the Straight Path of the Sunnah, thus deviating into error manifest, contend that the four raka’ts Sunnat Salaat which Hanafis perform before the Jumuah Khutbah have no basis in the Sunnah. In this brief treatise, we have, Alhamdulillah, scuppered the fallacy of their baseless arguments.

Ibn Taimiyyah, the imam of the Salafis, appeared on the scene more than six centuries after the Sahaabah. During these six or more centuries, the Ummah had not lost the knowledge and practice of the Ibaadaat taught by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The Sahaabah had imparted this knowledge to their Students, the Taa-bieen who in turn transmitted this knowledge to their Students, the illustrious Aimmah Mujtahideen among whom the foremost was Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh).

Ibaadat is not fixed by Qiyaas (analogical reasoning). Ibaadat is by the direct ta’leem of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah. It is therefore preposterous to assume that all the great personalities of Islam during the Taabieen and Tab-e-Taabieen ages, centuries before Ibn Taimiyyah, were unaware of the raka’ts which accompany every Salaat.

The moron Salafis are in effect implying that for more than six centuries since the time of the Sahaabah, the Ummah was unaware of the details of the Ibaadat of Jumuah Salaat, and a chap such as Ibn Taimiyyah popping up many centuries after the Sahaabah, unearthed the correct ibaadat form which had been lost after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

The morons who claim that Imaam Abu Hanifah had erred in this mas’alah are implying that the great Sahaabi Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu) who had commanded the four raka’ts and on whose authority the Ahnaaf act, had in fact erred. In other words, Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu), in terms of the Salafi implication did not have the proper knowledge of Jumuah Salaat. This is the ludicrous and logical conclusion of the claim of the moron Salafis.

THE PROOFS OF THE HANAFI MATH-HAB
The case of the Hanafi Math-hab regarding the four raka’ts Sunnatul Muakkadah before the Jumuah Khutbah, rests on a formidable array of Saheeh (Authentic) Hadith narrations. That the Salafis and their neo-Salafi stooges – fall-outs from the Math-habs – remain unaware of the Hanafi evidences despite their 14 century existence, testifies for the jahaalat of the deviates.

Presenting the evidence for one’s view is inadequate for establishing rectitude and the truth. There is an imperative need to rationally neutralize the arguments of the adversary as well. Minus this, the basis for one’s claim is superficial, lacking in veracity.

Whilst the Salafis present Ahaadith for their contention that the four raka’ts before the Khutbah are not Sunnah, they miserably fail to counter and neutralize the Dalaa-il of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh). The unbiased Muslim in search of Haqq will not fail to understand the firmness and strength of the Hanafi Math-hab on this issue if he studies the Dalaa-il which are presented here.

(1) Abdur Razzaaq narrates from Thauri who narrates from Ataa’ Bin As-Saaib, who narrates from Abu Abdur Rahmaan As-Sulami who said:

‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu) used to instruct us to perform four raka’ts before Jumuah and four raka’ts after Jumuah.”

(Musannaf Abdur Razzaaq)

BUKHARI KHATAM

Q. What is the status of making Khatam of Bukhaari Shareef during times of anxiety and fear? This is being promoted in certain quarters.

A. While making khatam of Bukhaari Shareef in the manner described, is permissible initially, it can develop into bid’ah. It is not an act of Ibaadat substantiated by Shar’i Nusoos. Furthermore, such a khatam should be a private affair, and not transformed into a public function. In fact, even public and congregational Qur’aan Khatams are discouraged.
The khatam of Bukhaari Shareef is not Sunnah. The Sahaabah, Taabieen and Tab -e-Taabieen had no relationship with Bukhaari Shareef. Promoting this khatam is bid’ah regardless of seniors having practiced it. It has no basis in the Sunnah. All acts of bid’ah were initially Mubaahaat introduced by the Auliya. They were such permissibilities which had no origin in the Sunnah. It is unwise to promote this practice. It is essential to adhere to Sunnah Athkaar and to Qur’aan Tilaawat in privacy, not in public and congregational forms. In times of anxiety, resort more to the Qur’aan Majeed, for Allah Ta’ala says: “Behold! In the Thikr of Allah do hearts find tranquility.” Any practice which has no basis in the Sunnah should NEVER EVER be given preference over Sunnah Athkaar and Tilaawat of the Qur’aan and plain, fervent dua emanating from the innermost recesses of the heart. Regardless of who has innovated this practice, abstain from it. We should not worship seniority.
We respect and honour all our Akaabir. But fettering us to the Shariah, the Qur’aan prohibits us from emulating the Bani Israaeel about whom the Qur’aanic stricture is?
“They took their ahbaar (scholars) and ruhbaan (buzrugs) as arbaab (gods) besides Allah, and also for Maseeh, the son of Maryam (they took as a god).”

TABLIGHIS – OF THE SUNNAH THEY ARE BANKRUPT

TABLIGHIS – OF THE SUNNAH THEY ARE BANKRUPT

A Tabligh Jamaat member, complaining about the haraam filth and mess of the Jamaat’s merrymaking in the Musaajid, writes:

“There was a tabligh programme at the Masjid in Tongaat on the 16th of March. The Jamaat comprised of a few elders from the markaz Masjid Hilaal. The Jamaat arrived on Thursday 14th March and left on Sunday 17th. On the 16th was a big programme for the Ijtima fikr. Over 150 people were fed in the Masjid.
I helped in arranging the meals and serving. Also assisted with the clean up. A few brothers were given the responsibility to clean up the kitchen and all the dishes.
This Wednesday the 27th, the trustee informed me that the kitchen was in a mess. The tea jug has worms. The fridge has cockroaches, the degs(big pots) have maghots.
On the 19th of march I enquired from the brothers who had washed some of the dishes as to whether the kitchen was clean . They replied in the affirmative saying everything was done. However they washed the dishes but left the sink in a mess. The fridge was still in a mess with food that the Jamaat had left behind even though there is a sign on the fridge saying “Attention all Jamaats, please ensure the fridge is clear before you leave ”
The trustees have now put up a notice that no cooking or feeding is to take place in the Masjid kitchen or basement. What is the ruling regarding Jamaats eating and cooking in the Masjid? What is the ruling of feeding the awaam (the public) in the Masjid after a program? Please find attached some pictures of the deplorable state of the kitchen.”

(End of the Brother’s lament)
ANSWER AND COMMENT
What the Tabligh Jamaat knows of the Sunnah is scandalously little. For them the ‘sunnah’ is to introduce bid’ah, violate the ahkaam of the Shariah and to flaunt only the beard, turban and kurtah. They are not even conscious of the kabeerah sin of wearing the trousers on and below the ankles.

Regarding the filth and mess described in the Brother’s letter, the following Hadith should be a salubrious lesson:

“Verily, Allah is CLEAN. He loves cleanliness. Therefore clean your afniyah.”

Afniyah is the portion outside, infront of one’s house. This is not one’s private property, yet Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that even this outside piece of ground should be maintained clean. From this fact it should be easy for genuine Muslims to understand how much more is the need to keep one’s home clean, and how much more is it necessary to keep the Musaajid clean, and how much more important it is to keep the physical body and the heart clean. The heart has to be purified from all the filth, especially the type of filth which has induced the two Tabligh Jamaat factions to wage shaitaani ‘jihad’ against one other.

The nauseating filth and mess described in the letter is an adequate and a vivid commentary of the filth – moral and spiritual filth – in the hearts of these people who flaunt their so-called ‘sunnah’, and who vociferously proclaim their slogan of ‘yaqeen’, and proudly believe that they are correctly in the ‘path of Allah’. When they are ignorant of the very basics of Tahaarat, what can they ever understand of Yaqeen and the Path of Allah?

The mess in the Musjid reveals what goes on in their brains and hearts. The disgorgement of physical filth mirrors the filth in the heart. A sure sign of their deviation and total lack of Deeni understanding will be the animosity which they will now display for the Brother who has reported this haraam episode of filth and mess.

They have absolutely no regard for Allah’s bounty of food. They do not have the haziest idea of Nazaafat (Cleanliness) and Tahaarat hence they left the Musjid premises in such a shaitaani mess. Shaitaan loves filth and mess. Thus they were pleasing the devil with their sin of messing the Musjid’s premises.

The Trustees acted correctly. They should not permit the Jamaats to eat and feed in the Musjid premises. They are too filthy, and they do not have the faintest idea of Islam’s concept of cleanliness – purity of body and heart.

The Musjid is not a venue for merrymaking. Feeding the public in the Musjid is haraam. The Tablighis have transformed their programmes into wedding-type merrymaking. After their programmes they resort to gluttony and indulge in raucous conduct. They have no regard and no respect for the House of Allah Ta’ala. They laugh loudly inside the Musjid proper, and engage in handshaking, embracing and light, stupid banter. The Musjid is not a place for such nonsense.

The Jamaats are notorious for conversation inside the Musjid. We are not referring to bayaans. They engage in conversation which effaces their good deeds. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Conversation inside the Musjid consumes good deeds just as cattle consume grass.”

They should not meet people, shake hands and embrace inside the Musjid. Such acts should be practised outside the Musjid. At times their loud talk in the Musjid is a cacophony of noises. The Tabligh Jamaat has indeed degenerated into an extremely noxious cesspool of inequity physically, morally and spiritually, hence their shaitaani ‘jihad’ to eliminate each other – to eliminate whoever does not subscribe to their ghulu’ (haraam bigotry).

23 Rajab 2019 – 30 March 2019

THE SUNNAH

Hadhrat Irbaadh (Radhiyallahu anhu) said: “One day Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam) after performing Salaat with us, faced us and delivered a most eloquent lecture which caused eyes to shed tears and hearts to quiver. Someone said:
“O Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam)! This appears to be a farewell address. What do you advise us? Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam) said: “I command you with Taqwa of Allah, and to hear and obey (the Ameer) even if he is a Habshi slave. Verily whoever among you lives after me will see severe discord. Therefore, impose on yourselves my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Khulafa. Hold on firmly to it (i.e. my Sunnah and their Sunnah).”
These Khulafa Al-Raashideen Al-Mahdiyyeen were Hadhrat Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali (Radhiyallahu anhum). They were those noblest and greatest Sahaabah, the first three of whom the Shiahs proclaim kaafir/murtad.
It is most significant that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam) equated the Sunnah of the Sahaabah to his own Sunnah. To follow this Sunnah is compulsory. Any path diverting from this Sunnah is dhalaal (satanic deviation) which leads to Jahannam.
Confirming the doom of all sects, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam) said:
“Verily, this Ummah will split into 73 sects. All of them, except one, will be in the Fire”

This Naaji (Saved) sect according to Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam) is the Jama’ah (Group) who adheres to his Sunnah and the Sunnah of his Sahaabah. Therefore, understand that minus the Sahaabah there is no Islam.