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Hasan AlBasri : Freeing Slaves

February 28th, 2009 No comments

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Hassan al-Basri was one of the greatest Tabi’en (students of the Companions RA). Once, after giving the Friday sermon a group of slaves came to him and said, “Shaykh please, next week, give a speech about freeing the slaves!” Hassan agreed and next week there, waiting anxiously, were the slaves. Hassan ascended the pulpit as the sun rises to the heavens. His speech moved hearts and brought tears to dry eyes, but he failed to mention anything about freeing slaves? The slaves thought to themselves that the Shaykh must have forgot, thus, once again, the following week they took the 50 yard line seats and waited hoping soon to be free. However, the Shaykh failed to mention anything again? After a number of weeks the slaves were sure that the Shaykh sold them out, gotten cold feet and they began to hold the Shaykh in contempt.

One year passed and the tired slaves entered the Masjid of the Shaykh. They had long since forgotten their request and were taken aback, when suddenly he began to mention the conditions of slaves and the importance of freeing them! Their faces looked like bright lamps as the Shaykh encouraged all to free their slaves in exchange for Allah’s mercy and pleasure.

After the sermon the slaves were freed and they ran to the Shaykh asking why he waited one year to give the speech. Hassan al-Basri responded: “At the time you ask me to give the speech I readily agreed. However, after you left I realised that I had no slave of my own. Being a poor man I had to save some money for around one year’s time in order to purchase a slave. Today, alhumdulillah! I was able to purchase a slave. After I purchased him I went to the market and freed him. Finally, I went to the Masjid and gave my sermon.” Looking baffled the freed men asked, “But why? Why did you go to all this trouble?” The Shaykh responded, “If I gave that speech a year ago I would have been encouraging the people to do something that I had not done. Thus, I decided to wait until I freed a slave so that my actions and words would be equal.”

May Allah reward Hassan al-Basri, enlighten his grave and bless us to be those who act on what they know.

source:Qisas.com

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February 28th, 2009 No comments
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Reviving the Spirit of Islamic Spain – Hamza Yusuf

February 27th, 2009 No comments
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Removing the Silence on Domestic Violence – Hamza Yusuf

February 27th, 2009 No comments
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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf delivered this khutbah on February 20, 2009 in San Ramon, California. This is in response to Aasiya Hassan’s death.

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Don’t judge too quickly

February 26th, 2009 No comments

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Lessons:
– Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
– Don’t judge life by one difficult season.
– Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

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The Patched Robe

February 17th, 2009 No comments

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There was a Jew of Damascus who was reading a holy book one day when he came across the name of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) written in it. Not liking this, he removed the name. But the next day he found it there again. Again he took out the name; but on the third day it had appeared again. He thought: “Perhaps this is a sign that a true Emissary has come. I will journey southwards to Madinah.”

And he forthwith started out, not tarrying until he reached the city of the Prophet. When he arrived there, knowing nobody, he was near the Mosque of the Prophet when the Sahabi Anas (ra) arrived. He said to Anas: “Friend, take me to the Prophet.”

Anas (ra) led him into the mosque, which was full of people in anguish. Abu Bakr (ra) the successor was sitting there at the head of the assembly. The old man went up to him, thinking he must be Muhammad, and said: “O Chosen Envoy of God, a strayed old man has come to offer you peace.” Hearing the title of the Prophet used, everyone present burst into a flood of tears. The stranger was uncertain as to what to do. He said: “I am a foreigner and a Jew, and I am unaware of the rites of the Faith of Submission to the Will of Allah. Have I said something untoward? Should I have remained silent? Or is this a ritual observance? Why do you cry? If it is a ceremony, I have never heard of it.”

Omar (ra) said to him: “We do not weep because of anything which you have done. But you must hear, unfortunate one, that it is a but a week since the Prophet left the earth. When we heard his name, grief took possession of our hearts anew.”

As soon as he heard this, the ancient tore his clothes in anguish. When he had recovered a little, he said: “Do me one favour. Let me have at least a robe of the Prophet. If I cannot see him, at least let me have this.”

Omar (ra) answered: “Only Fatima (ra) could give us one of his robes.” Ali (ra) said: “But she will not allow anyone to go near her.” But they went to her door and knocked, and explained what they wanted.

Fatima (ra) answered: “Verily, the Prophet spoke truly when he said, shortly before he died: ‘A wayfarer, who has love towards me and who is a good man, will come to the house. He will not see me. Give him, therefore, this patchwork robe as if from me, and for me treat him gently, offering salutations.’”

The Jew put the robe on himself and, professing Islam, asked to be taken to the Prophet’s grave. It was at this place that he breathed his last.

Source: From the book “Ilahi-Nama” by Shaikh Farid Al-Din Attar.

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Kamal El-Mekki – A Thousand Years Ago In Mauritani

February 15th, 2009 No comments

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This lecture briefly covers the dawah effort of Sheikh Abdullah ibn Yasin (Rahimullah), even though Salahudeen came after him the scholars call him the Salahudeen of Africa. Through Abdullah ibn Yasin, Allah unified kings and kingdoms and allowed Islam to prosper throughout North Africa.

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Yasir Qadhi – Making Progress with the Progressives

February 15th, 2009 No comments

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This talk was delivered during the TX Da’wah Convention 2006 about “progressive” Muslims. It was delievered by Sh. Yasir Qadhi, and was voted as the best lecture of the entire convention. A transcript of the talk is also provided below:

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Abu Othman al-Hiri

February 11th, 2009 No comments

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Abu Othman al-Hiri lived in Nishapur, where he died in 911.

“For forty years,” said Abu Othman, “whatever state God has kept me in I have not resented, and to whatever state He transferred me I have not been angry.”

The following story bears out this assertion. A man who disbelieved in Abu Othman sent him an invitation. Abu Othman accepted, and got as far as the door of his house. The man then shouted at him:

“Glutton, there is nothing here for you. Go home!”

Abu Othman went home. He had gone only a little way when the man called out to him:

“Shaikh, come here!”

Abu Othman returned.

“You are very eager to eat,” the man taunted him. “There is still less. Be off with you!”

The shaikh departed. The man summoned him again, and he went back.

“Eat stones, or go home!”

Abu Othman went off once more. Thirty times the man summoned him and drove him away. Thirty times the shaikh came and went, without showing the least discomposure. Then the man fell at his feet and with tears repented, becoming his disciple.

“What a man you are!” he exclaimed. “Thirty times I drove you off with contumely, and you showed not the slightest discomposure.”

“This is an easy matter,” Abu Othman replied. “Dogs do the same. When you drive them away they go, and when you call them they come, without showing any discomposure. A thing in which dogs equal us cannot really be accounted anything. Men’s work is something quite other.”

From: Muslim Saints and Mystics: Episodes from the Tadhkirat al-Auliya (‘Memorial of the Saints’) by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by AJ Arberry.

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Yasir Qadhi-History of Islam in America: Whither and Where

February 10th, 2009 No comments
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A comprehensive history of Islam in America. Yasir Qadhi explores the history of Islam and Muslims in the Americas from the beginning to the present day, discussing everything from the pre-Columbus era to theories about early Muslim exploration of the New World, to the Muslim Slave experience, the Nation of Islam, right through to the advent of both early and recent Muslim immigration. Coincidentally, from the same podium where Abraham Lincoln spoke a few hundred years ago, and Barack “Hussein” Obama, two days earlier. Along the way we learn the amusing story about Hajji Ali, also know as Hi Jolly, the Greek-Syrian convert from Constantinople who was hired to come to America and raise camels of all things.

Yasir Qadhi gave this speech at IlmFest 2008 in New York hosted by AlMaghrib Institute’s Qabeelat Tayyabah.

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