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Virtues of the family of Rasulallah (saw) [Surah Ad Dahr, Surah al-Insan]

Virtues of the family of Rasulallah (saw)The family members of Rasulallah (saw) were the true friends and well wishers of the people who felt strong grief when they saw people in any kind of distress or suffering. They worked hard to restore the rights of the deprived and gave all their belongings to the needy.

The family members of Rasulallah (saw) were always ready to face hardships in order to save others. Sometimes, they would even give to the needy the food or clothing which they themselves urgently needed. There are many of such happenings that took place in the life of our religious leaders.

For instance, once Imam Ali's (as) children [Imam Hasan (as) and Imam Husayn (as)] were sick. Their mother Fatima al-Zahra (sa), daughter of Rasulallah (saw), vowed (Nazr) to fast three days on the recovery of her children, in thanksgiving to Allah (SWT).

Imam Ali (as) and the children all joined Fatima al-Zahra (sa) in thanksgiving. All of them fasted. It was sunset and they had only a few barley loaves of bread for their breakfast.

As they were about to eat their food, someone knocked at their door, saying I am a poor man. Please give me some food. The food, which the whole family had, was very little. They gave it all to the poor man.

Again on next day, when the family wanted to break their fast an orphan began knocking at the door asking for food. The same thing happened on the third day also with a stranger. Each time they gave their food to the needy and they, themselves, remained hungry continuing their fast.

Muslim commentators say, The next day, Rasulallah (saw) came to the family with these verses of the Noble Qur'an: "Surely the righteous shall drink of a cup the admixture of which is camphor, a fountain from which the servants of Allah shall drink; they make it to flow a (goodly) flowing forth. They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide. And they give food out of love for Allah to the poor and the orphan and the captive: We only feed you for Allah's sake. We desire from you neither reward nor thanks: Surely we fear from our Lord a stern, distressful day. Therefore, Allah will guard them from the evil of that day and cause them to meet with ease and happiness; And reward them because they were patient, with garden and silk." (Noble Qur'an, 76:5-12)

Moral of the Story: Vow (Nazr) is very powerful. Always think of others before yourself. It is not how much you give to others that is important but the intention with which you give: i.e. "Qurbatan Illallah" which means to get closer to Allah (SWT).

Story of the cloak (Hadith al-Kisa / Ayat Tatheer) [Ahlul Bayt (as)]

Story of the cloak (Hadith al-Kisa / Ayat Tatheer)We narrate an invaluable tradition of Rasulallah (saw) and his honoured family. In Noble Qur'an there is a verse closely related with the Tradition of the Cloak: "And stay in your houses and do not display your finery like the displaying of the ignorance of yore; and keep up prayer, and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah only desires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O people of the House! and to purify you a (thorough) purifying." (33:33)

This verse is famous as Ayat Tatheer and is closely related with the Tradition of the Cloak. The following is the tradition:

One day Rasulallah (saw) came to the house of his daughter, Fatima al-Zahra (sa), and told her that he was very tired and asked her to cover him with his cloak. As she was covering Rasulallah (saw), his face lit up and shone like the full moon. After a while Imam Hasan (as) came to the house and said that he could smell the fragrance of his grandfather. Fatima al-Zahra (sa) said that he was resting under the cloak. Imam Hasan (as) greeted Rasulallah (saw) and asked his permission to come under the cloak. The permission was granted. Similarly, Imam Husayn (as), Imam Ali (as), and Fatima al-Zahra (sa), after greeting him and receiving permission from Rasulallah (saw), went under the cloak. Fatima al-Zahra (sa), said that when they, the Ahlul Bayt (as), gathered under the cloak, Almighty Allah (SWT) said, 'Let it be known to you, my angels and those who are in the heavens, that I swear by my honour and might that I have not created the heavens and the earth and what are in them, but only out of love for the five honourable ones who are under the cloak.'

Angel Gabriel (Jabra'il) asked Allah (SWT) who was under the cloak. Allah (SWT) informed him that they were the people of the house of Rasulallah (saw). Angel Gabriel (Jabra'il) requested permission from Allah (SWT) to be the sixth under the cloak. Angel Gabriel (Jabra'il) greeted Rasulallah (saw) and received permission to enter under the cloak. Angel Gabriel (Jabra'il) said that Allah (SWT) has created the universe because of them and out of love for them. And 'Allah (SWT) only desires to keep that which is ritually unclean away from you, O people of the House, and to purify you a thorough purifying.'

Imam Ali (as) asked Rasulallah (saw) to explain the significance of their gathering under the cloak. Rasulallah (saw) said, 'I swear by Allah (SWT) that whenever this tradition will be recited among our friends and lovers, Allah's (SWT) mercy will descend upon them and the angels will surround them and ask forgiveness for them until they disperse. Allah (SWT) will also remove the sorrow and answer the prayers of those who had come to ask. Imam Ali (as) swore by the Lord of the Kaaba that the Ahlul Bayt (as) and their friends had profited both in this world and the next.

Surely Allah and His angels bless the Prophet; O you who believe! Call for (Divine) blessings on him and salute him with a (becoming) salutation. (Noble Qur'an, 33:56)

Rasulallah (saw) is the supreme example of a family man

Rasulallah (saw) is the supreme example of a family manRasulallah (saw) is the supreme example of a family man. He was a loving husband, an affectionate father and a doting grandfather. As long as the faithful Khadija tul Kubra (sa) was alive, he never took another wife. Even later on in life, when he had married several women, he used to cherish the loving memory of the faithful Khadija tul Kubra (sa).

His marriages were not for pleasure, but were a humanitarian means to further the cause of Islam, as is evident from the women he married. In the case of Sawda, Umm Salama and Zainab bint Khuzaima, it was to take care of poor and helpless widows well in their middle ages, while the marriage to Juwairiyah was to grant her freedom from captivity. Still others such as those to Umm Habiba, Safiya, Ayesha, Hafsa and Maimoona were meant for uniting some prominent Arab tribes, who were often at loggerheads with each other, and also to safeguard the internal political status of the newfound Islamic State. And the marriage to Zainab bint Jahsh was for the sake of enacting a new law, because she was the divorcee of his adopted son Zaid bin Harithah. As the Noble Qur'an testifies, Rasulallah (saw) married her in order to put an end to the prevalent belief that adopted sons were like real sons and that wives or widows of adopted sons were like daughter-in-laws. In short, the philosophy behind his marriages was entirely revolutionary and ushered in positive changes in ignorant Arabia.

Rasulallah (saw) was an affectionate father and his surviving child, daughter Fatima al-Zahra (sa), was dearer to him than life. His famous saying (Hadith): "Fatima is a part of me, and whoever annoys her (in fact) annoys me," stands as a firm testimony to this fact. History is a witness that he used to stand up to greet his daughter. Many prominent and wealthy Arabs had approached him for Fatima al-Zahra's (sa) hand, but he politely refused them, and according to divine commandment married her to his faithful cousin Imam Ali (as). Hence Fatima al-Zahra (sa) and Imam Ali (as) were the parents of his two grandsons Imam Hasan (as) and Imam Husayn (as); through whom the continuity of Prophet Muhammad's (saw) noble progeny has been ensured. Imam Hasan (as) and Imam Husayn (as) were the apple of his eyes and he affectionately doted on them. They used to play with him and accompany him to the mosque. Once when the two grandsons were seated on his shoulders, a companion (Sahabi) remarked: "What and excellent mount", to which Rasulallah (saw) retorted "What excellent riders too".

Thus, Prophet Muhammad's (saw) behavior with his illustrious household (Ahlul Bayt) is a lesson for us. It was not blind love of a doting father or grandfather as some may misinterpret but was something divinely ordained as is clear from several verses of the Noble Qur'an and the following ahadith:

Rasulallah (saw) is reported to have said that "whoever loves them [his grandsons] loves me and whoever hates them hates me", "al-Hasan and al-Husayn are the chiefs of the youth of Paradise and Fatima is the chief of their women", "al-Husayn is from me and I am from him." Rasulallah (saw) looked toward Ali, Fatima, al-Hasan and al-Husayn, and then said, "I am in war with those who will fight you, and in peace with those who are peaceful to you."

Therefore, it is obligatory for all Muslims to love and respect his chosen family, and adhere to their radiant path, which is the only way to save the Ummah (Muslim Community or Nation) from pitfalls. Praise be to Almighty Allah (SWT), the Lord of the Universe.

Rasulallah (saw) and Surah Al-Kauthar / Surah al Kawther (Abundance)

Rasulallah (saw) and Surah Al-Kauthar / Surah al Kawther (Abundance)You should never think that you have more than someone else, because there might come a time when that person has more than you. Remember it is through the blessing of Allah (SWT) that you have what you have.

Fatima al-Zahra (sa) was born to Khadija tul Kubra (sa) and Rasulallah (saw). Before her birth, Rasulallah (saw) had had two sons, Qasim and Tahir, but both boys had died when they were babies.

Rasulallah (saw) had started teaching the message of Islam and had made many enemies. As a result, some of the unbelievers began to make fun of him at the death of his sons, calling him "Abtar".

The word Abtar means an animal that has no tail - and was meant to say that Rasulallah (saw) was tail-less because he had no children to carry on his family.

Thus, when Fatima al-Zahra (sa) was born, the following chapter (Surah) of Noble Qur'an was revealed:

"In the Name of Allah, the most Kind, the most Merciful. Surely (O Muhammad) We have given you Kausar, Therefore pray to your Lord and make a sacrifice. Surely your enemy is the one who shall be without posterity (Abtar)." Surah al-Kauthar, (108:1-3)

When Rasulallah (saw) was asked what al-Kauthar meant, he replied that it was a stream in heaven and the man who would give water from that stream to the believers was Imam Ali (as). He then said that al-Kauthar also meant abundance, and the birth of Fatima al-Zahra (sa) signified that, through her, his descendants would be in abundance.

The promise of Allah (SWT) was certainly true because today, there are countless descendants (Sayyid) of Rasulallah (saw) spread throughout the world, while there is nobody who claims to be a descendant of the Quraish. Thus the enemies of Rasulallah (saw) were those who became truly "Abtar".

This Surah in Noble Qur'an is thus a reference to Aal-E-Muhammad (saw) through Fatima al-Zahra (sa).

Rasulallah (saw) and Abu Haitham ibn Tayyahan [Justice and Rasulallah (saw)]

Rasulallah (saw) and Abu Haitham ibn TayyahanRasulallah (saw) had promised one of his companions, Abu Haitham ibn Tayyahan that he (saw) would present him with a slave.

Incidentally it so happened that three captives were brought before him - two of whom he (saw) gifted away while one remained with him.

Meanwhile his daughter Fatima al-Zahra (sa) approached him and requested: "O' Prophet of Allah (SWT)! Can you grant me a slave or an assistant? Do you not see the effects of the hand mill upon my hands?"

At that moment Rasulallah (saw) suddenly recollected his promise to Abu Haitham ibn Tayyahan and said to himself: "Since I had previously promised Abu Haitham ibn Tayyahan, how can I grant my daughter precedence over him, even though my daughter turns the hand mill with her weak and delicate hands?"

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