Journey to Taif

All praise is due to Allah the Almighty, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

For the past ten years since Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had been blessed with prophet hood, he had been delivering the message of Islam to the people of Makkah without much success. Only some had accepted his call to tawheed and amongst the people of Makkah were a few who were kind-hearted and supported him even though they had not accepted Islam. However the rest of the people left no stone unturned in placing obstacles in his path and were always ready to prosecute him and his followers.

From the few who supported him without Imaan was Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s uncle Abu Talib, who passed away that year in the month of Rajab. That very same year in the month of Ramadhan, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam also lost his beloved wife Khadijah rd, who was always ready to accept his work, who supported him without any hesitation and who encouraged him when the people troubled and tortured him to give up his call to Islam. This year proved to be an extremely hard time for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam for Khadijah rd was not only his wife. She was the pillar that kept him standing when he was troubled. She was the mother of his children and most importantly she believed in him when others did not.

In the Musnad of Imam Ahmad rahimullah it has been mentioned that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam once said: “She believed in me while people disbelieved in me. And she trusted in me while the people belied me. And she helped me and comforted me, in person and wealth, when the people would not. Allah provided me with children by her, and he did not with others”.

After her demise, he sallallahu alayhi wasallam was not seen for days and when people went to see how he was doing, they would see silent tears rolling down his beloved cheeks whilst he consoled his much-loved children. With both, Abu Talib and Khadijah rd, gone the disbelievers got a free-hand and therefore accelerated in torturing Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam without any thought. Hence this year was named Aamul Huzn- the year of sorrow.

At Taif, the next largest town in Hejaz, about 60 miles from Makkah, there lived a clan by the name of Banu Thaqeef who were strong in number. As the people of Makkah were not accepting Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s call to Islam and he was still suffering from the loss of his beloved wife and uncle, he left for Taif with hope of winning them over to the call of Islam. This would give the Muslim’s strength in numbers and establish a future base for the invitation towards Islam.

He sallallahu alayhi wasallam set out on foot in the month of Shawwal, in the year of Nabuwwah (End of May/Beginning of June 619 C.E.) with his freed slave Zaid bin Harithah. Upon reaching Taif, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had a meeting with three chieftains of Thaqif, Abd Yalil, Mas’ood and habeeb and invited them towards Islam. However these unfortunate men not only refused to listen to anything he had to say, they also withheld any type of hospitality, they were extremely rude and let Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam verbally know that he was not welcome to stay in their town. One of them said “He is tearing the clothes of the Ka’bah! Is it true that Allah has sent you as a prophet?” The second said “Has Allah not found someone else to entrust him with his message?” and the third said: “I swear by Allah that I will never speak to you. If you are really the messenger of Allah, then you are too important to be speaking to me. If you are lying against Allah, then I should never speak to you”.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had not expected such behaviour from the heads of the clan. But due to his steadfast he did not accept defeat and instead decided to approach the common folk of the clan. For ten days he sallallahu alayhi wasallam delivered his message from Allah the Almighty. However just like their chiefs, they too treated him in an uncivilised manner and asked him to leave.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam realized anymore effort would be in vain and so decided to leave. But these misfortunate people were not ready to let him go in peace and they set street urchins upon him, to trouble him and stone him.

They rained upon him stone after stone and the rahmatul lil aalameen sallallahu alayhi wasallam began to bleed so much that his shoes filled with blood. So much so that his shoes were stuck to his feet. He sallallahu alayhi wasallam would run, stumble and trip. Then he would get up again and the stones would rain down upon him once more. This happened repeatedly until Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam fell unconscious.

His servant Zaid bin Harithah rd was also hurt. He had blood flowing from his head trying to shield the messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam fell unconscious he lifted the blessed body onto his shoulders and took shelter in a garden. He laid Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam under a grapevine and let Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam gain consciousness.

Unknown to Zaid rd this garden belonged to the enemy of Islam Utbah bin Rabiah, who later of led the army of Quraysh onto the battle field of Badr and who also held up the flag for the kuffar in this battle. He was an enemy yet when he saw the state of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, his heart melted and he said: “What have the people of Taif done to Muhammad? He who showed mercy to his enemies, we did not have mercy on him. We did not see the value of his tears”. He became so emotional that he went and broke off grapes from a bush and began to go towards Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But he became shy. So he called his servant, Addas and said: Addas! Take this to that wounded man over there and say to him that I said, I take an oath of our relationship! Do not turn away this plate from yourself”.

Addas came and presented the grapes. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam took a grape, put it to his mouth and said “Bismillah”. Upon hearing this, Addas exclaimed: “what are these words? The people here do not use these words”. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam smiled and asked him: “Where are you from?” He replied: “Nineveh”.  Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said “I see! So you’re from the land of my brother Yunus”! Surprised, Addas said: “How do you know about yunus?” Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied: “I am a prophet of Allah and so was he. So Addas began to kiss his forehead and his hands and his feet and he accepted Islam.

Upon his acceptance Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam forgot about the pain of his wounds. He lifted his hands towards the heavens and he cried out: “Oh my lord! Should I not complain to you? Who did you submit me to? Such people that this is my state. You know what has become of me, what is hidden from you?!”

Hearing this the seven skies began to shake and throne of Allah the Almighty began to tremble and within seconds jibraeel as came down with the angel of mountains. He, the angel of the mountains said: “Assalaamu’alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh Oh Rasulullah! Command us Oh messenger of Allah and we will crush these people between the two mountains.

But Allah the Almighty had sent down Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as a mercy for mankind. He said “No! They did not but maybe someone from their lineage will accept Islam. I have not been sent as a punishment. I have been sent as a mercy. I have not been sent to curse people. I have been sent as a mercy.” Such was the mercy of Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam that upon hearing this the angels of the skies began to cry.

Then Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was then refreshed and with hope in Allah the Almighty and fresh determination he returned to Makkah Mukarramah.

Lessons learnt

1) From the story of Addas rd the greatest lesson we learn is that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam never generalised. To him every person he met, every individual he saw, was a potential Muslim and a potential good person. It did not matter whether this person was a believer or a non-believer, a saint or a sinner. Every person was treated as an equal and this is exactly how we should treat those around us. Don’t judge a person for they may not look like they have much good in them but Allah the Almighty may have plans that we know nothing of…

2) Another great lesson to be learnt is that we must bare patience over what befalls us. Allah the Almighty says in his Qur’aanul Kareem:

So be patient with gracious patient. (70:5)

And then again in another place He says:

Oh you who have believed! Seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed Allah is with the patient. (2:153)

Allah the Almighty asks us to be patient and he will be with us. Just like how He was with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam at every difficult moment in his life. He went through hardship. But then came ease. So just be patient over what is passing you by. If you make patient as it should be done then Allah the Almighty will definitely be with you.

3) It has been related in Tirmidhi that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said: “Have mercy on those on the earth and the one in the heavens will have mercy on you”.

Allah the Almighty has said in his glorious Qur’aan:

And we have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy for the worlds. (21:107)

And what amazing mercy did Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam show to the people of Taif. They verbally abused him, showed him no hospitality, stoned him and bloodied him. They showed him no mercy yet he sallallahu alayhi wasallam showed mercy to them. If he wanted to he could’ve commanded the angel to crush them between the two mountains but instead he wished them well and made du’aa for them. So though you may go through rough patches with people forgive them. Make du’aa for them. This is better for our peace of mind no matter how hard it is to do at times.

4) Lastly, after all the trouble Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam went through for us, it is out right upon him to send as much durood as possible. Be it once a day or a hundred, send him as many as possible. Make it part of your daily life. Be it when you go to sleep, wake up, iron, cook, clean, work, send as much as possible because He sallallahu alayhi wasallam truly deserves it.

May Allah the Almighty send upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam as much salutations and blessings as he deserves. Ameen.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allah the Almighty at the beginning and at the end.

The Katibah.

Resources used:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UjcDEp_BwM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFM89Jy094M

http://www.muftisays.com/forums/36-nabi-s–sahaabah-stories/2594-the-prophets-sallallaho-alaihe-wasallam-journey-to-taif.html

The sealed nectar by Saifur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri

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Fourteen advices for Scholars and Teachers.

All praise is for Allah swt alone, lord of the worlds and may his peace and blessings be upon his final messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Assalaamu’alaykum.w.w.

I pray that each and every one of you is in the best of health, wealth and Imaan. Ameen.

My respected brother/sister in Islam, before you read this post I would like to kindly request that you make no comment without thinking into the matter which you may want to criticise. There are times when we seem to think that what our Ulama have said is said without thought. However, we must remember that we are talking about the Ahlullah, who think deep and hard before making  any statement that may hurt their Aakhirah. My advice is most importantly advice to myself first and then to everyone else.

Fourteen advices for Ulama’ and Asatidha By Mufti Mahmood al-Hasan Gangohi

When Mufti Mahmood al-Hasan Gangohi (Allah have mercy on him) sent his beloved student, Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri (Allah protect him) to Dhabel to teach, he gave him 14 advices which is a great lesson for all teachers.

They are as follows:

1. Don’t look out for position and status. For example, do not demand to teach a certain book or ask to be posted to a certain position.

2. Don’t ever ask for money i.e. do not ask for a particular amount as a salary or demand an increase in salary.

3. If someone tells you that you are not worthy of something then accept it and think in your heart that really I am not worth anything. The madrasah authorities have seated me in this place. I make du’a that Allah grants me the ability to teach these books.

4. If any student asks you a question, answer him with compassion even though the intent of his question is to insult you.

5. If you do not understand any section in your book, perform two rak’ah salah al- hajah and engage in fervent du’a. Thereafter send some isal al-thawab for the author of the book provided the author is a Muslim.

6. Refrain from explaining to the students the lessons of a book that is taught by another teacher.

7. Don’t take personal service from the students. Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) used to say that I regard it as haram (forbidden) on myself to take khidmat (service) from any of my students or murids (disciples).

8. Don’t mix around too much with the students. Many of them have their own personal agendas.

9. Be thankful to the students for having presented to you the farms of their hearts to sow the seeds of your ‘ilm (knowledge). Otherwise your ‘ilm would have remained untouched. Don’t ever feel that you are doing them a favour.

10. Students ask questions for different reasons. Some ask to show their capability and position whilst others ask just to irritate the ustadh. Answer every question positively and with wisdom. Don’t answer in a debating manner.

11. Daily recite Surah Ikhlas three times and send the rewards to the authors of the books that you are teaching, provided they are Muslims.

12. If you said something incorrect in the class don’t hesitate to retract your statement.

13. Don’t ever teach any book without muta’lah (preparation).

14. Don’t miss out your ma’mulat, zikr, tasbih and tilawah because of your commitment to teaching.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

The Katibah.

TALBEENA – PROPHETIC CURE FOR THE HEART

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Assalaamu’alaykum.w.w.

I recieved this a while back. Thought it would be nice to share and gain some reward from people who act upon the Sunnah! Reading the letter, isn’t it just amazing how our pious predecessors reminded one another about the Sunnah?! How time has changed since! We worry about ourselves, not thinking of others. Anyway, I would love to hear if and how you changed the recipe to your taste and need and how it turned out. Recipe at the end. Enjoy! :).

 

Shaykh Zakariyya  (May Allah have mercy on him) once prepared this meal for Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (May Allah have mercy on him) , with the following letter:
To Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi,

Assalaamu Alaykum,

I hereby wish to present a little gift. In the Hadith, there is mention of a certain thing called talbeena, which Mullah Ali Qari (May Allah have mercy on him) says is made up of milk, honey and flour, and I have added a little saffron for flavour and taste. Once, some time ago, I prepared it and it turned out to be very delicious and I got the feeling that perhaps Hazrat will also like it. Only Allah knows how it has turned out this time, but I have again mixed the same ingredients.

In Bukhari it is reported from Hazrat Aishah Radhiallahu Anhaa, who says:

“I have heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam say: “Verily, talbeena cures the heart of the sick one and takes away his sorrows’.”

According to Bukhari, she ordered that talbeena be taken and that it is a beneficial medicine.

Hafiz Ibn Hajar says in ‘Fath ‘, it is reported by Ahmed and Ibn Majah that Aishah Radhiallahu Anhaa reported “Make use of talbeena, the beneficial medicine,” And Nasā’ī adds: “I swear by Him in whose hands is the life of Muhammad, that talbīna cleans the stomach in the same way as one of you uses water to wash dust from his face.”

According to the Hadith it appears that it is prepared in a thin form but I thought Hazrat will prefer it in a thick form so as to eat it like firny. For this reason I have made it a thick mixture. I have also written its contents down for Hakeem Khaleel Ahmed Saheb and asked him about it, so as to ascertain that it will not be harmful to Hazrat’s diet.

Zakariyya Kandhalwy.

TALBĪNA RECIPE

Ingredients
1. 1 cup of milk
2. 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of crushed barley, (coarse barley flour (sifted)
3. Honey to sweeten

Method

1. Put the milk in a pot on medium heat and add in the barley flour. (Use the finer particles of the flour)2. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Constantly stir to avoid lumpiness.

3. The mixture will thicken a bit.

4. Sweeten with honey and serve.

5. Make intention of acting upon a Sunnat.

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen

Benefits, References and directions in picture below.

The Katibah.

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