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The earth and heaven weep when a Believer passes away

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What is the authenticity of the following narration and is it suitable to quote?

Sa’id bin Jubayr said, “A man came to Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) and said to him: ‘O Aba ‘Abbas, Allah says, ‘And the heavens and the earth wept not for them, nor were they given respite’, Do the heavens and the earth weep for anybody?’ He replied, ‘Yes’, everyone has a gate in the heavens through which his provision comes down and his good deeds ascend. When the believer dies, that gate is closed; it misses him and weeps for him, and the place of prayer on earth where he used to pray and remember Allah also weeps for him. But the people of Fir’awn left no trace of righteousness on the earth and they had no good deeds that ascended to Allah, so the heavens and the earth did not weep for them.'” Read More »

A Hadith on offering Salah with shoes

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Could you kindly provide me the authenticity and commentary of the following Hadith:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Act differently from the Jews, for they do not pray in their sandals or their shoes.”

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Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) would dedicate the entire night to the recital of Quran

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Please could you mention the reference for this?

On one occasion, some of the Fuqaha (Jurists) of Egypt entered the presence of Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) at the time of sehri. On entering and meeting him, they saw that he had a Quran before him and was occupied its recitation. Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) addressed them saying, “Your engagement in Fiqh has occupied you from reciting the Quran, whereas I dedicate special time to recite the Qur’an every night. After performing the ‘Isha Salah, I place the Quran before me and commence its recitation. I only complete my recitation at the time of dawn.”

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Marriage to a Maiden of Jannah (Hur) as a reward for fasting

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What is the status of the below? Is it a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and who is Al Hasan?

Al Hasan (rahimahullah) said:

“A maiden of Jannah will speak to the Wali of Allah while he is laying with her on [the shore of] a river of honey in Jannah, while she hands him a glass [of the sweetest drink] and she will ask him: ‘Do you know what day Allah married me to you?’ He will reply, ‘No.’ She will say, ‘He saw you [fasting] on a long summers day while you were thirsty in the midday heat, and He called the Angels and said: ‘Look at My slave, he has left his wife, his desires, his pleasures, his food and his drink for Me due to his longing for what I have prepared for him. Bear witness that I have forgiven him.’ And so He forgave you on that day and married you to me.”

(Lataiful Ma’arif by ibn Rajab Al Hambali, pg. 282)

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Authenticity of ‘Salatul ‘Utaqa’ in Shawwal

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Salatul ‘Utaqa (Salah of the emancipated) in Shawwal is the Sunnah for those who want to be emancipated from Jahannam. There is a Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once said:

“If someone performs eight rak’ahs in Shawwal, either during the night or during the day -reciting in each rak’ah Surah Fatihah and Surah Ikhlas fifteen times – and when he has finished performing his Salah, he glorifies Allah seventy times, and sends seventy salutations upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then by Him Who Sent me as a Prophet Bearing the Truth, no servant will perform this Salah, without Allah Causing the fountains of wisdom to well up in his heart, and causing his tongue to speak with wisdom, and showing him both the sickness of this world and the cure for that sickness…”

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The rewards for good deeds reaches the deceased on condition he passed away a Muslim

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What is the reference and authenticity of the following Hadith?

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibnul ‘As (radiyallahu ‘anhuma):

“‘As ibn Wa-il made a bequest that a hundred slaves should be emancipated on his behalf. His son, Hisham emancipated fifty slaves. His other son, ‘Amr intended to emancipate the remaining fifty on his behalf, but he said, ‘I should first ask Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He therefore came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, ‘O Rasulullah! My father left in his will that a hundred slaves should be emancipated on his behalf. Hisham has emancipated fifty on his behalf and fifty remain. Shall I emancipate them on his behalf?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Had he been a Muslim and you had emancipated slaves on his behalf, or given sadaqah on his behalf, or performed the pilgrimage, that would have reached him.’

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The Mahdi will flee from Madinah Munawwarah to Makkah Mukarramah

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There will be a dispute following the death of a khalifah, and a man of the Bani Hashim will flee from Al-Madinah to Makkah [fearing that people will try to make him the Khalifah]. [Recognising him as the Mahdi] some of the people of Makkah will come to him and will bring him out against his will, and they will pledge allegiance to him between the corner [Black Stone] and the Maqam…”

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Reciting the last four Verses of Surah Al Mu’minun for cure

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Is this Hadith authentic?

عن عبد الله أنه قرأ في أذن مبتلى فأفاق، فقال له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما قرأت في أذنه؟ قال: قرأت أفحسبتم أنما خلقناكم عبثا [المؤمنون: 115] حتى فرغ من آخر السورة. فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لو أن رجلا موقنا قرأ بها على جبل لزال

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Agriculture/Farming in Jannah

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“A man from among the people of Jannah will request Allah to allow him to cultivate the land. Allah will say to him, ‘Haven’t you got what you desire?’ He will reply, ‘Yes, but I like to cultivate the land. He will sow the seeds, and within seconds the plants will grow and ripen and (the yield) will be harvested and piled in heaps like mountains.”

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