Gifting flowers on a happy occasion


There is a trend nowadays, that when there is a happy occasion like a birth, wedding, graduation, etc, flower arrangements are ordered and given as gifts. The flower arrangements are quite expensive. The more stylish the arrangement, the higher the price. When we intervene and try explaining that rather spend the money in more constructive avenues, the following Hadith is then presented as a proof.

It has been reported on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: ‘He who is presented with a flower should not reject it, for it is light to carry and pleasant in odour (fragrance).’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2253)


Is this Hadith being used in the right context? What is the correct understanding? What about investing the amount of money spent on flower arrangements in a more constructive avenue, as it will eventually end up being thrown away? Read More »

Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) praised Allah while moving back to the saff (row)


Regarding the following Hadith, what was the reason for Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) raising his hands and saying takbir before moving back to the saff (row)?

وعن سهل بن سعد الساعدى رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ذهب إلى بنى عمرو بن عوف ليصلح بينهم فحانت الصلاة فجاء المؤذن إلى أبى بكر فقال: أتصلى بالناس فأقيم قال: نعم، قال: فصلى أبو بكر فجاء رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم والناس فى الصلاة فتخلص حتى وقف فى الصف فصفق الناس وكان أبو بكر لا يلتفت فى الصلاة فلما أكثر الناس التصفيق التفت فرأى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فأشار إليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أن امكث مكانك فرفع أبو بكر يديه فحمد الله عز وجل على ما أمره به رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من ذلك ثم استأخر أبو بكر حتى استوى فى الصف وتقدم النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم فصلى ثم انصرف فقال: يا أبا بكر ما منعك أن تثبت إذ أمرتك؟ قال أبو بكر: ما كان لابن أبى قحافة أن يصلى بين يدى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم. فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما لى رأيتكم أكثرتم التصفيق؟ من نابه شىء فى صلاته فليسبح فإنه إذا سبح التفت إليه وإنما التصفيح للنساء

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 684 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 421) Read More »

Commentary of the Hadith on the example of a believer who recites the Quran


Please provide a brief commentary on the following narration:

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘The example of a believer who recites the Quran is like that of a citron, it has a pleasant smell and a sweet taste. And the example of a believer who does not recite the Quran is like that of a date, it has no smell, though its taste is sweet. The example of a hypocrite who recites the Quran is that of a sweet-smelling flower, it has fragrance but has a bitter taste. The example of a hypocrite who does not read the Quran is like a wild gourd, it has a bitter taste and no smell.’ Read More »

The wudu of one who is in the state of wudu


Kindly explain the meaning of wudu in the following Hadith?

Sayyiduna Nazzal ibn Sabrah (rahimahullah) says that he was with Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) after performing Zuhr Salah whilst he sat with some people in the courtyard of the masjid. Water was then brought. He did masah of the face and the hands and then did masah of the head and feet and then stood up and drank the rest of the water. He said this is what the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did and that this is the wudu of a person who already has wudu.

Some people say that wudu means washing. Is this correct and if so, is there any evidence for this? Read More »

The complexion of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)


When our Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is described as having fair or white skin does this mean that it was literally white or would this indicate a light brown skin color? I have read in many narrations the word white but this does not make sense to me as the Arabs originally were a brown people ranging from light brown to dark brown or black. Read More »

Explanation of ‘Seek forgiveness for your brother’


Please provide a brief commentary of the following Hadith:

“When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would finish the burial of the deceased, he would stay by the grave and say, ‘Seek forgiveness for your brother and beg steadfastness for him as he is now being questioned.’”

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3213; Declared authentic by Allamah Nawawi; Al-Adhkar, Hadith: 480) Read More »

Narrations neither you nor your forefathers have heard


Please explain the following narration:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Towards the end of time there will be people from my Ummah who will quote to you narrations which neither you nor your forefathers would’ve heard. Beware of them!’

(Introduction of Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 15-16, and Musnad Ahmad, vol.2 pg. 32; Declared authentic (sahih) by Imams: Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 6766, and Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 103) Read More »