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Touch of Shaytan at childbirth

Question

Narrated Sa’id Ibnul Musayib, Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said:

“I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) saying, ‘There is none born among the off-spring of Adam, but Shaytan touches it. A child therefore, cries loudly at the time of birth because of the touch of Shaytan, except Maryam and her child.”

Then Abu Hurayrah recited: “And I seek refuge with You for her and for her offspring from the outcast Shaytan”

(Surah Aalu ‘Imram, Verse: 36)

What is meant by the touch of Shaytan in this Hadith, does it mean jinn possession? Some claim Shaytan is able to influence how a baby is born like the case of mentally brain damaged children and cite this Hadith saying Shaytan touched them. Does the touch here have a physical meaning or not? Read More »

Explanation of the narration on the level of Din weakening

Question

Can you kindly explain the meaning of the following narration:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Busr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Some time ago I heard/It used to be said, ‘When you are in a group of people, who number twenty, or more or less, and you examine their faces, and you do not see any person among them who is being respected for the sake of Allah [despite his piety and knowledge], then know well that the condition has weakened [i.e. the people’s piety has decreased and their Din has become weak].”

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Explanation of a line in Fathul Bari

Question

In the following line of Fathul Bari

إذ ذاك أسلم بعد فلا يحتج به

Is ذاك referring to Sayyiduna ‘Urwah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) and does it mean that the person who saw the dream was not present after Sayyiduna ‘Urwah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) accepted Islam?

وفي الحديث دلالة على أن الكافر قد ينفعه العمل الصالح في الآخرة لكنه مخالف لظاهر القرآن قال الله تعالى وقدمنا إلى ما عملوا من عمل فجعلناه هباء منثورا وأجيب أولا بأن الخبر مرسل أرسله عروة ولم يذكر من حدثه به وعلى تقدير أن يكون موصولا فالذي في الخبر رؤيا منام فلا حجة فيه ولعل الذي رآها لم يكن إذ ذاك أسلم بعد فلا يحتج به

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Clarification on a statement of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma)

Question

In the last part of the following Hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim (1246):

عن طاوس، قال: قال ابن عباس قال لي معاوية: أعلمت أني قصرت من رأس رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عند المروة بمشقص؟ فقلت له: لا أعلم هذا إلا حجة عليك

Who is the pronoun referring to? Did Tawus (rahimahullah) tell Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) or did Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) tell Sayyiduna Mu’awiyah (radiyallahu ‘anhu)?

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Dhikr, one of the most beloved actions to Allah

Question

Is this Hadith correct? What time does  فارقت عليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم refer to?

أن مالك بن يخامر حدثهم، أن معاذ بن جبل قال لهم: إن آخر كلام فارقت عليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أن قلت: أي الأعمال أحب إلى الله؟ قال: أن تموت ولسانك رطب من ذكر الله

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