Do the virtues of seeking knowledge apply to secular education?


In the following Hadith:

من سلك طريقًا يلتمس فيه علمًا سهل الله له طريقًا إلى الجنة

Whosoever sets out in search of knowledge, Allah Ta’ala will ease the way to Jannah for him.

What is meant by ‘knowledge’ in this Hadith? Is it specifically the seekers of Islamic/Shar’i knowledge or is worldly knowledge also included in this like engineering for example? If not, is it possible for them to be included in this Hadith according to their intentions?

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Meaning of ‘mujahir’


What is the meaning of ‘mujahir’ in the following Hadith?

كل أمتي معافاة إلا المجاهرين وإن من الإجهار أن يعمل العبد بالليل عملا ثم يصبح قد ستره ربه فيقول: يا فلان قد عملت البارحة كذا وكذا وقد بات يستره ربه فيبيت يستره ربه ويصبح يكشف ستر الله عنه

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Preservation of the knowledge of Din during each generation


Kindly provide some commentary on the following Hadith:

‘This sacred knowledge will be borne by the reliable authorities of each successive generation, who will [preserve it and] remove from it the alterations of the excessive, the interpolations of the corrupt, and the false interpretations of the ignorant.’ Read More »

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 »