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Eating fruit before or after meals?

Question

There is a Hadith which states Sayyiduna Abul Haytham ibn Tayhan (radiyallahu ‘anhu) presented to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and some Sahabah different types of dates. Thereafter he slaughtered an animal and served the meat to them.

Is it correct to serve and consume fruit first before the main meal or should one have fruit after the meal?

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Ibn ‘Umar’s (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) fondness to imitate the actions of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)

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I have heard that Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) use to pretend to relieve himself, without having the need to do so, at a particular place just to imitate Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Is this correct?

I have come across the following narration, does it give the same meaning?

حدثنا يزيد بن هارون، أخبرنا عبد الملك، عن أنس بن سيرين، قال كنت مع ابن عمر بعرفات فلما كان حين راح رحت معه حتى أتى الإمام فصلى معه الأولى والعصر ثم وقف معه وأنا وأصحاب لي حتى أفاض الإمام فأفضنا معه حتى انتهينا إلى المضيق دون المأزمين فأناخ وأنخنا ونحن نحسب أنه يريد أن يصلي فقال غلامه الذي يمسك راحلته إنه ليس يريد الصلاة ولكنه ذكر أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لما انتهى إلى هذا المكان قضى حاجته فهو يحب أن يقضي حاجته

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Take the good, leave the bad

Question

Some scholars say ‘Take the good, leave the bad.’

What is its reference?

I have read Mashayikh advising to avoid reading things from people of batil due to zulumat in their writings/speeches, how does this reconcile with the former mentioned quote/principle? Read More »

A narration about hospitality

Question

Can you please confirm if the following is a Hadith and what its source is.

A woman came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and complained to him about her husband that he invites too many guests and she has become weary from preparing food for them and hosting them. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did not answer and the woman left.

Sometime later Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) called the woman’s husband and said, “I am your guest today.” The man was so happy he went home and told his wife “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is our guest today.” His wife was ecstatic and spent time and effort and used every bit of food to prepare for the arrival of the Most Honored Guest, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

After the amazing joy of hosting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) generously Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) told the man, ‘tell your wife to watch the door from which I leave your home.”

So the wife watched the door from which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) left her home and saw all kinds of creatures, scorpions and other harmful creatures leaving the house behind Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) upon which she fainted due to the immense manifestation and greatness of what she had witnessed.

When she came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), he said to her, “this is what happens when the guest leaves your home, with him all kinds of harm, trials and tribulations and harmful creatures depart from your home, and that is the wisdom behind being generous to one’s guest and becoming weary doing so.” Read More »