Merits of people & places

An army with black flags from the East

Question

What is the authenticity of this narration?

“When the black flags come from Khorasan go to them, even if you have to crawl on snow, for among them is the Khalifa from Allah, the Mahdi”

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Knowledge will be lifted through the demise of Scholars

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Is this Hadith authentic?

“Knowledge will be snatched away by the taking away of scholars along with their knowledge leaving behind ignorant people who will be asked to settle matters and they will do so on the basis of their personal views, thus being misguided and misguiding others.”

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What the Muslims consider as good is good in the court of Allah

Question

Kindly provide the reference, authentication, and Arabic wording of the following narration:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Allah looked into the hearts of His slaves and found that the heart of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was the best of all His slaves’ hearts. So He chose him for Himself and sent him with His Message. Then He looked into the hearts of all His slaves after the heart of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and He found that the hearts of his companions were the best of all His slaves’ hearts, so He made them the helpers of His Prophet, fighting for the sake of his religion. So what the Muslims think is good, is good before Allah, and whatever the Muslims think is bad, is bad before Allah.” Read More »

The mirror that symbolised Friday

Question

Can you authenticate this Hadith?

“Anas Bin Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated that once Jibril (‘alayhis salam) came to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) with a white mirror on which there was a black dot. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked Jibril (‘alayhis salam) about the mirror, he explained that it [symbolises] the Day of Jumu’ah…”

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Khalid’s ibn Ma’dan statement regarding spending five nights of the year in ‘ibadah

Question

I want to know the authenticity of this particular saying of Tabi’i Khalid ibn Ma’dan (rahimahullah) who said:

“There are five particular nights in a whole year, whosoever spends these nights in worship with intention of gaining virtues and believing [in its promised virtues], Allah will grant him entrance into Jannah

1. The first night of Rajab (worships in the night and fasts during the day for all)

2) The 15th night of Sha’ban

3 and 4) Both nights of ‘Eid (fasting the day preceding these nights or some versions state ‘Does not fast the next day’)

5. The night of ‘Ashura.’

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