Merits of people & places

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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Another narration regarding the last person to enter Jannah

Question

Kindly provide the reference and authenticity of the following narration:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Whilst he, i.e. the last person to enter Jannah, is walking therein, he will suddenly see a light and fall in prostration. It will then be said to him: “What is the matter with you [i.e. why are you prostrating]?”

He will then reply: “Is this not my Rabb that has manifested before me?”

All of a sudden, a man will be standing before him, and he [i.e. that man] will say: “No, [rather] this is [simply] one of your many castles! And I am [merely] one of your many butlers/stewards of which there are a thousand [others] like me!”

Thereafter, he [i.e. the owner of all these possessions] will walk forward and enter the closest of his castles; he won’t look out from any of them [i.e. his castles] except that he will [be able to] see the furthest portion of his kingdom [spanning] the distance of a hundred years.’ Read More »

Another version of the narration regarding ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) dismissing a minister due to lack of compassion

Question

Can you please provide the reference for this narration?

Abu ‘Uthman reported that ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) wanted to appoint a man as governor. The governor said, “I have such and such a number of children and I have never kissed any of them.” Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Allah Almighty will only show mercy to the kindest of His slaves.”

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“Accompany the intelligent, and you will be regarded to be part of them”

Question

What is the reference and Arabic text for this narration? Also, who is it attributed to?

‘Abdullah said:

“My father said to me, ‘O my son, accompany the intelligent, and indeed you will be ascribed to them, even if you are not from them! And do not accompany the ignoramuses, lest you are ascribed to them, even if you are not from them!”

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