Merits of people & places

The reason for the reward of passing away far from one’s birthplace

Question

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) says, “A man who was born in Madinah passed away in Madinah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said ‘If only he passed away somewhere other than his birthplace [i.e. If only he was born out of Madinah and passed away in Madinah].’ Someone asked ‘And why is that O Rasulullah?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, ‘When a person passes away somewhere other than his birthplace, a [place] will be measured for him in Jannah [as large as the distance] from the place where he was born to the place where he passed away.”

Why would a person who passes away in a place other than his own birthplace get such a big reward? What if he is a great sinner? Will he still be rewarded?

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A query regarding the wording of the Hadith on the virtue of assisting a Muslim

Question

I know the narration with the following wording is recorded in Sahih Muslim:

والله في عون العبد ما كان العبد في عون أخيه

Allah will aid a servant so long as the servant aids his brother

I want to know if there is any narration with the words:

ان الله في عون العبد مادام العبد في عون اخيه

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Mu’awiyah ibn Mu’awiyah high rank due to continuously reciting Surah Ikhlas

Question

I have found a Hadith in Tafsir Ibn Kathir regarding a virtue of Surah Ikhlas. Please verify the authenticity?

Angel Jibril (‘alayhis salam) came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) whilst he was in Tabuk and said: “O Muhammad! Witness/attend the funeral of Mu’awiyah Al-Muzani [radiyallahu ‘anhu].” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) set out with his companions and Jibril [‘alayhis salam] descended among [i.e along with] 70,000 angels. Jibril [‘alayhis salam] then stretched his right wing over the mountains and they lowered themselves in humbleness, and he stretched his left wing over the earth and it lowered itself in humbleness to the point where we could see Makkah and Madinah. Then the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), Jibril, and the angels offered prayer [Janazah Salah] on that companion. When he [i.e Nabi – sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) finished the prayer, he said: ‘O Jibril! What elevated Mu’awiyah ibn Mu’awiyah [enabling him] to reach this status?’ Angel Jibril replied: “By reciting Qul Huwallahu Ahad whilst sitting, walking and riding.'”

(Sunanul Kubra, vol. 4 pg. 50, Mizanul I’itidal, vol. 5 pgs. 39-40, number: 8628; Also see Ibn Kathir, preface of Surah Ikhlas) Read More »

Was Hakim ibn Hizam born in the Ka’bah?

Question

Is the following narration by Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) and his statement thereafter correct?

Is it authentically established that Sayyiduna Hakim ibn Hizam and  Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) were both born in the blessed Ka’bah?

أخبرنا أبو بكر محمد بن أحمد بن بالويه ثنا إبراهيم بن إسحاق الحربي ثنا مصعب بن عبد الله : فذكر نسب حكيم بن حزام و زاد فيه و أمه فاختة بنت زهير بن أسد بن عبد العزى و كانت ولدت حكيما في الكعبة و هي حامل فضربها المخاض وهي جوف الكعبة فولدت فيها فحملت في نطع و غسل ما كان تحتها من الثياب عند حوض زمرم و لم يولد قبله و لا بعده في الكعبة أحد

قال الحاكم : و هم مصعب في الحرف الأخير فقد تواترت الأخبار أن فاطمة بنت أسد ولدت أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب كرم الله وجهه في جوف الكعبة

(Al-Mustadrak, vol. 3 pg. 483) Read More »