Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) would say “Sit, let us bring Iman”

Question

Is it correct that when the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) met each other would say, تعال نؤمن ساعة, Come, we will bring Iman for some time?

 

Answer

This has been mentioned as the practice of some Sahabah in the following narrations:

1) Aswad ibn Hilal Al Muharibi relates that Mu’adh [ibn Jabal] (radiyallahu ‘anhu) told him, “Sit, we will bring Iman for some time.” [i.e. We will remember Allah]

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 31000. Hafiz Ibn Hajar has declared the chain authentic. Fathul Bari, before Hadith: 8, vol. 1 pg. 48)

 

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has cited the following words –ta’liqan-:

Mu’adh (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Sit, we will bring Iman for some time.”

(Sahih Bukhari, before Hadith: 8)

 

2) Aswad ibn Hilal relates that Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would say to his [companions], “Sit, we will bring Iman for some time.” They would then sit and remember and praise Allah.

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 31002)

 

3) ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would take hold of one or two men’s hands from among his companions and say, “[Come], Let us increase our Iman.”

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 31003)

 

4) ‘Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would take hold of his companion’s hand and say, “Come, we will bring Iman for some time, come we will remember Allah and increase our Iman, come we will remember him by obeying him, perhaps He will remember us by forgiving us.”

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 31065 with a chain that contains an omission. Refer: Footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah hafizahullah)

 

5) ‘Ata ibn Yasar (rahimahullah) relates that ‘Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) once said his companion, “Come, we will bring Iman for some time.” He asked, “Are we not Believers?” ‘Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Certainly [we are], however, we will remember Allah and increase in Iman.”

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 48)

 

6) Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: “When ‘Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would meet his companions he would say, “Come, we will bring Iman in our Rabb for a moment.” Once he said this to someone who became angry. He went to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, Do you not see Ibn Rawahah? He is turning away from your Iman to Iman for some time?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “May Allah have mercy on Ibn Rawahah, he loves those gatherings which the angels boast about.” [i.e. The gatherings in which Allah Ta’ala is remembered]

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 265, Hadith: 13796. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 76 and footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah hafizahullah on Musannaf, Hadith: 31065)

 

The aforementioned narrations are all suitable to quote.

 

Also see here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar