Du’a Nasiri and Hadith Qudsi for April 7th halaqa

Alhamdulillah for our last session where we had a fruitful discussion on Surah Balad. InshaAllahu ta’ala we will implement all we learned from it in our lives striving to better live the attitude of a believer.

We also did the following hadith and du’a. I will post these up also on the blog. For those of you who have not yet done so, please do subscribe by email to the blog so that you get posts there even if I forget to add you to the mailing list. The site is www.ramadan10.wordpress.org

InshaAllah our next meeting will be on the 22nd at 7 pm. I will confirm the location closer to the date. Inshaallah we will do Surah 91, another hadith and recite again the du’a. Please do try to make it.

The du’a is very special. It is called Du’a Nasiri written by Imam Muhammed al-Dar’ii. He died in 1085, but this is Hijri not Gregorian, my mistake, I got it wrong yesterday. Many great things have been said about this prayer. I will copy some of it below. You will be interested to learn the French occupiers of Morocco were so afraid of it, that they took the extraordinary step of proscribing its recital during the occupation. Sh. Hamza translated this prayer from the Arabic a few years ago and it is available for purchase now. Alhamdulillah, a beautiful recitation by the renowned Fez singers from Morocco is available to listen online as well. InshaAllah next session, we will listen/join the recitation as we read the translation (attached). Recitation here or copy paste the link below in another browser window.

http://www.sandalaproductions.com/images/media/The%20Prayer%20of%20the%20Oppressed.mp3

Here is a youtube video of the same du’a but recited in a different style. –

And we know that Allah answers the prayer of the oppressed. In fact, the prayer of the oppressed is so powerful we are afraid of being in any way oppressive to anyone, lest they make du’a against us!

Please do make this du’a whenever you can. Especially for our brothers and sisters in so many parts of the world, especially Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain to name but a few. The Muslim Ummah is under great strife, internal and external and is in urgent need of good leaders, scholars, and strong Muslims. May Allah accept our prayer.

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Here are some notes on why this prayer is so powerful –

The Power of this prayer of Imam Muhammad al-DarÏ lies in its simplicity, its purity, and its sincere supplication. It is essentially a plea to God that our transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled, rain restored, and bounties poured forth.

It is a plea to be freed from the aggression of foreigners in lands over which they have no right—a plea much needed in our modern world, rampant as it is with invasions and territorial occupations. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy, which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad (saw): “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds.

More information and purchase links here

https://www.fonsvitae.com/OnlineStore/tabid/58/pid/359/The-Prayer-of-The-Oppressed.aspx

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Here is the hadith we covered yesterday

On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (may He be glorified) is that He said:

O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you, O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more that a needle decreases the sea if put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other that blame no one but himself.

It was related by Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).

Hadith Qudsi we covered on Jan 27th 2011. Number 25

Hadith Qudsi 25

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said:

Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.”

It was related by al-Bukhari.

Hadith Qudsi – numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Assalamu alaikum warahamtullah wabarakatuh,

Alhamdulillah it was a great time of sharing yesterday. Jazakum Allah Khairan to all who came. Here are the promised links. We began yesterday the Hadith Qudsi. Here is a proper introduction (please forgive me for not being able to give an introduction last night. Inshaallah we’ll better manage time the next time!) below. As you see, unlike the Quran which is Allah’s message in Allah azza wa’jal’s own words.. the Hadith Qudsi are sourced to Allah subhahana ta’alah (hence are not like the usual ahadith which source to our beloved prophet peace be upon him), but the wording is that of Muhammed (peace be upon him).

Teacher’s note 😉 -Please also note that all we learned about the authenticity of ahadith apply to the Hadith Qudsi as well. They are categorized as ‘sahih’ (sound). But do see what you gather from the books they are compiled in…

‘The Forty Hadith Qudsi and Imam Nabawi’s forty ahadith are widely regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of the Prophet’s Sayings in the English language.

Among the many definitions given by the early scholars to Sacred Hadith is that of as-Sayyid ash-Sharif al-Jurjani (died in 816 A.H.) in his lexicon At-Tarifat where he says: “A Sacred Hadith is, as to the meaning, from Allah the Almighty; as to the wording, it is from the messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is that which Allah the Almighty has communicated to His Prophet through revelation or in dream, and he, peace be upon him, has communicated it in his own words.”

The hadith qudsi are the sayings of the Prophet divinely communicated to him. The present collection has been compiled from all the available books of hadith. The forty chosen here are all well authenticated and present many of the doctrinal, devotional and ethical elements of Islam.

[The Above taken from : An introduction to the subject and select sample texts, see e.g. Ibrahim Izzuddin and Denis Johnson-Davies: Forty Hadith Qudsi, Beirut, Damascus, 1980.]’

Here are the ahadith we read last night-

Hadith Qudsi 1:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

When Allah decreed the Creation He pledged Himself by writing in His book which is laid down with Him: My mercy prevails over my wrath.
It was related by Muslim (also by al-Bukhari, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah).

Hadith Qudsi 2:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: Allah Almighty has said:

The son of Adam denied Me and he had no right to do so. And he reviled Me and he had no right to do so. As for his denying Me, it is his saying: He will not remake me as He made me at first (1) – and the initial creation [of him] is no easier for Me than remaking him. As for his reviling Me, it is his saying: Allah has taken to Himself a son, while I am the One, the Everlasting Refuge. I begot not nor was I begotten, and there is none comparable to Me.

(1) i.e., bring me back to life after death.
It was related by al-Bukhari (also by an-Nasa’i).

Hadith Qudsi 3:
On the authority of Zayd ibn Khalid al-Juhaniyy (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:

The Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) led the morning prayer for us at al-Hudaybiyah following rainfall during the night. When the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) finished, he faced the people and said to them: Do you know what your Lord has said? They said: Allah and his Messenger know best. He said: This morning one of my servants became a believer in Me and one a disbeliever. As for him who said: We have been given rain by virtue of Allah and His mercy, that one is a believer in Me, a disbeliever in the stars (2); and as for him who said: We have been given rain by such-and-such a star, that one is a disbeliever in Me, a believer in the stars.

(2) The pre-Islamic Arabs believed that rain was brought about by the movement of stars. This Hadith draws attention to the fact that whatever be the direct cause of such natural phenomena as rain, it is Allah the Almighty who is the Disposer of all things.

It is related by al-Bukhari (also by Malik and an-Nasa’i).

Hadith Qudsi 4:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: Allah said:

Sons of Adam inveigh against [the vicissitudes of] Time, and I am Time, in My hand is the night and the day (1).

(1) As the Almighty is the Ordainer of all things, to inveigh aginst misfortunes that are part of Time is tantamount to inveighing against Him.

It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim).

Hadith Qudsi 5:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: Allah (glorified and exalted be He) said:

I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having an associate. Thus he who does an action for someone else’s sake as well as Mine will have that action renounced by Me to him whom he associated with Me.

It was related by Muslim (also by Ibn Majah).

Hadith Qudsi 6:
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say:

The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favours and he will recognize them. [ The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I fought for you until I died a martyr. He will say: You have lied – you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: He is courageous. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Quran. He will be brought and Allah will make known to his His favours and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Quran for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: He is learned. And you recited the Quran that it might be said [of you]: He is a reciter. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Another] will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to his His favours and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I left no path [untrodden] in which You like money to be spent without spending in it for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but do so that it might be said [of you]: He is open-handed. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.

Here is a mashaAllah very nice website on the ahadith where you can listen to the Arabic pronounciation
http://hadithqudsi.sacredhadith.com/

Jazakum Allah Khairan. Please forgive my faults and correct my mistakes.