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‘…I will do hijra although I have left my parents in tears.’

May 3, 2015 Leave a comment

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr said, “A man came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, ‘I have come to make you a pledge that I will do hijra although I have left my parents in tears.’ The Prophet said, ‘Go back to them and make them laugh as you made them cry.’

 Reference: Al-Adab al-Mufrad, Hadith 19 [Grade: Sahih]


(notes from a lesson by Ustadh Abu Eesa Niamatullah)


Of the benefits of this hadith is that the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam has clearly shown the importance of prioritisation. Hijrah is one thing very important, yet recognise that the priority of looking after your parents and being in their service is greater. The latter is a greater obligation. Here we recognise that the fard ul-kiffayah (the communal obligation) has been superseded by the fard ul-ayn (the individual obligation)- the obligation of looking after the parents.

This establishes a principle in the deen for us, often we are caught between two different situations and decisions, one should not just say this is the easier one, or this is the harder one, or this one makes more sense to me so I will do that. No. It does not go by your sense, or easy or harder one; the decision goes by what is more obligatory, what is more correct taking into consideration the benefits and harms according to Islamic principles of the shari’ah not ones own opinions.

Another benefit of this hadith is that if you upset someone which is really easy to do, then the remedy for this is to go back and make them laugh. That is a form of sadaqah (charity), go back and make some effort to make them smile again. By doing this you can try and recover some of the harm that you have already caused.

This leads us to the third benefit which is a very interesting point that the ulama mention. This hadith establishes like a system that if you do something wrong, if you cause someone some kind of problem, if you make a mistake then you should go and deal with it. It doesn’t matter what level it is on or what the situation is, the principle is the same. Like here in this hadith you made them cry so go back and make them laugh. Likewise, if you did gheeba (backbiting) of someone, spoke bad about someone, now go and when he is not there speak good about that person, praise him and make dua for him when no one is around- when it is only you and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make dua for him. If you do a sin then find out what expiates it. If you make a mistake, give some sadaqah (charity). This principle is established from this hadith. If you do something wrong then fix it, this is Islam.


Now a few points about hijrah because hijrah throughout history has always been a point of discussion and dispute regarding the issues surrounding it. Therefore lets look at it a bit more closely to try and understand what it is and what is the Islamic ruling.

What is hijrah?

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Five Fortresses of Faith

October 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Al-Hajawi, one of the Hanbali scholars, says that it is said that the likeness of faith is a city with five fortresses. The first fortress is of gold, the second is of silver, the third is of iron, fourth is of baked bricks, and the fifth is of unbaked bricks. So long as Read more…

SubhanAllah!, Who Ponders Over the Quran like this?

July 14, 2011 Leave a comment

It is narrated that Imam Ahmed was informed of one his student whoused to stay up all night and recite the complete Quran up to the Fajr Prayer, then he used to pray Fajr 

The Imam wanted to teach him how to ponder/reflect over the verses of the the QuranThe Imam said: It has reached me that you do such and such ..

He replied: Yes O Imam The Imam then said: Today when you recite the Qur’an at night, recite as if you are Read more…

The Most Beloved and Most Hated Speech

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Narrated ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radhiallaahu ‘anhu)

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:

Verily the most beloved speech to Allah is the servant’s saying, ‘Subhaanak Allaahumma wa bihamdika wa tabaarakasmuka wa ta’aalaa jad-duka wa laa ilaaha ghayruk.’
(Glorified are you, O Allah, and to you is the praise, Blessed is Your Name and Lofty is your Majesty, there is none worthy of worship other than you.)

The most hated speech to Allah is when a man says to another man, ‘Fear Allah!‘ and he replies, ‘Worry about your own self!

[It was reported by Al-Asbahaanee in At-Targheeb (#739), and Sheikh Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (#2598)]

Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Reciting the Qur’an disciplines the soul in many respects. It teaches man what he is required to do and stirs in him what he needs to purify his soul.

Reciting the Qur’an enlightens the heart and reminds it of every proper conduct. In this way, it aids the other duties of Islam bringing Read more…

Etiquette of Reading and Handling the Quran

January 22, 2011 2 comments

Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad Qurtubi writes in al-Jami’ li ahkam al-Qur’an:

It is the inviolability of the Qur’an Read more…

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