Monday, January 19

Maligning the Wind

When the wind blows, and laps over and over against your window, roaring and keeping you awake....
do not curse or speak evil of this wind....but seek refuge with Allah...

Kitaab At-Tawheed

The Prohibition of Maligning the Wind

On the authority of Ubayy Ibn Ka'ab (ra) it is reported that Allah's Messenger said:

"Do not malign the wind; if you see that which displeases you, say: "Oh, Allah ! We ask of You the good of this wind and the good that it is commanded to bring with it; and we seek refuge with You from the evil of this wind and the evil that it is commanded to bring with it."
(Narrated by At-Tirmidhi, who graded it authentic)

Because Islam has ordered us to be of good character and good manners, the Messenger of Allah forbade the Muslims from maligning or cursing the wind; this is because the wind is one of Allah's creations: It does not blow or remain still, or harm or benefit except by Allah's Command therefore vilifying it amounts to vilifying Him Who sent it. Then Allah's Messenger informs us that the wind may bear good or ill and that it is incumbent upon the Believer to ask Allah , Most High, for the good and to seek protection with Him from the evil.

Definition of Malign: "to speak evil of"

Sunday, January 18

The blessing behind the CHILL

While many of us are cold, complaining of the weather, our past predecessors rejoiced at the coming of this season….Why?

"The best season to a believer is the winter, its nights are long for those who wish to pray, and its days are short for those who wish to fast"
Al Hasan Al Basri.

It is reported from Abu Hurayrah – Allah be pleased with him – that he said:
Shall I not point you to comfortable proceeds? People responded, "And what is that o Abu Hurayrah?" He replied, "Fasting in winter."

It is reported from 'Umar – Allah be pleased with him – that he said:
Winter is booty for the devout worshippers.

It is reported from 'Ubayd bin 'Umayr – Allah have mercy on him – that he said:
It used to be said when winter came: O people of the Qur`an, the night has become long so you can pray (more) and the day has become short for you to fast.

Abu Nu'aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyaa`.
It is reported from the famous worshipper Rabi'ah – Allah have mercy on her – that she said:
I have never heard the adhan except that I remember the caller who will announce the Day of Resurrection, and I never see the falling snow except that I imagine the flying pages of the records of peoples deeds (on that day), and I never see swarms of locusts except that I think about the Great Gathering on the Last Day.
Ibn Al-Jawzi, Sifah Al-Safwah Vol. 2 p433.