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  • #61
    LOVE OF SALAHUDDIN AYYUBI FOR QUR'AN AND HADEETH!

    وَكَانَ يُحِبُّ سَمَاعَ الْقُرْآنِ الْعَظِيمِ، وَيُوَاظِبُ عَلَى سَمَاعِ الْحَدِيثِ حَتَّى إِنَّهُ سَمِعَ فِي بَعْضِ الْمُصَافَّاتِ جُزْءًا، وَهُوَ بَيْنَ الصَّفَّيْنِ، فَكَانَ يَتَبَجِّحُ بِذَلِكَ وَيَقُولُ: هَذَا مَوْقِفٌ لَمْ يَسْمَعْ أَحَدٌ فِي مِثْلِهِ حَدِيثًا

    "And he loved to hear the recitation of the Qur’an and the reading of ahadeeth and knowledge. He was constant and habitual in listening to ahadeeth being read to him, to the point that he would hear a section read to him while he was standing between the ranks of soldiers! He would enjoy doing this and say: "Nobody listens to ahadeeth in a situation like this."

    - Quoted by Imam Ibn Kathir in Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah 16/657

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    • #62
      Imam Ibn Kathir writes:

      وَكَانَ رَقِيقَ الْقَلْبِ سَرِيعَ الدَّمْعَةِ عِنْدَ سَمَاعِ الْحَدِيثِ

      "He (Salahuddin Ayyubi) had a soft heart, and was easily swayed to tears when he would hear ahadith."

      - Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah 16/657

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      • #63
        THE BRAVERY OF SALAHUDDIN AYYUBI!

        Imam Ibn Kathir writes:

        وَكَانَ السُّلْطَانُ صَلَاحُ الدِّينِ، رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ، مِنْ أَشْجَعِ النَّاسِ وَأَقْوَاهُمْ بَدَنًا وَقَلْبًا، مَعَ مَا كَانَ يَعْتَرِي جِسْمَهُ مِنَ الْأَمْرَاضِ وَالْأَسْقَامِ، وَلَاسِيَّمَا وَهُوَ مُرَابِطٌ مُصَابِرٌ مُثَابِرٌ عِنْدَ عَكَّا ; فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ مَعَ كَثْرَةِ جُمُوعِهِمْ وَأَمْدَادِهِمْ لَا يَزِيدُهُ ذَلِكَ إِلَّا قُوَّةً وَشَجَاعَةً، وَقَدْ بَلَغَتْ جُمُوعُهُمْ خَمْسَمِائَةِ أَلْفِ مُقَاتِلٍ، وَيُقَالُ: سِتَّمِائَةِ أَلْفٍ. وَكَانَ جُمْلَةُ مَنْ قُتِلَ مِنْهُمْ مِائَةَ أَلْفِ مُقَاتِلٍ

        "And Salahuddin Ayyubi, may Allah have mercy on him, was from the bravest of people, and the strongest of them in body and heart despite the illnesses and sickness his body suffered from. This was most evident during the Siege of Acre, where despite the massive numbers of the enemy, he only increased in power and bravery. They had as many as 500,000 soldiers, some say 600,000, and he killed 100,000 of them."

        - Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah 16/657

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        • #64
          CHEERFUL FACE OF SALAHUDDIN AYYUBI!

          Imam Ibn Kathir writes:

          وَكَانَ رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ سَخِيًّا كَرِيمًا حَيِيًّا ضَحُوكَ الْوَجْهِ كَثِيرَ الْبِشْرِ، لَا يَتَضَجَّرُ مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَفْعَلُهُ، شَدِيدَ الْمُصَابَرَةِ وَالْمُثَابَرَةِ عَلَى الْخَيْرَاتِ وَالطَّاعَاتِ فَرَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ

          "He was generous, well-rounded, always laughing and smiling. He would never slack off in any good that he did. He was extremely patient when doing good and worshipping Allah."

          - Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah 16/658

          Complete citation: http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-4445#page-10585

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          • #65
            And since we are on the personality of this great man, we beseech Allah to send another hundred of such men to liberate Muslim lands from the tyranny of tyrants and the oppression of the oppressors. There are qualities that make a person great, and Salahuddeen had his fair share, may Allah sanctify his soul. I came across the following tract that I wanted to share in providing another glimpse into what made such men, great:

            من الحصافة في العبادة: المبادرة إلى الوفاء والسعي في براءة الذمة من الفوائت قبل الفوات
            كان على صلاح الدين الأيوبي فوائت من صيام رمضان بسبب أمراض تواترت عليه وانشغاله بالجهاد عن قضائها، وقد تولى وزيره إحصاء تلك الأيام، فكان يشرع في صومها ويقول: ما أعلم ما يكون، فكأنه كان ملهما براءة ذمته ولم يزل حتى قضى ما عليه رحمه الله

            "Part of being sensible (and having good judgement) in worship is to hasten and strive in making up for missed acts to clear one’s conscience before it is too late... Salahuddeen al-Ayyubi owed fasts of Ramadhan which had accumulated due to illness and his engaging in battles. His minister enumerated them and he began to make them up saying, 'I don’t know what will happen, as if he was inspired to clear his conscience'. He continued to do so until he made up his fasts, may Allah have mercy on him."

            [A'yoon al-Rawdatayn, Shihab ad-Deen al-Maqdisi (d. 665H)]
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            • #66
              Aameen to your du'aa' akhee

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              • #67
                It was narrated by Abu Muhammad bin al akfany from Abdul Azeez bin Ahmad from Abul Hasan Abdul Wahhaab bin Jaafar from Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Abdullah al Qaadi from Abul Hasan Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Abi Shaykh from Ahmad bin Basheer from Ahmad bin Imran bin Aban from Ismaeel bin Ibraaheem who said:

                أخذ هارون الرشيد زنديقا ، فأمر بضرب عنقه ، فقال له الزنديق : لم تضرب عنقي يا أمير المؤمنين ؟ قال : أريح العباد منك ، قال : فأين أنت من ألف حديث وضعتها على رسول اللَّه صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، كلها ما فيها حرف نطق به رسول اللَّه صلى الله عليه وسلم

                Haaroon al-Rasheed arrested a heretic and ordered to strike his neck. The heretic said, “Why are you striking my neck?” Haaroon al-Rasheed said, “To rid the people of you.” The heretic said: “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, what will you do about the thousand ahaadeeth which I have fabricated and spread among you of which the Prophet uttered not one letter?”

                Haaroon al-Rasheed said to him:

                فأين أنت يا عدو اللَّه من أَبِي إسحاق الفزاري ، وعبد اللَّه بْن المبارك ينخلانها فيخرجانها حرفا حرفا .

                “What will you do, O enemy of Allah, about Abu Ishaaq al-Fazaari and ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak? They will go through them and sift them letter by letter.”

                - Tareekh Damishq by Ibn Asakir, no. 4972

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                • #68
                  Abu Ja'far at-Tastari said:

                  حَضَرَنَا أَبُو زرعة بِمَا شَهْرَانِ ، وَكَانَ فِي السُّوقِ ، وَعِنْدَهُ أَبُو حَاتِمٍ ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ ، وَالْمُنْذِرُ بْنُ شَاذَانَ ، وَجَمَاعَةٌ مِنَ الْعُلَمَاءِ ، فَذَكَرُوا حَدِيثَ التَّلْقِينِ ، وَقَوْلَهُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : " لَقِّنُوا مَوْتَاكُمْ لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ " . فَاسْتَحْيُوا مِنْ أَبِي زُرْعَةَ ، وَقَالُوا : زَادَ ابْنُ شَاذَانَ ، وَهَابُوا أَنْ يُلَقِّنُوهُ ، فَقَالُوا : تَعَالَوْا نَذْكُرُ الْحَدِيثَ ، فَقَالَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ : حَدَّثَنَا الضَّحَّاكُ بْنُ مَخْلَدٍ ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الْحَمِيدِ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ ، عَنْ صَالِحٍ ، وَجَعَلَ يَقُولُ : زَادَ الْعَطَّارُ ابْنَ ابن ، وَلَمْ يُجَاوِزْ ، وَقَالَ أَبُو حَاتِمٍ : نَا بُنْدَارٌ ، نَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ ، نَا عَبْدُ الْحَمِيدِ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ ، عَنْ صَالِحٍ ، وَلَمْ يُجَاوِزْ ، وَالْبَاقُونَ سَكَتُوا ، فَقَالَ أَبُو زرعة وَهُوَ فِي السُّوقِ : حَدَّثَنَا بُنْدَارٌ ، نَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ ، نَا عَبْدُ الْحَمِيدِ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ ، عَنْ صَالِحِ بْنِ أَبِي عَرِيبٍ ، عَنْ كَثِيرِ بْنِ مُرَّةَ الْحَضْرَمِيِّ ، عَنْ مُعَاذَ بْنِ جَبَلٍ ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : " مَنْ كَانَ آخِرُ كَلامِهِ لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ " . وَتُوُفِّيَ رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ

                  I went to Abu Zur'ah whilst he was on his death bed and with him was Abu Haatim and Muhammad bin Muslim and al-Mundhir bin Shaazaan along with a group of scholars. They mentioned the hadeeth of Talqeen (making the dying person utter the Shahaadah) and the Prophet's statement:

                  "Make your dead (dying) pronounce laa ilaaha illaAllah"

                  But they became shy around Abu Zur'ah and felt embarassed to remind him.

                  So they said to each other, come and lets mention the hadeeth (perhaps Abu Zur'ah will realize) so Muhammad bin Muslim started of, he said:

                  It was narrated by ad-Dhahaak bin Makhlad on the authority of 'Abdi al-Hameed bin Ja'far on the authority of Saalih...And he stopped narrating and couldn't continue (as if he forgot the chain)

                  Abu Haatim took over and said:

                  It was narrated by Bundaar that he said it was narrated by Abu 'Aasim on the authority of 'Abdi al-Hameed bin Ja'far on the authority of Saalih...But even he stopped there.

                  And the rest of the scholars were all silent. Then Abu Zur'ah said whilst on his death bed.

                  It was narrated to us by Bundaar that he said it was narrated to us by Abu 'Aasim that he said it was narrated to us by 'Abdi al-Hameed on the authority of Saalih bin Abi 'Areeb on the authority of Katheer bin Murrah al-Hadhrami on the authority of Mu'aadh bin Jabal that he said the Messenger of Allah said:

                  "Whoever makes his last utterance laa ilaaha illaAllaah enters Jannah"

                  And then he (Abu Zur'ah) passed away. May Allah have mercy on him.

                  - Tareekh Damishq li Ibn Asakir, no. 38711

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                  • #69
                    Imam Shaafa'i said:

                    "ما فسد النَّاس إلا لما تركوا لسان العرب، واتبعوا لسان أرسطو "

                    "People did not become ignorant nor differed except after their abandonment of the Arabic language and their inclination to the language of Aristotle!"

                    - Sharh Aqeedah al-Tahawiyyah 1/100; quoted by Imam Dhahabi in as-Siyar A'lam al-Nubala 10/74 and al-Suyuti in Sawn al-Mantiq p.15

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                    • #70
                      Ahmad bin Salamah said:

                      وعقد لمسلم مجلس الذاكرة ، فذكر له حديث لم يعرفه ، فانصرف إلى منزله ، وأوقد السراج ، وقال لمن في الدار : لا يدخل أحد منكم . فقيل له : أهديت لنا سلة تمر ، فقال : قدموها ، فقدموها إليه ، فكان يطلب الحديث ، ويأخذ تمرة تمرة ، فأصبح وقد فني التمر ، ووجد الحديث .

                      A gathering of knowledge and revision was held for Abul-Husayn Muslim b. Al-Hajjaj where a hadeeth that he did not know was mentioned. He went home and lit his lamp and said to those at home, “no one should enter the house (disturb me).”

                      He was told, “We have been gifted a basket of dates.” He said, “Put it out for me,” so they served it to him. He started searching for the hadeeth and taking a date at a time until the morning, by which time the dates where finished and he had finally found the hadeeth.

                      رواها أبو عبد الله الحاكم . ثم قال : زادني الثقة من أصحابنا أنه منها مات .

                      Abu Abdullah al Hakim (one of the reporters of this narration) added, “A reliable companion of ours added that this was the cause of his death.”

                      - Quoted by Imam Al-Dhahabī in as-Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala' in his biography of Imam Muslim, page 564.

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                      • #71
                        It was narrated from Abu Ja'far Muhammad bin Muhammad al Bahgdadi from Ali ibn al-Madini from Sufyaan from Ayub bin Ai'dh al Taa'i from Qays ibn Muslim from Tariq bin Shihab that Umar ibn Khattaab (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

                        ....أنا كنا أذل قوم فأعزنا الله بالإسلام فمهما نطلب العز بغير ما أعزنا الله به أذلنا الله

                        We were the most humiliated people, but Allah honored us with Islam. If we demand honor through any means other than Islam, Allah will humiliate us.

                        - Narrated by Imam Haakim in Mustadrak ala al-Saheehain 1/130 and he said that this hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions of Bukhari and Muslim; Imam Mundhiri in At-Targheeb wa Tarheeb 4/35; Imam Albani in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah 1/117 and he said that the hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions of Bukhari and Muslim.

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                        • #72
                          Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

                          وَمَا يَظُنُّهُ بَعْضُ النَّاسِ أَنَّهُ مَنْ وُلِدَ عَلَى الْإِسْلَامِ فَلَمْ يَكْفُرْ قَطُّ أَفْضَلُ مِمَّنْ كَانَ كَافِرًا فَأَسْلَمَ لَيْسَ بِصَوَابِ؛ بَلْ الِاعْتِبَارُ بِالْعَاقِبَةِ وَأَيُّهُمَا كَانَ أَتْقَى لِلَّهِ فِي عَاقِبَتِهِ كَانَ أَفْضَلَ

                          "And what some people believe that if a person is born in Islam, and thus was never a disbeliever, is better than the one who was a disbeliever than became Muslim, is not correct, rather the consideration is given to their ends, and who from them was more pious at his end is the one who is better ..."

                          - Majmoo' al Fatawa 10/300

                          http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-7289/page-4880

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                          • #73
                            Imam Ibn Al Qayyim Al Jawziyyah رحمه الله said:

                            لله ملك السموات والأرض ، واستقرض منك حبة فبخلت بها ، وخلق سبعة أبحر وأحب منك دمعةً فقحطت عينك بها


                            "To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, yet He asks a loan from you (to give in charity) but you are miserly. He created the seven seas, yet He loves a tear from you (out of love, fear and hope in Him) but your eyes remain tearless."

                            [Al-Fawa'id, 52]
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                            • #74
                              Yahya bin Ayyub al-'Aabid said:

                              سمعتهم بمرو يقولون : قد جاء الثوري ، قد جاء الثوري . فخرجت أنظر إليه ، فإذا هو غلام قد بقل وجهه

                              I heard them in the city of Marw saying "ath-Thawri has arrived! ath-Thawri has arrived! So I went out to look and there I saw a young boy who had just started growing a beard.

                              - Quoted by Imam Dhahabi in as-siyar a'lam an-nubala, page 236.

                              It is obvious that Yahya bin Ayyub didn't know anything about Sufyaan Thawri and he was amazed at people shouting at his arrival. He might also have inquired from people about the popularity of Imam Sufyaan Thawri and they might have told him about the knowledge he has which makes him known among the people.

                              Consider this and compare this with our times when we have completely decided that knowledge is just with people with long beards, people wearing thawb and ghutrah, people attached with some big organization or a committee or Jamiaat. Many even discourage the knowledgeable youth about their attire and the length of their beard which disqualifies them from speaking anything about Islam. Some have limited the knowledge of Islam only for the elderly and they spread this view that only an "experienced", "aged" person has a right to speak about Islam failing to provide an evidence from hadeeth about age limit. All these people are themselves misguided, far away from the teachings and lives of our Salaf.

                              We all know the popularity of Imam Sufyaan Thawri, his knowledge on hadeeth, his humility, his wisdom and his adherence on Tawheed and Sunnah. We should now know the great people of his time who were unlike the people of our times to discourage the youth desiring to seek the knowledge of Islam.

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                              • #75
                                Abu Bakr bin 'Ayyash said:

                                إني لأرى الرجل يصحب سفيان ، فيعظم في عيني

                                "When I see a person in the company of Sufyaan ath-Thawree I automatically think highly of him"

                                - Quoted by Imam Dhahabi in as-siyar a'lam an-nubala, page 239.

                                This is the benefit of keeping the company of pious and people of knowledge that the people of Aakhiraah respect you even if you do not deserve that respect. The company of the pious, the God conscious people, the people of Tawheed and Sunnah would surely turn you to a person who is respected and even if people do not respect you then know that the best of the creations also faced such times, yet they didn't leave their good work.

                                You start befriending the people of Aakhiraah and see how the people of Dunyaa leave you and how the people of Aakhiraah accompany you so both of you can benefit from each other.

                                Now consider this narration more deeply. A random man accompanying Imam Sufyaan was seen with an eye of respect by Abu Bakr bin Ayyash, It could have been that there was some man who was just accompanying Imam Sufyaan to debate him, to mock him, to spy on him or to deceive him but just his company with Imam Sufyaan initially gave a sense of respect to the onlookers. It may also happen sometimes that a pious person is seen with someone known for his misconduct, this may be because the pious person is trying to correct this man and rectify his affairs for the betterment of society. In whatever case, the people of piety and knowledge should be respected and honored within the limits of Sharee'ah and one must try to accompany them to get benefited.

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