The 40 American Hadith — Hadith #5: Allah’s Mercy is Pervasive Even In the Darkest Hour

My new piece is out for ImanWire from my 40 American Hadith series, “Allah’s Mercy is Pervasive Even In the Darkest Hour”:

Silah asked Hudhayfah: “What benefit can there be for a people who don’t fast, pray, worship or give to charity, instead simply saying ‘La ilaha illallah’?” Hudhayfah replied, “Silah! It will save them from Hell!”

Read the whole piece here.

Religious Dispatches – Thoughts on Post-Thanksgiving

Some post-2012 Thanksgiving thoughts I thought I’d share from a Philadelphia parking lot.

On the Authority of Abu Hurayrah as collected by Imam Muslim:

“When you hear a man say, ‘The people are ruined,’ he himself is the most ruined of them all.”

إذا سمعت الرجل يقول هلك الناس فهو أهلكهم

On the authority of Salih bin Bashir bin Fudayk as collected by al-Dhahabi:

“Fudayk came to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and said ‘O’ Messenger of God, they are claiming that the one who does not make hijrah is destroyed’. He صلى الله عليه وسلم replied, ‘O Fudayk!, establish prayer, pay the Zakah, renounce evil and live in the land of your people wherever you like.”

جاء فديك فقال يا رسول الله إنهم يزعمون أن من لم يهاجر هلك. قال يا فديك, أقم الصلاة وآت الزكاة واهجر السوء

40 American Hadith – Hadith #2

Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri from Imam al-Suyuti’s al-Jami’ al-Saghir:

من حفظ على أمتي أربعين حديثا من سنتي أدخلته يوم القيامة في شفاعتي

“Whoever preserves forty hadith for my Ummah from my Sunnah, I will intercede for him on the Day of Judgment.”

The American Forty Hadith Project is a new effort to make Muslim scholarship not only available to the American Muslim (and non-Muslim) public, but to also make it speak to their reality. I hope to have this in a book format shortly so in the meantime, enjoy these podcasts:

Hadith #2

إن الدين النصيحة إن الدين النصيحة إن الدين النصيحة, قالوا لمن يا رسول الله؟ لله وكتابه ورسوله و أئمة المؤمنين وعامتهم و أئمة المسلمين وعامتهم

“Tamim al-Dari, may God be pleased with him, related, ‘al-Din is al-Nasihah [repeated three times].’ ‘In regards to whom O’ Messenger of God?’ ‘To God, to His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Believers and the rank-and-file as well as the leaders of the Muslims and the rank-and-file.'”

Recorded in Sunan Abu Dawud, #4944.

40 American Hadith – Hadith #1

Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri from Imam al-Suyuti’s al-Jami’ al-Saghir:

من حفظ على أمتي أربعين حديثا من سنتي أدخلته يوم القيامة في شفاعتي

“Whoever preserves forty hadith for my Ummah from my Sunnah, I will intercede for him on the Day of Judgment.”

The American Forty Hadith Project is a new effort to make Muslim scholarship not only available to the American Muslim (and non-Muslim) public, but to also make it speak to their reality. I hope to have this in a book format shortly so in the meantime, enjoy these podcasts:

Hadith #1

سألت عائشة رضي الله عنها ما كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يصنع في بيته؟ قالت كان يكون في مهنة أهله تعني خدمة أهله. فإذا حضرت الصلاة خرج إلى الصلاة

“A’isha, may God be pleased with her, was asked, ‘In what way was the Prophet, may God send peace and blessings upon him, productive in his house?’ She replied, ‘He used to work for his family, meaning, he used to be in the service of his family. When the time for prayer came in, he would leave for prayer.'”

Recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari, #676.