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๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚Principle of Seeking Hadith: Benefits from the Gatherings of Hadith๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ

ุจุณู… ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฑุญู…ู† ุงู„ุฑุญูŠู…

Assalฤmu โ€˜alaykum wa rahmatullฤhi wa barakฤtuhu

In this short article, I have provided thirty distinct benefits that one may derive from the Majalis of Hadith (Gatherings of Prophetic traditions). These advantages are self-explanatory and answer the doubts and criticism that some may level at these Majalis owing to an ignorance of the true spirit and nature of them. By the grace of Allah, these events are continuing to spread throughout the world as those who have experienced them continue to tell others.

1) Increase the love of the Prophet (salahu alayhi wasalam) and his Sunnah in our hearts because the more you read about him, the more you realize his status and are taken in awe by his magnificence.

2) The preservation of a unique system of transmission (Isnaad) that extends back over 1400 years and up until the advent of modern academia was widespread in the Ummah. Some Islamic texts have altogether lost the oral transmission that they had boasted for several hundred years before the recent neglect.

3) The inclusion of your name in a chain of narration that ends with you and goes back through Islamโ€™s greatest scholars linking you to the most blessed of creation our Beloved (salahu alayhi wasalam) which is a great source of honour and barakah.

4) The entire gathering sends hundreds of thousands of salawaat on our Beloved (salahu alayhi wasalam) every time they hear his name over the course of the Majlis.

5) Establishing a bond between you and the celebrated Ulama of the past so that when you quote something from Imam Nawawi, Imam Suyuti or Ibn Hajr (RA) you are quoting from your own shoyoukh (as you are connected to them through isnaad) as opposed to simply quoting from a book as any other academic would do.

6) Improve the speed and proficiency of reading Arabic for both the readers and those that are following the recitation which is an essential skill for any student of knowledge.

7) The spread and revival of the Isnaad of mainstream Hadith texts throughout the Islamic World. In the South African Majlis people from over 20 countries participated and in many of these countries not a single person existed who narrated through Isnaad. Those who have inherited the Isnaad will return to their countries as ambassadors of the Sunnah and revive the tradition that existed several hundred years ago in places such as Timbuktu, Banjul and other famous cities of Africa.

8) Allow us to appreciate the richness, breadth and depth of the corpus of Islamic literature in times where people have become engrossed in reading about other civilizations and fantasies.

9) Increase our appreciation of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) by reading the proofs that the madhahib have established their rulings upon.

10) Increase your knowledge of Hadith terminology used by Muhaditheen when describing the reports in their collections and using terminology such as ghareeb.

11) Develop the time/events management skills that are an essential skill of any dedicated student of knowledge in their search for the Sacred Sciences.

12) Be constantly sitting in the company of senior Ulama for long hours with the ability to observe their ahklaaq and take from their adab before their knowledge.

13) Re-kindle the unity of this Ummah and the brotherhood that all Muslims have between themselves irrespective of skin colour, caste or socio-economic factors.

14) Becoming attached to the Sunnah of our Beloved (salahu alayhi wasalam) through the learning of his mission, his biography, his character, his appearance and all other sublime qualities that he possessed.

15) Earning the great reward promised to the people who set out in the pursuit of the Sacred Sciences.

16) Affords one with an opportunity to make new like-minded friends who are willing to dedicate hours to these blessed majalis. This company instead of distracting you and being a source of remorse for you on the day of Qiyamah, will aid you in worshipping Allah.

17) Learning about asbaab al-Nuzul or causes for the revelation of various ayaat from the Quran so we know the context that these verses were revealed in and are able to rectify the misunderstanding of modernists in their interpretation of these ayaat.

18) Read Ahadith of targheeb (virtues that encourage) and tarheeb (punishments that discourage) that will encourage us a desire to do good actions and discourage us from sinning.

19) Being amongst those who are observing the Fardh Kifayah action of safeguarding the Isnaad of this Ummah.

20) Get used to listening to Arabic while it is spoken or read fast therefore improving your overall listening skill which is yet another of the four primary skills required in language acquisition.

21) Learning how the muhaditheen would use abbreviations in the isnaad to mean different things such as ุญ for tahweel of the Isnaad.

22) The revival and imitation of a practice that was conducted by the muhaditheen for hundreds of years with the hope that through Allahโ€™s mercy we will be raised in the hereafter with those that we imitate as stated in Hadith.

23) Increasing your knowledge of the Ahadith that are weak or strange by reading the hukm of the muhaditheen such as Imam al-Tirmidhi (RA)

24) Earn the reward of observing nafl (optional) Iโ€™tikaaf in the Masajid which creates an attachment to this serene and blessed environment in the company of Malaโ€™ikah (angels) that would not otherwise be made available to one had there not such Majalis to motivate them to stay.

25) Knowing more about the Ulama in your isnaad who have preserved this unique tradition throughout hundreds of years of Islam.

26) Improving and correcting the recitation of difficult words that we would not normally come across other than in Hadith texts.

27) A source of reward for the elderly Ulama whom after their demise will continue receiving reward for everyone that studies and narrates through the Isnaad they inherited from these scholars; and the same for you when you pass away.

28) Gathering people together from different nationalities and backgrounds all of whom have one common denominator, that they are Muslim and leaving the company of the Kufaar for long periods of time which cleanses the heart from the filth of kufr.

29) Improvement in akhlaaq, by reading how the kufaar would treat our Beloved (Salahu alayhi wasalam) and his companions and the akhlaaq that he would reciprocate with.

30) Be part of a Majlis which is sought out by the angels and discussed by with your Lord who then forgives you for the sins you have done as occurs in the following Hadith that occurs in both Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim:

ุญูŽุฏู‘ูŽุซูŽู†ูŽุง ู‚ูุชูŽูŠู’ุจูŽุฉู ุจู’ู†ู ุณูŽุนููŠุฏูุŒ ุญูŽุฏู‘ูŽุซูŽู†ูŽุง ุฌูŽุฑููŠุฑูŒุŒ ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ุฃูŽุนู’ู…ูŽุดูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุจููŠ ุตูŽุงู„ูุญูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุจููŠ ู‡ูุฑูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽุฉูŽุŒ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ุฑูŽุณููˆู„ู ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุตูŽู„ู‘ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ูˆูŽุณูŽู„ู‘ูŽู…ูŽ: " ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ู„ูู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู…ูŽู„ุงูŽุฆููƒูŽุฉู‹ ูŠูŽุทููˆูููˆู†ูŽ ูููŠ ุงู„ุทู‘ูุฑูู‚ู ูŠูŽู„ู’ุชูŽู…ูุณููˆู†ูŽ ุฃูŽู‡ู’ู„ูŽ ุงู„ุฐู‘ููƒู’ุฑูุŒ ููŽุฅูุฐูŽุง ูˆูŽุฌูŽุฏููˆุง ู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู‹ุง ูŠูŽุฐู’ูƒูุฑููˆู†ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ูŽ ุชูŽู†ูŽุงุฏูŽูˆู’ุง: ู‡ูŽู„ูู…ู‘ููˆุง ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุญูŽุงุฌูŽุชููƒูู…ู’ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ยซููŽูŠูŽุญููู‘ููˆู†ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุจูุฃูŽุฌู’ู†ูุญูŽุชูู‡ูู…ู’ ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ุณู‘ูŽู…ูŽุงุกู ุงู„ุฏู‘ูู†ู’ูŠูŽุงยป ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ููŽูŠูŽุณู’ุฃูŽู„ูู‡ูู…ู’ ุฑูŽุจู‘ูู‡ูู…ู’ุŒ ูˆูŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุฃูŽุนู’ู„ูŽู…ู ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูู…ู’ุŒ ู…ูŽุง ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู ุนูุจูŽุงุฏููŠุŸ ู‚ูŽุงู„ููˆุง: ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ูŠูุณูŽุจู‘ูุญููˆู†ูŽูƒูŽ ูˆูŽูŠููƒูŽุจู‘ูุฑููˆู†ูŽูƒูŽ ูˆูŽูŠูŽุญู’ู…ูŽุฏููˆู†ูŽูƒูŽ ูˆูŽูŠูู…ูŽุฌู‘ูุฏููˆู†ูŽูƒูŽ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ููŽูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ู‡ูŽู„ู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู†ููŠุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ููŽูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู„ุงูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู…ูŽุง ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ูƒูŽุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ููŽูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ูˆูŽูƒูŽูŠู’ููŽ ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู†ููŠุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ูƒูŽ ูƒูŽุงู†ููˆุง ุฃูŽุดูŽุฏู‘ูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูŽ ุนูุจูŽุงุฏูŽุฉู‹ุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽุดูŽุฏู‘ูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูŽ ุชูŽู…ู’ุฌููŠุฏู‹ุง ูˆูŽุชูŽุญู’ู…ููŠุฏู‹ุงุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽูƒู’ุซูŽุฑูŽ ู„ูŽูƒูŽ ุชูŽุณู’ุจููŠุญู‹ุง " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ููŽู…ูŽุง ูŠูŽุณู’ุฃูŽู„ููˆู†ููŠุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ยซูŠูŽุณู’ุฃูŽู„ููˆู†ูŽูƒูŽ ุงู„ุฌูŽู†ู‘ูŽุฉูŽยป ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ูˆูŽู‡ูŽู„ู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุงุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู„ุงูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ูŠูŽุง ุฑูŽุจู‘ู ู…ูŽุง ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุง " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ููŽูƒูŽูŠู’ููŽ ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุงุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุง ูƒูŽุงู†ููˆุง ุฃูŽุดูŽุฏู‘ูŽ ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ูŽุง ุญูุฑู’ุตู‹ุงุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽุดูŽุฏู‘ูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ูŽุง ุทูŽู„ูŽุจู‹ุงุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽุนู’ุธูŽู…ูŽ ูููŠู‡ูŽุง ุฑูŽุบู’ุจูŽุฉู‹ุŒ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ููŽู…ูู…ู‘ูŽ ูŠูŽุชูŽุนูŽูˆู‘ูŽุฐููˆู†ูŽุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽุงุฑู " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ูˆูŽู‡ูŽู„ู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุงุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู„ุงูŽ ูˆูŽุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ูŠูŽุง ุฑูŽุจู‘ู ู…ูŽุง ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุง " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ููŽูƒูŽูŠู’ููŽ ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุงุŸ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ููˆู†ูŽ: ู„ูŽูˆู’ ุฑูŽุฃูŽูˆู’ู‡ูŽุง ูƒูŽุงู†ููˆุง ุฃูŽุดูŽุฏู‘ูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูŽุง ููุฑูŽุงุฑู‹ุงุŒ ูˆูŽุฃูŽุดูŽุฏู‘ูŽ ู„ูŽู‡ูŽุง ู…ูŽุฎูŽุงููŽุฉู‹ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ููŽูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู: ููŽุฃูุดู’ู‡ูุฏููƒูู…ู’ ุฃูŽู†ู‘ููŠ ู‚ูŽุฏู’ ุบูŽููŽุฑู’ุชู ู„ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ " ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: " ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ู ู…ูŽู„ูŽูƒูŒ ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู…ูŽู„ุงูŽุฆููƒูŽุฉู: ูููŠู‡ูู…ู’ ููู„ุงูŽู†ูŒ ู„ูŽูŠู’ุณูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูู…ู’ุŒ ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽู…ูŽุง ุฌูŽุงุกูŽ ู„ูุญูŽุงุฌูŽุฉู. ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ู‡ูู…ู ุงู„ุฌูู„ูŽุณูŽุงุกู ู„ุงูŽ ูŠูŽุดู’ู‚ูŽู‰ ุจูู‡ูู…ู’ ุฌูŽู„ููŠุณูู‡ูู…ู’ " ุฑูŽูˆูŽุงู‡ู ุดูุนู’ุจูŽุฉูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ุฃูŽุนู’ู…ูŽุดูุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูŽุฑู’ููŽุนู’ู‡ูุŒ ูˆูŽุฑูŽูˆูŽุงู‡ู ุณูู‡ูŽูŠู’ู„ูŒุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุจููŠู‡ูุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุจููŠ ู‡ูุฑูŽูŠู’ุฑูŽุฉูŽุŒ ุนูŽู†ู ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽุจููŠู‘ู ุตูŽู„ู‘ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ูˆูŽุณูŽู„ู‘ูŽู…ูŽ

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates from the Apostle of Allah (ุตู„ูŠ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุณู„ู…) that there is a group of angels who patrol the earth and search for gatherings wherein Allah is remembered and the angels call out to each other, "Come to what you are searching for" and they form a circle around this gathering that reaches to the sky. When this gathering disperses, they return to the sky where they are questioned by Allah Taโ€™ala, although (who is All-knowing): Where have you come from? They reply: We come from a gathering of your servants who are engaged in Tasbeeh, Takbeer and Tahmeed. Allah Taโ€™ala asks them: Have they seen Me? The angels reply: No. Allah Taโ€™ala asks: And what if they had seen me? They reply: Then they would have engaged even more excessively in Your Ibadah and in glorifying of you. Allah Taโ€™ala says: What are they asking for? They reply: They ask of you Jannah. Allah Taโ€™ala then asks: Have they seen Jannah? The angels reply: No. Allah Taโ€™ala asks: And what if they had seen Jannah? They reply: Then they would have been even more desirous, eager and keen for it. Allah Taโ€™ala says: What are they seeking refuge from? They reply: They ask refuge from the Fire (of Hell). Allah Taโ€™ala asks: Have they seen the Fire? The angels reply: No. Allah Taโ€™ala asks: And what if they had seen it? They reply: Then they would have tried harder to escape from it and they would have been more fearful of it. Allah Taโ€™ala says: I make you witness that I have pardoned them. One angel exclaims: A certain person was not from them. He happened to be there for some other reason. Allah Taโ€™ala says: They are such a people that even those who sit with them (for other work) will not be deprived.

And Allah knows best

Mohammed Daniel

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