Summary notes: Lesson 16
-On pg.67, the narration of ibn ishaq regarding the first sermon has weakness according to certain scholars.
-To strengthen the credibility of narrations, the companions would either bring other companions to confirm narrations or make people swear a qasam, because in that time people began to fabricate ahadith.
-However, the hadith is not usable, it could be weak relatively, i.e. weaker than other ahadith.
-Pg 71, the statement, “Sabbahakum wa massakum” was used to address his people to wake them from slumber. A point of benefit here is how a leader must speak, being firm at certain times.
-The Prophets were called names, even when they were worshipping Allah. They had thick skin.
-Many times in da’wah work, even for petty incidents there may be need for arbitration. If you find people working with you are not able, and not pulling their weight, that means you can find an alternative place for them, or reduce their role. But, you can’t fire them like they do in the corporate world.
-Sometimes there is a need to be firm, so if someone is firm, it doesn’t mean we need to run away.
-Give people the benefit of the doubt.
-For example, if you take somebody to task during da’wah, somebody might say you are having bad thoughts of them. But, good thoughts does not mean you can’t take somebody to task as thats how progress happens. As raising the voice doesn’t mean one is scolding.
Etiquettes of the day of Eid
-Doing ghusl in the morning, using perfume
-Eat before going out to pray is mustahabb (Eid al fitr) as fasting on that day is impermissable
-According to many scholars, the sacrifice must happen after the eid prayer
-Eating an odd number of dates, and this is mustahabb
-The takbir on the day of Eid is considered a sunnah, one that is perhaps forgotten today
-By diversifying our worship we can be more concious in prayer. We have different reports of different forms of dhikr the Prophet(s) used.
-We should worship Allah by memorising as many invocations as we can.
-Allah has given us different, diverse ways of worshipping him even in salah
(Etiquettes of eid cont.)
-Offering congratulation on the day of eid. (Eid cards, du’as, phone calls, etc)
-This year, the so-called birth date of the Prophet(s) is coinciding with the so-called birth date of the Prophet ‘Isa.
-Yesterday, I was asked a question, “Shaikh, what is the ruling of praying behind a ‘santa’ with a beard?”
-At the end of the day, we must recognise that for “Merry christmas” would be “May God bless you”, being genuine as well.
(Etiquettes of eid cont.)
-Attending the Eid prayer
-Just because it is Eid, it doesn’t mean that haram becomes halal.
-The Prophet(s) had a cloak he would wear on the two eids and on friday.
-Going and returning to the prayer from two different paths, as a form of da’wah
-The Prophet(s) prophesised the “Coming together of time”, as a sign of the hour, we try to respond by valuing every moment and investing our time for Allah.
-An ‘Anaza is a small stick the Prophet(s) would carry, and use it as a sutrah.
-We need to engage Allah during difficulty, and beg from Allah. Although, sometimes Allah is the last we think about.
-The hadith on page 81 regarding him (s) descending and leading people in 2 rak’ahs, this hadith has weakness but not unusable as not related to halal and haram.
-The hadith on page 82 is weak, the hadith regarding Abu Lubabah, as has been cited by many scholars of hadith.