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 Chapter 12 - Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life

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PostSubject: Chapter 12 - Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life   Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:48 pm

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Chapter 12

Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life




Allah, the Exalted, says:

"Did We not give you lives long enough, so that whosoever would receive admonition, - could receive it? And the warner came to you.'' (35:37)



Ibn `Abbas  radiyallahu anhu  and others said that "long enough'' in the Verse means sixty years. The Hadith which follows supports this. Others said it means eighteen years; Al-Hasan Al-Basri, Al-Kalbi and Masruq said it means forty years, it has also been reported by Ibn Abbas  radiyallahu anhu  and others that whenever the people of Al-Madinah turned forty years of age, they would devote themselves completely to worship. "Long enough'' in the Verse has also been interpreted to mean the age of puberty. Ibn `Abbas and the majority of Muslim scholars said that the "warner'' in the Verse refers to the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa. `Ikrimah bin `Umaiyyah and others interpreted this word as the grayness or whiteness of hair". Allah knows better.


 
Hadith 112

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported: The Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa said,  

"Allah excuses and grants forgiveness to a person until he attains the age of sixty years". [Al-Bukhari].


Commentary:

1. This Hadith makes it evident that Allah does not punish any individual or nation without warning them first.
2. The second point is that a person who is given sixty years of life and yet he neglects the obligations of Faith, will have no excuse.
3. After the age of sixty years, one must not neglect his religious obligations because then one is closer to death. Although one may die even at a young age, in youth one is still hopeful of life. After crossing the age of sixty, to hope for longer age, while leading a sinful life and defying Divine injunctions constitute a disastrous conduct. May Allah save us from doing so.


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 12 - Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life   Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:55 pm

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Hadith 113


Ibn `Abbas (Radhi Allahu Anhuma)  said: `Umar radiyallahu anhu used to make me sit with the noble elderly men who had participated in the battle of Badr. Some of them disliked it and said to `Umar: "Why do you bring in this boy to sit with us when we have sons like him?'' `Umar  radiyallahu anhu replied: "Because of the status he has, which you already know about (i.e., belongs to the source of knowledge and the house of the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa).'' One day, `Umar called me and seated me in the gathering of those people; and I think that he called me just to show them (of my religious knowledge). `Umar  radiyallahu anhu then questioned them (in my presence). "How do you interpret the ayah of Allah:

 `When there comes the Help of Allah (to you, O Muhammad Sallalahu aleihi wa against your enemies) and the Conquest (of Makkah).'''  

Someone said that when Allah's Help and the Conquest (of Makkah) came to us, we were called upon to celebrate the Praise of Allah and ask for His forgiveness. Some others remained silent and did not utter a word. Thereupon `Umar asked me: "Ibn `Abbas! Do you say the same.'' I replied: "No". He said: "What do you say then?'' I replied: "That is the sign of the Prophet's death about which he had been informed. Allah, the Exalted, says:

'When there comes the help of Allah (to you, O Muhammad Sallalahu aleihi wa against your enemies) and the Conquest (of Makkah)'.

So declare the remoteness of your Rubb from every imperfection, and ask for His forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives".

On that `Umar radiyallahu anhu said: "I do not know anything about it other than what you have said". [Al-Bukhari]


Commentary:

1. This value of man does not go with the length of age but with that of intellect, intelligence, knowledge and consciousness. For this reason, a young boy can have precedence and preference over the elders due to his clear understanding and vast knowledge.
2. When a person gets closer to death, he must devote himself more and more to the praise and glorification of Allah and beg pardon from Him.


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 12 - Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life   Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:15 pm

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Hadith 114


Aishah  radiyallah anha  said: After the revelation of (the Surah)

"When the Help of Allah comes (to you, O Muhammad Sallalahu aleihi wa against your enemies) and the Conquest (of Makkah)'' (110:1),

the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa used to recite in every prayer:

"Subhanaka Rabbana wa bihamdika, Allahum-maghfir li (Far removed You are from every imperfection, our Rubb, and all praise is for You, forgive me, O Allah)". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].



Another narration is: Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa recited frequently in bowing and prostration:

"Subhanaka Rabbana wa bihamdika, Allahum-maghfir li. (Far removed You are from every imperfection, our Rubb, and all praise is for You, forgive me, O Allah)".

He  Sallalahu aleihi wa elucidated that it has been commanded in the Noble Qur'an to recite:

"So glorify the Praises of your Rubb, and ask for His forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives". (110:1)

And he (the Messenger of Allah  Sallalahu aleihi wa ) acted upon it.


According to the narration in Muslim, Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa frequently recited these words just before he passed away:

"Subhanaka Rabbana wa bihamdika. Astaghfiruka wa atubu ilaika.''

I (Aishah radiyallah anha ) asked him: "O Messenger of Allah! What are these new words which I hear from you repeatedly.'' He replied,

"A sign has been appointed for me relating to my people that I should repeat these words at the sight of that sign".

Then he recited Surat An-Nasr.



Another narration in Muslim related from `Aishah  radiyallah anha  is: Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa often recited, "Glory be to Allah and praise be to Him; I seek forgiveness of Allah and turn to Him in repentance.'' I said to him: "O Messenger of Allah, I hear you recite frequently: `O Allah, You are free from every imperfection our Rubb and all praise is for You; I seek forgiveness of Allah and turn to Him in repentance.''' He  Sallalahu aleihi wa  replied,

"My Rubb has informed me that I would soon see a sign regarding my people, whenever I see it, I repeat this statement more often (of His Glorification and Praise and beg pardon of Him and turn to Him). Now I have witnessed the sign. The revelation of Surat An-Nasr and the victory is the conquest of Makkah.''

"When there comes the Help of Allah (to you, O Muhammad Sallalahu aleihi wa against your enemies) and the Conquest (of Makkah). And you see that the people enter Allah's religion (Islam) in crowds. So glorify the Praises of your Rubb,  and ask His forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives.'' (110:1-3)


Commentary:

1. Acceptance and approval of reciting the words `Subhanaka Rabbana wa bihamdika, Allahum-maghfirli' in Ruku` and Sujud respectively, instead of the words `Subhana Rabbiyal-Azim' and `Subhana Rabbiyal-A`la'.
2. One must express his gratitude to Allah whenever he receives a blessing from Him.


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 12 - Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life   Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:22 pm

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Hadith 115


Anas radiyallahu anhu said: Allah the Rubb of Honour and Glory sent Revelation to His Messenger Sallalahu aleihi wa more frequently before his death than at any other time. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].


Commentary: During the last days of the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa the abundance of Wahy (Revelation) was an indication that he was about to leave this world.



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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 12 - Urging towards increasing Good Actions in later part of Life   Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:26 pm

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Hadith 116


Jabir radiyallahu anhu said: The Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

"Every one will be raised in the condition in which he dies".  [Muslim].


Commentary:
This Hadith has a meaning similar to the one quoted at another place which signifies that if a person dies performing good deeds, he will have a good end; and the one who dies in misdeeds, he will come to a bad end. It is, therefore, necessary that one should always avoid disobedience of Divine injunctions, especially in old age and illness because one may fall in the clutches of death at any time.



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