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 Chapter 247 - The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered

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PostSubject: Chapter 247 - The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered   Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:59 pm

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Chapter 247

The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered


Allah, the Exalted, says:

"And keep yourself (O Muhammad Sallalahu aleihi wa) patiently with those who call on their Rabb (i.e., your companions who remember their Rabb with glorification, praising in prayers, and other righteous deeds) morning and afternoon, seeking His Face; and let not your eyes overlook them.'' (18:28)




Hadith 1447


Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

"Allah, the  Exalted, has teams of angels who go about on the roads seeking those who remember Allah. When they find some people remembering Allah they call to one another and say, `Come to what you are looking for;' and they surround them with their wings till the space between them and the lowest sky is fully covered. Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, asks them (although He is best informed about every thing):

'What are my slave saying?' They say: `They are glorifying Your Tasbih, Tahmid, Takbir, Tamjid, (i.e., they were declaring Your Perfectness, praising, remembering the Greatness and Majesty of Allah).'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala asks: `Have they seen Me?' They reply, `No, indeed, they have not seen You.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala asks: `How would they act if they were to see Me?' Thereupon they reply: `If they were to see You, they would engage more earnestly in worshipping and glorifying You and would extol You more.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala would say: `What do they beg of Me?' They say, `They beg You for Your Jannah.'

Allah  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala says, `Have they seen My Jannah?' They say, `No, our Rabb.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala says: `How would they act if they were to see My Jannah?' They reply, Were they to see it, they would more intensely eager for it.' They (the angels) say, `They seek Your Protection.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala asks, `Against what do they seek My Protection?' They (the angels) say, `Our Rabb, from the fire of Hell.'

(He, the Rabb) says, `Have they seen the fire of Hell?' They say, `No. By Your Honour, they have not seen it.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala says: `How would they act if they were to see My Fire?' They say: `If they were to see it, they would more earnest in being away from it and fearing it. They beg of Your forgiveness.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala says: `I call you to witness that I hereby grant pardon to them and confer upon them what they ask for; and grant them protection against what they seek protection from.'

One of the angels says: `Our Rabb, there is amongst them such and such slave who does not belong to the assembly of those who are participating in Your remembrance. He passed by them and sat down with them.'

He  Subhanahu wa ta\'ala says: `I also grant him pardon because they are the people by virtue of whom their associates will not be unfortunate'.''
 [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

(The narration in Muslim is also the same with minor changes in wordings).


Commentary: What kind of circles and gatherings of remembrance of Allah are referred to here? Obviously not those in which Allah is remembered in the ways invented by the participants themselves, i.e., repetition of the slogans "Allah-Hu'', "Haq-Allah'', etc., which have not been mentioned in any Hadith. The repetition of any specific word, in a specific manner and in a peculiar surrounding (such as by putting the lights off) - this manner of conducting the remembrance of Allah is also not evident from the practice of the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa and his Companions.

The circles and gatherings mentioned in this Hadith are those in which, the Prophet's Sunnah is fully observed. The words such as Subhan-Allah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaha illallah, Allahu Akbar etc., are recited and Praise and Glorification of Allah are done after Salat. The groups are quietly engaged in the remembrance of Allah, and those who attend the sermons and speeches delivered in Masjids on Friday also come in this category of meetings and gatherings as these are ordained in Islam. This Hadith also highlights the distinction of Muslims who are engaged in the remembrance of Allah and the Du`a they recite on the suggested times and occasions.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 247 - The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered   Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:22 pm

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Hadith 1448



Abu Hurairah and Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (Radhi Allahu Huma) reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

"When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah's) mercy envelops them, Sakinah, or tranquility descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.'' [Muslim].


Commentary: This Hadith also highlights the merits of remembrance of Allah and the high grades of the people
indulging in it.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 247 - The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered   Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:45 pm

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Hadith 1449



Abu Waqid Al-Harith bin `Auf radiyallahu anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa was sitting in the Masjid with his Companions when three people came to him. Two of them stepped forward to the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa and the third went away. Those two men stood by the side of Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa. One of them found a space in the circle and he filled it, while the other one sat behind him. When the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa finished, he said,

"Shall I not inform you about these three people? One of them sought refuge with Allah and Allah gave him refuge; the second one felt shy and Allah showed kindness to his shyness (and so he was accommodated in that meeting), and the last one averted, and so Allah turned away His Attention from him.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].


Commentary:
This Hadith highlights the following three points:

1. The inducement for participation in the meetings held for the remembrance of Allah.
2. The merit of avoiding anything that causes inconvenience to people and distinction of those who are bashful.
3. The condemnation and evil consequences of avoiding, without any genuine reason, the meetings or gatherings which are held to remember Allah or to disseminate religious knowledge.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 247 - The Excellence of Gathering in which Allah is Remembered   Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:32 pm

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Hadith 1450



Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri radiyallahu anhu reported: Mu'awiyah radiyallahu anhu  came to an assembly in the Masjid and asked them: "What has made you sit together?'' They replied, "We are sitting here to remember Allah.'' He said, "I adjure you by Allah to tell me whether nothing else has made you to sit together.'' They replied: "By Allah! We are sitting only to remember Allah.'' Then he said, "I did not adjure you because I suspected you. No one of my rank in the eyes of the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa is the narrator of so few traditions as I am. The fact is that the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa went out to a circle of his Companions and said,

`What has made you sit there?'

When they replied that they are sitting together to remember Allah and to praise Him for guiding them to Islam and bestowing favours on them, he Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

`I adjure you by Allah to tell me that nothing else has made you sit together.'  

On their reply that there was certainly no other purpose, he Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

`I did not adjure you because I suspected you, but Jibril (Gabriel) came to me and told me that Allah was talking proudly of you to the angels.''' [Muslim].


Commentary: This Hadith, like those preceding it, mentions the merits of the meetings which are held for the remembrance of Allah as well as the distinction of those who participate in them.
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