Umm times four :) November 1, 2012Posted by ummibraheem in Uncategorized.
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Alhamdulillah we had a baby boy two months ago, who we named
May Allah make him a great Muslim who benefits the world immensely and a coolness to our eyes. Ameen. So with four now, and homeschooling kids, my blog will not so much crawl as inch forward with the speed of a snail…. khayr inshaAllah. I should do a homeschooling blog….
The Narrator: Abu Hurayrah August 6, 2012Posted by ummibraheem in Companions, Hadith, Islam.
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Bismillah. This is one of my favorite things to read/hear about. I love the Companions of the Prophet. And I know Jamal Az Zarabozo’s An-Nawawi series are about the explanation of the hadith, but I really wish he had more on each of the companions. A short page on the life of a giant is just not right. Who knows? Maybe he’ll do a book on the Lives of the Sahabah One can hope.
I’ll be honest and tell you that almost all of this is ripped straight out of Men Around the Messenger. I really wish I could Arabic so that I had more detailed books I could research from…
King of Hadith
Anyone who has ever heard a hadith in their life has probably heard of the companion Abu Hurayrah. Abu Hurayrah has related more hadith than any other companion – 5374, to be precise. But what’s even more amazing is that if you hear how many years he spent with the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) – which was every single day of his life since his acceptance of Islam till the Prophet’s death – you will be surprised that he passed on so much knowledge. Abu Hurayrah was only with the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) for four years of his blessed life.
Then how on earth, one may wonder, did he manage to memorize so many traditions of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)? Allah blessed him with an amazing memory. He was skilled in the art of listening and memorizing. He hardly forgot a word, no matter how much time had passed. He was not a scribe (who listened to and wrote what the Prophet said), so he had to memorize everything he heard the Prophet say by heart.
Abu Hurayrah was bought up an orphan. He emigrated as a poor man and worked for Busrah bint Ghazwaan for his daily food. He used to serve them until Allah married him to her.
It was in the year 7 A.H. that he accepted Islam, when the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was in Khaybar. From the time he pledged allegiance to him, he didn’t part from him, but only to sleep. Believing that he embraced Islam late, Abu Hurayrah intended to compensate for that by accompanying and sitting with the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) every waking moment of his life—literally.
As we mentioned earlier, Abu Hurayrah was a poor man. He had neither trade nor commerce to keep him busy, no land to take care of, and so he never parted from the side of the Messenger of Allah. He lived in the Prophet’s masjid as one of the people known as ahl al-Suffa.
Abu Huraira said, The people say that Abu Huraira narrates too many narrations. In fact Allah knows whether I say the truth or not. They also ask, “Why do the emigrants and the Ansar not narrate as he does?” In fact, my emigrant brethren were busy trading in the markets, and my Ansar brethren were busy with their properties. I was a poor man (more…)
Signs of the DOJ cont…. July 23, 2012Posted by ummibraheem in Islam, The Hereafter.
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As salaamu ‘alaykum old friend,
I must be the world’s worse blogger. It’s Ramadan, though, so it seems like a great time to pick up where I left off. Actually, the reason I was pushed to come on the blog again is because I’ve gotten a few requests to have compiled copies of all of my work…sorry, but a lot of my work is not in a compiled format on my computer. I work on a lot of the posts as I go (hence the delays). Also, I don’t send personal files on my computer to anyone. JazakAllah khayr for understanding.
This is the continuation of the minor signs of the day of judgment in my Akhirah series. If you’d rather see how a professional writes about this, pick up ‘Umar al Ashqar’s book from his aqueedah series “The Minor Resurrection.” (Although I do tend to just take a lot straight out of his book) :)
The Appointment of Unqualified people to Positions of Authority
“The right man in the right place” is one of the most important principles, without which human life cannot run smoothly. Hence, the periods in which highly qualified people, who were also righteousand pious, were appointed are considered the golden ages in the history of our Ummah. The fatal mistakes which lead to corruption in life are the appointment of unqualified people to positions of leadership and authority. These people direct the affairs of life according to their whims and desires.
When asked about the Hour, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “When (trust and) honesty is lost, watch for the Hour.” The man who asked said, “How will it be lost?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “When unqualified people are appointed (to the positions of authority and leadership), watch for the Hour.” (Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/396, no. 7904)
At-Tahaawiyyah narrated in Mushkil al-Athaar that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Soon, the world will be taken over by the wicked, the sons of the wicked…”
In a hadith narrated by Mu’aawiyyah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There will be Imams (leaders) after me who will speak and no one will refute them. They will rush into the Fire like monkeys.” Some of these rulers will be distracted by their desires and pleasures, but some of them just won’t know any better, so they will spread bid’ah and evil amongst the people. This is really scary; we should always be very careful about speaking without knowledge.
So how do we react to such rulers? The Prophet (peace be upon him) told us: “There will be rulers some of whose behavior you will find commendable and some reprehensible. Whoever hates (their behavior) will be free from blame and whoever denounces (them) will be safe, but whoever accepts them and follows them will not be safe.” (Abu Dawood and Muslim)
And in another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said (in regards to such rulers): “There is no obedience to one who disobeys Allah.”
It should be noted, however, in the cases where the Muslim ruler is following Allah’s law in general, there should be no rebelling against the sinful ruler. This is because of (more…)
Hud: Eber May 6, 2012Posted by ummibraheem in Islam, The Prophets.
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Bismillah. Today we will talk about the Prophet Hud. The story of him and his people can be found in Surah Hud (of course!), Al ‘Araaf, Al Mu`minoon, Ash-Shu’ara and others. Although the listed were my primary sources.
The Original Arabs
Hud ‘alayhis salaam was sent to the people of ‘Aad, who were Arabs. In a hadith about the Prophets narrated by Abu Dharr, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “…four of them were Arabs: Hud, Salih, Shu’aib and your Prophet, O Abu Dharr!” (Sahih ibn Hibbaan)
The Arabs that lived before Ismail (Ishmael) were called “Arab Aribah”—the original or Pure Arabs, and they included the people of ‘Aad, Thamud, Jurhum, Tasm, Jadis, Umaim, Madyan, Imlaaq, Jasim, Qahtan, Banu Yaqtan and others.
Those who are called “Arab Muta’ribah”—those who assimilated themselves by means of marriage—come from the lineage of Ishmael, the son of Abraham. Ishmael was the first to speak eloquent and literary Arabic. He learnt Arab literature from the tribe of Jurhum, who happened to stay in the Haram with him and his mother Hagar. He, however, spoke better Arabic than them, and similarly, our Prophet (peace be upon him) used to speak Arabic eloquently.
They were the people who were the successors of Noah. ‘Aad were the first people to disbelieve after the Flood. They lived in Yemen, in a place called Hadramowt.
The description that Allah has given of these people is amazing. He says in the Qur’an: “And remember when He made you successors to the people of Noah, and increased you in stature broadly. Remember, then, Allah’s bounty that you may prosper.” (7:69)
“And keep your duty to Him, fear Him Who has aided you with all (good things) that you know. He has aided you with cattle and children.” (26:131-132)
So as a society, Allah subhaana wa ta’aala blessed them with everything—livestock, man power, agriculture. And then, as individuals, Allah created them with a very powerful structure. So they are wealthy; they have every luxury. And then, they fall into the trap that any nation with every wealth and luxury but no imaan (faith) would do—they fell into wastefulness.
The people of ‘Aad had this additional wealth, so they started to build monuments over the mountains. And they didn’t actually use these monuments for living—they were just for pride; to show off. Allah says, “Do you build high palaces on every high place, while you do not live in them?” (26:128) The word abath refers to wasting something. They had so much disposable money that they started building these monuments on top of mountains.
The dwellings that they did build to live in were built as if they would live forever –strong and powerful. Allah says: “And do you get for yourselves palaces (fine buildings) as if you will live therein forever?” (26:129) This is not the way a believer should make his house. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam told us to live in this world as if we are travelers. Look at their life in contrast with the simplicity of the Prophet’s life.
Allah also says about them: “And when you seize, seize you as tyrants?” (26:130) Some nations, when they become wealthy, they become weak. But not ‘Aad. They had wealth and power. When they attacked neighboring countries (more…)
Hadith #9: “What I have Forbidden you Avoid…” April 18, 2012Posted by ummibraheem in Hadith, Islam.
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Bismillah. This is the next hadith in the An-Nawawi series.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah Abdul Rahman ibn Sakhr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saying:
“What I have forbidden you, stay away from. What I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as you can. Verily, the people before you were destroyed only because of their excessive questioning and their disagreeing with their Prophets.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
The wording above is actually that of Muslim. With similar other wordings, this haidth was recorded by al-Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi, ibn Maajah, al-Shafi’ee in al-Umm , ibn Hibbaan al-Baihaqi and others.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) once addressed us saying: “O people, Allah has made the Hajj obligatory upon you.” A man said: “Ever year, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) remained quiet. The man repeated the question three times. Finally, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If I were to say ‘Yes’, it would become obligatory upon you and you would not be able to do it.” Then he said, “Leave me with what I have left you with. Verily, the people before you were destroyed because of their excessive questioning and their opposition to their prophets. If I order you to do something, do what you can. If I prohibit you something, leave it.”
Protecting Oneself From Fitna April 18, 2012Posted by ummibraheem in Companions, du'aa`, The Hereafter.
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Bismillah. After almost–what was it, four months?–I’m continuing the Akhirah series. Wow… I’m probably the worse blogger of all time. Well, that’s what happens when you’re a mother, I guess.
We last discussed the minor sign of the day of judgment of trials and tribulations. Instead of going to the next sign, we’ll first briefly discuss how to protect yourself from trials and tribulations, or fitna.
Stick with the Herd
Hudhayfah used to ask the Messenger (peace be upon him) a great deal about tribulations so that he would not fall prey to them. In Bukhari, it is narrated that Hudhayfah said:
The people used to ask Allah’s Apostle about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might overtake me. Once I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We were in ignorance and in evil and Allah has bestowed upon us the present good; will there by any evil after this good?” He said, “Yes.” I asked, “Will there be good after that evil?” He said, “Yes, but it would be tained with Dakhan (i.e. Little evil).” I asked, “What will its Dakhan be?” He said, “There will be some people who will lead (people) according to principles other than my tradition. You will see their actions and disapprove of them.” I said, “Will there by any evil after that good?” He said, “Yes, there will be some people who will invite others to the doors of Hell, and whoever accepts their invitation to it will be thrown in it (by them).” I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Describe those people to us.” He said, “They will belong to us and speak our language” I asked, “What do you order me to do if such a thing should take place in my life?”
He said, “Adhere to the group of Muslims and their Chief.” I asked, “If there is neither a group (of Muslims) nor a chief (what shall I do)?” He said, “Keep away from all those different sects, even if you had to bite (i.e. eat) the root of a tree, till you meet Allah while you are still in that state.”
The Prophet said, “Whoever notices something which he dislikes done by his ruler, then he should be patient, for whoever becomes separate from the company of the Muslims even for a span and then dies, he will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic period of Ignorance (as rebellious sinners). (Bukhari)
Even the Companions had disagreements, but when it came down to it, they always followed the ameer (leader).
Brother vs. Brother
It’s even sad that we have to talk about this, but it’s a true reality: Muslims fight. Not just argue, but actually take up arms against each other and fight. What was the Prophet’s advice about this? In a nutshell: stay away from it.
In a hadith in Muslim, Abu Bakrah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“There would soon be turmoil. Behold! there would be turmoil in which the one who would be seated would be better than one who would stand and the one who would stand would be better than one who would run. Behold! when the turmoil comes or it appears, the one who has camel should stick to his camel and he who has sheep or goat should stick to his sheep and goat and he who has land should stick to the land.”
A person said: “Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion about one who has neither camel nor sheep nor land?” Thereupon, he said: “He should take hold of his sword and beat its edge with the help of stone and then try to find a way of escape. O Allah, I have conveyed (Thy Message) ; O Allah, I have conveyed (Thy Message) ; O Allah, I have conveyed (Thy Message).”
A person said: “Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion it I am drawn to a rank in spite of myself, or in one of the groups and made to march and a man strikes with his sword or there comes an arrow and kills me?” Thereupon he said: “He will bear the punishment of his sin and that of yours and he would be one amongst the denizens of Hell.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked us to stay away from such situations to such an extent that even if someone came to kill us, then we should not strike back.
Keep in mind that this is referring to when we don’t know what is the truth and what’s not. If we know who is in the right and who is in the right, then of course we are required to support the truth and oppose falsehood. At-Tabari says: “The root meaning of fitnah is trial or test. Denouncing evil is obligaotry upon the one who is able to do so. Whoever supports the one who is in the right has done the right thing, and whoever supports the one who is in the wrong has erred. If the matter is not clear, then this is the situation in which the command to not fight applies.”
wAllahu ‘Alam. And we’ll end it here inshaAllah. I had actually researched a lot more on this, but lost the paper with all of my citations and work on it
The Ark December 26, 2011Posted by ummibraheem in Islam, The Prophets.
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Bismillah. This is a continuation of our Prophets of Islam series. We already began the story of Nuh, and inshaAllah we will complete it today.
The more Nuh called his people to Allah, the more they increased in disbelief, until they said, “If you do not desist, O Noah, you will surely be of those who are stoned.” (26:116) At this point, Noah prayed against them, and Allah responded to his prayer. Nuh said,
“My Lord! Verily, my people have denied me. Therefore, judge You between me and them.”
Allah instructed Nuh to built the ship/ark. “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration, and address Me not on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.” (11:37)
As Nuh was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people would pass by, they would make fun of him and mock him. Imagine how hard that must have been – to be doing something like building a ship on top of a hill and there was no ocean or river. Imagine the leaders of the people coming and mocking you. What a difficult situation that must have been! It oddly made me think of bullies in school; how they are so ignorant themselves, but they come and mock the children for good in others – like being smart or having good character is something to mock one for!
So Nuh begins to build this shop by the command of Allah. Nuh told them, “If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking. And you will know who it is on whom will come a torment that will cover him with disgrace and on whom will fall a lasting torment.” (11:38-39)
We Will Witness
Disbelief and stubborness became their characteristics in this world, and so it will be in the Hereafter. The Prophet (S) said:
Noah and his people would come (on the Day of Judgment), Allah will say: “Did you convey My Message?” Noah will answer: “Yes, my Lord.” Then Allah will ask his people: “Did he convey to you My Message?” They will answer: “No! No Prophet came to us.” Then He will say to Noah: “Who could bear witness for you?” He will reply: “Muhammad and his Ummah.” So we will bear wtiness that Noah conveyed the Message.” (Bukhaari)
The Ark and Its Cargo
How big was the ship? (more…)
Ettiquettes of Naseehah December 15, 2011Posted by ummibraheem in Hadith, Islam.
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Bismillah. This is a continuation of our An Nawawi series (remember when I used to do that? Yes….I have not forgotten. My blogging took a hiatus.) The last hadith we had discussed was the hadith of Naseehah. We will repeat the hadith here to remind ourselves
On the authority of Abu Ruqayya Tameem ibn Aus (may Allah be pleased with him) the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The religion is naseehah.” The people said, “To whom?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “To Allah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the Leader of the Muslims and to the common folk of the Muslims.” (Recorded by Muslim.)
This is a very beautiful hadith, and many of us Muslims (including myself) misrepresent the words of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in our zeal to apply them. Yes, we must give naseehah. But what is naseehah? And how must is be implemented?
As we mentioned in our previous post, naseehah implies that one advise and guide others to what is best for them in this life and the hereafter. This was the job of the Messengers. When fulfilling the obligation of naseehah, we are following the sunnah of the noblest of creation – the Messengers.
A Muslim cannot be all to himself and not care about what is happening with his brothers and sisters. It is our obligation to make naseehah to other Muslims so that we may bringt about the best for them.
When giving naseehah, we must be kind and loving and sincere in our advice. We are doing just that – advising. It is not in our place to try and enforce the advice. We see that in ourselves these days – we advise and then want it to be implemented immediately. This was not the way of the Prophets (may Allah be pleased with all of them). Noah called his people to Allah for over 900 years!
Ibn Hazm points out that a person should nto make naseehah only on the condition that his advice is accepted. His responsibility is first and foremost to Allah. Even if the others do not accept his advice, he should still advise them. Furthermore, if they find taht his advice is not the best approach to follow, this is for them to decide.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever wishes to give advice to a ruler about a matter should not do so publicly. Instaed, he should take him by his hand and be alone with him [to talk to him] about it. If he accepts the advicefrom him [the matter is finished successfully]. If he does not [accept the advice], the person has fulfilled [the obligation] upon him.” (al-Haakim and Ahmad)
Don’t Smack Talk
This is a very simple and straight forward thing to know before giving advice: know what you’re talking about. Someone may think they know what they’re talking about, but they don’t. And we all know how deep the consequences can be for advice without any know-how. So make sure you know what you’re talking about first
Who is the biggest scumbag of all time? The King of the Damned? Hint: I’m thinking of a baby-murdering, narcisstic, self-appointed god. If you said Pharoah, then you would be right.
How did Allah tell Moses and Aaron to approach this evil tyrant?
“And speak to him mildly, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah.” (Taha, 44)
Speak to who mildly? PHAROAH? Umm….are you sure? Yes, definitely. Naseehah must be given mildly, with sincerity and love. In general, the result of giving naseehah in a harsh manner or embarassing way would result in hatred and evil as well, and not corresponding good. But what if we were to give naseehah in private, to do it with kindness and in love? Would not such words be received more kindly?
There are a few points I wanted to make here: One, of course is to speak kindly and without harshness.
The second thing to point out here is that if there were anyone, in all of time, who deserved to be humiliated in public, it would be Pharoah. But that is not how Moses approached him. Our Muslim brothers, who are trying to follow Islam and obey Allah, deserve much more that we not shame them in public or embarass them in anyway. And you know what embarassing someone is. Just because it’s not done with vulgar remarks or inappropriate language, it can still be embarassing or harsh.
I remember going to a sisters’ halaqa given by an alimah. (more…)
Trials and Tribulations December 11, 2011Posted by ummibraheem in 'Umar Al-Ashqar: Paradise and Hell, Companions, Hadith, Islam, The Hereafter.
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Bismillah. This is a continuation of the minor signs of the day of judgement. I actually added two more signs to finish off the previous post. Those two minor signs were: 1) the fire in hijaaz which would light the necks of the camels in Busra, Syria; 2) and the war with the Turks.
On a side note – I discovered this wickedly awesome website for searching hadith: sunnah.com InshaAllah I’ll start using it as my hadith database search since the MSA one seems to be out of order. Another thing that I learned when citing hadith…there is apparently not a universal number system to look up which hadith is being referred to. Reading citations in different books and websites, I found conflicting numbers for the exact same hadith. So I guess it would be wiser to name the chapter it is listed under instead of some number which may or may not mean something
Trials and Tribulations
Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman narrated: the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) stood up among us and he did not leave out anything that is to happen until the Hour begins, but he told us about it. Those who memorized it, memorized it and those who forgot it, forgot it. These companions of mine know them, and there are some things which slip my mind, but when they happen, I recognize them just as a man remembers the face of a man who has been away from him, but when he sees him, he recognizes.” (Muslim, The Book Pertaining to the Turmoil and Portents of the Last Hour)
The severity of these fitan (tribulations) will vary. Hudhayfah ibn al Yaman reported: By Allah, I have the best knowledge amongst people about every turmoil which is going to appear in the period intervening me and the Last Hour; and it is not for the fact that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) told me something confidentially pertaining to it and he did not tell anybody else about it, but it is because of the fact that I was present in the assembly in which he had been describing the turmoil and he especially made a mention of three turmoils which would not spare anything and amongst these there would be turmoils like storms in the hot season. Some of them would be violent and some of them would be comparatively mild.” Hudhaifa said: “All (who were present) except I have gone (to the next world).” (Muslim, The Book Pertaining to the Turmoil and Portents of the Last Hour)
One of the main reasons why tribulations and calamaties happen is the lack of knowledge and the prevelance of ignorance, abandoning Islam, committing sins and acts of disobedience, and violating sanctities.
One of the greatest calamities to ever afflict this ummah happened during the time of ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan, but before we discuss that, we will mention the door between this Ummah and fitnah.
Once ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab said, said, “Who amongst you remembers the statement of Allah’s Apostle regarding the afflictions?” Hudhaifa replied, “I remember what he said exactly.” ‘Umar said. “Tell (us), you are really a daring man!” Hudhaifa said, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘A man’s afflictions (i.e. wrong deeds) concerning his relation to his family, his property and his neighbors are expiated by his prayers, giving in charity and enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.’”
Umar said, “I don’t mean these afflictions, but the afflictions that will be heaving up and down like waves of the sea.” Hudhaifa replied, “O chief of the believers! You need not fear those (afflictions) as there is a closed door between you and them.” ‘Umar asked, “Will that door be opened or broken?” Hudhaifa replied, “No, it will be broken.” ‘Umar said, “Then it is very likely that the door will not be closed again.”
Later on the people asked Hudhaifa, “Did ‘Umar know what that door meant?” He said. “Yes, ‘Umar knew it as everyone knows that there will be night before the tomorrow morning. I narrated to ‘Umar an authentic narration, not lies.” We dared not ask Hudhaifa; therefore we requested Masruq who asked him, “What does the door stand for?” He said, “‘Umar.” (Bukhaari, the book of virtues of the Prophet peace be upon him and his companions)
This meant that ‘Umar would be murdered. During his khilaafah, while he was (more…)
Nuh (Noah), Part 1 October 6, 2011Posted by ummibraheem in Islam, The Prophets.
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Bismillah. As we mentioned in our previous post in the Prophets’ Series, Nuh (peace be upon him) was the first Prophet to be sent to mankind after Adam ‘alayhis salaam. His story can be found in the Qur’an in Surah Nuh (of course!) and Surah Hud.
How much time was there between Adam and Nuh? Bukhari narrated from Ibn Abbaas that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There were ten qarn between Adam and Nuh. They all lived according to Islam.”
The question now arises – what is a qarn? Some say that it means a century, others say that it means a generation of people. If a century is the meaning, then the time between Adam and Nuh was 1,000 years. If a generation is meant, then that number is variable. Remember, human beings used to live much longer back then. So ten qarn could mean thousands of years! wAllahu ‘Alam.
Nuh (peace be upon him) was the first messenger sent to mankind to call people to the Oneness of God. He called people to worship Allah Alone, without associating any partners with him. He asked them not to worship any idols, statues or false dieties. He required them to believe in the Oneness of Allah, with no God other than Him and with no Lord other than Him. Every messenger after him came with the same message and they were all from his progeny. Allah says: “And We made his progeny to endure (on this earth).” (37:77) So is the case with Abraham (that all of the Prophets after him were from his progeny).
And We had certainly sent Noah to his people, [saying], “Indeed, I am to you a clear warner that you not worship except Allah. Indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a painful day.” (Hud, 25-26)
and in Surah Nuh:
That you not worship except Allah . Indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a painful day. Worship Allah, fear Him and obey me. He (Allah) will forgive you of your sins and respite you to an appointed term. Verily, the term of Allah when it comes, cannot be delayed, if you but knew. (Nuh, 2-4)
In Every Way
Let’s look at the method of da’wah Nuh used with his people. We see in Surah Nuh that Nuh tells Allah that he appealed to his people publicly and privately, by night and by day, in every means that he knew. And what effect did all of this preaching have on his people? It fell on deaf ears.
But my invitation increased them not except in flight. And indeed, every time I invited them that You may forgive them, they put their fingers in their ears, covered themselves with their garments, persisted, and were arrogant with [great] arrogance.” (71:5-6)
Not only did Nuh invite them to Islam through different forms of da’wah, but he preached to them for 950 years. Imagine 950 years! I cannot even imagine making da’wah to someone for 950 days!
If you ever feel despair at someone not following Islam despite all of efforts remember Nuh (peace be upon him) and how he preached to his people in every way – and for 950 years! - yet most of them were heedless. Allah says that He guides whom He wills, and our job is just to spread the message.
Surely you cannot guide whom you love, but Allah guides whom He pleases, and He knows best the followers of the right way. (28:56)
Nuh also teaches them the value of istighfaar - asking for Allah’s forgiveness. He tells them to make istighfaar, and he also tells them of the benefits they may reap from it. Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance; and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on your gardens; and bestow on you rivers. (71:10-12)
Nuh ‘alayhis salaam uses another tool of da’wah. Very simplistic, and very profound. (more…)