(1) Islaamic History The people of the trenches
Najraan lies between Shaam and Hijaaz. It was there that a king once lived, who ruled the people by the magic of his magician. When the magician was close to dying, he asked the king to send him an intelligent boy who could learn magic from him, so as to continue after his death. The king sent a boy names Abdullaah bin Ta’mur, who started to learn from the magician. However, he was on his way to the magician one day when he chanced by a monk who was following the true religion from Allaah at the time. The boy secretly accepted Imaan at the hand of the monk and began to propagate the religion. When the king learnt of this, he immediately tried to have the boy killed in several ways, but was unsuccessful every time. Eventually the boy told him that he could be killed only if the king amassed all the people and then fired an arrow at him after saying the words, “I fire this in the name of the Rabb of this boy!” The king had this done and although the boy became a martyr, all the people gathered there accepted Imaan. It was then that the despotic king had a trench dug and filled with fire. He then forced all those who accepted Imaan to jump into the trenches to be burnt to death, which they all did. A total of 20 thousand people became martyrs that day. It is this incident that Surah Burooj refers to when it speaks of the people of the trenches.
(2) Allaah’s Power Salt
Allaah has given us salt in salty waters that abound in the ocean. This water is stored in shallow trenches and then left to evaporate in the sun. The salt is then left as a residue, which we use everyday in our cooking. It is really through the might of Allaah that the water is removed from the sea water to provide us with this tremendous bounty.
(3) A Fardh Pouring water over the entire body in Ghusl
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that because impurity gets beneath every hair of the body, it is necessary to wash every hair, thereby cleansing the body thoroughly.
[Tirmidhi 106, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
It is Fardh (obligatory) during Ghusl for every part of the body to be washed. Water needs to reach the roots of the hairs of the head and beard, because of which women should loosen their hair.
(4) A Sunnah The Du’aas to be recited when ascending a height and when descending
Whenever Rasulullaah (SAW) and his Sahabah (RA) ascended a height, they recited Allaahu Akbar and whenever they descended, they recited Subhaanallaah.
[Abu Dawood 2599, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (RA)]
(5) An Important Act and its Virtue (5) An Important Act and its Virtue
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that when a person spends on the members of his household with the intention of being rewarded, he will receive the reward of Sadaqah.
[Bukhaari 55, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Mas’ood (RA)]
(6) A Sin Lying
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that when a person lies, the angels flee a mile away from him on account of the odour coming out from his mouth.
[Tirmidhi 1972, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Mas’ood (RA)]
(7) This World The benefit of remaining aloof from this world
Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “When a person has no desire for this world, his body and mind will be at ease. However, desire for this world only increases a person’s worry and regret.”
[Kanzul Ummaal 6058, from Hadhrat Tawoos (RA)]
(8) The Aakhirah The sky will split on the Day of Qiyaamah
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “The sky will be split and become absolutely weak (unable to remain standing) that day with the angels (who live there) at its ends (because the sky will collapse at the centre, the angels living there will move to the sides). That day eight angels shall carry the throne of your Rabb above them (and bring it to the Plains of Reckoning). On that day, you will all be presented and nothing (no action or word) of yours shall remain hidden.”
[Surah Haaqa, verses 16-18]
(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) Drinking while standing is harmful to the health
Rasulullaah (SAW) prohibited drinking while standing.
[Ibn Maajah 3424, from Hadhrat Anas (RA)]
Drinking while standing harms the stomach and should be avoided.
(10) Qur’aanic Advice
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “O you who have Imaan, do not unjustly consume the wealth of each other (by stealing or by other unacceptable means), but (you may exchange wealth with each other) by way of trade (conducted) with your mutual consent”.
[Surah Nisaa, verse 29]