(1) Islaamic History The condition of the Arabs
Before Rasulullaah (SAW) was born, the Arabs had stooped to an all-time low. Oppression, robbery and adultery were the order of the day, as was drinking wine, gambling and acts of immodesty. In fact, people would actually boast about their evil ways. A small argument used to lead to bloody family feuds lasting for many years. Women were so ill-treated that they were deprived of inheritance and regarded as so low that female infants were buried alive because they were regarded as a disgrace. The poor and orphans were ill-treated and their rights trampled upon.
(2) Rasulullaah (SAW)’s Miracle The branch of a date palm walks up to Rasulullaah (SAW)
A Bedouin once approached Rasulullaah (SAW) and asked, “How will I know for certain that you are the Messenger of Allaah?” “Will you accept it if I call that branch of the palm to come to me?” Rasulullaah (SAW) asked. “Certainly,” the man replied. Rasulullaah (SAW) then called the branch and it immediately detached itself from the palm, came up to Rasulullaah (SAW) and then returned when he instructed it to return. When he saw this miracle, the man accepted Islaam immediately.
[Tirmidhi 3628, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
(3) A Fardh Guarantee of protection for performing the Fajr Salaah
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that the person who performs the Fajr Salaah will be safe in the protection of Allaah.
[Muslim 1493, from Hadhrat Jundub bin Abdullaah (RA)]
(4) A Sunnah Protection from punishment in the grave
The following Du’aa should be recited for protection from the punishment of the grave:
اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنّيْ أَعُوْذُبِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَمِنْ عَذَابِ النَّارِ
وَمِنْ فِتنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيْحِ الدَّجَّالِ
TRANSLATION: O Allaah! I seek Your protection from the punishment of the grave, punishment in Jahannam, from the trials of life and death and from the trial of Dajjaal.
[Bukhaari 1377, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
(5) An Important Act and its Virtue Justice
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that people who acted justly amongst their subjects and families will be granted pulpits of light on the Day of Qiyaamah.
[Muslim 4721, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Amr (RA)]
(6) A Sin Wastefulness
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “O children of Aadam! Adopt your (clothing of) beauty (dress well) at every place of Salaah (whenever you perform Salaah). Eat, drink (what is Halaal without being greedy) but do not waste for indeed He (Allaah) does not like those who waste”.
[Surah A’raaf, verse 31]
(7) This World Pondering over the food man eats
Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “Let man look at his food (for in it he will recognise the power of Allaah and realise Allaah’s tremendous favours to him). We make the rain pour forth in abundance. (The rain nourishes the soil and causes seeds to germinate and start sprouting.) Then (when the shoots of the seeds start to pierce through the ground,) We cause the earth to part into clefts (split to allow the shoots to reach the surface and grow). We then grow on the earth grains (such as cereals), grapes, vegetables, olives, date palms, dense gardens, fruit and fodder (all of this) for your benefit and for the benefit of your animals”.
[Surah Abas, verses 24-32]
(8) The Aakhirah The beauty of the damsels of Jannah
Rasulullaah (SAW) said that if a damsel of Jannah has to merely peep into this world, she will fill everything between the sky and earth with light and fragrance. Even her scarf is more valuable than this world and all its contents.
[Bukhaari 2796, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW) The benefits of vinegar
Rasulullaah (SAW) once said, “What an excellent gravy does vinegar make!”
[Muslim 5350, from Hadhrat Aa’isha ((RA))]
The Muhadditheen have stated that vinegar prevents enlargement of the spleen, prevents general swelling of the body, aids in digestion, cleanses the blood and eliminates sores and blisters.
(10) Advice from
Rasulullaah r said, “When any of you yawns, he should place his hand over his mouth, otherwise Shaytaan will enter from there.”
[Muslim 7491, from Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (RA)]