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Piety before Profit

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 January 2022 16:55

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) was an illustrious Taabi‘ee and the founder of the Hanafi mazhab. He was born in the year 80 A.H. and passed away in the year 150 A.H.

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) would spend the majority of his time in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala and the service of the knowledge of Deen. However, he would also sell cloth in order to support himself, the students of Deen and some of the other ‘Ulama who were engaged in the service of Deen.

Being a personification of Deen and the sunnah, the piety of Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) was also reflected in his business dealings and the manner in which he conducted his trade. Below are two incidents which highlight the Islamic values he displayed while conducting business:

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The One Who is in Sole Control

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 December 2021 08:47

There was once a king who was an evil disbeliever. One day, the Muslims waged war against him and managed to defeat him, taking him captive. After capturing the evil king, they asked one another, “What method of execution should we use to kill him?” Since they were determined to torture him and give him a painful death, they finally decided that they would place him in a large cauldron (of water) and boil him alive.

They thus placed him in the cauldron, lit a fire beneath it and began to stoke and fan the flames. Seeing the predicament that he was in, the king began to pray to his various deities and idols, one by one. He implored them to come to his aid saying, “O so-and-so! Did I not worship you, pray to you, wipe (and clean) your face, and do so many other things for you? (I did all that for you,) so please save me from this situation!”

The king continued to plead to his different deities, but it was to no avail. Eventually, when he realised that his deities could not benefit him in the least, he turned his face to the sky, recited “Laa ilaaha illallaah”, and made sincere, heartfelt du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala.

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Steadfast at the Time of the Test

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2021 10:17

(Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

The ruler of Egypt, in the time of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah), was a man named Ahmad bin Tooloon. He would show great honour and respect to Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah), to the extent that he would often come and personally attend the hadeeth lesson of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah). Furthermore, he would give Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) one thousand dinaars (gold coins) as a gift every year.

Many years later Ahmad bin Tooloon and Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) had a disagreement over a certain political issue. Ahmad bin Tooloon tried to pressurise him to change his view, but Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) remained steadfast on his view as he felt it to be the haqq. Ahmad bin Tooloon was angered at his staunch refusal and said to him, “The people have given you delusions regarding your position, by saying that there is no one in the world equal to Bakkaar, whereas you are senile and confused.” (Taareekhul Khulafaa pg. 365)

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Worried Over His Weaknesses

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2021 16:18

(Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah [rahimahullah] - Part One)

Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah (rahimahullah) was a descendent of the Sahaabi, Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was born in Basrah in 182 A.H. and passed away in Egypt in 270 A.H. He was a great saint, ‘Aalim, and Muhaddith, and was also the head Qaadhi (judge) in Egypt. Such was his rank in the field of hadeeth that great Imaams, the likes of Imaam Tahaawi, Imaam Ibnu Khuzaimah, Imaam Abu ‘Awaanah (rahimahumullah), etc. were among his students. (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 12, pg. 599 & 604)

Regarding his piety and fear of Allah Ta‘ala, Ahmad bin Sahl (rahimahullah) mentions the following incident:

I was the neighbour of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah). On one occasion, when I left home after the ‘Esha Salaah, Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) was reciting the following verse of the Quraan Majeed:

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Every Man for Everyone

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2021 16:16

Imaam Waaqidi (rahimahullah) is a renowned imaam in the field of Islamic history. He narrates the following incident which is his personal experience. He says:

I was once overcome by poverty during the period when I was with (the governor) Yahya bin Khaalid Barmaki. As the day of ‘Eid drew near, my slave girl came to me and said, “The day of ‘Eid has arrived and we do not possess anything (i.e. any money to purchase delicacies, etc.)!”

I thus went to a certain friend of mine, who was a businessman, and requested him for a loan. He (agreed to assist me, and) handed me a sealed bag which contained 1200 dirhams (silver coins). Taking the bag, I returned home.

Not long thereafter, one of my friends, who was a Haashimi (from the Banu Haashim clan – the family of Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]), came to me, (seeking assistance). He explained that there was a delay in his income arriving, and hence he required a loan.

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