The Qunoote Naazilah began in the fourth year after Hijrat in the month of Safar. The tribe of Ri’l, Zakwaan, Usayya and Banu Liyaan requested help from Rasulullah Sallaluhu Alayhi Wasalam against the enemies. These tribes claimed to be Muslims.

In response to this request, Rasulullah Sallaluhu Alayhi Wasalam dispatched a contingent of 70 Sahaabah, all of whom were Qaaris (experts in the recitation of the Qur’aan) to assist them.

These Sahaabah used to earn their livelihood by collecting and selling firewood during the day and their nights would be spent in Ibaadat.

When this group reached a place called ‘Bi’r Ma’oonah’, they were ambushed by these very tribes who claimed to be Muslims and had requested assistance. In actual fact, these people were not Muslims.

All these Sahaabah were slain by these people. Before they were so brutally massacred, they made Du’aa unto Allah to inform Rasulullah Sallaluhu Alayhi Wasalam about their plight. Allah did so through Wahi (revelation). When the Prophet Sallaluhu Alayhi Wasalam received this tragic news, with tears in his eyes, he informed the Sahaabah, saying, “Your brethren have been slain.”

Thereafter, for one month Rasulullah Sallaluhu Alayhi Wasalam recited the Qunoote Naazilaah in the Fajr Salaah, cursing these tribes and asking Allah for their destruction. After a month the Qunoot was stopped. Hadhrat Anas Radiallahu anhu says that this was when the Qunoot was first started.

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Read more: The History Of Qunoote Naazilah

Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam has said that offering two rakaats salaah after having used the ‘miswak’ is more superior than offering seventy rakaats without miswak.

In another hadith we are urged to be regular about using miswak, as it has ten advantages:

  1. It cleanses the mouth.

  1. It is a means of Allah’s pleasure.

  1. It makes the Shaitaan angry.

  1. Allah makes the user of miswak His friend.

  1. The angels make the miswak user their friend.

  1. It strengthens the gums.

  1. It eliminates saliva.

  1. It results in a pleasant fragrance emitting from the mouth.

  1. At the time of death, it will enable the dying person to recite the Kalima.

  1. Over and above all this it is the Sunnah.

Making the miswak was the last act of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam.

The Ulema have stated seventy advantages in the use of the miswak. On of the most significant being the opportunity of reciting Kalima Shahadat at the time of death.

Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh’s use of miswak:

Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh was always very particular about using the miswak. Even though he had no teeth left, he used it on his gums. Due to weakness, the khadim who assisted him in making Wudhu also helped him with the miswak. If the khadim forgot Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh reminded him of it.

Extracted From Qutub-Ul-Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikh Ul Hadith Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahmat-Ullah-Alayh’s Adherence To The Sunnah And Love For Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam

The incident of the emmisary of Kis'ra has already been mentioned briefly. Maulana Meeruti (may Allah's mercy be upon him) writes in detail, when Abdullah ibn Huzafah Radiallahu anhu presented Rasulullah's Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam letter to Khusru Parwez, the king of Iran (Kis'ra), he tore it up in anger and said : 'An ordinary low subject of my Empire writes to me, and has his own name written before mine'.

He than ordered Baazaan, who was his governer of main, and under whose governership they considered all the Arab lands to be, to have this person - Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam arrested and brought to his court. Complying, Baazaan dispatched a group of army officers under the leadership of Khar Khusru. To study and investigate the conditions of Muhammad Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam an additional officer by the name of Baanuyah accompanied them.

When these two officers appeared in the presence of Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam, they began to tremble and shiver due to the overbearing spiritual character of Nabi Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam. These people were fire-worshipping Parsees, and their beards were shaven, they had overgrown moustaches, and they used to call Kis'ra 'Lord'. Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam was displeased on seeing their faces, and the first question he asked them was, “Who has told you to make your appearance like this ? They replied : 'Our Lord, Kis'ra did.”

Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam said : 'My Lord has commanded me to lengthen the beard, and cut the moustache'. The point that has to be understood is that Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam was upset and displeased by this appearance of these non-Muslim representives. The late Maulana Yousuf Kandahlawi (may Allah enlighten his resting place) has related this incident from a number of sources in his book 'Hayaat us Sahabaa'. Muslims should seriously think that after death the very first stage will be to face Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam. How displeased and disappointed will he be to see that face which is not according to his teaching or his Sunnah, when every Muslim hopes for his intercession in the Hereafter.

Thereafter Maulana Meeruti (may Allah bestow mercy upon him) relates the story of Mirza Qateel, Learning of his sufic talks an Irani was impressed and became an admirer. To meet him he eagerly undertook a special journey. When he reached the Mirza, he found him shaving his beard. He was astounded and said : 'Aaghaa ! (Sir), you are shaving your beard ! ' The Mirza replied : 'Yes. I am shaving my own hair, I am not shaving anyones heart', thus referring to the sufi concept that you could do what you please with your self, but you should not hurt the hearts of the creation of Allah. The Irani without hesitation exclaimed : “O ! You definitely are shaving the heart of Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam 'What do you mean that you are not hurting the heart of any person; when you are piercing the heart of Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam.”

On hearing this the Mirza went into a trance, and dropped unconscious. When he regained his senses he recited the following verse:

'May Allah reward you, You have opened my eyes;

And have made a personal union, with the king of all souls'.

Thus if there is no intention of pleasing Allah's beloved Rasul Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam, by doing what he taught; for Allah's sake do not hurt his heart, Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam is Allah's most beloved, and to displease him is to displease Allah. Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam has said 'Whoever displeases me has displeased Allah.' If Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasalam is hurt by non-Muslims shaving their beards and having overgrown moustaches, how much more disturbed and displeased will he be with those who claim to be his followers, and yet commit this sinful act.

Extracted from "The Beard of a Muslim and its Importance" by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya Rahmatullah alayhi

Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam saying: My Ummah will be called on the Day of Resurrection with their limbs and faces shining from traces of Wudu. So whoever amongst you can increase the area of his radiance should do so (i.e. by performing Wudu regularly). (Bukhari)

Note: Meaning that Wudu should be performed thoroughly with such care that no part of the skin should remain dry. (Mazahir Haque)

'Uthman Ibn 'Affan Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said: Anyone who performs Wudu, and performs Wudu excellently (meaning thereby to carefully observe all the etiquettes), his sins will come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails. (Muslim)
Note: The opinion of the majority of the scholars is that minor sins, are forgiven by Allah through Wudu, Salat and other forms of worship. The major sins, are forgiven by Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) and Taubah (turning towards Allah with repentance). However, Allah by His bountiful Grace, may even forgive the major sins by virtue of above deeds. (Nawawi)

'Uthman Ibn 'Affan Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam saying: When any slave of Allah performs Wudu perfectly, then Allah forgives his past and future sins. (Bazzar, Majma-'uz-Zavvaid)

'Umar ibn Khattab Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said: Anyone amongst you performs who Wudu completely while fulfilling all the etiquettes and desirables and then says: I testify there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; the eight gates of Paradise are opened for him to enter from any one of them that he pleases.
In another narration of 'Uqba ibn 'Amir Juhani Radiyallahu 'anhu it is mentioned, as: I testify there is none worthy of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger;
In the narration of Anas Ibn Malik Radiyallahu 'anhu this is to be said three times.

In another narration of 'Uqbah Radiyallahu 'anhu these words are to be said, while looking towards the sky, after performing Wudu excellently.
In a narration of 'Umar ibn Khattab Radiyallahu 'anhu the following words are given. I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; O Allah! Make me from among those who turn with repentance and make me from among the purified. (Muslim, Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud , Tirmidhi)

Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said: When a person after performing Wudu says: Glory be to You, O Allah! You are above all faults and all praises are for You, there is none worthy of worship but You; and from You do I seek, forgiveness and to You do I turn in Taubah. This is recorded on a piece of paper and then sealed. The seal will not be broken until the Day of Resurrection (meaning that the reward of these words will be preserved for the Hereafter). (Mustadrak Hakim)

Rasulullah Sallahu Alayhi Wasalam has said that the person who visits his sick brother continues plucking from the fruits of Jannah until he returns.

In another Hadith it is reported that the one who visits a sick person in the morning, 70,000 malaa’ikah make du’a-e-rahmah (du’a of mercy) for him till the evening and that person who visits a sick person in the evening; 70,000 malaa’ikah make du’a-e-rahmah for him until the morning.

Rasulullah Sallahu Alayhi Wasalam has said that whosoever visits a sick person, an angel calls out from the sky: “You have done well. Your walking is also good and you have built yourself a palace in Jannah.”

Yet another Hadith mentions that the person who makes wudhu properly (i.e. fulfilling all the sunan and mustahabbaat of wudhu) and is hopeful of receiving the rewards for visiting the sick, will be kept away from Jahannum the distance of seventy years.

Nabi Sallahu Alayhi Wasalam is reported that when a person goes to visit the sick he enters into the rahmah (mercy) of Allah . Thereafter, when he sits with the sick person, he is completely covered in the rahmah (mercy) of Allah .


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