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26-09-2008 @ 3:43 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Musa bint Muhammad (New York)
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Asalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh,

A hadith has come to my attention, and this hadith was also mentioned by Nadeem Ahsan-Shah in his explanation of Ramadhan Gatherings of Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen rahimihullah ta'aala.

"Once, a person was verbally abusing Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) while the Prophet (peace be upon him) was curiously watching with a smile. After taking much abuse quietly, Abu Bakr responded to a few of his comments. At this, the Prophet exhibited his disapproval, got up and left. Abu Bakr caught up with the Prophet and wondered, 'O Messenger of Allaah, he was abusing me and you remained sitting. When I responded to him, you disapproved and got up.' The Messenger of Allaah responded,
'There was an angel with you responding to him. When you responded to him, Satan took his place.'"

There is a continuation of the hadith which akh Nadeem didn't mention, but this is the wording:

"...He then said 'O Abu Bakr, there are three solid truths: If a person is wronged and he forbears it (without seeking revenge) just for the sake of Allaah almighty, Allaah will honour him and give him the upper hand with His help; if a person opens a door of giving gifts for cementing relationships with relatives, Allaah will give him abundance; and, if a person opens a door of seeking charity for himself to increase his wealth, Allaah will further reduce his wealth.'

Reported from Abu Huraira in Mishkaah and Musnad Ahmad.  

So I am looking for an explanation of this hadith, particularly the part where the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam disliked for Abu Bakr to respond to the slander being said about him. What does this tell us about the way we need to conduct our lives in such situations? And what is the difference between Abu Bakr's case and one of the ulama's case in which he is being slandered? Because typically, we know that refutations are always going back and forth... We can take Sh-Al-Albaani as an example. Verily, many people have said false things about him and masha'Allah, he refuted them very well. So again, going back to the hadith, would it be wiser and commendable to just be quiet and say nothing is such cases? I know refutations are necessary in our times because it shows the truth from falsehood, but again, how can we reconcile this with the hadith stated above?

Wa lillah ilhamd

27-09-2008 @ 10:37 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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The scholars (including Shaykh al-Albaanee) - may Allaah bless them, alive and dead - rarely respond(ed) to personal attacks.  Their refutations are/were done to defend an aspect of the religion.  They dislike putting themselves into the discussion, but may rarely do so if it helps to clarify the issue at hand.

It is important to distinguish between an academic refutation and a personal defense.

See what conclusions you can draw from reading about Moosaa's da'wah to Fir'awn and his court in Soorah ash-Shu'araa' (ch.26), especially the 27th and 28th verses... regarding the personal attacks of Fir'awn.

May Allaah protect those who sincerely call to His Religion.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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28-09-2008 @ 9:34 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Musa bint Muhammad (New York)
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mashaAllah, makes sense.

jazakAllahu khayran for the clarification.

wasalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh

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