Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al Kattani on loving Ahlul Bayt (Part 2)


Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al Kattani
2 July 2011
Kuala Lumpur
Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al Kattani continued expounding on 12 hadith from Kitab Al Arba'in Al Kataniah fi Fadhail Ahlul Bayt Khairul Bariyah - a collection of 40 hadith on ahlul bayt compiled by Shaykh Muhammad bin Jaafar Al Kattani.

For brevity sake, we shall summarize the main points instead of listing each of the hadith. In the third hadith of the kitab, Rasulullah spoke about each prophet having his own team which he leads. Prophet Muhammad's team comprises of the children of Fatimah and he said whoever loves them will be loved by Allah, and Allah will hate those who hate them. 

Shaykh Muhammad said:
"Prophet Muhammad was once asked about people whom he loved. His immediate reply was Aishah. Then the sahabah asked again who did he love most among all men, to which he said Abu Bakar; among ahlul bayt - Hassan and Hussain; and among his family - Fatimah.

Prophet Muhammad loved Fatimah a great deal. She was known as Fatimah az-Zahra, she was like anwar - full of lights. Whenever Fatimah entered a room, the Prophet would stand up and approach her to give her a hug and a kiss. She would then be invited to sit next to him. He said, whoever makes Fatimah happy, makes him happy. Not too long before his demise, the Prophet called Fatimah and whispered in her ears. Fatimah cried on hearing the first whisper and smiled at the second time. That was when the Prophet had told her about his impending death and that Fatimah would be the first person to see him in heaven. Fatimah died about 6 months afterwards.

The shaykh said everyone of us has asobah meaning our grandparents, our parents' grandparents and so on. We carry with us influences from our asobah like illness, behaviors etc. Naturally, the prophet's descendants benefit from him but they vary in the degrees of their inheritance.

The Prophet issued a warning to those who refused to accept the uniqueness of his clan, that they might end up in Wail, a place in Hell. The benefits one could get from loving ahlul bayt are as good as loving the Prophet. We should love them because the Prophet loves them, for he said: 'love them for the sake of your love for me.'

The other hadith in discussion was one about Prophet's love for Sayyidina Ali. He said, 'whoever wants to live like me (meaning to have a life that is honorable, happy and peaceful) and whoever wants to die like me, (meaning to die with husnul khatimah, honorable and pleased), he should make an effort to assist Sayyidina Ali after my death.' Ali was a part of him and he was a part of Ali.

The shaykh said, we should foster a good relationship with ahlul bayt because whoever breaks ties with them will not stand a chance to get shafaat nabi and will incur Allah's wrath instead.

The next hadith is about knowing the ahlul bayt and Ansar for both deserved to be treated honorably. The same goes with Arabs in general. We must treat them with respect because the Prophet was an Arab and the Qur'an is in the Arabic language.

The shaykh said there are three groups of people who will never come to know about ahlul bayt. They are the munafik, illegitimate children and children conceived when their mothers were not in a pure state (menstruating).

Ahlul Bayt are a symbol and reason for peace. They are like stars guiding travellers at night. For their sake, Allah will not send His punishments to a place. They are like the Nuh's ark, whoever wishes to stay safe should 'embark' together with ahlul bayt by loving and helping them. They are also like doors through which Allah will grant His pardon. 

"As reported by al-Tirmizi, who said this hadith to be hasan gharib; and Al Hakim in his kitab al-Mustadrak; from Zaid bin Abu al-Arqam: "Verily I leave for you things which if you were to stick by them, you will never be lost. One of them is superior to the other. The Quran is like a rope that extends from the skies to the earth and my grandchildren, my family. They shall not get separated until they come to my well. Be mindlful on how you carry out my responsibility in caring for them." 

And the last hadith discussed was one reported by Ahmad and Al Tirmizi, also al-Nasai and al-Hakim where Prophet Muhammad had sworn by Allah that no man will taste iman until he loves ahlul bayt for the sake of Allah and His Rasul.
Wallahu a'lam. May I be forgiven for any errors or omissions in my notes.
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