The Book of Assistance: By Imam al Haddad

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The Book of Assistance (Pdf)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This work has been prepared separate from the original translation for this site, the original file was scanned into an editable format and a new Pdf file was prepared, inshallah making easier to read. We have also changed the word God to Allah through out the text as this is the name He has revealed for himself, the english word is not equivalent to this name.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Messenger of Allah, may blessings and peace be upon him and upon his family, prophesied that in every century Allah would raise up amongst his nation a man who would renew its religion. Imam ‘Abdallah al-Haddad was the renewer, or Mujaddid, of the twelfth Islamic century. He was renowned, and deservedly so, for the breadth of his knowledge and his manifest sanctity. The profundity of his influence on Muslims is reflected by the fact that his books are still in print throughout the Islamic world.

He was born in Tarim, in the hills of Hadramaut, one of the southerly regions of the Arabian peninsula, and grew up in an environment where the accent was upon piety, frugality, erudition, and an uncompromising thirst for gnosis [ma’rifa]. His lineage is traced back to the Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him, and his family, through Imam al-Husayn. His illustrious ancestors, the ‘Alawi sadat, had for centuries produced generation after generation of great scholars, gnostics, and callers to the Straight Path.

Imam al-Haddad’s writings, if we except a few short treatises, and his volume of poetry, are mostly concerned with establishing within his readers the firmest possible foundations for faith and certainty. He recognized the signs of his times, and of the times to come, and observed how people were drawing away from religion, exhibiting a reluctance to study and a diminishing inclination to seek spiritual growth. He therefore endeavored to produce concise, clear, and un-controversial texts. His concern for brevity is manifest throughout his books, many of which are abbreviated adaptations of Imam al-Ghazali’s monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences [Ihya ‘Uliim al-Din]. Ghazali had himself been the [Mujadid] renewer of the sixth century.

Imam al-Haddad died on the eve of the seventh of Dhu’l-Qa’da, 1132 AH, having spent his life bringing people to their Lord through his oral and written teaching, and his exemplary life. He was buried in a simple grave in the cemetery at Tarim.

The present translation is one of the works which he designed as guides for Muslims who ‘earnestly desire to tread the path of the Afterlife’, and seriously follow the Sunna of the Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him and his family.

In the original there are neither chapter numbers, titles, nor annotations. We have therefore numerated and titled every chapter, appended a glossary, and added a few notes where this seemed appropriate. Quotations from the Qur’an are based on Pickthall’s translation, and are followed by sura and verse numbers.

Whenever difficulties arose in understanding the text, or deciding between different possible interpretations, the help of sayyid Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad was sought. Being the spiritual heir of Imam al-Haddad, he is undoubtedly the best qualified person to comment on his writings. It is entirely through their baraka and assistance that the work was brought to completion; may Allah reward them on our behalf as befits the exaltation of their spiritual rank.

MOSTAFA AL-BADAWI

Al-Madina al-Munawwara, Ramadan 1408

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Yajooj And Majooj (Gog And Magog)

Book of the End: Great Trials and Tribulations

By Ibn Katheer

After ‘Eesa ibn Maryam kills the Dajjaal, Yajooj and Majooj (Gog and Magog) will come out. And through the blessings of ‘Eesa’s supplications, Allah will then destroy them in a single night. Allah it said:

“Until when Yajooj and Maim] (Gog and Magog) are let loose (from their barrier), and they swoop down from every mound. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror. (They will say): “Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this; nay, but we were Zalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers, etc.). “Qur’an 21:96-97.

And Allah said regarding the story of Thil-Qarnain:

“Then he followed (another way), until, when he reached between two mountains, he found, before (near) them (those two mountains), a people who scarcely understood a word. They said: “O Dhul-Qarnain! Verily! Yalu] and Majuj (Gog and Magog) are doing great mischief in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute in order that you might erect a barrier between us and them?” He said: “That (wealth, authority, and power) in which my Lord had established me is better (than your tribute). So help me with strength (of men). I will erect between you and them a barrier.”

“Give me pieces (blocks) of iron,” then, when he had filled up the gap between the two mountain-cliffs, he said: “Blow,” till when he had made it (red as) fire, he said: “Bring me molten copper to pour over it.” So they (Yajuj and Majuj (Gag and Magog)) were made powerless to scale it or dig through it. (Dhul-Qarnain) said: “This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true.” And on that Day (i.e. the Day Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) will come out), We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another, and the Trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together.” Qur’an 18: 85-99.

In the Tafseer of the story of Dhul-Qarnain – that he built the barrier from iron and copper between two mountains – we mentioned that Dhul-Qarnain said, “This is a mercy from my Lord — that through the barrier, this people who spread corruption in the earth are separated from the people.” “But when the Promise of my Lord comes”. this is referring to the time when the barrier will be destroyed and leveled down to the ground. “And the Promise of my Lord is ever true”: i.e., this matter must come to pass. And at that time, Allah “shall leave them to surge like waves on one another.” And then they will go forth among the people, traveling quickly through every mound. After that time, the trumpet will be blown. In another Verse, Allah said:

“Until, when Ya’jooj and Majuj (Gag and Magog) are let loose (from their barrier), and they swoop down from every mound. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror ‘ Qur’an 21:96, 97. Continue reading

Book of Asceticism, Piety And Softening Of Hearts – Sahih Muslim

Kitab Al-Zuhd Wa Al-Raqa’iq

Chapter 1

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Book 42, Number 7058:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer.

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Book 42, Number 7059:

Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Allah’s Apostle (may p(-ace be upon him) happened to walk through the bazar coming from the side of ‘Aliya and the people were on both his sides.There he found a dead lamb with very short ears. He took hold of his ear and said: Who amongst you would like to have this for a dirham? They said: We do not like to have it even for less than that as it is of no use to us. He said: Do you wish to have it (free of any cost)?They said: By Allah, even if it were alive (we would not have liked to possess that), for there is detect in it as its ear is very short; now it is dead also.Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: By Allah, this world is more insignificant in the eye of Allah as it (this dead lamb) is in your eye.

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Book 42, Number 7060:

Jabir reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) narrating a hadith like this with a slight variation of wording.

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Book 42, Number 7061:

Mutarrif reported on the authority of his father: I came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as he was reciting: “Abundance diverts you” (cii. 1).He said: The son of Adam claims: My wealth, my wealth.And he (the Holy Prophet) said: O son of Adam. is there anything as your belonging except that which you consumed, which you utilised, or which you wore and then it was worn out or you gave as charity and sent it forward?

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Book 42, Number 7062:

Mutarrif reported on the authority of his father: I went to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him).The rest of the hadith is the same.

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Book 42, Number 7063:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A servant says, My wealth. my wealth, but out of his wealth three things are only his: whatever he eats and makes use of or by means of which he dresses himself and it wears out or he gives as charity, and this is what he stored for himself (as a reward for the Hereafter), and what is beyond this (it is of no use to you) because you are to depart and leave it for other people.This hadith has been narrated on the authority of al-‘Ala’ b. ‘Abd al-Rahman with the same chain of transmitters. Continue reading

The Book of Patients – Sahih Bukhari

Translated By Aisha Bewley.

Chapter 78. The Book of Patients

I. What has come about illness being an expiation

The words of Allah Almighty, “Anyone who does evil will be repaid for it.” (4:123)

5317. It is related from ‘Urwa ibn az-Zubayr that ‘A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘There is no affliction which befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his wrong actions by it, even a thorn which pricks him.'”

5318. ‘Ata’ ibn Yasar related from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri and Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his mistakes by it.”

5319. It is related from Ka’b that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The metaphor of the believer is a tender young plant which the wind sometimes bends and sometimes makes upright. The example of the hypocrite is a cedar tree which remains upright until it is uprooted all at once.”

It is related from Ka’b from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

5320. ‘Ata’ ibn Yasar related from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The metaphor of a believer is a tender young plant which bends from whichever direction the wind comes to it. When it is still, then it is upright. A believer bends with affliction while the impious one is like the cedar tree, rigid until Allah breaks it whenever He wishes.”

5321. Abu’l-Hubab Sa’id ibn Yasar said, “I heard Abu Hurayra say that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘When Allah desires good for someone, He afflicts him.'” Continue reading

Book Pertaining To The Turmoil And Portents Of The Last Hour – Sahih Muslim

KITAB AL-FITAN WA ASHRAT AS-SA’AH

Chapter 1 :

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Book 41, Number 6881:

Zainab bint Jahsh reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) got up from sleep saying: There is no god but Allah; there is a destruction in store for Arabia because of turmoil which is at hand, the barrier of Gog and Magog has opened so much. And Sufyan made a sign of ten with the help of his hand (in order to indicate the width of the gap) and I said: Allah’s Messenger, would we be perished in spite of the fact that there would be good people amongst us? Thereupon he said: Of course, but only when the evil predominates.

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Book 41, Number 6882:

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Zainab bint Jahsh with a slight variation in the chain of transmitters.

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Book 41, Number 6883:

Zainab bint Jahsh, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported that one day Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came out in a state of excitement with his face quite red. And he was saying: There is no god but Allah; there is a destruction in store for Arabia beciuse of the turmoil which is near at hand as the barrier of Gog and Magog has been opened like it, and he (in order to explain it) made a ring with the help o his thumb and forefinger. I said: Allah’s Messenger, would we be destroyed despite the fact that there would be pious people amongst us ? He said: Yes, when the evil would predominate.

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Book 41, Number 6884:

This hadith has been narrated oil the authority of Zuhri with a different chain of transmitters.

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Book 41, Number 6885:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: Today the wall (barrier) of Gog and Magog has been opened so much, and WUhaib (in order to explain it) made the figure of ninety with the help of his hand.

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Chapter 2 : THE SINKING OF AN ARMY IN THE EARTH WHICH WOULD ATTACK THE HOUSE

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Book 41, Number 6:

Harith b Abi Rabi’a and ‘Abdullah b. Safwan both went to Umm Salama, the Mother of the Faithful, and they asked her about the army which would be sunk in the earth, and this relates to the time when Ibn Zubair (was the governor of Mecca). She reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) had said that a seeker of refuge would seek refuge in the Sacred House and an army would be sent to him (in order to kill him) and when it would enter a plain ground, it would be made to sink. I said: Allah’s Messenger, what about him who would be made to accompany this army willy nilly? Thereupon he said: He would be made to sink along with them buf he would be raised on the Day of Resurrection on the basis of his intention. Abu Ja’far said.’ This plain,ground means the plain ground of Medina. Continue reading