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Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity.

[Abu Bakr radhiya Allahu 3anhu]

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Of the Prophet’s wives(ra) in Medina, it is clear that it was A’ishah that he loved the most. From time to time, one or another of his Companions would ask him who it was that he loved the most…

The Prophet(saw) did not always give the same answer to this question, for he felt great love for many – for his wives(ra), for his daughters by Khadijah(ra), for their children, for Abu Bakr(ra) and ‘Umar(ra) and ‘Uthman(ra) and Ali(ra), and for many of his Companions and community – but of his wives the only one whom he named in this connection was A’ishah(ra). She too loved him greatly in return and often would seek reassurance from him that he loved her.

“How is your love for me?” she once asked.

“Like the rope’s knot,” he replied, meaning that it was strong and secure.

Many times after that she would ask, “How is the knot?”

and he would reply: ” ‘Ala haaliha” “The same as ever!”

Source: “Companions of The Prophet”, Vol.1 by Abdul Wahid Hamid.

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“I have never seen such a person neither before nor after seeing him. ”
[Ibn Hisham 1/401; Jami’ At-Tirmidhi 4/303]

” I compared him with the moon and found that — for me — he was better than the moon.”
[Mishkat Al-Masabeeh 2/518]

“He was the most honored among the people with whom he sat. He was often silent and rarely talked when speech was not a necessity. He turned away from those whose speech was rude or impolite. His laughter was no more than a smile. His speech, which was decisive, it was neither excessive nor incomplete.”
[As-Shifa 1/107]

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It is reported from `Umar رضي الله عنه that he used to praise Allaah سبحانه وتعالى for tests and trials and when asked about it he said,

“I was not touched by testing except that Allaah bestowed on me four favours: that it wasn’t a test in my Deen, that it was not greater than me, that it was not greater than what befell me, and that I was not deprived of being contented and patient, and that I hope for the reward from Allaah.”

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From Hanzalah al-Usayyidee, radiyallahu `anhu, who said:

“Abu Bakr met me and asked: How are you O Hanzalah? I replied: Hanzalah is guilty of hypocrisy! He said: Free is Allah and far removed from all defects! What are you saying? I said: When we are with Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, and he reminds us of the Fire and Paradise it is as if we are seeing it with our own eyes. Then when we depart from Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, to attend to our wives, children and our business, then much of this slips from our minds. Abu Bakr said: By Allah we also experience the same. So I went with Abu Bakr until we entered upon Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam. I said: When we are with you, you remind us of the Fire and of Paradise and it is as if we are seeing it with our eyes. Then when we depart from you and attend to our wives, children and business then much of this slips from our minds. So Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said: By Him in whose Hand is my soul if you remained continually as you are when you are with me and in remembering (Allah) then the angels would shake hands with you upon your beds and upon your roads. But O Hanzalah, (there is) a time for this and a time for that, (there is) a time for this and a time for that, (there is) a time for this and a time for that.

[Muslim, no. 6623]

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The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, mentioned about Abu Bakr as-Sidiq where he said that If you put the iman of all the Muslim ummah on one scale and the iman of Abu Bakr as-Sidiq on the other scale, the iman of Abu Bakr as-Sidiq would outweigh the iman of the whole ummah. The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, also said that there is something in the heart of Abu Bakr as-Sidiq that distinguished it from others, and as it is known he was called as-Sidiq. The Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, once said about Abu Bakr: “When I call someone to Islam, he will have some hesitation…except Abu Bakr as-Sidiq. The minute I talked to him about Islam, straight away he believed in me, he believed in Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah.” So it has to do with the heart that distinguished Abu Bakr as-Sidiq to be al-Khalifatul-Awal, and to be the first Sahabi (Companion). From this, it can be said that every Muslim should care about his/her heart, purify it and activate iman in the heart, and practise the great principles of Tawhid, such as to love Allah, to fear Him, to rely on Him, to have hope in Him, to seek help fro Him and to seek refuge in Him so that the heart is alive, activated and full of iman. And at the same time we have to make sure that there should be no diseases or anything bad within our hearts, e.g. greediness, envy, arrogance, etc. Only then will the heart be sound.

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Compassion

Sayyidina Usama Bin Zayd relates that once Sayyidina Zainab, the daughter of Allah’s messenger sent someone to her august father to tell him that her child was about to breathe his last, and she also requested him to come.
He (peace be upon him) conveyed his salam to her as well as the following message;
” O My daughter, no matter what Allah takes from someone, it is His alone, and whatever He gives to someone, it is His alone, and there is an appointed time for everything, so be patient and hope for reward. ”

His daughter again sent someone to her father, beseeching him to come. So he and some of his companions,
namely sayyidina Sa’ad Bin Ubadah, Ubai Bin Ka’ab, Zaid Bin Haritha (R.A) and some other people went.
The child, who’s breathing was fast and irregular, was placed in the lap of Allah’s Messenger who on seeing the child’s condition, began to weep. Sayyidina Sa’ad Bin Ubadah asked, ” What is this O Messenger of Allah? ”
” This is the outcome of the compassion which Allah kept in the hearts of his bondsmen, and Allah is compassionate
only to those who are compassionate to each other. ”
(Bukhari & Muslim)

From the last part of the hadith we learn that shedding tears due to any grief is not a sign of impatience. Patience demands only that much that a person accepts anything that distresses him as something that has been decreed by Allah, and to bear it without despairing of Allah’s mercy, without lamenting his fate and without transgressing the limits set by Allah. Besides that, it is natural to shed tears if ones heart is overcome with emotion and the spirit of compassion with which Allah has endowed his servants. Such compassion is a blessing from Allah, and a heart which is completely lacking this feeling, shall remain deprived of of Allah’s glance of mercy.Sa’ad Bin Ubadah (R.A) was amazed when he saw tears falling from the eyes of the Messenger (peace be upon him) as up to then it was not known to him that the heart’s being affected in such a manner, and the shedding of tears is not against the demands of patience.
(Ma’ariful Hadith 2/302)

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