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The Pranking Companion? March 13, 2009

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What? A companion of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was a jokster? Companion? WHAT!??

This was my reaction after reading a chapter in the book, Companions of the Prophet. An-Nu’ayman ibn Amr was a great companion who fought in major battles, including Badr, Uhud and Khandaq. However, An-Nu’ayman had a personality which was slightly different than that of the “typical” companion. Some of his jokes seem confusing but I guess humor can depend on the time period.

Once An-Nu’ayman went to the market and saw some food being sold which looked very appetizing. He ordered some and sent it to the Prophet (saw) as if it were a gift from him. The Prophet (saw) was happy when he received the food and him and his family ate it. The vendor of the food came to An-Nuayman to collect the money and an-Nuayman said to him: “Go to the Messenger of Allah. It was for him. He and his family ate it.” The vendor went to the Prophet (saw) and the Prophet (saw) asked an-Nuayman: “Didn’t you give it to me?” An-Nuayman said yes he did. He wanted the Prophet (saw) to eat it but had no dirhams to pay the vendor. So he asked the Prophet (saw) to pay for the food. The Prophet (saw) laughed about the incident. An-Nu’ayman felt two benefits of this incident: the Prophet (saw) and his family ate good food, and the Muslims had a good laugh.

I found this story funnier :):

Once Abu Bakr and some companions went on a trading journey to Busra. Suwaybit ibn Harmalah was responsible for guarding the food and provisions. An-Nu’ayman was one of the group members and became hungry. He asked Suwaybit for food, who refused. An-Nu’ayman warned him and said he would do something to him. He went to a group of Arabs and said he would sell them strong and sturdy slave. The slave had an articulate tongue and would say that he is free, but they were not to listen to him. The men paid for the slave and An-Nu’ayman completed the transaction, while the buyers went to get the “slave,” Suwaybit. The men grabbed Suwaybit as he pleaded for them to let him go, he kept saying he was a free man. 🙂 An-Nu’ayman didn’t laugh and remained calm and serious. When Abu Bakr found out what was happening he went to the Arab men and explained what had happened. They got their money back and Suwaybit came back to the caravan. The companions, including Suwaybit laughed about it. When the Prophet (saw) heard the story, him and his companions laughed even more. 🙂

The author adds a good point in this chapter:

“The religion of Islam does not require people to disdain seemly laughter and levity and remain perpetually gloomy. An appropriate sense of humor is often a saving grace.”


 

D.E.A.R February 6, 2009

Since I’m a wanna-be-teacher, I couldn’t help but make “D.E.A.R” my title for this blog. D.E.A.R stands for: Drop Everything And Read. 🙂

In our house, we have one blessing which I doubt anyone I know has. Alhumdulilla, my dad is an avid reader. He’s been collecting books since before his marriage, until today. Alhumdulilla, we have a pretty large library in our family room 🙂 All of his books are on one subject: Islam. Ranging from Aqeedah to Islamic History, you can find a book on almost any Islamic topic you need.

When this semester started, I began with reading my textbooks for class. Slowly I began to feel guilt creep into my heart. Why am I so determined to read these books for school? So I don’t get behind in class? Well, what about my deen? Shouldn’t it be of concern to me if I get behind in that!? I read books on Islam, but it takes me forever to finish one book because I’m so irregular in reading! I decided that I need to keep a set schedule when reading about Islam too.

The book I chose to read is called: Companions of the Prophet by AbdulWahid Hamid. It’s an easy read in two volumes, each book giving the story of thirty companions. The one thing great about subbing (especially at middle school) is that you usually get off periods (PE, Music, Planning Periods, etc) and have an about an hour to yourself. Also, you can’t use the internet because you have no access to it. 🙂 Alhumdulilla, on Thursday I got to read 56 pages while subbing. 🙂 (of course the kids weren’t there)

The book gives really short concise stories of different companions, some who are commonly known and some who are not. Each story doesn’t last more than about 10 pages. Subhan’Allah reading about the companions is moving. They were so dedicated to this deen and never let the dunya get in their way.

The story about Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf was amazing. When he came to Medinah he was poor; he didn’t have any material possessions. The companion he was paired with was Sa’id ibn ar-Rabi’ah. Out of Sa’id generosity he was willing to give Abdur-Rahman one of his two orchards and even one of his two wives! Abdur-Rahman declined his offer and instead set up shop in Medinah. He became one of the wealthiest Muslims in Medinah. He never hesitated to donate out of wealth Fi Sabilillah and his wealth never corrupted him. The Prophet Muhammad (s) had made dua for Allah to bestow barakah on Abdur-Rahman’s wealth. He would literally just give and give and give and his wealth would never deplete! Ayah 245 of Surah Baqarah comes to mind when you hear about Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf’s story:

“Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that gives (you) want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.”

One day a loud rumbling sound was heard coming from the outskirts of Medinah. Aisha (ra) heard the commotion and asked what the noise was. She was told it was a caravan of Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf’s; a caravan of 700 camels! At this moment she remembered a hadith of the Prophet which said the Abdur-Rahman would enter Jannah creeping. When Abdur-Rahman was reminded of this Hadith he became saddened and yearned to enter Jannah standing. So he donated the whole caravan Fi Sabilillah.

Besides reading books about people and places of Islam I want to make sure I read about Islamic beliefs. I’ve been reading a book written by Bilal Phillips, The Clash of Civilizations. It’s about Islamic history in the beginning, but then talks about Islamic beliefs in the end.

Insha’Allah I hope I can keep up on the reading 🙂