I started the Divine Scrolls class with Dr. Idrees Zubair on Saturday, May Allah preserve him! It’s uhh-mazing MashaAllah. :) There’s so much I don’t know about past Muhadditheen, maybe it’s because of their really cool long names. I was hoping he would talk about why their names were a few lines long and he did Alhumdulillah. I wanted to share a few things from the class:
–Names: A Muhadith from Khurasaan was performing Hajj and while he was sitting on the ground in Mina, he started to call out to another man. The person who narrated this story is the one who was being called (Abu Yahya al Mu’aafa ibn Zakariya An Naharawani). So the Muhadith starts by saying: “Ya Abu Yahya”. He thought, many people have the same kunya so it must be someone else. Then he says: “Ya Abu Yahya al Mu’aafa”. Still, the man doesn’t respond. Then he says: “Ya Abu Yahya al Mu’aafa ibn Zakariya”. He remains seated. Finally, he hears:”Ya Abu Yahya al Mu’aafa ibn Zakariya an Naharawani”. He then decides to go to him. The Muhadith asks him him about his kunya, his grandfathers name, his fathers name, his name, and his location. Then he asks, “Are you the Abu Yahya al Mu’aafa ibn Zakariya an Naharawani who live in An Naharawan East or West?” He says: “East”. The Muhadith says: “No, I am looking for the one from the West”. The man added, “I learned from him that there is a Naharawaan West”. :) I still wonder why so many people had the same names.
–Knowledge: Imam Khatib Baghdadi (4th century). While he was drinking zamzam during Hajj, he asked Allah for three things. 1. Oh Allah, I want to history of Baghdad 2. I want to teach ahadith in the great mosque of Baghdad 3. When I die, I want to be burried behind Bishr al Harr (great saint). After completing his Hajj, he entered Baghdad. The Governor of Baghdad was given a letter by the Jews which was said to be written by Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying that Jews should not have to give jizya after the conquering of Khaybar. The writer was said to be Ali (ra). There were two witnesses: Saad bin Mu’adh (ra), Muwaiyah (ra). It stated: Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam): “After the day of Khaybar, do not take jizya from the Jews”. The letter given to the Governor and he gave it to the scholars–they didn’t know what to say. How could they refuse it? The Jews were pressuring the Governor not to take jizya and the scholars were debating. While this was going on, Khateeb Baghdadi entered Baghdad. A friend of the Governor told him about a new scholar of hadith who could be of help. The Governor invites him. So now the Jews, Governor, and the scholars are all there. Khateeb Baghdadi is asked about the authenticity of the letter. As soon as he read it, he declared it to be fabricated–he said look at the words: the day of Khaybar was on th 6th of Hijrah, and the two witnesses, Saad bin Mu’adh died 1 year before fateh Khaybar and the other embraced Islam on Fateh Makka–which was 8th or 9th of Hijrah. The governor was so happy, and said “This is the true ‘ilm!” He asked Khateeb Baghdadi his wish–he said: give me permission to give the dars of hadith in the great mosque of Baghdad–so he was appointed. :)
–Adab: Imam Malik Rahimahullah was once teaching his Muwatta in Madinah and his students noticed that the color of his face had changed yet he did not move. After the dars was over, he asked one of his students to check what was on his back. When the student lifted his shirt, he saw a scorpion that had bit him in more than 8 places. Even then, Imam Malik rahimahullah remained seated. Shocked, the student asked, “You were going through this and you didn’t say anything?” He said: “It was a matter of hadith and I wanted to respect the hadith of Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam), that is why I did not move. This is the adab of the hadith of Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam). *SubhanAllah moment*
–Hadith: The word ‘hadith’ has various meanings. 1. In the Qur’an, Allah uses ‘hadith’ to mean ‘story’–Hal Attaaka hadithu Musa. 2. Hadith can also mean a tale, or an old story. When Allah mentions the people of ‘Ad and Thamud, He says–Waja’alnahum Hadith: We made them in to a tale; now people just tell their stories, old tale. 3. Hadith can also mean Qur’an itself. Allah says–Allahu Nazzala Ahsanul Hadith: Allah has sent down the best statement.
SubhanAllah, I love the anecdotes he shares, very humbling. The only thing that would make this class better would be to take it on site. I hear Canada calling my name.
Allaahumma la sahala illa ma ja’alta sahlan wa anta taj’al al-huzna idha shi’ta sahlan
‘O Allaah there is nothing that is easy except that You made it easy, and You can make this difficulty easy if You so wish to’.