Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reminder --- Indeed

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

Today is 2nd Zulhijjah 1433. Yesterday, came in the mailbox a reminder to us, the fellow muslims about a sunnah that the Prophet suggested to whom are planning to perform sacrifice (qurban) for this coming eid adha. It came in twice from two different colleagues. Thank you.

Following this email was another email asking for the authenticity of the hadith. It was a slapped on my face. I have long practiced the sunnah (Alhamdulillah) but never occured to me to know or remember the *sanad for this hadith which I can readily defend. What a shame!!! I know it is of hadith sahih but I do not know who narrated it, and mentioned by whom. It shows how little knowledge that I have in Islamic knowledge. A PhD by qualification, but what do I have to answer in front the Rabb, Allah SWT?

*Sanad is the long list of people who passed down the hadith. It should begin with the person that listened to these words from the Prophet, Rasullah SAW himself and passed it down to others. The people in the sanad must be a trustworthy muslim, has never tell a single lie in his life or the value of the hadith will be downgraded or not accepted altogether.

In quest for some information, so that if ever asked, I am ready to defend the religion (deen) that I embraced and Rasulallah that I love, I did some quick search on the borderless world of knowledge - the internet. Through the, I managed to gain some knowledge. The excerpt is as follows:

Muslim :: Book 22 : Hadith 4869

Umm Salama reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said this: When any one of you intending to sacrifice the animal enters in the month (of Dhu'l-Hijja) he should not get his hair or nails touched (cut). It was said to Sufyan that some of the (scholars) did not deem this hadith to be Maffu'. He said: But I deem it as Marfu' (i. e. chain of narration traceable right up to the Holy Prophet).

Muslim :: Book 22 : Hadith 4873 
Umm Salama, the wife of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) to have said: He who has a sacrificial animal with him whom (he intends) to offer as sacrifice, and he enters the month of Dhu'I-Hijja, he should not get his hair cut or nails trimmed until he has sacrificed the animal.

Muslim :: Book 22 : Hadith 4874

'Amr b. Muslim b. 'Ammar al-Laithi reported: While we were in a bathroom just before 'Id al-Adha some of the persons tried to remove the hair with the help of hair-removing chemicals. Thereupon some of the people owning the bath (or some of the people sitting therein) said that Sa'id b. Musayyib did not approve of it, or he prohibited it. Then I met Sa'id b. Musayyib and made a mention of that to him, whereupon he said: O my nephew, this is the hadith which has been forgotten, and abandoned. Umm Salama, the wife of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him), narrated to me Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said as narrated above.

Alhamdulillah, I finally got the answer. The hadith was mentioned by Muslim and narrated by Ummu Salamah, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to seek for the hadith in Bukhari or Abu Dawwud.

However, Alhamdulillah, thanks to my two other colleagues, they added two more resources for this information from no other, the Internet:

1. A short tazkeerah by Ustaz Tuan Norhisham

2. A Blog written by the famous Ust Dr Zaharuddin Abd Rahman.

May this piece of information, benefits us all, InsyaAllah. Ameen.


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