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Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“A servant will have his rank raised and will say, ‘O my Lord how has this come about for me?’ He says, ‘through your sons after you seeking forgiveness for you'”

[ibn Majah]

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The Messenger of Allaah – sallallahu `alayhi wasallam – said:

Focus on that which will benefit you and put your trust in Allaah.”

Saheeh Muslim no. 2516

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A believer is…

The Prophet – sallallahu `alayhi wasallam – said,

A believer is not stung twice from the same hole. “

(Bukhari, Muslim)

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The Prophet salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said to his Companions,

“Who do you consider to be bankrupt?”

They, radiAllaahu ‘anhum answered,

‘The bankrupt person is he who has no Dirham or belongings.’

He salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,

“The bankrupt person is he who comes on the Day of Judgement with good deeds that are like mountains. However, he has wronged so and so, hit so and so, cursed so and so, usurped the wealth of so and so. Then so and so will take from his good deeds, followed by another who will take from his good deeds if there are any left. If not, he will take from their bad deeds; those bad deeds will be heaped upon him, and then he will be thrown into the Fire.”

[Muslim no. 2581]

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The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam said, “I saw during my night journey some men whose lips were being clipped with clippers of fire. I said, ‘Who are these people, Jibreel?’ He replied, ‘These are the people from your followers who gave sermons commanding the people with righteousness, yet forgetting to practice it themselves.”

(Sharh us-Sunnah, al-Bayhaqee in Ash-Shu’ab, ibn Abee ad-Dunyaa and others)

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The hadeeth says, “Treat women kindly, for woman was created from a bent rib, and the most crooked part of the rib is the top part…” Please explain the meaning of this hadeeth, especially the phrase “and the most crooked part of the rib is the top part”.

Praise be to Allaah.

This is a saheeh hadeeth which was narrated by the two Shaykhs [al-Bukhaari and Muslim] in al-Saheehayn from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Treat women kindly, for woman was created from a bent rib, and the most crooked part of the rib is the top part, so treat women kindly.”

This is a command to husbands, fathers, brothers and others to treat women kindly and not to oppress them; to give them their rights and to guide them to do good. This is what is obligatory upon everyone, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Treat women kindly.” This is not altered by the fact that a woman may sometimes mistreat her husband or relatives with her words or actions, because she was created from a rib as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, and the most crooked part of it is the top. It is well known that the top of it is the part by which it is attached, so the rib will have some crookedness in it at that point, as is well known.

The meaning is that she will inevitably have some crookedness or shortcomings in her character. Hence it was narrated in another hadeeth in al-Saheehayn:

“I have not seen any lacking in rational ability and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you [women].”

The point is that this is the ruling of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and it is narrated in al-Saheehayn from the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him). What is meant by lacking in rational ability, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, is that the testimony of two women is equivalent to the testimony of one man. Failing in religion, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, means that women spend days and nights without praying, i.e., because of menstruation or post-childbirth bleeding.  This is a shortcoming which Allaah has decreed for them, and there is no sin on them because of that.

So women should accept this in the way that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) meant it, even if a woman is knowledgeable and pious, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not speak of his own whims and desires, rather that was a Revelation that was revealed to him, which he conveyed to the ummah, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“By the star when it goes down (or vanishes).

Your companion (Muhammad) has neither gone astray nor has erred.

Nor does he speak of (his own) desire.

It is only a Revelation revealed” [al-Najm 53:1-4]

Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez  ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), part 5

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Al-Imaam Ibn Al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) talks about the person who narrates a hadeeth but not in its exact wording

Question: The questioner also says, “Is it permissible for the Muslim person who is devoted to studying and understanding his religion, to give talks of admonition but he says hadeeths, for example, but not with the exact wording. Is there any sin upon him regarding that?”

Answer: This which he (the questioner) mentions, it means that he (the speaker) wants to relate the hadeeth according to the meaning, and relating hadeeths by the meaning, the scholars of hadeeth have differed about it as to whether or not it is permissible. So from among them there are those who consider it to be permissible under the condition that the person who is speaking knows the meaning, and that the hadeeth that he is relating by its meaning, nothing of it is changed. And another condition is that he fully grasps from the hadeeth that which is obligatory to be fully understood of it such that he does not cut out from it anything which relates to what he has mentioned (in his speech). Thus, if he knows the meaning and he fully grasps the hadeeth in a way in which there is no defect in it (his understanding of the hadeeth), then the correct view is that it is permissible. The correct view is that it is permissible (the Shaikh repeats). However, he must finish it with his saying ‘or as the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said’, so that he does not cause anyone to memorize it how he said it, thinking that it is the actual wording of the hadeeth from the Messenger (‘alayhis-salaatu was-salaam).

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