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On the Importance of Sincerity in Shahaadah

1.This gives legality to seeking benediction by the remnants of the Prophet. And Waqidi has reported that people were still praying in the house of `Itban until his time. There is no harm then if people observe this kind of thing, but, regretfully, people take it too far. For instance, Hasan al-Basri witnessed people trying to outdo each other to give a hand to the bier of a pious man being taken to the burial ground. He remarked, “They ought to rather outdo each other in imitating him in good deeds.” (Ibn Rajab Hanbali)

2. Other reports suggest that `Umar ibn al-Khattab was also in the company. (Sharh al-Qastalani)

3. Khazirah, a kind of pudding, was made of flour and fat. (Tatriz by Faysal b. `Abd al`Aziz)

4. Malik b. Dukhayshin had participated in Badr, Uhud and many other battles (Ibn Rajab Hanballi). And Waqidi mentions in his Maghazi that of the two who were sent to burn down the Masjid Diraar, Malik b. Dukhayshin was one, the other being Ma`n b. `Adiyy. Had he been a hypocrite, the Prophet would not have chosen him for the task. (Zarqani, Sharh Muwatta’)

5. Thus, the Prophet disapproved that anyone should be treated as a hypocrite based upon his outward behavior, since one could be wrong in his judgment. He himself treated them as Muslims despite the fact that he knew the true nature of them all. (Ibn Rajab Hanbali)

6. The following points can be made note of:

a. When a man is invited by someone, he can take others with him, if the host has no objection.

b. If a spot in a house is used for prayers, it does not become a Masjid proper, even if it is called a Masjid. (`Uthaymeen) – unless the owner of the house declares it a Masjid. (Au.)


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