|(1) Islaamic History||Hadhrat Imaam Abu Dawood (RA)|
|His name was Sulaymaan and his father’s name was Ash’ath, but he was always known as Abu Dawood. He was born in the year 202 A.H. in the town of Sajistan and travelled to places such as Egypt, Jazeera, Iraq and Khurasaan in search of the knowledge of Deen. He enjoyed a prominent position amongst the Huffaadh of Ahadeeth and the Fuqahaa and it was always said that the science of Ahadeeth was made as easy for him as steel was made pliable for Hadhrat Dawood (RA). Other scholars have mentioned that Imaam Abu Dawood was created for Ahadeeth in this world and for Jannah in the Aakhirah because they knew of no one better than him. Amongst the numerous books that he wrote, the most renowned is the Sunan Abu Dawood, which comprises of 4800 Ahadeeth. Imaam Abu Dawood (RA) passed away in Basrah on the 16th of Shawwaal 375 A.H.|
|(2) Allaah’s Power||Lightning and thunder|
|When dense clouds start to pile upon one another in the sky, Allaah creates tremendous flashes of light and sound without any machine or power supply. These flashes of lightning are so intense that they turn the night into daylight and the roar of the thunder is so deafening that it strikes fear into the heart. If it is not the sheer might of Allaah behind all of this, what then can it be?|
|(3) A Fardh||Enjoining good and forbidding evil|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “I swear by the Being Who controls my life that you people must enjoin good and forbid evil, otherwise Allaah will punish you along with the sinners and then you will make Du’aa and it will not be accepted.”
[Tirmidhi 2169, from Hadhrat Hudhayfah (RA)]
It is Fardh (obligatory) for every member of the Ummah to enjoin good and to forbid from evil according to their capabilities.
|(4) A Sunnah||Allowing the tail of the turban to hang down|
|When he tied his turban, Rasulullaah (SAW) allowed the tail to hang between his shoulders.
[Tirmidhi 1736, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (RA)]
|(5) An Important Act and its Virtue||The virtue of good character|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “It is indeed through good character that a Mu’min can attain the status of a person who performs Nafl Salaah and fasts.”
[Abu Dawood 4798, from Hadhrat Aa’isha (RA)]
|(6) A Sin||Reluctance to perform Salaah|
|When on the journey of Mi’raaj, Rasulullaah (SAW) saw some people whose heads were being crushed. When it was completely crushed, it was restored to its original state only to be crushed once again. This continued relentlessly without a break. When Rasulullaah (SAW) asked Hadhrat Jibra’eel who the people were, he replied that they were the ones who used to frown when the time of Salaah arrived.
[Targheeb wat Tarheeb 795, from Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (RA)]
|(7) This World||The reward for turning away from this world|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “When a person attaches himself to this world and entertains lengthy hopes, Allaah blinds his heart to the extent of his attachment to the world. On the other hand, when a person detaches himself from this world and curbs his hopes, Allaah will educate him without him searching for knowledge and will guide him without the need for a guide.”
[Kanzul Ummaal 6191, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
|(8) The Aakhirah||The abode of the people with Imaan|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “(This favourable outcome shall be) Eternal Jannaat in which they will enter together with all those of their forefathers, spouses and progeny who are worthy (of entering Jannah because they have Imaan). And (in addition to this, they will also be honoured when) the angels shall come to them from every door (of Jannah/every door of their palaces). (The angels will say) “Salaam (Peace) be on you for the sabr that you exercised (in this world). How blissful is the outcome of the Aakhirah!””.
[Surah Ra’d, verses 23-24]
|(9) Cures from the Qur’aan and Rasulullaah (SAW)||Treating toxic blood|
|Rasulullaah (SAW) said, “The best treatment is cupping because it removes toxic blood, strengthens the eyesight and lightens the back.”
[Mustadrak of Haakim 8258, from Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Abbaas (RA)]
|(10) Qur’aanic Advice|
|Allaah says in the Qur’aan, “A kind word (to the person seeking help when you are unable to help him) and forgiveness (if he is persistent or begging in an uncultured manner) is better than charity followed by hurt. Allaah is Independent (He does not need people’s charity), Tolerant”.
[Surah Baqarah, verse 263]