Some people of Bani Tamim came to the Prophet and he
said (to them), "O Bani Tamim! rejoice with glad tidings."
They said, "You have given us glad tidings, now give us
something." On hearing that the color of his face changed
then the people of Yemen came to him and he said, "O
people of Yemen ! Accept the good tidings, as Bani Tamim
has refused them." The Yemenites said, "We accept them.
Then the Prophet started taking about the beginning of
creation and about Allah's Throne. In the mean time a man
came saying, "O 'Imran! Your she-camel has run away!'' (I
got up and went away), but l wish I had not left that
place (for I missed what Allah's Apostle had said).
I went to the Prophet and tied my she-camel at the
gate. The people of Bani Tamim came to the Prophet who
said "O Bani Tamim! Accept the good tidings." They said
twice, 'You have given us the good tidings, now give us
something" Then some Yemenites came to him and he said,
"Accept the good tidings, O people of Yemem, for Bani
Tamim refused them." They said, "We accept it, O Allah's
Apostle! We have come to ask you about this matter (i.e.
the start of creations)." He said, "First of all, there
was nothing but Allah, and (then He created His Throne).
His throne was over the water, and He wrote everything in
the Book (in the Heaven) and created the Heavens and the
Earth." Then a man shouted, "O Ibn Husain! Your she-camel
has gone away!" So, I went away and could not see the
she-camel because of the mirage. By Allah, I wished I had
left that she-camel (but not that gathering).
Narrated 'Umar: One day the Prophet stood up amongst us
for a long period and informed us about the beginning of
creation (and talked about everything in detail) till he
mentioned how the people of Paradise will enter their
places and the people of Hell will enter their places.
Some remembered what he had said, and some forgot it.
Allah's Apostle said, "Allah the Most Superior said,
"The son of Adam slights Me, and he should not slight Me,
and he disbelieves in Me, and he ought not to do so. As
for his slighting Me, it is that he says that I have a
son; and his disbelief in Me is his statement that I shall
not recreate him as I have created (him) before."
from Abu Salama bin 'Abdur-Rahman who had a dispute
with some people on a piece of land, and so he went to 'Aisha
and told her about it. She said, "O Abu Salama, avoid the
land, for Allah's Apostle said, 'Any person who takes even
a span of land unjustly, his neck shall be encircled with
it down seven earths.' "
The Prophet said. "(The division of time has turned to
its original form which was current when Allah created the
Heavens and the Earths. The year is of twelve months, out
of which four months are sacred: Three are in succession
Dhul-Qa' da, Dhul-Hijja and Muharram, and (the fourth is)
Rajab of (the tribe of) Mudar which comes between
Jumadi-ath-Thaniyah and Sha ban."
That Arwa sued him before Marwan for a right, which she
claimed, he had deprived her of. On that Said said, "How
should I deprive her of her right? I testify that I heard
Allah's Apostle saying, 'If anyone takes a span of land
unjustly, his neck will be encircled with it down seven
earths on the Day of Resurrection."
The Prophet asked me at sunset, "Do you know where the
sun goes (at the time of sunset)?" I replied, "Allah and
His Apostle know better." He said, "It goes (i.e. travels)
till it prostrates Itself underneath the Throne and takes
the permission to rise again, and it is permitted and then
(a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate
itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it
will ask permission to go on its course but it will not be
permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has
come and so it will rise in the west. And that is the
interpretation of the Statement of Allah: "And the sun
Runs its fixed course For a term (decreed). that is The
Decree of (Allah) The Exalted in Might, The All-Knowing."
The Prophet said, "The sun and the moon do not eclipse
because of someone's death or wife (i.e. birth), but they
are two signs amongst the Signs of Allah. So, if you see
them (i.e. eclipse) offer the Prayer (of eclipse)."
The Prophet said, "The sun and the moon are two signs
amongst the Signs of Allah. They do not eclipse because of
someone's death or life. So, if you see them (i.e.
eclipse), celebrate the Praises of Allah (i.e. pray)."
On the day of a solar eclipse, Allah's Apostle stood up
(to offer the eclipse prayer). He recited Takbir, recited
a long recitation (of Holy Verses), bowed a long bowing,
and then he raised h is head saying. "Allah hears him who
sends his praises to Him." Then he stayed standing,
recited a long recitation again, but shorter than the
former, bowed a long bowing, but shorter than the first,
performed a long prostration and then performed the second
Rak'a in the same way as he had done the first. By the
time he had finished his prayer with Taslim, the solar
eclipse had been over. Then he addressed the people
referring to the solar and lunar eclipses saying, "These
are two signs amongst the Signs of Allah, and they do not
eclipse because of anyone's death or life. So, if you see
them, hasten for the Prayer."
'Aisha said If the Prophet saw a cloud In the sky, he
would walk to and fro in agitation, go out and come in,
and the color of his face would change, and if it rained,
he would feel relaxed." So 'Aisha knew that state of his.
So the Prophet said, I don't know (am afraid), it may be
similar to what happened to some people referred to in the
Holy Quran in the following Verse: -- "Then when they saw
it as a dense cloud coming towards their valleys, they
said, 'This is a cloud bringing us rain!' Nay, but, it is
that (torment) which you were asking to be hastened a wind
wherein is severe torment." (46.24)
The Prophet said, "While I was at the House in a state
midway between sleep and wakefulness, (an angel recognized
me) as the man lying between two men. A golden tray full
of wisdom and belief was brought to me and my body was cut
open from the throat to the lower part of the abdomen and
then my abdomen was washed with Zam-zam water and (my
heart was) filled with wisdom and belief. Al-Buraq, a
white animal, smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey
was brought to me and I set out with Gabriel. When I
reached the nearest heaven. Gabriel said to the heaven
gate-keeper, 'Open the gate.' The gatekeeper asked, 'Who
is it?' He said, 'Gabriel.' The gate-keeper,' Who is
accompanying you?' Gabriel said, 'Muhammad.' The
gate-keeper said, 'Has he been called?' Gabriel said,
'Yes.' Then it was said, 'He is welcomed. What a wonderful
visit his is!' Then I met Adam and greeted him and he
said, 'You are welcomed O son and a Prophet.' Then we
ascended to the second heaven. It was asked, 'Who is it?'
Gabriel said, 'Gabriel.' It was said, 'Who is with you?'
He said, 'Muhammad' It was asked, 'Has he been sent for?'
He said, 'Yes.' It was said, 'He is welcomed. What a
wonderful visit his is!" Then I met Jesus and Yahya (John)
who said, 'You are welcomed, O brother and a Prophet.'
Then we ascended to the third heaven. It was asked, 'Who
is it?' Gabriel said, 'Gabriel.' It was asked, 'Who is
with you? Gabriel said, 'Muhammad.' It was asked, 'Has he
been sent for?' 'Yes,' said Gabriel. 'He is welcomed. What
a wonderful visit his is!' (The Prophet added:). There I
met Joseph and greeted him, and he replied, 'You are
welcomed, O brother and a Prophet!' Then we ascended to
the 4th heaven and again the same questions and answers
were exchanged as in the previous heavens. There I met
Idris and greeted him. He said, 'You are welcomed O
brother and Prophet.' Then we ascended to the 5th heaven
and again the same questions and answers were exchanged as
in previous heavens. there I met and greeted Aaron who
said, 'You are welcomed O brother and a Prophet". Then we
ascended to the 6th heaven and again the same questions
and answers were exchanged as in the previous heavens.
There I met and greeted Moses who said, 'You are welcomed
O brother and. a Prophet.' When I proceeded on, he started
weeping and on being asked why he was weeping, he said, 'O
Lord! Followers of this youth who was sent after me will
enter Paradise in greater number than my followers.' Then
we ascended to the seventh heaven and again the same
questions and answers were exchanged as in the previous
heavens. There I met and greeted Abraham who said, 'You
are welcomed o son and a Prophet.' Then I was shown
Al-Bait-al-Ma'mur (i.e. Allah's House). I asked Gabriel
about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma'mur where
70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave
they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes
into it daily).' Then I was shown Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (i.e.
a tree in the seventh heaven) and I saw its Nabk fruits
which resembled the clay jugs of Hajr (i.e. a town in
Arabia), and its leaves were like the ears of elephants,
and four rivers originated at its root, two of them were
apparent and two were hidden. I asked Gabriel about those
rivers and he said, 'The two hidden rivers are in
Paradise, and the apparent ones are the Nile and the
Euphrates.' Then fifty prayers were enjoined on me. I
descended till I met Moses who asked me, 'What have you
done?' I said, 'Fifty prayers have been enjoined on me.'
He said, 'I know the people better than you, because I had
the hardest experience to bring Bani Israel to obedience.
Your followers cannot put up with such obligation. So,
return to your Lord and request Him (to reduce the number
of prayers.' I returned and requested Allah (for
reduction) and He made it forty. I returned and (met
Moses) and had a similar discussion, and then returned
again to Allah for reduction and He made it thirty, then
twenty, then ten, and then I came to Moses who repeated
the same advice. Ultimately Allah reduced it to five. When
I came to Moses again, he said, 'What have you done?' I
said, 'Allah has made it five only.' He repeated the same
advice but I said that I surrendered (to Allah's Final
Order)'" Allah's Apostle was addressed by Allah, "I have
decreed My Obligation and have reduced the burden on My
slaves, and I shall reward a single good deed as if it
were ten good deeds."
Allah's Apostle, the true and truly inspired said,
"(The matter of the Creation of) a human being is put
together in the womb of the mother in forty days, and then
he becomes a clot of thick blood for a similar period, and
then a piece of flesh for a similar period. Then Allah
sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is
ordered to write down his (i.e. the new creature's) deeds,
his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will
be blessed or wretched (in religion). Then the soul is
breathed into him. So, a man amongst you may do (good
deeds till there is only a cubit between him and Paradise
and then what has been written for him decides his
behavior and he starts doing (evil) deeds characteristic
of the people of the (Hell) Fire. And similarly a man
amongst you may do (evil) deeds till there is only a cubit
between him and the (Hell) Fire, and then what has been
written for him decides his behavior, and he starts doing
deeds characteristic of the people of Paradise."
The Prophet said, "If Allah loves a person, He calls
Gabriel saying, 'Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love
him.' Gabriel would love him and make an announcement
amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. 'Allah loves
so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,' and so all
the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he
is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth."
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The angels descend,
the clouds and mention this or that matter decreed in the
Heaven. The devils listen stealthily to such a matter,
come down to inspire the soothsayers with it, and the
latter would add to it one-hundred lies of their own."
The Prophet said, "On every Friday the angels take heir
stand at every gate of the mosques to write the names of
the people chronologically (i.e. according to the time of
their arrival for the Friday prayer and when the Imam sits
(on the pulpit) they fold up their scrolls and get ready
to listen to the sermon."
'Umar came to the Mosque while Hassan was reciting a
poem. ('Umar disapproved of that). On that Hassan said, "I
used to recite poetry in this very Mosque in the presence
of one (i.e. the Prophet ) who was better than you." Then
he turned towards Abu Huraira and said (to him), "I ask
you by Allah, did you hear Allah's Apostle saying (to me),
"Retort on my behalf. O Allah! Support him (i.e. Hassan)
with the Holy Spirit?" Abu Huraira said, "Yes."
Al Harith bin Hisham asked the Prophet, "How does the
divine inspiration come to you?" He replied, "In all these
ways: The Angel sometimes comes to me with a voice which
resembles the sound of a ringing bell, and when this state
abandons me, I remember what the Angel has said, and this
type of Divine Inspiration is the hardest on me; and
sometimes the Angel comes to me in the shape of a man and
talks to me, and I understand and remember what he says."
I heard the Prophet saying, "Who ever spends a couple
(of objects) in Allah's cause, will be called by the
Gatekeepers of Paradise who will say, "O so-and-so, come
on!" Abu Bakr said, "Such a person will never perish or be
miserable' The Prophet said, "I hope you will be among
'Aisha said that the Prophet said to her "O 'Aisha'
This is Gabriel and he sends his (greetings) salutations
to you." 'Aisha said, "Salutations (Greetings) to him, and
Allah's Mercy and Blessings be on him," and addressing the
Prophet she said, "You see what I don't see."
Allah's Apostle asked Gabriel, "Why don't you visit us
more often than you do?" Then the following Holy Verse was
revealed (in this respect):-- "And we (angels) descend not
but by the order of your Lord. To Him belong what is
before us and what is behind us, and what is between those
two and your Lord was never forgetful." (19.64)
Allah's Apostle was the most generous of all the
people, and he used to be more generous in the month of
Ramadan when Gabriel used to meet him. Gabriel used to
meet him every night in Ramadan to study the Holy Quran
carefully together. Allah's Apostle used to become more
generous than the fast wind when he met Gabriel
Once Umar bin Abdul Aziz delayed the 'Asr prayer a
little. 'Urwa said to him, "Gabriel descended and led the
prayer in front of the Prophet " On that 'Umar said, "O
Urwa! Be sure of what you say." "Urwa, "I heard Bashir bin
Abi Masud narrating from Ibn Masud who heard Allah's
Apostle saying, 'Gabriel descended and led me in prayer;
and then prayed with him again, and then prayed with him
again, and then prayed with him again, and then prayed
with him again, counting with his fingers five prayers."
The Prophet said, "Gabriel said to me, 'Whoever amongst
your followers die without having worshipped others
besides Allah, will enter Paradise (or will not enter the
(Hell) Fire)." The Prophet asked. "Even if he has
committed illegal sexual intercourse or theft?" He
replied, "Even then."
The Prophet said, "Angels keep on descending from and
ascending to the Heaven in turn, some at night and some by
daytime, and all of them assemble together at the time of
the Fajr and 'Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with
you over-night, ascent unto Allah Who asks them, and He
knows the answer better than they, "How have you left My
slaves?" They reply, "We have left them praying as we
found them praying." If anyone of you says "Amin" (during
the Prayer at the end of the recitation of
Surat-al-Faitiha), and the angels in Heaven say the same,
and the two sayings coincide, all his past sins will be
I stuffed for the Prophet a pillow decorated with
pictures (of animals) which looked like a Namruqa (i.e. a
small cushion). He came and stood among the people with
excitement apparent on his face. I said, "O Allah's
Apostle! What is wrong?" He said, "What is this pillow?" I
said, "I have prepared this pillow for you, so that you
may recline on it." He said, "Don't you know that angels
do not enter a house wherein there are pictures; and
whoever makes a picture will be punished on the Day of
Resurrection and will be asked to give life to (what he
That Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani narrated to him
something in the presence of Said bin 'Ubaidullah Al-Khaulani
who was brought up in the house of Maimuna the wife of the
Prophet. Zaid narrated to them that Abu Talha said that
the Prophet said, "The Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a
house wherein there is a picture." Busr said, "Later on
Zaid bin Khalid fell ill and we called on him. To our
surprise we saw a curtain decorated with pictures in his
house. I said to Ubaidullah Al-Khaulani, "Didn't he (i.e.
Zaid) tell us about the (prohibition of) pictures?" He
said, "But he excepted the embroidery on garments. Didn't
you hear him?" I said, "No." He said, "Yes, he did."
Allah's Apostle said, "When the Imam, during the
prayer, says, "Allah hears him who praises Him', say: 'O
Allah! Our Lord! All the praises are for You/, for if the
saying of anyone of you coincides with the saying of the
angels, his past sins will be forgiven."
The Prophet said, "As long as any-one of you is waiting
for the prayer, he is considered to be praying actually,
and the angels say, 'O Allah! Be merciful to him and
forgive him', (and go on saying so) unless he leaves his
place of praying or passes wind (i.e. breaks his
That she asked the Prophet , 'Have you encountered a
day harder than the day of the battle) of Uhud?" The
Prophet replied, "Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and
the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of 'Aqaba
when I presented myself to Ibn 'Abd-Yalail bin 'Abd-Kulal
and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed,
overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and
could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib
where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud
shading me unexpectedly. I looked up and saw Gabriel in
it. He called me saying, 'Allah has heard your people's
saying to you, and what they have replied back to you,
Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that
you may order him to do whatever you wish to these
people.' The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me,
and then said, "O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you
like, I will let Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall
on them." The Prophet said, "No but I hope that Allah will
let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and
will worship None besides Him."
I asked Zir bin Hubaish regarding the Statement of
Allah: "And was at a distance Of but two bow-lengths Or
(even) nearer; So did (Allah) convey The Inspiration to
His slave (Gabriel) and then he (Gabriel) Conveyed (that
to Muhammad). (53.9-10) On that, Zir said, "Ibn Mas'ud
informed us that the Prophet had seen Gabriel having 600
I asked Aisha "What about His Statement:-- "Then he
(Gabriel) approached And came closer, And was at a
distance Of but two bow-lengths Or (even) nearer?"
(53.8-9) She replied, "It was Gabriel who used to come to
the Prophet in the figure of a man, but on that occasion,
he came in his actual and real figure and (he was so huge)
that he covered the whole horizon."
The Prophet said, "Last night I saw (in a dream) two
men coming to me. One of them said, "The person who
kindles the fire is Malik, the gate-keeper of the (Hell)
Fire, and I am Gabriel, and this is Michael."
that he heard the Prophet saying, "The Divine
Inspiration was delayed for a short period but suddenly,
as I was walking. I heard a voice in the sky, and when I
looked up towards the sky, to my surprise, I saw the angel
who had come to me in the Hira Cave, and he was sitting on
a chair in between the sky and the earth. I was so
frightened by him that I fell on the ground and came to my
family and said (to them), 'Cover me! (with a blanket),
cover me!' Then Allah sent the Revelation: "O, You wrapped
up (In a blanket)! (Arise and warn! And your Lord magnify
And keep pure your garments, And desert the idols."
The Prophet said, "On the night of my Ascent to the
Heaven, I saw Moses who was a tall brown curly-haired man
as if he was one of the men of Shan'awa tribe, and I saw
Jesus, a man of medium height and moderate complexion
inclined to the red and white colors and of lank hair. I
also saw Malik, the gate-keeper of the (Hell) Fire and Ad-Dajjal
amongst the signs which Allah showed me." (The Prophet
then recited the Holy Verse): "So be not you in doubt of
meeting him' when you met Moses during the night of Mi'raj
over the heavens" (32.23)
Narrated Anas and Abu Bakra: "The Prophet said, "The
angels will guard Medina from Ad-Dajjal (who will not be
able to enter the city of Medina)."
Allah's Apostle said, "When anyone of you dies, he will
be shown his destination both in the morning and in the
evening, and if he belongs to the people of Paradise, he
will be shown his place in Paradise, and if he is from the
people of Hell, he will be shown his place in Hell."
While we were in the company of the Prophet, he said,
"While I was asleep, I saw myself in Paradise and there I
beheld a woman making ablution beside a palace, I asked,
To whom does this palace belong? 'They said, To 'Umar bin
Al-Khattab.' Then I remembered 'Umar's Ghaira (concerning
women), and so I quickly went away from that palace."
(When 'Umar heard this from the Prophet), he wept and
said, "Do you think it is likely that I feel Ghaira
because of you, O Allah's Apostle?"
The Prophet said, "A tent (in Paradise) is like a
hollow pearl which is thirty miles in height and on every
corner of the tent the believer will have a family that
cannot be seen by the others." (Narrated Abu Imran in
another narration, "(The tent is) sixty miles (in
Allah's Apostle said, "Allah said, "I have prepared for
My Pious slaves things which have never been seen by an
eye, or heard by an ear, or imagined by a human being." If
you wish, you can recite this Verse from the Holy Quran:--"No
soul knows what is kept hidden for them, of joy as a
reward for what they used to do." (32.17)
Allah's Apostle said, "The first group (of people) who
will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon
when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or
relieve nature. Their utensils will be of gold and their
combs of gold and silver; in their centers the aloe wood
will be used, and their sweat will smell like musk.
Everyone of them will have two wives; the marrow of the
bones of the wives' legs will be seen through the flesh
out of excessive beauty. They ( i.e. the people of
Paradise) will neither have differences nor hatred amongst
themselves; their hearts will be as if one heart and they
will be glorifying Allah in the morning and in the
Allah's Apostle said, "The first batch (of people) who
will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like a full moon;
and those who will enter next will be (glittering) like
the brightest star. Their hearts will be as if the heart
of a single man, for they will have no enmity amongst
themselves, and everyone of them shall have two wives,
each of whom will be so beautiful, pure and transparent
that the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen
through the flesh. They will be glorifying Allah in the
morning and evening, and will never fall ill, and they
will neither blow their noses, nor spit. Their utensils
will be of gold and silver, and their combs will be of
gold, and the fuel used in their centers will be the
aloes-wood, and their sweat will smell like musk."
The Prophet said, "Verily! 70,000 or 700,000 of my
followers will enter Paradise altogether; so that the
first and the last amongst them will enter at the same
time, and their faces will be glittering like the bright
A silken cloak was presented to the Prophet and he used
to forbid the usage of silk (by men). When the people were
fascinated by the cloak. he said, "By Allah in Whose Hands
the life of Muhammad is, the handkerchiefs of Sad bin
Mu'adh in Paradise are better than this."
Allah's Apostle was given a silken garment, and its
beauty and delicacy astonished the people. On that,
Allah's Apostle said, "No doubt, the handkerchiefs of Sad
bin Muadh in Paradise are better than this."
The Prophet said "There is a tree in Paradise (which is
so big and huge that) a rider could travel in its shade
for a hundred years. And if you wish, you can recite:--'In
shade long extended..' (56. 30) and a place in Paradise
equal to an arrow bow of one of you, is better than (the
whole earth) on which the sun rises and sets."
The Prophet said, "The first batch (of people) who will
enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the full moon,
and the batch next to them will be (glittering) like the
most brilliant star in the sky. Their hearts will be as if
the heart of a single man, for they will have neither
enmity nor jealousy amongst themselves; everyone will have
two wives from the houris, (who will be so beautiful, pure
and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their
legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh."
The Prophet said, "The people of Paradise will look at
the dwellers of the lofty mansions (i.e. a superior place
in Paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant
star far away in the East or in the West on the horizon;
all that is because of their superiority over one another
(in rewards)." On that the people said, "O Allah's
Apostle! Are these lofty mansions for the prophets which
nobody else can reach? The Prophet replied," No! "By Allah
in whose Hands my life is, these are for the men who
believed in Allah and also believed in the Apostles."
The Prophet said, "Paradise has eight gates, and one of
them is called Ar-Raiyan through which none will enter but
those who observe fasting." The Prophet also said, "If a
person spends two different kinds of something (for
Allah's Cause), he will be called from the gates of
While the Prophet was on a journey, he said (regarding
the performance of the Zuhr prayer), "Wait till it (i.e.
the weather) gets cooler." He said the same again till the
shade of the hillocks extended. Then he said, "Delay the (Zuhr)
Prayer till it gets cooler, for the severity of heat is
from the increase in heat of Hell (fire)."
Allah's Apostle said, "The (Hell) Fire complained to
its Lord saying, 'O my Lord! My different parts eat up
each other.' So, He allowed it to take two breaths, one in
the winter and the other in summer, and this is the reason
for the severe heat and the bitter cold you find (in
I used to sit with Ibn 'Abbas in Mecca. Once I had a
fever and he said (to me), "Cool your fever with Zam-zam
water, for Allah's Apostle said: 'It, (the Fever) is from
the heat of the (Hell) Fire; so, cool it with water (or
Allah's Apostle said, "Your (ordinary) fire is one of
70 parts of the (Hell) Fire." Someone asked, "O Allah's
Apostle This (ordinary) fire would have been sufficient
(to torture the unbelievers)," Allah's Apostle said, "The
(Hell) Fire has 69 parts more than the ordinary (worldly)
fire, each part is as hot as this (worldly) fire."
Somebody said to Usama, "Will you go to so-and-so (i.e.
'Uthman) and talk to him (i.e. advise him regarding ruling
the country)?" He said, "You see that I don't talk to him.
Really I talk to (advise) him secretly without opening a
gate (of affliction), for neither do I want to be the
first to open it (i.e. rebellion), nor will I say to a man
who is my ruler that he is the best of all the people
after I have heard something from Allah s Apostle ." They
said, What have you heard him saying? He said, "I have
heard him saying, "A man will be brought on the Day of
Resurrection and thrown in the (Hell) Fire, so that his
intestines will come out, and he will go around like a
donkey goes around a millstone. The people of (Hell) Fire
will gather around him and say: O so-and-so! What is wrong
with you? Didn't you use to order us to do good deeds and
forbid us to do bad deeds? He will reply: Yes, I used to
order you to do good deeds, but I did not do them myself,
and I used to forbid you to do bad deeds, yet I used to do
Magic was worked on the Prophet so that he began to
fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually
doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and
then said, "I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to
cure myself. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat,
one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked
the other, "What is the ailment of this man?" The other
replied, 'He has been bewitched" The first asked, 'Who has
bewitched him?' The other replied, 'Lubaid bin Al-A'sam.'
The first one asked, 'What material has he used?' The
other replied, 'A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the
outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.' The first
asked, 'Where is that?' The other replied, 'It is in the
well of Dharwan.' " So, the Prophet went out towards the
well and then returned and said to me on his return, "Its
date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are like the
heads of the devils." I asked, "Did you take out those
things with which the magic was worked?" He said, "No, for
I have been cured by Allah and I am afraid that this
action may spread evil amongst the people." Later on the
well was filled up with earth.
Allah's Apostle said, "During your sleep, Satan knots
three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he
breathes the following words at each knot, 'The night is,
long, so keep on sleeping,' If that person wakes up and
celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone,
and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone,
and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets
up in the morning lively and gay, otherwise he gets up
dull and gloomy. "
The Prophet said, "If anyone of you, when having sexual
relation with his wife, say: 'In the name of Allah. O
Allah! Protect us from Satan and prevent Satan from
approaching our offspring you are going to give us,' and
if he begets a child (as a result of that relation) Satan
will not harm it."
Allah's Apostle said, "When the (upper) edge of the sun
appears (in the morning), don't perform a prayer till the
sun appears in full, and when the lower edge of the sun
sets, don't perform a prayer till it sets completely. And
you should not seek to pray at sunrise or sunset for the
sun rises between two sides of the head of the devil (or
The Prophet said, "If while you are praying, somebody
intends to pass in front of you, prevent him; and should
he insist, prevent him again; and if he insists again,
fight with him (i.e. prevent him violently e.g. pushing
him violently), because such a person is (like) a devil."
Narrated Muhammad bin Sirin: Abu Huraira said, "Allah's
Apostle put me in charge of the Zakat of Ramadan (i.e.
Zakat-ul-Fitr). Someone came to me and started scooping
some of the foodstuff of (Zakat) with both hands. I caught
him and told him that I would take him to Allah's
Apostle." Then Abu Huraira told the whole narration and
added "He (i.e. the thief) said, 'Whenever you go to your
bed, recite the Verse of "Al-Kursi" (2.255) for then a
guardian from Allah will be guarding you, and Satan will
not approach you till dawn.' " On that the Prophet said,
"He told you the truth, though he is a liar, and he (the
thief) himself was the Satan."
Allah's Apostle said, "Satan comes to one of you and
says, 'Who created so-and-so? 'till he says, 'Who has
created your Lord?' So, when he inspires such a question,
one should seek refuge with Allah and give up such
That he heard Allah's Apostle saying, "(The prophet)
Moses said to his attendant, "Bring us our early meal'
(18.62). The latter said, 'Did you remember when we betook
ourselves to the rock? I indeed forgot the fish and none
but Satan made me forget to remember it." (18.63) Moses
did not feel tired till he had crossed the place which
Allah ordered him to go to."
The Prophet said, "When nightfalls, then keep your
children close to you, for the devil spread out then. An
hour later you can let them free; and close the gates of
your house (at night), and mention Allah's Name thereupon,
and cover your utensils, and mention Allah's Name
thereupon, (and if you don't have something to cover your
utensil) you may put across it something (e.g. a piece of
While Allah's Apostle was in Itikaf, I called on him at
night and having had a talk with him, I got up to depart.
He got up also to accompany me to my dwelling place, which
was then in the house of Usama bin Zaid. Two Ansari men
passed by, and when they saw the Prophet they hastened
away. The Prophet said (to them). "Don't hurry! It is
Safiya, the daughter of Huyay (i.e. my wife)." They said,
"Glorified be Allah! O Allah's Apostle! (How dare we
suspect you?)" He said, "Satan circulates in the human
mind as blood circulates in it, and I was afraid that
Satan might throw an evil thought (or something) into your
While I was sitting in the company of the Prophet, two
men abused each other and the face of one of them became
red with anger, and his jugular veins swelled (i.e. he
became furious). On that the Prophet said, "I know a word,
the saying of which will cause him to relax, if he does
say it. If he says: 'I seek Refuge with Allah from Satan.'
then all is anger will go away." Some body said to him,
"The Prophet has said, 'Seek refuge with Allah from
Satan."' The angry man said, "Am I mad?"
The Prophet said, "If anyone of you, on having sexual
relation with his wife, says: 'O Allah! Protect me from
Satan, and prevent Satan from approaching the offspring
you are going to give me,' and if it happens that the lady
conceives a child, Satan will neither harm it nor be given
power over it."
The Prophet said, "When the call for the prayer is
pronounced, Satan takes to his heels, passing wind with
noise, When the call for the prayer is finished, he comes
back. And when the Iqama is pronounced, he again takes to
his heels, and after its completion, he returns again to
interfere between the (praying) person and his heart,
saying to him. 'Remember this or that thing.' till the
person forgets whether he has offered three or four Rakat:
so if one forgets whether he has prayed three or four
Rak'a-t, he should perform two prostrations of Sahu (i.e.
The Prophet said, "When any human being is born. Satan
touches him at both sides of the body with his two
fingers, except Jesus, the son of Mary, whom Satan tried
to touch but failed, for he touched the placenta-cover
I went to Sham (and asked. "Who is here?"), The people
said, "Abu Ad-Darda." Abu Darda said, "Is the person whom
Allah has protected against Satan, (as Allah's Apostle
said) amongst you". The sub-narrator, Mughira said that
the person who was given Allah's Refuge through the tongue
of the Prophet was 'Ammar (bin Yasir).
The Prophet said, "While the angels talk amidst the
clouds about things that are going to happen on earth, the
devils hear a word of what they say and pour it in the
ears of a soothsayer as one pours something in a bottle,
and they add one hundred lies to that (one word)."
The Prophet said, "Yawning is from Satan and if anyone
of you yawns, he should check his yawning as much as
possible, for if anyone of you (during the act of yawning)
should say: 'Ha', Satan will laugh at him."
On the day (of the battle) of Uhud when the pagans were
defeated, Satan shouted, "O slaves of Allah! Beware of the
forces at your back," and on that the Muslims of the front
files fought with the Muslims of the back files (thinking
they were pagans). Hudhaifa looked back to see his father
"Al-Yaman," (being attacked by the Muslims). He shouted,
"O Allah's Slaves! My father! My father!" By Allah, they
did not stop till they killed him. Hudhaifa said, "May
Allah forgive you." 'Urwa said that Hudhaifa continued to
do good (invoking Allah to forgive the killer of his
father till he met Allah (i.e. died).
The Prophet said, "A good dream is from Allah, and a
bad or evil dream is from Satan; so if anyone of you has a
bad dream of which he gets afraid, he should spit on his
left side and should seek Refuge with Allah from its evil,
for then it will not harm him."
Allah's Apostle said, "If one says one-hundred times in
one day: "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,
the Alone Who has no partners, to Him belongs Dominion and
to Him belong all the Praises, and He has power over all
things (i.e. Omnipotent)", one will get the reward of
manumitting ten slaves, and one-hundred good deeds will be
written in his account, and one-hundred bad deeds will be
wiped off or erased from his account, and on that day he
will be protected from the morning till evening from
Satan, and nobody will be superior to him except one who
has done more than that which he has done."
Once Umar asked the leave to see Allah's Apostle in
whose company there were some Quraishi women who were
talking to him and asking him for more financial support
raising their voices. When 'Umar asked permission to enter
the women got up (quickly) hurrying to screen themselves.
When Allah's Apostle admitted 'Umar, Allah's Apostle was
smiling, 'Umar asked, "O Allah's Apostle! May Allah keep
you gay always." Allah's Apostle said, "I am astonished at
these women who were with me. As soon as they heard your
voice, they hastened to screen themselves." 'Umar said, "O
Allah's Apostle! You have more right to be feared by
them." Then he addressed (those women) saying, "O enemies
of your own souls! Do you fear me and not Allah's Apostle
?" They replied. "Yes, for you are a fearful and fierce
man as compared with Allah's Apostle." On that Allah's
Apostle said (to 'Umar), "By Him in Whose Hands my life
is, whenever Satan sees you taking a path, he follows a
path other than yours."
The Prophet said, "If anyone of you rouses from sleep
and performs the ablution, he should wash his nose by
putting water in it and then blowing it out thrice,
because Satan has stayed in the upper part of his nose all
Narrated Abdur-Rahman bin Abdullah bin Abdur-Rahman bin
Abi Sasaa Ansari:
That Abu Said Al-Khudri said to his father. "I see you
are fond of sheep and the desert, so when you want to
pronounce the Adhan, raise your voice with it for whoever
will hear the Adhan whether a human being, or a Jinn, or
anything else, will bear witness, in favor on the Day of
Resurrection." Abu Said added, "I have heard this from
Allah's Apostle ."
That he heard the Prophet delivering a sermon on the
pulpit saying, "Kill snakes and kill Dhu-at-Tufyatain
(i.e. a snake with two white lines on its back) and
ALBATROSS (i.e. a snake with short or mutilated tail) for
they destroy the sight of one's eyes and bring about
abortion." ('Abdullah bin 'Umar further added): Once while
I was chasing a snake in order, to kill it, Abu Lubaba
called me saying: "Don't kill it," I said. "Allah's
Apostle ordered us to kill snakes." He said, "But later on
he prohibited the killing of snakes living in the houses."
(Az-Zubri said. "Such snakes are called Al-Awamir.")
Allah's Apostle said, "There will come a time when the
best property of a man will be sheep which he will graze
on the tops of mountains and the places where rain falls
(i.e. pastures) escaping to protect his religion from
Allah's Apostle said, "The main source of disbelief is
in the east. Pride and arrogance are characteristics of
the owners of horses and camels, and those bedouins who
are busy with their camels and pay no attention to
Religion; while modesty and gentleness are the
characteristics of the owners of sheep."
Allah's Apostle pointed with his hand towards Yemen and
said, "True Belief is Yemenite yonder (i.e. the Yemenite,
had True Belief and embraced Islam readily), but sternness
and mercilessness are the qualities of those who are busy
with their camels and pay no attention to the Religion
where the two sides of the head of Satan will appear. Such
qualities belong to the tribe of Rabi'a and Mudar."
The Prophet said, "When you hear the crowing of cocks,
ask for Allah's Blessings for (their crowing indicates
that) they have seen an angel. And when you hear the
braying of donkeys, seek Refuge with Allah from Satan for
(their braying indicates) that they have seen a Satan."
The Prophet said, "A group of Israelites were lost.
Nobody knows what they did. But I do not see them except
that they were cursed and changed into rats, for if you
put the milk of a she-camel in front of a rat, it will not
drink it, but if the milk of a sheep is put in front of
it, it will drink it." I told this to Ka'b who asked me,
"Did you hear it from the Prophet ?" I said, "Yes." Ka'b
asked me the same question several times.; I said to Ka'b.
"Do I read the Torah? (i.e. I tell you this from the
Ibn Umar used to kill snakes, but afterwards he forbade
their killing and said, "Once the Prophet pulled down a
wall and saw a cast-off skin of a snake in it. He said,
'Look for the snake. 'They found it and the Prophet said,
"Kill it." For this reason I used to kill snakes. Later on
I met Abu Lubaba who told me the Prophet said, 'Do not
kill snakes except the short-tailed or mutilated-tailed
snake with two white lines on its back, for it causes
abortion and makes one blind. So kill it.' "
The Prophet said, "Cover your utensils and tie your
water skins, and close your doors and keep your children
close to you at night, as the Jinns spread out at such
time and snatch things away. When you go to bed, put out
your lights, for the mischief-doer (i.e. the rat) may drag
away the wick of the candle and burn the dwellers of the
house." Ata said, "The devils." (instead of the Jinns).
Once we were in the company of Allah's Apostle in a
cave. Surat-al-Mursalat (77) was revealed there, and we
were learning it from Allah's Apostle . Suddenly a snake
came out of its hole and we rushed towards it to kill it,
but it hastened and entered its hole before we were able
to catch it. Allah's Apostle said," It has been saved from
your evil and you have been saved from its evil."
Allah's Apostle said, "Once while a prophet amongst the
prophets was taking a rest underneath a tree, an ant bit
him. He, therefore, ordered that his luggage be taken away
from underneath that tree and then ordered that the
dwelling place of the ants should be set on fire. Allah
sent him a revelation:-- "Wouldn't it have been sufficient
to burn a single ant? (that bit you): (See Page 162,
chapter No. 153).
Allah's Apostle said, "A prostitute was forgiven by
Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and
seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took
off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew
out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of
Allah's Apostle said, "If somebody keeps a dog, he
loses one Qirat (of the reward) of his good deeds
everyday, except if he keeps it for the purpose of
agriculture or for the protection of livestock. "