Today dear Reader, on the eve of this first night of Ramadan 1439, we begin a new book, The Legacy of the Prophet by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali.
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds, a pure and blessed praise as our Lord loves and is pleased with, a praise that behoves the nobility of His face and accords with His magnificence. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, the Unlettered Prophet, his family and his Companions.
Imam Ahmad records the hadith of Hanash al-Sana’ani on the authority go ibn Abbas who said, ‘I was sitting behind the Prophet when he said,
‘Young man, should I not teach you some words through which Allah will occasion benefit for you?’
I said, ‘Of course!’ He said,
‘Safeguard Allah and He will safeguard you. Safeguard Allah and you will find Him in front of you. Know Allah in times of ease and He will know you in times of hardship. When you ask, ask Allah. When you seek aid, turn to Allah. The pen has dried (after having written) all that will occur. If the whole of creation, in its entirety, was to try and effectuate some benefit for you through something that Allah had not ordained, they would not be able to do so; and if they wished to harm you through something that Allah has not decreed, they would not be able to do so. Know that great good lies in bearing with patience what you dislike, that victory comes with patience, that relief comes with distress, and that with hardship comes ease.’ (Recorded in Ahmad)
This hadith comprises pieces of advice of paramount importance and universal principles that deal with the greatest and most noble aspects of the religion.
Over the coming days, we will study ibn Rajab’s commentary in detail, striving to draw closer to Allah during this blessed month by deepening our knowledge of Him, our love of Him, our trust in Him and our worship of Him alone.
Please join me for the journey.