#TheKnowers: Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣarī, the blessed host. 

Madīnah had never anticipated anyone like it anticipated the arrival of the Prophet (ﷺ), for days and weeks the city is excited at the impending appearance of the Prophet (ﷺ). They day comes, tambourines are beaten in excitement, children are screaming and singing with delight, the women are crying tears of joy - the Prophet (ﷺ) is finally here. Men of the various tribes extend their hand forward to the Prophet (ﷺ) beseeching him to stay with them, some even grabbing the camel Qaṣwāʾs halter. The Prophet (ﷺ) blessed them and said, “Let her go her way, for she is under the command of God.” Qaṣwāʾ alights at the place where Masjid Nabwī is now. Everyone wanted the Prophet (ﷺ) for himself or herself, but it was Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣarī who took the bags of the Prophet (ﷺ) before the others, leaving the Prophet (ﷺ) to reply “A man is with his luggage.” This is the highest level of Prophetic conduct, he (ﷺ) does not say no to anyone, but with his (ﷺ) subtle degree of diplomacy he solved the matter without breaking anyone’s heart.

They enter the house, and Abū Ayyūb decides to give the Prophet (ﷺ) the bottom floor, it made sense too - the Prophet (ﷺ) would be free to roam outside if he wanted, and he would not have to climb any stairs. Abū Ayyūb and his wife take the top half, but this did not last. He could not bear the fact that the Prophet (ﷺ) was below him, he became so constricted; he feared he would tread in an area where maybe the Prophet (ﷺ) put his head. Such was his love and awareness of the Prophet (ﷺ) that he requested that he (ﷺ) move upstairs, the Prophet (ﷺ) agreed. Abū Ayyūb and his wife now took the bottom part of the house and the Prophet (ﷺ) took the top floor. But this is only part of the love and adab he had for the Prophet (ﷺ) - he would take food upstairs to the Prophet (ﷺ) and when it came down he would ask his wife to show where the Prophet’s (ﷺ) fingers ate from, and he would eat from that place. One time he took food up that had garlic, as always Abū Ayyūb asked his wife where the Prophet (ﷺ) ate from, she replied that he (ﷺ) had not taken anything from it. Instantly Abū Ayyūb went into a state of shock, so he ran upstairs and asked the Prophet (ﷺ) whether there was anything ḥarām in it. Such was his state, he feared he did the Prophet (ﷺ) wrong, the Prophet (ﷺ) assured him it was nothing untoward, it’s just that he does not like or eat garlic because he talks to angels, and angels don’t like bad scents, they like high scents.

Abū Ayyūb was the blessed host but along with that he was a skilled fighter, a ḥāfidh of the Qurʾān, a scribe, a leader but most importantly he loved the Prophet (ﷺ) dearly, right from the first moments he (ﷺ) entered Madīnah, Abū Ayyūb started serving him, he devotes his life serving him (ﷺ). Abū Ayyūb knew. :) 

(Picture: courtyard of Eyüp Sultan Camii, site of the grave of  Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣarī)

Tomb of Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣarī draws people from across Turkey Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣarī

Video: Short documentary on Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣarī

theconsciousmuslim asked:

Salam. I just heard Naseems mother passed away, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. I was thinking maybe we could do something via tumblr. Maybe ask people to read a juz or recite something. I don't know. You know him, if we can do something let me know and I'll try my best to help. Ma'Salaam.

Wa salaam, that would be lovely. If we could get together and do something via Tumblr to show him and his family support in any way, that would be greatly appreciated by him I’m sure. I don’t really know what though >.<

#TheKnowers: Mount ‘Uḥud

During the Battle of ‘Uḥud the Prophet (ﷺ) was injured really badly this led to a great loss of blood. I am told that the site where he bled can still be found within one of the caves of ‘Uḥud. Whilst the blood itself is probably not visible, the traces of it still are, in that it has the most amazing fragrance, one that has been described for well over 1000 years. Its rather apt I think for ‘Uḥud to have a little bit of the Prophet (ﷺ), fortifying its love for the Prophet (ﷺ), and the Prophet’s (ﷺ) love for the mountain. by theconsciousmuslim

There are five stages in the growth of love: first is to think someone pleasant, that is, someone thinks of someone else as being nice or is charmed by their character. This is part of making friends. Then there is admiration; that is the desire to be near the person that one admires. Then there is close friendship when you miss the other one terribly when they are absent. Then there is amorous affection when you are completely obsessed with the loved one. In the special vocabulary of love this is called ‘ishq, “the slavery of love”. Finally, there is passion, when one can no longer sleep, eat or think. This can make you ill to the point of delirium or even death. Beyond this, there is absolutely no place where love ends.
—  Ibn Ḥazm, Morals and Right Conduct in the Healing of Souls.
Your true friend is he who is always with you, and he who harms himself in order to help you, and he who, when calamities of the time break you, scatters his cloak in order to save you.
—  Imām Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib 
If you are really sincere in your advice, you address it in privacy. If it’s private, it’s easier to achieve the truth. But when you are in a large group, the ego takes over. And then there’s the chance that it’s not sincere, it’s for achieving the upper hand.
—  Shaykh Ḥamza Yūsuf translating Imām al-Ghazālī’s Kitāb al-‘Ilm.
Verily a seed grows in soft ground and does not grow on stone, in the same way that wisdom thrives in the heart of the humble and does not thrive in the heart of the proud and haughty, because God has made humbleness the instrument of the intellect.
—  Imām Mūsa ibn Ja‘far al-Kādhim

Ramaḍān Karīm to you, and your loved ones. May it be a means of nearness to Allāh, and His Beloved Messenger Muḥammad (ﷺ)

May it be a month of forgiving, of healing, of changing, of reflecting, of helping, of improving, of reviving, of remembering.

As our stomachs become empty, may our hearts become full. 

Āmīn. Fātiha. 

Do remember me in your duʿāʾs :)