The Legacy of the Prophet – Part 1: Introduction
‘Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem’
About this Series
This Series is an adoption of a book named “The Legacy of the Prophet” by Hafiz Abu’l-Faraj ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali and we are simply republishing his work in a short and easy manner for beginners without going deep into detail.
About the Author
Ibn Rajab was born in Baghdad in 736H and was raised by a knowledgeable and pious family. He died on a Monday night, the fourth of Ramadan, 795H in al-Humariyyah, Damascus.
He learned and took knowledge from the greatest scholars of his time. Many students of knowledge came to him to study under him.
Ibn Rajab devoted himself to knowledge and spent the vast majority of his time researching, writing, authoring, teaching, and giving legal rulings.
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 of ibn ‘Abbas who said, “I was sitting behind the Prophet (ﷺ) when he said,
”Young lad, 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 has 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.”‘ (Ahmad #2803 and it is Sahih)
This Hadith comprises pieces of advice of paramount importance and universal principles that deal with the greatest and most noble aspects of this religion. This is true to such an extent that Imam Abul-Faraj said, “I pondered this Hadith and it struck me with awe; I was so astounded that I almost became light headed.” Then he said, “The prevailing ignorance of this Hadith and the lack of understanding thereof is truly distressing!”
This series is based on this one Hadith itself and is an adoption of the original book by the same name. We will be taking chapters of the book and republish in parts removing the technical details for easy understanding to the common people. For those who are interested in deep understanding or want to know the soundness Ahadith quoted in this series can refer to the original book in Sha Allah.
We will not be making any additions to the original work neither try and make our own interpretations. All the content can be traced back easily without losing context to the original work.
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