PROPHETIC COUNSIL In an absolutely captivating style, the Nabi of Allah (sallallahu álaihi wasallam) offered the following priceless counsel to his devoted servant, Sayyiduna Anas (radiallahu anhu) Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu ánhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu álaihi wasallam) arrived in Madinah when I was a young eight year old. My Mother took me by my hand to him and said: “O Messenger of Allah, every man and woman of Madinah has presented you with a gift. I have nothing else to offer besides this child of mine. Please accept him as your servant for all your needs.” I served the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu álaihi wasallam) for ten years. During this time he never beat me, abuse or even scold at me. He never gave me an angry look. The first advice he gave me was: “O my son! Keep my secrets confidential, and you will become a true believer” Sayyiduna Anas (radiallahu ánhu) says: “I never disclosed the secrets of Rasulullah (sallallahu álaihi wasallam) to anyone, despite the requests of my mother and the wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu álaihi wasallam).” He also told me: “O my son! Be thorough in your wudhu and the two angels (who are recording your deeds) will love you. Your life will also be increased. O Anas! Ensure that you bath from Janaabat properly, if you do so all sins and evil will leave you.” Sayiduna Anas (Radiyallahuánhu) enquired: “How do I do that?” Rasulullah (sallallahu álaihi wasallam) said: “wet the roots of the hair and clean/rub the skin” O my Son! If you can, then remain in the state of wudhu continuously, for if death comes to someone in the state of wudhu, he acquires Shaadah (the rank of the martyrs) O my son! If you have the ability to constantly send salutations upon me then do so, the angels will beg Allah to forgive you. O my son! Try to offer some (nafl) salaah in your home too.[1] O Anas! When you make ruku’ ensure that you grasp you knees, spread your fingers and distance your elbows from your sides. O my Son! When you raise your head from Ruku’ allow all your limbs to settle in their original positions. Allah will not look on the day of Judgement to the one who doesn’t straighten his back when waking up from ruku’. O my son! When you make Sajdah, place your head and palms firmly on the ground. Do not make sajdah (hastily) like the pecking of a rooster. Do not sit (in salah) like fox or dogs squats. Refrain from turning about in salah, as this is destruction. If need be then (it is allowed) in the optional prayer, not the Fardh. O my son! If when you leave your house, you make salaam to whichever Muslim you see, you will return home forgiven. Also keep in mind that every other Muslim is better than you.[2] O my son! Whenever you enter your house, say salam upon yourself and your family. [this will be asource of Barakah- blessing- for you and them][3] O my Son! If you are able to spend your day and night without having malice for anybody

in your heart, then do so as this will make your hisaab (accountability in the court of Allah) easy. O my son! This is my sunnah. Whoever revives/ loves my sunnah loves me, and will be with me in Jannah. [4] O my son! If you follow my advice, there will be nothing more beloved to you than death.”

(Musnad Abi Ya’la & Al-Mu’jamus Saghir, see Majma’uz zawaaid, vol.1 pgs. 271-272)

[1] From Ibn ‘Asaakir 9/253. [2] Ibn ‘Asaakir & one narration of Tabarani. [3] Ibn ‘Asaakir. [4] Ibn ‘Asaakir & one narration of Tabarani.

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