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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Greatest Hadits of Riba

Narrated Sumurah bin Jundub ra.: Allah’s Messenger saw very often used to ask his Companions, “Did anyone of you see a dream?” So, dreams would be narrated to him by those whom Allah willed to relate. One morning the Prophet saw said, “Last night two persons (angels) came to me (in a dream) and woke me up and said to me, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ I set out with them and we came across a man lying down, and behold, another man was standing over his head, holding a big rock. Behold, he was throwing the rock at the man’s head, smashing it.

The rock rolled away and the thrower followed it and took it back. By the time he reached the man, his head returned to its normal state. The thrower then did the same as he had done before. I said to my two companions, ‘Subhan Allah! Who are these two persons?’ They said, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ So we proceeded and came to a man lying in a prone position, and another man standing over his head with an iron hook, and behold, he would put the hook in one side of the man’s mouth and tear off that side of his face to the back (of his neck), and similarly tear his nose from front to back, and his eye from front to back. Then he turned to the other (second) side of the man’s face and did just as he had done with the first side. He hardly completed that (second) side when the first side returned to its normal state. Then he returned to it to repeat what he had done before. I said to my two companions, ‘Subhan Allah! Who are these two persons?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ So we proceeded and came across something like a Tannur (a kind of baking oven, a pit usually clay-lined for baking bread).” I think the Prophet saw said, “In that oven there was much noise and voices.” The Prophet saw added, “We looked into it and found naked men and women, and behold, a flame of fire was reaching to them from underneath, and when it reached them, they cried loudly, I asked them, ‘Who are these?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ And so we proceeded and came across a river.” I think he said, “---- red like blood.” The Prophet sawadded, “And behold, in the river there was a man swimming, and on the bank there was a man who had collected many stones. Behold, while the other man was swimming, he went near him. The former opened his mouth and the latter (on the bank) threw a stone into his mouth whereupon he went swimming again. Then again he (the former) returned to him (the latter), and every time the former returned, he opened his mouth, and the latter threw a stone into his mouth, (and so on) the performance was repeated. I asked my two companions, ‘Who are these two persons?’ They replied, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ And we proceeded till we came to a man with a repulsive appearance, the most repulsive appearance you ever saw a man having! Beside him there was a fire, and he was kindling it and running around it. I asked my two companions, “Who is this (man)?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed! Proceed! So we proceeded till we reached a garden of deep green dense vegetation, having all sorts of spring colours.

In the midst of the garden there was a very tall man, and I could hardly see his head because of his great height, and around him there were children in such a large number as I have never seen. I said to my companions, ‘Who is this?’ They replied, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ So we proceeded till we came to a majestic huge garden, greater and better than I have ever seen! My two companions said to me, ‘Ascend up’ and I ascended up.” The Prophet saw added, “So we ascended up till we reached a city built of gold and silver bricks, and we went to its gate and asked (the gatekeeper) to open the gate, and it was opened and we entered the city and found in it men with one side of their bodies as handsome as the most handsome person you have ever seen, and the other side as ugly as the ugliest person you have ever seen. My two companions ordered those men to throw themselves into the river. Behold, there was a river (the city), and its water was like milk in whiteness. Those men went and threw themselves in it and then returned to us after the ugliness (of their bodies) had disappeared, and they became in the best shape.” The Prophet saw further added, “My two companions (angels) said to me, ‘This place is the ‘Adn Paradise, and that is your place.’ I raised up my sight, and behold, there I saw a palace like a white cloud! My two companions said to me, ‘That (palace) is your place.’ I said to them, ‘May Allah bless you both! Let me enter it.’ They replied, ‘As for now, you will not enter it, but you shall enter it (one day).’ I said to them, ‘I have seen many wonders tonight. What does all that mean which I have seen?’ They replied, ‘We will inform you: As for the first man you came upon whose head was being smashed with the rock, he is the symbol of the one who studies the Qur’an, and then neither recites it nor acts on its orders, and sleeps neglecting the enjoined prayers. As for the man you came upon, whose sides of mouth, nostrils and eyes were torn off from front to back, he is the symbol of the man who goes out of his house in the morning and tells lies that are spread all over the world.

And those naked men and women whom you saw in a construction resembling an oven, they are the adulterers-fornicators and the adulteresses-fornicatresses; and the man whom you saw swimming in the river, and was given a stone to swallow, is the eater of Riba; and the bad looking man whom you saw near the fire kindling it and going around it is Malik, the gatekeeper of Hell; and the tall man whom you saw in the garden, is Ibrahim (Abraham), and the children around him are those who die on Al-Fithrah (the Islamic Faith of Monotheism).’” The narrator added: Some Muslims asked the Prophet saw, ‘O Allah’s Messenger! What about the children of Al-Mushrikun?” The Prophet saw replied, “And also the children of Al-Mushrikun.” The Prophet saw added, ‘My two companions added, ‘The men you saw half handsome and half ugly were those persons who had mixed an act that was good with another that was evil, but Allah forgave them.’” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 9/7047 (O.P.171)].

Brand is our Identity?

Have you found famous people whose clothes branded ‘anonymous’? Or their shoes found ‘no name’ brand? Or even their body using ‘no branded’ cosmetics? I bet you’ll say, “No!” or maybe “Almost Never..!!”

Absolutely, don’t even try to analyze them, because we, ourselves, couldn't live without “brand”. In fashion, for instance, we will choose the brand besides the style. We will rather choose those made by Calvin Klein than those with anonymous though they are more stylish. Or maybe, we won’t go out without putting up Revlon cosmetics on our faces, though there’re still other cosmetics without famous brand. Well, it’s natural, I guess. You may think that brand can identify how glorious you are or how trendy you are. Or you may think you can socialize and being approved by wearing those branded stuff? Well, again, it’s natural.

But, have you ever thought that we have the brand itself on our own? Yes, you are the brand of yourself.

Brand is made to identify something. We can differ which goods are good or bad by their brand. That’s why we chose A rather than B because A is having good quality than B. Then why we can be the chosen person while others not? Because we have ‘brand’ which have helped making ourselves good, better, or maybe the best. How people can be good, bad, worse, better, it all depends on how we take ourselves to act or to react or to behave on everything. We may find our community as our identity also. You may interest when you find out that most of the people in your community has the same unique behavior as yours. We sometimes called a community as ‘technology community’ or as ‘smart brain community’. That is because they are having good ability in technology or they can react fast to new things on technology. So other people would judge them as people who had brand on technology. So do you, what brand are you? Genius, generous, smart, beautiful, or even you name has a unique brand? Well, I guess it’s all up to you who chose the brand for yourselves.

As when we try to buy something and firstly we remember the brand, just reflect it to ourselves, how others will prefer to choose you to be their friend rather than others. That because we have a good brand that others like. Nevertheless, how people won’t respect you because of the bad image of your brand. So be careful, we have to be smart in deciding which brand is going to be ours. Because when you find difficult in changing the brand that you like to chose another better, then it would also difficult for people to chose you though you are better than others because of their brand has made choice.

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