Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Sunnah of Wearing Clothes

1. Say (Bismillah i.e. In the name of Allah), when you wear or take off your clothes. An Nawawi said: It is (i.e. saying Bismillah) recommended in all actions. 

2. The Prophet – Peace be upon him – used to say when he wearing his clothes, shirt, dress or turban: (O Allah, I ask You for its goodness and the goodness of what it has been made for, and I seek Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it has been made for) narrated by Abu Dawood, At Termithi, Ahmad, and it was authenticated by Ibn Hebban and Al-Hakem and he said that it meets the conditions of Muslim, and this was supported by Ath-Thahabi. 

3. Start by the right side upon wearing clothes. The Prophet – Peace be upon him – said: (If you wear clothes start with the right side) narrated by At-Termithi, Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah, and it is authentic. 

4. Upon taking off the clothes, start with the left side then the right.

The Three Friends

One day, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was sitting amidst his Companions in the mosque when all of a sudden he said, "Today I shall narrate a story to you all which will reveal three riddles for all of you to solve". This hushed the crowd and they all listened to what the Prophet had to say. Prophet Mohammad (SAW) continued by saying that there was a man who got to know that the days in his life was numbered and very soon he would be confronted with death. With this knowledge, he feared his loneliness in the grave and went searching for the true friends who would help and accompany him. He knocked on the door of his first friend and asked whether he would help.

The friend said, "Of course, what are we here for?" But then the man went on to say that he had very few days to live after which he required help. As soon as he uttered this statement, the friend said, "I am sorry but when death does us apart, there is nothing we can do for you but buy you a place in the graveyard and some cloth (Kafan) to cover your dead body." Grieved but looking forward to his next friend, the man moved on. On the second door, when he came face to face with his friend, and after narrating the entire story of his death and asked for help, the same answer was his fate again. The second friend said, "I have been there with you all your life and can help you here. But there's nothing I can do for you after you die except take your corpse to the graveyard and bury you."

Lost in agony and despair, he headed for the third friend, very sure that he would receive the same answer but there was a tinge of hope left. When he confronted the third friend, and told him that he required help, the friend eagerly volunteered to help. But the man continued to say that I need help after I die. To which the third friend replied, "Do not worry, my dear friend! I shall accompany you to the grave, be there with you in the grave, even when the angels arrive for questioning (Munkar & Nakeer), then assist you on the Sirat (bridge) and then lead you to heaven. To this the man heaved a sigh of relief and then passed away in peace.

The Prophet (SAW) then turned and asked his companions if anybody could identify the three friends and the man. When the prevailing silence didn't dissolve, the Prophet continued to say, "The man in the anecdote is any other human being. The first friend is money and wealth, things that help us only in life and not after we die. The second friend is the children, whom we strive for them all our life and all they give us is a shoulder to the grave. And the third and most important friend is Amal (deeds), who accompany us all the way through.

Moral: Do not strive for materialistic values that will give you nothing and help you in no way in your eternal life. But work and pray and ask forgiveness from Allah for only the good deeds assist mankind where every other thing loses value in the life hereafter!