In the name of Allah, and all praise belongs to Allah. May salutation and
blessing also be bestowed upon the Messenger.
On the 24th of Rabee’ at-Thaanee of the year 1433 coinciding with the 17th of March of the year 2012, we benefited the following from the esteemed Shaikh, Muhammad Muhammadi an-Nooristaani, may Allah preserve him:
The Saheeh of al-Bukhaaree is the most authentic book on the face of the earth after the Noble Qur’aan. The author took great care in compiling and arranging his Saheeh. There is no word that he placed inside of it except due to a wisdom. His choice of words, in all of its brevity, often shows his excellence in the Arabic language and the depth of his Fiqh. There is even extensive wisdom in the sequence of order he chose for each Hadeeth. Rather, there is even superb scholarship in the order he entitled the books of his Saheeh.
al-Bukhaaree, may Allah bestow mercy upon him, began his Saheeh with the Book of the Beginning of Revelation since revelation takes precedence over all matters in the religion and it is the source of our religion itself. Thereafter, he brings the Book of Eemaan (Faith) as revelation causes us to have proper belief and correct belief is based upon revelation. And From Eemaan (Faith) is Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism).
So due to the importance of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism), he ends his Saheeh with the Book of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) bringing us back to the same Eemaan (Faith) we began with. After Eemaan (Faith), is the Book of Knowledge since one’s belief must be based upon legislative knowledge and knowledge must precede speech and action which are two of the three most integral components of Eemaan (Faith). Succeeding the Book of Knowledge, the author, may Allah bestow mercy upon him, then delves into the actions of Islaam showing that actions are from Eemaan beginning with purification and the prayer.
Of course this poses a question to us. If amazing benefits such as these can be extracted simply from the arrangement of the titles of his books within his Saheeh, what does one think about the vast ocean of knowledge that must be contained within the books themselves?!
We ask Allah, the Mighty, the Majestic, that He allows us to truly benefit from this work granting us sincerity therein. We ask Allah that he showers our teachers in his mercy. And We ask Allah to grant never ending reward to the authors of the works we are studying from.
Abu Rayhaanah Aqil ibn Kenneth Ingram
Benefits from Saheeh al-Bukhaaree: Whoever Sits at the End of the Gathering and Whoever Sees an Opening in the Gathering and He Sits Therein
Benefits from Saheeh al-Bukhaaree
Whoever Sits at the End of the Gathering and Whoever Sees an Opening in the Gathering and He Sits Therein
In the name of Allah, and all praise belongs to Allah. May salutation and blessing also be bestowed upon the Messenger of Allah.
Book : Saheeh al-Bukhaaree
Section: The Book of Knowledge
Chapter: Whoever Sits at the End of the Gathering and Whoever Sees an Opening in the Gathering and He Sits Therein.
Teacher: Shaikh Muhammad Muhammadi an-Nooristaani
On the 1st of Jumaadaa al-Oolaa of the year 1433 coinciding with the 24th of March of the year 2012, we benefited the following from the esteemed Shaikh, Muhammad Muhammadi an-Nooristaani, may Allah preserve him:
al-Bukhaaree reports on the authority of Abu Waaqid al-Laithy that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, was sitting in the Masjid and the people were amongst him. Then three individuals came forth. Two of them came forward to the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, and one of them departed. He states, “Two of them halted at the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. As for one of the two of them, he saw an opening in the gathering so he sat therein. As for the other, he sat behind them. And as for the third, he turned back departing.
When the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, finished, he said, ‘Shall I not inform you all about the three individuals? As for the first of them, he betook himself to Allah so Allah betook him to Himself. As for the second of them, he was shy so Allah was shy of him. And as for the third, he turned away so Allah turned away from him.’”
In this chapter, al-Bukhaaree, may Allah bestow mercy upon him, explains the guidelines of etiquette in the circles of knowledge and also encourages sitting within these circles.
The first individual was eager in obtaining something so Allah gave him that which he was eager in. The second individual was shy so Allah was shy of him. This means that Allah bestowed his mercy upon him and did not punish him. The third individual did not have the zeal and earnest desire to seek knowledge.
Benefits of the Hadeeth:
1) The permissibility of mentioning the state of the people of sin to warn others from falling into that sin. Yet examine how the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, and the companion reporting the Hadeeth mentioned the action without specifying the individual. In one breath, he benefited the entire Ummah (Muslim Nation) warning them from harm while covering the fault of the Muslim, at the same time, preserving his honor! Allahu Akbar!
2) The Virtue of the circles of knowledge and the remembrance of Allah.
3) Being praised and raised due to seeking knowledge.
4) Being praised due to possessing modesty.
5) The author, may Allah bestow mercy upon him, is explaining whoever can not find a seat in the gathering should sit at the edge of the gathering. On the same token, whoever finds a space in the gathering should take it even if it is between the people.
Abu Rayhaanah Aqil ibn Kenneth Ingram