Friday, 16 March 2007

Quick Hadith 116

Ali ibn Abi Talib RA narrates that Rasulullah SAW said:

"Three things should not be delayed -

(1) the Solat when it's time has set in;

(2) the Janazah Solat when the deceased is prepared and present; and

(3) the marriage of an unwedded woman when her Kufu (match) is found."

(Riwayat Tirmidhi, Mustadrak Hakim)


Among the wisdoms of not delaying fardh solat is that a person may obtain the reward of the main congregational prayer in the mosque/musalla and also - that should a person die between (e.g.) Zuhr and Asr, and he has already prayed Zuhr, he will not be accountable for not missing that solat - as opposed to a person who has intentionally, without any solid excuse - delayed the prayer. The deceased who has delayed his last solat will be as if he has left the commandment of Allah of solat for that time.

In Islam, the deceased are treated with great respect, and burial is done as soon as possible. Unlike the kuffar, they mourn for many days even while the body is decaying unburied. The obligations in the ritual of Janazah is something dealt with great haste as respect to the deceased and the command of Allah SWT and His Rasul SAW.

The above Hadith finally explains the importance of marrying a woman as soon as her match is found. In this day and age, the notions of "education" and "professional obligations" have blinded the common mass to think that these excuses are more important than finding an unwedded woman her match. This is usually the responsibility of her father and the male muhrims of her family. Through marriage, her Hayaa (modesty) and honour is protected and she may have children at a younger age whereby she will have much energy to contribute to the tarbiyah and training of her children. These are just some of the many benefits of following the advice of Rasulullah SAW.

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