Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:
We all have been created for the ‘ibaadat of Allah Ta‘ala. However, There are different types and levels of ‘ibaadat. Some are direct, such as salaah, tilaawat, and zikr, while others are indirect and ultimately become ‘ibaadat, like eating and wudhu. The soul and rooh of all ‘ibaadat is the zikr (awareness and remembrance) of Allah Ta‘ala. This brings life to the ‘ibaadat and enhances its value. ‘Ibaadat without zikr is like a dead corpse.
Source: Stepping Stones-Part One
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم ما من داع يدعو إلى شيء إلا وقف يوم القيامة لازما لدعوته ما دعا إليه وإن دعا رجل رجلا رواه ابن ماجه ورواته ثقات (الترغيب والترهيب 1/116)
Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who used to invite people towards anything (or deed, whether good or bad) in the world, on the day of Qiyaamah he will remain firmly joined to those people whom he used to invite, even though a person had invited just one person (he will be made to stand with him i.e. The person whom he had invited towards any deed, whether good or bad, he will be made to stand with such a person).”
1. One should wear trousers or a lungi under one’s kurta. One should avoid wearing Bermudas/jammies under the kurta.
2. The clothing one chooses to wear should not have any emblem or logo that has a kufr connotation or is a sign of kufr e.g. the cross, devil, Nike tick etc.
عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم. (أبو داود رقم 4033)
Hadhrat ibn Umar (Radihyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who emulates a people will be counted from amongst them (in the court of Allah Ta’ala).
عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص قال: رأى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم علي ثوبين معصفرين فقال إن هذه من ثياب الكفار فلا تلبسها (مسلم رقم 2077)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports: Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had seen me wear two yellow-coloured pieces of cloth. He said: “This is from the clothing of the disbelievers, therefore do not wear it.”
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
It is generally witnessed that many of those who do not subscribe to the following of any mazhab harbour ill thoughts and bad opinions regarding those who follow an Imaam. This quality of thinking good of oneself and harbouring ill thoughts regarding others is a root cause of all evils and wrongs. Thereafter, this evil quality within such a person progresses to the point where it causes him to run down followers of a mazhab and criticize them. Even if such a person is not guilty of these wrongs, then too treading upon such a path (i.e. remaining unrestricted and uncommitted to the following of one mazhab) is an extremely dangerous path to tread on in one’s Deen. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/274)
Hijrah (Migrating to Madinah Munawwarah):
Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) migrated to Madinah Munawwarah after the battles of Badr and Uhud were fought. In some narrations, it is mentioned that he migrated after the battle of Khandaq.
(Isaabah 7/107, Usdul Ghaabah 1/343, ibn Sa‘d 4/170, Istee‘aab 1/321)
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) testifies to the truthfulness of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):
Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “The sky has not shaded and the earth has not carried a person more truthful than Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”
Note: While this hadith shows that Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had attained the highest level of truthfulness, it does not negate other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), such as the Khulafaa-e-Raashideen, also having the highest level of truthfulness.