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19 November 2017 CE | 29 Safar 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Teaching the People Good


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah and His angels, and even the ant in its stone, and the fish in the sea, pray for the one who teaches the people good.” In another variant, “A man of knowledge has those in the heavens and the earth, even the fish in the sea, ask for his forgiveness.” [Tabarani]

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said, “Some scholars have mentioned that the secret of the animals of the earth asking for forgiveness for men of knowledge is that the men of knowledge (along with Allah’s other commands) tell people to treat all creatures well and to kill only those animals it is permitted to kill or slaughter properly. Therefore, their good influence extends to all animals and that is why they ask for forgiveness for them.

“Another meaning is also evident from this hadith, and that is that all animals obey Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) willingly, and glorify Him without disobeying Him. Therefore, all creation which obeys Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) also loves the people who obey Him. So how much more so it is in the case of someone who truly knows Allah, His rights and the obedience due to Him! If anyone has this quality, Allah loves him and purifies him and praises him and commands His slaves among the people of the heavens and the earth and all creatures to love him and pray for him. That is their prayer on him, and He places love for him in the hearts of His believing slaves.” [The World of the Angels by Sheikh Abdul-Hamid Kishk]

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