Benefits from Hadeeth 7 -Heraclius & Abu Sufyan- (Sahih al-Bukhari Course Class Notes)

These are notes from a student:

    Dawah/Preaching to Non-Muslims

 Brief and complete Dawah.
 Start with the praise of Allah all mighty.
 Don’t over praise neither yourself nor Prophet (sallahAllahu alayhi wasallam))
 Discuss common points between your religion and non-Muslim’s religion to convince them that Islam is not a new religion.
 Tell them the benefits of embracing Islam and fear them from outcomes of not accepting it.
 You can give part of Quran to non-Muslims and it is better to give them translation in their language to let them understand teachings of Islam in a better way.
 Preach them with the verses of Quran.
 After dawah let that person be alone to think about it. Don’t put pressure on him. Let him take his time to search more about Islam.

    Communication Skills

 Talk to the point.
 1st ask questions related to the topic and then conclude results.
 Listen with patience to the answer given by other person and don’t correct them or negate them in between.
 Explain reason of your each question to clarify your purpose of asking them. Take other person out of fix.
 Truthfulness is the great value. Stay firm on it whatever the result will be.
 Discuss issues in front of group of people for their witness.

    Basic Teachings of Islam

 Start with the oneness of Allah.
 Pray 5 times a day.
 Speak the truth.
 To be chaste.
 Keep good relations with our kith and kin.

    Signs of Prophecy

 Prophets comes from noble families.
 Prophets are not kings but have more respect than kings do have.
 Prophets can never be liars.
 Prophets are always followed by poor people in the beginning.
 Prophet’s followers always increase as they preach the true religion of Allah.
 Prophet’s follower never retreated back or displeased as their hearts delighted with truth.
 Prophets never betray.
 Prophets always make relationship strong between humans and Allah by teaching them the true religion.
 Prophets always have circumcision.

    Leadership Skills

 Leader should be the most knowledgeable person among all.
 Leader should be wise and think before act.
 Leader should not take decisions by his own but should involve his heads and ask for their opinions as well and correct them logically if they are wrong.
 Leaders should inform his followers about any new decision made.
 Leaders should not assume things by them own. If there is any language problem they should ask for someone to translate message to him to understand it completely.
 Should take time and do some search before taking any new decision.

Notes from another Student:
Some of the main benefits/lessons of hadith #7 are:

-All those who were close to the prophet pbuh even those who did not follow him were unable to speak negatively about his character.
-The prophet pbuh had characteristics that matched the description in the holy scriptures before his time – He came as no surprise to those who had knowledge of the scriptures.
-The hadith provides insight to the character of the prophet pbuh as a man who:
-Comes from a noble family
-Was not merely copying the claims of others of prophethood
-Was not a dependent of kings
-Had poor followers
-Had an increasing number of followers
-Conveyed a message in which his followers never turned back to ignorance or away from it
-Was truthful
-Honoured his covenants
-Battled in a fair manner
-Asked his followers to worship Allah alone, pray, speak the truth, be chaste, and keep good relations with their kith and kin
-The prophet used to spread the message of Islam in a respectful, simple and bold manner.
-Some people will choose to be misguided even when they know the truth about the right path to follow.

These are notes from another student:
The Book of Revelation. Hadith #7.

– one of the most important hadiths, very beneficial for everyone to memorize, if possible

– this Hadith is in Revelation because the Deen was not new to Prophet Muhammad(salAllahu alayhi wa salam), revealed before to other Prophets (proven by Heraclius’s knowledge of the characteristics of Prophet Muhammad as in the previous scriptures)

– after the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) sent a letter to Heraclius with Dihya, Heraclius sought out another Makkan to find out more about the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam)

– Abu Sufyaan ibn Ḥarb ibn Umayya ibn ʿAbd al-Shams ibn ʿAbd Manāf was the closest relative to the Prophet among the group of 30 Makkans brought to Hercaclius, by way of their grandfather, Abd Manaf, this is important because Abu Sufyaan would know the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) best and be able to vouch for his character, etc.

– Heraclius told the companions of Abu Sufyaan to make sure that they should contradict Abu Sufyaan if he told a lie about the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam), shows that one should always tell the truth, whenever possible, even if the closest people to you are lying

– Heraclius asked Abu Sufyaan many questions about the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam), lesson learned is that one should ask questions first, then analyze the answers later

– Heraclius asked Abu Sufyaan “Have you ever accused him of telling lies before his claim(to be a Prophet)”, Abu Sufyaan said “no”, this shows that that the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) was very far from lies, ppl. called him Al-Ameen because he never told a lie

– Heraclius told Abu Sufyaan that “And in fact these(poor always) are the followers of the Messengers”, Heraclius got this info. from previous Scriptures, learn from this: the excellence of ilm, and that poor ppl. are able to see the truth of Islam more easily because less arrogant, thus arrogance clouds judgement and progression of one’s faith

– Heraclius asked about the # of followers of the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam), and also whether ppl. discarded the religion after accepting it, followers increasing, and no one discarded it, these points indicate that Islam is the truth

– Heraclius mentioned that he would certainly wash the feet of the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam), understand that even the non-muslims knew how much respect the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) deserved

– the letter of the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) to Heraclius, we learn that this format is the best way to give Dawah, how the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) did it, first teach the benefits of Islam, encourage the person to accept Islam, and then a warning that to reject Islam will have terrible consequences for that person and those who are misguided by him/her.

– in the sub-narration by Ibn An-Natur, Heraclius asked a question of his ppl., their reply was, “just issue orders to kill every Jew present in the country”, this can be a proof of how the Christians treated the Jews, and how much better Islam is, in its treatment of all other people.

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