Sunday 19 May 2024

The Most Liked and Hated Places in the sight of Allah (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Places where one spends his most of the time has a deep impacting impression on his personality, thinking, personal dealings and even faith. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in one of his Hadiths has mentioned two places, one of which is most liked by Allah, and the other most hated.

This Hadith is quoted in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: Book 5 The Book of Mosques and Places of Prayer - كتاب الْمَسَاجِدِ وَمَوَاضِعِ الصَّلاَةِ / Chapter 52 The virtue of sitting in one’s prayer place after Subh, and the virtue of the masajid / باب فَضْلِ الْجُلُوسِ فِي مُصَلاَّهُ بَعْدَ الصُّبْحِ وَفَضْلِ الْمَسَاجِدِ ‏‏ / as Hadith number # 671 as under:

Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: The parts of land dearest to Allah are its masjids, and the parts most hateful to Allah are markets.

Arabic Text:
وَحَدَّثَنَا هَارُونُ بْنُ مَعْرُوفٍ، وَإِسْحَاقُ بْنُ مُوسَى الأَنْصَارِيُّ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا أَنَسُ بْنُ عِيَاضٍ، - حَدَّثَنِي ابْنُ أَبِي ذُبَابٍ، فِي رِوَايَةِ هَارُونَ - وَفِي حَدِيثِ الأَنْصَارِيِّ حَدَّثَنِي الْحَارِثُ - عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ مِهْرَانَ مَوْلَى أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ أَحَبُّ الْبِلاَدِ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَسَاجِدُهَا وَأَبْغَضُ الْبِلاَدِ إِلَى اللَّهِ أَسْوَاقُهَا ‏"‏ ‏.‏

That is one whose orientation remains towards Allah and the one who finds solace and tranquility in a place is the places of Allah, that is the masjids (mosques). Here a man of faith falls in prostration in front of Allah in total humility and submission, and knows his act of prostration will be accepted and rewarded. Even otherwise, in addition to offering five daily prayers, a believer interacts with others, which adds to the solidifying the bondage of brotherhood. Masjid is also a place where one learns about the religion, engaging in remembrance of Allah by using many attributes of Allah, alone or with a group. Such actions are most liked by Allah and rewards His servants profusely and in abundance.

As for the market places, where most of us tend to spend our most of the time to attend to our business or seek any form work or job, are places infested with the Devil and his aids. Thus it is generally seen that business deals are based on deceit and deception to hoodwink the customers and to attain undue profits.

Imaam an-Nawawee رحمه الله said in its explanation: “That is because Masaajid are the houses of obedience and bases of Taqwā whereas markets are a place of deception, treachery, interest (Ribā), lies, broken promises and turning away from the Remembrance of Allāh.”

We must, our dear brothers and sisters, spend least time in the marketplaces and rush to masjids to remember Allah. This does not mean that one should not do business and remain busy in worship of Allah. This hadith tells us to lay down priorities and even when we are doing business or job, our intentions should be honest, clear of any deceit and deception, and even if we have to lose for the sake of honesty, we should not indulge in negativities. For Allah compensates those who remember Him much and are honest in their dealings.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
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May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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Please refer to our reference page: Collection of Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  for more Hadiths on the General Subjects.

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Great Article
Mosques are to be loved and must be filled by believers. Other places where we have to go, must not be visited un necessarily.

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