CHAPTER ON THE PILLOW OF
SAYYIDINA RASOOLULLAH SALLALLAHU ALAIHE WASALLAM
Shamaa-il Tirmidhi Contents
Hadeeth 3 & 4
(123) Hadith Number 1
Jaabir bin Samura radiyallahu anhu reports, "I observed Rasoolullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam lean on a pillow which was on his left side
It is permissible to put a pillow on both the right and left as stated
in the hadith. The left is mentioned but only incidentally according to
the rules and regulations of the muhadditeen (hadith scholars) the left
side is not mentioned in the well -known narrations. Imam tirmizi has for
this reason commented on this at the end of the chapter.
(124) Hadith 2
Abu Bakrah radiyallahu anhu relates that, "Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe
wasallam once said, :Must I show you a great sin, from among the greatest
sins?" The sahaabah replied, "Yes O Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam,
do tell us." Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, "To ascribe
a partner unto Allah. To disobey one's parents. To bare false witness,
(or tell a lie). (The narrator is not sure which of the two Sayyidina Rasoolullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam had said). At that time Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam was leaning on something. When he mentioned lies, he sat
up, and because of its importance began to repeat it many times, till we
began hoping that he would stop, and not repeat it so many times".
The reason for the sahaabah radiyallhu anhum wishing that Sayyidina
Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam should stop repeating it, is because
of their love for Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallhu alaihe wasallam, and
there fear that he would become tired. It is enough to say a thing once.
It could be possible that he might have become angry, or that in anger,
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu aliahe wasallam might say something that
would become a cause of loss to the ummah. Those who attend these type
of religious or wordly assemblies are well aware of such situations. Sayyidina
Rasoolullah sallallhu alaihe wasallam repeated it to show its importance.
Lies and falsehood inevitably gets a person involved in adultery, murder
and many other sins. Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam also
said, "When a person lies, the angels stay a distance of a mile away from
him because odour it causes in person's mouth". He has also said, "A believer
cannot be a liar". Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique radiyallahu Anhu says, "Stay
away from lies, because lies keep away Imaan."
In this hadith the major sins are mentioned. In the shari'ah
there are two types of sins. One is the minor sins, which are forgiven
after performing wudu, sallah, saum, haj etc. The second is the major or
greater sins. These are never forgiven without sincere taubah (repentence).
Certainly if Allah wills He wil forgive even the major sins through His
Great Mercy. This is an exception, but the fundamental laws is that they
are not forgiven without sincere taubah. The 'alama differ as to the count
of major sins. Special books have been written on this subject.
'Allaamah Dha-habi has written a special treatise on this subject, wherein
he has counted four hundred major sins. Allamah Ibn Hajar has also written
a two volume book which has been printed in Egypt. He has mentioned all
the major sins on every subject, like that of salaah, saum, zakaah, haj
etc. He has counted four hundred and sixty seven sins major sins in detail.
Mulla Ali Qarri has written the commentary of the Shamaa-il Tirmidhi, the
common major sins as follows: To murder a person; adultery; homosexual behaviour;
the drinking of wine and other intoxicants; theft; falsely accusing a person;
refusing to give evidence of a fatual incident; take a false oath; unlawfully
taking possession of anothers wealth or belonging; running away from war
without a valid reason; dealing in interest; stealing
an orphan's possessions; taking and giving bribes; disobeying parents;
cutting of relationship with one's relatives; relating a false hadith;
breaking fast in Ramdhaan (without a valid reason); cheating in measures
and weights; performing a fardh salaah before or after its stipulated time;
avoiding paying zakaah; hitting or ill-treating a Muslim or non-Muslim with
whom an agreement has been made; accusing or talking ill of the Sahabah radiyallahu
anhum; backbiting especially about an aalim or a haafiz of Qur'aan; telling
tales (backbite) to an opressor; being shameless and accepting the prostitution
or unlawful habits of one's wife or daughter's; pimping; abstaining from
Amri-bin-ma;ruf Wan-nahyi anil munkar (commanding to do good, and prohibiting
from commiting evil), whilst having the strength and means to do so; practising
black-magic (sihr-jadu) and teaching to others; casting a spell (black-magic)
on someone; learning the Qur'aan and forget it; burning a living thing
without a valid reason; giving up hope of attending Allah's mercy; having
a fear of His punishment; a woman disobeying her husband and without a
valid excuse refused to fulfil his desires.
Mulla Ali Qaari has given the above examples of major sins in the Mazaahiri
Haq, translation and commentary on Mishkaat a special chapter has been
written in the begining, whrein similar sins have been mentioned. It has
also been stated there in that to ascribe a partner on to Allah, in whatever
form, e.g making a partner in praying to him; in seeking assistance; in
knowledge; in his divine power and authority in creating; in calling (someone
not present) for help; in naming; slaughtering; in offering a vow; or the
handling over all such in matters to people instead of
Allah; etc. The following are also included in the kitaab: To make an intention
to persist in sinning; to consume intoxicants; marry one's mahram; gamble; eat the meat of a dead animal; have faith in an astrologer,
and forecasts of soothsayers; criticise Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam and the malla-ikah, and to deny his (Sayyidina Rasulullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam's) prophethood and their (malaa-ikah's) existence;
criticise the Sahabah radiyallahu anhum; cause a quarrel and fight between
husband and wife; be wasteful; create rebellion, intrigue or mischief;
appear nude before others (besides one's wife, or husband); be niggardly
and stingy; not cleansing one's self from urine and sperm (i.e. if these
fall onto the clothing and body and are not washed); disbelieve and refute
taqdder (divine fore-ordainment); lower the trouser or lungi below the
ankles in pride; lament (no-hah) a persons death; begin or invent a bad
mode, thing or manner; be ungrateful to a benefactor; call a Muslim a disbeliever;
have intercourse with a mensturating woman; become happy when food becomes
scarce; commit a sexual act with an animal; look at a man with lust; peep
or spy in another's house; degrade the Ulama or the Huffaaz of the Qur'aan;
fail to treat all wives equally if one has more than one wife; be unfaithful
to amir or leader etc.
The major sins also have their stages. That is why in the above Hadith
only the main ones among the major sins are mentioned according to their
circumstances. The Ulama have written that to keep on committing a (minor)
sin, results in it becoming a major sin, and by repenting sincerely a major
sin is forgiven. A sincere taubah is that, one should make a firm resolution
that one shall not commit that sin again.
(125) Hadith 3 and 4
Abu Juhayafah radiyallahu anhu reports that: "Rasulullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam said: 'I do not lean when I have meals.'."
This manner of eating is against humility, and it drives one to eat
more. Some people are of the opinion that it results in creating a large
tummy, and the food also does not digest quickly. Sayyidina Rasulullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam mentions himself so that he may be emulated.
The Ulama write that there are four methods of leaning, and all four are
included here. The first is to lean with either side of the bodyon a wall,
pillow, etc. The second is to lean with the palms on the ground. The third
is to sit cross legged on a pillow. The fourth method is to lean with the
back on a large pillow or wall. All these postures are included in the
(127) Hadith 5
Jaabir bin Samurah radiyallahu anhu says: "I had seen Rasulullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam lean on a pillow."
This is the same Hadith mentioned at the beginning of the chapter.
The author wanted to comment on this Hadith, therefore it is mentioned