Your Lord has a right on you, your soul has a right on you, and your family has a right on you...

Narrated Abu Juhaifa (ra)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) made a bond of  brotherhood between Salman (ra) and Abu Ad-Darda' (ra). Salman paid a visit to Abu Ad-Darda' and found Um Ad-Darda' dressed in shabby clothes and asked her
why she was in that state. She replied, "Your brother Abu Ad-Darda' is not interested in (the luxuries of) this world." In the meantime Abu Ad-Darda' came and prepared a meal for Salman. Salman requested Abu Ad-Darda' to eat (with him), but Abu Ad-Darda' said, "I am fasting." Salman said, "I am not going to eat unless you eat." So, Abu Ad-Darda' ate (with Salman). When it was night and (a part of the night passed), Abu Ad-Darda' got up (to offer the night prayer), but Salman told him to sleep and Abu Ad-Darda' slept. After sometime Abu Ad-Darda' again got up but Salman told him to sleep. When it was the last hours of the night, Salman told him to get up then, and both of them offered the prayer. Salman told Abu Ad-Darda', "Your Lord has a right on you, your soul has a right on you, and your family has a right on you; so you should give the rights of all those who has a right on you." Abu Ad-Darda' came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and narrated the whole story. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Salman has spoken the truth."


"Good deeds are not equal to the evil ones. Repel other's evil deeds with your good deeds. You will see that he with whom you had enmity, will become your close friend.
But none will attain this quality except those who patiently endure and none will attain this quality except those who are truly fortunate."

Chapter: 41, Verses 34-35, Al-Quran
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Nuriddeenk on February 19, 2010 at 7:53 AM said...

But I wonder if you could explain this hadith, why did his friend stop him from performing good act and why did Abu Darda listen to him?

baili on February 19, 2010 at 9:05 AM said...

very true ,some time we dont get the real meaning of the love for dear god ,i agree with IQBAL that there are so many people who love god and looking for his will in jungles but i will be his fan ,who will love his people,again its about balance ,he wants us to love and remember him all the time and it is possible when we feel his depth of love around us in the shape of health family and count less gifts,it brings a deep honesty in our prayers ,god bless you brother

Ibn Hanif on February 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM said...


Assaalamu alaikum,

I think I would not be able to explain this with my own words,
but we can try to understand one hadith in the light of others so, here are two more narrations on similar topic:
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (ra)

"A group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (sall Allahu alaihe wa sallam) asking how the Prophet worshipped (Allah), and when they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, "Where are we from the Prophet (sall Allahu alaihe wa sallam) as his past and future sins have been forgiven." Then one of them said, "I will offer the prayer throughout the
night forever." The other said, "I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast." The third said, "I will keep away from the women and will not marry forever."
Allah's Apostle (sall Allahu alaihe wa sallam) came to them and said, "Are you the same people who said so-and-so? By Allah, I am more submissive to Allah and more afraid of Him than you; yet I fast and break my fast, I do sleep and I also marry women. So he who does not follow my tradition in religion, is not from me (not one of my followers)." (Al-Bukhari)

Narrated Abdullah bin Amr (ra)
The news of my daily fasting and praying every night throughout the night reached the Prophet (peace be upon him). So he sent for me or I met him, and he said, "I have been informed that you fast every day and pray every night (all the night). Fast (for some days) and give up fasting (for some days); pray and sleep, for your eyes have a right on you, and your body and your family (i.e. wife) have a right on you." (Part of a long hadith, Sahih Bukhari)

Ibn Hanif on February 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM said...


Thanks for your comments, May Allah bless you too.


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