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The Nineteenth Narration

Ibn Abi Nu’m says:


كنت شاهدا لابن عمر وسأله رجل عن دم البعوض فقال ممن أنت فقال من أهل العراق قال انظروا إلى هذا يسألني عن دم البعوض وقد قتلوا ابن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وسمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول هما ريحانتاي من الدنيا

I was present when a man asked Ibn ‘Umar about the blood of mosquitoes.

Ibn ‘Umar said, “From where are you?”

The man replied, “From Iraq.”

Ibn ‘Umar said, “Look at that! he is asking me about the blood of Mosquitoes while they (the Iraqis) have killed the (grand) son of the Prophet.

I have heard the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam saying, “They (Hassan and Hussain) are my two sweet-smelling flowers in this world.”[1]


Commentary and Lessons Learnt from this Narration:

  1. The virtue of Hussain radiya Llahu ‘anhu being linked to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.


  1. The desirability to hold one’s child close and inhale their scent—especially for the Ahlul Bayt—as has been reported in many ahadith.


  1. Calling them his sweet-smelling flowers lends virtue to the Ahlul Bayt. Virtuous offspring indicate towards a pure lineage. Sweet smelling flowers emerge from unadulterated soil. Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala says:


وَالْبَلَدُ الطَّيِّبُ يَخْرُجُ نَبَاتُهُ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِيْ خَبُثَ لَا يَخْرُجُ إِلَّا نَكِدًا

And the good land – its vegetation emerges by permission of its Lord; but that which is bad – nothing emerges except sparsely, with difficulty.[2]


  1. Ibn Rajab writes:


أن التدقيق في التوقف عن الشبهات، إنما يصلح لمن استقامت أحواله كلها، وتشابهت أعماله في التقوى والورع فأما من يقع في انتهاك المحرمات الظاهرة، ثم يريد أن يتورع عن شيء من دقائق الشبه، فإنه لا يحتمل له ذلك، بل ينكر عليه، كما قال ابن عمر

Discerning what perhaps may be doubtful can be understood with regards to men of absolute piety. As for those that indulge in the impermissible openly have no reason to sweat the negligible. They will be rebuked on such hogwash.[3]


  1. The Ahlul Bayt should strive to be meticulous.


  1. That which does not have flowing blood will not be impure, provided it is not borne through impurity.


  1. The Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum would not curse a specific wrongdoer. The narrations suggest that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam taught the same. He prohibited cursing those upon whom capital punishment was carried out.


  1. When a majority of a city is a cause for someone’s death, they will all be associated to that death.


  1. Staying aloof from the scholars and wise men has perhaps been the singular worst cause for dissention amongst the ummah.


  1. Hurtling head long towards dissension and woe is the ways of the unlearned and unwise.


  1. Trials and tribulations result in the passing of the best in the ummah.


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[1] Sahih al Bukhari, Hadith: 5648.

[2] Surah al A’raf: 58.

[3] Jami’ al ‘Ulum wa al Hikam vol. 2 pg. 303.

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