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A great virtue of making wudu

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Kindly provide the reference and translation of the following narration:

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أتى المقبرة، فقال: السلام عليكم دار قوم مؤمنين، وإنا إن شاء الله بكم لاحقون، وددت أنا قد رأينا إخواننا قالوا: أولسنا إخوانك؟ يا رسول الله قال: أنتم أصحابي وإخواننا الذين لم يأتوا بعد فقالوا: كيف تعرف من لم يأت بعد من أمتك يا رسول الله؟ فقال: أرأيت لو أن رجلا له خيل غر محجلة بين ظهري خيل دهم بهم ألا يعرف خيله؟ قالوا: بلى يا رسول الله قال: فإنهم يأتون غرا محجلين من الوضوء، وأنا فرطهم على الحوض ألا ليذادن رجال عن حوضي كما يذاد البعير الضال أناديهم ألا هلم فيقال: إنهم قد بدلوا بعدك فأقول سحقا سحقا

 

Answer

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) and others have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 249)

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) once came to the graveyard and said: ‘Peace be upon you O [inhabitants of] the abode of the believers. Indeed, we will be meeting with you if [and when] Allah [Ta’ala wills]. I would have most certainly loved to have seen our brethren.’

They [i.e. – the companions of Rasulullah – sallalalhu ‘alayhi wasallam] enquired: O Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam], are we not your brethren?

He [i.e. Rasulullah – sallalalhu ‘alayhi wasallam] replied: ‘You are my companions, and our brethren are those who have not yet come.’

They then asked: How will you recognize those amongst your Ummah [nation] who have not yet arrived?

He said: ‘Tell me, if a man owned horses, which had white patches on their foreheads and legs, and were [mixed in] with other horses, which were dark and black [having no other colour], would he not recognize his horses?

They replied: “Of course O Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam]!

He [then] said: Indeed, they will come [on the day of judgement] with shining foreheads, [faces] and limbs due to the [traces of] wudu, and I will be their scout [waiting for them] at the pond! Behold, [some] individuals will be driven away just as a lost camel is driven away. I will call out to them [saying:], come here! [But] then it will be said: “Verily they have changed after you”

I will then say: Away! Away! [i.e Stay far away!]

(Refer: Al-Minhaj, Hadith: 583; Also see: Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 247-248)

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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