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Four Things…

Narrated Abu Jamra: I used to sit with Ibn `Abbas and he made me sit on his sitting place. He requested me to stay with him in order that he might give me a share from his property. So stayed with him for two months. Once he told (me) that when the delegation of the tribe of `Abdul Qais came to the Prophet, the Prophet asked them, “Who are the people (i.e. you)? (Or) who are the delegate?” They replied, “We are from the tribe of Rabi`a.” Then the Prophet said to them, “Welcome! O people (or O delegation of `Abdul Qais)! Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We cannot come to you except in the sacred month and there is the infidel tribe of Mudar intervening between you and us. So please order us to do something good (religious deeds) so that we may inform our people whom we have left behind (at home), and that we may enter Paradise (by acting on them).” Then they asked about drinks (what is legal and what is illegal). The Prophet ordered them to do four things and forbade them from four things. He ordered them to believe in Allah Alone and asked them, “Do you know what is meant by believing in Allah Alone?” They replied, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” Thereupon the Prophet said, “It means: −1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle. −2. To offer prayers perfectly −3. To pay the Zakat (obligatory charity) −4. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan  And to pay Al−Khumus (one fifth of the booty to be given in Allah’s Cause). Then he forbade them four things, namely Hantam, Dubba, Naqir−Muzaffat or (Naqir) Muqaiyar (names of pots in which Alcoholic drinks were prepared, the Prophet used the names of the pots to designate the prohibited drinks usually brewed in them). The Prophet further said (to them): “Memorize them (these instructions) and convey them to the people whom you have left behind.”

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