Imaam Al-Bukhari [rahimahullaah] said, ”Chapter: Whoever sat at the farther end of a gathering….” [Imaam Bin Baaz mentioned some beneficial points]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam Al-Bukhaari [rahimahullaah] said: Chapter: Whoever sat at the farther end of a gathering. And whoever found a place amongst a gathering and took his seat there.”

Narrated Abu Waaqid Al-Laythi (radiyallaahu-anhu): While Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came.  Two of them came in front of Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and the third went away.  The two kept on standing before Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind them (the gathering), and the third went away.  When Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) finished his gathering, he said, ‘’Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them betook himself to Allaah, so Allaah took him into His Grace and Mercy and accompanied him, the second felt shy, so Allaah was shy towards him [1] ; while the third turned away, so Allaah turned away from him.” [2]

Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: In this (hadeeth) there are beneficial points:

[a] Sometimes he [i.e. the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) used to have sittings—sometimes in the Masjid and sometimes in the house. [b] It is recommended for the one who enters a masjid whilst there is a gathering that he joins it. [c] In this (hadeeth is evidence about) being eager to benefit (in knowledge); so he enters if he finds a space; but if not he (stays) at the back. [d] In this (hadeeth) there is a warning against turning away from knowledge. [3]

[1] Allaah (The Most High) was shy towards him in a way that befits Allaah’s Majesty. Imaam Muhammad ibn Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) said: Allaah’s shyness is not similar to the shyness of the creation. (see Tafseer Soorah Al-Baqarah Ayah 26. Here:

[2]Saheeh al-Bukhaari Vol 1. Hadeeth Number 66]

[3]Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-Ta’liqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari Vol 1: page 34. Footnote 2

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