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DICTIONARY OF ISLAM.
AR-RABB. "The Lord," "The Sustainer," "The supporter." A title frequently used in the Qur'an for the Divine Being, e.g.:-
Surah iii. 44: "God (Allah) is my Lord (Rabb) and your Lord (Rabb)."
Surah xviii 13: "Our Lord (Rabb) is the Lord (Rabb) of the heavens and the earth."
From its frequent occurrence in the Qu'ran, it would seem to occupy the place of the Hebrew Jehovah, the of the LXX., the Dominus of the Vulgate, and the LORD of the English Bible; but all Muslim writers say that whilst Allah is the Ismu 'z-Zat or "Essential name of God," ar- Rabb, "the Lord," is but, an Ismu Sifah, or attribute, of the Almighty.
Al-Baizawi, the commentator (p. 6, line 10, of Flugul's edition), says, "rubb, in its literal meaning, is 'to bring up,' that is, to bring or educate anything up to its perfect standard, by slow degrees, and inasmuch as the Almighty is He who can bring everything to perfection, the 'word ar-Rabb, is especially applied to God."
It is the Hebrew Rab, which enters into the composition of many names of dignity and office in the Bible.
In Muslim works of theology, the word occurs with the following combination:-
Rabbu 'l-'Izzah…. Lord of Glory
The word is also used for a master or owner, e.g.:-
Rabbu 'd-Dar…. The Master of the house.
RABBU 'N-NAU. The "Lord of the Species." An angel who is said to preside over the animate and inanimate creation, viz. nabutat, "vegetable"; haiwanat, "animal"; jamadat, "inanimate" (stones, earth, &c.), called al-'alamu, 's-Sufii, "the lower creation," an distinguished from al-'alamu 'l-'ulwi, " the heavenly world" (See Ghiyasu 'l-Lughah.)
RABFU 'L-AKHIR. "The last spring month." The fourth month of the Muhammadan year. [MONTHS.]
RABI'U 'L-AWWAL. "The first spring month." The third month of the Muhammadan year. [MONTHS.]
In India, the word rubi' is used for spring harvest, or crop sown after the rains.
RACHEL. Arabic Rahil Heb. Rahel. The wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph. Not mentioned in the Qur'an, but the name occurs in commentaries.
The English form Rachel is a strange error on the part of our translators, who almost invariably represent the Hebrew by the letter h. The correct form, Rahel, which is the form familiar to Muslim writers, occurs once In the English Bible, Jer. xxxi. 15.
AR RA'D. "Thunder." The title of the xiiith Surah of the Qur'an, in the 14th verse of which the word occurs. "The thunder celebrates his praise."
RADD. "Rejection, repulsion, refutation, reply; repeal, abrogation, making null sad void sometimes, erasure. In Muhammadan law it applies especially to the return or surplus of an inheritance which remains after the legal portions have been distributed among the sharers, and which, in default of a residuary heir, returns, or is to be divided amongst the original sharers.
RADDU 'S-SALAM. The returning of a salutation which is an incumbent duty upon one Muslim to another. [SALUTATION.]
AR-RAFI'. . "The Exalter." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God. The word occurs in the Qur'an. Surah iii. 48: "When God said, O Jesus! I will make thee die and will take take up again to myself" .
RAFI' IBN KHADIJ.
One of the Sahabah. He was too young to be present at Badr, but he accompanied Muhammad at Uhud and was wounded with an arrow, on which occasion the Prophet said to him, " I will answer for
you in the Day of Judgment." He cited at al-Madinah. A.H. 73, aged 86.
RAFIZI. Lit. "A forsaker,' Synonymous with Rafizah (pl. Rawafiz) A term used for a body of soldiers, who have deserted their commander and turned back again. applied to a sect of Shi'ahs who joined Zaid the son of 'Ali, the son of al-Husain, the second son of the Khalifah 'Ali who when they had submitted to Zaid, demanded that he should abuse Abu Bakr and Umar, the first two Khalifahs of the Sunnis; but Zaid refused to do so, for he said, "They were both Wazirs of my forefather Muhammad." Upon this they forsook the party of Zaid, and were called Rafizah. Zaid had then only fourteen faithful companions left, and be was soon surrounded by al-Hajjaj ibn Yusef. the general of the Imam Ja'far's army, and fell at the head of his brave companions,. not one of them surviving him.
(2) The term Rafizi is used by Sunni Muslims for any sect of Shi'ahs.
RAHBANIYAH. . [MONASTICISM.]
RAHIB. pl. Ruhban. A Christian monk. Mentioned in the Qur'an. Surah v. 86: "Thou wilt find the nearest in love to those who believe to be those who say, 'We are Christians; that is, because there are amongst them priests (qissisun) and monks (ruhban), and because they are not proud." [MONASTICISM.]
RAHIL. . Lit. "That which is fit for travelling." A small book stand made so as to fold up for convenience in travelling, but now is generally used as a book
stand in mosques and Muslim schools to support the Qur'an and other books as the student reads his lesson from them. They are also used in private dwellings.
AR-RAHIM. "The Compassionate." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God. It generally occurs in conjunction with the attribute ar-Rahman, e.g. Qur'an, Surah ii. 158: The Merciful, The Compassionate." [RAHMAN.]
RAHMAR. , Heb. ritham. "Mercy, compassion." The attribute of mercy is frequently dwelt upon in the Qur'an, e.g. Surah vii. 54: "The mercy of God is nigh unto those who do well."
Surah x. 58: "A guidance and a mercy to believers"
Surah vi, 183 "Thy Lord is the rich one, full of compassion."
Ar-Rahman, "The Merciful" is one of the chief attributes of the Almighty.
AR-RAHMAN. , Heb. rahum"The Merciful." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God. It generally occurs in conjunction with the ar-Rahim, e.g., Surah ii. 159: "Your God is one God. There is no god but He, the Merciful, the Compassionate" It also occurs in the initial formula. placed at the commencement of each Surah, with the exception of the ixth. "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate"
Al-Baizawi says that ar-Rahman is a more exalted attribute than ar-Rahim, because it not only contains five letters whilst Rahim only has four, but it expresses that universal attribute of mercy which the Almighty extends to all mankind, the wicked and the good, believers and unbelievers.
RAHN. . Pledging or pawning. A Legal term which signifies the detention of a thing on account of a claim which may be answered by means of that thing; as in the case of debt. This practice of pawning and pledging is lawful in Islam, for it is related that the Prophet, in a bargain with a Jew for grain, gave his coat of mail in pledge or the payment. It is also said in the Qur'an, Surah ii 28:- "Let. pledges be taken. The word is used in the Qur'an in its plural form rihan. (For further information on the subject of Pawning, see Hamilton's Hidayah, vol. iv. p. 188.)
RAIHANAH. . A Jewess whose husband had been cruelly murdered in the massacre of the Banu Quraizah. Muhammad offered to marry her if she would embrace Islam; but she refused to forsake the faith of her forefathers, and consented to become his concubine instead of his wife
RAHIL. RAIN. Arabic matar , Heb. mator. Mentioned ha the Qur'an as one of God's special mercies. Surah vii. 56; "He it is who sends forth the winds as heralds before His mercy; until when they left the heavy cloud which We drive to a dead land, and send down thereon water, and bring forth therewith every kind of fruit."
Prayers for rain are called Salatu-'l-Istisqa', and consist of two rakah prayers. Anas says that on one occasion they were caught in the rain, and the Prophet took off his garment until he got wet, and they said, O Prophet, why have you done this?" He replied. "This is fresh rain from our Lord. (Mishkat, book iv. ch. liii.)
RA'INA. . A word the use of which is forbidden in the Qur'an, Surah li. 98: "O ye who believe I say not to the Apostle Raina' (i.e. . Look at us), but say, 'Unzurna' (i.e. 'Regard us )." These two words have both the same signification, but Muhammad had a great aversion to the use of the word ra-ina, because it had also a bad meaning in Hebrew (see al-Baizawi in
loco), alluding, prrhaps to the Hrbrew verb rua' which signifies to be mischievous or bad."
RAINBOW. Arabic qausu quzah , Heb. kesheth.
"The bow of many colours. Not mentioned in the Qur'an, but in the Traditions. In the book entitled an-Nihayah, it is said that Muhammad forbade his people calling the rainbow qausa quzah, because quzah is one of the names of Satan (one who can assume many characters in order to tempt the sons of men). He enjoined them to call it Qausu 'llah. God's bow," because by it, God has promised to protect the world front a second deluge. (Mujma'u 'l-Bihar, vol ii. p. 142.)
The Persians call it Kaman-i-Rustum, " the bow of Rustum" (See Muntaha 'l-Arab, in loco).
RAIYAN. . Lit. "One whose thirst is quenched" The gate of Paradise through which, it is said, the observers of the mouth of Ramazan will enter. It is mentioned in the Traditions (Mishkat, book vi ch. vii. pt. 1), but not in the Qu.r'an.
RAIYAN IBN AL-WALID. . The King of Egypt in the time of Joseph. (See al-Bazawi on Suratu Yusuf in the Qur'an.
RAJAB. . Lit. "The honoured month." The seventh month of the Muhanmmasdan year. So called because of the honour in which it was hold in the "Time of Ignorance." i.e. before Islam. It. is called Rajabu Muzar, because the Muzar tribe honoured it more than any other month. [MONTHS.]
RAJ'AH. . "Restitution." Receiving back a wife who has been divorced, before the time has fully elapsed when the divorce must of necessity take place. In other words, the continuance of the marriage bond. (Hidayah, vol. i. p. 289.
RAJIM. . Lit. "One who is stoned" A name given to Satan in the Qur'an Surah iii. 31: "I have called her Mary, and I seek refuge in Thee for her, and for her seed from Satan, the pelted one (Min ash-Shaituni 'r-Rajimi).
Muhammad taught, that the devil and his angels listen at the gates of heaven for scraps of information regarding the things of futurity, and when detected by the angels of heaven they are pelted with shooting stars. Abraham is said to have driven the devil away by pelting him with stones, which legend is expressed in the throwing stones at the pillars at Mina. [PILGRIMAGE.]
RAJM. .' "Lapidation." [STONING TO DEATH.]
RAK'AH. . From Ruku', "to bow, to prostrate one's self. A section of the Muhammadan daily prayers. [PRAYERS.]
RAMAZAN. .. The ninth month of the Muhammadan year, which is observed as a strict fast from dawn to sunset of each day in the month. The word Ramazan is dervied from ramz, "to burn." The month is said to have been so called either because it was used (before the change of the calendar) to occur in the hot season, or because the month's fast is supposed to burn away the sins of men. (Ghiyusu 'l-Lughah, in loco.)
The observance of this month is one of the five pillars of practice in the Muslim religion, and its excellence is much extolled by Muhammad, who said that during Ramazan "the gates of Paradise are open, and the gates of hell are shut and the devils are chained by the leg, and only those who observe it will be permitted to enter at the gate of heaven called Raiyan" Those who keep the fast will be pardoned all their past venial sins." (Mishkat, book vii. ch i. Pt. I.)
'The express injunctions regarding the observance of this mouth are given in the Qur'an, Surah ii. 179—184:— "O believers! a Fast is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may fear God, for certain days. But he among you who shall be sick, or on a journey. shall fast that same number of other days: and as for those who are able to keep it and yet break it, the expiation of thus shall be the maintenance of a poor man. And he who of his own accord performeth a good work, shall derive good from it: and good shall it be for you to fast — if ye knew it. As to the month Ramazan in which the Qur'an was sent down to be man's guidance. and an explanation of that guidance, and of that illumination as soon as any one of you observeth the moon, let him set about the fast; but he who is sick, or upon a journey, shall fast a like number of other days. God wisheth you ease, but wisheth not your discomfort, and that you fulfil the number of days, and that you glorify God for his guidance, and that you be thankful. And when my servants ask thee concerning me, then will I be nigh unto them. I will answer the cry of him that crieth, when ho crieth unto me: but let them hearken unto me, and believe in me, that they may proceed aright. You are allowed on the night of the fast to approach your wives: they are your garment and you are their garment. God knoweth that ye defraud yourselves therein, so He turneth unto you and forgiveth you! Now, therefore, go in unto them with fall desire for that which God hath ordained for you; and eat and drink until ye can discern a white thread from a black thread by the daybreak: then fast strictly till night, and go not in unto them, but rather pass the time in the Mosques. These arc the bounds set up by God: therefore come not near them. Thus God maketh his signs clear to men that they may fear him."
From the preceding verses it, will be seen that fast does not commence until some Mus-
lim is able to state that be has seen the new moon. If the sky he over-clouded and the moon cannot be seen, the fast. begins upon the completion of thirty days from beginning of the previous month.
It must be kept by every Muslim, except the sick, the infirm, and pregnant women, or women who are nursing their children. Young children, who have not reached the age of puberty, are exempt, and also travellers on a journey of more than three days. In the case of a sick person or traveler, the month's fast must be kept as soon us they are able to perform it. This act is called Qaza', or expiation.
The fast is extremely rigorous and mortifying, and when the Ramazan happens to fall in the summer and the days are long, the prohibition even to drink a drop of water to slake the thirst is a very great, hardship. Muhammad speaks in this religious exercise as "easy" (Qur'an; Surah ii. 181), as most probably it was when compared with the ascetic spirit of the times. Sir William Muir (Life of Mahomet, vol. iii. 49) thinks Muhammad did not foresee that, when he changed the Jewish intercalary year for the lunar year, the fast would become a grievous burden instead or an easy one; but Muhammadan lexicographers say the fast was established when the month occurred in the hot season (see Ghiyasy 'l-Lughah).
During the mouth of Ramazan twenty additional rakahs, or forms of prayer, are repeated after the night prayer These are called Tarawih.
Devout. Muslims seclude themselves for some time in the Mosque during this month, and abstain from all worldly conversation, engaging themselves in the reading of the Qur'an. This seclusion is called I'tikaf. Muhammad is said to have usually observed this custom in the last ten days of Ramamzan. The Laitatu 'l-Qadr, or the "nighht of power," is said by Muhanunad to be either on the twenty-first, twenty third, or twenty-fifth, or twenty-seventh, or twenty-ninth of the month of Ramazan. The exact date of this solemn night has not been discovered by any but the Prophet himself, and some of the Companions, although the learned doctors believe it. to lie on the twenty-seventh of this night Muhamnmad says in the Qur'an (Suratu 'l-Qadr):-
"Verily we have caused it (the Qur'an) to
descend on the night of power.
By these verses the commentator Husain understands that on this night the Qur'an came down entire in one volume to the lowest heaven, from whence it was revealed by Gabriel in portions, as the occasion required. The excellences of that night are said to be innumerable, and it is believed that during it the whole animal and vegetable kingdom bow in humble adoration to the Almighty, and the waters of the sea become sweet in a moment of time. This night is frequently confounded with the Shab-I-Barat, but even the Qur'an itself is not quite clear on the subject., for in Surah xliv., it reads, "By this clear book See on a blessed night have we merit it down, for we would warn mankind, on the night wherein all things are disposed in wisdom." From which it appears that "the blessed night," or the Lailatu 'l-mubarakah, is both the night of record and the night upon which the Qur'an came down from heaven, although the one is the twenty-seventh day of Ramazan and the other the fifteenth of Sha'ban.
M. Geiger identifies the Ramazan with the fast of the tenth (Leviticus xxiii. 27); but it is probable that the fast of the Tenth is identical with the 'Ashara', not only because the Hebrew Asur, "ten," is retained in the title of that Muhammadan fast, but also because there is a Jewish tradition that creation began upon time Jewish last of the Tenth which coincides with the Muhammadan day, 'Ashura' being regarded as the day of creation. Moreover, the Jewish Asur and the Muslim 'Ashura' are both fasts and days of affliction. It is more probable that. Muhammad got his idea of a thirty days' fast from the Christian Lent. The observance of Lent in the Eastern Church was exceedingly strict, both with regard to the nights as well as the days of that season of abstinence; but Muhammad entirely relaxed the rules with regard to the night, and from sunset till the dawn of day the Muslim is permitted to indulge in any lawful pleasures, and to feast with his friends; consequently large evening dinner parties are usual in the nights of the Ramazan amongst the better classes. This would be what Muhammad meant when he said, "God would take the fast an ease and not a difficulty," for, notwithstanding its rigour in the day-time, it must he an easier observance than time strict fast observed during Lent by the Eastern Christians of Muhammad's day.
The following sayings of Muhammad regarding the fast of Ramazan are found in the Traditions (see Mishkat, Arabic Ed., Kitabu 's- Saum).
The difference between our fast and that of the people of the book (i.e. Jews and Christians) is eating only before the first dawn of day (and not afterwards)."
"Keep net the fast till you see the new moon, and if the moon be hidden from you by clouds, count the days." And in one tradition it is thus : — "A month is twenty-nine nights, then keep not the fast till you see the new moon, which, if she be hid from you by clouds, then complete thirty days."
"When the darkness of the night advances from the west and the day departs front the east, and the sun sets, then the keeper of the fast may begin to eat."
"There are eight doors in Paradise, and
one is called Raiyan, by which only the keepers of the fast shall enter."
When the month Ramazan arrives the doors of Heaven are opened (in another tradition it is said, the doors of Paradise are opened), " and the doors of hell are shut, and the devils are chained " (in one tradition it is said, the doors of God's mercy are opened).
"The person who fasts in the month of Ramazan on account of belief in God and in obedience to His command, shall be pardoned of all his past sins, and the person who says the night prayers of the Ramazan shall be pardoned all his past sins, and the person who says the prayers on he Lailatu l-Qadr with faith and hope of reward shall be pardoned of all his past sins."
"If a keeper of rest does not abandon lying. God cares not about his leaving off eating and drinking."
"There are many keepers of fast who gain nothing by fasting but thirst, and there are many risers up at night and performers of prayers who gain nothing by their rising but wakefulness."
RAMYU 'L-JIMAR. The throwing of pebbles at the pillars, or Jumrah, at Makkah. A religious ceremony during time Pilgrimage. [PILGRIMAGE.]
RAQABAH. . Lit. "The Neck"; pl. riqab. A term used in the Qur'an for a captive slave. Surah iv. 94. "Whosoever kills a believer by mistake, then let him free a believing neck."
The word is used in India for an enclosed area of land. (See Wilson's Glossary of Indian Terms.)
AR-RAQIB. . "The Watcher over." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God Almighty. The word occurs in the Qur'an, e.g. Surah iv. 1 "Verily God doth watch ever you."
AR-RAQIM. . A word which occurs in the Qur'an, Surah xviii. 8: "Hast thou reckoned that the Fellows of the cave and the Raqim wore a wonder amongst our signs?" The commentators are not agreed as to the meaning of this word. The Jalalan say, it was a brass plate or stone-table, on which the names of the Fellows of the Cave were written. The Kamalan say it was either the name of the dog which belonged to the young men, or of the valley in which the cave was situated.
AR-RASHID. .. "The Rightly Directing." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God. The word occurs once in the Qur'an, but it is not there used for thug Almighty. See Surah xi. 80: "Is there not among you one who can rightly direct?"
RASM. ., pl. Rusum. Lit. "That which is stamped or sealed. According to the Qur'an, but it is a very ancient word used in Arabia before the days of the Prophet for custom and law, the ancient records of the people being entitled Rawasim , It me a word which is very common in Hindustan for the customs and usages of the people.
AR-RASS. . A word which occurs twice in the Qur'an the meaning of which is uncertain.
Surah xxv. 40: "The people of 'Ad. and Samud, the people of the Russ."
Surah 1. 12: "Before them the people of Noah and the follows of the Rass and Samud and Ad and Pharaoh, called time Apostles liars."
According to the commentators al-Jalalan, it is the name of a well near Midian. Some take it to be the name of a town in Yamamah.
RASUL. ., pl. Rusul. "An Apostle." A title specially applied to Muhammad, but used also for all Prophets who brought inspired books. [PROPHET.]
RATL, RITL. . (1) A certain thing which one weighs. A weight or measure. (See the The Mughrib of al-Mutarrizi in loco. (2) That which is chaste. (See the Tuju 'l-'Arus, in loco).
(1) According to the standard of Baghdad, a weight of 12 ounces, and as a measure of capacity, a pint. (Lane's Arabic Dictionary.) Muhammad used to give a ratl of silver as a marriage present, which has given rise to the expression, As-sunnatu fi 'n-nikahi ritlun ., Professor Wilson says that at Bombay the rotal is equal to 36 Surat rupees, and in the Red Sea the rottolo, as it is corruptly called, varies from 10 to 20 ounces avoirdupois.
(2) A boy not having arrived at puberty.
AR-RA'UF. ., "The Kind." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God. It occurs frequently in the Qur'an, e.g. Surah ii. 138: "God is kind and merciful with mankind."
AR-RAUZAH. ., Lit. "The Garden." The garden in which is situated the tomb of Muhammad at al-Madinah. The name is also given to the tomb itself by some writers.
RAVEN. Arabic, guraib ., Heb. ., 'oreb. Mentioned once in the Qur'an, Surah v. 34 "Am I too helpless to become like this raven and hide my brother's shame." The raven is not lawful food according to the Muslim law. (Durru 'l-Mukbtar, vol iv. p. 523.)
RAWA. RAWA ., A Persian word for that which is lawful. [LAW.]
AR-RAZZAQ. ., "The Provider with Food." One of the ninety-nine names or attributes of God. It occurs in the Qur'an once. Surah li. 58: " Verily God; He is the Provider."
REBEL. Arabic baghi pl. bughat. A legal term for a person, or a body of people, who withdraw themselves from obedience to the rightful Imam. In case of rebellion, the Imam must first call the rebels to his allegiance and show them what is right and if they refuse to obey, he must use force of arms. (Hidayah, vol. ii. 243.)
RECORDING ANGELS, The. [KIRAMU 'L-KATIBIN.]
RED SEA. Arabic al-Bahru '- Ahmar . Mentioned in the Qur'an as al-Bahr, the Sea."
Surah i. 47: "When we divided for you the sea and, saved you and drowned Pharaoh's people.
Surah x. 90: "And We brought the Children of Israel across the sea."
In Mohammedan works it is known as the Bahru 'l-Qulzum, or Qalzam. Jalalain 'd-Din, the commentator, says the town of Qulzum is the same as Ailah (the Elath of time Bible, Deut- ii. 8), a town at the head of the Arabian Gulf. The of Strabo (xvi. p. 768). It is referred to in the Qur'an, Surah vii. 163 "ask them about the city which stood by the sea. Elath was at one time a place of importance, but it has now become quite insignificant.
RELIGION. The religion of Muhammadans is called Islam and the laws of God Shari'ah . There are three words used by Muslim writers for the word religion, namely, Din, Millah etc. and Muzhab. In the Kitaba 'l-Ta'rifat the difference between these words is as follows:-
Din is used for religion as it stands in relation to God. e.g. Dinu'llah,. "the religion of God."
Millah , as it stands in relation to the Prophet or lawgiver, e.g.Millatu Ibrahim "the religion of Abraham," or Millatu 'r-Rasul "the Prophet's religion."
Mazhab , as it stands in relation to the decisions of the Mujtahidua e.g. Muzkabu Abi Hanifah.
The expression Din, however, is of general application, whilst Millah and Mazhab are restricted in their use. [ISLAM.]
RELIGIOUS DUTIES. The performance of.
Strictly according to Muhammadan law, it is not lawful to accept any remuneration for the performance of religious duties. But these injunctions are now totally disregarded, and fees are taken for almost every religious duty performed by an Imam. The teaching of the Hidayah on the subject is as follows:-
"It is not lawful to accept a recompense for summoning the people to prayers, or for the performance of a pilgrimage, or of the duties of an Imam, or for teaching the Koran, or the law; for it is a general rule with our doctors that no recompense can be received for the performance of any duty purely of a religious nature. According to Shafei, it is allowed to receive pay for the performance at any religious duty which is not required of the hireling in virtue of a divine ordinance, as this is only accepting a recompense for a certain service; and as the acts above described are not ordained upon the hireling, it is consequently lawful to receive a recompense for them. The arguments of our doctors upon this point are twofold. First, the prophet has said, 'Read the Koran, but do not receive any recompense for so doing'; and he also directed Othman-bin-Abeeyas, that if he were appointed a Mawzin [a cryer to prayer] he should not take any wages Secondly, where an act of piety is performed, it springs solely from the performer (whence regard is had to his competency), and consequently he is not entitled to any recompense from another as in the cases of fasting or prayer. A teacher of the Koran, moreover, is incapable of instructing another in it, but by means of qualities existing in his scholar namely, capacity and docility, and therefore undertakes a thing the performance of which does not depend upon himself, which is consequently invalid. Some of our modem doctors, however, hold it lawful to receive wages for teaching the Koran in the present age, because an indifference has taken place with respect to religion, whence if people were to withhold from paying a recompense for instruction in the sacred writings, they would in time be disregarded: — and decrees pass accordingly.
"It is not lawful to receive wages for singing or lamentation, or for any other species of public exhibition, as this is taking a recompense for an act which is of a criminal nature, and acts of that nature do not entitle to a recompense in virtue of a contract.'
RE-MARRIAGE. Re-marriage may take place with the divorcer before or after the completion of the 'iddah, provided only the first or second sentence of divorce has been pronounced, but it cannot take place after a three-fold divorce until the divorced wife is married to another man and is divorced by him after the second marriage has been consummated. This is both Sunni and Shi'ah law (Tagore Law Lectures.)
A widow can marry again at the expiration of four months and ten days after the death of her former husband. There is no restriction as to the period for a widower.
RENTAL. Arabicijarah [HIRE.]
REPENTANCE. Arabic taubah . Lit. "The turning of the heart from sin." (An-Nawawi's Commentary on Muslim, vol. ii. p. 354.). It is frequently enjoined in the Qur'an. e.g.:-
Surah iv. 20: "If they repent and amend let them be. Verily God is he who relenteth. He is merciful."
Surah xxiv. 32: "Be ye wholly turned to God, O ye believers, and it shall be well with you."
Surah xxv. 71 "Whoso hath repented and hath done what is right, be verily it is who turneth to God with a true conversion:' [PARDON.]
RESIDUARIES. Arabic 'asabah , pl. 'asabat. According to Muhammadan law, residuaries in their own right are divided into four classes:-
(1) The offspring of the deceased.
(2) The ascendants (such as father, grandfather, &c).
(3) The offspring or his father, viz, the brothers and their descendants.
(4) The offspring of his grandfather. (Syed Ameer Ali's Personal Law, p. 49.) [INHERITENCE.]
RESIGNATION. The literal meaning of Islam is a state or condition in which a believer becomes "resigned" to the will of God, a "Muslim" being one who is "resigned." But in the Qur'an, the grace of resignation is more frequently expressed by the word sabr, - "patience," e.g. Surah ii. 150: "Give good tidings to the patient, who when there falls on them a calamity, say, 'Verily we are God's and verily to Him do we return.'"
The word Taslim, which the compiler of the Kitabu 't-Ta'rifat says means to place one's neck under the commands of God, seems to express the EngIish word resignation."
It occurs in the Qur'an, Surah iv. 68:
"They submit with submission."
The author of the Akhlaq-i-Jalali says Taslim is to "acquiesce in and receive with satisfaction (although. perhaps repugnant to the inclination) the commands of God," as exemplified in the verse above quoted.
Riza. is also a word which expresses resignation, and is defined as being pleased with the inevitable decrees of God, whatever they may be.
RESURRECTION. Belief in al-yauamu 'l-akhir , "the Last Day," is an article of the Muhammadan Faith. The terms used in the Qur'an are—
Yaumu 'l-Qiyamah,"Day of Standing up" (Surah ii. 79).
Yaumu 'l-Fasl, "Day of Separation" (Surah lxxvii. 14).
Yaumu 'l-Hisab, "Day of Reckoning" (Surah xl. 28).
Yaumu 'l-Ba's, "Day of Awakening" (Surah xxx. 56).
Yaumu 'd-Din, "Day of Judgment'; (Surah i. 3).
Al- Yaumu l- Muhit, "The Encompassing Day" (Surah xi. 85).
As-Sa'ah," The Hour" (Surah viii. 186). There are very graphic descriptions of the Last Day in the poetical Surahs of the Qur'an. The five following belong to an early period in Muhammad's mission:-
"It needeth not that I swear by the day the Resurrection,
Surah lxxxi. 1-19:-
"When the sun shall be folded up.
And when the wild boasts shall be gathered together.
'When the Heaven shall cleave asunder,
Surah lxxxiii. 44.20 :—
What! have they no thought that they
shall be raised again.
Surah lxxxiv. 1-19: -
"When the Heaven shall have split asunder
The following description belongs to a much later period than the former Surahs already quoted, and occurs in Surah xxii l – 7, which was given at Al-Madinah not long before Muhammad's death:-
"O men (of Makkah) fear your Lord. Verily the Earthquake of the Hour will be a tremendous thing!
"On the day when ye shall behold it, every suckling woman shall forsake her sucking babe; and every woman that hath a burden in her womb shall cast her burden; and thou shalt see men drunken, yet, are they not drunken: but it is the mighty chastisement of God!
"There is a man who, without knowledge, wrangleth about God, and followeth every rebellious Satan;
Concerning whom it is decreed, that he shall surely beguile and guide into the torment of the Flame, whoever shall take him for his lord.
"O men! if ye doubt as to the resurrection, yet, of a truth, have We created you of dust, thou of the moist germs of life, then of clots of blood, then of pieces of flesh shapen and unshapen, that We might give you proofs of our power! And We cause one sex or the other, at our pleasure, to abide in the womb until the appointed time; then We bring, you forth infants; then permit you to reach your age of strength; and one of you dieth, and another of you liveth on to an age so abject that all his former knowledge is clean forgotten! And thou hast seen the earth dried up and barren: but when We send down the rain upon it, it stirreth and swelleth, and groweth every kind of luxuriant herb.
"This, for that God is the Truth, and that it is Be who quickeneth the dead, and., that He hath power over everything:
"And that 'the Hour' will indeed come — there is no doubt of it — and that God will wake up to life those who are in the tombs."
Very lengthy accounts of the Day of Resurrection, and of the signs preceding It, are given in all books of tradition, and works on dogmatic theology. (See Sahihu 'l-Bukhari, Arabic Ed. Kitabu 'l-Fitan, p. 1045; Sahihu 'l-Muslim, Arabic Ed. Vol. II. p. 388; Mishkatu 'l-Masabih, Arabic Ed., Kitabu 'I-Fitan; Sarhu 'l-Muwaqjf p.. 579.)
The following, collected by Mr. Sale from various writers, is given, with some alterations, additions, and references.
It is the received opinion amongst Muslims of all sects that at the Resurrection the body will be raised and united to its soul, and that one part of the body, namely, the lower part of the spine, the as sacrum, in Arabic called 'Ajbu 'z-Zanab, "the root. of the tail," will be preserved as .a basis of the future edifice. (Mishkat, book xxiii. ch. ix.)
This bone, it is said, will remain uncorrupted till the last day, as a germ from whence the whole is to be renewed. This will be effected by a forty days' rain which God will send, and which will cover the earth to the height of twelve cubits, and cause the bodies to sprout forth like plants. For this doctrine Muhammad is beholden to the Jews, who say the same things of the bone Luz, excepting that what he attributes to a great rain will be effected, according to them, by a dew, impregnating the dust of the earth. (Bereshit rabbah.)
The time of the Resurrection the Muhammadans allow to be a perfect secret to all but God alone; the Angel Gabriel himself acknowledged his ignorance on this point when Muhammad asked him about it. (Mishkat, book i. ch. i) However, they say the approach of that day may be known from certain signs which are to precede it. These signs are distinguished into "the lesser" and "the greater." The lesser signs (Isharatu 's-Sa'ah) are follows:-
(1.) The decay of faith among men.
(2.) The advancing of the meanest persons to eminent digity.
(3) A maid servant shall become the mother of her mistress (or master); by which is meant either that towards the end of the world men shall be much given to sensuality, or that the Muhammadans shall then take many captives.
(4.) Tumults and seditious.
(5.) A war with the Greeks or Romans.
(6.) Great distress in the world, so that a man, when he passeth by another's grave, shall say, "Would to God I were in his place!"
(7.) The provinces of al-'Iraq and Syria shall refuse to pay their tribute.
(8.) The buildings of al-Madinah or Yathrib shall reach to Makkah. (Mishkat, book xiii. ch. Iii.)
The greater signs ('Alamatu 's-Sa'ah) are as follows :—
(1.) The sun's rising in the west, which some have imagined it originally did.
(2.) The appearance of the Dabbatu 'l-Arz, or "beast," which shall rise out of the earth, in the temple of Makkah, or on Mount as-Safa. This beast will be sixty cubits high, and will be a compound of various species, having the head of a bull, the eyes of a hog, the ears of an elephant, the horns of a stag, the neck of an ostrich, the breast of a lion, the colour of a tiger, the back of a cat, the tail of a ram, the legs of a camel, and the voice of an ass. She will appear three times in several places, and will bring with her the rod of Moses and the seal of Solomon; and, being so swift that none can overtake her or escape her, will with the first strike all the believers on the face, and mark them with the word Mu'min, "believer," and with the latter will mark the unbelievers on the face likewise with the word kafir, "infidel," that every person may be known for what he really is. The same heist is to demonstrate the vanity of all religions except Islam, and to speak Arabic. [DABBATU 'L-ARZ.]
(3.) War with the Romans or Greeks, and the taking of Constantinople by seventy thousand of the posterity of Isaac, who shall not win that city by force of arms, but the walls shall fall down while they cry out, " There is no deity but God! God is most great!" As they are dividing the spoil, news will come to them of the appearance of Antichrist, whereupon they shall leave all and return back.
(4.) The coming of Antichrist, whom the Muhammadans call al-Masihu 'd-Dajjal, "the false or lying Christ." He is to be one-eyed, and marked on the forehead with the letter K F R, signifying kafir, "infidel." He will appear first between al-'Iraq and Syria, or, according to others, in the province of Khorasan. He is to ride on a white ass, be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Ispahan, and continue on earth forty days, of which one will be equal in length to a year.
another to a month, another to a week, and the rest will be common days. He will lay waste all places, but will not enter Makkah or al Madinah, which are to be guarded by angels; and at length he will be slain by Jesus, who is to encounter him at the gate of Lud. [MASIHU 'D-DAJJAL.]
(5.) The descent of Jesus on earth. He is to descend near the white tower to the east of Damascus, when the people have returned from the taking of Constantinople. He is to embrace the Muhammadan religion, marry a wife, get children, kill Antichrist, and at length die, after forty years' — or, according to others, twenty-four years' -- continuance on earth, and be buried at Al-Madinah. Under him there will be great, security and plenty in the world, all hatred and malice being laid aside; when lions and camels, bears and sheep shall live in peace, and a child shall play with serpents unhurt. (See Sahih Bukhari.)
(6.) War with the Jews, of whom the Muhammadans are to make a prodigious slaughter, the very trees and stones discovering such of them as hide themselves, except only the tree called Gharqad, which is the tree of the Jews.
(7.) The appearance of Gog and Magog, or, as they are called, Yaju, and Ma'juj. These barbarians, having passed the lake of Tiberias, which the vanguard of their vast army will drink dry, will come to Jerusalem, and there greatly distress Jesus and His companions, till, at His request, God will destroy them, and till the earth with their carcasses, which after some time God will send birds to carry away, at the prayers of Jesus and His followers. Their bows, arrows and quivers the Muslims will burn seven years together; and at last God will send a rain to cleanse the earth, and to make it fertile. [GOG AND MAGOG.]
(8.) A smoke which shall fill the whole earth.
(9.) An eclipse of the moon. Muhammad is reported to have said, that there would be three eclipses before the last hour, one to be seen in the east, another in the west, and the third in Arabia.
(10.) The returning of the Arabs to the worship of al-Lat and al-'Uzza, and the rest of their ancient idols, after the decease of every one in whose heart there was faith equal to a grain of mustard-seed, none but the very worst of men being left alive. For God, they say, will send a cold odoriferous wind, blowing from Syria, which shall sweep away the souls of the faithful, and the Qur'an itself, so that men will remain in the greatest ignorance for a hundred years.
(11.) The discovery of a vast heap of gold and silver by the retreating of the Euphrates, which will be the destruction of many.
(12.) The demolition of the Ka'bah in the Makkan temple by the Ethiopians.
(13.) The speaking of beasts and inanimate things.
(14.) The breaking out of five in the province of al-Hijaz, or according to others, in al-Yam.
(15.) The appearance of a man of the descendants of Kahtan, who shall drive men before him with his staff.
(16.) The coming of al-Mahdi, "the director," concerning whom Muhammad prophesied that the world should not have an end till one of his own family should govern the Arabians, whose name should be the same with his own name, and whose father's name should also be the same with his father's name, and who shall fill the earth with righteousness. This person the Shi'ahs believe to be now alive, and concealed in some secret place, till the time of his manifestation; for they suppose him to be no other than the last of the twelve Imams, named Muhammad Abu 'l-Qasim, as their prophet was. [SHI'AH, MAHDI.]
(17.) A wind which shall sweep away the souls of all who have but a grain of faith in their hearts, as has been mentioned under the tenth sign. (Mishkat, book xxiii. ch. iv.)
These are the greater signs which, according to Muhammadan traditions, are to precede the Resurrection, but still leave the hour of it uncertain; for the immediate, sign of its being come will he the first blast of the trumpet. which they, believe will be sounded three times. The first. "the blast of consternation." at the bearing of which all creatures in heaven and earth shall be struck with terror, except those whom God shall please to exempt from it. The effects attributed to this first sound of the trumpet are very wonderful for they say the earth will be shaken, and not only all buildings, but the very mountains, levelled; that the heavens shall melt, the sun be darkened. the stars fall on the death of the angels, who as some imagine, hold them suspended between heavens and earth, and the sea shall be troubled and dried up, or, according to others, turned into flames, the sun, moon, and stars being thrown into it; the Qur'an to express the greatness of the terror of that day, adds that women who give suck shall abandon the care of their infants, and even the she-camels which have gone ten months with young (a most valuable part of the substance of that nation) shall be utterly neglected. (Qur'an, Surah lxxxi.) A further effect of this blast will be that concourse of beasts mentioned in the Qur'an, though some doubt whether it be to precede the Resurrection or not. They who suppose it will precede, think that all kinds of animals, forgetting their respective natural fierceness and timidity, will run together into one place, being terrified by the sound of the trumpet and the sudden shock of nature.
This first blast will be followed by a second, the "blast of examination," when all creatures, both in heaven and earth, shall die or be annihilated, except those which God shall please to exempt from the common fate; and this shall happen in the twinkling of an eye, nay, in an instant, nothing surviving except God alone, with Paradise and Hell, and the inhabitants of those two places, and the throne of Glory. The last wise shall die will be the angel of death (Malalu 'l-Maut).
Forty years after this will be heard the blast of resurrection," when the trumpet shall be sounded the third time by Israfil, who, together with Gabriel and Michael, will be previously restored to life, and, standing on the rock of the temple of Jerusalem (as Sakhrah) shall at God's command call together all the dry and rotten bones and other dispersed parts of the bodies, and the very hairs, to judgment This angel having by the Divine order, set the trumpet to his mouth, and called together all the souls from all parts, will throw them into his trumpet from whence, on his giving the last sound, at the command of God, they shall fly forth like bees, and fill the whole space between heaven end earth, and then repair to their respective bodies, which the opening earth will suffer arise, and the first who shall so arise according to a tradition of Muhammad, will be himself. For this the earth will he prepared by the rain above-mentioned, which is to fall continually for forty years, and will resemble the seed of a man, and be supplied from the water under the throne of God, which called living water by the efficacy and virtue of which the dead bodies shall spring forth from their graves, as they did in their mother's womb, or as corn sprouts forth by common rain, till they become perfect all which breath will be breathed into them, a they will sleep in their sepulchers till they are raised to life at the last trump.
As to the length of the Day of Judgment the Qur'an, in one place Surah xxii. 4) tells us that it will last one thousand years, and another (Surah lxx. 4) fifty thousand. To reconcile this apparent contradiction, commentators use several shifts, some say they know not what measure of time God intends in those passages, others, that these forms of speaking are figurative and not be strictly taken, and were designed only to express the terribleness of that day it being usual for the Arabs to describe what they dislike as of long continuance, and what they like as the contrary, and others suppose them spoken only in reference to the difficulty of the business of the day, which, if God should commit to any of his creatures, they would not be able to go through it in so many thousand years.
That the resurrection will be general, and extend to all creatures, both angels, genii, men, and animals, is the received opinion and according to the teaching of the Qur'an (See Surah Ixxxi.)
In the resurrection those who are destined to be partakers of eternal happiness will arise in honour and security, and those who are doomed to misery, in, disgrace and under dismal apprehensions. As to mankind, they will be raised perfect in all their parts and members, and in the same state as they came out of their mother's wombs, that is, bare-footed, naked, and uncircumcised; which circumstances, when Muhammad was telling his wife 'Ayiasah, she, fearing the rules of modesty might be thereby violated, objected that it would be very indecent for men and women to look upon one another in that condition, but he answered her, that the business of the day would be too weighty and serious to allow them the making use of that liberty.
Others, however, allege the authority of their Prophet for a contrary opinion as to their nakedness, and say he asserted that the dead should arise dressed in the same clothes in which they died; although some interpret those words. not so much of the outward dress of the body as the inward clothing of the mind, and understand thereby that every person will rise again in the same state as to his faith or infidelity, knowledge or ignorance his good or bad works.
Muhammad taught (Mishkat, book xxiii. ch. x) that mankind shall be assembled at the last day, and shall be distinguished into three classes. The first, those who go on foot, the second, those who ride; and the third, those who creep, grovelling with their faces on the ground. The first class is to consist of those believers whose good works have been low; the second of those who are in greater honour with God, and more acceptable to Him; whence 'Ali affirmed that the pious, when they come forth from the sepulchers, shall find ready prepared for them white-winged camels, with saddles of gold, wherein are to be observed some footsteps of the doctrine of the ancient Arabians; and the third class will be composed of the infidels, whom God shall cause to make their appearance with their races on the earth, blind, dumb, and deaf.
But the ungodly will not be thus only distinguished; for, according to the commentator al-Baizawi (vol. ii p. 480), there will be ten sorts of wicked men on whom God shall on that day fix certain discretory marks. The first will appear in the form of apes; these are the backbiters. The second in that of swine ; these they who have been greedy of filthy lucre, and enriched themselves by public oppression. The third will be brought with their heads reversed and their feet distorted these are the usurers. The fourth will wander about blind; these are unjust judges. The fifth will be deaf, dumb, and blind, understanding nothing; these are they who glory in their works. The sixth will gnaw their tongues, which will hang down upon their breasts, corrupted blood flowing from their mouths like spittle, so that everybody shall detest them; these are the learned men and doctors, whose actions contradict their sayings. The seventh will have their hands and feet cut off; these are they who have injured their neighbours. The eighth will be fixed to the trunks of palm-trees or stakes of wood; these are the false accusers and informers. The ninth will stink worse than a corrupted corpse; these are they who have indulged their passions and voluptuous appetites. The tenth will be clothed with garments daubed with pitch; and these are the proud, the vain-glorious, and the arrogant.
In the Traditions, Muhammad is related to have said:—
The first person who shall receive sentence on the Day of Resurrection will be a martyr, who will be brought into the presence of the Almighty, then God will make known the benefits which were conferred on him in the world, and the person will be sensible of them and confess them; and God will say. 'What didst thou do in gratitude for them?' Ho will reply, 'I fought in Thy cause till I was slain. God will say, 'Thou liest, for thou foughtest in order that people might extol thy courage.' Then God will order them to drag him upon his face to hell. The second, a man who shall have obtained knowledge and instructed others, and read the Qur'an. He will be brought into the presence of God, and will be given to understand the benefits he had received, which he will be sensible of and acknowledge and God will say, 'What didst thou do in gratitude thereof?' He will reply, 'I learned knowledge and taught others, and I read the Qur'an to please Thee.' Then God will say,' Thou liest, for thou didst study that people might call thee learned, arid thou didst read he Qur'an for the name of the thing.' Then God will order him to he dragged upon his face and precipitated into hell. The third man to whom God shall have given abundant wealth: and he shall be called into the presence of God, and will be reminded of the benefits which be received, and he will acknowledge and confess them; and God will say:- 'What return didst thou in return for them?' He will say. 'I expended my wealth to please thee, in all those ways which Thou hast approved.' God will say, Thou liest, for thou didst it that people might extol thy liberality'; after which he will be drawn upon his face and thrown into the fire."
As to the place where they are to be assembled to Judgment, the Qur'an and Traditions agree that it will be on the earth, but in what part of the earth is not agreed. Some say their Prophet mentioned Syria for the place: ethers, a white and even tract of land, without inhabitants or any signs of buildings. Al-Ghazali imagines it will be a second earth, which be supposes to be of silver; and others an earth which has nothing in common with ours, but the name; having, it is possible heard something of the new heavens and new earth, mentioned in Scripture (Rev. xxi. 1); whence the Qur'an has this expression, " on the day wherein the earth shall to changed into another earth." (Surah xiv. 49.)
The end of the Resurrection the Muhammadans declare to be, that they who are so raised may give an account of their actions, and receive the reward thereof. And that not only mankind, but the genii and irrational animals also shall be judged on this great day; when the unhorned cattle shall take vengeance on the horned, till entire satisfaction shall be given to the injured.
As to mankind, when they are all assembled together, they will not be immediately brought to judgment, but the angels will keep them in their ranks and order while they attend for that purpose: and this attendance, some say, is to last, forty years, others seventy, others three hundred: nay, some say no less than fifty thousand years, each of them vouching their Prophet's authority. During this space they will stand looking up to heaven, but without receiving any information or orders thence, and are to suffer grievous torments, both time just and the unjust, though with manifest difference. For the limbs of the former, particularly those parts which they used to wash in making the ceremonial ablution before prayer, shall shine gloriously. And their sufferings shall be light in comparison, and shall last no longer than the time necessary to say the appointed prayers; but the latter will have their faces obscured with blackness, and disfigured with all the marks of sorrow and deformity. What will thou occasion not the least of their pain, is a wonderful and incredible sweat, which will even stop their mouths, and in which they will be immersed in various degrees, according to their demerits, some to the ankles only and some to the knees, some to the middle, some so high as their mouth, and others as their ears. And this sweat will he provoked not only by that vast concourse of all sorts of creatures mutually pressing and treading on one another's feet, but by the near and unusual approach of the aim, which will be then no farther from them than the distance of a mile, or (as some translate the word, the signification of which is ambiguous) than the length of a bodkin. So that their skulls will boil like a pot, and they will be all bathed in sweat. From this inconvenience, however, the good will he protected by the shade of God's throne; but the wicked will be so miserably tormented with it, also with hunger and thirst, amid a stifling air, that they will cry omit, " Lord, deliver us from this anguish, though thou send us into hell-fire!" What they fable of the extraordinary heat of the sun on this occasion, the Muhammadans certainly borrowed from the Jews, who say that, for the punishment of the wicked in the Last Day, that planet shall be drawn forth from its sheath, in which it is now put up, lest it should destroy all things by its excessive heat.
When those who nave risen shall have waited, the limited time, the Muhammadans believe God will at length appear to judge them, Muhammad undertaking the office of intercessor, after it shall have been declined by Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, who shall beg deliverance only for their own souls. (Mishat, book xxiii. ch. xii.) On this solemn occasion God will come in the clouds, surrounded by angels, and will produce the books wherein the actions of every person are recorded by their guardian angels, and will command the prophets to bear witness against those to whom they have been respectively sent. Then everyone will be examined concerning all his words and actions, uttered and done by him in this life; not as if God needed any information in those
respects, but to oblige the person to make public confession and acknowledgment of God's justice.. The particulars of which they shall give an account, as Muhammad himself enumerated them are of their time, how they spent it ; of their wealth, by what means they acquired it, and how they employed it of their bodies, wherein they exercised them: of their knowledge, what use they made of it. It is said, however, that Muhammad has affirmed that no less than seventy thousand of his followers should be permitted to enter Paradise without any previous examination; which seems to be contradictory to what is said above. To the questions, it is said each person shall answer, and make his defence in the best, manner he can, endeavoring to excuse himself by casting the blame of his evil deeds on others; so that a dispute shall arise even between the soul and the body, which of them their guilt ought to he imputed the soul saying, " O Lord, my body received from thee for thou createst me without a hand to lay hold with, till I came and entered into this body; therefore punish it eternally, but deliver me." The body on the other side will make this apology – "O Lord, thou createdest me like a stock of wood, having neither hand that I could lay hold with, nor foot that I could walk with, till this soul, like a ray of light, entered into me, and my tongue began to speak, my eye to see, and my foot to walk ; therefore punish it eternally, but deliver me." But God will propound to them the following parable of the blind man and the lame man, which, as welt as the preceding dispute, was borrowed by the Muhammadans from the Jews. (Gemara, Sanhedr., ch. xi.)
A certain king having a pheasant garden, in which were ripe fruits, set two persons to keep it. One of them was blind, and the other lame, the former not being able to see the fruit nor the latter to gather it. The lame man, however, seeing the fruit, persuaded the blind man to take him upon his shoulders, and by that means he easily gathered the fruit, which they divided between them. The lord of the garden coming some time after, and inquiring after his fruit, each began to excuse himself; time blind man said he had no eyes to see with, and the lame man that he had no feet to approach the trees. But the king, ordering the lame man to be set on the blind, passed sentence on and punished them both. And in the same manner will God deal with the body and the soul. As these apologies with not avail on that day, so will it also be in vain for anyone to deny his evil actions, since men and angels and his own members, nay, the very earth itself, will be ready to bear witness against him.
Though the Muhammadans assign so long a space for the attendance, of the resuscitated before their trial, yet they tell us the trial itself will be over in munch less time, and, according to an expression of Muhammad, familiar enough to the Arabs, will last no longer than which one may milk an ewe, Or that the space between two milkings of a she-camel. Some, explaining these words so frequently used in the Qur'an, "God will be swift in taking an account," say that he will judge all creatures in the space of half a day, and others that it will be done in less time than the twinkling of an eye.
At this examination they also behave that each person will have the book wherein all the actions of his life are written delivered to him, which books the righteous will receive in their right hand, and read with great pleasure and satisfaction; but the ungodly will be obliged to take them against their wills in the left, which will be bound behind their back, their right hand being tied up to their necks.
To show the exact Justice which will be observed on this great day of trial, the next thing they describe is the mizan or " balance," wherein all things shall be weighed. They say it will be held by Gabriel, and that it is of so vast a size that its two scales, one of which hangs over Paradise, and the other over hell, are spacious enough to contain both heaven and earth. Though some are willing to understand what is said in the Qur'an concerning this balance allegorically, and only as a figurative representation of God's equity, yet the more ancient and orthodox opinion is that it is to be taken literally; and since words and actions, being mere accidents, are not capable of being themselves weighed, they say that the books wherein they are written will be thrown into the scales, and according as those wherein the good and the evil actions are recorded shall preponderate, sentence will be given; those whose balances laden with their good works shall be heavy will be saved, bat those whose balances are light will be condemned. Nor will anyone have cause to complain that God suffers any good action to pass unrewarded, because the wicked for the good they do have their reward in this life, and therefore can expect no favour in the next.
The old Jewish writers make mention as well of the books to be produced at the last day, wherein men's actions are registered, as of the balance wherein they shall be weighed, and the Scripture itself seems to have given the first notion of both. But what the Persian Magi believe of the balance comas nearest to the Muhammadan opinion. They hold that, on the day of judgment two angels, named Mihr and Surush, will stand on the bridge as-Sirat, to examine every person as he passes; that the former who represents the divine mercy, will hold a balance in his hand, to weigh the actions of men; that according to the report he shall make thereof to God, sentence will be pronounced, and those whose good works are found more ponderous, if they turn the scale but by the weight of a hair, will be permitted to pass forward to Paradise: but those whose good works shall be found light will be by the other angel, who represents God's Justice, precipitated from the bridge into hell.
This examination being past, and every
one's works weighed in a lust balance, that mutual retaliation will follow, according to which every creature will take vengeance one of another, or have satisfaction made them for the injuries which they have suffered. And since there will be no other way of returning like for like, the manner of giving this satisfaction will he, by taking away a proportionable part of the good works of him who offered the injury, and adding it to those of him who suffered it. Which being done, if the angels (by whose ministry this is to be performed) say, "Lord, we have given to every one his due, and there remaineth of this persons good works so much as equalleth the weight of ant." God will of his mercy cause it to be doubled unto him, that he may be admitted into Paradise. But if, on the contrary, his good works be exhausted, and there remain evil works only, and there be any who have not yet received satisfaction from him, God will order that an equal weight of their sins be added unto his, that he may be punished for them in their stead, and be will be sent to hell laden with both. This will be the method of God's dealing with mankind.
As to brutes, after they shall have likewise, taken vengeance of one another, as we have mentioned above, He will command them to be changed into dust, wicked men being reserved, to more grievous punishment, so that they shall cry out, on hearing this sentence pronounced on the brutes, "'Would to God that we were dust also!"
As to the genii many Muhammadans are of opinion that such of them as are true believers will undergo the same fate as the irrational animals, and have no other reward than the favour of being converted into dust, and for this they quote the authority of their Prophet. But this, however, is judged not so very reasonable, since the genii, being capable of putting themselves in the state of believers as well as men, must consequently deserve, as it seems, to be rewarded for their faith, as well as to be punished for their infidelity. Wherefore some entertain a more favourable opinion, and assign the believing genii a place near the confines of Paradise, where they will enjoy sufficient felicity, though they be not admitted into that delightful mansion. But the unbelieving genii, it is universally agreed, wilt be punished eternally, and be thrown into hell with the infidels of mortal race. It may not be improper to observe that under the denomination of unbelieving genii the Muhammadans comprehend also the devil and his companions.
The trials being over and the assembly dissolved, the Muhammadans hold that those who are to be admitted into Paradise will take the right hand way, and those who are destined to Hell-fire will take the left, but both of them must first pass the bridge, called in Arabic as-Sirat, which they say is laid over the midst of hell, and described to be finer then a hair and sharper than the edge of a sword; so that it seems very difficult to conceive how anyone shall be able to stand upon it, for which reason most of the sect of the Mu'tazilites reject it as a fable, though the orthodox think it a sufficient proof of the truth of this article that it was seriously affirmed by him who never asserted a falsehood, meaning their Prophet; who, to add to the difficulty of the passage, has likewise declared that this bridge is beset on each side with briars and hooked thorns, which will, however, be no impediment to the good, for they shall pass with wonderful ease and swiftness, like lightning, or the wind. Muhammad and his Muslims leading the way whereas the wicked, what with the slipperiness and extreme narrowness of the path the entangling of the thorns and the extinction of the light which directed the former to Paradise, will soon miss their footing, and fall down headlong into hell, which is gaping beneath them.
REUBEN. Heb. Reubain.. Jacob's first-born son. Referred to in the Qur"an, Surah xii. 10: "A speaker from amongst them said, 'Slay not Joseph, but throw him into the bottom of the pit; some of the travellers may pick him up."
Al-Baizawi, the commentator, says the name of Joseph's eldest brother was either Yahuza, or Rubil. Josephus gives the name as Roubel and explains it as the "pity of God." (Ant. i, 19. s. 8.)
RIBA. . "Usury." A term in Muslim law defined as "an excess according to a legal standard of measurement or weight, in one or two homogeneous articles opposed to each other in a contract of exchange, and in which such excess is stipulated as an obligatory condition on one of the parties without any return."
The word riba appears to have the same meaning as the Hebrew neshec, which included gain, whether from the loan of money, or goods, or property of any kind. In the Mosaic law, conditions of gain for the loan of money or goods were rigorously prohibited. See Exod. xxii. 25; Lev, xxv. 36.. [USURY.]
RIBAT. . A station or fort on the frontier of an enemy's country, erected for the accommodation of Muslim warriors (Hamilton's Hidayah, vol. ii. p. 357.)
RICHES. Arabic dauhah , Qur'an lix. mal , kasratu 'l-mal "Great wealth." Muhammad is related, to have said, "Whoever desires the world and its riches in a lawful manner, in order to withhold himself from begging, or to provide a livelihood fox his family, or to be kind to his neighbours, will appear before God in the Last Day with
his face as bright as a full moon. But whoever seeks the riches of the world for the sake of ostentation, will appear before God in his anger. (Mishkat book xxii. ch. xxiii.)
In the Qur'an it is said:-
Surah. xviii. 41: "Wealth (mal) and children are an adornment of this world, but enduring good works are better with thy Lord as a recompense, and better as a hope."
Surah viii, 28: "Know that your wealth and your children are but a temptation."
In, the IIIrd. Surah, 12, 13. the possessions of this world are contrasted with those of the world to come in the following language:
"Seemly unto men is a life of lusts, of women, and children, and hoarded. talents of gold and silver, and of horses well-bred, and cattle, and tilth: —- that is the provision for the life of this world but God, with Him is the best resort. Say. 'But shall we tell you of a better thing than this?' For those who fear are gardens with their Lord, beneath which rivers flow; they shall dwell therein for aye, and pure wives and grace from God; the Lord looks on His servants who say, 'Lord, we believe; pardon Thou our sins and keep us front the torment of the fire,' — upon the patient, the truthful, the devout, and those who ask for pardon at the dawn.'
RIKAZ. Treasures buried in the earth, particularly those treasures which have been buried at some remote period.
In the Hidayah, the word rikaz includes kanz "treasure," or other property buried in the earth, and ma'din "mines." Such treasures are subject to a zakat of a fifth. (Hamilton's Hidayah, vol. i. p. 39.)
RINGS. Arabic khatim pl. khawatim Silver signet-rings are lawful, but a gold ring is not allowed. (See Sahihu 'l-Bukhari. p. 871.)
Ibn 'Umar says," The Prophet took a gold ring and put it on his right hand, but he afterwards threw it away, and took a silver ring, on which was engraved Muhammadun Rasulu 'ilah, i.e. 'Muhammad the Messenger of God,' and he said, 'Let none of you engrave on your ring like mine.' And when he wore the ring he used to have the signet under his finger and close to the palm of his hand." 'Ali says the ring was on the little finger of the left hand, and that Muhammad forbade a ring being worn upon the fore or middle finger.
Anas says the Prophet's ring was of silver and on his right hand!
Modern Muslims usually wear a silver ring on the little finger of the right hand, with a signet of cornelian or other stone, upon which is engraved the wearer's name, with the addition of the word 'abdu , "His servant," meaning the servant or worshipper of God. This signet-ring is used for signing documents, letters, &c. A little ink is daubed upon it with one of the fingers, and it is pressed upon the paper – the person who uses the ring having first touched the paper with his tongue and moistened the place upon which the impression is to be made. There is no restriction in Muslim law regarding rings for women. They are generally of gold, and are worn on the fingers, in the ears, and in the nose.
RIQQ. The servitude of a slave. [SLAVERY.]
RISALAH. Apostleship. The office of an apostle or prophet. [PROPHETS.]
RISING UP. Arabic qiyam . it is a subject of discussion amongst students of the Traditions, as to whether or not it is Incumbent on a Muslim to rise up when a visitor or stranger approaches.
Abu Umamah says: "The Prophet came out of his house leaning on a stick, and we stood up to meet him, and he said: 'Do not stand up like the Gentiles who give honour to others.'"
Anas says: "There was no one more beloved by the Companions than the Prophet; but when they saw him, they used not to rise, for they knew be disliked it."
Abu Hurairah says: "The Prophet used to sit with us in the mosque and talk, and when he rose up, we also rose, and remained standing till we saw him enter his house."
The general practice amongst Muhammadans is according to the last tradition, but it is held to be very overbearing for a person to require others to rise for him.
Mu'awiyah says that "the Prophet said, He who is pleased at other people rising for him, does but prepare a place for himself in the fire of hell." (Mishkat, book xxii. ch. iv.) [SALUTATION.]
RITES. Arabic mansak, mansik, pl. manasik. The rites and ceremonies attending religious worship in generaL. Qur'an, Surah xxii. 35: "To every nation we appointed rites (mansak) to mention the name of God over the brute beasts which he has provided for them.
The term mansik is more frequently used for a place of sacrifice, while mansak applies to religious observances, but the plural manasik is common to both, and rendered by Professor Palmer and Mr. Rodwell in their translations of the Qur'an, "rites."
The principal rites of the Muslim religion are the Hajj, or Pilgrimage to Makkah, with the ceremonies at the Makkan Temple [HAJJ]; the daily ritual of the liturgical prayers [PRAYER] the marriage and funeral ceremonies. and, with the. Shi'ahs, the ceremonies of the Muharram. The sacrifice on the great festival, although primarily part of the Makkan Pilgrimage ceremonies, is celebrated in all parts of Islam on the 'Idu l-Azha, or feast of Sacrifice. [IDU 'L-AZHA.] The ceremony of Zikr can hardly be said to be one of the rites of orthodox Islam, although it is common in all parts of the Muslim world; it belongs rather to the mystic side of the Muhammadan religion. [SUFI, ZIKR.]
RIVER. Arabic nahr pl. anhar; Heb. nahar. The word bahr, "sea," being also used for a large river. [SEA.]
According to Muhammadan law rivers are of three descriptions:
1. Those which are not the property of any, and of which the waters have not been divided, like the Tigris and the Euphrates. The care of these rivers, being the duty of the State, and the charge of keeping them in order must be defrayed from the public treasury, but, these expenses must be disbursed from the funds of tribute and capitation-tax, and not from those of tithe and alms.
2. Rivers which are appropriated and divided, and yet at the same time public rivers on which boats sail. The clearing of inch rivers must he done at the expense of the proprietors, although its waters are used for the public benefit.
3. Water-courses which are hold in property and divided, and on which no boats sail. The keeping of such streams rests entirely with the proprietors.
In countries whore much of the cultivation of land depends upon irrigation, the right to water, or as it is called in Arabic shrib, is a subject of much litigation, and chapters are devoted to the consideration of the subject in the Hidayah, Fatawa-i-'Alamgiri, .Duru 'l-Mukhtar and other works on Muslim law.
For the Rivers of Paradise, see EDEN.
RIWAYAH. Relating the words of another. A word used for both an ordinary narrative, and also for an authoritative tradition. ITRADITION.]
RIYA. "Hypocrisy; dissimulation." Condemned in the Qur'an. Surah ii. 266: "O ye who believe! make not your alms void by reproaches and injury, like him who spendeth his substance to be seen of men and believeth not in God, and in the Last Day, for the likeness of such an one is that of a rock with a thin soil upon it, on which rain falleth, but leaveth it hard."
Surah iv. 41, 42: We have made ready a shameful chastisement for the unbelievers, and for those who bestow their substance in alms to be soon of men, and believe not in God and in the Last Day."
RIZA. . A legal term, which means sucking milk from the breast of a woman for a certain time. The period of fosterage. [FOSTERAGE.]
RIWAN. . The name of the gardener or keeper of Paradise.
ROAD OF GOD.
Arabic sabilu 'llah An expression used in the Qur'an and Traditions for any good act, but especially for engaging in a religious war. [SABILU 'LLAH.]
Arabic subhah The rosary amongst Muhammadans consists of 100 beads, and is used by them for counting the ninety-nine attributes of God, together with the essential name Allah [GOD]; or the repetition of the Tasbih ("O Holy God!"), the Tahmid ("Praised be God!"), and the Takbir (" God is Great!"), or for the recital of any act of devotion. It is called in Persian and in Hindustani the Tasbih
The introduction of the rosary into Christendom is ascribed by Pope Pius V., in a Bull, A.D. 1596, to Dominic the founder of the Black Friars (A.D. 1221), and it is related that Paul of Phorma, an Egyptian ascetic of the fourth century, being ordered to recite 300 prayers, collected as many pebbles which he kept in his bosom, and threw out one by one at every prayer, which shows that the rosary was probably not in use at that period.
'Abdu l-Haqq, the commentator on the Mishkatu l'-Masabih, says that in the early days. of Islam the Muhammadans counted God's praises on small pebbles, or on the fingers, from which the Wabhabis maintain that their Prophet did not use a rosary. It seems probable that the Muslims borrowed the rosary from the Buddhists, and that the Crusaders copied their Muslim opponents and introduced it into Christendom.
ROZAH. The Persian word for the Arabic saum, or fasting. [FASTING, RAMAZAN.]
RUB'. A fourth. A legal term used in Muhammadan law, e.g. "a fourth," or the wife's portion when her husband dies without issue.
RUH. , pl. arwah; Heb. ruakh, spirit soul; life." Ibnu 'l-Asir, author of the Nihaqah, says it is the nervous fluid or animal spirit. A vaporous substance, which is the principle of vitality and of sensation, and of voluntary motion.
In the Kitabu 't-Ta'rifat, it is defined as a subtle body, the source of which is the hollow of the corporeal heart, and which diffuses itself into all the other, parts of the body by means of the pulsing veins and arteries. See also Gen. ix. 4: "Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof." Many of the ancients believed the soul to reside in the blood. (See Virgil's Æn., ix. p. 349) The breath which a man breaths
and which pervades the whole body. Called in Persian jain The philosophers say it is the blood, by the exhausting of which life ceases. The word is generally rendered in Hindustani as of the feminine gender, but Arabic authors render it as often masculine as feminine. (See Lane's Arabic Dictionary, in loco.)
In the Qur'an the word is sometimes used for Jesus, who is known as Rullu 'llah ("the Spirit of God "), for the angel Gabriel, and also for life, grace, soul, and the Spirit of Prophecy. (A complete list of texts is given in the article SPIRIT.)
According to the Kitabu 't-Ta'rifat. p. 76, spirit is of three kinds:-
(1) Ar-Ruhu 't-Insani, "the human spirit," by which is understood the mind of man, which distinguishes him from the animal, and which is given to him, by the decree of God, from heaven, of the true essence of which we know nothing. It is this spirit which is sometimes united to the body and sometimes separated from it, as in sleep or death.
(2) Ar-Ruhu 'l-Haiwani, "the animal spirit," by which is understood the life, the seat of which is in the heart, and which moves in the veins with the pulsations of the body.
(3) Ar-Ruhu 'l-A'zam, "the exalted spirit," that human spirit which is connected with the existence of God, but the essence of which is unknown to all but the Almighty. The spiritual faculty in man. It is called also aI-'Aqlu.'l-Awwal, "the first intelligence"; al-Haqiqatu 'l-Muhammadiyah Wadidah, "the essence of Muhammad"; an-Nafsu 'l-Wahidah, "the single essence" al-Haqiqatu 'l-Samaiyah. "The original spirit of man first created by God."
The following terms are also found in Muslim works:—
Ar-Ruhu 'n-Nabati , "the vegetable spirit."
Ar-Ruhu 't-Tabi'i "the animal spirit."
Ar-Ruhu 'l-Ilahi, "the divine spirit."
Ar-Ruhu 's-Sufli the lower spirit," which is said to belong merely to animal life.
Ar-Ruhu 'l-'Ulwi "the Lofty or heavenly spirit."
Ar-Ruhu 'l-Jari the travelling spirit," or that which leaves the body in sleep and gives rise to dreams.
Ar-Ruhu 'l-Muhkam , "the resident spirit," which is said never to leave the body, even after death.
Ruhu 'l-Ilqa "the spirit of casting into." Used for Gabriel and the spirit of prophecy. [SPIRIT.]
The faithful spirit." Occurs-in the Qur'an Surah xxvi. 193: "Verily from the Lord of the World, hath this book come down, the faithful spirits hath come down with it upon thy heart, that thou mayest become a warner, in the clear Arabic tongue." it is supposed to refer to the Angel Gabriel [SPLRIT.]
"The Spirit of God." According to Muhammad, it is the special Kalimah, or title of Jesus. See the Qur'an.
Suratu 'n-Nisa' (iv.), 169:- "The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, is only an Apostle of God, and His Word, which He conveyed into Mary and a spirit proceeding from Himself." (Ruhun min-hu).
Suratu 'l-Ambya' (xxi.), 91: "Into whom (Mary) we breathed of our spirit."
Suratu 't-Tahrim (lxvi), 12: "Into whose womb we breathed of our spirit."
It is also used in. the Qur'an for Adam, Suratu 's-Sajdah (xxxii.), 8; Suratu 'l-Hijr (xv.), 29; and Suratu Sad (xxxviii), 72.; where it is said that God breathed his spirit into Adam, but Adam is never called Ruhu 'Ilah in any Muhammadan book. [SPIRIT, JESUS.]
"The Holy Spirit" (lit. "Spirit of Holiness). The expression only occurs three times in the Qur'an:—
Surah ii 81: "We gave Jesus the Son of Mary manliest signs and aided him with the Holy Spirit."
Surah ii. 254: " Of them is one to whom God spoke (i.e. Moses); and we have raised some of them degrees: and we have given Jesus, the son of Mary manifest signs, and strengthened him by the Holy Spirit."
Surah v. 109: "When God said, 'O Jesus, Son of Mary! remember my favours towards thee and towards thy mother, when I aided thee with the holy Spirit, till thou didst speak to men, in the cradle, and when grown up."
Al-Baizawi says the meaning of the expression Ruhu 'I-Qudus is the Angel Gabriel, although some understand it to refer to the spirit of Jesus, and others to the Gospel of Jesus, whilst some think it is the Ismu 'l-A'zam, or "the exalted name of God," whereby Jesus raised, the dead. (See Tafsir 'l-Baizawi, p. 65.) [SPIRIT, HOLY SPIRIT.]
The owner of a. ruinous wall in any building is responsible for any accident occasioned by its fall, alter having received duo warning and requisition to pull It down, and a person building a crooked wall is responsible for the damage occasioned by its falling. But the owner of a ruinous house is not responsible for accidents occasioned by the fall of any article from it, unless such article belong to him. (Hidayah, Grady's Ed., pp. 664, 666.)
The name of a monstrous bird, which is said to have power sufficient to carry off a live elephant. (Ghiyasu 'l-Lughah in loco.)
The Yamani pillar. The south corner of the Ka'bah, said to be one of the most ancient parts of the temple. [MASJIDU 'L-HARAM.]
Burkhardt says: "In the south-east corner of the Ka'bah, or as the Arabs call it, Rokn of Yamany, there is another stone about five feet from the ground; it is one foot and a half in length, and two inches in breadth, placed upright, and of the common Meccah stone. This the people walking round the Ka'bah touch only with the right hand; they do not kiss it." (Captain Burton says he had frequently seen it kissed by men and women.)
Burton remarks: "The Rukn el Yamani is a corner facing the south. The part alluded to (by Burkhardt) is the wall of the Ka'bah, between the Shami and Yemani angles, distant about three feet from the latter, and near the site of the old western door, long since closed. The stone is darker and redder then the rest of the wall, it is called El Mustajab - (or Mustajab min el Zunub, or Mustajab el Dua, "where prayer is granted"). Pilgrims here extend their arms, press their bodies against the building, and beg pardon for their sins." (El Medinah and Mecca. vol. ii. p. 160.)
. A posture in the daily prayers. An inclination of the head with the palms of the hands resting upon the knees. [PRAYERS.]
RULE OF FAITH.
The Muhammadan rule of faith is based upon what are called the four foundations of orthodoxy, namely, the Qur'an, or, as it is called, Kalamu 'llah "the Word of God; the Hadis (pl. Ahadis) or the traditions of the sayings and practice of Muhammad; Ihma', or the consent of the Mujtahidun or learned doctor Qiyas, or the analogical reasoning of the learned.
In studying the Muhammadan religious system, it must be well understood that Islam is not simply the religion of the Qur'an, but that all Muhammadans, whether Sunni, Shiah, or Wahhabi, receive the Traditions as an authority in matters of faith and practice. The Sunni Muhammadans arrogate to themselves the title of traditionists; but the Shi'ahs also receive the Hadis as binding upon them, although they do not acknowledge the same collection of traditions as those received by their opponents. [QUR'AN, TRADITIONS, IJMA', QIYAS, RELIGION, ISLAM.]
The ideal administration of the Muslim world, as laid down in the Traditions, is that the whole of Islam shall be under the dominion of one Imam or leader, who is the Khalifah or vicegerent, of the Prophet on earth. The rulers of provinces under this Imam are called Amir (pI. Umara'). The Eastern titles of SuItan and Shah are not established in the Muhammadan religion. The word Malik, Heb. Melekh, occurs in the Qur'an for a "king," and is used for King Saul (Surah ii. 248). The word is still retained in Asia for the chiefs of villages.
In the Qur'an (Surah iv. 62), believers are enjoined to "obey the Apostle and those in authority," but the chief injunctions are found in the Traditions.
In the Mishkatu 'l-Masabih, book xvi. ch, i., the following sayings of Muhammad regarding rulers are recorded:-
"Whoever obeys me obeys God, and whoever disobeys me disobeys God. Whoever obeys the 'Amir obeys me. An Imam is nothing but a shield to fight behind, by which calamities are avoided; and if he orders you to abstain from that which is unlawful, he will have great regard; but if he enjoins that which God has forbidden, he will bear the punishment of his own acts."
"If God appoints as your Amir a man who is a slave, with his ears and nose cut off, and who puts people to death according to God's book, then you must listen and obey him in all things."
If a negro slave is appointed to rule over you, you must listen to him and obey him, even though his head be like a dried grape."
"It is indispensable for every Muslim to listen to and approve the orders of the Imam, whether he likes or dislikes, so long as he is not ordered to sin and act contrary to law when he is ordered to sin, he must neither attend to it not obey it."
"There is no obedience due to sinful commands, nor to any order but what is lawful."
"He who shall see a thing in his ruler which he dislikes, let him be patient, for verily there is not one who shall separate a body of Muslims the breadth of a span, and he dies, but he dies like the people of ignorance."
"The best Imams are those you love, and those who love you, and those who pray for compassion on you, and you on them ; and the worst of Imams are those you hate, and those who hate you; and those whom you curse, and who curse you." Auf said. "O Prophet of God! when they
are our enemies and we theirs, way we not fight against them?' He said. "No. so long as they keep on foot the pray on amongst you." This he repeated. "Beware, he who shall be constituted your ruler, see if he does anything in disobedience to God, and if he does, hold it in displeasure, but do not withdraw yourselves from his obedience."
"There will be Amirs among you, some of whose actions you will find conformable to law, and some contrary thereto; then when anyone who shall say to their faces, 'These acts are contrary to law,' verily he shall be pure; and he who has known their actions to be bad, and has not told them so to their faces, has certainly not remained free from responsibility, and he who has been a bad act and obeyed it, is their companion in it." The Companions said, "May we not fight them?" The Prophet said, "No, so long as they perform prayers."
"He who is disobedient to the Imam will come before God on the Day of Resurrection without a proof of his faith, and he who dies without having obeyed the Imam, dies as the people of ignorance."
"Prophets were the governors of the children of Israel, and when one died, another supplied his place; and verily there is no prophet after me, and the time is near when there will be after me a great many Khalifahs." The Companions said. "Thou what do you order us?" The Prophet said, "Obey the Khalifah, and. give him his due; for verily God will ask about the duty of the subject."
''When two Khalifahs have been set up, put the last of them to death, and preserve the other, because the second is a rebel."
"Whoever wishes to make divisions amongst my people, kill with a sword.."
"He who acknowledges an Imam must obey him as far as in his power, and if another pretender comes, kill him."
"Verily the time is near that you will be ambitious of ruling; and it is at hand that this love of rule will be a cause of sorrow at the Resurrection, although the possession of it appears pleasant, and its departure unpleasant."
"That is the beat of men who, dislikes power."
"Beware! you are all guardians of the subject, and you will all be asked about your obedience. The Imam is the guardian of the subject, and he will be asked respecting this, a man is as a shepherd to his own family, and will be asked how they behaved, and about his conduct to them; and a wife is a guardian to her husband's house and children and will be interrogated about them; and a slave is a shepherd to his master's property, and will be asked about it, whether he took good care of it or not."
"There is no Amir who oppresses the subject and dies, but God forbids Paradise to him."
"Verily the very worst of Amirs are those who oppress the subject."
"O God! he who shall be ruler over my people and shall throw them into misery, O God! cast him into misery; and he who shall be chief of, my people and be kind to them, they be kind to him."
"Verily, just princes will be upon splendid pulpits on the right hand of God; and both God's hands are right."
"God never sent any Prophet, nor ever made any Khalifah, but had two counsellors with him, one of them directing lawful deeds (that is, a good angel), and the other sin (that is, the devil). He is guarded from sin whose God has guarded." [KAHLIFAH.]
. The Arabic form of the Latin Roma, or Romanus. The ancient Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire. Still used in Eastern countries as a name for the Turkish Empire.
The title of the xxxth Surah of the Qur'an, which opens with the word. "The Greeks are overcome in the highest parts of the land; but after being overcome they shall overcome in a few years." [GREEKS.]
. A daughter of 'Muhammad by his wife Khadijah. She was married to 'Utbah, the son of Abu Lahab, but being divorced by her husband, she was married to 'Usman, the third Khalifah.
. Lit. "Waiting." Giving a thing on condition that it the donor die before the receiver it shall become the property of the receiver and his heirs; but if the receiver die first, the property given shall return to the, donor. It is forbidden in Muslim law, because it exposes each of the parties to the temptation of wishing for the other's death.
. "Enchanting." The use of spells. The word used in the Hadis for exorcism and incantation. [EXORCISM.]
. "A dream; a vision. A term used in the Qur'an for the visions of the Prophet. It occurs five times. Once for the vision of Joseph Surah xii. 6); twice for the dream of the Egyptian king (Surah v. 48); once for the vision of Abraham (Surah xxxvii, 106); once for Muhammad's vision (Surah xvii. 62.). [DREAMS.]
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