The blessed land

As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh,


Alot of the time we hear about the blessed lands of Madinah and Makkah. There is no dispute about these two holy lands yet I ask. Could you name another country that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) mentioned? Let us look at a few ahadeeth about the blessed land of Yemen.

Abu Hurayra (radiallaahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “The people of Yemen have come to you and they are extremely gentle and soft-hearted. Belief (Imaan) is that of the Yemenis and wisdom is that of the Yemenis. Pride and haughtiness are the characters of the ownders of camels, and calmness and solemnity are the qualities of the owners of the sheep.”[1] 

 Imaam An-Nawawi (rahimahullaah) mentions in his commentary of Saheeh Muslim: There is no bar in attributing these narrations literally to the people of Yemen. They (the people of Yemen) had strong faith in the time of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam), and the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) sensed this from the people of Yemen. The likes of; Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani, Uways Al-Qarni and the delegations that came to him from Yemen. Hence, attributing faith to Yemen meant that the people of Yemen had strong and complete faith, but this did not negate that others also had strong faith.

 Abu Hurayra (radiallaahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “The people of Yemen have come to you. They are tender-hearted and more delicate of soul. The capacity to understand (fiqh) is of the Yemenis and wisdom is that of the Yemenis. [2]

The meaning of ‘they are extremely gentle and soft-hearted’ is due to the people being timid (khashya) and have an attitude of humble acceptance (istikana). They are extremely quick in accepting genuine advice and naseeha, and are easily affected by it. They are immune from harshness, hard-heartedness and ruggedness. [3]

So who has booked a ticket to the blessed land of Yemen?


[1] Saheeh Bukhaari, no:4127
[2] Saheeh Bukhaari, no:4129 & Saheeh Muslim, no:84
[3] Al-Minhaaj Sharh Saheeh Muslim by Imaam An-Nawawi, p158-159

Comments on: "The blessed land" (4)

  1. ooh I’ve always wanted to go to yemen, now i’ve an excuse lol

    shukran ukhtee, liking the blog 😀

    ooooooh :p

  2. buthaynah said:

    Maasha’Allah! jazakillah khayran for this, you learn something new everything maasha’allah. So does this mean you’ll be going to yemen? lol

  3. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  4. ooooh-afwan. Inshaa’Allaah you’re granted the opportunity to go to Yemen.

    Buthaynah-not as far as I know lol.

    Alex-thank you.

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