I asked my husband a couple of days ago to promote a fundraising page of mine and urge his friends to support me. So being the knowledge seeker and PhD student he is, he wrote an entire paragraph about fish in the sea – managing to link to it to my cause :)
Below is his paragraph. I’ll leave him to do the explaining and convincing. Please do read.
Why would fish in the sea make duaa for us?
In a well known hadith (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi) the Prophet states that the virtue of a student of knowledge is so great, even the fish in the sea make duaa for him. When I was in Medinah, Sheikh Abu Hamid Al-Bukhari gave us a profound explanation to this:
“The Shariah commands the Muslim Ummah to be merciful to the animal nation. So much so, that a prostitute was forgiven for climbing down a well to get water for a stray dog who was desperate for water (Sahih Muslim) while another woman was put in hell for her cruel treatment of a cat (Sahih Bukhari). Moreover, when human beings turn away from the worship of this world to the worship of Allah, seek forgiveness and submit completely to him, then Allah swt showers the world with barakah (blessing), thus in Surah Nuh, Prophet Nuh promises his people that if they turn away from the worship of idols and to the worship of Allah, and seek forgiveness for their sins, then Allah will shower them with blessings of rain and rivers, wealth and children. Students of Islamic knowledge are the ones who teach people about the Shariah and soften their hearts so they love the Shariah and love to implement it in their lives. Thus even the fish in the sea make duaa for them, as they know it is through them that they will be treated treated well and will also receive numerous worldly blessings.”
Allahu akbar. How beautiful.
Not all of us get the opportunity to study the Shariah. But we can still obtain the duaa of the fish in the sea, by funding young brothers and sisters to study the Shariah. My wife is raising money for a fantastic organisation in Oxford which funds young brothers and sisters to take a 4 year Shariah course here in the UK, where they study classical books such as Tafseer Tabari, Bukhari, Tirmidhi, Ar-Risala and others and can then teach our children and youth inshAllah and reform our community and society.
May Allah SWT reward you all.
Indeed, may He the Almighty reward you all! Please do support me by donating to my cause and sharing the page, and hopefully all the fish in the sea will be making duaa for you ;D