Camels mentioned in Quran and Sunnah
I really love camels, whenever I get the opportunity , I ride them, mentally, it takes me back in time.They have such beautiful eyes and eye lashes .
I can understand why the great prophet of Islam, Muhammed, salah la alaihi wa salem, the peace of Allah be upon him, was great friends with his camel, imagine travelling hundreds of miles , just you and your camel for company. I know I talk to my cat, well I speak with most animals including bees.
Camels are often mentioned in the Quran and supporting haddiths, camels were a major part of the life of the muslims and still are in some parts of the world to-day.
In the times of Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) there was a severe famine. All the people of Madinah were suffering due to the shortage of food. A caravan made up of a thousand camels loaded with a large stock of food grains belonging to Uthman (Radiallahu Anhu) arrived from Shaam (Syria).
Several merchants offered to buy all of it. He asked them what profit they would pay. “Five per cent,” they said. He answered that he could get higher profit than that. They began to argue with him, saying that they did not know of any merchant who would offer him more than their quote.
He said to them, “I know of one who repays a profit of more than seven hundred to a dirham (Arabian currency).”
He then recited the verse of the Noble Quran in which Allah Ta’ala mentioned this profit:
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (2:261).
“O traders! Bear witness with me that I donate all this to the poor people of Madinah!” said Uthman (Radiallahu Anhu).
What ever we give for the sake of Allah is really ours and whatever we keep with us will one day be someone else’s. Let us follow the footsteps of our Prophet (PBUH) and the pious Sahabah, with whom Allah was pleased with, by helping the needy ones.
Source: Related by Shaikh Habibullah Mukhtaar in his book “Bringing Up Children in Islaam” in the chapter of Generosity.
He (Salih) said, ‘Here is a she-camel. She has a time for drinking and you have a time for drinking – on specified days. (Surat ash-Shu’ara’, 155)
Slurping like thirst-crazed camels. (Surat al-Waq’ia, 55)
Whatever booty from them Allah has given to His Messenger – and you spurred on neither horse nor camel in its acquisition, but Allah gives power to His Messengers over anyone He wills, Allah has power over all things – (Surat al-Hashr, 6)
Like a herd of yellow camels. (Surat al-Mursalat, 33
When the camels in foal are neglected. (Surat at-Takwir, 4)
Have they not looked at the camel – how it was created? (Surat al-Ghashiyya, 17)
And the Messenger of Allah had said to them,’This is the she-camel of Allah, so let her drink!’ But they denied him and they hamstrung her, so their Lord crushed them for their sin and flattened them. (Surat ash-Shams, 13-14)
Prophet Mohammed (S. A. W) kept His camel’s name “Qaswa” which means ‘to cover long distance’. As a virtue of this name, Prophet (S. A. W) traveled with his Camel Qaswa only whenever he used to travel long distance. He migrated (Hizrat) to Medina from Mekkah riding on Qaswa.
One day Allah’s Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, noticed a
Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the
Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?”
The Bedouin answered, “I placed my trust in Allah.”
At that, the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “Tie
your camel and place your trust in Allah” – Tirmidhi
eating camel meat
We learned that Imam al-Nawawi (rahimahullaah) believed camel meat did nullify one’s wudu’ but that Imam al-Shafi`i (rahimahullaah) did not. Is this correct?
I know the proof for those who say that it does break the wudu’, such as the hadeeth of Jaabir (radiyallaahu `anh) that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) was asked,
“Should I do wudu’ after eating camel meat?” He said, “Yes.” The person said: “Should I do wudu’ after eating mutton?” He said,“If you wish.” [Muslim]