Madinah expels impurities

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحـمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آلـه وصحبه ومن والاه
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Jabir bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه narrated that a Bedouin came to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and gave him bay’ah (pledge) for embracing Islam. He arrived the next day feeling feverish and asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to be excused from emigrating to Al-Madinah al-Munawwara. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم refused his request thrice (each time he put his excuse forward) and then said:

المدينةُ كالكيرِ تنفي خبثَها وينصعُ طيبُها
“Al-Madinah bellows out impurities (within it) and admits goodness (within it).” [Agreed upon]

We know from many examples, the length to which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to go to to ensure ease in the Deen and in making things easy for people and not difficult. What is striking about this hadeeth is that he صلى الله عليه وسلم did not accord any concessions for the Bedouin and instead made it an obligation upon him to travel to Madinah, while reminding him of a distinct virtue of the city that would see to it that his emaan is safeguarded and his sickness is cured.

Khabath denotes every type of impurity, wickedness, malignancy etc. and encompasses animate or inanimate objects. Such impurities are removed and the object eventually becomes purified just as iron becomes purified (of impure elements) from the bellows of fire.

[For an explanation of the hadeeth, see ‘Sharh al-Zarqani ‘ala Muwatta al-Imam Malik’, 1591, and read further about the merits and virtues of Madinatul Munawwara]

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