I`tikaaf: Miscellaneous (Ahadith 1752 - 1757)

Bismillah.

One Cute Incident:

Volume 3, Book 33, Number 257:
Narrated 'Amra bint 'Abdur-Rahman from 'Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
Allah's Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to practice Itikaf every year in the month of Ramadan. And after offering the morning prayer, he used to enter the place of his Itikaf. 'Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) asked his permission to let her practice Itikaf and he allowed her, and so she pitched a tent in the mosque. When Hafsa (radiallaahu `anhaa) heard of that, she also pitched a tent (for herself), and when Zainab (radiallaahu `anhaa) heard of that, she too pitched another tent. When, in the morning, Allah's Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had finished the morning prayer, he saw four tents and asked, "What is this?" He was informed about it. He then said, "What made them do this? Is it righteousness? Remove the tents, for I do not want to see them." So, the tents were removed. The Prophet did not perform Itikaf that year in the month of Ramadan, but did it in the last ten days of Shawwal.

Types of I`tikaaf:

Volume 3, Book 33, Number 258:
Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
'Umar bin Al-Khattab (radiallaahu `anhu) said, "O Allah's Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! I vowed in the Pre-lslamic period to perform Itikaf in Al-Masjid-al-Haram for one night." The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, "Fulfill your vow." So, he performed Itikaf for one night.

Volume 3, Book 33, Number 259:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
that 'Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) had vowed in the Pre-lslamic period to perform Itikaf in Al-Masjid-al-Haram. (A sub-narrator thinks that 'Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) vowed to perform Itikaf for one night.) Allah's Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to 'Umar (radiallaahu `anhu), "Fulfill your vow."

When is I`tikaaf?:

Volume 3, Book 33, Number 260:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to perform Itikaf every year in the month of Ramadan for ten days, and when it was the year of his death, he stayed in Itikaf for twenty days.

One Cute Incident:

Volume 3, Book 33, Number 261:
Narrated `Amra bint `Abdur-Rahman from `Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) mentioned that he would practice I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan. `Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) asked his permission to perform I`tikaf and he permitted her. Hafsa (radiallaahu `anhaa) asked `Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) to take his permission for her, and she did so. When Zainab bint Jahsh (radiallaahu `anhaa) saw that, she ordered a tent to be pitched for her and it was pitched for her. Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to proceed to his tent after the prayer. So, he saw the tents ans asked, "What is this?" He was told that those were the tents of Aisha, Hafsa, and Zainab (radiallaahu `anhunna). Allah's Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, "Is it righteousness which they intended by doing so? I am not going to perform I`tikaf." So he returned home. When the fasting month was over, he performed Itikar for ten days in the month of Shawwal.

The Fiqh of I`tikaaf:

Volume 3, Book 33, Number 262:
Narrated 'Urwa:
Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) during her menses used to comb and oil the hair of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while he used to be in Itikaf in the mosque. He would stretch out his head towards her while she was in her chamber.

Kitaab-ul-I`tikaaf [Book of Retiring to a Mosque for Remembrance of Allah] ends here.