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The Place for Progress

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 15:47

When the Battle of Badr drew near, Ummu Waraqah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and beseeched him in the following words, “O Nabi of Allah! Allow me to leave with you (for Badr) so that I may nurse the sick and attend to the injured. Perhaps Allah Ta‘ala will bless me with martyrdom.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Remain in your home, for Allah Ta‘ala will bless you with martyrdom.”

It was on account of this prophecy of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that Ummu Waraqah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) would thereafter be referred to as “Shaheedah” (the martyr).

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Mimicking the Mother

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 May 2016 12:02

(Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik [rahimahallah] – Part Five)

On one occasion, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) asked his wife, Faatimah (rahimahallah), whether she could give him a dirham so that he could buy grapes. When she replied that she did not possess even a dirham, he next asked her if she had any small change which she could give him. Faatimah (rahimahallah) again replied that she did not have anything to give him. On realizing that ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez himself did not have any money, she exclaimed, “You are the leader of the Muslims yet you are unable to acquire a dirham?” ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) replied, “Living in poverty is easier than dragging chains in Jahannum (on account of utilizing the people’s wealth, entrusted to the public treasury, for one’s personal luxuries).” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 5 pg. 134)

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Patient without Complaint

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:59

(Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik [rahimahallah] – Part Four)

Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik, the brother of Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik, once came to visit ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) when he was ill. On entering, he noticed that the clothes of Ameerul Mu’mineen, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), were dirty! He immediately turned to his sister, Faatimah (rahimahallah), and commanded her to wash his clothes. Faatimah (rahimahallah) replied with absolute humility, “We will do it insha-Allah.”

When Maslamah returned, however, he found that the clothes of ‘Umar (rahimahullah) were still dirty. He turned to Faatimah (rahimahallah) and exclaimed, “Did I not tell you to wash the clothes of Ameerul Mu’mineen?” Only now did Faatimah (rahimahallah) explain, “By Allah! He only has these clothes!” (Al-Kaamil vol. 3 pg. 269)

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Dilapidating Our Home to Develop Others

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 November 2016 07:47

(Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik [rahimahallah] – Part Three)

A woman once travelled from Iraq to lay a request before ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah). When she arrived at his home, she called out, “Is there a doorkeeper guarding Ameerul Mu’mineen?” After a few moments, she heard someone reply from within the home, “There is no doorkeeper, enter if you so wish.” The woman therefore entered and found Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik (rahimahallah) seated in the home, holding cotton which she was spinning. The woman greeted Faatimah (rahimahallah) with salaam to which she replied and again invited her into the home. The woman accepted the invitation and ventured further into the home until she took a seat. She then looked around the home and was surprised to find that her sight did not fall on any item of value.

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Shifting the Goal Post

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:09

(Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik [rahimahallah] – Part Two)

On the momentous occasion when ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) was appointed as the khaleefah of the Muslims and all the people pledged allegiance at his hands, he delivered the following sermon:

O people! My nafs (carnal self) is such that it is very ambitious. Instead of being satisfied and content when it receives something, it aspires to achieve and acquire that which is even better. Now that my nafs has been given the khilaafat, it wants something better and the only thing that is better is Jannah.  Therefore, assist me in securing my Jannah.

In just a single day, his entire focus had shifted from perfecting his dunya to perfecting his Jannah. He therefore returned to his home and proceeded to sell all his slaves, clothing, perfume and other inessential items. The items he sold were of such value, that they fetched a combined price of 23 000 gold coins! ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) took the entire amount and spent it in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

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