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Mothering the Men of Jannah

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2016 16:19

Khansaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the renowned poetess of Arabia, encouraged her four sons to participate in the battle of Qaadisiyyah in the following words:

“O my sons! You accepted Islam willingly and left your homes voluntarily. By the promise of Allah Ta‘ala, you are the sons of one father and mother as I have neither been unfaithful to your father nor brought disgrace to your maternal uncle. I have not spoilt and dishonoured your lineage. You are well aware of the immense rewards which Allah Ta‘ala has promised those who fight against the transgressors. Also remember that the eternal abode is far superior to this temporary abode. Allah Ta‘ala says:

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The Acid Test of Imaan

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2016 16:16

While our Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was on the journey of Mi’raaj, he suddenly perceived the most exquisite fragrance. On smelling this fragrance, he asked Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam), “O Jibreel! What is this exquisite fragrance?” Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “It is the fragrance of the grave of the woman who would comb the hair of Fir‘aun’s daughter and her children.”

The history behind the incident of this woman is as follows:

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The Hunger for Halaal

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:59

(Sisters of Bishr Haafi [rahimahullah] – Part Four)

Mukh-khah (rahimahallah), the sister of Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah), had an exemplary level of taqwa. It was this taqwa and consciousness of Allah Ta‘ala that prompted her to ensure that she consumed only that which was halaal. It was also out of this concern to earn and consume only halaal that she sometimes went to Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and sought his guidance.

Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) once came to Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and asked, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! I am a woman who spins cotton by the light of the lamp at night. It sometimes so happens that the lamp is extinguished and I thus continue spinning by the moonlight. Is it necessary for me to inform my customers regarding which yarn was spun by the light of the lamp and which yarn was spun by moonlight?” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied, “If there is a discernible difference, you will have to inform your customers.”  (Sifatus Safwah vol. 1 pg. 577) 

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The Intelligent Enquirer

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:27

(Sisters of Bishr Haafi [rahimahullah] – Part Three)

Mukh-khah (rahimahallah), one of the sisters of Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah), would constantly refer to Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) in order to ask him questions pertaining to piety and asceticism. Such was the depth of understanding behind her questions that Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) would express amazement over her outstanding intelligence.

Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) once went to Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and posed the following question, “O Imaam! Tell me! Is the groan of a sick person in distress and discomfort not actually a complaint against the decree of Allah Ta‘ala?”

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Productive and Progressive within the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 06:22

(Sisters of Bishr Haafi [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

His sister Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) had achieved such spiritual excellence that she literally served as an example for Bishr (rahimahullah) to follow. Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) would often acknowledge the exalted rank of his sister by saying, “I learnt asceticism (abstinence from the dunya) from my sister.”

Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) would earn a living while remaining in the confines of her home by spinning cotton into yarn which she would send to the market to be sold. Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) resided with his sister, Mukh-khah, and probably learnt this craft from her which he also plied in order to earn a living. He thus ensured that he was completely independent and would not have to turn to people for handouts.  

(Reference: Tareekhu Baghdad vol. 16 pg. 625, Siyar Aa’laamin Nubalaa’ vol. 10 pg. 471 and Wafayaatul Aa’yaan vol. 1 pg. 277)

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