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The Element of Love

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2022 13:46

Imagine a mother who comes to visit her beloved daughter after one entire year of separation. The mother makes the necessary travel arrangements and sets out with her husband, eager to be reunited with her child. As she enters her daughter’s home, she is delighted to see the dastarkhaan (the cloth placed down for eating) elaborately laid out. It is dotted with all types of fancy decorations, from flowers in full bloom to artistically-folded serviettes. The food itself smells exquisite, and its presentation is so perfect that it seems to magnetically attract her gaze. 

However, as she approaches her daughter, the young girl, unaware of her mother’s presence, utters a few words to her friend on the phone. She says, “I wish my mother never came to stay! It’s so much of work to prepare for her! As it is, I’m busy looking after the kids – and now I have to see to her as well!” On hearing these cruel words, the mother recoils in hurt and disappointment, as these words are like a hard slap to her face… 

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Child on the Verge of Death

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2022 09:53

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Five)

On one occasion, Sayyidah Zainab’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) child, Sayyidah Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), became so ill that she was literally on the verge of death. Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) sent a message to her father, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), requesting him to come.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) initially sent the messenger back instructing him to convey salaams to her and give her the following message, “Verily to Allah Ta‘ala alone belongs all that He gives and takes and everything has a prescribed time to remain. She should thus be patient and hope for reward (upon this calamity).”

Shortly thereafter, on the insistence of Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) arrived with a few Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). On arriving, he was handed the child whose breath was laboured and was making a gurgling sound similar to that of water being poured into an old water skin.   

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Conceal to be Concealed

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2022 16:06

Ahmad bin Mahdi (rahimahullah) (d. 272 A.H.) was an illustrious scholar of hadeeth and a great worshipper of Allah Ta‘ala. Such was his generosity and love for the ‘Ulama that he had spent three hundred thousand dirhams (silver coins) on the ‘Ulama of his time.

One night, a woman came to him in Baghdad complaining of a great misfortune that had afflicted her, and pleaded to him, “I beg you by Allah to conceal me (and not reveal this to anyone).” So he asked her, “What is this affliction (that you are referring to)?”

She explained, “I was raped and have fallen pregnant. (To avoid embarrassment and humiliation,) I told the people that you are my husband and the child that I am expecting is yours, so please do not disgrace me (by denying this). Please conceal me, Allah Ta‘ala will conceal you (in the Hereafter).”

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Du‘aa for Protection of Imaan and for Divine Mercy

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2022 15:57

In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala mentions that the following du‘aa is among the du‘aas which are made by those who are firmly grounded in the knowledge of Deen: 

رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ​

O our Rabb! Do not let our hearts deviate (from the straight path) after you have given us guidance, and bestow us with special mercy from Your side, indeed You alone are the One who bestows in abundance. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v8)

In the first portion of this du‘aa, we are begging Allah Ta‘ala to grant us protection in the bounty of imaan.

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Miscarrying while Migrating

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2022 16:04

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Four)

When Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) completed her preparations and was ready to migrate to Madeenah Munawwarah, she departed from Makkah Mukarramah during the day, seated in a carriage that was strapped to a camel led by her brother-in-law, Kinaanah bin Rabee’.

Word of her departure spread and soon a group of Quraish set out in pursuit, catching up with them at Zu-Tuwaa. In the forefront of this group was Habbaar bin Aswad who continued to prod the camel with his spear, (causing it to buck and jump,) until Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) eventually fell out of the carriage onto a rock. Due to this fall, she miscarried her unborn child and bled profusely. Her brother-in-law, Kinaanah, although not a Muslim, drew the arrows from his quiver and threatened to fire them at anyone who came close. This threat caused them to retreat.

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