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A Compassionate Mother to All


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:26

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part One)

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) would show great affection to young children and was always concerned about their wellbeing and progress. Hence, she would show deep consideration for children and would continuously monitor them, guiding and correcting them with love. She would even share valuable parenting tips with the parents. Furthermore, she was blessed with a sense of humour due to which children would feel comfortable in her company.

The extent of consideration which she showed to young children can perhaps be gauged by the fact that during the annual jalsah of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen (for which the ladies are hosted at her home), she would ensure that fruit would be cut and served during the programme. She knew that the jalsah program is lengthy and realized that children become hungry very quickly. Hence, she did this to ensure that the children would be comfortable and would not be inconvenienced.

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Salaatut Tasbeeh


Last Updated on Saturday, 17 April 2021 12:13

Salaatut Tasbeeh consists of four rakaats of nafl salaah. In each rakaat, one will recite the following tasbeeh seventy-five times (due to which the salaah is named Salaatut Tasbeeh). Hence, this tasbeeh will be recited a total of three-hundred times in the salaah:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَالْـحَمْدُ لِلّٰه وَلَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَاللهُ أَكْبَر

It should be borne in mind that there are two methods of performing Salaatut Tasbeeh reported in the hadeeth. One may practise on whichever method one wishes. The first method is as follows:

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A Gift to His Beloved Uncle


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:16

Every person, whether young or old, wealthy or poor, becomes pleased and happy when they receive a gift, as a gift is a testament of love and affection. Furthermore, if the gift is valuable, or the one presenting the gift is beloved, then one appreciates and values the gift even more. In the case where the gift is valuable AND the one presenting it is beloved, then the gift will be so cherished that one will hold onto it and value it until he dies.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) – who is the most beloved person to every Ummati - addressed his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and said, “O my beloved uncle! Shall I not give you something (most valuable)? Shall I not bestow you (with a magnificent bounty)? Shall I not give you (a priceless gift)?”

Being offered a magnificent gift from the most beloved person of all, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), is such a privilege that every believer desires that he could have been the one to whom Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed those words. However, though the words were not addressed to us, we too can enjoy the magnificent gift that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bestowed to his beloved uncle (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – the gift of Salaatut Tasbeeh.

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Sponsoring Works of Righteousness


Last Updated on Friday, 02 April 2021 09:17

(Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part Two)

Abu Haazim (rahimahullah) mentions, “We did not hear of any person in the blessed city of Madeenah Munawwarah who would sponsor more animals to serve as conveyances in the path of Allah Ta‘ala than Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

Abu Haazim (rahimahullah) then narrated the following incident:

On one occasion, two Bedouins came to Madeenah Munawwarah, seeking a person who would provide them with conveyances to go out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. On enquiry, they were directed to Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

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A Recent-Day Role Model


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 15:16

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Introduction)

On Sunday 2nd Jumaadas Saani 1441, 29th December 2019, during the early hours of the morning, the respected mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (daamat barakaatuhum) (principal of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach) passed away in her sleep at the age of 86.

She was born in Makkah Mukarramah while her parents were on the journey of hajj. Due to being born in the holy city of Makkah Mukarramah, her parents gave her the name Makkiyyah (which means ‘woman of Makkah’). As an infant, when her parents wished to perform tawaaf of the Ka‘bah, they would take her and place her in the Hateem. In this manner, Allah Ta‘ala blessed her, in her infancy, to acquire the blessings of the Haramain and the Ka’bah Shareef.

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) (as she was commonly known) was indeed a woman of taqwa and piety and was an inspiration to one and all. She left many children and grandchildren who are Huffaaz and ‘Ulama. Two of her sons, Mufti Ebrahim and Moulana Husain (daamat barakaatuhuma), are senior ustaazs in Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen. 

May Allah Ta‘ala fill her grave with noor and grant her the highest stages in Jannatul Firdaus, aameen.

Insha-Allah, in the parts to come, we will discuss various aspects from the life of this saintly personality so that we may all benefit from the example she set.


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