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A Paragon of Perseverance

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 August 2021 14:01

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part One)

Imagine a woman whose father is the best man to ever set foot on the earth after the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) … her sister is married to the leader of all the Prophets (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) … she married one of the ‘Asharah Mubash-sharah (the ten Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum] given the glad tidings of Jannah by Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] in one gathering) … and her son was the khaleefah of the Muslims in the land of Hijaaz.

This fortunate, blessed woman was none other than Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the daughter of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the elder sister of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) (she was approximately seventeen years old when Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] was born), the wife of Sayyiduna Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and mother of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).

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Gifts of the Giver

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2021 15:12

Have we ever pondered over the lengthy, intricate, multi-stage processes that occur every day for our continued well-being and comfort?

Indeed, if we ponder over a ‘simple’ loaf of bread, we will realize that before the loaf landed in our hands, it underwent many processes and followed a lengthy supply chain. The journey of the loaf of bread commences with the farmer planting the wheat, thereafter caring for it and dedicatedly watering it over many months until harvest, then sending it to the mill where it is crushed into flour. From the mill, the flour is sent to the bakery where it is baked into loaves, then loaded onto trucks that transport it to the depots, and finally, it is delivered to the store shelves where we conveniently purchase it.

At the time when we hold a loaf in our hands, do we ever ponder over the fact that this loaf is the result of tens (or even hundreds) of people’s effort and labour, over many months, yet we are able to casually pick it up and eat it, with barely any effort from our side?

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“Khaleelullah” - The Special Friend of Allah

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 July 2021 15:25

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) is that esteemed Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala who was honoured with the title “Khaleelullah” – the  special friend of Allah Ta‘ala.

‘Ubaid bin ‘Umair (rahimahullah) reports the following incident:

It was the blessed habit of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) that he would always try to bring people home as his guests to share his meals with him. On one occasion, Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) went out, looking for someone to bring home as his guest. However, he was unable to find anyone to share his meal with him, and thus returned home.

On arriving at his home, he found that a man had entered, in his absence, and was standing inside. Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) asked him, “O servant of Allah! Why have you entered my home without permission?” The man replied, “I was granted permission to enter by the One who is the true owner of your home (i.e. I was given permission by Allah Ta‘ala).”

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The Plentiful Platter

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2021 09:52

On one occasion, many days passed in which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not have any food to eat. Eventually, when it became difficult to tolerate the hunger, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went to the houses of his respected wives, (enquiring as to whether they had any food. However, they were also in a state of hunger,) and not even one of them had food in her home.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then went to the home of his beloved daughter, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and addressed her saying, “O my beloved daughter! Do you have anything for me to eat? Indeed, I am experiencing hunger.” Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “By Allah! I do not have (any food)!” (Hearing this,) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) departed.

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Unshakeable Imaan

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 July 2021 09:07

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Huzaafah Sahmi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who had brought imaan in the early stages of Islam. Hence, he was among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who participated in the second migration to Abyssinia. (Usdul Ghaabah vol. 2, pg. 577)

During the khilaafah of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Huzaafah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was part of an expedition sent to fight against the Romans. However, during the expedition, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was taken captive by the Romans.

The Romans brought him before their king and said, “This man is one of the companions of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam),” Realizing that the man before him was a Sahaabi, the king wished to make him a Christian. Hence, the king said to him, “Do you wish to become a Christian? If you do so, I will give you my daughter’s hand in marriage, and I will also share my kingdom and my rule with you.”

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