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The Blessing of Upholding the Sunnah

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 December 2021 15:58

Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her husband, Sayyiduna Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), were among the first people to accept Islam. They also suffered great persecution at the hands of the Quraish, just like many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Thus, to escape the torture and suffering, they participated in both migrations to Abyssinia. (Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 3, pg. 239)

Thereafter, Sayyiduna Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) performed hijrah to Madeenah Munawwarah – and this was one of the greatest tests that his household went through, as his wife’s family did not allow her to join him, and his clan did not allow his child to leave them either. Thus, husband, wife and child remained separated for the lengthy period of approximately one year, until they were thereafter reunited in Madeenah Munawwarah. (Seerah Ibni Hishaam vol. 2, pg. 469)

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Steadfast at the Time of the Test

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2021 10:17

(Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

The ruler of Egypt, in the time of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah), was a man named Ahmad bin Tooloon. He would show great honour and respect to Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah), to the extent that he would often come and personally attend the hadeeth lesson of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah). Furthermore, he would give Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) one thousand dinaars (gold coins) as a gift every year.

Many years later Ahmad bin Tooloon and Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) had a disagreement over a certain political issue. Ahmad bin Tooloon tried to pressurise him to change his view, but Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) remained steadfast on his view as he felt it to be the haqq. Ahmad bin Tooloon was angered at his staunch refusal and said to him, “The people have given you delusions regarding your position, by saying that there is no one in the world equal to Bakkaar, whereas you are senile and confused.” (Taareekhul Khulafaa pg. 365)

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An Epitome of Patience

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 December 2021 10:10

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

After Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) gave her son, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), the advice that he requested, she said to him, “Come close to me so that I may bid you farewell.” He thus drew close to her for their final meeting. Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) kissed him and hugged him, and he hugged her as well.

As Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) hugged him, she perceived that he was wearing an iron armour (she was blind at this time, and hence did not know of the armour until she felt it while hugging him). She remarked, “O my beloved son! This is not worn by those who aspire for the martyrdom which you hope to acquire (i.e. if you are seeking martyrdom, then why are you wearing armour which will save your life?).” Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O my beloved mother! I only wore it in order to bring some happiness and peace to your heart.”

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “No, remove it!” He thus removed the armour, and as he thereafter put his garments on again, she said to him, “Ensure that you secure your clothing tightly.” He thus ensured that his clothing was tightly secured so that when he would be killed and fall to the ground, his ‘awrah (private area) would not be exposed.

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The ‘Undo’ Button

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 December 2021 08:27

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, “There is no slave (of Allah Ta‘ala) who commits any sin (whether major or minor), and thereafter performs wudhu, stands and performs two rakaats of salaah, and then repents to Allah Ta‘ala, except that Allah Ta‘ala will forgive him.” (Sunan Abu Dawood #1521)

In the ‘olden days’, when the typewriter was in vogue, if a person made a typing mistake, there was no way to undo it. Hence, to correct the mistake, the entire document would have to be retyped. Thereafter, correction fluid (Tipp-ex) was invented, making life much easier for typists around the world. Finally, the time came when word processing shifted to computers. Now, it is easier than ever to ‘undo’ a mistake by simply pressing the ‘undo’ button.

A Muslim, in the course of his life, will undoubtedly err and fall into sin from time to time. However, such is the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala that He has given us an ‘undo’ button which can easily and instantly erase the sin from our book of deeds. This ‘undo’ button is known as taubah and istighfaar.

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Worried Over His Weaknesses

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2021 16:18

(Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah [rahimahullah] - Part One)

Qaadhi Bakkaar bin Qutaibah (rahimahullah) was a descendent of the Sahaabi, Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was born in Basrah in 182 A.H. and passed away in Egypt in 270 A.H. He was a great saint, ‘Aalim, and Muhaddith, and was also the head Qaadhi (judge) in Egypt. Such was his rank in the field of hadeeth that great Imaams, the likes of Imaam Tahaawi, Imaam Ibnu Khuzaimah, Imaam Abu ‘Awaanah (rahimahumullah), etc. were among his students. (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 12, pg. 599 & 604)

Regarding his piety and fear of Allah Ta‘ala, Ahmad bin Sahl (rahimahullah) mentions the following incident:

I was the neighbour of Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah). On one occasion, when I left home after the ‘Esha Salaah, Qaadhi Bakkaar (rahimahullah) was reciting the following verse of the Quraan Majeed:

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