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Dedicated to her ‘Ibaadah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 16:21

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

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding her Deeni progress. On one occasion, she mentioned to one of her sons that when her mother passed away, then more than the grief she experienced over the loss of a mother was the grief she felt over the loss of the person who would point out her faults, correct her and guide her.

Likewise, she always strove to attain perfection in every aspect of her Deen. Hence, when carrying out any ‘ibaadah or any action, she would often enquire as to whether she was carrying it out in the correct manner.

She was very particular regarding salaah. Thus, she would prepare for salaah before the time could set in, and would also encourage others to do the same. She was also particular about performing salaah in the “Awwal Waqt” (i.e. the earliest time when the salaah can be performed). She would not allow her salaah to be delayed and would remind others to also read their salaah early.

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The Night of ‘Eid

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 16:13

With the blessed month of Ramadhaan drawing to an end, people’s eyes turn to the skies, seeking the hilaal (new moon) of Shawwaal. As soon as the moon is sighted, a unique sense of excitement permeates the environment as one and all welcome the arrival of ‘Eid.

Those who sat in i’tikaaf will return home to their beloved families, eagerly embracing them after the period of separation. In homes across the globe, families will take out their special ‘Eid clothing in anticipation of the next day. Mothers will be busy in the kitchen, preparing scrumptious meals and treats to enjoy.

While all the scenes depicted above are common, and form some of the cherished memories of ‘Eid that people will fondly remember throughout their lives, we should not forget the MAIN ASPECT of ‘Eid.

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Better than I’tikaaf

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 15:57

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was in i’tikaaf in Masjidun Nabawi when a person came to him and sat down after greeting him with salaam. When Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) looked at the person, he observed that he was worried and anxious. He thus asked him, “O so-and-so! I see that you are overcome by grief and worry! (What is the matter?)”

The man replied, “Yes, O cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I owe so-and-so an outstanding debt, and I am unable to settle it (and that is the reason for my worry and anxiety)!” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) offered, “Shall I speak to him on your behalf (requesting him to grant you some form of respite)?” The man replied, “(Yes,) if you wish.” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) thus stood and left the masjid.

As he left the masjid, the man reminded him, “Have you forgotten that you are in i’tikaaf? (i.e. by leaving the masjid, your i’tikaaf has broken.)” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “No, (I have not forgotten).”  

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The Effort to Instil Imaan and Deen

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 15:32

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

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding the Deen and imaan of her family and progeny. It was out of this concern that she would perform two rakaats of salaah, every day, making du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to safeguard the Deen and dunya of all her children. Likewise, every morning, she would take out some money and set it aside as sadaqah for her children and family.

She would commence teaching her children from a very young age. Hence, one of her children commenced the takhtee (the first stage of learning Arabic letters) and completed learning to recite the Quraan Majeed in just one year, from when the child was four until he was five years old.

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Mountains of Courage

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:51

Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports the following:

On the Day of Badr, I was standing in the fighting line when I noticed two young boys of the Ansaar standing on either side of me. Seeing that I had young boys on either side, I felt that it would have been better if l had instead been between strong men (who could assist me in need).

Suddenly, one of the boys touched me (to draw my attention), and while hiding from his companion, he asked, “Uncle, do you know Abu Jahal?” I replied, “Yes, (but) what need do you have with him, O my nephew?” He said, “I have been informed that he reviles and speaks ill of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I take an oath on that Being in Whose control lies my life, if I see him, I will not leave him until one of us is killed.” (Hearing his brave words,) I was left in amazement. A few moments later, the other boy touched me and expressed the same sentiments to me.

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