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Never Lose Hope!


Last Updated on Monday, 17 January 2022 13:47

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

Though the respected mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah), Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah), hailed from an affluent family and was raised in wealth and comfort, her father married her to Sayyid ‘Ali Bukhaari (rahimahullah) who was not so wealthy in comparison (but possessed the invaluable qualities of piety etc.). Thereafter, (despite the change in lifestyle and decrease in wealth,) Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah) enjoyed a happy marriage (and was leading a life of peace and contentment).

There was only one aspect in her marriage that brought her sadness – the lack of a child. She had been married for fifteen years, yet until now, they had not been blessed with offspring. Nevertheless, despite this challenge and the sadness that it brought, her husband would continue to comfort her and would encourage her to continue to have hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Raising a Saint


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2022 09:19

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part One)

Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) was a renowned saint and ‘Aalim who lived in India during the 7th century of Islam. (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 3, pg. 52)

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with such acceptance that he became the means for thousands of people repenting from their sins and reforming their lives. His proverbial piety and the beautiful qualities of the sunnah which his life reflected had such a magnetic attraction that people from all walks of life were pulled towards him – until even the kings and monarchs would visit him for du‘aas and blessings.

One of the unique features in the life of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) is that he was orphaned at the tender age of five. Hence, it was his mother, Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah), who single-handedly attended to his upbringing and moulded him into the giant personality whose name is taken to this very day. (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 3, pg. 53)

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The Blessing of Upholding the Sunnah


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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An Epitome of Patience


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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Final Words to Her Dear Son


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 08:25

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

In the year 64 A.H., after Yazeed bin Mu‘aawiyah passed away, Sayyidah Asmaa’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) son, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) became the khaleefah of the Muslims. His rule extended over majority of the Muslim lands.

After some time, Marwaan bin Hakam, who was opposed to his rule, rose against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and marched against him. Many wars were then fought, until eventually, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was defeated and martyred, in the year 73 A.H., in the precincts of the Haram, in Makkah Mukarramah.

Marwaan had unleashed the notorious tyrant, Hajjaaj bin Yusuf, against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). Such was the reputation of Hajjaaj that when he surrounded the blessed city of Makkah Mukarramah, and defeat seemed imminent, then most of the supporters of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deserted him. Approximately ten thousand people went to Hajjaaj and surrendered peacefully, fearing that if they raised arms against him and were thereafter captured, then he would subject them to excruciating torture and a gruesome death.

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