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The Ultimate Concern

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2020 16:00

On the occasion of the Conquest of Makkah Mukarramah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted general amnesty to the people. However, there were a few, select individuals who were exempt from this amnesty on account of the severe enmity they bore against Islam and the crimes they had perpetrated against the Muslims.

Among these people was Sayyiduna ‘Ikrimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the son of Abu Jahal. Anticipating that the Muslims would kill him, Sayyiduna ‘Ikrimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) fled from Makkah Mukarramah, heading towards Yemen.

In the interim, his wife (who was also his cousin), Sayyidah Ummu Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anha), accepted Islam. She came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! ‘Ikrimah has fled from you towards Yemen, and he fears that you will have him killed, so please grant him amnesty!” On her request, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted amnesty to ‘Ikrimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). She thereafter asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)s for permission to go after her husband and bring him back, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted her permission.

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The Fruit of Her Effort

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2020 08:28

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahumullah] – Part Five)

The mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) considered no sacrifice too small in the path of her son becoming an ‘Aalim of Deen.

At the time when he was leaving for Darul ‘Uloom Deoband for the final year of his studies, she was weak and suffering ill health. She was unable to see, could barely chew and could not walk. However, despite her ailing condition, she sacrificed her son’s companionship and service, giving preference to Deen and sending him to madrasah. At the time of his departure, she lovingly passed her hand over his head and said to him, “Go, my son!”

Thereafter, while Moulana (rahimahullah) was over a thousand kilometers away, completing his studies, his mother’s condition deteriorated. Understanding that her demise was imminent, her family members suggested to her, “Should we send a message and call Muhammad ‘Umar from Deoband?” She replied, “No! No! He has gone for the sake of Deen! I have no good deeds to my account – he is the only asset that I have for the Hereafter!” She then said, “If Allah Ta‘ala has to ask me, ‘What good have you brought?’ I will reply, ‘I have left my son in the path of Your Deen and come to You. I only sacrificed the companionship of my son for Your sake!’”

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Making her Dream a Reality

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2020 08:38

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahumullah] – Part Four)

It had always been the aspiration and desire of the mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) that her son should become an ‘Aalim of Deen, and Allah Ta‘ala made this dream of her’s a reality.

Maryam Khaalah had once narrated the hadeeth to her which mentions that the parents of the haafiz of the Quraan Majeed will be honoured by being made to wear crowns of noor on the Day of Qiyaamah. Hearing this hadeeth, his mother began to weep and said to her son, “My son! I want you to learn the Quraan Majeed, and you must learn Saheeh Bukhaari as well!” Moulana (rahimahullah) asked, “What will happen to my school education?” His mother replied, “That is not my concern – my only concern is that you acquire the knowledge of Deen!”

At the age of seven, Moulana (rahimahullah) enrolled into a school in Bombay. It was the following year, when he was eight years old, that his father passed away. Moulana (rahimahullah) remained in school for five years, until the year 1942, when he returned with his mother to spend the holiday in his hometown. While he was at home during the holiday, his mother began sending him to the local madrasah in which a very pious ‘Aalim, Moulana ‘Abdul Hafeez Jalaalpuri (rahimahullah), was teaching. Moulana ‘Abdul Hafeez (rahimahullah) showed him special attention, and under his tutelage, Moulana progressed tremendously, studying no less than fifty kitaabs in one year.

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Instilling Qualities of Imaan

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2020 09:07

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahumullah] – Part Three)

The mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) paid special attention to his upbringing and made a continuous effort to instil qualities of piety within him. Hence, she would regularly advise him and teach him important Islamic values.

On one occasion, she mentioned to her son, “When you are placed in the grave, two angels will come to you, and they will ask you three questions.” She then explained the three questions, together with the answers, to her son. Thereafter, on another occasion, when she began to speak to him and caution him regarding the punishment in the grave, he responded, “I have already learnt the questions of the angels and the answers to their questions (so I do not need to worry about punishment in the grave).” Hearing this, she replied, “When you are in the grave, it will not be your tongue of flesh that will speak – it will be the tongue of your actions that will speak (i.e. you will only be able to give the correct answers if your actions and beliefs were in order).”

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Shaping the Mindset

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2020 09:51

(Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

The mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) was a simple, uneducated woman. However, despite her lack of education, she had tremendous zeal and enthusiasm for Deen.

In their neighborhood, there was a pious and learned woman known as Maryam Khaalah (Aunt Maryam). The mother of Moulana (rahimahullah) would frequent this woman to learn the aspects of Deen and imaan. Due to her spending time in the company of Maryam Khaalah, her fear of Allah Ta‘ala and concern for the Hereafter increased.

The mother of Moulana (rahimahullah) also made an effort to instill these same qualities into her son. Hence, Moulana (rahimahullah) would say, “I may have taught the Quraan Majeed to my mother, but it was my mother who set me on the path of the Quraan Majeed.”

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