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Allah is Sufficient

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2020 09:40

When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam), with her infant child, Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah, as per the command of Allah Ta‘ala, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) asked him, “O Ebrahim! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley wherein we have no companion or anything else?” Her question was however, met with silence from Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam).

Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) repeated the question, but to no avail. She finally rephrased the question and asked, “Has Allah Ta‘ala commanded you to do this?” When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) replied in the affirmative, she exclaimed, “In that case, He will not allow us to perish. I am pleased with (the command of) Allah Ta‘ala. He is sufficient for me.”

After some time, the meagre provisions that she had with her depleted. She was thus overcome by thirst, as a result of which her milk dried and she was unable to suckle her son. Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) became thirsty to such an extent that he began rolling in the sand while kicking his heels on the ground, and he even began to experience difficulty in breathing! Unable to bear this sight, Sayyidah Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) commenced running between two nearby mountains, Safaa and Marwah, earnestly seeking someone to help her.

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Modesty – No Matter What!

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 July 2020 09:15

When the Battle of the Trench broke out, the Banu Quraizah, a clan of Jews near Madeenah Munawwarah, broke their peace treaty with the Muslims. At this crucial juncture, they decided to oppose the Muslims and side with their enemy, the Quraish. After the Quraish returned to Makkah Mukarramah without victory, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to march on the Banu Quraizah due to their betrayal and treachery.

It was during this expedition against the Banu Quraizah that a Jewess named Bunaanah flung a rock from a hilltop, striking Sayyiduna Khallaad bin Suwaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and causing his martyrdom.

On their return to Madeenah Munawwarah, the mother of this Sahaabi, Sayyidah Ummu Khallaad (radhiyallahu ‘anha), came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to enquire regarding her son’s reward and status in the Hereafter. However, despite the tragedy of just losing her beloved son, she was not unmindful of her modesty and thus ensured that she kept her niqaab on, concealing her face. Noticing her commitment to niqaab, even in these moments, a Sahaabi exclaimed, “You have come to enquire about your son (who was martyred) yet you have still covered your face (in this tragic moment)?” She replied, “I may have lost my son, but I have not lost my hayaa (modesty).”

(Sunan Abi Dawood #2488, Bazlul Majhood vol. 4, pg. 197 and Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 3, pg. 530)

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Humble to the Last

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2020 15:04

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Seven)

When Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was lying on her deathbed, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) requested permission to enter to which Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “I fear that he will praise me.” Hearing this, her nephew, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdir Rahmaan (rahimahullah) felt that she did not wish to grant Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) permission to enter, and thus he interceded saying, “He is the cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and from the seniors of the Muslims!” Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Allow him to enter.”

On entering, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) enquired as to how she was feeling, to which she replied, “I am well, provided I have taqwa.” To this, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) responded, “In that case, you are well insha-Allah. The only thing that remains between you and meeting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and those whom you love (that have passed away) is for your soul to leave your body.”   

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Passion for Spending on the Poor

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 15:27

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Six)

As previously discussed, Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was extremely generous and loved spending on the poor. Hence, whenever she received any wealth, she would begin to spend it on the poor.

On one occasion, the dear and beloved nephew of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), became concerned over the large amounts of wealth that she was spending in charity, and thus mentioned, “Her spending must be curtailed.”

When Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard about this, she was greatly disappointed that her nephew wished to restrict her in spending on the poor. In fact, her disappointment was so much that she took a vow to cease speaking to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).

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Firm Faith in Allah

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2020 15:03

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Five)

On one occasion, a beggar came to the home of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and asked for some food. At that time, Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was fasting, and besides a loaf of bread, she had no other food in her home.

Nevertheless, on seeing the beggar, she instructed her freed slave, “Give the bread to him.” The freed slave responded, “There is nothing else for you to eat as iftaar (to break your fast).” However, Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) insisted, “Give the bread to him.” The freed slave thus obliged and gave the bread to the beggar.

That evening, a person who would not generally send food for Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) unexpectedly sent her some goat meat covered in bread. On receiving the meat and bread, Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) called her freed slave and said to her, “Eat this, for it is better than the bread that you wanted.”

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