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Loyal to the Last

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:32

There was once a group of people who were suffering from a certain calamity. One of these people came to Wahb bin Munabbih (rahimahullah) and asked, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! Have you ever heard of a calamity or punishment that is worse and more severe than the calamity which we are suffering at present?” Wahb (rahimahullah) replied, “If you have to look at the difficulty that you are suffering and the difficulties that were faced by the people of the past, you would realize that your difficulty compared to theirs is like smoke compared to fire!”

To illustrate the point, Wahb (rahimahullah) narrated the following incident:

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Respecting the Symbols of Islam​

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 16:23

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Five)

Zubaidah, although remembered by most for her generosity and charitable works, possessed another very important quality – the quality of honouring and showing importance to the salient symbols of Islam. In this regard, it appeared that she had a particular love for the Quraan Majeed and the azaan and would thus honour them both greatly.

As far as her love for the Quraan Majeed is concerned, it is reported that she had appointed one hundred female attendants, who had memorized the Quraan Majeed, to recite three juz (paras) of the Quraan Majeed in her palace every day. Due to the number of people engaged in reciting the Quraan Majeed, her palace would resonate with the sound of the Quraan Majeed, causing it to sound like a bee hive filled with buzzing bees.

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At the Forefront of Relief Efforts

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:14

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Four)

As mentioned previously, Zubaidah had spearheaded and financed the unprecedented project of digging a water canal in Makkah Mukarramah. Nevertheless, although this was perhaps her most well-known charitable contribution, there were numerous other projects which Zubaidah undertook in an effort to spend her wealth in avenues of virtue and righteousness.

One such example is that of a traveller’s inn which she constructed in the mountainous region of Baghraas (south eastern Turkey). Any traveller that came to the city of Baghraas was welcome to reside in this inn, and she had dedicated the income of many waqf properties to the upkeep and maintenance of this inn.

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Determined to Make a Difference​

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2019 07:47

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Three)

During the era of Zubaidah, there was a scarcity of water in Makkah Mukarramah. This shortage was especially devastating at the time of hajj as during this period, thousands of people would flock to the blessed city, as well as the plains of ‘Arafaat, Muzdalifah and Mina, from all corners of the Muslim world. Eventually, the demand for water was so high that people would pay up to one dinaar (gold coin) for a single bag of water!

When Zubaidah witnessed this, she was overcome by pity for the plight of the poor people who could not afford this exorbitant amount, yet required this valuable resource for survival. She thus embarked on a project to provide water to the people in Makkah Mukarramah.

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The Passion to Share​

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 15:17

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Two)

On one occasion, the finance manager of Zubaidah learnt that a certain person, who was employed to attend to the administration of her various properties, had taken funds from the income of her properties equivalent to two hundred thousand dirhams (silver coins). He thus had the man imprisoned for the crime.

After his imprisonment, the man contacted two of his friends and asked them to go to the finance manager and intercede to him on his behalf. Accordingly, his friends set out, and while they were on the way, they met Faidh bin Abi Saalih. Seeing the two friends, Faidh asked them, “Where are you going to?” They replied by explaining to him the incident that had transpired and the purpose of their errand. “Do you need me to assist you?” he offered. They expressed that they would appreciate his assistance, and so he accompanied them.

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