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I am Nothing!


Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 10:09

When ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was on her death bed, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) came in and began mentioning some of her virtues and achievements. ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard this and responded: “How I wish I was a forgotten thing (who never existed).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #4753)

Lesson: Subhanallah! She had great virtues to her credit, she was the most beloved wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed away while reclining on her, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) conveyed salaam to her, as well as numerous other virtues. Yet she did not focus on any of these aspects. Instead she is wishing that she was forgotten. Such thoughts can only come to the one who is truly humble. We also need to learn this lesson of humility. Unfortunately our focus is towards “This is what I have done and these are my achievements. My child is always number one, my family is always in the forefront of everything,” etc. ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) is teaching us that we are nothing and we should not pretend to be anything.


Happily Ever After!


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:34

A successful marriage lasts happily ever after. It thrives on correct behaviour and ethical conduct. This in turn is influenced by correct thinking. Therefore correct thinking and attitude play a big role in preparing for the big day and the new life ahead. The lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were a perfect example of correct thought and an Islamic mindset.  

There lived a man by the name of Julaibeeb (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was an ordinary man by worldly standards. He was not endowed with the charm and allure that other men had, nor did he hold the social standing that the noble would enjoy. But … he was a man of Imaan and a Companion of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This was an attribute that far superseded any worldly disadvantage.

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The Rights of Allah Ta‘ala and the Rights of the Family


Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 12:16

Mother of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmaani (hafizahullah) – Part Three

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmaani Saheb (hafizahullah) writes: “Allah Ta‘ala had blessed my mother with a passion for carrying out optional acts of worship. Until before she became bed-ridden, she would never miss her practices of Quraan recitation, du‘aa, zikr, tasbeeh and nafl (optional) salaah. From the break of dawn till mid-night, she would be busy seeing to the children, serving my father and taking care of her elderly mother-in-law, to such an extent that she would never get a break during this entire duration. Yet her spiritual practices never suffered. These practices continued even after she became bed-ridden. When she became paralysed and even exempted from doing these practices, then too she would face the qiblah at the time of salaah and read whatever she could manage. A few days before her demise, whilst turning towards the qiblah, she had a second attack of paralysis and fell on to the bed. Whilst she was in this state of uneasiness, I saw her moving her hand, trying to look for something under her pillow. I realised that she wanted her tasbeeh which used to be kept there. When I passed it to her, although she didn’t have the ability to recite with her tongue, she continuously moved the beads of the tasbeeh with her hand until she became unconscious. A few days later she left this world. Thus the last two things that she did whilst she was conscious were, turning to the qiblah for salaah, and moving the beads of the tasbeeh.” (Nuqooshe Raftagaa pg. 162)    

Lesson: A famous statement declares: “As you live, so will you die.” Those who devoted their lives to Allah Ta‘ala, they eventually meet Allah Ta‘ala in such a wonderful way. If we also wish to have a wonderful death, let us start living an excellent life - a life that is free from sins and filled with righteous actions.


Mother’s Lap – The First Classroom


Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 20:36

Mother of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmaani (hafizahullah) – Part Two

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmaani (hafizahullah) writes: “My mother’s lap was not only a cradle, rather it was a vibrant centre of learning and nurturing. She educated me not with books, but with her practical life. Although she was not a graduate of a college, university or madrasah, and had limited home education, she possessed such impeccable character and such a knack of nurturing which is not even found in professional women who hold high qualifications. Patience, contentment, sacrifice, preferring others, and courage were all her second nature. Apart from this, she also taught me the elementary Urdu books, since there were no organized deeni institutes when we moved over to Pakistan.” (Nuqooshe Raftagaa pg. 160)   

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A Pillar of Support to Grand-Muftis


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:57

Mother of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmaani (hafizahullah) – Part One

Mufti Muhammad Shafee’ (rahimahullah) was a great scholar and the Grand Mufti of Pakistan. He rendered great services for this Ummah. Allah Ta‘ala blessed his progeny with great knowledge and piety. Two of his sons, Mufti Muhammad Rafee’ Usmaani and Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmaani (hafizahumallah), are world renowned muftis. However his wife played a vital role in all of this goodness. 

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