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Burning the Midnight Oil

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2020 15:53

Raabi‘ah ‘Adawiyyah (rahimahallah), also known as Raabi‘ah Basriyyah (as she hailed from the city of Basrah), was a renowned saint of her time. She lived for approximately eighty years, passing away in the year 180 or 185 A.H. and is buried in the city of Quds (Jerusalem).  (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 8, pg. 243 and Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 10, pg. 256)

On account of her extremely high level of zuhd (ascetism and disinterest in material possessions), she chose to lead a life of simplicity and austerity, emulating the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, she possessed very little of the world and attached her heart to the wealth of the Hereafter.

On one occasion, a person presented her with a gift of forty dinaars (gold coins) saying, “You may use this money to fulfil your needs.” She began to weep, and then raised her head to the heavens and said, “He (Allah Ta‘ala) knows that out of hayaa for Him, I do not ask Him (Allah Ta‘ala) for anything of the dunya (material possessions), although He is the owner of the entire dunya (world). So how can I contemplate accepting the dunya from one who is not the owner of the dunya?” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 244)

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A Complete Turnaround

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2020 15:13

Sayyidah Hind Bintu ‘Utbah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the wife of Sayyiduna Abu Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the mother of Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to accepting Islam, she was among the most bitter enemies of Islam, as her father, ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah, her uncle, Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah, and her brother, Waleed bin ‘Utbah, were killed by the Muslims in the Battle of Badr. Hence, when Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was martyred in the Battle of Uhud, Sayyidah Hind (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mutilated his body, as he was responsible for the death of Shaibah and had also played a role in the death of ‘Utbah. (Seerah Ibni Hishaam vol. 2, pg. 709 and Fat-hul Baari vol. 9, pg. 508)

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Instant Acceptance with no Reluctance

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2020 08:33

Safiyyah bintu Shaibah (rahimahallah) reports:

On one occasion, we were in the company of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) when we made mention of the women of the Quraish and their great virtue. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Certainly, the women of the Quraish possess great virtue. However, by Allah, I have not seen women more virtuous than the women of the Ansaar or greater than them in accepting the command of the Quraan and bringing imaan in that which was revealed.”

(Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) then elaborated saying,) “When the verse of Surah Noor was revealed:

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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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