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The Plentiful Platter

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2021 09:52

On one occasion, many days passed in which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not have any food to eat. Eventually, when it became difficult to tolerate the hunger, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went to the houses of his respected wives, (enquiring as to whether they had any food. However, they were also in a state of hunger,) and not even one of them had food in her home.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then went to the home of his beloved daughter, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and addressed her saying, “O my beloved daughter! Do you have anything for me to eat? Indeed, I am experiencing hunger.” Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “By Allah! I do not have (any food)!” (Hearing this,) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) departed.

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Words of Wisdom

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 09:21

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Six)

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) with great wisdom. Hence, many of her words of wisdom have been recorded by her family members. Many of these advices are actually derived from the lessons in the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Some of her advices were:

- Through giving zakaat, you will cleanse your wealth.

- Through giving sadaqah, you will cure your sick ones.

- If you speak less, eat less and have less freedom, you will always remain happy and content.

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Striving for Islam

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 June 2021 13:47

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Five)

When Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) completed his studies in Darul ‘Uloom Deoband and returned home to Isipingo Beach, he intended to start off a madrasah for hifz and ‘aalim students.

At the time, some people advised him that he should work for half a day and teach for half a day. In this way, he would be able to earn an income and also teach Deen. However, his respected mother advised him to spend all his time for Deen, as they (his parents) were prepared to support him. In this way Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) was able to dedicate all his time and effort to the madrasah. 

In this manner, the mother and father of Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) were greatly instrumental in commencing the Darul ‘Uloom – Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, as it was with their support and encouragement that Mufti Saheb (daamat barakaatuhum) was able to carry out the work of Deen.

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Compassion and Concern

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 May 2021 09:24

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Four)

Among the many outstanding qualities which Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) possessed was her compassion and concern for one and all.

She always showed special care and love for those who were weak or slow, and children who had a natural weakness or disability would enjoy her special favour and kindness. She would go out of her way to care for them and bring happiness to their hearts, saying, “Allah Ta‘ala’s help comes to us on account of the weak among us.” In reality, these are the words of a hadeeth in which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “You are provided with help and sustenance because of the weak ones amongst you.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #2896)

A young girl who is unable to walk from birth says that she would love to come and meet Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) because of the special care and love that she showed to her. She says, “Whenever I came to meet her, she always made me feel very special.” In fact, this was the sentiment and feeling expressed by most of the people who visited her. 

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Dedicated to her ‘Ibaadah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2021 16:21

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Part Three)

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) was always concerned regarding her Deeni progress. On one occasion, she mentioned to one of her sons that when her mother passed away, then more than the grief she experienced over the loss of a mother was the grief she felt over the loss of the person who would point out her faults, correct her and guide her.

Likewise, she always strove to attain perfection in every aspect of her Deen. Hence, when carrying out any ‘ibaadah or any action, she would often enquire as to whether she was carrying it out in the correct manner.

She was very particular regarding salaah. Thus, she would prepare for salaah before the time could set in, and would also encourage others to do the same. She was also particular about performing salaah in the “Awwal Waqt” (i.e. the earliest time when the salaah can be performed). She would not allow her salaah to be delayed and would remind others to also read their salaah early.

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