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Building the Holy Ka’bah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 June 2021 15:25

The Holy Ka’bah is the house of Allah Ta‘ala in the world, just like every masjid in the world is also the house of Allah Ta‘ala. However, from all the houses of Allah Ta‘ala in the world, the Holy Ka’bah is the first house of Allah Ta‘ala to be built. That is why it is very, very old.  The Holy Ka’bah is also the most special house of Allah Ta‘ala.  

From the time when Allah Ta‘ala created the world until today, the Holy Ka’bah has been built five times.  

The Holy Ka’bah was first built by Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam). After Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) came to the earth, Allah Ta‘ala sent the angel, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam), to tell Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) that he must build a house of Allah Ta‘ala in the world so that people can come there and worship Allah Ta‘ala. That was when Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) built the Holy Ka’bah. When Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) finished building the Ka’bah, he walked around it and made tawaaf, and he was the first person in the world to make tawaaf.

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Marriage to Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 05 June 2021 10:47

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned from Syria, and Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) saw the angels who were giving him shade. Maysarah told her what Nastoora had said, and her cousin, Waraqah bin Nawfal, also told her that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the final Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala. Apart from this, there had been many signs, in the past, showing that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the final Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala.

Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was a pious and pure woman. At that time, she did not have a husband, because her husband had passed away. Many men in the Quraish wanted to marry her, but she did not accept and stayed without a husband. However, when she saw all these different signs, showing that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the final Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala, then she hoped to marry him and become his wife.

Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) sent a message to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), proposing marriage, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accepted. At that time, Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was forty years old, and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was twenty-five years old.

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The Second Journey to Syria

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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 May 2021 10:05

Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was a woman from one of the noble Arab families. Even before Islam, she was such a noble and pure woman, who stayed away from sins and evil, that the people would call her ‘Taahirah’, which means ‘the pure one’. 

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to be very rich and wealthy. When the Quraish would send their trade caravans to do business, then Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) would also send her goods and items with someone to sell them and do business for her. However, she was so wealthy that the goods and items that she sent for business were equal to all the other people’s goods put together!

By the time Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was twenty-five years old, he was famous in Makkah Mukarramah for his trustworthiness. All the people in Makkah Mukarramah would call him ‘Al-Ameen’, which means ‘the trustworthy one’.

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Al-Ameen

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 16:44

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with the best character and best manners.

Since he grew up in the city of Makkah Mukarramah, the people of Makkah Mukarramah had seen him grow up from a small child. The people of Makkah Mukarramah would explain that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) grew up as the most respected of his people. He was the person with the best character from everyone. He would always worry about whether his neighbours were well or needed anything. He was the most tolerant and would not fight and argue with people. He was also the most truthful and trustworthy, and he stayed far away from all evil and sins. This is why his people gave him the title of Al-Ameen (the one you can trust).

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Abil Hamsaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions the following story, explaining how Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) always kept his promises. He says,

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The First Journey to Syria

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Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was twelve years old when Abu Taalib decided to travel to Syria with some people of the Quraish to do business. Because the journey to Syria was long and difficult, Abu Taalib was not going to take Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with him. However, when he was leaving, he saw that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was sad to be separated from him and left behind, so he decided to take him with.

While they were traveling to Syria, they came near the city of Busra where a Christian monk lived. A monk is a person who stays in a church and spends his whole life in worship. This monk was named Jarjees, but people would call him Baheera. Because he was a Christian, he had read the Injeel and knew the signs to recognize the final Prophet of Allah Ta‘ala.

Abu Taalib and the Quraish had passed by Baheera many times before, when traveling to Syria in the past, but he was never interested in them and never came to meet them. However, this time, Baheera came out of his church, came to the travellers and began to look at them. As soon as he saw the young boy, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he immediately recognised him to be the final Prophet who was mentioned in all the holy books of the past. Baheeraa held the hand of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said with excitement, “This is the leader of the worlds! This is the prophet of the Rabb of the worlds. Allah Ta‘ala will send him as a mercy for the people of the worlds.”

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