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A Mother Motivates

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 16:11

Akbar was the Moghul king of India from the year 963 A.H. until his demise in 1014 A.H. Although in the year 991 A.H. he was responsible for inventing and enforcing a new religion, prior to that he was religiously inclined.

On one occasion, all the dignitaries, eminent personalities and noble people had come to Akbar to pay their respects to him. Among these people was an ‘Aalim named Moulana ‘Abdun Nabi. When he noticed that Akbar was wearing clothing of a saffron colour, he immediately reprimanded Akbar and instructed him to change his clothing, as saffron coloured clothing is impermissible for males to wear. However, when reprimanding Akbar, he became so spirited that he even struck the clothing of Akbar with the tip of his staff.

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Content with the Command of Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 08:40

(Mu‘aazah bintu ‘Abdillah Al-‘Adawiyyah [rahimahallah] #2)

In the year 76 A.H. the husband and son of Mu‘aazah (rahimahallah) were both martyred while waging jihaad in the lands of Persia. When the news was broken that her husband and son had both passed away, many women gathered at the house of Mu‘aazah (rahimahallah) in order to console her over her loss. On seeing these women, Mu‘aazah (rahimahallah) calmly said, “If you have come to congratulate me (on my husband and son attaining the rank of martyrdom) then you are welcome. If you have come for any other purpose (i.e. if you have come to console me) then return (as I am not in need of consolation).”

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In Love with ‘Ibaadah

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2016 07:39

(Mu‘aazah bintu ‘Abdillah Al-‘Adawiyyah [rahimahallah] #1)

There once lived, in the city of Basrah, a woman by the name of Mu‘aazah bintu ‘Abdillah Al-‘Adawiyyah (rahimahallah). She was a student of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

Mu‘aazah (rahimahallah) was well known for her abundant nafl ‘ibaadah. She had such love for salaah that she would perform approximately six hundred rakaats of nafl salaah daily. She was married to an illustrious Taabi‘ee named Abu Sahbaa, Silah bin Ashyam (rahimahullah). Their love for ‘ibaadah can be gauged from the fact that on their wedding night, she and her husband stood and commenced nafl salaah, and remained engaged in their salaah right until the time for Fajr Salaah dawned upon them! They thus spent their entire first night engaged in salaah.

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The Value of Du‘aa

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2016 15:50

It was the habit of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) that whenever a beggar asked her for something and made du‘aa for her (as is the habit of many beggars), together with giving the beggar whatever he had asked for, she would also return the du‘aa of the beggar. Hence someone once asked her, “Why do you give the beggar what he asks for and also make du‘aa for him?”

‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “If I give the beggar wealth and he gives me du‘aa, then what he has given me is in reality more valuable than what I gave him. Hence, I will owe him for his favour. I therefore return his du‘aa with a similar du‘aa, so that I will not be indebted to him for his du‘aa, and thereafter give him whatever he asks for. In this manner, I ensure that I receive the full reward of my sadaqah.” (Al-Mafaateeh fi Sharhil Masaabeeh vol. 2, pg. 553)

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The Honour of the In-Laws

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Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 15:51

(Saintly Women around Siddeeq [Part Ten] – Mother-in-law of Qari Siddeeq [rahimahullah])

The mother-in-law of Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) was a very pious woman as well. She was known for her punctuality on performing Tahajjud Salaah. Among her outstanding qualities was the respectable manner in which she always conducted herself and the tact with which she would resolve issues.

When Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) proposed, his father-in-law had already passed away and the proposal was thus placed before his mother-in-law. Although the piety and character of Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) was well known to all, his poverty was such that it was unimaginable that his proposal would be accepted. However, his mother-in-law was a woman who understood the value of deen and piety. She thus accepted the proposal for her daughter and sent her from a home which had every type of wealth to a home which possessed no material wealth but was filled with the wealth of deen.

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