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Productive and Progressive within the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 06:22

(Sisters of Bishr Haafi [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

His sister Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) had achieved such spiritual excellence that she literally served as an example for Bishr (rahimahullah) to follow. Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) would often acknowledge the exalted rank of his sister by saying, “I learnt asceticism (abstinence from the dunya) from my sister.”

Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) would earn a living while remaining in the confines of her home by spinning cotton into yarn which she would send to the market to be sold. Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) resided with his sister, Mukh-khah, and probably learnt this craft from her which he also plied in order to earn a living. He thus ensured that he was completely independent and would not have to turn to people for handouts.  

(Reference: Tareekhu Baghdad vol. 16 pg. 625, Siyar Aa’laamin Nubalaa’ vol. 10 pg. 471 and Wafayaatul Aa’yaan vol. 1 pg. 277)

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Saintly Siblings

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2016 16:07

(Sisters of Bishr Haafi [rahimahullah] – Part One)

Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) was a renowned saint and ascetic who lived in Baghdad during the third century of Islam. Such was his exemplary asceticism and remarkable ‘ibaadat that people, to this day, seek inspiration from his amazing incidents.

Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) was not an only child. Rather, he had three sisters who were named Mudh-ghah, Mukh-khah and Zubdah (rahimahunnallah) who were all renowned for their asceticism, worship and piety.

The eldest of the four siblings was Mudh-ghah. She would often utter the following words of wisdom: “The heaviest load which burdens a servant is that of his sins whereas the lightest load is that of repentance. Why does he not then resort to repentance to rid himself of the sins which burden him?” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 1 pg. 577)

Insha-Allah, in the next three parts, incidents from the life of his sister Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) will be discussed.

 (to be continued insha-Allah)

   

The Rose in Full Bloom

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015 16:02

Shaikh ‘Abdullah ‘Afeefi, an Egyptian scholar, mentioned the following amazing incident:

It was a hot summer’s day of the year 1914 when I found myself standing amidst a group of travellers at the railway station of Tanta, waiting to board the train from Alexandria to Cairo. There was a general hustle and bustle at the station as travellers hastily spent the few minutes remaining preparing their luggage and bidding their loved one’s goodbye. I was engaged in a rather interesting and fruitful conversation with a friend who was beside me when, out of the blue, we were startled by a sudden noise and uproar. As we turned, craning our necks to see what all the commotion was, we caught sight of a young, seventeen year old girl who was being dragged to the platform by a merciless police officer and a burly, rough government official. Behind them all followed a feeble sixty year old man who was thin with grief and sorrow. The girl was trying to push away and resist the men on either side of her but to no avail.

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In the Service of Humanity

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 15:43

(Ummu Kulthoom, the daughter of Faatimah [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Four)

‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was once patrolling the outskirts of Madeenah Munawwarah when he spotted a small tent made of hide. As he drew nearer, he heard a woman in pain groaning within the tent and saw a man seated outside. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) greeted the man and asked him who he was, to which the man replied that he was a bedouin from the countryside who had come to benefit from the generosity of Ameerul Mu’mineen. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter asked him why the woman in the tent was in pain. The bedouin answered that she was crying from the pain of labor and had nobody to assist her.

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Life of Austerity

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 16:00

(Ummu Kulthoom, the daughter of Faatimah [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Three)

Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha) once handed perfume, drinking utensils and small vanity cases to a messenger, without the knowledge of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and asked him to deliver it to the Queen of Rome. On receiving the gifts, the Queen gathered the women of her court and announced, “These gifts are from the Queen of the Arabs who is the daughter of their Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” She then replied to the gesture by sending gifts of her own – among which was a stunning necklace – to Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

When the messenger arrived in the presence of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) bearing the gifts sent by the Roman Queen, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to know of what had transpired and thus immediately called up a council meeting announcing, “Verily there will be no good in any of my matters if they are decided without consultation (mashurah). Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha) sent gifts to the Roman Queen due to which the Roman Queen, in return, sent her gifts. Advise me as to what should be done.” When they heard the situation, they all expressed the opinion that the gifts sent by the Roman Queen rightfully belonged to Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

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