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(Respected Wife of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani [rahimahullah] - Part Four)

Dr. Kareemullah Makki, the son of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani (rahimahullah), mentioned the following regarding his respected mother:

Despite my respected mother personally carrying out all the chores of the home, she had fixed times for her nafl ‘ibaadah, such as zikr and reciting the Quraan Majeed, and was punctual in adhering to these times. She would also punctually perform the various nafl salaah such as Tahajjud, Ishraaq, Chaasht, the sunnats of ‘Asr and the Awwaabeen Salaah. She would perform all her salaah with great devotion and concentration.

My mother had a very high level of taqwa and fear of Allah Ta‘ala, due to which she always abstained from sin. She spent all her free time in reciting tasbeeh or the Quraan Majeed. She was very particular in completing the daily zikr and ‘ibaadah that Mufti Muhammad Hasan (rahimahullah) and her husband (rahimahullah) had prescribed for her. Despite the abundant ‘ibaadah that she would carry out, she would still say, “I have no good to my name.” Furthermore, she would continuously beg Allah Ta‘ala for forgiveness. On account of her piety, women would often come to her for du‘aa. When this would happen, she would say, “I do not know why these women have been deceived into thinking that I am a pious person, as I am actually a great sinner.”

She was blessed with the vision of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in her dream on multiple occasions. She was also blessed to see Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) in her dream. Despite this, she would still continue to say that she had no good to her name.

During the final ten years of her life, she was bedridden due to illness. Even in this state, she continued to fulfil her ma’moolaat (daily ‘ibaadaat) as normal, and continued to encourage us, her children, to be steadfast in practicing on every aspect of Deen. In the final days of her life, despite the pain that she was experiencing, she continued to engage in zikr and recite tasbeeh. (Mithaali Khawaateen pgs. 333-336)

Lessons:

1. A common factor found in pious people is their adherence to a strict schedule and ensuring that they fulfil all their various responsibilities and ma’moolaat with punctuality and steadfastness. Some pious people are so committed to their ma’moolaat that even if they are travelling or sick, they refuse to forego their daily ‘ibaadah and still complete it as normal. Their commitment was such that they were even engaged in zikr during their dying moments.

2. True humility is where a person can be blessed with every form of Deeni goodness, yet believes that he is completely insignificant.