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The ‘Sword’ of Kindness

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2022 11:03

In the year 6 A.H., Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent thirty Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) on an expedition towards Najd under the leadership of Sayyiduna Muhammad bin Maslamah Ansaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

In this expedition, they captured a man of the Banu Haneefah tribe, named Thumaamah bin Uthaal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was the leader of the area of Yamaamah. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were however unaware of whom they had captured. When they reached Madeenah Munawwarah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who he was, and bade them to take good care of him. He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also asked his pure wives to send for him whatever food they had, and instructed that his camel’s milk should be presented to him in the morning and in the evening. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) then tied Sayyiduna Thumaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to one of the pillars of Masjid Nabawi on the instruction of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).  

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Selfless in Her Generosity

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2022 06:56

Sayyidah Zainab bintu Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was renowned for her passion for giving wealth in sadaqah and assisting the poor.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had once informed his respected wives that the first of them to join him after his demise (i.e. the first of them to pass away) would be the wife with the longest arms. The respected wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) initially understood this statement literally and thus began to measure and compare the length of their arms, determining that Sayyidah Saudah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had the longest arms. However, when Sayyidah Zainab bintu Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anha) passed away first, they realized that ‘longest arms’ was actually a metaphorical reference to the one who gave the most sadaqah. Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) loved to give sadaqah, and would earn a living (from home) by tanning skins and sewing them into leather products which she would sell, using the income to spend on the poor and needy. (Saheeh Bukhaari #1420, Saheeh Muslim #6316, Fat-hul Baari vol. 3, pg. 367 and Mirqaat vol. 4, pg. 377)

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Du‘aa when Leaving the Home

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 16:48

Sayyiduna Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “When a man leaves his home and recites:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِالله​

Transliteration: Bismillahi tawakkaltu ‘alallah, laa howla walaa quwwata illaa billah

Translation: (I leave) in the name of Allah. I place my reliance upon Allah. There is no ability (to refrain from sin) and no power (to carry out good deeds) except with (the help of) Allah,

then he is (addressed by an angel and) told, ‘You have been (Divinely) guided, you have been sufficed (from your Deeni and worldly needs and concerns), and you have been (Divinely) protected.’ Thereafter, the shaitaan (which intends to misguide him) moves away from him, and another shaitaan says (to the shaitaan that moved away), ‘How will you gain control over a man who has been (Divinely guided), sufficed and protected?’” (Sunan Abi Dawood #5095)

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Worth Less than a Sip of Water

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2022 06:46

On one occasion, towards the end of the month of Sha’baan, the famous ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed, summoned the great ascetic, Muhammad bin Sabeeh, who was famously known as Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah).

When Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) arrived, Haaroon Rasheed’s minister, Yahya bin Khaalid, asked him if he knew the reason behind the Ameerul Mu-mineen summoning him. Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) replied in the negative. Yahya then informed him, “He has called for you since he had learnt about the exceptional du‘aa that you make for the prominent people and for the laymen.” Hearing these words, Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) responded, “The news that has reached the Ameerul Mu-mineen is only due to the veil that Allah Ta’ala has concealed me with. Had He not concealed me (and covered my sins), no one would praise me, nor would anyone meet me with love and affection. O Ameerul Mu-mineen! It is only this veil (of Allah Ta’ala) which has caused me to be seated before you (today).”

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An Exhibition of True Honesty

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2022 09:34

There was once a wealthy cloth merchant who lived in the city of Baghdad. One day, while he was in his business, a young woman approached him and said that she was looking for a certain item that she wished to purchase. Thereafter, during the course of their conversation, she removed her niqaab (veil) and showed the man her face.

When the man’s gaze fell on her face, he was so struck by her beauty that he exclaimed, “By Allah! I am amazed by the beauty that I have seen!” The woman then said, “I have not actually come to purchase anything. Rather, for the past few days, I have been coming to the market, looking for a man who appeals to my heart so that I may marry him, and it is you who has impacted on my heart. I possess wealth of my own (i.e. I do not want wealth from you), so would you like to marry me?”

The man replied, “I am married to my cousin, and I promised her that I would not marry anyone else besides her. I also have a son from her.” The woman responded, “Even if you visit me just twice in the week, I will be pleased.” The man agreed to this proposal, and so they performed the nikaah. After the nikaah was performed, when the man returned home, he said to his first wife, “One of my friends asked me to spend the night at his home.” Offering this excuse, he left home that evening, went to the home of his second wife and spent the night there. Thereafter, the man would go to visit his second wife after Zuhr Salaah every day.

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