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Determined to Make a Difference​

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2019 07:47

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Three)

During the era of Zubaidah, there was a scarcity of water in Makkah Mukarramah. This shortage was especially devastating at the time of hajj as during this period, thousands of people would flock to the blessed city, as well as the plains of ‘Arafaat, Muzdalifah and Mina, from all corners of the Muslim world. Eventually, the demand for water was so high that people would pay up to one dinaar (gold coin) for a single bag of water!

When Zubaidah witnessed this, she was overcome by pity for the plight of the poor people who could not afford this exorbitant amount, yet required this valuable resource for survival. She thus embarked on a project to provide water to the people in Makkah Mukarramah.

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Persevering in the Pursuit of Knowledge

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2019 16:08

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) is a personality who requires no introduction. Nevertheless, while most people are aware of the acceptance which he and his kitaab received from Allah Ta‘ala, not many people are aware of the great hardships which he underwent in the pursuit of ‘ilm (the knowledge of Deen). Below are two incidents in this regard:

‘Umar bin Hafs (rahimahullah) narrates:

We were with Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) in Basrah, acquiring and writing the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). On one occasion, a few days passed in which we saw no sign of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah). Thereafter, we managed to locate him and found that he was in a certain house. (He remained confined to the house because) he did not possess any clothing and his provisions were exhausted. Hence, we collected some dirhams (silvers coins) and used the amount to acquire clothing for him.

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The Passion to Share​

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 15:17

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Two)

On one occasion, the finance manager of Zubaidah learnt that a certain person, who was employed to attend to the administration of her various properties, had taken funds from the income of her properties equivalent to two hundred thousand dirhams (silver coins). He thus had the man imprisoned for the crime.

After his imprisonment, the man contacted two of his friends and asked them to go to the finance manager and intercede to him on his behalf. Accordingly, his friends set out, and while they were on the way, they met Faidh bin Abi Saalih. Seeing the two friends, Faidh asked them, “Where are you going to?” They replied by explaining to him the incident that had transpired and the purpose of their errand. “Do you need me to assist you?” he offered. They expressed that they would appreciate his assistance, and so he accompanied them.

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Spend! Spend! Spend!​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:30

The world, at present, is progressing more rapidly than ever before. What is hailed as the breakthrough of today is already obsolete and ‘old news’ by tomorrow. If a person buys the latest phone, it is replaced by a newer model in just a few months. Likewise, if a woman buys the latest style of cloak, shoe or handbag, a new style is released soon thereafter. If we eat the latest dish in the latest restaurant today, a new dish or restaurant will enter the scene in a few weeks’ time. In essence, people find themselves racing to keep up with the changes so that they can remain relevant and up to date with the latest trends.

Naturally, this lifestyle is finance intensive, and if the husband’s salary is insufficient to service the material aspirations of the couple, the wife seeks to supplement the income by also earning a livelihood. However, the sole motivation behind this elaborate initiative is to raise the standard of living, and this is in stark contrast to the mindset and values of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

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Receptive to the Reminder

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2019 15:50

Ebrahim bin Bash-shaar (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, I was passing through the desert in the company of Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) when we came across a high grave. On seeing the grave, Ebrahim (rahimahullah) made du‘aa for the inmate, asking Allah Ta‘ala to shower His mercy upon him, and began to weep.

I asked Ebrahim (rahimahullah), “Whose grave is this?” Ebrahim (rahimahullah) replied, “This is the grave of Humaid bin Jaabir (rahimahullah) who was the ruler of all these cities. Initially, he was drowning in the oceans of this world (i.e. he was immersed in the luxuries and pleasures of the world). However, Allah Ta‘ala thereafter removed him from the oceans of the world and saved him.

I heard that one day, while he was seated with his close family, taking enjoyment from the amusements of his empire and possessions, he fell asleep. While asleep, he had a dream in which he saw a man standing at his head side, holding a book. The man passed the book to him. When he opened it, he saw the following words inscribed in gold,

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