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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2021 15:16

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Introduction)

On Sunday 2nd Jumaadas Saani 1441, 29th December 2019, during the early hours of the morning, the respected mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (daamat barakaatuhum) (principal of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach) passed away in her sleep at the age of 86.

She was born in Makkah Mukarramah while her parents were on the journey of hajj. Due to being born in the holy city of Makkah Mukarramah, her parents gave her the name Makkiyyah (which means ‘woman of Makkah’). As an infant, when her parents wished to perform tawaaf of the Ka‘bah, they would take her and place her in the Hateem. In this manner, Allah Ta‘ala blessed her, in her infancy, to acquire the blessings of the Haramain and the Ka’bah Shareef.

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) (as she was commonly known) was indeed a woman of taqwa and piety and was an inspiration to one and all. She left many children and grandchildren who are Huffaaz and ‘Ulama. Two of her sons, Mufti Ebrahim and Moulana Husain (daamat barakaatuhuma), are senior ustaazs in Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen. 

May Allah Ta‘ala fill her grave with noor and grant her the highest stages in Jannatul Firdaus, aameen.

Insha-Allah, in the parts to come, we will discuss various aspects from the life of this saintly personality so that we may all benefit from the example she set.


Loyal to Islam


Last Updated on Sunday, 21 March 2021 09:19

(Sayyidah Safiyyah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] - Part Three)

On one occasion, during the rule of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), a slave girl belonging to Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) came to him and complained that Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) loved the day of Saturday (the day of the Jews) and that she had ties with the Jews.

On receiving this information, which was serious, as a Muslim should honour the day of Friday and not have close ties with the disbelievers, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) called for Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) in order to investigate the information.

Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) explained that the accusation of her loving the day of Saturday was false, as since the day Allah Ta‘ala had blessed her with the Day of Jumu‘ah in place of Saturday (i.e. since she accepted Islam), she had no love for Saturday. As for her ties with the Jews, then they were her family, and she maintained these family ties (as maintaining ties is a basic teaching of Islam).

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Exemplary Respect


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 March 2021 10:34

(Sayyidah Safiyyah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] - Part Two)

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was departing from Khaibar, and his camel was brought, He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) placed his blessed foot on the ground and knelt, offering Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) his thigh, so that she could place her foot on his thigh and mount the camel. However, she declined to place her foot on his blessed thigh, out of respect, and instead placed her knee on his blessed thigh in order to mount the camel.

Initially, some Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), who did not witness the nikaah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), were not sure regarding whether Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had kept Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) as his slave or had taken her as his respected wife. Due to the fact that hijaab and niqaab is necessary on free women, not on slave women, these Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) said, “If he conceals her, she is his wife. If not, she is his slave.” 

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Slavery over Freedom


Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2021 15:47

(Sayyidah Safiyyah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] Part One)

Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the daughter of a Jewish leader, Huyayy bin Akhtab, who intensely hated and opposed Islam. He did his utmost to eradicate Deen and exterminate Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Muslims. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) attacked Khaibar, Sayyidah Safiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was among the prisoners that were captured.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invited her to accept Islam, in which case he would keep her for himself. He (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also allowed her to remain a Jew if she chose to do so, and even offered to free her, allowing her to reunite with her people.

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Composed in Calamity


Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2021 16:07

Imaam Asma‘ee (rahimahullah), a great scholar of this Ummah who passed away in the year 215 A.H. or 216 A.H., narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, I set off into the wilderness, accompanied by one of my friends. While traveling, we lost the road. After some time, when we halted, we suddenly came across a tent and thus headed towards it.

When we came to the tent, we called out with salaam and heard a woman reply to our greeting. She asked, “Who are you?” We replied, “We were passing by when we lost our way. We then saw your tent and thus came towards you to seek company.” The woman said, “Turn your faces away so that I can (come out of the tent and) fulfil some of the rights of which you are deserving.” We did as she instructed, and she lay down a carpet for us saying, “Sit until my son arrives. He will attend to you and see to that which you require.”

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