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Sustained from His Unseen Treasures

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:57

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports the following incident from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

From the people of the past, there was a husband and wife who were extremely poor. On one occasion, the husband arrived from a journey and entered his home, suffering from the pangs of hunger. He asked his wife, “Do you have any food?” (Seeing him in this pitiable state, she did not have the heart to tell him that there was no food, so) she said, “Yes, glad tidings, for the sustenance of Allah Ta‘ala will soon come to you!”

(The husband’s hunger was so severe that he could not wait, and) he thus asked her for the food immediately. He said to her, “What is the matter with you? Go and see if you have any food or not!” His wife (calmly) responded, “In a few moments! We have hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala!”

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The Fruit of Charity and Fire of Jealousy

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2019 15:33

There was once an evil king who threatened his subjects announcing, “If any person gives anything in charity, I will ensure that I have both his hands amputated!”

Thereafter, it so happened that a man approached a certain woman and begged her saying, “Please give me something in charity!” The woman responded, “How can I give you charity when the king is cutting the hands of all those who give charity?” The man implored her saying, “I beg you to give me something for the sake of Allah!” The woman finally relented and gave him two loaves of bread as charity. However, when the news reached the king, he sent for this woman and had both her hands amputated.

After some time had passed, the king said to his mother, “Find me a beautiful woman whom I can marry.” His mother replied, “There is a woman who is so beautiful that I have never seen beauty such as hers before. However, her beauty is marred by one severe defect.” The king enquired, “What is it?” His mother answered, “Both her hands are amputated.”

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Steadfast in Adversity

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:38

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Seven)

Sayyiduna Muhammad bin Abi Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the son of Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) from Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

During the era of his khilaafah, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deputed Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Egypt as the governor of that region. However, sometime thereafter, he was mercilessly killed in Egypt. When the news of his death reached his mother, Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), it caused her immense grief, but being the strong, resolute woman that she was, she immediately adopted sabr (patience) and resorted to her place of salaah within the home (where she poured her heart out to Allah Ta‘ala).

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The Faithful Wife

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:56

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Six)

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was fortunate to have been married to the best of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Her first husband was Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). After his martyrdom, she married Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). After him, her third husband was Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, these three Sahaabah were also fortunate to be married to her, as she was not only pious, but was a most faithful and obedient wife, as is evident from the two incidents below:

- One day, during the period when she was married to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), two of her children began to argue with one another regarding whose father was better. One was her son Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), from Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and the other was her son Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), from Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Each son said to the other, “I have more nobility than you, and my father was better than your father!”

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Bidding her Husband Farewell

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2019 16:44

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Five)

During the year 8 A.H., the momentous Battle of Mutah transpired. This was just a few months after Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her husband, Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), arrived in Madeenah Munawwarah from Abyssinia.

When dispatching the army, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) appointed Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as the commander of the army. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also mentioned, “If Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is killed, then Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) will be the commander, and if Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is killed then ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) will be the commander. If ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is killed, then the Muslims should appoint someone among themselves.”

From this statement of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) understood that these three Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would be blessed with martyrdom in this battle. Subsequently, all of them were martyred by the enemy.

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