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The Result of Loyalty

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2021 15:33

There was once a Sahaabiyyah from the tribe of Daus who was known as Sayyidah Ummu Shareek (radhiyallahu ‘anha). She accepted Islam during the month of Ramadhaan and wished to perform hijrah to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). She thus came out, searching for someone to accompany her on the journey to Madeenah Munawwarah.

She met a Jew who asked her, “What is the matter, O Ummu Shareek?” She replied, “I am looking for a person who will accompany me to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” The Jew volunteered saying, “Come, I will accompany you!” Sayyidah Ummu Shareek (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “Wait for me while I fill my waterskin.” The Jew replied, “I have water with me – you do not need to get (your own) water.”

She thus set out with the Jew, traveling the entire day until the evening. When night set in, the Jew spread the dastarkhaan (eating cloth) for supper. He called out, “O Ummu Shareek! Come and eat supper!” Sayyidah Ummu Shareek (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said, “Give me water to drink as I am extremely thirsty. I will not be able to eat until I do not first drink some water.” Hearing this, the Jew said, “I will not give you any water to drink until you become a Jew!”

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Better than Expected

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2020 15:23

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) were experiencing hunger. In this condition, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested to Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “Why do you not go to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and ask him (for some assistance)?”

Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) agreed and proceeded to her father who was with Ummu Ayman (radhiyallahu ‘anha) at that time. When she knocked on the door of the home, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) remarked to Ummu Ayman (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “This is the knock of Faatimah. She has come to us at a time of the day when she does not normally come to us (hence, it would appear that she has some need). Stand and open the door for her.” Ummu Ayman (radhiyallahu ‘anha) thus opened the door for Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

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Tests – A Ticket to Jannah

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2020 15:58

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) said to his student, ‘Ataa bin Abi Rabaah (rahimahullah), “Shall I not show you a woman from the inhabitants of Jannah?” ‘Ataa (rahimahullah) replied, “Certainly do so!”

Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then gestured towards a tall African woman, Ummu Zufar (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and said, “It is this African woman. She once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, ‘I am suffering from fits, and my body becomes exposed (when collapsing in a fit), so please make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala for me (to be cured).’

“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to her, ‘If you wish, you can remain patient (and endure this sickness), and (in lieu of this,) you will be rewarded with Jannah. (Alternatively,) if you wish, I can make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to cure you.’

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Burning the Midnight Oil

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2020 15:53

Raabi‘ah ‘Adawiyyah (rahimahallah), also known as Raabi‘ah Basriyyah (as she hailed from the city of Basrah), was a renowned saint of her time. She lived for approximately eighty years, passing away in the year 180 or 185 A.H. and is buried in the city of Quds (Jerusalem).  (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 8, pg. 243 and Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 10, pg. 256)

On account of her extremely high level of zuhd (ascetism and disinterest in material possessions), she chose to lead a life of simplicity and austerity, emulating the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, she possessed very little of the world and attached her heart to the wealth of the Hereafter.

On one occasion, a person presented her with a gift of forty dinaars (gold coins) saying, “You may use this money to fulfil your needs.” She began to weep, and then raised her head to the heavens and said, “He (Allah Ta‘ala) knows that out of hayaa for Him, I do not ask Him (Allah Ta‘ala) for anything of the dunya (material possessions), although He is the owner of the entire dunya (world). So how can I contemplate accepting the dunya from one who is not the owner of the dunya?” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 244)

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A Complete Turnaround

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2020 15:13

Sayyidah Hind Bintu ‘Utbah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was the wife of Sayyiduna Abu Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the mother of Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to accepting Islam, she was among the most bitter enemies of Islam, as her father, ‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah, her uncle, Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah, and her brother, Waleed bin ‘Utbah, were killed by the Muslims in the Battle of Badr. Hence, when Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was martyred in the Battle of Uhud, Sayyidah Hind (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mutilated his body, as he was responsible for the death of Shaibah and had also played a role in the death of ‘Utbah. (Seerah Ibni Hishaam vol. 2, pg. 709 and Fat-hul Baari vol. 9, pg. 508)

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