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Entrusted to Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2022 15:36

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Five)

When Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) was sixteen years old, he went to Delhi to continue acquiring the knowledge of Deen. He remained in Delhi for approximately three to four years, and it was during this period that his respected mother passed away.

It is mentioned that prior to his mother passing away, every month, when the new moon would be sighted, Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) would come to meet his mother, and on meeting her, he would honour her by kissing her feet (in a manner that did not resemble making sajdah to her).

On one occasion, when the new moon of Jumaadal Aakhirah was sighted, he came to meet his mother, as per his usual routine. However, on this occasion, after he kissed her feet, she asked him, “Next month, when the new moon is sighted, then whose feet will you kiss?” Hearing these words, Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) realized that his mother was indicating to him that her end was imminent.

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Placed on the Path of Deen

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2022 06:09

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Four)

As mentioned previously, the father of Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) passed away when he was still a young child, approximately five years of age. Hence, it was his mother who raised him and saw to his upbringing.

When Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) reached the age where he was able to read and study, his mother sent him to study the knowledge of Deen under Hazrat Moulana ‘Alaaud Deen Usooli (rahimahullah). Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) continued to learn under him, studying the elementary kitaabs until he completed the basic kitaabs of fiqh as well.

When Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) completed the famous kitaab of fiqh, Mukhtasarul Qudoori, his ustaaz wished to hold a jalsah and tie a turban around his head. However, there was poverty in their home and money was scarce. Hence, Hazrat Shaikh Nizaamuddeen (rahimahullah) came to his mother and said, “My ustaaz wishes to tie the turban around my head, but I do not know where to get a turban from!”

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The Guest of Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2022 09:15

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Three)

After the father of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) passed away, the household began to experience financial constraints. Hence, his mother, Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah), tried to bring an income into the home. Thus, she would spin yarn and send her domestic worker to the market place to sell it. However, this income was insufficient to meet their needs. Hence, once in a while, there would be one or two days during the week where there was no food in the home.

On the day when there was no food, Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah) would console her children saying, “Today is a very blessed day! Today, we are the guests of Allah Ta‘ala!” Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) mentions that this statement of his mother would bring great happiness and joy to his heart.  

He says, “On one occasion, someone brought some flour for us, and this flour lasted for many days. During this period, we were eating roti (bread) on a daily basis, and I yearned for the day when I would once again hear my mother say, ‘Today, we are the guests of Allah Ta‘ala.’

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Never Lose Hope!

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 January 2022 13:47

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part Two)

Though the respected mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah), Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah), hailed from an affluent family and was raised in wealth and comfort, her father married her to Sayyid ‘Ali Bukhaari (rahimahullah) who was not so wealthy in comparison (but possessed the invaluable qualities of piety etc.). Thereafter, (despite the change in lifestyle and decrease in wealth,) Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah) enjoyed a happy marriage (and was leading a life of peace and contentment).

There was only one aspect in her marriage that brought her sadness – the lack of a child. She had been married for fifteen years, yet until now, they had not been blessed with offspring. Nevertheless, despite this challenge and the sadness that it brought, her husband would continue to comfort her and would encourage her to continue to have hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Raising a Saint

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2022 09:19

(Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa [rahimahullah] – Part One)

Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) was a renowned saint and ‘Aalim who lived in India during the 7th century of Islam. (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 3, pg. 52)

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with such acceptance that he became the means for thousands of people repenting from their sins and reforming their lives. His proverbial piety and the beautiful qualities of the sunnah which his life reflected had such a magnetic attraction that people from all walks of life were pulled towards him – until even the kings and monarchs would visit him for du‘aas and blessings.

One of the unique features in the life of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) is that he was orphaned at the tender age of five. Hence, it was his mother, Zulaikhaa (rahimahallah), who single-handedly attended to his upbringing and moulded him into the giant personality whose name is taken to this very day. (Tareekh-e-Da’wat wa ‘Azeemat vol. 3, pg. 53)

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