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Business Woman or Housewife?


Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 15:15

Khowlah bintu Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anha) says that after Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) passed away, I said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “I notice a vacuum in your life. It seems that you are missing Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: “Indeed I find a vacuum, she was the mother of my children and the one who took care of the entire home.” (Al-Isaabah vol. 8, pg. 102)

Lesson: This clearly outlines the role that a woman plays in the marriage. Her role is not to be the bread winner; rather it is to see to the home, to take care of the children and give them the correct upbringing, thereby producing the leaders of tomorrow.

Often the argument is tended that Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was a business woman, hence women are justified to work and take a career or profession. Apart from the fact that her business engagements were poles apart from the corporate world of today, this narration explains that once she entered into the marriage of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), she was a ‘house-wife’ and not a business woman.


A Mother’s Aspiration


Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 15:26

When Maryam (‘alaihas salaam)’s mother, Hannah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) conceived, she made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala: “O my Rabb! I have vowed that the child which is in my womb will be devoted exclusively for You. So accept (it) from me.” (Aal-‘Imraan v35)

Lesson: This du‘aa displays her deeni aspiration for her child. The du‘aas of Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) for his progeny which are recorded in the Quraan Majeed also explain that the primary concern a parent should have is for the deen of the child. Unfortunately we place all the emphasis on the material and totally neglect the deen. Hence we don’t mind sending our daughters to live on their own in far off places just in order to learn a skill or acquire a degree. However this happens at the expense of their deen, and especially their modesty and chastity.


Over my Dead Body!


Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 15:15

After the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), his beloved daughter Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) fell ill. The illness lasted for six months and finally lead to her death. During this illness, she said to Asmaa’ bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha): “There is something which is aggravating my sickness. I am worried that after my death, when I am wrapped in my kafan (burial cloth), the shape of my body will be exposed to men”. Asmaa’ (radhiyallahu ‘anha) comforted her saying that she had observed in Abyssinia that they used a wooden frame (bier) draped with cloth. Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) requested her to show her how it is made. When she saw it, she was elated. In fact, this was the only occasion she smiled in the six months she lived after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Haakim vol. 3, pg. 162 & Al-Istee‘aab vol. 4, pg. 451)    

Lesson: She lived a life of complete modesty and wished to die with complete modesty as well. Together with having the wooden frame, she insisted that her burial take place at night, so that the gaze of any strange man may not fall on her dead body. May Allah Ta‘ala shower His choicest mercies on her and bless us with even a small fraction of her modesty. 


Divine Assistance for the Chaste


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:36

Sayyiduna Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was once travelling with his wife, Sayyidah Saarah (‘alaihas salaam), when they had an encounter with a tyrant king. His habit was that if any woman entered his kingdom and he was inclined towards her, he would abduct her. The news had reached the king that Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was travelling with the most beautiful of women. On hearing this, he summoned Saarah (‘alaihas salaam).

She was indeed in a trying situation. However, her attention as well as that of Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) remained focussed towards Allah Ta‘ala. Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) remained engaged in salaah and du‘aa, and Allah Ta‘ala opened up the veils between him and Saarah (‘alaihas salaam). Hence he could see whatever was transpiring with her.

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What a Sacrifice!


Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 17:15

When ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was about to breathe his last, he sent his son ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) to ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to ask her permission if he could be buried alongside Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). It was her husband and her father who were laid to rest in her room, therefore it was her privilege and right to grant the permission. Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) comes to ask permission whilst ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is on his death bed. ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) says: “I had reserved this place for myself, but today I will give ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) preference over myself.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3700)

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