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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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Pious from Pious


Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 15:28

Muhammad bin Ka’b Qurazi (rahimahullah) was one of the leading scholars of Madeenah Munawwarah in the era of the Taabi‘een. From an early age he always had words of repentance and begging mercy from Allah Ta‘ala on his tongue. Seeing this, his mother once said to him: “Had I not known your pious life since your childhood, I would have mistaken from your weeping that you have indeed committed a heinous sin.” He replied: “O my mother! What guarantee do I have that perhaps Allah Ta‘ala may have seen me committing a sin which angered him to such an extent that he may have said: ‘I will not forgive you.’ (Thus I repent and beg forgiveness frequently).” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 1, pg. 374)

Lesson: The mother must have been a very pious woman and must have paid special attention to the raising of her son. Such pious sons are from pious mothers who give their children a pious upbringing. Our children will only be a source of coolness to us if we nurture them with piety.


“As you Live, so will you Die”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:30

Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) – Part Four

Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) says: “At the beginning of every Islamic month, I would fall at the feet of my mother and give her the news of the coming of the new month. Once, when I came to her, according to my habit, with the news of the coming of Jumadath Thaaniyah, she said to me: ‘At whose feet will you fall next month?’ I understood that her death was close. Hence I became emotional and asked her: ‘To whom are you handing over this poor son of yours?’ She replied that she will answer my question tomorrow. She also asked me to spend the night at the house of Shaikh Najeebud Deen. I did as she instructed. In the last portion of the night, just before dawn, her attendant came to call me. When I presented myself before her, she said: “Yesterday you asked me a question which I am going to answer now. Listen very attentively.” Then she held my right hand and said: ‘O my Allah! I am handing my son over to You (in Your care)’.” Thereafter she recited the second kalimah repeatedly and breathed her last.

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“We are Guests of Allah Ta‘ala”


Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 07:33

Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) – Part Three

Zulaykha (rahimahallah), having lost her husband, tried to bring in an income of her own. She would spin yarn and send her domestic worker to the market place to sell it. However, this income would not be sufficient, hence often there was no food at home for a day or two. On the day that there was no food, Zulaykha would say to her children: “Today is a very blessed day. Today we are the guests of Allah Ta‘ala.” The son, Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah), mentioned that this statement of his mother would bring great happiness to him. He says: “Once someone brought some flour for us that lasted for many days. During this period I would look forward for the day when my mother would once again say: ‘Today we are the guests of Allah Ta‘ala.”’ Finally that flour depleted and she said to us: ‘Today we are the guests of Allah Ta‘ala.’ This statement brought such joy and happiness to me that I cannot explain.”

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The See-saw of Life


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 16:05

Mother of Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah) – Part Two

Despite coming from a wealthy background and growing up in luxury, her father married her to Sayyid ‘Ali Bukhaari, who was not so well off. Zulaykha (rahimahallah) led a very happy married life with her husband. There was only one thing that brought sadness to her. It was that they had no children despite being married for fifteen years. Husband and wife were both concerned about this. However Sayyid ‘Ali Bukhaari would console his wife and explain to her that it is incorrect for her to lose hope. As a couple they both continued to make the following du‘aa:

رَبِّ لَا تَذَرْنِيْ فَرْدًا وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الْوَارِثِيْن

Rabbi la tazarni fardan wa anta khairul waaritheen

“O my Rabb! Do not leave me childless, and You are the best one who gives successors (children).”

Eventually Zulaykha (rahimahallah) was blessed with a son, named Muhammad, who rose and shone in the world as Shaikh Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahimahullah). A year later, a daughter was born to her as well. However when her son was only five years of age her husband passed away. 

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