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Following in the footsteps of . . . GREAT WOMEN (Part 1)

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 10:49

Introduction: Following in the footsteps of great people is the tried and tested prescription to gain honour, respect and true greatness, in this world and the Hereafter. Among the great women who are indeed worthy of emulation was the wife of Moulana Muhammad Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah). Moulana (rahimahullah) was a saint, luminary and outstanding personality of his time. He was the founder of the Darul Uloom Deoband, the blessings of which has reached the four corners of the globe. 

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Mothers of the Nations

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:23

Legacy

A legacy is what one leaves behind after one dies. Your friend might leave behind a valuable piece of art while her grandfather may have left a vintage car. Someone may bid farewell to a state-of-the-art-kitchen equivalent in value to many people’s entire home. On the other hand someone might part with wardrobes full of designer apparel, branded scarves and fashionable footwear: the colours and variety of which could put an exclusive boutique to shame. These are some of the mundane and finite legacies of this world. They are bound to perish one day. They will become outdated and unfashionable. The image that they lend to their owners is redeemed the day they die. The benefit that would accrue to those who possessed them discontinues and ceases the moment they part ways. 

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Faatimah Naysapuri (rahimahallah)

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:47

Faatimah Naysapuri (rahimahallah) was a woman of outstanding piety and wisdom. The great saint Zun-Noon Misri (rahimahullah) says, “She is a friend of Allah Ta’ala and my teacher.” She passed away in Makkah Mukarramah on her way for umrah in 223 A.H. 

She used to say, “The person who does not remember Allah Ta’ala falls into every type of sin and blurts out anything and everything that comes onto the tongue. As for the person who remembers Allah Ta’ala all the time, Allah Ta’ala makes him dumb to everything except the truth and makes him have shame for Him and sincerity.” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 315)

Lesson: Today we spend hours talking away with family and friends, without the least remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. Thus we fall into the worst of sins at times. The question that we need to ask ourselves is, when last did we speak about Allah Ta’ala or Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in our meetings and conversations? That tongue which has been given to us as a gift to take the blessed name of Allah Ta’ala is taking the name of everything but Allah Ta’ala. Let us make the change. Plan in advance of what subtle and brief reminder you will give to those you are going to be talking to. It does not have to be a lecture. A subtle short and sweet message in a friendly and informal way is sometimes more effective than a long lecture.

   

Behind a Great Man is a Great Woman

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:47

One night while Ameerul Mu’mineen Umar bin Khattab (radiyallahu anhu) was doing his rounds in Madinah Munawwarah, he leaned against a wall and overheard a unique conversation between a young girl and her mother. The mother instructed the girl to add water to the milk that was to be sold the next day. The girl replied: “O my mother! Aren’t you aware of the order that Ameerul Mu’mineen has passed today?” The mother inquired as to what was the order. The daughter replied: “He ordered someone to announce that water should not be added to milk (since this was deception).” The mother said to her: “O my daughter! Just add the water since you are in such a place where neither Umar can see you nor the one who has made the announcement on his behalf.” The daughter replied: “O my beloved mother! I cannot be so dishonest to obey him in open and disobey him in private.” 

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Help from the Unseen

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:47

Maryam (alaihas salaam) was very pious from a young age. She used to miraculously receive fruit which were not even in season. When Zakariyya (alaihis salaam) would ask her as to where she was receiving all this fruit from, she would reply, “From Allah”. When she came of age, solely through the power of Allah Ta’ala she fell pregnant without any man touching her. It was from this pregnancy that Isa (alaihis salaam) was born. Since she gave birth without being married to a man, the Jews began accusing her of adultery. In order to prove them wrong, Allah Ta’ala gave Isa (alaihis salaam) the power to speak while he was still a baby. Those who had a sense of justice agreed that this was an example of Allah Ta’ala’s power, that Isa (alaihis salaam) was in fact born without a father and that his mother was pure and innocent.

Lesson: The great lesson we learn is that when one is devoted to Allah Ta’ala, He will provide for one from unseen sources and remove all one’s difficulties.

   

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