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The Play Dough

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 15:07

She stared at the play dough in her hands. The different colours reminded her of the rainbow that her father had shown her just the day before. She was only four years old and doctors had given up hope of her motor-skills ever returning to her since that ghastly accident two years ago. Pushing the curls away from her eyes, she miraculously began pulling at it: twisting, rolling and shaping it into the house ... the house that she would always tell her father about whilst sitting on his lap and swinging in their sun-filled veranda. He would always twirl her baby-soft hair around his fingers and say:

“Darling, the happiest day of my life will be when you build me a house with your play dough.”

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“He is Sufficient for Me”

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 15:20

When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) with her infant child, Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah as per the command of Allah Ta‘ala, his wife asked him: “O Ebrahim! Where are you going and leaving us behind in this valley in which there is neither company nor anything else?” Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) did not look at her or reply to her. After repeating the question a few times she asked: “Has Allah Ta‘ala commanded you to do this?” When he replied in the affirmative she exclaimed: “Then he will not allow us to perish.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3364) In some narrations these words also appear: “He is sufficient for me” and “I am pleased with Allah Ta‘ala”. Thereafter her supplies were depleted and she ran between Safa and Marwah as a result of which Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) descended to unearth the well of Zamzam. When he asked her: “To who has your husband entrusted you?” she replied: “To Allah.” Then Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) exclaimed: “He has entrusted you to that Being Who is sufficient.” (Fathul Baari, vol. 6, pg. 494/5)

Lessons:

1. When our gaze is constantly fixed on Allah Ta‘ala and we have deep conviction in Him, we will be prepared to make every sacrifice for His sake and we will not become victims of depression and despondency even in the most challenging of situations.

2. The hallmark in the life of Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) which gave her that level of acceptance in the court of Allah Ta‘ala was her submission to His commands. She did not look for any short-cuts, rephrase the words, re-interpret the meanings and alter the context of deen to suit her convenience. Doing this would be equal to putting the cart before the horse instead of the horse before the cart.

 

“I Can’t Lose my Modesty!”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:27

The son of Ummu Khallaad (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was martyred. When she heard about it she came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to enquire about his position and reward. Despite being afflicted by the great tragedy of losing her son, her face was still covered with a niqaab (veil/purdah). A Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was quite astonished by this (level of composure) and he remarked: “You have come to enquire about your son (who was martyred) yet you (are so composed that you) have still covered your face (in this tragic moment)?” She replied: “I may have lost my son, but I have not lost my modesty.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #2488)

Lesson: What great words and what a great lesson! Losing her son was tolerable but removing her niqaab/purdah and exposing her face was intolerable. This was the modesty of the women of this Ummah!

Aaah! Where are those Ummu Khallaads, ‘Aaishas and Faatimahs who were embodiments of modesty and personifications of shame? Alas! What has become the condition of the ‘Aaishas and Faatimahs of today?

 

I am Bored!

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 14:46

Generally women complain of boredom and of not knowing what to do the whole day at home, more so in the Month of Ramadhaan. Then we have those chosen servants of Allah Ta‘ala who valued every moment of their lives. One such servant was Bi Safiyyah, the mother of Moulana Muhammad Yahya Khandelwi and Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Khandelwi (rahimahumallah). Despite her household duties, it was her practise to read the following daily:

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Educating and Nurturing

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:49

Sufyaan Thauri (rahimahullah) is one of the illustrious and highly revered scholars of the 2nd century of Islam. His mother was concerned about his deeni ta’leem (education) and tarbiyat (nurturing).

She told her son: “O my son! Occupy yourself in the acquisition of knowledge and I will take care of your worldly needs by means of spinning yarn.” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 110)   

One night Sufyaan Thauri (rahimahullah) looked towards the sky and felt as though his heart was not present in his bosom. He related this experience to his mother. She replied that it seems as though you have not looked at the sky with the intention of pondering, reflecting and taking lesson. Your object was mere recreation and amusement. Thus such a condition overtook you. (Misaalee Khawateen pg. 180)

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