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The Loyalty of Love

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 14:27

(Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Three)

In the 6th year A.H. the treaty of Hudaibiyah was formed between the Muslims and the disbelievers of Makkah Mukarramah. When the treaty was formed, other tribes were also allowed to enter the treaty by becoming allies of either the Muslims or the disbelievers. Hence, the Banu Bakr tribe aligned themselves with the Quraish, while the Banu Khuzaa‘ah became the allies of the Muslims.

These two tribes had a long history of mutual bloodshed and fighting which finally seemed to cease with the inception of the treaty. Hence, the Banu Khuzaa‘ah were under the impression that they were now safe and at peace. However, the Banu Bakr and Quraish used this impression to their advantage, seeking to eradicate the Banu Khuzaa‘ah once and for all. They thus attacked the Banu Khuzaa‘ah at the dead of night and massacred a large number of their people. As the Banu Khuzaa‘ah were the allies of the Muslims, they wasted not a moment in sending a delegation to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in Madeenah Munawwarah, requesting his assistance.

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A Dream Come True

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 09:29

(Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Two)

Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was initially married to ‘Ubaidullah bin Jahsh, and it was from this union that her daughter, Habeebah, was born. ‘Ubaidullah bin Jahsh was a Muslim at the time, and he migrated to Abyssinia with Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) in order to escape the ruthless persecution of the Quraish.

One night, Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had a dream in which she saw her husband, ‘Ubaidullah bin Jahsh, in the most evil and terrible of conditions. When she awoke, she was perturbed and realized that the dream was indicative of her husband’s condition having changed for the worse. As she suspected, the very next morning, her husband announced, “O Ummu Habeebah! I had previously examined the different religions, and I had found no religion better than Christianity to which I subscribed and adhered. Thereafter, I left Christianity and followed the religion of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Now, I am returning to Christianity.”

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A Unique Nikaah

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 December 2017 16:33

(Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part One)

Which of the blessed wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was closest to him, yet also the furthest from him, at the time of their marriage?

Which of the blessed wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was given the most mahr (dowry), yet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not give her anything as dowry?

The answer to both of the above questions is: Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha)

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The Gift of Gratitude

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 December 2017 15:57

On one occasion, after Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) had married, Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) came to visit him in Makkah Mukarramah. On arriving at his home, however, he did not meet Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), as he was out, and instead met the wife of Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam). As she had never met Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) before, she did not recognize him.

Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) asked her where Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam) was to which she replied, “He has gone to find sustenance for us (i.e. he has gone out to hunt).” Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) next asked her regarding their condition and state. She replied by complaining and mentioning, “We are in a bad condition. We are undergoing constraints and poverty.” Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) then said to her, “When your husband arrives, convey my salaam to him, and tell him to change his doorstep.”

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Embodiment of Honesty

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 15:52

Shaikh ‘Abdul Qaadir Jeelaani (rahimahullah) is a personality who needs no introduction as his piety and righteousness are well known. He narrates the following inspiring incident from his youth:

On the occasion when I took leave of my mother to travel to Baghdad, seeking the knowledge of Deen, she made over to me forty dinars (gold coins). In order for the gold coins to be safe and concealed, she sewed them into my kurta, near the region of my armpit. Thereafter, when bidding me farewell, my mother made me promise that I would always be truthful.

During the journey, our caravan was accosted by sixty robbers. At first, none of the robbers interfered with me. Eventually, one of the robbers passed by and asked me, “O pauper! How much of money do you have?” I replied by truthfully stating, “Forty dinars.” He asked me, “Where is the money?” I replied, “Sewn into my kurta beneath my armpit.” On account of my forthright honesty, the robber thought that I was joking and thus left me, continuing on his way.

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