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The Blessing of Upholding the Sunnah

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 December 2021 15:58

Sayyidah Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her husband, Sayyiduna Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), were among the first people to accept Islam. They also suffered great persecution at the hands of the Quraish, just like many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Thus, to escape the torture and suffering, they participated in both migrations to Abyssinia. (Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 3, pg. 239)

Thereafter, Sayyiduna Abu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) performed hijrah to Madeenah Munawwarah – and this was one of the greatest tests that his household went through, as his wife’s family did not allow her to join him, and his clan did not allow his child to leave them either. Thus, husband, wife and child remained separated for the lengthy period of approximately one year, until they were thereafter reunited in Madeenah Munawwarah. (Seerah Ibni Hishaam vol. 2, pg. 469)

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An Epitome of Patience

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 December 2021 10:10

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Nine)

After Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) gave her son, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), the advice that he requested, she said to him, “Come close to me so that I may bid you farewell.” He thus drew close to her for their final meeting. Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) kissed him and hugged him, and he hugged her as well.

As Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) hugged him, she perceived that he was wearing an iron armour (she was blind at this time, and hence did not know of the armour until she felt it while hugging him). She remarked, “O my beloved son! This is not worn by those who aspire for the martyrdom which you hope to acquire (i.e. if you are seeking martyrdom, then why are you wearing armour which will save your life?).” Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O my beloved mother! I only wore it in order to bring some happiness and peace to your heart.”

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “No, remove it!” He thus removed the armour, and as he thereafter put his garments on again, she said to him, “Ensure that you secure your clothing tightly.” He thus ensured that his clothing was tightly secured so that when he would be killed and fall to the ground, his ‘awrah (private area) would not be exposed.

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Final Words to Her Dear Son

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 08:25

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Eight)

In the year 64 A.H., after Yazeed bin Mu‘aawiyah passed away, Sayyidah Asmaa’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) son, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) became the khaleefah of the Muslims. His rule extended over majority of the Muslim lands.

After some time, Marwaan bin Hakam, who was opposed to his rule, rose against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and marched against him. Many wars were then fought, until eventually, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was defeated and martyred, in the year 73 A.H., in the precincts of the Haram, in Makkah Mukarramah.

Marwaan had unleashed the notorious tyrant, Hajjaaj bin Yusuf, against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). Such was the reputation of Hajjaaj that when he surrounded the blessed city of Makkah Mukarramah, and defeat seemed imminent, then most of the supporters of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deserted him. Approximately ten thousand people went to Hajjaaj and surrendered peacefully, fearing that if they raised arms against him and were thereafter captured, then he would subject them to excruciating torture and a gruesome death.

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Love and Loyalty to Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 November 2021 15:51

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Seven)

As mentioned previously, the mother of Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Qutailah bintu ‘Abdil ‘Uzza, had been divorced by Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in the days of Jaahiliyyah (the pre-Islamic period). Thereafter, when Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) embraced Islam (at the young age of approximately fourteen), her mother still remained upon disbelief.

Years later, during the period of peace between the Muslims and the disbelievers of Makkah Mukarramah (after the treaty of Hudaibiyyah, before the Conquest of Makkah Mukarramah), the mother of Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) came to visit her in Madeenah Munawwarah.

Her mother came bearing gifts of raisins and ghee, hoping to see her daughter after all these years. She also hoped to acquire some financial assistance from her daughter. However, on hearing that her mother had arrived, Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) refused to see her or even allow her to enter the home. Since her mother was a disbeliever, she was not sure as to the law of sharee‘ah and whether it was permissible for her to admit her mother into her home and show her kindness.

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Securing Blessings for Her Baby Boy

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2021 14:02

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Six)

For the Muhaajireen, the journey of hijrah, from Makkah Mukarramah to Madeenah Munawwarah, was generally a difficult one. Together with the normal challenges of traveling a lengthy distance through the desert – they were wary of drawing the attention of the Quraish.

At the time when Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) performed hijrah, she was expecting a child. In fact, she was at the advanced stages, and hence the difficulty that she underwent can be well imagined. Nevertheless, on completing the journey and arriving in Qubaa, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

As soon as the boy was born, she hastened to present him to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) took the fortunate child into his own blessed lap and called for a date to be brought to carry out the tahneek. When the date was brought, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) placed it in his blessed mouth, chewed it a little, and then took some of the chewed paste, mixed with his blessed saliva, and placed it in the mouth of the child. In this manner, the very first thing to enter the belly of the child was the blessed saliva of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Saheeh Bukhaari #3909)

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