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“Rather Safe than Sorry”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:03

It’s the first day in the life of baby Aamir and he is wheeled into the maternity ward to be met by his over joyous mum. It is her first child and she is bounding with delight. She holds him to her chest, cuddles and plays with him, admiring his petite figure, delicate fingers, cute little toes and reddish complexion. Suddenly there is a knock on the door and in comes the sister. She advises the first-time, nervous, yet excited mother regarding the need for immunising her bundle of joy … though debateable among medical researchers and conservatives. Although upset by the disturbance, with the future of her child’s health in mind, she consents and baby Aamir is immunised against polio, and in the weeks and months to come he is immunised for measles, mumps and rubella.

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Don’t Chase them, You Need them!

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 06:00

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saw Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) for the very first time, he was terrified. Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) consoled him by confirming that he really met an angel and not any devil. She did this in a unique manner by requesting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to inform her the next time Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) comes to him. Hence when Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) came again, he informed her accordingly. She told him to sit very close to her and asked him if he was still able to see Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam), to which he replied in the affirmative. Finally she dropped her scarf and lowered the neck line of her garment and asked him if he could still see Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam), to which he replied: “No.” She said to him: “Glad tidings. He is definitely an angel and not a devil.” (Al-Istee‘aab vol. 4, pg. 381)

Lesson: Exposing the head (by not wearing a scarf) and the upper part of the chest, chases the angels of Allah Ta‘ala away and results in us being deprived of their assistance and protection which we are greatly in need of. They are there to help and inspire us, let us not chase them away!

 

Real Investment

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:56

Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) – Part Four

Once Maryam Khala narrated to her the hadeeth regarding the parent of a Haafiz receiving a crown of honour on the Day of Qiyaamah. Hearing this she teared and told her son, Moulana ‘Umar Saheb (rahimahullah): “You must become a Haafiz of the Quraan Majeed and an ‘Aalim of deen.” He said to her: “What will happen to my school education.” This great woman replied: “I am least concerned about that, you need to study the divine knowledge.”

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True Values

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 11:02

Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) – Part Three

From a tender age she instilled true values in her children and passed on great lessons to them. Moulana ‘Umar Saheb (rahimahullah) explained the following examples:

1. “Since I reached the age of understanding, I can recall seeing my mother performing salaah and crying before Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa.”

2. “When she would buy something for us, she would ask us to share it among ourselves. Then she would carefully observe who was more greedy and who was more generous. Thereafter she would correct us accordingly.”

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Story Time

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 14:05

Mother of Moulana Muhammad ‘Umar Paalanpuri (rahimahullah) – Part Two

Though she was not a very learned woman, she would however regularly visit a pious and learned woman in her neighbourhood known as Maryam Khala, from whom she would learn various aspects of deen and imaan. Through the blessings of this pious company, she developed a very high level of fear of Allah Ta‘ala and concern for the Hereafter. Throughout her life she strove to pass on the same fear and concern to her children. She would do this by narrating to them the various incidents of the Messengers of Allah Ta‘ala that appear in the Quraan Majeed. Moulana (rahimahullah) says: "I can still recall my mother explaining Surah Kahaf as well as the incident in Surah Burooj of that wicked ruler who ordered that the believers be driven into a ditch of fire. These incidents were explained to us while we were still little children."

 Lessons:

  1. Pious company has a dynamic effect in conditioning one’s mind and moulding it in the correct direction. Similarly bad company is extremely dangerous in corrupting one’s thought process. One should also bear in mind that companions are not only humans who we can talk to and laugh with. Websites, magazines, social media, the TV and Radio programmes are the new companions of the modern age.

  2. Narrating the incidents of the pious is a great tool in the correct nurturing and upbringing of a child. We also need to encourage our children to read authentic Islamic literature, and discourage them from stories and novels that influence them negatively.

 (to be continued)

 

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