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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 They will become outdated and unfashionable.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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It is Your Company - Khadeejah (radiyallahu anha)

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:48

Step back a moment and reflect . . . Imagine . . . Think of a woman who has experienced all the ups and downs of life, enduring the death of one husband after the other, going through the difficulty of earning for herself due to her circumstances, suffering the heartache of the divorce of her daughters because of her faith, living in a home that was constantly beset with abuse and persecution for the sake of her Rabb, going into exile in her old age, tolerating adverse conditions of hunger and starvation . . . yet still maintaining the same intense love for her husband like a newly-wed bride . . . yet still dedicated to him with her heart and soul, totally compliant with her mind and body . . . yet still pouring every vestige of her strength in nurturing her children . . . yet still spending large amounts of money for the cause of her faith with a smile ... yet still motivating those around her despite the hostile environment . . .

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A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed - Khadeejah (radiyallahu anha)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:46

An intelligent woman, a sincere philanthropist, a pious soul, a patient human, a devoted wife, a caring spouse, a loyal partner, a loving mother, an expert homemaker . . . The Ideal Woman and a dream for many . . . This was Sayyidah Khadeejah Al-Kubraa (radiyallahu anha).

Indeed, this superwoman had supported Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) when he had no worldly resources; trusted and believed in him when most had denied him; encouraged and understood him when he took up the call with trembling steps; withstood persecution, insults, threats and torture and was a lifelong helpmate of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) till her last breath at the age of sixty five.

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