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The First Covered Bier in Islam​

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2019 15:53

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Two)

Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the blessed daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) were sisters-in-law, as both of them were married to two brothers; Sayyiduna ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib and Sayyiduna Ja’far bin Abi Taalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) respectively.

Shortly before she passed away, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned to Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was in the marriage of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) at that time, “O Asmaa! I do not like what is done with a woman’s body (when she passes away and her body is being taken for burial, as merely) a cloth is placed on her body which allows her body shape to be seen.”

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “O daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Shall I not show you something which I saw in the land of Abyssinia?” Saying so, she called for some fresh, moist palm leaves to be brought. When they were brought, she shaped them (into a funeral bier). Thereafter, she draped a cloth over the bier (and due to the frame, the cloth would not lie directly on the woman’s body, thus not allowing the shape to be seen). 

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Blessed with the Best​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 09:03

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part One)

Every woman would love to be married to the ‘dream’ husband. In this regard, there was one Sahaabiyyah who was privileged to have been in the nikaah of not one, but three of the best husbands of this Ummah (two of whom were from the four Khulafaa). This was none other than Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

She was initially married to Sayyiduna Ja’far bin Abi Taalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and elder brother of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) by ten years. She bore him three sons viz. ‘Abdullah, Muhammad and ‘Awn (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and remained in his nikaah until she was widowed with his martyrdom in the Battle of Mutah.

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Loyal to the Last

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:32

There was once a group of people who were suffering from a certain calamity. One of these people came to Wahb bin Munabbih (rahimahullah) and asked, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! Have you ever heard of a calamity or punishment that is worse and more severe than the calamity which we are suffering at present?” Wahb (rahimahullah) replied, “If you have to look at the difficulty that you are suffering and the difficulties that were faced by the people of the past, you would realize that your difficulty compared to theirs is like smoke compared to fire!”

To illustrate the point, Wahb (rahimahullah) narrated the following incident:

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Respecting the Symbols of Islam​

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 16:23

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Five)

Zubaidah, although remembered by most for her generosity and charitable works, possessed another very important quality – the quality of honouring and showing importance to the salient symbols of Islam. In this regard, it appeared that she had a particular love for the Quraan Majeed and the azaan and would thus honour them both greatly.

As far as her love for the Quraan Majeed is concerned, it is reported that she had appointed one hundred female attendants, who had memorized the Quraan Majeed, to recite three juz (paras) of the Quraan Majeed in her palace every day. Due to the number of people engaged in reciting the Quraan Majeed, her palace would resonate with the sound of the Quraan Majeed, causing it to sound like a bee hive filled with buzzing bees.

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At the Forefront of Relief Efforts

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:14

(Zubaidah – The Wife of Haaroon Rasheed – Part Four)

As mentioned previously, Zubaidah had spearheaded and financed the unprecedented project of digging a water canal in Makkah Mukarramah. Nevertheless, although this was perhaps her most well-known charitable contribution, there were numerous other projects which Zubaidah undertook in an effort to spend her wealth in avenues of virtue and righteousness.

One such example is that of a traveller’s inn which she constructed in the mountainous region of Baghraas (south eastern Turkey). Any traveller that came to the city of Baghraas was welcome to reside in this inn, and she had dedicated the income of many waqf properties to the upkeep and maintenance of this inn.

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