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In the Lap of Luxury


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 07:10

(Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik [rahimahallah] – Part One)

If we comb through the annals of history, we will undoubtedly discover hundreds if not thousands of women who hailed from royal families and led lives of utter leisure and luxury. Despite the abundance of royal women who lived through the ages, history is perhaps unable to produce a single woman to date who can compare to Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik (rahimahallah).

Faatimah bintu ‘Abdil Malik (rahimahallah) was not merely from a royal family. Rather, she was completely surrounded by the kings of the time.

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“She’s Still Small”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:53

Haarith bin Haarith (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that they saw Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) inviting people to bring imaan in the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala. The people, however, continued to reject and harm him. Their ill treatment continued until it was eventually midday and the people dispersed. At that point, a girl came to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) carrying a bowl of water and a cloth while her upper chest had become exposed. He took the bowl from her, drank some of the water and then made wudhu. He thereafter raised his blessed head and said to her, “O my beloved daughter! Cover your chest and do not fear for your father!” We enquired as to who the girl was and were told, “This is Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), his daughter.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #9827)

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The Fight for Chastity


Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2016 16:13

The corpse of a beardless youngster who had been murdered was once brought to ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The body of the youth had been found lying face down on the road. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) tried his utmost to investigate and determine what had happened to the youngster and identify his killer. However, the investigation of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not produce any leads.  

His inability to apprehend the killer and mete out justice greatly concerned ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He thus turned to Allah Ta‘ala and made du‘aa saying, “O Allah! Grant me success in finding the killer!” The case thereafter went cold with no leads turning up until the year had almost ended. At that point, a newborn baby was found lying on the road in the exact same place where the corpse of the youngster had been found!

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Accepting Correction


Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 17:48

There was once a woman in Kufah who hailed from the clan of Taym. She would exert herself in ‘ibaadah to the extent where she would fast for three consecutive days and only spend the fourth day without fasting. Such was her attachment to worshipping Allah Ta‘ala that she would spend all her time in the local musjid and would only emerge to attend to her basic needs.

One day, the great scholar Ebrahim Taymi (rahimahullah) advised this woman and said to her, “The salaah which you perform in your home is more virtuous and carries more reward than the salaah which you perform in the musjid.”

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Mothering the Men of Jannah


Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2016 16:19

Khansaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the renowned poetess of Arabia, encouraged her four sons to participate in the battle of Qaadisiyyah in the following words:

“O my sons! You accepted Islam willingly and left your homes voluntarily. By the promise of Allah Ta‘ala, you are the sons of one father and mother as I have neither been unfaithful to your father nor brought disgrace to your maternal uncle. I have not spoilt and dishonoured your lineage. You are well aware of the immense rewards which Allah Ta‘ala has promised those who fight against the transgressors. Also remember that the eternal abode is far superior to this temporary abode. Allah Ta‘ala says:

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