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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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Determined to Make a Difference​

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2019 07:47

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

During the era of Zubaidah, there was a scarcity of water in Makkah Mukarramah. This shortage was especially devastating at the time of hajj as during this period, thousands of people would flock to the blessed city, as well as the plains of ‘Arafaat, Muzdalifah and Mina, from all corners of the Muslim world. Eventually, the demand for water was so high that people would pay up to one dinaar (gold coin) for a single bag of water!

When Zubaidah witnessed this, she was overcome by pity for the plight of the poor people who could not afford this exorbitant amount, yet required this valuable resource for survival. She thus embarked on a project to provide water to the people in Makkah Mukarramah.

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The Passion to Share​

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 15:17

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

On one occasion, the finance manager of Zubaidah learnt that a certain person, who was employed to attend to the administration of her various properties, had taken funds from the income of her properties equivalent to two hundred thousand dirhams (silver coins). He thus had the man imprisoned for the crime.

After his imprisonment, the man contacted two of his friends and asked them to go to the finance manager and intercede to him on his behalf. Accordingly, his friends set out, and while they were on the way, they met Faidh bin Abi Saalih. Seeing the two friends, Faidh asked them, “Where are you going to?” They replied by explaining to him the incident that had transpired and the purpose of their errand. “Do you need me to assist you?” he offered. They expressed that they would appreciate his assistance, and so he accompanied them.

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Leaving a Legacy

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2019 15:09

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

With every passing day, there are people who enter this world, taking their first breath and commencing the journey of life, and there are people who take their last breath and depart, never to return. However, from the billions of souls who came and went, only a select few left such a legacy that they earned themselves an entry in the pages of history.

One such person was a woman who was named Amatul ‘Azeez, but was more commonly known as Zubaidah. It is reported that her grandfather, the famous Abbasid ruler, Abu Ja’far Mansoor, had given her the nickname Zubaidah on account of her radiant and beautiful complexion. 

She was the wife of the renowned Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed whom she had married in 165 A.H. Apart from her husband being a powerful ruler and Khaleefah, her son, known as Al-Ameen, and many of her close family members were also rulers of the Muslims. She thus enjoyed a position of distinction in the ruling family.

Insha-Allah, in the parts to come, we will discuss her qualities, outstanding generosity and the long-standing legacy which she left for the Ummah.

(Wafayaatul A’yaan vol. 2, pg. 314, Al-Muntazam vol. 8, pg. 278 and Taareekhul Islam vol. 15, pg. 156)

 

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