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Going the Extra Mile

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2019 10:32

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Five)

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was blessed with a heart of such compassion and love, that let alone serving her husband she even went the extra mile in serving her mother-in-law and seeing to her comfort.

Shortly before her mother-in-law passed away, she fell ill and would experience bouts of diarrhoea which were so severe that she would soil three or four sets of clothing daily. Together with rendering all the other services, the wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) would happily wash the soiled clothing of her mother-in-law. However, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) would also insist to personally wash his mother’s clothing and clean it. Hence, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) and his wife came to the agreement that they would take turns to wash the clothing.

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A Submissive Spouse

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2019 15:13

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Four)

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was not only a saintly soul – she was a faithful wife who displayed true loyalty to her husband and went beyond the call of duty in fulfilling his rights.

As the piety, knowledge and wisdom of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) became well known, people from far and wide began to flock to him. As a result, there were always guests in his home, with barely a single meal passing without guests being present. His respected wife was extremely efficient in seeing to the household responsibilities and would ensure that there was always food prepared for the guests. Even when there was a shortage of wealth in the home, she would try her best to honour the guests and see to their comfort. In regard to her big-heartedness, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) once mentioned, “Our generosity is on account of Ahmad’s mother (referring to his respected wife).”

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From Luxury to Simplicity​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:03

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Three)

The wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) hailed from the village of Deoband. Her father, Shaikh Karaamat Husain, was a wealthy man, and hence on the occasion of her nikaah, when she departed for her husband’s home, her father sent her off with abundant clothing, expensive jewellery and many household items.

On the first night, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) addressed her saying, “Now that Allah Ta‘ala has joined us in marriage, there will have to be compatibility between us. However, in our present condition, this will be difficult, as you are wealthy and I am a pauper. We thus have one of two options; either I become wealthy, which is obviously difficult, or you become like me. Hence you rather become poor like me, since this is easy.”

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Taking out Time​

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 16:08

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Two)

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) bore him no less than ten children; three sons and seven daughters. We can thus well imagine the extent to which she would have remained occupied in looking after the children and raising them, together with her other domestic responsibilities. Nevertheless, this saintly woman was such that despite her responsibilities, she was always motivated towards piety and eager to engage in works of righteousness.

No matter what work she may have been engaged in, the very instant she would hear the muazzin call out, “Hayya ‘alas salaah!”, she would cease whatever she was doing and prepare for salaah.

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​The Silent and Unseen Pillar

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2019 15:35

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part One)

Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was an illustrious ‘aalim of the 19th century, and is a descendant of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) only lived for 47 years, passing away in the year 1879, but left a legacy that continues to this day.

Moulana (rahimahullah) was blessed by Allah Ta‘ala to render various services for Deen and the Muslims. However, from all his Deeni services, it is perhaps his founding of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband that stands out the most. This institute, located in Deoband, India, has tens of thousands of graduates around the world, and many Deeni institutes today, in South Africa and abroad, are offshoots of this prestigious Darul ‘Uloom and remain affiliated to it.

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