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The First Covered Bier in Islam​

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Monday, 07 October 2019 15:14

(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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Blessings of Patience

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 15:55

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True Hijaab and Niqaab​

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 15:22

There was once a person who possessed a rare, exquisite piece of jewellery, studded with the finest of gemstones. Since he knew the value of the jewellery, and realised that there would be many unscrupulous individuals who would relish the chance to steal it from him, he ensured that he always kept it stored safely in a vault. On the odd occasion when he was forced to remove it from the vault, he employed guards and utilised every security measure imaginable to secure it from theft. However, in the back of his mind, he always acknowledged the stark reality – so long as it was out of the vault, it was at risk of being stolen, EVEN THOUGH he employed the best of guards and security. It was only within the recesses of the vault that his prized jewellery was truly secure. Hence, he knew, within his heart, that as far as possible, his jewellery would have to remain in the vault.

Since we all live in an age of insecurity, where burglaries and other forms of theft are rife and rampant, we can all relate to the example above. However, there is another example which is even more relevant than the one above – the example of the most valuable of all gems – the example of a Muslim woman. A Muslim woman and her hayaa are more valuable and precious than any gem or jewellery. Hence, just as jewellery remains in a vault for the sake of security, a Muslim woman is required to remain in the recesses of her home where her hayaa and imaan will remain safe and protected.

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Outgrowing Excuses​

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 10:00

Adversities, difficulties and calamities are part and parcel of life, as it is only in Jannah that a person will enjoy perpetual, uninterrupted happiness and joy. Hence, every person faces challenges and obstacles. The question is, “HOW do we react and respond to these adversities?”

While some adversities really are very difficult to overcome and have a major impact on one’s life, there are certain people who, at the very first instance, latch onto any and every difficulty as their convenient excuse to avoid all accountability and responsibility. In this regard, it is obvious that there will never be a shortage of excuses in one’s life. Hence, if a person adopts this mindset and attitude, he will NEVER ever progress, as he is content to stagnate and blame his lack of progress on some excuse or another. Such a person always has a ‘headache’, or ‘backache’, or is ‘not feeling well’, or is ‘feeling depressed’, etc.

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Precaution in Public Wealth​

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Monday, 30 September 2019 15:23

The precaution which Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) exercised when dealing with public wealth was indeed proverbial. Below are just two of the many incidents which illustrate this invaluable quality that he possessed: 

On one occasion, some musk and ambergris (a type of perfume) arrived from Bahrain. (As it was public wealth,) Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “By Allah! I wish to find a woman who is proficient at weighing items so that she can weigh these perfumes for me, enabling me to distribute them equally between the Muslims.”

Hearing this, Sayyidah ‘Aatikah bintu Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), offered to weigh it for him saying, “I am proficient at weighing. Bring it and I will weigh it for you.” However, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) declined her offer.

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