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Monday, 05 April 2021 10:14

(Mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee [daamat barakaatuhum] – Introduction)

On Sunday 2nd Jumaadas Saani 1441, 29th December 2019, during the early hours of the morning, the respected mother of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (daamat barakaatuhum) (principal of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach) passed away in her sleep at the age of 86.

She was born in Makkah Mukarramah while her parents were on the journey of hajj. Due to being born in the holy city of Makkah Mukarramah, her parents gave her the name Makkiyyah (which means ‘woman of Makkah’). As an infant, when her parents wished to perform tawaaf of the Ka‘bah, they would take her and place her in the Hateem. In this manner, Allah Ta‘ala blessed her, in her infancy, to acquire the blessings of the Haramain and the Ka’bah Shareef.

Makkiyyah Aapa (rahimahallah) (as she was commonly known) was indeed a woman of taqwa and piety and was an inspiration to one and all. She left many children and grandchildren who are Huffaaz and ‘Ulama. Two of her sons, Mufti Ebrahim and Moulana Husain (daamat barakaatuhuma), are senior ustaazs in Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen. 

May Allah Ta‘ala fill her grave with noor and grant her the highest stages in Jannatul Firdaus, aameen.

Insha-Allah, in the parts to come, we will discuss various aspects from the life of this saintly personality so that we may all benefit from the example she set.

 

The Wake-Up Call

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Thursday, 01 April 2021 10:31

“Beep-beep! Beep-beep! Beep-beep!”

The persistent, jarring sound of the alarm clock, rudely bringing an abrupt end to a sound, blissful sleep, is a sound dreaded by most. As much as a person may wish that he could go on sleeping indefinitely, everyone sets an alarm as they understand that the ‘wake-up call’ is essential for rousing them from their slumber.

Without the wake-up call, a child would be late for school and an adult for work, and this tardiness in keeping to time would have a ripple effect, causing far-reaching consequences that would create chaos in their lives.

As human beings, we have come to this world for the purpose of pleasing Allah Ta‘ala and earning entry into Jannah. Such is the fleeting, temporary nature of this world that it could be aptly resembled to a dream, while Jannah is the true reality and real abode of a believer. However, it often happens that we become mesmerized by the dream and lose focus of the Hereafter, due to which Allah Ta‘ala, out of His infinite mercy, sends us a ‘wake-up call’.

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The Spirit of Generosity

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Monday, 29 March 2021 15:01

(Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part One)

Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who was blessed with an extraordinarily long life – he passed away at the age of one hundred and twenty! Another unique aspect of his life is that he was born inside the Ka’bah Shareef!

He was among the leaders of the Quraish and was regarded to be wise and intelligent. When the leaders of the Quraish would enter Daarun Nadwah (the place of council) in order to hold meetings and discuss the affairs of Makkah Mukarramah and its people, then only those people who were forty years of age or older were allowed to participate in the discussion and give their suggestions. However, Sayyiduna Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was an exception to this rule. On account of his wisdom and intelligence, he was admitted into Daarun Nadwah at the age of fifteen.

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What do I Want in a Spouse?

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Thursday, 25 March 2021 09:36

Allah Ta‘ala, through His infinite power, has created humankind with such variety that despite the people on earth numbering more than seven billion, every person is completely unique. Be it in physical appearance, or in habits and tendencies, or in societal status and nobility, or even in intelligence and understanding – no two people are completely alike. Allah Ta‘ala, in His limitless wisdom, has given different people different proportions of beauty, strength, wealth, intelligence, honour, etc.

Nevertheless, when a person is looking to get married and settle down, then there are many qualities and traits that one will seek in a spouse. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained that generally people look at four qualities when considering a spouse. These four qualities are wealth, societal status, beauty and Deen. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then urged us to ensure that we marry a pious spouse, as from all the various qualities, it is the quality of Deen and piety that is the most important. (Saheeh Bukhaari #5090)

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