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16
May
2010

A Female Devotee of Allah

posted by ummi taalib on 16th May 2010 - 2 comments
Sheikh Abu Abdullah Iskandari (rahmatullahi alayh) narrates: “Once I wandered in the mountains in the hope of meeting a devotee of Allah from whom I could derive some spiritual benefit. In my wanderings I saw a woman walking and reciting poetry about the Love of Allah Ta`ala. I thought to myself: ‘It would have been good if I had met a man.’ As this thought crossed my mind the woman said: ‘O Abdullah! Indeed, your heart is queer. How can a man who cannot even attain the ranks of a woman hope to meet men (i.e. Auliyaa)?’ I said to her: ‘You have made a very bold claim!’ She said: ‘A claim without basis is unlawful.’ I said: ‘What is the basis of your claim?’ She responded: ‘The basis for my claim is that my King and True Beloved is for me as I wish because I am for Him as He wishes.’ I said: ‘If it truly is as you say, then produce fried fish immediately.’ She retorted scornfully: ‘You have indeed asked for something exceedingly insignificant. Why did you not ask that Allah Ta`ala bestows to you wings of Divine yearning so that you could fly to Him as I am doing.’ So saying, she flew into the air.” Abu Abdullah continues: “I was smitten by remorse and embarrassment. Nothing at that time was more bitter to me than my contemptibility, and nothing sweeter than her elevated state of Divine Honour. I ran in the direction that she was flying and implored: ‘O Sayyidah! I swear by that Being Who has enriched you and deprived me, Who has made you fortunate and me unfortunate! For Allah’s Sake, assist me with some dua.”
29
Mar
2010

WOMAN OF WORTH

posted by ummi taalib on 29th March 2010 - 0 comments
RAABI’AH BASRIYYA Also known as RAABI’AH ADAWIYYAH, she was the fourth daughter of her parents. Great saints and scholars have benefitted from her spirituality and piety and many books have been written about her virtues and qualities. The following is my collection of inspiring stories about her. BIRTH The night Raabi’ah bint Isma’eel Adawiyyah Basriyya was born there was no oil in the house with which to anoint her naval. Her mother asked her father to borrow some oil from the neighbours. He left the house but had no intention of asking anyone for anything as he had made a vow not to ask anything of anyone. He therefore knocked softly on the neighbour’s door and returned home saying they did not open the door. He went to sleep filled with grief. That night he beheld the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam in a dream saying to him, “Do not grieve. This daughter of yours is going to intercede on behalf of seventy thousand of my Ummatis”. He then instructed him thus, “Send a note to Ameer of Basra and tell him that each night he sends Durood upon me, and on Friday nights he sends four hundred Durood upon me. Last night he had forgotten to send Durood upon me. As a recompense for that he must hand over four hundred Dinars to the bearer of the note”. When he woke up he cried and then did as instructed. When the messenger handed over the note to the Ameer of Basra he read it and said, “Give ten thousand Dirhams to the poor as a gesture of thanks that Rasulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam has thought about me and give four hundred Dinars to this man”.
12
Aug
2009

Allah Taaalaas Love for the Muslimah

posted by ummi taalib on 12th August 2009 - 0 comments
“Allah Ta’aalaa wants us to contemplate on the blessings He has bestowed upon us so that we reach the conclusion that Allah Ta’aalaa loves us and then we return that love with love”! Beautiful words from our respected Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat! He then elucidates the special favours bestowed upon the Muslim woman. I have tried to convey his words to the best of my ability so that we as Muslim women know how much love Allah Ta’aalaa has for us, and through the barakah of Shaykh we do return that love with total love and submission, insha Allah: "The Qur’an, which came down to the best of creation, through the best of Angels, in the best of months, on the best of nights and in the best of places and through which Allah Ta’aalaa communicates with His creation was first recited to a woman, Hadrat Khadijah Radiyallahu anha. It wasn’t so that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam met Hadrat Abu Bakr or Hadrat ‘Umar Radiyallahu anhum on his way back from the cave of Hira where the revelation took place, nor did he meet Hadrat ‘Ali or Hadrat Uthmaan Radiyallahu anhum. No he went home and recited it to his wife Khadijah Radiyallahu anha and it was to her that he expressed his fears, and it was she who comforted him and believed in him with firm conviction. She was blessed with being the first to accept Islam and she was the first to spend her wealth in the path of Allah. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhim wasallam once conveyed salaams to her which Allah Ta’aalaa had sent through the Angel Jibraeel. What an honour for women! Even the high stage of being a martyr was first conferred on a woman, Hadrat Sumayyah Radiyallahu anha who was the first to give her life in the cause of Islam. Honours aside, Allah Ta’aalaa has been Kind and Merciful to His inferior creation in many ways. Men have to attend salaat with congregation at the masjid, having to walk there in all weathers five times a day to get 25 times more reward, while for women Allah Ta’aalaa made it easy, who get the same reward by performing salaat in the innermost part of their homes. Then there is the fact that a woman does not perform salaat at all during her days of menstruation, yet she gets full reward if she is regular with her salaat in days of purity.
29
May
2009

Lessons from Khadijah RA

posted by ummi taalib on 29th May 2009 - 0 comments
LESSONS FROM KHADIJAH R.A. I have read and heard many times the story of how our beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, on the momentous occasion of receiving Prophethood, goes to his beloved wife Khadijah R.A., confides in her and receives total support from her. A beautiful story, but never before have I heard of the beautiful lessons derived from this occasion as explained by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem in his bayan called “Ruswaayi sey bachaaney waaley awsaaf”. May Allah Ta’aalaa keep us all under his guidance for a long time and may Allah Ta’aalaa grant him good health and happiness, aameen. The enormous responsibility of Prophethood conferred by Jibrail left our beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alyhi wasallam in a state of agitation and fear, i.e. would he be able to carry out this great responsibility or would he fail. He immediately went home to his beloved wife and recounted the whole episode of the meeting with the Angel Jibrail. Her immediate reaction was to offer loving words of comfort and support. She allayed his fears by pointing out to him that Allah Ta’aalaa had placed this responsibility on him, but surely not to humiliate him with failure. After all, did he not keep ties with those who wished to break them (silaa rahmi), and did he not worry about those who had no-one to worry for them (boj uthaanaa)? Did he not create means of earning for the poor (faqiro ko kamaane ke raastein dikhaanaa) and did he not help and stand up for the oppressed who were on the haqq? Did he not happily entertain guests? How then would Allah not help him in attaining success? The first lesson from this episode is that Khadijah R.A. describes five qualities present in Rasulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, which were the reason for his not being humiliated, and if these five qualities were to be present in us success would be guaranteed for us in both worlds. The second very important lesson especially for women, is that a wife should be a means of comfort to her husband, especially so if he was striving in the path of Deen. A few words of comfort from a wife are enough compared to others. Khadihah R.A. holds a very high status in the ummah. Allah Ta’aalaa sent salaams to her through Jibrail which were conveyed to her by Rasulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, she was the first to accept Islam and spend all her wealth in the cause of Islam, but there is no comparison to the status of her husband. Despite the differences in their status, Rasulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, was able to go to her and confide his fears in her.
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