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Beside the honourable mother of Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we find that there are four other women who breastfed Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam . Namely: Thuwaybah RA, Halima Sa’diah RA – the most prominent lady to have breastfed Nabi Muahmmad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam , Khawlah bint Munthir RA and Barakah also known as Umme Aymin RA – an African woman.
Barakah Umme Ayman RA – was described by Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as the “mother after my own mother. She is the rest of my family” and was held in very high regard by Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam . She was the first person to hold him in her arms when he was born and the only person who knew him from that point until his death. She was one of the few Muslims who the Prophet assured of a place in Paradise.
“Be a mother to him, Barakah RA. And don’t ever leave him,” Amina RA instructed her about her son as she lay dying. Umm Ayman did not fail in her responsibility.
Her beginnings were more than humble. In her youth, the black Abyssinian girl was put up for sale in Makkah as a slave. In pre-Islamic Arabia, slavery was no shame, and slaves were treated like animals.
But Barakah RA was blessed to be treated with kindness. She was bought by the noble and gentle Abdullah RA, the son of Abdul Muttalib, Nabu Muhammad’s  sallallahu alayhi wa sallam father. Umme Ayman RA not only took care of Abdullah’s affairs as a servant in his home, but after he married Amina RA, she looked after Amina RA also.
It was Umm Ayman RA who slept at the foot of Amina’s RA bed and comforted her when, only two weeks after her wedding, her husband was instructed to leave for that journey to Syria, after which he never came back. It was Umm Ayman RA who took care of Amina RA during her pregnancy.
It was Umm Ayman who gave Amina RA the news of Abdullah’s RA death at Yathrib, what was later to be known as Madinah. As Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam faced tragedy upon tragedy, Umm Ayman RA was there for him. From the time when his mother died when he was six, to when his grandfather Abdul Muttalib died when he was eight, Umm Ayman RA stayed with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam .
It was only after the Nabi Muhammad  sallallahu alayhi wa sallam married Khadija RA that she married Ubayd ibn Zayd RA, on their insistence. They had a son named Ayman, thus her name Umm Ayman.
When Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received the Prophethood, Umm Ayman RA was among the first Muslims, and like the others, bravely faced the punishments of the Quraish for those who dared to believe in Islam.
During the Battle of Uhud she gave out water to the thirsty soldiers and took care of the wounded. She tied her well-being to that of Islam. During a visit from Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam , he asked: “Ya Umme! Are you well?” and she would reply: “I am well, O Messenger of Allah so long as Islam is.”
Umm Ayman’s RA husband died not very long after their marriage. When she was in about her 50s, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam , when speaking to his companions said, “Should one of you desire to marry a woman from the people of Paradise, let him marry Umm Ayman RA.”
It was Zayd RA who stepped forward and agreed to marry her. They had a son named Usamah who was described as “the beloved son of the beloved.”
She travelled with Nabi Muhammad  sallallahu alayhi wa sallam across the burning desert through sandstorms on foot from Makkah to Madinah. Despite the harshness of the journey she persisted, and was given good news when she reached her destination. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam   said to her, “Ya Umm Ayman! Ya Umme! (O Umm Ayman! O my mother!) Indeed for you is a place in Paradise!”
When Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam   passed away she wept profusely. Sayyidina Abu Bakr RA and Sayyidina Umar RA visited her and asked her, “is Nabi Muhammad  sallallahu alayhi wa sallam not gone to a better place?” She replied, “By Allah, I knew that the Messenger of Allah would die but I cry now because the revelation from on high has come to an end for us.” Umm Ayman died when Uthman RA was Khalifa.
 
Article by a Muslimah
One night, when I was about 15 years old, I thought I was going to die. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, I just went to bed and was overcome with an overwhelming feeling that I was going to die. I tossed and turned, afraid that it was going to happen at any second. It was an unexplainable, perhaps irrational, kind of fear. But the fear kept me up praying that it not happen that night, too scared to shout out to anyone and tell them what I was thinking, or ask them to stay with me during my last moments, I can amusingly admit.
As if death only visits after hours, I gave in to sleep when light broke. There’s no fear – or less fear – when you are surrounded by light.
Everything that has life comes with an expiry date. Your death clock is ticking. The very moment Allah SWT commanded an angel to blow your soul into your body – just a developing foetus housed inside your mother’s womb, the countdown to your body’s last breath began.
Death’s inevitability is probably the only subject of life’s reality that humanity agrees on. As Muslims we are aware of what happens after death, despite some denying that there is a definite state of Barzakh, an interval between death and resurrection.
In a Hadith relayed upon the authority of al-Bara’ ibn `Aazib, the Sahaabah RA went with Nabi Muhammad SAW to a burial of a man from the Ansaar until they arrived at the grave and the man had still not been placed inside it. The Messenger of Allah SAW sat down and the Sahaabah sat around him.
“You would have thought that birds were upon our heads from our silence and in the hand of the Messenger of Allah SAW was a stick which he was poking the ground with. Then he started looking at the sky and looking at the earth and looking up down three times. Then he said to us, ‘Ask Allah for refuge from the torment of the grave’, he repeated this command two or three times. Then he said O Allah I seek refuge in you from the torment of the grave (three times).”
Rasulullah SAW warned us to prepare for death and seek refuge in Allah SWT from the torment of the grave. Yet it has become something we take lightly. Nowadays we chat about death casually, even flippantly. Like many other of life’s aspects, we speak about it knowledgeably but our actions demonstrate incompetency.
Just like the Ihram places everyone on equal terms, so does the grave. From lofty mansions, luxury apartments or mud huts, our eventual place of residence is the same – a rectangular hole, six feet in the ground. In that confined space, either a garden from heaven or a hole from hell, we’ll lay draped in a sheet of white inexpensive cloth, the only thing to separate us from a blanket of sand.
You could say we’re living by the YOLO (You Only Live Once) slogan. But then again you only die once also. Many think death is a bridge they’ll cross when they get there. The bridge comes after, and it’s as thin as a strand of hair, as sharp as a sword and its length spans over Hell fire.
“Every soul shall taste death,” Allah SWT repeats this aayah in different chapters in the Quraan.  The word taste is used to express that death is just the beginning of something. It isn’t the complete experience or the end of life. It is merely the movement from one reality to another, the start to a new beginning. The dead are buried among us, living in their own realm. Driving pass cemeteries still doesn’t make it easy to envisage.
Knowing the scary reality of the Hereafter we spend the present lost in life’s luxuries. We openly justify wrongs and delude ourselves into a false sense of intellect and understanding. We scold anyone who speaks or writes truth only because we choose to idle away in disobedience.
And sadly disobedience is taken for granted. Obedience is brushed away as being conservative, disobedience regarded as open minded. And the new rule propagated through shaytaan’s social media is that life’s pleasures can and must be enjoyed.
Instead of asking ourselves if we are ready to taste death were it to visit us in the next five minutes or whether death in disobedience bodes well for us, we scold anyone who exposes our collective flaws. We cloak ourselves in labels of intellect and knowledge yet our actions don’t separate us from the disbelievers, only our names do.
In the hereafter every soul shall experience its own reality and come to intimately understand its true condition and where it stands in relation to the nature, purpose, and greater realities of existence. There are two resurrections that take place after death, the first is in the Barzakh and the second is at the final judgment. A person’s life is likened to a book – with each thought, word, and action, they are writing on the pages of their soul, the state of their nafs is impacted by what they occupy themselves with in this world.
Some might incorrectly perceive me to be writing this self righteously. What Taqwa does an article like this inspire, others will question. Accusations of this being an “uneducated opinion” or a misunderstood acceptance of the truth as though it is based on fabrication will be thrown around. It’s written in the hope that it serves as a reminder – to myself first. There are many verses in the noble Quraan and Ahadith that speak of life after death. Rasulullah’s SAW advice to us, mentioned above, and his own urgent seeking of refuge in Allah SWT, is that not enough evidence?
Reminding ourselves of death is a painful necessity. Especially since there is much we condone as acceptable in our daily lives. Life is a beautiful scene. But it is temporary. If we get too engrossed in the comforts it offers, we lose focus of the final destination because we can’t see it or feel it or comprehend it. Islam does not teach us to live life according to the immoral system of YOLO but to worship Allah SWT and devote our thoughts, actions, words and life to seeking His Pleasure, and only so we may be rewarded with the ultimate prize.
We can never go back and make a new beginning or change things, but we can struggle to make a better ending. We can do our best to add up our good deeds. We can strive for piety and the pleasure of Allah SWT because to Allah do we belong and to Him is our return.
Death is scary. It is inescapable. It is real. But there is no fear when you are shrouded in light.


 

 

 Like father.....like Son...

 
The previous post provided a glimpse of Khalifah ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil ‘Azeez’s method of training his children.
Now I would like to share the result of this nurturing.
 
(Article taken from Al-Miftah.com)
 


 





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 Like Father....

Some tips on fatherhood by

Khalifah Umar bin Abdul Aziz R.A

(d.101 A.H)

[taken from MIFTAH.COM]

So what’s for Valentine?


 

do I follow?

Rasulullah 

sallallahu alaihi wasallam

or one of the four Imams??


 
Answer:  Read Here...
article taken from Al-Miftah


   

On the 23 January 1368, the Hongwu Emperor established the Ming Dynasty of China. The Ming Dynasty was known for its favourable treatment of Muslims and efforts to assimilate them into Chinese society. 

Despite being a non-Muslim, Hong-Wu ordered the construction of several mosques in Nanjing, Yunnan, Guangdong and Fujian. He rebuilt the Jinjue Mosque in Nanjing and large numbers of Hui (Muslim Chinese) people moved to the city during his rule.
He had around 10 Muslim generals in his army, including Chang Yuchun, Lan Yu, Ding Dexing, Mu Ying, Feng Sheng and Hu Dahai. In addition, Hong-Wu’s spouse, Empress Ma, descended from a Muslim family while he was originally a member of a Muslim rebel group led by Guo Zhixin.
Emperor Hong-Wu wrote a 100 word eulogy praising Islam, Allah and the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which he had placed in the mosques which he ordered to be built.
The eulogy is in the form of a poem, each verse containing 4 words (characters) and 4 syllables. In the translation below the translator has strayed away from trying to keep the 4 word per verse translation in favour of a more literal translation which conveys the full meaning in flowing English. 


Since the creation of the universe
God had already appointed his great faith-preeching man,
From the West he was born,
And received the holy scripture
And book made of 30 parts (Juz)
To guide all creations,
Master of all rulers,
Leader of the holy ones,
With support from the Heavens,
To protect his nation,
With five daily prayers,
Silently hoping for peace,
His heart directed towards Allah,
Giving power to the poor,
Saving them from calamity,
Seeing through the Unseen,
Pulling the souls and the spirits away from all wrongdoings,
Mercy to the world,
Transversing to the ancient,
Majesctic path vanquished away all evil,
His religion Pure and True,
Muhammad,
The Noble High One.


Nasihah (Advice): Deliberately delaying payment of debts is a form of oppression

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “It is a great injustice for a person to delay in paying his debts whereas he has the means.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 2287)

The Hadith refers to those who have the funds to pay off their debts but neglect this priority. Unfortunately, this practice is becoming quite common and creditors are made to wait whilst debtors go on unnecessary Umrah trips and family holidays. Debtors who have the means to pay their creditors should keep in mind the above words of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).



     
     

THE DUA THAT SHOOK THE HEAVENS


During the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) there was a trader who plied his trade between the Land of Shaam (Syria) and Madinah. He would not accompany the trade caravans o­n account of his trust in Allah Ta’ala (Tawakkul). He journeyed alone through the deserts and wilderness with his merchandise.
Once while o­n a journey from Shaam to Madinah, he was accosted by a highway robber o­n horseback. Screaming at the trader, he said: “Halt!” The trader halted and said: “Take my wealth and allow me to proceed.”
Robber: “The wealth belongs to me. I desire to take your life.”
Trader: “What will you do with my life? Your need is the wealth. Let me proceed.”
Robber: “The wealth is mine. I intend to take your life.” 
Trader: “Allow me to make Wudhu, perform Salaat and make dua to my Rabb Azza Wa Jal.”
Robber: “Do as you please.”
The trader made Wudhu and performed four raka’ts Salaat. He then raised his hands towards the heaven and supplicated to Allah Ta’ala as follows:
Translation: “O Most Loving o­ne! O Most Loving o­ne! O Thou of the Majestic Throne! O Originator of Creation! O Returner (of creation after its destruction)! O Thou Who does as You please! I supplicate to You through the medium of the Noor of Your Presence, which fills the pillars of Your Arsh. I supplicate to You through the medium of Your Power by means of which You command over Your creation. And I supplicate to you through the medium of Your mercy which encompasses everything. There is no god but You. O Helper! Help me!”
After he had recited this Dua thrice, he suddenly saw a handsome man dressed in green o­n a beautiful horse standing by him. In his hand was a glittering spear. Seeing the stranger o­n horseback, the robber quickly advanced towards him. The stranger made a sudden attack and with o­ne blow sent the robber reeling to the ground. He ordered the trader to kill the robber.
Trader: “Who are you? I have never ever killed anyone and I have no desire to kill him.”
The stranger after killing the robber, said: “Know that I am an angel from the third Samaa’ (Heaven). When you supplicated (made dua) the first time, we heard the doors of the heaven creaking. We then said: ‘Something has happened.” Then you supplicated the second time. The doors of the Heaven opened up and there were sparks like the sparks of fire. Then you supplicated the third time. Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) descended to us from the Samaa’ (above) proclaiming: ‘Who is prepared to aid this man in distress?’ I then supplicated: ‘O my Rabb! Appoint me to kill him (the robber).’
Know, O Servant of Allah! Whoever supplicates with this Dua which you had made, in any difficulty, danger and distress, Allah will remove it (the calamity) from him and aid him.”
The trader returned safely with his merchandise to Madinah. Anas RadhiyAllahu anhu is reported to have said " Let it be known that whomsoever (In distress or not) performs wudhu followed by 4 Rak'aat of Salaah and supplicates Allah withese (aforementioned) words, wil have his/her prayer accepted." 


The  Dua of a Mother


Once a lady came to Hadhrat Baqi Bin Mukhlid (rahmatullah alayh) and wailed: “The Romans have captured my son. I have no wealth with which to ransom him. For me there is neither night nor day; nor sleep or rest.” He said to her:“Go, I shall look into your matter, Insha’Allah.”
The lady departed, and the Shaikh lowering his head supplicated to Allah Ta’ala.
After some time the lady came to Hadhrat Baqi with her son and thanked him profusely. She said that her son had a wonderful story to tell. The son explained: “ I was among a group of prisoners taken by the Romans. A man had taken us into his service. Daily the overseer would take us into the desert to work and in the evening we would be returned with our chains fitted o­n. o­ne day after Maghrib we returned with our overseer. Suddenly the chains o­n my leg fell off. The guard hearing the clang of the chain hurried to me. When he saw the chain broken and lying o­n the ground, he screamed: “You have broken your chain!” I said: No, it fell off.’ 
He was amazed. He reported the matter to his master who instructed the blacksmith to replace the chain. After I had walked o­nly a few steps with the new chain, it broke and fell to the ground. They were astonished. They called their priests and explained the episode. The priests said to me: “Do you have a mother?” I said: ‘Yes.’ They responded: “Your mother’s dua has been accepted. Allah Azza Wa Jal has set you free. Henceforth we shall not be able to imprison you.” They then honoured me and sent a group of people to accompany me to the border of the Land of the Muslimeen.”
The priests of the Christians are described in the Qur’aan as Ruhbaan. In the early days, a large part of the Truth of the Tauraah and Injeel was intact with the Ruhbaan, hence they were able to discern the Truth when they witnessed it.
The young son of the lady had noted the time and the date when his leg chains had miraculously fallen off. After he related his story, it transpired that the time and the date coincided with the time and date when his mother had pleaded to Hadhrat Baqi Bin Mukhlid and the latter had made his Dua.
DUA
The Mashaaikh say: “It is incumbent that a person be a man of dua with his tongue, and a man of ridha (contentment with Allah’s Decree) with his heart so that he fulfils the demands of both, namely, dua and ridha.
The effect of this attitude is peace of mind. If the object of the dua does not materialize, there will be no frustration and despondency. The supplicator will continue with dua, professing his humility and contentment with Allah’s Decree. The servant cannot impose his dua o­n Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala knows best when and how to answer our duas. The duty of the servant is never to tire of making dua.
CONDITIONS OF DUA
Among the aadaab (etiquettes) of Dua is presence of mind. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Allah Ta’ala does not accept the dua of a servant which comes from an unmindful heart.”
Among the requisites for acceptance of Dua is halaal food. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to Sa’d (radhiyallahu anhu): “Make wholesome your earning, Allah will accept your Dua.”
It has also been narrated: “Dua is the key of need, and its (the key’s) teeth are lawful morsels of food.”
Hadhrat Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) passed by a man who was making dua with much humility. Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) said: “O My Allah! If I had the power, I would have fulfilled his need.” 
Allah Ta’ala revealed to him: “I am more merciful to him than you. However, he calls to Me while his heart is attached to his sheep. I do not answer the call of a servant who calls Me while his heart is attached to something besides Me.”
Hadhrat Musaa (alayhis salaam) informed the man of this revelation. He then denuded his heart of his wealth, and his Dua was accepted.
Someone asked Hadhrat Ja’far Saadiq (rahmatullah alayh): “What is wrong with us? We make dua, but why is our dua not accepted.” 
Hadhrat Ja’far Saadiq said: “Because you call someone whom you have not recognized.”

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 WHY I WEAR THE NIQAB


Many people have asked me what made me wear the Niqab. To be honest, there was nothing in particular that made me wear the Niqab. My mother and older sisters were already wearing the Niqab, and I felt it was only right that I did the same. I've always have an incredible awe for the Niqab, and even before I started wearing it, I used to put my mother's Niqab, just to see if it would look good on me. Alhamdulillah, Allah blessed me with the opportunity of wearing the Niqab. Everyday since then, has been a tremendous journey towards being prouder of my identity as a Muslim and a prouder slave of Allah. I've never looked back since!

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 Are you afflicted with doubts regarding Religion?

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Question:

Please advise me: I am having big doubts in Allah Ta'ala. I weep and make du'a for them to go away, but they don't. It is ruining my life, I feel like I am so far from the Deen now. I live in the U.S and the problem is when I look around at the complex cities and all the materials and history, it just doesn't seem to me that the purpose of all this is to Worship Allah. Please help me as I am very confused. I am a practicing Muslim, I do sin a lot but I make Tauba and I go to the Masjid on a daily basis.


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