Fourteen advices for Scholars and Teachers.

All praise is for Allah swt alone, lord of the worlds and may his peace and blessings be upon his final messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Assalaamu’alaykum.w.w.

I pray that each and every one of you is in the best of health, wealth and Imaan. Ameen.

My respected brother/sister in Islam, before you read this post I would like to kindly request that you make no comment without thinking into the matter which you may want to criticise. There are times when we seem to think that what our Ulama have said is said without thought. However, we must remember that we are talking about the Ahlullah, who think deep and hard before making  any statement that may hurt their Aakhirah. My advice is most importantly advice to myself first and then to everyone else.

Fourteen advices for Ulama’ and Asatidha By Mufti Mahmood al-Hasan Gangohi

When Mufti Mahmood al-Hasan Gangohi (Allah have mercy on him) sent his beloved student, Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri (Allah protect him) to Dhabel to teach, he gave him 14 advices which is a great lesson for all teachers.

They are as follows:

1. Don’t look out for position and status. For example, do not demand to teach a certain book or ask to be posted to a certain position.

2. Don’t ever ask for money i.e. do not ask for a particular amount as a salary or demand an increase in salary.

3. If someone tells you that you are not worthy of something then accept it and think in your heart that really I am not worth anything. The madrasah authorities have seated me in this place. I make du’a that Allah grants me the ability to teach these books.

4. If any student asks you a question, answer him with compassion even though the intent of his question is to insult you.

5. If you do not understand any section in your book, perform two rak’ah salah al- hajah and engage in fervent du’a. Thereafter send some isal al-thawab for the author of the book provided the author is a Muslim.

6. Refrain from explaining to the students the lessons of a book that is taught by another teacher.

7. Don’t take personal service from the students. Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) used to say that I regard it as haram (forbidden) on myself to take khidmat (service) from any of my students or murids (disciples).

8. Don’t mix around too much with the students. Many of them have their own personal agendas.

9. Be thankful to the students for having presented to you the farms of their hearts to sow the seeds of your ‘ilm (knowledge). Otherwise your ‘ilm would have remained untouched. Don’t ever feel that you are doing them a favour.

10. Students ask questions for different reasons. Some ask to show their capability and position whilst others ask just to irritate the ustadh. Answer every question positively and with wisdom. Don’t answer in a debating manner.

11. Daily recite Surah Ikhlas three times and send the rewards to the authors of the books that you are teaching, provided they are Muslims.

12. If you said something incorrect in the class don’t hesitate to retract your statement.

13. Don’t ever teach any book without muta’lah (preparation).

14. Don’t miss out your ma’mulat, zikr, tasbih and tilawah because of your commitment to teaching.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

The Katibah.

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The birth of Rahmatul lil Aalameen sallahu alayhi wasallam

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Assalaamu’alaykum.w.w.

Here it is! The birth of Rahmatul lil Aalameen sallallahu alayhi wasallam rewritten! Super excited to share it with you all. I pray you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

During the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, many people debate about whether it is permissible to celebrate the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam or not. Some people celebrate Miladun Nabee (the birth of the prophet) to the extent that they give extravagant parties and spend large amounts of money in the name of the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam without any thought to the laws pertaining to Shariah.

Instead of spending so much time and money unnecessarily, is it not better to learn about the seerah of that one being who showed humanity how to live a life of piety and simplicity?

Hence related to the subject at hand, how much do we know about the birth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam?

According to a majority of the Islamic historians Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born in the year of the elephants when Abraha came to destroy the ka’bah.

There are six different of opinions on which month Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born in. 1) Muharram 2) Safar 3) Rabi-ul-Awwal 4) Rabi-uth-Thani 5) Rajab 6) Ramadhan. However a majority of the scholars unanimously agree that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal.

The day on which Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born, was a Monday. According Hafiz Ibn Katheer, who was a great muhaddith and historian, he says that this is a unanimously agreed fact. This is evident from a Hadeeth of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Narrated in Muslim Shareef:

 On the authority of Abu Qatadah (rd) in which he says that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was asked regarding the fast of Monday and he replied; “It is the day I was born and it is the day when the first revelation was sent upon me.”

There is also a difference of opinion on which date Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born. The most common belief is the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal. However, scholars have given preference to the 9th of Rabi-ul-awwal.

Having noted down most of what Moulana Tariq Jameel sahib has said, I have gone in accordance to the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal as he has recorded dates which coincide with this date.

Now to answer the question, what actually happened on the day that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born.

The English date was the 21st of April. It was the night of Sunday and the old leader Abdul Muttalib was sitting by the ka’bah, praying to Allah swt;

“Oh Allah! Give life to a sign of Abdullah’s. Grant his wife  a boy. Not a girl, a boy, so that a sign of Abdullah’s remains in this world. Abdullah died very young so leave a part of him in this world so this child “a boy” may carry on his lineage.”

Little did Abdul Muttalib know what Allah swt had destined for this Ummah!

The next day, 12th of Rabi ul Awwal, 22nd of April 571AD, subah sadiq, 4.20am, the year of the elephants. At the house of Amena bint Wahab, the midwife, Shifa’ bint Amr (rd), the mother of Abdur Rahman bin Auf (rd) who later embraced Islam, was doing her job as a midwife. She took the child out and what she saw surprised her because this child was like no other she had seen before.

Normally when a child is born, it is covered in blood and dirt and is in need of cleaning. The child’s umbilical cord is in need of cutting and a boy needs to be circumcised. However when this child, Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, was born he was clean and pure and was already washed, his umbilical cord was already cut and his circumcision had already been done.

Now Shifa bint Amr was very troubled. Here she was, a midwife, whose job was to do these things when a child is born, yet this child’s arrival into this world was like no other.

She handed the child over to his mother, Amena bint Wahab. This child was no more than half an hour old. Yet all of a sudden it was as if a super natural power came from within and he rolled over on to the floor and done a full prostration like an adult. He done one long sajdah and then he lifted his head, leaned on this left hand and raised his shahadah finger towards the heavens and the entire universe lit up with noor (light). His mother, Bibi Amena says “I began to wonder upon the palaces of Yemen, Syria, Rome, Iran and Persia because when he lifted his finger it was as if the light of the entire world was shining upon me.”

This child then put his finger down and the light went out and the baby then became content in his sleep like any other new-born.

Bibi Amena then took her child into her lap and naturally she began to worry about what had just happened to her child. But Allah swt was not yet done showing the miracles of this baby. Allah swt bought forth another of his great signs and it would seem as if the roof of the house split open and a cloud entered through it. This cloud then spread throughout the room and the space in which the child was resting upon his mother’s lap became more intimate and Bibi Amena says “it felt as if the child was no longer in her lap.”

Thereafter an announcer announced from within the cloud and said “Turn this child towards the east and turn this child towards the west and turn this child all around, so that the world may see who this is, what exactly he is and why he has come.”

“Recognise him! This is he who the world, the whole of mankind, was waiting for. This is he for whose arrival, the Anbiya (as) were looking out for. For whom the darkest places in the world kept on waiting for. For whom the darkest places of the universe were waiting for. He will bring forth light from darkness. He will come and he will teach about the oneness of Allah swt. He will come and he will erase the work of kufr and shirk. He will come and he will change darkness to light. He will come and change hatred into love. He will come and there will be peace instead of war and he will show the success of gaining the pleasure of Allah swt. He will show the ways. He will show Jannah and he will show Jahannam.”

Then the speaker spoke again and he said “Give him the manners of Adam (as). Give him the recognition of Sheeth (as). Give him the heroism of Nuh (as). Give him the friendship of Ibraheem (as). Give him the sacrifice of Isma’eel (as). Give him the fluency of speech of Saleh (as). Give him the wisdom of Lut (as). Give him the pleasure of Is’haaq (as). Give him the glad tidings of Ya’qoob (as). Give him the beauty of Yusuf (as). Give him the might of Musa (as). Give him the struggle of Yusha (as). Give him the love of Daaniyaal (as). Give him the honour of Ilyaas (as). Give him the voice of Dawood (as). Give him the the obedience of Yunus (as). Give him the the fate of Yahya (as). Give him the the devotion of Esa (as) and whatever has been put into all the prophets put it into this child.”

To look at this child he would seem an orphan but what happened to the world around him on the day that he was born?

As if for the signs of Allah swt, his birth alone was not enough, the fires that had been kept going for the past 1000 years, in the palaces of Persia, extinguished. The fires that were kept lit in the places of worship blew out. The 40 stakes that upheld the grand palace of Persia broke and all the idols of the world broke into pieces. A voice came from within the broken pieces and said “Our time has come to an end and the era of the last prophet has come”. Allah swt sent the Hoors of Jannah and the Angels of the sky to Makkah Mukarramah to welcome this child into this world. During that year in happiness of this child’s arrival, every woman who gave birth was blessed with a boy. Even the fishes in the sea congratulated one another on his arrival.

And thus the greatest man that ever lived, Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Abdul Muttalib sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born.

It is not my words that have given praise and beauty to the most beloved of Allah swt, but rather it is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam who has given beauty to my words.

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

Ma’assalaam!

The Katibah.

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http://www.muftisays.com/muftifarooq.php?viewpage=birthofnabi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHBjpLz2EAc&list=WL&index=14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlHP1NZjr0A

Modesty Never Goes Out of Fashion!

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Assalaamualaykum.w.w.

Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wasallam is reported to have said, “Every religion has a characteristic. The characteristic of Islam is modesty.” (Ibn Majah)

I pray you are reading this in the best of health, wealth and Imaan. Ameen. What you are about to read is a subject that i feel should be very important to each and every one of us.  Compiled together by my collegues and i (on a very short notice i might add) and delivered to a female audience. I shall let you read on. :).

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has mentioned in a hadeeth:

الحياء شعبة من الايمان
Modesty is part of faith.

(Saheeh Al-Bukhari & Saheeh Muslim)

Imaan has many branches and of its most important branch is modesty.  Modesty gives a believer fear within one’s own self. It saves a person from sin. It helps a believer to make a judgement on how they should behave, how they should dress, the tone they should use within their surroundings, regardless of where they are or who they maybe with, amongst other things.

The term modesty according to the English dictionary means behaviour, manner or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.

However the original meaning of modesty according to a believer’s nature refers to a bad and uneasy feeling accompanied by embarrassment, caused by ones fear of being exposed for some unworthy or indecent conduct.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has stated: Verily, modesty and faith are inter-related.  Where one is taken out, the other diminishes simultaneously. (Bayhaqi)

We learn from this hadeeth that modesty plays a very important role in the life of a Muslim. One of the things Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam feared Most for his Ummah was lack of shame and the sad fact my sisters, is that we have succumbed to the ways of those who are against the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. We are living in a time where we are constantly exposed to shamelessness. When we first see something lewd and vulgar, if our Imaan is intact we feel disturbed. However when we see the same thing over and over again, we don’t even realise what the big deal is. Then when we begin to ask ourselves “what is the big deal?! what is the issue here?!”, understand that we are becoming spiritually bankrupt. Our Imaan is weakening and thus we are becoming distant from Allah swt. Allah forbid.

In this day and age due to our surroundings and environment we can easily be misled. Let us take the example of our young brothers and sisters who wear football T-shirts of the team they support, with the name of their adored player printed on it.  Without saying a word, simply by their dress code, they show the world who or what they value and support. Without doubt, it causes people to look and see. It turns people’s attention towards something which is not necessarily halaal.

Your question may be how is this possible? My answer, is quite simple. The purpose of clothing is to cover our awrah, not to reveal any form, shape or size. It is not in any way a means for the opposite gender to turn his or her neck or raise their gaze.

The purpose of the fashion industry is NOT to cover the body. It believes that the main purpose of clothing is sexual attraction. We are living in an age where showing more skin is in and leaving the house without make up is a no-no! As a matter of fact, the image, this fashion Industry has tried so hard to show is the less you wear the more freedom you gain.

My words, my sisters, may seem harsh, but in truth whether we are ready to admit it or not this is a reality many of us have fallen prey to.

Our beloved Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said in a hadeeth:

اذا لم تستحيى فاصنع ما شئت
when you have no shame do as you please.

(Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

This hadeeth speaks volume when it comes to the fashion Industry. Sadly, we, as believing women are allowing ourselves to be swept away by the western culture. Why have we, as believing women, abandoned modest clothing? Have we really thought about the consequences? Do we do this to ourselves so that we may feel or look attractive?  Is it because we feel insecure? Do we feel we need to fit in and be accepted?

Our clothing is a symbolic language we speak to those around us. Our clothes are a form of communication, a message. Our appearance speaks values; many times it speaks louder than words. Our clothing should be a sense of Islamic identity. There should be no doubt that WE are believing women. We should not be mistaken for anything but a Muslim woman. Most definitely, when we cover as we should, we will be recognized as respected Muslimaat.

Allah swt so beautifully mentions in surah Ah’zaab ayah 59:

O Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)! Tell your wives, your daughters and the women of the Mu’mineen that they should draw down their ‘jalaabeeb’ over themselves. This is best for their recognition so that they are not harmed. Allah is oft forgiving, most merciful. (33:59)

The words “this is best for their recognition” refers to Free women because slaves are not required to cover themselves in the manner that we are.

As for The words “so they are not harmed” here means so that the women are not teased or made fun of like the slaves in the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.  This shows that through our outer garments Allah swt is providing us with a means of preserving ourselves for whom we are halaal i.e. the husband. Men by nature are jealous and do not wish for others to “check out” their respective wives. We should want to preserve our beauty from others and share it with our husband only.

WE should acknowledge that we are following the example of the “best generation” of Muslims. The wives and daughters of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as well as the wives of the companions covered completely. They were the most pious of women who we should try to be like. Undoubtedly if we dress appropriately we will be treated with respect as a human being. People will be forced to listen to the words we speak. Rather than concentrate on what we look like and this, my sisters is Freedom, because it is our speech that is heard and not our body language.

My sisters! Let me end with something we can all think back to.

Stated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari And Saheeh Muslim, Aishah rd says: One day we were sitting with Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam and Faatimah rd came.  She used to walk exactly like the Nabi of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam said “Oh my daughter come and sit down. Then he came close to her and whispered in her ear. Faatimah rd began to cry profusely. When Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam saw her grief, he whispered something for the second time and she calmed down. When Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam stood up and excused himself. Aishah rd says, i said: “Oh Faatimah! what was the secret between you and your father?” Faatimah rd replied “I will not disclose the secret”.

When Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam passed away, Aishah rd said “Oh Faatimah! now tell me, the Nabi of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is gone”. She said “Let me tell you now. When I came and i sat down, he whispered in my ear and he told me “Faatimah! Listen my daughter! Listen my daughter! Every year Jibraeel comes and he recites the Quran to me once. This year he read the Quran to me twice. I think my time is up and i will be moving onwards from this world. Faatimah hold on patiently. Be patient and make sabr! Make sabr, Oh Faatimah! When he saw that i became emotional, he whispered in my ear again and he said “Faatimah you will be the first to join me after i have gone”.

Six months later, Faatimah rd comes to Asma bint Umais rd, who is the wife of Abu Bakr rd, the former wife of Jafar ibn Abi Talib rd. She says to her “The time has come.  I will be leaving this world. Oh Asma! I am going to pass away but i have observed in funerals, the women’s organs are slightly exposed. I am very worried. After i die, please see that my body is covered”. Asma rd breaks some branches. She makes a coffin and she says “I observed this practice in Abyssinia”. She then takes a Cloth and she covers it.  Faatimah rd says “This is what i want to do”.

She passes away six months after Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. During these six months she does not smile once. But when she was told that decent arrangements can be made so that her body will be covered totally after her death, she brings a smile to her face. She said “Oh Asma! I am leaving this world, I entrust you to give me a shower”.

My sisters, what was the Modesty of Faatimah bint Muhammad?  Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam told Faatimah rd “On the day of judgement, when humanity will assemble, Faatimah rd will also stand up and an announcer will announce. Oh people lower your gaze, Faatimah bint Muhammad wants to cross. Every man will drop his gaze and Faatimah rd will cross.

My sister, modesty is a sign of a person’s closeness to the creator. How many times have we heard of the word haya or modesty? Have we really thought over what it means? I pray that my words have given you something to think about and I pray to Allah swt that he first gives me the ability to act upon what I have said and then to all of you. Ameen.

All praise  is for Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

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Hilyah

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Over 1400 years ago, in the lands of Arabia, people were drowning in ignorance, Corruption was spreading throughout the lands and immorality was the norm. During this time Allah swt through his infinite mercy and blessings sent to the people, Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This was a man who was born into the noblest and richest family of Arabia. Who could have had the riches of the world. Who could have ruled the lands. Yet he chose to live a life of simplicity and moderation. He was known as As-Sadiq Al-Ameen, Truthful and trustworthy. He helped those in need and earned his own living. At the age of 40, Allah swt blessed him with nabuwwah. Allah swt revealed to him the Qur’an and made him a means of guidance for the people of his time and the people after them. This was a man who was sent down as a mercy for us, as mentioned so beautifully in the Qur’an e Kareem. Allah swt, talking to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam says:-

و ما ارسلناك الا رحمت للعالمين

 “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (Surah Anbiya 21:107)

Then again, Allah swt mentions in Surah Ah’zaab (33:21)

لقد كان لكم في رسول اللہ اسوة حسنة

Definitely, for you in the Messenger of Allah is the best of examples…

And what a beautiful example Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam was for us. His character was the best of examples. His speech was the best of examples. His way of life was the best of examples.

We have heard many stories about his way of life but have we ever wondered what the Habeeb of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam looked like?

As if individual Ahadeeth are not enough to describe the magnificence of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in the books of history, it has been mentioned that when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was travelling from Makkah Mukarramah to Madinah Munawwarah for Hijrah, on the way he stopped near a Bedouin woman’s tent. This woman’s name was Umme Ma’bad Al-khuza’iyah, who later accepted Islam together with her husband. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked her if she had any food or drink. She replied that she had nothing, for it had been a rainless season. There was a goat standing nearby about which she said that it was almost dry. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked permission if he could give it a try.

He supplicated to Allah swt and passed his Mubarak hand over its udder and its udder hung down as if it had never been dry. Then Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam began to milk the goat. He first passed the milk to Umme Ma’bad, and then he gave the milk to Abu Bakr (rd), then to Amir bin Fuhairah (rd), the servant of Abu Bakr (rd) and then to their guide Abdullah bin Uraiqit (rd) who was not yet a Muslim. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam then drank the milk himself. Thereafter he milked the goat once again, filled a container with the milk, gave it to Umme Ma’bad and then left.

Later that day Umme Ma’bad’s husband returns and he sees the milk and asks; where did this milk came from? Umme Ma’bad replied that a blessed man passed this way. He passed his hand over its udder and milk began to flow from it. Then she began to describe the prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam .

She says: I saw a young man who was totally pure and clean. His face was shining like the full moon on the fourteenth night. From head to toe, every part of him was elegant. His stomach was not bulging so that it loses its shape. Nor was it so flat that his magnificence seems somewhat less. He was very handsome. So handsome, that the eyes kept on turning towards him in wonder of his handsomeness. So handsome that each limb had a handsomeness of its own. He had large, attractive black eyes. Surma applied eyes with long eyelashes. His voice had dignity in it and it had a pull in it. It had magic in it and it had pleasantness it in.  It had a kind of song it in and it had melody it in. Such a voice, that it can pull at the heart. His neck was slender and long. His beard was thick and beautiful. He had curly hair that reached his ear lobes.

In other narrations it mentions his cheeks were perfect. Nor were they too high nor were they too shallow. He had a beautiful wide mouth with pink lips. His teeth were thin and bright and were so white that when he would smile it would seem a light is shining from his teeth. He had a gap between his front four teeth. His nose was prominent. When one first looked at him they would think he had a large nose but when looking carefully would realize the nose was not in fact large but the noor and beauty made it look large. He had dense, thin hairs on his eyebrows. Both his eyebrows were separate and did not meet each other in the middle. His complexion was neither too fair nor too dark. His stature was nor too high nor too low but when standing in a group he would appear to be the tallest and All in all on his head and beard when he passed away at the age of 63, he had fourteen to twenty white hairs.

This description seems almost poetic, something that every single one of us women would like our “knight in shining armour” to look like but we must remember that Allah swt created Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as the perfect human being.

Yes it is true Allah swt created all of us in the best of form as mentioned in the Qur’an:

لقد خلقنا الانسان في احسن تقويم

We have certainly created man in the best of stature; (Surah teen 95:4)

Nevertheless none of us will ever be as perfect as the Nabi of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Allah swt created Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as an example of his greatness. Through his mercy and blessings, we have been allowed to take a glimpse of his best creation. In truth no matter how much we try we will never be able to describe Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as he truly was. However, I would like to encourage each and every one of you to go and study the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam . Believe me! If his description left you in wonderment, his life will leave you in awe and admiration and the more you know, the more you will fall in love with man who sacrificed so much for us.

I’d like to leave you today with a description of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam by a professor of philosophy. He says:

The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it can I catch. With dramatic succession of picturesque scenes! There is Muhammad, the Prophet. There is Muhammad, the warrior; Muhammad, the Businessman; Muhammad, the Statesman; Muhammad, the Reformer; Muhammad, the refuge of orphans; Muhammad, the protector of slaves; Muhammad, the Orator; Muhammad, the Emancipator of women; Muhammad, the judge; Muhammad, the saint. All in these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is like a hero.

K.S. Ramakrishna Rao, Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.

May Allah swt give us all the ability to strive in his path and make it easy for us to understand Deen through the sacrifices of his Habeeb sallallahu alayhi wasallam .

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit.

Ameen.

The Katibah.

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The legacy of Umar Bin Khattab rd (part 1)

All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam .

Going back 1400 years ago, the English year is 616 AD and it is the 5th year of nabuwwat. In the deserts of Arabia, in Makkah Mukarramah, it is a morning like any other.The Muslims all over Makkah are being tortured for believing in the oneness of Allah swt. The disbelievers are indulging in whatever they see fit to be doing as leaders and not many people are heeding to the call of Allah’s Rasul sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

On this particular Wednesday, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s best friend and companion, Abu bakr rd, goes out of his house towards the haram to pray. But no sooner does he start praying that the disbelievers begin to physically abuse him. So badly is he beaten that it is hard to even recognise him from the features of his face due to the amount of blood covering it. As a matter of fact, he is beaten so badly that due to the swelling, his hair is falling out. He loses consciousness and the people of Banu Tameem, his family, come and take him away and announce that if Abu bakr rd dies, in retaliation they will kill Utbah Bin Rabeeah. Seeing as they have announced this, the tension in Makkah is rising because Abu bakr rd, even towards the night has not gained consciousness. He remains in this condition till the later part of the morning on Thursday. He wakes up just before the afternoon and immediately he asks “How fairs the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam”. His family become angry and say to him “Despite being beaten because of him you still ask about him?!”.

The quraysh valued and took pride in hospitality, so they tell his mother to feed him and saying so they leave them alone. His mother tries to give him milk but Abu bakr rd refuses to drink it and says “No tell me now how the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is and then I will drink this milk”. His mother who was not a Muslim yet says “How do I know how your companion is!”. So Abu bakr rd says “Call Umme jameel”. (Umme jameel rd was the sister of Umar Ibn khattab rd, the 2nd caliph of Islam who was born 3 years after the year of the elephants and he was from the elite of the quraysh. So at this time he was about 42 years of age.)
Umme Abu bakr rd calls Umme jameel rd and Abu bakr rd asks her; “Where is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam?”. Umme Jameel replies “He is at Zaid Ibn Arkam rd’s house. He is fine”. She is trying to console him and trying to tell him that “Abu bakr your hurt. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam on the other hand is safe and so you rest.” But Abu bakr rd is still not satisfied and he says “take me to him”.

He puts one hand on Umme Abu-Bakr rd’s shoulder and one on Umme jameel rd’s shoulder and he goes to Zaid Ibn Arkam rd’s house which was not far from his house. Abu Bakr rd enters the house of Zaid Ibn Arkam rd. Upon seeing him, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam begins to cry. They hug and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam cries so much that he begins to hiccup. Abu Bakr rd seeing this as an opportunity asks Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam to pray for his mother and so Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam makes du’aa to Allah swt and Abu bakr rd’s mother accepts Islam. Now seeing the state of Abu bakr [rd], Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam feels helpless and he raises his hands towards the heavens. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam prays to Allah swt saying “Oh Allah! I am asking you for Umar Ibn khattab rd. My lord there two Umars’. One is Umar Ibn khattab rd and the other is Amr Ibn Hisham (who was known as Abu jahl). So Oh Allah! Give me one of the two and if you ask me who I prefer from the two, I would say Umar Ibn khattab rd.  My choice would specially be Umar Ibn khattab, so oh Allah grant me this”. This du’aa was made on Friday night, In between Thursday and Friday.

Come Friday morning, the leaders of Quraysh have gathered in their place of council. They are discussing their problems and all round it is being said that the problem with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is getting worse, so what should be done about it? Everyone is giving their own opinion and the opinion of Umar Ibn khattab rd is to kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The Quraysh ask “But WHO will kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam?”.Umar rd says “I, myself, will kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam” and the quraysh reply; “Yes! Indeed there is no one who is more capable of doing this deed better than you and there is no one who is more braver than you to face the Banu Hashim, the Banu Abdul Muttalib”.

Now look at the beauty of this scene. Here, on earth, Umar Ibn khattab rd gives his opinion to kill Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he is getting ready to do this deed and in the heavens Allah swt is getting Umar rd ready for the demise of his own ignorance.

Umar rd angrily strides towards his house, he takes an unsheathed sword and he starts going towards Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s house, not knowing that the only thing being killed this day will be his own ignorance. On the way he meets Nu’ib bin Masood rd. He asks him “Oh Umar! This unsheathed sword? The signs of anger? Where are you going Oh Umar?”. Umar rd replies “Today I am going to finish Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and his work. Nu’ib Ibn Masood rd is surprised and he says “Oh Umar! Look towards your own family first!”. Umar rd asks “why?” Nu’ib Ibn Masood replies “your own sister has accepted Islam. Your brother-in-law has accepted Islam!”. The reason for Nu’ib rd saying this was not to harm Umme Jameel rd but rather to keep Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam safe from harm.

Now Umar rd is even angrier than before. He focuses all his anger towards his sister and his brother-in-law. He goes towards his sister’s house. Inside, Khabbab rd is teaching them how to recite the Qur’aan. Umar rd knocks on the door. Umme Jameel rd recognises his knock and cries out “It is Umar!”. Khabbab rd runs and hides behind the curtains. She opens the door and upon entering Umar rd says “It seems to me that you have abandoned your faith”. He give her a hard slap and she falls to the ground. Then he throws his brother in law Sa’eed Ibn Zaid rd to the ground and he begins to beat him up and he doesn’t stop until he becomes tired. When he stops, Umme Jameel rd says to him “Oh Umar! Do as you wish! We will never give up the truth”.

By this time Umar rd has calmed down. In their rush to hide the truth from Umar rd, Umme Jameel rd had left  the Qur’aan sheets out. Umar rd sees it and he asks “what it is?”. Umme jameel rd takes them off him and says “No! You cannot touch them as you are unclean”. At this moment Umar rd really looks at his sister. He sees her bleeding and he feels ashamed for what he has done and so he asks “What must I do to see them?”. She tells him to take a bath. Umar rd takes a bath and he comes out. She hands over the sheets and he begins to read Surah Taha and he comes to the verse:
إنني أنا الله• لا إله إلا انا•

Verily I am Allah! There is no god besides ME!

When Umar rd reaches this verse, his heart begins to tremble. Imaan begins to flow through his veins. His face becomes enlightened with the light of Imaan and he says to his sister “Take me Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم”. When he says this, Khabbab rd comes out from his hiding place and he says to Umar rd “Oh what glad tidings! Oh Umar! It seems that the du’aa of last night has been accepted!”

With his sword still in his hands, Umar rd walks toward the house of Zaid Ibn Arkam rd and the sahaba upon seeing him say to Rasulullah  sallallahu alayhi wasallam: “Oh Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Umar is coming! Umar is coming! Hamzah rd, who had accepted Islam just days before Umar rd, says to the sahaba “Let him come. If his intentions are good then he is fortunate but if his intentions are bad then I will take his head off with his own sword”.

Umar rd knocks on the door, he enters the house. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam takes a look at him, he takes hold of Umar rd’s kurta. He pulls him and he says “Oh Umar! Has not the time come for you to declare the kalimah la ilaha illallah?” Umar rd replies “Yes! The time has come! I say there is no god but Allah and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is his messenger. The sahaba began to rejoice and the takbeer was said so loudly that it could be heard in the streets of Makkah Mukarramah. At the same time,  Jibraeel as comes down from the heavens and he asks Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam; “Oh Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Are you happy that Umar has accepted Islam?” Rasulullah saw replies “Yes!” And Jibraeel as in replies “Oh Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam! Even the ahlus sama’, the angels, are rejoicing upon his acceptance of Islam!”

It was from this moment that Umar rd started contributing towards Islam in a way that we, as students of knowledge, should take an example from. From the time that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was given nabuwwah till he sallallahu alayhi wasallam passed away, many people became Muslims and most became his sahaba [rd]. (To be continued)

All praise is to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

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