Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Victorious Group mentioned in the Ahadeeth

By Umm Abdullah

Salamah bin Nufayl (radiallahu anhu) said: While I was sitting with the messenger of Allah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam), a man came to him and said “ O messenger of Allah! Horses are being discarded and weapons are being laid down and some people are claiming there is no more jihad and war has just ended.” The messenger of Allah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said “ they are lying! Now fighting has just begun and a party of my ummah will fight for the sake of Allah and those who oppose them will not harm them, and Allah will deviate the hearts of some men to provide for that party from them by fighting them, and they will continue fighting until the last hour starts and good will remain on the foreheads of horses until the day of judgment and war will not end until Ya’juj and Ma’juj come out." (Sahih Bukhari)

There is another similar hadith in Sunan Nasai: Salman bin Nufayl said, “While I was sitting with Rasullah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) a man came to him and said “O messenger of Allah! Horses are being humiliated and weapons are being laid down and people are claiming there is no more jihad and war has ended. Rasullah (salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said “they are lying fighting has just begun, fighting has just begun. And a party of my ummah will remain fighting on the true path and Allah will deviate the hearts of some men and Allah will provide the fighters from them until the final hour starts and the promise of Allah is fulfilled. Good is on the foreheads of horses until the day of judgment, it is being revealed to me that I will be departing you soon and you will follow me while you are fighting each other and the house of the believers is in Sham(Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan)."

Al-Sindi says in his commentary on Sunan Nasai “humiliating horses" means ignoring them and their importance or not using them for combat (fighting). He also comments when Rasullah says, “Now fighting has started now fighting has started.” He said “the repetition is to show the importance of the message and it means that fighting is only increasing and that Allah has just prescribed it so how can it end so soon or it means that the real fighting has just begun because so far they have just been fighting only within their territory, the land of the Arabs but now its time for them to carry the battle to further lands.

Here are the following qualities of the victorious group from the Qur’an:
Allah says about them:
"O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islâm), Allâh will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allâh, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allâh which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allâh is All Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All Knower."[1]

1. Allah loves them
2. They love Allah
3. They are humble towards the believers (they care about them)
4. They are harsh and stern towards the kuffar
5. They fight in jihad in the path of Allah
6. They don’t fear the blame of the blamers

Qualities mentioned in the Ahadith:

1. they dont cease to exist(so they will continue)
2. it is a taaifa
3. it is an 'isaabah
4. it is an ummah
5.they are nas(a people)
6.from the prophet's ummah
7.established upon the command of Allah
8.upon the truth wherever they are
10.manifest over the people
11.or those who oppose them
13.waging jihaad
14.will be expelled into every area
15.making low their enemies
16.They dont care about those who betray them or abandon them
17.they prefer martyrdom to victory
18.Allah will deviate the hearts by way of them,provide for them through them(to fight them;meaning if everyone becomes guided-Muslim-and there is no one on the face of the earth to fight anymore because one of the reasons jihaad is waged is to wipe out kufr so if this happens then Allah will misguide some people's hearts so this daaifa can continue with their jihaad)
19.the incitement of their leaders to fight
20.they don't care about the hatred and 'adawa of those who take them as enemies
21.they will continue until the command of Allah comes and they are on it
22.or until the day of resurrection

and much more....

May Allah make us of them. Ameen.


most of this was from the lecture Allah is preparing us for victory by Imam Anwar al Awlaki
[1]Surah Maidah verse 54
[3]Characteristics of the Victorious Party by Abu Qatadah

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Our Women: The Essence of the Ummah by Abu Qatadah(hafithahullah)

Our Women: The Essence of the Ummah

assalamu alaikum,

i wanted the sisters to read this article and ponder over it. The speaker says the truth.

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
By Abu Qatadah

“...It is not a coincidence that the Qur’an tells us in ‘al-Qasas’ about the conflict between Musa and Fir’awn (Moses and Pharaoh), and the Qur’an’s focus on this conflict is the verse: {“And We wished to do a favor to those who were oppressed in the land, and to make them rulers and to make them the inheritors.”} [al-Qasas; 5] So, this transferal of power began with a woman, as Allah Said: {“And We inspired to the mother of Musa: "Suckle him. But, when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear or grieve...””} [al-Qasas; 7]

So, the woman is the focal point of our conflict with our opponents, and the outcome of either victory or defeat will come through her. These are not words for a speech or poetry. Rather, it is the reality that we must all pay attention to.

So, you see today the best of this Ummah – where are its men? They are either in prisons, kicked out of their countries, or occupied with this struggle. So, who will protect the family and raise the children and see to the daily affairs of life? It is none other than the woman. And thanks to Allah, the Islamic Da’wah has won the battle until now when it comes to the woman despite the presence of some shortcomings in her being violated, corrupted, and turned into a source of corruption.

The conflict has begun in that the situation of the woman in our Ummah is not purely Islamic, as many social restrictions placed around the woman contradict the Shari’ah of Allah. For example, preventing her from education, preventing her from her right of ownership, looking down on her, and the spread of jahili practices against her – this reality gave a chance for the modern liberal jahiliyyah to gain acceptance with some of these poor women. With the help of their filthy devils, their goal is to transform the woman into a product to be displayed. Because of this, those of us involved in this da’wah have to free ourselves from these two forms of jahiliyyah – the first jahiliyyah and the second jahiliyyah; the corrupt jahiliyyah of the people and the jahiliyyah of liberalism. The correct path is with Islam, which is to respect the woman and appreciate her and to protect her rights to education and work that is within the guidelines of the Shari’ah, in addition to her rights of ownership, inheritance, etc.

And from the things we must struggle against in order to tighten the way for Satan to spread his message are high dowries in marriage, and to raise the excellent Islamic slogan of “The lesser your dowry is, the more your blessings will be,” as the presence of unmarried men and women who are at the age where they should be married is a hidden evil that can destroy every good. So, lowering dowries will end this, without a doubt. Also, we should break the shackles of this evil jahiliyyah such as the requirement of equal social status between spouses. This is a baseless condition, as Zaynab bint Jahsh – who was from Quraysh – married Zayd bin Harithah, who was a slave...and I have seen those who prefer that their daughters remain unmarried than to marry her to a Muslim who is not from the same country or tribe, and such people are described in the Shari’ah as oppressive caretakers, and their position as caretakers is nullified due to their inappropriate actions and foolishness.

The woman is the essence of our Ummah, and any shortcoming from her is a true defeat. Therefore, we have to take care of this aspect and to give it its proper attention. We see failure coming from some men who are on this path. However, until now, we have not seen failure from our sisters. Rather, we have only seen patience, resolve, faith, and true determination. Our sisters and mothers in Palestine are miracles of Allah in all of this, and some of them are unequaled by hundreds of Mujahid men in their struggle, patience, and resolve. Likewise, we saw in the Gulf countries awareness among the women that was much stronger than what was with the men, and purity of heart in supporting the Mujahidin that we did not see from the men. So, all praise is for Allah, the Lord of the worlds. As for the West, the wives of the non-Arab brothers have Islam, faith, and awareness that we rarely see with the men. As for the wives of the Arab immigrants, they are generally much better and purer than their husbands. I heard many complaints from the Muslim women about the weakness of their husbands in regards to their religious practice, and this criticism proves the high status that our sisters hold and that they are better than the men, by the favor of Allah.

The attention that Satan and his soldiers give to the religious woman in her Hijab shows us the importance of this conflict. Therefore, it isn’t strange that France – with all of its problems – would turn its attention to fighting the Hijab and legislating laws to ban it, and to have many European countries imitate it in this devilish move. Likewise, if you follow what goes on in many conferences and the attention and effort given to destroy the family structure and the woman, you will come to realize that the woman is a fortress that is quite significant. So, this battle is one that we cannot ignore.

We have to teach our women, because education is what will protect her from failure. The ignorant woman is an enemy to herself, her husband, her household, and her society. And we have to defend her rights, and it is upon the propagators and scholars and religious people to distinguish true Islam from jahili social customs, because baseless social customs are the weapon that the modern jahiliyyah uses in its battle against the woman.

Why do we hear today of misyar marriages? I am not discussing the ruling on it here. Rather, I am discussing it as an unfamiliar social phenomenon, because the norm is that marriages are announced and known to all. The reason it now exists is because of the social deviation that is manifested in high dowries and the existence of the baseless condition of equal social status between the man and woman. So, the youth are turned off from marriage and remain unmarried, and the natural result is this sick, twisted form of marriage. This twisted form of marriage is what takes place when the woman is conscious of her Lord. However, if she is like other women, the result will be that she falls into a great offense, without a doubt...

We have the utmost love, respect, and appreciation for our believing mothers, sisters, daughters. And for our patient wives, we have all the love, prayers, and gratitude. Were it not for them, we would be nothing, and there would be no future for our children...”

From Abu Sabaya(may Allah protect him)'s website:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Inspiring Accounts of the Sahabiyyat contd...

assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Saffiyah bint Abdulmuttalib

She was the paternal aunt of the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam), the mother of the great sahabi az-Zubayr ibn al Awwam the one whom the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said about him on the Day of Badr "for every prophet there is a disciple and my disciple is az-Zubayr"

She was the mother in law of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr as-Sideeq, the one known as "Dhat an Nitaqaayn". She was the grandmother of the great sahabi Abdullah ibn Zubayr(radiaAllahu anhu).

It was said about her(radiaAllahu anhaa) that she said," when the Messenger of Allah(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) went out to al Khandaq, he left the women in a fort called Fari' and he left Hassan ibn Thaabit with them. She continued, " a man from the jews came and climbed the fort until we could see him. So I said to Hassan, "go and kill him." He replied, "if I had that in me, I would be with Rasullah(because he was an old man). She said, " so I vieled myself and I took a pole, and came down from the fort to him, and I hit him with the pole until I killed him and then cut off his head. And I said to Hassan, "stand up and throw his head to the Jews while they are below the fort(to scare them and let them know that the women aren't alone). He replied, "By Allah, not that!" She said, " so I took his head and threw it to them, so they said, 'we knew that he*the Prophet) would not leave his family without anyone(men to protect them and guard them)' and they left." And she was the first woman to kill a man from the mushrikeen(jews).This was narrated by Ibn Sa'd from Abu Salamah.

She(radiaAllahu anhaa) was such a patient woman who was always content with the qadar of Allah. When her brother, Hamzah ibn Abdulmuttablib was martyred in Uhud and mutilated, she approached to see his body. Her son az-Zubayr came to her and said, " O Mother, the Messenger of Allah orders you to go back." She said, "Why? When it has reached me that they have mutilated my brother.That was for the sake of Allah so what will make us more pleased than this?I will have patience and be content inshaAllah." So az-Zubayr went back and told the prophet and he said, "leave her be." She went to Hamzah and asked Allah's forgiveness for him.Then it was ordered that he be buried."

As for her (tahreedh) incitement for the men to fight for the sake of Allah, then she never fell short in inciting them with her tongue. And not only did she incite those who remained behind but also those who werent victorious over their enemies. It was mentioned in Al Isabah from Hammad ibn Hisham from his father that she came on the Day of Uhud when the people were defeated and she had a spear which she would use to hit their faces,so the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) said," O female az-Zubayr!"

Al Isabah 7/744

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Inspiring Accounts of the Sahabiyyat

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Umm Sulaym bint Milhaan

On the day of al Hunayn, Umm Sulaym had a dagger with her and keep in mind she was heavily pregnant. Abu Talha al Ansari(radiaAllahu anhu) came to Rasullah(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) laughing and told him that Umm Sulaym has a dagger. So the Messenger(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) asked her what she'll do with it and she(radiaAllahu anhaa) replied:
"I wanted to stab with it anyone who comes near me." And in another narration she said,"if anyone of the mushrikeen came near me, i would take it and i would slice his belly." So the Messenger of Allah(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) began to laugh.

from Sifatu-Safwah 2/66 and Hayatu-Sahabah 1/597

Umm Musa al Lakhimiyaah

She was the mother Musa ibn Nusayr, the man who conquered al Andalus

She witnessed the Battle of al Yarmuk with her husband and she said that she killed a kaafir and took his spoils. when Abdulaziz ibn Marwan asked her about the story, she would say describing it:
"we were a group of women, and while the men were undertaking an excursion,i saw a infidel dragging a Muslim man. So i took a pole from a tent and then i approached him and smashed his head with it! And i approached to take his spoils and the men helped me take it. "

from Al Isabah 4/501

Umm Salamah Asmaa bint Yazeed al Ansariyyah

She was the cousin of Muadh ibn Jabal(radiaAllahu anhu), a famous woman of the Ansar. She was the one who prepared Aishah(radiaAllahu anha) on her wedding night for the prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam). She was present at the Bay'atu Ridwaan and is among those whom Allah(azza wa jall) said:

" Indeed, Allah was pleased with the believers when they gave their Bai'a (pledge) to you (O Muhammad ) under the tree..." (Surah al-Fath:18)

In the Battle of Yarmuk, She killed nine Romans by herself with a pole from her tent!

Siyar A'llam an Nubalaa 2/297

Asmaa also played feets in other battles and expeditions with the Prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam).Not only would she fight but she was one of the nurses for the Muslim army and cook for the fighters.In the Battle of the Trench, Asmaa sent the Prophet(salaAllahu alayhi wassalam) his favorite dish of dates and gee. She then invited some of the Mujahideen in this ghazwaa(battle)to partake of the same dish and subhnaAllah everyone had their fill but there was still the same amount of food left over!

She had the honor of being there at the signing of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. She also took part in the Battle of Khaybar against the jewish tribe of Banu Nadheer.

By Umm Abdullah

Friday, January 1, 2010

"Beneath This Niqaab"

"Beneath this niqaab"

Written by: Abu Dujanah

Beneath this niqaab
Thoughtful lips do utter: " You envy not the life of lowliness"
Beneath this niqaab
The warmth of love has reached my station with tenderness!

Beneath this niqaab

The name of my Creator - is hunged on the wall of my mind!

Beneath this niqaab
Hijab is my honor and the strongest shield of piety that I find
Beneath this niqaab
I lower my wing as I put the pride and arrogance all behind
Beneath this niqaab
I am from the magnificent nation ever produced for mankind

Beneath this niqaab
Women like Summayyah has brought me up shoulder high
Beneath this niqaab
I encountered the fragrance of happiness in its joyous sigh

Beneath this niqaab
Nay, do I seem to care of what the blamers say or illustrate
Beneath this niqaab
I drink lovely from the Prophetic Inheritance in its pure state
Beneath this niqaab
I turn the pages of the past and to the present I gladly relate
Beneath this niqaab
Time does testify again that I am the slave of the Most Great!

Beneath this niqaab
Ah, paradise has exposed itself to me lovingly in its all beauty
Beneath this niqaab
I am proud to be among the veiled - fulfilling such worthy duty!

Beneath this niqaab
I am a Muslim woman - and indeed there is more than a flesh
Beneath this niqaab
I refuse to [drown] myself in the rivers of disgrace and stress
Beneath this niqaab
Roses in my garden astonishingly open to a colorful success
Beneath this niqaab
My heart dances with a pleasure that [words] cannot express!