Friday, December 30, 2016

Do you love your mother?

Do you have a mother? Do you love her and adore her? Or do you disrespect her, shout at her and disobey her?

Did you know that being dutiful to your mother is an easy way to gain rewards and enter Paradise in sha Allah! This is so long as you do not indulge in any of the major sins! 

My dear sister in Islam! Be careful how you treat your mother. You may not even recall the sleepless nights and stress she experienced raising you.  I leave you with these ayaat and ahadeeth on the high status Islaam has given our mothers. 

The next time you raise your voice at your mother or curse at her or turn away from her or ignore, remember just who it is you are dealing with!

Allah says,

And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination.[Surat Luqman:14]

And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship, and the bearing of him, and the weaning of him is thirty (30) months, till when he attains full strength and reaches forty years, he says: "My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You, and make my off-spring good. Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims (submitting to Your Will)."[Al Ahqaf:15]

Abu 'Isa Al-Mughirah bin Shu'bah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Allah has forbidden you: disobedience to your mothers, to withhold (what you should give), or demand (what you do not deserve), and to bury your daughters alive. And Allah dislikes idle talk, to ask too many questions (for things which will be of no benefit to one), and to waste your wealth".

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

It was narrated that Mu’awiyah bin Jahimah As-Sulaimi said:
“I came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I want to go for Jihad with you, seeking thereby the Face of Allah and the Hereafter.’ He said: ‘Woe to you! Is your mother still alive?’ I said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘Go back and honor her.’ Then I approached him from the other side and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I want to go for Jihad with you, seeking thereby the Face of Allah and the Hereafter.’ He said: ‘Woe to you! Is your mother still alive?’ I said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘Go back and honour her.’ Then I approached him from in front and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I want to go for Jihad with you, seeking thereby the Face of Allah and the Hereafter.’ He said: ‘Woe to you! Is your mother still alive?’ I said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘Go back and serve her, for there is Paradise.’” 
[Sunan Ibn Majah, sahih]

'Ata' ibn Yasar said that a man came to Ibn 'Abbas and said, "I asked a woman to marry me and she refused to marry me. Another man asked her and she agreed to marry him. I became jealous and killed her. Is there any way for me to repent?" He asked, "Is your mother alive?" "No," he replied. He said, "repent to Allah Almighty and try to draw near Him as much as you can."
So I went and asked Ibn `Abbas why he inquired about the man's mother. He replied:
"I don't know of a deed closer to Allah, Exalted and Majestic, other than dutifulness to the mother."
[Sahih al Adab al Mufrad]
It is reported that al-Miqdam ibn Ma'dikarib heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "Allah enjoins you to be dutiful to your mothers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your mothers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your fathers. Then He enjoins you to be dutiful to your next closest relative and then to your next closest relative."
[Sahih al Adab al Mufrad]

It was narrated from Mu'awiyah bin Jahimah As-Sulami, that Jahimah came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said:
"O Messenger of Allah! I want to go out and fight (in Jihad) and I have come to ask your advice." He said: "Do you have a mother?" He said: "Yes." He said: "Then stay with her, for Paradise is beneath her feet."
[Sunan al Nasaai, sahih]

Islaam has honored our mothers to such an extent that even if they are non Muslims we are ordered to still maintain good ties of kinship. The proof for this is in the story of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr (ra) whose non muslim mother came to visit her in al Madinah.

Narrated Asma':
"My mother who was a Mushrikah (pagan, etc.), came with her father during the period of peace pact between the Muslims and the Quraish infidels. I went to seek the advice of the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, "My mother has arrived and she is hoping (for my favor)." The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Yes, be good to your mother."

[Sahih al Bukhari]

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Heroines of Tawheed: Asmaa bint Omays

She was Saahibatul Hijratayn(The companion of the 2 Hijrahs). 
Umm Abdillaah, Asmaa bint 'Omays.  She was from Makkah.  She was the sister in law of the prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) because her sister Maymuna bint al Haarith, was the last among the wives of the Messenger of Allah(صلى الله عليه وسلم).


She was also the sister in law of Hamza ibn AbdulMuttalib because he had married her sister, Salma bint 'Omays. She was also the sister in law of al Abbas ibn AbdulMuttalib because he had married her sister, Lubabah al Kubra also known as Umm Fadhl.

She accepted Islaam before the Muslims entered Daar al Arqam making her among the very first converts to Islaam. She was the wife of Ja'far ibn Abi Taalib, the paternal cousin of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) . Asmaa and her family fled with their Deen and from the persecution of Quraysh to the land of al Habasha also known as Abysinnia at the time.


Asmaa was a strong, patient and courageous woman. Just to show us an example of her strength and eeman we will look at the incident which took place between her and Umar ibn al Khattab(may Allah be pleased with them both).


Asmaa the Muhaajirah

After the Battle of Khaybar, the Muhajiroon in Abyssinia ,made hijra to Madinah. Their arrival pleased the Prophet(صلى الله عليه وسلم) so much that he didnt know if the victory of Khaybar or their arrival pleased him more. 

Asmaa was with this group of muhajireen. These Muhajireen were more than happy to finally be with the Prophet sala allahu alayhi wa sallam. They were sad that they had missed out on most of the battles with Allah's Messenger(صلى الله عليه وسلم) and other historical moments.
Umar entered the house of his daughter, Hafsa, one of the mothers of the believers. He saw a woman sitting with her and asked who she was. Asmaa replied, "I am Asmaa the daughter of Omays." 

So Umar remarked,  "The Habashiya, the sea-faring lady.?" Asma said,  "Yes." 
Umar went on,  "We have beat you to hijrah so we have more right to Allahs Messenger than you!" 
This really annoyed and upset Asmaa so she daringly replied to the son of al Khattab(radiya Allahu anhu), "No by Allah ya Umar!
You were gifted with the company of Allah's Messenger so he fed the hungry among you and taught the ignorant among you. Whereas we were in a far away, strange land and that was all for the sake of Allah and His Messenger."

She continued, " And wallahi I will neither eat nor drink until I inform Allah's Messenger about what you have said."

And she walked off. Subhan Allah what a courageous woman to speak to Umar like that! The Umar whom the other women would not even talk when in his presence while not shying away from raising their voices over the Prophet(صلى الله عليه وسلم). 
The Umar whom the Shaytaan would not dare cross paths with! 
As for this brave woman,  she did not fear anyone nor did she fear the blame of the blamers. She was a lioness of Tawheed. 

And how proud was she of the beautiful words of Allah's Messenger(صلى الله عليه وسلم) which refuted Umar's words.

"Umar is not more deserving of my companionship than you..you have two Hijrahs oh people of the ship!"

The people of the ship(those who made hijrah to Abyssinia) like Abu Musa al Ashari would visit Asmaa just to hear this hadeeth over and over again. 

Asmaa the wife of the Martyr

Ja'far ibn Abi Talib was killed in the Battle of Mutah. He left behind many small children and a widow, Asmaa.

The returned victorious to Madinah. Asmaa had prepared herself and her children to welcome their father. Little did she know,  he was not among them. 

Asmaa saw the figure of a man who very much redembled her husband approaching the house. Her heart skipped a beat,  she and her children were very excited. As the figure became more clear,  Asmaa realized it was not her husband Ja'far but the Prophet of Allah(صلى الله عليه وسلم) and immediately she realized something had happened. 

The children of Ja'far ran to our Habeeb(peace be upon him) and he hugged them,  tears streaming down his glorious face. 
Asmaa asked,  "where is my husband? Where is Ja'far?"
He replied,  "Ja'far is dead. He has been martyred."
Asmaa's heart dropped,  she screamed and began to cry,  turning away.
Imagine the situation. Losing your one and only love, your closest companion and the father of your small children. Asmaa was in pain and shock. 
It was not that she was displeased with the Qadar of Allah but she was human so her reaction was natural.
At this, the Prophet said,
"For the likes of Ja'far, let women weep."

As the weeks went by, our heroine sought help in Allah through prayer and patience. Once she completed her iddah(waiting period), Abu Bakr al Siddeeq approached her for marriage. Asmaa accepted. Soon afterward she bore him a son named Muhammad. 

When Abu Bakr passed away,  Ali ibn Abi Talib married her and she bore him three children. 


May Allah be pleased with Asmaa. What a strong,courageous and patient woman she was!




Friday, December 16, 2016

This is the path...

THIS IS THE PATH OF ISLAM

This is the path of Laa Ilaaha Illallah.

This is the path that the neck of Zakariyyah was cut for.

This is the path that Yahya was split in half for.

This is the path that Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was at a time a wanted man.

This is the path that Uthman falls dead in his own blood.

This is the path Ahmad Ibn Hanbal spends a large portion of his life in prison.

This is the path Ibn Taymiyyah died in prison.

This is the path the great heroes of the world asked for because this is the path of Laa Ilaaha Illallah Muhammadar-Rasoolullah, this is what you were created and brought on to this earth for.

I tell you this, if you are a Muslim and you do not have problems, double check your faith.

Wallahi this is not my word, this is the word of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam from the meanings of his Hadith, and this is the word of the scholars after him.

(Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril حفظه الله)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

3 things that sicken and ruin the body!

Three Things sickens the body:

•Talking too much.
•Sleeping too much.
•Eating too much.

Four things destroys the body:

•Stress.
•Grief.
•Hunger.
•Staying up late at night.

-Ibnul-Qayyim in Zaad Al Ma'ad, V. 378 Pg.4

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Seek knowledge Sisters! It is the only way!

Bismillaah,

Imam ibn Katheer(rahimahullah) says regarding Allah's statement in Surah al Mujadilah:

[يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَـتٍ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ]

(Allah will exalt in degrees those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.) 

meaning, do not think that if one of you makes room for his brother, or rises up when he is commanded to do so, that this will diminish his right or honor. Rather, this will increase his virtue and status with Allah, and Allah the Exalted will never make his good deed be lost. To the contrary, He will reward him for it in this life and the Hereafter. Surely, he who humbles himself by and before the command of his Lord, then Allah will elevate his status and make him known by his good behavior. 

Allah also says, [وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدْنِى عِلْماً]

and say: "My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.'' (Surah Taha:114)

meaning, Give me more knowledge from You.

Sufyan Ibn `Uyaynah said, The Prophet did not cease increasing (in knowledge) until Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, took him (i.e. he died).

Imam Ahmad recorded that`Umar appointed Abu At-Tufayl to be the governor of Makkah. `Umar asked him, "Whom did you appoint as your deputy for the valley people (that is, Makkah).'' `Amir said, "I appointed Ibn Abza, one of our freed slaves, as my deputy.'' `Umar said, "You made a freed slave their governor in your absence'?!' He said, "O Leader of the faithful! He has memorized Allah's Book and has knowledge of regulations of inheritance, along with being a proficient judge.'' 

`Umar said, "Surely, your Prophet has said,

«إِنَّ اللهَ يَرْفَعُ بِهذَا الْكِتَابِ قَوْمًا وَيَضَعُ بِهِ آخَرِين»

meaning: Indeed Allah raises a people with this book(the Quran) and humiliates with it others.


There are many evidences from the Quran and Sunnah on the virtues of knowledge and seeking it.

In an authentic hadeeth, the prophet(sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, Knowledge is mandatory on every muslim. (Sunan an-Nasai)

Knowledge is for the Muslim-man or woman. In these times, where ignorance is widespread and rampant, it is only fair to say that it is indeed waajib upon us to go back to learning our Deen. We chose to come to migrate to non-Muslim lands(Darul Kufr), many of the Muslims have gotten married and settled down. We decided to have children and raise them in this kind of environment. There is no doubt that it is indeed a great fitna to raise righteous muslims in a society that not only rejects Islam but promotes indecency, disbelief, and all sorts of filth. 

 So after all this, we are still sitting back from teaching our children Islam?! How can we teach them Islam if we ourselves, the mothers are not learning the deen or practicing Islam(in many cases)?! Sisters, we are to produce the next generation of Muslims! Are we ready for this and are we responsible enough?


O mother, O sister in Islam, in what situation do you want to meet Allah? In what situation do you want to leave your children in this dunyaa? Do you want to leave them and they dont know how to pray properly? Do you want to leave them and they cant even recite one ayah from the Quran properly? Do you want to leave them and they dont wear correct hijaab(if they have passed puberty)? Do you want to leave them knowing they are not attached to the masajid-the places of knowledge and eemaan? Think about it. You will be questioned and held accountable for leaving them in this state. Understand that you are responsible for your family sisters!

Allahs tells us to protect ourselves and our families from the Hellfire. Therefore, it is no joking matter. 

With knowledge, the Muslim woman attains so much. 

She plays a major role in the victory of the Ummah.


So let us make sure we-the women of this ummah are practicing Islam, learning what Allah has made obligatory on us to learn so that  we can worshipAllah the right way and to instill in our children the love of Allah and His Rasul and the love for knowledge and its people.
 Dear akhawaat, victory doesn't come by itself, it is sought and earned! 

A wise person once said, 

"the one who reclines on the wisaada(pillow) will never reach the saada(leadership, high state)."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Umm Fadhl, the wife of Shaykh al Albaani passes away

Innaa lillaahi wa Innaa Ilayhi Rajioon! Indeed to Allaah the Most High we belong and to Him we shall return! The wife of the late Shaykh Naasirudeen al Albaani, the greatest muhadith of our times has passed away.  She was 86 years old.

Brief bio of Umm Fadhl: https://shaikhalbaani.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/a-conversation-with-the-wife-of-shaikh-al-albaani-1/

Monday, September 12, 2016

REPOST: Another Eid...

Another Eid and my Ummah continues to bleed.
We go on living our life of enjoyment and do not take any heed.


Did not the cries of the children reach you?
Did not the bombing of the houses and masaajid give you any clue?
Or did you just choose to ignore that and think "oh well there's nothing I can do"?
Woe to my ummah! They continue in their slumber and have not yet awakened.
They are not awakened by the news of  their brothers and sisters in the dark prisons of the enemies.

They are not awakened by the sounds of bullets and bombs and the sight of the killed
No! Instead they continue in their darkness of ignorance and do not wonder about the blood spilled.
If only they knew! If only they knew!
Instead, a part of them is awakened by the sound of music and continue to disobey their Lord day and night.
Are these the people who will give victory to this Deen? When will they use their heart and sight!
Until when? Until when O Ummah of Muhammad!

How can you not be shakened by the news of the day?
The enemies of Allah attack us from everything we do to everything we say.
They want a fake Islaam, an Islaam that continues to let the Muslims slumber and snooze.
They do not want us to win, but want us to lose.
They have indeed waged war on this mighty Deen.
Where are you O Muslim?Have you not heard of this or even seen?
The time to wake up and change is now!

And a part of us neglect our obedience to Allah and do not even pray.
And after all this, we wonder when will the victory come? "When? Enough!" we say.
Just look around you and you will see why.
The majority of us have the mentality of "Me,Myself and I"
A lie and deception the shaytaan used against you O servant!
And you continue to fall in his traps and serve him!
This life is a responsibility and you will be questioned so prepare an answer to Allah!

A life of humiliation and ignorance is not worth it at all.
We will soon be called to account by the Almighty and on that day there will appear a wall-
A wall that will separate between those who lived their lives for Ar-Rahmaan
and those who fell for the shaytaan.
O Ummah! The time is indeed now and only now.
Our sins are the reasons for our defeat and humiliation.
How can we continue to live under this oppression?
We once ruled this Earth with Tawheed and justice and walked with honor and such dignity.


What happened to the people of allegiance(alwalaa) and enmity(albaraa)?
We left the haqq and oppressed ourselves and so we sunk further into the ocean of defeat.
What happened to those who stood at the borders and looked forward to the day the armies meet?
What happened to the true scholars of La ilaha illa Allah?
Those who stood up for the Deen of Allah?

By Allah, if we did not oppress ourselves , we would have had the upper hand.


The takbeers of the Mu'mineen would have shaken every land!
Turn to Allah O Muslimeen and get up on your feet!
Answer the call of Allah and fear the Fire and its heat.
Paradise awaits you if you obey and are patient. Remember it is the only way.
There isn't anything left to waste. No minute, no day.

O Allah forgive my people for they do not know.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Love and Mercy

🌹وجعل بينكم مودة ورحمة🌹

"A man can be from the East and his wife from the West yet you will find love between them, this is a sign from the signs of Allāh."

Imaam  Muqbil bin Haadee  Al-Waadi’ee [فتاوى النكاح]

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The worst kind of Khabeeth!

🔥The worst kind of khabeeth🔥

It is reported that the taabiee Ayyub al Sakhtiyaanee said,

There is no khabeeth(filthy and corrupt individual) more filthy than a corrupt qaari(scholar, reciter of Quraan, haafiz,  etc).

📚Al Zuhd by Abi Haatim al Raazi

📌The corrupt scholar is very dangerous to the Muslim Ummah.

📌The importance of acting on the Quraan rather than just memorizing it.

📌It is very important to learn the meaning of the Quran!
📌One who memorizes the Quran and then commits sins like zina, smoking, drinking khamr,  drug abuse, music and watching haraam is WORSE than one who didnt memorize Quraan and does those things!

☝️☝️May Allah swt make us from those who follow the Quraan and Sunnah until we meet Him. May Allah protect us and guide us.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Umar's Duaa

🍃The Duaa of Umar🍃

Umar ibn al-Khattaab radiAllahu anhu said:

“O Allaah, if You’ve written me down as being someone who is miserable, then erase that for me; and instead write me down as being happy. For indeed, You erase whatever You wish, and You write down and uphold whatever You wish.”

• [Ibn Taymiyyah’s Fatawa, v. 17, p. 275]

The Rules of Hijaab

🌺The conditions of Hijaab🌺

📚These conditions are all from the Quran and Sunnah dear sisters!

❗NOTE❗

🔍There is a difference among the scholars on whether the hands and face are part of a woman's awrah. The majority of ulamaa say it is recommended to cover the face and hands but many scholars have also taken the opinion that it is fardh or obligatory to cover the face and hands according to authentic proofs from the Quran and Sunnah.

And Allah knows best!

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Best Days of the Dunyaa are upon us!

Bismillaah

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are the best days of this world as Allah has sworn on them.

والفجر*وليال عشر*والشفع والوتر*

🌿Some ibaadaat to do during these 10 days🌿

🌷Reciting Quraan as much as possible by:
🔹reciting a juzz each day
🔹reciting 2 juzz each day
🔹making a khatma aka reciting the entire quraan during these days!

🌷Increase in Dhikr esp in these 3 times:

⭐️before the time for Fajr especially by increasing in istighfaar and duaa
⭐️after fajr,  by making adhkaar as sabaah aka morning duaas
⭐️after maghreb by not forgeting adhkaar al masaa' or the evening duaas!

🌷fasting during these 10 days

🌷providing iftaar for a fasting persons even if its like hosting 2 or 1 individuals! There is great reward in this!

🌷Praying nawafil prayers and the sunan rawaatib like:

➡️Duhaa prayer which is can be prayed 2,4,8 rakaat
➡️The sunnahs before and after the 5 daily prayers
➡️Tahajjud
➡️Witr before sleeping at night

🌷Duaa for the ummah in these days especially for the people of al Shaam, Iraq, wa fee kulli makaan! Duaa for the righteous ulamaa and imprisoned Muslimeen. May Allah hasten their releases yaa rabb!

📌❣Fasting the most important day of these 10, the Day of Arafah which is on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah!

❣May Allah grant us tawfeeq❣

Monday, August 8, 2016

Facebook page

Assalamu alaykum! 

We have a Facebook page akhawaat! All sisters are welcome! 

https://www.facebook.com/knowledge4sisters/

How to Make a Scholar!

Bismillaah,

Many of us want our children to grow up as unique individuals.

"Doctor, engineer, nurse, teacher, lawyer.." These are some of the responses you get when you ask mothers what they want their children to be in the future. Rarely do you see a mother who wants her child to become the next scholar for this generation. Some mothers, may Allah bless them want their children to become memorizers of the Qur'an(huffadh) and Imams. This is very good and much needed. However, when one looks at the current state of our ummah, you begin to realize what we need and lack. We have a shortage of scholars. One may say, "well we have alot of shuyukh and imams already." There is a fine line between a local imam, speaker/lecturer ( like those in the West), and a scholar of the ummah. When we say scholar, we mean like Abdullah ibn al Mubarak, Sufyan al Thawri, Ibn Taymiyyah, al Bukhari, Ibn Hajar, Ibn Qayyim,Al Izz ibn AbdusSalaam, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Al Shafi'ee, etc. 

One of the signs of the Qiyaamah, which our prophet (sala Allahu alayhi wassallam) told us about includes the decrease of knowledge by the deaths of the scholars. Nowadays our ummah is in a state of severe oppression and humiliation and one can just read or watch the news to know what Im talking about. Everywhere you read or hear about the sufferings of Muslims almost on a daily basis. The Muslims themselves are also in a state of weak emaan and strength. Most of the fasaad nowadays comes from the Muslim lands.  The households of the Muslims are weak in their foundations and corrupt as well. In order to bear righteous children, the parents must be righteous too! It doesn't make sense for a mother who doesn't wear hijab to tell her daughter to wear it, it doesn't make sense for a father who smokes and doesn't pray to beg his son to stop smoking and start praying. Look at yourself first. Didn't Allah say, "Do you then order the people to do good while forgetting yourselves?" 

The mother is the foundation and the strong pillar of the Muslim household. She must be righteous and strong if she wishes to raise righteous Muslims. Take a look at our history and this will be very clear. Do you think the mother of Eesa was a regular girl when she gave birth to Eesa(Jesus peace be upon him). No! She was a worshipper (aabida), she had a strong connection with her Lord. She prayed and fasted alot. She was very chaste and modest. Now take a look at her parents. Allah praised her family in the Qur'an by naming an entire chapter of the Qur'an after them. Aal Emraan! Do you think the mother of Imams al Bukhari and Al Shafi'ee were women who did not wear proper hijab or walked about in the night? No, they were strong pious women who had deep trust in Allah. These two great imaams were actually orphans who lost their fathers at a young age. Their mothers did not remarry and instead focused on their upbringing and tarbiyyah. And subhan Allah look at the results!

The mother of Imam Malik  would send her son to the masjid al Nabawi when he was a boy of maybe 10 years of age. And she would tell him to learn the manners of Imam Rab'ee ar Ra'yy before his knowledge. She would dress him in a nice thawb and turban. Imam Malik as a result began to love knowledge and its people and look at how great he became! 

Fear Allah O Mothers and know your true role and responsibility. You wish to see the ummah victorious, then you must take the first step and make your connection between you and your creator and maker well and then focus on your household. May Allah guide us all and grant us assistance.

Don't be sad!

Bismillaah,


A wise person once said, "Life is too short to be sad."The shaytaan as Ibn al Qayyim mentioned gloats and is very delighted at the sight of a sad believer. What do you have to be sad about O Muslimah when Allah has saved you from disbelief and bi idhnillah, His Hellfire!? 

Yes we may experience moments in life that are not so pleasurable but counter these moments with patience and taqwa. Turn to Allah in moments of ease and Allah will take care of you in your moments of difficulty! 

Launch of Ilm 4 Sisters!

Bismillaah walhamdulillaah wassalatu wasSalaamu alaa Rasoolillaah,

Assalamu alaykum dear beloved sisters!! This is your sister Umm Abdullah aka Umm Ibrahim :) I welcome you all to my blog bi idhnilaah. I apologize for being very inactive lately. Getting caught up in the dunyaa happens to us all every now and then. May Allah bless our efforts and guide us to the straight path and forgive us our shortcomings!

Ive updated some things about the blog such as changing the name from milatulhunafaa to "knowledge4sisters" So from now on this blog will be mainly a blog for sisters in which I will be discussing women's issues, sharing aspects of the Deen related to sisters (Ahkaam, stories, emaan boosters, etc), including general posts on reminders(fawaid) dawah and knowledge.

I hope you all benefit and share this blog among other akhawaat! May Allah bless you all!


Your sister,

Umm Ibrahim

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Motherhood

Bismillaah,

The Quran and Sunnah clearly highlight the status of the mother in Islam. It is very important for a Muslim to contemplate about why the Deen has given her such a high status. The following narration can give us a hint to this:

Sa'id ibn Abi Burda said, "I heard my father say that Ibn 'Umar saw a Yamani man going around the House while carrying his mother on his back, saying, 'I am your humble camel. If her mount is frightened, I am not frightened.' Then he asked, 'Ibn 'Umar? Do you think that I have repaid her?' He replied, 'No, not even for a single groan she made in pain."

The status of the mother is very high in Islaam for it is her who endures so much pain just to bring a new life into this world (by the permission of Allah alone of course). It is the mother who carries the responsibility of taking care of this new soul and nurturing it with love and care.  It is the mother who is to be the main teacher and guide for this soul and if she is corrupt then most likely her child will also grow up corrupt and if she is righteous and strong her child will grow up righteous. Why? Because the mother as the poet said, is a madrasa (school) and if you prepare her very well then you prepare a nation with good foundations.

Just look throughout history. All of the greatest men were raised mainly by women or households run mainly by a mother figure. Musa (as) grew up in the house of Firawn but it was none other than Aasiyyah who raised him to be the great man he was. Eesa (as) was raised by Maryam (as), the greatest woman to walk this earth. Muhammad (sala allahu alayhi wa sallam) was raised by Umm Ayman (Baraka Al Habashiyyah)  for a good number of years after his mother's death. And he (sala allahu alayhi wa sallam) did also live under the care of the bedouin woman Haleema as - Sa'diyyah who nursed him and took care of him the first 6 years of life. The great taabi'ee Rabia ar-Ra'y, who was the teacher and shaykh of Imam Malik ibn Anas and who taught in the masjid of the prophet, was raised by his mother for nearly 30 years after her husband went off for jihad in the sake of Allah.  Imam al Shafi'ee was raised by his mother after his father's death and it was she who sent him to learn under the ulema from a very young age.  And there are countless other examples. 

Therefore, the status of the mother should never be undermined by anyone. The mother is truly the backbone of the household while the father is its main head and Ameer. Their example is like that if the captain of a ship and his crew. The husband is the captain while the mother is the example of the crew. The captain cannot drive the ship without his crew, he cannot make the journey alone. A father cannot raise children alone but he needs a  mother for these children to grow righteous and strong. It is interesting to note that a man cannot really raise a child alone while a mother on the other hand can. This is because the child is with the mother from the very first second of his life. The child relies on the mother for survival. She breastfeeds the child and her milk is not just sustenance for him but immunity from diseases and other sicknesses as well. The mother stays up many nights with her child, feeding and taking care of him. Yes you may have dark circles under your eyes from lack of sleep.  Yes you may complain of constant back pain from your birth labor and from cleaning a lot. Yes you may be puked on and may constantly have to change your clothes. Yes you may have to wake up in the middle of the night and in the early mornings to change stinky diapers but who cares.  All of that is for the one you love and this new experience of motherhood should only increase you in shukr to Allah for having blessed you with this beautiful blessing in your arms. 

Motherhood comes with great rewards if the mother has ikhlaas (sincerity) in her actions and if she is patient and strong.  The scrumptious bundle of joy you have in your hands brightens your day as soon as you see his beautiful smile and dimples on his cheeks. The beautiful shiny eyes and chubby cheeks  seem to cast a spell on you as it makes you forget the lack of sleep or backache or house chores you were complaining about a few seconds earlier. So I ask Allah to reward all of our mothers for what they went through to bring us to this world and what they endured in raising us to the best of their abilities and may Allah make us righteous mothers who will raise the next generation of ulema and warriors. May Allah use us for His Deen and protect us and our families from all fitan (trials and tribulations). Aameen yaa Rabb al aalameen!