AbuBakr

No, my parents don’t have enough time for me, they are too busy with business. 

No, my father doesn’t know I am failing my exams because he doesn’t really give a damn, he is too busy with his work.

No, my mother couldn’t make food for me because she was out with her friends shopping all day.

No, it’s better to just commit suicide because they will not understand, they will kill me if they find out.

No, I don’t want to go home because my parents are always fighting every single minute.


No….

Enough. Please, enough.
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How many of us heard such lines from our friends or from complete strangers? Many, I must say.

We are so frustrated when we come to hear about a daughter or son going astray, got into wrong friends, wrong community, or better yet they just change, from good boys and girls to the “naughty and bad” kids out there.

And this happens, even in a family that has parents that are actually close to Allah Azza Wa Jall, or those that we see praying and all, this is reality. And it is really the hardest to give dawah to your own family.

We cannot blame society here, because the very foundation of the kids are from the parents, no matter how a child would refrain or do things unliked, the parents can always help them.

But do we have parents now that actually try to talk to the kids about their struggles? Why such things happened, why they were able to do such?

If you are a parent who spends time with your kids then Alhamdulillah, may Allah Azza Wa Jall make you continue this, but this is dedicated to those who think they are but actually do not.

A hello or a salaam is not actually spending time with your kids, it’s an opening only, but some parents, never try to follow that up and just leave. 

I have written lots of blog entries about how we should value our parents, and I do get feedbacks of such lines that I wrote on the beginning of this blog, so here is a story about Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu with his son, ‘Abdullah Ibn Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu. 
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During the early days of the Hijrah[migration], when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu were kept in the cave, when they are shut off from the happenings outside the cave, Allah Azza Wa Jall gave them an eye to acquire the happenings outside the cave, and this was through Abu Bakr’s RA son, 'Abdullah.

'Abdullah RA was raised by his father to have a deep love for his religion, yes, Abu Bakr was a man who kept close companionship with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam but this didn’t shun him from spending enough time to teach, inspire, motivate and put that immense love for the deen in the hearts of his offsprings. 

So on this task, his father outlined the role that 'Abdullah had to do to ensure the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to arrive safely at his destination. He was their intelligence officer.

With the intelligence and sincerity of 'Abdullah, he kept a close eye on the movements of the enemy. During the day, he would have to attend the gatherings of the Quraish in Makkah to hear what the leaders of the Quraish had to say about their pursuit of his father and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and then at night, he would have to carefully make his way to the cave, making sure that no one was following him. Then before sunset, he had to silently make his way back to Makkah, acting as if he had spend the night in his home.

Now, one must realize that this task was very dangerous and hard for 'Abdullah, as being the son of Abu Bakr RA, it was very likely that his movements were being closely watched but 'Abdullah was able to perform this task with great skills that no one ever caught him or were even remotely suspicious of his movements.

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Why did I chose to share this particular story about Abu Bakr and 'Abdullah RA? Because I wanted to pin point the beautiful bond of this father and son and the beautiful foundation that Abu Bakr RA was able to put in the heart of his son by just constantly spending time with his son.

We have to set a goal for our kids in ourselves, but know that whatever goal you want to put or to set for your kids, you can never achieve it by forcing it to them. You can never implement such things on force, if it will, the end will not be stable and later on stumble and fall.

Look at the way Abu Bakr RA made his son, even though 'Abdullah RA was a son of his from his first wife  Qateelah Bint 'Abdul 'Uzzah Ibn As'ad Ibn Jabir Ibn Malik, who was a polytheist, fall in love with Islam, and this was out of the time spent by Abu Bakr RA with his son.

Just look at how your ample time can do such beautiful things to your children, it doesn’t have to be whole day, even just an hour to just speak about how their day was, wallah this means a lot for us [as it will mean a lot for you], and the thing is, you don’t have to actually work to earn a time to talk to us, you just actually have to say Salaam and we will take a seat and talk.

Please, try.
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall make the love of families with each other grow more and more as days pass by and that may He put that light of guidance upon every Muslim to be able to actually remember Him and His Words and the values of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam left for them to practice. 

Amin.

Zohayma

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Story was taken from

• Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah: 6/346
• As Sirah An Nabawiyah, Ibn Hisham: 2/102


Get To Know: (Sawdah bint Zam’ah RA)

Physical Description/ Personal Facts:

  • Sawdah RA was a black-skinned, tall, heavy woman who would walk clumsily
  • She RA was easily recognized because of her unique figure
  • She RA was one of the first believers, accepting Islam in the first year of the Prophet’s preaching
  • Before marrying the Prophet PBUH, Sawdah RA married Sukran RA with whom she had her one and only child: Abdur-Rahman
  • She RA was older than the Prophet SAW and married him SAW at the age of 55
  • After becoming Muslim Sawdah RA called her brothers, Abd and Malik, to Islam. Malik RA was the one who accepted  but Abd threatened his siblings and opposed Islam (Although Abd did convert at a later date)
  • Khawla RA, the matchmaker of her time, suggested to the Prophet SAW to marry Sawdah RA because of two reasons: 1) Sawdah RA was extremely loving, caring, and innocent and 2) she RA was really, really, funny, always joking and upbeat/humorous
  • Her RA  character was very beautiful and she RA brought happiness and humor back into the life of the Prophet SAW after the passing of Khadijah RA and during the grief period
  • After the passing of Rasulullah SAW, Sawdah RA mostly stayed inside her home and was a private person
  • There is dispute as to when Sawdah RA passed away but the most agreed upon opnion is that she passed away at the age of 80 in the year 644 near the end of Umar RA’s khalifat
  • She RA had a very simple will: to connect her chamber to Aisha RA’s chamber, wishing to give Aisha RA more space


Life/Marriage with the Prophet SAW:

  • She RA and her husband, Sukran RA, were amongst those who migrated to Abyssinia because they were disowned by their tribesmen and faced  oppression in Makkah (the most prominent opinion is that they migrated with the second group)
  • After reaching Abyssina, Sukran RA passes away leaving Sawdah RA alone with her child in a foreign city
  • Sawdah RA then returns to Makkah and lives with her elderly father (who was blind)
  • At this point, Sawdah RA was not considered to be marriage-able at all
  • One night, Sawdah RA sees a dream that the moon had fallen into her lap. The day after Khawla RA came to ask for Sawdah RA’s hand on behalf of the Prophet SAW
  • When Sawdah RA heard the news, she accepted right away and was stunned that she had been asked for
  • The marriages’ mahr was 400 dirhams and Sawdah RA was represented by Sukran RA’s brother
  • Sawdah RA was the first wife the Prophet SAW married after Khadijah RA, making her his second wife
  • She RA was married to the Prophet SAW around 620, 10 years after the Prophet SAW received revelation
  • While Sawdah RA was still married to the Prophet PBUH when Aisha RA moved in. This caused them to become best friends and develop a special bond (they lived in separate chambers that were built next to each other)
  • Sawdah RA became like an older sister to Aisha RA and she took care of her while the both of them often joked/played around with each other
  • They did not feel threatened by each other and were very comfortable around each other and existed without any competition
  • Sawdah RA did not feel the need to be intimate with the Prophet SAW and so she gave her night to Aisha RA knowing the love between the two of them


Interesting/Cool Facts:

  • She RA was with the Prophet SAW during the time of his life when he migrated and when he went through Isra’ Wal Mi’raaj
  • When the Prophet SAW walked into a room where multiple wives of his were sitting, he SAW always greeted Sawdah RA first for she RA was a very special woman to him
  • Aishah RA said about her: “She always used to make the Prophet SAW laugh”
  • Sawdah RA lived longer than the Prophet SAW and Abubakr RA, passing away at the time of Umar RA
  • During Umar RA’s khalifat He RA would send Sawdah RA gifts who would then pass them onto the poor or the newly-wed women as she loved giving gifts to them 
  • Sawdah RA narrated 5 hadith
  • Verses revealed because of Sawdah RA: a) Ayatul Hijab b) Verse 145 of Surah An’am, which is a long ayah about halal foods that came down in response to her questions to the Prophet SAW
  • Sawdah RA was very scared of Ad-Dajjal. As a joke Aisha RA and Hafsa RA would scare her by making noises and telling Sawdah RA that the Dajjal was here. Sawdah RA would then rush to hide and when the Prophet SAW came home and ask “why is Sawdah hiding” Aisha RA and Hafsa RA would say “She thinks the Dajjal is here” and they would all laugh including Sawdah RA
  • Aisha RA said, “There is no woman I loved to be around or considered a rolde model more than Sawdah RA”


Source: Mothers of The Believers by Omar Suleiman (Bayyinah TV)

some of the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah who have passed away (not a comprehensive list)
  • ‘Abdullaah Ibn Thuwab Abee Muslim Al-Khawlaanee (d.62AH)
  • Ibraheem at-Taymee (d.72AH)
  • Abdur-Rahmaan bin Hurmooz (d.117AH)
  • Muhammad bin Waasi (d.123AH)
  • Ahmad bin Yunus (d.134AH)
  • Abu Amr Ibnul Alaa (d.154AH)
  • Zafar bin Al-Hudhayl (d.158AH)
  • Salamah Ibn Deenar (d.164AH)
  • Al-Khaleel ibn Ahmad Al-Azdee  Al-Faraaheedee (d.170AH)
  • Abd Al-Azeez bin Abee Haazim (d.180AH)
  • Muslim bin Khaalid Al-Makhzoomee (d.180AH)
  • Muhammad bin Deenaar (d.182AH)
  • Abu Ishaq Al-Fazaaree (d.187AH)
  • Abd Al-Rahmaan bin Al-Qaasim (d.191AH)
  • ‘Abdullaah ibn Idrees Al-Awdee al-Kufi (d.192AH)
  • Shaqîq bin Ibrâhîm (d.194AH)
  • Abu Daawood at-Tayaalisee (d.204AH)
  • Al-Hasan bin Ziyaad Al-Lu'lu'i Al-Kufi (d.204AH)
  • Imam ash-Shāfi’ī (d.204AH)
  • Yazeed bin Haaroon (d.206AH)
  • Yahyaa bin Hassaan (d.208AH)
  • ‘Abd Al-Razzâq Al-San’ânî (d.210AH)
  • Talq ibn Ghannaam an-Nakha’ee (d.211AH)
  • Aboo ‘Aasim an-Nabeel (d.212AH)
  • Abul- Mugheerah ‘Abdul-Quddoos ibn Al-Hajjaaj (d.212AH)
  • Asad ibn Musa (d.212AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Yusuf Al-Firiyaabee (d.212AH)
  • Muhammad ibn ‘Ar’arah (d.212AH)
  • ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Hammaad Ash-Shu’aythee (d.212AH)
  • Abdullaah bin Yazeed Al-Muqree (d.213AH)
  • Asad bin Al-Furaat bin Sinaan (d.213AH)
  • Bishr ibn Shu’ayb Al-Himsee (d.213AH)
  • Hassaan ibn Hassaan Al-Basree (d.213AH)
  • Khaalid ibn Makhlad (d.213AH)
  • Khallaad ibn Yahyaa as-Sulamee (d.213AH)
  • ‘Ubaydullaah ibn Moosaa (d.213AH)
  • Ahmad ibn Khaalid Al-Wahbee (d.214AH)
  • Makkee ibn Ibraaheem (d.214AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Saabiq (d.214AH)
  • Alee ibn Hasan ibn Shaqeeq (d.215AH)
  • Badl ibn Al- Muhabbir Al-Yarboo’ee (d.215AH)
  • Khaalid ibn Yazeed Al- Muqri (d.215AH)
  • Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Al-Muthannaa Al-Ansaaree (d.215AH)
  • ‘Abdullaah ibn Yoosuf at-Tinneesee (d.215AH)
  • Abul-Waleed Ahmad ibn Muhammad Al-Azraqee (d.217AH)
  • Al-Hajjaaj ibn Al-Minhaal (d.217AH)
  • Suraij ibn an- Nu’maan (d.217AH)
  • Ahmad ibn Ishkaab (d.218AH)
  • ‘Abdul A’laa ibn Mushir (d.218AH)
  • Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr Al-Humaydee (d.219AH)
  • Al-Fadl ibn Dukayn (d.219AH)
  • ‘Alee ibn ‘Ayyaash Al Alhaanee (d.219AH)
  • Aadam ibn Abee Iyaas Al-’Asqalaanee (d.220AH)
  • Affaan ibn Muslim (d.220AH)
  • ‘Abdullaah ibn Rajaa Al-Ghudaanee (d.220AH)
  • Abul-Yamaan Al-Hakam ibn Naafi’ (d.221AH)
  • ‘Adnaan ibn ‘Uthmaan Al-’Atakee (d.221AH)
  • Sadaqah ibn Al-Fadl (d.223AH)
  • Ayyoob ibn Sulaymaan ibn Bilaal (d.224AH)
  • Muhammad ibn ‘Eesaa ibn at-Tabbaa (d.224AH)
  • Qaasim ibn Sallaam (d.224AH)
  • Sa’eed ibn Abee Maryam (d.224AH)
  • Asbagh ibn Al-Faraj (d.225AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Salaam ibn Al-Farj Al-Beekandiy (d.225AH)
  • Ism’aeel bin Abee Uways (d.226AH)
  • Yahyaa ibn Yahyaa ibn Bakr Al-Muqri (d.226AH)
  • Haashim bin 'Abdul Maalik Al Baahili (d.227AH)
  • Sa’eed ibn Mansoor (d.227AH)
  • Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Ja'fee (d.229AH)
  • ‘Abdullaah ibn Az-Zubayr Al-Mumaydee (d.229AH)
  • Ibn Sa’d (d.230AH)
  • Ahmad ibn Nasr (d.231AH)
  • Al Buwaytee (d.231AH)
  • Yahyaa ibn Ma’een (d.233AH)
  • Ali ibn Al-Madini (d.234AH)
  • Imaam Ahmad ibn Harb (d.234AH)
  • Imam an-Nasaa'ee (d.234AH)
  • Ibn Abî Shaybah (d.235AH)
  • Isḥāq Ibn Rahaawaih (d.238AH)
  • Nu'aym bin Hammaad (d.239AH)
  • Abdul Azeez bin Yahyah (d.240AH)
  • Abu Thawr Ibraaheem bin Khaalid Al-Kalbee (d.240AH)
  • Imam Ahmad (d.241AH)
  • Is-haaq ibn Mansoor al-Maraazi (d.251AH)
  • ‘Abdul-Wahhaab ibn ‘Abdil-Hakam Al-Warr (d.251AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Baschār (d.252AH)
  • Imam Darimi (d.255AH)
  • Imam al-Bukhari (d.256AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Sahnoon (d.256AH)
  • Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Haani Al-Athram (d.260AH)
  • Imâm Muslim (d.261AH)
  • Aboo Zur’ah Ar-Raazee (d.264AH)
  • Isma’eel Ibn Yahyaa Al-Muzanee (d.264AH)
  • Ibn Haani (d.265AH)
  • Saalih ibn Ahmad (d.266AH)
  • Al-Rabī’ bin Sulaymān (d.270AH)
  • Abdul Malik Al-Maymoonee (d.273AH)
  • Abu Bakr bin Athram (d.273AH)
  • Ibn Maajah Al-Qazweenee (d.273AH)
  • Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Hajjaaj Al-Marwazi (d.275AH)
  • Imam at-Tirmidhi (d.275AH)
  • Imām Abū Dāwūd as-Sijistānī (d.275AH)
  • Ibn Qutaybah (d.276AH)
  • Abu Hatim Ar-Raazi (d.277AH)
  • 'Uthmaan ibn Sa’eed ad-Daarimee (d.280AH)
  • Harb Al Kirmani (d.280AH)
  • Ibn Abî Al-Dunyâ (d.281AH)
  • Al-Haarith bin Abi Usaamah (d.282AH)
  • Ismaa'eel Al-Qaadi Al-Maqdisi (d.282AH)
  • Sahl ibn ‘Abdillāh (d.283AH)
  • Ahmad ibn Sinaan Al-Qattaan (d.285AH)
  • Ibraaheem Al-Harbee (d.285AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Wadaah Al-Marawani (d.286AH)
  • Ibn Abee Aasim Ash-Shaybaanee (d.287AH)
  • Ibn Waḍḍāḥ (d.287AH)
  • Ahmad bin Abee Khaythama (d.289AH)
  • Abdullaah bin Ahmad bin Hanbal (d.290AH)
  • Al-Maruthee (d.292AH)
  • Muhammad bin Nasr Al-Marwazî (d.294AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Yahyaa ibn Mandah (d.301AH)
  • Imam an Nisaa’ee (d.303AH)
  • Ibn Suraij (d.306AH)
  • Muhammad Ibn Khalaf Ibn Hayyaan (d.306AH)
  • Abu Ya`laa Al-Mooseeli (d.307AH)
  • Ibn al-Jaarood (d.307AH)
  • Imam Abi Zamanain (d.309AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (d.310AH)
  • Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Haaroon Al-Khallaal (d.311AH)
  • Az-Zujaaj (d.311AH)
  • Ibn Khuzaymah (d.311AH)
  • Muhammad bin Is-Hāq as-Sirāj (d.313AH)
  • Abu `Awaanah (d.316AH)
  • Ibn Abee Dawood (d.316AH)
  • Ibn Al-Munthir (d.318AH)
  • Imam Al-Ṭahāwī (d.321AH)
  • Muhammad bin `Amr Al-Uqaili (d.322AH)
  • Abu Hasan Al-Ash'ariyy (d.324AH)
  • Abubakr Muhammad bin Jafar bin Sahl Ash-Shaamiriy (d.327AH)
  • Ibn Abee Haatim (d.327AH)
  • Ibn Abdi Rabbihi (d.328AH)
  • Imam Al-Barbahārī (d.329AH)
  • Muhammad bin `Amr Ar-Razaaz (d.329AH)
  • Ahmad bin Ziyaad (d.340AH)
  • `Uthmaan bin Ahmad (d.344AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Ya’qoob Al-Asamm (d.346AH)
  • Al-Asaal (d.349AH)
  • Abu Haatim Ibn Hibbân (d.354AH)
  • Abu Bakr al-Ājurrī (d.360AH)
  • At-Tabaraanee (d.360AH)
  • Ibn an-Nabulsi (d.363AH)
  • Ibn as-Sunni (d.364AH)
  • Ibn `Adi (d.365AH)
  • Ibn Hayyaan (d.369AH)
  • Al-Haafidh Abu Bakr Al-Ismaa’eelee (d.371AH)
  • 'Abu Ja'far Ahmad bin Awn Illaah (d.378AH)
  • Imam Ad-Dāruquṭnī (d.385AH)
  • Ibn Abi Zayd Al-Qayrawânî (d.386AH)
  • Ibn Battah Al-Ukbari (d.387AH)
  • Al-Mukhlis (d.393AH)
  • Yahya bin Manda (d.395AH)
  • Al-Harawî (d.396AH)
  • Ibn Abee Zamaneen (d.399AH)
  • Ali bin Muhammad Ibnul Husayn Al-Bustee (d.400AH)
  • Al-Haakim al-Naysābūrī (d.405AH)
  • Abu'l-Hasan Isfaraini (d.406AH)
  • Imam Al-Lâlakâ'î (d.418AH)
  • Hamzah bin Yusuf as-Sahmee (d.427AH)
  • Abu Umar at-Talamankee (d.429AH)
  • Abû Nu’aym Al-Isfahani (d.430AH)
  • Tammaam Ar-Raazi (d.440AH)
  • 'Uthmaan bin Sa'eed (d.444AH)
  • Abī Naṣr Al-Sijzī (d.444AH)
  • Imām Abu Uthmān as-Sābūnī (d.449AH)
  • Abdul-Hasan Al-Mawardi (d.450AH)
  • Abū Muḥammad ibn Ḥazm (d.456AH)
  • Imam Abu Sulayman Al-Khattabi (d.456AH)
  • Al-Qadi Abu Yala (d.458AH)
  • Imam Al-Bayhaqî (d.458AH)
  • Al-Khatîb al-Baghdadi (d.463AH)
  • Ibn Abdul-Barr (d.463AH)
  • 'Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Muhammad ibn Mandah (d.470AH)
  • Abu Ishaaq Ash-Sheeraazee (d.476AH)
  • Abul Waleed Al-Baajee (d.477AH)
  • ‘Abdul-Waahid bin Muhammad Ash-Sheeraazee (d.486AH)
  • Ibn ‘Aqeel (d.488AH)
  • As-Sam'aanee (d.489AH)
  • Al-Asfahaanee (d.502AH)
  • Al-Baghawī (d.516AH)
  • Ibn Az-Zaghuni (d.527AH)
  • Imaam Al-Asbahaanee (d.535AH)
  • Ibn ul-Arabee Al-Maalikee (d.543AH)
  • Yahyaa bin Muhammad (d.560AH)
  • `Abdul-Qaadir Al-Jeelaanee (d.561AH)
  • Ibn ‘Aasakir (d.571AH)
  • `Abd Al-Haqq Al-Ishbeeli (d.581AH)
  • Abū Bakr ibn Masʿūd Al-Kāsānī (d.587AH)
  • Al-Qādhī ‘Iyādh (d.591AH)
  • Ibn al-Jawzee (d.597AH)
  • 'Abd Al-Ghanī Al-Maqdisī (d.600AH)
  • Az-Zarnoojee (d.602AH)
  • Majd Ad-Deen Ibn Al-Atheer (d.606AH)
  • Imaam Ibn Qudāmah Al-Maqdisee (d.620AH)
  • 'Abd Al-Kareem ibn Muhammad Al-Raafi'ee Al-Qazweeni (d.623AH)
  • Ibn ul-Atheer  Al-Jazaree (d.630AH)
  • Diyaa Ud-Deen Al-Maqdisee (d.643AH)
  • Ibn as-Ṣalāh (d.643AH)
  • Shaykh 'Abu Amr bin As-Saalih (d.643AH)
  • Al-Hafiz Al-Mundhiri (d.656AH)
  • Al-Izz bin Abdis Salaam (d.660AH)
  • Abu Shaamah al-Maqdisi (d.665AH)
  • Al-Qurṭbī (d.671AH)
  • Al-Muhib at-Tabari (d.674AH)
  • Al-Imām Al-Nawawī (d.676AH)
  • Zaynab bint 'Umar bin Al-Kindee (d.699AH)
  • Imaam ibn Da-Qeeq Al Eed (d.701AH)
  • Ibn Manzoor al-Afreeqi (d.711AH)
  • Majd Ad-Din ibn Taymiyyah (d.720AH)
  • Muhammad ibn `Ali Al-Ansari Al-Zamalkani Al-Dimashqi (d.727AH)
  • Sharafudeen Ibn Taymiyyah (d.727AH)
  • Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728AH)
  • Ibn Jama’a Al Kinanee (d.733AH)
  • Taj-uddeen Faakihanee (d.734AH)
  • Imaam ibn Haaj (d.737AH)
  • Al-Mizzī (d.742AH)
  • Ibn Abdul-Haadi (d.744AH)
  • Imām Dhahābī (d.748AH)
  • 'Abd Al-Halim ibn Taymiyyah (d.749AH)
  • ‘Umar bin ‘Alee Al-Bazzaar (d.749AH)
  • Ibn Qayyim (d.751AH)
  • Sadr-ud-Deen Al-Maydoomee (d.754AH)
  • Al-Subkī (d.756AH)
  • Ibn Al-Mulook (d.756AH)
  • Al-’Alaa’ee (d.761AH)
  • Zayla'i (d.762AH)
  • Ibn Muflih (d.763AH)
  • As-Safadee (d.764AH)
  • ‘Afeef-ud-Deen Al-Khazrajee (d.765AH)
  • ‘Izz-ud-Deen bin Jamaa’ah (d.767AH)
  • Ibn an-Naqeeb (d.769AH)
  • Ibn Qaadee Al-Jabal (d.771AH)
  • Kamal Uddeen Muhammad bin Ali bin Abdulwahid bin Az-Zamalakaani (d.771AH)
  • Ahmad ibn 'Abd Ar-Rahman ibn Al-Hasan (d.774AH)
  • Ibn Katheer (d.774AH)
  • 'Abd Al-Qaadir Al-Qurashi (d.775AH)
  • Khalil ibn Ishaq Al-Jundi (d.776AH)
  • 'Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad 'Ali Al-Kinani Al-Asqalani (d.777AH)
  • Imam Abu Ishaq Al-Shātibī (d.790AH)
  • Ibn Abil-'Izz Al-Hanafee (d.792AH)
  • Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdillāh Az-Zarkashī Al-Miṣrī Al-Ḥanbalī (d.794AH)
  • Ibn Rajab (d.795AH)
  • Ibn Al-Lihaam Al-Ba’alee Ad-Dimashqee (d.803AH)
  • Ibn Al-Mulaqqin (d.804AH)
  • Al-Hafith Al-Iraqi (d.806AH)
  • Ibn Khaldun (d.806AH)
  • Ibn Nuhas (d.814AH)
  • Al-Fayrooz-Abaadee (d.817AH)
  • Ibnul Wazeer (d.840AH)
  • Al-Barzali (d.841AH)
  • Ibn Ar-Risaam (d.844AH)
  • Al-Maqrizi (d.845AH)
  • ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Muhammad Al-Misree Az-Zarkashee (d.846AH)
  • Ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalānī (d.852AH)
  • 'Alaa-ud-Deen Al-Mardaawee (d.855AH)
  • Badr Ad-Dīn Al-‘Aynī (d.855AH)
  • Jalal Al-Din Al-Mahalli (d.864AH)
  • Ibn Al-Humaam (d.869AH)
  • Ibn Al-Mufleh (d.884AH)
  • Al-Hâfidh Al-Sakhâwî (d.902AH)
  • Imām as-Suyūṭī (d.911AH)
  • Al-Hajaawee (d.968AH)
  • Ibn Nujaim Al-Misri (d.970AH)
  • Sha`raani (d.973AH)
  • Ibn Ḥajar Al-Makkī Al-Haytamī (d.974AH)
  • Mulla ‘Alee Al-Qaaree (d.1014AH)
  • 'Abdur-Ra'oof al-Munaawee (d.1031AH)
  • Shaykh Abd Al-Ra'uf Al-Manaawi (d.1031AH)
  • Muhammad Ali Ulaan Al-Bakree as-Siddeeqee (d.1057AH)
  • Imam al-Bayquni (d.1080AH)
  • Zurqaani (d.1122AH)
  • Abul Hasan Nurud-Din Muhammad ibn Abdil Haadi as Sindi (d.1138AH)
  • Muhammad Hayaat bin Ibraaheem as-Sindee (d.1163AH)
  • Wali-ullaah Dehlawi (d.1176AH)
  • Amir as-Sanani (d.1182AH)
  • as-Safaarini (d.1188AH)
  • Ibn `Aabideen (d.1203AH)
  • Shaykh ul Islām Muḥammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab (d.1206AH)
  • Shaikh Sulaimaan bin Abdullaah Aal Ash-Shaikh (d.1233AH)
  • Imam Ash-Shawkanee (d.1250AH)
  • Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Hasan Aalush-Shaykh (d.1285AH)
  • 'Abdullāh ibn’ Abdur-Rahmān Abu Batīn (d.1286AH)
  • 'Abd Al-Hayy Lucknowi (d.1304AH)
  • Siddeeq Hasan Khaan Al-Qinnawjee (d.1307AH)
  • Shaykh Nadheer Hussein (d.1320AH)
  • Mahmood Shukri al-Aaloosi (d.1342AH)
  • Sa'ad bin Hamad Al-Atiq (d.1349AH)
  • Shamsul Haqq Adheem Al-Abaadee (d.1349AH)
  • Sulaymaan ibn Sahmaan (d.1349AH)
  • Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Mubaarakfuree (d.1352AH)
  • Shaykh Thanaa Ullah Al-Amritsari (d.1367AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Muqbil Aal Muqbil (d.1368AH)
  • 'Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Kuraydees (d.1373AH)
  • Imām Saʿdī (d.1376AH)
  • Ahmad Shaakir (d.1377AH)
  • Hafidh Al-Hakami (d.1377AH)
  • Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Ifreeqee (d.1377AH)
  • Muhammad Haamid Al-Faqeeh (d.1378AH)
  • Abdur-Rahman Al-Mu’allimî Al-Yamânî (d.1386AH)
  • Abdullah ibn Muhammed ibn Hamad Al Qar'awee (d.1389AH)
  • Muhibb-uddeen Al-Khateeb (d.1389AH)
  • Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn `Abdul-Latif Al Al-Shaykh (d.1389AH)
  • Al-‘Allāmah ‘Abdur Raḥmān ibn Qāsim Al-‘Āṣimī an-Najdī Al-Ḥanbalī (d.1392AH)
  • Abdul-Haq Al-Haashimee (d.1393AH)
  • Imam Muhammad Al-Ameen Ash-Shinqeetee (d.1393AH)
  • Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-Khuzaym (d.1394AH)
  • Muhammad Khaleel Haraas (d.1395AH)
  • Shaykh  ‘Abdullaah bin Muhammad bin Humaid (d.1402AH)
  • Ehsan Elahi Zaheer (d.1408AH)
  • Muḥammad Taqī Al-Dīn Al-Hilālī (d.1408AH)
  • Shaykh Muhammad ‘Attaallaah Haneef (d.1408AH)
  • 'Abdul-'Azeez as-Subayyal (d.1412AH)
  • Shaikh Hamood bin 'Abdillaah at-Tuwaijiree (d.1413AH)
  • Ubaidallah Al-Mubaarakfuree (d.1414AH)
  • Shaykh Abdul Razzaq Al Afeefee (d.1415AH)
  • Badee’ud-Deen as-Sindee (d.1416AH)
  • Shaykh Muḥammad Amān Al-Jāmī (d.1416AH)
  • Shaykh Hammaad al-Ansaaree (d.1418AH)
  • Shaykh Umar bin Muhammad Al-Fulaanee (d.1419AH)
  • Al-‘Allāmah Muḥammad Nāṣir ad-Dīn al Al-Albaanee (d.1420AH)
  • Muhammad bin 'Abdillaah as-Sumaalee (d.1420AH)
  • Shaykh Muḥammad ‘Atiyyah Sālim (d.1420AH)
  • Shaykh ibn Bāz (d.1420AH)
  • Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ṣāliḥ ibn Uthaymīn (d.1421AH)
  • Imaam Muqbil bin Hādī al-Wādi’ī (d.1422AH)
  • Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdur Rahman Al-Bassaam (d.1423AH)
  • Ibn Barjas (d.1425AH)
  • Shaykh Ibrahim ibn Muhammad Al Al-Shaykh (d.1428AH)
  • Shaykh Ahmad ibn Yaḥyā an-Najmy (d.1429AH)
  • Shaykh Bakr ibn `Abdullah Abu Zayd (d.1429AH)
  • Muhammad Ibn Abdulwahhab Marzooq Al-Banna (d.1430AH)
  • Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ibn Ghudayaan (d.1431AH)
  • Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahmaan Al-‘Adani (d.1434AH)
  • Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhalī (d.1435AH)

In deep thoughts right now?

But really, what was the first thing that came to your mind? Be really honest.

I know some might say, I’m a doctor now, engineer, architect and all those beautiful professions that Allah Azza Wa Jall made us achieve by His Permission, right?

It’s okay, it’s a beautiful achievement, but let’s face it, in this dunya unless you are amongst those who use it in propagation for Islam, because let’s be honest to ourselves, this world will perish and so will the knowledge that we gained except for that of the knowledge in deen. 

When we ask someone about this, it’s sad how we don’t [to ourselves] immediately say like I have memorized the Qur'an by heart or that I pray 5 times a day or that I know the language of the Qur'an, or anything that is in relation to our deen. This just shows how we put Islam in our lives, we put it on the end, just like how some put Allah Azza Wa Jall as the last resort, when things get worst, then that’s the only time they call upon Allah. Astagfirullah.

O my dear brother and sister in Islam, today, I want to tell you something about the Qur'an because if you are among those people who tend to set aside his or her obligation upon Allah and set aside the will of learning the Qur'an then this is for you. 

When I did my hifdh, my shaykha asked about the history of the Qur'an [tho my experience may differ to other hifdh students because I was homeschooled] and I couldn’t answer her, all i knew was that it was revealed to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam by the angel Jibrail Alaihi Salaam, that these were the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

My shaykha said I was correct but she told me to go deeper, because that is the beauty of Qur'an, it lies within deeper meanings, goes beyond what we perceive it looks or sounds like, that when you study more about it you will realize how glorified Allah is and how limited our knowledge and understanding is without the blessings of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

So now, I am sharing to you some things that I have discovered and studied about the history of the Qur'an. 
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Did you know that when we talk about Qur'an, the name of ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu cannot be left behind? Yes, it’s because uniting the ummah with a single mushaf [quran] was his greatest achievement.

I will do my best to be brief on this, since I do not want to make it too lengthy so let me explain it by bullet form.

There were three stages in writing down the Noble Qur'an.

• First stage was during the time of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam enjoined the writing down of the Qur'an that was revealed to him through scribe or scribes that wrote. 

On this stage one Companion was known and acquired the nickname Kaatib Al Nabi [Scribe of the Prophet] because he specialized in writing down the Wahy [Revelation] and he was Zayd Ibn Thabit Radiyallahu Anhu.

When the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam died, the entire Qur'an was written down, but it was not all put together as the scribes wrote the verses on palm leaves and flat stones and was memorized in the hearts of men.

Even though it was preserved on pages and in people’s hearts, Jibrail Alaihi Salaam still reviewed the Qur'an once every year, and he reviewed it with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wassalaam twice in the year in which he died.

• Second stage was during the time of Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu

We all know that in the Battle of Al Yamaamah, Muslims who joined the caravan of the shuhada [martyrs] were mostly among the huffadh [people who memorized the Qur'an].

With this tragedy, Abu Bakr with consultation with 'Umar complied the Qur'an by collecting it from the skins, bones and palm leaves on which it was written as well as from the hearts of men.

Hence we find the story of Zayd Ibn Thabit with Abu Bakr and 'Umar. [which I have written in a separate article]

The pages that were compiled then were kept with Abu Bakr during his lifetime, until he died, then with 'Umar until he died, then with Hafsah Bint 'Umar.

• Third stage was during the time of 'Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu

When Hudhayfah Ibn Yamaan came to 'Uthman when he was on a campaign with the people of Syria and the people of Iraq in the conquest of Armenia and Azerbaijan, he became very alarmed by the differences in their recitation, so he told 'Uthman:

“O Amir ul Mu'mineen, save this ummah before they differ concerning the Book as the Jews and the Christians did." 

'Uthman then sent a word to Hafsah saying, "Send us the manuscript so that we may make copies of it, then we will return it to you.”

After this, 'Uthman ordered Zayd Ibn Thabit, 'Abd Allah Ibn Az Zubair and Sa'eed Ibn Al'As with 'Abd Ar Rahman Ibn Al Haarith Ibn Hishaam to make copies of it, and told them: “If you and Zayd differ concerning anything of the Qur'an, then write it in the dialect of Quraish, for it was revealed in their dialect." 

[In another narration, the ones whom 'Uthman ordered to write the Mushaf were twelve men, among them were Ubayy Ibn Ka'b and otheres from among Quraish and the Ansar.]

So it was done until they made many copies, then 'Uthman returned the manuscript to Hafsha, and he sent a copied mushaf to every region and ordered that all the other Qur'anic material, whether it was mauscripts or entire copies, be burnt, so it couldn’t cause differences anymore.
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Some point to clarify and highlight:

1) During the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam time, the Qur'an was written and scattered on pages, flat stones, palm leaves, stones and other materials and the chapters were not all compiled in one place. 

2) On the second stage, during the time of Abu Bakr, the Qur'an was written with every chapter having its verses put in order, in pages that followed the order of the verses as they had memorized from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. 

So Zayd Ibn Thabit wrote what had been written at the time of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam on pages with the chapters and its verses in order in which they had been revealed.

Also, the reason it was compiled was to have the Qur'an preserved as the incident that happened during the Battle of Al Yaamamah endanger the preservation of the Qur'an with the death of many huffadh.

3) During the third stage, with the danger of creating differences, 'Uthman Ibn Affan then was motivated to compile the Qur'an even though it had been compiled in the proper order during the time of Abu Bakr because of the alarming differences between Muslim reciters in their recitations. 

As Hudhayfah didn’t want the Qur'anic text to be tampered with and distorted as to what happened among the Jews and Christians where each community was divided against itself with regard to its Book. 

It was during this stage also that the Qur'an was compiled in a manuscript and was put together and sewn with one thread.
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These are just brief information about the history and evolution of the Noble Qur'an, these are summarized and some are paraphrased as to how I have read and understood them, so please if there is difference in opinion kindly refer to the dalil I have cited at the end of this article. in sha Allah.
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So now, you have read how scrupulously and thoroughly the Qur'an was made to reach our generation, how it was protected and preserved by great people that came before us, how much effort and time they have given for this [some with their lives] just so we, who sit in our houses like there is nothing to do, could benefit and know the beauty and importance of this Noble Book.

'Uthman had such a wonderful achievement in his life, now, you who read this, what have you done for your deen?

Because by Allah, as a Muslim, your life is all about Islam. 

I’m not gonna tell you there’s more time, but I’m telling you everyday death chases you, and with every day that you let pass without feeding your soul with the knowledge of Qur'an is a day wasted. 

So get up now, make wudhu and do your best to read the Qur'an and I’m not saying just read but reflective reading, ponder and reflect after every verse! Let the wisdom of this Book fill your hearts and souls, let us develop that amity for the Qur'an and may our lives be lived in accordance to it!
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall gives us the tawfiq to learn and understand the Qur'an in order that we develop love and increase the knowledge we have for the deen so we just like 'Uthmaan can achieve something so great for Allah, our own and our deen. Amin.

Zohayma
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Stories were taken from the following:

• Al Bukhari, Kitab Fadaa'il Al Qur'an, no. 4686
• Hurub Al Riddah wa Bina'al Dawlah Al Islamiyyah,Ahmad Sa'eed,p. 145
• Al Bukhari, no. 4986
• Al Madinah An Nabawiyyah Fajr Al Islam wa'l Asr Al Raashidi, 2/241
• Al Bukhari, Kitaab Fadaa'il Al Qur'an, no. 4987
• 'Uthmaan Ibn Affan, Saadiq Arjun, p. 171

anonymous asked:

not the same person as the original anon but classical, please? (re: female scholars)

This is what I can recall, so if I forget people, it’s not on purpose, and there is no particular order either to the names below.

Historical: 

Nafeesah bint Al-Hasan ibn Zayd (teacher of Imam Shafi’i), Fatimah bint Yahya, Maryam bint Jahsh, Hafsah bint Seereen, Hafsah bint Umar, Aisha bint Abu Bakr, Kareemah bint Ahmad Al Marwaziyyah, Fatima bin al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn al-Daqqaq al-Qushayri, Fatima bint Abd al-Rahman, Zaynab bint Sulayman, Sitt al-Wuzara, Aisha bint Abdel-Hadi, Anas Khatun (wife of Ibn Hajar), Al Sheikhah Al Fudayliya: Fatima al-Fudayliya, Umm Zaynab Fatima bint Abbas ibn Ali Al-Fath, Zaynab bint Umar ibn Al Kindi (teacher of Imam Dhahabi).

Modern:

Kaamilah bint Muhammad ibn Jaasim ibn Alee Aal Jihaam al Kawaaree, Ustadha Ateeka Mogalia, Dr. Amira Sonbol, Ustadha Hedaya Hartford, Ustadha Maha Al Mousely, Dr. Soah Saleh (Dean at Al-Azhar), Dr. Heba Kotb, Ustadha Sawsan Mostafa, Ustadha Shazia Ahmad, Dr. Intisar Rabb (my biggest influence academically), Ustadha Aisha Brewley, Umm Muhammad (author of Sahih International translation of The Qur’an), Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Sheikhah Mona ElZankaly, Sheikhah Saira AbuBakr, Sheikhah Muslema Purmul, Sadaf Farooqi, Dr. Homayra Ziad, Iman Badawi, Ustadhah Umm Abdullah, Wajihah Gregor, Ustadha Noura Shamma and Ustadha Besa Krasniqi.

How did your success affect your life?

We find it in many books that delve into narrating success stories of people that they only attained success because they continued and continuously humble themselves to their Lord.

That even with the luxuries of their success, they choose to continue what they used to do and now much better than before, and that with that success they are able to appreciate life more and be satisfied with it rather than asking for more?

Amazing right? 

It’s too amazing that people find it very hard to do and abide. Now, this is where the character of the Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu will continue to amaze you. 

Let me narrate to you one of the many stories about the humility that dwelled in the heart of Abu Bakr.

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Prior to becoming the Khalifah of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, Abu Bakr used to milk the goats of the women who lived in the district of As-Sunh. 

After the people pledge allegiance to him in the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam masjid, one of the girls of his district said, “From now on, he will never again milk our goats for us.”

Hearing her words, Abu Bakr said, “I will indeed milk them for you. And I certainly hope that my new job will not change me…”

He Radiyallahu Anhu continued to milk their goats for the six months he remained in As-Sunh. After that he moved to another area in the center of Al Madinah.

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Indeed, this was one of the stories that would attest to the humility of Abu Bakr, that even though he was the most respected member of the society, who was well-advanced in his years, and who was the leader of an entire nation, he did not allow his new job to change the way in which he dealt with others.

Abu Bakr continued to help other people, he was always mindful of his deeds until death overcame him.

He was a true leader that served his people, unlike nowadays the leaders are the ones being served by the community, but indeed, during the Khair ul Qurun, the Caliphs were the one who were always mindful of helping and dealt with the happenings and problems of their people. 

Such were the people who followed the teachings of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and those who lived accordingly to the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

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Let us continue to stay humble for indeed this is what Islam was known for, Muslims of those before us paid well on the act of humility.

That is why we all need to remind ourselves about what A'ishah Radiyallahu Anha once said:

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ: ” يَغْفُلُونَ عَنْ أَفْضَلِ الْعِبَادَةِ: التَّوَاضُعِ 

“People are paying no attention to the best act of worship: Humility.”

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And we pray that we learn from this story about Abu Bakr and his humility that with it we may find the roots of humility blossoming within our hearts.

Amin.

Zohayma

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Story was taken from Ibn Sa'ad, 3/180

Hadith of Aishah Radiyallahu Anha was collected by Ibn Abee Shaybah (13/360) Ibn Hajr graded this Athar as being Sahih

How beautiful of a man was Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.

Indeed it was with his grand characteristics that truly made him the Khalifah of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

When we talk about him, we cannot deny the fact that he was such a soft-hearted man, so generous and embodied such beautiful faith and trust in Allah Azza Wa Jall and great love for His Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

Amidst all these beautiful attributes, one attribute of him would always stand out and this was his love for the Qur'an. A lot of Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum have such connection with the Qur'an, but what makes Abu Bakr well known in this area was how he would frequently cry or couldn’t hold back his tears whenever he recited the Qur'an.

See, this great man had such a lifelong attachment to the Qur'an, it was just so amazing. He was a man who memorized the Noble Qur'an, contemplated its meanings, and applied its teachings.

Also, he never spoke about the Qur'an without knowledge. If he was asked about the meaning of a verse, and if he knew its meaning, he would impart his knowledge. But if he didn’t know the meaning of a particular verse, he would reply, “What earth will carry me and what sky will give me shade if I say about the Book of Allah a meaning that Allah did not intend.”

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Now, let us ponder about this wisdom that this great man left behind. Indeed, there are verses in the Qur'an that only Allah Azza Wa Jall knows, and the knowledge of the Qur'an is given only to chosen people by Allah Azza Wa Jall, we cannot indeed merely interpret it’s meanings without proper knowledge.

Let us learn from Abu Bakr, let us impart the knowledge that we are bestowed upon by Allah Azza Wa Jall and have learnt, when asked or when we want to explain something to clear some misconceptions about Islam, it is indeed a duty for us as Muslims.

But let your fear of Allah stop you from answering such questions from people regarding your deen. Do not answer people without proper knowledge about a matter in hand, look at Abu Bakr, he was a knowledgeable man but not every knowledgeable man knows everything. 

Remember, there is something that you do not know that someone knows about, and there is something that you know that someone else doesn’t know about, that is why we need to impart and partake knowledge, we learn from each other, so let not the greed for knowledge stop you from sharing what you know and let not the greed for self-interest lure you to speak about something you do not know of.

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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall bestows upon us such knowledge and make us among those people who are generously sharing the knowledge that they are given and also may He make us among those people who are always eager to learn from other people. 

Amin.

Zohayma
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Story about Abu Bakr was taken from At Tarikh Al Khulafa, As-Suyuti, p. 117

Ma sha Allah. Look at all that big muscles, man, that’s just dope.

PAUSE. PLEASE WAIT.

You have all day getting those muscles big and getting all fit but what does that give you, really? To be looking brave and strong?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong on getting fit and all just like how some sisters try to maintain they beauty and fitness for their husbands but this matter is to address those people who are lured so bad with these standards that media sets and that you have to be moderate on these things, do not be so drowned with it that you forget and neglect your obligations upon Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

Not because you have muscles, you are strong already, because real strength and bravery comes from the heart and that is where this story will penetrate you, in your heart.

Let me ask you, are you brave? Willing to fight, yeah?

but are you brave enough to defend your religion? 

Here, let me tell you about the person who was the bravest of all people. 

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Indeed, no one can deny that the earliest Muslims suffered the worst torments and so almost all kept their new status a secret because the major objective at that time was to stay alive.

However, there was one among the earliest (before ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab) who openly proclaimed he was a follower of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and who was he?

He was none other than the Khaleefah of the Messenger himself, Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.

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The bravery of Abu Bakr was later described by 'Ali and compared it to the man in the Pharaoh’s household who kept his Islam a secret.

During the Caliphate of 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu, he stood up before the people and delivered a sermon;

“O people, who is the bravest of all people?" 

Those that were present answered, "You are, O Leader of the Believers." 

'Ali said, "Lo, I never entered into a duel with another man except that I came out victorious over him. And yet the bravest of all people was none other than Abu Bakr. We once built a command centre for the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and we said, 'Who will stay with the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, to prevent the polytheists from attacking him?’

By Allah, not a single one of us approached (to volunteer for the job) except Abu Bakr, who, with his unsheathed sword, stood over the head of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

Abu Bakr then fought against the anyone who tried to attack the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and so, yes, he was the bravest of all people. 

I remember the time when I saw the Quraish opposing the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and physically shaking him violently, and all the while they were saying to him, 'Have you taken our gods and made them into one God?’

By Allah. not a single one of us stepped forward (to defend him) except Abu Bakr, who struggled against them and struck one man and violently pushed another, and all the while he was saying (to them),

'Woe upon you, are you fighting against a man because he says: 'My Lord is Allah?’

'Ali then lifted the robe he was wearing, and he began to cry until his beard was soaked in tears. He then continued, "I ask you by Allah, was the believer from the family of the Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr?”

The attendees of the gathering then began to cry along with 'Ali, who said, “By Allah, Abu Bakr for an hour is better than the believer of the family of Pharaoh even if clones of him were to fill the entire earth: the latter kept his faith in secret, while the former openly proclaimed his faith.”

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Indeed, He is the Khaleefah of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, there is so much in Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu that would endlessly amaze the people of this Ummah. 

It’s so easy to say that yes, I will be like how Abu Bakr was if the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was here today, but its easily said than done, right?

We have to keep in mind that during this time, Muslims were facing such torture and were being executed, humiliated and treated so bad, it really takes such courage and faith to be able to stand firm on such time of difficulty, and Allah Azza Wa Jall gave this courage and faith to Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.

Now, ask yourself, we all know we face tribulations and trials and some people even insult our Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, would we able to defend him like how Abu Bakr did? 

I’m telling you, yes and that is by following his Sunnah

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May Allah Azza Wa Jall make us among those people who will stay firm on the Qur'an and follow the Sunnah of His Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam so that we could be raised among the ranks of those pious and righteous in the hereafter.

Amin

Zohayma

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Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah: 3/271,272

Do you remember Allah Azza Wa Jall as much as you should be?

Well, here is a beautiful story about the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.
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We all know that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam invoked and supplicated to Allah Azza Wa Jall constantly.

In fact, he invoked Allah Azza Wa Jall day and night even though he had been forgiven his past and future mistakes, and this act of devotion of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam impressed an effect on Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu who was frequently in his company - the importance of supplication.

To this, Abu Bakr strove not just to invoke Allah Azza Wa Jall frequently, but also to invoke Allah Azza Wa Jall with the same beautiful invocations that he heard from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.

Even though it is true that one may supplicate to Allah Azza Wa Jall with one’s own wording, as long as the meaning of what one says is correct, still Abu Bakr wanted to invoke with how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam did.

It is because Abu Bakr knew that the Prophet knew best what to ask from Allah and how to ask for it. 

During prayer, one should especially try to limit oneself, as much as possible, to the Prophet’s invocations, which is why Abu Bakr once asked the Prophet,

“O Messenger of Allah, teach me a supplication with which I can invoke Allah during my prayer.”

The Prophet said:

“Say: ‘O Allah, verily, I have wronged myself very frequently, and no one can forgive sins except You; so forgive me with a forgiveness from Yourself, and have mercy on me. verily, You are Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’.”

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Alhamdulillah that we learn from such stories about the importances of the deeds we are taught in Islam, and one may truly say that such invocations are taught with words of the heart.

Look at the wordings used by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, they are just so beautiful and we can not deny that indeed we wrong ourselves frequently and that only Allah Azza Wa Jall can forgive us. 

One must keep in mind the highlights of this story which are;

1) Even though the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam had been forgiven his past and future mistakes, he still supplicated to Allah, and this just shows that as a Muslim we are so in need of Allah and that we should not live in this world as if we are not sinful people.

Let us reflect from this story, if the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam invoked Allah Azza Wa Jall day and night and he had been forgiven then how about us? We are not even forgiven yet we forget or are unconscious of the remembrance of Allah, we fail so much on this regard. 

2) Let us practice using the invocations taught by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam in our prayers, in our dhikr and in times when we are not doing anything.

As said, it is not obligatory but it is highly recommended that we use it because they are words that speak out the hindrances of the heart, they are words that are so pure and everything and that is one of the many reasons why we should practice and actually try memorizing such supplications.

3) Always keep in mind that Allah Azza Wa Jall is Oft-Forgiving.

Most of the people nowadays, those who are drowning with sins are given such mentality that no one can help them anymore and that they will be doomed forever. As Muslims, we should encourage our brothers and sisters that Allah will always forgive as long as we repent sincerely and that we should never despair of the Mercy of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

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You know that you are in constant remembrance of Allah when someone asks you how you are, you answer with Alhamdulillah instead of I’m fine, when you start to do something you say Bismillah instead of Let’s do this or Aja or okay and when you wish for someone you say in sha Allah rather than I wish for with this you are constantly mentioning His Name.

And we pray that with this story we are encouraged to make use of our tongue not on spreading gossips but on invoking and supplicating Allah and remembering Him that we may always find ourselves attached to the hope of His Mercy. 

Amin.

Zohayma

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Story taken from Life of Abu Bakr, Mujahid, p. 131 | Muslim 2705 and Bukhari 843 

When Sayyiduna Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (Radi Allahu Anhu) was four years old, his father took him in front of an idol in the Ka'bah and said to him, “This is your mighty Lord, so make Sajdah to him.”

When he (Radi Allahu Anhu) heard this he said to the idol, “I am hungry, feed me. I am naked, cloth me. I will throw a stone at you, if you are the Lord then defend yourself.”

There was no response from the idol. So he took a stone and hit the idol. The Divinely blessed power and force of the stone dropped the idol. On seeing this, his father became furious and slapped him on the face. He then took him home and complained to the mother. She replied,

“Leave him alone because when he was born I heard someone from the Unseen saying to me, ‘O servant lady of Allah! Glad tiding to you on the birth of this free child whose name in the skies is Siddique (Truthful) and he will be the close companion of Muhammad (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam)’. At that time I did not know who Muhammad (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was and what all this meant”.

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddique (Radi Allahu Anhu) personally reported this incident to the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam). After he reported this, an Angel appeared and confirmed,

“Abu Bakr speaks the truth and he is Siddique (Truthful).”

This Hadith Sharif is recorded in “Awaliyul Farsh ila Ma'aaliyul Arsh” and quoted by Imam Ahmad Qastalaani (Alayhir Rahmah) in his commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari.
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  • Malfoozat-e-AlaHazrat, Vol. 1, Page 160
  • Irshad al-Sari li Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, Page 370
  • Mirqat al-Mafatih Sharh Mishkat al-Masabih, Vol. 11, Page 178
Abu Bakr RA Part 1

Asalamu 3laykum, I have learning about the biography of Abu Bakr RA and found that his life is full of so many beautiful lessons, too many stories to tell in one go so I guess I’ll do it in parts.

The prophet Muhammad SAW had said in his last khutbah ‘No one has been a better companion to me than Abu Bakr’. Insh’allah I will tell you a little about him; his name used to be Abdul Kaaba (servant of the Kaaba) after he embraced Islam it changed to ‘Abdullah’. Not many know this but but when he was young people often called him Abu Bakr so that name stuck and barely anyone called him Abdullah.

He grew to become a rich, kind hearted, honest merchant. He was Muhammad SAW best friend, imagine that, knowing him inside and out and always being by his side, protecting, sharing a unique bond of friendship, Subhanallah.

He used to preach Islam alongside Muhammad SAW and because of his friendship with people Usman, Zubair, Talha, these men then grew to become pillars of Islam. There was many times he risked his life for Muhammad SAW. Once the Prophet SAW was praying in the Kaaba; he was totally lost in salah that he didn’t even realise Abu jahl had tried strangling him with a cloth and even the Nabi SAW didn’t try to stop him.

Abu Bakr RA saw the monstrous site so he ran over and pushed Abu Jahl aside and removed the cloth from Muhammad SAW neck. The chiefs came and attacked Abu Bakr RA and he got beaten up so severely, he fell unconscious and was carried home. When he came around, the first thing he asked was ‘is Muhammad SAW safe?’ He didn’t care about his own safety. What imaan he had, the love he had was so beautiful, Subhanallah.

His wealth also helped a lot of Muslims, his wealth led to the greatest muezzin coming about. Omayya bin Khalaf owned a slave named Bilal, who was black, treated him so harshly; he would strip him naked, force him to lay on the burning sand and whip him. Even still Bilal RA would shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ and when Abu Bakr RA saw this, he was moved and asked Omayya, ‘why do you do this?’ So he replied, ‘if you feel that sorry for him then buy him’ so Abu Bakr did. Bilal became a great Sahaba, Subhanallah. His biography in short still wouldn’t do his life much justice but inshallah I’ll carry on his biography soon.

Wasalamu alaykum

RK

Abu Bākr’s(RA) anxiety for Muhammad’s ﷺ condition

Early Muslims were constantly being persecuted by the Qura'ish, even Muhammad ﷺ advised all new converts to practice Islam, secretly, to avoid suffering and bad treatment. However when they have reached the number of 39, Abu Bārk(RA) made a suggestion for the open preaching and practicing of Islam. Muhammad ﷺ would not agree, but later on gave consent through Abu Bākr’s(RA) persistent insisting.

So all of them went to Haram for Tablīgh, Abu Bākr(RA) then gave the first every Khutbah that was delivered in the annals of Islam.

Hamzah(RA) embraced that very day, while ‘Umār(RA) came into the fold on the 3rd day after Abu Bākr’s(RA) khutbah.

Despite the fact that he (RA) was considered to be the noblest and most respectable of all the people in Mecca, Abu Bākr(RA) was beaten to such an extent that his nose and ears and his entire face were besmeared with blood. He was kicked, thrashed with shoes, trampled under feet and handled most roughly and savagely. He became unconscious and half-dead; none hoped that he would ever survive brutal onslaught.

Banu Teem, the people of his clan, came and carried him to his house. Abu Bākr(RA) remained unconscious the whole day, people round him shouted his name again and again to know if he was in senses, but he would not speak.

As soon as he was able to speak, he inquired;

“How is Muhammad ﷺ ?”

The people were most disappointed with him and they said;

“ How is that, despite all this calamity and after virtually remaining in the jaws of death all day long on account of Muhammad ﷺ as soon a he has come back to consciousness he has nothing else to talk about, but Muhammad ﷺ himself.”

They left Abu Bākr(RA), much disgusted at his devotion for Muhammad ﷺ, while they were satisfied that he was out of danger. They advised Umm Khair, Abu Bākr’s(RA) mother, to give him something to eat, but whilst eating he(RA) incessantly and impatiently kept asking his mother saying;

“How is Muhammad ﷺ?”

Abu Bākr(RA) entreated her to go to Umm Jamil (Umār’s sister) and find out from her the latest news about Muhammadﷺ, so her mother went and asked Umm Jamil(RA) but since she had to kept her faith secret, she didn’t inform Abu Bākr’s (RA) mother.

Abu Bākr(RA) then convinced his mother to bring her to Umm Jamil(RA), upon seeing Abu Bākr’s(RA) condition Umm Jamil(RA) couldn’t stop herself and began to cry, saying;

“ Woe to the ruffians for what they have done to a man like Abu Bākr. May Allāh punish them for their conduct.”

Regardless of what Umm Jamil(RA) has said, Abu Bākr(RA) again asked;

“How is Muhammad ﷺ?”

Umm Jamil(RA) pointing to Umm Khair: Is it safe to say anything in her presence?
Abu Bākr(RA): Do not worry about her. Tell me quickly how is Muhammad ﷺ?
Umm Jamil(RA): Heﷺ is quite well.
Abu Bākr(RA): Where is he at this moment?
Umm Jamil(RA): He is at Arqam’s place.
Abu Bākr(RA): By Allāh, I will not eat anything until I have looked at him.

Umm Khair knowing that her son has sworn by Allāh would definitely not eat, so therefore she agreed to bring him(RA) to Arqam’s place. 

When they both reached Arqam’s place, Abu Bākr(RA) saw Muhammad ﷺ and clung to him weeping profusely. Muhammad ﷺ reciprocated, and all the Muslims who were present there also began weeping bitterly over the condition of Abu Bākr(RA).

Right there and then, Umm Khair, accepted Islam and converted under Muhammad ﷺ.

This is what we call a true bond blessed by Allāh. Despite the weary condition of Abu Bākr(RA) who almost died, he(RA) still inquired and thought of the condition of Muhammad ﷺ. 

Abu Bākr(RA) was such a real lover that even when he was in face of tribulation and adversity he(RA) still longed to know the condition of his Prophet ﷺ. 

Selfless love.

Hikayaat-e-Sahābah
 

Siddiq-e-Akbar [r]

Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, `Atiq ibn Abi Quhafa, Shaykh al-Islam, `Abd Allah ibn `Uthman ibn `Amir al-Qurashi al-Taymi (d. 13).

The Prophet’s [saw] intimate friend after Allah.

Exclusive companion at the Prophet’s Basin (hawd) and in the Cave.

Greatest supporter.

Closest confidant.

First spiritual inheritor.

First of the men who believed in him and the only one who did so unhesitatingly.

First of his four Rightly-Guided successors.

First of the ten promised Paradise.

And first of the Prophet’s [saw] Community to enter Paradise.

[from sunnah.org]

Nizal bin Sabra states, “Once we found ‪#‎HadratAli‬ Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu in a very delightful manner. We asked him to tell us about his beloved friends. He replied that all the companions of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) are his beloved friends. We asked him about his close friends. He replied, “There is no Companion of the Prophet who is not my close friend.”

We asked him about ‪#‎AbuBakr‬ Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu. He said, “He is he whom Allah called Siddiq by the tongues of Jibra'il and the Prophet. He is the Caliph of the Prophet. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) used to choose him to lead our prayers, thus we also made him our leader in the worldly affairs.”

We then asked him about ‪#‎HadratUmar‬ Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu. He said, “Allah named him Farooq, he who separated truth from falsehood. I have heard the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) say, “O Allah! Give honour to Islam through Umar.”

We asked him about ‪#‎HadratUthman‬. He replied, “He is who whose names is Dhu Nurain (possessor of two lights) by the ones in the highest heavens (Mala'i A'ala). He became the husband of the two daughters of the Prophet. The Messenger has guaranteed for him a place in Paradise.”
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Narrated by Khaithama, al-Lalaka'i, al-‘Ishari in Fada'il al-Siddiq and ibn 'Asakir, who narrated from him, who narrates from Mawla 'Ali Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu. Abu Nu'aym narrated from Ali Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu with the words, We asked Ali about 'Uthman Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhuma, he replied, “He is the one…”

  • Kanz al-'Ummal, Vol. 13. Page 231-232, ‪#‎Hadith‬ 36698
  • Ma'rifat al-Sahaba li ibn Nu'aym, Vol. 1, Page 246, #Hadith 239

First of the four caliphs of Islam, Abu-Bakr As Sideeq. May Allah(subhanahu wa’a Tala) be pleased with him. Ameen.


“Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, was the first to embrace Islam; the first to collect the Glorious Qur’an; the first to name it Mushaf (a copy of the Qur’an); the first to be refereed to with the title Khaleefah (caliph); and the first to become a caliph in the lifetime of his father.” 


A number of Qur’anic verses were revealed in reference to Abu Bakr, such as:

“…they two were in the Cave, and he said to his companion, have no fear, for Allah is with us: then Allah sent down his peace upon him.” [Surah At-Tawbah: 40]

Ibn ‘Abbaas explained: saying “upon him” means upon Abu Bakr, as serenity was already inherent in the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. [Reported by Ibn Abi Haatim]

‘Urawah have said: “Abu Bakr As-Sideeq, may Allah be pleased with him, freed seven people who were subjected to torture in Allah’s Cause. It was about him that the verse was revered:

“But those most devoted to Allah shall be-removed far from it (i.e. the Hell-Fire)” up to the end of the Surah.
[Reported by Ibn Abi Haatim and At-Tabarani]

Usayd Ibn Safwaan reports that ‘Ali Ibn Abi Taalib said concerning the verse,

“And he who brings that truth and he who confirms (and supports) it such are the men who do right.” [Surah Az-Zumar: 33]

“he who brings the Truth” refers to Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and “he who confirms (and supports)” it refers to Abu Bakr As-Sideeq, may Allah be pleased with him. [Reported by Al-Bazzaar and Ibn ‘Asaakir]

There are more verses and hadiths that can show you how much of a great companion was Abu Bakr. We pray that insha’Allah Allah(subhanahu wa’a Tala) makes us meet all the great followers of Islam and be upon those whom Allah(subhanahu wa’a Tala) will say salaam, i am pleased with you. Ameen.

I will not say it as a summarized artwork of the caliph because there are so much details regarding his life and his reign as a caliph of Islam, even those his caliphate only lasted for two years and three months, a lot of battle were fought during his time and there were a some rising of false prophetess as well.

“Driven by rare intrepidity and dauntlessness, Abu Bakr As-Sideeq, may Allah be pleased with him, firmly took charge of the situation fiercely battling whoever even so much as toyed with the idea of slipping back into atheism. Since drastic maladies call fo drastic remedies, Abu Bakr was jus the man for the job, with a heart filled with true faith, unblemished by the slightest trace of fear or hesitation. It is therefore safe to say that the sword Abu Bakr boldly unsheathed in the face of the enemies of Islam was literally a new lease on life for it.” 

[Biographies of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs]