anonymous asked:

And [beware the Day] when God will say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, 'Take me and my mother as deities besides God ?'" He will say, "Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen. (5:116)

And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. - John 10:22-38

- Jesus constantly claiming to be God is the biggest reason the Scribes and Pharisees wanted him crucified. That’s a historical fact backed up by a myriad of sources both within and outside of the Bible. The scripture you sent me denies verified historical events and strengthens my belief that it was written by a false prophet. 

- When considering the divine nature of Christ Jesus we must humble ourselves to the fact that God’s complete nature cannot be fully understood by the human mind. Ponder that in relation to the words from Jesus that I attached below. 

* Oh and if you have doubts about the validity of the scriptures in the Bible you should watch this video because it outline’s some very key reasons why the Bible has been so trusted for so long and why we should keep believing in it’s words…

For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day - Matthew 12:8 

Verily, verily I say onto you, before Abraham was, I am. – John 8:58 

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven - Matthew 7:21

But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. - Matthew 11:9

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” – John 14:6-7

I and my father are one – John 10:30

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. – John 5:19

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33

All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. – Matthew 11:27

- These are only a few verses of the many that outline Jesus’s divinity, but it cannot be truthfully said that Jesus never claimed to be the Christ.

Ramadan Reinspired: Day Two

The time during the month of Ramadan is blessed and precious. It is a golden opportunity to seek closeness to Allah. Before we know it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We should try and spend every moment possible in the worship of Allah so that we can make the most of this blessing. Avoid getting into unwanted conversations instead use the time to recite a lot of Quran and avoid oversleeping so that you get enough time to pray the nafil prayers. Whoever recites ten ayat in qiyam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred ayat in qiyam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand ayat in qiyam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds). (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ibn Hibbaan. It is a hasan report. Saheeh al-Targheeb, 635).

As for the rewards of reciting the Quran, they are many. An authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee states:

Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Quran to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.

More Inspiration |

“Not even water”

Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ as saying:
If anyone forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks he should complete his fast, for it is only Allah Who has fed him and given him drink.
[Sahih Muslim: Book 13, Hadith 222]

Kembali tersadar bahwa sesederhana ini pesan-pesan yang Beliau sampaikan. Tak bersayap, tak bermetafor, dan tak perlu pemahaman tingkat tinggi. Terkadang kita mungkin terlalu malas untuk menyelami pesan-pesan kenabian. Hingga pesan-pesan sederhana seperti ini seringkali kita lewatkan. 

Menjadi tamparan keras untuk kita yang mungkin sering alfa mengeksplorasi Rasulullah lebih jauh dan malah lebih euphoria dengan kata-kata dari orang-orang yang justru tidak pernah menyembah-Nya. Dahulukanlah pesan-pesan kenabian, sebab di dalamnya sudah jelas menggiring kita ke arah sebenarnya.

Yuk, saling mengingatkan..

The only people who are encouraged to love their enemy is the American Negro. The only people who are encouraged to adopt this old passive resistance or wait-until-you-change-your-mind-and-then-let-me philosophy is the American Negro. And any man that propagates that kind of doctrine among Negroes is a traitor to those people. It is time for the black people in this country to come together and unite and do whatever is necessary to gain the recognition and respect of the world. And you know what Patrick Henry had to do to get some respect: he said liberty or death. He didn’t talk any kind of peaceful suffering or passive resistance. George Washington didn’t talk peaceful suffering or passive resistance. No hero who is respected by whites ever tried to propagate some kind of peaceful suffering or passive resistance. The Hungarian Freedom Fighters fought against the Russians. The odds were against them. They were greatly outnumbered, the odds were against them, but because they took a stand and were willing to die for what they believed in, those same freedom fighters can come to this country and get respect and recognition and work on jobs and live in communities that these Negro, what do you call ‘em, Freedom Riders, sit-inners, haven’t been able to do yet. So anytime you will show that you are willing to die for what you believe then you will get respect and recognition and this is what the black man has to learn. If it is all right for black people to be drafted and sent to Korea or South Vietnam or Laos or Berlin or someplace else to fight and die for the white man, then there is nothing wrong with that same black man doing the same thing when he is under the brutality in this country at the hands of the white man.

Yes, this is a depiction of Muhammad. If this offends you, unfollow me.

If I’m not a member of your religion, I am not obligated to follow its rules. If you try to force people to follow the rules of your religion in our secular society, you’re absolutely no better than any of the terrorist groups in the Middle East.

This is the winner of that cartoon contest from a few weeks back, where two gunmen tried to murder everyone for violating the rules of their religion.

I make no apologies for posting this. Remember that time two Catholic gunmen shot up a steakhouse for serving meat on Friday? Remember that time two Jewish gunmen shot a McDonald’s employee for making bacon double cheeseburgers? Of course not, those didn’t happen. But it happened over this, a cartoon contest that violated a religious rule no different from those ones. We are a secular society, this should not be tolerated, and if this offends you, look away. This isn’t about people attacking Islam or personally offending you if you practice it. This is about people EXISTING while simultaneously not being a part of your religion. Get over it.

Episode 107. Seerah - Fatma’s Marriage to Ali

Listen to the full Episode 107 by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda.

Missed any episodes? Here is the full list of Seerah Notes.

– The last major event that occurred in the 2nd year of Hijra was the marriage of the Prophet’s youngest daughter Fatima to Ali bin Abi Talib

  • Ali told the story in first-person perspective

– He came home one time & one of the women in his family said to him, “Do you know that the daughter of the Prophet is receiving marriage proposals?”

  • Ali said, “I didn’t know that.”
  • The woman said, “People are starting to inquire about the daughter of the Prophet.”

– Fatima’s age at this time ranges from 15-18

  • The discrepancy lies on whether she was born a year of two before Revelation or a year or two after Revelation
  • In either case, she was at the age of marriage, so people were making inquiries about her marriage

– The woman then said to Ali, “What prevents you from going to the Prophet so that he can marry you to his daughter?”

  • Ali said, “Do I even have anything to get married with?”
    • The woman said, “Don’t worry about that. If you go to the Prophet, he’ll figure something out for you.”
  • Ali narrated, “I swear to Allah, she would not stop encouraging me to go & talk to the Prophet until I finally went to speak with the Prophet.”

– Ali grew up in the home of the Prophet. He was raised by the Prophet. The Prophet was a father/uncle type figure to Ali even though they were cousins. The Prophet was a mentor to Ali, & they were very close to each other

  • But when Ali went to talk to the Prophet about this matter, Ali became completely silent. He narrated, “I couldn’t get a sound out of my mouth.”

– A lot of times, we talk about the awkwardness & difficulties of the marriage process. We’ll say, “Oh, it’s not that difficult or there’s nothing awkward about it. We’ve made it awkward.”

  • No, it’s always been a little awkward. Whenever a young man approaches a young woman’s father, every single young man has always gotten a little bit scared, so it’s completely natural
    • This is Ali bin Abi Talib. He stood in the Battle of Badr just months ago & declared himself, “I’m the one whose mother named him a lion.”
    • So this is a warrior. This is someone who is close to the Prophet, but when it comes to marriage, he couldn’t get a sound out of his mouth

– The Prophet was looking at Ali, wondering, why did Ali just come in & sit down & silently staring blankly. The Prophet asked, “Why have you come? Do you need something?”

  • Ali was quiet. He couldn’t say a word
    • Again, the Prophet said, “Ali, what’s going on with you? Do you need something?”
  • Still, Ali was quiet. Not a word
    • The Prophet asked for the third time, “Do you need something? Why have you come here? Can I help you with something?”
  • Ali was still silent
    • The Prophet, finally understanding, said, “You came to ask for Fatima’s hand in marriage, didn’t you? The only thing that could stun you this way & that could put you into this state of silence & freeze you up like this has to be the only thing that’s scarier than fighting in a battlefield, & that is marriage. You’re the guy who I can’t get to sit down in the battlefield & you cannot utter a sound. You’re frozen. So it’s got to be marriage. It’s got to be my daughter.”
  • Ali finally said one word, “Yes.”

– The Prophet said, “Do you have anything to offer her? Mahr? Finances? What do you have?”

  • Ali said, “I don’t have anything, ya Rasulillah. Wallahi, I don’t have anything.”
    • So you can imagine, this is not going as Ali had planned
    • Ali narrated, “I remember the silatul rahim of the Prophet. I remembered his good treatment. I recall the fact that the Prophet is very merciful, kind, & generous to his family members. I had kept that in mind.”
  • The Prophet said, “What happened to the armor that I had given you?”
    • Ali narrated, “There was an armor that the Prophet gifted to me. It was from the Battle of Badr. The armor is hutamiya.”
    • Abdul Qays was a tribe & there was a family in that tribe by the name of Hutam, who were known for making a particular type of armor, which was very wide & strong
      • The armor was also called hutamiya because it was a sword breaker, a sword-shatterer. The armor would shatter & break swords
      • The armor was very heavy & wide, but the advantage of wearing that armor was that if a strong enough of a man wore it, then he could go into the middle of the enemy & the harder the enemy would try to hit the armor, the more badly their sword would break on it
  • Ali narrated, “I did have that armor, but I didn’t mention it because it’s not the kind of thing that you give in mahr, & it’s also not worth that much. It’s not worth more than a few darahim.”
    • Ali told the Prophet, “I do have that armor, ya Rasulillah.”
    • The Prophet replied, “That is an appropriate mahr. Now go ahead & start preparing.”

– In the course of preparing, the Prophet told Ali to figure out two things

  • A walimah has to be done. A feast has to be arranged
    • Ali narrated, “I barely got the mahr. I didn’t have enough to throw a walimah.”
    • This tells you about the sense of community they had, that some of the Sahaba stepped forth & pitched in & helped Ali offer a walimah to the community. Sa’ad bin Muadh gave a lamb, etc.
  • Along with that, Ali also wanted to make money to set up a home & make arrangements for having a family
    • The Prophet advised Ali, “Why don’t you get some idh khir from the woods outside Madinah & bring it & sell it?”
      • Idh khir was a type of grass/leaf that would be used for different purposes, like food & cooking
  • So Ali set out on that task

– The Prophet went to Fatima & told her, “I have a marriage proposal for you that I like, so I wanted to ask you about it. I have chosen Ali for you.”

  • The compliance & agreement of the woman is absolutely necessary before a marriage takes place
    • Women cannot be given away forcefully. She has to give her consent
  • Fatima was very quiet. She didn’t respond probably out of shyness or modesty

– The Prophet then mentioned the qualities of Ali to Fatima & he specifically said, “Ali is one of the earliest people to accept Islam. He is one of the most knowledgeable of my companions. He is also one of the best of my companions in terms of character & his akhlakh.”

  • The Prophet mentioned these 3 qualities of Ali. Firstly, Ali was among the early believers, so he has seniority in Islam despite being so young when he accepted
  • Secondly, Ali has great knowledge & is very intelligent
  • Lastly, Ali is the most virtuous among the Sahaba in patience

– These are some of the things the Prophet pointed out in what accounts for a good marriage proposal

  • The Prophet specifically mentioned Ali’s knowledge, forbearance/patience, demeanor, & his early acceptance of Islam

– The Prophet went on to say, “Ali is also from amongst the most noble people in my eyes. He is one of the people I love & respect the most.”

  • Fatima agreed to the marriage proposal

– The preparations for the marriage are starting now

  • The mahr has been designated
  • Both the man & woman accepted & agreed to the marriage
  • The father of the bride (the wali) has approved of the match
  • Some Sahaba had made commitments to help Ali in preparing a walimah
  • Ali hired a man from Banu Qaynuqa, a Jewish tribe of Madinah, to help Ali bring these leaves of idh khir so Ali could later sell them

– The Prophet pointed out Ali’s good qualities, but he also looked at the financial circumstances. We always have two extremes in this conversation

  • One extreme is that it’s only about the finances & that’s the only thing we’re concerned about
    • That’s obviously problematic. You’re marrying someone based on their income & then you don’t have any care or concern about their deen or character, & that’s how you end up in trouble
  • The other extreme is that “No, money shouldn’t matter at all. The only thing that matters is deen.”
    • One’s responsibility is part of their deen. Money in and of itself doesn’t matter, but one should take on responsibility & that is very much a part of one’s deen
    • That’s why the Prophet does pay attention to that & inquire about that

– But what the Prophet realized about Ali was that he needs a little help in the area of finances

  • The Prophet doesn’t disqualify Ali; the Prophet works with him on it & gives him some advice
    • This teaches both the families looking for husbands for their daughters & also the young man, that he should be open to such counsel & be willing to work with this & not let ego get in the way
  • Ali sat down & took note of the what the Prophet suggested about the armor being the mahr & selling idh khir to make money to support his new family

– Ali went off to engage in his business. Ali owned 2 she-camels. He received one of them from the spoils of Battle of Badr. The second one was gifted to Ali by the Prophet from the latter’s portion of spoils of Badr

  • Ali had them tied up outside the house of an Ansari
  • The following is a very sensitive & delicate story

– Ali came back from gathering the idh khir. He went to get his she-camels so he could load the idh khir on it to go sell it in the marketplace

  • He finds that the she-camels are dead. The she-camels were slaughtered & their meat has been cut out
    • Ali narrated, “This is basically all that I owned. I just got done having the most difficult conversation of my life with not only the Messenger of God but my father-in-law-to-be about my financial situation. I’m doing something about it. I’m trying to make things happen so that I can get married, & I come back & find that all my wealth is sitting here bleeding in the street. I started to cry. Everything was gone.”
  • Ali stood there & yelled, “Who did this?!”
    • Someone said, “I think it was Hamza bin Abdul Mutallib. He’s inside this house. There’s a group of people there from the Ansar who are hanging out. Hamza is with them.”

– While Hamza & the group of Ansar were hanging out, they were also drinking wine

  • Now, of course, you’d ask how could Hamza be drinking wine? He’s the leader of all the martyrs. He’s the uncle of the Messenger. The Lion of Allah. So what’s going on here – that this Sahabi would be drinking wine?
    • Now keep in mind that this is before the prohibition of alcohol. In fact, this took place before the ayat came down prohibiting Muslims from even praying after being intoxicated by wine
  • Hamza & some of the Ansar were consuming wine, but we should not take this as some type of slight against the Sahaba. Why?
    • Because when the ayat of prohibition of intoxicants came down, the Sahaba immediately smashed the bottles from where they were standing & tossed it away. They didn’t inquire, “I understand we can’t drink wine anymore, but can we sell it to somebody else? Can we give it away?”
    • They were not these types of people. When the Sahaba were told that this is no longer permissible, they threw it away immediately. When that ayat was revealed to them, wine immediately became the most detestable thing to them in that instant
  • The Sahaba are people of extremely high caliber
    • But this is before the prohibition of alcohol
    • Many of us have grown up as Muslims, raised in Muslim families, raised in Muslim societies & cultures, so the idea of alcohol might be so shocking to us that we can’t fathom that there were Sahaba drinking it
    • But you have to keep in mind that this was before there was any prohibition of it at all, so it’s a very different situation

– While Hamza was drinking with the group of Ansar, someone recited the poem, “Oh Hamza, go and bring the meat of these fat she-camels.”

  • Someone enticed him, so Hamza jumped up with his sword, cut open the camels, cut some meat/liver out, roasted it, & consumed it as part of the party

– Ali immediately went to the Prophet & Zayd bin Haditha

  • This is a family issue. Zayd & Hamza were very close like brothers
  • Zayd was sitting with the Prophet. The Prophet saw the look on Ali’s face & knew right away that something was wrong
    • The Prophet asked, “Ali, what’s wrong?”
    • Ali said, “You will not believe what happened today. Hamza killed my camels & he did this and this. He’s over there in the home of an Ansari.”
  • The Prophet told Zayd, “Bring me my shawl.”
    • The Prophet wrapped the shawl around him & he went walking quickly
    • Ali & Zayd ran behind the Prophet

– The trio reached the house where Hamza was [this is a narration of Bukhari]

  • The Prophet knocked
    • Someone asked from behind the door, “Who is it?”
    • The Prophet replied, “Muhammad.”
    • The Prophet then walked in
  • The Prophet said, “Ya Hamza, what did you do? Why did you do this?”
    • Hamza was out of it. He was completely intoxicated. His eyes were red. He started staring at the Prophet very strangely. He looked at the Prophet up & down. He kept scanning the Prophet, like he was sizing him up
    • Then Hamza said, “You guys are just my father’s slaves. All of you are just sons & slaves of my father.”

– The Prophet immediately recognized that Hamza is very intoxicated right now, & he slowly backed out from there. The Prophet didn’t say another word

  • Ali & Zayd left with the Prophet
  • Later, the ayat of alcohol prohibition came down, & the Prophet handled the issue
  • Hamza was made to apologize to Ali & compensate him for what was lost

– When everything was settled, the Prophet performed the nikah of Ali & Fatima

  • The Prophet then took Fatima & all of her things to drop them off at the house of Ali
  • The Prophet gave Fatima several gifts, which are often referred to as tajheez, jeehaz, or jahaaz
    • The Prophet gave her a blanket, water skin, bowl/dish, a pillow made out of leather & stuffed with the leaves of idh khir
    • They were mostly supplies for her new home
  • Fatima is the daughter of whom the Prophet said, “This is the leader of all the women in Paradise, & this is the gift she takes in her new home from her father.”
    • Simplicity of the Messenger is emphasized

– One time, later down in the marriage of Fatima & Ali, Ali had given Fatima a gift of gold necklace. It was nothing very huge or elaborate; it was just a gold chain

  • The Prophet saw this chain on her neck. He went & kind of grabbed it & said, “What is this?”
    • Fatima said, “My husband, Abu Hassan, gave this to me.”
  • The Prophet said, “Ya Fatima, do you want people to say that Fatima bint Muhammad has this chain made of fire?”

– It was harsh. We know it’s permissible for women to wear jewelry

  • Also, Ali had not gotten the chain wrongly. It wasn’t stolen or impermissible property. He is one of the most honest men that ever walked this earth, so the necklace was earned from permissible means & women are allowed to wear it, yet the Prophet referred to the chain as being made from fire
  • When the Prophet would go to visit Fatima, he’d sit next to her & hold her hand & talk to her for hours. He didn’t just sit down & leave from the door

– Fatima took off that necklace. She went & found a slave. Fatima used that necklace to purchase the freedom of that slave

  • When the Prophet was told what Fatima did, he said, “The ultimate praises for Allah who saved my daughter from the Fire of Hell.”
  • This was the simplicity that the Prophet lived & preached. This is how he raised his children
    • Wearing gold chain is permissible for women, but not for the daughter of the Messenger. They lived by a higher standard & higher code

– The Prophet would say, “O people of Quraysh, save your souls from the Fire of Hell. I will not be able to help you in the least bit. O people of Banu Abd Munaf, I cannot save you in front of Allah. Work for your souls. Work for your akhira. Ya Abbas bin Abdul Mutallib, I cannot save you. Work to save yourself. Ya Saffiyyah (the Prophet’s aunt), save yourself. I can’t save you. Ya Fatima bint Muhammad, ask me whatever you want in this world. You can ask me for anything that I have. I will give it to you. But I can’t save you in front of Allah. You have to work to save yourself.”

  • This is how the Prophet raised Fatima. This is why she was the way she was

– Whenever the Prophet would travel (for expeditions or such), he’d depart from the masjid with the Sahaba. The last place he would go to before going to the masjid was the house of Fatima

  • He’d check on her & let her know that he’ll be back soon
  • When the travel group would return to Madinah, they would arrive at the masjid first. Even though the Prophet lived right next door to the masjid, he would visit Fatima first thing after returning to the city & check on her

– Fatima once baked some fresh bread & went to visit the Prophet

  • She sat down & placed the bread in front of the Prophet
    • The Prophet asked, “What’s the special occasion, ya Fatima?”
  • Fatima replied, “No special occasion. I made fresh bread & I wanted to eat it with you.”
    • The Prophet said Bismillah & took a bite of the bread
    • The Prophet then said, “Alhamdulillah. I swear by the One in whose hands is Muhammad’s life, this is the first morsel of food your father has had in 3 days.”

– After marriage, there are all these tasks & responsibilities that the new husband & wife gets. After a while, it took a toll on Fatima & her children. She was struggling

  • Ali told his wife, “Why don’t you go to your father & request that he provide a servant to help you around the house?”
  • Fatima went to pray Fajr, after which she went to the house of the Prophet

– The Prophet was out running some errands & taking care of things in the community

  • When the Prophet came home in the evening, Aisha told him, “Fatima had come looking for you.”

– The Prophet then went to the house of Fatima & Ali, both of whom had already laid down

  • They had that blanket (that the Prophet gifted to Fatima) on top of them
    • It’s said that the blanket was so small that when they would wear it the long way, they wouldn’t be covered completely. Their sides would be exposed
    • When they would wear the blanket the horizontal way, their feet would stick out & it wouldn’t cover their heads
  • The Prophet arrived & sought permission to enter
    • As the Prophet began to enter, Ali starts to get up, & the Prophet said, “Stay where you are.”
    • The Prophet then sat down between them
  • Ali narrated, “I could feel the leg of the Prophet was very cold.”

– The Prophet then said, “You wanted help & assistance. Let me tell you something better than help & assistance. Whenever you lay down for bed, say SubhanAllah 33 times. Say Alhamdulillah 33 times. Say Allahu Akbar 34 times. This is better for you than any help & assistance from a maid.”

  • Then the Prophet left, but he still did not give them servant. It wasn’t for the family of the Messenger. “We don’t have servants. We don’t have maids. We do this work ourselves. And we do this dhikr of Allah.”
  • Ali later narrated, “I never quit doing that for the rest of my life, & I benefited from it.”
    • This is called the tasbih of Fatima
      • This tasbih was taught by a loving father to his beloved daughter

– Towards the end of the life of the Prophet, after Fat-hul Makkah, Ali was considering taking a second wife

  • When Fatima found out about it, she was not happy. She wasn’t comfortable with the idea, & she told the Prophet this
  • The Prophet spoke to Ali, “Fatima is a part of me. What makes her happy, makes me happy. What displeases her, displeases me. What upsets her, upsets me.”
    • Ali took the hint, & didn’t end up taking another wife during Fatima’s lifetime

– Some narrations specifically mention that Ali was interested in the daughter of Abu Jahl & the Prophet commented on that as well

  • Ali never took any other wife, because the Prophet said, “Look, take care of Fatima. I will not make the impermissible permissible, or the permissible impermissible. I’m not saying it’s haram on you to take another wife, because Allah has allowed you to but I’m telling you, look out for my Fatima. Take care of my Fatima.”
    • Such is the love Prophet had for Fatima

– Ali & Fatima had 5 children in total – Hassan, Hussain, Muhassin/Muh’sin, Ummu Kulthum, & Zaynab

  • Muhassin/Muh’sin passed away as a child
  • Fatima named her two daughters after two of her sisters who had passed away

– They were a remarkable family

  • The following ayat were revealed from Surat Al-Insaan about something Fatima & Ali did:
    • “And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [saying] ‘We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude.’ ” [76:8-9]
  • Ali & Fatima were fasting one day. When they sat down to break their fast, an orphan came, saying, “Oh family of the Rasul, I’m an orphan. Help me.”
    • The couple gave their food to the orphan. They drank water to break the fast & went to sleep hungry
  • The next time they sat down to break another day of fasting, a miskeen (poor person) came, & said, “Oh family of the Prophet, I’m a miskeen, help me.”
    • Again, Ali & Fatima gave their iftar to the miskeen, drank water, & went to sleep
  • Again, the couple was fasting & sat down to break their fast. A prisoner came & asked for food
    • Again, they gave him food, drank water, & went to bed hungry

– They didn’t tell anyone or publicized that they broke their fast with only water

  • When the people whom they gave food to tried to thank Ali & Fatima, they said, “We fed you for the sake of Allah. We don’t want any type of compensation from you.”
  • When Fatima & Ali went to the Prophet, the Prophet congratulated them & said, “These ayat were revealed because of the deed that you had done.”

– Fatima would go to see the Prophet when he was close to his death & would sit next to the Prophet

  • She put the head of the Prophet in her lap. With her tears falling on the face of the Prophet, she cried, “Why does my father have to suffer like this?”
    • Think of the plight of Fatima. Her mother passed away when she was young. She lost 3 brothers in childhood. All 3 of her older sisters have passed away in front of her
    • The only person she has left is her father
  • The Prophet told her, “Your father will not suffer after today.”
    • The Prophet passed away the next day

– Fatima was never the same after her father’s death. She never recovered from that

  • Ali, one of the closest people to the Prophet, went to the Janaza. He washed the Prophet’s body & put the Prophet’s body in the grave & buried him
  • When Ali came home, Fatima saw her husband & yelled at him, “Were you not ashamed, pouring dirt on the body of the Messenger? How dare you put dirt on his body?!”
    • The Sahaba were stunned speechless & cried like babies because they were the Prophet’s companions & friends
    • Imagine the Prophet’s only surviving child’s plight & distress at her father’s death

– Six months after the Prophet passed away, in the beginning of the month of Ramadan (some narrations say on the 3rd day of Ramadan), Fatima passed away

  • She was very ill and bed-ridden for a few months
  • She called for some water & washed herself. She wore some clean clothes & prayed
    • She made some dua & read Qur’an
    • She laid down, closed her eyes, & passed away in her sleep
  • She was 28 or 29 years old at the time

– Ali would stand at Fatima’s grave & he missed her so much that he would say, “What’s wrong with me that I come here & stand on top of a grave saying salaam, waiting for an answer? The grave of my beloved who does not respond to my salaam. I come here day after day, saying salaam, longing for a response from my beloved. O beloved, why is it that you do not respond to me? Have you forgotten the good times that we’ve enjoyed together? If my beloved could respond to me, she would say, ‘How could I respond to you when I have gone & succumbed to the dirt? The dirt has eaten away at my body & I have forgotten you. I can no longer remember you. I have succumbed to the dirt. I give you my salaam, but realize that those times we shared together are long gone.’ ”

  • Ali would stand at the grave of Fatima & cry & recite these couplets

– Ali & Fatima’s marriage was one of the last concluding events of the 2nd year of Hijra

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One white man named Lincoln supposedly fought the civil war to solve the race problem and the problem is still here, the same white man issued the Emancipation Proclamation to solve the race problem and the problem is still here, some more white liberals came along with the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments which were supposed to solve the race problem and the problem is still here, nine years ago nine more white liberals, so-called, came up with what they called the Supreme Court desegregation decision and the problem is still here then another white man named Kennedy came along, running for president, and told Negroes what all he was going to do for them if they voted for him, and they voted for him 80 percent, and he’s been in office now for three years and the problem is still here. When police dogs were biting black women and black children and black babies in Birmingham, Alabama, that Kennedy talked about what he couldn’t do because no federal law had been violated, and as soon as the Negroes exploded and began to protect themselves and got the best of the crackers in Birmingham, then Kennedy sent for the troops. And there was no-…he didn’t have any new law when he sent for the troops when the Negroes erupted than he had at the time when whites were erupting. So we are within our rights and with justice, with justification, when we express doubt concerning the ability of the white man to solve our problem and also when we express doubt concerning his integrity, concerning his sincerity, because you will have to confess that the problem has been around here for a long time and whites have been saying the same thing about it for the past hundred years and it’s no nearer a solution today than it was a hundred years ago.

Muhammad by his life showed that amongst Muslims there should be perfect equality and brotherhood. There was no question of race, caste, creed, colour, or sex. The Sultan of Turkey may buy a Negro from the mart of Africa, and bring him in chains to Turkey; but should he become a Muslim and have sufficient merit and abilities, he might even marry the daughter of the Sultan. Compare this with the way in which the Negroes and the American Indians are treated in this country! And what do Hindus do? If one of your missionaries chance to touch the food of an orthodox Hindu, the Hindu would throw it away. Notwithstanding our grand philosophy, you note our weakness in practice; but there you see the greatness of the Muslim beyond other races, showing itself in equality, perfect equality regardless of race or colour.
—  Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)