masjid haraam

“…I saw a young black boy…”

‘Abdullaah Ibnul-Mubaarak رحمه الله said:

“I came to Makkah while it had been stricken by drought and the people were praying Istisqaa (prayer for rain) in Masjid Al-Haraam. I was by the gate of Banee Shaybah, when I saw a young black boy who was wearing two pieces of burlap (a thick cloth usually used to make sacks), one piece wrapped around his waist and the other tossed over his shoulder. He stood at a secluded place next to me and I heard him say, “My Lord, the faces are worn due to their sins and the evil of their deeds, and you have prevented us from rain to discipline the creation, I ask you O patient and forbearing One, You who His slaves know nothing of Him except that which is beautiful, give them rain, in this moment, in this moment.””

Ibnul-Mubaarak said, “He continued to say, “In this moment” until the sky became filled with clouds, and the rain descended from every direction, and he sat in his place making tasbeeh, and I began to cry.

When he left I followed him to find out where he lives. After that, I went to Fudhayl Ibn 'Iyaadh who said to me, “Why do you look so depressed?”

I said to him, “Someone beat us to Allaah, and so He took him as an intimate companion other than us.”

He said, “How so?”

So I told him the story, and he cried out “Woe be to you, O Ibnul-Mubaarak! Take me to him!”

I said, “There’s no time at the moment, I’ll find out more about him.”

So the next morning I prayed Fajr and I went to his residence and there was an old man sitting at the door. When he saw me he recognized me and said, “Welcome, O Aboo 'Abdir-Rahmaan. What do you need?”

I said, “I am in need of a black boy.”

He said, “I have many”, and so he cried out “Boy!” and a strong young man emerged, and he said, “You’ll have a good result with this one. He would be good for you.”

I said, “I have no need for him”.

So he continued to bring out boy after boy, until I saw the boy that I recognized, so when I saw him my eyes teared. He said, “Is this the one?”

I said, “Yes”.

He said, “There’s no way I can sell him.”

I asked, “Why not?”

He said, “Because I see his presence in this house as a blessing, and he does not cost me anything!”

I asked, “Where does he eat from?”

He said, “He earns from some food that he sells and that is his sustenance, and if he does not sell, he eats it and that is sufficient. The other boys tell me that he does not sleep these long nights, and he does not mix with them, but is busy with himself, and my heart has loved him.”

I said, “Do I go back to Fudhayl Ibn 'Iyaadh and Sufyaan Ath-Thawree without having fulfilled their need?”

He said, “Your coming to me is a great occasion for me, you may have him for whatever price you wish.”

So I purchased him and took him towards Fudhayl. We walked for a moment before he said, “O my master.”

I replied, “At your service.”

He said, “Please don’t say ‘At your service’ to me, for the slave is the one who should be at the service of his master.”

I said, “What do you need, my beloved?”

He said, “I am physically weak, and don’t have the strength to serve, and you had options other than me. Others were brought out who were stronger than me.”

I said, “May Allaah never see you serving me, rather I will purchase for you a house and marry you off, and I will serve you myself.”

He cried in that moment, so I asked him, “What makes you cry?”

He said, “You didn’t do that except that you saw one of my communications with Allaah, otherwise why would you choose me over the others?”

I said, “Don’t worry about it.”

But he insisted, “I ask you by Allaah to tell me.”

I said, “The response to your supplication.”

He said, “I estimate that you are إن شاء الله a righteous man. Allaah has a chosen group amongst his creation, He does not expose their status except to whom He loves from amongst his slaves.” Then he said, “Is it alright if we stop for a moment? I have some rak’at (units of prayer) that I owe from yesterday.”

I said, “The house of Fudhayl is near.”

He said, “No, here is more beloved to me. The commands of Allaah should not be delayed.” He entered the masjid from the door of the merchants so he continued to pray and when he finished he looked towards me and said, “O Aboo 'Abdir-Rahmaan, do you need anything?”

I asked, “Why?”

He said, “Because I want to journey on.”

I asked, “To where?”

He said, “The hereafter.”

I said, “Let me enjoy your company!”

He said, “Life was only sweetened when my interaction was only with Allaah. Now if you have been exposed to it, others will as well, and I have no need for that.”

He then collapsed onto his face and said, “O my Lord, take me to You in this moment, in this moment.”

I came near to him and found that he had passed away.

By Allaah, I never remembered him except that a long sadness would envelope me and that the dunya would become insignificant in my eyes.

—  المنتظم 8/223-225

The administrators of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (The Grand Mosque of Makkah) wanted to give one of the mosque cleaners a bonus because of his outstanding hard work. However, he refused all monetary offers, and instead requested that they allow him to pray in Hijr Ismaa'eel, which is actually inside the Ka'bah. Indeed, some things are more valuable than money!

Allah describes people like him as those “who sell this material life for the Hereafter” (Soorah an-Nisaa, 74).

May Allah make us among them. Ameen

Women in Islam: Fatimah Az-Zahra

Fatimah Az-Zahra was the youngest daughter of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) and his wife, Khadijah binti Khuwaylid. She grew up as very sensitive child on her age. She was five years old when the Prophet Rasulullah (peace be upon him) declared himself as the messenger of Allah. Her mom, Khadijah binti Khuwaylid told her what the responsibilities of the Prophet are. Fatimah became more closely attached and felt a deep bonding of love to her father. She used to accompanied her father when visiting Ka’bah or attending secret meetings with the early people that has embraced Islam.

Once, when she accompanied her father to Masjid Al-Haraam, the Prophet began to pray in front of the Ka’bah. A group of Quraysh gathered around the Prophet (peace be upon Him) and brought the entrails of a slaughtered animal and threw it on shoulders of the Prophet. Fatimah was ten years old, removed the filth, then, in a firm and angry voice she lashed out against the Quraysh, and they said no single word.

Upon her mother’s death, she felt that she had to give greater support to her father. She looked after his needs, engrossed in her father’s service, and people started to called her “Umm Abiha”, the mother of her father. Fatimah was raised by his father, and received education directly from his father. Her gestures and manners resembled of her father so much. She learnt a gentle speech and manners from her father. She gave the needy foods, preferred herself remain hungry, and she was known as ‘the lady of the light’. The Prophet had special love to Fatimah. Narrated by Miswar bin Makhramah Radiallahu Anha, the Prophet said, 

My daughter is part of me. He who disturbs her in fact disturbs me and he who offends her, offends me.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith 3767).

The Prophet was also said, “The best women in the entire world are four: The Virgin Mariyam Radi Allahu Ta’aala Anha daughter of Imran, and Aasiya Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha the wife of Pharaoh (Firaun), and Khadija Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha the mother of the believers, and Fatimah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha the daughter of Muhammad ShallAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam.”

Fatimah was married to Ali ibn Thalib, at the beginning of the second year after hijra. She was nineteen-years old and Ali was about twenty-one. Ali was had presented Fatimah binti Rasulullah with a wodden bed intertwined with palm leaves, a velvet coverlet, a leather  cushion filled with the leaves of a plant, a sheepskin, a pot, a water-skin and a quern for grinding grain. They had two children, Hassan and Husein.

One day, before proceeding on to his Farewell Pilgrimage in Ramadhan, 10 A.H, the Prophet said to Fatimah, 

The Archangel Jibra’eel Alaihis Salam recited the Quran to me and I to him once every year, but this year he has recited it with me twice. I cannot but think that my time has come.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith 3426). 

On his return from the Farewell Pilgrimage, he was seriously ill. He went to the apartement of his favorite wife, Ayshah Radi Allahu Anha. When Fatimah visited her father, she left the father and daughter together. Ayshah reported:

“We, the wives of the Prophet were with him (during his last illness) and none was absent that Fatimah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha, who walked after the style of the Prophet, come there, and when he saw her he welcomed her saying: ‘You are welcome, my daughter.’. He then made her sit on his right side or on his left side. Then he said something secretly to her and so she swept bitterly and when he found her (plunged) in grief, he said to her something secretly for the second time and she laughed happily. I (Aysha radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) said to her ‘Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam has singled you amongst the women of the family for talking to you something secretly and you wept’. When Allah’s Messenger SalAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam recovered from illness, I said to her ‘What did he say to you?’ Thereupon, she said, ‘I am not going to disclose the secret of Allah’s Messenger SalAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam. When the Holy Prophet SalAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam passed away, I said to her, ‘I adore you by the right that I have upon you that you should narrate to me what Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam said to you.’ She said, ‘Yes, now I can do that. When he (Prophet SalAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) talked to me secretly for the first time he informed me that Jibra’il Alaihi waSallam was in the habit of reciting the Qura’an with him once every year, but this year it had been twice and so he perceived his death quite near, so fear Allah SubHanahu wa Ta;ala and be patient (and he told me) that he would be a befitting forerunner for me and so I wept as you saw me. And when he saw me in grief he talked to me secretly for the second time and said, ‘Fatimah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha, are you not pleased that you should be at the head of the believing women or the head of this Ummah?’ I laughed and it was that laughter which you saw. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 6467)

In another narration, Ayshah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha reported when she asked Fatimah why she was crying and laughing when her father talked to her secretly, she said, ‘He informed me secretly of his death and so I cried. He then informed me secretly that I would be the first amongst the members of his family to follow him, so I laughed.’ (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith 3427; Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2450).

Fatimah Az-Zahra binti Rasulullah. The Princess of Paradise.

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This story is among my favorite stories.

Imam Abu Haneefa’s (RA) student, Abdullah Ibn Mubaarak (RA) was travelling from Makkah to Medinah, when he came across a woman in the midst of a desert. What happens next is for all to remember. The scholars have concluded that the knowledgeable woman was either Raabiyah Basri or Umme Yahya (RA).

Every sentence said by the lady Raabiyah Basri is from the Holy Qur’aan.

Abdullah: Assalaamu Alaikum
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): A word from a Merciful; Lord is: ‘Peace’.(36:58)

Abdullah: May Allah’s blessing be upon you! What are you doing here?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Those whom Allah sends astray, there is no guide for them.(7:186)

Abdullah: (Thinking she has lost her way). In which direction are you travelling?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): Glory to Him (Allah) who carried His servant by night from Masjid Haraam to the far distant place of worship (Masjid Aqsa).(17:01)

Abdullah: (Concluding that people returning from Hajj travel to baitul Maqdis.) For how long have you remained here?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): For three whole nights.(19:10)

Abdullah: (Astonished) But how have you been surviving when you have neither food nor drink?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):He is the Being Who feeds me and gives me drink.(26:79)

Abdullah: But if you have no water how have you been making Ablution?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):And if you find no water then take for yourselves clean earth.(4:43)

Abdullah: Listen, I have food with me. Would you like to eat now?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Complete your fast till night.(2:187)

Abdullah: But why are you fasting? When surely this is not the month of Ramadan.
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): He who does good with his own free will; it is better for him. For
Surely Allah is the most Grateful and the all Knowing.(2:158)

Abdullah: However it has been excused for muslims not to fast whilst travelling?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): And if you fast it is better for you. If only you know. (2:184)

Abdullah: (In frustration) why do you speak Quranic verses only, why do you not speak my language?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): He utters no word but there is with him an observer.(Meaning the
Angels who take account of our deeds)(50:18)

Abdullah: What tribe so you come from?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): And follow not of that which you have no knowledge.(17:36)

Abdullah: (Ashamed, pleadingly). Please forgive me, yet again I have been proven wrong.
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya): (Forgivingly) Have no fear for this day.(12:92)

Abdullah: Come ride upon my camel and I shall take you safely to your destination.
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):And what so ever good you do, Allah knows.(2:197)

Having reared the camel to crouch down, he then indicated Raabiyah (RA) to climb onto the camel.

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and be

After lowering his gaze, Abdullah (RA) told her to climb upon the camel. Just as Raabiyah (Umme Yahya) began to climb on, the camel moved forward which caused her shawl to unravel somewhat to which she said: It is because of the things your hands have earned.(42:30)

Abdullah: Wait; let me first tie the camel down, so that it may stay still for when you climb upon it.
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya) :And we have made Suleiman (AS) understanding (the case)(21:79) 

After tying the camel down once again, Abdullah (RA) told Raabiyah (RA) to climb onto the camel. Whilst climbing Raabiyah began to praise Allah:

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Glory be to Him who has subjected this for our use for we could never have accomplished this (by ourselves)(43:13)

Abdullah (RA) whilst holding onto the rope of the camel began praying loudly and also quickened his voice. Seeing this Raabiyah (RA) once again stated another verse.

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice.(31:19)

Abdullah: Allah had granted you with many rewards.
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):But none will grasp the message apart from men of understanding.(3:07)

Abdullah: Do you have a companion, a husband?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):O’ you, who believe, ask not questions about such things that if made clear to you, may cause trouble.(5:101)

After hearing this, Abdullah (RA) remained silent until he approached a group of people. (Upon arrival)

Abdullah: What family do you have amongst this tribe?
Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Wealth and sons are an ornament of the life of this world.(18:46)

Abdullah (RA) realized that she had sons within the tribe. He then asked for her address.

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):And marks and signposts and by the stars (men) guide themselves. (16:16)

Abdullah held on to the lead of the camel and began to circulate amongst the tents asking whether she recognized her tent. When passing one particular tent, she called out:

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):And Allah did take Ibrahim as an intimate friend.(4:125)
And Allah spoke directly to Moosa.(4:164)
O’ Yahya hold fast onto the scripture.(19:12)

Abdullah now knew that she had three sons, Moosa Yahya and Ibrahim, so raising his voice; he began to call for the three. No sooner had the words left his mouth that three handsome young men came running upon hearing their names being called out. Seeing their mother, they lowered her from the camel and began a conversation with Abdullah (RA).

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Now send one of you with this silver coin into the city, and let him see what food is purest there and bring a supply thereof.(18:19)

As soon as hearing this, one son hurried away, only to return with some food which he put in front of Abdullah (RA)…

Raabiyah(Umme Yahya):Eat and drink with ease for that which you sent on before you, in pass days.(69:24)

Abdullah (RA) became fully aware of Raabiyah’s (RA) piety and great ability in understanding the Holy Qur’aan. From the beginning to the end of the journey, she had answered from the Holy Qur’aan, not once speaking her own language. He cried out in panic to her sons, “I swear not to touch this food until I have been told who this pious women is”
Astonished by Abdullah’s (RA) outcry, her sons answered, “We haven’t any reasons not to tell you. She is our mother who has for the last forty years only spoke from the holy Qur’aan, using Quranic verse, so that on the Day of Judgement, she will not have to answer for any sins committed by her tongue.”

Choose your words very carefully.

This drawing is an artists impression of what the Prophets masjid would have looked like in his time. This picture is courtesy of the: ‘Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) exibition’ in Masjid Nabawi, Madinah, KSA.

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (peace be on him) said: “One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque except Masjid al-Haraam (the Sacred Mos…que in Makkah).”-(Sahih Bukhari).

Ali ibn al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him) saw a man entering through a gap at the grave of the Prophet (peace be on him), and making Dua (supplication). He told him not to do that and said: “Shall I not tell you a hadith that I heard from my father from my grandfather from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be on him)?” (He said): “Do not take my grave as a place of festivity (which you visit repeatedly) and do not take your houses as graves. Send blessings upon me for your greeting will reach me no matter where you are.”- [Abu Ya'la and al-Haafiz al-Diya narrated in al-Mukhtaarah. Abu Dawood: 2042; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood: 1796]

The administrators of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (The Grand Mosque of Makkah) wanted to give one of the mosque cleaners a bonus because of his outstanding hard work. However, he refused all monetary offers, and instead requested that they allow him to pray in Hijr Ismaa'eel, which is actually inside the Ka'bah. Indeed, some things are more valuable than money!

Allah describes people like him as those “who sell this material life for the Hereafter” (Soorah an-Nisaa, 74). May Allah make us among them.