sahabiah

This is just sad. Heart breaking. 

My sister, look at you, you are so beautiful, yet you let the society bribe you. Wake up! Straighten up.  

You are so beautiful no title in this world can fathom your beauty. Did you even know that?

You know actually, you are too beautiful for the world to see because Islam made you so.

Maan, you’re damn beautiful. So what makes you adhere to the calling of this world?

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I have come to talk about this issue because there’s another thing that has been viral again, this pageant about Muslim women. 

I know a lot of you might bombard me with a lot of hate or so, but I need to address this, and Allah Azza Wa Jall knows best what my intentions are. 

Are you this deluded by media?

Has the psychological results of advertisements of fair and lovely is “in” not enough, this mindset has placed such drastic effect on how our brothers and sisters see our fellow muslims from Africa, and do you know how much this breaks the hearts of these Muslims? How this contradicts the last words of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam? Is this not enough? 

Do you really think that creating such pageant where Muslim women, our beautiful chaste muslim women, walking on the isle, seen and thoroughly being judged & “officially” criticized like that, as a woman empowerment?

Look, they walk and they are being judged by those people who will determine who will wear the crown! That is the truth! Astagfirullah!

What makes you think that comments and praises of mere people are key to women empowerment, what else can bring such empowerment to you other than Islam?

Because this brings honor? Really? 

Have we ever heard the Sahabiah Radiyallahu Anhum walked in such way, with heels, embellished and beaded gowns, shining shimmering hijabs? 

These women, they didn’t even had to wear a title for beauty for thousands of Muslim women to remember them, because Allah Azza Wa Jall talked about them in the Qur'an and has raised these women their statuses because they adhered to the commandments of Allah Azza Wa Jall, Indeed, such were the women that were described in Azhab.

Have you ever realized how wonderful it is to see such beautiful young ladies in hijab, simple and not attention-grabbing hijab. There’s so much peace on seeing that, wallahi. 

I am not by any reason telling Muslim women to stop beautifying themselves, I’m just pointing out that you have to be moderate on it, do it in right places, in accordance to your belief. 

O Queen, never try to fit in for you are made to reign. So be not a keen victim of your lusts and whims!

Did you know that putting a “fashion” and “standard” on hijab also discourages as much as it encourages Muslim women to wear hijab?

Yes, they wear it and they go want to understand it more, and they see these tutorials out with all these things on hijab and then depression comes because they can’t be like how they see these women online.

Sad. This is the sad reality. 

If we really honor the hijab then we have to understand that the concept of hijab is to cover, conceal and protect, it was never to flaunt nor to showcase your beauty in the eyes of this world. 

We are very keen on making ourselves beautiful for this world to praise and comment about us, but have we thought about Allah? 

How He would address us on the day we would be standing in front of Him?

Are we this attached to this world, that we forget that indeed all these beauty titles, praises and compliments will come to an end and all that will matter will be his judgement?

So think about it, you do good and are fine in the eyes of this world, but how about Allah!? ASTAGFIRULLAH! 

A lot of us advise and speak of istighfar when very few bring their worlds to life and do istighfar. - This is the reality.

Please before you go out or after you have read this, set aside the anger or hatred (for me) that my words might have brought you and just ask yourself,

Why do you need to put so much make up on when you go out?
Why do I have the need to put such bright colors on your lips?

Why do you put so many layers that sometimes the hijab looks like a flower vase already on top of your head? Is this the hijab?

Is this how you carry the ayah of hijab?

Please, let us all renew our intentions on why we are wearing the hijab. 

Whenever we clothe ourselves, let us be guided with the fear of Allah.

My beautiful sister, do not try to fit in because its a trend nowadays to have butterfly or flower vase hijabs, you are a stranger to this world, and indeed glad tidings await you. 

You know when you wear the hijab, you carry a verse from the Qur'an, so honor that, properly, cover accordingly. 

Never try to fit in, because by Allah Azza Wa Jall, you will never fit in a world that you aren’t made for, Jannah awaits you, you were born to stand out, 

so stand out embodying the wisdom and beauty of Islam!

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And I pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall gives us proper guidance to live accordingly to His commandments.

Please forgive me if I have cause anger and hatred in your hearts, but in a world like this, let love amongst the sisterhood of Islam flourish for indeed that is the only thing that will keep us on the path to Allah Azza Wa Jall, everyone needs a reminder, so please take the good and leave the bad on this, and at the end we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall forgives us all.

Amin.

Zohayma

SENTAP BACA NI…
Nasihat dari the real Imam Muda. Ustaz Zakuan
a.k.a Ibnu Batoota yang dah merantau ke segenap
pelosok dunia berdakwah walaupun umurnya
masih remaja.
——
Nasihat beliau buat semua Muslimat:-
“Adakah muslimah-muslimah zaman sekarang
sudah hilang semangat jihadnya?
Sudah hilang kekuatan hati?
Sudah hilang ketabahannya?
Bukan aku nak suruh perempuan-perempuan
Islam jadi ganas, cuma aku terfikir bila terbaca
kisah-kisah sahabiah, mereka lemah lembut tapi
sangat kental, hati sekuat besi waja, tak mudah
cair dengan lelaki ajnabi (bukan mahram), tak
meleleh-leleh bila cakap pasal cinta, tak tergedik-
gedik bila lelaki cuit.
Maka aku pun mengambil langkah untuk jadikan
facebook ku sebagai malaikat maut bagi kaum
Hawa, untuk mentarbiah hati mereka agar kuat,
kental dan tabah!
Kalau hari-hari aku bagi status meleleh-leleh, cinta
kerana Allah, lelaki soleh untnk perempuan
solehah, cinta itu fitrah, carilah suami soleh dan
benda-benda leleh yg lain…
"Muslimah yang terhasil nanti macam mana?”
Walaupun ( di fb & realiti ) bertudung, berpurdah,
bertudung labuh, ikut usrah, ikut masturat;
Tapi cuit sikit, dah tergedik-gedik…
Ngurat sikit, dah sangkut….
Ajak couple sikit, terus setuju…
Lepas tu, putus cinta,meleleh2…
Ada masalah sikit, doa nak mati..
Kena marah dengan mak/ayah sikit, buat status
cakap tak pernah bahagia…
Exam failed, kata taknak hidup lagi…
Pakwe tak mesej sehari, di status penuh dengan
kata-kata rindu…
Pakwe marah sikit, buat status meleleh macam
haram…
Fikir secara waras, adakah ini sifat wanita yg
ditarbiah oleh Rasulullah SAW ketika zaman
Baginda SAW?
Nama Saidatina Fatimah, Aisyah, Khadijah,
Safiyyah, Ummu Salamah, Ummu Habibah,
Sumayyah, Ummu Darda’, Masyitah, Balqis,
Maryam dan ramai lagi diagung-agungkan kalian.
Tapi apa kalian kenal siapa mereka? Bagaimana
hebat dan kentalnya hati mereka? Ikut sikap dan
akhlak mereka?
Memang akal kalian senipis rambut, tapi kalian
bukan BODOH…
Aku datang sebagai pengetuk kepala kalian untuk
bangun dari tidur, untuk sedarkan kalian supaya
jangan jadi bodoh, jangan jadi hamba lelaki, jangan
jadi hamba cinta haram, jangan jadi perempuan
murahan, jangan kapel free2 macam bohsia,
jangan dok bermanja dengan lelaki macam
perempuan tiada harga…
Nabi SAW telah bersabda mafhumnya (au kama
qaal), jika seorang lelaki mendapat wanita solehah
sebagai isteri, maka separuh agamanya telah
sempurna…
Apa kalian sedar ‘kesolehahan’ kalian itu harganya
separuh dari agama?
note: “Ada mata dan telinga kan semua?”
# Ya Allah,jadikan lah aku seorang muslimah
seperti mawar agama yang tidak mudah disentuh.Bunga idaman agama!yang
memperjuangkan kebenaran agamaku.Aku mahu
kelopakku indah tanpa sedikitpun kotoran..Jadikan
aku wanita solehah, wanita mukminah~InsyaAllah.

Masturat yg sebenar2nya..

“Akak ni bukan ahli masturat ke? Biasa jemaah masturat yang pakai niqab, burqa, purdah. Akak belajar pakai niqab dari mana?”

Tersenyum saya bila diajukan soalan ini.
Tidak menjawab, diam sahaja.
Mari saya terangkan agar anda faham.

Masturat bukanlah serikandi yang dijadikan Allah untuk diangkat dan dipuji hingga terasa diri melambung tinggi.
Masturat, wanita yang tidak gemar berfesyen, bahkan tidak pandai berfesyen.

Masturat adalah sifat wanita solehah yang sangat mulia. Sifat sahabiah r.anha dan wanita-wanita solehah.

Masturat ini bermaksud “yang terlindung” dari perkataan setara, iaitu kita tidak tahu identitinya, tinggi ke pendek ke hitam ke putih ke dan macam-macam lagi semua rahsia, dan hanya mahramnya sahaja yang tahu tentangnya.

Usah mengelarkan diri sebagai wanita masturat, andai berpurdah, berniqab, berburqa tapi masih sibuk menayangkan diri untuk tatapan ajnabi, masih seronok dengan gaya-gaya yang memalukan, masih suka bertabarruj dengan warna-warna pakaian yang terang, bermanik, makeup dan segalanya.

Hilang malu pada Allah.
Hilang malu pada Rasulullah.

*Jangan gelar dirimu Masturat walau sudah tertutup segalanya tp msih ‘membuka’ dengan sengajanya..astaghfirullah robbal baroya*

At lost? You’re lost. I’m lost.

Who haven’t been in your situation dear. We all had that time that we were at a state of nothing.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, however bad your situation is, Allaah Azza Wa Jall has certainly made you able to cope up with this.

My dear sister, you are able and strong and your greatest weapon is not only your du'a but your dignity and modesty- this is where your real strength lies in.

Your heart is so big that Allaah Azza Wa Jall has placed Himself in it, subhan'Allaah.

Do not ever think that you are a person to be misguided because Allaah Azza Wa Jall has brought to you beautiful and strong women of faith that you could look up to whenever such drastic moments has come to your path, the lives of these women in which hardship came to them like ocean waves but they sailed smoothly because not only that Allaah Azza Wa Jall made them do so but because they themselves has placed in their hearts the One that no army nor any king can break- Allaah Azza Wa Jall!
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My sister, i want you to read the next few lines with a sound heart, let go of the pain right now, brighten your face, read in the name of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, for the next few lines are but words of wisdom for you to understand but also words that are given to strengthen your imaan and discipline your soul.

You are a woman of Islam, and it is with Islam that your status was raised.

Islam is a home for you and know that you will never be comfortable nor will you be at the best of who you are when you are away from your home.
Islam was given to you, so embrace it.
Islam was bestowed upon you, so practice it.
Islam was given as a mercy for you, so indulge to His forgiveness.
Islaam was a gift to you, so open it and wear it.
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My dear sisters in Islaam, let your hearts be soften and read with the intention of keeping every word as a hope for your betterment, listen from the lips of Shaikh Muhammad Mukhtar Ash-Shanqeetee Rahimahullaah as he advices the Muslim women;

“Yanisaa! O Women of the Believers!

Certainly Allah has given you your adab [good manners and etiquettes] and has made excellent your adab. He raised you [rabbaakunna] and has made beautiful your tarbiyyah [upbringing].

Certainly Allah, the Most High, has promised the righteous women [muhsinaat] from amongst you a Great Reward and those who worship Him, since He does not allow any action [done for Him] to go to waste - be it done by a male or a female.

It is upon your hands that the great [men/women to be i.e. children] receive their upbringing [tarbiyyah]. Therefore, I advise you to have fear [taqwaa] of Allah; [since taqwaa] is the means by which to receive tawfeeq [guidance] for all good in the deen [religion], the dunya [the world] and in the aakhirah [hereafter].

I advise you to have taqwa [fear] from that which Allah has forbidden and that each one of you should modify and transform all her affairs and all her endeavours to be far away from fitan [trials and tribulations] and mihan [tests].

For the main asset [ra’s ul maal] in this world is deen, so do not present yourselves to that which Allah has forbidden and each one of you should modify yourself to be true to Allah [saadiqatan ma’ Allah] in the upbringing [tarbiyyah] of boys and girls. Certainly in the righteousness of the mother is rectification for all.

For you [as an example] from the righteous predecessors, are the wives of the Prophet [saws], [who are] a beautiful example [qudwatanhasanah] - [since they are] chaste exemplary models [namaadhij at-taahirah].

I advise you to read the lives of the predecessors, the lives of the righteous and pure women. Those women who ordered the world to obey Allah, the Exalted and High [jalla wa a’laa] and [were the means] of bringing forth men who were saadiqeen [truthful] in their obedience and love for Allah, the Exalted and High [jalla wa a’laa].

Certainly, the righteousness and rectitude of the mother is the rectitude of the Ummah. Therefore we found many scholars who practiced [what they knew] and men who were true [saadiqeen] and righteous - their means towards righteousness being their mothers! To the point that the mother of Sufyaan ath-Thawri said her famous statement:

“O my Son! Seek knowledge and I will, with my spinning wheel, provide enough for you [to live on].”

So therefore, O Muslim Sister! Anticipate [the reward] from Allah [when] bringing up the great [men/women to be i.e. children] upon the obedience of Allah and the love of Allah.

I advise you to be good to your husbands and that each one of you - within her capability – be a helper for her husband towards the love and pleasure of Allah.

Many a righteous and pure woman [taahiraat] was the means for the righteousness and rectitude of her husband, and many a righteous and pure woman Allah used as a means to make hearts firm upon guidance!

Didn’t the Prophet [saws] go to the Mother of the Believers, Khadijah [ra], retreating [to her], frightened and alarmed? He said to her:

"I fear that something my happen to me.” [1]

So who strengthened him after Allah? Who was the one who said those pure words to him? Certainly it was her, the righteous woman, who had cognizance [knowledge] of her Lord [Rabb] and feared Allah with regards to her husband, so she said to him her true words:

“Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you.” [2]

[Further] I caution you from evil role models and evil examples, by which the Ummah has been afflicted and tested [buliyat] during these times.

Allah! Allah! [*trans: this is an expression in Arabic which means fear Allah] that you should prefer [anyone] above those righteous and pure [examples] and substitute their pure lives and their illuminating positions [muwaqifihinna nadhirah] with the lives of abased and immoral women [naajinaat ad-daai’raat].

Allah! Allah! That the abundance of those who call to that which is prohibited by Allah affect you. Wear your Jilbaab [outer garment worn in the presence of those who are not mahram] and guard your modesty [hayaa’] and fear Allah during your day and your night.

And know that your beauty is in your hijaab by which you cover, and in the heart that is within your two sides [i.e. in your being]. Beauty is not the beauty of the soorah [form/face], [the beauty is] the beauty of the heart - which is the place upon which the Rahmaan looks and upon which He bestows His blessings [rahmah and salawaat].

In a Saheeh Hadeeth from the Prophet [saws], he said:

"Truly, Allah does not look at your outward forms and wealth, but rather at your hearts and your works.” [3]

We are in so much need of examples who are pure, good and righteous, who remind [us] of the righteous women [of before] and who renew for us honourable influence and effect [ma’aathir al kareemah], [i.e.] the lives of the righteous women who have passed before.

I ask Allah, the Adheem [Great], the Lord of the A’rsh al Kareem [Noble Throne] to rectify conditions and make the end result beautiful [yuhsinul a’aqibatu wal ma’aal].“

-The above is a translation of the amazing advice Shaikh Mukhtaar Ash-Shanqeetee to Muslim Women.-
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How beautiful are these words, how motivating are these thoughts, O Gems of Islaam, we are blessed by Allaah Azza Wa Jall.

Know that you have duty upon this Ummah, raise and bring up beautiful men and women to spread and practice this deen in proper obedience to Allaah Azza Wa Jall! Be the likes of the great women of Islaam, the wives of our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, the female companions of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, the very women who raised the mujahideen, the soldiers of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, the very women who fought in the battle field along side Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, who dared to kill anyone who was to kill the beloved.

O Gems of Islaam, Take Heed! Listen to what has been told to you above, comprehend and understand that you are not like other women for Allaah Azza Wa Jall has raised you by giving you and bestowing upon you this religion!

O Gems of Islaam, raise daughters that will observe the hijaab not because you told them so but because in their hearts they have seen in you it’s importance,

O Gems of Islaam, raise sons who would fight for the sake of Allaah Azza Wa Jall not because they are told so but because they have the heart to stand for their deen!

O Gems of Islaam, you withhold in you a generation that will be upon the Tawheed, upon the Kalimaah!

O Gems of Islaam, you are the mothers, the sisters, the women of Islaam, stand guard of your religion! Observe what was made obligatory to you! Be the loyal wife, the loving mother, and the ever mindful servant of Her Lord who reminds not only herself of Him but her entire family!

O dear sister, You are a flag bearer of Islaam, when you walk out of your home, you do not wear the name of your family but the name of Islaam because of your Hijab! What a beautiful crown is that!

O dear sister, You are the fragrance of Islaam, when you speak, the fragrance of truth is taken out from your very words, words that bear respect and politeness.

O dear sister, You are the mirror of Islaam, whatever you do, your character will always raise you, your modesty is what you are!

O dear sister, like you, I am also struggling, but know that with every struggle, there is a reward waiting, so let that reward of yours be the fruits of your seeds in Jannah! You were made for Jannah, my dear sister.

O Gems of Islaam, our Ummah needs you, We need you, I need you! O gems of Islaam, be who you are, be the righteous Muslim you are!

Take the advice, seriously.

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And we pray that in our hearts we find the love for Allaah Azza Wa Jall ever growing with every struggle and situation that he rescues us from. May He with His Might and Power, raise and take us all out from the darkness that this dunya has hovered above us, may we always have that lamp in our hearts enlighten by His Guidance and Protection!

Amin

Zohayma

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F.N.

[1] Saheeh Bukhari
[2] Saheeh Bukhari
[3] Saheeh Muslim

A mother’s love. 

How wonderful it is to be blessed with such unconditional love, a love that knows no bounds.

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As many of us have been blessed with such love, we have to remember that there are people who haven’t not to compare ourselves to them but to realize the worth of such blessing.

We all have to remember that The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was an orphan child, his father died before his birth and his mother died when he was very young. 

Yet, there were people who fulfilled such places, and one of them was Fatimah Bint Asad, the wife of Abu Talib, the mother of Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the grandmother of Hussain and Hassan Radiyallahu Anhum.

Fatimah Bint Asad Radiyallahu Anha looked after the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam as if he was her own child, she protected him with all her heart.

She was known for her good nature, intelligence and beautiful capabilities. 

When The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam grew up and was given the message of Prophethood and was told by Allah Azza Wa Jall to spread the message of Islam among his kith and kin, it was Fatimah bint Asad who immediately accepted this invitation and swore allegiance and entered the fold of Islam.

The love of Fatimah for The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was exceptional that she would go hungry just so she could feed The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. 

She accompanied The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam with trust and love for she was a mother so pure and simple that the well being and safety of her beloved Prophet was her main concern.

The Prophet loved her and respected her so much in return that whenever she visited him he would stand up and receive her addressing her as ‘Mother’.

She was there when the horrors of the Qura'ish fell upon the Muslims, she was there along with the caravan that migrated to Abyssinia and then to Al Madinah, she was there when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam lost his beloved wife Khadijah Radiyallahu Anha and his best ally, Abu Talib who was her husband. She was with the Prophet and never left his side during those years of hardships. She never left him until the time for her death came.

When she passed away and the Prophet receive the news, he immediately went to her house and sat beside her and prayed for her and said:

“My dear mother, may Allah keep you under His Protection. Many times you went hungry in order to feed me well. You fed me and clothed me on delicacies that you denied yourself. Allah will surely be happy with these actions of yours. And your intentions were surely meant to win the goodwill and pleasure of Allah and success in the Hereafter.”

Then he gave his shirt to be used as part of her shroud, saying he prayed to Allah to forgive her and give her the dress of Paradise.

When the grave was prepared The Prophet himself examined it and with his very own hands placed her into the grave, and indeed, she was, for all her love for the Prophet, amongst those few blessed people in whose graves the Prophet himself examined and placed therein.

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How many of us have parted ways from our own mothers? Look at the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and her love for his aunt and the one she regarded as mother, isn’t that making you think of how you are doing with your own mother?

How many of us, when we arrive at home, give her a kiss or a smile or a hug just because we were happy to see her? Or how many of us truly give time to spend with our mothers? 

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, today, with the presence and dangers of the society and social media, our mothers are starting to be forgotten! 

Reflect from these and ask yourselves such queries:

How can you forget the one who bore you for 9 months, who bore the pain of delivering you to this world?

How can you forget the very hands that fed you?

How can you forget the very person who looked after you and would give her life just so you are safe and nothing could harm you?

How can you have the heart of exchanging time to spend with your own mother with the time to spend with your besties or your buddies doing nothing but talking about boys or girls or whatever wasteful thing there is?

O youth of Islam, remember your duties upon your parents! Remember the worth of your parents, I’m telling you once they are gone, and you’re wasting your time just like that, you’ll regret every second.

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May Allah Azza Wa Jall make us realize the worth and the beautiful blessing that there is at home, sitting waiting for us everyday. And He guide our sisters in Islam of becoming the likes of Fatimah Bint Asad and our brothers the likes of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam on showing love for their mothers! Amin

Zohayma

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Excerpt was taken from Great Women of Islam, pp. 158-162

Note: Story has been paraphrased.

Have you ever heard of the woman who was given the title “the martyr” even though she haven’t died a shaheeda [female martyr] yet… but she was known by this title and the Messenger of Allaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam along with the great Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum would only address her with this title, the martyr?

Ma sha Allaah, and this woman didn’t even go and battled out in Jihad, for the when she tried to ask permission from Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to go and join the battle of Badr with the intention to nurse and help out with medical attention the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam declined and told her;

“Stay in your house, Allaah will bless you with martyrdom.”

Do you have any clue now, who this blessed woman was?

Ma sha Allaah, yes, I am talking about Umm Waraqah Radiyallahu Anha, the woman who devoted all her life in increasing her closeness to Allaah Azza Wa Jall through living and dedicating herself with the Qur'aan.

By Allaah, this woman devoted her attention to the Noble Qur'aan reading it, memorizing it and following its teachings and rules, she has made it her main concern in all aspects of her private and public life, and through the Qur'aan she also attained a high and noble status.

Umm Waraqah was one of the earliest Ansari female companion that entered the fold of Islaam, she was of high and noble lineage and indeed she was a very wealthy woman, but her luxuries in life didn’t shun her from devoting herself solely to things that will bring her closely to Allaah Azza Wa Jall.

And we ask, how come she was called “the martyr” when she was alive throughout the prophethood of Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, the caliphate of Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu up to the caliphate of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu?

Well, after that incident of her asking Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam to allow her to go for jihad and was declined and told to stay in her house for she will be blessed with martyrdom by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, she believed and obeyed.

Umm Waraqah Radiyallahu Anha stayed in her house and devoted her time to her scripts [surahs of the Qur'aan were written], reciting their verses with humbleness and piety. With the passing of each day, she increases in her closeness to Allaah Azza wa jall in her piety.

She asked for a mu'adhhin for her house one day, and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam gave her one, and she allocated a section of her big house as a praying area, and she would make this place a place for halaqa and she would lead some Muslim women of her family and her female relatives or whomsoever who came to meet her in her house for prayers.

Umm Waraqah was not married, despite her nobility, wealth and everything she had, for she was deeply influenced by the picture of the bliss of Paradise that never changes or comes to an end, but she had one housemaid and one male servant who served her in her big house, but these two were not different to her, she treated them like a mother would treat her children.

She used to sleep every little in the night, despite her old age and in hours of darkness she would seek Allaah’s forgiveness and worship Him in humbleness, and every night she would pray and recite the Qur'aan unceasingly.

One night, a caller called, “Come to martyrdom, O’ Umm Waraqah! The time has come and your appointment with death is here! The earth is confined for you in spite of its vastness! What is with Allah is best and lasting! You certainly have nearness to Allah and good place of return!”

On that very night, her servant and the maid stood up and strangled Umm Waraqah to death, they then wrapped her in a piece of cloth and put her at a side of the house and fled.

'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, who was the Ameer ul Mu'mineen of that time, woke up for Fajr and observed something that attracted his attention, when he finished praying he went out and told the people, “By Allaah I did not hear the recitation of my aunty Umm Waraqah last night!”

It was by this that He came to her house in the company of some other Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum to see what has happened to Umm Waraqah. When they entered, they found no one and they did not hear any movement. It was then that 'Umar sensed that something happened to her!

And suddenly they found her wrapped in a piece of cloth, dead.

'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu then said, “Allah and His Messenger said the truth!” and those who were with him echoed, “Allah and His Messenger said the truth!”

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Subhan'Allaah! Did she die in vain? No she didn’t! For Paradise was her abode! What a beautiful and inspiring woman was Umm Waraqah! We pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall that she accepts her and raises her status in Jannah! Amin

So many beautiful points to consider in this story, her love for Allaah Azza Wa Jall, her obedience towards the Messenger of Allaah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, her devotion to the Qur'aan, her dawah to other women and her kind treatment to her servants.

So much beautiful characters had Umm Waraqah bagged in her life! Ma sha Allaah, and her devotion to the Qur'aan was of great dedication, imagine, 'Umar Radiyallahu Anhu noticed immediately something wrong when he didn’t hear the recitation of Umm Waraqah, so realize that she has been consistently doing this recitation every night,when some of us can’t even stand even listening to 3 minutes of recitation of the Qur'aan!

Wallahi, my brothers and sisters in Islam, these are the kind of people that we should be inspired from, people we should take our deen from, martyrdom isn’t just about going to battles, for we ourselves are already in jihad with our nafs.

I ask you all, to please mention the name of Umm Waraqah in your du'as in your next salaah, may Allaah Azza Wa Jall be truly pleased with her. Amin

-Umm Umar Khaled
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Excerpt from Women around the messenger of Allah, pp. 194-199

African Sahābiah’s anxiety on modesty

Once there was an African woman, a Sahābiah, who met the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and said;

“O Muhammad ﷺ, I have a sickness where I suffer from seizure, and I’d like you to pray for me because when I suffer the seizure and I don’t know what’s happening and part of my body shows.”


Muhammad ﷺ then answered her;

“If you want, you bear patience and in return Allah gives you Jannah and if you want I can pray for you and you will be cured.”

Such was the dilemma on the Sahābiah, yet she chose to say;

“ O Muhammad ﷺ , I choose Paradise! but ask Allāh for me that when I am suffering from the seizure part of my body is exposed that must not happen.”

Such was the Sahābiah’s anxiety that in such condition she needed to cover herself, that she still thinks of her modesty. 

She was a true example of modest muslim woman, who defined herself through piety and modesty through words and actions. 

These were the women during the lifetime of Muhammad ﷺ , how much of us, Muslim women, can be of such when nowadays when we see something on the television which represents  "beauty" we get all excited and the last thing we’ll be concerned was if it was displeasing Allāh. Astagfirullāh.

May we emanate such women during the lifetime of Muhammad ﷺ. Amin

Lecture by Mufti Ismail bin Musa Menk 


The story of Umm Salamah

Umm Salamah’s du’a is also narrated in Muslim:

“Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) saying, “When a person suffers from a calamity and utters: `Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji`un. Allahumma ujurni fi musibati, wakhluf li khairan minha (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. O Allah! Compensate me in my affliction, recompense my loss and give me something better in exchange for it), then Allah surely compensates him with reward and better substitute.”

Umm Salamah (ra) said: When Abu Salamah (ra) died, I repeated the same supplication as the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) had commanded me (to do), so Allah bestowed upon me a better substitute than him [Sahih Muslim].