Bint Helwa - “The broken legged mare”

Aziz x Helwa

As told by Lady Anne Blunt: 

“Bint Helwa had come from the Egyptian stud (Sheykh Obeyd) with two other mares (Johara and Fulana) and the three turned to pasture together on arrival in England. In the evening the other two came up to the stables but Bint Helwa was missing. On searching, she was found in a ditch. She had jumped the enclosing fence of the pasture, landed in the ditch so that her leg and shoulder were terribly broken, and the other mares following had jumped on top of her, breaking two of her ribs. As she was within six weeks of foaling it was decided not to destroy her, but take her to the stable and try to save the foal. The mare was gotten out on to a drag, pulled as gently as possibly to her box stall, suspended in slings, and cooling applications made to the injured parts. The breaks were too extensive to knit, but such was the soundness of her health and constitution that the days passed and no rise in her temperature ensued. When the day came for her foal to be born, she was lowered gently in the stall, the little one came into the world all right, and since that time the mare has bred seven perfect foals. Now in 1906, the broken-legged mare is 19 years old and she is due to foal this spring.“

Bint Helwa lived with her injuries for 9 years before passing in 1907. 

anonymous asked:

sorry for the anon rant, but wow i can't believe a white norvegian woman just solved the issue of interfaith marriage in islam, subhan'allah! what's a sheykh? a mufti? an imam?? nah! we could've just asked julie andem!


this is why I don’t pay attention to canon bc it’s a load of bs honestly……

Culture is not genetic.  I am so tired of the essentialist attitudes that I constantly hear from shuyukh about Arabic language and Arabs. 

The other day, a younger speaker came in and introduced a sheykh at my masjid.  He said something to the effect of “mashallah, you’ll learn a lot from him because Arabic is his mother tongue.” (Emphasis added). 

I was livid.  This was at a primarily Desi masjid.  And others noticed it too. It was code for a veiled racist assumption that Arabs inherently know Islam better than others.  Most people, if they study hard enough, can attain mastery of any language, so in that regard there’s nothing an Arabic speaker can inherently know better than anyone who devotes her/himself to the study of Arabic and of Islam.

Islam should be accessible for all peoples, but the racism in our communities makes us forget that. 

Also, I am annoyed at the essentialist (almost Orientalist) claims about the Arabs.  Things like, “Arabs are naturally good at reading people’s faces”.  What does that even mean?  They’re a cultural continuum of 300+ million people.  Some are nomadic, millions live in cities, many are secular, etc.  There’s millions who aren’t even Muslim.  Call out sheykhs on those claims man. 

If you have hatred in your heart, you are going to see hatred in everyone. If you have wisdom in your heart, you are going to find wisdom in everything. So your heart is important.

~Sheykh Lokman Effendi Hz.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
“Certain things you may not understand, but who says you must understand everything, any time that you want anyway?
—  Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz.

Someone once asked Hz. Junayd Al Baghdadi (qs) ‘What is Tasawwuf? (What is Sufism?)’

And he answered to that person, 'It is a war with no peace.’

—  Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz.
Do not become the candle that gives light to others but itself remains in darkness.

- Shaykh Abd Al Qadir Al Jilani (RA)

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Sheykh Faris Al-Zahrani - Spent over 10 years in Saudi Dungeons and now sentenced to death after all these years. This is how the saudi regime treats the callers to the truth, the scholars who are not afraid to speak up

May Allah grant him martyrdom and destroy the saudi regime, ameen

اللهم إرزقه الصبر والثبات على الحق وإكتبه من الشهداء في سبيلك يارب وإهلك آل سلول الكفار المرتدين وأرنا فيهم عجائب قدرتك ياقوي ياقهار .اللهم عليك بولات خمور المداخلة فإنهم أفسدوا في الأرض وظلموا عبادك الموحدين

Shaykh Faris was born in 1978 in Al-Baha province. He attended the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University where he attained a masters degree in Islamic law. During his time at the university he was also an Imam in one of the masajid in Al-Baha region. He was arrested in Abha by Saudi police on August 5, 2004. He is known for his critics on the the regime of Sa’ud, and his harsh positions against the Tawaghit.

Supplication (dua) is not about getting one’s desires fulfilled. That’s not the aim, it’s just a consequence. It’s all about entering dialogue with The Beloved.
—  Sheykh Farrokh Sekaleshfar
We’re using our eyes, ears, hearts wrongly: We look but don’t see, we hear but don’t understand, we know but don’t feel.

- Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani (q)

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Whatever is not done by the permission of Allaah will not happen, and what’s not done for the sake of Allaah will not benefit or remain
—  Sheykh ibn Taymiyyah, Al Hadiyyah Fi Mawa'ith Al- Imaam p. 25


What Is A Murshid (Sheykh)?

You have to have a guide in front of you. If you don’t have a guide in front of you then you are going to lose the right direction. The guide is that one who sees. That’s what Sheykh means. Sheykh is the one who sees ahead. It’s not an ordinary person’s seeing, no. If Sheykh has the ordinary vision too then it’s no good. That is a jubbah sheykh, zikir sheykh but it’s not a Murshid. Murshid is that one who knows when the road comes to fork, which way to turn. He sees the light going ahead and the Holy Prophet (sws) is holding that torch. Anyone who is following, they may go then, InshaAllah ar-Rahman.

-Sheykh Abdul Kerim Effendi Hz.