Let’s heal our sick.

Profound story do read & share Inshy’Allah;-

I notice the need for support on several fronts where prayers are requested. This prompted me to share a message I received
several days ago from Sidi Abass from
London.
I translated it in order for everyone to  benefit.
I know that this is a Dhikr posting only, but maybe it will help the healing some of us need.

خادمه  تدخل الحمام لتفرغ حليب صدرها!! و كفيلتها ماذافعلت؟؟؟؟؟؟
This story is from the annals of the surreal. It’s credibility depends on exceptional trust and a strong belief in The Prohetic message.
هذه قصة عجيبة لا يصدقها إلا مؤمنا بماجاء به الله ورسوله صلىالله عليه وآله وسلم ..

روى لي أحد الأخوان من بلدة ‘ حريملاء ‘ بلدة قريبة من العاصمةالرياض ..
I was told a story by a brother from Harimla’, a suburb of the capital city of Riad.
أن إحدى النساء من نفس البلدة أصيبت ‘ بمرض سرطان الدم ‘ أعاذنا الله واياكم منه ..
Where a certain woman was inflicted with leukemia, may Allah protect you and us from it.
ولحاجتها للرعاية استقدمت خادمة اندونيسية ..
In her need for care, she hired a maid from Indonesia.
وكانت هذه المرأة صاحبة دين وخلق ..
The sick lady was polite and pious
وبعد مرور أسبوع تقريبا على حضور الخادمة ..
A week after having had the maid,
لاحظت هذه المرأة ان الخادمة تمكث طويلا في دورة المياة ..
the lady noticed that the maid spent too much time in the bathroom.
وأكثر من المعتاد وتتردد كثيرا على دورة المياة ..
More than normal and very frequent.
وفي إحدى المرات سألتها عن سبب بقاءها طويلا في الحمام ؟
Just after one of these occurrences, the lady asked her helper for the reason of the lengthy bathroom visits.
فأخذت الخادمة تبكي بكاءا شديدا ..
The maid cried profusely
وعندما سألتها عن سبب بكاءها ؟
When she was asked what made her cry, she said:
قالت : انني وضعت ابني منذ عشرين يوما فقط وعندما اتصل بي
المكتب في اندونيسيا ..
I gave birth twenty days ago. When the employment agency in Indonesia contacted me
أردت اغتنام الفرصة والحضور للعمل عندكم لحاجتنا الماسة للمال..
I took advantage of the opportunity to work for you, for we were in dire need of funds
وسبب بقائي طويلا في الحمام هو ان صدري مليء بالحليبواقوم بتخفيفه .. !!
The reason I spend so much time in the bathroom is, my breasts fill up with milk, so I go to the sink to empty them
عندما علمت هذه المرأة قامت فورا بالحجز لها في أقرب رحلة الىاندونيسيا ..
As soon as the lady knew the reason, she booked the earliest flight for her to return home
وصرفت لها المبلغ الذي ستتقاضاه خلال السنتين بالتمام والكمال..
ثم استدعتها .. وقالت لها :
She put together exactly a two year salary, summoned her and said:
هذه رواتبك لمدة سنتين مقدما اذهبي إلى إبنك وأرضعيه واعتنيبه ..
This advance is for your two years salary.  Go home to your baby, breastfeed and take great care of it.
وبعد سنتين بامكانك الحضور إلينا ..
After two years, return to us
وأعطتها أرقام الهواتف في حال رغبتها للعودة بعد سنتين ..
She gave her the contact information in case she wished to return after two years.
وبعد سفر الخادمة كان لدى المرأة موعدا لمتابعة تطور السرطان ..
After the maid returned home, the lady had an appointment with her doctor for an update on her condition
وعند الفحص الروتيني للدم ..
After the routine blood test,
كانت المفاجاة أنهم لم يجدوا فيها أي اثر لسرطان الدم ..!!
to their surprise, she showed no signs of leukemia.
فطلب الدكتور منها أن تعيد التحليل عدة مرات وكانت النتيجةواحدة ..
The doctor made her do the same test several times, the result was always the same.
فذهل الدكتور لشفاءها لخطورة المرض ..
The doctor was stupefied with her recovery due to the severity of her infliction.
ثم حولها على الأ شعة فوجدوا أن نسبة السرطان صفر %
He ordered X-rays which confirmed  the disease’s complete remission

عندها أيقن الدكتور شفاءها تماما ..
When the doctor was certain of her recovery,

فسألها عن العلاج الذي استخدمته فكان جوابها :
he asked her what healing method she used, to which she answered:

قول النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ( داوو مرضاكم بالصدقة ) ..
The Prohet (PABUH) said:”heal your sick through benevolence. ”
ارجوا من القاريء لهذا الموضوع ان ينوي ان يتصدق بعد قراءةالموضوع ..
I wish that the reader of this story becomes inspired to ease hardships from those in need.
فما تدري والله .. فقد تد فع عنك مصيبة عظيمة لم تكن فيالحسبان
تصدقوا فليس للكفن جيوب
Who knows…it could ward off an unexpected calamity. Give, as the shroud has no pockets.
قصة جميلة ومؤثرة جدا..

Another extraordinary story relates the following.
هنالك شاب أمه منومة في المستشفى
A young man’ mother was hospitalized.
وأدخلت للعناية المركزه
She was put in intensive care.
وفي يوم من الأيام صارحه الأطباء
A few days later, the doctors told him the truth.
بأن حال والدته ميؤوس منها وأنها في أي لحظة تفارق الحياة
Her condition was hopeless, she could expire at any moment.
وخرج من عند أمه هائما على وجهه
He left from the hospital distraught about his mother
وفي طريق عودته لزيارة والدته
On his way, returning to visit his mother
وقف في محطة البنزين
He stopped at a gas station
وهو ينتظر العامل ليضع البنزين في سيارته
As he was waiting for the attendant to fill up his tank
رأى تحت قطعة كرتون قطة قد ولدت قططا صغاراً
He noticed that a cat had a new litter under a cardboard box
وهم لا يستطيعون المشي
They could barely walk
فتساءل!!!!!
He pondered!!!!
من يأتي لهم بالطعام وهم في هذه الحال؟
فدخل للبقالة
Who would feed them under these circumstances, and went in to the store
واشترى تونة
He bought tuna,
وفتح العلبة ووضعها للقطة وانصرف للمستشفى
opened the can for them and continued on his way to the hospital.
وعندما قدم للعناية مكان تنويم أمه
When he entered the intensive care unit
لم يجدها على سريرها فوقع ما في يده
His mother wasn’t there anymore, he dropped what was in his hands,
فاسترجع وسأل الممرضة
and rushed to ask the nurse
أين فلانة؟
Where is she?
فقالت تحسنت حالتها فأخرجناها للغرفة المجاورة
She said: she got better, so we moved her to the next room
فذهب لها
He went to his mother
فوجدها قد أفاقت من غيبوبتها
Whom he found fully alert
فسلم عليها وسألها
He greeted her and asked what happened
فقالت أنها رأت وهي مغمى عليها
She said that she saw while she was unconscious
قطة وأولادها رافعين أيديهم يدعون الله لها
A cat and her kittens with their hands extended towards the heavens praying for her
فتعجب الشاب
The young man stood there in amazement
فسبحان من وسعت رحمته كل شيء
Praise to the one who’s compassion is all encompassing
سبحان الله الصدقةدفعت بلاء بإذن الله
Praise to Allah, alms giving repels calamities, by Allah’s permission
(داووا مرضاكم بالصدقه)
(Heal your sick through alms giving)
هذه فقط علبة تونه والرسول صلى الله عليه واله وسلم قال:
This is just a can of tuna the Prophet (PABUH) says: (protect yourselves from the hell fire even with a half a date).
( إتقوا النار ولو بشق تمره)
سبحان الله                 
Suhbana Allah  
Make this your first act of generosity
حتى لو مشغول إرسلها”
Even if you are busy, forward it to as many people as you can
(لاإله إلا الله)
Lailahaillaallah
? “يارب فرج هم من ينشره”
Oh! Allah! Ease the burdens of whoever passes this message on. Aameen.

It’s time for men to put women in their place!

MEN, it’s time to wake up. We’re losing ground and failing in our charge. We are ignorant of how women in the glorious middle ages used to be, so we have no idea how we should expect our women to be.

Blame it on foreign influence, disconnect with history, or whatever, but the modern status quo is unacceptable. And to set things right, we’ll have to look to our past and revive – without fearing political incorrectness – the traditions of early Muslims, for they truly are our role models. It’s important for us – 21st century men – to learn how things were done in the middle ages.

During the caliphate of Umar bin Abdul Aziz (99-101 AH/718-720 CE), he knew what some of the women were up to, so he dealt with them accordingly. He ordered Abu Bakr bin Hazm, the famous judge of Madinah, to get a hold of ‘Amrah bint Abdur-Rahman and…

Wait a minute!

…to get a hold of Amrah’s knowledge and write it down, for he feared, othewise, it may be lost forever.

‘Amrah bint Abdur-Rahman (d. 103H), one of the top students of Umm al-Mu’mineen Ayesha (رضي الله عنها), was a great scholar, a prolific narrator, and an accomplished jurist. So respected was she for her knowledge that Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz would seek her counsel in Islamic law.

Ayesha, the beloved wife of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), was a powerhouse of Islamic knowledge. She would sit behind a curtain and teach the Sahabah. His other wives – Hafsa, Umm Habibah, Maymoonah, and Umm Salamah – too are well-known for their narration of hadeeth.

Fatimah, the daughter of Imam Malik (d. 179 AH/795 CE), had memorized the whole of Muwatta. She would stand behind the door and correct the reader if he made any mistake. Women would go in groups to attend conferences of ilm. The narrations not only tell us about their participation, but also the pure manner in which they would seek or teach knowledge.

Furthermore, female scholars came from very diverse backgrounds. Abida, who started life as a slave, learnt a large number of hadeeth with the teachers of Madinah. She was given by her master to Habib Dahhun, the great traditionist of Spain, when he visited the holy city on this way to the Hajj. Dahhun was so impressed by her learning that he freed her, married her, and brought her to Andalusia. It is said that she related 10,000 traditions on the authority of her teachers.

Zaynab bint Sulayman (d. 142/759), by contrast, was a princess by birth. She acquired a mastery of hadeeth, gained a reputation as one of the most distinguished women traditionalists of the time, and counted many important men among her pupils.

Karima al-Marwaziyya (d. 463/1070) was considered the best authority on the Sahih Al-Bukhari in her own time. Abu Dharr of Herat, one of the leading scholars of the period, attached such great importance to her authority that he advised his students to study the Sahih under no one else. Among her students were al-Khatib al-Baghdadi and al-Humaydi (428/1036-488/1095). Another female scholar Fatima bint Muhammad (d. 539/1144) gained the proud title of Musnida Isfahan (the great hadeeth authority of Isfahan).

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (d. 852/1448) says about Juwariya bint Ahmad, “Some of my own teachers and many of my contemporaries attended her discourses.”

When Abdullah married the daughter of his Sheikh Sa’eed bin Musayyib, he did not attend the study circles of his teacher for one month. He was busy learning from his wife who brought home the knowledge of Sa’eed.

These are but few examples of the countless number of female scholars we find in our history. They were not merely educated. They excelled in their fields of study, sometimes beating men and becoming the most authoritative experts in their respective eras.

The narrations put a spotlight on the glaring disconnect between our society and that of the people we wish to emulate. Where are our women scholars today?

Women complain that men do not encourage education after marriage. Men say that women neglect duties to the husband and family. Yet this conflict was not the case for our role models in the past.

Abdullah described his wife, the daughter of Sa’eed bin al-Musayyab, as:

“She was among the most beautiful people, and most expert of those who know the Book of God by heart, and most knowledgeable of the Sunnah of the Prophet, and most aware of the right of the husband.”

Women in earlier times did not allow their seeking of knowledge (or any of their halaal ambitions for that matter) to get in the way of their primary responsibilities, nor did they transgress the bounds of the Shariah in the process. Knowledge only increased their humility and obedience.

In contrast, many women of today do not know the importance of family or the goals of the Shariah revealed by the Creator concerning women. Deluded by popular notions of what education and career mean, some women go to extremes – even against their fitrah – in order to pursue the illusionary success espoused by those who do not have their best interests at heart. People who selectively cite the personality of Khadijah (رضي الله عنها) to justify women’s pursuit of financial success fail to mention, for example, that she had several children, that she took care of her family, or that she hired men to travel and trade on her behalf.

Yet one may ask what options have we – the men – given them? On the one hand, there are promoters of feminism who tell women to pursue anything they wish for regardless of their gender or role. On the other hand, there are men who don’t allow women to learn or do anything at all after marriage. This is why, I am told, many young and intelligent women are delaying marriage.

The question is this, however: In the process, is intelligence diminishing from the institution of motherhood?

Extremism breeds extremism. It is important to note that the development of Western feminism was due to the historic oppression women faced in Western societies. But we need not walk down that path. Muslim women have always been held in high regard. They made tremendous contributions to the community from the onset of Islam. Women contribute a lot today as well. But we are in need of more righteous role models. And men must play a vital role in this regard.

The prevalent extreme attitude or unwarranted concern that women will neglect their primary duties if they engage in any beneficial activity has taken a heavy toll on women. But why do we harbor such suspicious thoughts about our fellow Muslim women? Most women are naturally inclined toward being loving and caring. Just like us men, women too have concerns about family and about how good a father her husband will be and so on. Why not trust that our fellow sisters-in-Islam are quite conscientious and responsible women?

And as for men who consider it demeaning to take interest in the lives of women and children and who are concerned only about their own interests, I say this: Look at the example of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) regarding his wives. He was the best man in every respect. He supported Ayesha (رضي الله عنها) in becoming one of the greatest Islamic scholars who have ever lived. Read also about the companionship of the Sahabah and the Tabi’oon with their women. You are, most certainly, not better than they.

But here’s a reality check for women: Because of the behavior of “educated” and “ambitious” women with their husbands today, even educated men are giving preference to passive, but dutiful, women in marriage. It takes two hands to clap (and one hand to slap). Perhaps it would help if women too did their part by learning how to be better wives.

Education should not end with marriage. It’s the primary way of progress for our families and societies. Imam Ahmad so rightly asserted that seeking knowledge is from the cradle to the grave. We only have to make the best use of the resources already available to us; we need not worry about what is unavailable to us.

With the leadership role that Allah has given men, it is imperative that we give women their due rights and facilitate what is best for their (and our) advancement.

Dear men, let’s put women in their proper place

Blessings of Daughters

Children are no doubt a great gift from Almighty Allah to all parents. Parents must think of their children as such treasures that all the wealth and material resources are worthless as when compared to one’s children. We, as parents, should thank and be grateful to Almighty Allah for blessing us with children whether they are boys or girls.

Today, it is quite disheartening to see that some parents rejoice when the newborn child is a male and show their dissatisfaction when the child is a female. But, this should not be the attitude. Islam does not condone this type of behavior, as such was the manner of the parents in the time of ignorance.

In pre-Islamic times, the Arabs used to be disheartened and annoyed with the birth of girls, so that a father, when informed his wife had given birth to a girl, said, “By Allah she is not as blissful as a son; her defense is crying and her care is but stealing!

He meant she could not defend her father and her family except by screaming and crying, not by fighting and carrying arms. She also cannot be good to them and care for them except by taking from her husband’s money to give to her family. Their traditions allowed the father to bury his daughter alive for actual poverty, or for expected poverty, or out of fear of a disgrace she might bring upon them when she grew up. In that context, the Qur’an says, denouncing and derogating them:

“And when the girl-child who was buried alive is asked. Upon what sin was she killed for.” [Surah al-Takweer, Verses 8-9]

The Qur’an also describes the condition of fathers when daughters were born:

“And when one among of them receives the glad tidings of a daughter, his face turns black for the day, and he remains seething. Hiding from the people because of the evil of the tidings; “Will he keep her with disgrace, or bury her beneath the earth?”; pay heed! Very evil is the judgment they impose!” [Surah al-Nahl, Verse 58-59]

The Qur’an led an uncompromising campaign against those cruel people who kill children-whether male or female. Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Indeed ruined are those who slay their children out of senseless ignorance and forbid the sustenance which Allah has bestowed upon them, in order to fabricate lies against Allah; they have undoubtedly gone astray and not attained the path.”[Surah al-Anaam, Verse 140]

And Allah Almighty says:

“And do not kill your children, fearing poverty; We shall provide sustenance to them as well as to you; indeed killing them is a great mistake.” [Surah Bani Israel, Verse 31]

Some ancient laws gave the father the right to sell his daughter if he wished; while others allowed him to hand her to another man who would either kill her or own her if the father killed the other man’s daughter.

When Islam was revealed, it decreed a daughter – like a son – was a gift from Allah, to be granted to whomever Allah wishes of His worshipers:

“For Allah only is the kingship of the heavens and the earth; He creates whatever He wills; He may bestow daughters to whomever He wills, and sons to whomever He wills. Or may mix them, the sons and daughters; and may make barren whomever He wills; indeed He is All Knowing, Able.” [Surah al-Shoora, Verses 49-50]

The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) of Islam made Paradise the recompense of every father who conducts himself well with his daughters, has patience in raising them, provides their moral education, and observes Allah’s commands concerning them until they come of age or until his . The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) made the place of the father in Paradise next to him. Hadrat Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam said,

Whoever brings up two girls till they reach the age of puberty, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection like this,” (and he joined his blessed fingers.)

The beloved Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) has stated that

“When a boy is born, then he brings one Noor (light) and when a girl is born, then she brings two Noors.”

It has been narrated in a Hadith that the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) has stated that

“If parents are kind and generous towards their daughters, then they will be so close to Him (The Holy Prophet Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) in Jannah, like one finger is to the next.”

The Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) has also stated that

“The person who is faced with hardship due to his daughters, and makes Sabr (is patient), then his daughters will be a Pardah (curtain) between him and the Hell-fire.”

Hadrat Ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam said,
“…and whoever brings up three daughters or a like number of sisters, training them well and showing kindness to them till Allah enriches them (i.e. till they reach the age of puberty), Allah will guarantee Paradise for him.” A man asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Does this apply to two also?” He said: “even to two.” If they had asked whether to one also, the Messenger of Allah would have said that, “even to one…”

Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) recounted,

“Whoever had a female who was not buried nor insulted by him, and had not preferred his male children to her, Allah admits him to Paradise.”

Daughters are without doubt a great blessing from Almighty Allah. They are a means of salvation and a path to Jannah (Heaven) for their parents. The crux of one narration states that

“One who loves his daughters and withstands the hardship of grooming and getting them married, Almighty Allah makes Jannah compulsory (Waajib) on him and keeps him protected from the Fire of Hell.”

And in another Hadith, the beloved Prophet SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam said:

“They will be a shield for him from the Fire.”

The beloved Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam commanded:

“Whenever you buy anything from the market place first present it to your female children then to your male children.”

“Daughters are a gift from Almighty Allah. Those parents who are kind towards them, then Almighty Allah is generous towards such parents. Those who are merciful to their daughters, Almighty Allah is Merciful towards them.”

“When a girl is born to a family, then between the parents and Hell, there shall be a distance of five hundred years.”

It has been stated that:

When parents rejoice at the birth of a daughter, this is greater than making Tawaaf of the Kaaba seventy times.

When Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) would hear that one of his relatives or friends had a baby girl, he would say to them,

“Congratulations for the Prophets were mostly fathers of daughters.”

Muslims should also remember that the family of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) is from his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatima Zahra (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha).

With these open and authentic texts, with the enhanced and repeated good news, the birth of girls is not at all a fearful burden nor is it a bad omen. On the contrary, it is a blessing to be thanked for and a mercy to be desired and requested because it is a blessing of the Almighty and a reward to be gained.

Dear brothers and sisters! Rejoice on the birth of your daughters, love and guide them and give them that which is due to them from your belongings. Do not deprive them of their inheritance as they also have say in this. Remember! Daughters are a blessing and not a burden.

Jumuah Gem

Advice of the Prophet (Pbuh) to his companion (R.a) :

Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. Recognize and acknowledge Allah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will remember you in times of adversity. And know that what has passed you by [and you have failed to attain] was not going to befall you, and what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.

[Narrated by At-Trimidhi. Book-Forty AHadith Imam Nawawi, No.19]

Sayyiduna Khabbab(RA)

A woman named Umm Anmaar who belonged to the Khuza-a tribe in Makkah went to the slave market in the city. She wanted to buy herself a youth for her domestic chores and to exploit his labor for economic gains. As she scrutinized the faces of those who were displayed for sale, her eyes fell ON a boy who was obviously not yet in his teens. She saw that he was strong and healthy and that there were clear signs of intelligence on his face. She needed no further incentive to purchase him. She paid and walked away with her new acquisition.

On the way home, Umm Anmaar turned to the boy and said:

“What’s your name, boy?”

“Khabbah.”

“And what’s your father’s name’?”

“Al-Aratt. “

“Where do you come from?”

“From Najd.”

“Then you are an Arab!”

“Yes, from the Banu Tamim.”

“How then did you come into the hands of the slave dealers in Makkah?”

“One of the Arab tribes raided our territory. They took our cattle and captured women and children. I was among the youths captured. I passed from one hand to another until I ended up in Makkah . . .”

Umm Anmaar placed the youth as an apprentice to one of the blacksmiths in Makkah to learn the art of making swords. The youth learn quickly and was soon an expert at the profession. When he was strong enough, Umm Anmaar set up a workshop for him with all the necessary tools and equipment from making swords. Before long he was quite famous in Makkah for his excellent craftsmanship. People also liked dealing with him because of his honesty and integrity. Umm Anmaar gained much profit through him and exploited his talents to the full.

In spite of his youthfulness, Khabbab displayed unique intelligence and wisdom. Often, when he had finished work and was left to himself, he would reflect deeply on the state of Arabian society which was so steeped in corruption. He was appalled at the aimless wandering, the ignorance and the tyranny which he saw. He was one of the victims of this tyranny and he would say to himself:

“After this night of darkness, there must be a dawn.” And he hoped that he would live long enough to see the darkness dissipate with the steady glow and brightness of new light.

Khabbab did not have to wait long. He was privileged to be in Makkah when the first rays of the light of Islam penetrated the city. It emanated from the lips of Muhammad ibn Abdullah -Rasulullah SAW as he announced that none deserves to be worshiped or adored except the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He called for an end to injustice and oppression and sharply criticized the practices of the rich in accumulating wealth at the expense of the poor and the outcast. He denounced aristocratic privileges and attitudes and called for a new order based on respect for human dignity and compassion for the underprivileged including orphans, wayfarers and the needy.

To Khabbab, the teachings of Muhammad SAW were like a powerful light dispelling the darkness of ignorance. He went and listened to these teachings directly from him. Without any hesitation he stretched out his hand to the Prophet in allegiance and testified that “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His servant and His messenger.” He was among the first ten persons to accept Islam .

Khabbab RA did not hide his acceptance of Islam from anyone. When the news of his becoming a Muslim reached Umm Anmaar, she became incensed with anger. She went to her brother Sibaa ibn Abd al-Uzza who gathered a gang of youths from the Khuzaa tribe and together they made their way to Khabbab RA. They found him completely engrossed in his work. Sibaa went up to him and said:

“We have heard some news from you which we don’t believe.”

“What is it?” asked Khabbab RA.

“We have been told that you have given up your religion and that you now follow that man from the Banu Hashim .”

“I have not given up my religion” replied Khabbab RA calmly. “I only believe in One God Who has no partner. I reject your idols and I believe that Muhammad is the servant of God and His messenger.”

No sooner had Khabbab RA spoken these words than Sibaa and his gang set upon him. They beat him with their fists and with iron bars and they kicked him until he fell unconscious to the ground, with blood streaming from the wounds he received.The news of what happened between Khabbab RA and his slave mistress spread throughout Makkah like wild-fire. People were astonished at frankness of Khabbab’s . They had not yet heard of anyone who followed Muhammad SAW and who had the audacity to announce the fact with such frankness and deviant confidence.

The Khabbab RA affair shook the leaders of the Quraysh. They did not expect that a blacksmith, such as belonged to Umm Anmaar and who had no clan in Makkah to protect him and no asabiyyah to prevent him from injury, would be bold enough to go outside her authority, denounce her gods and reject the religion of her forefathers. They realized that this was only the beginning . . .

The Quraysh were not wrong in their expectations. Khabbab’s RA courage impressed many of his friends and encouraged them to announce their acceptance of Islam. One after another, they began to proclaim publicly the message of truth. In the precincts of the Haram, near the Kabah, the Quraysh leaders gathered to discuss the problem of Muhammad SAW. Among them were Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, al Walid ibn al-Mughira and Abu Jahl ibn Hisham. They noted that Muhammad was getting stronger and that his following was increasing day by day, indeed hour by hour. To them this was like a terrible disease and they made up their minds to stop it before it got out of control. They decided that each tribe should get hold of any follower of Rasulullah SAW among them and punish him until he either recants his faith or dies.

On Sibaa ibn Abd al-Uzza and his people fell the task of punishing Khabbab RA even further. Regularly they began taking him to all open area in the city when the sun was at its zenith and the ground was scorching hot. They would take off his clothes and dress him in iron armor and lay him on the ground. In the intense heat his skin would be seared and hit body would become inert. When it appeared that all strength had let him, they would come up and challenge him:

“What do you say about Muhammad’?”

“He is the servant of God and His messenger. He has come with the religion of guidance and truth, to lead us from darkness into light.”

They would become more furious and intensify their beating. They would ask about al-Laat and al-Uzza and he would reply firmly:

“Two idols, deaf and dumb, that cannot cause harm or bring any benefit…”

This enraged them even more and they would take a big hot stone and place it on his back. Khabbab’s RA pain and anguish would be excruciating but he did not recant. The inhumanity of Umm Anmaar towards Khabbab was not less than that of her brother. Once she saw the Prophet SAW speaking to Khabbab RA at his workshop and she flew into a blind rage. Every day after that, for several days, she went to Khabbab’s RA workshop and punished him by placing a red hot iron from the furnace on his head. The agony was unbearable and he often fainted.

Khabbab RA suffered long and his only recourse was to prayer. He prayed for the punishment of Umm Anmaar and her brother. His release from pain and suffering only came when the Prophet SAW, peace be upon him, gave permission to his companions to emigrate to Madinah. Umm Anmaar by then could not prevent him from going. She herself became afflicted with a terrible illness which no one had heard of before. She behaved as if she had suffered a rabid attack. The headaches she had were especially nerve-racking. Her children sought everywhere for medical help until finally they were told that the only cure was to cauterize her head. This was done. The treatment, with a ret hot iron, was more terrible than all the headaches she suffered.

At Madinah, among the generous and hospitable Ansar, Khabbab RA experienced a state of ease and restfulness which he had not known for a long time. He was delighted to be near the Prophet SAW with no one to disturb his happiness. He fought alongside the noble Prophet at the battle of Badr. He participated in the battle of Uhud where he had the satisfaction of seeing Sibaa ibn Abd al-Uzza meet his end at the hands of Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib RA, the uncle of the Prophet SAW.

Khabbab RA lived long enough to witness the great expansion of Islam under the four Khulafaa arRashidun–Saidina Abu Bakr RA, Saidina Umar RA, Saidina Uthman RA and Saidina Ali RA. He once visited Umar RA during his caliphate. Umar RA stood up–he was in a meeting–and greeted Khabbab RA with the words:

“No one is more deserving than you to be in this assembly other than Bilal RA.” He asked Khabbab RA about the torture and the persecution he had received at the hands of the mushrikin. Khabbab RA described this in some detail since it was still very vivid in his mind. He then exposed his back and even Umar was aghast at what he saw.

In the last phase of his life, Khabbab RA was blessed with wealth such as he had never before dreamed of. He was, however, well-known for his generosity. It is even said that he placed his dirhams and his diners in a part of his house that was known to the poor and the needy. He did not secure this money in any way and those in need would come and take what they needed without seeking any permission or asking any questions.

In spite of this, he was always afraid of his accountability to Allah SWT for the way he disposed of this wealth. A group of companions related that they visited Khabbab RA when he was sick and he said:

“In this place there are eighty thousand dirhams. By Allah, I have never secured it any way and I have not barred anyone in need from it.”

He wept and they asked why he was weeping.

“I weep,” he said, “because my companions have passed away and they did not obtain any such reward in this world. I have lived on and have acquired this wealth and I fear that this will be the only reward for my deeds.”

Soon after he passed away. The Khalifah Ali ibn Abu Talib RA, may Allah SWT be pleased with him, stood at his grave and said:

“May God have mercy on Khabbab RA. He accepted Islam wholeheartedly. He performed hijrah willingly. He lived as a mujahid and Allah SWT shall not withhold the reward of one who has done good.”

Subhaanal Khaaliq! The torture these great personalities endured resulted in you and I being reciters of the Kalima! What a sacrifice! We need to ask ourselves,: “what am I sacrificing for my Deen?”
May Allah grant us all Towfeeq and Istiqama, Aameen.

The first Revelation

The first revelation

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was appointed as a Messenger by God when he was forty years old. After the repairs of the Ka’ba and his inserting the Black Stone back in its place, people began to notice that Muhammad tended towards thinking about God and seeking the ways of belief in and worship of Him. Not once showing any interest in the idols of the Makkans or those of the many other Arab tribes, he reached the conclusion of the futility of worshipping idols, by way of reason and conscience. It is quite possible that he was thinking along the same lines as the small number of Hanif who were trying to practice the monotheistic religion of Abraham (peace be upon him). However, while experiencing the sorrow of not knowing what to do and how to do it, Muhammad began to take pleasure in withdrawing into solitude; as of the few years prior to his Prophethood, in the month of Ramadan, he began to retreat in the secluded cave of Mount Hira, as had done his grandfather ‘Abd al-Muttalib and other members of the Quraysh.

When Muhammad (peace be upon him) ran out of food, he would go to the city, help the poor, circumambulate the Ka’ba, take food from his home and return to the cave. From time to time, he would take Khadija (Allah be well pleased with her) with him. According to a narration from A’isha, during this period the Prophet began having “sadiq (true) dreams” and this period continued for six months; the dreams that he saw in this period became a reality one-by-one. There are also accounts in the sources that state that during this period, Prophet Muhammad heard voices greeting him with the words, “Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allah,” but when he turned around and looked to find no one there he would thus become quite anxious; authentic narrations state that these voices came from rocks and trees. Due to the above-mentioned incidents, some of them miraculous in nature, it is possible to say that this period constituted a phase of preparation for revelation.

In the year 610, during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was in the cave of Hira, Archangel Gabriel appeared to him; it is thought that this could have occurred on the twenty-seventh night and according to some accounts on a Monday. Gabriel (peace be upon him) informed Muhammad that God had assigned him as a Prophet. This first revelation was reported by Prophet Muhammad as follows: “That night Gabriel came to me and said ‘Read (Iqra’). I responded, ‘I am not of those who read’. Upon this, the angel took me; pressed me until it was almost too much to bear. Then he released me and said, ‘Read’. I again replied ‘I am not of those who read’ He embraced me again firmly and said, ‘Read’. When I responded ‘What shall I read?’ the angel embraced me till I had no more strength left and after releasing me the angel read these verses to me: “Read in and with the Name of your Lord, who has created – Created human from a clot clinging (to the wall of the womb). Read, and your Lord is the All-Munificent, who has taught (human) by the pen – Taught human what he did not know.” (Al’Alaq, 96:1-5). After this incident, Muhammad became anxious and fearful; he left Hira and went to his home, went to bed and told his wife Khadija (Allah be well pleased with her) to cover him. After Muhammad woke up, he told his wife what he had experienced.

Khadija told Muhammad that she believed in him and reassured him by saying; “God will never disgrace you. You maintain good relations with your kin, you bear the burden of the weak, you help the poor and the needy, serve your guests generously, and assist those who are afflicted by calamity.” Then she took Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to Waraqa ibn Nawfal, her cousin. An old Christian Scholar well-versed in the Holy Bible, Waraqa listened to Muhammad and then told him that the being who came to him was the Angel of Revelation who was sent by God to all the Prophets. He then added: “They will call you a liar; they will treat you badly. They will wage a war against you and drive you out of this city. If I live to see those days, I will help you for the sake of Allah.” After Waraqa completed his words, he leaned towards Muhammad and kissed him on the forehead. With the support of Khadija and the explanations of Waraqa, the Prophet returned to his home feeling much relieved.

The lineage of Our Prophet (SAW)

The lineage of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) can be traced back to Prophet Ishmael, the son of Abraham, through Adnan, a descendent twenty-one generations removed. Thus, the northern Arabs, of which the Prophet’s family was a part, were called Ishmaelites or Adnanis. (The other branch of Arabs was the Kahtanis, who resided in southern Arabia.) Prophet Muhammad himself traces his lineage back to Adnan. It is known to be as follows: Muhammad, son of ‘Abd Allah, son of ‘Abd al-Muttalib (Shayba), son of Hashim, son of ‘Abdulmanaf, son of Qusayy, son of Kilab, son of Murra, son of Ka‘b, son of Luayy, son of Ghalib, son of Fihr (Quraysh), son of Malik, son of Nadr, son of Kinana, son of Khuzayma, son of Mudrikah, son of Elias, son of Mudar, son of Nizar, son of Ma’ad, son of Adnan. Prophet Muhammad was the son of ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, a member of the Hashimite family of the Quraysh tribe which was the Adnani branch of the descendents of Prophet Ishmael.