Tribute to the Martyrs of Kunduz – Afghanistan

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A Tribute To The Martyrs of Kunduz

On April 2nd 2018, the U.S bombed a madrassah in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The attack took place during a Jalsa/Graduation Ceremony of a group of Huffaadh. Over 100 people (mainly children who had just completed their meomorisation of the Quran) were killed. This was a planned attack targeting innocent children!

This nazm was made as a tribute to the martyrs of Kunduz. Aswaatul Qurraa has got the nazm translated from Urdu into English so that its message may reach more people, with the will of Allah.

May Allah accept the deceased as Huffaadh, grant them special places in Jannah and grant their families Sabrun Jameel. May Allah grant the oppressors guidance and if His guidance is not meant for them, may He destroy them!

Whilst the Muslim “leaders” and majority of the scholars are silent on the matter, we encourage you to share…

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Memories Of Martyrs – Sumayya Essack

Treasures Of The Ummah

The sky casts a momentary twilight glow over the silent, dark streets.
The hush of the city is disturbed by a sudden rumble of thunder as it rolls across the sky, quietly at first, and then with a startling bang that causes the sturdy building walls to vibrate and the floors to shudder. The lights in my bedroom flicker and then disappear, leaving me drowning in a sea of darkness.

I am lost.

The luminous moon has hidden its striking rays behind a puff of grey clouds, and the stars seem to run for cover as the sky trembles with anger.

I am afraid.

There is no hand to hold me, no light to guide me, and no one besides me.

Groans of thunder follow a sudden flash of lightning, and I use its light to hastily switch on a torch. I run for cover beneath my soft duvet covers…

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Persevering through Family Pressure


Alhamdulillah, I was born to loving parents who made a change in their lives –   change for Deen to become the objective of their lives and the lives of their progeny till Qiyaamah. So with the grace and mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, I did not face any challenge within my home, as the environment in our home had already been created and was an environment of Deen and the sunnah.

But yes, I did face many challenges. Most of us do at some point in our lives, and maybe we face the hardest challenges (when it comes to hijaab and niqaab) with our own family and relatives.

Although I grew up with some of my cousins, my siblings and I were always different (we did not go to every place that they went to and we did not do everything they did). We dressed differently, our lifestyles were different and we were home schooled.

Being little, we played together, we prayed together and weekends were spent together (but my parents did not compromise on the manner in which they were raising us). But things began to change when we reached pre-teens…

I started wearing the niqaab early, before salaah etc. became fardh on me, and it was entirely my own choice to do so. Initially, I even felt like I couldn’t breathe with my niqaab and felt extremely hot in it! Alhamdulillah, about ten months later, I began making purdah (not interacting with and remaining concealed) from boy cousins, non-mahram uncles and all non-mahram men, only with the favour of my Rabb.

Some would make it a point of discussing certain places or topics which they knew would make me feel totally uncomfortable! They would comment on the modest dressing of myself or my siblings. I became a stranger to them, as if I was an alien from mars! Just because I did not allow a photograph of myself to be taken or I did not take photos myself… Just because I wore a burqa over my cloak… Just because I made purdah from boy cousins…

It hurt… They were not making fun of me. To me, they were making fun of Deen. May Allah Ta‘ala protect and save us all and our progeny till Qiyaamah, aameen.

There were naturally many braais, family functions, engagements, weddings, etc. which we did not attend as our purdah would have definitely been compromised. Grandparents and relatives would become upset and we were made to feel as if we were in the wrong. However, time passes.

Eventually, grandparents and relatives came to realize that I was not trying to practice on Deen because of my father. I don’t know why some people feel that my loving father was strict in the way he brought me up. If a child’s upbringing is on Deen and the sunnah, why is it regarded as strict? To me, it is pure and true love, as my parents are making an effort to protect me from so many evils and are concerned about my Aakhirah which is everlasting!

We often face the challenge: The happiness of family vs The happiness of Allah Ta‘ala.

Regarding this challenge, I always think of this hadeeth, which I have heard or read in ta’leem: ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said something to this effect: “He who seeks Allah Ta‘ala’s pleasure at the cost of people’s anger, Allah will suffice him against the trouble caused by people, and he who seeks the pleasure of people at the cost of Allah’s anger, Allah will leave him to the people.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2414)

Sometimes or many a times, we are made to feel like strangers for practicing on Deen and adhering to the sunnah. May Allah Ta‘ala bless us with the glad tidings of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who said, “Islam had commenced like a stranger in the world (outwardly seeming like the odd one out in society), and soon before Qiyaamah, Islam will again be seen as a stranger (among the people). Glad tidings be for those who are regarded as strangers (on account of them remaining steadfast on Deen).” (Saheeh Muslim #372)

Alhamdulillah when there is a good environment at home, and the father and mother are on the same Deeni wavelength, then it becomes easy and natural for the children to practice Deen. I can only thank Allah Ta‘ala for the decisions my loving parents made. I do not feel like I was deprived of anything! The first step of doing any good is hard – like the feeling of not being able to breathe the first few times I wore my purdah!

Once, I attended a ta’leem programme for young girls. The ‘Aalim that addressed us from behind the screen mentioned, “When we take a step to obey or get closer to Allah Ta‘ala, our battle with Shaitaan starts. All along he was not worried about us, but when we decide to make Deen and the sunnah our objective, he will try harder to dissuade us from achieving our goal.”

Beloved sister! Maybe you are not wearing the niqaab and making purdah, but just respect the girl or woman who is. Make it easy for her to remain committed to Deen and her purdah. Encourage her – tell her that you admire her for taking a step closer to Allah Ta‘ala.

O Allah! Bless us all with true modesty and chastity and fill our entire being with noor and hayaa. O Allah! Give us the courage to do good and the strength to stay away from all types of evil, aameen.

Do you have a personal story to share? Or do you perhaps know of someone whose life underwent a complete revolution as they strove in the quest for piety? If so, write and submit your story to info@uswatulmuslimah.co.za

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‘Weaning’ the Nafs


‘Allaamah Booseeri (rahimahullah) mentions in his famous Qaseedah Burdah:

وَالنَّفْسُ كَالطِّفْلِ إِنْ تُهْمِلْهُ شَبَّ عَلٰى

حُبِّ الرَّضَاعِ وَإِنْ تَفْطِمْهُ يَنْفَطِمِ

The nafs is like a child; if you neglect (to wean) it, it will still have the love for the mother’s milk when it reaches adolescence. However, if you wean it, it will become weaned.

This couplet explains that a person’s nafs (carnal self) is like a young child. A suckling child, by nature, loves its mother’s milk. However, being a child, it does not understand that this milk is only beneficial for a short period, after which its consumption will prove harmful and detrimental to the child.

If the mother does not wean the child off the milk and instead feels sorry for the child, allowing it to continue suckling, the child’s addiction to the milk will grow with it and ultimately harm it greatly.

Similarly, when a person’s nafs has the taste for a sin or a bad habit, he sometimes ‘feels sorry’ for his nafs and thinks, “Let me commit the sin one last time. If I do this, the craving will end, and I will thereafter abandon the sin.” However, he is merely deceiving himself, as by committing the sin one more time, he is actually ingraining and embedding the sin even deeper and increasing the addiction even further.

The only solution is to ‘wean’ the nafs entirely, once and for all, without showing it any consideration or mercy. It is only when this uncompromising discipline is adopted that the nafs will become disciplined and be ‘weaned’ of its sins and bad habits. (Az-Zubdah fi-Sharhil Burdah pg. 218)

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The Ultimate ‘Contact’


Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) was the son of the illustrious Sahaabi, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). He was born during the khilaafah of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and was a great Muhaddith and Mufti of Madeenah Munawwarah.

On one occasion, the ruler, Hishaam bin ‘Abdil Malik, entered the Ka’bah and met Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). Seeing this eminent personality, he immediately said, “Do you have any need that you wish to ask of me?” Saalim (rahimahullah) replied, “I am embarrassed to stand in the house of Allah Ta‘ala and place my needs before someone besides Him.”

Thereafter, when they had exited the Ka’bah, Hishaam said to Saalim (rahimahullah), “You may now place your needs before me (as we are no longer in the house of Allah Ta‘ala).” In reply, Saalim (rahimahullah) asked, “Which needs should I place before you? My needs of this world or my needs of the Hereafter?” Hishaam replied, “Your needs of this world.”

Saalim (rahimahullah) responded, “By Allah! I have not placed my needs of this world before the One who owns this world, so how can I place my needs of this world before one who does not own this world?” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 4 pg. 466)

NB: Perhaps it was due to Saalim (rahimahullah) being overcome by his aversion to the world and wealth that he did not present his needs of this world to Allah Ta‘ala.  

Lesson:

In today’s world, the phrase “it’s not what you know but who you know” is often repeated. In this regard, great emphasis is placed on making the right ‘contacts’. However, we tend to forget that the only true contact is Allah Ta‘ala. He can be reached through merely raising our hands in du‘aa. Also, contrary to other contacts, he responds to calls even quicker when they are made in the dead of night (at the time of Tahajjud). There is no request too big or too small for Allah Ta‘ala, and He is the only contact who becomes happier with you when you call Him more. Hence, we should place all our needs, those relating to this world and the next, before Allah Ta‘ala, and should turn to Him before anyone else.

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Abu Bakr (RA)’s Inaugural speech

After the demise of Nabi ﷺ, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم unanimously appointed Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه as the khalifah/leader. During his acceptance speech, he said, “Obey me as long as I obey Allah and His Messenger. And if I disobey Allah and His Messenger, then I have no right to your obedience.” In our small circles, we are all in different positions of leadership. For example, a husband is a leader over his family, a mother is a leader over her children and a teacher is a leader over her students. Nabi ﷺ has stated, “Every one of you is a shepherd, and will questioned about his flock.”

Bearing his leadership in mind, Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه was first and foremost cautious of his relationship with Allah. He placed this at the forefront of his service. Likewise, we must also put this principle at the forefront of our lives. Unfortunately, abuse of power is common within our communities. It is easy for a husband, Imam or principle of a Madrassa, to assume that they can get away with wrongdoing due to their status in the community. This incorrect and almost arrogant mindset, stems from lack of personal accountability, and forgetting that we will be held accountable before Allah.

A good leader is humble. When those under their leadership hold them to account, they accept and change for the better. Sometimes in a family business, a son may correct his father’s shortcomings. A son may be the one to tell his father that interest is haram. If the father rejects his advice and continues to trample on the laws of Allah, his own son will lose respect for him. The next time he advises his son on any matter of deen, he will take his words lightly, remembering how his father rejected his correct advice on deen. Therefore, lead, by example. Remember Allah and obey Him, for if you can’t obey Him, how can you expect others to obey you?

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 28/12/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.