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Saturday, 06 March 2021 19:05

The Respect of the Sahaabah for the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat

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The Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat (the respected wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) were from among the Ahl-e-Bayt of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala had referred to them as the ‘Mothers of the Believers’ and the Ahl-e-Bayt of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The Saahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) held them in the highest esteem and showed them the highest level of respect and honor. Below is an incident which demonstrates the true honor which the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) showed the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat.

The wealth of the Bayt-ul-Maal during the period of the Khilaafah of Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was distributed among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in accordance to their relationship with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hazrat Umar’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Ahl-e-Bayt could be gauged through his decision of preferring the family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) over all the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), on account of their close relationship with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Muhammed bin ‘Ali (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident that transpired between his father and a person who bore enmity for Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He says:

A person once came to my father, ‘Ali bin Husain (rahimahullah), who was famously known as Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah), and said, “Tell me about Abu Bakr.”

Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) replied, “Are you asking me regarding Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)?”When the man heard Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) show respect and honor to Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) by referring to him with the title ‘Siddeeq’, the man asked, “Are you calling him ‘Siddeeq’? I don’t regard him to be Siddeeq.”

The incident below highlights the highest level of respect which Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would show to the blessed family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):

During the period of his khilaafah, Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) made mashura with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and consulted them, asking them how the wealth of the Bayt-ul-Maal should be distributed among the Muslims.

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested, “Every year, you should distribute all the money of the Bayt-ul-Maal to the Muslims and you should not retain any wealth in the Bayt-ul-Maal.”

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested, “I see that there is abundant wealth in the Bayt-ul-Maal which is sufficient for all the people. However, if a record is not kept of those who have been given wealth and those who have not been given any wealth, I fear that there will be confusion and matters will get out of hand.”

Saturday, 16 February 2019 04:12

Honouring the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat

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Hazrat Aslam (rahimahullah), the slave of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), reports that Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had nine special platters reserved for the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat (respected wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and mothers of the ummah). Whenever any delicacy, fruit or meat would come to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), then he would make nine shares, place them on the nine platters and respectfully send them to the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat. He would first send the platters to the other Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat and would send the platter of his beloved daughter, Hazrat Hafsah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), last. At times, if there was a slight shortage in any platter, he would send this platter to his beloved daughter, Hazrat Hafasah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and ensure that the other wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received the full platters. In this way, he honoured the family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) by giving them the gifts that he received from people, and he gave preference to the other wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) over his beloved daughter and family.

(Muwatta Imaam Muhammed pg. 405)

Saturday, 02 February 2019 04:14

The Concern and Love of the Sahaabah for the Ahl-e-Bayt

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The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were an embodiment of love and they displayed the highest degree of love for each other at every opportunity. This conduct of deep concern and love for each other was natural within them, as they regarded themselves to belong to one brotherhood of Islam. When they had fallen ill, they visited each other and saw to the welfare of one another.

Below is an incident that highlights the noble quality of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in upholding the mubaarak sunnah of visiting the sick, and in specific, showing love to the Ahl-e-Bayt.

When the Shi‘ah speak of the relationship between Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), they paint a picture of enmity and claim that Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) hated Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, from the incident below, we will realize that these allegations are completely false as Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) actually had immense respect and love for Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Hazrat ‘Urwah bin Zubair (rahimahullah) reports that on one occasion, a person began to revile and speak ill of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) in the presence of Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). As soon as Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard what this person was saying, he rose in defense of Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

The following incident depicts the extent of concern and love that Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had for the beloved uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He deeply desired that Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) embrace Islam and expressed that he would be more happy with his Islam than even his own father embracing Islam.

After the Battle of Badr was fought, Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among those taken prisoner by the Muslims. He was captured by an Ansaari Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) during the battle. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had consulted the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) as to whether they should be released on ransom or be killed. A few Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were of the opinion that they should be killed while the majority of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) felt that they should be released in exchange of some ransom. Eventually, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) decided that they should be released in exchange of ransom.

The following incident sheds light on the deep love that Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had for Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) loved Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to such an extent that he changed his intention of marrying his daughter to his nephew and instead married her to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once proposed to the daughter of Hazrat ‘Ali and Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), Hazrat Ummu Kulthoom. On receiving the proposal, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) initially excused himself, explaining that he had reserved his daughters for the marriage of the sons of his brother, Hazrat Ja‘far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) again requested him saying, “Marry her to me! By the oath of Allah, there is no person on the surface of the earth who will appreciate her nobility as I will.” Hearing this, Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) agreed and married her to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Do not speak anything but good regarding Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the decision that he made concerning the Qur’aan. By Allah, he took this decision concerning the Qur’aan Majeed with the consensus of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #4987 and Fathul Baari vol. 9 pg. 16)

From this statement, it is clear that Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) loved Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and approved of his decision regarding the compilation of the Qur’aan. Hence, the Qur’aan which Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) believed in and recited is the very same Qur’aan which the Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah believe in and recite.

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