The IECRC Newsletter

Connecting with the Community since 2002

Archive for the ‘Women’ Category

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

leave a comment »

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Full Conference Video

Individual Presentations Playlist


IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

Credit List


All Praise and Credit is due to Allah The Most Exalted

Countless and Choicest Blessings and Salutations upon

His Chosen Beloved and our Master Muhammad Rasool Allah

His Noble Family and Companions radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen



Conference Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri



Imam Malik bin Anas radi Allahu anhu Society, Kingdom of Bahrain


Core Organizing Committee

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Brother Riaz Shaikh, Syeda Sadia Naiman, Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Aysha Hameed Khan


Special Contributions

Sister Ghazala Fakher, Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed


Organizing Volunteers

Sister Eman Hameed Khan

Sister Ghazala Mustafa

Sister Aafreen Shaikh

Sister Shamim Hamid Khan (Transport)

Sister Shabina Khalid


Event Volunteers

Brother Mohammad Ismail Hussain

Sister Shahanara Akter

Sister Fatima Mohamed

Brother Mohammad Dastageer, Brother Obaid (Sound System)

Sister Samawat Malik (Hall Decoration)

Sister Aysha Mushtafa (Photography)

Sister Shagufta Banu (Time Keeper)


IECRC Sisters Youth Group – Burdah Shareef

(From Left to Right)

Sister Nabila Sanira

Sister Asha Diwan

Sister Aysha Hameed Khan

Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh

Sister Bushra Quamar

Brother Alim Riaz Shaikh (Backstage Daff Recitation)


A very special thanks to:

Brother Faisal (Dates Donation)

Brother Farouk (Infinity Bahrain – Banner Design and Printing)

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

March 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

IECRC Bahrain Annual Women’s Conference 2013

leave a comment »

BismiLlaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolihil Kareem

In its annual tradition and under the patronage of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center (IECRC) conducted its Annual Women’s Conference 2013 at the Bahrain Society of Engineers auditorium in Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain on February 8, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “Loving the Beloved of Allah in the Footsteps of the Noble Companions.” Local speakers enlightened the audience on the lives of the Khulafa Rashideen (Rightly Guided Caliphs) and other Noble Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) emphasizing how they lived a life of complete devotion to the Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Invited special guest from Pakistan Hafiza Javeria Saleem graced the occasion with her moving recitation of the Holy Quran as well as poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The spiritual and educational gathering was attended by about 150 women and children.

Prior to the Conference opening, past and current IECRC services in the USA and Canada were presented to the audience for their reference. The Conference was then opened with welcoming the audience on behalf of IECRC’s Directors Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri (May Allah protect them and grant them long life with health, Aameen).

Hafiza Javeria Saleem, recipient of the “Best Female Qariya in Pakistan,”  “Youngest Qariya of Pakistan” and “Best Female Naatkhwan in Pakistan” awards, commenced this spiritual and educational gathering with a heart moving recitation of the Chapter Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful) of the Holy Quran. Sister Sumera and Sister Ruqayya provided the Urdu and English translations of the verses respectively so the audience could benefit from the meanings of these Divine Words.

DSC_0003         DSC_0068

DSC_0080         DSC_0088

Beautiful couplets of Hamd (Praise of Allah Almighty) were presented by Sister Atiya followed by the world renowned Qaseeda Burdah of the great 13th century CE Egyptian scholar and poet Imam Sharafuddeen Busiri rahmatullah alayh presented by Hafiza Javeria in her unique style.

A colorful and dynamic group of young children presented the famous lines of Tala’al Badru ‘alayna – the couplet that exhorts Muslims that it is obligatory upon us to show gratitude to Allah Almighty for the greatest Da’ee that this world has ever seen and will see – the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It was stated that these annual IECRC Conferences in honor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam were organized in response to this command to exhibit gratitude.

DSC_0095         DSC_0149

DSC_0161In IECRC’s spirit of encouraging children to come forward and participate in actions of the Deen with enthusiasm and fervor, the Maghrib Adhan was called out by Taalib Riaz Shaikh followed by the Dua after the Adhan by Mariam AbdulMajid and the Durood Ibrahimi by Anas Nasser.

DSC_0116      DSC_0118      DSC_0122

As per the theme of the Conference, several speakers presented speeches on the lives of the pious Khulafa Rashidun radi Allahu anhum ajma’een. Sister Yasmin Sikandar spoke on the unmatched love that Syedna Abubakr As-Siddeeq radi Allahu anhu had for our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Similarly Sister Ghazala Mustafa spoke on the devotional love of Syedna Umar Farooq ibn Al-Khattab radi Allahu anhu and Syedna Uthman Ghani ibn ‘Affan radi Allahu anhu.

DSC_0194         DSC_0220

Organizing Committee member and co-founder of IECRC Bahrain’s efforts, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh presented poignant narrations about Syedna Ali ibn Abi Talib radi Allahu anhu. Long time community member and spiritual guide, Sister Najma Khatoon presented the importance of the Durood Ibrahimi.

DSC_0259         DSC_0249

Sister Asma AbdulJabbar of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society spoke in Arabic, later briefing her talk in English, about the blessed personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The series of speeches was rounded off by IECRC USA & Canada representative and co-founder of its work’s expansion in Bahrain, Syeda Shagufta Ahmad who spoke on the love of Syedna Bilal ibn Rabah radi Allahu anhu for the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam also mentioning the “Black” History month commemoration of USA.

DSC_0240         DSC_0284

The educational speeches were interlaced with reverberating Naat presentations by Hafiza Javeria Saleem who ended the beautiful gathering with the Salute to our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and the famous Ya Ilahi prayer of the 14th century Hijri Mujaddid Syedna Imam Ahmed Raza Khan rahmatullah alayh.


Syeda Shagufta Ahmed offered the vote of thanks acknowledging the efforts of the dedicated group of sisters who worked to make this event a success along with the brothers who helped from behind the curtains. May Allah reward everyone for their contributions and may HE Almighty accept this humble effort in HIS Divine Court and present its reward as a gift in the Blessed Court of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Aameen.


We pray that this beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain be blessed with many such spiritual and Islamic activities and events. And sincerely pray that the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society of Bahrain and its Chairman Shaykh Rashid bin Ebrahim Al-Muraikhey (hafadhahuLlaah) be equally rewarded for all the pious deeds and actions carried out by Muslims under their patronage and support. Aameen.

More Photos from the Conference

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

You may view the Conference video recording here:



Credit List:

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2013, Feb 8
Core Organizing Committee:
Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Mrs. Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Zainulabedin Muhammad Qadri
Special Contributions:
Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed
Organizing Volunteers:
Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Shamim Hamid Khan, Sister Shabana Zain, Sister Shehnaz Mushtaq, Sister Shagufta Nasser, Sister Fakhira Rashid, Sister Sumera Qayyum
Event Volunteers:
Sister Sadia Naiman, Sister Shabina Khalid, Sister Ghazala Fakher, Sister Fatima Nazir, Sister Danya Mustak Shaikh, Sister Nazreen Parker, Sister Saheeba Mustak Shaikh, Sister Tanuja Shamim, Sister Samawat Malik, Brother Naiman, Brother Khalid

Children’s Naat Group:
Daff: Alim Riaz Shaikh, Mic for Daff: Inshaal Asif
Reciters: Taalib Riaz Shaikh, Alina Naiman, Rida Naiman, Anas Nasser, Ayman Nasser, Ayan Nasser, Arwa Mushtaq, Zohan Mushtaq, Arshin Jasnaik, Mariam AbdulMajid, Saira Qayyum, Farha Qayyum, Taniya Qayyum, Qasim Qayyum, Ameena Hamid Khan, Shahadat Haque, Mohammad Ahmed, Mohammad Islam, Amira Rashid, Eman Rashid, Noor Asif, Anam Asif, Aqsa Asif, Faiza Salauddin Shaikh, Filza Hashmi, Shayaan Hashmi, Mudassir Mustafa, Hassan Mustafa
A special acknowledgment to Brother Rizwan of Dnata

And our very special thanks to:
The Imam Malik Bin Anas Society – BUSAITEEN – Kingdom of Bahrain
For any errors in this report, please write to

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

February 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

IECRC Holy Quran Conference 2012, Bahrain: Press Release

with one comment


Contacts: Ms. Shagufta Ahmad, Mr. and Mrs. Riaz Shaikh / Mr. and Mrs. Fakher Malik
Organization Name: Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center USA and Canada
Telephone Numbers: +1 5109389253/ +973 39229808 / +973 33331494
Email Addresses: / /
Web site addresses:

IECRC Holy Quran Conference 2012, Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain, February 11, 2012 — Under the patronage of the Pakistan Embassy Bahrain, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center, a decade old US and Canada based non-profit organization, held its 2nd annual conference in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Dedicated to bringing forth the unifying message of the Holy Quran under the motto of “One God, One Prophet, One Book,” the conference was held on Saturday February 4, 2012 marking the memorial of the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him, his family and companions) at the prestigious Bahrain Arts Centre Cultural Hall. The Conference held two sessions: one for women only and one for the entire family.

Women’s Session

Participants of Women, Youth and Children’s Program

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The half day program commenced with the women’s session compeered by Mrs. Zarine Riaz and Ms. Shagufta Ahmad. The session began with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by speeches and poetry in praise of Allah Almighty (Hamd) and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (Naat) by youth and children. The speeches focused on the brilliance of the Arabic language of the Holy Quran, its miracles, rights upon Muslims and daily practices. They were movingly delivered by IECRC’s illustrious youth group. There was also a Children’s program compeered by Ms. Sadiya Riaz Shaikh which included participation by youth on the memorization of 40 Hadeeth and a Children’s Prize Distribution based on memorizing essential supplications (duas) in the life of a Muslim, a booklet developed by Mrs. Zarine Riaz Shaikh. IECRC salutes the mothers of the children and youth and the teachers of IECRC under whose guidance and relentless efforts the youth and children actively participated on this momentous occasion.

You  may view a recording of the Women’s Session here:

Family Session

Hafiz Prof Dr Muhammad Abdullah Qadri delivering Keynote address

Shaykh Rashid Al-Muraikhi Guest of Honor addressing audience

Pakistan Ambassador Mr Jauhar Saleem addressing audience

The family session was the highlight of the program with Chief Guest Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Jauhar Saleem, Guest of Honor Shaykh Rashid Al-Muraikhi and Keynote Speaker Hafiz Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri who had flown in from Karachi with his son Mr. Muhammad Tahir Qadri, Producer of Shifa TV to grace the audience with his knowledge and spirituality. Hafiz Dr. Abdullah Qadri, a descendant of the Bani Hashim is a distinguished scholar of the highest caliber who has not just reached the pinnacle in Islamic knowledge but also in the contemporary sciences and is well aware of how to blend the two to provide solutions to modern man’s many ailments. The most remarkable characteristic about the distinguished keynote speaker was that he has excelled in all fields of life despite being deprived of external vision. He is a shining example that in reality what matters is one’s inner vision to achieve the apex of human potential.

Ambassador Jauhar Saleem emphasized the importance of the inner dimension of Islam which deals with ethics and behavior as a means to change its waning image around the world. Shaykh Rashid head of the Jameeah Imam Malik radi Allahu anhu in a poignant speech delivered in Arabic, highlighted the great stature of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his parents (may Allah have mercy on them).

Hafiz Dr. Abdullah Qadri illuminated the audience on the inherent connection between the Quran and the Sahib-ul-Quran, i.e. the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through whom humanity received this blessed book from Allah Almighty. Without a meaningful connection with Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and deep love for him, it is not possible to benefit from the Holy Quran was his essential message. Developing love in the hearts of our men, women, youth and children for the Holy Quran and the Sahib-ul-Quran (peace be upon him) was the essential purpose of this gathering as it is this love which is the driving force for virtuous actions at an individual level and improved understanding amongst individuals and betterment of communities at a societal level.

Mr. Riaz Shaikh – Organizing Committee welcoming attendees to Family Program

Mr. Muhammad Tahir Qadri Producer Shifa TV receiving plaque

Mr. Aarif Compeering Family Program

Mr. Fakher Malik – Organizing Committee delivering Vote of Thanks


The audience was welcomed by Mr. Riaz Shaikh on behalf of IECRC’s Founding Director Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri. The evening was eloquently compeered by Mr. Aarif and the vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Fakher Malik another key member of the organizing committee. Plaques were given to Ambassador Saleem, Shaykh Al-Muraikhi, Hafiz Abdullah Qadri, Dr. Ahmed Qadri and Mr. Tahir Qadri. IECRC’s flagship print publication World Peace Order: Towards an International State was also presented to the two guests on this occasion. The program ended with salutations to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and a congregational supplication for all present and for Muslims and humanity in general.

Audience Family Program

IECRC wholeheartedly expresses its deep gratitude to the organizing committee, volunteers, participants, sponsors and audience for their efforts and attendance without which this program could not have received the success that Allah bestowed it. IECRC especially thanks its sponsors Zangari Restaurant, Reliance Press, Mr. Javed Ahmed of Gulf Gate Hotel and Mr. Hashmi of Axis Arepro for their support and contributions. Last but not least, special thanks to Mr. Taj Khan and all other members of the community for their support as well. The Conference pictures, videos and presentations will insha Allah be available on the IECRC website at The Conference will also insha Allah be telecast on IECRC’s Shifa TV at

You  may view a recording of the Family Session here:

To view the IECRC presentation made at the Conference, please click here:

IECRC Holy Quran Conference 2012 Historical Presentation

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

February 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

The Gift of a Daughter

leave a comment »

The following is an excerpt taken from Session 10 of the Anees ul-Arwah–The Malfuzat of Khwaja Uthman Haruni (rehmatullahi alyhe)–as recorded by Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (rehmatullahi alayhe)
He said “Daughters are a gift from God. God is satisfied and pleased with the one, on given a daughter loves her and is pleased by her.  He who expresses joy at the birth of a girl is given the reward of seventy pilgrimages (Hajj) and it is as if he had emancipated seventy people from slavery.  Those mothers and fathers who love their daughters, are gentle and show kindness to them, God shows kindness to them and showers His mercy upon them.”
He then said, “I once saw written in the Aathar-e-Awliyaa that the Messenger of God (peace and blessings of God be upon him and his family) said, “He who has a single daughter has five hundred years between him and the Fire.” And said, “The Prophets (may peace be upon all of them) and the Saints (may God have mercy on all of them) used to be more gentle and loving towards their daughters than their sons.”
Then he mentioned a story about Khwaja Sirri Saqati (may Allah have mercy on him) who had a daughter that he loved dearly.  The daughter heard her father once say, “Would that I break my fast with a brand new jug of cool water.” On hearing her father’s wish she prepared a brand new jug with cool water and placed it next to her father. It was after the ‘asr (late afternoon) prayer and the master fell asleep on his prayer mat. In his dream he sees that in his house in Paradise Allah asks his daughter, “Whose daughter are you?” She replies, “He who drank from the new jug of cool water.” At this his hand struck the jug and broke apart.  Khawaj Sirri (may Allah have mercy on him) arose and cried out, “Sirri, never desire to drink from a new jug, for he who has such a level of desire for worldliness can never reach such a state (as he had seen his daughter reach).”
After articulating all of this, the master completed his address became engrossed in his dhikrand the one in need of his prayers left with the people–all praises to God for that (lesson).

Translated by Sharaaz Khan

1o Rajab 1432 Hijri

Written by Sharaaz Khan

June 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

Alwida Maahe Ramzaan (Farewell O Month of Ramadan)

leave a comment »

Alwida Alwida Alwida hai

Maahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

Farewell Farewell Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan


Din tere aane se motabar they

Noor main dube Shaam-o-Sahar they

Tere jaane se dil ro raha hai

Maahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai


Your arrival had made the day very beautiful

Days and night were submerged in blissful light

Your departure has saddened our hearts

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan


Sehri aftaar phir at taravi

Aur azaanein namazein wa tasbi

Yeh samaa Noori tujh se mila hai

Maahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai


Pre-fast meal, breaking of the fast and then the Tarawih prayers,

And call for prayers, Prayers and Tasbee 

We received this blissful ambience from you

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan


Rehmaton ka tu paigham laya

Barkaton ka tu in’aam laya

Rutba aala wa afzal tera hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai


You brought the message of Mercy

You brought the award of blessings

Your Stature is grandest

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan


Jaam rehmat ke tu ne pilaye

Gul muradon ke tu ne khilaye

Tu juda hum se ab ho raha hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai


You provided drinks of Mercy

you made the flowers of desires bloom

You are departing from all of us O holy month of Ramadaan

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadan


Hum ko bhi kal tu paye ga tab tak

Gar rahe zinda agle baras tak

Phir milenge jo Hukm-e-Khuda hai

Mahe Ramzan bas Alwida hai


You will find us awaiting your arrival

If we are alive till the next year 

We will meet again if this is the wish of Almighty Allah

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadan


Chal diya hai tu jo rab ki jaanib

Ahle imaan ke pur nam hai taalib

Qalb-e-Ishrat bhi gham se bhara hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai


You started your journey back to Allah Almighty

And we are seekers of faith

My heart is also full of sorrow and gloom

Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadan


Alwida Alwida Alwida hai

Mahe Ramzaan bas Alwida hai

(Farewell Farewell Farewell to you O holy month of Ramadaan)



Translation: Sister Zarin R. Shaikh Qadari 

Sister Zarin is an active member in her community imparting religious education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She can be reached at

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

September 8, 2010 at 2:51 am

Importance of Month of Ramadan

leave a comment »

Nahmaduhu wa nussali Ala Rasoolihil Kareem

We are extremely grateful to Our Lord, Allah Almighty (The Most Exalted) that once again He has sent upon us the Holy month of Ramadan which brings His Mercy, Forgiveness and Blessings. In this month, Allah (The Most Exalted) Himself asks His servants, “Is there anyone who seeks desires and blessings from Me?” In this holy month, for every good deed we get the benefit of 700 times. First part of this holy month is mercy, second part is forgiveness and the last part is to escape from the punishment of hell. Our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his family) said, “If only my people understood the importance of the month of Ramadan then they would wish that the whole year would be Ramadan.” Our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his family ) said, “Let that person be ruined who has passed through the month of Ramadan and did not seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty (The Most Exalted).” The month of Ramadan approaches us as a guest from Allah (The Most Exalted) and if we don’t give respect and importance then it gets upset and goes back to Allah (The Most Exalted) and complains about us that it had gone to so and so person but he did not take benefit from me and did not respect me. Allah (The Most Exalted) tells us to exercise mainly four things in the Holy month of Ramadan: 1) Reciting Kalima Tayyeba, 2) reciting Astaghfaar, 3) desiring Heaven and 4) asking for escape from Hell. In this month, the one who recites Astaghfar in abundance then Allah (The Most Exalted) will increase his sustenance and he will receive his sustenance from places he could not think of.

Allah (The Most Exalted) has bestowed us with unlimited Mercy and Blessings. It is therefore our duty to pray to Allah (The Most Exalted) with love and affection. Amongst the compulsory worship which Allah has bestowed upon us, namaz (the ritual prayer) is on #1 position. Prayer is a part of religion. Prayer is the coolness of the eyes of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). Prayer is the right way of achieving peace. So in this month we have to especially concentrate on Nawafil (optional) prayers along with Fardh (compulsory). Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said, “In the Holy Month of Ramadan, the one who will stand (for prayer) with the intention to achieve faith and sawaab, all his sins will be forgiven.“  [Al-Minhaj-us-Sawi] Therefore it is our duty to read all 20 rakats (cycles) of Taraweeh. If we read 8 rakats (cycles) in the mosque with the Imaam, then the remaining 12 cycles are supposed to be read individually, either at the mosque or at home. In the holy month of Ramadan, we should get up especially for the Tahajjud prayers apart from Taraweeh. The convenient way of offering Tahajjud payers is before suhoor (the pre-dawn meal).

In the last part of this holy month, a night comes called Laila-tul-Qadr. In Surah Al-Qadr, Allah (The Most Exalted) says: “Khairum-min Alfi shahr”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Qadr, 97:3]

The prayer of this night has more importance than prayers of thousand months. Angel Gabriel and other angels come on earth with lots of blessings and mercy from Allah (The Most Exalted) and shake hands with those who are praying. All the prayers in this night are fulfilled.

After prayer, we have to pay special attention towards our dua (supplication). After prayer, we should not be lazy and neglect our supplication. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said:

Ad-dua’u Silahul Mo’min” which means “Dua is the weapon of a believer.

Ad-dua’u Huwal Ibaadatu”  which means “Dua itself is worship.

“Ad-dua’u Mukh’khul ibaadatu” which means “Dua is the brain of worship.

Dua at the time of breaking the fast is always fulfilled. Women should finish all the Iftaar (breaking of fast) preparation and sit down for supplication along with their families and pray a lot for ourselves and others as this supplication will never be rejected and we should be benefitted by this moment of blessing. When we supplicate for others, Allah (The Most Exalted) appoints an angel who does supplication for the supplicators. In Ramadan, we get a lot of sawaab (reward) for inviting others for opening the fast but it should have simplicity so that our prayers are not affected. Apart from friends and relatives we should pay more attention towards poor and needy by organizing food for their breaking of fast.

Allah (The Most Exalted) says:

Shahru Ramadan alladhi unzila fihi Al-Qur’an

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Baqarah, 2:185]

This is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. So, in this Holy Month we should read Qur’an in abundance and in fact we should try to understand it. Allah (The Most Exalted) says:

Kitabun anzalnahu ilayka mubarakun liyaddabbaru aayaatihi

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Sad, 38:29]

This is the Book which Allah has revealed so that people should pay extreme attention towards it. This is the Book which guides us in how we should spend our life. Therefore it is necessary that we understand the Quran, so that the blessing of the Holy Qur’an comes in our life. After our death, The Holy Qur’an will be settled on the chest of his reader ad protect him from the torments. At the Day of Judgment, The Holy Qur’an will request pardon from Allah for his reader. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said: “Among you the best one is who learns and teaches Qur’an.

Apart from the rights of Allah (The Most Exalted) we should be conscious about the right of His servant. In this holy month we should pay purifying dues of our money which is compulsory. This is the right of the poor people which Allah Almighty (The Most Exalted) kept in our money. Paying rights of the servant is the necessary part of our religion. The life of a person is not perfect unless he treats his fellow creatures well. Only the person who fulfils the rights of both Allah (The Most Exalted) and His servants can lead a peaceful life here and after death. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said, “One glance of love and affection on our Muslim brother is not less than worship.” In this holy month we especially have to search for poor, needy and orphans and help them. If a person fulfills the needs of others, then Allah (The Most Exalted) will fulfill his needs. If a person solves the tensions, worries and sorrows of others, then Allah Almighty, (The Most Exalted) will relieve him from pains and worries on the Day of Judgment. If a person hides the secrets of others, then Allah Almighty, (The Most Exalted) hides his secrets on the Day of Judgment. A person will not reach the soul of Ramadan and fast until he services Allah’s (The Most Exalted) servants along with Allah’s (The Most Exalted) rights. Taking care of Allah’s (The Most Exalted) servant is same as exerting in the way of Allah (The Most Exalted). A good natured person gets sawaab (benefit) of five times prayers and a whole day’s fast.

It is our humble prayer to Allah (The Most Exalted) to guide us to do more good deeds during this holy month of Ramadan and make this holy month our mode of forgiveness for all our past bad deeds. Aameen.

Wa Aakhiru Dawana Anil Hamdolillahi Rabbil Aalameen

Sister Zarin R. Shaikh Qadari

Kingdom of Bahrain

Sister Zarin is an active member in her community imparting religious education. She can be reached at

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

August 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Posted in Belief, Practice, Quran, Ramadan, Women

Tagged with

Blessings of Ramadan Al-Mubarak

with one comment

By the blessings of Allah, the month of Ramadan is upon us. Rajab marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid Al Fitr. These three months in order Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan are unmatched in their importance.  

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) has said: “Rajab is a great month of Allah Almighty, unmatched by any other month in respect and significance; war with the infidels during this month is prohibited. Verily, Rajab is Allah’s month, Sha’ban my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whosoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (an angel in heaven);  the wrath of Allah Almighty shall be distanced and a door of Hell shall be closed.” 

Fasting is one of the most recommended acts during this spiritual season. It becomes Wajib (obligatory) during the month of Ramadan, but is highly recommended during the months of Rajab and Sha’ban. As will be noted from the Hadith above, fasting, be it for only one day during these months, is rewarded with untold bounties. 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) used to supplicate upon the sighting of the moon of Rajab: “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).”

[At-Tabarani and Ahmad]

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) said:

“When a believer (Mu`min) sleeps in the night of Ramadan, an angel says unto him, “Awaken!! as Allah Almighty wants to shower His blessings on you. Thus, the believer awakens. It is at this time that the (1) linen of the bed sheet that he was sleeping on prays for him and then when this person puts on his garbs to perform the prayer, (2) the clothes supplicate for him, ‘O Allah! Clothe this person from the garbs of Paradise.’ And when he puts his shoes on, (3) the shoes pray for him, ‘O Allah! Make this person’s feet steadfast on the Pul Siraat.’ and when he (or she) uses the vessel for wudu, (4) the vessel prays for him, ’O Allah! let him/her be one from the people who drink from the vessels of Paradise.’ When the person starts to make wudu, (5) the water prays for him, ’O Allah! Expiate his major and minor sins.’ Finally when he (or she) stands on the prayer mat facing in the direction of the Ka’ba, at that time the House of Allah prays for him, ’O Allah! Expand and illuminate this person’s grave.’ Ultimately, when Allah Almighty looks down, He says, ‘O My servant, there are supplications made for you, there is acceptance from Me.’” 

This goes to show that Allah Almighty  always answers the prayers of those who plead from Him in Ramadan. 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) has also said that a fasting person is in a state of worship, even when he (or she) is asleep, the breath he (or she) takes is Tasbih (glorification of Allah), his supplications are honored, sins are forgiven and good deeds multiplied. Subhan Allah! Alhumdulillah

My dear brothers and sisters, shouldn’t we be thankful to Allah Almighty for his Mercy and Graciousness upon us? When Allah Almighty considers a regular, fasting individual’s inhalation and exhalation a tasbih, can you imagine the value of the breath of the “Zakireen” in the eyes of Allah?? “Zakireen” are people who are always involved in the remembrance of Allah. They are the ones: 

“Who remember Allah while standing, sitting and lying on their sides …”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Aale-Imran, 3:191

Allah Almighty also says:  

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Al-Baqarah, 2:155]

“…Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.”

[The Holy Quran, Chapter Az-Zumar, 39:10] 

It has been narrated by Hazrat Abu Salman (may Allah have mercy on him) that “Hunger is from one of the treasures of Allah, and He bestows it upon the ones that He loves.”  

May Allah Almighty make our fasting in Ramadan easy for us and accept our fast. We ask You Allah Almighty, to accept our worship by the Wasilah (Rank) our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) who never himself slept on a full stomach throughout his life. Aameen. 

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it is time to GET UP and GET READY for there is now a SALE on good deeds. The rewards for good deeds done in Ramadan are multiplied by a thousand. Who knows what tomorrow brings for us?? Who knows if we will be able to get another Ramadan?? Which fasting person knows if he/she will fast another Ramadan? Which person in “qiyaam” knows if he/she will be getting this opportunity again? It is time to rethink and use our time wisely. Do not let yourself get involved in futile things as death nears us on every breath we take. 

Allah has made the Deen very easy on us. Read the following Hadith that is related by Hazrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him): 

A man from the dwellers of the desert came (to the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family) and said: Muhammad, your representative came to us and told us that you claim that Allah had sent you (as a Prophet). The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) remarked: He told the truth. The bedouin asked: Who created the Heaven? The Holy Prophet replied: Allah. The bedouin asked again: Who created the earth? The Holy Prophet replied: Allah. The bedouin asked again: Who raised these mountains and who created in them whatever is created there? The Holy Prophet replied: Allah. Upon this the bedouin remarked: By Him Who created the Heaven and the earth and raised mountains thereupon; has Allah in fact sent you? The Holy Prophet said: Yes. The bedouin said: Your representative also told us that five Prayers (have been made) obligatory for us. The Holy Prophet remarked: He told you the truth. The bedouin said: By Him Who sent you, is it Allah Who ordered you about this (i.e. Prayers)? The Holy Prophet said: Yes. The bedouin continued: Your representative told us that Zakah had been made obligatory in our riches. The Holy Prophet said: He told the truth. The bedouin questioned: By Him Who sent you (as a Prophet), is it Allah Who ordered you about it (Zakah)? The Holy Prophet replied: Yes. The bedouin said: Your representative told us that it has been made obligatory for us to fast every year during the month of Ramadan. The Holy Prophet said: He told the truth. The bedouin asked again: By Him Who sent you (as a Prophet), is it Allah Who ordered you about it (the Fasting of Ramadan)? The Holy Prophet said: Yes. Once again the bedouin questioned: Your messenger also told us that Hajj has been made obligatory for whoever is able to undertake the journey. The Holy Prophet replied: He told the truth. At the conclusion of this answer the bedouin set off, and at the time of his departure remarked: By Him Who sent you with the Truth, I would neither make any addition to them nor would I diminish anything out of them. Upon this the Holy Prophet remarked: If he were truthful (to what he said) he must enter Paradise.

[Sahih Muslim] 

So dear brothers and sisters, Allah Almighty has made the Deen very easy on us. He is not looking for a huge quantity of prayers, or vast amounts of fasting from us but for the piety and purity in our worship. May Allah bless us with the blessings of this month and accept whatever little we can do. Peace to you O Ramadan! For you are a savior for us sinners. O Allah Almighty, please forgive us on accord of the people whose worship you have accepted. O Allah! Forgive me and the people I love, whether they are family or friends. O Allah! Allow us to continue loving each other for the sake of Allah, whether it is our parents, our children, our elders, our pious predecessors, or our friends. O Allah! We seek Your Mercy and Your Forgiveness. Aameen. 

Assalaatu was-Salaamu ‘alaa RasooliLlaah.

Sister Najma Khatoon

Kingdom of Bahrain

Sister Najma Khatoon is a spiritual mentor, teacher and author. She writes articles for Tazkiya Nufoos, a quarterly Urdu journal of the Idara Kashful Asrar of India. The following is an excerpt translation for an article on Ramadan. Translation by Mrs. Noor of Houston, Texas.

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

August 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Posted in Belief, Ramadan, Women

Tagged with

The Purest of Lineage: A Convert’s Story of Honor and Degree (Part I of II)

leave a comment »

February 1, 2004 / Dhul Hijjah 1424

Volume 1, Issue 4

The following is a story of a convert to Islam who is soon to find that her purpose in life is more than just being married in a noble family.  With all the trials that inter-cultural marriages create,  this mother is to face  the greatest trial of her life.  This is a story of sacrifice and honor – a story that highlights the fact that not only those born in Islam can be raised to the highest of degrees and honor, rather Allah Almighty bestows these attributes upon whomever He chooses.  This story highlights the importance of embracing those who come into the fold of Islam by those already in it.

I was born in England but my soul was lost.  My culture, my surroundings, day and night, everything was a stranger to me.  I was not sure what I wanted.  From a very young age, I used to wait for a handsome Arab prince who would sweep me off my feet and take me away on his horse to a distant land in a castle where no one could see me except him.  Yes, I was living in Newcastle, England waiting for some stranger.  Then, one day, a friend took me to a party where people from all cultures were invited.  It was there that I met Asif, a young man from Punjab, Pakistan.  He belonged to a huge closely-knit, feudal and deeply religious Syed family (descendents of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)).  One day, Asif proposed.  In complete awe I thought to myself, “Perhaps God has gifted me for my modesty.”  We married without delay and I was called Maryam thereafter.

After I recited the Kalima Shahadah (the oath that a convert takes before entering the faith of Islam), I faced tremendous opposition.  After a few months we discovered that a baby was on its way.  It was the happiest time of my life.  Allah blessed us with a beautiful girl.  Asif named her Sana (which means ‘to glorify’) and said, “My daughter was born to glorify Allah.”  We had three sons after Sana.  We were living our lives according to the ways prescribed by Allah and His Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him).  Our life was an example of Paradise on Earth. 

One day Asif’s mother suffered a stroke and he needed to return to Pakistan immediately.  His father was a true Muslim who sacrificed his years for Islam.  It was this that gave me the encouragement that his family would accept me as their daughter-in-law.  It was about the same time that the truth of Islam penetrated my heart and I accepted Allah and His Beloved Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) from my innermost core.  In these days Asif felt increasingly helpless and sorrowful.  I thought to myself, “If we were true to our belief, then why was it that we had to hide our marriage?”  Maybe Asif didn’t want to lose his family.  One day Asif’s elder brother Zahid came to take us back.  He said that they were aware of the marriage and that now we should go back because Asif’s mom was ill and she wanted to see the all kids.  So we moved to Pakistan.  Sana started wearing the Chadar (a long shawl that is wrapped in a manner to cover the body and hair) and started learning to read the Qur’an from a Maulana (a religious scholar).  When my father-in-law sat with Sana and talked about the Qur’an, many questions arose in my heart: Had Allah chosen me for this task?  What is the purpose of my life?  I started reading many books and my father-in-law taught me about the Qur’an, Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and Islam.  He was a complete book in his being.  One day, my mother-in-law died from a heart attack and after a few days my father-in-law also died and this beautiful chapter of my life was closed forever.

My kids, especially Sana was the most learned about Islam.  She was true to her belief and would be praised by everyone who met her.  Our life was peaceful, but I was living a lie.  The truth was that, despite all my hard work, I was not able to adapt to the culture and traditions.  My God-given freedom was snatched from me.  Sometimes I used to wish that I had wings to fly back to my own country.  Asif felt this in me and promised that as soon as the time was right, he would send me to England.  I knew that he was true to his word.  I was not sure of the reason, but every time we intended to go back something would happen and we couldn’t go.

Sana had grown into a young lady by now.  I wished from the bottom of my heart that someone in my in-laws would ask for her hand in marriage.  All of their sons were mature and stood on their own two feet, but why was it that none of them could see Sana?  Asif wanted his daughter to be the pride of this family but this was Pakistan, and not England where I could have looked for a husband for my daughter or she could have found one herself.  England was a non-Muslim country, but this was Asif’s own country.  Then why was he so worried?  In this country, every other home had girls who would go out with boys, dating and shopping and free to enjoy.  But all of this was unlawful for a daughter of a converted mother from England.  My husband was much concerned about her well being, but no one else cared.  All that the in-laws wanted was to find the opportunity to catch my daughter or myself doing something wrong.  That would give them a chance to reject us.  This worried me day and night. I started reading my father-in-law’s books, which he wrote and that gave me comfort.

It was a cold winter night when my sister-in-law’s daughter got married.  There was a strange racket in the house.  When I came outside into the porch, I started watching Sana and the other girls applying Henna.  Standing next to the window, I overheard a discussion.  A lady was asking my sister-in-law about her son, who was old enough to marry and if she had anyone in mind for him.  She replied, “Not yet, I don’t know what has happened to all the good, modest girls.  It seems that all the television girls have stepped into our homes.  They all look like models.”  The women asked, “Why Baji? What about Sana? She is beautiful, modest, homely, and knows all the responsibilities? I wish I had a son…” “Stop it!” said my sister-in-law, “I’m warning you that if you ever took Sana’s name… Sana for my daughter-in-law! God forbid!”  The lady then said, “Why Baji, she is our family girl…” “I told you to be quiet!  Don’t you know that her mother is an Englishwomen!  She doesn’t even know the difference between pure and impure.  That I will have English blood in my lineage, God forbid, No Way!!!” said my sister-in-law.  “But Baji, Sana is your own blood!” exclaimed the woman.  “Please put an end to this topic right here and now and remember that this discussion should never enter the ears of Abid.  He already talks about Sana all the time” said my sister-in-law.  “Baji, I only brought this up because I felt that there isn’t any better girl than Sana.  She is a family girl and she will stay within the family and I know that Asif doesn’t want her to marry out of the family.  He asked me to find out what was the opinion of his sisters about Sana.” “OK, OK, why don’t you marry her with your own brother?” said my sister-in-law.  “If only my brother was up to the mark, he is not even close to her in character,” said this lady.  “Yeah I know, these are just excuses.  Is she the only one left for us? If you cared so much about her then why don’t you look for someone for her so our honor can remain in tact,” answered my sister-in-law.

My God!  These words entered my ears like hot lava.  Unaware of this conversation, Sana looked at me, smiled and called, “Come on mama, let me put Henna on your hands”.  I wanted to burn the whole house and break everything.  What did I not do for this family’s honor?  What was deficient in Sana that she couldn’t be the daughter-in-law of this family?  My whole body was shaking like an earthquake.  I couldn’t breathe.  I felt as if I was a boat, which was about to reach the shore but was suddenly pulled back in by a whirlpool.  In this state I complained to Allah “O Allah, You know what’s hidden in our hearts, You are my witness that I believed and followed You from the depth of my heart at a time when I was brought up in a non-Muslim surrounding, but still had complete belief in You.  I believed that You created every human being for some purpose.  If my purpose was to remove a noble Syed away from base and lowly activities while he had everything, to marry him and protect him from a sinful life, then what is the purpose of my life now?  I am in Pakistan and his family is not accepting his kids because I was an Englishwomen? Now what is it that’s stopping me from returning to my country?  O Allah, show me the right way.”   I felt as if I was surrounded by thick fog and I lost every sense of existence and sanity.  I was not sure what to call this state.   My life had changed forever and little was I to know about the trials that my family was about to face and the honor that Allah, by the rank of his Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him), had in store for me!                                  

(To be continued …)

 The above story, authored by Ms. Farida Abbass was extracted from Pakeezah Magazine (Pakistan) and translated from Urdu by Fatima Sharaaz Qadri, a founding member of IECRC Sacramento and mother of four young children.

Written by iecrc

June 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Mothers of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with them all) – Part 2

leave a comment »

The Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) daughters are our great legacy in Islam, for they showed patience and endurance regardless of their situations.  Hazrat Fatima (radiallahu anha) was the youngest daughter of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and the most cherished.  She was knowledgeable in almost every form of Fiqh (Jurisprudence).  It is said that her every action is akin to her Father’s (Peace Be Upon Him) and therefore she acquired the reputation of the most knowledgeable and esteemed.  Hazrat Ruqayya (radiallahu anha) was a very patient and enduring woman.  During the time of the battle of Uhud, she became fatally sick.  The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) asked Hazrat Uthman (radiallahu anhu) to tend to her instead of going to battle.  She died the day the battle was won. Hazrat Zainab (radiallahu anha) was the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) oldest daughter.  She was extremely obedient and dutiful.  When she was asked by her father to make the journey to Mecca, the unbelievers showed no leniency in their persecution of her.  When she decided to leave as her father had instructed her to do, they attacked her with a piercing arrow.  The shock of it was so severe  that she passed out.  She was the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) most responsible and trustworthy of daughters.

The women who became the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) associates were many in number and each had a special skill that she conducted with fortitude and valor.  Hazrat Asma (radiallahu anha) used to love the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) so much that she would have sacrificed anything for him. Relationships, old and new were important to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).  The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) had a special relationship with all of Hazrat Khadija’s (radiallahu anha) friends.  Hazrat Hala (radiallahu anha) who was Hazrat Khadija’s (radiallahu anha) younger sister would frequent the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) house.  When He (Peace Be Upon Him) would hear her voice, He (Peace Be Upon Him) would rush to open the door being reminded of his wife Hazrat Khadija (radiallahu anha).

Some of the women who became associates of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) were slaves.  Hazrat Labina (radiallahu anha), a slave, was beaten incessantly, and tortured but her tenacity for Islam was more powerful than the villains who persecuted her.  Hazrat Zarya (radiallahu anha) was also a slave.  She was tortured until she became blind, then her persecutors taunted her about her blindness with “now where is your faith and your leader?”  At that point, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) prayed for her and her sight was restored to her, leaving her enemies bewildered.  Hazrat Nadia (radiallahu anha) was also a slave and she too showed unrelenting courage as a Muslim to her violent torturers.  Hazrat Sameeya (radiallahu anha) was forbidden by Abu Jahal to read the kalma.  In her passion and zeal for Islam, she read the kalma out loud and was pierced with an arrow.  The most sorrowful state was that of Hazrat Umm-e-Abeed (radiallahu anha) who was a Muslim slave girl.  She was tortured under conditions unimaginable to man.  She was burned and torn in every part of her body.  Her worst nightmare was when her persecutors would drown her in the ocean and when death became imminent, they would raise her up again only to repeat the process.  This only gave her more tenacity in her faith.

The associates lived their lives according to the Sunnah, i.e., the traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).  They were hard working and their examples should be our most perfect role models.  Hazrat Fatima (radiallahu anha) who was Hazrat Umar’s (radiallahu anhu) sister was the cause of Hazrat Umar (radiallahu anhu) converting to Islam.  It was her valor and love for Islam that changed Hazrat Umar (radiallahu anhu). Hazrat Haleema was the wet-nurse to the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).  When He (Peace Be Upon Him) declared Jihad in Taif, out of respect for the mother who nursed him, he laid down his cloak on the bare ground for her to sit.  Hazrat Safia (radiallahu anha) is known for her valor.  She was a dauntless woman who gathered all the women to safety at the battle of Khandaq and watched over them at night.  When the enemy appeared to attack sword in hand, thinking women were defenseless, she hid behind the tent and not only killed the intruder, but de-capitated his head and threw it for the opposing army to see.  They ran for fear of their lives. Hazrat Shifa (radiallahu anha) loved the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) so much that she had a special bed made for him and no one else was allowed to sit on it.  Hazrat Umm-e-Atiya (radiallahu anha) fed and nursed soldiers on the battlefield. Hazrat Umm-e-Darda (radiallahu anha), wife of the famous associate spent most of her time in worship.  She was a very wise woman and the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) had taught her methods of spiritual healing.  Hazrat Umm-e-Khalid (radiallahu anha) was born in Africa. As a child, she was given an ornamented shawl by the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) who said “wear it and tear it.”  This was symbolic of a long life.  She had the longest life of all the associates.  The famous incident is that of Hazrat Umm-e-Sulaim (radiallahu anha) whose husband was the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) servant, Hazrat Anees (radiallahu anhu). Her child was sick and when her husband went to work, the child died.  When her husband returned from work, she first gave him dinner and completed all the rituals of an evening as a married couple.  Then she told him about the death of the child. He went to complain to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).  He (Peace Be Upon Him) said of her that it was complete faith that made her put her own feelings aside for the welfare of her husband and Allah, The Most Exalted, will reward her for it.  Even though Hazrat Umm-al-Fazl (radiallahu anha) could not perform migration, but wanted it desperately, she was given the reward of a migration.  Hazrat Umm-e-Roman (radiallahu anha), the wife of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radiallahu anhu) is said to have had a lasting influence on the  Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).  He (Peace Be Upon Him) referred to her as the spiritual light.  She was honored in both life and death.  Hazrat Rabiya (radiallahu anha) daughter of Nazar was a devout Muslim and when her son was martyred, she told the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) that if her son is in heaven she could endure his death.  Hazrat Umm-e-Sulaith (radiallahu anha) was known to have fed soldiers during war time and fought courageously.  Hazrat Umm-e-Haram’s (radiallahu anha) wish was to die a martyr.  She was trampled upon as the army was heading toward a ship to go to war.  Hazrat Umm-e-Amarah (radiallahu anha) entered every battle field to physically defend the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) from harm.  She would rush toward the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) when he was about to be attacked and stand in between the attacker and the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).  She ended up with 13 wounds, but before she was fatally stabbed in the stomach, she killed two more men who were heading toward the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

History reveals that the world of Islam is rife with women who contributed both socially and spiritually.  We need to only look at the examples left behind for us and will find that our role models have been set aside for us to emulate.  Hazrat Kibsha (rahmatullahi alayha) was a famous saint who was from the Ansar tribe.  She is considered to be our very spiritual mother.  It is said that she loved the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) so much that when He (Peace Be Upon Him) drank from her vessel, she cut out that opening and kept it as a keepsake.  Hazrat Amina Ramila (rahmatullahi alayha) was a saint and a waliya.  She was respected by the most well known saints who anxiously waited for her prayers.  Hazrat Fatima Nisha Poori (rahmatullahi alayha) spent most of her time praying.  Her famous saying is that ignorance leads to sin and impetuousness is the action of a sinner and one who is careful in life is a believer.  Khwaja Baa Yazid Bustami (may Allah have mercy on him) has said about her that “no greater saint lived amongst the women.”  Hazrat Khansa (rahmatullahi alayha) was a saint and a prolific poet.  She is considered to be the greatest poet of Arabia and her work is still extant.  Hazrat Mehmoona Saooda (rahmatullahi alayha) was a deeply spiritual mother who could see beyond the physical eye.  Hazrat Muaza Adwaya (radiallahu anha) was Hazrat Aysha’s (radiallahu anha) teacher and had an awesome fear of Allah, The Most Exalted, that she would not look up at the sky.  She spent all her time in worship.  Hazrat Rabia Basree (rahmatullahi alayha) would cry all night out of fear for Allah The Most Exalted.  Hazrat Saida Aysha (rahmatullahi alayha) was the paternal aunt of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (may Allah be pleased with him).  She was spiritually gifted and when there was a drought, she raised her broom to the sky and prayed and rain came down.  Hazrat Umm-e-Saib (rahmatullahi alayha) was blind, but when she was told that her son had died, she cried and begged God to make him alive.  The son was restored to life.  Hazrat Umm-e-Sharyak (rahmatullahi alayha) is known to have the title of The Miracle of Associates.  She was endowed with spiritual light and once when she was fasting, she was imprisoned by a Jew who refused to allow her to open her fast.  She prayed and she found food.  She could blow into a vessel and it would become butter.  Hazrat Umm-e-Warqa (rahmatullahi alayha) desperately wanted to die a martyr and the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) told her to remain in her home.  She was murdered by her two servants.  Hazrat Umar (radiallahu anhu) had them executed, which was the first execution amongst Muslims.  He said “the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) always spoke the truth.”

Women should take a good lesson from all of our mothers’ examples.  Our mothers lived simple lives, yet each one was knowledgeable in some aspect of Islam.  There was not a single mother whose life was not illustrated with examples of bravery, integrity, and hard work.  When she felt some situation to be unjustified, she immediately reported it to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).  Thus, all the matters were resolved harmoniously.  Today, we find that many Muslim women are confused and scattered in their thoughts.  Frequently, they adopt roles that they think are worth emulating, but they know that those roles are not inherently acceptable to them.  We must all learn form our mothers in Islam.  Even though they lived in a different culture, there is nothing that has changed for women.  They fought hard for what they believed was right and did not divulge or compromise their integrity.  Their lives are symbolic of roles for women of all ages, of all times, and of all cultures.  Our mothers are beside us.  We need to remember their loving roles and their valor and tenacity in life.  Let us look back to them at their guidance, and tenacious principles in life and death, and their fortitude.  Their lives are not so different from ours, for we women will always belong to that same culture: the culture where truth and integrity are the governing roles of individuals and where nothing is impossible as long we follow their path, for that will be the path that our Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) chose for all Muslims.

Khalida Kareemi

Ms. Kareemi is a Bay Area resident and she enjoys writing.

Mothers of the Believers (may Allah be pleased with them all) – Part 1

leave a comment »

August 16, 2003 / Jamad-uth-Thani 1424

Volume 1, Issue 2 (Part 2)

At the inception of Islam, our Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) developed a community of men and women who became the legacy of our inheritors of Islam.  The religion could not have gained that kind of momentum and fervor without all of the active participants in the community.  However, we should ask ourselves why did Rasul Allah (peace be upon him) develop this community?  Why were men and women equally responsible and active in the glorious religion that became Islam?  The answer is simple.  Men and women were targets of persecution, how could they not respond to a leader who brought a religion of mercy and compassion?  So it would only be natural to include both genders in the promotion of Islam.  This could not be achieved without the active role of women.  In Islam, almost every woman contributed her time and energies.  However, the most important contributions were made by our dearly beloved Prophet’s (peace be upon him) wives, daughters, associates, and saints.

Today, women have regressed in their community and civic duties in the Muslim world.  The reason is because many are unaware of the important role a woman makes in the community.  In nascent Islam, it was the women who fought valiantly for their religion because they were zealous about Islam.  However, their fervor was not based on emotions alone but on their intellect and common wisdom.  For example Hazrat Khadija, the first wife of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was not only his closest companion, she was an intelligent and wise woman whose decisions were timely and judicious.  When Islam was revealed to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), she was the first to embrace it.  Furthermore, the domestic life that she provided the Prophet (peace be upon him), was filled with love and devotion.  This allowed him to devote all his energies to his mission: Islam. In a quote from the Hadeeth the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) told Hazrat Aysha (radi allahoo anha) that it was Hazrat Khadija who stood by him in every bleak moment.  He said: “when everyone rejected me, she accepted me. When no one had faith, she embraced Islam and when people turned me into a liar, she proved to the world that I was a man of truth” (Saheeh Bukhari). 

 She is considered to be one of the four women who are gifted by Allah (subhana wa ta’alah) to have a special place in Heaven.  Her place in Islam is further established by the fact that when our Prophet (peace be upon him) would receive divine revelations, the angel Gabriel (salutations upon him) would say to the Prophet “Allah sends his Salam to Hazrat Khadija.”  What other testimony is more relevant than Allah’s (subhana wa ta’alah)?

All of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) wives had some special quality and strength that gave Islam its powerful and sublime qualities.  It is known that Hazrat Aysha (radi allahoo anha) is well known for her knowledge and wisdom.  In fact, great scholars of Islam would consult her on important issues.  She knew more sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) than anyone else.  In addition, she was a humble and selfless woman.  She fasted continuously and when it was time to open her fast, she would first think of the indigent.  Similarly, Hazrat Sauda (radi allahoo anha) became the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) wife soon after she became a widow.  Incidentally, it was a time when the Prophet was mourning for Hazrat Khadija.  When he married Hazrat Sauda (radi allahoo anha) his domestic life was restored. Hazrat Aysha (radi allahoo anha) said of Hazrat Sauda that “her generosity and kind-heartedness made me so much in awe of her that I found myself wanting to be more like her.”  Hazrat Zainab (radi allahoo anha) also became the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him) after her husband Abdullah bin Jesh (radi allahoo anhu)became a martyr.  She is well known for her humbleness and kindness.  She died within three months of her marriage to the Prophet (peace be upon him); however, she had a great affect over him.  Hazrat Umme Habiba (radi allahoo anha) married the Prophet (peace be upon him) soon after her husband who had become a victim of alcoholism died.  Her respect for the Prophet (peace be upon him) was symbolic of her actions, for she never allowed anyone to sit on his bed.  Once when her father, who was not a Muslim came to visit her, she did not allow him to sit on the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) bed.  Hazrat Umme Salma (radi allahoo anha) was a learned mother and had knowledge on Hadeeth and Fiqh. It is said that she could remember 78 to 80 different Ahadeeth.  She spent all her time on the scholarship of religion.  Hazrat Safia (radi allahoo anha) was born Jewish, but when she married the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), she embraced Islam.  In fact, her entire tribe was saved from bondage because of her marriage.  Hazrat Maimoona (radi allahoo anha) was married to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) for one year, but she died within that year.  However, during her marriage, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) admired her for her good nature.

(To be continued  insha Allah …)

Khalida Kareemi

Ms. Kareemi is a Bay Area resident and she enjoys writing.

Written by iecrc

May 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm