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    How A Pearl Protects Itself

    How A Pearl Protects Itself, A Khutbah for the Muslim Women
    by Muhammad Al-Shareef

    When news of the Christian army that had prepared on the horizons to wipe out Islam reached him, Abu Qudaamah Ash-Shaamee moved quickly to the Mimbar of the Masjid. In a powerful and emotional speech, Abu Qudaamah ignited the desire of the community to defend their land, Jihad for the sake of Allah. As he left the Masjid, walking down a dark and secluded alley, a woman stopped him and said, "As salamu
    alaykum wa Rahmatullaah!" Abu Qudaamah stopped and did not answer.
    She repeated her salam again, adding "this is not how pious people should act." She stepped forward from the shadows. "I heard you in the Masjid encouraging the believers to go for Jihad and all I have is this." She handed him two long braids. "It can be used for a horse rein. Perhaps Allah may write me as one of those who went for Jihaad."

    The next day as that Muslim village set out to confront the crusader
    army, a young boy ran through the gathering and stood at the hooves of
    Abu Qudaamah's horse. "I ask you by Allah to allow me to join the
    army." Some of the elder fighters laughed at the boy. "The horses will
    trample you," they said.

    But Abu Qudaamah looked down into his eyes as he asked again, "I ask
    you by Allah, let me join." Abu Qudaamah then said, "On one condition,
    if you are killed you will take me with you to Jannah amongst those
    you will be allowed to intercede for." That young boy smiled. "It's a
    promise."

    When the two armies met and the fighting intensified, the young boy
    on the back of Abu Qudaamah's horse asked, "I ask you by Allah to
    give me 3 arrows." "You'll lose them!" The boy repeated, "I ask you by
    Allah to give me them." Abu Qudaamah gave him the arrows and the boy
    took aim.

    "Bismillaah!" The arrow flew and killed a Roman. "Bismillaah!" The
    second arrow flew, killing a second Roman. "Bismillaah!" The third
    arrow flew, killing a third Roman. An arrow then struck the boy in
    the chest - knocking him off the horse. Abu Qudaamah jumped down to
    his side, reminding the boy in his final breaths, "Don't forget the
    promise!" The boy reached into his pocket, extracted a pouch and said,
    "Please return this to my mother." "Who's your mother?" asked Abu
    Qudaamah. "The woman that gave you the braids yesterday."

    Think about this Muslimah. How did she reach this level of Taqwa
    where she would sacrifice her hair when today other women do the same
    to imitate Kafir icons, and her son when other women would die so long
    as their son stayed home. Indeed, she spent her life in the obedience
    of Allah, and when exam time came, she passed. Not only did she pass
    herself, but her children shone with that same beauty of Iman,
    children that she herself raised.

    Very often - and perhaps in our times when we have forgotten much of
    the Sunnah - the lectures, khutbahs, and talks are all directed to
    the Muslim men. We forget that from the Hady - guidance and way - of
    Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - was that he would
    allocate a specific day of the week to teach the women. Women would
    come up to him in Hajj, in the street, even in his home and ask him
    questions about the Deen. At the Eid Salah, after addressing the men,
    he would take Bilal and go to the women section and address the women.

    Allah revealed an entire Surah by the name of Surah An-Nisa - the
    Women. And another by the name of - Maryam. And a third by the name
    of al Mujaadalah - the women who pleads. It is in enlivening this
    Sunnah that today this speech shall be addressed to the believing
    women, al-Mu'minaat.

    Dear Sister, Dear Mother, Dear Daughter. Everyone is looking for
    happiness and fun, and I am sure you are not excluded. Where is that
    happiness and fun though? And where and when do you want that
    happiness? Do you want happiness, do you want to have `fun' in this
    life at the expense of the hereafter? Or is it in the hereafter, when
    you meet Allah that you want to be happy?

    Every where you go you shall find a swarm of people and media and
    culture swearing to you that happiness is the happiness of the Dunya.
    Is it really happiness though? On the day of Repayment, Allah shall
    take the most `happiest' kafir of the Dunya and dip him in Jahannam -
    Hellfire. Then he shall ask him, "Have you ever seen any happiness?"
    The Kafir will say, "Never!"

    Nay, the happiness is only the happiness of the hereafter no matter
    what happens in this Dunya. Allah shall bring on the Day of Repayment
    the most tested human and dip him in Jannah - Paradise. He shall then
    ask him, "Have you ever seen sadness?" And that person shall say,
    "Never!"

    And don't think that this happiness and fun is exclusive to the
    hereafter. It is very much tied to this life as well. Listen and
    understand the words of Allah:

    Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or
    she) is a true believer verily to him We will give a good life (in
    this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We
    shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what
    they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter). - Surah AnNahl
    (16/97)

    Dear Sister, you have to understand that you or anyone may enter
    Hellfire! By Allah, we are not better than Fatimah, the daughter of
    Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. And he said to her, "O
    Fatimah the daughter of Muhammad, Ask me whatever you wish from my
    wealth, for I shall avail you nothing to Allah." Meaning that it
    doesn't matter if you're my daughter, if you don't work for Jannah,
    saying to Allah that my father is so and so will not help you in
    anyway.

    Islam is filled with many Mu'minahs that completed their Taqwa of
    Allah. When the other girls put up posters of kafir singers and kafir
    athletes and kafir actresses, you should put up posters in your heart
    of Fatimah and many other Mu'minahs.

    Aasiyah, the wife of Fir'own. Her Eeman in Allah thrived under the
    shadow of someone that said, "I am your Lord, Most High!" When news
    reached Fir'own of his wife's Eeman he beat her and commanded his
    guards to beat her. They took her out in the scalding noon heat, tied
    her hands and feet and beat her perpetually. Who did she turn to? She
    turned to Allah! She prayed, "My lord, build for me a home with you in
    Paradise and save me from Fir'own and his deeds and save me from the
    transgressive people."

    It was narrated that when she said this, the sky opened for her and
    she saw her home in Paradise. She smiled. The guards watched
    astonished - she's being tortured and she smiles? Frustrated, Fir'own
    commanded a boulder to be brought and dropped on Aasiyah, to crush her
    to death. But Allah took her soul before the boulder was brought and
    she became an example for all the believing men and women till the end
    of time:

    [And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife
    of Fir'own (Pharaoh) - when she said, "My Lord, Build for me a home
    with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir'own and his deeds, and save
    me from the transgressive-disbelieving people.] -Tahreem 66/11

    When we talk about Jihad and Shuhadaa' - martyrs, do you know who the
    first Muslim in Islam to be killed in the path of Allah was? It was
    Summayah, the mother of Ammar. When Abu Jahl heard of her Islam and
    her husband Yaasir and her son Ammar, he whipped them all and beat
    them. So much so, that Rasul Allah would pass by them as they went
    through this test of their Iman and would say to them, "Be patient O
    family of Yaasir, for you have a date set (when you shall enter)
    Jannah!"

    As Abu Jahl beat Sumayyah one day, she refused to recant her Deen,
    something that enraged Abu Jahl. He took a spear as she lay on the
    burning sand,looking up to the sky, and he speared her through her
    midsection. She was the first of her family and the entire Ummah to
    meet Allah as a Martyr.

    Dear Sister, our role models come from the Quran. You may have heard
    the story of the boy and the king. When the entire village became
    Muslim by the death of that young boy, the king ordered that an
    enormous fire be kindled and that all those who would not recant
    their religion be burnt alive. A Mu'minah, stood with her baby over
    the fire. She looked at her baby, and seeking her child's weakness
    and innocence, she considered turning her back. The baby said to her,
    "What are you waiting for mother. Go forward for you are on the
    truth!" She nodded. Then with her baby in hand she was pushed to her
    death.

    [And they ill-treated them for no other reason than that they
    believed in Allah, Exalted in Power, Worthy of all Praise!- * Him to
    Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allah is
    Witness to all things.]. - Surah AlBuruj, 8,9

    And dear sister, your role models come to you from today. As her son
    tells us, a senior women in a Muslim land decided that all the vanity
    that normally happens in the gatherings of women was not for her. She
    turned to Salah and praying at night, and in her old age, she found
    herself calling to her son one night from her prayer room. He son
    says, "I came in and she was in Sajda saying that she was paralysed!"
    Her son took her to the doctors and she began a cycle of
    rehabilitation, but there was little hope. She then commanded her son
    to take her back home, take her back to her prayer room, take her back
    to that Sajdah.

    As she prayed to Allah in her sajdah, the night came when she called
    to her son. "Astawdi'ukallaah alladhee laa yadee'u wa daa'i'uh - I
    leave you in the trust of Allah, and whenever something is left in
    Allah's trust it is never lost." She passed away in her sajdah. Her
    muscles froze in that position and so they had to wash her body as
    she was in Sajdah. The prayed Janazah for her as her body was in
    sajdah. The carried her to the grave yard as her body was in Sajdah.
    They buried her as she was in Sajdah.

    And the Prophet said that we shall all be resurrected on what we died
    on, she shall be resurrected on the day of judgement in Sajdah to
    Allah - Jalla Jalaaluhu wa taqaddasat asmaa'uhu - because that it how
    she lived and died.

    ***Part II***
    There are many other stories that we know about of powerful believing
    mothers, wives and sisters and many, many that Allah only knows about.
    Whenever a halaqah is going on, the Muslim women outnumber the men. At
    the American Open University, (www.open-university.edu) the
    overwhelming majority of students are Muslim women. Go to an Islamic
    teachers/schools conference, attend a lecture and you shall see the
    mismatch of sisters to brothers. Sometimes it is sad to see all these
    brothers lacking the motivation that many Muslimahs have. But if
    there is a beautiful sign in all this, it is that - in sha' Allah
    ta'ala - those sisters are going to raise an army of believing men
    and women in the coming generation. WAllahu akbar!

    When Imam Ahmad was still young, his father died. He would tell his
    students of the work his mother went through in raising him, and he
    would pray for her. In the cold Baghdad nights, she would wake long
    before him to warm the water so that her son Ahmad could make wudu for
    Fajr. Then she would wrap him in blankets, herself cloaked in her
    Jilbaab, and guide him through the dark, cold alleys to reach the main
    Masjid, long before Fajr so that her son could get a good seat in
    class. Her son Ahmad - at that age in grade 2 or 3 - would sit all
    day long studying Quran and Sunnah, and she would wait for him to
    finish so that she could drop him home safely. At the age of 16, she
    prepared money and food for him and told him, "Travel for your search
    of knowledge." He left for Makkah and Madinah and many other places
    and met many great scholars. She raised Ahmad to become one of the
    four greatest Imams in Islam.

    Dear sister, after all this, ask a non-Muslim what it is that he
    wants from you? Does he want you to be liberated? Liberated from
    what? From Allah and his Messenger? From the Quran and the Sunnah?
    From Jannah? From this deen that Allah chose for you?

    And what is he going to give you in return? Happinness? By Allah, he
    does not own any happiness to give. Is he going to give you love and
    protection from punishment in the grave and from the gatekeepers of
    hellfire and from death? Why is it that they want to liberate young
    beautiful women? Why don't they liberate the seniors? Why don't they
    liberate the indigenous? Why don't they liberate the inmates? Why is
    their target audience a young and skinny and tall women (their
    definition of beauty) between the age of 13 - 28? And why is their
    first call for you to take off your Hijab?

    Remember that friend - if you consider him so - carefully, for -
    without any doubt, by Allah - he shall be your bitterest enemy on the
    day of Repayment:

    [Friends on that day will be foes, one to another - except the
    Righteous] - Surah Zukhruf (43/67)

    One Kafirah summed up exactly what they think of women, "It's not who
    you are, it's what you wear and what you look like!"

    And listen to Fabian, a french `model' (of what?), as she spit on the
    fashion industry. "Fashion houses made me into a mannequin, a
    wooden idol. The mission: to manipulate hearts and alter minds. I
    learnt how to be worthless, nothing on the inside, cold. We lived in a
    world of filth in all that filth means."

    When the Prophet - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - stood on the plain
    of Arafah and gave his farewell speech he said to the Ummah, "Treat
    the women kindly!" History records that in Europe in the same year, at
    the same time that Islam was saying this, the Christian clergy were
    arguing whether a women was a human or an animal! Those clergymen
    are the ancestors of the Kuffar that now want to `liberate' you.

    There is much more than can be said. I shall conclude with the advice
    of Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - to every Muslim mother,
    daughter, and wife: "If the women prays her five (Salah), fasts her
    month (of Ramadan), protects herself (from committing Zina), and
    listens to her husband, it will be said to her, `from any door you
    wish, enter Paradise!"

    Sister, that is where you want to be.

    [O ye who believe! give your response to Allah and His Messenger,
    when He calls you to that which shall give you life; and know that
    Allah cometh between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye
    shall (all) be gathered.] - Surah Anfal 8/24

    Allah and His Messenger are calling you to life.

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    "By Allah I long to escape the prison of my ego and lose myself in the mountains and deserts , these sad and lonely people tire me" ---Rumi
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