Archive for February, 2012

February 7, 2012

The Leaders of the Women of Jannah

by Khanum

I was watching an Iranian Movie on Hazrat Maryam a.s.  The movie spoke of the four ladies of the Jannah and it was the first time I heard this thing. It had me glued to the subject like a bee. Masha Allah! Subhan Allah !!! I am thankful to Allah pak He made me a woman and that too  made me open my eyes among Muslims. It’s fortunate for us to know these women.

Here’s an article I searched on web. Please do read it whole. Jazak Allah! May Allah make us walk on the path of Good. Ameen. And give jaza to the compiler of this article. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allâh, the Rabb of the worlds and may His choicest blessing shower upon our Master who emancipated both men and women from the yoke of repression.

Anâs Radhi-Allâhu ‘anhu reports that Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam has said: “From among the women of the world who have reached perfection and who are worthy of following are (the following four):Miryam the daughter of Imrân; Khadija daughter of Khuwailid; Fatima daughter of Muhammad and Asiyah wife of Fir’aun” (Tirmidhi)

The scholars of hadîth are of the view that this statement was made before Aisha Radhi-Allâhu ‘anha reached the position of excellence whereupon Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “The virtue of Aisha Radhi-Allâhu ‘anha over all the women of the world is like the virtue of tharîd [a meat dish] over all other food.”

The hadîth however refers to four women who acquired perfection in faith and character by virtue of their devotion, patience, toil and morality. Their lives radiated with piety, trust, patience and gratitude. Their lives serve as beacons of guidance for all believers, especially in times of hardship, difficulty and struggle.

Miryam: The Daughter of Imrân
An Exemplary Muslim Woman

Miryam Alayhas-Salâm spent her young days in total seclusion within the precincts of Baitul Muqaddas. She devoted her life to prayer and worship of the Almighty. Although unmarried she miraculously gave birth to Isa Alayhis-Salâm. She was accused of adultery and chastised for bringing disrepute to the family name. Who would have believed her innocence when she came to her people as a spinster with a child in hand, and how could she exonerate herself from the charge of adultery? Just how could an unmarried woman convince her people that this was no ordinary birth… nor was this an ordinary child? The Holy Qur’ân says: “So she came to her people carrying the child with her.” They said:” O Miryam you have indeed done an amazing thing” … she pointed to him- they exclaimed: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?” But He (the child) said: “I am the servant of Allâh who has given me the Book and made me a Prophet.” (19:27-30) The breast suckling child spoke and vindicated his mother from the accusation of infidelity. When she gave her life to Allâh, Allâh gave her a child that protected her integrity even whilst he was in the cradle.

Khadija Daughter of Khuwailid
Khadija bint Khuwaylid
She was extremely wise, intelligent, gentle, and influential called Tahira [chaste and pure] even in the era of ignorance. She was exceptionally wealthy and a prosperous business woman. She married Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam at the age of forty
while he was twenty five. She provided the moral, financial, and emotional support for Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam when he was blessed with Nubuwat. When Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam first saw Jibra’îl Alayhis-Salâm in the cave of Hira, he was terrified and feared for his life. He ran down the mountain trembling and crying: “Cover me up! Cover me up!” It was Khadija Radhi-Allâhu ‘anha who consoled him; she was his pillar of support; she believed in him when everyone else doubted him. She served as his refuge, consoled him, supported him and cared for him when he was alone, confused and terrified. She stood by him when everyone else shunned him. Khadija Radhi-Allâhu ‘anha rallied to the call of Islam, she gave a home to Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam, she was his first confidant, and tower of strength.

Fatima Daughter of Muhammad
Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam would often say: “Fatima is of my flesh, he who angers her, angers me” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Fatimah Radhi-Allâhu ‘anhu was the youngest child of Nabî Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam and the only child who survived him. Hers was a life of extreme poverty and struggle. She constantly saw her father being mistreated, insulted and humiliated by the disbelievers. One day, when she was barely ten years old, she accompanied her father to the Masjid al-Haram. He stood in the place known as al-Hijr facing the Kabah and began to pray. Fatimah stood at his side. A group of Quraysh gathered around him. They included Abu Jahl ibn Hisham, the Prophet’s uncle, Uqbah ibn Abi Muayt, Umayyah ibn Khalaf, and Shaybah and Utbah. Abu Jahl, the ringleader, asked: “Which of you can bring the entrails of a slaughtered animal and throw it on Muhammad?” Uqbah ibn Abi Muayt, one of the vilest of the lot, volunteered and hurried off. He returned with the obnoxious filth and threw it on the shoulders of the Prophet while he was still prostrating. Imagine the feelings of Fatimah as she saw her father being humiliated in this manner. She went up to her father and removed the filth and then stood firmly and angrily before the group of Quraish thugs and lashed out against them. Such scenes of vicious opposition and harassment against her father and the early Muslims were witnessed by the young Fatimah almost everyday. She did not meekly stand aside but joined in the struggle in defence of her father and his noble mission.

Asiyah wife of Fir’aun 
“And for those who have faith Allâh has set forth a parable in the (story) of Fir’aun’s wife when she prayed: O my sustainer! Build for me a mansion in paradise by You and save me from Fir’aun and his doings and save me from all evil doing people.”

When the magicians fell into sajdah and declared their faith in Allâh and accepted Mûsa Alayhis-Salâm as the Nabî of Allâh – the wife of Fir’aun also declared her faith. Fir’aun began punishing her by pegging her to the ground and exposing her to the midday sun. Whenever he turned away from her the angels would give her shade with their wings. He then gave her a choice: ‘Either retract from your belief or be prepared to be crushed by a huge boulder.’ She chose to be crushed. As she was placed onto the ground she raised her sight towards the sky -she saw her place in Jannah and prayed: “O my sustainer! Build for me a mansion in paradise by You and save me from Fir’aun and his doings and save me from all evil doing people. As she said this, her rûh left her body and the boulder then crushed her lifeless body.

These four women changed the course of human history, through their perseverance, faith and courage. Miryam Alayhas-Salâm life was characterized by piety, chastity and faith, Khadija Radhi-Allâhu ‘anha neither succumbed to the trappings of wealth, nor to power and fame, Fatima Radhi-Allâhu ‘anha made sabr in the face of unending hardships and was crowned the ‘leader of all women in Jannah’, whilst the wife of Fir’aun chose faith over royalty. These were women distinguished by sabr who found the true friendship of Allâh through their unfailing steadfastness in the face of grinding sacrifices.

May Allâh grant us the taufîq to emulate the beautiful conduct of these icons of virtue, humility and courage.

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February 6, 2012

Isn’t English The Global Language ? By Suhail Bagdadi

by Khanum

It happens so that when we see white men in India, commonly we start referring to them as ‘angrez’ or ‘firangi’. But if somehow we happen to interact with them, we realize that many of these so called ‘angrez’ can hardly manage to say, “No speak English”.

 

This is also very common when it comes to visiting places. Alhumdulillah, being a sailor, Allah has made it possible for me to visit quite a few places in Europe, Russia, South America and Africa. And one thing I have learnt from my experience while interacting with these people is that, most of them “No Speak English”.

 

It is quite a possibility that the “angrez” we were referring to could be Russians or Europeans. Therefore, if you plan a journey to these places (May Allah facilitate it if you so desire), more important than learning proper English, make sure you get your hand gestures right, for you will need them a lot.

 

A chief engineer on one of the ships I sailed on once narrated a story. He along with a few of his colleagues visited a place. His colleagues began to ask a local man where they could find a good restaurant. Lots of efforts were wasted with tongues until my chief intervened, “My friend, chop chop”! While saying so he made sure he moved his hand to his mouth two/three times. The problem was solved in seconds.

 

The phrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, may not be applicable in all aspects of life but it is very much applicable when it comes to interacting with different people. You have to make them understand either in their language or in their version of English language.

 

During my IRF days I used to wonder why Brother Maqbool Barvelkar (The Event Manager and Chief PRO) had to change his tone and accent while responding to callers from various countries. It was only later I came to realize that he was just trying to be a ‘Roman in Rome’.

 

English is spoken as a native language in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Oh, and the Great Britain too.  There are very few countries in the rest of the world apart from those ruled by the Englishmen, which have English as a second or even third language in their School curriculum.

 

This is something similar to what we had in our very own state, Tamil Nadu. Not all the schools in Tamil Nadu had Hindi as a second or even third language until the recent past despite Hindi being the National Language of India. I hope things are changing now.

 

Hindi speaking people can be found in Muslim locality in Tamil Nadu as most Muslims in India speak Hindi/Urdu as their first or second language.

 

Many of the non Muslim Tamils who join the Merchant Navy for the first time cannot go beyond “Merra Hindi malun nai hai bai” but they do speak English because English is the International Language. Some of them have their own version of English.

 

A senior colleague from Ukraine had his own version of English too. Often he used to say “I am sinking” and we would understand what he meant was “I am thinking”. Sometimes he would say, “Please check the sickness of this metal” and we would understand what he meant was thickness of the metal. May be the Ukrainians pronounce the letter ‘T’ as ‘S’ while forming words, I thought.

 

But one fine day I found his written text. He had begun a letter to thank our company by writing “We senq you…” Now I realized that I was wrong in what I thought and he was wrong in what he was taught. Who taught him so? Even he may not be able to remember because he did not study English in his school or his Marine Academy, yet he is a successful Marine Engineer.

 

There are numerous successful, influential and powerful foreigners who need interpreters when they visit other countries because they do not speak English. Many of the Miss World and Miss Universe beauty contestants too have their own interpreters lest they might end up “Sanking everyone”.

 

Why wouldn’t a person who has not been taught English in his school be confused between the difference in pronouncing the words ‘to’ ‘do’ and ‘go’?

 

Why wouldn’t he find it difficult to figure out why there is a difference in pronunciation of the words ‘but’, ‘cut’ and ‘put’?

 

French fries were not invented in France yet they are called French fries.

 

Boxing Ring is always a ‘square’ yet it is called a Ring!

 

There is no dog in hot dog, yet it is called as hot dog!

 

The past participle of ‘teach’ is taught yet the past participle of ‘preach’ is not praught but it’s preached.

 

The people of Poland are either called Polish or Poles yet the people of Holland cannot be called Holish or Holes but rather called the Dutch!

 

Now as I conclude this note, let me specify that no matter how many countries do not speak English as their second or third language, most of the official documents, papers, emails, fax etc are exchanged in English between countries. So, English does happen to be the Global language. Therefore do learn it.

 

Furthermore, regardless of whether you interact with people globally or you don’t, there are people in our very own country waiting to “judge” your ability based on how good English you speak in interviews and group discussions and this is how they “estimate” how successful you would be in future, so what if numerous successful, influential and powerful people cannot travel without interpreters!!