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Mothers who made Glory PART 6: Umm Al Bukhari

Every Muslim household that has an Islamic library will most likely have a work of ahadeeth (sayings of the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم) whether it be the forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi or Riyadhus-Salihin, or other mukhtasarat. And the name Bukhari or Bukhari and Muslim will appear in any of these works one way or another.

Whenever we hear lectures or Friday sermons the imam or khateeb will mention a Hadith and then in the end will most likely say rawaahul Bukhari (narrated by Bukhari) or agreed upon (muttafaqun alayh’ which means the Hadith is reported by both Shaykhs, Bukhari and Muslim)

So…who was imam Muhammad Ibn Ismail Al Bukhari?

He is the author of the most authentic book after the book of Allah. Sahih Al Bukhari. Yes that’s right. The greatest book after the Qur’an is the Sahih collection of this giant of Islam. Al Bukhari.

Imam Al Bukhari was non- Arab unlike the imams mentioned so far in this series.

In our times, he would probably be considered Russian or Uzbek.

He was born the year 194 in the area of Bukhara which is now in modern day Uzbekistan.

Al Bukhari’s father passed away when he was a young child. His pious mother took charge of his upbringing and care.

He lost his eyesight as a young boy.

One night Umm Al Bukhari saw Ibrahim عليه السلام in her dream. He told her that Allah has returned her son’s sight due to her many sincere duaa’ and crying to Allah azza wa jall.

The next morning Al Bukhari could see again! It was a miracle (karaamah) for this pious woman.

Indeed, Allah did say

أمن يجيب المضطر إذا دعاه

Is it not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him…

It is very important that we realize the power of duaa’ especially the duaa’ of the parent!

The prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said in an authentic Hadith

ثلاث دعوات لا ترد، دعوة الوالد لولده ودعوة الصائم ودعوة المسافر

Three (kinds of people) their supplications are answered.

The supplication of the parent for their child, the supplication of the fasting person, and the supplication of the traveler

As he got older Umm Al Bukhari would send her son to the circles of knowledge. She would often encourage him to sit with the scholars and benefit from them. And he did! Allah blessed Al Bukhari with an amazingly strong memory and love for the Sunnah.

He was the Ameerul Mu’mineen of hadith and his collection is the most trusted source after the book of Allah.

What an honor for Al Bukhari and his mother.

What an honor for his mother- the woman behind the upbringing of this giant of Islam.

May Allah accept it from her and from all those mothers who sacrifice their time and efforts in raising righteous children.



Mothers who made Glory PART 5: Umm Sufyan ath-Thawri

How many of us are familiar with the life and times of Imam Sufyan ath-Thawri?

This man was a mountain of faith and knowledge. A reviver of the Sunnah. He was the Ameerul Mu’mineen in Hadith of his time. Ibnul Mubarak said about him, “I don’t know anyone on the face of the Earth more knowledgeable than Sufyan!”

Others said of him he reminded them of the Sahaba and there wouldn’t be much difference between him and the Sahaba except that the Sahaba saw the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم!

He was born 97 A.H. His father Sa’eed ibn Masruq was one of the great scholars of Kufa, Iraq. So Sufyan was the son of a aalim and a great muhadith.

He first learned from his father and narrated from him. He was also a student of the great qaari’ Hamza Al Zayyat. He completed the Quran with him approximately 4 times.

The mother of Sufyan was a truly righteous woman who had great love for this Deen. She admired knowledge and it’s people.

And it’s no doubt that Sufyan attained such a high status all due to his mother’s efforts in giving him the proper Tarbiyah (upbringing)! She encouraged him to seek knowledge of Hadith because that is where true honor lies.

It is related that Wakee’ ibn Al-Jarrah said,

“One day, the mother of Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said to (young) Sufyan, ‘O my son! Seek out knowledge, and I will, with my spinning wheel, provide enough for you to live on. O my son, when you have written down ten Ahaadeeth, look and see if you notice an improvement in the way you walk, in your level of patience, and in your degree of self-dignity. For if you do not see any such improvement, then know that your knowledge harms you and does not benefit you.'”

Look at this righteous woman! She didn’t just emphasize seeking knowledge and it’s importance but informed her son that the thamara(fruit) of knowledge is in acting upon it. Yes. العلم للعمل

Knowledge is to act upon and not just to collect information and leave it at that.

Why do we think Allah said

إنما يخشى الله من عباده العلماء

It is only those that have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.

Nowadays we have parents who send their children to weekend schools to memorize the Qur’an and force them to attend classes at the Masjid. And then the parents are in shock when they find out their child who goes to Qur’an school is involved in gangs, drug abuse, haraam relationships, etc…or the fact that their daughter who wears long hijabs has a boyfriend Wal ‘iyaadhu billaah.

But it’s very important that our kids understand the Deen, that they understand the words of Allah and that will help them to love Allah, His Messenger and their Deen. Once they are taught that they will then act upon the knowledge and fear Allah as they should.

May Allah bless Umm Sufyan for raising such a great scholar for the Muslim nation!

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Mothers who made Glory PART 4: Umm Ahmad

Ahmad Ibn Hanbal. He is known as the imam of Ahlussunah. A man who was tested for the sake of Allah and faced great ordeals throughout his life but as they say, “even the strongest of winds can not move the mountains.”

He is the last of the four great imams.

Imam Ahmad was born in Baghdad towards the end of the second century A.H.

His mother was Safiyyah bint AbdilMalik al-Shaybaaniyyah.

Imam Ahmad may Allah have mercy on him, grew up in a poor household. His father had passed away when he was just a child. So his mother took charge of his upbringing.

She taught him to memorize the book of Allah until he memorized it at the age of 10.

Imam Ahmad says that, “my mother would bring me the clothes to wear for the masjid, wake me up for Fajr, bring me the water for wudhu” all of this when he was not even ten years of age! That is the true example of a mother of the ummah. A mother who is raising a scholar for this ummah. And above all a mother raising a believer in Allah and instilling imaan and love for Allah in her child from such an early age.

Then she would cover herself in her jilbab and walk him all the way to the Masjid as it was far from their house.

Indeed Umm Ahmad was a mother of the Akhira and not of the Dunya.

Unfortunately in our times you will find a lot of mothers who think that their ten year olds are still kids and treat them instead as five year olds! They don’t pressure them to pray and let them miss Fajr! What kind of Muslims do we wish to raise sisters? This is not proper Tarbiyah.

When Imam Ahmad was 16 years old his mother told him, my son, go and seek knowledge of Hadith for it is Hijrah in Allah’s path!

She then prepared his travel pack which consisted of some dry loaves of bread and a pouch of salt. 😭

Imam Ahmad then became the great imam we all know of and that History will never forget. Imam Ahlisunnah. May Allah be pleased with Umm Ahmad and reward her on behalf of the Muslim ummah for raising such a giant.

إن الله لا يضيع أجر المحسنين 💜

Indeed, Allah does not put to waste the rewards of those who do good.

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Mothers who made Glory PART 3: Umm Imam Shafi’i

~Mothers who made Glory~

Who hasn’t heard of the great imam, the aalim, the poet and intelligent faqih, Muhammad Ibn Idris Al Shafi’i?

Imam Al Shafi’i was an encyclopedia or a sea of knowledge. He was also known for his eloquence in the Arabic language and he was a great judge.

The father of Imam Shafi’i passed away when he was about 2 years old.

He was born in Ghazza, Palestine in the blessed land of Shaam.

The mother of Imam Al Shafi’i, Fatima bint Abdillah Al Azdiyyah was a very intelligent woman who was also knowledgeable in the Deen.

She wanted a bright future for her son so she made a great sacrifice by making Hijrah from his birthplace of Palestine all the way to Makkah, the land of his forefathers and the center of knowledge at the time.

As a child she sent him to the Kuttab(schools for memorizing the Qur’an) and once he completed memorization of the Qur’an, she directed him to the majalis of the ‘ulamaa in Makka. Coming from a poor family, most times the young imam could not even afford a simple paper and pen to take notes with so he would sometimes memorize the lectures and collect other things to use as paper and pen.

Sisters look at the sacrifice and efforts of this woman. Look at the love for knowledge she implanted in her son…

She was left a widow but that did not stop her from going over and beyond for her son’s education.

As a mother she wanted nothing less than the best for her son.

This is because she was someone who had himma ‘aaliyyah(high goals and aspirations).

What we learn from the life of this woman is that mothers should also be educated. Sometimes it’s not enough to just have your kids become educated.

The mother is the first madrasa as they say. The mother is the first school for her children.

This woman instilled the love of knowledge in Imam Al Shafi’i and he grew up to not just a imam but one of the four great imams and a genius in his own right.

May Allah reward the mother of Imam Al Shafi’i for raising one of the greatest gifts for this ummah.

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Mothers who made Glory PART 2: Umm Malik


“Mothers who made Glory”

Umm Imam Malik, the mother of Imam Malik

Every student of knowledge is familiar with the title, ‘imam daar al hijrah’ and the name Malik ibn Anas.

Imam Malik is the one whom the Maliki madhhab is ascribed to.

During his time period, there was no one closer to the Sunnah in Madinah than Imam Malik. He was a brave scholar and didn’t fear saying the truth to anyone.

They say behind every great man is a great woman. This is usually the case. And in most cases these women are mothers.

The mother of Imam Malik, Aaliyyah bint Shareek Al Asadiyya was an intelligent woman. She was a woman of Deen and had high aspirations for her son.

It’s interesting because most of the scholars who were raised by their mothers grew up as orphans. Their fathers passed away when they were very young.

However, both Imam Malik’s parents were alive but it was his mother who encouraged him to memorize the Qur’an and when he did she told him to go to the gatherings of the scholars.

She would dress him up in the best clothing and put the ‘amaamah on his head and give him a paper and pencil.

Not only did Umm Imam Malik send her son to the ulamaa’ but she guided her son to a particular scholar. Rabee’atu Ra’yy and she told him, “learn from Rabee’ah’s manners before you learn from his ‘ilm.”

Sisters, how beautiful is this. How often do we see mothers who are not only concerned with their children’s Islamic education but also show concern in choosing the best teachers for them. This mother was aware of the scholars of her time and chose the best for her son.

And another important point to take note of is that often times parents may emphasize knowledge but completely overlook manners. What good is it that your child memorized the Qur’an but uses foul language and disrespects others?

We live in an age where some parents have made memorizing the Qur’an fardh( A must) on their child but have failed in teaching their child to love and understand and act upon the Qur’an. Allahul musta’aan.

Here we have umm Malik telling her son to learn from his teacher’s manners before even actually taking the knowledge from him!

May Allah make us mothers like umm Imam Malik! Aameen yaa rabb.


Mothers who made Glory PART 1: Umm Rabee’ah


~أمهات صنعن أمجادا~

“Mothers who made Glory”

This, in Sha Allah will be a series on mothers from At- Taareekh Al Islaami( our Islamic history). Mothers who made scholars, warriors, and leaders of the ummah.

أم ربيعة الرأي

Imagine your husband going off to war and leaving you expecting a child and also not knowing when he would return!

What would your natural reaction be? You would be worried, sad and depressed!

This is the story of a woman, umm Rabee’ah. The mother of the great scholar of Madinah, Abdurrahman ibn Farrookh who was famously known as Rabee’atu ar-Ra’yy.

Farrookh was a man who made a transaction with His Lord that he gives his soul fi sabilillaah and that in return Allah gives Him Paradise. He was chasing martyrdom from one saaha (battlefield) to the next. Allah swt did say

من المؤمنين رجال صدقوا ما عاهدوا الله عليه

So Farrookh did not know what living life to its “fullest” meant nor did he like being away from the saahaatul waghaa'(battlefields) for so long. He felt imprisoned at home and useless. He was a man who fought battles alongside some of the great Sahaba such as Ar-rabee’ ibn Ziyaad Al Haarithi, may Allah be pleased with them. He was a man of the Akhira and not of this dunya.

As soon as he settled down in Madinah and got married to one of the beautiful maidens of Madinah, Farrookh still was not satisfied and his heart was in a state of unrest. A fire was kindling in his heart and it just would not settle down. The love of Jihaad was too strong in Farrookh. One day as he was sitting among the crowd in the Masjid, the Khateeb began encouraging the people to enlist in the armies and it was then and there that Farrookh’s heart filled with joy and faith. He rushed back to his home and informed his wife of the decision he had made.

“Abu Abdurrahman,”she said. “Who are you going to leave me with when you know that we have no family here in Madinah?”

“Allah and His Messenger.” was his reply. Umm Rabee’ah was a very patient and strong woman. She had complete trust in Allah and although she was saddened by her husband’s decision and a little worried, she understood that

إن الله مع الذين اتقوا

And she understood

ومن يتق الله يجعل له مخرجا ويرزقه من حيث لا يحتسب

Fast forward. Months go by and no word from Farrookh. His wife gives birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy.

Now Umm Rabee’ah has become a mother and is constantly busy raising this child all on her own.

The months turn into years and still no word from Farrookh.

Umm Rabee’ah hears rumors that he has been killed in battle and attained shahaada if Allah wills. Other times she hears rumors, he is still alive fighting and engaged in Ribat.

Umm Rabee’ah does not know what to believe and leaves the matter in Allah’s hands.

The years go by and her son whom she named Abdurrahman needs to go to school now. Umm Rabee’ah decides she will send him to study under the ulamaa’, the great scholars of Madinah.

Umm Rabee’ah was an intelligent woman.Her husband left her alot of money. As a woman of iman and pure fitra, she used that money on her son’s education and well-being.

She would send her son to the circles of knowledge taking place in Masjid Al Nabawi as a young boy.

So Rabee’ah was basically raised by his mother and by the scholars of Madinah.

He grew up to be an intelligent young man until the people became very impressed with his level of knowledge, eloquence and intelligence.

He then became a teacher in Masjid Al Nabawi.

Dear mothers of the ummah! There is truly a great example for us in this great woman. How do we expect to raise scholars and great leaders if we do not put blood and sweat into the proper Tarbiyah of our children?!

We need to make a firm niyyah and a pure one and seek Allah’s assistance.

We need to make looooots of duaa’ because it will NOT be easy.

We will definitely be tested

ولنبلونكم بشيء من الخوف والجوع ونقص من الأموال والانفس والثمرات وبشر الصابرين!

We need to remember these great women and not let the shaytan fool us into becoming pessimistic and thinking, “I can’t do this!” Or “this is so hard!”

Yes you can do this oh female servant of Allah!

Umm Rabee’ah did it all alone and put her complete trust and imaan in Her Rabb. And what was the result?

Imam Rabee’atu Ra’yy. One of the greatest imams from the Taabi’een.

May Allah grant us high aspirations and pure intentions and help us to help ourselves!

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~A Simple Life~

A Simple Life (Zuhd)

Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala says in Surah Shuraa, Verse 36:

فَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَمَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَمَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ
“So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely”

And He says in Surah Al-A’raaf, Verses 31 and 32:
يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُوا زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ
قُلْ مَنْ حَرَّمَ زِينَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي أَخْرَجَ لِعِبَادِهِ وَالطَّيِّبَاتِ مِنَ الرِّزْقِ ۚ قُلْ هِيَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا خَالِصَةً يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ
“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess. Say, ‘Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has produced for His servants and the good [lawful] things of provision?’ Say, ‘They are for those who believe during the worldly life [but] exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection.’ Thus do We detail the verses for a people who know.”

Ibn Abi Shaybah reports that A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:
أُهْدِيَ لَنَا شَاةٌ مَشْوِيَّةٌ ، فَقَسَّمْتُهَا كُلَّهَا إِلَّا كَتِفَهَا ، فَدَخَلَ عَلَيَّ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، فَذَكَرْتُ ذَلِكَ لَهُ ، فَقَالَ : ” كُلُّهَا لَكُمْ إِلَّا كَتِفَهَا
“A grilled sheep was given to us, so I distributed all of it except its shoulder. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم entered upon me so I told him that, and he said, ‘All of it is yours except its shoulder.'”

Al-Imam At-Tirmidhi reports the hadith with his isnad on the authority of A’ishah, May Allah be pleased with her, with the wording:
أَنَّهُمْ ذَبَحُوا شَاةً ، فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ” مَا بَقِيَ مِنْهَا ؟ ” قَالَتْ : مَا بَقِيَ مِنْهَا إِلَّا كَتِفُهَا ، قَالَ : ” بَقِيَ كُلُّهَا غَيْرَ كَتِفِهَا
“That they slaughtered a sheep, so the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, ‘What is left of it?’ A’ishah said, ‘Nothing is left except for the shoulder.’ So he said, ‘Everything is left except for the shoulder.'”

Al-Imam Al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh reports a long hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, in which Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, tells Ibn Abbas about the time when the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم secluded himself from his wives. In the end of the hadith, Umar narrates the condition in which he found the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم:
وَإِنَّهُ لَعَلَى حَصِيرٍ مَا بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَهُ شَيْءٌ وَتَحْتَ رَأْسِهِ وِسَادَةٌ مِنْ أَدَمٍ حَشْوُهَا لِيفٌ وَإِنَّ عِنْدَ رِجْلَيْهِ قَرَظًا مَصْبُوبًا وَعِنْدَ رَأْسِهِ أَهَبٌ مُعَلَّقَةٌ فَرَأَيْتُ أَثَرَ الْحَصِيرِ فِي جَنْبِهِ فَبَكَيْتُ فَقَالَ مَا يُبْكِيكَ فَقُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّ كِسْرَى وَقَيْصَرَ فِيمَا هُمَا فِيهِ وَأَنْتَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ فَقَالَ أَمَا تَرْضَى أَنْ تَكُونَ لَهُمْ الدُّنْيَا وَلَنَا الْآخِرَةُ
“And he is on a mat, nothing between him and it. And under his head is a leather pillow, stuffed with palm fibers and at his feet a pile of sant tree pods. And at his head, hanging, partially-tanned hide. I saw the trace of the mat on his side, so I started crying. He said, ‘What makes you cry?’ I said, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah! Verily Kisrau and Qaiser are in what they are in and you are the Messenger of Allah!’ So he said, ‘Are you not pleased that for them is the world and for us is the hereafter?'”

And Al-Imam Al-Bukhaari also narrates in his Saheeh that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم took Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, by the shoulder and said:
كن في الدنيا كأنك غريب أو عابر سبيل
“Be in the world as if you are a stranger or a traveller along the path.”