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I have a back log of reviews to do. Much apologies for the delay, but I've had very little time these past few weeks 😭 And a thank you to everyone who reads my long winded posts on the Sahaba Series (I really do try to cut it down, I promise! ☺️)
During his Caliphate, Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) saw some armour of his with a Christian man. He decided to take the matter up legally, so he took the dispute to Shurayh (the Judge).Ali (RA) said, “This is my armor, and I have not sold it nor given it away.” Shurayh said to the Christian, “What have you to say about what his claims?” The Christian man replied, “It is my armour, although I do not regard him to be a liar.” Shurayh then turned to Ali (RA), “Do you have any proof (of ownership)?”Ali (RA) laughed and said, “Shurayh is correct, I have no proof.” So Shurayh judged that the armour was the Christian man’s. The Christian man took it and began to walk away but then returned. He proclaimed, “As for me, I testify that this is the judgment of the Prophets – the Amir of the Believers himself takes me to his judge and the judge rules against him! I bear witness that there is no deity deserving worship but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. By Allah, the armour is yours. I followed the army when you were on your way to the Battle of Siffin and the armour came out of your equipment.” Ali (RA) said, “If you have accepted Islam the armour is yours.” And then he put him in his horse. Al-Sha’bi (the reporter of this incident) said, “I was later informed by those who saw this man that he fought the Khawarij (alongside Ali) at the battle of Nahrawan.” Ibn Kathīr, Al-Bidāyah wa Al-Nihāyah Vol.8 p5 .
We must appreciate that Islam stands for a universal diversity, which is established upon the principles of respecting life and justice for all. Muslims were champions of justice: wherever Muslims went, justice travelled with them. Piety makes no sense if you are unjust, even if you are only unjust to animals.
Uthman Ibn Affan (RA) - The person most noted for Modesty.
Aisha (RA) reports: The Prophet (SAW) was lying down in his house with his thighs or his calves exposed. Abu Bakr (RA) and Umar (RA) asked to enter and when they did, the Prophet (SAW) remained in that position. They talked. Then Uthman (RA) asked permission and the Prophet (SAW) sat up and straightened his clothing. He was then permitted, came in and spoke with the Prophet (SAW). After he had gone, Aisha said: When Abu Bakr and Umar came in you did not sit upright but when Uthman came in, you straigtened out your clothing! The Prophet (SAW) said: "Should I not be shy of a man around whom the angels are shy?” [Sahih Muslim]
Modesty. What comes to mind? It could be wearing hijab, using clean speech or conducting ourselves with dignity around the opposite gender, etc. If we know we’ve fallen short in our modesty we feel the need to change in some way, e.g. wearing less makeup. But sometimes we find it difficult to change these behaviours. Why is that? Part of the reason is we overlook the inner spiritual dimensions of modesty; we try to cure the symptoms without dealing with the problem at its root. It is like trying to save a dried out plant by dipping its leaves in water.
Maybe what needs our attention is less apparent, like our attitude towards Allah (SWT) or the strength of our faith in Him. If we develop modesty and shamefulness in our hearts it becomes easier for our thoughts, desires, conversations and actions to reflect that modesty. Our manners and behaviour with His creation will naturally exude more modesty. So, outer modesty is a byproduct and manifestation of the God-consciousness and modesty we nurture within.
Some ways to help develop modesty:
1. Use clean speech
2. Continuously learn about the benefits of modesty
3. Strengthen imān as modesty is a fruit of imān
4. Reflect on Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes
5. Consistently observe the obligatory and voluntary worship.
6. Actively practice modesty on a regular basis so it becomes natural.
7. See righteous people, listen to them and learn from their modesty
Umar ibn al Khattab (RA) is a true example of radical change. There was a time when Umar ibn al Khattab (RA) was one of the most venomous opponents of the Prophet (SAW) and the Muslims. He was an ambassador for Jahilliyah. His personality was filled with arrogance and pride. It was once said about him, that, “His Donkey will embrace Islam before he would.” He went out on a mission to kill our Prophet Muhammad (SAW). .
The story of Umar's (RA) conversion to Islam is one which provides us with an example of how sincere faith can transform an individual instantaneously. He was on the way to kill our beloved Prophet (SAW), but embraced Islam instead! .
It has been narrated that after Umar (RA) embraced Islam the Muslims said ‘Allahu Akbar’ so loudly that it was heard in the valleys of Makkah. He became one of the best people. He followed the footsteps of the Prophet (SAW) to the fullest extent. He used to patrol the city at night to find out the needs, requirements and the conditions of the people. He set very high standards of integrity, was an honest and truthful man, and would practise what he preached. He was a very pious Muslim. His success lay in two things: his fear of Allah (SWT) and his love for the Prophet (SAW). Ibn Abbass (RA) said that the Prophet (SAW) said “There is no Angel in the heaven that does not respect Umar and there is no shaytan on the earth but that he is afraid of Umar.”
What can we learn from him? There are some amongst the Ummah, who find it difficult to see beyond their own defects and cannot see a potential for change within themselves. However, the story of Umar (RA) provides the believers with hope and instills within us the drive to seek perfection. It demonstrates to us all that no matter what our errors are or what situation we are in, we all have the potential for change! :)
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (RA):
During his time as Khalifah, after the death of the Prophet (SAW), Abu Bakr (RA) overheard a little girl in one of the villages on the outskirts of Madinah commenting that Abu Bakr (RA) would no longer come and milk their goats now that he was Khalifah. Upon hearing this, Abu Bakr (RA) strode forward, rolled his sleeves up, then helped the women milk their goats. And so it was that a leader whose armies were shaking the thrones of the mighty Roman and Byzantine empires was kneeling down and milking goats, the froth of their milk pouring over his hands.
In his first speech as Khalifah of the Muslims, Abu Bakr (RA) proved himself an ideal of modesty and humility. There was total absence of the kind of arrogance we may find in modern-day rulers when they assume power. Abu Bakr (RA) attitude was totally different. He said: "I have been appointed as ruler over you although I am not the best among you. I have never sought this position nor has there ever been a desire in my heart to have this in preference to anyone else... If I do right, you must help and obey me; if I go astray, set me aright... Obey me so long as I obey Allah and His Messenger. If I disobey them, then you have no obligation to follow me"
What can we learn from Abu Bakr (RA)? How to be a great leader. Be it at the family, company or country level, every group needs able and good leaders. Abu Bakr (RA), among other great leaders, showed such qualities: faith, belief, knowledge, wisdom, courage, determination, unity, honesty, trust, justice, compassion, patience, endurance, commitment, sacrifice, lifelong endeavour, gratitude and piety. Every one of us in some capacity, sometimes, somewhere, will be a leader. Though we may not always make the headlines, almost all of us at some point have played and will play a leading role. So if we are to be a leader, let’s be a bloomin’ good one! :D
We'd probably be able to name 10 celebrities off the top of our heads easily, but we might struggle to name the 10 sahaba (companions of the Prophet Muhammad SAW) who are promised paradise. If these peeps are promised jannah, I wanna know what they did and what I could learn off them! 💪 So, similar to the 'Get to Know Allah' series I did this Ramadan, I'm thinking of starting a 'Get to Know the Sahaba' series too! 😊
(Hand chain by @themodestcollection )
1)"Islam" means "peace through the submission to God"
2)"Muslim" means "anyone that submits to the will of God"
3)Islam is a COMPLETE way of life.
4)Most influential person in history is Muhammad (SAW). 5)‘Muhammad’ is the most common name in the world.
6)All of the Prophet (SAW) children died before him except Fatimah (RA). 7)First hafiz after Muhammad (SAW) was Uthman Bin Affan (RA). 8)Country with the highest Muslim population is Indonesia.
9)Most Muslim-populated country in Europe (>90% Muslims) is Albania.
10)Arabs only constitute ~20% of Muslims worldwide
11)Islam considers daughters a blessing. Before Islam, women were treated like slaves or property. Islam gave women rights. Prophet SAW said: ‘Assuredly, women are the twin halves of men’ (Sahih reported by Abu-Dawud RA). 12)Jesus is a Prophet in Islam. The Qu’ran provides a detailed description of his miraculous birth, his teachings and miracles he performed with Allah’s permission.
13)Islam is against terrorism. Terrorists who claim to be Muslim are not following the Islamic teachings.
14)Jihad does NOT mean mass-killing. It is 'to struggle’. Two types: the greater jihad is the personal struggle (e.g. against laziness, arrogance, etc); minor jihad is the military jihad (to defend home land or to provide support to the oppressed). 15)Suicide bombers are sinners not martyrs. Detonating yourself to kill civilians is not a virtue, but a crime in Islam (two crimes in one instance). 16)Islam teaches that there is no compulsion in religion.
17) Forced marriages, honour killings, female genital mutilation and the confinement of women to their homes are all forbidden in Islam.
18)Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) walked all the way from Mekkah to Madinah (400km) at the time of the Hijrah while hiding from the Quraish.
19)The Qur’an will intercede for people on Judgement Day as well as complain about those who didn’t recite it.
20)If all the Qur’ans in the world were destroyed, the original Arabic would still exist because millions of Muslims have memorised the whole Qur’an letter for letter. Chapters from the Qur’an are precisely recited from memory by every Muslim in each of the 5 daily prayers
I've been tagged to do the 20 Facts tag, so here goes!
1) I’m 22 years old
2) Born, raised and live in London
3) I’m 5’5 (plus I can’t walk in heels)
4) I’m about to start my 2nd year in Medicine. I have a previous degree in Biomedical Sciences.
5) I started wearing hijab aged 11, but I would say I understood the value of hijab more at around age 15
6) I hate wearing my glasses
7) I love cars, supercars, learning about them, just everything about cars. I’d love to travel to the most dangerous rounds in the world… in Peru, Alaska, Nepal, New Zealand, etc.
8) I looooooove steak! My favourite cuisines are Thai and Turkish. Meat over chicken any day :P
9) I have such a bad memory… Especially with names and faces!
10) Love reading/watching soppy romantic movies/books :P One of my favourites is ‘P.S. I Love You’
11) Favourite chocolates are Lindt and Galaxy Smooth
12) I really want a small cactus for my room
13) I listen to old school Bollywood music a looooot, especially when I’m cooking or cleaning… Quite embarrassing really :P
14) I’m scared of pretty much all animals. Oh, and I'm also scared of deep water (probs because I can't swim)
15) Every 4th picture on my instagram is related to Islam, which helps me to not get too bogged down with fashion and to remind me that nothing is above our religion
16) I drink about 4 cups of tea a day!
17) I'm that friend who'd drop that laaaame joke loool! I love people who make me laugh
18) I’m very easily startled… Horror movies, loud noises, sudden movement, rollercoasters… Big no-no!
19) I’m very big on keeping promises, following through on your word
20) My parents’ happiness means the world to me
I've tagged a couple of people. Do share your 20 facts too, I'd love to read them ❤️