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DECEMBER 1999

MONTHLY    *    Vol 13-12 No:156    *   DECEMBER 1999/ Ramadan 1420H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

CHILDREN'S CORNER


The Deserted
Ramadhan Word Hunt
Do You Know

The Deserted

Mufti Md.Shahbiddin Sabeeli

Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) carried Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) and his mother and went on. They had a water skin with them containing some water. Hazrat Ismael’s mother used to drink water from the water skin so that her milk would increase for her child. When Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) reached Makkah, he made her sit under a tree and returned home. Hazrat Ismael’s (Pbuh) mother followed him and when they reached Ka’abah, she called him from behind, “O Abraham! To whom are you leaving us?” He replied, “I am leaving you to Allah’s care”. She said, I am satisfied to be with Allah.” She returned to her place and started drinking water from the water-skin, and her milk increased for her child.

When the water was all used up, she said to herself, ’I had better go and look out for any people living around.’ She ascended the “safa” mountain and looked, hoping to see somebody, but in vain. When she came down to the valley, she ran till she reached the “Marwa” mountain. She ran to and fro between the two mountains many times. Then she said to herself, “I must go back and see how the child is doing”. She went and found him in almost a dying state and thought to herself, “Let me try once again”. She ascended the “safa” mountain and looked for a long while, but could not find any sign of life. She completed seven rounds running between “safa” and “Marwa”. Losing all hopes, she returned to her child. Then suddenly she heard a voice and she said to that strange voice, “Help us if you can offer any help.”

Lo ! It was Hazrat Gabriel who had spoken to her. Hazrat Gabriel hit the earth with his heel to demonstrate and Lo! Water gushed out. Hazrat Ismael’s mother was astonished and started digging. Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) had said, “If she had let the water flow, naturally, without her interference, it would have gone on flowing on the surface of the earth.” Hazrat Ismael’s mother started drinking from this water and her milk increased for her child. Afterwards, some people of the tribe of Jurhum, while passing through the bottom of the valley, saw some birds and were astonished, and they said, “Birds could only be found at a place where there is water”. They sent a messenger who searched the place and found water there and returned to inform them about it. Then they all went to her and said, ‘O Ismael’s mother, would you allow us to be with you and stay here? And thus they settled down there. In course of time, her son reached the age of puberty and married a lady from among them.

Then an idea occurred to Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) which he disclosed to his wife Hazrat Sarah, “I want to call upon my dependants whom I left at Makkah.” When he went there, he greeted Hazrat Ismael’s (Pbuh) wife and said “Where is Ismael”? She replied, “ He has gone out hunting”. Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) said to her, “ When he comes, tell him to change his threshold. When Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) came home she told him about the visit of Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh). Where upon Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) said to her “You are the threshold, so go back to your family (i.e. you are divorced).” And Hazrat Ismael married a second wife. Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) thought of visiting his son Hazrat Ismael whom he had left at Makkah and he told his wife Hazrat Sarah of his intentions. Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) came to Hazrat Ismael’s (Pbuh) house and asked, “Where is Ismael?” Hazrat Ismael’s (Pbuh) wife replied, “He has gone out hunting”, and added, “Will you stay (for sometime) and have something to eat and drink ? Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) asked, “What is your food and what is your drink?” She replied, “Our food is meat and our drink is water.” He prayed “O Allah ! Bless their meals and their drinks.” Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) said, “Because of Hazrat Abraham’s (Pbuh) invocation Makkah is blessed as a holy city.” Once more Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) thought of visiting the family he had left behind so he told his wife Hazrat Sarah of his decision. He went and found Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) behind the Zam-Zam well, mending his arrows. He said: “O Ismael, your lord has ordered me to build a house for Him.” Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) said “Obey the order of your Lord” Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) said, “Allah has also ordered me that you should help me.” Thereupon Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) went on handing him the stones, and both of them were saying, “O our Lord! Accept this service from us. Verily, you are the All-Hearing, the All Knowing.” (Qur’an: 2/127)

When the building reached high and the old man (i.e. Hazrat Abraham) could no longer reach the height he stood over the stone of Al-Maam and Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) carried on handing him the stones, and both of them were saying “O our Lord! Accept this service from us, Verily you are All-Hearing, All- Knowing. ( Bukhari : 1/74-76)

Moral of the Story

There are a few important points in the story. First of all, why did Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) have to go on such a long journey along with Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) and his mother Hazrat Hajera? A great Islamic scholar, Hafiz Ibn Hajar, had written describing the course of this incident. He says that Hazrat Hajera was given to Hazrat Sarah from the king as a maid-servant. Later on, Hazrat Sarah gifted her to her husband Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh). However, as days passed Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) was born from Hazrat Hajera. Still Hazrat Sarah was a barren woman, so she felt very bitter hearing about the newborn. Moreover, Hazrat Sarah swore that she would tear Hazrat Hajera in three pieces. Sensing the bad situation, Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) tried to think of a way out.

Now, there was no alternative except that Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) should remove Hazrat Hajera to a far off place. Therefore, Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) travelled with Hazrat Isamel and his mother Hajera. (Fathul Bari: 6/251)

Through this story, we learn about the great patience and firm faith of Hazrat Hajera as she was tolerant and enduring in moments of trial. There was no one to console her. She could not find any acquaintance there. There was no shelter for her either. All the same, Hazrat Hajera thought that when Allah ordered her to live there, He certainly would provide her food and shelter. She never lost her hope in Allah, she was an extraordinary woman indeed. The company of Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) had changed her personality. Therefore, she bore all her troubles, fortitude. Allah was pleased with Hazrat Hajera so much so that it was made obligatory for all pilgrims to circumambulate around “safa and Marwa” during the pilgrimage in order to commemorate this event.

It is to be noted that Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) wanted to test his daughter-in-law but she had failed in her test. Therefore Hazrat Abraham (Pbuh) understood that she would not prove herself a suitable wife for his son Hazrat Ismael (Pbuh) who would be a prophet of Allah. Her character was not like that of her mother-in-law, Hazrat Hajera. It is required for a prophet’s wife to be patient, grateful, trusting in God, a contented, devoted woman. She ought to be a remarkable and most outstanding woman. The Holy Book of Allah says: ‘O consorts of the prophet, if any of you were guilty of evident unseemly conduct, the punishment would be double that of other women and that is easy for Allah. But any of you that is devout in the service of Allah and His Messenger, and righteous, we shall grant her reward twice. And we have prepared for her a generous sustenance. O’ Consorts of the Prophet! Ye are not like any of the other women. (Qur’an: 33/30-32)

And what are the required characteristics of a Prophet’s wife? The Holy Book of Allah makes a mention in this connection. “ It may be, if he divorced you (all) Allah will give him in exchange consorts better than you who submit (their wills), who believe, who are devout, who turn to Allah in repentance, who worship (in humility), who fast, previously married or virgins. (Qur’an : 66/5)

It is not worthy and suitable for Prophet’s wives to incline to worldly materials. However, when the booty started to come in Madinah in plenty, then consorts of the prophet demanded an increase in their allowance. The Prophet (Pbuh), because of this, separated himself from this wives for a month. The following verse was revealed on this very occasion. (Muslim:1/480)

‘O Prophet! Say to thy consorts: “If be that ye desire the life of this world and its glitter, then come, I will provide for your enjoyment and set you free in a handsome manner. But if ye seek Allah and his messenger and the Home of the Hereafter, verily, Allah has prepared for the well-doers amongst you a great reward. (Qur’an: 33/28-29)

Ingratitude and disobeying of husband is a worse thing. Women should refrain from them, lest their next world be ruined. Therefore, the Prophet said: “I was shown the Hell-fire and majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.” He was asked, “Do they disbelieve in Allah?” (Are they ungrateful to Allah?) He replied, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favours and the good (charitable) deeds done to them.” If you have always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you against her will? She will say, “I have never received any good from you.” (Bukhari:1/9)

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RAMADHAN WORD HUNT

Find out with the help of clues given below the words relating to Ramadhan.
The letters lie in line vertically, horizontally, & diagonally, and can be read both backward, upward & downward.

  1. Special Prayers offered at night in Ramadhan :TARAWIH
  2. The book revealed in Ramadhan :____________
  3. The word is Arabic for fasting :____________
  4. Which lunar month Ramadhan fall :____________
  5. Seclution in the last part of Ramadhan in a Mosque :____________
  6. Night which is better than 1000 months :____________
  7. Recommended no of voluntary fasts in the month of Shawwal :____________
  8. Compensation for breaking the fast intentionally :____________
  9. Those who observe fasts will enter Paradise through a special gateway :____________
  10. Minimum limit or exceeding which zakat is liable :____________
  11. Number of categories the Holy Qur’an specifically mentions zakat money can be spent to :____________
  12. 12. The first battle fought in Ramadhan :____________
  13. 13. Zakat means :____________

ANSWERS TO THE WORDHUNT

  • 1. TARAWIH
  • 2. QUR’AN
  • 3. SAUM
  • 4. NINE
  • 5. ITIKAF
  • 6. LAILATUL QARD
  • 7. SIX
  • 8. KAFFARAH
  • 9. RIYYAN
  • 10. NISAB
  • 11. EIGHT
  • 12. BADAR
  • 13. PURITY

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Do You Know

* “A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.” (Muslim)
* “There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.” (Bukhari)

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