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Posted: April 21, 2010 in Ahh moments, Great Women in Islam


Really good lecture, swapping it from habibihalaqas blog.



Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to Allah, who bestows favors upon who He wills.

A while ago, I got addicted to the book (Great Women in Islam) concerning the woman who were given glad tidings of Jannah, and subhana’allah, in there I never forgot the dua the Prophet sal allahu sallam taught one of his wives Jawiyeria r.a. She was so pious and devout, that one she stood up to pray in the morning she would spend long hours making dua to Allah azza wa jala, and would sit there so long, that when the prophet sal allahu sallam left and came back, he sal allahu alayhi wa sallam would find her sitting in the same spot. He taught her one comprehensive dua, that till this day I memorized and recite in the morning! Subhana’Allah, this dua is powerful and so many other duas. We need to equip ourselves with all kinds of duas, throughout the day, a regiment of some sort, morning athkaar-when one wakes up, morning athkaars, evening athkars, and just before going to bed athkaar.

Here is the dua referring to above!

95. Subhaanallaahi wa bihamdihi: ‘Adada khalqihi, wa ridhaa nafsihi, wa zinata ‘arshihi wa midaada kalimaatihi. ”

“سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ: عَدَدَ خَلْقِهِ، وَرِضَا نَفْسِهِ، وَزِنَةَ عَرْشِهِ وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِهِ”.

Glory is to Allah and praise is to Him, by the multitude of His creation, by His Pleasure, by the weight of His Throne, and by the extent of His Words. (Recite three times in Arabic upon rising in the morning .)

I am on a quest to memorize duas from the husnul Muslim book, one a week insha’Allah. Alhamdulilah, tis wonderful!

Day 1: week 1 Invocations after the final Tashahhud and before ending the prayer

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْمَأْثَمِ وَالْمَغْرَمِ”.

56. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika min ‘athaabil-qabri, wa ‘a’oothu bika min fitnatil-maseehid-dajjaali, wa ‘a’oothu bika min fitnatil-mahyaa walmamaati. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-ma’thami walmaghrami.

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave, and I seek refuge in You from the trial of the False Messiah, and I seek refuge in You from the trials of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from sin and from debt.

Till next time, may Allah, the most forgiving and merciful, have mercy upon us, and join us in greatest of places; Al firdious Ala.


Alhamdulilah. It was one of those days, just back to my ole routine. Its so weired to just go back to way things were, so much kids running around, no prayers in jama3, just pure solitude. Labor day Monday. I did some lounging around, listened to Yahya Ibrahim’s lecture on (10 steps to Jannah) on youtube. I didn’t take notes but rather sat there and listened. I read my book on stories of Great Women again. Alhamdulilah, very cool stories. I recently read about the 6th wife of the Prophet s.a.w (Zainab bint Jahash), 7th wife (Juvriah bint Harith), and the 8th wife of the Prophet s.a.w who was (Safiyyah bint Huyayee). I am pretty much behind in my note taking and actually just took notes on Saudah bint Zam’ah r.a who was the 2nd wife of the Prophet s.a.w

Notes: Saudah bint Zam’ah r.a

~The first wife to enter the household of the Prophet s.a.w after the passing away of Khadija r.a was Saudah.

~She was married to her cousin, Sakran bin Amar, and then married to the Prophet s.a.w.

~She had children from previous marriage and so did the Prophet s.a.w. They were both lonely after the death of their spouses, and soon married to share the responsibility of raising their children.

~When Saudah bint Zam’ah r.a became old she feared that the Prophet s.a.w would divorce her and a settlement be made. Her desire was to be raised on the Day of Judgment with the other members of the Prophets wives. So she would entrust Aishah r.a the time allotted to her. It was at that point that Ayah of Surat An-Nisa was revealed to the Prophet

“And if a woman fears cruelty or desertion on her husband’s part, there is no sin on them both if they make terms of peace between themselves; and making peace is better.” (4:128

~Aishah r.a was very touched by her gesture and they became even closer than before. Her heart was so pure that it was totally free of jealousy or malice.

~Saudah r.a was a tall, healthy woman with a sense of humor. Ibn Sa’ad mentions how once she was offering voluntary night prayers, standing behind the Prophet s.a.w. The next morning she told him how his very long prayer made her fear her nasal vein would burst and her nose would bleed! So she said that while in the bowing position, she held on to her nose! This comical image that she presented of herself made the Prophet s.a.w burst into laughter.

~When Saudah r.a first heard about the Dajjal from the Prophet s.a.w she was terrified. Being the simple person that she was, it became a hobby for the others to talk about it and frighten her and then laugh at her. On one occasion Aishah r.a and the mother of the believers hafsa r.a started talking about it in front of her. She was so scared that she immediately ran into a dark room full of cobwebs to hide from the monster. When Muhammed s.a.w walked in he found the two enjoying the joke. He asked them what was so amusing, on being told what had happened he called out to Saudah to come out as there was no monster around. She came out sheepishly laughing at herself.

~On one occasion, the Prophet s.a.w, Aishah, and Saudah r.a were sitting together and chatting. The former cooked a special dish and offered it to the latter, but she declined. Aishah r.a was a lively young person, and threatened to force feed Saudah r.a . And when she continued to remain serious she actually splashed it all over her face! So this light hearted gaiety and spirit of camaraderie was very much part of the Prophet’s household. There was no malice and jealousy in the pure atmosphere. It was reflective of the pleasant ambiance in the household of the Prophet s.a.w where there was always a loving concern and affection for all.

~Saudah r.a was extremely generous

~There are five authentic Ahadeeth attributed to her, according to Imam Thahabi. Ex. hadeeth proving permissibility to use the skin of a dead animal, hadeeth of a man making hajj on the behalf of his father.

~Saudah lived to ripe old age of 80. She passed away during the Caliphate of Umar bin Khattab r.a and was buried in Jannatul Baqi.

Monday, May 26th

1.) Cap (10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttes(10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs ( 10)

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (10)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day( 10)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)



As I drove home from aunti J’s a couple of minutes ago, I thought about the qantrah, family, and people leaving one another. Subhana’Allah, before leaving aunti J’s we were talking about the seerat (the sword like–hair like bridge) that we will all cross, as well as the qantrah ( the place where people will call each other out on things done to them), all in all this talk of qantrah made me think of the hereafter. When I dropped off aunti Sh at her house, she began to cry…subhana’Allah, her and her hubby will likely be moving back to their country in Aug. and she said that she was sad to have ended our meeting, as we had met everyday for the past three days. It was something I truly didn’t expect and I thought when driving home how we will all leave one another whether we’re friends for that moment in time, or even at that family…but subhana’Allah, I thought how none of this matters except for how we treat one another in the time we spend in one another’s company. This was followed by thoughts of everyone we all encounter in life…I thought how can I spend only a couple days with a person and be able to learn, pray, and share in khayr while its sooo difficult to achieve with other people. Where did we go wrong? I thought how if we all understood the rights on one another, to speak gently, be good to one another, and overall understood the rights due upon to one another we would all be successful in our dunya and our akhirah.

Alhamdulilah, it was an awesome day. May Allah bestow his mercy upon all of us and grant us khayr in our dunya and akhirah. We had a gathering at aunti J’s house today with other sisters, I played soccer with H for quiet sometime, for a little kid, he’s pretty good. Me Z bonded too, alhamdulilah.

After all the guests left I ended up reading quiet some time from my book on the Great Women of Islam, awesome indeed. Alhamdulilah. I’ve read from Khadija, Saudah bint Zam’ah, Aishah, Hafsa, Zainab, and recently Umm Salamah. Truly amazing stories, and soon I’ll type up notes (excerpts) on all their stories. Masha’Allah. I also continued my reading on Musa a.s. Amazing stuff indeed, as I learned another dua. Ibn Katheer’s book is so detailed with verses of the Qur’an that its taking me so long to finish reading the story because I actually like to read the verses and understand there meaning. Alhamduliah, I was reading this ayah today and I extracted the following statements. In the ayah below Allah mentions how when the magician’s firown brought ended up accepting Musa’s message, he began to threaten by telling them “I shall certainly cut off your hands and legs on opposite sides”. This comment made me laugh the first time I heard it and this time around too. Its weired..really..I had a picture of a person who had this done to him…but then subhana’Allah, I thought about the severity of firowns words and the act itself, its more to humiliate and degrade the individual. In addition, were the magicians reply when they asked “Do you take vengeance on us because we have believed in the signs of our Lord when they came to us?, followed by that and at end of the ayah they say to Allah “Our Lord! pour out upon us patience and cause us to die as Muslims.” The dua they made is amazing and the wording of it made me stop and actually examine and write it down to memorize and post on my wall.

Wama tanqimu minna illa an amanna biayati rabbina lamma jaatna rabbana afrigh AAalayna sabran watawaffana muslimeena

7:126 “But thou dost wreak thy vengeance on us simply because we believed in the Signs of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! pour out on us patience and constancy, and take our souls unto thee as Muslims (who bow to thy will)!

~~~Great Women of Islam (Who were given good news of paradise) By Muhmood Ahmad Ghadanfar, Revised by Sheikh Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpur~~~~

*Khadijah bint Khawalid r.a

*Narrated Abu Hurairah r.a: Jibril came to the Prophet s.a.w and said “Oh Allah’s messenger! This is Khadija, coming to you with a dish having meat soup. When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a palace made of Qasab in Paradise, wherein there will be neither any noise nor any toil (Al-Bukhari)

*The strength of character and noble qualities of Khadija r.a earned her the honor of being greeted by Allah through his Angel Jibril a.s.

* She was the first wife of the Prophet s.a.w. and he did not marry again during her lifetime. They lived in peace and harmony for more than 24 years.

*Aisha r.a narrates that whenever the Prophet s.a.w talked about Khadija r.a it was in terms of the highest praise. One day her innate feminine envy overtook her sense of decorum and she spoke in disparaging terms of her, wondering why the Prophet s.a.w missed her when he was blessed with a better, younger wife by Allah. This displeased him, but forbearing as he was, he just sighed and answered,

“I have not yet found a better wife then her. She had faith in me when everyone, even members of my own family and tribe did not believe me, and accepted that I was truly a Prophet and a Messenger of Allah. She converted to Islam, spent all her wealth and worldly goods to help me spread this faith, and this too at a time when the entire world seemed to have turned against me and persecuted me. And it is through her that Allah blessed me with children”

*The Prophet s.a.w had 6 children by Khadijah-4 daughters and 2 sons (who died). Daughters: Zainab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthom, and fatimah. Sons were Qasim, Abdullah (also know as tahir (the pure) or tayyab (the good), and a third son was born to him by Maria Qabtiyyah and he died as well in infancy–name: Ibrahim

*The Prophet s.a.w. was 25 years of age and Khadijah was 40 years old when they married. according to one tradition she was 28 years old.

* Aisha r.a narrated that whenever a goat was slaughtered the Prophet s.a.w would send some meat to Khadija’s friends.

*Aisha said she never experienced such a feeling of natural feminine jealousy for any other wife of the Prophet s.a.w as she did for Khadijah

Sunday, May 25th

1.) Caps(10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttest (10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs ( 10)

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (10)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day( 0)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)



Alhamdulilah, it was an ok day, ok as in I think i let the shaytaan whisper too much because I got a bit sad. It was while I was at the park that I somehow had stuff come over me…i don’t know if whether it was the scenery, kids rushing about, or the fish in the water…but all in all it was an alhamdulilah picnic. Alhamduililah for the feeling though, anything is a ni3ma from Allah and truly that which is bestowed upon the believer is good for him. Before the picnic I listened to Muhammed Alshareef’s lecture titled “Time a precious gift”, and read a bit from my Great women of Islam book (abt hafsa-the 4th wife of the prophet s.a.w.)

Some notes from the lecture.

~Success comes from the inside, getting your salaah in order i.e putting your ibadaah in front of you

~In adan Allah says come to success “hayallafala, hayallafala”

~Close your eyes and imagine yourself at 70 years old, what does your ibadaah look like then?

~If you see yourself alive at 70 it could be that your living an illusion, bc you think you live that long

~If you happen to see yourself alive–the image you saw–you are unconsciously moving towards that image.

~Allah says in the Quran “Fayana ma tath haboon?” (Where are you going?)

~1st priority? Fixing your ibadaah-basically your relationship with Allah. If you fix this, then everything else will fall into place.

~2 times in our lives when we’ll regret the time we’ve wasted :

1.) Time when we are about to die (on death bed, or on a sinking ship)

2.) Day of resurrection, when we meet Allah

~One of the most painful things is to say “I wish I had done this”

~Wal 3asr..Reminder by time-Allah testifies by time

~Humanity are losers by default ex.) you pay for edu. you don’t come to class-you lose.

~Your here, you need to work

**Except those who believe

**Who do good deeds

**Encourage one another in truth

**Encourage one another in patience

~@ 2 things if you did it you would have an amazing dunya and akhira


@@3amal salih (righteous deeds)

~Whoever aims for nothing will hit it with remarkable success–aim for something , know where you are going and where you want to go, plan for it!

~The Quran shows as where to go–we need to use it for direction

~ At 40–the importance of reaching this age, Allah speaks of this:

Wawassayna alinsana biwalidayhi ihsanan hamalathu ommuhu kurhan wawadaAAathu kurhan wahamluhu wafisaluhu thalathoona shahran hatta itha balagha ashuddahu wabalagha arbaAAeena sanatan qala rabbi awziAAnee an ashkura niAAmataka allatee anAAamta AAalayya waAAala walidayya waan aAAmala salihan tardahu waaslih lee fee thurriyyatee innee tubtu ilayka wainnee mina almuslimeena

46:15 We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length, when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, he says, “O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favour which Thou has bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam.”

~At 40 man should be reflecting on his life, thanking Allah for his family, children, and everything else Allah has given him: 40 a mile stone.

~At 60, the prophet s.a.w said in a hadeeth if a person reaches 60 and didn’t live a righteous life, there is no excuse after that. At that time you’ve seen all the reminders.

First thing first



(put it in this order, everything will be good)

*If your not where you want to be in your life, some reasons could be:


b.) tv

c.)all the driving around

*Delegate, work with others

*Last, have a higher purpose in life: don’t just say “I need to get a job, make money, buy a house, have a family” etc: Have a higher purpose i.e to serve humanity.

Saturday, May 24th

1.) Caps (10) Alhamdulilah

2.) Ttest (10)

3.) Quran 3 Surahs ( 10)

4.) Reading from the Prophets stories ibn Katheer/Great Women of Islam (10)

5.)Lectures, at least one a day(10)

6.) Istigfar: asking for it 70 times a day or more (10)