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:.With every hardship comes ease.:

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And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things. (Surah Dalaq)

 

:.THE MERIT OF MAKING DU’A .:

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“Then do remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not Faith”. (Qur’aan: 2:152)

 “Those who believe & whose hearts find satisfaction in remembrance of Allah for without doubt in remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction”. (Qur’aan: 13:28)

 The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, thus stated: “I am near to the thought of My servant as he thinks about Me, and I am with him as he remembers Me. And if he remembers Me in his heart, I also remember him in My Heart, and if he remembers Me in assembly I remember him in assembly, better than his (remembrance), and if he draws near Me by the span of a palm, I draw near him by the cubit, and if he draws near Me by the cubit I draw near him by the space (covered by) two hands. And if he walks towards Me, I rush towards him”. (Muslim, Book 035, Number 6471)

.:Sisters Know Your Role Models-Sumayyah :.

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Sumayyah bint Kabbab (Radiya ‘Llahu ‘anha) was the first woman to be martyred for Islam. Her story is of steadfastness and strength in faith when Islam was nascent and still had few followers.

Sumayyah bint Kabbab (RA) was the slave of Abu Hudhaifah ibn al-Mughirah ibn Abd’Allah ibn Amr ibn Makhyum and amongst his slaves was also Yasir ibn Amir (Radiya ‘Llahu ‘anhu). Abu Hudhaifah married Yasir ibn Amir (RA) to Sumayyah bint Kabbab (RA), they soon conceived a son and named him Ammar ibn Yasir (RA) and their master freed them. The family was poor and didn’t have support from a tribe or family. Ammar a close companion to the Prophet (PBUH) heard the message of Islam and listened to the Qur’an and soon he and his parents were one of the early believers of Islam. The family would demonstrate how strong their iman was by worshipping Allah (SWT) openly. The city of Mecca was still largely polytheists who didn’t believe in the message of Muhammad (PBUH). As a result, the early believers would be harassed and tortured by the Meccans. Sumayyah, Yasir, and Ammar (Radiya ‘Llahu ‘anhum) were not an exception. The al-Mughirah clan would torture and persecute Sumayyah (RA) in an endeavor for her to relinquish her faith of Islam. Yasir and Ammar (Radiya ‘Llahu ‘anhuma) would also be tortured aside Sumayyah (RA). This persecution would take place in the scorching dessert of Mecca and to increase the severity of their suffering iron shields would be used to make it even more agonizing. The Prophet (PBUH) and Abu Bakr (RA) were among the few that were protected by their own family (The Quraish).

There was a man named Abu Jahl. He was one of the leaders of Mecca before the city’s surrender to Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) army. Abu Jahl was known to ridicule and persecute new converts in front of his/her tribesmen so they would lose their honor. One of the harshest punishments was done to the poor freemen because he considered them to be the least important in the social ladder. This severe punishment was done in the blistering hot sands of the Meccan desert. When Abu Jahl heard about the conversion of Sumayyah (RA), he hit Sumayyah (RA) endlessly and she would not recant her firm belief in Allah (SWT) and His Messenger Mohammad (PBUH). She was an elderly woman when all these tortures took place; nevertheless, she refused to denounce Islam. She was a patient woman who endured endless hardships and Abu Jahl was so angry with her persistent oath for Allah (swt) and the prophet (PBUH) that he stabbed Sumayyah (RA) in her private parts which ultimately killed her.

Sumayyah bint Kabbab (RA) was the first to be killed for the sake of Allah (SWT). She was also the seventh person to embrace Islam. Sumayyah (RA) demonstrated her bravery and patience in a time when Islam was beginning to emerge. She is an example for all in the present day.

:.Make the Hereafter your Main Concern.:

Abdur Rahmân ibn ‘Uthmân ibn ‘Affan (ra) reported from his father who said,

  “Zayd ibnThâbit left Marwan at midday. I said: “Nothing made him (ie Marwan) send for him at this hour except that he wanted to ask about something.” I asked him (about this) so he replied: “We were asked about things which we had heard from the Messenger of Allâh (saw), I had heard the Messenger of Allâh (saw) say: “Whoever sets this world as his goal, Allâh divides his affairs for him, He will place poverty between his eyes, and nothing will come to him from the world except what Allâh has written for him. Whoever sets the Hereafter as his goal, Allâh gathers his affairs for him, gives him richness of heart and the world will come to him grudgingly and submissively” (Ibn Mâjah, Ibn Hibban)

On the authority of ‘Abdullah who related that he heard the Messenger of Allâh (saw) say

  “Whoever makes the Hereafter his sole concern, then Allâh will be sufficient for him concerning his affiars and needs in the world, and whoevers concerns (in the world) are divided amongst the affairs of the world, then Allâh would have no care in which path he is destroyed”. (Ibn Mâjah, and others).

On the authority of Abû Hurayrah (ra) who said that the Messenger of Allâh (saw) said:

  “Allâh says: O Son of Adam, devote yourself to worshipping Me, and I will fill your bosom with richness and remove your poverty, And if you do not do this then I will fill your bosom with occupation and distraction and I will not remove your poverty”. (at-Tirmidhî, Ibn Mâjah, Ibn Hibban, sahîh).

[taken from the book weeping from the fear of Allah by Husayn al-‘Awâyishah ]

:.~ Lions Of The Ummah-SA’D IBN MU’AADH ~.:

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“REJOICE ,ABU ‘AMR”

He committed himself to Islam at the age of 31 and won martyrdom at 37. This seven years lapse was a tough one in which Sa’d lbn Mu`aadh (May Allah be pleased with him) exerted all his energy in the service of Allah and His Messenger (PBUH).

Look Do you see that handsome, gallant, tall man with a radiant face? He is the one. He ran quickly to As’ad Ibn Zuraarah to see this man who came from Makkah, Mus`ab Ibn `Umair, whom Muhammad (PBUH) had sent to Al-Madiinah to call people to commit themselves to Islam and monotheism. He was going there to drive this stranger out of Al-Madiinah along with his religion. But no sooner had he approached Mus`ab’s assembly at the house of his nephew, As’ad Ibn Zuraarah, than his heart was revived by a sweet pacifying breeze. No sooner had he reached those men who gathered there, taken his place among them and listened intently to Mus`ab’s words than Allah guided him to the right path that illuminated his heart and soul. In one of the incredible miracles of fate, the leader of the Ansaar put aside his spear and shook hands with Mus`ab as a sign of his allegiance to the Prophet (PBUH).

A new sun shone on Al-Madiinah as soon as Sa’d Ibn Mu’aadh committed himself to Islam. It would encompass many hearts that would revolve in the sphere of Islam later on. Sa’d committed himself to Islam and withstood the hardships that ensued with much heroism and greatness. When the Prophet (PBUH) emigrated to

Al-Madiinah, the houses of Bani Al-Ashhal – Sa’d’s tribe – welcomed the Muhaajiruun, and their money was utterly at their disposal without arrogance, abuse, or limitation.

When the Battle of Badr was about to take place, the Prophet (PBUH) gathered his Companions, both Ansaar and Muhaajiruun, to consult them on the preparations for war. His amiable face turned towards the Ansaar and he addressed them saying, “I want to know your opinion about what should be done concerning the imminent battle.”

Sa`d Ibn Mu’aadh stood up and said “O Prophet of Allah, we firmly believe in you, and we witness that what descends on you is the truth. We swore a solemn oath and gave you the allegiance, so go ahead with whatever you want, and we shall stand by your side. We swear by Allah Who has sent you with the truth that if you reach the sea and cross it, we will cross it hand in hand with you. No man will lag or stay behind. We are absolutely ready to go to war against our enemy tomorrow for we are given to terrible warfare and we are sincere in our desire to meet Allah. I hope that Allah will make us do what will make you proud of us. So go on with whatever is in your mind. Allah bless you.”

Sa’d’s words made the Prophets’ face brighten with satisfaction and happiness as he addressed the Muslims and said, “Rejoice, for Allah promised me one of the two parties of the enemy (either the army or the caravan). By Allah I can almost see with my own eyes where each one of the enemy will be killed.”

In the Battle of Uhud, the Muslims lost control and dispersed as they were taken by surprise by the army of disbelievers. Everything was hectic, yet Sa’d lbn Mu’aadh stood there as if pinned to the ground next to the Prophet (PBUH). He defended him courageously as a noble warrior should do.

The Battle of Al-Khandaq came as a suitable opportunity for Sa`d to show his admirable manliness and amazing valor. The Khandaq Battle came as a clear sign for the shrewd and deceitful schemes with which Muslims were being ruthlessly haunted by an enemy who had no consideration whatsoever for justice or covenant. For while the Prophet (PBUH) and his Companions were living in Al-Madiinah in peace, reminding one another to worship and obey Allah, hoping that the Quraish would refrain from their hostility, a group of Jewish leaders stealthily headed for Makkah to instigate the Quraish against the Prophet (PBUH). The Jews pledged to help the Quraish if they decided to raid Al- Madiinah. They made an agreement with the disbelievers and even laid down the battle plan. Moreover, on their way home they incited Bani Ghatfaan – one of the biggest Arab tribes – and made an agreement with its leaders to join forces with the Quraish army.

The war plan was ready and everyone knew his role. The Quraish and Ghatfaan were to attack Al-Madiinah with an enormous army, whereas the Jews were to sabotage Al-Madiinah simultaneously with the attack.

When the Prophet (PBUH) found out the treacherous scheme, he resorted to counter plot. First, he ordered his Companions to dig a trench around Al-Madiinah to hold back the attackers. Second, he sent Sa’d lbn Mu’aadh and Sa`d lbn `Ubaadah to Ka’b lbn Asad, the leader of Bani Quraidhah, to learn exactly where they stood concerning the imminent war. At that time, mutual agreements and treaties were already signed between the Prophet (PBUH) and the Jews of Bani Quraidhah. The two messengers of the Prophet met with the Jewish leader, yet to their surprise he denied the agreement by saying, “We did not sign any agreement or treaty with Muhammad.”

It was hard for the Prophet to expose the people of Al Madiinah to such a deadly invasion and exhausting siege; therefore, the only answer was to neutralize Ghatfaan so that the attacking army would lose half of its men and strength. He began to negotiate with the Ghatfaan leaders so that they would forsake the Quraish in exchange for one third of Al-Madiinah’s crops. The leaders of Ghatfaan accepted this agreement, and both parties were to sign it shortly.

The Prophet (PBUH) could not go any further without consulting his Companions. He valued Sa’d Ibn Mu`aadh and Sa’d Ibn `Ubaadah’s opinion, for they were the leaders of Al- Madiinah and had the right to have a say in any decision that affected it.

The Prophet (PBUH) told them about his negotiations and that he had resorted to this compensation lest Al-Madiinah and its inhabitants be exposed to this dangerous attack and horrible siege. Both Sa’ds asked the Prophet (PBUH), “Is it a matter of choice or is it an inspiration from Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) answered, “It is actually a matter that I chose for you. By Allah, I only do this because I can clearly see that the Arabs joined forces to strike you as one man so I want to curb their strength.” Sa’d lbn Mu’aadh had the intuition that their fate as men and as believers was being subtly tested so he said, “O Messenger of Allah, when we and those Jews were disbelievers and polytheists, they did not even dream of eating a date from our land unless we gave it to them out of generosity, hospitality, or for trade purposes. So how is it, after Allah has guided us to Islam and made us honored by it and by you, that we give them our money? By Allah, we can do without this agreement, and we will give them nothing but warfare until Allah settles our dispute.” The Prophet (PBUH) at once changed his mind and notified Ghatfaan’s leaders that his Companions rejected the proposed agreement and that he approved and supported their opinion.

A few days later Al-Madiinah witnessed a horrible siege. It was, in fact, a siege which it brought upon itself rather than was forced upon it due to the trench that was dug as a protection and safely procedure. The Muslims were prepared for war. Sa’d Ibn Mu`aadh marched around with his sword and spear and recited lines of poetry that mean, `I waited anxiously for the battle to start. How beautiful death seems when the time is the right time.”

In one of the rounds of war, Sa`ds arm was showered with the mows of one of the disbelievers, and blood gushed severely from his wounds. He received first aid assistance to stop the bleeding, then the Prophet (PBUH) ordered him carried to the mosque where a tent was put up so that he would be near the Prophet while he was nursed. The Muslims carried their great hero into the Prophet’s mosque and Sa`d looked up to the sky and said, `O Allah our Lord, if the war against the Quraish is to last any longer, please do let me live a little while longer to fight against them, for I like nothing better than fighting those people who hurt Your Prophet, disbelieved him, and even drove him to emigrate. But if the war has already ended, please make my wounds pave my way to martyrdom. I implore You, dear Allah, not to let me die until I avenge myself upon Bani Quraidhah!”

Allah will stand by you, Sa’d lbn Mu’aadh! For who could say such a thing in such a situation but you ? Allah did fulfill his supplication. His injury caused his death a month later, but he did not die until he had taken his revenge on the Jews of Bani Quraidhah. After the Quraish became desperate in their attempt to vanquish Al Madiinah and their soldiers were gripped by panic, they took their arms and equipment and returned to Makkah ashamed and disappointed.

The Prophet (PBUH) believed that Al-Madiinah had been compromised by the deceit and treachery of the Jews for too long. They left the Muslims in the lurch whenever they chose, a thing that the Prophet could no longer accept. Therefore, he ordered his Companions to march towards Bani Quraidhah, and there the Muslims besieged them for 25 days. When the Jews were certain that there was no escape from the Muslims, they pleaded with the Prophet (PBUH) to let Sa’d lbn Mu’aadh, their ally in pagan times, decide what would become of them.

The Prophet (PBUH) sent his Companions to bring Sa’d from his tent at the mosque. He came carried on a camel and he looked so pale and sick. The Prophet (PBUH) addressed him, “Sa`d, decide what should be done to Bani Quraidhah.” Sa`d remembered their treachery and deceit in general and in the Battle of Al Khandaq in particular, when Al-Madiinah had come too close to its ruin, and said, “I say kill their warriors, capture their children, and distribute their money.” Thus Sa`d did not die until he had taken his revenge.

Sa`d’s wounds became worse every day. One day, the Prophet (PBUH) visited Sa’d and found him on the verge of death, so he put his head on his blessed lap and called upon Allah, “O Allah, Our Lord, Sa’d has striven hard in the way of Allah. He believed in Your Prophet and did his very best. So please do accept his soul with goodly acceptance.” The words of the Prophet (PBUH) fell like coolness and safety on the departing noble soul. He strove to open his eyes, hoping that the last face he saw would be the Prophet’s and said, “Peace be upon you, Prophet. I do witness that you are indeed the Messenger of Allah.”

The Prophet (PBUH) took a farewell look of Sa`d’s face and said, “Rejoice, Abu `Amr.” Abu Sa`iid Al-Khudriy (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “I was one of those who dug Sa’d’s grave, and each time we dug out a layer of sand, we smelled musk. This went on until we reached his burial niche.” Sa’d’s death was a tragic loss for the Muslims. Their only consolation was when they heard the Prophet (PBUH) say, “The throne of the Most Beneficent shook when Sa’d lbn Mu’aadh died.”

[taken from the  book”Men Around The Messenger” by Khalid Muhammed Khalid]

:.Treating Distress and Grief.:

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) lists fifteen kinds of remedies through which Allaah may alleviate distress and grief:

  1. Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah
  2. Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah
  3. Unity of belief, i.e. Tawheed al-Asmaa’ wa’l-Siffaat (Unity of the Divine Names and Attributes).
  4. To declare that Allaah is far above mistreating His slave or punishing him without any cause on the part of the slave himself.
  5. Admission on the part of the slave that he is the wrongdoer.
  6. Beseeching Allaah by the best of things, which are His Names and Attributes. Among the most comprehensive in meaning of His Names and Attributes are the Names al-Hayyu (the Ever-Living), al-Qayoom (the Eternal).
  7. Seeking the help of Allaah Alone.
  8. Putting one’s hope in Allaah.
  9. Putting one’s trust in Allaah and handing over all one’s affairs to Him, recognizing that one’s forelock is in His hand, that Allaah runs all one’s affairs as He wills, that His command is ever executed and that His decree is just.
  10. Reading Qur’aan and pondering its meaning, seeking consolation in it for all disasters, and seeking a cure in it for all diseases of the heart (i.e., spiritual or psychological diseases) for it washes away grief and heals his distress and anxiety.
  11. Seeking the forgiveness of Allaah.
  12. Repentance
  13. Jihaad (striving for the sake of Allaah).
  14. Salaat (prayer)
  15. Admitting that one has no power or strength at all, and attributing them to the One Who holds them in His hand.
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[Taken From The Book “Dealing with Worries and Stress”  By Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid ]