Indeed I am near

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

He will be the One to assist you in being victorious against your lower self. So in these nights of Ramadan, adorn yourself with the attributes of your Prophet ﷺ and ask from His Vast Bounty: “Call upon Me I will answer you”

Here we are in the midst of Ramadan and glimpses of our true selves are starting to appear. The cracks are starting to show. The difficulty is that we cannot blame Shaytan, since he is locked away. When we see our stubbornness, laziness, short temper and selfishness, it is from us.

The remedy for removing Shaytan from our thoughts and actions is easy: dhikr of Allah, But the remedy of refining the nafs is a battle in itself. Much too often, we do not even attempt to oppose it. When we look at the influence it has on our actions and worship of Allah, it can lead to our destruction in this world and the next. The least we can do this Ramadan is to become aware of the urgent need to change and cultivate good habits that enable this. Remember, the nafs has been stubborn for twenty, thirty forty, fifty years of our lives. Bad habits have formed, and they will not vanish overnight.

However, this is the month of Allah’s Mercy and by clothing yourself with the attributes of humility, brokenness and a sincere love of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, He will be the One to assist in being victorious against your lower self. So in these nights of Ramadan, adorn yourself with the attributes of your Prophet ﷺ and ask from His Vast Bounty: “Call upon Me I will answer you”.

Reviving Souls
Women’s Sacred Voices

Khadijah the Magnificent

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Our joy in this world
Our success in the next
Is with Khadijah the Magnificent
And Fatima the Radiant

Khadijah the Magnificent (may Allah be pleased with her) by Tayyiba Ahmad

Allah had chosen and moulded her heart to beat, with every moment, her requited love for the One who created and cherished her. For that love, she was able to see Allah’s beloved, may Allah’s peace be upon him. She heard about a Prophet that was to come, and whilst she did not know who, she was ready to sacrifice all that she had for the beloved of the All Merciful.

She had already married twice, with children, yet she still waited for a dream to be realised of her marrying the full moon that would become a home for her. Her cousin Waraqa bin Nawfal filled her heart and mind with tales and parables of the ancient scripture, the worship of the One True God and the succession of Messengers sent to assist. She waited for Ahmad, who was still yet unaware of the great mission he had been sent for.

Believing that Muhammad, the son of Abd-Allah may be this elect Prophet, she sent him on a mission of trade to Syria, accompanied by her trusty helper Maysara, who reported all he saw: the singular cloud that shielded his noble body from the sun’s intense rays; the trees whose bows enveloped this weary traveller and the solitary monk who witnessed manifest upon him the signs of Prophecy.

Upon the return of the Prophet ﷺ and his traveller friend, Maysara promptly informed Sayyidah Khadijah of all that he saw. Her heart was moved: this is the awaited Prophet. She requested, through her trustworthy friend Nafisa, a proposal of marriage to Muhammad and he acquiesced, his heart inspired by his Lord.

The wedding was celebrated throughout Mecca, the best of men for the best of women. As they welcomed each child into the family, their home was a cradle of love, mercy and affection. Sayyidah Khadijah was a pillar of support, a heart full of warmth and tenderness to the Prophet. When he returned from the cave of Hira in a bewildered state, he could only request for her to cover him with a blanket. She covered him with the certainty of his Prophethood. Returning to her advisor, Waraqa bin Nawfal, he affirmed the beginning of a new chapter in History, the Chapter signalling the completion of Allah’s message to this world.

She stood by him, with him and for him, when the call was in secret, when the call was made openly. She remained steadfast in her belief in him and her love for him. She endured financial and physical hardship, but her heart continually expanded in faith and loyalty. The Prophet ﷺ never forgot the sacrifices she had made. When love overwhelms the heart, the one who is beloved is remembered forever, engraved as a vivid memory, fresh, ready to be re-opened.

Even after her death and Victory came, he recalled her, pitching his tent near her resting place. She was great and because of her, she became one of the pillars of Islam. She supported Prophecy in its infancy when its new shoots needed the most care. She never lived to see its completion, but she had watered its very root, and poured upon it her love and compassion. For this we are eternally grateful. For this the Prophet ﷺ exclaimed, “She believed in me when others did not.”

She was distinguished by a greeting of Peace from her Lord, a promise of a house made from precious jewels in Jannah. She will always be remembered as Khadijah the magnificent, the perfect woman, a pure soul, the warm-hearted mother to her children and to all the believers, the best of the wives. She will always be remembered as Khadijah, the beloved of Muhammad ﷺ.

A Part of Me

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Fatima Al-Zahra (may Allah be pleased with her) by Tayyiba Ahmad

We can see ourselves reflected in our children, and we see how they mirror our virtues and vices. They absorb the environment they are nurtured in, but also at times possess the very essence of their parents. All the while they are under the care and direction of Allah until they become what Allah wills them to become. Never has this reflection of a parent onto a child been more complete and apparent than Sayyidah Fatima Zahra’s reflection of the Prophet, may Allah’s prayers and blessing be upon them both.

She possessed qualities innate within the Prophet ﷺ merely by virtue of being his daughter. The wholesome seed of goodness was planted in her by both her father and mother, and under Allah’s guardianship and great plan, the Prophet ﷺ facilitated her growth. He planted within her the deep love for Allah, having a sense of a great purpose in her life, devotion to the mission that the Prophet ﷺ was given, standing up for the truth, absolute mercy, tenderness and a comfort to those around her. She had embedded within her the necessary qualities that lead to perfection within a human being. She was nurtured upon these qualities by her father, the perfect man, and thus she became the archetype of the perfect woman.

This reflection of her father was passed by her onto her children and their children, and this is what is meant today as the family of the Prophet ﷺ that live on this earth. They are the carriers of the Quran, the embodiment of the Sunnah, and the completion of Prophetic character. They are our ships of salvation.

She possessed every praiseworthy trait of her father, from his mannerisms, his smile, his walk and his character. This led him to say: “Fatimah is a part of me”. What were those distinguishing qualities that gave her this unique place? More importantly, if she visited us today, how much of her will she see reflected in us?

We all have the potential to be a reflection of her, may Allah be pleased with her.

Every time we pray, read the Quran and earnestly supplicate to Allah we are a reflection of her.

Every time we take care of our children’s needs, putting them first, we are a reflection of her.

Every time we consider the feelings of our families we are a reflection of her.

Every time we patiently endure the trials in our families, health and wealth, we are a reflection of her.

Every time we are broken and turn to Allah we are a reflection of her.

When we love Allah and His Messenger ﷺ we are a reflection of her.

Allow her light to reflect in you, for it is none other than the light of Taha, the rising sun and the full moon, that guides to our Lord, the Light of the Heavens and the Earth.