Archive for February 23rd, 2011

“O Noble Female Students”

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The Advice Of Shaykh, Al-‘Allaamah Saalih Fawzaan To The Female Students
O Noble Female Students
22/1/1432 corresponds to 28/12/2010
There is no doubt that the woman enjoys a lofty station in Islam and that she has a great responsibility upon her. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to devote a specific admonition to the women after he had finished admonishing the men; and they [i.e. the female companions] sought from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) a specific gathering where they could present their problems to him and he responded [positively] to their request and he allotted for them a specific gathering.
And likewise you, O noble students, should prepare yourselves for this great responsibility. Therefore, it is obligatory upon you to learn the affairs of the religion and the rulings that are specific to the women, which will meet your requirements.
There has come in the noble Quran verses and surahs that are specific to women and the like is found in the Prophetic Sunnah. An example of this [from the Sunnah] is his saying (peace and blessings be upon him): “Treat the women kindly.”
Similarly, he (peace and blessings be upon him) warned against their fitnah if they are negligent, saying: “Fear the [allurement] of the women. Verily the first trial of the children of Isra’eel was with the women.” And he said: “I have not left after me a trial more severe to the men than the women.”
All of this proves that the woman has a very important role. This is because the women are the mothers of the society and they are the pillar of the households.
Allah, the Most High said:
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allāh has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allāh would have them guard. [An-Nisaa: 34]
And Allah, the Most High said:
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allāh often and the women who do so – for them Allāh has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. [Al-Ahzaab: 35]
And Allah, the Most High said:
The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. [Tawbah: 71]
Part 2 next week insha Allah…

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They were youths, yet mature youths.

Author: unkonwn

“…They were youths, yet mature youths, their eyes fresh and free of evil, their feet refrained from approaching falsehood and futility.

They sacrificed and expended themselves in worship and in withholding themselves from sleep. They sold their souls which were to pass away for souls which would never die.

Allaah saw them in the latter part of the night, bending their backs, reciting the Qur’aan. Whenever one of them came to an Aayah mentioning Paradise, he would weep, longing for it. Whenever he came upon an Aayah mentioning the fire he would groan out of fear, as if the Hell-fire were directly in front of him.

The earth devoured their knees their hands and their foreheads (out of their constant prostration). They joined exhaustion in the night with exhaustion in the day. Their colour becoming yellowed and their bodies emaciated through standing long in prayer and frequent fasting – whilst they regarded their own actions to be negligible before Allaah.

They fulfilled their covenant with Allaah and attained Allaah’s promise.”

So let us hasten to be like them and to resemble them, since, as it was said: We are not in comparison to those who came before except like small herbs growing beside the trunks of tall palm trees.

And as ‘Abdullaah Ibn al-Mubaarak said: Do not mention us whilst mentioning them, the fit and healthy when he walks is not like the crippled.

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