Updated: Mar 30, 2018
AS SALĀMU ‘ALAYKUM السّلام عليكم
WE AT JAMĪATUL MUMINĀT WELCOME WOMEN of all ages and backgrounds.
Women play a fundamental role in the Muslim family which is the cornerstone of a stable society. Even throughout human history, women have played a pivotal role in the development, propagation and preservation of our beautiful faith.
We are an organisation run by, and created for the education and support of Mu’mināt. We maintain a regular cycle of activities at our institute in Leicester, UK, for Mumināt whilst also having ‘Ālimāt representatives across the globe.
The aim of this journal is to share glimpses from the lives of esteemed role models from our rich tradition, so that we too can bring to life the lessons from their lives.Each issue of this journal will have five sections. The first will cover exemplary examples. In this section we will remember the life of a pious servant of Allah, her close bond with her Creator, and lessons we can adapt from her life.
The second will cover classic contributions. In this section we will explore one of many fields where women have contributed and left behind rich legacy.
The third will cover notable names. In this section we will make mention of names of Ṣahābiyāt (female companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and their meanings.
The fourth will cover trusted tips. In this section we will share tips taken from the life of the one who is an exemplary role model, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
The fifth section will cover prayers and questions. In this section we will leave you with a beautiful prayer from the Qur’ān or Hadith, a quiz to be answered in the next issue, as well as any Jamīatul Mumināt updates.
MOTHER OF THE TWO MESSENGERS
وما يدريك لعلك ستقف غدا
امام احلامك قائلا
"قد جعلها ربي حقا"
How do you know perhaps you will stand tomorrow
In front of your dreams and say
“Indeed my Lord has made them come true”
There are eight gates to enter Paradise. Each gate is specially designed to be entered by those whose deeds reflect the glory of that gate. Amongst them is the gate of Ṣalāh, the gate of Hajj and the gate of Dhikr. Scholars have expressed that the greatest of these gates is a gate known as al-Ayman; assigned for those who have unwavering trust in Allah Almighty ﷻ .
Let us now explore the life of a woman who is deserving of entry into Paradise through this gate. She is a woman possessing absolute trust in her Lord, a woman of exemplary faith. For what is faith if not trust?
She lived in the time of a tyrant Pharaoh whose regime would search for male new-borns from her tribe, then slaughter them in front of their families. One can imagine her fear then when she became pregnant for a third time. Her eldest child Maryam was spared due since she was a girl, expected instead to labour for the elite. Her son Hārūn was spared because he was born in a year where the Pharaoh decreed boys were allowed to live. She did not spend her pregnancy preparing a nursery for her baby or knitting clothes for him, but worrying and waiting for the moment when her baby will be ripped from her arms.
During this time of distress, an angel was sent to her with a message from her Lord.
“Suckle him; then when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear and do not grieve. Indeed, We will return him to you and make him of the Messengers.” (Al Qur’ān 28:7)
In this message, she was given two commands, two prohibitions and two glad tidings. She was commanded to feed her baby without fear and then to cast him into the river Nile when she heard the authorities approaching her home. At every moment she was worried her child's cries will be heard by the soldiers and they would capture him, nonetheless she was commanded to cast him into the river!
Will the little baby float? What if he drowns? What if he is attacked by an animal? How will he eat or drink? Who will comfort him in the darkness of the night, through the cold winds and crashing waves? There is no logical explanation for her baby's survival. If he manages to survive, he will be recognized as a baby from the tribe of Banu Isrā'il and be killed, and if he is not killed, his family will not be able to claim him for fear of repercussion.
Her mind was plagued with worries but her Lord's command still stood. To guide her through this difficult decision, her Lord consoled her, “do not fear and do not grieve”! He promised.
What a test of faith! She chose to put her worries aside and place her trust in her Lord. To trust whilst ou are in comfort is easy, nut to trust when you are in adversity is a true sign of Faith.
And the heart of the mother of Musa became empty (of all else). She was about to disclose (about) him, had We not strengthened her heart that she would be of the Believers. (Al Qur’ān 28:10)
The rest of her story unfolds in the words of Allah Almighty ﷻ in many verses of the Holy Qur’ān. She is Yukābed, the mother of Musa peace be upon them both.
When your hopes are bleak and Allah's promises seem distant, remember Yukābed watching her baby sail away after putting him in the river Nile only because Allah ﷻ told her to. Remember how Allah Almighty honoured his promise to her by having the Pharaoh hire her to raise her own son!
Remember how, through her trust in her Lord, her baby would grow up to emancipate an entire nation and become Musa Kalimullah; Musa the conversant with Allah ﷻ. May Allah ﷻ ennoble us with such strength of heart. Āmīn.
DID YOU KNOW?
The world famous Madrasah as-Sawlatiyah in Makkah is named after its biggest contributor; a generous woman from Calcutta named Sawlat-un-Nisā.
آمنة ĀMINAH - One who brings security
أروى ARWĀ - Beautiful, Satisfying
أسماء ASMĀ’ - Beautiful
أمامة UMĀMAH - Mother, Leader
أميمة UMAYMĀH - Young mother, young leader
أمينة AMĪNAH - One who is secure
أنيسة UNAYSAH - Friendly, Comforting
EAT IT AWAY…
A'isha the wife of Allah's Messenger ﷺ said that when there was any bereavement in her family, the women gathered there to offer condolence and then they departed leaving only the members of the family and some selected people. She asked for Talbinah to be prepared in a pot and it was cooked. Then Tharid was prepared and it was poured over the Talbinah. She would say, ‘Eat it, for I heard Allah's Messenger ﷺ say,
‘Talbinah gives comfort to the aggrieved heart and it lessens grief.’ (Sahih Muslim)
Talbinah is a porridge dish made from whole barley flour, water and/or milk. Tharid is savoury dish made from whole barley flour or bread, soup and meat.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ،
وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْبُخْلِ، وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ، وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ
‘O Allah, I take refuge in you from anxiety and sorrow, incapacity and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by people.’ (Bukhāri)
TAKE A GUESS…
What were the names of the three granddaughters of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ?