Rekindling The Flame Of Imaan

Dynamite Duo


September 2016

Barakah رضي الله عنها

She waited fearfully, tomorrow her fate would be decided. There were many like her, boys and girls, Arabs and non-Arabs, who were captured and brought to the slave market of the city to be sold. A terrible fate awaited some who ended up in the hands of cruel masters or mistresses. Many exploited their labor and treated them with the utmost harshness. A few in that inhumane environment were rather more fortunate. They were taken into the homes of more gentle and caring people.

Barakah رضي الله عنها, the young Abyssinian girl, was one of the more fortunate ones. She was saved by the generous and kind Abdullah, the son of Abd al-Muttalib. In fact, she became the only servant in his household and when he got married to the lady Aminah رضي الله عنها , Barakah رضي الله عنها looked after her affairs as well. Two weeks after the couple were married, Abdullah رضي الله عنه left with a trading caravan that was leaving for Syria.

Two months after the departure of Abdullahرضي الله عنه , Aminah رضي الله عنها called me at dawn one morning and, her face beaming with joy, she said to me: “O Barakah! I have seen a strange dream.” “Something good, my lady?” I asked. “I saw lights coming from my abdomen lighting up the mountains, the hills and the valleys around Makkah.” “Do you feel pregnant, my lady?” “Yes, Barakah,” she replied. “But I do not feel any discomfort as other women feel.” “You shall give birth to a blessed child who will bring goodness,” I said. Barakah رضي الله عنها stayed beside Aminah رضي الله عنها . She slept at the foot of her bed

“When Aminah رضي الله عنها heard the painful news about her husband’s death, she fainted and I stayed by her bedside while she was in a state between life and death. There was no one else but me in Aminah’s house. I nursed her and looked after her during the day and through the long nights until she gave birth to her child, When Muhammad ﷺ was born, Barakah رضي الله عنها was the first to hold him in her arms.

When Muhammad ﷺ was six years old, his mother decided to visit the grave of her husband, Abdullah, in Yathrib, The caravan took ten days to reach Yathrib. On the way back to Makkah, Aminah رضي الله عنها became seriously ill with fever. Halfway between Yathrib and Makkah, at a place called al-Abwa, they stopped. Aminah’s health deteriorated rapidly. Barakah رضي الله عنها related: “She whispered in my ear: ‘O Barakah, I shall depart from this world shortly. I commend my son Muhammad ﷺ to your care. He lost his father while he was in my abdomen. Here he is now, losing his mother under his very eyes. Be a mother to him, Barakah. And don’t ever leave him.’

“My heart was shattered and I began to sob. Aminah رضي الله عنها  gave one last moan and then was forever silent.”Barakah رضي الله عنها  wept. With her own hands she dug a grave in the sand and buried Aminah رضي الله عنها . Barakah رضي الله عنها  returned with the orphan child to Makkah and placed him in the care of his grandfather. She stayed at his house to look after him. When Abd al-Muttalib died two years later, she went with the child to the house of his uncle Abu Talib and continued to look after his needs until he was grown up and married. Barakah رضي الله عنها  then stayed with Muhammad ﷺ and Khadijah رضي الله عنها . “I never left him and he never left me,” she said. One day Muhammad ﷺ looked at his wife Khadijah رضي الله عنها  and said to her: “This is Barakah رضي الله عنها  . This is my mother after my own mother. She is the rest of my family.”

Barakah رضي الله عنها  married Ubayd ibn Zayd رضي الله عنه and went with him to Yathrib. There she gave birth to a son whom she called Ayman and from that time onwards people called her Umm Ayman. Soon her husband died and she returned once more to Makkah to live with Muhammad ﷺ.

When Muhammad ﷺ was blessed with Prophethood, Barakah رضي الله عنها  was among the first to believe in the message he proclaimed. They bore with the early Muslims the persecution which the Quraysh meted out to them. One night the mushrikun blocked off the roads leading to the place where the Prophet ﷺ gathered his companions regularly to instruct them in the teachings of Islam. Barakah رضي الله عنها had some urgent information which had to be conveyed to the Prophet ﷺ. She risked her life trying to reach this gathering. When she arrived and conveyed the message to the Prophet ﷺ, he ﷺ smiled and said to her:

“You are blessed, Umm Ayman. Surely you have a place in Paradise.” When Umm Ayman left, the Prophet ﷺ looked at his companions and asked: “Should one of you desire to marry a woman from the people of Paradise, let him marry Umm Ayman.”

All the companions remained silent. Umm Ayman was neither young nor attractive. She was by now about fifty years old and looked rather frail. Zayd ibn al-Harithah رضي الله عنه however came forward and said: “Messenger of Allah, I shall marry Umm Ayman. By Allah, she is better than women who have grace and beauty.”

Zayd and Umm Ayman رضي الله عنها were married and were blessed with a son named Usamah رضي الله عنه. The Prophet ﷺ loved Usamah رضي الله عنه as his own son. Often he played with him, and fed him with his own hands. The Muslims would say: “He is the beloved, son of the beloved.” From an early age Usamah رضي الله عنه distinguished himself in the service of Islam, and was later given huge responsibilities by the Prophet            .

Eventually Barakah رضي الله عنها  migrated to Medina. She made the long and difficult journey through the desert and mountainous terrain on foot. The heat was killing and sandstorms obscured the way but she persisted, borne along by her deep love and attachment for Muhammad (SAW). When she reached Medina, her feet were sore and swollen and her face was covered with sand and dust.”Ya Umm Ayman! Ya Ummi! Indeed for you is a place in Paradise!” exclaimed the Prophet ﷺ when he saw her. He wiped her face and eyes, massaged her feet and rubbed her shoulders with his kind and gentle hands.At Madinah, Umm Ayman رضي الله عنها contributed her full part in the affairs of the Muslims. At Uhud she distributed water to the thirsty and tended the wounded

After the Prophet ﷺ , May Allah bless him and grant him peace, had died, Barakah رضي الله عنها would often be found with tears in her eyes. She was once asked, “Why are you crying?” and she replied: “By Allah, I knew that the Messenger of Allah would die but I cry now because the revelation from on high has come to an end for us.” Barakah رضي الله عنها  was unique in that she was the only one who was so close to the Prophet ﷺ throughout his life, from birth till death. Her life was one of selfless service in the Prophet ﷺ’s household. She remained deeply devoted to the gentle and caring Prophet ﷺ.


The first companion to have shot an arrow in defence of Islam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I now take you to small town in a narrow valley. Desert after desert separates the town from the rest of the world. During the day the heat of the sun is unbearable and the nights are still and lonely. Tribes flock to it like animals in the open country flock to a water-hole. No government rules. There is no religion to guide people except one which promotes the worship of stone idols. There is no knowledge except a love for elegant poetry. This is Makkah and these are the Arabs.

In this town lies a young man who is 17 years of age. He is short and well-built and has a very thick hair. People compare him to a young lion. He comes from a rich and noble family. He is very fond of his mother. He spends much of his time making and repairing bows and arrows and practicing archery as if preparing himself for some great encounter. People recognize him as a serious and intelligent young man. He finds no satisfaction in the religion and way of life of his people, their corrupt beliefs and disagreeable practices. His name is Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas  رضي الله عنه.             .

He accepted Islam through the da’wah of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه.The Prophet,صلى الله عليه وسلم, was also greatly pleased when Sa’d رضي الله عنه became a Muslim. He saw in him signs of excellence. Perhaps other young people of Makkah would follow his example, including some of his relations. The Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلم is reported to have been pleased with his family relationship to Sad. Once as he was sitting with his companions, he saw Sad approaching and he said to them: “This is my maternal uncle. Let a man see his maternal uncle!”

While the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was delighted with Sa’d’s acceptance of Islam, others including and especially his mother were not. Sad relates: “When my mother heard the news of my Islam, she flew into a rage. She came up to me and said:”O Sa’d! By God, either you forsake your new religion or I would not eat or drink until I die. Your heart would be broken with grief for m e and remorse would consume you on account of the deed which you have done and people would censure you forever more.’

‘Don’t do (such a thing), my mother,’ I said, ‘for I would not give up my religion for anything.’

However, she went on with her threat… For days she neither ate nor drank. Hour after hour, I went to her asking whether I should bring her some food or something to drink but she persistently refused, insisting that she would neither eat nor drink until she died or I abandoned my religion. I said to her:

‘Yaa Ummaah! In spite of my strong love for you, my love for God and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم is indeed stronger. By God, if you had a thousand souls and one soul after another were to depart, I would not abandon this my religion for anything.’ When she saw that I was determined she relented unwillingly and ate and drank.”

More than a decade later when permission was given for the Muslims to fight, Sad played a distinguished role in many of the battles that took place both during the time of the Prophet and after. He fought at Badr together with his young brother Umayr who had cried to be allowed to accompany the Muslim army for he was only in his early teens. Sa’d رضي الله عنه returned to Madinah alone for Umayr رضي الله عنه was one of the fourteen Muslim martyrs who fell in the battle.

At the Battle of Uhud, Sad was one of those who fought vigorously in defence of the Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلم after some Muslims had deserted their positions. To urge him on, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ” Shoot, Sa’d …may my mother and father be your ransom.”

Ali ibn Abi Talib رضي الله عنه said that he had not yet heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمpromising such a ransom to anyone except Sa’d. Sa’d رضي الله عنه is also known as the first companion to have shot an arrow in defence of Islam. And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم once prayed for him:

“O Lord, direct his shooting and respond to his prayer.” Sa’d رضي الله عنه was one of the companions of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم who was blessed with great wealth. Just as he was known for his bravery, so he was known for his generosity. Sad is mainly renowned as the commander-in-chief of the strong Muslim army which Umar رضي الله عنه despatched to confront the Persians at Qadisiyyah.

He lived until he was almost eighty years old. He was blessed with much influence and wealth but as the time of death approached in the year 54 AH, he asked his son to open a box in which he had kept a course woolen jubbah and said: “Shroud me in this, for in this (jubbah) I met the Mushrikeen on the day of Badr and in it I desire to meet Allah Almighty.”

Sahaabah Stories

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ


I’d like to take you back in time to an institute of learning 1400 years ago. I’d say that this institute was not much different from the one we attend, but that would be a blatant lie. This institute was special, extremely special. Why you may ask? The reasons are countless. Some of them are

                The teacher was: Muhammed ﷺ

                  The students: Sahaabah

               The institute was in: Makkah

                    The examiner: Allah

              And the certificate: رضي الله عنهم.

These students might have graduated with flying colours but they were not willing to rest. In fact, they sacrificed everything they had, their lives, time, effort and money to make sure that their Deen spread to the far corners of the world. But how much do we actually know about these illustrious people. 
These are the people who sacrificed everything so that Deen can come to us. We need to learn about them and take lesson from their lives. In whatever aspect you need guidance, you will find it. Nabi ﷺ said, " My Sahaabah are like guiding stars, whomsoever you follow you will be rightly guided."
  • You want to add emotion to your Ibaadat, just look to the life of Abu Bakr.
  • You suffering family problems, just look at the life of Mus'ab Bin Umair.
  • You're trying hard to be steadfast in the face of oppression, Look at Bilal Bin Rabah
  • You need a spurt of bravery, read the life of Baraa Ibn Maalik
  • You want to know true repentance, read the story of Tha'labah ibn Abdur Rahmaan
  • رضي الله عنهم.
If you think the lives of Sahabah are boring and monotonous, then think again. These were true heroes. Unlike today's role models who are honoured and loved because of one incident, these Sahaabah's entire lives are full of incidents that demand admiration, respect and honour.


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