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Sunday Open Thread 1-17-2010 | A Reminder





As salamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allahi wa Barakatuhu.

posted by abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

A reminder:

Umm Salamah said: “Abu Salamah came to me one day after being with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and said: ‘I heard from the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) something that made me very happy. He said, “There is no calamity that befalls one of the Muslims and he responds by saying ‘Inna Lillahi wa inna ilahi raji’oon (Truly, to Allah we belong, and truly, to Him we shall return),’ then he says, ‘Allahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha (O Allah, reward me in this calamity and compensate me with something better than it),’ but Allah will do that for him.”‘”

Umm Salamah said: “I learnt this from him, and when Abu Salamah died, I said, ‘Inna Lillahi wa inna ilahi raji’oon,’ then , ‘Allahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha,’ Then I thought to myself, where could I find anyone better than Abu Salamah? When my ‘iddah (waiting-period) was over, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam) asked permission to see me, whilst I was busy dyeing a hide. I washed the qaraz (a kind of dye derived from a certain plant) from my hands and granted him permission, putting out for him a leather cushion stuffed with palm fibres. He sat down on it, and asked for my hand in marriage. When he had finished what he had to say, I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not want you to lose interest in me, but I am a very jealous woman, and I am afraid that you may see in me something that could earn me the punishment of Allah. I am also a woman who is ageing, and I have children.’ He said, ‘As for the jealousy you mentioned, Allah will take this away from you (according to another report: as for you saying that you are a jealous woman, I will pray to Allah to take away your jealousy). As for what you say about age, the same applies to me as to you. As for your children, your children are my children.’ So I accepted his offer and the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) married me. Allah gave me someone even better than Abu Salamah, namely the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).”

Okay, to be fair, that one hadith contains many reminders. :) The hadith can be found at

Bismillah walhamdolillah. May Allah accept my repentance and yours. I am an attorney, a stepfather, a husband, a son, and a Muslim. Studying Islam is a means, reflecting what I have learned is a must, and to Allah is the inevitable return.If you would like my help, know that Allah is the source of all aid. If you would like to contact me, try tariqnisarahmed at Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, or add me as a friend on Facebook.



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    January 17, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Beautiful Hadith !!

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    January 17, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Link and questions to ponder over from a friend:

    t r u t h o u t | Non-Christians Need Not Apply
    World vision hires only Christians under its $250 million in government foreign aid grants. Obama promised to change that. So why hasn’t he?

    As a Muslim,
    – Do you think there is anything wrong with the way World Vision hires?
    – If you were a Muslim charity would you allow Federal funding? Do you think that Federal regulations need not apply to charities?
    – If you did agree with World Vision’s methods, do you think there’s any particular advantage you’re gaining from following their hiring strategy?
    – If you don’t agree with it’s methods, why not?
    – What does Islamic jurisprudence say about it?
    – If Islamic jurisprudence is neutral on this issue, what do you think is the most effective strategy to achieve your goals?

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